A day in Southend…

After a really rough couple of weeks, we decided to go to the Southend part of Charlotte and do some exploring.

1| Campbell’s Greenhouse (aka our favorite greenhouse in the city.) We were in search of a lettuce bowl, because what herb garden is complete without one. Plus our tomato plant, olive and fig trees would have been ‘lonely’ without it.

Campbells Greenhouse | Charlotte, NC
Campbells Greenhouse | Charlotte, NC

I would have to describe the greenhouse as a ‘tropical rainforest’ in the midst of the city. There’s the humid damp air, and the plants little reach out for you. (No, it’s not something out of a Steven King novel… it’s a nice experience.)

2| Einstein Bros. Bagels – this is the original Charlotte location. It used to be a gas station back in the day.

The cool sign... a photograph is a must.
The cool sign… a photograph is a must.
Blackberry for me, Strawberry for mum.
Blackberry for me, Strawberry for mum.

These were an at the register spontaneous purchase. Who can pass up lemonade on a hot day?

All blended and ready to share on Instagram.
All blended and ready to share on Instagram.
Egg, Spinach and Mushroom on a Ciabatta.
Egg, Spinach and Mushroom on a Ciabatta.

3| Lark & Key Gallery & Boutique – I love this gallery, and no trip to Southend is complete without a visit. There most recent collection that is on display through May 30th is titled ‘Cross Pollination.’

Subject to Change | Duy Huynh
Subject to Change | Duy Huynh
Symbolic Mindset | Duy Huynh
Symbolic Mindset | Duy Huynh
Just in Case | Duy Huynh
Just in Case | Duy Huynh
Bees 49 | Angie Renfro
Bees 49 | Angie Renfro
King of Pollinators & Elvis, Day Gecko with Squash Blossom by Vicki Sawyer
King of Pollinators & Elvis, Day Gecko with Squash Blossom by Vicki Sawyer

4| Savory Spice Shop – just across the way from the Atherton Mill’s Saturday Market. We really have to sort out our spice situation soon. I think the rack is a bit ancient and our new spices that we’ve collected recently need a home.

Pick up a basket.
Pick up a basket.
Have a look around.
Have a look around.
Pick up the Black Onyx Cocoa Powder to make Chocolate Avocado Pudding.
Pick up the Black Onyx Cocoa Powder to make Chocolate Avocado Pudding.
...and look over the honey selection.
…and look over the honey selection.

~theavidpen

2 Comments

  • Reply annie lee April 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    such beautiful art works 🙂

    • Reply Christa L Sagmoe April 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      It’s a truly amazing little art gallery. Duy Huynh is a Vietnamese artist based here in Charlotte and he and his wife own the Lark & Key.

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