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Author: Travis Silvas

Governor urges local leaders to keep the momentum going in Charlotte

Governor Rick Snyder visited Charlotte Thursday, Nov. 9 to take part in a graduation ceremony recognizing the City of Charlotte’s completion of the Governor’s Project Rising Tide program. The Governor congratulated city leaders on accomplishments within the community over the course of the last two years, but urged community members to keep moving forward. “This is not the end of something when you talk about a graduation,” Snyder said. “This is a milestone we should celebrate, that the community should celebrate doing great things together. CharlotteRising is just an awesome program, and I know it goes with great pride...

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Oh Darling! brings children’s fashion to downtown Charlotte boutique

Amanda Lipsey was a young mother trying to clothe her rapidly growing children when she was hit with inspiration. So she set out to build inventory and the knowledge needed to open her own children’s clothing resale shop in Charlotte. “I worked at Bella Grande for a year, learning as much as I could about the business,” Lipsey said. Just when she felt she was ready to put her dream into motion, a children’s clothing resale shop opened in Charlotte. “I took it as a sign,” Lipsey said. “I sold off my inventory and went into photography full time.”...

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Gypsy Market builds on best of two popular Charlotte shops

Separately their stores had grown a loyal customer base and plenty of attention in downtown Charlotte despite opening just this year. Together Shelly O’Connor of Dragonfly Boutique and Jill Felice of The Flipping Redhead are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead now that they’ve joined forces. The two will open Gypsy Market, a combination of the best of both downtown Charlotte shops, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. “We had similar shops and each wanted more space to offer our customers different opportunities, it just made sense to work together,” Shelly said. “It’s exciting that we can offer...

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Demolition of ‘The Piece’ to begin this month

Charlotte City Council approved a resolution to accept MCS Excavating’s bid of $35,000 to demolish the building (known locally as The Piece) located at 108/110 E. Lawrence Avenue. The former Carriage Cleaners building, which became notorious for a meth lab explosion in the second floor apartment, was purchased by community members in 2016 and donated to the City of Charlotte to make way for a pocket park. City Council approved the resolution at its Monday, Oct. 23 meeting. Community Development Director Bryan Myrkle said work to demolish the property would likely take place by mid-November. The project was originally...

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Contested races highlight Nov. 7 election in City of Charlotte

Four seats in total are up for election in Charlotte on Nov. 7. Only two, however, are contested. The race for the District 2 seat currently held by Brad Johnston has seemingly generated the most attention locally. Johnston, who has served on the council for the past three years is facing opposition from former councilmember Branden Dyer, and Kyle Ried. Johnston said he is running for re-election beacause, “I want our community to reach its full potential. I want my children to grow up in a Charlotte that is even better than I experienced. I want that for all of us.” Dyer said he is seeking election because, “My single mom taught me the importance of hard work and civic responsibility. These values along with the energy and momentum in Charlotte inspired me to run for council. I want to ensure residents’ voices are heard, not overshadowed by political colluding and partisan agendas.” Ried said he is running for city council because, “I am running for the City Council seat for a few reasons. The first one is our city’s infrastructure — our roads and our water. I would like to improve the roads in our town that have fallen into disrepair. The quality of our water is also a concern.” Ried identified the condition of city streets, the quality of city water and high level of city taxes...

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