Small Business Saturday is more than one day in Charlotte

There are new ways to help local businesses and artisans struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic this holiday shopping season.

The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association is encouraging people to shop at local businesses that continually give back to their communities by supporting youth sports and school programs, food banks and employ one out every four North Carolina residents.

“For our independent retail store owners in small-town North Carolina, the holiday shopping season is an important time, this year especially,” Andy Ellen, president and general counsel of NCRMA, said in a statement. “There are many stores that were closed for weeks and are struggling to recover from the shutdown and they are anxiously awaiting customers to return to shop.”

This year, Small Business Saturday events are planned throughout Charlotte with some being one-day, while others are extending the shopping days because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For instance, Petty Thieves Brewing Co. and well-run media marketing company are hosting “Too Small to Fail” Small Business Saturday pop-up market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the brewery, 413 Dalton Ave.

There will be dozens of local vendors at this outdoor, socially-distanced event limited to 50 guests at a time. Vendors will be selling items like pottery, art, textiles and vintage comics, said Melissa Brokaw, creative director for well-run media. For many of the vendors, it will be their first market, she said.

Petty Thieves Brewing Co., which opened in September at 413 Dalton Ave., is hosting the “Too Small to Fail” Small Business Saturday pop-up market Saturday. Alex Cason Photography CharlotteFive file photo

“And (while) you might not be able to see your family and friends in person for the holidays, it’s really nice to be able to send them a nice personalized gift that’s not something generic they could have gotten anywhere,” Brokaw said.

More than one day

Other retailers are extending the one-day Saturday event that falls after the traditional seasonal shopping launch, Black Friday.

University City Partners is holding an outdoor nighttime marketplace, University City Night Market at the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place.

The market will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 28 and every Saturday through Dec. 19, and include shopping, holiday beverages and live music.

“If there is ever a time to shop small, it is now,” said Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, in a statement to the Observer. “University City Night Market creates an opportunity for us to back local restaurants and small retail vendors, as well as activate a safe social space.”

At University City Night Market, shoppers will find handmade crafts, jewelry, art and clothing.

Capacity will be limited for shoppers to increase social distancing, according to University City Partners. Guests are encouraged to access the market by riding the LYNX Light Rail, walking or biking on the Barton Creek Greenway, or parking at Shoppes at University Place, 8929 JM Keynes Drive.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip React to Homemade Anniversary Gift from George, Charlotte and Louis!

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are celebrating their wedding anniversary with a very special gift — a homemade card from great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children bring a smile to the couple’s faces as they mark 73 years of marriage on November 20 in a new photo. The charming image was taken in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle earlier this week and captures them leafing through a collection of cards as they sit close to each other on a cozy couch.

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The Queen, 94, and Philip, 99, look thrilled with the colorful card in the intimate photo. Like millions of people around the world, they have been separated from their families for long periods of time this year due to the ongoing pandemic and have missed the chance to entertain or greet and hug their great-grandchildren.

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In another poignant touch, the Queen decorated her pale blue double wool crepe dress by Stewart Parvin with her Chrysanthemum Brooch. The Queen was originally photographed in the brooch, which is made of sapphires and diamonds, set in platinum, when, as Princess Elizabeth, she strolled through the gardens at Broadlands in Hampshire during her honeymoon.

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She also wore it in official images that were taken to mark the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.

Frequent lockdowns and restrictions due to the coronavirus crisis this year has meant that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have spent more time together than they have in years, as they have largely been living in a “bubble” with a small coterie of staff at Windsor.

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The Queen has been working from home, rather than at Buckingham Palace and not traveling, while Philip, who would usually be living at Wood Farm in Sandringham, Norfolk, joined his wife at Windsor in March ahead of the first lockdown.

It is another milestone in a lifetime of landmark moments. Next year, the couple — and their family — will mark Philip’s 100th birthday in June. It was also recently announced that plans are underway for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to celebrate her 70 years on the throne in 2022.

Last year, the Queen and Philip spent their anniversary apart — with Philip in Norfolk, about 110 miles from London — and the monarch in London for her royal duties. She spent some of the day holding audiences and then later she was out on a visit and joked when she was asked to sign the visitor’s book: “Well, of course I know what the date is!”

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Princes George, Louis and Princess Charlotte Send Wedding Anniversary Card to Queen Elizabeth II

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have sent a wedding anniversary card to Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince William and Kate’s three children made the touching card for their great-grandparents as the queen and Prince Philip mark 73 years of marriage.

The monarch, 94, and her husband were photographed reading it and other letters in Windsor Castle this week.

A picture released by Buckingham Palace shows the 99-year-old prince holding the homemade card, which has a colorful “73” on the front.

The walls of Windsor Castle are visible through the window behind them as they sit on a sofa studying the children’s message.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip look at their homemade wedding anniversary card, given to them by their great grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle ahead of their 73rd wedding anniversary, on November 20, 2020 in Windsor, England.
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The queen and Philip married at Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947—after Elizabeth paid for her wedding dress using post-World War II clothing rations.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said of the photo: “Her Majesty and His Royal Highness are seen looking at an anniversary card made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, alongside other cards and letters sent by well-wishers.” It was taken “in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle earlier this week.”

Elizabeth and Philip married 13 years after they met for the first time. He proposed with a three-carat diamond ring using stones that were originally part of a tiara belonging to his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.

Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret, was one of her eight bridesmaids, who wore glamorous tiaras and gowns.

The queen’s dress was designed by Sir Norman Hartnell, but paying for it was a little challenging in post-war Britain.

The royal family’s website states: “The dress has a simple cut with fitted bodice, heart-shaped neckline with a low V-pointed waist and a floor-length panelled skirt.

“Due to rationing measures in place following World War II, Princess Elizabeth had to use clothing ration coupons to pay for her dress. Hundreds of people from across the UK sent the princess their coupons to help with the dress, although they had to be returned as it would be illegal to use them.

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Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II, with Philip on their wedding day in 1947. They are celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary.
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“The dress has a 15-foot silk tulle full court train, which was attached at the shoulders, is embroidered in pearl, crystal and transparent appliqué tulle embroidery.”

The wedding had 2,000 guests and was broadcast to 200 million people on TV and radio. The reception was at Buckingham Palace where they had a meal and a 9ft wedding cake in four tiers.

Elizabeth gave one of her most famous descriptions of her husband in a speech to mark their golden wedding anniversary in November 1997, a few months after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in

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8 Beauty Products Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury Can’t Live Without

As a world-renowned professional makeup artist and the founder of her own powerhouse cosmetics brand, Charlotte Tilbury basically lives and breathes beauty. And the nature of her career — coupled with her pure and unapologetic love for products — means the British makeup mogul is constantly testing the latest and greatest in beauty, including launches she’s working on for her own line.

“I’m definitely a maximalist, darling!” Tilbury tells Allure. “Ever since I first discovered the power of makeup, I have been obsessed with magic makeup and supercharged skin care. Even my ‘handbag essentials’ often fill my entire handbag.”

Curious to know the exact products the beauty entrepreneur uses on a regular basis, we asked her to spill her top eight favorites — and to our delight, she kindly delivered. We were happy to learn that she loves skin-care devices just as much as we do, along with luxurious body oils and fancy hair treatments.

Find out which products Tilbury considers her staples — the ones that are always in her makeup bag or on her bathroom counter — ahead.

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“My Magic Cream Light leaves my skin dewy, plump, and glowing. To help with fine lines, I love using it with the NuFace Mini microcurrent device two to three times a week. Georgia Louise’s GLOLite LED Mask makes my face and neck look more youthful — I’m obsessed.”

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Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara

“Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara is my new magic wand for fuller-looking lashes. I use the flat side of the wand to coat, then twist it and use the bristle side in a zig-zag motion for a lifted effect.”

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“Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Oil smells delicious, is super-hydrating, and gives my body an allover glow.”

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Gold Lust Transformative Masque

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Cool Girl Barely There Hair Texture Mist

“My hair is very delicate. It’s thick, but the strands are individually fine. I use lots of moisturizing products, like Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque, to keep it silky soft. The WetBrush Pro Flex Dry doesn’t cause breakage or damage. It’s the ultimate hair tool. I love Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl texturizing mist for instant volume.”

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