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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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Lincoln County, NC

  In the intangible beauties of life at a slower pace, you’ve found your home in Lincoln County. Stretching from the relaxing shores of Lake Norman to the hometown charm of Cat Square, Lincoln County is a quiet haven with easy access to the attractions of Charlotte. Because of I-77, the east side of Lake Norman developed very quickly. The western side in Lincoln County has typically been a little quieter and laid-back. But it’s no secret to the thousands who now make their home here. Lake Norman is referred to as North Carolina’s Inland Sea because it covers more than 32,500 acres and has 520 miles of shoreline. This clean, freshwater lake is fed by the Catawba River and was created in 1962 when the Cowan’s Ford Dam was completed across the river. Affectionately called “Denver of the East,” the town of Denver is the main commercial region of Lincoln’s lake area. The town is centered on the post office and stretches north and south along N.C. 16. Future plans call for widening N.C. 16 to four lanes from Charlotte to Hickory, and development is already happening as retailers and developers position themselves on this important stretch of highway. Hundreds of new homes have been built along the lake corridor, including some of the most upscale on this dazzling lake. Communities such as NorthView Harbour, Sailview and Cowan’s Ford (golf community) offer waterfront lots. The area’s premier address is Governor’s Island, with palatial stucco homes and boat slips extending on a finger of land out into the lake. Homes here can cost $1 million or more. Not too far from the water are more moderately priced neighborhoods, including Waterside Crossing and Verdict Ridge (golf community). So many people have moved to the area and taken an interest in its development that there’s been serious talk about forming a new town in east Lincoln that would be called West Norman. It would encompass the lakeside areas of Westport, Triangle and the N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 intersection. Travel west to the geographic center of the county and you’re in Lincolnton, the county seat. Lincolnton is also growing, and not just because of its proximity to Charlotte. Lincolnton lies an equal distance from Hickory and Charlotte, and an equal number of workers go to work in Hickory and in Charlotte each day. The recently expanded U.S. 321 has helped to strengthen the tie between these two cities. Residents of downtown Lincolnton are proud of their town’s charm and cultural offerings. The Lincoln Cultural Center on Main Street is the host stage for productions by the Lincoln Theatre Guild. The center also houses Lincoln County’s Museum of History, which features Lincoln artifacts and historical materials. Each September, crowds as large as 50,000 gather for a downtown festival that’s sweet to the core. The Lincoln Apple Festival offers food, games, rides and entertainment. Top-rated health care is provided at Lincoln Medical Center on John Gamble Drive in Lincolnton. This privately owned, 101-bed acute-care hospital recently completed the biggest construction project in the 30-year history of the hospital, adding a new wing that increased the medical center’s size by more than 40 percent. Finally, heading far west into the foothills of Lincoln County is Cat Square, a unique place with a unique name. Local lore holds that the name came to be because folks used to drop off their unwanted cats on the square. Today, Cat Square is known for hosting one of the largest Christmas parades in the area.