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Month: April 2019

Cut-N-Tease Salon celebrates 10 years in downtown Charlotte

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer Laura Frazier, owner of Cut-N-Tease Salon, had always wanted to be a cosmetologist when she was little. After she went to cosmetology school in her mid-20s, she turned her passion into a business, one that is celebrating its 10th anniversary  The business started in a small building that once stood by the Burkhead-Green Funeral home on the corner of Sheldon and Lawrence. When that building had become available, her and her husband decided to go for it and start a salon business. With a growth of clientele, Laura moved the business to 229 S. Cochran...

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Council votes 4-2 to not allow  recreational marijuana dispensaries

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer The Charlotte City Council made the decision on Monday to temporarily opt out of allowing recreational marijuana dispensaries in Charlotte. After Prop 1 passed in the 2018 elections, Michigan became the tenth state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older.  One of the factors going into the decision has to do with the state not yet having guidelines and regulations for cities who decide to opt in. Charlotte is the fourth city/township in Eaton County to opt out. The list also includes Delta Township, Eaton Rapids, and Grand Ledge.  Jennifer Domingue, associate attorney with the Cannabis Legal Group, offered insight into the licensing and allowance of marijuana dispensaries for when the council decides to revisit the topic. The Michigan Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), signed into law in 2016, features five key categories: growers, processors, secured transporters, safety compliance facilities, and provisioning centers. According to Domingue, opting into the allowance of marijuana dispensaries would include a sixth category: microbusinesses. In order for marijuana dispensaries to obtain licensing, they must pay the municipality a fee up to $5,000 for application and renewal, and that licensing can be revoked or restricted very easily. She also mentioned, along with some Charlotte residents who were for the opting in, the opening of jobs and the regulation being safer than dealers who might be on...

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Windwalker fundraiser takes a look at evolution of Charlotte’s artistic outlet

There are many stories hidden in the walls of Windwalker Underground Gallery in downtown Charlotte. The city’s ‘Wizard of Oz,’ Richard Turbin has been crafting a masterful tale inside the historic building for the past 25-plus years. The building’s transformation is at the heart of the latest story, which will be unveiled Saturday, April 13 at 6 p.m. as part of Windwalker Underground Gallery’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser — Then and Now. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the three-floor beacon for the arts, and witness how a man and a dream can help transform a community. That’s Turbin’s...

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