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Downtown Belmont coffee shop makes a new home in an old train station

Categories: Belmont | Posted: March 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Downtown Belmont coffee shop makes a new home in an old train station

Our friends at the Charlotte Five captured just what Downtown Belmont is all about in this post about Mugshots Coffee.  (This is another reason why we love Belmont NC and because we love coffee!)

Last time I met with Reuben Silberman, his coffee shop Mugshots was in a tiny space on Main Street in downtown Belmont. There was barely room for four people, and those people better have been comfortable with each other. Space was tight.

Two years later, Mugshots has outgrown its small quarters. It moved this week to an old train station, built in the early 1900s. The new space is a few blocks from the original location and in the center of downtown Belmont. The coffee shop has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. It boasts 16-foot high ceilings and large windows. Bicycle-themed decor, an open layout and the friendly staff make for a relaxed vibe. MORE

Live nearby and enjoy Mugshots Coffee everyday!  New Home Nearby McLean Overlake 

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5 Reasons Why We Love McLean @ Belmont

Categories: Belmont, McLean, New Homes in Charlotte | Posted: January 26, 2019 | Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why We Love McLean @ Belmont

Having grown up in the Charlotte area, I have to admit I usually blew by Belmont on my way to Crowders Mountain or Asheville. To me it was two exits on I-85 and Belmont Abbey College. That is all I knew about Belmont, NC and I thought that was enough. While I was ignoring Belmont, they were quietly becoming one cool place to live.  Now I know better.

Here are the top five reasons I love McLean  @ Belmont:

1)  Downtown Belmont – Some towns around Charlotte have put themselves on a fast track to grow up, get some national chain retailers, several Starbucks and claim a better quality of life. All the while loosing their heritage and history. Belmont embraces who  they are and  continues to hold onto their small town roots. Downtown Belmont is a collection of local shops and restaurants centered around a well-maintained public park (Stowe Park). The parking is free. There is a brewery (Rivermen Brewing), Cherubs Cafe –  a unique cafe that trains and employs those with challenges,  a museum with many photos of Belmont’s prosperity during  they heyday of textiles (Millican Pictorial History Museum) and more you can discover. You won’t find everything you need here but you will find something you are missing – a friendly, slower paced, gracious way of living.

2) Carolina Thread Trail – I try to hike a lot of trails around here so I get excited about the Carolina Thread Trail. Many years from now, this trail could potentially connect many points in Charlotte through a web of trails and greenways. For now, the trail is a series of independent trails along and through parks, along creeks and sidewalks. Seven Oak Preserve Trail is a part of the Carolina Thread Trail. The trail head for the 5 mile loop is next door to McLean @ Belmont. The trail meanders along the shore of Lake Wylie and connects into more trails at Stowe Botanical Gardens. Usually not very many people are on the this trail. Isn’t that what you really want?

3) Seven Oaks Cafe – This place is interesting and quaint. The Seven Oaks Cafe is in the heart of the McLean community but it really got here first (sort of). The cafe is in the original John Davidson McLean house. Dr. McLean practiced medicine and served his neighbors over 150 years ago at this same location. Today, it is a cute, popular cafe with occasional live music. My favorite is the Bacon Pimento Cheesini – an amazing housemade pimento cheese, bacon and tomato sandwich.

4) Right Side of the Airport – I don’t  really fly too often but do appreciate all the connectivity our airport gives via the air. But the connectivity to the airport via the roads is challenging unless you live on the right side of the airport – the west side. It is much quicker, easier and almost enjoyable when you are  catching a plane and you  are not starting in Ballantyne. Leave McLean @ Belmont, make two left turns and two right turns and you are there. This won’t help much with airport parking but at least you will not be as frazzled from traffic when you get there.

5)  Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens – I have to admit I know little about plants and flowers. But,   I can appreciate when someone is so on top of their game.  It is like watching  well choreographed dance. That is Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to me. Wonderfully executed and presented, the gardens are beautiful, relaxing and inspiring. To make it fun and exciting, the DSBG team host outdoor concerts, oyster roasts,  guest speakers (not just on flowers!) and community events. That is where the gardens come to life and your new friends probably are.  DSBG is right beside Overlake at McLean. (It might be easier to walk than drive there.)

You can live in McLean Overlake in Belmont and should really come see it for yourself.  Directions are here. Some of our new homes are here. Call Paul Stanger for more info @ 704.899.4995.

Have a Brew-tiful Day at Pearlee and Cille’s Bagel Cafe in Belmont

Categories: Belmont, News | Posted: August 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Have a Brew-tiful Day at Pearlee and Cille’s Bagel Cafe in Belmont

In Belmont, where gracious living is our way of life, the only thing better than a hot cup of coffee and a delicious meal is being able to share these simple pleasures with family and friends. In 2017, Pearlee and Cille’s redefined the meaning of “one stop shop” — not only do they serve coffee drinks, ice cream, and other treats, they provide a place for families to slow down and spend time together.

In the backyard of this charming little cafe, which was once the home of the late and beloved Belmont mayor Kevin Loftin, an expansive play area lets children run around and have fun. Here, parents and grandparents gather to mingle, enjoy their food and drinks, and take the time to enjoy their loved ones. It’s truly a hometown treasure!

How it All Came to Be

Although Pearlee and Cille’s opened its doors in February 2017, its story began many years earlier. Growing up, Kevin Loftin, Belmont’s mayor, and his second cousin, Tom Weathers, were often referred to as brothers due to their close relationship. After Kevin tragically died in a car accident in 2012, it was no surprise that he left the now-home of Pearlee and Cille’s to his cousin Tom to either live in or turn into something special. Tom’s choice was to turn this home into a place for Belmont residents to gather and talk to new people. He knew that coffee was the perfect avenue to good conversation and cheer, and decided on a name that reflects family; Pearlee is his great aunt, and Lucille is his grandmother.

Kevin and Tom had very similar ideals. Kevin embodied the values of family and friendship that is so important to Belmont, and Tom continues to carry on this legacy today. Belmont residents come together in this wonderful bagel shop, enjoy tasty treats, and preserve the graciousness that makes Belmont so special.

A place for adults to recharge and children to play, Pearlee and Cille’s is a perfect afternoon or weekend destination. As some things change quickly in the Charlotte area, others tend to stay the same. Hospitality, friends, love, and warmth have always been staples of this small community, and they always will be. What matters most is that it’s not about the dollar, but about everyone coming together.

Stop in and Say Hello

Today, visitors are encouraged to visit the bagel shop to enjoy standard delicacies, as well as a mini donut machine, Hershey’s ice cream, and more! The fenced backyard includes a 1,100-square foot patio with a fireplace, along with volleyball, a swing set, teeter totters, music, and more. A full kitchen provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which you can also enjoy with beer or wine. A local business in every sense, many people say that coming to Pearlee and Cille’s is like “being at grandma’s house, getting a treat, and sitting around talking.”

Enjoy hometown hospitality, spend time with your family, and connect with the residents from your town in a way that you never have before. This sentiment is even sweeter when you can go home to a spacious, comfortable Evans Coghill home in McLean, offering the privacy of a beautiful, peaceful community, as well as the camaraderie of a gracious small town.

For more information on living in the Overlake section of McLean, please visit our website, or contact our New Home Specialist Kendell Burruss at 704-899-4995.

Evans Coghill Homes is a Charlotte, NC new home builder, building new homes in Cheval, McLean, Belmont, NC and Nims Village, and Nims Village Ft Mill, SC. For information on these new home communities and our available homes, visit www.EvansCoghill.com.

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