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 own Rick Lazes. Throw your car into high gear and book it on over to AvidXchange’s headquarters to …
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 & Dion Galloway will inspire you and welcome you in for a chat. Don’t forget to visit their neighbors, Hex Espresso Bar and BLK MRKT CLT.
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 incredibly intricate mural by Queen City artist Dustin Harbin. But, did you know that peeking out from the crowd of characters gracing the wall is none other than the artist himself? You have to hunt for it … and that’s half the fun. Kinda’ like “Where’s Waldo?” … with beer. Sounds like a perfect reason to pop by for a pint.This Queen City exploration is powered by OrthoCarolina.
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 filtration device generally used for smoking herbal substances. Either that, or it’s an intricate vase — but if that’s the case we don’t understand why. You may have noticed stickers of Smokey slapped up around the Queen City before, but this one’s next level. Next time you’re headed out for a pint of Hop Drop, keep your eyes peeled.
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 adventure. Le’s is located at 4520 North Tryon Street # 41, Charlotte, NC 28213, inside an unassuming shopping center. Look for the “International Market,” then look for the double doors that take you into the mall. They are located inside the Asian Corner Mall, to the right. Then get ready for something special. As The Le Family puts it: “We feel very honored, humbled and blessed that we have an amazing group of followers in the Charlotte region and the surrounding areas. We are committed in keeping up the expectations, quality, and service in providing amazing Vietnamese Banh Mi to you all.”
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