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The Trendiest Boutiques That Opened In Charlotte In 2012

December 25, 2012 8:00 AM

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Charlotte’s fashion may be a bit conservative, but thriving independently owned boutiques offer an upstyle, edgy selection for customers wanting to push the envelope. Preteens and shoppers all the way through their ’90s are buying at boutiques these days. With the growing emergence of stores offering resale merchandise, this city has something for any budget. Local boutiques offer high-end brands in small quantities, leaving customers with exclusivity satisfaction. Check out these five Charlotte boutiques, fresh on the scene for 2012. They offer fashions from demure professionalism to  vintage American, European sophistication to sparkly vibrance.
(credit: Catherine Lash)

(credit: Catherine Lash)

Blush Boutique
1504 Camden Road
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 375-7585
www.shopatblush.com/

Blush Boutique owner Tarah Amann brings years of fashion expertise from the cities of Dallas, Atlanta and Charleston, to name a few. The South End shop boasts a beautiful view of uptown Charlotte. Its hip, colorful styles appeal to the young professional crowd living in the bustling uptown area. Dresses, tops, denim, skirts, shoes, jewelry, scarves and a few pieces of lace lingerie are among the merchandise. Find fashions for almost any occasion, from a wedding to a business luncheon to a girl’s night out. A lovely, knit macrame scarf interspersed with sparkly silver beads priced at $24 is one of the most affordable items in the shop. Many articles of clothing approach the $100 mark. Expect the best in customer service.

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Blank Canvas
1800 Camden Road, Suite 105
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 833-1135
www.thebcbrand.com

South End Charlotte is peppered with art design businesses and fashion boutiques. When Harold Jordan and Nicole Blackmon combined their art and fashion expertise to form Blank Canvas, South End was the perfect location. The duo is providing fresh fashion to world of men, though it does offer clothing for women, as well. It’s launching a new line of bow ties and pocket squares for men. The shop also offers ascots, scarves, hats, shirts, cardigans, blazers, shoes, socks and denim. Among the men’s shoes is the PF Flyer. The athletic sneaker was prominently displayed in the movie “The Sandlot.” A custom, handmade bow tie goes for $60. Denim is priced from $100 to $300. A worthy mention for women are the one-of-a-kind handbags. Large bags go for $170 or more. Colored shoe laces are hot in fashion. Blank Canvas sells them in neon orange, lime green, red, yellow and Carolina blue. Before making a trip to Atlanta, check out this boutique.

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by Cathy Lash

Vestique
1532 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 910-6426
www.vestique.com

Affordability is top priority at the Vestique Boutique. Most everything is priced at less than $100, even prom dresses. Trendy and edgy fashions appeal to all age groups. Shop tops, dresses, pants, jewelry and boots with everything from working women’s fashions to fun, out-on-the-town outfits. Spring fashions will arrive in February. Among the pickings will be colored denim, maxi dresses and a lot of color.

Blend Boutique
14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 165
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 369-5456
www.facebook.com/

The Ballantyne area sits between Rea Road to the east and Pineville to the west, and it’s one of the newest shopping experiences in this area. Owner Christy Ward describes the merchandise as classy with a little bit of edge. Customers will find some exclusive brands, as expected in boutique shopping. Many are made in the United States. Shop a large selection of tops in unique printed patterns and printed denim. Expect to see the printed denim trend carry over into the spring with shorts. Heavy and chunky fabric scarves will be replaced with lightweight, printed ones as the weather warms. This shopping experience is said to mimic the South Charlotte style.

Divine Consign
Quail Corners Shopping Center
8514 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
(980) 272-6722
www.divineconsign.com

Divine Consign is 5,600 square feet of gently worn, high-end clothing for men, women and children. Second-hand clothing boutiques are making a strong show in the retail industry. This eclectic shop is all about individuality; anything goes. It’s a retro kind of shabby chic, sprinkled with a little bit of vintage. Keeping to boutique exclusivity, consigner selection is choosy. Find brands such as Chanel, J.Crew, Prado, Tiffany Jewelry, True Religion and Hartstrings. Buying high-end gently used merchandise will cost a fourth of the price found in a department store. A $1,200 handbag goes for $599 at Divine Consign. Eight dressing rooms provide ample wardrobing space.

Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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