Friday, July 14, 2006

Fun local shopping spots

Locally-owned stores are too rare in the region, but there are plenty of treasures if you’re willing to look.

One of the best spots within Charlotte to do that is on East Boulevard, where you’ll see unique restaurants and stores including children’s shop Looby Loo, perennial favorite gift shop Paper Skyscraper, and colorful jewelry-and-art spot Maddi’s Gallery.

This week I stopped by to check out newcomer Sticki Rice, at 1222 East Boulevard. Owner Amy Jenkins has lived and traveled around Asia and has assembled room after room of Asian-inspired furnishings, decor and gifts. I picked up a yummy-smelling lime-papaya scented candle.

Other good places to find unique stores around the region include downtown Mooresville, the antique shops of Waxhaw, and the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. That’s not a comprehensive list – email me with your favorite spots.


Here’s an easy way to do some good: Show up at Dixie’s Tavern on Seventh Street in uptown on July 22. A new charity called Guys with Ties is organizing a concert to raise money for Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, which provides therapeutic horseback riding to children with mental and physical impairments. The headliner is Dave Matthews Band tribute group Two Step. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door, available at

As for those guys with ties, they’re businessmen with the goal of benefiting small charities that need help pulling off big events. To join or help with this or other events: e-mail


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