May 2019 TaroScopes

Taurus (Apr 20 to May 20) – The Tower: You plan; God laughs! Just when you thought you had it all figured out, you realize you don’t. It’s time to reexamine your belief systems and make room for adjustments. Change can be good. Go to Mac Tabby Cat Café to get a feline perspective. Gemini…

The Fried Rooster

You‘ve probably driven by The Fried Rooster’s unassuming location across from Food Lion at 3128 The Plaza. Just as the name implies, this establishment’s specialty is a take on the southern staple: fried chicken. And it is cooked masterfully. These crispy, amber-hued pieces are fried to order. Expect a moist, juicy, perfectly seasoned bird served…

North Davidson: from 37th to Craighead

Several small businesses exist beyond NoDa’s historic downtown area. Below is a survey of the businesses along North Davidson between the Johnston Mill and Crown Station. Though parking requires some creative thinking, we encourage you to check out these neighboring businesses that provide services beyond the restaurant, bar, and entertainment scene. The Colony #3440 Laurel…

Letter from the Prez

NoDa Neighbors & Businesses, We are already four months into 2019. Winter seems to have finally left, and NoDa patios are bursting with neighbors and visitors enjoying the spring weather. While we are still early into the year, the NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association (NBA) board and volunteers have been busy working towards the 2019…

Optimist Park Market

If you have lived in or around the area for any significant amount of time, you are familiar with that famously quiet stretch of land in Optimist Park between Uptown and NoDa. Between high-speed Parkwood Avenue and desolate North Brevard Street, it is typically used as a cut-through for drivers on their way to NoDa….

NoDa Author Writes New Novel

“A wonderful tale of lesbian and literary New York in the 1980s, often funny, sometimes raunchy, sometimes romantic, and always real. Paula Martinac has a gift for bringing different pasts to life. Her portrait of the difficult friendship between two women of contrasting generations is both generous and wise.” – Christopher Bram, author of Gods…

East Sugar Creek Flows Once Again

On Wednesday, April 17, after nearly three and a half years, East Sugar Creek Road reopened with a soaring new roadway bridge over the LYNX light rail and North Carolina Railroad corridor. Think back to that sad old intersection and railroad crossing: traffic backed up to North Tryon and The Plaza multiple times per hour…

#askingforme – Getting Out of Bed

#askingforme is an advice column featuring Grace Sanders, a psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience helping people improve their “human-in-process” stuff. Send questions to her by email or use the anonymous form below. Dear Grace, I recently turned 40 and have been struggling a bit with where my life is. I mean, I have…

Everyday Rhythms – Stories of Hope

“Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of boogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of boogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill…

Charlotte Art League: an introduction

The Charlotte Art League, Charlotte’s oldest nonprofit art gallery, reopened in NoDa North at 4100 Raleigh Street in October 2018. Charlotte Art League, or “CAL” as its members refer to it, is the anchor tenant at the Station House, a mixed-use development campus located at the Sugar Creek Lynx Light Rail stop. The Station House…