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March 29, 2024

TGIF! It's Laura.

β˜€οΈ Weather: Sunny with a high of 72Β°.

πŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members Matt Martella and Gail Nadel!

Situational awareness: In Sweet 16 action last night, Alabama defeated UNC 89-87, and Clemson beat Arizona 77-72.

  • N.C. State plays Marquette at 7:09 tonight followed by Duke vs. Houston at 9:39pm.

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 844 words β€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: πŸ₯― Gluten-free goods

Matt Cabana, owner and founder of The Accidental Baker. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The Accidental Baker, a locally owned pop-up bakery specializing in gluten-free baked goods, opens today at the Metropolitan shopping center.

Why it matters: Its owner and founder, Matt Cabana, didn't intend to make a career out of baking. The former tennis pro-turned-corporate bank rep initially started baking for his wife, who follows a gluten-free diet.

Dig in: In addition to its gluten-free staples (bagels, sourdough loaves and croissants), The Accidental Baker offers gluten-free baked goods like cookies, biscuits, plus non-gluten-free options, too.

  • You'll find mostly gluten-free options on the menu, which will feature five to seven items each day.

Stop by: The Accidental Baker is at 1100 Metropolitan Ave., next to Joan's Bakery & Deli.

  • Open Friday-Sunday from 9am-1pm, or until he sells out.

Check out what else Cabana's baking

2. ⚾️ Take me out to the ballgame

The Carolina Dog ($9.75). Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Baseball returns to Uptown next week β€” and ballpark food is an essential part of the experience, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

Dig in: Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack ... and hot dogs, shrimp po'boys, chicken sandwiches, wings and burgers.

  • There's a bunch of new food and drinks this year, including canned cocktails and local brews.

Why it matters: It's the Charlotte Knights' 10th season in Uptown. A trip to Truist Field is one of many ways to get outside this spring.

If you go: The Knights' home opener is scheduled for 7:04pm Tuesday, April 2, at Truist Field vs. Norfolk. Tickets start at $16.

Check out our ballpark food guide

3. πŸš™ Your guide to Fort Mill

For a fun photo opp, you'll find this mural in downtown Fort Mill just around the side of Crossroads on Main. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

As Charlotte continues to grow, people who want small-town vibes with big-city amenities flock to the suburbs.

  • Fort Mill, for example, was among the top five growing ZIP codes in 2022.

Between the lines: Charlotte-based businesses like Mac's Speed Shop, Bossy Beulah's and Moxie Mercantile are among many companies that expanded to Fort Mill in the last year.

  • There are plenty of other unique businesses, activities and experiences to check out there, too.

Axios' McKenzie Rankin updated our Fort Mill guide to feature 14 of the best things to do, see and eat there, including:

πŸšΆβ€β™€ Walk, fish, kayak or ride a horse at Anne Springs Close Greenway, a 2,100-acre nature preserve that offers a bit of everything.

🎒 Ride all the rollercoasters at Carowinds.

πŸ“ Celebrate summer at the South Carolina Strawberry Festival on May 4.

Check out our full guide

4. πŸ‘€ Speed reads

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

πŸ›© Passengers were evacuated from a Frontier airplane at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Wednesday night after a strong odor was detected. (WBTV)

🏨 A Mississippi man who visited Charlotte in April 2022 is suing a hotel in Uptown for $160 million after he said another man got into his room and sexually assaulted him during his stay. (WBTV)

🚊 The Gold Line will operate on 20-minute headways instead of its current 30-minute headways beginning Saturday, March 30, according to CATS.

πŸ₯ Federal Trade Commission lawyers are asking a N.C. federal court to stop Novant from buying two Lake Norman hospitals. A court memo details concerns about how the hospital could control an "eye-popping" share of the market if it buys them for $320 million. (Observer πŸ”’)

🏘 Around 40,350 Mecklenburg County property owners with delinquent 2023 property tax bills will have their names and the principal amount they owe published. (Axios)

πŸŽ‚ Cakeable, a local nonprofit that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is opening its first brick-and-mortar in Uptown on April 20, per a press release.

🍻 The Fairwood 226 will close after this Saturday, March 30. They're hosting a "Fairwood farewell" party tomorrow from 12pm-1am. (Facebook)

πŸ—³οΈ The Biden campaign has named North Carolina as one of its key battleground investments for the 2024 election. It plans to open 10 new field offices across the state. (Axios)

🍸 A new cocktail and sound bar called Orosoko is opening in South End this weekend. (Instagram)

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5. 🏘 Hot homes for sale

4321 Love Ave. in Windsor Park. Photo: Brandon Lawn

There's a lot to love about this home, located on Love Avenue in Windsor Park, Axios' Alexis Clinton writes.

Notable features include quartz countertops, new appliances, tile kitchen backsplash, a sunroom and a fenced-in yard.

  • At 1,036 square feet, the house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
  • It's listed for $395K.

More hot homes: 5 houses for sale in Charlotte starting at $395K

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  • ⚽ If you're still riding the high of last weekend's electric Charlotte FC win β€” same. And we have good news: The team is ready to do it all again on Saturday night against FC Cincinnati. Buy tickets.

6. 🍬 Charlotte's favorite Easter candies

Top-selling Easter candies, 2023
Reproduced fromΒ Instacart; Note: "Top-selling" candies were ranked by the total number of items sold in each state during the week ending Easter Sunday; Map: Axios Visuals

The Easter Bunny β€” and consumers β€” are feeling the pinch of inflation this year with skyrocketing cocoa prices reaching new heights.

Why it matters: The price of cocoa surpassed $10,000 a ton for the first time this week. But, despite the hike, chocolate candies are expected to remain on top as America's favorites, similar to recent years, Axios' Kelly Tyko writes.

Charlotte's top-selling Easter candies, according to Instacart data shared with Axios, are:

  1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  2. Hershey's Milk Chocolate
  3. Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs
  4. Lindt's hollow milk chocolate bunny
  5. Peanut M&M's

Zoom out: Nationally, Reese's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs was the top-selling candy in 2023, according to Instacart and DoorDash data.

How skyrocketing cocoa prices are impacting Easter candy

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Things to do

πŸ“† Upcoming events around the city.

  • Keiko Matsui: Internationally acclaimed Pianist and Composer in Concert at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Arts Center tonight: Celebrated jazz pianist Keiko Matsui is in Charlotte. Over a three-decade career, Keiko Matsui has scored numerous Billboard hits, drawing fans from jazz, new age, and global music. $52.50.
  • Charlotte FC vs. FC Cincinnati at Bank of America Stadium tomorrow: Don't miss a special Charlotte FC match day featuring the Carolina Hurricanes when The Crown takes on FC Cincinnati for a Saturday night clash of the Queen Cities. $45.
  • Anthem Rugby Carolina vs. Old Glory DC at American Legion Memorial Stadium tomorrow: Charlotte's new professional rugby team returns home to American Legion Memorial Stadium. Anthem RC embraces the concept of rising stars, symbolic of the efforts to invest and grow American rugby. $15.
  • Portrait of a Queen: CSO in Concert with JCSU at Jack S. Brayboy Gymnasium on April 2: The Charlotte Symphony and Johnson C. Smith University Concert Choir join forces for a compelling musical tribute to resilience and empowerment.
  • The Yale Whiffenpoofs: Live in Charlotte at First United Methodist Church on April 5: The Yale Whiffenpoofs are the oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group in the US. They have sung for five of the last seven presidents. Use promo code "AXIOS" for 20% off priority tickets. $20 (General)/ $35 (Priority).

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

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7. 🐣 Where to brunch on Easter Sunday

All three Link & Pin locations (Arboretum, Huntersville, South End) will be open Easter and serving the full brunch menu until 4pm. Photo: Courtesy of Link & pin

Looking to have a nice meal without cooking on Easter?

There are several local restaurants hosting brunch this Sunday with special menus, including Harper's, The Asbury, SupperClub SouthEnd, Steak 48 and Link & Pin.

β˜€οΈ We couldn't have asked for better weather this Easter weekend! I think I'll spend it at the new dog park.

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