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February 03, 2024

Hello, Saturday. It's Ashley, who is obsessed with Axios' McKenzie Rankin's movie theater guide.

โ˜€๏ธ Weather: High 56.

๐ŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Rachael Schuler and Kevin McGinn.

๐Ÿ‰ Situational awareness: Celebrate the Year of the Dragon today and tomorrow with traditional lion dancing and drum performances at Resident Culture Brewing Co.'s Plaza Midwood and South End locations.

Today's Smart Brevityโ„ข๏ธ count is 537 words โ€” a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: ๐Ÿบ Hippin' Hops opens today

The Atlanta-based brewery has been in its soft opening phase for its new Uptown space since mid-January. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Hippin' Hops Brewery's grand opening is today, Axios' Alexis Clinton writes.

Why it matters: Hippin' Hops will be the city's first Black-owned distillery.

What to expect: It has a 900-square-foot taproom and a 3,000-square-foot pavilion that will be used for live music.

  • Part of the building will be used to distill vodka, rum, gin and moonshine.
  • As for craft beer, Hippin' Hops specializes in wheat beers, sours, IPAs and stouts.

Details: Hippin' Hops is located in the former D9 Brewing Co. spot at 650 E. Brooklyn Village Ave.

  • It's open Wednesday through Friday 2-10pm, Saturday 12-11pm and Sunday 12-9pm.
  • Hours for the grand opening are 12-9pm.

Zoom out: Hippin' Hops Brewery's owner Clarence Boston recently opened his other brewery concept, Another Brewery in NoDa.

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2. ๐ŸŸ Fries, cocktails and pasta coming soon

Rendering of What the Fries future home at City Kitch. Rendering: Courtesy of City Kitch

Alexis has a few more openings for you to keep an eye on:

๐ŸŸ What the Fries: The popular loaded fry shop will open a food stall in City Kitch in Wesley Heights next month.

๐Ÿฅƒ Chief's: A cocktail bar by Charlotte's most famous mixologist Bob Peters will open this spring in NoDa.

๐Ÿ Spaghett: The pasta and cocktail house by ownerย Sam Hartย will open in the former Poplar Tapas & Wine spot in Fourth Ward this summer.

Check out more anticipated openings here.

3. ๐Ÿ“ What we learned

Archive is a coffee shop off of Beatties Ford Road celebrating Black culture. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

๐Ÿ› Charlotte ranks as the No. 7 hub for Black-owned businesses in the U.S., per a 2023 report from Charlotte-based LendingTree.

โœŠ๐Ÿพ Honor Black History Month by participating in one of the many events happening around the city over the coming weeks.

๐Ÿ™ Uptown is transitioning from a central business district to a "central activity district," Charlotte Center City Partners executives tell Axios.

๐Ÿ›ค Nearly six years after Charlotte's Uptown train station broke ground, key questions remain, including what it'll look like and when it'll be operational for passengers.

๐Ÿข Suburban office parks across Charlotte have been getting makeovers for years as a way to stay relevant.

๐Ÿ— Charlotte Prep will begin building a new lower school this spring, after a fire destroyed the building last June.

๐Ÿท A new bingo game in Charlotte tests your wine knowledge.

๐ŸŸ Ahead of two new pro teams calling American Legion Memorial Stadium home this year, we take a look at the history of Charlotte's oldest stadium.

๐Ÿ Netflix's new NASCAR docuseries highlights Charlotte, from massive mansions to the speedway.

4. ๐Ÿ€ All eyes on Chapel Hill

Tonight marks the 261st game between Duke and North Carolina. Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images

There are a couple of sacred rivalries in North Carolina: Eastern- vs. Western-style barbecue and Duke vs. North Carolina.

What's happening: The No. 3 Tar Heels host the No. 7 Blue Devils tonight at Dean Smith Center.

Details: ESPN's College GameDayย will broadcast from Dean Smith Center at 11am. Doors open to students at 8:30am and 8:45am for the general public. This is free to attend.

โฐ The game tips off at 6:30pm.

๐Ÿ“บ It will air on ESPN.

๐ŸŽŸ Resale tickets for the game are going for over $400.

๐Ÿ€ Charlotte 49ers men's basketball expects a sellout crowd today vs. East Carolina. It would be their first sellout in more than a decade.

  • The 49ers are first in the American Athletic Conference.
  • The game will air on ESPNU at 2pm. Tickets start at $20.

Thanks to Laura Barrero for editing and Amy Stern for copy editing this newsletter.