By Emily Farrington Smith
Shop eclectic neighborhood boutiques at the Shops at Twin Oaks
No trip to 28203 is complete without a stop at this convenient retail mecca in Dilworth. Twin Oaks boasts a collection of adorable boutiques, specialty stores and pampering havens. Check out McKenzie Claire for stylish women’s frocks, ensembles and jewelry. If wedding bells are ringing, this shopping hub is a must-stop for the bride-to-be and her ladies in waiting. Bella Bridesmaid and Ladies of Lineage both offer dresses, high-end jewelry and veils designed with delicate, personal touches. Shoppers can also pick up precious baby shower gifts, new mom essentials, layettes and the like at The Milky Way. And, when your credit card needs a minute to cool down, round out the day with a quick primping session or manicure at Millennium Nails or Forbici Salon.
Savor smoky goodness at Sauceman’s
Dive sauce-first into the city’s seasoned barbecue scene with a pit stop at Sauceman’s in Wilmore. Often compared to the third rail of North Carolina politics, barbecue is serious business in the South, and there’s no exception here in Charlotte. A no-frills neighborhood joint, Sauceman’s dedicates itself to landing atop the ballot of best barbecue spots in the city. The kitchen sources local hickory and oak to imbue the menu’s staples with the iconic smoky flavor that has been synonymous with Lexington barbecue for well over a hundred years. Dine in with the family on the sunny back patio or grab a bite to go. Sauceman’s is closed on Sundays, but that rule hits the road when the Carolina Panthers host a home game.
Sip craft suds at Triple C Brewing Co.
Enjoy homegrown hops with a cool local brew or three from Triple C Brewing Co. in South End. The award-winning brew hub perfects its stouts, porters and ales on site in a state-of-the-art brewhouse. Triple C delivers on its motto, “Know your craft;” each beer is masterfully aged. Try the 3C IPA, which won a bronze medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. Triple C is dog-friendly, so bring Fido along for a relaxing afternoon on the outdoor deck. The brewery is known for hosting crowd-catching draws, like fan-favorite food trucks, live bands and inventive events. Try a Pints & Pilates class, which gets you an hour-long Pilates session and a complimentary cold one.
Neighborhood: South End