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.



Foundry at AvidXchange

Where Are We in CLT? | October 2, 2019

You know, it really grinds our gears when people say that Charlotte doesn’t have an exceptional art scene. Now, we have the most literal evidence ever that people who say that are dead wrong. This giant gear sculpture titled Foundry by Charlotte’s ow… read more »




Dairy Queen on Wilkinson Blvd

Where Are We in CLT? | September 27, 2019

While we’re still reeling from the announcement that the Dairy Queen in Plaza-Midwood is headed for the history books, we’re comforted to know that, when the urge for DQ hits, we can still stop by an #OGClt classic. The historic drive-up Dairy Queen… read more »




Blackhawk Hardware

Where Are We in CLT? | September 20, 2019

Huh? We would’ve guessed that the Aisle of Death would be on 13. Blackhawk Hardware has been a staple of Park Road Shopping Center since 1977. Referred to as the “World’s Coolest Hardware Shop” by many (we wonder how much that has to do with the free… read more »




Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Where Are We in CLT? | September 18, 2019

The last time you whizzed down Morehead on your way to Rhino Market or Town Brewing, did you notice that the incredible art deco building across the street at 1401-09 West Morehead Street? The building’s corners along Morehead are adorned with intric… read more »




Eastside Pride Mural by Rosalia Torres

Where Are We in CLT? | September 4, 2019

EASTSIDE PRIDE! Charlotte’s eastside is a strong, proud community with a vibrant collection of cultures and people, and this fresh mural puts that pride on full display. Painted by the uber-talented “artivist,” Rosalia Torres-Weiner. She is known for… read more »




Sam Mills Statue

Where Are We in CLT? | September 3, 2019

Sam Mills may have passed away in 2005, but his example and legacy continue to stand taller than any building here in Charlotte. As a linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, Mills excited everyone watching from the stands. But, it was his courage and p… read more »




Coca-Cola Mural

Where Are We in CLT? | August 29, 2019

It’s exciting to see murals popping up all over the Queen City, but some have been around for a long time — like this Coca-Cola painted ad that’s graced this building at 6th and N. Graham Street for decades. If you’re running the Around the Crown 10… read more »




The McNinch House

Where Are We in CLT? | August 28, 2019

When you’re running the Around The Crown 10K on Sept. 1, you’ll take a short jaunt on Church Street just past mile four. For a little extra motivation, look right after you pass the Frederick Building. You’ll see a purple a pink house built in the 18… read more »




Rex the Lion

Where Are We in CLT? | August 22, 2019

A ginormous lion has been prowling South Park since 2007 … and his name is “Rex.” The good news is he can’t move, probably because weighs around seven tons. According to Queens Univerity, Rex, who was sculpted by Jon Hair of Cornelius, reigns as th… read more »




Denton Burrows Mural on Central Ave

Where Are We in CLT? | August 20, 2019

Once upon a time, getting lost (or just wandering around) in Charlotte wasn’t that much fun. These days, thanks to the unstoppable work of gifted muralists, there’s a visual treasure to find around almost every corner — like this mural from Denton B… read more »




VisArt Video

Where Are We in CLT? | August 15, 2019

WHERE ARE WE IN CLT? On #NationalRelaxationDay (Aug. 15) … and we can’t think of a better way to spend it than renting a movie from VisArt Video and hunkering down on the couch. VisArt — located in the Eastway Crossing Shopping Center — is a plac… read more »




Dupp & Swat

Where Are We in CLT? | August 13, 2019

WHERE ARE WE IN CLT? There are lots of reasons to find your way to Camp North End, but one of our faves is to drop in and check out the new mural by Charlotte artist & UNCC professor, John Hairston, Jr., at Dupp & Swat. Along the way, owners Davita… read more »




Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

Where Are We in CLT? | August 13, 2019

Last Friday, we featured a self-portrait of Charlotte artist, Dustin Harbin. So, we visit Spider-Man & Doc Ock engaged in an epic battle inside Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, where Dustin used to work. Charlotte’s friendly neighborhood comic shop was fi… read more »




Free Range Brewing

Where Are We in CLT? | August 9, 2019

All the great artists do it … hiding a self-portrait inside a masterwork. And, Charlotte’s no exception. If you’ve dropped by Free Range Brewing on North Davidson Street for a cold craft beer and a few laughs with friends, you’ve seen the incredibl… read more »




Charlotte Pipe & Foundry

Where Are We in CLT? | August 7, 2019

If you’re like us, you’ve driven past the entry monument in front of Charlotte Pipe & Foundry on Morehead Street a million times and wondered, “What is in that gigantic pipe?” Well, we stopped wondering and pulled over to see. After all, Charlotte Pi… read more »




The Pillar of Dreams

Where Are We in CLT? | August 6, 2019

Standing there like it grew out of the earth in front of the new Mecklenburg County Social Services building off Freedom Drive, you’ll find the “Pillars of Dreams” by artist Marc Fornes. Installed earlier this year, this is Fornes’ second sculpture i… read more »




Sedgefield Totem

Where Are We in CLT? | August 1, 2019

WHERE ARE WE IN CLT? The “Sedgefield Totem” cheerfully greets guests to the Sedgefield Campus of Dilowrth Elementary on Hartford Avenue. It was created by artist Paula Smith and erected in 2016 as part of the “Neighborhoods in Creative pARTnership” i… read more »




Smokey Contraband

Where Are We in CLT? | July 24, 2019

At the SE corner of Matheson Ave. and N. Tryon St. (not far from NoDa Brewing), there’s an abandoned lot that used to be a gas station. On a large blue pole, Smokey Contraband has put up a kick ass installation of Smokey holding, let’s just say, a fi… read more »




Le’s Sandwiches & Cafe

Where Are We in CLT? | July 23, 2019

Le’s Sandwiches & Cafe has been serving up mouth-watering Banh Mi to Charlotte since 2004. As you can see from the photo above, Beard Award-winning baker Chef Peter Reinhart is enjoying Le’s creation. And you can, too — if you’re up for the culinary… read more »




Community Matters Cafe

Where Are We in CLT? | July 22, 2019

If you happen to pop into Community Matters Café during the workweek, don’t be surprised if you find Matt, Tim or other members of The Biscuit team hunkered down for some great grub, rich coffee, and prolific creative output. We love working here, me… read more »