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February 07, 2024

๐Ÿฅช Hello, Wednesday! It's Laura, and I'm excited about new late-night food options in South End.

  • We need more of those around the city. More on that below.

โ˜€๏ธ Weather: Sunny with a high of 56ยฐ.

๐ŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members James Kimball and Kelly Ferguson!

๐Ÿ’ผ Take a look at what top companies are hiring in the city.

Today's Smart Brevityโ„ข๏ธ count is 876 words โ€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: ๐Ÿฉบ Syphilis surge in N.C.

2023 was the deadliest year in the past decade for babies who contracted the disease during gestation in North Carolina, WBTV reported. Photo: Axios archives

North Carolina has seen a surge in syphilis cases in recent years, especially among women of childbearing age, mirroring a national trend.

  • This can result in congenital syphilis โ€” the transfer of the infection from the mother to the fetus, Axios' Katie Peralta Soloff writes.

Why it matters: Congenital syphilis is typically preventable with early detection and treatment.

  • But left untreated, it can lead to premature births and developmental challenges โ€” and in the most devastating cases, infant deaths and stillbirths.

By the numbers: Syphilis cases have increased 631% since 2012 among adults in North Carolina, according to Atrium Health.

  • Cases have more than doubled since 2018.

Full story: Syphilis cases surge in North Carolina

2. ๐Ÿ… Charlotte ranks No. 10

Rounding out the top 10 among large metro areas were Nashville; Northwest Arkansas; Dallas and Olympia, Washington. Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

Charlotte ranks 10th in the Milken Institute's latest annual list of the best-performing cities.

Why it matters: These metropolitan areas offer high wages, plentiful jobs, a (relatively) low cost of living and thriving tech sectors โ€” making them economic models for the rest of the nation, Axios' Jennifer Kingson writes.

How it works: The Milken Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit, assessed 403 U.S. metropolitan areas using 13 economic metrics, based on data from January 2022-August 2023.

  • The report divided cities into large metros (more than 275,000 people) and smaller ones.

Zoom in: The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia region entered the top 10 list for the first time in over a decade, the report states. The region jumped 10 spots from the last ranking.

  • Recent job and wage growth โ€” primarily led by the leisure and hospitality sectors โ€” pushed Charlotte to the top.
  • Yes, but: Charlotte has the highest income inequality among the top 10 cities, with wide racial and economic disparities across the
    metro area, the report found.

Keep reading

3. ๐Ÿ’’ Carolina Wedding Confessionals

Their original budget of $75,000 nearly doubled. Photo: Amber Hatley Photography

Caitlin and Mark had their first date at the OG Sycamore Brewing in 2015, Axios' McKenzie Rankin writes.

  • Last June, the two tied the knot with a $125,000 wedding weekend just outside Asheville.

Why it matters: Weekend-long weddings are becoming increasingly popular.

  • For couples who have a lot of out-of-town guests, like Caitlin and Mark, it makes sense to extend the festivities to maximize the fun.

Details: The weekend wedding began with a welcome party on Friday at Asheville's Green Man Brewery.

  • The big day took place on Saturday at Chestnut Ridge, a wedding venue in Canton, about 20 miles from Asheville.
  • To top it all off, they hosted a morning-after brunch on Sunday for close friends and family.

Check out the cost breakdown of Caitlin and Mark's wedding for 150 guests

4. ๐Ÿ“ธ Photo du jour and other speed reads

Amanda McLamb, Resident Culture co-founder, and Doug Emhoff. Photo: Courtesy of Resident Culture

๐Ÿบ Second gentleman Doug Emhoff stopped by Resident Culture South End last Friday afternoon, toured the space and drank a Right Time lager, a spokesperson for the brewery tells Axios.

  • It's unclear why Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was in Charlotte.

โœˆ๏ธ Avelo Airlines will add a nonstop flight from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport to Tweed-New Haven airport. (Axios)

๐ŸŽค Usher will perform at Spectrum Center on Oct. 22. (Axios)

๐ŸŒฏ Dank Burrito, a North Carolina-based Mexican restaurant, opens this week in Rock Hill. (Axios)

๐ŸŒฎ Taco Boy is having its grand opening fiesta today from 11:30am to 11pm. (Axios)

๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ barre3 Charlotte is scheduled to officially open next Monday, Feb. 12, in Elizabeth. (Axios)

๐Ÿ• Zepeddie's Pizzeria is opening in LoSo this spring after being closed for nearly three decades. (Axios)

๐Ÿ’ง Union County may approve a proposal to remove fluoride from the county's drinking water. (WNCT)

Sponsored job listings

On the job hunt?

๐Ÿ’ผ Check out the fresh open positions in Charlotte.

  1. Learning Resources Teacher (Assigned to Upper School) at Charlotte Latin School.
  2. Church Business Administrator at First Presbyterian Church - Charlotte.
  3. Child Development Consultant at Smart Start of Mecklenburg County.
  4. Video Editor at Charlotte Star Room.

Want more opportunities? Check out our Job Board.

Hiring? Post a job.

5. ๐Ÿง€ 48 hours in Charlotte with "Babe"

Lindsay Henricks and Rob Henricks, her husband and business partner. Photo: Courtesy of Corrie Huggins

"I always take people on the Funny Bus."
โ€” Lindsay Henricks

What's happening: For this iteration of our 48-hour series, Axios contributor Lauren Corriher asked local business owner Lindsay Henricks where she takes guests when they visit her in Charlotte.

Why it matters: The brand has expanded from a boutique service making two charcuterie boards a day in 2019 to a cult favorite with storefronts at Camp North End and Park Road Shopping Center.

Read her full weekend itinerary

6. ๐Ÿข Incentives for office conversions

Financial assistance could help offset the costly and cumbersome process of turning a building designed for cubicles into housing or other purposes. Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

Charlotte city leaders are considering granting developers tax rebates in return for converting empty offices to reinvigorate a sleepy Uptown, Axios' Alex Sands writes.

Why it matters: This city's ghost tower conundrum has created an opportunity to transform underused offices into much-needed housing, public open spaces and retail, which Uptown lacks.

  • City leaders hope to transition the center city from a business hub to a "central activity district" โ€” a term officials are using as they focus on a flourishing tourism industry to compensate for a lack of daily workers in Uptown's recovery.

Driving the news: City Council members on Monday were receptive to the idea of offering tax incentives to property owners for conversions.

  • That could include the old Duke Energy headquarters, or the "Brooklyn & Church" project.

Read the full story

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Let's hang out

๐Ÿ“† Find things to do on our Event Board.

  • Race and Religion: Challenges and Opportunities for Churches at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Saturday: Covenant hosts Dr. Jemar Tisby for talks on racial justice and Christianity. Tisby will also lead a Sunday morning class and preach in the sanctuary on "Christian Nationalism and the Gospel."
  • Chinese New Year Celebration at Devil's Logic Brewing on Saturday: Enjoy Dragon Dancers, firecrackers, Asian-inspired bites, and more. Queen City Lion Dance will be performing at 5 p.m., vendor market from 2 to 6 p.m., and more.
  • DRUM TAO at Davidson College - Duke Family Performance Hall on February 12: For 20 years, DRUM TAO has performed around the world creating phenomenal performances and expressions consisting of incomparable "Wadaiko-drums" and the beautiful melody of Japanese flutes and harps. $12-$22.
  • Exploring Printmaking at Arts+ on February 12 - March 18: Learn a variety of ways to incorporate layers, text, color, and imagery into a creative series of printed pieces in this six-week class for adults at Arts+ Uptown studios (free parking available). $275.
  • Studio Tour Open House at The Media Arts Center on February 13: Take a peak into the world of digital media and record a podcast as you tour the state of the all-new art studio in south Charlotte. If you're interested in broadcasting or filmmaking check it out. Free.

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

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7. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Late-night bites in South End

Good Wurst is located at The Vantage South End at 1222 S. Tryon St. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Starting tomorrow, Good Wurst in South End will serve food until 3am on weekends.

Details: The menu will be limited to the deli's most popular items like burgers, brats and dogs, plus their Reuben, grilled cheese BLT and pastrami Philly sandwiches.

  • The food will be available at their walk-up window or delivered through Uber Eats, Door Dash and Grub Hub.
  • The late-night menu will be available Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 3am.

๐Ÿค  I went to a new honky-tonk bar in South End last night called The Rose.

  • I'll tell you more about it in tomorrow's newsletter.

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