4225 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
Blackhawk Hardware, located in the Park Road Shopping Center, is a hardware store and much, much more. It’s been a Charlotte landmark since 1977. Its bath department features hand towel holders perfect for counter tops in gold, silver or rustic finishes. Looking for matching countertop accessories? This hardware store has got them. The paint shop will offer advice on new colors for the bathroom and there’s nearly 7,000 knobs for cabinet hardware, sinks and more.
Southern Avenue & God’s Garage
3800 Pleasant Plains Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Southern Avenue is formerly known as God’s Garage. It is a thrift store, accepting donations to support battered women’s shelters, pregnancy crisis homes, food banks, help centers and local churches, but here you can also find an eclectic and charming variety of accessories for the bathroom. Co-owners Monica Terpenning and Sonia Scott never know what will come through the doors. Looking for an outdoors vibe for the bathroom walls? Purchase a statement piece, such as a framed wildlife print. Vendor Southern Diva Glassware features teacup candles and charming glass jar lanterns — some with pedestals. Purchase goat’s milk soap, known for its smooth, fresh scent. Try some of the locally blended teas and save the colorful containers for bathroom potpourri. There’s the Berry Apiary local honey product line, including soap, small furniture pieces perfect to nestle in a small bathroom corner and much more.
2116 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Efirds Lighting & Furniture is a family-owned business that has served the Charlotte area since 1959. The store offers lighting, mirrors, accessories, furniture and more. There is lighting for every style and budget. Art glass pieces, Asian-inspired, contemporary crystal, mission and Tiffany are just a few. Perfect for a shabby, chic decor, there’s a lace and lattice laser-cut shaded lamp for a countertop. Or, try the elegance of a crystal-laden candelabra. A vast line of mirrors, in the showroom and online, include smoked wood or gray rock for the outdoors look. Select a mirror as the standout piece.
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1615 Sardis Road N.
Charlotte, NC 28270
Village Emporium is located on the corner of Sardis and Monroe. Apart from the major bathroom fixtures, find quirky, homemade decor, accents and classic pieces to a wide selection of candles. Furniture pieces are well priced, so try refurbishing with a glaze or accent color. Of the 62 vendors, several offer vintage fabrics such as lace doilies and handkerchiefs. Select a few of these to patchwork some bathroom curtains or use as countertop decor.
542 Stallings Road
Matthews, NC 28104
Make plants part of the bathroom decor. The shades of green combined with other natural elements, such as rocks, stone, wood or bamboo, make for a calm, pleasant environment. King’s Greenhouse will provide expert advice on what plants work well in this type of setting. Add window planters or above-window shelving for plant containers. Now, here’s a popular concept selling hot at King’s — it’s called fairy gardening. The creative process can be so fun and entertaining. It could become a centerpiece of your bathroom decor. First, select the perfect location for a fairy garden container. Purchase or make a container with drainage holes to fit the location. Remember, a miniature world of fairies and accessories will burst forth amidst the greenery. King’s sells a good selection of fairies and miniature garden accessories. Join one of the greenhouse classes and take home a finished fairy garden.
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