Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 40 IREDELL COUNTY Iredell County BY LYNNE BRANDON racing, restaurants, root beer "R and R" in Iredell County translates into racing and recreation (on a lake named Norman), two year-round pastimes. Racing is synonymous with the town of Mooresville. A rich history and ties to the racing industry have earned Mooresville (estimated population, 37,000) the title of Race City USA. The NASCAR influence is prominent, and NASCAR legends choose to put down roots here. Race teams, such as JR Motorsports and Penske Racing, call the town home along with NASCAR Technical Institute. Racing fans spend the day touring race shops, watching crews work on cars or visit a motorsports museum. Most people don't know that the city has ties to racing of a different kind. DeBotech Inc. built the two- person and four-person bobsleds as well as skeleton sleds for Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics. The "city of speed" lets visitors go at their own pace. Start with a self-guided walking tour through downtown. The tour includes Mooresville's original town hall, the old train depot, D.E. Turner hardware, the Charles Mack building and the Mooresville Flour Mill. Mooresville Depot Visual Arts Center educates and inspires with special exhibits and events throughout the year. Spend an afternoon or a weekend visiting museums and venues dedicated to motor sports such as Memory Lane Motorsports & Historical Automotive Museum, North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Dale Earnhardt Inc. showroom and other racing attractions. At the PIT Indoor Kart track experience an adrenaline rush at the nation's largest indoor kart track in go karts that are capable of speeds up to 40 mph. PIT also offers black-light mini-golf, laser tag and other fun activities. Eat at one-of-a-kind restaurants such as Big Tiny's Texas Style BBQ, Epic Chophouse, Pie in the Sky Pizza and others. Have a jolt of caffeine at coffee houses like Richards's Coffee Shop or take a coffee tour at Black Powder Roasting Company. Experience craft beer at Lake Norman Brewing Company, a family owned and operated nano-brewery proudly located in Mooresville. Sit a spell and have a Dockside Blonde, Man Overboard IPA, Sunset Orange Pale Ale, and seasonal specialty brews. For a taste not found anywhere else (and nonalcoholic) try the Mooresville-based Uncle Scotts' All Natural Root Beer for what many say is the best root beer ever made. Ingredients are worth the read: cinnamon oil, anise oil, licorice-root oil and, even "wood extract." Statesville was once considered a city to drive through on the way to somewhere else. Today, history, a vibrant downtown, and one-of-a-kind stores are all reasons to stop and stay awhile. Statesville (estimated population 26,221) showcases its history with attractions —Fort Dobbs, Fourth Creek Burying Grounds, museums and more. Scenic parks, golf courses and a sculpture garden get residents and visitors outside. In the fall unique festivals give people a chance to take a hot air balloon ride at the Carolina BalloonFest or to watch a foreign film at the Full Bloom Film Festival. The distilling heritage of Statesville has been reawakened by Southern Distilling Company. The city was once known as the "liquor capital of the world" in the 1880s and Southern Distilling is bringing local bourbon, rye whiskey and brandy production back. The award- winning Southern Star Bourbons earned two golds and a silver medal at the 2017 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the state- of-the-art distillery. Afterwards, pull up a seat at the flame oak, high-top bar for a tasting. With the one of the largest historic downtowns in the region, the city is continually recognized for its assets and achievements. Statesville's downtown is recognized as one of North Carolina's "Great Main Streets." The city is also the recipient of the "North Carolina Main Street Award of Merit" for the streetscape project and historic City Hall renovation. For a pictorial history of the city stop in at the Statesville Historical Collection, a gallery of hundreds of mostly black-and-white photos reflecting Statesville through the generations. Downtown is the city's hub where retail, dining, and entertainment converge. Businesses renovating and

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