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January 26, 2024

TGIF! It's Laura, gawking at Christian McCaffrey's mansion, which Alexis paid a visit to yesterday, more on that below.

🌧 Weather: Another rainy day with highs in the lower 70s.

🍰 Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte member Meghan Wilkinson!

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 652 words β€” a 2.5-minute read.

1 big thing: 🏟 Shiver me timbers

Panthers new head coach Dave Canales (left). Photo: David Berding/Getty Images

The Panthers announced Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales as their new head coach Thursday night.

Why it matters: Canales is known for improving quarterbacks, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes. Now it's time to see if he can bring an entire organization back to life.

  • The hope is Canales can help last year's No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Bryce Young, succeed in Carolina after a rocky rookie season when the team went 2-15.

Read the full story

2. πŸ’Š The fentanyl talk

Free Narcan nasal spray is sometimes offered in vending machines. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Traces of fentanyl, a deadly substance, are being found in almost every illegal drug seized nowadays, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say.

  • That includes marijuana, as well as in fake Xanax or Percocets, Axios' Alex Sands writes.
  • Just two milligrams of fentanyl β€” small enough to fit on a pencil tip β€” can be lethal.

Why it matters: Addicts and experimenting teens alike are unknowingly taking this cheap and potentially lethal drug. Because fentanyl is so accessible and addictive, dealers routinely mix it into their products to increase profits.

Driving the news: This week, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education approved a plan to allow more school staff to administer naloxone, a lifesaving opioid overdose-reversal medication.

Here are some tips on how to talk to your child about fentanyl

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3. πŸ› Local thrift store hits the road

Before Thrift Pony, there was Ponybox, a clothing rental service founded in 2020 by Hellen Moffitt. Photo: Courtesy of Hellen Moffitt

Thrift Pony, the popular consignment store in Plaza Midwood, is going on tour, Axios' McKenzie Rankin writes.

Why it matters: Charlotteans know Thrift Pony as a hotspot for affordable yet trendy secondhand clothing. And now, so will ✨ the world. ✨

  • Okay, maybe not the world, but owner Hellen Moffitt is taking the bus to five U.S. cities beyond Charlotte.

Details: The Pink Bus Tour will start in Charlotte at Norfolk Hall, the event space next to Suffolk Punch Brewing in South End.

  • It'll run Feb. 10-11 from 10am-6pm both days.
  • It's free to attend, but you can purchase early entry for $10 (single day) or $15 (both days).

What's next: After Charlotte, the Thrift Pony bus will head to Atlanta, Nashville, Brooklyn, D.C., and Austin.

Read the full story

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4. πŸ” Moo & Brew 2 and other speed reads

Moo & Brew's Matthews location is at 111 Matthews Station St., and will open daily from 11am-11pm. Photo: Courtesy of The Plaid Pengiun

πŸ” Moo and Brew, a popular Plaza Midwood burger and beer spot, will open its downtown Matthews location on Monday, Jan. 29. (Instagram)

🎀 Bob Dylan's "Rough and Rowdy Ways" tour is coming to the Belk Theater on March 17. (Blumenthal Arts)

πŸ—£οΈ First Lady Jill Biden arrives in North Carolina today to speak at Forsyth Technical Community College as well as a Biden Victory Fund event in Raleigh. (CBS17)

πŸŽ‰ 20 years after closing its doors, Mythos nightclub will return for one night only at the Blackbox Theater on Feb. 16. (Observer πŸ”’)

βš–οΈ The new State Bar Review Committee is considering making it more difficult for the public to know if attorneys break legal or ethics rules. (WRAL)

πŸ’° North Carolina is launching a $20 million flood data program to help the state better prepare for future floods. (WUNC)

5. πŸ‘€ Inside McCaffrey's McMansion

Also included in the listing is McCaffrey's boat, "Olivia," named after his fiancΓ©, Olivia Culpo. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

ICYMI β€” Christian McCaffrey is selling his Lake Norman McMansion for $12.5M.

Axios' Alexis Clinton got an in-person tour yesterday.

πŸ’­ Her thought bubble: I loved the walk-in closet, which leads to a loft and additional closet space. I'll probably dream about the movie room. Also, built-in Bluetooth speakers throughout the house are something I didn't know I needed.

Tour the home

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  • 🎨 It's almost time for Charlotte SHOUT!'s return to Uptown. The annual 17-day spring festival showcases international and local artists, dancers, musicians, poets, storytellers, photographers, chefs, thought leaders and more.

6. 🏘 Speaking of hot homes...

This home is located at 4116 Irvington Dr. Photo: Courtesy of Siobhan Koch

This three-bedroom, two-bath is just as cute as McCaffrey's mansion, and is available for a fraction of the price.

Details: Located in Windsor Park, the home is listed for $399,000, Alexis writes.

  • It has hardwood floors, granite countertops, a sunken den with a fireplace, a screened-in porch and a fenced-in backyard.

More hot homes: 4 houses for sale in Charlotte starting at $399K

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Future events

πŸ“… Start planning your days ahead.

  • $20 Sale at Nothing New Quality Threads Friday through Sunday: Enjoy a weekend-long sale. Shop 500+ vintage & secondhand items all priced at $20 and all buy 2 get 1 free. This is a separate selection, not the full store. Coffee, beer, food, & flowers all on site.
  • Ballantyne Tech Drive at Brixham Park on January 30: Donate new and used electronics to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. Accepted items include computers, tablets, phones, printers, TVs, home AV equipment, accessories and more. Free.
  • Budget 101 at Camp North End-Junior Achievement Finance Room on January 30: This engaging session will show what makes up the City of Charlotte's over $3 billion budget and where the money goes to support city services and residents.
  • 2024 Schul Forum: Our Connecting Spaces at The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center on Febuary 1: Join the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, as well as local and national leaders, for dynamic dialogue on how the places where we connect in the Charlotte region could impact economic prosperity for all. Free.
  • Double Release at Birdsong Brewing on February 1: Join Birdsong Brewing for a special double release. The limited-release Turtles On Pterodactyls, and Rain, the sour ale made with 2,000 pounds of blueberries and strawberries.

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

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7. πŸ—£ What fans are saying

ICYMI: Carolina Panthers will play in Munich in 2024. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

We asked Charlotteans what they'd do if they took the Panthers' head coaching job. This is what they said:

  • "Build team chemistry."
  • "Hire a whole new staff."
  • "Fire Bryce Young."

Lots of hot takes. Watch all of the answers on Instagram.

🏈 Send your Fantasy Football group chat this newsletter.

  • And if you're eyeing McCaffrey's mansion, consider becoming a member.

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