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February 14, 2024

๐Ÿฅฐ Today is Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday! It's Alexandria with a lovey-dovey edition of the newsletter.

โ˜€๏ธ Weather: Gorgeous. Sunny with a high of 62ยฐ.

๐ŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte member Matt Walt!

๐Ÿ’ผ Before we get started: Check out fun new jobs on our job board.

Today's Smart Brevityโ„ข๏ธ count is 755 words โ€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: ๐Ÿ’Œ Charlotte love stories

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

People have found love all over Charlotte in really sweet ways, Axios' Katie Peralta Soloff writes.

  • Ahead of Valentine's Day, we asked readers for their Charlotte love stories in a few sentences. We received dozens of heartfelt notes. Here are some of your stories.

๐ŸŽค We met in April 2018 at The Music Factory when I asked to get on his shoulders for a concert and we had our first date the next day at the old Sycamore. Flash forward almost six years, we were just married in a friend's backyard in Dilworth. โ€” Ashley W.

๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ Months of stolen glances from two introverts at the gym were interrupted by a boy who took a bold leap of faith to talk to a girl. Years later, we still go to the same gym. โ€” Joe F.

๐Ÿ’ We moved here from San Franciscoย as newlywedsย in 2011. We had two free parking spots, a washer and dryer inside our condo and paid $1,190 a month to rent in Myers Park as opposed to our $2,500 San Francisco apartment โ€” ย we literally felt rich in love! โ€” Amy C.

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2. ๐Ÿฟ Prepare to binge

'90s boyband star Nick Lachey and wife/model/actress Vanessa Lachey host "Love is Blind." Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

The Charlotte-shot season of "Love is Blind" airs on Netflix today, Axios' Alexis Clinton writes.

Why it matters: For the next month, expect your neighbor, mom, postman and Trader Joe's bagger to ask: "Are you watching?"

  • Yes, a startling number of Americans will be deeply and unjustifiably invested in the relationships of the Charlotte couples featured.

Context: In this massively popular reality show, contestants "blindly" date each other without ever meeting face to face โ€” they'll choose someone to marry before seeing them to test if love is actually blind.

  • We're bound to spot some local businesses in the backdrops. We noticed 19 in "The Ultimatum," another dating show from the same hosts of "Love Is Blind."

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3. โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ Hot takes on Charlotte's dating scene

The problem with Charlotte boys is they kiss and tell, according to one cast member. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

Axios' Maxwell Millington recently asked "Love is Blind" cast members, who are basically professional daters now, for their thoughts on Charlotte dating. Here's what they said:

๐Ÿ˜ฌ Describe the city's dating scene in three words.

  • Trevor: Diverse, exciting, messy.
  • Jess: Scarce, unserious, rotating.

๐Ÿ• Go-to date spots in Charlotte?

  • Clay: Due Amici's. $2.50 slices. Really good fluffy, Jersey pizza.
  • Johnny: Not necessarily a date spot, but Geno D's has the best pizza in Charlotte. As far as a date spot, Heist Brewery.
  • Trevor: Sycamore Brewing. Or any place that's dog friendly.

Read more responses to Maxwell's burning questions

4. ๐Ÿ“บ The Charlotte lingo to know

The Lacheys, again. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

Throughout "Love is Blind," viewers will hear the cast refer to "Uptown," "South End" and the "Bible Belt."

  • These names and phrases are familiar to Charlotteans, but not so much to the national audience. To help, Maxwell has put together a dictionary of sorts:

๐Ÿ“ Pineville: A suburb south of Charlotte, home to Carolina Place mall and some really good wing joints.

๐Ÿ’’ "Bless your/her/his/their heart:" A Southern way to express sincere sympathy โ€” or sarcastic pity.

  • "He asked to split the check and he thinks he's getting a second date. Bless his heart."

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5. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ All aboard the love train? And other speed reads

A transportation announcement from Buttigieg is the best Valentine's present I could've asked for. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

๐Ÿคซ U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is expected to make a big infrastructure announcement in Charlotte tomorrow.

๐Ÿ˜ North Carolina GOP Chair Michael Whatley was endorsed by Donald Trump to become the next leader of the Republican National Committee if the current chairwoman steps down. (Axios)

The Mecklenburg County Superior Court on Tuesday dismissed three criminal counts against Hornets forward Miles Bridges due to "insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution." (ESPN)

๐ŸŽŸ Lovin' Life Music Fest organizers expect to bring 25,000 to 30,000 people per day to Uptown for the three-day festival, based on early sales. (CBJ ๐Ÿ”’)

๐Ÿฆˆ A stingray at a Hendersonville aquarium is about to give birth, possibly to a stingray-shark hybrid. Officials say the female stingray has only ever been around male sharks. (ABC)

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Plan ahead

๐Ÿ“† Check out what's happening on our Event Board.

  • Charlotte Checkers Valentine's Day BOGO at Bojangles Coliseum Saturday and Sunday: Bring a date to a Checkers game. Today only, get half-price tickets for games on Feb. 17 or 18. $12.50+.
  • Annual Sidewalk Sale at Julie's Boutique on Park Road starting tomorrow through Sunday: Save big this weekend. All Fall and Winter merchandise are 70% off. Everything under $20 and as low as $5. This weekend only.
  • Boem Warehouse Sale ft. Las Olas + Circa Interiors at Boem Warehouse tomorrow and Friday: Enjoy 50-90% off everything - clothing, shoes, swimwear, furniture, home accessories and more. Thurs, 9 am-7 pm and Fri, 10am to 5 pm.
  • Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place Science on Friday: Join the fun when Discovery Place Science stays open after hours for adults 21+ only. Grab a cocktail, encounter an animal, see a science show or chill in our 7-story Accenture IMAX Dome Theatre. $22.
  • Free TreeAdoption with TreesCharlotte at City of Charlotte Landscape Management February 16-24: 500 trees and educational resources will be distributed Saturday, 2/24, with priority given to residents in West Charlotte zip codes. Registration is required and begins on Friday, 2/16 at 10 a.m.
  • Queen City Comedy Festival at Ovens Auditorium on Saturday: Get ready to laugh your heart out at the Queen City Comedy Festival at the iconic Ovens Auditorium for a star-studded comedy extravaganza featuring Sommore, Lavell Crawford, Bill Bellamy and more. $64.
  • Uptown Speed Dating at Mariposa on Saturday: Join Queen City Bachelors for a mid-day speed dating event. Open to ages 25-45. Ticket includes a drink token. $40.
  • Flavors of the Bayou: A Beer Dinner Celebration at The Market at 7th Street on Sunday: Celebrate Mardi Gras with some of the best chefs in QC and join Jimmy Pearls and Resident Culture for the most incredible 6-course dinner + beer pairing we have ever done. $125.
  • Health Professions and Human Services Programs Open House at Central Piedmont Central Campus, Health Careers Building on February 20: Experience the innovation that defines Central Piedmont. You'll have opportunities to learn about the college's 21 health and human services programs, ranging from medical assisting to pharmacy tech.
  • Career Expo - Construction, Maintenance & Facility Mgmt, Adv. Manufacturing at CPCC's Harris Conference Center on February 21: Looking for a career in construction, facility maintenance and management, or advanced manufacturing? Local companies are hiring! Meet many employers at the free Mecklenburg County Career Expo.

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

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6. ๐Ÿซถ We love company expansions

Siemens Energy's Charlotte project. Rendering: Courtesy of Siemens Energy

I tried to think of a way to romanticize this economic development news but fell short, so I'll give it to you straight:

Siemens Energy will expand its North Carolina presence by adding 559 jobs across Mecklenburg and Wake counties, Axios' Ashley Mahoney reports.

  • Plus, the energy technology company is establishing its first U.S. power transformer manufacturing facility at its Steele Creek area location.

Why it matters: Siemens Energy is expected to invest a total of $149.8 million into the project statewide.

  • North Carolina will provide nearly $10 million in incentives over 12 years to Siemens Energy if the company meets its hiring and investment targets.

The intrigue: The average salary for new positions in Mecklenburg County will be $87,036.

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๐ŸŒ† My Charlotte love story: When people discover I married my high school sweetheart, I like to proudly declare, "College, too!"

  • Nick and I met in Apex but we both went to UNC Charlotte. We graduated together, moved to a different city together, rethought that decision together and determined we'd much rather grow our life here, together.

Thanks to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing and Lucia Maher for copy editing this newsletter.