An Inside Look at Venue @ 1801.

Learn about the event rental space Venue @ 1801 located on 1701 West Trade. They relocated to the west side within the past year and have been navigating construction and the pandemic. Learn about what they are doing in the community and how they are navigating during COVID-19. 

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Caterer Makes a Difference in the Community

Over the past five weeks, Your Custom Catering & Events (, a small black owned catering and events firm in Charlotte has been feeding between 400 and 500 children per day, Monday through Friday.  This was in response to the school shutdown and students inability to get to their schools due to transportation issues to get the free meals.  Through the non-profit (501c3), Hearts Beat as One (, we have been funded.  The grants that the organization is slated to receive to continue these efforts is not due to come in until after June 1.

In the meantime we need someone to step in and make a tax deductible contribution to assist with this program to keep the meals delivered and served for up to three weeks.  We are set-up in the zip codes recommended by CMS where transportation issues and income are an issue:
  • St. Luke Missionary Baptist Parking Lot:  Druid Hills Community Area
  • Sacred Souls Community Church Parking Lot:  Eastway Drive Area
  • Brookhill Community Center Parking Lot:  Brookhill and South Tryon
  • Relatives Crisis Youth Center
  • North Davidson/North Tryon Various Parking Lots
  • Time Out Youth Center
  • Beatties Ford Various Parking Lots
This is done Monday through Friday by staff and a team of volunteers in each area from noon until 1:30 or when the food runs out.

Find out more about this caterer on WSOC TV 

West Side Business Corner

Enderly Coffee
Enderly Coffee is providing a home delivery option! If you want coffee and want to stay home, they have you covered. Place all orders no later than 1:00 pm on Thursday. Minimum required fee of $20 for Free Friday Delivery. Just make sure you live within the delivery map.
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Blue Blaze Brewing
Get delicious beer delivered to your door or head to Blue Blaze for curbside pick-up. It's a win-win. You get beer and Blue Blaze stays in business during COVID-19.
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Your Custom Catering & Events
At Your Custom Catering & Events catering does not just mean purchasing food, chairs and linen. They believe catering should invoke thoughts of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They provide a boutique-style approach and an unwavering commitment to excellence in order to create that unique experience for clients every time.
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Sol Food 4 Frontliners: Sol Nation Teams Up with Community to Feed Frontline Workers and Residents

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, communities have more needs to fulfill. For the westside one of those needs that the community is able to tackle is the need for food and protective equipment. Community members partnered with Sol Nation, an environmental justice organization, to create the program Sol Food 4 Frontliners. The goal is to feed those healthcare workers putting themselves in harms way to fight against COVID-19. 

Sol Food 4 Frontliners is also feeding westside residents in need of meals. Sol Nation and the community are including resiliency kits as a part of the distribution efforts. The kits provide masks, sanitizer, and any other protective equipment that people may need to navigate to stay safe during the pandemic.

Tiffany Fant, a member of Sol Nation’s leadership team, explained that the community's mission to feed frontline workers and community members aligned with their focus. “The month of May for us is about food sovereignty. Environmental justice is about food sovereignty. It is about people owning their solutions and being able to feed themselves.” Partnering with the community was a natural relationship.

The solution that the community and Sol Nation came up with involves putting black-owned catering businesses back to work and selecting central pick-up locations for the meals. Fant explained, “We are paying the caterers to fix the meals and deliver them out to the various pick-up points.” The caterers currently helping in the effort are Cordre Catering and Marlie Q Caribbean Queen. To cover the cost of providing a frontline worker and a community member with these precooked meals you can donate $20 or more to the cause.

Once the cost of the meal is covered the delivery effort gets underway. Sol Nation is still developing pick-up points for the meals, but they have already partnered with Nova at the Freedom Drive location. “We’ve done two trial runs based on some of the money we have raised,” said Fant. Some of the pick-up points they are looking into involve partnering with warehouses like that of FedEx and UPS. Sol Nation is also connecting with the organization Block Love CLT to help in the effort of distributing food in the community. 

If you want to help with the effort you can donate to the cause by going to If you are interested in becoming a pick-up location for the meals and kits contact Sol Nation at


Virtual Events

Connect to virtual arts, science and history experiences all hosted by local artists, scientists, historians and organizations! Bookmark and check in daily for updates..

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Online Concerts

Music Everywhere is gathering the local live stream concerts going on around town in one place. Head to their Facebook Event page for an up-to-date list of upcoming music-filled live streams. 

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Online Storytime

Nooma Monika Rhue is the owner of Mut Griot Production. She has been sharing traditional African and African American stories since the 90s. Her stories are energetic, passionate, and motivating. This is a family online program that everyone can enjoy every 3rd Saturday.

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Phase 1: Stay-At-Home Restrictions Ease  

North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5 pm. Certain businesses remain closed as the state continues battling COVID-19.

Order allows  retail businesses to open at 50% capacity and will be required to direct customers to stand 6 feet apart, perform frequent cleanings, provide hand sanitizer when available, screen workers for symptoms and more. The Order allows people to leave their homes for commercial activity at any business that is open. 
Certain businesses remain closed, including bars, personal care businesses, entertainment venues, and gyms. Restaurants may only continue to serve customers for drive-through, take out and delivery. All workers at retail and other businesses are recommended to wear cloth face coverings. Teleworking is still encouraged for businesses that can practice it.

Though small outdoor gatherings will be allowed in Phase 1, gatherings of more than 10 people generally are still prohibited. The Order encourages cloth face coverings to be worn when outside the home and in contact with others. Everyone who uses a face covering should adhere to this guidance without fear of profiling or bias.

During Phase 1, childcare facilities will be open to serve families of parents who are working or looking for work. These centers will be required to follow strict cleaning protocols. Summer day camps can operate in compliance with NC DHHS guidelines.

Full article at NC Governor Roy Cooper
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