Local Shops Gear Up for Small Business Saturday

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Our message to our girl is to shop local and spend real dollars with your local businesses,” said Girl Trip Co-Founder Carrie Barker.

Southend boutique store Girl Tribe just opened its doors a few weeks ago. They sell merchandise from local, women-owned businesses and hope the community comes out to support them as well.

“We’re having a lot going on tomorrow. We’re having a bartender with drinks all day, on-site calligrapher to do custom ornaments,” said Barker.

A few doors down on Camden is Studio Cellar where you can paint, drink and shop for art. They’re hoping Small Business Saturday brings new customers.

“You don’t want corporate America coming over and taking over what little bit you can give back to the community,” said Sloane Soibhan with Studio Cellar.

Companies like Ultra Running compete with big box stores, they’re also in Southend where the event will be happening and say the exposure will help them.

“It’s very important because it gives us an opportunity to engage with the community to show them our customer service and what we have to offer,” said Nikia Squire with Ultra Running.

Businesses say they make up the local neighborhoods like Southend so they need people to help them continue to contribute.

“For us to stay local, and we want to be local, we would need the support back,” said Squire.