Story by Kristina Hendley
Located between the intersection of Randolph and Sharon Amity roads, the Cotswold neighborhood is nestled just a few miles from bustling Center City, but it boasts an inviting community vibe. Lined with historic 1950s ranch-style homes along with copious shopping and delectable eateries, Cotswold packs plenty to see, explore and enjoy.
Kickstart your day with Zen and endorphins. Warm up with an invigorating hot yoga class at Y2 Yoga followed by an in-house massage to work out those sore muscles. For a unique, high-energy workout, put the pedal to the medal at a Flywheel Sports’ fast-paced spin class.
Refuel with brunch at Eddie’s Place Restaurant & Bar, a local favorite with New Orleans flair. Don’t fret about finishing your workout before lunch service begins; you can order breakfast favorites, like ciabatta French toast, all day. Or enjoy lunch at Smashburger, where the gourmet Carolina chili burger reigns supreme.
Afternoon shopping is a must. Cotswold Village Shops, an alfresco spin on the spot’s original Cotswold Mall built in the 1960s, has everything. Pop in Toys & Co for an old fashioned toy store experience, spruce up your home by browsing World Marketplace’s colorful global offerings, or go glam testing Ulta’s bevy of beauty tools. Duck into nearby Rebel Base Comics & Toys for quirky collectibles or The Wax Museum for vintage vinyl and retro records.
Cap off the evening with Southern, farm-fresh fare and refreshing cocktails on the patio at Leroy Fox. Golden fried chicken, heaps of hearty vegetables and zippy signatures, like bacon marmalade, headline the inventive menu. Post dinner, Leroy Fox becomes a nightlife haven.
Let your creative juices flow at Pottery Central, where you can sign up for pottery lessons or make an appointment to peruse the in-store gallery, filled with work by local potters.
Visit Cotswold Marketplace, an 8,000-square-foot mecca of gifts and gorgeous home goods created by local merchants, artists and designers.
Take date night to new heights. Learn a choreographed routine or cure your two left feet at Metropolitan Ballroom. The studio offers lessons for several styles of dance, plus $5 group classes for beginners.
For low-key late night fun, grab a hot slice and cold brews at the Pizza Peel & Tap Room. Tuesday trivia nights are the perfect opportunity to put your brain’s culture bank to the test.
This article ran in the December 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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