Plan Your Perfect Small Business Saturday

November 14, 2017 9:25 pm

Santa isn’t the only one who has to make a list and check it twice. With over 200 local business and three pop-up markets, South End’s Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 25th is the perfect place to Shop Analog. Find gifts in real life for everyone on your list in a fun day of exploring and supporting local shops and businesses. Between shops, treat yourself to a local beer or delicious meal at one of the 70 restaurants, breweries and pubs in South End.  

You can park once and then forget about your car and parking: Novel Stonewall Station is providing free trolley rides to get you around the neighborhood for the day.  

Here’s one way to enjoy South End Small Business Saturday in an action-packed, trolley-filled day: 

Where to start: Atherton Mill 

How youll get there: Take the blue line to the East/West Station, bike or walk on the Rail Trail, or drive and park your car for the day. (See here for a list of places to park your car.) 

Get your morning fuel at Not Just Coffee at Atherton Mill: you’ve got a long day ahead of you. While you sip your coffee, you can wander through the Atherton Farmers Market or the shops at Atherton Mill. Savory Spice has great spice sets for your friend who is always trying out new recipes, Rochelle at Vin Master can help you choose wine for gifts and holiday entertaining and other local food gifts, and the other shops like Anthro, Free People, Warby Parker and Alton Lane will be open and ready to deck you out in holiday attire. 

If you’re looking for something to offset your Thanksgiving feast, grab a healthy dish or a juice at Luna’s Living Kitchen.  


Next Stop: Camden Road

How youll get there: Walk from Atherton 

The shops on Camden Road are just a quick walk from Atherton Mill. Stop by the new Girl Tribe Co. pop-up shop for a gift for your glitter-loving friend, find something for the person who just ran the Charlotte Marathon at Ultra Running Company, cross the beer snob off of your list with a couple of local brews from Pop the Top or get yourself a new pair of jeans at Blue Hem. Along with the shops, there will be 60 local vendors at a pop-up market along Camden Road. 

If shopping is working up an appetite, try a new dish at Bulgogi Box, create your own pasta bowl at Fidelli Kitchen or warm up with a bowl of ramen from Futo Buta. If you’re not ready for a full meal, get your vitamins with a juice or smoothie at Clean Juice or grab a seasonal latte from Central Coffee Company to get in the holiday spirit. 

Shop on: swing by Charlotte Art League for more local vendors at the Starving Artist pop-up market, and head across the Rail Trail to the Jingle Jangle market at Ciel Gallery, Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique for small pieces of artwork, and Kimberly’s Boutique for a gift for your trendy friend. Nearby, check out the new Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art to be mesmerized by fine glasswork 


Next Stop: 2525 Distribution Street 

Get there: Hop on one of the free trolleys 

The next stop on your list is C3 Lab. They’ll have artwork for sale and the Dudeapalooza pop-up market where you can find great gifts for guys. Cross all of the hard-to-shop-for people off of your list at one place! 



Next Stop: Lincoln Street

Get there: Trolley time!

 When you arrive at the Gold District of South End, stop into Magnolia Emporium for cozy homey gifts, walk to Coffey and Thompson Art Gallery for a selection of small artworks, and stop in at Unknown Brewing to warm up with a local brew.  

Can’t get enough local vendors? Good! More pop-up shops will line Lincoln Street between Church and Mint.  

In between stores, stop by Wooden Robot Brewery, Bulldog Beer and Wine or Craft Tasting Room for a local beer to celebrate finishing your holiday shopping a couple of weeks early! 

If you’re hungry, grab wings at Seoul Food Meat Co., try something off of the Twisted Eats menu at Wooden Robot Brewery or enjoy an ice cream cone from Golden Cow Creamery. 


Next Stop: Wherever you want to go in South End 

Get there: Free trolley rides go until 5:00 pm 

The shops will be closing at five but local restaurants, breweries and bars will be open later into the evening!  

South End Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 25th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information and updates on the day, RSVP on Facebook. 

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