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ALY JOHNSON

Company Name: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Position: Donor Recruiter Age: 27 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? My most memorial moment is when the Young Professionals Society of the Ronald McDonald House raised $94,000 in one night at our Annual Red Tie Gala! It was almost double from the previous year. What are your hobbies or interest? I love exploring the Carolinas by hiking, camping and traveling around to historical sites. I really enjoy going to Panthers and Hornets games, spending time out at the White Water Center, and spending time with my 4 year old Boxer named Boca. Reading and crafting are also big interests of mine.

ALYSSA RENEE CONNER

Company: Veterans Health Administration Position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist Age: 28 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorable moment? Becoming a big sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization is by far the most rewarding volunteer experience I have encountered. My favorite memory thus far is when my little sister was excited to share her report card with me. After spending a few months together working on homework, I was so proud of her improvements. Her enthusiasm to share the good news with me is something I will not forget. What are your hobbies or interest? I like to travel, try new restaurants, dance, practice yoga, attend concerts, attend sporting events and be outdoors. When volunteering, I am most interested in helping children and feeding the hungry.

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AMANDA SOWARDS

Company Name: Feeding the 5000 Position: Donor Recruiter Age: 26 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Watching our students graduate and seeing their faces have hope for the first time. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? My bucket list is a map of the world. I have color coded pins that tell the stories of all the places I have been and all the places I want to go. What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows? I won a pie eating contest when I was in high school. I love food. A lot. I hate anything grape or chocolate. I love sour patch kids. I will eat icing out of the container and I am terrified of clowns.

ANDREW MORTON

Company: Taxis USA Position: Clinical Staff Pharmacist Age: 28 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorable moment? Working at the homeless shelter always sticks with me the most. You meet these incredibly interesting people that, for one reason or another, are in these terrible circumstances. Giving them a hot meal and a few minutes of conversation brings back a sense of normalcy for these people, which is something very cool. Anything else you would like us to know? I am also a member of Isabella’s Dream Team, a running team that fundraises for the Isabella Santos Foundation. Isabella passed in 2012 from Neuroblastoma, but her dream for a cancer free world is the mission of the foundation started in her name. Please help me in the quest to end children’s cancer and donate to the foundation through my page here: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/drewface/isabella-dream-team

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ANGIE COTTONE

Company Name: Self Employed Position: Makeup Artist Age: 29 Tell us a little bit more about you? Well---people think that because I’m friendly and outgoing that I’m an extroverted person but I’m not... I’m actually VERY introverted and private so when it comes to talking about ME, I’m super uncomfortable and will respond with “Enough about me...tell me more about YOU." During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? When this little girl in a wheel chair who was a patient at the Levine Children's Hospital was sharing her story with me while I was doing her Makeup for a Photo-Shoot...Long story short, her reaction to seeing herself in the mirror was just everything...I had to step away to control my emotions and tears...it was a beautiful moment I’ll never forget!

ANNA BOVE

Company: GMR Marketing Position: Team Lowe’s Racing, Account Supervisor Age: 28 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorable moment? Lowe’s built a Habitat for Humanity house for a local Nevada family on-site at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this spring and that family came to the track to receive the key and take in the sights and sounds on race day. It was such an awesome experience for my work and interest in the community to be so intertwined. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Travel is always on my bucket list, so while I’ve seen a lot of the US, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe; visiting Africa and Asia are definitely up next. Hoping I can check Japan or Thailand off first!

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ARTHUR SERGEEVICH SANOYAN

Company Name: SASCO Industries, and L.A Vapors Elite Smoke Shop Position: Founder/Owner Age: 28 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Helping a good cause of any type is a memorial moment to me. I love seeing elders happy, I love seeing kids happy. Happiness is contagious, especially when it is achieved by a good deed. The most memorable is fighting for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the United States. Teaching people this history of my ancestors is vital in preventing future genocides from happening. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Build educational facilities and churches for all the less fortunate and war suppressed minorities around the world. Not sure when I will be financially capable to start on this dream but I hope that day will come soon.

BETH NIFONG

Company: Beasley Media Group Position: Account Executive Age: 26 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorable moment? Any time I volunteer the most rewarding part is meeting the people I am helping. What are your hobbies or interest? Sports, Biking, Traveling, Working out, and Fashion. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Travel to every continent. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? I try to give back through community involvement through work and in my free time through Church. It is important that everyone in the community does something small for someone every day. If everyone did this, the world would be a much better place.

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BRITTANY A. LINK

Company Name: Salesforce Position: Program Manager, Senior Consultant Age: 29 Tell us a little bit more about you? I joined Salesforce and moved to Charlotte in November of 2013 to manage the Services engagement for one of our largest clients. I get to be onsite at their headquarters and collaborate with my client contacts every day. It is extremely rewarding to be apart of such a great team and to work for a company that is truly changing the world through innovation and giving back. What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows? I was in Marine Corps JROTC. I served as the Battalion Commander and won back to back state championships for physical fitness.

CIARA VICTORIA DELGADO

Company: Charlotte Athletic Club Position: Personal Training coordinator and Group Functional Exercise Coordinator Age: 29 Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Travel to Jalapa, Veracruz (Mexico) and visit the area where my grandfather was born and grew up. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? I thrive off of people connecting here in Charlotte, anyone I meet and value their cause – I want to assist them in any way I can. The Charlotte Hearing and Speech Center holds a fundraiser every year and I’ve been in attendance and contributing auction items so they can raise funds for those families with children who need cochlear implants or extended care.

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DOUGLAS MARION

Company Name: Advanced Wealth Strategies Position: Owner Age: 29 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorable moment? It’s hard to pinpoint, but every time I’m involved in a charitable activity, once you hear the feedback and enormous gratitude from those who are or have been helped, it’s a feeling you can’t replicate, but I’ve experienced it many times. One of the more rewarding memories recently was packing boxes and working on the line at the Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child. It’s amazing to see how much volunteer work goes into that operation. Giving back locally is always rewarding as well. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Backpack Europe for at least a month.

ERIC K. HO

Company: EKHO 3D Position: Visual Effects Supervisor Age: 30 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? My first time speaking to film students about visual effects and how it affects the movie industry and seeing how captivated they were by the subject. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? To camp underneath the Aurora Borealis. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? I enjoy speaking to students and helping them see what's possible when you infuse art with technology and how it can greatly expand or enhance the stories they want to tell through film. I also want to show that film can mean long lasting jobs for our community in many different sectors.

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JAYA RENEE MULDREW

Company Name: Circa360 Position: Owner Age: 27 What are your hobbies or interest? Meeting new people: I am definitely a people person. Volunteering really motivates me as well. There is just something exhilarating about helping others. Staying active is extremely important to me. In my spare time I play flag football, do yoga and attend teach dance classes. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Visiting the Blue Lagoon, the world’s largest sinkhole off the coast of Belize is at the top of my bucket list. Its’ beauty is unparalleled. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? I contribute by volunteering through Blondes VS. Brunettes (for Alzheimer’s), Big Brother/Big Sister, Hospitality House of Charlotte and through supporting other local charities by participating in 5ks.

KAITLIN KROGH

Company: Phyrefly Position: President and Co-Founder Age: 30 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? I recently helped with Charlotte’s Kids Code after school program via Tech Talent South and it was a blast! It was so rewarding to see the kids learn coding basics. During one session in particular, they were learning HTML basics and got to create their own web pages. It was so cool to see all of their unique personalities come out through their web design. We saw everything from Harry Potter to rap to outer space themes! Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Travel to Argentina to visit wine country in Mendoza and the glaciers in Patagonia.

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KATE MCGEE

Company Name: The McDevitt Agency, CLT Highrises Position: Broker/Realtor, Owner Age: 29 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? When I was in college, I volunteered with a project called Give Kids A Smile, which went into under-served communities and provided dental checkups and care to children. There was one little girl I really bonded with. I walked her through the entire process, and despite having to have several fillings, she was calm and happy. At the end, she was immensely proud of her “new smile� and couldn't stop showing it off to everyone. It was transformative to see how much difference can be made in a person's life just by donating a few hours of time. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Live in Europe.

LATOYA EVANS

Company: Bank Of America Corporate Position: Vice President of Communication Age: 29 What are your hobbies or interest? Much of my spare time is spent volunteering and giving back to others. But when I am not doing those things, I enjoy reading, attending a variety of community events, decorating, baking cupcakes from scratch, traveling and shopping. So much shopping! Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Certainly traveling to Paris, which will happen for my 30th next year. What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows? I love to dance, and my taste in music spans so many genres. I even once trained as an opera singer in my teenage years.

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Company Name: Summit Park Position: Principle Age: 30 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? First Panthers game I took my Amachi Program mentee to in 2008. What are your hobbies or interest? Amateur boxing, rugby, and running. What is your favorite quote that you stand by? “Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.” -John D Rockefeller Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Continuing to help Summit Park invest in growth-oriented companies in the Southeast. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Mountain bike ‘The Death Road’ in La Paz, Bolivia.

MELISSA TRESANSKY

Company: Greg Ott Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Position: Clinical Operations Coordinator Age: 28 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Seeing the end result – whether it was watching each girl cross the finish line at the end of their season, implementing their community service project, or helping the “Blondes vs. Brunettes” organization surpass their prior year’s fundraising goal, each end result was truly a special moment for me. Watching each organization accomplish their goals and knowing that everyone’s effort was for a great cause is always a rewarding, unforgettable moment. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Bungee jumping.

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MIKE NGO

Company Name: Eurowise Position: Owner Age: 30 Tell us a little bit more about you? I’m Vietnamese, born and raised in North Carolina. I like fashion, anything technical. I’m actually terrible at math, and karate. I enjoy organizing and planning and I’m detail oriented. During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Helping people makes me happy. I got into my profession because I like to fix things. In return people are happy. I enjoy volunteering and planning non-profit events to see people laugh and loosen up. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? To have the availability to take a long vacation without worries of work and explore other countries.

NICK PIRIE

Company: Xvoke Position: Founder and President Age: 30 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? About 10 years ago I was speaking on a panel regarding drug abuse and addiction at a local Junior High School. After the panel was complete one of the students stopped me to let me know he had been going through some issues with his family and substance abuse. He told me my story had helped him understand that he doesn’t have to go through it alone. I felt if I could just reach one person in any audience it would be worth the time. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Learn to play the guitar and sail Thailand. Likely not at the same time.

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NICOLE MCALISTER

Company Name: The David Hoffman Group with Keller Williams Position: Expansion Director and Realtor Age: 25 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Too many to choose from! My favorite part about volunteering and community service projects is seeing the recipients; they are always so grateful, kind, and hopeful. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Run for a political office, backpack Europe, African safari, earn my skydiving license. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? I do what I can, the best I can, every chance I get. Money is the last thing on my mind and as a result, I’m constantly looking for ways to be a resource to anyone in need.

QUINN REYNOLDS

Company: Arrichion Hot Yoga Position: Owner/ Founder Age: 30 Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Backpack through Europe teaching yoga to big groups of yogis.

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What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows? I was born with a variation of a cauliflower ear. It’s a joke in my family—a badge of toughness ‘earned’ by wrestlers in the fight—but bestowed on me at birth. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? I feel my biggest contribution is creating a place and a community, at Arrichion Hot Yoga where a wide demographic of people feel inspired, supported, and challenged to improve their physical well-being. At Arrichion, we truly believe that it’s the journey not the destination that counts.


ROB HARVELL

Company: First Row Films Position: Producer Age: 30 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? In 1999 as a Boy Scout Eagle Project I conducted a blood and bone marrow drive for the American Red Cross. The satisfaction of knowing I had raised thousands of dollars and brought in hundreds of donors was gratifying but nothing compared to what was to come when I got a call saying one of my bone marrow donors was a match and my efforts had saved a life. What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows? My proudest achievement in life was becoming a Freemason in EastGate Lodge 692 in Charlotte.

ROSS CRANSTON

Company Name: Sharonview Federal Credit Union Position: Business Development Age: 29 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Volunteering at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. This is Mecklenburg County’s largest women’s shelter. I spent an evening celebrating the holidays and handing out donated gifts to the mothers and children sheltered here. This was a touching experience that I’ll never forget. It helped motivate me to become more active in the community and join a 501 C3 like guys with ties. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Visit all seven continents (well, maybe not Antarctica). What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows? I’m fascinated with maps and geography – I can recite all 50 state capitals

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RYAN SCOTT WILDRICK

Company: Metrolina Auto Group Position: Co-Owner Age: 27 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Every event becomes a memorable moment. It’s always a humbling experience to stop and see people enjoying themselves at every event we host. What is a fun fact about yourself that no one knows? I eat Jersey Mike’s four out of seven days a week for lunch. Love that #8. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? We are always open to sponsoring events and fundraisers in the community. Just recently hosted a charity event for Project Halo as well as several other charitable events including PGA Players ParTEE. Always a huge success.

RYAN MORENO

Company Name: Metrolina Auto Group Position: Co-Owner Age: 29 Tell us a little bit more about you? I enjoy spending time traveling and experiencing new things. I’m always working to develop new business opportunities. During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Being able to invite the community into Metrolina is always a memorable experience. Always manages to open new doors for business as well as personal growth. Very humbling. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? Being a small business owner myself I always strive to go out of my way to support other small businesses in my local community as well as when I travel.

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SARA BRENNAN

Company Name: WIRL Project Position: Founder and CEO Age: 30 In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? I have always been wiling to help others. When I was a teacher I put countless hours into planning and tutoring so that I could execute the best lessons and make a great impact on the students I taught. I am now on the board for Pierce’s Project and I look forward to helping make their annual fundraising event a HUGE success again this year. Now that I have my son, I have learned so much about selfless love and I always try to put others first. Just like Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh, I like to help my friends with their problems.

SHAINA ORMSBY

Company: Highland Renaissance Academy with CMS Position: 3rd Grade Teacher Age: 26 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Towards the end of the year, when a child randomly made me a remarkable card explaining to me how much I have helped her become a better friend, sister and daughter. She is only 8 and can recognize the good influences in her life. She is the one who taught me how time and effort really can impact for the good and help others. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? I contribute to the community by being the stability for children each and every day. Letting them have a constant in their life when they can get it nowhere else.

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Company Name: CrossFit SouthEnd Position: Owner Age: 29 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? Last year we hosted the first annual Love Hurts fundraiser in collaboration with a group from Ally Bank. One of our members dressed up in a giant panda suit and allowed participants to purchase paintballs (proceeds went to a children’s foundation) and shoot him at close range. To get a better idea of how awesome this was, check out this video (turn up the volume!) http://youtu.be/HWZF6vjsneE In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? I like to think I’m on the frontlines in the war against fatness in the SouthEnd.

TOWNES MOZER

Company: Lenny Boy Brewing Co Position: Owner/Brewer Age: 27 During your time volunteering for a community activity or project, what is your most memorial moment? I single handily raised $135,000 for a state-of-the-art gym at a school for used and battered kids. The school is called The Crossnore School. The school surprised me by dedicating the gym after me, known as the “Townes Mozer Fitness Center.” Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Brewing kombucha and beer on a larger scale and sharing it with the world via retail and wholesale distribution. Can your share one thing that is on your bucket list? Go see the Redwoods in California. In your opinion, how do you contribute to the community? My company has donated over now $20K to local charities in the past 8 months.

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With South End’s recent residential boom, the demand for everything has increased; from where to shop, eat, drink and play, South End has it all. Steeped in local history, South End’s Historic charm is what brings people to this unique neighborhood, coupled with its easy access to the light rail and walkability; it remains one of the most coveted areas in the Queen City.

WHERE TO EAT

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South End is nothing if not eclectic. Friday nights are ruled by Food Truck Fridays, with local fare from all around the city. Luciano’s has you covered if you want solid, reasonably priced, home made Italian fare. Nan and Byron’s has the best burger I’ve ever eaten in my life, plus they serve popcorn as a pre-dinner snack instead of bread. We can’t forget Tupelo Honey, with its Asheville-esque charm and killer fried green tomatoes. If a French breakfast is what you crave, head over to Crispy Crepe, where the most difficult decision there is if you want sweet or savory. Wanting something a bit more round? Owen’s Bagel has the steamed bagel sandwich you’re looking for. We often forget about Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant, but if you haven’t tried this place yet, go; you’ll get addicted to their bangers and mash. Monsoon Thai Cuisine is across from the Pepsi plant and has a brilliant selection of authentic Thai food. If you want to go in a Mediterranean direction, head over to Greek Isles on Bland Street for authentic Greek Cuisine.


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Breweries abound in South End, and if you’re like me, sometimes you want those breweries to be walking distance to home. Sycamore Brewery is now serving wine and recently extended their patio seating. Unknown Brewery also expanded their outside seating recently and are hosting a Bike and Brew every Saturday at 2:30. Wine Loft holds a selection of over 40 wines that you can taste by the glass, or over 100 by the bottle, which can be paired with their amazing menu. Oak Room, open on Saturdays from 10pm – 2am, offers VIP table service and hosts many special events. If you haven’t been yet, check out Lenny Boy Brewing Company, brewers of Kombucha, wild ales and organic beer.

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WHERE TO Play

South End is becoming a millennial playground. Between the breweries and bars, restaurants and shops, there are plenty of places to let loose and play. The South End Neighborhood Association (SENA) hosts many community-organized events throughout the year such as movie nights, clean up days and socials. Historic South End, run by Charlotte Center City Partners, is responsible for the dynamic gallery scene and many events along the Light Rail. If you’re interested in yoga, you might be interested in one of the many yoga classes offered at various breweries in South End. Lenny Boy and Triple C Brewing are just a few places that offer post-work, pre-beer stretching in their taprooms. To get your fill of pool, pong and parties, Slate Billiards on Bland Street is the place to be. Various levels of membership allow you a range of access to table service and special events. The Art of Vape opened last year and stocks premium E-Cigs, Mechanical Mods, E-Liquid/E-Juice products, accessories and inspired apparel.

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WHERE TO Shop

Whether its antiques or dog toys, South End has you covered. Abode, and its close neighbor Kauffman & Co, have all your funky, fine furniture needs. Interior Motives provides interior design expertise to make everything you’ve just purchased make sense in your home. If a unique gift is what you seek, The Boulevard has you covered, including handmade and local items. You can then head over to The UPS Store on the corner of Camden Rd. and West Blvd. to pack and ship your unique gift to your sister! The long awaited Publix has finally opened, and is a short walk from anywhere in South End. Situated in Historic Fire Station #2 is RE Salon & Spa, where the atmosphere will make you think twice before going elsewhere. After your hair appointment, head on down to Polished and get your nails done before you have a lunch date at Owen’s Bagel. Atherton Market features a mix of local retailers and a high quality Farmer’s Market. Serving Charlotte for over 90 years, Little Hardware is the one-stop-shop for anything hardware related and they can answer any questions you may have.

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BY KRISTA BREHM

SOUTH PARK

This bustling neighborhood grew up around the SouthPark Mall which opened for business in 1970 and the area surrounding the mall was once part of North Carolina’s then Governor, Cameron Morrison’s 3000 acre farm. Now one of the most popular neighborhoods in South Charlotte, it has every luxury and entertainment that its visitors could ask for. The SouthPark area has some of the best restaurants, boutiques, and neighborhoods in the Queen City.

WHERE TO EAT

In SouthPark you don’t go out to dinner just to grab some quick food, you go for an experience. Baku Asian Restaurant takes dinner theater to a new level as the chefs prepare your meal in its open kitchen on Yakitori and Robata grills. And just because sushi isn’t cooked doesn’t mean that any less time is put into making it, with Baku’s stunning plate presentations you won’t be able to help tweeting a picture of the beautiful arrangement. AZN Asian Cuisine is another restaurant that offers a special dinner experience for its customers with its extensive menu of dishes from all over Asia from China to Japan to Korea. Paco’s Tacos offers a tasty and festive evening out with 100 different tequilas and authentic Tex-Mex dishes made with the best and freshest ingredients. Chuy’s offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere designed to appeal to everyone with a menu to match. Its fresh ingredients come together to create tasty Tex-Mex that they are famous for from Texas to Nashville to right here in Charlotte. From their raw bar to their steak you are sure to find something new to try at Georges Brasserie French restaurant for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Brio Tuscan Grill brings the much-loved flavors of Italy to Charlotte from pasta to Panini’s. With their light menus and their gluten free options even the most restricted of diets can be accommodated at this lovely restaurant. Zebra’s boasts a gourmet menu and a first class dining experience; with so many incredible menu items the gastronomique grand tasting menu is the perfect way to find your favorite entrée.


WHERE TO DRINK

Looking for a place to relax and have a drink at the end of the day? Well you have your choice of some of the best establishments in SouthPark to find your favorite drink. Del Frisco's has some creative signature concoctions that give a spin to many classic cocktails, so be sure to stop by on a Wednesday night to really get a feel for their bar scene. Stop by Cowfish for a bite to eat and pick a drink from their impressive cocktail list or try one of their signature spiked shakes. J Sam’s Wine Bar has all your favorite drinks along with their own mixes and a rotating list of wines and spirits. Coming soon to SouthPark is The Rusty Bucket, it should be on everyone’s list for their next bar crawl for their daily drink specials. Soon to be one of Charlotte's newest wine bars is Corkbuzz Charlotte; they are from NYC and will be opening up at Sharon Square.

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WHERE TO PLAY

You can always find something to fill your time in this neighborhood. Stop by Regal Phillips Place Cinema for the latest blockbuster movie with your friends after dinner. If you prefer something more active then grab some bowling shoes and hit the lanes at Ten Park Lanes on the edge of SouthPark, or you could even grab something to eat and play cornhole or ping pong on their patio. Date night’s are always fun and what better way to get to know someone than to take dance lesson with them at the Queen City Ballroom. Having won Charlottes top studio award 13 times since 2001 you can count on them to help you step to the beat. Get to know your body and take a $7 Karma class at Laughing Buddha Yoga to see if it’s right for you. They offer beginners classes but classes are open to all levels and the teachers are very patient so don’t why not give it a try? And since you are trying new things why not swing by Treehouse Whiskey & Fork for Sunday beer poker, sunbathing, and live music on the patio? This easy going bar is perfect for a fun place to meet up with friends after a long week. Keep your ear to the ground for all the great events going on around SouthPark.

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WHERE TO Shop

Knowing that it grew up around the mall it is easy to understand why SouthPark has some of the best shopping in the city. While SouthPark Mall is a great mall with many of the best brands around, it is not the only place to shop. The Morrison Shopping Center has stores like The Cheeky Bean that has the latest fashions for you to try on for size. Morrison also houses, Varji&Varji Salon, one of the most Relaxing spas in Charlotte. Varji&Varji Salon offers treatments from head to toe; threading, waxing, massage, and chemical peel. The Villages at SouthPark offers another collection of stores for you to browse, pick up a new bra for date night at LC London or Crate and Barrel for something to accent your home. Swing by Phillips Place for a present or your sweetheart from Windsor Jewelers, their dazzling diamonds are fit for a queen. Taylor Richards & Conger sells both men’s and women’s clothing that will have you ready for any formal event, because you only get one first-impression. If you want to go for a girls day out then you should definitely stop by Ivy&Leo’s, Located at Specialty Shops South Park, it’s a store specializing in clothes for women of all ages for a price to fit anyone’s budget. Everyone needs a good set of pots and pans but William-Sonoma even has culinary classes and cookbook club classes. No matter what you need, you can find it for sale somewhere in SouthPark. .

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BY THE PINT

The Growth of Charlotte’s Craft Beer Scene

By Aaron Klingenschmidt www.cltbeer.com


In 2009, Charlotte, North Carolina was the largest city in the United States without its own brewery. Today, Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the entire nation and has a craft beer scene to match. Charlotte and its surrounding areas are currently home to fifteen breweries with another dozen on the books to open in the very near future. The breweries in the Queen City, as Charlotte is efficiently called, are a diverse group providing something for every beer lover. Whether you are seeking traditional German or Belgium styles, or looking for popular IPA’s, Charlotte has you covered. You can even find experimental styles, barrel-aged selections, sours, organic beers, and other unique creations for those with a more adventurous palette. Craft beer is becoming a part of the very culture of the city, and each and every brewery prides itself on the quality of the beers. The Charlotte beer community is a closely knit group, even forming the Charlotte Brewers Alliance to help the city’s breweries tackle common obstacles. It is not uncommon to find beers from other breweries to feature beers from other breweries in their taprooms, and work together on collaborative projects. This unity is one of the major reasons the craft beer scene in Charlotte continues to gain national notoriety.

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Tiple C Brewing Company In the upcoming months the Queen City will see the doors open to several new breweries. In Charlotte’s South End, the Wooden Robot Brewery is in the final stages before opening, while soon afterwards, Charlotte will welcome Three Spirits Brewery. In the North Davidson, or NoDa, area of Charlotte, the opening of the Free Range Brewery is on the Horizon. In the Lake Norman area, just north of Charlotte, is looking to welcome multiple breweries in the near future. Serval other breweries are in the works in Gastonia, Denver, Mint Hill, and Matthews. This growth is seen not only in the rapid opening of new breweries, but in the continued expansion of existing ones. Charlotte’s oldest brewery, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, recently opened its new 60 barrel facility. Their 25,000-square-foot Brauhaus is reminiscent of a German beer hall and sits on nearly nine acres. This new facility was recently voted the best brewery tour in the U.S. by USA Today. Not far from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Triple C Brewing has nearly doubled its brewing capacity and is beginning distribution into neighboring areas such as Raleigh, NC. Another South End brewery enjoying continued growth is the Unknown Brewery. Their continued expansion includes not only additional tanks and increased production, but distribution into neighboring states.

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Just north of uptown Charlotte, the NoDa area is also seeing a rapid expansion in some of its breweries. Both NoDa Brewing Company and Birdsong Brewing have built new facilities that will allow them to nearly triple their current production. This increased production capability has also allowed both breweries to can additional brews for distribution. NoDa Brewing Company will be moving into a new 60 barrel, 32,000-square-foot facility that will allow them to double production. Birdsong, also moving just down the road, will be tripling its production from 10 barrels to 30 barrels. There facility will be three times the size of their previous facility at 17,000-square-feet. For information on all that the Charlotte beer world has to offer visit www.cltbeer.com. There you can get up to date information on breweries, tours, beer events, new brewery openings, and more. While enjoying beers from around the Queen City, use #CLTbeer and spread the word about your beer experiences. Cheers!

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BY KRISTA BREHM

LAKE NORMAN

Not only is it a fun place to spend the weekend, but it also has an interesting history. Lake Norman came into existence between 1959 and 1964 as a byproduct of the construction of Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Energy. Lake Norman is 34 miles long and nearly 8 miles wide, it is the largest man made body of water in North Carolina. It touches 520 miles of shoreline in four counties; Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Catawba and Iredell.

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Not only is it a fun place to spend the weekend,

but it also has an interesting history.


WHERE TO EAT

You never lack options for fare when you are relaxing at Lake Norman. With the savory scents wafting through the air you can't resist sampling some of the local foods. The restaurants range from casual and relaxed, to fine dining by the lake. Family friendly places like Grilles Sports Café and Prosciutto’s Pizzeria and Pub offer affordable menus that are sure to please. If you are feeling more adventurous then Choplin’s Restaurant has an always-changing menu of seafood and steak. If you are not sure what you are in the mood for, or your friends can't decide on what type of food to eat, then Alton’s Kitchen is the only way to go; from chicken and waffles to delicious salmon they have something for everyone. If you want something classic like hotdogs and burgers, then Hot Diggitee Dogs is the perfect take out place to stop by b e f o r e heading to the water. Grab some of their hotdogs, wings, or burgers so you don’t have to pack Grilling supplies. Or if you want something spicy and exotic; try Sangam Indian Cuisine buffet and fill up with the many wonderful dishes in Lake Normans favorite Indian Restaurant. For treats scrumptiously sweet, visit Sweetcakes Bakery that offers special flavors of cupcakes on certain days of the week.

The restaurants range from casual and

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WHERE TO DRINK

Let loose at the Rusty Rudder while enjoying the live music and munching on some fried pickles at this lakeside bar. Jay’s at the Lake is another local watering hole known for their great service and making customers feel like family. The new kid on the block, Bayne Brewing Company is has quickly risen among the ranks end up you will have your and is a definite hot spot for the latest choice of bars to grab a beer. For the wine lovers there is The Wine Cellar that offers fine wine and cheese tasting and creates a nice relaxed atmosphere. For a good mixed drink, you can't go wrong with Ice Martini Bar. It boasts a relaxed atmosphere and a pleasant break from franchises. Play a few rounds of Pool at Irish Cue and enjoy a frosty beer any day of the week, their claim to fame is that they have never been closed in 8,395 days, or 23 years. Bring your friends to Saeed’s Bar and Grill for a game of Volleyball and cool off with your drink of choice to loosen up for some Karaoke! Jacks Corner Tap offers a large selection of beers and a menu featuring everything from nachos and tacos to chocolate cake. No matter where you end up you will have your choice of bars to grab a drink at Lake Norman.

No matter where you

drink at Lake Norman

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WHERE TO PLAY

Whether its paddle boarding or taking a luxury yacht cruise on the lake; there is something for the whole family to enjoy while spending the day at Lake Norman. Planning ahead for your visit to Lake Norman is well worth the effort because of all the summer events and music that keeps people coming back. No matter what day you come there is always something fun to do. The Charlotte Waterski Center can set you up with kite-surfing or you can go to My Aloha Paddle and Surf for paddle boarding lessons. Strap on your life vest and hold on for a thrilling ride across Lake Norman as you Kite surf or try out a flyboard (jet ski plug ins) that sends you up to 40 feet in the air. After all the fun and excitement, you can relax on a luxury Yacht cruise for dinner and music with Luxury Yacht Charters. Until Labor Day in September, you have the chance to cruise the lake with KISS 95.1 Radio personalities and take a ride down their two story waterslide! Make your reservations for this Yacht cruise as soon as you can because spots are filling up fast. Lake Norman Jet Ski Rental will have you all set up for a ride across the lake on their new jet skis so make your reservations and check out their rental rates. Although the lake is man-made, it has quite a large population of fish, so bring a cooler and take the opportunity to go on Huffy’s Guided Service for a day of fishing. If you are sore after a long day of swimming, fishing, jet skiing or running after your kids‌you can kick back and relax at the Dancing Leaf Spa Escape for a facial and massage that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for tomorrow.

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WHERE TO SHOP

What’s a vacation without souvenir shopping? Grab something truly unique at Eden Street Market to decorate your home and know that not only are you supporting local artists but you also have a one-of-a kind item. You don’t even need to pack a change of clothes when you visit Lake Norman because you can simply pick up a new outfit and sunglasses while you’re here! Stop by Luna’s Boutique for the perfect summer vacation outfit for a reasonable price with an upscale look from the hottest brands. Ano t h e r must-see is M o l l y M a l o n e ’s Boutique if you want something trendy that will have all eyes on you. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is Peninsula Trading that carries every manner of equipment and travel gear to prepare you for your next trip. If you vacation frequently at Lake Norman, you’ll want a boat to go out on the lake and you can compare prices at the many boat dealerships around Lake Norman. Hall Marine Lake Norman Boat Dealer Charlotte has a wide range of new and used boats and also repairs boats as well. They have all the services you might need to make you sea worthy. They are also one of the first Sea Ray dealers in the country to be accredited and certified as a Sea Ray Master Dealer. Lake Norman Power Sports is offering 60 percent off all in-stock gear and accessories so grab a boat and some discount accessories to finish out the look. Lake Norman Power Sports carries more than water sports equipment; they also have a wide range of ATV’s and three wheeled motorcycles along with trailers to transport them.

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SUMMER STYLE TIPS BY BRADLEY RHYNE

Summer is here, and so it is time to gear up for what that means for your warm weather wardrobe. Summer is the most casual of the seasons for menswear, but that doesn’t mean it is a season to slack off when it comes to your personal style. This edition of The Style Guy features some of your most pressing warm weather sartorial questions. Bradley Rhyne is a contibuting writer as well as the CEO and Co Founder of OLE MASON JAR


WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION FOR SUMMER FOOTWEAR?

Bradley Rhyne: This may be a little controversial but… leave the flip flops for the beach, the pool and around the house…period. I get it…it’s easy to slide them on and go, and they are comfortable and breathable in that mid summertime heat, but it is also can look little lazy/sloppy (sorry guys I don’t make the rules, I am just the messenger of perception). My recommendation is if you are going out and about, to go with a loafer or driving shoe instead. Summer style is already so basic, so any opportunity you have to dress up your outfit, I would fully take it. In terms of how to wear loafers / driving shoes, they all go great with either chinos or shorts. An important note: definitely no socks showing, so your best bet is to go sockless (keep this in mind for any airport travel, as you may not want to be barefoot going through security)

HOW DO I “DRESS UP” WHEN IT’S HOT OUTSIDE?

Bradley Rhyne: Just because it is hot outside, doesn’t mean you have to settle for a t-shirt and shorts. In fact, you can even take your outfit to another level by layering up with a great sport coat (I know sounds crazy right?). Seriously, it just takes a little effort, and also a different type of fabric built for the summer months. Linen and cotton blend fabrics are perfect for the summer, as they are light in weight and much cooler than traditional wool. Take it one step further by going with something “unconstructed”, meaning no shoulder pads and a lighter construction all around. Additionally, going with a jacket that is unlined or half lined, will make your jacket light enough that it can be worn on even the most oppressive mid summer days. Be the guy rocking a lightweight jacket in the summer months, and you are sure to turn heads in the best possible way.

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I HAVE A FEW WEDDINGS COMING UP THIS SUMMER, WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Bradley Rhyne: Any suit that is too dark seems a little out of place for sunshine, so I recommend focusing on something lighter in color and fabric weight. A khaki or light grey suit would be my first choice (ones that fit great of course). They are both basic staples that look sharp and polished, but are more subdued than anything that might be too formal. Fabric wise, go with a lightweight cotton or linen (as mentioned in previous answer), as this will help keep you cooler than a traditional suit.

A KHAKI OR LIGHT GREY

SUIT WOULD BE MY

FIRST CHOICE

WHAT IS YOURIDEAL “GO TO” OUTFIT FOR THE SUMMER? Bradley Rhyne: A lightweight white or blue oxford (shameless plug that OLE MASON JAR makes one of the best oxfords around), some chinos or shorts, loafers and a leather strap watch is my go to summer outfit this year. The reason for being so basic? It is the base for whatever direction I want to go in, no matter the occasion. The white or blue shirt can be mixed with any color (accessories or pants/shorts) in a more casual look, or are the perfect companion for throwing on a great patterned or textured lightweight sport coat for an event that might be a little dressier. Above all else, this outfit is a clean and classic look that will keep you cool and stylish no matter the situation.

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NOTHING SAYS SUMMER QUITE LIKE A PAIR OF RAY BAN AVIATORS

DANGLING FROM YOU SHIRT WHEN NOT IN USE.

WHAT’S YOUR RECOMMENDATION FOR A GOOD PAIR OF SUNGLASSES? Bradley Rhyne: The tried and true shades you can’t go wrong with are standard aviators (Ray Ban makes a great pair). Nothing says summer quite like a pair of ray ban aviators dangling from you shirt when not in use. Another classic look is something with a tortoise shell frame, as this also very versatile and a good look for just about anyone. What to stay away from; anything that is too bulky or colorful. Sunglasses are a complimentary accessory and necessities for protecting you from the elements, and so should be as subtle as possible and never overstated. Let the other details of your outfit help you stand out, and let the summer shades protect your eyes, not turn the heads of others. THE STYLE GUY

I hope you all have a great summer, and I look forward to answering additional questions throughout the summer season! Feel free to reach me at bradley.rhyne@olemasonjar.com

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North davidson

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North Davidson, known to most as NoDa, is Charlotte’s eclectic, historic and newest “Art District”. It’s a colorful combination of old meets new and everything in between. NoDa’s historic roots date back to pre-1900’s and the area has thrived and grown into one of Charlotte’s more popular destinations. The area boasts something for everyone; Galleries, beautiful homes, brand new apartments, live music, breweries, delicious dining, and an association of dedicated business and home homeowners to keep it all together. A walkable side of town that continues to change and grow in its landscape and popularity amongst natives & newbies that’s Eat/Drink/Shop/Play is all intertwined. You can do it all simultaneously if that’s your cup of tea. But for those who need a breakdown…here you go:


WHERE TO EAT

Cabo Fish Taco; You’ve surely heard of its delectable foods by now, if you haven’t…welcome back from under your rock. Cabo Fish Taco is known for its Authentic Baja cuisine with a coastal twist, delicious fish tacos, entrees and yummy margaritas. Featured on Food Networks, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri, this is one of your more obvious stops. Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen will take you a trip beyond Bourbon Street and journey into their authentic Cajun and seafood dishes. Enjoy a great time with your family and friends in their relaxed dining atmosphere while you dine on Gator Bites (yes, real alligator) or many more of their tasty dishes. The Bartenders are experts at crafting Long Island Ice Teas and the beer selection is sure to satisfy even the pickiest drinkers. Located directly across the street from Fire Station #7, Jack Beagles is the go-to place for the BEST Mac n Cheese. Several types to choose from, but you must try the Black & Blue mac n cheese, you will not regret it…it’s a fave of mine, so I’m quite bias. They also serve cheesesteaks, burgers, wings, and daily food and drink specials. You can hang out and relax on their huge patio and listen to live music on the stage. Good for any time of day, Amélie’s French Bakery hosts a bountiful array of pastries made each by hand in the French tradition. The bakery itself abounds the senses, with its mismatched, comfy furniture for anyone who wants to eat, drink, study or just relax and socialize. The glass cases housing a variety of pastries turns the sternest adult instantly into a kid in a candy store. Once you finally made the decision on your pastry, you can pair it with an expresso, or delicious locally roasted coffee. 79


WHERE TO Drink In NoDa, asking where NOT to drink may offer a shorter reply. But exclusively for you, we’ll try to make the choice a bit easier. Growlers Pourhouse gives guests a simple formula of Craft Beer and Beer Food. Always packed with patrons, their Craft Beers are all American and you can even try some from their beer engine. Heist Brewery is surely one of NoDa’s favorite destinations for craft beer, creative cocktails, and twisted eats. A Belgian centric brewpub located in the heart of NoDa, the Heist Brewery experience begins the moment you walk through its doors. Offering a modern yet rustic atmosphere, where new flavors of beer, wood-fired specialties and contemporary cuisine blend perfectly. With so many options of places to eat & drink in NoDa, it can overwhelm the senses. But be sure to stop at the Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub for sweet crepes, European entrées or carafes of wine and French press coffee. Solstice Tavern sports bar offers the coldest brews, a to-die-for Black & Bleu Pretzel Burger, 24 flat screens and a huge outside deck. Revolution Ale House serves up made from scratch fresh baked pizza & Mediterranean-style dishes, and offers 40 plus ales on draft and 60 different flavors by the bottle. Now if you’re not involved in the craft beer revolution, you’ve surely heard of it or experienced it in some way, shape or form. NoDa is known for its amazing selection of the best of beers! NoDa Brewing Company is the only brewery in town with deep roots in the brewing scene. Charlotteans seek out their many notable brands at bars across town (yeah, it’s so good, other bars serve it), but there’s no place like home; so when in NoDa, go and try a QC favorite, Hop, Drop ‘N Roll, Jam Session, Ramble on Red, Or Coco Loco. They have tastylicious seasonal brews and every Tuesday they roll out a NoDable small-batch beer that’s only available in-house. Your tolerance is the limit, so stop in NoDa for a Pint, a Bite and a whole lot of fun.

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WHERE TO Play You’ve been fed, thirst is quenched and you have shopped ‘til your heart was content. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the entertainment side of NoDa. The Neighborhood Theatre is the perfect setting to see a show from an old favorite or to discover a new band that energizes and excites you with live music from both local and national acts. Originally built as a movie theater in 1945 (Astor Theatre), it closed in the late 70s and underwent restoration in 1997 and converted into a live performance venue. Red @28th, is an exquisitely comfortable Hookah Lounge with a full bar, books galore and great music. The Chop Shop hosts all types of live music events from every genre and an amazingly huge secret stage (not a secret, I just didn’t know about it after my first visit), that if you’re lucky, you’ll get to witness your favorite band on! The list could go on and on of things to do in NoDa. The people behind reviving NoDa are my local heroes and you can find out so much more by visiting www.noda.org or just dropping by to see for yourself all that NoDa has to offer!

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WHERE TO Shop By now, you’re well aware that NoDa is THE Arts District, so you must be sure to take stock in your creative side and check out the galleries in the area. Most notably the NoDa Crawl on the first and third Fridays of every month. Stroll through solo or with friends and engage in its beauty, buy goods from artists from everywhere and enjoy live music and good drinks while you do it. Fun for the soul happens here. Every Saturday NoDa Eclectic Marketplace pops up for those looking for the REAL NoDa art buzz. You can find handmade, seasonal, local, and unique goods. Need a “me” moment? Check out Breathe for a massage, relaxation tools or yoga. For those seeking boutique-style shopping, visit Vivian B, where you’ll find great boutique exclusive pieces, VOLUSPA candles, jewelry and much more! Rat's Nest offers shoppers Vintage clothes that don't suck, and Ruby's Gift offers a unique shopping experience! Featuring handcrafted items by all-local artisans; Art, Jewelry, Home Goods, Pottery, Clothing, Accessories. Dupp & Swat, is a community gem and fan favorite. This everything boutique features exclusive locally designed clothing and accessories, as well as hosts some of the best venues for music, spoken word, fashion and discussion panels.

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COCKTAIL BY HEATHER CHANEY

FIT FOR A PATIO

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Now that Spring has sprung in the Queen City, you might find yourself in need of a cocktail fit for a patio. With the farmers markets now open, you can find a number of flavorful ingredients to add to your cocktails at home. The benefits of fresh ingredients are insurmountable, while not always the most convenient, fresh herbs and fruits can provide a pop of flavor that you wouldn’t normally get from a store bought syrup or liqueur. I got the opportunity to talk to Bob Peters from The Punch Room at The Ritz Carlton about his opinions on fresh and unique herbs and how we can incorporate them into our boozy beverages. Peters draws his inspiration to use fresh herbs from the seasons. “When your garden herbs starting popping up, you can’t help but to use them.” Spring and summer are his favorite seasons for cocktails and they can provide the most dynamic ingredients for his concoctions. 86


Many of us are used to seeing the fruits, herbs and even roots like ginger added to our cocktails but when I asked him about his most unusual ingredients Peters surprised even me. On his current cocktail list at the Punch Room, he has included a Miso Daiquiri on the menu. You read that correctly, miso, like the soup. “Miso is a very traditional Japanese ingredient that adds the Umami (otherwise known as savory) characteristic to foods or in this case drinks. It is actually a fermented bean curd that you can find in paste form. It is one of the most amazing things that I have ever created.” Peters accomplished this by mixing miso into a homemade mint syrup that is paired with fresh pressed grilled grapefruit juice and locally made Queen Charlotte’s Reserve Rum that creates a harmonious blend of sweet and savory flavors. If you’re like me, the thought of making a mint miso syrup at home seems daunting, this is the reason Peters has set out to give a crash course in mixology. He teaches foodies, cocktail connoisseurs and booze newbies at Earl’s Grocery once a month. During these informative hour-long sessions, attendees can learn a multitude of different mixing techniques. Peters uses his experience behind the stick to encourage his students to explore flavors and methods. In the last few classes, attendees have learned how to taste the difference in bourbon and rye whiskey, how to make mint juleps for their Kentucky Derby party and most recently got to learn how to make herb infused simple syrups. It was here that I got schooled on the importance of herbal flavors and the chance to try something new.

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Found fresh, Thai Basil pairs well with most fruits and proves to be a very versatile ingredient to use. There are unlimited fresh herbs one can use in their drinks such as lavender, thyme or rosemary but Peters has a favorite that your aren’t likely to find in your local dive bar, Thai Basil. Found fresh, Thai Basil pairs well with most fruits and proves to be a very versatile ingredient to use. Peters says “It has a beautiful flavor that is perfect for spring and summer cocktails, it’s an unexpected substitute for mint that creates wonderful variations of your favorite Mojito or a Thai Julep. While these fresh herbs can offer copious amounts of flavor, sometimes it is more convenient to make an infused syrup to use instead. “There are many recipes and applications where an herb syrup is perfectly acceptable. Herb infused syrups can be extremely beautiful and super convenient if making a ton of cocktails or you are hosting a party but there is nothing like fresh picked herbs,” says Peters. He adds that there are instances when you want subtle undertones of herbs instead of a more pungent flavor and in some cases, less is more.

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With all that said, I share with you the recipe(s) learned in Peters’ Mixology Lab. Using the following guides, anyone can make these at home for their next summer soiree. HOW TO MAKE A THAI BASIL SIMPLE SYRUP - HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

• 4 cups of water • 2 cups of sugar • Thai Basil (small bunch) roughly chopped, stems removed • Depending on your tastes, you can make this simple syrup really sweet or a bit more savory so play around with the recipe. The ratio of water to sugar is 2:1, but feel free to add more sugar if you’d like. • Bring water to a boil, add chopped basil and steep for 10-15 minutes • Add sugar and stir until dissolved • Remove from heat • Strain into a clean jar or bottle. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. THAI BASIL SMASH - HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

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1.5 oz Espolon Blanco Tequila Lime quartered 2 oz Thai Basil Simple Syrup A shaker, a muddler and a glass filled with ice

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE IT:

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Lightly muddle limes in a shaker Add tequila, simple syrup and ice Shake Using a strainer, stain your newly made cocktail into the ice filled glass. Garnish with a sprig or 2 of Thai basil and a lime wedge

Keep up with upcoming events and classes at Earls with Bob at www.bobpeters.net or follow him on twitter @bobthebartender

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