Check out new STIR Charlotte, opening soon in The RailYard in South End (Charlotte Observer)

Check out new STIR Charlotte, opening soon in The RailYard in South End

Walking into STIR Charlotte feels like taking a breath of fresh air.

With its open-air concept, the 6,100-square-foot space brightens from the natural light filtering through clear windows along the wall. But the clear panes are more than windows — along the front of the restaurant, garage doors open to blur the line between indoor and outdoor.

STIR Charlotte’s grand opening is set for July 20, and proceeds from the opening events will benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation, a local nonprofit that raises money and awareness for rare pediatric cancer research.

The grand opening event is just the beginning for STIR’s partnership with ISF. Through the month of August, for every Austin Mule cocktail sold, STIR will donate $2.

Read more here on Charlotte Observer

#FeelGoodFriday: Pure Intentions Coffee Helps Keep Hospital Staff Energized During Pandemic

Our city is full of the best people and best businesses. Every day we learn of something spectacular that our volunteers, supporters, sponsors, and partners are doing during this crazy time and gives us hope. Every Friday, we will spotlight something spectacular around us. We hope it will brighten your day too!

Today’s #FeelGoodFriday shout out goes to our friends at Pure Intentions Coffee for collaborating with a neighboring local business to support front-line hospital workers. When Le’s Banh Mi Sandwich Shop approached Pure Intentions Coffee with the idea of purchasing cases of their Cold Brew for front-line hospital staff, Pure Intentions matched their donation. Pure Intentions Cold Brew is similar to your favorite iced coffee (but clean with no diary, sweeteners or preservatives) and we loved to see some of this pure energy also donated to Levine Children’s pediatric oncology floor staff!

“There are many healthcare workers impacted both directly and indirectly by the current health crisis, so when local Charlotte business Le’s Banh Mi wanted to show support, we decided to share the love between hospital staff dealing directly with COVID-19 treatment as well as our friends at Levine Children’s Hospital who are doing everything in their power to keep the kids in their care safe. Whatever impact we may experience as part of the general public, we will never know the dedication required to care for individuals battling an already brutal situation in the midst of a one-in-a-lifetime crisis. Donating coffee is only a small token of our appreciation for what those people are doing.”

These two local businesses have been hit hard during the pandemic, we love they are still out supporting the Charlotte community. We hope you will support them too. Thank you Pure Intentions Coffee for supporting ISF with every event and twist and turn…. and supporting those who take care of our ISF kids! We are super grateful to have you as loyal partners!

Sweet’s Elderberry Donates $8,000 to Pediatric Cancer Research

Most families we know fighting cancer swear by Sweet’s Elderberry Syrup. Not only do we love their product, we love what they stand for in our community. During the month of March, Sweets Syrup celebrated their 4th birthday with Sweetsgiving, their annual campaign to give back to the community. During the first week of March, the Sweets team committed to donating 20% of their sales of Sweet’s Elderberry Syrup to ISF.

“I had hoped and prayed for a big week, and little did I know we would have OUR BIGGEST WEEK EVER!! 🙌🙌🙌Sweet’s Syrup is donating $8704 to the Isabella Santos Foundation to help fight pediatric cancer – a cause I support with all my heart. I can honestly say that in my four years in business, this is the pinnacle for me, the BEST. And thank you all for making it happen!!”

In early 2018, Sweet’s Syrup began donating organic elderberry syrup to nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Levine Children’s. Soon, this expanded to include the Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Oncology units. The little patients in these wards must be protected from infection, so it’s important that their caregivers have strong immune systems and come to work healthy. 

Sweet’s also provides 16-ounce bottles syrup to several families dealing with cancer, with the goal of helping them stay healthy during their child’s treatment. Qualifying families can DM Sweet’s via Facebook or Instagram. Those in the Charlotte area will be given a location to pick up syrup. If you live elsewhere, you’ll receive a special code to get a free bottle at Simply pay for shipping.

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The Melting Pot Charlotte Raises $15,957.84 for Isabella Santos Foundation

Thank you Charlotte for helping Melting Post Charlotte celebrate their 30th Anniversary by raising $15,957.84 for for the Isabella Santos Foundation. Melting Pot has become such an invaluable partner to our foundation and we are honored to be their charity partner in celebrating 30 years! Thank you to Melting Pot, their employees and patrons who made this donation possible! 

A ideal example how local businesses can get involved as a ISF Give Back Partner. Host a give back day/week/month, donate a percentage of sales to the foundation and feel good about making a difference. Customers are more likely to buy and engage with businesses that show their commitment to their local community. But get creative, we are up to hearing any idea you have to stand apart! Contact Karen Murphy to talk further.

JE Dunn Charlotte Presents $15,000 Check to Isabella Santos Foundation

On May 16th JE Dunn Charlotte held their 3rd annual Charity Poker Tournament benefiting local nonprofits. We were honored to be a chosen charity and on Tuesday, June 18th, the JE Dunn Charlotte team presented ISF with a check for $15,000 at Levine Children’s Hospital! JE Dunn believes every child deserves a future filled with moments of opportunity, the resources needed to provide a good education, and the resources required to live a healthy, happy lifestyle. Obviously, our passions cross and we are so fortunate they believe in our mission and what we are working to do for kids fighting cancer in the city of Charlotte and beyond.

We met JE Dunn while they were constructing the Isabella Santos Foundation MIBG Therapy Suite. Yup… that $1 Million targeted therapy suite YOUR dollars funded, this group built it! How insanely cool is that? What was even more cool, every time we put on our hard hats to step foot on the construction site they had questions for us. Every team member was curious about the specifics of the room and the background of Isabella’s story. Their office family is one with numerous cancer survivors and/or family members of cancer survivors and it is important to their team to support nonprofits that support cancer research and family services offered to those diagnosed with cancer or terminal illness. This team has heart and passion and we appreciated their curiosity behind this special therapy suite more than they will ever know. Our ISF team put their blood, sweat, and tears into fundraising, you donated your hard earned dollars, and the JE Dunn team spilled their entire hearts into building this MIBG project. Talk about a passion project!

This city is full of the best people and businesses. On Tuesday after the JE Dunn team presented us with the $15,000 check, the Brixx Pizza team arrived for their generous $10,000 donation. We made sure to get a joint photo because right in front of us are two prime examples of the best people and the best businesses. We love our Charlotte community!