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April 01, 2024

πŸ‘‹ Hi, Monday. It's Alexandria.

⛅️ Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 84Β° β€” nearly record warmness.

πŸ₯³ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte member Kathy Robinson!

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 863 words β€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: πŸ’» A new "third space" in Belmont and Oakhurst

Switchyards Westside in Atlanta. Photo: Courtesy of Switchyards

Switchyards, a co-working company, will open two clubs in Charlotte this spring in the Belmont and Oakhurst neighborhoods, Axios' McKenzie Rankin reports.

Why it matters: With its moody interiors, unlimited tea and coffee and $100/month price point, Switchyards aims to be an accessible option for remote workers seeking alternatives to coffee shops or pricier co-working spaces.

  • Charlotte is the Atlanta-based company's third city, after expanding into Nashville.

The vibe: Clubs are divided into three sections: a main cafe area for solo work and collaboration, a quiet library for concentration and phone booths members can book for meetings/calls.

If you go: Switchyards Belmont will open May 16 at 1125 Belmont Ave., in a historic building next to Hillside Caribbean.

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2. πŸͺ§ Opening soon

Popular female-focused cocktail bar Babe Cave used to be in west Charlotte and is reopening in LoSo. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

It'd be easy to lose track of all the new businesses we constantly hear about β€” if it weren't for our living list of anticipated openings.

We just updated it with eight new spots:

  • Lottie's Cafe: An Uptown cafe from the same owners as Nostalgia Hollow Co.
  • The Wafflery: A fast-casual restaurant specializing in biscuits, grits and (you guessed it) waffles.
  • The Writer's Room: A bar highlighting local artists.
  • Kitchen + Kocktails: A two-story Dallas-based restaurant to open in Uptown's former Vida Cantina space.
  • Cakeable: A nonprofit that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is opening its first brick-and-mortar in Uptown.
  • Tyber Creek: A Charlotte institution moving to 1501 S. Mint.
  • Sneak: A sophisticated cocktail lounge in Elizabeth.
  • ESO Artisanal Pasta: A new Italian food stall in Optimist Hall.

Find the opening dates and read about 32 incoming businesses

3. 🌚 Eclipse viewing parties

Photo: Axios archives

What better place to catch next Monday's solar eclipse than atop an Uptown parking deck?

  • Discovery Place Science and Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville are hosting viewing parties next week with free eclipse glasses and outdoor activities.

Driving the news: Charlotte will experience an 83.4% partial solar eclipse on April 8 from 1:54pm to 4:26pm.

  • It will reach maximum obscurity at 3:11pm.

🌚 Discovery Place Science will have hands-on demonstrations and activities related to sun science starting today.

πŸ”­ Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville is closed on Mondays but will still offer free activities on the museum's parking deck the day of the eclipse. RSVP is required.

4. Wilderness camp closure and other speed reads

Photo illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios. Photo: Jeff Hahne/Getty Images

🎀 Kanye "Ye" West and Ty Dolla $ign announced a spontaneous Charlotte show on April 12. (WBTV)

Trails Carolina, a North Carolina wilderness camp where a 12-year-old boy died recently, was permanently shut down by the state. (WBTV)

πŸ“ N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting comments for another month on the revised designs for the Charlotte Passenger Rail Facility in the South End area. (NCDOT)

🏫 Michele Morrow, the Republican candidate for state superintendent, is accusing the media of creating "gotcha moments" when writing about violent comments she's made. (WFAE)

⚑️ More than 80,000 electric vehicles are on the roads in North Carolina, up from 10,000 in 2018. (WRAL)

Longtime Mecklenburg County Manager Jerry Fox has died at age 91. (WBTV)

5. ⚾️ What a time to be in Charlotte

The Knights' home opener is tomorrow. There's also a "Bark in the Ballpark" on Thursday. Photo: Axios archives

April is starting strong in Charlotte, from the return of baseball season to a multi-day barbecue festival.

  • Here are your plans for the week:

πŸ€ Tonight: Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics | Tickets vary | 7pm | Details

🧒 Tomorrow: Charlotte Knights' opening night vs. Norfolk Tides | $16 | 7:04pm | Details

🎺 Wednesday: Jazz at the new Duke Energy Plaza in Uptown | Free | 12-1pm | Details

🍿 Thursday: "Hook" movie screening at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery | Free | 7pm | Details

🐷 Friday: Carolina BBQ Festival kickoff at Victoria Yards | Prices vary | 6:30pm | Details

24 things to do in Charlotte this week

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6. β›ͺ️ Just under half of North Carolinians are not going to church

Share of adults who say they never or rarely attend religious services
Data: Household Pulse Survey; Note:Β Adults who say they never attend a service or attend less than once a year; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

43% of North Carolina adults say they never or seldom attend church or religious services, according to Axios' analysis of Household Pulse Survey data.

Why it matters: More than three-quarters of Americans say religion's role in public life is shrinking, per a recent Pew Research Center survey β€” the highest level since the group started tracking such sentiment in 2001.

  • Many Americans are unhappy about that, with about half of adults telling Pew both that "religion is losing influence and that this is a bad thing."
  • About 57% of adults say that religion has a positive impact on American life, per Pew.

By the numbers: 12% of North Carolina residents attend services 1-3 times a year, 6% attend 4-11 times per year and 26% attend 12 or more times.

Zoom out: The national average for never or seldom going is 49%.

Map: U.S. church, religious services attendance by state

7. 1 fun thing to go: πŸ€ Wolfpack dances on

Michael O'Connell, No. 12 of the N.C. State Wolfpack, and DJ Burns Jr., No. 30, celebrate during their Elite Eight game against Duke. Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

N.C. State's magical run continues after the Wolfpack men beat in-state rival Duke 76-64 Sunday in the Elite Eight, Axios' Zachery Eanes writes.

Why it matters: It's the first time since 1983 that the Wolfpack's men's team has made the Final Four β€” the same year that an underdog N.C. State won the NCAA Tournament. It's also the first time ever that both its men's and women's programs are in the Final Four at the same time.

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