Hello Friday. It’s Katie.
I don’t know who’s in charge of creating these obscure national food holidays, but today is allegedly National Cookie Day and I’m not mad about it. I’m done with cupcakes’ trendy reign of terror over the dessert scene and am patiently awaiting the day real layered cake reclaims its rightful seat on the throne. Until then, good old-fashioned cookies are definitely having a moment in Charlotte.
There’s The Cookie Cult, which you’ll find at both Not Just Coffee locations and Okra Yoga. I’m a big fan of the heavily sugared sugar cookies and clever iced cookies from Suarez Bakery. (Look at their taco emoji cookies.) Late-night craving? Grub Hub will deliver Kai’s Cookies up until midnight and there’s even a ‘Cosmic Cookie‘ deal that comes with 1 or 3 dozen cookies and 1 or 3 pints of ice cream. Go nuts. And don’t forget about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a citywide bake sale fundraiser taking place this weekend. Oh and if you’re south of the border, Hey Sugar Shop in Rock Hill recently unveiled its signature Palmetto Pie, which is made up of fat layers of chocolate chip cookie, chocolate and frosting. It’s a cookie-cake hybrid. Everyone wins.
Today’s Weather: 57. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Today’s Stat: 1,700. Number of winter coats being donated to students from Idlewild and Greenway Park elementary schools through a collaboration between New Charlotte Church and Church at Charlotte.
Today’s Job: QA Tester at Skookum. Apply.
Today’s Charlottean: Vinny Esposito, the Panthers’ game day DJ, for rocking BofA stadium.
15 signs you officially live in Charlotte [Levans]
So you moved here with the plan to leave in two years but it’s five years later and here you are? Me too. Slowly but surely you start to realize you’re home. Here are a few ways to know you’ve reached exclusive status with the city of Charlotte.
The small-business exodus in South End has begun [Dunn]
With major development in progress and even more looming on the horizon, the businesses that helped make South End what it is today are moving out of the neighborhood. Boulevard at South End, a popular gift shop featuring local artisans, announced on Thursday that its last day of business will be December 30. Common Market is still looking for a new home, Blush has already moved to an online-only operation and Black Sheep is looking for a spot in Plaza Midwood.
It’s going to be a huge weekend for Charlotte beer [Wells]
New releases, special events and holiday cheer make this weekend the perfect storm of beer in Charlotte. There’s the Weihnachtmarkt at OMB, Good Morning Breakfast at Good Bottle, South End’s 12 Brews of Christmas tour, Birdsong’s 4th birthday and more. Put your drinking pants on.
Why you should care about the ACC championship game [@thetrolleywalk]
Charlotte is home to massive alumni bases from Clemson and UNC so you probably already care about this. If not, Trolley reminds us that a late kickoff time of 8 p.m. means the tailgating scene and Uptown at large will be lit all weekend. So even if you don’t have a ticket to the sold out game, you can still partake in the festivities.
9 reasons you should attend the Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour this weekend [Walker]
Fourth Ward’s 38th Annual Holiday Home Tour is this weekend and I feel strongly that we should all go. In addition to touring festive homes stocked with free food and drinks, your ticket also earns you free small bites at The Asbury, Wooden Vine and Rock Bottom. Don’t forget to get the special edition Fourth Ward Holiday Ale while you’re at Rock Bottom. Tickets are $25.
Work Life of Don Millen, managing director at Dragonfly Capital [Dunn]
Don has a 5-minute commute that he loves and says he’d still pay for an express toll lane. He’s a fan of Greek Isles, Harris Teeter Express Lane and Craft in South End. Every day for breakfast he has water, a banana and coffee. Learn more about his work day and ponder how he gets through it on just a banana.
Get miles away from your comfort zone at the Charlotte Storytellers holiday-themed StorySLAM [@thetrolleywakl]
The Storytellers are hosting their first ever Holiday StorySLAM tonight. It’s an interactive performance where storytellers are chosen by lottery to present a 5- to 7-minute themed story. Incredible things happen when your walls come down in front of a group of strangers. The show is at Free Range Brewing at 7:30 p.m. ($3 or a canned good to get in).
Allison Duncan Lilly: Leading hip-hop in CLT for 3 decades [Wilson]
Allison has a cult following at her class at the Dowd YMCA. She’s funny, approachable and a wildly talented choreographer and dancer. She has the best music, sickest moves and, oh yeah, she’s 50. Allison has a performance this Sunday at McGlohon Theater if you want to see her in action.
December theatre picks: ‘Great American Trailer Park Musical’ and ‘Dog Sees God’ [Beck]
‘Tis the season for ‘Nutcracker’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ but if you’re not in the Christmas mood, you could catch ‘Scrooge The Musical’ (I know it’s technically a tale of Christmas but it’s Scrooge-centered) or ‘Shrek The Musical’. Check out 10 picks in and around Charlotte this month.
The Whitewater Center bought a ton of land for expansion [CBJ/Boye]. The $5.3 million purchase adds 488 acres to the already 266-acre park. USNWC says it plans to preserve the additional land in its natural state.
Historic west Charlotte depot to be saved [Plan Charlotte]. The 100-year-old Piedmont and Northern Railway Depot on Old Mount Holly Road will be relocated and rehabbed. Victory.
Comida is very close to opening in Plaza Midwood [Instagram]. Last night, littlespoon hosted the final menu preview for its new sister restaurant that will be taking over the old Penguin space on Thomas Street. You can drool over the menu here.
A citywide bake sale is raising funds for pediatric cancer research this weekend [Facebook]. Charlotte’s 8th Annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale will be at Blackhawk Hardware Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Yelp is giving away $10,000 to local nonprofits [Yelp]. And you get to decide where the money goes. Vote every day until December 15 to determine the distribution of the $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 prizes to Reading Partners, Classroom Central and A Child’s Place.