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Four Dogs on Charlotte Five

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Four Dogs Pet Supplies is one spot to shop local for your pets

(reposted from article on January 26, 2016, by Vanessa Infanzon)

Four Dogs Great Danes


If it had not been raining, I would have walked the six blocks to interview the owners of Four Dogs Pet Supplies in NoDa. I pass by often and have been curious about what was inside. I don’t have a pet, but I stepped inside to check it out anyway.

When Todd and Betsy Hintzmann and Dan and Betsy Owens formed Four Dogs Pet Supplies two years ago, they wanted to offer a pet store featuring nutritional food and personal service.

During my time with Dan and Betsy, I received quite the education about supplies for dogs, cats and urban chickens (as opposed to those country living chickens) in a surprisingly inviting space.

The dogs behind the business

Woody, Jake, Chance and Freya are all rescue dogs and the beloved pets of the Four Dogs owners. The largest of the four, a Mastiff, weighs in at 210 lbs with a 36” neck. The next largest, a Great Dane, is 180 lbs.

It is easy to see that Four Dogs Pet Supplies was born out of need. The two couples found shopping for collars, toys and bowls for their own giant-breed dogs difficult. Essential items were not available at the typical box stores.

With extensive business experience and a love for dogs of all sizes, the couples hammered out a business plan that included healthy food for dogs while providing extensive knowledge about their products. Since opening, they have expanded to cat food and supplies and organic feed for those city chickens.

Choosing wisely

The products are chosen carefully by the owners. The food is considered high-end. This means the meat content is high and the list of ingredients is short and natural.

Most products like collars, blankets, crate mats, bowls and beds are handmade by NC and SC artists. Animal artwork by Charlotte artists and UMAR artists is for sale.

Four Dogs Gallery

No parts wasted

Betsy and Dan were excited to show me one section labeled “Body Parts.” These edible treats made from animal body parts can solve dog issues naturally. Joint problems can be helped with chicken and turkey feet. Chewing on a bully stick (bull penis), cow kneecaps or deer antlers can decrease chewing issues. They said more about gullets and bones, but I must admit I heard nothing after “bull penis.”

Syncing with the community

Four Dogs has become an integral part of the Charlotte community. They are a drop off point for Steve’s Coats for Kids and School Tools. They support The Coalition to Unchain Dogs, Great Dane Friends and Pet Harvest.

I left feeling good about my visit to Four Dogs Pet Supplies. I may not own a pet, but if I did, I know Dan and Betsy would be there to answer my questions and steer me in the right direction.

Four Dogs Ribbon Cutting

Sabor in NoDa

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Sabor is opening a new restaurant in NoDa

(reposted from Charlotte Agenda article January 26, 2016 by Jessica Dionne)


Sabor Latin Street Grill is opening a new location in NoDa and the neighborhood is abuzz with excitement.

Although Cabo Fish Taco is right next door to the new location, NoDa residents agree that there is plenty of room for the affordable, street-vendor style Latin food that Sabor is famous for. Even if you’ve never been to Sabor you may be familiar with some of their menu items if you have ever been to Three Amigos off Central. The restaurants boast the same owners and the same quality of delicious food to fill your bellies.

Co-owner David says they have already started renovations on their new location, previously the wine bar Dolce Vita, and they plan to open in 6-8 weeks.

What makes the Latin grill unique is its array of different South American foods.

Imagine walking the streets of Latin America, hearing the steam from the grills, smelling the savory scents wafting from all of the vendors. Owners Dalton, Jason, and David have brought this experience right here to Charlotte, and soon NoDa residents can enjoy it in their own back yard.

If you haven’t been before, you can check out one of their existing locations off Hawthorne in Charlotte, in Matthews, or in Indian Trail.

With this new location they are going for a more upscale version of their vendor-style restaurant, with a full bar where you can get one (or three) of their award-winning margaritas. There will be plenty of seating for the dine-in experience as well as their traditional takeout counter.

Matty, a tattoo artist at Fu’s Custom Tattoos across the street from the new Sabor location says, “I can’t wait for the new spot to open. I’ll be eating beef empanadas for lunch every day.” The rest of the neighborhood seems pumped about real South American cuisine in the area, within walking distance of most of NoDa’s housing.

What to try:

  • The empanadas are lick-the-grease-from-your-fingers delicious. Filled with ground beef, spices, and gooey cheese how could this street food favorite get any better? Oh yea, it’s deep-fried.
  • The burritos are football-sized and bursting full of meat, rice, beans, and queso. I challenge you to finish a whole one in a sitting.
  • The carne asada fries are a special treat, featuring french fries loaded with grilled steak, queso, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and cotija cheese. If you’re a fan of loaded fries, try this Mexican version and let your taste buds thank you.
  • Taco Tuesdays are also a great time to check out what they have to offer because all tacos are $1!!

Whether you are a seasoned regular or a Sabor rube, make sure to do yourself a favor and check out the new location when it opens on North Davidson.


Painting by NoDa artist Osiris Rain joins permanent collection of the European Museum of Modern Art

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Osiris Rain RGB“An Unbearable Darkness” a painting by Charlotte based artist Osiris Rain has been curated into the permanent collection of the MEAM: Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (The European Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona, Spain. The MEAM is Europe’s foremost museum dedicated to exhibiting the top living figurative painters and sculptors from around the world.

“An Unbearable Darkness” is a portrait of Osiris’s father whom Osiris credits as sparking his interest in the arts as a child.  The painting previously was a semi-finalist at the National Portrait Gallery, BP Portrait Award competition in London. It was also a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2015 International Salon Competition and later included in the pre-selection for the International Figurativas competition hosted by the MEAM before being curated into the MEAM’s permanent collection by Jose Luis Inifiesta, the Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes director.

Osiris Rain is a North Carolina native who lives and works in Charlotte, NC. He was classically trained in Florence, Italy at the Angel Academy of Art and continued his studies in Norway under master painter Odd Nerdrum. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and garnered recognition from numerous institutions worldwide.

Osiris recently launched The North Carolina Academy of Art in early 2015, a small atelier dedicated to teaching Academic Realism. As Director of the academy, he hopes to share his passion for the classical arts and inspire others to delve into the figurative and portraiture world of painting. The school accepts students of all skill levels and is located in NoDa at 3224-B Benard Avenue in the Hart Witzen Annex.

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"An Unbearable Darkness” by Osiris Rain