By: Lindsay Snyder
Charlotte Markets - Places of Community
There has been the emergence of neighborhood markets opening up around our town. These new markets focus on supporting local artists, vendors, and musicians and are committed to being a place of community in the neighborhoods around town.
HERE ARE A FEW markets you must check out in your neighborhood!
Plaza Midwood and South End - Common Market
One of the first places that I visited upon moving to Charlotte was Common Market South End. I had just moved to the city and was invited there by some friends to hear live music. I wandered through the small brick alleyway entrance and was surprised to discover a delightful patio nestled between brick buildings.
Unlike its name, Common Market was anything but common. There were aisles upon aisles of craft beers and wines. I purchased a sandwich from the deli, listened to live music on the patio, and spent a good amount of time walking around, admiring the unusual décor and browsing their wide assortment of gifts and knickknacks. The biggest thing that struck me, though, was the neighborhood vibe that existed there. It felt like home.
A few months later, I moved to the Plaza Midwood area and was thrilled to discover that Plaza Midwood also had its own Common Market location. Complete with a front porch full of picnic tables, this location sits right along Commonwealth in the heart of Plaza Midwood.
I began frequenting the market popping in for a beer at the bar, enjoying a morning breakfast wrap, or hanging out on the front patio on a Saturday night. Almost every time I pass by, the picnic tables are full and there are clusters of people lining the front patio rails.
Wesley Heights - Rhino Market
Rhino Market is located close to Pinky’s on Morehead Road. They offer a quality selection of wine and beer, have a full deli menu of sandwiches and salads, boast a large back porch for relaxing, and provide their own catering services.
The owner of Rhino Market had helped manage the Common Market before branching out to open this establishment to bring together the Wesley Heights, Camp Greene, and Bryant Park neighborhoods.
They have nightly events including Team Trivia Mondays; WAK Wednesdays debuting local poets, singers, songwriters, and artists; “Save the Vinyl” Fridays; and live music on Saturdays. They have beer tastings the first Tuesday of every month and Wine Tastings the first Thursday of every month.
They offer a wide assortment of local products including a cooler of to-go items from Pasta and Provisions; local snacks from QC Cheesecakes, Cardais Gourmet, The Naked Tart, Queens Charlotte’s pimento cheese; and muffins and brownies made by Food Mama CLT.
They have lunch beer tastings from 12 PM- 2 PM, as well. Check out their website to find out more about their menu and their upcoming events.
The Plaza - Tip Top Daily Market
It seems new establishments are bridging the gap between Plaza Midwood and Noda, one of these being Tip Top Market.
From the same owners as Snug Harbor, Tip Top Daily market is located between Hattie’s and the new Jamaican restaurant Finga Lickin’ on The Plaza. It offers an impressive variety of local and regional beers as well as local beers on tap. It offers prepared meals from Nourish, as well as local snacks, desserts, ground coffee, and other locally sourced options. Tip Top has a bar in the inside and has plans for adding porch/patio space in the front or back.
Tip Top has hosted a variety of pop up shops, including a pop up Album swap; has featured monthly music tastings; and introduced tap takeovers and other beer tastings.
A local gem, Tip Top Daily market has become more than just a neighborhood grocery store and bottle shop but has become a place to hang out in the Plaza neighborhood.
NoDa - NoDa Company Store
Open just a few months, NoDa Company store is located behind Davidson Street Public House and Smelly Cat Coffee shop in the heart of the NoDa arts district. Though not quite a market, it considers itself a “company store” and has the vibe of a general store or a mercantile.
The establishment is located in a renovated bungalow house complete with front porch and back deck. The front yard is fenced in and filled with a scattering of tables with large blue and white umbrellas providing ample seating. Running along one side of the house is a Zen Garden adorned with hanging porch swings.
The house was renovated to preserve the history of the neighborhood as much as possible and includes original wood taken from the renovations done at the new NoDa Brewery on North Tryon. These pieces of discarded wood were re-purposed for railings as well as to create portions of the bar and other large community tables.
NoDa Company Store offers local beers on tap as well as a wide variety of bottles of wine provided with ice buckets to allow patrons to hang out for a while.
They display art from a variety of local artists and offer regional cheeses, charcuterie, and breads from Local Loaf. From the focus on the history of the neighborhood to the creating the atmosphere of an evening with friends on a front porch, this establishment is a place for community in the heart of NoDa.
1st Ward Beverage Company - First Ward
Not only are markets popping up in the neighborhoods surrounding Uptown Charlotte, 1st Ward Beverage Company has made its move inside the 277 loop finding its home in the streets of First Ward.
Tucked amidst the Quarterside apartments on 7th Street, 1st Ward Beverage Company has moved in with the intention of being a local hang out for First Ward residents. In the space formerly in occupied by Quarterside Deli, the building has been converted to a tasting room with 10 tap lines and a bottle shop offering a wide selection of local and regional craft beers, assorted wines and snacks.
They partner with local companies including Something Classic Catering and Pasta Provisions to offer pizza, salads and sandwiches daily.
As more and more people are walking in their doors and discovering the charm of 1stWard Beverage, they continue to add more to inventory as they seek to cater to the tastes of their patrons. Along with the opening of First Ward Park last December, this new hotspot is another great addition adding character and community to the streets of First Ward.
Local Markets: Part of the Neighborhood Fabric
As these new local markets are opening, each of them have joined the fabric of their neighborhood and exist as a place for neighbors to meet each other, build relationships, and spend time together.
Featuring local goods and highlighting local artisans, these markets are places designed to build up their communities and support the local economy.
These establishments are providing spaces to draw together neighbors right in the midst of their own neighborhoods.