Local spots to shop this weekend.
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49º | Showers | 84% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:50 a.m. | Sunset 4:40 p.m.

🛒 Shop (local) until you drop
A sign in a storefront window that reads "thank you for shopping local."
Small Business Saturday is coming up on Nov. 25. | Photo by Tim Mossholder via Pexels
Small Business Saturday is coming up on Nov. 25. What started as an American Express campaign in 2010 to inspire consumers to shop locally has become an annual holiday that’s celebrated nationally.

We asked you to tell us which local small businesses you love shopping with + any deals you’re excited for, and (as usual) you didn’t disappoint. Plus, we included some of the local deals and shops we love.
  • City Editor Cambrie | DANO | 20% off all vintage clothing, Le Bon Shoppe tops, and all footwear (Friday + Saturday)
  • City Editor Ben | Portland Gear | Up to 60% off everything in-store and online (Thursday-Sunday); spend $100 and get a $40 gift card
  • You all love shopping small. Check out where else you said you’ll be shopping on Nov. 25.

Local Favorites

  • Plant Based Candles | Get two gifts in one — once these coconut wax candles fully melt, you can reuse the jar as a planter for the wildflower seeds included. Bonus: The candle jars are actually really cute.
  • Willow Ship | Shop this family-run small business that offers unique linen homewares like placemats, pillows, and table runners inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese designs.
Thursday, Nov. 23
  • Turkey Trot | Thursday, Nov. 23 | 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. | Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland | $17-$37 | Run or walk this 4-mile route between the Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Test Garden to burn some calories before the big feast.
  • 13th Annual Tabor Stair Climb | Thursday, Nov. 23 | 8-11 a.m. | Mt. Tabor Park, 6738 Mount Tabor, Portland | Free | Get a sweat going with this community tradition hosted by Fulcrum Fitness and Oregon Food Bank.
Friday, Nov. 24
  • Indigenous Marketplace | Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Nov. 26 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | PSU Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St., Portland | Free | Shop for handmade, original pieces from Native and Black artists and entrepreneurs.
  • “Die Hard the Musical Parody” | Friday, Nov. 24-Saturday, Dec. 23 | 6:45-9:15 p.m. | Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., Portland | $45-$65 | Say yippee-ki-yay to the holiday weekend with this live production of the action thriller (and Christmas movie?).
  • “Black Nativity” | Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Dec. 10 | Times vary | Portland 5 Centers for the Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland | $27-$40 | Scripture, poetry, dance, and song come together to tell the Nativity story from an African American perspective.
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News Notes
  • Happy Thanksgiving. However you celebrate, we hope you enjoy a day of rest, reflection, and community. We here at PDXtoday are thankful for our city, and the fact that there’s always plenty to talk about.
  • After a day of feasting, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invites people to get outside and walk off the food coma at state parks. Day-use parking fees will be waived tomorrow on “Green Friday” at 24 parks that are open and typically charge for parking.
  • Help the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office fill their cruisers with toys for kids in need this Saturday, Nov. 25. New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off with deputies at the Walmart, Kohl’s, or Fred Meyer locations in Wood Village from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Fancy yourself a collector of special brewskies? Then this is a Black Friday deal you won’t want to sleep on. Ecliptic Brewing will sell its archive of rare beers — that’s hundreds of bottles — tomorrow, Nov. 24, 12-3 p.m., at its now-closed Mothership Brewery location in North Portland. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • The Portland Japanese Garden is growing. The iconic destination in Washington Park recently bought a nearly 4-acre campus in the West Hills and plans to transform it within the next couple of years into the Japan Institute — “an international hub for world leaders, artists, gardeners, and scholars” promoting cultural diplomacy. (KGW)
Happy Thanksgiving
We’re thankful for you
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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie | Photo via @bornandbreadbakehouse
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One of the gifts we’re most excited to add to our cart on Black Friday — perfect for friends who love the outdoors (with a drink in hand).
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Amid the cooking and general hubbub today, I plan to take some time to quietly reflect on all the good in my life — including my job, my amazing cadre of coworkers, and the uniquely special community I have the privilege of sharing these stories with. Thank you for following along.
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