Plaza Midwood & NoDa

Shopping Guide for Plaza Midwood & NoDa

NoDaCentury Vintage

Specializing in deco décor and attire, this 6,000-square-foot store is a shopping mecca for anyone with a penchant for 1950s style. However, the store is called Century for a reason, and you can expect vintage fashion and furniture from anytime in the last 100 years. The store also houses the Patchwerk Playhaus, a performance area where every Saturday night owner Allyson Speaks serves up popcorn and independent films.

1508 Central Ave., 704-344-1005

Boris + Natasha

Don't be deterred by the scantily clad mannequins in the window or the owner's friendly pet pit bull. If you're looking for a fashionable outfit from hard-to-find designers, you've come to the right place. This hip store features clothes, shoes, and accessories for men and women from lines like French Connection, Tibi, and Patricia Field. This fall look for the Battalion, a new eco-friendly line made entirely from bamboo fiber.

1214 Thomas Ave., 704-375-0079

Pura Vida Worldly Art

The store, whose name means “the good life,” features products from cultures around the world, from brightly colored Mexican paintings and Turkish pottery to local art. Feeling thirsty after all that shopping? The Gypsy Lounge, located in the back of the gallery, serves fair-trade teas, coffee, and specialty drinks.

1521 Central Ave., 704-335-8587,

Hong Kong Vintage

From 1960s bohemian hippie to 1980s working woman, there's no role you can't dress for with clothes from this small vintage shop. Organized by color and articles of clothing, the store features a remarkably diverse selection of dresses, coats, jewelry, and shoes, as well as house wares. For a new twist on an old look, check out the redesigned vintage clothing selection.

2005 Central Ave., 704-334-0538,

The Milkweed Collection at Green Rice Gallery

So you love that painting you've seen on the gallery's wall, but do you love it enough to wear it? If the answer is yes, then you're in luck. Green Rice Gallery owner Allison Wolf sets artwork from the gallery onto fabric to create the Milkweed Collection, a vibrantly colored selection of scarves, clothing, pajamas, and home décor.

451 and 453 E. Thirty-sixth St., 704-344-0300, and

Plaza MidwoodThe Rat's Nest

When he's not tending the bar with his brother Mark in his new Plaza Midwood saloon, the Thirsty Beaver, Brian Wilson is selling vintage wares to the NoDa crowd. His store includes an extensive collection of band T-shirts and leather coats, but its most impressive feature is the selection of Western gear including boots, cowboy hats, and even vintage Levis.

442 E. Thirty-sixth St., 704-371-3599

The Boulevard

With more than twenty-five local vendors setting up shop in this artsy space, there are plenty of fun gifts and fashions to choose from. Find a funky silver cuff bracelet by Berhans ($19) just a few booths away from handbags made from vintage magazines by Real Betty ($55-$70). And don't skip the Meow & Fetch section at the back of the store, where you can bring your pooches to pick out their newest collars, beds, or bones.

451 E. Thirty-sixth St., 704-332-0142,

City Supply Co.

Filled with contemporary — and totally affordable — décor, such as verdigris iron lamps with beige silk shades ($329) by Arterior, this home furnishings store offers a cozy but modern vibe. Stock up on lamps and chandeliers this month when all of the shop's lighting is 20 percent off. And stop in the quirky gift area in the back of the store, where you can find everything from Votivo candles to artistic wrapping paper.

1219 Thomas Ave., 704-347-2489,

Yoga One

Based on Baptiste Power and Vinyasa Yoga, this yoga center is dedicated to ensuring a physical, emotional and spiritual connection and wellbeing. They offer physically challenging classes in a non-competitive environment. The class number ranges between five and ten, with the prices ranging from $10 to $100 depending on the number of people and level of difficulty.

111 Central Ave., 704-342-5355,

D.I. Central

If you are looking to upgrade your drab home furnishings, D.I. Central should be your first and last stop. Their home accents are guaranteed to excite the senses. Women especially will enjoy the elegant bedding sets, class bedroom slipper and intoxicating bedroom scents.

111 Central Ave, 704-344-8774

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