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What You May Not Know About Mooresville, NC

A growing suburb of Charlotte, Mooresville, NC offers plenty to be excited about. However, there are plenty of things you may not know about this suburb. It's grown by nearly 75% over the past decade and the city has a very rich history.

If you're interested in moving to Mooresville or you're just curious about this city, here are some fun facts you may not be aware of about Mooresville, NC.

Was Moore’s Siding

Until March of 1873, the city was called Moore’s Siding. The Moore's were the unofficial first family of the city and it remained under the name of Moore's Siding until it was incorporated in 1873. When this happened, the name was changed to Mooresville, which still contains the First Family's name. The Moore's also donated much of the land for the city.

Mooresville is Growing Fast

The economic growth in Mooresville has made it a bit of a boom town. The expectations are for the city to have over 40,000 workers by 2025. Five of the largest projected areas for expansion in the city include:

  • Retail/Tourism
  • Technical Manufacturing
  • Clean Energy
  • Business/Financial
  • Automotive

If you work in one of these industries, Mooresville may be the place for you very soon, if it's not already the right place for you. With the economic growth of the city, it's expected the population will continue to grow fast, as well. This could lead to more new homes for sale throughout Mooresville.

Natural Resources Matter Here

Mooresville isn't growing at any cost. It's a city growing with the idea of preserving natural resources and continued sustainable growth in mind. Mooresville is a Lake Norman community and it's known as a place filled with people looking to get...

Top Things You May Not Know About Davidson, NC

Davidson, North Carolina dates back to the 1800s and offers one of the best places to call home. It was founded when Davidson College was established and was actually just known as Davidson College for the first couple of decades of existence.

Ever since Davidson started to become popular, it has never stopped. It has been a thriving community for many years and it doesn't hurt that it's just 22 miles from Charlotte.

While you may think you know Davidson very well, there may be things you don't know. Here are a few of the top things you may not know about Davidson, NC.

Davidson's Parks

Davidson Proper may only measure 5.1 miles, but you'll find 19 parks and greenways here. That's a lot of green space jam-packed into a small area.

Famous Sculpture

Thomas Cain is the most famous sculptor from Davidson. He's known for the gnomes he has sculpted and they sell all over the world.

Not so Segregated

Many southern cities were very racial segregated back in the day. Davidson has a population of black slaves and poor white factory workers. What makes it unique is how well the cooperated together. The churches in the area created public schools for both white and black children. Even Sunday School classes were created for slave children in a time when this just didn't happen.

Cotton Was Davidson's Main Trade

In the early days, Davidson was all about the cotton. Cotton mills were all throughout the area in the 1800ss and by the early 1900s, more than 2,000 bales of cotton were sold in the town every year.

Davidson College

While you may...

Charlotte's Top 10 Proposal Spots

Are you planning to pop the question? The holiday season all the way through Valentine's Day is the most popular time of year for a proposal in Charlotte. If you're planning to get down on one knee, here are the top 10 proposal spots to consider throughout the city.

Freedom Park

A beautiful background found between the historic neighborhoods of Myers Park and Dilworth, Freedom Park offers plenty of options for a proposal. It covers 98 acres of beautiful space and many consider it to be the "Central Park" of Charlotte. Wait until sunset and propose with the beautiful seven-acre lake in the background or arrive at sunrise for the perfect early-day proposal.

Fahrenheit

A rooftop bar offering a 360-degree view of the city, Fahrenheit is a great spot to pop the question. Enjoy the comfortable chairs and a drink to celebrate after she says "YES" and you can even bring in a cozy atmosphere with the fire pits found here. The rooftop bar is located above Hyatt Place on the 21st floor.

A few other rooftop bars to consider include:

  • Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo
  • Rooftop 210
  • City Lights Rooftop

One of the Charlotte Concert Venues

Maybe you want to propose with music in the background during the holiday season. You will have plenty of options with plenty of great concerts throughout the holidays. The Fillmore is a popular...

Which Schools Will Serve Your Children in Center City?

Living in Center City Charlotte offers several benefits from great shopping to amazing dining to an incredible location. It's one of the most popular places for new residents to choose to call home. However, before you decide Center City is the place for you, it's important to understand which schools serve the children here.

First Ward Creative Arts Academy

The elementary school for Center City students is the First Ward Creative Arts Academy. This school specializes in arts-integrated learning with plenty of elements of arts in the classroom including dance, music, visual arts and theatre arts. The school is found in Uptown Charlotte and provides a high level of education for those in the community.

They offer a unique perspective on learning that includes more than a traditional school. It's a hard school to explain, but once you see the way they do things, you'll understand. They want students to use their special talents and develop a passion for the arts.

Irwin Academic Center

Another elementary school serving Center City Charlotte is the Irwin Academic Center. This school is found just minutes from Uptown and offers six grade levels from kindergarten to fifth grade. They serve about 550 students per year with a full magnet program including Learning Immersion for K-2 and Talent Development for academically gifted- grades 3 to 5.

The school has been recognized as an "Honor School of Excellence" by the states ABC goals multiple times and offers a great education for children. The goal of the Irwin Academic Center is to create critical thinkers and lifelong learners....

Top 7 Hottest Neighborhoods in Charlotte for Home Searches for Summer 2018

The summer is always a busy month when it comes to real estate. More buyers and sellers are out trying to find a home or sell a home. Some of the Charlotte neighborhoods were far hotter than others. Here's a look at the top seven hottest neighborhoods in Charlotte for home searches from this past summer.

NoDa

The most searched neighborhood in Charlotte was NoDa. This neighborhood is already known as one of the most popular for many good reasons. It's filled with great restaurants, shopping options, nightlife, and the art galleries are some of the best you will find. With live/work condos being built, plenty of beautiful bungalow homes renovated mill homes and some modern homes. NoDa also appeals to a variety of buyers.

The average list price for this neighborhood is just over $335K. It may have been a hipster neighborhood, but it has evolved into a historic, fun neighborhood attracting all types of home buyers in Charlotte.

Wilmore

Next on the list is a unique neighborhood in the South End area of Charlotte that has become incredibly hot. It's one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Charlotte and provides plenty for buyers to get excited about. The neighborhood offers the style of Dilworth with more affordability. The homes are not as big as most found in Dilworth, however.

Wilmore offers plenty of bungalow homes from the 1920s and 1930s with plenty of growth potential left. The average list price is nearly $407K. Buyer can expect this neighborhood to continue to be hot and just get hotter.

Southpark

It may have been higher on the list, but...

Which Parks in Charlotte are Best for Kids?

Charlotte is home to more than 21,000 acres of parkland with over 210 parks throughout. There's a ton of green space within the city and the surrounding area.

If you're considering relocating to Charlotte or if you've already moved to Charlotte, finding a great park for your kids isn't hard. There are several excellent parks all throughout the city, the suburbs and the surrounding area. Not all are as kid-friendly as others, however. Here's a quick look at some of the most kid-friendly and family-friendly parks you will find throughout Charlotte.

Chantilly Neighborhood Park

A great park for those living in nearby neighborhoods including Elizabeth, Plaza Midwood, and Chantilly, the Chantilly Neighborhood Park has plenty to offer. It's near some of the best historic neighborhoods in the city and offers one of the best-kept secrets in the park system.

Enjoy two massive playgrounds with shade pine trees nearby. There are also great walking trails here with plenty of green space to explore. If you need to sit down often, you will find plenty of great benches throughout the park, as well.

Freedom Park

One of the best family-friendly parks in all of Charlotte, Freedom Park is known as the "Central Park” of the city. It's usually filled with children and offers several different playgrounds including the "Panther Zone", which will let the kids enjoy some unique fun.

There are plenty of other things found here, too, including tennis courts and several sports fields. Enjoy the massive lake and go for a stroll throughout the park. Freedom Park is one of the most complete parks in Charlotte.

Latta Park

Found in the Dilworth neighborhood, this is one of the best...

Top 5 Towns Near Charlotte with a Real Main Street

Charlotte is filled with amazing neighborhoods and places to call home. From Uptown to the South End, you can choose from several amazing neighborhoods throughout the city. However, the Greater Charlotte Area also offers plenty of great towns with real Main Streets.

If you prefer the feel of a small town over an urban neighborhood, you're in luck. You can have your cake and eat it, too, when you choose one of the towns near Charlotte. Living close enough to enjoy big city amenities, while keeping the small town feel like a part of your home gives you the best of both worlds.

When you start shopping for a home in one of the Charlotte suburbs, you might be surprised at what you find. Wide sidewalks, ice cream shops, coffee cafes, fine dining restaurants and plenty of shopping will likely greet you in these downtown havens. Here are five the very best towns near Charlotte with a real Main Street.

Matthews, NC

Maybe the best suburb of Charlotte and certainly one of the top downtown areas, Matthews has so much to offer. It's filled with great places to shop, dining and plenty of entertainment. The Main Street is found right next to Stumptown Park, which is known for excellent events all year long. You can enjoy festivals and movies on the lawn as this park, along with the Food Truck Fridays event held every week.

If you want one of the very best downtown areas and Main Streets in the Charlotte area, your next home needs to be in Matthews. It's a vibrant town to call home with plenty to offer for all types of residents.

Mooresville, NC

Another great town with an excellent...

Charlotte Named as A Top City for Starting a Business

If you're an entrepreneur, relocating to Charlotte may just be the right move. It was recently named by WalletHub as one of the best large cities to start a business. After surveying 180 U.S. Cities WalletHub came to the conclusion that Charlotte belonged high on this list.

The list was compiled based on 19 different key metrics. The metrics even included the five-year survival rate for businesses and the affordability of office space. Here's why Charlotte made it onto this list from WalletHub.

Charlotte 9th Best Large City for Starting a Business

Charlotte landed in the 9th spot, which was better every other city in North Carolina, except Durham. The city was ranked as the 23rd best Business Environment, 43rd for Access to Resources and 56th for Business Costs.

Some of the major cities Charlotte beat out include:

  • Denver, CO
  • Miami, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Houston, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Nashville, TN
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • San Jose, CA
  • And many more!

Charlotte was tied for first place for the Highest Average growth for Small businesses. It tied with the following cities:

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Austin, TX
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Gulfport, MS

How WalletHub Came to This Conclusion

The methodology used by WalletHub compared a total of 182 cities in the United States. This included the 150 most populated cities with at least two of the most populated cities in each state. The key factors considered were the Business Environment, Access to Resources and Business Costs. In addition, the study looked at another 16 relevant metrics including:

...

A Closer Look at the 7th Street Public Market

A unique shopping experience in Charlotte with plenty to offer, the 7th Street Public Market is open to everybody. It's filled with great food and drink, plenty of vendors and so much more. If you love artisanal local products, this is the place for you.

Every trip to the market is a bit different with new vendors and new products. In addition, plenty of great events come through the 7th Street Market every month making for a great experience. Here's a closer look at the market man

Vendors

Several local companies sell their good at the 7th Street Public Market. Some of the vendors you will find here include:

  • Tank's Tap
  • Rico's Acai
  • Orrman's Cheese Shop
  • Bonsai Fusion Sushi
  • Not Just Coffee
  • Pure Pizza
  • Local Loaf
  • Viva Raw
  • Assorted Table Wine Shoppe
  • And More!

New vendors are added regularly, as well.

Events at the 7th Street Public Market

Several events are held regularly at the Market including Tuesday Night Wine, Raclette Night on Thursdays and Live Music on Fridays. In addition, Fridays often include Craft Night and Wednesdays are known for events, such as Wine & Cheese Pairings and Potions & Pixels Board Game Night.

While the regular weekly events are a blast, the Market is also home to several other events including:

  • The Annual Cookie Crumble
  • Crafternoon
  • Firefighters Pancake Breakfast
  • Shop Pop-ups
  • Jazz Brunches
  • Savor 7
  • And More!

There's always something new going on at the 7th Street Public Market.

About the Market

The 7th Street Public Market is found in the very popular ...

Should You Consider Moving to the NoDa Neighborhood?

Have you considered moving to the NoDa neighborhood? If you love hanging out in this area of Charlotte because of the great places to eat, drink and enjoy time with friends, you're not alone. The NoDa neighborhood is quickly becoming one of the hottest places in the city with an upbeat atmosphere and plenty of things to love.

Known as The Art's District, this diverse community welcomes all types of home buyers from families to young professionals to empty nesters. It's the place to live in Charlotte and one of the top choices. Here are a few of the reasons you should consider moving to the NoDa neighborhood.

Pet-Friendly & Adult Beverages

Living in the NoDa neighborhood will give you full access to plenty of nightlife. It's also a very pet-friendly community with new restaurants, breweries and plenty of spots you can take your dog. If you want to have a drink while you're out enjoying time with your pup, you can do it here.

A Foodie Paradise

No matter the cuisine you're after, you'll find something to enjoy in the NoDa neighborhood. It's filled with great spots, such as Sabor, Smelly Cat Cafe, Haberdish and so many others. When you visit this neighborhood, you'll likely wonder why you haven't just moved here already.

Steel Gardens

Those seeking a great condo to call home will love what Steel Gardens in the NoDa neighborhood offers. Enjoy hardwood floors, white kitchen cabinets, white subway backsplashes, granite countertops stainless steel appliances and more. In addition, this building offers...

Top 5 Reasons People Love Living in SouthPark

Most know SouthPark as a great place for shopping. However, it's also a great place to live with so much to offer. It's more than just an amazing place to go when you want a little retail therapy.

SouthPark offers an escape from the city with mature trees, quiet streets and plenty of space. It's an easy commute to Uptown and offers much more than meets the eye. Here are five of the top reasons many people love calling SouthPark home.

It's a Foodie Haven

Foodies flock to SouthPark for the newest restaurants and some that have been around for a while. It's home to several great options, such as Yafo Kitchen, Oak Steakhouse, The Palm and Legion Brewing. If you're a self-proclaimed foodie, SouthPark may be the perfect place for you to call home.

Several Great Subdivisions

While SouthPark offers a unique neighborhood in Charlotte, it also offers several unique subdivisions within it. Fairmeadows is one of those options with half-acre lots and homes ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet. In addition, SouthPark is home to the following subdivisions:

  • Barclay Downs
  • Foxcroft
  • Sharon Woods
  • Beverly Woods
  • Mountainbrook

All of these subdivisions are a bit different, offering the perfect place to call home for so many buyers.

Plenty of Patios

SouthPark is filled with great outdoor spaces for dining with options, such as brunch at Reid's Fine Foods or lunch at Toscana. In addition, the neighborhood offers...

Check out What's New in Charlotte This Summer

Are you sick of the old and ready for something new? Charlotte has several new things you can enjoy this summer. Whether it's dining you like, an adult beverage you prefer or shopping, there are plenty of new places to go, things to do and people to meet in Charlotte.

New Dining Options

The food scene in Charlotte is always evolving. Restaurants open, restaurants close and there's always something new to enjoy. The Stanley is one of the best new choices. This upscale restaurant comes from a James Beard semifinalist and a top mixologist.

Another new find found very close to The Stanley is The Crunkleton. It comes from another great mixologist from Chapel Hill. Caswell also opened in the same area and all three of these new hot spots took over former locations of restaurants no longer open.

Other new restaurants to enjoy throughout Charlotte include:

  • Famous Toastery in Uptown
  • Holler & Dash in South End
  • First Watch in Matthews
  • Maple Street Biscuit Company in Concord
  • Tacos 4 Life in Concord
  • House of Pizza in Plaza Midwood
  • Bardo in South End
  • 131 Main in South Park
  • Superica in South End
  • Deli St in Plaza Midwood
  • Davidson Ice House in Davidson
  • Bang Bang Burgers in South End

Along with these new restaurants that have already opened, several others will be open before the end of the summer. Some of the top restaurants scheduled to open in Charlotte this summer include:

  • Bulla Gastrobar in South Park, opening in June
  • Barcelona Wine Bar in South...

Charlotte Listed at One of the Best Cities for Real Estate Investment 2018

In November 2017, Renoviso.com released a study naming Charlotte as one of the "Top 10 Cities for Real Estate Investment in 2018". The study looked closely at the affordability and growth of many cities across the United States. Whether you're looking to buy as a real estate investment or put down roots, Charlotte is one of the best places you can live right now.

Renoviso looked at several specific factors in this study including:

  • Capitalization Rate
  • Job Growth Ranking
  • Single-Family Home Price
  • Population Growth Percentage

These factors were used to rank the best cities for real estate investment in 2018 and Charlotte was found in the fourth spot on the list.

Why is Charlotte Ranked 4th?

Called, "a city on the rise," by Renoviso, Charlotte took the fourth spot due to many new attractions and restaurants bringing in visitors and new residents to the area. In addition, the CAP rates are about 6.8%, which is due to the fast-growing population and the many job opportunities found throughout the city.

Single-family homes are also rather affordable with an average price of $234,400. This makes it a profitable place to invest and a great place to buy, even if you're not planning to invest.

Charlotte also scores points for the unique feel of the city with plenty to offer those relocating from other parts of the country.

Raleigh, NC Comes in 2nd

Along with Charlotte, Raleigh, NC made the list at the second spot. This makes North Carolina one of only three states with multiple cities on the list.

Even though Raleigh...

Upcoming Events this Fall For You and Your Friends!

Upcoming Events in Charlotte, NC for You and Your Friends

Upcoming Events in Charlotte This Fall

Charlotte, NC hosts many different events throughout the year. This fall, there are many events in and around the area that are perfect to take family or friends to. In the next week alone there are endless lists of things to do in Charlotte, NC.

Charlotte is a very inclusive city for music lovers; there are a wide variety of singers that perform in Charlotte. From hip-hop to country, rock, indie and the blues, you can find the right kind of musical event for you. It’s also a great city to experience culture.

Here, we break down a wide variety of events coming up in the next few weeks!

Chinese Latern Festival – Now through October 29

Experience a whole new culture when you visit this festival in October, these aren’t your ordinary lanterns either; they’re huge! It’s a perfect place for a weeknight activity because events start at 5:30 and end early in the evening. From food trucks, to Kung Fu shows and even lessons, you’ll take something home from this festival.

 

World of Outlaws World Finals – November 2 – 4

This three-day dirt racing event is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The event is held at Charlotte Motor Speedway and each day holds a different type of racing and events. If you’re not familiar with this type of racing, don’t worry. The fans...

The Top 5 Playdate locations in Charlotte, NC

The Top 5 Playdate locations in Charlotte

If you're new to Charlotte and want to learn about  great locations for your little ones, check out these top 5 locations below. 

Freedom Park - Located in Uptown Charlotte, Freedom park has a wide variety of fun activities. This includes a huge jungle gym set, basketball courts, soccer fields and more. They even have a play area that resembles the Carolina Panthers training camp activities.

Discovery Place Science is located in uptown Charlotte! This is a great exploratory area for your kids to be hands on and check out interactive, exciting exhibitions. While they learn, you can enjoy a location that offers a wide variety of activities for your little one.

Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville

Skyzone is fun trampoline park that is age friendly. On Saturday mornings they host toddler time and offer separate locations for children of all ages. If you’re looking to have them bounce around and get all of their wiggles out, Skyzone is the place for you!

Romp n Roll  in Harrisburg NC!  A wonderful location that offers gym related activities for kids as young...

10 of the Hottest Restaurants in Charlotte!

 

 

Charlotte, North Carolina, a vibrant city in the South, is well-known for plenty of things: home Johnson and Wales University’s newest campus, emerging as America’s second largest banking town, and, most recently, rising as one of the most popular cities for foodies to explore.

What was once a town where you could only find steak and potatoes, is now an ocean of endless possibilities, thanks to Charlotte’s multi-cultural population.

The city’s recent banking boom attracted a diverse workforce, which in turn, created a taste for international foods. Food lovers from near and far come to this Southern city and have an out-of-this-world culinary experience.

These are 10 of the hottest Restaurants in Charlotte you should not miss out on:

Futo Buta

 
Futo Buta is a modern take on a Japanese Izakaya, which is essentially a low-key pub where people can sit and unwind after a long day of work.

Joe’s Doughs

 ...

5 Easy Ways to Volunteer in your Community!

As we approach the Fall season and near the holidays, we all enter a time of giving and helping others. While we hope to maintain this feeling all year around, what better time to jump in and give back then right NOW.

Costello REI recently embraced this feeling by connecting with the Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina. Our goal is to create ongoing volunteer opportunities that allows our team to grow and give back. We want to be in a giving mindset and maintain that focus throughout the year.

Do you want to get involved but not sure where to get started?

Check out 5 great ways to support the areas we live and love.

1. The Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina – “This organization strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food” . https://www.secondharvestmetrolina.org/.

It’s easy! You can go to the above website, click on give time and sign up for a variety of shifts that meets your schedule and needs.

2. Hands on Charlotte: This is a one-stop shop! If you want to learn about a variety of volunteer opportunities...