Local Shops and Boutiques in Charlotte
Get your retail fix at these local shops and boutiques in the Queen City.
by Torie Robinette
In Charlotte, the places to get your retail fix abound. Touting offerings that rival any big city, here's your road map to Charlotte’s stellar local shopping scene.
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!"
Criv was established by owner Jackie Rodney, who had a vision to pay tribute to the long line of strong and stylish Italian women in her family. The name Criv, is a play off Rodney’s mother’s maiden name, Crivellone. Criv’s shelves are filled with colorful stunners that span shoes to frocks and accessories.
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.
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 designer lines fill the shelves. Poole is well respected in the fashion world for her ability to curate unique but practical pieces. The New York Times has even named her among 50 people changing the South.
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 includes classic Southern brands like Southern Marsh, Drake, Costa, Atlantic Drift and more.
Bruce Julian Clothier
A longstanding leader in Charlotte’s men’s fashion scene, Bruce Julian operates Bruce Julian Clothiers, an upscale menswear boutique specializing in tailored suits, shirts, ties, casual wear and great looking shoes—all in clubby setting.
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.
Laura James Jewelry
Laura 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 at Laura James Jewelry. Whether she’s converting an old timepiece into a modern accessory or designing cutting-edge earrings, James’ creations are one of kind and can be found in her shop at Cotswold Marketplace.
Sisters Christine White and Anne Todd translated their passion for creative design by cultivating Charlotte jewelry mainstay Beads, Inc. 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.
Handpicked is a local crowd favorite, and with multiple locations in 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.
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.
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.
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 space. You’ll find an eclectic array of furniture, lighting, original artwork, linens and accessories.
High Cotton Home Company
High Cotton Home Company boasts a big furniture showroom showcasing Vanguard Furniture lines, fabulous lighting, custom to-the-inch rugs, decorative accessories and original artwork from local artists. You’ll find transitional and contemporary furniture pieces in-store and enjoy access to ordering furniture of almost every style and price point.
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.
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.” 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.
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, games to pampering items, gardening tools to sweet things for baby, you won’t have a problem finding even the most obscure items on your list at Green with Envy. 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.
This quaint shop is located inside Overstreet Mall, a bit off the beaten path. The hidden gem is packed with local products, like Trapp fragrances, 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.