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Best Places In Charlotte To Shop For Wedding Gifts

June 10, 2014 8:00 AM

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Wedding gifts fall into a separate category of shopping. You are looking for something timeless, something useful and something the bride (and groom) will enjoy. The very best wedding gifts will go on to become family heirlooms, passed down through the generations. Bridal registries are a great help in this process, allowing brides to indicate their personal choices, while the wedding guest can choose from a range of gifts within their budget. Big department store chains run the best-known bridal registries, but the locally owned and operated shops on our list all have their own bridal registries as well as a wide selection of gifts that brides will love.
3 French Hens
4219 Providence Road, Suite 1
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 366-1074
www.3frenchhens.com

This cute shop in Strawberry Hill Center carries gifts that range from quirky to elegant, along with women’s accessories and unique jewelry and paintings created by local artists. China in bright patterns, serving pieces and fine linens make excellent wedding gifts and are available in a range of prices. The owners of 3 French Hens offer a bridal registry, gift wrap and delivery. There’s always something new on the shelves here, so check in often.

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Bedside Manor
6401 Morrison Blvd., Suite 19
Charlotte, NC 28211
(866) 554-7727
www.bedsidemanor.com

Bedside Manor in the Specialty Shops on the Park is Charlotte’s go-to spot for elegant linens for bed and bath suitable for any bride. Favorite gift choices include monogrammed coverlets, pillow shams and towel sets, embroidered sheets and down duvets. The stock includes over 100 of the finest designer brands in linens from around the world. Bedside Manor also carries fine gifts for the table, including dinnerware, flatware, tablecloths and napkin sets, with monogramming available.

Elizabeth Bruns, Inc.
6401 Morrison Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 365-3700
www.elizabethbruns.com

Also located in the Specialty Shops at the Park behind SouthPark Mall, Elizabeth Bruns has established a reputation as one of the city’s finest jewelers since opening in 1972. In addition to an outstanding selection of 18k and platinum jewelry, the shop is noted for its fine gifts, in particular fine china, crystal and sterling flatware, as well as barware, serving pieces and vases drawn from the finest traditional and contemporary lines around the world. Elizabeth Bruns is also known for its antique silver hollowware, candlesticks and clocks, all of which make excellent gifts. The shop’s staff is expert at suggesting china, crystal and flatware pattern combinations and many brides register here.

John Dabbs, Ltd.
759 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 334-5040
www.johndabbsltd.com

Founded in 1972, this family owned and operated store in the Myers Park neighborhood has been a Charlotte favorite for shopping for important gifts for over 40 years. The huge selection of china includes the world’s top brands and most popular patterns such as the “Royal Garden” collection created by Herend for Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton. Drawing upon the family’s extensive knowledge of distinctive gifts, John Dabbs Ltd has put together a collection of unique items sure to become heirlooms. Free gift wrap and local wedding delivery is included; engraving and monogram services are available.

MaddieGra
1419 East Blvd., Suite F
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 949-7781
www.maddiegra.com

Joy Tindal has gathered a unique collection of gift items in her charming Dilworth location. This is a great place to shop for the contemporary bride, with many eco-friendly and handmade choices. Each serving piece and home décor item in the Beatriz Ball collection is handcast from 100-percent recycled aluminum, a beautiful material that needs no polishing and can be heated or chilled. Other selections include mouth-blown crystal candelabras, Polish stoneware serving dishes that are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe, the Zwilling J.A. Henckles line of PTFE-free non-stick cookware and pewter flatware and ceramics from Arte Italica, including pieces from the Pietra Antico line of home décor which combine slate with pewter and other metals. Tindal, who named her shop after her granddaughter, maintains a bridal and gift registry, and enjoys helping shoppers find special gifts within their budgets.

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With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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