I've tried hiding the cart button in the top header area with multiple xml commands in the local.xml file, but non work. I've tried
<remove name="checkout_cart_link" /> nested under a
<default> tag, as well as
<reference name="top.links"> <remove name="checkout_cart_link" /> </reference>based off of THESE instructions.
I'd prefer to keep the edits in local.xml if possible. Also, we have a quote add-on installed (cart2quote).