Lake Norman Magazine

Taking Care of Business

Scott Newton enjoys a great view from his office at North Harbor Place in Davidson.
Scott Newton enjoys a great view from his office at North Harbor Place in Davidson. Gayle Shomer

North Harbor PlaceOne of the few waterfront office buildings in the area, here you can literally work at the lake and commute to the office via boat.Greg Wessling, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Morris Group Companies, which owns and leases North Harbor Place, says another big perk is that most offices have private patios or balconies, which provide dramatic views of the water. John Ruck and Farrah McCormick, of Southern Sales and Marketing Group, say nothing could be finer than their two-story office, with a balcony and porch overlooking the harbor.“It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re on the porch,” says Ford McGee, vice president of sales. “It’s definitely a great view. And when the weather is right, we’ll have meetings on the boat.”Based in Atlanta, Southern Sales and Marketing manufactures made-in-America outdoor living furniture and accessories. “We also showcase our furniture on the porch, which is great,” adds Scott Newton, also vice president of sales.Office SpaceSize: Three buildings, with suites ranging from 650 to 3,500 square feet.Price: Base lease rate of $25/square foot; five-year lease and five-year renewal. Amenities: Paid taxes and insurances, 24/7 access, on-site maintenance with full-time staff, all water utility usage. Boat slips available. Walk to restaurant, retail and near I-77.Details:

Old Downtown Business CenterDeveloper Howard Kosofsky of Old Downtown LLC completed a half-a-million-dollar renovation of the historic 1929 Gabriel Building in downtown Mooresville a few years ago. In restoring the two-story, 16,000-square-foot building, he created unique offices with high ceilings, exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, skylights and French doors. Dr. Tammara Combs, founder and CEO of Serendipity Interactive, a national digital marketing company that services celebrities, has rented space there since Sept. 2011 and says the funky space fits the image she wants to project for her business. “I wanted to be in a building that is artsy and classy.” Office SpaceSize: 16,000 square feet. Eighteen rental offices from 165 to 366 square feet. Price: From $450-$850/month. Amenities: Business center (copiers, printers, scanners, projectors, FAX), two conference rooms, shared reception staff, kitchen, utilities, wired for Internet and phone, 24/7 access with card security locks after hours. Located near coffee shops, restaurants, bank, retail.Details:

Office LoftNate Kennedy opened the Office Loft in February hoping to attract everyone from creative entrepreneurs and freelancers to technology professionals with what he says are cool, funky workspaces. As opposed to a typical collection of bland gray cubicles, Kennedy says Office Loft, located in Cornelius, is open and airy, with lots of natural light and designed to foster inner-office networking. “(Tenants) have a chance to be around other successful business owners and learn from one another,” says Kennedy.Daniel Brewton of Huntersville, a salesman for a Fortune 500 company, says his company doesn’t have offices, so his choices were to either work at Starbucks or from home. Neither option was very appealing, especially with two kids under the age of 2. So he rented a space at Office Loft in February. Since then, Brewton says he’s seen “exponential growth in sales” and is close enough to home to pop in for lunch and see his wife and kids. Office SpaceSize: About 3,800 square feet, with six workstations and six 10-by-12 executive offices. Price: From $200-$750/month. Amenities: Common area, conference room, kitchen, business center (printer, copier, FAX), wireless Internet, most utilities/cleaning services included, 24/7 access with key security. Located in Village at Oakhurst next to conveniences like a coffee shop, restaurant, dry cleaners and salon.Details:

Davidson Cotton MillBuilt in the late 1890s and renovated in 1998, the Davidson Cotton Mill has all the appeal you would expect from a well- preserved, historically designated property, with exposed brick walls and large windows that provide lots of natural light.“The building simply grabs you and you become a part of its history,” says Bob McIntosh, attorney and president of the McIntosh Law Firm, P.C. “It is a great location for a Davidson business.” He should know; his family first settled in the area in the 1720s, and both his grandmother and uncle worked in the building when it was still an active mill. McIntosh bought and renovated the property with firm partner Sandy Carnegie and now has 45 employees working here. His office is a “small house” built inside the mill.“My nickname for it is ‘the fishbowl’ because everyone looks in, but it is unique and is another point of character.” Office SpaceSize: 55,000 square feet with nine rental offices (from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet) and 10 executive offices (12’ x 18’–24’ x 24’). Price: From $16-$20/square foot plus operating and common area expenses. Executive offices: $450-1,200/month with 1-year term.Amenities: On-site maintenance, conference room, minutes to I-77, restaurant on premises. Located one block from charming downtown Davidson.Details: