Vinyl All Day Long

Lunchbox Records moved into their new space on Central Avenue and it is fantastic.

IMG_2710Much larger than the old spot which means more room for records. There’s also more room for DJs or bands to perform in the new location.

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Out of all the Charlotte record stores, Lunchbox is my favorite. They have the best finds and the best prices.

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You could literally spend hours in Lunchbox Records perusing through all of the titles and collections they have. I love that everything is organized in a logical way (new, genre and alphabetical order, used, genre and alphabetical order). It makes it that much easier if you have something specific you are searching for in the store.

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I recommend going during the week, as the parking lot gets quite packed on the weekends. However, since the space is larger, once you’re inside, you won’t have to worry about squeezing by other patrons as you browse.

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And just in case you’re wondering, anyone can use the bathroom there. High five to you, Lunchbox Records.

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Shop til you drop!

Shoppers all over Charlotte are rejoicing in the fact that they no longer have to go to Concord Mills to get deals, now that the Charlotte Premium Outlets are open just outside of Steele Creek. IMG_6258While the outlets aren’t quite as large as Concord Mills, they offer an openess and feel that cannot be matched by indoor mall shopping. While there are open areas, most are covered so even on rainy days you can shop til you drop.

IMG_5980If you’re looking for high-end, Kate Spade, Coach and Saks Off 5th are top of the list. Your regular outlet stores like J Crew, Banana Republic, LOFT, Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer, Nike, Adidas, Under Armor and Gap are all present, too. I even stumbled across an Old Navy outlet (surprising, since Old Navy’s prices resemble outlet prices anyway).

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The food court is not robust, but there are typically food trucks out front where snacks can be grabbed. Get your coffee before you go though, the line for Starbucks is ALWAYS long. And by long, I mean not-worth-waiting-in long.

IMG_6262Since the outlets are still pretty new, you can find even better deals than normal. The parking lot is relatively small, so you might have to circle around a few times to find a space. If you’re heading out for the holidays, be prepared for an extra crowded shopping experience. No doubt people will be piling in to get their gifts.

IMG_6263If you get a wild hair to go shopping, head on 485 straight to the Charlotte Premium Outlets and see what kind of deals you can walk away with. I’ll say that I’ve been pleased with my purchases to this point!

PS – If you stay until sunset, you’re bound to see a gorgeous sight!

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