Once a sleepy rail town, Matthews’ Main Street is now a bustling strip where active families and young couples convene for festivals, eating and lazing in the park.
The charming town of Matthews, southeast of Uptown, was home to just under 200 residents when it was chartered in 1879. The history of this once-sleepy borough is beautifully preserved in downtown Matthews, where an old rail car, hardware store and history museum now mingle with a larger strip of up-and-coming bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Community talent can be seen at Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts, where kids take acting classes and more seasoned thespians take the stage. Dancing abounds too at Planet Ballroom, which offers lessons, fitness and fun.