The people who wanted to punish Charlotte because of HB2 never took the time to understand the culture of Charlotte and North Carolina. Because Charlotte’s economy is largely based on banking and insurance, and we have a world class airport, Charlotte is full of immigrants (many of whom are not from New Jersey)
Saturday, the Countess and I ventured to Plaza Midwood to visit a bakery that was a result of serendipity.
Nova’s Bakery was founded by a Serbian immigrant who moved to Charlotte in the 1990s to fulfill his dream of running his own wholesale bread business in America. Word spread, and customers encouraged him to start a retail outlet in front of the factory. Nova’s bakery now has five retail locations in addition to their wholesale business
After stocking up on our high gluten bread, we ventured down the street to an Asian (mostly Thai and Korean) supermarket to stock up on our prepper supplies
Then it was across the street to the Vietnamese fresh fish store, the Ethiopian restaurant and the Mexican bodega.
Charlotte and the rest of North Carolina live in different universes. HB2 was less about transgender bathrooms and more about which group of people would run the state. Charlotte was put in its place by rural NC.
Boycotting NCAA basketball or PayPal backing out of subletting office space in Charlotte did nothing to harm Denton or Washington (NC), so outsiders striking out at Charlotte were playing right into the hands of the forces in rural North Carolina who resent the economic prosperity and more secular city of Charlotte.