Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 24 MATTHEWS The logo for downtown Matthews has a vintage look—much like the town itself. Look closer and the logo tells you that Matthews has been "cool since 1879." It's a fitting exemplification of this community of over 31,000 that pays tribute to its past by undertaking projects to meld it with its future, like saving and trans- forming their 1907 brick schoolhouse into the Matthews Community Center, the town's hub. The town serves as a beacon to professionals who work in Charlotte's skyline district just 20 minutes away, but want full-on Southern charm when they are off the clock. Workers who prefer not to jump on US-74 and head to Charlotte everyday have opportunities for work right here in Matthews, home to the headquarters of retail store Family Dollar and grocery store chain Harris Teeter, with 900 and 680 local employees, respectively. The town's Chamber of Commerce boasts 400 members, like Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, helping to key the town both physically and fiscally healthy. This vigorous business foundation means a median household income above the national average for Matthews while the unemployment rate hovers below it. Matthews' downtown showcases old and new, with buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century housing the latest foodie hangout, shopping and service establishments. Matthews pays tribute to its sister city in France with Santé, a French-influenced restaurant, and popular Royal Cafe and Creperie. In the Cultural Arts District, you'll enjoy shopping at boutiques like jewelry Matthews vintage, yet trending cool VERA WILSON store Designs by Shirlee while strolling among the back- drop of beautiful historic churches and the McDowell Arts Center (the "Mac"), where monthly rotating art exhibits from local galleries are displayed. Next stop is North- End, Matthews' first-of-its-kind mixed-use development, within walking distance of historic downtown. Its modern loft apartments bring housing to the downtown area, and unique stores like the Loyalist Market that features cheese and charcuterie (are you sure we're not in France?) stand alongside convenient favorites like Walgreens. For stick-to-your-ribs eatin', try Cafe 157, Mac's Speed Shop or Wayback Burgers. For a more continental flair, there's Mario's Italian Restaurant, Umami Sushi or Grill and El Valle Mexican restaurant. Matthews has jumped on board the brewery bandwagon and night scene with the likes of Carolina Beer Temple, Seaboard Taproom and Wine Bar and Temple Mojo. School choice is another positive of Matthews. Private schools equal the number of public schools (six each) and their four charter schools include a preparatory high school. Also conveniently located in Matthews is a satellite location of Central Piedmont Community College. The family that plays together will love Matthews. A handful of parks offer every activity imaginable. Twenty- nine acre Squirrel Lake Park is the place to bring your fishing pole, or take in the local critters at KP Park, a certified wildlife habitat. No place for a garden at home? Stake out your claim at Fullwood's or Purser-Hulsey Park's community garden. Play or watch soccer at the new Sportsplex at Matthews with its multipurpose fields and 2,500 seat stadium, the perfect place to catch a Charlotte Independence soccer team game. Other parks connect to the green interstate known as the Carolina Thread Trail. If it's too cold or wet outdoors, dribble a ball inside at the Crews Recreational Center. Take in a play at the Stumptown Park downtown, offering movies, concerts and special events year-round. The Levine Senior Center offers activities for the young at heart. The hit of the summer season is Beachfest Matthews. Beach music fills the air while you take in the carnival, arts and craft booths, and car show. Holiday family fun is found in Matthews morning, noon and night. Wake up to Breakfast with Santa in December, lunch with the Easter Bunny in spring, and a Father-Daughter Valentine Dance on a February evening. Labor Day weekend means the Matthews Alive festival with a parade, fireworks, and Midway games and rides, all to benefit local nonprofits. []

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