Fall Festivals have Arrived

Labor Day has come and gone and this means that it is almost fall! This amazing time of year is perfect for picking apples, pumpkin patches, and festivals of all sorts. The cooler (hopefully) weather makes being outside with the community a great way to connect. Here are just a few of our favorite festivals close to Lake Wylie:

  • Grandiflora Glass – now through September 29th at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. This is a botanical glass art exhibit within the gardens. Tickets are $14.95 for adults and $7.95 for children with children 2 and under free.
  • Mid Autumn Fest – September 14, 6-9 pm at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. This is an Asian tradition of celebration beneath the harvest moon. Tickets are $14.95 for adults and $7.95 for children with children 2 and under free.
  • The Great Pumpkin Fest – September 14th – October 27th at Carowinds. Free with your $48 park admission, celebrate the season with a corn maze, hay bale maze, challenge course, crafts and more.
  • Flow Fest – September 21st and 22nd 7 am – 10 pm at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Enjoy two days of yoga, mindfulness, and wellness. Cost is free to attend, workshops are an additional cost.
  • GO FEST – September 26th 6:30-9 pm in Downtown Gastonia. The streets will be closed for live music and local brews and food trucks.
  • Riverfest – September 28th 1-6 pm – Kevin Lofton Park in Belmont. This free festival will include log rolling and kayaking to highlight the river. Expect food trucks and vendor booths.
  • Fall Festival – October 5th 9 am to 6 pm, U. S. National Whitewater Center. Enjoy fall yoga, obstacle courses, apple cider and a build-your-own boat competition. Free to enjoy.
  • 20th Anniversary Festival – October 5th 11 am until 2 pm at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Visit this family party with petting zoo, crafts and activities. Free to members, $8 adults, $4 kids 2-12, under 2 free.

These are just some of the many festivals worth attending. While you are checking out these festivals, check out the communities they are in. If you are thinking of relocating your family to one of these great spots, call us. If you are interested in a private tour of neighborhoods and homes in the Lake Wylie area, call us at 803-831-8588 to schedule with us. To view current listings and create custom searches, click here.

Gastonia Summer Concert Series Set to Begin

There are just a few short weeks left of the school year before the summer season is upon us. One of the most anticipated local events is the Downtown Summer Concert Series in Gastonia. There is a diverse lineup for this year sure to please a diverse audience. The first concert is Friday May 17th with a D.J. set at 6 pm and the main concert at 7 pm in downtown Gastonia.

Seven nights of concerts are planned for this year’s series being held every other week from May until August. The first six concerts will be held on Friday evenings and will follow the pattern of D.J. set at 6 pm and featured act at 7 pm. The final concert will be integrated as part of the annual Taste of Gaston festival and will be three separate concerts throughout the day and evening of Saturday August 10th.

The Gastonia Summer Concert Series is organized and overseen by the Gastonia East Rotary Club. They use a budget of $40,000 from the city to schedule shows, pay bands, coordinate vendors, and everything else needed for the events. Any remaining funds are used for public service projects in Gastonia.

Below is a list of the concerts scheduled for this year:

  • Friday, May 17 – On the Border (Eagles Tribute band)
  • Friday, May 31 – DeCarlo, featuring Tommy DeCarlo from the rock band Boston
  • Friday, June 14 – Hot Wire & Nantucket
  • Friday, June 28 – Runnin’ Down A Dream (Tom Petty tribute band)
  • Friday, July 12 – Legacy Motown Revue
  • Friday, July 26 – Randall Bramblett Band
  • Saturday, August 10 – Band of Oz from noon to 2:30 p.m., Jim Quick and Coastline from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and Trial by Fire (Journey tribute band) from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information on this event, see the full article in the Gaston Gazette.

If you are interested in viewing a home in the Lake Wylie area, close to Gastonia for easy access to the Gastonia Summer Concert Series, give us a call at 803-831-8588 or click here to search through current listings.

Fish away on Lake Wylie

As the weather starts to warm up and winter turns into spring, residents of the Lake Wylie region can fully take advantage of all that life on the water has to offer. Avid fishermen can get excited about the several large fishing tournaments that are on the calendar for March, and the following is a lineup of what to look forward to.

March 4 will feature the Carolinas Bass Challenge. The Ebenezer Park Launch in Lake Wylie is the second stop on the four-part series that also has stops on Lake Norman, Lake Hickory and High Rock Lake. The events and the challenge are team fishing tournaments and competitors can work in pairs or alone. The first place prize is at least $8,000 and the Big Carolinas Best Challenge Classic can pay out $50,000.

Another fishing tournament series that is already underway is the Carolina Anglers Team Trail which features smaller events with smaller payouts, but feeds into larger events in both the Carolinas and Virginia. Part of this series is the CATTFish event on March 11, and it’s the final event after five qualifying events.

Stay tuned for what is up next for fishing enthusiasts in and around Lake Wylie, and for more details on these specific events, be sure to read the full article at Heraldonline.com.

Mediterranean dining comes to Tega Cay

Did somebody say “Gyro”?
It’s always exciting when a new addition to the local dining scene offers something a bit different from everything else around. Well, there’s a recent restaurant opening in Tega Cay that offers a cuisine that is new to the area with food that is fast, fresh and delicious. The Greek restaurant Greco Fresh Grille offers homemade food made from scratch, and it is already a big neighborhood hit.

The menu features lamb, chicken and falafel platters served with Greek salad and house – cut fries that come in three flavors. The hummus on the menu also comes in three delicious flavors. On the menu, you will also find gyros with tzatziki sauce, as well as spinach pie, salads, kebabs, baklava and more, all showcasing the flavors of classic Mediterranean food.

There are three other Greco Fresh Grille locations in Charlotte, and this is the first South Carolina location. Be sure to check out this new Mediterranean eatery and neighborhood gem that is great for lunch or dinner. For more info and details on the restaurant, read the article at Heraldonline.com.

Job opportunities coming to Fort Mill area

Plenty of job opportunities are about to become available in Fort Mill. Although the positions are temporary, they offer a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a major Carolina landmark and institution.

Carowinds, which sits at the border between North Carolina and South Carolina between Charlotte and Fort Mill, is a 398-acre amusement park that is a well-known favorite among locals and tourists alike.

The ever popular theme park will be filling over 4,000 positions ahead of the 2017 season, ranging from entry-level roles to managerial positions. The entertainment department of the theme park is looking for comedic actors and variety performers, as well as singers and dancers. Auditions for the theme park’s live shows will be held on Saturday, February 4, Sunday, February 5, and Saturday, February 11, with registration taking place from 1-4pm.

Positions are also available for mascot characters as well as in admissions, cash services, food and beverage, guest services, human resources, marketing, maintenance and many more.

Carowinds is comprised of a variety of “mini parks” including a “County Fair” that has plenty of amusement rides and four new attractions that were added this year. Winterfest at the park pays tribute to the holiday season in a winter wonderland setting. Carolina Harbor is touted as one of the best water parks in the country with attractions for kids and adults alike. Cirque Imagine features highflying fun with incredible displays of strength, balance, athleticism and beauty in the Carowinds Theater.

For further information on the job openings available, be sure to check out Carowinds.jobs, or read the full article at Heraldonline.com.

Belmont’s Nellie’s Southern Kitchen gets national attention

screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-4-39-19-pmBelmont’s dose of celebrity, in the form of a pop star-owned restaurant, is about to get some national attention. Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, the new and popular downtown Belmont restaurant opened by the Jonas family, is “southern hospitality done right,” and the Food Network is about to debut a special that documents the restaurant’s opening.
screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-6-28-22-pmThe Jonas Brothers was an American pop band that garnered much of their fame from Disney Channel appearances and ultimately became a major pop group. While no longer a band, the brothers have stellar solo careers that tend to keep them in the limelight.
The Jonas brothers, as well as their family, are no strangers to both individual and group success as well as bold career moves. But, opening their southern-style restaurant whose inspiration came from Nellie Jonas, the brothers’ great grandmother who lived in Belmont until she passed away in 2011, was no easy feat. Now, you can watch a behind-the-scenes thirty-minute special that will air on the Food Network called “Jonas Restaurant: Family Style.” The show will give viewers a glimpse of what it took for the family to open their restaurant that showcases home-cooked comfort food in a fun, welcoming and friendly environment. The special really showcases the family’s passion for entertaining with food.
“Jonas Restaurant: Family Style” documents the week leading up to the restaurant’s opening day, with pending construction, staff hiring and training, and recipe testing yet to be completed.  The special will air on the Food Network on December 26 at 7 PM Eastern Time. For more details on the TV special, check out the article at celebmix.com, and for more details on Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, the delicious menu, or for reservations  at the restaurant, visit the website at nelliessouthernkitchen.com.

Tega Cay’s sports and entertainment game is about to get a whole lot better

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 4.46.49 PMThe sports, activity and entertainment landscape of Tega Cay is about to be reshaped with a whole new concept potentially changing the game.

Tons of development is on the horizon for the Tega Cay community located just south of Charlotte. The city has recently granted approval to move forward with plans on a sports and entertainment proposal drafted by Game On Development.

The Moorsetown, North Carolina-based entertainment development company is aiming to create a community gathering spot while reshaping the sports landscape of the Tega Cay community. The multi-faceted project involves taking over more than 78 acres and would include a two-level sports facility, a 14-screen movie theater complex, a 150-room boutique hotel, a four-level parking garage, a park, both medical and professional office space, retail storefronts and residential space, as well.

The sports facility alone would have eight basketball courts, four multipurpose fields, indoor as well as outdoor tennis courts, an olympic-size resort-style pool, a bowling alley, and a 35,000 square-foot fitness center to boot. Not only would the sports complex be for local residents to use and enjoy, but there have also been talks about the facility functioning as a world-class sports training site.

The current plans call for residential space to be located above commercial space, and there is also potential for an assisted living facility as part of the plan. The first phase of the entire project would include the construction of the indoor sports facility and of the hotel.

This is a very exciting concept for the city and would be a great boost for the local economy. For more details on the plan, check out the full article at CharlotteObserver.com.

 

Belmont’s Caravan Coffee is a local favorite

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 9.16.00 PMBelmont continues to get an influx of new restaurant openings. However, let’s not forget about the staples here. Caravan Coffee and Dessert Bar has been a part of the Belmont community for almost 13 years and is a go-to place for a cup of coffee, delicious dessert, or even a smoothie.

The space includes a great outdoor patio with a view of Stowe Park, where you can relax while Vince Hill, the owner, runs the coffee shop and his wife, Brenda, the pastry chef behind the deliciousness, whips up desserts.

Caravan Coffee and Dessert Bar offers a hometown feel and a local vibe. The shop offers incredible specialty house recipe coffees, including Banana Nut Crunch, Caramel Apple, Peppermint Patty and the Coffee Toffee Freeze. You also can’t miss the lemon pound cake, chocolate layer cake or carrot cake. And if a slice is not enough, you can purchase a whole cake next door at Brenda’s Cake Gallery.

Aside from the coffee shop, the owners are also known for bringing fun and free community activities to Belmont, including the popular Friday Night Live concerts and the Downtown Christmas Village. You can check out the Friday Night Live concerts every other Friday evening May through August on the Main Street. The Downtown Christmas Village includes horse drawn carriage rides, carolers and food vendors also on the Main Street and originated right outside of the coffee shop, where it was appropriately named “Christmas at Caravan.”

Caravan owners also helped co-create the summer Sizzlin’ Cook-Off, where local grillers are judged on their recipes for chicken, ribs and pulled pork, and the festival will take place this year on September 9th and 10th.

For more details on the sweets and coffee at Caravan, check out the article at charlottefive.com.

 

Fort Mill furthers commercial development plans

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.11.30 PMThe Fort Mill Town Council recently approved the first of two readings that will allow  the town to move forward with commercial projects that would occupy more than 40 acres, adding a significant amount of new commercial tax revenue within town limits.

Two projects are in the works—a medical building at Tom Hall Street and Fort Mill Parkway, and an assisted living facility, Haire Village, that will be located on Haire Road.

Both projects will have a commercial tax rate, which is higher then a residential tax rate and will therefore help to offset the cost of providing public services. Neither business anticipates adding to the rush-hour traffic, so residents and roadways should not be inconvenienced by these new buildings.

The future site of the medical building is currently a county-run trash and recycling collection center, which will close, pending the property sale to Carolinas Healthcare.

The Haire Village assisted living facility would have approximately 200 age-restricted units as well as anywhere from 10,000 to 36,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Furthermore, the Fort Mill Town Council also approved plans for a wastewater plant improvement contract of $8.1 million. Another plan was also approved for an engineering design that will increase the wastewater treatment facility’s capacity to 6 million gallons per day. This is a major step in planning for community growth in Fort Mill.

For more details on Fort Mill’s new commercial projects, read the article at Heraldonline.com.

 

Fort Mill’s Main Street is getting another revamp

Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 5.05.53 PMA lot of commercial real estate development is about to be underway in Fort Mill on Main Street. Definitive plans are still in the works and there is no confirmation as to the details of the storefronts, however significant change is on the way.

The corner of Main Street and Confederate Street is home to six parcels of land, as well as a parking lot, all on three quarters of an acre.

Current storefronts include the former Knife Shop, Halcyon Hills Photography and Dave’s Comics. The 8,000 square feet of retail space and has been for sale for a while now, and three of the four properties listed are currently under contract.

The owner of the Knife Shop unfortunately passed away earlier this year, thus the store is closed and not reopening. Dave’s Comics is still open and has not received notice of needing to vacate, however the store’s s website discusses closing and talks about a new comic book store that will be potentially opening nearby. Another comic shop is also opening off Main Street this fall, called Nikelspot Comics.

In recent years, Main Street in Fort Mill has seen the addition of restaurants and retail space, as well as new businesses and apartments within walking distance. The sale of and construction on the property at the corner of Main and Confederate Streets would mark the beginning of the next wave of redevelopment here. Plus, earlier this summer, Old Center Theatre on Main began undergoing a major conversion that will ultimately become more than 6,000 square feet of loft style offices and nearly 7,000 square feet of either retail or restaurant space.

For the full article on the Fort Mills Main Street redevelopment, check out heraldonline.com.