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Black FridayWhat are your plans for today? Shop, decorate or just relax? Whatever you chose, we hope you have fun doing it! 

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Purple is in!

LUXE TRENDS 11 2009  (Purple is In)

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Charlotte Area Shopping Centers

Ayrsley     NC 49 at I-485     Charlotte, NC  28273     704-643-4148     Baxter Town Center & Village Shops    1030 Assembly Drive    Fort Mill, SC 29708    877-570-4663    Birkdale Village    8712 Townley Road    Huntersville, NC 28078    704-895-8744    Carolina Place Mall    11025 Carolina Place Parkway    Pineville, NC 28134    704-543-9300    Concord Mills    8111 Concord Mills Boulevard    Concord, NC 28207    704-979-5000      Hickory Furniture Mart     2220 Hwy 70 SE    Hickory, NC 28602    800-462-6278  Monroe Mall    2115 W. Roosevelt Boulevard    Monroe, NC 28110    704-289-6547    Northlake Mall    6801 Northlake Mall Drive     Charlotte, NC 28216     704-921-2005    Phillips Place                      Cameron Valley Parkway at     Fariview Rd    Charlotte, NC 28210       Prime Outlets-Gaffney    1 Factory Shops Boulevard    Gaffney, SC 29341    888-545-7194   Rock Hill Galleria    2301 Dave Lyle Boulevard    Rock Hill, SC 29730    803-324-1711    South Park Mall    4400 Sharon Road    Charlotte, NC 28211    704-364-4411    Shoppes at University Place     8929 J.M. Keynes Drive    Charlotte, NC 28262    704-549-4811 Specialty Shops on the Park    Morrison Boulevard at    Roxborough Rd    Charlotte, NC     Westfield Eastridge Mall    246 N. New Hope Road    Gastonia, NC 28054    704-867-1847     704-896-5141 Office   Allen Tate Company

Shopping Around Charlotte

Love to shop? You will find yourself at home in Charlotte. With everything from upscale to antique to bargain shopping, Charlotte is continuously expanding its retail space and drawing shoppers from across the region. Whether you’re looking for a Louis Vuitton handbag, unique Victorian jewelry or just a good deal on a new suit, Charlotte has what you’re looking for. The most exclusive mall in Charlotte is Southpark at the corner of Sharon and Fairview  roads. Anchored by Hecht’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Belk and the latest edition, Neiman Marcus. Southpark houses numerous specialty shops and several high-end retailers including Burberry, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton. Other posh shopping centers in the area include Specialty Shops on the Park behind Southpark mall and Phillips Place on Fairview Road, characterized by cobblestone walkways, upscale restaurants, galleries, jewelers and a salon. Concord Mills, opened in 1999, draws mall enthusiasts from across the region to its 1.4 million square feet of shopping and entertainment. Packed with a number of outlet stores like Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, Saks Fifth  Avenue and Ann Taylor, Concord Mills boasts more than 200 stores, a 24 –screen movie theater, restaurants and Dave and Buster’s with a dance club, hibachi grill, four bars, billiards and a bowling alley. Located about a mile from Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord Mills also draws visitors to its NASCAR SpeedPark, which features six race tracks, miniature golf, kiddie rides, laser tag, an arcade and a rock climbing wall. About 15.3 million people flock to Concord Mills each year, making it the top tourist attraction in the state. The University area is bursting with shopping centers, but none a aesthetic as the Shoppes at University Place off W.T. Harris Boulevard. Set around a small lake, the Shoppes at University Place also includes a two-mile walking trail. In addition to big-box retailers Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods, the Shoppes at University Place are home to more than 80 stores and restaurants, many of which offer a spectacular view of the lake. The Mooresville area is exploding with shopping areas. Most are anchored by a big box store, such as, Super Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Super Target, Khols, Belk or Best Buy and surrounded by specialty shops that include World Market, Ross, Pier One, Old Navy & Pet Smart to name a few.  You will also enjoy the vast variety of restaurants & race shops. Birkdale Village, a mixed-use development of shops, apartments, restaurants and offices, occupies more than 700,000 square feet in Huntersville. With an old-time Main Street and park benches, Birkdale Village includes a Banana Republic, Gymboree, Gap, American Eagle, Barnes & Noble, Williams-Sonoma, Pier 1, salons and a 16 screen movie theater. In fall of 2005, Northlake Mall opened to much fanfare at the intersection of I-77 and W.T. Harris, serving North Mecklenburg and the booming Lake Norman area. With more than 150 shops and restaurants, the new mall is anchored by Belk, Dillard’s, Hecht’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Borders and a 14-screen movie theater. In Pineville, Carolina Place Mall is extremely popular, drawing South Charlotteans to its more than 140 specialty shops that include American Eagle, Ann Taylor, Abercrombie & Fitch and Gap. Near the I-485/NC 51 interchange, Carolina Place is anchored by Dillard’s, Hecht’s, Belk, JCPenny and Sears. Across NC51, the Centrum offers big-box retailers Best Buy and Home Depot. Just up I-485 at NC 49, Ayrsley is a new mixed-use development of retail, office and residential space with specialty shops and restaurants. Nearby, Whitehall Commons is a new shopping center with 585,000 square feet that includes Super Wal-Mart and Lowe’s. Distinctive shops are popping up all over Charlotte’s historic mill villages, Southendand NoDa. Known for their galleries and renovated mills, both areas offer unique clothing stores and restaurants. Antique lovers will also enjoy the Metrolina Expo, a trade center that hosts a monthly Antique & Collectible Show, which attracts avid collectors from across the Southeast. A number of shopping centers outside of Charlotte also provide excellent shopping ventures. Westfield Eastridge Mall in Gastonia is anchored by Dillard’s, JCPenny, Sears and Belk and includes more than 75 specialty stores. About 45 minutes southwest of Charlotte via I-85, the Prime Outlets in Gaffney, features more than 80 outlet stores including Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Lauren, Bass, Pottery Barn, Nautica, Nine West and Jones New York. Because of its abundance of manufacturers, North Carolina is one of the best places in the country to buy furniture. About an hour from Charlotte, the Hickory Furniture Mart in Hickory offers domestic and imported furniture and home furnishings from more than 100 factory stores, outlets and galleries, and features more than 1,000 lines.

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Charlotte, NC- Historic Charlotte

Charlotte’s oldest and most scenic neighborhoods form a crescent around the Center City. These “streetcar suburbs” date back to before the turn of the century and feature homes ranging from tiny bungalows to grand Georgian mansions, with new construction sprinkled throughout. Dilworth, Charlotte’s oldest suburb, was developed in the 1890s. A “front porch” community, Dilworth’s homes are primarily lovingly restored bungalows of the Craftsman style. A stroll down its avenues will take you back in time. East Boulevard, at Dilworth’s center, is lined with local restaurants and businesses. Freedom Park, well known for its annual arts festival, “Festival in The Park”, is at the eastern end of the boulevard. Carolinas Medical Center, a 777-bed teaching hospital and the region’s only Level-1 trauma center, sits a block off East Boulevard. One of Charlotte’s hottest communities, South End, is on Dilworth’s western edge. Its refurbished textile mills provide interesting venues for restaurants, shops and office lofts, making it a trendy locale. New residential options complement the booming commercial development. The Charlotte Trolley is a popular ride with Carolina Panther fans who walk to Bank of America Stadium from the Stonewall Street stop. In 2004, the trolley will transport riders from South End through uptown, as it did 100 years ago. Myers Park is the neighborhood of choice for those who value tradition over trend. The one-time “country” neighborhood is now a mere five minutes’ drive from downtown Charlotte. But the setting remains idyllic, as even the largest of its classic homes are dwarfed by towering willow oaks. Among the older, traditional houses, you’ll find a number of newer mansions and infill projects. Myers Park homes carry a steep price tag due to the neighborhood’s unwavering desirability. Queens College, a small liberal arts school, has been a member of the Myers Park community since 1914, when it moved to its Selwyn Avenue campus. The college offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Eastover community emerged shortly after Myers Park and features majestic homes set back from winding streets on expansive lawns. Like Myers Park, Eastover’s original homes are interspersed with grandiose new homes. In 1936, the Mint Museum of Art opened in Eastover in the building that once housed Charlotte’s original U.S. Mint. However, the museum may leave Eastover for the Center City in a few years Elizabeth is an historic community where residents enjoy an urban lifestyle. In this designated historic district with strict renovation guidelines, the architecturally diverse homes still have much of their original character and charm. The compact neighborhood includes several popular restaurants and shops. The intersection of Randolph Road and Caswell Avenue is a medical crossroads. Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital, Mercy Hospital and numerous medical offices are located at or near the intersection. The main campus of Central Piedmont Community College, the state’s largest community college, is also in Elizabeth. Another neighborhood popular among young professionals who want to live in the shadows of uptown is Chantilly. Chantilly features beautiful narrow streets with charming cottages. Though not yet as expensive as Elizabeth and Dilworth, prices are climbing rapidly. Chantilly’s neighbor, Plaza-Midwood, traces its development back to 1903 and boasts a diverse population and variety of home styles. This is one of Charlotte’s few historic neighborhoods where you still find small, affordable homes around the corner from expensive, stately residences. Central Avenue and The Plaza are the community’s main arteries. Central Avenue is enjoying a rebirth, with new restaurants and entertainment venues that make it a popular evening destination. Along The Plaza, a traditional boulevard, you’ll find elegant old homes, including the historic Van Landingham Estate. Nearby, grand homes dating back to 1920 line Country Club’s quiet, curving streets. The small community is named for its centerpiece, Charlotte Country Club, the city’s oldest country club. Head out North Davidson Street to 35th Street to reach Historic North Davidson, known for its funky galleries, colorful “shotgun” homes and popular apartments in the renovated Johnston Mill. “NoDa” is a regular destination for gallery crawls, drawing people from all over town.                                                                                                                     704-896-5141 Office                                                                                                     Allen Tate Company