Like many women and retired manikins, Salice Boutique owner Kristen adored fashion, but wanted affordable, flattering styles she could really wear. She began selling apparel by indie designers out of her spare bedroom, but the business became so popular she decided to open up a true storefront. Her airy boutique, nested inside a white clapboard house, stocks feminine fashions in hard-to-find brands such as Miss Me Jeans, Tulle, Karlie Clothing, and Joyous & Free. Dresses in bold, vibrant prints can go from casual to glamorous with the change of a Lindsay Phillips sandal strap, and handmade jewelry by Lori Snyder brightens outfits with colorful beads, stones, and petrified rainbows.
Dave and Ester DeFehr founded Daveste' Vineyards in 2003, and, after several years preparing the land, turned their first harvest into 500 cases in 2006. Today, alongside winemaker Sara Wooten, Dave and Ester continue to take a minimalist approach to winemaking, limiting their production to some 1,500 cases per year. Despite its size, the DeFehr's output has resulted in award-winning varietals, as well as both dry and semi-sweet whites and reds. Visitors to the vineyard may test some of that selection inside the property's rustic, timber-frame tasting room, which doubles as a gallery for local artists.
Tempt Boutique's upscale selection of dresses, denim, and designer jewelry sits on style’s sharpest edge, carving bold statements into the fabric of everyday outfits. Hand-picked vestments for men and women line the boutique’s shelves, with each selection stocked in limited quantities to ensure maximum wardrobe personalization and minimum risk of becoming embroiled in a wacky mistaken-identity plot. Embroidery adorns the back pockets of Miss Me’s Dark Static Crosses boot-cut jeans ($98), a dark-washed pair of leg huggers with deep blues punctuated by light whiskering patterns and imprints of sat-upon cats. Urban cowgirl looks complete themselves by pulling on belted harness boots from Frye ($238), perfect for walking, riding, and trampling. Coral-colored maxi dresses from Karlie ($89) integrate patterns of class and sophistication into their crocheted backs, and guys can salvage shipwrecked outfits with Desert Island button-downs from 7 Diamonds ($110).
Mattress Source's knowledgeable staff pairs customers with one of a wide selection of firm and flexible beds that augment deeper slumbers. Sealy luxury firm mattresses ($449.99+) allays stressful nights by supplying supple support, manufacturers' warranties, and a cache of warm kittens to rest at the end of each bed. Silk woven jersey knit surrounds a layer of memory foam on the Stearns & Foster x-firm mattress, which gently pillows joint pain and absorbs excess body heat ($1,219.99+). At 26 Charlotte-area showrooms, shoppers can take inventory of each mattress' aptitude in hypnosis or chat with affable staff members about desired levels of firmness.
The staff at Presto Cleaners makes environmentally friendly cleaning practices and hand-inspection of garments central tenets in their business, and they perform all cleaning and laundry on site. Technicians use enzyme-activated detergents to lift away stains before hand-inspecting the threads to catch any remaining impurities. After dry or wet cleaning garments, the team touches them up with free button replacement and a hand-finish if the clothes are made of delicate material or sports car siding.