Christmas shopping isn’t exclusive to big-box stores. Downtown Matthews has plenty of stores with unique finds for friends and family on your shopping list.
315 W. John St., Matthews
There isn’t a hipper spot in Matthews or the surrounding area to come across vintage LPs, vinyl and comics but Precious Restorations is much more than that. The family-owned business offers free estimates on its custom pottery, porcelain and painting restoration, but can make anything from ivory and bone repair to antiques look like new. Also, check out its assortment of war knick knacks, fine arts and antiquities. Precious Restorations also buys anything from vintage clothing to art, postcards, knives and vintage LPs and 45s.
100 W. John St., Suite F
Don’t know what to get the sports fanatic on your shopping list? AAA Collectibles has you covered. The family-run shop has been around for more than two decades and specializes in sports cards dating back to the tobacco cards of the late 1800s. The shop also carries an extensive line of new baseball, football, basketball, soccer and hockey cards that are available in unopened single packs ($3 and up) and unopened boxes ($40 and up). In addition, AAA Collectibles has extensive single-card inventory and carries autographed material including game-worn signed jerseys of Christian McCaffrey, Tom Brady or game-used cleats signed by Cam Newton. Check out its special Carolina Panthers section, too.
Trade Street Jewelry
100 W. Trade St., Suite D
The finest of watches and jewelry can be repaired at a reasonable price and done with expert craftsmanship in downtown Matthews. Not only can Trade Street Jewelry wow customers with its precise repair work, but the owners have a showcase of rings, watches, necklaces and other fine jewelry for sale in the shop. And the very best part is if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, they can make anything to your exact specifications. It’s worth a trip just to get a feel for what’s possible, but the jewelry is handcrafted, durable and affordable.
Buffalo Trading Company
100 W. John St., Unit G
Born from a small garage in Colorado Springs, the name was built on grit rather than glamour, void of big-dollar marketing campaigns, trendy models showcasing products. Just an honest, word-of-mouth approach that people could trust. That’s the foundation of the leather goods and apparel brand that has a little bit of everything for him and for her. Check out the extensive line of leather goods including wallets, belts and handbags. It also carries ties, cigars, hats, flannel shirts and apparel with a nod to the simpler way of living. Last year, the company launched an impressive line of ladies handbags made only from the finest of leathers.
LAM Interior Antiques
159 N. Trade St.
LAM Interior is a one-stop shop for all of your design needs, but also has a retail shop with some super cool finds for the holidays. It offers interior design and architecture solutions including space planning, color and finish consultation, custom furniture and upholstery, project management, interior finish selections and design concept development. Browse the retail shop and find contemporary design pieces, a huge selection of candles and furnishings and one-of-a-kind wreaths, lamps, rugs, throws and more.
Libby & Leaf
100 W. John St., Suite E
Situated on the site of the historic AJ William Hotel in the heart of downtown Matthews’s historic district, Libby & Leaf is a prime holiday destination. The shop offers a charming assortment of unique and upscale accessories for the home and garden and unique one-of-a-kind gifts, including Peruvian Salt Lamps, gurgle pots, amethyst and other precious gems and board games. And the little ones are sure to love it, too, with a vast selection of wooden train pieces, toys and something for all ages. The independent retailer also carries “Frozen” figurines and a large line of fragrant candles.
188 N. Trade St.
Renfrow Hardware is the historical staple of Matthews, and much of the inside remains unchanged from the old iron furnace that keeps the place warm to the selection of feed, live chickens and even crickets that you just can’t find anywhere else. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, but just walking in takes you back to a simpler time. The shop has any kind of hardware you could want in addition to its section of local honey, sauces and other interesting treats. They also sell seeds, camping gear, plants and anything else you can think of, including the area’s largest selection of snow sleds.
100 N. Trade St.
You can find everything you need for the holidays at ZABS Place and still stay under budget. The thrift store has walls filled with shoes, purses, ties, scarves and racks on racks of clothes for everyone in the whole family. There’s even kid and toddler shoes, clothes and baby furniture, stuffed animals and a dresser of toys for sale. While the deals are aplenty and the browsing is exceptional, ZABS Place offers job skills training, based on the interests and abilities of each helper they foster through employment and employee enrichment programs that are truly unique. Find deals and do it for a great cause at ZABS Place.