Exploring Charlotte

Maybe you’re new to Charlotte. Or maybe you’ve been here for a while, but are still eager to get plugged in. We’re your guide to the surging creative energy of our city – the diverse neighborhoods, the colorful details, the must-see projects, the must-attend events, and all the ways to get involved. (After all, you become a true Charlottean the moment you get your uniform dirty.) In addition to covering the newest Queen City creators, offerings and trends, we’re equally passionate about making sure you know the trailblazing people, businesses and organizations that have been keeping the creative pilot light burning in Charlotte for decades. (After all, they laid the foundation for the rest of us.) And in our ongoing series #WhereAreWeInCLT, you can always count on us to capture the vibrant details and delights hiding in plain sight, around every corner of the city. Our team always has our eyes peeled, searching for the next surprise to share. Our goal is to inspire you to explore Charlotte and discover fascinating areas of Crown Town that just might become your new favorite spot.



The RailYard

Exploring Charlotte | July 30, 2019

Stumbling upon a new work from muralist Osiris Rain never gets old. Here is his newest piece, to be found in the lobby of the new RailYard building in South End. (Photo from The Biscuit staff)




HUG Life: Love Blossoms on the Streets of Charlotte

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | July 24, 2019

After moving to a new city, it’s a challenge to establish your bearings and make connections. For artist and recent HUG micro-grant recipient, KHEM, diving into the creative community here has eased that transition – an instrumental pipeline for meet… read more »




How a Battalion of Army Men Defeated My Perfectionism

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | July 22, 2019

Perfection is one of the killers of creativity. One antidote for perfectionism is to play, and if I was to strengthen my creativity and quiet the perfectionist in me, I needed to practice spontaneous play. So I decided to do something silly and trust… read more »




Queen Charlotte on College Street

Exploring Charlotte | July 18, 2019

WHERE ARE WE IN CLT? The Queen Charlotte statue at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport may be more famous, but our dear queen deserves more than just one statue … especially one with her beloved dogs. Watching over 200 North College Street… read more »




The 3 Ballantyne Bulls

Exploring Charlotte | July 17, 2019

WHERE ARE WE IN CLT? Okay, okay. We know we’ve done our fair share at poking a little fun at our South Charlotte brothers and sisters in Ballantyne, but we have to admit, when you’re headed to a doctor’s appointment or to see a lawyer about estate pl… read more »




Four to Follow: Nicole Copsis SHAREs Insta Faves

Exploring Charlotte | July 17, 2019

Nicole Copsis has her finger on the pulse of the Queen City. And, she uses that finger to scroll through and find the Instagram accounts of the most inspiring, creative people and places at work in Charlotte. Here are four of her faves.




Ask An Avenger: Where to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

CLT Avengers, Exploring Charlotte | July 17, 2019

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 21. Where should you go to find the perfect scoop to indulge your palate before it runs down your arm? We ask an Avenger … a #CLTAvenger expert, that is — Jeanna of @CLTDesserts.




FOUR TO FOLLOW: Fo’ from Cole Monroe

Exploring Charlotte | July 11, 2019

Charlotte is home to thousands of Instagram accounts from Charlotte creatives sharing their work and their thoughts about the Queen City community. Each week, one of our guest experts will share four local Instagram accounts they think are worth your… read more »




Sizzling Hot Fashion Looks for the Fourth … in 1919

Exploring Charlotte | July 2, 2019

All signs point to the Fourth of July being a hot (and rainy) one this year. And, with Fourth parties aplenty to attend, we all want to look good and be comfortable. If you’re like us, when you think about staying cool on a 94-degree day … you thin… read more »




Four to Follow: Insta-scriptions from @clt.remedy

CLT Avengers, Exploring Charlotte | June 26, 2019

Each week, we ask an local Instagrammer  to be our “CLT Sherpa,” guiding us to four local Instagram accounts they think are worthy of your follows and likes. This week, we hear from one our favorite “Pharmacists of Queen City Food-ology,” Kriska of @… read more »




I didn’t come to Charlotte to Die. (Although I almost did.) I came to thrive.

Exploring Charlotte, For Newcomers | June 25, 2019

I had life-saving surgery shortly after I moved to Charlotte. Total fluke. My intestines were blocked and all of my organs were shutting down. The doctor said I had less than an hour to live. I remembered thinking as I was being whisked off to surger… read more »




Four to Follow: Roman Around Instagram … with Roman

CLT Avengers, CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | June 20, 2019

Charlotte is home to thousands of Instagram accounts belonging to people vigorously exploring the city.  But, where to start? Who to follow? No worries. Our Queen City Sherpas will lead the way. Each week, one of our guest experts will share four loc… read more »




Uptown Street Construction, Building Boom & Border Worries

Exploring Charlotte | June 18, 2019

If you’re reading this, you’re likely well acquainted with the belief that history is doomed to repeat itself. But, do you really believe it? Does the Charlotte of, say 100 years ago, really have any bearing on the Charlotte of today? Yeah, it kinda’… read more »




Four to Follow – QC Javi’s Picks

CLT Avengers, CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | June 13, 2019

Charlotte is home to thousands of Instagram accounts from Charlotte creatives sharing their work and their thoughts about the Queen City community. Many of them deserve more love and your attention. Where do you start? Who do you follow? No worries…. read more »




The #CLTAvengers Pick Their Favorite June Jams

CLT Avengers, Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | June 11, 2019

When Charlotte SHOUT! took over the Queen City in mid-May, The Biscuit put out the call and assemble the team of city’s mightiest Instagrammers to cover all the excitement and spark joy. (We hear you, Marie Kondo.) We called them “Creative Correspond… read more »




Charlotte Squawks & The Biscuit Present – Vi-Way with Mayor Vi Lyles

Exploring Charlotte, Videos | June 6, 2019

Charlotte Department of Transportation and the Arts & Science Council have teamed up for the creation of the Vi-Way (Vehicle-free Intra-Charlotte Wormhole Art-portals), utilizing the latest in inter-dimensional wormhole engineering and avant-garde ar… read more »




Queen City Quiz Show

Exploring Charlotte, Videos | June 4, 2019

Friday, June 7 is National Donut Day. While it’s obvious we love biscuits in the morning around here, we enthusiastically support breakfast-time confections and carbohydrates in any form. So, Biscuit-baker, Tim Miner, quizzed Good Day Charlotte’s hos… read more »




Four to Follow: Full Groan Adult Edition

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | June 6, 2019

Charlotte is home to thousands of Instagram accounts from Charlotte creatives sharing their work and their thoughts about the Queen City community. Many of them deserve more love and your attention. But, where do you start? Who do you follow? No worr… read more »




The Truth About the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

Exploring Charlotte, O.G. CLT, Videos | May 20, 2019

After decades of debate from scholars, patriots, and Charlotteans about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, The Biscuit is putting the balderdash to bed. On this, the 244th anniversary of the Meck Dec, we put those at the center of the scand… read more »




Chef Ron Alhert’s Hat Says “Yankee,” but His Actions Say “Charlottean”

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | June 5, 2019

The story below is the latest in our partnership with People of Charlotte, exploring the exceptional individuals who call the Queen City home.  Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) has been providing tuition-free culinary training to people… read more »