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- December 1, 2009 at 4:43 am #127245AnonymousInactiveCharlotte Cars and Coffee at the Lake – Saturday Dec 5th Exotics/Sports Cars/Classics
1st Saturday of every monthDec 5, 2009Panera Bread Company
North Lake Mall (I-77 Ext 18) Panera Bread Co. (Between Panera and Fox and Hound)
6801 North Lake Mall Drive- Charlotte NC 28216 #704.921.0013
8 am- until
See you there!
Saturday Dec 5th will mark the one year anniversary of Charlotte Area Cars and Coffee! It is hard to believe that is has been a year since the first event where 30+ cars showed up on a rainy Saturday! We have had as many as 300+ cars, so we have grown by leaps and bounds, time flies when you are having fun! The point was to establish a set forum in Charlotte where ‘certified car nuts’ like myself could meet other like minded individuals that share the same passion. It has been exciting watching the event grow, seeing familiar faces and cars at each event. I know I have added quite a few new and interesting friends this year to the mix that are connected to the same thrill that I am, CARS! Mission accomplished!
November produced a very nice day and brought out many familiar faces as well as new ones to the event. The equiptment continues to amaze me with showings from the local Viper club, Porsche club, Corvette fans, other American Muscle, a good showing of the Acura/Honda crew, and several Italian favorites. Once again it proved to be a great time had by all. Cross your fingers for a nice day this Saturday as well. For those of you that have not gotten your holiday shopping off on the right foot now have a chance to bring your rides have a blast and then head off to the mall to complete your holiday shopping. Come when you can, grab your neighbors and co-workers who may love the sights as much as you do and come join in the fun.
Check out the updated pictures on http://www.carsandcoffeecharlotte.com . We want to continue to have a great outlet to share our passion and knowledge about cars so keep it growing! If you have not signed on to the forum on http://www.carsandcoffeecharlotte please do so for more detailed updates!
***IMPORTANT UPDATE:*** I have had several request for vendors over the last 12 months to partisipate in this growing event. Unfortunitly the mall management has asked that we do not have any vendors displaying and selling their goods at our event. It is suppose to be strickly a social gathering and any ‘selling of goods’ is looked at by the mall management as competition from their tenets (as well as violates taxes laws, etc). It also takes up much needed space for C&C traffic as well as regular store traffic.
If you would like to bring flyers that explain your products and have your contact info on them that is fine, but displaying and selling is out of the question. We risk loosing the right to use the North Lake property if we have vendors setting up there. Thank you for complying and respecting this rule that the mall managment has established.
***IMPORTANT PARKING REQUEST***Also they have asked that we leave the parking spaces directly infront of the Panera (on both sides) open for ‘normal’ traffic. It is apparent that some people that are not as car friendly and are part of the normal business traffic have parked there and opened car doors on other cars and not left much room. I would avoid these spaces to avoid a visit to the Dent Wizard! There is plenty of room in the adjacent lots for us to park. Also we need to avoid parking in the spaces directly behind Kinkos and the Mattress Company. They were a bit concerned because it interferred with their customers ability to load goods and vendors to make deliveries (not a big deal but we want to keep everyone happy).
As this event continues to grow and in order to keep it safe, fun and in tact we need to make sure of a few things:
The 8 AM start time is still working well so that we all can go about our normal Saturday business after a few hours gawking at great rides. It will also allow us to take advantage of the empty adjacent lots if we need them before the patrons and employees of the restaurants start rolling in around 11AM.
We are now on the radar screen of the Mecklenburg Police Dept’s North Division, which is not a problem because we are on mall property which we have permission to be on, but on the access roads leading to the property and the main highway they will be patrolling ‘helping’ us adhere to the speed limits. So be cautious and slow down a bit. Also as a mature crowd continue not to peel out, race through the parking lots or ignore common safety.
In order to stay within the good graces of the mall management company please be kind and dispose of your trash in the trash cans around the property. We are doing a great job so far, so keep it up! I spoke with them and they are willing to add additional receptacles as needed.
Continue to support Panera and other businesses in the area, the management has gone out of their way to lobby mall management to keep this event going and prospering. A year into it and the mall management is still happy to host us.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you again and please pass the word to friends, neighbors and co-workers that want to bring out their rides.
See you soon,
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