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Black Friday Alternatives For The Local Foodie

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Instead of joining the hordes of people on Black Friday, check out these foodie-friendly stops for the savvy shopper.

We Heart Eagle Rock on Small Business Saturday: At Eagle Rock's annual Block Party along Colorado and Eagle Rock Boulevards, more than 25 indie shops will have freebies and discounts for those looking to steer clear of the outlets and malls. The soon-to-open gourmet cheese shop called Milkfarm is getting into the mix too. The best part about going this route is that you won't have to deal with the terrible food court cooking on Black Friday. Instead, you can nosh on free pizza from Brownstone in the kids' area, or local eats at restaurants like The Oinkster, Spitz, and Cacao Mexicatessen. You can find out more info here.

Independent Label Market: Over at Micheltorena Elementary School in Silverlake, there'll be the ultimate market for the sound lover in your life hosted by IAMSOUND. Shop vinyl from some of the founders of the biggest independent record labels, browse books, and gather new artwork from the folks at MOCA. There'll also be brioche toasts and homemade james from Silver Lakes’ Sqirl, drink cocktails from Eighty Two, and manis by Nailswag. You can find out more info about the Saturday event on their site.

Handmade Goodies at Poketo:Talk about a small business with big style. The folks at Poketo in DTLA specialize in adorable clothing, decor, accessories, and home goods from local and international artists. Their Arts District brick and mortar will be offering 50% selected items through this weekend, starting today. You can visit their site here.