This week many will be enjoying time with family and friends around the dinner table with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and all the other deliciousness that comes with Thanksgiving. Undoubtably we will also all indulge in the relaxation (and food comas) that comes with the holiday. For many, Thanksgiving also marks the start of the holiday shopping season. We all know about the crazy, hectic, insanity that is Black Friday, but why deal with that stress-monster? Instead, how about Small Business Saturday? The first ever Small Business Saturday was in 2010 and since then the Saturday following Thanksgiving has been marked the day to shop small in your community. The day is an initiative from American Express to “drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.” and with 200 retailers in the South End neighborhood of Charlotte, they are really doing the day right!
Small Business Saturday is becoming quite the event in South End Charlotte and this coming Saturday, November 29th, local and state representatives will be at Atherton Mill at 11am to proclaim the day Small Business Saturday. To get you started we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some highlighted small businesses in South End that you should visit and support. To make getting from place to place easier and to avoid parking hassles, a trolley will be running throughout the day with stops at Camden Road, Atherton Mill and Triple C Brewing. Triple C Brewing is actually going to be hosting “Shop Micro Local”, a pop-up shop and fashion trucks with products from throughout Charlotte and the region. Also, you’ll see that from the list below, all of these businesses are in walking distance of each other.
While you’re out and about on Small Business Saturday be sure to stop by these great retailers and others in South End:
Savory Spice Shop
Located at 2000 South Blvd., Suite 150 at the Atherton Mill location
For Scott and Amy McCabe of the Savory Spice Shop, Small Business Saturday is more than just a day to celebrate and support local businesses but also the anniversary of their own business. For that reason they have quite a bit planned for the big day and are excited to be hosting two other local small businesses from the community. From 9:30am on Saturday until 12pm Enderly Coffee Co., a local coffee roaster, will be doing pour over coffees and from 12:30pm until 2:30pm, Z-Bear Jamz will be sampling some of their great products. Additionally, the spices, herbs and salts from Savory Spice Shop make a great holiday gift for any cook in your family. As a special holiday offer you can get one free gift set of spices with the purchase of three. Be sure to wish Savory Spice Shop a happy anniversary when you stop in.
Located at 1800 Camden Rd., Suite 105, not far from the East/West Blvd. light rail station
For those men on your holiday shopping list this year, Blank Canvas is a men’s boutique with a handpicked selection of apparel, shoes and accessories. “Black Canvas prides itself on blending progressive menswear with contemporary sportswear”. We had the opportunity to meet one of Black Canvas’ owners, Harold Jordan. Harold has extensive design experience which he has used to create this “uniquely cultivated boutique” in the heart of South End. For Small Business Saturday Harold mentioned they would be running a special sale of up to 50% off items in the store.
Located at 1504 Camden Rd., Suite 200 near The Common Market and close to the intersection of Camden and Tryon St.
Black Sheep is one of the few skate shops in Charlotte and was opened in 2003 by Josh Frazier. Josh is a lifelong skateboarder dedicated to Black Sheep’s mission of “fostering all of the diverse and creative elements that skateboarding encompasses – including art, fashion, and music”. Over the years Black Sheep has established itself as Charlotte’s skate shop and looks forward to supporting the skateboarding culture and community as Charlotte and the South End neighborhood continue to grow.
Located at 1504 Camden Rd., Suite 100 near The Common Market and directly at the intersection of Camden and Tryon St.
Blush Boutique is a must stop for the ladies on your gift list this year. Blush offers the level of service and feel you’d expect from any great boutique. You can browse through a variety of ladies apparel and accessories specially curated from the fashion districts of Chicago and Los Angeles. Stop by on Small Business Saturday and enjoy high level boutique quality at very reasonable prices.
The Boulevard at South End
Located at 1440 South Tryon St. Suite #100 diagonal from Blush Boutique on the corner of Tryon and Summit
The Boulevard is an eclectic shop featuring a variety of items from over 40 different partners showcasing home decor, fashion accessories for both men and women as well as other home items. You can spend quite a deal of time exploring all of the potential gifts available here and with the extensive variety of items, this is the perfect small business for much of your holiday shopping.
Located at 1426 South Tryon St. down from The Boulevard at South End
Shu Salon offers ladies shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories. With shoes priced $60 and up there is truly a shoe for everyone at Shu Salon. Dan Mauney, a.k.a. Dan the Shoe Man is the owner of Shu and with over 15 years experience in the industry knows what’s what and how to do it right. As noted on Shu Salon’s website, the “offering of lines such as LK Bennett, Schutz, Butter, Vince Camuto, Anyi Lu, Ask Alice, Dolce Vita, Charles Jourdan, Sacha London, B by Brian Atwood and many others, Dan’s vision is going to reset the standard in the area” and that it has for the South End neighborhood and broader Charlotte community.
Located at 1426 South Tryon St. (the same space as Shu Salon)
BRIEF is another brain child of Dan Mauney (owner of Shu Salon) and is the spot for men’s underwear, swimwear and loungewear. “Very few stores in the country offer what BREIF does” says Dan. BRIEF offers an “underwear of the month club” which is a perfect gift from moms, wives and partners for the men in their lives. Additionally BRIEF offers swimwear all year long so with the cruise season coming up, BRIEF is certainly a place to stop this Small Business Saturday.
House of Chanel
Located at 115 E. Park Ave, not far from Phat Burrito
House of Chanel is another must-see women’s boutique and source of the latest in women’s fashion and accessories this Small Business Saturday. “Our goal is to offer quality contemporary ladies apparel at customer friendly prices. We aim to satisfy and provide every woman with as many styles as possible with an enjoyable shopping experience along the way”.
Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique
Located at 128 E. Park Ave, across the street from House of Chanel
Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique offers “thoughtfully curated artwork, pottery and jewelry from local, regional and national artists”. In fact, all of the pottery from Lark & Key is from local and regional artists of North Carolina. Many of the artwork featured at Lark & Key Gallery is inspired by nature and the inspiration is felt from the moment you enter the gallery. Stop in on Small Business Saturday to browse the gallery and see some of the great pieces showcased here.
Located at 128 E. Park Ave, right next door to Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique
QueenCity Bicycles is South End’s locally owned bike shop. As a full services shop you’ll find everything you need for your biking needs. QueenCity Bicycles has also partnered with Charlotte NC Tours, a local Segway, bicycle and walking tour company locally owned and operated. Both QueenCity Bicycles and Charlotte NC Tours are passionate about getting people in Charlotte on bikes.
The above is just a small sampling of the over 200 local retailers in the South End neighborhood. Of course with all that shopping you’ll need some sustenance so don’t forget all of the locally owned restaurants including Phat Burrito, Big Ben British Restaurant & Pub, Tyber Creek Pub, Luna’s Living Kitchen, Common Market, Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop, and of course the forever famous Price’s Chicken Coop.
With everything planned this Small Business Saturday, don’t miss out on what has become an incredible South End tradition in Charlotte. We look forward to seeing you out there supporting your local community!