Local shops prepare for Small Business Saturday

The busy shopping days across the country are continuing with Small Business Saturday.

The Pop Up Market in South End opens at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the corner on Camden Road and West Blvd.

Over 100 retail stores and restaurants will open their doors to neighbors. The City of Charlotte has seen a 32 percent increase in local brands and dining options, over the last four years in that area.

“This going to completely transform outside all the tents, all the vendors,” said Jin Mengert, owner of Bulgogi Box. “All different kinds of businesses, retail, craft beer, and art.”

On Saturday, small businesses will stand out, on a day wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“You can pull away from all the craziness and hectic-ness that is Black Friday,” said Ketan Patel. “And can come and just relax holiday shop.”

Patel owns Pop the Top at the Corner of Camden Road and West Blvd. He believes small businesses are the backbone of the local economy.

“The money we pay in taxes gets pumped right back into the communities, and it’s what what’s are communities great.”

Mengert says Small Business Saturday isn’t only for retail shops.

“Everything is very much so personal. I’m so happy people get to meet me in person.” Her restaurant is one of 50 places in South End to grab some grub. “There’s a quick menu, quick grab and go, so it will be $5 for the wings and the fries and pot stickers.”

Small business owners all over Charlotte are ready to remind holiday shoppers there’s more out here than the big box stores.

“We pride ourselves on knowing everyone’s name,” said Patel. “That’s what small businesses are able to do as opposed to being just a number.”