Posted on: June 20, 2023 Posted by: Sarah Giavedoni Comments: 0

Last Updated on June 20, 2023

Do you even live in Charlotte if you haven’t eaten a Bojangles biscuit or grabbed a case of Cheerwine off the shelf in Harris Teeter?

Each city offers their own unique contributions to local culture, but the rest of the country has a lot to thank Charlotte for. 

The Hunger Games” movie

The early story of Katniss Everdeen takes place in rural District 12 and later in the luscious forests of the Games. The first film was shot entirely in North Carolina, in towns like Asheville, Barnardsville, Black Mountain, Cedar Mountain, Concord, Hildebran, Shelby, and Charlotte!

Knight Theater on Tryon Street is where the tributes’ interview scenes were filmed. And scenes at the Capitol, the largest and wealthiest city in Panem, were filmed at the old Philip Morris USA plant in Concord. Have a movie night, and see if you notice any familiar places!

Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest near Brevard, North Carolina in Transylvania County, known as “The Land of Waterfalls.” Shots of Triple Falls were featured in the movie “The Hunger Games.”

Bojangles

If you live in the South and are in the mood for a biscuit or some fried chicken, Bojangles is most likely your first and only stop. 

In 1977, restaurant owners Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas founded the first Bojangles restaurant in Charlotte. They based their concept on three attributes: “distinctive flavor, high-quality products made from scratch, and a festive restaurant design with friendly service.” 

Today, there are nearly 800 Bojangles locations. And in case you thought you couldn’t love Bojangles any more, they are currently offering 12-piece or 20-piece Star Spangled Bo Boxes for the summer season. It’s Bo time.

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Harris Teeter 

The grocery store that many Southerners know and love began back in 1939, when brothers W.T. Harris and Willis Teeter took out a loan for $1,700 and opened a grocery store in Mooresville.

The store was the first grocer in North Carolina that let customers pick their own groceries off the shelves! Before this time, customers would give their list to a clerk, who would select the groceries for the customers.

While Harris Teeter now operates 258 stores across eight states, they still pride themselves on being “Your Neighborhood Food Market”. They’re known for their community connections that bring each store organic and locally grown produce.

Lance Crackers

You know those orange peanut butter crackers always stocked in your office vending machine? 

Phillip Lance began selling single-serve snack crackers in Charlotte in 1913. Two years later, they opened the doors of the Lance Packaging Company in Charlotte, North Carolina, where their headquarters still remain today. 

The company later went on to become Snyder’s-Lance in 2010 when they partnered with the pretzel brand. 

Cheerwine

Cheerwine got its start in Salisbury, NC, when L.D. Peeler bought a local bottling company franchise and renamed it the Carolina Beverage Corporation. At the time, sugar was rationed due to World War I, so Peeler used cherry flavoring as sweetener. 

He coined the new soda Cheerwine“cheer” from it being a pleasure to drink, and “wine” from its dark burgundy color. He mixed the first batch in his basement. Just a few years later, the glass-bottled soda became a bubbling hit. It’s still a Tar Heel state favorite!

Orange traffic cones

Isador Blumenthal (of the famous Charlotte Blumenthal family) was President of Charlotte’s Radiator Specialty company when he noticed the metal cones that were used on the West Coast. 

He had an idea to use plastic cones instead and patented the “Safe-T-Cone.” By 1985, the safety cones had gone international. They spread to the UK and were used by Pacific Gas and Electric Company to create work zone boundaries. 

Gold

The first piece of gold ever discovered in North America was found right here near Charlotte. 

In 1799, a boy named Conrad Reed found a 17-pound glittery rock in Cabarrus County. His parents used the “rock” as a doorstop for three years before they finally brought it to a jeweler who offered them $3.50 for it. 

Visit Reed Gold Mine and find some of this gold for yourself! It is no longer a functioning mine, but they are open to the public for tours and panning.

SignUpGenius

SignUpGenius started when Dan Rutledge of Charlotte experienced the “most disgusting party meal ever.” He says, “we were having a party for our church small group one time and told people with last names starting with A–M to bring drinks and those with N–Z to bring snacks.

We all showed up and were shocked to find that every snack family brought chips and salsa and every drinks family brought Diet Coke!” Dan and his wife, Angel, came up with the genius concept, and now SignUpGenius helps people around the country eliminate the hassle of large-scale organization and manage events and volunteers.

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