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February 09, 2024

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1 big thing: 🏈 Julius Peppers is a Hall of Famer

Peppers is a first-ballot hall-of-famer, which means he was a shoe-in the minute they put his name on the ballot. Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Panthers legend Julius Peppers will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the organization announced late Thursday night.

Why it matters: Peppers was a fan favorite, not only for the records he set, but for how he ingrained himself in the community, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

  • For instance, he gave money and volunteered on the ground in eastern North Carolina and South Carolina after Hurricane Florence.

Flashback: The Bailey, N.C. native and Southern Nash High alumnus played football and basketball for UNC-Chapel Hill before spending 17 seasons in the NFL.

  • He's also been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Read more about Peppers' stellar career

2. 🧒 Where to get vintage sports gear

At the new store, there will often be themed clothing releases like a new Black History Month drop featuring pieces from Negro League Baseball to notable Black figures in sports. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

You might find some Julius Peppers gear at the new Locker Room opening near NoDa.

Context: The popular vintage sportswear shop will reopen Saturday, Feb. 10, in a new store that's double the size of its first brick-and-mortar, Axios' Alexis Clinton writes.

Why it matters: It will be one of the first tenants to open at Pass41, a 12-acre mixed-use development project with retail shops, entertainment and office spaces.

What to expect: Locker Room is best known for its selection of clothing, jerseys and hats from the '80s and '90s.

  • Inside, you can find apparel for all your favorite teams, including the Hornets and Panthers.

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3. πŸ› 5 new stores coming to SouthPark mall

People in our IG comments are very excited about Vuori and Diptyque. Photo: Lanna Apisukh/Bloomberg via Getty Images

SouthPark mall will get several new retailers in 2024, Axios' Katie Peralta Soloff writes.

  • Bally, a Swiss luxury brand known for its shoes and accessories, will open across from David Yurman.
  • Diptyque, a French maker of fragrances, skincare products and candles, will debut a boutique in the luxury wing.
  • Vuori, a popular athleisure brand, will be next to Sephora.
  • Tudor, an upscale watchmaker, will be next to Fink's Jewelers.
  • Breitling, a luxury watch brand, will open in the fountain courtyard.

My thought bubble: Let's just fast forward to 2025 so we can get that Zara, amiright?

4. 🏘 Hot homes for sale

The home, located at 5504 Kiev Dr., doesn't have an HOA. Photo: Courtesy of Erica Fried

This home in north Charlotte is conveniently located near Hornets Nest Park and the McIntyre Creek Greenway, Alexis writes.

Details: At 2,042 square feet, it has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

  • Notable features include hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and a fenced-in backyard.
  • It's listed for $375K.

More hot homes: 5 houses for sale in Charlotte ranging from $375K to $949K

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5. πŸ€ Big Hornets trades and other speed reads

πŸ‘€ Maybe Seth will be able to convince his brother to come play in Charlotte. Photo: Sam Hodde/Getty Images

πŸ€ The Hornets are trading forward P.J. Washington to the Mavericks, according to reports. Charlotte will receive Grant Williams, Seth Curry and a 2027 first-round pick in exchange. (WBTV)

🎀 Usher has added a second show in Charlotte due to demand. He'll perform at Spectrum Center on Oct. 23, in addition to Oct. 22. (Axios)

🏟 Several future ACC championships will be hosted in Charlotte, the conference announced Thursday. Spectrum Center will carry the 2025, 2026, and 2028 men's basketball championships and the 2027 women's basketball championship. (Axios)

  • Charlotte will also host the 2024-28 men's and women's lacrosse championships at American Legion Memorial Stadium and baseball championships in 2024, 2026, and 2028 at Truist Field. (WBTV)

❌ Davidson College suspended its chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity for five years due to hazing. (WBTV)

✈️ People in the Belmont and Cramerton areas reported waking up to a loud rumble in the middle of the night. CLT released a statement that the noise was from Boeing 777 aircraft engine testing. (WCNC)

🏈 High school football returns to Bank of America Stadium on Aug. 22, with the Keep Pounding High School Classic. The season-opening regional double-header features Independence vs. Myers Park and Providence Day vs. Weddington. (Axios)

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πŸ“† Check out what's going around Charlotte.

  • Luxury Outdoor Furniture Liquidation at VIRIDIEN Patio + Fireplace Feb. 8-18: They are liquidating their warehouse and showroom inventory to make room for 2024 collections. Enjoy up to 70% off MSRP on closeout patio furniture, dining, wicker, pool chaises, umbrellas and more.
  • SHOP in the name of LOVE at Isabella + Noble Collective on Feb. 13: Join Isabella + Noble Collective for an unforgettable Galentine's Day Celebration! Live painting with Lauren Bolshakov. Enjoy sips and sweets, jewelry, candles, decor, special discounts and more.
  • Find Out Why: Using Jobs to Be Done to Understand Your Customers at Method on Feb. 15: Join Bob Moesta, founder of the Re-Wired Group and co-architect of the Jobs to Be Done theory, to discover tools to help you understand your customers. Bob will introduce the essential frameworks and tools that underpin Jobs to Be Done. Free.
  • Eric Gales at Cain Center for the Arts on Feb. 15: Eric Gales is a blues firebrand and a guitar legend. Over 30 years and 18 albums, his passion for the music and his boundless desire to keep it vital has never waned. $35-$55.
  • Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience at Gambrell Center at Queens University on Feb. 15: Terrance Simien and his bandmates create an authentic blend of New Orleans flavored-world-funk-reggae-blues-American Zydeco roots music that beckons you to your feet and celebrates Mardi Gras. $15-$55.
  • Charlotte Wellness Retreat at Hyatt Centric SouthPark on Feb. 24: Get ready to unleash your creativity and manifest your dreams in our wellness retreat. You'll create your dream life on a vision board while learning how to release what may be holding you back. $99.

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6. 🐲 It's the year of the dragon

Resident Culture hosted their Lunar New Year celebrations last week. Photo: Foil Creative

The Lunar New Year starts tomorrow, Feb. 10, ushering in the Year of the Dragon.

Over 1.5 billion people celebrate the international holiday, particularly in Asian communities.

Here are three ways to celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Charlotte:

  • πŸ–Ό The Mint Museum in Uptown will host a cultural dance night today from 7-11:30pm, featuring lion dance performers, followed by tributes to Black American music by La Casa de la Cultura. Group dance lessons at 9pm. Tickets start at $10.50.
  • 🍺 Queen City Lion Dance, a local Vietnamese cultural dance group, will perform at Devil's Logic Brewing on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 5pm. Check their Instagram for other performance locations throughout the weekend.
  • πŸ‰ The Vietnamese Association of Charlotte is holding its annual Lunar New Year Festival at Oasis Shriners on Feb. 10. It will have lion dances, a pageant, raffles, games and local vendors. Tickets are $5.

Related: How lunisolar calendars guide cultures

πŸ’• We love a good love story. With Valentine's Day a few days away, it's the perfect time to tell us your Charlotte love stories in two sentences or less.

We'll include a few in an upcoming newsletter.

S/O to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing this newsletter and Lucia Maher for copy editing.