Colleen Van Mook // Downtown PG
Calling all downtown shoppers and diners to Celebrate Plaid Friday with Downtown Prince George on November 27th!
Plaid Friday started in Oakland California as a shop local campaign that encouraged friends and family to do their holiday shopping in a more leisurely way rather than the frenzy sometimes associated with Black Friday. It has caught on in many communities all over North America and in Prince George we are celebrating our 5th Annual Plaid Friday campaign. People ask, “So what’s with the plaid anyway?” Well, the plaid pattern represents weaving of the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses. Well… that pretty much describes our downtown in Prince George. With over 90 shops and stores; 35 cafes and restaurants, we have nailed creativity and diversity. And during these strange times the strength and fortitude of our downtown entrepreneurs is inspiring. I realize that it seems unusual that Plaid Friday started in the southern and warmer climate of California. I would say that plaid is pretty much the uniform of Northern BC, so we got this covered for sure!
Downtown Prince George has always enjoyed partnering with Love Northern BC to take part in a Plaid Friday campaign. In past years, this campaign has been designed to support local independent business owners through a variety of events, contests, and a targeted social media campaign. This year things will be different…we are not able to host our Plaid Friday Headquarters where kids could meet a jolly fellow in a red suit and create crafts while their parents earned some great swag gifts for shopping and eating at downtown locations. We will also miss being able to enjoy the strolling carolers on our downtown streets. This year for PLAID FRIDAY we are asking Prince George to show Local Downtown Businesses Some Love this Holiday Season. We are encouraging everyone to think local as you prepare for the holiday shopping season. During these different times it is going to be more important than ever to spend your dollars in our own community.
We invite you to learn more about the downtown places where you can SHOP, EAT and EXPLORE on our website. You will be amazed by all the products and services that you will find in our downtown. This year let Downtown Prince George help you prepare for a unique holiday shopping season in safe environments. Celebrate safely and deliciously with your small groups in our amazing restaurants and cafes. Shop for those unique gifts or spoil yourself, friends, and family at a variety of downtown spas, salons and wellness centres. You will be surprised that you will find something for all the people on your holiday gift list.
On Friday, November 27th, wearing plaid, a fabric with unique bands of colours woven together into a larger pattern, represents the many diverse independent businesses and organizations that together form the tapestry of a strong local economy. Just like hearts in the windows, we want you to show our local downtown businesses your support simply by donning plaid. It does not matter what plaid you plan to wear —shirts, masks, scarves, hats or socks – get them ready for wearing on Plaid Friday. Show that you support local by wearing plaid – and who knows you might find some special deals from your favourite downtown shop or restaurant. We are encouraging people to listen to their local radio stations and to follow us on Facebook to see how you might be able to win your very own Plaid Friday Swag.
About the Author: Colleen Van Mook is the Executive Director for Downtown Prince George, which is a non-profit society serving all the tenants and property owners in the Downtown C1 Zone. Colleen is proud to support the Board in their vision to support and grow the economic vitality and energy in Prince George’s downtown. Taking responsibility for the day to day operations and ensuring the implementation of programs, services and projects has been a rewarding role. During these crazy times, she continues to be inspired by the collaboration and support of this community. Prince George has been her home for almost 32 years. Her husband and two adult children share her enthusiasm about living in this incredible community