LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Black Friday shopping can be a hectic experience.
"It's crazy," said Kaylee Sullivan, owner of The Pink Leopard Boutique. "There are people everywhere; the lines are so long and crazy."
It's the usual scene as several people crowd into major retailers looking for the hottest deals.
However, not all of the Black Friday sales in Lufkin are at Wal-Mart and Best Buy, they're also downtown.
"You come into a store and have wonderful things to drink and eat and you can shop and not be pressured by everyone running over you," said co-owner of Burke Street Antiques.
Several businesses downtown are taking part in Black Friday as a way to get their names out in the public..
"This is us, inviting local and out-of-town families coming in, an invitation to come in and see our business," said Linda Teer, Burke Street Antique co-owner.
These stores are offering things people won't find at major retailers.
It's a very unique shopping experience," said Jackie Ray, owner of Wildflower. "We have handmade paintings and all the paintings are one of a kind, so you can't find them anywhere else. We also have a lot of unique clothing and jewelry."
Not only is shopping downtown a less stressful experience, it's also a way to help out the Lufkin economy.
"We really wanted to encourage our customers to shop local and promote local businesses," Sullivan said.
Just like the major retailers, there are plenty of deals and door busters offered downtown.
"At Wildflower, if you spend $100, you get a $20 gift certificate you can spend after Christmas," Ray said.
"We have over 30 vendors and each one has a different sale going on and there are some fantastic ones, anywhere from ten to fifty percent off," Teer said.
"For the first 50 customers, they will receive a koozie grab bag and inside the grab bag it will have a slip of paper with different sales so it's kind of a surprise," Sullivan said.
Several of the downtown businesses will extend these sales through the following Saturday.