Icy Waves Surf Shop
20601 Torrence Chapel Road
Cornelius, NC 28031
www.icywavessurfshop.comHours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This shop has it all; from teens to adults, there are 350 pairs of board shorts for men and women. With names like Hurley and Billabong, everyone can look hip this summer. Icy Waves also carries nice selection of girls and women’s wear in addition to tons of accessories from cover-ups to watches to complete your beach look. The prices are right with an average of $40-$70 for board shorts. With the store’s friendly and relaxed atmosphere, you may even stay for some wakeboarding lessons.
16836 Birkdale Commons Parkway
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 655-2999Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
La Plage is a unique shop where you can customize your pieces for that perfect fit. While the store has been here for two years, it set its roots in Myrtle Beach 25 years ago. Look for designs from Kirsti Grinna (KGB) and Tara Grinna. These fashionable lines run from around $50 to $90 per piece with a two piece going for $100 and up. The store has one and two piece looks that range from XS-XL up to about size 18.
3728 East Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28205
earthangelnc.com Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Boasting sexy nightlife attire, shoes and thousands of bikinis, you can’t go wrong at Earth Angel. The shop features colors and designs a little more on the risqué side that may be better suited for Miami, Brazil or lounging on a private yacht. If you’re looking for flashy, this is your spot. Sizes too, reflect that you need to be in excellent shape to pull off a suit from here, as the range from XS-L for bottoms and up to DD on top. Everything at Earth Angel is excellently priced from $20 to about $100. Owner Paul is friendly and helpful and will be glad to help you find just what you are looking for.
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720 Governor Morrison St.
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 442-5535Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., By appointment on Sunday
Carrying high end designer swimwear such as Juicy Couture and Donna Karan, this store is geared more toward the 20 plus crowd. E Martini is a lovely boutique located near Southpark Mall and is the only store in North Carolina that carries Kathleen Cook swimwear. Beach-goers will find lavish fabrics for a more sophisticated look worthy of that cruise to the Caribbean. And if you are planning a vacation somewhere tropical this summer, the store also carries lingerie, making it a one stop shop for all of your sexy wardrobe needs. Prices run from about $110 and up, and sizes range from 0-12.
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8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC 28027
www.swimnsport.comHours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Located in Concord Mills Mall, this conveniently well-stocked shop has a colorful variety of swimwear and cover ups. Swim’n Sport carries something for everyone, including one pieces, bikinis, tankinis and monokinis. This is a haven for women who have trouble finding tops that offer enough support; the store carries DD and E cup tops with or without underwires. Have a long midsection or need a flattering suit as you continue to work on your beach-ready figure? Swim’n Sport carries swimwear especially made for longer torsos and also has tummy control styles. Sizes range from size 4 to 16 and they do carry some plus sizes to 24. Swim’n Sport has great prices and a really nice website if you can’t find what you need in the store. The hours are even generous for those with busy schedules.