Day: November 16, 2021

New campaign offers big prizes for shopping at Portland’s small businesses this holiday season

November, it turns out, is half over.

It is now less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, and then Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

A reboot of the shop local “Little Boxes” campaign in Portland, now called “Small Shops Big Hearts,” is hoping to entice Portlanders to do that shopping locally.

The new campaign will partner with local payment app Kuto to offer shoppers prizes and incentives to buy their holiday gifts at around 90 local shops on Nov. 26 and 27.

Sarah Shaoul is the former owner of Retread Threads and Black Wagon. Now, she’s a business consultant in Portland. When the pandemic hit, she created PDXSOS, asking people to buy local gift cards and do their holiday shop locally online to save Portland businesses.

“You can only sustain a distress signal for so long,” Shaoul said over the phone Sunday.

Shaoul decided to build

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Online shopping is driving the in-person Black Friday experience to extinction

Only a quarter of U.S. consumers will shop in person on Black Friday this year

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM CST|Updated: 1 hour ago

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The once-blinding shine of Black Friday is dimming for U.S. consumers as nearly one-third will not shop at all on that day. Of those planning to shop Black Friday, most intend to shop only online, according to Sitecore’s Holiday Shopping Trends 2021 Report. This could be because 20% no longer believe the event offers good deals and the fact that the majority (71%) will have already started buying Christmas gifts by Black Friday. Only 11% said they will kick-off their holiday shopping during the event.

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“The role that Black Friday plays in the lead up to Christmas in the U.S. is waning. With brands fighting harder than ever to

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For the beauty and fragrance lover, five Colorado brands to gift this holiday season

Most of the fun of gift-giving comes from seeking out or just finding presents that really speak to their recipient. And I find that scents are a cunning way to do it. Just light a candle, take a bath or spritz something before leaving the house, and you’re probably reminded of certain moods, people, places.

As gifts, scents can be tricky, since they’re so personal. Still, I love taking a chance and giving something with a fragrance — who doesn’t love bergamot? — and better still if the products are made locally (which plenty are). Here are five Colorado-based companies that sell lovely, fragrant holiday gifts that you can order online or pick up locally.

1. Zents‘ spa-like scents almost force you to relax for a moment. Ten fragrances — anjou, earth, fig, fresh, mandarin, oolong, ore, petal, sun and water — fill soaps, shampoos, creams and more body

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