Shops hope to benefit from Small Business Saturday

Shops hope to benefit from Small Business Saturday

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 29, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 29 at 8:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While Friday shoppers are hitting the store for Black Friday deals, small business across Charlotte are hoping to get shoppers to sample local in Small Business Saturday. We got a preview of one pop up store.

"We are really the ground level for economic development," said Leslie Suber, owner of Sadie’s Caribbean Fishcakes.

It's a small boutique style building, which tomorrow will be a small boutique pop up store for local small business owners like Suber.

"It's a wonderful seafood appetizer or entree, very unique Caribbean based and just awesome for the holiday," said Suber.

She and several other local small business owners are coming together for Small Business Saturday hoping to showcase what buying local has to offer.

"This is an idea to promote small business, we are emerging companies in Charlotte, we are sort of under the radar," said Suber.

Like Emma Merisier who owns Southern Cupcake Queen between Southend's Food Truck Friday and other festivals she gets the word out but without her own store, any extra exposure to shoppers is good business.

"Everybody wants to do local now which is good so also using local products with the items that you make and then also getting people to support small businesses that also helps the community," said Merisier.

And shoppers won't just be looking at product, but they'll get to experience them also.

"So this way you get to come in, you get to sample you get to relax, have a little something, a little refreshment," said Suber.

And it's not just the pop up store at 1320 South Church Street, Southend will have many small businesses showcases their stores and hoping for shoppers to take notice.

"And I know Atherton Mills is doing something and of course the area where Boulevard on Southend is," said Merisier.

At the end of the day they hope locals will not just sample their product, but become customers in the long run.

"We've advertised on social media and word of mouth and we want people to come in and really experience some unique products, wonderful gift ideas and wonderful things for the holidays," said Suber.
 

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