Home Grown: Huntersville's Bradford Store

A Huntersville shop is all-local, all the time
Chris Edwards

Locally sourced food may be trendy in some places, but in others it never went out of style. At the historic Bradford Store in Huntersville, which originally opened ninety-nine years ago, shelves are lined with local and regional goodies. And whether you’re looking for sweet treats for the holidays or just want to indulge in tasty homemade fare like seasonal pies and organic breads, this rustic store with its red screen doors is a perfect stop.

The original shop, which was opened by current owner Grier Bradford’s great-grandfather, ran from 1912 until it closed in 1958. Bradford and his wife, Kim, reopened the store in 2006. The building, a registered historic landmark, is filled with relics from decades past—most from the original store. “We just started selling what we grew in the garden. And now it has grown to this,” Kim says.

“This” includes local food like handmade biscuits, Conrad and Hinkle’s pimento cheese spread, Das Jam Haus preserves, relishes from the Relish Barn, Atwell nuts, and butter and milk from Homeland Creamery. Plus, Flying Fish Seafood arrives every Saturday at 9 a.m. to sell fresh seafood from the Carolina coast.  And you’ll want to bring the family along for this grocery-shopping trip. On the property you’ll find an on-site blacksmith, an organic gardening center, and an antique shop, as well as front-porch rocking chairs and fresh-pressed apple cider. 15915 Davidson Concord Rd., Huntersville, 704-439-4303