May 7 will mark the kick-off of Historic Charlotte Inc.’s celebration of National Historic Preservation Month with an opening reception at Kugler’s Studio in Latta Arcade. The event will celebrate the publication of Ken Beebe’s limited edition book, “Vintage Charlotte,” and will feature Artevation, an exhibit including photography from 1950s Charlotte focusing on mid-century architecture and design. The reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
To honor Latta Arcade’s anniversary and National Historic Preservation Month, Crosland is hosting a series of events at Latta Arcade. The Latta Arcade retailers will participate in Flashback Fridays every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. throughout May, offering at least one menu item at throwback prices.
Chicks Restaurant will feature 5 cent chocolate chip cookies (one per customer); Woody’s will offer hotdogs for a quarter; Pie in the Sky Pizza will sell canned drinks for only 25 cents; Quizno’s will serve subs at buy one, get one half-off (excluding premium subs); and Flavors of India will include a free traditional Indian cookie with any lunch purchase.
Additionally, Besoin Gallery will take 20 percent off any item in the store, while Duncan Parnell will offer 8½ x 11 color copies for 29 cents per side.
Live entertainment will vary throughout the month, featuring the comedy of Hardin Minor and the music of Jeff Brown, Josh Z, Pat Carpenter, Noel Friedline and the Ziad Duo.
May 1: Hardin Minor & Ziad Duo
May 8: Noel Friedline
May 15: Pat Carpenter
May 22: Josh Z
May 29: Jeff Brown
William H. Peeps designed Latta Arcade, which was built in 1914. In 1982 it was purchased by John Crosland Jr. and subsequently saved from demolition during a time of intense uptown development, as renovation restored the property to architectural prominence while modernizing it for future generations. This was followed in the 1990s by the stringent process of securing historic designation for the landmark property.
Winner of a Historic Charlotte preservation award, Latta Arcade is one of the rare early 20th century buildings remaining in Charlotte’s central business district. Today it’s a vibrant center of commerce as well as a popular place to shop and dine amid the skyscrapers of uptown Charlotte.
About Latta ArcadeLocated at 320 South Tryon Street in Charlotte’s central business district, Latta Arcade is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while the interior is designated as a local historic landmark by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. In cooperation with the Historic Landmarks Commission, Crosland returned the space to its original designs, allowing exposed brick and higher ceilings to influence tenant build-out.
The building is home to the Arcade Men’s Room, Besoin Gallery, Chicks Restaurant, Debbie’s Sewing Room, Duncan Parnell, Flavors of India, Fujiyama, Kugler’s Studio, Meyer-Greeson-Paulin, Pie in the Sky Pizza, Queen City Jewelers, Quizno’s Classic Subs, Rite Aid, Think Paperless, William Ives Consulting, Watson Hospitality Associates and Woody’s Hot Dogs. Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina will open in early summer 2009.
About Crosland LLCFounded in 1937, Crosland is one of the most prominent diversified real estate companies in the Southeast and is recognized as a leading community builder. Its expertise in retail, multifamily, office, land development and general contracting enables it to be an innovator in multi- and mixed-use development.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Crosland has offices in Raleigh, Orlando, Tampa and Nashville, and develops, builds and manages properties in the Carolinas, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The privately held company’s asset portfolio and current projects have a market value exceeding $2 billion. For more detail, visit crosland.com.