Exactly How DOES Recycling Help the Environment?

Jul 24, 2014

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The environment has become a central political concern for citizens across the world for centuries. However, over the last 50 years, environmentalist movements have helped shift public opinion, businesses, and governments to institute policies that promote sustainability and reduce carbon footprints. One of those policies is recycling. Recycling is a service that many municipalities provide as a public service or contract with a private firm. Recycling is also provided by companies who will accept products that can be recycled in exchange for money or some sort of line of credit.

 

Recycling is the process where specific products are converted into a reused good. For example, paper products can be recycled to form new paper products. Recycling can only be done on certain products since there are specific procedures to recycle the product. Very common recycled products include paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, certain metals, and other materials. Recycling can also be done to items, like electronic items and products. Specialty firms can help a person recycle computers, batteries, and specific chemicals.

Although recycling has become more popular and even easier with more companies and cities providing it as a service, many people may still wonder how recycling helps the environment. Here are some insights and findings to show how beneficial recycling is to the environment.

Reducing Waste

Landfills or waste processing plants hold and often burn garbage to make space. As a result, carbon-based gases are pushed into the atmosphere. These gases trap heat and consume ozone, which can speed up the process of climate change. At the same time, these waste facilities hold so much garbage that these facilities consume space that can otherwise be used for vegetation. In addition, there is a high chance chemicals from these plants go into the ground or water supply. By recycling, the actual units of garbage going into a landfill or waste processing plant is reduced by tons. Technology can help decrease the amount of garbage in the world, like the example of e-cigarettes. Before these new machines, people would put tons of cigarette waste into the environment in the form of cigarette ash. This can be a horrible chemical to put into garbage dumps. With e-cigarettes and e cigarette refills, the actual amount of waste from this chemical is reduced. Nevertheless, recycling is one process that can radically reduce existing waste without the need of making new technology, like e-cigarettes, for human consumption and needs.

Natural Resource Production

A lot of energy and chemicals are needed to produce plastics, metals, paper, and other products that are recyclable. Those factories that produce these items end up consuming fossil fuels and putting out pollution as a result of manufacturing these products. In addition, the precious chemicals to produce products, like copper for metals, need to be mined or processed, which itself is a huge carbon emitting process. By recycling products, the demand to produce new plastics and other recyclable products is reduced. Think about printer ink; when a person just throws away a cartridge and buys a new one, they are purchasing a product that required immense manufacturing and energy costs. But, if a consumer buys a printer cartridge that is reusable, then they cut down on the demand for the plastic manufacturing for the cartridge. This
helps to cut down on resource extraction or creation and the manufacturing process, ultimately reducing carbon emissions.

Conclusion: Save Energy, Save Environment

Energy consumption, whether its resource extraction or manufacturing a product, produces immense carbon emissions. Then, after a person has used the product and throws it away, that product ends up in a landfill or waste processing plant where it can leak chemicals into the environment or cause more carbon emissions. By recycling, we reduce carbon emissions on every part of the product chain, from production to use. This is how recycling helps the environment.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Salted Watermelon Salsa on Texas Toast

Jul 24, 2014

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Not many people get that there’s a difference between simple and dumb, especially when you’re talking about all things great and edible.
 

 

Here’s the cliff notes version: simple is good; dumb isn’t.

Simplicity just means you don’t need a PhD in flavorology to understand what’s going on with what you’re eating. As much as I get a kick out of finding out that the taste in that pork belly was actually candied roasted fennel whispers or whatever the hell, I also like eating something that I don’t have to think about. A dish where the flavors just come right out without any fluff and say “Hey. Here’s what onion tastes like. It tastes like a freaking onion. Now eat it.”

Dumb is the TGI Friday’s shotgun approach: blast as many flavors and things at your food as possible, and hope one of them gets it right. This usually results in the same thing you get when you take a whole bunch of paint colors and mix them all together: something that looks and tastes like poop. It’s the impatient five-year old throwing together all the play-doh in one container, except now you have to eat it. And the taste probably won’t be that far off from play-doh.

Or in the case of Friday’s; Jack Daniels-flavored play-doh.

Point is, there’s nothing wrong with dropping your toque (that’s the fancy chef hat for you plebs and plebettes) at the door and simplifying things. That’s why I’m doing salsa this week, because there’s nothing simpler than chopping up a bunch of fruits and vegetables and throwing them at a bowl.

And it definitely ain’t dumb, either.

Here’s what you need:
- 2 of your favorite kind of tomatoes
- 2 ears of corn
- 3/4 of a red onion
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup watermelon (I don’t know how much that translates to in actual watermelon-terms, but a quarter of a good-sized watermelon should give you enough)
- 1 lime
- 1 loaf white bread
- 8 cloves of garlic
- ½ a stick of butter

Here’s what you do:

First, preheat your oven to 400.

Dice the watermelon and sprinkle it with plenty of sea salt. Put it in a container and refrigerate while you chop up the rest of the stuff.

Shuck (yes, that’s still a word people use) the corn, cut off the kernels, and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Toss the kernels in olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and put them in the oven for 20 minutes. Toss ‘em around a bit, then cook them for 20 more minutes before taking them out.

While the corn’s in the oven, dice up your tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Toss them around in a small bowl and let the flavors introduce themselves to each other until the corn’s ready.

Let the corn cool for 5 minutes, then mix it in with the stuff you just chopped. Dice the avocado last (unless you want gross, brown avocado in your salsa. Oxidation is a thing, folks) and add it in along with the watermelon. Season with salt and pepper, squeeze your lime on top, and give the whole thing a good stir.

Bump up your oven to 450.

For the Texas toast, cut your bread thick. Really thick. For those of you who don’t live in the south, Texas toast is basically a wedge of bread the size of a phone book slathered in garlic and butter, so you want your slices to be about an inch thick.

Melt the butter, and spread it on both sides of the bread with a pastry brush.

Put the bread on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Once the tops of the bread are crispy and brown, flip them over and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Once those come out, take the garlic cloves and scrape them over both sides of the bread.

Top the slices with salsa, and eat.

Check out this week’s beats from Japanese favorites and electric flute (yes, that’s apparently a thing) masters T-Square. It’s Amaranth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW1tjivwFmE

Food-minded people seem like they’re straying away from simple these days, and it makes me kind of sad. Even the stuff that’s supposed to be simple, like pimento cheese and BLTs, are getting fancied up to the point of oblivion. There’s a thick and muddy line between putting a twist on an old favorite and turning it into a joke, and every picture I see of a two-story-tall Bloody Mary with 18 hot dogs and cheeseburgers impaled on it like the victims of a fat Elizabeth Bathory sure as hell reminds me of that line.

Don’t hesitate to innovate, people. Just take a moment to think about it first.

I’ll see you next time.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

http://freshbeatsfresheats.wordpress.com/
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Squid Ink Pasta with Breadcrumbs, Anchovies, and Sautéed Scallops

Jul 15, 2014

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There is a place on Earth where evil gathers, folks. Where food goes to die, rot, and proceed to be dug up out of the ground and discarded onto a plate along with an eldritch, ancient rite known only as “Unlimited Breadsticks”.

 

That place is called the Olive Garden, and it contains zero gardens and surprisingly few olives. It’s also the worst restaurant ever conceived.

If you’re blissfully unaware of the Olive Garden, allow me to paint you a picture. First, enter through the front doors, where you’re immediately assaulted by a worn-down cassette recording of “That’s Amore” vomiting itself into your ears on endless repeat. After waiting for an hour and a half while a series of morbidly obese Ameri-families mouth-vacuum up their impossibly large portions of a dish that’s almost certainly never been seen nor heard of in Italy, your tiny little plastic buzzer thing goes off and tells you it’s your turn.

Sound appealing yet?

Of course, if you don’t want to commit yourself to…that, you can always opt for some actual Italian food. Delicious, simple flavor, or crippling heart disease borne on the wings of heavy cream and factory-processed parmesan cheese substitute.

The choice is yours.

Here’s what you need:

- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 12 anchovies (about one tin)
- 6 garlic cloves
- Red pepper flakes
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 pound squid ink pasta, linguine or spaghetti
- Truffle salt (it’s ok if you don’t have it, but…you should get it)
- 3 egg yolks
- 10 scallops
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 squeeze (I know it’s not an official measurement, but you know what I mean damnit) of lemon juice

Here’s how you do it:

First, mince the garlic and anchovies. You don’t have to actually mince the anchovies, just slice them up as best you can. They’re squishy.

Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil, then add a little salt. Add the pasta, stir, and cook for as long as the fancy little package tells you to, while carefully reminding yourself that it’s ok to be taking orders from a recycled plastic bag with a vaguely racist caricature of an Italian chef on it. Oh, and make sure to save some of the pasta water before you drain it, about a half cup.

While that’s cooking, heat up the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat until it starts shimmering.

Add the anchovies, garlic, and a couple shakes of red pepper, and cook for a minute.

Add the bread crumbs, stir ‘em around a bit, and let them cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Make sure to stir occasionally while they’re cooking so they don’t burn, since, y’know…bread tends to do that. Especially tiny bread.

|Once the bread crumbs are done cooking, set them aside in a bowl for later.

Mix together the egg yolks and three tablespoons of the pasta water in a large bowl. Your pasta should be done by now, so add that in and stir around the pasta until it’s nice and coated in the eggy stuff. The pasta will cook the egg yolk since it should just be done cooking, so don’t start freaking out that your precious kids’ll get salmonella. Your little ones will survive to screw up Ode to Joy in next week’s piano recital, don’t you worry.

|Stir in the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and a bit of truffle salt.

Add a tablespoon each of olive oil and butter to the pan, and heat over medium-high until the butter’s melted.

Put the lemon zest and scallops in the pan, and turn the scallops once they turn brown, about two minutes a side.

Once the scallops are done, give them a squeeze of lemon juice and add them into the pasta bowl.

Stir once more, put it on a plate, and shove it in your mouth. Or do that twirly thing with the fork, I don’t care.

I do care what you put into your ears though, so check out this week’s track from Black Sabbath. It’s The Warning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geLR_0_mLYM

Aside from all the funny stuff and the ranting, it actually does kill me to see a restaurant chain eviscerate an entire culture’s worth of food. Granted, there’s no chance anyone in Italy actually gives a damn what Bob and Mary Whitebread in Black Hole, Iowa go to eat on a

Friday night, but the point still stands. It’s a downright tragedy that that’s what they think of when someone says ‘Italian food’, and while I’m not the most knowledgeable on the real stuff, I sure as hell know it ain’t “Endless Breadsticks”.

Get educated, people. That’s my advice.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.

See you next time.

http://www.instagram.com/freshbeats_fresheats
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

SKYLINE | hot “fitness” happening around town

Jul 09, 2014

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By Telisha “Teka Rose” Wheeler, Editor

Fitness has become a trending topic on every front from Boot Camps, to CrossFit, & organic eating to the latest 5K to participate in. Elevate Lifestyle has always been an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and of course must let you know all the latest in health and wellness activities going on in Charlotte this summer for our Fitness Issue. This issue is dedicated to living healthy, but Elevate wants to encourage you to live well all year long; check in with us often for new fitness studios, and the best personal trainers in the Queen City! Whatever your plans this summer, make sure you get out and enjoy the outdoors…join a pickup game of your choosing, take a walk or join a 5k, with so many active activities in Charlotte, you may be overwhelmed with all of your fitness options! Not one for sports? Get creative; there are dance classes available, Co-ed kickball ad dodge ball teams and nutrition groups in and around Charlotte that all promote Healthy living. Here are just a few events Elevate Lifestyle has found for you. Be fit and have FUN!

 

JULY 4TH SPECTACULAR
Run For Your Life
July 4th Charlotte, NC

Kick off the Fourth of July and celebrate America’s birthday at the inaugural July 4th Spectacular 4 Miler hosted by Run For Your Life and Center City Partners. This fun family-friendly event will take to the streets of the Elizabeth Neighborhood. Proceeds from the event will support the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Register online or at any four Run For Your Life locations. Race begins at 7:30 AM

Email:registration@runforyourlife.com | 704.358.0717

FIRECRACKER 5K & SUPER SOAKER DASH
Huntersville Fitness & Aquatics
July 5th Huntersville, NC

The 5k is great for the beginner or experienced runner. It is a medium to moderate loop course that starts and finishes at HFFA. Top 3 male & female will win a cash prize. The Super Soaker 100Y Dash is great for kids’ 4-10years of age. Huntersville Fire department will be onsite to use the fire hose to soak the kids as they dash to the finish. Fun begins at 7:45 AM

Email:smadison@huntersville.org | 704.766.2222

CROSSFIT SUPERFIT GAMES
Crossfit Steele Creek
July 12th Charlotte, NC

Four person teams (2 males 2 females) will come together to show off their CrossFit abilities for the world…or Charlotte to see. Games are open to all level athletes over the age of 16. They encourage athletes to be familiar with different fitness domains and have some exposure to CrossFit style workouts. A prize basket for winners will be given, as well as a custom SuperFit medal, RX winners can expect to receive larger prize packages than the Novice winners. All athletes will receive a great contest shirt from Hopper Apparel, as well as a variety of samples and freebies from our sponsors.

http://www.superfitgames.com

1 HOUR ZUMBA/ CARDIOFUSION CLASS with SYREETA!
Various Locations
July 17th Charlotte, NC

This group is open to all ZUMBA® lovers. Do you want to Zumba® but don't have a gym membership? We offer classes open to the public! NO GYM MEMBERSHIP required!! Join now to find out where you can Zumba®, get discounts on Zumba® classes, find out where to buy Zumba® clothing and have access to special Zumba® events. We are the first and the original Zumba group on meet up! Come see why we have over 500 satisfied members!

http://www.GetYourZumbaOn.com

BREATHE MASSAGE & BREATHWORK
NoDa
July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Charlotte, NC

Breathe Massage & Breathwork Studio offers five-star reviewed services within a beautiful studio in the heart of Charlotte’s eclectic NoDa neighborhood. Owner Jonathan uses all-natural and certified organic products for massages and strives to deliver a world-class experience, catered to your unique needs. The practice of Soulful Breathwork has been in existence for hundreds of years. The practice delivers immediate and profound relief from the stress of daily living, while providing a sense of clarity and perspective in these often confusing times. It works efficiently, yielding immediate healing results at every level: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Breathwork classes are offered weekly Saturday mornings at 10 AM, small groups or private sessions also available.

http://breatheopen.com | 2901 N Davidson St #122 | 28205 | 828-778-7707

SPORTSLINK
Various Locations
Charlotte, NC

Sportslink is an organization dedicated to bringing people together through sports, social and outdoor activities. Over the years they have grown to be the largest provider of coed sports in Charlotte with over 22,000 participants playing year round in sports such as volleyball, flag football, bowling, basketball, softball and much more! They organize social events ranging from get-togethers after league play, seasonal player parties, scavenger hunts, bar crawls and whatever fun things they can come up with that they think YOU will like to do. Sportslink also participates in volunteer work with many worthwhile causes in Charlotte. Join their e-mail list and find out what’s going on! Get off the couch and get in the game. Whether you were an All-American in college or just want something fun and different to do… get off the couch, Sportslink has what you are looking for.

http://www.sportslinkus.com | 704.499.9160

This is just a smidgeon of what your city has to offer you in the world of health, wellness and fit fun, get online, check out Elevate Lifestyle and GET ACTIVE! Enjoy your summer and always remember to stay hydrated and be safe! If you have any medical issues consult your doctor if you’re unsure of any personal health risk. If you’re looking for a good read on healthy living and combatting that pesky weight gain we experience as a result of becoming a new couple or becoming newly single…check out my new book Love Handles available on barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com! Yep, shameless plug, but hey, it’s dedicated to healthy living and enjoying it! Live your best life!
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

BY THE PINT | craft beer on the rise!

Jul 09, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

The craft beer industry, in itself, is an ever evolving and rapidly expanding market in the US. With roughly 2,500 breweries in the US, a majority of which are craft, it’s fair to say this entrepreneurial obsession for creating a signature craft beer has begun to make its mark across the American landscape. In 2013 alone, it was said that an additional 1,600 craft breweries were in the works and South Carolina would come close to doubling its number of craft breweries across the state. With this in mind, one can assume that opening a storefront and offering these masterpieces to the public is an ideal way to capitalize on this obsession right? Why not… With breweries releasing new flavors into the market accompanied by the rapid expansion of enthusiasts relentlessly striving to acquire these nectars of the gods, beverage stores have begun to focus more on supplying the public with a variety of craft beer selections to help satisfy the appetite for this ever evolving beverage. And although the beverage may be evolving, the packaging has not. A lot of breweries have fallen back on the original method of caning next to bottling. Clayton Robinson, owner of Sun King Brewing Company, replied,

“In general, people consider draft beer to be the freshest, best beer you can get, so we like to think of the can as a mini-keg that delivers draft-quality fresh beer to your glass.”

Sounds convincing enough right? But what about metallic after notes that is always present while drinking from a can? Well truth be told, in every aluminum beer can, there is a protective liner within the can that keeps the beer from ever coming into contact with the metal. Usually the “tinny” flavor is directly connected with the cheap beer that lies within. Also, canning a craft beer offers better means of preservation as well. Mr. Robinson added,

“Light causes beer to have a skunk-like flavor because it degrades the hops and actually creates the same chemical compound that a skunk excretes – hence – “skunky”. Cans also protect from oxygen, another component that can cause beer to go bad.
 

 

Goat Wagon Grocery
A local staple in the uptown Charlotte since the early 2000's. Located in Gateway Village on the street level of Post Gateway Apartments. In the last few months they had added to their already extensive beer list. They now have over 50+ craft beers in cans and bottles in one of the coldest coolers in town!
121 N. Cedar St., Charlotte, 28202 | 704.347.6883

Brawley’s Beverage
Known as the grandfather of beer shops in Charlotte, Brawley’s Beverage has it all. Its quaint little shop has a ton to offer, the store holds hundreds of craft beers, wine, and even kegs.
4620 Park Rd., Charlotte, 28209 | 704.521.1300
http://www.BrawleysBeverage.com
http://www.Facebook.com/BrawleysBeverage

Salud Beer Shop
Located in NODA’s booming beer district, Salud Beer Shop opened in 2012. The shop has hundreds of bottled beer for sale, as well as 12 beers on tap that change regularly. Inside is a very laid back atmosphere with couches to lounge on.
306 N Davidson St. SB, Charlotte, 28205 | 704. 900.7767
http://www.SaludBeerShop.com
http://www.Facebook.com/pages/Salud-Beer-Shop
http://www.Twitter.com/SaludNODA

The Common Market
The Common Market, now with 2 locations, has it all. They are a modern twist to the generic general store from the past. They have anything from delicious deli sandwiches, wine, random knick-knacks, and of course beer!
2007 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, 28205 | 704.334.6209
1515 S Tryon St., S100 Charlotte, 28203 | 704.332.7782
http://www.CommonMarketIsGood.com
http://www.Facebook.com/CommonMarketNC
http://www.Twitter.com/CommonCarket

Total Wine & More
Total Wine & More is the country’s largest independent retailer of fine wine. A typical store carries 8,000 different wines and 2,500 beers, as well as 3,000 different spirits. They strive to have the lowest prices daily on all of their products.
Various Location | 855-330-6673
http://www.TotalWine.com
http://www.Facebook.com/TotalWineAndMore
http://www.Twitter.com/TotalWine

Carolina Beer Temple
Located in Matthews, NC, Carolina Beer Temple is not only a craft beer store but also a bar as well. They only carry beers made by independent owned breweries. Carolina Beer Temple has 16 taps for draft beer on site that rotates frequently. The store is also known for having the finest selection of Belgian ales around!
131-1C Matthews Station St., Matthews, 28105 | 704.847.BEER
http://www.CarolinaBeerTemple.net
http://www.Facebook.com/CarolinaBeerTemple
http://www.Twitter.com/NCBeerTemple

Bulldog Beer and Wine
Opened in 2013 and named after a 6 year old bulldog named Winston, Bulldog Beer and Wine strive to offer a great selection of beer and hard to find wines with maybe some bulldogs on the side.
2447 Park Rd. SB, Charlotte, 28203 | 980.335.0492
http://www.BulldogBeerAndWine.com
http://www.Facebook.com/BulldogBeerAndWineCharlotte
http://www.Twitter.com/BullDogBeerWine

Good Bottle Co. in Southend
Named after the thought of good beer and located step off the Light Rail, Good Bottle Co. is all about craft beer. They focus on local, regional, and national craft beer, and are offered in bottles, cans, growlers, or draft.
125 Remount Rd., Charlotte, 28203 | 704.527.1003
http://www.GoodBottleCo.com
http://www.Facebook.com/GoodBottleCo
http://www.Twitter.com/GoodBottleCo

Whole Foods
Whole Foods, is all about the best natural and organic products available. Beer might not be the first thing that pops into your head when thinking of grocery stores, but Whole Foods should! Their goal is to procure the finest beers imaginable, and each month they give out tips and history lessons relevant to the craft beer industry!
6610 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, 28210 | 980.213.2400
http://www.Wholefoodsmarket.com
http://www.Facebook.com/WholeFoods
http://www.Twitter.com/WholeFoods

Healthy Home Market
Healthy Home Market offers healthy products that support the surrounding community and neighborhood in Charlotte. The store offers craft beer, gluten free beer, as well as organic beers. You can even make your own 6-pack by mixing and matching!
2707 South Blvd., Charlotte, 28209 | 704.522.8123
(Moving to Plaza Midwood in late Summer)
http://www.HEMarket.com
http://www.Facebook.com/HealthyHomeMarket
http://www.Twitter.com/HealthHomeMkt
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is the newest addition to uptown Charlotte. Located on the corner of 5th St and N. College St, open seven days a week,

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IT’S A GUY THING | hot stuff for cool men

Jul 09, 2014

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By Troy Adams

If you followed last month’s column…your golf game is better by now, you enjoyed a good cigar, a tasty summer beer and flashed some new style. You dominated June. Or at least you tried.

But June is gone. July is here. And new adventures await.

So you got some new clothes. But clothes can’t make up for bad hair. Not much can. So before we get started…head directly to City Barbers. Immediately.

(Take your Elevate magazine with you of course, as we have much more to discuss.) 

 

City Barbers does it right. It has an old school feel, with modern amenities. They have two locations, one Uptown in Founders Hall and another in the Highland Creek area at 8742 Arbor Creek drive. Now let me just say this: I know barbershops. My father has been a barber for more than 40 years, so I grew up in a barbershop. I loved it. And City Barbers brings back those memories of younger days. They have the classic chairs, wooden benches and vintage pictures. Better yet, all haircuts come with a Hot Lather Neck Shave and Bi-Weekly Neck Trim.

Fast forward to modern times…and they have TVs at each chair…and a fully stocked fridge. With awards from Elevate Lifestyle (Best of the City) and Charlotte Magazine (Best-of-the-Best), it’s sure to the preferred way to lose some hair.

In addition to looking good, us guys want to be on the cutting edge. Not with the razor, but with technology; and with summer comes fitness, outdoor activities, road trips, concerts, home repairs and honey-do’s. So let me share a few of the best new gear and gadgets to help:

iWatch: Apple has kept this one close to the hip. We don’t really know what it will look like, when it will come out or even what the real name is. But rest assured its coming. Apple backs up the hype, so it’s sure to be one of the “next big things.”

While the exact date of release is not known, it’s rumored to be released sometime later this year. Design is an Apple strong-suit and the iWatch is likely to feature a scratch-resistant, flexible glass face. It’s possible it will be offered in two different sizes and of course feature a number of different personalization options like bands and faces.

Apple has reportedly been doing some research into an all-encompassing health suite for the iWatch. It will likely track steps, calories burned, sleep and possibility heart rate. It may even help monitor blood sugar, hydration levels and nutrition intake.

It may help improve health, but I wonder if it will freeze time.

Google Glass: Google Glass is poised to revolutionize the way we share our lives. Instead of uploading pictures and videos, you’ll be live streaming everything you do.

Get real time feedback on your runs or turn-by-turn navigation. Use it as a GPS rangefinder on the golf course and get swing data. Translate road signs or menus in foreign countries. Get scoring updates and make a call. Listen to music, send messages or record video hands-free.

Just be sure to turn it off when you try to hide the new golf club you bought last month, decide you want to relearn the Backstreet’s Back dance, or stand in front of the mirror without sucking in your gut. And let’s be honest…those aren’t even the worst things you could do.

Parrot Flower Power Planter: I know, Flower Power doesn’t sound very manly. But if one of your goals is to earn your new father-n-law’s favor by showing you can keep up with his gardening skills…then this is for you.

(Can you tell I’m speaking from experience here?!)

This sensor is planted close to a plant, indoor or outdoor, in a pot or in open ground. It precisely measures in real time, light, moisture, temperature, soil pH and fertilizer levels in your garden…or office Ficus. Statistical tools, and a Bluetooth smartphone app, will help optimize the placement of your plants to thrive.

Specialized Sirrus Pro Carbon Bicycle: Speaking of the gut, let’s get rid of it with a new ride. A $3,000 lightweight carbon-construction, vibration-damping, ride. With an efficient 2x10 drivetrain and even gel grips that mold to your hands, this ride can take you almost anywhere. Throw on your Google Glass, strap on your iWatch and now you’re living large.

Garmin Head-Up Display: Wherever you can’t get with your bike…you can get with Garmin. This device projects navigation from your smartphone to a transparent film on your windshield, so you never need to look anywhere but forward. It tells you which lanes to be in for turns and alerts you to red lights and traffic. It’s been offered for as low as $100 but runs about $150 currently. Safe AND cutting edge. Go ahead and turn up Aloe Blacc’s “The Man,” because he’s singing about you big dog.

Gopro Hero3+ Black Edition: If you’re really headed somewhere adventurous, take this bad boy action camera with you. The improved lens produces images that are 33 percent sharper, an upgraded battery extends longevity, and the new Auto Low Light mode automatically selects the best frame rate for stunning shots. It’s smaller, debuts a new Super-View mode for IMAX-worthy wide-angle shots…and you can get it for $400 at gopro.com. Please note that great footage is not worth dying for.

If you prefer your summer adventures be around the house, then we have something for you too. Check these out:

Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker: Whether you are tailgating for an outdoor concert or throwing a backyard BBQ…this thing packs a punch. Its new digital processing and innovative driver configuration combine to deliver full-range audio no matter what you are playing. It weighs in at just 1.5 pounds, includes a scratch-resistant and smudge-proof anodized aluminum housing, and Bluetooth technology makes it easy to pair with enabled devices. So take it to the garden, grill, pool, parking lot – anywhere!

Whatever your adventures this July, make your fellow man proud and do it with style, swagger and impenetrable bravado. And for goodness sake, don’t ask for directions.
 

 

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How Strength Training Improves Endurance Performance

Jul 09, 2014

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By Chris Ritter

If you are involved in endurance events like triathlons, obstacle courses or just running long distances, you’ll probably hear most experts say you need to do more volume to get better.

While it is true that you need to have adequate endurance to perform well in such events, it’s not the whole truth on how to best pursue personal improvement. I would say that getting stronger while you increase your endurance is the best combination to avoid injury and maximize your potential in any endurance event.
 

 

To be clear on the approach I’m advocating let’s first ensure even a simple term like endurance is well defined. Endurance is a muscle’s ability to repeatedly contract at a certain percentage of maximal capacity over a certain amount of time.

Therefore to increase your endurance it’s optimal to work on both parts of the endurance equation, capacity and durability. Both of these goals can be accomplished with strength training. Don’t be confused to think that strength training will automatically result in increased muscle size and hinder performance. That is more in the vein of bodybuilding, which is just one type of strength training.

When I say endurance athletes need to strength train, the sole purpose is for performance enhancement. This means to increase the amount of force that a muscle can produce and absorb. Now that we have some foundational terms and understanding we can get practical with how strength training actually benefits both parts of the endurance equation: capacity and durability.

It’s common for endurance athletes to experience some type of chronic or nagging injury as a result of training. The mileage went up and now the plantar fascia flares up. It’s rare to find an athlete, especially an endurance focused athlete that has had five straights years or more without injuries limiting their training. If you can stay healthy so you can train, you will become much better than if you have to constantly have to battle injuries.

Most injuries, especially chronic injuries, are the result of a muscle weakness, either directly of the muscle that is injured or another muscle up or down the kinetic chain that creates an imbalance. Therefore a stronger muscle will be more durable and stand up to the demands placed upon it by endurance training.

Let’s explore how durability and muscle strength are performance related for an endurance runner. If you want to start running longer distances but you don’t possess the muscle strength and coordination (which is a reflection of strength) to balance on one leg for as little as one minute, you are much more likely to sustain an injury in your training. Running is basically balancing on one leg over and over again but with much greater force traveling through the joints and body. If you can’t do the basics, like balancing and express protective strength levels your body will eventually break down and limit your training down the road.

Increasing a muscle’s capacity is the other part of improving endurance. Strength training for performance enhancement allows muscles to develop new ceilings of strength. By increasing the top level of force that a muscle can produce, in running for example, you can now run with your muscles working at a lower percentage overall with less fatigue. Or this can allow you to continue to run at the same intensity you did previously but now you’ll have more muscle power at that level.

You don’t become a faster runner by simply running more, especially when it’s at sub-race paces. You get faster by allowing your muscles the chance to increase the level of force they can produce and absorb and therefore you can run at the same speed as before but your muscles are now using a lower percentage of effort overall. This gives you the extra energy in the tank at the end or the ability to go at a faster pace throughout the race.

If you want to improve your endurance performances make sure to work both sides of the equation: capacity and durability. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have plenty of speed at the end of your event no matter how long.

Chris Ritter is the head coach of RITTER Sports Performance. Based out of Charlotte, RITTERSP provides personal training and sports performance programs in addition to their online training programs.

Chris has nearly a decade of experience successfully coaching a diverse population of athletes and clientele of all ages and abilities, including numerous endurance athletes and Olympic Gold Medalists.

Chris has the wisdom and ability to scale workouts and programs to your current ability but aiming towards your goals. His professional and academic credentials include a degree in Exercise Science & Kinesiology, CSCS and NASM-PES.

Learn more at RITTERSP.com

Follow: @RITTERSP

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SIP | trending cocktails

Jul 09, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

In January of 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment became a law, banning the manufacture, transportation, importation, and sale of intoxicating liquors in the United States. Known as Prohibition, the amendment was the culmination of more than a century of attempts to remove alcohol from society by various organizations. Following Prohibition, large cities and states went dry in 1918, thus not allowing Americans to legally drink or buy alcohol. With all of these events taking place at such a critical time in our nations history, it would ultimately lay the foundation to a culture that thrived in the wake of Prohibition. This culture would be solely responsible for the illegal production, importation, and selling of alcohol. They were known as Bootleggers.

Bootlegging helped lead to the establishment of American organized crime; this persisted long after the repeal of Prohibition. The distribution of liquor was necessarily more complex than other types of criminal activity, and organized gangs eventually arose that could control an entire local chain of bootlegging operations, from concealed distilleries and breweries through storage and transport channels to speakeasies, restaurants, nightclubs, and other retail outlets. Bootleggers had other major sources of supply however. Among these, were millions of bottles of medicinal whiskey that were sold across drugstore counters on real or forged prescriptions. In addition, various American industries were permitted to use denatured alcohol, which had been mixed with hazardous chemicals to render it unfit for drinking. Millions of gallons of this were illegally diverted, “washed” of hazardous chemicals, mixed with regular tap water, perhaps a dash of real liquor for flavor, and sold to speakeasies or individual customers. Eventually, bootleggers took to bottling their own concoctions of spurious liquor, and by the late 1920s stills making liquor from corn had become major suppliers. The bootleggers would produce their batches in the mountains of North Carolina and the Virginias, tucked away in the cover of the ravenous landscape. To avoid detection by the local police, the bootleggers would pack their modified vehicles full of the illegally distilled liquor and deliver to their customers by way of moonlight. This tactic would ultimately lead to the famous phrase that we Americans have adopted. They were called moonshiners. Although still considered a highly illegal practice, people to this day pride themselves in the ability to produce their own moonshine.
 

 

Blue Ridge Distilling Company, Bostic
Defiant American Single Malt Whisky made by Blue Ridge Distilling Company has a new way of distilling. They do not hold to barrels, recipes, or tradition. They only use the best ingredients, which only include premium American white oak, specially cultured yeast, two-row premium brewer’s barley, and pure water from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Start with quality, end with quality. We’re starting a revolution in the whisky world.
http://www.DefiantWhisky.com | http://www.Facebook.com/DefiantWhisky

Muddy River Distillery, Belmont
Muddy River Distillery is the first legal rum distillery in North Carolina. They make Carolina Rum from 3 basic ingredients, using premium grade molasses and sugar from South Carolina and a special type of yeast. They are then left in small batch fermenters for about 2 weeks.
http://www.MuddyRiverDistillery.com | http://www.Facebook.com/CarolinaRum

Piedmont Distillery, Madison
Based in the foothills of North Carolina, Piedmont Distillery is known for its “legal” moonshine, producing Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine as well as Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moonshine. The NASCAR legend and known bootlegger joined the distillery in May of 2007 and brought his own generations-old recipe making the Midnight Moonshine.
http://www.PiedmontDistillers.com | http://www.Facebook.com/CatdaddyMoonshine

Top of the Hill Distillery, Chapel Hill
Top of the Hill Distillery is the only fully local and USDA certified organic distillery in the South. Located in Chapel Hill at the well-known Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant, patrons are able to even buy an age your own whisky kit. TOPO offers Carolina Whiskey, Piedmont Gin, as well as Vodka.
http://www.TOPOdistillery.com | http://www.Facebook.com/TOPO.Distillery

Troy and Sons, Asheville
The secret to Troy and Sons moonshine is Crooked Creek Corn™. This corn was considered lost before found at the McEntire Farm. They have been growing this open-pollinated white corn for one hundred twenty years. It is an unadulterated, non-genetically modified true original American corn.
http://www.AshevilleDistilling.com | http://www.Facebook.com/TroyAndSons

Azure Skye Beverages, Charlotte
Azure Skye Beverages is a small boutique manufacturer that is dedicated to fine wines, distilled vodka and fragrances. They pride themselves on producing high quality products at competitive prices. They make 6 times distilled vodka, luxury accessories and premium social wines. The company's heritage is rooted in producing sleek, sophisticated & polished products.
http://www.MyAzureSkye.com | http://www.Facebook.com/AzureSkyeBev

Carolina Distillery, Lenoir
Carolina Distillery produces Carriage House Apple Brandy, Carriage House Strawberry Infusion Brandy, Carriage House White, and Good Old Mountain Shine Apple Pie. All spirits are made from generation old recipes using peaches, strawberries, apples, and other fruits.
http://www.CarolinaDistillery.com | http://www.Facebook.com/CarolinaDistillery

Broadslab Distillery, South Benson
The Broadslab Distillery produces 4 different products at the moment including: Broadslab Legacy Shine Whiskey, Broadslab Legacy Reserve Whiskey, Carolina Coast Artisan Crafted Spiced-Rum, and Carolina Coast Silver Rum. Even before the days of prohibition the “Broadslab” region has been known for the quality and quantity of home-brewed whiskey. Jeremy Norris, Broadslab owner, traced his family history in order to capture the heritage of the region’s famed moonshine to create the Broadslab Distillery.
http://www.BroadslabDistillery.com | http://www.Facebook.com/BroadslabDistillery

Covington Spirits, Snow Hill
Known as the best yam vodka on Earth from their win at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Covington Vodka is made from their own harvest of Covington sweet potatoes. All of their sweet potatoes come from local small family farmers in North Carolina. The vodka has a smooth and rich taste with subtle creamy undertones, and not a hint of heat on the finish.
http://www.CovingtonVodka.com | http://www.Facebook.com CovingtonVodka

Howling Moon Distillery, Asheville
Using fresh and natural ingredients is Howling Moon Distillery’s secret. They make all of their moonshine in a hand crafted moonshine still, which they crafted themselves. The recipe goes back one hundred fifty years in their family. They only use oak barrels, local corn stone ground at a local mill, and they even recycle their spent mash by using it as hog feed like moonshiners have done for generations.
http://www.HowlingMoonshine.com | http://www.Facebook.com/Howling.Distillery

Southern Artisan Spirits, Kings Mountain
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain, Kings Mountain was the first community to officially declare itself legally dry in the United States in 1874. Southern Artisan Spirits is the third legal distillery in the state of North Carolina. Their mission is to give so much attention to each individual batch that perfection is created.
http://www.SouthernArtisanSpirits.com | http://www.Facebook.com/CardinalGin 

 

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DEBRA’S FITNESS 411

Jul 09, 2014

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By Debra Ann Kennedy, Lifestyle Editor

Fitness is such an important part of our lives. Many of us go through periods of our life when we get into our groove and hit the gym on a daily basis. We feel our best, look our best and keep the momentum going strong. Then, something happens that gets us out of our routine and we lose the drive to hit the ground running back into fitness mode.  

 

Exercise is good for many different aspects including mental clarity, releasing stress and overall well-being. But what about when you work out and still cannot get the body you have been striving for? We all want perfection and some will go the extra mile to get the body they have always dreamed of.

My favorite part of working for Steve Caldwell; Elevate Lifestyle’s fabulous Publisher, is that he knows what assignments fit my personality. I had the good fortune to experience the ultimate fat burner, Vanquish at Carolina Age Management Institute in Birkdale Village. This revolutionary treatment is painless, fast, efficient and comfortable. Vanquish uses radio frequency waves to target fat cells, heating them up enough to cause cell death without damaging the skin or muscle. The treatment is noninvasive with the applicator suspended over the abdomen about an inch above the skin. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and four to six sessions are recommended. I felt a warm sensation but no pain. I enjoyed my weekly conversations with Rachel Denton, LE as my fat was being melted away. I could see visible results in only 3 weeks and the magic continues to happen over time. I must also say I loved seeing the staff at CAMI on a weekly basis as they were warm, friendly and professional. Yes, I do love my job when it has amazing perks that I can share with my readers!

This new technique is a real game changer. It is the safest, easiest way yet to remove fat. As the panels are suspended over the abdomen heat up, the radio frequency waves transmit differentiate between fat cells (which are denser and
hold less water) and skin and muscle cells. The heat causes cell death in the fat cells. Some die instantly and some die in a matter of weeks. The dead cells are filtered through the lymphatic system, metabolized in the liver, and excreted in the urine.

Vanquish is perfect for women or men that are in good shape, want to lose 2-3 inches off of your waist and don’t want to go through surgery. It does not work on cellulite or excess skin. Drinking lots of water helps the procedure work more effectively. I am 100% sold that Vanquish works and the exciting news is that help is on the way soon for arms, love handles and hips!

For those who want to sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck, Liposuction is the best option. Liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods. This procedure does require surgery and you will need recovery time.

The fact is that certain people have fat cells that will not shrink, despite diet and exercise. We can thank heredity for that in most cases. Liposuction is an option to remove small bulges that won’t budge and ultimately to improve your body’s shape.
This is the #1 cosmetic procedure performed in America. Liposuction does not remove cellulite, only fat. Dr. Kara and Dr. Bryan Criswell of Criswell and Criswell Plastic Surgery are the masters of this technique in Charlotte.

The perfection that we see in magazines, on television and in newspapers does not exist. But if you are looking to be your best self and tweak the little things that make you look and feel better about yourself, GAME ON, it is your world. We only have one life to live so make the best of it!

Visit my website at DebraKennedyShow.com for previous articles, media clips and lifestyle tips.

Until Next Time, Debra
 

 

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Xtend Barre Charlotte

Jul 09, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

Xtend Barre is a total body workout that infuses elements of ballet, Pilates, & weight training into an intense, 55-minute session. Dance & Pilates Amplified!

Our classes are multi-level and geared to challenge bodies of any age, gender, or fitness background. We offer exercises that can be modified for beginners, prenatal clients or those with injuries, but can also be amplified for advanced clients looking for an extreme challenge.

The Xtend Barre system sculpts the body proportionally so that all body parts are equally challenged. This total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen, and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside-out. The end result is a long and lean physique… without added bulk.

We’re an international company with over 150 studios, so while we’re new to Charlotte, we offer a tried and true concept.
 

 

Shawna, please tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m an East Coast native who discovered Xtend Barre while living in San Diego, CA. After my first barre workout, I was hooked! The workouts combine my love and passion for dance with an interest in overall health and fitness. I’ve loved dance since childhood, so Xtend was the perfect fit! I’ve had the privilege of serving as a choreographer for two dance teams and performing at various events in West Virginia and California. I spent most of my adult life working with the Department of Justice, but after transferring back to the East Coast, I decided to follow my dreams and open my own Xtend Barre studio.

How is Xtend Barre different from your competitors?
While we realize every barre method is different and no particular workout style appeals to everyone, we feel our method is designed for a wide range of clients and fitness levels.
Dance & Pilates Amplified! Our workout combines the results you get from dance with the principles of strength and safety of Pilates. We put an emphasis on cardio, which means burning calories, while sculpting those long, lean dancer-like muscles. Once class starts you’ll be moving for the entire 55 minutes!
Constantly Changing Workouts! Our workouts help you avoid the grind of the same routine, over and over! Our instructors have the freedom to create their own classes within the Xtend Barre repertoire. This creative freedom keeps each class fresh for our clients! Our instructors are required to complete continuing education training each year, which keeps the new material coming!
Multi-Level Classes! Our exercises can be modified for beginners, pre/post natal clients or clients with injuries, but we can also modify them for our advanced clients that are looking for an exciting challenge, Throughout class, our instructors ensure each client is executing the exercises properly. We’ll provide discreet corrections to ensure clients are working/sculpting the muscles they are intending to work. You’ll not find our instructors standing at the front of the class doing the work out, but they will be walking around making sure our clients in executing the proper technique to make sure they are getting the very best workout they can!
Hardwood Floors! Our studio features a beautiful bamboo surface with the appeal of a traditional ballet studio. (We do require our clients to wear grip socks for their safety). We also love our music and have an amazing sound system with four, 600-watt speakers to make it the fastest 55 minutes of your day!
Affordability! Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Dani Johnson once stated the key to becoming a highly-recommended business is to give clients Ritz Carlton service at an economical price. Xtend Barre Charlotte lives by this mantra every day with prices lower than competitors and a terrific product. We assure you the equivalent of a personal training session in a group setting… without the high cost.
Friendly, Welcoming Environment! We pride ourselves in creating a warm, personal relationship with our clients to ensure everyone feels at home the moment they walk through the door.

How did the idea for this concept come about?
Andrea Rogers is the creator and owner of the Xtend Barre Workout and has been a professional dancer and choreographer since the age of 18. In the early 2000s, Andrea was certified to become a classical Pilate’s instructor. She believed in the Pilates principles (stabilization, concentration, control, flow, breath and precision) and observed the long-term results in her Pilate’s clients.
In an effort to provide cross-training and seek better results for her clients, she began to incorporate dance elements and music into her Pilates sessions in order to offer challenges in coordination, rhythm, and cardiovascular fitness. By raising her Pilate’s clients to a vertical position, and diversifying their range of motion, Andrea found greater results by offering Xtend Barre than by maintaining a routine of Pilates alone. Most importantly, her clients were gaining energy, enjoying elements of dance, and having fun!

Can beginners and/or non-dancers participate in Xtend Barre?
Totally! You’ll hear a lot of ballet terms during class, but we’ll also explain what those mean, so those not coming from a dance background can properly execute the movement to achieve the maximum results!

Is this for both men and women?
Both men & women are enjoying Xtend Barre world-wide! Our client base is primarily female, but we love to see guys “Xtending” along with us!

Is there a class for beginners Only?
Our classes are multi-level and can be geared for beginners or those with injuries. We will be adding some “Technique” classes in the near future with a focus on back-to-basics for those new to the Xtend Barre method. Clients will learn the basic arm and leg positions and proper execution of a plié, tendu, relevé, fold-over, etc. These classes will help to achieve the desired results from our workout.

Are classes sectioned by skill level?
During class we provide modifications and advancements for all of the exercise to allow clients to work at their fitness level, while still being challenged!

What different class types do you offer?
As of now, we only offer Xtend Barre classes.

However, we do have plans to add Xtend Barre Stick to our fall schedule. Xtend Barre Stick utilizes a dowel-type apparatus and spring-based resistance attached to the Xtend ballet barre. The workout, like Xtend Barre, is comprised of a cardio warm-up, an upper-body segment, lower-body segment, and abdominal focus. The workout draws upon the Xtend Barre fundamentals, chiseling every angle of the body in an intense cardio sculpting workout, but with the added spring-based resistance; the Xtend Barre stick class adds the challenge of Pilate’s stability, cardio conditioning, and core training.

How long is a typical class time?
Our classes run 55 minutes and at the end of those 55 minutes, you’ll have completed a total-body workout!

How many participants are allowed in each class? Will classes be added if demand is met?
Our studio capacity is 18 people. Our goal is to ensure that each of our clients have ample personal space to work in. When we see our classes starting to get close to capacity, we’ll be adding in new classes to accommodate the demand and avoid crowded classes.

How many instructors are there?
We currently have 7 instructors from various dance/fitness backgrounds, but we do have plans to add a few additional instructors in the near future.
Is the dance barre used in every concept of each session?
We are a true ballet-based barre workout. We use the barre for nearly half the class. We’ve also found creative ways of using the barre for our abs series as well.

How affordable is Xtend Barre?
For a boutique fitness studio, Xtend Barre Charlotte is priced well below its market competitors.

How many classes are you able to attend on a monthly membership?
Our unlimited packages are just that - unlimited… Our clients can come every day of month if they wish and even multiple times per day, if they so desire. We recommend 3 to 4 times a week to see maximum results from our program.

Where is your location located at?
We’re located in The Metropolitan, Midtown Charlotte. We’re just off I-277 at 1100 Metropolitan Ave, Suite 190, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Our studio offers an amazing view of the Uptown Charlotte skyline and direct access to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, since we’re on the back side of the building.

Are there plans for any more future locations in the Charlotte area?
We just opened a month ago, so we’re still in our infancy stage, but our long term plan is to open a second location somewhere in the Charlotte area.

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Summer Is Back!

Jul 09, 2014

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By Dr. Ryan Shum, Fitness Contributor

You are ready to take your fun and fitness outdoors but beware of the heat and humidity that can quickly make it difficult to enjoy the daytime. Here are some must know facts about hydration to help you prepare to conquer the outdoors this sunny season.

 

Water is the most important part in helping our cells in the body to stay functional. Water helps transports nutrients, eliminates waste products and regulates body temperature. It also helps sustain proper joint health and allow for proper digestion. Of course, these are all important processes when we exercise and during recovery phases. Remember from your high school science and biology class: more than 50% of our bodies are comprised of water and it is impossible to live without it.

When working out, exercising leads to elevated body metabolism and thus increases body temperature. In order to counter regulate, sweating occurs leading to evaporation off your body and a cooling effect. However, this can lead to significant body water and electrolyte loss. Replacement of fluids is an important consideration when exercising and there is variability from person to person. Not being attentive to proper rehydration can lead to decreased athletic performance and perhaps adverse health.

Thirsty? This is not a good indicator of hydration status. The thirst sensation detected by your brain has been shown to be delayed and inaccurate in determining your fluid status. Therefore, be prepared: hydrate often and hydrate before exercise.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends a simple method of determining your hydration status before exercise: check your weight before and after exercise. I often recommend this strategy to my patients who exercise outside often, especially at high intensity, including endurance sports. A change of over one percent loss in body weight indicates dehydration. Over five percent change indicates serious dehydration! Rehydrate accordingly!

What does your pee look like? As funny as this sounds, the research debates how accurate this is an indicator of your hydration status is as well. The overall observation however: if your pee is darker, the more dehydrated you are.

What about other beverages? Moderate caffeine intake should not affect hydration status or urine output significantly. However, alcohol consumption will increase urine production and thus dehydration.

Sports beverages have carbohydrates and electrolytes that can help to restore muscle glycogen (sugar and energy) to sustain performance. However, these beverages should be used for prolonged exercise. Prolonged exercise refers to high intensity exercise longer than one hour, or lower intensity exercise lasting for even longer periods. The ACSM recommends sports beverages should generally contain 4 to 8% carbohydrate, 20-30 meq/L of sodium and 2-5 meq/L of potassium. Take the extra thirty seconds to read the fine print and nutrition label on a drink before you spend money on it! Sports drinks should not exceed a carbohydrate concentration of 8 percent, according to the ACSM.

BEFORE EXERCISE: Here are some tips: Drink 16-20 fluid oz. of water or sports beverage at least 4 hours before exercise. Again there can be some variability from person to person. Typically I even begin hydrating with water only the day before a big game, competition, race or workout. The sports beverage I typically reserve only for special circumstances, for prolonged rounds of activity as mentioned earlier to replenish. Drink another 8-12 fluid oz. of water 10-15 minutes before exercise.

DURING EXERCISE: Drinking 3-8 fl oz. of water every 15-20 minutes for exercise less than 60 minutes. The ACSM also recommends drinking more than one quart/hour during exercise. However, remember there are differences between individuals. Also recall, if your exercise is prolonged and intense, you may consider a sports beverage during exercise, especially in the latter phase of your activity.

AFTER EXERCISE: Check your body weight and urine if you can to have a rough estimate of hydration status. Ideally fluid losses should be corrected within the first two hours post-exercise. Drink 2-24 fl oz. of water or sports beverage for every one pound loss.

Consult your local health and fitness professional for more hydration and performance strategies to boost your time outside! Your physician and registered dietician may be a great start.
 

 

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LeVel Premium Lifestyle

Jul 09, 2014

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By Ashley Rodrigue

The Le-Vel Cloud Management system is the most state of the art, most efficient, and the most lucrative operations infrastructure system ever. It allows Le-Vel to operate with the lowest corporate overhead and yet have one of the fastest response and problem solving operating systems in the market. It allows for efficient manageability with fast pace growth solutions.

 

To build the Premium Lifestyle Company, they knew they had to look further than just a product; they had to envision a larger purpose, a deeper reason for what they were doing. They had to create the one and only Premium Lifestyle Brand.

Le-Vel is currently producing four different product lines including: Thrive M (formulated for men), Thrive W (formulated for women), Thrive Premium Lifestyle Mix, and Thrive Premium Lifestyle DFT. Thrive M and Thrive W are formulated for weight management, cognitive performance, joint support, pain management, anti-aging & antioxidant blend, lean muscle support, and digestive & immune support. Thrive Premium Lifestyle is ultra micronized, nutrient mineral dense formula, probiotic & enzyme blend, antioxidant & extract blend, lean muscle support, weight management or fitness and is gluten free. Thrive Premium Lifestyle DFT is formulated for weight management mental clarity, appetite control, derma fusion technology, metabolic support, and an all-natural time release system.

The THRIVE Experience is an 8 week premium lifestyle plan, to help individuals experience and reach peak physical and mental levels. You're going to live, look, and feel Ultra Premium like never before! Results from the THRIVE Experience are high impact, and can slightly differ for everyone – depending on which areas of your lifestyle need the most help – and depending on your 8 week goal. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get in the best shape of your life, or simply be the best you can be.

LV does not come without great rewards. Every Brand Promoter can earn 20% on the BV of their customers' web orders. When you have 2 personal Customers enrolled in the Autoship Program, you are elgible to receive free product each and every month as long as they continue their Autoship. As a Qualified & Active Promoter, you can begin earning the Infinity Fast Start bonus on the product packages purchased by new or upgrading Promoters. Also, earn a 10% match on the Infinity Fast Start commissions on your personally enrolled Promoters. As well as, earn up to $800 in extra cash plus $200 in THRIVE Credits within your first 14 days with the GO VIP Bonus!

The LV Life is about living a Premium Lifestyle… One that is enjoyed by both Le-Vel Customers and Promoters alike. The Le-Vel brand represents a culture of premium product lines, cool rewards, recognition, getaways, and exciting events.

A true ultra premium lifestyle is a blend of freedom, family, financial gain, and achieving a new level in life… The LV Life!
 

 

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What exactly is MADabolic?

Jul 09, 2014

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What exactly is MADabolic?

MADabolic Inc. is an innovative interval based strength and endurance program. Each workout is intentionally crafted to deliver a specific intensity and provide lasting results. Everything we do is predetermined, carefully structured, and built to compliment any active lifestyle.
 

 

Brandon, please tell us a little bit about yourself? (Brandon)
My story has been told enough; I'm even bored of it the true success of our company is actually the company we keep. We believe if you surround yourself with the best you have a great chance to achieve that very goal. This simple thought is always present and we believe our core group of owners, coaches and communities are very strong.

How did the concept of MADabolic come about? (Brandon)
MADabolic Inc. was a singular vision – an athletic conditioning company marked by excellence. Everything had to be the best, the best in athletic programming and innovative thinking. A step above anything we had experience in our competitive market. The program you see now is years in the making and we promise to continue to evolve. MADabolic Inc. is 100% unique, it was designed to compliment any active lifestyle and provide a space where all fitness junkies would sweat under one roof. The majority of our clients are runners, yogis, cyclists, barre enthusiast and weekend warriors. They are and always have been very active people. The only difference is that MADabolic Inc. has become the common home for the strength and condition aspect of these active lifestyles. Although humbling, we do recognize this and consider it to be a very strong compliment to the overall program.


How many locations do you have so far? (Brandon)
Currently open are Charlotte, NC, Charlottesville, VA, Charleston, SC and Huntersville, NC. Soon to open are Burlington, ON, Asheville, NC, Raleigh, NC and the newest addition and soon to be announced is Greenville, SC.

Do you own them all or are they all franchises? (Brandon)
3 are corporately owned and 5 are franchises.

Where is the new location in Charlotte? (Tracie)
Regency Village Shopping Center in Huntersville
Exit 25 off I-77

Who owns that one? (Tracie)
Roland and Tracie Chan

Tracie tell me about yourself? (Tracie)
I’ve always been a mover – at an early age, I began classical ballet training. I loved the physical aspect of the training process and developed a disciplined mind. After many years of studying, I earned the opportunity to dance professionally first as a ballet dancer and later with several different modern dance companies. Unfortunately, the lifespan of a dance career is limited and I saw myself growing older in a field that was growing younger. I transitioned into teaching and later returned to graduate school to earn my MFA. After grad school, I was no longer taking daily dance class nor was I spending my evenings in rehearsals. I craved movement and I knew it needed to be something that required a daily commitment, as well as physical and mental tenacity. I started running and working out with a personal trainer. I tried all types of activities that I’d never had the opportunity to try before. This exploration eventually landed me on the door step of MADabolic. The programming was the perfect complement to my marathon training. And then, two years later, I’m the owner/operator of the MADabolic Inc. –LKN location.

Tracie, are you from Charlotte? If not where did you relocate from? (Tracie)
No, I grew up in Eastern North Carolina but have been all over! We have been in Charlotte for about 7 years and we moved here from Greensboro, NC.

Tracie what was your motivation and drive to become a franchise owner of the new location? (Tracie)
I was training for my second marathon when I first checked out a class. I had been looking for an athletic conditioning program to complement my training schedule and was immediately drawn into the MADness. I loved the intervals and felt that the programming was intelligently designed to help me achieve my maximum potential during each workout – the perfect varied and intense threshold training to compliment my training. Not only did the programming make me stronger, and a more tireless runner, but the conditioning helped with injury prevention during my high mileage training cycles.

My dad was a small business owner and I was influenced from an early age by his hard work and kind spirit – I always knew that I wanted to own my own business when the time was right. When MADabolic Inc. started franchising, I knew, undoubtedly, that I wanted to spread the MADness, specifically. Not only did I believe strongly in the product, but I also believed in the support and abilities of Brandon and Kirk to continue refining and defining a superior athletic strength and conditioning program. The brand really mirrors my own personal fitness and lifestyle philosophies.


Do different locations offer different types of classes? (Brandon)
We specialize in Strength and Conditioning and dedicate our entire focus to our one unique class. We think this is the best way to stay relevant in the competitive fitness world.

How many instructors are there at the new location? (Tracie)
We currently have 4 on staff

What is the price structure to join MADabolic?
We offer both Long Term Contracts at a discount and also Short Term Flex Passes.

Will there be a grand opening promotional rate?
Introductory packages vary from location to location and are largely dictated by demand.
Our facilities typically sell out at around 300 memberships and this is what drives these offers.


Please email each location for more information.

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Ten Tips to Eat Like a Pro Athlete

Jul 09, 2014

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By Jaylin Allen

In order for professional athletes to train in their rigorous training programs, they need to fuel their bodies. And their lean bodies definitely show that they are in great shape. If you want to know the secret to a great diet that will keep you healthy and lean then keep reading for tips on the do’s and don’ts of a champion-inspired diet.

 

DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
You’ve heard it before and it bears repeating. Eating breakfast prepares you for the day. People who don’t eat breakfast tend to eat more during the day to compensate. Avoid that with a light breakfast that consists of protein, whole grain and fruit.

If you’re not a heavy eater in the morning, don’t fret. You don’t have to sit down to a full meal of pancakes, eggs, toast, bacon and coffee. You can begin getting your body used to eating breakfast by starting with orange juice. Then move up to orange juice and toast or a hard-boiled egg. By adding some substance to your morning routine, you’re breaking your fast, stabilizing your blood sugar and starting your day off right.

STAY HYDRATED
It’s so easy to overeat when you’re dehydrated. When you’re training throughout the week, don’t just hydrate during your workouts. Drink water throughout the day to keep you hydrated so after your workouts it’s pretty easy to replace what you’ve lost.

A great tip is to remember to stay consistent. If you drink water throughout the day, don’t switch to the sugar-loaded energy drinks during your workout. While some of those drinks can help replace electrolytes, they also can be saturated with sugar. An effective compromise is diluting a Gatorade with about 1/2 to 2/3 of water. You’ll stay hydrated and replace electrolytes too.

EAT LIKE A CHAMP
If you want to be the best, then you have to fuel your body with the best foods. Fast food, fried food, beer and other junk foods are terrible for your body. In order to build your body you will want to forgo the junk for more favorable replacements. Load up on fruits and vegetables. Be sure to make your own snack sized vegetable and fruit bags to take on the go. Also, Greek yogurt is food high in probiotics and can help your digestive system.

MAKE A PLAN
Be sure to plan out what you eat for the day. Doing so will make it easier to avoid pitfalls associated with eating on the run. It’s even better if you plan and, if possible prepare your meals for the week beginning on Sunday. That way, you’ll have your meals ready and you can spend time during the week on more important things. At the very least plan snacks and other on-the-go food to keep you from reaching for the bad stuff when you get hungry.

EAT IRON-RICH FOODS
Women tend to be deficient in iron. Usually eating dark leafy green foods can help with iron deficiency but sometimes it helps to take an iron supplement to boost your levels. Still, eating iron-rich foods is a good way to get your daily fill. In addition to dark leafy greens, red meat, oatmeal and fortified cereals can supply a good source of iron.

DON’T RESTRICT YOURSELF
If you think the ticket to getting slim is to slash calories, think again. A common mistake that some make is to limit calorie intake in a way that is counterproductive. It’s true that to lose weight you want to have less calories coming in than going out, but severely limiting your calories can backfire. Your body will struggle to hold onto every calorie because you’re eating schedule is so spare. That starvation mode will mean more energy in, less out and all your hard work exercising will be in vain. Be sure to eat on a regular schedule.

DON’T COUNT OUT CARBS
If you’re participating in long-distance race, then carbs are the fuel you need for peak performance. Replenish your carb intake the night before, instead of immediately before a big run. The best way to get the proper amount of carbs without overdoing it is to replace a small protein or vegetable at dinner with some sort of carb-rich food.

GIVE IT YOUR ALL
Don’t begin working out on an empty stomach or dehydrated. If you do, then you will hinder your body’s ability to perform at a top notch level. Many athletes overdo their calorie intake and forget to load up on water and other fluids. Both will help you maintain a performance level that will increase, not decrease, as you near the end of your training session.

EAT TO RECOVERY
What you eat after a workout is just as important as what you eat before. A great source of both protein and carbs is Chocolate milk. Drinking chocolate milk after a workout will help reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, and speed recovery as well. If you can’t consume chocolate milk right away, be sure to do so within 20 minutes after workout. If you can’t stomach milk at that time, then a piece of low-fat cheese, a protein shake or small sandwich with an egg and lean meat will do the trick as well.

EAT RIGHT
There’s not much to eating like an athlete. They have a balanced diet loaded with fruits, vegetables, nuts, protein and more. For breakfast, eat toast with a dab of peanut butter, a hard-boiled egg and a fruit of your choice. Keep your lunch green with a spinach salad, sliced almonds, strawberries and a drizzle of balsamic dressing. Be sure to consume one glass of water per hour and keep your carb intake up as well.
 

 

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5 Summer Tips to a Hotter You

Jul 09, 2014

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By Jay Johnson

Summer is among us, and while you may love the hottest season of the year and all of the fun in the sun that it brings you may not love how you look during all of the festivities. With vacations to the beach planned and weekend trips to the lake, no wonder some may feel like the hottest time of the year has snuck up on them… catching them looking less than sizzling for what lies ahead. As the weather warms up, so does talks about fitness, fad diets, quick fix workouts and even cosmetic surgery; but we can’t all afford to look as good as Joan Rivers so we may as well face the truth and put in some work towards our goals. The good news is that the work does not have to be as strenuous as you may think and here to help are five quick tips to a better body right in time for summer. Fitness does not have to be a difficult thing, so grab a hold of your goals and grab a couple of these tips because we are about to better your body and have you looking hot right in time for Summer!

 

1 - Be Moved.

Move yourself. Any goal must be started by creating momentum, so you have to get off of what is right now your less than beautiful butt and get that thing in gear! Moving for just 30 minutes each day is more than you are likely moving now, which means that your body will be forced to adapt accordingly. With the warm weather here, take a trip to Freedom Park and make use of the trails and other workout friendly features this park has to offer. Before you know it you will have had a great run, broken a sweat, checked out a couple of hot bodies along the way and most importantly gained some momentum yourself.

2 -Cut it down!

To cut yourself down you must cut other things down as well, like your portion sizes. As a trainer, I am never mad at a great bacon cheeseburger, but does this thing have to be the size of your head? Living in a time that provides us with five gallon buckets as the new “medium” we must understand that indulging in such things will still make YOU a “large”! Everything should be enjoyed in moderation, so although the bad foods do not have to completely take an exit, they do need to move closer to the door. With this balance you will be happy to find that you do in fact have a shape, other than “round” of course.

3 - Don’t be lazy.

In Charlotte there is always an opportunity to walk or climb stairs….yes, an “opportunity” because it is one of the easiest ways to incorporate movement into your day. Just because the luxuries are there to ensure that you could never take another step again if you did not want to does not mean that you have to utilize these methods of movement (or lack thereof) full time. If there are stairs then you should take them unless you are having dinner at Bentley’s on 27 for a date, then things could turn into a sweaty mess, before you would like for them to. The idea is to add extra movement into every aspect of your life so the sooner you can make a habit of taking an active detour on certain occasions the better.

4 - Don’t be crazy.

You can also be TOO intense for your own good, especially in the beginning of building healthy habits. Another important component of building a habit is making sure that it is a healthy one, especially when the goal is well, health…and of course hotness. There are always those people that want to work out seven days a week, begin measuring their food and never take a day off, of course until they run out of P90-X workouts. This seems like a great idea at the time, but this is not a maintainable regimen to begin since you WILL burn out and not be able to keep it up. Positive momentum is great, and positive habits are even better but they must be something that you can live daily and never find yourself consistently dreading. Always plan and strive to make positive changes to your life and your hotness, but don’t be crazy.

5 - Keep it simple.

Any goal has multiple components that require specific attention to create results, but these components must be clear. The above tips are great ideas to not only plan based upon but to act on with every single day. They are specific, maintainable and reasonably applicable to anyone’s lifestyle no matter their goals. We can’t all look like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus tomorrow but with thoughtful planning and daily attention to the execution of these small tips, you will be a lot closer than you were before. A plan as a whole does not have to be nor can it be too simple since a large goal is difficult to achieve, no matter what it may be. The large goal must be broken down into mini goals that ARE simple and seemingly easier to hit as checkpoints, as this is the most efficient path to success.

Goals can be viewed as a train; and we have all been there at the tracks waiting on a stopped train to build up speed… it takes forever! The good news is that the same thing holds true for waiting on a train to stop, which also takes forever. Summer is here; it is hot and although you may not be as hot as the temps outside yet, just know that your better body is not far around the corner. Pick a goal, pick a deadline and divide that goal into smaller checkpoints and actions as described in the tips above. Before you know it you will see these habits take over and fit seamlessly into your busy schedule while gradually creating the big results that you are striving for. Not only will you see yourself transform for the summer months but for every other month of the year as well, so stop waiting and start planning today for a hotter you. You will be on that beach vacation or on the lake wearing whatever you want in no time….but don’t be crazy.

Jay Johnson is an award winning personal trainer, online coach and owner of Muscle Lab Performance in Charlotte, N.C. For answers to your fitness related questions or more information on training rates visit JayJohnsonMLP.com or contact Jay directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
 

 

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Local Charlotte Trainer Named Women’s Health Magazine “Next Fitness Star” Finalist

Jul 09, 2014

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In January, Women's Health magazine set out for its 2nd annual nationwide talent search to find the "Next Fitness Star." After receiving thousands of submissions, the competition has been narrowed down to five amazing finalists who will be featured on the flip cover of the July/August issue of Women's Health magazine (on stands today), and the winner to receive a DVD contract with the brand. WH is asking America to weigh in and choose the winner with the help of an elite judging panel including celebrity trainer & Extreme Weightloss Host Chris Powell; actress, Brooke Burke; GMA Anchor, Amy Robach, and Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko.

 

We are pleased to announce that Noell Yanik, local Charlotte, NC trainer, has been selected to be a finalist. In addition to the flip cover, finalists will be included in the magazine with individual features, custom online videos, and social media campaigns. The search will culminate with a reveal on Good Morning America in August when the "Next Fitness Star" winner will be announced.

The voting stars today and going through August 1st. Viewers can head to the Fitness Star website http://www.thenextfitnessstar.com to see videos of the finalists, previews of their workouts and vote immediately for who they want crowned as the next face of fitness.

ABOUT Noell Yanik:
Noell Yanik’s unique strength-training-meets-yoga style helps women stand taller, look leaner, and gain major confidence. The confidence she found in fitness allowed her to take a leap of faith and quit her job in sales to become a personal trainer. Since becoming a personal trainer, Noell has launched Superwoman Video Series, a subscription-based online workout program. For Noell, being a trainer is more than helping people look their best, it’s about teaching them that they are stronger and more capable than they thought possible. Noell resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina with her husband and son.

TRAINING STYLE:
A creative blend of strength and yoga interval training that fortifies both body and mind.

WORKOUT WISDOM:
Ask a trainer for help or grab pointers from your class instructor; be proactive about figuring out not only how to do particular exercises, but also why you’re doing them. Learning about fitness makes you more engaged, which can increase your initiative.

About Women’s Health’s “Next Fitness Star”:
Women’s Health embarked the first-ever Next Fitness Star competition in 2013 to find the next face of fitness scouring the US for the best, up-and-coming trainer. Minneapolis native Stacie Clark was crowned the winner in the first year. As a result, her career has catapulted and her Power Sculpt DVD Series is a top seller.

This year, the magazine launched its 2nd annual search for skilled and dynamic personal trainers for the 2014 Next Fitness Star. After receiving thousand s of submissions, the magazine has narrowed the field to a talented top five finalists. In the July/August issue (available on newsstands June 24), the five finalists will all be revealed appearing on the flip cover of Women’s Health and featured in a spread in the magazine encouraging readers and fans to vote for their favorite.

The reader/fan votes combined with the help of an elite judging panel including — celebrity trainer & Extreme Weightloss Host Chris Powell; actress, Brooke Burke; GMA Anchor, Amy Robach, and Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko —will select this year’s Next Fitness Star. The winner will star in her own workout DVD series produced by Women’s Health, be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine, receive a full marketing and promotional plan to help build their brand…and more!

Women's Health is putting the full-force of its star-making power behind the winner by creating and distributing the trainer's own DVD series; prominently featuring her in the magazine and on its website; and leveraging other assets of its parent company, Rodale (which also publishes books). The prevalence of personal trainers in America has exploded in the past decade with the number of trainers climbing 44% and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects another 24% spike by 2020. And while a handful have become household names, WH recognized the immense amount of untapped star potential out there and devised a plan to bring the Next Fitness Star to the masses.

For more information and to view the finalist’s videos on June 24th head to http://www.thenextfitnessstar.com. 

 

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SCIENCE ON THE ROCKS

Jul 09, 2014

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Discovery Place Uncorks New Adults-Only, After Hours Event called ‘Science on the Rocks’ Shakes up Charlotte with Science, Cocktails & After Work Fun

 

Science is shaken, not stirred, at Discovery Place’s new adults-only event, Science on the Rocks. Every third Friday of the month, adults 21 and older are invited to experience Uptown’s latest nightlife happening, with a splash of science.

Launching Friday, July 18, Science on the Rocks blasts off with an out of this world party featuring Alien Worlds and Androids. Geek out in this new exhibition which features Hollywood replicas of famous aliens and androids like Iron Man, C-3PO from Star Wars, T-800 from Terminator and the extraterrestrial from Alien. Then, grab a Nerf gun for a Museum-wide Nerf battle, targeting alien invaders in a carnival-style shootout. Play ‘Angry Birds in Space’ on a giant touch screen or dive into a virtual reality adventure with Oculus Rift. You can even create your own alien in our Think It Up challenge.

But what’s a party without bar games? Challenge your friends to a game of Glow-in-the-Dark Giant Jenga in the black-light aquarium, or try your hand at Catapult Beer Pong. Be sure to stick around past 8:00 p.m. to sample liquid Nitrogen wine slushies while they last. And don’t forget to check out the gravity-defying aerial show from Caroline Calouche & Co. who will be performing solo works on silk, sling and trapeze, as well as sharing some secrets of how they fly with the apparatus.

Unlike fieldtrips from your childhood, Science on the Rocks transforms each floor with a cash bar and music from Channel 96.1, 96.9 The Kat and 106.5 The End. Don’t miss favorite Discovery Place experiences like lying on a bed of nails, jetting up in the Air Chair or exploring Charlotte’s only Rainforest. So meet your friends, bring a date or leave the kids at home for a Friday night you won’t soon forget.

Science on the Rocks takes place every third Friday of each month from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Cash bar. Parking in Discovery Place Parking Deck is not included. Guests must be age 21 and older to enter. Photo IDs are required. Guests can purchase tickets online at discoveryplace.org or via phone at 704.372.6261 x300.

About Discovery Place
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science and nature. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities.

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261, visit discoveryplace.org or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Discovery Place, Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council. 

 

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QUIKTRIP® LAUNCHES FRESH, MADE-TO-ORDER MENU

Jul 09, 2014

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QuikTrip, one of the nation’s premier convenience and gasoline marketers, today officially launched its fresh, made-to-order menu of food, premium drinks and frozen treats in Charlotte. Customers are able to order fresh, made-to-order food at the new QT Kitchens full-service counters each day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Six Charlotte QuikTrip locations are currently offering the new QT Kitchens menu, with all area stores making the conversion to full service counters by mid-August 2014. QuikTrip is in the process of installing the QT Kitchens full service counter in most of the over 696+ stores across the U.S., providing this fast, fresh and convenient option to all of their customers.

“Charlotte has embraced QuikTrip since we opened our first store here in October 2011,” said Chet Cadieux, QuikTrip Chairman and CEO. “We can’t wait for Charlotte area residents to sample our newest fresh food and premium drink concepts. We are confident this will change the way they think about quick food and QuikTrip”


The new QT Kitchens menu includes breakfast sandwiches, flatbreads, gourmet toasted sandwiches, made-to-order personal pizzas, pizza-by-the-slice, specialty coffee drinks, frozen lemonades, smoothies, and ice cream treats, to name a few.


“Our customers have been asking us to provide more options, and based on test store results and customer feedback, I believe we have delivered,” said Cadieux. “For 56 years, QuikTrip has set out to deliver the highest level of convenience and service to our customers. We are confident that this new offering will once again exceed expectations, and in fact, will change the way our customers think about quick food and QuikTrip.”


QuikTrip is a favorite of customers who appreciate and admire its clean stores, friendly customer service, and over-the-top variety of cold drinks, hot coffees, teas and grab-and-go food items. The new QT Kitchens provide even more choices, with high quality food and flavor – made-to-order. 

 

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Lonerider Beer to Can Bottles for Cans

Jul 08, 2014

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Brewery to Convert for Taste and Convenience

Bucking convention in its signature style, Lonerider Brewing Company has decided to transition from bottles to cans. The announcement comes on the heels of the brewery’s expanded distribution along the East Coast.

 

 

“Cans are the next wave of revolution in Craft Beer,” said Sumit Vohra, Lonerider CEO and Chief Drinking Officer. “Our primary objective has always been brewing high quality beer and we are excited to bring our Outlaws to you in cans.”

In fact, canned beer essentially crushes its competition when compared. For instance:

  •   Cans protect beer from oxygen (that can otherwise seep in under a bottle cap over time and turn the     beer flat).
  •   Cans guard beer against light, which can lead to “skunky” beer.
  •   Cans are more portable – they are lighter and consume less space than their glass counterparts.
  •   Cans don’t impart a metallic taste, as many falsely believe; the aluminum is coated to prevent contact    with the beer.
  •   Cans chill quicker than bottles do.
  •   Cans can go places bottles can’t.

To the last point: “Cans don’t shatter like bottles, and so they’re allowed a lot of places where bottles are banned – like parks, pools, and beaches,” said Vohra. “And let’s face it, what better time to enjoy an ice cold high quality craft brew than when you’re hanging out with friends on a sunny day by the water?”

Beer retailers are also excited about the rise in popularity of canned beer. “Regardless of what’s in our name, we love that canned-options are on the rise!” said Ted Gross, Owner of Raleigh’s Bottle Revolution. “Several of our top-selling beers are canned – so consumers are getting the message and enjoying them all the places that bottles aren’t safe to go.”

Lonerider in cans will be available on the shelves in July 2014.

About Lonerider: Lonerider opened its doors in Raleigh, North Carolina, on January 23, 2009 with a beer and a dream. Today, Lonerider has 25 employees and is one of the CED’s 25 businesses to watch. With an eye for quality, Lonerider crafted each of its beers with the highest quality ingredients. As a result, Lonerider has a portfolio of award-winning beers, and two of Lonerider’s brews, Sweet Josie and Deadeye Jack, have taken home some of the highest honors from the Great American Beer Festival. For more information visit Loneriderbeer.com.
 

 

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The Pastel

Jul 08, 2014

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Naming drinks is a catch 22. Either you come up with something that describes it perfectly, but makes you sound like a douchebag anytime you try to order it at a bar, or you have to go with something generic like “Grapefruit Gin Spritzer” that sounds like it belongs at a book club consisting exclusively of novels Oprah mentioned once.  

 

It’s even more of a pain when you’re trying to name something with absinthe in it (or in this case, Pernod: the O’Douls of absinthe). Lord knows if the name doesn’t have the words green or fairy or devil in it some fedora-topped mouth is gonna yammer on for an hour about how you’re not appreciating a culture neither of you neither knows nor cares about.

So I went with The Pastel. Does it sound kind of pretentious? Sure. But find me a drink that doesn’t and I’ll point you to the nearest sorority girl throat it’s probably being throttled down via a plastic dollar store squirt gun. It’s a drink with something vaguely pink in it, and something green in it, and those are pastel colors, so there you have it. The Pastel. No I don’t think Manet drank this stuff, I just took the tenuous grasp my dichromatic (it’s a kind of color-blindness, look it up people) self has on colors and winged it.

Just don’t try to order it at a bar yet. You might get some looks, and not the good kind.

Here’s what you need:

- 2 oz gin
- 1 dash dry vermouth
- 1 dash Pernot
- Top generously with Grapefruit Perrier

Here’s what you do:

First, get a rocks glass, and put a few ice cubes in there.
Add the gin, vermouth, and Pernot, in that order.

Pour the Perrier on top. Now there’s a very important reason why you’re not getting all Roger Moore with this and shaking it up. Three, actually.

First, if you put fizzy stuff in a shaker and shake it, it’s gonna explode all over your face. Welcome to basic chemistry, folks.

Second, that fizzy stuff is gonna do the mixing for you: once you pour it in and start drinking, the bubbles will move everything around until all the ingredients are just where they need to be.
Third, shaking up drinks that don’t have anything non-alcoholic in them (i.e. juice) makes them taste like crap. Leave the foam for the fruity stuff, folks.

You can shuffle up this week’s track as much as you want, though. It’s American Gazaway with his take on music from Yasiin Bey and Marvin Gaye. Check out Living for the Funk (feat. Toshi):

https://soundcloud.com/amerigomusic/yasiin-gaye-living-for-the

I’ll be honest: it’s hard to do what I do and not sound like a douchebag. The line between boring and pretentious is slim and probably wearing stupid-looking hipster-y suspenders. It’s my job to try to find that line and not look like a complete idiot in the process, and I feel like most of the time I get it right. But when you’ve got a drink that’s got vermouth and freaking Perrier in it…it’s tough. So give this drink a try, and then complain about the name. Or give five of them a try and forget it.

Truthfully, I’m hoping for the latter.

I’ll see you next time.

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THE PERFECT DESERT!

Jul 01, 2014

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One of the first lines of the Wikipedia article for sherbet pretty much sums it up:

“Sorbet is often confused with Italian ice and often taken to be the same as sherbet.”

Translation: like most other things, we usually don’t know what the hell we’re eating.

Say the word ‘sorbet’, and you instantly think of a gently-mustached fellow handing you a warm hand towel and giving you a soft, refreshing lemon sorbet to cleanse your pallet in preparation for a cut of meat that will probably cost roughly half your net worth.

Say the word ‘sherbet’, and you think of multicolored garbage (that for some reason is always labelled “Superman flavor”) in the back of a gas station, served to you in a paper Dixie cup with an ice cream scoop that’s older than you are and made up of at least 75% rust.

And yet, if you do a little reading, you’ll find out that they’re…pretty much the same thing. One ingredient (milk, if you didn’t do your homework already) separates sorbet from sherbet, and it’s only one damn percent of it. One. And trust me, there’s plenty of sorbet recipes out there on the food-blog-net-web-thing that don’t have a trace of milk or cream in them, and plenty of sherbet recipes that do.

Case in point: if you’re looking down on Gas Station Steve for eating that nuclear raspberry-flavored sherbet, just know that you’re pretty much eating the same thing over at Chez Paycheck.

Minus the superhero themed flavors.

And the rust. Here’s what you need:

Jam:
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice (just take half a lemon and squeeze it a bit, it ain’t enough to bother measuring)

Shortbread:
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans

Sherbet:
- 1 ½ cups water
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 cups crème fraiche
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about half a lemon’s worth)

Here’s how you do it:

First, we’re gonna do the jam, because it’s face-cripplingly easy.
Hull your strawberries (that means cut the tops off, people) and add them to a medium pot along with the sugar and lemon juice.
Crush the strawberries with a big wooden spoon as best you can, then turn on the heat to medium-high. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved, then turn it down to low.

Stir occasionally, making sure you keep crushing the strawberries, and wait until it’s jam. It should take around half an hour, but all you have to do is keep stirring, crushing, and checking. Is it jam yet? No? Keep waiting. Yes? Congratulations, you’ve got jam. This ain’t rocket science.

Once the jam is done cooking, take it off heat, let it cool, and store it in the fridge until later. Preferably in a mason jar. It just feels…wrong in anything else.

Next, the shortbread.

Again, easy stuff: shortbread is basically a brick of cooked butter and sugar. It is the cookiest of all cookies, and also the easiest, so if you can handle a batch of chocolate chip, this one won’t be a problem.

Whisk the dry stuff in a bowl: flour, baking powder, and salt.

Get your stand mixer (and yes, you better have one, they’re glorious alters of pastry-making bliss) and beat the butter and sugar together on low until they’re light and creamy. Remember not to overmix any of this stuff; shortbread’s supposed to be rough and sort of chunky. If you’re looking for light and flaky, go find yourself a croissant or a freaking flavorless wafer or something. This ain’t that.

Mix in the egg yolks and the vanilla.

Add the dry stuff and mix that in too, just until you have a recognizable dough. And if you can’t recognize what dough looks like, go take up painting or interpretative dance or something.

Wrap the dough in some plastic wrap and refrigerate it for an hour.

Take it out, preheat your oven to 350, and spray a 10’x10’ baking pan with non-stick. Or whatever you have lying around, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s close to that size.

Here’s a trick I learned from this recipe: shred the dough with the largest holes of a box cheese grater into the baking pan. That’ll give you the nice kind of rough texture I was talking about before. Also, you’re gonna have to press the dough down a little bit, (ignoring what that recipe says) just don’t do it too much.
Put the pan on the bottom rack of your oven for 18 minutes, then cover with foil and bake for another 17; 35 minutes total. If it still isn’t golden brown and delicious-looking, take the foil off and keep baking at 5 minute intervals until it gets that way.

While the shortbread cools, start the sherbet.

Put the water and sugar in a small saucepan, and bring it up to a boil while stirring. Keep stirring until it’s clear, then take it off heat and let it cool completely.

Beat together the crème fraiche, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla in a stand mixer, then slowly pour in the sugar/water syrup and mix on low until everything’s combined.
Pour it all into a container and refrigerate overnight. In case you didn’t already notice, this recipe has a crap-ton of refrigerating going on.

When the shortbread’s fully cooled, layer the jam over it with a spatula and freeze for about half an hour.

Mix the sherbet liquid in an ice cream maker until it becomes sherbet, layer that over the jam, then top with the pecans. You might not need the whole cup, but you want enough to get a solid layer of nuts for that old-school strawberry shortbread bar goodness.

Freeze the whole thing for a couple hours more (I promise this is the last time), let it thaw for 7 minutes, then cut yourself a square and enjoy.

Cut out a square of some of these beats too. It’s The Roots with Lazy Afternoon:

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I’m sure if you’re a real scholar of cooking-related things instead of me, you know the exact chemical/historical/whateverical differences between sorbet and sherbet. There’s probably a law in France that executes you if you don’t have the right ice content in your sorbet or something, I don’t know. But for us laymen, it’s frozen, it’s fruity, and it’s delicious.
I don’t know about you, but that’s sure as hell good enough for me.

I’ll see you next time, readers.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.
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LIMES, SUGAR, AND CACHAÇA

Jun 23, 2014

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I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy (meaning you should too) that you can usually trust a national dish. Yes, there is the occasional outlier, and that outlier is usually near some ice caps and involves a kind of fermented dead fish. Regardless, 9 times out of 10 if it’s sold on every street corner in the country, it’s probably gonna be delicious. I mean, if an entire nation of millions upon millions of people willingly eats it several times a day…how could they be wrong?

 

 

Granted, those kinds of specialties are usually street food, meaning at least half of the times those lovable citizens hop on down to their local corrugated sheet metal and asbestos food cart they’re probably blind drunk. But I maintain my stance, damnit: if you want to eat well, eat with the locals. Bring me your tired, your hungry, and your stumbling/slurring/trying to convince a taxi driver that true love is real and I totally won’t throw up in your refurbished Cadillac masses, and I’ll take you to a plate-full of something delicious.

Luckily, one of Brazil’s staples is decidedly un-disgusting: the Caipirinha. Limes, sugar, and a nearly unpronounceable white rum. It’s simple, it’s strong, and it’s completely devoid of fermented fish.
I dare you to improve on it.    

Here’s what you need:
- 2 ½ oz Cachaça (see, I told you it was unpronounceable)
- 2 ½ teaspoons sugar
- Half a lime, cut into quarters

Here’s what you do:
First, put the limes and the sugar in the bottom of a shaker, and muddle them until the sugar’s mostly dissolved.

Pour in the rum, add ice, and give it a good shake. Remember, you want to make sure you don’t get a grainy drink, so really shake the shit out of it.

Strain into a rocks glass, add some rocks, and fish the lime pieces out of your shaker and add those too.

All that’s left is to drink it up, along with some beats from One Self. Check out Bluebird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk7CDFEDD-g

As crazy as some of those aforementioned delicacies can be, most of them are pretty much a no-brainer. If it’s food, it’s probably gonna be something fried, grilled, or stuffed with something fried or grilled. And if it’s a drink, you’ll probably be ok as long as it doesn’t come from a bottle with a dead cobra in it. Hell, if you come across some of the cobra stuff, give it a try anyway. 300,000,000 can’t be wrong.

…probably.

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats.
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Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Relocation

Jun 17, 2014

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Grab A Beer, Take A Seat & Stay A While New Biergarten, Brauhaus At The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Are Especially Inviting

 

CHARLOTTE — There are acres of room to spread out and enjoy German-style beer and food at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s new Biergarten. Really.

John Marrino, owner of the Queen City’s oldest local brewery, set out in 2009 to create an oasis for beer lovers in Charlotte’s lower South End (LoSo) neighborhood. Now one of the top five breweries in North Carolina, OMB is ready to realize the next phase of that dream.

In August, the brewery will complete the move to a newly renovated 30,000-square-foot facility on 8.5 acres at 4150 Yancey Road, just 200 yards from the brewery’s current home on Southside Drive.

The move enables OMB to launch an expansive traditional German-style Biergarten, populated with mature shade trees and ample natural greenery. Tables, chairs and umbrellas will dot the grounds, creating a welcoming refuge for beer lovers in a laid-back, family-friendly setting.

OMB’s Brauhaus, the taproom and restaurant will also be expanded as part of the move, creating flexible public/private event space with a total capacity of close to 500 people. OMB will also enhance the Brauhaus menu. In addition to its current menu of sandwiches, wraps, appetizers and German-style bierhall fare, the new location will offer traditional American fare such as pizza and burgers, fresh salad selections and additional appetizers.

The new facility, with a price tag of $6 million, will also house a 60-barrel brewhouse (four times larger than the previous space, making it one of the largest in the state).

“The idea is people will drive up to the brewery and feel like they are leaving the city,” Marrino told the Charlotte Business Journal recently.

ABOUT OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY
Founded in 2009, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery ignited the ultra-premium beer scene in Charlotte and has been at the forefront of the local market ever since. OMB adheres to the oldest purity guidelines in the world, the German “Reinheitsgebot.” That law says there can be only four ingredients in beer: barley or wheat malt, hops, yeast and pure water. OMB is committed to making only the best beer possible. Shortcuts — to save time and money but result in unbalanced, watery beers lacking in flavor, body or aroma — are not part of the OMB brewing process. Try OMB because it’s local, drink it because it’s good. For more information visit oldemeckbrew.com.
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LOCAL RESIDENT AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP BY NATIONAL MS SOCIETY: SHELBY

Jun 17, 2014

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The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has announced one of 30 local scholarship program winners. Keilah Hawk, 2014 graduate of Crest High School and Shelby resident, will receive a $3000 scholarship to attend the university of her choice. Keilah Hawk is also one of thirteen recipients being recognized as a National MS Society Top Scholar. These scholars are recognized for their academic performance, leadership in extracurricular activities, outside recommendations, work experience, education and career aspirations, and an essay on the impact of MS in their lives.

 

The National MS Society Scholarship Program and the Golden Corral MS Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students who have multiple sclerosis (MS) or who have a parent living with MS while pursuing a college or technical school education. MS can take a terrible toll on the family, both emotionally and financially. Direct and indirect costs of MS, including lost wages, (even for those with insurance coverage) are estimated at more than $69,000 annually, with a total lifetime cost per family of $3 million. These challenges make funding a college education that much harder.

Keilah, whose mother lives with MS, remained actively involved in extracurricular activities throughout her high school career, participating in National Honor Society, Yearbook staff and North Carolina Governor's School. She did this while maintaining a strong academic standing and helping to care for her mother, brother and grandmother.

"I refuse to settle beneath my talents and capabilities or to accept the roles that others have assigned for me," said Keilah.

With this passion, Keilah plans to pursue a career in science or technology, with a potential interest in engineering. She hopes this career path will combine her interests in mathematics and science, and allow her to apply these interests in the real world.

"Pursuing a career in these fields motivates me to do the unthinkable and change the unchangeable," said Keilah. "My ultimate aim and purpose in life is to be an extraordinary individual, making an impact on someone's life."

To help remove the barriers for those students impacted by MS, Golden Corral launched an initiative in 2011 in partnership with North Carolina and South Carolina-based chapters of the National MS Society. Golden Corral restaurants in North Carolina raised money during the year to fund Keilah's scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship or to make a donation, please visit http://www.nationalMSsociety.org<http://www.nationalmssociety.org/> or call
1-800 FIGHT MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three
times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by
MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives
change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates
with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services
designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their
lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 (1-800-FIGHT-MS).

 

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LOCAL RESIDENT AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP BY NATIONAL MS SOCIETY: CHARLOTTE

Jun 17, 2014

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The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hasannounced one of 30 local scholarship program winners. Victoria Bonagura,2014 graduate of Ardrey Kell High School And Charlotte resident, will receive a $3000 scholarship to attend the university of her choice.

 

The National MS Society Scholarship Program and the Golden Corral MS
Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students who have multiple
sclerosis (MS) or who have a parent living with MS while pursuing a college
or technical school education. MS can take a terrible toll on the family,
both emotionally and financially. Direct and indirect costs of MS, including
lost wages, (even for those with insurance coverage) are estimated at more
than $69,000 annually, with a total lifetime cost per family of $3 million.
These challenges make funding a college education that much harder.

Victoria, whose father lives with MS, has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout
high school, and taken part in several extracurricular activities, including
Mock Trial, Relay for Life and Varsity Tennis. Victoria remained busy during
high school, maintaining several jobs and assisting her mother with
household activities.

"Multiple sclerosis has taught me to value every opportunity that you are
given and make the most of it," said Victoria. "Working hard and making the
most of what you've been given has guided me to where I am today."

Victoria has a passion for protecting the environment and looks forward to
attending law school to focus on environmental law. Later in life, she
hopes to become involved in politics at both the local and national level.

"Not only am I motivated to succeed in school to make the most of my
educational experience, I also want to make sure that I can provide for my
parents later in life," said Victoria. "I am confident that my ambition will
light the way and help me achieve my fundamental goals to have a truly
successful and fulfilling life."

To help remove the barriers for those students impacted by MS, Golden Corral
launched an initiative in 2011 in partnership with North Carolina and South
Carolina-based chapters of the National MS Society. Golden Corral
restaurants in North Carolina raised money during the year to fund
Victoria's scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship or to make a donation, please
visit http://www.nationalMSsociety.org<http://www.nationalmssociety.org/> or call
1-800 FIGHT MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central
nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and
between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to
blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS
in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and
treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS
are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three
times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more
than 2.1 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by
MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives
change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates
with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services
designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their
lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350
research projects around the world while providing programs and services
that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to
achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a
difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by
talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS
Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 (1-800-FIGHT-MS).

 

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Apple Pie with Salted Caramel and Bacon Lattice

Jun 17, 2014

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Apple Pie with Salted Caramel and Bacon Lattice: Certain foods come with a particular level of animosity attached, and apple pie is one of those.  

 

I love apple pie, but I also, deep down, taste the mind-numbing process of peeling every single apple every time I shove a forkful into my mouth. It’s one of those old-timey recipes that’s loveable only because you had a grandma who was so hardened from her decades-old shouty marriage that she could put all of her rage into peeling apples and mixing dough, so you get all the flavor and none of the yelling about why Harold couldn’t pay more attention to her after the war.

Caramel’s another one of those foods, for obvious reasons: it’s heat-seeking super napalm disguised as a Werther’s Original. Again: something that tastes delicious, but serves as a constant reminder of how it tried to kill you not two hours earlier. From bubbling candy magma to delicious, creamy treat; just like that.

So, because I’m your friendly neighborhood masochist, I decided to inflict both of those horrors on myself in one, swift go. I also added bacon, because I wanted to have one thing on there that wouldn’t put you in a hospital.

You’re welcome.

Here’s what you need:

Crust:
- 1 ½ cups AP flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 8 tablespoons cold butter
- ¼ cup ice water

Pie:
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg
- Pinch salt
- 6 apples (usually you want to get a mix of sour and sweet, but for this one you’re gonna want to go all sweet. I picked pink lady apples, but go for your favorite)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
- 10 strips applewood-smoked bacon

Salted Caramel
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 3 ½ tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon sea salt

Here’s what you do:

First we’re gonna do the caramel sauce, since you’ll probably need some time between this and making the actual pie to visit your local burn unit. And because it keeps well overnight. Either one.

Get a medium pot and stir the water and sugar together until the sugar completely dissolves. That means clear, people, not “kind of grainy but still mostly clear and eh screw it close enough”.

Turn up the heat to a boil and keep it bubbling until it’s the color of caramel (duh), should take about 6 to 7 minutes. Brush the sides with a wet pastry brush while that’s going on to keep the sugar crystals from sticking to the sides, and don’t stir. At all. Not even a little bit.

Take the pot off heat and SLOWLY whisk in the heavy cream. Keep it painfully, “leaky faucet in the middle of the night” slow, otherwise you’re gonna get clumpy, hard garbage instead of smooth, silky caramel.

Stir in the butter and salt until it’s all melted together, let it cool, then pour it in a container and refrigerate while you make the pie.

To make the crust, start by whisking together the salt, sugar, and flour.

Get a pastry blender (the thing that you totally don’t pretend to be wolverine with when you’re alone), cut the cold butter into 8 slices, and mix it into the dry stuff until it’s roughly the texture of cornmeal. Making sure the butter is cold matters, because that’s what keeps your crust from being mushy. Keep it frosty, people.

Add the ice water in and combine until you get a nice, doughy ball of…well, dough. You might need to add more to get it to all stick together, so just keep adding in ice water a little at a time until you’re golden.

Press the ball down into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it in the fridge for an hour while you do the rest of the pie. Now’s a good time to take out the caramel sauce and let it warm up, too.

Once the dough’s been chilled, take it out and let it un-chill for a few minutes. Then spread some flour on a flat surface and roll it out with a rolling pin. I could give you the thickness down to the millimeter like most recipes do, but you’re a smart person: just roll the damn thing out until it covers your pie pan.

Preheat your oven to 450.

For the actual pie part, get yourself a large bowl and mix together the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Peel the apples, then cut them using the largest setting on a mandoline. Sure, you could go the normal route and hack them up into gross, giant chunks, but we’re going for apple pie here, not “apple boulders surrounded by a hint of other stuff”. Slice ‘em up thin and you’ll get a nicer-tasting, nicer-looking pie. Period.

Stir together the apples, lemon juice, and cornstarch with the crap that’s already in the bowl.

Alternate layers of apples and salted caramel until you’ve filled the pie. You don’t have to be exact, just make sure the caramel is nice and mixed in with the apples.

Take the bacon strips and make a lattice over the top, like in the picture. The bacon is going to fall over the edges of the pie a bit, but don’t trim the edges, since the strips will shrink in the oven. Sprinkle a little more sugar in between the bacon holes, too (sorry folks, there’s no way to not make that sound disgusting).

Put the pie on a rimmed baking sheet and stick it in the oven for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 and bake for another 50. The bacon grease is gonna go everywhere, so you can even place the pie on some foil and turn up the edges to make a grease trap if you want.

Let the pie cool on a rack until it’s cool enough to eat.

And then eat it.

Eat up these beats, too. This week they’re from DIBIA$E, with a track called unfortunate: http://mrdibiase.bandcamp.com/track/unfortunate-90

Cooking is work, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. Sure, there’s the soccer moms and the Sandra Lee’s and anyone else who gets all glowy and doe-eyed whenever they’re frosting something for a kid under 10 years old. But for the rest of us saner people, even if you like that stuff, it’s still a pain in the ass. And 9 times out of 10, the ratio works in reverse: the tastier it is, the more annoying it’s gonna be to make.

So cramp up those hands, grab a handful of apples, and hope your fingers don’t get chopped off in the process. It’s (probably) worth it.

See you next time.

Here’s a recipe that’s eerily similar to the one I used. Almost like I copied it or something: http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/kelsey-nixon/salted-caramel-sauce.html

Scott Greenberg writes and cooks for Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats. 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Amber Marie Rowe

Jun 12, 2014

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Amber Marie Rowe
Age: 28
Company Name: Big Boss Brewery & Lazyday.com
Position: Brand Representative & Manager
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Six Years.
What’s your occupation and position?

- Brand Representative, Big Boss Brewing Company
- Manager of Lazyday.com
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I have teamed up with several local charities to help spread awareness and raise money for their causes. Also, through Lazyday.com I have executed many events throughout the city such as Santa Bar Crawl and Socialympics.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Traveling, history, and reading, I love getting lost in a good book or a new city.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Opening my own events company that will benefit a wide range of businesses in the Charlotte community.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
To write a book.
Tell us a little bit more about you?

I was born in South Bend, Indiana and moved to North Carolina when I was 20. I started working in the medical field at 15, until I found I enjoyed this industry and made the switch.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
When I was younger I wanted to be an Egyptologist.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I find positive aspects of my community to share with other people and encourage residents to drink locally, increasing the chance for new businesses and helps promote growth. I attend many local festivals and events that help raise funds for non-profits through sponsorships that I not only supply but can put them in contact with other sponsorship opportunities. This allows local businesses a chance to support great causes and also helps to bring attention to other companies in the Charlotte area.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Angela Kim

Jun 12, 2014

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Angela Kim
Age: 28
Company Name: Tastemade
Position: Cooking Channel Host
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Twenty-three years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Food blogger/cooking channel host, Tastemade.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
My own philanthropic project, Pack Away Hunger which distributes sack lunches to the homeless.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
I was published in The Charlotte Observer, Elevate Lifestyle, Creative Loafing, and The Asian Herald in the past year.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Cooking and sharing food in as many arenas as possible whether it be feeding the homeless or planning a dinner party.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“There is always, always, always something to be grateful for.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Becoming a published cookbook author and perfecting my craft. I would also like to travel the world meeting like minded people that are as passionate about food as I am.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
To share my version of Korean American fusion with Korea, via a television show or restaurant.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I started cooking for my baby brothers when I was 7 and necessity grew into a passion as I realized that from my hands, I could spread joy. My particular brand of food reinforces my identity because it’s a direct reflection of who I am by blending together both my Korean and American heritage. I’m proud to be an American but I never forget that I’m also a second-gen Korean that came from hard working immigrant parents that came to the states not even knowing a lick of English. I feel that every time I produce another dish that’s been crafted together through love and care, I’m instilling pride within my family and I feel closer to where I came from.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I’m super obsessed with Bobs Burgers and to be honest, I started watching it because it had the word ‘burger’ in it.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
Every new person I meet, I get them to try Korean food. It’s my personal goal to at least show people how rich and vast Korean cuisine is. For my pack away hunger project, I even passed out Korean bbq sandwiches once!
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Bradley David Rhyne

Jun 12, 2014

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Bradley David Rhyne
Age: 29
Company Name: Ole Mason Jar
Position: CEO & Chief Editor
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
I actually grew up just out of Charlotte, and have worked in Charlotte the past 6 years.
What’s your occupation and position?
CEO and Co Founder, OLE MASON JAR
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
OLE MASON JAR is very involved, we advocate with our “Buy a Shirt, Feed a Family” campaign, where for every item we sell, we donate a portion of the proceeds to feeding an entire family to local organizations (Second Harvest Food Bank).
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Voted Best Casual Clothing Brand in Charlotte in the 2014 Elevate Lifestyle Best of Awards and Finalist at the 2013 Belk Southern Designer Showcase for OLE MASON JAR
What are your hobbies or interests?
I am an avid photographer, love to travel and also love to learn new things and find new hobbies.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time”. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to be sitting on the beach, but that is probably a 10 to 15 year goal. In 5 years I would like to see OLE MASON JAR in your major big box retail, along with some brick and mortar store fronts in Charlotte, New York and Chicago. Additionally, hope to have made a unique and substantial impact in the local community.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Back pack and photograph Europe and Asia.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I am married, have a great and supportive family and have multiple passions and interests. In addition to being the CEO of OLE MASON JAR, I am a freelance photographer and also an analyst and VP at Bank of America. I am a believer that in this day and age, your most successful individuals are well versed and good at multiple things, not just one or two. Additionally, am strong in my faith, and attribute all my success to God.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I have a fear of spiders.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute to my local community through volunteering and financial donations.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Brendan Lee Couture

Jun 12, 2014

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Brendan Lee Couture
Age: 29
Company Name: Racetrac Petroleum
Position: District Manager
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Twenty Years.
What’s your occupation and position?
District Manager, RaceTrac Petroleum.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Currently I am a member of the Gaston County Jaycees, a Committee Chair for Relay for Life: Gaston County and the current President of the Gardner-Webb Wrestling Alumni Association.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Collegiate wrestling, sports, investing and spending time with family.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” –Jackie Robinson
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be living a productive, happy and healthy life I would also be doing my part to better the community and encouraging those around me to do the same.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Visit every continent.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m a 2007 graduate of Gardner-Webb University where I received both my BS in Finance and MBA.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I was the worst swimmer on my neighborhood swim team growing up.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
By being a great friend and co-worker, I truly believe that a person’s life can either positively or negatively impact those around them and that unless you’re striving to better yourself and those around you, it’s usually the latter.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Brendan Lee Couture

Jun 12, 2014

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Brendan Lee Couture
Age: 29
Company Name: Racetrac Petroleum
Position: District Manager
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Twenty Years.
What’s your occupation and position?
District Manager, RaceTrac Petroleum.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Currently I am a member of the Gaston County Jaycees, a Committee Chair for Relay for Life: Gaston County and the current President of the Gardner-Webb Wrestling Alumni Association.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Collegiate wrestling, sports, investing and spending time with family.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” –Jackie Robinson
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be living a productive, happy and healthy life I would also be doing my part to better the community and encouraging those around me to do the same.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Visit every continent.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m a 2007 graduate of Gardner-Webb University where I received both my BS in Finance and MBA.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I was the worst swimmer on my neighborhood swim team growing up.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
By being a great friend and co-worker, I truly believe that a person’s life can either positively or negatively impact those around them and that unless you’re striving to better yourself and those around you, it’s usually the latter.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Cassiday Proctor

Jun 12, 2014

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Cassiday Proctor
Age: 30
Company Name: KISS 95.1
Position: Morning DJ
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Two years.
What’s your occupation and position?
-Member of The Drex and Maney Morning Show, Kiss 95.1
-Flash Reporter, WNFZ The Fan.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
-Our morning show does all day radiothons to raise funds for Levine Children’s Hospital. Our most recent one had us raising over $42,000 in one day. I also am a big supporter of RAIN, The Regional AIDS InterFaith Network.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Named best morning show and favorite radio personality by Elevate Lifestyle.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Craft Beer, Travel, Working out, and cooking.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History” (I have a tattoo that says this as well).
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I want to still be working in media and striving to be the best I can be in my field. If I happen to have my own reality TV show on Bravo, which would be alright with me too. =)
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Learn and start brewing craft beer and make my own beer.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I just got married in October 2013 to my husband Jerry. We met in Austin, TX, which is where I worked in TV and Radio before moving here. I’m an avid fan of college basketball, and I think mascots are hilarious, (Chubby from The Charlotte Checkers was in my wedding party).
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I can sing with my mouth closed.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I think I am a good role model for little girls in Charlotte. Those are my favorite listeners to meet because I was once like them, loving morning radio, and idolizing my favorite hosts. I want them to see they can achieve what they want to in life.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Charles Frank Meyer

Jun 12, 2014

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Charles Frank Meyer
Age: 29
Company Name: HDR
Position: Project Architect
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Six years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Associate and Project Architect, HDR
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Every Monday night I volunteer at Carolinas Medical Center after work. I have held such responsibilities as helping out the nursing staff on the cardiac unit to helping escort patients within the emergency department.
I’m also the founder and captain of the Mo’ Mustache Mo’ Money team for the Movember Foundation, an organization that helps raise money and awareness for men’s health. Over the last three years we have raised over $10,000 and I couldn’t be more proud!
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
During my thesis year in college I won a Furniture Competition held by Virginia Tech for a stool that I designed out of a single piece of sheet metal. This led to the production of my stool and it was showcased in the largest furniture fair in the world, the Milan International Furniture Fair. After graduation, my work was also exhibited in the imm Cologne Furniture Fair and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Three years into working I applied for Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo scholarship and the Herman Miller scholarship. I was fortunate enough to win both and was able to attend two different conferences that year to learn more about healthcare architecture.
Most recently, I was selected into the inaugural BOOST program developed by HDR to build its leadership talent pool through strengthening of leadership abilities, tools and competencies. After graduation from the BOOST program, I was selected as an Associate within the company which recognizes individuals who demonstrate enthusiastic leadership appropriate to their current roles.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I enjoy the outdoors, staying active, and playing sports. Usually you can find me mountain biking, running, playing softball, or site-seeing. Recently, I have run a couple half marathons in Savannah, GA, and Denver, CO, and plan to run another in Myrtle Beach, SC, this fall. I also love travelling, whether it is to see new places or stay in touch with friends and family. Over the past year I have started to experiment with brewing my own beer
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Listen to advice, but follow your heart” – Conway Twitty
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is a tough one and I’m not sure I see myself in a particular place; location, career, or personal life. The only thing I can hope for is that I continue to push myself out of my comfort zone, to continue to learn, and most of all, find a way to always have fun.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would love to live abroad, preferably Australia.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m a big family guy. I’m the youngest of three boys, which in itself makes my mom a saint. I’ve always looked up to my older brothers and have counted on them for advice. It’s very difficult being away from them, but I couldn’t have accomplished anything without their support.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
When I was growing up my dream job was to be a monster truck driver and to be a part of Monster Jam. I remember watching it with my father, my favorite driver was Bigfoot and I even had a Power Wheels truck to match.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I always want to lend a helping hand and I wish there was a way for me to help hospital patients directly, but as a healthcare architect the best I can do is help design a comfortable space that can facilitate the best care possible. I get a huge sense of pride when I get to tell someone I design spaces that help others heal.
I think another way to contribute is by leading charitable efforts. It’s hard to make a difference by yourself, but if you can enlist others you can really start to make changes. I think I’ve done this as the founder and captain of the Mo’ Mustache Mo’ Money team for the Movember Foundation, an organization that helps raise money and awareness for men’s health. Or even as the founder of the Speaking By Design Toastmasters group, which helps improve leadership and speaking skills to its members in Charlotte.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Christopher Lorenzo Davis

Jun 12, 2014

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Christopher Lorenzo Davis
Age: 28
Company Name: The Chris L. Davis Agency, LLC
Position: President & CEO
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
All my life!
What’s your occupation and position?
CEO/President, Chris L Davis Agency, LLC.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Selection Committee for the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
-Speaker for the Exodus Foundation
- Speaker for the 75th Anniversary of the Charlotte Housing Authority
- Recently signed an Olympian from the Dominican Republic to our agency
What are your hobbies or interests?
I love to workout, going fishing and doing business.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
"Nothings a waste of time as long as you use the experience wisely”, Agatha Christe
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Our business will become an empire with a headquarters in downtown Charlotte, we will expand our
representation of athletes from Track and Field to Basketball, Football, and Soccer.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Go to Dubai
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I wrote a book. I am fun, charismatic, ambitious, can be serious and I love public speaking!
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
Sometimes I do not fix my bowties so that a pretty lady can help fix it. Lol
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute by working with the Charlotte Housing Authorty Scholarship Fund to allocate scholarships to many students every year, speaking at schools such as Phillip O'Berry High School and much more…
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Danna M. Jones

Jun 12, 2014

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Danna M. Jones
Age: 30
Company Name: Harris Teeter
Position: Communication Specialist
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Eighteen years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Communication Specialist, Harris Teeter
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I serve on the Aesthetics Committee at Eternal Church. I volunteer at FreeMore West 5K; Dress for Success Charlotte; the food bank on Thanksgiving Day, and for Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival. I oversee execution of all Harris Teeter corporate giving; plan and execute many different events throughout the year through my role at Harris Teeter such as donation card campaigns for JDRF, MDA, food bank partners, USO and Wounded Warrior, to name a few.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Hobbies: Instagramming; shoe shopping; crossfit; patio-sitting; playing golf; spending time with great friends enjoying good food; sneaking away to Charleston as often as I can to visit my sister, brother-in-law and my puppy nephew, Cooper; playing outside with all my “littlest BFFs” a.k.a., my friends’ kids.
Interests: Clemson Football
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come”, Proverbs 31:25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working as head of Corporate Communication for a distinguished Charlotte-based company and living in Charlotte with a handsome husband, 2.5 kids, and an amazing shoe collection.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Learn how to sail, and by sail, I mean relax and sip champagne on a gorgeous boat in calm, crystal blue waters.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I love Jesus. Everything I am and everything I have accomplished in my life are the direct results of talent, gifts and blessings He has bestowed upon me. Born in Greenville, SC, my dad’s name is Danny; my mom’s name is Donna. They put their names together to come up with “Danna.” It rhymes with banana, but everyone calls me “Dana;” it’s a life-long struggle. My baby sister, Danielle, is my best friend; my other half; my essential person. Although she is five years younger than me, she is who I want to be when I grow up. Her faith in Jesus Christ, her grace, her confidence, as well as her love and encouragement for others are captivating and inspiring. I hope and pray I am half the woman she is, and if I ever have daughters, I hope they grow up to be just like their Aunt Dani. Everyone in my family, except me, is certified to scuba dive. I would rather play on the beach with a cold beverage in the warm sunshine!
Known for my heels, my hair and my laugh – all of which are definitely too high. I am a walking contradiction: I hate working out, but I crossfit. I am scared of feet, but I love shoes. I’m a southern girl, but I hate sweet tea.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I didn’t get my 12-year molars until I was 16, and I don’t have wisdom teeth. They never grew in … guess that explains my lack of wisdom. 
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute to the community the best way I know how – I simply try to make our home, our city, our world a little bit better than I found it. That can mean a simple RAK (random act of kindness) by paying for the person behind me in the Starbucks drive-thru; packing Thanksgiving meal bags at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina or by meeting a stranger and sharing Jesus Christ with them.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Darnell Brown

Jun 12, 2014

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Darnell Brown
Age: 29
Company Name: Darnell Brown
Position: Creative Artist & Designer
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?

Twenty-one years.

What’s your occupation and position?

Creative Artist & Designer, Writer, Thought Leader, (Self-Employed)

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?

Yes, I taught an aspiring designer how to become a unique, successful graphic freelancer in 12 months with a strict, user-friendly curriculum. I’ve also become this person’s official mentor and coach in professional life. This student was able to quit his full-time job 9 months into the course I created and now is living out his dream. I also recently set up a profile on Meet Up, which is a great resource for meeting with people who share similar interests to you in both professional and personal aspects of life. Both of these venues allow me to share and give back to the community.
Nothing recently, as I’ve been in a bubble for the last several years freelancing for clients - I was not submitting anything for consideration and was not attending booths or shows, etc. However, in 1996, I won the Academic Award for “Cities In Schools” by the Public Library of Charlotte. In 1997, I won a Veteran’s Day Award here in Charlotte for a patriotic series of portraits I put together.

What are your hobbies or interests?

Reading, podcast and music listening, film watching, exercising, meditating, dining, traveling, and healthy dieting.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would have founded and be successfully running at least 2 companies rooted in inspiration: one is a product line, the other will be a mobile app. I will have authored at least 2 books - transforming into a thought leader in design, entrepreneurship and minimalism. I would have traveled to several countries and have full fluency in at least 4 languages. Most importantly, I see myself having provided tremendous value to my audience - sharing with them stories of failures, triumphs, and how-to’s. The best thing I can do is give back without any expectation of anything in return.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Hang-gliding.

Tell us a little bit more about you?

I’m insanely ambitious and determined, constantly transitioning and evolving because I don’t fit neatly into any type of box. I’m very unemployable and I don’t wait for or expect others to give me a job - I’ve created my own time and time again. I wake up around 4am daily to work out and then begin a new journey. My overarching goal in life - besides aiming to share my gifts with the largest audience possible - is to create an invaluable brand that people believe in and trust without prejudice. Oh and I love laughing and being inspired!

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?

I am incredibly inspired to be a better artist every day by the indelible work of Michael Jackson. I’ve got to unlock within myself whatever he did to become the single greatest entertainer of all-time! I’m always finding analogies with musical arts and visual arts. Most great music artists are very much into fine art and some can draw themselves. Ironically, most great visual artists usually need some awesome tunes to get into their zones.

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?

By providing intrinsic value that enriches lives, and being a beacon and trying things first to help alleviate the risk for those who might be timid or unwilling. I contribute by being the change I wish to see in the world and by putting myself in a position to create jobs and opportunities for others.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Desirae Nicole Walker

Jun 12, 2014

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Desirae Nicole Walker
Age: 30
Company Name: Desirae PR & Charlotte Models
Position: Founder & President
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Five years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Founder, Charlotte Models & Desirae PR
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I have tutoring children at YWCA and supported Loaves and Fishes, WDAV, All We Want is Love, and Charlotte Works. I have also worked with local fashion events that raise awareness for local charities, and co-developed Fashion for Compassion Summer Camp at local children’s charity, A Better World.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Fashion, Film, Cooking, Traveling, Hiking, and Spending Time with my amazing fiancé and our (3) Beagles, AKA “The Beagle Brigade” wink
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Seize your Dreams.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself being heavily involved in local charitable efforts that tie fashion with supporting the community.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Meeting Karolina Kurkova.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I was born and raised in Charleston, SC, and fell in love with Charlotte while attending college at Winthrop University. I have always had a passion for charity work, the arts, and fashion, and am so blessed to have had a chance to be involved in all of those things. I have truly loved working with such talented, driven, inspirational, and innovative individuals of this community!
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
My favorite animal is a sea turtle, and I spent a great deal of time on “The Island Turtle Team” in Isle of Palms, SC watching nesting sites and ensuring the safety of hatchlings to the ocean.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute to the community mostly through my efforts through Charlotte Models, by supporting and creating events that educate local talent and assist them in launching their careers. I have created a networking outlet that gives me an opportunity to see every day great talents getting together and producing amazing work. Also, the group and I have been tied with local charities and am proud to have supported multiple projects in the area.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Gregory Joseph Mascavage

Jun 12, 2014

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Gregory Joseph Mascavage
Age: 28
Company Name: Carolinas Healthcare System
Position: Manager of Innovation
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Twenty-five years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Manager of Innovation, Carolinas HealthCare System
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I currently work with middle school and high school students who are exploring careers in healthcare through a program supported by Charlotte AHEC called HEROES (Health Career Education Reaching Out to Excellent Students). This year, we helped the students create inventions for healthcare. They pick a patient population, studied the disease and came up with patient-friendly solutions.
I am also actively involved with a number of initiatives through Search Ministries, a group that creates environments for spiritually hungry people to explore reasons for faith. Specifically, I have been working with them to design a program for men around my age that are looking to dive deeper into their faith and start grassroots ministries of their own.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I have to admit that I am huge geek when it comes to healthcare and I love reading about all the new advances in the industry. I am also huge fan of getting outside and hiking a new trail or paddling up a river.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Fail fast to succeed sooner.” – David Kelley, IDEO

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The past 5 years of my life have been a great ride and I look forward to the next five. I love working in healthcare and challenges of building the creative capacity in a large organization like Carolinas HealthCare System. In 5 years, I hope that we will have to still be on the frontlines of healthcare, working with my colleagues to build around even bigger opportunities for change. It’s inherent to my line of work that I never know where the wind will blow me, but I love the ambiguity and can’t to see where it will take me.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Walk the El Camino De Santiago (The Way of St. James) in Spain.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I was an EMT and firefighter while in college. It was an amazing experience to be able to work with patients in rural communities and understand their struggles with managing their health first hand. Those years have motivated me to become an innovator in healthcare.

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I want to start a bison farm.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I believe I am bringing energy and creativity to an industry that is typically overrun with extraordinary demands as well as constraints, both of which stifle innovation. The healthcare industry has so many opportunities for change and I feel that we need to find new ways of empowering the workforce to pull this off. In my work, I work with individuals and groups to give them the space necessary to perfuse their right brains and experiment. It is through this process that we can bring new services and great experiences for the patients we serve.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Jessica June Jeppsson

Jun 12, 2014

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Jessica June Jeppsson
Age: 25
Company Name: Marsh Risk Consulting
Position: Assistant Vice President
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?

Two and a half years.

What’s your occupation and position?

Assistant Vice President, Marsh Risk Consulting

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?

I am a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte and have been matched with my little since May 2012. I also serve once a month at the Dilworth Soup Kitchen.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
This Elevate award! smile

What are your hobbies or interests?

Training for and competing in triathlons, my favorite part is cycling, and I try to log about 100 miles a week.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?

 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win”, Corinthians 9:24

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Having my Masters degree in Human Factors and Systems Safety and hopefully be teaching to engineering students at the college level.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?

Climb El Capitan rock wall in Yosemite National Park

Tell us a little bit more about you?

I'm a consultant so I travel almost every week. I'm also enrolled in grad school at one of the world's top 100 universities, Lund. I've been a vegetarian since 2007, and I have a miniature pinscher named Zeke who travels with me.


What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I could climb before I could crawl/walk. My parents had to put a lid on my crib because I kept getting out!

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?

I am very active with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I see my Little at least twice a month to do fun activities together. I also serve at two of the Dilworth Soup Kitchen locations—one on Tuesdays and one on Saturdays. I enjoy helping others who are in need with my time and also contribute financially every year to my alma mater, NC State.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Julia Way Passos

Jun 12, 2014

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Julia Way Passos
Age: 29
Company Name: Crisis Assistance Ministry
Position: Donor Relations Specialist
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Two years.

What’s your occupation and position?
Donor Relations Specialist, Crisis Assistance Ministry

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Working for Crisis Assistance Ministry allows me to be a part of the community every single day. Recently I participated in Encounter Charlotte giving me an orientation to Charlotte and to community leadership.

I'm actively involved with the United Way Young Leaders, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Metrolina Association of Volunteer Administrators, and MPUMC's World Outreach. All of these organizations help me connect with various agencies throughout Charlotte.

What are your hobbies or interests?
I enjoy volunteering, traveling, supporting the arts, participating in outdoor activities (mainly because I like to be in the sunshine) and perfecting my craft. I'm always up for trying something new!

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined. ” - Deepak Chopra

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
- Nelson Mandela

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Continuing my work in leadership roles throughout the Charlotte community.


Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Skydiving and traveling around Europe.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and grew up in South Carolina. My grandparents were missionaries and dedicated their lives to serving others. It gave me a unique perspective growing up and it inspired me to do what I do today.

I’m extremely lucky to have two passions in life, serving others and photography! I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Photography from Winthrop University. Recently I begun to see how the two will intersect and I’m extremely excited!

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I’m obsessed with Eddy’s grape popsicles!

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I enjoy volunteering my time and supporting the Charlotte Community. We live in a wonderful city and I want to do all I can to make it even greater!
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kathryn Hart

Jun 12, 2014

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Kathryn Hart
Age: 30
Company Name: Compass Group
Position: HRIS Functional Analyst
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Two years.
What’s your occupation and position?
HRIS Functional Analyst, Compass Group
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Big Brothers Big Sister of Greater Charlotte.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Associate of the Month Nominee for Be-A-Star, a program recognizing business excellence.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Traveling, spending time with family and friends, working out, and cooking.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“I’m myself. I can stick my foot in my mouth. I can trip and fall. I can mess up in front of the whole world and be honest. Instead of trying to cover everything up.” Jessica Simpson
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I like to live life one day at a time, you never know what the future will bring but I make the most out of every situation and opportunity that comes my way!
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would love to visit wine country in Napa Valley.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m originally from Charleston, WV, I graduated from Marshall University with a BBA in Marketing. I lived in Columbus, OH for 5 years prior to moving to Charlotte. I love living in Charlotte, it has so much to offer! There is always something to do from a day at the lake to a night out on the town!
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I am a Big Sister to a 7 year old girl, we like to do arts and crafts, play at the park and roller skate. It’s such a pleasure to get to spend time with her and be a mentor to such a wonderful person. I look forward to watching her grow and provide guidance along the way.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kaylin Frances Ranagan

Jun 12, 2014

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Kaylin Frances Ranagan
Age: 27
Company Name: Devonshire Elementary CMS
Position: 3rd Grade Teacher
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
One year and ten months.
What’s your occupation and position?
3rd Grade CMS Teacher, Devonshire Elementary School
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Girls on the Run coach, Room In the Inn Volunteer, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Participant.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Running, biking, kickball, watching football and lacrosse, traveling, and volunteering.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working in the education field, but possibly in a leadership role within a school.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
To spend a summer backpacking throughout Europe revisiting and visiting all of the beautiful historic cities that I’ve always wanted to go to.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I am one of four children and was raised in Clifton Park, NY just north of Albany. For college I moved out to Western New York to attend Niagara University and major in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. After graduating I was hired as an Admissions Counselor for Niagara University where I worked and completed my master’s degree simultaneously. When searching for a teaching job Charlotte was a city I was very interested in relocating to. I was very lucky to have the offer here and moved in August of 2012. Since moving here I have had some life changing experiences and have really enjoyed living here.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
While I was studying abroad in Limerick, Ireland my third grade teacher came to visit me and we traveled throughout Ireland for a week together. She was not only my teacher but one of the reasons I developed the passion to become a teacher.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I contribute to the community in a few different ways. First of all, in my profession of educating the children of Charlotte I wake up every day with the ambition to help my students achieve their dreams. I also volunteer at my church’s location of Room in the Inn for the homeless of Charlotte. In October of 2013 I participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer to honor my mother’s battle and the money I raised went directly to local organizations and patients in need.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kenia Marisol Medrano

Jun 12, 2014

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Kenia Marisol Medrano
Age: 29
Company Name: Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
Position: Robbery Detective
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Eighteen years.

What’s your occupation and position?

Robbery Detective, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?

I Volunteer with PAL; am a assistant coach for youth Soccer and Basketball (Police athletic league).


What are your hobbies or interests?

Love to dance so I attend Zumba classes at the gym weekly.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?

“Don’t Give Up.”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to still be serving my community as a law enforcement officer and living a happy healthy life with a family of my own.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?

I would like to visit all the states in the US.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I am originally from El Salvador and came to the US when I was 4 years old with my mother, and the oldest out of 4. Ever since I was a young girl I knew that I wanted to work in law enforcement and for a long time my goal was to become a police officer but I had the odds against me because I came to this country illegally during the 80’s when there was a civil war going on in El Salvador. Many people didn’t think I would ever reach my goal of being an Officer; however my mother worked very hard and in time we were able to gain legal status and in 2008 I became a US citizen and I knew then that I would finally be able to follow through with my passion. I was accepted into the Police Academy in 2009 and I have been working ever since. I am now working as a robbery detective and I truly enjoy my job. I feel that I am doing my part to give back to the country that has given me so much.

I am the first one in my family to go to college.

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?

Thankfully my job allows me the opportunity to give back to the community on a daily bases, I along with so many men and women put our lives on the line each day to make our community a safe place to live. In my free time however I volunteer with PAL because I believe that kids should have a positive image of police officers and not just based on what they see on TV.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kenya Cooper

Jun 12, 2014

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Kenya Cooper
Age: 28
Company Name: PR Firm
Position: Author & CEO 

 

Occupation and position?
International bestselling author /CEO of the PR Firm, The Book Nymph Publishing and Promotions
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I am an active volunteer and contributor for the Urban League of the Carolinas. I conduct writing and publishing workshops for the community and interview fellow authors, artists, poets, and performers for my writing website.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Three of my novels have reached the Top 20 Charts of Amazon Kindle for fantasy, and I was selected as an inspiring woman and featured in Women’s Voices magazine. I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award for my website Write Like a Wizard.
What are your hobbies or interests?
When I am not writing, I travel extensively. I’ve visited four continents, Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. I also enjoy cooking and reading.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Living in a cottage in England, with a few of my books adapted into movies or TV series, and my publishing company producing bestselling authors.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would love to learn how to play the violin or piano so that I can perform the many songs I’ve written in secret.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’m a creator of horror and fantasy stories, but I have a secret desire to be a rock star. I enjoy learning and practicing foreign languages, and would rather live simply with the ability to travel than in a mansion and tied down to one place. Travel is one of my greatest pleasures and I do so at every opportunity.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I have a few journals with every dream I’ve had since high school written in them. Many of those very dreams and nightmares are the roots of many of my books and short stories. The first chapter of The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld and the entire collection of horror stories in Thicker Than Blood came from nightmares.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I market and promote other authors and artists, helping them gain exposure and fans all around the world. I also take great pride in being a positive role model to young girls. Whether a volunteer cheerleading coach, or a mentor to young writers, I like to believe I give others hope and confidence to pursue their dreams.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Kristin Prentice

Jun 12, 2014

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Kristin Prentice
Age: 26
Company Name: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Position: Financial Advisor

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Three years.

What’s your occupation and position?
Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Planning committee member for AIDS Walk Charlotte, Executive Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House’s Young Professional Society, Director for the Colonial Village Neighborhood Association.

Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
A little over a year ago, I was promoted to partner status in our Financial Advisor practice at Wells Fargo Advisors. I’ve worked with my current partner, Peter De Arcangelis, for nearly 8 years in a practice that we relocated to Charlotte from the Washington, DC area.

What are your hobbies or interests?
When I’m not working on building our financial advisory practice, I’m usually planning events, either large ones like the AIDS Walk or smaller social events for the Ronald McDonald House YPS. I do a lot of volunteer work with both RMH and RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, the organization behind the Walk). I love to read, do yoga, explore Charlotte with my husband, Jesse, and spend time with friends.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ (I don’t know the original author of this quote, but it is a big theme in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In) Fear of failure can be debilitating, but it only gets in the way of achieving our dreams”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Helping more and more people to achieve their financial goals, and to grow our Charlotte practice. I’m looking to work in more leadership roles for the various non-profits that I work with, hopefully as a board member. Personally, I’m also hoping to look forward to growing my family.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I’ve already done 2 cross-country road trips, but there are still so many places in the US, Canada, and Mexico that I’d like to see! I’ve got at least three more in mind for the future.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I have moved around a lot, but when I’m asked where I’m from, I usually tell people I’m from Connecticut, the place I spent the most time in my childhood. I’ve lived up and down the east coast, but I really think that Charlotte is it for me. I met my husband, Jesse, just outside of DC and we moved here together over 3 years ago. We purchased our first home last year and spend whatever time we have working on all of the many projects that come along with homeownership.

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
This is a tough one. I’m mostly an open book!

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I believe it is important to find causes and organizations that have meaning to you as a person. I enjoy working with RMH and RAIN because I feel I can see the direct impact that they have on the community. When I walk into the Ronald McDonald House, I can see the families whose children are in the hospital and I can spend my time making their day a little easier, whether it be by cooking brunch or dinner, playing BINGO, organizing events, playing with the kids, or doing some fundraising. When you walk into the RAIN offices, you can witness the resources they provide, assistance finding medical treatments and testing, support groups for youth via their Empowering Positive Youth Program, support groups for families, and other HIV positive persons, and most importantly, the education they’re providing about HIV and AIDS in our community. In many cases, some of their current employees are former clients. It is nice to walk into an organization like that and be able to witness the results and see the positive impact that it has. Giving back in this way brings me a lot of joy.

While I’m working my “day job” I’m also doing what I can to give back and teach people. Many people look at what I do as they would a banker or someone out to help the “1%”. While to a certain degree, there’s some truth to that, what I love about what I do is the ability to teach people about their finances. As I’ve said above, a big motivation for me is to see the direct impacts of what I do and participate in. I work with foundations that are finding their own ways to give back to the community. I work with divorcees and widows who are coming into money for the first time in their lives. I work with families who are saving for college. I work with executives who are bringing more jobs to the city. I work with small businesses to provide their employees with retirement plans and benefits. I teach people how to give back to the community financially. I love what I do and can’t wait to continue doing it for many years.
Lastly, I’m also doing my best to be a part of my own microcosm within Charlotte. I recently moved into a relatively small and not very well known neighborhood called Colonial Village and immediately joined the neighborhood association. While this is still a newer role for me, I’m looking forward to growing into it and having the ability to affect our own little piece of Charlotte, as well.  

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Laney Danielle Sifford

Jun 12, 2014

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Laney Danielle Sifford
Age: 23
Company Name: Charlotte Film Community
Position: Vice President 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Two years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Vice President, Charlotte Film Community

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I work with a non-profit known as the Charlotte Film Community and we are currently coordinating a rally in support of the NC film incentives. We also work to advocate for the growth of independent films in Charlotte and foster the progression of emerging local filmmakers.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
The non-profit I work for received “Best Creative Gathering” in 2012.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I enjoy making short films and editing. Also, I like to paint and have recently started apprenticing under an artist who developed a specific kind of art known as “liquid art.”
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success." -John D. Rockefeller
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It’s hard to say because 5 years ago I never would have seen myself where I am today. I do hope to see my non-profit grow and continue to gain momentum in the next few years. Ultimately, I want to continue to make films in Charlotte and I plan to achieve that however possible.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would love to go skydiving one day. Although I am terrified of heights, there is something about free falling that seems so peaceful and exhilarating at the same time.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I’ve always been a bit of an adventure buff. I love traveling, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. This summer I will go on the biggest adventure of my life, so far, when I travel to Italy for two months to work a film festival. There will be an opportunity to travel southern Italy, with filmmakers from all over the world, who have all devoted two months of their lives to create art with complete strangers. I couldn’t be more grateful and excited for this experience.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I’m a huge book worm. My favorite thing to do on a rainy day is to find my closest Barnes and Noble, grab a coffee and spends hours searching for the perfect books that I can relate to at that moment and time. Once I’ve read a book cover to cover I’ll pass it along to a friend who may be in search of that same guidance a particular book gave me.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
The Charlotte Film Community is a not for profit organization that survives solely on the generosity and volunteer hours of others. I would like to think that what I put into the non-profit I get right back out. The hours spent planning meetings, writing up business plans, reaching out to new and existing members and creating new media has led to a great expansion of the group. Our voice is growing stronger with all of our new members and we are generating a creative space for people to meet, create and grow in film.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Mamie Shepherd

Jun 12, 2014

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Mamie Shepherd
Age: 23
Company Name: Ryan Seacrest Foundation at Levine Children's Hospital
Position: Program Coordinator
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
One Year.
What’s your occupation and position?
Program Coordinator, Ryan Seacrest Foundation at Levine Children’s Hospital, and On-Air Talent at Kiss 95.1.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Working at Levine Children’s Hospital gives me the platform and opportunity to serve on multiple community projects, and for philanthropic groups within our city. This is my first year to work with the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation at Catwalk For A Cause benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) recognized me as the inaugural winner of the Radio Personality Project in September 2013. I was also invited to join the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Outside of broadcasting, some of my other loves include spending time with my family, traveling, fashion, watching football, and exploring the great city of Charlotte!
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
- “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Aubrey Hepburn
-“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to still be involved in what I am doing now. My work is such a happy marriage of the things I love – broadcasting, radio, music, community service, and working with children in the hospital.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
To spend a significant amount of time in Paris and…to be kissed under the Eiffel Tower at night!
Tell us a little bit more about you.
Texas-born and bred, University of Georgia graduate (GO DAWGS!), Christ follower, football fan, fashion lover, hairspray enthusiast.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I was in an ad campaign for a children’s hospital when I was 8.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
My job gives me the opportunity to work with sick and injured children by using radio and television as a vehicle to let patients, who might not otherwise be heard, have a voice. It is an incredibly powerful, and inspirational, way to contribute personally and professionally. I’d like to think that what I do makes a difference in the lives of the children I work with but, the truth is, it is really the children who make a huge difference in my life!
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Matthew Lane Ward, E. I.

Jun 12, 2014

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Matthew Lane Ward, E. I.
Age: 26
Company Name: RST Precision Geodetics, LLC
Position: Vice President of Operations
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?

Eight years.

What’s your occupation and position?
Vice President of Operations & Co-Founder, RST Precision Geodetics, LLC

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?

I am a member of the Ducks Unlimited organization and help plan fundraising events where proceeds assist in the conservation of wetlands.

What are your hobbies or interest?
Deep Sea Fishing, Relaxing on the boat, Cooking, Spending time with family and friends and especially my 4 month old nephew

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”, Albert Einstein

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I believe that I will still be working with my current business partners to build an industry leading utility engineering and project management firm. My goal is to continue growing our company not only to create jobs throughout the country but to also help communities by building a more robust infrastructure that will provide the opportunities for growth that our economy needs.

Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would like to go deep sea fishing in Costa Rica.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I was born and raised along the southeast coast of North Carolina in the small town of Sunset Beach. I have an older brother and younger sister and I was raised by the most amazing parents you could ask for. I have always enjoyed being outdoors and spent much of my time hunting, playing sports and fishing while growing up. After finishing high school I attended UNC-Charlotte and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. I was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and served in multiple leadership roles including president.

Over the past 4 years I have worked in the utility engineering industry and have been a part of projects all throughout the southeast United States. A large portion of my career has been devoted to bringing high-speed broadband services to rural communities so that they have the same opportunities for growth that urban communities have. After gaining experience in the industry, myself and my two partners decided to start an engineering firm where we incorporate LiDar (Light Detection and Ranging) technology into our engineering designs in order to provide a faster, safer and more cost effective engineering solution.

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I have always wanted to own a restaurant and work as the head chef.

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I believe that by working to help build a better infrastructure, I am providing the community with the tools it needs to continue growing which will create local jobs and help the local economy. 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Nicole Frambach

Jun 12, 2014

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Nicole Frambach
Age: 30
Company Name: The Keith Corporation
Position: Broker & Retail Developer
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
 Four years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Broker & Retail Developer, The Keith Corporation
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Since its inception, I have been on the Committee for Blondes vs. Brunettes. I coach Girls on the Run and participate in events and fundraising endeavors Habitat for Humanity Volleyball Tournament, Betchler Young Visionaries and supporting a number of other local groups such as Guys with Ties, Pat’s Place, A Child’s Place and Playing for Others
What are your hobbies or interests?
I love to travel, run, garden, eat and cook great food, be active and socialize.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
Be here now.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to be a successful real estate developer who actively participates on local charity boards and associations.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would like to go on safari in Africa.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I grew up on a farm in Ohio in a family of 5 older siblings. I didn’t move until I chose to attend college at East Carolina University. There I studied International Business, French and Finance, studied abroad twice and busied myself with a broad range of clubs and activities. I networked until I was able to attain a position at a Commercial Real Estate Firm and relocated to Charlotte. Here I worked my way up in the company, love what I do and look forward to a bright future in the industry. Outside of work I love spur of the moment trips and random adventures!
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I completed 99 new adventures in the 99 days before my 30th birthday.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I enjoy participating in the community service activities, raising money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, mentoring young girls in cooperation, socializing and self-esteem through a running program and fundraising for a number of other groups. I am constantly networking to keep my finger on the pulse of what is going on in the area to stay informed and engaged in the local community. In doing so, I am able to learn more ways to contribute such as in the past supporting United Way Young Leaders, Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals, The International Council of Shopping Centers Next Generation, among others.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Paul Reichelt

Jun 12, 2014

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Paul Reichelt
Age: 25
Company Name: Direct Digital, LLC
Position: Co Founder
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Five years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Cofounder, Direct Digital
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Won fastest growing company in Charlotte for 2012 and a 2014 Fantasy Basketball Tournament.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Filmmaking and basketball.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“The time is always right to do the right thing” Martin Luther King Jr.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d like to direct a full-length film somewhere near Charlotte.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Visit Macau.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I Enjoy working on films during my off time. The first film I was a part of, releases into Walmart in June 2014, and into Redbox around the same time.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I have a lucky coin taped underneath my watch so it goes everywhere with me.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
Our company Direct Digital is an active participant with several local charities.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Robert Lee Rhyne III

Jun 12, 2014

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Robert Lee Rhyne III
Age: 29
Company Name: Premier, Inc.
Position: Data Developer 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Six Years.

What’s your occupation and position?
Data Developer, Premier, Inc.

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Over the years I have been involved in a number of community activities/projects. I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank, Hands on Charlotte and several others. My passion over the last several years has been through my involvement with Guys with Ties Charlotte. I have served in this group at the member, officer, and leader roles. Essentially our group raises money for deserving Charlotte charities.

Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
I have not won any awards. By the time this ceremony occurs I will have become a father and at the end of August I will have earned an MBA from Northeastern University that I have been working on over the last two years

What are your hobbies or interests?
My hobbies are exercising, volunteering, reading, spending time with friends and family, and learning about new technologies

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Whatever you do, wherever you go, always stay true to yourself."

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself in a leadership role at whatever company I am in. Not just a management role but a leadership one.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I'll share a few things on my bucket list. Skydiving, backpack through Europe, be a Top 40 Under 40, and be the guy that leaves a permanent mark somewhere.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I am a very loyal person, I would do anything for my friends and in return I hold the people I care about to a high standard. One of my greatest strengths is my wife who has loved and supported me through some high and low times. I am very blessed to have the things that I do.

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
A fun fact about me is that I am ambidextrous. However, this only applies with sports really. Almost every sport I play left handed while pretty much everything else I do right handed.

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
The main way I contribute to the community is through volunteering and donating money I've made. The best way I do this is without a doubt through Guys with Ties Charlotte. This organization has allowed me to become more plugged into Charlotte and work with some great organizations that are making strides to improve the community.
 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Stacey Dennis

Jun 12, 2014

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Stacey Dennis
Age: 29
Company Name: Insperity
Position: HR Specialist

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?

Seven Years.

What’s your occupation and position?

HR Specialist, Insperity

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?

I serve on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship advisory board which provides recommendations and advice to the Board of County Commissioners about specific challenges small businesses and entrepreneurs encounter in the county. I am a member of the Mecklenburg Young Republicans group. For the past several years I have walked in the annual American Diabetes Association walk, and last year I had my own team!

Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?

I received my PHR (Professional in Human Resources) designation.

What are your hobbies or interests?

I have a strong desire and passion for connecting with small business owners in Charlotte and do what I can to help cultivate that sector – mostly as it relates to HR. For fun I play kickball with the Mecklenburg Athletic Club meetup group, attend local sporting events and when possible, love to see a good concert or Broadway musical. I also really enjoy traveling throughout this part of the country to see the hidden treasures the Carolinas has to offer.

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?

Professionally: “Seek first to understand and then to be understood.” Steven Covey
Personally: Lucille Ball said: “Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.” Lucille Ball

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Living in Charlotte, continuing to build my career in HR with a focus on small businesses, and getting more involved in philanthropic activities.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?

Learn how to DJ – so I can live out my fantasy of being “DJ StaceofBase”.

Tell us a little bit more about you?

Originally from Seymour, Indiana, I am a proud fan of IU Basketball. For college, I went to school at Ball State University before moving to Charlotte. I am also the proud Aunt of 2 nephews and 3 nieces who warm my heart every second I get to spend with them. Of all the roles I play in life my absolute favorite is being “Crazy Aunt Stacey”. I also just became a rescue mom when I adopted my Cairn Terrier, Ms. Daphne. She also lights up my world!!

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?

I can play the piano upside down – and no I don’t remember how I figured out how I can do that.

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?

I believe I contribute to the community by assisting business owners with human resource issues to enable them to focus on their businesses. The strength of most small business owners is their product or service – not Human Resources. My expertise in Human Resource issues enables them to grow their businesses, and, ultimately, the Charlotte community.

I also try to volunteer as much as I can, either through an organized work event, or something on my own. I also make sure to make educated votes during local elections! Many people fought very hard for my right to vote, so I take it seriously! 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Thomas Kolarczyk

Jun 12, 2014

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Thomas Kolarczyk
Age: 28
Company Name: Verris Capital
Position: Managing Partner & Co-Founder

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Two years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Verris Capital
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I am involved with The First Tee of Charlotte, Humane Society of Charlotte, and ICSC Next Gen .
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
I beat the game 2048…does that count? Also, my company secured its first acquisition at the end of 2013, and currently has two deals under contract.
What are your hobbies or interests?
Crossfit, golf, retail real estate, fantasy football, and the Buffalo Bills (frustratingly).
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.” – Ayn Rand
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Expanding Verris Capital in scope and geographic reach, and creating opportunities in education and physical activity for Charlotte’s youth. I love my work, but find more fulfillment in my volunteer efforts. I really enjoy mentoring kids, so I'd be thrilled to combine the two—continuing to grow Verris Capital while improving the community I’m entrenched in.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
Bike coast-to-coast.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I completed my undergraduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, earning a BSBA with a concentration in finance. I lived and worked in New York City and Washington, DC before moving to Charlotte. I really like swedish fish, pistachio gelato, and classic rock. Oh, and I’m kind of a Microsoft Excel nerd.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
Don’t let my picture fool you, but I was a hair model in a Redken Ad while studying abroad in Thailand.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
Having lived and worked in several cities, I bring a diverse perspective to Charlotte and the programs I volunteer for. I contribute my time and energy to the causes mentioned above and I am also currently organizing a fundraiser to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer.  

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Tony L. Stanford Jr.

Jun 12, 2014

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Tony L. Stanford Jr.
Age: 29
Company Name: Communications Test Design Inc. & TLS World Travel.
Position: Quality & Safety Manager & Owner

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Three years.

What’s your occupation and position?
Quality & Safety Manager, Communications Test Design, Inc and Owner, TLS World Travel.

Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
I am an officer/board member in 3 local organizations First Book-Charlotte, National Society of Black Engineers, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
I received the 2012 Outstanding Service Award from the Gastonia Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

What are your hobbies or interests?
Traveling, Sports, and Photography

What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" Philippians 4:13

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Obtaining a MBA, launching an education based non-profit and becoming a plant manager.

Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
As a lover of both sports and travel, I would like to attend an NFL or NBA game in every city that has a pro team. So far I have checked 9 of the 40 cities off the list.

Tell us a little bit more about you?
I am a native of Buffalo, NY and the only child of Tony & Michelle Stanford. In 2007, I received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Alabama A&M University.

What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
In high school, I briefly considered becoming an actor. I made $100/day as a non-speaking extra in a World War 2 movie about the only African American sailors called “Proudly We Served: The Men of the USS Mason”.

In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
The local organizations I am involved with have given me a platform to help educate children, encourage the pursuit of the STEM fields, and feed families in need. I am the Marketing Co-chair and Website Content Manager for First Book Charlotte. This organization is dedicated to helping children from low-income families read and own books. I have helped raise $460,000 providing 184,000 books to children in Mecklenburg and Union counties.

I am also the Public Relations Chair for the Charlotte Professional Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Each fall, we organize A Walk for Education (AWFE) where we go door-to-door distributing college preparation materials in a predominantly underrepresented minority community. After the walk we invite the community to a local center where we conduct hands-on engineering exploration activities with the youth. Lastly, I am the Treasurer of the Gastonia Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. On Thanksgiving Day, each year, our Chapter prepares more than 300 meals at the Third Street Presbyterian Church for local families.  

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Victoria Lynn Evans

Jun 12, 2014

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Victoria Lynn Evans
Age: 29
Company Name: The Chowbaby Brand & Happy Hour Cocktail Mixer
Position: Owner & Creator
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Three years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Owner, The Chowbaby Brand & Creator, Happy Hour Cocktail Mixers
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
Queen City Forward Impact graduate advocating social entrepreneurs that purposefully encourages, enables and scales high-impact social enterprises in order to create a robust cluster of innovation in the Charlotte region that spurs economic development, improves the lives of citizens, and drives a new model of sustainable growth. Johnson & Wales guest lecturer.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
Selected to participate in the Queen City Forward Social Innovation Business Accelerator, class of 2013
What are your hobbies or interests?
Cooking, mixing drinks for friends, peddling through different farmers markets, wine tasting and traveling
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself starting my next business venture on the Food & Beverage Industry.
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
I want to go Sky Diving in Australia.
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I am from Raleigh, NC. I am a graduate of NC A&T SU. I bartended during and after completing my undergraduate degree, which inspired me to create a line of premium 100% all natural cocktail mixers. I still love bartending and entertaining my friends and family.
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I love snakes and wild animals but I’m terrified of insects and spiders.
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
I make it a point to contribute to the local economy in my community as I am huge supporter of local small business whether it is food, cosmetics or even apparel. I shop local. From a business standpoint I make it a point to support local suppliers. Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community. 

 

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TOP 30 UNDER 30 WINNER: Whitney Bauman

Jun 12, 2014

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Whitney White Bauman
Age: 30
Company Name: Mechanical Systems & Services
Position: Director of Marketing & Business Development
 

 

How long have you lived in Charlotte?
Six years.
What’s your occupation and position?
Director of Marketing & Business Development at MSS Solutions (aka Mechanical Systems & Services). Whitney is also an entrepreneur and owns her own business on the side, Star City PhotoBooth.
Are you involved in any community activities or projects?
• I currently coach 5-8 year olds in golf at The First Tee (The First Tee of Charlotte impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.)
• I am also a member of the Charlotte South Rotary club and we participate in various community projects throughout the year. In February we planted trees at Martin Luther King Middle School, and just a few weekends ago in May we took a group of CMS school kids on a weekend trip to the beach. Most of whom had never seen the ocean before!
• I am a member of the Ronald McDonald House Young Professionals which is a service organization that participates in a variety of service projects in and around the house and within the community each year.
• This year, as part of CREW, I am co-chairing our Queen City in Pink event that helps promote awareness of breast cancer by turning the city’s buildings and fountains pink.
Have you received/earned any recent achievements/awards?
• Whitney was named CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) New Member of the Year in December of 2012 ( for her contributions to helping plan their annual Casino Night).
• Then in October 2013 she was named a STANDOUT Charlottean for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (This included raising money to help cure cystic fibrosis).
What are your hobbies or interests?
Playing volleyball , golfing, cooking, working out, hiking and anything outdoors with my husband Andy and our lab puppy.
What is your favorite quote that you stand by?
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Well first of all, I better have been able to convince my husband to start having kids by then! My next step in my career path will be to move up to the VP level and be supervising people who do what I do now. Also, I imagine I’ll be working less on my side business because I’ll have plenty of people working for me by then so that I can sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor after all the many hours I put in to get it started!
Can you share one thing that is on your bucket list?
To go to Disney World! Isn’t it sad that I’m 30 years old and have never been?!! My parents always said they wanted to take us when we were younger but they kept waiting until the youngest child was “old enough to remember”. Then they just kept having kids so it never happened! There are 5 of us, and we are all super close so I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Tell us a little bit more about you?
I have a Marketing Management Degree and a Master’s in Business Administration from Virginia Tech. I absolutely love keeping myself busy! I play co-ed volleyball leagues three nights a week right now (which is the way I met my husband). I love my line of work because I get to meet new people every day and be part of a variety of industry networking groups. I am currently a member and co-chair of CREW Queen City in Pink which raises awareness of Breast Cancer by turning local commercial buildings lights and fountains pink in October. I am on the boards of the Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals, IFMA (International Facility Managers Association), Virginia Tech Alumni Association, and The Virginia Tech Commercial Real Estate Industry Advisory Board. I am an active member of BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association, IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management), HTA (Hospitality Tourism Alliance), CoreNet ,USGBC (US Green Building Council) and the Ronald McDonald House Young Professionals. I am a member of the Charlotte South Rotary Chapter where I am currently serving as secretary and I also volunteer my time as a coach with The First Tee.
I also love to work out and try to stay in shape. I don’t have nearly as much time for it anymore but I used to compete in figure/bodybuilding competitions and go to the gym twice a day every day. I have several trophies to prove it!
What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows?
I was the Virginia Tech mascot (The Hokie Bird) for 6 years in undergrad and grad school (2002-2008). One of the coolest parts about it was that I was the first girl EVER to be on the Capital One/ESPN All American Mascot Team and I got to fly out to LA for a week to be on set with 9 other college mascots while filming commercials!
In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community?
My contribution to the community is through the giving of my time and talents. I serve on numerous boards and committees for local charitable causes and industry groups. I am passionate about volunteering and helping to make Charlotte a better place to live, work and play.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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It’s a Guy Thing

Jun 10, 2014

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It’s good to be a guy.

And because it’s so good, we’ve dedicated a column to it.

“It’s a Guy Thing,” will feature new toys, trends and topics each month specifically for men. It’s almost guaranteed to increase testosterone levels without the side effects.

Since it is the summer guide…we’re talking long drives, quality cigars, special brews and fresh looks.

If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to hit the links. Charlotte and the surrounding areas have plenty of golf courses to choose from. But nothing steals your manhood like a drive that barely clears the ladies tee…or ends up 20 yards deep in the woods. If you want to score well, you have to hit the fairway. Club manufacturers continue to advance golf technology in efforts to help you do that.

In the past several years, adjustable drivers have been the trend. 2014 is no different. Drivers such as the Titleist 913D2, Taylor Made SLDR 460 and Callaway’s new Big Bertha offer the ability to adjust your loft, lie and face angle. This allows you to tailor both the trajectory and the shape of your shot.

But as a former golf professional, let me give you the most important piece of advice: get fitted. It doesn’t matter what new technology is available if you don’t know what your ideal “launch” numbers are. Everyone swings with a different shape, at a different height, with different angles, and at different speeds. Before you spend $400 on a driver, make sure you get the right shaft in your driver and find what loft gives you the best launch angle with the right amount of spin. Too much spin and will balloon your ball in the air or exaggerate slices and hooks. Too little spin and the ball never gets airborne.

But even if you still find yourself in the trees…a quality cigar will help ease your anxiety of that tree in the direct path of your ball. Check out cigaraficionado.com for their Cigar of the Week. At present, the Oliva Serie V Lancero is the cigar of preference. At 7” in length, this well-made lancero imparts a dense, chewy smoke that is sweet and hearty with brown sugar, smoky mesquite and rock salt flavor. Mineral flavors and coffee notes come through as well. The Serie V Lancero has a 91-rating (outstanding) and runs about $6.64 each or $30 for a box of five cigars.

Want a different cigar for the back nine? Try the CigarAffection.com 2013 cigar of the year, the Oliva Serie V Melanio. The Melanio’s wrapper is made of Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra leaf that’s dark, thick, oily and seamless in appearance. Beneath this leaf, a flavorful blend of long-leaf ligeros from Nicaragua unite, including the Oliva’s oldest, most prized leaves from Condega and Esteli, along with some extra tobaccos from Jalapa for more flavor and aroma. Each Melanio is full-bodied and full-flavored, with unique nuances such as black pepper, freshly-baked bread and unsweetened cocoa. You might also notice some toast and lightly creamed coffee. Either way, you’re in for a delicious treat from one of the most celebrated cigar-making families in Nicaragua, let alone the industry. With a 92-rating, the Melanio runs $13 for a single 7” Churchill or $110 for a box of 10.

So you’re finished your round. Maybe the course had your number today. Or maybe you’re king for a day and anxious to spend the money you took from your buddies. Either way, the night begins with a good beer. The website SummerBeerReview.com has come up with a list of 137 of the best summer beers. It is a list worth checking out.

Your favorite watering hole may not have the #1 summer beer, Hell or High Watermelon, made by 21st Amendment out of California. You may be able to find #2 and #3, Lemon Wheat and Satsuma, both by Abita out of Louisiana. Anheuser-Busch cracks the Top-10 list with three beers ranked #7-9, with Bud Light Lime, Shock Top Belgian White and Shock Top Raspberry Wheat.

If you still have gas in the tank, which you should…because you’re a guy…, then it’s time to hit the town. We men like to look good…but not spend boatloads of money doing it. We’d rather spend money on the boat. GQ magazine lists 30 ways to look good for under $50. Here are a few ideas:

The move now is to mix in some black with your washed-out blue jeans. Rock a black polo or button down with a sport jacket for a sharp, yet casual, look. The trends this summer are double-breasted, plaid and checkered blazers.

Hawaiian shirts and floral prints are in. Seems predictable, but it’s true. If you’re not feeling a full chest of flowers, layer on a light V-neck for cool nights.

And you have to have some colorful kicks. Bright sneakers are in. But whether its sneakers, sandals or dress shoes, give it some color.

If kickin’ it at home post-golf is your thing as opposed to hitting the town, then check out EA Sports Tiger Woods 14. The Xbox 360 version uses the Kinect motion-tracking system to let you play an entire round without a controller. So if your swing wasn’t working on the golf course, maybe you’ll have better luck in your living room. Still can’t find the fairway? Check out the night golf mode and blame it on the dark.

Whatever your pursuit in June, “It’s a Guy Thing,” is a motto not an excuse. Make this month count.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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The Trend Report

Jun 10, 2014

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Top 5 2014 Beauty Trend Must Haves

 

I must start by saying that it's been a long time since I've been this excited about beauty trends. Some of these trends are hot off the presses and some are old school trends that are back with a vengeance! The overall MAJOR stand-out is that glowing BARE SKIN is in! Before you think, "My skin is not ready for the bare skin look", I've got all the answers to give you the illusion of the no makeup, makeup look. I'm so excited, so let's get started!

1st 2104 Beauty Trend Must Have: Bronzed Glowing Bare Skin

Dispose of the powder bronzers today! Powder bronzer is a nightmare waiting to happen. Let me explain. Because it is a powder, as it mixes with oils from your skin, moisturizer or humidity, it will start to oxidize and turn darker (and more orange) as you wear it. I love and recommend Golden iMpact liquid bronzer from iMpact color cosmetics. You simply pump 1 to 2 pumps on your fingertips and apply directly to the face as if it were a moisturizer. The result is a beautiful, subtle sun-kissed glow. If you want more color, add another layer. It protects the skin with Vitamins A, C and E and comforts the skin with coconut oil. Not to mention, it smells like the beach. The greatest part…it's not powder. So you will look tanned, not orange! It's also light-reflective so it blurs imperfections. Also enjoy this gem of a product by putting a pump in your daily moisturizer or BB Cream. It's AWESOME! A total MUST-HAVE!

2nd 2014 Beauty Trend Must Have: The Lip Slip by Sara Happ

If you are like me, a lip balm junkie, then you must try The Lip Slip by Sara Happ! I literally obsess over lip balm. I'm always on the search for the next best one. As a beauty insider, I started to hear about The Lip Slip from Sara Happ. Every magazine I opened, there it was. I picked up a tube at the ever so chic Maven Beauty Bar in downtown Frederick, MD during my personal appearance there, and I cannot begin to describe the awesomeness of this product! Sara Happ nailed it with the texture, tone and wear. If you've been looking for the go-to lip product for everyday life, search no more. Be the IT girl of your group of girlfriends and get the IT product of 2014!

3rd 2014 Beauty Trend Must Have: Bright Orange Lipstick

Code Orange!!! Ladies, it's time to get out of your comfort zone! ORANGE is the new LIPS! I've said it before and I'll say it again, orange lipstick looks good on everyone one. Yes, everyone! Contrary to popular belief, the warm tone of an orange lipstick is very complimentary to the skin tone. It lights up the face. The color orange in the world of beauty is associated with confidence and youthfulness. The other great thing about a bold lip color is the fact you don't have to wear very much makeup otherwise. It pulls the attention away from blemishes and imperfections. Put on your fabulous orange lipstick and big pair of shades and off you go! Try it. You'll love it.

4th 2014 Beauty Trend Must Have: It's BAAAAAAAAAACK! White Eye Liner

It's definitely back. The white liner. What started as a trick for on-air newscasters and actors quickly became a big makeup trend in the 90's. I'm thrilled to announce that it's back with a vengeance. Whether you're wearing it on the inner water line on the bottom lash line or opting for a bolder statement, the rule here is to have fun! Don't take it so serious. There are great benefits to lining the inner water line on the bottom with white liner. It can create a greater openness to the eyes but can also make tired eyes look more rested. This is even a great trick for men with tired eyes. If you're not sure about the white liner and how to use it, check out some YouTube tutorials. Fun stuff!

5th 2014 Beauty Trend Must Have: Sonia Kashuk Body Oil

Obsessed is an understatement for my next must-have! I threw out all of the body lotions I had in my arsenal because of all of the harsh ingredients, and also because I never felt really hydrated. God bless the day I discovered Sonia Kashuk Body Oil from Target. Using botanical oils and a vitamin complex, this oil nourishes and hydrates the skin beautifully. It also leaves a great sheen to the skin giving a healthy glow and accentuated muscle tone. It comes in different scents, but my favorite is the one with sandalwood, jasmine and vanilla. It can serve as your daily fragrance as well or you can marry it with your signature fragrance. Run, don’t walk to Target for this amazing must-have!

Life Trend

You have the right to change your mind. I remember reading an article in O Magazine written by Oprah herself. It was her column "What I Know For Sure", and she was sharing her experience of first realizing that she could adopt into her consciousness that she had the right to change her mind if something she had committed to no longer felt right. Being someone who always wanted to keep my word and many times would go against my instinct, this really spoke to me. Once I made this thought a part of MY conscious living, it radically changed my life and my decision making. Most importantly, it increased my PEACE! What I now know for sure is that YOU and I have the right to change our mind. We must live our lives based on what gives us peace not on what others think of us.

Stan Owings
Creator & Founder, iMpact color cosmetics
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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The Style Guy | Summer Style Tips

Jun 10, 2014

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With warm weather here to stay, it is time to gear up for what exactly that means for your summer wardrobe. Summer is the most casual of the seasons for menswear, especially any time spent near a body of water, but that doesn’t mean it is a season to slack on when it comes to your personal style. In the spirit of summer I thought it would be appropriate to answer a few of the most important questions from our readers, and provide some tips and advice along the way.

 

What is your ideal “go to” outfit for the summer?

Bradley Rhyne: Summer is absolutely a time to keep things simple, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your sense of style. A plain crewneck t-shirt (no graphics for me), some chinos or shorts, loafers and a leather strap / sport watch is my summer staple outfit this year. Feel free to mix in some colors (whether it be in the shirt or pants), and above all else, nail the fit. The watch is a great statement piece that adds a little extra detail to the overall very simple and casual outfit.

I have a few weddings coming up this summer, what should I wear?

BR: So first off, any suit that is too dark seems a little out of place for sunshine, so I recommend focusing on something lighter in color and fabric weight. A khaki suit would be my first choice (one that fits great of course), as it looks sharp and polished, but more subdued than anything that might be too formal. Fabric wise, go with a lightweight cotton, or perhaps linen (this comes with a “proceed with caution” warning though), as linen will wrinkle very easily. Basically, if you don’t know how to use an iron then forget about it, it can only end badly.

I plan on spending a lot of time at the pool this summer. Any recommendations on what trunks I should wear?

BR: Stay away from board shorts, and anything that ends below the knee, and absolutely no speedos…ever (if this ever comes “in style” for those other than Olympic swimmers, I am getting out of the fashion business completely). Trunks that end at mid-thigh with small, understated prints (stay away from loud and large floral prints) are my go-to for a day at the pool/beach.

I’m in the market for some new sunglasses, any recommendations?

BR: The tried and true shades you can’t go wrong with are standard aviators (Ray Ban makes a great pair). Nothing says summer quite like a pair of ray ban aviators dangling from you shirt when not in use. A matte finish tortoise shell frame is also very versatile and a good luck for just about anyone. I would, however, make sure I stay away from anything that is white or bright colors, as these are way too overstated and cause the wrong sort of attention to your style.

What tips do you have on footwear that are summertime appropriate, and how should they be worn?

BR: So for what it’s worth, here is my take…flip flops are for the beach, the pool and around the house…period. I know it is so easy to slide them on an off, and they are extremely breathable in that mid summertime heat, but for any occasion you are going to outside of those listed locations…my lean is always to go with a loafer or driving shoe. Summer style is already so basic, so I am always looking for any way possible to dress up my outfit, and the loafer is the perfect way to do so. In terms of how to wear loafers / driving shoes / boat shoes, they all go great with either chinos or shorts. An important note to mention is that no socks are allowed (yes you would be wise to keep this in mind for any airport travel, as you may not want to be barefoot going through security)

I hope you all have a great summer, and I look forward to answering additional questions throughout the summer season!

Bradley Rhyne, Contributor Writer
CEO and Co Founder of OLE MASON JAR
 

 

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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Debra’s Summer Product Picks for Beach, BBQ and Vacation FUN!

Jun 10, 2014

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There is something magical about summer. Perhaps it is the memories about childhood vacations we reflect on, less structure for those with small children when school has ended or looking forward to lots of lake time on your boat. Whatever it is, summer is a favorite for most and I am the president of the “Summer Fan Club!”

 

Debra’s Summer Product Picks for Beach, BBQ and Vacation FUN!

There is something magical about summer. Perhaps it is the memories about childhood vacations we reflect on, less structure for those with small children when school has ended or looking forward to lots of lake time on your boat. Whatever it is, summer is a favorite for most and I am the president of the “Summer Fan Club!”

Summer is indeed in full swing and I am sharing my favorite products that will keep you feeling (and looking) cool in the sweltering Carolina heat. Attached to summertime are lots of swimsuit opportunities, and are we ever truly prepared ladies? What about humidity and hair frizz? Can we really prevent puffy hair in humid weather? Do you have your perfect smile ready for summer? Gleaming white teeth and a wide smile convey an air of confidence and is the first thing people notice when they first meet you.

I am ready to spend my summer at the beach, at barbeques, nights of fun with friends and family and lots of all around summer fun. I am going to share my favorite products that will get you swimsuit ready, hair ready and smile ready. These are my favorites for this summer that I LOVE, and will get you “Summer Fabulous” in minutes.

My favorites take beach weathered hair or puffy hair to fabulous locks with Bangs to Go . It’s easy to use and the hot ticket this summer. Summer berries, red wine or coffee can stain your teeth. A little ROCKSTAR White teeth whitening will make you smile ready and camera ready in a flash as your gleaming with confidence with your beautiful white smile. Have some fun with color this summer with
Dare Me Vibrant Temporary Hair Color (lasts up to 20 washes) or chalk it up with Wicked Crown Hair Chalks as you’re never too old to have fun. Flatter your figure with Adonia LegTone Serum & Adonia TummyTone Serum, whatever your body type is; these products will help you look swimsuit savvy. Feeling Exotic this summer season? Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses will give you a megawatt smile.
These Glosses by Gerard Cosmetics in Borneo, Bahama, Phuket, Bermuda, & Fiji will set the mood for a perfect summer. The best
part is the added bonus of the gloss lighting up when you need to freshen up in the dark.

Lights! Camera! Take action with these summer products that celebs depend on to stay fabulous from head to toe. These products will make you feel perfectly polished and put-together and ready for
SUMMER FUN!

Check out my TV Show every Saturday night @ 9:30 PM on TV Access 21 or visit my website for podcasts, TV Segments from Rising and Charlotte Today or previous articles from Elevate Lifestyle – http://www.debrakennedyshow.com - Until Next Time.

Debra Ann Kennedy – Lifestyle Editor
 

 

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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SIP

Jun 10, 2014

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In many of my articles I write about how you can master making cocktails at home, how to drink smart when watching your calories or telling you about the newest watering hole in Charlotte. Today, I’m changing it up a bit. I have found myself in so many great conversations when I am out talking about random cool facts with new liquor brands that are out there or cool trends. So in this article, I am going to share with you some cool little buzz worthy tidbits that you may find interesting in my wild and wacky world of booze.

 

Wild Turkey Celebrates 60 Years of Master Distiller Jimmy Russell

Breakout the Bourbon! Wild Turkey’s Master Distiller Jimmy Russell celebrates 60 years of service this year, making him the longest tenured, active Master Distiller of any whiskey brand in North America. Some of you may remember meeting this spry guy two years ago at Prohibition or at Whiskey River running around taking pictures with all the pretty girls. This Bourbon Hall of Famer turns 80 this November…congrats Jimmy Russell and Wild Turkey!

George Clooney + Tequila…Do I have your Attention?
Longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s hubby) and Michael Meldman love tequila; on the rocks, by the shot and at times…straight from the bottle Tequila-filled nights with friends is how Casamigos was born. Casamigos, (meaning House of Friends) was truly a surprise to me when we came to start selling it a month ago here in NC.

Jaded by so many liquor brands out there these days that have been endorsed by celebrities…I was more than a little skeptical about this new tequila, until I tasted them. These guys clearly brought something more to the table than your average celebrity spirits brand that’s for sure! The Blanco has a vibrant aroma and taste all the way through with a very pleasant mouth coating feel on the palate with a warm light spicy bite.

The Reposado hit all the right notes, agave aromatics on the nose, with subtle exotic spices. On the palate, wisps of vanilla and a creamy oakiness are front and center, but not to the point of overpowering the agave. Sorry…I got caught in my Liquor tasting notes…yeah yeah…mouth feel, exotic spices…all that mumbo jumbo liquor jargon. Bottom line, these tequilas are delish! Casamigos is truly a quality product that any tequila lover will respect and enjoy. Even more than the product being amazing is that all of George Clooney’s profits from Casamigos goes to charity. Can Clooney get any better?
http://www.casamigostequila.com

 


The Moscow Mule
You probably have seen the trend of copper mugged drinks growing here in Charlotte as in many parts of the US. This is a drink that nearly everyone will enjoy. It knows no gender or cultural boundaries. The Moscow Mule is a great all-around drink. Its gingery kick makes it warming in winter, but its lime flavor makes it refreshing in hot weather too. Born in the early 1940s when vodka was first being marketed heavily in the United States. Before that, gin was the clear liquor of choice, and vodka was considered a distinctly Russian spirit, hence the name. This may be my favorite of the classic cocktails that are making their return…and you can find a good many versions of them here in Charlotte! Stop by Soul Gastrolounge, Heist Brewery, Libretto’s on Park, Pisces Sushi or Midwood Smokehouse and give their version a try!

The Moscow Mule
Over ice, mix:
1 part vodka
1 part fresh-squeezed lime juice
3 parts ginger beer (or ginger ale)

Preparation:
Add the vodka and ginger beer to a copper Moscow Mule mug or highball glass filled with ice and stir briefly. Squeeze the lime wedges into the drink before adding them to the glass. Stir briefly.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select
New and very noteworthy to me is this limited barreled Jack Daniels. Bottled at 90 proof, and made with unique “Sinatra Barrels”, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select pays tribute to Jack’s biggest fan: Mr. Frank Sinatra. These Sinatra barrels have deep grooves on the inside of the staves — which exposes the whiskey to extra layers of oak. This imparts a rich amber color, bold character and a pleasant smokiness, followed by an incredibly smooth vanilla finish. Much like Frank himself, this whiskey is one of a kind.

ALL HAIL THE COCKTAIL!
Tales of the Cocktail is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in the spirits and bartending world. Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. Charlotte always has some great representation down there…working on their craft to bring back to the QC. So if you love spirits and want to learn more, join us in New Orleans July 16-20th for the 12th Annual Tales of the Cocktail, where for five days the cocktail reigns supreme. All Hail the Cocktail!
http://www.talesofthecocktail.com/

CHEERS! 

Lauren Nguyen
On Premise Manager for Republic National Distributing Company, representing various portfolio of spirits for North Carolina.

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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BY THE PINT

Jun 10, 2014

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Join Guys with Ties Charlotte for their Inaugural, Cans: Recycled Canned Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, June 28th at Brazwell's Premium Pub in the parking lot from 1pm - 5pm.
Let's get together to enjoy this festive opportunity to educate and celebrate canned craft beer and local charity efforts.

 

Guys with Ties Charlotte is an organization that raises money and awareness for local charities in the Charlotte Metropolitan area by planning and hosting entertaining events.
Their goal is to connect Charlotte's businesses and growing population of young professionals to organizations in the community that make Charlotte a better place.

Guys with Ties Charlotte launched Charlotte in 2006 and have worked tirelessly to develop connections with local area charities and non-profits, as well as local venues and businesses. These established connections - or "ties” into the community have enabled them to be ideally suited for partnerships with select charities to strategize, plan, and host fun events that serve as catalysts for bringing awareness and funds to their selected charities by utilizing their experience in serving Charlotte's young professional community.

You might ask, Why Canned Beer?

Part of the Craft Beer Revolution is the movement by breweries from bottling their beers to canning their craft beer. In the past, canned beer was looked down upon by craft beer drinkers because it was associated with "cheaper" beer and because of the metallic taste that can often be present when drinking from cans. As technology has advanced, the benefits of canning beers have taken a giant leap forward in the packaging and flavor preservation of craft beers. Join us at the inaugural Cans: Recycled Canned Craft Beer Festival to learn more about the benefits of canned beers and help celebrate those breweries who have lead this packaging revolution.

Ticket Information: All tickets include four hours of sampling, a commemorative sampling glass, and live entertainment. There will be a special "Brews Fest Menu" that will be available for purchase from Brazwell's Premium Pub. You must be 21 to attend and have a valid ID and the event is rain or shine. There will be 20 local, regional, and national craft breweries with over 45 different craft beers.

Early bird tickets are $20 until they run out, then $25 until June 21st then, $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $35 and include exclusive sampling opportunities and VIP seating area. Tickets can be purchased at TicketsSoEasy.com/CANS

Participating Breweries

Goose Island Beer Co.: Goose Island – IPA, and Summertime

Shock Top Brewing Co.: Belgium White, Raspberry Wheat, and Honeycrisp Apple Wheat

Uinta Brewing Co.: Hop Nosh IPA, Trader Session IPA, WYLD Extra Pale Ale, and SUN'R Summer Ale

Narragansett Beer: SUMMER Ale, Gansett Light, FEST Lager, and Del's Shandy

Founders Brewing Co.: Centennial IPA, and ALL DAY IPA

Carolina Brewery: Flagship Pale Ale, and Sky Blue Golder Ale

The Brooklyn Brewery: Summer Ale, Golden Ale, and East India Pale Ale

Redhook Ale Brewery: Long Hammer IPA

SweetWater Brewing Company: Extra Pale Ale 420, and India Pale Ale

New Belgium Brewing: Fat Tire Amber Ale, Snapshot American Wheat, Shift American Pale Lager, and Ranger IPA

Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina: Dale’s Pale Ale, Mamma’s Little Yella Pils, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Gordon Ale, Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, and Gubna Imperial IPA

Kona Brewing Company: Whale Ale Wheat Pale Ale, Longboard Island Lager, and Pipeline Porter

Catawba Brewing Company: Farmer Ted’s Farmhouse Cream Ale, White Zombie Ale, and
Firewater India Pale Ale

Aviator Brewing: Devils Stopping Ground, HOGWILD Pale Ale, and HOT ROD RED Draft Ale

Blue Moon Brewing Company: Blue Moon Belgian White

American Craft Cider CRISPIN: Crispin Original

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
Elevate Lifestyle and Roaring Riot have partnered up with Guys with Ties to make this event a successful one. We would like to thank these companies for being sponsors: Goose Island Beer Co., Shock Top Brewing Co., and Yellow Cab Company. 

Steve Caldwell, Publisher

 

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Charlotte's Best Uptown Directory at your Fingertips

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Skyline Hot Happenings

Jun 10, 2014

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Summer is FINALLY here, and nothing says summer like great music. Music festival season is upon us, from all corners of the great US, music festivals are taking shape nationwide and people from everywhere are clamoring to get to one. Elevate has taken note of some of the most sought after music festivals and listed them here for you…you’re welcome! We love everything that the summer brings; good food, great brews, plenty of sunshine and LIVE MUSIC! Check out some of the festivals listed below near and far. Wherever you go, be safe, have fun and don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

HOT HAPPENINGS
Summer is FINALLY here, and nothing says summer like great music. Music festival season is upon us, from all corners of the great US, music festivals are taking shape nationwide and people from everywhere are clamoring to get to one. Elevate has taken note of some of the most sought after music festivals and listed them here for you…you’re welcome! We love everything that the summer brings; good food, great brews, plenty of sunshine and LIVE MUSIC! Check out some of the festivals listed below near and far. Wherever you go, be safe, have fun and don’t forget the sunscreen!

BONNAROO
June 12-15, 2014 | Manchester, Tennessee
At Bonnaroo, 80,000 happy campers nestled in 700 acres of Manchester, Tennessee nature for four days of pure music bliss. Headliners this year include Kanye West, Elton John, Skrillex, Jack White, and Frank Ocean. With over 150 performances slated and more to be announced, Bonnaroo secures its reputation as a music festival mainstay! They’ll feature 10+ stages of music, dozens of comedians to keep the crowd buzzing with good spirits and thousands of friends to be made. There is an unwritten code of conduct for campers and lucky for you, they wrote it…and you can read it by visiting their site. Have fun Bonnaroovians! Bonnaroo.com

ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL
June 20-22, 2014 | Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NV
This 3 day festival is as big and widely known as Coachella. The Electric Daisy festival or EDC, has already sold out completely and that’s before they have even named the lineup of artists performing! The internationally acclaimed carnival-themed event features full-size carnival rides, art installations, hundreds of costume-clad performers, and the largest stage built in North America. The festival takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but they also have future dates available in New York, The UK, Orlando and Mexico if you’re down for travelling abroad. With over 200 artists, musical acts and theatrical performers last year, 2014 will prove only to be bigger and better. ElectricDaisyCarnival.com

HOT 97’S SUMMER JAM
June 21, 2014 | MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Since 1994, Hot 97 has brought fans the biggest hip hop event of the year with its SUMMER JAM festival. This one day festival features big name artists in Hip Hop and R & B such as 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Young Money, The Roots and Friends, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Kid Ink, Sevyn Streeter and many more! Hot97.com/SummerJam

Essence Music Festival
July 4-6, 2014 | New Orleans, LA
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, The Essence Music Festival is bringing some of music’s biggest names to join the party! With Prince headlining on the July 4th kickoff, they are starting this year’s festival with a Bang! Other artists include: Eve, Stephanie Mills, Leela James, Naughty by Nature, Estelle, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, The Roots, Ledisi, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle, Sebastian Mikael, Sevyn Streeter, Elle Varner and many more! Essence will also bring festival goers guest speakers such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Alicia Keys, Yolanda Adams and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. All of this and its host city is New Orleans at multiple locations including Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Superdome! Plenty of Cajun style fun to be had here for 3 magical nights. Essence.com/Festival

BARNSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 19, 2014 | Huntersville, North Carolina
This Indoor and Outdoor BYOB festival is representing the music festival scene and Carolinas well. This year’s lineup will feature The New Familiars, Pimps of Joytime, Styles & Complete, RDGLDGRN, Soul Khan, DJ Dirty and more to be announced! There’ll be a host of activities for festival goers such as their Charity Beach Volleyball Tournament, a Cross-Fit Pull-Up Contest and Half Pipe Skate Contest. Attendees are allowed to bring alcohol in any can, plastic, or aluminum container, chairs, blankets/tarps, cameras/Video equipment, pets, cornhole boards and even instruments! Items you usually cannot bring into any music venue. Check their site for more info. Barnstock has helped raise over $30,000 for benefiting charities in the past and will benefit the Davidson Fire Department, Headbands of Hope, and Cannon School this year. MyBarnStock.com

LOLLAPALOOZA
August 1-3, 2014 | Grant Park, Chicago
With headliners like Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Lorde and Nas, Lollapalooza continues to be one of THE music festivals to attend annually! With over 130 bands and acts performing over a 3 day span, Lollapalooza is jam packed with something for everyone. Grant Park will be buzzing with people from all walks of life here for the sole pleasure of the experience of attending Lollapalooza. Food at Chow Town, curated by Chicago’s own celebrity chef Graham Elliot, will offer the most delicious festival food, drinks and sweets from the Windy City’s favorite restaurants. Got kids? No problem Kidzapalooza is free for kids 10 and under and offers parents and kids the opportunity to catch family-friendly music with its own stage and various activities including creating their own music, arts & crafts and much more.
Lolapalooza.com

As you can see this summer is chocked full of fun festivals from all over! There are many more to find and attend. Other festivals Elevate Lifestyle would like to mention are Summerfest in Milwaukee, the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Vans Warped Tour, KS 107.5 Summer Jam and the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. So much to see and do from June to August your summer will be filled with music and fun. Pack up your friends and head to the nearest plane, train or automobile and get your music festival on!

~Teka Rose, Editor
    

 

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Charlotte's Best Uptown Directory at your Fingertips

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Brooke Hummel New Teen Pop/Country Songstress

Jun 10, 2014

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The teen Pop/Country Songstress is the newest addition to BNR Record’s diverse artist roster in
Charlotte, North Carolina. Gifted with a beautiful voice, Brooke is already being noticed
Statewide and it won’t be long before Brooke Hummel’s music is heard globally. From
hometown showcases in Blowing Rock, North Carolina to touring, Brooke is about to set sail for
her destination to industry success. Already gaining more than 9,500 total views in one month
for her covers of “Skinny Love” and “Don’t Forget to Remember Me”, Brooke is already paving
her lane!

 

In early May 2014, Brooke Hummel became BNR Records’ youngest artist and first female act.
She has a work ethic and vision that is unmatched by most 14 year olds. Currently, BNR
Records and Brooke are working on her EP. In the meantime, Brooke can be seen performing
the national anthem at your favorite sporting events and singing covers on YouTube!

 

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Charlotte's Best Uptown Directory at your Fingertips

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Rockin’ & Racin’ Exhibit @NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Jun 10, 2014

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Rockin’ & Racin’ Exhibit @NASCAR Hall Of Fame starting on 6/24/14 and going through 1/2/15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (check our website for special hours). Admission price is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5.

 

Get ready for a jam session like no other at the Rockin' & Racin' exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. From rock stars to country crooners to rappers, the sport has welcomed all genres of music to rally around the action on the track. Working with record executives like Scott Borchetta and Mike Curb as well as music artist Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down among others, this exhibit features artifacts that truly rock. Artifacts include the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette featured in Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama” music video, country music star Marty Robbins’ 1964 Plymouth race car, Juan Pablo Montoya’s 2012 No. 42 Chevrolet sponsored by Taylor Swift, the 2003 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 guitar trophy and more. The Rockin' & Racin' exhibit will be on display through the end of the year.

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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The Beautiful People of Charlotte are about to get Ugly

Jun 10, 2014

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The face of Charlotte’s ever-changing nightlife scene is set to make a hard left turn with the opening of its newest venue, Automatic Slims. The 11,000 Sq. Foot establishment, located adjacent to The Fillmore in the NC Music Factory, will officially open its doors to the public Friday June 6 and Saturday June 7th.

 

Gone are the days of ultra-chic bottle-service only clubs – Automatic Slims ushers in a new form of entertainment that serves as a strong contrast to a nightclub and is, quintessentially, dive bar-sexy. The nostalgic Americana theme inspired by Southern California 1960s Kustom Kulture goes back to a time where hot rods, bikers and renegade babes ruled. Old school music videos displayed on a 15 screen synchronized video wall, while the DJ spins from an Airstream trailer, and rockin’ music with hot bartending beauties dancing on the bar will keep the crowd revved up. Automatic Slims will re-invent Rock anthem parties with its trademark Rok O’Rama modern vintage mashups.

“Forget the attitude– Automatic Slims is all about checking your inhibitions at the door and having fun in the ultimate dive-bar experience -Owner/Designer Andrew Kostas says” . “Beautiful people from all over the world have been living out our mantra in our venues in Ft. Lauderdale and South Beach for years and we wanted to bring that experience to Charlotte.”

Automatic Slims offers three distinct venues under one roof: outside of its cornerstone bar, you’ll find Betty’s Pool Hall and Don Tiki’s Surf Lounge (Coming this Summer). Each with their own individual themes and custom décor, they are designed to fill the nostalgic yearning for years long past.
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Betty’s Pool Hall is a sleek and sexy hideaway where patrons can kick back and set the tone with a killer underground selection on the jukebox. Hustle a table in one of many lounge areas with lush vintage furnishings and a theme that pays homage to the iconic “Queen of Pinup” Betty Paige. Unpretentious and laid back, this is sure to be a hit with pool junkies and locals.

Don Tiki’s is a chill outdoor surf bar with an atmosphere that will transport regulars to the Hawaiian North Shore. Hang loose and dive into some killer surf footage and surf rock at this local hangout. Soak up the good vibes and lay back under a Tiki hut with a cold beer or one of many specialty rum drinks on the menu. The forbidden world of Don Tiki is an exotic paradise in Charlotte’s own backyard.

“Automatic Slims is the type of bar where you can find yourself sitting next to a celebrity who is there to have a good time just like a common Joe…without roped off private tables and without the typical BS that comes with a high-end establishment,” GM Frankie Aldino said.

And the patrons aren’t the only ones who are there for a good time. The bartenders and staffers bring the pin-up girl era to life mixing in with guests to promote the vibe that Automatic Slims has become known for.
“Remember the best frat party you ever attended in college? We didn’t think so, because it was that much fun,” Owner Eric Levin said. “And odds are you won’t remember a good majority of the nights you spend at Slims either, because that’s the kind of party we throw and you’ll be back for repeats.”

For additional information, download the Automatic Slims free mobile app at Automatic Slims NC to get invitations to private VIP events, waived cover charges, access to loyalty programs, free drinks, event calendar updates, and more. To schedule an interview with concept designer Andy Kostas or proprietor Eric Levin and for private tours of the venue, please contact Tifini Noble at 910-978-7094.

 

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Charlotte's Best Uptown Directory at your Fingertips

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

Kennedy's Premium Bar & Grill is located in the historic Elizabeth area of Charlotte. Located on the corner of 7th Street & North Caswell, open

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Aerial and Contemporary Dance Company and School

Jun 10, 2014

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Welcome to Charlotte’s only aerial and contemporary dance company and school. CC&Co. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people of diverse backgrounds to explore beyond their boundaries through performance and education. Our vision is to create educational opportunities for people to experience the world from a unique and artistic perspective, which will enrich their lives and the lives of those around them. CC&Co. is proud to be a resident company of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. We look forward to having you apart of our programs!

 

Circus Camp: June 16 – 20, July 7 – 11
Ages 6 – 12 | 9am – 5pm | Bring a lunch

Circus Camp inspires creativity and confidence all while building skills in the circus arts. With classes in Juggling, Partn