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Keep Calm and Travel On - Field Trip 2.0

Hop on board with our new blog series: Keep Calm and Travel On. Experience a field trip guide to our favorite Charlotte businesses, restaurants, hotels, organizations, and all stops in between. I love traveling, supporting other small businesses, and networking with others who are passionate about their work and community, so follow our adventures below.

1st stop: The Jimmy

 We hopped on the bus for a lunch break. The Jimmy is a neighborhood restaurant that takes its nod from the Mediterranean coasts of Italy and France. Think casual, sun-kissed elegance with an easy-going pace. Sit on their gorgeous, covered patio to enjoy homemade pizzas with dough from their restaurant group, Copain Bakery, salads, pasta, and sandwiches. Our advice? Try a little bit of everything and share. We chose the Jimmy Chop Salad, Arugula & Farro Salad, Margherita pizza, and Chicken Panini with seasoned chips, and we could not pick a favorite. We loved every bite! A great spot for ladies who lunch, happy hour, or an intimate dinner for two.

**BONUS: After lunch, walk to Reid’s Fine Foods, a specialty food store with superior meats, wines, regional provisions, locally grown produce, and seasonally fresh meals. Try The Whole Hope Lemon Swirls for a daily dose of self-care that includes frozen swirls of organic lemon, ginger, and turmeric juice to flavor your water, tea, soups, and a cocktail mixer!

Visit The Jimmy | 2839 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC

Visit Reid’s | 2823 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28209

2nd stop: Woo Skincare & Cosmetics

Speaking of self-care, walk across the street to  Woo Skincare & Cosmetics for the ultimate pampering experience for high-quality makeup, skincare, and spa treatments. From recognized brands to niche lines, Woo adds collections, so there’s always something new. The staff is wonderful and makes you feel comfortable upon arrival. With local ownership and in-store expertise, you will leave happy and refreshed with your next spa service in the books!

Visit Woo Skincare & Cosmetics | 2900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28209

 3rd stop: Coco Leto

Don’t forget the littles! Walk to Coco Leto, a bright, modern, and fun children’s boutique. As a mom to three girls, I love finding pieces that represent the girls’ personalities. Coco Leto provides individuality and confident kids through expressive fashion. Their timeless quality pieces and comfort allow kids to freely discover, play, dance, live, and dream. The owners and employees are so helpful and welcoming. Also, stay tuned for an upcoming Erin McDermott Jewelry X Coco Leto pop-up where you can shop both brands in person. Details forthcoming. We can’t wait to see you!

 Visit Coco Leto | 2902B Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28209

Final Stop: The UPS Store

Our final stop included my favorite UPS store. The staff (shoutout to Moo) is amazing at what they do. They're kind, efficient, quick, and go above and beyond at helping customers. Although they are a busy shop, it is a very pleasant experience, and I highly recommend this UPS location for all of your shipping, packaging, and printing needs.

Visit The UPS Store | 2820 Selwyn Ave #130, Charlotte, NC 28209

Field Trip Takeaways

  • Chaperone Tip: Keep company staff contact info handy for future visits and connections!
  • Use this field trip guide as a checklist and mark off which places you visited. We’d love to hear your thoughts, so return the checklist to us at or @erinmcdermott1 on IG.

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