Porter Metzler





The Gateway and Century Buildings

Where Are We in CLT? | May 30, 2020

The Queen City recently overcame San Fransisco as the 15th largest city in the United States, with no signs of slowing down. With more people comes newer and bigger buildings. The landscape of our city is changing on a daily basis as we continue to e… read more »




“Inner World” Mural by GLeo

Where Are We in CLT? | May 26, 2020

Last week, we shared a photo of a giant shoe that was once the base of a float in Charlotte’s award-winning Thanksgiving Day parade. We gave you a clue to where you could find it — near the mural on the North side of the Hal Marshal Annex — BUT we… read more »




Creative Challenge: Thank You to the Sanitation Workers

CLT Creatives, Charlotte SHOUT!, Happenings | May 20, 2020

Charlotte’s Sanitation Workers Keep Us From Being A Mess Trash and recycling collection is a difficult job. And the job has been a lot harder these past few months as we are all at home generating more garbage, more empty Amazon boxes, and more yard… read more »




Binocular Wall at CBI Workplace Solutions

Where Are We in CLT? | May 18, 2020

If there are two things we could all do to make these times a bit brighter, it’s spread a little love and lend a helping hand. Check in on your friends and family, your neighbors and coworkers, your favorite barista and your high school English teach… read more »




Mike Wirth & Optimist Hall Say “Thank You”

Where Are We in CLT? | May 15, 2020

We’ve been trying to say thank you more. To our loved ones. To our friends. To our coworkers. To the essential workers. To the teachers. To the restaurant workers. To those on the frontlines at the hospitals. To those still creating on a daily basis…. read more »




Charlotte’s “Shared Street”

Happenings, Where Are We in CLT? | May 13, 2020

What are we doing this afternoon? As Martha and the Vandellas (and later David Bowie & Mick Jagger) say, we’ll be dancing in the street! Literally! The City of Charlotte started its “Shared Streets” initiative last weekend in an effort to give ev… read more »




Brawley’s Beverage

Exploring Charlotte, Where Are We in CLT? | May 7, 2020

Is it just us … or does it looks like she knows something we don’t? Here’s something we DO know — tomorrow is Friday and that is cause for celebration and the last day of the initial round of stay-at-home orders. And what’s a celebration without a fe… read more »




Sydney Duarte Gives Us Something to SHOUT About

CLT Creatives, Charlotte SHOUT! | May 7, 2020

Sydney Duarte has art in her name, creativity in her mind, and positivity in her soul. And, she wants to pass that positivity on to the people of Charlotte. With each of her projects, Sydney aims to inspire and uplift others, especially now that our… read more »




Han Solo at Seventh Sin Tattoo Company

Where Are We in CLT? | May 5, 2020

Yesterday was May the 4th, a joyful celebration of all things Star Wars because of the play on words “May the Fourth be with you.” We spent the day celebrating the Jedi and our favorite galactic heroes on the light side of the force. But, now it’s ti… read more »




Dr. Mario at Abari Game Bar

Where Are We in CLT? | April 30, 2020

Dr. Mario has some health advice to help get you through quarantine: 1.) Wash your hands. 2.) Grab a beer. 3.) Play 2 rounds of your favorite video game and call him in the morning. This installation inspired by the 1990 puzzle video game Dr. Mario w… read more »




The Queen City Podcast Network Gives Us Something to SHOUT About

CLT Creatives | April 28, 2020

Brian Baltosiewich is a busy man. Between running the Queen City Podcast Network (QCPN) and serving as Director at the Carolina School of Broadcasting, Brian has devoted his life to the creation of media. “This is all I’ve ever wanted to do. And, I’m… read more »




New Art at Devil’s Logic Brewing

Where Are We in CLT? | April 25, 2020

Queen City artists Sydney Duarte and Nick Napoletano have been flexing their creative muscles at Devil’s Logic Brewing recently. The brewery opened last year in late December in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. It’s hard out there for many small b… read more »




Plaza Midwood Community Garden

Where Are We in CLT? | April 22, 2020

Since yesterday was Earth Day, we thought we’d take you on a virtual trip to a place where the Charlotte community can be one with the environment. The Plaza Midwood Community Garden has graced Midwood Park in Charlotte since 2005 when residents of t… read more »




Nominations Needed for National Philanthropy Day

CLT Nonprofits, Happenings | April 22, 2020

Every year the Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) gathers to celebrate National Philanthropy Day. The day is designed to honor the individuals, groups, organizations and businesses in Charlotte who are creating a… read more »




“Aladdin” at South Boulevard Library

Where Are We in CLT? | April 21, 2020

South Boulevard’s branch of the Charlotte Public Library invites visitors to take an imaginary trip through books and beautiful public art. This fairy tale inspired piece created by Emily Andress and Jonathan Grauel is a 3D installation exploration o… read more »




Celebrate National Library Week From Home

How To/Resources | April 21, 2020

It’s National Library Week — a celebration of libraries, librarians, and library workers and all of the knowledge, resources, and fun they provide to the community. Sounds great, right? We think so, too! However, there’s one little problem… we can’t… read more »




South 21 Drive-In

Where Are We in CLT? | April 16, 2020

South 21 Drive-In was ahead of their time when they made this sign advertising their classic to-go box a few decades ago. However, our health officials might recommend a slight revision to “Take home or take home! Please take it home… we’re begging y… read more »




Trout Mural by Ivan Roque

Where Are We in CLT? | April 14, 2020

The next time you take a trip to Trader Joe’s at the Metropolitan to replenish your quarantine snacks (yes Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies and Joe Joe’s ARE essential) take a moment to enjoy this magnificent mural by artist Ivan Roque. “The brown trou… read more »




Little Free Library

Where Are We in CLT? | April 8, 2020

Charlotte Mecklenberg Libraries may be closed for the time being (except for their wide variety of digital resources, which we hope you take full advantage of) but there are still dozens of ~much smaller~ libraries in full operation all across the Qu… read more »




Shy Siren Isn’t Shy About Helping CLT Creatives

CLT Creatives, Happenings | April 7, 2020

What’s better than creatives helping creatives? How about creatives helping creatives help creatives? And that’s exactly what Sara Schwittek, one of our favorite creatives in the Queen City, is doing with her brand, Shy Siren Jewelry. Creativity ofte… read more »