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March 16, 2024

Hello, Saturday. It's Ashley and St. Patrick's Day weekend.

โ›…๏ธ Weather: High 76.

๐ŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Tracy Abernathy, Barry Linchuck, Jenna Lincoln and Janet Labar.

Today's Smart Brevityโ„ข count is 680 words โ€” 2ยฝ-minute read.

1 big thing: ๐Ÿ€ Turn it green

Green River Revival is back at the U.S. Whitewater Center today, March 16. Photo: Courtesy of the Whitewater Center

St. Patrick's Day weekend in Charlotte is packed. Here are four events to help you celebrate:

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival: The Uptown parade and festival takes place today from 11am-6pm. It's free to attend. Be mindful of road closures.

๐Ÿบ Rich & Bennett's St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl: Check out one of Charlotte's favorite St. Patrick's Day traditions today. Tickets are $30. The kickoff party starts at noon in First Ward Park.

๐ŸŒŠ Green River Revival: Head to the U.S. Whitewater Center today and watch the rapids turn green. It's free to attend and the fun starts at 9am with a 5K race.

๐Ÿ€ St. Pat's Block Party: Swing by The Teal Turnip for an Irish feast with an ร  la carte menu, drink specials and a DJ on the patio from 12-6pm on Sunday.

Find more fun things to do this weekend

2. ๐Ÿบ Farewell and see you soon

Photos: Michael Graff/Axios and Ashley Mahoney/Axios

It's the final weekend for Tyber Creek Pub in South End and Blue Blaze Brewing in west Charlotte.

Catch up quick: Tyber Creek's building will be torn down to make way for a tower at its original home of 1933 S. Blvd. Tyber Creek owners will eventually open a new business in the tower.

  • The pub's last day is Monday, March 18. It'll be open from 3pm until 2am. All sales from that day will go to the staff, the owners tell Axios.
  • Blue Blaze (528 S. Turner Ave.) will close its taproom after a legal dispute with its landlord, Atlanta-based Portman Holdings.
  • The brewery's final day is March 17. It'll be open from 12-8pm.

What's next: Tyber Creek will reopen about a mile away at 1501 S. Mint St. in a couple months.

  • Blue Blaze's owner hopes to find a new location.

Read more about plans for Tyber Creek's original location

3. ๐Ÿฅƒ What we learned

ABC store in Plaza Midwood. Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

๐Ÿธ Shopping for booze in Mecklenburg County can now be done through an app on your phone.

๐ŸŽค Lovin' Life Music Festival added the Beach Boys, Parmalee and Happy Landing to their lineup.

๐Ÿ€ This year's Ally Tipoff features women's college basketball powerhouse South Carolina vs. N.C. State and Iowa vs. Virginia Tech.

๐Ÿ™ Major developments are shaping what midtown looks like.

๐Ÿ—ณ The race for North Carolina attorney general will be spicy.

๐Ÿ— A Texas-based restaurant specializing in Southern comfort food is coming this May to Queen City Quarter, which you may still be calling the EpiCentre.

๐Ÿ› Outdoor Voices is closing its stores nationwide and moving online. Several locations, including Charlotte's, are having a 50% off sale.

๐Ÿง‡ A new breakfast restaurant by Matt King, the owner of Mattie's Diner, is on the way. Expect a lot of waffles.

๐Ÿ’˜ One more "Love is Blind" bit: The show let the world see just how "messy" Charlotte's dating scene really is. On a happier note, you can re-create the "Love is Blind" wedding in Waxhaw.

4. โšฝ๏ธ 2 openers to go

Photo: Andy Weber/Axios and Alana McCallion/courtesy of Crown Legacy FC

The Charlotte Independence and Crown Legacy FC are coming off stellar seasons, and both open their respective seasons this weekend.

Catch up quick: The Independence advanced to the USL League One final last fall, becoming the first professional soccer team in Charlotte to make it that far since the Charlotte Eagles. The Jacks opener is also a celebration of their 10th season.

  • Crown Legacy played its inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season last year, finishing the regular season as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Context: Both the Independence and Crown Legacy are third division minor league teams, meaning they play in a league that's two levels below Major League Soccer, but they're in separate leagues.

If you go: The Independence host One Knoxville SC tonight at 7pm at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Tickets start at $12.

  • Crown Legacy host Carolina Core FC tomorrow at 5pm at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Tickets are $15. Kids age 5 and younger get in free. There's also a pre-match block party at the stadium from 3-5pm.

๐Ÿ€ Just like Kyle in the Disney Channel movie "The Luck of the Irish," I hope you make your own luck this weekend.

Thanks to Amy Stern for copy editing this newsletter.