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  • Chandler West

A Walk Down Main Street: There’s Magic Year Round in Downtown McAdenville

When you think of McAdenville, which sits on the South Fork Catawba River in Eastern Gaston County, the first thing that comes to mind is likely the city’s magical yearly transformation into Christmas Town, U.S.A. But did you know that McAdenville is a magical place to visit throughout the rest of the year as well? When the lights and the wreaths come down, this historic mill town stays busy, with an abundance of businesses catering to locals and out-of-towners alike.

Nicole Rogers, Gaston Outside

The McAdenville Historic District includes downtown as well as an array of gorgeous residences. Spend an afternoon exploring, and you’ll see all the architectural hallmarks of a quintessential Southern town, from Craftsman bungalows, to Colonial Revivals, to Victorians, and brick mill buildings. The Historic District joined the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Development is on the rise in McAdenville, yet it maintains its tight sense of community and neighborly friendliness. There’s never been a better time to explore this magical town’s Main Street. Don’t be surprised if you’re greeted like an old friend as you make your way along Main Street and the surrounding block.

Christmastown Thomas Kinkade Gallery

Nicole Rogers, Gaston Outside

129 1/2 Main St.

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

Artist Thomas Kinkade was known for creating heartwarming images of small towns, sun-dappled cottages and gardens, and other nostalgic scenes. One of his most beloved works, The Lights of Christmastown, was inspired by McAdenville and its annual celebrations. As such, it is fitting that one of Kinkade’s signature galleries is located on the section of Main Street the painting depicts. Prints of this work and so many others are available here, along with postcards, coloring books, and other memorabilia.

Floyd & Blackie’s Bakery

Nicole Rogers, Gaston Outside

127 Main St.

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

If the bakery is open, you can trust that the oven is on and something yummy is cooking. Floyd & Blackie’s Bakery is a spinoff of Floyd & Blackie’s Coffee and Ice Cream in Cramerton. This offshoot from owner Kathy Ramsey offers fresh sweets and custom cakes. Ramsey grew up in McAdenville and was eager to bring her culinary creations to the town.

How does the Floyd & Blackie’s team make everything so scrumptious? Well, the secret is in the combination of the most carefully crafted recipes with the finest ingredients on the market. For a real treat, don’t miss the banana split cheesecake.

Mona’s Boutique & Gifts

Nicole Rogers, Gaston Outside

115 Main St.

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Whether you need a gift for a loved one, a treat for yourself, or just a place to look at beautiful things while you pass the time, be sure to check out Mona’s Boutique & Gifts. At Mona’s, you can find products from popular brands like Yeti, Caus Drinkware, and Willow Tree. You’ll also find unique odds and ends, all hand-selected with impeccably good taste.

The team behind Mona’s loves the McAdenville community and expresses that love with a monthly Give Back Day, where ten percent of proceeds go to a local charity.

Spruced Goose Station Restaurant

Nicole Rogers, Gaston Outside

118 Wesleyan Dr.

Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Holy Angels is an organization whose mission is to “to provide compassionate, dependable care and opportunities for high-quality living to those with intellectual developmental disabilities and delicate medical conditions through physical, social, spiritual, educational, vocational and emotional support.” One way they do this is through the Spruced Goose Station, where people of all levels of ability serve up delicious soups, sandwiches, quiches and more.

Whether you’re in the mood for a melty Deluxe Grilled Cheese or a sweet custom coffee, there’s something at the Spruced Goose Station for everyone.

Spruced Goose Station – Gifts & Art Studio

Nicole Rogers, Gaston Outside

107 Poplar St.

Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Not hungry? There’s still something at Spruced Goose Station to pique your interest. In addition to the restaurant, Spruced Goose Station also has a gift shop and art studio to support its mission. You’ll find enticingly scented soaps, beautiful works by local artists, candy bouquets, and so much more. Like the restaurant, this business does good in the community by providing employment opportunities for differently abled people.

Terra Mia Ristorante & Bar

Nicole Rogers, Gaston Outside

129 1/2 Main St.

Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Chef and owner Tony Coppola brings the flavors of Naples, Italy to the shores of McAdenville Lake with Terra Mia, which translates to “my land.” This restaurant offers a variety of delicious specialties including shrimp scampi and nonna-style pizza.

Once a month, Chef Tony also offers a “Tour of Italy.” For one night only, he veers away from his usual Naples-inspired fare and chooses another region of Italy to showcase. Guests enjoy a seven-course meal from the region, and it only costs $59.99 for two people. If you want to indulge in this luxurious meal, make sure you call ahead as spots fill up quickly.

William Henry Signature Salon

Nicole Rogers, Gaston Outside

131 Main St.

Monday, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Tuesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

There’s nothing like a trip to the salon to make you feel like the best version of yourself. That’s the goal of the William Henry Signature Salon and Spa. Named after the owner of the original Ballard’s Barber Shop in Belmont, the present-day owner’s grandfather William Henry “Bill” Ballard, the William Henry Signature Salon in McAdenville is one of the four locations of this Gaston County original. Salon services include haircuts and coloring, manicures and pedicures, blow outs, and waxing. Make your reservation with an experienced stylist to get the look of your dreams.

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