Light Rail Weekender (Nov. 17 - 20)

Monday, November 14, 2022

Here are the top three things to do this weekend brought to you by guest writer and marketing intern Jordan Badenhop!

UNC Charlotte students who pay the Transportation Miscellaneous Service Charge may ride light rail and CATS buses fare-free! Just bring along your 49er ID to show to the fare inspector or bus driver. 

#3 Treat your morning to brunch with friends at Coco and the Director

Photo of Coco and The Director coffee shop

Photo credit: Coco and The Director website

Coco & the Director is a neighborhood coffee shop that supports local artisans anduses local products from Charlotte. This space offers casual meeting for all guests to catch up on work, meet up for collaborating, and more. The menu is filled with coffee, espresso, tea and smoothies. Pair that with a muffin, breakfast sandwich, lunch sandwich or their signature cronut. 

Cost: Indulge in what makes you happy, but affordable for adventurous college students.

Directions: Hop on the lightrail at UNC Charlotte - Main Station and ride to the Spectrum Center. Get off at the CTC/Arena station. From here, a four minute walk passing the Bank of America building on E. Trade Street will take you directly there. Coco and the Director is right across from Chase Bank and The CUT Barbershop as a guide. 

#2 Invite your friends to the Charlotte Club Ice Hockey Game at Truist Field.

Graphic of Colin Smith UNCC Hockey Player

Photo credit: Uncchockeyclub Instagram Page

Truist Field is home to the Charlotte Knights Baseball Team. It’s the third sports stadium to be built after Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center. 

Charlotte Club Hockey website: Charlotte students’ love for Hockey created a program that would become a club team in 2005. This club currently plays within the D2 ACCHL, a part of the American College Hockey Association. Join the team as they play outside against Wake Forest University on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. 

Cost: $15 for students with your 49er ID; General admission for adults is $20.

Directions: From Coco and the Director or near the Bank of America high-rise, walk toward W. Trade Street past the Carillon. Turn left on S. Poplar Street and continue until you reach W. Fourth Street. Here, you will turn right. The stadium entrance will be on your left at the corner near Residence Inn Hotel.

#1 End your night with a tasty treat from Day & Night Cereal Bar.

Photo of delicious treats

Photo credit: Instagram

Day & Night Cereal Bar started in Los Angeles and now has select locations around the United States. This is the one-stop shop for North Carolina’s very first exotic cereal bar!

From Q City Metro website: Karmon Dupree Jr. reached out to his childhood friend, Greg Robinson, to establish a location in Charlotte with the help of his girlfriend. #Couple-preneurs

The menu consists of pre-made cereal bowls with combinations like no other. The “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” combines Froot Loops, Lucky Charms, and Frosted Flakes. Some mix in candies of all arrays and flavors you have never heard of. There are over 100 different combinations you can choose from. Not looking for a risk? Enjoy regular ice cream bowls and milkshakes!

Maybe you’ll see a Charlotte Hornets player on your way out of the door!

Cost: Choose your own adventure … Cannot help the urge to try something new.

Directions: Only a six minute walk; Leaving Truist Field from the main entrance, walk down W. Third Street for one block past Romare Bearden Park. Turn right on to S. Church Street. Day & Night Cereal Bar is located in historic Latta Arcade, a collection of art deco retail shops in a building that dates back to 1915!