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71 Ideas to “Shop Small” in South End

Hopefully you have taken advantage of the Black Friday deals and are gearing up for round two with Small Business Saturday. We have a whole lot (71 to be precise) of fun options for you on Saturday in South End and to make it a bit easier we’ll have 2 FREE Holiday Trolleys available to escort you through South End. Both Trolleys will originate from Atherton Mill with one taking a northern route to capture the Camden, Tremont, S Tryon and South Blvd areas and the other traveling South to capture the South Blvd, New Bern, Griffith, Remount, and Hawkins St areas. We’ll have South End maps and free shopping bags to make your experience a bit easier. Shuttles will run from 10am to 2pm after we official launch Small Business Saturday with the reading of the Mayor’s Proclamation by City Council Member Mayfield. Plan your morning and afternoon shopping festivities and then come back at 5:30 to help us light our First Ever South End Holiday Tree. We’ll have FREE cupcakes and cookies from Southern Cake Queen and Roots Good Local Food respectively as well as hot chocolate and cider. The House of Prayer Shout Band will be playing and we’ll have some festive entertainment as well.

Explore the list below and come explore and shop South End as we celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with Small Business Saturday.

1. Common Market Beer Breakfast from 9am to 1pm

2. Boulevard at South End

3. Blush Boutique

4. Black Sheep Skate Shop, We’ll be rolling over all our Black Sheep Friday deals to celebrate, so come through and checkout our Shoe Sale Wall (2 pairs for $69) and the famous Half Price Bargain Boxwill be loaded up with assorted tee shirts, snapback hats and other goodies, with many styles marked down to half or better off their original prices.

5. Modern Fabrics, huge end of year sale

6. Lark and Key Gallery

7. Charlotte Art League

8. Food Truck Brunch

9. Camden Rd Christmas Tree Lot

10. Unexpected Finds

11. South End Exchange

12. Places to refuel for Lunch Bite Your Tongue, Crispy Crepe, Midnight Diner, Nikko, All American Pub, Greek Isles.

13. Blank Canvas – 15% off the entire store from 9am to 7pm with free hot breakfast and beverages from 9am to 11am.

14. Bentala Salon

15. KM & Company Salon

16. Escape Salon

17. Milk Shake at Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop

18. Phat Burrito, no one makes burritos like Phat Burrito!

19. SoBo Loft Boutique & Gifts offering a wide variety of unique gifts and free gift wrapping.

20. Pewter Rose Bistro

21.Benjamin Bear

22. Bead Me by Linda Minor, Inc

23. Great BBQ from Mac’s or Sauceman’s.

24. Savory Spice Shop

25. Italian, American, British or Raw food options from Atherton Mill with Zucca’s Pizza, Icehouse, Big Ben’s British Pub and Luna’s Living Kitchen

26. Atherton Market is South End’s indoor, year round farmer’s market open 5 days a week. They’ll be open this Saturday for Small Business Saturday from 9am to 2pm and house many small businesses.

27. Cloister Honey makes a great gift with their infused and whipped honeys. They have gift sets available at their shop in Atherton Market.

28. Duke’s Bread makes delicious homemade breads and dipping sauces.

29. Simply Local has a great selection of locally sourced prepared foods, cheeses, meats and dairy, which is located in the Atherton Market.

30. Locally roasted coffee from either Monk’s Groovy Beans coffee at Atherton Market or Magnolia Coffee’s special blends for Common Market

31. Bagels from Owen’s Bagel & Deli

32. High Cotton Home Company

33. Three Little Birds Stationary for Christmas Cards

34. Chicken Pot Pie from Cluck n Cup

35. Eden Therapy and Massage

36. Interior Motives

37. Healthy Home Market

38. Fight Gone Mad

39. Canine Café…ton of events

40. Good Bottle Co

41. Triple C Brewing Co

42. The Furniture Connector

43. Southend Trading Company

44. Boulevard Home Furnishings Bazaar

45. Post & Gray

46. Christmas Tree Lot at Atherton Market

47. Give the gift of wine from Vin Master

48. Ride the Free Holiday Trolley around South End

49. Elder Art Gallery

50. Framing and Art from Coffee & Thompson and Gil Gallery

51. Morning baked goodies from Sweet Lorraine’s or Nova’s Bakery

52. Give the gift of cooking classes at The Liberty

53. Get your picture in front of the South End Holiday Tree

54. First 100 people in Savory Spice Shop get a free goodie bag of spices

55. Free cup of spiced mulled cider and Baker’s Brew Coffee Cake at Savory Spice from 9:30am to noon

56. Birthday cupcakes at Savory Spice Shop to celebrate their one year anniversary, Chinese Five Spice Cupcakes and Iced Chai Tea

57. Savory Spice will light their store Christmas Tree at 5:30pm, just before the South End Tree Lighting and will remain open until 7pm as their annual gift set sale ends on Nov 24th.

58. Hot chocolate and cookies from The Boulevard at South End

59. Funky fun gifts, wine, beer and coffee from Common Market

60. Shop Furniture Row, Charlotte’s premiere design destination

61. The best electronics in all Charlotte from Bang & Olufsen

62. Reading of the Mayor’s Proclamation by City Councilwoman Mayfield declaring Saturday, November 24th as Small Business Saturday at 10am at Atherton Market

63. Little Ozzy (The USA Premiere Little Ozzy Tribute Band) at Amos South End. Doors at 8pm

64. Locally sourced breakfast from Roots Good Local Food Truck at Atherton Market. Also, check out there special offers on cooking classes.

65. South End Tree Lighting from 5:30-7pm. Free cupcakes from Southern Cake Queen (while supplies last). Free cookies from Roots Good Food. Free hot chocolate and hot cider.

66. Enjoy the House of Prayer Shout Band at the South End Tree Lighting

67. Sofa Shack

68. Re Salon and Med Spa give the gift of health and beauty

69. Package and ship those items with a visit to the UPS Store.

70. Charlotte Art League

71. Theory Salon 



11 thoughts on “71 Ideas to “Shop Small” in South End

  1. Don’t forget to stop into Gracie Barra Charlotte Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy where they offer programs for children, women, and men! 2620 South Blvd.

    Posted by Thea Silva de Souza | November 24, 2012, 2:43 am
  2. And please don’t forget Java Passage. Although open only Monday thru Friday, Java Passage still claims Charlotte Magazine’s Best Cup of Coffee in town. Java Passage is located under the water tower near the East/West light rail stop.

    Posted by Debra DeLano | November 29, 2012, 4:46 pm
  3. Mr. Boyd,

    Since you continue to recycle these ideas on twitter and have yet to respond to my email below, I will post here for the consideration of your readers:

    Thanks for engaging in the twitter dialogue with me this morning (@logicconnection). Just a note to clarify my position. I live right off of South Blvd., travel through SouthEnd into work every day, workout at a gym in SouthEnd, drink at Olde Meck on occasion, etc. I’m not anti-SouthEnd and I’m not offended by the notion of shopping at a local small-business as you suggested. My point is that people should define their terms and consider the effects of their ideas before promulgating to an audience of 4,600 twitter followers. What does “shop small” even mean? How do you define “local?” Are you aware that American Express is the driving force behind the idea of Shop Small Saturday? Since when is American Express considered a small business? What if a local business sells products that were built in another country, are they still a local business for the purposes of Shop Small Saturday? And how does one prevent a local merchant that participates in Shop Small Saturday from taking the money you spend with them and then spending that money outside of the local community, therefore defeating the whole purpose?

    I understand you work for Center City Partners and you have a vested interest in promoting Shop Small Saturday and the local businesses in SouthEnd. But I am opposed to anti-competitive, protectionist ideas no matter the form they take, including the idea of Shop Small Saturday. If you want to buy local on Saturday because you think it helps the environment, or because you think more money stays in the local economy that way, I have no problem with that. My tweets this morning were simply meant to encourage people to think beyond a hashtag and actually consider what the effects of “shop small” really would be if followed to their logical conclusions.


    Eric Rowell

    Posted by Eric | November 30, 2012, 1:58 pm
    • Eric,

      Thanks for the tweets, email, blog comment and for providing an alternate perspective to the whole Small Business Saturday and “shop small” promotion. You ask some good questions, which I think people should consider. What is local? What is “shop small”? I do think most people intuitively understand the concepts of local and shop small but your call for a more precise definition could be helpful. Wonder what others who read this blog think and how do they define?

      Like you, I am opposed to anti-competitive, protectionist ideas, which is why I never made the claim to ONLY shop local or to NOT shop at big box stores. Small Business Saturday is an event that happens 1 day out of 365 on a weekend when big box stores and online stores are also celebrated. I think it’s a good idea and glad to help promote a small business focus one day out of the year.

      Thank you again for you comments and for asking good questions.


      Posted by wofford23 | November 30, 2012, 4:06 pm
  4. Another SHOP SMALL location on Saturday, November 30 is a POP-UP STORE at 1320 S. Church St, in Southend.
    We’ll have over 20 small businesses represented sharing their locally made goods of food, products and gifts. Stop by for plentiful food samples, holiday shopping, and beverages. Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Here are some of our vendors:
    All Nations Coffee & Gifts – fair trade coffee and gifts
    Ararat Imports – wine and craft beer
    Belle Terre Farms – all natural, grass fed meats
    Bushelle Seasonings – fresh herb blends with great food samples
    Cheese Creations – delicious cheeses
    Dukes Bread – crazy good fresh made breads
    Garnet Gals – handmade jams, jellies and preserves from locally harvested fruits
    Guava Love Foods – fruit and butter spreads that make you want to spread the love
    Happy Hour Cocktail Mixers – Because it’s 5:00 somewhere.
    Hey Sugar Shop – cookies, truffles… Hey Suga!
    KimBees – gourmet teas, coffee, peanut brittle, gifts
    Market Street Soap Works – Natural, organic and vegan soaps, lotions and shampoos.
    Miss Pretty Perfect – handbags of the highest-quality, craftsmanship and design
    Num Num Sauce – 4th generation southern style grilling and dipping sauces
    Pink Daisy Co – A bath and body co offering fun and eco-friendly products.
    Rooted in Nature – Unique handcrafted jewelry made from fabric, paper, and thread..statement pieces.
    Sadies Caribbean Fish Cakes – Made wih the finest ingredients, our Fish cakes are natural, flavorful, and convenient. Also providing Rum Punch!
    Southern Cake Queen – A Food Truck serving gourmet cupcakes and other delicious treats.
    Sweet Neecy Cakes – High quality batter mixes. Delicious homemade cakes don’t happen by accident.

    Posted by Caroline Starnes | November 23, 2013, 3:55 pm


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