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publishers note I want to thank the thousands of people who voted for their choices in the 2012 Elevate Lifestyle Awards online voting poll on Facebook. The voting began December 5, 2011 and ended January 30, 2012. We will be presenting nearly 335 winners in the following seven categories: culture, dining, entertainment, fashion, fitness, lifestyle and nightlife. 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 4 at HYATT house in Charlotte Center City, join us to help celebrate the 2012 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 and I will put you on the guest list to qualify for one of the great many prizes that we will have in the raffle give-a-ways. You will also be able to enjoy some great entertainment from the Dempsey Gibson Band, 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 burger joint in Charlotte, or looking for that perfect pair of jeans, 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

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BEST Art Exhibit of 2011 MUMMIES OF THE WORLD, THE DISCOVERY PLACE Embark on a journey into the extraordinary world of mummies and mummification. Through modern science, engaging interactive and multimedia exhibits featuring 3-D animation, explore how mummies are created, where they come from and who they were. 301 N. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.372.6261 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, RedSky 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 210 E. Trade St., S134B Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.7552 BEST Big Shot Photographer JIM MERRILL, JMT PHOTOGRAPHY Charlotte photographer Jim Merrill specializes in studio and location head shots, model portfolios, photography of children, bridal boudoir, automobile and real estate photography. Charlotte | 704.902.1252

BEST Charity Event Guys and Dolls Bachelor/ Bachelorette Auction 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 BEST Creative Gathering CHARLOTTE FILM COMMUNITY Charlotte Film Community is a gathering of Charlotte’s actors, directors, producers, talent agents, coaches, crew, you name it! This group meets monthly to put their minds together with the goal of creating more film in Charlotte. By creating film together, they give Charlotte the reputation of a city that loves film and is ready to bring in more film from around the world.


BEST Cultural Event or Festival YIASOU GREEK FESTIVAL The Yiasou Greek Festival has become one of Charlotte’s largest cultural events, featuring Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art and shopping. Come and experience the sights and sounds of Greece, where everyone can be Greek! 600 East Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.334.4771 FAVORITE Female Model BRITTANY KERR Charlotte’s most recent American Idol contestant has graced the cover of the March 2012 Elevate Lifestyle cover. There is nothing that this woman cannot do! Not only can she sing and model, she dances as a LadyCat for our very own Charlotte Bobcats. BEST Most Fun Outdoor Event Alive After 5, EpiCentre Pavilion Alive After 5 is how the city kick-starts the weekend in style! As the largest weekly happy hour and free entertainment celebration, Alive After 5 provides a destination for friends and co-workers to gather and unwind, while enjoying great live music, tasty beverages and a fun, casual atmosphere. 210 E. Trade St., S320B Charlotte | 28202 | 704.609.4010

BEST Historic Site Hezekiah Alexander House, The Charlotte Museum of History 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 FAVORITE Hottest Athletic of 2011 Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers What could be hotter than the 6’5” quarterback of the Carolina Panthers? Besides his impressive stature, Newton has also been named Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press along with Pepsi Rookie of the Year. He’s heating up the fields and the streets. FAVORITE Local Actor T.C (Toochukwu T.C. Anyachonkeya)

FAVORITE Local Actress Tara Nicole Azarian, Kidzact Talent FAVORITE Local Artist Ryan Sumner, Fenix Fotography As the Director of Photography at SEEN Uptown Magazine and Creative Director at Fenix Fotography, Ryan Sumner knows a thing or two about art and photography. His visionary skills and extensive experience have made him one of the top photographers in the area. FAVORITE Local Author James Newman, News 14 Carolina BEST Local Charity Amped 4-A-Cure Inc Amped 4-A-Cure is a charity dedicated to raising funds to support cancer research through the universal language of music. Amped 4-A-Cure is able to reach and spread the word to everyone from all walks of life. Charlotte | 28241 |704.701.8763

FAVORITE Male Model Michael Press, Carolina Talent Cameras love this picture-perfect model. Not only is he experienced in runway, commercial, and editorial modeling, but he’s also co-starred with Beyoncé as her boyfriend in the music video, “Best Thing I Never Had.” His experience and measurements make him one of Charlotte’s favorite models. BEST Most Relevant Art Gallery Plaza Muse/Museum of Neighborhood Art MONA aspires to be one of the most diverse galleries you’ve ever stepped foot in. They proudly feature local art, craft, textiles, jewelry, pottery, art glass, wood-craft, and photography. 1200 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.970.9676 BEST Museum To View NASCAR HALL OF FAME If you’re looking for some pedal-tothe-metal 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

BEST New Architecture Duke Energy Center The Duke Energy Center is a LEED® Core and Shell 2.0 Platinum certified office tower with 48 stories and 1.5 million square feet. Using Siemens APOGEE® Building Automation System, it creates operational efficiencies that have reduced energy consumption by 22 percent. 550 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.330.2500 BEST Newest Public Artwork Matheson Bridge Project, William Puckett William Puckett is an artist living and working in Charlotte, NC. Over the past three years Puckett has covered more than 13,000 square feet of the city’s public spaces with his work. He currently holds title to the largest mural in Charlotte, and is recognized for his vibrant paintings of the everyday man trying to make the best of his situation. Matheson Ave. and N. Davidson St. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.607.8766 BEST Online Cultural 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

BEST On-Stage Performance Derek James, Fox Charlotte BEST Performing Arts 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 BEST Photography Gallery The Light Factory The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film is one of only four museums for photography and film in the United States. They have served as a haven for artists to express new ideas through photography and filmmaking, and to support cutting-edge art since 1972. 345 N. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.9755

FAVORITE Sexiest Local Man of 2011 Joey Hewell, J Studio As the owner of J Studio Salon and Fashion Editor for Uptown Magazine, Joey Hewell knows a thing or two about style. His fresh aesthetic brings life to the Charlotte community. His passion for beauty and fashion has made him a local icon. 1626 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.330.5757 FAVORITE Sexiest Local Woman of 2011 Brittney Cason, The O Show on Kiss 95.1 A columnist, TV host, spokesperson, freelance writer and guerilla philanthropist: Brittney Cason does it all. The sexy brunette is best known for her contribution to Kiss 95.1’s “The O Show.” 1520 South Blvd., S300 Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.570.9595 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. 2909 N. Davidson St. Charlotte | 28205 | 803.548.6824

BEST The Best Seat In The House (Theatre 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 BEST Theatre Company Actor’s Theater 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


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BEST All Wrapped Up (Wrap) ZOE’S KITCHEN Light, healthy and all wrapped up, Zoe’s Kitchen offers simple, freshfrom-the-garden sensibility with Mediterranean-inspired comfort dishes that are not only wholesome in quality, but also generous in quantity. 1055 Metropolitan Ave., S110 Charlotte | 28204 | 704.347.5858 9848 Rea Rd., SG Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.2124 16735 Cranlyn Rd., SD Huntersville | 28078 | 704.655.2636 BEST Any Night Of The Week Spot KICKSTAND BURGER-N-BAR If it’s burger night for you, then Kickstand it is. Kickstand offers lunch and dinner with a full bar, and TVs for you sports fanatics. The burger selection is wide and unique with numerous sides to choose from. 1101 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.1010

BEST Any Way You Slice It (Pizza Place) LIBRETTO’S 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 BEST Asian (Other Than Chinese) 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


BEST Assortment Of Condiments THE COWFISH 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 BEST BBQ Place MIDWOOD SMOKEHOUSE FS Food Group founder Frank Scibelli traveled to several locations in North and South Carolina; Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; and Florida to learn from pit masters and gain inspiration for Midwood Smokehouse’s mouthwatering menu. The Smokehouse presents BBQ at its best. 1401 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.295.4227 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

BEST Biscuits FLYING BISCUIT CAFÉ Great atmosphere, great food, great biscuits! This cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu that consists of unique breakfast dishes. Along with their allday 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 BEST Blended And Chilled (Smoothies) SMOOTHIE KING With the weather finally warming up, a cold, fresh, fruity smoothie is only necessary! Smoothie King offers a huge variety of healthy, flavored smoothies. You can choose from their custom menu or build your own. Multiple locations 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

BEST Breakfast Nook TERRACE CAFÉ Set apart from other restaurants, Terrace Cafe strives to create a place where friends and family can gather to savor eyebrow-raising meals. Always made from scratch with the finest ingredients, Terrace Café is incomparable. 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, S150 Charlotte | 28277 | 704.369.5190 4625 Piedmont Row Dr., S105 Charlotte | 28210 | 704.554.6177 BEST Buffalo As In Wings WILD WING CAFÉ Great wings, beer and sports! Wild Wing Café has a numerous selection of tasty wings and select beers with huge TVs for sports fanatics! It also has a fun and relaxed atmosphere that’s great for family and friends. 210 E. Trade St., S262D Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.9464 2132 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Charlotte | 28273 | 980.297.7000 9539 Pinnacle Dr. Charlotte | 28269 | 704.708.9453


BEST Caribbean Soul ANNTONY’S CARIBBEAN CAFÉ 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 BEST Catering Your Affair DEAN & DELUCA This all-in-one shop offers the very best in service, quality and of course, selection. Epicurean treats for cooking, eating and entertaining abound even as they did in the original DEAN & DELUCA back in the ‘70s. DEAN & DELUCA has a team of international food experts who search for the best and newest food products from around the globe. 6903 Phillips Place Ct. Charlotte | 28210 | 704.643.6868 201 S. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.377.0037

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BEST Chips and Salsa CANTINA 1511 At either location, whether girls’ night out, family gathering, or a casual business dinner, Cantina 1511 is the perfect place to bring your friends, family and especially your appetite. 1511 East Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.331.9222 7708 Rea Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.9797 BEST Chocolates Heaven THE SECRET CHOCOLATIER Leave it to the Dietz and Ciodia families for all your chocolate needs. Together, they’ve created beautifully crafted and sinfully indulging chocolates and truffles that will leave you wanting more. 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 BEST Coffee House To Kick Back FABO CAFÉ 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

BEST Comfort Food MERT’S HEART AND 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 BEST Cupcakes 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 BEST Deep Fried With Out The Hole (Doughnuts) SUAREZ BAKERY If you have a sweet tooth that can’t be satisfied with a generic snack, then head down to Suarez Bakery. Here you’ll find freshly baked doughnuts, cookies, pastries, breads, and cakes. 4245 Park Rd. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.0145

BEST Dining On A Budget 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

BEST Drive Thru (Best Fast Food) BEST Tall Glass of Milk (Milkshakes) COOK OUT 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

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

BEST Endless Options (Buffet) 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

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

BEST Finger Licking Good (Chicken) PRICE’S CHICKEN COOP Serving Charlotte for many years, Price’s Chicken Coop is the place to be when looking for good ole’ southern fried chicken. They have numerous other plates and sides to go with them! Price’s is guaranteed to leave you with a taste of southern soul. 1614 Camden Rd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.9866

BEST French Fries 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! 12210 Copper Way, S212 Charlotte | 28277 | 704.295.9009 9010 Harris Corners Pkwy Charlotte | 28269 | 704.921.4466 2005 E. Arbors Dr. Charlotte | 28262 | 704.295.9001 11504 Providence Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.847.4408 13545 Steelecroft Pkwy. Charlotte | 28273 | 704.494.7360 1100 Metropolitan Ave., S170 Charlotte | 28204 | 704.334.5155 9526 Birkdale Crossings Dr., S30 Huntersville | 28078 | 704.897.8490 1925 Hoffman Rd. Gastonia | 28056 | 704.9170450 115 Morrison Plantation Pkwy. Mooresville | 28117 | 704.660.9793 BEST Fresh As Can Be (Delicatessen) JASON’S DELI Looking for a fast, fresh, and tasty lunch? Try Jason’s Deli, where customers are given a variety of deliciously prepared menu items such as soups, hot or cold subs, and a fresh salad bar all for a reasonable price. Jason’s Deli is one of Charlotte’s best spots for lunch. Multiple locations

BEST Frozen Yogurt TASTY-YO Not all frozen yogurt is created equal. Tasty-Yo makes it their mission to ensure that their yogurt is not only of the highest quality, value, freshness, nutrition, and seasonality, but they also provide a clean, comfortable, healthy and well-maintained environment for their guests and staff. Their yogurt is truly a healthy snack. 3116 N. Davidson St., S130 Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.4551 225 E. 7th St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.650.0226 BEST Fish and Chips BIG BEN 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 BEST French Cuisine 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. Charlotte | 28210 | 980.219.7409

BEST Gnocchi THE LIBERTY Charlotte’s very first gastro-pub offers great food, a great selection of craft beers and unique menu items that are served daily. Check them out and don’t forget to try an order of their gnocchi! 1812 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.8830 BEST Gourmet Restaurant 131 MAIN 131 MAIN offers fresh food and an inviting setting to meet friends, family and business associates. The menu caters to several different dietary needs, all the while portraying the definition of quality and taste. Multiple locations 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


BEST Group Outing NIKKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR Looking for good food and a good time? Nikko’s is the place to be. The dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and beautiful presentation. The atmosphere is fun, sophisticated and classy. Nikko’s is one of Charlotte’s more upscale sushi delights. 1300 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.0100 BEST Health Food Market TRADER JOE’S If you’re looking for a place to find organic products, look no further. Trader Joe’s is the perfect place to find organic products to choose from leaving you satisfied and healthy! Multiple locations BEST Hot Dog PENGUIN DRIVE-IN This famous drive-in is a landmark restaurant in the heart of Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. Family owned since 1954, The Penguin has been one of America’s most legendary drive-in Restaurants. Go and experience their wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, and of course, their famous Penguin Fried Pickles! 1921 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.1925

CHARLOTTE BEST UPSCALE JAPANESE SUSHI BAR AND LOUNGE Voted BEST Sushi Restaurant 2010 “City Search” Voted BEST Endless Options 2011 & 2012 “Elevate Lifestyle”

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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 COPPER 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 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

BEST Lakeside Dining THE RUSTY RUDDER Located on beautiful Lake Norman, the Rusty Rudder is the lake’s hottest restaurant/bar attracting locals and tourists alike. Come on down and try the great cuisine along with live entertainment from the best local and regional bands every weekend. 20210 Henderson Rd. Cornelius | 28031 | 704.892.9195 BEST Late Night Eats 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 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

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 BEST Local Grown Produce HARVEST MOON GRILLE At the core of its existence, Harvest Moon Grille is a “farm to table” restaurant. Their cuisine features the best of local produce, meats, cheeses and flavors. 235 N. Tyron St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.342.1193 BEST Lots Of Noodles (Italian) MAMA RICOTTA’S Experiencing a big Italian craving? Try Mama Ricotta’s restaurant. The menu consists of numerous deliciously prepared Italian dishes that are sure to satisfy your craving and have you coming back for more. 601 S. Kings Dr. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.343.0148

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 BEST Mexican - South of the Border VIDA MEXICAN KITCHEN Y CANTINA This lively kitchen serves traditional, old-world-style Mexican cuisine presented with refreshing style, alongside handcrafted cocktails, an extensive list of tequilas, and their signature Skinny Margaritas. 210 E. Trade St., S104A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.8432 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

BEST Most Inviting Ambiance HALCYON 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 BEST Overall Menu 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 BEST Neighborhood Restaurant 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

BEST No Flesh (Vegetarian) FERN 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 meatfree, meat eaters will still enjoy the fresh, seasonal dishes that are crafted to perfection. 1323 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.377.1825 BEST Outdoor Dining With A View 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. 1100 Metropolitan Ave., S100 Charlotte | 28204 | 704.370.7755 BEST Restaurant That Opened in 2011 TABLE 274 As one of the newer additions to the Charlotte restaurant community, Table 274 deserves a lot of love. They’ve brought American cuisine with a Carolina influence. Their support for local agriculture and education provides a casual and heart-felt dining experience. 274 S. Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte | 28211 | 704.817.9721

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BEST Pies On Wheels (Delivery) 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. 1501 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.376.3835 14145 Rivergate Pkwy. Charlotte | 28273 | 704.588.5333 1801 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.335.7375 500 S. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.370.2755 4267 Park Rd. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.3220 Corner of 6th & College Charlotte | 28202 | 704.350.1680 404 S. Main St. Davidson | 28036 | 704.655.3835 1910 Cinema Dr. Rock Hill | 29730 | 803.327.2244 BEST Restaurant To Network In BLACKFINN AMERICAN SALOON On the second level of the restaurant, BlackFinn offers a classic saloon environment that complements its dining spaces. Dozens of flat-panel televisions and a state-of-the-art sound system surround the floor, making it the ultimate sports-viewing venue. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect to unwind and socialize. 210 E. Trade St., S120B Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.4440

BEST Roll It Up (Sushi) ENSO ASIAN BISTRO AND SUSHI BAR When trying to find a place to dine with a group of friends, you should check out the trendy and delicious Enso. They have an awesome menu and numerous Asian dishes to choose from along with a cool atmosphere, and a lot of room for big parties. 210 E. Trade St., S108A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.3676 BEST Sake Selection RU SANS Over the years, Ru Sans has become one of Charlotte’s favorite sushi restaurants. From the fresh menu to the notable sake selection, you can’t go wrong with this classic. 2440 Park Rd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.374.0008 BEST Serbian INTERMEZZO PIZZERIA AND CAFÉ Intermezzo’s serves up Charlotte’s best pizza and incredible Serbian dishes. Every dish is created using only the freshest ingredients. They hand toss every pizza and use only the freshest toppings available. 1427 E. 10th St. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.375.2578

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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 BEST Signature Appetizer SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI, 300 EAST 300 East serves inspired cuisine in a lively, offbeat and relaxed atmosphere in a renovated house in historic Dilworth. Locals and visitors love the seasonal dishes, especially the irresistible sweet potato ravioli. 300 East Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.6507 BEST Soul Food LEROY FOX This new soul food restaurant brings the best of soul food to the Charlotte area. The menu is full of scrumptious classics that would bring warmth and comfort to even the coldest of days. Alongside the food menu is an extensive drink menu with incredible cocktails. 705 S. Sharon Amity Rd. Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.3232

BEST Special Occasion THE CAPITAL GRILLE This distinctive restaurant offers a rich, club-like atmosphere accented with hand-crafted mahogany, plush leather, distinctive art, and the savory aroma of sizzling steaks. With a wine list of over 350 wines, you’re sure to find the perfect complement to your luxurious experience. 201 N. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.348.1400 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

BEST Sunday Brunch PEWTER ROSE This Sunday brunch hot spot is an eclectic casual bistro that offers international and American cuisine. Local produce, fresh seafood, poultry, beef, pork, game meats, and vegetarian items are all interpreted in a unique yet comfortable way. 1820 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.8149 BEST Surf’n’Turf LAVECCHIA’S STEAKS & SEAFOOD In the mood for good seafood and can’t seem to find it around these parts? Luckily, LaVecchia’s has graced Charlotte with their presence in providing us with great seafood that’s guaranteed fresh, tasty, and very satisfying. 214 N. Tryon St., SD Charlotte | 28202 | 704.370.6776 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

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 handtossed. 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 BEST Tapas ZEN 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


BEST Tastiest Bar Food BRAZWELL’S PREMIUM PUB Surround yourself with good friends and lively vibes at this bar. Strong bonds and joyous toasts are common recurrences, while appetizing food and enticing drinks are always happening. 1627 Montford Dr. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.3500 BEST Tasty Side Dishes RED ROCKS CAFÉ, BAR & BAKERY Hosted by local owners, catered with American cuisine, and served by a friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, Red Rocks is sure to please everyone. The restaurant’s side dishes are distinctively tempting from their macaroni and cheese to their parmesan potato cakes. 4223 Providence Rd., SB Charlotte | 28211 | 704.364.0402


BEST The Freshest Catch (Seafood) 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 BEST The Other Wrap (Burrito) PHAT BURRITO This South End favorite serves up huge, no-nonsense Southwesternstyle 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

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BEST Thing Between Two Buns (Hamburger) BAD DADDY’S BURGER BAR They offer exactly what their name suggests amazing burgers, a killer bar, and it’s all very, very good. Tucked perfectly into Charlotte’s Dilworth and Ballantyne neighborhoods, they love serving you amazing food in a lively, laid-back atmosphere. 1626 East Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.714.4888 15105 John J. Delaney Dr., SA Charlotte | 28277 | 704.919.2700 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


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

BEST Traditional Diner THE DIAMOND This classic diner offers mouthwatering southern comforts such as fried chicken, fried pickles, and fried catfish. Beyond the fried favorites are veggie burgers, gyros and breakfast. The countless options make it easy for anyone to find something delicious and satisfying. 1901 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8959 BEST Vietnamese PHO REAL When it comes to pho, Pho Real is an experienced provider. The menu features several pho entrees with a variety of different meats. Degree of authenticity and portion sizes make Pho Real a great place to satisfy any Vietnamese craving. 440 E. McCullough Dr. Charlotte | 28262 | 704.717.2500


BEST Wok On The Wild Side (Chinese) SOHO BISTRO This pleasant, contemporary atmosphere is perfect for casual Chinese dining with family and friends. The menu features a great selection of dishes that are made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. If you’re trying to stay in, you’re in luck because they also deliver! 214 N. Tryon St., S110 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.5189

BEST Worth Tipping (Best Service In Town) DEL FRISCO’S This restaurant, with impeccable service, embodies the rich tradition of fine American steakhouses. They serve only the best hand-cut steaks, chops and freshest seafood including Australian cold water lobster tails. They use fresh ingredients to create mouthwatering dishes. 4725 Piedmont Row Dr., S170 Charlotte | 28210 | 704.552.5502 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. 101 S. Tryon St., S8 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.4015 501 S. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.339.6058 1501 South Blvd. Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.4370 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte | 28223 | 704.687.7049

BEST Your Local Lunch Spot THE ROASTING COMPANY This casual dining restaurant is the perfect spot for a delicious, quick lunch. The menu features their outstanding rotisserie chicken, fresh vegetables and macaroni and cheese, all at a great price! 1601 Montford Dr. Charlotte | 28209 | 704.521.8188


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BEST Arcade Dave and Busters 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 BEST 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 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

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 BEST Club DJ DJ Spider Primarily a goth/industrial DJ with a healthy dose of 80’s and electro, DJ Spider has spun a variety of formats over the years. Anything is bound to show up in her sets that are described as “vibrant,” “surprising,” “kick-ass,” and “Omigod, is she really that tall?” FAVORITE Concert of 2011 Taylor Swift, SPEAK NOW TOUR After having her initial July 2011 concert in Charlotte, NC canceled due to bronchitis, Taylor Swift rocked the roof off of the Time Warner Cable when she came back in November 2011. Swift’s Speak Now tour in Charlotte ended up being the best we had this year!


BEST Concert Venue < 400 People Visulite Theatre Though small in size, The Visulite Theater is certainly not small in sound. The theater hosts bands of all calibers, from Grateful Dead cover bands to local garage bands. The Visulite Theater has a neighborhood bar feel with a bonus of great live music. 1615 Elizabeth Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.358.9200 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 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 U.S. National Whitewater 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 BEST Dining with Entertainment MEZ The stylish, modern establishment located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte serves a seasonal menu of globallyinfluenced cuisine. The lively bar is a great place to enjoy premium beer and wine selections as well as specialty cocktails. 210 E. Trade St., S290C Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.2400 BEST Drive Home Radio Show Matt & Ramona, 107.9 The Link This Charlotte-based show, hosted by Matt and Ramona, has become a nationally syndicated success. The talk show includes a cast featuring Ramona’s mother “Wheezy,” the executive producer “Bandy,” and former intern “Doc.” Matt and Ramona can be heard every weekday afternoon from 3 to 7. 1 Julian Price Pl. Charlotte | 28208 | 704.570.1079

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BEST Electronics Store Best Buy There’s no one place that offers more movies, CDs, games, TVs, home appliances and other electronics than Best Buy. Best Buy now offers a buyback program that allows you to purchase a product, then bring it back later when you feel like getting a newer product, and receiving a gift card for the product’s value. Multiple locations BEST Place To Hear Live Jazz Petra’s Piano Bar This Charlotte gem offers live music performances from Charlotte’s top artists. Come in and enjoy their amazing drink specials while soaking up the bar’s beautiful new amenities. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte | 28205 | 704.332.6608 BEST Limousine Company Five Star Limo This preferred service in Charlotte has brought upscale amenities to individuals and companies all over the city. Their glamorous limousines epitomize the meaning of luxury. Charlotte | 704.541.0508


BEST Local Band About to Hit It Big The Dempsey Gibson Band The Dempsey Gibson Band is one of Charlotte’s best and most versatile cover bands. Powerful and confident vocals, top of the line musicians, great song choices and professionalism has the DGB at the top of its game! FAVORITE Local Female Vocalist Jennifer Wallis She works as a drummer, pianist, and singer at Howl at the Moon and is the Alternative Music Director at First United Methodist Church. Jennifer Wallis Music FAVORITE Local Male Vocalist Pete Lents, Howl at the Moon Pete, the funny man and piano man from the Howl at the Moon in Charlotte, believes that music is the “Great Unifier” of people. 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.

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FAVORITE Local Songwriter Dempsey Gibson Being a confident performer in studio and during live performances, it is no wonder Dempsey Gibson has won over the hearts of Charlotte. His skills and talents also include song writing, film making, journalism, and comedy. FAVORITE Local TV Anchor (Female) Morgan Fogarty, FOX Charlotte FAVORITE Local TV Anchor (Male) Israel Balderas, FOX Charlotte FAVORITE Local TV Meteorologist Tera Blake, FOX Charlotte FAVORITE Local TV Newscast Fox News Rising, FOX Charlotte BEST Morning Radio Show Ace & TJ, Channel 96.1 Streaming live every weekday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., this entertaining radio show includes a cast of favorites including Yankee Pete, Breezekat, Monica, and of course, Ace and T.J. 801 Wood Ridge Center Dr. Charlotte | 28217 | 1.888.412.2385

BEST Movie Theatre EpiCentre Theaters They offer state-of-the-art viewing technology to showcase the latest and greatest films, all the while accommodating guests with relaxing couches, and gourmet food and cocktails. 210 E. Trade St., 290D Charlotte | 28202 | 704.688.2400 FAVORITE Local TV Sportscaster Kelli Bartik, FOX Charlotte BEST Neighborhood Festival The Matthews Alive Festival During Labor Day weekend, the Matthews-Charlotte community teams up to create The Matthews Alive Festival. The weekend celebration is dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations through music, arts and community involvement. 100 McDowell St. Matthews | 28105 | 704.321.7275 BEST Non-Concert Venue to Hear Live Music Wild Wings Cafe Great wings, beer and sports! Plus, great live music! Wild Wing Cafe has a vast selection of tasty wings and select beers with huge TVs for sports fanatics! Their fun, relaxed atmosphere is great for family and friends. 210 E. Trade St., S262D Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.9464

BEST Party DJ DJ CIPRIAN, Resident DJ at Butter A European DJ that electrifies crowds with his versatile and high-energy mixing ability, DJ CIPRIAN has performed at exclusive parties for BET founder and Charlotte Bobcats’ owner Bob Johnson, NBA legend Michael Jordan, as well as many others BEST Place To Drop A Grand...Fast SUITE The upscale atmosphere and service makes SUITE the ideal venue for parties and events of any kind. The exclusive club and lounge has a full complement of audio/visual equipment, along with VIP services including bottle service. 210 E. Trade St., S300A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.7878 BEST Racing School Richard Petty Driving Experience 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


FAVORITE Radio Station Personality Otis, The O Show on 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 BEST Ritziest Gala to Attend Charlotte Bartenders 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 BEST Sport Event For the Value FIGHT LAB MMA EVENTS Fights have always been entertaining, but Fight Lab Promotions is raising the bar. Fight Lab Mixed Martial Arts events mix intense competition with undeniable enjoyment. Together, they make for a violent, yet amusing, pasttime.

BEST Sports Radio Show 610 AM The Fan, MAC ATTACK SHOW This energetic sports radio show kicks off the day from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Mac Attack offers a great combination of sports talk, guy talk, and great guests. 1520 South Blvd., S300 Charlotte│28203│704-570-9610 BEST Place to Pimp Your Ride Dirty South Customs 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 BEST Talk Radio Show Bob & Sheri, 107.9 The Link From 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., entertainers Bob and Sheri take charge of the radio with witty, never-boring topics. 1 Julian Price Pl. Charlotte | 28208 | 888.262.7437 BEST Video/DVD Rentals REDBOX Multiple locations

BEST 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 BEST Last Laugh (Comedy Club) The Comedy Zone 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 17044 Kenton Dr. Cornelius | 28031 | 704.895.1782 BEST Thing In Charlotte to Show Out of Town Guests The EpiCentre Soaring high above the flatlands, the EpiCentre is Uptown Charlotte’s entertainment and dining marketplace. The EpiCentre brings an elevated level of sophistication to the city with sleek, contemporary architecture and unsurpassed amenities, bars, clubs and restaurants. 210 E. Trade St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.688.5980

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BEST Accessories Store THE 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 F 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 F BEST Below Freezing (Winter Clothing) ALPINE SKI CENTER 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 F

BEST Barber Shop For Him 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 F BEST Boutique For Her IVY & LEO They are a women’s fashion boutique that specializes in fun, trendy clothes and accessories that are affordable. Ivy & Leo offers the fashionista the opportunity to look fabulous without the guilt. They are actually the trendy sister store of the family-owned and long-time Charlotte favorite, Julie’s Boutique! 100 N. Tryon St., S330 (Founders Hall) Charlotte │ 28202 │ 704.335.0077 6401 Morrison Blvd., S13A Charlotte │ 28211 │ 704.365.3222 F


BEST Boutique For Him TAYLOR RICHARDS & CONGER Taylor Richards & Conger has an exceptional staff that will help you find the perfect garments to fit your body type and your lifestyle. TRC will also come to you with swatches in hand…whenever, wherever. 6907 Phillips Place Ct. Charlotte │ 28210 │ 704.366.9092 BEST Boutique For The Price BEST Consignment Shop (Women) BEST Out-Of-The-Ordinary Finds 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


BEST Boutique That Opened in 2011 CORAL Designer boutique featuring the latest trends and fashions, including the brands: By Malene Birger, Sea, Jenni Kayne, Antik Batik, DANNIJO, Camilla & Marc, Sass & Bide, Rachel Comey, and more. Coral offers a refreshing take on clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories. 1405 East Blvd. Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.817.9440 BEST Bridal Boutique J MAJOR’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE J Major’s is the home to more than 15 of today’s top bridal designers, as well as collections for bridesmaids, flower girls, mothers, and special occasions. They also carry an extensive selection of accessories such as shoes, jewelry, veils and headpieces. 2400 Park Rd., SG Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.372.0082

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BEST Place To Buy Makeup IMPACT COLOR COSMETICS 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 Fuze Salon, where you can pick up any of the awesome products. 1819 E. 7th St. Charlotte │ 28204 │ 704.334.3211 FAVORITE Chicest Local Designer LUIS MACHICAO, LUIS MACHICAO COUTURE 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 AvantGarde. Recently, he presented his Spring-Summer 2011 collection at New York’s fashion week.


BEST Consignment Shop (Men) BEST Top It 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 BEST Coolest Kick Selection STEP BY SLOAN This amazing store nestled in Dilworth is a designer shoe boutique which is the sister store to Sloan, the very successful and much talked about designer ladies’ clothing boutique. They sell the highest quality available showcasing the latest fashions in ladies’ shoes and accessories. 1419 East Blvd., SG Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.376.1275

BEST Costume Jewelry MELVIN JEWELRY A feminine, modern, edgy jewelry collection with a touch of vintage! The Melvin jewelry line debuted in fall 2011 and is made in the U.S.A. The debut collections include “Untamed” and “Decommissioned,” which bring a variety of unique designs incorporating bullets and creatures that are guaranteed to get you noticed! 228 E. Kingston Ave. Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.363.7590 BEST Custom (To You) Clothing FLOW BY TARA DAVIS Tara Davis is an independent and freelance fashion designer located in Charlotte, NC. Flow is strictly a dress collection to be worn, for formal functions and social events. These are dresses for the sophisticated woman who exudes dignity and class. 136 E. 36th St. (Studio 5 Hart Witzen Gallery) Charlotte │ 28206 │ 704.712.5494

BEST Cutting-Edge Fashion Boutique SCOTT & MOLLY’S Located in the prestigious South Park area, they offer personalized and friendly service in order to take the intimidation out of boutique shopping. Whether you are looking for a casual jersey dress, the perfect pair of jeans, or a fabulous cocktail dress, Scott & Molly has something for everyone and every occasion. 3920 Sharon Rd., SB150 Charlotte │ 28211 │ 704.817.7009 BEST Designer Shades SUNGLASS HUT Sunglass Hut is partnered with OneSight, a charitable organization that recycles donated sunglasses and prescription eyewear. Donation boxes are located in every single Sunglass Hut store. 4400 Sharon Rd. Charlotte │ 28211 │ 704.442.0238 6801 Northlake Mall Dr. Charlotte │ 28216 │ 704.596.4764


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BEST Everyday Jewelry HANDPICKED 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 HandPicked 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

BEST Fashion T-Shirt L.A. 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 artist-inspired 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

BEST First Rate Vintage Clothing HONG KONG VINTAGE & RECYCLED 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

BEST Handbags To Hold KK BLOOM BOUTIQUE The dream turned reality for Charlotte natives Kendrick Allen and Clay Slaughter when they opened KK Bloom Boutique in 2010. Their vision was to create a place where women could find clothing and accessories for all of life’s occasions. 2823 Selwyn Ave. Charlotte │ 28209 │ 980.428.6443

BEST Hair Color For The Price SALON ON SELWYN Salon On Selwyn has been an established boutique salon in the heart of Myers Park since 1999. They believe in making hairstyling a fun, relaxing experience with the latest trends, styling and coloring techniques. 2839-C Selwyn Ave. Charlotte │ 28209 │ 704.377.9908

BEST Jeweler With The Brightest Bling LAURA JAMES JEWELRY The shop’s vintage, eclectic, and oneof-a-kind jewelry has been featured in Gossip Girl, Lucky Magazine, and the TODAY Show. All the jewelry has been handcrafted here in Charlotte, NC solely by creator and designer Laura Schmelzer James. 1419 East Blvd., SK Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.372.1267

BEST Hair Salon JON RIC HAIR SPA From Jon Ric’s advanced hair treatment and color services to the maintenance mani/pedi and facial services, the client experience remains their focus. Whether you want a hair treatment or just a trim, Jon Ric’s is the place to go. Check out the new addition to their menu: the Hot Stone Pedicure. 4310 Sharon Rd., SU5 Charlotte │ 28211 │ 704.362.6005

BEST Juiciest Jean Selection LUNA The specialty boutique opened in 1996 with the idea of creating a “women’s sanctuary of the south.” The concept of presenting a wide collection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, home décor, and gifts in a unique, warm, and friendly environment has remained their core focus. 6809 Phillips Place Ct., SB Charlotte │ 28210 │ 704.554.6000

BEST Leisure Loungewear BEST Place For Organic Brands Of Clothing YOGA OASIS The store provides yoga clothes for on and off the mat. Some brands carried at Yoga Oasis are Prana and OmGirl. Put the clothes to the test in their 1,800-square-foot studio. They also offer yoga classes almost every day of the week; massage therapy is also available by appointment only. 2400 Park Rd., SA Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.334.7104 BEST Lingerie Shop I.C. LONDON Charlotte’s favorite lingerie 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 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, S135


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BEST Most Relaxing Spa BEST Smoothest Skin (Waxing) BEST Spa For Body Treatments 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 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, clientfocused 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


BEST Neighborhood Boutique FRESH The contemporary women’s clothing boutique is located in the heart of Myers Park. Whether you’re in need of the perfect party dress, a new pair of jeans, or a handbag, Fresh has everything you need to refresh your wardrobe. 813 Providence Rd. Charlotte │ 28207 │ 704.343.9071 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 BEST Salon That Opened In 2011 SALON M2 At Salon M2, they provide an earthfriendly 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

BEST Place To Find Something You Didn’t Know You Needed PETAL This quaint boutique epitomizes classic and trendy fashion. Petal has great deals every day, and when they have sale, it really is a sale! Their jewelry is fun and easy to incorporate to what you already own. They even have a fabulous $100-And-Under section of the store that you just have to check out! 1315 East Blvd., S180 Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.817.8871 BEST Place To Get Framed (Optician Store) SALLY’S OPTICAL 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 BEST Pregnant People Need Clothes Too WOMB MATERNITY CONSIGNMENT The Womb Maternity Consignment shop offers lightly used maternity clothes at consignment prices. They have a large selection of designers including Ripe, Olian, Michael Stars, Pea in the Pod, Mimi as well as designer jeans. 739 Providence Rd. Charlotte │ 28207 │ 704.344.797

BEST Running Shoes RUN FOR YOUR LIFE Promoting running, walking, and healthy lifestyles is their passion at Run For Your Life! The popular Charlotte store has new products arriving every week, events each month, training classes, and a couple fun surprises. Multiple location BEST Shoe Lover’s Heaven 72 SHOE BOUTIQUE At 72 Shoe Boutique, you’ll find a unique array of classy, trendy, and glamorous women’s shoes, handbags, and accessories. They offer collections by some of your favorite designers, including Badgley Mischka, BCBG, Daniblack, Diane von Furstenberg, Juicy Couture, and more. 9856 Rea Rd., SG Charlotte │ 28277 │ 704.542.0472 BEST Shoe Repair LEE’S SHOE REPAIR What makes them the best shoe repairers in town? Their craftsmanship, experience, and care combined. They use the best products and dedicated skill to return your shoes (and bags) to original condition, or as near to it as possible. 6648 Carmel Commons Rd. Charlotte │ 28226 │ 704.542.7463


FAVORITE Snippiest Stylist (Female) DENISE ANTONACCI, JON RIC HAIR SPA Denise has been in the salon industry for over 20 years. Her passion and dedication to perfection is impressive.  She prides herself on taking her time and giving you her full attention in order to bring pure exquisiteness.  Her devoted clientele includes some of Charlotte’s most prominent figures. 4310 Sharon Rd., SU5 Charlotte │ 28211 │ 704.362.6005 FAVORITE Snippiest Stylist (Male) JOEY HEWELL, J. STUDIO The talented stylist believes in knowing the limit and breaking it. This allows Joey Hewell the freedom to tell clients how to stand out with confidence while keeping them in their comfort zone. He challenges himself to introduce something new and fresh. 1626 S. Tryon St. Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.330.5757


BEST Specialty Store JEFFRE SCOTT APOTHECARY Jeffre Scott is a beauty oasis specializing in luxury fragrances, bath and body, cosmetics, skincare and home decor. Whether you are a product connoisseur or could use a lesson in beauty basics, boutique owner Jeffre Scott is the ideal man to solve the most complicated beauty problems or indulge any beauty whim. 607 Providence Rd. Charlotte │ 28207 │ 704.339.0010 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 BEST Tanning Salon PALM BEACH TAN Feel the difference the moment you enter: immaculate, spacious rooms and a vast array of tanning and skin care products. They have the best tanning equipment around and knowledgeable, Smart Tan™ certified staff members who attend to virtually every detail. Multiple locations

BEST Tattoo Parlor FU’S CUSTOM TATTOO The premier and only full custom tattoo studio in Charlotte, located in the heart of the NoDa Arts District! Fu’s Custom Tattoo is staffed by eight friendly and professional industry veterans, more than capable of making your ideas become reality. 3200 N. Davidson St. Charlotte │ 28205 │ 704.376.4556 BEST That Little Black Dress (Where To Buy It) CHEZELLE Established in 2004, this local boutique is a curated collection of feminine and edgy women’s wear and accessories. ChezElle believes that fashion is what people adopt when they are lost, but style only exists when they are found. 532 Governor Morrison St., S120 Charlotte │ 28211 │ 704.365.4680


BEST Thrift Store JUNIOR LEAGUE OF CHARLOTTE’S JLC WEARHOUSE The League has contributed to the community through the JLC WearHouse since 1936. JLC members donate to the store in merchandise or cash, and local businesses contribute consignments and donate overstocks of new merchandise. 1117 Pecan Ave. Charlotte │ 28205 │ 704.377.1854 BEST Unisex Boutique 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

BEST Women’s Clothing CAPITOL Capitol currently stocks designs from Balenciaga, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Nina Ricci, and Lanvin. Check out their outfit of the week posted each week on their blog, facebook, and twitter! 4010 Sharon Rd. Charlotte │ 28211 │ 704.366.0388 BEST Workout Gear LULULEMON ATHLETICA CHARLOTTE Nestled in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, 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 Road Charlotte │ 28211 │ 704.336.6538

BEST Worth The Drive LAVENDAR BOUTIQUE Nowhere in the Lake Norman area will you experience a shopping trip like this…from the minute you walk into the contemporary, New York designed store, knowledgeable staff will offer you a glass of wine and an opportunity to have a personal shopper for the hour to outfit your entire wardrobe. 279 Williamson Rd. Mooresville │ 28117 │ 704.663.2880


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FAVORITE Ass Kicking Personal Trainer (Male) Aaron Lovett, Crossfit steele creek The training philosophy at CrossFit Steel Creekcombines the principles of CrossFit, CrossFit Endurance, and Special Operations training methods, to form a proven and demanding training experience. The trainers are some of the best when it comes to survival of the fittest. 9301 Forsyth Park Dr., SC Charlotte | 28217 | 704.999.6939 BEST Buy For The Money BEST Gym To Socialize Sports and Fitness Clubs This fitness club is “rethinking fitness.” Sports and Fitness Clubs’ approach to fitness is very straight forward: NO HASSLES. NO GIMMICKS. NO ENROLLMENT! Purchasing a fitness membership should be a pleasant and rewarding experience, not one that requires exceptional negotiation skills. 11611 Ardrey Kell Rd. 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. Charlotte | 28269 | 704.596.9009 8404 N. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28262 | 704.405.1330

BEST Bicycle Shop Uptown Cycles They are the premier bike shop in Charlotte for bikes, training, apparel, and repair. Owners Chris Sheehan and Robin Farina wanted to bring something unique to the Charlotte area, creating the best bike shop around and combine that with a full featured training studio. 1432 W. Morehead St. Charlotte | 28208 | 704.632.7440 BEST Biking Trials BEST Ride The Rapids FAVORITE Take A Hike (Hiking Trails) U.S. National Whitewater Center The USNWC is a great way for families and friends to have fun outside. If you are looking for kayaking, wall climbing, zip lining and much more, then start planning your visit to the U.S. National White Water Center. 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Charlotte | 28214 | 704.391.3900


BEST Body Treatment Clear Thai Yoga Massage & Bodywork CLEAR Thai Yoga delivers you a high quality Thai yoga massage that will help rejuvenate you, release muscle tension, and increase your overall feeling of well-being. 401 East Blvd., S110 Charlotte | 28203 | 980.275.0183 BEST Boot Camp For Females Tuff Girls Bootcamp Their classes are 30-minute express fitness classes for busy people to help firm up the stomach, hips, thighs, and arms. Workouts can be done at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level, plus there are modifications for anyone with joint issues. 13417 Grand Palisades Pkwy. Charlotte | 28278 | 803.984.0714 2102 Cambridge Beltway, SA Charlotte | 28273 | 803.984.0714







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FAVORITE Golf Pro Cami Berher, Tega Kay Golf Club Cami Berher is a PGA Professional and LPGA Member. 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. BEST Gym With Best Equipment Urban Active Urban Active offers you a fleet of the fitness industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top strength equipment, cardio machines, and free weights; a private women-only exercise room; not to mention personalized training by nationally certified experts whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make your workout routine definitely un-routine. 12325 Copper Way Charlotte | 28277 | 704.247.9090

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FAVORITE Nutritionist/Diet Coach Kim Norton, balance fitness studio As the co-owner of Balance Fitness Studio, Kim Norton focuses on sports performance, rehabilitation, weight management, nutritional consulting, and custom meal plans for both men and women ages 12 to 75; and from beginners all the way up to professional athletes. 507 Providence Rd., S200 Charlotte | 28207 | 704.343.9544 BEST Off The Ground (Place To Rock Climb) Inner Peaks 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 BEST Pilates Studio Iron Butterfly The staff members at Iron Butterfly Pilates are all certified, professional, inspiring, and dedicated individuals. They provide both group classes and private instruction. Throughout the day they offer different style classes, so that there is something for everyone. 2108 South Blvd., S105 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.373.1990

BEST Place To Jog McAlpine Greenway Charlotte’s original Greenway Park, McAlpine Creek Greenway, built in 1978, was the first public greenway trail ever acquired and built in the western piedmont of North Carolina. With its serene and scenic views, you will never want to jog anywhere else again! BEST Place To Take Dance Lessons Queen City Ballroom Queen City Ballroom is Charlotte’s largest and most elegant premier ballroom. You can choose from 10 of the best instructors in the Carolinas. Queen City Ballroom even provides dance instruction in many languages — Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Ukranian, Polish, Vietnamese, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Slovakian. 3920 Sharon Rd. Charlotte | 28211 | 704.541.5440


BEST Sporting Goods Store Omega Sports Customer Service is what sets Omega Sports apart from “big box” sporting goods stores. The NC-only sports specialty store provides a level of service that takes effort and commitment but is greatly rewarding. 8036 Providence Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.541.9221 4271 Park Rd., SB Charlotte | 28209 | 704.521.8504 14136 Rivergate Pkwy. Charlotte | 28273 | 704.583.6111 9747 Sam Furr Rd. Huntersville | 28078 | 704.892.5544

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BEST Sports Facility Sports Connection The Sports Connection is your number one source for fun for the whole family. They offer sports leagues, games, attractions, birthday parties, group outings, and many other adult and youth activities. 11611 Ardrey Kell Rd. Charlotte | 28277 | 704.583.1444 10930 Granite St. Charlotte | 28273 | 704.583.1444 8626 Hankins Rd. Charlotte | 28269 | 704.583.1444 6300 Carmel Rd. Charlotte | 28226 | 704.583.1444 BEST Swim Worthy (Best Pool In Town) Mecklenburg county Aquatic Center The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center is a world-class Natatorium. The Aquatic Center includes a 50 meter competition pool, 25 yard therapeutic pool, fitness center, and hot tub. Join them for lap swimming, water exercise, swim lessons and much more. 800 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Charlotte │ 28202 │ 704.336.3483


BEST Special Touch Massage Urbana Cityspa & Teabar Upon entering Urbana’s New York style loft, you will be swept up by their mind-altering therapies, both ancient and modern. Urbana offers an environment of tranquility and calm, and is certainly an escape from reality that you deserve! 7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd., S5B Charlotte | 28226 | 704.543.1700 BEST Unique Fitness Center The Metro Fitness Club 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

BEST Women’s Gym Curves Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world and the first to offer a 30-minute exercise program designed exclusively for women. Curves offers complete fitness and nutrition solutions. 2910 Mount Holly-Huntersville Rd., SG Charlotte | 28214 | 704.394.7707 7820 Fairview Rd. Charlotte | 28226 | 704.540.7512 8316 Pineville-Matthews Rd., S803 Charlotte | 28226 | 704.752.4222 8432 Old Statesville Rd., S450 Charlotte | 28269 | 704.494.4411 BEST Yoga Studio Charlotte Yoga Charlotte Yoga provides high quality, personalized instruction in the art of yoga following a holistic philosophy. They offer a beneficial and enjoyable experience to each student who enters their studio, and they create a culture of peace, gratitude, and community service. 1730 E. Woodlawn Rd., SE Charlotte | 28209 | 704.665.9003

FAVORITE Zumba Instructor Dominique Ritter, Rhythm Fitness She loves teaching Zumba and has enjoyed watching Zumba develop into an international phenomenon. If you attend a class with Dominique Ritter, then you have to come with your ‘A’ game because the music is loud, the classes are a blast, and Dominique offers up a serious work out! 818 Tom Hall St. Fort Mill | 29715 | 803.548.0299


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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 FT 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 FT BEST Business School MCCOLL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS In the early 1990s, Queen’s University made a strong commitment to expand the university’s growing business programs. Hugh L. McColl Jr. School of Business was then formally established in 1993, and is committed to maintaining its prestigious reputation. 1900 Selwyn Ave. Charlotte │ 28274 │ 704.337.2200 FT

BEST Uptown High-Rise THE VUE CHARLOTTE It’s called The VUE for a reason, with floor-to-ceiling glass, unencumbered views and distinct architecture – this luxury condominium living truly is a visual experience. Making your home here means leading an active stress-free city life with countless conveniences and amenities. 101 N. Tryon St., S100 Charlotte │ 28246 │ 704.374.0089 FT 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 FT BEST Do It Yourself (Home Landscaping) LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT Lowe’s has been helping their customers improve the places they call home for more than 60 years. The home improvement stores stock 40,000 products in 20 product categories ranging from appliances to tools, to paint, lumber and nursery products. Multiple locations FT

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 FT BEST Fabric Store MODERN FABRICS COMPANY 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 FT BEST Furniture Store SLATE INTERIORS When you’re looking for a unique, eclectic, and reasonably-priced gift or item for your home, shop at Slate Interiors! They have everything from the ultra-modern to traditional conveniently located under one roof. Slate Interiors is only five minutes from uptown Charlotte. 1401 Central Ave., S102 Charlotte │ 28205 │ 704.930.7890

BEST Gallery To Purchase Art LARK & KEY GALLERY AND BOUTIQUE 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 FT 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 hands-on opportunities to learn new skills or build upon existing expertise. 1707 E. 7th St. Charlotte │ 28204 │ 704.337.7300 FT

BEST Home Accessory Store CITY SUPPLY They believe that well-designed and well-made products should be timeless and affordable. City Supply strives to maintain a consistently fresh inventory of unique products scoured from around the world. From in-home design services, to help finding the perfect gift, the local Plaza Midwood shop will exceed your expectations. 1219 Thomas Ave. Charlotte │ 28205 │ 704.347.2489 FT BEST Host/Hostess Gifts GREEN WITH ENVY Green With Envy has the perfect gift for every occasion, even if that is just pampering yourself. They carry lines for men, women, children, babies as well as stationary, jewelry, clothing, candles, lotions, and wonderful work by local artists! The best part is the Green With Envy always gift wraps for free! 1111 Central Ave., S200 Charlotte │ 28204 │ 704.344.8774 FT

BEST Independent 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 FT BEST Knick Knacks (Unique Gift Store) 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 T


BEST Knitting Classes YARNHOUSE They are a knitting, crocheting and fiber arts community located in NoDa. Here everyone can share ideas, inspirations, patterns, stories, advice and purchase fabulous yarn and fibers. The community atmosphere creates an exciting environment for project ideas. 3205 N. Davidson St., S103 Charlotte │ 28205 │ 704.335.8531 FT 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 BEST Pet Cemetery CHARLOTTE PET CEMETERY AND CREMATORY Charlotte Pet Cemetery offers Pet Cremation Keepsakes, Veterinary Cremation Services, Pet Cremation Services, and Pet Cremation Boxes. 6225 Cashion Rd. Huntersville │ 28078 │ 704.875.2582 F


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. 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 FT 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 BEST Pet Grooming DOGTOPIA OF CHARLOTTE 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

BEST Place To Break Up FACEBOOK BEST Place To Purchase Art Supplies CHEAP JOE’S ART STUFF If you have the need to express yourself artistically, then Cheap Joe’s is your place. This is the premier place in Charlotte to buy your art supplies. At Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, you’ll find an array of fine art supplies that are as inexpensive as you could imagine. 4420 Monroe Rd. Charlotte│ 28205 │ 704.333.2527 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 FAVORITE Real Estate Agent (Female) JULIE TACHE, HOMES WITH CACHET Homes With Cachet is your one-stop source for real estate services covering Charlotte, NC and its surrounding areas. Real estate is one of the most exciting investments one can make, and it should be a fun and rewarding experience. Here you’ll find everything you’ll need to buy or sell a home, as well as learn about the market value of homes you may own in the area. Charlotte │ 704.236.7536

FAVORITE Real Estate Agent (Male) SCOTT LINDSLEY, MYTOWNHOME.COM Interested in living in or around Uptown Charlotte? Debating between the Art’s District of NoDa and the light rail line in SouthEnd? Maybe you can’t decide whether you prefer a town home or a flat, 30 floors in the sky? Scott Lindsley has helped buy and sell, and has lived in, all of these options above. With 19 years of experience in real estate, he can help you make the right choice. 1500 South Blvd., S101B Charlotte │ 28203 │ 704.927.4433 BEST Running Wild (Doggie Day Care) PUPTOWN CHARLOTTE This doggie daycare and luxury boarding facility as won over the hearts of Charlotte. Whether your dog visits Puptown Charlotte for one day or one week, your furry friend will come home tired and happy. 8702 Statesville Rd. Charlotte │ 28269 │ 704.921.2434 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

BEST The Flyest Travel Agency MANN TRAVELS This personalized travel agency specializes in helping you get to your dream destination. With a strong team of professionals to help you take flight, Mann Travels’ extensive industry experience and customer service will help you get the best deal for your next vacation. 4400 Park Rd., S1 Charlotte │ 28209 │ 704.556.8311 BEST The Big Splash (Pool In Charlotte) ASHTON SOUTH END 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 BEST The Hippest Apartment Complex ELIZABETH SQUARE This unique property has features that you can only find in custom homes. Elizabeth Square has all the conveniences of urban living such as stainless steel appliances, oval tubs with resort-style curved curtain rods, valet trash service, 24-hour strength and training studio, card room with billiards, and much more! 730 Hawthorne Ln. Charlotte │ 28204 │ 704.375.3033

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 awardwinning, experienced team to tell your story and engage your community. Charlotte │ 28202 │ 980.428.6709 BEST Traditional Home Stores THE BOULEVARD AT SOUTH END 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 BEST Used Book Store BOOK BUYERS Any used bookstore must be judged firstly on selection – which this place seems to have passed with flying colors – and then on organization. It never hurts to be able to immediately find what you need, but searching for that perfect choice makes finding the treasure that much sweeter! 1308 The Plaza, SF Charlotte │ 28205 │ 704.344.8611

BEST Walk The Dog (Dog Walker) MEOW & FETCH PET SITTING 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 BEST Wax Job (Car Wash) AUTOBELL CAR WASH Autobell 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 location BEST Wedding Dress 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

BEST Wedding Registry WILLIAMS SONOMA Williams Sonoma makes bridal registry simple! You can easily find a registry, create a new one, or manage your current registry online at your convenience. 6401 Morrison Blvd. Charlotte │ 28211 │ 704.364.8886 BEST Where To Say I Do (Besides A Church) 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


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BEST Karaoke BEST Bachelorette Party (The Place To Be) BEST Girl’s Night Out 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 BEST “In Crowd” Bar FAVORITE Saturday Night Place MEZ In the heart of uptown’s EpiCentre, Mez offers a stunning atmosphere, soaring ceilings, dramatic downtown views and an intimate lounge. Featuring innovative, eclectic cuisine from award winning Anoosh Shariat, Mez has become uptown’s quintessential dining experience. 210 E. Trade St., S290C Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.2400

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 BEST After Hours Hot Spot Amelie’s french bakery Looking for a deliciously brewed cup of coffee, and a relaxed atmosphere to wind down and enjoy it in? How about a deliciously baked pastry to go along with your coffee? Amelie’s is the place where you need to be. 2424 N. Davidson St., S102 Charlotte | 28205 | 704.376.1781 BEST After-Dinner Drinks Osso Come into Osso and send your senses into heaven. As you walk in you can feel the hip vibe that sets the mood of this warm yet modern restaurant/ lounge. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Charlotte | 28206 | 704.971.0550


BEST Around The World (Place With International Vibe) The Dharma Lounge An eclectic and enchanting fusion of art, entertainment, music and musing, The Dharma Lounge is the path to an enlightened nightlife. The Dharma Lounge is not only a place to unwind and let loose, it’s also a venue to check out local artists and artisans alike. 1440 S. Tryon St., S105 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.334.8336 BEST Bachelor Party (The Place To Be) BEST Club With Most Attractive Crowd BEST Place To Dance Your Booty Off FAVORITE Wednesday Night Place 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 BEST Bar Crawl Of The Year Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

BEST Bar That Opened in 2011 FAVORITE Thursday Night Place Prohibition As one of the newest additions to Charlotte’s nightlife scene, Prohibition has made a name for itself. The bar is constructed from reclaimed wood and tin from local N.C. barns, while the walls of the nostalgic watering hole are plastered with old quotes dating back to the Prohibition era. 200 N. Tryon St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.358.4244 FAVORITE Bartender You Want To Take Home (Female) Johanna Jowett, Jackalope Jacks 1936 E. 7th St. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.347.1918 FAVORITE Bartender You Want To Take Home (Male) Ben Clouscher, Butter 950 Seaboard St. Charlotte | 28206 | 704.295.1565 BEST Beer Festival Charlotte Oktoberfest, Metrolina Trade Show

BEST Big Screen Sports Bar FAVORITE Hostess With The Mostess (Place To Have A Party) StrikeCity 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 BEST Boys Night Out Hooters 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. 123 W. Trade St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.4566 9807 S. Boulevard Charlotte | 28273 | 704.643.2044 7702 Gateway Ln. Concord | 28027 | 704.979.0130 3725 E. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia | 28056 | 704.823.0025 1423 Riverchase Blvd. Rock Hill | 29732 | 803.980.4300


BEST Club For Music BEST Lounge Lizard Kazba Charlotteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 BEST Club That Opened In 2011 Phoenix Rising out of the ashes and flames of 300 North College Street, Phoenix is Charlotteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite newest club. With intoxicating music, bottle service and VIP tables, Phoenix is the place to be! 300 N. College St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.375.8765

FAVORITE College Hangout BEST Riding The Bull (Country Saloon) FAVORITE Tuesday Night Place 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 BEST Dance Club That Opened in 2011 BEST Gay/Lesbian Spot Marigny The spirit of southern decadence and Olde New Orleans is born under the flashing lights and glittering chandeliers of Charlotte’s Marigny. They offer a new and luxurious setting for revelers with an appetite for seduction. 1440 S. Tryon St., S110 Charlotte | 28203 | 704.910.4444

BEST Dive Bar The Thirsty Beaver You probably have driven past this place a hundred times and wondered, ‘Hmmm…looks interesting, a little sketchy perhaps, I wonder who hangs out in there.’ If you want something chill, go and check this place out. You’re bound to have some fun and meet a few unexpected people. 1225 Central Ave. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.3612 BEST Enjoying The Great Outdoors 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 FAVORITE Amber Beer Abita Purple Haze FAVORITE Bourbon Jack Daniels


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FAVORITE Light Beer Bud Light FAVORITE Import Beer Stella Artois FAVORITE Pale Ale OMB Copper FAVORITE Rum Bacardi Dragonberry FAVORITE Shot Cheerwine Shot, Snug Harbor FAVORITE Tequila Patron XO FAVORITE Vodka Three Olives Vodka FAVORITE Brand Of Beer Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 215 Southside Dr. Charlotte | 28217 | 704.525.5644

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 BEST Get The Night Started 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 BEST Happy Hour/Drink Specials Dilworth Neighborhood Grille This locally owned, relaxed restaurant and bar serves excellent food and drinks with a friendly staff. Plus, check out their daily drink specials that are too hard to pass up. 911 E. Morehead St. Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.3808

BEST Hookah Lounge BEST Magical Martini Menu Crave Dessert Bar This world-class dessert boutique and upscale lounge provides decadent desserts, savory small bites, and a sensational spirit menu featuring more than 40 different signature cocktails. 500 W. 5th St., S120 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.335.0588 BEST Hotel Bar H Bar @ Hyatt House (Formerly the Hotel Sierra) Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the H Bar at Hyatt House is the place to meet and mingle over drinks and music. The bar/hotel is located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, walking distance from some of the city’s hotspots. 435 E. Trade St. Charlotte │ 28202 │ 704.373.9700

BEST Just Visiting (Place To Take Your Out of Town Friends) The EpiCentre Soaring high above the flatlands, the EpiCentre is Uptown Charlotte’s entertainment and dining marketplace. The EpiCentre brings an elevated level of sophistication to the city with sleek, contemporary architecture and unsurpassed amenities, bars, clubs and restaurants. 210 E. Trade St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.688.5980 LARGEST Selection Of Bottled Beer (Retail) 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



LARGEST Selection Of Bottled Beer (Establishment) 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 LARGEST Selection of Cocktails Wet Willies 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, S1 Charlotte | 28206 | 704.716.5650 LARGEST Selection Of Draft Beer Growlers Pourhouse 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


BEST Margarita Menu 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 BEST Most Smoke Worthy (Cigar Lounge) Outland Cigars This elite cigar store and lounge offers only the best of the best cigars from around the world. The prestigious collections are sure to fancy anyone from the amateurs to the connoisseurs. 4625 Piedmont Row Dr., S115C Charlotte | 28210 | 704.552.8040 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, S160 Charlotte | 28277 | 704.369.5500

BEST Neighborhood Bar 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 BEST Nightspot For Celebrities BEST VIP Lounge Butter This hotspot brings a refreshing flavor that will transform nightlife in Charlotte with a combination of comfort and energy fed by the sounds of world class DJs. Inspired cocktails and the finest liquors keep guests more than satisfied. 950 Seaboard St. Charlotte | 28206 | 704.295.1565

BEST On The Pole (Strip Club) BEST Private Club The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Voluminous, intoxicating beauty and a polished environment set the stage for business or pleasure; whether closing the deal or out for a Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night On the Town. Watch the big game on the bigscreen TVs, or stop by for a high class victory celebration. 444 Tyvola Rd. Charlotte | 28217 | 704.525.8525 BEST 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


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BEST Party of the Year 2011 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. Charlotte | 704.231.9700 BEST Place To Channel Your Inner Zen 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


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 FAVORITE S.I.N. Night Town Tavern Whether you’re in town on business or you’re a neighborhood regular, Town Tavern’s staff will treat you like you’re a member of the family. 200 N. Tryon St., S100 Charlotte | 28202 | 704.334.3324 FAVORITE Sunday Night Place Uptown Cabaret Come in and find Charlotte’s sexiest dancers without having to leave the convenience of Uptown. This sensual adult nightclub is the perfect atmosphere for a men’s night out. 108 E. Morehead St. Charlotte | 28202 | 704.344.0802

BEST The Scene (Place To See All Your Friends) BEST Uptown Bar BlackFinn Saloon BlackFinn offers a classic saloon environment that complements its dining spaces. Dozens of flat-panel TVs and state-of-the-art sound system surround the floor, making it the ultimate sports-viewing venue. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for unwinding and socializing. 210 E. Trade St., S120B Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.4440 BEST Ultimate Wine List The 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

FAVORITE VIP Manager Abe Al-baba, MEZ 210 E. Trade St., S290C Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.2400 FAVORITE VIP Server/Attendant Dao Yang, SUITE 210 E. Trade St., S300A Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.7878


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