Best Bookstore: The Book Lady
Love going into bookstores but hate that nagging feeling that you’re entering a sterile, corporate environment? Try The Book Lady, an independent bookstore with tons of books to explore. The shop occasionally welcomes authors for meet-and-greets.
3513 W. U.S. 74, Monroe
Best Bridal Salon: Simpson’s Bridal & Formal
Simpson’s is the place to go for your bridal and bridesmaid gowns, as well as tuxedos. In recent months, the boutique has hosted trunk shows featuring the latest fashions from Allure Bridals, Mon Cheri and Morilee by Madeline Gardner. It even launched its own private label, Dallas Taylor.
138 S. Main St., Monroe
Best Children’s Store: Kid’s Korner
Kid’s Korner is a consignment boutique with fashion for children, juniors and women with maternity clothes, too. Occasionally, Kid’s Korner prices its entire store inventory at 50% off.
200 N. Main St., Monroe
Best Cigar Store: The Cigar Shop
The Cigar Shop is the place to go to buy hard-to-find and high-quality cigars, but you don’t have to be an aficionado to have a good time. The Cigar Shop is in the process of opening a premium cigar shop and lounge in Indian Trail.
2561 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe
Best Home Decor: Southern
Southern Marketplace is a great place to find what the store describes as “shabby chic furniture.” The shop posts photos of its latest finds and offers suggestions for how it could be incorporated into the home.
5811 W. U.S. 74, Indian Trail
Best Jewelry Store: Silver Lining
Shellee Comer once sold jewelry out of her car. Silver Lining has evolved over the years to include jewelry, apparel and other finds. Customers can shop online or at the store to find trending jewelry.
109 N. Hayne St., Monroe
Best Mattress Store: The Original Mattress Factory
The Original Mattress Factory conveys value to customers. Because the brand makes its own mattresses, customers aren’t hit with hidden fees from a middle man. Therefore, clients can sleep at night not only from a comfortable mattress, but also because they weren’t swindled.
2929 Monroe Way, Monroe
Best Music Store: Jampac Records
There’s something lost when you order a track off an online music service. Nothing beats discovering a cool album at the music store. Jampac Records has been on the scene since 1986. It’s a great place to discover vinyl records, 45s, cassette tapes and CDs.
111 S. Main St., Monroe
Best Consignment Store: I’ll Second That Resale & Consignment
I’ll Second That Resale & Consignment has lots of awesome finds, ranging from art to furniture. The store also pitches in for good causes, holding a donation drive to benefit Common Heart’s food pantry.
2016 Younts Road, Indian Trail
Best Toy Store: Target
Target is a one-stop shop for families. Children love it, because they can find Marvel, Star Wars and WWE action figures and L.O.L. Surprise! and Disney Princess dolls. It’s also a magical place where you can find all sorts of unicorn toys.
6350 Weddington Road, Wesley Chapel
Best Women’s Boutique: Pearls Boutique and Resale Shop
House of Pearls, a Christian home for women, raises money for the program through the Pearls Boutique and Resale Shop. Women can take pride in the fact that their purchases help the women at House of Pearls get back on their feet.
6601 E. Marshville Blvd., Marshville
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