By Emily Farrington Smith
Tasty bites at Laurel Market
Grab lunch at the incredibly cute and unassuming Laurel Market. Laurel Market offers made-to-order lunch and breakfast sandwiches as well as a wide selection of coffees, beers and wines. Made with chorizo sausage, havarti cheese, scallions and cilantro, the Breakfast Torta is a house favorite. Other popular menu items are the Mercado sandwich, the tangy tabbouleh soup or the build-your-own deli sandwich option, which calls on a list of fresh, premium ingredients. The market also offers pastries and desserts, and it houses a small shop filled with local snacks and goodies. Grab a seat outside, along the sunny stretch of shops that round the block, to enjoy the Myers Park neighborhood’s historic beauty.
Neighborhood: Myers Park
Art, culture and heritage at Mint Museum Randolph
Start your day exploring Charlotte’s artistic side at the Mint Museum on Randolph Road. The 1837 structure once housed the original Charlotte Mint and was moved to the Randolph location in the 1930s when it was repurposed as North Carolina’s first art museum. Today, it houses ancient American art, ceramics, European and African collections, and an 18,000-volume research library. In August, explore the “East Meets West” exhibit, which features a rare collection of books that document the impact of Chinese culture on Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries; each title has been translated into multiple languages and was a best-seller in its day. As a bonus, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers receive free admission Aug. 6-7 simply by showing their credit or debit cards. It’s all part of Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program. If the weather is nice, enjoy the beautiful park setting surrounding the museum.
Moving cinematic works at the historic Manor Theater
Wrap up the day catching a flick at the Regal Manor Twin Theater, or as it’s simply and affectionately known in Charlotte, the Manor. As the city’s oldest operating theater, this historic movie house opened in 1947 and was considered one of the prettiest theaters in Charlotte. Its marquee is one of the most recognizable in the city. Operating only two screens allows the theater to maintain an intimate, cozy and retro atmosphere. Catch modern-day blockbusters and indie flicks alike while enjoying fresh popcorn and candy—sometimes even mixed together. And if you’re feeling really brave, punch your ticket for a late-night flick in auditorium one. Legend has it that the theater is haunted. Employees sometimes feel a ghostly presence in the projection room or hear unaccounted for sounds coming from the women’s restroom on the second floor. Go check it out, if you dare!
Neighborhood: Myers Park
This article ran in the August 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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