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Spicy salmon, tuna-avocado and California rolls compete for space in a display case with less-common fare such as pollo picante, made of grilled chicken, bell peppers and jalapenos rolled in rice and seaweed and topped with eel sauce and sesame seeds. As passengers scurry to afternoon flights at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, a few stop to grab a bite and check their cellphones. Leaning against the counter is a man who is neither hungry nor in a hurry.
In late winter, guests in white rockers sip coffee on the veranda of the clubhouse at Pinehurst Resort, overlooking a lawn that looks like it was clipped by a barber. Visitors stroll streets lined with boutiques and art galleries. Outside of town, wind whispers through longleaf pines: It’s a good day for golf. In the heart of the village, daffodils are blooming early this year on the campus of FirstHealth Moore Regional, centerpiece of a three-hospital network that covers 15 counties.
Plenty of groups are weighing in on the May 8 referendum that seeks to amend the state constitution and define marriage as being only between a man and a woman. There are churches, mental-health associations and community groups. But one bloc is largely silent. It’s the state’s business community, which by most indications is sitting this one out.
More than two years after Charlotte-based Boxman Studios LLC started refurbishing shipping containers, CEO David Campbell isn’t sure what to call the finished product. “A hospitality venue?” he ventures. But he knows what it takes to make them — “lots of torches, lots of welding and lots of loud noises” — and hopes whatever they’re called will replace: canvas awnings, trailers, tents and other mobile means of sheltering vendors hawking trinkets, marketers showing off new products, wedding guests imbibing post-nuptial champagne and anyone else seeking temporary shelter.
Digging into hospital data.
How the economy turns.
The levy as a lever.
Her story and history.