Have you wondered what the deal is with the construction near the East-West station on South Boulevard? Atherton Mill has been important to Charlotte for over 100 years.
The Atherton Cotton Mill was built in 1892 as the first industrial mill in the rural Dilworth factory district and marked the beginning of Charlotte’s prevalence as a textile hub in the Southeast. About 20 years later, the Parks-Cramer company, which manufactured air conditioning equipment for textile mills, opened a facility next door and the area became a bustling center of commerce.
Today, these buildings are being rehabilitated and outfitted with apartments, retail, restaurants and more for the people of Charlotte to enjoy.
“Those places were really the central destination of commerce in Charlotte at the time, and it’s now interesting to see over 100 years later it’s coming back to being that that that type of central destination once again,” said Michael Tubridy, managing director at NOVEL Atherton by Crescent Communities.
NOVEL Atherton and Edens property group partnered to create a walkable retail hub while maintaining the historical elements of the buildings. “We really wanted to take all of that [history] and try to infuse it into a development that really felt different than everything that has previously been built in South End,” Tubridy said.
Several retailers are open in the old Parks-Kramer building, and many more are coming soon. Here is a list of the many businesses to visit and look forward to at Atherton Mill.
This Raleigh-based barbershop is opening its first location in Charlotte in Atherton Mill. The shop offers cuts for men and women with prices based on hair length, ranging from $16 for a buzz cut to $40 for a cut for hair that goes past the shoulder. Customers get free beer, candy and combs come with every cut.
Barry’s Boot Camp is an international group fitness studio and lifestyle brand offering high-intensity full body workouts that according to Barry’s, can burn up between 700-1,300 calories in a single 50 minute workout. The studio will feature locker rooms with complimentary grooming products and towel service, a shop with Barry’s branded fitness gear, lockers and a Fuel Bar serving gourmet protein shakes and healthy snacks.
Fast-casual spot CAVA serves up fresh Mediterraneian and Greek-inspired customizable salads, grain bowls and pita bread sandwiches with vegan and vegetarian options, as well as five meat choices, including braised lamb and grilled meatballs.
Drybar offers hair styling services such as a blowout with shampoo ($45), updos ($95) and dry styling ($25). Choose from its menu of 10 different styles and add braids ($10 each) to create a unique look.
Charleston-based Italian restaurant Indaco is opening up a Charlotte location at Atherton Mill. Expect a menu filled with pasta, homemade sodas, cocktails and more.
This boutique features artisan jewelry from independent designers at a variety of price points. The shop also features a curated selection of beauty, home and gift products.
With locations in Kiawah Island and Charleston, this beachy boutique is opening its first storefront in North Carolina later this year. Las Olas features a selection of bathing suits, board shorts and trendy casual clothes for men and women.
Madewell is a clothing store specializing in high quality denim products like jeans and denim jackets. It also has a selection of clothes and accessories appropriate for work and after hours.
This luxury apartment building, NOVEL Atherton by Crescent Communities, features a heated salt water pool with views of the Charlotte skyline, an outdoor coworking space, a 3,000-sq. ft. fitness center with a group fitness area, bike storage and more. Rents start around $1,400 for a studio apartment and $2,229 for a two-bedroom apartment.
Paint Nail Bar offers vegan-friendly Zoya nail products to offer nail services with no odors or strong chemicals. It also uses ceramic pedicure basins that can be thoroughly sanitized between guests and LED lamps instead of UV lights to please health-conscious guests.
Sephora is a beauty boutique featuring a variety of high end cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products and beauty tools.
Society Social is a furniture boutique featuring furniture made in small batches in North Carolina, as well as a curated selection of home goods, lighting fixtures, rugs and art. Customers can customize upholstery designs by choosing unique fabric from its vibrant collection of swatches.
This Ohio-based casual restaurant specializes in fried chicken and features other southern comfort food, such as braised pork sandwiches, grilled cheese with apricot preserves and granny smith apple slices, and sides such as homemade biscuits and white cheddar grits.
This new restaurant and brewery concept from the founders of Legion Brewing is planned to open in spring 2020. Expect a full-service restaurant featuring street food, salads and grains, wood-grilled meat, and beers brewed uniquely for the restaurant.
Chapel Hill-based boutique Uniquities is opening its first location in Charlotte this year. Expect to see a selection of fashions from established high-end designers such as Citizens of Humanity, AG and Rag & Bone, as well as some pieces from emerging ateliers.
This modern and contemporary furniture is opening its second location in Charlotte in Atherton Mill and will feature a selection of works by local artists and craftsmen.
Alton Lane provides bespoke custom suiting and footwear for men. Tailors use 3D body scanning technology to design personalized clothing with a precise fit and help you choose from a selection of 3,000 fabric choices to design a one-of-a-kind pieces.
Anthropologie offers a selection of creative clothes, gifts and home decor catered to women ages 30-45. The Atherton Mill Anthropologie also features a design center showcasing its custom furniture and interior design options.
This lively British pub and restaurant serves traditional English breakfast until 2 p.m. everyday and has a menu of authentic British recipes for lunch and dinner. The restaurant also features happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m. on weeknights, live UK soccer and rugby streaming and pub trivia every Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
This full service floral boutique selts cut flower bouquets and also offers classes on flower arranging and other plant-based crafting.
Brideside is a designer bridal boutique offering wedding and bridesmaid dresses in a variety of price points and styles, and provides style consultants to help brides-to-be with the process of choosing dresses for themselves and the bridal party. You can walk in to meet with a style consultant from Monday through Thursday before 5 p.m. and Friday before 3 p.m., but will need an appointment to meet with a consultant evenings and weekends
Trendy boutique Free People offers a selection of bohemian-inspired women’s clothing including dresses, denim, intimates and activewear.
This plant-based restaurant serves raw vegan food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also features a full juice and smoothie bar.
This Charlotte coffee chain has been serving locally-sourced artisan coffee drinks since 2011. The Atherton Mill location is in the center of the Parks-Cramer building and features a menu of freshly brewed coffee drinks and baked goods amid seating lit by skylights.
O-Ku is an upscale restaurant that takes a Southern twist on Japanese cuisine alongside a selection of signature cocktails, sake, wine and beer. The menu features a variety of traditional and innovative sushi rolls and fusion dishes such as squid-ink pasta and sashimi tacos. Diners with special dietary needs can check out the gluten-free menu.
The Savory Spice Shop offers a huge selection of spices and peppers for baking, grilling, dips and more.
Sola Salon Studios hosts a variety of different salon businesses in one convenient location. Services offered at the stylists of Sola Studio Salons include haircut, style, and color, balayage, nail services and skincare.
This wine bar and shop features small scale production natural wines, beer, ciders and snacks. Daily specials run from Tuesday to Sunday, and include $10 wine flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays and half-priced wine by the glass on Wednesdays.
Warby Parker provides a wide selection of reasonably-priced prescription glasses frames and sunglasses.
2140 South Blvd.