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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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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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Más, por favor (access required)

Mario Grijalva llegó a Charlotte hace cinco años, desde California. Antes de eso, vivió en El Salvador, Centro América. El de 53 años de edad, es dueño de  M & J reparación de automóviles, que es justo al lado de ...

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Latinos say city, county not doing enough to help their businesses (access required)

Mario Grijalva came to Charlotte five years ago from California. Before that, he lived in El Salvador. The 53-year-old co-owns M&J Auto Repair, which is just off South Boulevard, a roadway lined with Latino-owned businesses. Grijalva speaks with a heavy ...

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Checks that don’t check out (access required)

In 22 years of practicing law, Charlotte residential real estate attorney R. Steven Smith had never had anything like it happen to him. Just before Memorial Day, Smith was representing a real estate agent in a closing for a waterfront ...

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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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Unsold on uptown (access required)

Darrell Boyette’s cigar shop, Tinderbox, is in Overstreet Mall, a collection of stores inside some of uptown’s high-rise buildings. It’s Tinderbox’s smallest location, and Boyette, the general manager, sees 80 to 100 customers every day at the store, which he ...

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As more homes go ‘underwater,’ real estate agents enjoy wave of sales (access required)

About 40 real estate agents filed into the Bank of America Home Loans building in SouthPark June 1 for a crash course in short sales, an often-tricky transaction that’s been on the rise in Charlotte. Attorney Jaime Kosofsky and real ...

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A foreign bank to fill a void through microlending (access required)

It might seem counterintuitive, but a group of local business leaders is trying to bring a Bangladesh-owned bank to Charlotte, the banking capital of the South. Grameen Bank of Bangladesh specializes in giving small loans to poor people to help ...

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Cashing in (access required)

Hold onto your wallet. It might be an antique in a few years. The world of online banking is not new, but now three of the industry’s biggest players, including Charlotte-based Bank of America, have joined forces to make money ...

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