NC Trend: Mills River

Mills River doesn’t have the tourism cachet of nearby Asheville, Hendersonville or Brevard, but it’s become a regional hot spot for economic developers. The town has landed industrial developments from Amazon, Norafin Americas and others that prize its low tax rate and relatively level land.

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Pillars of NC: Harvey Gantt makes history with architecture practice

Harvey Gantt’s always been a trailblazer. As a teenager, he sat at lunch counters closed to people of color. He became the first African American student to attend Clemson University in 1963.

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Pillars of NC: Mitchell Gold makes a mark in furniture, civil rights

Mitchell Gold’s love affair with furniture and home decor wasn’t a calculated decision. “I fell into it,” Gold, 68, says.

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$150 million-plus gifting boosts N.C. nonprofits

In December, United Way of Greater Greensboro President and CEO Michelle Gethers-Clark assumed an email she received from MacKenzie Scott was yet another phishing attempt to steal personal data. Fairly quickly, she realized the message was real. PHOTO: Amy Akroyd

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Pillars of North Carolina: Eva Clayton

In 1992, Democrat Eva McPherson Clayton made history when she became the first Black woman in North Carolina to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. She and Mel Watt were the first Black congressional representatives elected in the state since 1898. Photo: Courtesy of Eva Clayton

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What it’s like for women who make liquor for a livinghem one.

When Chemist Spirits owner Debbie Word decided to open a distillery in downtown Asheville, N.C., she visited lending institutions in the area. Each one turned her down. PHOTO: Courtesy of Chaunci King

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Cordial, AC Hotel’s new bar, will propel SouthPark into Charlotte’s rooftop scene.

SouthPark’s first public rooftop bar, Cordial, opens this spring at AC Hotel Charlotte SouthPark.

Photo: Courtesy of AC Hotel/The Plaid Penguin

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Edenton deals with rental ruckus

Cheryl Orr searched the Carolinas for the right home to start a bed-and-breakfast business. By chance, she found a Queen Anne Victorian brick house built in 1900 on the edge of Edenton, one of North Carolina’s most historic towns. After renovating, she opened The Cotton Gin Inn with seven rooms in October 2016.

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Tiff’s Treats opens its uptown location next week — bring on the warm cookie delivery

How long would you wait for a gooey chocolate chip cookie? In Arlington, Texas, a customer holds the record for waiting in line 26 hours for Tiff’s Treats’ cookies.

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Exclusive: Popular Matthews Community Farmers’ Market booth expands to brick and mortar shop

Two years ago, Debbie and Joshua Chopas purchased Good Cup, a coffee booth at Matthews Community Farmers’ Market.

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Fancy yourself a writer? A poet? You can join the Charlotte Lit community

I hesitated when a longtime friend suggested we meet at Pen to Paper, a free writing workshop at Charlotte Center for Literary Arts. 

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This group helps take nonprofits to the next level

When nonprofit consultant Josh Jacobson realized he was having the same types of conversations with the founders of new nonprofit organizations, he came up with the idea for CULTIVATE.

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Mom’s Adhesive is an adult improv group led by Elizabeth “EB” Byland, director of improv at AOS. Byland, 31, has been teaching acting classes there to students ages 9 through adult for four years. 

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Twelve years after his release from prison, skyland owner Jimmy Kakavitsas won't forget 


My interview with Skyland Family Restaurant owner Dimitrios Kakavitsas — or Jimmy to friends and customers — took an unexpected turn when he said...

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5 Mompreneurs use talents, hobbies to craft home businesses​

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Several Charlotte-area stay-at-home moms are part of a growing trend to use artistic and creative talents and skills to become savvy business...

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5 things to know before The Batch House opens

When Cristina Rojas-Agurcia was pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health, she was also baking on the side. In 2017, it became apparent she needed a website, so her marketing-minded...

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Room and Board finally opening soon in NoDa’s former Revolution, Mellow Mushroom spot

Jamie Sprowles and Justin Sprowles have decided to pay homage to the history of the house on the corner of 36th and N. Davidson streets with the name of their new restaurant.

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