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Old 03-08-2008, 04:52 PM
 
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Ani and Loves, you are both so right. We need a good versatile bakery. Most places I've lived or visited have had wonderful bread stores. Sometimes pastries are also offered, but often bread alone is baked. They give free samples of a reasonable size which people eat as they exit the store. The wonderful fresh odor wafts into the street inviting other shoppers to flock to the store.

Ani, I wonder why we don't have any good garden stores that propagate their plants locally? Ani, you say that the plants in such stores would be less expensive, but I am afraid that maybe the opposite is true. I say this because when we first moved here and up to about 20 years ago there were several such stores. There was Turtle Creek on N. Sharon-Amity Rd. It still exists in Mooresville. There was Harkeys on both Monroe Rd. and Sardis Rd. These were the ones that I patronized. They were great but definitely on the expensive side. They couldn't compete with Home Depot, etc. Furthermore, look at where they were located. Their land was too valuable not to sell for many $$$. Nor, if my memory serves me, could they quickly get the new varieties which were in demand and available at Home Depot, etc. Just wondering about Campbells Nursery off of South Blvd. I know they propagate at least some of their plants themselves. There's also Be Well Hydroponics on Monroe Rd. They grow many of their vegetables and herbs themselves.

I hate it that so many of our old-fashioned hardware stores have closed shop. There are still some left, but they are becoming more and more endangered.

Finally, I'd love to see a few more knitting and sewing stores with unusual and creative fabrics and yarns closer in than Matthews or Stonecrest: maybe in the new Elizabeth Avenue Shopping area or Myers Park. I think they have a hard time competing with the internet . At least that's the story I heard from the owner of the sweet little Sewing Bee which used to be at the Park Rd. Shopping Center.

Ther used to be several school supply or teacher stores that I loved when my kids were little, but here again the internet did them in. Hold on! I just checked in the telephone book and there are several - Learning World has moved to the Tower Place Shopping Center on hwy. 51.
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:37 PM
 
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Barb, you may be right. I am basing my "grow it themselves more cheaply" assumption on two wonderful greenhouses I used in the 70s and 80s in Alexander and Catawba Counties . . . and I would get the most wonderful plants there so much cheaper than anywhere else . . . but they were "out in the country" and now subdivisions stand where those greenhouses once sprawled!

What I end up doing is stopping at growers in Florida any time we take a trip down there and loading up on my way back! Now always easy if we have much luggage.

However, my last trip I picked up this GORGEOUS Croton and despite my best efforts, it did not last 5 months.

But back to businesses in S. CLT - your description of a wonderful bakery has me craving freshly baked bread . . .
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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A bakery like a French boulangerie would be great as well.
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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its sad but the general population just doesnt support these establishments, but check out Chilis or Fridays parking lots on any given day....jeesh??
South Charlotte is amazingly bland and suburban, yet you are surprised non-chain restaurants have trouble succeeding?
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:11 AM
 
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A good authentic Cuban restaurant..Tasty! But yes, a specialty bakery would be nice also
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:40 AM
 
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A good authentic Cuban restaurant..Tasty! But yes, a specialty bakery would be nice also
Several Cuban restaurants have tried but closed within a year or two.
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:51 AM
 
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1. Deli (preferably Italian, but German would do)
2. Bakery (same as above)
3. Bagel Store
DING DING!!! CORRECT!

A nice bakery that I could buy bread from not a supermarket. You know fresh challah and rye

A nice Italian place. Luigis is not that good.

Bagels? There is no bagels in steele creek. A bagel place in steele creek would make BUNDLES of money . Heck the thought crossed my mind to open a bagel shop in this area.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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There was a bagel place in steel creek a couple years ago (Manhatten Bagels) but it went out of business. I went all the time (even though I didn't care for their bagels too much) but no one else seemed to. Don't forget there is a panera bread in the steel creek area. They sell bread and bagels.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:28 AM
 
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Several Cuban restaurants have tried but closed within a year or two.
The changing demographics would indicate that a well-run Cuban restaurant in the right location (and I emphasize LOCATION) would do quite well at this point in time . . . I would surely love to see it happen . . .
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:41 AM
 
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Where were the three restaurants that closed down?
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