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 [...]

27 03, 2018

10 things you need to know before you try to start a restaurant

By | 2018-03-27T16:05:48+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on 10 things you need to know before you try to start a restaurant

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 [...]

23 03, 2018

Adam Schwegman with General Growth Properties explores the intersection of real estate and food.

By | 2018-03-23T14:35:59+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Adam Schwegman with General Growth Properties explores the intersection of real estate and food.

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 [...]

23 03, 2018

Bruce Leonard explains how strategy and data drive smarter developments

By | 2018-03-23T14:32:59+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Bruce Leonard explains how strategy and data drive smarter developments

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 [...]

23 03, 2018

Behind the brand with Scott Wooten, creator of 704 Shop

By | 2018-03-23T14:31:32+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Behind the brand with Scott Wooten, creator of 704 Shop

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 [...]

28 02, 2018

Urban Development Veteran Monte Ritchey on Lessons Learned and What’s Next

By | 2018-02-28T15:55:46+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Urban Development Veteran Monte Ritchey on Lessons Learned and What’s Next

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 [...]