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The Queen City tries to extinguish the Cigar City’s allure (access required)

(Editor’s note: Part four of a five-part occasional series on the top cities that Charlotte competes with.) This year, Charlotte and Tampa, Fla., got some major convention news. The Queen City found out that it is going to be the ...

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He’s known as the go-to lawyer for major real estate deals (access required)

Already skeptical of SouthPark Mall, a big, new complex built in the middle of pastureland, residents weren’t happy when they learned that Charlotte developer Johnny Harris planned to build offices and retail shops around it. It was the early 1970s, ...

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The Tuesday Interview: Joel Matthews, East Coast Pyrotechnics event producer (access required)

Age: 48 Lives in: Rock Hill, S.C. Family: wife, Marie; children, Jesse, 7, Jake, 5 Education: bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Joel Matthews likes to blow stuff up. He’s been doing it for ...

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Some say concession prices at local venues are hard to swallow (access required)

Summer in Charlotte is in full swing, and that could mean good business for arenas and venues that offer a concert and a cool reprieve from the heat or just a way to unwind. But in these days of economic ...

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Businesswoman takes aim at Mooresville zoning law (access required)

Along the shaded streets and century-old homes in Mooresville’s historic downtown district, Ilisa Millermoon’s residence sticks out like a brightly colored sore thumb. An artist, Millermoon likes to decorate her front yard with quirky sculptures and multicolored creations. But it ...

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Report gives insight into foreclosures, but picture might be incomplete (access required)

This month, the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association rolled out a new report designed to give more insight into the volume of foreclosures and short sales taking place in the Charlotte area. The report, free to CRRA members and the public, ...

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For businesses breaking zoning laws, Charles Witherspoon is the man to fear (access required)

Detective Charles Witherspoon usually doesn’t get involved until things get really bad, and the situation last year at Vox Sports Club on Wilkinson Boulevard in west Charlotte was about the worst he’d ever seen. The 28-year veteran of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg ...

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Galleries close and more bars open in NoDa. Is the area’s vibe in jeopardy? (access required)

In April, after a five-year run, Cindy Harris and Allison Wolf decided to close their gift shop in NoDa. It wasn’t that their business, Boulevard, which sold handmade jewelry, clothing, home furnishings and other gifts, wasn’t doing well, Harris said. ...

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Housing woes hurt local mobile home retailers (access required)

As executive director of the North Carolina Manufactured and Modular Homebuilders Association, Brad Lovin is constantly promoting ownership of mobile homes. It’s not an easy gig. Lovin said that since the Great Recession hit, he’s heard from many — from ...

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