Wednesday, December 4, 2013

So, when is the next one?

Many customers shopping at the Micro Local pop-up store in South End last weekend suggested to organizers they should do this more often.

("They're) hoping that we would do this every quarter or at least every celebrated Small Business Saturday," according to Olive Stewart, one of the organizers behind the first-time, one-day event.

The pop-up was designed to give entrepreneurs without storefronts the chance to promote their products during the national "Shop Small" promotion day. Offerings included food products, pet treats, candles, handmade items, and more. CPCC Small Business Center, Charlotte Center City Partners, and Whiteside Industrial Commercial Properties assisted in the event.

Stewart called the day a "total success."

"People came from the surrounding areas...It was profitable not just monetarily but in building a customer base for all the vendors. Customers found many of the items to be unique, quality and affordable."

Vendors even shopped from each other for gifts, Stewart said.