Nov 23, 2016 - Partners

99 reasons we’re thankful to live in Charlotte

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2016 has been an interesting year to be a Charlottean. From the celebratory communal high of the Panthers heading to the Super Bowl, we collectively crashed into a Super Bowl loss, HB2 turmoil, brain-eating amoebas, police shooting protests and an ugly, divisive election.

We made national headlines for not so great things and in spotlighting our weaknesses it could have been easy to forget what makes us proud to call Charlotte home.

But we didn’t forget. The seemingly insignificant little everyday things that make living in Charlotte special are the things that make headlines around here. As a city, we can’t ignore our problems or pretend they’re not happening but we can celebrate the little things as we put in the hard work to get better.


Here are 99 little reasons we’re thankful to live in Charlotte:

  1. The Dowd Y in all its crowded glory
  2. Hawthorne’s Sicilian pizza
  3. Sabor nachos
  4. Wearing t-shirts in November
  5. Walking around Uptown during a work day — great energy and buzz
  6. Quick trips to mountains OR beach
  7. Quicktrip gas stations
  8. Common Market. There isn’t another place like it. Except for Rhino Market. Love Rhino Market.
  9. Public transportation that’s not disgusting
  10. Carolina Foods, for making South End regularly smell like freshly baked doughnuts
  11. The leaves this fall have been insanely bright
  12. Creepy Christmas bears in Founders Hall. Creepy, but there’s something comforting about knowing they’ll be there every year
  13. You can be obsessed with your dog and no one thinks it’s weird (except Ted)
  14. Blumenthal brings in all the best national shows – Hamilton, baby!
  15. Sunflour Baking Company cheddar biscuits
  16. Fried Chicken at Carpe Diem
  17. Little tiny coffee cups that Toast puts outside their Dilworth restaurant during peak breakfast hours
  18. Sycamore Brewing replaced those annoying pebbles with bricks
  19. Townes Mozer for giving our city its own kombucha
  20. Weekend strolls at Freedom Park
  21. Dale Mullennix’s tireless work trying to end homelessness
  22. Dan Roselli’s tireless work promoting the Charlotte startup community
  23. Bruce Moffett choosing our city for Barrington’s, Good Food and Stagioni
  24. For the green sauce at Viva Chicken
  25. And the yellow sauce, but not the red sauce (too hot)
  26. The fact that Blackhawk Hardware employees don’t monitor whether or not you buy something or just get the free popcorn
  27. That Poppy’s Bagels isn’t right by our office, otherwise our diet would consist of 100% bagels
  28. Hilliard Studio Method because I love the one pound donut at Stoke
  29. The Rail Trail and its magic carpet murals
  30. Woodlands Indian cuisine
  31. The fact that I can drive into work on Independence at rush hour and get there in 17 minutes instead of 17 hours (looking at you, Atlanta)
  32. Yafo’s existence and forthcoming expansion
  33. Central Coffee – I never thought I’d become a quiche lover
  34. Urban green space
  35. Being on first-name basis with the local barista and bartender
  36. Our backyard playground: USNWC
  37. Cool, local music venues like The Evening Muse & Visulite Theatre
  38. The Carolina Panthers #KeepPounding
  39. The changing of the leaves every fall on The Plaza
  40. Massive growth and opportunity
  41. NoDa Run Club, Yoga on Tap, Plaza Midwood Tuesday Night Bike Ride & all of the other active hangouts offered around town.
  42. Firebird statue in front of the Bechtler because without it, what would tourists take photos of?
  43. Two words: food. trucks.
  44. How Charlotte is a big city but still feels intimate
  45. Being surrounded by local companies that care about growing the community
  46. Homey neighborhoods with a small-town vibe like NoDa and Plaza
  47. Luke Keuchly and his CPI Security commercials
  48. A plethora of grocery store options
  49. Friday night fireworks at the BB&T Ball Park in the summer
  50. The insane, all-you-can-eat sushi lunch buffet at Ru San’s
  51. Mixologist, Bob Peters, for changing the craft cocktail game in Charlotte
  52. The giant, hundred-year-old oaks trees on Queens Road West
  53. Amelie’s in NoDa for being open 24/7 around Thanksgiving, because sometimes you need to get away from family and eat a salted caramel brownie alone
  54. The sheer amount of Bojangles’ located throughout the city so any time can be Bo Time
  55. Bakersfield queso. Enough said.
  56. The staff at Levine Children’s Hospital for the amazing work they are doing to fight pediatric cancer
  57. For the lights on the Duke Energy Center because the skyline wouldn’t be the same without them
  58. Wednesday nights at the Mint Museum because admission is free
  59. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and their massive beer garden
  60. Kemba Walker and his insane shooting skills this season
  61. Lake Norman and Lake Wylie for helping us escape the unbearable heat of the summer
  62. Giant Jenga at VBGB. The novelty will never wear off
  63. The annual Yiasou Greek Festival because where would we be without that Baklava?
  64. The Light Rail expansion to University City
  65. The rocking chairs at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport for making flight delays slightly more bearable
  66. Benny Pennello’s and pizza slices bigger than my face
  67. The banks because we wouldn’t be a “banking city” without them
  68. Cam Newton’s unique fashion sense. Still not over the Versace pants.
  69. Discovery Place for making science cool again
  70. Crowder’s Mountain for giving us a scenic escape just 30 minutes outside the city.
  71. How clean it is here. Like, seriously clean.
  72. Carowinds because sometimes you need to scream at the top of your lungs and then stuff your face with funnel cake
  73. The CATS Gold Line streetcar because it’s free, old timey and takes you right to Elizabeth Creamery
  74. The Humane Society of Charlotte and all the dogs and cats they rescue
  75. Caddie expertise at Charlotte Country Club
  76. Grab and Go from Pasta and Provisions because carbs
  77. Blurry memories from Jeff’s Bucket Shop
  78. Chef Alyssa for teaching couples how to cook
  79. Validated parking at 7th Street Public Market
  80. Mike Collins for always making Charlotte Talks entertaining
  81. Packard Place’s Not Just Coffee location
  82. It’s a quick drive to cheap liquor, gas and fireworks across the S.C. border
  83. There’s always a boy scout troop selling barbecue
  84. UNC-Charlotte’s football team
  85. Michael Jordan
  86. Quail Hollow Club for hosting the Wells Fargo Championship and letting us get a glimpse of Rory Mcllroy
  87. Queens Feast for letting us pretend to be serious foodies for a whole week
  88. The Holiday on Ice skating rink located outside of the  NASCAR Hall of Fame every holiday season
  89. Throwback nights at the Roxbury
  90. Fahrenheit’s rooftop bar and its skyline views
  91. RuRu’s patio
  92. Insane apartment amenties because the competition for your rent is fierce
  93. Abari for letting us nerd out over video games and drink beer at the same time
  94. The absurd amount of beer on draft at Duckworth’s
  95. Cuteness level of Davidson when you’re on a Kindred date night
  96. Walking through the Overstreet Mall feels like you’re tunneling for a prison escape
  97. Booty Loop
  98. Weddings at the City Club where you feel like an urban king sipping a bourbon
  99. One year old birthday parties at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Thanks, Charlotte.


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