SOME EXIST IN PLAIN SIGHT: inside a shopping plaza off of a busy thoroughfare or nestled between uptown towers. Others operate on Charlotte’s rural edges, sites not yet claimed for billion-dollar projects. Over the past year, we’ve searched for businesses and landmarks that hide in the city’s shadows; many have humble flocks of dedicated patrons they’ve nurtured for decades. Twenty-five of them—speakeasies, general stores, murals, sneaker shops—make up Charlotte magazine’s first-ever Great Fall Scavenger Hunt. They demonstrate that our seemingly sedate city is dotted with surprises. You just have to know where to look.