YOUNG AFFILIATES OF THE MINT TO HOST 24th ANNUAL DERBY DAYS

May 03, 2014

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The Young Affiliates of the Mint (YAM) will host the 24th Annual Derby Days with Triple Crown Sponsor The Sporting Gent. The event will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 3 - 7 p.m. on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph, located at 2730 Randolph Road in Charlotte.

 

New for this year's Derby Days, the YAMs will feature a signature Derby cocktail, The Mint's Julep, featuring Maker's Mark® Bourbon Whiskey and Maker's 46® Bourbon Whiskey, using the recipe of Heist Brewery's award-winning mixologist, Stefan Huebner. In addition to the traditional hat contest for the ladies, this year's event will also feature a Dapper Dan contest for the best-dressed gentleman at Derby Days.

Named the "Best Party for Young Socials" by SouthPark Magazine, Derby Days brings together more than 300 of Charlotte's young professionals to enjoy a day of live entertainment; lawn games; free beer, wine, and food; a silent auction; 50/50 raffle; as well as a large-screen viewing of the Kentucky Derby, dubbed "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports."

The Official After-Party for this year's Derby Days will be held at Peculiar Rabbit, located at 1212 Pecan Avenue.

Tickets will be sold online, with Early Bird prices starting at $30 for YAM members and $45 for nonmembers. The price for both will increase by $10 after April 19. Those who wish to attend must purchase their tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. This event is for patrons 21 years of age or older.

Money raised from the event will go toward Project FundaMINTal. Project FundaMINTal is the YAM's campaign to raise $10,000 that will help support the Mint's Annual Fund in 2014. The Mint's Annual Fund addresses the most critical needs of the museum.

For more information about the 2014 Derby Days, visit http://www.derbydayscharlotte.com.

 

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HOMETOWN TONYA PHIFER/WOMENS BLUE CHIPS

May 02, 2014

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Local hometown basketball star Tonya Phifer announces ownership of a Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League franchise called the Charlotte Invasion. Phifer was born, raised and educated in the Charlotte area. She still holds records at Charlotte Latin and UNC-Charlotte for most points scored.

 

Phifer has a long list of career achievements including first team all-conference USA, 2001 WNBA draft prospect – having been invited and participating in the 2001 WNBA combine, and Top 5 in scoring in UNCC history. After a stellar collegiate career, Phifer went on to start an impressive professional career as a private investigator.

Being back “home” has even more meaning now that she can give back to the community that supported her as a student-athlete. “I find it necessary to give back to basketball and the city of Charlotte all that was invested in me,” says Phifer. Charlotte Invasion gives her an opportunity to pay it forward, and that’s what she plans to do.

This hometown team is sure to revive the women’s basketball fans that have felt displaced since the WNBA team; Charlotte Sting is no longer playing. “Charlotte Invasion will serve as a home for those players transitioning from college, overseas, and former WNBA players alike. And our main goal is to bring a championship back to Charlotte,” says CEO/owner Tonya Phifer.

Charlotte Invasion’s season starts in May. They are always looking for talented young women who are looking to take their careers to the next level. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or team information, please visit our website at http://www.charlotteinvasion.com or call our Director of Marketing, Alexis Davis at (919) 673-6736.

About Charlotte Invasion:

Our purpose is to provide ladies ages 20 and older in and around our community the opportunity to compete in basketball beyond amateur status. The vision of the organization is to create a positive impact on the community by developing athletes into positive role models with the desire to exhibit excellence in everyday life.

About the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League:

The WBCBL's mission is to provide highly competitive basketball for women age 20 and older (by May 1st). The competition level ranges from former College players to former NWBL and WNBA players and current international players. In addition, the WBCBL has built a networking relationship with professional international basketball scouts and agents to broaden the possibility of higher-level professional jobs being offered.
 

 

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DISCOVERY PLACE/VAN GOGH

Apr 25, 2014

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–From Milan and Moscow, to Istanbul and Budapest, the globally-acclaimed exhibition Van Gogh Alive now comes to the United States east coast for the first time when it debuts at Discovery Placeon April 25.

 

Presented to the community by Wells Fargo, Van Gogh Alive is the synthesis of traditional art and modern technology. Over 3,000 of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works are taken outside of the frame and brought to life in a whirlwind of vibrant colors and vivid details. For the first time, guests can walk through images of famous works, such as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” “The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum,” “The Yellow House,” “Bedroom in Arles” and many more.

“This exhibition redefines a traditional museum experience, displaying Van Gogh’s masterpieces in larger-than-life proportions. Guests may have had previous opportunities to see a few authentic paintings in a gallery, but Van Gogh Alive brings thousands of Van Gogh’s images under one roof in a stunning audio-visual format,” said Discovery Place, Inc. president and CEO, Catherine Wilson Horne. “Visitors can expect to be astonished and drawn into the splendor of this experience.”

“We are pleased to support Discovery Place and help bring this acclaimed artwork to Charlotte,” said Kendall Alley, Community Banking regional president for Charlotte. “Wells Fargo takes pride in supporting Charlotte, as well as the arts in our local communities. Our goal is to help build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life and make a positive difference.”

Upon entering the Sensory4 gallery, guests will be completely immersed in Van Gogh’s paintings with floor-to-ceiling projections that scale Discovery Place’s exhibition space. Synchronized to a classical score featuring the works of composers George Handel, Camille Saint-Saens and Franz Schubert, this extraordinary experience will transport visitors on an expressive journey into Van Gogh’s troubled life and brilliant work using light, color and sound.

The exhibition traces Van Gogh’s artwork from his early life in the Netherlands to his pinnacle masterpieces in Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Throughout this journey, visitors will learn about the creative origins of the paintings and view excerpts from Van Gogh’s letters that offer insight into the artist’s life. Many of the images draw attention to key features of the art and allow people to study Van Gogh’s dramatic use of color and technique.

From the gallery, guests can dive deeper into art exploration in the Artist’s Studio to experiment with the intersections of art and science. What does a painting sound like? Listen to a Van Gogh print using robotic frequencies that translate colors into sound waves. Practice shadow techniques using light, texture and mixed media to create a unique masterpiece. Discover what electrical circuits and paint have in common to explore paintings that play musical notes.

Exclusive to Discovery Place is an experience created by celebrated artist Ivan Toth Depeña, known for his use of science, technology and traditional media. In partnership with McColl Center for Visual Art, Depeña has created an opportunity for visitors to become a Van Gogh painting. Using projection-based interactive technology, guests’ silhouettes will be digitally ‘painted’ in Van Gogh’s infamous style. To further investigate Depeña’s work, explore texture using 3D-printed recreations of Van Gogh’s art to understand his infamous brushstroke techniques.

Part of what makes Van Gogh’s art so famous today is his life story. While exploring the exhibition, guests will get to meet the artist face-to-face through dramatic interpretation. Guests may encounter Vincent van Gogh himself; Theo van Gogh, younger brother and art dealer to Van Gogh; or Paul Gauguin, the artist who commissioned Van Gogh’s famous “Sunflowers” paintings; or even Adeline Ravoux, the daughter of Van Gogh’s inn-keeper who modeled for the painting “Portrait of Adeline Ravoux." Their interactions will bring the artist’s story to life, giving guests the opportunity to ask questions and interact with history.

For further insight into Van Gogh, the artist and the man, Discovery Place brings to the IMAX® screen Van Gogh: Brush with Genius in The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre. Guests will relive Van Gogh's life journey through his letters, visit the landscapes that inspired many famous paintings and discover the man they never knew. The film retraces the artist's journey from the time of his first canvases at the age of 27 to his death on July 29, 1890. Experience the dazzling yellow of Van Gogh's cornfields to the deep blue of his famous “Starry Night” on the giant screen. (IMAX films are not included in exhibition ticket price).

 

Van Gogh Alive will be on exhibition at Discovery Place for a limited time only, from April 25 – June 1, 2014. Tickets are now on sale for timed entries, so before making a purchase, visitors will be asked to select the date and time of their visit. Guests can purchase tickets in one of three ways: online at discoveryplace.org., via phone at 704.372.6261 x300 or in person at Discovery Place.

Admission to Van Gogh Alive is $20 for adults (14-59); $18 for children (2-13) or seniors (60+); and free for children younger than 2. All tickets include full day admission to Discovery Place. Discovery Place Members may purchase tickets for $5. IMAX tickets may be added for an additional $5 per person. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Children age 13 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult while in Discovery Place.

The last timed-entry tickets will be sold for entry 60 minutes prior to Museum closing. During the run of the exhibition, the Museum is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last exhibition ticket sold at 3:00 p.m.); Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last exhibition ticket sold at 5:00 p.m.); and Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m. (last exhibition ticket sold at 4:00 p.m.).

 

Van Gogh Alive and Van Gogh: Brush with Genius are presented to the community by Wells Fargo. The Charlotte Observer, NBC Charlotte WCNC-TV and 107.9 THE LINK are media partners.

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.

About Grande Exhibitions

Van Gogh Alive is produced by Grande Exhibitions. Using cutting edge technology, Grande Exhibitions creates interactive, immersive SENSORY 4™ experiences that are both engaging and entertaining. In addition to touring exhibitions, the company produces and manages permanent installations, and owns and operates permanent Leonardo da Vinci museums in Italy.

 

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KM AND COMPANY TO LAUNCH SALON SPECIFIC APP

Apr 14, 2014

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KM and Company Salon, in South End Charlotte, NC is proud to announce the launch of their salon specific app. The app was built and customized for KM and Company by Web Cloud Apps and is set to launch on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The KM and Company app will allow the salon’s current and future clients:

 

• To Request/Confirm an appointment
• View Menu of Services
• Link to the Salon’s website and Facebook Page with one touch
• Purchase Gift Certificates
• View Photo Gallery (including before and after photos)
• Get Driving Directions

The app will be available for download by I-phone, Android and Amazon users at no charge.

Owner, Karla Kuhlmann is thrilled to be taking this step with her salon. She believes the app will “bring my service based business into the digital age and as far as I am aware, my salon will be the first salon in the Charlotte area to introduce and incorporate a salon specific app for their clients.”

About KM and Company Salon

Karla Kuhlmann opened KM and Company Salon ten years ago in South End Charlotte, NC. KM and Company prides itself in providing their customers with cutting-edge cuts, colors and other hair services, as well as the highest quality of customer service. KM and Company strives to fuel their passion…for coloring and creating hairstyles. The salon has been well received, as they recently celebrated their ten year anniversary as a successful salon and small business in the Charlotte community.

1515 S. Tryon St., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28203, 704.373.0048, kmandcompanysalon.com
 

 

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NC Beer Month

Apr 14, 2014

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 Make your own history in “one of America’s prettiest towns” as recognized by Forbes.com while celebrating NC Beer Month. History, Beauty and Charm will highlight your visit as you walk in the footsteps of your colonial forefathers for tastings, learning and experiencing some of North Carolina’s finest brews. National Historic Landmarks with outstanding architecture nestled along the Albemarle Sound will be your spring-time setting for tours, gardens, art, and music. After a paddle along the creeks, touring or shopping, a refreshment stop along Broad and Water Streets at 309 Bistro, Waterman’s Grill or on the Edenton Bay Trading Patio for one of NC’s favorite craft beers will be the best way to end a perfect day. So if NC Beer, NC Peanuts and NC River Lighthouses are among some of the things you enjoy most, we invite you to make Edenton a visit decision especially during the month of April.

Saturday, April 5 and 12, 2014

 

Taverns and Trollies

In Celebration of NC Beer Month:

"Step onboard the Edenton Trolley and explore Colonial America's connection to beer and drinking culture. See former sites of Taverns and the role they played in Edenton and its people. While touring stop at historical locales and taste some of the present day craft brews of our great State." Trolley Torus leave from the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center, 505 South Broad Street, at 3:30 pm and a cost of $10.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Brews on the Bay at Edenton Bay Trading Company

Come and join us for an Edenton Bay Tasting Festival of North Carolina Craft Beers, represented by 10 NC Breweries, 30 + Beers, and a "Cask Conditioned Ale" from the Duck Rabbit Brewery. Enjoy a real North Carolina Pig Pickin’ by the “Brews Brothers” with all the fixins’ and Ms. Leslie’s Famous Banana Pudding! And don’t forget your dancin’ shoes! – “Out ‘N the Cold” will be playin’ up a storm with their classic rock sounds with that bluegrass twang! Tickets available at Edenton Bay Trading Company,

113 West Water Street – 5 – 9 pm; $50 (designated driver tickets are $40), all major credit cards accepted; 252-482-4045.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Boogie on Broad with the Embers

“Don’t miss this Family-Friendly Street Dance on South Broad! Come Boogie to The Embers, widely considered a musical MARVEL, the band is responsible for laying the groundwork for Beach Music in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between. Held annually, this great event is sponsored by Destination Downtown Edenton and will Celebrate NC Beer Month by offering select NC Craft Beers.” Time of event is 7 – 10 pm; free and contact is 252-333-0655.

Celebrating all Month Long

NC Hometown Flavors come to 309 Bistro & Spirits

An addition of selected NC Brews are offered during the month of April featuring Natty Green’s Southern Pale Yale from Greensboro and Torch Pilsner Hoppyum IPA from Winston-Salem for those that love warm citrusy American hops; Monday 11 am – 2 pm, Tuesday – Thursday 11 am – 2 pm and 5 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am – 9 pm; 309 South Broad Street; 252-482-0997

Edenton Bay Trading Company Patio

A selection of NC Craft Beers from Mystery Brewing, Duck Rabbit, Rail House, Lone Rider, Aviator and Weeping Radish can be enjoyed; Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm; 113 West Water Street; 252-482-4045

Celebrating NC Beer Month and EARTH DAY at Waterman’s Grill

Waterman’s Grill will feature a selection from Mother Earth Brewing Co. in Kinston, NC beers for only $3 a bottle in addition to their Highland Brewery Beers. Be good to your Mother! Earth Day is April 22nd! Open Monday – Saturday 4:30 pm – until; 427 South Broad Street; 252-482-7733

The celebration of NC Beer Month is in cooperation with the NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports. To find out more about the program, please go to http://www.ncbeermonth.com. 

 

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Hometown Hoop Star Brings a Semi-Professional Women’s Basketball Team to Charlotte

Apr 14, 2014

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- Local hometown basketball star Tonya Phifer announces ownership of a Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League franchise called the Charlotte Invasion. Phifer was born, raised and educated in the Charlotte area. She still holds records at Charlotte Latin and UNC-Charlotte for most points scored.

 

Phifer has a long list of career achievements including first team all-conference USA, 2001 WNBA draft prospect – having been invited and participating in the 2001 WNBA combine, and Top 5 in scoring in UNCC history. After a stellar collegiate career, Phifer went on to start an impressive professional career as a private investigator.

 

Being back “home” has even more meaning now that she can give back to the community that supported her as a student-athlete. “I find it necessary to give back to basketball and the city of Charlotte all that was invested in me,” says Phifer. Charlotte Invasion gives her an opportunity to pay it forward, and that’s what she plans to do.

 

This hometown team is sure to revive the women’s basketball fans that have felt displaced since the WNBA team; Charlotte Sting is no longer playing. “Charlotte Invasion will serve as a home for those players transitioning from college, overseas, and former WNBA players alike. And our main goal is to bring a championship back to Charlotte,” says CEO/owner Tonya Phifer.

 

Charlotte Invasion’s season starts in May. They are always looking for talented young women who are looking to take their careers to the next level. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or team information, please visit our website at http://www.charlotteinvasion.com or call our Director of Marketing, Alexis Davis at (919) 673-6736. 

 

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Mint Museum Celebrates Addition of N.C. Artist to its Craft + Design Collection

Apr 14, 2014

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The Mint Museum’s internationally-renowned Craft + Design Collection is celebrating the acquisition of a work that further cements the museum’s reputation as a leader in the fields of craft and design.

 

Hoss Haley’s White Ripple (2013) was acquired with the help of a grant from the Windgate Foundation, and is currently on view on Level 3 in the Craft + Design galleries of Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street in Charlotte. Haley is a self-taught artist who grew up on a farm in Kansas, where he learned machining and steel fabrication at an early age. He later studied blacksmithing in Texas and New Mexico, including an apprenticeship under the renowned metalwork artist Tom Joyce. Today, he is a highly respected teacher of his craft, having taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and elsewhere.

To create White Ripple, Haley used washing machines from his local scrap yard. He developed a way of stripping the metal from these large appliances, and custom designed a press die to form a sine wave pattern in the individual plates. White Ripple is an ode to these bright glistening surfaces of enameled steel with their embossed circular patterns, evocative of gentle ripples in water.

“White Ripple is a significant work that belongs in a major museum where it will be preserved, exhibited, and interpreted for a large and diverse audience,” said Annie Carlano, the Mint’s senior curator of Craft, Design, & Fashion. “This work greatly enhances the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary metalwork. Moreover, it underscores the institution’s deep commitment to regional and North Carolina craft.”

The public is invited to contemplate White Ripple along with other selected works from the Mint’s permanent collection this Saturday, April 12, as part of the international “Slow Art Day” movement. The global, all-volunteer event invites the public to engage in slow contemplation of works of art at local museums and galleries – five works of art for at least 10 minutes each – followed by informal discussions of the works with friends. Over 200 museums and galleries around the world are participating, including the Harvey B. Gantt Center of African-American Arts + Culture, the Mint’s neighbor in the Levine Center for the Arts. The Mint will provide handouts at both Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph this Saturday suggesting works of art to contemplate – free after museum admission. More information available at slowartday.com and mintmuseum.org/happenings.

A significant acquisition, White Ripple is part of the Mint's Collections Initiative. Last fall, the museum announced the launch of the three-year Collections Initiative with the help of Bank of America, which donated a monumental canvas by California artist Sam Francis to the museum. The painting, Untitled (Seafirst) 1979, at approximately 19 feet tall by 38 feet wide, is one of the largest by size in the Mint’s collection and is one of the first works seen by visitors to the atrium of Mint Museum Uptown. Many other significant acquisitions have arrived or are in the process of arriving at the museum as a result of the Initiative, and more announcements will follow soon.

For further information on the Mint’s Collections Initiative and how to get involved, contact Leigh Dyer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 704.337.2009.

ABOUT THE MINT MUSEUM

As the first art museum in North Carolina, with one of the largest collections in the Southeast, The Mint Museum offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art and design from around the world via innovative collections, groundbreaking exhibitions, and riveting educational programs. The Mint Museum is a non-profit, visual arts institution comprised of two dynamic facilities: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, fashion, European and African art, among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop offering merchandise that complements both the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection, as well as outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Charlotte's burgeoning center city, Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of the Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, the Knight Theater, and the Duke Energy Center. Mint Museum Uptown also features a wide range of visitor amenities, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium, the Lewis Family Gallery, art studios, a restaurant, and a museum shop. For more information, visit mintmuseum.org. 

 

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CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Apr 14, 2014

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For more than 30 years, the 600 Festival Association has been commemorating the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway with spectacular family-oriented events that personify the tremendous growth of motor sports.

 

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the nonprofit association is going back to its roots by celebrating and promoting motor sports throughout the Charlotte region. The 600 Festival will be adding three new events to its roster this year including Movies on the Campus in conjunction with the Village Jiggy Jam in Kannapolis, a hauler parade in conjunction with Union Street Live in downtown Concord and the “Little 600” race at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville. In addition, it will continue to produce its spotlight event, Coca-Cola Speed Street presented by Chevrolet, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. The best part? All four events are free!

Movies on the Campus
The 600 Festival will kick off its 2014 events May 9 in Kannapolis with its “Moves on the Campus” event in conjunction with the Village Jiggy Jam. The first-ever double feature will include two NASCAR-themed movies, Disney’s “Planes” at 8:30 p.m. and “Six Pack” at 10 p.m. Make sure to arrive early to save your spot on the grass for this free event!

Haulers on Union
The 600 Festival is excited to announce its first hauler parade featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. En route to Charlotte Motor Speedway to load in for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the drivers will transport the NSCS cars down Union Street in downtown Concord May 15 at 6 p.m. Come out and line the streets to welcome the teams to Charlotte!
After the parade, join The Tams as they kick off Union Street Live for a night of music under the stars.

Little 600
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!
Looking for another opportunity to get close to your favorite driver? Join the 600 Festival at the premiere “Little 600” race at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, N.C. May 20 starting at 5 p.m. The race will utilize the complex’s fleet of rental karts and features a full field of NASCAR drivers in the 15-lap main event as well as a women’s Lady 600 race. Join us for a night of free entertainment for the whole family!

Coca-Cola Speed Street presented by Chevrolet
Celebrating its 20th year, Coca-Cola Speed Street presented by Chevrolet transforms the streets of Uptown Charlotte into one of the largest consumer events in the Southeast. With live musical entertainment, appearances by top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and celebrities, dynamic exhibits for all ages and an amazing assembly of NASCAR show cars and simulators, Coca-Cola Speed Street presented by Chevrolet is an event attended by more than 400,000 attendees annually.

This multiday, free consumer event will be taking place May 22-24, 2014.
 

 

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Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

Apr 14, 2014

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Is it time to buy a home? Maybe you've reached a point in your life where you are thinking about the home-buying process. Perhaps you are ready to start your family and want the stability of owning your own place. Maybe you are well established in your career and feel that you have the financial security necessary for this important step. How can you know that you are ready? Here are some common fears that you may face as you enter the home-buying process.

 

1. Am I Really Ready?

Buying a home is a major financial commitment that will stretch on for 15 to 30 years. You need to be sure you are ready to buy a home. Do you keep a budget? Remember, home ownership is often more expensive than renting.

Before you buy a home, have your debt under control. Also, be as certain as possible that your income is reliable, and have an emergency fund in place for those occasional problems that crop up. You must have that monthly payment ready each month.

2. How Do I Handle the Down Payment?

The down payment is one of the biggest hurdles in buying your first home. In order to avoid insurance fees in your mortgage, you must have at least 20 percent as a down payment on the home. Having 20 percent also makes getting a mortgage easier.

If you can't get 20 percent, home loan options like an FHA loan or a loan with private mortgage insurance (PMI) are a possibility, but these will cost more. You will need solid income and credit to show you are financially stable before you can get a mortgage without enough down. Also, be ready for the closing costs, which can be between three and six percent of your purchase cost.

3. How Do I Find the Right Agent?

While legally you don't need a real estate agent to buy a home, if you are buying for the first time, you will find that working with one is invaluable. Real estate agents are well versed in the rules, laws and technicalities around buying and selling real estate, and they will walk you through the process. Finding the right one is essential to making your home search successful.

So how can you find one? First, ask friends or family if they have any recommendations. Next, schedule a time to talk with a few agents to see if their home-buying philosophy is similar to yours. You will get a good sense about the agent's personality and tactics at this meeting. Finally, choose the agent you feel most comfortable with. You will be spending a lot of time with the agent, so personality is nearly as important as knowledge and skills.

As you look, focus on local agents. Local agents will know your target market well and will have an ear to the ground to learn about new properties hitting the market that meet your needs.

4. How Do I Find the Right Home?

Shopping for your home is one of the most exciting parts of the process, but you need to use some common sense to ensure the home will properly meet your needs. When you are looking at homes, be sure to consider the following factors:

• Location convenient to your job
• Good schools for your children (or future children)
• Convenient to shopping and other amenities
• Enough room for current and future needs for your family
• Good potential resale value
• Well kept neighborhood

Working with a real estate agent who knows the area will help you remember all of these important considerations.

5. How Do I Make the Offer?

You've found the perfect home — now what? It's time to make an offer. The offer tells the seller how much you are willing to pay for the home and what contingencies you’re including. For example, if you make a full-price offer on a home that has drywall damage in one room, you may be able to say that the price is contingent on repairing the drywall to your specifications.

To make an offer that will be accepted, you must understand current market trends. Working with an agent helps you prepare a competitive offer that has a greater chance of being accepted, because the offer will account for the trends in the market.

Buying a home can be a complex process, but with some basic understanding and the right agent at your side, you can make this major decision. Homeownership is rewarding, both emotionally and financially, so decide if you are ready, find an agent and start the home-buying process.

Author Bio:
Phil Henderson is the President of Henderson Properties, a family-owned real estate agency that focuses on home sales services, HOA management, and property maintenance in the greater Charlotte area.
 

 

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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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Dale Jr.’s Whisky River Hits A Home Run With The Charlotte Knights

Apr 11, 2014

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Ladies and gentlemen start your engines, racing is expanding to Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark for the Charlotte Knight’s 2014 season, as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s famous Whisky River sets up shop inside the city’s newest ballpark.


Baseball fans and race fans alike are all welcome to visit the Whisky River concession at BB&T Ballpark, opening Friday, April 11. The latest expansion brings with it all Whisky River is known for, mouth-watering food, a fun casual atmosphere, and of course the Whisky Chicks.

 

Located in section 102 of BB&T Ballpark, all Charlotte Knight game goers are welcome from the first inning, until the last pitch. As one of the most popular entertainment venues in Charlotte, there is no reason not to enjoy the ideal triple play at Whisky River, cold drinks, Uptown baseball and delicious game day food.

 

“By bringing Whisky River to the ballpark, we not only get to show our support for the Charlotte Knights, but we get to be a part of the historic 2014 season, ”said Whisky River General Manager Eric Flanigan. “We couldn’t be more excited.”

 

The Knights are set to open BB&T Ballpark on Friday, April 11 at 7:05 p.m. against the Norfolk Tides. Season tickets, as well as group tickets and 18-game partial season ticket plans for the 2014 inaugural season at BB&T Ballpark, are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 704-357-8071 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

Whisky River is located at EPICENTRE, 210 E Trade Street in the heart of uptown Charlotte.

 

Owned by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Whisky River is one of Charlotte, North Carolina’s most popular evening entertainment venues in the heart of the vibrant uptown scene at the EpiCentre. With its unpretentious charm and electrifying blend of live music performances, celebrity guests and dynamic DJs spinning everything from rock to country and more, Whisky River is the ideal destination for casual, feel-good fun. So grab your friends and get ready for a revved-up time at Charlotte’s favorite place to unwind – Whisky River. Oh, and don’t forget to take a ride on the famous, and always entertaining, mechanical bull – if you dare!

 

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Elevate Lifestyle Awards 2014 “THE BEST OF THE CITY” (NIGHTLIFE)

Mar 30, 2014

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BEST Bar Crawl Of The Year
14TH ANNUAL SANTA BAR CRAWL
There’s nothing like seeing close to 1400 people walking around uptown looking like its Christmas time. From Santa’s to Elf’s to Reindeer’s it’s a sight be seen. They crawl from bar to bar drinking beers and cocktails while part of the proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.231.9700
http://www.SantaBarCrawl.com

 

BEST Nightspot For Celebrities
5CHURCH
5Church located in uptown offers an exclusive dining and cocktailing experience with a casual, yet refined feel within a sophisticated ambiance.
127 N. Tryon St., U8
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.919.1322
http://www.5Church.com

BEST Out Of The Way For A Drink
ALEXANDER MICHAELS
Al Mikes offers a good selection of beer and simple, fresh, well-prepared food that gives you value for your dollar, served by a friendly, attentive service staff in a neighborhood tavern atmosphere.
401 W. 9th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.6789
http://www.AlMikesTavern.com

BEST Lounge Lizard
APOSTROPHE LOUNGE
The All-New Apostrophe Lounge is Charlotte's new Professional Playground for urban sophisticates. Their oh-so-sexy ambiance commands class and poise when you enter their doors. Join them daily for drink specials, mixers, networking, and live DJ's!
1440 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.371.7079
http://www.ApostropheLounge.com

BEST 20% Or More (Best Service)
BEST Club With Most Attractive Crowd
BEST Lounge That Open in 2013
FAVORITE Hostess With The Most (Place To Have A Party)
LARGEST Selection of Cocktails
BUBBLE
Step out of the ordinary and into sophistication at Bubble Charlotte, a premium establishment that stimulates the senses. Bubble Charlotte serves an extensive list of unique cocktails, spirits and select wines that compliment chef-driven small plates, crafted for a mature palate.
210 E. Trade St., SA200
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.733.9427
http://www.BubbleCharlotte.com

LARGEST Selection Of Bottled Beer (Retail)
BULL DOG BEER & WINE
Damn Good Dog, Great Beer and Wine! They have a large selection of bottled craft beer, 13 rotating craft beers on tap, handpicked wines and a back patio to kick back and enjoy it all.
2447 Park Rd., SB
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.335.0492
http://www.BullDogBeerAndWine.com

FAVORITE Door Guy
CASH, PHIL'S NY DELI & TAVERN
105 E. 5th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.347.0035
http://www.PhilsNY.com

BEST Gay/Lesbian Spot
CATHODES AZURE CLUB
Cathode Azure Club is a South Beach styled super lounge awash in azure-blue lighting and tuffed-white-leather-furnishings. They proudly feature some of Charlotte's best top live DJ's.
1820 South Blvd., S106
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.823.6066
http://www.CathodeAzure.com

BEST Party of the Year 2013
CHARLOTTE BARTENDER'S BALL
This annual semi-formal charity event is one of Charlotte’s biggest. This past year the ball was hosted at The Blake Hotel and featured over 30 of Charlotte’s favorite bars. Attendees were not only welcome to an open bar with top-shelf liquors and a full line of beers, but also a catered dinner by The Blake Hotel.
http://www.CharlotteBartendersBall.com

BEST Most Smoke Worthy (Cigar Lounge)
CHARLOTTE CIGAR CLUB
Charlotte Cigar Club provides the ultimate environment for a true cigar experience! Whether you’re just stopping by to pick up a few cigars for the weekend or you’re one of their discriminating members enjoying a respite from a long business trip or taking care of business while having a fine cigar in their relaxing surroundings.
105 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.371.4000
http://www.CharlotteCigars.com

BEST Beer Bar
COMMON MARKET
A modern twist on the general stores of past, the common market offers fresh deli sandwiches’ cold beer, wine, knick knacks and a most importantly, a community connection.
2007 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.6209
1515 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.7782
http://www.CommonMarketIsGood.com

BEST First Date Night To Hang
CU COPPER BAR, 131 MAIN
They worked hard to combine the identity of the Queen City with the old feel of the speak easies of the 20's. The name came easy with the beautiful hammered copper bar that brings comfort and style in a relaxed setting that will make you feel at home.
1315 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.499.9824
http://www.CopperBarCLT.com

BEST Bar To Meet Singles
DANDELION'S MARKET
Taking its name from the famous outdoor market that thrived in Dublin back in the early 70’s, Dandelion Market provides Uptown Charlotte with a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the best in food and drink, served with a smile, in a cozy pub setting.
118 W. 5th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.7989
http://www.DandelionMarketCharlotte.com

LARGEST Selection Of Draft Beer
DUCKWORTH'S GRILL & TAPHOUSE
At Duckworth’s you’ll find a variety of great food from Steaks & Ribs to Pizzas & Wings to Philly Cheese Steaks & Hand Cut Fries. Their FULL MENU is always available until closing (2am)! They're also known for their outstanding Craft Beer selection.
Multiple Locations
http://www.Duckworths.com

BEST Just Visiting (Place To Take You’re Out Of Town Friends)
ENSO
Enso offers visitors an upscale scene in which guests can enjoy creative Asian classics as well as exceptional distinctive sushi. From the exotic flavors offered on the menu to its contemporary elegance and décor, Enso is a feast for the senses.
210 E. Trade St., SA108
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.3676
http://www.EnsoCharlotte.com

BEST Brew Master
ERIC MITCHELL, HEIST BREWERY
2909 N. Davidson St., S200
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8260
http://www.HeistBrewery.com

BEST Bachelorette Party (The Place To Be)
HOWL AT THE MOON
Home to the World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Dueling Piano Show, Howl At The Moon’s highly talented entertainers will tickle the ivories as well as your funny bones all night while playing the best music from the ‘70s to today.
210 E. Trade St., SA308
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.936.4695
http://www.HowlAtTheMoon.com

BEST Karaoke
JACKALOPE JACKS RESTAURANT & BAR
Jackalope Jacks is one of Charlotte's best hangouts from brunch till close. They stay up late and wake up early to serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays! They have Trivia on Monday and Tuesdays, Comedy Night on Wednesday, and Karaoke on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
1936 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.347.1918
http://www.JackalopeJacks.com

BEST Club For Music
BEST VIP Lounge, The Ivory Lounge
LABEL
At LABEL, you will experience a true entertainment setting. There are twenty-six VIP tables in the main room for the patron that prefers a milder ambience or, chose to spend their time in the stylish trend setting lounge.
900 NC Music Factory Blvd., SB6
Charlotte | 28206 | 704.281.2612
http://www.LabelCharlotte.com

BEST Bachelor Party (The Place To Be)
BEST Boys Night Out
BEST Private Club
MEN'S CLUB
Voluminous, intoxicating beauty and a polished environment set the stage for business or pleasure; whether closing the deal or out for a Boys’ Night On the Town. Watch the big game on the big screen TVs, or stop by for a high class victory celebration.
444 Tyvola Rd.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.525.8525
http://www.MensClub.com

BEST After Hours Hot Spot
MIDNIGHT DINER
Who doesn’t love a classic diner with good food? This authentic diner is one of few in the region. They offer numerous options that are sure to satisfy any craving, regardless of when it’s calling.
115 E Carson Blvd.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.207.3641
http://www.MidnightDinerCharlotte.com

BEST Uptown Bar
MORTIMER'S CAFÉ & PUB
Conveniently located at The EpiCentre, Mortimer’s is your neighborhood café and pub. Come and enjoy a fantastic menu with curbside pickup and drink specials every day of the week!
210 E. Trade St., SC148
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.688.0366
http://www.MortimersPub.com

BEST Brewery (Charlotte Area)
NODA BREWING COMPANY
NoDa Brewing Company was founded on a home brewing culture. They proudly offer more varieties than most and are always stretching our creative muscles and looking for exciting new flavors. Every Tuesday they roll out a NoDable small-batch beer that’s only available in their taproom.
2229 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.900.6851
http://www.NoDaBrewing.com

BEST “In Crowd” Bar
BEST Club That Open In 2013
OAK ROOM
Oak Room open next to All American Pub, located in the heart of vibrant South End, with convenient access to the light rail. Music, Dance, VIP and cocktails!
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.779.6773
http://www.OakRoomCLT.com

BEST After-Dinner Drinks
OSSO
Come into Osso and send your senses into heaven. As you walk in you can feel the hip vibe that sets the mood of this warm yet modern restaurant and lounge.
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte | 28206 | 704.971.0550
http://www.OssoCharlotte.com

BEST Magical Martini Menu
PISCES SUSHI BAR & LOUNGE
Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge has a huge menu with unique options like the Bobcats roll, as well as more traditional rolls like the California and the Philly. With daily drink specials, lunch specials, and options for non-sushi eaters, Pisces is sure to please any palate.
1100 E. Metropolitan Ave., S120
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.334.0009
http://www.PiscesSushi.com

FAVORITE Bartender You Want To Take Home (Female)
REBEKAH LONG, SUITE
210 E. Trade St. SA300
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.7878
http://www.SuiteCharlotte.com

BEST Place To Dance Your Booty Off
SCORPIOS
The longest running nightlife complex in Charlotte, located on Freedom Drive. They have an outdoor patio, two dance rooms, and a drag show most nights. The DJ keeps great music going all night, while the crowd enjoys dancing and cocktailing!
2301 Freedom Dr.
Charlotte | 28208 | 704.373.9124
http://www.TheScorpio.com

BEST Happy Hour/Drink Specials
BEST The Scene (Place To See All Your Friends)
SELWYN AVENUE PUB
Selwyn's most compelling attraction is its patio, easily one of the best in Charlotte. Fenced off to keep the road noise out, and sheltered by an old enveloping oak tree, it's a great spot to rest any time of the day.
2801 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.333.3443

BEST Dive Bar
SMALL BAR
They feature a large outdoor patio, and they make a perfect chill spot before or after any concert or event near the Music Factory. Every night they feature drink $1, $2, and $3 drink specials.
1000 Seaboard St.
Charlotte | 28031 | 704.641.3773
http://www.SmallBarCLT.com

FAVORITE S.I.N. Night
SIP
SIP is a two level establishment with the upstairs bar with a garage roll up door; the perfect place to do some people watching. Take the stairs down and you will find a lounge like no other, the perfect place to relax after a long week at work.
200 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.334.3315

BEST Around The World (Place With International Vibe)
BEST Hookah Lounge
BEST Place To Channel Your Inner Zen
STACHE HOUSE
Stache House features high-end liquors, specialty martinis, select wines, local craft beer and a variety of flavored hookah. Stache House is the ideal destination for the young sophisticate to relax and enjoy after work cocktails or celebratory drinks.
1520 South Blvd., S120
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.335.0530
http://www.StacheHouseCLT.com

FAVORITE Bartender You Want To Take Home (Male)
STEFAN HUEBNER, HEIST BREWERY
2909 N. Davidson St., S200
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8260
http://www.HeistBrewery.com

BEST Bar That Open in 2013
TIN ROOF
Originating in Nashville, TN, the Tin Roof takes great pride in providing all of its customers with great food and amazing live music!
210 E. Trade St., SD286
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.910.1330
http://www.TinRoofBars.com

BEST Hotel Bar
URBAN SIP WINE & SCOTCH BAR, RITZ CHARLOTTE
Urban Sip offers Charlotte’s largest selection of wines by-the-glass, Scotches and a full bar, offered in a stylish evening setting on the hotel’s 15th floor. Open Thursday through Saturday to hotel guests and the public.
201 E. Trade St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.547.224
http://www.RitzCarlton.com

BEST Margarita Menu
VIDA CANTINA OF CHARLOTTE
Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina hosts an engaging atmosphere, specialty Mexican fare and hospitality alongside handcrafted cocktails, an extensive list of tequilas and their signature Skinny Margaritas. Vida is evolved Mexican cuisine.
210 E. Trade St., SA104
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.8432
http://www.VidaCantina.com

LARGEST Selection Of Bottled Beer (Establishment)
WORLD OF BEER
At World of Beer, having the most extensive beer selection is not enough. It is important that a broad spectrum of patrons, from the beer aficionado to the casual beer fan, can enjoy the best beers on the planet and increase their beer knowledge in a comfortable and upbeat setting.
222 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.2080
http://www.WOBUSA.com

BEST Dance Club That Open in 2013
X NIGHT CLUB
Charlotte's newest and premier high energy electronic dance club located at the NC Music Factory.
950 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte | 28206 | 704.288.1781
http://www.XNightClubCLT.com

FAVORITE BEER’S

FAVORITE Amber Beer
SMOKED AMBER, TRIPLE C BREWING
http://www.TripleCBrewing.com

FAVORITE Brand Of Beer
BUDWEISER
http://www.Budweiser.com

FAVORITE Hefeweizen Beer
WIDMER HEFEWEIZEN
http://www.WidmerBrothers.com

FAVORITE IPA Beer
HOP DROP N ROLL, NODA BREWERY
http://www.NoDaBrewery.com

FAVORITE Import Beer
STELLA ARTOIS
http://www.StellaArtois.com

FAVORITE Lager Beer
BROOKLYN LAGER, BROOKLYN BREWERY
http://www.BrooklynBrewery.com

FAVORITE Light Beer
BUD LIGHT
http://www.BudLight.com

FAVORITE Pale Ale Beer
I2PA, HEIST BREWERY
http://www.HeistBrewery.com

FAVORITE Pilsner Beer
CAPTAIN JACK, OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY
http://www.OldeMeckBrew.com

FAVORITE Porter Beer
BOURBON OAKED, ASS CLOWN BREWING
http://www.AssClownBrewery.com

FAVORITE Red Ale Beer
QUEEN CITY RED, FOUR FRIENDS BREWING
http://www.FourFriendsBrewing.com

FAVORITE Stout Beer
MEXICALI STOUT, BIRDSONG BREWERY
http://www.BirdsongBrewing.com

FAVORITE Wheat Ale Beer
SHOCK TOP BELGIAN WHEAT
http://www.ShockTopBeer.com

FAVORITE LIQUOR’S

FAVORITE Gin
Hendrick’s Gin
http://www.HendricksGin.com

FAVORITE Rum
KRAKEN
http://www.KrakenRum.com

FAVORITE Scotch
JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE
http://www.JohnnieWalker.com

FAVORITE Shot
FIREBALL WHISKEY
http://www.FireballWhisky.com

FAVORITE Tequila
PATRON XO
http://www.PatronTequila.com

FAVORITE Vodka
TITO'S Vodka
http://www.TitosVodka.com

FAVORITE Whiskey
JACK DANIEL'S HONEY
http://www.JackDaniels.com

FAVORITE NIGHTS OF THE WEEK

FAVORITE Sunday Night Place
BEST On The Pole (Strip Club)
UPTOWN CABARET
Come in and find Charlotte’s sexiest dancers right in the heart of Uptown. This sensual adult nightclub is the perfect atmosphere for your Sunday night.
108 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.344.0802
http://www.UptownCabaretClubs.com

FAVORITE Tuesday Night Place
BEST Riding The Bull (Country Saloon)
WHISKEY RIVER
Whisky River delivers the best live performances by today's chart-topping artists, plus world-class DJs spinning your favorite rock, country and all around fun music seven nights a week! And with celebrity guests dropping in from time-to-time, you never know who you will run into at Whisky River.
210 E Trade St., sa208
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.749.1097
http://www.TheWhiskyRiver.com

FAVORITE Wednesday Night Place
BEST Girl’s Night Out
SUITE
This hotspot is one of Uptown Charlotte’s most exclusive clubs and lounges. Their upscale atmosphere and service make Suite the ideal venue for parties and events of any kind. Suite has a full complement of audio/visual equipment accommodating the club and lounge.
210 E. Trade St., SA300
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.7878
http://www.SuiteCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Thursday Night Place
PHIL'S NEW YORK DELI & TAVERN
Cheers in Charlotte… head to Phil's where everybody knows your name. Friendly staff, authentic New York deli, and great drink specials every day!
105 E. 5th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.347.0035
http://www.PhilsNY.com

BEST Friday Night Place
LEROY FOX
Leroy Fox is the historic Cotswold neighborhood’s favorite place to enjoy golden fried chicken in an inviting Southern atmosphere. Mixing old Southern values with a fresh contemporary vibe, Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails marries the perfect combination of service and flavor.
705 S. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.3232
http://www.LeroyFox.com

FAVORITE Saturday Night Place
PROHIBITION
As one of the newest additions to Charlotte’s nightlife scene, Prohibition has made a name for itself. The bar is constructed from reclaimed wood and tin from local N.C. barns, while the walls of the nostalgic watering hole are plastered with old quotes dating back to the Prohibition era.
200 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.358.4244
http://www.ProhibitionCLT.com

FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD BARS

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Ballantyne)
FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Lake Norman)
HICKORY TAVERN
Their unique brand of casual dining, lively bar atmosphere, and sports enthusiasm provides the perfect destination no matter what
time of day. Plus, with numerous area locations, there is sure to be one close by!
12210 Copper Way, S212
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.295.9009
http://www.TheHickoryTavern.com

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Dilworth)
DILWORTH NEIGHBORHOOD GRILLE
This locally owned, relaxed restaurant and bar serves excellent food and drinks with a friendly staff. Plus, check out their daily drink specials that are too good to pass up.
911 E. Morehead St., S200
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.3808
http://www.NeighborhoodGrille.com

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Matthews)
TILTED KILT
The Tilted Kilt is a Celtic themed Sports Pub with hints of Ireland, England and Scotland. They’ve got Ice Cold Beer, delicious Pub Fare, plasma TV's and the World Famous Tilted Kilt Girls!
1625 Windsor Square Dr.
Matthews | 28105 | 704.845.2211
http://www.TiltedKilt.com

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Myers Park)
BRAZWELL'S PREMIUM PUB
Brazwell’s was named in loving memory of William Braswell “Braz” as he was known,. He lived everyday to the fullest, surrounded by good friends while enjoying life and toasting each other’s blessings. They hope that you can enjoy moments like that just like the “Braz” did at Brazwell’s Premium Pub!
1627 Montford Dr.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.3500
http://www.BrazellsPub.com

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (NoDa)
BEST College Hangout
BLIND PIG
This unpretentious neighborhood bar is the local’s top option for a fun-filled evening. Enjoy the outside patio or inside open area while participating in fun activities including beer pong, giant jenga and connect four, air hockey, as well as pool tables and darts.
453 E. 36th St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 980.819.9942
http://www.TheBlindPigNODA.com

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Plaza Midwood)
KENNEDY'S PREMIUM BAR & GRILL
For great bar food, great drinks, and a great atmosphere, check out Kennedy’s on North Caswell. Not only is it a great place to eat and drink, but it’s also one of Charlotte’s favorite evening trivia hangouts!
366 N. Caswell Rd.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.375.0218
http://www.KennedysCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (South End)
ICEHOUSE
Centrally located just minutes from Uptown Charlotte in historic Atherton Mills, Icehouse features a diverse selection of upscale casual American Fare along with over 200 beers and full service bar.
2100 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.375.1128
http://www.IcehouseSouthEnd-Hub.com

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (SouthPark)
CITY TAVERN
This neighborhood restaurant specializes in a casual, elegant atmosphere, with a menu that features comfort foods and items you crave. In addition to the delicious menu, there is a full service bar complete with an extensive wine and martini list.
4331 Barclay Downs Dr.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.442.4000
http://www.City-Tavern.com

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (University)
BOARDWALK BILLY’S RAW BAR & RIBS
Boardwalk Billy's Raw Bar & Ribs offers a variety of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and homemade desserts. It specializes in burgers, seafood and barbecued items.
9005 J M Keynes Dr., S2
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.814.7427

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Uptown)
FITZGERALD'S IRISH PUB
Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is located in uptown Charlotte and is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., They will provide the perfect atmosphere to enjoy spirits and great food. Lively and festive anytime of the day, Fitzgerald's is the perfect place to gather with friends or to meet new people.
201 E. 5th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.900.8088
http://www.FitzgeraldsCharlotte.com

FAVORITE SPORTS BAR

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Ballantyne)
BRADSHAW SOCIAL HOUSE
Bradshaw Social House is an exciting & new casual themed concept offering American fare with a focus on premium comfort foods, jumbo wings with house recipe sauces & dressings.
8440 Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.7351
http://www.BradshawSocialHouse.com

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Dilworth)
LEBOWSKI'S GRILL
At Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill they offer a casual dining experience with great food and friendly service. Locally owned and operated, they feature a menu of classic all-time bar favorites, over 70 craft and imported beers, signature cocktails, wine and daily food and beverage specials.
1524 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.1177
http://www.LebowskisGrill.com

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Lake Norman)
RUSTY RUDDER
Located on beautiful Lake Norman in Cornelius NC, the Rusty Rudder is the lake’s hottest restaurant/bar with great cuisine and live entertainment attracting locals and tourists alike.
20210 Henderson Rd., S101
Cornelius | 28031 | 704.892.9195
http://www.TheRustyRudder.net

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Matthews)
KRISTOPHERS SPORTS BAR
A family style Restaurant & Sports Bar with over 63 flat screen TVs. Stop by and enjoy a cold drink on the patio or step inside and catch the game while enjoying friends and great food.
250 N. Trade St.
Matthews | 28105 | 704.845.6200
http://www.Kristophers.com

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Myers Park) - See above description and duplicate. Call me with any questions.
BRAZWELL'S PREMIUM PUB
Brazwell’s was named in loving memory of William Braswell “Braz” as he was known,. He lived everyday to the fullest, surrounded by good friends while enjoying life and toasting each other’s blessings. They hope that you can enjoy moments like that just like the “Braz” did at Brazwell’s Premium Pub!
1627 Montford Dr.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.3500
http://www.BrazellsPub.com

FAVORITE Sports Bar (NoDa)
SOLSTICE TAVERN
Solstice Tavern is CLT's premiere sports bar offering the coldest brew, tastiest bites, 24 flat screens, a huge outside deck with cornhole boards, and an upbeat staff. The sun always shines on you at Solstice!
3221 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.342.2556
http://www.SolsticeTavern.com

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Plaza Midwood)
WHISKEY WAREHOUSE
Feel at home instantly when you have a seat in a plush couch surrounded by one of many giant TVs, and sip on a $4 Jack Daniels at Whiskey Warehouse. This restaurant/bar is sure to become a staple in Charlotte nightlife.
1221 The Plaza, SA
http://www.Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.7005
WhiskeyCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Sports Bar (South End)
ALL AMERICAN PUB
This pub takes traditional bar food to a new level by integrating the freshest ingredients into Classical Southern fare. Open for lunch, dinner, late night and features one of the area’s best Sunday Brunch Menus.
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.2000
http://www.AllAmericanPubClt.com

FAVORITE Sports Bar (South Park)
TACO MAC
Taco Mac Sports Grill has become one the Southeast’s most beloved places for people to come together to share what they love: food, beer, sports and good times with friends, family and fellow fans.
4625 Piedmont Row Dr., S115
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.972.0503
TacoMac.com

FAVORITE Sports Bar (University)
BAR LOUIE
Bar Louie is an eclectic urban bar made famous for our signature martinis, cocktails and dynamic beer selection. Bar Louie also features an exceptional selection of burgers, small plates, and sandwiches.
8760 J M Keynes Dr.
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.285.7010
http://www.BarLouieAmerica.com

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Uptown)
BEST Big Screen Sports Bar
BEST Get The Night Started
BLACKFINN AMERICAN SALOON
BlackFinn offers a classic saloon environment that complements its dining spaces. Dozens of flat-panel TVs and state-of-the-art sound system surround the floor, making it the ultimate sports-viewing venue. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for unwinding and socializing.
210 E. Trade St., SB120
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.4440
http://www.BlackFinnCharlotte.com

FAVORITE WINES BARS

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (Ballantyne)
D'VINE WINE
D'Vine Wine Cafe has been selected as a Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence" winner for 2013! As one of only 3,793 restaurants in the WORLD to win this award, they are extremely proud to be Charlotte's newest and only selected recipient for 2013.
14815 Ballantyne Village Way, S240
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.369.5050
http://www.DVineWineCafe.com

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (Dilworth)
BRIXX WOOD FIRED PIZZA
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza restaurant applies fine dining techniques and quality to casual, everyday food. Love of great pizza with a good beer is universal. So the goal was to keep it simple and fun, but add a unique style.
1801 Scott Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.376.1000
http://www.BrixxPizza.com

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (Lake Norman)
CORKSCREW
At the Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar, it’s all about atmosphere. They place the highest importance on your comfort. They have created an atmosphere that they hope feels like home.
16916 Birkdale Commons Pkwy.
Huntersville | 28078 | 704.987.0011
http://www.TheScrewCrew.com

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (Matthews)
GRAPES WINE BAR
They offer over 50 wines by the glass from $5 and up; and more than 350 wines by the bottle from all over the world starting $15 and up. To complement the wine they offer a great food menu including Homemade Hummus, Bruschetta, Selection of European Cheeses as well as Flatbreads, Salads and Sandwiches.
2233 Matthews Township Pkwy.
Matthews | 28105 | 704.845.0524
http://www.GrapesWineBar.net

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (Myers Park)
REID'S FINE FOODS
Reid's is Charlotte's original hometown specialty food store providing superior meats, wines, regional provisions, locally grown produce and seasonally fresh meals & gift baskets to a very loyal customer base. Friendly service wrapped in Southern style, in a convenient neighborhood location.
2823 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.377.1312
http://www.Reids.com

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (NoDa)
DOLCE VITA
This wine bar is a great place for friends to enjoy a casual and fun adventure while exploring great wines and beers in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere. Located in NoDa, this is not your average wine bar!
3205 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.1052
http://www.DolceVitaWines.com

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (Plaza Midwood)
LULU DINE | WINE
Lulu's dine/wine is an unassuming old house nestled nicely on Central in the trendy Plaza Midwood neighborhood. Upon first glance you notice the darling garden patio located sidewalk side in front of the quaint little house. Weather permitting, you should certainly do your dining and wining here, as the ambiance is like that of a secret garden!
1911 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.376.2242
http://www.LuluDineWine.com

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (SouthPark)
J. SAM’S
They offer a rotating selection of fine wines and spirits, savory appetizers, distinctive entrées and delightful desserts. Come enjoy a relaxing evening in a comfortable, artsy and eclectic South Park setting. J. Sam himself, along with his staff, will show you how true Southern hospitality can become the standard.
4625 Piedmont Row Dr.
Charlotte | 28210 | 980.406.3761
http://www.JSamsPlace.com

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (South End)
WINE LOFT
If you’re not sure of exactly what type of wine you’re looking for, just ask a member of their friendly team for a suggestion. They’ve all been trained to make recommendations based on your taste preferences and you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to check out their website as they offer ½ priced wine and appetizers on specific days.
2201 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.919.0222
http://www.WineLoftCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (University)
WINE VAULT
The Wine Vault is Charlotte's premier source for great wine, beer, and live music. Nestled in the Shoppes at University Place, their store has convenient access to fine dining, walks around the lake, and our very popular patio.
9009 J M Keynes Dr., S1
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.548.9463
http://www.HeadWino.com

FAVORITE Wine Night Out To Save a Buck (Uptown)
THE WOODEN VINE
Sommelier, David Soper has carefully hand-selected some fabulous wines by the glass that will pair perfectly with Chef Nicolas Daniels' delicious new American menu with large plates, small plates, and excellent desserts.
231 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.376.8463
http://www.TheWoodenVine.com
 

 

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BEST Beer Brewing Supplies
ALTERNATIVE BEVERAGE
You can get your homebrewed beer and winemaking systems here, but you also get quality equipment, fresh ingredients, expert advice, fast service and reasonable prices.
1500 River Dr., S104
Belmont | 28012 | 704.825.8400
http://www.EBrew.com

 

BEST Electrician
ANDREW ROBY ELECTRIC
Whether you need a light bulb changed or a complete panel upgrade, you can depend on Roby Electric for a professional job and great service. Since 1998, Roby has been building lifelong relationships with customers in the Charlotte and Lake Norman area.
2401 W. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28208 | 704.665.0339
http://www.RobyElectric.com

BEST Hippest Apartment Building In South End
ASHTON SOUTH END APARTMENT HOMES
Ashton South End offers picturesque views of Uptown Charlotte, as well as featuring an 11th floor Sky Lounge with pool, aqua bar, fire pit, and cabanas, a spa-inspired fitness club, and daily coffee service.
125 W. Tremont Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 866.226.9881
http://www.AshtonSouthEnd.com

BEST Wax Job (Car Wash)
AUTOBELL CAR WASH
Choose from an array of exterior, interior, and extra services to keep your vehicle in top shape. People Can Tell When You Autobell.
Multiple Locations
http://www.AutoBell.com

BEST Home Accessory Store
BLACKLION
A central gift and design center that opened in 1996 with a vision to assemble 200 or so merchants and offer upscale gifts, furniture and accessories, along with a cadre of local interior designers and an enormous selection of products.
Multiple Locations
http://www.Blacklion.com

BEST Exterminator
BLACK PEST CONTROL
Insects play an important role in the earth’s eco-system, but when insects invade your world and become pests…It’s time for action. Black Pest gives you powerful and long lasting pest protection; all while treating your family, home and the environment with respect.
Multiple Locations
http://www.BlackPest.com

BEST Hardware Store
BLACKHAWK HARDWARE
If a hardware store, a home goods store and a garden center had a baby, it would be Blackhawk. Blackhawk consists of a group of people of who enjoy what they are doing, and with whom they are doing it. That is reflected in how they treat customers. Their associates take ownership in Blackhawk and have pride in what has been accomplished.
4225 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.2682
http://www.BlackhawkHardware.com

BEST Used Book Store
BOOK BUYERS
Book Buyers specialize in History, Science Fiction, Classics, Religion, Fiction and Carolina books, and many more subjects with over a mile of shelf space!
1306 The Plaza
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.344.8611
http://www.AbeBooks.com

BEST Garden Supplies
CAMPBELL'S GREENHOUSE
Campbell’s Greenhouse and Nursery's friendly and professional staff make them a gardener’s dream come true! With such a vast array of diverse plants and accessories, Campbell’s Greenhouse and Nursery is a great place to find a unique gift for family, friends or anyone who has a green thumb!
209 McDonald Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.331.9659

BEST Dog Supplies
CANINE CAFÉ
In addition to being one of the first all-natural, healthy, hypo-allergenic dog treat bakeries, Canine Café also offers everything else you can think of to support your dog’s healthy, active lifestyle such as: supplements, treats & chews, grooming tools, all-natural shampoos, holistic flea & tick remedies, toys, beds and much more!
125 Remount Rd., UA
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.588.3647
http://www.CanineCafe.net

BEST Unclog The Drain (Plumber)
CHARLOTTE PLUMBING
At Charlotte Plumbing Inc., plumbing is a part of their family story over the years. Today the focus of their company is residential service. They enjoy interacting with homeowners and the satisfaction of providing the best service at the best price.
305 W. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.684.4664
http://www.CharlottePlumbing.com

BEST Knitting Classes
CHARLOTTE YARN
If you are crazy about knitting or crocheting or want to learn how, stop by and visit their warm and friendly yarn shop located in the heart of Dilworth. You certainly will be inspired and encouraged, regardless of where you are in your craft.
1235 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.373.7442
http://www.CharlotteYarn.com

BEST Art Supplies
CHEAP JOE'S ART STUFF
A small, family owned art supply company who goes the extra mile to offer the BEST value in the United States. They carry only what the serious artist wants and needs.
1848 Galleria Blvd., SD
Charlotte | 28270 | 704.845.2527
http://www.CheapJoes.com

FAVORITE Real Estate Agent (Male)
CHRIS BONNEFOUX, REMAX EXCLUSIVE
Realtor Chris Bonnefoux is a resident of the Center City in Charlotte and follows his passion of residential real estate for the exciting urban lifestyle Uptown brings. To no surprise Chris has quickly became a top producing agent who is focused on working with buyers and sellers inside the Center City loop of Charlotte’s luxury condos and properties.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.562.7406
http://www.MrUptown.com

BEST Gourmet Cooking Supplies
COOKING UPTOWN
A unique gourmet cooking store with all your favorite cooking items - utensils, appliances, dishes, knives, gadgets and so much more.
1707 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.333.7300
http://www.CookingUptown.com

BEST Bed & Bath Linens
COTTAGE CHIC
Each room of this cozy cottage, nestled in the historic Dilworth neighborhood, is filled with treats for the senses. Offering linens, home furnishings, gifts and accessories, stuff for baby and just for you! Come see, smell and experience everything for yourself.
1232 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.375.1888
http://www.ChicGoodness.com

BEST Pearly Whites (Dentist)
DR. GORDON ROZNIK
Dr. Roznik is rapidly becoming known as the Charlotte area's leading dentist for people who want to relax through their dental treatment. Recognizing that good oral health is a critical component of overall well-being, they help all of their patients achieve a healthy mouth and a happy smile.
400 S. Tryon St., SM4
Charlotte | 28285 | 704.375.7711
http://www.DrRoznik.com

BEST Exotic Florist
ELIZABETH HOUSE FLOWERS, INC.
For the perfect flower arrangements, look no further than Elizabeth House Flowers. Their expert florists beautifully arrange flowers and gift baskets and provide outstanding customer service. At Elizabeth House Flowers, they offer flower delivery to Charlotte and surrounding areas.
1431 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.342.3919
http://www.ElizabethHouseFlowers.com

BEST Park For Men's Best Friend
FREEDOM PARK
Freedom Park is a 98-acre park between Charlotte's historic Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods; the park is centered on a 7-acre lake, and is about 3 miles from the heart of Charlotte's downtown area.
1900 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203
http://www.CharMeck.org

BEST Furniture Store
THE FURNITURE CONNECTOR
Since 2001, The Furniture Connector has been a go-to destination for eclectic home goods at affordable prices. Tucked in a corner of historic South End, TFC is a wonderland of stunning sofas, dining tables and chairs, armoires, ottomans, lighting, beds and bedding, artwork and more.
2905 Griffith St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.507.9023
http://www.TheFurnitureConnector.com

FAVORITE Real Estate Agent (Female)
HEATHER HOPKINSON, RE/MAX EXECUTIVE REALTY
Heather R. Hopkinson is a Real Estate Agent in Concord, NC and specializes in Buyer Brokerage, Foreclosure Property, Investments, Luxury Homes, New Construction, Relocation, Vacation and Resorts.
7752 Gateway Ln., S204
Concord | 28027
http://www.ReMax.com

BEST Traditional Home Stores
HIGH COTTON HOME COMPANY
Deconstructed luxury comes alive at High Cotton Home Company, the Queen City's most eclectic and distinct furnishings boutique. High Cotton Home is a tightly-edited collection of highly customizable, American-made furnishings from designers such as Thom Filicia, Annie Selke and Michael Weiss.
2137 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.335.1220
http://www.HighCottonHomeCompany.com

BEST Wedding Planner
IVY ROBINSON WEDDING & EVENTS
Ivy Robinson offers her clients experience, full service event planning with a unique and elegant touch created to fit their particular style. She is Charlotte’s innovative event planner for all your special occasions.
2820 Selwyn Ave., S820
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.347.3963
IvyRobinson.com

BEST Cooking School
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY
Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit NEASC-accredited institution, with a unique education model designed to inspire professional success and lifelong intellectual growth. JWU students are ready to do what it takes to be the best in their career field, and they’re ready to start now.
801 W. Trade St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 800.342.5598
http://www.JWU.edu

BEST Wedding Designer
KIM PRIXTON, PIXTON COUTURE BRIDAL
Known for body conscious silhouettes with an eye for symmetry and form, Pixton gowns are carefully constructed using luxurious silks and hand-beaded details inspired by vintage jewelry.
5509 Monroe Rd., S200
Charlotte | 28212 | 704.890.7533
http://www.PixtonBridal.com

BEST Walk The Dog (Dog Walker)
LITTLE FRIENDS PET SITTERS
Little Friends Pet Sitting is a professional pet care service provider that offers services ranging from dog walking and pet taxi service to pet sitting for your pet family when you can't get home from your busy day at work, weekends away and those vacation get-a-ways!
1516 Kenilworth Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.340.8102
http://www.LittleFriendsPetSitting.com

BEST Do It Yourself (Home Landscaping)
LOWE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT
Lowe’s mission is to provide impactful support to local communities through offering customer and community service as well as great products at great prices for all your DIY projects.
Multiple Locations
http://www.Lowes.com

BEST The Flyest Travel Agency
MANN TRAVELS
For more than 30 years Mann Travels has been serving travelers throughout the Carolinas offering personalized service in combination with the best value for your travel dollar. You can be assured of dealing with experienced, qualified professionals every time you work with them.
Multiple Locations
http://www.MannTravels.com

BEST Fabric Store
MODERN FABRICS
Modern Fabrics seeks to provide the public with the best designer fabrics rescued from the cutting room floor! Their customers are eco-conscious consumers who are also savvy consumers seeking a great value on beautiful fabrics available at discounted prices.
1504 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.740.9675
http://www.Modern-Fabrics.com

BEST Lighting Store
MODERN LIGHTING DESIGN
Featuring the largest selection of modern lighting in the Carolinas, Modern Lighting Design Store can offer you an amazing variety of indoor and outdoor lighting and ceiling fans, locally.
2100 Hastings Dr.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.0109
http://www.ModernLightingDesign.com

BEST Heating and Air Condition Service
MTB MECHANICAL
MTB Mechanical is a family owned and operated business that has installed and repaired heating and cooling systems in the greater Charlotte area for more than 35 years.
1201 Industrial Dr.
Matthews | 28105 | 704.321.9250
http://www.MTBMechanical.com

BEST Total Eye Care (Ophthalmologist)
MY EYE DR.
MyEyeDr. is a full-service eye care company with offices located throughout the country. Founded in 2001, by Dr. Robert Samit, O.D, My Eye Dr. prides itself on delivering the highest quality vision care and customer service to thousands of patients annually.
Multiple Locations
http://www.MyEyeDr.com

BEST Running Wild (Doggie Day Care)
NODA BARK & BOARD
Bark and Board is located NoDa, Charlotte's Historic Arts District. Their facility includes over 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor play space for doggie daycare and large dog suites for comfy overnight boarding.
2001 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.376.0801
http://www.NODABarkAndBoard.com

FAVORITE Business School
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Northeastern University opened its first graduate campus in Charlotte and offers a broad range of degree programs; including those in business, engineering, health sciences, and computer science.
101 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28246 | 980.224.8468
http://www.NorthEastern.edu

BEST Host/Hostess Gifts
PAPER SKYSCRAPER
For more than 20 years Paper Skyscraper has been in Charlotte's historic Dilworth neighborhood. The then tiny bookstore has now grown into a 5000 square foot plethora of books, cards, bath and body items, home accessories, games, toys, frames, purses, travel bags, glassware and pet items and so much more!
330 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.7130
http://www.PaperSkyscraper.com

BEST Stationary Store
PAPER SOURCE
At Paper Source, their mission is to inspire you to "Do Something Creative Every Day," to spark ideas and provide materials to celebrate life's moments with beauty, humor, originality and personal expression.
6800 Phillips Place Ct., SA&B
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.552.2220
http://www.Paper-Source.com

BEST Where To Say I Do (Besides a Church)
ROMARE BEARDEN PARK
This 5.4 acre urban park is inspired by the work of internationally known artist Romare Bearden who grew up in the area.
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.432.4280
http://www.CharMeck.org

BEST The One Who Takes Care Of It All (Concierge)
SHE'S MY CONCIERGE
An elite personal concierge and event planning company that works with clients to help them eliminated their ever growing things-to-do list! They take care of it; so you don't have to! They organize, run errands, shop, research services, plan events, and manage projects and households.
Charlotte | 28233 | 980.522.8044
http://www.ShesMyConcierge.com

BEST Place To Break Up
STARBUCKS
Breaking up is never easy or fun (usually), but if you must, Starbuck’s is the ideal break-up spot. Call it quits in the comfort of a mocha infused setting to quell any possible angst or ire. Plus, you get the added benefit of a delicious Frappuccino to calm you and make it all better!
Multiple Locations
http://www.Starbucks.com

BEST Knick Knacks (Unique Gift Store)
THE BOULEVARD AT SOUTH END
Located in the Historic South End district of Charlotte, Boulevard offers a unique assortment of clothing, accessories, gifts and décor to the savvy Charlotte shoppers!
1447 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.219.7526
http://www.BlvdAtSouthEnd.com

BEST Pet Grooming
THE DOG SALON
The Dog Salon is Charlotte’s leading, hip, edgy grooming salon located in the heart of Plaza Midwood. They have the top Groomers in Charlotte specializing in all breed, custom cuts and creative color!
1318 Central Ave., SE1
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.248.0991
http://www.TheDogSalon.com

BEST Independent Book Store
THE LAST WORD
The Last Word is a book and media store that can take care of all that for you. They sell first-rate secondhand books and media that we buy from you. You can receive cash or trade credit to use to restock your own inventory.
230 E. WT Harris Blvd., SB11
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.966.9673
http://www.TheLastWordCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Real Estate Agency
THE MCDEVITT AGENCY
The McDevitt Agency is Charlotte’s firm of top producing residential real estate brokers. The firm represents both buyers and sellers of existing and new construction properties as well as having a focus on luxury properties, developer services, and giving back to the community.
237 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.2475
http://www.TheMcDevittAgency.com

BEST Antique Store
THE SLEEPY POET ANTIQUE MALL
The Sleepy Poet offers 55,000 square feet of Shopping FUN! With over 250 booths selling everything from Antique Furniture and Vintage Clothing, to Mid-Century Modern and Classic Home Decor.
4450 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.529.6369
http://www.SleepyPoetStuff.com

BEST Hippest Apartment Building In Uptown
BEST The Big Splash (Pool In Charlotte)
THE VUE CHARLOTTE
The highest high-rise between New York and Miami is in Uptown Charlotte, so luxurious that there is a baby grand in the 50th floor SKY Lounge, a concierge in the lobby and spectacular amenities. Offering euphoric views of the city, the BB&T Ballpark, and Bank Of America Stadium.
215 N. Pine St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.374.0089
http://www.VueCharlotte.com

BEST Cigar Store
TINDER BOX
The Tinder Box is Charlotte's only certified Davidoff retailer and carries all of your favorite cigar brands from Padron to Arturo Fuente and everything in between. In addition to fine import cigars we carry a wide variety of pipes and pipe tobacco.
4400 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.5164
http://www.TinderBoxCigars.com

BEST Auto Body Repair
WILBURN AUTO BODY SHOP
Wilburn Auto Body Shop offers full service collision repair services and works on vehicles of all makes and models.
Multiple Locations
http://www.WilburnAB.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

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BEST Dry Cleaners
DRY CLEAN CITY
Every dry cleaned garment is only $2.25. No surprises! Dry Clean City debuted in Charlotte in 2005 and continues to grow with each location cleaning a minimum of 1,200 garments a day.
Multiple Locations
http://WWW.DryCleanCityCharlotte.com

 

BEST Custom Clothing
ABBEYDALE
Dedicated to making you look your best, ABBEYDALE is a gentleman’s brand that blends modernism with a dash of nostalgia, offering unique styles and looks, hand crafted with exacting standards and service like the days of old.
116 W. 4th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.737.4274
http://WWW.HouseOfAbbeydale.com

BEST Top If Off - Hat Store
ALEXANDER HATS
Alexander Hats has been a landmark in Charlotte and is your source for a full range of quality headwear. Every necessary detail is found in the integrity of each hat.
4401 E. Independence Blvd., S100
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.537.6228
131 Brevard Ct.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.335.0424
http://WWW.AlexanderHats.com

BEST Dressing Up Your Pooch
ALL PAWS BOUTIQUE & GROOMING SPA
Dedicated to getting your favorite four-legged friend dressed to the K-9’s. All Paws Boutique and spa has everything you need to spoil your furry friend.
16640 Lancaster Hwy.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.542.3662

BEST Alterations To Fit
ANNA'S ALTERATIONS
Anna’s Alterations are the leaders in the industry when it comes to a variety of garment alteration services for both men and women. They are family-owned and operated.
Multiple Locations
http://WWW.AnnasAlterationsCharlotte.com

BEST Buy Makeup
AVEDA INSTITUTE CHARLOTTE
Aveda Institute Charlotte is continuously enrolling with classes starting every other month. The Aveda Institute students are always on hand to do makeovers and practice their skills on new clients.
1520 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.9940
http://WWW.AISouth.com

BEST Shoe Repair
BELK SHOE REPAIR
Belk Shoe Repair is low cost shoe repair at affordable prices. Enjoy shopping the department store while your shoes are being fixed.
4400 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.364.4252

BEST Men's Casual Friday Clothing
BLANK CANVAS, INC.
A boutique that has style and character, clientele can expect a classic vintage atmosphere to cater their distinct originality. They feature hand-picked exclusive private label brands for those who seek an authentic experience.
1800 Camden Rd., S105
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.833.1135
http://WWW.TheBCBrand.com

BEST Neighborhood Boutique
BLUSH BOUTIQUE
Blush boutique offers a unique mix of fashion and accessories with a range of price points and styles that will appeal to the women of Charlotte, regardless of age or budget.
1504 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.375.7585
http://WWW.BlushDolls.com

BEST Tanning Salon (Spray Service)
BOTANICAL TANS
Botanical Tans uses beet-based dyes that can give you a vibrant and healthy suntan without the harmful effects that tanning causes the body and the environment.
6324 Fairview Rd., S112
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.299.6612
http://WWW.BotanicalTans.com

BEST Boutique For Him That Open in 2013
BEST Specialty Store
BRIEF
A men's underwear, swimwear and loungewear store will redefine how men shop and look in all things intimate, active and leisure.
1426 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.376.6612
http://WWW.ShopBrief.com

JUICIEST Jean Selection For Him
BUCKLE
Buckle markets a wide selection of brand names and private label casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear.
6801 Northlake Mall Dr., S121
Charlotte | 28216 | 704.596.4391
http://WWW.Buckle.com

BEST Consignment Shop (Men)
BUFFALO EXCHANGE
It is the purpose of Buffalo Exchange to lead the resale fashion industry, provide a livelihood for its employees, a fair return to its owners and achieve sustainable profitability.
1521 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.372.2300
http://WWW.BuffaloExchange.com

BEST That Little Black Dress (Where To Buy It)
SCOUT & MOLLY'S OF CHARLOTTE
At Scout & Molly’s of Charlotte, they want to create a laid back atmosphere where you never feel pressured. Come relax on the sofa, meet the dog, and look at some fantastic clothes!
3920 Sharon Rd., SB150
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.817-7009
http://WWW.ScoutAndMollysOfCharlotte.com

BEST Running Shoes
CHARLOTTE RUNNING COMPANY
A Running Specialty Store serving Charlotte and the surrounding area. They offer expert shoe fitting, running and walking footwear, athletic clothing, and accessories.
1412 East Blvd., SG
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.377.8786
http://WWW.CharlotteRunning.com

BEST Nightlife Attire
CHEZELLE BOUTIQUE
ChezElle Boutique is constantly filled with new designers they have the hippest bags, clothes, and fashionable jewelry.
532 Governor Morrison St., S120
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.365-4680
http://WWW.ShopChezelle.com

BEST Boutique For Her That Open in 2013
CIRCA360
If there is a penchant for timeless apparel and accessories, explore premium collections within the premier mobile fashion boutique of the Carolinas. Accessibility of Circa360 will not only revitalize your fashion intuition, it will stimulate your senses.
http://WWW.ShopCirca360.com

BEST Barber Shop For Him
CITY BARBERS AT UPTOWN
A traditional barber shop that offers a hot lather neck shave with every cut, City Barbers also have extras like TVs at each chair and a fully stocked fridge. Prices are reasonable, and talented barbers take your standard men's cut up a few notches.
100 N. Tryon St., S275
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.887.9736
http://WWW.CityBarbersAtUptown.com

BEST Juiciest Jean Selection For Her
DENIM HOUSE
Denim House is a welcome exercise in duality that celebrates laid-back luxe in the most decadent way.
2900 Selwyn Ave., SB
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.665.5555
http://WWW.DenimHouseShop.com

BEST Jeweler with the Brightest Bling
DIAMONDS DIRECT
Diamonds Direct knows every customer has a budget- and it is the goal of their skilled diamond experts to provide the necessary guidance and diamond education to help you choose the right diamond for your fiancé and your budget.
4521 Sharon Rd., S101
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.532.9041
http://WWW.Diamonds-Direct.com

BEST Leisure Loungewear
E MARTINI
E Martini is best known for their fine lingerie and swimwear, and hosts a variety of other leisurewear that seeks to make every woman feel sexy and comfortable.
532 Governor Morrison St., S130
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.442.5535

BEST Men’s Grooming
EMERSON JOSEPH
Emerson Joseph was built to offer one-of-a-kind grooming experiences for the style-conscious professional and average joe alike. With just the right blend of top-notch services, comfortable surroundings, and urban sophistication.
221 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.343.3443
14815 Ballantyne Village Way, S105
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.369.5181
http://WWW.EmersonJoseph.com

FAVORITE Makeup Female Artist
ERICA ARCILESI
Besides being one of the top makeup artist she Producer at CFG STYLE WEEK, Co-Founder at Charlotte Fashion Guild and Owner at Create.
704.608.7010

BEST Handbags To Hold
FAB'RIK BOUTIQUE
There is more to shopping than clothing! fab'rik has coined the "experience shopping" tagline. Every fab'rik employee is a personal shopper who is committed to making sure each person that visits leaves feeling GORGE!
7808 Rea Rd., SC
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.541.6065
http://www.FabrikStyle.com

BEST Coolest Kick Selection
FRESH EXCLUSIVE
Fresh Exclusive is an 80/20 consignment store in which all shoes are authentic, deadstock, brand new, never worn unless otherwise noted in the description of each particular item.
2001 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.335.0202
http://www.FreshExclusive.com

BEST Hair Salon
FRESH SALON
Fresh Salon Charlotte is a professional yet inviting Charlotte hair salon dedicated to providing clients with beautiful, healthy hair and quality products in a positive enjoyable atmosphere.
5349 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., S800
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.841-2100
http://www.AFreshSalon.com

BEST Tattoo Parlor
FU'S CUSTOM TATTOOS
Fu's Custom Tattoo is the Premier and only Full Custom Tattoo Studio located in the heart of Charlotte's NoDa Arts District! Staffed by 8 friendly and professional industry veterans more than capable of making your ideas become reality!
3200 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.376.4556
http://www.FUsCustomTattoo.com

BEST Blow Out Bar
GLA'MOUR BLO OUT BAR
Gl'amour Blowout Bar & More offers a full service salon, hair extensions, eyelash extensions, make-up, facials, chemical peels, waxing, and spray tanning! This is a fun environment where you can embrace your beauty.
20121 N. Main St., SC
Cornelius | 28031 | 704.655.2508
http://www.GlamourBlowOutBar.com

BEST Unisex Boutique
H&M CLOTHING
H&M always has the best customer offering in each and every market. They offer collections that are wide-ranging and varied for women, men, teenagers and children at an unbeatable value.
6801 Northlake Mall Dr.
Charlotte | 28216 | 855.466.7467
http://www.HM.com

BEST Everyday Jewelry
HANDPICKED
Creativity, personal expression and global cultures have always inspired HandPicked. The HandPicked collection includes handbags, wallets, pashminas, home décor and a huge collection of monogram gifts.
Multiple Locations
http://www.HandPicked.net

BEST First Rate Vintage Clothing
HONG KONG VINTAGE
They boast a clean, well-maintained collection of leather jackets, dresses, and wide-collar button-downs. Everything is arranged by color to make shopping for your favorite vintage apparel simple and fun.
1514 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.0538
http://www.HongKongVintage.com

BEST Lingerie Shop
I C London
Great selection of comfy and sexy sleepwear. Extensive selection of bras including sizes from 30-46 and cup sizes A-M. Professional fitters will assist in finding the bra that will make you feel great and look stylish in your clothes.
4310 Sharon Rd., UT13
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.377.7955
http://www.ICLondon.com

BEST Consignment Shop (Women)
J.T. POSH CONSIGNMENT
An upscale consignment boutique located in Charlotte, North Carolina specializing in new and consigned Women's clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry.
2400 Park Rd., S2A
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.375.1334
http://www.JTPosh.com

BEST Fashion T-Shirt
JOHNNY FLY CLOTHING
Johnny Fly Clothing Company is a lifestyle integrated into a wearable piece of artwork. They blend images and icons involved in people’s everyday lives into modern and unique clothing.
888.987.5359
http://www.JohnnyFlyClothing.com

FAVORITE Snippiest Female Stylist
KATE DUFFY, SALON M2
8430 Rea Rd., S140
Charlotte | 28277 | 980.939.1983
http://www.Salon-M2.com

BEST Eye Brow Waxing
BEST Facials To Die For
LE PETIT SPA
Le Petit Spa uses the best products possible; Priti will transform your face and your soul in just one visit.
6324 Fairview Rd., S101
Charlotte | 28210 | 980.406.3269
http://www.LePetitSpaCharlotte.com

BEST Lovely Lashes
LA LA LASHES
La La Lashes Eyelash Boutique is a high-end beauty boutique specializing in Xtreme semi-permanent eyelash extensions. They provide a full variety of Xtreme Lash Extensions, Natural Lash Lifts, customized brow shaping, waxing and threading techniques.
841 Baxter St., S114
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.366.5274
http://www.LaLaLashesCharlotte.com

BEST Women’s Clothing
LAVENDAR BOUTIQUE
The minute you walk into this SoHo inspired store, you’ll feel like you’re on the streets of New York! With the latest designer labels you’re sure to find something fashionable and fearless for your next girl’s night out or vacation with the husband.
279 Williamson Rd.
Mooresville | 28117 | 704.663.2880
http://www.LavendarBoutique.com

BEST Boutique For The Price
BEST Sun Seeking Swimwear
LIPP BOUTIQUE
As a contemporary women’s boutique, carries both clothing and accessories, which includes jewelry, makeup, purses, and shoes. The selection with varied price points encompasses all aspects of a wardrobe and makes Lipp Boutique a one-stop shop.
Multiple Locations
http://www.LippBoutique.com

BEST Boutique For Her
CAPITOL
Capitol currently stocks designs from Balenciaga, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Nina Ricci, and Lanvin, along with jewelry by Marie-Helene de Taillac, Irene Neuwirth, and The Gem Palace.
4010 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.0477
http://www.CapitolCharlotte.com

BEST Designer Shades
MY EYE DR.
MyEyeDr. offers superior vision care using the latest technology and the highest quality lenses. We also have the area's largest selection of value, designer and luxury eyewear and provide expert evaluation, fitting and follow-up care for contact lenses.
2550 W. Arrowood Rd., S130
Charlotte | 28273 | 704.522.8000
114 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.943.5115
http://www.MyEyeDr.com

BEST Bridal Boutique
NEW YORK BRIDE & GROOM
New York Bridge & Groom has something for everyone’s budget. Their store is stocked with the latest fashions for brides-to-be, grooms, wedding parties and prom goers. Stop by and see why they were voted Best Bridal Boutique in Charlotte.
4618 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.529.6400
http://www.NYBrides.com

BEST Smoothest Skin (Waxing)
NUE BROWS TO BRAZILIANS & NAIL LOUNGE
NUE’ takes waxing to another level by catering to the exclusive needs of the modern waxed woman and man. The wax associates are professionally trained and provide a convenient solution to an everyday inconvenience.
1315 East Blvd., S160
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.335.0000
http://www.NueBrowsToBrazilians.com

BEST Casual Men's Clothing
OLE MASON JAR
Ole Mason Jar is dedicated to bringing the gentleman’s lifestyle to those who currently are, and those who aspire to become a modern gentleman. They not only offer great clothes, but also great content and are dedicated to Preserving Southern Sophistication.
980.202.2173
http://www.OleMasonJar.com

BEST Pregnant People Need Clothes Too
ONE HOT MAMA MATERNITY CONSIGNMENT
One Hot Mama’s goal is that no mother-to-be feels out of style as they progress through their pregnancy. As a consignment store fresh style and brand name maternity clothes are always available at affordable prices.
8514 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.421.5610
http://www.OneHottMamma.com

BEST Tanning Salon
PALM BEACH TAN
Palm Beach Tan is the world leader in sunless tanning, offering the latest in Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray tanning systems.
Multiple Locations
http://www.PalmBeachTan.com

BEST Hair Salon That Open in 2013
PLATINUM HAIR BAR
Whether you are a highly driven professional, super mom, academic all-star, struggling artist, businessman or sassy senior Platinum Hair Bar is the place. Platinum Hair Bar is dedicated to providing the best services, experience and atmosphere.
13631 Providence Rd.
Weddington | 28104 | 704.849.8069
http://www.PlatinumHairBar.com

BEST Nail Salon
POLISHED NAIL BAR
Polished Nail Bar Charlotte is committed to delivering services that promote health, well-being, comfort and beauty. Sit back and enjoy a cool beverage while the professionals at Polished pamper you.
Multiple Locations
http://www.IPolished.com

BEST Place for Organic Brands of Clothing
POOLE SHOP
Poole Shop is Charlotte’s number one place to find organic clothing in Charlotte. If you are seeking something unique and environmentally friendly to add to your collection look no further than Poole Shop.
4010 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.553.8868
6815 Phillips Place Ct.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.553.8868 F icon

BEST Most Relaxing Spa
RE SALON & MED SPA
Re combines innovation in salon services with distinctive med spa services that exert the newest technology in facial resurfacing and laser treatments all the while providing an experience like no other.
1212 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.334.8087
http://www.ReSalonAndMedSpa.com

BEST Sure Fire Bet (Place You Can Always Count On)
REVOLUTION
If you are looking for the freshest fashion in the heart of Charlotte look no further than Revolution. Knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect outfit for every occasion.
210 E. Trade St., SE280
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.1990
http://www.ShopRevolution.com

BEST Place To Find Something You Didn't Know You Needed
REVOLVE MEN'S CONSIGNMENT
Revolve Men’s Consignment is an upscale men’s consignment store that specializes in high-end designer clothes for men.
1222 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.817.7845
http://www.RevolveCharlotte.com

BEST Costume Jewelry
RITU SELECTS
Ritu Selects strives in bringing quality products to the USA for the South Asian community, all the way from different zones in India such as Mumbai, New Delhi and various cities in the states of Rajasthan, West Bengal, Kashmir and Gujarat.
Concord | 28027 | 704.858.0782
http://www.RituSelects.com

BEST Place to Get Framed (Optician Store)
SALLY'S OPTICAL SECRETS
At Sally's Optical, glasses are much more than just medical devices, and will change the way you think about eyewear. Offering a collection of couture, handmade limited production of exceptionally crafted and well designed frames from designers who specialize in one thing eyewear.
1419 East Blvd., SC
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.342.0123
http://www.SallysOptical.com

BEST Hair Color for the Price
SALON M2
At Salon M2, we provide people a planet friendly atmosphere, while providing an excellent customer experience. They are a salon of professionals dedicated to raising the bar in our city.
8430 Rea Rd. S140
Charlotte | 28277 | 980.939.1983
http://www.Salon-M2.com

BEST Thrift Store
SALVATION ARMY
If you have time to hunt the racks there is no better thrift shop that the Salvation Army. Sales and donations help the community. You can always leave the Salvation Army with a killer outfit at unbelievably low prices.
Multiple Locations
http://www.SalvationArmyUSA.org

BEST Boutique for Him
SILVERFLY
SILVERFLY is a specialty men’s shop with a fresh, sophisticated take on urban living and the only all men’s clothing retailer of its kind in Charlotte.
1111 Metropolitan Ave., S150
Charlotte | 28204 | 980.819.7216
http://www.SilverflyBrands.com

BEST Below Freezing (Winter Clothing)
SKI COUNTRY SPORTS
Ski Country Sports has served skiers and snowboarders for over 25 years. They have the largest selection, best prices and, most importantly, the best staff. They also serve up Tennis and carry everything that you will need to take to the court.
4151 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.2553
http://www.SkiCountrySports.com

BEST Shoe Lovers Heaven
SHU
SHU is the one-stop shop to find the perfect accessories for any outfit whether they be shoes, handbags, jewelry or accessories. Shu is expanding to carry a men’s selection as well as their current inventory.
1426 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.372.6223
http://www.ShuSalon.com

BEST Cutting-Edge Fashion Boutique
SLOAN
Sloan has become the destination for contemporary clothing, jewelry and accessories.
1419-G East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203| 704.338.1400
http://www.SloanBoutique.com

BEST Accessories Store For Him
THE SPORTING GENT
The Sporting Gent is a locally owned and operated gentleman's clothier and outfitter displaying a selection of fine outdoor and casual brands. Their mission is as simple as it is classic, from the field to the dinner table.
2848 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.896.5600
http://www.TheSportingGent.com

FAVORITE Makeup Male Artist
STANLEY OWINGS, IMPACT COLOR COSMETICS
Stanley Owings, creator of iMpact color cosmetics, has designed and formulated a line of beauty products to revolutionize the way a woman looks at herself in the mirror.
1819 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.334.3211
http://www.ImpactColorCosmetics.com

BEST Out-Of-The Ordinary Finds
SUMMERBIRD
Connected by a love of fine things and even better prices, Charlotte-area native Cindy Siesel set out in late 2010 to fill a hole in Charlotte’s retail landscape by opening Summerbird, an inspired collaborative boutique.
1222 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.613.8395
http://www.SummerbirdBoutique.com

FAVORITE Chicest Local Designer
TARA DAVIS
Flow by Tara is owned and operated by Tara Michelle Davis of Charlotte. Tara has been designing since she was a child. First she started sewing beautiful dresses for her Barbie Doll and now she is making dresses for sophisticated women.
136 E. 36th St.
Studio 5 Hart Witzen Gallery
Charlotte | 28206
http://www.FlowByTaraDavis.com

BEST Men's Suits
TAYLOR RICHARDS & CONGER
Taylor Richards & Conger is a locally owned and operated boutique for men featuring a unique collection of lifestyle clothing for men. TRC offers a wide range of products, including shoes, sportswear, clothing, furnishings and made-to-measure clothing.
6907 Phillips Place Ct.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.366.9092
http://www.TRCStyle.com

BEST Bath Products
THE BOULEVARD AT SOUTH END
In this shop, gifts, trinkets, and items you never knew you needed (such as a “mandle”—male scented candles nested in real beer and liquor bottles) line the shelves and displays. Much of the store’s inventory is locally made in the South.
1447 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.219.7526
http://www.BlvdAtSouthEnd.com

BEST Workout Gear
TRY SPORTS
They are a specialty retail business, which provides its members with added value services and helps them buy the high quality products they need to achieve a new level of fitness.
721 Governor Morrison St.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.442.3930
9816 Rea Rd., SI
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.4626
http://www.TrySports.com

BEST Always on Time (Watch Selection)
WINDSOR JEWELERS
Windsor Jewelers is a family-owned and operated business with a true dedication to meeting the needs of all customers who walk through their doors. They are a proud member of the Leading Jewelers of the World.
6809 Phillips Place Ct.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.556.7747
http://www.Windsor-Jewelers.com
     

 

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FAVORITE Golf Course (Private)
CARMEL COUNTRY CLUB
Imagine choosing which course to play on a Saturday morning. At Carmel, members are offered two championship 18-hole courses on 384 acres of landscaped greenery, each with its own distinct personality.
4735 Carmel Rd.
Charlotte | 28226 | 704.945.9630
http://www.CarmelCountryClub.org 

 

FAVORITE Golf Course (Private)
CARMEL COUNTRY CLUB
Imagine choosing which course to play on a Saturday morning. At Carmel, members are offered two championship 18-hole courses on 384 acres of landscaped greenery, each with its own distinct personality.
4735 Carmel Rd.
Charlotte | 28226 | 704.945.9630
http://www.CarmelCountryClub.org

FAVORITE Golf Pro
ANDREW SHUCK, CHARLOTTE COUNTRY CLUB
Andrew is Head Golf Professional at Charlotte Country Club.
2465 Mecklenburg Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.0836
http://www.CharlotteCountryClub.org

BEST That Special Touch Massage
CAROLINA SPORTS MASSAGE
Providing specialized bodywork for athletes and those seeking pain management and prevention. Our treatments consist of a variation of deep tissue, myofascial, and trigger point therapy- adjusted to the specific needs of each client.
1828 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 980.236.1892
http://www.CarolinaSportsMassageLLC.com

FAVORITE Golf Course (Public)
CHARLOTTE GOLF LINKS
Experience the challenge and charm of Scottish links-style golf, right here in Mecklenburg County. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, just south of Charlotte Beltway I-485, The Charlotte Golf Links is an 18-hole championship golf course.
11500 Providence Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.846.7900
http://www.CharlotteGolfLinks.com

BEST Picture Worth a Thousand Words (Scenic Park)
FAVORITE Take A Hike (Hiking Trails)
CROWDER'S MOUNTAIN
Several hiking trails lead to the summit of Crowder’s Mountain, and from the summit it is possible on a clear day to see the skyscrapers of Charlotte, North Carolina to the east.
522 Park Office Ln.
Kings Mountain | 28086 | 704.853.5375
http://www.NCParks.gov

FAVORITE Ass Kicking Female Personal Trainer
EMILY BREEZE ROSS, MOGA CHARLOTTE
2108 South Blvd., S202
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.224.7172
http://www.MogaCharlotte.com

BEST Yoga Clothing
ENLIGHTEN YOGA
Enlighten Yoga believes that through movement, breath, and intention, one can move beyond mental, physical, and spiritual limitations. With 45+ classes a week to choose from, you have found your yoga home.
9852 Rea Rd., SD2
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.8000
http://www.EnlightenYogaCLT.com

BEST Fitness Center For The Money
FITNESS CONNECTION
There’s something for every member: swimming, personal trainers, basketball and our state-of-the-art equipment.
Multiple Locations
http://www.FitnessConnectionUSA.com

BEST Women’s Gym
FLEX AND FIT
Flex + Fit™ is a lifestyle club that delivers results through fun, highly-effective workouts that burn fat, tone, strengthen + sculpt. They fill in the gaps whereas traditional studios that focus on just Yoga, Barre, Spin or Pilates leave behind.
550 S. Tryon St., S170
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.219.8425
http://www.FlexAndFit.com

BEST Gym With Best Equipment
GOLD'S GYM EPICENTRE
At Gold's Gym Epicentre in Charlotte, you will find the latest cardio and strength training equipment plus exercise programs that include boxing, group cycling and muscle endurance training!
210 E. Trade St., SD380
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.688.9959
http://www.GoldsGymCharlotte.com

BEST Pilates Studio
HILLIARD STUDIO METHOD
HSM is a core-centric, pilates-based workout incorporating weights, intense isometric positions, floor and ballet barre work. This results-driven workout elongates the body, improving overall strength, flexibility and posture.
516 Fenton Pl.
Charlotte | 28207 | 704.236.3377
http://www.HilliardStudioMethod.com

BEST Off The Ground (Place To Rock Climb)
INNER PEAKS CLIMBING CENTER
Indoor climbing is a great way stay fit, reduce stress, build focus, meet people and just have a great time. Our family-friendly atmosphere is inviting, they have 13,000 square feet of climbing terrain to challenge any skill level.
9535 Monroe Rd., S170
Charlotte | 28270 | 704.844.6677
http://www.InnerPeaks.com

BEST Gym That Opened In 2013
IRON TRIBE FITNESS
Iron Tribe is the leading provider of training that constantly changes and pushes you to the best of your ability in a small, group training environment in the country.
215 E. Worthington Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.375.7810
13015 Rosedale Hill Ave.
Huntersville | 28078 | 704.654.9118
http://www.IronTribeFitness.com

FAVORITE Ass Kicking Male Personal Trainer
JAY JOHNSON, MUSCLE LAB PERFORMANCE
Jay Johnson is an award winning personal trainer, fitness model and writer based out of Charlotte, NC. Training for ten years, Jay has bettered the bodies of a wide variety of clientele from Miss USA pageant contestants, to competitive bodybuilders (bodybuilding/physique/bikini/figure), to top strength and endurance athletes.
http://www.JayJohnsonMLP.com

BEST Sweat-Worthy Gym
MADABOLIC INC.
MADabolic Inc. is specifically designed to compliment any athletic lifestyle. This is the philosophy behind their brand and this confidence in their own program is what will continue to distinguish us them among a competitive pack.
2610 South Blvd.
http://www.Charlotte | 28209 | 980.949.7263

BEST Place To Jog
MCALPINE CREEK GREENWAY
McAlpine Creek Greenway features a fishing pier, three acre lake, picnic area, two mile bike trail and one and a half mile nature trail.
8711 Monroe Rd.
Charlotte | 28263 | 704.643.5725
http://www.CharMeck.org

BEST Swim Worthy (Best Pool In Town)
MECKLENBURG AQUATIC CENTER
The aquatic center offers indoor and outdoor swimming, adult/youth programs, swim lessons, special events, fitness classes and water exercise for all ages. Mecklenburg County Aquatics makes it easy for you to enjoy water recreation all year-round.
800 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.336.3483
http://www.CharMeck.org

BEST Place To Take Dance Lessons
METROPOLITAN BALLROOM
The Metropolitan Ballroom is a privately-owned ballroom dance studio that focuses the energies of its talented instructors on creating a welcoming, enjoyable atmosphere that caters to aspiring dancers of every skill level.
2935 Providence Rd., S200
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.364.1871
http://www.Metropolitan-Ballroom.com

BEST Alternative Fitness
POLE DANCE CHARLOTTE FUN
& FITNESS DANCE STUDIO
Pole Dance Charlotte specializes in private in-studio pole parties, traveling pole parties and monthly membership/drop in beginner pole classes.
1127 S. Mint St., SB
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.334.4448
http://www.PoleDanceCharlotte.com

BEST Disc Golf
REEDY CREEK PARK
Reedy Creek Park 146 acres offer a variety of outdoor sports and nature trails. Reedy Creek Nature Center is open seven days a week offering nature exhibits and programming.
2900 N. Rocky River Rd.
Charlotte | 28215 | 704.323.9102
http://www.CharMeck.org

BEST City Park
ROMARE BEARDEN PARK
The park offers fitness and cultural arts programs throughout the year including music, art, photography, and fitness classes.
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.432.4280
http://www.CharMeck.org

FAVORITE Nutritionist/Diet Coach
SARA HILL, TOTAL NUTRITION NETWORK
Sara is the acting Area Manager for the South Charlotte Region and holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from East Carolina University where she received an education rich in biomechanics, nutrition, exercise prescription, exercise testing, and program development.
15720 John J Delaney Dr.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.549.9550
http://www.TNTGetFit.com

BEST Intramural Sports
SPORTS LINK
SportsLink is the area’s largest organizer of adult sports leagues. From bowling to beach volleyball, we offer virtually every sport you want to play. Our focus is on coed, but we offer men’s and women’s leagues as well.
2131 Ayrsley Town Blvd., S200
Charlotte | 28273 | 704.449.9160
http://www.SportsLinkUS.com

FAVORITE Zumba Instructor
SYREETA SMITH, THE HUT MEETING FACILITY
She enjoys showing others how much fun exercising really can be! Rather than focusing on a “certain” size or seeing a “magic” number on the scale, she teaches her students that it’s more about living a healthy LIFESTYLE by taking care of your mind, body and spirit.
413 Johnston Dr.
Pineville | 28134 | 704-GO-ZUMBA
http://www.GetYourZumbaOn.com

BEST Sporting Goods Store
TRY SPORTS
TrySports is a specialty retail sports store, providing products and added value services in the aerobic sports of walking, running, swimming, cycling, triathlon and fitness in general.
Multiple Locations
http://www.TrySports.com

BEST Biking Trails
BEST Ride The Rapids
U.S. NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTER
They have mountain biking and running trails and other outdoor activities. The facility’s most unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and paddling enthusiasts of all abilities.
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
Charlotte | 28214 | 704.391.3900
http://www.USNWC.org

BEST Unique Fitness Center
ULTIMATE CROSSFIT
Ultimate CrossFit is a full service functional training facility in Charlotte. They focus on Functional Movements performed at a high intensity.
210 Rampart St., UF
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.650.5956
http://www.UltimateCrossfit.com

BEST Martial Arts
ULTIMATE GYM
Ultimate gym is 30,000 sq.ft. of the best training on the East Coast. CrossFit NoDa, Aerial Silk, Qi Gong, Boxing, Aikido, Judo/Ju-Jitsu, Systema, Kung Fu, and Muay Thai.
401 E. 35th St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.0071
http://www.Ultimate-Gym.com

BEST Boot Camp For Females
UPTOWN ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP FOR WOMEN
Uptown Adventure Boot Camp is a four week outdoor fitness program that offers fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training - packed with fun and energizing activities designed to help you reach your fitness goals.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.398.1182
http://www.UptownAdventureBootCamp.com

BEST Bicycle Shop
UPTOWN CYCLES
Uptown Cycles is a concept cycling shop, which focuses in bicycle sales, parts and accessories, service, coaching, Retul fitting studio and CompuTrainer classes.
1432 W. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28208 | 704.632.7440
http://www.UptownCyclesCharlotte.com

BEST Sports Facility
VELOCITY SPORTS PERFORMANCE
Whether you're a professional athlete preparing for the season, a JV player trying to make Varsity, or a beginner hoping to play five minutes more, Velocity Sports Performance can help you meet your fitness and training goals.
10345 Nations Ford Rd.
Charlotte | 28273 | 704.588.1770
http://www.VelocitySP.com

BEST Body Treatment
VOCI SPA
Voci Spa's medical skin care addresses acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and aging. From chemical peels to European facials, their medical skin care clinic can customize any skin care program for your skin type.
7808 Rea Rd., SF
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.8030
http://www.VociSpa.com

BEST Yoga Studio
Y2 YOGA
Y2 Yoga believes that yoga is a right not a privilege, which is why they’ve created a range of fair, competitively priced yoga class packages to meet any budget.
280 S. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.456.9642
http://www.Y2Yoga.com

BEST Gym To Socialize
YMCA OF GREATER CHARLOTTE
The YMCA’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. YMCA has programs designed for people of every age to help them to connect and engage in their community and lives.
Multiple Locations
http://www.YMCACharlotte.org
 

 

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Elevate Lifestyle Awards 2014 “THE BEST OF THE CITY” (ENTERTAINMENT)

Mar 29, 2014

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BEST Value In Entertainment
BLIND PIG
This unpretentious neighborhood bar is the locals top option for a fun-filled evening. The Blind Pig offers reasonably-priced drinks and loads of bar games. Activities available include beer pong, jenga and air hockey, as well as the common pool tables and darts.
453 E.36th St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 980.819.9942
http://www.TheBlindPigNODA.com

 

BEST Open Mic Night
BRADSHAWS SOCIAL HOUSE
Bradshaw Social House is an exciting & new casual themed concept offering American fare with a focus on premium comfort foods, jumbo wings with house recipe sauces & dressings.
8440 Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.7351

BEST Place To Drop A Grand…Fast
BUBBLE
Step out of the ordinary and into sophistication at Bubble Charlotte, a premium establishment that stimulates the senses. Bubble Charlotte serves an extensive list of unique cocktails, spirits and select wines that compliment chef-driven small plates, crafted for a mature palate.
210 E. Trade St., SA200
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.733.9427
http://www.BubbleCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Local Female Vocalist
CAM-RAHN
Cam-Ranh's strong voice that is carrying her to the top of the local market will be her springboard to national attention. With a background of judo and dance, and her unique voice she is a brilliant star whose rise is just beginning.
http://www.CamRanhChandler.com

FAVORITE Club DJ
CHAD "DIRTY" ROBBINS
For Chad, the saying “Live each day as if it were your last” touches close to home. Better known as DJ Dirty, Robbins spent his early college years battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As a survivor, he decided to dedicate his life to the things he loved most: art and music.

BEST Beer Festival (Outdoors)
CHARLOTTE OKTOBERFEST
Offering a tremendous selection of beer for festival goers, the Charlottean homage to Munich, Germany’s world renown festival has grown into a Queen City favorite event. Admission covers all sampling, a collectible Charlotte Oktoberfest tasting glass and plenty of food and fun!
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte | 28206
http://www.CharlotteOktoberfest.com

BEST Party Bus Company
CHARLOTTE PARTY CHARTERS
Charlotte Party Charters is the Queen City's premiere Party Bus Company for all of your transportation needs. With the city's only Double Decker party bus, you are sure to have a great time. From parties to concerts to weddings and beyond!
6712 Freedom Dr.
Charlotte | 28214 | 704.399.9393
http://www.PartyBusCharters.com

BEST Day Tripping
HARRAH’S CHEROKEE CASINO
Now you can play like the big boys at any one of their 100+ traditional games! Get in on the live card action located across the casino floor. Get your game face on and join in on the fun and excitement of table games at our gambling getaway destination.
777 Casino Dr.
Cherokee 28719 | 828.497.7777
http://www.HarrahsCherokee.com

BEST Movie Theatre
CINEBARRE
Cinebarre caters to an adult clientele and strives to offer an entertaining and mature environment. With fun foods and great drinks at their full bar, you’re sure to have a great night at the movies!
8008 Providence Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.4582
http://www.Cinebarre.com

BEST Event On Wheels
COCA COLA 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway
The biggest Memorial Day weekend party in the country is the Coca-Cola 600. Stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series do battle in stock car racing’s true endurance test.
5555ConcordPkwy.
Concord | 28027 | 800.455.3267
http://www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com

BEST The Last Laugh (Comedy Club)
COMEDY ZONE
The Comedy Zone brings some of the nation’s top comedians to Charlotte at the NC Music Factory! They have 400 seats, fantastic food menu and all of your favorite cocktails!
900 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte | 28206 | 980.321.4702
http://www.CLTComedyZone.com

BEST The Place To Pimp Your Ride
CUSTOM KINGS AUTO SHOP
Custom Kings specializes in building, dyno tuning and fabricating imports. Get your ride customized to fit your unique style.
1617-C Morgan Mill Rd.
Monroe | 28110 | 704.877.6244
http://www.CustomKingsAutoShop.com

BEST Racing School
DALE JARRETT RACING ADVENTURE
Join our Racing Experience and get behind the wheel of one of our racecars. You can race a real racecar on a NASCAR track with NASCAR Champion Dale Jarrett's Racing Adventure! Ride or drive a race car at speed over 170 MPH!
116 3rd St., NW
Hickory | 28601 | 888.467.2231
http://www.RacingAdventure.com

BEST Arcade
DAVE & BUSTER’S
There's only one place where you can eat fun gourmet food, and drink your choice of fun, innovative beverages; and play the biggest and best arcade games around-all under one roof! That one place is your local Dave & Buster's.
8361 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord | 28027 | 704.979.1700
http://www.DaveAndBusters.com

BEST Neighborhood Festival
DILWORTH/SOUTHEND CHILI COOK-OFF
Enjoy "All The Chili" you can taste from local restaurants and individual cooking teams as they (and maybe you) compete to win! They have live music from local bands, games & many fun prizes!!
2100 South Blvd. (Parking Lot)
Charlotte | 28203

FAVORITE Party DJ
DJ ROWSHAY
As one of Queen City’s go-to guys, Rowshay has made a name for himself, serving as the resident DJ in its most notable nightclubs, supporting major musical acts, and supplying unique edits and remixes utilized by many of today’s most popular disc jocks.
http://www.DJRowshay.blogspot.com

BEST Hear Live Jazz
THE DOUBLE DOOR INN
Established in 1973 and recognized as the "Oldest Live Music Venue East of the Mississippi", the Double Door Inn oozes musical tradition.
1218 Charlottetowne Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.376.1446
http://www.DoubleDoorInn.com

BEST Cue And Ball (Pool Hall)
ELIZABETH BILLIARDS
Located in the Plaza Midwood side of town, Elizabeth Billiard’s is the go-to spot for a fun night of pool, 8-Ball or just to hang out with friends. Enjoy a cold beer or good food, either way; good times are to be had here!
1400 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.342.2263

BEST Sporting Event
FIGHT LAB, MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Fight Lab Promotions was conceptualized by a group of avid MMA fight fans with a dream to create an entertaining experience for fans. Check out their events at Grady Cole Center or any of the various military base shows they get the opportunity to execute each year.
http://www.FightLabPros.com

BEST Concert Venue That
Holds More Than 400 People
THE FILLMORE
The Fillmore Charlotte is housed in a historic textile mill, and is themed in the tradition of the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco. The Original Fillmore has distinguished itself as a favorite among artists and fans alike because of the unique qualities of the theatre’s ambience, feel and traditions.
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte | 28206 | 704.916.8970
http://www.FillmoreCharlotteNC.com

BEST The Know It All (Place for Trivia)
FITZGERALD'S IRISH PUB
Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is located in uptown Charlotte and is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., They will provide the perfect atmosphere to enjoy spirits and great food. Lively and festive anytime of the day, Fitzgerald's is the perfect place to gather with friends or to meet new people.
201 E. 5th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.900.8088
FitzgeraldsCharlotte.com

BEST Limousine Company
FIVE STAR LIMOUSINE
Five Star Limousine service provides dedicated and professional chauffeurs to meet your needs 7 days a week. When luxury is important, you can count on Five Star Limousine.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.541.0508
http://www.YLimo.com

BEST Ritziest Gala to Attend
GUYS AND DOLLS AUCTION
BENEFITING CYSTIC FIBROSIS
The Guys and Dolls Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction is Charlotte’s premier event for young professionals. Now in its 14th year, the event features a group of Charlotte’s most eligible men and women, and fantastic date packages up for auction to the highest bidder.
222 E. 3rd St. (Hilton Hotel)
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.377.1500
http://www.GuysAndDollsCharlotte.com

BEST CD Store
MANIFEST DISC
At Manifest, you can Buy, sell or trade your favorite CD’s, music, movies, games and vinyl! Not to mention an all knowing, music loving staff!
6239 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.552.8448
http://www.ManifestDisc.com

BEST Beer Festival (Indoors)
QUEEN CITY BREWERS FESTIVAL
Queen City Brewers Festival (QCBF) is a fundraiser benefiting the nonprofit ACEing Autism. QCBF features Charlotte-area breweries and brewpubs, craft beer-focused food & beverage exhibitors, sponsors and local artists.
817 Hamilton St. | Charlotte | 28206
http://www.QCBrewFest.com

BEST Electronics Store
QUEEN'S CITY AUDIO VIDEO APPLIANCES
Queen City is recognized as the region's largest independent audio, video and appliance retailer. With a commitment to unsurpassed service, guaranteed low prices and the best brand selection, they ensure their customers that you will always receive the Right Product, Right Price and Real Answers…guaranteed!
Multiple Locations
http://www.QueenCityOnline.com

BEST Party Boat Company
RAGIN' UPTOWN
With a team of full time event staff, every customer receives turnkey service at no additional cost to ensure 100% satisfaction for every time! Ragin' Uptown provides memories for both individuals and corporate clients for any occasion on land or water.
704.451.7433
http://www.RaginUptown.com

FAVORITE Local Male Vocalist
FAVORITE Local Songwriter
RANDY PAUL
Randy Paul has been entertaining fans for more than 10 years. From his smooth voice to his guitar chops, he will hold you captive and bring you into his world of rock, pop and heartfelt soul.
http://www.RandyPaulMusic.com

BEST Bar Crawl
RICH AND BENNETT’S SAINT
PATRICK'S DAY BAR CRAWL
14 years ago a pub crawl was created to rival all pub crawls. Rich and Bennett’s mission has been the same for the last few years: Have an amazing day, and keep the WORLD'S LARGEST PUB CRAWL title in Charlotte!!!
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.376.4441
http://www.RichAndBennett.com

BEST Thing In Charlotte To Show Out of Town Guests
ROCKY RIVER WINERY
A relaxed, sophisticated and peaceful setting to enjoy a glass of award-winning wine; while taking in the beautiful panoramic view of the vines. Rocky River Vineyards wine ranges in flavor from a sweet, red or white muscadine wine to classic, dry varietals such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Merlot blend, among others.
11685 Reed Mine Rd.
http://www.Midland | 28107 | 704.781.5035
RockyRiverVineyards.com

BEST Dining With Entertainment
STRIKECITY
Strike City is the ultimate bowling experience. Not only is it a great place to bowl, but it is a fun place to hang out and take a load off with your friends. Enjoy every sport imaginable on their plasma screen televisions.
210 E. Trade St., SD1
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.9300
http://www.StrikeCityCharlotte.com

BEST Local Band About To Hit It Big
THE LEGACY COMMITTEE
With a sound that can’t be labeled, and a brand of hip hop with elements of what was once forgotten, “The Legacy Committee” is taking the Southern Region by storm!

BEST Concert Venue That Holds Less Than 400 People
THE VISUALITE THEATER
Visulite Theatre is Charlotte's, premier place for live music. Featuring some of the best performers of today from a variety of genres, the Visulite Theatre offers the ultimate live music experience.
1615 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.358.9200
http://www.Visulite.com

BEST Non Concert Venue to Hear Live Music
TIN ROOF
Originating in Nashville, the Tin Roof takes great pride in providing all of its customers with great food and amazing live music!
210 E. Trade St., SD286
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.910.1330
http://www.TinRoofBars.com

BEST Designated Driver
UBER
Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our app, they make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers.
http://www.Uber.com

BEST Video/DVD Rentals
VISART VIDEO
With over 30,000 DVDs, Blu Rays, and even VHS tapes of every genre; VisArt specializes in hard-to-find and out-of-print items that you simply won't find anywhere else in Charlotte!
1945 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.343.3031
http://www.VisartVideo.org

FAVORITE RADIO WINNERS

FAVORITE Adult Contemporary Station
107.9 THE LINK,
1 Julian Price Pl.
Charlotte | 28208 | 704.570.1079
http://www.1079TheLink.com

FAVORITE Country Station
103.7 THE NEW COUNTRY, WSOC-FM
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.TheNew1037.com

FAVORITE Rock Station
106.5 THE END
801 Wood Bridge Center Dr.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.570.1065
http://www.1065.com

FAVORITE Sports Station
SPORTS RADIO 610AM, WFNZ THE FAN
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.WFNZ.com

FAVORITE Top 40 Station
KISS 95.1, WNKS-FM
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.Kiss951.com

FAVORITE Urban Station
POWER 98, WPEG-FM
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.Power98FM.com

FAVORITE Radio Station Personality
CASSIDY WITH THE DREX AND MANNEY MORNING SHOW
KISS 95.1, WNKS-FM
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.KISS951.com

FAVORITE Sports Radio Personality
FRANK GARCIA
SPORTS RADIO 610AM, WFNZ THE FAN
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.WFNZ.com

FAVORITE Drive Home Radio Show
OTIS THE O SHOW
KISS 95.1, WNKS-FM
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.Kiss951.com

FAVORITE Mid Day Radio Show
VONYETTA, POWER 98 WPEG-FM
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.Power98FM.com

FAVORITE Morning Radio Show
THE DREX AND MANEY MORNING SHOW
KISS 95.1, WNKS-FM
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.KISS951.com

FAVORITE Sports Radio Show
THE MAC ATTACK
SPORTS RADIO 610AM, WFNZ THE FAN
1520 South Blvd., S300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.319.9369
http://www.WFNZ.com

FAVORITE Talk Radio Show
THE MATT AND RAMONA SHOW
107.9 THE LINK
1 Julian Price Pl.
Charlotte | 28208 | 704.570.1079
http://www.1079TheLink.com

FAVORITE TV WINNERS

FAVORITE Local Female TV Anchor
MORGAN FOGARTY
THE CW, WCCB-TV
1 Television Pl.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.372.1800
http://www.WCCBCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Local Male TV Anchor
DEREK JAMES
THE CW, WCCB-TV
1 Television Pl.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.372.1800
http://www.WCCBCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Local News Station
THE CW, WCCB-TV
1 Television Pl.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.372.1800
http://www.WCCBCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Local TV Newscast
NEWS RISING
THE CW, WCCB-TV
1 Television Pl.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.372.1800
http://www.WCCBCharlotte.com

FAVORITE Local TV Meteorologist
BRAD PANOVICH, NBC 6 WCNC-TV
1001 Wood Ridge Center Dr.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.329.3636
http://www.WCNC.com

FAVORITE Local TV Sportscaster
KELLI BARTIK
THE CW, WCCB-TV
1 Television Pl.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.372.1800
http://www.WCCBCharlotte.com
 

 

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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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Elevate Lifestyle Awards 2014 “THE BEST OF THE CITY” (DINING)

Mar 29, 2014

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BEST First Date Night to Dine
131 MAIN
They offer fresh food and an inviting setting to meet friends, family and business associates. Join them for lunch or dinner and enjoy a welcoming atmosphere and unique offerings. Stop by today and discover a new favorite!
Multiple Locations
http://www.131-main.com

 

BEST Tastiest Bar Food
ALL AMERICAN PUB
Popular Southend Bar & Restaurant open seven Days a Week from 11am to 2am. Whether your stopping in for their weekly "Happy Hour" from 4pm to 6pm with half price appetizers or daily and monthly drink specials, you’re sure to have a great time with friends. They also have a late night menu from 11pm to 1am which is not to be missed.
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.2000
http://www.AllAmericanPubClt.com

BEST Caribbean Soul
ANNTONY'S CARRIBEAN CAFÉ
In 1968 Dr. Tony Martin born in British Guyana, immigrated to the United States, bringing with him secret recipes handed down to him through generations of his family. He moved to Charlotte, NC in 1986 and opened a small cafe with a menu straight from the heart of the Caribbean. It is named for his mother, Ann, and himself, Tony.
2001 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28269 | 704.342.0749
http://www.Anntonys.com

BEST Thing Between Two Buns (Hamburger)
BANG BANG BURGER
Their burgers are shaped from the highest quality, Black Angus whole muscle cuts of short rib & chuck, produced by NYC's Pat La Frieda.
2001 E. 7th St., SD
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.375.4505

BEST Steak - Meat and Potatoes
BEEF AND BOTTLE
The Beef ' N Bottle Steakhouse has been the locals choice for fine steaks and seafood since 1958.They are located just ten minutes from the airport and uptown. They have 1/2 price wine bottles & glasses on Monday and Thursday.
4538 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.9977
http://www.www.BeefAndBottle.net

BEST Blended And Chilled (Smoothies)
BERRYBROOK FARM NATURAL FOODS
Berrybrook Farm Natural Food Pantry, founded in 1972, is the first natural food store that opened in Charlotte. Their juice bar serves all-natural soups, sandwiches, salads, smoothies and juices, all with the freshest ingredients.
1257 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.334.6528
http://www.BerrybrookFarm.com

BEST Fish and Chips
BIG BEN'S BRITISH PUB
Dine in the cozy atmosphere of a true British pub! They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their weekday lunch specials start at just $4.95. They create new chef specials monthly and they also have daily dinner and drink specials.
2000 South Blvd., S150
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.817.9697
http://www.BigBenPub.com

BEST Most Inviting Ambiance
BONTERRA DINING & WINE ROOM
The staff of Bonterra invites you to a dining experience filled with fresh local flavors of Contemporary American cuisine, delectable desserts and a diverse wine selection featuring over 200 wines by the glass and another 300 from the private cellar.
1829 Cleveland Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.9463
http://www.BonterraDining.com

BEST Group Outing
BUBBLE
Step out of the ordinary and into sophistication at Bubble, a premium establishment that stimulates the senses. Bubble serves an extensive list of unique cocktails, spirits and select wines that compliment chef-driven small plates, crafted for a mature palate.
210 E. Trade St., SA200
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.733.9427
http://www.BubbleCharlotte.com

BEST Served On A Tortilla (Tacos)
CABO FISH TACO
Cabo Fish Taco is the combination of concepts from three completely different people, who share the same idea of what makes a restaurant great. Unlike most Baja styled restaurants, Cabo combines coastal Mexican cuisine with a unique healthy California feel.
3201 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.332.8868
http://www.CaboFishTaco.com

BEST Down In The Bayou (Cajun and Creole)
CAJUN QUEEN
The Cajun Queen has been proudly serving Charlotte since 1985, this 100 year old house is a warm, friendly place for business and fun. They serve up distinctive and delectable dinners and hot jazz seven nights a week.
1800 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.9017
http://www.CajunQueen.net

BEST Guacamole
CANTINA 1511
Cantina is where foodies flock for authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails. Our spacious, decorative settings reflect the spirit of the festive country makes it the perfect place to gather for memorable meals and great times.
1511 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.331.9222
7708 Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.9797
http://www.Cantina15Eleven.com

BEST Coffee House To Kick Back
CENTRAL COFFEE CO.
They proudly serve and brew Joe Van Gogh, artisan coffee roasters in Hillsborough, NC. They also prepare and bake all of their pastries and food in house daily.
719 Louise Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.335.7288

BEST Frozen Yogurt
CHERRYBERRY
CherryBerry located at the MET is a self-serve frozen yogurt store. They have 12 rotating flavors along with 50+toppings. They are Probiotic, OU Kosher certified, gluten-free…not to mention, delicious!
1100 Metropolitan Ave., S160
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.375.9999
http://www.CherryberryYogurtBar.com

BEST Brazilian Steakhouse
CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE
Located in beautiful Center City Charlotte on 4th & Tryon, a few blocks from Belk Theatre, Overstreet Mall and The Bobcats Arena. Chima offers authentic Brazilian cuisine and a chic dining experience. Enjoy cocktails and the best view of Uptown.
139 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.225.5000
http://www.ChimaSteakhouse.com

BEST Private Party Room
CITY TAVERN
They offer a chef driven menu featuring comfort foods and crave items. In addition to their delicious menu, there is a full service bar complete with an extensive wine and martini list.
Multiple Locations
http://www.City-Tavern.com

BEST The Freshest Catch (Seafood)
CLEAN CATCH
Clean Catch Fish Market is a full-service fish market offering the very best quality seafood from fisheries, producers and processors who have been certified against the leading standards for product quality, eco-labeling, sustainability, organic, traceability and responsible fishing.
2820 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.333.1212
http://www.CleanCatchFish.com

BEST Drive Through (Best Fast Food)
COOK OUT RESTAURANT
Cook Out specializes in grilled hamburgers and hotdogs (cook-out style), chicken sandwiches, and North Carolina barbecue. Cook Out is also known for its variety of “Creamery Premium” milkshakes with choices like “Banana Pudding” and “Chocolate Cherry”.
Multiple Locations
http://www.EatCookOut.com

BEST Indian Cuisine
COPPER CUISINE OF INDIA
Copper is located in the Mayer House, which is a turn of the century bungalow rich in local and national history. It has been meticulously updated and stylized with modern interpretation of Indian flair. You will come to know Indian food in a new and extraordinary way.
311 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.0063
http://www.CopperRestaurant.com

BEST To Die For Desserts
CRAVE DESSERT BAR
Crave Dessert Bar represents a new breed of Charlotte evening entertainment. A progressive dessert boutique that evolves nightly into an upscale lounge catering to the desires of Charlotte’s late night enthusiasts.
500 W. 5th St., S120
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.335.0588
http://www.CraveDessertBar.com

BEST Crepe
CRISPY CREPE
Crispy Crêpe prides itself in providing you the most wholesome food possible where portions are bountiful and the presentation reflects the care and effort they put into their creations.
1436 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.4440
http://www.CrispyCrepe.com

BEST Overall Menu
CUSTOMSHOP
Customshop is a modern Roman trattoria with a neighborhood feel, located in the heart of Charlotte. Their menu offers an eclectic mix of traditional and innovative American dishes inspired by Italian, French, and Spanish cuisine.
1601 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.333.3396
http://www.CustomShopFood.com

BEST Dining On A Budget
DILLINGER'S TAPROOM
Welcome to Dillinger's, home of 50 sandwiches and 50 beers. Try their overstuffed sandwiches with a local craft beer and you'll go home a happy customer. They have all the sports packages and over 30 TVs for your viewing pleasure.
214 N. Church St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.375.6412
http://www.DillingersTaproom.com

BEST Buffalo As In Wings
DILWORTH NEIGHBORHOOD GRILLE
What started as an idea for a small family restaurant/bar quickly became a hot gathering spot for all things Charlotte. Their unique space allows them to host multiple, large events in addition to our everyday lunch and dining hours.
911 E. Morehead St., S200
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.3808
http://www.NeighborhoodGrille.com

BEST Gnocchi
DOLCE RISTORANTE
Rudy & Luisa invite you to visit Dolce and embark on a journey through the rolling hills of their country into a captivating Trattoria where the sights, sounds and aroma of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh every day.
1710 Kenilworth Ave., S230
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.7525
http://www.DolceRistorante.net

BEST Signature Appetizer
DOUBLE LAYER NACHO'S,
KICKSTAND BURGERS & BAR
Kickstand Burgers-N-Bar located in Plaza Midwood is an excellent place to relax and unwind which offers craft beer and craft burgers, plus a whole lot more.
1101 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.1010
http://www.KickstandCharlotte.com

BEST Outdoor Dining With A View
DRESSLER'S RESTAURANT
The philosophy at Dressler's Restaurants is simple; everyone who walks through our doors is either already a friend or will be. By embracing that theory, the Dressler's know that every guest will have exceptional service, and outstanding food.
1100 E. Metropolitan Ave., S125
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.909.6295
http://www.DresslersRestaurant.com

BEST Deep Fried With Out The Hole (Doughnuts)
DUNKIN DONUTS
Dunkin' Donuts is an all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. They are dedicated to celebrating the millions of DD fans around the world who keep them running.
Multiple Locations
http://www.DunkinDonuts.com

BEST Your Best Dough (Bagel)
EINSTEIN BROS BAGEL
Tasty, fresh-baked bagels and breads made with the finest ingredients, and then stuffed, wrapped, topped and smeared in ways never-before imagined. Today clever creations have expanded beyond the bagel to bring more new tasty discoveries to breakfast, lunch and then some.
Multiple Locations
EinsteinBros.com

BEST Ice Cream
ELIZABETH CREAMERY
All of their ice cream is made fresh on location with the very best ingredients. They offer classic flavors such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecan and Blueberry Cheesecake as well as more out-there options such as Smurf, Ginger, or Green Tea.
1535 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.7776

BEST Roll It Up (Sushi)
ENSO ASIAN BISTRO | SUSHI BAR
The ultra-chic environment is carefully selected in every detail: massive marble statues, imported fixtures, unique lounge furniture and the hottest blend of electronic music. Enso is receiving outstanding reviews for its Vegas-like decor, atmosphere and amazing Pan-Asian menu and sushi.
210 E. Trade St., SA108
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.ENSO (3676)
http://www.EnsoCharlotte.com

BEST No Flesh (Vegetarian)
FERN, FLAVORS FROM THE GARDEN
Fern, Flavors from the Garden is viewed both locally and nationally as one of the top restaurants in Charlotte. Their staff strives that each guest, vegetarian, vegan or otherwise, enjoy their complete dining experience, regardless of their dietary preferences or restrictions.
1323 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.377.1825
http://www.FernFlavors.com

BEST Gourmet Restaurant
THE FIG TREE RESTAURANT
The Fig Tree Restaurant at the Lucas House is where you can experience Seasonal Cuisine with French and Italian influences in one of Charlotte’s Registered Historic Landmark homes in the charming Elizabeth neighborhood. The food and service is impeccable.
1601 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.3322
http://www.CharlotteFigTree.com

BEST Foodie Event
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY IN THE SOUTH END
Food Truck Friday is a weekly event where some of Charlotte’s best food trucks come out to serve their favorite dishes. It’s BYOB or you can grab a six pack to go from Common Market which is located a stone’s throw away.
1616 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203

BEST Tasty Side Dishes
FRANS FILLING STATION
Fran’s mission is to prepare fresh and carefully crafted food and to serve it in a manner that nurtures the spirit as well as the body, capturing the essential meaning of hospitality.
2410 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.372.2009
http://www.FransFillingStation.com

BEST Low-Carb Lunch
FRESHII
Freshii offers a menu of salads, burritos, wraps, rice bowls, yogurts, breakfast and soups made with high-quality, fresh ingredients. It has all the elements of fast casual (high-quality food, that's quick and convenient) with the added focus on health and wellness.
200 S. College St., S31
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.298.6704
http://www.Freshii.com

BEST Four Wheels
FUEL PIZZA
FUEL is powered by an energetic team of hard-workers that deliver REAL Pizza, Perfect Wings, Fresh Salads and Tasty Sandwiches to all of our guests.
Multiple Locations
http://www.FuelPizza.com

BEST French Cuisine
GEORGES BRASSERIE
Georges Brasserie is George Bakatsias' interpretation of French cuisine and tradition, offering joyful elegance and hospitality to guests. Guests can enjoy the ambiance, food and music in any one of our areas: Main Dining Room, Social Bar, Patio Seating, Raw Bar and Private Dining Room.
4620 Piedmont Row Dr., S110
Charlotte | 28210 | 980.219.7409
http://www.GeorgesBrasserie.com

BEST Greek Opal
GREEK ISLES RESTAURANT
Virtually everything on the menu is prepared in-house; from the bread to the mouthwatering desserts. The fresh herbs grown in the front patio, including oregano, basil, rosemary and mint, provide the distinctive scent of the Greek mountains and the delectable tastes and presentation of the dishes.
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.444.9000
http://www.GreekIslesRestaurant.com

BEST Local Grown Produce
HALCYON, FLAVORS FROM THE EARTH
Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth is a celebration of artisanal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas and beyond. A true seasonal dining experience featuring the creations of Chef James Stouffer within the new Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte. 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.910.0865
http://www.HalcyonFlavors.com

BEST Health Food Market
HEALTHY HOME MARKET
Their original location opened its doors in 1978 as the Home Economist, a bulk supply store. Today, they have grown to four full-service natural and specialty foods stores, now named Healthy Home Market. They pride themselves on being locally owned and locally grown.
Multiple Locations
http://www.HealthyHomeMkt.com

BEST Serbian
INTERMEZZO CAFÉ
Intermezzo’s serves up Charlotte’s best pizza and incredible Serbian dishes. Every dish is created using only the freshest ingredients. They hand toss every pizza and use only the freshest toppings available.
1427 E. 10th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.347.2626

BEST Fresh As Can Be (Delicatessen)
JACK'S NEW YORK DELI
Welcome to Jack’s, where they serve New York style sandwiches, salads, and breakfast entrees with a neighborhood charm that is uniquely southern. They are located in uptown right next door to Rock Bottom Brewery.
401 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.226.5098
www..JacksNYD.com

BEST Cupcake Shop
JEWELL TREATS
Jewell Treats Natural Cupcakes are unlike anything you’ll find at your local grocery store or bake shop. Jewell Treats are handcrafted from time-honored, natural ingredients; things your Grandma used in her cupcakes, and the very reason they were so delicious!
214 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.202.2530
http://www.JewellTreats.com

BEST Hot Dog
JJ'S RED HOTS
Let’s get this straight; JJ’s Red Hots is not a restaurant. It’s a hot dog joint that serves what they believe are the best hot dogs on the planet. It is a place where service and value still mean something. They also believe strongly in the quality of the products they serve.
1514 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.225.8880
http://www.JJsRedHots.com

BEST Middle Eastern
KABOB GRILL
Bringing the Middle Eastern tastes to you, Kabob Grill does an excellent job of providing its customers with dishes that are true to Middle Eastern cuisine, giving you an experience you can’t find anywhere else in Charlotte.
1235 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.371.8984
7828 Rea Rd., SB
Charlotte | 28277 | 704. 543.1234
http://www.KabobGrill.com

BEST Chips and Salsa
LA PAZ RESTAURANT & CANTINA
A true authentic Mexican restaurant located at the MET. Since 1979 they have worked hard to maintain a tradition of excellence. Their formula is simple… Buy the best ingredients, provide great service and have fun!
1100 Metropolitan Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.6322
http://www.LaPazCharlotte.com

BEST Lots of Noodles (Italian)
LA TAGLIATELLA
They are a European-based Italian restaurant which offers truly unique, high quality cuisine in a relaxed-yet-distinctive atmosphere, including a center-stage pizza kitchen, as well as a full wine and spirits bar.
210 E. Trade St., SC149
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.900.5555
http://www.LaTagliatella.us

BEST Any Way You Slice It (Pizza Place)
LIBRETTO'S PIZZERIA CHARLOTTE
Charlotte's only AUTHENTIC NYC pizzeria & Italian Kitchen serving to customers at three local Charlotte locations. Libretto's offers family dining, catering and the best in pizza in Charlotte! A private party room is also available.
Multiple Locations
http://www.LibrettosPizzeria.com

BEST BBQ Place
MAC'S SPEED SHOP
Mac's Speed Shop opened its doors in 2005 and quickly became one of the most well-loved barbecue joints in Charlotte. Patrons of food and fun pack in because they treat their guests to an entirely new barbecue experience.
Multiple Locations
http://www.MacSpeedShop.com

BEST Sweet Tea
MCALISTER'S DELI
No visit to McAlister’s would be complete without a glass of their Famous Sweet Tea™. This signature beverage is hand crafted several times each day for a fresh taste that is second to none.
Multiple Locations
http://www.McAlistersDeli.com

BEST Romantic Restaurant
MCNINCH HOUSE RESTAURANT
The McNinch House Restaurant is the perfect place for your anniversaries, birthdays, or any time you need to make it memorable. They also host special events, and are perfect for private, corporate and executive dining.
511 N. Church St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.6159
http://www.McNinchHouseRestaurant.com

BEST Tasty Toppings (For Pizza)
MELLOW MUSHROOM
Mellow Mushroom features Mellow's famous menu of pizza, sandwiches, salads, etc., plus a full bar offering 36 draft beers and over 50 bottled beers.
Multiple Locations
http://www.MellowMushroom.com

BEST Soul Food
MERT'S HEART & SOUL
Mert’s distinguishes itself from traditional soul food restaurants by offering Low Country and Gullah-inspired dishes such as shrimp and grits, Charleston red rice, and award-winning macaroni and cheese.
214 N. College St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.342.4222
http://www.MertsCharlotte.com

BEST Traditional Diner
MIDNIGHT DINER
Like the good old days, they are a local meeting spot that serves great “everyday” food at affordable prices. A place where you can meet with your family, friends, or business associates to catch up. A place you will remember for your first date or that great business deal!
115 E Carson Blvd.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.207.3641
http://www.MidnightDinerCharlotte.com

BEST Latino (Other Than Mexican)
MIROS SPANISH GRILLE
Searching for a Spanish cuisine restaurant? What about a Latin, Mediterranean and Tapas cuisine restaurant? Or maybe you want to find the best Tapas restaurant in Charlotte. If you're in the mood for some exotic flavors, visit Miro Spanish Grille.
7804-A Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.540.7374
http://www.MiroSpanishGrille.com

BEST Korean
MIYAGI'S NODA
Serving up Korean Barbeque, Sushi and Asian Fusion styled dishes; Miyagi’s offers it all in a boutique setting restaurant in NoDa.
3220 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 980.949.8171
http://www.MiyagisNODA.com

BEST Any Night Of The Week Spot
BEST Comfort Food
BEST Sunday Brunch
NAN AND BYRON'S
Nan and Bryon’s is the newest creation from the team that brought us 5Church. They are located in the heart of South End in the former Vinnie's Sardine Grill & Raw Bar. With an open air dining experience and a late night scene it’s a one of a kind establishment.
1714 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.224.7492
http://www.NanandByrons.com

BEST Assortment Of Condiments
BEST Your Local Lunch Spot
NEWK'S EATERY
Newk's Eatery is an express casual dining experience in a refreshing and stylish atmosphere. Serving fresh tossed salads, oven-baked sandwiches, California-style pizzas and homemade cakes from Newk's open kitchen.
9815 Rea Rd
Charlotte | 28277 | 866.999.3799
101 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28246 | 866.999.3799
http://www.Newks.com

BEST Restaurant For Groups
NIKKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR
Looking for good food and a good time? Nikko’s is the place to be. The dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and beautiful presentation. The atmosphere is fun, sophisticated and classy. Nikko’s is one of Charlotte’s more upscale sushi delights.
1300 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.0100
http://www.NikkoSushiBar.net

BEST Lakeside Dining
NORTH HARBOR CLUB RESTAURANT & BAR
Open daily for lunch and dinner as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday, the North Harbor Club offers incredible cuisine using only the freshest ingredients with interesting and fun combinations.
100-D N. Harbor Pl.
Davidson | 28036 | 704.896.5559
http://www.NorthHarborClub.com

BEST Foot Long (Sub Sandwich)
PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS
Penn Station has developed a unique product line that demonstrates, in full customer view, the true quality of their products. Their menu features an array of mouth watering Grilled East Coast Style submarine sandwiches, fresh-cut fries and hand-squeezed lemonade.
Multiple Locations
http://www.Penn-Station.com

BEST The Other Wrap (Burrito)
PHAT BURRITO
Phat Burrito serves up huge, no-nonsense Southwestern style favorites and nothing else. The namesake “phat” burrito measures an intimidating 7” X 3” and is packed with your favorite fillings. Look for the lime, blue and yellow walls to get the best burrito of your life.
1537 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.7428
http://www.PhatBurrito.com

BEST Tall Glass Of Milk (Milkshakes)
PIKE'S SODA SHOP
Pike's Old Fashioned Soda Shop is friendly, comfortable, consistent and unpretentious with a menu inspired by classic diners from all over the country. Pikes captures the essence of a time when life was simpler. The menu brings back the authenticity of great American diners.
1930 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.372.0092
http://www.PikesSodaShop.net

BEST Late Night Eats
PITA PIT
They believe you don’t need to sacrifice your health to get a quick, tasty meal. That’s why they start with their unique soft and roll-able pita bread then fill it with your choice of lean, grilled meats, fresh vegetables, flavorful cheeses, and savory sauces. It’s Fresh Thinking, Healthy Eating.
214 N. Tryon St., S120
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.5856
http://www.PitaPitUSA.com

BEST Finger Licking Good (Chicken)
PRICE'S CHICKEN COOP
Charlotte's finest southern fried chicken to-go. Bring some home, to the office or any social gathering-you’ll fast become everyone’s favorite person. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.
1614 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.9866
http://www.PricesChickenCoop.com

BEST Whole Pizza
PURE PIZZA
At Pure Pizza, they believe their crust deserves the best tasting farm-fresh toppings that are LOCALLY, SUSTAINABLY and /or ORGANICALLY grown. Their goal is to make a pizza that is so delicious and healthful that everyone will make Pure their favorite spot.
224 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.207.0037
http://www.PurePizzaCLT.com

BEST Little Known Restaurant
RUDY'S RESTAURANT & PIZZA
The concept at Rudy’s is that of a neighborhood Italian restaurant, with a casual atmosphere, and great food at friendly prices. They are open Monday through Saturday for dinner only.
6414 Rea Rd., UC5
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.4949
http://www.RudysCharlotte.com

BEST Endless Options (Buffet)
RU SANS JAPANESE SUSHI
& SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
If it’s lunch time then you should be at Ru Sans for their famous buffet. Get there before the crowds rush in to ensure you get to try the endless sushi rolls, salads, Japanese dishes and desserts.
2440 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.374.0008
http://www.RuSansCharlotte.com

BEST Restaurant To Network In
RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
Upon entering the Ruth’s Chris Steak House you will discover an inviting atmosphere of warm caramel-toned wood paneling complemented by an elegant dining area and inviting bar. They have an extensive wine collection and a premier menu offering fresh steak and seafood sure to impress any client.
6000 Fairview Rd., S109
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.556.1115
222 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.338.9444
http://www.Ruths-Chris.com

BEST French Fries
SIR EDMOND HALLEY'S
RESTAURANT & FREEHOUSE
When they first opened in 1996, founders Svend Deal and chef Tobin McAfee sought to provide Charlotte with a gathering place where guests could enjoy fresh food, engaging conversation and an international selection of beers and spirits.
4151-A Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.7775
http://www.HalleysPub.com

BEST Tapas
SOUL GASTROLOUNGE
Soul serves a variety of small plates, sushi and handcrafted cocktails. Their patio offers a fantastic view for evening dining.
1500-B Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.348.1848
http://www.SoulGastrolounge.com

BEST Kingdom Of Thai
BEST Take Out
THAI TASTE
When you’re in the mood for Thai, check out Thai Taste. They have a wide selection of Thai dishes to choose from and they prepare each dish true to its origin, giving you the real Thai experience.
324 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.0001
2025 E Arbors Dr., S230
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.688.9179
http://www.ThaiTasteCharlotte.com

BEST Worth Tipping (Best Service In Town)
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
The Capital Grille is nationally acclaimed for their dry-aged steak selections, fresh seafood, and extensive, award-winning wine list, all presented with professional, attentive service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance.
201 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.348.1400
http://www.TheCapitalGrille.com

BEST Catering Your Affair
THE CHROME TOASTER
The Chrome Toaster takes on the American classic sandwiches (Po’boys, Lobster rolls, Philly’s) and puts a spin on them. Keeping them healthy, trendy and seasonal. They also offer catering so be sure to view their website for additional information.
Food Truck | 602.619.7467
http://www.ChromeToasterTruck.com

BEST Bed & Breakfast
THE MOREHEAD INN
Historic Morehead Inn is an elegant Southern estate endowed with quiet elegance and fine antiques, The spacious and historic Dilworth home features intimate fireplaces, luxurious private guest rooms and a lovely four-bedroom carriage house.
1122 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.367.3357
http://www.MoreheadInn.com

BEST Chocolates Heaven
THE SECRET CHOCOLATIER
Leave it to the Dietz and Ciodia families for all your chocolate needs. Together, they’ve created beautifully crafted and sinfully indulging chocolates and truffles that will leave you wanting more.
2935 Providence Rd., S104
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.323.8178
http://www.TheSecretChocolatier.com

BEST Breakfast Nook
TOAST CAFÉ
TOAST combines fresh food with outstanding service to create a dining experience second to none.
Multiple Locations
http://www.ToastCafeOnline.com

BEST Biscuit
TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ
While they revere the time-honored traditions of the Southern cook, you will find their take on the Southern plate a little different. Their transformation of just about everything Southern – from fried chicken to sweet potatoes to catfish – is decidedly spirited, independent, and frequently unscripted.
1820 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.225.9167
T http://www.upeloHoneyCafe.com

BEST Surf'n'Turf
UPSTREAM SEAFOOD
The day’s freshest catch is turned into innovative, spectacular cuisine each night at Upstream. Chef de Cuisine Brian Williams, features only the freshest day boat seafood and the best sushi.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.556.7730
http://www.UpstreamSeafood.com

BEST Mexican - South of the Border
VIDA CANTINA OF CHARLOTTE
Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina hosts an engaging atmosphere, specialty Mexican fare and hospitality alongside handcrafted cocktails, an extensive list of tequilas and their signature Skinny Margaritas. Vida is evolved Mexican cuisine.
210 E. Trade St., S104A
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.8432
http://www.VidaCantina.com

BEST Vietnamese
VIETNAM GRILL
With a menu full of diverse and authentic choices such as flavorful meats, and curry dishes; Vietnam Grill uses great fresh ingredients and are also vegetarian friendly.
5615 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.525.2408

BEST All Wrapped Up (Wrap)
VIVA CHICKEN
Viva Chicken is a quick serve restaurant focusing on Peruvian flavors, with the signature dish being "Pollo alla Brasa" (Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken). All of their chicken is free range, and cooked in a custom 'green' oven straight from Peru.
1617 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 980.335.0176
http://www.VivaChicken.com

BEST Special Occasion
ZEBRA RESTAURANT & FINE CATERING
They offer fine dining in the style of the French Laundry. Zebra offers a world-class dining experience, similar to the restaurants of New York, San Francisco and London, but locally owned and operated in Charlotte.
4521 Sharon Rd., S100
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.442.9525
http://www.ZebraRestaurant.net

BEST Asian (Other Than Chinese)
ZEN ASIAN CUISINE
This urban, trendy and upbeat lounge is one of Charlotte’s hottest fusion restaurants. With a menu inspired by a variety of cuisines including Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Spanish and Latin, guests will experience a nirvana of exotic flavors.
1716 Kenilworth Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.358.9688
http://www.ZenAsianFusion.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (Ballantyne)
BIG VIEW DINER BAKE SHOP
Big View is the “up-scale” restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their menu appeals to customers of all ages and families, featuring a big menu full of flavor, healthful options, and an atmosphere that welcomes big fun!
16637 Lancaster Hwy.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.0313
http://www.BigViewDiner.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (Dilworth)
300 EAST RESTAURANT
A Dilworth establishment, offering fresh, creative American-Eclectic cuisine, warm and friendly service and a lively casual atmosphere. Visit them soon to see why they have been serving Charlotte for 27 years!
300 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.6507

FAVORITE Restaurant (Lake Norman)
THE BRICKHOUSE TAVERN
The Brickhouse Tavern is nestled in the refurbished, 120-year-old Davidson Cotton Mill. They offer a unique ambiance of nostalgia mixed with a contemporary flair. Offering a complete dining experience with a large menu of culinary finesse, you are sure to enjoy this unique setting.
209 Delburg St., S210
Davidson | 28036 | 704.987.2022
http://www.BrickhouseTavern.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (Matthews)
SANKEY'S TAPROOM & GRILLE
At Sankey's you can enjoy tasty, homemade food for lunch or dinner. Home of the Sankey Overstuffed Sandwich (with homemade, hand-cut fries, coleslaw, cheese, and choice of meat stuffed between two pieces of sourdough bread).
11416-L E. Independence Blvd.
Matthews | 28105 | 704.847.0464
http://www.SankeysGrille.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (Myers Park)
NAPA ON PROVIDENCE
Napa on Providence is casual and earthy but with ageless style and quality. Look around at the vineyard inspired design, smell the wood, try one of our barrel dispensed wines or beers, and enjoy the Napa style cuisine.
110 Perrin Pl.
Charlotte | 28207 | 704.900.8535
http://www.NapaOnProvidence.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (NoDa)
HEIST BREWERY
Promising to rattle the status quo, Heist Brewery is continuing to rewrite the rulebook on craft beer and cuisine in Charlotte. In addition to award-winning handcrafted beers and made from scratch sodas, Heist offers an array of artisan breads baked fresh daily, shared plates and wood-fired specialties.
2909 N. Davidson St., S200
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8260
http://www.HeistBrewery.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (Plaza Midwood)
ZADA JANE'S CORNER CAFÉ
Best known for their delectable breakfast menu Zada Jane’s also serves lunch and dinner. This eclectic small restaurant is a Plaza Midwood favorite spot.
1601 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.332.3663
http://www.ZadaJanes.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (South End)
LUCIANO'S RISTORANTE ITALIANO
Luciano's Ristorante Italiano is a venerable institution that proudly serves family styles creations inspired by rich traditions on Naples, the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Northern Italy.
2137 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.819.9984
http://www.LucianosItaly.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (SouthPark)
FAVORITE Restaurant That Open in 2013
BEST Sake Selection
BAKU RESTAURANT
The Japanese cuisine is prepared in the open kitchen on Robata and Yakitori grills. The sushi and sashimi are of the highest quality and are served in exquisite plate presentations. The restaurant has an extensive array of premium sakes, in addition to cocktails, the wine list and beers on tap – all selected to pair perfectly with the cuisine.
4515 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.817.7173
http://www.Baku-Restaurant.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (University)
BAR LOUIE
Bar Louie is an eclectic urban bar made famous for their signature martinis, cocktails and dynamic beer selection. Bar Louie also features an exceptional selection of burgers, small plates, and sandwiches.
8760 JM Keynes Dr.
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.285.7010
http://www.BarLouieAmerica.com

FAVORITE Restaurant (Uptown)
BEST Dressed-Up Lemonade
5CHURCH
5Church located in uptown offers an exclusive dining and cocktailing experience with a casual, yet refined feel within a sophisticated ambiance.
127 N. Tryon St., U8
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.919.1322
http://www.5Church.com

FAVORITE Restaurant In A Strip Mall
BARRINGTON'S RESTAURANT
Barrington’s Restaurant opened in October of 2000 in the neighborhood setting of Fox Croft East in South Park. This cozy bistro style restaurant seats up to 45 people. The food is upscale American with a homey twist.
7822 Fairview Rd.
Charlotte | 28226 | 704.364.5755
http://www.BarringtonsRestaurant.com
 

 

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Elevate Lifestyle Awards 2014 “THE BEST OF THE CITY” (CULTURE)

Mar 29, 2014

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BEST Cultural Event or Festival in 2013
A.W.O.L. Music Festival
The All Walks Of Life Festival is the only BYOB music festival in Charlotte. Featuring great live musical acts from all over, a rocking venue and tons of fans the A.W.O.L. Music Festival continues to be a fan favorite in Charlotte.
http://www.AWOLCharlotte.com

 

FAVORITE Local Charity
ALL WE WANT IS LOVE
Formed in 2012, All We Want Is LOVE (Liberation of Victims Everywhere) has grown to encompass an amazing group of freedom fighters against human trafficking with the same vision: A world where humans are NOT for sale.
300 Rampart St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.625.6263
http://www.AllWeWantIsLove.org

FAVORITE Charity Event in 2013
BLONDES VS BRUNETTES, ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION
Two teams of women—divided to reflect the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes—compete in a flag football game to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer's disease!
3800 Shamrock Dr.
Charlotte | 28215 | 704.532.7390
http://www.ALZ.org

BEST Online Cultural Journal
CHARLOTTE FASHION GUILD
Charlotte Fashion Guild has a mission to unite, recognize and reinvent the Fashion Community of Charlotte. CFG is the first Fashion, Beauty and Arts organization in the Queen City.
http://www.CharlotteFashionGuild.com

BEST Local Author
DON BROWN
Don Brown, a former U.S. Navy JAG Officer, is the author of Zondervan’s riveting NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, a dynamic storyline chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer Zach Brewer.
10701 McMullen Creek Pkwy., S B
Charlotte| 28226 | 704.605.3320
http://www.DonBrownBooks.com

FAVORITE Outdoor Event
Gravediggers Ball, Kiss 95.1
Grave Diggers Ball turns the Queen City into the Scream City every October with area’s largest costume contest, DJs and live music.
301 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.374.1700
http://www.Kiss951.com

BEST Hottest Male Athletic of 2013
GREG OLSEN, CAROLINA PANTHERS
Playing with our Carolina Panthers since 2011, #88 Greg Olsen is beautiful inside and out. A Tight End with a big heart, Greg founded Receptions for Research which helps fund cancer research and has donated to charities throughout the Charlotte Community.
http://www.Panthers.com

FAVORITE Local Artist
JON NORRIS
Surely you have seen his work somewhere throughout the Queen City. With murals in Neighborhood Theater, Chop Shop and Deegco Studio in NoDa; Jon’s creations are fascinating and highly popular in Charlotte.
http://www.TheArtistJonNorris.com

BEST Museum To View
LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH
The Levine Museum is an interactive history museum that provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.
200 E. 7th St
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.1887
http://www.MuseumOfTheNewSouth.org

BEST Hottest Female Athletic of 2013
MISTY ROLLINS, ROLLINS GLOBAL
Creator of Fit Wife Fun Life, Misty has proven to be an inspiration to many people looking to change to a healthier lifestyle and way of living. She’s been featured in national magazines and continues to build her fan base nationwide. Misty hopes to inspire and encourage that after marriage, kids, and life…that one CAN be that fit wife, fit mom, fit woman, and have a fun, fulfilling life!"
http://www.FitWifeFunLife.com

BEST Sketch Comedy Group
OVER THE COUNTER IMPROV
You’ll find the OTC cast onstage Saturday at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, where they’ll zip through a show. OTC improv shows are a hilarious and unique with 100% clean comedy that is based solely on the audience suggestions. Every scene is made up on the spot.
6047 Tyvola Glen Cir.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.618.4203
http://www.OTCImprov.com

BEST Theatre Company
QUEE CITY THEATRE COMPANY
They are a non-profit organization that exists to theatrically explore the human experience. QCTC wishes to present theatre that celebrates the many different races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations that exist in both Charlotte, NC and the world.
345 N. College St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.372.1000
http://www.QueenCityTheatre.com

BEST Newest Public Artwork
ROMARE BEARDEN PARK
This 5.4 acre urban park is inspired by the work of internationally known artist Romare Bearden who grew up in the area. This influence resulted in an eclectic mix of urban park elements including two gardens, and a courtyard of moveable tables and chairs on a bed of crushed granite heavily shaded by a strong tree canopy.
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.432.4280
http://www.CharMeck.org

BEST Big Shot Photographer
BEST Visual Artist
RYAN SUMNER, FENIX FOTOGRAPHY
Ryan Sumner of Fenix Fotography specializes in editorial fashion, advertising images, and artful headshot portraits of executives. Ryan has an extensive portfolio and talent for capturing the best in all he shoots!
1212 E. 10th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.957.1697
http://www.FenixFoto.com

BEST Artist Owned Gallery
SHAIN GALLERY
Established in 1998, Shain Gallery has earned a reputation as one of the finest contemporary art providers in Charlotte. Located in Myers Park and owned by Gabrielle Shain-Bryson, the gallery represents over forty different nationally and regionally acclaimed artists.
2823 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.334.7744
http://www.ShainGallery.com

BEST Creative Gathering in 2013
STYLE NIGHT OUT
Style Night Out brings together over 50 of Charlotte's local boutiques, salons, and make-up artists for an unforgettable night of fashion and artistry.
http://www.StyleNightOutClt.com

BEST On-Stage Performance
THE BOOK OF MORMON, BELK THEATER
Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical.
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.372.1000
http://www.BlumenthalArts.org

BEST Historic Site
THE DUKE MANSION
Built in 1915, The Duke Mansion has been home and host to the leaders of the 20th century. Now open for Charlotteans use, we you can spend the night, entertain friends, family or business associate at the Duke Mansion, one of the most beautifully, elegant homes in Charlotte.
400 Hermitage Rd.
Charlotte | 28207 | 704.714.4400
http://www.DukeMansion.org

BEST The Best Seat In The House (Theatre Venue)
THE KNIGHT THEATRE
Knight Theater is the most recent addition to Blumenthal Performing Arts theaters. It is the "home" theater of North Carolina Dance Theatre. The theater joins the Mint Museum, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Afro-American Cultural Center in a new cultural district on South Tryon Street that will add a new dimension to Charlotte's arts scene.
430 S. Tryon St.
Levine Center for the Arts
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.372.1000
http://www.BlumenthalArts.org

BEST Photography Gallery
THE LIGHT FACTORY
The Light Factory promotes the power of image in Charlotte and beyond by informing, challenging, and stimulating audiences using photography, film and other light-based media to see their world through a different lens.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.9755
1817 Central Avenue, SC200
http://www.LightFactory.org
 

 

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Muslim is the New “American Indian” in 21st Century America

Mar 26, 2014

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As we learn through the study of history, important issues are never stagnant, but ever changing based on many catalysts of the day. Today, the perspective American’s have of the Middle East, the culture, and more specifically the people is a major question. The negative connotations associated with these individuals is unfortunate, but undeniable. 

 

If we look back in history we see many of the same trends, from the first arrival of Europeans in the New World all the way into the early 20th century, Native Americans had been discriminated against based on what we associated them with, a danger to white society. Typically, yet not always, without merit. The same misfortune falling to Catholics, in a predominantly Protestant society, Chinese immigrants in the early 1900s, and later the Japanese during World War II, resulting our own disgraceful internment camps. We lump individuals together based on their culture or ethnicity, believing they are a threat on some level to “American” society. The question as well as the answer to why this is never changing, is because these groups violate social norms.

Now I know what you are thinking, that sounds bad, yet it is not. It is that we perceive it as bad. The very fact that when I use that phrase “violate social norms” that many people will interpret that as a discriminatory assertion, proves my point. It is not the challenge to our everyday cultural norms that is the issue, it is the fact that as a majority, we resist these new culture’s influences on our own. At the very least, we even resist their harmless presence.

Let us be honest, how many of us, when we see an individual dressed in Middle Eastern attire, automatically ponder the question of terrorist or not? I did and it was absolutely wrong. Yet, the thought was none the less there. Why do we do this, I would argue it is because we do not understand or know the true essence of what makes up that culture. Now we all know that every individual one encounters, whether they are simply just from the Middle East, hold Muslim beliefs, or are both, is not a terrorist. As it would not be unreasonable to state, I have probably never even seen a terrorist, yet have seen many individuals that practice the Muslim faith. However, do we know what they encompass as a people? Have we proceeded past the label of “terrorist” or “not terrorist”? I would suggest it is that we do not truly know the beliefs, values, and traditions of these various groups that we allow our limited knowledge to seduce us into believing only the negative aspects, which our society dictates. That being said, we would only be fooling ourselves if we did not admit that we are scared of what we do not know.

Perhaps, it is time we proceed to admit our faulty assumptions, being the first step to realizing that the problem may not be the particular culture in question in any time period, but how we go about our decisions on whether to be accepting of their assimilation into U.S. society or not. I do not subscribe the idea that all history repeats itself, at least in many contexts. I would offer that it changes so very slowly and modestly over generations that we fail to see it without intense study. Yet change does occur, so let us prove it.

Dale Schlundt holds a Master's Degree in Adult Education with a concentration in American History from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently an Adjunct Professor for Palo Alto College, Our Lady of the Lake University, and Northwest Vista College. Dale has written two books, Tracking Life's Lessons: Through Experiences, History, and a Little Interpretation and Education Decoded (A Collection of My Writings).

By Dale Schlundt, M.A
 

 

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Alive After Five Returns April 3

Mar 26, 2014

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Charlotte’s favorite summer tradition is back and this time with free parking and new renovations

 

Charlotte’s favorite summer tradition is back and this time with free parking and new renovations

Charlotte, NC (March 18, 2014) – Warm weather is finally starting to move back into the Queen City, which can only mean on thing, it’s time to kick-start the weekend in style with Charlotte’s summertime tradition – Alive After Five (AA5).

For the first time in its 13 year history, AA5 will kick off on Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m. at EPICENTRE, 210 E Trade Street, not Wells Fargo Plaza. The 2014 season is now bigger and better than ever, and will feature an explosive performance by premiere party band, Groovetown, on the Bud Light Stage. Featuring top performing vocalists, an all out groovy horn section and of course a sultry party swagger, there is no show Groovetown can’t handle.

On Thursday, April 10, AA5 regular Sol Fusion will get the party started. Sol Fusion is what occurs when the most educated and experienced musicians and vocalists unite, each bringing his or her individual strengths and expertise in genre, style and presence. So much more than just another band, Sol Fusion is an indefinable blend of musical greatness; it is an experience not to be missed.

Rubberband, the complete cheese-free, no gimmicks band, will take the stage on Thursday, April 17. Rubberband provides great entertainment, delivered with an edge and attitude rarely found in the world of live private party entertainment.

On Thursday, April 24, Early Ray will add a little extra twang to the AA5 band lineup. This young, energetic act has already made a huge impact on the music scene, playing everything from Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean to Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons.

Stay tuned for more details to come on The Commons bands, which will play live on the main level of EPICENTRE every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In the biggest news to break this summer, for the very first time, on Thursday, April 3, EPICENTRE is offering free parking. All attendees who park in the EPICENTRE parking deck will be able to validate their parking at AA5.

Also new this season is the introduction of EPICENTRE’s new premiere special events venue, Rooftop 210. Perched high above Charlotte’s most popular nightspot, Rooftop 210 in an open-air rooftop venue that boasts a spacious layout, contemporary design and breathtaking views of the Charlotte skyline. Rooftop 210 will also host AA5 throughout the season.

“Alive After Five would not be celebrating 13 wonderful years in uptown without support. The city of Charlotte continues to grow and we plan to grow right along with it, by continuously providing the ultimate summer happy hour and live music experience,” said Larry Farber of East Coast Entertainment.

After the sun sets on AA5, the party won’t stop at EPICENTRE’s hottest locations. Wristbands, which will be distributed at each entrance, guarantees the attendee free cover for the night to Whisky River, SUITE, StrikeCity, Bubble, Vida, BlackFinn and EpiCentre’s newest venue VidaVida. All wristbands will be given to those 21 and up.

No celebration is complete without the ultimate dining experience. Each Thursday during AA5, all restaurants at EPICENTRE will offer special menus, allowing guests to enjoy multi-course feasts at their favorite eateries for discounted prices.

Come enjoy the best crowd, entertainment and nightlife that Charlotte has to offer in 2014.

AA5 is how Charlotte kick-starts the weekend every Thursday in style! As the largest weekly happy hour and free entertainment celebration, AA5 provides a destination for friends and co-workers to gather, unwind, and network while enjoying great live music, tasty beverages and a fun, casual atmosphere. With EPICENTRE’s prominent uptown location, whether you are walking, using many of the parking options or hoping the city light rail you can access Charlotte’s No. 1 weekly event.
 

 

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Wear It, Rock It, Give It!

Mar 26, 2014

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SUITE and Girl Talk dress up the Queen City with a unique charity drive.

 

Charlotte, NC (March 24, 2014) – SUITE has partnered with Girl Talk Foundation Inc. for the ‘Wear it, Rock it, Give it!’ dress donation drive. This drive allows women to donate their gently-used prom and special occasion dresses to those in need. In addition to dresses, shoes and accessories are also accepted.

The ‘Wear it, Rock it, Give it!’ drive kicks off on Friday, April 4, 2014 at SUITE starting at 7 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m. Each guest will receive 10 raffle tickets for every dress donated, 5 raffle tickets for every pair of shoes donated, and 3 raffle tickets for each accessory donated. The more items a person donates, the more tickets they will receive. An option to buying raffle tickets will also be available to support the cause. Those who are unable to attend the event may donate online at wearitrockitgiveit.eventbrite.com.

Enjoy a night out with your girlfriends and donate to a good cause. You wore it. You rocked it. Now, give it away so that other girls can rock too!

Girl Talk Foundation Inc. is a local organization focused on empowering young girls and helping them achieve success through special events and programs. The Prom Project program that they was created to provide every girl with a beautiful dress, so that they may enjoy their special night. SUITE is honored to collaborate with Girl Talk in creating this truly exceptional event. Whether the donated items are for prom or another occasion, SUITE and Girl Talk strive to ensure these young women are supplied with formal wear that will allow them to feel beautiful and confident.

SUITE is located at 210 East Trade St., Ste A300.

SUITE, located in the heart of the EPICENTRE, is Uptown Charlotte’s most sophisticated nightclub and lounge. After going five years strong, the club recently completed renovations that make the establishment better than ever. The breathtaking views of the city compliment the upscale ambience of the décor to live up to the rich name. An extensive drink list offers unique cocktails, spirits and select wines, satisfying all preferences. In addition to creating an unparalleled nightlife experience four nights a week, SUITE also prides itself in making a difference through many charity events.
 

 

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The Biggest Loser Coming To Charlotte

Mar 26, 2014

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 NBC’S HIT WEIGHT-LOSS SERIES ‘THE BIGGEST LOSER’ LAUNCHING NATIONWIDE, SEVEN-CITY SEARCH FOR NEW CONTESTANTS

Season 16 Auditions to Be Held in Los Angeles, Boston, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City

The Biggest Loser Resort Giving Away a One-Week Resort Stay to One Lucky “Contestant Hopeful” in Four of the Cities

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — March 24, 2014 – NBC’s popular reality series “The Biggest Loser” is launching a seven-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show. Individuals, families and former athletes who have at least 100 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season.

Casting producers are looking for charismatic individuals who have the desire to change their lives forever and vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lose weight and compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States. For those who are unable to attend a casting call, information on how to apply to the show and submit a videotape is available on http://www.nbc.com/casting#bl16 and http://www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.

The Biggest Loser Resort, Planet Fitness and NBC stations WCNC (Charlotte) and KSL5 (Salt Lake City) will be hosting casting calls in select cities. The Biggest Loser Resort will host the Chicago auditions at their local resort location on Saturday, April 19, and give away a one-week stay at that resort to one lucky person auditioning for the show.

They will also be giving away a one-week resort stay at the Los Angeles auditions on April 5 (for their resort in Malibu), the Boston auditions on April 12 (for their resort in Niagara, N.Y.) and at the Salt Lake City auditions on April 19 (for their resort in Ivins, Utah). In addition, the Resort will be providing one of their trainers to exercise and energize “contestant hopefuls” standing in line in at the Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Salt Lake City auditions.

Planet Fitness will be hosting the casting calls in Boston on April 12 and Oklahoma City on April 19. NBC station WCNC will host the Charlotte auditions on April 12 and station KSL5 will the host the Salt Lake City casting call on April 19. Local past season “Biggest Loser” contestants will also be appearing at many of the auditions to cheer people on.

People will not be allowed to line up prior to three hours before the start of the open call. Candidates should bring a non-returnable photo of themselves.


SATURDAY, APRIL 5
LOS ANGELES
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90040

SATURDAY, APRIL 12
BOSTON
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Planet Fitness
Northgate Shopping Center
270 Charger Street
Revere, MA 02151
Rt. 60/Squire Road – Revere, next to CVS

BIRMINGHAM
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North
Birmingham, AL 35203

CHARLOTTE
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
WCNC-TV
1001 Wood Ridge Center Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217

SATURDAY, APRIL 19
CHICAGO
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Biggest Loser Resort
1475 Nordic Road
Itasca, IL 60143

OKLAHOMA CITY
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Planet Fitness
9118 S. Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139

SALT LAKE CITY
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
KSL5 TV
55 North 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84180

Alison Sweeney is the host of “The Biggest Loser,” which challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. The series provides the contestants with challenges, temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations until the final contestant remains to claim the title of "the biggest loser." Contestants work out under the supervision of professional trainers Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince.

“The Biggest Loser" is a production of Shine America and 25/7 Productions. Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, Eden Gaha, Joel Relampagos, Alex Katz, JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson are the executive producers.

For embeddable clips and full episodes from “The Biggest Loser,” please visit NBC.com's official show site: http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/

For artwork and a complete press kit from the show, please visit the NBC Universal Media Village website at http://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/

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CAMP BOW WOW MATTHEWS HOSTS “FUR-EVER FRIEND FEST”  GRAND OPENING EV

Mar 25, 2014

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The Nation’s Largest and Most Trusted Pet Care Franchise Opens Brand New Facility in Matthews, NC

(Charlotte, NC - February 4, 2013) – Camp Bow Wow, the Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp franchise and an Inc 5000 company, is proud to announce the Grand Opening of its brand new location in Matthews, NC. To celebrate, all members of the community and surrounding areas are invited to a “Fur-Ever Friend Fest” on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 11 AM to 3 PM.
 

 

The family-friendly event will provide the opportunity for local pet owners to experience firsthand the premium pet care services that Camp Bow Wow is known for nationwide. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to tour the grounds and speak one-on-one with staff, including a certified Behavior Buddies Dog Trainer.

Representatives from Project Halo, Ruff Life Animal Rescue, S.A.F.E Animal Haven Greyhound Friends of North Carolina, Great Danes of Ruff Love, Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue, South of the Bully and Bullies 2 the Rescue will be in attendance with many lovable adoptable dogs in search of their forever homes. A professional groomer will provide free nail trims. Numerous local businesses will be on-site in support of the brand new Camp including: Pet Supplies Plus, Bark Bones and Biscuits, Custom Dog Paintings by Tina M. Brown, Carolina Pet Pantry and Wonder Biscuits by Paige.

Event festivities will also include prize raffles, a Girl Scout bake sale to benefit the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and health of dogs everywhere, as well as a Fly Ball Demo by Turbo Paws Fly Ball Team. Kids will have the chance to meet Camp Bow Wow Mascot, Scout. Ballantyne Veterinary Hospital will be on-site to conduct dental exams and answer pet-health related questions. Independence Veterinary will be conducting a micro-chipping clinic.

Camp Bow Wow brings to the Matthews area a network of highly skilled pet experts specializing in top quality animal care. Located at 8635 Crown Crescent Court, Camp Bow Wow Matthews offers a fun, safe and upscale environment for dogs to play, romp and receive copious amounts of love and attention. Pet owners have the option of both daytime and extended stay care.

Camp Bow Wow Matthews services include:
• Large Indoor and Outdoor Play Areas
• Certified Camp Counselors®
• Live Camper CamsSM
• Spacious Cabins with Comfy Cots
• Climate Controlled Atmosphere
• Tasty Bedtime Campfire TreatsTM for Overnight Campers
• Grooming
• Behavior Buddies Training
• All Inclusive Pricing
• Dog Pools and Outdoor Play Equipment
• 24 - Hour Monitoring System

All media is welcome to attend this commemorative event. Please RSVP in advance to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For additional information about Camp Bow Wow, Home Buddies, Behavior Buddies, or the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, please visit: http://www.campbowwow.com, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. Franchise opportunities are currently available; for more information, please visit: http://www.campbowwow.com/franchise.

About Camp Bow Wow®

In just 12 years, Camp Bow Wow, the premier pet care franchise, has grown to include over 160 locations across North America, becoming a $75 million business. The company was recently ranked 214 out of 500 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list in 2013 and for the fifth year in a row named to the INC magazine 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies. The Camp concept provides the highest levels of fun, safety and service for its campers, and peace of mind for their parents. Dogs romp together in an open-play environment and pricing is all-inclusive. Since the Broomfield, Colorado-based Company started franchising in 2003, Camp Bow Wow has sold more than 200 franchises in 40 states, plus one in Canada, over 41% being women-owned. As Camp Bow Wow grows, our simple philosophy remains the same: It’s all about the pets.

The Camp Bow Wow brand family also includes:

• Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow – premier in home pet care
• Behavior Buddies – premier dog training
• The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and health of dogs everywhere, through foster programs, spay and neuter efforts, disaster assistance, canine cancer research, animal welfare education, therapy dog teams and shelter improvements.


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5W Public Relations
Alix Parkinson
646.873.3947
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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

Semi-Professional Women’s Basketball Team

Mar 25, 2014

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Semi-Professional Women’s Basketball Team - Charlotte Invasion announces its inaugural 2014 season.

Charlotte, N.C. - The Charlotte Invasion basketball organization announces its inaugural season in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League. The new team plans to fill the void in the Charlotte area for a women’s semi-professional basketball presence. Charlotte Invasion is founded and owned by former UNC-Charlotte basketball players, Charlita Joseph and Tonya Phifer, respectively.
 

 

This hometown team is sure to revive the women’s basketball fans that have felt displaced since the WNBA team; Charlotte Sting is no longer playing. “Charlotte Invasion will serve as a home for those players transitioning from college, overseas, and former WNBA players alike. And our main goal is to bring a championship back to Charlotte,” says CEO/owner Tonya Phifer. Phifer is a Charlotte native having played at Charlotte Latin before signing at UNC-Charlotte in 1997.

Several volunteer positions are still available within the organization for community oriented, dedicated individuals. Visit the website for a complete list of available positions.

Charlotte Invasion’s season starts in May. They will host tryouts on March 15, 2014 at Central Cabarrus High School Gymnasium beginning at 2:30pm. To register for tryouts or for more information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit the website at http://www.charlotteinvasion.com or call (704) 312-0225.

About Charlotte Invasion:
Charlotte Invasion's purpose is to provide ladies ages 20 and older in and around the Charlotte community the opportunity to compete in basketball beyond amateur status. The vision of the organization is to create a positive impact on the community by developing athletes into positive role models with the desire to exhibit excellence in everyday life.

About the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League:
The WBCBL's mission is to provide highly competitive basketball for women age 20 and older (by May 1st). The competition level ranges from former College players to former NWBL and WNBA players and current international players. In addition, the WBCBL has built a networking relationship with professional international basketball scouts and agents to broaden the possibility of higher-level professional jobs being offered.
  

 

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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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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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Ace & TJ raised $1 Million dollars and gave it all away

Mar 25, 2014

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They raised $1 Million dollars and gave it all away

25 February, 2014 – (Charlotte NC) – On March 1st Charity Case (from the Ace & TJ Show on Channel 96.1) will celebrate raising $1 million dollars for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids with a special free concert at Hickory Metro Convention Center.
 

 

Thirteen years ago one half of the nationally syndicated Ace & TJ Radio Show, Ace, decided he wanted to start a band. Through a variety of means the players who are to be Charity Case came together. The reason they play is to raise money for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. No other band in history has played exclusively for charity and raised a million dollars.

Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids is (501c3) dedicated to enriching the lives of terminally ill or chronically disabled children. We aim to provide Grin Kids with a magical memorable trip to Disney World with fundraising done through events, dedicated support members and listeners.

 General Admission tickets are free and can be picked up at the Hickory Convention Center. VIP tickets for this event are on sale today at http://www.grinkids.org. The sponsors include Scott Clark’s Toyota, Lenoir Rhyne University, Livingston and Haven, Bayada, Hickory Tavern, and AE Production Services.

“This was never supposed to be more than one show, much less 13 years. The dedication and love these people have shown for kids in need is overwhelming”- Ace

The Ace & TJ Show syndicates to more than a dozen markets in the formats CHR, Hot AC, Classic Hits and Country. Syndication information is available at http://www.acetjnetwork.com or by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
 

 

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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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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

Pet Paradise Resort plans to donate $10,000

Mar 25, 2014

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Pet Paradise Resort plans to donate $10,000 to a non-profit organization Campaign will donate large sum to a nominated charity this summer

(Charlotte, NC)- Pet Paradise Resort will kick off their Life is Short, Make A Splash campaign with a splash bash contest on April 12. Each resort will open their pool areas for both small and large dogs to see who can make the biggest splash.. Entry is free and this contest will kick off the summer donation campaign.

“We are looking forward to our first annual Life is Short, Make a Splash campaign,” says Pet Paradise CEO and Executive Chairman, Fred Goldsmith. “At Pet Paradise we want to make a difference and this will allow us to continue our mission to go beyond just a boarding company.”
 

 

Following the Splash Bash event, Pet Paradise will be donating $10,000 to a non-profit organization. This campaign is unique because customers will nominate the non-profits and the winning charity will be chosen by the most likes on facebook. This means even a small non-profit has a chance to receive the donation.

“The voting process is a bit different than other campaigns we have done,” explains COO, Fernando Acosta-Rua. “We wanted to make sure even the small non-profits have a chance to win the donation so we tailored the voting so even the smaller non-profits have a chance at the donation!”

Nominations will be accepted from April 30 until May 31 through the Pet Paradise facebook page. The charity with the most votes will win the donation, which will be announced on September 1.

Visit http://www.timetomakeasplash.com for more rules and details on both events.

About Pet Paradise
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. with more than 300 employees, Pet Paradise was formed in 2002 and currently has 18 facilities in operation of which nine are located throughout Florida; three are in Houston, two in the north Dallas area of Plano, and one each in New Orleans, Atlanta, Phoenix and Charlotte. The Pet Paradise facilities include spacious dog and cat boarding suites as well as day care and grooming services. For more information about each resort, visit http://www.petparadiseresort.comor visit our social media sites: Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Lisa Tarr
Director of Marketing, Pet Paradise Resort
904.363.3330
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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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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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

New company takes a new approach to Old School Matchmaking

Mar 25, 2014

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CHARLOTTE, NC, March 18, 2014 –With over 44% of adults single, 61% of which have never been married, Eli Simone LLC, a personal matchmaking and coaching firm, launches a new method of attracting and maintaining relationships geared towards commitment-minded, yet time-limited individuals. Singles sometimes need support in finding the love of their life, but also in changing the way they think about love and relationships. Eli Simone LLC is made for the new aged single; ready for true love, no time to find it, and losing confidence in its existence. 

 

As the acceptance of alternative methods to meeting people is on the rise, dating services like matchmaking are providing more singles the ability to meet individuals tailored specifically to their lifestyle, values, and needs. Historically, matchmaking focused bringing two compatible singles together in the hopes that magic will occur. Unfortunately, most know how to find someone they are attracted, to, but not how to be or find a good partner.

Eli Simone takes it a step further by providing a holistic approach to matchmaking. By infusing life and relationship coaching techniques, the company seeks to bring out the best in their clients so that they can attract their ideal partner. Once an ideal partner is found, Eli Simone provides on-going coaching support as the couple begins their newfound relationship. Clients have the unique opportunity to go through a focused dating program where they complete a relationship readiness assessment, determine their life purpose and vision, and become aware of any beliefs or behaviors that are detrimental to successful relationships. They then work through their relationship criteria so that when a potential mate comes along, they know what to look out for, and more importantly, what not to waste their time pursuing.

Eli Simone LLC has experience with professional matchmaking and coaching with its Founder and CEO Julie Wadley featured on WPEG, WGIV, WBTV News, WCCB News, and MadameNoire to name a few. As a certified Matchmaker and certified life/relationship coach, Wadley believes that, “Matchmaking isn't just about finding someone a date; it's about building successful relationships to last”. It’s simple; Eli Simone LLC knows what clients need.

Eli Simone holds a monthly social event called ICE BREAKERS designed to remove the awkward, “get to know you” phase by creating fun, competitive events that bring out the attendees full personalities. The company also provides a free 5-day e-Course on “How to Find a Love that Lasts” for anyone who would like to get a taste of what the “Purposeful Dating” coaching program is all about. You can sign up for the e-Course or find more information about the company by going to http://www.elisimone.com or by contacting Wadley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
 

 

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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

Read More

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

THE KOVICK PROCESS, Tailoring your Brand to you.

Mar 10, 2014

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When most people think of a professional tailor, they may immediately have thoughts of a great looking suit. At Kovick, they are tailors of a different sort, personal brand tailors to be exact. Companies beyond and within Charlotte have sought after their branding services to get the best attention to detail, and the best formula to brand their companies. Those who are seeking to startup companies and build their own brand may not realize how important and necessary the utilization of a branding company such as Kovick is. But the importance of larger details such as naming your company, finding your target demographic and researching the field can be exhausting and room for error is extensive if not handled carefully. The more minute details are frequently overlooked as well, colors, fonts and logo creation and placement could mean all the difference in properly placing your brand, and if not executed perfectly, could mean the ultimate demise of your business. No one would want that…who has money to lose or waste in this economy?

Enter the Kovick Process. When you have the idea of your company you contact them to help you bring it to fruition. The Kovick company provides you with immediate access to their elite team of creative professionals, who help to build, manage and develop your brand through each step of its creation. They have an intricate process of taking clients step by step through building and managing their brand that is tailor made to each individual company that they work with. Perfectly suited….for you. Upon initial introduction, you are guided through their 5 point process that helps their client to produce the best version of their company possible. With thousand s of minute, typically overlooked options and details, the Kovick team makes it simple for their clients to pick and choose the most effective options to their company.

Starting with the Brand Audit, they learn what your idea for your company is, who you are and how to best use your ideas to coincide with how you want to develop your business. Kovick then implements a Brand Strategy, to help place together the key components of effectively marketing your business to your target market. Once strategy is put in place, they then help you to develop a Brand Identity; this is where most people want to start, but have missed important points prior to. Kovick helps you to design your identity and develops sketch options for you to choose and finalize. You’re then taken into Brand Implementation, where you’re walked through trademarking, finding custom “touchpoints” that are going to attract your target market and help bring forth your companies style. The fifth and final step is Brand Manage, where you’re personally guided through delivering your brand assets, launches (soft and public) and brand maintenance. Giving you piece of mind, that you are not alone in the total and full development of your companies branding success.

Kovick has built an impressive brand for themselves, in the midst of helping others to grow, restructure and re-brand themselves. With an extensive portfolio, Kovick has assisted in the rebranding of Charlotte’s very own Suite Nightclub; they have worked with other Queen City favorites such as Bubble, Baku, Lux and Crave Dessert Bar. More recently they have worked with Chupitos, who’s bringing a new shot bar to Charlotte this year. They’re also working with Kim Kardashian’s bestie Jonathan Cheban and helping him to brand his new burger joint Burger Bandit in New York City debuting this year.
Everywhere you go, everything you do, you’re immersed in a world of branding and promotions. Even when you may not realize it. But those moments when you are taken by something impressive such as a fancy marquee at a reputable establishment or even a business card that looks like someone really put an effort into its design; you are experiencing the direct results of someone’s hard work to have created that. Brand Identity is so much more than a logo design. If you wouldn’t dare to tailor your own suit, you shouldn’t dare try to tailor your own company to suit you…I’d recommend finding a professional Tailor.

You can find out more about Kovick and how they can help you with your brand at http://www.kovick.com.

by Telisha “Teka Rose” Wheeler
 

 

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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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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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Skyline | Hot Happenings Around Town

Mar 10, 2014

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Some of Charlotte’s hottest events will be brought to you every month by Elevate Lifestyle via our new Hot Happenings column! As always a trusted, go-to source for the Charlotte’s best events; Elevate continues to deliver for our readers with a fresh take on where to go and what to do each month! From top to bottom, Elevate will keep you in-the-know on where to go!
 

 

Tour De Food Uptown Charlotte Sunday Funday
Sun, March 2, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
224 East 7th Street Charlotte, NC 28202
Explore the culinary mecca found in dynamic Uptown Charlotte. Start out at the 7th Street Market at Pure Pizza where they use only the freshest ingredients from local farmers and make our way through the busy city streets. We will sample farm to table restaurants, wonderful wines, fabulous pastries and more! Meet the artisans who create these incredible culinary dishes and find out what motivates them. We will learn about Charlotte’s deep history and view the architectural beauty the city offers. Eat Drink Walk with us through Uptown Charlotte! The Uptown culinary tour is offered every Saturday and Sunday afternoon with the exception of holidays, check site for listings. Participating establishments include: Rooster’s, Mert’s Heart & Soul, Amelie’s French Bakery; Mimosa Grill, Wooden Vine and many more! Check site for details at: TourDeFood.net/Uptown

Whisky River's Thursday Night Bar Pong!
Thurs, March 6, Registration begins at 8:00 pm. Tournament begins at 9:00 pm
210 East Trade Street Suite A-208 Charlotte, NC 28202
What more can we say? Whiskey River? Beer Pong? Already we’re having fun already just saying it! Whiskey River teams up with Queen City Games every Thursday night to bring you Bar Pong! Bar Pong will be a weekly double elimination tournament where the winners take home a cash prize! Prizes also awarded to other finalists! Bring your Beer Pong skills and tell all your friends to meet you at the Whiskey River in EpiCentre for a night full of fun. Don’t forget, the winner takes home the cash! For more information or to pre-register email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit thewhiskyriver.com/charlotte/events

St. Pat's Day Parade/Go Green Festival Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Uptown
Saturday, March 15, 11:00 am
The 2014 Charlotte Goes Green Festival will be our best one yet. There will be something for everyone of all ages to enjoy and we will be expanding the festival to accommodate the growing crowds. It’s the place to be after the parade. The Festival is located on S. Tryon St. between 3rd St. & Stonewall St. The festival hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and features Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish/Celtic and other vendors, a large children’s amusement area and plenty of food & beverages. There is no admission fee to attend. The parade will step off at Tryon and 9th street in uptown Charlotte. It then marches south to 3rd Street where it takes a left and marches down 3rd St. to Caldwell. Visit charlottestpatsday.com for more info!

Mar 5th The Comedy Zone Presents, Craig Robinson 8:00 pm
Currently appearing in the ninth and final season of the Emmy-winning "The Office" on NBC, Robinson portrays Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin. His resume includes roles in Knocked up, Pineapple Express & Zach and Miri make A Porno. A must see at the NC Music factory! For more info visit The Comedy Zone at: cltcomedyzone.com

March 9th NC Half Marathon Charlotte Motor Speedway
The NC Half Marathon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway is the most fun running experience in North Carolina! Go for the chase in this once-in-a-lifetime half marathon experience. Start right at the Charlotte Motor Speedway start line with the white flag waving in the air, run through the Speedway, towards the Dirt Track, and the Drag Strip. Finish at the checkered flag right on pit row & share your racing stories in the garage and bask in your glory in Victory Lane. This event is about experiencing the best in racing in the most unique and exclusive of all venues…the Charlotte Motor Speedway…where racing lives. All of our half marathon finishers will receive a HUGE medal with spinner and LED headlights! All 5K participants will get a smaller version of this awesome medal! For registration: nchalfmarathon.com

March 13th Legends Tennis Tournament 7 pm
Watch McEnroe, Lendl, Connors and Cash to Compete in Champions Cup in Charlotte. Charlotte will host tennis legends John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Pat Cash and Jimmy Connors at the Champions Cup to be played at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The one-night tournament will feature three matches; two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set championship match. timewarnercablearena.com

March 13th - March 15th The Comedy Zone Presents, DeRay Davis
A standout on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour and at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival DeRay Davis won the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition which jump started his comedic career after moving to L.A. DeRay has worked on the big and small screen opposite Hollywood’s top Comedians. He has been seen in HBO's "Entourage", Comedy Central's "Reno 911", ABC's "My Wife and Kids", Fox's "Cedric Presents…", VH1's "Love Lounge", NBC's "Late Friday", VH-1's "Play'd", Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and BET’s "ComicView". For tickets & more info visit: cltcomedyzone.com

March 15th Rich & Bennett’s 14th Annual St Patty Day Bar Crawl 12:00pm-3:00pm
(Check-In at Dixie's Tavern)
Home of the World's Largest Pub Crawl, Rich and Bennett has geared up to rival all other bar crawls! Recently featured on the Travel Channel’s Extreme Wild Parties episode of their Extreme series, the annual Rich and Bennett’s bar crawl has proven itself worthy of its “Home of the World's Largest Pub Crawl” title. Participating crawlers will receive an event t-shirt—if you don’t have it yet—event koozie, and itinerary for the day. For entry fees and more info, visit their site at richandbennett.com.

March 22nd All Ale to the Queen - Beer Carnival Silver Hammer Studios, NC Music Factory
This Inaugural event will be the grand finale of Charlotte Craft beer Week and will surely be a grand closer! With live music, Aerial Performers, Hula Hoopers, Costumes and more! Guest will be able to sample dozens of unique and original brews and engage in all the revelry this event will have to offer! For more information visit: allaletothequeen.com

March 27th - March 30th The Comedy Zone Presents, Russell Peters
After selling out arenas around the world and setting attendance records globally with his Notorious World Tour; Russell Peters returns to his club roots as he starts working on new material for his next hilarious global conquest. Russell Peters latest stand-up special, Notorious was the first Exclusive Comedy Special for Netflix. His other specials, Outsourced, Red White and Brown and The Green Card Tour were also seen on Comedy Central, Showtime and Netflix. For tickets, visit: cltcomedyzone.com

March 28th Kristian Bush of Sugarland at Visulite Theatre
Kristian Bush, of Sugarland, has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. Bush founded Sugarland and he & Jennifer Nettles exploded onto the music scene. Selling over 22 million albums worldwide, achieved five No. 1 singles and won numerous awards, including Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. Bush made his solo debut in March 2013, his first release as a solo act, “Love or Money,” debuted in the UK and Europe and then it was released in the US. See Kristian up close and personal right here in Charlotte at Visulite Theatre! visulite.com

March 30th Queen City Awards Rock Band Competition
15 of the best bands in and around the Queen City will compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights in the Queen City Awards Rock Band Competition. The competition kicks off March 30th and will have two more elimination rounds in April and May; winners from each leg will compete June 29th for the top prize! See if your band will be selected with a FREE registration at: queencityawards.com/rock-band-competition
If you’d like to see your event featured in Elevate Lifestyle’s next Charlotte’s Hot Happenings contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

by Telisha Wheeler 

 

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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

Read More

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

Night Spots | The After Dark Scene

Mar 10, 2014

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It seems like every time you venture out there are new places opening up; it’s hard to keep track of them all. Well hopefully, now Elevate Lifestyle can keep you in the know. Check back each month to see the newest, hottest, and the coolest places to hang after dark.

Bamboo Sky

A new chic Tapas Restaurant and Lounge will be opening late spring, located center courtyard at the NC Music Factory called Bamboo Sky. Bamboo Sky will serve freshly made tapas dishes and specialty drinks. It will also house a separate outdoor hookah lounge, which is surrounded by an Asian garden, cabanas and fire pit.

Upon entry to Bamboo Sky, guests are transported from their normal everyday lives into a wonderland of sensations and entertainment. Bamboo Sky’s Asian inspired Patio garden and lounge secludes guests within a perimeter of bamboo. Crawl into one of their seductive cabanas or enjoy one of their specialty drinks while sitting around the fire pit as the collection of Buddha statues watch over you. Relish the sound of deep house music embracing your ears while you become one with the bamboo gardens. All of this is in addition to their exceptional Tapas menu, which incorporates culinary components from award winning Chef Gene from Blue Restaurant.

As the night grows longer, Bamboo Sky’s main room transforms from a Tapas Restaurant into a DJ driven dance area. As they open the large oversized doors to the exterior, the lounge and the bamboo gardens fuse as one while both venues collide to make the hottest ultra lounge in Charlotte. If it’s just to lounge in conversation with your date in one of the cabanas located within the bamboo gardens, or to dance the night away in the ultra lounge, Bamboo Sky will take you wherever you want to go.
Bamboo Sky can also be offered as a private rental and has the ability to serve corporate functions with state of the art technology to aid clients with presentations.

Chupitos Bar & Restaurant

Frank and Pilar Lleras who own Optimum Income Property here in Charlotte, plan to open Chupitos Bar & Restaurant in Uptown Charlotte at 400 S. Graham St. this spring across the street from the BB&T Ballpark. Chupitos will be a little over 2,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor patio space for dining and drinking.

Chupito is the Spanish word for "shot," and these types of bars have opened up all around the world in Barcelona, Singapore, Amsterdam and many other cities. Their menu will feature international flair with small plates and a Ceviche bar.

Red@28th

Red @28th opened close to three years ago in NoDa at 2424 N. Davidson Street. They are described as “Charlotte’s first multicultural literary lounge”; offering hookahs, books, pool table, full bar, outdoor patio, snacks, and free Wi-Fi. They are opening their second location at 9539 Pinnacle Drive by Wild Wing Café. They host regular events, including live entertainment, book signings, trivia and game nights, artist exhibitions, and karaoke every Thursday.
RedAt28th.com | Facebook.com/red28th

Vault

A little over a month ago Vault opened up at the EpiCentre on the third level. They took over the space where Kazba use to be. Vault is an upscale lounge which brings in some of Charlotte’s top and most well knows DJ’s. The place still has some of the Kazba vibe, but they created more space for dancing and VIP sections by knocking down a wall. Vault is owned by Chet Desai, who owns several other nightlife establishments in Charlotte, most notably Stash House Bar & Lounge which opened up in South End last year.
Vault.com | Facebook.com/VaultNC

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

Read More

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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

INSIDE DISH

Mar 10, 2014

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This is the first article that we have written for Elevate Lifestyle. Instead of focusing on one restaurant opening in town, we decided to take a macro view of the Charlotte dining and entertainment scene. Two areas that have dominated the restaurant landscape outside of Uptown over the past few years have been Montford Drive and Plaza Midwood. We believe the reasoning for the recent popularity of these areas is simple- they both share relatively low rental rates, and give patrons a walkable feel. People love the flexibility to park their cars and drift between an assortment of eating and drinking establishments. While these two areas have been a fixture in Charlotte’s bar and restaurant past, South End is going to be a fixture in Charlotte’s residential and culinary future.

You can already see a mixture of old standbys gearing up for the coming rush while the new blood plants their flags throughout the district. Tommy Timmins, who owns an impressive assortment of restaurants and bars in and around Uptown, is remaking Tyber Creek from a bar that happens to serve food into a viable restaurant destination. He is taking the success of his Uptown restaurant Dandelion Market and bringing a similar focus to the menu and atmosphere of his Irish pub in South End. When I asked Tommy about his past and future in South End, he said, "Tyber Creek Pub has been proud to serve the South End and Dilworth communities for the past 15 years. Over those years we have seen steady growth but are truly excited to see the recent South End construction boom take place. We are looking forward to the future, and as more people call South End home, we hope that they can also call Tyber Creek Pub their home away from home." Another South End staple, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, is stepping up their game as well. Sullivan’s is undergoing a massive renovation that should be ready for a big unveiling within the next 30-60 days (We will give you a behind the scenes tour soon so stay tuned to RestaurantTraffic.com).

Newcomers to the area continue to establish themselves as worthy contenders in South End. Tupelo Honey came out swinging by bringing their Low country/ Asheville vibe to South Boulevard and business is doing well- stop by for brunch on the weekend and you’ll find the place is packed. Right next door, The Liberty is serving noteworthy burgers and an elevated craft beer selection. MAP Management, the group behind 5Church Uptown, transformed the old Vinnie’s location at the corner of South & East Boulevard into a killer Southern-influenced gastropub called Nan & Byron’s (named after the husband and wife in Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting). They melded casual comfort food and happening nightlife into one space, which is a new concept for bars and restaurants in Charlotte. Revelers looking to stay with a liquid diet should head to libation-focused locales such as World of Beer and Stache House. It is worth noting The Oak Room has expanded All American Pub’s casual sports bar offerings into a full service nightclub more commonly rooted in Uptown or the NC Music Factory. On Sundays in the fall, they are rivaled in attendance only by Bank of America stadium in sheer number of the Panthers faithful.

What has contributed to this surge of investment into food and beverage concepts in South End? The answer is actually pretty simple and has much less to do with peoples’ palates and much more to do with city planning. The Lynx Blue Line and the subsequent high-density development that was allowed to shadow the light rail line has laid track for a massive influx of residents. All told almost 3,950 residential units will be completed in South End from 2012-2015 and the occupants are going to need options for food and fun. I asked Charlotte developer extraordinaire David Furman why he has chose to focus on South End, “As Charlotte is recovering its pre-recession mojo, the close-in neighborhoods have taken on much of the momentum for where the urban demographic desires to locate, especially South End because of the story associated with transit and the LYNX line.” He has doubled down with his vision for South End. Not only did he assemble and design the Camden Gallery residential project, he is in the process of developing a second project in the middle of South End called 1616 Center.

Judging by the recent growth and investment, restaurateurs and real estate developers believe South End will be where more and more Charlotteans eat, live and play in the foreseeable future. As more retail and restaurants open to service the expected surge of residents, there is no telling what the future holds for dining and retail options. But one fact residents of the Queen City can count on is RestaurantTraffic.com breaking news and writing reviews about South End and beyond.

by Adams Williams 

 

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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

Read More

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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Dish du Jour | great dining experiences

Mar 10, 2014

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Dish du Jour is the place to find out about all the new food happenings in and around the Queen City. Discover what restaurants are bringing you fresh and delicious bites. If you’re a foodie, you’re in the right place. Be the first in line for all the delicious food that Charlotte has to offer!
 

 

Heist Brewery announced their brand new menu created by Chef Rob Masone with ingredients sourced from local and regional vendors. Filled with inspired tapas, there are now vegan and vegetarian options. There will also be a gourmet brunch offering every Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm with live music every Wednesday. A sampling of their new menu includes salmon belly sticky bun tacos, chicken and waffle sushi, M&M bacon wrapped meatloaf, and more. Also join Heist for their “Not So Small Batch” beer releases each Monday at 4 pm with Eric Mitchell.

The Ritz-Carlton welcomes Nathan Volz, a 14 year old restaurant veteran as their newest Executive Sous Chef. In a press release, Volz said, "I love partnering with local growers to create fresh and innovative menu selections, and North Carolina’s bounty is truly inspiring for me. I am thrilled to be in Charlotte, and look forward to bringing many new menu experiences to The Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge, Bar Cocoa and Urban Sip.”

Baku, the trendy sushi Japanese eatery is now featuring their happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 4 pm – 6 pm. There’s something for everyone from small plates, to skewers, and sushi.

Cantina 1511 is set to move to the Park Road Shopping Center from their original Dilworth location in early summer. Their second location in the Stonecrest Shopping Center will remain and with this move, they hope to expand and upgrade with a revamped menu. In related news, they will be joining many new businesses in the Park Road Shopping Center, which is said to be undergoing major renovations in hopes to develop it into a destination spot.

Good news for BBQ lovers! The Charlotte Knights announced that Queen City Q will be served at all their upcoming games and events.
Exciting news for our own Cowfish; Universal Studios announced that it will be bringing the Charlotte-based restaurant to their Universal CityWalk next year.
South End is quickly becoming a hot spot for brunch, and Nan & Bryon’s are jumping in… but not with ordinary fare. Crowning their brunch menu is a raw bar. Their buffet also features traditional items as well as twists like meatloaf with Sriracha sauce. It is also where Charlotte’s own “Bachelorette,” Emily Maynard recently celebrated her 28th birthday/engagement party with her friends, family and new fiancée.
The Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend will be celebrating its 25th anniversary during April 22-26. Get your tickets now to enjoy more than 30 events. CharlotteWineandfFood.org
Krazy Fish, Plaza Midwood’s funky spot for crazy tacos may be in trouble. Walgreens is trying to buy out their building and they’re currently asking for donations, with a goal of $50,000.
If you love food, why not give the Tour de Food a try? There are several local tours available (even a private one if you’d like). There’s the Uptown tour that begins on 7th street and makes its way from Amelie’s to The Sorting Table; sampling everything from farm to table restaurants to local wines. The NoDa tour enables you to eat through this eclectic Arts district. Drink from the local brewery, dine on gumbo, and learn all about how the history of North Davidson began right at the Highland Mill. The Metropolitan tour binds culinary cuisines from all over the world, not to mention it’s located through a lovely Greenway. Here, you’ll find everything from Asian to Italian fare. If you happen to be a pizza lover, the pizza tour is for you. This tour will guide you through the best pizza in town. There’s even a sweet treat to polish off the night.
Spotlight On:

Block and Grinder
It’s hard to find a good scotch egg in Charlotte, and Block and Grinder not only created one, but also put their own twist on it. Traditionally, a scotch egg is hard-boiled, nestled in ground meat then plunged into hot oil for a crunchy golden exterior. Here, they elevate the experience by encasing a soft-boiled egg in Pork Confit. Its flash fried before it’s finished off in the oven and served with red pepper jelly and micro greens. 2935 Providence Road
Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge
As the brain child of Bob Peters, Head Mixologist at Pisces, the Barrel-aged, rosemary, maple duck Manhattan was a year in the making. It includes Ridgemont Reserve 1792 bourbon "washed" in rosemary duck fat, six-week barrel-aged Madeira, Angostura bitters and organic maple syrup. "I started thinking of possibilities and put technique on top of technique and this is what I came up with," Peters says. The finished product is a silky-smooth, smoky cocktail with luscious undertones of duck and herbs. 1100 Metropolitan Avenue
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
They just released of their “LoSo Ryeder” rye ale for their monthly “Brauhaus Reserve” series. “It is unfiltered and not super hoppy,” says Cam Heiliger, who works in marketing and distribution at Olde Mecklenburg. “A lot of people who drink the (American) traditional rye ale may be used to a hoppy beer. But with this, you get more of a spice. It’s pretty drinkable, and has a really unique flavor.” In other news, OMB is closing in on a new location, scheduled to open in the spring.

Closing Its Doors:

On January 14th, Jo Jo China Bistro closed its doors in Stonecrest. Their sister restaurant Boading, in South Park will remain. Another Asian themed restaurant is set to fill Jo Jo’s place.

In Uptown, Fox & Hound, Deltas, Karma Café, and Onoki sushi all closed their doors as well. F&H Acquisition Corp. parent company of Fox &Hound and Champps, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Loco Lime announced that they are closing their doors, effective immediately.

Harvest Moon Grille may have closed their doors but not to fret; The Asbury is slated to take their place with specialty heirloom items on their menus sourced from small local farms.

Angela Kim is a food blogger who creates fun cooking tutorials with Tastemade on her channel at YouTube.com/TheSquishyMonsterTSM and tours local news circuits teaching people how to cook. She specializes in unique fusion dishes and makes everything from cupcakes to traditional Korean food and everything in between with over 250+ original recipes on TheSquishyMonster.com

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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

Read More

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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

By The Pint

Mar 07, 2014

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Welcome to “By The Pint”! Each month, we will be bringing you all the news about beer. From the new brews hitting the grocery cooler or at your local watering hole, the 411 on all the Charlotte area beer festivals, beer dinner’s hosted at local restaurants, to new breweries or restaurants opening up whose focus is on craft beers.

 

There is a new place that just opened in Plaza Midwood called Pint Central. They are located at 1226 Central Avenue. Their atmosphere will be like no other. Fun times will be had and laughs as soon as you come in. It’s a place amongst drinkers and schmoozers of all kinds, a neighborhood at the bar and a selection of food to tie it all together. Drink up, Eat up, Speak up and have fun.

Whether out for dinner followed by drinks, or drinks and then dinner; Pint Central offers the best location for both. They are not just another place dishing out your average bar food. Their combined cuisine is meticulously crafted from Argentine, European, and American influenced entrees and is sure to satisfy any foodie. There are 28 brews on tap and a selection of craft bottle beers that will make choosing a drink easy for all tastes. Their patio with an outside bar gives you a relaxing break from the busy-paced uptown tempo, but with enough Charlotte skyline to make you feel at home. They will be providing an enjoyable atmosphere. This is their number one priority; and as a bonus, they pride themselves on making every experience affordable. Come check them out for yourself, you’ll be glad you did!

Charlotte’s newest brewery will be having their grand opening up on Saturday, March 1st. It’s called Lake Norman Brewing Company are they are ready to welcome you! At the grand opening you can expect to experience a gorgeous tap room opening its doors to the public for the first time. The tap room will feature eight different beers. Five of the beers they have brewed for you have never been available prior. The eight beers available will include: Man Overboard IPA, BassAkwards Brown Ale, Dockside Blonde, Outboard Amber Ale, Pontoon Pale Ale, Raspberry Wheat, Coffee Stout, and Oak Aged English Outboard Amber.

A grand opening commemorative souvenir will be available celebrating the big day. A food truck will be on site for people to enjoy. This is a bar at a brewery in an adult setting, 21 years and older only. Their normal hours of operation following the grand opening will be Tuesday and Thursday 4 pm -7 pm, Saturday 2 pm-8 pm. Going forward, the tap room will have a consistently rotating mix of beers. They are located at 159 Barley Park Lane Unit B in Mooresville.

Charlotte Craft Beer Week began in 2010 and will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary from March 14th – 22nd, 2014. With the help of craft beer industry groups and businesses, it offers North Carolina some of the best craft beer events in the state. CCBW also aims to educate new and seasoned participants on the craft beer scene, so there will be plenty of opportunities to sharpen and expand your beer knowledge. Each event is selected and crafted purposefully to incorporate the many facets of craft beer culture. The committee continues to educate the attendees, on the many craft beer selections that are currently available in North Carolina.

“The 2014 CCBW Committee is working hard to ensure everyone has another memorable year!” said Darrin Pikarsky, the Founder of Charlotte Craft Beer Week. He added; “Every year the event gets bigger with more craft beer lovers from surrounding states coming to enjoy 9 days of the regions’ best craft beer.” Charlotte’s craft beer Week always supports local businesses. Each event has its own pricing and terms, find a list at CharlotteCraftBeerWeek.org.

The Inaugural All Ale to the Queen Beer Carnival will be the “Official Closer of the Charlotte Craft Beer Week” All Ale to the Queen will be held on March 22nd at Silver Hammer Studios at the NC Music Factory in Charlotte and you will sample over 100+ craft beers over 4 hours.

All Ale to the Queen promises to be a one of a kind event and a “must do” for craft beer lovers in the region. Unlike other beer festivals, All Ale to the Queen takes a different approach by focusing on the unique aspects of beer.

For true craft beer lovers, this is the event is for you. Beer and Cheese Pairings, 5 Year Vertical tasting, Queen's Twin Cloning Challenge, Joker's Wild (Strain) Brew Off, 10 Station Mixology Bar, Mobile Infusers and more. To purchase your ticket now head over to AllAleToTheQueen.com.

Steve Caldwell, Editor

 

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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

Read More

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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Little Black DRess Vodka

Mar 07, 2014

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The little black dress is an iconic symbol of simple elegance—every woman's easy choice for looking good and feeling confident. Just like its namesake, new Little Black Dress Vodka is designed specifically to capture the essence of what women want in a cocktail: fuss-free, burn-free, and flavorful but with an eye toward calorie count.

 

Little Black Dress Vodka is available in classic and four distinctly delicious flavors.

• Classic: Exactly what it says it is. Unflavored, timeless, allowing the smooth pristine vodka taste to shine.
• Peach Vanilla: An indulgent blend of fresh, juicy peaches and creamy vanilla that finishes with hints of shortbread vanilla and citrus zest.
• Pineapple Honey: A fresh pineapple aroma followed by the taste of juicy pineapple, brown sugar, and honey with sweet brown notes and caramel.
• Black Cherry Vanilla: A chocolate-covered cherry aroma followed by the taste of black cherry and vanilla with creamy chocolate notes.
• Blueberry Pomegranate: The scent of fresh blueberries followed by the taste of ripe blueberry ad pomegranate, yumberry, vanilla, and honey with slight floral notes.

Designed with a woman’s palate in mind, Little Black Dress Vodkas’ smoothness and flavor are achieved by a meticulous, high-quality process. The vodka begins as a neutral spirit and is then triple distilled to remove any harsh notes producing an exceptionally smooth vodka. Natural ingredients are then added to the flavored offerings; natural sugars bring the proof to 60. The filtration process ensures a refined and polished vodka for sophisticatedly subtle enjoyment. Little Black Dress Vodka is sublime alone, easily slipping into deliciously casual cocktail mode, or dressed up with one or two readily available ingredients.
Black Cherry Latte
1 oz Little Black Dress Black Cherry Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Kahlua
4 oz Fat-Free Half-and-Half

In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients and shake to mix, then strain into a chocolate-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Pineapple Honey Mojito
1.5 oz Little Black Dress Pineapple Honey Vodka
1 oz Agave Nectar
2 Lime Wedges
3 Mint Leaves
4 oz Soda Water2Muddle lime wedges in bottom of shaker.

Add ice, agave nectar, Little Black Dress Pineapple Honey Vodka and mint leaves. Shake to mix. Remove shaker top and add soda water, roll to mix. Pour into highball glass.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Blueberry Fresh Smash
2 oz Little Black Dress Blueberry Pomegranate vodka
1 oz Agave Nectar
1 oz Water
2 Lime Wedges
12 Blueberries

Muddle blueberries and lime in a serving glass. Transfer to shaker filled with ice, add remaining ingredients, shake to mix and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with blueberries.

For more information on Little Black Dress Vodka, please visit http://www.lbdvodka.com or their visit Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lbdvodka

 

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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

Read More

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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Little Black Dress Vodka

Mar 07, 2014

image

The little black dress is an iconic symbol of simple elegance—every woman's easy choice for looking good and feeling confident. Just like its namesake, new Little Black Dress Vodka is designed specifically to capture the essence of what women want in a cocktail: fuss-free, burn-free, and flavorful but with an eye toward calorie count. 

 

Little Black Dress Vodka is available in classic and four distinctly delicious flavors.
• Classic: Exactly what it says it is. Unflavored, timeless, allowing the smooth pristine vodka taste to shine.
• Peach Vanilla: An indulgent blend of fresh, juicy peaches and creamy vanilla that finishes with hints of shortbread vanilla and citrus zest.
• Pineapple Honey: A fresh pineapple aroma followed by the taste of juicy pineapple, brown sugar, and honey with sweet brown notes and caramel.
• Black Cherry Vanilla: A chocolate-covered cherry aroma followed by the taste of black cherry and vanilla with creamy chocolate notes.
• Blueberry Pomegranate: The scent of fresh blueberries followed by the taste of ripe blueberry ad pomegranate, yumberry, vanilla, and honey with slight floral notes.

Designed with a woman’s palate in mind, Little Black Dress Vodkas’ smoothness and flavor are achieved by a meticulous, high-quality process. The vodka begins as a neutral spirit and is then triple distilled to remove any harsh notes producing an exceptionally smooth vodka. Natural ingredients are then added to the flavored offerings; natural sugars bring the proof to 60. The filtration process ensures a refined and polished vodka for sophisticatedly subtle enjoyment. Little Black Dress Vodka is sublime alone, easily slipping into deliciously casual cocktail mode, or dressed up with one or two readily available ingredients.
Black Cherry Latte
1 oz Little Black Dress Black Cherry Vanilla Vodka
1 oz Kahlua
4 oz Fat-Free Half-and-Half

In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients and shake to mix, then strain into a chocolate-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Pineapple Honey Mojito
1.5 oz Little Black Dress Pineapple Honey Vodka
1 oz Agave Nectar
2 Lime Wedges
3 Mint Leaves
4 oz Soda Water2Muddle lime wedges in bottom of shaker.

Add ice, agave nectar, Little Black Dress Pineapple Honey Vodka and mint leaves. Shake to mix. Remove shaker top and add soda water, roll to mix. Pour into highball glass.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Blueberry Fresh Smash
2 oz Little Black Dress Blueberry Pomegranate vodka
1 oz Agave Nectar
1 oz Water
2 Lime Wedges
12 Blueberries

Muddle blueberries and lime in a serving glass. Transfer to shaker filled with ice, add remaining ingredients, shake to mix and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with blueberries.

For more information on Little Black Dress Vodka, please visit http://www.lbdvodka.com or their visit Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lbdvodka.

 

 

 

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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

Read More

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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

By The Pint

Mar 07, 2014

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Welcome to “By The Pint”! Each month, we will be bringing you all the news about beer. From the new brews hitting the grocery cooler or at your local watering hole, the 411 on all the Charlotte area beer festivals, beer dinner’s hosted at local restaurants, to new breweries or restaurants opening up whose focus is on craft beers.
 

 

There is a new place that just opened in Plaza Midwood called Pint Central. They are located at 1226 Central Avenue. Their atmosphere will be like no other. Fun times will be had and laughs as soon as you come in. It’s a place amongst drinkers and schmoozers of all kinds, a neighborhood at the bar and a selection of food to tie it all together. Drink up, Eat up, Speak up and have fun.

Whether out for dinner followed by drinks, or drinks and then dinner; Pint Central offers the best location for both. They are not just another place dishing out your average bar food. Their combined cuisine is meticulously crafted from Argentine, European, and American influenced entrees and is sure to satisfy any foodie. There are 28 brews on tap and a selection of craft bottle beers that will make choosing a drink easy for all tastes. Their patio with an outside bar gives you a relaxing break from the busy-paced uptown tempo, but with enough Charlotte skyline to make you feel at home. They will be providing an enjoyable atmosphere. This is their number one priority; and as a bonus, they pride themselves on making every experience affordable. Come check them out for yourself, you’ll be glad you did!

Charlotte’s newest brewery will be having their grand opening up on Saturday, March 1st. It’s called Lake Norman Brewing Company are they are ready to welcome you! At the grand opening you can expect to experience a gorgeous tap room opening its doors to the public for the first time. The tap room will feature eight different beers. Five of the beers they have brewed for you have never been available prior. The eight beers available will include: Man Overboard IPA, BassAkwards Brown Ale, Dockside Blonde, Outboard Amber Ale, Pontoon Pale Ale, Raspberry Wheat, Coffee Stout, and Oak Aged English Outboard Amber.

A grand opening commemorative souvenir will be available celebrating the big day. A food truck will be on site for people to enjoy. This is a bar at a brewery in an adult setting, 21 years and older only. Their normal hours of operation following the grand opening will be Tuesday and Thursday 4 pm -7 pm, Saturday 2 pm-8 pm. Going forward, the tap room will have a consistently rotating mix of beers. They are located at 159 Barley Park Lane Unit B in Mooresville.

Charlotte Craft Beer Week began in 2010 and will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary from March 14th – 22nd, 2014. With the help of craft beer industry groups and businesses, it offers North Carolina some of the best craft beer events in the state. CCBW also aims to educate new and seasoned participants on the craft beer scene, so there will be plenty of opportunities to sharpen and expand your beer knowledge. Each event is selected and crafted purposefully to incorporate the many facets of craft beer culture. The committee continues to educate the attendees, on the many craft beer selections that are currently available in North Carolina.

“The 2014 CCBW Committee is working hard to ensure everyone has another memorable year!” said Darrin Pikarsky, the Founder of Charlotte Craft Beer Week. He added; “Every year the event gets bigger with more craft beer lovers from surrounding states coming to enjoy 9 days of the regions’ best craft beer.” Charlotte’s craft beer Week always supports local businesses. Each event has its own pricing and terms, find a list at CharlotteCraftBeerWeek.org.

The Inaugural All Ale to the Queen Beer Carnival will be the “Official Closer of the Charlotte Craft Beer Week” All Ale to the Queen will be held on March 22nd at Silver Hammer Studios at the NC Music Factory in Charlotte and you will sample over 100+ craft beers over 4 hours.

All Ale to the Queen promises to be a one of a kind event and a “must do” for craft beer lovers in the region. Unlike other beer festivals, All Ale to the Queen takes a different approach by focusing on the unique aspects of beer.

For true craft beer lovers, this is the event is for you. Beer and Cheese Pairings, 5 Year Vertical tasting, Queen's Twin Cloning Challenge, Joker's Wild (Strain) Brew Off, 10 Station Mixology Bar, Mobile Infusers and more. To purchase your ticket now head over to AllAleToTheQueen.com.
Steve Caldwell, Editor


 

 

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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

Read More

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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Interview with… Angie Cottone

Mar 07, 2014

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Elevate Lifestyle: I read your impressive professional profile. Your credits are all over! How did you break into the industry?

Angie Cottone: Painting, drawing and creating things. I’ve been an Artist my entire life; Makeup Artistry was never my intended career path, I pretty much fell into the industry and I’ve been addicted ever since!

EL: Is it a competitive industry to get into?

AC: There are definitely Makeup Artists out there who make the Industry way more competitive than it should be.

EL: Do you have a mentor, or do you have someone in the industry that you look up to?

AC: I look up to anyone in the industry who is talented & loves makeup artistry in the same ways that I do… (basically obsessed with it). I guess this is where I name drop? Renee Smith & Christie Nealis…I’m a part of their Smashbox Cosmetics Team, John Ader & Candace Corey

EL: It looks like your career has given you the opportunity to travel all over the country. What are some of your most memorable "on-location" places you've worked?

AC: Most memorable would have to be Calgary, Canada with the Travel Channel because it was the first time I've ever been outside of the country. My first ever stamp on my Passport was very special to me.

EL: Care to share any diva stories or star struck moments?

AC: My lips are sealed.

EL: You call Charlotte, NC home ... are you from here? If not, what brought you to Charlotte?

AC: Charlotte is my home but South Florida is too, that's where I'm from. I moved up here with some of my family; my sisters and I all went to school out here. I really like living in Charlotte! It's a really great "central" location to travel in/out of which makes some work opportunities convenient, accessible and budget-friendly!

EL: The market is flooded with beauty products. What product must-haves would you recommend to our readers?

AC: I literally have 100+ "must haves" but at the TOP of my list is Organic Coconut Oil, I use it for EVERYTHING! Face & body moisturizer, I shave with it, hair mask, dry skin, etc. It’s perfection in a jar! EOS "Sweet Mint" Lip Balm and Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer, BB Cream, Halo, limitless liquid liner, O-Gloss…and Urban Decay's "De-Slick" Setting Spray

EL: Can we expect an Angie Cottone salon opening in our area anytime soon?

AC: No way…but I do have some creative product ideas sketched out that I'm interested in developing and definitely happening in the near future… Stay tuned!

Instagram @baybee_Cottone
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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

Read More

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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

Debra’s Fashion Buzz

Mar 07, 2014

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Tired of your winter wardrobe? Me too! Spring fashion this year hit the “Platinum Level” for fresh and wearable fashions. New York Fashion Week was full of designer trends and getting into the designer shows at Lincoln Center as well as art galleries in the big apple (designers like Carolina Herrera who wanted a more intimate crowd for their fashion shows) is uber fabulous, but most of us cannot afford the showings on the catwalk.

 

Pastels in a rainbow of shades are the colors of choice this year with blush pink and greys being the highlights. Crop tops are all the rage; paired with skirts for a trendy look, and jeans for a relaxed look. The midiskirt (length between mida and maxi) may be the ultimate transition piece for 2014. This is my personal favorite and if skirts are not your thing, you can find a dress in this length as well.

Jackets are a staple item as well. The collarless jacket and the Moto jackets are flattering on most body types and you can get the most wear out of them as they can be yearlong items.

The Color-block dress, Feminine style dress in white and accessories (lots of accessories as layering is still a must-do) are items that will wear well for work, parties and vacations. Adding heels or sandals will set the mood for whatever invitation comes your way.

Fashion Cheers to All and I look forward to seeing your Spring Looks as I hit the fashion shows, events and parties right here in the Queen City.

Debra A. Kennedy, Lifestyle Editor
DebraKennedy.com

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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

Read More

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,

Read More

Elevate Lifestyle Magazine

EYE ON FASHION

Mar 07, 2014

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Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to check out the fashion forecast. We will take a look at trends, travel and some savvy cost savers for the followers of fashion.

 

Trending for men is a strong continuation of an existing move towards shorter and narrower suits and trousers. That means staying away from the oversized suiting and pleated pants. Plaids and checks are big and can even be combined for the most adventurous or fashion forward persons of either sex. Colorful and even two toned lace up oxfords with contrasting soles can work with jeans and suits alike. Men can be aggressive with their footwear even while combining them with more conservative office wear.

For the ladies an old favorite of styled blacks and whites in combination are showing strong. Check in the back of your closet for such an item that may be right back in fashion now. For the more adventurous seek out the artist MIA inspired prints that are showing up everywhere from Target to the current Versace Versus collections. Again you can be fairly aggressive with the combinations or take a more conservative stance; either way, you should take a look at these Pan African styled prints.

Travel is always a great way to get a heads up for current fashion trends in New York or Europe. I have booked my last few trips to NYC to coincide with the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. My wife and I have always gotten an eyeful of celebs and fashionistas wearing their best all over the city and particularly in the Soho area. New York fashion weeks are held each September and February. Last September among the many fashion sightings we made were Elle Fanning, Samuel L. Jackson, Roger Federer and Gwen Stefani to name a few. Also I had a great moment talking with Ethiopian supermodel and women’s healthcare advocate Liya Kebede while having a drink at the always fashionable Standard Hotel. If Europe is in the cards for you, try London, Paris or Milan where fashion weeks are also generally in September and February each year.

Most people have a few articles of clothing that while they are made very well are hopelessly out of fashion. I have recently discovered a reasonably priced tailor who can do magic to reconfigure and modernize just about any article of clothing. That has included taking pleats out of trousers and shortening suits and sports coats. I now have added several suits back into the rotation that previously had been relegated to the very back of the closet. (National Tailoring Shop, 3023 Central Ave suite A).

Don’t forget the Mint Museum’s current exhibition of vintage Dior, Balmain and Saint Laurent through May 26th! Enjoy the oncoming spring and don’t go out without looking and being your best!

Brian DeBrun
Brian DeBrun is a Charlotte Attorney practicing in the area of Personal Injury.
 

 

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The Style Guy | Back to the Basics

Mar 07, 2014

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Recently, we sat down with one of our resident men’s style experts Bradley Rhyne, the CEO and Chief Editor of Charlotte based gentleman’s clothing company OLE MASON JAR. In this month’s edition, we take a step back and focus on the basic essentials that every man should know and have in his wardrobe.

 

Elevate Lifestyle: When we first spoke about doing this interview, you mentioned this was the first topic you wanted to really dive into. Can you talk a little about why?

Bradley Rhyne: I really wanted to start things off with a solid foundation. Believe me, I get it, fashion/style for men is something that often takes a back seat to other things in life (as often times it should), and as a result is something that a lot of guys are any combination of uninterested, intimidated or clueless on. My hope is to break things down in the most simplistic way, giving someone the core items to own or principles to go by when they get dressed everyday.

EL: Who is the ideal man this guide would speak to?

BR: You know it actually is a guide for every man. Sure, we may not all run a clothing company, or work in corporate America, but this translates to every man regardless of his day job or what he likes to do on the weekends. The basics are just that, the items that every man should have, or could benefit from having.

EL: When talking about the basics, what parts of your wardrobe apply and where exactly do you start?

BR: I am actually going to break things down in a couple different categories: Casual attire, business attire, footwear, accessories and outerwear

Beginning with the most worn category, casual wear, the basics are incredibly simple. White and blue solids for button downs and polos are the building blocks for your shirts and should be the most worn, followed by some additional muted tones or patterns (think a grey check). For pants, some dark denim and khaki chinos can be worn with just about everything.

While every man may not need to dress up for work every day, he likely will have a need to at some point throughout the year (think some form of special event, or hey, even a job interview). For business attire, a grey suit and a navy suit should be in every closet, along with plain white and blue button down shirts. It also makes sense to have a few basic ties that are very simplistic (reds and blues that are either solid or have a very simple stripe or polka dot pattern). These basics will get you through whatever event/interview you may have.

Footwear is one of the most important categories, as while you can get everything else right, if you don’t get the shoes right that is what others will notice. First tip is to keep those chunky sneakers for only your physical activities, and make sure you have something more simplistic for your casual activities (running errands/out to eat/hanging with friends). A causal leather or suede driving shoe or classic desert boot should be the “go to” every time. For dressier occasions you want a pair of basic black and brown oxfords.

Accessories are the items that should accent what you are wearing, not stand out and scream for attention. A stainless steel watch that is a normal size is going to be the most versatile and frequently worn item in your wardrobe along with plain leather black and brown belts

Lastly, while really only applying when it gets a little chilly outside (and man have we needed this year here in Charlotte), is often times the most overlooked item in the wardrobe due to its seasonality. A grey or tan wool overcoat/pea coat is something that can be dressed up or down and so is perfect for all occasions.

EL: What is the number one style tip a man should follow when looking for these basics?

BR: Fit is the absolute most important part of every man’s wardrobe. Guys usually make the mistake of going a size too large when picking out their shirts and pants. Slim fit does not mean skinny, but actually that it is more fitted to your body. Slim fit items are becoming more and more available today, and shouldn’t scare guys away (even those on the heftier side). Make sure the shoulder fits (shoulder points should extend to the end of the shoulder but no further) and the waist fits (when buttoned, there should only be up to 4-5 inches of extra fabric). For pants ensure are not too baggy and not too long to where they are dragging the ground. Once you have the basics and the fit down, you are ready for just about anything!

EL: What is the most common misconception about building your wardrobe, or having what is considered good style.

BR: Hands down the cost factor. For both men and women, it is believed in order to dress well you need to spend a lot of money. Honestly, this is absolutely not the case at all. There are a lot of great brands out there that are both very affordable and fit great for you to build your wardrobe around, and so there is absolutely no need to go out and spend a lot of money on any one specific item if you don’t need to. Once you have built your wardrobe with the basics, only then maybe splurge on that extra nice (pricey) shirt or pair of shoes you have had your eyes on!

Steve Caldwell, Editor
 

 

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The Trend Report | “The 4 Lipsticks Every Woman Needs”

Mar 07, 2014

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There really are no rules when it comes to expressing yourself through your makeup, hair and fashion. This day and time, anything goes. As long as it's done well and you carry it with confidence, YOU can rock anything! Express yourself. Love yourself. Love others. Make an iMpact. 

 

Welcome to my new column, The Trend Report. This is where it's all about expressing yourself! I'll be talking trends in makeup, hair and fashion. I'll also be interviewing some of Charlotte's brightest stars in the beauty and fashion community. I look forward to sharing with you and you sharing with me.

Contrary to popular belief, a woman really only needs 4 lipsticks TOTAL in her wardrobe. However, most women have at least one drawer full of lipsticks (most of which are never worn). Just as it is important to wardrobe your clothing, it's also important to wardrobe your lip colors. This will help you avoid wearing the wrong shades. If you stick to these guidelines, you are sure to always look polished and you still have enough options to switch it up and play around with different looks. So, here we go…

1st: a NUDE lip color

Choosing the right nude lipstick can really be a challenge. Not every nude is going to look good on everyone. It depends on skin tone and depth of skin. The best way to find the perfect nude is to try it on. Once you find the perfect shade, you still need to partner it with a gloss. Nude lip colors worn alone (without gloss) can give the illusion of a band-aid over the lips offering a "washed-out" look to the lips. A lip gloss over the top will give it life and create a sexier, poutier look to the lips. I love this lip look when partnered with smokey eyes.

2nd: a NEUTRAL (goes with everything) lip color

I always describe this type of shade as "your lip color with the volume button turned up just a bit." This is the perfect go-to color that works with everything. It can be casual or cocktail. It's that lip color that's always in your purse because IT JUST WORKS! You may find yourself with 2 or 3 of these at a time. One in your purse, one in your makeup bag, and one at your desk. It's like your AMEX… Well, you know the rest!

3rd: a CLASSIC RED lip color

Just like a nude lip color, a red shade can be hard to find as well. Here are a few tips. Select a neutral red. One that is not blue-red or red-orange. Opt for a more brick red type of shade. It is truly complimentary on all skins. The beauty of the perfect red lipstick is that it is the "star of the show" so you can wear less makeup and still have a big WOW factor! Red lipstick is also a teeth whitener and a confidence booster. It's THE power lipstick! With that said; if you are feeling down and need a pick-me-up, throw on a red lipstick and feel the power!

4th: a METALLIC lip color

Metallics continue to be a huge trend in fashion. In fact it's almost like animal print, it's becoming a classic. So, that makes having a metallic lipstick a MUST HAVE! The key here is having the right metallic shade. I recommend more of a bronze-metallic type of shade. I love this because whenever you wear this type of color it looks progressive and modern. It looks great on a 20 year old or an 80 year old. This is the perfect lipstick for evening and it's also great to tone down a red lipstick if it's too bright. This shade over the red will complement it while taking it down a notch. An absolute must have.

Life Trend

This month's life trend is all about inner beauty. As much fun as it is to play in make-up and beautify the outside, it's more important to beautify the inside. I believe inner beauty is the direct result of loving yourself and others with an unconditional love! When we feel good about ourselves, we treat others better. It is through this process of unconditional love that we learn to let our inner light shine.

Lipsticks recommended:

Nude shade: i'M humble crème lipstick
Neutral shade: i'M pampered crème lipstick
Classic red shade: i'M confident crème lipstick
Metallic shade: i'M honorable crème lipstick

All can be found at iMpactcolorcosmetics.com or at Shine Salon at 1819 E 7th Street.

Light, Love & Peace,

Stan Owings, Creator/Founder
iMpact color cosmetics
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Art Of Grooming | Essential for Men

Mar 07, 2014

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However much you protest, it cannot be denied that people instantly judge you based on how you look.

 

 

You could be a successful professional raking in the dinero but if you are dressed poorly with food stains on your clothes and with two days’ growth of stubble on your face, then you will be judged accordingly. We’re here to make sure that never happens to you. Read on and get a grip on how to groom properly for a great first impression.

If you take care of your body, then half of the job is already done when it comes to making a strong impression. Eat regular and balanced meals and get your share of physical exercise. Smoke and drink only occasionally if at all, hard… we know! Cultivating habits like this will go a long way in making you a person with a significant presence, who is sure to make a lasting impression.

Pamper your skin. Make sure you drink at least two liters of water a day. If possible drink at least a beer glass full of water in the morning. It takes getting used to but does wonders for your complexion. Get enough sleep so that you don’t have puffy eyes and also moisturize regularly to keep your skin nourished.

Close shave. Shave regularly to look your best. If you sport a beard or a moustache then make sure it is trimmed neatly and has no stray hairs sticking out in multiple directions. Also make sure that you shave in the same direction as the growth of the hair and that you soften your facial hair before shaving it. This will ensure that there aren’t ingrowths and also reduces the possibilities of getting nicked while shaving.

Get in the shower. The basic step to staying clean and smelling good even without any cologne. This is a step you are not allowed to miss because it’s as simple as water, shower and towel. So whether you’ve just come back from the gym, woken up, or are going for a party - shower!

Keep your hands clean. Cut and file your nails regularly and also make sure that they don’t have any residue of food or dirt stuck in them. Wash your hands frequently and especially after a meal because smelly and sweaty hands are the biggest turn off. Also use a bit of hand lotion on them to prevent your hands from resembling tough hide.

Don’t be shaggy. Since hair grows regularly, you have to always keep a check on when your ear, nose, chest hair needs a trim. It’s best to trim hair from these parts at least once a week. Also shampoo and condition your hair every day. Of course if you have long hair, maybe alternate days would be fine, but never let your hair look greasy and straggly.

Clothes that fit well, which are clean, neatly ironed and smell good are very important. Don’t recycle clothes that have been chucked into your laundry basket because you have run out of clean, ironed clothes. You won’t fool anyone with that trick! The fit also is very important to looking good. It’s no use wearing expensive shirts and branded trousers if you’ve got the fit wrong. People will only notice that your clothes are hanging on you or alternatively, are too tight for you.

Men are judged by their shoes. If you don’t know this yet, you’ve obviously no idea about the typical standards used to judge men. If you are wearing formal shoes, make sure they’re not scuffed and dirty. They should be polished and shiny. Casual shoes should also be clean. And avoid tattered shoes at all costs!

Posture is very important. Do not slouch and always walk straight because it projects confidence and assertiveness in a man. If you have trouble with maintaining your posture, do some posture exercises regularly until it is perfected.
Avoiding eye contact or giving someone a limp handshake is the worst first impression you can create. It reflects a personality that is unsure and insecure. Neither of these makes for a good impression. Make your handshake firm and look them in the eyes and smile

Sweat is inevitable but can be beaten. Keep a check on whether you are smelling and reapply deodorant. Also wear an undershirt if you tend to sweat a lot. Use foot powder on your feet to keep your shoes and feet from smelling bad.

Looking good and projecting the confidence that comes from it will get you noticed by people, and is sure to create a great first impression for you. Check regularly if your look needs any adjustments and keep these essential grooming tips in mind in becoming a more confident and successful person.

Gregory Lawrence
 

 

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2014 COVER GIRL SEARCH Winner Alyssa Pisani

Mar 07, 2014

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Elevate Lifestyle: Congratulations on winning the Elevate Lifestyle 2014 Cover Girl Search! We are thrilled to have you represent us, Alyssa.

EL: Are you from the Charlotte Area?
Alyssa Pisani: Lake Norman

 

 

EL: If not, what brought you to the Queen City?
AP: After I finished school I knew I wanted to live and work in the city. Charlotte is beautiful and just keeps growing.

EL: What do you do to stay active and healthy?
AP: I love to run and do anything cardio. I'm looking into starting Crossfit soon.

EL: With Summer right around the corner, do you have any exercise tips?
AP: Yea, start with a light jog to warm up then a combination of high knees, crunches, burpees, push-ups, lunges, squats. Be sure to stretch before and after you exercise. Also eat healthy. An apple a day keeps the grumpies away.

EL: What advice do you have for women about feeling good about themselves?
AP: Just be YOU and be confident.

EL: What do you do in your spare time for fun?
AP: Anything adventurous, I love being outdoors. Also I'm very creative and crafty. Hand me a glue gun and Pinterest watch out.

EL: Do you plan on adding any stamps to your passport in the near future?
AP: Yes, I will be adding a few here shortly with a friend getting married this April in Mexico and my older brother living in Germany.

EL: You win $5,000; what do you do with it?
AP: I would take my family on a vacation and finally visit Bora Bora. Rent one of those huts out on the water. Swim with the dolphins and probably never want to leave.

Steve Caldwell, Publisher
 

 

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Sharks arrive at the new Sea Life Aquarium

Feb 06, 2014

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Sharks and Other Creatures Arrive at the New Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

 

Concord, NC (Feb. 6, 2014) Sea Life Charlotte-Concord ushered three sharks, five rays and over 30 species of other fish and invertebrates into their new aquatic home in red carpet fashion during the aquarium’s Fish Arrival event held at Concord Mills today.

The creature transport truck, a specially equipped semi truck with holding tanks and a life support system for the animals’ health and safety, arrived at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium at 9:00 am Thursday. The truck was escorted by police vehicles, a NASCAR car and a stretch limousine.

Lug Nut, the official mascot of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, made an appearance on the red carpet in a NASCAR track car to introduce Sea Life Charlotte-Concord’s new shark mascot, Sharky, to the community. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord’s Facebook page fans submitted ideas through a contest to name the mascot in January.

Sharky exited a limo with winners of the aquarium’s Young Environmentalist Panel contest. The Young Environmentalist student panelists were selected in December from more than 130 contest submissions. Ranging in age from 8 to 12, the students will help spread awareness of the aquarium and marine conservation issues to their schools and local communities.

After a period of readjustment and monitoring in the truck for the creatures to acclimate, they were rushed inside and released into their tanks. The sharks and rays rode in hammock-like stretchers as the Sea Life team ran them up the stairs to the top of the main ocean tank. This was not the only creature delivery for the aquarium, but it was the only one open to non-employees.

Guests were able to watch as the creatures including black nose sharks, cow nose rays, jewel damselfish, French angelfish, upside down jellyfish and venomous lion fish were unloaded and brought quickly inside the aquarium with Sea Life Charlotte-Concord’s curator David Cochran supervising every moment of the careful transition.

Guests also toured the newly installed 180-degree underwater tunnel and ocean tank. Area students were painting the fourth layer of a large custom sea mural, designed by local artist Bridgit Scheide. The completed mural will be on display at the Grand Opening.

GRAND OPENING SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 20
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Charity goes the extra mile for military

Feb 06, 2014

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Matthew Hunt has a passion for letting members of the military know they’re appreciated

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 2007, the University City resident turned that passion into A Rose of Thanks, a nonprofit organization that allows people to personalize greeting cards sent to those serving overseas.

With the help of fewer than a dozen volunteers, his nonprofit has touched more than 100,000 lives through cards, care packages and other fundraisers.

His latest effort involves working with with the Raleigh-based USO-NC to give troops the opportunity to see Katy Perry on her Prismatic tour June 22 in Raleigh.

The tour will begin May 7 in Belfast, Ireland, with performances in Scotland and England that month. From June to October, the second leg of the tour will be in the United States and Canada.

The money spent on tickets for the second leg will go to UNICEF, Autism Speaks, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The donated tickets will be distributed to military and their friends and family through the Raleigh-based USO and Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune.

“I started this by donating the first two tickets,” he said. “We are looking for businesses to donate a few tickets, preferably a pair or a four-pack, so we can send a family of four or four friends.”

Hunt’s also reaching out to businesses, radio stations and other people he’s worked with throughout the years, as well as Perry’s management, but they aren’t directly involved in the effort.

“The president of the USO of NC also has put an invite out there asking Katy to stop by the USO of Raleigh on her way through,” said Hunt.

Hunt and his nonprofit have traveled throughout the United States, setting up displays at the Oscars, the Grammys and major concerts like the Vans Warped Tour and sporting events like the Valero Alamo Bowl, as well as local events like Charlotte’s Bartenders Ball and the Special Olympics in Cabarrus County.

Through his travels, Hunt has met dozens of celebrities from hit TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Glee” and “Modern Family,” as well as a long list of musicians and actors, who have personalized cards for troops.

“It is pretty amazing how something so simple as a black-and-white outlined card could make so much of a difference in people’s lives,” Hunt said.

Hunt also helped raise money for the Flight 93 Memorial, to honor those who died in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial is the only one for those lost on 9/11 that is still not fully funded, said Hunt.

To raise money, he drove the entire length of Interstate 40 in what he called, “I-40 for 40.” He asked others to donate or drive at least 40 miles along I-40, and donate 40 cents per mile.

Connection to Perry

Hunt met Perry in Charlotte five years ago during Grave Diggers Ball, where A Rose of Thanks set up a booth and brought a fan of Perry’s from Detroit.

“Back then, Katy was really big into talking to fans and getting to know them,” said Hunt. “This girl, Jamie, has Katy’s first album cover tattooed on her back. She also made a poster with the tagline, ‘A Katy Cat for life because the ink is purrmanent.’”

After the show, the two took the poster near the stage and waited to see if Katy would sign it.

“When I unfolded it, you could see her eyes light up,” said Hunt. “As soon as Jamie came around the radio station’s truck, Katy was screaming. It was like she was calling out to a friend she hadn’t seen in a while and that is when I truly got hooked.”

Hunt said he simply wants to share that kind of joy with the troops.

 

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Local Apparel To “Save the World One Beer At a Time”

Feb 06, 2014

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Earthspun® Apparel Partners with Queen City Brewers Festival to Benefit ACEing Autism

 

Charlotte, NC, January 31 – Earthspun® Apparel and textile leader, Patrick Yarn Mills (Kings Mountain, NC) are introducing their eco-friendly line of t-shirts, which are individually made from 6.5 (20-ounce) recycled beer bottles at the Queen City Brewers Festival this weekend. Earthspun® Apparel is proud to partner with the annual beer festival and support the local brewers who create artisan, craft-style beers, while highlighting its environmental message in ‘Saving the World One Beer At a Time™.’

“50 million water bottles go into landfills each day in this country. That’s a lot of excess waste,” said Jerry Wheeler, Earthspun® Apparel Founding Co-partner. “By collaborating with Queen City Brewers Festival, we are helping Charlotte breweries become more sustainable.”

To illustrate how many bottles Earthspun® Apparel is diverting from landfills, they have donated two hundred and fifty of their Festival t-shirts to the first one hundred ticket holders. That number totals up to 1,625 bottles made into apparel and reinforces Earthspun® Apparel and Patrick Yarn Mills mission to help keep communities cleaner for the next generation. Together, Earthspun® Apparel and Patrick Yarn Mills are both globally recognized for their innovative measures in protecting the environment with sustainable practices that enhance and bring positive change to the overall textile industry.

“We are supporting Charlotte’s independent breweries and America’s pastime for beer, and also promoting that the craft beer industry can be sustainable, by simply implementing forward thinking and innovative recycling efforts,” continued Wheeler. “And we do that by taking the plastic bottles you drink from everyday and turning them into a t-shirt you could be wearing tomorrow.”

Earthspun’s process is simple and straightforward. They take discarded plastic bottles, X-ray film and black food trays, and shred the material and then extrude those pieces into fibers that are blended with recycled cotton and spun into yarn right here in North Carolina. Ultimately, the final product is perfectly smooth, super durable and extremely soft and comfortable.

Jerry Wheeler will be attending the Festival and will be available for interviews and to share the Earthspun® process in the company’s booth. Attendees can also purchase a “Saving the World One BEER
 

 

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N.C.‘s Navitat Canopy Adventures launching new mountaintop tour in 2014

Feb 06, 2014

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES reaches new heights in 2014 with the launch of an unprecedented mountaintop zipline experience.

 

Called NAVITAT's Blue Ridge Experience, the tour is a fun wild ride high above the forest floor, from mountain ridgetop to ridgetop, and an adrenaline-packed complement to NAVITAT's successful and nationally acclaimed original tour.

"We are thrilled to be launching the Blue Ridge Experience tour in 2014," said Abby Burt, NAVITAT Branding & Marketing Leader. "Get ready for some of the highest and longest ziplines in the Southeast, jaw-dropping speeds, incredible views and a whole lot of fun."

NAVITAT's Blue Ridge Experience features three pairs of dual "racing-style" ziplines, with riders zooming alongside each other against the panoramic backdrop of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The zips are long - from 1,100 feet to nearly three-quarters of a mile - and high - up to 350 feet off the ground.

"This tour is all about flying high and flying fast," said Burt. "It's an experience that’s just as suited to families and ziplining novices, as it is thrill-seekers."

The new tour is equipped with a special braking system that automatically reduces the speed of the rider as he approaches the end of the zipline, allowing him to focus exclusively on the experience and the views.

The Blue Ridge Experience is the latest addition at NAVITAT. The original tour, opened in 2010 and now called Moody Cove Adventure, features a tree-based course of 10 ziplines, sky bridges, rappelling and forest hikes. It has been called one of the best zipline canopy tours in the nation by USA TODAY and Outdoor magazine, and a must-do activity in Asheville by the New York Times.

"We think the Blue Ridge Experience is the perfect complement to our original tour," said Burt. "Where the Moody Cove Adventure puts you up in and among the trees, the new tour is about flying high above the forest, through wide open spaces."

Blue Ridge Experience tours begin April 15 and runs daily through November. Cost is $69 per person Sunday-Friday and $79 on Saturday and holidays. The Moody Cove Adventure tour returns for another season March 22. Cost is $89 per person on weekdays and $99 on weekends. Reservations are required. Visit http://www.navitat.com or call 1-855-NAVITAT (855-628-4828) for more details and to book your tour.

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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LaCa Projects Features Spotlight Exhibition of Rufino Tamayo Works

Feb 06, 2014

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Latin American Contemporary Art Projects is proud to present a spotlight exhibition at LaCa Projects

 

Charlotte, North Carolina – Latin American Contemporary Art Projects (LaCa Projects) is proud to present a spotlight exhibition, Mujeres, featuring 14 works by famous Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991). The exhibition opened January 9.

Mujeres features color lithographs signed by the artist, and which explore Tamayo’s portrayal of women in the most carnal and sacred sense. Mythical and primordial in nature, the lithographs demonstrate his frequent use of women as his subject matter and a vibrant palate, reflecting his strong philosophies around the use of color and a work’s meaning. The women in these lithographs, though contemporary and even whimsical in form, are especially symbolic of Tamayo’s native land of Oaxaca and its ancient civilizations.

Tamayo is considered one of Mexico’s foremost Modernists, and is well-known for his development of a new medium in graphic prints called Mixografia, a technique that allows for the production of prints with three-dimensional texture. His artistic career spanned more than 70 years, and he remained productive in his work close to the end of his life. Tamayo’s works have been displayed in museums throughout the world, most notably the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and The Museu Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. The Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum was opened in 1981 as a repository for the collections that Tamayo and his wife acquired during their lifetimes, which were ultimately donated back to Mexico. Mujeres will be on view at LaCa Projects until February 7.

Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment. Visit http://www.lacaprojects.com, or call 704-837-1688/e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information and to schedule an appointment.
 

 

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Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

Jan 20, 2014

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Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium to Open February 20, 2014 at Concord Mills. A public event and celebration is planned to kick-off UK-based Merlin Entertainments' 100th attraction and introduce 5,000 sea creatures to the region's visitors.

CONCORD, NC, Jan. 13, 2014 — Today, Merlin Entertainments announces that its newest aquarium attraction will open on Feb. 20, 2014, at Concord Mills in Concord, NC. Specifically designed to educate and engage kids and the young at heart, the 36,000-sq-ft aquarium will bring visitors face-to-face with the underwater world.

More than twenty displays will feature 5,000 amazing creatures, including sharks, stingrays, an octopus, seahorses, jellyfish and thousands of colorful fish. (Visit the top creature list here: http://www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/explore-our-creatures/)

The grand opening festivities for the public as well as regional and state tourism officials begin at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 with a ribbon cutting, welcome speeches, the unveiling of the custom mural painted by area children, and a celebration of Merlin's 100th attraction. Doors to the aquarium open to the public at noon.

The attraction was built by Rodgers Builders of Charlotte, NC. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord plans to hire approximately 40 new team members at a Job Fair on Jan. 18-19 at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC.

Visitors to Sea Life Charlotte-Concord can expect:
• A 180° ocean tunnel that allows visitors to see sharks, rays and other fish swim right over their heads
• An interactive touchpool (touch a crab without fear of pinching!)
• Seahorses in the mangrove (learn which parent carries the babies)
• The highly intelligent Giant Pacific octopus, the largest octopus species in the world
• Educational talks and creature feedings throughout the day
• A kids' quiz trail to keep kids engaged and learning throughout the attraction
• A presentation video theatre to learn more about marine conservation
• A children's soft play area to enjoy at the end of the experience

At Sea Life Charlotte-Concord, visitors will travel from the fresh waters of the Catawba River in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond in about an hour.

Ticket information
Regular admission tickets cost $21 for adults and $17 for kids ages 12 and under. Kids ages 2 and under are free. Through Feb. 19, tickets are only $16 for all ages if purchased in advance, online: http://www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/buy-tickets/. Annual Passes, offering unlimited entry to the aquarium for 12 months, are also on sale for special rates through Feb. 19. An Individual Annual Pass is $50. The Family Annual Pass (for four) is $192; additional family members are $45 each. Annual Pass holders are invited to attend a sneak peek of the aquarium Feb. 15-16.

Visiting Sea Life Charlotte-Concord
Hours are daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is located at 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC 28027 at Concord Mills. Look for parking on the backside of the mall at Entrance 7. For more information, visit:
http://www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/
https://www.facebook.com/SEALIFECharlotteConcord
https://www.facebook.com/SEALIFECharlotteConcord https://twitter.com/SEALIFECC

About Merlin Entertainments
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is the 100th attraction developed globally for MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS. The company is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen dynamic growth over the last five years. Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 99 attractions, eight hotels/three holiday villages in 22 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 54 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 22,000 employees.

Merlin has nineteen attractions in the USA - including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts - LEGOLAND Florida with its Water Park and LEGOLAND California theme park with Water Park, SEA LIFE aquarium and exciting new hotel; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York, Washington D.C., Las Vegas and Hollywood; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City, Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; and Westchester, New York; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas/Fort Worth; and the Mall of America in Minneapolis - underlining the company's position as the world's biggest global aquarium operator.

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For more information, contact Pollyanna Falk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 847.830.0074 or Susan Dosier at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 704.993.7871 mobile.
 

 

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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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JCSU Wellness Director Publishes Book

Jan 20, 2014

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JCSU Wellness Director Publishes Book on the Multidimensional Approach to Personal Wellness

Charlotte, N.C - Johnson C. Smith University's Wellness Director, Dr. Victor Romano, has just finished his first book of an 8-part series named Creating a Culture of Wellness. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates half of all deaths recorded for people sixty-five years of age or younger are the direct result of unhealthy lifestyle choices. The need to combat this epidemic of preventable mortality has encouraged an increased focus on wellness and well-being.

 

 

Most wellness books, however, are actually nutrition or exercise guides. While important to overall health, diet and physical exercise are only aspects of a holistic wellness program. Other books use the term "wellness" to attract attention to specific diseases and emotional issues. Diet, exercise, emotional health, and disease prevention are all, of course, important elements of any wellness program, but that's all they are: parts of a larger whole. To attain a happy and healthy lifestyle you need a multidimensional approach to wellness.

That's where Creating a Culture of Wellness excels. Wellness expert Dr. Victor Romano carefully guides readers through seven core concepts essential for a comprehensive wellness program. Emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual elements combine to improve your overall health and happiness. These seven wellness dimensions are interconnected. Balance throughout the seven dimensions of wellness is key for living a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Accessible, easy to read, and filled with proven tactics for switching to a lifestyle focused on well-being, Creating a Culture of Wellness is the ideal choice for any individual or organization in need of a comprehensive wellness model. Dr. Victor Romano has more than ten years of experience managing and developing wellness programs for private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and universities. He currently is the Director of Wellness at Johnson C. Smith University. His most recent work with the Mecklenburg County Health Department won a national ‘Faith and Community Health Excellence Award’ from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (704) 330-1371.
 

 

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Richard Petty Driving Experience Announces The King’s Cup

Jan 20, 2014

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Richard Petty Driving Experience Announces The King’s Cup: A Chance to Compete and Meet ‘The King’. Coming to Walt Disney World Speedway, February 2014

Concord, NC (January 6, 2014) – Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE), the world-wide leader in NASCAR stock car drive and ride entertainment, will host The King’s Cup on Feb. 21 at Walt Disney World® Speedway in Orlando, Fla. This one-of-a-kind experience will pit competitors head-to-head while driving NASCAR race cars, street cars and high performance karts (HPKs) in timed and scored events, vying for The King’s Cup trophy.

The half day racing event will commence with a high-speed, three-lap Ride-Along around the one-mile tri-oval. Once the drivers have the opportunity to experience Walt Disney World® Speedway in the hands of a professional driving instructor, they will take the wheel for an eight-lap Rookie Driving Experience. Other timed and scored driving competitions include racing Stratos high performance karts and a Head-to-Head Challenge featuring street cars on a coned course. The competitor with the best overall score will be named winner of The King’s Cup presented by “The King” himself.

“The King’s Cup is unique, we’re actually pitting drivers against each other to battle it out from behind the wheel, putting their best driving skills to the test in stock cars, karts and street cars,” said Mike Bartelli, Chief Marketing Officer of Petty Holdings, LLC, parent company of Richard Petty Driving Experience.

The King’s Cup at Walt Disney World Speedway is $999 and $799 for current Experience Rewards Members. For more information about The King’s Cup or to reserve your spot, call 1.800.237.3889 or visit DrivePetty.com/experiences/kings-cup.

About Richard Petty Driving Experience
Owned and operated by Petty Holdings, LLC, RPDE is the world-wide leader in NASCAR stock car drive and ride entertainment, available at major speedways across the U.S. It has base locations in Las Vegas, Orlando, Concord N.C. and Kansas City. RPDE also produces and facilitates auto manufacturer drive and ride programs, safe driving programs, mobile marketing events and motorsports-related production services for the television and film industry. Visit DrivePetty.com or call 1.800.237.3889 for track locations, dates of operation, or to book an experience. On Social Media, Like Richard Petty Driving Experience on Facebook and Follow on Twitter at @DrivePetty.

About Petty Holdings, LLC:
Petty Holdings, LLC owns and operates Richard Petty Driving Experience, Exotic Driving Experience and American Muscle Car Challenge. It markets other Petty and Richard Petty branded and licensed ventures including Richard Petty’s Driver Search, Petty Safe Driving and Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp. It also provides motorsports support services to the commercial and film industries, mobile marketing event services and designs and executes ride and drive events for automobile manufacturers.
Headquartered in Concord, NC, Petty Holdings is a portfolio company of BV Investment Partners, a leading middle-market private equity firm, investing in the information and business services, communications, and media sectors.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Tar Heel State Firearms Launches New Website

Jan 20, 2014

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Tar Heel State Firearms Launches New Website: Tar Heel State Firearms LLC. is North Carolina's only choice to purchase your firearms silencer.

 

Charlotte, NC, January 8, 2014 – Tar Heel State Firearms has just launched their new website tarheelstatefirearms.com.

Tar Heel State Firearms offers excellent prices on top brand silencers to customers nationwide. We are a stocking dealer for AAC, Silencerco, SWR, Thunder Beast Arms, Gemtech, YHM, Surefire, and Liberty suppressors. We offer availability for many other manufacturers' silencers as well. If there is something you are interested in and do not see it on our website, shoot us an email or give us a call and we will get you a price and lead time for the product you are interested in.

Here at Tar Heel State Firearms customer service is our top priority. We want to ensure the very best buying experience from start to finish. We will assist in every way possible and do our very best to keep our customers up to date with what is going on with their purchase or transfer. We are knowledgeable and available to you by phone 704.942.8671 or email to answer your questions to the very best of our ability. In addition, we will provide ample information on our products and services on our website to assist you. We want to earn your business and have you be able to comfortably recommend us to your friends and family.

We offer the best prices and our customer service is second to none. Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 704-942-8671, we are always open to serve you.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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SpareFoot releases list of America’s Baby Boomer Boom Towns

Dec 29, 2013

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 AUSTIN, Texas—San Antonio tops a new list of America’s Baby Boomer Boom Towns compiled by SpareFoot, which operates the country’s largest online marketplace for self-storage.

 

To come up with this list, SpareFoot analyzed not just Baby Boomer population growth for the country’s 100 most populated metro areas, but also per-capita growth in gross domestic product (GDP), per-capita personal income growth, housing affordability and number of health care workers per capita.
GDP and personal income data are inflation-adjusted. Housing affordability is determined by the National Association of Realtors’ Affordability Index; the higher the number, the more affordable the housing market. Two metro areas didn’t have data for this metric, so we estimated housing affordability based on numbers for similar areas nearby.

Here is SpareFoot’s list of America’s 15 Baby Boomer Boom Towns:

1. San Antonio, Texas
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 8 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 3.5 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 2.1 percent
Housing affordability index: 198
Total health care workers per capita: 0.035

2. Boise, Idaho
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 11.7 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.4 percent
Housing affordability index: 224.8
Total health care workers per capita: 0.036

3. Raleigh, North Carolina
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 10.9 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.9 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 0.7 percent
Housing affordability index: 224.4
Total health care workers per capita: 0.034

4. Austin, Texas
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 6.4 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 3.6 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.6 percent
Housing affordability index: 202
Total health care workers per capita: 0.028

5. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 9 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.1 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.2 percent
Housing affordability index (estimated): 250
Total health care workers per capita: 0.030

6. Nashville, Tennessee
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 3 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 2.4 percent
Housing affordability index: 236
Total health care workers per capita: 0.036

7. Orlando, Florida
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 10.5 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 0.07 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.6 percent
Housing affordability index: 229.3
Total health care workers per capita: 0.033

8. Phoenix, Arizona
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 11.5 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 0.5 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 0.8 percent
Housing affordability index: 231.2
Total health care workers per capita: 0.031

9. Chattanooga, Tennessee
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2.4 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.8 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.9 percent
Housing affordability index: 230
Total health care workers per capita: 0.044

10. Charlotte, North Carolina
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 7.2 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.5 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.5 percent
Housing affordability index: 229.7
Total health care workers per capita: 0.029

11. Columbia, South Carolina
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 2.3 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.4 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.4 percent
Housing affordability index: 228.9
Total healthcare workers per capita: 0.042

12. Knoxville, Tennessee
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 3.4 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.4 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.6 percent
Housing affordability index: 236.4
Total health care workers per capita: 0.041

13. Houston, Texas
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 1.2 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 2.3 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 2.9 percent
Housing affordability index: 225.3
Total health care workers per capita: 0.029

14. Jacksonville, Florida
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 6.5 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 0.2 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 1.2 percent
Housing affordability index: 276.2
Total health care workers per capita: 0.037

15. Provo-Orem, Utah
Baby Boomer population growth 2000 to 2010: 9.7 percent
Average annual per-capita GDP growth: 1.6 percent
Average annual per-capita personal income growth: 0.5 percent
Housing affordability index (estimated): 200
Total health care workers per capita: 0.025

For more information about SpareFoot’s list of America’s Baby Boomer Boom Towns, visit blog.sparefoot.com/4827-baby-boomer-boom-towns.

Data sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau

About SpareFoot

SpareFoot makes renting self-storage easy. Our free marketplace lets customers find and reserve storage units online. We have the largest inventory of storage units in the U.S., with a network of more than 6,500 facilities ranging from mom-and-pop to publicly traded REIT. We reach millions of people who need storage through exclusive partnerships with brands like SelfStorage.com, Apartments.com and Penske Truck Rental.

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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Barista Guild Level 1 Training To Be Held At Williamsburg Coffee’s

Dec 29, 2013

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SCAA Certified Training Facility January 9th -11th. 

WILLIAMSBURG VA, December 26, 2013: Williamsburg Coffee’s SCAA Certified Training Facility, at the direction of owner Todd Arnette, will be holding a barista level 1 training course on January 9th-11th.
 

 

Arnette is a Specialized Lead Instructor for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). Currently, there are attendees registered from Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C.Class size is capped to control the quality of the training environment, but there are still spots available for those interested. For more information on registering for the event, please visit: http://www.scaa.org

The Barista Guild of America (BGA) barista certification program is a certified accredited program for the continual and professional development of baristas. The BGA curriculum focuses on several key areas of development including: introduction to espresso, customer service, introduction to cupping and
introduction to coffee brewing & extraction. After the level 1 curriculum is completed, candidates may sit for the Level 1 Certificate Test demonstrating the program’s thirty core competencies.

When asked about the importance of barista training, Williamsburg Coffee Owner, Todd Arnette, said, "Williamsburg Coffee is proud to be a part of the SCAA and its continual development of the specialty coffee industry.” He went on to say, “If specialty coffee is going to survive and thrive as a product and as an industry, everyone in the supply chain, Farmer – Roaster – Barista, need to continually enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding. That is the way Williamsburg Coffee believes the end consumer can be guaranteed to have continuing excellence in their cup and also why Williamsburg Coffee has become one of only twelve Certified Training Labs in the United States.”

More information on Williamsburg Coffee & Tea Co. can be found at wcoffee.com

More information on the Barista Guild of America can be found at baristaguildofamerica.net
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2XU

Dec 24, 2013

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South Park, North Carolina – December 12, 2013: 2XU, the technologically advanced compression wear and athletic apparel brand, is pleased to announce a retail partnership with premiere sports specialty store TrySports, debuting a “store-in-store” concept. With this collaboration, 2XU will be able to provide a unique retail experience for TrySports customers to fully immerse themselves in the brand.
 

 

TrySports, based in North Carolina, has provided 2XU with dedicated retail space in their South Park (350 sq ft) and Chapel Hill (150 sq ft) stores. This allotted store-in-store allows for additional branding, large format graphics and point of purchase displays, as well as product merchandising, mannequins and foot forms. A broad range of 2XU gear is displayed, including seasonal run and fitness apparel, and compression wear, affording TrySports the ability to carry more 2XU garments than any other retailer on the east coast.

“Our customers are very excited with the new 2XU store-in-stores in our shops,” says TrySports CEO Hal Smith. “Our sales have increased dramatically because this type of presentation shows much more product and customers are buying multiple pieces of 2XU apparel.”

In addition to a larger retail selection, 2XU has also conducted product clinics to ensure that all TrySports staff are fully armed with extensive knowledge of both the athletic apparel and compression gear. Consumers will get the full 2XU experience when interacting with employees and will be able to make an even more educated choice when choosing their apparel.

Richard Verney, Sales Director of 2XU states, “This Store-in-Store concept represents an exciting future approach to specialty retail. 2XU is thrilled to launch this effort in partnership with TrySports as both our organizations share a vision of co-operative retail environments that allow both the brand and retailer to create a more conducive shopping experience for the consumer.”

In 2014, TrySports will introduce additional 2XU store-in-stores to three more locations in the North Carolina region. Hal Smith, TrySports CEO, states, “We have an aggressive expansion plan for our retail locations. Our partnership with 2XU has allowed TrySports to create a powerful brand story within our South Park and Chapel Hill locations. Based on the success to date, it is our intention to deploy additional 2XU store-in-store concepts within our new and existing store locations.”

For more information on 2XU and TrySports, please visit http://www.2xu.com and http://www.trysports.com.

About 2XU: 2XU ("Two Times You") launched in January 2005 in Melbourne, Australia, and is driven by a relentless company mission to advance human performance through the development of world-leading athletic garments. Designed and tested in consultation with industry experts, all 2XU garments employ intelligent physiological design, cutting edge performance fabrics and construction. With a relentless commitment to engineering world-class garments from fabrics delivering tangible benefits to the wearer, 2XU sets the benchmark in high performance compression. Gracing the skin of multiple World Champion athletes, 2XU has also formed powerful alliances and key partnerships across the globe in numerous sports including Triathlon, Cycling, Swimming, Netball, AFL, Soccer, NRL, NFL and Running. 2XU is also the exclusive Official Compression Supplier to the Australian Institute of Sport. Ongoing testing, research and consultation with professional sporting bodies of such stature are integral to the brand’s winning formula. The premium Australian brand is now stocked in multiple countries around the world.

About TrySports: TrySports is a specialty retail business which provides its members with added value services and helps them buy the high quality products they need to believe that they can achieve a new level of fitness. Our mission is to inspire our members to stay fit and healthy and enjoy the aerobic activities of walking, running, swimming, cycling, fitness, yoga and triathlon. No matter what your current fitness goals are, we will help you achieve them, and assist you as you develop new ones once you've succeeded. Every person that comes into the store, from beginner to the more experienced and advanced athlete, is encouraged to "try" our lifestyle or aerobic sports. They are fun, enjoyable and at the same time, the best way for you to stay fit and healthy for a lifetime. So go ahead, Believe. Achieve. TrySports!

Mallory Liebhaber | Senior Account Executive
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Voices Against Brain Cancer

Dec 24, 2013

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In order to raise awareness for brain cancer and brain tumor research, Voices Against Brain Cancer is hosting an awards campaign to honor those who support the battle against the tragic illness. Each year more than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. Many of those are children. As there is no cure for brain cancer, support for medical advancements is crucial – so whether you know someone who has been affected by brain cancer or not, VABC wants every voice to count!

 

Through December, VABC is hosting a Facebook contest where fans can nominate a neurosurgeon or nurse for going above and beyond in their fight against brain cancer. A $10,000 grant will be awarded to the neurosurgeon, while a $5,000 grant will be awarded to the #1 nurse. Both award winners will be recognized at VABC’s 2013 “Sounding Off for a Cure” concert held in the Spring in New York City!

Please visit Voices Against Brain Cancer’s page for nominations at https://www.facebook.com/VoicesAgainstBrainCancer.
 

 

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill

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COMEDY WARRIORS: HEALING THROUGH HUMOR

Dec 24, 2013

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COMEDY WARRIORS: HEALING THROUGH HUMOR
Press Release: December 2nd 2013

You may find it hard to believe that there's something funny about being injured in a war and that making jokes about it can actually help…

Well, the severely-wounded Iraq/Afghanistan veterans in the new documentary, Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor prove that making jokes about it can indeed help heal the psychological wounds of war, both for the vets and for their audience.

The five Comedy Warriors in this award-winning documentary are now available for booking and interviews, to talk about the film and their unique experiences exploring their lives with the healing power of humor.

These veterans were coached and helped to write their own personal stand-up comedy routines by Zach Galifianakis, Bob Saget, Lewis Black, B.J. Novak. This uplifting, laugh-filled journey culminates in one big night, with their performances at LA’s top comedy clubs.

Comedy Warriors premiered on SHOWTIME on Dec. 5th and repeats throughout December and January, soon to be followed by DVD,VOD, and digital stream release.

Possible availability also includes director John Wager, and the A-List comedy coaches.

The five service members – four men and one woman – from the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, with injuries ranging from burns to multiple amputations, to unseen chronic pain, were selected from numerous submissions to embark on this exciting new mission; stand-up comedy. With help from their own individual comedy writer mentors, and coaching from A-List comedians they were guided in creating their own routines, and fine-tuned until ready to perform at top clubs. You get to know each of the Comedy Warriors intimately, as we visit their hometowns and meet their families. Each of the warriors have their own poignant story to share, and it soon becomes clear how vital humor has been in their rehabilitation process. You witness how their sense of humor and learning stand-up gives them each a different kind of courage, and you see that by sharing their stories and laughing about their struggles with the audience, the emotional pain is lifted. The Comedy Warriors learn to disarm the stares and their struggles with humor, making both themselves and others more comfortable. The theme of triumph over obstacles prevails throughout this film, as the Comedy Warriors confess their darkest moments, and then embrace the power of their physical circumstances, creating joy and laughter in their lives.

Produced and Directed by John Wager,
Produced by Ray Reo
Co-Produced by Bernadette Luckett
Comedy Warriors was made with the support of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Darisse Smith: Darisse grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. Her older brother Sean, was protective yet tough on her during their childhood outdoor games. Despite being five years older and three feet taller, Sean never let Darisse win at any game they played, yelling to her: "Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do something because you're a girl!" This became Darisse's lifetime mantra, preparing her for a career as an Army Captain and helicopter pilot. After attending Davidson College where she met and stalked her now husband Jeff, Darisse went on to graduate from Flight School and became an OH 58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot, learning the basics of the Air Cavalry mission. 

Due to the poor ergonomic design of the Kiowa Warrior helicopter seat, Darisse suffered a severe lower back injury that resulted in permanent nerve damage to her left leg. She was medically discharged from the Army in March 2007, though her journey with her injury and pain management was just beginning. After a plethora of medical and alternative treatments, she was finally implanted with a Spinal Cord stimulator which she operates with a remote control to block the pain signal between her leg and her brain.

She has retained her sense of humor throughout her long struggles with pain, and was able to use that experience to transition quickly into performing standup. She is the only Comedy Warrior who went through the filming of the documentary to become a real standup comedian and… give birth to a beautiful baby boy. Darisse is an advocate for others suffering from chronic pain and does freelance writing and motivational speaking through the American Pain Foundation, The Wounded Warrior Project, and Boston Scientific Corporation.
 

 

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FOR THE FIT IN ME CHALLENGE 2014

Dec 24, 2013

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FOR THE FIT IN ME CHALLENGE 2014
A 12-week Health and Fitness Challenge and Competition

Fort Mill, South Carolina - December 20, 2013. Starting January 6th, Cycle Cross Fitness will launch the first round of the 2014 “For the Fit in Me” challenge, a 12 week fitness and weight loss contest. Leonard and Sarah Scriven, owners of Cycle Cross Fitness and certified fitness professionals, encourage anyone that has a fitness goal to take part in this challenge and start 2014 off with a healthier lifestyle.

 

The “For the Fit in Me” challenge is a comprehensive 12 week nutrition, supplementation, and exercise program; and also a physique transformation competition. Cycle Cross Fitness will provide ample resources to assist in the mental and physical transformations of all participants. Aside from workout plans, nutritional recommendations, and coaching from Leonard and Sarah, contestants will also gain support from one another. The friendships that have blossomed and sense of camaraderie within this community is extraordinary.

“The purpose of this challenge is to motivate participants to take charge of their health and nurture positive fitness goals in a supportive environment”, states Leonard. Both Leonard and Sarah are dedicated fitness instructors that have assisted many people of the Fort Mill/Lake Wylie communities with their physical and emotional transformations. Leonard often closes his classes with, “Be good to yourself and each other” or “Keep moving forward and take someone along with you”. Sarah’s positive energy is encouraging and she often shares a reflective quote in the beginning of each class. She recommends “B.Y.E” daily, which stands for Bring Your Energy.

Both Leonard and Sarah understand the struggle of adult obesity and have lost a combined total of over 180lbs. They know the various detrimental aspects of being overweight all too well and encourage those wanting to pursue a healthier lifestyle to join the challenge. “For the Fit in Me 2014” was designed by Cycle Cross Fitness to meet your physical goals, and you will discover much more about yourself in the process.

There will be one male and one female challenge winner, and a couples team (can be spouse, significant other, or friend), that will be chosen for the $500 cash prize. Each category will be awarded based on physical transformations, as well as brief essays documenting their inner transformation and its’ impact on their life. If you would like to officially enter the “For the Fit in Me 2014 Challenge”, you can register online by visiting http://www.cyclecrossfitness.com/for-the-fit-in-me/.

About Cycle Cross Fitness
Cycle Cross Fitness provides comprehensive cardiovascular and strength conditioning programs to help you pursue a healthy and fit lifestyle. Our goal, using indoor cycle as the foundation, uniquely incorporates cross training, functional movement (non-weight bearing and weight bearing exercises) and core conditioning. Concisely stated, we strive to provide cross-platform, multifunctional training for those that love indoor cycle.

For more information please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 803.450.4CCF (4223)
 

 

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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

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

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How To Do Myrtle Beach Like a Local…

Dec 08, 2013

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Planning a trip to fun, affordable Myrtle Beach this fall? Here are a few off-the-beaten-path suggestions to make it a vacation to remember.

1. Myrtle Beach is famous for its 60+ miles of beaches on the world-renowned Grand Strand. For an affordable oceanfront vacation rental, check out Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts. Each of the six condo-hotels offer the amenities of a full-service resort hotel with the space and comfort of a condominium. Highlights are fully-equipped kitchens, washer / dryer and private balconies.

2. For breakfast by the beach, head to Sea Captain’s House Restaurant. Try their renowned crab cakes benedict or traditional Southern fare like country ham and pecan waffles. This Myrtle Beach staple has been known for its warm southern hospitality, ocean view and fresh seafood since 1930!

3. Hop on a boat (rentals and tour boats available) at Wacca Wache Marina in Murrells Inlet and cruise down the Waccawachee River to see rice plantations, historic landmarks, moss-laden oak trees, alligators, eagles and osprey. Don’t stop until you get to Sandy Island, an approximately 9,000 acre nature preserve open to the public with several boat landings and two nature trails.

4. To experience the slow paced South Carolina life, the Greater Grand Strand is home to one of the oldest and most unique towns in South Carolina, Little River. Known for its fresh seafood, fishing charters and annual blue crab festival, it is truly a quaint coastal fishing village. For those seeking a little adventure, Little River also has two Las-Vegas-style casino gambling boats and Jet Ski rentals.

5. Searching for the best beachfront burger joint? Look no further than River City Café for a fun, rustic atmosphere and one-of-a-kind, juicy, run-down-your-chin, always-made-fresh burger. Guests are encouraged to throw peanut shells on the floor in this establishment, named “one of the best
places in the nation to feed the kids."

6. Escape the typical Myrtle surf and beach stores and shop ‘til you drop at The Market Common. Located in a beautifully-designed village setting, the complex has the nation’s most celebrated names in retail, a movie theatre, restaurants and a calendar of events featuring car shows, wine festivals and more.

7. Is there a better combination than waterfront dining and live music? The Hot Fish Club has it all and remains a favorite gathering place for discriminating locals. Open Wednesday-Sunday, stop in for happy hour at the gazebo bar, enjoy fresh seafood on the back porch and wind down the evening with nightly performances by the area’s best rock and country bands.

8. After you have had your share of fun in South Carolina’s most iconic beach town, plan a day trip north to historic Wilmington, N.C. or south to Charleston, S.C. – both only two hours away. A plethora of daily guided tours are available through numerous tour companies or take a road trip and experience it on your own.

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts is a collection of six oceanfront and ocean view condo-hotels in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. All properties feature breathtaking views of the pristine northern region of the world-famous Grand Strand. Units are spacious one to three bedrooms and all lodging options provide easy access to dining, shopping, sugar sand beaches and other area attractions.

For additional information and reservations: Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts, (888) 571.4104