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No fire could keep it down, and with a much-anticipated grand opening in March, RiRa is officially back. The best after-work patio is once again open for business. The owners were able to salvage a lot from the original pub, but they also added something new: sprinklers.

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Teton Gravity Research (TGR) came to town and packed the Visulite. Almost 300 people turned out for two showings of TGR’s latest release, re:sessions. Everyone got their fill of backcountry skiing and international travel, just in time for a couple of late turns this year or already getting prepped for next.

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Shelly Shepard, an editor/writer, called The Charlotte Observer home for over 10 years, writing headlines and copy editing countless front-page stories. Wanderlust has taken Shelly from teaching English in Prague, to living in a hut in Thailand. If not working, chances are you’ll find her hiking. Professionally, Shelly’s at home with a page of words in front of her, a mouse in hand and a deadline looming.

Deciding to move to Charlotte a few months ago was an easy decision for Jessica Bitner. Tired of the heat and humidity in Orlando, she has now settled comfortably into the charming Plaza Midwood area. Working as an Account Executive for Uptown Magazine, Jessica is quickly learning about all the unique characteristics of the Queen City. During race season, you’ll find her hanging at the local tracks promoting her clothing line for female race fans.

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Charlotte native Matt Kokenes is no stranger to the media-sales business in the Queen City. He has been selling both print and television for almost seven years. Through perseverance and intestinal fortitude, Matt has shown he has the toughness to succeed in this business.

G. Clay Whittaker has spent his first year as a college graduate sponging off his generous parents. While his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing has helped him procure freelance writing gigs, he has found ample time for the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest List, and taking wine classes through Johnson & Wales University. He recently purchased an IBM typewriter from eBay using his Macbook.

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Photographer Jim McGuire has trouble defining himself in a few words plus it’s really weird to write stuff about yourself as if you were another person. Basically Jim likes what he does and he still gets excited about going to work everyday. He’s pretty good about being on time and doing what he says he’s going to do. His wife Laura is his rock. Jim’s photographs appear in the fashion section of this month’s issue. jimmcguire.com

Catherine Rabb opened Fenwick’s on Providence in 1984, and is very grateful to folks who eat there, because Fenwick’s is still there today. Catherine also had another place, Catherine’s on Providence, for a number of years. Although she is a cook, her hobby is wine, and she teaches beverage classes (wine, spirits, beer) to culinary students at Johnson & Wales University. It’s a tough job to drink wine and pair it with food every day, but someone has to do it!

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I am driving east on 10th Street, and I come to a stop where 10th crosses over Church. Sitting at the stop sign, in my Forerunner V-8 relaxing, I am once again tested. Good vs. evil, the law vs. anarchy. Do I promote lawfulness by taking the long way? Right down Church, left on Ninth, left on Tryon toward my final destination of 11th. Or do I seed the weeds of anarchy by sneaking 10 feet the wrong way up Church in order to slip back onto 10th and more quickly reach my destination. Kids are not in the car, I’m by myself and NPR is rockin’. Yep, I’m making the move. I look all around, make sure no blue lights are near and I efficiently accelerate across Church with a smile on my face and the devil in my heart. Too bad this is probably the most common traffic offense in all of Charlotte. So common, in fact, that there were not one but two of Charlotte’s finest waiting just for me. He didn’t even turn on his siren, just flipped on the flashing blue lights. I pull over, pull out my license, roll down my window and say nothing. Just hand over my information. He heads back to the squad car, writes a ticket and is kind enough to push my court date out a good four months. Reason being so I can attend a defensive driving course and have my ticket thrown out. I thank the officer for the small favor, mention nothing of my other two defensive driving courses in other states and move on. Fast forward to last week, after I procrastinated for a good 3 1/2 months, my court date is in a week and I have to go to class and I have to go now. I just can’t bear the idea of four hours in a classroom with a Ben Stein wannabe up front droning on about seat belts and turn 20

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signals. But I pay my money and show up in a panic three minutes late to class. I’m in a panic because in large bold print, all over my class information, it reads: “LATE ARRIVALS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE CLASSROOM.” Fantastic. I am floored when I get to the building where my class is being held; the people behind the counter are nice and let me in. Thank the dear infant baby Jesus. I’m in. Howard is our instructor, and he looks and acts as you would expect a driving instructor to. Shirt tucked in to within an inch of its life, pressed pants without a wrinkle and every word from his mouth is by the book. He explains the rules of the classroom to us and what we’ll be discussing. He goes into his shtick and 15 minutes in I’m already playing the drum intro to “Hot for Teacher” with my index fingers and big toes. But 10 minutes later he’s pulling me in, throwing out some statistics and cracking a couple jokes. Not bad. One of the statistics that he throws out is about texting and driving. It’s the fact that I am TWICE as likely to die while texting and driving than while drinking and driving. I’m floored. I’m a huge proponent of texting while driving. I do it all the time, and I openly scoffed when the law was passed banning texting while driving. I sent many deep, meaningful tweets about the absurdity of the law. Heck, I even tweeted while driving about the absurdity of a law against texting while driving. I asked, what about eating while driving, or changing the radio station while driving, or changing your clothes while driving. What about that?! But twice as likely to die texting while driving than drunk driving. Wow. Howard was a crash-scene investigator for 28 years with the Charlotte police department, and he backed up his statistics with unpleasant depictions of car crashes that he had investigated. Crashes in which life and limb, moms and dads, and brothers and sisters were lost. So I paid attention, and thought of my wife who has supported me through the insane ups and downs of this magazine, and my two little sweet peas at home, Kate and Anna. And I thought how wasteful it would be if I, having survived the last 37 years, die while texting Shane (a buddy), explaining to him why he looks so ridiculous with such an enormous head on top of such a small body. So that’s it. I can’t say I’m going to try to stop going the wrong way down Church but I am going to try to stop texting while driving. I really am. Cold turkey is hard, and I can’t say that I don’t fall off the wagon now and again, but I’m taking it one text at a time. ~Todd Trimakas Publisher / Editor Todd@uptownclt.com

Publisher Todd Trimakas Advertising Jessica Bitner Matt Kokenes 704.944.0551 Executive Editor Shelly Shepard Contributing Editors Peter Reinhart (Food) Ryan Sumner (Fashion) Contributors Clay Whittaker George Lanis Jim McGuire Little Shiva Catherine Rabb Photography Ryan Sumner Todd Trimakas George Lanis Cover Art Todd Trimakas Distribution Sean Chesney Office 1600 Fulton Ave., #140 Charlotte, NC 28205 Contact us at info@uptownclt.com Uptown Magazine is a trademark of Uptown Publishing inc., copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Uptown is printed monthly and subscriptions are $25 annually and can be purchased online at uptownclt.com.

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“ All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Lucy, in the cartoon strip “Peanuts,” by Charles M. Schulz Ah, chocolate. Decadent, creamy and rich. It is no wonder people say, “Forget love … I’d rather fall in chocolate.” Chocolate is the taste that has fueled the palates and imaginations of people around the world for centuries. The ancients called it Elixir of the Gods, and many people today would resoundingly agree.

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ong ago, a magical tree grew in what is today Mexico. The ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations used beans from the tree as money, and cacao beans from the trees’ pods were brewed into a coveted drink. It is said that Montezuma II, Emperor of the Aztecs, was served whipped frothy chocolate in a golden goblet, which he ate with a golden spoon. When the fierce Spanish conqueror Cortes opened the doors to the Aztec treasury, he expected to find gold and jewels, but instead found mounds and mounds of cacao beans. Cortes brought chocolate and the knowledge of how to prepare it back to Europe, and a few decades later, cocoa mixed with milk and sugar became Europe’s most fashionable drink. The advent of the machine age created chocolate as we know it today, separating the components of the beans, and the technology allowing the creation of the chocolate bar in 1847. Chocolate producers have never looked back, with each generation of chocolate producers bringing more innovation to this ancient gift of nature. Unlike money, chocolate really does grow on trees. The Theobroma cacao tree, specifically, grows in tropical regions 20 degrees north and 20 degrees south of the Equator. Pods grow directly from the trunk of the tree, and each pod is filled with about 40 beans protected by a sweet, sticky pulp. The seeds and pulp are scooped out and fermented together for several days to develop the flavor. The beans are then dried and roasted. Various methods

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creations by jwu chocolatiers

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are used to create different styles of products. For the past few centuries, large companies have dominated the production of chocolate. These companies invented and perfected methods of producing high-quality chocolate. Nestle, Lindt, Godiva, and Valrhona are examples. It’s big business. About $42 billion of chocolate is consumed annually, and cocoa beans are traded as futures on the stock exchange. This is an almost revolutionary period in the rich history of chocolate. In the past 20 years, worldwide consumption of chocolate has doubled. Chocolate-loving consumers have reached new levels of sophistication and are demanding, and getting, more from their chocolate experience. Chocolate lovers are chasing intense flavor experiences and seeking out the

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highest-quality chocolate available, and often looking for local producers. I brought back a box of handmade chocolates from San Francisco a couple of weeks ago and shared it with my fellow instructors at Johnson & Wales University. We gathered around the box like groupies at a rock concert, tasting, talking about and sharing each exotic piece. Lavender-infused, chili- spiced, salted caramel-flavored bites of incredibly good chocolate made for an amazing taste experience. This is one of the most exciting trends in chocolate, the combination of excellent-quality chocolate with exciting spices and seasonings. Amy Felder, Johnson & Wales instructor and author of “Savory Sweets,” is a master of exploring the delicate balance between sweet and savory flavors in desserts. She’s on a mission to find just the right amount of sweet and just the right amount of savory flavors to create exciting, vibrant flavors. Felder thinks of chocolate as a big, bold flavor and likens chocolate to a “bright red oil painting with jagged edges.” Felder prefers to use flavors with enough character to stand up to the chocolate, like ginger and cumin. The habanera chili-spiced chocolate I adored from that San Francisco box makes me think she’s right on. Consumers are also demanding locally made chocolate. Leslie Vilhelmsen, owner of the Charlotte Chocolate Company, is helping meet that demand. After falling in love with chocolate as a teenager, she spent 25 years as a licensed Customs House broker. After leaving that job, Vilhelmsen began hosting neighborhood teas and serving chocolate, really good chocolate that was a huge hit with her guests. With encouragement from friends, she decided to follow her heart and start a chocolate-making company. Vilhelmsen got serious and studied with some of the best chocolatiers in America. She has developed a line of chocolates for special events and often customizes chocolates for businesses. Vilhelmsen even created one just for Charlotte, a molded chocolate with the imprint of the trolley. Vilhelmsen calls chocolate a “little

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luxury for oneself,” and she delights in handcrafting that bit of luxury for her customers. Next up is perfecting an old family recipe for a nutty chocolate bar, which she hints is “happiness in a bar.” At a dinner at Bonterra Dining and Wine Room, I fell hard for the handcrafted chocolates served there. Produced by husband-and-wife team Joal Fischer and Deborah Langsam of Barking Dog Chocolatiers in Charlotte, these are gorgeous chocolates with intriguing flavors. I fell even harder when I learned that this couple donates all profits from the candy to the community. Seventy percent of the price of the chocolates goes to local charities, including SupportWorks, a self-help, nonprofit clearinghouse Fischer founded to help people find medical information and support. They also support Friendship Trays and NC MedAssist. This is chocolate with a conscience. Fischer is a retired pediatrician, and Langsam is a retired professor of biology (currently a fiber artist as well) who, along the way, fell in love with chocolate. The pair spent vacations immersed in chocolate, traveling and studying. After a course at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier in Paris, Fischer says, “It was all over ... we were totally hooked.” The science appealed, as well as the meditative aspects of creating chocolate. Fischer chuckles, “Slow food? There isn’t anything much slower than chocolate!” The couple recently created a chocolate laboratory at their home, with 50 to 200 pounds of chocolate on hand at any given time. Purists about their ingredients, Fischer comments that “the quality of the groceries used is critical, because great ingredients simply work and taste better.” They source freshly ground spices and select the appropriate chocolate for each flavor, choosing among eight brands. They have painstakingly created their own recipes, with the goal of creating chocolate that is perfectly balanced, with chocolate and flavorings in harmony. Their mission, they say, is to make people smile, and 30

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they have certainly achieved that goal, on many levels. Just like other food these days, people want to know where their chocolate comes from. Traditional chocolate products are often a blend of regions, as chocolate tastes different from different places, but there is a growing interest in single-origin chocolate. Geoff Blount is a certified executive pastry chef and instructor at Central Piedmont Community College. He’s also headed out this month to try out for a coveted spot on the United States Culinary Olympic Pastry team. Blount recently returned from a visit to the Waialua Estate Cacao Plantation, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where he tasted cacao from the pod. Blount came back raving about the experience of seeing the origin of this chocolate, grown, made and produced on American soil. Blount says he is definitely seeing an increase in interest in single-origin, “micro-roast” chocolates on the market. A new generation of chocolate lovers is diving into the science of making chocolate, and into the art of creating fabulous flavors. Ron Pehoski, instructor at Johnson & Wales University, is teaching a chocolate class for eager students. Pehoski believes this is a particularly exciting time for chocolate lovers. He comments that “anything goes in chocolate right now.” He’s tasted baconfilled chocolates, chocolates with wine-flavored centers, and even an assortment of chocolates seasoned with five kinds of salt. Watch a chocolate class, and the science is evident. Chocolate is tricky to handle, and students work hard to master the technical skills of tempering (melting) and handling chocolate to ensure that the final product is attractive and delicious. Chocolatiers study and practice for years before they are adept enough at the practice to make truly excellent chocolates, much less before they can create signature flavors. It’s an exciting time to try something new in chocolate. Eat locally, or branch out and try some of the exotic new flavors on the market. Think of it as research. And what enjoyable research it is. U Reach Catherine at Catherine.Rabb@jwu.edu For more info go to www.uptownclt.com

Contact Information: Charlotte Chocolate Company Leslie Vilhelmsen charlottechocolate.com 704.577.4772 Barking Dog Chocolates Deborah Langsam and Joal Fischer woofwoofwoofwoof.org 704.333.1595 Central Piedmont Community College cpcc.edu Johnson & Wales University International Baking and Pastry Institute jwu.edu

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Jennifer Roberts, Chairman, Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Jennifer Roberts is an at-large commissioner serving her third term on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. She is currently an adjunct professor in the International Studies Department at UNC Charlotte. Is Charlotte as polarized right now as the rest of the country? What are the things that polarize us? In some ways we represent that and in some we don’t. If you look at the last two budgets the county passed, we had unanimous votes. When you look at the transit issue, you had Republicans and Democrats who were coming together to say we need transit and this is going to be a great way for our community to address a number of things, and again there was a lot of working together. If you look at the Chamber of Commerce, and the way it has targeted certain industries we need to develop to bring jobs back to Charlotte, that is a message that Republicans and Democrats are singing together. There’s a lot more focus on some of those key issues

that matter, and a lot less use of partisan rhetoric than you might expect. What are the important issues as we head into primary season? Definitely the economy, you know. Jobs, jobs, jobs. We’re hearing that at every level. The state, which is focused on transforming North Carolina into a 21st century economy, has restructured its taxing and industries so that it can compete. And at the local level, you know, most of the economic grants we work on, we work on together. Some of the issues that we’re going to hear more about are access – you know, do we have enough programs for small business. The city and county are looking at things that have worked in the past in terms of small-business lending. We have positive programs for minority businesses, womanowned businesses. And work force development and job training – is our community college keeping up with new technologies in the marketplace and the needs that there are? Are they keeping up fast enough? And I think they are. Those things are part of that conversation to make sure that we are thinking through

every scenario and making sure we get companies to move here. If we want to attract businesses, we have to make Charlotte a great place for their employees. What will Charlotte look like in 12 months? What will be different? My hope is in 12 months that the job growth will have continued, that we’ll see that job growth come back, that we’ll see we’ve been able to manage through a tough time, that we haven’t had a drastic cut in those services we need, that the volunteers have stepped up, whether it’s tutoring or whatever. And corporations will have stepped up, too. My hope in 12 months is that we will have some optimism that comes from feeling like we’ve turned the corner. I don’t think anybody is saying the recession is going to end tomorrow, in terms of the impact on households, but I’m hoping that we’ll have some more optimism, some more business relocation, more grants come into the community, whether it’s from donations or the federal government – that really sustain that longterm infrastructure that we need to live and work.

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David Taylor, President, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture David Taylor was named president of the Harvey B. Gantt Center in July 2009. Prior to that, he served as chairman of the AfroAmerican Cultural Center’s Board from 2004 to 2006. How is the first year of Charlotte’s new Cultural Campus going, and what is coming up? It’s going very well. Certainly with the opening of the Gantt Center, the opening of the Knight Theatre, and the Bechtler Museum, it has created some sense of synergy and life that didn’t exist prior to that. And with the anticipated opening of the Mint Museum in the fall, I think we will have one of the unique spaces in the region. What successes has the Gantt Center seen in promoting African-American culture? It’s been seeing visitors from across the country. From a tourism perspective, we’re seeing new traffic that we never saw before. Tourism certainly is a niche market that we continue to want to expand on. 34

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We think that’s driven largely by some of the unique and outstanding work that our curator, and our program and educational team, and I have put together. The first six months have really been phenomenal. I even get more excited about some of the outstanding exhibitions that are coming up. I think another important success is the community involvement. When we opened to the public, we had a crowd of over 10,000 people show up. You saw it on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We had approximately 3,000 people come to the center to enjoy the programming. We saw multiple generations in our classroom or in our performance suite reliving or experiencing some cultural component of the lives of American and African American history in this country. What still needs to happen? What’s missing? More than anything it is continuing to build out relevant programming that people want to embrace. When we opened this facility it was really about us continuing to find really compelling cultural experiences that we present to people. I applaud the community for their effort in terms of sup-

porting the Gantt Center. We certainly always need more and want more, but I think first and foremost it’s about us presenting compelling programming that people want to see, and we’ll continue to evaluate that everyday. What’s missing is those folks who haven’t visited yet. Make that investment and visit once. Connect some way. One of the opportunities we have is the diverse programming that lets us touch people, so we’re really excited about the ability to touch people through performance arts or education or book signings. We’re excited about continuing our responsibility to provide compelling programming. As Charlotte moves forward, what is the Gantt Center’s role in the African American community, and in the arts community? They’re generally one and the same. Our goal is to promote African American art, culture and history in the community. There is really no American history without African American history. So at this time I think we have a sole responsibility of simply telling American history through the eyes of an African American experience.

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Arthur Gallagher, President, Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Arthur Gallagher was named president of the Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus in January 2003. Gallagher is also currently on the board of advisors for the Charlotte School of Law. Are our graduates staying in Charlotte, or are they moving away once they’ve earned degrees? JWU alumni data suggests that they are finding gainful employment and many of them are staying in the area. We also have evidence that some have come back after testing the waters elsewhere. Joshua Cain ’06, executive pastry chef, Ritz Carlton in uptown Charlotte, relocated to Charlotte after working as a pastry chef in Georgia. Shane Pearson owns Savor on Morehead Street. Our grads are showing entrepreneurship. Senior Stephanie Goldstein recently opened Tasty Yo, a yogurt shop in NoDa. Our students and graduates are working in area hotels, CRVA and Levine Museum of the New South, just to name a few. JWU has strong relationships with Harpers restaurants, Bissell Companies, Marriott, Hilton and

Compass Group. Graduate relocation decisions are influenced by opportunities available in their fields. Are we providing enough opportunities for recent graduates? What can we do to improve? The hospitality industry has been affected by the economy with some restaurant closures, low hotel occupancy, but no major chains went under. There is optimism in the air in part due to the upcoming Spring Expo/on-campus recruiting. Thirty-seven employers are coming to campus for the Spring Expo to hire students for internships/jobs, including: Darden Restaurants, Biltmore Company and Kiawah Island Golf Resort. As the financial sector returns to health, we should see more opportunities for our College of Business students. We have an aggressive plan for getting students on internships in their senior year for 2010-2011. The opening of Ritz Carlton, Springhill by Marriott in Ballantyne, Aria, Taste, Siemens, Electrolux…all created/are creating new opportunities for our students and graduates.

Who are our biggest competitors for undergraduate and graduate applicants, and how do we compare? There is intense regional competition – fabulous schools in Charlotte and the region, good institutions that contribute to the supply of talent. Availability of talent attracts start-ups and entices others to relocate to the region. JWU has added value to our accounting program by aligning with the Institute of Management Accountants. The program prepares students to sit for the certification exam. The certification prepares students for career advancement. What trends can we expect to see in nearby colleges and graduates in the next few years? Increased synergy/partnerships with the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, graduate education (law school, new business programs), and a JWU online four-year food service management degree. You will also see increased applications for graduate and professional school as long as employment remains tight, as well as large enrollments at community colleges.

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Anne Marie Howard – CEO, Charlotte Regional Realtor Association Anne Marie Howard has been the CEO of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association since 2001. Prior to that, Howard served as deputy executive director of the Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition. Have EpiCentre and the Cultural Campus increased uptown’s draw as a place to live – not just work? Absolutely. I hear people talking about both all the time, and it’s really starting to become a regional draw for entertainment. And more people are making uptown Charlotte their destination for entertainment, which is really cool. And it’s new, it’s a change, so the word’s definitely getting out. What demographics are being attracted to uptown and to Charlotte as a whole? It’s a variety, and uptown in particular ¬ I think with the growth they’re getting everything from the young singles to the empty nesters and everything in between. I think that uptown living is just a microcosm 38

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of the whole of Charlotte. However, there is evidence that some young families are being attracted to uptown living. What does uptown need to offer to win over the young professionals? Are we drawing them now? There’s been a lot that’s happened in the last couple years to draw the young professionals, but I think more needs to be done. More needs to be done in the way of retail in the way of shopping and restaurants, and more neighborhood full-service grocery stores. But I think we’re getting there. I think a lot has been done to beef up entertainment, and the variety of entertainment uptown. I also think transportation is a lot easier, so I do think young professionals are being drawn. I do see uptown Charlotte as having the amenities to continue to attract that young professional, and if they can get enough full-service grocery stores and parks, they will even increase the number of young families. Does a bad economy hurt Charlotte’s chances of populating the residential sections of uptown more than the

suburbs? Can those areas come back if left unoccupied until the economy recovers? I don’t think you can say “more than,” because clearly it’s all about personal choice. In fact, with some condos going to rental, it’s actually going to help because that will provide more options for people to not necessarily have to buy. So it will provide that spectrum of availability along different price points. I do have a sense that in a weak economy, when people are watching every penny they spend, and there are options to move to a place closer to work and not rely on a car, there’s a possibility that the population will continue to grow in uptown. What can we expect to see in the coming year? We are going to skip along the bottom, and 2010 is going to be similar to 2009 from a job standpoint and consumer standpoint. We will start to pick up, and a year from now we will be slightly better than we are now, and we’re slightly better off now than we were a year ago. And that’s very typical of Charlotte: steady as she goes.

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3/26/2010 10:58:11 AM


Actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre of Charlotte is pleased to present the Charlotte Premiere of...

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Hope Happens. Ever wonder how some people have hope even in the tough times? Ever want to be one of them?

A laugh-out-loud, apocalyptic comedy! Would you be able to laugh at the Apocalypse? When it involves a father whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in his pajamas since 9/11, a mother on a new Jesus kick, and an Elvis-impersonating neighbor, YOU SURE CAN... especially when the fate of the world lies on the shoulders of Stephen Hawking!

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Bob Morgan, President, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Bob Morgan was named president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in November 2005. From 2002 to 2005, Morgan held the office of president at the Gaston Chamber of Commerce.

construction and homebuilding industries have taken severe hits. At the same time, there is new activity in the commercial real estate market. Economic development activity remains encouraging, and as many good announcements as we’ve had in the last few months, there are more coming.

Is Charlotte still a competitive city? Absolutely. Since around Christmastime we’ve seen our largest corporate relocation in 20 years. US Airways has announced new daily flights to Rio, Honolulu, Rome, and a new third parallel runway has opened. On January 1 the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opened, and we all know that on May 11 the NASCAR Hall of Fame is scheduled to open.

What are we doing to encourage folks and businesses to come to Charlotte, and what do we have to offer them? There are three consistent competitive advantages that Charlotte has to offer: the first is our work force. We have a large population; we have a growing population. They know that our work force is capable, it’s relatively young, and they know if they can’t find people here they can recruit them. Second, our cost of doing business is 94 percent of the national average. And the third is Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Our airport is the ninth biggest. That gives companies doing business in Charlotte a level of connectivity that few others our size offer.

What is the state of Charlotte’s economy? How do we compare with similar cities across the region and the nation? We are still very challenged by the downturn in the national economy, and we are still seeing the loss of dividend income from our banks. Access to capital continues to be a challenge for small businesses, and the unemployment rate is too high. Our 40

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What does Charlotte lack, and what do we need in order to have a healthy, stable economy?

We need a medical school in Charlotte. We are very fortunate that UNCC is in the business of Ph.D. level research. We need to continue to grow the research programs because that research fuels the economy with technology and patents, helping Charlotte to grow and expand. And unfortunately one of the things the economy has done is push back plans to move AAA baseball to the city. With that, the sports calendar would be complete in terms of making Charlotte a year-round draw. What do Charlotteans have to be hopeful about? What can we expect in the coming years? Notwithstanding the challenges of the current economy, Charlotte continues to attract. People want to live here, and long term I have no doubt we will resume our growth. We are particularly excited about what we are seeing in the energy sector. We’ve seen announcements from companies like Siemens, who will be constructing a new facility that will bring about 800 jobs. We intend to make Charlotte one of the energy hubs of the United States. U Reach Clay at whittakerg@gmail.com For more info go to www.uptownclt.com

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1225 South Church - UPTOWN 1225 South Church Street 704.334.0222 1225southchurch.riverstoneres.com You can be the first to live in these modern apartments just coming out of the ground. All of the regular amenities come standard, and they throw in a couple more to set themselves apart. 1225 goes above and beyond with a heated pool, and for the new apartment dweller they include a washer and dryer for your clothes cleaning pleasure. All this and it’s just outside of uptown proper.

Avenue - UPTOWN 210 North Church Street contact your realtor avenueuptown.com The concrete-slab balconies that extend precariously from the Avenue may be an acrophobe’s nightmare. But once that acrophobe sees all of the amenities that the Avenue has to offer, the fear is sure to dissipate. From interior features like floor-to-ceiling windows, granite countertops and pre-wiring for home entertainment systems, to community amenities such as the 1,700 sq. ft. workout room, outdoor living room with a stone fireplace and big screen TV, and 24/7 concierge, it’s clear that this high rise is all about high style.

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Alpha Mill - UPTOWN 220 Alpha Mill Lane 704.330.8210 alpha-mill.com Just on the other side of 277 toward NoDa, Alpha Mill was built in 1888 as a cotton mill and in recent history was converted into an apartment complex. The developer should get major kudos for not tearing down the old to build a homogenous and bland apartment complex but instead renovated two historic buildings on the property, and then built several new buildings to round out the project. By preserving the old, folks who make Alpha Mill home get to live in 17-foot-tall apartments with huge windows that overlook the city.

Catalyst - UPTOWN 255 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 704.930.2900 catalystcharlotte.com Recently converted from for sale condos to for rent apartments, this 27-story concrete-and-glass high rise is perfectly situated within a block of Bank of America Stadium, the new arts center, and the proposed minor league baseball stadium, so you won’t have to travel far for entertainment. And with great views in every direction, the Catalyst will allow you to not only see the city, but is where you’ll want to be seen in the city.

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Cotton Mills – UPTOWN 520 W 5th Street 866.648.2315 camdenliving.com Cotton Mills combines everything that’s great about loft living like stained concrete, hardwood floors, exposed ceilings and ductwork, with modern amenities like a fitness center, covered parking and resident business center. And the uptown location doesn’t get any better; whether it’s the city’s best dining & nightlife you’re after or that Monday morning meeting at the office, an apartment home at Cotton Mills puts you just a short stroll away.

Fourth Ward Square - UPTOWN 501 North Graham Street 704.358.0550 fourthwardsquare.com Fourth Ward Square has undergone a substantial transformation. The property started life as an apartment complex in the ‘80s, but the owners have polished the exterior to a fine patina and totally renovated the interior into a modern showcase. Throw in a unique salt water pool, huge common areas that don’t exist in new high rises, and prices starting at under $100,000 and it’s tough to say no to a new unit in the heart of Fourth Ward.

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FOR SALE Celadon - UPTOWN 1715 West Fourth Street Extension 704.968.3655 celadongreenway.com Inside the crisp, white exteriors of the 24 Celadon townhomes are interior features that take the idea of eco-conscious living to a whole new level. From the entryway, where a natural slate walkway extends from the outside in, to the dual-flush toilets that let you choose how much water you want to use, there are eco-friendly materials and amenities throughout. Preserving the natural environment surrounding the fivebuilding complex was a part of the grand green plan of this development. More than 25 percent of the original plot is a dedicated tree-save area, and the landscape design incorporates xeriscaping techniques.

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Enclave – UPTOWN 710 East Seventh Street 704.332.3331 enclaveuptown.com Practically in the shadow of Time Warner Cable Arena, the Enclave was initially conceived as one of uptown’s most progressive condominium projects. Now one need only sign a lease to enjoy amenities seldom found at a rental property, like 10-foot ceilings and spiral staircases. The property’s hidden gem, though, is “The Mews,” a private park created exclusively for Enclave residents featuring a soothing fountain and over 42 species of trees and plants.

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FOR SALE Gallery Lofts - UPTOWN Hill Street at McNinch Street 704.968.0324 liveatthegallery.net Here you’re so close to Bank of America Stadium that if you’re sitting in your living room watching the Panthers on TV, you may hear the cheers from the stands before you see the touchdown on the screen. Among the most spacious of loft living options in uptown, each of the 1,600 to 2,000 sq. ft. units has oversized windows, storefront entry doors, concrete floors, and 20-foot ceilings. There is technically only one bedroom, but each floor plan comes with the option of a sitting room, second bedroom, or “flexroom” (with a revolving door), so you’ll have plenty of extra space if you decide to show a fan from the visiting team some Southern hospitality.

FOR RENT Quarterside - UPTOWN Sixth Street and McDowell Street 704.335.0655 quartersideliving.com Located on McDowell Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets, and recently converted from condos to apartments, Quarterside is designed for those who want the convenience of living close to the city without the high price of living at its center. With one- and two-story floor plans that range from 500 sq. ft. to just over 1,000 sq. ft., and interior amenities that include hardwood floors, contemporary wood cabinetry, and 10-foot smooth ceilings, the condos at Quarterside provide the perfect opportunity to be close to all the uptown action.

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FOR SALE The Garrison at Graham - UPTOWN 715 North Graham Street 704.377.9000 thegarrisonatgraham.com The 12-by-14 foot windows that stream sunlight into each loft are reminiscent of those found in factories built during the Industrial Revolution, but with a much better view. Located at the edge of Fourth Ward near I-277, the Garrison at Graham is complete and ready to move in to. In addition to getting a glimpse of the city skyline from their bi-level lofts, residents enjoy the view from a rooftop terrace that includes a canopied entertainment area, an outdoor fireplace, a couple of hot tubs, and lots of space to soak in the sun’s rays.

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The Metropolitan - MIDTOWN 1225 Baxter Street 704.295.7638 metmidtown.com It may be set just outside 277, but the Metropolitan at Midtown has all of the sophistication of its center-city highrise sisters—and then some. The 60 residences of the Met Lofts are a mix of studios, and two-story one- and twobedroom condos with bamboo floors, Italian cabinets, and stylish subway tiles. Equally well appointed, the 41 Met Terraces are distinguished by their generous terraces whose size rivals that of their condo interiors and which offer unparalleled views of the city and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

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FOR SALE Skybridge Terrace - UPTOWN 710 Calvert Street 704.724.7466 skybridgeterrace.com Although it is in its infancy, once it is fully developed the West Morehead corridor will be one of the best places to live near uptown Charlotte. Skybridge Terrace is set to be one of the landmark buildings of the warehouse loft district revolution. Named for the skybridge that will connect the two buildings planned for the development and that (yes, you guessed it) will double as a terrace, the condos will offer great views of the city and the tree-lined streets of Wesley Heights.

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Royal Court - UPTOWN 610 East Morehead 704.944.9206 royalcourtcondos.com Unobstructed views of uptown will greet you when you come home. Dilworth is your backyard and the mineral pool on-site is your spot to chill out at after a long day. And with Royal Court leading the charge on price reductions, you can rest easy at night with a much lower payment than would have been possible just six months ago.

The Tower - UPTOWN 520 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 704.868.4864 thetowercondo.com A bit off the beaten path and tucked between the Hampton and Hilton Garden Inns on MLK jr. is a little-known project called The Tower. Starting on the 7th floor and going to the penthouse on the 12th, residents get to enjoy the comfort of home and the shared services of the attached hotels. Room service, maid service and even the pools are all shared. But expect to pay for those services and the privilege of living here: Penthouses top out at over $2.3 million.

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Seigle Point - UPTOWN Corner of Tenth Street & Seigle 704.362.3433 seiglepoint.com Seigle Point offers a great opportunity to live in a park-like setting within the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outward sprawl. Situated near Alexander Park and the proposed Little Sugar Creek Greenway expansion, at Seigle Point youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy natural surroundings as you bike or walk your way toward the center city. The spacious interiors of these 50 classically designed townhomes offer a fresh and affordable alternative for in-town living.

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TradeMark - UPTOWN 333 West Trade Street 704.332.4008 whatsyourtrademark.com When you take up residence at the TradeMark, don’t be surprised if everyone suddenly wants to be your new best friend. Like you, they’ll want to spend lots of time enjoying the views outside the floor-to-ceiling windows of your condo. They’ll also want to take advantage of the seventh-floor pool terrace that features a walk-through poolside waterfall, fire pit, pool table and much more. And just two blocks from the Square, you may just find that your pad becomes the official afterparty spot for all of those new “friends.”

Wesley Village – UPTOWN Corner of Tenth Street and Seigle Avenue There are so many perks to living at Wesley Village that residents may find it easy to forget how convenient to everything the property is, and spend all their free time at home. Few apartment communities can claim an exclusive dog park, yoga studio, Starbucks java bar, 20-foot ceilings and European kitchens. Not sure how long you’ll be in town? No problem. Wesley Village offers corporate and furnished apartments, too.

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Vue Charlotte - UPTOWN Corner of Fifth and Pine Streets 704.374.0089 vuecharlotte.com Just about complete, the Vue now stands 51 stories and towers over Fourth Ward. Set off a few blocks from the center of the city, residents will enjoy the panoramic skyline views and close proximity to the countless conveniences and amenities uptown has to offer. In addition to the luxurious appointments inside each of its 409 condos, the Vue will feature an outside eighth-floor “amenity deck,” with a 25-yard heated pool, a tennis/ basketball court, and a pet park.

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Steel Gardens - NODA 825 Herrin Avenue 704.370.2861 steelgardens.com If you put your dog on the househunting trail, don’t be surprised if he leads you to Steel Gardens. Whether it’s the fenced-in patios of these threestory townhomes or the park across the street that caught his attention, what is sure to catch yours is the spacious floor plan with its third-floor master bedroom and private rooftop terrace, as well as the close proximity to the NoDa ‘hood.

28th Row - NODA 2424 North Davidson Street 704.606.9860 28throw.com With tasty Amelie’s French Bakery near the entrance of 28th Row, it’s not such a bad thing that you have to walk a few blocks to get to the center of NoDa. However, with exciting features like spacious terraces averaging 70 sq. ft. in size, soaring 12-foot ceilings, and custom appointments throughout, even the heavenly aroma of fresh croissants may not be enough to lure you out.

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FOR RENT Fat City Lofts - NODA 3123 North Davidson Street 704.714.8852 fatcitylofts.com At the corner of 35th and Davidson is where urban funk meets city chic. Brick and glass intersect to create a modern structure influenced by the local setting of the NoDa district. The 26 lofts of Fat City, each with its own private terrace, will sit atop new restaurants and retail to become a vibrant part of the dynamic NoDa scene. Paying homage to the neighborhood vibe and this plot’s previous tenant, the 70-foot wall facing uptown is the last remnant of Fat City Deli – the original occupant of this plot in NoDa.

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NoDa 6 - NODA Near the Matheson bridge 704.779.9005 comingsoontonoda.com This just-announced project is a collaborative work of some of Charlotte’s finest. Architecture courtesy of Cluck Design Collaborative, on-site sculpture by Paul Sires of Center of the Earth, upgraded kitchen by the guys at Reaching Quiet and packaged for the public by Lana Laws of the McDevitt Agency. The site, located at the bend of North Davidson near the Matheson Bridge, provides for a close-in setting and the design exudes modernism at its finest. And it’s all bound together with a price that’s easy on the wallet.

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FOR RENT Millennium - SOUTH END 1312 S. College St. 704.333.1530 themillennium.com It’d be easy to forget you’re in Charlotte while lounging by the pool at The Millennium; the stucco and palmetto trees are much more South Beach Miami than Southend. Like most of the handful of other brand new properties in town, its apartment homes feature granite countertops, art décor lighting, and a washer/dryer in each unit. No one else offers 42” plasma TVs in their units though. A choice location right by the Bland St. Station makes living here a home run.

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Ashton - South End 125 W. Tremont 888.890.3794 ashtonse.com This has got to be the nicest apartment building in Charlotte; if there is one better I have yet to see it. I don’t think Hugh Hefner lives this well. The Ashton has a 20-seat private screening room with surround sound and full-on club chairs. Forget a ground-level pool, no thanks. Its pool is on the 11th floor with cabanas, grills and a fire pit. It’s just too much. Throw in free coffee and tea in the morning and I’m not sure I would leave.

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Circle at South End 222 East Bland 888.803.3715 circleatsouthend.com Circle is the local leader in the new wave of environmentally conscious apartment communities. Other communities may give a cursory nod to Mother Earth, but Circle at South End was built with recycled materials, designed to reduce light pollution, and offers parking for low-emitting and fuelefficient vehicles. Fun, modern styling and tons of amenities make the choice to live “Green” an easy one!

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FOR SALE Southborough - SOUTH END Corner of Lyndhurst and Magnolia 704.374.1252 liveinsouthborough.com Southborough is a mixed-use development combining the best elements of Dilworth and South End designs. If you love the edgy, industrial style of South End, check out the threelevel Deck Towns. Each of the six units features a front façade full of windows, outdoor living spaces on levels 2 and 3, and a roof-top terrace accessible via spiral staircase. If the traditional domesticity of Dilworth is more your taste, then the bungalow style of the two- and three-bedroom townhomes, complete with front porch, is definitely worth a look.

Park South Station - SOUTHPARK 2328 Archdale 704.643.7112 ryanhomesum.com Ryan Homes fully embraced the old adage about location when planning Park South Station. Take a right out of the gated community, and Southpark Mall is just a mile and a half up the road. Hang a left and the light rail station is just ahead. Park South Station honors time-tested classic architecture in a sea of new ultra modern condominium and loft projects around town. Choose from six two- and threestory brick townhome styles, and sleep easy knowing your investment is covered by a 10-year limited warranty.

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FOR RENT Spectrum - SOUTH END 2225 Hawkins 704.332.5022 spectrumsouthend.com To compare solely on the basis of amenities, Spectrum may seem just like the handful of other communities that have sprouted up in South End in the last year; all boast granite countertops, state of the art fitness centers, decorative lighting and fullsized washers and dryers. Those with an eye for design, though, will quickly choose Spectrum over more run-ofthe-mill alternatives. Sophisticated combinations of brick and metal pay homage to the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s industrial past and give Spectrum a cool vibe that taps into the very soul of South End.

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FOR SALE Plaza Vu – PLAZA-MIDWOOD Corner of The Plaza & McClintock Road 704.604.9303 plaza-vu.com The view comes standard, along with wood floors, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances in the one- and two-bedroom condos of Plaza Vu. Ranging from 823 to 1,048 sq. ft., the 24 units will be divided among two buildings connected by two sky bridges and sharing a rooftop terrace. Its distinctive V-shaped roofline will return architectural energy to this former rundown lot, and its residents will enjoy the low stress of living in the heart of Plaza-Midwood.

The Tremont – DILWORTH Corner of Cleveland & Tremont 704.906.1645 tremontcharlotte.com The Tremont is where you want to be if you love the craftsman-style bungalows of Dilworth but don’t want to take on the task of renovating one of your own. Staying true to the structural characteristics of the neighborhood, this 45-unit development has classic cedar-shake shingles and copper roofing along its multi-gabled exterior. The transom windows allow lots of light to brighten each unit’s interior, all of which are nicely appointed with crown molding, hardwoods and Shakerstyle cabinetry.

FOR SALE The Grove - ELIZABETH Corner of Vail & Dotger 704.277.8016 thegrovetownhomes.com Aptly named, the series of remodeled one- and two-bedroom art deco style condo buildings lies in the shade of some of Charlotte’s largest and most picturesque oak trees. With one- and two-bedroom units modestly priced at around $200K, The Grove is an affordable way to stake your claim in the popular Elizabeth neighborhood, where home values often soar past $500K. A clubhouse and swimming pool make the decision to move here even easier.

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