Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 28 UNION COUNTY Union County BY LINDSEY GREY vintage theater, art walk, diverse industries Arts, culture and history are alive and well in the county with a vintage theater, air show and old-time hot dog shop, among other assets. Union County's history includes being the home of the original Belk Department store chain, a pivotal location in the civil rights movement with the Freedom Riders, the "Warbirds over Monroe" event and more. Today, Union County is the home of diverse industries such as ATI, Greiner Bio One, Scott Health and Safety, Ludwig Drums and other sectors. Monroe's industry base continues to grow with near completion of the Monroe Corporate Center around the airport and the Aeropointe Corporate Center. Plans for renovating existing properties include the historic Center Theatre and the Children's Science and Technology Center. College students attend Wingate University founded in 1896. Downtown Monroe is an eclectic group of businesses which exude charm and Southern hospitality. Twenty- two unique shops and 11 restaurants are located downtown along with a historic county courthouse. Backstage Vintage pays tribute to the performing arts through vintage clothing, costumes, antiques and collectibles. Live, Laugh, Paint is a relaxing way to discover your inner artist. Art lovers come out with friends, for a fun date, or to host a private party, and leave with a memory. A photography studio, martial arts studio and other shops are located downtown. For old time hot dogs the place to go is the Oasis Sandwich Shop, in operation downtown since 1933. The Bus Stop Soda Shop brings all ages out for ice cream, sodas, hot dogs and more. There's no better nostalgia trip than having a milkshake in the shop's colorful vintage VW bus. For the perfect pairing of beer and barbecue locals head to Southern Range Craft Beer & BBQ. The arts are celebrated in the cultured town. The Union Symphony Society supports Union Symphony Orchestra, Union Symphony Youth Orchestra, Union Jazz, Union Symphony Prelude Junior String Orchestra, and Union Symphony Youth Chamber Players. The Union County Community Arts Council supports cultural arts programs and services, arts in education, and grant programs. The bi-annual Downtown Monroe Art Walk was started in 2007 by mother and daughter Joyce Rentschler and Andrea Price. Their plan was to highlight the potential of the downtown business district and to draw attention to Monroe's incredible local artists. Andrea and Joyce are both Monroe natives, and spent many hours downtown on Franklin Street at Ray's News Stand which was owned by Joyce's father. A former 1927 Coca Cola bottling company is now a premiere event space for weddings, reunions and business meetings. The Bottle Factory Venue is a 10,000 square foot event rental facility located in the historic district of Monroe. The historic building retains many of its unique features including exposed brick walls, 16-foot open beam ceilings, floor-to-ceiling columns and hardwood floors. Five recreation centers keep the community fit and offer youth sports. Golfers get on the green at Rolling Hills Country Club and other golf courses. Swimmers head to the Monroe Aquatics and Fitness Center. To relax outside residents go to area parks and lakes for recreational activities. Wingate University's main campus is located in Union County on a 400-acre campus 30 miles east of Charlotte. In addition to academics, Wingate student-athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. Travel will soon be easier to and from Monroe with the completion of the expressway extending from U.S. 74 in Mecklenburg County between the towns of Wingate and Marshville in Union County. The Monroe Connector will advance retail, commercial and employment centers in the region and ease congestion. "For me, the everyday people living life is our claim to fame," said Pete Hovanec, communications and tourism officer for Union County. "Whether they work in aerospace or poultry processing, in the medical field or in education, our residents are the backbone of our community." []

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