Nov 11, 2015 - News

Briefing for Wednesday November 11

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Hello Wednesday.

Did you know only 5 percent of our population serves in the military today? I learned this in Paula’s story, which you’ll find below. When so few carry the burden for so many, caring for them (and their families) upon their return should always be a priority for the rest of us. Here are just a few local organizations that dig to the root of what veterans need most when they come home.

Charlotte Bridge Home helps veterans transition back to civilian life by connecting them with community, state and federal resources that meet their unique employment, education and healthcare needs. Eagle Rock Camp reconnects military families by hosting private immersive 6-day retreats to allow for bonding between or after deployments. Patriots Path, created by a former executive recruiter, helps military veterans find civilian jobs that best fit their unique and valuable experience. North Carolina Heroes’ Fund provides financial assistance for veterans facing hardship as a direct result of their time overseas, especially those injured and in rehabilitation. 


Today’s Weather: 67. Sunny skies. 0% chance of rain.
Today’s Stat: $237,646. Average Charlotte-area home sale price in October, up 4.4 percent from last year.
Today’s Job: Operations & Logistics Manager at Uber. Apply.
Today’s Charlottean: Amy Peacock, owner of VirtualAthlete LLC and a certified ChiRunning instructor.


Here are the new and improved plans for the Food Truck Friday/Common Market lot [Dunn]
New plans were presented last night for an important plot of land in South End. After facing some pretty harsh criticism from residents, the plans now show a stronger street-front retail presence, less dominant parking deck and three unique community destination designs for each corner of the plot, including an Art Plaza, Wilmore Landing Spot (with a grocer or cafe for neighbors) and Festival Square.

Here’s what this veteran thinks matters most to Charlotte’s vets today [Broadwell]
Paula, a veteran herself, explains that while dramatic gestures of gratitude for military vets (like the ceremony at last weekend’s Panthers game) are graciously received, they don’t get to the root of the biggest challenge facing veterans in civilian life: finding a job. She introduces us to two Charlotte veterans driving vet-focused hiring and training programs at their organizations.

Look inside Bulldog Beer & Wine’s new South End store, opening late November [Thomas]
Bulldog’s popular Park Road hang out is being replicated in South End. It’ll be located on Winnifred Street between Bland and Summit near Arrichion and the forthcoming second Charlotte Yoga location. This is a combination wine and beer market with 20 taps where you can hang out and drink or shop for something to take home.

10 ways to give in Charlotte without opening your wallet [Levans]
Feel like you can’t make a big difference in Charlotte without making a big financial donation? Think again. There are lots of ways to give your time, which is really valuable to local charities too. Sort food donations, drive seniors to their doctors appointments, mentor a child or foster a pet. One hour of volunteer time saves Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina $21.79 in labor costs. It all adds up.

RIP Tiki Hideaway. Here’s why you were important to our city [Williams]
Tiki Hideaway is no more but Ted says Mike’s passionate attempt at something different and downright risky is an attitude we need more of here in Charlotte. Here’s to the psychos who are willing to give the crazy ideas a try.

Billy Joel and Amy Schumer are taking over Time Warner Cable Arena (+ 4 more big shows before 2016) [Moore]
There are some huge names coming through Charlotte before the end of the year. Get the who, what, when, where and how much for these shows: Stevie Wonder, Impractical Jokers, Billy Joel, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Tori Kelly and Robin Thicke and Amy Schumer.

CLT Playlist: Live music picks for November 11 – 15 [Gassaway]
Take your pick from 39 shows hitting the stage tonight through Sunday. Danny’s picks: Nappy Roots at Rabbit Hole (YES) and The Wood Brothers at McGlohon Theater. 

Your guide to 40+ Veterans Day deals [Moore]
Businesses throughout the city are expressing gratitude for our nation’s veterans by offering free deals and services on everything from food to haircuts. 


Joe’s Doughs announced the location of its forthcoming brick and mortar storefront [Agenda/Instagram]. The pop-up doughnut shop will take root in a permanent home at 1721 N. Davidson Street in spring 2016. Until then, follow them on Instagram for announcements about where and when they’re selling.

Unknown Brewing is hosting a Strange Brew competition [Eventbrite]. The event invites local brewers to brew, filter or infuse “the strangest beers ever created.” Tickets are $20. Bonus points if someone makes a pizza-flavored beer. 

Karat Patch is back at a new location [Agenda/Instagram]. The Myers Park jewelry store unexpectedly closed earlier this year due to owner Buddy Simon’s health. His son Scott is taking over and the new store opens today at 11 a.m. in Park Selwyn Shopping Center.

Fresh Market Dilworth opens today [Dunn/Agenda]. Sure, it’s the fancy underdog in the grocery war between Harris Teeter and Publix, but it’s worth mentioning.

Beer, bands and BBQ Bash benefitting Care Ring on Saturday, November 14 [Invitation/Agenda]. The event takes place at Triple C Brewing and will feature 80’s and 90’s rock from The Fidgets. Tickets are $25 and include food from Magic Mike’s BBQ, two Triple C beers, swag and more.

Thank you, veterans.

– Katie


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