What's New in Charlotte, North Carolina: Hotel Development, Food Halls & Bodegas, Holiday Events & More

November 16, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2017) – Recently included in the top 50 best U.S. cities to live in by USA Today, Charlotte is in the midst of a development boom that shows no signs of slowing. In fact, based on projected growth, Yelp researchers say Charlotte is the No. 1 up-and-coming city in the country. Charlotte’s chef-driven culinary concepts, luxury hotels and electrifying major league sports scene aren’t just exciting for locals; visitors reap the benefits, too. Along with the growth, a new breed of markets and eateries have cropped up around Charlotte’s neighborhoods, bodega-style. We’d also be remiss not to mention the 8,198 new hotel rooms slated for development in the Charlotte region through 2020, the 9.3-mile extension of the LYNX Blue Line light rail opening in early 2018,  and numerous holiday events that keep friends, family and out-of-towners coming back to visit the Queen City time and time again.   


Hotel development in the Queen City has hit its stride. A new luxury option, The Ivey’s Hotel pampers guests with local partnerships: 5Church Charlotte makes room service even more delectable, and a swanky cocktail bar called Sophia’s Lounge turns after-dinner drinks into an affair to remember. Additionally, upgrades to long-standing favorite The Ritz Carlton, Charlotte have included a new salt therapy vault at its spa as the hotel continues to woo visitors with heady libations at The Punch Room. More than 8,198 new hotel rooms are currently in development in the region through 2020. In 2018, 19 hotels (a total of 2,130 rooms) are projected to open in the Charlotte region. Opening at the beginning of November, Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel is a highly anticipated upscale boutique venture bringing the following to Uptown.

The Ivey’s Hotel

Opening Date: April 2017

Location: Uptown

Number of Rooms: 42

Concept: Located in the historic Ivey’s building at the intersection of Trade and Fifth streets in Center City, Charlotte’s newest boutique hotel is housed in the former J.B. Ivey & Company Department Store, which was designed by famed architect William H. Peeps in the early 1900s. The luxury boutique hotel features 42 luxurious room, in-house dining and room service from the modern and innovative 5Church restaurant, a royally outfitted craft cocktail and tapas bar Sophia’s Lounge, the 1,000-square-foot Tulip Room for meeting space, and the finest amenities and service.

Salt Vault at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Opening Date: October 2017

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Spa in Uptown

Concept: Presenting the only salt therapy experience in central Charlotte, the Salt Vault replicates the healing and restorative benefits found in natural salt caves and grottos – where salt’s impacts have been proven to improve and enhance skin, breathing, allergy resistance and general wellness.  

Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel

Opening Date: November 2017

Location: Uptown

Number of Rooms: 217

Concept: Adjacent to the 25-story 300 South Tryon office tower and Romare Bearden Park, Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel features a unique design, Angeline’s, an Italian-inspired Modern American restaurant, more than 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge, Merchant & Trade, on the 19th floor and an event lawn offering stunning views of the city.


Charlotte is more neighborly than ever, thanks to the abundance of urban food halls popping up in and around Center City. In addition to inventive breakfast and lunch menus, one-stop shops like Earl’s Grocery in Elizabeth and The Common Market in Plaza Midwood, Oakwold and South End (opening soon) sell local goods—cheeses, craft beer, wine and more. Often the favorite gathering places of locals, these hubs are also known for having extensive drink menus; 7th Street Public Market in Uptown even houses separate coffee and craft beer vendors, Not Just Coffee and Tank’s Tap. This fall, look for newcomers such as The People’s Market—and its cocktail bar, The Queen & Glass—in Dilworth and, housed in a former Lance factory, Lincoln’s Haberdashery in South End.You’ll also find recently opened Rhino Market & Deli in Uptown, a second location for the beloved establishment. And finally, the long-awaited Tompkins Hall, the historic mill redevelopment in the Optimist Park neighborhood between Uptown and NoDa set to open late 2018, will boast 22,250 square-feet of food hall space, 33,470 square-feet of restaurants and retail as well as 80,000 square feet of office space.

Rhino Market & Deli—Uptown

Opening Date: August 2017

Location: Uptown

Concept: Quick bites—deli sandwiches, salads and soups—as well as affordable grocery items and live music made Rhino Market & Deli’s first location a success. In the heart of Uptown’s weekday hustle and bustle, this second location is similar, offering sandwiches and craft beer to the lunch crowd.

The People’s Market

Opening Date: October 2017

Location: Dilworth

Concept: In addition to being an upscale urban market, this all-day food and beverage spot will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, craft beer, wine and coffee made from locally roasted beans. There’ll be seating indoors, but patrons will also be able to lounge on large covered patio with a fireplace. Around the back, the market’s sister concept, The Queen & Glass, will serve craft cocktails.

Lincoln’s Haberdashery

Opening Date: Fall 2017

Location: South End

Concept: Aiming to fill a bodega void in South End, Futo Buta owner Michael Shortino plans to stock this market with the essentials: fresh-baked bread and pastries, coffee, beer, wine, small grocery items, and grab-and-go food. Housed in a former 1920s Lance Factory, it’ll also have breakfast dishes and a few local retailers.


Known as the Queen City—named in honor of King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Germany—Charlotte lives up to its royal namesake with a regal roundup of holiday events, including beloved traditions like The Singing Christmas Tree, Christmas Town USA, Speedway Christmas and Holidays at the Garden. New offerings this year include WinterFest at Carowinds amusement park, boasting over 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree and lavish displays. Also, for the second year Charlotte Christmas Village returns to Uptown Charlotte, bringing a European-inspired Christmas Market with festive eats and Glühwein.

Holidays at the Garden

Dates: Friday, Nov. 17 – Sunday, Dec. 31

Location: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Event Details: A twinkling winter wonderland comes to life at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden with more than 600,000 lights, sparkling fountains and a towering tree of beautiful orchids—one of the most popular features at this annual holiday spectacular. Family-friendly fun ranges from live music and marshmallow roasts to visits with Santa and holiday shopping.

Speedway Christmas

Dates: Sunday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Dec. 31

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Event Details: In its eighth year, Speedway Christmas returns to one of the most popular tracks on the NASCAR circuit, considered the hometown track for most major NASCAR teams and drivers. More than 3 million lights glow on the 3.5-mile lights-to-music drive-thru experience. The speedway also hosts a Christmas Village with a petting zoo, Bethlehem village, photos with Santa and more, while classic holiday movies are shown on the 16,000-square-foot HDTV—the second largest in the world.

Charlotte Christmas Village

Dates: Thursday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 24

Location: Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte

Event Details: Only in its second year, Charlotte Christmas Village transforms Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte into an authentic European-inspired Christmas market featuring handmade crafts, gifts and specialty foods like Austrian strudels, bratwurst, sauerkraut and German-style baked goods as well as German beer, cider, hot chocolate and Glühwein, a hot mulled spiced wine served during the holidays in Europe.

Carowinds WinterFest

Dates: Select nights Friday, Nov. 24 – Saturday, Dec. 30

Location: Carowinds

Event Details: New this year, WinterFest brings the sights, sounds, fare and celebrations of the holidays to Carowinds amusement park—home to Fury 325, the tallest and fastest giga coaster in the world. Seated on the North Carolina and South Carolina state line, Carowinds will shine bright with more than 5 million lights, a 70-foot-tall tree and larger-than-life displays. Live shows and strolling performers will entertain visitors as they enjoy holiday activities and 16 rides open in the park.

Christmas Town USA

Dates: Friday, Dec. 1 – Tuesday, Dec. 26

Location: McAdenville, North Carolina

Event Details: Located just 15 miles west of Uptown Charlotte, McAdenville—nationally known as Christmas Town USA—makes the season merry and bright throughout the month of December. Since the mid-1950s, local homeowners have come together to make the city glow with lavish decorations and lighting on almost every single home on the 1.3-mile stretch. More than 600,000 people visited Christmas Town USA last year.

The Singing Christmas Tree

Dates: Saturday, Dec. 9 & Sunday, Dec. 10

Location: Knight Theater in Uptown Charlotte

Event Details: In its 63rd year, The Singing Christmas Tree features up to 100 carolers singing popular holiday favorites in a 32-foot-tall tree display. The show incorporates dance, puppetry and Santa. Locals and visitors vie for a coveted seat at one of the five performances each year, including two shows just for kids.

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