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Shane Harms
Last year's Holiday Tree Lighting celebration at Marvin's Garden Park.

Ballard celebrates local businesses and cheer over holiday weekend

Ballard Gives Black Friday is back

Ballard is keeping it local over this holiday weekend starting on Black Friday (Nov. 28) with Ballard Gives Black Friday. The festivities continue through Saturday with Shop Local Saturday and an afternoon filled with holiday events at Marvin's Garden Park.

Over 20 Ballard businesses are participating in Ballard Gives Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving. Instead of deal-crazed consumers camping out in front of Ballard stores before 6 a.m., customers can pay it forward with BGBF. Shop at any one of the participating Ballard businesses and a portion of what shoppers spend go to a local non-profit. Some businesses are continuing the holiday cheer through Sunday.

Ryan and Lanne Stauffer, owners of Market Street Shoes, spearheaded BGBF a couple years ago and since then it has gained momentum.

“We started a few years ago to move away from the big box, big discount mindset and to think about ways for people to give their shopping dollars depth and power. For us it made sense for us to give back to a non-profit instead of discounts,” said Ryan Stauffer.

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