Oct 21, 2015 - News

Briefing for Wednesday October 21

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Hello Wednesday.

I spent all day yesterday in Leadership Charlotte’s 10-hour immersion program all about Charlotte. It featured a power lineup of recognizable names from different organizations that keep the city moving and is designed to give participants a taste of where they can get involved in the city, from environmental sustainability to the arts and everything in between.

At one point Assistant City Manager Hyong Yi asked the 50ish participants to raise their hands if they’d been here for 4, 3, 2 or less than one year. A shocking number of hands went up for 6 months or less. It was encouraging to see that many new people throwing themselves so deeply into what Charlotte is so early in their residency here. It’s also a reminder to those of us who have been here longer to identify and encourage that level of engagement to keep talent here. Keep an eye on Leadership Charlotte’s website to apply for the next program in April.

VITALS

Today’s Weather: 74. Mostly sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Today’s Stat: 12,213. Tons of recycling processed at Mecklenburg County’s main facility so far this fiscal year.
Today’s Job: Brand Marketing Manager at Adams Beverages of NC, LLC. Apply.
Today’s Charlottean: Kevin Hall, who operates Hall Family Farm in Ballantyne, for giving Halloween the respect it deserves with pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes.

ORIGINALS

Winter is coming: Charlotte’s 59 top patios to enjoy before it’s too cold [Williams]
I hate winter and I love patios so I don’t know how to feel right now. Although I think it’s already too cold, we have exactly 62 days before the first official day of winter to enjoy some outdoor eating and drinking.

BREAKING: 101 North Tryon is now marketing street-level retail space [Thomas]
The building next to the Marriott at Trade and Tryon is getting a major remodel. There will be a patio and three large retail spaces, the largest of which will be a restaurant.

Inside Smoke, a good bet to be Charlotte’s next breakout restaurant brand [Dunn]
Dennis Thompson (the restaurateur behind Firebirds, Viva Chicken, Bad Daddy’s and Sea Level) is bringing an elevated barbecue experience to Charlotte with two Smoke Modern Barbecue locations in Birkdale and Stonecrest. 

What the Charlotte Hornets just accidentally taught me about schools [Stone]
CMS recently unveiled new plans for its portfolio of magnet schools but Brittany left the meeting feeling underwhelmed by the attempt to build positive momentum. What CMS needs, she says, is to take a page from the Hornets’ playbook and take bigger risks.

Meet the men behind the Charlotte bar crawl scene [Gross]
Rich & Bennett’s legendary St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl draws crowds of 21,000+ to Uptown. Ahead of their upcoming Halloween Bar Crawl, Mary caught up with the college buddies who turned day drinking into a dream job.

8 fast facts I learned at Leadership Charlotte’s one-day immersion program ENCOUNTER [Levans]
ENCOUNTER is a slimmed down version of Leadership Charlotte’s flagship 10-month program, which translates into a whole lot of information to digest in 10 hours. The day consisted of a veritable Who’s Who list of speakers and panelists in five main focus areas (education, health & human services, arts & culture, environment and economy). 

A guide to fashion trucks in Charlotte [Dollard]
Move over food trucks. Mobile fashion boutiques are now a thing. Jordan gives us a look inside three Charlotte fashion trucks: Mirror Mirror Mobile Accessories Boutique, Curvaceous Closet and Sole Addiction. But are the lines as long as food truck lines?

You asked, we obliged: Salty Caper in Salisbury [Wilson]
I missed this gem of a pizza joint on my visit to Salisbury so Cristina (who’s a native of the town) stepped in to show us what’s up. She’s a fan of the House Pie and there’s a weekly specialty pie, but don’t miss the deep-fried dessert calzone stuffed with your choice of Milky Way, Reese’s or Snickers. Hello.

CLT Playlist: Live music picks for October 21 – 25 [Gassaway]
Hardsoul Poets are releasing their first album in 22 years. Get a sneak peek at that on Friday night at the Visulite plus 35 other live shows handpicked by Danny.

TALKING POINTS 

Camden apartments no longer accepting packages [Kusisto/WSJ]. An increase in online shopping has proven to be too much for one of the biggest landlords in the country. They say they received a million packages for residents across 169 properties nationwide in 2014. They have 2,847 units in 11 complexes throughout Charlotte so get ready to change your Amazon delivery to your work address, I guess.

Union County to vote on alcohol sales [Union Update]. Yes, our neighbors to the east are dry, at least in the unincorporated areas of the county (Indian Trail and Waxhaw have ABC stores and mixed drinks, but other towns are mixed). Voters there will decide whether to change that in March. This could open up a lot of development in places where people are moving – grocery stores and restaurants that had shunned the area before.

Robert Niblock gives $2.5 million to UNC Charlotte [Elkins/CBJ]. The Lowe’s CEO’s gift will support the Student Center for Professional Development, which will now bear his name, and be used as an endowment for the Belk College of Business.

A boy who lost his arm in Afghanistan is receiving care here in Charlotte [Garloch/Observer]. 14-year-old Salim was electrocuted in 2013 while trying to untangle his kite near a live wire. He was selected by Solace for the Children, an international charity founded in Mooresville, to come to Charlotte for free services donated by OrthoCarolina, Hanger Clinic, Novant Health and K2 Sports Therapy.

Construction on First Ward Park is coming right along and the park is slated for a grand opening on December 8 (with a rumored soft opening in November). Just in time for me to look at it once and then not step outside again until May. Happy hibernating.

– Katie

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