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Spend Black Friday Shopping in Old Town

Members of the Old Town Boutique District — a collection of 26 Alexandria-owned retailers — are teaming up once again to encourage area shoppers to buy locally and save. If you buy from one of the participating stores your receipt becomes an instant 10 percent off coupon redeemable at any of the other participating stores.

Some of the retailers may set a few restrictions, but there's no limit on the number of stores you can visit, or the amount of savings you can rack up. For example, if you buy something from Bloomers, you'll get 10 percent off at Red Barn Mercantile. Your full-purchase receipt can get you 10 percent off purchases at La Cuisine, Mystique Jewelers, The Christmas Attic and other Old Town stores too.

The offer is good only from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 27. "This is a really great way to save, get to know some of our local retailers and help the local economy all at the same time," said Kim Putens, co-owner of Bellacara and Bloomers. "We did this last year and it was a big hit with customers. This year, we have about 15 more stores participating. That means a greater selection and bigger savings on gifts for just about everyone on your list."

Visit www.oldtownboutiquedistrict.com.