In its previous home on East Boulevard, Lotus was sorely lacking foot traffic and parking was a pain. When it suddenly closed last fall, Charlotte shoppers feared that the combo of the economy and a tough location had claimed another retail victim. Luckily, Lotus wasn’t gone for good — it was just moving to more convenient pastures. Owner Effie Loukas consolidated her boutique biz to a new home at the Metropolitan in midtown, where business is bustling. Now you can peruse her collection of modern cocktail dresses and statement jackets before knocking out your grocery list at Trader Joe’s.