Historic Downtown Mooresville, Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

Lake Norman’s Christmas and Holiday Events and Celebrations 2018!

Our Lake Norman communities offer an amazing array of festivities and celebrations during the holidays.  From small town parades to Christmas bazaars, old fashioned horse-drawn carriages, hot apple cider, carolers, Santa and even a sailboat parade, you will find myriad ways to celebrate your holidays. It is amazing how Santa gets around Lake Norman!

Here are some of the biggest to get you started:

Lake Norman's Birkdale Village Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree at Birkdale Village’s main square

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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’s New Arrivals are Sweet, Salty and Fun!

Lake Norman's Hot Stone Grill Restaurant

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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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

Historic Downtown Mooresville, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman Real Estate’s Business of the Week: Cotton Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries



Cotton Ketchie, Artist, Photographer, Landmark Galleries

 “Cotton” Ketchie… Preserving our heritage through his art… photography… literature

If you really want to learn about and buy art depicting our beloved Mooresville and Lake Norman a visit to Cotton Ketchie at his Landmark Galleries  store in Historic Downtown Mooresville is an absolute must do!

Cotton Ketchie is world renowned for his gorgeous watercolors which capture the past and present beauty through subjects ranging from many historic homes and landmarks, spectacular landscapes, scenes of Lake Norman, stunning nature and quaint reminders of our past.  He is even featured in the most recent AAA travelers guide book for North Carolina for Mooresville’s places to visit! Continue reading

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Lake Norman Real Estate’s September 2012 Wallpaper Calendar is here!

Lake Norman Real Estate's September 2012 calendar photo

Copyrighted by Cotton Ketchie

 I am thrilled to announce that renowned artist Cotton Ketchie, owner of Mooresville’s Landmark Galleries,  has generously provided me with well over a year’s worth of  spectacular photos for Lake Norman Real Estate’s monthly wallpaper calendars!  Cotton first became known for his stunning watercolors but a few years ago not only expanded to photography but also became a prolific writer.  There is no better person to provide insight into the history of Mooresville. His first book, Memories of a Country Boy , is a witty account of Cotton’s childhood growing up in Mooresville.  If you are in the Lake Norman area it is well worth the time to visit him at his gallery on Main Street in Historic Downtown Mooresville.  Or, you can follow him on Facebook!  He was one of the first persons I met when I moved here in 2005.  Since then I am honored to call him and his wonderful wife Vickie friends. Continue reading

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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

Historic Downtown Mooresville, Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman’s “Shop Small” Saturday; Make it “Shop Local” too!

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

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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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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.


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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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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!

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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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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Move over SoHo and NoDa, DoMo (Historic Downtown Mooresville) announces another exciting restaurant in Lake Norman!

J.J. Wasabi's at DoMo in Mooresville

I just got word from Joel, owner of the happening Joel’s Grill in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center on the Lake Norman side of Mooresville that he will be opening a new restaurant: J.J. Wasabi’s at “DoMo” in Historic Downtown Mooresville!

If you know Joel and/or have been to his popular restaurant Joel’s Grill you know that he doesn’t do anything that doesn’t include great food, high energy and fun that becomes a magnet for the who’s who of Lake Norman. I expect J.J. Wasabi’s, in addition to Soiree’’s new restaurant SPEED, to bring a fun, night life and sense of destination to our great Downtown Mooresville’s Main Street….now simply “DoMo”!


Future Location of J.J. Wasabi's at DoMo in Historic Downtown Mooresville

J.J. Wasabi’s at DoMo will be located at the wonderfully restored, yellowfront building on the corner of Main and Moore St.: 183 N. Main St. For more information: 704: 402-3548. joelsgrill@aol.com.


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Mooresville’s Second Annual Historic Tour of Homes October 17-19 2008!


Mooresville Historic Home on Museum Home Tour

For those of you interested in seeing some of Lake Norman’s historic homes, mark your calendars for October 17-19!  Thanks to such great success last year, once again Mooresville is holding The Second Annual Historic Mooresville Tour of Homes. Sponsored by the Mooresville Historic Preservation Commission and DEJ Realty, this event was created last year as a way to promote Historic Downtown Mooresville. Proceeds of the event benefit the Mooresville Historic Preservation and The Mooresville Museum.

VIP Reception

This year the VIP Reception is being held in the spectacular J.A. Stewart house located on 832 North Main Street on Friday evening, October 17th from 6-9pm. Soiree Restaurant (located in Historic Downtown Mooresville) and Say Cheese at the Grapevine will be catering the evening reception. Tickets are limited and may be purchased for $40 at the locations on their website: Historic Mooresville Tour of Homes.

The Home Tours

All of the homes on the tour are located in downtown Mooresville. The tour hours are:

  • Saturday, October 18th: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday, October 19th: 1pm – 5pm


Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the event. Parking and ticket information is also on their website: Historic Mooresville Tour of Homes.

The Homes on Tour:

  1. 334 West Center Avenue: The Ernest Henry Miller House (1898)
  2. 318 West Center Avenue: The W.M. Lentz House (1884)
  3. 351 West Center Avenue: The Zebulon Turlington House (1906)
  4. 832 North Main Street: The J.A. Stewart House (1896)
  5. 329 South Academy Street: The Annie Rankin Carr House (1902)
  6. 335 South Academy Street: The Mary Howard Rankin Turlington House (1902)
  7. 354 South Academy Street: The C.L. Emiston House (1920’s)
  8. 318 West Wilson Avenue: The Davidson House (Turn-of-the-Century)
  9. 419 Harris Street: Mooreville Mill Village (1917)
  10. 328 Messick Street: Mooresville Mill Village (Early 1920’s)


This group of homes will provide an opportunity for historic home enthusiasts to see everything from small Mill homes to the grand estate on Main Street. Visitors can start and stop at any home on the tour. The tours are given in groups led by an experienced docent (I will be a docent at 329 South Academy on Saturday so be sure and say hi!) so that you learn about the special characteristics of each home as well as some fun history.

If you have been visiting this Lake Norman Real Estate Blogsite for very long you know I love our Historic Downtown Mooresville and I truly hope this opportunity to see so many wonderful historic homes will encourage more of our Lake Norman home owners to venture east a bit and learn more about our historic part of town!


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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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Historic Downtown Mooresville, Lake Norman News, Events and Celebrations

The 2008 Cotton Ketchie Arts Festival is August 22-23 in Historic Downtown Mooresville!

Gorgeous Hand-Made wood vase

Mark your calendars for the 2008 Cotton Ketchie Arts Festival being held in Historic Downtown Mooresville on August 22nd and 23rd!

Held at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, this is a juried Art Show featuring about 35 top artisans’ work in a variety of media including sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, photography, wood turning, jewelry and even weaving.

This annual event is put on by The Mooresville Lake Norman Exchange Club in order to raise funds to support our local SCAN Child and Parenting Centers to help fight Child Abuse.


Gala Dinner at Mooresville Art Festival

Charity Gala

Friday, August 22nd @ 6:00pm

Live and Silent Auction

Meet the Artists Reception

Buffet hors d’oeuvres and live music by Night Shift

Tickets are $50 per/person


Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open to the public with FREE entry!

Artists Demonstrations and beautiful art for sale (Think Early Holiday Presents!)

Food and Children’s Activities

Two incredible raffles!

The Ulimate Play House; a Custom Designed 8? x 10? Outdoor Play House including dormer, shingled roof and front porch

Generously built and donated by The Lake Norman Home Builders Assoication. ($10 each ticket)


Cotton Ketchie’s newest giclee “Vintage Mooresville”

One of Cotton Ketchie’s wonderful works depicting Historic Mooresville’s Depot and Downtown

Tickets for this raffle are $5

Mooresville Art Festival pottery

As this year’s President of the Mooresville Lake Norman Exchange Club, I can personally tell you that not only is this a top quality juried art show featuring some of the best in North Carolina, but that all of the proceeds from this event will go to help fight child abuse in Mooresville and Iredell County. Last year 32 children in North Carolina died at the hands of a parent or caregiver. The dedicated team of counselors at our SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)Child and Parenting Centers in Stateville and now Mooresville teach parenting classes, provide counseling and have a number of programs working in conjunction with the Department of Social Services to protect our children. The Cotton Ketchie Arts Festival is our major annual fundraiser for the SCAN organization. As the Treasurer of the Board of SCAN I can tell you that we need every penny to help us provide the much needed services we do.

Tickets for both raffles are available at the Landmark Gallery on Main Street in Downtown Mooresville and at several other locations around town.

The Play House is currently on display in front of WalMart in Mooresville but will be moved to other locations.

Feel free to email me for more information, tickets or the most recent location of the Play House!


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Historic Downtown Mooresville

Don’t let the last phase of the Historic Downtown Mooresville street beautification keep you from exploring and enjoying an amazing array of new shops, art galleries and restaurants! If you haven’t been downtown in just 6 months you will be amazed at the changes! Most of the historic buildings have had beautiful face-lifts, the sidewalks and crosswalks have inlaid bricks, the park next to the Mooresville Artist Guild Depot has brand new landscaping and there is new signage and lamp posts.

Behind the temporary cement barriers on the north end of downtown Mooresville, there are some exciting new shops ready to welcome you! There is plenty of parking at the Charles Mack Citizen Center if you can’t find any on street parking.



Right on the corner just down from Cotton Ketchie’s renowned Landmark Galleries you will find the new 202 North Main Fine Wines store which offers a great selection of higher-end wines and wine tastings.


Be sure to check out “The Corner of Art and Main”, Downtown Mooresville’s 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 on the second Friday evening of every month.

If you haven’t visited Historic Downtown Mooresville lately, now is a great time to go!


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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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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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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:


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.


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 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 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.


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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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


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.


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.


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.


Historic Downtown Mooresville: Become 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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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 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 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'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 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 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 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 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 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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 Historic Downtown Mooresville in Lake Norman

When I first moved to Mooresville I thought I had to drive all the way to South Park to find upscale stores. I was so wrong!

One of the unfortunate truths about the Lake residents is that we tend to stay West of the I-77 with the exception of an occasional trip to the DMV or to some of the big box stores like WalMart along HWY 150. I urge everyone to take the time to visit Main Street; explore, take advantage of, and support the fine shops, restaurants and public services. Here are 27 reasons why:


Renowned artist and photographer Cotton Ketchie

1. Landmark Galleries is the home of world renowned artist “Cotton” Ketchie whose beautiful watercolors and photographs are dedicated to preserving the heritage of Mooresville, North Carolina and special landmarks throughout the country.  Landmark Galleries, run by Cotton’s talented wife Vickie, (As Cotton claims he is “retired” yet he starts work in the wee hours of the morning and doesn’t stop!) has a wonderful selection of Cotton’s original watercolors, limited edition prints, giclée, photography, North Carolina pottery, hand-carved decoys and even screen-savers featuring Cotton’s photography. His work’s subjects include Lake Norman, lighthouses of North Carolina and Maine, country landscapes and landmarks like grist mills and old barns, the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Mountains as well as newer works like Shelton Vineyards and Davidson College. If you EVER need custom framing, I can not tell you what an incredible job they do. I have had numerous prints framed by them and am always overwhelmed when I see them! One last thing, you simply can’t leave without getting an autographed copy of Cotton’s latest book “Memories of a County Boy”. To truly understand and appreciate the history of Mooresville and laugh as you do so, it is a must read!


La Patisserie Mooreville

2. La Patisserie Bakery :There simply are none better than La Patisserie; whether you want to relax at a sidewalk table with an espresso and one of their incredible pastries or scones, order a cake or dessert tray for a special occasion or enjoy a delicious crepe for lunch. Family-owned and operated, their expert pastry chef and cake decorators are known for their authentic ingredients that are used to create exceptional wedding and specialty cakes.

Thanks to their Cuban heritage they offer a truly unique lunch menu as well.

This past year La Patisserie out-grew their quaint coffee shop on Main Street and opened a new location further up on 627 North Main Street where they now have a sit-down breakfast and lunch restaurant/bakery. Their crepes and empanadas are simply divine! (I can’t believe I just wrote that:). This is now where you would go to order or buy a cake or meet with their catering expert as well.  (Or visit their Lake Norman Location on Brawley School Road).


Epic Chop House Restaurant

3. Epic Chop HouseThe first thing that you will notice when walking into this popular restaurant is the care and detail that went in to the preservation of the historic building where they reside, kitty-corner to the original train depot on the corner of Main and Center Street. With 4 stars on Yelp and 67 reviews you know it is one of Lake Norman’s best restaurants!

Epic Chophouse offers fine dining in an elegant and comfortable setting. Our great selection of steak, seafood, other fine foods and wine has quickly made us one of the most sought-after dining choices in the Lake Norman region of North Carolina. Our experienced chefs can please the most discriminating palate and our friendly staff strives to give you wonderful dining experience.

Come on over for a relaxing night of great food and drinks!

The restaurant is open 5 – 10 pm Sunday – Thursday
and 5 – 11 pm Friday and Saturday.

The bar is open 4 – 11 pm Sunday – Thursday
and 4 pm- 12 am Friday and Saturday

The Enchanted Olive

The Enchanted Olive in Historic Downtown Mooresville

4. The Enchanted Olive: If you like olive oil, balsamic vinegar and want the best quality and variety available I would highly recommend a visit to this awesome story located at 119 N Main Street. They have row of large jars of olive oils that you can taste samples of and once you pick your favorite they create your own fully sealed bottle offered in three sizes.  My favorite it their Myers Lemon which is great on a fresh salads!!!


Alexandar Zachary Jewelry Store in Historic Mooresville

5. Alexander Zachary JEWELERS:I had gone to the same, third-generation family-owned jewelry store for 25 years before I moved here. Luckily, I found Alexander Zachary Jewelers. They have a gold smith in the store who provides jewelry repair service, stone setting, design and casting, 3 Gemological Institute of America trained appraisers who will work directly with your insurance companies, and, their watch services include battery replacement while you wait, repair and servicing and restoration of vintage watches and pocket watches. I can’t recommend them more highly!

I was surprised the first time I visited the store to discover a nice selection of quality jewelry and watches for sale! They carry such brands as Tissot Swiss watches, Galatea’s “Diamond in a pearl”, Auro Design’s Rio collection of vibrantly colored stones set in trendy styles, as well as custom set diamonds.

One extra that I hadn’t counted on as well was that the owner, Bill Thunberg, our past Mooresville Town Mayor, will mostly likely be there to help you and even to chat about the town. They definitely live up to their slogan: Real People Helping Real People.

Okay, so I’m only done with 5 of the 27 but it is clear this would be simply too long if I tried to write about all 27 in one post. So, stay-tuned for Part 2.


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