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The Brick Row Story

“Brick Row” is a unique creative hub located at Oak St Mill in the heart of Old Town Cornelius (OTC). The facility serves as a multi-use event space for cultural events, meetings and gatherings as well as the headquarters for local community development company Bella Love Inc. Bella Love Inc. is an exciting new way to promote live-entertainment and arts in the Greater Charlotte area. We bring together eclectic and exciting local talent in a way that benefits the entire community at large. Bella Love events are a hot spot for experiencing the vast array of talent that is right here in our hometown. Bella Love works with artists and dreamers at every and all stages of their process. Let Bella Love work with you to transform your vision into reality. Brick Row is available for rental for private events. Send us a message to book your party, workshop, concert, creative endeavor or otherwise at Brick Row!

“The greatest part about the idea of Bella Love, it the endless supply ideas.” ~ Justin Christenbery

The name “Brick Row” is a throwback to the name given by the residents to the string of shops located in the center of town that served as a cultural hub during its humble beginnings. In the early 1900s, Cornelius was a fast-growing area in which commerce centered around the cotton and textile industry. Many citizens worked in one of the town’s two mills. The place they met on a daily basis was Brick Row. The original Brick Row was home to a pool hall, sandwich shop, post office, barber shop, showers, jewelry store, meat market, shoe repair, and more. Community happened at Brick Row, and now with the resurgence of the area through the arts, Brick Row is again a hub. This time for the creative exchange of ideas and pursuit of a more connected way of life.

“Cornelius had a skyscraper, but it fell over and was called Brick Row.” ~ Johnny Robbins

Visitors today can find out about the events and happenings in the Old Town Cornelius (OTC) area and get plugged into what interests them. Brick Row features a gallery with rotating exhibits form local and regional visual artists. Brick Row is available for rental for private events. Send us a message to book your party, workshop, concert, creative endeavor or otherwise at Brick Row! We are located in Unit #9 in the one remaining mill, Oak Street Mill (formerly Gem Yarn Mill). The original Brick Row was burned down in the 1960s.

Potts Barber Shop was originally located in Brick Row (1915)
Jess Boye
Jess Boye
I live here in Old Town Cornelius and absolutely love our area's unique character. My life's calling is to work to bring art and culture to the forefront of everyday life. I work full-time for Bella Love, Inc and taking care of my adorable son, Kipton.

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