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January 30, 2024

Hello, Tuesday. It's Ashley, who is awe of Denny Hamlin's Jordan collection.

โ›…๏ธ Weather: High 55ยฐ.

๐ŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Debra Smul, Lizanne Shaver, Anna Doerhoefer and Jake Fehling.

๐Ÿ’Œ We hope you'll consider contributing to our mission-driven journalism by becoming a member today.

๐ŸŒฎ Situational awareness: Popular Charleston restaurant Taco Boy opens in LoSo today.

Today's Smart Brevityโ„ข๏ธ count is 681 words โ€” a 2.5-minute read.

1 big thing: ๐Ÿ NASCAR's moment

Ross Chastain at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

It's hard to showcase NASCAR without highlighting the Charlotte area.

  • Netflix's new sports docuseries does just that, from the Uptown skyline and NASCAR Hall of Fame, to team headquarters and drivers' massive mansions on Lake Norman and in south Charlotte.

Driving the news: "NASCAR: Full Speed" premieres today, Jan. 30. It will follow the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series (stock car racing's highest level) playoffs and championship race.

My thought bubble: NASCAR has been around for decades โ€” and while it has had its challenges, other pro sports in Charlotte have really frustrated fans recently.

  • Maybe Charlotte will return to its roots and rekindle its love for NASCAR.

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2. Senator Ted Budd visits Charlotte

Senator Ted Budd addresses a crowd in Charlotte. Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

U.S. Sen. Ted Budd was in Charlotte Monday speaking with local business leaders about the importance of broadband access and growing the trade workforce, among other issues impacting the regional economy, Axios' Alexandria Sands writes.

What he's saying: The senator was staunch in his support of immediate deductions for research and development costs.

  • "We think that will attract a lot of business," Budd said of the tax deal. But, he says he disagrees with how it's currently packaged with the "too expensive" child tax credit.

Zoom out: Budd discussed how his priorities quickly shifted on Oct. 7 as a freshman senator when Hamas attacked Israel. He's visited the Middle East several times during his first year in office.

  • "One of my focuses right now is to make sure that we get ... our U.S. hostages home," he said. That includes Chapel Hill native Keith Siegel.

Of note: Budd declined to attend his scheduled media availability and did not take any questions from reporters.

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๐Ÿ’ผ See who's looking for talented Charlotteans.

  1. Hospitality Cart Specialist at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte.
  2. Director of Developmentโ€”Gaston Day School at ST Search & Consulting.
  3. Volunteer and Social Media Coordinator at Tosco Music.
  4. Technology Operations Manager at E2D - Eliminate the Digital Divide.

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3. ๐Ÿท Test your wine knowledge

A new bingo game in Charlotte tests your knowledge of different types of wine. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

If you love wine, this is the game for you.

What's happening: Bliss & Blends' owner Selena Galloway hosts monthly wine-centered events in University City. Wine-tasting bingo is her latest venture, Axios' Alexis Clinton writes.

How it works: The experience comes with a booklet that describes each wine based on its flavor and scent. You'll taste 15 wines, labeled by number, on a three-tier flight that you'll try to match on your bingo card.

  • Wines are tasted by category including white, red, sparkling and dessert to help you narrow your choices down.
  • It also comes with a charcuterie box and instructions on what to pair with each drink.

Details: Tickets cost $75 for the two-hour event.

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4. ๐Ÿ— Rendering du jour: Charlotte Prep rebuilds

The view of Charlotte Prep's new lower school from where students will be dropped off. Rendering: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting/Courtesy of Charlotte Preparatory School

Charlotte Preparatory School will begin building a new lower school this spring after a fire destroyed the building last June. It will serve kindergarten through fourth grade students.

By the numbers: The building will cost approximately $11 million, per a Charlotte Prep spokesperson.

Details: The new lower school includes a proposed 24,000-square-foot, two-story building. It'll be twice as large as the previous building with:

  • Ten 950-square-foot classrooms.
  • Offices, a bigger cafeteria and collaborative workspaces.

Of note: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting is the project architect. Choate Construction is the general contractor.

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5. Layoffs and other speed reads

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

๐Ÿ‘€ Mooresville-based Lowe's has laid off an undisclosed number of corporate employees. (CBJ ๐Ÿ”’)

โšฝ๏ธ Crown Legacy FC opens its second season on St. Patrick's Day at home. (Axios)

๐Ÿ“œ David Whisenant, a longtime WBTV reporter, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor in the state. (WBTV)

๐Ÿ— BK Partners, the development venture leading the Brooklyn Village project in Uptown, is attempting to sell part of the site that was home to the Walton Plaza building and adjoining parking lot. ( CBJ ๐Ÿ”’)

๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ Body Fit Training, a group strength training fitness chain, has opened a studio in LoSo at 3216 South Blvd. (BFT)

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Things to do

๐Ÿ“… Upcoming events around the city.

  • Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers: Art & Science Feb 2 at Christ Church Charlotte and Feb 3 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church: The Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers present the North Carolina premiere of Jocelyn Hagen's multimedia symphony, "The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci," which utilizes the latest in video syncing technology to bring Leonardo's words and drawings to life. GA - $30, Students - $10.
  • Vivaldi Re-Imagined: The Four Seasons in Music and Verse at Gambrell Center at Queens University on February 7: Join Charlotte Symphony and Queens University for a unique event that re-imagines Vivaldi's timeless masterpiece, "The Four Seasons," through a fusion of captivating music and inspiring verse. $10-$65.
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center February 9 - 10: Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a professional touring company, a leading studio school, and a national and international education and community outreach program. $29.50+.
  • Mean Girls at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center February 13 - 18: Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin and director Casey Nicholaw. Enjoy the immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside jokery. $30+.
  • LOVE NOTES: A Valentine's Concert for Everyone at Booth Playhouse on Febuary14: A Valentine's Day concert to benefit Tosco Music's nonprofit mission and programs. Join us for a special evening of music at the intimate Booth Playhouse to celebrate love, joy and community. $50+

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6. โ„๏ธ 1 staggering stat to go: 731 days

Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

It's been a long time since Charlotte has had any snow.

State of play: Monday marked two years since the last flurries fell from the sky, our news partners at WBTV reported.

Why it matters: Charlotte's snowy winters have been dwindling for decades, per WBTV chief meteorologist Al Conklin.

What they're saying: "When I first arrived in Charlotte in the early '90s, Charlotte averaged about seven inches of snow per season," Conklin says. "That's now down to just over four inches."

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๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Denny, if you're reading this, let me know if you ever want to talk about your Jordan collection. You can reach me at [email protected].

Thanks to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing this newsletter and Lucia Maher for copy editing.