Nilsa asked me: Given you’re not from NC, what are your favorite things about the city of queens and what do you dislike about it?
After spending 8 years in KY, I was ready for a change. I had told my company to put me anywhere in the US, and I ended up covering the Carolinas. Charlotte is pretty central for my territory and I had a few friends from college that lived here, so it seemed like a good fit.
My friend Amy‘s work recently did an ad campaign that I think did a great job summing up what I love about living in Charlotte. You can find some of the ad campaign here and visitor information here.
Things I LOVE about Queen City:
Fun. Between professional sporting teams (NFL, NBA, ECHL), shows, events, downtown nightlife you never have to do the same things twice. You can go white water rafting at the National Training center, catch a NASCAR race, or just go watch the symphony in the park. There’s so much diversity. On the weekends, I may spend one night in jeans and flip flops watching friends play ping pong outside at our neighborhood bar, and the next night in stilettos, sipping martini’s while on the balcony of a big sexy bar that overlooks the city.
Age Demographics. There are tons of young adults in Charlotte. Both Bank of America and Wachovia have offices here, plus there are a few other retailers based out of QC. (Hence, the stripes.) It’s a young, but without the college town feel. As I write this, I’m asking myself how I’m still single…
Food. I may be a picky eater, but I love to eat. There are so many local restaurants that have killer food, whether you’re looking for a greasy burger or a 5 star meal, you can find a local Charlotte restaurant that will kick the chains booty any day!
Friends. I am so lucky that I have managed to make some amazing friends here. I miss the ones from college and home, but I feel so blessed to have met some killer people.
Beach. There’s a lake in Charlotte, but you’re only a few hours from Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and Wilmington. It makes for an easy weekend getaway. If you aren’t much for the beach, you’re also only a few hours away from the mountains.
Thing I don’t like about Queen City
Distance. I miss my friends and family I left. I’m 8 hours away from my parents, and 6 hours away from my college friends.
Men. Some of nights you go out and there are copious amounts of men. Other nights, all you find are the stripes. Ah…this is why I’m still single.
Size. I love that Charlotte is big, but not huge. Some days I think that it tries too hard to be a big city, but it’s not quite there yet. Example: They have a light rail, but it doesn’t extend out far enough or go enough places to be worth while.
That’s about all I can think of. for now on the Queen City! I’m loving life here. Any one want to come visit???