Saturday's On 7th Street

Saturday's On 7th Street



I've always believed that every city has a heart. On 15th and Kennedy in Philadelphia, people gather around the notorious love sign, exchanging kisses and snapping photos. Any native New Yorker will tell you The Ginger Man is the place to be on a Saturday night.  Here in Charlotte, we have the 7th Street Public Market. Where the hipsters and foodies gather to unwind and refuel.

With our departure date approaching more rapidly than I want to acknowledge, Little J and I have been spending more time uptown. Taking in the sights and enjoying our city one last time. This past Saturday was spent aimlessly wandering the streets and people watching. When that got too cold, we ducked into the Market to grab a quick bite to eat.

Now, I'm not sure if I've lived in Charlotte long enough to be deemed an official Charlottean, but I can say I've had my share of pizza, and nothing comes close to Pure Pizza. It's a pizza lovers dream.  I think we've had every pizza on the menu. Twice. Including the Smoked Salmon, which I assure you, is a lot tastier than it sounds.


This time around we decided to go for the pesto, which my amazingly wonderful sister introduced me to a while back. And since my eyes are always larger than my stomach, I figured me and Little J could handle a pepperoni supreme too.  We only managed to polish off four slices between the two of us. Those small pizzas are deceptively filling. (By the way, Pure Pizza people, if you're reading this, your customer services rocks and you should give Gina a raise!)

After we finished eating we wandered around a bit. And by wandered, I mean Little J darting in between people and me frantically chasing after her and trying to take photos at the same time. Not an easy feat. 


It's a bit ironic now, but when I first moved to Charlotte, I was determined not to like it here. I had no intention of settling down and planting roots. And now that we're moving on, I'm overcome with sadness knowing my daughter will never spend her weekends sipping coffee and wandering aimlessly on 7th street, listening to the heartbeat of the city.

Where is the "heartbeat" in your city? Where do the locals typically go to unwind?

4 comments :

  1. Reese,

    If I ever visit Charlotte I will definitely be visiting Purely Pizza. It's only 10:52 in the morning here in the ATL and you have me craving pizza, which I don't need. Our pizza place that I love here is Mellow Mushroom. I love, love, love that place. Good luck on your move. I'm sure you will find a new fabulous place to love wherever you place roots down at next. :)

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    1. I've never been to Mellow Mushroom, but I've heard great things about that place! We have a few of them here in Charlotte and a few in Raleigh so I have a feeling I'll be giving them a test drive soon. Thanks for stopping by Chelle!

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  2. Hi Reese!

    I loved this post, your pictures of 7th street market are great. And I agree about Pure Pizza--definitely the best in town. I can also relate to your mention of determining not to like it here. I'm a recent transplant and have had some trouble adjusting, but places like this make me appreciate all that Charlotte has to offer! Good luck on your new adventure!

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    1. It's always nice to meet a fellow Charlottian :) Although I'm soon to be a Raleightian, I'd like to think that I will come back to visit (and stock up on Pure Pizza/Amelie's). I'll definitely have to check out some of those food trucks you blogged about. I've been lucky enough to catch a few of them uptown and they were much better than expected. Charlotte is the only place I've seen with this many gourmet food trucks. Now I really don't want to leave :(

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