As we debate the future of brick-and-mortar retail, pop-up markets have attracted shoppers in greater numbers than ever. We have quite a few of them here in Charlotte, and a lot of you have probably visited one to do some holiday shopping during December. Someone who has really grabbed ahold of the idea of organizing pop-ups ins Jordan Dollard, of Esther and Elsa. Once a retail store owner herself, Jordan changed gears to organizing markets for a number of popular venues — and business has taken off.
If you’ve turned on your TV on a Saturday morning.. or caught a news show with a cooking segment.. chances are, you’ve seen Chef Alyssa doing her favorite thing for the cameras. In just 7 years, Alyssa Wilen and her husband, Andrew, have gone from hosting her first cooking class… to a new kitchen, catered lunches, take-home meals, and now, home delivery and online classes to still reach out to the community that can’t get enough of her. The online classes are just one way Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen has learned to grow and be flexible, in trying times that cut 95% of the beloved brand’s revenue in a very short time. Andrew Wilen joins to tell us about their growth, and more recently, their pivot.
There are plenty of social challenges in Charlotte, and gratefully, also a great number of non-profit organizations tackling those challenges, too. The annual SEED20 program is just one effort from Social Venture Partners that identifies and connects the community to some of the most innovative ideas for solving social problems. Social Venture Partners has invested more than $1.5 million dollars in 21 organizations since 2005, in addition to $350-thousand dollars just for SEED20 since 2012. That is a lot of good for our community! And SVP has just named a new SEED20 class in its first-ever online celebration and vote. Kristin Beck is joining us on Charlotte Real Estate Talk to tell us how this all works.
Mike and Scott discuss the Local housing market update and how we can support local businesses who are affected by COVID-19
If you’ve lived in Charlotte a long time, you know there are great areas, and areas you just drive through to get to other great areas. One of those was — and we emphasize WAS — a huge swath of land north of uptown, between Statesville Avenue and North Graham Street. The area was a grey, industrial collection of old brick factories just a little too close to the railroad tracks. Well guess what… just like South End has transformed from industrial to lively, now North End has too. We are specifically talking about Camp North End, which over the last 100 years has been a Ford factory, a bomb factory, and a warehouse for prescription drugs. And there’s nothing we like talking about on Charlotte Real Estate Talk more than transformation. Varian Shrum .. the Community Manager.. is here to give us all the details on this hip new place north of uptown Charlotte.
The key word for environmental awareness these days is sustainable. From how we get our energy, to where we get our food… there is growing awareness of the footprint we leave behind. And talking about growing awareness… our guest today on Charlotte Real Estate Talk is all about awareness of growing. Sam Fleming of 100 Gardens a hydroponic farmer, but he doesn’t run just one farm, he runs many — at local schools. And what’s even better, is that these hydroponic farms, or greenhouses, not only provide food for school lunches, in some cases, but to sell, make money, and — here’s the best part — TEACH kids about horticulture, chemistry, agriculture, business, and a number of other academic topics. Wow! And the key to it all…. is FISH.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has been a great resource for our community since its first predecessor opened in 1891 on South Tryon Street. Replaced 10 years later by one of the famous Carnegie Libraries, a public library in Charlotte has now stood on the same site in uptown since 1903. The Library’s reach has since expanded to all corners of our county through 20 branches, a children’s library, and digital access. But right now — the city/county library is making big plans for that original site on Tryon Street, for a NEW main library. It’s an ambitious, 3-year, $135-million-dollar private-public partnership, and we are full of questions about it. Luckily, David Dillard from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is here to tell us what we need to know!
Ahhh… Spring. They say it’s when a young man’s fancy turns to love. But sometimes it also turns to home renovations, as we get a new zest for spring cleaning and upgrades in our familiar surroundings. We have advice for that too, from someone who has nearly 20 years homebuilding experience. Joining us today on Charlotte Real Estate Talk is Josh Jones, of Jones & Hedges Custom Homes, with some practical tips for making that happen — whether you want to upgrade the house you’re living in, or renovate to sell and find something else.
We all know being a teen is rough — a time of transition and change in our lives, where we realize we are growing up and sometimes, just aren’t sure how to handle that. Our next guest is all about handling those teen years by learning who you are, by discovering what gifts you can share with others. Jen Band is the founder of the non-profit Playing for Others, which helps teens understand who they are through personal development, service, and the arts.
Art can transform a community, and it doesn’t need to be a statue in the town square to do it. Sometimes, a creative corner of a neighborhood can bring people together to work and share and get to know each other, while making an empty space a point of community pride.
The League of Creative Interventionists organizes projects like these in cities all over the U.S., including right here in Charlotte. Locally, they’ve just named their 2019-2020 Creative Interventionist Fellows, and we’ve got one here today on Charlotte Real Estate Talk. Welcome, Alex Alcorn.