Charlotte City Guide

2018

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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26 Charlotte City Guide 2018 B efore this edgy North Charlotte borough became the arts district it's known as today, it was a flourishing turn-of-the-century textile mill town. But the area's original blue-collar community faced desertion as mills closed in the 1950s and 1960s. ankfully, in the mid-1980s, artists Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires offered a new vision. ey opened a gallery, and through the years, Charlotte's arts district formed. Today, NoDa's (short for main street North Davidson) marriage of old and new is a thing of beauty. Colorful murals dance across aged factory buildings, tunes from up-and-comers seep out of music joints, and inventive restaurants sling plates across reclaimed wooden tables. Gallery crawls, oeat retailers and a slew of breweries beckon crowds. And with the completion of the LYNX Blue Line light rail extension from Uptown, NoDa only stands to grow more. WHILE YOU'RE THERE • Challenge your friends to the highest score in your favorite old-school arcade games (yes, "Frogger") while saying cheers to great beers at Abari Game Bar. • Pick up global trinkets, garb and accoutrements at cultural beacon Pura Vida Worldly Art. • Have the bartender fetch brews for you on the patio at The Dog Bar, while your furry best friend fetches tennis balls till his heart's content. • Fall head over heels for the salted caramel brownies, rainbow-toned macarons and Parisian decor at the original, open-24/7 location of Amélie's French Bakery. • Stop in NoDa Bodega to collect artisan cheeses, freshly sliced deli meats, craft beers and fine wines. 1 Solstice Tavern 2 Pura Vida Worldly Art 3 Amélie's French Bakery NODA PHOTO 1 BY TIM ROBISON; PHOTO 2 AND 3 BY KYO H NAM eclectic, artsy, playful 1 2 3

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