About the Uptown Shelby district

Uptown Shelby’s tree-lined streets invite locals and visitors alike to a variety of independent businesses and top-notch attractions.

Hear the music & stories of the American South at the Earl Scruggs Center, taste local produce at the Foothills Farmers’ Market, see a national act at the Don Gibson Theatre, discover local artists at the Cleveland County Arts Council - and more in Uptown Shelby. Between live music, great shopping, gallery shows, delicious food, and special events, there is always something fun to do in Uptown.

Come enjoy the great combination of ambiance and options that make Uptown Shelby exciting!

Explore our website for more information about the destinations, businesses, and events in Uptown Shelby.


About the Uptown Shelby Association

Established in 1980, and incorporated in 1982, Uptown Shelby Association (USA) operates the Main Street program in Shelby, NC. USA was one of the first five Main Street Associations in North Carolina and one of the first 30 Main Street programs nationally under the pilot program launched by the National Trust For Historic Preservation.

USA has four main priorities: economic vitality, historic preservation, promotion of Uptown events and working with other organizations to improve the quality of life and commerce in the Uptown area. The 4-Point Main Street approach is a proven model for community involvement in development and redevelopment of business and civic districts. 

We are goverened by a Board of Directors, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at our offices, 211 South Trade Street. Uptown Shelby business and property owners and members of the public are encouraged to attend. 

The Uptown Shelby Association staff, its board of directors, host of volunteer supporters and community partners work together to promote economic development and historic preservation in Uptown Shelby, and to produce events that attract business, shopping and dining.


Office hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact us about available properties, upcoming events, and sponsorship or volunteer opportunities:

Phone: 704-484-3100

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Main Street Accredited logo 2016As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, the Uptown Shelby Association is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.