Your704 Holiday Gift Guide: Where to shop local in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This holiday season, don’t stress over shipping delays or supply chain issues when you can shop local and support your favorite Charlotte-area businesses while you’re taking care of your Christmas list.

The holidays will be a critical time for small businesses, especially those hit hard by the pandemic.

Here are a few gift ideas and a guide of places where you can shop local for the holidays:

Blumenthal Performing Arts - For someone who prefers memorable experiences more than material stuff, consider tickets to a show at Blumenthal Performing Arts. There’s something for everyone, including the much-anticipated return of “Hamilton.” Other shows to consider include “An Officer and A Gentleman” playing Dec. 7-12 at Ovens Auditorium and “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” playing Dec. 27-28 at Knight Theater. Click here for more information. (Sponsored content from Blumenthal Performing Arts)

Shop for handmade gifts and specialty items at these pop-up markets:

Charlotte Christmas Village - This European-inspired holiday market will be open from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 at Truist Field, home of the Charlotte Knights. Click here for more information.

Christmas Market at OMB - Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has transformed its biergarten into a German-style Christmas Village with traditional huts for shopping, holiday music, lights, festive food and drinks and warm fire pits. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19. Click here for more information.

VTGCLT Pop - This pop-up at The Metropolitan features more than 90 local and regional vendors and is open Friday through Sunday through Dec. 12. The shop will be open daily Dec. 13-22. Click here for information.

Mistletoe Market - Eat, drink, shop and be merry at Camp North End’s Mistletoe Market on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Click here for more information.

Starving Artists Market - Shop from more than 70 local artists and small businesses at this pop-up at the Metropolitan on Dec. 4. Click here for more information.

Here are a few more locally owned shops listed by neighborhood:

Please note that this list is not comprehensive.


Paper Skyscraper - This gift shop has been a Charlotte institution for more than 30 years. Find everything from cards and books to pet items and kitchenware.

330 East Blvd., 704-333-7130

Lake Norman:

Moxie Mercantile - Find items such as handmade leather goods and jewelry to pottery and candles.

202 S. Main St., Suite A, Davidson, 704-877-7716

Also find them in Plaza Midwood at 2008 Commonwealth Ave.

Main Street Books - Independent bookstore.

126 S. Main St., Davidson, 704-892-6841

Uncommon Scents - Find a large selection of college and professional sports merchandise, plus health and beauty items, clothing and home and garden décor.

9715 Sam Furr Rd., Suite B, Huntersville, 704-895-0197


Pura Vida Worldly Art - Find handcrafted, ethically sourced, sustainably made products and items from more than 40 countries.

3202-A North Davidson St., 704-335-8587

Ruby’s Gifts - Find handmade items such as jewelry, pottery, home goods and art from more than 100 local artists.

3204 N Davidson St., 704-900-2389

Closed on Mondays.

North Charlotte:

Happy Kat Candles & Gifts - This gift shop specializes in handcrafted candles that look and smell like your favorite desserts. You’ll also find handmade soaps and skincare products, jewelry and other accessories, plus other merchandise.

Inside Northlake Mall on the second level Belk.

6801 Northlake Mall Drive, 980-207-0439

Plaza Midwood:

Boris and Natasha - A men’s and women’s boutique offering a wide range of prices whether you need $10 shades or a piece of statement jewelry.

2910 The Plaza, 704-375-0079

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Lunchbox Records - In addition to new and used records, CDs and DVDs, you’ll find record storage and cleaning supplies and books.

825 Central Ave., 704-331-0788

South Charlotte:

Park Road Books - Independent bookstore.

4139 Park Rd., 704-525-9239

Sleepy Poet Antique Mall - Find vintage and unique décor at this 60,000 square-foot antique mall.

6424 South Blvd., 704-529-6369

Toy Mania - A family-owned shop offering toys, games and crafts.

242 S. Sharon Amity Rd., 704-910-2001

South End

704 Shop - This shop features uniquely designed “Charlotte” and “704″ branded clothing.

1616 Camden Rd, Suite 140, 704-496-9063

Girl Tribe Co. - Find everything from women’s clothing and accessories to coffee mugs and paper goods.

1800 Camden Rd., Suite 102


CLT Find - Find locally handcrafted and curated goods from Charlotte at this space inside 7th Street Public Market.

224 E. 7th St., 919-815-7184

Grow: A Plant Shop - In addition to plants and plant accessories, you’ll find jewelry, candles, pottery and wall hangings from independent artists.

Camp North End, 270 Camp Road, Suite 101

Also find them in Davidson at 202 S. Main St., Suite C

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