The Arbors

Posted by in Insider,Weddings | October 17, 2013


The Arbors is a 112-acre tree farm in western Rowan County North Carolina.  It is the perfect place for a wedding or corporate event to take place.  There are two unique venues to choose from which are The Main House and the Pavilion.  Both packages include an outdoor wedding ceremony location, followed by an indoor reception.

The Main House

The Main House overlooks a three acre pond that is full of fish and wildlife.  The House is a custom built home with an attached 4700 square foot reception area.  The reception space is heated and cooled, includes commercial restrooms, a bar, and a catering prep area.  The outdoor space includes a large dock, huge outdoor living areas with a fire place, and two fire pits.  With the beautiful stone, rustic beams, and cedar shakes, the main house truly has an outdoor and picturesque feel to it!

The Pavilion

The Pavilion is the brand new 4200 square foot reception facility constructed of stone and cedar shake siding.  This offers guests the rustic feel of the farm with the amenities of a climate controlled banquette.  The Pavilion has restrooms, a dressing room,a bar, and a place for catering prep.

Mason Dixon Collection 

The Mason Dixon Collection offers a wide variety of vintage and eclectic rental items available on site.  With everything from mason jars, to tabletops, to wooden church pews, to vintage sofas, the Mason Dixon Collection has everything you need to make your wedding personalized.  Brides who have booked their weddings at The Arbors, receive a $100 credit towards the rental items and receive advice on how to create the perfect theme they are going for.

*Items can be viewed at


The Arbors is a well known wedding venue and has received accolades and features by several different organizations.  The magazines that have featured The Arbors include Carolina Bride, Inpire Weddings and Marriage, Ruffled, and Style Sweets Magazine.  The Arbors also received the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award in 2013!

*To Schedule a tour of the venue or if you need additional info, call them at (704)614-5856.


1.  Take a Tour!  Whether you are looking for a beautiful outdoor wedding venue or a great location for a corporate event, The Arbors is a wonderful option.

2.  Check out the Mason Dixon Collection.  This is a fantastic way to personalize your wedding and to guarantee your special day looks exactly how you envisioned.

3.  Have a Rustic Outdoor Wedding!  With everything from church pews, to mason jars, to vintage sofas, your day can have a wonderfully rustic feel!

Downtown Mooresville

Posted by in Attractions,Insider,Shopping | October 9, 2013


Downtown Mooresville is the perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon stroll.  There are wonderful locally owned shops and delicious eateries to stop in and check out.  With everything from quant coffee shops where you can read a good book, to candy shops that make a great place for kids birthday parties, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy!


The downtown area has something to offer every type of shopper!  If you are interested in finding something vintage and out of the ordinary, there are several antique shops.  There are also several jewelry shops if you are in the market for one of the finer things in life!  Boutiques are also a great place to stop in whether you are looking for something in particular, or not!  You are bound to find something unique and you will enjoy your time just browsing the displays.

List of Shops: 202 North Main Fine Wines, Ain’t Miss Bead Haven, Aisle Pawn Shop, Alexander Zachery Jewelers, American Classic Antiques, Anything’s Possible Custom Tattoo & Body, Big Hat Larry’s Guitar, Music, and More, Carriage Ride Antiques, Clippers Flowers of Lake Norman, Inc., Color Cabana, Copycat Kids Consignment, Cosmic Connection Arts& Interests, Cottage House Antiques, Cotton Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries, CVS Pharmacy, D.E. Turner & Co. Hardware, Distinctive Cabinetry & Design, Four Corners Framing & Gallery, Gibson Bros. Furniture, Hair of the Dog, Jewelers on Main, L Squared Boutique, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio & Spa, Pearls Boutique, Thistle Meadow Wines, etc.


Whether you are looking for a great place for a meal or simply looking for a relaxing place to enjoy a cup of coffee, downtown Mooresville has something for you!  There are several wonderful wine shops, restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and a candy shop.

List of Eateries: The Bathtub Gin, Bob’s Grill, Black Velvet Patisserie, The Daily Grind, Epic Chophouse, HEbrews Coffee House, J.J. Wasabi’s, Mooresville Ice Cream Co., Pie in the Sky Pizza, Inc., Richard’s Coffee Shop, Sub Express, and Sugar Pop’s.


There are public events held every week in the downtown area shops and eateries.  Below are some of the events held each week, but be sure to check the downtown website,, for the most recent list of upcoming events!

One of the most popular events is the Farmer’s Market, which is held every Saturday morning from 8am-12pm.  This is a great opportunity to purchase fresh produce at a great price, while also supporting local farmers.

Each week there is a community music jam at Richard’s Coffee Shop, that is held on Saturdays from 9am-12pm.

Every first and third Wednesday night of the month, 202 North Main Fine Wines has an Open Mic Talent night.  On Thursday nights they have educational and fun wine tastings and live music is featured on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Enchanted Olive has a tasting bar that allows guests the ability to try over 50 different olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and specialty oils. Yum!


1.  Take a Stroll.  When you have a free afternoon, check out the downtown shops and do some window shopping as you walk down Main Street.

2.  Go to an Event!  If you are looking for a fun event during the week or on the weekend, there is almost always something to participate in.  From wine nights, to live music, to the farmers market, there is a function for everyone!

3.  Shop.  There are wonderful boutiques, antique shops, and jewelry stores to stop in!

4.  Eat.  With all of the wonderful restaurants downtown, you can find almost anything you are craving!  (Asian, American, Sandwiches, Pizza, Baked Goods, Candy, etc)

Check out our Video Insider on Downtown Mooresville!

The Brawley House

Posted by in Insider,Weddings | October 3, 2013


The Brawley House is a historic home built in 1907.  It is a Queen Anne Victorian House on almost 23 acres of landscaped land.  The 5,500 square foot mansion has all original wood floors and 12ft ceilings.  The house has been beautifully restored and now has wood paneling, textured interior walls, and the exterior has a fresh coat of paint.  From the historic home, to the carefully landscaped surrounding land, it’s no surprise many couples choose to spend their special day at The Brawley House.

The Estate

The Estate not only has a beautiful historic home, but also lots of lush green land surrounding it with several different options for event spots.  There is a newly constructed stable that can be used for the wedding ceremony or reception.  The stable is 3,400 square feet, with tall ceilings, and can hold up to 250 people.  Outside of the stable is a lovely white arbor that is a perfect spot for the ceremony nuptials to take place.


The Brawley House is a great location for not only weddings and receptions, but also corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, and any other special occasion worth celebrating!  There are small ceremony packages and semi-inclusive packages.  The small ceremony is for two hours and does not include a reception or food.  The semi-inclusive package includes tables, chairs, linens, buffet tables, cake and gift tables.  There are also wedding coordination packages available.  Call (704)222-8185 for pricing, a quote, or to schedule a tour of the estate.


There is a food vendor requirement, however all other vendors are up to the guests.  If you are looking for suggestions on vendors for other aspects of the event, they have a list of recommended vendors available.


1.  Schedule a Tour!  The Brawley House and surrounding grounds are historic and have been preserved beautifully.

2.  Host a Celebration.  Weddings, receptions, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate parties can all be held at the estate.  There are several awesome locations for events to be held, whatever the event is!

Carrigan Farms

Posted by in Insider,Weddings | October 3, 2013


Whether you are interested in a small, medium, or large size wedding ceremony, The Quarry at Carrigan Farms is a wonderful location!  Because of the beautiful landscape, many describe the Farm as a piece of “Heaven on Earth”.  It has the perfect blend of mountain and beach vistas, blue water, and towering granite walls as the wedding backdrop.  There is also a large covered pavilion that is perfect for the reception.

Flash Wedding

Flash weddings are spontaneous wedding ceremonies that are only booked a few days in advance.  Carrigan Farms takes care of everything, minister, music, flowers, food, cake, etc.  The months of February, March and November occasionally have unusual warm, sunny days that are typically chosen for a flash wedding.  During the peak season, April-October, flash weddings are during the week, mainly Monday-Thursday.  They can either be during the day (10am-3pm), or evening (5pm-11pm).  The flash weddings are a great alternative to a courthouse or chapel wedding.  They still feel personal and special, while not taking months to plan!

Other Events

Carrigan Farm is not only a special place to have a wedding, it also makes for a great spot for other celebrations!  The following are just some of the most popular events held here; company picnics, swim parties, graduation parties, church picnics, birthday parties, and even Christmas parties!  If the event is during a colder season, like Christmas, The Farmhouse Cellar can be rented.  The Cellar has rich walnut woods and handmade brick floors and makes for a great, festive space!

The Farm

There is actually a real working farm that specializes in growing only the finest fruits and vegetables.  Depending on the time of year you can find everything from strawberries to asparagus, lettuce, apples, and even pumpkins!  Nearly all of the produce is sold on the farm and a lot is used in catered events.  Carrigan prides itself on being able to provide the best and freshest produce to their guests.


1.  Tour the Farm & Quarry!  If you are interested in hosting a wedding or other special event, the Quarry at Carrigan is a breathtaking location.

2.  Buy some Produce!  Everything grown on the farm is extremely fresh and has had such care shown to it.  Stop by the farm and see what’s available when you are in town!

3.  Have a Flash Wedding.  Whether you are looking for a quick and easy way to have a wedding ceremony, or you know someone who is looking to do so, the flash weddings at the Quarry are a great option.

Oak Ridge Farm Bed & Breakfast

Posted by in Insider,Weddings | October 2, 2013



The Oak Ridge Farm features a home built in 1870 sitting on an 18 acre piece of beautifully landscaped land.  The farm is used today for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.  The space can accommodate up to 300 people for each event.  The historic home has wide covered porch areas that can accommodate up to 48 people for a sit down event and the surrounding yard offers unlimited options.  *Tents are welcome

Why Oak Ridge? 

The mission of the staff at Oak Ridge is to eliminate as much stress a possible for the bride, groom, and wedding guests.  They do this by only having one event per day, which allows for flexibility when setting up and tear down.  Brides also have the opportunity to schedule their bridal portraits or other photography sessions on the grounds on another day at no extra charge.

Oak Ridge prides itself on being an “open venue”.  This means the caterer, music, photographer, etc are entirely up to the bride and groom.  They do not require a certain list of vendors, however they do have a recommended list if the couple would like to choose from that!

Bed & Breakfast

The bed and breakfast is a great place for close family and friends to stay during the wedding weekend.  A relaxing breakfast is served each morning and can be enjoyed in the dining room or outside on the porch!  Typically brides book rooms the night before the wedding with their maid of honor and bridesmaids.  This is a good opportunity for a last hoorah with the girls before she gets married!  The breakfast also serves as a nice relaxing hour for the bridal party before the wedding ceremony.


If you are considering having your wedding, reception, or the rehearsal dinner at the Oak Ridge Farm, definitely come out and take a tour!  To schedule an appointment to see the grounds and the historic home call them at (704)663-7085 or (704)807-2433.


1.  Plan a Visit!  If you are just passing through, or are looking for a wonderful outdoor venue for an event, this is a quant little place to visit!

2.  Book an Event.  This is a great location for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners and will guarantee a good time!

3.  Book some Rooms!  This is a wonderful place for the bridal party and family to stay and includes an awesome breakfast the next morning.


Mooresville Motorplex

Posted by in Attractions,Insider,Sports & Recreation | October 2, 2013


The mission of the Mooresville GoPro Motorplex is to provide racing enthusiasts a turn-key karting experience centered around an advanced, world-class race track.  There is a diverse schedule for different levels of karters, arrive & drive events, races, and group events.  The idea for the motorplex was born in 2009 and was brought to life in 2011.  Since then, race lovers have been able to have a hands on driving experience that is affordable and easy!

The Track

The track at the Mooresville GoPro Motorplex is based on the famous Kartdromo Parma in Italy.  The Kartdromo Parma is considered one of the finest, but most challenging karting circuits in the world and was the starting place for many renowned drivers.  The GoPro track was created to mimic the original Parma, with the newest world championship karting specifications.  It features a proprietary motorsports-specific asphalt design, CIK curbing and runoff zones, and a wide, accommodating paddock and pit area capable of holding the largest events in North America.


Rentals are available seven days a week.  On Monday, they are available from 12pm-8pm, Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-8pm, and Sunday from 12pm-6pm.  All rental kart drivers under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian fill out a permission form and have it notarized.

*Adult Kart Pricing

$25 for 1 race, $45 for 2 races, $65 for 3 races, $200 for the 10-race package.  *Each race is 10 minutes long

*Junior Kart Pricing

$20 for 1 race, $35 for 2 races, $50 for 3 races.  *Each race is also 10 minutes long

Junior Kart Hours: Monday 12pm-5pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm


-The brand new Sodikart RT8 390cc kart is one of the first in the world and features cutting edge technology and is capable of speeds over 55mph.

-GoPro Motorplex has their own racing series each year which allows racing enthusiasts the most affordable and exciting race program in the region.

-Memberships are available for drivers with their own karts wanting to practice on the course each day the track is open to the public! ($1,200/year)

-There is a race series available for those that are serious about racing.  The challenges are 8 weekends of each year.  *Check the website for full schedule and guidelines


1.  Give it a Shot!  If you are a racing fan wanting to get your feet a little wet on the track, then visit the Motorplex.

2.  Give a Race as a Gift!  If you know of someone who would enjoy a trip to the motorplex, this would make an awesome gift!  It’s definitely an experience they will enjoy and never forget.

3.  Participate in the Race Series.  Whether you are a driver, or a fan, these are great events to be a part of!



The Pit Indoor Kart Racing

Posted by in Attractions,Insider,Sports & Recreation | September 30, 2013


If you are looking for a place that has something fun for everyone, then look no further!  The Pit offers guests the ability to drive high speed go-karts, participate in a game of laser tag, play a round of mini-golf, climb a rock wall, and even try out some batting cages.  There is truly an activity that everyone will enjoy!


Since The Pit is located in Race City USA, it would only be right for visitors to have the opportunity to get in a car and race!  There are go-karts available for youth and for adults.  The 10 Sodi youth karts and 20 Sodi RX7 adult carts are not your ordinary go-karts and can go 40+ mph!  The go-karts have adjustable seats and pedals, so they can be converted to fit any size driver.

The Track

As if the go-karts weren’t enough to get you to come drive, the track should do it!  It is a 70,000 square foot track and is one of the largest in the country.  With 20 challenging turns, it’s not your typical go-kart track!


The mini-golf course at The Pit is under black lights and is wizards and dragon themed!  It is a entertaining 18-hole course for visitors of all ages.

Laser Tag

The laser tag arena is a 3,600 square foot arena where up to 20 participants can battle it out at once.  There are 7 different game scenarios for groups to choose from.  Laser tag makes a great birthday party event for kids!

Rock Climbing

By featuring a challenging 21ft tall rock climbing wall, w/ 6 different climbing stations, The Pit offers climbers a variety of climbs.  Anyone from a beginner level to expert, will all have routes available to climb.  There is no actual age limit for the wall, climbers must weigh at least 40lbs and no more than 250lbs.

Batting Cages

The batting cages are great for kids and adults.  There are three pitching machines that are equipped for baseball and softball.  Ball teams can also rent the 10,000 square foot space for practice.



Monday-Wednesday  3pm-10pm

Thursday  11am-10pm

Friday-Saturday  11am-12am

Sunday  1pm-8pm

**Be sure to check the website for the full list of activity pricing, group packages, and rates.


1.  Channel your Inner NASCAR Driver.  The Pit has wonderful go-karts, for guests of all ages, and a challenging track to race on!

2.  Host a Party!  With all of the activities available at The Pit, you are bound to have a fantastic celebration and make some great memories.

3.  Rent out the Batting Cages!  If you have a baseball or softball team, this is an awesome place to get in some batting practice, and weather will never be an issue since the cages are located indoors.


Kyle Busch Motorsports

Posted by in Attractions,Insider,Sports & Recreation,Uncategorized | September 26, 2013


Kyle Busch Motorports is a 77,000 square foot race shop and corporate headquarters for Kyle Busch and the other Kyle Busch drivers.  The race shop is fully equipped and ready to handle race preparation for it’s fleet of Toyota Camry’s and Tundras.  The space is also used for executive meetings and gatherings with all of it’s partners.

What’s Inside

KBM started with Kyle’s first purchase of a Legends car in 2003 to provide a way for him to improve his driving skills.  Since then, KBM has filled a trophy case with the Legends car and late model hardware.  The Motorports team is now home to the No. 77 Toyota Camry in the Nascar Nationwide Series and the No. 18, No.51, and No. 54 Tundra’s in the Nascar Camping World Truck Series.  In addition, there is a 2,000 square foot retail store for visitors to check out and purchase some great Nascar memorabilia.

The motorsports facility is at the cornerstone of green initiatives filled with enough new technology to put it on the path be certified LEED.


Kyle Busch, Parker Kligerman, Joey Coulter, Erik Jones, Darrall Wallace Jr, Chad Hackenbracht, and Drew Herring are all the drivers that are part of the Kyle Busch Motorsports family.

Nascar Stock Car Drivers- Parker Kligerman

Nascar Truck Series- Joey Coulter, Erik Jones, Chad Hackenbracht, Drew Herring

*Drivers that participate in Stock Car & Truck Series- Kyle Busch, Darrell Wallace Jr.

Up and comer, Erik Jones, is a Truck series driver.  He is only 17, and will be one to keep an eye out for in the future!

Kyle Busch

With the philosophy, Win or go home, it’s no wonder Kyle Busch has been as successful on the race track as he has a business man.  He first started racing in 2001 and has made quite a name for himself since then.  He won Rookie of the Year in 2004 and in 2005 and the years following, he had more victories than you can count!

KBM Shop

There is Kyle Busch Motorsports merchandise available for purchase at the KBM shop!  Whether you are looking for a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hat, or model car, you can find it here.  These make great items to take home to remember your visit, and also make wonderful gifts!


1.  Take a Visit!  If you are a Nascar fan, this is a great place to go check out some of the behind the scenes action in the world of racing.

2.  Visit the Shop.  Be sure to stop into the store for some KBM merchandise to take home!

3.  Look Around!  You never know what race car drivers will be in each day.  You may just get to meet your favorite driver:)

Sugar Pop’s Candy Shop

Posted by in Family Friendly,Food,Insider,Shopping | September 23, 2013


If you are looking for the perfect place to host a birthday party, bridal/baby shower, or are interested in having a candy buffet at your next special event, look no further!  Sugar Pops is a quant, colorful little candy shop, and party host, located on Main Street in downtown Mooresville.  With over 300 types of candy and 100 types of eclectic soda, Sugar Pop’s is the premier party spot in town!


The variety of candy at Sugar Pop’s is unlike anything you have ever seen!  There is truly something for everyone, whether you prefer sweet or sour, Sugar Pop’s has got you covered.  The candy assortment includes; novelty, chocolate, individually wrapped candy, bulk wrapped candy, M&M’s, Jelly Bellies, gummies, nostalgic, and bulk unwrapped.  Candy can be used at in-house events, candy buffets, and can be purchased individually when customers come in!


There are 100 types of eclectic sodas available to wash down your sweet treats, or to simply have on their own!  The soda selection includes; orange, Diet Soda, Cola, Kids, Jelly Belly, Eclectic, Cream Soda, Root Beer, and Cherry.  All sodas are sold in glass bottles which adds to the experience and creates a little nostalgia for how soda use to be packaged.


Candy Buffet

Candy Buffets are custom made and are designed specifically for each customer and their event.  The buffets include your choice of candies, chocolate, M&M’s, Jelly Belly, a variety of glass and apothecary jars, the use of candy scoops/tongs, coordinated ribbon & custom candy labels, design & set-up and bags.  The buffets are wonderful to have at weddings, showers, birthday parties, and other special events.  Having a candy buffet at your event adds a beautiful display of colors and immediately allows guests to become kids again!

Parties at Sugar Pop’s 

The party room at Sugar Pop’s is rented on an hourly basis and can be rented for a minimum of 2 hours.  This is a great place to host a kids birthday party, have a baby shower, prom socials, and other celebrations.  Sugar Pop’s provides the space and the candy, you just provide the party!  The space can hold up to 30 people and can be rented at the following times; after 6pm Monday-Thursday, after 7pm Friday and Saturday, and after 10am on Sundays.  If you have a party in mind for Sugar Pop’s, call them up!  (704) 799-0959

Regular Store Hours

Monday-Thursday  11-6

Friday-Saturday       10-7

Sunday                        12-4


1.  Host a Party.  If you are looking for a great place to have a child’s birthday party or other celebration, Sugar Pop’s is a great place to host it.  It is such a fun and cheerful atmosphere, guests will definitely have a great time!

2.  Have a Candy Buffet!  Candy Buffets are very popular at weddings, showers, and other events.  It allows guests a great selection of candy that they get to choose from, beautiful glass jars, and ribbons and custom candy labels.

3.  Stop in!  The shop is open every day and is a great place to stop in while strolling down Main Street in Mooresville.  You are bound to find your favorite candy and old-fashioned soda!

4.  Buy in Bulk.  If you are looking for a place to purchase a particular candy in bulk, look no further!  Sugar Pop’s is the place to go:)

NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Posted by in Attractions,Insider,Sports & Recreation | September 23, 2013



The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame is the official visitors center of Mooresville, NC.  It provides visitors with a free race shop guide and an experience that will allow them to check out “Race City USA” first hand!  The museum features 45 race cars dedicated to all types of auto racing and aims to celebrate and enhance the rich heritage of motor sports and its cultural contributions.

With a dedication to racing, from drag racing to stock cars, the museum houses memorabilia that represent and help relive some of racings greatest moments.  In addition, there is a Goodyear mini-theater, along with showcases and displays, that bring some of racing’s greatest memories to life.  The showcases and displays are continually rotated, so that they are current and provide visitors with the best experience possible!

To Take Home

There is an art gallery which features many of motorsports’ top artists including Garry Hill, Sam Bass, Jeane Barnes, and Dan McCreary, along with other local artists.  Rare Artists prints are available for purchase at the gift shop.  The Gift Shop also carries a wide variety of racing memorabilia and it is the official “Race City USA” merchandise headquarters.  This is a wonderful place to purchase merchandise of your favorite race car driver and get some Race City USA gear to take home.



Adults: $6

Children (6-12) $4

Senior Citizens (55+) $4


Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-3pm

Sunday Closed*

NC Auto Racing Walk of Fame

The NC Auto Racing Walk of Fame honors inductees to the Hall of Fame along the sidewalks of downtown Mooresville.  As you walk down Main Street, you can see the tiles honoring the inductees.  These feature the name, year, and car number of the driver honored.  See if you can find your favorite inductee and get your picture made with their tile!


1.  Go to the Hall of Fame!  Whether you are a racing fan, or not, this is a wonderful place to learn about the history of racing and how it has become what it is today.

2.  Check out the Cars!  By having over 35 race cars showcased, it allows visitors to travel back in time and see how the cars and racing as a sport have evolved.

3.  Visit the Gift Shop.  Be sure to grab some Race City USA merchandise before you leave!

4.  Take in the Art Work.  Well-known artists, as well as local artists, have their artwork of motorsports featured here.  Some pieces are even available for purchase!

5.  Do the Walk of Fame!  Be sure to check out downtown Mooresville and take the Walk of Fame to see all of the inductees.