6 things that have made us smile lately

6 things that have made us smile lately
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This content was created in partnership with Lineberger Orthodontics – Smile on, CLT.

Good news: there’s been a lot of good news this summer.

Right now, we could all use a few reasons to smile. That’s why we teamed up with Lineberger Orthodontics (literally the smile pros) to look back at the last few months and remember all the things that made us smile along the way.

1. Fun events in the works

Bunnies from Charlotte SHOUT. Photo: Katie Levans

Some of our favorite Charlotte events are happening in the next few months, many for the first time since 2019.


The first weekend in October is stacked with Charlotte SHOUT!, Taste of Charlotte, Moo & Brew Fest, the Breakaway Music Festival and Wine & Food Festival.

  • Booked and busy, amiright?

2. New businesses in Uptown

After a tough year for Uptown, a slew of new businesses recently opened, from a new ice cream shop to a luxury hotel. Here are a few standouts:

If you haven’t been to Uptown in a while, make a day out of it and explore some of the new (and old) spots.

3. Cheering on local Olympians

Erika Brown competes in the 50m freestyle preliminary during day 4 of the TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis at IU Natatorium at IUPUI on May 15, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Charlotte was well-represented on the roster of Athletes sent to the Tokyo Olympics. Here’s who medaled:

  • Erika Brown, a 22-year-old swimmer who competed in the 100m freestyle 4×100 freestyle relay.🥉 Brown swam the leadoff leg for the 4×100 relay team that won bronze.
  • Ryder Ryan, a 26-year-old baseball player from Huntersville. 🥈 Team USA won a silver medal in baseball.

Check out the full list of Charlotte-area athletes.

4.  A new art exhibit that became a popular proposal spot

Van Gogh starry night, immersive exhibit, camp north end

Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios Charlotte

The traveling Immersive Van Gogh exhibit made a stop in Charlotte and quickly became a hot ticket for art lovers and the soon-to-be-engaged.

It’s transformed Camp North End’s Ford Building with over 500,000 cubic feet of projections of Van Gogh’s work.

  • It’s here through October 31 so there’s still time to check it out (and even pop the question 💍).

5. Sports are back

Bank of America stadium empty

Fan Fest returned to Bank of America Stadium on August 6. Despite a little rain, fans celebrated and helped the team get hyped up for the season.

Charlotte will also host the upcoming inaugural Jumpman Invitational in 2022, which will bring top college basketball talent (from men’s and women’s teams) to the city.

Bonus: Uptown is gearing up for “the best weekend of sports,” on September 3-5 thanks to the Duke’s Mayo Classic Doubleheader and a few more events.

6. TJ Olsen’s successful heart transplant

TJ Olsen ringing the ICU discharge bell after his surgery. Photo via Atrium Health Levine Children’s. 

TJ Olsen, eight-year-old son of former Panthers player Greg Olsen successfully underwent a heart transplant surgery.

Bonus: Glory Days Apparel released a T-shirt with TJ’s smiling face and sales supported the Olsen family’s foundation, The HEARTest Yard.

Trying to kick your smile up a notch? Hit up the pros at Lineberger Orthodontics. They offer free Smile Consults.

Smile on, CLT.

This content was created in partnership with Lineberger Orthodontics. 

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