Shoppers can find everything they ever need, from furniture to guitars to paper towels in bulk along Independence Blvd. Stops at Windsor Square Shopping Center and Matthews Festival should satisfy any shopper’s need to spree.

For unique shops and a more down home feel, walk along Trade Street in Matthews. Get there early on spring and summer mornings for the Matthews Community Farmers Market for local produce, crafts and handcrafting and cooking demonstrations and occasional live acoustic music.

In Monroe, retail shopping at its best can be found at Monroe Crossing, just 10 miles from I-485 and 25 miles from uptown Charlotte.