Mint Hill: A Great Place to Start and Grow Your Small Business

High commercial rents in Charlotte’s most popular areas, like SouthPark, South End, Dilworth and Ballantyne, are often just too expensive for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Even if you manage to afford the rent, there is not much left over to hire more employees, reinvest in the business or enjoy as profit. But there’s another story going on in Mint Hill, the up-and-coming suburb to the southeast of Charlotte.

Small Town Charm Attracts New Residents

For years, Mint Hill was a sleepy suburb of Charlotte. It’s main strip — Matthews-Mint Hill Road, aka Highway 51, between Lawyers Road and Highway 218 — was mostly residential, with a few commercial properties dotted throughout, such as the old Town Hall; the local feed store, Woof ‘n Hoof; and even a former textile mill.

Today, Mint Hill’s downtown business district still exudes its small town charm while enjoying a burst of commercial development, driven by surrounding residential growth. The Woof ‘n Hoof; the living history museum, the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village; and other long-time Mint Hill mainstays now coexist alongside the new Town Hall and other recent projects, like the Shoppes at Mint Hill.

Former Textile Mill Now Home to Small Businesses

One of the remnants of Mint Hill’s past that is still standing is the former Kings Craft Hosiery Mill. Built in 1945 and located in the center of downtown, for over 45 years it provided factory jobs to Mint Hill residents.

Today, the building, now known as The Lofts at 7714, continues as an economic generator. It has been retrofitted from its past industrial usage into 10 distinct commercial spaces, currently being used by local small business owners for retail, office, educational and studio space.

Space Available in The Lofts at 7714

The Lofts at 7714 has been fully leased for over five years, with only the occasional space coming available. But here’s your chance. On October 1, Suite I is available for lease. At 1,400 square feet it has an open floor plan, enjoys its own private exterior entrance, and features an exposed ceiling and concrete floors.

It has previously been used for office space, a pottery studio, and a retail store. It is a blank canvas just waiting for your business.

For more information or to schedule a tour of Suite I, contact JMMT Partnership General Managers:

  • Margy Pettit at
  • Mary Crotty at

JMMT Partnership is a family-owned commercial real estate partnership that has owned this former mill property since 1992.



Local Photographer Moving into The Lofts at 7714

The Lofts at 7714 is excited to welcome yet another local, female small business owner to its vibrant tenant community. On September 1, Mint Hill resident and local photographer Kiersten Clay will move her current home-based studio into a 375-square foot space in this retrofitted mill building.

Kiersten follows a long line of other women-owned businesses that chose The Lofts at 7714 as their first commercial space when transitioning from a home office or studio. She joins current female-owners Angela Gordon Mills of Spotlight Performing Arts Academy (Suite B) and Bettie Shea of Mint Hill Yoga (Suite E), who have both been tenants in The Lofts at 7714 for seven years.

Several previous female-owned business tenants used their time at The Lofts at 7714 to nurture their business and launch its next growth phase, including employment attorney Lynn Leary, Cheryl Murphy of Click.Pack.Move! and most recently Pam Egleston of Vintage on the Hill.

After two years in The Lofts at 7714, Vintage on the Hill is rebranding as Goodness Gracious and moving to a larger space at 7701 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Their move resulted in two rare openings in this retrofitted mill property. Kiersten is taking over Vintage on the Hill’s former workroom (Suite F), but their showroom (Suite I) is still available for lease.

Suite I Details:

  • Available September 1, 2019
  • Open floor plan
  • 1,400 square feet
  • Multiple use opportunities: retail, office, personal trainer or fitness studio, artist studio, etc.
  • Private entrance
  • Exposed industrial ceiling and concrete floor
  • Small garage door with glass door overlay

For more information or to schedule a tour of Suite I, contact JMMT Partnership general managers:

  • Margy Pettit at
  • Mary Crotty at

JMMT Partnership is the owner of The Lofts at 7714 and is also majority-female owned.


Spotlight Performing Arts Academy Renews Lease for Anchor Space in The Lofts at 7714

Dec 25, 2011 - March 9, 2012 352Spotlight Performing Arts Academy, Mint Hill’s premier performance-based music and theatre academy, has renewed its lease for The Lofts at 7714’s anchor space for the seventh straight year.

About Spotlight Performing Arts Academy

Spotlight first moved into this former mill property located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in August 2012. Since then, owner Angela Gordon Mills has steadily built a loyal customer base of students of all ages enjoying individual lessons, group classes, theatre productions and summer camps.

“Spotlight Performing Arts Academy has been a terrific tenant. After the Great Recession, they were one of the first tenants to move in when we began retrofitting this building, which has been in our family since 1962,” said Mary Crotty of JMMT Partnership, the building’s owner. “Angela, her teachers and students, all helped breath new life into what was once an industrial property, giving this historically important building in Mint Hill renewed purpose.”

Upcoming Theatre Auditions

The performing art school’s next planned production is Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, with auditions this weekend for actors ages 8 through adult:

  • Saturday 8/24 at 9 a.m.
  • Sunday 8/25 at 6 p.m.

The cast will present the production to the public December 6-8 and 13-15.

Fall Classes at Spotlight Performing Arts Academy

Spotlight is also now accepting registrations for fall classes in piano, voice, guitar, bass, percussion, banjo, mandolin, brass, woodwinds and string instruments.

The Lofts at 7714 – One Space Available

The Lofts at 7714 is a retrofitted mill property that consists of ten unique commercial spaces ranging from 250 to 3,600 square feet. Each space features remnants of the building’s industrial past, such as exposed ceilings and concrete floors, but they are now being used for retail, office, studio and light industrial space.

The average tenant tenure is four years, as The Lofts at 7714 provides an affordable and conveniently located space for local entrepreneurs and small businesses to grow their ventures.

There is currently one available space in The Lofts at 7714, the first opening in over two years at this popular location. The 1,400-square foot Suite I features an open floor plan, making it ideal for various uses: retail, office, artist studio or fitness space, etc.

Interested in moving your business into The Lofts at 7714? Contact JMMT Partnership General Managers for more information and to schedule a tour:

  • Margy Pettit at
  • Mary Crotty at

Suite I Is Available as of September 1.






Fall Is a Great Time for a Commercial Move

Getting tired of your existing commercial space? Or has your business outgrown your home office or current space? Consider a change, and September is the perfect time for a new beginning. Suite I in The Lofts at 7714 is coming available September 1. 

This 1,400 square foot space features an open floor plan, which can be configured for multiple uses: office, retail, studio, or hybrid office/warehouse.

Its private entrance allows visitors and customers to access it directly from the parking lot, while its two internal entrances provide easy access to the building’s common areas. 

The Lofts at 7714 is a former mill property built in 1945 and once home to the Kings Craft Hosiery Mill. Each of its 10 spaces features remnants of the building’s industrial past, including Suite I, which has an exposed industrial ceiling and concrete floor. 

Consider joining this vibrant tenant community of local small business owners and entrepreneurs, who thrive in an environment that facilitates innovation and creativity.


For more information or to schedule a tour of Suite I, email property management at:

  • Margy Pettit at
  • Mary Crotty at


Virtual Tour of Available Commercial Space in The Lofts at 7714

Looking for a new commercial home for your business? One that is affordable, convenient and distinct? Consider Suite I in The Lofts at 7714, the retrofitted former mill property in downtown Mint Hill.

At 1,400 square feet, Suite I features its own private entrance, an exposed industrial ceiling and concrete floor. Its open floor plan makes it adaptable for almost any use, office, retail or studio.

Let’s take a tour!

Suite I’s tenant and visitors enter the space from its own private entrance from The Lofts at 7714’s back parking lot.

It also has two internal entrances leading to the common area of building.

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Suite I is a blank canvas, just waiting for your business . . .

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For more information or to schedule an in-person tour, email

Looking for a New Commercial Home in Mint Hill?

Suite I, the largest non-street front space in The Lofts at 7714, is coming available in late summer. With an open floor plan of 1,400 square feet, exposed industrial ceiling, concrete floor and its own private entrance, the space can be used for office, retail or studio use.

The Lofts at 7714 is a retrofitted mill property located in downtown Mint Hill right on Highway 51 and minutes from I-485. Other tenants include these local entrepreneurs and businesses:

  • Spotlight Performing Arts Academy
  • Pottery 51
  • Mint Hill Yoga
  • McLeod Associates Architect
  • Rick Rorie Design and Photography
  • Vintage on the Hill (having outgrown their space in Suite I, moving across the street to a large space – opening up Suite I)
  • Summit Environmental
  • Bull Moose Guns

For more information about Suite I or to schedule a tour, contact JMMT Partnership general managers:

  • Margy Pettit at
  • Mary Crotty at

Commercial Space Coming Available Soon in The Lofts at 7714

Suite I in The Lofts at 7714 is coming available soon. This open floor plan, 1,400-square foot commercial space features an industrial-style exposed ceiling and concrete floor, its own private entrance, and two internal entrances to the building’s common area.

Located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in the former Kings Craft Hosiery Mill, the property consists of ten commercial spaces, ranging in size from 250 to 3,600 square feet, all of which have been retrofitted from their former industrial use into creative office, retail and studio spaces.

Just like the adaptive reuse trend that is the rage in South End, NoDa and Plaza Midwood, this property provides a distinct aesthetic and creative work environment for professionals, small businesses and other entrepreneurs looking for space in growing Mint Hill, North Carolina.

Suite I can be used for retail, office or studio space. Home decor shop, Vintage on the Hill, has enjoyed it for the past two years after relocating from Midland. Business has grown and the expanded shop is re-opening just down the street at 7701 Matthews-Mint Hill Road and re-branding under a new name to be announced soon.

Suite I is the first available opening in The Lofts at 7714 in almost two years. Interested in making it your new commercial home? Contact JMMT Partnership, the owner of The Lofts at 7714, for more information:

  • Mary Crotty, general manager: email at
  • Margy Pettit, general manager: email at

Photos coming soon.


Charlotte’s Adaptive Reuse Trend Extends to Mint Hill

Charlotte’s commercial real estate market is in lock step with the national trend toward adaptive reuse (AdRu), the concept of taking industrial and other older buildings and giving them new life as creative office spaces, shops, restaurants and bars. According to the Charlotte Observer, developers and corporations are choosing to buy these former industrial properties for investment purposes or for company headquarters, in large part due to their historic character, cool factor and creative vibe.

Several recent and upcoming projects are evidence of this growing AdRu trend:

This trend is not limited to Southend, NoDa, Plaza Midwood and FreeMoreWest, all neighborhoods that have experienced a rebirth in the last decade or two. AdRu is alive and well in Mint Hill in The Lofts at 7714.

Located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in downtown Mint Hill, the property was originally built in 1945 as the Kingcraft Hosiery Mill. When the textile mill closed in 1962, it became the home of a Formica countertop manufacturer until 1992, at which point it converted to warehouse use until a decade ago when its retrofitting began.

Re-branded as The Lofts at 7714 in 2012, this Mint Hill AdRu project has been an incubator for local small businesses ever since. It consists of 10 unique spaces, each of which enjoys elements of the buildings industrial and historic past, features that engender creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

As the only mill property in downtown Mint Hill, amidst a backdrop of new commercial development projects, The Lofts at 7714 is a one-of-kind commercial space just outside of Charlotte proper and minutes from I-485, in one of the few areas left in Charlotte that still has significant land available for new residential development.

Spring Renewal at The Lofts at 7714

It’s spring at The Lofts at 7714 and JMMT Partnership is pleased to announce multiple lease renewals. Five tenant leases were expiring this spring and all have renewed, extending their occupancy in this retrofitted mill property located in downtown Mint Hill. We are pleased that the following tenants will continue to call The Lofts at 7714 their commercial home:

  • Mint Hill Yoga (Suite E): A tenant since 2012, owner Bettie Shea provides a variety of yoga classes and private lessons, all with the mantra – Yoga for Every Body.
  • Vintage on the Hill (Suite I): Find refinished and re-purposed furniture and unique home goods at this retail store located in the back lot of The Lofts at 7714.
  • McLeod Associates Architect (Suite G): Long-time local architect Max McLeod specializes in church designs.
  • Rick Rorie Design Assistance (Suite H): Another Mint Hill entrepreneur, Rick Rorie provides drafting and photography services.
  • Summit Environment (Suites J-K): This locally-managed firm provides commercial locating and surveying services.

Stop in The Lofts at 7714 today and visit these and our other tenants, including Bull Moose Guns (Suite A), purveyor of vintage military items; Spotlight Performing Arts Academy (Suite B), Mint Hill’s premier spot for music, voice and drama lessons; and Pottery 51 (Suite C), a cooperative of local clay artists who work and display their artwork in their studio space.

Find The Lofts at 7714 at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill. Parking is available in the front lot for Suites A through C, and in the back lot for Suites E through K.

Mint Hill Offers Perfect “Old and New” Combination in Charlotte Suburbs

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The Lofts at 7714, a retrofitted mill property located in Mint Hill’s downtown business district

The Town of Mint Hill, in which The Lofts at 7714 is located, is transforming from a sleepy town into a thriving hub of commercial and residential activity just outside of Charlotte.

The Town of Mint Hill’s website calls it “the perfect setting for business owners and professionals seeking a prosperous, vibrant, thriving community for doing business.” It also boasts the following rankings: 12th on “America’s Top 12 Power Suburbs” and 13th in the “Safest Places in North Carolina.” It lists the median household income as 32 percent higher than the national average.

The downtown business district primarily extends from Lawyers Road to Highway 218. Along that stretch, visitors will find the recently completed Town Hall, along with several completed and under-construction new commercial developments. Sprinkled throughout the new development are Mint Hill fixtures, properties that proudly represent Mint Hill’s deeply rooted rural past. These include the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, a living history museum operated by the Mint Hill Historical Society, and the Woof ‘n Hoof, Mint Hill’s long-time pet and feed store. Both lend charm and context to this growing Charlotte suburb.

The Lofts at 7714 also counts itself among Mint Hill’s historic fixtures. Developed in 1945, this 18,810 square foot, brick-front building originally housed the King Craft hosiery mill, employing 40 local residents. Retrofitted into 10 distinct commercial spaces and re-branded as The Lofts at 7714 in 2010, this former-mill-turned-multi-use-commercial-property continues to employ local residents, as well as provide a space for local small businesses and entrepreneurs to start and grow their ventures.

Located at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, visit The Lofts at 7714’s vibrant tenant community today.