Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Discover Mooresville’s Harris Teeter Shopping Center: A Mini Birkdale Village!

Mooresville's Harris Teeter

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.

When I decided to write about this shopping center I called it the Harris Teeter Shopping Center. But, while researching on the internet I discovered some call it The Shops at Morrison Plantation due to its adjacency to the Morrison Plantation townhouses.  I have also found it called “The Market Place”.  No matter what you call it, with the recent opening of The Grove Apartments at Morrison Plantation I have a feeling this is going to become quite the hot spot and definitely a walkable destination for a lot of nearby residents.

One of my absolute favorite restaurants in our Lake Norman/Brawley School area is  Blu*Star Grill which opened several years ago and was an instant hit.  They feature fresh, natural food with build-your own burgers include Bison, Black Bean, Angus Beef, Grilled Chicken and Mahi Mahi offering a delicious assortment of sauces, breads and toppings like fresh avocado.  They also offer a variety of wraps and salads.  5 stars!

BluStar Grill and Cafe in Mooresville

Just opened on the same side of the street as Harris Teeter is Pure Barre,  the HOTTEST fitness workout in the country.  How do I know this?  Because it is a favorite of one of my wonderful clients Julie who is not only a personal trainer and health and fitness guru but the writer of an incredibly popular blog: Peanut Butter FingersShe writes a lot about why she loves the pure barre workouts as well as great, healthy recipes and even giveaways. Check it out!

pure barre: lift – tone – burn Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques.  I met the very talented owner, Katie, who told me that while it looks more like a younger crowd, even someone as old as I am could attend their classes!

New pure barre fitness in Mooresville

Joel’s Asian Grill and Sushi is one of the first restaurants we went to after moving here.  They offer an amazing variety of Asian food including Filipino and Japanese and have a full sushi bar plus outdoor seating.  The owner, Joel Jose, has live here since 1993 and has done so much to support our community so please stop by and and support his Lake Norman location or J.J. Wasabi’s in Historic Downtown Mooresville.

Joel's Asian Grill in Lake Norman

 Along the same two streets you will also find:

If you wander down a block in either direction you will find a number of shops and salons in the Morrison Plantation style buildings like the ones below.  I honestly didn’t notice some of these shops and salons until I got out and walked around and I was amazed what all I found.

Vagabond Board Company of Lake Norman is THE leader in Lake Norman paddle boards and also carries long boards, skate boards and apparel. Their motto: PADDLE HARD, DO GOOD!  Read about the owners on their website and you will want to stop by and meet them.

Vagabond Surf Shop in Harris Teeter Shopping Center, Mooresville


I just had a friend let me know that she goes to Avant Garde Salon  which is just next door to Vagabond Board Co. and absolutely loves it.  She said: I decided to take a chance. The women that work in there are so friendly! I got my haircut by a stylist named Bethy and she was great ,she listened carefully to what I wanted and also made recommendations .She also cut my daughter’s hair and did a wonderful job. I am thrilled to have a place to have my hair done here in Mooresville!  Thanks Lori!

You will also find in these same two blocks:.

  • NOA Nail Salon
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Vanilla Salon
  • Sheer Bliss
  • Salon De Belleza
  • Amelia’s Hair Design
  • JD Hair
  • Salon Elle
  • Market Place Barber Shop
  • Wink Lash and Skin Studio
  • Coin Galleries on the Lake
  • Cohn Jewelers
  • Signature Jewelers
  • Serenite Pet Salon

While not attached to these other buildings, but located in the same parking area are two stand-alone businesses that I have to mention.  The first is Bruster’s Ice Cream.  You haven’t lived until you have tried their Chocolate Raspberry Truffle!  Bruster’s is an institution around the Lake Norman side of Mooresville not only because of their great ice cream but for their Summer weekly “Cruisin The Plantation” Oldies Car Show.  If you have a classic car, just drive it over and park in the line with all of the other local car guys and girls.  Or,drop by and check all of the cool old cars out and chat with their proud owners.  You are likely to see some familiar NASCAR faces too.

Brewster's Ice Cream in Mooresville

Finally, very new to the scene is Bushy Mountain Outdoors and The Bean Stash Coffee ShoppeStore owners Lee and Ale Warden moved here from Colorado and are avid hikers and outdoors people.  Brushy Mountain Outdoors is an outdoor, lifestyle and travel apparel retailer carrying Lake Norman’s largest selection of brands like Patagonia, Mountain Khakis, SmartWool, Prana, Salomon, Oboz, Jambu and many more.  Their motto is “Life is Better Outdoors.” Because there is so much more to experience out in nature, our goal is to make your time outside more enjoyable. Whether you’re hiking, running, traveling – whatever your adventure is – Brushy Mountain Outdoors exists to make it better.Bushy Mountain Clothing Store in Mooresville

 On top of that, they have a cool Coffee Shop/Bar where they make great espresso drinks using the best local coffee beans from Counter Culture.

The Bean Stash Coffee Shop in Mooresville

Whether you are new to the Lake Norman area, considering a move here or have lived here for years, I wanted to let you know all about the shopping center without a name at the Northwest corner of Brawley School and Williamson Roads. Tucked behind the Bank of America, PNC Bank and new Rite-Aid , you are going to have to check it out and support our local businesses.  Let me know your favorites!

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