Strip of stores like Buffalo Exchange in Plaza Midwood on Central Avenue in Charlotte

Plaza Midwood is the perfect neighborhood for millennials moving to Charlotte. It’s full of coffee shops, boutiques, bars & restaurants, all within walkable distance. You’ll always see people walking in Plaza because it’s such a lively, colorful area to hang out in which is why I decided to check out the scene and bring you a sneak peek of what it’s like to live in Plaza Midwood.

Iced Matcha Latte from Undercurrent Coffee shop in Plaza Midwood in Charlotte

Undercurrent Coffee

To start things off, I got my daily dosage of caffeine from Undercurrent Coffee. I also got some work done on my laptop because they’ve got wifi. Automatic win. I ordered an iced Matcha Latte and finished it in under 10 minutes. I guess I just got ‘swept away’… it’s their slogan. Real clever, I know. 

Moxie Mercantile

Y’all, I got the cutest NC vinyl sticker from this little boutique next door. It looks like the one on the left in this picture from Moxie Mercantile’s Instagram. Mine is currently stuck on the bottom of my laptop that I’m currently typing from. Might get another for my water bottle, we’ll see. Once you fall in love with Plaza Midwood, you can get the sticker on the right from Moxie Mercantile too.

North Carolina state vinyl sticker on mint green Corkcicle tumbler and Plaza Midwood vinyl sticker on royal blue corkcicle tumbler

Legion Brewing

A Plaza Midwood staple, with a second location in the SouthPark area of Charlotte. This location, however, gets lots of regulars. What gets them coming back every time? The sense of community that Legion Brewing provides with their seasonal brewery makes it worth revisiting. Obviously I had to try their most popular drinks…

Girl sampling beer from Legion Brewing in Plaza Midwood Charlotte
The Carolina Sparkle Party & The Supernova

…as well as some interesting bites from the menu. Loved the Brewers Pretzel with a side of beer cheese. Who knew beer, cheese, and pretzels went well together? Clearly I’ve been missing out.

I also tried their Juicy Jay Southern ‘Bahn Mi’, and honestly, I’d let the Vietnamese community down if I didn’t correct their spelling of Vietnamese banh mi on the menu. That was their only flaw.

Buffalo Exchange

It’s finally Spring — and you know what that means: Spring cleaning season is here! I Marie Kondo’d my closet and instead of just throwing away what didn’t spark joy, I decided to stop by Buffalo Exchange to make a few bucks and exchange out my lightly-used clothes for something new (to me). Here’s what I learned: they are more likely to take items that are fashionably in-season or from a well-known brand. For example, my dress from Charlotte Russe and blouses from Primark and Loft got snatched up real quick. I traded those in for a cute top, and even got back a little extra cash.

Two Scoops Creamery

I decided to take my $5 from my thrift exchange to treat myself to some ice cream (I clearly have a serious spending issue). If you’re indecisive like me, I’ve got good news for you. Two Scoops Creamery will let you sample every flavor available if need be. I eventually narrowed it down to two: Bart & Thin Mint Crunch.

double scoop ice cream from Two Scoops Creamery in front of house in Plaza Midwood Charlotte

You might as well make your life easier by moving into the Plaza Midwood neighborhood. My realtor friends over at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices introduced me to a beautiful listing on Chesterfield Avenue. Better get it before I do because as soon as I become financially independent, convince my boyfriend to move in with me, and adopt several corgis, it’s over for you guys.

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