We asked born and bred Charlottean Annie Booke to give us the rundown on where to shop local around the neighborhoods of the Queen City. She was so helpful, we decided to share 11 places instead of our typical 10.


Financial conglomerate of the South and home of the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte, N.C., also supports tasty, rugged and chic local businesses. If you find yourself staying in the Queen City or even just passing through during the holiday season, you will definitely want to shop local at these Charlotte small businesses.

1. Laura James Jewelry

Laura James Jewelry

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Intrigued since her childhood in Mississippi by the nostalgic and historical aspects of heirloom jewelry, Laura James founded her jewelry business to center around the antique and vintage. As the sole designer and maker, Laura will craft whatever kind of jewelry fits her customer’s needs. She also specializes in reworking old family jewelry.

2. Reid’s Fine Foods

Reid's Fine Foods

(Photo via Reid’s Fine Foods on Facebook)

Considered Charlotte’s original hometown specialty food store, Reid’s offers an incredible selection of gourmet food as well as on-site cooking programs that wraps quality customer service in Southern cuisine style at its best.

3. Clean Catch Fish Market

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(Photos via Clean Catch Fish Market on Facebook)

As soon as you walk through Clean Catch’s doors you will realize you are a few steps above the average fishmonger. Though Clean Catch offers a solid variety of seafood, its real specialties are the daily catches that could make your Christmas dinner leagues better then the ham you choked down last year.

4. Blackhawk Hardware

Blackhawk Hardware

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Blackhawk has been a family owned hardware store since 1977. Pop in any time during and after the holiday season for free popcorn and the chance to get helpful feedback on your next big home and garden project from Blackhawk’s incredibly reliable staff. If you’re looking for an industrious gift for a family member or friend, Blackhawk will have the essentials.

5. Davidson Chocolate Co.Davidson Chocolates

(Photo via Davidson Chocolates Co. on Facebook)

Founded by John and Sue Elliot, Davidson Chocolate Company crafts handmade gourmet chocolate that’s in a league of its own. If you aren’t satisfied with toffee, caramel turtles or a large poinsettia chocolate cake, chocolatere John Sr. is always busy wiping up new and unique chocolate treats for the holidays.

6. Great Outdoor Provision

Great Outdoor Provision

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Outdoor Provision is a local business committed to personalized retail that helps Charlotteans get geared up for the outdoors. They offer several camping, paddling and fishing classes to help you gain experience and test their products before they have you pull out your wallet.

7. Circa Interiors and Antiquities

Circa Interior and Antiques

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Circa has been recognized by the media and design industry–and satisfied clients–as an interior decorating leader. Circa’s store hosts a timeless array of antiques and furniture, with many items on sale for the holidays.

8. Sloan

Sloan

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Located in historic Dilworth, Sloan is one of the few boutiques in Charlotte that can dress its customers from head to toe in an extensive selection of apparel, shoes and accessories. Thanks to such a large designer selection, Sloan can coordinate customers to the “T” for the most stylish holiday dress Charlotte has to offer.

9. Roundtree Plantation

Roundtree Plantation

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Need some greenery for the house or office, Roundtree Plantation is your one-stop-shop for locally made soaps, candles, birdhouses and of coarse vegetation of all varieties from fruit trees to flowers.

10. Tizzerts Bakery

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Tiz Benson has successfully run Tizzerts Bakery since 1995 by making creative baked goods that cannot be replicated. Tizzerts uses only the best of the best ingredients, buying local eggs and high grade butter to make their award-winning light meringue buttercream.

11. Fairclough & Co.

Fairclough & Co.

(Photo via Fairclough & Co.)

Fairclough & Co. doesn’t believe that clothing makes the man but rather that clothing reflects the man. The small business believes its excellent customer service is the reason for its many loyal relationships.

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