CLT Creatives

This is the most exciting time ever to be creative in the Charlotte region. Our city’s creative energy is surging and we’re growing as a creative destination. A report we worked on back in 2017 revealed that there are more than 58,000 creative jobs spanning 72 for-profit and not-for-profit industries throughout our 16-county region. That’s some impressive creative output (with a big impact on our region’s economy), and The Biscuit’s mission is to tell their stories and shine a bright light on their work.



The Business of Murals in a City of Business

CLT Creatives, Editor's Pick, Editorials | April 23, 2019

It was the summer solstice of 2017. The temperature hovered just below 100 degrees. As the sun beat down on him, Jonay di Ragno painted a mural in NoDa. And, he was having the time of his life. “I was having fun. People bringing me slices of pizza an… read more »




Turbo Charged Creativity – CLT Father & Son Make Music Together

CLT Creatives, Editorials, Music | April 22, 2019

Graphic designer. Musician. Dad. While those words can’t capture the creative prowess of David Haire, senior designer at Wray Ward, they’re a good start. And, they help explain what drives him. Haire has been a mainstay in Charlotte’s local music sce… read more »




Four to Follow: CLT Instagram Accounts We Heart

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte, For Newcomers | April 10, 2019

We’re always talent scouting for emerging Instagram accounts that look at The Queen City (and the world) with an enthralling perspective. Here are four of our faves. They may not have a bajillion followers, but they absolutely should. @QC_Javi Why do… read more »




We’re NUTS About This Book!

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Editorials | April 4, 2019

People of Charlotte, meet Mai-Lis Bahr. Wait a minute … that’s her line not ours! After sharing hundreds of stories about local Charlotteans as the founder of People of Charlotte, Mai-Lis Bahr decided to share an important story of her own. She recen… read more »




27 Years Later … We’re Still Stuck on Grandmama

CLT Creatives, Editorials, O.G. CLT | March 28, 2019

She bounded onto the Charlotte scene in all her 90s splendor — a blur of horn-rimmed glasses and gray — and slammed dunked our hearts. Her name was Grandmama. The Queen City adorned her. But, by 1996, she was gone. And, we’re still not over it. Luc… read more »




Like Water, Jessica Moss Can Flow & Crash

CLT Creatives, CreativeMornings/CLT, Podcasts | March 27, 2019

“Water can flow. Or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” These are powerful, immortal words from the legendary Bruce Lee. They flowed through a talk on the global subject of “Water” from Jessica Moss and her father, Joseph, at the meeting of CreativeM… read more »




Fire Up the Family Truckster! Visiting 59 National Parks in 5 Years

CLT Creatives, Columnists, Editorials | March 27, 2019

The interview below with Charlottean Bill Goldstein (AKA Mr. Outdoor) and his family – wife, Alisa, and sons, Luke and Winston, is part of our partnership by the People of Charlotte blog. After visiting Yosemite National Park in 2009, The Goldsteins… read more »




RevelWood Mission Wants to Haunt Your Ears

CLT Creatives, Music, Videos | March 27, 2019

RevelWood Mission, the first-ever house band at CreativeMornings/Charlotte, are about to drop their second album since 2017 entitled “Stirring the Haunts.” To create it, this crazy-talented quartet of men-on-a-melodic-mission holed up in an abandoned… read more »




Springtime Sip: Skylark Cocktail by Bob Peters

CLT Creatives, How To/Resources | March 27, 2019

Suns out, guns out? Nah. We say: Cocktail? Never fail. Spring is springing, birds are singing and pollen is flying , but there’s still a little nip in the air when the sun goes down. That sounds like a perfect excuse to hit up our buddy, mixologist e… read more »




Be Who You Are, And OWN It – Conversation with Nikki Eason

CLT Creatives, Editorials | March 12, 2019

“I am so much more than this!” This is a thought that all of us have had at some point in our careers — a realization that you have more to offer to this world than what is expected of you. For Nikki Eason, creator & producer of The Androgynous… read more »




Andrea Downs Airs Out the Dirty Laundry

CLT Creatives, Editorials | March 12, 2019

The interview below with HUG recipient, Andrea Downs, was originally posted on PeopleOfCLT.com on 1/18/19. The Biscuit is proud to say that Andrea Downs and the Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry project was among the first recipients of a HUG (Helpful U… read more »




The Jam! Zilpah Louise

CLT Creatives, Music, Videos | February 26, 2019

Each batch of The Biscuit features a music track from a Charlotte artist, selected by our friends at Charlotte Star Room. This time, it’s Zilpah Louise’s killer cover of Billie Eilish’s “bury a friend.” Check out her video below. Still hungry? Take a… read more »




This Story Has a Hook (Actually, a Million of Them)

CLT Creatives, Columnists | February 26, 2019

People of CLT, meet Hook Shot Charlie. After a 30+ year in corporate America, he dropped the tie, picked up a basketball and never looked back.  Some might say it’s madness! How did a hook shot turn into your legacy? I began playing basketball games… read more »




Davita Galloway Hopes Big Hoops Brings Big Business for Minority Retailers

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | February 11, 2019

“It’s a statement that we are here. You can’t erase us, and you can’t push us to the perimeter …” – Davita Galloway   Charlotte’s minority-owned businesses will take center stage during two major events this month poised to bring millions of vis… read more »




Miss Betty Doesn’t Miss a Beat

CLT Creatives, Columnists | February 11, 2019

People of CLT, meet Miss Betty. Since long before most of the buildings in Uptown were standing, she’s greeted Queens University students, faculty and staff with hot meals, a warm smile and impromptu dance sessions. If you have had the privilege of m… read more »




Viewfinder: Simplisticphobia

CLT Creatives, Photography | February 11, 2019

Charlotte is home to a community of exciting and immensely talented photographers and we want you to meet as many of them as you can. Welcome to Viewfinder, a gallery of selected photographs from some of our favorite Charlotteans. This week, we featu… read more »




Queen City Growlers Trades Mugs for HUGS

CLT Creatives | February 11, 2019

“There’s a hunger here for sure, and there are so many awesome organizations and groups out there (like Charlotte Is Creative) that are supporting the creative community in Charlotte and pushing it forward.” – James Carlevatti   At each month’s… read more »




HUG LIFE: Erick Hodge

CLT Creatives, Editorials | January 28, 2019

“I’m a very reflective person. I will reflect on an experience/conversation/moment for days. When I’m processing the main word that comes to mind is “value.” What was the value of that experience/conversation/moment – was it worth it? What did it mea… read more »




Stacy Smith Knows the Building Codes of Creativity

CLT Creatives, CreativeMornings/CLT, Podcasts | January 28, 2019

Ten years after first picking up a needle, Stacy Smith is now co-owner of Tattoo Me Charlotte, was voted one of the top 10 tattoo artists in Charlotte, and has a signature watercolor/boho vibe style that is all her own. All of her pieces are custom,… read more »




Nothing’s Off the Table on The Cookout Podcast

CLT Creatives | January 14, 2019

I don’t think the show is trash by any means, but there are a lot of podcasts out there, so I’m like, “Why The Cookout?” – Chase Kassidy, The Cookout When he sits behind the mic, there are very few lines Chase Kassidy won’t cross and very little he w… read more »