Just outside of Uptown Charlotte, you’ll find one of the city’s most diverse and eclectic neighborhoods, Plaza Midwood. Originally a streetcar suburb, Plaza Midwood was revived in the 1990’s and is now home to lots of funky stores, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Part of the neighborhood is also designated as a historic district. Residential real estate in Plaza Midwood ranges from small bungalows to large, stately homes. If you are looking for a rental property, there are many apartments, townhomes and single family homes in the area, and you can also look into leasing condos. Realtors and Property Managers in Plaza Midwood will be more than happy to help you find a place that is just right for you. So why should you live in Plaza Midwood? Here are just a few reasons:
Kickstand Burgers & Bar (1101 Central Ave.)
This isn’t your typical burger joint. Their gourmet burgers feature unique toppings like brie and cranberry chutney, and one of their signature burgers is sandwiched between two grilled cheeses. Customers can also create their own burgers from Kickstand’s extensive list of toppings. The sweet potato tots with brown sugar syrup are a must-have! There’s an awesome patio outside, and if you want to watch the game, there are plenty of TVs inside, including a few right in the booth tables. The staff is welcoming and friendly, and PBR is always just $1. What more could you want? Visit http://kickstandcharlotte.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/KickstandCharlotte.
Buffalo Exchange (1521 Central Ave.)
Buffalo Exchange is a socially-conscious and fashion-minded consignment store. What makes this one stand out, though, is the fact that you can get cash or trade for other items as soon as you bring in your donation, no waiting until it’s sold. On the shopping side, they always have a large variety of fun, cute clothes, shoes and accessories and they recently decided to discontinue the use of plastic bags to be more eco-friendly. And their “Coats for Cubs” program each year takes donated fur coats and recycles them for use by wildlife rehabilitators as bedding for injured animals. Shopping here is a win-win situation for everyone. Visit http://www.buffaloexchange.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/buffaloexchange.
The Wine Palette (1308-C The Plaza)
If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at painting but have been a little nervous, this is the perfect place for you! The Wine Palette provides an easel, canvas, paint, apron, brushes, and corkscrew, and all you need to bring is yourself and your favorite wine or beverage. You can bring snacks or appetizers to enjoy while you paint, and there’s no experience required. The teacher will walk you through the painting step by step, and all of the instructors are very friendly and eager to help you. If you check out their calendar ahead of time, you can pick which painting you’d like to do, from flowers to sunsets to a portrait of your pet. Visit http://www.thewinepalettenc.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/thewinepalette.
FuManChu Cupcakes (826 Lamar Ave.)
This will be the craziest and best cupcake experience you’ve ever had, guaranteed. If you love cupcakes but are tired of the same old sickly-sweet flavors, you will love the cakes at FuManChu. With unique flavors like French toast (with sausage baked in!) and Sriracha, you’ll never get bored. They even have several flavors with alcohol, like one that’s made with Jr. Johnson’s blueberry moonshine. FuManChu buys their products locally, and they use fresh ingredients so their cupcakes never taste artificial. Check them out at http://fumanchucupcakes.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/fumanchucupcakes.
Lunchbox Records (1419 Central Ave., Suite A)
Remember the days when we used to listen to music on round things called records and compact discs? Well those days are still alive and well at Lunchbox Records. With a ton of new and used CD’s, records and DVD’s packed into their little space, you are sure to find what you’ve been searching for. If you need a recommendation, just ask the staff to make a suggestion. They’re very friendly and always up for helping you locate something. And just like those good ol’ days, you can try before you buy with the record player and headphones in the back. Visit http://www.lunchboxrecords.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/lunchboxrecords
With its culture, music scene, and–let’s face it–cupcakes, it’s no small wonder the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte is a sought-after spot to live, work and play. If you’re looking to rent or buy in Plaza Midwood, you won’t want to stay in any old place, or try and strike a deal without representation. Helping you find the perfect spot at the best rate is what we’re all about. Contact us today!
Jennifer Baxter is a freelance writer who lives in the Lake Norman area. Have a story idea or project you need help with? Contact her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-baxter/22/74a/520