Chopt opening boosts charity
CHARLOTTE – Chopt Creative Salad Company broke a brand record at its most recent store opening in the Arboretum shopping center.
In one day, Chopt inspired the community to raise more than $8,500 for A Child’s Place.
Chopt combines seasonal ingredients from local purveyors with authentic flavors from around the world to create delicious salads.
Chopt celebrated the opening of the Arboretum store by hosting its traditional Chopt Gives Day, in which customers who made a monetary donation to its charitable partner A Child’s Place received a free salad.
The Arboretum location features more than 95 seats, including communal dining areas, booth seating, a large outdoor patio area and wallpaper created in partnership with Batabasta, a Spanish design duo.
Call 704-817-8677 for details.
Pittenger holding town halls
CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger announced nine town hall meetings for August, including two in Mecklenburg County.
Area town halls are as follows:
• Aug. 28, 6 p.m., at Team Church, 2301 Stevens Mill Road, Matthews.
• Aug. 31, 7 p.m. at Providence High School, 1800 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte.
“So far this year, I’ve worked to pass over 270 bills, including conservative health care reform, major financial reform, V.A. accountability, a crackdown on sanctuary cities, and the largest pay raise for troops in 8 years,” Pittenger said. “These town halls are an important part of my ongoing efforts to solicit feedback from constituents as we make plans for the second half of 2017.”
Call 704-362-1060 or email nc09constitu firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Furtick debunks fake news
CHARLOTTE – The Babylon Bee published a story July 28 that shook social media, reporting that Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick signed a six-year $110 million contract with Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church. Some didn’t realize it was fake news.
The story drew many parallels with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, whose jumps during free agency have caused ripples among NBA waters.
“I’m going to take my talents to Houston and join Joel’s legendary squad,” the satiric site attributed to Furtick. “I wish Elevation the best of luck in the seasons to come, and hope they can find someone as ripped and godly as me.”
The Babylon Bee touts itself as “your trusted source for Christian News Satire.”
“Always consider the source,” Furtick told his followers in a video on Instagram.
Furtick admitted he was surprised by the number of people that believed the news and shared it with friends.
“We got to be careful. We live in the age of information, and we’re starving for truth,” he said, noting “we can’t treat life like a middle school cafeteria.”