Fun in the Sun at the Community Carnival

Bounce House

Bounce House

The Central United Methodist Church located at 6030 Albemarle Road in east Charlotte held their 17th annual Community Carnival on May 30, 2015.

Church members, friends, and neighbors enjoyed all of the free activities including a colorful bounce house, pony rides, face painting, learning about animals, games, and fitness activities including free blood pressure checks.

Live music, yummy hot dogs and nachos, snow cones, and door prizes added to the fun!

Educational Activities

Educational Activities

Throughout the day hundreds of neighbors young and old, speaking many different languages and representing many countries were all having fun together. Be sure to mark your calendar for the annual event!

Many thanks to Reverend Susan Webster and her team of volunteers for an excellent event.

 

 

Games

Games

 

Fitness

Fitness Activities

 

Face Painting

Face Painting

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Charlotte EAST Welcomes The Chef Restaurant

TheChef3This post is brought to you by Charlotte EAST Board Member Felicity Wray.

We recently stopped by one of east Charlotte’s newest restaurants, The Chef, at 6023 Albemarle Road. The Chef is the latest enterprise of Roberto Mendoza, the award-winning executive chef from Queens University of Charlotte and formerly of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

TheChef2Open since Mother’s Day 2015, the staff were extremely friendly especially our server Mariella from Uruguay. We found the menu varied and unusual; watching with interest as plates of food came out of the kitchen. Our own meal was delicious!

Chef Roberto Mendoza was very gracious and chatted with us and allowed this photograph! He’s been able to meet and cook for so many celebrities we are certainly lucky he chose east Charlotte to open his restaurant.TheChef1

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East Charlotte Roots: Abbeydale Celebrates Two Years

abbey1-397b1903East Charlotte has a long history of launching successful businesses. The histories Fortune 500 companies like Family Dollar and Harris Teeter to much smaller businesses have roots in East Charlotte. One such shop is Abbeydale, a menswear store Uptown on W 4th. Street recently voted Charlotte’s “Best Place to Buy a Suit”. While not located in East Charlotte, this local company takes its name from the street where the owner grew up in East Charlotte’s Windsor Park neighborhood. Learn more about the success of Abbeydale in this recent feature in Charlotte Magazine.

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Taste of the World Sponsorship Opportunities

TOTW_LogoThe 13th Annual Taste of the World Restaurant Showcase will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Taste of the World has become one of the highlights of the fall calendar in Charlotte. Tickets sell out well in advance of the event. Sponsorship of Taste of the World is an opportunity to both support your local community and promote your organization to a highly engaged audience. Click here for the Sponsorship Guide and to learn more!

 

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Welcome to East Charlotte, Pure Pizza

Charlotte Agenda and the Charlotte Business Journal recently announced the Pure Pizza will soon open in East Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood. Welcome to the ‘hood! Pure Pizza will be on Central Ave where Lulu’s used to be. They’re aiming for a June opening.

Word has it that they’re planning to grow some of their own produce on site and will utilize water harvesting and composting.

East Charlotte continues to be a great place to start and grow a business – Central Ave is Charlotte’s premiere small business incubator!

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CNIP Meeting June 4 at 6:00pm

CNIP-Meeting-AdThe City of Charlotte is making investments in East Charlotte through the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP).

The next public meeting will be held on June 4, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Midwood International & Cultural Center at 1817 Central Avenue.

If you live, work, or play in East Charlotte, this is an opportunity to share what is important to you!

Click HERE to see the full flyer in Spanish and English. 

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Where would you want to live in CLT?: Vote now!

streetcar on Trade 315*304The Charlotte Business Journal put up a poll to its readers and invites you to chime in. If you could live anywhere in the Charlotte region, where would you choose? Take a minute to share your East Charlotte pride and vote for or write in your favorite neighborhood! Click HERE to take the poll.

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Levine Properties’ Apartment Building Under Construction in Plaza-Midwood

PMLP1Levine Properties has been in the news lately for their major project in uptown Charlotte’s First Ward neighborhood. However, they’re also underway with a much smaller boutique apartment building in East Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood.

The Plaza-Midwood project is going up at the corner of Commonwealth Ave and St. Julien Street. It will consist of 105 units made up of 80 studio and one bedroom apartments and the remainder in two and three bedroom models. The location is in the middle of Plaza-Midwood and just steps from the Common Market, Harris Teeter, and other neighborhood amenities.

In a Charlotte Business Journal article, Levine Properties president, Daniel Levine said, “That neighborhood will be good for a very long time (referring to Plaza-Midwood), and those are the kinds of neighborhoods we want to be in.”

 

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Windsor Park Neighbors Gather for Memorial Day

WP1Neighbors in East Charlotte’s Windsor Park neighborhood gathered on Memorial Day for a potluck picnic. Several neighbors recently met for the first time through the Windsor Park Facebook page and decided to have an impromptu celebration. Neighbors worked together to make the gathering a success contributing food and fixings for the event.

Approximately thirty neighbors enjoyed meeting with each other and taking in the beautiful weather. Children enjoyed games and bubbles while neighbors got to spend time getting to know one another.

The group was grateful to the dedicated volunteers that coordinated the event as well as the Aldersgate Community for allowing the group to meet at their property on Somerdale Lane. The group looks forward to future events and opportunities to connect.

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QuikTrip Builds an East Charlotte Presence

QT1Convenience and gasoline retailer QuikTrip has been building a presence in East Charlotte over the past few years. Two locations are already open – one on Albemarle Road at Regal Oaks Drive and another on Eastway Drive in the Eastway Crossing Shopping Center.

Construction has begun on another QuikTrip location at the corner of Central Ave and N Sharon Amity Road. This location was formerly home to a long-closed gas station. The proximity to the former Eastland Mall site made this location more controversial. There was debate of the appropriateness of this use so close to potential redevelopment opportunities at Eastland.

Demolition of the old gas station building has been completed and site work has begun. QT2 QT3

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