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Even post-college, UCity knows how to play

96. Kick ass in a gaming tournament at Save Point Video Games.

Any Charlotte gamer worth his or her salt knows this hidden gem PWNs the local market. Owner Wilder Hamm offers "knowledge without attitude" at this strip-mall shop packed to the gills with retro games and systems, arcade-style machines for 25 cents a play, and regular tourneys for those with a serious case of the TBTs. Prices are cut at or below market norms and Hamm's staff is more than willing to special order the rare game or accessory customers can't find during a visit. If your A-B-up-down-left-right's getting itchy, Save Point's most popular ongoing event is the monthly Super Smash Brothers tournament. 8640 University City Blvd. Suite A9. 704-548-0777.

97. Visit the Common Market of University — that is, The Wine Vault.

Not hidden, but a gem in its own right. Calling it the Common Market of UCity really doesn't do either place justice, but there are parallels — top-notch wine and beer selections (and great cheese); knowledgeable, friendly staff; and an ever-present owner happy to share recommendations. The best thing about the Vault, though, is its namesake — an under-explored basement cellar with ample yet intimate seating (plus private bins you can rent » Continue



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Dave Matthews Band

PNC Music Pavilion
Tue., July 28, 7:30 & 8 p.m., Fri., June 11, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., July 24, 7:30 p.m.

The Doobie Brothers - 50th Anniversary Tour

PNC Music Pavilion
Fri., June 19, 7 & 7:30 p.m., Mon., July 26, 7:30 p.m. and Wed., June 8, 7:30 p.m.

Matchbox Twenty 2020

PNC Music Pavilion
Sun., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. and Tue., July 12, 7:30 p.m.

Wine & Paint Night with Art from the Heart

Wild Wing Cafe (University location)
Second Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m.

Kings of Leon: When You See Yourself Tour

PNC Music Pavilion
Tue., Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show

PNC Music Pavilion
Fri., Aug. 7, 7 p.m. and Thu., Aug. 12, 7 p.m.

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  • Re: Even post-college, UCity knows how to play

    • Don't buy anything from Robert "Wilder" Hamm and his store:

    • on April 25, 2014
  • Re: Prime country in Charlotte

    • I wouldn't say we have never nurtured a country artist from their humble beginnings...Randy Travis?…

    • on July 16, 2015
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    • I think the article was well written, but Saddle Brown, the Queen City 2013 and…

    • on July 23, 2015

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