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Boem is a go-to destination for the latest clothing trends and must-have accessories. At Boem, owner Megan Orrell seeks to create a laid-back, California-cool vibe with a rock ânâ roll edge.
Boem is a go-to destination for the latest clothing trends and must-have accessories. At Boem, owner Megan Orrell seeks to create a laid-back, California-cool vibe with a rock ‘n’ roll edge.

By Torie Robinette and Caroline Davis

With spring around the corner and the winter clothes soon to hit the back of the closet, new reasons to get your retail fix abound. Touting offerings that rival any big city, Charlotte’s stellar local shopping scene should provide the road map. Plus, shopping local has perks: You’ll find something special to cherish for years to come, and you’ll also fuel Charlotte’s economy.

For the Ladies
Having a passion for fashion is a cinch thanks to the city’s cool selection of creatively stocked, locally owned women’s boutiques.

Boem is a go-to destination for the latest clothing trends and must-have accessories. At Boem, owner Megan Orrell seeks to create a laid-back, California-cool vibe with a rock ‘n’ roll edge. In addition to well-known designers, Boem offers local, handmade jewelry and lesser-known clothing and accessories brands offering something for everyone. As the staff say, “Experience the Boem vibe!”

3920 Sharon Rd., Ste. B-150
Charlotte, NC 28211

From the humble beginnings of one brick-and-mortar flagship store to an expansion of eight locations across the Southeast, Lotus has certainly carved out a local place for itself on the national fashion scale. Located in the Metropolitan, Lotus’ selection of threads and accessories tailored to every style persona is nothing short of fabulous.

1111 Metropolitan Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204

Are you a hound for haute couture? Look no further than Capitol, one of the city’s premier women’s boutiques helmed by locally based but nationally known fashion maven Laura Vinroot Poole. Located in trendy South Park, Capitol is an easily accessible place for Queen City residents to stock up on items that rival what is seen on New York Fashion Week runways.                          

4010 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211

For the Gents
The new crop of men’s clothing stores popping up around the city promises to keep our favorite guys looking fly, even if they still need help with a tie.

Laura Vinroot Poole’s endeavors aren’t limited to her posh women’s boutiques; she also owns Tabor, a men’s shop housed in a Myers Park bungalow, where hard-to-find lines, like Dries Van Noten, Thom Browne and Steven Alan, fill the shelves. Poole is well respected in the fashion world for her ability to curate unique but practical pieces. The New York Times tagged along with her on a buying trip to Paris in 2015, and Southern Living named her one of the 50 people changing the South in 2015.

421 Providence Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28207

The Sporting Gent
Men’s high fashion isn’t for every guy; we get it. That’s why The Sporting Gent, located in historic Myers Park, is a perfect fit for kings of casual wear, whether their adventures take them outdoors or to a fancy dinner party. The shop’s cache of classic Southern brands includes Southern Marsh, Drake, Costa, Atlantic Drift and more.  

2848 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28209

Located at the Metropolitan in Midtown, SILVERFLY’s shelves are stocked with items that offer a sophisticated translation of urban style. The original location’s wide success inspired the opening of a second store in South End. The new spot, SILVERFLY Sport, is a dedicated purveyor of active wear for all things adventure. From its array of flexible yoga clothing to hiking excursion accessories, SILVERFLY SPORT is the place to go for practical, fashionable sportswear.

1111 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 150                        
Charlotte, NC 28204                                          

1426 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

For the Jewelry Lover 
When it comes to eye-catching accessories and jaw-dropping jewelry, a host of local hot spots are known for their artistic interpretations of both old and new.

Beads Incorporated
Sisters Christine White and Anne Todd translated their passion for creative design by cultivating Charlotte jewelry mainstay Beads Incorporated. Within the walls of the colorful Myers Park studio, shoppers can either purchase already finished pieces or try their hand at crafting a custom wonder, stringing anything from Swarovski crystals to semi-precious stones, sterling silver, Czech glass beads and beyond.

339 Circle Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28207

Handpicked is a local crowd favorite, and with three locations around the city, we can see why. From trendy baubles to hip handbags and clutches, to household accoutrements and stylish scarves, the selection of special accessories feels “handpicked” for every personality. Need to add an extra element of personal thought? Handpicked provides monogramming services for most of its offerings.

1721 Kenilworth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203

Laura James Jewelry
Located in Dilworth, Laura James’ personal studio is one of the city’s more unique jewelry outposts. James collected heirloom jewelry as a young girl, which sparked her interest in the history of vintage pieces. Hence, the incorporation of antique metal and stones in most of her trinkets. Whether she’s converting an old timepiece into a modern accessory or designing cutting-edge earrings, James’ creations are one of kind and crafted in-house.

1419 East Blvd., Ste. K
Charlotte, NC 28203

For the Home
Drawing on the creativity inherent in our city, these local home decor shops will help fill your dwellings with interesting, local pieces that invite conversation.

Cottage Chic  
Cottage Chic, housed in a cozy East Boulevard bungalow, blends a bevy of gorgeous home decor items, like locally made candles and soaps, simple and easy-to-care-for upholstery, and washable, no-iron linens. With swaddling blankets, sweet toys and delicate linens filling the floor, the shop is also a popular pit stop on the road to designing a nursery. Meanwhile, racks of designer women’s clothing and trendy accessories abound.

1232 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

LaDonna Antiques and Interiors
Located in furniture-savvy South End, La Donna Antiques and Interiors brings in items from around the globe, spanning France to Italy and Scandinavia. Unlike other store owners who travel across the Atlantic in search of special pieces, owner LaDonna Harris relies on domestic vendors to find unique items while keeping her own furniture taste in mind.

2216 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC 28203

In addition to its reputation as a go-to for stylish housewares in Charlotte, Abode doubles as an interior design firm, where items from European flea markets as well as markets from all over the U.S. fill owner Mary Tobias Miller’s two showrooms. Within them, you’ll find an eclectic array of furniture, lighting, original artwork, linen and accessories from the likes of John Robshaw, Julie Neill, Oly, Noir, Bungalow 5 and more.

201 W. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203

For the Giver
With an array of homegrown goodies and designs throughout its neighborhoods, the Queen City’s shopping scene is well-established in stocking special gifts that are both thoughtful and personal.

Paper Skyscraper
You’ve likely heard of this eclectic Dilworth shop due to its numerous awards and exposure, like its number one spot on Mashable’s list “50 great local shops in the U.S. for finding the perfect holiday gift in 2015.” Paper Skyscraper is packed with gifts and goodies full of local flair, like unique coffee table books, games and toys, handbags and jewelry, glassware and funky home decor, stationary and gift wrap, and much more.

330 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

Green with Envy
We guarantee you’ll be green with envy if you don’t check out this Plaza Midwood staple for yourself. From clothing to jewelry to games and pampering items and tools for gardening or sweet things for baby, you won’t have a problem finding even the most obscure items on your list. And the shop’s support of local artists warrants a nod. In store, you’ll find jewelry, pottery, painting and other unique works created by Charlotte-area artists.

1111 Central Ave., Ste. 200
Charlotte, NC 28204

The Beehive
This quaint shop is located inside Overstreet Mall, a bit off the beaten path. The hidden gem is packed with local products, like Ella B. candles, Cloister Honey products and David French paintings. Here, you’ll also find stunning jewelry, shoes and handbags, and housewares. If your day job brings you Uptown, pop into The Beehive for a fashionable break.

101 S. Tryon St., Ste. 2
Charlotte, NC 28280

This article ran in the February 2016 issue of Charlotte Happenings.

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