Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 32 FORT MILL Fort Mill, SC BY SAVANNAH CHASE up-and-coming, easy lifestyle You have probably heard of Fort Mill. You might call it "south of the border" from its behemoth neighbor but it is much more. Just minutes from Charlotte driving southbound on I-77 and immediately you will enter into the up-and-coming town of Fort Mill, South Carolina. Small and large companies are putting down roots in the cozy city that is having a growth spurt. From housing developments to hotels and restaurants and shopping, Fort Mill, a former textile center, is booming. Quality of life, prime location and a less frantic pace than larger cities continue to make Fort Mill a desirable place to live and work. The town's historic downtown, where some of the buildings date back to the 1800s, is undergoing revitalization. Restaurants and shops cluster together to form a quaint, walkable downtown. Murals on historic buildings tell the town's story with vibrant colors. Fort Mill's many neighborhoods offer a quiet, easy lifestyle minutes away from South Charlotte. The town's newest planned development, Kingsley, will "change the conversation" in Fort Mill. When complete Kingsley will offer a mix of corporate headquarters, hotels, small shops, restaurants, and multi-family living over retail, built around a lake and amphitheater. Brokerage giant LPL Financial's buildings will cover 450,000 square feet with plans for an elaborate cafeteria, coffee bar, fitness center and upscale offices. Spend the day walking around upscale Baxter Town Center. The planned community has shopping, businesses, restaurants and a YMCA, all within walking distance. Try locally-owned Fishmarket Restaurant for seafood or Fratelli's for Italian. Quench your thirst at Grapevine with wine by the glass and local beer, or have a pint at nearby Full Spectrum Brewing Company. Try their peach beer in the summer. The Comporium Athletic Park celebrates the community's youth and sports. The park features four modern, synthetic turf fields which will accommodate soccer, lacrosse and football. "With the new developments in hotels, sports complexes and the continued growth in Carowinds, Fort Mill is becoming a championship destination in the sports tourism industry," said Auvis Cole, interim director of the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. In the next few years the park is estimated to bring in more than 100,000 tourists with an estimated $8.5 million in revenue for the local economy. For fitness and time with nature, locals and visitors from nearby cities venture to Anne Springs Close Greenway. The 2,100-acre nature preserve serves as a natural buffer from urban development and a place for outdoor recreation from hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, to kayaking and more. Exceptional food served up by local chefs is easy to come by. At the Flipside Café 2017 South Carolina Chef Ambassador Amy Fortes works magic with fellow owner and husband Jon. Try the White Cheddar Pimento Cheese with pretzels and the Bacon Wrapped Fort Mill Meatloaf. In downtown Fort Mill, Local Dish is a must stop. The menu's high quality and the quaint ambiance make everything go down easily, especially the drinks and cocktails served in mason jars. For those who like it hot, try Puckerbutt Pepper Company hot pepper sauces. The Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper ® is so hot it was awarded the Guinness World Record in 2013. Fort Mill embraces its agricultural history with special events, seasonal farm stands and restaurants that serve local foods year round. In the spring, signature events like the South Carolina Strawberry Festival and the S.C. Ag + Art Tour take center stage. Caroline Hasty, public relations for Fort Mill, estimates 67,000 people attended the Strawberry Festival in 2016. "The mere fact that we have the sweetest strawberries in the South makes it a big event," said Hastings. "And, people talk about how the people of Fort Mill are so nice. We drip of Southern hospitality." []

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