I feel like I see the same posts on Instagram every day…friends who seem to travel all the time and never work, influencers not-so-subtly plugging another product, pictures of my aunt’s cat, clothes from brands I can never afford and Kim Kardashian’s butt.
If you can relate to at least one of these, it’s time to shake up your feed. Here are 15 Instagram accounts to follow if you want some variety in your life (sorry Kim):
Seeing cheesy pizza, loaded nachos, burgers and tacos in your feed will make you want to lick your phone screen in the middle of the workday, so try to refrain. The Pizza Peel also posts food and drink deals and info about trivia nights and special events at their Cotswold, Plaza Midwood and Matthews locations.
This is a great account to follow if you’re looking for things to do in the area. Mint Hill Events posts regularly about live music, sports games and free lessons, pep rallies and other ways to enjoy all the town has to offer.
Have a napkin handy to wipe the drool as you scroll through Daphne’s Bakery. The Mint Hill bakeshop posts pictures of all their creations from pecan bars and cupcakes to s’mores brownies, muffins and coconut cream pies. Peek their custom cakes and cookies if you have a special event coming up.
If you’re on the hunt for vinyls, following Hardy Boys Records is a must. Owner Dean Hardy posts classic records he finds at garage sales, antique malls and estate sales before they’re stocked in his shop, which is located upstairs in Home Styles Gallery in Mint Hill.
Sardis Marketplace is a 20,000-square-foot retail store in Charlotte with home décor, furniture, antiques, gifts, apparel and consignment items from more than 60 vendors. They post new and unique stuff, so you can browse before going in person.
This account is a spinoff of Renfrow Hardware and focuses mostly on what’s grown on the family farm and then sold in the Matthews store. You’ll be the first to know when seasonal produce and flowers are in, so you can get them before they’re gone.
Everyone likes to look at food photos, but Local Carolinas is way more than that. Posts range from music and art to shops, small businesses, breweries and restaurants all over the Carolinas. You’ll be inspired to venture out of your neighborhood and explore someplace new.
Introducing the thrift shopper’s secret weapon. Follow the Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity to browse the latest items before they’re snatched up and be the first to know when things go on sale.
Impress your friends and family with tidbits of Matthews history. The downtown museum also posts pictures of artifacts from back in the day that make you realize we’ve come a long way since wool swimsuits and butter churns.
Become a fan of North Carolina’s new professional soccer team, Stumptown Athletic, which plays home games at the Matthews Sportsplex and the OrthoCarolina Sportsplex in Pineville. Meet the players and go behind the scenes at practices.
Created by a mom from Waxhaw, One Girl Inspired is a monthly subscription box that offers more than just beauty items. The service aims to empower and motivate teen girls. Follow for inspirational quotes and to see what’s inside the boxes.
It’s super important to shop local whenever you can. This cute women’s clothing store in Mint Hill has affordable graphic tees, skirts, dresses, rompers, jeans, blouses and accessories, plus some serious style inspo for all you fashionistas.
It’s fun to keep up with Matthews native and Butler grad Brooklyn Decker and her life as famous actress, model and businesswomen. She comes back to the area often and sometimes brings her husband, tennis pro Andy Roddick.
Fill your feed with dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available for adoption from this nonprofit specializing in rescuing and rehabilitating homeless pets. Enough said.
Get an all-access pass to the Carolina Panthers by following Caroline Cann, the team’s reporter and producer. Her fun and lighthearted posts give you a glimpse of her life both on and off the field.