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A Guide to What's Happening in Charlotte

Carowinds thrills, a new boutique, a French restaurant opening in Myers Park and more

Summer in Charlotte never faces a shortage of activities, and this year is no exception. Check out some of the exciting developments around the Queen City this summer season.

Into the Light

Myers Park’s latest neighborhood bistro, Lumiere, is all the buzz in this historic part of town. The restaurant’s elegant, cozy interior, seating only 55, is great for intimate evenings or special occasions. The menu includes all of the standards, from pâté and escargot to beef Bourguignon. But patrons say the best thing at Lumiere is the fresh, house-baked breads. The Gruyere-filled gourgère (a cross between popover and cheese puff) is exceptional, and the mini French loaves are equally special. ­1039 Providence Road, 704.372.3335 

Lumiere serves French classics with a modern twist.
Lumiere serves French classics with a modern twist. (©Jennifer Hogan)

House of Blues

With the opening of Denim House on Selwyn Avenue, owner Tia Klein brings Charlotte shoppers a vintage-inspired, luxury boutique. Modern lines include award-winning jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, Adrienne Landau, Kelly Wearstler, Naked & Famous Denim, McGuire Denim, Sundry and T Refinery. Plus, the store recently began offering clients the @houseacct app—designed locally, this trendy tool takes an already extravagant personal shopping experience to the next level. M-F, 10 am-7 pm; Sa, 10 am-6 pm; Closed Su. 2900-B Selwyn Ave., 704.665.5555 

Denim House stocks top-of-the-line everything, from jeans to jewelry.
Denim House stocks top-of-the-line everything, from jeans to jewelry. (©Smitten & Hooked Photography)

What’s In Store

The city’s latest shopping mall, Charlotte Premium Outlets, opened July 31, includes factory stores such as J.Crew, Adidas, Lucky Brand, Banana Republic Factory Store, Michael Kors, Puma and more. 

Into Thin Air

Straddling the North Carolina-South Carolina state line, Carowinds amusement park offers 60 rides, shows and attractions, including Boomerang Bay, a 16-acre water park. Earlier this summer, the park teamed up with Susan G. Komen’s local chapter to raise awareness for breast-cancer research. Next season, the park plans to unveil the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster, the Fury 325. ­14523 Carowinds Blvd., 704.588.2600 

The Carolina Cobra ride at Carowinds
The Carolina Cobra ride at Carowinds (Courtesy Carowinds)

Seek and Find

It’s a little hard to spot, and if you’re not already gallery hopping in South End, you might miss it. But on a brick wall facing the parking lot on East Park Avenue, you’ll find “Unfurled,” a colorful mosaic decorating the exterior of Ciel Gallery. Make sure you look closely—each of the three mosaic flowers features hidden creatures, such as small butterflies, a fish or a chameleon. Stop by during the day or visit Ciel on the first Friday of every month for a gallery crawl. M-Sa, 11 am-6 pm. 128 E. Park Ave., 704.496.9417