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Charlotte’s Best Kept Secrets


From places to eat to stores to shop, there’s plenty to do in Charlotte at any given time. However, the locals know where to go to avoid the crowds and explore some of Charlotte’s best-kept secrets. That is why our Dickens Mitchener Realtors® are here to provide you with their best tips and tricks as your neighborhood experts on all things Charlotte.

Check out the best-kept secrets in the Queen City from our agents!

“I love Cotswold Marketplace for retail, as they have everything from art & furniture & wallpaper to jewelry and candles. We buy a LOT of gifts here! As for other places to go, I LOVE Renfrow’s hardware in downtown Matthews. It is an old-school hardware store and the owners run a farm nearby for flower bouquets and veggies they sell at the Matthews farmer’s market. If you are doing a veggie garden of any kind, this is 100% your best source!”

Shelly Rydell, REALTOR®/Broker

“I’m in home improvement mode and the first thing that comes to mind is Blackhawk Hardware in Park Road Shopping Center.”

Lori Turner, REALTOR®/Broker

“Laurel Market in Eastover. It’s a hidden gem that has wonderful breakfast sandwiches and the best macaroni salad I have found in Charlotte. Plus, they have a decent wine selection for their size.”

Beth Parker, REALTOR®/Broker

“Moosehead Bar and Grill on Montford Drive – best wings in town! You can’t go wrong with any of their flavors, but I recommend Donnie’s Blackened Wings.”

Ruth Moniz, REALTOR®/Broker

“Eddie’s Place is a wonderful breakfast spot over in Cotswold. No frills just a great breakfast! Been around since the 1990s and has a Cajun influence. Kid-friendly & very affordable too, with lots of items under $10 on the menu. Another no-frills, simple bar is Providence Road Sundries. They’ve been around since 1933. My parents went here to grab a beer and now my generation can be found here also. It’s literally tucked between houses in a neighborhood off Providence Road, easy to miss, but one of Charlotte’s best kept secrets.”

Ann Spencer Bass, Relocation Coordinator