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.



Fourth Time’s a Charm for Dupp & Swat

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | June 5, 2019

Unique people have unique ideas. Unique ideas need unconventional spaces. That’s how Dupp & Swat was born of two unique people in 2010 – siblings Dion (AKA Dupp) and Davita (AKA Swat) Galloway. “[Dupp & Swat] is whatever the community wants…. read more »




Charlotte SHOUT!

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte, Videos | May 8, 2019

Happy Wednesday! We are just one day away from the main events of Charlotte SHOUT! taking over Uptown, so … it’s pretty much like the Super Bowl. Music. Art. Food. Ideas. It’s a smorgasbord. Oh yeah … and we’ve hidden FREE ticket giveaways &… read more »




I am new (and part Yankee). And, I come in peace.

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | June 4, 2019

Kellee Stall is a creative who recently moved to Charlotte. We asked her to tell us about her experience and, in her opinion if, indeed, #CharlotteIsCreative. This is the first of series of stories about her explorations — and insights — into the Q… read more »




HUG LIFE: Stitching the Threads of Possibility

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | June 4, 2019

Margaret Burton is an artisan. She’s a clothing designer (for Buffalo Jackson) and an emerging brand changing our relationship with clothes. At the same time, she’s making important inroads with young refugees and inner-city students by using sewing… read more »




Four to Follow: Nikki’s Picks (Nikki Eason, That is.)

CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte, For Newcomers | May 29, 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 »




SHOUT! Shots – Creative Correspondents Capture the Spirit of the Streets

CLT Avengers, CLT Creatives, Exploring Charlotte | May 16, 2019

Last weekend, the inaugural Charlotte SHOUT! took over Uptown, SouthEnd and Camp North End for three days of creative revelry that capped off three weeks of over 200 artistic events — festivals, concerts, art installations, etc. – celebrating the Qu… read more »






With over 200 events spanning BOOM Charlotte to the Blue Lapis

Exploring Charlotte, Photography | May 16, 2019

Lights dancing on the Government Center, Charlotte SHOUT! unleashed the Queen City’s sense of wonder, creativity and a little bit of silliness. In our opinion, that’s just what the doctor ordered. CLICK HERE to experience the sights and sounds of SHO… read more »




Make Clouds of Thought, Not War: An Interview with MCOT

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | May 9, 2019

It’s just a fact that museums and galleries are the best places to see art? Right?  What if I told you the one best places to see art is while you’re standing on a corner, waiting for the light to change? Or on your short walk from the parking lot to… read more »




Curb Your Metabolism: A Super-Serious Study on the Feasibility of Ingestion on E-Scooters

Exploring Charlotte | May 2, 2019

Let’s face it: Electric scooters are taking over our city. According to a 2019 study entitled “Assessment of E-Scooter Volume Solely by Looking Around,” there is currently an e-scooter for every Charlotte resident. It’s only a matter of time before e… read more »




People of Charlotte: One Ticket for Queen City Trainspotting, Please!

CLT Creatives, Columnists, Exploring Charlotte | May 1, 2019

People of Charlotte, meet Queen City resident Adam Schultz. Accidental creative. Photographer. Train Love. Dad. Mai-Lis Bahr, creator of People of Charlotte, has the best job in town — talking to the people who are making Charlotte a creative, color… read more »




Schoooooool’s Out. For. Wednesday! – Active & Creative Ideas to Keep You from Going Insane Today

Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | May 1, 2019

It’s Wednesday, May 1. You weren’t planning on the kids being home today. But, they are. And, you’re 5 minutes away from meltdown. I know it because I’ve lived it and I want to help you. What to do? What to do? Luckily, Charlotte SHOUT! is getting wa… 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 »




Let’s Sneak Backstage at Children’s Theatre

Exploring Charlotte | March 12, 2019

They say the devil’s in the details – and we’re here to point out the devilishly cool details in the QC. When you live in a town for a long time, it’s easy to stop looking. But, from street art to set design to kitschy places to grab a beer and a san… read more »




Stone Cold Coke on Morehead

Exploring Charlotte, For Newcomers | February 26, 2019

Welcome to another installment of “Uncommon Details.” When thinking about how many of us interact with the Queen City, we find truth the wise words of modern philosopher, Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once… 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 »




Uncommon Details at Common Market

Exploring Charlotte | February 11, 2019

They say the devil’s in the details. And, we’re here to point out the devilshly cool details in the QC. When you live in a town for a long time, it’s easy to stop looking. But, from street art to set design to kitschy places to grab a beer and a sand… read more »




Viewfinder: Heather Liebler

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | January 28, 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. Each batch of the The Biscuit will feature Viewfinder, a gallery of selected photographs from some of our favorite C… read more »




SpookyCLT: A Bonus Room with a Bizarre Past

Exploring Charlotte | January 28, 2019

This story was originally chronicled on the @SpookyCLT Instagram feed. You can see the original post below. With SpookyCLT, my colleagues and I search far and wide for the creepiest and most haunted corners of Charlotte. While we typically find stori… read more »




Learn More about MoRA

CLT Nonprofits, Exploring Charlotte, For Newcomers | January 28, 2019

This neighborhood profile was submitted by Faron Franks, a Principal at the firm Shook Kelley Architects and resident of MoRA. It started with the house. A Realtor calling to say, “I think I found what you’re looking for.” Then a soggy, skeptical dri… read more »