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Charlotte siblings start backyard movie business during pandemic

The brother and sister duo wanted to bring a sense of normalcy to an otherwise tough time during the pandemic.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There’s no doubt about it, the Coronavirus has completely the changed our every day lives. Going places comes with caution and visiting with others comes with strict restrictions.  But for two Charlotte siblings, the pandemic brought opportunity.  16-year-old Sophie Thrasher and her 14-year-old brother, Stephen, found a way to connect people and bring a sense of normalcy to an otherwise tough time. 

“We feel like the backyard movie creates more of a sense of community than going to a movie theater or just having a movie inside your home,” said Sophie.

The brother and sister team started Starlight Films, a business that helps create the movie night experience in customer’s own backyards.

“Most people don’t want to go into movie theaters and they still want to be

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Charlotte chef receives national recognition for virtual classes

Chef Alyssa’s virtual classes have been a huge hit but starting next week her well-known in-person classes will be back and an option that will give parent’s a break

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For more than seven years, Chef Alyssa has opened her space up to cooking classes in her hometown of Charlotte. 

After attending culinary school and cooking in many professional kitchens and restaurants, she and her husband, Andrew, decided to open a business here. They created a space that is fun, unique, and approachable for everyone in a city they both love. 

When COVID-19 hit, Chef Alyssa and her team quickly adapted to a new normal with creative all-virtual cooking classes. Even though in-person classes and Saturday brunch is her bread and butter, her culinary team went all hands on deck to go virtual when coronavirus hit, and the hard work has paid off. 

Through the pandemic, she has

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Vocational training school in Charlotte

“I see the poverty and lack of education and I believe that trade is the quickest way to bring a community and an individual out of poverty,” Norman said.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Micheal Norman, founder and president of the Global Vocational Training Center is doing his part to help uplift his own community that he says is broken. His solution to begin fixing the issues is to educate, empower and employ.

“I see the poverty and lack of education and I believe that trade is the quickest way to bring a community and an individual out of poverty,” Norman said.

After serving some jail time and falling down on his luck many years ago, he decided to take control of his destiny and start his own electrical business. The success of that business later led him to open the Global Vocational Training Center in East Charlotte. The school is free

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