Jun 04, 2019
Posted by Amanda Erskine • NoDa Nightlife
It is no secret that NoDa has a reputation for being a neighborhood that thrives on locally-produced goods and mom-and pop shops that value community. Recently, we have been hearing a lot about the much-anticipated growth of NoDa and the additions of businesses who fit this mold while still managing to bring something new to the neighborhood. Located in the rapidly developing Villa Heights area, just a hop away from Free Range Brewing and the new Rhino Market, lies the future coffee and bottle shop-The Hobbyist.
Owners and operators, Julie and Bryson Woodside are the exact type of business owners who bring so much to Charlotte, by valuing the character of neighborhoods like NoDa and working towards preserving its unspoken mission of supporting and championing its local residents.
As Plaza Midwood natives, who exist in and appreciate the eccentricities of the neighborhood, they wanted to "provide a community spot for NoDa and Plaza Midwood travelers." While Julie has kept her full-time career as hand surgeon at OrthoCarolina, Bryson has turned the Hobbyist into his full-time passion. Always wanting to own a wine and beer shop, he finally decided, with the support of his wife and co-owner, that the time had come to do so.
The Hobbyist will triple as: a bottle shop offering both a warm and cold selection of beer and wine, a coffee bar complete with espresso drip and pour over coffee, and a taproom complete with 16 taps. The 16 taps will be offering rotating beers, with an aim to showcase brews from local cities that you don’t typically see on other taps around Charlotte. Select taps will also serve nitro coffee, prosecco, and wine.
The name, “The Hobbyist,” is representative of what they are trying to achieve with their new business. It embodies everything that they love about the neighborhood, and the local artisans who have taken their passions, or hobbies, and turned them into their livelihoods. Almost everything that you will find in The Hobbyist, is or has been provided by locals, in order to provide the most fresh and delicious ingredients and authentic experience. For example, local NoDa artist, Sharen Dowell, most recently known for her works on a large Camp North End artist collaboration piece, is contributing a piece that will be on one of the inside walls.
Being strong appreciators of local crafts, they are also craftsmen themselves. Bryson made all of the wooden hardware and furniture that will be placed in the shop, including the bar, bathroom vanities, and tables, and a lot of the labor that was done to get the place ready, with the assistance of their contractors, was done by the Woodside's as well.
The space will provide a blend of various atmospheres and experiences, all under one roof; with their casual seating in the front to grab some lunch at and chat with old or new friends, bar-seating for grabbing an after-work beer or enjoying your pre-work cup of joe, a large community couch to host your club meeting on or have a relaxed get-together, leather chairs and couches in the back of the building for a private glass of wine paired with some work or a nice book, outdoor seating on the front porch providing a view of Uptown, and a garage door to let in all of the sights and sounds of NoDa.
They plan on partnering with other local businesses to create meet-ups and collaborations, that will work to blend passions and offer opportunities for people to try new things. They are currently working on designing a collaboration with Ebb & Flow, the pilates and movement studio, directly next door.
While there is no kitchen present, they will provide a fresh, grab-and-go food refrigerator with pre-made meals such as: kale salads from Reid’s Fine Foods, vegetarian and vegan fare from Beverly’s Gourmet Foods, and Queen City pimento cheese sandwiches. Small made-to-order food items from Farmer’s Markets, and “to die for” pastries from Gateau on Main, located in Davidson, NC will also be available for purchase. Some of their funkier offerings will be local Charlotte Kombucha brewer, SumBucha, and potent-yet-delicious Alcoholic ice cream (which I had the immense pleasure of helping to taste test).
Along with their mission to #supportlocal, they are most excited to share their true love, passion, and care about coffee, beer, and wine, and to place and emphasis on each art, equally. In fact, one of the main reasons that they chose to work with Counter Culture, their Raleigh-based coffee supplier (besides their delicious coffee), was because of the company’s strong insistence for baristas who serve their grounds to be knowledgeable about the backgrounds of the blends, and to be able to speak on their flavor profiles.
The Hobbyist is set to open on this week and will be open 7 days a week 6:30am-9pm with some varying hours on the weekend