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Author: Travis Silvas

Carl Reck celebrates 45 years in downtown Charlotte

Downtown Charlotte is in the midst of a renaissance of sorts as new shops open and facades undergo needed improvements. There are, however, a few staple retail businesses that have served as downtown’s anchor, providing stability during the uncertain economic times of the recent past. One retail business, Carl Reck Jewelers, has managed to not only weather the storm, but come out of it stronger than ever. In fact, this month, Carl Reck is celebrating 45 years as the area’s premier jeweler. The business has adapted over the years from its beginnings selling fine silverware to its current offerings of trendy fashion watches. The family owned business has kept its finger on the pulse of the jewelry industry and more importantly, on the pulse of what its customers want. Matt DeLeeuw, who purchased the business from his father, Dan in 2011 said the family business has always focused on bringing the best value and newest styles to the community, at a competitive price. The consistency in quality products and service, Matt said, is a reason customers keep coming back. “It’s always been about the customer first,” added longtime employee Carrie Burch. The customer experience at Carl Reck extends from complimentary jewelry cleaning to custom jewelry design consultations. Offering a large number of rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, charms, and watches on display, meeting customer’s needs also includes an extensive catalog...

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Successful Beach Market Series means expanded collaborations

Yoga on Tap. Piyo and a Pint. Barre and Brews. Regardless of the name, or the specified workout, the uniqueness of the new Beach Market Series drew crowds to downtown Charlotte this past summer. The brainchild of Christina Campbell, Marketing and Operations Manager at AL!VE, the Beach Market Series paired AL!VE fitness instructors and Charlotte Brewing Company craft beer to offer participants the opportunity to experience downtown Charlotte in an exciting new way. A different class was offered on three separate Saturdays in August and September — Piyo (a combination of pilates and yoga), Yoga, and Barre. Participants could...

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Windwalker to host illusionist Caleb Johnson’s new show, The Ruse

His illusions serve as the vehicle in which Caleb Johnson connects his story to his audience. No story he’s ever written has more personal meaning or powerful impact than the one he will debut at Windwalker Underground Gallery in Charlotte on Oct. 5 and 6 — The Ruse. An illusionist for the past 10 years, Johnson’s career and life reached a turning point last year when he shared with his church community that he is gay. The revelation cost him his job at the church, where he had been a pastor for five years. The following year was one of soul-searching...

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CHS Athletic Hall of Fame prepares to induct inaugural class

Members of the Charlotte High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee will tell you the selection process was difficult. However, the inaugural class, which will be officially inducted in the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 15, is full of obvious selections. Included in the 2018 class is a former NFL lineman, a former major league baseball player and longtime professional baseball coach, a professional basketball Most Valuable Player, and state championship coaches. “We could have put a lot more people in, and definitely have a good pool of nominations left,” said committee chair Ben Phlegar, following the May...

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Matt Maitland named 2018 Frontier Days Grand Marshal

Though he hasn’t been a part of the community for terribly long, Matt Maitland has obviously made an impact. As the principal of Charlotte Middle School, Matt has a direct effect on the lives of many Charlotte youth. It’s because of his exceptional commitment to the children of this community that the Charlotte Frontier Days Board of Directors has named him 2018 Frontier Days Grand Marshal. “My wife, Amanda, was very happy for me,” Matt said of the news. “She knows how much time and effort it takes to be an educator so she was happy for me and proud...

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