A few years ago, I got a call out of the blue from a friend saying that a few guys from Florida were heading up north to blow North Carolina out of the water with their unique brewing style and delicious beers. I get a lot of calls like that, but it’s rare to [...]
How has Charlotte’s coffee culture changed? James Yoder recalls the beginning and growth of Not Just Coffee.
In 2011, James Yoder and his wife, Miracle, opened up the first Not Just Coffee in Area 15 in Optimist Park. After spending four years in Europe working on a nonprofit, the couple had an unexpected move to Charlotte. After living in Italy, the family was struck by how coffee shops and cafes were ingrained [...]
Running a successful restaurant is hard, and takes a ton of work. Here are some signs to look out for. You expand too quickly. Restaurants need scale to become truly profitable. No matter how good and/or popular a restaurant is, there are only so many people you can serve in one location. This inevitable truth [...]
Over the years I have spent a tremendous amount of time with people that own restaurants or want to. I have learned a lot from all of these people despite myself. Below are some of the universal truths that have endured over the years. It’s going to cost a lot more than you think You [...]
What does it take to bring a food or drink concept to a mall, food hall, or other major retail development? You need to impress Adam Schwegman, the corporate vice president of eat and drink for General Growth Properties. GGP has 127 retail properties, mainly malls, from Maine to Hawaii. "My team is tasked with [...]
When a new real estate project is in development, there are a ton of moving parts: architects, strategists, analysts, brokers, design firms, planners. Bruce Leonard pulled all of these moving parts together in Streetsense, a strategy and design collective with a focus on brands and places. Leonard is a managing principal for architecture and planning [...]
704 Shop might not ring a bell, but the designs hard to miss. It's nearly a requirement to buy one of their flagship shirts upon accepting Charlotte as home. The brand has become iconic for Queen City pride. The store, which started out as an online retailer about five years ago, recently opened its first [...]
Within the development sphere, there are different types of development and different ways to approach a project. For Monte Ritchey, urban development has been his space. Ritchey has built a profile in the Charlotte market as the president of ACCESS Property Management, partner at Legacy Real Estate Advisors, and the president and founder of The [...]
Growth and development reporter Ely Portillo dives into Charlotte’s past and gives insights for the city’s future.
Take a 10 minute drive around Charlotte and it’s hard to ignore the signs of growth. Cranes dot Uptown and the surrounding areas, apartments and mixed use is going up at breakneck speed and new developments are cropping up in the suburbs. Ely Portillo Ely Portillo, growth and development reporter for The Charlotte [...]
Few names are as synonymous with the Charlotte food scene’s evolution as Bruce Moffett. The restaurateur and chef has been a driving force in the local industry for the past 17 years, starting with Barrington’s in South Park. Though owning several famed establishments in Charlotte wasn’t necessarily Moffett’s goal. “I had a son down here [...]