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Best Local Shops To Visit On Black Friday And Small Business Saturday In Charlotte

November 5, 2013 7:00 AM

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Black Friday traditionally belongs to the malls and big box stores, but for those who prefer to shop in smaller venues, many locally owned shops offer great sales on Black Friday as well as on the following day, now known as Small Business Saturday. Originally promoted by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a concept that has really caught on. The businesses in the South End neighborhood are especially active on this day, with a tree-lighting and other special events, many centered around Atherton Mill and the adjacent Atherton Marketplace, both filled with local entrepreneurs. Small business owners can even be found in the big malls if you look, especially operating pushcarts. Check out, for instance, A Taste for Life, a family-owned kiosk offering gourmet foods imported from Spain, on the first floor of the Carolina Place Mall in Pineville. Holiday shopping starts with a bang on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Use our list to shop local where your dollars will make a difference.
Black Sheep Skate Shop
1504 Camden Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 333-1423
www.blacksheepnc.com

Looking for cutting-edge fashion or gifts for the younger members of your pride? Black Sheep carries many hard-to-find items including limited-edition shoes, apparel and accessories from top brands such as Nike SB, Adidas Skateboarding, Supra, Converse Skateboarding, KR3W, Akomplice, Altamont, DGK, Matix and G-Shock, plus Nixon watches and Brigada eyewear, along with the area’s largest selection of skateboards. The shop bills itself as an “anti-mall,” entering into exclusive relationships with many providers to stock items not found elsewhere in the region. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday bring annual sales with steep discounts to this shop in South End, located just off the light rail line.Related: Best Ways To Save During The Holiday Sales Rush

The Boulevard At South End
1440 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 219-7526
www.blvdatsouthend.com

Support local artisans by shopping at The Boulevard, packed with gift ideas for every member of the family. Some 20 talented locals supply the stock here, ranging from clothing, handbags and jewelry to one-of-a-king furniture and gifts. Many items are created from recycled materials, so a purchase here is also good for the environment. Special events are scheduled for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, with deals galore and refreshments served.
Charlotte Motor Speedway Gift Shop
5555 Concord Parkway S.
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 455-3200
www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

Racing fans look forward to Black Friday every year, when the speedway hosts its annual Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out Sale on the day after Thanksgiving, a tradition dating back 20 years. Shoppers enjoy sensational deals on tickets to future racing events as well as NASCAR souvenirs and memorabilia, with prices starting as low as $1. In addition, more than a dozen NASCAR souvenir rigs are on hand, offering official merchandise from some of NASCAR’s top drivers, such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and others. Those who spend $50 on tickets or merchandise, or make a donation to the Speedway Children’s Charities, have the opportunity to drive their own vehicle for three laps around the high-banked 1.5-mile super speedway track – the chance of a lifetime.
Mud Pie Monograms
Blakeney Village
9848-D Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 541-9188
www.mudpiemonograms.com

Located in Blakeney Village at the intersection of Rea and Audrey Kell roads in South Charlotte, this little shop was begun by two sisters back in 2006. It offers clever personalized gifts of every type from home décor and ladies’ fashions to baseball caps and lunch boxes. Monogrammed baby gifts and sterling silver jewelry are specialties. Mud Pie will be participating in the Black Friday sales offered throughout Blakeney Village.
Pura Vida Worldly Art
3202A N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 335-8587
www.puravidaart.com

This bright and cheerful NoDa shop is full of colorful folk art from around the world. Dedicated to promoting multicultural awareness and appreciation, founder Teresa Hernandez seeks out fair trade and eco-friendly art work and décor from many countries mixing them with works by local Charlotte artists in a welcoming atmosphere. A purchase here is sure to be authentic and fun, and in addition, it will help artists and artisans preserve their traditional ways of life. Pura Vida, along with most of the shops in North Davidson, will be open with special sales for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.Related: Best iPhone, Android, And Blackberry Apps To Find Black Friday Deals!

With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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