Arts & Culture

Stronger Together – 11 Unexpected Local Partnerships

Charlotte brands team up during COVID-19.

Many Charlotte-area companies have had to transition to new business strategies during COVID-19. And some have even joined forces with other local businesses, creating unexpected partnerships to get through this time together. Here are a few of the brand partnerships we’re most excited about, and encourage you to support, if you can.


300 East + Coto Family Farms

Neighborhood: Dilworth
Times: Tuesdays, noon to 2 p.m.

300 East has united with Coto Family Farms to bring us a Micro Market! Visit Coto Family Farms, order through the link in their bio – open through Monday evening – and pick up your fresh produce, plus any goodies from 300 East’s menu, in front of the restaurant Tuesdays between noon and 2 p.m.

*300 East is open seven days a week and offers takeout/curbside service of their full regular menu plus family-style meals for two to four people.


Bold Music Lessons + Evening Muse + Sioux Sioux Studio

Neighborhood: NoDa
Times: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., June 15-19 (high schoolers) and June 22-26 (middle schoolers)

Bold Music Lessons is partnering with Evening Muse in NoDa and Sioux Sioux Studio to bring high school and middle school students a one-of-a-kind summer camp this June. Campers will get to experience writing and performing at the famous Evening Muse in NoDa, in addition to learning the ropes of recording their own music at Sioux Sioux Studio – in small groups and while practicing social distancing, of course. This collab sounds like a budding musician’s dream.


Cuplux Coffee + Pepperbox Doughnuts

Neighborhood: West Charlotte
Times: Mondays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Coffee and doughnuts are the best kind of morning combination. Every Monday, Cuplux Coffee, a drive-in coffee shop on Freedom Drive, stocks a limited quantity of glazed and chocolate glazed Pepperbox Doughnuts, aka vegan bundles of joy. Go grab them while they last!


Free Range Brewery + Your Mom’s Donuts + Freshlist

Neighborhood: NoDa
Times: Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon-8 p.m.

Free Range Brewery has teamed up with not just one but two brands to bring more offerings to Charlotteans. The popular craft brewery is offering orders from Freshlist (fresh, local groceries) and Your Mom’s Donuts for pickup on Wednesdays and Saturdays. While you’re there, grab a crowler or go for a six-pack as we all raise our glasses to supporting local businesses and farms.


Green Brothers Juice + Bravo Bakery

Neighborhood: Dilworth
Times: Daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Green Brothers Juice has partnered with Bravo Bakery to offer vegan and gluten-free treats for guests to enjoy, including delicious macarons. Life is all about balance, right? Grab one (or two) next time you’re picking up your smoothie or juice!


Queen City Nerve + Local Charlotte Artists

Neighborhood: N/A (virtual)
Times: N/A

QC Nerve, Charlotte’s alternative newspaper that reports on arts and music, has partnered with a handful of local artists to release their newest venture: a Charlotte Coloring Book. With more than 50 pages of coloring activities, this book is packed with Charlotte artists’ representation of our city including pages from Taylor Lee, Jordan McLaughlin, Kiley Davis, Hayley Moran and Ashley Birrittier. What’s even better news is that 50% of the funds raised from the sales of the Charlotte Coloring Book go back to the artists that contributed drawings to the book. New versions will be released each year.


Roots Cafe + Golden Cow Creamery

Neighborhood: South End
Times: Daily, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Is anyone else reaching for something sweet after every meal? Lucky for you, Roots Cafe has partnered with Golden Cow Creamery to offer their sweet ice cream specialties to-go – specifically their strawberry and salted Oreo pints. While you’re there (or ordering from there), don’t miss out on grabbing a bag of coffee from Enderly Coffee or your choice of local brew from places like Triple C Brewing Company, Birdsong Brewing, Legion Brewing and Sugar Creek Brewing Company.


SkillPop + Around the Crown 10K

Neighborhood: N/A (virtual!)
Times: June 4, 5-6:30 p.m.

It seems like everyone has taken up running during quarantine and to celebrate (and further encourage) this habit, SkillPop has teamed up with Around the Crown, a 10K in Charlotte, to create a series of classes called “Get Started Running.” These classes are led by Brian Mister, race director of Around the Crown 10K, and include practical, insider tips and training recommendations around goal setting, greenway etiquette, and starter gear to keep you comfortable on the road or trails. Who knows, maybe you’ll work your way up to run NC's largest 10K on Charlotte's inner beltway, I-277, on Sunday, December 6!


Summit Coffee + Kindred

Area: Davidson, NC
Times: Daily through the end of May, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Three words: milk bread doughnuts. Summit Coffee has teamed up with Kindred in Davidson to offer these delectable doughnuts in addition to their coffee, frozen slushy drinks and cold brew via a drive-through setup. This is a collaboration you don’t want to miss!


Sweet Lew’s BBQ + Dish

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
Times: Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Amp up your lunch or dinner with the ultimate comfort food meal from Sweet Lew’s BBQ and Dish. Options include Chicken n’ Dumplins’, Cajun Meatloaf, Vegan Collards, Hush Puppies, Chopped Pork Barbecue, and Fried Cod. Be sure to follow them on Instagram to see the #DishoftheDay and call ahead at 704.344.0343⁠ to get your order in.


Undercurrent Coffee + Not Just Coffee

Neighborhood: Dilworth and Plaza Midwood
Times: Pickup time depends on when you order online (your receipt will list a time!)

Undercurrent Coffee and Not Just Coffee have connected during this time to bring us half-gallon iced lattes that can be customized with their house-made syrups and two milk options. They are taking online orders and offering curbside pickup at the following locations: Undercurrent Coffee Plaza Midwood, Undercurrent Coffee Optimist Hall, and Not Just Coffee Dilworth. Check out each of their sites for their unique offerings, how to order, and when to pick up.