Briefing for Friday August 14: New restaurants to voting ideas

Briefing for Friday August 14: New restaurants to voting ideas
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Hello Friday.

Google Fiber just started giving away free t-shirts to Charlotteans. Get a free shirt (I bet they’ll run out, so get it now). No strings attached except they’ll likely email you about their Fiber offerings. Cool design. I love free shirts. I just hope former Charlottean of the Day, Mary Ellen Player, and the rest of the Charlotte Google Fiber Team decided to go with a quality American Apparel type shirt instead of that sandpaper Gildan junk. Anyways.

VITALS


Today’s Weather: 88. Sunny. 10% chance of rain.
Today’s Stat: 56. Age of former WCNC reporter Stuart Watson who is suing the station and parent company for age discrimination (his contract was not renewed). [Washburn/Observer]
Today’s Job: Fund Formation Attorney at Moore & Van Allen. Apply.
Today’s Charlottean: Bruce Clark, Charlotte’s first digital inclusion project manager, for tackling our city’s digital divide. 

ORIGINALS


INSIDER: Everything you need to know about 204 North
I don’t know what “cocktails on tap” or “beer infusion towers” really are, but I like it. Jason gets the inside scoop and exclusive renderings of what this new Tryon Street restaurant and bar will look like. Bullish.

More than a verdict
Jonathan Sanchez pens an op-ed… “The Kerrick trial is about much more than a verdict for the people of Charlotte, especially for those of color…”

6 ways to make it easier for you to vote
I love Tim’s ideas to increase Charlotte voter turnout. I can’t believe that only 7% of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2013 Charlotte primary. Even worse, only 1% of 18-34 year olds voted. Let’s change this. 

12 mid-career marketing jobs at large companies, open right now
Companies: Starbucks, Harris Teeter, Electrolux, Ingersoll Rand, Bank of America, PepsiCo, Sealed Air, Time Warner Cable, Siemens, Moore & Van Allen, GE and TTI Floor Care.

6 things I missed while away for 6 weeks
Beautiful, quick essay about Clay coming back to Charlotte after a six week summer graduate school program. I love her obsession with Barbee Farms.

The first 4 steps to buying a house in Charlotte
Buying? Jonathan Piscitelli gets some tips from Curt Seifart, a real estate agent with Helen Adams Realty who has 14 years of experience working in the Charlotte market.

There’s just enough summer left to buy TidalBall and head straight to the beach
A local startup created a $19.95 product that’s described as a “blend between cornhole, bocce ball, & horseshoes.” Meet Greg, the co-founder. View the product.

I have no real evidence, but I think Charlotte Starbucks are in trouble
Evidence #1: I went the Starbucks on East Blvd on Wednesday at 7:56am and there was no line. Evidence #2: I feel oddly ashamed holding a Starbucks cup instead of a local cup of coffee. 

TALKING POINTS


61 Charlotte metro area companies make the 2015 Inc. 5000 List [Hallmark/Agenda]. Use this list to job hunt. Three Food and Beverage companies made the list: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Hissho Sushi, and Bojangles’.

Today, South End’s Icehouse changed its name to Bonz Smoke & Taphouse [New Bonz Site]. New marketing focus will be around their whiskey selection, craft beers (38) and craft cocktails. There will also be a new layout and 30 fancy HD TVs.View their sneak peek party invite for tonight

Zillow released a new research report which found that on average Charlotte renters spend 26.8% of their income on rent [Zillow]. “Our research found that unaffordable rents are making it hard for people to save for a down payment and retirement, and that people whose rent is unaffordable are more likely to skip out on their own healthcare,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell.

The Iron Yard, the largest code school in the world, is opening a new campus in Charlotte [The Iron Yard]. 12-week course. Course information session – Aug 8th; 6-9pm. Will compete against Tech Talent South.

Zaxby’s is opening up its 8th Charlotte area store near Carolina Premier Outlets on Monday [Peralta/Observer]. Sure, their chicken is tasty, but you should always choose Charlotte-based Bojangles’ over Zaxby’s.

Owen’s Bagels is re-opening tomorrow at 7am. [Owen’s Facebook]. The bagel joint has been closed for three months because a car crashed into the back of their building.
 


Looking for something to do this weekend? View our planner – 10 things to do this weekend. 

And congratulations to Winn Maddrey and the presenters at TedxCharlotte for selling out the event on October 23rd at Label (additional tickets might open up at a later date)!

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