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39 minutes | 5 days ago
Charlotte’s 2040 Plan with the Queen City’s Planning Director, Taiwo Jaiyeoba
From greenways and ballparks to housing and transit, Charlotte is regarded as a well-planned city and that’s not by chance. Beginning with the Odell Plan in the 1960s, the Queen City has a 50-year tradition of creating a new Center City plan every 10 years to provide a blueprint for long-term growth and development. It’s that time again and parts of the 2040 Plan are generating strong opinions so we’ve gone to the source to understand why. Today we’re joined by Charlotte Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba. He and his team authored the Charlotte 2040 Plan. Listen along as we discuss his vision for an equitable, livable, sustainable and inclusive Charlotte, highlights of and objections to the 2040 Plan, and why transportation and housing are so important to Charlotte’s future.
30 minutes | 11 days ago
Finding Common Ground Between Developers and Small Businesses
How can small business owners, developers, real estate agents, and investors collaborate together in a meaningful way and curate mixed-use developments where small shops can thrive. Today we’re joined by Barry Greene, CEO of Shades of Moss Plant Shop and Founder of Mint City Connect. Shades of Moss, named Charlotte’s best plant shop in 2020, is a one-stop-plant-shop where customers have the opportunity to become educated on plants and work with a designer to curate plants to fit their space. Barry’s latest initiative Mint City Connect, strives to connect black-owned businesses with investors, commercial real estate groups and developers in order to shed a light on the affordable commercial real estate crisis happening within the city and to assist black-owned businesses open brick-and-mortar storefronts. Listen along as we take a deep dive into how Barry has curated his following and amassed wide-spread success within his first year of operation, the why behind Mint City Connect and what he hopes to achieve through this initiative, and how micro-retail is changing the retail game.
30 minutes | 19 days ago
What Does it Take for Today’s Independent Retailers to Survive and Thrive?
When your teams mentality shifts, your culture gets defined. Today we’re joined by Mark Quinn, President & CEO of Sibose LLC, and Mark Kinsley, CEO of Englander Sleep Products. This dynamic duo recently released their latest book Come Back to Bed: Attract more foot traffic and make people fall in love with your store. Come Back to Bed answers the age defining question: what does it take for today’s independent retailers to survive and thrive? Listen along as we discuss how independent retailers can drive more foot traffic to their brick-and-mortar stores and why it’s important for retailers to create an experience for consumers that’s better than what they can accomplish online.
25 minutes | a month ago
What Industries are Adapting Quickest to the Covid Marketplace?
What keeps a customer from purchasing in store or at all? Today we’re joined by Carlos Aragon, Vice President of Client Success and US Channel Performance for IPSOS. IPSOS, a global market research firm, has launched its Consumer Health & Safety Index, an inaugural health and safety benchmarking study that evaluates how retailers are operating amidst COVID-19. Listen along as we discuss the future of contactless handoff with click to collect sales, how the pandemic will continue to shift the why behind consumers behavior, and why health and safety is still the most important factor for consumers.
44 minutes | a month ago
The Evolution of Retail in the South End
Has South End always been at the center of innovation? Today we’re joined by Megan Gude, Vice President of South End for Charlotte Center City Partners. She manages programs to activate public and private spaces, enhance public infrastructure, promote the neighborhood’s best attributes, and connect people and businesses. Listen along as we discuss South End’s innovative roots that began with the Gold Rush of 1892. An industrial corridor and four light rail stops later, it has become a buzzing metropolis for retail, office, and residential.
13 minutes | a month ago
How Restaurants are Getting Creative with their Dining Experiences
Pre-pandemic restaurants were all about the experience and were coming up with creative solutions to the public’s growing trend to spend their money on an experience rather than an object. Since March 2020, restaurants have been placed under strict orders to either close entirely, open for take-out only, offer outside seating only, and/or open at limited capacities. Restaurant owners have gotten creative with how to service their customers and remain profitable amongst strict measures and the growing global health crisis. Listen along as our guest host, Kate Yates, takes you on a deep dive to discuss what restaurants are doing to stay afloat among orders to either stay closed or pivot to outdoor dining only
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Building a Brand from the Ground up With Johnny Fly Founder, Johnny Freeman
How do you break into a retail sector where 90% of the market is owned or controlled by one company? Today we’re joined by Johnny Freeman, Founder and CEO of Johnny Fly Co. Johnny Fly was founded in 2011, with a hand full of designs and an ambitious objective: to create wearable artwork and one-of-a-kind items that represent a unique individuality that can only be found in nature. The brand was formed from humble beginnings with a scattering of tee shirts and a passion to create something truly original. Listen along as we discuss how Johnny built a brand at dining room table that now ships to 89 different countries, the why behind wooden, eco-friendly sunglasses, and what it looks like to take the plunge from being a direct-to-consumer brand to having your own brick-and-mortar store.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
The Intersection of Artificial Technology and Branding
How does artificial intelligence (AI) tie into the rapidly changing retail landscape? Today we’re joined by Bram Warfsky, Founder of Shelfgram. Shelfgram’s platform provides increased in-store visibility and a suite of competitive intelligence tools to better understand how products look, perform, and compete on the shelf. Listen along as we discuss "the why" behind Shelfgram’s innovative AI technology, the next big changes coming to the grocery ecosystem, and how brands can understand what happens when your strategy turns into execution.
8 minutes | 2 months ago
Why Secondary Markets are “Winning” the Pandemic
Why are economists saying Charlotte will be a net winner coming out of the current pandemic? Today we’re joined by Clayton Sealey, or as you may know him on social media, CLT Development. Together we’ll discuss why secondary markets are winning the Pandemic. Listen along as we discuss what markets will come out on top after the government shut downs, why we’re seeing people move out of major US markets to move to secondary cities, and how secondary and tertiary markets are seeing an acceleration of of new residents and developments.
5 minutes | 2 months ago
Should Developers Pull Back during the Pandemic?
Why should developers be pushing forward with their projects through the pandemic? Listen along as Jason Thomas and I discuss all things development in the pandemic, what office space will look like at the tail end of this, and the spotlight that is being created on second tier cities.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
How Can Brands Stand Out Among the Competition?
What thought work and strategy are behind how brands identify unique differentiators for their product? Today we’re joined by Michael Keplinger, Director of Strategy and Managing Partner for SmashBrand. SmashBrand is the only agency in the world that designs, tests, and optimizes brands and products with real consumers — so that before it hits the shelves, their clients know the increase in preference and sales impact. Listen along as we take a deep dive into how a brand can track purchasing behaviors among consumers to better their packaging and brand awareness, what brands are getting it right, and take a look at what is driving the modern-day customer.
4 minutes | 2 months ago
Charlotte's Central Park: Is it Possible?
What would a Central Park esq. green space mean for the city of Charlotte? Today Jason Thomas and I are discussing the proposed Central Park that would be planned for Charlotte’s rail yard, near Optimist Hall. Listen along as we discuss is a green space of this size feasible for the city, where does Charlotte stand on park developments, and how would more parks be received by those that live in and around Charlotte?
9 minutes | 3 months ago
Are Offices Dead?
Are Offices as we know them dead? Today we’re joined by Clayton Sealey, or as you may know him on social media, CLT Development. Together we'll tackle the question on the top of everyones mind: will we ever make a return to what office life was like in February, 2020? Listen along as we take a deep-dive into what office/work-from-home hybrid models may exist post government shutdowns, how the physical office layout may change, and how quickly we project central business districts to bounce back after the pandemic.
7 minutes | 3 months ago
Is Growth Ever A Bad Thing?
Today I’m teaming up with development influencer, Jason Thomas, to discuss development vs gentrification. We’re seeing an unbelievable renaissance with old warehouses in and around the city, where new retailers are moving for lower rents. However, as an area begins to become cool/hip/local, young people, with a little big of money, want to move in and redesign homes in that area. One of the biggest problems the city of Charlotte is starting to realize - how do you grow an area while also making up for the necessary affordable housing developments, transportation, and social programs? Listen along and let us know your thoughts - can you stop development and what is the balance between growth and gentrification?
4 minutes | 3 months ago
Will COVID-19 Push a More Hub & Spoke Suburban Sprawl?
Are companies going suburban? Today we’ll tackle the discussion everyone outside of the city center wants to know - will COVID push a more hub & spoke suburban sprawl? Will the burbs finally get Cool concepts we’re seeing pop up in South End/Dilworth and other parts of town? Check out today’s episode and then tell us what you think!
38 minutes | 3 months ago
How Data and Technology are Transforming the Way Brands Approach Marketing
How can companies demystify the technology and process of personalized marketing? Today we’re joined by Diaz Nesamoney, Founder and CEO of Jivox. Jivox enables the world’s top brands to deliver personalized dynamic content across all marketing channels to power digital commerce. Diaz’s latest book Personalized Digital Advertising: How Data and Technology are Transforming How we Market is the first practical guide to supercharged digital advertising personalization: what's here, what's next, and how to make the most of it. Listen along as we discuss how tech and data are working together to make digital advertising appear seamless, why brands should use consented and personalized data shares, and how COVID-19 is forcing legacy brands to think outside-the-box in terms of digital marketing and data collection.
5 minutes | 3 months ago
Can You Have Too Many Breweries?
The question that plagues the Charlotte bar scene: how many are too many breweries? Enjoy another episode of our Friday Hot Takes with Adam Williams & Jason Thomas as they debate the question as old as Instagram: does Charlotte have too many breweries and do we need to focus our attention elsewhere? Listen along as we take a stance and discuss quality of beer, location, ambiance, and suburbia in the hot take that dominates all other hot takes.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Mapping Out the Future of Workplace Dynamics Post Pandemic
What will workplaces like look like in a post COVID-19 world? Today we’re joined by Irene Vogelsong, Associate Principal of Corporate Interiors for Perkins&Will. Irene has over 20 years of experience in workplace design. Her approach emphasizes wellbeing in environments while supporting diverse work methods and lifestyles. Perkins&Will recently released their Road Map for Return; Guidance for a Return to the Office During COVID-19 in which they share how workplaces can begin returning to normalcy. Listen along as we discuss the three future office models and how Covid-19 has shaped each of them, when we will fully return to the pre-pandemic office model, and how developers can support and add amenities their asset for office Tenants moving forward.
5 minutes | 3 months ago
Does Covid exist in Charlotte’s South End Neighborhood?
Are the rumors true? Is South End Immune to the Coronavirus? On today’s episode of the 5Q Showdown we’ll discuss why businesses in South End seem to be thriving amongst a global Pandemic that has shut down much of the rest of the city. Enjoy this lively debate between Adam Williams and Jason Thomas about the demographics in South End, how South End is “winning” during the pandemic, and what’s next for the neighborhood.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
How Restaurants Can "Win" During the Pandemic
What restaurants will be net winners after we pass the Coronavirus pandemic and what innovations are restauranteurs putting in place to come out on top? Today we're joined by Dan Simons, Founder and Co-Owner of Farmers Restaurant Group. Farmers Restaurant Group is a concept development and restaurant management company whose collection of restaurants is owned by more than 40,000 family farmers of the North Dakota Farmers Union, serving American inspired food and drink with an emphasis on cooking from scratch. Listen along as we discuss how a mission-driven restaurant group operates, what the future of restaurants look like in a post Covid-19 world, and Farmers scaled their restaurant group to include 7 restaurants, a distillery, and a bakery.
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