Just minutes from Charlotte, Davidson College's home on Lake Norman combines a small-town feel with the convenience of big-city amenities. Residents ride bikes down flower basket-lined streets, and such merchants as Debra Caudle of the 60-year-old Soda Shop(704/896-7743), known for its pimiento-cheese sandwiches and black-and-white milk shakes, greet customers by name.
Photo: Courtesy of Soda Shop
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