Thrifty Destination: West Charlotte
When possible, I think it’s best to turn errands into an adventure, tacking on stops for fun. Especially when you’re already traveling to a different neighborhood, why not use that gallon of gas and make your time more worthwhile?
Here’s my itinerary for a thrifty trip to West Charlotte, made for a Wednesday evening that includes dinner and dancing!
STOP 1: Goodwill Outlet (2901a Freedom Drive, Charlotte)
Start your excursion at Goodwill’s outlet store, where clothes are sold by the pound. This is the ultimate stop for the thrifty scavenger; you’ll get to dig through heaping bins for vintage and designer treasures, all at a low cost of $1.39 per pound. This shop also offers housewares and furniture where most items are 50% off. While you’re here, why not see if you can uncover a Western shirt or a old cowboy hat to wear later for dancing.
STOP 2: Bar-B-Q King (2900 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte)
After thrifting, make a dinner stop at Babeque King, a drive-in barbecue joint that has been serving Charlotte since 1959. This second-generation family establishment smokes their pulled and sliced pork in-house and smothers it with their homemade secret barbeque sauce. They’re also known for their barbecue chicken, which Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives describes as a cross between fried and barbecue chicken and buffalo wings. If you need to, stop by the ATM, because this stop is cash only.
STOP 3: Coyote Joe’s (4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte)
Gear up in any Western wear you uncovered at Goodwill to get ready for a night of line-dancing at Coyote Joe’s. Plan to arrive on Wednesday by 7pm for the free line dancing lessons. Instructors will give you the moves to strut along the giant dance floor so that you’ll be ready for the live band at 9pm. On Wednesdays, ladies get in free and guys pay $3, with half-price drinks.
-Amanda Aileen Fisher