Axios Charlotte

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May 22, 2022

Hello, Sunday. It's Michael.

  • 🌦 Weather: Summery. High close to 90° with showers and thunderstorms possible.

🎂 Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Emily Cantrell, Kevin Creedon, Jeremy Giles, Caryn Lee, Karen O'Gorman, Marnie Sagraves and Mark Williams.

Situational awareness: Tickets go on sale Monday for Grandfather Mountain's Bioluminescent Evenings, a very neat event where you can witness synchronous and blue ghost fireflies.

  • The evenings are scheduled for June 26, June 29 and July 1.

Today's newsletter is 593 words — a 2.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Hello, co-workers

Illustration of a vintage postcard that reads "corporate retreat"
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Three years ago, I was working for myself — and mostly by myself — as a freelance writer.

One December, I even threw the team (me) an office holiday party, which is to say I closed my laptop at 3pm and had a NoDa Hoppy Holidays alone.

  • It was weird; it was wonderful.

This past week, I was in Washington, D.C., with nearly 500 Axios co-workers. There were nametags and swag bags, bear hugs and fist bumps, lanyards and flowcharts, COVID tests and karaoke.

  • It was weird; it was wonderful.

Why it matters: This was Axios' first companywide retreat since before the pandemic, which makes it the first since the company acquired our team from the former Charlotte Agenda.

  • We are among the whopping 75% of Axios staff members who've joined the company since March 2020, co-founder Jim VandeHei wrote in Axios Finish Line on Tuesday.
  • Yes, 75%.

How they did it: A bunch of things fueled the growth, but one was that Axios capitalized on remote work. They offered a work-from-home stipend. They launched Axios Local, hiring people like us across the country. Some D.C.-based editors moved out of the metro area, and a few went back to places where they grew up.

As Jim explains it, "Very early in the pandemic, the leaders of Axios decided we'd be remote first, forever."

Yes, but: Remote work has its limitations. A recent study published in April found that people are less creative in virtual meetings.

  • So the solution, our Axios founders believe, is to adopt the work-from-home culture, but find ways for people to get together — like a rowdy retreat.

The bottom line: For over two years, we've read countless stories speculating when office work would rebound or whether we would work from home forever.

  • The answer seems to fall somewhere in the middle.
  • Embrace remote. But invite someone — anyone — to your holiday party.

Read Jim's full story.

💼 Fresh openings from our Job Board

If you're on the hunt for a new job, here are 29 to get you started.  

  • Sales Account Executive at CivicEye. Apply.
  • NP/PA Cosmetic Injector at Ageless Remedies SouthPark. Apply.
  • Weekday School Half-Day Program Director at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Apply.
  • Director of the Queens Fund at Queens University of Charlotte. Apply.
  • Campaign Marketing Manager at Boost Payment Solutions Inc. Apply.
  • High School Assistant Principal at Sugar Creek Charter School. Apply.
  • Patient/Accounts Coordinator at Charlotte Progressive Dentistry. Apply.
  • Multifamily Construction Manager at The Spectrum Companies. Apply.
  • School Psychologist at Sugar Creek Charter School. Apply.
  • General Manager at Club Pilates Matthews. Apply.
  • Operations Associate at Stork Exchange. Apply.
  • HCHR Support Supervisor at Habitat For Humanity of the Charlotte Region. Apply.
  • Sr. Web Application Developer (SignUpGenius) at Lumaverse Technologies. Apply.
  • Experienced Legal Assistant at Gardner Skelton PLLC. Apply.
  • Construction Procurement Manager at Habitat For Humanity of the Charlotte Region. Apply.
  • Patient Concierge/Administrative Assistant (Administration) at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery. Apply.
  • Controller at Habitat For Humanity of the Charlotte Region. Apply.
  • Bookkeeper/Junior Accounting at Camelot 3PL Software, Inc. Apply.
  • Exceptional Children's Compliance Coordinator at Sugar Creek Charter School. Apply.
  • Administrative Assistant at Camelot 3PL Software, Inc. Apply.
  • Part-Time Spanish Instructor at Eastover Elementary PTA. Apply.
  • Exceptional Children's Director at Sugar Creek Charter School. Apply.
  • Social Media and Digital Coordinator at Monkee's of Charlotte. Apply.
  • Community Engagement Officer at Gaston Community Foundation. Apply.
  • Campaign Development Manager - Students of the Year at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Apply.
  • Brokerage Coordinator at Cushman and Wakefield. Apply.
  • Franchise Business Coach at Burn Boot Camp. Apply.
  • Campaign Development Manager - Light The Night at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Apply.
  • Transaction Coordinator at Cushman and Wakefield. Apply.

Want more opportunities? Check out all openings on our Job Board.

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2. Biz lightning round: Fly through these headlines

Illustration of an airplane with a glowing lightning bolt on the tail
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

🥃 150 bar owners across North Carolina are asking the legislature to change state law to allow them to offer happy hour discounts. (WSOC)

📺 Former WCNC reporter Hunter Sáenz will join WSOC. (Twitter)

👋 Nir Patel, who abruptly resigned as CEO of Charlotte-based Belk this month after less than a year on the job, will become the new COO of GameStop. (MarketWatch)

🚚 TowneBank gave $300,000 to CPCC's accelerated career training program, which gives people short-term training for careers in truck driving, HVAC, early childhood education, and a number of other professions with jobs available right now. (CPCC)

💰 GardHouse, a local nonprofit that helps college students of color connect with local small businesses for paid internships, announced a $75,000 investment from Wells Fargo. (GardHouse)

3. No rules, just right

sign for Outback Steakhouse
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

This one goes out to Axios Charlotte colleague and fellow bloomin' onion lover Samantha Alexander...

Outback Steakhouse is building 75–100 new restaurants across the country using a new prototype, and one of the first is now open in Steele Creek, the Charlotte Business Journal reports (subscription).

  • The new layout will be about 17% smaller and include local artwork. For the Steele Creek location, Charlotte artist Lindsey Jenneman created a piece in which a koala wears a crown that says "Queen City."

DYK: Outback has 14 restaurants in the metro area, the first of which opened in Dilworth in 1991.

4. Favorite chart of the week

Data: FEC; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios
Data: FEC; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Axios Raleigh's Lucille Sherman and data visuals wizard Jared Whalen put the increasingly outlandish spending on primary elections into terms I can understand:

  • How many chicken and waffles meals could you buy with all those TV ads and yard signs?

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If you read one more thing today, make it this short story from my pal and Axios Tampa Bay author Ben Montgomery, who's a good and proud dad.