Laurene's Cafeteria Continues the Scratch-Made Soul Food Tradition in the West End

By Kia O. Moore Laurene’s Cafeteria has been open for just over a week and has been servicing a steady flow of people solely based on word of mouth. The newly reopened West End soul food restaurant  is keeping the legacy of the southern...

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Murals Bring Positive Vibes to the Historic West End

By Kia O. Moore The Historic West End was left reeling after the mass shooting that took place last month on Beatties Ford Road. Families lost loved ones when shots rang out at a nighttime block party on Sunday, June 21 after first responders...

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Huetiful Celebration brings West End together to celebrate the Black community

by Kia O. Moore The Huetiful Celebration will take over the Historic West End on Saturday, July 18 from 9 am to 8 pm. The Festival will celebrate the Black Community in all of its beautiful hues. It is an event designed to empower Historic West...

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Juneteenth Liberation Drive-Thru Celebration Acts as Emotional Release for West End

By Kia O. Moore There has been unrest in the streets of Charlotte since May 29. People have come together to oppose the injustices happening to Black people as a result of interactions with law enforcement. The Charlotte protests, sparked by the...

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Vanity Nail Bar Opens Amid Phase 2

On May 22, Governor Roy Cooper moved North Carolina into Phase 2 of COVID-19 restrictions lifting. Phase 2 includes moving barber shops, salons and personal-care businesses from being closed to now operating at 50 percent capacity. With many barbers...

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Venue @ 1801

By Kia O. Moore The tan building at 1701 West Trade Street became a hub for a west side small business celebration on Sunday, February 9th before the pandemic hit. The Historic West End Legacy Small Business Appreciation Dinner was held at Venue @...

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West End Fresh Seafood Market Providing for the Community During COVID-19

by Kia O. Moore Businesses and organizations in the Historic West End are pulling together to provide relief to residents on the west side. West End Fresh Seafood Market at 2206 Beatties Ford Road is working on several initiatives to help the...

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Talkin’ Thread Boutique Continues to Serve the West End Community

By Kia O. Moore The Talkin' Threads Boutique located at 2213 LaSalle Street has been doing business in the West End community since 1996. They have been working on dressmaking and providing services on movie sets for years. Owner Bilqis Shareef...

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Quality Comprehensive Health Center Serves the Beatties Ford Road Corridor

By Kia O. Moore In the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic, healthcare workers are continuing to provide much-needed services to those populations in the most need. On the Beatties Ford Road corridor, there is a healthcare provider that continues to...

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Shan "Shableek" Richardson: Always Representing the Westside's Music Scene

By Kia O. Moore Shan Richardson, 49, better known as Shableek, exudes his love for Charlotte’s westside through his work as a musician. From the music genres he decides to play on his saxophone, to the fitted cap and jeans he wears at his...

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