New Farmers Market to open Oct. 3 at University Place

New Farmers Market to open Oct. 3 at University Place

University City Partners announces the opening of University City Farmers Market on Oct. 3 around the lake at The Shoppes at University Place. Shoppers will find fresh local produce, food preparation programs and live entertainment. Open every Saturday in October The Market will open every Saturday in October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will include some of Charlotte’s best local farmers, artisanal food makers and pop-up chefs. “We are delighted to offer a first-class farmers market for our community of more than 175,000 residents,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “We asked them what they’d like to see more of in University City and a community market, as well as more programs, were top priorities. “Having the Market at the lake, the town center, makes it highly accessible and set against a gorgeous backdrop. It’s going to be something special.” Local and healthy University City Farmers Market will support local farmers and entrepreneurs. The farmers selected use organic practices to help steward the earth, while producing and sourcing some of the freshest and most nutritious food available in North Carolina. Visitors will find seasonal vegetables and fruits, pasture-raised egg and meats, as well as artisanal food and natural beauty-care products. Click here to learn about the two dozen vendors offering food, arts and crafts at the University City Farmers Market. Cooking demonstrations and entertainment, too University City Farmers Market also will feature live music, DJs and chef demonstrations. The food demos will focus on quick, healthy family-friendly dishes. Chef Lisa Brooks and Erique Berry will show how to prepare tasty treats from items you...
University City Wine Fest to Offer Socially Distanced Activities

University City Wine Fest to Offer Socially Distanced Activities

New This Year: Wine on the Water and a Boutique Dining Experience.  Greystar University City Wine Fest will return this fall at multiple locations around the lake and boardwalk at Shoppes at University Place. The fourth annual festival will take place from September 16-20 with smaller-scale events. New this year, attendees can experience three additional ways to enjoy wine throughout the festival. Daily events range from sipping wine on the water while paddle boating to a limited capacity dining experience at a local chef’s home. “We look forward to holding the festival to most importantly support local business owners that have been impacted by the coronavirus, and to provide a safe way for individuals to enjoy community,” says Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “University City Wine Fest is lots of fun and has met the growing interest for programs and activities in University City. We will engage more area businesses surrounding the lake and boardwalk, which offers an accommodating location to enjoy scenic views while social distancing.”   A festival for the Charlotte region University City Wine Fest was created to deliver a cultural community experience in the Charlotte region. Activities will begin on Wednesday, September 16 with wine on the water and end on Sunday, September 20 with a festival brunch. The main event on Saturday, September 19 will feature a large variety of wines from several regional wineries. Attendees will have access to as many wine, cider and brew samples as they can responsibly manage while enjoying live music. The festival is accessible by LYNX light rail at JW Clay Blvd Station.  Directions The...

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...
Where Will They Play?

Where Will They Play?

We need more parks now – YOU CAN HELP A crisis caused by Charlotte’s explosive growth and government inaction threatens one of the most important assets of every truly livable city – public parks.   A recent nationwide study revealed that Charlotte has the least parkland per person of any comparable city in America! Mecklenburg County has added nearly 200,000 residents in 10 years yet provides virtually no more parkland for 1.1 million people than it did a decade ago for 900,000. Now, land prices are soaring while sites suitable for new parks are being lost to development. A University City without parks Nowhere is the situation more dire than within walking distance of University City’s growing community.  University City Partners and the Parks Department staff jointly funded a parks master plan five years ago—anticipating this growth. Nothing in the plan has been done. That radical change can happen – with your help, now! The time is now for all of us to tell commissioners that we demand more and better parks. Our commissioners will respond when enough citizens call for change. Email each of the commissioners. Encourage friends and family to do the same. Together, let’s make that happen. Darlene Heater Executive Director University City Partners Email addresses of decision makers and email copy for easy action. lee.jones@mecklenburgcountync.gov Dena.Diorio@mecklenburgcountync.gov Vilma.Leake@mecklenburgcountync.gov george.dunlap@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov ella.scarborough@mecklenburgcountync.gov pat.cotham@mecklenburgcountync.gov trevor.fuller@mecklenburgcountync.gov elaine.powell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Mark.Jerrell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Susan.Harden@mecklenburgcountync.gov susan.rodriguez-mcdowell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Want a shortcut to writing your emails? Feel free to use any or all of the content below: RE:  More Parks Now for University City Please fund parks so our Future University City will have vibrant, active and safe park spaces...
Meet our new intern, Haley Chilcott

Meet our new intern, Haley Chilcott

Haley Chilcott is our new Marketing Communications Intern here at University City Partners. Haley is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is majoring in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations. After graduation in May, Haley hopes to find a creative, challenging position that will allow her to become an innovative PR practitioner. As an undergrad, Haley has been highly involved in campus life from Special Olympics to the Sailing Club. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, as well as Chi Omega Fraternity. Haley has held 2 positions in her chapter of Chi Omega: the 2017 President and the 2016 Director of Social/Friendship. She is also on the 2018 Greek Week Executive Board and is a highly active member of UNC Charlotte’s Greek community. Originally from Santa Anna, California, Haley has an “extreme” passion for authentic Mexican food and margaritas. She is always looking for a good place to eat that provides a unique experience to go along with the food. Haley also enjoys spending time outdoors, specifically on the greenway, with her 30-pound mutt named Omega. In her spare moments, Haley enjoys daydreaming, reading Nicholas Sparks novels and looking up places to visit. She plans to eventually eat her way around the globe and learn how to “rough it” the right way. Haley describes herself as bubbly, down to earth and always looking for an intriguing conversation, so don’t be afraid to say hi, she...