Downtown Prince George Plans Evening Shopping Event
Prince George, B.C. – It’s been billed as an alternative to Black Friday, and it’s happening in Prince George tomorrow night.
Organized by Downtown PG, over 30 businesses are participating in Plaid Friday – an effort designed to help boost downtown businesses during the holiday shopping season.
Participating merchants will stay open until 8 p.m. (restaurants will keep regular hours). Shoppers will be treated to strolling carolers and free holiday photos (you could also win a prize for wearing plaid).
Shoppers are also encouraged to pick up their Downtown Prince George Holiday Shopping Passport – a program that will run from this Friday through until January 7.
The passports will be available at Hubspace, Injoy Studio and Boutique, Loved Always Children’s Boutique and The Final Chapter. Click here for more information.
Trish Bella, owner of Loved Always Children’s Boutique, is a big supporter of both programs.
“We are very excited. It’s such a positive promotion for the independent retailers downtown. This is going to be a fun event for customers to come down and just see everything that the local independent stores offer in the downtown core.”
She says events like these are a big deal for smaller merchants and is appreciative of the work Downtown PG does.
“We don’t necessarily have the dollars to put into the promoting of our businesses all the time. They do a lot of work for a number of us down here and it’s great to promote the area so people know.”
will the new parking nazis be out making life miserable for the shoppers?
Only if you plan to start your shopping spree before 2:00 pm.
I agree, you can be downtown for a total of 1 hour or less in a day and still get caught by the camera three times if you visits are spaced correctly and you will get a ticket.
Pay the 75 cents per hour and visit downtown as many times as you want! If you’re downtown 3 times a day you are one of the people who should be paying. The street sweepers and snow removal people aren’t clearing it up for free.
Ohhhhhh how exciting…. can’t wait
I went to one of these in the lower mainland. It was fun and we enjoyed every minute of it. The restaurants were open later as well which was nice to give your feet a rest and make a night of it. All the shops were festive and they even had a business with beer tasting. Very crowded, social and a great opportunity to visit the smaller shops. Good on you Downtown Prince George!
Sounds like a great idea however, I won’t be there since I don’t feel like paying a fine for shopping longer than 3 hrs. The only way you can look in all stores and browse for things to purchase in 3 hrs or less, is to find things as soon as you walk in the door without looking at other items. I don’t like to rush so, my money goes to places where I won’t get fined for parking.
You won’t get ticketed after 5:00 p.m., so as axman said, start after 2:00.
What kind of message are we sending our kids if an evening out shopping is touted as an “entertaining evening”. Call it what it is, a night out spending money you don’t have on crap you don’t need.
Sheesh ! Small business’ trying to get some exposure and promote themselves and some people have to get all bent out of shape.
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