A jewel in the crown of the "Queen Charlotte" North Carolina region, the City of Belmont is indeed a North Carolina gem. Belmont's downtown Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its eateries, parks, splendid neighborhoods, and charm are abundantly attractive to visitors. Belmont exudes a folksy feel with sophisticated flair. Situated in the greater Charlotte Metro area, specifically in Gaston Country, Belmont is just a short drive west of the Mecklenburg County line. Transit time between the Queen City and downtown Belmont, if calculated from the airport and allowing for weekday or weekend traffic, could take as little as fifteen minutes or likely no longer than half an hour.
In tune with Belmont's cool factor, two antique centers in the Belmont community are immensely attractive to treasure hunting day-trippers and highly regarded among locals. If the antiquing bug has bitten you, definitely take the hop from Charlotte on over to Belmont and give these two a try. You could easily spend an entire day purusing them, especially factoring in likely rest stops in downtown Belmont's superb cafes and restaurants.
You'll find Piccolo in the heart of Belmont's downtown historic district. Piccolo Antique Mall and Fine Consignments boasts 22,000 square feet of floor space housing over 70 individual shops. A manager oversees the operation and can respond to questions about individual booths. The array of goods for sale is impressive. Here you will find estate pieces, vintage art, clothing and jewelry, books, records, toys, pottery, and kitchenware, with many offerings prominently and proudly expressing Carolina vibes. Allow at least an hour or more to linger among the treasures. Pricing varies among the vendors, and special sale pricing is often on display at vendors' discretion. Don't be afraid to strike a deal.
Piccolo consists of two floors. Guests typically enter at street level in front of the building. However, you may enter through a rear downstairs door, as well. Street parking is convenient. Piccolo Antique Mall and Fine Consignments is located at 134 North Main Street and is open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00
Another great place to hunt is Catawba River Antique Mall, just off the main downtown district. You'll know you're in the right place when you see the giant "Big Boy" waving his welcome at the entrance. Catawba does double duty also as an events venue, boasting 67,000 square feet of treasure hunting territory and on one floor. Catawba Antique Mall is a treasure trove with every imaginable emphasis expressed among the vendor booths.
Take your time winding through the aisles, admiring their eclectic assortment. No two visits are the same. Vendors express their sensibilities through their collections. North Carolina pottery is well represented there, as well as glassware and cookware from by-gone days. Sports equipment, signage, décor pieces, and vintage collectibles abound. You'll find furniture and décor ideas around every corner, as well as soft goods. Price points vary among the vendors, so be on the lookout for sales discounts. Don't be afraid to make an offer.
Catawba River Antique Mall is located at 406 E. Catawba Street and is open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00.
While in Belmont, plan to carve out some time to experience the beautiful downtown district's many shops, taverns, and full-service eateries. Take a bench in Belmont's gorgeous downtown park, savor a sweet treat and soak up its historic atmosphere. Historic Belmont is minutes from Charlotte and miles away in eclectic spirit.