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February 02, 2024

🍾 TGIF! It's Laura, looking forward to that extra day in February. Looks like we're going to need it with all the events going on. We'll get into them below.

⛅️ Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 66Β°.

πŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members Caryn Overbey, Amanda White, Vincent Phillips and Robert Gillespie!

  • And a belated happy birthday to members Seph McWhite III and Erin DeLuca.

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 780 words β€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: πŸ’ͺ Women are winning real estate

Share of housing units owned and occupied by single women, 2022
Data: LendingTree; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Sixty years ago, women couldn't get a credit card or a mortgage without a male cosigner, Axios' Bri Crane writes.

State of play: Census data show that 13.9% of homes in North Carolina are owned by single women, compared to 10.1% by single men.

Driving the news: Solo women mortgage applicants made up 18% of the market in 2023 β€” a share that's slowly grown since mortgage platform Maxwell started tracking applicants' gender and marital status in 2021.

  • One in three women with partners bought alone because they were in a stronger financial position to do so, Maxwell's annual Single Women Home Buyer Report found.

Yes, but: Opportunity isn't equal. Single Latina and Black women have the lowest homeownership rates of any group in the U.S.

The intrigue: Maxwell's report shows Gen Zers and millennials made up the largest share of single women mortgage applicants in 2023.

Read the full report: Women are winning real estate

2. 🏘 Speaking of real estate...

This home is located at 4525 Valendra Dr. Photo: Courtesy of Samuel Nueman

If you're on the house hunt, Axios' Alexis Clinton has you covered with our weekly hot homes roundup.

Zoom in: The one pictured above, for example, is listed for $319,900 in Shannon Park.

  • At 1,447 square feet, it has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.
  • Built in 2023, it has stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets and vinyl and carpet flooring.

More hot homes: 5 houses for sale in Charlotte ranging from $319K to $875K

3. πŸŽ‰ Celebrate Black History Month

Archive is a coffee shop that preserves the culture and history of the Black community. Inside you'll find Black magazines, books and artwork, plus delicious coffee. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios.

Honor Black History Month by participating in one of the many events happening around Charlotte over the coming weeks, Alexis writes, including:

πŸ–Ό View African art at the Real African Art Gallery every Friday in University City.

πŸ“‘ Learn about Charlotte's lost slavery history during a guided walking tour tomorrow, Feb.3.

πŸ“š Pop into the Black-Owned Business Showcase and meet local African-American authors, writers and illustrators at the SouthPark Regional Library on Sunday, Feb. 4.

15 Black History Month events happening in Charlotte this February

4. 🎀 10 concerts coming in February

Jazz musician Norman Brown performs in concert in 2018 in Atlanta. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Live music fans, here's a sample of some of the biggest concerts coming to Charlotte in February, Axios contributor Danny Gassaway writes:

Full guide: 10 concerts coming to Charlotte in February, including Norman Brown and Lauren Daigle

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Looking ahead to your future

πŸ’Ό Check out who's hiring in Charlotte.

  1. Child Development Consultant at Smart Start of Mecklenburg County.
  2. Video Editor at Charlotte Star Room.
  3. Youth Activities Team Lead at Charlotte Country Club.
  4. DTC E-Commerce Marketing Coordinator at Feetures.

Want more opportunities? Check out our Job Board.

Hiring? Post a job.

5. 🎨 Free museum visits and other speed reads

Throwback to when I tried dressing up as "the disco chicken" for Halloween. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

πŸ–Ό Admission to the Bechtler Museum is free through Feb. 17 while the museum transitions its fourth floor for a new exhibit. (Bechtler)

🚨 A false active shooter threat was made against UNC Charlotte's campus on Thursday. (WBTV)

⚽️ Charlotte FC star striker Karol Swiderski is on loan with Italian club Hellas Verona until June 30, 2024. (Axios)

πŸ’• The Cellar at Duckworth'sΒ was recently named one of Yelp's Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America β€”Β the only restaurant in Charlotte to make the list. (Yelp)

🍜 Sosu, a Central Avenue restaurant known for its ramen and other Japanese cuisine, is now listed as permanently closed on Google. (CLTFive)

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6. 🏈 Quote of the day: Fear that logo

Dan Morgan (left) and Dave Canales. Photo: Courtesy of WBTV

"When teams drive up to this stadium, we want them to fear that logo. It has to be feared again. Right now, it's not feared. We gotta get that back."
β€” Panthers GM Dan Morgan

What's happening: One of the more memorable quotes from the Panthers' introductory presser of its new leadership yesterday came from new general manager Dan Morgan, a longtime colleague of new head coach Dave Canales, Axios' Katie Peralta Soloff writes.

  • Morgan said the team needs to bring in "players with grit" β€” think Thomas Davis, Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart.

Why it matters: Canales and Morgan are tasked with returning the Panthers, who went 2-15 last season, to relevance.

  • Morgan's message about fear was a not-so-subtle nod to the fact that the Panthers are a very different team than the one that went to the Super Bowl eight years ago with players like Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly.

The intrigue: When asked if he would address the media, team owner David Tepper declined, saying he's "in the background now," The Athletic's Joe Person reported.

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Future events

πŸ“† Start planning your days ahead.

  • Darin & Brooke Aldridge at Cain Center for the Arts on Feb. 9: The highly acclaimed Bluegrass and Americana duo are coming to Cain Center for a special performance. Local Bluegrass group Carolina Ridgeline will open at 7:30pm. $25-$45.
  • Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte Presents: Hello Daddy! at Fullwood Theater on Feb. 9: Don't miss fabulous looks, amazing singing, and a razor-sharp wit make for an evening of side-splitting laughter. Use code HDF24AX code to save $5 off every ticket purchased.
  • Valentine's Farm Stays at Juneberry Ridge Feb. 9-11: This Valentine's Day, give the gift of an all-inclusive experience on our farm. Your two-night weekend stay includes our farm-to-fork dinner, brunch, & a one-of-a-kind garden-to-glass mixology class. $900

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

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7. πŸ’• 1 more fun February thing to go

The password for entry will change weekly. You can find it on BackStage Lounge's Instagram. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

The speakeasy at BackStage Lounge has transformed into a Valentine's Day-themed bar called "Cupid."

What to expect: Valentine's-themed cocktails, small plates and decorations through Feb. 24. A few menu highlights include:

πŸ“ "Valentini," a strawberry vodka cocktail ($13).

🚩 "Red Flags," a sorbet prosecco float ($13).

πŸ₯– Peach burrata with crostinis ($10).

πŸ₯“ Bacon jam Brussels sprouts ($8).

Details: Cupid" will run Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm-midnight. There's no cover, and it's walk-in only.

  • BackStage Lounge is located at 2433 South Blvd. (behind SouthBound), but you'll enter through Modern, the barbershop next door.

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🐻 I'll leave you with this TikTok that came up on my For You page of a bear on Beech Mountain!

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