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Welcome to ShopTalk, where the Observer tells you about small businesses and local entrepreneurs who have solved a problem, met a challenge or carved a unique niche. Follow us here each day, and in our Wednesday printed edition.

Hugh Gaither and his sons, John and Joe, turned a passion for running and performance socks into a family-owned business with a distinguished brand.

Now that gays and lesbians can get married in North Carolina, Charlotte-area wedding planners, caterers, venue owners and others are hoping for an uptick in business.

Many Charlotte-area small-business owners work a ‘side hustle’ to get extra cash.

No investment is a sure thing, but the one Russell Klara made in the Fort Mill High School Booster Club can’t help but pay dividends.

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