Here Are 10 Uptown Businesses That Should Be on Every CLT Woman’s Radar

In the early 1900s, Tryon Street was the area’s most popular retail row with stores like Belk Bros., Efird’s Department Store and Ivey’s Department Store bringing shoppers to Uptown from all over the region. Over time, just like everywhere else, Charlotte’s department stores moved to suburban malls or closed completely. While the large stores are no longer there, there are many small, locally owned retailers who provide shopping and services you can find only in Uptown. You just have to know who they are and where to find them!

Assorted Table Wine Shoppe

Yes, there are other wine shops, but there is not another Josh. Many moons ago, he was the extremely knowledgeable and helpful guy we all bought wine from at the Prov. Rd Pasta & Provisions. In 2012 Joshua Villapando started ATWS, with the goal to provide intelligent and entertaining discussion about wine without alienation. He has definitely succeeded. Assorted Table Wine Shop boasts a wide and esoteric selection of international wines, plus Vermouth, Bitters, Mixers, Craft Beer and a curious array of Hot Wheels, bikes and other stuff. While Josh won’t remember us from the Kenworthy’s Annual Christmas party, we remember him. His personal and unstuffy touch is what makes buying and tasting wine at Assorted Table such a treat.

In the 7th Street Market (90 mins complimentary in 7th Street deck)
224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Hayden Olivia Bridal Boutique

One of Charlotte’s premier and only Bridal Boutiques, featuring highly edited couture bridal gowns. Established in 2008, Hayden Olivia carries couture bridal gowns, veils, hair pieces and “must have” accessories. Over 120 styles by the industry’s most important designers, gown prices range from $2500 to $7000, with a majority of styles in the $3400-$5400 range. By appointment.

221 S. Tryon Street, Suite 200

704 333 0377 | [email protected]

Abbeydale Men’s Tailors

ABBEYDALE offers a unique approach to creating elegant and versatile wardrobes for men. You get the perks of a traditional clothing store experience—everything is available for him to try on—and the benefits of custom-made—since your selections are crafted to suit his specific style and build. During the first fitting he will slip on one of their try-on suits, coats or sports jackets to better gauge how he prefers to wear things. In addition to the try-on process, they take 20+ body measurements in a process that takes about 15 minutes. For the rest of the appointment, you/he will select fabrics and discuss styling for the garments. Suiting, Formalwear, Shirts, Shoes, Ties, Accessories. By Appointment only.

112 S. Tryon St. #600

[email protected] | 704-737-4274
Receive 10% off your purchase at Abbeydale when you use QC Cash.

B. Shea Vanity Cosmetic Tattoos & Brows

Blakeley Shea is the owner of B. SHEA VANITY, and she’s a one woman machine operating out of an Uptown Salon ~ a Business Owner, Mom, Permanent Makeup Artist, Brow Specialist, Esthetician, and Trainer. What we love her for is her BROWTRIBE® cosmetic brow tattoo service, tailored to each individual client to achieve their desired look. You’ll work with Blakeley to choose which of 4 brow tattoo types are right for you. And she offers Lip Blush PMU, lash enhancing invisible eye-liner, plus TINY TATTOOS and their slightly larger but still small sister MINIMAL TATTOOS. This is where you go if you want beautiful, understated work that whispers!

650 E. Stonewall St.
704-654-6828 | Tuesday – Saturdays

The Uptown Farmers Market

A producers-only market, the Uptown Farmers Market at 300 S Davidson features over 40 local farms and artisan vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese, fish, baked items, coffee and tea, bread, sauces, and more right in the heart of Uptown. It is SNAP-approved and offers unlimited match. Live music. Pet friendly and free parking. COVID-19 safety protocols remain in place with hand washing stations, social distancing guidelines, and mask requirement.

VENDOR LIST HERE. NOTE: Definitely not just fruits & veggies. One of our favorite seafood vendors, LUCKY FISH, is found here ~ that alone is worth the trip.

Saturdays through December, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

300 S. Davidson Street / parking lot.

AerialCLT Fitness

Try a new kind of fitness routine at AerialCLT, a unique curriculum based fitness program where the workout is airborne! Learn to fly on aerial silks, trapeze or lyra in their supportive, non intimidating, beginner friendly fitness classes. Even better, their kids program offers an enticing extra-curricular fitness activity for children ages 7-14. Your child will learn aerial arts from a fitness and dance perspective with safety being as a number one priority. He or she will learn anatomy, proper engagements and safe techniques as they explore the fundamentals of aerial. For the non-dance, non-fitness oriented child, this is a must try.

801 N. Tryon St.
(980) 292-1593 | [email protected]

The Hair Extensions

The Hair Extensions salon offers several hair extensions methods. Whatever you’re in search of, they surely offer it:

*Sew-Ins* Cornrows * Keratin Treatments * Roller Sets *Dreadlocks * Braiding *Extension Removal *Twist * Relaxers * Up Do’s * Cutting *Natural Hair Care* Press and Curl *Blow-outs *Hair Coloring* Highlights *Extensions* Kid Braids *Quick weaves*American Blow Outs* Hair Weaves and more.

Very limited social media presence so call for your appointment and with questions.

520 West 10th St.

CLT Find

CLT (Charlotte) Find was founded by two friends, Toni South and Christy Pope after discovering they shared a love for Charlotte micro businesses. As consumers & makers themselves, Toni & Christy believe that products made in small batches with love & attention to detail are usually the most unique and best quality options available. CLT FIND is located in the 7th Street Market and offers a perfect mix of CLT LOVE items, souvenir-y type gifts, gifts of all kinds, local maker jewelry, kids things, beauty & wellness items, and so much more. Their CURATED GIFT BOXES are a life-saver. If you can’t make it to a local pop up around town, or just don’t feel pop ups in general, no worries. Just head over to CLT FIND, cuz it’s like a permanent pop up you can shop anytime.

In the 7th Street Market (90 mins complimentary in 7th Street deck)
224 E 7th St

Cocoa and The Director Coffee Shop

Sometimes you have to meet for coffee. If Uptown is the destination, the Cocoa and The Director is the place. A casual meeting place and a cool co-lab for locals to connect and exchange ideas. Amazing locally roasted coffee, freshly baked breads and pastries, lunch on the go, and more. This is a coffee stop where working and meeting is encouraged and sustained ~ you can meet in one of three co-lab spaces that are first-come, first-serve or sign up on the chalkboard for a customizable room that comes wired for productivity.

100 W Trade Street
704-353-6003 | [email protected]

Day and Night Exotic Cereal Bar

I mean, of course, you must visit NC’s only exotic cereal bar at least once, even if sugary cereal is not your thing. Home of the cereal shake, just opened this past pandemic spring. Bowls of cereal too. Pretty sure we’ve aged out of the concept, but that doesn’t make it any less worth the trip!

127 Brevard Court
(980) 298 – 6006

Find More Shopping in Uptown, in unexpected places:

Various retail shops are sprinkled throughout Uptown, but three retail-centric spots are hidden away underneath Uptown’s towering skyscrapers: 7th Street Public Market, Latta Arcade/Brevard Court and Overstreet Mall.

7th Street Public Market opened in 2011 as North Carolina’s first food hall, featuring culinary vendors and retail shops. The nonprofit operates as a small business incubator that helps entrepreneurs grow while providing local products to residents and visitors. Retail shops include the Charlotte-centric gift boutique CLT Find and zero-waste beauty refill store Good Earth Essentials. New vendors pop up often, and existing ones move out, but the assortment is always excellent.

Latta Arcade opened in 1915 and is one of Uptown’s only historic retail landmarks still in operation. The two-level property features retail shops, offices, restaurants and bars with a pedestrian walkway through the middle that leads out to Brevard Court, a light-covered exterior courtyard. Commonly called the French Quarter (the name of one of the courtyard’s anchor restaurants), Brevard Court also features a variety of shops and culinary options with outdoor seating. Potbelly and Chipotle flank the unassuming Latta Arcade entrance on Tryon Street, but once you walk inside, you will be transported back in time.

Overstreet Mall is a secret network of connected pathways inside towers in Uptown that house retail shops and restaurants. As you walk down the interior pathway, you will stumble upon gift shops like The Beehive Gifts, clothing and accessory boutiques like Ivy & Leo, and jewelry stores like Brownlee Jewelers. Other tenants include New Creations Salon, City Barbers, McAlister’s Deli, Chick-fil-A, Which Wich and more.

Need even more reasons to visit Uptown this weekend? Check out our recent round up of all to see and do here.

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