Charlotte strong: Local businesses rally in support of UNCC students and staff

Courtesy of First Wind Cycling and Fitness

The tragic shooting on the campus of UNC Charlotte on Tuesday has left a sadness over our city. It is felt even more by the students, faculty and staff who have direct ties to the campus.

In an effort to provide a little relief in this dark time, local businesses are rallying to support the victims. Among the largest group of supporters are several local yoga and fitness studios, many of them part of the Sweatnet network, providing free classes.

Channeling emotions and finding a healthy release is important after experiencing trauma and tragedy. While everyone heals in different ways, yoga and exercise are great ways to do so.

“As Charlotteans, Americans, friends, community members and human beings, we need to stand together and support each other,” said Karen Hill Meyer, owner of First Wind Cycling and Fitness.

Photo courtesy of Karen Hill Meyer

“Our hearts are broken over the loss of precious members of our community, and we are all holding those injured and directly impacted in our thoughts at every moment of the day. We recognize that there is so much that has to be done to help everyone heal, and we hope that members of the UNCC student body and staff can use our studio and many others doing the same thing as places to find some balance and support.”

Here’s a list of businesses around Charlotte rallying to support the students and faculty of UNC Charlotte.


“CLT Love” T-Shirt is being sold in UNC Charlotte colors; proceeds will go toward victims of the shooting.

Air Aerial Fitness

1043-C Providence Rd. or 532 Governor Morrison St. Ste. C-120

You can try classes at either location, through the end of May. Sign up via Mindbody. Open to students, staff, and alumni of UNCC.


2400 Park Road, Suite A

Classes will be offered for free through May 8 for faculty and students.

Core 704

2902 N. Davidson St. or 2729 South Blvd,. Suite B

Students should email to claim a free class at either location through May 10. The offer is open to all students and faculty members of UNCC.


339 S. Kings Drive and 7315 Waverly Walk Ave.

You can try free rides at either location now through May 5. Simply drop in to get your class.

First Wind Cycling and Fitness

1930 Camden Road, Suite 120

This Charlotte studio is offering classes through May 10. Email to redeem.


2907 Providence Road, Suite 103 & 104

This popular Myers Park cycling studio will allow you to drop in through May 10 for free. Simply stop by the front desk and let them know you’re a UNCC student or faculty member.

NC Yoga Bar

Location varies

This pop-up yoga series will allow you to drop in on any of their classes for free until May 5. Check the website to find out where they will be.

Neighborhood Barre Concord

8415 Pit Stop Court NW, Suite 103 (Concord)

Drop in to redeem your free class through May 5.

NoDa Yoga

3201 N. Davidson St.

Photo by Melissa Oyler
NoDa Yoga

Students and faculty can drop in on classes until May 5, or as long as campus activities are suspended.

Ride or Die Spin Studio

255 Clanton Rd.

Classes are complimentary to students and staff through May 8.

SweatNET Charlotte

This online fitness community will offer free membership to the students and faculty of UNCC, through the end of the year.

“The SweatNET community wanted to make sure we could support those individuals living through it in the best way we could,” Grace Borchers, SweatNET Co-Founder said. “For those who have experienced it, fitness is much more than sweat and physical strength. Fitness and exercise are amazing outlets to work off stress and clear your mind. It is therapeutic for a lot of people.  That is why we are offering UNCC staff and students free access to SweatNET for the remainder of the year and many other of our partner studios are offering free classes this week and month.”

The Percantile and Creamery

8635 Concord Mills Boulevard

This vintage coffee and ice cream shop will give 50% off your purchase through the month of May. Simply show your ID to receive the discount.

Yoga One

1318 Central Ave., D2; and 2230 Park Road

You can drop in to either of the Charlotte locations and pick up your free class pass until May 5.


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