5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About South End

April 24, 2017 9:07 pm

You may already know that Price’s Chicken Coop has been a neighborhood staple since 1962 and Atherton Market is housed in a former trolley barn, but did you know the Rail Trail is 4.5 miles long? Here are a few more South End facts that you may not know:

  • Ever wonder how Triple C Brewery got its name? The brewery, which was one of the first to move into an abandoned warehouse district in 2012, was named after the three founders whose names all begin with C.
  • You may know that the first gold rush in the United States was in Charlotte, but did you know it took place in the South End area? After finding a small pocket of gold nuggets on his farm, businessman Samuel McCombs dug deeper and opened a mine near present-day Bank of America Stadium. Soon after, more mines popped up in the South End area now known as the Gold District.
  • South End is packed with creative businesses – over 200 of them! This includes showrooms and offices for architects, builders, interior and landscape designers, and graphic and web designers.
  • The neighborhood has experienced quite the boom over the past few years: In 2010, South End housed 3,500 residents. Now, more than 10,000 people live in the neighborhood.
  • When Luna’s Living Kitchen owner Juliana Luna moved from Bogota, Columbia and wanted to start a restaurant serving healthy meals, she didn’t intend to focus on raw vegan food. However, Luna only had $7,000 and couldn’t afford heavy-duty kitchen equipment like an oven so she developed a raw menu that could be prepared without expensive equipment.

Learn more fun facts about South End by coming to Art & Soul of South End, a festival that will take over Camden Road between West Boulevard and Park Boulevard on April 29th! Along with live music, food trucks, and a local artisans, free trolley tours of South End will be going between breweries and sharing snippets of neighborhood history. Find more information here!

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