2020 BOB Awards: Shop

The Best of Style, Shopping, and Services in Charlotte
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The Cactus Club is known for a variety of succulents—and the gorgeous pots that contain them. Courtesy

The Cactus Club
The Cactus Club began as a mobile plant shop housed in a short, green bus, “Mason,” that traveled to pop-up markets across the region. It built a reputation for both a wide array of cactus species and for the stunning pots that contain each one. This month, the owners plan to open a brick-and-mortar location at Centro RailYard in South End. itsthecactusclub.com


Society Social opened in Atherton Mill in late 2019. Courtesy

Society Social 
Atherton Mill’s cutest retail tenant will make you want to add pops of color to every room in your house. Browse sorbet-colored accent chairs, grasscloth dressers, herringbone throws, leopard print pillows, floral wallpaper, rattan mirrors, and more. It’s like Palm Beach came to Charlotte and made a designer baby. 2000 South Blvd., Ste. 195, shopsocietysocial.com

Leland Decker at Best Tile Charlotte
When you’ve browsed row after row of tile and can’t decide on a kitchen backsplash or fireplace surround, go talk to Leland. Tell him the age and style of your home, your price range, and how much wear and tear you expect. He’ll tell you exactly what you want and nail it every time. 2311 S. Tryon St., besttile.com

Social Status
With every major shoe release, hundreds line up outside of this Central Avenue locale that’s become Charlotte’s go-to for sneakerheads. The culture emerged in the 1980s with the emergence of the Air Jordan. The brand still dominates, and if you want to find the newest and rarest editions of the line locally, all feet are heading toward the same direction. 1519 Central Ave., socialstatuspgh.com

Poppies at Birkdale Village
Poppies started more than 15 years ago as Kate Kazmer’s home-based business. She now has a Lake Norman storefront and thousands of monograms traversing Charlotte, from jewelry and homewares to bookbags and purses. 16815 Cranlyn Rd., Huntersville, poppiesgifts.com

Sustainable Fashion 
The world’s most famous red carpet went green this year as sustainable fashion stole the spotlight at the Oscars. Celebrities wore gowns made of eco-friendly materials, and some even (gasp!) donned dresses from years past. In Charlotte, the sustainable trend has local fashionistas going green, too. Recover Brands, an apparel company headquartered in Charlotte, has a full line of clothing and accessories made from recycled plastic bottles and upcycled cotton. CLT Fashion Fund is a fledgling brand that repurposes denim. AK Wears Things is a local fashion blogger and stylist who shares thrift store finds and all things secondhand fashion. For gently used (and sometimes brand-new) designer clothing,
shoes, and accessories, head to consignment stores like J.T. Posh in Dilworth and Nouveaux in Plaza Midwood.  

At this walkable South Charlotte shopping destination, you can catch a cycling class, get a facial, or pick up your dry cleaning. Find a new romper at fab’rik or a pair of jeans at Scout & Molly’s. Swing by Whole Foods to pick up something for dinner—or grab a table at Foxcroft Wine Co. and stay for a drink. Providence and Ardrey Kell roads, waverlyclt.com

Morning Markets at Camp North End 
The popular event is now every Saturday (9 a.m.-noon) through November at this adaptive reuse site just north of Fourth Ward near AvidXchange Music Factory. Get your caffeine fix at Hex Coffee and pick up a breakfast favorite from a food vendor, then take a yoga class and join the “Family Hour” activity. It’s the best time to check out this artsy community hub that’s nearly impossible to get to during rush hour. 1824 Statesville Ave., camp.nc

Cotswold Marketplace
Launched by a mother-daughter duo 10 years ago, Cotswold Marketplace is a collection of everything you need (and plenty of stuff you just want) to decorate your home. More than 60 merchants sell original art, lamps, bedding, furniture, and accessories in this winding, 8,000-square-foot space. On-hand designers will even help you custom order whatever you need to spruce up your place. 200 N. Sharon Amity Rd. cotswoldmarketplace.com

Art House Charlotte
When you have an empty wall to fill but you’re not into mass-produced artwork—and you can’t afford Christie’s or Sotheby’s prices—check out Judith Zehmke’s home space (Art House Charlotte) in SouthPark. Make an appointment to drop by and browse rooms filled with abstracts, landscapes, florals, portraits, and more from mostly local artists. See what speaks to you, and if you don’t trust your instincts, Judith can help you visualize your room and find a piece that works. arthousecharlotte.com

Twenty Degrees Chocolates 
If life is like a box of chocolates, then this is the box you want. Head to the boutique in South End’s Design Center for handcrafted chocolates, caramels, and bonbons that are bite-sized bliss. Snag their bestseller—a sleeve of fleur de sel caramels—and bring it for the hostess at your next party. Or create a customized box of your favorite flavors to take home for yourself. 1930 Camden Rd., Ste. 135, 20degreeschocolates.com

Four Dogs Pet Supplies
If you and your pooch are disenchanted with big box pet supply stores, head to this colorful, energetic spot with a whole lot of NoDa quirk. Find holistic, organic food for your dogs, cats, and even chickens. Hang out and chat with the staff about your fur babies, or head into the Animal Gallery and peruse original animal-inspired works by local artists. Just don’t expect a wealth of parking spaces. 2630 N. Davidson St., fourdogspetsupplies.com

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill
Optimist Hall, with its trendy vendors and revitalized mill architecture, is very “seen or be seen.” But what if you want to go alone, work on your next novel, and sit in peace? As of this writing, this was the answer: Head around the corner, near Archer Paper Goods, to the not-yet-opened Mezeh. You’ll find wooden furniture, plants, and ambience—and no one will bother you. 1115 N Brevard St., optimisthall.com

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Patrick Kamberos, co-owner of Cold Blooded and Bizarre, shines a UV flashlight on a scorpion, illuminating its exoskeleton. Photo by Logan Cyrus.

Cold Blooded & Bizarre
Golden retrievers, King Charles spaniels, bearded dragons: They all deserve love, but only one of these pet breeds is difficult to find in Charlotte. This Plaza Midwood shop gives a warm embrace to the cold-blooded reptiles and amphibians that can be owned in Mecklenburg County. The mission, owners say, is to educate and cultivate love for the animals often avoided. 3000 Central Ave., Ste. 8, coldbloodedandbizarre.com

Selenite Beauty
If you’re all about a toxin-free lifestyle—or you just want to dial back the amount of chemicals you put in your body—this natural beauty store in South End has everything you never knew you needed. The shelves are lined with non-toxic makeup, skincare, and hair products, but you’ll also find all-natural deodorant, CBD body balm, and other specialty items. Selenite Beauty will at least convince you to toss that expired lipstick or mascara you got at the drug store and treat yourself to a new product—or five. 1800 Camden Rd., Ste. 104, selenitebeauty.com



Women’s Boutique
The Pink Hanger

Sloan Boutique

Men’s Clothing Store
Taylor Richards Conger

Jilson’s Men’s Consignment

Custom Suits
William Wilson

Bruce Julian

Store for Charlotte Apparel
704 Shop

Glory Days Apparel

Fine Jewelry 
Diamonds Direct

REEDS Jewelers

Local Jewelry Designer
Perry’s Diamonds & Estate Jewelry

Skatells Manufacturing Jewelers

Local Gift Shop
Paper Skyscraper

Casual Elegance

Pet Supplies
Pet People

Pet Supplies Plus

Craft Beer Bottle Shop
Brawley’s Beverage

Salud Cerveceria

Wine Store
Foxcroft Wine Co.


Home Furnishings + Decor


Charlotte Shopping Destination/Area
SouthPark Mall

Park Road Shopping Center

Auto Dealer
Hendrick Automotive Group

Scott Clark Auto Group

Bridal Boutique
Hayden Olivia

New York Bride & Groom

Charlotte-Made Products
704 Shop

CLT Find

Independent Bookstore
Park Road Books

Paper Skyscraper

Place to Shop for CBD
Charlotte CBD

Blue Flowers CBD



Residential Remodeling
Andrew Roby

Detailed Interiors

Home Builder
Jeff Chance Custom Homes

Andrew Roby

Interior Design
Barrie Benson

Bright House Interiors

Home Organization
Closets by Design

CW Home

Pike Nurseries


Kitchen and Bathroom Resources


Sarah Rutkowski  RE/MAX

Sarah Rose RE/MAX

Plumbing Service
All Hours


Window Resources
Window Nation

Karen Saks

Heating and Cooling
Parks Heating & Cooling

ARCE Heating & Cooling

Housekeeping/Cleaning Service
Molly Maids

Staycation Hotel
The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Financial Advisor/Wealth Management
Michael Phillips – Ameriprise

Brown & Shane Wealth Management Group

Law Firm
Rech Law, P.C.
Law Offices of Lori Keeton

Assisted Living/Retirement Community
Brookdale Carriage Club


Tax Preparation
Scott Boyer CPA

Fisher, P.A.

Tattoo Parlor
Made to Last

Paris Tattoo

Auto Repair
Woodie’s Auto Service

CMD Automotive

Graphic Design/Web Design Firm
Well-Run Media+Marketing

Made Outside

PR Firm
DK Communications

Chernoff Newman

Ad Agency
Ashland Advertising

Arthur Elliot Marketing Group

Split Second Sound

Carolina DJ Professionals

Waiter’s Choice

Plate Perfect

Mark Borja

Weslie Woodley

Event Rentals
Party Reflections

CE Rentals

Party/Event Planner
Katrina Hutchins Events

Scout and Grace

Howard Photo + Film

Indigo Photography and Video

Wedding/Special Event Venue
Alexander Homestead Weddings

Duke Mansion

Blossom Shop

Midwood Flower Shop

Dry Cleaners
Long’s Dry Cleaning

Elite Cleaners

Anna’s Alterations

South Park Cleaners and Alterations

Travel Agency
Mann Travel


Public/Charter School
Waddell Learning Academy

Union Day School

Private School
Charlotte Country Day School
Charlotte Christian School
Providence Day School

Summer Camp
YMCA Camp Thunderbird

Camp Mindy – Levine Jewish Community Center

After School Care/Program
Harris YMCA

ASEP at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Pet Boarding/Daycare
NoDa Bark and Board

Lucky Dog Bark and Brew

Long Animal Hospital

Dilworth Animal Hospital

Dog Trainer
Charlotte Dog Wizard

The Dog Knowledge