Around Town

Your guide to shopping local, from vendor markets to neighborhood shops

As much as we all love a good Target run, (and can we please discuss their new line of home furnishings?) it’s especially satisfying to get out of our comfort zones to explore new places and new things and support the amazing local businesses the Queen City has to offer.

There is a stigma that shopping local is over-the-top expensive—and while it can be, it doesn’t have to be. Just like with any other purchase, you can find good deals if you shop around and take advantage of sales. Plus, your dollars are going directly to support someone in our community.

If you’re looking to snag some local treasures for your home, check out these shops and upcoming markets.


Vintage Charlotte

Courtesy of Vintage Charlotte

This has hands down been my favorite market since it began, and I’ve been writing about it ever since. This Saturday, April 27, is the annual Summer Market at Camp North End. There you will find 80+ local, vintage and handmade vendors. While there will be tons of amazing items at varying price points, you can snag one of these amazing letter press cards from Cotton Blossom Press or channel your inner Schmidt with a jar of chutney from Punjab Spice Company. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by Bird Dog Vintage and Hill Valley Vintage for some amazing and unique vintage finds.

When: Saturday, April 27, 10-11 a.m., Early bird $7 tickets; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $2 tickets

Where: Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave.

Girl Tribe Pop-Up

Girl Tribe has been making their rounds around the south and returns to its hometown of the QC this weekend with a two-day pop-up event. With vendors from Charlotte and beyond, celebrate women business owners and enjoy a whole day of shopping. Be on the lookout for Rachel Tenny, an artist and therapist who gives away postcards of her watercolor affirmation “You are enough,” and Vicki Glaze, whose $25-$30 polymer earrings are a total steal.

When: Saturday, April 27 10 a.m.-noon, VIP tickets here; Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, noon–5 p.m., tickets here.

Where: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.


South End

Lincoln’s Haberdashery

Whether you are looking for lunch, a glass of wine, or a unique gift, Lincoln’s Haberdashery has you covered. The South Boulevard location is filled to the brim with quirky items dotted throughout, like an entire shelf of tin mugs with phrases like “Grab ‘em by the ballot box” and “Feminist af” for $16 or wooden pencils that say “Don’t be busy, be productive, “Good Enough” and “Stop Procrastinating” for just $2 each. You can check out their line of prayer candles featuring RuPaul, Darth Vader, the Golden Girls and Back to the Future for $14. And for the pup, grab a chewy can of Lick Croix for $13.50.

When: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: 1300 S. Boulevard, Suite S

Stiles & Co.

Started by an NFL veteran, this tucked-away South End shop gives a high-end twist to streetwear. This male-centric boutique has a minimalist aesthetic and is just a block off Camden Road, near the soon-to-open Flower Child grocery. While the denim runs in the $200 range, you can find crew-neck t-shirts starting at $34 up to around $50 in brands like Jack & Jones and Konus Identity.

When: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Where: 128 E Park Ave.

Plaza Midwood

Moxie Mercantile

Courtesy of Moxie Mercantile

Sitting on Commonwealth Avenue next-door to Undercurrent Coffee and across from Common Market’s flagship location, Moxie Mercantile greets you like you’re coming home. From the front porch of the bungalow-turned-boutique, Moxie is filled with modern and vintage home goods and apparel. Got a need to clear your space? Pick up an Energy Clearing Kit with smudge sticks and petals for $21, or step to the back wall and grab some mix-and-match vintage glassware for about $6 each.

When: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 2008 Commonwealth Ave.

Frock Shop

If you haven’t stepped into this beautifully curated space and met Caroline Cook-Frers, do yourself a favor and stop by. Cook-Frers has transformed a historic home into a magical mixture of vintage and modern clothing and home goods for unique looks. You can find accessories starting at $18 or a woven clutch for $28. Make sure to check the back room for the sale rack and lots of unique vintage finds.

When: Monday- Thursday, noon-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Where: 901 Central Ave.


Pura Vida Worldly Art

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This worldly boutique in the heart of NoDa features goods from different countries, supporting a sustainable culture of goods and services. Here you’ll find children’s clothing and gifts, women’s clothing, jewelry, home goods, books and local art. Many of the store’s items are made from recycled materials, like the Tasting Notebooks made of recycled t-shirts and just $12 (choose from beer, wine, whiskey and coffee). Or, in the vein of being a good earth citizen, you can find a reusable straw kit with a cleaning brush and a bag made of repurposed skirts for $15.

When: Monday- Friday, 10 a.m-2 p.m., and 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Where: 3202a North Davidson St.

Curio Craft

This new(ish) upstairs shop on North Davidson boasts supplies for your witchiest endeavors. But don’t worry—you don’t have to be a witch to shop. You can find bags of herbs like Dandelion Root or Lavender Flowers for $4 an ounce. If you’re in the market for tarot cards, you can find various forms, like the Medicine Woman deck for $22 or healing amber stones for $2.75.

When: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Where: 3204 North Davidson St., Suite C


The Bag Lady

The Bag Lady’s new location on Fourth Street carries all you need for worldly and divine endeavors. With racks of greeting cards (around $3 each) and hand carved wooden necklaces ($18), you can find unique gifts for you or someone dear. Kim Barker is on site on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for intuitive readings using The Wisdom Deck she created with Garden of Journey.

When: Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

Where: 1516 E. Fourth St.

ColsenKeane Leather

Owners Taryn and Scott Hofert have put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears in creating their Seventh Street location next to Hawthorne Pizza. This shop/studio blend is filled with expertly hand-crafted leather goods in their beautifully curated space that is shared with Outpost, a vintage-inspired handcrafted mercantile. Here you can stop by for coffee from Hex and Stumptown Roasters while you stock up on leather goods, like a field notes journal cover for $65, valet trays for between $35 and $45, and sets of 6 coasters for $30. Looking for something specific? Make an appointment for custom-made goods.

When: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 1707 E. 7th St.