There’s nothing more quintessentially Irish than Guinness beer, a fact not lost on the chefs at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub. Led by Deacon Ovall, recently featured on Fox Charlotte's Chef Spotlight, the kitchen staff pairs house-cured corned beef and cabbage with Guinness au jus, smothers flank-steak shepherd's pie with Guinness gravy, and batters fried cod fillets in Guinness batter. But the menu is nothing if not multifaceted, with offerings ranging from traditional Irish eats and hearty half-pound Black Angus burgers to nearly a dozen freshly tossed salads.
Diners can pair their upscale pub eats with a hearty selection of pours. Four of the eight draft beers on tap hail from Ireland itself, and the servers also mix up "Lucktinis," including the Spiced Leprechaun made with Bacardi Oakheart, sour-apple Schnapps, and pineapple juice. Big-screen TVs dazzle eyes as flights of Irish whiskey tantalize tongues. Every Wednesday at 9 p.m., rounds of trivia keep brains from forgetting little-known factoids, such as the name of George Washington’s least-favorite fruit.
Voted the Best Bookstore of Gaston in 2012 by readers of the Gaston Gazette, Poor Richard’s Book Shoppe’s success wasn’t always guaranteed. The shop was born in April 2009, when the owner’s sons happened upon the idea while dreaming up ways to conquer their uncertain economic futures. Today, the store caters to like-minded readers—those who want to enjoy works by local and nationally acclaimed authors, but don’t want to overpay or learn to read Pig Latin—and gives them a place to find New York Times adult bestsellers, textbooks, and canonical works by literary titans. The store also engages minds outside the realm of commerce, hosting an active schedule of happenings for lovers of books, music, and culture, including open mics and meet-the-author events.
Renowned psychic and medium Chip Coffey, star of A&E shows Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, ushers audiences through preternatural territories in Coffey Talk, a witty and cathartic journey into the unknown. Clairvoyant, clairaudient, and as scintillating as a ghost-whispering Truman Capote, Coffey uses his psychic gifts to counsel the bereaved, ease the haunted, and terrify fraudulent realtors. In this special round of Coffey Talk, Chip guides the two-hour event through two hair-raising chapters of powerful emotion. The show starts with a question-and-answer session, where Chip explains the paranormal and mankind’s inherent psychic abilities before honoring queries about his daunting experiences, his TV shows, and continuity errors in Ghostbusters. For Act II, Chip puts on his psychic-reading glasses to contact spirits for select members of the audience.
The Charlotte Observer traces its roots back to March 22, 1886, when the Charlotte Daily Chronicle began rolling off the presses. The paper challenged the then-ruling faction of the Democratic party in North Carolina, trumpeted the region's growing industrialization, and engaged in a fierce competition with another local publication, the Charlotte Daily Observer. After a brief political rivalry and a series of flame wars on a primitive, steam-powered Internet, the Daily Chronicle reigned victorious when the Observer folded in 1887. The Chronicle claimed the defeated paper's name and set the stage for more than 125 years of trusted reporting on city, state, national, and international news.
Residents of Charlotte keep up to speed on the crime, education, politics, and sports stories that affect their city day to day, while an extensive living and entertainment section highlights up-and-coming bars and restaurants, as well as cultural events and concerts. Opinion pieces dish out insightful commentary on national issues of the day, and online editions deliver constant access to news through any computer, tablet, or smartphone.
The seasoned bakers at Cloud 9 Confections whip up fresh cakes and cookies from scratch daily, specializing in sweet treats for weddings and events. Butter-cream icing and fondant cascade down the multiple tiers and edible staircases of customizable, full-size cakes, which flaunt flavors such as german chocolate and pineapple rum. Crew members adeptly assemble gluten-free, organic, and vegan-friendly cakes, and can imbue creations with such fillings as vanilla pudding and fresh strawberries.