Retail Recon

Quench your cravings for retail therapy, refresh your wardrobe, and reinvent your home with finds from IKEA and Concord Mills.

QC in Three Hours
(half day)


Spend the morning collecting perfect accents for your abode at IKEA, the Swedish mecca for home goods. The Charlotte outpost is one of the only IKEAs located in the Tar Heel State, which means it a must-stop for stocking up on towels, kitchenware, linens, lighting and more. Indulging in one of IKEA’s famously tasty cinnamon rolls is a rite of passage for every patron

Continue the Adventure
(make it a full day)


Photo courtesy of Dave & Buster's

Lunch at Dave & Buster's
Refuel after a morning of retail therapy over lunch at Dave & Buster’s. Fill up on the fan-favorite chicken and waffle sliders or an inventive pizzadilla. Just be sure to save room for the gaming fun that awaits after you clear your plate.

Photo courtesy of Concord Mills

Concord Mills
Fill your closet with budget-friendly finds at sprawling Concord Mills. A Concord institution and one of the most visited destinations in North Carolina, the mall features hundreds of outlet stores offering deep discounts on designer threads, name-brand accessories and specialty gear.


Dinner with a View at The Speedway Club
End the day on a high note over dinner at the spot locals call “The Ultimate Room with a View.” The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway calls on fresh catch and top-choice cuts to dish up culinary wonders, while its soaring windows offer panoramic perspectives of the famous speedway.