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Live Like a Local in Charlotte

You made the big move to Charlotte. Now, what? This largest North Carolina city is filled with museums, art galleries, parks, and some of the best restaurants in the country. First, you need to hit the landmarks including Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mind Museum, Harvey B. Gantt Center African American Art and Culture, and of course, the NASCAR Hall of Fame. After that, it’s time to dig a little deeper and find out about the hidden gems in Charlotte according to locals.

How to eat like a local

When you think of the South, barbecue most likely comes to mind. Charlotte is packed with some awesome smokehouse joints. Rated as one of the top barbecue eateries, Midwood Smokehouse’s menu has something for everyone. Reviews say you can smell the enticing barbecue from miles away. You can choose from smoked brisket, St. Louis-style pork ribs or even salmon served with bacon-wrapped jalapenos and pimento cheese fries. The restaurant also has a large patio to enjoy your food or order take-out for a picnic in the park

Looking for some good Southern-fried chicken? Check out Price’s Chicken Coop. The food is to go, but you won’t be disappointed. It’s a famous, small eatery that was even featured on the Travel Channel. Let’s just say there is a reason there is always a line at this place.

Enjoy the smells of fresh bread, coffee, and some of the best crepes around at the 7th Street Public Market. The Market celebrates the food culture of the Carolinas and promotes local farmers. You can enjoy high quality, fresh food daily all at a price you can afford. Best part you can try different places during each visit. The Market is located in Uptown Charlotte.

How to shop like a local

If you enjoy shopping at the typical shopping mall, check out SouthPark Mall. It’s Charlotte’s oldest shopping mall and also one of the biggest in the region. The anchor stores include Nordstrom, Belk, Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus. Other stores include Chico’s, Crate and Barrel, Tiffany, and Brookstone. There are several restaurants to satisfy the appetite you build up shopping.

For the bargain hunters, check out some outlet shopping at Concord Mills. This retail plaza offers a mix of traditional stores and outlet stores. There are more than 1.4 million square feet of retail stores to help you shop till you drop. Concord Mills is conveniently located off 1-85.

Enjoy an afternoon stroll in the historic neighborhood of Myers Park. There are unique storefronts including Fresh, Tabor, and The Sporting Gent.

How to get your hair done like a local

Finding a salon in such a large city can be extremely overwhelming. Shine Salon is located in the Historic Elizabeth Neighborhood. It is clean, trendy, and offers open space with hardwood floors, a fireplace, and complimentary WiFi to make you feel at home. You can get a shampoo, cut, and style for around $45, which is less than other larger salons. You can also have a mini-glam session with makeup tips and makeup application for a big night out on the town.

Cutting Image Salon will help you love your natural hair and help you pick the best style for your hair. Prices are also reasonable ranging for $25-55 for shampoo, haircut, and style.

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