May 2014

  • May

Fifth Annual Highest Design Contest Winner Selected for Water Tower

May 21, 2014

Charlotte, NC – The Design Center of the Carolinas (DCC) and Ram Realty Services announced the winner of the 5th annual Highest Design Contest on Friday, May 9, 2014. The winner was selected by public voting in social media. The Highest Design Water Tower Art Contest puts the winning artist’s work on display on the highest canvas in town, a 125’ water tower, and awards the winner a $1,000 check. This year’s theme was “High Five to South End,” allowing artists to share what they love about living, working or just visiting South End. Online voting ran from March 31 – May 2, 2014.

The Highest Design Contest featured 20 entries this year from artists giving South End a “High Five.” The DCC and Ram Realty Services supported Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for the fifth year with the winning artist selecting a school in need from a list of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to champion. In addition to the artist winning $1,000, Ram Realty Services along with Family Dollar, Staples and Binders will make donations of art and creative supplies to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School championed by the winning artist.

20 exciting works of art were submitted this year from local artists in Charlotte’s design and arts community, from businesses such as advertising agencies, photography studios, graphic design firms, printing companies, architectural firms as well as arts programs at local universities and community colleges. Leigh Anne Zeitouni was selected as the winning artist through public voting.

Leigh Anne graduated magna cum laude from NC State University in the Fall of 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design. Since then she has been working as a graphic designer in her hometown of Charlotte. In addition to her full time job as in-house graphic designer on the marketing team for Sales Performance International, she also works as a freelance designer. Recently she was honored with a 2014 Silver ADDY award for her design work on an integrated campaign project in collaboration with The Plaid Penguin, brand experience firm in Charlotte. She stays active within her community as a member of the Charlotte chapter of AIGA and continues to work as an aspiring and passionate designer.

The winning piece this year, Artistry Meets Artisan, in the Leigh Anne’s words depicts the progression and celebration of the historical, retro side of South End, in juxtaposition with the artistic and cutting edge side. The artwork will be replicated onto a large horizontal vinyl canvas and installed on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower in June.

The Leigh Anne’s artwork will appear on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower for a twelve-month period. Leigh Anne and her selected CMS school, Reedy Creek Elementary, were honored in a special ceremony May 9 at the Design Center of the Carolinas in Historic South End. Art and creative supplies will be delivered to Reedy Creek Elementary in September.

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  • May

Five new retailers, restaurants open on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill

May 20, 2014

By Amanda Jones Hoyle, via Triangle Business Journal

Chapel Hill’s diverse Franklin Street thoroughfare has added five new street-level businesses in the past month, adding to the street’s eclectic entertainment, eating and shopping options.

The new Gentlemen’s Corner menswear store that opened in April at the 140 West Franklin building is hosting a “grand opening” event today showcasing its selection of Peter Millar merchandise. Chris Knott, founder and creative director for Raleigh-based Peter Millar, will be on-site to meet with customers.

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is also reporting that four other shops have opened along Franklin Street, including two new women’s boutique shops: Sophie & Mollies Boutique at The Courtyard building at 431 West Franklin Street, and Fedora at 151 E. Franklin Street. The Fedora store in Chapel Hill is the company’s sixth location in the state.

The DSI Comedy Theater has also completed its relocation to 462 W. Franklin Street from nearby Carrboro.

And, Spicy 9 Sushi & Asian Restaurant has opened for business at 140 West Franklin Street.

  • May

New tenants sign, existing tenants expand at Charlotte’s Design Center

May 12, 2014

By Will Boye, via Charlotte Business Journal

A few new tenants have signed leases at the Design Center of the Carolinas, the three-building office complex in Charlotte’s South End.

Resolution Media, a digital marketing company, has leased 9,259 square feet in the Plaza building, and Core States Group, an engineering, architecture and project-management firm, has leased 2,525 square feet in the Courtyard building. And the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy has leased 2,053 square feet at the Design Center.

In addition to the new tenants, Balfour Beatty and ettain group have added 6,030 square feet, growing to 33,865 square feet and 17,885 square feet within the Design Center, respectively.

The three-building Design Center of the Carolinas totals 166,000 square feet and has 18,000 square feet remaining for lease.

Peter Katz of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA represented the landlord, Ram Realty Services. David Dorsch of Cassidy Turley represented Resolution Media, and Tom O’Brien of Cresa represented Core States Group.