Like shopping? Well, before you pull out that credit card, check out five great Charlotte retail establishments; we’re talking cute little neighborhood boutiques and big-time malls.
Vivian B: A high-fashion boutique in Charlotte’s NoDa district, Vivian B. (pictured right) has earned a reputation for carrying brands like BCBG, Custo Barcelona, Ali Ro and more. 3100 North Davidson St. 980-939-1612. www.shopvivianb.com.
Pura Vida Worldly Art: Also in NoDa is Pura Vida — a famed local shop that specializes in selling items (art, housewares, books, clothing, etc.) from locales all over the world: India, Africa, Latin America and more. Owner Teresa Hernandez is known for taking great pains to ensure that the items she sells are authentic and fairly traded. 3202 North Davidson St. 704-335-8587. www.puravidaart.com.
Fresh Exclusive: For the sneaker aficionados in your life, Fresh Exclusive is a boutique that’s all about stocking and selling hard-to-find and limited edition kicks. Those Jordan’s that folks went nuts for a few months ago? FE can undoubtedly make sure you get a pair. 2001 Commonwealth Ave., Suite C. 704-335-0202. freshexclusive.com.
Buffalo Exchange: This vintage/re-sale boutique not only sells some of the freshest and funkiest clothing in town — it also puts cash in your hand by buying your gently used clothes and accessories. 1521 Central Ave. 704-372-2300. www.buffaloexchange.com.
SouthPark Mall: All boutiqued out? SouthPark Mall, with its collection of high-end stores — such as Burberry, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, St. John and more — just may be what the doctor ordered. 4400 Sharon Road. 704-364-4411. www.simon.com/Mall/?id=788.