Tennessee Stiffs Play in Charlotte

August 28 was a rockin’ evening at the renowned Milestone Club as Austin-based folk rock quartet, Tennessee Stiffs, let loose their unique, seminal blend of story and mystique-laden Americana music. It was the band’s first time in Charlotte, and the evening proved to be a resounding success with local rockers Matt Minchew and Austin McNeil backing them up. Their new album “30 Pieces” is available now.

Speedway Christmas

From November 18, 2018 until December 31, 2018, the Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the 9th annual Speedway Christmas. The holiday event will have more than three million lights, an infield Christmas Village, drive-in movies on the gigantic Speedway TV and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to drive along the race track. 

Verse & Vino 2018

Verse & Vino, now in its fifth year, is a Charlotte literary tradition. The evening is filled with food, wine and a conversation with five New York Times best-selling authors. It celebrates the joy of reading, writing and libraries, and brings together a community of readers in support of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.  The event takes place on November 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center. Tickets start at $125. 

Pins Mechanical Company and 16-Bit Bar+Arcade to Come to Charlotte

Ohio-based Pins Mechanical Company and 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, both children of the parent company, Rise Brands, are set to open in Charlotte’s South End sometime in 2019. The two will be housed in a beautifully rustic building at 307 W. Tremont Avenue–just next to Common Market South End and Bang Bang Burgers. Both Pins and 16-Bit will offer an incredible nightlife scene with extensive beer and cocktail lists. Pins will offer games like foosball, pinball, duckpin bowling, ping pong and bocce while 16-Bit will have classic arcade games from the 80s and 90s. These will be the first North Carolina locations for both Pins and 16-Bit.

NASCAR Names New President

On October 1, Steve Phelps became the newest president of NASCAR. Phelps was promoted to the role in mid-September, and took over for Brent Dewar, who stepped down to transition into a senior consulting role. As president, Phelps reports to NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim France, and oversees all competition and business operations. 

Allen Tate Merges With Pittsburgh Firm

Allen Tate, a Charlotte-based real estate firm, announced on September 20 that it will merge with Pittsburgh real estate firm Howard Hanna. In a statement released by Howard Hanna, the deal was described as a partnership between the two companies, not an acquisition. The statement quoted Hanna Holdings, Inc. Chairman Howard W. Hanna, III saying, “Howard Hanna and Allen Tate have grown up together in the industry, and together, we will continue to do great things.”