Cedar Stump Pub opens in Troutman
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The Cedar Stump Pub opened its doors briefly on Tuesday night for 25 invited guests in preparation for its soft opening beginning on Friday night. Owner Jeremy Shaw was all smiles as he welcomed guests to the comfortable space, filled with natural wood and a variety of textures.
“The vibe I want to create is professional with a rustic, outdoor feel,” said Shaw. “When I was thinking about designing this, I wanted to bring natural wood edge and try to tap into Lake Norman State Park,” which had over 900,000 visitors in 2016.
“I feel like the park is going to be a a great avenue to bring in the mountain bikers, the kayakers, the hikers. When they finish a ride or a hike, this will be a nice watering hole for them to come to.”
Shaw crafted the natural edge bar, which stretches over 20 feet and features unique insets to enhance its appearance. Shaw also created the tables in the booths, the 15-foot “community” table through the center, and various pieces of wood art hanging throughout the venue.
Reclaimed sheet metal, which Shaw cleaned and polished, graces one wall of the pub next to a series of cozy booths. Artwork by Shaw’s friend Ryan Collins hangs throughout the bar. Collins’ work is also for sale to patrons.
The bar is a member’s only establishment, which allows Shaw to sell alcohol without offering food under North Carolina law. Cost is only $1 for an annual membership. Shaw scans the backs of applicants’ drivers licenses, which serve as the members’ membership cards, and requires a signature to join.
“Another thing about being a member is that if anybody comes in and shows out, I can cancel the membership to control behavior,” said Shaw, who is seeking a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that all will enjoy.
The beer selection includes a wide variety of bottled brews, including many local breweries. Shaw also currently has microbrew craft beers on tap, including an East Coast IPA, an amber ale, a honey wheat, and a new crystal weizen.
He also has on tap the Carolina Thread Trail Pale Ale by Blue Blaze Brewing out of Charlotte, which gives 10 percent of all sales to extending the Carolina Thread Trail, of which the Richardson Greenway is a part.
Shaw currently carries a selection of Daveste wines and has his full liquor license to mix up margaritas, mojitos, white Russians, or patrons’ other favorite drinks.
He will soon add televisions to broadcast sporting events after getting the wiring completed by Spectrum. The bar also offers wifi for customers’ convenience.
Eventually the bar will offer typical snacks, but Subway next door offers a quick food option. Shaw also plans to host a variety of food trucks in the future.
Shaw hopes that his pub will become a focal point for visitors to the state park’s 30 miles of bike trails as well as the local watering hole for Troutman residents and other locals. “You’ve got all of these people who drive an hour and a half, two hours to ride our park bike trails and want something to do afterwards.”
“I hope that we can help create foot traffic for other businesses as well, so when people come to the bar, maybe they’ll check out Randy’s or check out the boutiques. We want to create some buzz for the town, to get folks to walk the Carolina Thread Trail,” added Shaw.
An avid mountain biker, Shaw lives in Troutman with his wife Sheena, who graduated from South Iredell High School. The pair met in college in Wilmington, but after living there for a number of years, they moved to Troutman to start a family, which now includes their two-year-old daughter.
One of the reasons Shaw wanted to start the pub was to be home more. His DJ business required frequent travel, but now his business is just two miles from his home.
Cedar Stump Pub is a family affair, with Shaw’s first cousin Steven Helbert and good friend Justin Miller joining Shaw in serving customers.
The establisment’s normal hours will be 3 to 11 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
During the holidays, the bar will be closed on Christmas Eve but will open on Christmas evening at 7 p.m. Shaw also has a New Year’s Eve Party in the works featuring the band Thirsty Horses. The bar will be closed on New Year’s Day.
Shaw plans an official grand opening in mid-January.
Location: 152 S. Main Street (next to Subway)
Phone: (910) 616-7118