8 of our top picks for (non-star spangled) activities this weekend

Photo by NoDa Company Store

Does anyone else crave the weekend more during summer months? We just want to get out and have fun. But also relax. Based on what our team is up to over the next few days, here are 8 of our top picks for weekend activities:

  • Meet up with a friend to end the work week with a glass of wine NoDa Company Store (okay, probably two glasses of wine). Preferably on the patio. Preferably with dogs in tow. Since they’ve got sparkling rosé on tap, we basically live there for the summer.

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  • Cozy up at Trade and Lore for a few hours to crank through any side hustle tasks. This is the ideal location for getting work done on the weekend, because we can fuel with coffee all morning, then switch to beer from Salud Cerveceria when approaching the end of the to-do list.

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  • Relax over a pedicure at Creative Nails, Tan & Alterations off of Park Road. This independently owned salon has an abundance of nail colors to pick from, with brands like OPI and Essie, and a soothing calf massage is always part of the experience. The price tag on a pedicure: $20. The bonus: Their door faces Total Wine, so it’s convenient to snag a bottle of something to sip on later.

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  • Head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center first thing in the morning for some quiet time on the flatwater while everyone else is still at church and/or brunch. Nothing like a little kayaking on the Catawba to make you feel peaceful.

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  • Squeeze in a last-minute summer trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. From reading a book on the beach to hanging out with tigers and elephants, there’s something for the person who needs to just get away, and also plenty for the person looking for an adventure. Plus, it’s just 3.5 hours from the Queen City.

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  • Practice yoga with a Power Flow class at Yoga One Central. Even with the heat and humidity that the summer weather in Charlotte brings, it doesn’t stop me from attending a class where the temperature in the room is turned up to 95+ degrees! (Pro tip: they offer $8 Power Flow classes at least once a day at their Dilworth location, and at various times throughout the day at their Central location)

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  • Take friends who are in town to visit to Fahrenheit for the first time. Obviously they have to see one of Charlotte’s best views and indulge in their loaded nachos.

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  • Reserve a table at The Stanley for a friend date. How have we not tried Paul Verica’s new fine-dining restaurant yet?! Risotto, strip steak, liver mousse, gnocchi… where do we begin?

[Related: Check out the menu at The Stanley.]


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