Small Business Saturday returns to South End Charlotte

• Merchants will be popping up all over South End next month – the second year pop-up vendors will sell merchandise and promote mobile ventures on Small Business Saturday.

Set the day after Black Friday, this year’s Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29 will, as always, feature locally owned shops, vendors and restaurants offering special incentives to draw customers.

Joining the fun in Charlotte: A group of 20 to 40 merchants that don’t have brick-and-mortar shops, but do have quality items they want to sell.

Dubbed Shop Micro Local, the event supports pop-ups with hopes of making them larger players in the city’s retail space. Pop-ups are small, temporary businesses that operate in one location for a day, weeks or months, and then leave. A group of local and regional food entrepreneurs formed Shop Micro Local, a one-day-only pop-up store, last year.

Items up for grabs this year range from jewelry to food, said Tobe Holmes, director of Historic South End. The pop-up bonanza will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside Triple C Brewery, 2900 Griffith St.

South End is looking for more vendors to participate. They must sell quality merchandise (no knock-off items allowed) without a fixed retail location. Vendors can fill out an application at

Vendors will pay a $50 deposit to rent space, half of which will be refunded, Holmes said.

American Express created Small Business Saturday in 2010 to help small businesses get their share of attention between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

• Their conversation didn’t extend beyond basic greetings, but Mooresville business owner

Michal Bay

still says

Dr. Mehmet Oz

made quite an impression on him when they met last week.

“He’s an incredible person when you meet him,” Bay said of Oz. The celebrity doctor who hosts his own show on ABC-TV was in Mooresville last Thursday to kick off a fundraiser for free health clinics in the Carolinas.

“We just welcomed him and spoke for a couple of minutes and that’s it,” Bay said.

The walk started from Bay’s store, Merinos Home Furnishings, in a refurbished mill on South Main Street. Since Bay bought the property in 2011, the mill has attracted up to 154 vendors, he said, with a pizza place slated to open at the corner of the building soon.

“Imagine a building that’s abandoned and full of problems,” he said. “Now, it’s full of new life. It’s not abandoned at all anymore.”