Uncovering a NoDa Love Story

Jeff and Norma Hanson were pulling old insulation out of their attic in their Highland millhouse about four years ago when out popped a stack of 50-year-old letters. They were all postmarked August 1966.

The Artisan’s Palate

If you love art, coffee, food, and adult beverages, we have great news for you. All these exciting elements will be brought together into one gathering space when The Artisan’s Palate opens.

Let’s Bowl!

Rush Bowls brings some healthy food options, a casual vibe, great tunes, and some outside tables and chairs to NoDa.

Music Festival Gives Fresh Meaning to “New” Music

The Charlotte New Music Festival (CNMF), founded by Elizabeth Kowalski in 2011, is a two-week-long festival dedicated to showcasing Contemporary Classical music. … Over the course of two hours, it eventually dawned on me that I drove fifteen minutes to sit in my friend’s backyard to meet people from places all over the nation and the world!

NoDa in the 90s

Here are six tips for how to survive when the mercury soars into the 90s in NoDa:

House of the Rising Bun

Even though Local Loaf does wine dinners and wine tastings, it really is more of a casual community spot. “There’s no pretentiousness. This is like our home, and I think that’s part of the atmosphere. We know our customers; they know us. We want to be a place where you can celebrate your birthday with friends and don’t feel pressure to get too dolled up or act a certain way,” says owner Adam Spears.

Everyday Rhythms: Putting the “Unity” in Community

This past month our church was blessed to participate in an event known as World Changers, which sends young people to various church plants to join in ministry with them. … We expected to provide a great learning opportunity to these young people, but we were surprised by what we had to learn from them.

Ariel Perry Photography

In high school, Ariel Perry wanted to take a photography elective but couldn’t fit it in because of her graduation tract. So her first semester at Temple University, she enrolled in Photography. “And my teacher was an asshole,” she grinned. After their first class critique, he point blank told her, “I don’t think it’s for…

100 Life Connections

Just outside of NoDa, at 420 East 15th Street, is a nonprofit that is tirelessly and effectively turning lives around. In the past 16 years, Life Connections of the Carolinas has served over 3,500 youth and their families. Through innovative and comprehensive plans, they pursue their mission to “keep kids out of jail and families…

August TaroScope

Leo (Jul 23 to Aug 22) – 5 of Wands: Surprises at work may have you feeling confused, but don’t let it get you down. You’ll have more opportunities for playful creativity, just pay attention. Your knee jerk reaction to question authority may need to take a back seat this month. You can’t stick your…

Drawn From Life: C.M.Wells

C.M. Wells (@cmwells_art), co-founder of the National Association of Collaborative Artists, is one of the many artists calling the new NoDa location of the Charlotte Art League home. The young artist works in several traditional art media: charcoal, sanguine (reddish-brown chalk), oil-paint, and clay. Wells calls her style Representational Realism, which she explains as “sort…

The 3rd Annual Homegrown Tomato Festival

Supporting Local Non-Profit: 100 Gardens Ah, July – the month of increased air conditioning bills, sun burns, and getting marred by rouge fireworks. Yet, we forget about those small inconveniences because July brings us homegrown tomatoes. Homegrown Tomato (noun): A delectable, vine-ripened fruit grown with love and sacrifice. This species can be consumed alone or…

Make a Mark Charlotte

Powered by OrthoCarolina, Supported by SHARE Charlotte, Hosted by Hygge Charlotteans are eager to make a mark in their community. Some of your local NoDa residents have poured their energies into bringing a national event to our local market.  Make a Mark Charlotte brings together student and professional designers, developers, and other talented makers to…

The Pastry Shop

There was a time when NoDa’s hot commodities were porn … and pastries. While much has been said about Neighborhood Theatre’s interesting past as The Astor, a XXX porn theater (“Park in Rear” stated the marquee), just a few steps down the sidewalk was The Pastry Shop. It was a bakery that drew loyal customers…

Put on a Good Face

This is an article about “community” and “development” … in a philosophical sense. I moved to NoDa in 2007. I bought the last house that I could afford to buy in this neighborhood before everything got really, really expensive. And I was keenly aware that my house was already really, really expensive to the community…

Everyday Rhythms: Work Hard Play Hard

When was the last time you felt truly relaxed? Or had a moment of pure playfulness? Rest and play are crucial to a healthy lifestyle, and summer is the perfect season for recreation. The animals have come out of their hidey-holes, the plants are in full bloom, and even kids are out of school. It…

Bloom is Back to Bring Fringe Dance and Performance Arts

Dance, fire, circus arts, and more at this year’s Bloom: Return to Roots Satarah Productions is excited to announce that its annual cultural festival Bloom will be back for its seventh year. Performance artists from across the United States and Canada will once again come together with local performers to share their art and passion…

July Taroscopes

Cancer (Jun 21 to Jul 22) – 9 of Pentacles: Do your routines reflect how you want to look and feel? You may have come to uncomfortable realizations that helped you realize it is time to make adjustments for yourself and your health. Unfortunately, you have to do the work here, but you can go…

NC by Train

I’m not a “car guy.” And I’m definitely not a “road warrior.” Don’t get me wrong; I love my weekend hiking trips to Pisgah National Forest and Upstate South Carolina with my wife and dog, but my least favorite part is the white-knuckled jockeying for position and inevitable four-mile backups on the Interstates. So, when…

Brew Boldly

Bold Missy founder, Carol Waggener is about to celebrate the second anniversary of an incredible entrepreneurial journey. Waggener’s relationship with beer began in Saint Louis with behemoth brewer Anheuser-Busch. “Even though they are the ‘Evil Empire,’ I learned a lot from them, especially as regards quality and relationships.” Then about five years ago, while working…

Baby Mosh Pits, Girl Bands, and Social Justice

What do baby mosh pits, girl bands, and social justice warriors have in common? A spot in little NoDa called Rock on 22nd. It’s a new collaborative space, housing Girls Rock Charlotte and Pachyderm Music Lab at 423 East 22nd Street. Paul Sires and Ruth Ava Lyon, credited for setting the foundation for the NoDa…

#askingforme – Fail in originality

So here’s the thing. I haven’t received any questions. What I had hoped or envisioned for this column was a space for open inquiry and dialogue to explore our individual and collective narratives. The ones that inform, sometimes inhibit, our growth and progress as humans, as a community, and a culture. I hoped to create…

Marie Walker and the Gift of Art

Can NoDa be the arts district without galleries? If NoDa is Charlotte’s arts district, then where are all the artists? You only have to scratch the surface to find creativity and freedom of expression alive and well here, and Marie Walker is a gateway to the flourishing local arts culture just beneath the obvious. She…

June 2019 TaroScopes

Gemini (May 21 to Jun 20) – The Moon: Everyone wants your attention, and you’re being pulled in a million directions. For once you don’t have all the answers. The fact is, you’d rather sit and talk to yourself because you (usually) agree with you. Don’t sweat it. Speak with confidence. People will believe you…

Everyday Rhythms

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill Our Convergence Church family is enjoying a busy and exciting spring! We are especially excited that we were able to participate in Open Streets 704 on Sunday, April 28. Thousands of Charlotteans…