500 Pieces. Sandblasting. And a 64-Year-Old Pepsi Bottle.
The Story Behind the Sign
“She’s back… and she is GLORIOUS!”
Yep. Back in May, we posted that effusive statement on our Instagram feed when a restored Park Road Shopping Center’s crown was returned to its throne after a 7-month restoration process. A little emotional? Perhaps. But, we have a soft spot for this vintage Queen City icon and we’ve remained curious about how it was restored.
So, we yanked on a few strings (more like, sent a few emails) to learn more about the people behind the process. Fort Mill company Modulex assembled the team to restore and reassemble 500 pieces of the Park Road Shopping Center sign and they shared some surprises and lots of photos with us.
What do UNC Charlotte Students Wish to Say to President Trump?
Sheryl Oring Knows … and She’s Sharing.
This spring — on the cusp of the COVID-19 shutdown, Sheryl Oring and her trusty typewriter popped up across the UNC Charlotte campus asking students, faculty and staff what they’d like to say to the President. She’s done this many times across the country since 2004. When she’s done, she writes them up and sends them to the White House.
You can see what everyone had to say to Sheryl on October 1 (a little over a month until election day), when the postcards and notes will open to the public at the Projective Eye Gallery on the UNC Charlotte Center City campus in Uptown. Sheryl spoke to us about her ongoing work — its origin and importance — and shared a gallery of photos from the UNC Charlotte exhibition.
We’re Buzzing About CLT’s Latinx Creatives
In order to properly celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are using September 15 to October 15 to highlight Charlotte’s incredible Latinx creatives. To help us determine who to feature, we asked our followers on social media to give us suggestions … and they delivered tenfold. Charlotte’s Latinx creative community is strong, diverse, and wickedly talented and these creatives deserve to be celebrated all year round.
Take A Trip To The Museum This Weekend! (In-person. For real.)
It’s time to go on a field trip … because museums are back open! With the start of Phase 2.5 on September 4, North Carolina museums are allowed to open and operate at a 50% capacity. Many Charlotte-area museums have decided to open their doors again starting this weekend and a few more have been open for the past few weeks.
YOU TELL US: What are the Best Creative Resources in CLT?
Last weekend on Instagram, we put up a photo of the Frame Warehouse on South Boulevard, a family-run business that has been serving the Charlotte creative community for decades. The love poured out as creatives talked about how much they loved this business. That got us wondering: Which businesses are the best creative resources in Charlotte? Who do you rely on? We’d appreciate your opinions so we can share these businesses with our followers and readers.
Eight Charlotte Artists Top Candidate Biden’s Visit
When former vice president, Joe Biden, spoke at Camp North End, new work from eight Charlotte artists — Dammit Wesley, Jaianna McCants, Carla Aaron-Lopez, Garrison Gist, Marcus Kiser, John Hairston, Jr., Frankie Zombie and Makayla Binter — was above his head. The new works were commissioned by Biden’s campaign and curated by Davita and Dion Galloway of Dupp & Swat. This is — pun lovingly intended — a crowning achievement for the Queen City creative community and a testament to how their hard work is changing our city.
We weren’t able to be there, but our friend, Ashley Mahony of The Charlotte Post, was … and we HIGHLY encourage you to read her story and watch video captured on site. (NOTE: You should make a point of reading Ashley’s arts reporting. It’s top-notch.)
Ummm … This Looks Like Trouble
Last week, Tony Meccia of The Charlotte Ledger, Tim Miner of The Biscuit and Clayton Sealey of CLT Development masked up and met up for coffee. We can’t tell you exactly what they were up to, but you’ll see one of the byproducts — an article that imagines an alternative history for the design of The Square at Trade and Tryon Streets. Save room for next week’s Biscuit and enjoy Tony and Clayton teaming up for a “Flyover Friday” view of South End.
Biscuit Podcast: What have Matt and Tim Been Up To?
The last few months have been a lot of things, but … they have not been boring. While many of us have stayed close to home, creatives have been busier than ever. And, it’s been nearly a year since Matt Olin and Tim Miner sat down to talk about what they’re all about – especially what’s been happening since the pandemic took over in March.
Hear Matt and Tim talk about the reimagination of CreativeMornings/Charlotte, collaborating with the City of Charlotte, Brand the Moth and BLKMRKTCLT on the Black Lives Matter mural, new funding for artists, and much more. Click the button below and tune in. (It’s worth it to hear producer Andy Goh suggest Matt and Tim get marriage counseling … twice.)
BISCUIT BLITZ: A Quick Conversation with Varian Shrum
Over the past three years, Varian Shrum’s been flexing her formidable placemaking muscles at Camp North End. But, as the pandemic set in and she caught herself “wishing away the days,” she knew she had to act. So at the 100-Days-Til-Election Day mark, she committed to doing one thing every day to support democracy. Watch a Biscuit Blitz chat between Varian and Matt Olin to hear more about how this QC innovator creates engaging spaces for herself and others.
Did you know that there were Charlotte Hornets in the Queen City as early as 1892? Charlotte’s first minor league baseball team held the name nearly 96 years before the buzz of the NBA came to the Queen City. The baseball team existed until 1973.
Later, in 1976, a new Double-A team called the Charlotte Orioles came to town. The O’s would be rebranded as the Charlotte Knights in 1988… the same year that the Charlotte Hornets would make their reappearance in the Queen City, but this time on the basketball court.
You can find this mural along with three others outside of Truist Field, the Knight’s beautiful stadium in Uptown. Each mural features stadiums of the past and pays homage to the history of baseball in Charlotte. The murals were painted by Scott Nurkin of The Mural Shop.
Side Note: Just because Minor League Baseball was canceled this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still visit Truist Field! On October 10, the Knights are transforming their field into a pumpkin patch to help ring in spooky szn with some fall family fun. Click here to learn more and book a time slot.
Directions: 324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Don’t go ’round hungry. If you missed the last batch of The Biscuit, don’t worry. We’ve kept it warm for you. This batch features:
- A look at the state of nonprofit pay by Josh Jacobson
- An “Exit Interview” podcast with Molly Shaw
- A “Biscuit Blitz” chat with Sydney Duarte
- CLT’s Tough A$$ Crew has a new pop-up art shop
- A “Where Are We In CLT” trip to the Charlotte Rescue Mission
Click here to dig in, y‘all.
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