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Charlotte Neighborhoods: Exploring the 28144 ZIP Code

By Emily Farrington Smith

Eat like a local at Hap’s Grill
Operating as a unique Salisbury, North Carolina, institution for more than 30 years, Hap’s Grill is a no-frills and all-flavor spot. On the menu, you’ll find quintessential diner fare: juicy burgers, grilled hot dogs covered with chili and cheese, and—seeing as Salisbury is the home of North Carolina’s favorite cherry-flavored beverage—ice-cold bottles of Cheerwine. Locals line up along the historic streets of downtown for lunch from Hap’s and to catch up on life as they dine side by side at the counter. Hap’s is a cash-only establishment with no indoor seating and just a few tables on the sidewalk (like we said, no frills), but the flavors will keep you coming back for years to come.

Neighborhood: Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina


Step back in time at The Salisbury Emporium
Filled with untold treasures, The Salisbury Emporium operates like a stylish flea market. The space is packed with individual vendors peddling their antiques, collectibles and trinkets from bygone years. Within the century-old, restored Frick Sawmill Supply building is 15,000 square feet of shopping real estate. To the backdrop of rough-hewn hardwood floors, exposed brick and the unmistakable smell of old books, you’re sure to find a special treat from a past era while enjoying a trek back through time. The staff is knowledgeable on all things antique and friendly to boot, so don’t hesitate to ask questions or for help finding a hidden gem. Enjoy the afternoon searching for that perfect gift, home accessory, one-of-a-kind relic or must-have piece for your art collection. Take note: The shop is closed on Mondays.

Neighborhood: Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina


Break a leg at the Piedmont Players Theatre
After lunch at Hap’s and shopping at The Salisbury Emporium, catch a show at the Piedmont Players Theatre. Housed in the famed Meroney Theater of the early 1900s, the Piedmont Players Theatre has been entertaining the town of Salisbury since its first performance in 1995. With seasons that run October through July, each production is thoughtfully selected and masterfully crafted. Local talent pulls out all the stops with custom lighting and sound and a perfectly honed craft. Be sure to catch the March production of “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy,” based off of the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The musical features evening performances from March 16 to 18 and March 22 to 25 along with a 2:30 p.m. showing on the March 19. Sign up to be a season ticket holder to enjoy early access to all of Piedmont Players Theatre’s performances.

Neighborhood: Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina

This article ran in the March 2017 issue of Charlotte Happenings.