Axios Charlotte

Picture of the Charlotte skyline with CLT written across it.

November 23, 2022

Hello, Wednesday. It's Laura, dealing with heavy news today and grieving with our friends and news partners at WBTV.

Weather: Sunny with a high of 64.

🎂 Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Carlene Holder, Eric Norman and Ruth Scherr.

  • And happy early birthday to Deborah Barber, Emanuel Brunner, Jonathan Chap, Kent Harshbarger, Anna Hecksher, Tracey Long, Kimberly Margonis, Colin MacMillan, Stephen Massa, Ken Owensby, Jeremy Goodwyne, Sara Kidd, Henry Breaux, Michele Chapman, Jon Grabowski, James Hill and Heidi Weilbach.

🦃 Situational awareness: The Axios Charlotte team is taking a break to spend time with our loved ones. Hug yours extra tight. We'll be back in your inbox on Monday.

Today's Smart Brevity™ count is 766 words — a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: Two tragic losses

Two headshots of two men with their names underneath Chip Tayag and Jason Myers

Photos courtesy of WBTV

Our hearts go out to the friends and families of WBTV meteorologist Jason Myers and helicopter pilot Chip Tayag, who were killed yesterday in a helicopter crash.

Details: The wreck occurred alongside the southbound lanes of I-77 near Nations Ford Road, about five miles north of the South Carolina line, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police confirmed.

  • Myers and Tayag were the only people on board.

"That pilot is a hero in my eyes, to make sure that the safety and security of those that were driving on the road was not in jeopardy,” CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings said during a press briefing.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Read more: Charlotte helicopter crash victims were WBTV meteorologist and “heroic” pilot

2. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille stays put

sign outside of dilworth neighborhood grille

“I know this looks bad but we are not going anywhere,” Wohlfarth says, adding that the business just signed another 10-year lease. Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille is not moving, despite the fact that its property on East Morehead is being rezoned.

  • Owner Matt Wohlfarth tells Axios’ Katie Peralta Soloff that the building's landlord hired Keith Corp to get their original zoning back, which the city changed as part of the 2040 plan.

Why it matters: DNG is a beloved neighborhood restaurant and bar that’s been around since 2004.

  • In a city with new bars and restaurants opening all the time, longstanding ones like DNG are increasingly hard to come by.

Read the full story

3. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Fun for the whole family

View of Charlotte skyline and lightrail in south end

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

If you're hosting your family this long holiday weekend, or are anticipating Christmas guests, you're probably stressing about everything from meals to fun activities.

Don't panic. We created a guide to help:

  • Friday: A brewery with an outdoor space, like Town or OMB.
  • Saturday: A neighborhood with plenty to do, like shopping in south Charlotte or food and drink in the Plaza Midwood/Optimist Park area. 
  • Sunday: Axe throwing.

Full guide: Where to take your parents when they visit Charlotte

Of note: Don't forget to bookmark our holiday guide.

On the job hunt?

💼 Check out the fresh open positions in Charlotte.

  1. Senior Information Security Engineer at Wells Fargo.
  2. Streets Maintenance Worker – Storm Water Crew at Town of Matthews.
  3. Seamstress, Sewist, Tailor, Industrial Sewer at Thomas Collection, LLC.
  4. Working Farm Site Manager at Charlotte Country Day School.
  5. Construction Lead at Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte.
  6. Veterinary Client Service Representative at Steele Creek Animal Hospital.
  7. Spa Manager at Charlotte Sugaring.

Want more opportunities? Check out our Job Board.

Hiring? Post a job.

4. 🛍 Shop local this Saturday

Gazebo lit up surrounded by trees also lit up for christmas

Gather the whole family to make holiday memories at WinterFest at Carowinds. Photo: Axios Charlotte archives

Small Business Saturday is on the horizon.

Consider getting a head start on your holiday gift lists by supporting a local small business

If shopping's not your thing, there is plenty to do around town. Axios' Alexis Clinton has you covered with our weekender.

5. Thanksgiving closures and other speed reads

Illustration of Charlotte's Center of the World sign replaced with "Speed Read".

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🦃 A number of major retailers including Walmart, Lowe’s and Target will be closed on Thanksgiving. (WBTV)

📝 Excerpts from a police report indicate that a doctor tried to revive Shanquella Robinson before she was pronounced dead. (Observer)

💰 The White House extended the pause on student loan repayments, set to expire in December, through June 30, 2023, amid legal challenges to the administration’s student loan forgiveness plan. (Axios)

🧸 The Checkers' annual Teddy Bear Toss will take place on Saturday during the 6pm game against the Utica Comets.

Win a professional whitening treatment 🦷

The front of a dentist's office

Photo: Alivia McAtee/Axios

There’s still time to glow up your smile before all of your holiday parties.

Here’s how: Pearl. Dentistry Reimagined offers professional, in-office whitening treatments at their three Charlotte locations.

Feeling lucky? We’re giving one winner a treatment for free over on Instagram.

🌀 The loop (we're keeping you in it)

News you can use from our partners.

  • Blue Cross NC’s Blue Premier program is treating the causes of high health care costs by coordinating care between doctors, supporting preventative care, and focusing on good patient outcomes. Here’s how.
  • Planning your Thanksgiving menu? Compare Foods has grocery staples and unique international ingredients so you can put classic dishes and new favorites on the table.
  • Celebrate Black Friday with Hydrate Medical this year. Save big on monthly IV drip memberships and snag a free Hydrate Medical blanket when you sign up. Learn more.

6. 🏘 Hot homes for sale

Big brick house with chimney out front

This home is located at 4515 Givens Way. Photo courtesy of Tony Tahiri

This Ashbrook house is on the market for $1,475,000.

Why we love it: The large fireplace on the front porch is the perfect place to drink a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle on a cold day, Alexis writes.

Details: At 3,075 square feet, the home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

  • It also has vaulted ceilings, an open kitchen layout, hardwood floors, a large laundry room and a pool.   

More hot homes: 5 houses for sale in Charlotte ranging from $395K to $1.4M

Stay booked and busy

📆 Check out what’s going around Charlotte.

  • Small Biz Saturday NoDaHood Market at Divine Barrel Brewing tomorrow: Celebrate Charlotte's small businesses. Shop amongst 70 local and diverse small businesses spread out amongst Free Will Craft & Vine, Crown Station, Great Wagon Road Distilling & our parking lots. You can also enjoy food trucks, live music, DJs, and more throughout the day. Free.
  • Grinchmas at Metropolitan on December 3: Experience Whoville. Festivities will begin at 3 pm and the movie - How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000. PG) – will begin at sundown. Activities include face painting, hot cocoa bar, custom cookies, popcorn and best of all - a meet and greet with The Grinch himself. $5.

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

Hosting? Purchase an Event Listing.

7. Some final thoughts

View of Charlotte skyline from the sky

View of the Charlotte skyline from Sky3. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Chip and Jason were cut from the same cloth. They were two of the nicest people I had the pleasure of working with during my time at WBTV.

Chip helped me fulfill a lifelong dream of riding inside a helicopter, and the view of the Charlotte skyline from above is a memory I'll always cherish. The fact that I can share it with you in this newsletter is all thanks to him.

  • Chip was an experienced pilot of more than 20 years, and while I struggled with the camera equipment he had taught me how to operate, his steady hands, composure, experience and calmness made me think: Hey, I can do this.
  • My thoughts are with his family, especially his wife, whom he recently married.

As for Jason, you can thank him for all of our weather updates. He was my go-to weather guy and always answered my calls with a cheery "How's it going?"

  • I'm comforted knowing Jason's family has a strong sense of faith, which I know they're leaning heavily on right now.
  • If it's your thing, consider praying for his four kids and wife, who he loved more than anything.

Read more about Chip and Jason

🦃 Enjoy the long weekend and try not to fight over frivolous things.

Editor's note: Yesterday’s third card read The 49ers' Biff Poggie era. It should have read The 49ers' Biff Poggi era.

Today's newsletter was edited by Kayla Sharpe and copy edited by Lucia Maher.