On the facet of the constructing that homes Coaltrane’s Char Grill on Central Avenue, a mural by Matt Hooker and Matt Moore pays homage to some OGs of Plaza Midwood. Look intently, amid the penguin, diamond, and eight ball, and also you’ll see the face of Scott Weaver fused with the face of a wolf.
Weaver’s lived within the neighborhood since 1995, and he opened his retailer, CLTCH (pronounced “clutch”), just a few doorways down from Coaltrane’s, in 2015. It’s a sort of hipster novelty store that sells items and equipment like Betty White mugs, Harry Types candles, and fuzzy bucket hats. You possibly can often discover him there 5 days per week together with his blonde pit bull, Roy, who greets clients and patrols the cabinets.
The 52-year-old is a longtime DJ at neighborhood fixtures like Cosy Harbor and Soul Gastrolounge (till it closed in August). “The phrase ‘vibe’ has turn into so overused now, however I’ve referred to as myself a ‘vibe curator’ as an alternative of a DJ for actually years,” he says. “Music’s been as a lot of a profession for me as something. Once I DJ, I create the atmosphere to enrich the room I’m in. It’s by no means, ‘These are the highest 40 songs proper now.’”
Weaver has left his stamp throughout Plaza Midwood, and he’s dabbled in virtually each artistic self-discipline you may think about. He’s labored as a make-up artist, vogue purchaser, visible merchandiser, and occasion planner. He began his personal jewellery line at 18, designed a set of neckties, and performed in three bands. He was the artistic director for the Condom Couture vogue present, which raised $90,000 for Deliberate Parenthood between 2015 and 2019. He’s additionally designed the interiors of a number of Plaza Midwood eating places, together with Soul Gastrolounge, The Diamond, and Enat Ethiopian Restaurant.
“I got here up with a blanket time period for when folks ask me what I do,” he says. “I’m a multidisciplinary artistic.” However once I ask him to explain his private type, he has to offer it some extra thought. “I’m very eclectic. I’ve labored in vogue, so at this level my type is really streetwear, excessive vogue, and rock ’n’ roll. The place I’m now, and the best way I costume and work and reside, is the distilled model of all these issues coming collectively.”
In April, the house owners of The Impartial Image Home employed Weaver to design the inside of their new artwork home cinema in NoDa. “I’ve at all times been a giant film fan, so I had private curiosity on this mission as a result of I would like us to have an unbiased movie show,” he says. “We wished it to be graphic and crowd pleasing. Enjoyable however not stuffy.”
Weaver color-blocked the partitions and adorned them with authentic movie reels and a classic projector he salvaged from the Manor Theatre, which closed in 2020. He painted every inside door a special colour and completed the flooring to imitate a crimson carpet. A gallery of worldwide film posters adorns the foyer, and black-and-white images of outdated theaters in Charlotte beautify the hallway.
Weaver, who grew up in The Shoals space in northwestern Alabama, admits his profession has by no means been linear. “The whole lot’s related, although,” he says. “One factor at all times influenced the opposite factor.”
In his 20s, when he was on the highway together with his band, he’d cease at vintage shops and are available again with a van stuffed with classic furnishings and trinkets. Between gigs, he made his residing as a contract make-up artist for quite a lot of purchasers, together with Condé Nast and different publications and productions in New York, Los Angeles, and London. “My love of that led to serving to mates out, a bit bit right here, a bit bit there,” he says. “Associates would open a bar or have a vogue present and wish my assist to design it.”
Weaver stopped working as a make-up artist at first of the pandemic however nonetheless does character make-up for the occasional museum gala or drag brunch. He’s at all times in search of his subsequent inside design mission. However proper now, his essential focus is on CLTCH and conserving it stocked with snakeskin clutches, crystal-encrusted sun shades, and Dolly Parton air fresheners.
“I’ve been so lucky to have the experiences I’ve had, however I’ve labored actually laborious to get right here,” he says. “Rising up in a small city, I simply naturally thirsted for vogue and delightful locations, and in my naive little thoughts, I assumed I may do it. My purpose was by no means to get wealthy; it was at all times to be fulfilled.”
TAYLOR BOWLER is the life-style editor.