Shop Local This Holiday Season

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MINT HILL, NC – Black Friday is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to start shopping for the holidays!

As you kick off your holiday shopping, consider keeping money in our community by shopping at stores and restaurants right here in Mint Hill.  “When you shop local, you make a personal investment in your neighborhood and community,” says Urban Air Event Coordinator Sara Fabian.  “It is like a ripple effect, when you buy local you will notice immediate and long-term effects.  You help create jobs for your friends and neighbors as well as investing in your community economically.”



We’ve compiled a list of great choices for keeping it local this holiday season.

Carolina Hemp offers a wide range of CBD and Hemp products
Carolina Hemp offers a wide range of CBD and Hemp products

Carolina Hemp Company, located near the intersection of Lawyers and 51, offers a range of CBD and hemp products including Carolina Hemp-branded subliminal oil, skin care products, bath bombs, edibles, coffees and teas, apparel, and even treats for cats and dogs!  Many of their products not only make great gifts for the holidays but can also offer relief to those who deal with anxiety during the holiday season.  They even offer CBD seltzers that can be used for holiday drinks!  Owner Monica Hailey Sharpe prides herself on providing customers with a more personalized shopping experience than a big box store.  “I’m really big on educating people on CBD and hemp,” she explains.  “I make sure my customers know something they didn’t know when they leave.”  Let Monica help you select a gift for someone special in your life, or purchase a gift certificate and let them decide for themselves!

11205 Lawyers Rd | carolinahempcompany.com | (980) 207-0993

Pour 64 has 40 rotating taps to choose from including ciders, gingers, sours and even non-alcoholic beers
Pour 64 has 40 rotating taps to choose from including ciders, gingers, sours and even non-alcoholic beers

With 40 craft beers on tap including ciders, ginger beer, seltzers and even non-alcoholic beer, Pour 64 is a great place to shop for the beer-lover in your life!  Pour 64 sells physical gift cards on site, but you can also purchase them online and send them via email (allowing you to shop local without leaving your house!).  “Pour 64 is a great place to grab a gift card for a person who likes to come out a have a pint with friends,” encourages Owner Sarah Brock.  Pour 64 is also a great place to unwind with a casual drink after a busy day shopping.  They offer hot soft pretzels, and outside food is always welcome.

4410 Mint Hill Village Ln | pour64.com | (980) 585-1051

A gift card to Vintner's Hill is the gift of a meal out
A gift card to Vintner’s Hill is the gift of a meal out

For the wine lover in your life, consider a gift from Vintner’s Hill Wine Bar & Bistro.  With over 75 bottles to choose from, Owner Michelle Hitchcock can help you select the perfect gift or bottle to enjoy with your own holiday meal.  If you’re not sure what type of wine someone in your life might like, consider a gift card.  In addition to wine, gift cards from Vintner’s Hill can be used for lunch or dinner out, gifting the recipient with a night “off” from the kitchen!  Vintner’s Hill also offers takeout, so if you find yourself too busy to cook but itching for something more than fast food, give them a call and let them handle dinner for you.

7427 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd | vintnershill.com | (980) 237-0457

Climbing Wall at Urban Air Mint Hill
Climbing Wall at Urban Air Mint Hill

Located at the intersection of Lawyers and Margaret Wallace Roads, Urban Air Adventure Park is more than just trampolines!  “If you’re looking for the best year-round indoor amusements in the Wildwoods, Matthews, Charlotte and Mint Hill area, Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure park is the perfect place,” says Event Coordinator Sara Fabian.  “With new adventures behind every corner, we are the ultimate indoor playground for your entire family. Take your kids’ birthday party to the next level or spend a day of fun with the family and you’ll see why we’re more than just a trampoline park.”  Take advantage of Urban Air’s Black Friday special and purchase a $100 gift card for just $50!  Gift cards can be used for in-park ticket purchases, merchandise and cafe items.  Bundle it up with an Urban Air t-shirt rolled with socks and tied with an Urban Air “fat band,” and your loved one will have everything they need to enjoy all Urban Air has to offer.  

9108 Lawyers Rd | urbanair.com | (704) 992-7883

Wayback Burgers Double Bacon Burger
Wayback Burgers Double Bacon Burger

With 100% natural beef burgers, hand-dipped milkshakes made with real ice cream, made-to-order chicken sandwiches and kosher hot dogs, fast casual burger joint Wayback Burgers has something for everyone.  A gift card to Wayback Burgers makes a great stocking stuffer, and with affordable prices that have remained the same for over two years, a $25 gift card is more than enough for dinner for two.  Wayback Burgers also offers catering options perfect for any holiday event.  “We are here to help people not to worry about lunch or dinner,” says Owner/Operator Anna Turovskaya.  “Let us take care of you and your family this holiday season!”

7014 Tutor St A | waybackburgers.com | (980) 237-0140

Monroe Hardware is more than tools!
Monroe Hardware is more than tools!

Monroe Hardware might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about Christmas shopping, but items like winter apparel and power equipment make great gifts for the people in your life who like to work outdoors and with their hands.  “We have more than just work coats!” ensures Assistant Manager Kate Nicholson.  With everything from winter apparel and power equipment to soaps, dish towels, oven mitts, ornaments, table decor and travel mugs, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list at Monroe Hardware.  Take advantage of up to 75% off on clearance items and great deals on items throughout the store at Monroe Hardware’s first ever Black Friday Sale this year.

6912 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd | retail.monroehardware.com | (704) 526-2776

HomeStyles Gallery features over 50 boutiques under one roof
HomeStyles Gallery features over 50 boutiques under one roof

A multi-merchant retail shop featuring more than 50 unique boutiques under one roof, HomeStyles Gallery is practically the quintessential destination for local shopping this holiday season.  The 9000 square foot space spanning two floors has everything from high fashion to home furnishings and so much more!  “The vendors at HomeStyles work relentlessly to find merchandise that you won’t find in big box chain stores while keeping prices very reasonable for a specialty store,” ensures Owner Angie Smith.  “HomeStyles offers one of a kind gifts for anyone of any age on your shopping list We also offer gift certificates. We have so many great gift ideas that it’s hard to choose what that special someone might want, so with a gift certificate, you are also giving them a fun shopping experience!”

11237 Lawyers Rd | homestylesgallery.com | (704) 573-1510

An arrangement by Abbey Rose Floral Artistry
An arrangement by Abbey Rose Floral Artistry

Celebrating 25 years in business in January, Abbey Rose Floral Artistry is a full-service flower shop that specializes in custom designed fresh floral arrangements for all occasions.  While flowers might not be what come to mind when you’re thinking about what to wrap up and put under the tree, Manager Libby DeYoung contends that they’re the perfect gift for anyone on your list.  “Who doesn’t love to receive flowers?” she asks.  “Nothing beats an elegantly designed arrangement personally delivered to your door by our delivery drivers! Flowers are the perfect gift for everyone: family members,  hostess gifts for parties, friends, teachers, or just treat for yourself!”  Abbey Rose also offers gift certificates and even pre-ordered monthly/quarterly flower subscriptions for the gift that keeps giving all year long!

Abbeyroseflorist.com | (704) 545-4900

Chad Earp at Earp's Brighton Park location
Chad Earp at Earp’s Brighton Park location

While you’re out and about taking care of your holiday shopping, make sure to stop in at Earp’s to fuel up.  With competitive prices on gas, EV charging and fresh ground coffee all day, Earp’s offers more than one way to keep you going.  A gas station might not be first on your list of holiday destinations, but odds are you can even knock out some shopping while you’re there.  Lottery tickets, candy, and gift cards for gas all make great stocking stuffers!  Earp’s is a family-owned gas station that’s been in business for 70 years.  While you’re out supporting other local businesses this holiday season, stop in at Earp’s: fuel up, grab a scratch off, take advantage of Brighton Park’s brand new carwash, and continue supporting other local businesses in our community.

7020 Brighton Park Dr | shopearps.com | (704) 545-3777

Shopping local is a great way to familiarize yourself with what Mint Hill has to offer while supporting the small businesses that have chosen to call our town home.  It helps create a sense of community, helps your friends and neighbors maintain local jobs, and eliminates the stress of traveling all over the greater Charlotte area to buy gifts.  Support your neighbors by shopping local this holiday season!

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: marybeth@minthilltimes.com