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  • Charlie Leonard

A Walk Down Main Street: Downtown Cherryville is in full bloom

As a part of our Walk Down Main Street series, our writers take you on a stroll down the beautiful streets that make up our county's down towns, sharing a bit of insider info along the way.

Throughout its history the City of Cherryville has been a town “in bloom.” Originally founded in 1792 as White Pines by the Germans, Dutch, and Scotch-Irish, White Pines quickly established itself as a key destination for transportation. White Pines was the primary road in between Charlotte and Spartanburg, South Carolina and also served as a vital artery for reaching the nation’s capital.

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

In the 1860s came the railroad, with White Pines earning a stop on the Coastal Seaboard Railroad line. A resident decided to plant cherry trees along the banks of the railroad line, leading engineers to call the town “Cherryville” and in 1881, the name became official. At the center of transportation and the interest of the local region came industry.

Cherryville Historic Train Depot - Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

Like many other towns in Gaston County, the textile industry became the backbone of economic growth in Cherryville, with textile mills like the Cherryville Manufacturing Company and the Vivian Cotton Mill that employed many Cherryville citizens. At the turn of the 20th century, economic success cemented Cherryville’s status, even after the textile industry’s peak.

Victoria Cole - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

In the 21st century, the city of Cherryville is reinventing itself. The city is moving into modern times with new retail stores, restaurants, and activities while honoring its past through museums and modern art and aesthetic preservation. It’s a new age hybrid of gritty small-town success, mixed with a modern determination to evolve into something greater. With a new entry into the National Register of Historic Places in 2016, Cherryville’s main street has bloomed into another great place to visit in Gaston County.

Shopping & Services

Everyone loves retail therapy, and downtown Cherryville has you covered on all fronts. If you like finding old treasures, a new outfit or accessory, or you’re thinking about that next great piece of art, then you’ve come to the right place.

Annalise Boutique

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

206 E. Main St.

Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

A focus of the future of Cherryville is great retail, which is exactly what you’ll find at Annalise Boutique. Owner Amber Dellinger showcases a diverse collection of shoes, purses, jewelry, accessories, and even skincare and bath bombs. All items are sensibly priced and effortlessly stylish. Stop by to start going more fashion-fashion.

Bella Verde

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

215 E. Main St.

Friday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Nothing beats a great haul from an antiquing binge. At Bella Verde, there are all sorts of treasures waiting for you to find. From hand-painted furniture, specialty lights, and home accessories, to vintage antique goods, Bella Verde offers an eclectic mix of funky, cool, and collectible items. You’re guaranteed to get something good in this store.

Carpenter's Gifts and Jewelry

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

123 E. Main St.

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

Part gift shop and part jeweler, Carpenter’s Gift’s and Jewelry can get you ready for a big wedding, or restore that piece of jewelry you’ve been meaning to have fixed. The shop has rings, watches, earrings, pendants, necklaces, and much more. For your everyday gifts, they’ve got travel mugs, wine cups, and different bags to choose from.

Déjà Vu Consignment

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

118 E. Main St.

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

Another great place to find that item you didn’t know you needed is at Deja Vu Consignment. The small store on Main Street is home to an assortment of clothes and other items at a low price. Go inside and see what items you can find at a bargain price.

Elite Fire Apparel

120 W. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Founded in 2011 by full-time firefighter Scott Perry and his wife Erin Perry, a former nurse, Elite Fire Apparel is a startup clothing company that’s specializing in a unique product line: custom apparel centered around the fire department. The brand features a variety of hats and t-shirts that pay respect to local and national fire departments while showcasing a line of traditional and modern designs. It’s by fire and rescue, for fire and rescue–and those who support them.

Houser Drug

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

302 E. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For over 75 years, Houser Drug has been serving the community through food and pharmacy services. It’s home to a pharmacy classic with a cult following: the soda fountain, which serves hot dogs, pimento cheese sandwiches, fountain drinks, and other fountain favorites. The pharmacy has all of your standard prescription and medical needs, which now includes an assortment of face-masks for safe shopping during the pandemic. Shop inside or opt for their curbside pick-up service.

Retro Toys and Collectibles

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

400 E. Main St.

Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Antiques are all about finding a piece of nostalgia, and Retro Toys and Collectibles has all your childhood favorites. Comic book heroes, anime action figures, and all sorts of new and used toys from movies, TV, and pop culture are here for you to take home. It’s a collector’s dream store for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy.

Rustic Roots

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

100 E. Main St.

Tuesday - Saturday, call for appointment

Get your hair cut, styled, colored, and more at Rustic Roots Salon and Spa on Main Street. If you’re looking for makeup services for a wedding or other big event, Rustic Roots does that too. Walk-in or schedule an appointment today for the makeover that you’ve been wanting to treat yourself to.

Print It LLC

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

106 E. Main St.

Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

If you’re in the market for a custom-designed t-shirt, jersey, hat, or any other print job, turn to Print It LLC. The print shop specializes in items both small and large, offering services such as screen printing, garment printing, and embroidery. Come with a design and they’ll take it from there.

The Rusty Wagon Wheel

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

124 E. Main St.

Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Rusty Wagon Wheel is a great local retailer with products geared towards holidays and year-round shopping. The store gives local vendors the opportunity to display their crafts and express their creativity. Some of the homemade crafts you’ll find year-round are flower plant boxes, tables, signs, artwork, candles, and more.

Trudie's Classic Cuts

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

800 W. Church St.

Tuesday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Another great hair salon on Cherryville’s Main Street is Trudie’s Classic Cuts. Stop by for a haircut or another one of their services offered by the owner Trudy Homsley.

Victoria Cole Gifts

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

112 E. Main St.

Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

There are plenty of gifts to choose from at Victoria Cole gifts. The gift store carries a variety of different items like furniture, clothes, candles, apparel, baked goods, and much more. Additionally featured are brands such as Twig and Twine jewelry, Simply Southern, Pura Vida, Swan Creek Candles, and Chavez for Charity.

Dining & Bakeries

If you love to eat, and you know that you’re going to get hungry from all your shopping, have no fear. Downtown Cherryville can offer you breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert at two delicious options.

Butter Me Up Bakery

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

200 E. Main St.

Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Butter Me Up Bakery is a new addition to Cherryville’s downtown coming later in January. The bakery has been operating from owner Rebecca Goins’ home as the place to get quality cupcakes, cakes, cookies, fudge, and other miscellaneous baked goods like cocoa bombs. For those of us who love sweets, the grand opening can’t come soon enough.

Home Folks Café

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

209 E. Main St.

Tuesday - Friday, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday 5 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Gaston County is home to many cult classic restaurants and the Home Folks Cafe certainly qualifies as one of them. For breakfast, you can get staples like biscuits, omelets, and breakfast plates the feature favorites such as sausage, bacon, eggs, ham, and livermush. Lunch and diner offer other classics like pimento cheese sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and the LottaBurger, a burger created in Cherryville with creamy slaw and tomato.

Things To Do

There’s a lot of great history to learn about in downtown Cherryville. Learn all about what makes Cherryville great, and then exercise your creative side at one of Gaston County’s art spaces.

Andy Hovis Community Skate Park

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

202 E. First Street

Located behind C. Grier Beam Truck Museum is the Andy Hovis Community Skate Park. Named for a local skateboarder and Gaston College Student, Andy Hovis Community Skate Park provides ramps, rails and ledges for local skaters to gather and enjoy the community the park's namesake loved.

Cherryville Historical Museum

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

109 E. Main St.

Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; or other times by appointment

In the old City Hall building is the Cherryville Historical Museum. The museum is operated by the Cherryville Historical Association to tell the local history of the Cherryville area. The museum is three floors and features exhibits on the local mills, Civil War and military history, art and music, the New Year Shooters, and more. Admission is free for all patrons.

C. Grier Beam Truck Museum

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

111 N. Mountain St.

Thursday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Another unique museum to Cherryville and Gaston County is the C. Grier Beam Truck Museum. The museum tells the story of the Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation, founded in a Cherryville gas station in 1932–which is now the Museum–and was an integral business until 1994. Also included at the museum are vintage trucks, memorabilia, and a gift shop selling toy trucks and other Museum merchandise. Admission to the museum is free.

Niney's Paint Studio and Venue

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

214 E. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Niney’s Paint Studio and Venue is a local art space that’s great for group fun. The art studio regularly offers events and classes that give you the opportunity to create different types of crafts while enjoying food and drinks with your friends. Niney’s is perfect for adults and kids looking to get out and get creative.

More Great Downtown Cherryville Businesses

Alray Tire Center

401 E. Main St.

Monday - Friday ,8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Artworks by Sherry

200-B E. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Bennett Insurance

116 W. Main St.

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Brunner Automotive

319 E. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cherryville Distributing

322 E. Main St.

Edward Jones

217 E. Main St.

Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Estes Forwarding

112 W. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Flowers and More

105 E. Main St.

Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 :30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Gail Ford Accounting

301 E. Main St., Ste. 6, P.O. Box 156

Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Gordon Accounting

109 W. Main St.

Hair Shapers

301 E. Main St.

Home Trust Bank

100 W. Main St.

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

Hometown Direct Care

301 E. Main St.

Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Incandescence Wellness and Medical Spa

110 E. Main St.

Tuesday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

It’s Your Feet Plus

301 E. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Jack’s Pawn Shop

118 W. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Justice Crews Insurance

315 E. Main St.

Kingdom Fitness

S. Pink St.

Open 24 hours

Main Street Tire and Lube

300 E. Main St.

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

McGinnis Furniture

303 E. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

People’s Barbershop

125 E. Main St.

Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Radio Genesis

107 W. Main St.

Streaming 24/7

Ribbons Salon

213 E. Main St.

Rockin Realty INC

124 W. Main St.

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

Sealines International

301 E. Main St. #1,

Sheila Houser CPA

301 E. Main St.

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

Vickie Spurling Realty

211 E. Main St.

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cherryville YMCA

119 E. Main St. A,

Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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