Shopping Guide for Ballantyne
Charlotte Running Company
This runner's paradise has everything you need to gear up, train safely, and run for your life. In addition to offering extensive apparel from specialized brands like SUGOi and Hind, owner (and former NC State competitive runner) Scott Dvorak also offers a complete gait analysis and detailed shoe-fitting to make sure you get off on the right foot (literally). CRC stocks its storefront with footwear lines including Nike, Asics, Adidas, New Balance, Fila, Keen, and Brooks.
5355 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., 704-708-5220, charlotterunning.com
If you want to have one of the best-dressed bumps in Ballantyne, don't skip this baby-mama boutique. Their selection of premium maternity denim alone is enough to make baby kick for joy with styles from Paper Denim & Cloth, Citizens of Humanity, Maternal American, and J&Co Beverly Cross. For the mom-to-be with a busy social calendar, Belly Elan also offers made-to-order formal wear dresses from Ripe Limited.
5349 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., 704-844-8820, bellyelan.com
The look: classic Victorian gothic style dramatically blended with contemporary glamour—and a dash of botanical simplicity. The goal: to inspire buyers to be daring with design and move beyond the established rules of “catalog chic.” For those who need a little extra push to get outside the box, full-scale design and custom wall painting services are offered.
8155 Ardrey Kell Rd., 704-844-2448, highstylecharlotte.com
Be it shift, halter, strapless, or square-neck, The Dress reigns supreme at this Ballantyne Village boutique. MP might be tagged as an official Lilly Pullizter outpost, but you won't find a sea of pastel-print cotton on these racks. Instead you'll find refined designs from Milly, Tibi, BCBG, Tracy Reese, and some decidedly grown-up pieces from Pulitzer.
14825 John J. Delaney Dr., 704-369-5240
Salara Dessert Bar
Shopping is all about indulgence, so what shopping guide would be complete without a little dessert? This confectioner invites you to pick your poison: miniature pies (perfect for two) in indulgent flavors like white-chocolate banana ($7.50), tiramisu ($9), tangy fruit and silky chocolate tarts ($4.50), loaves of fresh-baked zucchini and banana bread ($5), or classic cookies (just 60 cents each).
14825 John J. Delaney Dr., 704-369-5282, salaradesserts.com
A wall full of creative and classic ready-to-customize invitations and affordable in-store printing services ($35 for fifty invites) is just the start of what this stationer has to offer. Salutations also boasts polished gifts: preppy kate spade filofaxes, precious Molly West photo albums, pretty Soap & Paper Company drawer liners, and monogrammed stationery from Crane & Co.
14825 John J. Delaney Dr., 704-369-5260, salutations-nc.com
Leah & Co.
In addition to the store's charming array of monogram-ready gifts, this stylish spot also carries unique handmade jewelry from artisans in Istanbul and Israel, and a formidable stock of David Yurman-style cocktail rings that look just like the real thing for a fraction of the cost.
5341 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., 704-845-5466
Vintage Wine Cellar
This vino purveyor has taken all the guesswork out of buying the right bottle. For starters, there's a whole section just inside the door dedicated to “The Best 15 under $15,” a weekly rotating selection of wines for every palate that are inexpensive and come with the knowledgeable staff's sip of approval. The rest of the shop is broken down by region (France, Spain, Italy, California, Pacific Northwest, Australia, and South America), then by grape, then by bestsellers. For the serious wine connoisseur check out the temp-controlled room for high-end vintages ($50-$500) and private storage lockers available for rent. Can't wait to get home before popping open your favorite bottle? Have a seat in the café and enjoy delicious tapas.
12206 Copper Way, 704-543-3977, vintagewinestore.com
A Silver Affair
From a collection of pewter platters and bowls by Lunares, Beatriz Ball, and IHI, an array of hand bags (think Big Buddha totes and trendy Murval clutches), and an exclusive collection of Wired by Jennifer Farrel jewelry, it's almost guaranteed you'll find the perfect present for the bride, hostess, or even yourself at A Silver Affair.
7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd., 704-544-0136, asilveraffair.com
Brock Moran Home
Whether your home needs an extreme makeover or just a quick update, Brock Moran Home's furniture, linens, and accessories can do the trick. Start by indulging in Andrew Morgan pillows and throws, and then sort through the extensive fabric library to find the perfect match to swath your a custom piece of furniture. Add into the mix Simon Pearce lamps and Lux silk lampshades and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for a luxurious casa.
14835-120 John J. Delaney Dr., 704-341-6264, brockmoran.com
It's rare to find a designer boutique where you can purchase three to four pieces—from denim to tanks and jewelry—for less than $150, which is why Circa rocks. Owner Ashley Martin has stocked her boutique with staple pieces from Free People and Kensie, among others that won't break the bank. And the selection of handbags (Jessica Simpson clutches), jewelry (great sterling silver layering necklaces), and accessories (slim belts) is one of the best in south Charlotte.
The Fountains, 8145-101 Ardrey Kell Rd., 704-845-0433, circaboutique.com
If you're looking for something special to wear this weekend, head to this south Charlotte shop.You won't find anything overly frilly or inappropriately youthful on these racks, but what you will find are clean silk silhouettes from Jenny Han, classic fitted sheaths and flowing halters from Black Halo, bright, vintage-inspired shifts from Eva Franco, and simple, flirty designs from Rebecca Taylor. For the gal with a seriously crammed social calendar, nab additional dressy looks from Nell Couture, BNX, Amanda Uprichard, and Akiko.
The Fountains, 8145-102 Ardrey Kell Rd., 704-321-2626, cocofleur.com
Not only can you get a week's worth of fresh groceries at this healthy supermarket, but you can also make an impact on our environmental future. Earth Fare offers organic, locally grown, and fair trade products at affordable prices to promote environmental sustainability in the community, and with more than 400 all natural products lining the shelves, being environmentally conscious never tasted so good.
12235 N. Community House Rd., 704-926-1201, earthfare.com
From classic cardigans and flowy tops to hip dresses and great sales, there's nothing you can't fall in love with at francesca's collections. This store truly knows what women want, offering apparel, accessories (think turquoise earrings and trendy scarves), and even quirky gifts (we love the funky journals and vintage canvas wall decor), all for less than $100.
9830-C Rea Rd., 704-544-3104, francescascollections.com
When the time comes to stock up on your wardrobe staples—denim, tees, and versatile sundresses—look no further than this Ballantyne Village boutique. In addition to an entire wall of comfortable cult-fave Michael Stars shirts in every color imaginable, Her Therapy boasts a covetable collection of Trina Turk dresses, girly cardigans from Charlotte Tarantola, delicate, dangling earrings by viv & ingrid, and a cache of designer denim from Chip & Pepper, Antik, and Citizens of Humanity.
14835 John J. Delaney Dr., 704-341-9100, hertherapy.com
I.C. London inc.
Whether you're barely an A-cup or a descendent of Dolly Parton, all women know that bra shopping can be tedious, complicated, and often unsatisfying. Luckily, I.C. London inc. understands this dilemma and offers bra-fitting services to clients, ensuring the perfect fit every time. With an entire wall dedicated to designer bras and a wide selection of Fleur't nightgowns, Hanky Panky panties, Huit bra-sized bathing suits, and Jacques Levine slippers, everyone from your inner sex kitten to your Aunt Jane will be pleased.
14825 John J. Delaney Dr., 704-369-5210, iclondon.com
Jesse Brown's Adventure
Whether you're trekking up the Appalachian Mountains or just setting up a tent in the backyard, Jesse Brown's Adventure has everything you'll need for a successful outdoor experience. The supply of North Face jackets and backpacks, Chaco sandals, and Patagonia polos make even the most rigorous outings fashionable.
14825-140 John J. Delaney Dr., 704-369-5140, jessebrown.com
A child's dream, a dieter's nightmare, and everyone's favorite guilty pleasure, Kilwin's fits the bill for all three. With glass cases displaying decadent treats like s'mores, chocolate covered Twinkies, peanut brittle, and more than thirty-two flavors of ice cream, you might want to cancel that Weight Watchers meeting. And when watching your waistline is top priority, Kilwin's has a variety of sugar-free candy to indulge in.
14835 John J. Delaney Dr., 704-369-5250, kilwins.com
Looby Loo carries precious baby ensembles by Catimini and colorful swing top jumpers by Zutano Baby Basics. As for infant toys, well, let's just say that Santa should close down his workshop and stop by here instead.
9852 Rea Rd., 704-544-3110, loobylookids.com
In addition to offering the largest selection of holistic pet foods and pet products in Charlotte, customers receive owner Diana Daffin's undivided attention and formidable expertise on how to feed and pamper their pets, inside and out. And it's not just food: find handmade furniture by Amish artisans from reclaimed barn wood in Pennsylvania, decadently comfortable Double Donut nap beds by Bowsers Home Designers, and luxury pet blankets by Jack Rocket Wear.
Toringdon Circle, 12206 Copper Way, 704-544-7551, pawtique.com
Pet Essentials is your one-stop shop to everything and anything pet worthy. This holistic pet food and supply store does a lot more than stock your average pet chow. The gourmet bakery features treats so scrumptious it'll be hard to keep your own paws off of them, and the butcher shop/deli offers USDA sourced treats and meats that will have your pooch beggin' for more. As if gourmet treats aren't enough, Fido can also indulge in the Barks N Bubbles pet spa, where owners can take advantage of multiple tubs, shampoos, dryers, and grooming tools to produce one truly pampered pooch.
7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd., 704-341-9936, petessential.com
Pike Family Nurseries
On any given Saturday, Pike Family Nurseries turns into a family playground. Wide indoor aisles complement the vast array of greenery outside. It's an inviting, casual shop with an independently owned feel even though it's an established operation in Birmingham and Atlanta. Pike is large enough to carry just about every gardening item, plant, herb, and small tree known to man, but small enough to offer individual attention to its many customers. And get this: A member of Pike's design staff will come to your home, or office, to personally design your landscape. Perfect for a household plagued by a black thumb.
12630 N. Community House Rd., 704-341-7453, pikenursery.com
Shops at Ballantyne Resort
Even if you're not relaxing at their luxurious hotel or destination day spa, you can still indulge in Ballantyne Resort's shopping. Pick up his and her spa products and classic Vera Bradley styles at The Spa Product Shop or venture over to Just B, where you'll find designer fashions by Nic + Zoe, Three Dots, Worn Jeans, and SnoSkins. For the vacationer, Tommy Bahama swimwear and accessories can be found at Lifestyle and the Ballantyne Resort Gift Shop offers a variety of souvenirs and specialty gifts so you won't go home empty handed. Planning on a hole-in-one? Visit the Ballantyne Resort Pro-Shop before heading out to the green; here you'll find attire from Greg Norman, Oxford, Adidas, and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as golf equipment by Nike, Callaway, PING, and Titleist.
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., 704-248-4000, ballantyneresort.com
Fun, stylish, and young women's clothing can be found at this at this Blakeney boutique. Carrying brand names, such as 525 America, Betsey Johnson, Velvet, James Jeans, Chip & Pepper, and BCBG shoes, Sugar Plum is the one-stop shop for the label hungry woman.
9816-C Rea Rd., 704-542-9004, sugarplumclothing.com
Who said party favors were for kids? From personal stationery to party cups, Swoozie's carries all the presents, paper, and pizzazz a festive get together entails…including adorable favors perfect for grown-ups. Nearly everything in the store can be personalized and most items can be ordered through the website to make for stress-free shopping.
9816-I Rea Rd., 704-541-1157, swoozies.com
Urbana City Spa & Teabar
The benefits of green tea antioxidants is undeniable, so Urbana went one step further and decided to massage it (in buttery lotion form) into every sore muscle in your body, relaxing and rejuvenating you in sixty blissful minutes ($100). Your skin absorbs all the benefits of the mighty tea while a smidge of caffeine reduces appearance of cellulite.
7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd., 704-543-1700, escape2urbana.com
White House Black Market
This national women's apparel store oozes with classic styles that are perfect for the businesswoman or the girl out on the town. Since the store only offers items in various shades of, you guessed it, black and white, virtually every piece can be mixed and matched to create the perfect outfit for any occasion.
9852 Rea Rd., 704-540-8251, whitehouseblackmarket.com
Finding a classic, elegant dress that works for the office as well as happy hour and late night excursions is never easy, especially if nothing ever seems to fit. But J. Jill's selection of versatile dresses, tops, outerwear, and skirts come in misses, petites, and women's sizes, so finding the perfect outfit is an option for every woman. Don't forget to check out the array of comfortable shoes (Kenneth Cole, Clarks, and Born), perfect for the office, and funky belts to add flair to basic pieces.
6801 Northlake Mall Dr., 704-494-4157, jjill.com
Guliani's Fine Jewelry
Brides on the search for a welcoming and accommodating high-end jewelry store should look to Guliani's. Offering clients' one-on-one attention, the staff is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to loose diamonds and colored stones. If you have any questions about what you're purchasing there is an exclusive diamond room that allows customers to present their queries to the staff. They also offer a full bar that includes wine, beer, coffee and tea, in case you weren't comfortable already. Guliani's also does watch repair onsite.
9816-B Rea Rd., 704-542-2980, addsparkle.com
Ready to pamper every pore on your face? Start with a European facial, masque, micro peel, or brow wax at this beauty boutique. Owner Candice Langston has stocked her classic apothecary with cosmetics from bestseller Bare Minerals, BECCA, and botanical-based Chantecaille. Plus perfume from Bond no. 9., decadent bath “ice cream” scoops from ME!bath, and French soaps from Pre de Provence are just a few of the additional indulgences you can also find here.
16845 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., 704-655-8755, potionbeauty.com
Though classes are offered all week, the Saturday-morning hot-yoga and power-yoga classes are what makes yogis loyal to this studio. Instructor Brooke leads novices and experts alike through challenging moves that help elongate limbs and release tension in joints. Plus, on Saturday afternoons you can bring aspiring li'l yogis to participate in a class for the wee ones.
9852 Rea Rd., 704-543-8000, yogaflexnc.com
Though recently opened in 2007, Cutie Pies has proven to be a success with Charlotte moms, providing adorable clothing, shoes, accessories, and gifts for area tots. For the little princess, check out the selection of Baby Lulu floral dresses and rompers and Flap Happy legging sets. Boys can sport their style with jon-jons by Claire & Charlie and fun Hartstrings pant sets. And what tyke outfit would be complete without fireman or ladybug rain boots and umbrellas to match?
5335-250 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., 704-847-4617, cutiepiesboutique.com
This locally- and family-owned decor boutique pulls their inventory from all over the world from North Carolina to exotic places such as Costa Rica, Turkey, Columbia, and Italy, guaranteeing that you'll find a piece to match your home's vibe. Not only can customers enjoy handmade floral arrangements, but they can also purchase timeless beautiful tableware, hand-painted furniture, hand blown glass, and ceramics.
10822 Providence Rd., 704-846-6565, sedonaboutique.com
This golf superstore has thought of everything: from head covers to golf tees, lessons to club repair, Golf Galaxy can have you looking like the next Tiger Woods in no time. Top quality brands such as TaylorMade, Callaway, Nike, and Titleist are displayed next to SkyGolf GPS range finders and classic FootJoy golf shoes.
10844 Providence Rd., 704-847-2141, golfgalaxy.com
Offering one-of-a-kind pieces, this fashion and accessories boutique is the one-stop shop for earrings, necklaces, bracelets, purses, T-shirts, floor length dresses, and designer jeans. The store boasts a European ambience that sheds the expensive pricing. New items are shipped in every couple of weeks to ensure customers receive original pieces that cannot be found anywhere else.
5341 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., 704-847-5352
This Ballantyne store claims to be a mission disguised as a business, and that's because, to founder Curt Coleman, the reason for starting a business was not personal. Buying chic beaded handbags, sleek wooden statues, and intricate jewelry doesn't just benefit your own personal style; each purchase helps under-employed or unemployed people worldwide, and has been improving the lives of others for more than sixteen years.
10822 Providence Rd., 704-708-4569, gofishretail.com
This is a fashion craft boutique that boasts stylish clothing at sale prices. You'll be sure to set new trends with their chic selection of apparel and enjoy shifting through the racks for fun pieces.
10822-600 Providence Rd., 704-844-0699
Dean & DeLuca
Your parents are coming over for dinner, the kids are screaming, and you haven't been to the grocery store all week…and yet, there's no need to panic. One stop at D&D and you'll have a tasty, ready-to-eat meal, complete with a delectable desert (read: Meyer Lemon Cheesecake and Baby Fruit Pie Samplers). Searching for the perfect gift for someone who has it all? Pick up D&D's Fanciful Fruit & Nut Tray, or sign them up for the New Tea of the Month program and hope they share.
Stonecrest, 7804 Rea Rd., 704-541-7123, deandeluca.com
Cottonwood Fine Papers
Bride and grooms-to-be, wanting to share that special day with family members, friends and co-workers, should stop at this stationery store where wedding invitations and save-the-dates are the specialty. Designed for the individual, this custom printing facility is sure to make your wedding day all the more special.
Stonecrest, 2225 Ste. H Sycamore Commons Pkwy., 704-341-1369
From the teenager to the middle-aged, the spender to the saver, denimlounge has the right pair of jeans for you. Find AG, James Jeans, Denim of Virtue, Lucky, as well as many more brands and styles of denim here. Also, top off your new bottoms with trendy tees from Lucky, Monarchy, Retrosport, and PeaceLoveMom. Kicking the blues never looked so good.
9848-E Rea Rd.
Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
New to Blakeney Village is this 3,650-square-foot toy retailer, stocked with high-quality toys, games, books, and anything else a kid, or kid-at-heart, could imagine. Go back to classic wooden toys and puzzles or start experimenting with science and nature projects. Whatever you choose, you'll be sure to walk out of Brilliant Sky with hours full of fun and play.
9882-G Rea Rd.
Mud Pie Monograms and Gifts
Everyone loves opening up a stylish, personalized gift, and Mud Pie Monograms is the place to scope out that perfect present. Featuring unique gifts for all ages, this newly opened Blakeney Village store offers monogrammed towels, colorful handbags, and engraved sterling silver jewelry. Planning your next big party? Have Mud Pie Monograms make custom napkins to add a personal touch to everyone's table.9848-D Rea Rd., 704-845-1644, mudpiemonograms.com