Your704: Episode 1

By Brian Lemay No comments


HELLO AND WELCOME. I AM ELSA GILLIS. THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE IS HAVING A GROWTH SPURT. SOME TO STATISTICS 860 PEOPLE ARE MOVING TO THE CITY A DAY AND IF YOU ARE ONE OF THEM THERE IS A WHOLE BATCH OF NEW BARS, RESTAURANTS, ACTIVITIES AND HIDDEN GEMS TO EXPLORE. TODAY WE ARE CANVASSING THE CITY SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO AND HIGHLIGHTING THE BEST OF THE BEST ACROSS THE 704. TAP THAN POOR. IT IS A NEW CONCEPT THAT IS SLEEPING CHARLOTTE’S DRINKING SCENE AND LETTING YOU BECOME YOUR OWN BARTENDER. IN A FEW MOMENTS, WE WILL STEP INSIDE THE CITY’S FIRST SELF SERVE TAPROOM JUST 1 MILE OUTSIDE OF UPTOWN. AND IT IS BEEN A STAPLE IN CHARLOTTE FOR 15 YEARS. BUT ON THE INSIDE IT IS CHANGING BY THE DAY. THE ONE QUESTION STAFF AT THE WINE COMPANY WILL ASK YOU BEFORE POURING A GLASS. THIS IS YOUR704. IF YOU’RE GOING OUT IN THE SOUTH AND NEIGHBORHOOD, IT IS NOT HARD TO FIND A PLACE TO GRAB A DRINK. BUT WHAT ABOUT BECOMING YOUR OWN BARTENDER? THE TAPROOM IS ENTIRELY CONTROLLED BY YOUR WRIST WITH MORE THAN SIX DOZEN TAPS LINING THE WALLS AND IT IS CHANGING THE WAY THE CITY DRINKS. TAKE A LOOK INSIDE. BEER WINE AND GOOD VIBES. COME IN AND GRAB A COLD ONE AND BETTER YET FOR YOUR OWN. ON THE CORNER OF WINNIFRED AND BLAND STREET BACK IN 2017, IT BECAME THE FIRST SELF PORT TAPROOM IN CHARLOTTE. IT HOUSES 62 TOTAL TAPS WITH 50 DIFFERENT CRAFT BEERS TO CHOOSE FROM. THE OTHER 12 SELECTIONS ON TAP INCLUDE A CATALOG OF WINE AND PRESS ECHO. THE BEER SELECTION STARTS WITH THE RANGE OF LOCAL CHARLOTTE BRUISE. THAT IS NOT ALL. YOU MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED ON HOW THIS ALL WORKS. THE FIRST TIME YOU STEP INSIDE, THE STAFF IS THERE TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH YOUR FIRST POOR. HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. AFTER CHECKING IN WITH YOUR ID, YOU’RE GIVEN A WRISTBAND THAT IS ATTACHED TO YOUR NAME AND CREDIT CARD. YOU THEN GRAB A GLASS AND TAP YOUR WRISTBAND TO THE TAP YOU CHOOSE IN POOR AS MANY OUNCES OF BEER OR WINE THAT YOU LIKE. ONCE HER GLASSES FULL, GRAB A SEAT. THEY HAVE TABLE AMOUNT SEATING SPLIT BETWEEN TWO LEVELS AND AN OUTDOOR BALCONY LOOKING TO THE SKYLINE IN A SPACIOUS OUTDOOR PATIO. OUTBACK YOU WILL LIKELY STUMBLE ACROSS PLATES OF WONTON NACHOS, SLIDERS, AND WINGS. THEY ARE SERVED FROM THE FOOD TRUCK. FOOD TRUCK MAY BE ON WHEELS, BUT IT IS THERE TO STAY NOW THAT IT’S OWNER HAS AGREED TO MAKE IT A PERMANENT FIXTURE OUTSIDE THE TAPROOM. STAY FOR A DRINK AND A MEAL OR COME BACK FOR TRIVIA EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT. THEY ALSO HOST MUSIC BINGO ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AND LIVE MUSIC EACH WEEKEND.>LOVE THE CONCEPT BUT WANT SOMETHING CLOSER TO HOME? THEY HAVE TWO OTHER VENUES COMING TO CHARLOTTE THIS YEAR. PENTHOUSE IN PLAZA MIDWOOD WHICH WILL FEATURE BOWLING AND A STUDIO IN SOUTH BEND WHICH WILL BE THE FIRST SELF POOR LIVE MUSIC VENUE IN THE CITY.>REMEMBER THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN SOUTH BEND AND IN NEED OF A DRINK IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO FIND BEER, WINE, AND GOOD VIBES. CHECK DRINKS ARE PRICED AROUND AND A GOOD REASON TO WATCH YOUR TRAN NINE AS A IS YOUR OWN BARTENDER AND IT IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. WHAT IS THE LAST GREAT TASTE OF WINE THAT YOU HAD? THEY ASKED THIS QUESTION TO KEEP YOU COMING BACK. WE SAT DOWN FOR A DRINK INSIDE THEIR DILWORTH LOCATION TO GET IN ON THE SECRET THAT HAS KEPT THEM IN BUSINESS FOR 15 YEARS. WHAT IS THE LAST GREAT TASTE OF WINE, NOT THE BOTTLE BUT WHAT IS THE LAST GREAT TASTE OF WINE YOU HAD BACK THEN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN REMEMBER, WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT IT? THE BASIS OF WINE HERE IS TO HAVE DIVERSITY AND THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF IDENTIFIABLE, RECOGNIZABLE NAMES INTERMIXED WITH PRODUCERS AND REGIONS THAT WE FEEL STRONGLY AND PASSIONATE ABOUT FOR PUSHING THE ENVELOPE FOR WHAT CAN BE PRODUCED AND WHERE WITH A RIGHT MIX OF BRAND- NEW DISCOVERY WINDS BUT ALWAYS AT A PRICE THAT YOU CAN TAKE A CHANCE ON SOMETHING YOU HAVE NEVER TASTED BEFORE NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. EVERYTHING WE DO IS ABOUT MAKING WINE MORE ACCESSIBLE AND MORE ENJOYABLE, AND LESS OF HOW WINE USED TO BE TREATED A DECADE OR TWO AGO. HERE WE TAKE A RETAIL APPROACH TO EVERYTHING, SO ANYTHING ON THE SHELF THAT YOU SEE YOU CAN WALK IN OFF THE STREET, BUY IT FOR THAT PRICE AND TAKE IT HOME AND ENJOY IT WITH YOUR OWN HOME COOKED MEAL OR GIVE AS A GIFT AND WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT IS YOU CAN COME HERE AND DRINK THAT SAME WINE FOR THE SAME PRICE HERE SERVED IN REGAL STEMWARE WITH A GOOD STAFF AND GREAT FRESH FOOD AND A GREAT ENVIRONMENT THAT IS FUN. IT IS A PLACE FOR YOU CAN COME IN AND SHORTS AND A T-SHIRT OR COME IN A SUIT AND THAT IS THE BEAUTY OF THE LOCATION AND THE WAY THAT WINE MAKES EVERYTHING OKAY IS THAT PEOPLE FEEL EQUALLY COMFORTABLE WHETHER THEY COME FROM A MEETING, WORKING AT A BANK, OR WHETHER THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY HOME OR BRINGING A DATE OR A GROUP OF FRIENDS GETTING TOGETHER AND IT CAN BE WHATEVER EXPERIENCE YOU WANT. THE THING TO KNOW ABOUT US IS WE ARE ALWAYS HERE AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR GREAT WINES, AND WE ARE ALWAYS BRINGING IN NEW THINGS PERKS EVEN IF HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE HERE IN THE PAST AND IT IS BEEN A WHILE, IT IS WELL WORTH CHECKING BACK IN, BECAUSE WE ARE ALWAYS DOING NEW THINGS. IF THERE IS ONE THING YOU CAN RELY ON, IS THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND HOSPITALITY, FOOD, AND WINE NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE.>THEY DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS. THEY ARE BIG ON A FIRST-COME FIRST SERVE CONCEPT. THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU HAVE ALL WEEK TO GET INSIDE AND ENJOY A GLASS OF WINE. THEY ARE OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. NEXT, WE DISCOVER CHARLOTTE’S USED BICYCLE SHOP. THE CHARLOTTE RECYCLING NOT ONLY CAN YOU FIND A UNIQUE CUSTOM-BUILT BIKE FOR A FRACTION OF WHAT YOU WOULD PAY ELSEWHERE BUT WHEN YOU BUY FROM HERE YOU WILL REDUCE LANDFILL WASTE AND EMPOWER LOCAL CHILDREN. HERE IS HOW. IT IS SIMPLE. I AM THE MANAGER OF CHARLOTTE RECYCLING. MY NAME IS PAUL AND I WORK HERE IS A BIKE MECHANIC AND IT TAKES AN 1500 BIKE SIERRA NO LONGER IN USE. WE FIX THEM UP SO WE CAN GET THEM BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN. Welcome back. It is no secret South Bend has become one of the hottest neighbors in Charlotte. If you have seen the lines wrapping around a building recently it is because of Barcelona wine bar. A spot that has attracted attention since it has been built. Drove while Barcelona doesn’t take you back in time it does take you somewhere else and that is the point. We want you to sit down and be able to disconnect from whatever it is in life that might be going on and have a moment to enjoy yourself and enjoy the people you are with. That is the essence of where it started. Reporter: The general manager says he want Gus to experience excellent service, cocktails and food and don’t be afraid of the choices. No intimidation. We have a staff that will walk you through and be there for you. What journey are you looking for? Let’s take it together. Reporter: Here is a good place to start. We can come out and do that tableside. That kind of opens up and you sit down and you have some drinks coming and have some meat and cheese. That is a good place to start. It is clichè. Reporter: For the chef you could call his journey to Barcelona wine bar feet lived in Spain before moving to Charlotte. Spanish cuisine is kind of is thing. It is about rustic and simplicity. Reporter: Tell us about some of the things we have here. This is the red snapper and it has a spice on top which is a smoked corn pepper spice and we also have limited use and all of oil and some chives and some flaked salt. It is very bright and crisp The main ingredient is the way we do the squash week took them in the-which are the only ovens in the United States and as the flavor you have to try it for yourself. It will soon get another option. We don’t want to rush anything, but we want to get to that point where we are ready for brunch and we have a beautiful patio and I know the value of patio and brunch in Charlotte. The two things go hand-in-hand. It also gives us something to look forward to and to be excited about. Reporter: Until then, in full of the chair and stay a while. I want them to leave their normal life outside the door, come in and relax Reporter: The chef says they use as many local ingredients as possible. If you have been to other wine bars around the country don’t think you have seen it all. The chef has a lot of creative control over the menu so the location is one-of-a-kind. It is a game that requires speed, skill and grit. Are shopping on our skates and taking you on the ring to experience the high context support of roller derby. Next on your 704. IT IS 100% GIRL POWER. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE ROLLER DERBY. YOUR 704 CAUGHT UP WITH THE ALL- STARS DURING THEIR FIRST BELT OF THE SEASON. IT IS UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. Reporter: ROLLER DERBY IS NOT NEW. I HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR ALMOST 9 YEARS. Reporter: THE UNDERGROUND FOLLOWING WILL TELL YOU IT IS A SPORT THAT SHOULDN’T BE MISSED. EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT WITH ONE EYE OPEN. THE FIRST TIME I SAW SOMEONE HIT SOMEONE ELSE I WAS. TRIP DOZENS OF FEMALE SKATERS DOMINATE THE COURT IT IS A BRUTAL SPORT WHERE THERE TRY TO LAP EACH OTHER. THINK IT IS IN MY BLOOD. IT IS IN MY BLOOD. Reporter: IT IS RUGGED AND SOMETIMES PAINFUL SKATERS ARE FREE TO GO THE EXTRA MILE WITH MAKEUP, HAIR AND GLITTER. THIS DAY IS ABOUT ME AND BEING DIFFERENT AND BEING WHAT I WANT TO BE AND I LIKE GLITTER. Reporter: IT IS FIVE SKATERS SKATING COUNTERCLOCKWISE. EACH TEAM HAS A DESIGNATED JAMMER. A JOB EASIER SAID THAN DONE. MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A BLOCKER IS LAYING PEOPLE FLAT OUT ON THEIR BACK. KNOCKING THEM OUT ON THE GROUND. Reporter: IT DRAWS A LOYAL CROWD AND IT IS THE RUTHLESSNESS THAT THEY LOVE. THE CROWD LOVES BIG HITS. Reporter: BE SKATERS KNOW SOME INTERACTION WITH THE FANS GOES A LONG WAY. I MAKE IT RAIN AND I GET IT BACK AND IT IS THE FUNNEST PART. Reporter: IT REQUIRES A LOT OF WORK AND EFFORT. SKATERS MUST SHOW UP EARLY TO LAY DOWN THE FLOORING FOR THEIR OWN TRACK AND ROPING IT UP AND SETTING UP BOUNDARIES. AFTER A BOUT THEY ARE EXPECTED TO POP UP THE FLOOR AND CLEAN UP MAKING IT ROUGHLY 12 HOURS LONG. IT IS A LOT OF WORK AND MORE PLAY ESPECIALLY WHEN IT BEGINS. THEY MAY SEEM TOUGH ON THE TRACK, BUT THEY SKATE FOR YOU DONATING A PORTION OF THE SALES TO COMMUNITY GROUPS. WE WORK WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS SO WE TRY TO FIND A PORTION GOING TO THEM. Reporter: THESE LADIES DO IT ALL FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME. ANYONE CAN JOIN THE ROLLER DERBY REGARDLESS OF HOW WELL THEY SKATE. CHECK OUT SKATE STARLET. CLASSES ARE HELD TWO TIMES A WEEK AND THE LEAGUE IS BUILT IN A BACK ROOM AS THEY SLOWLY LEARN THE BASICS. SOUTH END, A NEIGHBORHOOD WITH A PAST NOW WITH AN INTEREST IN LISTLESS OF SOMETHING TO DO. WE ARE NARROWING THAT DOWN ON FIVE STOP YOU SHOULD MAKE IN A SINGLE DAY. IF YOU ARE NEW TO CHARLOTTE OR IF YOU ARE NOT IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP TRACK OF EVERY RESTAURANT, BAR THAT IS POPPING UP ACROSS THE CITY. THAT IS WHY WE ARE BREAKING THEM DOWN BY NEIGHBORHOOD. WHERE BETTER TO START THAN ONE THAT IS EXPLOSIVE. HERE IS A COMPLETE LIST OF THE FIVE THINGS TO DO. THE MILL AND MARKET OFFERS THEM A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST WHILE GIVING THEM A REASON TO TAKE PART IN RETAIL THERAPY. IN THE LAST FEW YEARS IT HAS EVOLVED FROM A REFURBISHED RETAIL SPACE TO A MECCA FOR SHOPPING AND DINING. SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS THE SOUL OF SOUTH END IT IS HOME TO STORES LIKE ANTHROPOLOGY, FREE PEOPLE. IN BETWEEN STORES YOU CAN GRAB A SUSHI ROLL AND COCKTAIL OR GET YOUR CAFFEINE FIX. ON SATURDAYS THE FARMERS MARKET SHOWCASES PRODUCT. THE NUMBER FOUR THING TO DO WILL TAKE YOU ACROSS THE POND WHILE STAYING CLOSE TO HOME. THE MANCHESTER OPENED BACK IN FEBRUARY. THE RESTAURANT CALLS ITSELF AN AMERICAN PUB WITH A BRITISH FLARE. YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT SECRETS LIE UNDERNEATH THE MANCHESTER. THE SECRET IS A SPEAKEASY CALLED ROOM 1812 THAT REQUIRES A SPECIAL PASSWORD. WE FOUND OUT YOU HAVE TO TALK TO THE HOSTESS TO GET THAT AND IT CHANGES DAILY. NOW TO NUMBER THREE THE CANDLE BAR. CONSIDER COMING HERE IF YOU EVER NEED TO ENTERTAIN A GROUP OF FRIENDS FROM OUT OF TOWN- SECOND IS A VISIT TO THE HABERDASHERY. IF SPARK SOME CURIOSITY FOR THOSE WHO NOTICE IT. MOST OF YOUR FOOD AND DRINK MEETS CAN BE FILLED THERE. THE MARKET SELLS WINE BY THE BOTTLE AS WELL AS SANDWICHES, PASTRIES AND HOMEMADE ICE CREAM. COUCHES, CHAIRS AND PICNIC STYLE SEATING ALSO MAKES IT A GREAT SPOT FOR WORK OR BUSINESS LUNCHES. THE ARTISTIC ARM REACHES INTO SOUTH END IN THE FORM OF SEVERAL OUTDOOR WALL MURALS. THE NUMBER ONE THING TO DO IN SOUTH END INCLUDES TRACKING DOWN AS MANY AS YOU CAN AND GRABBING A PHOTO IN FRONT OF EACH. HERE ARE A COUPLE TO GET YOU STARTED. IT SPREADS A SIMPLE MESSAGE WITH THE WORDS BE KIND PAINTED ON IT. GRAB YOUR CAMERA AND STEP IN FRONT OF THE WALL OF HEARTS ON CAMDEN ROAD BEHIND THE ICE CREAM. HEAD DOWN THE ROAD A LITTLE BIT WITH THE MURAL AND IT IS STRIKING FEATURES AND MESMERIZING DESIGN CAN BE SPOTTED ON THE SIDE OF THE MARKET. THERE ARE AT LEAST 10 OTHER MURAL SCATTERED THROUGH SOUTH END. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND THEM ALL. THESE WILL CERTAINLY KEEP YOU BUSY. YOU CAN EXPECT THAT PLACE TO GROW AS THE NEIGHBORHOOD EXPANDS. FOR NOW WE ARE HEADED BACK OUT TO TALK TO MORE OF THE ENTREPRENEURS AS THEY INTRODUCE US AND YOU TO SOME OF CHARLOTTES MOST INTERESTING SPOTS. WILL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.

Leave a Reply