Show off your Charlotte pride with gear from these 6 local shops

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I learned an important fashion lesson upon moving to Charlotte: a “CLT” hat is an outfit staple. It’s perhaps the most versatile piece of local fashion. Brewery gear? Check. Game day attire? Sure. Weekend workout class? Throw it over a ponytail.

In my quest to obtain a CLT hat of my own, I discovered a wide selection of Charlotte-centric gear available from local retailers, each with their own unique style.

There’s something to be said for showing pride for where you live—even if you’re a fellow Charlotte transplant like me. Check out these local shops for all your Queen City gear:

Glory Days Apparel

Where to find it: They don’t have a brick-and-mortar shop, but you can order products online or view them in person at their frequent pop-ups.

 

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How it started: Glory Days Apparel owner JD Harris left the world of finance to pursue his high school “Best Dressed” honor with the goal of designing tee shirts that offer both comfort and the nostalgia of your “glory days.” Each extraordinarily soft item is meant to act as a wearable conversation piece to connect customers in Charlotte.

Hockey season is fast approaching, and Glory Days Apparel has teamed up with the Charlotte Checkers to create two tees. Look for them at games this season!

What you’ll find: Adult and kids’ apparel, accessories, socks, prints, items for your pup

Impulse buy: CLT Heart Tank

What sets them apart: “Our focus on making a nostalgic connection with our fans. With every design, we try to create something that’s not just a stock design. We want our designs to be able to create a conversation where someone asks, “that’s cool. what’s the story behind that?”. It’s also our hope to recreate a memory for people through our shirts to remind people of a memorable moment in time for them.” – JD Harris, founder.

CLT Find

Where to find it: 224 E. 7th St. (and other locations)

 

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How it started: Founders Toni, Christy and Britt created CLT Find to highlight local designers and add quality retail to Uptown Charlotte. They strive to give visitors a place to “find” the perfect gift or accessory and believe that small batches with keen attention to detail create the highest-quality options.

What you’ll find: Apparel, accessories, beauty items, jewelry

Impulse buy: CLT hat

What sets them apart: “What sets us apart is our desire to highlight the talented makers and artists in Charlotte who create our products! We appreciate small-batch, handmade and locally-sourced goods. Many of our apparel items, art prints and home goods do feature the beautiful Charlotte skyline or reference the Queen City, but we also love that the majority of what we sell, including bath and beauty products, jewelry, leather bags, books, baby gifts, honey, chocolates and more are all created right here in Charlotte!” – Christy Pope, co-founder.

Girl Tribe Co.

Where to find it: 1800 Camden Rd., Suite 102

 

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How it started: Residential and commercial designer Sarah and architect Carrie met up one afternoon for coffee. Though the girls knew each other before, the six-hour coffee shop conversation bore the beginnings of Girl Tribe Co., a movement to “end the girl-on-girl war.” Their quirky and empowering tees quickly grew in popularity in Charlotte, and now the founders host pop-ups in other cities to spread female empowerment beyond the Queen City.

What you’ll find: Adult and kids’ apparel, lifestyle accessories, GIRL POWER!

Impulse buy: Anything from the Girl Tribe “Game Day” collection

What sets them apart: “Carrie and I are both Charlotte natives, which I think is pretty cool! We love how Charlotte centric products have been embraced by the community! We love being a part of the pride of this growing city – with representation from new Charlotte residents and natives alike. A lot of great vendors are making Charlotte products, but I think our favorite things to design are our Girl Tribe Gameday apparel! We have a ball thinking of creative ways to represent our favorite players, current sayings and including local artists to join in on our collections!” – Sarah Baucom, co-founder.

704 Shop

Where to find it: 1616 Camden Rd., Suite 140

 

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How it started: Former UNCC roommates with a passion for their hometown, Scott, Jerri, and Christopher started 704 Shop when they realized that Charlotte lacked city-centric apparel. They grew a brand that seeks to inspire locals to show their Queen City pride, whether you’re a native or transplant.

The 704 Shop is the only private retailer licensed to legally print the iconic Charlotte crown logo on their product. The team worked closely with the City of Charlotte to secure the licensing agreement, and only prints limited stock of crown gear.

What you’ll find: adult and kids’ apparel, stickers, socks, accessories

Impulse buy: Charlotte skyline hoodie

What sets them apart: “For us, we’re tackling the marketplace in a different way. Anyone can write ‘Charlotte’ or ‘CLT’ on a shirt or hat — there’s nothing creative or proprietary about that. We’re trying to fuse hometown pride and streetwear together, get creative, and push culture in Charlotte. We aren’t interested in cannibalizing Charlotte’s pride for the sake of a quick sale — we’re trying to create high quality products that represent the city in a way people can be proud of by actively pushing the envelope in both fashion and design. Additionally, we’re one of the only brick and mortar locations in Charlotte that only carry our own products — meaning we created everything in our store, we don’t carry other brands and we don’t wholesale.” – Scott Wooten, co-founder.

Paper Skyscraper

Where to find it: 330 East Blvd.

 

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How it started: Paper Skyscraper began as a small bookstore that grew into a 5000 square foot space offering unique gifts in the heart of Dilworth—a space founders Ron and Tim hope will act as a spot to cross paths with friends and a shop to show out-of-towners.

The eclectic shop garnered numerous awards over the years, including “Best Independent Store in the U.S. for Holiday Shopping” (Yelp) and “Charlotte’s Best Gift Store” (Charlotte Observer).

What you’ll find: gifts, kitchen accessories, books, stationery

Impulse buy: Exclusive Charlotte Skyline 1000-piece puzzle (featuring artwork from local artist, David French)

What sets them apart: “We have worked with several vendors to produce items exclusive to Paper Skyscraper including neighborhood mugs and skyline coasters and prints. Our newest exclusive is a 1000pc Charlotte Skyline jigsaw puzzle featuring artwork from local artist David French.” – Tim Hamilton, co-founder.

CLT Boutique

Where to find it: Online or in the glamper. Upcoming pop-ups listed on the website.

 

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How it started: The idea for CLT Boutique came to fruition when founder, Britt, needed to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for her mom after a heart transplant surgery. She couldn’t locate something that spoke to her, so she created a special bangle with a heartfelt quote and heart donor’s initials. Her passion for creating unique, one-of-a-kind gifts manifested in the form of a renovated vintage camper that now visits North and South Carolina as a mobile boutique.

What you’ll find: Jewelry, adult and kids’ clothing, bags, gifts

Impulse buy: Hand-stamped bangles

What sets her apart: “As a Charlotte native of I was able to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit of this city (before it was cool) to chase a dream that many people called crazy. I took the plunge, leaving a safe and conventional corporate job and now I design, make, and sell my own products – many of which are inspired by my love of the Queen City. What initially started out as a little side hustle turned into a full-time gig when I renovated a vintage camper and turned it into a mobile boutique. Now you can catch the glamper popping up at events all over North and South Carolina! Everything from my branding to the interior decor of the glamper gives a nod to my love of Charlotte. The neighborhood art print is by local artist Shannon Newlin.” – Britt Misenheimer, founder.

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