Where to Shop on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Boston, 2015
Here are the highlights for your holiday shopping needs, from big-box retailers, to shopping centers, to small stores and boutiques.
You can rag on Black Friday, mumbling how the holidays have been overrun by consumerism—or you can set your alarm and save some dough.
The busiest shopping weekend of the year is about to kick off the holiday season. Aside from a few extra-caffeinated lattes in your hand, you might need a little guidance in your head. We’ve rounded up our favorite Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals for your post-turkey stupor.
While you may have seen ads from stores touting their opening hours on Thursday, it’s illegal for retailers to open on Thanksgiving in Massachusetts. Below, see each location’s specific opening times for Friday, November 27. Also note that all deals are subject to change. Call individual stores for more details.
There are pros and cons when it comes to Assembly Row. A T stop means no parking hassles, but it also means you can’t haul as many bags. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, this Somerville spot has some of the best deals around.
Doors open: 8 a.m., select stores at 6 a.m, on 11/27. See the schedule here.
Standout deals: Spend $200 and receive a $25 gift card at Pendleton, 50 percent off everything at J.Crew factory, 40 to 80 percent off the entire store at Brooks Brothers, 20 percent off entire purchases at the Nike Factory Store until 2 p.m.
340 Canal Street, Somerville, 617-440-5565, assemblyrow.com.
In the wee hours of the morning on Friday, the blue glow that emanates from Primark will welcome you. Boston’s newest department store is sure to be a hit this week, with four shiny floors of cheap finds. Don’t forget about Primark’s home section—there are a bunch of baubles that make excellent stocking stuffers.
Doors open: 11/27 at 12:30 a.m.
Standout deal: Primark hasn’t announced any specific deals. But as the BBC notes, every day in Primark feels like Black Friday.
10 Summer Street, Boston, 617-350-5232.
Target might be the ultimate Black Friday retailer. It’s offering deals early on Wednesday, and making all sales available online both Thursday and Friday. See target.com for all Black Friday sale items.
Doors open: 11/27 at 1 a.m. in Dorchester, Watertown, and Somerville.
Standout deals: HD video Parrot Bebop drone, $394.99, 40 percent off all apparel and accessories, Ninja Master Prep Professional, $27, 40 percent off Otterbox phone cases.
Target – South Bay, 7 Allstate Road, Dorchester, 617-602-1921; Target – Watertown, 550 Arsenal Street, Watertown, 617-924-6574; Target – Somerville, 180 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, 617-776-4036.
If you don’t feel like taking a risk on Primark, Macy’s is a reliable plan B. With brand names, a great shoe department, and everything in between, gifts for every type of person on your list probably exist in Macy’s.
Doors open: 12:30 a.m. on 11/27.
Standout deals: 60 percent off select men’s and women’s coats, 70 percent off memory foam pillows and mattress toppers, Fiestaware sets, $21.99.
450 Washington Street, Boston, 617-357-3000.
An old favorite for stocking up on presents, the Galleria is a one-stop shop.
Doors open: 12 a.m. on 11/27.
Standout deals: 60 percent off select items at H&M, 50 percent off clearance items until 2 p.m. at Forever 21, buy one get one 50 percent off gift sets, tea tins, and tumblers at Teavana.
100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, 617-621-8666.
Small Business Saturday
The Red Wagon
As a part of American Express’s Small Business Saturday initiative, the Red Wagon in Beacon Hill is hosting three Etsy shops to kick off the holiday season with locally-made goods. Curly Tale Ties, Lexi’s Loft, and Kaya’s Closet will feature onesies, handmade baby shoes, and doggie bowties.
Doors open: 11 a.m. on 11/28.
69 Charles Street, Boston, 617-523-9402, facebook.com/the.red.wagon.
The locally-owned boutiques at the Street in Chestnut Hill want to show you their one-of-a-kind gifts. They’re offering complimentary gift wrap and gift tags with purchases.
Doors open: 10 a.m. on 11/28.
Standout deals: 20 percent off designer clothing and denim at Ku De Ta, 20 percent off all packaged Polkadog treats at Polkadog Bakery, receive a $50 facial certificate when you spend $150 or more at skoah.
33 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 617-566-6667, thestreetchestnuthill.com.
Olives and Grace
South End staple Olives and Grace is throwing a party to celebrate the supporters of Small Business Saturday. With treats like juice from PRESSED and bites from The South End Buttery, holiday shopping never seemed so easy.
Doors open: 9 a.m. on 11/28.
623 Tremont Street, Boston, 617-236-4536, olivesandgrace.com.
For the extra-special gifts this year, 70-year-old jewelry veteran Freedman Jewelers has classic pieces. From diamond studs to colorful pendants, all that sparkles and shines awaits.
Doors open: 9:30 a.m. on 11/28.
Standout deals: $10 off any item $50+, $25 off any item $100+, $35 off any item $200+ $50 off any item $500+, $100 off any item $1,000+.
333 Washington Street, 4th Fl., Suite 408, Boston, 617-227-4294, freedmandiamonds.com.
We voted Flock as 2015’s Best Women’s Accessories, and for good reason. Their jewelry, scarves, hats, bags, belts, and other outfit-completers are truly eye candy.
Doors open: 11 a.m. on 11/28.
Standout deal: 25 percent off purchases of $100 or more.
274 Shawmut Ave, Boston, 617-391-0222, flockboston.com.