There were a few restaurants, some new, some old; like the Cafeteria Restaurant with red vinyl booths and Venetian blinds in the windows, hours 6 AM to 3 PM. There were law offices, "antique stores", and this classic drugstore next to the equally classic Kress building, currently for sale by the Town of Gastonia.
I wandered into the former bank building which now houses the local arts council and artists studios. There was some respectable artwork inside and some not so much, but what I found the most fascinating was the vault. It's round and shiny steel door spoke to me more than anything else in the space.
I then joined folks from the NC Association of Environmental Education Centers, whose meeting I will be attending tomorrow. We tucked into a fried fish dinner at Linebergers Fish Camp. A huge plate of fried, perch, catfish and flounder, sadly, everything pretty much tastes the same once its been battered and fried. The company was good though and I look forward to tomorrows conference.