Where to Eat?
Downtown Valdese is home to several locally owned restaurants who offer a great variety of food choices. From fresh donuts to bbq burgers there is a choice for all cravings! See our full list of locally owned restaurants here.
Explore the amenities of downtown. From boutiques to breweries, Downtown Valdese has it all! Check out the specialty shops, unique service businesses and incredible restaurants. Our local businesses truly have something for all to enjoy. Park in one of our many public parking lots and stroll the walkable length of Main Street. Let us share our small town with you!
Where to Park?
There are several public parking lots in addition to the 3 hour parallel parking spaces along Main Street. Downtown Valdese is accessible to all who visit. The public parking areas are: Tiger Gym (along Church Street), Old Rock School (Main Street), Faet Street (across from Valdese Fire & Police), Town Parking Lot near near 100 Main Restaurant, Bobo Street Lot, and the Italy Street Parking Lot.
Small Business Saturday
Support your local stores on the last Saturday of November! Did you know: If each of us spent $100 a year more on local businesses instead of chain stores, it would put an extra $3 million a year into our economy, not only that but it would create thousands more jobs every year. #supportlocalbusinesses
Valdese Main Street Program
Settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains entrenched in the spirit of the Waldenses, downtown Valdese, just off I-40 in Burke County, welcomes the entrepreneurial spirit to join the 15 new businesses that have opened since 2014. Downtown is forging the future as a safe, balanced, and family oriented third place center that is also devoted to the celebration of its culture, utilization of natural resources, and innovative thinking that guarantees a sustainable future for all people. (Adopted 2019)
Valdese Merchants Association
The Valdese Merchants Association is a group of various business owners working together to promote the downtown shopping area of Valdese North Carolina and provides assistance to the local community through event planning, scholarships and food drives throughout the year.