I love inviting local business owners, bloggers and travel mavens to take over The Southern Style Guide from time to time and share what they love about their city. Today I’m bringing you a local’s look at Charlotte, NC with the ladies behind Dress Your Guests. Read on to discover all of their favorite things to do in the Queen City and leave a comment about some of yours if you are local to the Charlotte area!
Favorite Workout Spot – HSM | CORE
After moving from NYC, the mecca of the fitness world, I struggled to find an environment comparable to any of the studios in NYC. I discovered HSM and quickly understood why this studio has a cult following. When I heard that they were opening an additional studio devoted to the Lagree Method on the megaformer I knew I had to get involved as SLT in NYC was one of my favorite workouts. The Hilliards, this dynamic mother and daughter, team put their signature spin on the workout and I believe it is the most challenging workout that exists in Charlotte. It is effective, efficient and the environment is super fun and upbeat.
Favorite Shopping Spot – Mckenzie Claire
Think Intermix meets the south. Owner, Carrie Carickhoff has that cool girl style that is influenced by the femininity of the south but the assortment is rooted by the bigger trends apparent in the north. She is a merchandiser at heart and doesn’t just buy pieces to fill the store. You can head in there and find the perfect outfit or the perfect piece to wear day or night. It is an elevated shopping experience without the stuffy feeling. The decor of the store is meant to make you feel at home while you peruse the beautifully merchandised racks of designers you may or may not recognize. Located in the heart of Dilworth on East Blvd. you can expect to find brands like Rebecca Taylor and Smythe and everything in between. Rest assured if you head in there you will not leave empty handed.
Favorite Lunch Spot – Luna’s Living Kitchen
It’s no surprise that people love this hot spot in Charlotte. It is buzzing around lunchtime and the surrounding area is quickly building up around it to cater to the crowd it brings in. Anthropologie just opened next to it and Free People is set to open this fall. Expect to find your favorite vegan twist on your favorite foods. The restaurant is organic, plant-based, and mostly raw. For example, the traditional take on the bagel, becomes the “living bagel”, made of almonds, flax, zucchini and rosemary topped with cashew sour cream in place of cream cheese. Guess what?! Its actually really good. It’s evident the moment you walk through the doors that you are going to experience food and juice concoctions that are teeming with enzymes, minerals, beauty and vitality – the space itself just speaks of life. My favorites are the breakfast muesli, the Pop-Eye Punch Smoothie and all of the juices and the best part is you don’t have to feel guilty eating any of it!
Favorite Wi-Fi Cafe – Mayobird
As a blogger and someone that spends the majority of their time on their laptop I sometimes need a change of scenery other than my home office. The Mayobird not only has free wi-fi but has a cool vibe and is something that is unexpected of the Charlotte scene. The atmosphere is perfect from the hours of 9 -12 and the tables are quietly occupied by interviews and business meetings with the occasional mom meet-ups. It is definitely kid friendly but the lunch crowd is when the enters and the quaint meeting spot becomes loud, busy and crowded. During my “office hours” its perfect for me to focus and get work done while I enjoy a sweet matcha latte and an egg frittata cup. Of course, don’t leave without trying one of their signature chicken salad sandwiches.
Favorite Dinner Spot – BLT Steak
One of the charming elements of Charlotte is the laid back relaxed vibe. The majority of restaurants here are relatively casual and while you can dress up if you want to you will also be fine in a nice top and jeans. I don’t venture into the actual city of Charlotte often but when I do its to go to dinner at BLT Steak for that sophisticated dining experience. Located in the Ritz hotel the experience is naturally more elevated and elegant than the majority of locations in Charlotte. The dinner and Sunday brunch scene are my favorite and if you don’t want the experience to end after your meal, you can head to the bar in the restaurant or in the Ritz to enjoy an additional cocktail. Don’t forget to pick up a dessert from the Bar Cocoa in the main lobby of the hotel, the chocolate truffles and macaroons are my favorite.
Favorite Spot for Drinks – City Lights Rooftop Bar
Charlotte’s newest and largest rooftop bar, City Lights Rooftop Bar, boasts unparalleled views paired with a unique and exciting craft cocktail beverage program. With a vibrant yet sophisticated location and modern design, the lively urban rooftop bar features signature summertime cocktails, upbeat lounge music and breathtaking 360* views of Charlotte’s skyline
or NAPA on Providence
NAPA has live music a few nights a week from 6 – 9 and you can enjoy cocktails and lite bites while you listen to music inside or outside the restaurant.
Finally my favorite thing to do in Charlotte (hoping to make it to one this summer)
Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion Summer Country Megaticket – Maybe you aren’t a huge music country music fan but and don’t buy the megaticket but you should at least attempt to make it to one concert at the PNC Music Pavilion during the summertime. They always have a great country lineup and you are guaranteed a great time.