MINT is conceived as a catalyst for a Culinary District within Charlotte: creating jobs and encouraging food-centric entrepreneurial enterprises embedded into a new live/work community within an established urban neighborhood.
Sara, an architect, lives in one of the live/work units. From her ground floor office space she worked on the upfit of the MINT INCUBATOR kitchens in the Culinary Retail building just yards from her front door. Sara also tends to the gardens out her back door, as a member of the MINT GARDEN COLLECTIVE, knowing that the food she helps grow will be prepared by the chefs-in-training in the kitchens she designed.
Jose and Anya’s family enjoys weekend outings at the MINT RESTAURANT where movies are projected on the patio wall and they know the chefs who are also their neighbors. Weekday meals are sometimes served on their rooftop terrace with views of the gardens below (where their vegetables are grown) and the Charlotte skyline beyond (where Anya works).
Chad grew up in Wilmore, just a few blocks away. He’s always loved to cook and has combined this passion with his desire to see his neighborhood improve by working as an aspiring sous chef in the MINT RESTAURANT and purchasing his live/work unit through the MINT BMR (below market rate) ownership program.
These three households represent the range of experiences available by living and working in MINT, where community members invest their resources (both physical and financial) in a sustainable, food-centric, and economically viable new/old approach to urban living.