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At the risk of sounding trite, the StoneCrest shopping center, located in the heart of the Ballantyne neighborhood in Charlotte, is your one-stop-shop for … well, basically everything. This spectacular, outdoor retail destination offers visitors an almost overwhelming variety of options for shopping, dining and entertainment, all in a picturesque, pedestrian-friendly, open-air setting. With dozens of stores and venues, including basics like Target, Harris Teeter and Starbucks, in addition to specialty shops like Flying Biscuit Cafe (their award-winning Shrimp & Grits are a must), Crumbl Cookies (dubbed “the world’s best cookies”for good reason), and an IMAX movie theatre that offers pop-up drive-in movies, your options for things to see, do and eat are virtually endless.
Just minutes from Ballantyne at the intersection of Rea and Ardrey Kell Road, Blakeney is a vibrant neighborhood shopping, dining and entertainment district. Anchored by an expansive outdoor Village Green and stage used for community events and socializing, Blakeney serves as a true shopping and dining mecca, featuring retail favorites like Target, Harris Teeter, and Home Goods/Marshalls, as well as culinary treats such as Hazelnuts Creperie (order the Banana Berry Cinnamon Crepe and thank us later) and Brixx Wood Fired Pizza. An extensive calendar of events, including a Summer Concert Series, Wine Walks and Community Outdoor Yoga, make this lush neighborhood gem a top-notch destination throughout the year.
Just off Rea Road in South Charlotte, The Village at Robinson Farm is home to more than a dozen dining venues and retail shops, in addition to hosting a popular, weekly farmer’s market. The Butcher’s Market, a favorite neighborhood butcher shop and specialty grocer, offers butcher-cut meat, a variety of locally sourced products and wines, several marinades and seasonings, as well as groceries. The friendly staff is happy to offer shoppers tips for preparing their meats, so don’t be afraid to ask! The famed Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar combines authentic New York slices with southern hospitality, delighting Queen City diners with freshly made pizzas, pastas and salads, plus craft cocktails and craft beer. And a barre studio, salon and med spa are just a few of the health and wellness establishments located in this well-rounded, Ballantyne shopping destination.
And now something for the outdoor enthusiasts – or those simply seeking a brief retreat from city life. Not far from the StoneCrest shopping center is Four Mile Creek Greenway, a picturesque, 5.8-mile, horseshoe-shaped greenway in South Charlotte. Comprised of both a boardwalk and paved trail that pass through natural forest and wetlands, Four Mile Creek Greenway is a coveted destination for local hikers, cyclists and nature lovers. Children and pets, alike, enjoy frolicking near the Greenway’s rock feature with bubbling water and a playground, restrooms and picnic shelters in Squirrel Lake Park make it a favorite locale for families. Weekend foot (and bike) traffic tends to be heavier than on weekdays, so plan your trip accordingly if you want to avoid crowds.
South Charlotte/Ballantyne is chockfull of terrific options for first-rate dining, upscale shopping and endless entertainment – and the only thing better than enjoying them as a visitor is the added convenience of enjoying them as a local. As a resident of Elm Terraces, a brand-new, craftsman-style townhome community, ideally located just below StoneCrest, you’ll never be far from your next excursion. Featuring modern interiors, luxury finishes, balconies and optional rooftop terraces on select homes, Elm Terraces provides an elevated living experience just steps from all there is to do and see in the beautiful South Charlotte area.