Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Davidson Chocolate Co.

Davidson Chocolate In Davidson Lake Norman

 For those of you who don’t frequent the charming Lake Norman college town of Davidson, you may not know that we now have THE BEST chocolate in the entire Lake Norman/Charlotte region right in our own back yard!

Located in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center, Davidson Chocolate Co. is a labor of love for owners and confectioners John and Sue Elliott. Using classic recipes from the Drost Family of Holland dating back to 1887, they create their incredible array of chocolate truffles, confections, fudge and specialty items right in their shop.

At much personal sacrifice I have made several trips to Davidson Chocolate Co. to buy samples of their truffles and bark which I can say with great enthusiasm are truly incredible!

They offer about 14 different flavors of truffles from Cappuccino to Cherry Cordial in dark, milk, white and even sugar-free chocolate.  John is constantly experimenting with new flavors.  One of the favorites is “Hot Chili”!

Using a “full-bodied 70% cocoa mass” their dark chocolates have a richness that is rarely found. Continue reading

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Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Real Estate: The 2009 Race City “Wiener” Run is this Saturday!

The Red Baron

Meet The Red Baron.  He is one of the “Wiener”Run competitors in Mooresville this Saturday, September 26, 2009.  His training program is so stealth like that you might think he is sleeping but it is truly a cunning act to make the other Dachshunds think he is out of shape.

Like most folks, I always underestimated these small yet energetic dogs until I attended the annual Dachshund race in Mooresville.  It was truly amazing!  There were Dachshunds of all colors, sizes, and ages everywhere.

It turns out the races are quite serious, depending on the “age bracket”.  The puppies tend to wander out of the starting box looking absolutely adorable but totally confused.  The older dogs for the most part truly get the whole idea and run to their excited owners who are yelling at them from the finish line.  Here is a photo I took last year of the race in action:

Dachshunds running during Mooresville Weiner Race

 This truly is a great way to spend your Saturday morning, especially since the weather won’t be great for going out on Lake Norman.  Plus, all of the proceeds go to the Lake Norman Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization who is raising funds for the future Lake Norman Animal Shelter.

The Facts:

Date:  September 26, 2009

Time:  Registration begins at 9:30, races begin at 11:00am.  Get there early to get a good spot along the fence!

Location:  The public parking lot on Broad Street at Iredell Avenue in Historic Downtown Mooresville

Race Entrance Fee: $10

Who:  All dachshunds are eligible and will race according to age.

Besides the actual races there will be pet vendors, “I was there” T-shirts and all sorts of fun things.  Remember, this is a great cause!  For more information:  lknweinerrun@gmail.com

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 60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman, Part 1

60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman Part 2

60 Things You Should Know about Life in Lake Norman, Part 3

60 Things You Should Know About Life in Lake Norman Part 4

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s July Calendar is Here!

Lake Norman Real Estate's July 09Wallpaper Calendar

 July in our beautiful Lake Norman area means warm weather, warm water and outdoor living of all kinds.  Picnics, whether on a boat, in one of our beautiful parks, or in one’s own back yard, are the perfect way to relax and enjoy summer at the lake.  This is why we all love living here!

To make this your desktop calendar, go the right hand column on the home page you will see this photo.  Click on this smaller image of my Lake Norman photo.  A larger version of the calendar will come up.  Then, right click and select “set as background”.

While I have great fun taking pictures of Lake Norman, I would love to use one of your favorite photos depicting life here in Lake Norman!. If you’d like to submit a photo for a future calendar, please send it to…

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s June Calendar is Here!

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 One day last summer while taking some clients out on Lake Norman we happened by this wonderful rock formation.  Obviously, I was not the first person to see the image of a creature as someone had carefully painted in the eye.  It looks to me like it is having a fresh green bush for lunch!

I thought it would be fun to choose this for my June Lake Norman calendar instead of highlighting one of the many sports or fun activities that are in full force by June.

To make this your desktop calendar, go the right hand column on the home page you will see this photo.  Click on this smaller image of my Lake Norman photo.  A larger version of the calendar will come up.  Then, right click and select “set as background”.

While I have great fun taking pictures of Lake Norman, I would love to use one of your favorite photos depicting life here in Lake Norman!. If you’d like to submit a photo for a future calendar, please send it to…

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Historic Downtown Mooresville, Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

Mooresville’s 2009 Race City Festival is May 16th!

Youth performing at Race City Festival in 2009 Mooresville Lake Norman

 

If you want to experience small-town life in North Carolina, attending one of the many spring and summer festivals is not only fun but a great way to learn more about our wonderful communities.

This Saturday, May 16th,  is the annual Race City Festival (Formerly the Lake Norman Festival) in Historic Downtown Mooresville from 9am – 3pm. 

Mooresville Race City Festival 2008

Thanks to its growing popularity, the festival has expanded to include both Main Street and Broad Street where you will find over 200 vendors of all kinds, homemade cakes, pies and other goodies, live entertainment, merchant sidewalk sales, a great children’s area and booths hosted by various charity and civic organizations in and around Mooresville and Lake Norman.

Mooresville Race City Festival 2008

Civic organizations like my Mooresville Lake Norman Exchange Club have booths handing out information as we did about non-profits like our child abuse prevention SCAN Center of Iredell County.  Of course, there are plenty of distractions that come along unexpectedly!

Many of the booths are Main Street are local and regional artists selling arts and crafts of all kinds.

Historic Turner's Hardware Store

If you really want a glimpse of the past, don’t miss visiting D.E. Turner’s Hardware store which was opened in 1898!  Last year they not only had a great variety of the classic red wagons but they were selling bottles of locally made root beer and various homemade canned goods.

Speaking of food, besides some wonderful homemade goodies, you will find food vendors selling such things as the ever so decadent funnel cakes, kettle corn, turkey legs, hot dogs and fresh lemonade.  This is not the day to be counting calories!

Main Street Mooresville During Race City Festival

Businesses offer all sorts of free goodies for children and adults; from face painting to drink caddies. There is always a children’s Fun Zone where there are plenty of activities to keep kids busy and happy!

I love working at the booths because I can sit back and watch friends, families and visitors go by.  One year I sat in the Mooresville Museum’s booth and had a great time meeting many of the descendants of the original families of Mooresville and hearing stories about times long ago.

Stage for Jazz Behind Soirees

There are always several stages scattered around where you can listen to a variety of live music, watch performances of all kinds, especially of local school children. New last year there was an area behind Soiree’s Restaurant that was set up with a stage for more contemporary bands of all kinds.

Parking is available in various spots around the downtown as well as side streets.  Come early and spend the day!

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Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Summit Coffee

 Summitt Coffee in Davidson Lake Norman

 If you want to experience the best of life in a small college town in the Lake Norman area, you need look no further than the Summit Coffee  house on Main Street in Historic Downtown Davidson.

Summit Coffee & Tea is the epitome of what true old-school coffee houses should offer:  A gathering place for students, faculty and locals where people of all ages are drawn to the warm and inviting ambiance, great coffee, delicious pastries, fine teas, micro-brews, wine, evening entertainment and a place to hang out with your laptop or a good book. Continue reading

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Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: IcyWaves Surf Shop!

Lake Norman Wake Boarding Surfer IcyWaves

When it comes to water sports, I am beginning to think that Lake Norman wants for nothing!  If you are a hardcore surfer or have family members who think that moving to Lake Norman means being 4.5 hours from your next set of waves, think again.  Think smaller surf boards and more air.  Think wakesurfing!

And then, take a drive to the IcyWaves Surf Shop on Torrence Chapel Rd. in Cornelius…you will be stoked. Continue reading

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Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

Greater Charlotte Home & Landscape Show is Coming!

Lake Norman Garden Display

Maybe it’s the fact that it is 17 degrees here in Lake Norman this morning, but the thought of going to the 5th Annual  Greater Charlotte Home and Landscape Show  on January 23 – 25 sounds really good!

This Home and Landscape show incorporates just about everything I love about real estate and selling homes:

  • Gardens and Landscaping
  • Building and Remodeling
  • Home Improvement Products
  • Building Green Seminars
  • Gourmet Gifts, Wines and Pottery

There will be celebrities like Roger Cook, the landscape contractor from This Old House who will share new trends in landscaping and Chef Lou Petrozza from Fox TV’s “Hell’s Kitchen” who will be giving cooking demonstrations.

I always gravitate to the live garden displays where vendors like Barefoot Landscape, Woodlands Landscaping and Toms Creek Nursery and Landscaping  promise to have displays including an outdoor cobblestone patio with fire pit, built-in kitchen, a small water feature with a focus on drought resistant plants.

You can also meet with professional landscape designers and meet the team at Earth Graphics Landscape Design and Digital Images display which will explain how they offer “same day mobile landscape design service that produces professional plans without the wait”!

The Details

When:

  • Friday, January 23rd @ 2-7pm
  • Saturday 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm

Where:

  • Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord: 4751 N.C. 49N.  Concord

Admission:

  • Adults 17 + – $7.00
  • Children 16 and under: Free
  • Seniors 65+ $5.00 (Friday only)

Parking is Free!

Cabarrus Arena Website

As they say on their website:  “It’s anything and everything for your home!”

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Historic Downtown Mooresville, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Real Estate Announces: “Business of the Week”!


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This past week the Mooresville-South Irdell Chamber of Commerce launched a new program “Buy Local, Invest in Your Community” in an effort to raise awareness to the need,  especially during these financially challenging times, to support our local business.

Today I am launching my own effort to support our local businesses in the Lake Norman communities by creating a new weekly feature here on Lake Norman Real Estate:  Business of the Week.  Each week I will write an informative article about one business in our community including pictures, links and contact information so that all of my readers can support this business.

I have quite a few stores and restaurants that I would like to feature but I am also inviting you to submit your favorite local business or even your own business.  The only rule it that it must be owned, operated and located in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Troutman, Denver, Sherrills Ford or Terrell.  Either email me the information or leave it in the comment section.

These are tough times for everyone, even in our normally thriving Lake Norman communities.  It’s not just about housing and real estate anymore.  I have friends and clients in all kinds of businesses and industries that are struggling and I want to help!  By all of us working to support each other we CAN make a difference!

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Lake Norman’s New Mooresville Town Square is Coming to Life!

Mooresvile Lake Norman Has Plenty to Offer Wine Lovers!

Lake Norman Newcomers Bring Their Favorite Foods With Them!

Historic Downtown Mooresville: Mangan Martial Arts Gallery

Lake Norman’s Cool Breeze Cyclery:  It’s Not Just About the Bikes!

Ferrucci’s Market in Cornelius: Now That’s Italian Lake Norman!

Lake Norman Has Gone to the Dogs…and Cats!

Julia’s Talley House Restaurant:  One of Lake Norman’s Treasures

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Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

Lake Norman Welcomes the New Year in Many Ways!

  The greater Lake Norman and Charlotte area has myriad ways to celebrate the New Year, it is just a matter of knowing where to look!  From boat parties on Lake Norman to holiday restaurant bashes to family oriented festivities there truly is something for everyone.

So, where do you go?  My suggestion is to start with The Charlotte Observer.  They currently have two great articles:  New Year’s festivities fit for a family and  5 great places to welcome the New Year  which offer an incredible array of places to go and things to do.  From the swank  Enchanted Evening Ball at Charlotte City Club to the hot  NYE at The Sunset Club it’s worth taking the time to check it out. If you don’t have time to pick up a free copy of Creative Loafing you might find their website equally helpful: Creative Loafing. Want to stay in Lake Norman?  Check out  LKNFun.com where you will find a list of all of the local parties from the new Tapas restaurant in Birkdale Village to Midtown Sundries on Lake Norman. Another Lake Norman resource is LKN Social which even lists boat parties on the lake!

Have a very safe and Happy New Year!

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