In This Issue: July '18
Jul 01, 2018 08:30AM
By Jason Huddle
Those of us who grew up in Cabarrus County remember there wasn’t a lot to do on a Friday or Saturday night. Most teens resorted to endlessly cruising up and down Highway 29 in front of Carolina Mall or congregating in a vacant parking lot to show off their cars and listen to music (among other things).
During my teen years, The GEM and Carolina Mall Cinemas provided alternate entertainment venues and, if that didn’t strike our fancy, there was always Frye’s bowling alley and roller rink. Cabarrus County resembled many other small communities across the country in that respect. My, how times have changed.
Our region has seen a complete transformation during the lifespan of this magazine (more than 17 years). Where textiles and tobacco once reigned supreme, the name of the game now is tourism and entertainment. We no longer must head down the road to Charlotte for a fun evening out and, now, people are choosing our area as a destination to vacation and enjoy!
Old buildings in our community are being repurposed to, once again, entertain the masses. Live music and nostalgic arcades have seen a resurgence nationwide and Cabarrus County is no exception. Could Cabarrus County be the next Orlando? The thought might not be as far-fetched as you may think, and we’ll get into that as well.
So, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you don’t need to look very far. Chances are, Cabarrus County has something you’ll enjoy!
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