Unwind With An At-Home Charlotte Relaxation Kit
No matter how you relax, you can still show some love to the Queen City.
by Callie Langhorne Mar 31, 2020
While we’re all stuck at home for the foreseeable future, we might as well practice self-care to help ease our minds during these uncertain times. Whether it’s putting on your favorite pair of lounge pants, lighting a relaxing candle, mixing a new cocktail, losing yourself in a Netflix show, or diving into a book, these activities might as well be Charlotte-based to show love to our city at the same time, right? Look no further for the ultimate relaxation guide, Queen City edition.
Three words: comfort is key. While you’re chilling at home by yourself (or with your roommate - significant other or otherwise), may we suggest some Charlotte attire to keep you cozy?
Nothing says comfort like an oversized sweatshirt or long sleeve T-shirt. Opt for a new one (or two) from 704 Shop and receive free shipping.
Just because you’re not leaving the house doesn’t mean outerwear isn’t appropriate for your next Zoom call. From quarter zips to windbreakers to bomber jackets, Glory Days has free shipping for everything right now.
Share the cozy with one of Rose Gold Rebel's Quarantine Care Packages. Choose from a variety of different themes or create your own with selections like custom pajama sets, mugs with sassy sayings, relaxing eye masks and more.
Set the Mood
Did you know smell is the most sensitive of the senses? Essential oils have the power to help control emotional stress through calming properties. Light a candle, fill up your diffuser or pop a bath bomb in your next soak — just trust us.
Slow and clean burning, the candles from Pretty Honest Shop burn for up to 50 hours without black smoke or soot and are also biodegradable. Try one of their best sellers — Honeysuckle Jasmine, Green Tea and Lemongrass, or Lemon Lavender — and enjoy free shipping on all orders.
More of an essential oils person? Taj Essentials sells over 20 100% pure, grade-A and therapeutic options including cedarwood, eucalyptus and peppermint, plus a pure mist diffuser if you don’t already have one.
With the majority of the products still produced in the town of Waxhaw, NC, Waxhaw Candle Company sells candles and melts, pure essential oils, plus natural bath and body products. Go for a double whammy by dropping a fizzy bath bomb and scrubbing down with one of their vegan, antibacterial and cruelty-free handmade soaps.
Pour It Up
Nothing quite takes the edge off like sipping on a good cocktail, glass of wine or local beer. Instead of experimenting with recipes you find online or snagging a six-pack from the store, check out these local options instead.
Whether you’re a wine novice or connoisseur, Foxcroft Wine Co. is offering retail wine between noon - 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Bonus: get 10% off any six bottles of wine and 15% off any 12 bottles of wine.
Cocktail kits are now available thanks to Colleen Hughes and the Haberdish team. While they do not include booze, they have every other element you need to make a lavish cocktail at home.
Yes, taprooms are closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on your favorite local brews. Check out Resident Culture, for example, for online ordering, drive-thru pick-up, and home delivery.
Movies & Chill
What was once a slick date idea has now become an act of heroism during social distancing. So, while you’re binge-watching your streaming outlet of choice, check out these movies that were filmed in the Queen City.
Even watching the trailer will make you smile. This feel-good movie features scenes of Plaza Midwood and South Mecklenburg High School, in addition to some familiar faces who might’ve been extras in during filming in 2015.
From the producers of “Ocean’s 11” and “Magic Mike” comes “Logan Lucky,” a comedy and action movie filmed at the Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Did we mention it stars Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig?
In the mood for a horror movie? “The Rage: Carrie 2” was filmed in Charlotte in 1999. We’re not sure which is more frightening, the terror she brings on her high school or the (lack of) special effects, but who are we to judge?
Time for a Page-Turner
Are your eyes going numb from all of the screen time? Take a break with a book, preferably written by a Charlotte author. Need some recommendations? Check out the list below.
by Kimmery Martin
"Martin's trademark witty repartee makes her characters fun to be with, and she both entertains and tackles thought-provoking questions of honor and integrity in a world where facts matters little."—Booklist
“This book deserves all the rave reviews that are pouring in. It’s funny and poignant and life-affirming. . . . An acclaimed journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tomlinson can write like nobody’s business.” —Traverse City Record Eagle
Genesis Begins Again
by Alicia D. Williams
This book has quite the resume… it’s a(n): Newbery Honor Book, Winner of the Correta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award, Morris Award Finalist, NPR Favorite Book of 2019, School Library JournalBest Middle Grade Book of 2019, and Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019.
No matter how you choose to spend your days, we hope you make time for yourself as we all process what is happening in our world right now. And while you’re practicing self-care, remember to #PitchInTakeOut and help out our neighbors who are small business owners, authors, actors or actresses, mixologists, sommeliers and beyond.