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Happy Thursday, QCity!

In today’s newsletter, read about a new live entertainment venue opening on the west side, an update on a Black-owned business we covered a few months ago and what’s happening in the city this weekend.

Today in History: In 1983, Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a national holiday. President Reagan signed a bill marking every third Monday in January as a holiday celebrating King’s life and legacy.

Todays Hot Job: Mecklenburg County is seeking a 10-month public health / school nurse.

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And just like that, the year is almost over. 2023 flew by, but that didn’t stop Black Charlotteans from shaping our city.

Nominations are now open for QCity Metro’s 4th annual Great 28 list — 28 Black people who are helping make Charlotte a better place.

If you know someone who belongs on this list, nominate them through this 3-question form.


New live entertainment venue to open in West End

Greg Willingham (above), is the owner of Rozelles Ferry Landing, located at 2831 Rozzelles Ferry Road. October 2023. (Jalon Hill/QCity Metro)

Rozzelles Ferry Landing, a new, Black-owned live entertainment complex, is set to open this week in Charlotte’s West End.

The compound will feature three spaces: a co-working cafe, a cocktail bar and an indoor live entertainment venue. 

Tomorrow, the entertainment venue will be the first part of the project to open to the public.

Read on. [Jalon Hill]


Black-owned Mexican restaurant opens Uptown

Rolled AF at Monarch Market food hall in Uptown Charlotte. (Ashley Creft via CLT Black Owned)

Back in September, we first announced that local entrepreneurs Ashley Outlaw and Felicia Reese –who own Nacho Average Food Truck and 22 Street Kitchen, respectively — would be opening a “modern Mexican” eatery this fall.

The restaurant, Rolled AF, opened today inside Monarch Market, a new food hall in Uptown Charlotte.

Rolled AF is one of twelve food stalls and offers taquitos, burritos and quesadillas on the menu, with prices ranging from $3 for sides to up to $10 for a main dish. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on weekends).


A show worth craving

“What’s COOKIN’?” is an explosive percussion show that sliced, diced and banged its way across the globe!

Working against the clock to prepare a wedding feast, four zany chefs make a manic menu of nonstop, high-speed action that whips up an all-you-can-eat frenzy of martial arts and Korean samulnori drumming.

Every utensil (yes, even the kitchen sink) becomes an ingredient in a recipe for havoc and heart-pounding rhythms so irresistible you’ll be ready for a second hilarious helping!


  • Heist Flower Bar: Unleash your inner florist at this DIY flower bar.
  • TK Kirkland: Terence ‘TK’ Kirkland is a well-respected comedian, podcast host and writer.





A mother’s gift

When an enslaved woman, Rose, learned that her nine-year-old daughter was to be sold, she made a gift for her: a sack filled with pecans, a tattered dress, and a braid of her own hair.

This gift, known today as Ashley’s Sack, is a symbol of love and perseverance under slavery and separation.

Ashley’s Sack is currently on display at Middleton Place in Charleston, S.C. Read more about the story behind this gift from mother to daughter.


Artist call for upcoming festival

  • BOOM! CALL – BOOM! Charlotte, a local arts festival, is accepting applications for next year. It’s set for April 26-28.
  • $$$ 4 HOMEOWNERS – Helping Out Mecklenburg’s Homeowners with Economic Support (HOMES) grants money toward taxes and has extended its deadline to Dec. 15. Apply for funding today.


Adopt a tree

Registration for free trees starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. for residents in 28206, 28208, 28213, 28214, and 28216 ZIP codes — Monday for all other Charlotte residents. TreeAdoption takes place on Saturday, Nov. 11!

Register here to get your free tree.


Sip, dine, and walk on a pier

This fall, head to the Marshwalk for fishing, a wine cruise or a bite to eat. It’s one of the many activities available on a visit to the Hammock Coast.

Read our guide to see why the Hammock Coast is still great for a fun and relaxing getaway.

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