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March 14, 2024

πŸ₯§ Happy Thursday. I hope you all eat pie today, or do some math, but preferably the first one.

  • Alexandria here.

❀️‍πŸ”₯ Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 80Β°.

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 738 words β€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: ☁️ Midtown is on the up and up (literally)

View of the Pappas Properties' future mixed-use project from Pearl Park Way. The three buildings are 95 feet, 195 feet and 275 feet. Rendering: Courtesy of Pappas Properties/KPF

Midtown is known for its notorious Trader Joe's parking lot and bustling Target. But the area is quickly transforming into one of Charlotte's most prominent neighborhoods.

Why it matters: Several major developments underway are shaping what the area looks like.

Driving the news: Next to Pearl Street Park, Pappas Properties is planning to erect three new buildings, ranging from 95 to 275 feet in height.

  • The mixed-use project incorporates a boutique hotel, housing, including for-sale units, and 35,000 square feet of first-floor restaurant and retail space across the buildings.

Keep reading for 2 more incoming projects

2. 🀀 Hot honey chicken coming to QCQ

Kitchen + Kocktails will open in the former Vida Cantina space. Photo: Courtesy of Kitchen + Kocktails

A Texas-based restaurant specializing in Southern comfort food is coming this May to Queen City Quarter.

Why it matters: Kitchen + Kocktails is the first of many businesses that will open in what was formerly known as the EpiCentre, Axios' Alexis Clinton writes.

What to expect: The menu will feature fried hot honey chicken, surf and turf, fried catfish and shrimp and grits.

  • It also has Instagrammable cocktails like the True Flame, a "fiery presentation drink," a press release describes.

Keep reading

3. πŸ—ž Differing TikTok opinions + other speed reads

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🀳 Congressman Jeff Jackson, who is known for his viral TikTok, voted in favor of the bill that could lead to a ban of the app. (X)

  • U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop, who is running against Jackson in the state attorney general race, voted against the bill, saying it infringes on the First Amendment. (X)

πŸ’΅ Charlotte is one of 25 U.S. cities that Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected for a $200 million investment to reduce their emissions. (Axios)

  • The funding could go toward projects like building affordable, energy-efficient housing, or increasing the availability of electric vehicles and charging stations.

🏎️ BetMGM will have its name on a Charlotte NASCAR race and festival this Memorial Day weekend. (Axios)

βœ‚οΈ Stanley Black & Decker is closing a Fort Mill manufacturing facility this year to cut costs and consolidate its footprint. The decision impacts about 200 workers. (CBJ πŸ”’)

❌ Nearly 1,000 Family Dollar stores are closing. (Axios)

  • Why it matters: Family Dollar is one of the most successful businesses to come out of Charlotte. Billionaire Leon Levine, who died last year, started the company in 1959 on Central Avenue and sold it in 2015 to competitor Dollar Tree. (Axios)

🎰 Gov. Roy Cooper placed his first North Carolina sports bet on the Hurricanes winning the Stanley Cup. (YouTube)

  • Cooper says he'll donate any winnings to the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation, which helps children's charities.

4. ☘️ Your St. Patty's Day weekend plans

Green River Revival will return to the U.S. Whitewater Center Saturday, March, 16. Photo: Courtesy of the Whitewater Center

I'm already thinking about what green 'fit to wear this weekend.

There are multiple St. Patrick's Day festivities happening around town, including:

  • St. Pawtrick's Day at Skiptown: Spend the weekend with your pup and sip on green cocktails. $10-$15. 4pm. Details
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival in Uptown: Watch the parade on Saturday morning, then head to the festival for the afternoon. Free. 11am-6pm. Details
  • St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl: Hop around Sunday to bars and clubs in Uptown. $25. 2-9pm. Details

Check out more events in our full weekender

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5. 🏈 Davidson's new digs

Photo: Courtesy of Davidson Athletics

The Davidson Wildcats recently completed a brand new, privately funded $54.5 million stadium, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

Between the lines: Sports teams in the area, both at the collegiate and professional levels, are busy making plans to build, renovate and expand their stadiums and arenas.

What's next: A dedication ceremony will take place on April 20 at 3:45pm.

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6. πŸͺ© Charlotte's growing electronic music scene

The laser show at Trio is pretty impressive. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

House, techno, drum and bass, trance, disco. Whatever your electronic genre preference is, Charlotte has you covered with its growing EDM scene β€” just bring your earplugs.

The big picture: Charlotte is home to a few venues primarily focused on electronic music, plus a slew of other organizers, promoters and private venue spaces catering to house and techno shows.

  • Axios' Emma Way compiled a list of the best places to enjoy the evolving scene, with details on the vibes and tickets.

See the list

7. πŸ› 1 goodbye to go

Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

Outdoor Voices, the popular athleisure brand that opened about a year and a half ago in South End, is closing its stores nationwide and moving entirely online.

Why it matters: Outdoor Voices took a big bet with prime locations in many of the country's fastest-growing cities, but the storefronts were short-lived.

Driving the news: Stores will close by Sunday, several employees told Axios. Until then, several, including Charlotte's, are having a 50% off sale.

πŸ“ Find OV on the ground floor of the Lowe's tower at 100 W. Worthington Ave., next to Allbirds.

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🎀 In Charlotte history: 11 years ago this month, the rap anthem "Reverse Angle Parking" was released, schooling drivers on my least favorite way to park a vehicle.

  • Thank you to Michael Graff for sharing this cultural moment with me yesterday while I was on Zoom at Undercurrent, not far from the song's muse.

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