On April 9, 2012, City Council unanimously approved a Business Incentive Grant in the amount of $4,970 for Jolie Boutique, located at 111 West Central Avenue. The grant funds were dedicated to electrical improvements and the construction of dressing rooms for what has quickly become a fashion destination for area shoppers. Jolie Boutique in Mount Holly offers contemporary women's clothing and accessories. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit Jolie's website.
In the fall of 2012, Preston and Somer Wilson approached City staff with a concern. The owners of William Henry Signature Salon & Spa were seeking to expand their business by utilizing the upstairs space of the former Mount Holly Furniture Store. However, much of the space was unusable because a second form of ingress/egress was required by the State Fire Code. This beautiful area overlooking North Main Street, as depicted in the picture on the left, could serve as offices and meeting space, while also catering to spa clientele in a comforting and relaxing environment.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson submitted a favorable grant application to the Incentive Review Committee for funding of an exterior stairwell and door. On November 12, 2012, City Council unanimously voted to award a Business Incentive Grant for William Henry Signature Salon & Spa, in the amount of $15,000. The Council cited improved life-safety and expansion and utilization of second-floor space as the overriding factors in their decision. William Henry Signature Salon & Spa is located at 104 North Main Street in Mount Holly. They are open on Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Specialties include hair, nails, skin care and massage. For more information, please visit www.williamhenrysalon.com.
After renovations of the Farrar Building (Ca. 1883) on North Main Street, the Eden Group found themselves with vacant office/retail space in the rear of their building. In September 2011, Time Flies Country Store opened. By early 2013, owners Kerry McCallum and Sue Camacho approached the Eden Group about the need for more space. The only thing standing in their way of a 1,000 square foot expansion was an interior wall, HVAC improvements and an unsightly rear entryway. The plan called for demolition of the interior wall, a new, energy-efficient heat pump and cooling unit, removal of rear exit porch and restoration of concrete steps with new iron railings.
On March 11, 2013, City Council unanimously approved a $15,000 Business Incentive Grant to fund the aforementioned renovations for a 1,000 square foot expansion of Time Flies Country Store. Through the partnership between the business owners, the Eden Group and the City, we insured that an old, wooden porch, a potential fire hazard, was removed from Downtown, and an easily-accessible, formerly-vacant space was now occupied by a thriving business.
Time Flies Country Store, located at 111 North Main Street, specializes in educational toys, ice cream and old-fashion drinks, North and South Carolina Products (Ashe County Cheese), Mount Holly Products, American-made vintage toys, pottery, Christmas and other seasonal gifts. Their hours of operation are: Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Top photo: Time Flies Country Store transformed space, formerly occupied by a salon, into a beautiful display area that is chalked full of items for children and nostalgic pieces for the child in all of us. Bottom photo: Jon Bradley discusses the expansion of Time Flies Country Store with IRC member Angie Saunders before renovations.