The Savvy Parent's Guide to Events & Gift-Shopping at 7th Street Public Market
Make the holiday season easy on yourself, and pack fun, shopping, and food all into one adventure.
When you've got the whole clan in tow, it's best to plan your outings. Any mismanaged adventure can easily turn chaotic with kids, so we want to make this holiday season as calm and organized as possible for you this year.
Our secret to a stress-free holiday season? 7th Street Public Market.
This uptown market on 7th Street is a one-stop shop for busy parents looking to accomplish the most they can within the fewest amount of stops. For everything from family-friendly activities to yummy lunch to shopping for everyone on your list, 7th Street Public Market has the answer for a very smart, very Charlotte holiday season.
If you time it right, you can enjoy all kinds of fun and shopping in one stop at the market. See below for the event schedule and vendors selling thoughtful items made in or near Charlotte that will delight anyone on your list this year. Hop on the Light Rail or park in the 7th Street Garage (free with validation for 90 minutes)—everything you need for a happy holiday season is right at the market.
Kid-Friendly 7th Street Public Market Events in 2018
Live music Friday nights through 2019
Stop by the market on any Friday night to have a locally-sourced soundtrack to your shopping and snacking experience. Every Friday night will feature a local musician in the market beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Board Game Night on Tuesday, Nov. 6
Hosted by Potions & Pixels, this free game night from 6 to 9 p.m. is open to all ages. All of your favorite vendors will be open for extended hours with delicious food and drinks to enjoy as you spend time the old-school way. Out of 300 total, there will be about 75 fun games from all eras and for all skill levels to choose from.
Craft Night Out on Friday, Nov. 9
Crowned Sparrow Co.'s Craft Night Out—learn to knit cozy drink coozies at 6 p.m.
Fall Fest on Saturday, Nov. 10
From 1 to 5 p.m., the 7th Street Public Market Fall Fest is meant to bring awareness to local artists and businesses. There will be live music, a tap takeover by Blue Blaze Brewery, compost education by Crown Town Compost, and local businesses. This event will kick off the coat and toiletry drive.
Board Game Night on Wednesday, Nov. 21
Potions & Pixels Board Game Night at 6 p.m.
Holiday Sip 'N Shop on Dec. 6
From 4:30 to 9 p.m., join Charlotte-owned businesses (including the market's full-time vendors) for a holiday pop-up shopping event. The first 100 guests will receive free sparkling wine (with ID) poured by Assorted Table Wine Shoppe.
Gift Shopping at 7th Street Public Market
Trying to get some holiday shopping done while you visit the market? Smart move. Many of the vendors at 7th Street Market will have unique gifts for sale during the 2018 holiday season. Some of our vendor and gift suggestions are below.
This Charlotte-themed staple is a must if you're shopping for Queen City-made gear or products. From apparel to accessories to grooming and even children's gifts (such as the "1, 2, 3, Charlotte" book pictured), CLT Find has a plethora of Charlotte items—especially for the friend or family member you're trying to get to move here. A little subliminal messaging never hurt, right?
Zia Pia Imports
Maybe you come from an Italian family, or perhaps your friend is a foodie and loves to play chef. The offerings at Zia Pia are ideal for the Italian food lover, with imported truffle products, olive oil, and other Italian cooking must-haves available for purchase. Don't forget to snag some specialty chocolate while you're there, too.
Assorted Table Wine Shoppe
Everyone has an oenophile on their list. For the friend who guards "mommy's juice" with her life or for the person you appreciate the most, a bottle of wine from Assorted Table's impressive collection will be a great gift. Or, if you're taking gift-giving seriously this year, you can work with Assorted Table to curate a custom gift basket utilizing their goods plus others in the market.
Not Just Coffee
Some people just have high standards for coffee. Support a local business and your friend's caffeine habit by gifting a few on you with a Not Just Coffee gift card. Or, purchase one of the delectable items on-hand from local coffee and sweets companies such as coffee caramels from Raleigh's Slingshot Coffee.
Orrman’s Cheese Shop
Need something to add to the wine you're gifting your mother-in-law? Orrman's Cheese Shop has the answer. Peruse the assortment of premium regional, American, and European cheeses an accompaniments at this cheese shop in the market. You can also chomp into a grilled cheese while you're browsing.
La Piccola Gabia
Savory lovers will be happy with cheese and wine, but for those with a major sweet tooth, you should look at La Piccola Gabbia's offerings. These locally baked artisan pastries are like those you'd find in a European coffee shop—so the world traveler on your list will love biting into these memorable treats.
Specialty kettle corn is always a delicious gift, and It's Poppin' has one of the best selections in Charlotte. For gourmet kettle corn gifts in both sweet and savory options, It's Poppin' will satisfy any colleague's snack habit.
This holiday season, buy local gifts and enjoy hassle-free fun at 7th Street Public Market. Because bedtime always comes too soon. Visit 7th Street Public Market on Facebook for event and vendor updates.