Gourmet & Spe­cialty Foods

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CRAFT TAST­ING ROOM & GROWLER SHOP

This South End re­tail shop puts a premium on craft beer; in fact, its 36 taps are de­voted to lo­cal brew­eries as well as re­gional and spe­cial-edi­tion beers. Cus­tomers can sam­ple and take home a growler or two. As far as suste­nence, it’s eat-in (there’s a menu) in the tap­room or take-to-go, and in­cludes ar­ti­san cheeses from lo­cal farms, cured meats, olives, sea­sonal an­tipasto and other pre­pared foods. www.craft­growler­shop.com 1320 S. Church St., 980.207.3716. Map 2, B6

PASTA & PRO­VI­SIONS

Sim­ple, de­lec­ta­ble in­gre­di­ents for your next culi­nary ven­ture, in­clud­ing freshly grated moz­zarella and blocks of salty Parme­san, fresh pasta cut to or­der, house­made ravi­oli, freshly baked fo­cac­cia, as well as aisles full of wine, oils, spreads and spices. Open M-F 9 am8 pm, Sa 9 am-7 pm, Su noon-6 pm. www.pastapro­vi­sions.com 1528 Prov­i­dence Road, 704.364.2622. Map 1, C6; 4700 Park Road, 980.938.6433.

SA­VORY SPICE SHOP

This sea­son­ings shop offers a large va­ri­ety of spices, from the un­usual and ex­otic (black gar­lic and laven­der vanilla bean sugar) to the tra­di­tional (herbes de Provence and bay leaves). You’ll also find more than 140 sea­son­ing mixes for every­thing from bar­be­cue to pop­corn, along with ex­tracts, sauces and more. Spices are ground fresh in-house in small batches

at both of the in­de­pen­dently owned lo­ca­tions. Open M-F 10 am-6:30 pm, Sa 9:30 am-6 pm, Su noon-4:30 pm. www.sa­voryspiceshop.com 2000 South Blvd., 980.225.5419. Map 1, C6; 16926 Birk­dale Com­mons Pkwy., Hun­tersville, 704.997.6133. Map 1, C1

THE SE­CRET CHOCO­LATIER

This fam­ily owned choco­late shop sat­is­fies with house-made truf­fles, barks, caramels and more. Open Tu-F 10:30 am-7:30 pm, Sa 11 am-7 pm, Su noon-4 pm. www.thes­e­cretchoco­latier.com 2935 Prov­i­dence Road,

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