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March 07, 2024

Happy Thursday, everyone. It's Alexandria.

๐Ÿ˜Œ Weather: Partly cloudy and pleasantly warm. High of 72ยฐ.

Today's Smart Brevityโ„ข count is 845 words โ€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: ๐Ÿพ Give shelter dogs a break from the kennel

One thing about Charlie? He isn't shy โ€” both in personality and when it comes to selfies. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Meet Charlie. He's a three-year-old beagle mix and one of the dozens of dogs up for adoption at CMPD Animal Care & Control. Axios' McKenzie Rankin recently spent the day with him through the AC&C's daycation program.

Why it matters: Local shelters are filled to the brim. Taking these dogs out of their kennels, whether for a few hours or a couple of days, frees up space momentarily and eases the animals' stress.

How it works: The process is simple โ€” visit the shelter (no appointment needed), fill out paperwork and walk through the kennels to find a dog you want to take. You can opt for a short daycation or a multi-day staycation.

Read how Charlie and McKenzie spent the day together

2. ๐Ÿ— "Queer Eye" star styles Oakhurst townhomes

"Queer Eye's" Bobby Berk and Axios' Brianna Crane. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Celebrity interior designer Bobby Berk curated 10 finishes and furniture collections for Context at Oakhurst, a new townhome community in Charlotte.

  • The townhomes hit the market starting at $468,000.

Why it matters: New build communities have a stigma of being soulless, Berk tells Axios' Brianna Crane.

  • Berk is working with Tri Pointe Homes to share his expert touch at a more accessible price than working one-on-one with a designer.

How it works: There are 10 different themed packages to choose from like serene Scandinavian, transitional farmhouse and organic modern โ€” all curated by Berk.

We got to preview the models with Berk. Here's a look around.

3. ๐Ÿ—ž Speed reads

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Tai Jaiyeoba, Charlotte's former planning director, resigned Tuesday as Greensboro city manager. He sent his resignation letter to councilmembers mid-meeting. (The Rhino)

  • This comes after a December domestic violence call to his home.

๐Ÿ“บ Charlotte the pregnant stingray made an appearance on Saturday Night Live. (YouTube)

๐Ÿท Charlotte Wine + Food Week returns Tuesday, April 16, through Sunday, April 21. The weekend of events features dinners at top local restaurants, wine tastings, live music and a Rosรฉ Brunch. (Tickets)

4. ๐Ÿฎ What to know about Moo, Brew & 'Que

A portion of the proceeds from the event will support Second Harvest Food Bank. Photo: Axios archives

The ninth annual Moo, Brew & 'Que Festival is April 12-14 at the AvidXchange Music Factory Festival Grounds.

The vibe: Expect live music, craft beer and food from more than 15 local restaurants and food trucks.

  • The festival will feature three days of live music, with 14 artists spanning various genres. Friday and Saturday will be mostly indie rock and Sunday will feature country music artists.
  • Pitmasters like Stuart Henderson from Noble Smoke, Bear's Smokehouse (voted best BBQ in Asheville, NC), and TikToker Jake Fullington (aka bbqwithbigjake), among others, will show off their grilling skills.

Dig in: Tickets, including single- and three-day GA passes, Main Stage VIP and Super VIP are available online.

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5. Tattoos, rollercoasters and hip-hop happenings this weekend

VINYL has a live DJ every Sunday. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

We have the only list you need for upcoming events in Charlotte this Friday through Sunday:

  • Enjoy the weekend-long Charlotte Tattoo Arts Festival at Park Expo Liberty Hall. $20-$40. Details.
  • Take the family to ride rollercoasters during opening weekend at Carowinds. $39.99+. Details.
  • Brunch like Biggie Smalls at one of two Notorious B.I.G.-inspired brunches happening Sunday at Leah and Louise and STATS Restaurant & Bar. Prices vary.

28 things to do in Charlotte this weekend

6. ๐Ÿ† Your beach bracket champion: Wrightsville Beach

Another edge for Wrightsville Beach: Its waves are among the most popular for surfing in the state. Photo: Eros Hoagland/Getty Images

Wrightsville Beach is the champion of Axios' North Carolina beach bracket, edging past Emerald Isle in the final with 54% of our readers' votes.

By the numbers: Thousands of you weighed in on your favorite beaches in the state, and Wrightsville Beach was never close to losing any of its matchups.

Maybe we should've seen it coming. Wrightsville Beach offers something for everyone. It's only about three and a half hours from Charlotte.

  • The four-mile long beach island is famous for its walkable town with bars, shops and restaurants for those that want a livelier beach trip.
  • Wrightsville also offers plenty of calm spots to escape the noise โ€” especially for those who kayak or paddleboard to the nearby Masonboro Island Reserve.

Yes, but: Good luck finding a parking spot.

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7. ๐Ÿ  Mortgage rates affect home prices

Median home sales price in the Charlotte metro area
Data: Redfin; Chart: Alice Feng and Jared Whalen/Axios Visuals

Lower mortgage rates could push up home prices in the Charlotte area and nationwide if demand surges and inventory remains tight.

Why it matters: Steep borrowing costs are just one piece of the housing affordability crisis.

State of play: U.S. rates for 30-year mortgages are down from 20-year highs, but have crossed 7% again.

Zoom in: In Charlotte, home prices jumped when mortgage rates dropped below 3%. As rate hikes locked current homeowners in place, prices remained elevated.

The fine print: Despite stabilizing, median home prices locally are still higher than they were prepandemic.

  • The Charlotte-area median sales price was around $375,000 in December 2023, compared to just under $232,000 in December 2019, per Redfin.

Flashback: In 2021, when rates hovered below 3.5%, bidding wars were rampant and home prices surged by double-digit percentages.

8. ๐ŸŽฅ Photo du jour: Our โ€œLove is Blindโ€ watch party

Laura, McKenzie and Emma warmed up the crowd with a little trivia before the event. And one lucky attendee won a bracelet from Diamonds Direct. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Last night we hosted Axios Charlotte members, followers and newsletter subscribers at the Independent Picture House for the "Love is Blind" season finale.

Our thought bubble: Everyone should watch reality TV on the big screen.

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The bottom line: Support our mission to keep local journalism free and accessible.

๐ŸŽง 1 listen to go: Power 98's Ms. Jessica interviewed President Biden for Super Tuesday about engaging Black voters and his re-election campaign.

  • Listen to the end for a sweet moment between the two.

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