Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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LAKE NORMAN THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 22 LAKE NORMAN Most recently, its owners opened a second restaurant, Ramen Soul, which specializes in Asian-inspired dishes like ramen soup bowls and dim-sum. Later this year, the Bon Apettit favorite, Kindred, located in Davidson, will open a second location in Cornelius guaranteed to continue exciting taste buds with delicacies like its duck fat potatoes and milk bread cinnamon rolls. Some of Lake Norman's most interesting — and unique — events take place in Cornelius. In collaboration with the celebration of Earth Day, Hooked on Cornelius lures in fishing fanatics of all ages. Besides the obvious, this day is also filled with nature walks, environmental education, an animal skin and fossil-touching station and a scavenger hunt. Summer brings Symphony in the Park at the Bailey Road Park Bandshell, where the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra plays an explosive series of patriotic, classical and pops performances, followed by a fireworks display. For the past 16 years, the town has hosted the All American Dog Show each October, awarding categories like "best dressed," "cutest senior," "best trick" and "All-American dog." And, of course, Cornelius is also home of Laketoberfest, an Octoberfest-esque, lakefront event featuring beer from local breweries, live music, food trucks and more. The people of Cornelius may play hard — but they work hard, too. The education industry is the leading supplier of jobs for residents, with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employing upwards of 400 locals (and 19,000-plus for the entire county). Other large Cornelius employers include the YMCA, Home Depot and the Town of Cornelius. Also once a small mill town, Huntersville is now the largest in Lake Norman with nearly 53,000 residents. In fact, it's grown by as much as 1,000 percent since 1990, when it was home to just 3,000 people. placed it at number-11 on its list of best North Carolina suburbs — and is actually the 46th fastest-growing suburb in the United States. Even with its growth, the town strives to provide a high level of service to those who live there, so much so that it offers a "Huntersville 101" course to engage locals interested in learning more about the town. Many people who complete the class apply to serve on town advisory boards. Like many North Carolina cities, Huntersville is a manufacturing magnate. Its largest employers include companies like SABIC Innovative Plastics, Rubbermaid, Irwin Industrial Tools and Pactiv Corporation (disposable food packaging), to name a few. The city is also home to Joe Gibbs Racing — an American professional stock car racing team owned and operated by former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. The exhilaration of car racing isn't the only fun thing to do in Huntersville. It's also home to one of the largest Renaissance fairs nationwide. The Carolina Renaissance Festival, which celebrates its 24th anniversary in 2017, brings 16th-century Europe back to life through jousting tournaments, circus entertainment, comedy shows, 500 costumed characters and more than 100 purveyors of food and crafts (we're talking blacksmiths, cobblers, leather- workers, candle-makers and more). Like its smallest sister city, Huntersville regularly tops "best of" lists for its viable housing and job markets, its family-friendly atmosphere and, perhaps most importantly, safety. The Huntersville Police Department actually hosts a semi-annual event called "Coffee with a Cop" to give community members a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and build relationships with local law enforcement. In fact, all three sister cities regularly score high for being safe communities. Each one made the 2017 "20 safest cities in North Carolina" list from SafeWise, a home security system reviewer, with Davidson up top at number-7, followed by Cornelius at number-13 and, finally, Huntersville at number-18. No matter what you're into — academics, food, dog shows, or the great outdoors — you'll find it around Lake Norman thanks to the flavorful identities of this city trio. And even if you get bored (but we doubt you will), North Carolina's largest city is just around the corner, pulsing with life. []

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