We’re gonna make a wild, completely unverified claim and say the 2018 South End Small Business Saturday is the best shopping pop up event the QC has ever seen. With over 100 pop-ups (listed below) plus many of South End’s brick & mortar stores and over 70 places to eat and drink, it will truly be the perfect day to shop and support Charlotte’s Small Business community.

How to Do The Day:

South End Small Business Saturday starts at 11 am on 11/24 and goes til 5 pm. The SE tree lighting follows.
Take the lightrail to East West Station or park in one of several options (see below) and ride the free trolleys to get around. Look for a map to use as your guide, as they’ll be available throughout the area.

Where to Start:

While you can pretty much start wherever you park, one option is to start on Camden when you get off the lightrail at EW Station. Pop-up shops will line the street leading you to the brick and mortar shops, galleries and eateries, who will have doors open, music playing, festive snacks and gifts. 

Other solid starting points would be to begin with Lincoln Street, between Church and Mint, where pop-ups will line the streets, and you can explore music, shop for gifts, art and decor, and beverages from Unknown Brewing. Then trolley over to Campden or to …..Dudeapalooza at C3 Lab where there will be local shops featuring gifts for dudes, original works of art for sale, and the C3 Outdoor Biergarten with a heated outdoor tent, Triple C beer and food trucks. 

No matter where you start, just hop the trolley to the next section to shop and eat some more.

Parking:

There is plenty of parking on-street and off-street throughout South End. Here are a few options:

  • Design Center parking deck at Doggett & Hawkins (paid)
  • Design Center surface lot at Worthington & Hawkins (paid)
  • Little Hardware parking lot at Mint & Bland (paid, $3/day)
  • Gravel lot across the street from Little Hardware at Mint & Bland (paid, $3/day, via app)
  • Gravel lot at Mint Street between Palmer and Quincy (paid, via ParkIt app)
  • Free weekend parking is available on-street throughout South End, try Church, Summit, S Tryon, Camden, Kingston, Hawkins or Distribution streets
  • Free parking is available in the surface lots near C3 Lab (2525 Distribution St)

Pro Tips:

  1. Don’t feel like you need to start the day here, as you may well want to END the day here with the South End Holiday Tree Lighting at the corner of Tremont and South Boulevard at Atherton Mill + Market. Starting at 5:30, there will be holiday music, cocoa from Not Just Coffee, hot doughnuts, performances and an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus to light the South End Holiday Tree. After the tree is lit around 6:30, you can meet and take photos with Santa.
  2. Pace yourself and do a little research before, using our list of shops below.
  3. Make one of your first stops at one of South Ends year round brick & mortar shops to pick up your complimentary SE SBS reusable shopping bag, photo below.
  4. Be open to the unexpected. Yes, bring your gift list, but be prepared to find things you never knew you needed or they wanted.

Photo by Kyo H Nam

Shops to Shop:

Brick and Mortar Stores:
Girl Tribe
Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop
Ultra Running Company
Bulgogi Box
Blue Hem
704 Shop
Clean Juice
Two Scoops
Sabor Latin Street Grill
Magnolia Emporium
Unknown Brewing Company
Queen City Bicycles
Sycamore Brewing
Wooden Robot Brewing Company
Craft Growler + Bottle Shop
C3 Lab
Savory Spice Shop

All year round brick & mortar businesses will have a supply of reusable shopping bags to distribute to shoppers. They’re really cute!

 

Pop Ups on Camden Rd:
Farmer and the Belle
The Alley Way Market
Ginger & Juniper
L’ Écharpe
Johnny Fly Co
Personalized Panda
Catawampus Press
Mercy Creates
Shannon Newlin LLC
Ador Creations
Heavenly Scent Candle Co
Mallory Candle Co
ASH AND VINE BOTANICALS
Golden and Grey
Gracie Roze
Worthy Figures
The MailRoom
Queen Styles Boutique
Pearl and Mint
CharLIT, LLC
Glory Days Apparel
Feminist Goods Co
AO Handmade
Hedin Home & Garden
Southern Elegance
Quad Espresso Jewelry
SHANI AMARA
Jewelry by Susan J
Nemesis Jewelry
Rose + Thorn Jewels
Venus Eyetrap LLC
Twenty Two West
Kathleen Levren Jewelry
M Designs
Nia’s Treasures
Belle Bélier
Fjord13 Specimen
Rhinos’ Exotic Wooden Pipes LLC
SBJones Photography
Artisan Village Design
City Farm Foods LLC
Hudson & Lee Honey Simple Syrup
Firefly Boutique Ltd
justGenna designs
AI TO YOU
Three Little Birds
3 Dog Park N Bark
Queen B Booch
Kupkake Kouture Charlotte
Sweet’s Syrup
Tommy’s Jerky Charlotte
Gilded Beverage LLC
UpDog Kombucha
Point of Hues
Butterfly Effect
CC’s Naturals & pure pups
Monette Naturals
The Blush Edit
Neon Love Story
Bajari
Twelve 31 Jewels
Blue Heaven Woodworks
Christine’s Konditorei LLC
Southern Fragrances Candle Co
MookyPookyandMuffin
CLT Rocks
MADDJewels
Creations By Suzette
Sweet Daddy’s Jewelry
Windrose Custom Goods
Pet Wants – The Urban Feed Store
Milk Mustache Cookies
Lil Rebel Bakery
CLT Find
cricket vision press
Holly Graham Fine Art
shop ari and ana
worthy + badass
The Cactus Club
Worthy Figures
Carolina Chocolate Company
Otherwise Books
Pollynation Apothecary
Nest Boutique
Hope Inside
Artisanal Lab
Farm Fresh Carolinas
2 Happy Potte
Cloister Honey

Pop Ups on Lincoln:
EZ Styles Boutique
Hipstik Legwear
zbeads by mara
Gloria Faye Design
Darbys Kitchen
Farmers First Coffee Company
Camp Gladiator
The Blushing Flamingo Boutique
The Artsy Box
Queen City Growlers
Anna/gandacrafts & Donna/Tangled Line Designs
Wildly Urban
Mos art
Uwharrie Spa Essentials
Ediths international store
International Treasures Boutique
Marty’s Jerky & Pickles
SUM Bucha
Stamped and Cashed
C+R by the Sea
Tayflower
Jewelry By Ang
It’s Poppin Gourmet Kettle Korn
Pink Daisy Candle Company
Fiona & Clyde Designs
Excellence Junkie
EDIA Inc.

 

 

 

 

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