June 6, 2017
We love shopping local, and there’s no better place to browse the racks for exclusive finds than at independently owned boutiques. For designer deals, bargain hunters should set their sights on Concord Mills— the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Carolinas. Shopping for your home instead? Go antiquing, gather round a table at Hip Hip HooWray to paint your décor, or sign up for an artistic workshop or create-your-own classes at Hive.
Cabarrus County may be known for speed, but it can be the perfect place to slow down. Unwind at Spa Botanica inside Embassy Suites with an à la carte treatment or custom pampering package. Relax your mind and body at Solace Salon and Spa, an oasis of tranquility where you can enjoy services from massages to facials with top-of-the-line skin care. Or, get ready with the girls! Serene stops like TaylorMade Salon and CC & Company offer blow outs, lash extensions and makeup application.
Make matching BFF bracelets or string together a statement necklace all your own at The Bead Lady. The 3,100-square-foot boutique is glistening with handmade jewelry and thousands of loose beads for visitors to design with. Have flowers from a special occasion? Owner, Kathleen can transform your precious petals into wearable beads. A fixture in Cabarrus County’s small business community, she and her husband opened The Bead Lady in 2002, and just this year cut the ribbon on a local market across the street.
Toast to a day well spent and sample Cabarrus County’s treats from the vine. Head to Historic Downtown Concord where Cabo Winery and Cougar Run Winery pair perfectly with specialty stores like Chocolatier Barrucand. In Kannapolis, family-owned Douglas Vineyards welcomes guests on the weekends. Need a snack while you sip? Pack a picnic and dine with a view at Rocky River Vineyard, or just stroll through Downtown Concord and grab a table at a local eatery along Union Street.
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