First observed in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The weekend after Thanksgiving is generally recognized as the start of the holiday shopping season with many consumers attempting to score doorbuster deals from big box stores on Black Friday or steals from online retailers on Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday, by contrast, encourages shoppers to take advantage of the small and local retailers in their own hometown. Here’s a look at how you can get a jump on your holiday shopping and support the small businesses right here in Mint Hill!
Fire & Ice Therapeutic Massage provides massage therapy in their new location on Lebanon Road. Their sister business, Blue Sky Fragrances & Flames, sells soaps and candles at the same location. Gift certificates for massage, candles and soaps all make great gifts for the holiday season. On Small Business Saturday, Fire & Ice will be offering $10.00 off all gift cards as well as a free bar of soap with any candle purchase.
Mom of four Barbie Tallent is the aptly named “Mom of Many Tallents.” A home-based retailer in Summerwood, Tallent specializes in customized and personalized items. “I like to think that I am your one-stop Etsy shop,” says Tallent. “I make wooden signs, personalized shirts, onesies, mugs, window decals, and customized stainless steel tumblers.” In lieu of an online shop, Tallent takes orders via phone (423-902-9077), Facebook (@MomofManyTallents) and Instagram (@BarbieTallented), a process that allows her to connect to her customers and keep them updated throughout the creative process and ensure they receive exactly what they are looking for.
Spotlight Performing Arts Academy located in downtown Mint Hill has been supporting the talents of kids and adults in Mint Hill and surrounding areas through music and theater for six years. “I both live and work in Mint Hill,” says owner Angela Mills. “I love the people I serve and the talented kids that come here!” For Small Business Saturday, Spotlight Performing Arts will be offering a one-day discount on classes, lessons and summer camps.
In downtown Mint Hill next to Mint Hill Yoga and Bull Moose Guns sits the Woof ‘n Hoof. The pet supply and pet food store has been a fixture in downtown Mint Hill for over 30 years. “We love meeting and getting to know everyone, two or four legs, that walks through the door,” says owner Patrick Holton, who assumed ownership of the store in 2017 with his wife Jacqueline. “We pack a lot into a small space and if there is something that we don’t have we can usually get it pretty quick. With everyone’s busy schedule, we offer 24-hour product pickup as well.” On Small Business Saturday, the Woof ‘n Hoof will host local mobile groomer Tiffany from Puppy Cuts, who will be offering $10.00 nail trims. Rover’s Rescue & Retreat will also be on site with adoptable dogs. In store, you’ll find discounted biscuits and other giveaways.
Wizzy Doodle Finds & Designs is a boutique gift shop specializing in personalized and monogrammed items. Their personalized corkcicle mugs and sterling silver jewelry make great gifts for the holidays. With all personalization services performed in-house, Wizzy Doodle is the perfect way to order monogrammed items locally for the holidays. Visit Wizzy Doodle on Lawers Road on Small Business Saturday to enjoy store-wide discounts of up to 50% off!
Marcela Dagenhardt is an in-home retailer who specializes in European-style baked good and sweets. “I am using my grandmother’s original Czech recipes for everything I bake,” says Dagenhardt. “She sent me her handwritten recipe book last year for Christmas! Many of the recipes date back to the 1940s!!” Dagenhardt’s traditional European Christmas cookies make a wonderful Christmas gift or addition to any holiday celebration. To order “Marci’s European Sweets,” contact Marci by phone (704-713-2320) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are looking for Mint Hill-themed gifts for the holidays, John-Marc Grob is the man to call. The local graphic designer, animator, illustrator, photographer and self-proclaimed “fun Dad” is offering a line of products with Mint Hill’s name on them this holiday season. “We have over 40 items that’ll be ready throughout the Holiday,” says Grob. “Each week we’ll have discounts on them: shirts, ties, gift bags, clocks, pillows, plates, mugs, lamps, table runners, Christmas items, tote bags, and more.” Contact JMG Studios by phone (201-400-6932) or email (email@example.com).
Mercy Carpet Cleaning & Restoration is a Christian-based cleaning company that offers carpet cleaning, house cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold remediation, water damage restoration, air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, commercial cleaning and crawl space moisture control. They offer gift certificates for their services, the perfect gift for someone who needs a little help with their home this holiday. For Small Business Saturday, they are offering 15% off on services over $135.00.
Aaron and Korina Opgenorth operate Rinaro Photo, a new business offering portrait, wedding, maternity and newborn photography. “Family portraits are always good gifts for family members!” say the Opgenorths. They also offer several holiday essentials like Christmas cards and canvas photos in their online shop. For Small Business Saturday, they are offering 10% off photo sessions as well as a mini-session special: $75.00 for a 20-minute outdoor session including 5 images and an online gallery. Contact Rinaro Photo at 704.737.7047 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mint Hill Yoga has been providing therapeutic and gentle yoga appropriate for all ages and situations since 2011. “We pride ourselves in making the practices of yoga accessible to all people, not just the young and strong,” says owner Bettie Shea.
Erica Carpenter of Cupcake Castles Travel Company is a travel professional who specializes in all Disney destinations and all-inclusive travel. “I provide clients with support and service throughout the vacation planning experience to help design the perfect vacation for their family,” says Carpenter. Carpenter feels the lifelong memories formed on a vacation specifically designed to meet your family’s needs are the best gift you can give for the holidays! Carpenter is offering vacation credits to clients who book a vacation package on Small Business Saturday. Contact her at 704-578-4983 or email@example.com to start planning your perfect family vacation.
Irene Cafe, located on Lawyers Road across from The Hill, is an authentic European cafe specializing in crepes, coffee, and wine, all served in an intimate setting which features original art by local artists. Stop in for a bite to eat on Small Business Saturday and receive two crepes for the price of one and $1 off glasses of wine. Gift certificates for food and wine are also available for purchase. “Irene Cafe provides a comfortable, welcoming environment for people to meet new friends, to exchange ideas with each other, and to share their love of the arts,” says owner Kidane Sayfou. “My motto is ‘Don’t rush the art of living.’”
Halos to Hissy Fits is one of several independent retailers located in Homestyles Gallery on Lawyers Road. Owner Sheri Hinson makes and sells children’s hair bows and custom jewelry. “We strive to be a part of our community and have quality products that we create,” says Hinson, whose products range from hospital caps for newborns to headbands for big girls. “We make most of the items we carry.” For Small Business Saturday, Halos to Hissy Fits is offering 25% off all purchases.
Cottage Yarn, located in downtown Mint Hill, sells yarn and other supplies for knitting and crocheting. They also offer knitting and crochet classes. Every Tuesday night from 6:00 – 8:00 pm is “Therapy Night,” a free knit and crochet time open to anyone who wants to bring a project and enjoy a fun, social time with fellow crafters. Cottage Yarn is the perfect place to shop for knitting bags, needle sets, custom combinations of yarn and patterns for the knitter or crocheter in your life. They also offer gift certificates for “Learn to Knit “ and “Learn to Crochet” classes. Cottage Yarn is featuring a unique promotion on Small Business Saturday: Marcus Hamilton, Dennis the Menace cartoonist and father of owner Lyn Millward, will be on site from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to sell and sign calendars!
Elizabeth Powe of Elizabeth Powe Photography shoots all types of photography: family portraits, headshots, newborn photos, engagement sessions, weddings, and birthdays, to name a few. Powe’s favorite thing about living and working in Mint Hill is capturing the community’s beautiful families in photos. She is available for family photos for Christmas cards. Contact her at 919-491-2361.
Pure Haven retailer Michelle Hyatt sells healthy, non-toxic cleaning supplies, as well as skincare and hair products and make-up. Among her offerings are lines for men, children and even babies and USDA-certified organic essential oils. For the holidays, Hyatt is offering new holiday scents and products as well as bundles that include some of Pure Haven’s top-selling products. For every $50 spent on Small Business Saturday, customers will have their names entered into a drawing for a free holiday candle. Follow “Non-Toxic Mama” on Facebook for information on other holiday sales!
Mint Hill Roasting Company, located next to the Mint Hill Police Department, specializes in local, fresh-roasted coffee and espresso drinks. Known as a great place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, Mint Hill Roasting Company is also a great place to shop for the holidays. “Whiskey infused coffee beans are great gifts,” says owner Annette Dance. “We also offer hemp-infused coffee beans and drinks. We also have gift cards available. We have gift baskets which include coffee equipment such as French press.” Visit Mint Hill Roasting Company on Small Business Saturday to enjoy discounted drinks and giveaways!
Hardy Boys Records, located on Lawyers Road, is a newcomer to Mint Hill. Open just one month ago, owner Dean Hardy sells vinyl records, record players and receivers. They also buy and trade records. Shop at Hardy Boys Records on Small Business Saturday and and receive at least 20% off your purchase!
Slime Planet NC, is run by kid-trepreneurs Novi and Myli Lopez. The 10- and 13-year old sisters sell slime, slime kits and slime parties. Their novelty slimes make great stocking stuffers for the holidays. Visit their web site at www.slimeplanetnc.com to learn more and order slime!
Vintage on the Hill, located in downtown Mint Hill, is an antique and vintage furniture store specializing in furniture restoration and repurposing. They also have home decor, gifts, and seasonal items. “We have Christmas gnome wine bottle toppers, holiday gnomes, holiday and everyday kitchen towels, vintage bells in all shapes and sizes, zippered holiday and winter tote bags, candles in many scents and sizes, and Christmas ornaments, including some specific to North Carolina,” says owner Pam Eggleston. On Small Business Saturday, all furniture will be 10% off. You’ll find Vintage on the Hill hidden in the back of the Pottery 51 building.