Where Are We in CLT?

Charlotte has creative 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 with our readers. Our goal is to inspire you to explore the Queen City and discover fascinating areas of CLT that just might become your new favorite spot. These Queen City adventures are sponsored by OrthoCarolina.



“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 »




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 »




ArtPop Street Gallery

Where Are We in CLT? | April 6, 2020

We don’t want to encourage you to leave your home, but if you absolutely HAVE got get out (or you’re an essential worker traveling for your job) you might as well make it worth it and see some art! ArtPop Street Gallery allows you to enjoy their gall… read more »




East Town Market

Where Are We in CLT? | April 3, 2020

We miss our daily mural hunting sessions. So, we’ll have to settle for looking through all of our old pictures of Charlotte’s gloriously painted walls. One of our favorites in our Camera Roll is this beautiful piece by Charlotte artist Georgie Nakima… read more »




Belle Acres Golf & Country Club

Where Are We in CLT? | March 5, 2020

There’s been a gargoyle sighting in South End! These gargantuan stone guardians protect the Belle Acres Golf & Country Club. (Did you know that there was a country club in the heart of South End?) Affectionately pronounced “Belly Acres” by its me… read more »




Howren Music

Where Are We in CLT? | February 20, 2020

Since they opened their doors in 1950, Howren Music has had one goal: to help anyone wants to be a musician, become a musician. In their own words, they want you to “Be a player!” With over 70 years of helping musicians grow, Howren Music has become… read more »




I Heart Rail Trail

Where Are We in CLT? | February 17, 2020

We love Rail Trail!⁣ You need to see the four interactive light installations that have made their way to the Rail Trail for South End’s “I Heart Rail Trail: Lights!”⁣ The installations run from Carson Street Station down to Sycamore Brewing. This ba… read more »




Park N’ Shop on Wilkinson Blvd.

Where Are We in CLT? | February 13, 2020

The ghost of grocery stores past are alive and well. Decades ago, this sign would have boldly said “Farm Fresh Produce Direct From The Field To You” in bright red lettering. Today, you can just make out the faint lettering of a sign from yesteryear a… read more »




Amélie’s French Bakery & Cafe

Where Are We in CLT? | February 10, 2020

Every Monday morning feels like one big puzzle of trying to figure out schedules, meetings, assignments, articles, proposals, events, and if we’re lucky, a dash of social life that all need to happen each week! Sometimes fitting everything on our Goo… read more »




The Papalote Project & Manolo’s Bakery

Where Are We in CLT? | January 7, 2020

If you make your way to Charlotte’s Eastside, you will find Manolo’s Bakery at 4405 Central Ave. Manolo’s is the home to many delicious sweet and savory Latin American baked goods, and it is the home to this very important mural. Painted by Rosalia T… read more »




Middle C Jazz

Where Are We in CLT? | January 6, 2020

We’re getting jazzy in the heart of the city at Middle C Jazz! The Uptown music venue opened last year to provide Charlotte with a space where jazz lovers could come together to listen and perform. Charlottean Adam Farber founded Middle C with his fa… read more »




JackBeagle’s NoDa Mural

Where Are We in CLT? | December 30, 2019

It’s no secret that we love mural hunting in the Queen City. It feels like every day there is something new and exciting to see. As much as we enjoy the new stuff, we also love revisiting murals that have been around the QC for a while.⁣ ⁣ One of our… read more »




Project 658

Where Are We in CLT? | December 10, 2019

“Hope. Restored.” That’s the tagline for Project 658 and they couldn’t have picked two better words. Every time we walk through their doors our hope is restored when we see the huge impact they make in the Charlotte community every single day. The mi… read more »




The Terrace at Cedar Hill

Where Are We in CLT? | December 2, 2019

The next time you’re attending a wedding reception at The Terrace or taking a meeting at the Cedar Hill Building just outside of Uptown, make sure to take a gander at the area to the left of the front door. There you’ll find a reminder that the build… read more »




The Evening Muse

Where Are We in CLT? | November 23, 2019

Who’s getting rowdy tonight? One of our favorite spots for a night out on the town is The Evening Muse over in NoDa. Since 2001, the Muse has been providing a space for independent artists and lovers of music to come together with a common goal … to… read more »




Long Animal Hospital

Where Are We in CLT? | November 20, 2019

We think anywhere you can add art and a splash of color to the Queen City, you should. Charlotte artist Laurie Smithwick agrees with us. She’s the mastermind behind the “Amplify the Signal” project, which used a grant from the South End Creative Lab… read more »




Skylark Social Club

Where Are We in CLT? | November 19, 2019

The King is in the Queen City! We have a Burning Love for this mural and feel All Shook Up every time we see the Guitar Man himself. Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and make your Way Down to the Skylark Social Club in Plaza Midwood to see Elvis in perso… read more »




The Hezekiah Alexander House Homesite

Where Are We in CLT? | November 18, 2019

Turn on Huey Lewis and the News and grab your powdered wig because we’re going back in time! The Hezekiah Alexander House is a hidden historical gems in the Queen City. Built in 1774, the stone building is the oldest house in Mecklenburg County and v… read more »