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Old 07-26-2007, 09:19 AM
 
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I am looking for a smaller town outside Charlotte, that actually has a town center. I know Matthews has a small area, but where else? Any up by Lake Norman. I would like to find an area were you can take the kids for ice cream and a window shopping walk without going to a strip mall.
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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birkdale village 77 N exit 25 turn left at the light turn right 3 lights down on Sam Furr Road Live Life at Birkdale Village
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, home of the NY/NJ refugees
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I agree with Sunny, and I also LOVE Davidson.
Two weeks ago I was with a friend on Sunday in Davidson on Main Street. We saw kids and parents with bikes, jugglers practicing in the park by the Library, we strolled along the street after getting a milkshake at the Soda Shop, then went for a walk on the college campus. Such a cool small town.
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Absolutely, Birkdale Village (commercial/modern but more to see/do) and Davidson (historical but smaller and less to see/do). Great afternoon trips though!
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Waxhaw also has a cute little town center. Ice cream shop, antique shops, little restaurants, hair salon, coffee shop, weekend farmer's market, etc. All mom & pop shops.

I'm not a fan of Birkdale as it's not authentic and quite manufactured to "look" like a town center. I guess if you're okay with that, then I guess you won't mind. The shops there are mostly stores you find in malls (Gymboree, Gap), not the mom/pop shops you typically find in true old neighborhoods.

Davidson is another one. Pineville has an itty-bitty one with some antique shops and there are plans to expand on it. Moorseville has one that they're working hard to turn around, too.
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