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  • Chandler West

Walk Down Main Street: Flowers, Fashion, and Food in Downtown Lowell

Lowell, North Carolina is home to a lively community of both businesses and individuals, and the hub of everything is at the intersection of Main Street and First Street. With City Hall overlooking it all from the corner, you can feel the energy in the air. If you want to get to know this friendly city, this is the ideal place to start.

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

The City of Lowell was incorporated in 1879 and named after Lowell, Massachusetts, with the hope that it would grow to mirror that city as another major player in the textile industry. As with many cities in Gaston Country, textile mills have played a huge role in Lowell’s development. However, a walk down Main Street will quickly show you just how much Lowell has expanded past its origins.

With boutiques, salons, and delicious food, Lowell has grown to truly have it all.

A Classy Closet

Photo Courtesy of A Classy Closet

119 N. Main St.

Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A Classy Closet is an awesome boutique focused on size inclusiveness. The Classy Closet team believes that chic clothing should be accessible to women of all shapes and sizes. They offer elegant garments in sizes small through 6X. They also have a selection of high-quality undergarments and luxe jewelry to complete your look.

Back of the Moon

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

105 E. First St.

Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Back of the Moon is a boutique for ladies who want to stand out from the crowd and make a statement. Owner Patti Bean used to travel to Black Mountain, North Carolina to shop for boho-inspired pieces, and realized this was a niche that needed to be filled in Gaston County. Now, she works with two designers who make custom lines for her shop—one called Back of the Moon and the other called Moon Pye. Bean’s personal style is a little bit hippie, and a little bit vintage-inspired, with some gorgeous linen and trendy accessories thrown in for good measure. The boutique makes these styles accessible to women of all ages.

Back of the Moon is about more than great fashion, though. “A woman should leave here feeling better than when she came in, whether she ever buys anything or not,” says Bean.

Buttercup & Company

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

123 N. Main St.

Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

From 2000 to 2010, Lowell saw a population increase of over 30%. While much of this can be attributed to people moving to the area from other places, it also has a lot to do with growing families. That’s where Buttercup & Company comes in. This boutique offers clothing for expectant mothers, babies, and toddlers.

This family-run company was established to provide a wider range of stylish maternity clothing for all occasions, and to offer unique outfits for babies. Ultimately, their mission is “dressing your blessing from bump to bundle.” Whether you’re a parent yourself or looking for a gift, this shop should definitely be on your list.

Fryeday Coffee Roasters

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

106 E. First St. Unit B

Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Gaston County is full of great coffee, and Fryeday is one of its crowning jewels. Owner Alisa Frye has been passionate about roasting coffee beans since she was only 19 years old and first stepped foot in a coffee roastery in Santa Barbara, California. Since then, she’s gone from experiments with roasting beans in a frying pan in her driveway to her own brick and mortar coffee shop in Lowell.

The smell of the roasting coffee beans hits you the moment you step through the door. If you stay a while, it might even linger on your clothes for the rest of the day -- best perfume ever! But the coffee isn’t the only thing cooking at Fryeday. They also have an excellent selection of pastries, including the most heavenly macarons.

First Street Home

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

106 E. First St.

Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you love home decor, First Street Home may just be your new favorite place to shop and get inspired. This store is devoted to providing you the pieces you need to craft your personal style in your own home. From furnishings to unique odds and ends, First Street Home has it all. Browsing the shop feels a bit like flipping through a high end lifestyle magazine.

First Street Homes also offers custom framing and custom lamp design. If a favorite lamp from your home is broken, they can help with that, too, with their lamp repair services.

Grits-N-Greens Southern Cuisine

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

125 N. Main St.

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Grits-N-Greens offers Southern favorites at their finest. At lunch time, you can order from an extensive menu. You might try a grilled pimento cheese sandwich, a New Orleans-style po’ boy, the Down South Burger with chili, slaw, mustard, and onions, or a fried green tomato BLT.

The restaurant also serves breakfast every morning starting at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. on Sundays). Fuel up for a fun day in Lowell with pancakes, specialty omelettes, and more.

The Ivy Salon

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

110 N. Main St.

The Ivy Salon is another destination that’s committed to helping you feel better when you leave than you did when you came in. If you’re seeking a glam new look, the stylists at The Ivy Salon can help. They’re experienced in balayage, custom color and cuts, extension, and more. You can also stop by The Ivy Salon to get your makeup applied professionally for any occasion. You’re sure to walk away feeling like your best self.

Kelly’s K-9 Kitchen

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

118 N. Main St.

Tuesday-Thursday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Your four-legged friends might enjoy a walk down Main Street in Lowell as much as you will, especially if you take them to Kelly’s K-9 Kitchen. The team at Kelly’s believes that dog treats should be made with as much love and care as human treats, so they make snacks for pups using high-quality, human-grade ingredients like sweet potato, cheese, pumpkin, apple pie, and xylitol-free peanut butter.

The Lowell location of Kelly’s K-9 Kitchen has been so popular among dog lovers that they’ve recently opened a second location in Myrtle Beach.

WinterPast Flowers

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

116 N. Main St.

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Already on our list of cool interiors, WinterPast Flowers has just the right arrangement for any occasion—whether it’s to celebrate a wedding, a birthday, or a budding romance. This family-owned florist provides amazing customer service and beautiful bouquets that won’t disappoint.

You can’t miss WinterPast as you walk down Main Street—look for the photo-op-perfect large floral mural on the side of the building.

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