Friday, August 1, 2014

Michaels opening new Charlotte store

Arts-and-crafts retailer Michaels is holding a grand opening for its new Charlotte store on August 31 in Steele Creek.

The store is in the newest phase of the RiverGate Shopping Center, the Shops at RiverGate South. The new addition to the shopping center features 150,000 square feet of retail space, and will also have retailers HomeGoods, Gander Mountain and Ulta Beauty, as well as other tenants.

The Michaels store will be more than 17,000 square feet, and employ about 60 people.

Here's what Michaels had to say about its new store and the grand opening: "A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9:45 a.m., and doors open at 10 a.m. Michaels will be giving away more than $1,000 in gift cards and prizes hourly throughout the day. In addition, customers can win items for the whole family from the plinko prize board, which includes jewelry, art supplies, stickers and more. Attendees can also capture the fun at the Michaels photo booth and share on social media using the hashtag #GetCraftyCharlotte."

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Three new stores in Huntersville's Rosedale community

Three new stores - a barber shop, clothing boutique and salon - are opening soon in the Rosedale community in Huntersville.

Rosedale is located just near I-77 and Gilead Road. Here's a news release about the new stores:

"Bella Boutique is a contemporary women's clothing and accessory boutique for women of all ages. The store, located at 13131Rosedale Hill Avenue in Huntersville, features trendy fashions, accessories, jewelry, swimwear, and denim lines such as Miss Miss, Rock Revival, and Paige denim. Bella Boutique was founded by Lake Norman native Amanda St. Clair in early 2014. Her passion for fashion inspired her to open a spot for locals to find unique and one of a kind pieces at affordable prices.

Applause! Hair Designs is an upscale salon with a signature specialty of bringing out the best in hair. The salon holds pride in versatility and diversity in regard to clientele, product, and style. Located at 13127 Rosedale Hill Avenue in Huntersville, the salon is culturally distinct. Salon owners, Malik and Katossa Glover, bring enthusiasm with their vision for the community. Their tagline speaks volumes, “Everyone Deserves Applause!”

4th Quarter Barbershop, located at 13123 Rosedale Hill Avenue in Huntersville, was founded in 2014 by Cornelius native and master barber Norris Hunsucker. Norris brings over 9 years of experience to the industry and prides himself in taking care of all hair needs and specializes in shape ups, fades, razor lines, and shaves along with regular cuts, kids cuts, and even eyebrow arching for women."

The three businesses have scheduled a grand opening for August 8 at noon.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lindt Chocolate Shop opening in new Charlotte outlets

Charlotte Premium Outlets is getting a touch of something sweet, with the planned opening of a Lindt Chocolate Shop at the mall.

The mall's grand opening is set for Thursday, July 31. Although most the 100 retailers there have been announced (see a full list here), a few names are still straggling in.

Here's what Lindt has to say about their new store:

"We are thrilled to open our new Lindt Chocolate Shop in Charlotte, as we continue to grow our retail presence throughout the country” said Christine Bullen, vice president of Direct to Consumer & Specialty Channels at Lindt USA. “We look forward to welcoming new customers and sharing delicious premium chocolate in our exciting new space at the Charlotte Premium Outlets.”

Lindt combines unrivaled craftsmanship with high quality ingredients to create delicious, premium chocolate and an experience of chocolate beyond compare. At Lindt Chocolate Shops, customers are treated to premium chocolate samples, and tasting tips by expert Lindt Chocolate Advisors.

The new chocolate shop will feature a vast array of premium Lindt chocolate offerings including the iconic LINDOR truffles and EXCELLENCE premium dark chocolate bars, exclusive European Specialties and chocolate gifting items only available at Lindt Chocolate Shops.

In honor of the new location, chocolate lovers who visit the shop from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3 will receive a complimentary Lindt
EXCELLENCE premium dark chocolate bar with any $5 purchase or enrollment in the Lindt Lovers’ Rewards Club."

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Charlotte outlet stores announced

With its grand opening less than a week away, Charlotte Premium Outlets is rounding out its roster of retailers with a few late additions.

Here are the three latest stores announced, and their descriptions from the mall:

  • Clarks Bostonian: "Offers a wide-ranging selection of fashionable footwear and accessories for men and women, as well as the superior comfort for which the Clarks brand is known."
  • Travelpro: Prides "itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for the experienced traveler."
  • Maurices: "Inspires young women to find their style with adorable, affordable fashions in sizes 1-24."
You can view a complete list of stores here. Charlotte Premium Outlets has about 100 total retailers, and opens July 31.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Discount goods and hot peppers at Concord Mills

Two new stores, Pepper Palace and Five Below, are opening at Concord Mills, offering new options for hot peppers and cheap goods.

Pepper Palace sells hot sauces, oils, vinegar, dips and other pepper-related goods. The store is now open. Here's how the malls describes the new store: "Shoppers looking to add a little kick to their favorite meals will enjoy the wide variety of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, salsas, jellies, jams, pickled items and more available at Pepper Palace, which is now located in Neighborhood 4 near Best Buy."

Pepper Palace's Concord Mills store
Five Below is a store selling goods from $1 to $5, and the store plans to open in the coming weeks. This is the company's only store in the Charlotte area. Per the mall: "Five Below, located in Neighborhood 5 near Burlington Coat Factory, is a popular value retailer featuring a dynamic assortment of merchandise ranging in price from $1 to $5. Young shoppers on a budget will find bargains on games, fashion accessories, candy and snacks, as well as school supplies, books and DVDs."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2nd & Charles coming to Charlotte

A new store offering trade-in and used options for books, videogames, CDs, DVDs and more is coming to South Boulevard.

It's called 2nd & Charles, and the first Charlotte location is under construction at Tyvola Road and South Boulevard, next to the Ross Dress for Less. The company has a July 31 opening planned for the 20,100-square-foot store.

Here's how 2nd & Charles describes itself: "2nd & Charles offers cash or store credit for gently used items that they buy and sell based on the product’s condition, current inventory and popularity. The store specializes in buying and selling used books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray, video games, game systems, vinyl records, comic books, iPods and iPads, eReaders, and more."

A detailed description of how it works is available online here (basically, you can bring in books, movies or other media and trade them for store credit and cash).

The company, a division of Books-A-Million, has 19 stores listed online. The only locations in North Carolina are Fayetteville and Jacksonville.

"North Carolina will have more 2nd & Charles locations than any other state," said Eric Bishop, vice president of 2nd & Charles, in a statement. "Our loyal customers share 2nd & Charles’ passion for reading, writing, listening, playing and watching. Together we take the idea of recycling to a whole new level."

Building permits show the company spent almost $200,000 on construction at the new store.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bakersfield OTR making progress on East Blvd.

Bakersfield, a taco joint and bar that's replacing the former Longboards Tap & Taco on East Boulevard, is building out its new space quickly.

Gone are the gaudy yellow walls and wall-size mural of Buddha and a shark that marked the building at East Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue. Instead, the building is now painted a dark gray. Crews have completely demolished the interior and are rebuilding extensively.

Bakersfield has other locations, in Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Columbus Ohio, and is planning a Nashville spot too. Here's their menu.

Over recent years, this location has been Sullivan's, Picasso's and Longboards. A lack of parking has been a challenge for previous incarnations. As a neighbor to this site, I hope Bakersfield figures out the winning formula.

Building permits show the project has cost more than $250,000 so far. Charlotte Restaurant Traffic, which reported the new restaurant first back in March, has some more details here.