September 20, 2023

Hello, Wednesday! It's Laura.

☁️ Weather: Partly cloudy, high of 81°.

🎂 Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte member Nicholas Clements.

💻 On the job hunt? Here are 50 fresh openings to check out.

🏆 We're celebrating the biggest names in our local business community in this year's Axios Charlotte Power Players list. Submit a nomination here.

Situational awareness: Seven years ago today, CMPD fatally shot a Black man in Charlotte named Keith Lamont Scott, sparking days of both peaceful and violent protests, during which a demonstrator named Justin Carr was shot and killed.

Today's Smart Brevity™️ count is 897 words, a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: 🏙 Food hall filling up

At full capacity, Monarch Market will have 12 food stalls, a full-service restaurant and three bars. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Three more food stalls and two bars have been added to the lineup at Monarch Market in Uptown, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

  • The 18,000-square-foot food hall at One Independence Center will open this November.

The newly announced tenants include:

  • Kabab2Go, a locally owned Mediterranean deli.
  • Seoul Good, Korean street food from the owners of Fujiyama.
  • The owners of Sosu Noodle Bar, a Japanese restaurant, will open a new spot at the market focusing on Laotian food, particularly sticky rice.
  • Aster Cocktail Room will offer classic cocktails with a modern twist on the second floor above the market's main dining area.
  • Lanai Terrace Bar will serve drinks inspired by the coast and will have a covered patio overlooking Tryon Street.

Read about the other tenants

2. 👩‍⚖️ What, like it's hard?

Competing southern cities like Atlanta and Nashville have multiple law schools — but Charlotte hasn't had one since the Charlotte School of Law shuttered six years ago. Photo: Alex Sands/Axios

Elon University is opening a part-time law school in South End for working professionals to earn their degrees at night.

  • The first cohort of 35 students will start in fall 2024, Axios' Alexandria Sands writes.

Why it matters: Charlotte is the largest U.S. city without a law school or a four-year medical school. But soon it will have both, with Elon's incoming presence and the construction of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in midtown.

Details: The Elon University School of Law in downtown Greensboro, which opened in 2006, is a two-and-a-half-year program with around 430 students.

  • The Charlotte program will use the same teaching model as Greensboro, but it will take four years. That way, students have the flexibility to work during the day, take care of their families or tend to other obligations.

Full story

3. 🏅 UNC Charlotte rises in ranks

Meanwhile, the Charlotte 49ers are leveling up their facilities. Photo: Axios archives

For the first time ever, UNC Charlotte broke into the U.S. News & World Report Best College's list of top 100 public universities in the nation.

  • The 2024 ranking was released Monday with Charlotte as No. 96, Alex writes.

Zoom in: UNC Charlotte moved up 16 spots to No. 164 for value and affordability. The university also ranked No. 72 for social mobility.

  • The undergraduate engineering program came in No. 120, and the nursing program was in slot 112.
  • It's also the 123rd-best college for veterans, a jump of 22 spots from last year.

What they're saying: In a release, the university attributed its rise in rankings to strides made in several of U.S. News's key metrics.

  • They include six-year graduation rates, first-year retention, graduate debt and graduation rates for first-generation and Pell-eligible students.

Fresh job openings

💼 See which top Charlotte companies are hiring.

  1. Digital Marketing Specialist at Adaptive Health.
  2. Optometrist at Kintegra Health.
  3. Economic Development and Planning Director at University City Partners, Inc.
  4. Physical Therapist at Select Physical Therapy.

Want more opportunities? Check out our Job Board.

Hiring? Post a job.

4. 🏈 Panthers injury and other speed reads

Shaq Thompson (left) talks with Bryce Young as he is carted off the field against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter in the game at Bank of America Stadium Monday. Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

🏈 Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson underwent surgery yesterday morning for a fractured fibula, an injury he suffered Monday night during the team's home opener against the Saints. Thompson is expected to miss the rest of the season. (The Athletic)

📚 Tickets are on sale for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation's tenth annual Verse & Vino fundraiser. The evening will feature New York Times bestselling authors Melanie Benjamin, Roxane Gay, Sadeqa Johnson, Etaf Rum and Brad Taylor, per a release.

💻 Congressman Jeff Jackson is advocating for Charlotte's application as a tech hub under the CHIPS and Science Act. (C-SPAN)

🐾 CMPD's Animal Care & Control will lose 36 dog kennels next week as it begins a building renovation, according to a memo from the shelter. AC&C is again asking the public to consider adopting or fostering dogs to help alleviate overcrowding.

5. 🛬 Airport workers strike

Charlotte Douglas International Airport workers protested for better wages and benefits Tuesday. Photo: Courtesy of the Service Employees International Union

Hundreds of airport workers protested yesterday near Charlotte Douglas International Airport for better working conditions, higher wages, paid time off and other benefits.

  • Many say they are not provided with drinking water and air conditioning in their break rooms, as WFAE reported.
  • These workers provide a range of services for the airlines, including cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants.

Many of the workers are with Jetstream Ground Services, a subcontractor hired by American Airlines, per WFAE. The workers have asked Charlotte City Council for help.

Yes, but: The city has been wary of getting involved in labor disputes between private contractors at the airport, as the station noted.

What they're saying: "Without us, planes wouldn't be able to take off, but I'm barely surviving with what I earn," Shonda Barber, a JetStream trash truck driver who services American Airlines, said in a statement.

Of note: Five people were arrested for traffic violations during the protest, WSOC reported.

👪 Family is the cornerstone for AAPI communities

Did you know that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are more likely than the general affluent population to financially support aging parents and children's education?

More info: This comes from Merrill Wealth Management's study, "Diverse Viewpoints: Exploring Wealth in the AAPI Community."

6. 💘 "Love Is Blind"-esque dating app launches locally

It's estimated that 40% of American couples meet on dating apps, per WBTV. Photo: Courtesy of WBTV

The Atlanta-based dating app called Hatched launched this week in Charlotte, our news partners at QC Life report.

  • Instead of swiping on someone's profile based on their looks, Hatch aims to take the vanity out of the process.

How it works: Instead of a photo-based profile, people decide to match with other singles based on their bios.

  • Once two people match, they're presented with a personality quiz created by a team of licensed clinical therapists.
  • Each bio has a profile picture covered by an egg avatar. If they both answer the multiple-choice question the same, their egg avatar's shell reveals 25% of their profile picture.
  • This process repeats until you reveal more about each other and 100% of the profile picture.

Watch the interview with the CEO

Let’s hang out

📆 Find things to do on our Event Board.

  • Decoding Homebuying: Real Talk on The Charlotte Real Estate Market at Resident Culture South End tomorrow: Join local Real Estate and Mortgage experts for an engaging and informative first-time homebuyer seminar. Designed with a relaxed Q&A style, this event aims to provide answers to your burning questions about the Charlotte real estate market, making your home-buying journey an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Food and drink provided. Free.
  • Music at the Met every Thursday until October 5: Join Metropolitan on the patio every Thursday evening for good vibes and live music by local musicians. Enjoy food and drinks from surrounding restaurants. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash. Free.
  • Artists Talk at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Friday: Contemporary artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler share insights into their work "Flora," a double-sided film installation exploring the life of the previously unknown American artist Flora Mayo. Their storytelling blends narration, reenactment and documentary for a captivating biography experience. Free.
  • Triple C Brewing's 11th Anniversary Party at Triple C Brewing on Saturday: Celebrate their 11-year celebration with three new beers, a mini truck meet up, their food truck Izzy's and The Oinker. Enjoy live music from 2-9:30pm and a vendor market. "We love and thank you for 11 great years Charlotte". Free.
  • Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama at Joy Performance Center - Kings Mountain September 22-24, 29-30, October 1, 6 and 8: "Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama" by Playwright Robert Inman, depicts the dramatic events leading to the October 7, 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain. The story of these Carolina Backcountry patriots, who with their victory helped secure our nation's liberty. $20-$25.
  • All Time Low with Gym Class Heroes at The Amp Ballantyne on September 26: Experience the Sounds of Letting Go with All Time Low, Gym Class Heroes, Grayscale and Lauran Hibberd. General Admission tickets are $43 in advance and VIP tickets are $125.
  • Charlotte Film Festival 2023 at The Independent Picture House September 27 - October 1: The 15th edition of the Charlotte Film Festival is coming to the Independent Picture House showcasing over 130 films in narrative, documentary, and student shorts and features categories. Prices vary.
  • COCO Live-to-Film Concert at The Amp Ballantyne on September 29: AMP presents Disney Pixar's Coco Live-to-Film Concert on Tour featuring a screening of the complete film with Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino's musical score performed by the 20-member Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México. $15+.
  • playlist at Parr Center on the Central Campus of Central Piedmont Community College on September 29: No matter what kind of music you're into, they've got you covered with this free concert. They have created a killer playlist that includes songs by several artists: Frankie Vallie, Roberta Flack, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, any many more. Free.
  • Soundtracks Music Festival: The Marshall Tucker Band at Upper Field of Stowe Park - Downtown Belmont on September 30: Don't miss the inaugural Soundtracks Music Festival featuring the legendary Marshall Tucker Band, Ben Chapman, & Today's Yesterday Band in downtown Belmont. The show starts at 6pm. Tickets on sale now: $25 for General Admission. $25.

Want more things to do? Check out our Event Board.

Hosting? Purchase an Event Listing.

7. 🌳 1 annual tradition to go

More information about the festival can be found here. Photo: Courtesy of Lily Hitch

The 59th annual Festival in the Park returns to Freedom Park this weekend, Sept. 22-24.

Why it matters: Started in the 1960s, it's one of Charlotte's longest-standing traditions and attracts thousands of people each year.

Details: Expect vendors and artists of all kinds, live music and performances.

  • The event will take place Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.
  • Of note: No pets are allowed at the festival.

💗 ICYMI — the "what, like it's hard?" title of story No. 2 is a nod to "Legally Blonde," one of the best movies of all time, in my humble opinion.

This newsletter was edited by Katie Peralta Soloff and copy edited by Lucia Maher.