Now more than ever, supporting the small businesses of our friends and neighbors is critically important in helping our community thrive and keeping the local feel and soul of the city vibrant and alive.
February is Black History Month, and we’ve asked some in-the-know Savvy + Co. Real Estate agents to dish on their fave restaurants, wine bars, tea sipping spots and sweet treat stores owned by African-American business owners.
Try one or all seven – with the crew or your SO, or plan an outing by yourself. If your travels to one of these can’t-miss spots leads you to a fab neighborhood you’d like to explore, give one of these agents a call. They can show you other fun finds and help make your home buying and selling dreams come true.
Go ahead and end February in epic fashion.
Address: 121 Depot St, Davidson, NC 28036
Why Go: One trip to Davidson’s first urban winery in beautiful downtown Davidson and you will be hooked. Owned and operated by lawyer turned winemaker Lindsey Williams, you can choose from local and international wines, indulge in a wine-infused cocktail, enjoy specialty and sangria wines and fill up on yummy bistro picks. Gather with friends to enjoy a popular favorite or ask the staff for a sure-to-please recommendation.
Savvy Shout Out: “Davidson Wine Co. has a regular rotation of fun events like sushi and wine nights, paint and prosecco, live music, Sunday brunch and they offer outside patio seating. They also give back locally.” – Alyssa Roccanti, Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent and wine lover.
Address (multiple locations): 913 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204; 119 Landings Drive, Suite 104, Mooresville, NC 28117; 1616 Camden Road, #100 Charlotte, NC 28203
Why Go: This one is a no-brainer! With over 32 homemade flavors available year-round as well as seasonal specials, it is easy to see why this place has a huge following. Founded by three BFF’s, they pride themselves on creating ice cream flavors that are playful and fresh with no skimping on the fillings! Their family secret is creating cool and creamy ice cream made with lots of love.
Savvy Shout Out: “When I’m in the mood for a sweet treat, there is nothing better than indulging in one of the unique flavors at Two Scoops. In addition to the GENEROUS scoop sizes at reasonable prices, they have tantalizing taste combos that cater to everyone. I love the convenient location and onsite parking on Central Ave – no fighting for a spot!” – Julie Coffey, Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent and ice cream aficionado.
Romeo’s Vegan Burgers (Food Truck)
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Why Go: Plant-burger curious? You owe it to yourself to make a stop at Romeo’s Vegan Burgers food truck and find out why so many eager burger eaters wait in line to get a taste of the good stuff. Their 100% plant-based menu includes burgers, fries and shakes. Whether you are following a vegan lifestyle or are just into great-tasting food, you’ll love the vegan buns, plant-based cheese and the highly addictive “Follow Your Heart” homemade sauce. Wash down your meal with organic house-made lemonades, teas or a delicious organic shake blended with soy ice cream.
Savvy Shout Out: “Lamont Fox and Tigo B are the co-owners of Romeo’s Vegan Burgers. This place has a crazy line every time they show up on the corner of Central and The Plaza!” – Matthew Stuckens, Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent and fan of the “Where Art Thou Romeo” burger.
Address: 3112 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Why Go: Even if your travel plans have been put on hold, you can enjoy a taste of the islands any time at Roy’s Kitchen and Patio. Located in the heart of hip NoDa, stop here to satisfy your craving for Caribbean cuisine including oxtail stew, curry goat, jerk rotisserie chicken, fish and other island fare. Each dish is inspired by a Roy family recipe with seasonings and spices will knock your socks off. Don’t miss the chance to hang out on the expansive patio with a tropical drink in hand.
Savvy Shout Out: “Located in the heart of NoDa, Roy’s Kitchen and Patio specializes in the absolute best Caribbean rotisserie chicken as well as cocktails and tropical drinks. There’s a great island vibe and with an open patio that often includes live music – this place is one of my favorites!” – Noah Spencer, Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent and tropical drink umbrella collector.
Address: 301 Camp Rd, Charlotte, NC 28206
Why Go: A trip to Camp North End is not complete without a stop at Leah and Louise. This “modern juke joint” is the latest concept from James Beard-nominated Chef Greg Collier and business partner and wife Subrina Collier. The fab menu features modern Southern classics with a nod to the cuisine of the Mississippi river valley including Memphis, Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans. Named by Esquire magazine as one of the “Best New Restaurant in America”, this should be at the top of your list.
Savvy Shout Out: “Leah and Louise owners Greg and Subrina Collier are cooking up something delicious in Camp NorthEnd. The restaurant was named after Chef Greg’s grandmothers and offers the best in southern-inspired cooking!” – Kim Parati, Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent and often the first in line at lunchtime.
Pauline’s Tea Bar and Apothecary
Address: 2326 Arty Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208
Why Go: This adorable tea bar is a treat for all your senses – from the warm decor and soothing essential oils, to delicious organic pastries and knowledgeable staff. Bring a book, your BFF, knitting supplies or journal and give your overworked brain a true break. With so many teas to choose from you can order up an old favorite like Chamomile or Rosehips tea or try something new like Chai or Rooibos tea.
Savvy Shout Out: “Sherry Waters, owner of Pauline’s Tea Bar Apothecary, greets customers with a Zen-like smile then asks them to choose a teacup! She wants to provide a place for people to sip tea, take in the art and make meaningful connections – she does that and so much more.” – Kim Parati, Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent and a huge fan of finding Zen wherever she can.
Address: 3123 N Davidson St #102b, Charlotte, NC 28205
Why Go: If you see a line wrapped around the building in NoDa or Camp North End, chances are good Popbar fans are patiently waiting to order the all-natural ice cream bars they can customize to perfection. Take a trip to the popLab and have a certified Popologists start with a base flavor then add drizzles and toppings till your heart’s content. The secret is the small batches made with only fresh and natural ingredients. All popbars are Kosher-certified, gluten and preservative free with no artificial coloring and the popSorbettos are lactose-free and vegan-friendly. This is your new addiction, you’re welcome.
Savvy Shout Out: “Clarence and Kia Lyons, franchise owners of PopBar, have been treating The Arts District to sweet treats for years! The handcrafted gelato sticks are just another reason to spend time in the NoDa community.” – Kim Parati, Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent who is thrilled she can now get her favorite Popbar delivered.
Patron a favorite spot or find a new one! Support Black-owned businesses and celebrate Black History Month.