The hippest shops in Charlotte aren’t opening in SouthPark or Northlake malls. They’re on the streets of South End in 400-square-foot micro-shops and shiny new storefronts.
The big picture: Even before the pandemic, new and trendy retailers were choosing new and trendy South End developments over traditional malls.
- Being able to shop in an open-air setting like at Centro Railyard is a big draw for health-conscious shoppers.
Where things stand: Twelve of the 15 micro-retailers at Centro Railyard are now open. Retailers coming soon include Morelia, a gourmet paleta shop; Kika Stretch Studios, a fitness studio; and Boba Baba, which will sell boba tea and pastries.
- Outlaw Hair Co.– Hair studio specializing in curls and color
- CLT Boutique – Boutique offering women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and kids’ clothing
- Five13Studio – Women’s clothing and apparel shop
- Glory Days Apparel – Clothing and accessories for men, women and kids
- The Cactus Club – Locally-grown plant shop
- Shear Essence – Luxury pet grooming and dog walking
- You Got Swank– Men’s and women’s apparel
- olpr. Leather Goods – Handmade leather goods
- Derby City Skates – Skate and roller derby gear (South End’s largest roller skate store)
- The Brown Sugar Collab – Home, bath & body, hair & skincare products that are handmade or developed by minority women
- BW Sweets Bakery – A dessert bar with grab-and-go goodies and sweet treats
- eBike Central – Electronic bicycle dealer
Here’s a look around.
Go deeper: Explore South End’s Atherton development