Not interested in dealing with Black Friday crowds? Prefer to shop at smaller, local businesses instead of the Big Box stores? The Downtown Bangor Partnership has the perfect alternative to Black Friday. PLAID Friday!

Folks are encouraged to put on the plaid and shop downtown this Friday. You can even sleep in! No pre-dawn hours here! Shops will open at 10am and will close at around 6 or 7pm. There will be some great deals! And, if you take a downtown business receipt to Giacomo's or the Antique Marketplace Cafe, you can get a free coffee.

Downtown Bangor is so beautiful this time of year! And with Plaid Friday and the additional Small Business Saturday shopping alternatives, you can enjoy the atmosphere and save 25 to 30 percent or more on unique gifts!

Most of the retail shops will be participating. Some are: Valentine Footwear, Blue Heron, Mexicali Blues, Metropolitan Soul, The Rock and Art Shop, Epic Sports, Central Street Farm House, Briar Patch, Maine Jewelry and Art and more! So put on your plaid and get shopping this weekend!