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Old 11-27-2007, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Atherton Mill. As its name says, it’s an old mill. There are some nice little shops in here, mainly like Pier 1 but local. Rudino’s Pizza and Grinders is in here as well and is decent. Tea Rex is across the parking lot and the new Woods on South (former South End Brewery) is in there too. This is also where the Charlotte Trolley Museum is and where the trolley will start from when it resumes service hopefully in spring of 2008. If you are looking for a good hamburger, I have heard Mr. K’s across the street is excellent. Owen’s Bagel also across the street will please natives and transplants alike (their menu says “pop”, not soda).

La Paz is good too if you like Mexican. Also, Pike’s (where a scene of Shallow Hal was filmed) has old fashioned hand-stirred Pepsi (not from the C02 pumps), Price’s chicken coop, Java Passage in the old Spaghetti Warehouse of and McIntosh’s for an upscale dinner (also in Shallow Hal). If you like Fuel Pizza, there is one near the East/West Blvd stop and 300 East is a good local eclectic restaurant just on the other side of South Blvd.

If you go up around the end of Camden and Bland St, there are a lot of good things to enjoy. Jillian’s (Chuck E. Cheese for grownups), Tavern on the Tracks (a good locally owned Bills, Yankees, and Michigan bar, however, you will find everyone from cops to bikers to businessmen in here), the Gin Mill, which has a roof with an excellent view of Charlotte’s skyline and the pink building, American Apparel where you can buy clothing made in LA. There are also a lot of salons including Aveda Institute which is highly recommended and reviewed. There are also some gift shops like Three Little Birds. Barbara’s Canine Café is good too where they make their own all natural human grade dog treats and sell dog products. Of course, only helper dogs are allowed on the train, so you can’t bring your dog on the light rail to go to their weekend Yappy Hour.

I am missing some, I know, so please add to it or anything else along the rail line.
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:22 PM
 
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Tremont Music Hall, Amos' Southend, Tutto Mundo, The Sunset Club, Vinnie's Oyster Bar, Phat Burrito, art galleries and gallery crawls, shops on Camden Rd, etc. There's a good amount of bars/clubs/restaurants in the area. I am sure the number will grow now that the rail line is open. Now you can work downtown, and eat lunch in South End, or go bar hopping between downtown and South End. I can't wait to try the train out this week. I'm going to go downtown for dinner with my girlfriend and we will take the train in. I also would use it for concerts and events. I can't use it to work since I only work 5 minutes from my house, but if I did work along the line I would use it to commute.
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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I meant to include Amos' but forgot.
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Thank you for this thread. My husband is coming up next weekend and we are planning a day of off and on the light rail, and the Gold Rush shuttles, checking out the South End and Uptown. I have my month pass and he'll buy a day pass.
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