Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Good Life Delights Opens on Court Square

The Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton is pleased to announce that ice cream is available again in downtown Lincolnton. Good Life Delights Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt has opened in downtown Lincolnton.

Good Life Delights specializes in making people smile with a variety flavors of Pet ice cream and frozen yogurt. It is a small shop with only a few seats including a counter overlooking the sidewalk that provides an excellent spot to watch all the activity on the Square. There are also a few seats outside on the sidewalk.

Good Life Delights is owned by Mark Derr and has four employees including his twin sons Kyle and Cale. Each are managers of the scoop shop. They are all looking forward to getting involved in the Lincolnton community.

Derr owns the only bail bonds business downtown which is located next door. With Good Life Delights, he has found another business niche that was underserved in Lincolnton.

“There just wasn’t a place to get ice cream in downtown Lincolnton, said Derr. “I had heard that the ice cream shop across the square did a good business before it moved so I figured it was a good opportunity.”

“Downtown is an ideal location for the business with a lot of pedestrian traffic and one of Lincolnton’s busiest restaurants next door,” said Brad Guth, Business & Community Development Director for the City of Lincolnton. “There is easy access, easy parking and great visibility in the heart of Lincolnton.”

Based on the success of only a few days, Good Life Delights is already exploring expansion plans from adding packaged ice cream sales to a birthday room and even door to door delivery in downtown. Craving a milkshake but can’t get away from your desk? Good Life Delights Mobile comes to the rescue.

The Lincolnton Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Grand Opening for Good Life Delights Tuesday, September 15 at 10:30am. In the meantime stop by the shop and check it out for yourself.

For more information on Good Life Delights, contact them directly at 704-732-3543 or stop by the shop at 107 West Court Square from 11am to 9pm Monday through Saturday.

For more information on other business opportunities in downtown Lincolnton, please contact Brad J Guth at the Downtown Development Association at 704-736-8915 or visit www.downtownlincolnton.org

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Downtown Development Association Recognizes Entreprenurial Success Stories with 2011 Main Street Milestone Awards

Each year the Downtown Development Association recognizes businesses in downtown for their entrepreneurial success at five year intervals. Downtown Lincolnton has the highest concentration of locally-owned independent businesses in Lincoln County. Small businesses are the leading job creators and employers in Lincolnton as well as the state and country. Often great attention is given to the attraction of new business to a community neglecting the contribution and support existing businesses make to the local economy and community.

The Main Street Milestone Award acknowledges the significant contributions these small businesses make to create local jobs, increase the local tax base and improve the quality of life for local residents. It highlights and celebrates the individual entrepreneurial success stories that make Lincolnton such a great place to live, work, play and belong.

The following Businesses will be recognized Friday August 26th at the Downtown Development Associations annual awards program during the intermission at the Fourth Friday Alive After Five Concert.

2006 5 Year Milestone
My Treasures
Helms Security

2001 10 Year Milestone
Nachamie & Whitley
Shear Options

1996 15 Year Milestone
Aeros Electrolux
Clocks and Collectibles
Fausto Coffee
Lincoln Insurance Agency
Rhyne Financial

1986 25 Year Milestone
A Cut Above
Edward Jones Investments
John Lassiter DDS
Williams Design

1981 30 Year Milestone
Hoyle Services
Lewis & Shuford

1976 35 Year Milestone
Merican Muffler

1971 40 Year Milestone
Clark Properties

1966 45 Year Milestone
Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio

1946 65 Year Milestone
Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce

1936 75 Year Milestone
EF Drum Funeral Home

For additional information on the Main Street Milestone Awards contact the Downtown Development Association at 704-736-8915

Thursday, August 4, 2011

City of Lincolnton Receives 2011 National Trust Main Street Accreditation

The City of Lincolnton has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Community for meeting the downtown revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.

"We congratulate Lincolnton for meeting our established performance standards," says Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. "Lincolnton is meeting the challenges of the recession head on and is successfully using a focused comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep downtown Lincolnton vibrant and sustainable."

Over $26 million has been invested in downtown Lincolnton since being recognized as a Main Street Community 15 years ago. On balance that is over $1.5 million each year and just under $2,500 per capita using 2010 census numbers. Vital economic statistics also include 37 facade renovations, 30 building renovations, 271 Net New Jobs, and 89 Net New Small Businesses.

The organization's performance is annually evaluated by the NC Department of Commerce, which works in partnership with the National Trust Main Street Center to indentify the local programs that meet performance standards.

Lincolnton has been recognized as National Main Street Community each year since 1999.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

First Friday Coffee & Conversation this Friday Aug 5th with new Arts Council President Tina Guffey

First Friday Coffee and Conversation (FFCC) is this Friday morning at at 8am at 36th Street Bakery & Cafe. Our guest is Tina Guffey the new Board President of the Arts Council of Lincoln County. Come share your thoughts on the arts in Lincoln County and learn about the upcoming initiatives the Arts Council has planned.

Designed to be a small informal discussion group to give downtown business and property owners and interested citizens the chance to express their opinions, make suggestions and ask questions about downtown and the community in general. The series encourages social interaction among citizens and builds community.

The idea for the Coffee and Conversation series is rooted in the community planning concept of “Third Places” popularized by Ray Oldenburg in his Book--The Great Good Place. The “first place’ is the home and the people one lives with. The ‘second place’ is the work place where everyone spends most of their time. Third places are meeting places such as cafes or coffee houses the ‘anchors’ of community life that facilitate and foster creative interaction and are welcoming and comfortable.

A community's well-being is dependent on the quality of relationships among the citizens of that community. Infrastructure, roads, water, sewer, electricity and housing provides the shell within which people live. It is within this shell that people do the things together that allow them to sustain livelihoods. These include but are not limited to education, health care, business, recreation, and spiritual celebration. People working together with shared understandings and expectations are what provide a place of strong community.

You are invited to this uniquely local experience. Each month a business or community leader participates in the conversation. There are no formal presentations or programs. The topics for discussion will be focused on whatever interests those that attend. The event is BYOC--That's Buy Your Own Coffee.