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Charlotte Is Sharing


June 18, 2019 | By | Uncategorized

The Daring Do Gooders of SHARE Charlotte and the head Biscuit makers from Charlotte Is Creative had a little pow wow in the “Yellow Room” at the new Hygge on Jay Street last week. What creative good will spin out of that meeting, you ask? Just you wait, darlings. Just you wait.


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We Wanna’ Know Your CFO (Cute, Furry Officer)


June 18, 2019 | By | Uncategorized

Does your company have a CFO … Cute, Furry Officer, that is? If so, we wanna’ know … and we want pictures and deets. Friday, June 21 is National Take Your Dog to Work Day because let’s face it, it’s just easier to get through the day with your dog. The Biscuit has an “on loan” CFO named “Daisy” from across the hall at The Living Room. Now it’s your turn: Send us a photo of your office dog by midnight this Friday. We need to know their name, age, title and a bit about them. We’ll pick the best and share their “LickedIn” profile…


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People of Charlotte: Jack Grossman Finds Bravery in the Forest


June 18, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives

Your heart will expand and be forever changed after reading Jack Grossman’s book, Child of the Forest. Based on the life story of a courageous young girl, Charlene Perlmutter Schiff, who bore witness to World War II, this story gripped my soul from the very first page. The only time I stopped reading was when my breath was taken away, thinking back to my own grandparents who lived in the Baltic forests for several months. Each time I closed the book, the main character stayed with me as if to say, “no one should ever be alone.” Charlene was alone for two years from age…


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Uptown Street Construction, Building Boom & Border Worries


June 18, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | Exploring Charlotte

If you’re reading this, you’re likely well acquainted with the belief that history is doomed to repeat itself. But, do you really believe it? Does the Charlotte of, say 100 years ago, really have any bearing on the Charlotte of today? Yeah, it kinda’ does. There are lessons to be learned and heeded as we move forward. At The Biscuit, we’re unabashed nerds about the Queen City. From Queen City Quiz Show to CreativeMornings/Charlotte, we want to dive deep and explore every corner of life here. And, every once in a while, we stroll back through the pages of history. The pages of the old…


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Can you bring order to chaos? Then, we have a job for you.


June 18, 2019 | By Matt Olin & Tim Miner | Creative News

Charlotte Is Creative is looking to engage the contract services of a project coordinator to make sure our creative cuckoo birds stay in the tree. Our nonprofit develops programs and initiatives designed to break the Charlotte mold and re-make it with creativity – into a city that draws people in, excites them, and inspires them to invest their financial, social and creative capital. NOW SEARCHING FOR: Creative Chaos Project Coordinator Do you pump your fist in victory when you finish off a well-ordered spreadsheet? Do you have a gift for getting the ducks in a row … especially if they really, really don’t want to…


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HUG LIFE: Alesa Moore Sings Loud and Soft & Does What She Loves


June 11, 2019 | By Matt Olin | CLT Creatives | Music

Those around Alesa Moore have always known she’s a singer. Now, thousands and thousands of people around the world know, too. She was recently awarded a HUG (Helpful Unfettered Gift) Micro-grant to assist her in creating a music video for one of her new a cappella arrangements with local videography company, 12AM Collective. All of Alesa’s arrangements are done solely with her own voice and the end result is remarkable. Case in point, on May 3, Alesa posted her a cappella cover of Maggie Rogers’ “Overnight.” On May 21, Maggie Rogers re-posted it (SEE BELOW) – with the comment, “i have full body chills. thank you…


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Empowering Hidden Leaders to Drive Community Change


June 13, 2019 | By Tim Miner | CLT Nonprofits | Creative News

“By design it’s called an experience, because it is just that. You won’t be able to unsee or un-know what you learn…” – Alexandra Arrington, Director of Community Impact for Justice Initiative When the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force released their key findings report in March of 2017, it sent shock waves across the Queen City. It explored many truths about social imbalance and opportunity gaps that many Charlotteans had long ignored and were didn’t want to admit. It’s become an oft-repeated statistic that a 2014 Harvard University study ranked Charlotte last out of a field of 50 major cities in economic mobility. But, the report…


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Four to Follow – QC Javi’s Picks


June 13, 2019 | By Javier Morales | CLT Creatives | Exploring Charlotte

Charlotte is home to thousands of Instagram accounts from Charlotte creatives sharing their work and their thoughts about the Queen City community. Many of them deserve more love and your attention. Where do you start? Who do you follow? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Each week, one of our guest experts will share four local Instagram accounts they think are worth your follows and likes — accounts they feel offer a compassionate, funny, inspiring or insightful eye on Charlotte. This week, our friend and collaborator, Javier Morales of Latino Alternativo, highlights four Instagram accounts that inspire his joyful explorations of the Queen City. Here…


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The #CLTAvengers Pick Their Favorite June Jams


June 11, 2019 | By Creative Correspondents | Exploring Charlotte | Happenings

When Charlotte SHOUT! took over the Queen City in mid-May, The Biscuit put out the call and assemble the team of city’s mightiest Instagrammers to cover all the excitement and spark joy. (We hear you, Marie Kondo.) We called them “Creative Correspondents.” After just one day, they dubbed themselves the #CLTAvengers … and it stuck. SHOUT! may be quiet right now, but June is chock full of fun. But, where to start? The #CLTAvengers are still out there, exploring Charlotte and sharing their love of the Queen City on the interweb every day. So, we’ve asked five of them to each share one event they’re…


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(Chef) Peter’s Passion for The Perfect Pizza


June 11, 2019 | By Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | Creative News

James Beard Award-winning chef Peter Reinhart may be known for bread. But, he has a passion for pizza. He’s quested coast to coast for his YouTube series and 2003 book, American Pie. And now, his journey has taken him to the Motor City to take a bite out of Detroit Pizza. Chef Peter, chef on assignment at Johnson & Wales University, worked for two years to delve into just why, after so many years, Detroit pizza has been crowned “the next big thing” in pizza. Chef Peter Reinhart – CREDIT: Heather Liebler “Deep pan pizzas have me very excited right now,” said Chef Peter. And,…


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VIEWFINDER: CreativeMornings/Charlotte on June 3


June 11, 2019 | By Heather Liebler | Happenings | Photography

The Charlotte community is brimming with creativity at every corner. But, it’s impossible to experience it all. When you can’t be there in person, the fun and excitement are often lost in the telling. Here at The Biscuit, we’re not into describing events you may have missed, but we love looking at them through the lens of one of Charlotte’s incredibly talented photographers. In this case, it’s Heather Liebler who shot last Friday’s CreativeMornings event at Discovery Place where Rebecca Henderson spoke on the topic of “Wonder.” Enjoy Heather’s photos below and check out more of her work here. Attend the Next CreativeMornings/Charlotte The next…


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Throwback Thursday – That time two Charlotte luminaries


June 6, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | Featured Image

Throwback Thursday – That time two Charlotte luminaries — Anthony Hamilton and Deborah Triplett – hugged in Romare Bearden Park. Go on, try not to smile.


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GIVEAWAY: Chef Peter Reinhart’s “Perfect Pan Pizza”


June 6, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | CLT Creatives

The man who wrote the book on bread calls the Queen City “home.” After running his own bakery, instructing thousands of students and authoring 12 books, including the James Beard Award and IACP award-winning book, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, it’s safe to say, that Peter Reinhart, chef on assignment at Johnson & Wales University, knows his bread. But, he didn’t stop there. He’s one of the world’s foremost authorities on pizza, too. Creator and host of the Pizza Quest webseries and author of American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza, Chef Reinhart is always on the hunt for the next big thing in pizza….


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Four to Follow: Full Groan Adult Edition


June 6, 2019 | By Rebecca Henderson | CLT Creatives | Exploring Charlotte

Charlotte is home to thousands of Instagram accounts from Charlotte creatives sharing their work and their thoughts about the Queen City community. Many of them deserve more love and your attention. But, where do you start? Who do you follow? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Each week, one of our guest experts will share four local Instagram accounts they think are worth your follows and likes — accounts they feel offer a compassionate, funny, inspiring or insightful eye on Charlotte. This week, our Insta-Picker is Rebecca Henderson — copywriter, designer, actress, creative interventionalist and social sculptor. Rebecca will be the featured speaker at CreativeMornings/Charlotte tomorrow,…


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Chef Ron Alhert’s Hat Says “Yankee,” but His Actions Say “Charlottean”


June 5, 2019 | By Allison Futterman | CLT Creatives | Exploring Charlotte

The story below is the latest in our partnership with People of Charlotte, exploring the exceptional individuals who call the Queen City home.  Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) has been providing tuition-free culinary training to people in our community who are facing employment obstacles. Their mission is all about giving their students a second chance in life by helping them to become skilled and employed members of the community. This incredible, local nonprofit has been operating for more than 20 years and is currently training class #63. In addition to changing lives for the better, CCSC has delicious, fresh, beautifully prepared food available to…


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Sprinkles of History: National Donut Day & The Salvation Army


June 6, 2019 | By Brent Rinehart | CLT Nonprofits | Creative News

Upon reading that tomorrow – June 7 –  is National Donut Day, you probably reacted one of two ways: 1) Eye-rolling about yet another National Blah Blah Blah Day, or … 2) Yay! Free donuts! But, did you know the history behind the beloved Donut Day celebration? It goes way beyond getting a free treat at your favorite bakery. The Donut’s True Beauty PHOTO CREDIT: The Salvation Army During World War I, Salvation Army volunteers, most of them women, set up small huts near the frontlines in France to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to American troops. They gave out writing supplies and stamps,…


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Fourth Time’s a Charm for Dupp & Swat


June 5, 2019 | By Tim Miner | Creative News | Exploring Charlotte

Unique people have unique ideas. Unique ideas need unconventional spaces. That’s how Dupp & Swat was born of two unique people in 2010 – siblings Dion (AKA Dupp) and Davita (AKA Swat) Galloway. “[Dupp & Swat] is whatever the community wants. We’ll continue to do events similar to that which we’ve always done and will say ‘yes’ to events not yet tried, not yet created, as well. If we have the capacity and aren’t already booked, consider it done,” said Davita Galloway. And then … it was time to move Dion and Davita Galloway In establishing the original Dupp & Swat, Davita and Dion created…


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Where are we in CLT?


June 5, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | Featured Image

WHERE ARE WE IN CLT? DJ Fannie Mae christened the new James Moore mural at Camp North End with a surprise show during End-To-End.


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Davita Galloway


June 4, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | Featured Image

Get another helping of The Biscuit tomorrow! We’ll be digging in with the indomitable Davita Galloway about her “new new” Dupp & Swat space at Camp North End. Photo by Joshua Galloway, the Creative Gent.


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I am new (and part Yankee). And, I come in peace.


June 4, 2019 | By Kellee Stall | CLT Creatives | Exploring Charlotte

Kellee Stall is a creative who recently moved to Charlotte. We asked her to tell us about her experience and, in her opinion if, indeed, #CharlotteIsCreative. This is the first of series of stories about her explorations — and insights — into the Queen City creative community. We were writing a musical. It was over the top ambitious.  It was a comedy or a drama or a documentary — depending on who showed up to our weekly meeting. Me and my creative wolf pack. But, after 25 years of living in Crystal Lake, Illinois, I was moving to Charlotte in less than a week. I…


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