Whether you prefer highbrow, lowbrow or something in between, you will find plenty of choices nearby. Take in student-faculty plays and concerts at Belmont Abbey College, just a mile north downtown Belmont. Numerous community theater and dance groups perform regularly in Gastonia and Charlotte.
For boutiques, start at historic downtown Belmont. You’ll have fun browsing stores like Jolie Boutique, Gigi’s Boutique, Surprise Me and Piccolo Antique Mall just a few miles from McLean.
In downtown Charlotte, the magnificent Blumenthal Performing Arts Center hosts touring Broadway shows and other top-level entertainment. Or spend an afternoon at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art browsing the regular collection and special exhibitions by Picasso, Matisse and others.
For high fashion, head to SouthPark Mall in south Charlotte. You’ll find Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Apple and many specialty shops. Shopping for a bargain or back to school? You need not go too far with Charlotte Premium Outlets located just minutes away.
Time to shop for food and staples? Lake Wylie and Belmont are attracting great new grocery stores in Publix and Harris Teeter to serve the growing area.