Here’s the thing about Black Friday – you go to places like Walmart and Best Buy instead of local shops and less of your money stays local. I totally understand why we do this. That dirt-cheap TV is so tempting, and DVD box sets are such an easy gift to get someone. Also, it’s pretty much one-stop shopping, whereas if you want to buy local chances are you’re going to find yourself driving all over the place.
If you’re as tired of the cut-throat bloodbath that is Black Friday at the big-box retailers as I am then I’d like to present to you a few options for your holiday shopping today: Grimey’s and the Green Wagon.
Let’s start with The Green Wagon, or 5 Points in general. Local retailers will be slashing prices for the day, which is pretty standard, but at this Black Friday, I’m sorry, 5 Points Friday event there will also be live music, local beer, a local home brew contest, a home brewing 101 lesson, and some awesome local restaurants. You can feel good about yourself too, because 5 Points Friday will be raising money for Promise Neighborhood, a new program of the Martha O’Bryan Center.
Oh yeah, and the Grilled Cheeserie will be celebrating their first birthday by dishing out free gooey cheesy wonderfulness to their first 100 customers of the day. Are you sold on 5 Points Friday yet? By the way, they’ll start serving at 11:30. The whole event runs from 9:30am-11pm.
And now to Grimey’s! The folks who put Record Store Day together have assembled a bunch of new limited edition records and singles from some awesome artists for your purchasing and listening pleasure. But it wouldn’t really be Black Friday without a sale, right? Well, Grimey’s is making you work for your discount this year. You’ll get 15% off all non-Black Friday specific titles only if you bring in 3 non-perishable food items. Also, if you buy any 2 “sale” LPs or 7″s, you’ll get a 3rd sale LP or 7″ of equal or lesser value. Grimey’s opens at 10am and will close at 8pm.
In addition to the special releases and the sale, at noon Brendan Benson will be in the Basement signing copies of his new record, which was recorded live at our very own United Record Pressing, and hanging out with fans. Man, I love Nashville.