In this article, I’m going to recommend 25 Lake Norman small businesses you should visit this holiday season!

Small Business Saturday is a special day for small business owners nationwide. It’s a day when communities rally together to support small businesses by getting their holiday shopping done locally. 

Here at The Best of LKN, we know a thing or two about small businesses. For nearly three years we’ve highlighted the Lake Norman small business community and shared the stories of some really amazing small business owners.

Here’s a list of 25 local Lake Norman small businesses we think you should check out this Saturday. Actually, we believe you should frequent these businesses year-round. 

Let’s go!

Davidson Small Businesses | Lake Norman

Here are a few of our favorite small businesses in Davidson, NC. We still have so many more in Davidson that we want to get to know. 

Davidson Provision Company

I’m leading with my best stuff here. Davidson Provision Company, or DavProCo as it’s often called, is really in a class of its own. Owner Matt Santos has curated a fine selection of active and fashionable apparel for men and women, home decor goods, running accessories, apothecary items, and even high-quality accessories for your dog.

Davidson Provision Company
Address: 116 S Main St Unit A, Davidson, NC 28036

Knotty and Board Interiors

Owners Kim Hankins and Michael Fournier opened Knotty and Board just a few years ago with a mission to bring high-quality and unique home furnishings and decor to Davidson that wouldn’t break the bank.

Their new location near downtown Davidson just opened in the Fall of 2022, and it’s breathtaking. Stop by to shop or just relax.

Knotty and Board
Address: 20700 N Main St #104, Cornelius, NC 28031

Davidson Chocolate Company

When you just don’t know what to get someone for Christmas, get them chocolate. Davidson Chocolate Company is the Lake Norman area’s best chocolatier. Owner Ana Vogel specializes in truffles, confections, boxed collections, and hot chocolate “bombs.” 

Davidson Chocolate Company
Address: 610 Jetton St #150, Davidson, NC 28036

MINE by sandy

A conversation about the best local small businesses in Davidson wouldn’t be complete without mentioning MINE by sandy. MINE is a women’s fashion boutique with two shops in Davidson – one on Jetton Street by the roundabouts, and another small shop in downtown Davidson. 

MINE by sandy
Address: 605 Jetton St, Davidson, NC 28036

Davidson Wine Company

Davidson Wine Co. is the area’s only urban winery. Owner Lindsey Williams produces fine wines for her Davidson bar with grapes sourced from vineyards around the globe. Select a bottle (or three) for someone special, or purchase gift cards.

Davidson Wine Company
Address: 121 Depot Street, Davidson, NC 28036

Cornelius Small Businesses | Lake Norman

REFRESH Medical Spa & Wellness

Give the gift of beauty, wellness, and relaxation this year with REFRESH Medical Spa & Wellness.  Owner Josette Giuffrida and the team have decades of experience in the medical field and are ready to help you select a custom gift card for someone special.

REFRESH Medical Spa & Wellness
Address: 18067 W Catawba Ave Suite 106, Cornelius, NC 28031

Barrel & Fork

The gift of fine dining is always a good choice. When it comes to fine dining in the Lake Norman area, Barrel & Fork tops our list of favorite places. Owners Jason Tuton and Sarah Conrad have developed one of the area’s most successful fine dining concepts. Barrel & Fork is also home to one of the best whiskey bars in the area. We love the exquisite cuisine, craft cocktails, and speakeasy vibe.

Barrel & Fork
Address: 20517 N Main St, Cornelius, NC 28031

Pedego Electric Bikes Lake Norman

Possibly the coolest gift ever, an electric bike from Pedego Electric Bikes Lake Norman will make this a holiday season to remember! Owners Grace and Tom Kennedy are ready to assist you in selecting the right bike for that someone special. You can even test-ride the bikes! Not ready to drop $2k on a Christmas gift? No problem, try a gift card for an electric bike rental. Now that might be the most creative gift idea this year!

Pedego Electric Bikes Lake Norman
Address: 19911 Zion Ave d3, Cornelius, NC 28031

Blumengärten Florist

Brighten someone’s year with a gift from Blumengarten Florist – Lake Norman’s BEST floral design studio. Owner Denise Uhlhorn and lead designer Emily Cowan produce the dreamiest floral arrangements for any occasion. Gift cards are nice, but also consider having an arrangement custom-made for someone special.

Blumengärten
Address: 10308 Bailey Rd #412, Cornelius, NC 28031

Eleven Lakes Brewing Company

Conveniently located right across from Blumengärten Florist is our favorite craft brewery, Eleven Lakes Brewing Company! Co-owner and head brewer Ray Hutchinson and team are producing some delicious craft beer. Stop by and pick up 4-pack cans to go for the beer lover on your list. 

Eleven Lakes Brewing Company
Address: 10228 Bailey Road #201, Cornelius, NC 28031

Clean Eatz Cafe

This is definitely one of my favorite Lake Norman small businesses! Every new year we resolve to exercise more and eat healthier. Clean Eatz Cafe makes that second part easy by taking care of the meal planning and preparation for you. A gift card to Clean Eatz will help someone you love with that new year’s resolution to eat healthier. Meal prep, snacks, supplements, smoothies, and cooked-to-order cafe meals – Clean Eatz has you covered!

Clean Eatz Cafe – Cornelius
Address: 17111 Kenton Dr unit 101B, Cornelius, NC 28031

Huntersville Small Businesses | Lake Norman

Dressler’s Restaurant | Birkdale Village

Nothing brings people together like fine food and drinks. Dressler’s is a Lake Norman legend, serving up exceptional cuisine and amazing hospitality for two decades. This is the first of several Charlotte-area restaurants for founder Jon Dressler. White tablecloths and valet parking await that special person on your gift list.

Dressler’s Birkdale Village
Address: 8630 Lindholm Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078

Fleet Feet Birkdale Village

I do love a local running store. As far as I know, Fleet Feet in Birkdale Village is Huntersville’s only independently owned running store. They carry all the premium running brands, shoes, apparel, gear, and hydration. Do you have a runner on your list? A gift from Fleet Feet will make them happy!

Fleet Feet Birkdale Village
Address: 16620 Cranyln Rd #100, Huntersville, NC 28078

Luhrs Wicked Wicks

We love supporting mission-driven local small businesses here at The Best of LKN, and Luhrs Wicked Wicks is one such business. Luhrs Wicked Wicks is a craft candle maker based in Huntersville that donates a portion of its proceeds to the Autism Strong Foundation. You can find their candles at local boutiques like Davidson Provision Company, or order directly from their website.

Shop online at Luhrs Wicked Wicks

Main Street Craft Coffee & Coworking

This isn’t just another coffee shop. Main Street Craft Coffee & Coworking is part of the revitalization efforts in downtown Huntersville and is home to one of my favorite local coworking spaces. Give the gift of coffee and coworking this year to someone that needs to work from home less often.

Main Street Craft Coffee & Coworking
Address: 104 Main St #A, Huntersville, NC 28078

Hudson Salon

Spoil someone you love with a gift from Hudson Salon. Owner Hudson Styles (that’s his actual name) founded Hudson Salon at the peak of his illustrious styling career. Hudson Salon now has locations in Mooresville and Charlotte, but their Huntersville location is the OG.

Hudson Salon Huntersville
Address: 10109 Northcross Center Ct Suite 120, Huntersville, NC 28078

Birkdale Village

So many Lake Norman small businesses in one place! Birkdale Village is the Lake Norman area’s premier shopping destination and is home to dozens of beautiful, locally-owned independent businesses. Plan to spend a few hours here as there is so much to take in. Valet park, buy a beverage or two and enjoy a shopping experience like none other.

Birkdale Village
Address: 8712 Lindholm Dr #202, Huntersville, NC 28078

Mooresville Small Businesses | Lake Norman

Juelerye | Jewelry, Fine Gifts & Art

In the heart of downtown Mooresville, and right next to Epic Chophouse, you’ll find Juelerye Fine Gifts & Art. Owner Jacqueline Bassett has curated works by some of her favorite artists and offers a gallery-like shopping experience for her guests. There’s something here for nearly everyone, and a gift purchased here is certain to be unique.

Juelerye | Jewelry, Fine Gifts & Art
Address: 112 S Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115

The Mill Cyclery

Santa is known to deliver bicycles from time to time, and this year I think he should be shopping at The Mill Cyclery. Owners Lou and Laura Gregori have made a lifelong dream a reality in 2022 with the opening of their bike shop. Located at Merino Mill near downtown Mooresville, The Mill Cyclery is one of the newest Lake Norman small businesses. The team caters to all cyclists with bike sales, accessories, parts, and service. 

The Mill Cyclery
Address: 500 S Main St Suite 104, Mooresville, NC 28115

Charlotte Running Company Lake Norman

By now, you know I love shopping at a local, independently-owned running shop. Charlotte Running Company has all the gear you need to get started or to PR your next marathon. CRC Lake Norman was featured on the podcast and in one of our YouTube videos! Another one of my favorite Lake Norman small businesses.

Charlotte Running Company – Lake Norman
Address: 146 Mooresville Commons Way Suite I, Mooresville, NC 28117

Race City Flight Operations

Near the top of the list for the coolest gifts ever, a gift certificate for a discovery flight at Race City Flight Operations will be a winner every time. From kids to adults, Race City Flight Operations will give the aviation fanatic on your list a huge smile as they view the Lake Norman sights from the air. The flight instructor might even hand over the controls for a bit!

Race City Flight Operations
Address: 149 Yeager Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117

Body Lantern

If the runner on your list likes to run at night or early in the morning, then they would love a Body Lantern Torch Headlight for Christmas! Jamie Perrine, the founder of Body Lantern, developed the Torch Headlight device to increase safety for runners and walkers in the dark or low light. This is another unique gift from a talented local maker!

Shop online at Body Lantern

Merino Mill

One of the greatest shopping destinations in the Lake Norman area is Merino Mill, located just outside downtown Mooresville. Owner Michal Bay has revitalized the old mill building with restaurants, retail stores, and office space. You are sure to find something here that those on your list will love.

Merino Mill
Address: 500 S Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115

Denver Small Businesses | Lake Norman

I admit I haven’t explored much of the small business community in Denver, NC. That will be one of my new year’s resolutions (1 of 1000). Here are two places in Denver, NC that I do happen to really like, and I think you will, too:

Blood Sweat Gears Bicycle

Their address says Stanley, but let’s call it Denver. Blood Sweat Gears Bicycle is one of the oldest bike shops in the Lake Norman area. They carry everything to gear up novice or veteran cyclists alike. On the South side of the lake, this is the bike shop of choice.

Blood Sweat Gears Bicycle
Address: 108 Killian Farm Rd, Stanley, NC 28164

Defined Coffee

One of our favorite locally-owned coffee shops expanded recently by opening a location in Denver. Defined Coffee was founded by two like-minded and thoughtful entrepreneurs just a few years ago, and now has locations all around Lake Norman. If there’s anything I can’t live without, it’s coffee. Grab a gift card or five for friends who live or work in Denver.

Defined Coffee | Denver, NC
Address: 2204 St James Church Rd, Denver, NC 28037

There are hundreds of local small businesses that we all know and love. This list is just a good place to start. Get out there and shop small this holiday season!

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