Small-business networking event – Meet the New Kids on the Block

Small-business networking event – Meet the New Kids on the Block

UCity Biz Net invites you to join us for our monthly business networking breakfast, 7:30-9 am June 13 at Hilton Charlotte University Place. This meeting’s lineup includes some of the new kids on the block in University City: Mike Hill, UNC Charlotte’s new Athletic Director; Top Golf; University City’s first brewery; and The National Junior College Athletic Association. The free event will take place in the Lakeview room at Hilton Charlotte University Place. A light breakfast and beverages will be provided courtesy of the Carolina Small Business Development Fund. The Hilton Charlotte University Place is at 8629 J M Keynes Drive in University Place. The hotel has plenty of free parking and is also a short walk from the JW Clay Boulevard light-rail station. The Lakeview Room is on the lake level of the hotel, accessible from the lakeside entrance. If you enter through the main lobby, take the escalator down one floor. The Lakeview room entrance is on the left. Directions to the Hilton UCity Biz Net is a collaboration of University City community members, entrepreneurs and business operators with a like-minded vision for the economic growth of University City – Charlotte. Please let us know you’re coming The networking event is free and open to the public. To help us plan for the breakfast, please RSVP to University City Partners. Email us at info@universitycitypartners.org with your name and business...
Remembering one of University City’s pioneers

Remembering one of University City’s pioneers

University City lost one of its true pioneers recently. Seddon “Rusty” Goode Jr. died on May 14 at the age of 86. Goode helped launch University Research Park and complete I-485, and much more. “Rusty Goode was a visionary for what has become University City and University Research Park,” said Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners. “He held tight to the vision he and other civic leaders created for Charlotte’s University campus and business community. Although his legacy encompasses so much more than University City and University Research Park, our community is blessed beyond measure to have captured his passion and commitment to this place for several decades.” Goode served as president and director of University Research Park for two decades, starting with the arrival of IBM in the early 1980s and the explosive growth of the park that followed. As a member the powerful state transportation board, Goode championed the construction of Charlotte’s I-485 Outer Belt Road. He served on numerous other boards, including the UNC Charlotte Foundation and the Davidson College board of Trustees. In 2013, the Jane and Rusty Goode Endowment for Educators was established at UNC Charlotte to support the College of Education’s efforts to develop innovative programs in partnership with schools. Goode was honored for his contributions to building the state’s transportation system in 1997, when a new stretch of I-485 between I-77 and NC 49 was designated The Seddon “Rusty” Goode Jr. Freeway.   Discover much more about Rusty Goode and his legacy “Rusty Goode, who brought jobs and freeways to Charlotte, dead at 86” – The Charlotte Observer “Well-known Charlotte...
Firenza Pizza opens June 5 at Belgate

Firenza Pizza opens June 5 at Belgate

University City’s newest restaurant, Firenza Pizza, opens June 5 near IKEA in the Belgate shopping center. The Virginia-based chain offers dough made in-house daily, nearly 40 toppings, and a 5-minute bake time in an open-flame stone-hearth oven. The new Firenza is located at 6925 University City Blvd., Suite 420, midway between I-85 and IKEA Boulevard.   Grand Opening specials During the restaurant’s grand opening June 5-10, guests who donate $2 to either EmpowHERment or Safe Alliance Charlotte-based non-profits will receive their choice of a free “signature” 10-inch pizza or a free four-topping 10-inch pizza. In addition, the first 10 people in line on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, at the new Firenza location will get a free pizza for a year, says the restaurant’s grand-opening promotional materials on its Facebook page!   On the menu Firenza offers 10- and 14-inch pizzas including several signature pies such as the Firenza, made with classic tomato sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, pepperoni, Italian sausage crumbles, artichoke hearts, red onion, a pepper medley and fresh garlic. Customers also can craft their own from their choice of nearly 40 toppings and  nine “finishes,” such as fresh basil or a buttermilk ranch drizzle. Gluten-free pizza dough is available. The restaurant also offers dinner salads, sides sand desserts.   Firenza is growing This is Firenza Pizza’s second Charlotte area location. The first opened in 2017 in the Northcrest Shopping Center near Northlake Mall. Franchise owner Emily Wagner plans to open a total of five Firenza Pizza restaurants in the Charlotte area. Firenza Pizza is in a new retail area of the Belgate Shopping Center,...
Find your superheroes at University Place!

Find your superheroes at University Place!

Put on your best sci-fi/fantasy costume, grab your autograph pen and head to Hilton Charlotte University Place this weekend for the annual escape into the surreal: the Con Carolinas convention. Among the star attractions: WWE Hall of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland, who portrays Kjetill Flatnose in the History channel hit series “Vikings.” Also on the program: a Short Film Festival, costume contest, art show, LARP sessions, gaming, plus opportunities to meet celebrities and take workshops ranging from “Writing Fan Fiction” to “Injury Simulations”. Copeland heads the list of over 100 celebrities scheduled to appear at ConCarolinas. He will appear Sunday, June 3, only. Copeland’s panel will be at 11 am in the Lakeshore Ballroom, followed by autograph sessions. Seating is limited. Bring items for Copeland to autograph (for a fee, of course). Other headliners scheduled to appear include Seanan McGuire, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Award; 2018 Music Guests of Honor Frenchy and the Punk; and Costume Special Guests SyFy Face Off’s Roy Wooley and RJ Haddy.   Want to go? ConCarolinas will be June 1-3 at Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive, Charlotte. Buy tickets at the door, including Friday or Sunday only, $20; Saturday only, $40; and a full weekend pass for $50. View more ticket options. Get all the convention details on the ConCarolinas website and Facebook page. See the full schedule for each...
Good morning, I’m Michael Collins, and this is Charlotte Talks

Good morning, I’m Michael Collins, and this is Charlotte Talks

“Good morning, I’m Michael Collins and this is Charlotte Talks.” If you listen even occasionally to University City-based WFAE 90.7 public radio, you have heard something like that introduction from time to time over the past two decades. Collins marked the 20th anniversary of his daily news program on April 20 with classic Mike Collins humor: “Will there be cake? Will there be ice cream? I don’t know, but we do have noisemakers! Woo Woo!” he quipped. Within a few minutes, the revelry was over and his regular Friday guests, veteran reporters from The Charlotte Observer, Business Journal, Spectrum News and WFAE, were holding their weekly Local News Roundup, just like always.   A place for learning and understanding “A deadly prison riot in South Carolina ends with seven inmates dead and 17 injured. City Council’s Lawana Mayfield turns heads after a post she made on Facebook speculating that the 9-11 attacks weren’t real. Vice President Mike Pence visits Charlotte on Friday to stump for Robert Pittenger. And another chapter in the unfolding Atrium health saga. All that and more on the 20th Anniversary edition of Charlotte Talks,” Collins intoned. Leave the crazy toasting and yucking it up to other TV and radio personalities and, well, to Charlotte Squawks (more on that in a minute). Yes, friends did throw Mike and Charlotte Talks a party on April 19 at The Foundation for the Carolinas. When you’ve interviewed most of Charlotte’s cultural, political and civic leaders since 1998, you do deserve some thanks or perhaps roasting. Théoden Janes interviewed Collins for The Charlotte Observer a few months ago. Collins explained...
University City’s bike shop takes a Giant leap

University City’s bike shop takes a Giant leap

The University City bike shop formerly known as Bike Line has a new name, a new line of bikes and a fresh look. What won’t change, says founder and owner Shane Hockensmith, is the skilled staff focused on customer service, quality repairs and cycling advocacy. Shane invites the community to the Grand Reopening of Giant University City on May 4-5. Today (May 4) and Saturday, Giant University City, located next to Toby Creek Greenway and UNC Charlotte, will offer a bike repair clinic for women, a Saturday morning greenway ride, mountain-bike exhibitions by “Trail Boss” Jeff Lenosky and, of course, Grand Reopening special prices on all bikes and accessories. First up is tonight’s “Liv Women’s Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic,” 6:30-8:30 pm at the shop. Leading the workshop will be Liv Cycling ambassador Jen Audia. Details Jen will also lead Saturday morning’s no-drop Greenway Ride, starting at 9 am. Details   20-year journey from Bike Line to Giant University City Hockensmith launched Bike Line of Charlotte 20 years ago in the row of stores and offices directly behind the shop’s current location in Towne Center Plaza. A decade ago, Hockensmith relocated to the much larger current location between Rite Aid and Life Time Fitness. This latest transformation brings the world’s largest bike manufacturer to University City. The “Giant” in Giant University City is Giant Bicycles. While most bike companies outsource their production, Giant makes both its own bicycles and the materials those bicycles require. What does that mean for consumers? “Simply put, lower prices and better bikes for everyone,” Hockensmith says. Bringing in a completely new line of bikes gave...