Jan 6, 2016 - News

Briefing for Wednesday January 6

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Hello Wednesday. It’s Katie. 

OPENING REMARKS

Turning 30 has been something else. Although I don’t really feel any different than I did six months ago when I was still in my 20s, my body and the rest of the world keep reminding me I’m definitely in a new decade and this decade is not for babies.

Surely someone can relate: I no longer qualify for catastrophic health insurance so my premium doubled this year. I’ve never had a cavity in my life but my dentist dropped the bombshell that I do have periodontal disease which is some kind of joyful mess that usually appears around (you guessed it) age 30. (No, my new expensive insurance doesn’t cover that.) And last but certainly not least, my hair is definitely turning gray. Luckily, there’s a whole army of Charlotte service providers that seem to specialize in the hazards of reaching this apparently delicate decade. 

All this six months into my thirties? What comes with 40? Don’t tell me.

VITALS

Weather: 47. Cold. 0% chance of rain.
Stat: 2. The Panthers’ playoff team ranking from ESPN despite being 15-1. The #1 team? Seattle Seahawks.
Job: Digital Marketing Coordinator staffed by AccruePartners. Apply.
Do: Sycamore Run Club, tonight at 6 p.m.
Charlottean: Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, for being named one of the top 25 people “shaping retail’s future” by the National Retail Federation. We here at the Agenda also give him high marks for the hair/beard combo in his LinkedIn profile.

ORIGINALS

Why Charlotte politicians are so scared of toll roads [Dunn]
The city’s transportation advisory committee voted 3-2 on Monday to support managed lanes as a strategy to control traffic. Although construction has already started on the toll lanes, Charlotte city leaders are considering a last ditch effort to the kill the project. Don’t get too excited. Despite vocal public opposition to the project, breaking the contract is an unlikely move that would cost several hundred million dollars in fees and could threaten funding for other projects.

Here’s what to do in Charlotte when it’s cold and miserable outside [Levans]
I hate winter. In order to survive the season, I’ve pulled together some indoor entertainment that will hopefully prevent me from going to bed at 6:30 p.m.

J.Crew Mercantile, explained [Dollard]
There are already J.Crew retail stores and J.Crew factory stores. So what’s the deal with the Mercantile concept coming to Park Road Shopping Center? Jordan explains it as cheaper factory-style pricing and products with a regular retail store feel in unexpected strip mall locations.

CLT Playlist: Live music picks for January 6 – 10 [Gassaway]
This week Danny put his stamp of approval on Woody Pines playing Saturday at Evening Muse. If you want my opinion (and no one does if you’ve seen my Pandora stations), Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys sounds like fun. One word: accordion. They’ll be at Double Door on Sunday.

7th Street Public Market hosting yoga classes every Saturday in January [Levans]
This month you can add yoga to your Saturday morning market routine. Classes will take place from 7:15 – 8:15 a.m. every Saturday. They’re $10 each ($7 if you register in advance) and are taught by instructors from Be Yoga and Okra Yoga. This is the market’s first foray into fitness events and they’ll keep them going if this is successful.

Look inside: Fast casual pizza concept named Zablong opening soon in Brevard Court [Williams]
You can never have too much pizza. If all goes well, these guys should be open in the next couple of weeks. The name comes from a combination of “za” (slang for pizza) and “blong” (a totally fake verb they invented that means “belonging, bringing people together across worlds, cultures and ages”). 

Top 5 art events in January [HappeningsCLT]
It’s officially too cold for me to be outside so indoor activity recommendations, like these art events, are welcome. Check out events at Hidell Brooks Gallery, C3 Lab, Jerald Melberg Gallery, The McColl Center and the Gantt Center.

3 leadership lessons from a workshop at McColl Center for Art + Innovation [Formato]
Brian drew some compelling parallels between business and the creative arts. My favorite: “If failure is an option, people will take more risks and innovation will occur naturally.” 

TALKING POINTS

North Carolina’s new logo ranked worst identity of 2015 [Brand New]. I’ve already heard complaints about this from local designers but now a firm in Austin, TX has ripped it to shreds, calling it “one of the worst compilations of the decade so far.” Ouch.

Independent private school diversity job fair this Sunday [Charlotte Country Day]. Country Day, Charlotte Latin, Providence Day and Trinity Episcopal will host an information session.

Today is the last day to apply for QC FinTech [Twitter]. It’s a 3-month bootcamp-style program that provides mentorship and growth acceleration for early-stage companies creating disruptive and innovative emerging technologies.

Michael Jordan’s daughter is offering a $1,000 reward for her missing dog [Twitter]. Jasmine Jordan’s dog Mila went missing four days ago near Hickory Grove Baptist Church. 

NoDa Brewing hires a new run club coordinator [Facebook]. Brewery fitness events are serious business and it’s clear NoDa plans to step up their game this year.

BBQ + rum + beer [Facebook]. The Improper Pig is hosting a $35 4-course dinner paired with Muddy River Distillery rums and Birdsong beers on January 11. Seating is limited to 30 people and you must purchase tickets in advance. 

Waxhaw is getting a new YMCA [Union County]. The town is partnering with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte to open a 100,000-square-foot facility at the Twelve Mile Creek Reclamation Facility.

Free zeppoli from Stagioni, tonight only [Invite]. Stagioni is celebrating its second birthday as anyone should: by dishing out free dessert. If you dine in tonight, you’ll get a free order of zeppoli, a doughnut-like fried dough with salted caramel dipping sauce.

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