Nov 26, 2018 - Food and Drink

Everything you want to know about 6 new retailers coming to South End’s Design Center

South End retail is exploding thanks in large part to Asana Partners’ redevelopment of the Design Center.

If you’re already hyped on the 2018 openings of mega-popular dining destinations Superica and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, just wait until you see what’s still on the way for that development in 2019.


Barcelona Wine Bar

Concept: Trendy Spanish-inspired tapas and wine bar
Location: Corner of Camden and W. Worthington with courtyard patio space facing Superica
Agenda Story: What to expect at Barcelona Wine Bar, a Spanish-inspired tapas bar coming to South End

The slick Spanish wine bar with 15 locations in places like Denver, Nashville, Atlanta and Boston is currently building out a Camden- and Worthington-facing corner unit with courtyard patio seating opposite Superica.

Barcelona combines rustic, classic Spanish and Mediterranean flavors with other influences from North Africa and Southern France to create an array of shareable tapas to pair with their extensive wine menu. I would expect a Superica level of quality and popularity at Barcelona — so be prepared for a wait.

Mariscos Paella

The Candle Bar

Concept: Experiential retail featuring DIY candles
Location: Retail Alley (runs behind Jeni’s from Camden to Hawkins)
Try it now: Temporary pop-up space currently open at 1800 Camden Road
Agenda Story: Pour-your-own candle workshop The Candle Bar now open in South End

This is the third location for the modern candle workshop from Nashville-based Paddywax, and they’re on target to open a store a month in 2019.

The $35 Candle Bar experience is simple — choose a vessel, select a fragrance and then measure, mix and pour to create your own candle. They encourage BYO drinks, making it a great option for small group activities and celebrations, and the end product is a nice semi-homemade alternative to traditional store-bought gifts.

The Candle Bar’s temporary pop-up space at 1800 Camden Road

Fit Atelier

Concept: Modern athletic apparel, curated celebrity fitness classes and local fitness incubator
Location: Retail Alley (runs behind Jeni’s from Camden to Hawkins)
Try it now: The shop is currently open at 310 East Boulevard; sign up for current in-store signature workout classes and Celebrity Trainer Series classes here and shop clothing online here

More than just a store, Fit Atelier scouts the best local fitness concepts to host in their incubator and the hottest celebrity workouts from around the country to feature at the shop and in studios around town. They also carry popular and hard-to-find women’s workout apparel brands available for purchase online or in store.

It’s the coolest place to shop for workout gear you won’t see everywhere and the only place to try out unique workouts from some of the most well-known trainers in the country.


Concept: Asian street food
Location: 1930 Camden Road (between Jeni’s and Pike’s)
Agenda Story: Hawkers Asian Street Food coming to South End near Superica

Inspired by hawker stalls of Southeast Asia, Orlando-based Hawkers features an array of classic Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai street-style specialties. The menu is divided into five sections — small plates, noodle soups, salads, noodles and rice dishes. We’re talking things like ramen, lo mein, Korean wings, bao ad more all under one roof.

Plus, they have an Asian-inspired bar menu featuring sake, Japanese whisky, imported beers and more. This casual spot will be absolutely slammed.

Pepperbox Doughnuts

Concept: Chef-inspired, yeast-raised doughnuts with vegan options
Location: Retail Alley (specifically in the breezeway that leads to the Superica/Barcelona courtyard patio)
Try it now: Pepperbox Doughnuts are currently available at Tip Top Daily Market and pop-up events; see schedule
Agenda Story: 3 pop-up bakeries to watch in 2017

The pop-up doughnut shop is putting down permanent roots in a charming space between the Design Center’s alley and courtyard. Their rotating menu of artisan doughnuts with vegan-friendly options come in inventive flavors like spicy Mexican chocolate, horchata, PB&J and toasted fluffernutter.

You can catch them weekends at Tip Top Daily Market and at area pop-up events.

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Twenty Degrees Chocolates

Concept: Small-batch artisan chocolates
Try it now: Twenty Degrees Chocolates are available inside Petit Philippe at 2820 Selwyn Avenue
Agenda Story: The best luxury dinner deal in Charlotte you’re missing out on

Owner and chocolatier Casey Hickey was trained in France but is a North Carolina native. Her chocolates are like tiny edible works of art and are currently available at Petit Philippe, the wine and chocolate tasting shop she opened with her husband in Myers Park.

Rumor Mill: Shake Shack

The Charlotte Business Journal reported in August that rumors are swirling that the crazy popular burger chain could be eyeing the current Pike’s Soda Shop space. Pike’s owner Randy Chitwood said he’d heard the same rumors but also said he hadn’t been asked yet to stay or go. So the rumor remains unconfirmed.

Shake Shack has opened two locations in Charlotte this year — the first at Park Road Shopping Center and another in Blakeney.


Superica101 W. Worthington Avenue – Hot Tex-Mex restaurant in an industrial chic setting; always packed

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams1920 Camden Road – Cult favorite Ohio-based ice cream chain with fresh-made waffle cones and inventive flavors; expect a line out the door at peak times

Pike’s Soda Shop1930 Camden Road – Classic retro diner serving milkshakes, burgers and other comfort food favorites

First Wind Cycling1930 Camden Road – Barre, yoga and unique cycling classes taught on RealRyder bikes that tilt to mimic the mechanics of a more realistic road ride without leaving the studio


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