Every year, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, American Express sponsors Small Business Saturday. It is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country, and many of you know that shopping local is something near and dear to my heart. This year, Small Business Saturday falls on November 26th.
There are so many locally-owned spots that shopping local is almost too easy around Charlotte. I did a post about some of my favorite small businesses a few years ago, and another last year. Continue to support the businesses in those posts, but check out these, too!
- Earl’s Grocery
Located in Elizabeth, Earl’s is a market/cafe selling & serving fine foods & unique drinks. You can find fun, funky gifts for the foodie on your list and grab a delicious bite to eat at the same time!
- NoDa Company Store/NoDa Farmers’ Market/NoDa Eclectic Marketplace
Technically, these are three separate entities. But they’re all located in the same general vicinity – beside Smelly Cat Coffehouse and in its parking lot. The Company Store carries local beers and cheeses, along with a variety of wines. The Farmers’ Market is year-round, heading inside the Neighborhood Theatre when it gets too chilly. But it’s all local farms and vendors that are represented. And the Eclectic Marketplace brings in vendors selling locally produced works of art, jewelry, body products, clothing, housewares, pet products and more! This is a not-to-miss spot in NoDa every Saturday, not just Small Business Saturday!
- Blended Bartique
Also in NoDa, this adorable boutique offers the cutest clothes at great prices. The fact that they have a full bar so you can cheers your new purchases with your friends doesn’t hurt, either.
- SouthEnd’s Annual Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Markets
On top of SouthEnd’s more than 300 retailers, this one-day pop-up event will offer three markets of local vendors, with trolley stops at each: Atherton Mill & Market, Wilson’s Dudeapalooza at C3 Lab, and Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum & Charlotte Art League.
- 7th St Public Market
If you haven’t been to this market, you are missing out! This place is filled to the brim with local vendors – from cheese and raw juices to crafts and restaurants.
- Lotus Boutique
Located in The Metropolitan, this is the place to go to get party ready…or to shop for your friends and family that are always party ready!
While you’re out and about, you can also support small businesses on social media on Small Business Saturday. Check in at the places you’re shopping and post pics of the stuff you’re finding, and use the hashtag #ShopSmall in your posts!
Did I miss any of your favorite locally owned small businesses? What other spots do I need to check out? Comment here to let me know!