Shopping Guide for Myers Park
This cozy store is stocked with antiques that capture the kind of effortless glamour that takes centuries to acquire, such as a pair of circa-1890 gilded mirrors with delicately age-spotted glass ($895 each), authentic English watercolors depicting bucolic scenery ($750-$800), and a perfectly aged leather tufted Chesterfield sofa from the turn of the twentieth century ($11,500). Custom pillows in fine fabrics (prices vary) hint at the skill of the full-scale design services the store also offers.
2321 Crescent Ave., 704-332-1668, circaonline.net
Flirty dresses from Shoshanna and Tibi mingle with playful tops from James Perse and Rebecca Taylor and creative basics from Burning Torch at this Selwyn Avenue store. Citizens of Humanity denim dominates the shelves on the back wall, but there are plenty of styles and washes to please even the pickiest blue-jean addict.
2823 Selwyn Ave., 704-373-1698, lucalu.com
This spacious store is the place to find charming European-inspired pieces. An antique English military dresser ($5,300) complements a custom-upholstered couch with rolling arms and ample pillows (price varies), and a coffee table created from a slab of reclaimed sycamore wood ($2,500). Small accessories (including lamps, frames, and serving ware) fill every surface, and design assistance is available.
715 Providence Rd., 704-334-2478, acquisitionsinteriors.com
Black Forest Books & Toys
Step inside this cozy house and introduce your kid to what a real toy store is supposed to look like. You won't find any Wiis or PS3s here — what you will see are the basics: a reading room filled with everything from baby sign-language books to Where the Sidewalk Ends, a doll room bedecked with the prim faces of Madame Alexander, and a wall full of LEGO sets.
115 Cherokee Rd., 704-332-4838, blackforestbooksandtoys.com
Tennille & Co.
The ample, affordable, and ever-changing inventory at Tennille makes it nearly impossible to walk away empty handed, especially when it comes to stocking up on hostess gifts (seasonal entertaining ware, candles, travel bags, and monogrammed leather goods). Fall in love with Tenille's selection of preppy, playful clothing for youngsters including a line of crisp separates and dresses from Florence Eiseman and the store's own line, Tennille Kids, which features preciously smocked designs.
2823 Selwyn Ave., 704-369-0062, tennilleandco.com
The Brass Exchange
Fill every room in your home with this shop's stunning (and hearty) kitchen islands, buffet tables, benches, cabinets, and coffee and dining tables, all freshly painted in the BE's signature colors (fresh green, pale yellow, muted sapphire blue, and distressed black). Nearly every piece of cottage chic furniture on the floor is less than $1,000, and most items are actually under $500.
2909 Selwyn Ave., 704-377-2152
This stylish bed, bath, and home boutique is filled with luxurious linens, decadent décor, and silky nightgowns. Owner Erin Dougherty artfully edited her offerings to include linens from John Robshaw and C&C Milano, woven pillows from Kevin O'Brien, makeup bags from Stephanie Johnson, and decadent hand lotions and soaps from La Compapagnie de Provence.
715 Providence Rd., 704-377-4919, isabellastyle.com
Jeffre Scott Apothecary
Partners Jeffre Scott and Charlton Alicea combined their years of experience in the beauty biz to bring Charlotteans the best in skin care, cosmetics, fragrance, and hair care, including products from Mario Badescu, Korres, Phillip B, Mason Pearson, Tallulah Cosmetics, and True Gentleman. For an extra beauty boost, brow shaping, facials, and makeup application services are also available.
607 Providence Rd., 704-339-0010, jeffrescottapothecary.com
Pasta and Provisions
Here you'll find plenty of simple, delectable ingredients for your next culinary venture including freshly grated mozzarella and blocks of salty Parmesan, fresh pasta cut to order, house-made ravioli (stuffed with unexpected fillings including lobster and sweet potato), freshly baked foccacia, as well as aisles full of oils, spreads, and spices.
1528 Providence Rd., 704-364-2622, pastaprovisions.com
For generations, Myers Park hosts and hostesses have been announcing their biggest events with invitations from The Buttercup, and we can see why. You might not be able to buy an actual fairy-tale here, but The Buttercup carries numerous items to help you live happily ever after—wedding gifts, shower and birthday invitations, custom stationery, personalized gifts, birth announcements, baby clothes, glassware, dinnerware, and more.
343 Providence Rd., 704-332-5329
Whether you need to add that extra splash of color to a dinner party, or transform a dull reception hall into a bride's post-wedding masterpiece, the selection of fresh-cut flowers from Charlotte's Garden never fails. If a special occasion isn't in your near future, you can always check out the wide array of garden accessories to make your neighbors' lawns green with envy.
715 Providence Rd., 704-333-5353
John Dabbs, Ltd.
In the business for more than thirty-five years, the Dabbs family has mastered the time-consuming art of finding the perfect gift, leaving you with your sanity, a complimentary gift wrap, and a present that's sure to please. From brides to babies, barware to crystal, and shelves full of fine china, John Dabbs exceeds the gift-giver's imagination. Have a never-ending to-do list? Most items can be purchased through their website, complete with a bridal registry search engine.
759 Providence Rd., 704-334-5040, johndabbs.com
Myers Park True Value Hardware
Sometimes buying local means sacrificing the things you need, but that isn't a problem at this good ol' fashion hardware store. Owner Tom Robinson describes it as more than just a classic hardware store, as customers can find everything from garden fountains to individual seeds within the aisles of this town favorite. The garden center is known for having the largest assortment of ceramic and concrete planters around, and there's no doubt that the lawnmower repair shop won't come in handy one summer day. And, of course, you can still find a great selection of hammers, nails, screws, and anything else your toolbox lacks.
923 Providence Rd., 704-334-1613
Looking to add a little luxury to your humble abode? With SJA Designs' array of high-end cookware, sleek fountains, and chic home accessories you needn't look any further. From the statuary garden selection, to funky, beaded pillows for your comfiest couch, the collection of items in this Myers Park store have the ability to make any home glamorous. Also, be sure to check out their selection of handcrafted Root Candles to ensure your home smells as lovely as it looks.
2902 Selwyn Ave., 704-333-3949, sjadesigns.com
Flowy Alice + Olivia dresses, sophisticated styles by Eva Franco, and Michael Stars tees all run side by side with designer denim such as Hudson and Joe's Jeans at this trendy Myers Park boutique. Complete your designer outfit with a coveted Kooba clutch or eye-catching CC Skye bangles and rings. Not only will you get the most fashionable attire, but Fresh's small and friendly atmosphere guarantees personal customer service.
813 Providence Rd., 704-343-9071
Located in a bungalow style house, you would never guess the store was based out of NYC, as each JM store tries to reflect the community they're in. The JM brand features classic, stylish, preppy clothing for both men and women. Men's attire ranges from casual shorts and polos to business sweaters and ties. For the women, the label offers beautiful silk blouses and skirts perfect for work or fun.
412 Providence Rd., 704-335-3194, jmclaughlin.com
Offering customers finely crafted English and French antiques, the furniture here is sure to add elegance, and a European flair to your living space. Unique lamps and chandeliers, old and new, are sure to brighten up any room. Also find vases, glassware, and other home accessories. Designers Cathy Jones and Cindy Cauddle also help clients create their ideal space, whether one's style is traditional or more on the eclectic side.
603 Providence Rd., 704-377-5733, rococohome.com
Consign By Design
Sometimes it can be a challenge to shop for a “business casual” look for women, but Beverly of Consign By Design has made that challenge less daunting. Her store offers a variety of upscale consigned items such as clothing, shoes and accessories, from lines like Seven Jeans, Nanette Lepore, St. John, and David Yurman. There is also “The Womb” section of the store that is geared towards the expectant mother. Shopping is by appointment only.
739 Providence Rd., 704-348-2506
Owned by two sisters, Jenny Burnette and Amy King, this high-end boutique specializes in women's clothing. Designer names such as Dana Buckman, Armani, Manolo Blahnik, and St. John, populate this stylish consignment store. Split into two different sides, one for the casual look another for career and social needs, Sweet Repeats has everything from shoes to handbags and eveningwear to sportswear. Shopping is by appointment only.
300 East Blvd., 704-372-0002, sweetrepeatsboutique.com
On the search for a personalized stationery product? Look no further, Southern Stationers has the pen to paper product for you. This stationery store sells personalized items that include wedding announcements, Christmas cards, and paper goods that are offered in an assortment of style choices. They work with an array of vendors, locally and nationally, to ensure their customers are pleased with the final product.
2935 Ste. 207 Providence Rd., 704-442-7428, southernstationersonline.com
Invitations by Lee
When looking for invitations for a wedding, business function, or other special event, stop by IBL for custom stationery, programs, and anything else you might need printed. Customers can also personalize stationery for anything from thank-you notes to shopping lists. IBL also offers custom party favors. Stationery and invitations brands include Anna Griffin, Checkerboard, William Arthur and Carlson Craft.
200 N. Sharon Amity Rd., 704-770-0838