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More than 100 women-owned businesses back together after COVID-19 setbacks

One of the largest pop-ups in the southeast -- Girl Tribe -- is back under one roof.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A giant pop-up this weekend is expected to bring in $500,000 to more than 100 locally owned small businesses. The Girl Tribe pop-up is a much-needed boost after many of the vendors almost went under because of the pandemic.

It's one of the largest pop-ups in the southeast and features mostly women-owned businesses.

In 2022, the pop-up is taking over the Charlotte Convention Center. There will be clothing, jewelry, food and more for sale. 

"Typically, we’ll see $500,000 spent across all of our vendors, so it’s a huge impact for all these women-owned businesses," Girl Tribe co-founder Carrie Barker said.

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Alicia Shope designs earrings made from clay that are sold at a handful of boutiques but mostly online, which means pop-ups are a big part of her overall sales.

"It's super important," Shope said. "The Girl Tribe pop-ups are my best as far as my highest volume of sales. I definitely depend on it."

But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, those sales suddenly stopped.

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"All of 2020, all pop-ups were canceled -- that was the main source of revenue for most of our vendors," Barker explained.

Barker, like her vendors, is grateful Girl Tribe is back in person and in a big way.

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"I think there’s a really strong return to in-person retail," Barker said. "We’re seeing online is doing great, but we’re seeing stores, there’s an energy and electricity of people just wanting to connect in person. I feel like attendance is going to be through the roof."

The event is on Saturday, April 30 from noon to 5 p.m. Find all the information about Girl Tribe or get tickets ahead of time by visiting the event's website.

Contact Michelle at mboudin@wcnc.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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