• 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

Photo Courtesy of Brown Shugah Nail Bar

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

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

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.


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