Downtown Sanford - Carolina Country

Downtown Sanford

Finest Mainstreet

By Leah Chester-Davis

Downtown Sanford

Lee County  | 

Covering a 17-block area, Downtown Sanford — near Central Electric’s service territory — prides itself on a mix of arts, music and fun, including shows at the Temple Theatre, free concerts featuring local and visiting musicians, a mural arts trail, a farmers market, Strawberry Jammin’ in spring, the Boo & Brew Tour in October, and more.

For children, a Locomotive No. 12 Scavenger Hunt is a fun activity. Plenty of dining spots, including Big T’s Restaurant, one of Sanford’s oldest burger joints, provide lots of options. La Dolce Vita has delicious pizza and homemade gelato in the old Federal Building/post office. The renovation by its owner won an NC Main Street award. Yarborough’s Homemade Ice Cream, one of the oldest creameries in the state, is a favored stop as is Sandra’s Bakery, usually with a line out the door. Kathy’s Java Express kicks off the day with breakfast and lunch. Later, stop by Hugger Mugger or Wild Dogs breweries. Enjoy a variety of shops from books to bikes to boutiques and furniture stores, gift shops and an antique mall.

“They have revitalized this sweet little town, and brought some amazing shops, local restaurants, breweries and events. There is always something to do for all ages.”

—Laura Gremore, Sanford, a member of Central Electric

About the Author

Carolina Country Contributing Editor Leah Chester-Davis loves to explore North Carolina. Her business, Chester-Davis Communications (, specializes in food, farm, gardening and lifestyle brands and organizations.

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