Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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LAKE NORMAN VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 31 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 LAKE NORMAN/DAVIDSON Spend the afternoon at the Belk Visual Arts Center in Davidson or try your hand at creating a masterpiece at Studio Elie in Cornelius. The proposed Cornelius Arts Center is slated to feature an arts hub and district with restaurants, galleries and shops. The edifice is envisioned as a three- story building with a basement for parking; a 7,400 square-foot ground floor ceramic studio; a flexible-use theater accommodating theatrical, dance and live music performances; and a special events room with a kitchen. NASCAR fans might want to visit the Joe Gibbs Raceshop open to the public Monday through Friday in Huntersville or attend the Joe Gibbs Fan Fest in October where you might meet your favorite driver and experience the vintage car show. If you prefer spectator sports take in a live event. Watch the Davidson Wildcats who participate in Division I college leagues in football, baseball and basketball. The Wildcats' most famous basketball alumni is Steph Curry. You can also travel to see nearby NFL football with the Carolina Panthers or basketball with the NBA Charlotte Hornets in Uptown Charlotte. For those interested in dining, one of the most famous spots is Kindred in Davidson operated by Chef Joe Kindred and Co-Owner Katy Kindred The dining establishment serves globally inspired dishes to delight the palate. The owners have also opened Hello, Sailor in Cornelius, a twist on traditional fish offerings. The Famous Toastery serves breakfast and more in a casual environment. Mickey & Mooch in Huntersville offers live big band music and an elegant casual atmosphere. These are but a few of the over 140 dining establishments near Lake Norman. Breweries are abundant in the area. One of the most successful is D9 Brewing Company. Others include Davidson Brewing Company, Eleven Lakes Brewing and Bayne Brewing Company. But life around Lake Norman is not all fun and games. A thriving business community flourishes here as well. The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, located in Cornelius, acts regionally. Chamber president Bill Russell explains his love for the area, "Lake Norman, with all four seasons, and with its proximity to the culture in Charlotte, to beaches, the coast and the mountains lends itself to be a great place to live work and visit." Since Charlotte is the second largest financial district in the country, some people who work there live here and commute to the Queen City. There is significant wealth in the area and so financial advisers work here as well. There are also numerous banks including new startup Aquesta which now has six branches and is headquartered in Cornelius. >>

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