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Riverwalk Shops open to huge crowd and much enthusiasm

  • March 27, 2019
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McCaysville Properties Investor Mike Galinski cuts the ribbon March 23 at the celebration of the opening of the “Riverwalk Shops” in the McCaysville and Copper Basin area. The renovated area has three restaurants and 12 stores in a building designed to preserve the mining history of the Copper Basin.

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer

Designed to capture the spirit of Copper Basin’s mining history, the restaurants and retail stores of “Riverwalk Shops” celebrated their opening March 23 with a ribbon cutting.

The joint celebration, organized by Chambers of Commerce from Fannin and Polk counties as well as McCaysville Properties investor Michael Galinski. Three restaurants: Burra Burra Seafood Company, Cowanee: Prime Rib, Steaks & Seafood and Concetta’s Riverside Bakery & Cafe, as well as 12 indoor boutique style retail stores make up the newly renovated endeavor.

Located where Toccoa in Georgia and the Ocoee in Tennessee flow, the idea for revitalizing the McCaysville and Copperhill area was birthed nine years ago when Galinski and his family first traveled to north Georgia. The area appealed them so much they bought a second home to visit as often as possible.

“McCaysville is unique to the region, with a rich history, beautiful scenery, and most of all great people.

Nothing beats a mountain sunset, a hike in the woods, or a simple stroll along the beautiful river,” he said.

Then in 2016 reconstruction of the regional community center block began emerging in what is now “Riverwalk Shops.”

The structure is built within multiple conjoined structures, some dating back to the city’s earliest years. Before mining created a burst of wealth followed by environmental demise, then a time of restoration, the area was once the home of the Cherokee.

Rich in heritage the Riverwalk Shops area is among the Copper Basin’s natural beauty that serves as a source of pride for the locals who will welcome visitors and vacationers. While in the area visitors can see the steel truss bridge that connects Georgia and Tennessee, enjoy views from the Riverwalk deck and rafting, kayaking, hiking, hunting, train rides, golf, and fishing while in the area.

For more information about Riverwalk Shops visit www.Riverwalk-