Yes, it's been a crazy week. 4 states in 24 hours is no joke and I am definitely feeling the travel fatigue, but raising money for ALS and meeting customers is important. I can suck up a temporary feeling to know we've raised funds for ALS and helped people.
Charlotte, you are an awesome city! Arrival: May 4th at 4:10. Set up at Moxie Mercantile in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood in Charlotte. I met Barry, the father of the proprietress. He's quite an attraction and an asset for this shop. He's like the dad from the northeast you feel like you've known forever. Veteran, grandad and a genuine man with a thick New England accent. We shared a mutual finite for old Ford Ranger trucks. He worked at the Nixon White House during the Vietnam War. I was greeted by Michelle, the proprietress and her hospitality made the evening so special. Bubbly, cheese and vegetables. A wonderful way to make her customers feel like gold. We set up my inventory on the front porch so customers would be greeted instantly.
Plaza Midwood in Charlotte is very hip, with cool restaurants and bars dotting the tree-lined, pedestrian friendly streets. That evening, I treated myself to dinner at Bistro La Bon, owned by the wonderful Elise Siharath, a friend of a friend here in Atlanta. I tried the Brussels sprouts and octopus and they did not disappoint. Delicious! Afterward, I went in to check into my Airbnb, which was in Villa Heights in Charlotte. The home had 2 indoor cats, who were so cute and friendly. My host was kind and everything was easy. I admire airbnb, their inclusive philosophg and their community spirit.
The next morning, I woke up and headed to Amelie's French Bakery, a spot that is a must-do in Charlotte. A French press coffee all to myself and a breakfast baguette sandwich on bacon, spinach and Brie. Outstanding, to put it lightly. One if the best breakfasts I've ever had. I finished up and headed out to Moxie Mercantile for day 2 of our pop up. It was wonderful to meet customers in person no experience Charlotte. Lunch was from the deli at Common Market, another great Charlotte spot. You may stand between a business man and a hipster covered in tattoos. Completely worth the experience. I wrapped up at 4:30 and made the 3.5 hour drive back home. With a 10 hour turn around to sleep and pack, it's just enough time to get myself together for my trip to San Jose, California.