Looking for a place to dine outside and enjoy the summer sunset? We've got a list of our favorite restaurants with outdoor seating, just for you!
There is no quainter place than Main Street in McAdenville and the Table & Market has a large patio with comfy chairs, tables, a fire pit and lights for a perfect low-key evening.
Grab your four-legged friend and stop by Rivermen Brewing to enjoy the picnic-table-filled patio. It's our favorite pet-friendly patio!
Looking for a good view? Head over to the rebranded JR Cash's (formerly J Peter's). No worries, the menu is 99% the same - and the view, still 100% gorgeous. Enjoy the deck overlooking the River.
Overlook downtown Belmont, where the sunset is always charming, from the rooftop at Nellie's Southern Kitchen.
Station in Belmont offers a cozy outdoor vibe where you'll feel the small-town charm the entire time!
Last but not least, don't forget about the covered outdoor seating at Glenway Premium Pub. If the sun is a bit too much for you, Glenway offers a great spot!
It's likely that you know by now, I strive to be an informed, aware shopper. I've always been a bargain-hunter. I never buy anything online without looking for a promo code. I hate to pay for shipping. I rarely pay full-price for anything. BUT when a good deal strikes, I'm often going to snatch it up whether I NEED it now or not.
Just over two years ago, I was shopping in the Gastonia Target. I purchased three items and after I inserted my debit card, I realized the amount was just too much for what I had purchased. The cashier handed me the receipt and sure enough, I was overcharged on three of four items. The cashier, confirming it "happens all the time" told me to just go check the prices on the shelves and go to customer service for a refund. So, I did. It was somewhere around $5 that I was due back. The customer service associate again didn't seem phased. This was the day that the switch flipped and I became abundantly aware of the overcharging that was going on in stores everywhere.
I use Victoria's Secret promo codes on every order. Who doesn't? There is always a coupon. When I noticed what was happening, I stopped shopping there altogether. I was applying the promo codes, the amount was coming off of the total, I was clicking submit with the correct amount on the screen but when my statements were coming, it was for more than I agreed to pay when I clicked submit. The promo codes were coming off and I was paying whatever the full or regular sale price was, no additional savings! How long had this been happening?! I was not sure. After the customer service department refused to do anything at all, I vowed not to shop there anymore. I emailed the local news, but never heard back. I told my friends to beware!
Fast forward to last night. I'm a sucker for post-its and they make adorable treasure chests full of a variety of colors, sizes, shapes and types. The boxes usually go for $100 or well-over, so when an ad popped up on Instagram for $50, it was time to stock back up! I typically take out what I want and donate the rest to a back-to-school drive. It's a win-win. Being who I am, I went to the eBates app, opened up the Staples link. Searched for the treasure chest. Added to cart and started hunting for any additional savings. I found a $20 off $100 coupon on Retail Me Not so I added a second treasure chest to the cart and applied the coupon. BAM, reduced the cart total to $80! Winning, right?! WRONG. I went all the way through, keyed in my shipping information, card information and reviewed the order. Shipping was free, and since I had keyed in my address it populated my tax, so the total was $85.60. Below where I reviewed the charges: $80.00 sub total, FREE shipping, $5.60 estimated tax, total amount $85.60 was the blue submit order button. Everything looks good, so I click submit only to be greeted by a confirmation page with a total of $107.00! I immediately called customer service and after explaining to the associate repeatedly that the promo code was correctly applied all the way until I agreed to pay $85.60. Meanwhile, the $107.00 was already withdrawn from my bank account. I asked to speak with a supervisor, Tracy. Tracy stated that Staples coupons can be applied and come off of the order even if they are not "valid". I explained to Tracy that it was completely fraudulent to ask customers to confirm orders at one price and turn around and charge them more. How many hundreds or thousands of people do you think they have scammed this year and they do not even know?! While Tracy did refund the $21.40, my mission was not just to get a refund but to bring awareness to this fraudulent means of extorting customers.
I share these stories with you to help you understand how important it is to pay attention at the register AND at checkout online. To note your order total before and after checking out online. To pay attention to sale prices as you put things in your cart. We all know there is no way you can juggle making sure every item in the cart rings up correctly at the grocery store, but you can have a pretty good idea. Pay attention. Say something. Make them correct it. My philosophy is that I work HARD for MY money and I'm not going to give any more of it than I intended away.
I do have screenshots of this most recent experience and due to all of the personal information on each of them, I'm refraining from posting them to this blog, but have saved them for my own documentation and intend to bring attention to this matter until laws are actually enforced to keep businesses from defrauding consumers!
Lots of opportunities to celebrate this Fourth of July! Our proximity to Charlotte gives us options for some of the country's biggest fireworks displays, and we have the benefit of our small-town celebrations right here. Whether it be Mount Holly's early celebration or grabbing a spot with 75,000 other people at SkyShow, there will be lots to take the kids to see this year! We've compiled a list for you, but as a perk of our blog, check out these event links:
Gaston All American Fair
Charlotte Motor Speedway
BB&T Ballpark SKYSHOW
Red, White & Belmont
Harper Park - Stanley
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens Butterfly Bungalow kicks off this week! Visit the Garden from May 25th through September 6th to check out the Butterfly exhibit which covers the life cycle of the Butterfly. The exhibit will cost an extra $3 for each non-member, in addition to the garden admission rates.
There is a very long list of reasons why I back the blue. I studied Criminal Justice in undergrad and it has always been my passion. I have three mentors to thank for that. As a high school student, I participated in the local Explorers program. I stayed in the program much longer than is "allowed" and continued to be involved throughout college. It was largely due to the relationship I built with the Deputy leading the program. His family became my family. All three of my mentors showed me the compassion, skill, attention and dedication that it takes to be a LEO.
Those mentors are my friends and throughout college and my adult life, I've come to be friends with several others that serve in law enforcement. One of my very best friends is a probation officer. Then we moved to Mount Holly and our neighbor was a K9 Officer. We loved his K9 and his family.
When we moved to North Carolina in 2004, Mooresville was home. Shortly thereafter, we moved to Catawba County, but Mooresville was still my "stomping grounds". It's where my first job was, where many of my friends were, where I shopped and hung out.
While the population has grown a lot since 2004, it's still a great little town.
Last weekend, that great little town lost a good man, Officer Jordan Sheldon. A man that was protecting and serving, like he chose to do. A man that gave his life protecting his community.
The outpouring of support has made me cry numerous times this week. I'm grateful for the positive comments, prayers and well wishes for his family. For the thousands of community members that attended his memorial service, stood along the procession route today and sent prayers from across the country.
While I pray that no other officer ever loses his or her life again, I know that won't be the case. So, I also pray that the support carries on long after we begin to heal from this tragedy. I pray that the community will continue to support our officers in good times and bad times. I pray that there will be a constant display of appreciation and that we never need another tragedy to bring us together again.
We will never forget, Officer Jordan Sheldon.
Register now for our Anniversary Bash! We're planning an EPIC celebration and you do not want to miss the FREE swag, prizes and more!
Get ready! It's almost that time of year, where Live Nation makes concert tickets affordable and you can snag tix to great concerts for only $20! That price includes all taxes, fees, etc. so what you see is what you pay and THAT is worth it alone. Live Nation is pulling out all the stops with this year's line up too: Alessia Cara, Backstreet Boys, Brantley Gilbert, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jason Aldean, J-Lo, Luke Bryan, Mary J Blige, Miranda Lambert, Nelly, New Kids on the Block, Papa Roach, Pentatonix, Rascal Flatts, Sara Bareilles, Shinedown, Thomas Rhett, Wiz Khalifa, and so many more. No matter what type of music you enjoy, you'll find something.
Be thinking about your friends and family and snag some of these $20 tix as gifts! You'll be a hero!
Video courtesy of https://ncw.livenation.com/
Mark your calendar now for our upcoming events! We can't wait to check out these new venues, share new vendors and have so much fun this summer!
I've shared Ebates with you all in the past, but this quarter is a perfect example to share again! This quarter, $85.68 is coming back to me on purchases I was going to make either way! I scope out deals and try to be strategic about when I order. I use Ebates as if it were a coupon, just keep in mind you have to wait on your quarterly check to come to see the savings. I bought a new "work bag" from Macy's when they did 12% cash back on April 1st. There was NO WHERE I could get the Michael Kors bag for less than MSRP and no coupons to work on designer products at any of the stores that carried it, so I waited, searched, waited some more and BAM - 12% cash back on April 1st. I'm getting $49 and change back on just that one order.
Mother's Day flowers....already ordered (don't tell my Mom). $7 back and free shipping. A pretty sweet deal to think of mom in advance.
Looking for a specific item? Compare prices at different retailers first, then look at the Ebates option and you'll be surprised that sometimes a few extra dollars now will save you a much larger percentage overall!
Gaston County is becoming so much more than 'the place next to Charlotte'. We've had several exciting announcements this month! Here's what we want you to know:
A total of 35 new vacation cottages are coming to the Crowders Mountain State Park area, the Gazette announced just yesterday. Starting with 14 cottages in the first phase, the all brick-and-wood cottages will be 'tiny-home-sized', from 350-800 square feet.
Gaston County School and Belmont leaders broke ground on the new Belmont Middle School this week. The school is expected to open in 2021. Set to cost roughly $34 million, the school will be 155,000 square feet and serve 1,000 students to start.
1Mission Coffee Company is occupying what Stanley residents know as the Train Depot. The Coffee Shop supports missions in Haiti and gives 10% back to the Town of Stanley for revitalization efforts. We've visited and WE APPROVE!
Best of Gaston voting has started! Here's just a sample of the businesses we're voting for (you should check them out!):
Eyewear Center - Belmont Eye
Optometrist - Dr. Rachael Wruble, Belmont Eye
Bakery - Queen Bee Bakery
BBQ - Kyle Fletcher's
Brunch - McAdenville Table & Market
Burger - Sammy's Neighborhood Pub
Business Lunch - Webb's Custom Kitchen
Caterer - McAdenville Table & Market
Country Cooking - Nellie's Southern Kitchen
Deli - Will's Doggn' It
Dessert - Queen Bee Bakery
Dinner Under $10 - Pita Wheel
Family Restaurant - McAdenville Table & Market
Fine Dining - Woodshed
Fired Chicken - Nellie's Southern Kitchen
Hot Dog - Will's Doggn' It
Local Coffee Shop - Floyd & Blackie's
Mexican - La Fuente
New Restaurant - McAdenville Table & Market
Outdoor Dining - Nellie's Southern Kitchen
Pizza - Portifino's
Salad Bar - Woodshed
Steak - Woodshed
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!