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July 19, 2019

TGIF! An Inside Look Into 2nd Friday Street Festivals

In honor of another 2nd Friday coming to a close, we thought we would share with you some of our #2ndFridayFestival memories! Between the food trucks, drinks, live music, and shopping, there is a lot to be excited about at 2nd Friday. Here are some of the highlights from our time at the July 12th Festival.
July 15, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Franklin Kernes

Franklin Kernes is an up and coming modern artist with graphic design roots and a passion for his family and community. His love for his wife and daughter set him apart, and motivate him to keep creating. Because he is an essential member of the Cornelius Arts Scene, we set out to get to know him a bit better through an interview. Let's see what he had to say!
June 28, 2019

Dog Days of Summer: A Street Food Review

In honor of 4th of July festivities which are quickly approaching, we set out to get the scoop behind two of the people serving up an All American classic to the people of Cornelius, hot dog vendors Mary of Zima’s Steamin’ Dogs and Brandon of B’s Grill! Taking turns occupying Catawba Avenue, you can be sure to find a hot dog cart in the heart of Old Town Cornelius at any time of the week from Zima’s Steamin’ Dogs or B’s Grill.
June 5, 2019

Word on the OTC Street: Countdown to the Last Day of School

As the 90 degree Lake Norman weather seems to continue reminding us, summer is here and the last day of school is right around the corner! With the last day of school for Cornelius public schools being just around the corner, we set out to get some student and teacher perspectives on closing out another year. Let’s see what they said.
June 5, 2019

New Coffee Shop On The Block: Public Grounds

Living within the historic brick walls of Old Town Public House, Public Grounds has been bringing people together since April 2019. Overnight, the lively, bustling OTPH scene transforms into a warm and welcoming coffee shop with a hipster flare fully equipped with high-end ingredients and a professional espresso machine.
May 30, 2019

DID YOU KNOW? The Toll Keeper

Toll roads have a place in our regions history. A well-known bridge over the Catawba River would cost you 25 cents to cross if you were […]
April 30, 2019

DID YOU KNOW? The Tastee Freez

DID YOU KNOW? ?In the days of rockabilly and muscle cars, this spot was the popular cruise-in destination. ? Cornelius natives can recall walking right up to the glass […]
April 15, 2019

DID YOU KNOW? Public Grounds

DID YOU KNOW? ?The shop in this photo has been the site many different gathering spaces since it was constructed in the late 1880s. Can anyone […]
March 14, 2019

Did You Know? Liberty Stables

The Liberty Stable located at the far right of this photo was later converted to a Ford Dealership when horse and buggy's became obsolete.
February 25, 2019

The Brick Row Story

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.
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