With such a great variety of shopping outlets and restaurants in Charlotte, why not shop at the stores that support the local community? In addition to raising money for charitable organizations, by patronizing local businesses, you can also discover cool designers, help to end animal cruelty and raise breast cancer awareness. Who knew?
Check out these five Charlotte businesses where your money is well spent on a good cause.
1521 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Buffalo Exchange is a unique shop, filled with items that come directly from the local community. In fact, 80% of the clothing and accessories are bought from local customers. With items for both men and women, the trendy selection is sure to please. What’s more, after selecting your fashionable find from Buffalo Exchange, if you choose not to take a bag for your purchase, the store will donate the cost of the bag to a local charity of your choosing.
Scout & Molly’s Of Charlotte
3920 Sharon Road, Suite B150
Charlotte, NC 28211
Scout and Molly’s is a boutique that provides designer brands, a modern atmosphere and excellent customer service. Named for the owner’s two Labrador Retrievers, Scout and Molly, the store is dog-friendly and supports Saving Grace Animal Rescue as well as the Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, charities that help puppies find homes. Not to mention, Scout and Molly’s is also a fur-free boutique.
Julia’s Café & Books
1133 N. Wendover Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Attached to Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity RE-Store, Julia’s Coffee is a nonprofit business. Not only does the shop allow patrons to enjoy yummy coffee and pastries, it also offers free wifi and a great bookstore. Customers can certainly shop with a cause at Julia’s as well, because with every sale of coffee and books, proceeds go toward Habitat for Humanity. The store also has free, live entertainment on weekends, to boot.
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2021 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Unique Boutique is dedicated to making women affected by breast cancer feel beautiful. With items such as hair accessories and swimwear made specifically for women going through recovery, this store certainly lives up to its name. Known as “The Woman’s Shop”, it even provides special services, such as post-surgical fittings for their customers. Professionalism, a great selection and an ultra-feminine atmosphere certainly allow women to feel their best for a great cause.
The Boulevard At South End
1440 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
The Boulevard at Southend is a modern gift shop with unique offerings for everyone. With an assortment of items created by local designers, shoppers will inevitably support the Charlotte community. Not to mention, the store also allows entrepreneurs to showcase their products and designs with trunk show opportunities. Stop by The Boulevard at South End for a modern atmosphere, excellent customer service and an affordable selection made by the community, for the community.
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Jennifer Brix is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.