The time is upon us once again – the leaves have changed color, there is a crisp chill in the air, a turkey is roasting golden in the oven and Aunt Mildred has had way too much wine; it’s the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Synonymous with mashed potatoes and green bean casserole is what happens the day after Thanksgiving – Black Friday.
Black Friday is a shopper’s dream with discounts galore as the air buzzes with holiday cheer and cash register ca-chings. But to some, Black Friday is more like the Nightmare Before Christmas – crowded malls, angsty shoppers and one parking spot available for 20 cars to fight over. So why not take a break from the madhouse department stores and malls and treat yourself to a stress free shopping experience at some of these boutique stores in Portsmouth… You’ll be sure to get a great deal on a distinct gift while supporting these eclectic local businesses.
Touted as “the world’s most unique and diversified nautical store” Skipjack’s can satisfy even the pickiest sea captains. Many nautical pieces can be found in this Downtown Portsmouth shop including maritime themed art, decor, clothing, accessories, furnishings and antiques. Many collectible items are also available to browse and purchase at the sea faring Skipjack showroom.
The Kitchen Koop
Seasoned chefs and home cooks alike can enjoy what the Kitchen Koop has to offer. Gourmet kitchenware, cookware and specialty items are just some of the products you can find at The Kitchen Koop. The Koop is located in the heart of Downtown on High Street and has been a Portsmouth staple since the 90s. Many fun kitchen and cooking gifts are available at the Koop just in time for the Holiday season.
If you’re thinking a bit outside of the box this Black Friday, stop by Orzo studios in Olde Towne. Orzo Studios is a pottery paradise and will have many options for the art lover in your life. Local pottery, sculpture and figures are available for sale. At Orzo, each artist has the ability to price their own creations, so cost varies. Pottery, clay, drawing classes and workshops are also available at Court Street’s Orzo.
If you’re looking for one place that has a little bit of everything, then Little Shoppes is where you want to go. Home furnishings, children clothes, jewelry, art, gifts and ladies accessories are just a few of the items you can browse at this Olde Towne mart. Check this store out if you’re looking for a special treasure for the friend who has everything.
Located in the Churchland section of Portsmouth, this store is a jewelry lover’s dream. Local jewels, gifts, trinkets, even watch repair can all be found in this unique shop. Jennie’s Jems range from the dainty and quaint to over the top costume jewelry. Shop here to find noteworthy gifts for all the wonderful ladies in your life. They’ll appreciate the additional sparkle this holiday season.
Records, collectibles, toys, comic books, trains, action figures, signage and vintage paraphernalia that will take you right back to childhood. This is a great place to shop if you have someone on your list that has a penchant for yesteryear. Men and women alike will be thrilled with their holiday gift from this one of a kind shop. Visit Mr Vintage and Collectibles for that rare gem that your loved ones will cherish.
This local, modern day ‘general store’ will make holiday shopping a fun experience. Don’t let the name fool you, this business is located on Airline Blvd in Portsmouth. While it may seem like an odd choice for Black Friday shopping, it’s actually perfect for the person in your life that has been craving a different kind of Christmas gift this year. Garden supplies, flowers, lawn care, tools and more are available at this horticulture haven. Another cool fact is that Norfolk County has been serving customers since 1946.
Jeannie’s Used Books
This cool bookshop will have the perfect present for your literature loving friend or family member. They are typically open from 10am-6pm so there’s plenty of time to browse the endless books and get lost in their different adventures. This book shop has been operating in Portsmouth since 2001 and stocks over 200,000 books. Jeannie’s Used Books is offering holiday gift certificates and will add $5 dollars for free if you purchase a $20 dollar gift card or higher.
After all this shopping you’ve done, you deserve a little treat too. This spa, located on High Street, offers a chance to relax and recharge before the hectic holidays take over. Massage therapy, waxing and facials will have you feeling like your best self in no time. Packages are available with multiple services so that you can experience a little bit of everything the spa has to offer. To save extra cash, purchase 3 packages for yourself, friends or family and save 10%.
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