What's New

♦Spend $10, Help Local Economy

If every family in the country spent an extra  $10 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion* would be directly returned to local economies.

Follow link below for more details.



♦Downtown Introduces our New Downtown Virtual Tour!

Take a walk Downtown Monroe with our newest attraction, the  DOWNTOWN VIRTUAL TOUR. 
Monroe is the the first in North Carolina to offer this great feature.

Follow Link below to check it out:

Please excuse us, the page is still under construction.


♦Newly renovated upper floor of the ENGLISH BUILDING, NOW FINISHED!

Downtown Monroe is excited to announce the newly renovated upper floor of the ENGLISH BUILDING, located at 218 N. Main Street.

The ENGLISH BUILDING offers approximately 2500 square feet and abounds with historic character featuring hardwoods, exposed brick , high ceilings and views of Downtown and the 1886 Court House.
At completion, interest in the property was tremendous and the upper floor space was quickly leased to three businesses:
Prior to renovation, the upper floor was unusable space, currently, the space is 100 % occupied.  

♦bibi~ a beautiful taste, OPEN FOR BUSINESS! 

bibi ~ a beautiful taste (formerly blu moon) is NOW OPEN!

Open for Lunch and Dinner
Monday - Saturday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm

232 E. Franklin St.,
Monroe, NC 28112


♦Historic Downtown Monroe welcomes It's All About U!

It's All About U!  is an upscale Consignment Boutique that has something for everyone.
Home Decor is also available.

Stop by and say hello to the owners, Linda Rae & Sheila.

It's All About U! 
201 Franklin Street,
Monroe, NC 28112

Boutique Hours
Monday - Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Consignment, please call for an appointment.

♦Sweetea’s Now offering Dinner and Friday Night Fondue!
Starting August 15th, Sweetea’s Downtown Café will now be serving from their brand  new Dinner Menu.
215 East Franklin Street
 Monroe, NC 28112
Monday 11:00 am- 5:30 pm,
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am- 9:00 pm.


Historic Downtown Monroe welcomes the new LAW OFFICE OF SHAWNA COLLINS.

Shawna Collins
Licensed Attorney at Law in NC & SC
Certified Superior Court Mediator in NC

Carrie L. Quick
Licensed Attorney at Law in NC


112 N. Main St.
PO Box 787
Monroe, NC 28111-0787
Office: 704.289.3250
Fax: 704.625.7451




The newly revised Downtown Pronto Grant is now available online.
Please review guidelines and application. 



We are proud to announce that NCDOT has allowed for City of Monroe to have 4 new Downtown Historic District signs in various locations in Monroe.

  • 74 & Morgan ( both directions (2) )
  • Morgan Mill & Windsor
  • Morgan Mill & Sutherland

These signs are designed to direct travelers to SHOP, DINE & EXPLORE  Historic Downtown Monroe!



Take a moment to take a look at our Updated Schedule of Events for the Historic Downtown Monroe. 

This schedule has Details on Bands and their line ups for both Music on Main (4th Thursday of the month 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm) and Beach Blues & BBQ ( Mother's Day weekend - May 7th, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm) 

Our goal is to mirror the community by bringing people to the sidewalks Downtown, and making Historic Downtown Monroe the place for EVERYONE to enjoy!

See you Downtown!



Something Special
Something Special, 201 N. Main Street, Monroe, NC 28112, 704.776.4060.
Stop by, say hi and give SOMETHING SPECIAL a warm welcome to Historic Downtown Monroe!
Grand Opening is Saturday, April 2nd.


 ♦North Carolina Capital Access Program

The NC-CAP is an opportunity for businesses to obtain the capital they need to grow and create jobs. It is a federally funded program that encourages business lending by reducing lender risk. It is available statewide for loans to businesses with fewer than 500 employees and for amounts up to $5 million.  The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center is administering the program on behalf of the State of North Carolina.  To see a press release about the program and a current list of participating lenders, go to http://ncruralcenter.org/newsitems/3-news-releases/508-new-lending-program-within-reach.html.  

For additional information on NC-CAP, please contact the NC Rural Center at 919-240-4314 and ask for:

Tony Johnson, Director of Business Development

Thomas Wall, Associate Director, NC-CAP

Brooks Batchelor, Associate Director, NC-CAP

Lisa Theall, Loan Portfolio Accountant

The North Carolina Capital Access Program (NC-CAP) will work with banks and other eligible financial institutions to create capital opportunities for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise qualify for financing.  The program aims to build the North Carolina economy by allowing more small businesses to expand their operations and create new jobs.  NC-CAP provides matching loan loss reserves for loans that fall just outside a lending institution’s normal underwriting standards, depositing the funds into a pooled account at the participating institution.  http://ncruralcenter.org/business-programs/capaccess.html 


♦Business Link North Carolina

Business Link North Carolina also provides an access point to services and other offerings provided by state-supported agencies. To reach a BLNC business consultant, visit www.blnc.gov or call toll-free, 1-800-228-8443.http://www.blnc.gov/ 


♦The Monroe Hardware Warehouse Project

The Monroe Hardware Warehouse, 109 N Hayne Street, is nearing completion of its rehabilitation into a mixed-use restaurant, retail with upper floor residential apartments.  The project is a Federal, State and Mill Rehab Tax Credit Project slated for completion in 2010.  Residential apartments include stainless appliances, granite counters and bath and hardwood floors.  1, 2 and 3 bedroom units available.  For leasing information e-mail Nathan Kirby at nathan.kirby@downtownpioneers.com



♦ 2011 City of Monroe Student Art Showcase


Student Art Showcase (SAS) is a citywide art showcase for elementary, middle and high school students designed to encourage and promote interest in fine art. The Showcase features a representative collection of student artwork from City of Monroe schools displayed at City Hall, 300 W Crowell Street, Monroe.The Invitation is open to all City of Monroe School students:

  • Benton Heights
  • East Elementary
  • Walter Bickett Elementary
  • Monroe High
  • Monroe Middle
  • Union Academy
  • CATA
  • Rocky River Elementary

Art work Categories:

  • Digital Imagery
  • Mixed Media
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing Color
  • Drawing B/W
  • Painting
  • ComputerArt
  • Photography

It is City Council’s objective to showcase the talents and artistic education that occurs in City of Monroe Schools. The student artwork is matted and framed and hung in the hallways of City Hall for a one (1) year period. The following student works were submitted for the 2011 City of Monroe Student Art Showcase






for visitors

SHOP, DINE & EXPLORE Historic Downtown Monroe! Check us out on Facebook  and Twitter and stay in the know of what's going on in Downtown Monroe!



for residents

Don't Forget about your Downtown!  Shop Locally to help fuel your local economy  to improve your neighborhoods and your local shopping venues.

Check us out regularly on our NEW facebook page at Downtown Monroe Events Page to see what great events we are bringing to Downtown Monroe!

"Meet Me Downtown... Where the people make the place!"

for business'

The North Carolina Capital Access Program (NC-CAP) will work with banks and other eligible financial institutions to create capital opportunities for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise qualify for financing.

Business Link North Carolina also provides an access point to services and other offerings provided by state-supported agencies.
Please take advantage of these opportunities if you are looking to start a business.
The City of Monroe also has incentives that we offer to qualifying business owners. 
Please research our site to see if you qualify.


for investors

Looking  for investment opportunity?  Downtown Monroe has an array of beautiful Historic Buildings for sale and/or lease.  Take a look at some of the properties that we have listed, and call for incentive questions TODAY!