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Let’s Hear it for the Girls

By Lauren Levine

For the ultimate love-filled celebration with the ladies—free of kids and/or significant others—we’ve created the quintessential guide to a girls’ night out. With tips for everything from primping to partying, here are a few ways to make sure your adventure is fit for a queen.

Primping

Whether you’ve slipped away from the chaos of a crazy work week or are cherishing a quick escape from a full house, you’re in the mood to relax and unwind with your girlfriends. Fortunately, the city’s filled with places just waiting to pamper away your worries. Turn your brain off for a while with massages for the group at Toccare in Myers Park or ward off dull winter skin with the salon’s famed radiance facial.

We all know that a good cut and color can reinvigorate you, so drop by Swerve Salon in Belmont for a hair transformation.

When you already love your ‘do but need to breathe some body into those strands, Gorgeous Glo, with locations in South Park, Myers Park and Lake Norman, is the place to go. Treat your tresses to a blowout or opt for a custom spray tan to give your skin a UV-free, sun-kissed look. Sip Champagne or wine while you and your girls are beautified side by side.

YouTube tutorials make contouring and dramatic eye makeup application seem like a breeze, but if you find yourself struggling to translate that vision to real life, the pros at Jeffre Scott Apothecary in Myers Park are available to be your own personal glam team. They’ll make sure you’re photo-ready for the evening that’s ahead of you—no filter required.

Shows

Infuse culture and class into your evening escapades with one of the many performances gracing Charlotte venues this season. If your book club devoured the popular story “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” then you can’t miss the stage version, which unfolds Feb. 14-19 at Belk Theater.

And if you’re still harboring a crush on Marlon Brando from the 1951 film version of the classic Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” you’ve got another chance to see his character’s romantic pursuit of Stella as presented by Davidson Community Players at Armour Street Theatre in Davidson Feb. 23-March 12. Its run is preceded by—likely your childhood favorite—“The Wizard of Oz” Jan. 27-Feb. 5, so take advantage of the opportunity to drool over the fantastical costumes with your girlfriends, minus the judgment.

Charlotte Ballet always puts on dreamy shows, and you won’t want to miss the phenomenal performances that accompany the beloved “Innovative Works” series as it hits the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance Jan. 27-Feb. 18.


Cocktails & Culinary

Cheers to a night spent enjoying elegant libations and great company at some of Charlotte’s swankiest spots.

With a 37-seat, intimate setting, The Punch Room, located inside The Ritz Carlton, Charlotte, radiates 19th-century glamour. Here, on the 15th floor of the opulent hotel, you’ll feel like you’re part of a highly exclusive club. Have legendary mixologist Bob Peters shake and stir you up something unique and delicious. Among his favorites is the Hanky Panky, which is filled with barrel-rested Cardinal Gin, vanilla-infused Fernet Branca and Antica Formula.

If vino is more your thing, sashay over to CorkBuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar in South Park for great pours or even an on-site wine class to help hone your tasting skills.

Have a hankering for seafood to savor alongside tasty sips? Make your way Uptown to Sea Level NC for a specialty cocktail—like an oyster shooter filled with West Coast oysters, Hendricks Gin, Champagne, caviar and melon water—curated by spirits muse Colleen Hughes and Carolina Coastal appetizers.

8.2.0 at AvidXChange Music Factory is another great pick for craft cocktails (hint: try the Bursting Boboa—a spiked version of bubble tea) or draft beers. See if you can find the secret room called The Library. If you discover it, keep your Jeffre Scott Apothecary-glossed lips sealed but do dare yourself to belt out a few tunes in the luxe karaoke lounge; there’s even a prop box and glitter.


Dancing

Now that you’ve sipped your way through the Queen City, it’s time to get active and burn off those cocktail calories.

Start by time traveling back to the 1980s and 1990s at Roxbury Nightclub. The funky Uptown dance lounge packs a heavy dose of nostalgia with favorite songs from your glory days. You’ll love checking out the toys, movie posters and other back-in-the-day mementos that adorn the walls (perhaps they’ll remind you of the years you spent sporting braces and painfully dorky bangs).

Afterward, head next door to Dandelion Market for an equally invigorating but current soundtrack. If your group is in the market for a more structured workout, throw on your sneakers and try Cardio Craze in the Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church. Andre Hairston’s popular class, with routines set to favorites like Beyoncé, is so much fun you’ll forget you’re torching calories as you go.

Even if your dance career was over before it officially got off the ground, it’s not too late to dust off your shoes and get back into it. Open Door Studios in Plaza Midwood offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, jazz and modern for adults of all skill levels. You can also unleash your adventurous side at Pole Dance Charlotte in Center City. Sculpt your muscles, have some fun and challenge yourself as you learn a sensual new routine. Don’t worry; some giggling is allowed.


Shopping

Girls’ night out just isn’t as fun if you’re sporting the same old thing you always wear, so stop by one of Charlotte’s local boutiques with your crew for a closet update that will have you looking as refreshed as you feel. Ballantyne-based The Cheeky Bean stocks the perfect boho-chic ensemble to fuel you with a California-cool mentality.

Meanwhile, Selwyn Avenue neighbors KK Bloom and Monkee’s carry the labels and looks you covet on your favorite celebrities. In South Park, a slew of stylish women’s boutiques, like The Impeccable PigBoem and Luna, beckon trendy shoppers. And neighboring retail mecca SouthPark Mall offers it all.

Want to be sure you’re not going to show up wearing the same thing as everyone else? Go on a treasure hunt at eclectic apparel shops like Stash Pad and Boris and Natasha in Plaza Midwood. Challenge your friends to help you pick out an outfit they think you would look great in and then repay the favor. It’s all about getting outside of your comfort zone.

This article ran in the 2017 February issue of Charlotte Happenings magazine.