Whether you’re looking for a candle, a new shirt, a phone or just some holiday cheer, Sequim retailers have you covered this weekend.
Stores across the nation and on the Olympic Peninsula open with special hours and/or discounts to bring you in their doors or to their websites this Thanksgiving, Black Friday and/or Small Business Saturday.
Just how many of Sequim’s shoppers will venture out early or late may vary.
In a recent Peninsula Daily News online poll of 590 people, 82.24 percent said they weren’t planning to go shopping on Black Friday while 9.32 percent said they were and 6.44 percent weren’t sure.
Many bigger retailers continue their tradition of opening on Thanksgiving night, such as JCPenney and Game Stop.
New retailers to Sequim, Michaels and Ulta hold true to their franchise counterparts nationwide by opening on Thursday, (5 p.m.-midnight for Michaels, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. for Ulta) and open just a few hours later on Black Friday.
The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce continues Sequim’s Hometown Holidays by bringing Santa to town on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24.
The Sequim City Band, Sequim High School Jazz Band and a few choirs and ensembles bring live music to the day at the corner of Washington Street and Sequim Avenue, also call Sequim Centennial Place.
Santa arrives at 2 p.m. to greet children and the Christmas tree’s light turn on for the first time at 4:45 p.m.
The Sequim Prairie Christmas Tractor Cruise begins right afterward from QFC to JCPenney.
Staging begins at 4 p.m. at QFC. All tractors accepted so long as it has a rear safety triangle.
For more information, contact the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce at 360-683-6197 or visit www.Sequimchamber.com.
Anji Scalf, the chamber’s executive director, said she thinks Hometown Holidays is a sweet event for the community and coordinating it with Small Business Saturday brings awareness to local retailers.
“I think there’s good energy around it,” she said. “It gets the focus on our small merchants.”
American Express staff, who started Small Business Saturday in 2010, said a recent survey they conducted shows two-thirds of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the community.
Theresa Rubens, owner of Solar City Boutique, and Forage Gifts, said she loves the special downtown event.
“It’s a great way for the community to gather and appreciate all that we have,” she said.
As the event has continued, Rubens believes it’s grown.
“Shopping local has gained interest along with the ‘paying it forward’ mindset,” she said.
Rubens’ stores don’t participate in Black Friday activities, she said, because locals aren’t really looking to do that here, particularly in downtown Sequim.
However, she said the downtown core has grown so much with new businesses that she feels there’s always something going on.
“For years, people thought boutique shopping was so expensive, but it’s still very affordable and competitive,” Rubens said.
As a pat on the back of local retailers, locals and visitors voted earlier this year to name Sequim third place in USA Today’s 10Best contest for “Best Small Town for Shopping.”
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Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, openings:
• Sunny Farms, 261461 U.S. Highway 101, open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday. Nursery closed.
• Rite Aid, 520 W. Washington St., open 8-5 p.m. Thursday. Pharmacy open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Store opens at 7 a.m. on Nov. 23.
• Walgreens, 490 W. Washington St., open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday. Pharmacy closed.
• Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
• JCPenney, 651 W. Washington St., open 2-11 p.m. Thursday and open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday
• QFC, 990 E. Washington St., closes at 6 p.m. Thursday and reopens at 5 a.m. Friday. Pharmacy closed Thursday.
• GameStop, 1400 W. Washington St., Ste. 107, open 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Thanksgiving and open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday.
• Michaels, 1085 W. Washington St., opens from 5 p.m.-midnight on Thursday, and 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday.
• Ulta, 1065 W. Washington St., opens 6 p.m.-2 a.m. on Thursday and 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday.
• Safeway, 680 W. Washington St. remains open 24 hours. Pharmacy closed
• Walmart, 1110 W. Washington St., remains open 24 hours. Pharmacy closed.
Special Black Friday, Nov. 23 openings:
• Coastal Farm & Ranch, 990 E. Washington St., Building A, opens at 5 a.m.
• Big 5 Sporting Goods, 171 Alley Road, open 5 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
• Sears, 232 Alley Road, opens 7 a.m.
• Goodwill, 680 W. Washington St., opens 8 a.m.
• Dungeness Kids Co., 163 W. Washington St., 9-5 p.m. Friday, 9-7 p.m. Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
• Co-op Farm & Garden, 216 E. Washington St., opens 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
• Solar City Boutique & Retreat, 135 W. Washington St., opens 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
• Forage Gifts & NW Treasures, 121 W. Washington St., opens 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24:
• Museum & Arts, 175 W. Cedar St., open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Show and Sale.
• Olympic Lavender Co., 120 W. Washington St., open 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
• Solar City, 135 W. Washington St., open regular hours with a special “toast the holidays” from 4-7 p.m.
• That Takes the Cake, 171 W. Washington St., open 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
• Sunshine Café, 135 W. Washington St., reopens to regular hours on Saturday after closing Wednesday-Friday.
• Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., opens 1-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
• Sequim’s Hometown Holidays, corner of Sequim Avenue/Washington Street, from 1-5 p.m. with Santa, live music, activities and prizes, tree lighting and tractor parade.
Note: Check with your local retailer if it’s not listed here about special hours. Some businesses do not have special hours this weekend or haven’t announced them yet by press deadline.