Briefing for Thursday December 3

Briefing for Thursday December 3
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Hello Thursday. It’s Katie.

Uptown is buzzing with some exciting new, albeit temporary, retail options. There’sGoodwill’s trendy GW shop at the EpiCentre, a curated collection of donated goods reminiscent of what you’d find at Anthrophologie. There’s Tinselbox, a pop-up market featuring 15 local vendors at Foundation for the Carolinas. And there’s Blue Hem, an all-denim concept in Latta Arcade.

Right now, Blue Hem is the only one with a permanent future home and, unfortunately, it’s not in Uptown. Due to construction delays, they won’t be open in their Camden Gallery location until February so they landed the temporary Latta Arcade storefront presence for the holiday shopping season. This and the other two seasonal pop-up shops are thanks to the work of Charlotte Center City Partners, a sign that perhaps a stronger focus on permanent retail Uptown is in our future? I hope so.



Today’s Weather: 55. Clouds and sunshine on and off. 0% chance of rain.
Today’s Stat: $8,381. Money spent per student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,less than the state average.
Today’s Job: Digital Project Manager/Producer at MODE. Apply.
Today’s Charlottean: Chef Troy Gagliardo, restaurateur and TV personality, for the release of his cookbook Pseudo Southern.


Why Panthers PSLs are so hard to sell – and why this year might be the time to try [Dunn]
A Permanent Seat License (PSL) isn’t always ‘permanent’ and when it comes time to sell it can be tough to recoup the sizable financial investment that goes into being a diehard Panthers fan. But with Charlotte’s booming population and the team’s winning season, this could be the year to do it. The average price was $1,750 last year and has jumped to $2,300 this year.

Your guide to Uptown’s non-Starbucks local coffee options Uptown [Levans]
Why in the world would you battle the endless line at that sad little Starbucks kiosk at Bank of America when you could go literally anywhere else and depress me less? Mix up your coffee routine with a visit to Bar Cocoa at the Ritz or Modern Cafe at The Bechtler. Then of course there’s Not Just Coffee, Rush and Amelie’s. You get my point. You have options.

Bean-to-bar chocolate shop coming to Third Ward [Dunn]
Blair and Margo Potts recently moved to Charlotte from Virginia and have headquartered their chocolate business at The Foundry on Cedar Street. They’re already selling online but haven’t set up their tasting room yet. Chocolates are $32 for a 16-piece box. You can also catch them at the Tinselbox pop-up shop at Foundation for the Carolinas this week.

The idiot’s guide to Google Fiber [Moore]
Finally, someone answers the questions you were too embarrassed to ask about Google Fiber, like what it is. In case you missed the buzz, Google Fiber is coming to Charlotte. In fact, they started layer the fiber network back in June but haven’t given a timeline yet of when it will be available to customers. I don’t even care. I want it yesterday. 

Meet Kelly Keith, Charlotte’s psychedelic artist [Johnson]
Keith is a featured Skyline Series artist with a style that’s “vibrant, playful and otherworldly.” She says she paints all in red and then layers in highlights and lowlights to see what develops, a technique the results in what I can best describe as a sort of ominous whimsy. Check her out.

There’s no ‘Bah Humbug’ at Three Spirits Brewing [Wells]
A former emergency room doctor decided to leave the profession and turn his homebrewing hobby into a full-blown brewery. He named it after the three ghosts that prompted Ebenezer Scrooge’s change of heart and even made the image of the grumpy old man his logo. How seasonally appropriate.

21 kid-friendly holiday events around town [E. Dunn]
Well I want to do all of these. Santa’s Bag, a pop-up shop for kids with pre-wrapped gifts for $1 to $5, sounds like how I wish I could shop for my family at age 30. The Festival of Trees in Concord looks like a good place to take your Christmas card photo and let everyone believe it’s your home. And who among us doesn’t want to ride the Polar Express? Can I borrow someone’s kids?

Agenda Weekender: 21 things to do this weekend (Dec 4 – 6) [L. Williams]
Holiday party time is here. There’s the South End Holiday Party on Friday, the Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour all weekend and NoDa’s Christmas tree lighting on Sunday. Personally, I’m pretty excited about the ACC Fan 5K and Mascot Run because mascots are my favorite.

You tell us: Have you had a Charlotte New Year’s Eve disaster? [Williams]
I’ve never had a New Year’s Eve exciting enough to end in disaster. Here’s hoping you are all far more entertaining. 


People living in Myers Park and Eastover have the most student debt in Charlotte [Mapping Student Debt]. Lucky for them, they also have the highest income. Uptown, Midtown and Elizabeth come in close behind on the student loan balances. 

The Panthers’ Josh Norman pretends to be a different movie character each game [WSJ]. The star cornerback has played as Maximus from Gladiator against Tampa Bay and Optimus Prime from Transformers against Detroit. He goes so far as to memorize lines and poses to reenact between plays. This is incredible.

Panthers fan got choked out by security in Dallas [Deadspin]. It’s unclear what sparked the altercation but video footage shows the struggle. According to TMZ, the fan has filed a police report.

McNinch House is on Open Table’s list of 100 Best Restaurants in America [Thomas/CBJ]. Not surprised. This 4-diamond restaurant, housed in a historic Queen Anne-style home in Fourth Ward, is where I ate the best meal of my life. They run a reservations-only dinner service with prix-fixe menus from $79 to $149 per person. And we’re all in luck because I just discovered yesterday that they’re running a Groupon.

Tinselbox is open at Foundation for the Carolinas through Friday [Agenda/Instagram]. The holiday pop-up shop hosted by Center City Partners features 15 vendors, Not Just Coffee in the mornings and wine and cheese in the evenings.

Charlotte Cafe is closed indefinitely following a fire [Facebook]. A fire broke out at the Park Road location in the middle of the night on Tuesday. There were no injuries. We hope they’re back on their feet again soon.

Don’t miss Kinky Boots – 30% off tickets for Agenda readers[Invitation/Agenda]Blumenthal invites Agenda readers to 30% off tickets to select performances of Kinky Boots, the Cyndi Lauper-scored smash hit. It returns to Charlotte Dec. 29-Jan. 3 after a sold-out run in March. 

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– Katie

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