South End Businesses Hope People will Shop Local for Holidays

CHARLOTTE, NC – Small businesses in Charlotte are hoping you spend your money closer to home this holiday season.

More than 70 Sound End shops participated in Small Business Saturday.

“It helps us relate to the people first-hand. It brings them face-to-face with us and we love that,” says Jennifer Hanna.

For the first time, Historic South End shut down part of Camden Road for Small Business Saturday.

Nearly a hundred pop-up shops joined dozens of local businesses vying for attention amid the busy holiday shopping season.

“One of the best ways that we can get out there and get our name out there,” Hanna explains.

3,000 people were expected in South End.

“Small businesses are really the backbone of our economy. Every one of these shops started out as someone’s dream. Every one of them is creating multiple jobs,” says Megan Gude with Historic South End.

And while prices can be higher than at big-box stores, supporters say shopping small means you can avoid the big crowds and get better service.
The money also stays in the local community.

“This is a day in the midst of the holiday season for us to all really focus on our neighbors who doing cool things, living their dreams, and also support our local communities,” Gude says.