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- So many cup holders, perfect for road tripping. Two in the center and then one in each of the four doors. Jackpot.
- Built in USB so you never lose phone juice along the way.
- Fancy entertainment screen. #productplacement
Address: 500 S. Main Street
The deal: Authentic neapolitan-style pizza cooked to order in a wood-fired oven made of volcanic sand from Mt. Vesuvius.
Main Street Antiques & Design Gallery
Address: 500 S. Main Street
The deal: 160,000 square feet of space filled with row after row of antiques. You could get lost in here for hours. Thankfully, there’s a little cafe with snacks (or Alino Pizzeria next door).
Address: 210 S. Main Street
The deal: Retro cash-only fast food drive-in. People seem to either love it or hate it.
Bernice’s Tea & Spice
Address: 122 S. Main Street
The deal: Loose-leaf teas, spice blends and gifts. They also carry The Swankey, a tote bag with nozzle hole designed by a local Lake Wylie resident to discretely transport a bag of boxed wine. American ingenuity at its finest.
Address: 104 S. Main Street
The deal: Fine dining steakhouse. All steaks are center cut only and prepared Pittsburgh style.
Address: 119 N. Main Street
The deal: Sample 60+ varieties of 100% extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and specialty oils. They also sell wine and there’s a loft upstairs where Wine & Design Lake Norman hosts regular painting classes.
Richard’s Coffee Shop and Living History Museum
Address: 165 N. Main Street
The deal: Casual coffee shop filled with American military artifacts donated by veterans who frequent the location. Richard Warren, a Vietnam veteran, originally opened Pat’s Gourmet Coffee Shop across the street in honors of his wife (in what is now Bathtub Gin). Thanks to Richard’s warm welcome and constant support, Pat’s quickly became known as a veteran hangout. Over time, veterans and their families donated artifacts to display in the shop and today it’s as much a museum as it is a coffee shop. It moved to its current location and was renamed Richard’s Coffee Shop following Warren’s death in 2009.
HEbrews Coffee House
Address: 177 N. Main Street (Note: Moving to a new location down the street June 2016)
The deal: Specialty coffee shop with a small selection of baked goods
SugarPop’s Candy Store
Address: 248 N. Main Street
The deal: Fully stocked candy shop with 300 types of candy and 100 different sodas
Address: 242 N. Main Street
The deal: Bakery with cookies, Italian pastries, breakfast Danish and cannoli filled to order. The emoji cookies are a hit.
Mooresville Ice Cream Company
Address: 172 N. Broad Street
The deal: Ice cream operation serving up sweet treats for 92 years. B.A. Troutman and R.C. Millsaps founded the DeLuxe ice cream brand in Mooresville in 1924. It changed ownership in 2009 and more recently rolled out Front Porch, a Carolina-centric ice cream brand with flavors like Nana’s Banana Pudding and Charleston Sea Salt Caramel. Flavors from both DeLuxe and Front Porch are served in the parlor along with floats, shakes, sundaes and banana splits. Try the DeLuxe Mooresville Bar.
Ain’t Miss Bead Haven
Address: 138 N. Main Street
The deal: Full-service bead shop with beads by the strand, jewelry tools and more. They also teach jewelry making classes.
D.E. Turner Hardware
Address: 111 N. Main Street
The deal: Jack Moore has been working at D.E. Turner Hardware since 1946 but the store has been in operation for 116 years. Word on the street is if Jack doesn’t have what you’re looking for, you don’t need it.