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Pure Vida

3202 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Category: Shopping
Award: Best Worldly Goods
Year Won: 2010
Pick: Editor's Pick

We love a place that takes us off the streets of Charlotte and into another country — or in Pura Vida’s case, several countries. This Central Avenue shop continues to wow us with its wide array of cross-cultural collectibles. You’ll step into the aroma of incense burning, through Vietnamese hand-painted bamboo curtains, and by Buddhist prayer deities before you even hit the register. Stocking everything from goat’s milk soaps made in N.C.’s very own Blue Ridge Mountains to Bolivian blouses, Mayan sling wraps, Afghan wedding hats, and Hmong tribal skirts, Pura Vida is our melting pot market Mecca.