Sunday, May 1, 2016

Goodbye for now

Sip + Play Charlotte is taking a hiatus. I've enjoyed reconnecting with old friends in the nightlife scene and making new ones for the last year and half. Documenting the city's transformation through the prism of entertainment and nightlife has always been my favorite beat. Since launching Sip + Play, I've said goodbye to the trendsetting Cosmos, reconnected with friends at the Comedy Zone and watched my Irish buddies transform an old barbershop on Central Avenue, among many other discoveries.

It's been fun. It always is.

When I first started covering nightlife more than a decade ago, club owners and promoters aspired to bring Miami and Las Vegas to Charlotte. Clubs like Hom and Phoenix transported us to cooler nightlife vibes. Club goers flocked to neon and club music. NoDa and Plaza-Midwood were beginning to flourish as counterculture hang out spots. 

Today, the nightlife scene is so much more diverse. Craft breweries are new players on the bar scene. The explosion of restaurants has turned eating into a form of entertainment. Promoters no longer simply throw dance parties. There are paint parties, food events and bar fit activities. Charlotte still has fancy clubs, but even more neighborhood bars in Plaza-Midwood and NoDa provide fun alternatives. 

I will continue writing occasional event coverage, especially CIAA, on However, I'm excited to focus more on my other passion - fitness. 

I created several fitness related posts on Sip + Play because I like to marry my passion for working out and partying. My new project is My Workout Buddy, a fun way to get fit. The My Workout Buddy CLT FB page will be more robust in coming weeks. IG and snap chat will follow.

As always, see you in the streets or maybe on a hiking trail...