In just a few weeks, the busiest shopping day of the year arrives: black Friday. For some, this consumer-friendly day simply represents the start of the holiday shopping season. For others, the day following Thanksgiving is a chance to crowd shopping centers, mob malls and swarm big-box retailers in search of the lowest prices on the season’s most in-demand items. This year’s black Friday falls on Nov. 23, but many boutiques and retailers throughout the area continue their black Friday shopping specials throughout the following weekend. For the best deals in Pittsburgh, skip the chain stores and support the region’s local small businesses at the five best places for black Friday shopping deals.