Boutiques are known for being small, sophisticated and specialized. Charlotte’s boutiques go a step further, blending new trends with uniquely Southern style—and taking the boutique experience in very stylish directions.
For the Trend-Setting Ladies
Capitol was launched in 1997 by Laura Vinroot Poole, daughter of former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot. Today, her 6,000-square-foot store in South Park features diverse brands including Balenciaga, St. Laurent and Marc Jacobs. While the vivid décor is beautifully accented with vintage furnishings, the most impressive feature is a 750-square-foot courtyard with vegetal wall by famed Parisian botanist Patrick Blanc. It’s no wonder clients say they love to linger.
For the Traditional Southern Gentleman
The apparel at The Sporting Gent unmistakably reflects the past. The shop’s mission is “to preserve and support the true gentleman in all of us,” and patrons are up to the task thanks to a selection of goods suitable for field and dinner table alike. Brands include Drake Waterfowl, Fulton and Roark and High Cotton. Also offered are Hardy & Company fly rods and duck calls by local craftsmen.
For the Upscale Bargain Hunter
Summerbird is elevated consignment with the labels you want at more practical prices. In addition to trendy apparel and accessories, shoppers can purchase one-of-a-kind work by local artists, furniture makers and jewelers.
For the Seeker of Functional Beauty
I.C. London has everything from lingerie to loungewear, but what its die-hard clients love most is the expert bra-fitting. In fact, the shop has the largest selection of sizes and cups in the Charlotte area—and employees who know how to fit women.
For the Fermentation Fan
NoDa’s Salud Beer Shop offers a huge selection and knowledgeable staff to help you discover your new favorite. There are hundreds of bottle options and eight varieties on draft, which can be enjoyed on the patio or taken home in a growler. Obscure and local brews are featured, and prices are reasonable.
For the Playful Gift-Giver
Charlotteans really love the “tasteful kitsch” of Paper Skyscraper. Laughter can be heard throughout the store as shoppers browse the always eye-catching, often eyebrow-raising, books, cards, home accessories, and gifts.