What started as a T-shirt company founded by two North Carolina friends has become a celebration of female entrepreneurship.
The Girl Tribe Pop-up – slated for Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Traine Raleigh – features more than 30 local women-owned businesses selling everything from clothing and jewelry to gifts and home goods.
Founders Carrie Barker and Sarah Baucom know the challenges of running a small business, and they wanted to create an event that would help boost fellow women business owners at a critical time of year.
“We know how important fourth quarter is to a retail business, so we just sort of went for it and decided that if we were going to throw a pop-up shop, it was going to be a large-scale, fun shopping party,” Barker says. “We wanted to create an event that would be fun to attend as well as successful for the business owners. But at the end of the day, our main objective was to have a community event where the customers could recognize their local women-owned businesses and support them during the most critical time of the year for retailers.”
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The pop-up offers female makers not only a venue for selling their wares, but also a chance to network and build business relationships.
“This community means the world to us as we know how tough it is when you are starting out as a solo business owner,” Baucom says. “These women have these big dreams, and often when you begin your business, the small stuff can get in the way of the big dreams (taxes, business setup, budgeting, etc.). Creating a strong community where we wholeheartedly lift each other up and encourage one another has been essential to our success, and we hope, to our community as well. It is an easy message to share and creates the most joyful of outcomes.”
Visit girltribepopup.com to learn more.
Holiday shopping events
The Girl Tribe Pop-up is just one of several holiday shopping events slated this week. Here’s the rundown on other happenings:
▪ Raleigh Vintage and Zartiques are teaming up for a holiday vintage pop-up shop inside Deco Home, 19 W. Hargett St. No. 100, in downtown Raleigh. The shop, open through the end of December, features a selection of vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, furniture and more. The shop also will host trunk shows of items made by local designers and artisans throughout the holiday season.
▪ Vert & Vogue, 353 W. Main St., Durham, hosts a Holiday Bazaar, Nov. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event features locally made clothing, accessories, home goods and more from Ann & Anne, Emily Triplett and Peppertrain, among others. Shoppers can enjoy drinks and giveaways throughout. For the full list of vendors, visit vertandvogue.com.
▪ Dress for Success Triangle NC holds its fall boutique sale Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Northgate Mall in Durham. Shoppers can find new and gently used coats, dresses, sweaters, shoes and more starting at $5, along with new designer pieces at 10 percent of the original retail price. Attendees can get first dibs on the goodies during a 9-10 a.m. preview sale with a $20 donation (general hours admission is free). All proceeds benefit Dress for Success’ programs to help local women in need achieve economic independence. For more information, visit dfstrianglenc.org.
Kendra Gives Back
Accessories shop Kendra Scott partners with the Methodist Home for Children during its Kendra Gives Back event, Nov. 14, 4-7 p.m. The North Hills location at 4321 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., will offer a curated selection of jewelry with 20 percent of proceeds benefitting the Raleigh nonprofit’s mission to help local children. For details, call 919-636-7700.
Style coach Mary Michele Nidiffer offers options beyond the little black dress for holiday soirees during Wine, Women and Style Fashion Show, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., at StyleFinder Boutique. There will be a fashion show and style advice from Nidiffer, plus wine and nibbles. Space is limited; call 919-454-3068 to RSVP. The Raleigh boutique also hosts its Holiday Open House Nov. 18. Shoppers can enjoy cookies, cider and wine while perusing holiday gifts.
Gypsy Jule commemorates its second year at its West Davie Street location in Raleigh with a soiree featuring Bakara Wintner of Everyday Magic, Nov. 16, 6-18 p.m. There will be a book signing, cocktails, snacks and more. Visit gypsyjule.com for details.
Marco Bicego Appearance
Famed jewelry designer Marco Bicego comes to Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Cameron Village at 415 Daniels St., Nov. 17, noon-4 p.m. Bicego will bring his newest collections and meet with customers. Shoppers also can get new or previously purchased pieces hand engraved during the event, and there will be cocktails and light Italian snacks. Call 919-829-7337.
Local artist Diane Ness brings her taffeta, satin and silk jackets perfect for holiday dressing to Cocoon Gallery, 221 N. Salem St. Suite 100, in Apex for a show and sale, Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m. Call 919-267-4321 for more information.
Tanger Style Event
Tanger Outlets in Mebane kicks off the holiday shopping season with their Tanger Style Event, through Nov. 19. Shoppers can pick up coupons at the center or online at tangerstyle.com, and enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card by texting BlogMEB to 55695. The outlet also recently added two new stores – sports apparel shop Pro Image Sports and True Religion.
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