After relocating to Charlotte, N.C., five years ago, I quickly learned that women here don’t leave the house without looking their best, even if it’s just to pick up groceries at the Harris Teeter. But as a mother of two, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s new in beauty. So recently, I pulled out my most stylish outfit and headed out on a long-overdue trip to the city’s beauty Meccas. Alas, during my short drive to South Charlotte’s fave Ulta, I found two rather large globs of my three-year-old’s oatmeal caked on my “cool-girl” jeans. Oh well. A quick swipe of a baby wipe, and I was good to go.
“My” Ulta is housed in the popular Stonecrest shopping center, conveniently located off I-485 at Rea Road. Stonecrest offers several other beauty retail options, including WOW Brows, Sally Beauty Supply, several salons, not to mention Target. (I used to make fun of the fact that New York City has a Starbuck’s on every corner. In Charlotte, there’s a Target on every corner, with a Starbuck’s inside! Four are within 15 miles of my house.) I arrived at around 11 on a Monday morning and easily found parking near the entrance, which can be tough to do on a weekend, especially when there’s a new release at the movie theater a few doors down. A sales associate offered a friendly greeting when I walked in, and I was able to circle the place at least once before another person approached me, which I appreciated.
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