Axios Charlotte

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December 18, 2021

Hello, Saturday. It's Bri.

  • 🎉 Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Ian Anderson, Halsten Heintz, Katie Parker and John Plonk.

Consider this newsletter your Spotify Wrapped-inspired look back on 2021 in Charlotte.

  • Find out which stories, guides and Instagram posts got you through your sophomore year of COVID.

Today's newsletter is 606 words — a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: 2021 recap

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

2021 was another eventful year in Charlotte. Our Axios Charlotte family grew quite a bit.

  • 43,000 more of you signed up for this newsletter in 2021.
  • We gained 25,000 new followers on Instagram.
  • Three new journalists Danielle, Laura and Ashley — joined our team of now seven writers.
  • We celebrated the promotions of Emma and Paige.

3. Most popular guides of 2021

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

You were all about the breakfast, bars, brunch, breweries and barbecue this year, Charlotte.

  • And you were really into cheap dates and eats. Probably because your budget was tapped after all those brunches and brews.

These are the guides that you leaned on the most during another long year:

  1. The 21 best brunch spots in Charlotte | 165,219
  2. The 23 most-anticipated new restaurants and bars in 2021 | 138,697
  3. The 19 best patios in Charlotte, right now | 56,257
  4. 13 best rooftop bars in Charlotte | 55,482
  5. 30 best breakfast spots in Charlotte and what to order from each | 39,718
  6. The 4 best barbecue spots in Charlotte — plus 4 more worth the drive | 39,189
  7. Complete list and map of Charlotte's 30+ local breweries, plus the most popular beer at each | 38,965
  8. 50 must-try cheap eats in Charlotte under $10 | 38,470
  9. Cheap dates: 35 Charlotte date ideas under $20 | 36,862
  10. 23 best pizza spots in Charlotte | 33,814

4. Most popular topics of the year

Data: Axios research; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
Data: Axios research; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

You were topic-fluid this year, and you refused to let one subject throw off your balanced Axios Charlotte diet.

  • You read stories that covered dozens of topics this year, including healthy helpings of lifestyle coverage, breaking news and long-form stories.

But a few areas stood out: Food and drink, things to do, real estate, human interest, development/retail, and COVID-19 were your favorite genres among the 250 most-read stories.

5. Top Instagram posts

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

In 2021, you were glad to see some live events return and new businesses open up in Charlotte.

  • It wasn't all rock concerts and indoor mini-golf, though. We lost some greats, which hit just as hard.

Here are the Axios Charlotte Instagram posts you liked the most in 2021:

6. Your Axios aura

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

In a year like 2021, even your Axios reading habits got a vibe check.

  • Your top media moods were hungry and concerned.
  • You cared just as much about where to get a slice of pizza as how to help your neighbors.

Before we "rap" up, I just want to pop in to say we have the best readers in the country.

  • I'm jazzed we get to be in your electronic mailbox daily. Even on a blue(s) day, it fills my soul and gets me out of a funk. You rock, folk(s).