Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area don’t have just one major New Years’ celebration or event, instead we have myriad ways to celebrate on New Year’s Eve 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018. Our public celebrations are, for the most part, found at local restaurants and entertainment venues spread throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From cruises on our beautiful Lake Norman to elegant 5-course dinners to rockin’ oldies bands, there truly is something for everyone.
This Harris Teeter has been MY Harris Teeter since moving to Lake Norman in 2005. Because the shopping center doesn’t have a formal name or great layout, I don’t think many of us locals think of the shops, restaurants and services as a shopping center or village. However, over recent years a number of really good restaurants and shops have opened so now it truly is a destination for me and my husband. Continue reading
Opened in 2010, Shoals Grill has been a great Lake Norman restaurant success story as it has evolved and perfected it’s menu and service over the years to become a local favorite hangout. Located in the Food Lion Shopping Center at Stutts Rd and Brawley School it has plenty of seating and a wide variety of food sure to please everyone!
As you enter Shoals, you immediately feel like you are on vacation. The fun, whimsical nautical decor with the weathered wooden walls reminds me of hanging out at the lake or beach in the summer. It feels like it is time to relax. Shoals Grill pretty much demands that you leave your stress at the door!
The food is awesome. I am so addicted to their Chopped Chicken Salad that I have it every week! My hubby loves their Southwest Burger with their to-die-for Tabacco Onion Rings and swears it is the best burger in Lake Norman! Did I mention their desserts? My favorite is their brownie topped with ice cream, whipped cream, nuts, chocolate and carmel sauce. But then again, I have yet to try their Lemon Cheese Cake Brulees or Smores. (Of course, their ice cream is made locally at Mooresvilles Deluxe Ice Cream). Continue reading
Lake Norman seems to be getting great new shops, restaurants and recreational business on a weekly basis. With the very exciting recent news that there will be a Lake Norman Whole Foods opening in 2014 I feel like my wish list from 2005 when we moved here is complete!
There are so many new restaurants, shops and other fun businesses that rather than write individual articles about each one I will just provide you with a list of the ones that have caught my eye in the past few months:
- Local hangout Vinnie’s on the shores of Lake Norman closed but was purchased by Eddie Lubic who has already opened Eddie’s Seafood and Raw Bar which has an emphasis on “fresh”. He spent a month cleaning up the former Vinnie’s so it now has a clean new looks and a great new menu including their raw bar and seafood starters to entrees like pan roasted salmon, snow crabs, Black Angus Rib, Italian specialties and even hot dogs and burgers. Located on Williamson Rd. 704.799.2090
- Fine Italian dining has come to historic downtown Mooresville! Trattoria Al Gusto, which just opened last week in the town’s original Catholic Church and former location of The Prickly Pear. is located at 761 N. Main. Chef and owner Patricio Campoverde has extensive experience in the restaurant business and decided Mooresville needed a high caliber Italian Restaurant. Focus is on fresh and homemade with “the best quality food they (his customers) can buy.” One of his favorite dishes is the Tagliolini Neri, a black linguine with crab meat and shrimp in a spicy red tomato sauce. Open for dinner from 5-10 pm Monday – Thursday and 5-11 pm on Friday and Saturday. They are planning to add lunches and a Sunday brunch in the future. 704.660.1066 ( I have since been there 3 or 4 times and the food is excellent!!!)
- On the more casual side, Jeff and Chris Steiner, owner of 6 Five Guys Burgers and Fries, JUST opened the Moe’s Southwest Grill last Thursday. It is located right next to the Hobby Lobby in the Lowe’s Home Improvement shopping center on Hwy 150 at Exit 36. This joins Mooresville’s newer Chipolte located in the Best Buy shopping center also on Hwy 150. Great, fresh Mexican fast food is here!
- Craft beers have arrived big time to Lake Norman. The most recent is “Ultimate Ales” which is located in the Mooresville Town Square shopping center. Currently the only retailer dedicated solely to the sale of craft beer in Mooresville, they will offer almost 300 kinds of local, regional and national craft beers plus selected imports according to owner Mark Moore. They plan on having a bar with six taps and weekly tasting events. FYI there is a local homebrew organization called Iredell Brewing Club!.
- Under the category of recreation and considered an “ode to Italy”, The Mooresville Motorplex, an outdoor karting track, opened recently on a 30-acre campus at 130 Motorplex Drive in Mooresville adjacent to the athletic fields at Mazeppa Road Park. Arrive and and drive your own cart or rent one of their Sodikart RT8 390cc karts. They hold such competitions as the MMX Carting Challenge, MMX League Racing and several national events including the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals. Well, Mooresville IS Race City USA!
- The Langtree Charter Academy, a tuition free public charter school serving k-12 students just opened for this fall adding yet another great educational option for Lake Norman students.
- Can you say WOOF? Mooresville has a new leash-free dog park located in historic Mooresville on Academy Rd. The park is separated into two areas, one for smaller dogs and one for larger.
- It was recently announced that the Langtree Hotel and Convention Center will soon be home to a Doubletree By Hilton Hotel & Conference Center. this 12-story, 227 room $90,000 million hotel is envisioned as the center piece of the Langtree development located at Exit 31. Construction is expected to take about 2 years.
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Lake Norman has welcomed a number of new restaurants and shops over the past months adding even more wonderful opportunities for those of us lucky enough to live here! From unique dining like the Hot Stone Grill pictured above to Sugar Pop’s Candy store in Downtown Mooresville, there is something new for just about everyone:
Historic Downtown Mooresville
Thistle Meadow Winery ‘s new retail store is now the second wine shop in downtown Mooresville. They offer tastings, wine by the glass, by the bottle or the case. Have fun learning not only about drinking wines but about making wines as well! 240 North Main Street, Mooresville. 704.660.9803
The Enchanted Olive is truly an adventure! Imagine a store centered entirely on olive oils and vinegars where you can try samples of each at a tasting bar and order your olive oil poured right on the spot rather than purchased in a prepackaged bottle. They offer 46 varieties of olive oils and vinegars. Luckily they have a great sales staff who can help you chose the right flavors for you. 119 North Main Street, Mooresville.
SugarPop’s Candy’s wants to bring to you and your family “An Experience, A Memory, a Smile”. With nearly 200 types of candy including sugar-free and 100 types of eclectic sodas you will definitely find something for your sweet tooth! 248 North Main Street, Mooresville. 704.799.0959.
HEbrews Coffee House ‘s arrival brings a much needed (in Downtown Mooresville), warm and inviting coffee house where you truly feel welcome to settle in to their stuffed furniture and simply relax. They offer the usual coffee and espresso drinks plus sweet tea, smoothies and baked goods. Free WiFi too! 171 North Main Street. 704.658.1178
Sub Express is the second restaurant for owner Andrea Faw whose first location is in Statesville. They are known not only for their sub sandwiches but also their pasta salads. They also offer homemade soups in the winter plus salads and kids meals. It is take out but they do provide seating for 42. Located on North Main Street just south of the CVS Pharmacy.
Lake Norman Side of Mooresville
Chipolte Mexican Grill opened to instant success. Replacing the Panda Express, their opening was much anticipated by locals. What makes Chipolte so popular? Food with Integrity is their motto. “It means serving the very best sustainably raised food possible with an eye to great taste, great nutrition and great value”. Oh, and did I mention their food is delicious as well? 643 River Hwy. (In the Bed Bath and Beyond/Best Buy shopping center). 704.664.0946
Olives Martini Bar just opened recently. The reviews on Yelp say “They make the best Martinis in Mooresville and have daily specials, a great bartender and a pleasant, nice, sociable atmosphere.” Located next to Jimmie Johns at 269-279 Williamson Rd., Mooresville. It looks like they are also opening a grill next door.
Subway was very stealth-like in opening their newest location on Brawley School Rd at Stutts Rd next to The Food Lion. We were going to Shoals for lunch last weekend and noticed it was there!
Hot Stone Grill is already getting two thumbs up and 5 stars on Yelp! It’s unique dining concept is table top cooking on hot stones. Nazira Atme, a partner and the general manager, was born in France which definitely has an influence on their menu boasting of dishes from Germany, France, England, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Russia. Each person gets their own stone which has been heated for 6-8 hours up to 500 degrees. Not a cook? They also over a separate list of international dishes plus and extensive wine list. 17015 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704.765.5924
Santorini Grill brings the Greek Isles to Cornelius! Owners Dorjan and Oresti Arsi have drawn their food and service philosophy and approach from their parents. Their family moved to the US from Greece over ten years ago. With its amazing atmosphere and excellent food, Santorini Grill is already getting great reviews on Urban Spoon. 19905 W. Catawba Ave. Cornelius. 704.464.0028
Bonefish Grill recently opened in Birkdale Village. Fresh ingredients cooked over a wood-burning grill are what make this restaurant so popular. Don’t be fooled by their name as they have many wonderful dishes that are not fish for those preferring a good steak/chicken or pork. They also take great pride in their bar: Our dedication to inventive freshness doesn’t stop on the fishing docks or in our kitchen. The bar at Bonefish Grill follows a philosophy that we like to call “bar-fresh.” From the hand-squeezed juices and fine herbs we use in our cocktails to regionally sourced beers and small-batch bourbons, we keep it fresh. 8805 Townly Rd. Huntersville. 704.892-3385.
Big Daddy’s Burger Bar is another newcomer to Lake Norman’s popular Birkdale Village. Known for their innovative comfort food, they also focus on fresh , high quality ingredients combined to make such items as the “Bad Ass Burger”, to Ahi Tuna burgers…and you can build your own burger as well! Check out their extensive menu on the link I provided. 8625 A Lindholm Drive, Birkdale Village, Huntersville. 704.237.4055.
I know I just barely scratched the surface so please add your favorites to our list in the comments or email them to me!
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At a time when many towns are working hard just to retain their local businesses, Lake Norman just keeps adding more great options for our lucky area residents! The growth since my family arrived in 2005 is truly amazing. When I drive relocating buyers around the Lake Norman communities I point out many of these recent additions which have added so much variety and convenience to our lifestyles. While growth definitely slowed starting in 2008 we have continued to get some exciting new restaurants and retail stores; and this trend is increasing as our Lake Norman area economy recovers.
Here are some of our latest additions:
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Tomorrow, Saturday, November 26, 2011 is the second annual “Shop Small“, a national effort to turn holiday shoppers’ focus on small businesses. I say, let’s not only think small but also local! What better way to support our Lake Norman communities than shopping at our many locally owned and operated business?
Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas to help you get started: Continue reading