Charlotte consistently ranks as one of the best places to do business for both start-ups and established companies. East Charlotte is proud to play a role in that reputation for innovation. WTVI Charlotte recently profiled Southern Cake Queen, a gourmet bakery with a mobile presence. When Southern Cake Queen was looking for a good location for their commercial bakery, they chose East Charlotte. Providing quick access to the entire Charlotte region, a home in East Charlotte was a smart choice to launch their successful business. With the help of the Small Business Center at CPCC, Southern Cake Queen has enjoyed the sweet taste of success!
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East Charlotte has been home to the Southern Christmas Show for the past 48 years! For many people it is a holiday tradition. This year, the show will run from November 11 – 22 and the producers expect more than 100,000 people to visit the show at The Park Expo and Conference Center on Independence Boulevard. They’ll have a lot to enjoy with more than 400 holiday merchants, regional crafts, wineries, and seasonal entertainment.
Check out what Charlotte Agenda had to say about the show. Last year the leaders of the Southern Shows company were interviewed on Charlotte Talks. It’s a great interview about the history of the show and business in East Charlotte. Check out East Charlotte restaurants for a bite to eat before or after your visit to the show.
Here are some pictures from an E.A.S.T. board member from the 2015 Southern Christmas Show.
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The Charlotte Business Journal reports that Midwood Smokehouse will soon open a third location. This time, they’re looking far from their home base in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood to Columbia, SC.
From the article:
The original Midwood Smokehouse opened in Plaza-Midwood in 2011. Its menu features hand-pulled pork and chicken as well as brisket, ribs, sandwiches and burgers, plus side items such as mac-and-cheese and BBQ baked beans, and for dessert, peach cobbler and banana pudding.
East Charlotte has historically been a great place to start a business with many of the area’s biggest business names tracing their beginnings to Central Ave. These include Harris Teeter and Family Dollar. More recently, Midwood Smokehouse and other local businesses have found successful beginnings in east Charlotte.
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Join us Sunday for an informational meeting for Taste of the World 2015.
Come learn about ways to get involved with this year’s Taste of the World, which will be held on October 1, 2015. Join us at this Sunday’s meeting for information and a delicious selection of international appetizers from area restaurants.
The event will be held at:
3:00pm this Sunday, June 28, 2015
at The VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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One of east Charlotte’s advantages is its diversity. People originally from all over the world now call east Charlotte home. This makes for a lively and cosmopolitan mix of cultures. A demonstration of that diversity is Charlotte EAST’s Taste of the World event.
The non-white Hispanic population grew 14.8 percent between 2010 and last year, estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show, more than double the white growth rate.
Hispanics are now 12.7 percent of Mecklenburg’s population, an estimated 128,473 people among 1.01 million residents.
Hispanics are drawn to the area for its reputation as being generally accepting of immigrants, a robust economy and good quality of life, said Owen Furuseth, a geography professor at UNC Charlotte who has studied the area’s Hispanic population.
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The Charlotte Business Journal reports that Five Guys Burger and Fries will soon open a location in the heart of east Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood business district. From the Business Journal article:
The burger franchise has signed a lease for 2,500 square feet at Central Square shopping plaza. It will be located at 1326 Central Ave. between Japanese restaurant Yama Izakaya and Healthy Home Market.
The article doesn’t indicate an opening date. Welcome to east Charlotte!
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The 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. We depend on the contributions of volunteers for a successful event.
Volunteer training will be either on September 13th at 3pm or September 14th at 6pm. It is to be held at the Charlotte Museum of History on Shamrock Drive.
To register for the volunteer event or for more information, please contact our volunteer committee by email.
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Charlotte Agenda recently shared that The Workman’s Friend will open soon on Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood. According to their website, The Workman’s Friend will be a “warm and inviting place similar to what we grew up with in Ireland.” We’re looking forward to having a new business in the neighborhood and they’re hiring! Click over to their website and Facebook page to learn more about their opening!
This 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.
Open 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.
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!