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January 24, 2024

🍿 Hello, Wednesday! It's Laura, patiently waiting for the new season of "Love is Blind" to premiere.

  • ICYMI β€”Β the trailer for the Charlotte season dropped yesterday.

🌧 Weather: Rainy with highs in the lower 60s.

πŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members Kristan Rynk, Jill Aker-Ray and Melissa Richeson!

πŸ’Ό On the job hunt? Here are fresh openings to check out on our job board.

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 775 words β€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ Mad Miles Run Club's indoor plans

Rendering of the projected indoor portion of the facility, courtesy of Martrell Mosley

Mad Miles Run Club founder Cornell Jones plans to open an indoor track facility in Charlotte in the next five to 10 years.

Why it matters: Mad Miles is one of Charlotte're s most popular run clubs, attracting hundreds of people to its weekly events, Axios' McKenzie Rankin writes.

  • Yet, easily accessible indoor track facilities are rather hard to find in our area.

What to expect: The completed facility will have both indoor and outdoor running tracks, Jones tells Axios.

  • One goal for the space is to host track meets for high schools and colleges/universities.

Get the full scoop: Mad Miles plans to open an indoor track in Charlotte

2. πŸ— New airport district

CLT Destination District conceptual site plan. Rendering: Courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport leaders on Tuesday unveiled plans for a new "CLT Destination District," Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

  • The project could be up and running by 2026.

What's happening: The airport is looking to develop roughly 90 acres it owns along North Josh Birmingham Parkway and Stafford Drive, near the airport entrance off Wilkinson Boulevard.

Its proposed new "front door" could include:

🏨 Two hotels

🍺 Nine food and beverage options, plus a brewery

⛽️ A gas station

🩺 A medical office

πŸ’Š A pharmacy

πŸ› Convenience service retail

🚊 It would also preserve space for the LYNX Silver Line.

Of note: CLT Destination District is a separate project from Destination CLT, the airport's $3.5B capital investment project.

Read about the timeline

3. πŸ›¬ Cheap flights out of CLT

Related guide: Direct flights from Charlotte. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

Frontier Airlines is adding seven direct flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Axios' Katie Peralta Soloff writes.

Details: The low-cost airline announced Tuesday morning the following flights, start dates and prices:

  • New York LaGuardia (LGA) β€” April 10/$19.
  • Baltimore (BWI) β€” April 10/$19.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) β€” April 11/$19.
  • Chicago (ORD) β€” April 11/$19.
  • Houston Bush (IAH) β€” April 21/$19.
  • Buffalo (BUF) β€” May 17/$19.
  • San Juan (SJU) β€” June 1/$69.

Why it matters: CLT is notorious for its expensive flights because American Airlines operates a near-monopoly here. Adding multiple low-cost flights could help drive down prices across the board, as the Charlotte Ledger reported.

  • Yes, but: Discount airlines like Frontier charge extra for a range of flight options, including carry-on bags.

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4. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Local aide in Ukraine

Manolo Betancur in front of bakery Π₯Π°Ρ‚ΠΈΠ½ΠΊΠ° ΠŸΠ΅ΠΊΠ°Ρ€Ρ near Kyiv. Thanks to donations from Charlotteans, the bakery was able to build two new ovens. Photo: Courtesy of Manolo Betancur

Charlotte baker Manolo Betancur will return to Ukraine to help people affected by Russia's invasion, which began nearly two years ago.

Context: Betancur owns Manolo's Bakery in east Charlotte.

  • He's traveled to Eastern Europe twice before β€” first, to help feed Ukrainian refugees in Poland; six months later, he went to Ukraine to help rebuild a bakery that Russian soldiers had invaded.
  • With the help of funds raised by Charlotteans, he collected and donated $18,000 between both trips. That helped pay to build two ovens for the aforementioned bakery and a van for bread delivery.

Why it matters: This time, Betancur will be partnering with an organization based out of Ukraine that helps widows and orphans who've lost their loved ones during the war.

What's next: Betancur will depart for Ukraine on Feb. 18. He'll be there through Feb. 25 β€” nearly two years to the date from when the invasion began.

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5. πŸ€ Speed reads: Hornets trade Terry Rozier

The trade comes a day after Charlotte beat the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Timberwolves, 128-125, WBTV reported. Photo: Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

πŸ€ The Miami Heat acquired Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier for guard Kyle Lowry and a protected 2027 first-round pick on Tuesday. (ESPN)

πŸ”Œ DEHN Inc., an international electrical engineering and manufacturing company, will bring almost 200 new jobs to Mooresville with its new U.S. headquarters site, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday. (WBTV)

🏘 North Carolina homeowners are rallying against a proposal by insurance companies to raise insurance rates by an average of 42% statewide. (WBTV)

🎨 Blumenthal Performing Arts has rebranded to Blumenthal Arts. (Axios)

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6. β˜•οΈ New drive-thru coffee shop dropping soon

Photo: Courtesy of Jason Cowan

Burr & Berry, the popular drive-thru coffee shop, will open a third location in southeast Charlotte this spring.

Why it matters: The local coffee shop is having a moment.

  • In addition to its expansion, the shop has gone viral on TikTok a few times thanks to one of its baristas showcasing some of its most popular drinks.

Details: The new Burr & Berry will be located at 9605 Monroe Road, in the same lot as Extra Space Storage.

  • Like its other locations, it'll be drive-thru and walk-up only. It'll also feature a mural by a local artist.

Go deeper: Drive-thru coffee shop Burr & Berry opening third location near Matthews

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πŸ“† Check out what's happening on our Event Board.

  • Brain Health Workshop Information Session at The Ivey on Jan. 26: This session is designed to empower individuals with insights, strategies, and knowledge vital for maintaining and enhancing brain health. Free.
  • Rumors at Theatre Charlotte Jan. 26 - Feb. 11: Four couples gather for a 10th-anniversary celebration party, but nothing goes as planned. Neil Simon's murderous farce is bursting with scandal, mystery, and of course, side-splitting humor. $30.
  • Stork Up on Baby Essentials this Winter at Stork Exchange Warehouse on Saturday: Shop smart, Charlotte parents. Winter Warehouse Sale offers $3 baby clothes, essential gear, furniture, and accessories. Get 10% off on all items. Save big on your little one's needs.

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7. πŸ‘€ First look inside Taco Boy

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Taco Boy, the popular taqueria out of Folly Beach in Charleston, is expanding to The Station at LoSo next week.

  • I got a sneak peek inside ahead of its opening next Tuesday, Jan. 30.

πŸ’­ My thought bubble: For those of you familiar with the Charleston location, you'll notice our Taco Boy has a similar vibe and color scheme but still feels very "Charlotte."

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πŸ‘€ Any "America's Got Talent" fans in the house? Charlotte-based SAINTED Trap Choir got the golden buzzer from Simon Cowell.

S/O to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing this newsletter and Lucia Maher for copy editing.