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Happy Tuesday, QCity!

Today, read about a new community health center opening, an update on social districts and a new nail salon coming to Northlake.

Today in History: In 1964, Zambia — formerly known as Northern Rhodesia — ended 73 years of British rule. The country was renamed Zambia upon declaring its independence.

Today’s Hot Job: Mecklenburg County is seeking a child welfare specialist.


First look: Inside new community resource center

New Ella B. Scarborough Center in northeast Charlotte. (QCity Metro)

The Ella B. Scarborough Community Resource Center is now open in northeast Charlotte.

The center’s mission is to connect residents with multiple services from the county’s health and social services departments as well as community partners — all in one place.

There’s even free childcare during appointments.

Keep reading. [Destiniee Jaram]


Black-owned nail salon to open in Northlake Mall

Charlotte’s Nail Salon is located between Dilliard and No Grease Barber Shop. October 2023 (Photo courtesy of LaToya Evans)

Charlotte’s Nail Salon is set to open near No Grease and Dillard’s inside Northlake Mall next month.

LaToya Evan, who also owns a public relations firm, finalized the deal to open the nail salon in August and said she sees an opportunity to create a positive impact in the area.

Why it matters: Over the last year, several tenants, like the Apple store, have chosen to leave Northlake Mall due to growing safety concerns. 

Read more. [Jalon Hill]


Are you eligible for a HOMES grant?

Scholars Academy offers a challenging and differentiated educational program designed to meet the unique intellectual, social, and emotional needs of highly gifted children in grades K-8.

Their application period for 2024-2025 is open for families currently living in North Carolina! 


City’s first social district approved

Mama’s Caribbean Grill, 1504 Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood. (QCity Metro)

Plaza-Midwood will be the first area in Charlotte with an approved social district. The decision was made in an 8-2 vote at Monday night’s city council meeting.

Patrons can expect to take alcoholic beverages purchased from participating businesses throughout the area in reusable metal cups along parts of Central Avenue and nearby cross streets.

Social district operating hours will be between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.


Super selfies at Discovery Place

Take a Super Hero selfie moment and strike a pose with life-sized Marvel characters, including Black Panther and Spider-Ham (just added!) at Discovery Place Science. Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes on exhibition through Jan. 1.


Youth employment expo and more

  • YOUTH JOBS: Register for a free youth and young adult expo happening Oct. 26. There will be free food, prizes and job opportunities.
  • DIGITAL SUPPORT: Oct. 25th, join Historic West End partners at an event to get help with digital literacy, job searches and more.


Teaching through food

Fidel’s Kitchen, founded by Clayton Clark, offers a taste of authentic Jamaican food, something Clayton says was missing from the Charlotte food scene.

Clayton, who is from Jamaica, wanted food options that reminded him of growing up on the island – so he decided to open his own carry-out restaurant. He says Fidel’s is an opportunity for him to teach locals about Jamaican people and culture through food.

Keep reading to learn how he went from watching his mother cook as a child to owning his own restaurant.

More news

➡️ Local: A person was seriously hurt after a shooting in front of an east Charlotte grocery store on Tuesday morning. (WBTV)

➡️ National: Jenna Ellis, a pro-Trump lawyer who amplified former Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud, pleaded guilty on Tuesday. (New York Times)

➡️ World: The European Union could soon pass the world’s first AI legislation, introducing rules for everything from chemical bombs made through AI to music and literature copyright theft. (The Guardian)

➡️ Good News: Nearly 3,000 students attending Morehouse College will no longer be burdened by student debt. An activist organization paid it off. (The Grio)

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