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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Milestone begins fundraising campaign for lifesaving renovations

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 11:53 AM


One of Charlotte's most iconic music venues is asking for help from its supporters today in an effort not to become the most recent in a long list of Charlotte venues to shut its doors as of late. 

Late Tuesday night, owners of The Milestone in west Charlotte posted a video and a GoFundMe page to raise money for renovations that they say are needed in order for the long-standing venue to keep its doors open. 

Carlos Espin, known for his 14-year effort to bring the Area 15 warehouse near NoDa to where it is today, is set to buy the property where The Milestone sits, but said the building needs major renovations costing $150,000 to keep bands coming to the Enderly Park venue as they've been doing since 1969.

Needed renovations include replacing two roofs, one of which hasn't been replaced since the building went up in 1904. In fact, the building itself hasn't been renovated in those 112 years. 

"We don't have 14 years at The Milestone," Espin said in a video posted on the GoFundMe page. 

On that page, current co-owner Stephanie Hughes wrote about the history of The Milestone, which has hosted mainstream bands like Nirvana, R.E.M. and Melissa Etheridge to punk icons like Bad Brains, Black Flag and Fugazi. 

"In the past year, the face of the local music scene in the Queen City has changed dramatically, with the loss of Tremont Music Hall, The Chop Shop and Tommy's Pub," Hughes wrote. "One could call the west side institution, The Milestone Club, the underdog of the music scene, that one constant that has been a haven for up-and-coming musicians since 1969." 

She continued, "With a history as legendary as The Milestone's, the rickety Tuckaseegee Road club has managed to survive the eras of new wave, grunge, hardcore, post-punk and everything in between, lived to tell the tale, but not without its share of battle scars. Undoubtedly, the structure has seen better days since the original building was constructed over 100 years ago. The Milestone Club is badly in need of repair to continue to be the constant the city of Charlotte needs." 

In a Facebook post from co-owner Jonathan Hughes announcing the GoFundMe campaign, he humbly asked the music community for a helping hand. 

"It’s not anyone’s fault," Jonathan wrote. "It’s not the city screwing us or anything... it’s just time taking a toll on things. We don’t want to ask for anyone’s help. We’ve always just gotten by... but that said... we’ve always gotten by. We’ve never paid our rent late. We’ve never had our utilities cut off. We’ve never not paid a band what they were promised or earned. We’ve done it honest and we just want to keep giving our hearts and efforts back to you guys." 

Within just a half day of the GoFundMe page going up, Espin had already raised about $6,500, but much more will need to come rolling in to do what's needed to keep The Milestone alive. 

"I'm stepping up, doing what I need to do to keep The Milestone open for another 47 years, and I hope you'll step up and respond as well," Espin said in the video. 

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Things to do for Valentine's Day 2016 in Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Don't know what you're doing yet for Valentine's Day? Here are a list of suggestions for both couples and single folks. Since V-Day falls on a Sunday this year, we've also listed other events that are happening on Friday and Saturday.
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Friday, Feb. 12
Charlotte Symphony: A Symphonic Valentine at Knight Theater Conductor Albert-George Schram and the Charlotte Symphony present a variety of romantic selections for Valentine's Day. Featuring Charlotte-native Eva Noblezada on vocals. $29.50 and up. Feb. 12-13, 8 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Sealed with a Kiss at Duke Energy Theater Carolina Voices presents its second annual Valentines performance. The interactive kiss-themed concert, complete with sweet treats and a “kiss” cam, features special guests who will be joining the group to perform tunes like “This Kiss,” “Our Lips are Sealed,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Lips Are Movin’,” “Na Na Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye” and more. $10-$20. Feb. 12-13, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Lock & Key Party at SIP Lock & Key Party for singles, ages 25-55. At the event, you'll meet other singles, as you interact while trying to match keys with locks. Co-sponsored by Pre-Dating & SinglesEvents.com. For more information, contact Susan at 704-942-0177 or visit www.pre-dating.com/charlotte-speed-dating/. $22 and up. Feb. 12, 8 p.m. SIP, 200 North Tryon St.

Anti-Valentine's Day Party: Love Stinks, Let's Drink at BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon This anti-Valentine's day party lets folks raise a glass to single life. Register for a complimentary ticket, which includes free entry, drink specials, and giveaways. VIP package available and includes one dessert platter, one bottle of champagne, seating for up to six guests and party favors. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. Feb. 12, 9 p.m. BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon, 210 E. Trade St., Suite B-120. 704-971-4440. www.blackfinncharlotte.com.

Awesome Random Adventures Valentine Bar Crawl at EpiCentre Awesome Random Adventures' Valentine's themed bar crawl. Check-in and social mixer with a food buffet at Whisky River, from 7:30-10 p.m.;. Free entry at Suite and $5 drinks from 10-11 p.m.; and two additional venues from 11:15 p.m.-2 a.m. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/Awesome-Adventures-Charlottes-Best-20s-and-30s-Social-Club/. $10. Feb. 12. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskyriver.com.

Bubblyfest: Valentine's Weekend Edition at Bubble Bubblyfest will include four types of rose champagne. Enjoy samples from Chandon, Domain Carneros, Luc Belaire and Veuve Clicquot. 21 and up. There will also be a DJ and dinner reservations are available at 704-733-9427. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $35. Feb. 12, 8-10 p.m. Bubble, 210 E Trade St. 704-733-9427. www.bubblecharlotte.com.

Nuts & Bolts Singles Party at Whisky River Men will receive a bolt and the women will receive a nut and they are encouraged to mingle with each other to find a fit. Complimentary appetizers from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., drink specials and raffle entry are included in ticket price. 21 and up. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $17.86. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskyriver.com.

Couple’s Night Out: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Charlotte Fine Art Gallery Spend a romantic evening with your loved one by creating a piece of modern art. Paint your half of a vibrant heart shape on canvas, while your Valentine paints the other half. Acrylic and mixed media. All supplies included and refreshments served. 21 and up. Pre-registration required, call 704-541-0741. $70/couple. Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Charlotte Fine Art Gallery, 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite 9A. 704-541-0741. www.charlottefineart.com.

Love Sux Party at Howl at the Moon Live music, dancing, drink specials, games, and more. Bring in a shredded, mutilated, or torn photograph of your ex for free admission; otherwise entry is $8. Feb. 12, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Howl At The Moon, 210 E. Trade St. 704-936-4695. www.howlatthemoon.com.

"Fly Me to The Moon" featuring songstress Jessie Storey at The Tavern An evening of romantic jazz and soul ballads featuring a live jazz band conducted by Mayhue Bostic with vocals by Jessie Storey. Prepare to hear classic jazz favorites, soul ballads, and romantic pop tunes. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $11.54. Feb. 12, 9 p.m. The Tavern, 300 E. Morehead St. 980-272-1430. www.taverncharlotte.com.

I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin at CPCC's Halton Theater A celebration of the music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. The show includes classics like “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “White Christmas," “God Bless American” and “I Love a Piano." $5-$20. Feb. 12-13, 8 p.m.; Feb. 14, 2:30 p.m. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. http://tix.cpcc.edu/.

Innovative Works at Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance For this year's Innovative Works, presented by Charlotte Ballet, Sasha Janes has created choreography to the music of Jeff Buckley and Mark Diamond and draws inspiration from Japanese Taiko drumming. There will also be new works by David Ingram and Dwight Rhoden. Dessert and coffee with the dancers and artistic staff following the show. $25 and up. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon St. 704-372-0101. www.charlotteballet.org.

Matilda the Musical at Belk Theater Just admit it: Roald Dahl's Matilda was the kind of prankster we all wish we could have been as a child. Her telekinetic powers made us stare as glasses of water far longer than we should have and we'd have loved to skip some grades along the way. Based on the classic childhood novel, this Tony Award-winning musical adaptation takes us back. $29.50 and up. Feb. 12, 8 p.m.; Feb. 13, 2 and 8 p.m.; Feb. 14, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Carlos Mencia at The Comedy Zone Charlotte VIP meet and greet packages are available. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Feb. 13, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Feb. 14, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $25-$50. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

A Night in Rio: 7th Annual Brazilian Festival at Neighborhood Theatre There's dancing (and lessons, too), live music, authentic food and an all around lively atmosphere at this annual Brazilian event that's hosted by the Latin American Coalition. $15 and up. Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-942-7997. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

Saturday, Feb. 13
Valentease Burlesque Show at Visulite Theatre Burlesque show dedicated to love, lust and hedonism. Performances from Rebel, Meredith Sparkles, Amelia Bareheart (Atlanta), Veronica Broadchest, Ophelia PopTart, Dee Dee Perks, Blair Harley, and Big Mamma D. $15-$18. Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704-358-9200. www.visulite.com.

24th Annual Johnson Valentine Bash at Snug Harbor Hardcore Lounge will be headlining along with openers that include The Face Face Band and Heart of a Ghost. All proceeds will go to benefit RAIN (Regional Aids Interfaith Network). $5. Feb. 13, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 704-561-1781. www.snugrock.com.

Cupid's Undie Run in Uptown Cupid's Undie Run is a 1.5 mile run with folks who are encouraged to dress in their underwear. The event raises money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. To register, visit https://my.cupids.org/registration/ or for more information, visit www.cupidsundierun.com. Feb. 13, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Suite, 210 E. Trade St.

Pre-Valentine's Day Speed Dating for Busy Professionals at VBGB A mix of networking and speed-dating. The hosts will provide fun and quirky questions and games for participants. Admission cost includes one free drink and an hour of speed dating. Presented by Crown Town Flutter Events. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $20. Feb. 13, 6 and 8 p.m. VBGB Beer Hall & Garden, 920 Hamilton St. 704-333-4111. www.vbgbuptown.com.

I Would Cuddle You So Hard: Valentine's Bar Crawl in UptownThe bar crawl starts at Fitzgerald's Irish Pub from 6-7:30 p.m. where participants will be given a T-shirt, a koozie and wristband that gives them free access to the participating venues, including Fitzgerald's, Connolly's, SIP, Prohibition, TILT, Roxbury and more. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $16 and up. Feb. 13. Fitzgerald's Irish Pub, 201 E 5th St. 704-370-0687. www.fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.

Persona Bell: Persona in Love at Stage Door Theater
Vocalist and pianist Persona Bell plays her way through the love spectrum in this Valentine's eve performance. $12-$20. Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Stage Door Theater, Corner of 5th Street and N. College Street. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Be Wine Valentine at Rocky River Vineyards Rocky River Vineyard's annual Valentine's day event features specialty wine tastings, a bonfire, food trucks, music and Valentine's games. Free admission. Feb. 13, 1-7 p.m. Rocky River Vineyards, 11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland. 704-781-5035. www.rockyrivervineyards.com.

A Quickie With Romeo & Juliet at NoDa Brewing Company Chickspeare returns to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a zany version of Shakespeare’s greatest love story. Advance sales include one beer ticket. Beer from NoDa Brewing and food from local food trucks will be providing food available for purchase at each performance. For more information, visit www.chickspeare.com. $15. Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14, 1 p.m. NoDa Brewing Company, 2229 N Davidson St. www.nodabrewing.com.

Valentine's Day at Bubble Chef Jaime Colin has prepared a four-course meal featuring an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert, as well as a glass of house champagne for $125 per couple. There will also be music later in the night from a DJ. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. For more information and menu details, visit www.eventbrite.com. $125 per couple. Feb. 13, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Bubble, 210 E Trade St. 704-733-9427. www.bubblecharlotte.com.

A Night at the Movies at Queen's University's Dana Auditorium This one isn't quite V-Day themed, but we can bet there are plenty of couples who'd enjoy it. The band will present a history of American film music through the decades, from the silent era through today.The highlight will be a presentation of the Donald Hunsberger arrangement of the Star Wars Trilogy, composed by John Williams. Free admission. Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Queen's University's Dana Auditorium, 1900 Selwyn Ave. www.charlotteconcertband.org.

"Lady Ella" A Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald at Little Rock Cultural Center The concert honors Ella Fitzgerald. Under the leadership of saxophonist and music arranger, Letron Brantley, with the big band sounds of the Nicci Canada Jazz Ensemble the concert features classical tunes from Gershwin, and Cole Porter, as well as a telling reflection of Fitzgerald’s repertoire. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $15. Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m. Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St.

Desserts First Valentine Celebration at Cajun Canvas Bring your own Wine to pair with a dessert buffet and create a "Birds In Paradise" canvas painting. $45 per couple. Feb.13, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m. RSVP needed. Cajun Canvas, 11116-B South Tryon St. 704-504-5224. www.cajuncanvas.com/events/desserts-first-valentine-celebration-february-2016/.

The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence at UpStage Three Bone Theatre presents this play by Madeleine George. A loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines— that we depend on. $14-$16. Feb. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. UpStage, 3306 N. Davidson St., Suite C. 704-430-4821. www.upstagenoda.com.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Brunch with Benefits: Cupcake Wars at RuRu's Tacos & Tequila Taste cupcakes from local bakeries and bakers, as they compete to take home the title of "Best Cupcake Creator in the Q.C." There will also be $2 mimosas, $2.50 domestic bottles, $5 craft cocktails and half-off appetizers. Proceeds raised from the event will go to South of the Bully, which helps to save pit bulls in the Charlotte area. Donations appreciated. Feb. 14, 1-4 p.m. RuRu’s Tacos & Tequila, 715 Providence Road. www.rurustacos.com.

A Meal Made with Love at BLT Steak Charlotte The meal kicks off with aphrodisiac Kumamoto oysters with soy-lime vinaigrette or lobster and ricotta tortellini with basil pesto and watercress. Next, there's sea scallops with blood orange, marcona almond and ver jus vinaigrette or the peppercorn crusted NY strip with foie gras and huckleberry with sides such as white cheddar grits with crispy shallots and pork belly gravy or cauliflower with ras el hanout and golden raisins. Desserts include fudge cake with salted caramel, candied pecans and bourbon ice cream or passion fruit mousse with coconut cake, almond crumble. $60 per person. Feb. 14, 5:30-10:30 p.m. BLT Steak, 201 E. Trade St. 704-972-4380. www.bltrestaurants.com/blt-steak/charlotte/.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Bluz shows Buzz City Pride in new Hornets intro video

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 3:41 PM

While everybody's wrapped up in Carolina Panther pride, there's another team in town that's holding its own and they need your support. Despite a heartbreaking injury to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist before the season could even begin, the Hornets are holding down a respectable 10 - 8 record, one spot out of the playoffs if it were all to end today. But, fret not, we're not even a quarter of the way through the season. 

If you're having trouble finding your passion for the Hornets this season and need a way to get hype, we've got you covered. On Wednesday night, before their home game against hometown wonder Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors (the Hornets got worked), the team premiered "Buzz City Pride," in which local spoken word poet Boris "Bluz" Rogers sets the pace for a video montage that features everything from flyovers at the old Hive to buzzer beaters at TWC arena. We assume it will be playing before games for the near future, but you can check it out here before your next visit to the arena. 

Check the video out (you might want to move any breakables) and set it to your favorites. Hornets face the Bulls in Chicago on Saturday, so you can set the mood by watching this from your couch while in your underwear for all we care. It's all good. 



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Friday, November 20, 2015

Residents plan to mourn transgender murder victims to commemorate Transgender Remembrance Day

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 2:52 PM


Elisha Walker of Rowan County was found dead in a "crude grave" in Johnston County, more than 100 miles from her home, in August. - COURTESY OF TIME OUT YOUTH
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  • Elisha Walker of Rowan County was found dead in a "crude grave" in Johnston County, more than 100 miles from her home, in August.
While the city’s residents prepare to remember all they're thankful for in the coming week, members of the LGBTQ community and allies will be gathering in Uptown tonight to remember all those who won’t get the chance to celebrate the coming holidays because they've been lost to violence.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance has been celebrated throughout the country since 1999, when activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith created the day to memorialize Rita Hester, a transgender woman murdered in Allston, Massachusetts.

In recent years, organizers have commemorated the day with events in Charlotte, and will gather outside of city hall (the corner of North Davidson and 4th streets) to mourn the transgender people killed over the last year with a candlelit vigil tonight beginning at 6 p.m. 

Well-known genderqueer activist Jacob Tobia arrived in Charlotte this morning and will be the keynote speaker at the event. Tobia was recently featured as a subject in MTV’s reality docuseries True Life: I’m Genderqueer, and just this week Jezebel published a long-form Q&A with them.

For Parker Smith, transgender youth outreach organizer with Time Out Youth, tonight’s event will serve multiple purposes.

“To me, it is a time of mourning for us and at the same time it’s a call to action,” Smith said. “It’s a way to remind us that we have a very long way to go and still need to fight for those of us who are still alive.”

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Word Nerds: It's National Novel Writing Month

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2015 at 4:22 PM


Writing for a living is something I've wanted to do since I was a child. Now that I've been an independent journalist for nine-ish years, I can promise you that it's not easy, but I can also promise that if it's your dream to be a writer, it's a dream worth following.


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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Totally free "Carnival de Resistance" opens today

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 10:46 AM


The Carnival de Resistance is coming to Area 15, and everything about it is free. No, really. And that’s the point.

Branded as a “traveling carnival, village, and school for cultural transformation,” organizer Carlos Espin says it’s really about introducing Charlotteans to the idea that “money is not the answer – we are the answer to the world’s woes,” he says. “The wealth we seek is each other, it’s coming together,” he added.

With that in mind, everyone participating in the festival is volunteering to offer food, education, services (see Elegance with Excellence Event Planning), or as entertainment (see Brown Eyes Music  and JustHis League).

While it’s not specifically described as a Christian event, many of the organizers and volunteers are Christians and the event’s description has religious undertones that run counter to the exasperatingly popular “prosperity gospel.”

“It’s an anomaly. It’s different from what you’re fed every day,” says Ivan Mendez, a local Christian artist and carnival volunteer who says Espin is his mentor.

Here’s how the carnival’s Charlotte stop is described on Area 15’s website:


The Carnival de Resistance is coming to town Sept 18 – 20, 2015. This multi-talented Carnival crew, made up of artists and activists, will converge at Charlotte’s own Area 15 to reconstruct the big top and midway, village and school. On the lot of this colorful compound the Carnival will weave the worlds of art, activism and faith and all events are free to the public! The days will be filled with thought provoking performance, playful engagement in the midway, sacred space for song and theological reflection, and learning spaces which feature grassroots efforts, community artists and local businesses.

Espin says the performers arrived in North Carolina about a week ago and have been hard at work practicing their performances.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fury 325 to be featured on Travel Channel

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 11:49 AM

On Sunday, Aug. 2, at 10 p.m., on the Travel Channel, the show Epic Attractions will focus on Carowinds' new gigacoaster, Fury 325, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look of what it took to build it. 
Fury 325's first drop.
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From the plant in Cincinnati which built the ride's 6,000 feet of track to the water dummies that took more than 100 test rides, the show will examine the world's tallest and fastest gigacoaster culminating in host Chris Perry taking it for a test ride himself. 

It should be an interesting look at the making of one of the Charlotte area's most popular attractions.


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Friday, March 6, 2015

New vape escape in town — KURE Vaporium and Lounge comes to NoDa

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 11:06 AM

Vapers gonna vape vape vape vape vape. Smoke it out. Smoke it out.

OK, maybe Taylor Swift isn’t singing about the growing art of vaping, but the enthusiasm surrounding this news is certainly appropriate.

This Saturday, March 7, KURE Vaporium and Lounge (based out of Mooresville) is having its second grand opening celebration this year, the first in Gastonia in late January.

The globally recognized business received $4.2 million in funding from Siskey Capital and is wasting no time expanding, hoping to open at least eight locations around the country this year — at least two more in Charlotte.

And of all places for a new business flourish in the Queen City, this one is making its debut in none other than NoDa.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

No more pizza in Plaza Midwood, please

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 12:56 PM

It’s time to welcome the latest and greatest commercial venture to Plaza Midwood: The Penguin Swim Shop. Located at the restaurant formerly known as The Penguin Drive-In, its recommended pairing is the new Old Chatham Swim Club. As a side venture, located inside the shop will be Penguin’s Pizza, where shoppers can buy by-the-slice while perusing swimwear to wear at the community’s upcoming new pool.

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OK, OK, we’re just pushing buttons. The Charlotte Business Journal reported last month that a restaurant operator has purchased the spot, but what does the neighborhood actually want to see in the iconic space on the corner of Thomas Street and Commonwealth Avenue? We reached out to a few Midwood residents and business owners to find out.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Queen City Conscious Market: Where a purchase keeps on giving

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 2:25 PM

This isn’t your typical Toms One-for-One campaign. Two Charlotte locals are giving back by giving in to their love for local business and conscious consumerism.

Conscious consumerism is all about making purchases with a purpose — to better the community, and even world, we live in.

Karlie Winchell and Kayte Foras started the Queen City Conscious Market, coming Feb. 7 to Heist Brewery, to “inspire those in our community to make an impact with their day-to-day purchases,” says Winchell, “and to entrust their money with businesses who care enough to invest it back to make a difference.”

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