Businesses offer unique giveaways, event planning, corporate giveaways and more

Planning an event or looking for a special gift? This recently relocated store is a one-stop-shop that provides customers with almost everything they need for a special occasion.

Small Batch Gallery and Goods has moved to 3515 Trent Road, Suite 1 in New Bern.

Owner Shannon LuQuire said the move was aimed at providing more space for a wider variety of products to her customers.

“After Christmas last year, we realized the space wasn’t big enough, so I contacted a real estate agent and we were lucky enough to find this place,” LuQuire said.

Small Batch opened after its marketing firm, Trade Ideas, moved to the second floor of the Dunn Building in downtown New Bern.

She launched Trade Ideas, which offers graphic and web design, event planning, logo development and marketing consulting services, in 2007.

“My clients often asked for gifts for their clients and colleagues,” she said. “The downtown location had a unique floor plan, which allowed for some store space. Small Batch has become more of a retail business and it kind of took off.

Small Batch offers corporate gifts, wedding gifts, wedding gifts, and unique items such as pottery, glassware, candles, cards and more. Customers can also bring their own items to wrap with their gift purchases.

LuQuire said many of their products are designed specifically for their store and aren’t available elsewhere.

Due to COVID, she said her business closed to customers for a few months last year.

“I think we were able to stay busy because we had already built our e-commerce site,” LuQuire said. “Customers could go to our website and make their selections and we ship it or deliver it. It was a fun way for us to keep in touch with people since the store closed.”

The pandemic also prompted her to open another small business.

“Because we are event planners, we wanted to be able to provide event planning services, so we launched Small Batch Mobile Bar,” she said. “Our mobile bar can provide services for events of up to 150 guests.”

LuQuire said its mobile bar is a refurbished horse-drawn carriage and serves beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. They are also available for non-alcoholic events where they can provide items such as coffee, drinks, and pastries.

Stores are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Appointments are also available.

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