2019 Was Chock Full of Wonderful, Creative Stories. Here are our Faves.
As we wrap the inaugural year of The Biscuit and turn the corner into a new decade, we wanted to pause and reflect on some of the pieces from 2019 that have stayed with us. From tattoos and transplants, to juice and Josh Jacobson, to scooters and small businesses and sales taxes, let’s strap in and re-ride the spectrum of human emotion that is creativity in Charlotte.
Tuesday Wasn’t Doomsday
Thoughts from Tim Miner & Matt Olin on the failure of the sales tax referendum.
Debunking 6 Non-Profit Myths
The first installment of Josh Jacobson’s “Breaking Good” series
I am New & Part Yankee … and I Come in Peace
Artist Kellee Stall’s initial thoughts on moving to Charlotte from up North.
Searching for Hope in Despair City
Writer Page Leggett went to DC and found it very different than when she left in the 90s.
‘Commercial Gentrification’ Pushes 120 Entrepreneurs Out at North End Biz Center
Up to 120 small businesses in a coveted piece of North End real estate had to find new homes.
From the Stage to the Boardroom
Local marketing guru and actor, Jennifer Grabenstetter teaches Erin Breeden how to use improv to improve business meetings.
We’re Off to See the Wonderful Wizard of Charlotte
What’s up with the paper murals popping up all over the Queen City?
Curb Your Metabolism: A Super-Serious Study on the Feasibility of Ingestion on E-Scooters
Bryan Li risks life and limb to discover the best and worst Charlotte foods to eat while scootering.
Liz Logan Has a Dirty Front Yard
Local author Liz Logan shares the stories behind her tattoos.
Dr. OJ Has the Juice
A local creative wants to fill your glass every morning.
Creative Placekeeping on the East Side
An interview with muralist Georgie Nakima about a new work on the East side of Charlotte.
Local Artist Picks Up Her Grandfather’s Paintbrush
A chat with Amber Thompson about restoring her grandfather’s Coca-Cola mural uptown.
Seeking Absolution for Improper Attribution
By Tim Miner
When you’ve committed to sharing the stories of the Charlotte creative community and doing what you can to lift up the people behind the work, you can’t take plays off.
But, when I posted a picture of my daughter celebrating a collection of NoDa murals on Instagram on Sunday, Dec. 22, I didn’t take that extra few minutes needed to properly attribute the work to the artists who painted them. Southern Tiger Collective called me out on it … as well they should have. We’ve spent a lot of time covering murals in 2019 and the people behind them in The Biscuit. But, I dropped the ball this time and I’m picking it up and running full sprint into 2020.
Read Tim’s full editorial here.
2019 was a big year for new restaurants opening in Charlotte, NC. But, sadly, it seemed like for every new, cool eatery we got, we lost one or two of our favorites soon after. Pretty heartbreaking. Watch the video and help us say bye-bye to some of our favorite stand-bys that sadly are no more in the Queen City.
It’s hard to believe tomorrow is the beginning of 2020. That used to feel so very far away. Shouldn’t we be living on the moon or working at Spacely Sprockets or plugged into the Matrix or be putting down a robot revolution by now? When is the future going to be, you know, the “future future” promised to us in movies and comic books?
Now that we think about it, even when that brighter future arrives, we’re pretty sure we’ll still be complaining about the same old things. For instance …
We the People (of Charlotte Is Creative) love to get out of the office when we can, whether it’s for a meeting or to get some work done over a cup of coffee. One of our most treasured offices away from the office is The People’s Market of Dilworth. As a self-described “neighborhood hub for work, eat, and play,” The People’s Market delivers a lot in one package. You can just as comfortably hold a team meeting as you can grab a beer with friends. Either way, it’s a welcoming spot centered on the idea of community and connection. The market is chock full of local art (much of it for sale), but the “We The People” mural by Mike Wirth that graces the back wall is our favorite. It perfectly captures the spirit of the market — a place for the people, by the people.
Directions: 1315 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203
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