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Small town holiday shopping in the downtowns of Gaston County

Christmas is a magical time on the streets of our small towns in Gaston County. Adorned with sparkling lights, ribbons and wreaths locally-owned shops offer thoughtful and locally sourced goods that will make your holiday shopping a breeze. Our eateries usher visitors in after a day of shopping with hot drinks and tasty cuisine. This winter visit and enjoy the home town feel of a few of our favorite historic communities — all of which are offering special events and experiences. Check out five of our delightful downtowns.


Nestled along the banks of the Catawba River is this bustling historic mill town. Find several types of shops along main street to complete your shopping list. South Main Cycle and Catawba River Outfitters have your outdoor gear. GiGi's Boutique, Jolie's Boutique, and Piccolo Antiques have your fine consignment and new clothing. Tastebuds Popcorn, Cotton Candy Factory, and Belmont's Specialty Foods have all kinds of tasty treats.

Three great places to take a break from the shopping include: String Bean, a casual bistro with an in-house butcher, wine and beer selections; Nellie's Southern Kitchen, the Jonas family's restaurant, or you can grab a bite in the refurbished police station, Old Stone Steakhouse.

Mount Holly

Several unique shops can be found in the heart of Mount Holly. Mount Hollywood Vintage, gas vintage clothing and home goods. Catalyst Mercantile is a brick and mortar shop for local merchants offering all kinds of great products that could make the perfect holiday gift. The Vintage Nest Home & Gift Shop and POP-Maize-N Gourmet Popcorn are two more great shopping options.

Fuel up at JackBeagle's, a neighborhood hangout with great food and outdoor patio or Traust Brewing Co. part of the Ridgeline Craft Beverage Trail. Just outside of downtown, check out J.R. Cash’s Grill & Bar where you can sit on the patio overlooking the Catawba River.


Mona’s Boutique & Gifts is an adorable shop in the heart of McAdenville. Their wide variety of products is truly amazing. Revolver Records is new to downtown and the place to find some classic vinyl.

Before a McAdenville shopping spree, fuel up with a breakfast sandwich and a cup of joe at Spruced Goose. If you'd prefer a lunch break try Terra Mia for an Italian feast. Or maybe relax when you're finished and grab a beer at 115 Craft.


The largest town in the County, Gastonia, offers visitors a few great places to shop in the newly revived downtown. A few stand-out places include Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop, serving cyclists and promoting cycling in North Carolina since 1981. They are proud to be one of the oldest bicycle shops in the state! Ford’s Seeds & Plants, sells seeds and plants, seasonal items, potted plants, home and garden accessories, and other items from their location.

Amazing dining experiences await at Barrister's found inside Esquire Hotel and Webb Custom Kitchen, where the ambiance evokes its past existence as a theater. After dinner unwind at Whiskgars Cigar & Co.


Victoria-Cole in Cherryville feels magical and whimsical the moment you walk through the door. Annalise Boutique is a cute pink boutique with great selection and prices.


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