What's In Store

Beloved women's boutique in Charlotte finds a new home

The Bag Lady's new store is at 1516 East 4th St. in Elizabeth
The Bag Lady's new store is at 1516 East 4th St. in Elizabeth

The Bag Lady, a popular women's boutique, has found a new home in Elizabeth and will open June 23.

The boutique closed its doors in Dilworth this year after its lease wasn't renewed. Former owner Karen Coffin put the store up for sale, and in March, former store manager Susan Burns bought the retailer for an undisclosed amount.

Burns told customers that she'd reopen The Bag Lady in a new location.

The shop's new store is in a purple-painted brick building at 1516 East 4th St., on the block between Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Central Piedmont Community College, Burns told customers on the store's website.

The Bag Lady sells an eclectic selection of “Provisions for the Wild Woman,” including scented candles, hand-crafted jewelry, local art, home decor, books and clothing. The shop regularly hosts events and workshops for women, too.

On its opening weekend, The Bag Lady will have a grand opening sale, host workshops including a Psychic Fair on June 24 from noon-4 p.m. and a raffle for a gift basket. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the Women's Shelter.

The shop's hours will be the same as the old store: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays.

Original Bag Lady owner Hope Swann opened the shop on Selwyn Avenue in 1995. The shop moved to its former location on Kenilworth about a decade ago.


A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the name of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center.