There’s only one place in our region where it all – and everyone – comes together. In Uptown, culture, arts, sports, dining, entertainment, living and business all intertwine as people converge to take advantage of every moment and opportunity. It’s a colorful, magnetic grid of energy and possibility, a destination within Charlotte and a place of love and connections. Let’s rediscover Uptown together and say hello again to familiar faces and places that made us fall in love with this community to begin with. Below is a list of what businesses are open in your neighborhood. Visit your neighbors today! 
 

Galleries & Art 

 

Sozo Gallery – Tucked in a small storefront on the plaza of the beautiful Hearst Tower in Charlotte’s Center City, Sozo Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that brings fresh, original artwork from local, national, and international artists to Charlotte collectors. Sozo’s focus is to inspire soulful connections between collector, art, and artist by supporting and promoting a variety of artists, and displaying works that excite, calm, and engage all of the senses. They want their clients to discover a connection — souls to be stirred up a bit, and conversations evoked.
  • Location: 214 N. Tryon St. 
  • Hours: Taking appointments in the gallery, online consults and deliveries to homes

 

 

Retail

 
The Beehive – Sisters Betsy Almond and Teresa Farson have been business partners at the beehive for 30 years. Their unique shop offers baby items, home accessories, an on-site floral designer, trendy gifts, as well as locally-made Charlotte products to remind you of our great city.
 
Carillon Sundries – Sundries and convenience store 
 
CLT Find – CLT Find was created to bring quality retail shopping to Charlotte’s uptown while supporting over 40 local makers, artists, & creatives in the region. Our goal is to help both visitors & locals “find” the perfect souvenir, gift item, tasty treat, accessory, or anything in between. Founded by two friends – Toni South and Christy Pope – we have learned that products made in small batches with love & attention to detail are usually the most unique & best quality options available.
 
House of Abbeydale Custom Clothing – Dedicated to making you look your best, ABBEYDALE is a gentleman’s brand that blends modernism with a dash of nostalgia, offering unique styles and looks, hand crafted with exacting standards and service like the days of old. Products include: custom suits, shirts, accessories and more. Ready to wear line available in-store & online.

 

It’s Poppin! Gourmet Kettle Korn – It’s Poppin! Is a family owned Gourmet Kettle Korn company founded in Charlotte and located at 7th Street Public Market. They offer unique kettle korn flavors and fruit infused waters will leave your taste buds craving for more. 

 

Potts Chocolate – At Potts Chocolate, they take special care in every step of creating one-of-a-kind chocolate confections. They get their raw cacao beans from places like Madagascar, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru. They devise roasting and processing profiles that will best fit the confection in which each chocolate will be used. Their extra care demands that they pay attention to every detail that all wonderful foods require. 

  • Location: 619 Cedar Street 
  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm  

 

Cheesecake Carousel – This mobile bakery is dedicated to creating a wide variety of handmade, artisan specialty cheesecakes and desserts. Take a look at some of their bestsellers on their site. Stop by the pop-up truck on Tryon Street of Charlotte for a surprise of many flavors of Cheesecake and their famous Cheesecake Ice cream bar!

 

Paul Andre Boutique – Paul Andre Boutique is located in the Third Ward Community near Uptown Charlotte.  The boutique specializes in Men’s and Women’s African and European Attire and Accessories.  It is open six days a week and appointments can also be made beyond regular hours. Paul Andre Boutique provides its customers and the community a unique connection to fashion, culture, and styles of the many countries of the continent of Africa. Open to everyone, we celebrate diversity, inclusion, and equity.

  • Location: 711 McNinch St.
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm 

 

 

Salons & Spas

 

Sage Salon & Studio – Sage Salon & Studio LLC is salon offers the opportunity to become an artful masterpiece. Our goal is to assist our clients in discovering their inner beauty by aromatic, tasteful perception. We offer Aveda Hair care and wellness products and services that are environmentally friendly and reflect on your well-being. We believe that all things are connected, Earth, Water, Sun and the Moon; thus, we strive to provide great hair care and services, in addition to a spiritual experience creating the ambiance that’s leaves a feeling of inner peace within yourself, through the beauty of aroma, sight, touch and imagination. Our stylists are trained and well educated in hair techniques and product applications such as Goldwell, Aveda L’Oreal, and Brazilan Blowout The concept that each individual is a canvas waiting to come alive encourages our staff to create a magnificent piece of art by discovering the sensual beauty within each client. As artists, we see each of our clients as beautiful canvases waiting to come alive. Count on us to help you find the sensual beauty within you. Call 980-474-1009 now to discuss your beauty options with a style. Sage Studio is also an Art Gallery providing local artist a stage to showcase their talents and giving our customers the opportunity to enjoy and experience the artists’ concepts.

  • Location: 129 Brevard Court
  • Hours: 
    • Tuesday: 9:00 am -7:00 pm
      Wednesday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
      Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

Emerson Joseph Salon – Emerson Joseph was built to offer one-of-a-kind grooming experiences for the style-conscious professional and average joe alike. With just the right blend of top-notch services, comfortable surroundings, and urban sophistication, Emerson Joseph is Charlotte’s newest, decidedly masculine grooming lounge devoted to men only. The atmosphere invites each of our guests to linger before or after their appointment and enjoy a game of pool, watch game highlights on one of our flat-screen TV’s, or simply relax before rejoining the daily grind. We currently offer full service men’s grooming, including: haircuts, straight razor shaves, hair color, shoe shines, skin care, massage therapy, tailoring and more. Memberships are also available, which give you the ability to customize your services to fit your needs – come enjoy the ultimate man-cave experience!

 

 

Tours and Activities

 

Charlotte NC Tours – Charlotte NC Tours is Charlotte’s only locally owned and operated full-service tour company. They provide their customers with a variety of fun ways to see Uptown Charlotte and the surrounding neighborhoods in Center City. Their guides treat you like you’re family and leave you feeling like a local! Tours include: segway tours, ghost tours, bike tours, walking tours, scooter tours, bike rentals and private tours.

 

7th Street Public Market – 7th Street Public Market is a bustling urban food destination in the heart of Charlotte’s Center City! The Market’s mission is to celebrate the food culture of the Carolinas and promote local and regional farmers, food artisans and entrepreneurs. It’s also North Carolina’s first food hall! 

  • Location: 224 E. 7th St. 
  • Hours: Thursday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm (individual vendor hours vary) 

 

Uptown Farmers Market – The Uptown Farmers Market was established in Spring, 2020 and is being formed as a 501(c)(3). Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, the market is being opened in 3 phases: Phase 1-virtually, Phase II-social-distancing, and Phase III- full-scale. Phase II opened on May 16, 2020 where we will remain until state and local COVID-19 restrictions are revised. In Phase III, the Market will include weekly music from local community groups and ensembles, exercise groups, children’s arts and education activities, cooking demos, gardening workshops, and shuttles to nearby communities. The producers-only market is a gathering spot around healthy food provided by local farmers and food artisans, and a place where all can build relationships around shared goals of educating on nutrition and wellness and addressing food insecurity in a fun urban setting.

 

Romare Bearden Park – Romare Bearden Park is a 5.4-acre public park located at 300 S. Church Street in Charlotte, North Carolina. Named for Charlotte born artist Romare Bearden, it opened in late August 2013. It is across the street from BB&T Ballpark, the home of the International League‘s Charlotte Knights. Located in Uptown Charlotte, the park offers fitness and cultural arts programs throughout the year. The park design is based on Bearden’s collages and paintings as interpreted by supervising artist Norie Sato. It features two gardens, a courtyard of dining tables with chairs on a bed of crushed granite, a formal event green field, a play area with interactive digital chimes including dance chimes, and several waterfalls.[4] 

 

First Ward Park – First Ward Park is the culmination of a joint partnership between Levine Properties, UNC Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte. The new 4-acre park is located between East 7th, 9th and Brevard Streets, just east of the light rail tracks. 

 

Fish Fountains – This is the coolest fountain in Charlotte, quite literally. There are banks of water jets in the pavement, and they fire in sequence. Each fish’s mouth also spews water in its turn. The whole routine culminates in an all-fins-on-deck water show, and then the sequence repeats. This is the perfect place for kids to splash, Spring, Summer, of Fall. There are benches for parents and grandparents to relax and enjoy the show, too. The Green itself is a charming grassy park, with lots of restaurants and other activities near by.

 

The GreenThe Green is a one and a half acre park at 42South Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. At one end of this so-called pocket park are the Mint Museum and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art; at the other end is the Charlotte Convention Center. Next to it stands Charlotte’s historic St. Peter’s Catholic Church. The Green is the site of various public events, such as movie screenings and free plays, including summer performances by the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival. This park is frequently the site of public art and sculpture, including three giant computer-timed fish fountains, a popular feature with children in the summer. Mosaic benches and stools are tucked away in shady side paths. 

 

The Firebird Sculpture – Affectionately known as “Disco Chicken” by area residents, the shimmering Firebird sculpture was installed in 2009, and stands at the entrance of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Tryon Street. The statue stands over 17 feet tall and weighs over 1,400 pounds. The entire statue is covered from top to bottom in over 7,500 pieces of mirrored and colored glass.  

 

Cool Globes – Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, is a public art exhibition designed to raise awareness of solutions to climate change.  Cool Globes grew out of a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005, and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006.  Since that time, Cool Globes premiered in Chicago and went on tour across the country from Washington DC to San Francisco, San Diego, Sundance, Los Angeles, Houston and Cleveland.  In the fall of 2009, Cool Globes opened the first international exhibit in Copenhagen. From there our globes were in Geneva, Marseille, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Jerusalem and Boston. It is our hope that the millions of people who have experienced the exhibit, leave with a vast array of solutions to climate change, and with one clear message….we can solve this.

  • Location: Along North Tryon from Trade to 11th Street 
  • Hours: Always Open 

 

BLM Mural – On Tuesday, June 9, 17 local artists painted an entire Uptown block with three words: Black Lives Matter. Artists worked all day Tuesday in nearly 90 degree heat to finish the project, which runs along Tryon Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. Each artist, or artist duo in the case of Arko & Owl, painted a different letter, so each have very different styles and colors. For example, Georgie Nakima’s (@gardenofjourney) letter “M” used similar bold colors and geometric lines you’d see in her murals around the city. And in Arko & Owl’s “L” you’ll see similar three-dimensional waves that you can find at Yafo Kitchen in Plaza Midwood and Camp North End. The street mural was part of a collaboration with the City of Charlotte, Charlotte is Creative, Brand The Moth, BLKMRKTCLT, and the artists. The entire project — from idea to completion — took only a few days.

  • Location: S. Tryon St. between 3rd and 4th 
  • Hours: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm 

 

ArtWalks – ArtWalksCLT is a community engagement tool that connects you to local public artworks and artists.  Each free self-guided artwalk provides specific location, artist info, story, key art terms and an opportunity to make a connection to an artwork while considering a question or remark.  From art gazing in Charlotte’s historic neighborhoods to wandering down alleys and peeking around corners, each artwalk is a walking adventure full of discovery. 

  • Location: Throughout Charlotte 
  • Hours: Always Open 
 

 

Restaurants 

 

Mert’s Heart and Soul – A Southern, soul-food restaurant committed to providing customers with an unforgettable experience each and every visit.

 

Tupelo Honey Cafe – Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina mountains we call home. Our recipes are simply crafted and made from scratch with responsibly sourced ingredients that bring the best of every season. For over 15 years, we have infused our Southern spirit into every bite. At Tupelo Honey, we create breakfasts, lunches and suppers that invite you to put on your Sunday’s best and gather around the table for gracious and delicious Southern food.

  • Location: 101 S. Tryon St. #130
  • Hours:
    • Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
    • Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
    • Brunch: Saturday – Sunday until 4:00 pm

 

Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar – Cowbell Burger & Bar is the purveyor of gourmet burgers for the Uptown Charlotte restaurant scene. With a full small-batch whiskey bar, collection of craft cocktails and local brews, the spot for the best burger in Charlotte entices after-work locals to unwind past curfew in its music and art driven lounge.

  • Location: 127 N. Tryon St. 
  • Hours
    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
    • Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
    • Sunday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Haymaker Restaurant – Heirloom ingredients, pickling, preservation, and sustainably sourced seafood and meats lead the way to crafting our menus at Haymaker. Our restaurant is as laid back and casual as it is a place to celebrate, evoking the urban heart of the city while paying respect to our country roots. We’re a place for each and all: a neighborhood restaurant and bar, a place for friends to gather, and a destination for business folks and travelers to dine.

  • Location: 225 S. Poplar St. Suite #1
  • Hours
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    • Friday: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
    • Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
    • Sunday: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Queen City Grounds – Quality is at the heart of everything they do. Their menu represents the best of what the local markets have to offer. Their passion for sourcing fresh ingredients from farmers and suppliers they know, combining with traditional flavors and rewriting familiar recipes into exceptional cuisine is theirvmission and greatest joy.

 

Community Matters Cafe – Community Matters Cafe is more than coffee and food. It’s also a place to restore hope. Community Matters Cafe is an extension program for Charlotte Rescue Mission, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free, residential and Christian based recovery services to men and women struggling with addiction. After graduating from Charlotte Rescue Mission’s 120-day core recovery program, select graduates can apply to the Life Skills Training Program offered by Community Matters Cafe. For an additional 6 months, students in the Life Skills Program will develop skills pertaining to the workplace and everyday life, such as adhering to a schedule, dealing with stress, handling feedback, and more in both a classroom and cafe/restaurant setting.

 

Brazz Carvery & Brazilian Steakhouse – You don’t have to hop on a plane to take a culinary tour of Brazil. Simply walk through our doors, take in the smell of succulent meats and savory spices, and get ready for a meal to remember. At Brazz Carvery & Steakhouse, our goal is to be Charlotte’s go-to for family gatherings, special events, and more. We’re known for our lunch buffet and traditional Brazilian fare, but with vegetarian and gluten-free options, we truly have something for everyone. Enjoy a freshly-muddled caipirinha or a glass of South American wine while we carve meats right at your table, or fill your plate with all the deliciousness you can eat from our buffet. As a family-owned business, our joy comes from making our customers happy, and we hope you’ll join us soon.

  • Location: 500 S. College St. 
  • Hours
    • Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm 
    • Dinner:
      • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
      • Friday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
      • Saturday: 4:00 pm – 10:00pm

 

Uptown Yolk – We pride ourselves on excellent guest service in our dining room and great food in our kitchen. It is our firm belief that farm fresh ingredients are better in quality and truly enhance the food we serve. We are a family owned and operated restaurant with Chef Greg Collier preparing the highest quality ingredients for Manager, Subrina Collier to serve our patrons in the dining area. Come visit The Yolk and dine with us, we are sure you will enjoy the food and atmosphere!

 

Libations – Welcome to Libations Kitchen & Bar located at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the heart of Uptown Charlotte’s Gateway Village. Libations is casual, relaxing & inviting and offers a full menu of handcrafted American dishes, a unique wine list, local craft beers and a full-service bar serving up a variety of cocktails. Our menus feature only seasonal & regional products used to create recipes with influences of the new south. Visit us to celebrate the simple pleasures of good food, good drink and good friends.

 

Sea Level – Evolving the concept of Sea Level NC has been a project of passion for Paul Manley for over six years. While designing and opening other successful seafood restaurants and oyster bars in The Carolinas, Paul uncovered a fundamental flaw in their business models. The safe and consistent procurement of oysters, their core offering, was volatile and subject to outside factors beyond their control. Reliance on a wild product for a signature menu item so significant that it’s in a business’ name is a threat. Their reputation and future is tied to a product that is susceptible to spoilage, disease, and sustainability issues. Paul set out to create a seafood restaurant that grew its own signature items and relied more on sustainable, local supply lines. He then spent two years networking on the North Carolina coast with aquaculture specialists, farmers, scientists, shrimpers, and other “watermen”. From these efforts he partnered with local NC oyster and clam farmers in the town of Sea Level, North Carolina to grow his own line of product, designed and harvested specifically to his restaurant standards.

  • Location: 129 5th St. 
  • Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

 

 

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