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Bagel Boys and Leenie Rae are opening soon at Waverly, adding to the 90-acre mixed-use community’s comprehensive list of retail and services at the intersection of Providence and Ardrey Kell roads in South Charlotte.

Leenie Rae (978 square feet) offers excellent customer service, a curated inventory of highly sought-after ready-to-wear brands, fashionable jewelry and accessories, along with friendly, knowledgeable and personable stylists. Leenie Rae only selects detail-oriented designers such as Velvet, AG, 360Cashmere and Trovata, who use only fine-quality fabrics, so the merchandise will capture you at first touch and first glance.

“We’re here for the woman who wears many hats and wants to feel and look beautiful, inside and out, while doing so,” said Arlene Cook, owner of Leenie Rae. “I wanted a retail location where my store would enhance an existing retail environment and vice versa. Waverly was exactly what I was looking for.”

Arlene made the decision to move her store from San Francisco to Charlotte to be closer to family. The name stems from “Leenie,” the childhood nickname Arlene’s late father used through her adult years and “Rae,” the middle name of both Arlene’s mother and daughter. Leenie Rae is set to open Friday, Sept. 10. For more information about Leenie Rae, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Bagel Boys (938 square feet) offers the best start to your day, serving authentic New York-style bagels. Customers can expect true Southern hospitality in a New York minute. Founders Nick and Heather got the idea of Bagel Boys from their oldest son, who from a young age of 5, had grand plans to one day open a bagel shop in their native New Jersey. The desire to offer their three sons a better quality of life landed the family in Charlotte in 2020. Not being able to find a bagel like “the ones back home in New Jersey,” resurfaced the bagel shop conversation once again.

“We wanted to show our boys that anything is possible if you dream it, you can do it,” said Heather Grove. “We were set on Waverly because of the atmosphere and the Carolina culture it radiates. It [Waverly] feels like home and we can’t wait to make every single customer and guest part of our story.”

Bagel Boys is slated to open Oct. 1. Their goal is to open two additional locations in the Charlotte area – one store for each of their boys. They will offer a variety of bagels and spreads, sandwiches, coffee, teas, other local beverages and even a grab-and-go section.

For more information about Bagel Boys, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Waverly is a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, master-planned development located just south of Interstate 485 at the intersection of Providence Road and Ardrey Kell Road. The 90-acre project features a contemporary design and affords the residents of south Charlotte an inviting place to dine or shop. The 250,000 square feet of retail is anchored by Whole Foods Market and features restaurants and shops oriented around a public plaza with outdoor dining space called The Terrace. The development also includes two six-story office buildings, two medical office buildings, a 141-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel, 375 upscale apartments and 150 single-family homes and townhomes. Waverly is owned by Childress Klein and Ascentris and managed by Childress Klein. More information can be found on www.waverlyclt.com.