Whatever happened to the Black-owned jewelry store that operated in uptown Charlotte?

A reader asked: I would appreciate it if you could answer a question for me. Is there a Black jewelry company that still operates in Charlotte? His shop was vandalized doing the riot after George Floyd’s killing. He also was interviewed on the news and stated that he had insurance and would continue. Any information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated. ~ Jerome Beauford  Thanks for your question, Jerome. Some background: In...

News Quiz: Can you beat last week’s average score of 69%?

Happy Saturday, QCity Metro readers! How well did you follow the news in Charlotte this week? Last week’s average score was 69%, unchanged from the previous week. Enter your score this week for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Last week’s winner was Sallie Holmes Gray. Meanwhile, let me know what you think of our quiz. Drop me an email at quizmaven@qcitymetro.com. Free Newsletter Stay informed with news and events that impact Charlotte's...

Enderly Park gets new public art

A new public sculpture has been installed in Charlotte’s Enderly Park neighborhood. Measuring 20 feet in height, “Tapestry” is the work of Kentucky-based artist Douwe Blumberg. “‘Tapestry’ is intended to communicate the value and beauty of diversity in community. Many diverse segments come together to create a harmonious and vibrant unity of  image,” Blumberg says in his artist statement. Blumberg crafted the piece...

5 reasons you should weigh in on how Mecklenburg County spends its tax dollars

Sponsored by: Your elected officials will soon decide how to spend billions of your tax dollars for the fiscal year 2024, and you now have a chance to weigh in with your thoughts. The next fiscal year begins July 1, 2023, so now is the time when officials debate which agencies need more or less funding, and how much money should be dedicated to various projects. Last fiscal year, county commissioners approved a budget of $2.2 billion. The...

Fifth Third Bank will build a West End branch

Fifth Third Bank will open a full-service banking center in Charlotte’s Historic West End, part of a larger commitment to the historically Black neighborhood, the company announced today. The West End branch will be located at 2340 Beatties Ford Road and is expected to open in the summer of 2024. Fifth Third also announced that McFarland Construction, a Black-owned company based in Charlotte, will be the project’s general contractor,...

Black-owned bridal store to open on Beatties Ford Road

When Tracie and Jennifer Mackins decided to find a brick-and-mortar space for their bridal consultation business, they knew they wanted to remain in Charlotte — particularly its Historic West End. The two sisters, who come from a family of business owners, grew up spending lots of time in the Beatties Ford area. Their family’s business ventures in the West End span long before the two planned for Mackins Bridal Boutique at 2023 Beatties...

Keep up with QCity’s ‘2023 CIAA Tournament Journal’

The CIAA tournament returns to Baltimore for its second year of in-person activities. The tournament began Tuesday, Feb.21 and will conclude with the men’s and women’s basketball championship on Saturday, Feb.25. Outside of the games, there will be a number of events happening throughout the tournament, including Fan Fest, an alumni mixer, a step show and more. QCity Metro reporter Jalon Hill will be there to share the sights and sounds....

Local artists share what they need to succeed

Artists need money. QCity Metro spoke with several local creatives, and they agreed that they want to see Charlotte stakeholders provide more financial support and affordable spaces. Why it matters: A 2022 survey, published by Charlotte is Creative, reported that 45% of respondents’ only source of employment was their artistic discipline. 63% noted they would like more public and private funding opportunities to improve their ability...

How will CMS address the disproportionate suspension rate of its Black students?

Black students at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are being suspended disproportionately compared to others, according to a recent Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Progress Monitoring Report.  The report states that Black students represented 68% of all students with at least one suspension this school year, down one percent from the previous year. “While our out-of-school suspension disproportionality rates for Black students is down...

New multiuse ‘hub’ to open in Historic West End

J’Tanya Adams, founder of Historic West End Partners, wants to “revitalize” the Beatties Ford and Oaklawn Forward area with Thrive Hub by transforming two buildings to bring capital into the corridor.  Why it matters: Thrive Hub will bring more amenities to the Beatties Ford corridor. Not only will the two spaces bring resources into the West End, but they will also bring opportunities for more capital from businesses based out of the...

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