29 11, 2018

RETAIL CHANGE OF HEART

By | 2018-11-29T20:29:22+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on RETAIL CHANGE OF HEART

Moody’s Investor Services released some uplifting news for the retail community, namely that industry has turned a corner and growth predictions are on the upward trend. Retailers are finally starting to reap the benefits of investments aimed at cost efficiencies, enhancing their e-commerce capabilities and customers’ in-store experience. This, coupled with a strong economy, will [...]

6 11, 2018

The Vinyl Explosion: Why Are Physical Products Blowing Up in a Digital World?

By | 2018-11-06T21:13:24+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on The Vinyl Explosion: Why Are Physical Products Blowing Up in a Digital World?

From a historical perspective, the digital age is hitting its ‘adult years’ right about now.  Many of us watched the birth of the internet, connecting to IP addresses from massive terminals. We experienced the adolescent years through email, with thanks to AOL for cementing the immortal you’ve got mail soundbite into our hearts. We’ve just [...]

7 09, 2018

Walmart Joins Big Beer to Bet on Millennials

By | 2018-09-07T18:29:57+00:00 September 7th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Walmart Joins Big Beer to Bet on Millennials

It’s been over a year since Walmart purchased Bonobos and ModCloth. Initially, it was hailed as a bigger deal than Amazon buying Whole Foods, since it positioned Walmart as a real contender for the Amazon empire – finally. For months after the acquisition, the industry and general public at large debated whether these trendy boutiques [...]

9 08, 2018

Jason Thomas, of Charlotte Agenda, Talks All Things CLT Development

By | 2018-08-09T18:05:39+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Jason Thomas, of Charlotte Agenda, Talks All Things CLT Development

I sat down to grill the notorious development expert and lead development writer for Charlotte Agenda, Jason Thomas.   Jason has long been “obsessed with urban design and development.” He’s focused on future-proofing Charlotte, a city that he adores and has no plans to leave.   You’ve probably seen his articles breaking stories (or deals) [...]

27 07, 2018

Retail Design Institute: Business Owners Talk Retail Apocalypse or Retail Renaissance

By | 2018-07-27T19:05:47+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Retail Design Institute: Business Owners Talk Retail Apocalypse or Retail Renaissance

In an abandoned munitions depot in North End, Charlotte, I saw down with 5 incredible retailers at an RDI event, whom I likely wouldn’t have met with just 5 years ago.   Kathleen Jordan has been a retail practice area leader for over 20 years, with a bustling Italian food business.   Caleb Clark owns [...]

12 07, 2018

Wise Tips on Early Success and Scaling to Enterprise from Tommy Timmins (Plus How to Pour a Perfect Guinness)

By | 2018-07-12T18:00:45+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Wise Tips on Early Success and Scaling to Enterprise from Tommy Timmins (Plus How to Pour a Perfect Guinness)

Tommy is a fast-talking New Yorker, and he knows his stuff.   His dad was a NYC officer who, in an attempt to prepare for retirement, bought a restaurant called the Sugar Bowl, where Tommy worked during his summers.   Tommy moved to Charlotte to attend college. He saw the opportunity and development happening in [...]

27 06, 2018

Andy Misiaveg (Shopping Center Group) on the Transformation of Commercial Real Estate

By | 2018-06-27T18:53:11+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Andy Misiaveg (Shopping Center Group) on the Transformation of Commercial Real Estate

   Andy Misiaveg is a partner in the Charlotte office of the Shopping Center Group. He’s responsible for over 700 million – give or take a few thousand – since his career started almost 20 years ago.   Andy comes from a real estate family. His father, Bill Misiaveg, is a major player in the retail [...]

7 06, 2018

Wooden Robot Brewery CEO talks innovation, scaling challenges, and expansion plans.

By | 2018-06-12T18:56:13+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Wooden Robot Brewery CEO talks innovation, scaling challenges, and expansion plans.

  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 [...]

11 05, 2018

How has Charlotte’s coffee culture changed? James Yoder recalls the beginning and growth of Not Just Coffee.

By | 2018-05-10T21:38:40+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on 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 [...]

20 04, 2018

5 Reasons Your Restaurant Will Fail

By | 2018-04-20T15:46:27+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Your Restaurant Will Fail

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 [...]