Maris at Hi-Lites is ready for Shop Small Saturday.
(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
You've no doubt heard the expression "if you didn't know it was there, you wouldn't know it was there." More than a statement of the obvious, it's very true of Ginger's Place eatery located in the Westside Market at the intersection of Reepsville Road and Startown Road. Ginger's Place opened in August as a handy place to grab something to eat for breakfast or lunch.
Operated by Ginger Carter Weaver, Ginger's Place is open at 6 AM Monday through Friday and serves food until 2 PM Monday through Wednesday and until 4 PM on Thursday and Friday. Ginger's Place will be closed this Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.
For anyone who doesn't know, Ginger is the former operator of Mainstreet Cafe & Grille, a downtown fixture for many years across from the Post Office. Ginger got her start at the Carolina Restaurant back in 1977. (I know it's hard to believe--she doesn't look her age.) She ran City Cafe from 2005 until 2014 when she decided to sell to Cassie Parsons who opened Harvest Moon Grille.
It's hard to quit something you've enjoyed doing for many years, especially when you're good at doing it. Ginger briefly made some of her "pies in a cup" for Osama at Court Street Grille; then in early August, she opened Ginger's Place in the corner of Westside Market just past where North Grove Street becomes Reepsville Road.
Some loyal fans became instant regulars stopping by for breakfast or lunch, but many who enjoyed her cooking abilities at Mainstreet Cafe including her famous chicken salad probably don't know she's there.
She posts daily specials on a Ginger's Place Facebook page and serves up many of the same items you may have previously enjoyed at Mainstreet Cafe including homemade soups and grilled cheese sandwiches, that famous chicken salad, barbecue, etc. and desserts including "pie in a cup." My personal favorite is her BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo on toast)--in my opinion, the very best sandwich anywhere in Lincolnton. You can call in orders at 704-735-8992.
Lincolnton lost its Courtsquare bike shop when Ride-A-Bike decided to relocate to East Main in Gastonia a few months back. Mariah at Fausto's told us then she was considering expanding, and thanks to the adoption of a new tax incentive policy designed to promote revitalization of the downtown, she is proceeding with the plan and has actually expanded it. Fausto Coffee has now expanded to include more seating area in the former Ride-A-Bike location. There was already a door between the two going back to the Chafin Rhyne days at Ride-A-Bike. Mariah said since she can recoup some of the investment by avoiding additional property taxes on the improvements for several years, she is adding restrooms and other amenities. For now, the expansion is just additional seating, but more is on the way. Mariah says she may also increase her hours a bit as a part of the expansion plan.
Fausto will be closed Thanksgiving Day, open Friday (Nov. 27th) 9 -4, Saturday 8 - 6 and Sunday for the Parade and Tree Lighting 3 - 7:30.
This Friday is the famed Black Friday, when major retailers offer special buys as customers start their Christmas shopping. The opening of stores kept getting earlier and earlier until now Black Friday has become in many cases a part of Thanksgiving Thursday. While some are watching the Panthers on tv Thursday evening, others will be out shopping.
In Lincolnton, Belk will start its Black Friday Sale at 6 PM and will be open all night into Friday and until 10 PM Friday night, then 8 AM until 10 PM on Saturday. Walmart is, of course, open 24 hours a day, but their Black Friday sale starts at 6 PM Thursday. Big Lots will be open all day until midnight on Thanksgiving and will reopen at 6 AM Friday. Dollar General will be open until 8 PM Thanksgiving Day and from 7 AM until 10 PM Friday (both Lincolnton locations).
Not every retailer with regional or national ties will be open on Thursday. Ross will be closed Thursday, but will open at 7 AM Friday. Cato will be closed Thursday, open regular hours 8 AM - 9 PM Friday. Lowe's will be closed Thursday, open Friday 6 AM until 9 PM.
Saturday is Shop Small Saturday--or as some call it, Small Business Saturday--when shoppers are encouraged to shift some of their shopping from the large chains to local stores. The Downtown Development Association is promoting the event in Lincolnton. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce has also encouraged shoppers to spend some of their holiday shopping money with smaller local stores and the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce has encouraged shoppers not to forget the local businesses in Stanley, Mt. Holly, Belmont and other smaller towns.
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