Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Andrew Knoblich

“Get a job, kid!” – we’ve all heard it, but finding a job can be daunting. If you’re an employer, you probably know the challenges with finding summer staff. You probably didn’t know that Charlotte has a program to meet these needs.

The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program has been connecting teens and jobs for years. Andew Knoblich joins us on Charlotte Real Estate Talk to tell us all about the program and how employers – and kids – can get involved!

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Sydney Duarte

In a city full of bankers, you often hear that what Charlotte needs is more of a funky, artsy vibe to attract young people. We’re getting there… with NoDa now a very popular place to live, and murals popping up around South End and North End as appreciation for them grows. They make Charlotte a more colorful place to call home, amid all of the glass and steel.

We have with us today on Charlotte Real Estate Talk, one of the people who makes our home more colorful with murals. Sydney Duarte – you might know her as the “traveling gypsy” on Instagram – paints murals with her mom, who is also an artist. You can check out one of them on the side of Two Scoops Creamery and we can’t wait to hear where else. Welcome Sydney, and first, thanks for making Charlotte more colorful!

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Katie Phillips

More than 48-thousand children in Charlotte live at or below the poverty level, and basics such as food, shelter, and healthcare are sometimes hard to come by. So it won’t surprise you that these same students have a very limited access to youth sports, where they could learn the skills and discipline that so many parents rely on to help their kids learn and grow.

Soccer FC is trying to change that. The Soccer Foundation of Charlotte provides access to these same learning opportunities through the game of soccer in under-served communities. Katie Phillips of Soccer FC is our guest on Charlotte Real Estate Talk to tell us all about this program that helps kids grow while having a ball.

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Rich Moyer

Beer and ice cream… maybe you don’t want to eat them together (or maybe you do?) but they are just two of the many business interests of our next guest on Charlotte Real Estate Talk.

Rich Moyer is a name you should know, and if you don’t, you probably know his brands that have hit Charlotte in just the past couple of years and been an instant success. We’re talking about Hoppin’, the first self-serve beer and wine bar in South End; Pinhouse, a similar concept in Plaza Midwood but with duck pin bowling; and Two Scoops Creamery, which just makes us want to go out for ice cream right now. Welcome, Rich.

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Matt Sharp

When our streets fill with runners for the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon, you’ll see some of the participants with distinctive blue T-shirts that say “Running Works.” It’s not just another run club though – the members of Running Works are running towards a different set of goals than most marathoners.

Running Works is giving Charlotte’s homeless population an avenue to take control of their lives through health and wellness, and helps them along that course with mental health counseling, group therapy, career development, and housing assistance, too. Matt Sharp is their Chief Operating Officer, and joins us now on Charlotte Real Estate Talk. Welcome!

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Tara Lane

There’s a saying that when you don’t know what to talk about, you can always talk about the weather. But… you may get more than you bargained for if you’re talking to our next guest on Charlotte Real Estate Talk! She’s the Chief Meteorologist at Fox 46 and has been forecasting Charlotte weather for nearly 20 years. She’s a pro — and we say a big WARM welcome to Tara Lane.

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Nicole Storey

If you’ve ever thought your neighborhood could use a little boost — like an entrance sign, sign toppers, more trees, or any number of things that would bring it together and make it nicer — there might be a city program to help. But who do you talk to, to find out? Our guest today on Charlotte Real Estate Talk might be that person. Nicole Storey is the Neighborhood and Community Partnership Manager for the city of Charlotte. She’s the woman who reaches out and serves as a bridge between Charlotte’s neighborhoods and city services to bring the two together, to make Charlotte better by making neighborhoods more connected. 

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Billy Brown

No matter how far along in life we are, or how successful, we all need a lift now and then. Billy J. Brown started life needing a lot of encouragement, and it didn’t come easily. But once you hear his story, you’ll be pretty motivated too. Thank you for joining us on Charlotte Real Estate Talk, Billy. You have an incredible story to tell.

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Ed Brown

Nothing starts a day like a great cup of coffee — and we know where you can get one. But this place is different — it’s where buying that cup of coffee or any of the delicious dishes to go with it, serves a purpose greater than waking you up and easing your hunger. It also helps men and women recovering from addiction and homelessness get back on their feet, off the street, and into more stable lives. Ed Brown joins us now on Charlotte Real Estate Talk to tell us the story behind Community Matters Cafe

Charlotte Real Estate Talk: Caylin Haldeman

Non-profit organizations, by definition, are more socially-minded than profit-driven, but they still need to sustain themselves to survive and maintain their mission. And despite their shoe-string budgets — or many times, because of them — they still need the same type of strategic planning, development, and support as a business. This week’s guest on the Charlotte Real Estate Talk is someone who helps emerging non-profits get on their feet, survive, and thrive. Caylin Haldeman is the Director of Cultivate, an incubator program for new non-profits, who does just that.