East Bay News
Local, independent stores offering deals for 'Plaid Friday'
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Shoppers in Oakland are being encouraged to pass over "Black Friday" lines at big-box stores today and head to "Plaid Friday" at independent retailers.
"Plaid Friday" is a shopping event throughout Oakland aimed at encouraging holiday shoppers to visit local businesses.
There are 45 businesses participating with specials throughout the city, including in the Temescal, Montclair, and Fruitvale neighborhoods, downtown, on Piedmont Avenue, and other areas and online.
A "winter wonderland" is entertaining children at Latham Square in downtown Oakland.
Families are invited to visit Santa's Village at the plaza until 7 p.m. There will be a gift-wrapping station, art and other independent vendors, a toy drive, music, hot beverages, face painting, photos with Santa and other activities.
The "Plaid Friday" movement originated in Oakland by the local business group Oakland Grown.
shopping, oakland, east bay news
- Plane's disappearance result of "deliberate action"
- CCSF protestors make voices heard at City Hall
- Investigators finally getting look at Mission Bay fire
- I-TEAM: Small park, big problems
- Death of woman found in home considered homicide
- Vehicle runs over gas line, hits SJ DMV building
- Uber announces new insurance policy for drivers
- Costco recalls cases of freeze-dried fruit
- Crews busy dismantling old span of the Bay Bridge
- Virgin to stop service at Mineta San Jose Airport
- Group says GM airbag failures caused 303 deaths
- Photos: Meet the stars where you live
- roundup: AltCar Expo; Motorcyclist killed
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Saturday
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos