Shopping Guide for Huntersville

Bella Ropa

Though boat shoes and bright swimsuits often appear along the coast of Lake Norman, there are times when the area's fashion-savvy ladies need something with a little pizzazz and a lot of glamour. Here you'll find an inviting, European-inspired interior and plenty of fun clothes from Envi, Liquid, Anlo, Eva Franco, and, a style industry fave, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent.

16745 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., 704-655-2515,


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 stocks her classic apothecary with cosmetics from best-seller Bare Minerals, BECCA, and botanical-based Chantecaille plus perfume from Bond No. 9, decadent bath “ice cream” scoops ($8) from ME!bath, and French soaps from Pre de Provence ($29.50) are just a few additional indulgences.

16835 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., 704-655-8755,

Payton's Closet

Despite what the name might suggest, you can outfit a lot more than just your kid's closet at this tot-centric shop. You can also snag soft-sided animal-face lunch sacks, custom crib/bed linens, and ladybug rain boots. And for parents: find a supersize diaper bag appropriately dubbed the MotherShip in your choice of fabric, covered in durable (and easy-to-clean) plastic ($162). Also, check out the more than a dozen clothing lines and an impressive selection of accessories and footwear.

16835 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., 704-987-2100,

Personalized by Poppies

Poppies can help you entertain in style with monogrammed Tervis Tumbler glasses ($13-$17 each) and ice buckets ($50), a carved, monogrammed, hearty wooden cutting board ($30), and hand-painted platters. You can even send guests out on the water with pretty pop-up lunch boxes customized with a personal message ($20-34).

16926 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., 704-896-3433,

Glitz 'n Glamour

Blue jean junkies will delight in this shop's sizeable selection of designer denim. The cache includes blues from Hudson, Joe's Jeans, Paige Premium, and True Religion, which pair well with floaty tops from Ella Moss and Rebecca Beeson. Plus, check out shoes from Carlos Santana and Jessica Simpson and a fully stocked “makeup bar” with cosmetics from glominerals, girlactick, and more.

16620 Cranlyn Rd., 704-895-3553,

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