Help replenish 5 food pantries on June 13

Help replenish 5 food pantries on June 13

Many University City residents are struggling to afford food. You can help. A community food drive to replenish five food banks in the UCITY Family Zone will take place 10 am-noon June 13. Drop off canned vegetables, soups, pasta, pasta sauce and other non-perishable food items at StoneBridge Church Community, 3700 Prosperity Church Road. The community drive will benefit the following food pantries: Jamil Niner Food Pantry – UNC Charlotte campus.  Operates Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Website Hope Street Food Pantry – Hope Church. 4100 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte, NC 28269. Their pantry night is Thursdays. Website Faith CME Food Pantry. 457 Wellingford St., Charlotte, NC 28213 Their pantry night is Wednesdays. Website Care To Share Outreach Center. 5232 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28215. Operates Mondays-Thursdays. Website Camino Community Pantry – Camino Community Center.  201 Stetson Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262 Operates Tuesdays and Fridays. Website CLICK HERE for more details including a list of needed items. More questions? Email info@stonebridge.org.   Every-Tuesday food drive StoneBridge Church Community also collects food for area distribution each Tuesday morning. Bring donations to the church at 3700 Prosperity Church...

University City Partners is committed to justness and opportunity for all

To the University City community: University City Partners stands against racism and social injustice in every form. We work to help build a community that is inclusive and equitable. I know that many of our residents, business owners and area employees are experiencing pain and trauma from recent killings that have been shared across TV screens and online. Though I personally do not know the pain felt by the Black community, I extend my compassion. We at University City Partners stand with our Black-owned businesses, community members and partners. We will continue to work with our community leaders, business partners, and City and County government leaders to identify ways that we can support those who have been treated unjustly in the past and even today. We will continue our work with the UCITY Family Zone that was created in partnership with UNC Charlotte leaders, the community and civic and faith partners following the killing of Keith Lamont-Scott by a police officer four years ago in University City. We will also continue to listen to local residents who experience racial injustice first-hand, supporting them in the best ways that we can. We are committed to ensuring that we nurture a University City that provides equitable employment, living and leisure experiences for everyone in our diverse and inclusive community. Changes this big only happen when everyone gets involved. If you need help getting started, visit the the UCITY Family Zone website and fill out its contact form. If you want to learn about COVID-19 support efforts needing your help right now, visit the UCITY Family Zone’s COVID-19 support web page. Thank...
A fast ride for Giant University City bike shop

A fast ride for Giant University City bike shop

Shane Hockensmith sits at a table in front of his store on Memorial Day and points out the cars with bike racks slowly rolling past. “They’re checking to see if we’re open,” he says. Giant University City, our community’s only bike shop, is closed to customers this day, but inside, the store’s four employees are assembling recently sold new bikes and repairing others. In 22 years, the bike shop near UNC Charlotte has never been so busy. “The last six to eight weeks have been a blur,” Hockensmith says. To keep up, he puts in 65-70 hours a week, much of it at the store with his staff of four, who also work long hours. He hasn’t had time to work out or ride his mountain bike. And he hasn’t cut his hair since Feb. 1. “My wife says I now look like a bike-store owner,” Hockensmith says, grinning. The turning point for Giant University City That time blur for Hockensmith and his staff at Giant University City began in late March as America came face to face with the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses big and small struggled to grasp the new rules of operation. “The first question was, would we be called an essential business? If not, could we stay open? And how would we pay employees?” Hockensmith says. North Carolina, like many other states, eventually decided that people do need bikes – even during a pandemic shut-down – for transportation, fitness and recreation while they sheltered at home. Creating a new way to do business Answering that first huge question immediately led to many more operational issues that needed...
Tired of cooking? Observer shares 230-plus restaurants open for business

Tired of cooking? Observer shares 230-plus restaurants open for business

Tired of cooking at home? Charlotte Five has published a list of 230-plus restaurants offering take-out and meal deliveries, including nearly 20 restaurants in University City. The list includes brief details about each restaurant. Most offer takeout and/or meal deliveries, usually through one of several delivery services. Some also have online ordering. The list does not include open fast-food restaurants, such as the popular University Place Chick-fil-A at University Executive Park Drive and West W.T. Harris Boulevard. Click here for the full list. University City restaurants on the list include: Blaze Pizza Boardwalk Billy’s City Barbecue Chili’s Ciro’s Italian Restaurant Coffee Cone Café Famous Toastery Five Guys Great Harvest Bread Co. Macaroni Grill Ninety’s Ice Cream Sabor Latin Street Grill Salsarita’s Shomars Smoothie King Zoe’s...