• Chandler West

Walk Down Main Street: Mount Holly boutiques, beer and Black-owned businesses

Downtown Mount Holly is an exciting place to explore. Like many in the county, Mount Holly is growing so quickly that it feels like a new business is opening its doors every time you turn around. How can you keep up?

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Get to know (or reacquaint yourself with) this amazing community by taking a walk down Main Street today. There’s so much to do and see within just a few blocks that you’ll struggle to fit it all in one day— and that’s okay! Mount Holly will welcome you back again and again.


Whether you’re a local exploring Mount Holly as part of a staycation, you’re totally new to the area or you're looking to make the move, read on to discover our guide to Mount Holly’s Main Street businesses.


Arts on the Greenway

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

500 E. Central Avenue

Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


As part of the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation, Arts on the Greenway provides studio and gallery space for local artists. They have open viewing hours for the public on Saturdays -- check it out! This is a great place to go to get a sense of some of the amazing creative energy in Mount Holly.


Awaken Gallery

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

107 W. Central Ave.

Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Awaken Gallery calls itself “A fine art gallery with a mission,” and we think that’s a great way to put it. This gallery displays meaningful art from a variety of artists working in a variety of mediums, but all of it is intended to bring people together and foster an air of inclusivity. Awaken has been extremely instrumental in breathing life into Mount Holly’s creative scene, perhaps most notably through the annual lantern parade.


Barbie’s Encore Dance Productions

121 N. Main St.


Barbie’s Encore Dance Productions offers children the opportunity to practice dance in a lively, loving, and stress-free environment. They offer classes for children of all ages and skill levels, ranging from beginners’ classes to classes for competitive dancers. Barbie’s hosts a spring recital every year and dancers also perform in Mt. Holly Springfest and the annual Mt. Holly Christmas Parade.


Brown Shugah Nail Bar

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604 S. Main St.

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7p.m.; Sundays by appointment


Recently opening their doors to Mount Holly is Brown Shugah Nail Bar. This Black-owned full-service nail bar offers manicures and pedicures. Looking for a quiet trip? Schedule a group visit for Self-Care Sundays and enjoy your pampering with your friends.


Catalyst Mercantile

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117 N. Main St.

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


With its pink walls and gorgeous clothing, accessories, and more, this boutique is much-loved in Mount Holly. The shop’s mission is to support small businesses while bringing you the best goods around. The Catalyst Mercantile team partners with local makers to showcase stylish collections of everything from earrings to greeting cards.


Catawba Coffee Co.

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104 W. Charlotte Ave.

Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-8p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


You don’t have to stray far from Main Street to find a great cup of coffee in Mount Holly. Right around the corner on W. Charlotte Ave., you’ll find Catawba Coffee Co. The menu includes a variety of hot and cold coffee beverages and smoothies, as well as fresh pastries and other baked goods. Catawba Coffee Co. is a hub for local artists and musicians, and even hosts live music on Saturday mornings.


Chicken King

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

130 W. Charlotte Ave.

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.


Look no further if you’re craving homestyle Southern favorites. Grab a booth and indulge in some amazing fried chicken, or pick one of the daily specials scribbled on the dry erase board. Chicken King offers great burgers, perfectly breaded fish, and rich sides like fried okra, buttered corn, collard greens, and baked mac and cheese.


Create In Us

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106a S. Main St.

Hours Vary


An art studio in the heart of Mount Holly, Create in Us offers not only unique art class experiences but an array of handmade items. Stop in the shop for a gift (even if for yourself) and sign up for a class or an upcoming summer camp for kids.


H&M Catering

119 N. Main St.

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


H&M Catering takes its name from its owners, Hans and Megan Kanal. This married duo takes great pride in providing delicious food for a wide range of events. They’re passionate about making every detail perfect and have really mastered their craft over the last eleven years. If you’re planning a wedding, a corporate event, or even a gathering in your home to celebrate something special, stop by H&M Catering’s Main Street storefront to learn more about what they offer.


JackBeagle’s

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125 S. Main St.

Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.


Opening their third location in Mount Holly, JackBeagle’s is the place to go for great energy and big flavors. This tavern has daily drink specials, plus excellent burgers, brunch, cocktails and unique renditions of the classic macaroni and cheese, to be enjoyed in their street-front restaurant or on the patio. One standout from the menu is the sweet and spicy fried cherry peppers, which are hand breaded and served with home-made ranch.


Mount Holly Community Garden

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126 N. Main St.


Since 2015, the Mount Holly Community Garden has rented organic, raised beds for a yearly fee of $40. Tucked away off Main Street, the 50+ beds are ripe for the picking for garden members while events are free to the community. Adding to the good in the community, the garden has beds set aside for Mount Holly Community Relief Organization's food bank and Meals on Wheels.


Mount Holly Farmer's Market

Photo Courtesy of Catalyst Mercantile

226 S. Main St.

Saturdays 8 a.m.-12 p.m., seasonally


Using their grounds to host pop-up markets for the holidays and farmers markets in the spring and summer, Mount Holly Farmer's Market has created a space for local produce and other farm-based items since 2005. Order ahead on Fridays or stop in for a stroll Saturday mornings. Beginning May 8, the market will be able to accept EBT and SNAP benefits, making quality food accessible for all.


Mount Holly Historic Society Museum

131 S. Main St.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


If you’re lucky enough to be wandering Mount Holly on a Saturday, don’t miss the Mount Holly Historic Society Museum, one of Gaston County’s many excellent museums. Admission is free and open to the public. Through photographs, yearbooks, and so much more The Historical Society documents Mount Holly’s history from its founding to the present day. They also have rotating exhibits and grant visitors access to genealogical research websites.


Mount Hollywood Vintage

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126 S. Main St.

Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Have you ever wondered where all the cool retro clothes that your parents’ and grandparents’ generations wore ended up? Well, you can find a lot of them at Mount Holly's beloved Mount Hollywood Vintage. This store offers vintage clothing and accessories, from collectible band tees to nostalgic dresses. They post new inventory on their Instagramgive them a follow so you won’t miss out when a piece from your favorite decade hits the racks.


My Brother’s Bottle

113A W. Central Ave.

Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.


My Brother’s Bottle is a fine wine, craft beer, and specialty shop. If you’re on your way to a dinner party or just want something special to complement your latest creation in the kitchen, you’ll find what you’re after here. The team here provides excellent service and will make sure you find the perfect bottle for every occasion.


Nails By Helly

123 N. Main St.

Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.


Unwind with a manicure or pedicure at Nails By Helly. Locals know this is the place to go to get beautiful nails in a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere. The Nails By Helly team cares about making sure every customer enjoys their experience, and they provide excellent attention to detail no matter the style you’re after.


On Track Yoga

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121 S. Main St.

Schedule varies daily


On Track is more than just a yoga studio. The team here is passionate about empowering individuals as well as the community. They offer a variety of types of yoga classes for everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners, as well as workshops and events. You can also book private wellness appointments including Thai yoga mobility therapy, Ayurveda health counseling, and deep relaxation sessions.


POP-Maize-N Gourmet Popcorn

Photo Courtesy of Q City Metro

120 E. Central Ave.


Admittedly, the next destination on our list is around the corner from Main Street, but no trip to downtown Mount Holly is complete without visiting POP-Maize-N. This destination offers an amazing array of sweet and savory gourmet popcorn treats. They serve classics like white cheddar popcorn alongside delicious creations like lemon pound cake popcorn, salt and vinegar popcorn, birthday cake popcorn, s’mores popcorn, and so much more. In a recent Q City Metro article about black-owned shops in downtown Mount Holly, owners Samuel and Dominique Robinson discuss how their popcorn shop came to be, and how they also became the owners of the next destination on our list, Queen Bee Bakery.


Queen Bee Bakery

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108 S. Main St.

Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Gaston County is home to many amazing bakeries, and Queen Bee Bakery makes sure no sweet tooth on Mount Holly’s Main Street go unsatisfied. They’re known, in particular, for their almost too good to be true cakes and cupcakes. They also offer creative treats that are a little more likely to make it home before being devoured. Their hot chocolate bombs are flavor-packed chocolate spheres that can be placed in hot water or hot milk to create a tasty hot chocolate treat complete with marshmallows and sprinkles.


The Salon and Spa on Main

123 S. Main St.

Monday by appointment; Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


The Salon and Spa on Main is a destination for all things hair care and nail care. They also offer makeup services for brides and special occasions. If you want help learning how to apply makeup properly or want to change up your routine but aren’t sure where to begin, they offer appointments for that, too. They even have a micropigmentation expert on staff. The whole team consists of master artists who can make your hair, nails, and general appearance into a masterpiece.


Seafood Boil NC

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114 E. Central Ave.

Consult Facebook for hours


Located on Central Avenue, Seafood Boil NC is one of the new Black-owned businesses in downtown Mount Holly. Whether you're grabbing food to-go from the restaurant or ordering seafood to cook, Seafood Boil NC brings the coastal boil favorite to the heart of this quaint city.


Smoke and Barrel Cigar Bar and Lounge

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121 E. Charlotte Ave.

Sunday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m.-12 a.m.


Picture cozy leather chairs, exposed brick, and a bar where everyone knows your name, and you’ll have a pretty good sense of what Smoke and Barrel is like. You can smoke one of their high quality cigars comfortably thanks to their state-of-the-art smoke ventilation system. Pair it with a drink from their full bar, and you're all set to kick back with some friends and soak in the atmosphere.


South Main Kitchen and Tavern

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128 S. Main St.

Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


South Main Kitchen and Tavern is a great place to go to enjoy true Southern hospitality and delicious local food like homemade pimento cheese dip and pulled pork barbeque. Grab it to go, on site or on the patio. The menu is extensive, so they have something to suit any mood, whether you’re craving ribs, seafood, or even Italian food.


The Summit Beer Shop

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122 S. Main St.

Tuesday-Thursday, 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.


Sit down and stay a while! The front of The Summit Beer Shop serves as a taproom where you can taste rotating draft beers or enjoy a glass of wine. You’ll also find a wide selection of bottled and canned craft beers you can purchase to enjoy on the premises or take home. Will you enjoy an old favorite or branch out and discover something new? The Summit Beer Shop also has a nice patio that sometimes hosts food trucks.


Vasileio’s Italian Kitchen

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200 S. Main St.

Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


Fill up on the flavors of Greece and Italy. This is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a quick lunch. Vasileio’s has an extensive menu, but some notable dishes include the hearty moussaka and the quintessential Greek salad (perfectly light yet filling if you’re planning to continue walking along Main Street after your meal).


The Venue at Central Avenue

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118 E. Central Ave.


Owned by wife-and-husband duo, Denean and Terrance Jackson, The Venue at Central Avenue converted a former bookstore into a 40-person event space. The company offers event space, event planning and catering. This beautiful space is perfect for your unique event.


The Vintage Nest Home & Gifts

Photo Courtesy of The Vintage Nest Home & Gifts

119 S. Main St.

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


If you’re thinking of redecorating and need some interior design inspiration, don’t miss The Vintage Nest. This shop got its start in the basement of an antique mall in 2011, but the good taste on display here caused it to skyrocket in popularity and size! Now it takes up a full storefront on Main Street in Mount Holly.


William Henry Signature Salon and Spa

104 N. Main St.

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


Mount Holly is home to 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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