An easy 90-minute drive up Interstate-77 takes you to Yadkin Valley and the Surry County Wine Trail withmore than 15 vineyards to visit, each with a distinct style and atmosphere. Tucked away among fields of green with a view of mountains is Shelton Vineyards, the
largest family-ownedestate winery in North Carolina.
Cities & towns in the Carolinas celebrate history & honor traditions with varied and unique festivals. These local tributes are community-driven and mark the importance of the area’s industry, foods and people. Summer is the perfect time to take in a few of them!
The Queens University of Charlotte campus sits on 25 acres in Charlotte’s historic Myers Park neighborhood. It opened its doors in 1857 as Queens College and over the past 160 years has developed a reputation for its strong faculty, internship opportunities and international study abroad programs. Queens is a coeducational private school with a Presbyterian affiliation.
Heading to the altar? Once “Yes” is spoken, wedding planning begins immediately. Bridal magazines are purchased, secret Pinterest boards are made public and a tentative date is set.
The location of the wedding and reception sets the tone for everything – menu, music, flowers and whether you invite crazy Uncle Lloyd. Charlotte and the surrounding areas offer a variety of unique places to celebrate with family and friends.
My family has had the same phone number for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, our number is one digit off from E-Z Parking’s phone number. We’ve received calls in the middle of the night from people who’ve had their car towed, hoping we can help them. I’ve learned to be patient and direct callers to the right place for help – it was that or change our number.
Handcrafted leather purses and handbags and accessories such as wallets and covers for iPads and passports, made with no stitching. Stephanie Specht is a North Carolina native and lives in Cornelius. She owns a rehabilitation massage therapy business and paints as a hobby. Her handbags are one-of-a-kind.
Chain maille jewelry, made with rings coiled out of stainless steel, aluminum, brass, bronze and copper. The pieces mimic the patterns of chain mail armor. Steampunk jewelry — which draws inspiration from a genre of science fiction and fantasy — is made with found items, such as keys, gears, clock parts and chains.
PaperHouse Theatre’s performances at the Frock Shop on Central Avenue are an intimate affair. Actors are inches away; the audience, although not exactly part of the production, is an integral part of the experience. Audience members move with the characters as they perform in other parts of the shop. My introverted-self even danced on the front lawn. You can’t hide when the “crowd” is just 20-30 people.
Your guide to throwing the perfect party for your pup, including locations, treats, and—yes—party favors
As parents, it’s important to celebrate the milestones in your baby’s life. Birthdays and “gotcha days” for pets are no exception. Playmates and their parents typically join in the celebration by bringing a treat or new chewy toy to share. Parents have been known to go overboard for their dogs with bow tie pawty favors, fancy fire hydrant cakes and beef flavored beer.
Two years ago, Bryce Laguer, his wife, Andrea and their two young sons left family and friends in Orlando to move to Charlotte with the purpose of opening Basal Coffee.
The café’s soft opening was March 22. Basal Coffee is in the FreeMoreWest Neighborhood at 1429 Bryant St., adjacent to LaCa Projects, a contemporary art gallery for Latin American works.
When I moved from Long Island to Charlotte many years ago, Bruegger’s Bagels became my go-to for New York style bagels. There and Manhattan Bagel were really the only places to buy a bagel, if you wanted something better than a Lender’s Bagel.
Things have changed significantly in Charlotte’s bagel world. There are great bagels being baked locally and regionally. I’ve tried a bunch – from Poppy’s, to Owen’s, to Nova’s, to Smelly Cat — and loved them all.
One-of-a-kind jewelry influenced by nature and mythology, with flowing patterns of woven and forged metal around various focal stones. Cori Acacia Kunberger-Striepe says she has been an avid rock and mineral collector since she was a child. When she moved to Charlotte five years ago, she realized North Carolina’s history was rich in gemstones. Kunberger-Striepe started lapidary classes to expand her jewelry skill set and started Lapidify shortly afterward.
Warmer weather will follow the patches of green and colorful flowers popping up all over Charlotte. When it does, you’ll be ready to spend time outdoors – walking, jogging and biking. Charlotte’s greenways and trails offer a unique way to see the city.
Sometimes the best advice is from people who have been through it all before.
These Carolina parents offer their thoughts, opinions and guidance about the college search process.
Peer-buddy programs may seem like a one-way experience, but there's often an explosion of life lessons and strong connections.