This week’s “Came, Loved, Stayed” is here, and this time, we’re buzzing to give you the scoop.
Benjamin Cuprill, 27, moved to Charlotte last August to become a member of the marketing and sales team for the Charlotte Hornets. Originally from upstate New York, Cuprill lives in the thick of uptown Charlotte.
— Bradley Rhyne (@bradleyrhyne) July 8, 2015
(1) What brought you here?
Charlotte is a great city, an up-and-coming city.…
– It just has a young vibe, a young energy to it.
– It has major pro sports teams, which obviously, I work for one, and the international airport. I have a lot of family abroad so, worst-case scenario, I have to leave the country very quickly or just to visit my friends and family. It’s just very convenient.
– Plus, the cost of living is a lot better for me personally than in upstate New York.
(2) What made you stay?
I see myself staying here for a long time. Charlotte has a very nice blend of everything in a metropolitan city that I look for. It has beautiful architecture with all the buildings, it has a beautiful skyline …
There’s a lot of things that you can do that are all within a walking distance to entertain yourself.
(3) What was your first impression of Charlotte?
My first impression? “Wow, they are building a lot.” They were still building the little trolley area, elongating the train system … always building the high rises, always building the apartment complexes …
Where I’m from, there’s not a lot of that.
This morning at the Mint Museum apartment tower construction site in Uptown Charlotte pic.twitter.com/6chTtB43YY
— CLT Development (@CLTdevelopment) July 21, 2015
(4) What’s your favorite aspect of Charlotte culture?
My favorite aspect is the blend of culture. Charlotte is definitely a big city of transplants. Every time I meet someone, nobody is ever originally from Charlotte, which I very much enjoy. I met a girl last night in an apartment complex — she was from Indiana; I met a dude this morning from Colorado; the person I’m meeting later on today is from Kansas; I’m from New York.
It’s pretty cool to see people from all different walks of life and all different states coming to Charlotte. I can see it as a hub for prosperity going forward.
(5) Why would you (or wouldn’t you) recommend Charlotte to friends?
I would definitely recommend Charlotte to a friend for multiple reasons:
A. There’s an international airport, so if you don’t like it you can get back home very quickly. (laughs)
B. Everything you could possibly imagine, beside the beach, is here. …
Whether you’re from the inner city or somewhere more rural, there’s always something to do.
(6) What’s next for you?
What’s up next for me is a promotion, at which point in time I’ll will be a little more happier. (laughs)
(7) Describe Charlotte in one word.
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Cuprill/Instagram.
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