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Shop local for Black Friday bargains

While shoppers will swarm the aisles of big box stores for Black Friday, don't forget to check out local businesses for doorbuster deals. Here are a few shops to check out during your early shopping excursion:

Her Tern Boutique

While Her Tern items are often pricey, I've found some great bargains during their sale events (Hunter rain boots that were 50 percent off, for instance). Customers who shop between 9 a.m. and noon will receive 26 percent off their entire purchase and be entered to win a $150 gift card to Her Tern. If you miss the early rush, shoppers will receive 26 percent off any one item between noon to 6 p.m.

Blush Boutique

Like Her Tern, Boutique Blush is offering Black Friday deals for the downtown shopper. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., every item in the store will be 25 percent off, with an additional 25 percent off on sale merchandise. I drool over the collection of Hammitt leather bags each time I glance inside the store, which makes the doorbuster deal a tempting reason to shop early.

Lulu E. Bebe

Lulu E. Bebe carries an assortment of cocktail dresses, denim and accessories. The boutique will be open for extended hours on Friday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Check out doorbuster deals from 9 a.m. to noon, in addition to sale specials throughout the day. Lulu's sophisticated sister store, Cosette, will also be offering sales on Friday.


Bella Boutique

Bella Boutique will be open Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located in Spenard, Bella offers a variety of handcrafted jewelry and accessories from local artists and from the Lower 48. The first 10 customers who shop at Bella on Friday will receive a goody bag.

Kelly McLain can be reached at kelly(at)