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Lake Norman Real Estate’s July 2013 Wallpaper Calendar is Here!

 

 

Lake Norman Real Estate's July 2013 Wallpaper Calender

I have written a lot about life in Lake Norman and how we have two very different types of communities within the same towns.  This is particularly true in the town of Mooresville where you will find Donald Trump’s Trump National Golf Club and the largest number of waterfront homes and estates on all of Lake Norman. However, if you travel east of Interstate 77 you will discover the original, historic town of Mooresville which was developed along the railroad in the 1800’s for its earliest residents, cotton farmers.  Since I moved here in 2005 Historic Downtown Mooresville has gone from a sleepy town to a true destination with great restaurants, shops, art galleries, entertainment and a number of festivals and community events.  The photo above is taken at the recently upgraded John Franklin Moore Park which is adjacent to the railroad tracks.  Last July the Exchange Club created this wonderful display of American flags for the 4th of July.  In the background is the original train depot which is now home to the Mooresville Artist Guild as well as some other historic buildings on Main and Broad Streets.

This gorgeous photo was taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, who spends much of his time driving all over North Carolina and even summer trips around the country, taking stunning photos. And, of course, he also takes some amazing photos of Lake Norman like this one. If you haven’t visited his store on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville you should put it on your list for 2013! Continue reading

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Downtown Mooresville’s 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade is March 9th!

 

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays when just about everyone feels at least a wee bit’o Irish simply because it is such a fun day.

That is why the news that Mooresville is holding its second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is welcomed by so many!  While a full week before St. Patrick’s Day, the parade which is Saturday, March 9th beginning at 3 pm, promises enough shamrocks, leprechauns and green to get everyone in the spirit.

“Hosted by the Mooresville Downtown Commission, the parade will feature Irish step dancers and the Irish bagpipe band Ceo na Gaels.  Ceo na Gaels will play “music of the Gaels” mostly Irish tunes but will also add some Scottish tunes as well.  Named Best Musical Group in the 2011 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade, they will be wearing the traditional Irish saffron Kilt. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s December 2012 Calendar: Old-Fashioned Holiday Cheer!

Historic Downtown Mooresville in the snow on Christmas

Photograph Copyrighted by Cotton Ketchie

Yes, we do get a bit of snow here in the Lake Norman area!

Those of you who have followed this blog since 2007 will know that I have written about the schizophrenic nature of our Lake Norman communities along the east side of the lake where you will find the historic Main Street towns of Mooresville, (pictured above), Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville on the east side of Interstate 77 and then the newer sides of these towns on the west side of I-77 along Lake Norman.

This gorgeous photo taken by renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries, captures the charm and small-town feel of Historic Downtown Mooresville so beautifully.  On the right is the window of  D.E. Turner’s Hardware Store which was opened in 1899 and where you can still buy an old-fashioned red wagon or ice cream churn for your children.    The charming street lights and restored brick storefronts make one feel like they have traveled back in time to when cotton farmers made up the majority of the 3000 residents. (Thanks to growth, particularly on the Lake Norman side, the population has grown ten-fold since then.) Continue reading

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Downtown Mooresville’s Annual Wiener Race is this Saturday, October 6th!

 

If you have never seen a “Wiener Race” then you are in for a whole lot of fun this Saturday!  First, just being there in the midst of so many adorable dachshunds is worth the visit.  But, watching the dogs racing (I use that term loosely!) and their owners at the finish line doing anything to get their dog to run to them is hilarious!

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Downtown Mooresville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is this Saturday, March 10, 2012!

 

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays where just about everyone  feels at least a wee bit’o Irish simply because it is such a fun day.

That is why the news that Mooresville is holding its first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in over 20 years is welcomed by so many!  While a full week before St. Patrick’s Day, this Saturday, March 10th from 2-4 pm promises enough shamrocks, leprechauns and green to get everyone in the spirit.

“Hosted by the Mooresville Downtown Commission, the parade will feature a bagpipe band and local dance groups, said MDC Executive Director Kim Atkins” according to a recent article in the Mooresville Tribune.

The parade will be on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville starting at Iredell Avenue at 2pm.  While there, you might want to check out the many wonderful shops and restaurants as well and help support our local businesses! Continue reading

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Mooresville’s Christmas Parade 2011

Mooresville Lake Norman's Christmas parade float

 

Mooresville’s 67th Annual Christmas Parade is being held Tuesday, November 22nd (2011) on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville kicking off at 3:30pm!

What, Mooresville’s Christmas Parade is before Thanksgiving?  It is a long story, but I guess each town around Lake Norman and Charlotte was designated a different week for their parades and Mooresville ended up with the Tuesday before Thanksgiving! Continue reading

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Downtown Mooresville’s Weiner Race is this Saturday,October 8, 2011!

 

If you have never seen a “Wiener Race” then you are in for a whole lot of fun this Saturday!  First, just being there in the midst of so many adorable dachshunds is worth the visit.  But, watching the dogs racing (I use that term loosely!) and their owners at the finish line doing anything to get their dog to run to them is hilarious:

The annual Mooresville Wiener Race  is organized by the Mooresville Downtown Commission and volunteer Tom Kilroe.  The event’s mission is to raise money for two non-profit organizations; Friends of the Animals-Iredell County  and the Humane Society of Iredell County NC.  Races start at 11:00am but I highly recommend you get there early to get a good place along the race fence to see the dogs doing their best to figure out what they are supposed to be doing.  There are 4 categories:  Puppies, Juniors, Adults and Seniors.  You will see some actual racing in the Adult group! Continue reading

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Race City Festival / Lake Norman Festival 2011 is this Saturday!

Lake Norman Festival

If you haven’t visited Historic Downtown Mooresville  recently, this Saturday, May 14th, is a great opportunity to explore and enjoy the many new shops and restaurants  while strolling down Main Street during the 29th annual Race City Festival.

Formally called the Lake Norman Festival, this very local event has always been one of my favorites.  It offers a chance to experience truly Southern small-town fun combined with the unique entertainment and community organizations and businesses that make living in Lake Norman so special.  From funnel cakes to huge turkey legs, traditional Southern festival vendors will be there as will ” more than 150 vendors, artist displays, live demonstrations, downtown merchant sidewalk sales, a children’s area, international foot court and live entertainment” according to a recent article in the Mooresville Tribune.

Sponsored by the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, Saturday’s event runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm on both Main and Broad Streets in  Historic Downtown Mooresville.

Enjoy!

Learn More About Life in Mooresville and Lake Norman:

Lake Norman Relocation Resources

Lake Norman (Participation) Sports Resource Guide

Lake Norman Real Estate: Our Schitzophrenic Coummunities

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Mooresville’s Christmas Parade 2010

Christmas Parade in Mooresville

 Mooresville’s Christmas Parade is before Thanksgiving?  Yep, it is this Tuesday, November 23rd starting at 3:30.  It is a long story, but I guess each town around Lake Norman and Charlotte was designated a different week for their parades and Mooresville ended up with the Tuesday before Thanksgiving!

This year is the 66th Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade which just keeps getting bigger and better every year yet organizers work hard to make sure it retains its ‘home town’ feel.  There will be 144 entries including floats and performers traveling down Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville starting at the Town Hall and heading south until about Wilson.  These will include 5 marching bands, Scout troops, dance schools, floats and Santa!

12,000 – 15,000  of our local residents come out each year to enjoy the fun so get there early, especially if you want a good spot in the heart of Downtown.

Be sure to bring a toy for Toys for Tots who will have a collection location at Main Street and Moore Ave. from 1:30 – 6 pm

The Mooresville Christmas Parade is put on by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau.  For more information, call 704.662.8210.

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New Restaurants and Retail News in Mooresville Lake Norman!

 

 

Driving around our Lake Norman community of Mooresville, you wouldn’t really know that there is a recession going on.  The widening of Brawley School Road and the new Exit 35 are now well under way, teasing us into thinking they will be completed before their scheduled summer of 2011. Bike lanes, side walks and landscaped center dividers are taking shape too!

While some of the big projects like Langtree at the Lake have yet to show signs of activity, a number of wonderful eateries and shops have opened or are due to open very soon:

Historic Downtown Mooresville is Happening!

  • The Bathtub Gin is considered “the destination” for local musicians and as a place to meet up with friends. Drop in at 166 N Main Street on Halloween!  (see my post on Halloween Happenings in Lake  Norman)
  • JJ Wasabi’s at 183 N. Main Street has been open for about 6 months and has added a lot of energy and great food to our Historic Downtown Mooresville.  Thank you Joel!
  • The Daily Grind, one of my favorites, has successfully opened their second location  at 170 N. Main Street. (Their first location is on Brawley School Rd at Canvasback).
  • Epic Chophouse will be the newest restaurant to open in downtown Mooresville.  Owned by one of the co-owners of Mickey and Mooch in Huntersville, It will be “a blend of upscale and casual fare…and an awesome value too”.  It is located in the old Soiree building and is supposed to open in a few weeks!

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Is Mooresville Really Bucking the Recession?

Lake Norman isn't following the leader!

The other day I was finally able to try out one of Historic Downtown Mooresville’s latest additions;  JJ Wasabi’s …”An Asian Grill with an American Flairwhich has the same great food and fun atmosphere as its highly successful big sister “Joel’s Asian Grill & Sushi”  located on the Lake Norman side of Mooresville.  As I watched the young, rather hip looking staff dart from table to table I was struck by the diversity of the diners and the vibrant atmosphere that had been lacking in Downtown Mooresville since long before I moved to Lake Norman in 2005.

I remember my husband and my’s very first visit to Mooresville.  It was 3pm and we couldn’t find one place to even have a sandwich in our Historic Downtown!  Today, thanks to the tireless efforts of  the Town of Mooresville, investor/developer Howard Kosofsky and other passionate local residents, JJ Wasabi’s joins other exciting new businesses that have recently opened in Downtown including a mouth-watering bakery:  The Whirling Whisk Baking Company (who has truly awesome pastries, cookies, cupcakes and more),The Bathtub Gin, (a happening nighttime hangout offering “Good times. Good drinks. Good Friends.” including live music and free WiFi!) and one of my favorite Lake Norman restaurants The Daily Grind which will be opening their second location on Main St. soon as well.  When I look down Main Street and note the many refurbished buildings, lively storefronts, sidewalk and street improvements it is hard to believe we are in a recession. Continue reading

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Lake Norman’s 2010 Race City Festival is this Saturday!

Mooresville's Race City Festival 2009

One of my favorite things about living in Lake Norman NC is the incredible variety of community “festivals” going on all around the state throughout the spring, summer and fall.  Like most of our area “festivals”, the Race City Festival held in Historic Downtown Mooresville is a family-friendly event filled with a great variety of booths hosted by artists, local charitable and civic organizations, church groups, delicious foods, creative arts and craft vendors and so much more!

This year’s theme for our “Race City Festival” is “A Celebration of Mooresville Arts and Culture” and it will include 180 booths of food, arts and crafts, businesses and non-profits plus live music and demonstrations.

The festivities begin at 9:00 am on both Main Street and Broad Street and continues through 3 pm.  Many local businesses take advantage of the crowds and offer sidewalk sales.  In the past there has also been a number of groups selling home-made baked and canned goods. Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate: Mooresville’s Annual Christmas Parade is November 24, 2009!

Mooresvillle's Christmas Parade

 Mark your calendars!  Mooresville’s annual Christmas parade, as always, is held the Tuesday BEFORE Thanksgiving so mark your calendars for November 24th at 3:30pm.

This truly is a small-town parade where the floats are homemade and the crowds along the route are friends and family.  While riding on a float several years ago I waved at friends, neighbors, folks gathered on their front porches or small businesses and lots of small children!  It was such fun to see so many of our local Mooresville and Lake Norman residents.

The route of the parade starts on North Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville and makes it’s way through downtown ending just beyond.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, family and friends to this downtown happening!

If you are interested in entering the parade (it may be too late but try) or have questions, call 704.662.8210.

To find out about all of the upcoming North Carolina Festivals and Fairs check out:  Charlotte’s Got a Lot!

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: On the Corner of Art and Main

Lake Norman Real Estate's business-of-the-week

Lake Norman Island by Sandie Bell

Lake Norman Island by Sandie Bell

Mark you calendars for this Friday, August 14th, 2009 from 6-9 pm  for the popular and growing “On the Corner of Art and Main” monthly gallery crawl in Historic Downtown Mooresville!

“The Corner of Art and Main” is an artwalk featuring live music, art and festivities. Enjoy wine and cheese as you browse the many shops on Main and Broad Streets that will be featuring the works of local artists.

This Friday’s artwalk coincides with the Depot Fine Gallery’s August Exhibit free opening reception from 6-8 pm.  (105 West Center Avenue in the historic train depot).  This month’s exhibit features three artists:  Leo Gordon, Sandie Bell and John Weidman.

I would like to particularly highlight a friend and very talented artist, Sandie Bell  whose art I have admired ever since I met her when I first arrived in Mooresville in 2005.  A local resident of the Mooresville Lake Norman community, Sandie’s work has won numerous awards and is included in private collections throughout the country.  Sandie is also an active member of  the Mooresville Artist Guild, Lake Norman Art League, Charlotte Artists Society and Associated Artists of Winston Salem.

Things are looking up

Things are looking up

This is one of my favorite works of Sandie’s which she has replicated on note cards that I love sending to family and friends:  “Things are looking up” reflects her spirit as well as life in our great Lake Norman area where hot-air balloons are quite popular.

One of the qualities I appreciate the most about Sandie as an artist is her versatility.  She is currently working in acrylics, pastels, collage, watercolor, and mixed media. From traditional still life to abstracts, she enjoys “creating new visual statements by using shapes, patterns, colors and values.”Asian Influence

I am particularly fond of abstract art like this piece of hers entitled “Asian Influence”

Lake Norman Hydrangeas

To see more of Sandie’s work, visit her gallery on her website  in which is included these categories of subjects: Landscapes and Flora, Fauna, Still Life, Abstract, Figures and Others.  And, definitely go to the Depot Fine Art Gallery to meet her on the 14th!

If you have time after the Opening Reception at the Depot Fine Art Gallery on the 14th, I highly recommend that you stroll along Main Steet where you will find more wonderful artists such at “Cotton Ketchie” at his popular Landmark Galleries.  This month he will not only have his wonderful water colors, photographs, local pottery and gifts, but the gallery will be showcasing the works of NC artist Tony Craig who also enjoys “incorporating the nostalgic old country stores and grist mills” in his artwork just as does “Cotton”.

Finally, stop by for a great glass of wine at our Historic Downtown Mooresville’s gourmet wine shop at the corner of Main and Moore Street.

If you can’t make it this month, On the Corner of Art and Main is held the second Friday of every month.  Enjoy!

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Historic Downtown Mooresville: Mangan Martial Arts Academy

When I first met Bob Mangan, he was a guest speaker at my Mooresville Lake Norman Exchange Club. Knowing that our club’s main focus is on the prevention of child abuse, he came to speak to us about a self-defense program called Kids Safe. When I met with him recently to learn more about his Mangan Martial Arts Academy I discovered that his passion for teaching children self-defense has grown out of a life-time involvement in the Martial Arts including competition in numerous forms from Karate to Kick-boxing to TaeKwon-Do since 1974!

Sensei Bob Mangan has been teaching Martial Arts in the Mooresville Lake Norman area since 1997 but he opened the Mangan Martial Arts Academy on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville just this past April. What a great addition to our growing downtown!

The Mangan Martial Arts Academy offers classes in four age groups:

Little Ninjas: Ages 4-5

Karate Kids: Ages 6-10

Warriors: Ages 11-15

Adults: Ages 16 & Up

Classes are held twice a week or more depending on the age group beginning at 4:30 during the week and on Saturday mornings.

I observed the Karate Kids in action! The tall girl with the black belt is Sensei Bob’s daughter who helps with the classes when available.

The adult classes are particularly popular with women of all ages who have a desire to learn basic self-defense.

It was clear from the moment Bob and I started talking that his desire to teach is as much about improving a child’s self esteem, self confidence, self discipline and a positive mental attitude as it is about learning the physical aspects of the martial arts.

Bob shared that he tells his students, before they step on the mat and enter the class, to imagine that they are holding a very heavy tea cup. This tea cup is full of whatever problems, worries or other things that may be weighing on their minds. Then he tells them to imagine throwing all of the contents of the tea cup out so that when they step on to the mat their minds are clear and calm. They have entered a space where they leave the world behind and concentrate only on the class.

What a great teacher for children and adults! For more information you can go to his website: Mangan Martial Arts Academy or drop by the Academy located at 158 North Main Street in Downtown Mooresville. 704.799.3645.

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2008 Historic Mooresville Calendar Now Available!

 

When I first moved to Mooresville/Lake Norman, I was almost immediately drawn to the historic side of town. Before long I discovered that there was an effort getting underway to perserve the wonderful history of Mooresville.

As a founding member of The Mooresville Museum , I am thrilled to see the progress the group has made towards preserving Mooresville’s history for future generations. We now have a building, the 1927 Charles Mack Store! The museum volunteers are working hard to get the building ready to occupy. Over the past several years they have been collecting items for the museum as well as conducting numerous oral histories from our older residents in order to capture our rich history before it is too late.

Last year we published the first Historic Mooresville Calendar which was a great success and helped to raise some of the much needed funds to help us complete the work on our new location. The 2008 calendar, in which I was again able to sponsor the month of April, will be available to purchase starting October 28th at various locations in downtown Mooresville and on the museum website for $15. But, you may also purchase them at the Historic Mooresville Tour of Homes on October 19th and 20th. Or, contact me and it would be my pleasure to send you one!

“The Mooresville Museum is a nonprofit, local organization dedicated to the preservation of regional history and public interests. It is a grassroots endeavor that combines personal, public and private collaboration for the benefit of providing the public with a tangible repository of items and artifacts of local significance. Public education is a major focus of the efforts of the Mooresville Museum. We are a new venture, currently working to obtaining momentum towards a permanent home for the past. Our collections are currently in protective storage, waiting for their new home!”

Quarterly meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of March, June, September and December at 7:00p.m. at the Mooresville Public Library. All are welcome!

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27 Reasons to Visit Historic Downtown Mooresville Part 3

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Historic Mooresville Tour of Homes: October 20 & 21, 2007!

Mark your calendars! The inaugural Historic Mooresville Tour of Homes is coming on October 19th and 20th.

For those of you who have not yet visited the historic downtown Mooresville area, or who love our historic neighborhoods like I do, this is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the history behind nine of our some of our wonderful historic homes never before opened to the public and all very different from one another. The tour also includes three historic buildings in downtown Mooresville.

The event consists of a VIP Reception on Friday, October 19th from 6-9 which is going to be held at the 1906 Brawley-Cashion home and will be catered by Soiree Restaurant.

On Saturday, October 20th from 10:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday October 21st from 1-5p.m. visitors will receive a tour and oral history of the nine of Mooresville’s historic homes and three historic buildings.

Come visit me at the Zande House on Saturday from 10-2 at 372 West Center Street!

 

This project was created by the Mooresville Historic Preservation Commission and proceeds will benefit their preservation projects.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets for the VIP reception or home tour.

Here is the map of the tour:

Mooresville Historic Home tour map

I hope to see you all there!

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27 Reasons to Visit Historic Downtown Mooresville Part 2

27 Reasons to Visit Historic Downtown Mooresville Part 3

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27 Reasons to Visit Historic Downtown Mooresville: Part 3

Whether you are relocating to the Lake Norman area or have lived here for years, unless you frequent downtwon Mooresville you may not be aware of all of the exciting changes and developments. In 27 Reasons to Visit Historic Downtown Mooresville Part 1 and 27 Reasons to Visit Historic Downtown Mooresville Part 2, I focused on some of the wonderful shops and restaurants in Downtown Mooresville. The downtown area is also home to many of the Town of Mooresville’s services and entertainment:

CHARLES MACK CITIZENS CENTER

The Charles Mack Citizen Center in Historic Downtown Mooresville

14. The Charles Mack Citizen’s Center is a newer 60,000 square-foot facility which is home to the South Iredell Senior Center, and the Mooresville Downtown Commission. This truly beautiful facility has large and small meeting rooms available to rent for various functions, meetings and activities and also contains the Joe V. Knox Auditorium which has a seating capacity of 235. It is located at: 215 N. Main Street.

MOORESVILLE ARTS AND GALLERY

The Original Mooresville Train Depot is now home to Mooresville Arts

15. Located in the historic train depot building on the corner of Main St. and Center St., the Mooresville Arts Depot  an art gallery, gift shop and home of Mooresville Arts a non-profit organization of artists offering  art classes and  art events throughout the year.  For those that are new to Lake Norman, our area attracts many artists and organizations like Mooreville Arts help to support and shart their talent and works!

MITCHELL COMMUNITY COLLEGE 

Mitchell Community College Campus in Mooresville

16. The Mooresville campus of  Mitchell Community College is located just west of Main Street on 219 North Academy Street. Mooresville Campus serves the community by offering a variety of courses in college credit and continuing education programs including Student Services and counseling plus Curriculum Courses offered at the Mooresville Campus include: College Transfer courses, Accounting, Business Administration, Early Childhood, Information Systems, Medical Assisting and High School Programs. Continuing Education courses offered at the Mooresville Campus include: Occupational Extension, Community Service, Small Business Seminars, Allied Health, and Employability classes. Registrations are accepted Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.Basic Skills Program offers courses in GED preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Compensatory Education as well as Basic Skills preparation.

MOORESVILLE/SOUTH IREDELL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 Mooresville South Iredelle Chamber of Commerce

17. Located behind Main Street are the offices of the Mooresville/South Iredell Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about our local businesses and join in on the many ribbon cuttings, monthly gatherings and meetings.

THE MOORESVILLE MUSEUM

Mooresville Museum in Historic Downtown Mooresville

18. The Mooresville Museum has now settled into their permanent  home in the Charles Mack build on East Center Street. After extensive cleanup and some retrofitting of the wonderful historic building which is now open for all to enjoy.  The Mooresville Museum, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation of regional heritage through:

  • Collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts
  • Providing educational programming
  • Promoting an appreciation and understanding of our history
  • Encouraging active participation from the community

 

THE MOORESVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Newly expanded Mooresville Public Library in Historic Downtown Mooresville

19. The Mooresville Public Library, a beautiful, newly expanded in 2011 facility located at 304 South Main Street, embraces technology by working to bring the library to your computer through remote access to NCLive, Net Library, and “Ask a Librarian”. They have a spacious meeting room available as well.

THE MOORESVILLE SOUTH IREDELL SENIOR CENTER

20. The South Iredell Senior Center is truly a wonderful new facility located in the Charles Mack Citizen Center on the lower level and can be accessed from the Church Street parking lot. They offer myriad activities and recreational opportunities for seniors 60 years+ as well as legal services, insurance counseling, long term care counseling and Social Security sign-up and counseling. 704.662.3337.

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICALS

21. The Department of Motor Vehicles vehical regristration office is located at 125 Main Street. It’s a small, quaint office off the main street across from Pie in the Sky Pizza.

MOORESVILLE TOWN HALL

22. Mooresville Town Hall is located at 413 North Main Street and is the home of the Mayor’s Suite, Financial, Administrative, Planning, Engineering, Human Resources, Risk Management and the IT Department. This is where the Mooresville Town Hall meetings are held.

RICHARD’S COFFEE SHOP

Richards Coffee Shop in Historic Downtown Mooresville

23. The most patriotic coffee shop in the America!  What started out… as a little shop named Pat’s Gourmet Coffee Shop, named in honor of his wife, became much more. It became a “Living” Military Museum, named in honor of the man who spent the last 14 years of his life honoring and supporting America’s Veterans. It was owned and operated by Richard Warren, a U.S. Army, Vietnam Huey gunship pilot, callsign “Mustang 53”.  Today it is dedicated to honoring America’s Veterans, Active Duty Military, Police, Fire and Emergency personnel.  All are welcome to join us in honoring their commitment.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
MONDAY-SATURDAY : 0800-1500hrs
THURSDAY : Free Coffee (Vets)
SATURDAY : Blue Grass (Public)

DOWNTOWN MOORESVILLE CRUISE-IN

Downtown Mooresville Monthly Cruise-in

24.  Downtown Mooresville will shine with chrome and glitter with sparkling paint during the monthly Cruise-In. It’s a great chance to show off your car and chat with other car enthusiasts, surrounded by the architecturally historic backdrop of Downtown Mooresville. This event is held the first Saturday of the month from 4-8pm on Broad Street in Downtown Mooresville. Free.

DOWNTOWN MOORESVILLE FARMERS MARKET

25. Downtown Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8am until noon and features local produce, handmade baskets, fresh breads, organic meats and dairy products and much more!  Located in the parking lot at the corner of Church Street and East Iredell Ave. across from the MSI Chamber of Commerce.

MOORESVILLE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION

26. Have you heard the term or seen the logo: It’s Happening Downtown!? Thanks to the efforts of our Mooresville’s Downtown Commission whose office is located in an office in the Charles Mack Citizen Center, Historic Downtown Mooresville truly is a place to go for so many reasons! The Downtown Commission, working with civic leaders and merchants, develops strategic plans to make the downtown economically attractive to citizens, customers, visitors and other businesses. Kim Atkins is the Executive Director of the Downtown Commission. Kim has all of the updates on all development in the downtown area and a great monthly events calendar as well! Bookmark and go to their website: Downtown Mooresville for a comprehensive list of events, festivals, shopping, restaurants, businesses and entertainment.

BECOME A DOWNTOWNIE!

Historic Downtown Mooresville: Become a Downtownie!

27.  HOW TO BE A DOWNTOWNIE

STEP 1. Pick Up A Downtown Passport! Next time you find yourself in any business Downtown, ask for a Downtown Passport. If you happen to be making a purchase Downtown, you’ll automatically be given one along with your first sticker!

STEP 2. Collect 20 Stickers In Your Passport! Any time you make any purchase, at participating Downtown businesses, you’ll receive a sticker for your Downtown Passport. Collect just 20 stickers to complete your Passport and you’re on your way to being an Official Downtownie!

Click here for a list of participating businesses. We will be adding more so check back often!

STEP 3. Mail Us Your Passport! Complete the form inside your Passport, tape it closed and mail it on over to us here at the Mooresville Downtown Commission. We’ll process your Passport and mail you your very own Official Downtownie Membership Card and Key Fob along with a special little treat (we’re not telling, it’s a surprise!).

STEP 4. Enjoy the Benefits of Being a Downtownie! Now you’re ready to walk around Downtown like you own the place! Just check back here to see what exclusive deals and events you can now enjoy from participating businesses. Just look for the sign printed on the back of your Downtownie Card that says “Downtownies Welcome!” to find those participating businesses Downtown.

You might also want to “like” Downtown Mooresville on Facebook because some merchants like to post spontaneous offers there. We’ll also send you periodic emails so you never miss a thing happening Downtown.
And that’s it! Easy, right? We can’t wait to see you Downtown, future Downtownie!

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Historic Downtown Mooresville

If you haven’t visited our Historic Downtown Mooresville recently, you will be truly be amazed at all of the great shops, restaurants and even nightlife! Many of the storefronts have been beautifully restored; the street improvements including brick crosswalks and inlaid brick sidewalk details, new decorative lamp posts and benches are complete and it trule is HAPPENING!  Here is a continuation of my list of 27 reasons to visit downtown Mooresville:

THE DAILY GRIND

The Daily Grind Restaurant in Historic Downtown Mooresville

6. The Daily Grind has been one of my favorite restaurants since they opened their first location on Brawley School Rd. on the Lake Norman side of Mooresville.  They opened their second location at 170 Main Street and it is now packed thanks to their great food and welcoming atmosphere.  I have always loved their breakfasts but they make a mean panini as well!  Enjoy consistently good food for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in a family friendly atmosphere. Reasonably priced and family owned. Mon thru Sat 7am until 9pm & Sunday 7am until 3pm.

THE BATHTUB GIN

The Bathtub Gin in Historic Downtown Mooresville

7. The Bathtub Gin is quickly becoming “the” destination for local musicians. Featuring Open Mic on Sunday nights, Gin Jam on Tuesday nights and live music for all ages and tastes on Saturday nights. Come jump in The Tub with your friends on Main Street!

HEbrews COFFEEHOUSE

HEbrews Coffeehouse's wonderful cappacino

8. Hebrews Coffee is one of those great local coffeehouses with comfy old furniture and a homey atmosphere that invites folks to just kick back and enjoy a good cup of coffee, cappacino or other specialty coffees, frappucinno, smoothie, baked goods and/or just some good ole southern sweet tea. Free WiFi is provided for the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax.

  • Mon-Thurs
  • 6:30am – 6pm
  • Friday
  • 6:30am – 9:00pm

202 NORTH MAIN FINE WINES

202 North Main Wine Bar in historic downtown Mooresville

9. 202 North Main Fine Wines

Visit 202 North Main Wine Shop & Music Room. In this 1900’s Victorian building we feature fine wines in all price ranges from around the world. Join us every first and third Wednesday night of the month for a variety of Open Mic talent; Thursday evenings for educational and fun wine tastings; and Friday and Saturday nights for spectacular live musical talent.

MOORESVILLE ICE CREAM COMPANY

Mooresville Ice Cream Company DeLux Ice Cream parlor

10. Mooresville Ice Cream Company It all started back in 1924 with the founding of the Mooresville Ice Cream Company. The headline in the Mooresville Enterprise on February 21, 1924 announced, “Mooresville is to have an Ice Cream Factory.” The rest… as they say… is history. Today, the Mooresville Ice Cream company still thrives as a family owned business producing high quality, local ice cream.  Their Parlor located at 186 North Broad serves fresh sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes, malted milkshakes and  UNCLE SCOTT’S ROOT BEER FLOATs, YUM!

J.J. WASABI’S

J J Wasabi's Grill and Bar in Historic Downtown Mooresville

11. J.J. Wasabi’s at 183 N. Main Street is an Asian Grill and Bar with an American Flair. A favorite with the area’s lunch crowd, the menu is extensive, the prices are very reasonable and the food is very good!  Owned by the same family as Joel’s Asian Grill on the Lake Norman side of Mooresville,  J.J. Wasabi’s is an independent, family owned and operated business.

D.E. TURNER HARDWARE

D.E. Turner Hardware in Downtown Mooresville

12. If you live in Mooresville and haven’t heard of D. E. Turner Hardware then you simply need to promise me that you will dedicate a day to visit downtown and take a few minutes to stroll the aisles of D.E. Turners Hardware. From the classic red Radio Flyer wagons and wood benches outside to the turn-of-the-century feel inside you will feel like you have traveled back in time. This wonderful glimpse of the past has been located at this same location since 1899! While they carry many typical hardware items you will also see examples of 19th and 20th century tools and accessories as well. As you might have guessed, they do not have a website so you must visit in person…the old fashioned way

MERLE NORMAN COSMETICS

Merle Norman Cosmetics and Spa in Historic Downtown Mooresville

13.  Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio and Spa  offers a full line of cosmetics plus jewelry and Vera Bradley Handbags. We are the place to shop for quality skin care, cosmetics, fashion jewelry and handbags. Our licensed Skin Therapist is one of Mooresville’s best kept secrets, giving exceptional facials at reasonable prices. If you feel like a makeover or a steam facial…just call for an appointment!

Well, we are only half-way through my list! I still have quite a few eateries, stores, town services and an update of things to come. Stay-tuned!

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