In the last decade, Park Circle has gone from an up-and-coming neighborhood in North Charleston to a local destination. 

East Montague Avenue, one of the streets extending from the circle itself, includes a bustling strip filled with restaurants, breweries, eclectic mom 'n' pop shops and nightlife.

This was North Charleston's old "Main Street" and it certainly has a downtown feel, though without all the foot traffic and bustle you get on the Charleston Peninsula. It's a neighborhood hangout, with outdoor recreation, abundant parking and family-friendly options. It's also become a hot spot for festivals, food truck extravaganzas and holiday soirees. 

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East Montague Avenue is home to restaurants, shops and entertainment in the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Next week, the 37th annual North Charleston Arts Fest will bring five days of live performances and visual and literary art to Park Circle and nearby libraries, community centers and businesses. Street entertainment, like jugglers and dancers, along with outdoor concerts, theater productions and live painters, are planned. There will even be a night of wine and opera. For a full list of events, visit northcharlestonartsfest.com/events.

The festival is reason enough to swing by the Park Circle area. But it's far from the only reason. Here are some of the neighborhood's popular places to visit, compiled for Charleston Scene's most recent neighborhood guide. 

Entertainment

South of Broadway Theatre Company

This local theater company offers entertaining shows and educational programs. You can take voice or piano lessons here, try private or group acting classes and attend productions. 

Blade & Bull Axe Throwing

Though it hasn't opened yet, Blade & Bull Axe Throwing has an unfinished storefront along the main Park Circle strip. Currently, Blade & Bull is available for private events and parties. This permanent location will rival North Charleston's Chucktown Axe Throwing at Rusty Bull Brewing. 

Shopping

Itinerant Literate Bookstop 

A women-led bookmobile now has a storefront in Park Circle in addition to the store on wheels. The Itinerant Literate Bookstop features a curated variety of books ranging from graphic novels to fiction and nonfiction paperbacks.

The Station Park Circle

Find reclaimed furniture, art, lighting, accents, music, textiles, plants, gifts and more from 30 local art vendors at this trendy shop. 

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Pedestrians pass Roadside Blooms near Quarterman Park in the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Roadside Blooms

Whether you’re looking for a trendy succulent to dress up your home or office, or need wedding flowers or a bouquet for someone special, visit this florist shop.

The New Primal

Some delectable jerky is available at this gourmet food shop, along with crock-pot sauces and condiment caddies. 

Olde Village Market and Deli

Get your Boar's Head meats and cheeses, along with some groceries, snacks and beer, at this neighborhood store. You can also enjoy breakfast, subs and salads from the deli. 

Park Pets

This pet supply store carries dog and cat food, along with toys and treats. There's also a self-service dog wash and some custom shampoos. 

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The Pink Crocodile in the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

The Pink Crocodile

Shop for a new outfit at this women's clothing store that features a variety of locally made fashion, along with party swag and gifts. 

The Brew Cellar

Two "beer geeks" who have been enjoying craft beer for over a decade teamed up for this cellar, which features bottled brews and pints on tap.

Barrel House Spirits

Get your small-batch and artisan spirits, along with a variety of wines, at this Park Circle shop. 

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Charlestowne Stained Glass on E. Montague Ave has been open for nearly three decades in the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Charlestowne Stained Glass

This stained-glass shop offers hand-crafted repair and restoration as well as fabrication and installation. 

Ink Meets Paper

Custom greeting cards, invitations, inspirational stationery and art prints are for sale at this local paper goods shop. Calligraphy workshops also are offered.

Old Hat Vintage

This antique store features upholstery and vintage furniture and decor, repurposed lighting and other unique chic finds for rent or purchase.

Iola Modern

This chic, high-end furniture store behind Orange Spot Coffee in the Marquis Station sells everything from couches to rugs to dining tables. 

Beauty 

Hot Heads

This hair salon and barber shop offers cuts, colors and trendy style suggestions.

Olde Village Barber Shop

Another option for a chop is the Olde Village Barber Shop.

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Kevin Vandwaye tattoos a client at Roses and Ruins Tattoo in North Charleston on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Lauren Petracca/ Staff

Roses & Ruins Tattoo

Looking to get inked? Here's an option in Park Circle, which in addition to the brick and mortar studio, typically has a booth at the annual Rockabillaque festival.

Exotic Impressions

If tattoos aren't your thing but you're still looking to add a little spunk to your style, you might try Exotic Impressions Body Piercings for a new nose stud.

Sugar Lilly Wax Bar

Head to the spa and treat yourself to a relaxing Swedish massage, hydrating facial or wax treatment.

Outdoor Recreation & Health

Park Circle Athletic Club

This 24-hour gym is located at the end of the main strip along East Montague. 

Felix C. Davis Community Center

Located in the center of the circle itself is the Felix C. Davis Community Center, which is managed by the City of North Charleston. There's also a disc golf course and a butterfly garden. 

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Quarterman Park in the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Quarterman Park

If you're in the mood for a little swan-watching, head to this cozy, peaceful park with a pond, fountain and green spaces in Park Circle.

ReFORM Studios

Tone up with some personal training at this fitness studio, which specializes in helping out busy moms and professionals.

Barefoot Yoga Studio

If you prefer namaste to lifting weights, try this yoga studio in the heart of town with power flow, hip-hop, candlelight yin and hot vinyasa options. 

Dining

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Southern Roots Smokehouse in the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Southern Roots Smokehouse

From brisket tacos to banana pudding, this restaurant specializes in barbecue and also caters for parties. Wednesdays are team trivia nights. 

Sesame Burgers & Beer

Sesame has three locations in the Lowcountry: West Ashley, Mount Pleasant and here. The signature burgers are the specialty, and you can get them for half-price 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close Monday through Friday. 

The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

Want breakfast at 2 p.m.? Looking for mimosas on the weekend? The Junction is the place, featuring breakfast options all day Tuesday-Sunday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 

LoLA

This Cajun and Creole-style eatery offers a colorful outdoor patio, authentic Louisiana cuisine and fresh oysters. Go here for gator bites and crawfish mac 'n' cheese.

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Zach and Alexa Hamby catch lunch at EVO Pizza in the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

EVO Pizzeria 

Start off with house pimento goat cheese and pickles or pulled mozzarella. Then dig into specialty wood-fired pizzas, from the pork trifecta to pancetta and cauliflower. 

Park Pizza

Want a pizza for take-out or delivery? Park Pizza offers pies and calzones on the move.

Fratello's Italian Tavern

The menu at this Italian eatery is inspired by traditional Italian-American recipes passed down through generations. A few classics include fettucine alfredo and "ravioli de casa."

YoBo Cantina Fresca

It's the home of the mason jar margarita. Tacos, salads, craft beer and more fresh Mexican cuisine can be found here. 

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DIG in the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

DIG in the Park

Get your beer and pub grub here. The sports bar setting includes a huge patio and plenty of TVs. There's even "tacos and tunes" on Tuesdays, with karaoke starting at 7 p.m.

Idle Hour

This old-time diner features the classics: burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and fries. Spice it up with a chili-cheese burger or sausage dog. 

Basil Thai

There are several locations of restaurant chain Basil in North and South Carolina, and the newest is in Park Circle. Get your Thai noodles, shrimp fried rice and tom kha gai soup here.

Azul

This newer Mexican restaurant serves up fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and tortas, plus your standard app of chips with salsa, guac and queso.

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The Codfather on Spruill Avenue near the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

The CODfather Proper Fish & Chips

The pun of its name is just one of this British eatery's draws. The authentic fish 'n' chips is another. 

Duke's Bar-B-Que

Along Spruill Avenue, you'll find this barbecue joint that features everything from sweet tea to slaw to hash and pork. 

FOOD on Spruill

For casual American fare — from Cincinnati style chili dogs to Cuban sandwiches — head here for dine in or carry out. Pop open a Cheerwine with your classic lunch.

Coffee + Desserts

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Drew Lewis makes drinks for customers at The Orange Spot in the Park Circle neighborhood Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in North Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Orange Spot Coffee

Coffee, pastries, sandwiches and more are available at this quick-stop cafe. Try a banana chocolate chip muffin or pesto-sundried tomato scone for breakfast. Or indulge in turkey and brie or a ham Cuban for lunch. For just a snack, enjoy sweet potato bread, craft ice cream or a blondie.

EVO Craft Bakery

Behind EVO's dine-in pizza parlor is a craft bakery that features custom-created small plates from the restaurant's chefs and an outdoor patio with picnic benches for dining. Some sweet menu items are artisan breads, danishes and croissants and cheesecake. Coffee and espresso, along with savory options, also are offered.

Park Circle Creamery

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. And 16 handcrafted flavors of the delicious stuff are featured at this shop that uses local ingredients. 

Drinks + Nightlife

COAST Brewing Co.

This small, family-owned craft brewery offers organic and local brews. Some pours are the Coast Kolsch, Hop Art, Blackbeerd Imperial Stout and Boy King IPA. 

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A group of friends meet after work at Commonhouse Aleworks, which is on O'Hear Avenue, just north of East Montague Avenue in North Charleston. Wade Spees/Staff Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Commonhouse Aleworks

A newer brewery to the area, Commonhouse, includes a large patio for outdoor seating and brews that range from the Park Circle Pale to a Cucumber Sour and Dry Rose Cider.

The Sparrow

Known for its iconic bird wall mural outside and Bill Murray wall mural behind the bar, The Sparrow features live music, pool and drinks for those looking for a laid-back good time. Plan your night out around a local show. There are comedy nights along with bands.

The Mill

Another neighborhood bar that occasionally features live music is The Mill. Here, you can play pool or foosball, hang at the bar and watch skate videos or head out back onto the deck. There's a jukebox (Touch Tunes) for picking your own playlist in addition to over 100 craft, import and domestic beer varieties. 

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Stems & Skins serves wine in Park Circle. Provided/File

Stems & Skins

A curated wine selection from James Beard Award-semifinalist sommeliers awaits at Stems & Skins, which serves wines, cocktails and craft beers from around the world. Vinyl nights are on Thursdays; bring your own record to play and receive 10 percent off your bill. 

Accent on Wine

For more fine wines, craft beer and savory and sweet snacks, try this boutique bar. Every Thursday, there are two new wines (red and white) in addition to 30 old faithfuls. 

Habana Club

This cigar lounge offers over 700 craft beers and wines, along with 750 premium cigar options. You can purchase cigars to go or hang out at the bar or in the lounge. 

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Reach Kalyn Oyer at 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.

Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts and entertainment for The Post and Courier's Thursday edition, Charleston Scene. She used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper and Scene SC.