For The Love of Local

Old Town Boutique District Announces Inaugural ‘For The Love For Local’ Holiday Shopping Week Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday, Elf Patrol Also Returns This Season November 10, 2021 (Alexandria, VA) - The Old Town Boutique District (OTBD) today announced a new branded holiday shopping week encouraging shoppers to shop and support local even more this holiday season. ‘For the Love for Local’ Holiday Shopping Week will take place from December 5-12 at participating OTBD boutiques. Throughout the week, guests can celebrate their love for local by shopping for great gifts at over 30 OTBD member boutiques or participating in special holiday activities. A Glimpse at The Love For Local Schedule of Events 12 Days of Holidays Wednesday, December 1 through Sunday, December 12 112 S Fayette St. Daily gifts for yourself or loved ones from facial rejuvenation to skincare to great stocking stuffers! Something for everyone and every gift need! Extra surprises in addition to the 12 Days! Follow on IG @aiyanaatelier / @botoxandbourbon or aiyanaatelier.com daily for updates. Holiday Ear Curation + Piercings Pop-Up with Molly Sunday, December 5 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. She’s Unique + Four Twenty Three Jewelry Location TBA Give the gift of an experience this holiday season and bring in your mom, friend, or daughter for ear curations and piercings. Pop-up location to be announced. Holiday Wreath Making Sunday, December 5 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Boxwood 128 South Royal Street Spark Joy this season and decorate a fresh wintergreen wreath with all the holiday trimmings to give it your own fabulous touch. The Boxwood shopping spree that day with 20% off your purchases (excludes wall art). Registration link. D’Maran Truck Show Sunday, December 5 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mint Collective 101 S St. Asaph Street D’Maran is bringing fashionable head accessories for girls and women. The new Eleganza Collection features a sparkle headband and crowns to accessorize your holiday outfits, new fresh water pearls, and Swarovski crystals accessories. Shop for faux fur and warm accessories for the winter in the shop, too. Candy Cane Cocktail Party Sunday, December 5 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hummingbird 220 S. Union Street Celebrate the season and small business with a For the Love of Local holiday week kickoff party at Hummingbird. Join the OTBD for cocktails & light bites. The first 30 people to purchase a ticket will receive a custom canvas swag bag with goodies from local independently-owned businesses. Sponsored by Kristen Jones Real Estate. Event Link. Comfort One Promotion Tuesday, December 7 10:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m. 200/201 King Street Donate $10 to Toys for Tots and save $10 on your purchase. Ugly Sweater & Beautiful Champagne Shopping Party Tuesday, December 7 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 218 N. Lee St. Break out the bubbly, let’s toast to the holiday season! Join Monday’s Child and Bisous & the bay for a fun night of champagne, shopping and a trunk show featuring Bisous & the bay’s beautiful hand-painted champagne bottles for the holidays. Enjoy 30% off your Monday’s Child purchase and enter to win prizes. Wear your best ugly sweater! Ornament Making Wednesday, December 8 Thursday, December 9 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Bishop Boutique 815 King Street Enjoy a festive night out with your gal pals while gold-leafing your very own glass holiday ornament with local artist, Nicole Seifert! Take 10% off everything in-store and get a free packed party holiday tumbler. BYOB. Spaces are limited! Registration links:

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  • December 9

Holiday Mulled Beverage Happy Hour Thursday, December 9 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Spice & Tea Exchange 320 King Street Savor the spices of the season and take the chill off while perusing gifting options in our culinary winter wonderland! You'll treat your palate to mulled hot cider and wine infused with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, star anise, cardamom and orange peel and collect tips & tricks for fabulously simple but flavorful seasonal dips and snacks. We encourage pre-registration to provide us with a general headcount, but walk-ins will be welcome to enjoy while the offerings last! All those pre-registered will be entered into a drawing for several give-aways during the event. Registration Link. Baubles & Bubbles Thursday, December 9 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Mint Collective 101 S St. Asaph Street Sample holiday wine and champagne tasting with local wine stop Unwined while enjoying a pop-up trunk show featuring popular esty makers The Neon Camel & FiftyTwoThursdays. Tinsel for a Cause Saturday, December 11 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Salon Dezen 118 N. Fayette Street Donate $10 to Space of Her Own and receive holiday-inspired tinsel tied into your tresses. OTBD Holiday Cocktail Unveiling Saturday, December 11 Elizabeth Counter 804 N. Henry Street One day only! Pick up Captain Gregory’s special OTBD ‘For The Love For Local’ Holiday cocktail at Elizabeth’s Counter. Their rum-based cocktails are a nod to the regulars and locals who are big fans of a good tiki menu. Plus who doesn’t want to think about warm summer weather come winter! The cocktail is a rum, chocolate, and mint sipper that is both refreshing and bright. Available in two sizes 8oz and 4oz for $9 and $17. They make for great stocking stuffers for cocktail lovers. Complimentary Gift Wrapping Donations accepted benefiting ALIVE! Saturday, December 11 - Sunday, December 12 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Made in ALX Monarch Row, 1 Wales Alley Let our elves take the stress of wrapping gifts off your plate! On these days, OTBD will offer complimentary gift wrapping. Donations will be accepted on-site to benefit the food bank at the Alexandria nonprofit ALIVE! Other Holiday Promotions Plaid Friday (Black Friday, November 26). Join Old Town boutiques the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy great discounts, merriment, and good cheer, all while shopping small and supporting local businesses and to celebrate plaid vibes. We’ve all heard of the post-turkey shopping known as Black Friday, but in Old Town, they celebrate Plaid Friday. Plaid Friday encourages people to do their holiday shopping with locally owned and independent businesses. Plaid Friday was created in Oakland, CA. The name Plaid Friday was conceived from the idea of weaving the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store Black Friday and is designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays. Plaid Patrol (Friday, November 26 and Saturday, December 4). Rock your best plaid for the Plaid Patrol on Plaid Friday, November 26, and during the Scottish Walk on Saturday, December 4. Tag @otboutiques on Instagram and use #plaidpatrol on social media for a chance to win 150 to an OTBD business of your choice! Two winners will be selected for each date. Sponsored by The Patterson Group. Small Business Saturday, November 27 Throughout Old Town Store Hours Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Old Town Alexandria with free parking at meters and several independently-owned boutiques offering special in-store activities and promotions. Over 80 percent of businesses on King Street and throughout Old Town are independently owned. For every $100 consumers spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. Get to know local shop owners that offer personalized customer service with curated gift suggestions ranging from home décor, chic fashions, and gourmet food to classic toys and gifts for dogs. Elf Patrol Every Saturday (starting November 27 through December 11) 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Santa’s helpers will hit King Street wearing their masks and providing safe holiday cheer surprising lucky shoppers with $50 gift cards from Old Town small businesses. Sponsored by The Patterson Group. Head to oldtownboutiquedistrict.com/events for the full line-up of events. About Old Town Boutique District The Old Town Boutique District is located in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Old Town Alexandria is conveniently located a mere four miles along the scenic Potomac River from Washington DC and Reagan National Airport. Tucked into the cozy brick-lined streets of Old Town Alexandria, the Old Town Boutique District is a small business collective featuring independently-owned businesses showcasing one-of-a-kind items and hard-to-find brands. From home décor, fashion, jewelry, beauty, children’s apparel, home, food, wine, and gifts, you’ll find everything you desire here.