Where to Shop on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Boston, 2016

From big-box behemoths to small South End stores.

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Whether you’re itching to snag a discounted game console, or just enjoy hate-watching the carnage of it all, Black Friday is as American as the pie on the Thanksgiving table.

Far from being limited to one local mall, Boston has more stores than it’s physically possible to shop at in one day. Ahead, find a list of stores in and around the city, both large and small, offering standout sales and markdowns for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Black Friday

Thanksgiving is listed as a restricted holiday in the Massachusetts Blue Laws, meaning both you and store employees in the state can properly enjoy some turkey before hitting the shops. Below, see each location’s specific opening times for Friday, November 25. All deals are subject to change. Call individual stores for more details.

Assembly Row

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 11/25. See the schedule here.

Standout deals: 40 percent off storewide at Le Creuset, 50 percent off everything at J. Crew, up to 80 percent off at Brooks Brothers, and 25 percent off everything at Nike.

340 Canal Street, Somerville, 617-440-5565, assemblyrow.com.

Burlington Mall

Travel north of the city and you’ll find one of New England’s mainstay shopping centers. At the Burlington Mall, there’s a wide range of stores if you’re considering waking up at the crack of dawn with the entire family.

Doors open: 12:01 a.m. on 11/25.

Standout deals: Up to 50 percent off Bose electronics, 25 percent off footwear at Sorel, and if you get hungry, the newly opened Island Creek Oyster Bar will be offering complimentary hot mulled cider and doughnut holes to enthusiastic early shoppers who fancy a refuel.

75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, 781-272-8668, simon.com.


The deals begin on Wednesday in Target stores around Boston, and the savings will be extended online during Thanksgiving Day. See target.com for all Black Friday sale items.

Doors open: 1 a.m. on 11/25 in the Fenway, Dorchester, Watertown, and Somerville.

Standout deals: Hisense 50″ Smart Ultra HD TV, $249.99, Fitbit Charge HR, $89.95, and 25 percent off Apple TVs.

City Target – 1341 Boylston Street, Boston, 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.

CambridgeSide Galleria

Santa Claus is coming to town, and anybody who takes a photo with Saint Nick at the CambridgeSide Galleria mall starting November 25 will get two free prints to take home to remember the experience, as well as whatever discounted goodies you pick up.

Doors open: 12 a.m. on 11/25.

Standout deals: Items from $3 at H&M, 25 percent off your entire purchase on Nike gear at Macy’s, plus Pacsun BOGO denim, joggers, and chinos.

100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, 617-621-8666.


A reliable favorite nationwide, Macy’s has a huge selection of brand names and close proximity to other large stores like Forever 21, Primark, and T. J. Maxx in Downtown Crossing. You might as well check out all of the stores if you’re in the area.

Doors open: 12:30 a.m. on 11/25.

Standout deals: 75 percent off select coats, 60 percent off Christmas decorations, 70 percent off all memory foam pillows and toppers.

450 Washington Street, Boston, 617-357-3000.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes and Noble will open at a sane hour Friday morning, but will feature the return of Black Friday Signed Editions: over 100 author-signed titles in store from the likes of Amy Schumer, Carli Lloyd, and Jodi Picoult.

Doors open: 8 a.m. on 11/25.

Standout deals: Nook Tablet 7″, $49.99, 50 percent off gift books, and 50 percent off “Stories Every Kid Should Own.”

800 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-247-6959.


Sears is offering its Black Friday sales starting Wednesday at all its Massachusetts locations to get around those Blue Book laws, so if you’ve had your eye on a special appliance just in time for the holiday season, you can scoop it up before the turkey’s even in the oven.

Doors open: 10 a.m. on 11/25.

Standout deals: 30 percent off laptops, up to 40 percent off appliances, and Levi’s Men’s 501 Original Fit jeans, $36.99.

Multiple locations, sears.com.

Linden Square

This shopping and dining destination near Wellesley Center is just off of Route 9 and has a few select shops to take advantage of during the holiday rush.

Doors open: 10 a.m. on 11/25.

Standout deals: Spend $100 at IMPULSE and receive a surprise gift from the shop’s Giving Tree, and save $5 when you spend $40 or more at Magic Beans.

200 Linden Street, Wellesley, shoplindensquare.com.

Small Business Saturday

Ball and Buck

The Back Bay retailer specializes in quality hunting-inspired gear for the modern sporting gentleman. Shopping in the Newbury Street store feels like stepping into a wilderness cabin stuffed with oxford shirts, a barbershop, and awesome taxidermy.

Doors open: 10 a.m. on 11/26.

Standout deals: 20 percent off in-store purchases.

144-B Newbury St, Boston, 617-262-1776, ballandbuck.com.

Olives and Grace

The South End gift shop and maker exhibition will be celebrating small businesses up and down Tremont Street with chocolate and wine to enjoy as you browse their Best of Boston-winning collection.

Doors open: 10 a.m. on 11/26.

623 Tremont St, Boston, 617-236-4536, olivesandgrace.com.

SoWa Small Business Saturday

Artisans and vintage vendors around the SoWa neighborhood are holding promotions, and the vintage market will be hosting a special Saturday event.

Doors open: Regular business hours; vintage market opens 11 a.m. on 11/26.

Standout deals: 15 percent off purchases from Bobby From Boston, 20 percent off storewide at Ash & Rose, and 10 percent off letterpress holiday cards at Goosefish Press.

450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, sowavintagemarket.com.

The Street

The boutique collection in Chestnut Hill is giving a surprise gift to local shoppers on Small Business Saturday, and plans to offer baked goods, clothing, and a pop-up candy store.

Doors open: 10 a.m. on 11/26.

33 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, 617-566-6667, thestreetchestnuthill.com.

Red Wagon

This Beacon Hill prep hub was voted our 2016 Best Children’s Clothing, and if you’re looking for cute lobster-embroidered sweaters, shop no further. There will be refreshments, cookies, and hot chocolate to promote other local shops in the area, and an “I Shopped Local” photo booth set up for shopper selfies.

Doors open: 10 a.m. on 11/26

Standout deals: 25 percent off sale room items.

69 Charles Street, Boston, 617-523-9402, theredwagon.com.

Sault NE

This South End menswear boutique is beautifully curated to sell the best of New England prep and timeless apparel, accessories, and grooming products. Sault NE surely has something for every man in your life as the holiday season approaches.

Doors open: 10 a.m. on 11/26.

Standout deals: Spend $225 and get a $25 gift card.

577 Tremont St, Boston, 857-239-9434, saultne.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. 11/26.

Standout deals: 20 percent off full-priced items.

274 Shawmut Ave, Boston, 617-391-0222, flockboston.com.