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November 15, 2021

Holiday shop (and eat) local

These shopping options bring entertainment and enjoyment

Get vintage with it at some hot shopping spots this season. Vintage Charlotte’s (VTGCLT) annual holiday Pop store is ready for you right now, while Sleepy Poet hosts its new location grand opening this weekend, complete with food trucks. You can plan to bypass big box Black Friday and Cyber Monday online with even more unique gifting opportunities. The foodies and home cooks in your life who value shopping and supporting local will thank you.

Start with VTGCLT’s one-day Winter Market at The Fillmore. Then, take those Thanksgiving guests to Olde Meck’s Christmas Market, opening Thanksgiving weekend. Last-minute shoppers can take advantage of VTGCLT and Camp North End’s collaborative Mistletoe Market each weekend in December leading up to Christmas. 

All of these occasions help you stay festive by keeping the hangries away with local eats while you browse. 

The “why” of these events is clear: shopping and noshing local strengthens the local small businesses we enjoy frequenting. It also helps us consumers combat shipping and supply delays, while scoring one-of-a-kind gifts. Below is the who, what, when, where, and how to know before you go. So grab your reusable shopping bags, elfing list, and appetite — and jingle all the way home, knowing your dollars went right back into your community.

Photo courtesy of Laura Sumrak


When? Weekends only Fri. 11/12 – Fri. 12/10; open daily Sat 12/11 – Wed. 12/22 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) 

Where? The Metropolitan, Midtown Charlotte, 1100 Metropolitan Avenue #160 (in the old West Elm space); free parking onsite

What? Annual full-scale pop up shop for the holidays showcasing local and regional vintage and handmade brands from more than 90 small businesses. Food items include scratch made honey, mustard, shrubs, and fudge. Kitchen, bar, and home goodies range from repurposed craft beer candles to vintage cocktail and juice sets to bourbon distilling prints. 

Who? Dining options onsite include Dressler’s, Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge, Pizzeria Omaggio, Waterbean Coffee, and Cava (opening 11/19).

How? http://vintage-charlotte.com/


VTGCLT Mistletoe Market

When? Saturdays 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 (4-8 p.m.)

Where? The Boileryard at Camp North End, 300 Camp Rd.

What? A more family-friendly option than VTGCLT’s Winter Market is the Mistletoe Market. Don’t miss these last chances to shop small in December with 25+ rotating vendors per weekend, some from former VTGCLT holiday events and some new, at this VTGCLT and Camp North End Collaboration. 

Who? More than a dozen food and drink options are found at Camp North End, including establishments with UPPY Awards finalists like Leah & Louise, Plant Joy, and Wentworth & Fenn.

How? http://vintage-charlotte.com/

OMB Christmas Market

When? Four weekends: 11/26-11/28, 12/3-12/5, 12/10-12/12, 12/17-12/19 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where? The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s biergarten, 4150 Yancey Rd.

What? For the 10th year running, OMB’s German-style Christmas Market, “Weihnachtsmarkt,” will help you stay celebrating while holiday shopping. Enjoy a refreshing Yule Bock or Dunkel and the warm firepit and lights as you explore 40+ traditional shopping huts each weekend of the holiday season. 

Who? Hot cocoa and festive food and beverage options like Gluhwein (their spiced wine), as well as the usual OMB fare, will be on the menu. Start a new tradition and bring the whole family, including pets; all are welcome in the biergarten and patio areas.

How? https://www.oldemeckbrew.com/omb-events/

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