April 2013 "Elevate Lifestyle Awards"
I want to thank the thousands of people who voted for their choices in the 2013 Elevate Lifestyle Awards online voting poll on Facebook. The voting began early January and ended February 15, 2013. We will be presenting nearly 350 winners in the following seven categories: culture, dining, entertainment, fashion, fitness, lifestyle and nightlife. Want to give a shout out to Digital Mouth Advertising for powering the voting on Facebook. Peruse through this issue to familiarize yourself with some of the juiciest restaurants, hottest nightlife spots, and hippest boutiques, as well as other gems of the Queen City. Then on Wednesday, April 10 at label, join us to help celebrate the 2013 Elevate Lifestyle Awards “The Best of the City” Revealed. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.
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The voting began early January and ended February 15, 2013. We will be presenting nearly 350 winners in the following seven categories: culture, dining, entertainment, fashion, fitness, lifestyle and nightlife. Want to give a shout out to Digital Mouth Advertising for powering the voting on Facebook. Peruse through this issue to familiarize yourself with some of the juiciest restaurants, hottest nightlife spots, and hippest boutiques, as well as other gems of the Queen City. Then on Wednesday, April 10 at label, join us to help celebrate the 2013 Elevate Lifestyle Awards “The Best of the City” Revealed. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Please RSVP at RSVP@ElevateLifestyle.com and I will put you on the guest list to qualify for one of the many doors prizes that we will have in the raffle give-a-ways. You will also be able to enjoy some great entertainment, a spring fashion show, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and some cocktail and beer specials. So remember to keep this issue handy, and whether you’re looking for the best sushi restaurant in Charlotte, or looking for that perfect pair of running shoes, or where to grab the coldest microbrew: allow this issue to be your guide to “The Best in the City.” Just say thank you Elevate Lifestyle! See ya next month, Steve Caldwell TEAM MEMBERS Publisher Steve Caldwell Editor: Telisha Wheeler Creative Director: Greg Smith Design and Production: Greenspon Advertising Graphic Designer: Alex Ramsey Cover Photography: Photography By: Fenix Fotography, FenixFoto.com Voted BEST Big Shot Photographer 2012 Clothing: Blush Boutique Voted BEST Boutique That Open In 2012 Fashion Styling, Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Misenheimer, Escape Salon Voted FAVORITE Female Snippiest Stylist 2012 Models: Jessie Horton, Evolution Talent Agency Voted FAVORITE Female Model of 2012 Advertising, Sponsorship, and Website Sales Information: Steve Caldwell, Steve@ElevateLifestyle.com Contributing Editors: Culture Editor: Louise Albano-Hurley | Dining Editor: Nikki Wilson Fashion Editor: Debra Kennedy | Fitness Editor: Dr. Ryan Shum Nightlife Editor: Sean Flynn Contributing Writers: Alex Garcia | Amanda Lobo | Claire Cilip | Corinna Kahn Chelsea Flower | Denise Oliver | Dupp & Swat | Franchesca Wicker Jay Johnson | Jeremy Bonham | Jiya Williams | Lauren Nguyen Sarah Hudson | Stanley Owings | Steve Caldwell | TekaRose Contributing Photographers: Eun Park | Lazyday.com | S Ali Photos, SAliPhotos.com Contributing Videographers: N-Digilabs, NDigiLabs.com Adorable Dresses, Fun Tops, Cute Pants, Super Cool Beach Wear, Shoes & Accessories too! Shop 24/7 at www.BlushDolls.com | Hours | Monday-Wednesday & Saturday 11-5 Thursday & Friday 11-7 1504 Camden Road, Suite 100 Charlotte, NC 28203 www.BlushDolls.com elevate lifestyle awards 16 Culture Awards 24 Dining Awards 24 54 Entertainment Awards 68 Fashion Awards 88 Fitness Awards 98 98 Lifestyle Awards 108 Nightlife Awards 108 BEST Art Exhibit of 2012 BITE OF THE APPLE-ART EDUCATOR’S ART EXHIBIT Bite of the Apple-Art Educator’s Art Exhibit which showcases artwork created by local area North Carolina and South Carolina art teachers. The annual exhibit hosted by the Civic & Cultural Arts Center of Pineville in its main gallery 316 Main St. Pineville | 28134 | 704.889.2434 elevate lifestyle awards culture 16 BEST Artist Owned Gallery RED SKY GALLERY The Red Sky Gallery was founded eight years ago to showcase fine arts and crafts. In addition to the gallery’s collection of contemporary paintings, including pastels, oils, watercolors, and mixed media, Red Sky offers exceptional works in glass, metal, ceramics, and wood. The gallery currently represents more than 420 national and regional artists. 1523 Elizabeth Ave., S120 Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.6400 RedSkyGallery.com BEST Big Shot Photographer RYAN SUMNER, FENIX FOTOGRAPHY His goal is to use photography to help you attract, multiply, and retain clients by making a great first impression, outshining your competitors, and providing creative pragmatic solutions for your visual communication needs. He focuses on understanding your company’s needs and the challenges you face in these extraordinary times. He believes in individual attention, a customized product, and taking a team approach to realize your vision and be consistent with your brand. 3616 Artist Way Charlotte | 28205 | 704.957.1697 FenixFoto.com BEST Charity Event in 2012 GUYS AND DOLLS BACHELOR/ BACHELORETTE AUCTION, CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION This is Charlotte’s premier event for young professionals. Coming up on its twelfth year, the event features 30 of Charlotte’s most eligible men and women, and their fantastic date packages up for auction to the highest bidder. 90 cents of every dollar of revenue helps support research, education and care programs sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 7506 E. Independence Blvd., S120 Charlotte | 28227 | 704.321.7852 GuysAndDollsCharlotte.com BEST Creative Gathering in 2012 STYLE NIGHT OUT CHARLOTTE The biggest Fashion Party in 2012 happen in the Southpark area, Style Night Out. It was presented by JustFab.com, Heels.com and Effie Loukas. Over 50 local boutiques, salons and makeup artists take over the streets at the Morrison Shopping Center to show off their style on the runway. A portion of the proceeds benefited Carolina Breast Friends. Morrison Shopping Center BEST Cultural Event or Festival in 2012 PIN-UP, PIN DOWN FASHION SHOW PRODUCED BY FASHION FRONT RUNNER They named the event accordingly – Pin Up, Pin Down – a mix of the bowling theme and the pin-up girl themed outfits from local boutiques to be featured in the show. The show was produced by Fashion Front Runner. It was held at Ten Park Lanes and the proceeds from the event went to a great cause – the Levine Cancer Institute’s Carolinas Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. 17 FAVORITE Female Model JESSIE HORTON Evolution Talent Agency FAVORITE Male Model MICAH KELLEY BEST Historical Site HEZEKIAH ALEXANDER HOUSE The Revolutionary War-era home of Hezekiah Alexander is located on the grounds of the Charlotte Museum of History. Built in 1774, this two-story stone house is the oldest surviving structure in Mecklenburg County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 3500 Shamrock Dr. Charlotte | 28215 | 704.568.1774 CharlotteMuseum.org FAVORITE Local Actor JEREMY SHANE He first began attracting notice five years ago as Savage Red, one of the weirdest characters in ThomThom, Matt Cosperâ€™s truly weird take on To Kill a Mockingbird. But Jeremy Shane has been no less memorable in everything since: From Captain Braid Beard in How I Became a Pirate, to an elephant and a hypochondriac in Junie B... Batman Smells. Twitter.com/TotallyJeremy 18 FAVORITE Local Actress TARA NICOLE AZARIAN, KIDZACT TALENT Tara-Nicole, an award winning actress, filmmaker & director, began at the age of 4 with a small part in A Tale About Bootlegging. She has appeared in over 40 fFilms, advertisements, videos and TV projects. TaraNicole.com FAVORITE Local Artist LEE BAUMGARTEN Lee, a native of North Carolina, graduated from the prestigious Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, where he later returned to teach painting, drawing and 3-D design through the mid 1980â€™s. Since returning to Pineville in 1988, Lee has specialized in oil painting and sculpture. His work is represented in a vast number of private and corporate collections throughout the country. LeeBaumgarten.com FAVORITE Local Charity LET ME RUN Let Me Run is a FUN, 7 week program for boys in grades 4th through middle school and is facilitated by trained coaches from your community. The program meets twice a week for about an hour and boys learn about building healthy relationships through a myriad of FUN activities that also improve personal strength, endurance and overall wellness. 4400 Park Rd., S300 Charlotte | 28209 LetMeRun.org HotWorks.org Presents 5th Annual Charlotte Fine Art Show May 10-12, 2013 ™ Charlotte Convention Center Bill Turner, Painting Juried Fine Art & Craft Show Charlotte Convention Center – 501 S College St., Charlotte, NC 28202 Fri, May 10, 11am-7pm ~ Sat, May 11, 10am-5pm ~ Sun, May 12, 10am-5pm $10 – 3 Day Pass; 12 & Under Free Discounted Patron Parking $6 or $3 First Hour at LAZ Parking/Charlotte Westin Parking Center Must Show Art Show Ticket Stub Upon Departure www.HotWorks.org proud sponsor of the Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc. Charlotte Art Guide promoting the fine arts BEST Most Fun Outdoor Event QUEEN’S CUP STEEPLECHASE The Queen’s Cup is held on the grounds of Brooklandwood Racecourse which prides itself on providing first class racing in a unique and inspiring setting. Sponsors and race goers alike over the years have enjoyed not only fantastic hospitality and scenery but you’ll experience some of the highest level of steeplechase racing anywhere in the United States. 6103 Waxhaw Hwy. Waxhaw | 28173 | 704.843.7070 QueensCup.org BEST Most Relevant Art Gallery BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART The Bechtler Museum is a jewel of a museum, only the second in this country designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. It is intimate in scale, delightfully arresting in its spaces and vistas and simple and elegant in its materials. 420 South Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.353.9200 Bechtler.org BEST Museum To View NASCAR HALL OF FAME If you’re looking for some pedal-tothemetal fun, look no further than the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Hall is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire-changing stations, realistic race simulators, a broadcast booth and even a Kids Zone where children can be wide open. 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.654.4400 NascarHall.com BEST Newest Public Artwork TIMELINE, DILWORTH NEIGHBORHOOD Long buried underneath Dilworth roads, miles of streetcar rails are now serving as the main material for a publicly funded art project in the Charlotte neighborhood. “Dilworth is a very progressive neighborhood, and this is something we’re so proud of,” said Michael Orell, who grew up in Dilworth and helped unveil the public art project during a community ceremony on Sunday at Romany and Dilworth roads. BEST Online Culture Journal ARTS & SCIENCE COUNCIL The Arts & Science Council is the community’s chief advocate for arts, science, history and heritage. By building appreciation, participation and support, they aim to shape a vibrant cultural life for all. 227 W. Trade St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.2272 ArtsAndScience.org BEST Performance Art Group QUEEN 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 QueenCityTheatre.com BEST Photography Gallery THE LIGHT FACTORY The Light Factory’s mission is to promote the power of image, in Charlotte and beyond, by informing, challenging, and stimulating audiences through photography, film, and other lightbased media to see their world through a different lens. 345 N. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.9755 LightFactory.org BEST Sketch Comedy Group CHARLOTTE COMEDY THEATER As Charlotte’s premiere improv comedy theater, the Charlotte Comedy Theater features high energy, interactive improv comedy shows, workshops and classes. The CCT was formed over a decade ago by Chicago comedy veteran and corporate trainer, Keli Semelsberger. 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., S1 Charlotte | 28206 | 803.548.6824 CharlotteComedyTheater.com BEST Theatre Group ACTOR’S THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is the entertainment destination for bold, engaging and innovative new plays in Uptown Charlotte. The Actor’s Theatre has become known throughout the Carolinas as the place to see the best and most upcoming plays from across the country. 650 E. Stonewall St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.342.2251 ActorsTheatreCharlotte.org BEST Seat In The House (Theater Venue) NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE Neighborhood Theatre is Charlotte’s versatile venue that hosts every style of music that you would want to see. They also show films, host fundraisers, multi-cultural events, talk, plays, and everything in between and mashed together. 511 E. 36th St. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.358.9298 NeighborhoodTheatre.com 21 open THE PREMIER THURSDAY AFTER WORK PARTY EVERY THURSDAY IN APRIL STARTING AT 6PM This will be The place To be seen and seen by! Beer, Cocktail, and Wine Specials | $5 Red Bull & Vodka $5 Cosmopolitan Martini | $5 Select Wine By The Glass Half Price Select Appetizers | $10 Petit Filet Mignon & Salmon Plates Charlotteâ€™s Number One Patio With Fire Pits | DJ Spinning After 9PM Beside Dicks Sporting Goods at Southpark Mall 4330 Barclay Downs Drive 28209 | 704.442.4000 WHere THE PEOPLE oF CHARLOTTE… LiVe entertianMent 3 PRIVATE DINING ROOMS TO ACCOMMODATE 10 PEOPLE TO 300 PEOPLE daiLY drinK sPeCiaLs DINE MONDAY Lobster taiLs dinner $21 HaLF PriCe bUrGers TUESDAY HaLF PriCe Martinis PriMe rib niGHt $1.25 Per oUnCe WEDNESDAY HaLF PriCe bottLes oF Wine THURSDAY HaLF PriCe aPPertiZers HAVE fUN stoneCrest - 704.543.8587 soUtHParK MaLL - 704.442.4000 CELEbRATE riVerGate - 704.504.8888 CITY-TAVERN.COM BEST All Wrapped Up (Wrap) BEST South of the Border (Mexican) LA PAZ RESTAURANT AND CANTINA La Paz Restaurant and Cantina has been a hallmark in the Charlotte restaurant community offering delicious Mexican dishes from innovative takes on favorites to the classics we all love. 1100 Metropolitan Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.6322 LaPazCharlotte.com elevate lifestyle awards dining 24 BEST Any Night Of The Week Spot MAVERICKS ROCK TACO Maverick Rock Taco is a Rock â€˜n Roll all Americana bar serving your favorite Mexican style cuisine. Located on Montford Drive in Charlotte, Maverick Rock Taco is a celebration of legendary rock â€˜n roll greats and live music 1513 Montford Dr. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.527.1400 XeniaHospitality.com BEST The Whole Pie LIBRETTOS PIZZERIA Are you and your friends in the mood for pizza? If so, Libretto’s Pizzeria is the right place! Libretto’s Pizzeria offers numerous specialty pizzas along with a full menu that includes Italian dinners, salads, soups, gyros and calzones. 210 E. Trade St., S164D Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.9088 15205 John J. Delaney Dr. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.714.1442 LibrettosPizzeria.com BEST Asian (Other Than Chinese ) ZEN ASIAN FUSION 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 ZenAsianFusion.com BEST Assortment Of Condiments THE COWFISH SUSHI BURGER BAR Finally a restaurant that has something for all you sushi lovers, and non-sushi lovers! Check out Cowfish for an awesome experience you can’t find anywhere else in town. The atmosphere is great and so is the food. 4310 Sharon Rd., SX05 Charlotte | 28211 | 704.365.1924 TheCowfish.com BEST BBQ Place MACS SPEED SHOP We Got ‘Cue. We Got Brew. Throw in good barbeque, good sides, good beer selection and good service to boot, you’ve got all the making of Mac’s Speed shop! 2511 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.522.6227 9601 Liverpool Pkwy. Cornelius | 28031 | 704.892.3554 2414 Sandy Porter Rd. Charlotte | 28273 | 704.504.8500 MacSpeedShop.com BEST Bed & Breakfast VICTORIAN VILLA BED & BREAKFAST INN Escape to Charlotte’s most tranquil bed and breakfast for a peaceful retreat. Beautiful and private, the secluded villa is located only minutes away from downtown Charlotte. Leave the stress and chaos of your daily schedule and come relax at the Victorian Villa Bed and Breakfast Inn. 10925 Windy Grove Rd. Charlotte | 28278 | 704.394.5545 VictorianVillaInn.com BEST Thing Between Two Buns THE LIBERTY The Liberty is an American Gastropub owned and operated by Matthew Pera and Chef Tom Condron. They feature an affordable menu, 20 craft beers on tap, 30 wines by the glass, best burgers in town, and Charlotte’s most comfortable bar. 1812 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.8830 TheLibertyCharlotte.com BEST Biscuits FLYING BISQUIT Great atmosphere, great food, great biscuits! This cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu that consists of unique breakfast dishes. Along with their all day breakfast menu, they have signature salads, sandwiches, and super suppers. 4241 Park Rd. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.714.3400 7930 Rea Rd., SA Charlotte | 28277 | 704.295.4440 FlyingBiscuit.com BEST Blended And Chilled CAROLINA SMOOTHIES This hidden gem offer all types of delicious smoothies, protein bars, protein shake mixes and the BEST yogurt covered pretzels! 1408 East Blvd., SD Charlotte | 28203 | 704.358.0006 BEST Brazilian Steakhouse CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE This prestigious restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The steakhouse offers a selection of 14 meats and an excellent salad bar. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting and the closest to Brazil you can get in Charlotte! 139 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.601.4141 Chima.cc 26 BEST Breakfast Nook ZADA JANES Best known for their delectable breakfast menu Zada Janes also serves lunch and dinner. This eclectic small restaurant is a plaza-midwood fave spot. 1601 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.332.3663 ZadaJanes.com BEST Buffalo As In Wings MOOSEHEAD GRILL This cozy neighborhood bar/restautant offers a family owned feel, with traditional southern comfort bar food. Great drinks and service keep you coming back for more! 1807 Montford Dr. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.4088 BEST Caribbean Soul ANNTONY’S CARIBBEAN CAFE Anntony’s brings the Caribbean taste right to you. They have numerous traditional dishes and a full bar. Anntony’s home-style Caribbean dishes are sure to leave you with a taste of Caribbean soul. 6434 W. Sugar Creek Rd., SF Charlotte | 28269 | 704.598.6863 2001 E. 7th St. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.342.0749 Anntonys.com About.com Voted BEST Bakery 2013, Readers Choice Award Elevate Lifestyle Awards Voted BEST Desserts To Go 2013 220 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203 | 704.332.5222 Facebook.com/SweetLorraines | Twitter.com/ SweetLorraines BEST Catering Your Affair SOMETHING CLASSIC Something Classic has been serving across the Carolinas since 1989 a full-service caterer, they specialize in grand openings, weddings and social events, large and small.you can also visit one of thei retail locations for coffee and chocolate croissants or enjoy lunch at their sandwich boutique. 1323 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.377.4202 SomethingClassic.com BEST Coffee House To Kick Back FABO Art, gifts, coffee, and snacks -- this café is your one stop for cultural accented relaxation. With works of art covering every corner of the café, guests are able to observe and absorb the creations of local artists. All pieces are available for purchase, and they’re always welcoming new additions. 2820 Selwyn Ave., S180 Charlotte | 28209 | 704.900.2430 FaboCafe.com BEST Chips and Salsa LOCO LIME Crunchy, fresh, hot, salty Mexican style chips and fresh Mexican style salsa? Yes please! Loco Lime it is. While waiting for your delicious food to arrive, go ahead and do a pre-spoiling event with the chips and salsa. However, be careful not to fill up, they’re addicting! 1101 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.333.7837 LocoLimeCharlotte.com BEST Comfort Food JACK BEAGLES Welcome NODA’s newest neighborhood bar. They serve fresh, never frozen burgers, dogs, cheese steaks and wings; plus fresh chopped salads, chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, daily blue plate specials, and daily drink specials that won’t hurt your wallet. 3213 N. Davidson St. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.5140 JackBeagles.com BEST Chocolates Heaven THE CHOCOLATE SECRET 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. Along with the boxed collections, they also provide other sweet treats including cake-in-a-jar, brownies, and sauces. 2935 Providence Rd., S104 Charlotte | 28211 | 704.323.8178 TheSecretChocolatier.com BEST Crepe CRISPY CREPE This comfortable café is the perfect setting to linger over breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or to satisfy mid-day munchies. The menu features a delightful selection of made-to-order Liège waffles and crêpes, both savory and sweet. There is also an extensive coffee, tea and beverage offering featuring artisan coffee roasted in North Carolina. 1436 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.4440 CrispyCrepe.com BEST Cupcake Shop POLKA DOT BAKE SHOP Feel a sweet tooth coming on? Satisfy your craving with some of the best cupcakes in town. Polka Dot Bakery offers a wide variety of cupcakes to choose from, as well as other baked treats. 1730 E. Woodlawn Rd. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.5001 PolkaDotBakeShop.com BEST Deep Fried With Out The Hole KRISPY KRÈME DOUGHNUTS These bites sized treats have been a favorite of donut lovers and fans of the popular chain. Great for on the go and also come in all different flavors and some seasonal selections as well! Multiple Locations KrispyKreme.com BEST Desserts To Go SWEET LORRAINE’S BAKERY Sweet Lorraine’s Bakery is serving sumptuous French-inspired desserts, coffee, pastries, breakfast treats and more in a comfortable, family atmosphere. 220 East Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.5222 SweetLorrainesBakery.com 30 BEST Dining On A Budget CAJUN YARD DOG Known throughout Charlotte for their fresh, delicious Louisiana Style cooking, the Cajun Yard Dog is an affordable restaurant. With selections that range from Crab Cake appetizers, to a fantastic selection of Po’boys, fresh fish, fried chicken and many more, you can afford to come back often. 8036 Providence Rd. S900 Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.1750 CajunYardDog.net BEST Dough (Bagel) EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS Einstein Bagels has been a favorite of Charlotte for many years and continues to satisfy local bagel and coffee lovers. They have a variety of bagels, ‘shmears’, juices, and coffee drinks to choose from. For good bagels and coffee, check out Einstein’s Bagels. Multiple Locations EinsteinBros.com BEST Down In The Bayou (Cajun and Creole) CAJUN QUEEN Spice things up and experience the sensation of true New Orleans cuisine. With live music, friendly service, and good food, you and your appetite won’t be disappointed! 1800 E. 7th St. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.9017 CajunQueen.net Elevate Awards Best Pizza in Charlotte 5 Years in a Row!! So good youâ€™ll forget your manners! Epicentre 210 East Trade St Ballantyne COmmons East 15205 John J Delaney Dr * * www.LibrettosPizzeria.com BEST Dressed-Up Lemonade BITE YOUR TONGUE Bite Your Tongue offers Charlotte “Gourmet-To-Go” Cajun dinners that will make your stomach happy and your soul warm. Their menu features authentic New Orleans style cuisine. Although toned down for Charlotteans’ tastes, the authentic version can be sampled just by asking for “original recipe.” 222 E. Bland St., S1A Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.5730 CharlotteCajunRestaurant.com BEST Drive Through (Fast Food) COOK OUT RESTAURANT As one of the region’s most beloved novelties, this fast food joint is not only fast, but it’s also open all night long! They serve southern favorites such as BBQ plates, burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and corn dogs. They have great hush puppies, French fries, and handmade milkshakes. Multiple Locations CookOutNC.com BEST Endless Options Buffet RU SAN’S JAPANESE SUSHI AND CUISINE Its lunch time and you know where you should be? Ru San’s, get there early if you don’t want to wait it line, because the place will be booked by noon. On the endless buffet you can choose between salads, sushi rolls, Japanese dishes and desserts. 2440 Park Rd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.374.0008 RuSansCharlotte.com BEST Finger Licking Good Chicken 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 LeroyFox.com BEST Fish and Chips BIG BENS BRITISH PUB This British pub is one of the only places in Charlotte where you can get delicious British cuisine and ale. The warm atmosphere and authentic food will transport you over the Atlantic straight to the UK. 2000 South Blvd., S530 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.817.9697 BigBenPub.com BEST French Cuisine CAFÉ MONTE FRENCH BAKERY & RESTAURANT Cafe Monte offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. their goal has always been to be your neighborhood “Escape from the Everyday.” With a value-driven menu, farm-totable specialties and a gourmet approach, THEY MAKE quality French food 6700 Fairview Rd. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.552.1116 CafeMonte.net BEST French Fries EAST BLVD BAR AND GRILL This restaurant is known for a casual atmosphere with a simple menu made from fresh ingredients. It is a true “neighborhood place”. They are marking their place in the community not only through great food, cold drinks and great service; but with a commitment to keeping the neighborhood tradition that started in 1985. 1315 East Blvd., S130 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.2414 EBBAndG.com BEST Fresh As Can Be Delicatessen COMMON MARKET A modern twist on the general stores of past, the common market offers fresh deli sandwichs’ 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 CommonMarketIsGood.com BEST Frozen Yogurt CHERRY BERRY CherryBerry Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt offers over 50 premium rotating healthy and fat-free frozen yogurt flavors and over 50 toppings. At CherryBerry, the possibilities are endless. Simply swirl it, top it, weigh it, pay for it. CherryBerry gives the fun to people by allowing them to create their own frozen yogurt. 1100 Metropolitan Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.375.9999 CherryBerryYogurtBar.com BEST Gnocchi VIVACE Located in the Metropolitan area of Charlotte, Vivace serves a full menu of Italian favorites. They also have a full bar and the interior decor is very stylish. Vivace’s dishes are some of the best Italian dishes around especially their gnocchi. 1100 Metropolitan Ave., S100 Charlotte | 28204 | 704.370.7755 VivaceCharlotte.com BEST Gourmet Restaurant FAVORITE Restaurant That Open in 2012 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., S8 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.919.1322 5Church.com BEST Greek Opal GREEK ISLES “Once you go Greek, it’s every night of the week!” With many Greek specialty dishes to choose from that each originate from different parts of Greece, Greek Isles Restaurant does an excellent job of bringing a taste of Greece to Charlotte. 200 E. Bland St. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.444.9000 GreekIslesRestaurant.com 33 BEST Group Outing NIKKO RESTAURANT 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 NikkoSushiBar.net BEST Health Food Market HOME ECONOMIST (HEALTHY HOME MARKET) Their original location opened its doors almost 34 years ago 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. Proudly their products are locally owned and locally grown! Multiple Locations HEMarket.com BEST Hot Dog JJ RED HOTS JJ’s Red Hots is focused on showing the humble hot dog some respect serving premium quality Sahlen’s Smokehouse Hot Dogs, served on a toasted Martin’s Potato Roll. 1514 East Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 980.225.8880 JJsRedHots.com 34 BEST Ice Cream ELIZABETH CREAMERY Are you in need of a wonderful treat? This neighborhood favorite creamery offers homemade ice cream with 48 different flavors! They also have milkshakes, malts, smoothies, cakes and pies. 1601 Elizabeth Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.7776 BEST Indian Cuisine COOPER RESTAURANT Without losing a single spice from the ancient Indian traditions, Copper brings you a dining experience that is distinctly modern and delightfully upscale. Intimate seating, contemporary Indian art and music, top-shelf spirits, and a superb wine list are a few examples of the Copper experience. 311 East Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.0063 CopperRestaurant.com BEST Kingdom Of Thai THAI TASTE When 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 ThaiTasteCharlotte.com Come Check Out Our Newly Renovated Dining Room and Expanded Lounge Area! CHARLOTTEâ€™S BEST UPSCALE JAPANESE SUSHI BAR AND LOUNGE Now Serving Sushi Till 2am Friday and Saturday NOW BOOKING CORPORATE AND HOLIDAY PARTIES Please call 704.334.0009 to make your reservation now! Mon. - Wed. 11:30am - 10:30pm | Thur. 11:30am - 12am Fri. 11:30am - 2am | Sat. 12pm - 2am 1100 E Metropolitan Ave S120 P i s c e s S u s h i . c o m BLiPisces@gmail.com BEST Korean MIYAGI’S KOREAN BARBEQUE 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 MiyagisNoDa.com BEST Lakeside Dining NORTH HARBOR CLUB Fresh Creative Food with friendly outgoing service that is complemented by the waterfront ambience of Lake Norman. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and also 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 NorthHarborClub.com BEST Late Night Eats MADDIES DINNER Matties is a neighborhood 24 hour diner (Thursday Morn ‘til Sun night) that is here for all to enjoy their menu that can spark a nostalgia with a soda shop feel, they offer breakfast, luch and dinner at this former Bound Brook, NJ eatery… literally because they move it! Open seven days a week. 915 Hamilton St. Charlotte | 28206 | 704.376.1020 About.me/mattiesdiner 36 BEST Latino Other Than Mexican CABO FISH TACO This popular eatery 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 Fish Taco combines coastal Mexican cuisine with a unique healthy California feel. 3201 N. Davidson St. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.332.8868 CaboFishTaco.com BEST Little Known Restaurant 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 AlMikesTavern.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. It’s a true seasonal dining experience. 500 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.910.0865 HalcyonFlavors.com Every Hour is Happy Hour at The French Quarter One of Uptown’s Oldest Establishments “Serving Charlotte Since 1978” Daily Drink and Food Specials Open Monday through Friday 11am - 9pm Kitchen Open Till 10pm on Friday’s Bar Open Till Last Call LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY’S KICKS OFF AT 6PM - NO COVER 321 S. Church St. 704.377.7415 Located in Historical Brevard Court BEST Lots Of Noodles (Italian) FIAMMA’S RESTAURANT Fiamma’s Italian Restaurant has been serving up award winning Northern Italian style food for several years now in Dilworth. you can expect to find homemade pastas, rustic meat dishes, fresh unique salads, fresh fish, made from scratch desserts, great Italian wine selection, friendly service, and fair prices. This is a true taste of Italy. 2418 Park Rd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.3062 Fiamma-Restaurant.com BEST Low-Carb Lunch ENERGY CAFÉ This joint is perfect for those who are carb-conscious. You won’t be able to find an easier place to grab a tasty, healthy, low-carb meal along with a tasty beverage. They use only whole unprocessed ingredients and organic products whenever possible. 101 S. Tryon St., S1 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.910.1094 550 S. Tryon St., S120 Charlotte | 28202 | 980.355.0240 EnergyCafeCharlotte.com 38 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., SG Charlotte | 28203 | 704.371.8984 7828 Rea Rd., SB Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.1234 KabobGrill.com BEST Most Inviting Ambiance BONTERRA DINING & WINE ROOM Bonterra Dining & Wine Room boasts an elegant, casual setting. Located in the heart of the historic Southend District near Uptown Charlotte, Bonterra is a unique establishment rich with ambience and flavor. Bonterra’s interior manages to blend the original architectural features of its historic building tastefully with modern additions. 1829 Cleveland Ave. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.9463 BonterraDining.com BEST No Flesh Vegetarian FERN FLAVORS FROM THE GARDEN This unique niche in the Charlotte community is a dining haven to please both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian palate. Though the entire menu is meat free, meat eaters will still enjoy the fresh, seasonal dishes that are crafted to perfection. 1323 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.377.1825 FernFlavors.com thANk you ChArlotte for votiNg us Best MexiCAN & Best Burrito! geAr uP for the Best CiNCo de MAyo PArty MAy 4th & 5th! 1100 Metropolitan Ave | Charlotte NC 28204 for reservAtioNs CAll 704.332.6322 No reservAtioNs MAy 4th or 5th lAPAzChArlotte.CoM like us on FAVORITE Restaurant In Ballantyne ILLIOS NOCHE Ilios Noche Restaurant welcomes you to our open, fun upscale Greek and Italian ... bar lounge area with a cocktail scene in South Charlotte that you will love! 11508 Providence Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.814.9882 XeniaHospitality.com FAVORITE Restaurant In Dilworth PIO PIO RESTAURANT Pio Pio serves authentic Peruvian, Colombian, Spanish & Latin American cuisine in a uniquely decorated setting. This Latin American restaurant will impress you with its quaint atmosphere and will excite your tastebuds. 1408 East Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.379.1911 PioPioNC.com FAVORITE Restaurant In South End SULIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a vibrant neighborhood American Steakhouse featuring the finest steaks, seafood, hand-shaken martinis and live music. 1928 South Blvd. S200 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.335.8228 SullivansSteakhouse.com 40 FAVORITE Restaurant In Lake Norman MICKEY & MOOCH They can best be described as a high energy, upscale restaurant with a sense of opulence. Both locations boast a casually elegant atmosphere where guests can escape to enjoy a fine meal at an exceptional price. Their menu offers a delicious variety of choices PRIME steaks to fresh seafood, chicken and pasta. And for those who enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, we offer an extensive selection, from the house white to Opus One. 8128 Providence Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.8080 9723 Sam Furr Rd. Huntersville | 28078 | 704.895.6654 MickeyAndMooch.com FAVORITE Restaurant In Myers Park NAPA ON PROVIDENCE Napa is arguably the most famous wine making region in the world. It’s more than just a place though. It’s a style, an esthetic and a feeling. It’s simple, rustic and earthy but it’s also a place that creates the most sophisticated and timeless pleasures the world has ever known. This also defines their restaurant! 110 Perrin Pl. Charlotte | 28207 | 704.900.8535 NapaOnProvidence.com FAVORITE Restaurant In NoDa HEIST BREWERY Located in historic Highland Park Mill, Heist Brewery is a contemporary brewpub where bold, exquisite and unexpected culinary combinations are the norm. Besides the award winning handcrafted beers and made from scratch sodas, Heist also offers an array of Artisan breads, shared plates and wood fired specialties 2909 N. Davidson St. S200 Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8260 HeistBrewery.com FAVORITE Restaurant In Plaza/Midwood PECULIAR RABBIT Primarily pub food with a twist The peculiar rabbit features tasty dishes such as Asian-inspired dishes , Southern dishes and a must mention, their namesake dish a cabernet-and-spice-braised rabbit. With a beer selection that includes twenty-four craft beers on tap, including several local brews. 1801 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.9197 ThePeculiarRabbit.com FAVORITE Restaurant In 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. 14142 Rivergate Pkwy. Charlotte | 28273 | 704.504.8888 7828 E. Rea Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.8587 4331 Barclay Downs Dr. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.442.4000 City-Tavern.com FAVORITE Restaurant In University FIREWATER RESTAURANT & BAR Enjoy an evening of casual dining prepared by Firewater’s highly skilled chefs. All items are freshly prepared with their own unique recipes and the menu is updated on a regular basis to incorporate, new and innovative dishes. 8708 JW Clay Blvd. Charlotte | 28262 | 704.549.0050 FirewaterCharlotte.com FAVORITE Restaurant In Uptown BERNARDIN’S RESTAURANT Bernardin’s Fine Dining is renowned for its impeccable service, elegant atmosphere and sophisticated, succulent cuisine. Relax and enjoy soothing music, inviting accommodations, unbelievable entrees, house specialty desserts and an extensive wine list. 435 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.3188 BernardinsFineDining.com BEST On Four Wheels (Food Truck) ROAMING FORK Welcome to the “Bistro on Wheels”. Some of the most satisfying food in America can now be found curbside, offering tasty dishes such as Fried Deviled Eggs, Truffle Essence/Parmesan Herb French Fries Voted best in Charlotte, the Porky Sandwich or their Ooey Gooey grilled cheese. They also use as many local ingredients as possible so daily menu may change accordingly. Charlotte | 321.229.1485 RoamingFork.net BEST Outdoor Dining With A View DRESSLERS RESTAURANT Dressler’s is that classic restaurant where guests could revel in warm ambiance; dine sumptuously all the while feeling like they had been invited in as part of the family Great for outdoor dining! 1100 Metropolitan Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.909.6295 8630 Lindholm Dr., S1A Huntersville | 28078 | 704.987.1779 DresslersRestaurant.com BEST Pies on Wheels FUEL PIZZA Running out of fuel and need to fill up? Look no further than FUEL Pizza. Your perfect pie is their mission. With an extensive list of fresh ingredients, you can enjoy your favorite comfort food in the comfort of your home. Multiple Locations FuelPizza.com BEST Overall Menu ROOSTERS New Southern cuisine, locally sourced from farm-to-table, casual fine dining, excellent wines, housemade charcuterie and local beer. 6601 Morrison Blvd. Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.8688 150 N. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.370.7667 RoostersKitchen.com FAVORITE Restaurant For Groups DANDELION 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 Dandelionmarketcharlotte.com BEST Restaurant To Network In RUTH CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Ruth Chris’ Uptown Offers a prime steakhouse experience to excite the senses with signature steaks, specialty entrees and desserts. They also feature private dining for Lunch seminars, awards ceremonies and networking receptions, and can make sure guests are satisfied and business runs smoothly from start to finish. 222 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.338.9444 6000 Fairview Rd. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.556.1115 RuthsChris.com BEST Roll It Up PISCES SUSHI BAR AND LOUNGE Located at the Metropolitan, this sushi bar and 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 PiscesSushi.com BEST Sake Selection ENSO ASIAN BISTRO AND SUSHI BAR Enso’s sushi is unrivaled in the Southeast due to their attention to detail and unique flavor profiles. Their skilled chefs are obsessed with the highest quality and freshest fish available – this is apparent in the first bite. 210 E. Trade St., S108A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.3676 EnsoCharlotte.com BEST Serbian INTERMEZZO PIZZARIA 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 | 704.375.2578 IntermezzoPizzeria.com 44 BEST Served On A Tortilla (Tacos) PACO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA Enjoy big Texas flavor in the South Park neighborhood at one of Charlotte’s favorite taco joints. Founded by restaurateurs Frank Scibelli and Dennis Thompson, the restaurant serves a menu of Tex-Mex favorites made with the freshest quality ingredients. 6401 Morrison Blvd., S8A Charlotte | 28211 | 704.716.8226 PacosTacosAndTequila.com BEST Signature Appetizer GOAT CHEESE, 300 EAST 300 East is an independent, familyowned casual dining establishment that serves creative American-Eclectic cuisine in a fun and quirky setting. 300 East Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.6507 300East.net BEST Soul Food MERTS HEART & SOUL If you’re lookin’ for soul food, you’ve found the right place. Mert’s has been serving up some of the best southern soul food in Charlotte for years. 214 N. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.342.4222 MertsCharlotte.com BEST Special Occasion MCNINCH HOUSE RESTAURANT Located in a turn of the century Victorian home, the McNinch House serves classically prepared, inventively presented gourmet cuisine with the finest seasonal ingredients available. They feature grass-fed free-range meat and wild game, line-caught dayboat seafood and organic produce. 511 N. Church St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.6159 McNinchHouseRestaurant.com BEST Steak (Meat and Potatoes) BEEF & BOTTLE Searching for the perfect steak without breaking the bank? Beef & Bottle has got you covered. Their classic steak roadhouse fare is served in an old fashioned early 60’s steak roadhouse setting. Find here a fatty, hearty, satisfying splurge enjoyed by a small army of regulars. 4538 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.9977 BeefAndBottle.com BEST Sunday Brunch BISTRO LA BON This eatery offers exceptionally tasteful Mediterranean and European cuisine. They have a brunch, lunch and dinner menu with a full bar. Bistro La Bon shops locally to purchase their produce from local farmers markets. 1322 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.4646 BistroLaBon.com 46 BEST Surf’n’Turf UPSTREAM The day’s freshest catch is turned into innovative, spectacular cuisine each night at Upstream. The restaurant’s award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine is matched only by its innovative wine list and cool, soothing ambience. 6902 Phillips Place Ct. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.556.7730 HarpersGroup.com BEST Sweet Tea MCALISTER’S DELI There’s nothing like an ice cold glass of sweet tea on a hot summer’s day. Next time you’re craving the refreshment of ice cold sweet tea, stop by McAlister’s and satisfy that craving. Enjoy! Multiple Locations McAlistersDeli.com BEST Take Out HAWTHORNE’S NEW YORK PIZZA Craving a good take-out pizza? Try Hawthorne’s New York Pizza. Their pizza is New York style and hand tossed. Hawthorne’s has fast and good service, a great atmosphere, and a great lunch and dinner menu, with a full bar. 1701 E. 7th St. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.358.9339 5814 Prosperity Church Rd. Charlotte | 28269 | 704.875.8502 4100 Carmel Rd., SA Charlotte | 28226 | 704.544.0299 HawthornesPizza.com BEST Tall Glass Of Milk (Milkshakes) PIKE’S SODA SHOP Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop and fine diner is located in the heart of Southend. located right by the light rail at Tremont Street. 1930 Camden Rd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.372.0092 PikesSodaShop.com BEST Tapas GOOD FOOD ON MONTFORD This tapas inspired restaurant has a distinct focus on local and organic products, comfortably humble decor, and undeniable passion. These components come together to only be described as Good Food on Montford. 1701 Montford Dr. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.0881 GoodFoodOnMontford.com BEST Tastiest Bar Food HICKORY TAVERN Their unique brand of casual dining, lively bar atmosphere, and sports enthusiasm provides the perfect destination no matter what the time of day. Plus, with numerous area locations, there is sure to be one close by! Multiple Locations TheHickoryTavern.com 48 BEST Tasty Side Dishes BLT STEAK, RITZ CARLTON Bistro Laurent Tourondel (BLT) has redefined steakhouse dining with prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a wide variety of tempting side dishes, and classic American dessert favorites.This unique Charlotte steakhouse integrates traditional elements of a cozy French Bistro with those of a stylish, urbane boîte. 110 N. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.972.4380 RitzCarlton.com BEST The Freshest Catch (Seafood) CLEAN CATCH Clean Catch you’ll find fresh seafood from wild salmon, sushi-grade walu to little-neck clams and will never sell you fish that isn’t absolutely fresh. 2820 Selwyn Ave. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.333.1212 CleanCatchFish.com BEST The Other Wrap (Burrito) PHAT BURRITO This South End favorite 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 415 Hawthorne Ln. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.494.7474 PhatBurrito.com BEST To Die For Desserts CRAVE DESSERT BAR The best spot in Charlotte for the best desserts! Crave has numerous delicious sweet treats to offer their customers, promising nothing but satisfaction! It’s guaranteed that after one of Crave’s sweet treats, you’ll be coming back for more. 500 W. 5th St., S120 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.335.0588 CraveDessertBar.com BEST Vietnamese LANG VAN With a menu full of diverse and authentic choices such as flavorful meats, and curry dishes; Lang Van uses great fresh ingredients and are also vegetarian friendly. 3019 Shamrock Dr. Charlotte | 28215 | 704.531.9525 50 BEST Toppings For Your Pie MELLOW MUSHROOM This memorable eatery is more than just pizza and beer. They seek to provide you with an experience filled with colorful art, eclectic music and food that comforts your soul. Eat, drink, and mellow out. 14835 Ballantyne Village Way Charlotte | 28277 | 704.369.5300 2820 Selwyn Ave., S100 Charlotte | 28209 | 704.966.7499 MellowMushroom.com BEST Traditional Diner 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 MidnightDinerCharlotte.com BEST Wok On The Wild Side (Chinese) TAIPEI EXPRESS Serving Chinese “classics” and favorites such as Sesame Chicken, Orange Chicken, and General Chicken Taipei Express, keeps customers coming back with their low prices and excellent service! 731 Providence Rd. Charlotte | 28207 | 704.334.2288 TaipeiExpressClt.com BEST Worth Tipping (Best Service In Town) THE PALM At The Palm, our philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations. Still owned and operated by members of the Bozzi and Ganzi families, The Palm continues to serve as a second home for countless patrons, thanks to the exceptional standard of hospitality established by our founders. 6705 Phillips Place Ct. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.552.7256 ThePalm.com 52 BEST Your Local Lunch Spot COMMON MARKET Hands down, Common Market is the best place in Charlotte to get a sandwich and a beer. Their breads and vegetables are always fresh and they use Boar’s Head meats, which makes it even better. 2007 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.6209 1515 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.7782 CommonMarketIsGood.com elevate lifestyle awards entertainment 54 BEST Arcade DAVE AND BUSTER’S Escape into play at Dave and Buster’s, the only place serving wings and New York Strip, featuring a Million Dollar Midway, and offering the best happy hour around. And don’t forget to try the latest interactive video games featured in their arcade! 8361 Concord Mills Blvd. Concord | 28027 | 704.979.1700 DaveAndBusters.com BEST Bowling Alley STRIKECITY Take a load off at Charlotte’s favorite bowling alley! Not only is it a great place to bowl, but it is a fun place to hang out and relax with friends. Enjoy every sport imaginable on their plasma screen televisions. Make it a night full of eating, drinking, and, of course, bowling at StrikeCity. 210 E. Trade St., S164D Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.9300 StrikeCityCharlotte.com BEST Bus Company RAGIN UPTOWN Whether it’s a birthday celebration, corporate function, prom, wedding, bachelor party, or just a good ol’ fashion get down, Ragin Uptown is the fun and affordable choice for all of your transportation needs! Charlotte | 704.451.7433 RaginUptown.com BEST CD Store MANIFEST DISC Manifest Disc carries more than just the widest range of music on CD and vinyl; they have a plethora of movies, games, memorabilia and clothing. Manifest is a one-stop-shop for all of your listening and viewing needs, wants and desires. 6239 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.552.8448 ManifestDisc.com FAVORITE Club DJ DJ BOSS AUSTIN Brian DJ Boss Austin has worked at DJ Boss Austin, studied at State University of New York at Fredonia, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is from Moravia, New York His favorite quotations are: “Life’s a race, and I’m in it to win it” and “don’t try to understand me, just love me”. Facebook.com/DJBossAustin FAVORITE Concert of 2012 KISSMAS, THE FILLMORE CHARLOTTE KISSMASS is put on by KISS 95.1 and year after year it’s keeps getting better and better. This year’s lineup was Psy, Cher Lloyd, Cody Simpson, Conor Maynard, and Rita Ora. Once again it was a sold out concert. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Charlotte | 28206 | 704.916.8970 FillmoreCharlotteNC.com BEST Concert Venue < 400 People AMOS’ SOUTHEND Located in South End, Amos’ hosts a wide range of musical and entertainment acts. The venue is suitable for larger crowds, with the second floor wrapping around the stage/dance floor. Whether you want to sit back at the bar or jam out on the dance floor, Amos’ Southend has a place for everyone. 1423 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.377.6874 AmosSouthend.com BEST Concert Venue > 400 People THE FILLMORE CHARLOTTE 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 FillmoreCharlotteNC.com BEST Cue And Ball Pool Hall ELIZABETH BILLIARDS Over in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, you’ll find a special place where people meet, drink, play pool and have a great time. A watering hole for locals, Elizabeth Billiards is a community favorite. 1400 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.342.2663 BEST Day Tripping BEST Thing In Charlotte To Show Out of Town Guests US National White Water Center USNWC is home to the world’s largest, man-made whitewater river, offering premier outdoor activities with: whitewater rafting and kayaking, flat-water kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines, team building and rope courses. 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Charlotte | 28214 | 704.391.3900 USNWC.org BEST Dining With Entertainment 10 PARK LANES 10 Park Lanes has a new restaurant featuring BBQ and comfort food. They want the quality of the food to be so good that people will come for lunch or dinner even if they are not going to bowl. There are two different bars, one being Charlotte’s first Moonshine Bar. 1700 Montford Dr. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.7633 RollTen.com 56 BEST Electronics Store HH GREGG The H.H. Gregg company was founded on April 15, 1955, in Indianapolis, Indiana by Henry Harold Gregg and his wife Fansy. The business was founded on caring customer service. Shoppers enjoyed the personal service and attention to detail the store offered, and as a result, HH Gregg has prospered. Multiple Locations HHGregg.com BEST Hear Live Jazz BLUE RESTAURANT AND BAR Blue Restaurant is a sophisticated restaurant that offers flavors from around the Mediterranean region. Their multicultural menu will take your taste buds on a whirlwind tour. Once you have enjoyed your dinner sit back and relax and listen to some great Jazz. 206 N. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.927.2583 BlueCharlotte.com BEST Limousine Company FIVE STAR LIMOUSINE Five Star Limousine is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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. 10621 Park Rd. Charlotte | 704.541.0508 YLimo.com facials threading waxing it is the smallest moments that revive the spirit and recapture your glow. “awarding winning spa” voted Best waxer, facial, and esthetician in charlotte. 6324 Fairview Road, Suite 103 | Directly Across From SouthPark Mall Charlotte, NC 28210 | 803.493.0637 | lepetitspacharlotte.com FAVORITE Local Male Vocalist KYLE CUMMINGS Growing up with mom playing Diamond records and raised playing classical piano and guitar, a Neil Diamond show was almost inevitable for Kyle. As a natural baritone with a hint of rasp in his voice, even Kyle’s speaking voice emulates the real Neil! SamHillsBand.com FAVORITE Local News Station FOX CHARLOTTE (WCCB) One of Charlotte’s top news station, they deliver news consistently every day. Join them in the morning for Fox News Rising, and Fox News Edge in the evenings. FOXCharlotte.com FAVORITE Local TV Newscast FOX NEWS RISING, FOX CHARLOTTE (WCCB) FOXCharlotte.com FAVORITE Local TV Anchor (Female) CHRISTINE NOEL, FOX CHARLOTTE (WCCB) Christine Noel is a Co-host and reporter for Fox’s 4-hour morning show, “Fox News Rising.” FOXCharlotte.com FAVORITE Local TV Anchor (Male) DEREK JAMES, FOX CHARLOTTE (WCCB) FOX News Rising Co-Host/Staff Meteorologist Derek James has been a part of the FOX Charlotte team since January of 2005. FOXCharlotte.com FAVORITE Local TV Meteorologist TERA BLAKE, FOX CHARLOTTE (WCCB) Tera Blake has been waking up with you on Fox News Rising as your Morning Meteorologist with Fox Charlotte since October of 2007. FOXCharlotte.com FAVORITE Local TV Sportscaster KELLI BARTIK, FOX CHARLOTTE (WCCB) Kelli Bartik brings us the latest from the world of sports throughout the week on Fox News at 10 and co-hosts Fox Got Game with Bruce Snyder on Sunday nights at 10:30. FOXCharlotte.com FAVORITE Drive Home Radio Show OTIS, THE O SHOW KISS 95.1 KISS 95.1’s Otis has the country’s most popular music spinning every day from 3 to 7 p.m. He engages his listeners with hilarious questions and urges callers to share their responses. He also talks about current events and gossip in the entertainment industry by putting his own slightly inappropriate spin on it. 1520 S. Boulevard, S300 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.570.9595 Kiss951.com FAVORITE Morning Radio Show DREX AND MANEY MORNINGS KISS 95.1 The “Drex & Maney Mornings Show” is a Memphis import, their show kicked off in 2012 here in Charlotte. Their dynamic is that opposites attract, both say. Drex is the man in the moment, who likes to focus on making sure the here-and-now, is going well. Maney is the left-brain guy who likes to dream up the skits and take a laid-back approach to the split-second business of radio. DrexAndManey.com KISS951.com FAVORITE Radio Station Personality CASSIDAY WITH THE DREX & MANEY MORNINGS, KISS 95.1 Cassiday Proctor is a well-known local radio and TV personality. Proctor is known for being a part of the “Drex & Maney” morning team at WNKSFM (Kiss 95.1). She arrived from an Austin station in May and has also recently been named the new host for “Fox News Edge,” which is now in its 11th year (WCCB, Channel 18).She is very outgoing, personable, and well received by the listeners in the Charlotte market. KISS951.com 60 FAVORITE Sports Radio Show O.T.B. (ON THE BEAT), BRETT JENSEN WFNZ 610 AM Brett Jensen is a long time sports writer that now has a daily radio show. He offers a unique perspective and also discusses hot topic social issues as it relates to sports. WFNZ.com FAVORITE Mid Day Radio Show KELLY MCKAY, 107.9 THE LINK The Kelly McKay Show, on 107.9 The Link in Charlotte, is a music based, content driven, interactive radio program that is just plain FUN! Kelly’s quirky personality, and blatantly honest nature, constantly provides for surprising and entertaining listening, and is work place friendly! Listen to her weekdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. (est) or on-line using the link above. TheKellyMcKayShow.com 1079TheLink.com FAVORITE Talk Radio Show BOB & SHERI SHOW, 107.9 THE LINK The Bob and Sheri Show is a syndicated U.S. radio program hosted by Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch at radio station WLNK. The show is owned by Greater Media and runs live on over 60 nationwide affiliates from 6 to 10 AM ET BobAndSheri.com 1079TheLink.com FAVORITE Local Female Vocalist LIZETTE TOTILLO It seems that many years ago, Bluemonday had a dream of forming an 80’s resurrection band. A band that played all the really cool and fun music of the 1980s. Songs that made you feel really good from an era where the music smiled, the costumes smiled and so did the performers. Lizette Totillo fronts the Bluemonday band. BlueMonday.com BEST Neighborhood Festival FESTIVAL IN THE PARK Since 1964, Festival in the Park has been bringing good music, good art and good times to Charlotteans and visitors from around the world. The sounds of “big band music” drift across Freedom Park’s lake whose still surface reflects the lights strung from Camelot exhibit tents. 1409 E. Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.338.1060 FestivalInThePark.org BEST Movie Theatre CINEBARRE MOVIE THEATHRE Cinebarre caters to an adult clientele and strives to offer an entertaining and mature environment. 8008 Providence Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.4582 Cinebarre.com BEST Non Concert Venue to Hear Live Music HEIST BREWERY Heist Brewery is Charlotte’s newest contemporary brewpub in the NoDa Neighborhood. At Heist, bold, exquisite and unexpected culinary combinations are the norm. Aside from our award winning handcrafted beers and made from scratch sodas, Heist will also offer an array of Artisan breads, shared plates and wood fired specialties. 2909 N Davidson St., S200 Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8250 HeistBrewery.com FAVORITE Party DJ DJ DIRTY For Chad Robbins, 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. Facebook.com/DJDirtyUSA BEST Place To Drop A Grand… Fast 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 MensClub.com BEST The Place To Pimp Your Ride DIRTY SOUTH CUSTOM Dirty South Customs is the premier place to customize the vehicle of your dreams. Dirty South Customs lets you use your creativity, by letting you customize wheels online in different colors to get a visual for what they would look like in person. 2639 Wilkinson Blvd. Charlotte | 28208 | 704.393.5050 DirtySouthWheels.com BEST Racing School RICHARD PETTY RACING SCHOOL For all you adrenaline junkies out there, the Richard Petty Driving Experience is exactly what you need. This driving school offers two different but equally exhilarating experiences. Get behind the wheel and pretend you are a rookie driver at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. 6022 Victory Ln. Concord | 28027 | 800.237.3889 DrivePetty.com BEST Ritziest Gala to Attend CHARLOTTE BARTENDER’S BALL This annual semi-formal charity event is one of Charlotte’s biggest. This 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 Men’s Club. Charlotte | 704.231.9700 CharlotteBartendersBall.com 62 BEST Sporting Event CHARLOTTE CHECKERS GAME The Charlotte checkers are the farm team for the Carolina Hurricanes and are part of the American Hockey League. Time Warner Arena 333 East Trade St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.342.4424 GoCheckers.com BEST The Know It All - Place for Trivia 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 KennedysCharlotte.com COmING IN JUNE 2013 vanity glow Demographics Of Elevate Lifestyle Readers Female 55.4% | Male 44.6% Age: 21-27: 25.5% 28-34: 45.2% | 35-44: 29.3% Annual Income: Less than $35K: 2.2% Between $35k-$54,999: 31.7% Above $55K+: 56.1% Psychographics Of Elevate Lifestyle Readers Dine out 3x a week: 90.2% Go out for drinks 3x a week: 67.1% Order drinks by brand name: 68.3% Order beers by brand name: 81.7% Are credit card users: 81.7% Frequent nightclubs/lounges 73.2% Attend sporting events 93.9% FOR STRATEGIC ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS ISSUE: Please Contact Us At 980.475.8600 adv@ElevateLifestyle.com BEST The Last Laugh Comedy Club COMEDY ZONE CHARLOTTE This comedy club is home to non-stop laughs, good food and great service! Come check out celebrity acts such as Pauly Shore, Rob Schneider and Ralphie May. 900 Seaboard St., S3B Charlotte | 28206 | 980.321.4702 CLTComedyZone.com 17044 Kenton Dr. Cornelius | 28031 | 704.895.1782 LKNComedyZone.com BEST Value In Entertainment 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., S308A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.936.4695 HowlAtTheMoon.com 64 BEST Video/DVD Rentals VISART VIDEO They are often asked, what is VisArt? They are the last remaining independent video store of Charlotte. They have over 33,000 titles. The store is organized by genre and sub-genre to make it easy to find what you want and to make browsing more interesting. 1946 E. 7th St. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.343.3031 VisArtVideo.org ArTisTs There will be local, national and international artists. Paintings, Metal Work, Pen & Pencil Drawing and Photography. Proceeds To Benefit to BeAT Ms Thursday, May 3 from 5pm - 9pm The event is open to the public, there will be wine, beer, and passed hors dâ€™oeuvres. Uptown Arts | 127 N. Tryon St., S232 | Charlotte 28202 704.887.9742 | UptownArts.net THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS The Ivey's Building | Uptown corner of 5th and Tryon Sts. 127 North Tryon Street S232 | Charlotte, NC 28202 UptownArts.net Twitter.com/UptownArtsLLC | Instagram.com/UptownArtsLLC Voted BEST Tattoo Parlor in Charlotte elevate lifestyle awards fashion 68 BEST Accessories Store JORDANOS The store is an upscale contemporary men’s and women’s fashion boutique where they offer a fine selection of designer apparel, shoes, and accessories. Jordanos is the best boutique for men because the clothing is wearable and cutting edge. 14021 Conlan Cir., SB5 Charlotte│28277│704.543.8800 ShopJordanos.com BEST Boutique For The Price BEST Hand Bag To Hold FAB’RIK CHARLOTTE Great atmosphere, amazing prices (under $100), and the employees are all so helpful. The kids lounge area is perfect so you can shop with my little one. You feel like you are in a really high end boutique but everything is family/wallet friendly. Such a fresh shop for Charlotte! 7808 Rea Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.541.6065 FabrikCharlotte.com BEST Alterations To Fit ANNA’S ALTERATIONS Do you need your wedding dress altered for your special day? Do you have a leather garment that needs the zipper replaced? Anna’s Alterations is your best choice. They are the leaders in the industry when it comes to a variety of garment alteration services for both men and women. Multiple Locations AnnasAlterationsCharlotte.com BEST Barber Shop For Him CITY BARBER’S UPTOWN City Barbers goal is to give the best haircut in Charlotte! By providing excellent customer service, a friendly, laid back atmosphere & a great hair cut at a reasonable price, we are well on our way to achieving this goal. 100 N. Tryon St., S275 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.887.9736 8742 Arbor Creek Dr. Charlotte | 28269 | 704.875.1501 CityBarbersAtUptown.com BEST Below Freezing (Winter Clothing) ALPINE SKI SHOP Alpine Ski Center is known for its great selection of ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories. Some of the top brands carried in the store include The North Face, Roxy, Quicksilver and many more. 1501 East Blvd. Charlotte│28203│704.332.2824 AlpineSkiCenter.com BEST Boutique For Her LIPP BOUTIQUE Lipp Boutique carries cutting-edge, fashion-forward lines that appeal to the most fashion savvy gal. With labels ranging from the up-and-coming to the alreadyarrived designer, every Lipp gal can find a new addition to their wardrobe they will absolutely love. 1111 Metropolitan Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.370.2440 16836 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., SE Huntersville | 28078 | 704.655.1243 LippBoutique.com BEST Boutique That Open in 2012 BLUSH BOUTIQUE Welcome to Blush Boutique, your one time stop for contemporary ladies apparel and accessories! At Blush they are always keeping up with the latest fashion trends, offering a unique mix of fashion & accessories, with a range of price points & styles regardless of age or budget. 1504 Camden Rd., S100 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.375.7585 ShopAtBlush.com 69 BEST Bridal Boutique NEW YORK BRIDE & GROOM From simple wedding dresses to elegant bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and wedding dress accessories, the bridal shop of choice for Charlotte, NC is New York Bride and Groom. 4618 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.529.6400 NYBride.com BEST Buy Makeup IMPACT COLOR COSMECTICS The idea behind iMpact Color Cosmetics was to reflect the company’s philosophy of simplicity in their packaging and presentation. iMpact Color Cosmetics is recognized by its chic minimalism and its iconic “i” found on each product. You can find the iMpact Glam Studio located inside Shine Salon, where you can pick up any of the awesome products. 1819 E. 7th St. Charlotte│28204│704.334.3211 iMpactColorCosmetics.com FAVORITE Chicest Local Designer LUIS MACHICAO, LUIS MACHICAOCOUTURE Luis Machicao developed a passion for runways and began showing his collections in fashion shows internationally. The Machicao Style is a definition of classic with just a touch of Avant Garde. Recently, he presented his Spring-Summer 2011 collection at New York’s fashion week. LuisMachicao.com 70 BEST Consignment Shop (Men) BEST Top If Off - Hat Store REVOLVE UPSCALE MEN’S CONSIGNMENT They offer fashion-savvy men a new and affordable way to shop, while also giving them a chance to make money by consigning the clothes they no longer wear. Check out the large selection of high-end and designer labels at Revolve. 1222 East Blvd. Charlotte│28203│704.817.7845 RevolveCharlotte.com BEST Consignment Shop (Women) BEST Sure Fire Bet (Place You Can Always Count On) JT POSH The boutique offers a blend of consigned couture and brand new accessories and gifts to guarantee a satisfying shopping experience for every woman with every style. JT Posh remains an ever changing tribute to contemporary fashion and eliminates the need to overspend. 2400 Park Rd., S2A Charlotte│28203│704.375.1334 JTPosh.com BEST Coolest Kick Selection STASH HOUSE BOUTIQUE Stash House boutique is Charlotte’s new hot spot with 100% authentic, rare and exclusive sneakers, street wear and hats. Come see their collection today at Charlotte’s Uptown EpiCentre. 210 E. Trade St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.8115 StashBoutique.com BEST Costume Jewelry HAND PICKED Charlotte’s most delightful jewelry shop has grown from a simple idea to a very successful retail establishment. Not your typical jewelry store, every product sold in Hand Picked is specifically selected or custom-designed exclusively for this unique Charlotte retailer. 1721 Kenilworth Ave. Charlotte│28203│704.334.2037 8040 Providence Rd., S600 Charlotte│28277│704.541.1431 9844 Rea Rd., SA Charlotte│28277│704.405.9780 BeHandPicked.com BEST Custom (To You) Clothing J. HILBURN MEN’S CLOTHIER At J. Hilburn, their goal is to deliver highquality custom tailored apparel at boldly lower prices. Charlotte | 704.293.9778 JHilburnCharlotte.com 72 BEST Cutting-Edge Fashion Boutique BEST Boutique for Him SILVERFLY BOUTIQUE Catering to the intentional dresser who appreciates personal style as an expression of confidence, SILVERFLY offers distinct lines of denim, casual wear, outerwear, shoes and accessories that are progressive, innovative and functional. SILVERFLY is a specialty 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 SilverFlyBrands.com BEST Designer Shades SOLSTICE AT SOUTHPARK Solstice Sunglasses offers a unique retail experience for consumers looking for luxury, designer, and sport sunglasses - with the service and style to match. With destinations nation-wide, they deliver their distinctive selection of sunglasses with knowledge and support to satisfy every customer. 4400 Sharon Rd. Charlotte | 28211 | 704.364.2448 SolsticeSunglasses.com BEST Dressing Up Your Pooch DOG’S ALL DAY At Dogs All Day there’s no sitting in a kennel or crate waiting for a 30 minute play time or walk. Whether your dog is staying overnight, or there for the day, he or she will play in their 100% supervised indoor/ outdoor play yards with dogs of similar size and temperament. While they’re there, they play....everyday....weekends, holidays, etc. 4240 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.3380 DogsAllDayCharlotte.com BEST Dry Cleaners DRY CLEAN CITY At Dry Clean City, they know how to provide great service at low prices, so everyday families can keep more of what they earn. They know you’ll try them because of our low prices, but they hope their service keeps you coming back. Every dry cleaned item is just $2.25. 1730 Abbey Pl. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.679.4085 DryCleanCityCharlotte.com BEST Everyday Jewelry SOBO LOFT BOUTIQUE & GIFTS At press time they had closed their brick n’ mortar shop, check back on their website to see their future plans. 1820 South Blvd., S200 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.3422 SoboLoft.com 74 BEST Eye Brow Waxing BEST Facials To Die For LE PETIT SPA The wonderfully serene spa offers an array of innovative face treatments. Facials range from antioxidant cleansing to medical grade chemical peels to the heavenly 60-minute four-layered facial. All treatments are focused on delivering the maximum, long-term benefit to clients. 6324 Fairview Rd., S103 Charlotte│28210│803.493.0637 LePetitSpaCharlotte.com BEST Fashion T-Shirt REVOLUTION Concert tees, vintage parking lot tees, artist inspired luxury tees, and custom tees are all offered at Revolution for both men and women. Revolution is the place to be if your style consists of jeans and t-shirts. 210 E. Trade St., S280 Charlotte│28202│704.971.1990 ShopRevolution.com Weâ€™r e honor ed to be voted Th e B e s t M enâ€™s H a i rc u t in Charlotte. Not sur pr ised, bu t st il l honor ed. Come learn why our legendary commitment to superior customer service, refined atmosphere, and above all, a top quality haircut earns us the top spot year after year. E M E R S O N J OS E P H .C O M U P TOW N 70 4 . 3 4 3 . 3 3 4 3 | BA L L A N T Y N E 70 4 . 3 69. 5181 BEST First Rate Vintage Clothing HONG KONG VINTAGE The funky boutique nestled in the heart of the Plaza Midwood neighborhood boasts a clean, well-maintained collection of leather jackets, dresses, and wide-collar button-downs. Everything is arranged by color, and if you’re patient enough, you’ll walk out with a stylish $20 outfit which no one else will be wearing. 1514 Central Ave. Charlotte│28205│704.334.0538 HongKongVintage.com BEST Hair Color for the Price SALON M2 At Salon M2, they provide an earth friendly atmosphere with an excellent customer experience. They are a salon of professionals dedicated to raising the bar in Charlotte. 8430 Rea Rd., S140 Charlotte│28277│980.939.1983 Salon-M2.com BEST Hair Salon BEST Most Relaxing Spa RE: SALON AND MED SPA They offer exceptional services, focused on trend interpretation and adaptability, including the latest innovations in hair design and color, skin and nail care, makeup application, massage therapy, and individualized wedding services. RE: Salon does it all! 1212 South Blvd. Charlotte│28203│704.334.8087 RESalonAndMedSpa.com 76 BEST Jeweler With The Brightest Bling DIAMONDS DIRECT Their ultimate goal is to gain your trust and satisfaction for a lifetime. They take pride in providing professional guidance and promise you to work hard to gain your confidence and exceed your expectations with each purchase. Selection, education, value and guidance – redefined for you. They look forward to gaining your business. 4521 Sharon Rd., S101 Charlotte | 28211 | 704.532.9041 DiamondsDirectSouthpark.com BEST Juiciest Jean Selection LA EAST This boutique was created with the mission to deliver a delicious blend of “Soho meets So-Cal style,” to trendsetting connoisseurs. Find your perfect artistinspired luxury tees at this luxurious, yet laid back boutique. L.A. East has brought a bit of Los Angeles to Charlotte and we love them for it! 9852 Rea Rd., SD1 Charlotte│28277│704.341.5962 LAEast.net BEST Leisure Loungewear BEST Lingerie Shop I C LONDON Charlotte’s favorite lingerie and leisure shop has built a reputation on providing their customers with outstanding service, fashion-forward designs, European lines, and expertly trained bra fitters. When shopping on I.C. London’s Web site, keep in mind that not all colors and sizes are available at all times. 1419 East Blvd., SF Charlotte│28203│704.377.7955 ICLondon.com FAVORITE Makeup Artist (Female) ERICA ARCILESI, SALON E ARCILESI Although, Erica lives to create dramatic transformations, she also prides herself on setting trends with extensions, waxing, color, and makeup. Since Salon e Arcilesi focuses completely on the client, all sessions are by private appointment only, to ensure that everyone leaves “looking and feeling how he/she deserves.” 12335 N. Community House Rd., SD Studio 28 Charlotte | 28227 | 704.608.7010 FAVORITE Makeup Artist (Male) STANLEY OWINGS, IMPACT COLOR COSMETICS As the creator and founder of iMpact Color Cosmetics, Stanley Owings is one of the most renowned makeup artists in Charlotte. He 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 iMpactColorCosmetics.com BEST Men’s Clothing BRUCE JULIEN At Bruce Julian’s Clothiers, they believe that good clothes do open doors - and our fine clothing, shoes, and accessories are guaranteed to open every door from the company boardroom to the golf club. What’s more, their friendly, experienced sales team prides itself on providing you one of Charlotte’s most entertaining shopping experiences. 8128 Providence Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.364.8686 BruceJulian.com 77 BEST Men’s Grooming EMERSON JOSEPH Emerson Joseph is the premier men’s only grooming lounge in Charlotte. They provide one-of-a-kind experiences for men interested in the finest grooming products and services, which can be purchased a la carte, or as part of an annual membership that provides privileged access. 221 S. Tryon St. Charlotte│28202│704.343.3443 14835 Ballantyne Village Way, S105 Charlotte│28277│704.369.5181 EmersonJoseph.com BEST Nail Salon POLISHED The staff at Polished is committed to delivering services that promote health, well-being, comfort, and beauty. Among many of their priorities are Grade-A sanitation standards, client focused services, and superior products. 2041 South Blvd., SF Charlotte│28203│704.954.0004 6700 Fairview Rd. Charlotte│28210│704.643.9199 605 Providence Rd. Charlotte│28207│704.375.3488 7864 Rea Rd., SE Charlotte | 28277 | Opening Soon iPolished.com 78 BEST Neighborhood Boutique PINK HANGER This store carries a diverse line of clothing: from awesome cocktail dresses to casual jeans to great jewelry and handbags. Pink Hanger is a one-stop-shop that should be your first stop no matter what you’re looking for. 2935 Providence Rd. Charlotte│28211 | 704.366.7272 PinkHangerOnline.com BEST Nightlife Attire LOTUS Owned by fashionista Effie Loukas, Lotus offers exquisite clothing sexy shoes, and amazing accessories in one convenient location. Fashion has long been a passion for Effie, with a successful fashion background and driving desire to bring you the best of the best. 1111 Metropolitan Ave., S140 Charlotte│28204│704.335.8884 LotusLook.com BEST Out-Of-The Ordinary Finds BUFFALOEXCHANGE Buffalo Exchange is unique because clothing and accessories are bought, sold and traded locally with store customers. You can bring in your former favorites for trade or cash on the spot! Their everchanging inventory includes designer labels, vintage, jeans, leather, current basics and one-of-a-kind items. 1521 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.372.2300 BuffaloExchange.com I.C. London I See France... 20 Years Selling Underpants! 1419 East Blvd. Ste E Visit us online at: Charlotte NC 28203 www.iclondon.com 704-377-7955 Socialize with us at: BEST Place for Organic Brands of Clothing LULULEMON ATHLETICA CHARLOTTE LuLuLeMon makes technical athletic apparel for yoga, running, dancing, and most other sweaty pursuits. LuLuLeMon’s motto is “People bend, your pants should too.” 440 Sharon Rd. Charlotte│28211│704.336.6538 LuLuLeMon.com BEST Place To Find Something You Didn’t Know You Needed GREEN WITH ENVY Green with Envy is a sassy collection dedicated to making you look good. They like to watch you smile! With new styles coming in regularly, their customers can always find something new and intriguing. 1111 Central Ave., S200 Charlotte | 28204 | 704.344.8774 EnvyCharlotte.com BEST Place to Get Framed (Optician Store) SALLY’S OPITICAL At Sally’s, glasses are much more than just medical devices, they are fashion accessories. Sally’s Optical will change the way you think about eyewear with her vast collection of frames to choose from. 1419 East Blvd., SC Charlotte│28203│704.342.0123 SallysOptical.com 80 BEST Pregnant People Need Clothes Too PICKLES AND ICE CREAM Pickles & Ice Cream Maternity Apparel is where exceptional customer service and high quality, fashionable maternity clothing and reasonable prices come together. Our boutiques feature all the casual and comfortable maternity clothes that every mom-to-be needs and the latest maternity fashions and trends they crave. 6401 Morrison Blvd. Charlotte | 28211 | 704.364.1898 PicklesAndIceCream.com BEST Running Shoes 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. 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Their hair services include: perms, hair extensions, relaxers, razor cutting, specialty styles and shampoo blow dry’s. 5107 Piper Station Dr. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.540.5502 90DegreesSalon.com BEST Shoe Lovers Heaven OFF BROADWAY SHOES Their stores stock between 30,000 and 50,000 pairs of women’s and men’s footwear – all on display and easy to find. Their wide aisles and well-lit stores make the shopping experience all that it should be. Plus they offer accessories to complete your outfit or accompany the shoes you like. 9876 Rea Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.596.9507 10235 Perimeter Pkwy. Charlotte | 28216 | 704.542.8865 OffBroadwayShoes.com BEST Shoe Repair DEAN’S SHOE REPAIR Mohamed (Moe) brings over 20 years experience in the shoe repair business, first in the New Jersey/New York area and now here in Charlotte. They are excited to bring good, quality work and same-day service to you. 2925 Selwyn Ave. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.334.8985 DeansShoeRepair.com BEST Smoothest Skin (Waxing) VANITY GLO TANNING BOUTIQUE & SPA Vanity Glo Spa is dedicated to providing high-end services in a caring, upscale, professional environment. Hannah Troutman, their licensed esthetician offers the latest in skin treatments, body treatments and anti-aging therapies. They offer treatments like Hydrating, Brighten Facials, and our Global Goddess Facial using a gommage technique. 1920 Cleveland Ave., SB Charlotte | 28203 | 704.295.7505 VanityGloCharlotte.com FAVORITE Snippiest Stylist (Female) JENNIFER MISENHEIMER, ESCAPE Jennifer loves her job as a hairstylist. She says there’s nothing quite like bringing out that defining look that lives in you to fit both your personality and lifestyle. She enjoy the full range of cutting, color, smoothing/straightening services, natural human hair extensions, up do & special occasion styling, make up and editorial work. 1440 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.375.3131 Welcome2Escape.com FAVORITE Snippiest Stylist (Male) JEREMY DEEN, VARJI & VARJI At Varji & Varji you will be treated to a feast of the senses that is both exhilarating and comfortable. 720 Governor Morrison St. Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.7366 Varji.com JonRic Hair Spa The Village at Southpark Mall 4310 Sharon Rd. SU05 704.362.6005 JonRicCharlotte.com FOR ALL YOUR BEAUTY NEEDS Experience the most luxurious, exclusive professional hair care brands at JonRic Hair Spa. BEST Spa for Body Treatments VOCI SPA Voci Spa’s medical skin care addresses acne, hyper pigmentation, sun damage and aging. From chemical peels to European facials, our medical skin care clinic can customize any skin care program for your skin type. 7808 Rea Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.8030 VociSpa.com BEST Specialty Store REIGN FINE APPAREL Reign Fine Apparel is proud to offer various collections for your next social occasion, prom, or pageant. They specialize in customizing a wardrobe for your upcoming event while taking into consideration your personal style, coloring, body shape, and budget. 7808 Rea Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.0370 ReignFineApparel.com BEST Sun Seeking Swimwear E. MARTINI Although this luxuriously chic shop specializes in lingerie, E. Martini’s bathing suits and summer accessories have become a huge hit with women in the South Park area. With its boutique feel, E. Martini makes any woman feel like she is getting a one-of-a-kind piece. 720 Governor Morrison St. Charlotte│28211│704.442.5535 EMartiniLingerie.com 84 BEST Tanning Salon CITY TAN City Tan provides the safest state-of-theart equipment from the finest distributors in the world. Their staff is well-educated and ready to serve your needs. 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Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.5988 20310 Sefton Park Rd. Cornelius | 28031 | 704.896.2551 5601 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.405.1010 1001 Morehead Sq. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.4500 8626 Hankins Rd. 89 BEST Boot Camp For Females CHARLOTTE ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP Women of all fitness levels, sizes, and ages are getting great results with Adventure Boot Camp! Maybe you are looking to tone up, trim down, lose weight, build muscle or all of these.....JUMP START your fitness program at Charlotte Adventure Boot Camp! Charlotte | 704.658.7510 CharlotteAdventureBootCamp.com BEST City Park FREEDOM PARK Freedom Park is perfect for any kind of exercise or activity. Its open landscape and luscious greens create a beautiful, relaxing, natural setting. 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This semi-private course opened in May of 1997 and was recognized as the “Best New Course” and “Best Eastside Course” in the Queen City by Charlotte’s Best Magazine. 7500 Sycamore Golf Plantation Charlotte | 28227 | 704.573.1000 OldeSycamoreGolf.com COMING IN JULY 2013... FITNESS & WELLNESS GUIDE Demographics Of Elevate Lifestyle Readers Female 55.4% | Male 44.6% Age: 21-27: 25.5% | 28-34: 45.2% | 35-44: 29.3% Annual Income: Less than $35K: 2.2% Between $35k-$54,999: 31.7% | Above $55K+: 56.1% Psychographic Of Elevate Lifestyle Readers Exercise weekly: 76.8% FOR STRATEGIC ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS ISSUE: Please Contact Us At 980.475.8600 adv@ElevateLifestyle.com FAVORITE Golf Pro (Female) CAMI BERHER, TEGA KAY GOLF CLUB Cami Berher is a PGA Professional and LPGA Member and her second year in a row winning this award.. Her 30 years of experience in the golf industry includes tournament competition at the national amateur level, private and corporate golf instruction, facility operations, and business administration. CamiBerher.com BEST Gym To Socialize METRO FITNESS When you step into Metro Fitness Club, you sense the difference. It’s edgy and energized. You’re greeted with an attentive and friendly staff, surrounded by sleek finishes, original artwork and the most progressive training equipment and programs available. 2820 Selwyn Ave., S200 Charlotte | 28209 | 704.365.6555 MetroFitnessClub.com BEST Intramural Sports SPORTSLINK This is Charlotte’s place to be for adult sports, tournaments, and activities. SportsLink is dedicated to providing safe, social, and quality competition for everyone from the weekend warrior to the elite athlete. 2131 Ayrsley Town Blvd., S200 Charlotte | 28273 | 704.499.9160 SportsLinkUS.com 92 BEST Martial Arts ULTIMATE GYM The Ultimate Gym provides the ultimate training experience, from body-building to martial arts or general fitness to fighting in a ring or cage. They provide an environment that allows each member to push themselves towards their ultimate goals. Whether it be getting in better shape; striving to achieve a rank or status in a martial art; or stepping into competition… whatever “your fight”, they offer “your choice” in training. 401 E. 35th St. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.0071 FAVORITE Nutritionist Diet/Coach JENNIFER KASMER, EVERLASTING CHANGES Jennifer Kasmer is the owner, health and wellness coach at Everlasting Changes. They offer Private, Semi-Private and Bootcamp Oriented Personal Training Services in a small, private environment. They provide a fitness consultation to develop your goals and determine a workout program best suited to achieving those goals. 16615 Riverstone Way S400 Charlotte | 28277 | 330.774.0477 EverLastingChanges.com BEST Off The Ground Place To Rock Climb INNER PEAK With 13,000 square feet of climbing wall, exciting terrain such as arches, roofs, and cracks, and 50 rope stations, Inner Peaks has something to offer all ages and ability levels. 9535 Monroe Rd., S170 Charlotte | 28270 | 704.844.6677 InnerPeaks.com BEST Pilates Studio ALTERNATIVE FITNESS PILATES STUDIO Alternative Fitness offers all levels of training in the Pilates Method as well as Gyrotonic, and Yoga. They offer group classes, and private and semi- private training on all apparatus. They are trained to work in a rehabilitative capacity as well as advanced body conditioning, so there is something for all ages and levels of abilities. 200 N. 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Delaney Dr. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.0076 NutriShopCharlotte.com BEST Sporting Goods Store ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing, and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. 2468 Cross Pointe Dr. Rock Hill | 29730 | 803.323.1800 8675 Concord Mills Blvd. Concord | 28027 2211 Elder Ln. Kannapolis | 28083 ACADEMY.COM 93 BEST Sports Facility URBAN ACTIVE The state of the art facility and equipment are familiar and comfortable, but what they are most proud of are the people who are there to serve you. 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Guests enjoy resort-style amenities such as a luxurious spa, salon, indoor pools, seasonal outdoor pool, tennis, fitness, championship PGA golf course 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.248.4000 BallantyneResort.com FAVORITE Take A Hike (Hiking Trails) GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN 94 DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE Distracted driving is a major safety risk on our roads and text messaging is by far the most alarming distraction. According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Study, drivers who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash.* April is NAtioNAl DistrActeD DriviNg AwAreNess MoNth CBS Radio has partnered with SUBWAY® Restaurants in April for W8 2 TXT Wednesdays. We will be at selected Subway’s each Wednesday from 4-7pm, the events will offer Free Safe Driving Demo, Wristbands and Subs. Check for locations on our Don’t Text & Drive @ Charlotte.CBSlocal.com/one-text-or-call-could-wreck-it-all *Va Tech Transportation Institute , 2009. BEST That Special Touch Massage OM SPA CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS OM Spaâ€™s Signature Massage is the ultimate experience in therapeutic body care. A variety of healing massage techniques, predominantly neuromusculoskeletal therapy, to re-balance the muscles and address your specific needs for maintaining total body health and wellness. 523 Fenton Pl. Charlotte | 28207 | 704.302.1524 OmSpa.net BEST Unique Fitness Center FIGHT GONE MAD They are an athletic conditioning program, facility and lifestyle focused on Intense Interval Training coupled with Athletic Movements. Their program is specifically designed to compliment any active individual looking to enhance their level of fitness. From everyday people to professional athletes, whatever you love to do they provide you with the strength and athleticism to do it even better. 2610 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.661.7205 FightGoneMad.com BEST Womenâ€™s Gym YOUR FLEX APPEAL Your FLEX Appeal is a private facility specializing in personal fitness and small group training. It is our goal to help you attain the body you want by providing the motivation, education, and tools necessary for your success. 6300 Carmel Rd., SB Charlotte | 28226 | 704.542.1316 YourFlexAppeal.com BEST Yoga Studio MOGA CHARLOTTE Moga is a performance based yoga and mobility program. At Moga, we strive to provide high quality bodywork through deep stretch yoga that will enhance long term performance and improve quality of life. 2108 South Blvd., S202 Charlotte | 28203 | 980. 224.7172 MogaCharlotte.com FAVORITE Zumba Instructor CHARLOTTE MULLOY, SISKEY YMCA Siskey YMCA 3127 Weddington Rd. Matthews | 28105 | 704.716.4215 YMCA.net 96 elevate lifestyle awards lifestyle 98 BEST Antique Store SLEEPY POET ANTIQUE MALL Known for the best deals in town, Sleepy Poet contains a huge variety of antiques, furniture, vintage clothing, art work, and so much more. Not like your typical antique store, Sleepy Poet offers so much more for your money. 4450 South Blvd. Charlotte│28217│704.529.6369 SleepyPoetStuff.com BEST Bed & Bath Linens COTTAGE CHIC Each room of this cozy cottage is filled with treats for the senses. The fun boutique in the heart of Dilworth truly has a little bit of everything: bedding, gifts, accessories, clothing, baby gifts, and furniture. 1232 East Blvd. Charlotte│28203│704.375.1888 ChicGoodness.com FAVORITE Business School NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY A graduated program with a global outlook located in uptown Charlotte. 101 N. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28246 | 980.224.8466 NorthEastern.edu BEST Cooking School JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY Johnson & Wales is a world-class university where students have an opportunity to pursue a career in business, hospitality, or culinary arts. Unique features include an upside-down curriculum, and hands-on training at the university or at worldwide co-op sites. 801 W. Trade St. Charlotte│28202│980.598.1000 JWU.edu/Charlotte BEST Do It Yourself Home Landscaping METROGREENSCAPE’S OUTDOOR LIVING DESIGN + BUILD MetroGreenScape is the first choice landscape design and outdoor living specialist for the Charlotte and surrounding areas’ most prestigious and growing neighborhoods. Their mission is to bring beauty and quality of life to neighborhoods and homes. 1622 Parker Dr. Charlotte | 28208 | 704.817.3819 MetroGreenScape.com BEST Exotic Florist FLOWERS PLUS With a passion for flowers and commitment to the highest standard in floristry, Flowers Plus creates and delivers the highest quality luxury floral arrangements all over Charlotte and the surrounding areas. 301 S. Tryon St., S50 Charlotte│28202│704.342.4529 FlowersPlusOnline.com BEST Fabric Store MODERN FABRICS They are your source for reclaimed and discounted designer interior textiles rescued from the cutting-room floor! You can shop Modern Fabrics online or at their local South End store. The store continuously updates their stock and has new fabric and material weekly. 1504 Camden Rd. Charlotte│28203│704.740.9675 Modern-Fabrics.com BEST Furniture Store HIGH COTTON HOME COMPANY Deconstructed luxury comes alive at High Cotton Home Company, the Queen City’s most eclectic and distinct furnishings boutique. More than 7,000-square feet of space on South Boulevard across from Atherton Mill, High Cotton Home is a tightly-edited collection of highly customizable, American-made furnishings. 2137 South Blvd., S100 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.335.1220 Facebook.com/HighCottonHome 99 BEST Gallery To Purchase Art LARK & KEY Lark and Key is celebrated for its diverse selection of paintings, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry and more. There is something for everyone – whether first time buyer, long-term collector, gift seeker, or fine craft scavenger. 128 E. Park Ave., SB Charlotte│28203│704.334.4616 LarkAndKey.com BEST Gourmet Cooking Supplies COOKING UPTOWN The specialty retail cookware store provides the best products and unique services for cooks and chefs to expand their culinary passions. Cooking Uptown also hosts cooking classes that offer handson opportunities to learn new skills or build upon existing expertise. 1707 E. 7th St. Charlotte│28204│704.337.7300 CookingUptown.com BEST Home Accessory Store BLACKLION It’s a shopping jungle out there, but with the perfect location, a simple concept and a great deal of entrepreneurial spirit and persistence, Bob and Nita Emory’s multi-merchant gift, home furnishings, and design center BLACKLION, is a safari into unique territory. 10635 Park Rd. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.541.1148 9751 Sam Furr Rd. Huntersville | 28078 | 704.895.9539 1408 East Blvd., SC Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.2229 Blacklion.com BEST Host/Hostess Gifts THE MOLE HOLE The Mole Hole has been charming Charlotteans for 30 years! Looking for a special gift or decorative home accessory? You’ll find it at The Mole Hole. The exhilarating inventory, friendly service, beautiful free gift wrapping, and convenient parking make for a delightful shopping experience. 7741 Colony Rd., SA3 Charlotte│28226│704.543.9969 MoleHoleCharlotte.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. We 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. 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SATURDAY, MAY 4 free beer, wine, and food with ticket purchase live entertainment / cash bar / 50/50 raffle / silent auction large-screen viewing of the Kentucky Derby Before April 19: $28 members/$38 nonmembers After April 19: $38 members/$48 nonmembers www.derbydayscharlotte.com BEST Knitting Classes WE’RE SEW CREATIVE We’re Sew Creative is a high energy, fun sewing and fabric shop. They would like to think you come in a stranger and leave as family. Customer Service is very important to them, and they want you to enjoy your visit with them! 8637 Concord Mills Blvd. Concord | 28207 | 704.971.0351 WereSoCreative.com BEST Lighting Store MODERN LIGHTING DESIGN SHOWROOM Conveniently located in South End, the design showroom features a display of some of the most notable lighting lines in the industry. Modern Lighting’s Web site showcases a selection of what this amazing store has to offer. Maybe it’s time to change more than just the lightbulb! 1315 East Blvd., S170 Charlotte│28203│704.332.0109 ModernLightingDesign.com BEST Local Blog URBANFOODLIFE.COM Charlotte foodies – welcome to the ultimate restaurant review Web site, awesome enough to make any foodie weak in the knees. UrbanFoodLife.com features local restaurants that range from upscale grand-openings to the BBQ pit around the corner. Check out the site and their blog to get your foodie fix! 1920 E. 7th St. Charlotte│28204│704.258.1209 UrbanFoodLife.com BEST Pearly Whites Dentist SOUTHEND DENTISTRY SouthEnd Dentistry offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth from InvisAlign and whitening to crowns and bridges. They go out of their way to ensure the patient is well educated about their dental health. 1520 South Blvd. Charlotte│28203│704.335.8266 SouthEndSmile.com BEST Pet Grooming DOGTOPIA Dogtopia team members are committed to taking the pet care service industry to the next level through their commitment to promises to their peers, customers, and the global community of dog enthusiasts. 616 Springbrook Dr. Charlotte│28217│704.333.3063 DogDayCare.com BEST Place To Purchase Art Supplies DONNA DOWNEY STUDIOS Donna Downey Studios is an inspired place to help you create amazing things! 501 S. Old Statesville Rd., SM Huntersville | 28078 | 704.948.4627 DonnaDowney.com BEST The Hippest Apartment Complex ASTON SOUTH END LUXURY APARTMENT HOMES Ashton South End rental apartments boast of spectacular Uptown Charlotte views, as well as a Sky Lounge, pool with aqua bar, cabanas, plus a premier fitness club, controlled access parking, and daily coffee service. 125 W. Tremont Ave. Charlotte│28203│866.226.9881 AshtonSE.com BEST The One Who Takes Care Of It All (Concierge) CRYSTAL DEMPSEY, FROM THE HIP COMMUNICATIONS She helps non-profits, businesses and people navigate the evolving media landscape. Crystal Dempsey, a veteran journalist and new media advocate, works with an award winning, experienced team to tell your story and engage your community. Charlotte│980.428.6709 FromTheHipCommunications.com BEST Total Eye Care Ophthalmologist CHRISTENBURY EYE CENTER A recent independent study of over 1000 eyes of consecutive iLASIK patients treated by Dr. Christenbury showed that over 98% achieved 20/20 vision or better and out of those, almost 50% achieved 20/15 or better! Using the all laser iLASIK surgery procedure, Dr. Christenbury has proven that when it comes to great vision, he delivers outstanding RESULTS! 3621 Randolph Rd. Charlotte | 28211 | 704.332.9366 Christenbury.com BEST Traditional Home Stores THE BOULVARD AT SOUTHEND In the 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, either in the South, or at least the Carolinas and Charlotte area. 1440 S. Tryon St., S100 Charlotte│28203│980.219.7526 BlvdAtSouthEnd.com BEST Uptown Highrise BEST The Big Splash Pool In Charlotte THE VUE CHARLOTTE It’s called The VUE for a reason, with floor-to-ceiling glass, unencumbered views and distinct architecture – this luxury apartment living truly is a visual experience. Making your home here means leading an active stress-free city life with countless conveniences and amenities. 215 N. Pine St. Charlotte│28202│704.374.0089 VUECharlotte.com FAVORITE Real Estate Agency THE MCDEVITT AGENCY The McDevitt Agency 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., SB Charlotte│28202│704.333.2475 TheMcDevittAgency.com FAVORITE Real Estate Agent (Male) SHANE MCDEVITT, THE MCDEVITT AGENCY Shane McDevitt is the founder and president of The McDevitt Agency. They 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., SB Charlotte│28202│704.333.2475 TheMcDevittAgency.com FAVORITE Real Estate Agent (Female) VALARIE R BROOKS, RE/MAX EXECUTIVE REALTY She serves the individual needs of both buyers and sellers with the highest degree of excellence and integrity. She is a knowledgeable professional that connects with the client on multiple levels in order to ensure a natural fit within the realtor-client relationship. 5960 Fairview Rd., S400 Charlotte | 28210 | 704.488.5458 BEST Running Wild (Doggie Day Care) THE BARKER LOUNGE Whether staying for just one day, or spending a night or two, all dogs at The Barker Lounge will participate in supervised daycare for the entire day. All day long, all dogs have access to both their indoor and outdoor doggie play areas. 1719 Montford Dr. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.522.7536 TheBarkerLounge.com BEST Stationary Store THE BUTTERCUP GIFTS AND STATIONARY Providing personalized service, Buttercup’s helpful staff will help you choose the ideal gift or accessory for your special occasion that reflects etiquette and style. They also take pride in being Charlotte’s premier custom invitation and stationary design store. Buttercup’s creative graphic designers will customize it for you! 343 Providence Rd. Charlotte│28207│704.332.5329 TheButtercupCharlotte.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. Their secret to their success lies in their people. They have a strong team of travel professionals who have extensive industry experience and outstanding customer service skills. Multiple Locations MannTravelAndCruises.com BEST Used Book Store PARK ROAD BOOKS This local shop is actually the oldest book bookstore in Charlotte. Park Road Books has a well-stocked selection where you can find any variety from best sellers, children books, classic literature as well as local authors. You can also conveniently peruse their offerings online. 4139 Park Rd. Charlotte│28209│704.525.9239 ParkRoadBooks.com BEST Walk The Dog (Dog Walker) MEOW & FETCH Meow & Fetch is a pet sitting business, owned and operated by animal lovers. They understand the care your pets need during your busy schedules and travel obligations. 3611-204 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd., S373 Charlotte│28216│704.391.9364 MeowAndFetch.com BEST Wax Job (Car Wash) AUTO BELL CARWASH Auto Bell has always used the best equipment and solutions to effectively and safely maintain the appearance of your automobile. They offer an exclusive Double-Polyprocess to safely clean, polish and protect today’s delicate clear coat finishes. Stop in and be out in less than 20 minutes! Multiple Locations AutoBell.com 106 BEST Wedding Designer 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. Charlotte│704.890.7533 PixtonBridal.com BEST Wedding Registry CRATE & BARREL A company that began with a dream, one employee and no cash register in 1962 now has 100 spectacular stores in almost every major North American market and over 7,000 employees. It’s the perfect place to get gifts of all kind. 4320 Sharon Rd. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.362.4003 CrateAndBarrell.com BEST Where To Say I Do (Beside’s a Church) THE VANLANDINGHAM ESTATE The Estate welcomes guests with its unique combination of warm hospitality, grace, subtle southern elegance and fine foods. The VanLandingham Estate is located in Historic Midwood just minutes from Uptown Charlotte. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 2010 The Plaza Charlotte│28205│704.334.8909 VanLandinghamEstate.com BEST 20% Or More Best Service GEORGES BRASSERIE George Bakatsias’ interpretation of French cuisine and tradition comes to life, offering joyful elegance and hospitality to guests. The Brasserie welcomes you into an atmosphere of warmth, radiance and delight. 4620 Piedmont Row Dr., S110 Charlotte | 28210 | 980.219.7409 GeorgesBrasserie.com elevate lifestyle awards nightlife 108 BEST After Hours Hot Spot BEST On The Pole Strip Club THE 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 MensClub.com BEST After-Dinner Drinks OSSO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 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/ lounge. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Charlotte | 28206 | 704.971.0550 OssoCharlotte.com BEST Around The World SOUL GASTROLOUNGE This serene lounge offers a variety of tapas that is guaranteed to give you a tour of the Mediterranean cuisine. If you’re feeling in need of a Mediterranean experience with style and class, check out Soul! 1500 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.348.1848 SoulGastroLounge.com BEST Bachelorette Party The Place To Be BEST Happy Hour/Drink Specials FAVORITE Hostess With The Most Place To Have A Party HOWL AT THE MOON Home to the World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Dueling Piano Show, Howl at the Moon’s highly talented entertainers tickle the ivories, as well as your funny bones, all night while playing the best music from the 70’s to today. Check out Howl at the Moon to find the perfect spot to party! 210 E. Trade St., S308A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.936.4695 HowlAtTheMoon.com BEST Bar Crawl Of The Year 13TH ANNUAL SANTA BAR CRAWL There’s nothing like seeing close to 1000 people walking around uptown looking like its Christmas time. From Santa’s to Elf’s to Reindeer’s it’s a sight be seen. We crawl from bar to bar drinking cocktails while part of the proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. ElevateLifestyle.com and Lazyday.com FAVORITE Bartender You Want To Take Home (Female) PAIGE COCKRELL, HOWL AT THE MOON 210 E. Trade St. S308A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.936.4695 HowlAtTheMoon.com FAVORITE Bartender You Want To Take Home (Male) NICK CROMER, FITZGERALD’S IRSIH PUB 201 E. 5th St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.900.8088 FitzgeraldsCharlotte.com BEST Beer Festival BREWER’S BALL, CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION Annually guests have the opportunity enjoy and sample a variety of handcrafted ales and lagers from top local microbrewers and food samplings from some of the Charlotte area’s best restaurants. Brewer’s Ball is serving up hope for a cure one pint at a time. 7506 E. Independence Blvd., S120 Charlotte | 28227 | 704.321.7852 CFF.org BEST Big Screen Sports Bar ICEHOUSE SOUTH END 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 IceHouseSouthend.com BEST Place To Dance Your Booty Off BEST Place To See All Your Friends 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 sportsviewing venue. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for unwinding and socializing. 210 E. Trade St., S120B Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.4440 BlackFinnCharlotte.com BEST Boys Night Out HOOTERS UPTOWN With undeniably tasty wings and a long list of weekly events, you can never go wrong with Hooters. Take your friends with you and your night out will encompass everything you need from the beers to the game. Multiple Locations Hooters.com 110 BEST Brewery Charlotte Area TRIPLE C BREWERY COMPANY Triple C Brewery has become a very welcomed neighbor in Charlotteâ€™s South End and one of Charlotteâ€™s favorite breweries. With a modern, yet simple interior locals feel at ease in their inviting tap room. They feature a variety of brews such as their smoked ale, seasonal brews and new brews! 2900 Griffith St. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.372.3212 TripleCBrewing.com BEST Club That Open In 2012 BEST Nightspot For Celebrities BEST VIP Lounge LABEL At LABEL, you will experience a true entertainment setting or be pampered in style in the VIP areas. There are twenty six VIP tables in the main room and for the patron that prefers a milder ambience, can chose to spend their time in the stylish trendsetting lounge. Outside is a courtyard unlike anything in the region with a concentration on its circle bar and surrounding cabanas, also with its very own dedicated entertainment and DJ. 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., SB6 Charlotte | 28206 | 704.910.0526 LabelCharlotte.com BEST Club With Most Attractive Crowd BEST Lounge Lizard KAZBA Charlotte’s most exclusive premier nightlife destination Kazba, caters to a discerning audience with higher sensibilities. The exquisitely designed Moroccan-style space encompasses everything a VIP has come to expect in nightlife with unique design, music, food and an exquisite staff. 210 E. Trade St., S290C Charlotte | 28202 | 704.761.6567 KazbaCharlotte.com BEST College Hangout FLYING SAUCER Charlotte Saucer offers a great location, quality hand crafted brews with a menu to accommodate those late night study sessions…what more can a college student ask for? 9605 N. Tryon St., SA Charlotte | 28262 | 704.717.8179 BeerkNurd.com BEST Dance Club That Open in 2012 BEST Place To Channel Your Inner Zen ROXBURY NIGHTCLUB From the Creators of Breakfast Club ROXBURY nightclub offer partygoers a 80’s & 90’s themed Night! with two Levels, Beautiful heated patio,Retro Game Room, VIP room w/pool table and one awesome atmosphere! 116 W. 5th St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.375.8090 RoxburyNightClub.com BEST Dive Bar SMOKEY JOE’S Bob and Scotty Whitman run this old Charlotte Traditional Favorite. Pool Tables, Ping Pong Table, Beverages, Live Music, Good People. 510 Briar Creek Rd. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.338.9380 SmokeyJoesCharlotte.com BEST Enjoying The Great Outdoors (Patio) KENNEDY’S PREMIUM BAR & GRILL Located on the corner of Seventh Street and North Caswell, open seven days a week, Kennedy’s Irish Bar will provide the perfect atmosphere to enjoy spirits, great food and live entertainment. 366 N. Caswell Rd. Charlotte | 29204 | 704.375.0218 KennedysCharlotte.com FAVORITE Door Guy KELLIE SCOTT, PROHIBITION 200 N. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.358.4244 ProhibitionClt.com BEST Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Spot CATHORE AZURE Cathode Azure Club Charlotte’s newest LGBT club is a South Beach styled super lounge awash in azure blue led lighting and white leather furnishings. 1820 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 980.949.6914 CathodeAzure.com FAVORITE Amber Beer ABITA PURPLE HAZE Abita.com FAVORITE Brand Of Beer BIG BOSS BigBossBrewing.com FAVORITE Hefeweizen PEACH HEFEWEIZEN, HEIST BREWERY 2909 N Davidson, S200 Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8260 HeistBrewery.com FAVORITE Import Beer STELLA ARTOIS StellaArtois.com FAVORITE IPA HOP, DROP ‘N ROLL, NODA BREWERY 2229 N. Davidson St. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.451.1394 NoDaBrewing.com FAVORITE Light Beer BUD LIGHT BudLight.com FAVORITE Pale Ale OMB COPPER, OLDE MECKLENBURY BREWERY 215 Southside Dr. Charlotte | 28217 | 704.525.5644 OldeMeckBrew.com FAVORITE Bourbon WOODFORD RESERVE WoodfordReserve.com FAVORITE Gin BOMBAY SAPPHIRE BombaySapphire.com FAVORITE Rum CRUZAN CruzanRum.com FAVORITE Shot FIREBALL WHISKEY FireballWhiskey.com FAVORITE Tequila 1800 COCONUT 1800Tequila.com FAVORITE Vodka TITO’S VODKA TitosVodka.com FAVORITE Whisky JACK DANIELS JackDaniels.com BEST Get The Night Started ENSO ASIAN BISTRO 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 EnsoCharlotte.com BEST Hookah Lounge 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. Carve is an destination for intimate gatherings, also offering several different fruit flavors of hookah. 500 W 5th St., S120 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.335.0588 CraveDessertBar.com BEST Hotel Bar FLOAT POOL BAR, BLAKE HOTEL Enjoy the sun by the pool where you’ll find refreshing and invigorating concoctions created by our mixologists. Whether it’s the quality of liquor or daring ingredients, The Blake won’t compromise. 555 S McDowell St. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.372.4100 BlakeHotelNC.com BEST Just Visiting NC MUSIC FACTORY NC Music factory features all that a visitor needs, in one convenient location. They have some of Charlotte’s best nightclubs, bars and restaurants, a comedy venue and music amphitheater. A must see for charlotte residents and visitors alike. 1000 Seaboard St. Charlotte | 28206 | 704.987.0612 NCMusicFactory.com 116 BEST Karaoke JEFF’S BUCKET SHOP Good Times...Good People! There are no strangers here. Once you venture down the stairs and enter the lit doorway, you will be pleasantly surprised how comfortable you will be here. Sometimes, they have live music and sometimes you make the music featuring Karaoke 6 nights a week! 1601 Montford Dr. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.0425 JeffsBucketShop.com BEST Lounge That Open in 2012 VOLUME LOUNGE If you haven’t been to Plaza/Midwood in a while you need to check the newest establishment next time you visit. It’s the perfect place to relax in the lounge area or cut a rug on the dance floor. 1801 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.9197 BEST Magical Martini Menu COSMO’S CAFÉ Cosmos Cafe is a casual to upscale, full-service restaurant committed to excellence in service with an eclectic menu and famous martini’s. They provide an unforgettable dining and social experience in a cutting edge, fun atmosphere. 300 N. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.372.3553 8420 Rea Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.5268 CosmosCafe.com BEST Margarita Menu LOCO LIME MEXICAN INSPIRED GRILL Crunchy, fresh, hot, salty Mexican style chips and fresh Mexican style salsa? Yes please! Loco Lime it is. While waiting for your delicious food to arrive, go ahead and do a pre-spoiling event with a tasty margarita and some chips and salsa. 1101 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.333.7837 LocoLimeCharlotte.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, they are there for you. 105 E. Morehead St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.371.4000 CharlotteCigars.com Out Of The Way For A Drink 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 DolceVitaWines.com BEST Party of the Year 2012 CHARLOTTE BARTENDER’S BALL This annual event is, by far, the best party of the year. With the benefits of an open bar with top-shelf liquor, a full line of beers, and a dinner buffet, those who attend enjoy getting the treatment usually reserved for royalty. It is put on by RockHouse Events and Elevate Lifestyle. CharlotteBartendersBall.com BEST Place To Take A First Date VIVACE Located in the Metropolitan area of Charlotte, Vivace serves a full menu of Italian favorites. They also have a full bar and the interior décor is very stylish. Vivace’s dishes are some of the best Italian dishes around. 1100 Metropolitan Ave., S100 Charlotte | 28204 | 704.370.7755 VivaceCharlotte.com BEST Private Club APOSTROPHE LOUNGE Come experience urban class, poise, and culture in an intimate ambiance at the ultra-sexy Apostrophe Lounge. 1440 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.371.7079 ApostropheLounge.com 117 FAVORITE S.I.N. Night STRIKECITY StrikeCity offers a service Industry Night worth going to! It is our SIN night and most call it a night to go out and hang out with all your friends that are in the nightlife and dining industry. Located in the EpiCentre, 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., S164D Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.9300 StrikeCityCharlotte.com LARGEST Selection Of Bottled Beer 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 can enjoy the best beers and increase their beer knowledge in a comfortable and upbeat setting. 222 E. Bland St. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.2080 WOBUSA.com LARGEST Selection of Cocktails WET WILLIE’S Leave your worries behind with Wet Willie’s world-famous daiquiris and delectable food, served inside or out on the deck at the North Carolina Music Factory, and featuring more than 20 different types of daiquiris. 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., S1 Charlotte | 28206 | 704.716.5650 WetWillies.com LARGEST Selection Of Bottled Beer (Retail) GOOD BOTTLE CO. Good Bottle Co. is about good craft beer. focused on local, regional and national craft beer. You can enjoy bottles, cans, growlers and draft here with us or take it home with you, or both. We are a place where you can learn about beer, or educate the person next to you. 125 Remount Rd. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.527.1003 GoodBottleCo.com LARGEST Selection Of Draft Beer TACO MAC As if their Buffalo wings and 140-plus draft beers weren’t enough, Taco Mac’s friendly and inviting atmosphere is sure to keep you entertained on any sports night with more TV screens than you can count! Multiple Locations TacoMac.com BEST Ultimate Wine List WOODEN VINE This beautiful restaurant and wine bar serves up a unique and tasty menu with some of the best hand-selected wines you can find in the city. The expansive, meticulously chosen wine list and seasonal American cuisine make The Wooden Vine a hit. 231 N. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.376.8463 TheWoodenVine.com FAVORITE Sunday Night Place BEST Bachelor Party The Place To Be 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 UptownCabaretClubs.com FAVORITE Monday Night Place DIXIE’S TAVERN Kick off your night right at Dixie’s! They always have a DJ playing the best hits from old rock to new, sing-a-longs, and party music that won’t let you stay seated. Dixie’s throws a party that will rock Charlotte every night of the week! 301 E. 7th St., S100 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.374.1700 DixiesCharlotte.com FAVORITE Tuesday Night Place BEST Riding The Bull (Country Saloon) WHISKY RIVER With a unique blend of rock and country music, VIP tables and mechanical bull riding, live music and electrifying DJs, Whisky River is unlike any party you’ve seen before. If you’re looking for a casual drink after work, a rockin’ late night party, or a place to grab a beer before the game, this is the spot. 210 E. Trade St., S208A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.749.1097 TheWhiskyRiver.com 120 FAVORITE Wednesday Night Place BEST Club For Music 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., S300A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.7878 SuiteCharlotte.com FAVORITE Thursday Night Place BEST Bar That Open in 2012 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 ProhibitionClt.com FAVORITE Friday Night Place MORTIMER’S CAFE & 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., S140C Charlotte | 28202 | 704.688.0366 MortimersPub.com FAVORITE Saturday Night Place BEST Girl’s Night Out BEST In Crowd Bar 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., S8 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.919.1322 5Church.com FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In Ballantyne ON THE ROXX An upscale Martini Bar and Lounge offering an unparalled Martini menu, daily drink specials, and a welcoming atmosphere ideal for having a drink after work, coming out with friends, or perfect for travelers as well. 14021 Conlan Cir., SB6 Charlotte | 28277 | 704.541.0079 RoxxBallantyne.com FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In Dilworth DILWORTH NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL 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 hard to pass up. 911 E. Morehead St. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.3808 NeighborhoodGrille.com FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In 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 TheRustyRudder.net FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In Myers Park NOLEN’S KITCHEN Nolen’s Kitchen is located on the treelined streets of Selwyn Avenue in the heart of Myers Park and continues to offer an eclectic selection of contemporary fare in a fresh, continental atmosphere, and features a robust variety of wines. 2839 Selwyn Ave. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.372.1424 XeniaHospitality.com FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In NoDa GROWLER’S PUB There’s nothing confusing about Growlers Pourhouse—they’ve got craft beers and beer food. Together, they complement one another to create a relaxed environment where you can chill, eat, and watch the game. 3120 N. Davidson St. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.910.6566 GrowlersPourhouse.com 121 FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In 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 Charlotte | 28209 | 704.334.7005 WhiskeyCharlotte.com FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In 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. Our menu changes seasonally so be prepared for new and exciting items to constantly appear. 200 E. Bland St. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.2000 AllAmericanPubClt.com 122 FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In SouthPark BRAZWELL’S PEMIUM PUB Brazwell’s was named in loving memory of William braswell “Braz” as he was known, lived everyday to the fullest, surrounded by good friends, 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 BrazwellsPub.com FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In University HICKORY TAVERN Their unique brand of casual dining, lively bar atmosphere, and sports enthusiasm provides the perfect destination no matter what the time of day. Plus, with numerous area locations, there is sure to be one close by! Multiple Locations TheHickoryTavern.com FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar In Uptown DANDELION 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 DandelionMarketCharlotte.com Voted BEST Limousine Company