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If you’re seeking something other than the typical T-shirt, you’re in luck. In a city full of innovative chefs, brewers and artists, you’ll find plenty of items to take home for gifts—or for yourself.
NoDa Brewing Company Coco Loco
Charlotte’s craft beer scene is hopping! The city currently has seven breweries with just as many on the way. It’s worth stopping in one or two while you’re in town to soak in the scene. When you do, make sure to stop by NoDa Brewing Company, one of the originals—and one of the best. Pick up a growler of their award-winning Coco Loco, created with house made toasted coconut, to take home.
Bar Cocoa Chocolates
Located off the lobby of uptown’s chic Ritz-Carlton, Bar Cocoa features a decadent menu packed full of sweet treats. You’ll want to indulge in a few of them (don’t skip the house made hot chocolate) in the luxe lounge area. When you’re finished, peruse the colorful confection bar where you’ll find creative candies perfect for packing up to take.
Romare Bearden Children’s Book
Charlotte’s most famous artist, Romare Bearden, left a lasting mark on the city’s creative scene. Visit local museums like the Harvey B. Gantt Center or the Mint Museum and you’ll find many of his works. If you’re looking for something to tuck in your suitcase for the younger set, pick up one of his children’s books in the Mint Museum’s colorful gift shop.