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There is a big push (at least in rhetoric and hashtags) for people to their support communities. It's kind of the "in" thing right now. People are always talking about eating local, shopping small, dining farm to table, supporting local artists and craftsmen, going to farmer's markets, shoping at locally owned and operated businesses, getting their beer from local breweries, and supporting the "Mom and Pop" shops of the world.
There has been a big push for it over the past few years and I think it's FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC.
We have Small Business Saturday (the day after Black Friday) urging you to shop small, and a lot of restaurants I have been too lately have the names of the local farms, breweries, and wineries they get their meats, cheeses and produce from. I even see a lot of hastags on social media boasting when people #shopsmall #supportlocal #eatlocal #drinklocal etc. It's kind of a "thing" right now and I hope it stays that way.
I love it.
I like the blood, sweat, and tears of it all. I like knowing that my money is going to support someone's family, their dreams, their passions and rewarding them for hard work. I appreciate the fact that I live in a city that gives us lots of options.
I moved to Charlotte when I was 23 years old. I have seen it change (and grow) tremendously in those 12 years. We have major-league sports teams and stadiums, amazing concerts, and every kind of food you could dream of. There are condos, high-rises, lakes, farms, fields, parks, and tree-lined neighborhoods. We have museums, shops, fairs, festivals, and outdoor parties. There is high-end shopping and dining and art districts with consignment and thrift shops full of treasures. Charlotte is more diverse than people give it credit for and there is SO much to DO. It kills me when people say... "UGH... Charlotte is kind of boring. I'm from ____ where there is just SO much to do." Whatonearthareyoutalkingabout??!??!?!?!?!?
The "Queen City" is a city made up largely of transplants. That is what I love most about it. So many people who live in Charlotte, NC came here from other parts of the country and other parts of the world. They came and they built their lives here. They planted. Grew roots.
That's a long, somewhat sentimental introduction for Style Night Out 2015, but it touches on what I love so much about it.
Style Night Out is (in my opinion) the BEST.NIGHT.OF.THE.YEAR in Charlotte, NC.
SNO is a fashion show and fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends (a local non-profit). It features Charlotte's very own models, hair stylists, make-up artists, photographers and small businesses.
It's a runway show that showcases all of the fashion from our local boutiques. It's promoted by a local promotions team, produced and directed by a local business-owner and is the one night where our entire community comes together to support one another. Plus... the proceeds from every single ticket sold goes back into the community to help women battling breast cancer.
It's an incredible night of fashion, bright lights, lots of cocktails, and great music <<spun by one of Charlotte's best DJ's, Kosta X Housiadas... NOT an ipod shuffle>>. It is grown and sexy and SO.MUCH.FUN.
Style Night Out was created by Charlotte, showcases Charlotte, and gives back to Charlotte.
If you love that our city has variety, soul, artistry, edge, diversity and a heart... get your butt to Style Night Out. Support your community with your attendance. Put your money where your mouth is. Grab your man or your girlfriend(s). Get dressed and experience the city you live in. Buy a ticket, book a sitter, call an Uber, find an outfit and go. If you love this city, go. If you are new here and don't quite love it yet.. even better. We will help you fall in love with it.
What: Style Night Out 2015
When: Thursday, October 1st
Where: Center Stage NoDa (indoor venue and free on-site parking)
Time: Doors Open at 6, show starts around 7:30-8