NoDa in Charlotte, The Smelly Cat Coffeehouse and more
by Karen Cimino
Charlotte, NC This week I visited one of my favorite hangouts in Charlotte – Smelly Cat Coffeehouse, which has its own unique charm and is located in the heart of NoDa, Charlotte’s Historic Arts District.
NoDa offers art galleries, good food, funky films and shops and, of course, Smelly Cat. Smelly Cat is named for the song Phoebe Buffay sang at a coffee house in the NBC show Friends. Maybe you remember it? “Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you…”
Don’t worry, the only smell you’ll find here is the yummy caffeinated concoctions, hot cocoa and this time of year hot cider.
Smelly Cat has a quirky sense of style and decor that uses old doors to create private seating areas where patrons can peruse the Internet or have a quiet conversation.
Like many places in NoDa, the walls feature original artwork by local artists. The art is for sale so every day is a gallery crawl in NoDa, but there’s also an official gallery crawl on the first and third Friday of every month throughout the year.
I checked out a beautiful collection of flower paintings by artist Kent Boggs while sipping my skinny cinnamon dolce latte (my favorite drink) by the coffee bar. Luke, my eight-month-old, started talking loudly attracting the attention of a man wearing a toboggan and long-sleeve t-shirt that gave him the look of a musician straight out of the alternative music scene in Seattle.
Folks in NoDa tend to be that way – friendly and interesting.
It’s a place where young hip artists, writers and business people call home or their favorite place to hangout. It’s generally still an affordable place to live while being located within about two miles from Uptown on North Davidson (the reason for its name) at 36th Street. That makes it popular with the twenty and thirty-somethings moving to Charlotte. But it’s a place that can be appreciated by all ages.
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