Pineville residents will soon see a lot of changes take place on Main Street, and there could be even more in the near future.
Bill McConnell, secretary of the Pineville Downtown Merchants Association, updated town leaders Tuesday, Aug. 12, about business news in town, recent changes along Main Street and plans for upcoming events.
“They were fully supportive and they ended up funding us,” McConnell said, speaking about funds received from the town for coming fall festivities. One of those events will be Howl-O-Ween, a program in collaboration with Fluffs of Luv that will include a pumpkin patch and hay rides and coincide with the town’s fall festival.
McConnell said the money “will allow us to buy the things we need to make that festival happen,” such as buying pumpkins and hiring a face painter.
“The town council has become, over the last several years, more and more supportive of Main Street,” McConnell added. “They support the revitalizations we’re doing and they want to see (Main Street) become a fun and interesting place to go. … It’s nice to have the partnership between the Downtown Merchant’s Association and the town. That synergy is producing some real positive things.”
Some of those positive things include all the changes happening on Main Street. Michael Gavin has rented 329 Main St. after the Civic & Cultural Arts Center of Pineville left, and will turn the space into Transformation Interiors, an interior design business based in Charlotte.
Christie’s on Main will reopen in about seven weeks after a fire damaged the shop at the end of June. Some other businesses will be moving around in downtown such as Vick Hanson-Burkhart’s M3: Modern Mosaic Masters, which will move from 109 Dover St. to 325 Main St. Taking its place will be Focal Point Chiropractic Health Center, which will move into 109 Dover St. from its current location at 103 Dover St.
Other changes include two new vendors at the Pineville Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of the old police station at 300 Main St. OBX Seafood will bring fresh fish, shrimp, crabs and more every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The Coffee Priest also will sell coffee and gourmet foods at the market.
“It’ll be interesting to see how they do,” McConnell said of OBX Seafood. “I hope they can do well in downtown Pineville.”
One shop is leaving its location at 105 Dover St. and relocating to Ballantyne, as Express PC will move in the coming months. Although he wishes Express PC wasn’t relocating, McConnell said that’s the nature of mom-and-pop-type businesses. Shops relocate because they either get too big for their location or they take on a partner.
“Nothing is static,” McConnell said. “We wish him nothing but the best.”
There is currently no other business set to take the place of Express PC and the inside is not finished as nicely as the others, something McConnell said was done intentionally to make every shop in downtown different and promote diversity.
With all the changes happening in downtown, McConnell said residents can expect Main Street to become a more vibrant place to visit.
“They can expect vendors who have an interesting mix of products,” he said. “I think the thing that makes Main Street worth saving is that this is legacy Pineville. The buildings date back to the early 1920s.”
Looking toward the future, McConnell said residents can expect something big to be announced, although he remained tightlipped about what that something entails. “…It’s big. There’s about to be something big. I think the town, sometime in the next few weeks, is going to announce some exciting stuff.”