• 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

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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

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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.