If you haven’t checked out the Mooresville Town Square on the corner of Brawley School Rd. and Williamson Rd lately then you are definitely in for a great surprise! After a slow start thanks to the recession, it is now a happening place to go. With it’s upscale architecture, beautiful gardens and walking paths it reminds me a little bit of a Birkdale Village in it’s early stages. This 200,000 square foot “lifestyle center” offers great food, hangouts, shopping and services all walkable. Continue reading
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
All of us transplants to Lake Norman have a list of those special restaurants, markets, hot spots and businesses that we still miss from our prior home town or state. Mine is kind of like a “Bucket List” and as the years go by I have been checking them off one by one: Trader Joe’s, Five Guys (well, In n’ Out Burger but Five Guys is pretty darn close to it) Bed Bath and Beyond, healthy breakfast options (Daily Grind and Egg at Davidson), Whole Foods (well, the closest one is in Winston Salem but I count our Fresh Market in Cornelius), Neiman Marcus (I thought this was a priority until I realized that our casual Lake Norman lifestyle has deemed this almost obsolete), North Lake Mall.
FreshBerry Frozen Yogurt Cafe, (which is similar to PinkBerry who has several locations in Charlotte), was near the top of my daughter’s list so when I heard it had just opened in Mooresville sandwiched between Panera Bread and Starbucks on Williamson Road, we were there.
Freshberry does not serve your typical frozen yogurt that you would buy in any grocery store. Freshberry serves all natural frozen yogurt available in FreshBerry Tart, Decadent Dark Chocolate, Vanilla No Sugar Added, Acai Berry, Classic Strawberry, Mango, and Pomegranate. Plus, they have over 25 toppings available from fresh fruits and cereals to candies and nuts. They have a complete nutrition chart available. Continue reading
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 Flair” which 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
Today is May 1st and another beautiful day in Lake Norman. Our weather is perfect, our gardens have been refreshed for summer and now it is time to get out on the lake and have some fun. This is why we all moved here!
Lake Norman truly comes alive in May. While I have been seeing many boats out already, the weather in May provides endless days with our Carolina Blue Skies, gentle breezes and mild temperatures. Quite a few of my clients are avid sailors so this photos is particularly for them and all of you sailors out there. Continue reading
On a rainy weekend in March more than 900, yes NINE HUNDRED, Lake Norman residents came together to make Hope Park at the Lowes YMCA in Mooresville a reality. According to several of my clients who volunteered, they did everything from assembling the custom designed swings, slides and climbing apparatus to painting flowers in cheerful colors on several play houses. Many of our struggling local builders also generously volunteered and played the critical role of organizing and performing some of the more difficult jobs. Continue reading
Spring is here! Just in the last two weeks our entire Lake Norman area has sprung to life. Blossoming trees line the streets and adorn gardens. Bright yellow forsythia and daffodils are in full bloom and all of our plants and trees are budding. It is supposed to be 80 degrees this afternoon!
Here is a photo I took yesterday in Huntersville: Continue reading