Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 31 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 History is also being preserved in Gastonia with new rehab projects. Loray Mill, once the world's largest textile mill (under one roof) is having a comeback moment as new mixed use development called Loray Village. Modern, upscale apartments retaining historical components, commercial business space and a micro-brewery are in the planning stages for the former manufacturing hub. The project is proof of the growth in Gastonia, partly due to proximity to Charlotte and commuters who choose to live here due to lower cost and lifestyle amenities. Residential areas are growing at warp speed such as Belmont, Mount Holly, and McAdenville where upscale developments are being built on the waterfront. Fun is high on the agenda in the town that is building the Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment complex near downtown. The complex will be the new home for the Gastonia Grizzlies, a summer collegiate baseball team. The space will also host concerts, car shows and other events. Don't leave without eating at Webb Custom Kitchen where the star is the top shelf cuisine. The movie marquee is the tell-tale sign that an evening in the remodeled theater will be an exceptional experience. The restaurant is the recipient of the 2017 Diners' Choice Award by OpenTable. For a modern spin on American and Italian cuisine, Lily's Italian Bistro is a must- do. For dessert, the kid in everyone will want to make a stop for a towering ice cream cone at Tony's Ice Cream, in business since 1915. [] GASTON COUNTY GASTON'S BUCKET LIST Take a wildflower walk and smell the flowers at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gar- dens, home of an orchid conservatory and beautiful event space. Try an adrenalin soaked adventure and go whitewater rafting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Go tell it on the mountain. Climb or explore Crowders Mountain State Park at your own pace. Paddle or kayak on the peaceful and scenic Catawba River. Walk awhile on the Carolina Thread Trail. Get some culture at Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. Eat a cone of ice cream at Tony's Ice Cream Shop. Strap on the feed bag at Northstar Fish Camp. It will be worth it. Take your pooch to canine-friendly George Poston Park.

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