When it comes to shopping for offbeat party supplies, favors and décor, you have lots of options in the Charlotte area. Here’s just a sampling. Got more ideas? We want to hear them. Email email@example.com.
Find your inspiration in one of Charlotte’s best-kept secrets, showcasing more than 40 vendors offering antiques, art, interiors and more. Indulge in the warm, inviting environment; get ideas to re-create the same look and feel in your own home.
200 North Sharon Amity Road. 704-365-3331, www.cotswoldmarketplace.com/
Shop ’til you drop and then wrap it up. Head to Paper Twist, home of a wrapping bar that includes full roles of tape, sharp scissors, pretty pens and a wall stocked with wrapping paper and ribbons ranging from simple to striking where you can do it yourself or have a professional pretty up your packages.
6401 Morrison Blvd. 704-366-3100, www.shoppapertwist.com.
Though tools may be the nuts and bolts of this Park Road destination, there’s so much more to be seen. Think hardware, gifts, cooking supplies and bath goodies; tack on pet products, which you’ll also find here. Don’t forget your free popcorn to snack on while strolling.
4225 Park Road Shopping Center. 704-525-2682, www.blackhawkhardware.com.
Creative by Nature Home
Make your flowers fabulous and set the scene of any soiree with selections from this store that create a warm, homey feel. Find serving dishes, table décor, home accessories and a custom floral design studio.
Blakeney Town Center, 9830 Rea Rd. Suite H. 704-542-7570, www.cbnhome.com.
Wake up their senses at your soiree with color pops and culinary bites from this Asian Market, offering 30,000 square feet of groceries, goodies and gizmos. Find bamboo plants, fans, sushi sets and so much more; don’t miss the Pocky – flavored biscuit sticks that will be the talk of the table.
4400 Potters Road, Stallings. 704-821-0899, www.grandasiamarket.com.
From chafers to commercial coffeemakers and food bars to bar blenders, Fadels has been serving up food service equipment and supplies since 1962. Find everything related to foodstuff at the sizable showroom.
5426 Old Pineville Road. 704-332-7165, www.fadelsinc.com.
Sleepy Poet Antique Mall
Have hours to hunt? This awesome alternative to malls has it all: trinkets, vintage clothes, dishes and jewelry; many items that can be refinished, repurposed and repainted to dress up your décor and place settings.
4450 South Blvd. 704-529-6369, www.sleepypoetstuff.com.
If you’re wondering “where in the world” you may get that perfect party piece, this store may be just the ticket. Kitchenware ranges from paper to plastic (getting glass in between); serving pieces, seasonal and so much more. Find deliciously different drinkware, flatware, bar items and linens.
• Charlotte: 9557 South Blvd., 704-554-1692.
Matthews: 10530 Northeast Pkwy., 704-849-2004.
• Mooresville: 590 K River Highway. 704-658-1730.
Overwhelming? Yes. Overflowing with ideas? Absolutely. Decorations, do-it-yourself and darn good prices are what you’ll find at Garden Ridge. Don’t be fooled by the name – garden goods are only one tenth of the products offered. A must for any decorator, party-thrower or event enthusiast.
• Pineville: 11415 Carolina Place Parkway, 704-341-9994.
• Concord, 7965 Lyles Lane NW, 704-307-2896.