Ballantyne’s new store offerings and the best burger in town
I can’t seem to keep up with all of the new stores opening in and around Charlotte. The most notable, though, are popping up in Ballantyne. Gourmet Enhancements opened its doors at Toringdon Circle (on the same block as Pike Family Nursery, Vintage Wine Cellar, and Hickory Tavern). Just next door, you’ll find holistic pet shop, Pawtique, which features some of the coolest pet products in town. I don’t even own a dog or cat, but the bakery display case featuring some of the prettiest doggie treats was so amazing I ended up buying 4 treats for my husband’s two black labs (decadent-looking cinnamon buns and peanut butter cups). Over in Blakeney where a Home Goods, Marshalls, and Old Navy are underway, you’ll not only find HUE Studio with the best selection of leggings and comfy cotton underpinnings, but you’ll also see Francesca’s Collection. The small store is chockfull of inexpensive headbands, earrings, sandals, scarves, you name it. Also, coming soon to Blakeney is Swoozie’s, an Atlanta-based upscale stationer, which boasts, they say, “contemporary and unique gifts, an extensive invitation selection, stationery, greeting cards, and more.” If that weren’t enough, down the street from Blakeney in The Fountains (where you’ll find Coco Fleur and Circa) High Style recently opened its doors, too. The upscale transitional/modern home store offers exclusive lines to Charlotte such as Christopher Guy (i.e. the mod furniture you’ll find throughout Vegas’s swanky Bellagio Hotel). And finally, after you’ve hit up all the new Ballantyne shops, you gotta stop by Ballantyne Resort’s new Gallery Bar for what may be the best burger I’ve ever had…period. It’s honestly the juiciest, most flavorful piece of beef dressed with Guiness-flavored cheese and a choice of side (I suggest the high puppies or sweet potato fries).