Bus tour of local boutiques helps Charlotte celebrate Natl. Small Business Week

Bus tour of local boutiques helps Charlotte celebrate Natl. Small Business Week

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by DION LIM / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 8:32 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- To help celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of National Small Business Week, a week to support small, locally owned small operations, clothing boutiques all over the area are joining forces in a Charlotte first: a shopping bus tour.

Women reportedly spend a staggering $125,000 on clothes over the course of a lifetime. Local businesses are trying to get shoppers to spread out those dollars.

Coowner of women’s consignment shop JT Posh in Dilworth says it’s important to stand out in a competitive market like the Queen City.

“There are so many shops around for us to shop at and take advantage of,” Tracy Auten said.

This Saturday, a special bus will pick up shoppers from both the Lake Norman and Dilworth areas and take them to Fifi’s Fine Resale in Cornelius, The Cheeky Bean in Ballantyne, The Junior League Wearhouse in Plaza Midwood and JT Posh and Summerbird in Dilworth.

“I’ve been on several of these across the country, and a lot of my resale friends have tours around the country, so we wanted to bring this to Charlotte,” said Julia Austin, owner of Fifi’s Fine Resale.

Jennifer Malone and Jessica Horton of J.Leigh Events helped plan the tour. As diehard shoppers themselves, their goal wasn’t to make a profit, but instead, share their personal favorites and remind Charlotteans there’s great shopping all over.

“In this day and age, especially in Charlotte, there are so many chains!  I live in Davidson, and I would never know about the Cheeky Bean, there down in Ballantyne. One of the stops is the Junior League Wearhouse, and I’m a Junior League member.  I’ve worked at the store and have seen the ins and outs.  I know where the money goes, and know the good finds you can get at the store because they’re in my closet!” smiles Horton.

While a ticket to the shopping bus will cost $45 a person, everybody gets lunch from locally owned Sunflour Bakery and Café, drinks, a gift bag full of treats from other local retailers and percent off all purchases at any boutique that day.

Tickets are selling quickly, and can be purchased here.

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