Exploring Charlotte


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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Charlotte Squawks & The Biscuit Present – Vi-Way with Mayor Vi Lyles


June 6, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | Exploring Charlotte | Videos

The City of Charlotte Department of Transportation and the Arts & Science Council are both facing budget shortfalls. In order to achieve their respective missions, these two organizations have teamed up for the creation of the Vehicle-free Intra-Charlotte Wormhole Art-portals, utilizing the latest in inter-dimensional engineering and avant-garde art to move our people physically and emotionally. Watch this short video from Mayor Vi Lyles to see how this marvel of engineering and a triumph of the human spirit works. This video and more are featured in the current run of Charlotte Squawks through June 23. Tickets available here.


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Queen City Quiz Show


June 4, 2019 | By Matt Olin & Tim Miner | Exploring Charlotte | Videos

Friday, June 7 is National Donut Day. While it’s obvious we love biscuits in the morning around here, we enthusiastically support breakfast-time confections and carbohydrates in any form. So, Biscuit-baker, Tim Miner, quizzed Good Day Charlotte’s hosts Page Fehling and Jason Harper about Queen City donut shops to prepare them for the big day. And, to tempt you, here are links to all the donuts featured in the quiz. Please … don’t lick the screen. Pepperbox Doughnuts – Malted Blueberry Doughnut Suarez Bakery – Cold Brew Coffee Donut Reigning Doughnuts – Matcha Coconut Doughnut Uncle D’s Southern Donuts – Strawberry Cheese Cake Donut Dough Re…


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The Truth About the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence


May 20, 2019 | By | Exploring Charlotte | O.G. CLT | Videos

After decades of debate from scholars, patriots, and Charlotteans about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, The Biscuit is putting the balderdash to bed. On this, the 244th anniversary of the Meck Dec, we put those at the center of the scandal in our white-hot oven and smoke out the real story. What happened to the Meck Dec? Was it real? Watch this installment of “Broken Crowns” to discover the truth. Need some background on the Meck Dec? Check out the May 20th Society’s FAQ Page: http://may20thsociety.org/history/faq/


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Charlotte SHOUT!


May 8, 2019 | By | Creative News | Exploring Charlotte | Videos

Happy Wednesday! We are just one day away from the main events of Charlotte SHOUT! taking over Uptown, so … it’s pretty much like the Super Bowl. Music. Art. Food. Ideas. It’s a smorgasbord. Oh yeah … and we’ve hidden FREE ticket giveaways & specials for SHOUT! events in each article. Enjoy the hunt. And, get ready to SHOUT!


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We Want Answers


January 31, 2019 | By | Exploring Charlotte | Videos

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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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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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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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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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HUG LIFE: Stitching the Threads of Possibility


June 4, 2019 | By Bernice Mar | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Exploring Charlotte

Margaret Burton is an artisan. She’s a clothing designer (for Buffalo Jackson) and an emerging brand changing our relationship with clothes. At the same time, she’s making important inroads with young refugees and inner-city students by using sewing as a tool for transformation. She’s doing all of this through Project 658, a nonprofit ministry that serves at-risk families and refugee communities. “We believe by teaching these new skill sets, [students] can use fashion and creativity to write a new story for themselves and their community,” she says. With a flair for design, a heart for teaching and a passion for sustainable practices, Margaret is a…


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Four to Follow: Nikki’s Picks (Nikki Eason, That is.)


May 29, 2019 | By Nikki Eason | CLT Creatives | Exploring Charlotte | For Newcomers

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, Nikki Eason of The Androgynous Model, highlights four Instagram accounts she can’t get enough of. Here are her picks:…


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SHOUT! Shots – Creative Correspondents Capture the Spirit of the Streets


May 16, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | CLT Creatives | Editorials | Exploring Charlotte | Happenings

Last weekend, the inaugural Charlotte SHOUT! took over Uptown, SouthEnd and Camp North End for three days of creative revelry that capped off three weeks of over 200 artistic events — festivals, concerts, art installations, etc. – celebrating the Queen City’s 250th anniversary. For more information, visit CharlotteShout.com and click here to see the team behind SHOUT!, organized by Charlotte Center City Partners. With this many events enveloping Charlotte in 72 hours, it’s impossible for any one publication to cover … well … everything. That’s why The Biscuit chose to assemble a team of “Creative Correspondents” to cover the event with help from Porter Metzler…


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With over 200 events spanning BOOM Charlotte to the Blue Lapis


May 16, 2019 | By | Exploring Charlotte | Featured Image

Lights dancing on the Government Center, Charlotte SHOUT! unleashed the Queen City’s sense of wonder, creativity and a little bit of silliness. In our opinion, that’s just what the doctor ordered. CLICK HERE to experience the sights and sounds of SHOUT captured on Instagram by hundreds of Charlotteans!


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Make Clouds of Thought, Not War: An Interview with MCOT


May 9, 2019 | By Porter Metzler | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Exploring Charlotte

It’s just a fact that museums and galleries are the best places to see art? Right?  What if I told you the one best places to see art is while you’re standing on a corner, waiting for the light to change? Or on your short walk from the parking lot to work? Or sitting in rush hour traffic? Next time, glance at the stickers on the light post. Take a moment to look at the new mural that has been painted on the side of the building next to where you work. Look at the graffiti on the underpass while you wait for one car…


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There Can Be Only One DJ to Reign Over the Queen City


May 8, 2019 | By Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | Exploring Charlotte | Happenings | Music

Some may say that the glory days of epic DJ battles are over. Charlotte musician and producer, Dae Lee, says they’ve just started. When he heard about Charlotte SHOUT! and its focus on music, Lee decided the time had come to revive a time-honored tradition of DJs fighting it out to see whose skills reigned supreme in the club scene. He shared this idea with Charlotte Center City Partners as a way to celebrate Charlotte’s 250th anniversary and … with a little help from friends at Music Everywhere CLT, Party Rocker and CLT Loft Sessions … CLT DJ Battle was born. The DJ showdown will…


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Curb Your Metabolism: A Super-Serious Study on the Feasibility of Ingestion on E-Scooters


May 2, 2019 | By Bryan Li, Matt Olin | Exploring Charlotte

Let’s face it: Electric scooters are taking over our city. According to a 2019 study entitled “Assessment of E-Scooter Volume Solely by Looking Around,” there is currently an e-scooter for every Charlotte resident. It’s only a matter of time before e-scooters completely eliminate other forms of transportation, such as cars, light rail, roller skates and horses. At this point, you must be saying, “Hey, I do a lot of things while driving to save time. Things like shopping on Amazon, swiping on Bumble, eating my lunch. Am I still going to be able to do all those things while scootering?” Worry not, concerned readers. We…


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People of Charlotte: One Ticket for Queen City Trainspotting, Please!


May 1, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives | Columnists | Exploring Charlotte

People of Charlotte, meet Queen City resident Adam Schultz. Accidental creative. Photographer. Train Love. Dad. Mai-Lis Bahr, creator of People of Charlotte, has the best job in town — talking to the people who are making Charlotte a creative, colorful, surprising and exciting place to live. She shares them on her Instagram feed, Web site and here in The Biscuit. When did your love of photography begin? I picked up my first camera in the early ’90s, a Canon Rebel G that used film, just as the digital evolution was coming on. The intent at the time was just to have a decent camera for…


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