Tiffany Storm (Terry Burris) has purchased Chasers in Charlotte.

Local bar under new ownership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chasers, 3217 The Plaza, has been purchased by Terry Burris, also known as Tiffany Storm.

Burris decided to buy the club when an opportunity to do so became available. He also wanted to make a difference, he shared. “This is an opportunity to make a premier nightclub in the historic NoDa district where all walks of life are welcome…,” he added.

On tap for the establishment as far as entertainment goes, Burris stated, “We offer and will continue to offer a variety of entertainment for all walks of life and for all tastes. Whether it be a male go-go dancer, ‘RuPaul’ diva or a living, local legend.” Plans are underway to have specific nights where amateur performers will be welcomed.


Burris takes cues from other bar owners with whom he has worked with over the years and respects. “I have been in the bar business since 1991, working under and through the direction of such nightclub greats and Charlotte icons as Gregg Brafford, Donald O’Shields, Rick Wilds.” During his nightlife career, he has been a bartender, show director and pageant preparation director, among others.

His philosophy on how to create a positive experience for his clientele is, “Always keeping in mind happy customers make your business a success and thrive.”

Burris’ female person as Tiffany Storm still plans to continue to perform at The Scorpio and looks forward to hosting her own show there on Friday evenings. “I enjoy working in the community and will continue to do so as the opportunity arises.”

He is originally form Concord, N.C., where he was raised and attended Rowan College, receiving an associates degree there. Burris’ foray into female impersonation began at O’leens as a cast member. Storm has worn the Miss Gay NC America crown and was the recipient of the Lady Barbara Award at the Miss Gay America pageant, both in 1997.

So far, Burris’ new venture has been well received by the public. “I have been humbled by the warm and positive outpouring of the community….” he shared.

Chasers is open seven days a week, with doors opening at 9 p.m.


Branding key to success

CHARLOTTE — Image consultant Sonya Barnes will be the guest speaker at the Charlotte Business Guild meeting on Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., at Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St., North Tower.

Her personal branding expertise will be shared. Tips on the essentials to advance one’s career and develop as a leader will be shared.

Attendees will be able to delve into areas such as decisions on one’s value proposition, differentiation from others, zeroing in on marketability and creation of one’s best look to impress.

Barnes is president and founder of Harris & Barnes Image Consulting, along with Sonya Barnes International. She serves as a community activist and philanthropist. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.

A cocktail and networking event will take place after the program at the hotel.


Documentary slated

CHARLOTTE — “Souls of Our Students: A Transgender Focus” will be screened on Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m., at Knight Theatre, Wells Fargo Auditorium, 430 S. Tryon St.

The film was produced by NC Healthy Schools, Temple Beth El and MeckMin as an addendum to the 2008 “Souls of Our Students” which focused on diversity in the school system across race, religious, sexual orientation and socio-economic status lines. This addendum features three transgender students from the community who share their personal stories. Perspectives of a parent and teacher are also included.

Rabbi Judy Schindler, senior rabbi at Temple Beth El and Rev. Danny Trapp, executive director of MeckMin will welcome participants.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark will introduce the film. A panel discussion, facilitated by Dr. Ellen Essick, section chief, NC Healthy Schools, will follow the viewing.

Bishop Tonyia Rawls, executive director of the Freedom Center for Social Justice will give the call to action for those who attend.

Charlotte Pride has provided funding for the premiere and action kits which contain copies of both “Souls” films and box lunches, all at no charge.

Admission is free, but registration is required and can be done online.


‘Rocky’ hits the stage

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St., will bring “The Rocky Horror Show” to the stage on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

This iconic piece brings both the cast and the audience into the action during the presentation. Audience participation packs will be sold in the lobby prior to the show.

Tickets are $20 and are available online.


PFLAG fundraiser upcoming

GASTONIA, N.C. — PFLAG Gaston will hold an all-day fundraiser on Nov. 4 at Simonetti’s, 6432 Wilkinson Blvd., in Belmont, N.C.

Participants can enjoy lunch, a light supper or dinner and proceeds from the event will go to support the work of PFLAG Gaston.

On Dec. 2-3, Fortune Feimster will bring her one-woman comedic style to the Comedy Zone, Suite B, 900 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd., in Charlotte, N.C. PFLAG Gaston members and their guests will have the opportunity to have a private meet and greet at 7 p.m. with Feimster prior to the show on Dec. 2. The “Come If You Can” Dutch treat excursion will be a group event for PFLAG Gaston who engage in these from time to time as they see something of interest with which they want to participate. However, the public can purchase tickets for either performance, but will not be included in the group.

Feimster currently serves as a full-time writer and roundtable regular on Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea Lately.” She is the daughter of PFLAG NC State Coordinator Ginger Feimster who has extended an invitation to all PFLAG chapters to attend.

Tickets are $20/general and $25/gold circle and are available online.


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