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Shop Local: The Map Shop

Home to more than 7,000 maps in stock, plus globes, nautical charts, street maps, city sightseeing guides, atlases, hiking maps, educational tools and more.

Photos by Kyo H Nam Photography

In the era of Google Maps and Waze, it’s easy to become alarmingly dependent on a robotic device that chirps “turn left here!” and obey almost blindly. But while a GPS built into your phone or vehicle is useful, it also makes it more challenging to actually learn your way around a city—whether you’ve just relocated or are just visiting. A paper map, on the other hand, makes it much easier to get a collective lay of the land, leaving you feeling like a local in no time.

The Map Shop on Morehead Street and Kings Road can help you get familiar with the city or country (or any trail or body of water, for that matter) you’re interested in traversing. Since the brick and mortar store was established in 1991, it has shipped its products to more than 100 countries and all 50 states, meaning adventurers from far and wide never have to deal with wandering aimlessly for long.

If you can’t find the exact map you’re searching for, the full-time cartographers on staff can create a custom drawing to meet your specifications. This is perfect if you’re looking for a piece to double as modern art for your home or a gift for the family history buff. It’s also essential for sales managers who need to show their teams specific depictions of territory lines. No more claiming you thought Marty was covering that part of Tennessee anymore; sorry, everyone.

For triumphant travelers, The Map Shop is a must-visit after a long trek. Sure, you can show your friends where your voyage took you using a Google Images search, but it just feels like more of an accomplishment when you proudly gesture to a map hanging on your wall with a pushpin stuck in your destination points (“See! I was there! And over there!”) Hit with a case of wanderlust? Stop by The Map Shop and snag a guidebook and travel accessories to start planning your next excursion.

THE MAP SHOP
1500 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte, NC 28207
704.332.5554
mapshop.com