MINT HILL, NC – “Shop Local” has become a common refrain during the holidays. But what does it mean to shop local, and why is it so important?
The ongoing pandemic has made it a difficult two years for small businesses. “If you are a small business and made it though the closures of the pandemic, it is especially important to have consumers support your business this year,” says Pour 64 Owner Sarah Brock. “Some small businesses got some help, and some did not. Those who didn’t made it through by the skin of their teeth. If we can all help small businesses by shopping local, the businesses you love to go to will stay open.”
Shopping local means you’re supporting more than just a small business owner; you’re also supporting all the people they employ. “Local businesses are the highest employers on a national scale,” says Timothy Burgess, owner of Your Local Game Store. “As a local store, my employees are hired from Mint Hill.”
Moreover, the money you invest in a local, small business gets invested back into the community in different ways. “Local businesses are the ones sponsoring local schools, sports and entertainment events,” says Commissioner Patrick Holton, who owns Woof ‘n Hoof. “We participate and invest in local programs and fundraisers,” adds Burgess. “Our money stays in the community as we support other local businesses and pay our taxes.”
“Small businesses give back so much to their community,” says Mint Hill Flower Market Owner Kat dePrater. “Business owners often volunteer both time and finances for much of the community’s events, teams and fundraisers. Without small businesses, many of the raffle prizes you see at events, booths and sponsorships at festivals like Mint Hill Madness, parade floats in the Christmas Parade, and little league sponsorships wouldn’t be possible. Most of those are done by small businesses. When you support local, you’re truly making our community stronger, and that is ultimately a win-win for all.”
But above all, shopping local means supporting the hopes, dreams, and livelihood of real people right here in your own community. “You never know; the person you may be purchasing from may even live in your neighborhood,” says Sara Fabian, Special Event Coordinator for Urban Air Adventure Park. “We need to pull together and support one another.”
“When you shop local, you’re supporting more than a business,” says dePrater. “You’re supporting your neighbors, yours children’s classmates, your friends, your family, your fellow church members, your fellow PTA volunteers. Without the support of residents, small businesses wouldn’t be able to survive as a brick and mortar locations.”
Check out what some of our local retailers have to offer this holiday season!
Carolina Hemp Company is a CBD retailer that sells a full range of products from oils and edibles to skin care products and smokable hemp. “What I do is assist people who need help with anxiety, stress, aches and pains,” says Owner Monica Hailey-Sharpe. “My main goal is to educate people on hemp!” At Carolina Hemp Company, you’ll find a wide variety of gifts, including thoughtfully assembled gift bundles for everyone on your list. Tea aficionados will love a package of CBD tea paired with a mug and a honey stick, and anyone can find joy in the “Calm Package” containing items like CBD oil and a CBD candle that doubles as a massage oil.
11205 Lawyers Road | (704) 451-4070 | carolinahempcompany.com/pages/carolinahempcompany-minthill
Flowers may not be the first thing you think of when you start your Christmas shopping, but Mint Hill Flower Market has a lot to offer for the holidays! In addition to custom flower arrangements perfect for your own holiday table or as a hostess gift, the recently opened full-service florist also offers plants and planters, dish gardens, succulents, garden and flower-themed gifts, unique planters and containers, and gift baskets. If the person you’re buying for lacks a green thumb, step over to Mint Hill Flower Market’s companion business, The Gift Workshop. The unique gift and home decor boutique offers a large selection of gifts from popular brands like Mudpie, Simply Southern, Finchberry, SCOUT bags, Meri Meri and Swig as well as a variety of customizable DIY projects for pre-order or as “Grab & Go” kits.
7717 Matthews-Mint Hill Road | (980) 337-9386 | minthillflowermarket.com
If you need something special to complete your holiday meal, look no further than Southern Perfection by Corey. Owner and Baker Corey Brown offers a wide variety of cakes, pies and other desserts. Some of his bestsellers include Italian Cream Cheese Cake, Black Walnut Pound Cake, Buttered Rum Pound Cake and Red Velvet Cake, but you don’t need to settle for a fan favorite. One of the bonuses of ordering your desserts locally is that Brown is always open to discussing other personalized holiday requests.
4110 Napa Oak Drive, Charlotte | (704) 491-0783 | facebook.com/SouthernPerfectionbyCorey
A 64-oz glass growler or 32-oz “crowler” from Pour 64 is the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life. Fill it with your favorite from Pour 64’s 40 rotating taps, which include not only craft beers but also ciders and other gluten free options. If you can’t decide, Pour 64 offers gift cards both online and in store that can be used on the premises or “to go.” Pair a growler with a gift card and let the beer lover in your life take their pick!
4410 Mint Hill Village Ln | (980) 585-1051 | pour64.com
Vintner’s Hill Wine Bar & Bistro is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy great food, wine and beer with family and friends this holiday season, but did you know they also have some great gifting options? A bottle of wine in a wooden wine gift box will look great under the tree or as a hostess gift. Not sure what the person you’re buying for will like? Consider a gift card from Vintner’s Hill. “We offer two different types of gift cards,” says Owner Michelle Hitchcock. “The first is a straightforward gift card that can be used to purchase food, wine, beer – basically a great day or night out. The other gift card is for our wine station. This is a self-serve wine machine that offers various size pours and selections change monthly.”
7427 Matthews-Mint Hill Road | (980) 237-0457 | vintnershill.com
Not every meaningful gift can be placed in a box and unwrapped on Christmas morning. Give the gift of memories with a photo package from Tacora Creates Studios, a full service photography studio that provides innovative services and a safe space for creative outlets. “Our mission is to cultivate a space for families, individuals, and companies, to come and enjoy a creative photography experience indoor or outdoor,” says Owner and Photographer Tacora Woods. “We also provide creatives, designers, and artists with a space to create through renting our studio space and equipment. We offer a wide range of services that can fit anyone’s photo and video needs; that is what sets us apart from the rest. With 10 years of experience Tacora Creates will work with you to ensure that your photography experience is an unforgettable experience!”
4614 Wilgrove Mint Hill Road | (980) 829-5560 | Tacoracreates.com
Give the gift of adventure with a gift certificate to Urban Air Adventure Park! Voted “Best Place to Take Energetic Kids,” Urban Air is surely one of the best year-round indoor amusements in the Mint Hill area, and it’s a great place to create lasting memories. From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Urban Air is offering an amazing online-only deal: $100 gift cards for just $50! Gift cards to Urban Air can be used for admission, food and merchandise.
9108 Lawyers Road | (704) 992-7883 | UrbanAirMintHill.com
Give the chef in your family the gift of a night “off duty” with a gift certificate from Wayback Burgers. The “fast casual” burger restaurant owned and operated by Mint Hill local Anna Turovskaya serves fresh, made-to-order burgers and so much more. Gift cards are available online and in store, and they never expire. “We love serving our Mint Hill community one customer, one burger, one milkshake at the time,” says Turovskaya. “Putting smiles on customers’ faces makes our day, and we love making a difference in this community!”
7014 Tutor Street | (980) 237-0140 | waybackburgers.com
“This holiday season more than any other, it’s so important to support these businesses and all our local retailers,” says 1st Choice Properties Owner Anna Granger. “As a real estate agent, I know that using an experienced local agent will help all buyers and sellers get the best and most useful advice regarding buying and selling in the community of their choice. Local retailers provide that same type of personalized experience that you just won’t get in a big box store.”
“When people come in and ask about our services, I say, ‘Do you know why I take such care in the service we provide?’ says Michael Lowe, owner of Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home. “It’s because today you’re in my small business, and tomorrow I’ll be in yours. I’m proud to live here and have worked in this community for nine years, and I know that the care you give is the care you get.”
“I personally think we will see the effects of the global pandemic for a few years,” says dePrater. “We are going to experience hiring demands, increases on cost of goods, shipping delays, etc – but we will work through it. What I know is that supporting local through the ups and downs is critical,” she continues. “Target and Walmart will survive. Their CEO’s will still be paid a salary. If we didn’t have the support of this community, we wouldn’t survive. This store is my only livelihood, Yes, it’s all very scary to really process, but I love this community so much, its worth the risk. I love that we get to serve our community in this way. It’s my dream.”
Support the dreams of all our local businesses by shopping local this holiday season!