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LUXE LIFESTYLE Volume 3, Issue 2

PLUS... Pinehurst and the U.S. Amateur Golf Championships The New Luxury Hotel Boom in Asheville Local Interior Designers from the Mountains to the Shore A Dreamy Destination to Africa

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Note from the editor am excited to write this letter, as our footprint continues to grow for Luxe Lifestyle Magazine. We have added many new retail outlets to our current distribution. A well-deserved thanks to all our wonderful readers and amazing contrib-

utors. Speaking of our wonderful contributors, we have two new columns debuting in this issue. The first by Debra Kennedy who shares the story of others on her own show, The Debra Kennedy show. Well, now the tables are turned and Debra will share her own stories and thoughts with her column “Confessions of a Lifestyle Connoisseur”. If anyone knows Debra her column will be sure to entertain if not shock us from time to time. I can’t wait. In addition, interior designer Claudia Ricciardone has joined the Luxe Team, with her column “Curated by Claudia”. Claudia will be sure to answer all of those decorating questions we often wonder but have no answer to. For example, I am constantly perplexed as to mixing metal finishes in a room and throughout a home. Can I have nickel trim faucets and brass lighting in my kitchen? You can send all your questions directly to Claudia. Just pm her on her instagram page @claudiajosephinedesign. Jane Seymour graces our cover and what a pleasure it was having lunch with Jane. She is truly an amazing women. Her energy is abounding. Most of us remember her from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, but you may be surprised to find out a few other projects which we mention in the magazine, Jane is known for. This issue is our interior design edition, and we truly have some wonderful design stories and homes displayed. From the mountains in Asheville to uptown Charlotte to the shores of Charleston, the Carolinas are blessed with talent and beauty.


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EDITOR IN CHIEF, FOUNDER Colleen Guilfoile Richmond



FOOD EDITOR Jessica Bentley



CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Claudia Ricciardone Cate Holcombe Debra Kennedy Alison Parker Manish Kumar Roni Fishkin Maxi Breedlove

PHOTOGRAPHERS Jessica Bently George Hodge





Barry Guilfoile



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98. NEW LUXURY HOTEL: ASHEVILLE by Brianna Melanson


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It takes a tribe to create this magazine and our digital platform. Here is a look at the many talented ones who make it all happen.




3 Days in Nashville by Brianna Melanson



Confessions of a Lifestyle Connoisseur

Three distinct homes and their designers

Curated by Claudia by Claudia Ricciardone


Baker Motor Company New Porsche Facility An Evening of Wellness Shucked + Sauced in Hampton Park

by Nancy Easter White



Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner NBA All Star Weekend

America’s Love Affair with Barns

by Debra Kennedy

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contributors CATE HOLCOMBE


Cate Holcombe is the princi-

Allison Parker has a MBA in mar-

pal of Cate Holcombe Interiors,

keting and human resources from

and she has nurtured and honed

Duquesne University in Pittsburgh,

a life-long enthusiasm for de-

PA. Always loving the written word,

sign. The North Carolina native

Allison has a knack for streaming her

guides clients in creating homes

thoughts through to the keyboard.

that are authentic, delightful,

Her favorite part of freelance writing is meeting interesting people and discovering unique subjects to share with her audiences. Allison enjoys being a devoted mom to her 3 beautiful boys and volunteering within their schools and community. Allison embraces new adventures, loves to travel, and is always on the quest to learn more about the world around her.

and functional and is known for balancing unlikely elements beautifully. Cate is “mom” to a pair of spirited, young daughters, and she is inspired by travel—both near and far. You might find her searching for treasures along Wrightsville Beach, strolling under the mature tree canopy in her quirky Raleigh neighborhood, or curled up with a good book. Mrs. Holcombe welcomes you to view her work at or to follow her design musings at



Debra is most recognized as host of “The Debra Kennedy Show” a lifestyle


talk show in which she is the producer and on-air host. She is also a regular on Fox TV Good Morning Charlotte and NBC Charlotte Today as a Lifestyle and Beauty Expert. Debra is a former Mrs North Carolina United States, Mrs North Carolina America and Mrs North Carolina International. She has appeared on many national television commercials as well as MTV and the World Wide Inspiration channel. Writing is a huge passion for Debra and many of her experiences include: Beauty Editor for Supermodels International Magazine, Lifestyle Editor for Elevate Lifestyle Magazine, Contributing Writer for Southpark Magazine and Carolina Bride Magazine. Debra has graced the cover of SuperModels International Magazine as well as Elevate Lifestyle Magazine and has been interviewed and featured in countless other magazines however her greatest accomplished is her unique ability to relate to others with her spitfire personality and passionate understanding that what you “give” in life is what you get in return. Please visit her website to learn more about Debra


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Breedlove Home, a web-based color consultation and décor shop. She holds a degree in English and technical writing and is a 2L at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In her spare time, she stays busy ghostwriting and editing for lifestyle bloggers. Maxie is also a world traveler who collects paintings and eclectic artifacts. She is unashamedly addicted to social media and reads everything from British literature, to billboards, to bathroom-stall poetry. Please pop in and say hello @maxiebreedlove on Instagram.

anish Kumar Arora is a renowned KP MANISH r, Numerologist, Tarot Reder & Vastu KUMAR t. He has been rendering professional to clients Manish with a Kumar reasonable of Arora degree is a renowned success. KP Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot een conferred with the title of 'Jyotish Reader & Vastu Consultant. He has and 'Jyotish Aryabhatt.' He has been been rendering professional advice onthly astrological columns for many to clients with a reasonable degree of international magazines. success. He has been conferred with

the title of ‘Jyotish Varahamihir’ and ‘Jyotish Aryabhatt.’ He has been writing monthly astrological columns for many international magazines.

RONI FISHKIN Roni Fishkin is the Director of Marketing and Events for Mann Travels – a full-service travel agency serving the Charlotte area for 40 years. Roni has been in the events, marketing and travel industry for more than 20 years. Her passion for travel has taken her around the world and given her lots of great material for articles in many local magazines and appearances on various Charlotte television stations as a travel industry expert. Originally from New York, Roni, her husband and three sons, made Charlotte their home in 1992. She has been active in a variety of non-profit organizations, including Leadership Charlotte and many Charlotte Jewish community agencies.



Jess is a food writer, photographer

George Hodge is a Professional

and self-taught chef who’s cooking

Model, Actor, Fashion Show Produc-

her way through the Queen City of

er and Fashion/Lifestyle Photogra-

Charlotte, NC. Take a glimpse into

pher. With over 20 years of experi-

a slice of her kitchen, by following

ence in the fashion industry, George

her on Instagram & facebook @sli-

has been represented by some of the


nation’s top modeling agencies, in-

cluding Wilhelmina New York, Elite, Locke Management and Click. He has appeared in print ads for L’Uomo Vogue Magazine, Charlotte Girl/Luxe Lifestyle Magazine, Elegant Bride Magazine

BRIANNA MELANSON Brianna Melanson is a transplant from Upstate New York where she earned her Bachelor’s in Professional Writing. She is passionate about telling everyone’s unique stories and showcasing local businesses. She loves everything Charlotte has to offer, especially the food, which is always documented on her Instagram.

(Grooms Issue), Christian Dior, Nautica and Taylor Richards & Conger, to name a few. George has also appeared in fashion runway shows for GQ Magazine and Belk, featuring top designers such as David Chu (Nautica), Bill Blass, Greg Norman and Louis Feraud. As a Fashion Show Producer, George’s list of credits includes Hanes Brands, Harley-Davidson and CIAA. Behind the camera, George brings an exciting edge to photography through his innovation and creativity. Specializing in on location photography, George has traveled extensively, capturing the lifestyles and fashion of various cultures and high profile entertainers. With George’s vast experience in Print, Commercial/Film, Runway and Fashion, George offers a dynamic & exciting Industry experience. Volume 3, Issue 2 |


good reads LILLY PULITZER The story of the Lilly Pulitzer brand is bound with that of its inimitable founder and of Palm Beach, Florida, itself. Founded in the mid-1800s as the first resort town in the country, Palm Beach was where newlyweds Peter and Lilly Pulitzer settled in the early 1950s to live year-round, which, while an unusual decision at the time, fit with Lilly’s bohemian personality and rule-breaking spirit. The instantly recognizable Lilly Pulitzer brand, now synonymous with resort wear, was created in the late 1950s, when Lilly worked at a stand selling juice from her husband’s orange groves. While Lilly loved the job, it was messy, so she had her dressmaker create brightly printed, comfortable shifts that she could wear during work to mask the fruit stains, a stark contrast in both color and shape to the form-fitting styles of the decade. With this design, Lilly unknowingly invented American resort wear. Soon, every Palm Beach girl wanted the Lilly dress, and it began selling more than the juice. The trend grew during the vibrant, irreverent sixties, when Jackie Kennedy began wearing Pulitzer’s creations, and thanks to color TV, the world was exploding with vivid hues in perfect parallel with Lilly’s designs. The Lilly became the symbol of cool, chic beach glamour at all the jet set’s favorite spots, as photographed by the legendary Slim Aarons. Today, Lilly Pulitzer celebrates its sixtieth anniversary, and the brand’s designs are as timeless as ever, its hand-painted, custom-color watercolor and acrylic pieces featuring flamingos, sea turtles, shells, monkeys, and countless other beach- and jungle-inspired patterns made to outfit every generation. Each Lilly store is unique, with carefully curated decor that gives it a distinct personality. Lilly Pulitzer is the story of an inimitable brand that has come to define the fashion world’s resort season. For any activity under the sun, life is simply better in Lilly. In celebration of the brand’s 60th anniversary, Lilly Pulitzer designed four special prints to mark the momentous occasion. The new cloth patterns, created exclusively for the special-edition collection, wrap each book and its slipcase in a rich burst of vibrant color. The Lilly’s Pink Bouquet print is a classic pink and green floral – a signature for the brand – these mesmerizing flowers can be found in many of Lilly’s iconic prints. The second print, Lilly’s Palm Beach Toile, is the culmination of Lilly’s favorite parts of Palm Beach and includes scenes of Worth Avenue, scalloped beach walls, the new Lilly store, and even a pair of ladies walking their fluffy white dogs. The final print in the collection, aptly named Cheek to Cheek, is a close patchwork of motifs from the brand’s Spring 2019 collection. Breaking out of the traditional square framework, these colorful prints dance together in a unique collage that nods to both the brand’s past and future. The standard edition’s Viva La Lilly print masquerades as a floral, but is complete with classic Lilly content including hidden elephants and monkey’s. It’s an ode to Lilly’s fun and irreverent spirit.


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INTERIOR LANDMARKS TREASURES OF NEW YORK Judith Gura and Kate Wood Principal photography by Larry Lederman THE FIRST BOOK TO PRESENT GREAT LANDMARKED INTERIORS OF NEW YORK IN ALL THEIR INTRICATE DETAIL, INTERIOR LANDMARKS IS A VISUAL CELEBRATION OF SPACE THAT CAPTURES THE RICH HERITAGE OF THE CITY. Since 1965, the New York City Landmarks Law has preserved for generations to come a remarkable number of significant spaces in New York City’s cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history. Not only do the exterior facades of these buildings fall within the law’s purview, but many of their stunning interiors as well. Newly updated with current information, this book tells the stories of forty-six interior landmarks from the widely celebrated–Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grand Central Station–to others that are virtually unknown. A catalogue of all 120 interior landmarks, with names of their architects and locations, is also included. Readers will learn about their original construction and style, their exceptional design features, materials, and architectural details, as well as the challenges to preserving them– whether they were unanimously accepted or hotly contested in legal battles–and the preservationists, philanthropists, politicians, and designers who made it possible. The book also includes updated details on the restorations or re-imaginings that took place. Combining strong visuals and thorough research, this valuable reference work will fascinate all readers with an interest in the city’s history. This paperback edition is updated with current information, including the 2017 addition of The New York Public Library’s historic Rose Main Reading Room to the list of protected landmarks.

PRAISE FOR INTERIOR LANDMARKS “This updated paperback edition doesn’t compromise the quality of Larry Lederman’s original photographs, nor does the addition of a gorgeous, glossy two-page spread spotlighting the luminous celestial ceiling mural of the New York Public Library’s Rose Reading Room. A must for lovers of architecture, history, and design and for anyone—tourist or native—who’s ever marveled at the marble, metal, wood, stone, plaster, and glass adorning the sanctuaries of New York’s notable buildings.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Confessions of a



hat exactly is a Lifestyle Connois-

money, Love, Marriage and Relationships, A

seur and what am I confessing

little Charlotte Gossip and a huge amount of

about? Well Darlings, you will

realness. Every person has a story with the

be quite entertained by the top-

power to help others if they are willing to

ics and I totally promise you will be saying, Oh

share and I am sharing it all.

My, DID she just say that?? Yes, this is the kind

Who am I? A former beauty queen, cover

of article I am stoked to write. Real and Raw

girl, actress, journalist, TV Host, Lifestyle

conversations that you will want to surround

Expert, wife, mother, friend,

yourself with a group of friends and share

daughter who was bul-

your Multipotentialite thoughts on your

lied when I was in mid-

journey through life.

dle school, had more

Topics will range from Hot Flash-

“Me Too” encounters

es, MagnetiLashes, Lip Plumping (PS.

than I choose to re-

The ones on your face are NOT the only

member who always

set of lips that matter), and all things

challenges myself to

love and marriage forthcoming. Life is

push boundaries and

a roller coaster and sometimes you are

try something differ-

on the top and other times on the bottom


My kids say I

(get your minds out of the gutter, I am

am “EXTRA” and my

not talking about sex yet). The import-

friends call me “Celeb

ant golden rule is to embrace the trying

Deb” because I talk to every-

times as gracefully as you do the good

one I meet.

times with a sense of humor and look good doing it! Yes, we have all experienced so many “Bless your Heart” encounters and I will share many of my personal stories. Hot Topics will include the latest and greatest cosmetic procedures:



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a pinky-beige undertone. Her granite, with its blue and green swirls, narrows the choices.

Dear Claudia,

What are some trendy kitchen colors this season? My counter tops are granite with swirls of grey, blue, and green. I have light blue walls and white cabinets but I’m wanting to switch things up! Currently, I was thinking of painting the bottom cabinets a dark blue or grey, and the walls white. But I’m torn on if it’ll look balanced or unbalanced…we were wanting to paint the walls white but I’m nervous about how to keep them clean with the kiddos.


We’re going to go on a tangent for a bit. I’ve been getting a lot of requests for white paint. Leanna’s fear that sticky little hands will mess up her paint job is a valid one because most builders use a matte finish on walls. A matte finish is soothing to look at, and it hides imperfections in the drywall. But it’s also difficult to wipe clean and touch up. If you have children, use at least an eggshell or satin sheen, which makes it easier to remove the spaghetti sauce your kid flings onto the wall. Still, I don’t recommend white walls for most homes. Why?

This question came from a lovely reader, Leanna Gar-

cia, who is mom to three toddlers and a baby. This busy lady is also a talented Mississippi artist who paints blooms so decadent I want to eat them! You can see photos of her family room and kitchen below. Leanna and her husband have already done quite a bit of updating to their brick ranch but were wanting to



wall color as well. Let’s walk through the process I used to choose the right color for her open floor plan. If you know me, you know that one of my main design goals is to keep things timeless. While asking for trendy won’t send me clutching my pearls (hey, it’s only paint), I prefer to offer my clients a solution that won’t feel dated in a year or two. Rather, trends can be incorporated in smaller doses when accessorizing a space. First, I need to determine the undertones in the existing hard finishes like tile, brick, cabinets, and flooring. Leanna’s pinkbeige fireplace brick demands a paint color that won’t clash with

Because paint color goddess divine, Maria Killam, trained me. My training and my experience both agree that you need a huge dose of natural light for white walls to work. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a drab, grey cast—not pretty. This is the Studio McGee white room example. Photo is from Pinterest.

I know, I know, you are wondering about all the glorious





rooms. Here’s the thing—what


don’t see is that it takes supplemental lighting (like literally an assistant standing


with a light shining into the window), plus


and a good stylist to make those rooms look fabulous. Seeing interiors painted white in real life versus an Instagram photo is sort of like the difference between a selfie you take in the morning before you’ve had your coffee and the filtered one you posted for Facebook’s “How Did Aging Hit You” challenge. Even if your room has a flood of natural lighting, that only ticks one requirement off the list. You also Volume 3, Issue 2 |


need lots of gorgeous architectural mold-

From Pinterest. Designer A+B Kasha

With regards to whether or not she

ings. White also works in a modern-styled

should paint her lower cabinets, I recom-

home. But that’s not all. White walls need

mend keeping them white. Why? While I

to be paired with impeccable furnishings

love the look of lowers painted in a color,

and beautiful textures. You think your

I typically like to pair them with a white

hubby’s Barcalounger looks bad now.

marble or quartz, or butcher block coun-

Wait till you see it naked against white

tertops. Veining in stone or solid surface

walls. One last requirement. White needs

countertops is fine as long as it coordi-

to invade your whole space to look good.

nates with the chosen cabinet color. If

So, if you have one or two rooms painted

Leanna were to choose a color to coor-

white and the rest in a color, those white

dinate with her granite, she would need

rooms will look like they’ve been primed,

to pull a color from the existing colors in

not painted. “But Claudia,” you protest,

the stone. However, in this situation, the

“I love the look of white walls and want

resulting color may feel too dark in her

them in my house!”


I’m happy to say I have a solution. It’s called a pale neutral. And that’s exactly what I chose for Leanna’s living space—

Another benefit to keeping her paint From Pinterest. Design Firm: Gilles et Boissier

colors neutral—they offer an ideal backdrop to Leanna’s beautiful art and allow

Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray. Since

her to switch up her décor without hav-

there is a bit of grey in her brick, includ-

ing to repaint her walls or cabinets. Don’t

ing the mortar, I decided to pull my col-

get me wrong, I love a vibrant wall color

or choice from that (not the pink-beige

or statement wallpaper, but both require

undertone of her brick). The reason is

a commitment. It takes a good bit of skill

because I want the color to look fresh

to successfully create flow with colored

and also coordinate with the granite

walls, and a neutral may simplify that

in her kitchen. Classic Gray is a greige

process for a homeowner not working

pale enough to give Leanna the light and

with a designer.

airy feel of a white while being saturat-

Now that Leanna knows what to do,

ed enough to coordinate with her brick

I am eagerly awaiting her after photos.

and granite. Classic Gray will also help

Thanks, Leanna, for your questions!

minimize the presence of the soffit above

Hey friends, if you have any interior

Leanna’s upper cabinets because it offers

design questions, contact me via dm on

less contrast with her white cabinets than her current wall color.

instagram @claudiajosephinedesign and don’t forget to include

Of course, I always recommend testing your chosen paint color

photos. Your question may be featured in my column!

before committing.

How to test your paint color: Paint a large, white piece of foam board with two coats of the desired color. Once it’s dry, you should view it on the same plane as your walls in both natural and artificial lighting at various times throughout the day. Because color is relative, you will need to place a piece of white poster board (larger than your sample) behind the painted board so that the current wall color doesn’t distort your perception of the sample color.


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ORGANIC BEAUTY in Charleston

“After many years in the fashion and make-up industry, I've learned a lot about the impact of daily exposure to chemicals in beauty care products. I've seen what works and what doesn't live up to its promises. I see the results of taking a quick-fix approach to looking good. I know first-hand the price our health can pay in the pursuit of beauty. I realized that what women need is a cosmetics line that is as pure as possible, one that creates a solid foundation for anti-aging and long-term beauty.”


– Rose-Marie ose-Marie Swift has been a make-up artist for over

Moore, Sophia Coppola, Celine Dion, Paloma Picasso, Gretchen

35 years; her work has been featured in Vogue

Moll, Isabel Rossalini, Milla Jovovich, Cindy Sherman. She has

(French, Italian, American, Nippon, China, Rus-

worked with some of the top fashion photographers in the world

sian) W, Harper's Bazaar, I.D., Self Service, V, Al-

including Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas&Marcus Piggott, Glen

lure, Numero, Marie Claire, Glamour, Interview, and Elle. Her

Luchford, Hedi Slimane, Peter Lindbergh, David Simms, Annie

make-up has appeared in ads for Dianne Von Furstenburg, Cal-

Leibovitz, Terry Richardson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Arthur El-

vin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Thierry Mugler, Esprit,

gort, and Patrick Demarchelier, just to name a few.

Kate Spade, Tommy Hilfiger, Max Mara, The Gap, Victoria's Se-

Several years ago, Rose-Marie began to experience some

cret and more. Her portfolio includes the famous faces of Gisele

health issues that were causing many problems physically,

Bunchen, Zoe Saldana, Miranda Kerr, Tilda Swinton, Demi

mentally and emotionally. After an extensive series of tests, she learned that her blood contained toxic levels of heavy metals including aluminum, barium, cadmium, lead and mercury as well as high levels of pesticides and other chemicals. You can imagine her surprise when the technician asked if she worked in the cosmetics industry. Until then she had no idea that cosmetics could contribute to serious health issues. After years of rebuilding her own health, Rose-Marie realized that she wanted to help other women claim their right to healthy beauty. To achieve this goal she created RMS Beauty, her acclaimed line of organic color cosmetics. Rose-Marie is an outspoken advocate for women protecting themselves from the questionable ingredients found in products they use on their bodies daily. She created the website to dispel


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beauty myths and expose some of the dan-

This is where RMS Beauty

gers of personal care products. Rose-Ma-

breaks away from the pack of nat-

rie's story and her product line have both

ural cosmetics. RMS Beauty prod-

been included in No More Dirty Looks by

ucts are formulated with raw, food

Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt

grade and organic ingredients in

and Eco-Sex by Stephanie Iris Weiss.

their natural state, allowing their

She also contributed natural beauty tips

living, healing attributes to pen-

and insight to the book Living Beauty:

etrate and rejuvenate the skin. In

Feel Great, Look Fabulous & Live Well by

their purest form, enzymes, vita-

Lisa Petty. She is frequently interviewed

mins, antioxidants and their heal-

for health and beauty publications and is

ing properties remain fully intact,

quickly becoming a popular guest on radio

encouraging amazing potential for

and television programs. Rose-Marie con-

anti-aging effects. RMS Beauty

tinues to work in the fashion industry and

has also taken extreme care in the

is using RMS Beauty products on some of

use of minimal heat in the manu-

the world's most famous faces.

facturing process of this product

RMS Beauty is dedicated to transforming the way women use

in order to keep all nutrients and healing properties alive. All

makeup, and it's about more than simply using organic ingredi-

RMS Beauty products are free of harmful chemicals, synthetic

ents. In fact, that's only the first step in creating a product that's

preservatives, synthetic vitamins, and genetically altered in-

not only non-toxic, but that actually heals and nourishes skin. It

gredients (GMO) etc. RMS Beauty is full of healing nutrients

all comes down to chemistry: when a raw material is processed

– nutrients that work synergistically with the skin, and are in

for use in cosmetics or other beauty products, it typically under-

harmony with nature and our environment. Each ingredient in

goes a lengthy process. I was surprised to learn that the majority

RMS Beauty is carefully chosen to create a dialogue with the

of ingredients used for natural cosmetics are refined, bleached,

skin. Your touch activates the life force of the product, and nu-

deodorized, clarified, fractionated and heated to high tempera-

trients interact with skin to promote hydration, softness, and

tures. But this means they are not pure natural ingredients any-


more – they are now equivalent to man-made chemicals. Com-

The life force of the skin interacts with the life force of every-

plicating matters more, the processes strip away almost all of

thing applied to it. Majority of cosmetics are dead. The chemi-

the nutrients that make natural ingredients beneficial to skin.

cals they contain have no life force and therefore, cannot interact

Today's cosmetics and skincare lines are full of mono-nutrients

with the skin. It is the interaction - the synthesis of all ingredi-

and mono-nutrients do not interact. Only real nutrients inter-

ents, that creates a truly alive product, and truly alive skin! RMS

act‌ anything alive interacts.

beauty is about aliveness and pure, life force.


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ranny Tacy has more energy than just about anyone you’ve ever met. On any given day she’s been awake since before daybreak hustling, from bottle feeding baby goats and lambs, tending to gardens and guests, hosting CBD / goat

yoga classes on her hemp farm and forever strategizing with her dedicated husband and team.


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Uninspired by her extremely successful career in big pharma, Franny committed to a journey of pharma to farm. She and Jeff decided to take a leap of faith and purchased a 18 acre undeveloped plot of land

While nurturing and supporting the growth of their CBD crop, Franny decided to take it from seed to shelf, and opened one of Asheville’s first Hemp and CBD dispensaries, aptly named, Franny’s Farmacy.

in Leicester, NC (about 10 minutes from Asheville.)

With the epic boom of the CBD

The brambled





land was south facing, had a spring


fed stream but no structures, no

opened 2 CBD Dispensaries in NC,

home, no barn, no drive, no power

with another popping up in John-

- just obstinate, cantankerous land.

son City, TN, Greenville, SC and

Starting with a blank slate, Jeff and

even more to open across the South-

Franny put their talents and partner-

east United States through 2019 and

ship to the test, and over the last 6 years, have created a fully functioning farm with chickens, cows, goats, sheep, bees and a rescued donkey. There are multiple lodging accommo-




into 2020. From the crop yields, she has developed over a dozen private label CBD & Full-Spectrum products ranging from sublinguals, tinctures, topicals, chapstick, massage

dations, and today you will find everything from Farm Camp and

oils, salves, smokeables and vaps, teas, even bath bombs! In ad-

Goat Yoga, to weddings and even a music festival called Barn-a-

dition to her own product line, she has selectively curated ad-

roo, all hosted on the farm.

ditional inventory from the carefully sourced full spectrum and

In 2017, Franny was given an opportunity of a lifetime when

CBD products available. Franny and Jeff pride themselves on

NC approved the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Bucking her

being educators of the industry, and Franny regularly partici-

critics, she planted their first round of hemp seeds for grain and

pates in interviews, trade shows, press conferences and events

fiber production, making Franny the first female hemp farmer in

all across the country. Most recently, Franny’s TedX talk on

North Carolina.

hemp was published and she represented hemp farmers across

With the immediate success of the first crop, Franny decided to take it one step further, and plant the 2nd crop for CBD use.

the nation on a panel of experts in Washington DC at the Victory for Hemp Press Conference. Being vertically integrated allows the Tacy’s to manage quality control on all aspects from growing hemp, to processing, product development and bringing the Franny’s Brand to people all across the country. As more Franny’s Farmacy Dispensaries open, and their wholesale and online business expands, the brand is gaining significant recognition. Franny and Jeff plan to keep expanding the business on pace with the growing CBD & hemp industry. Franny says that they still have some tricks up their sleeves so keep an eye out for some exciting and innovating events in the coming weeks and months. Volume 3, Issue 2 |



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JANE SEYMOUR chats with Colleen Richmond about her life and success.


multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, recipi-

TV. The program fostered such a devoted audience and such

ent of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) be-

a wide audience demand for fulfilling, informative drama that

stowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II at Bucking-

parents could share and enjoy with their children that a national

ham Palace, Jane Seymour has proven her talents

in fact, international, furor was occasioned by the series’ cancel-

in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion

lation. The beloved series still airs around the world in over 90

pictures and television. As iconic star of the beloved TV series

different countries.

“Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman,” she became a role model to

Her now classic turn in “The Wedding Crashers” paired her

young women and girls throughout the world with her inspiring

with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson playing the sexually

rendition of a woman who can courageously dare, achieve and

charged wife of Christopher Walken and changed the industry

improve anything a man can do, investing it with that “woman’s

landscape for Jane, showcasing her comedy skills to a broad au-

touch” of caring humanity. She has been a leading contributor

dience that quickly embraced the acting range that she exhibit-

to a vibrant new time of equality which is tearing down walls of

ed. Suddenly she became a “go to” star for memorable guesting

limitation everywhere. With her customary practice of leading

spots on top award-winning comedy shows like “How I Met Your

by achieving, she has earned spectacular success in the worlds

Mother” and “Jane the Virgin.”

of art, design and corporate entrepreneurship. With her Open

Through her production company she has produced and

Hearts line of jewelry and her successful enterprises in related

starred in programs such as "Sunstroke", "A Passion for Justice",

design fields, she has taken her Jane Seymour brand to the po-

“Praying Mantis", "The Absolute Truth", “Enslavement: The

sition of being in the top one hundred of Licensing Global Mag-

Fanny Kemble Story”, “Murder in the Mirror”, “Dr. Quinn, The

azine’s list of the world’s top brands, something no other actor

Movie”, “A Marriage of Convenience” and "Blackout". Behind

or actress has accomplished. In the process, her love of art and

the camera, Seymour served as an executive producer on the

color has led to her great success as a painter in watercolors and

documentary film “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”, which told the

oils and as a designer of product from botanicals to furniture.

touching story of musician Glen Campbell’s farewell tour while

Jane has reached success with a star career encompassing

dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

international movie stardom with such lasting films as "Some-

In early 2008, Jane launched one of her most successful

where in Time" and "Live and Let Die", Broadway and London

brands to date, a special jewelry collection called "Open Hearts

stage acclaim including creating the role of Constanza in "Ama-

by Jane Seymour". Inspired by one of Seymour’s original paint-

deus" and television achievements in award winning perfor-

ings of two hearts connected and open at either end, the exclu-

mances in “War and Remembrance” and “East of Eden.” Award-

sive designs symbolize that love has no boundaries and flows

ed a Golden Globe for her role as “Dr. Quinn,” Seymour made

unconditionally. The Open Hearts design reminds us that if we

history with her six season “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” series,

keep our hearts open, love will always find its way in. It has be-

blazing a trail for family-worthy programming to return to series

come a universal symbol for giving and receiving love and to date


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has become the most successful line of jewelry currently on the

first-ever monumental-sized Single Open Heart sculpture, was

market and has outlasted many of its brand contemporaries with

unveiled and installed in the lobby of the noted cardiac center,

unmatched success.

Centra Care in St. Cloud, MN in 2017. In January of this year,

In 2009 her Open Hearts, the first book in a series of four,

the City of Bradenton, FL unveiled the artist’s newest Open Heart

was published. Open Hearts reflects life’s joys, heartaches, and

Icon Monumental bronze sculpture on their Riverwalk along the

inspirations and symbolizes that only when you can love yourself

Manatee River, as the 61st piece of public art in the art-minded

and keep your heart open are you able to give and receive love.

beach community.

This theme is celebrated in the book through a collection of po-

Jane is a prominent spokesperson for Crepe Erase, one of the

ems, essays and quotes and illustrated with a selection of her art.

leading Guthy Renker brands in the skincare space and sold at

Subsequent books in the series were released Among Angels in

retailers ranging from ULTA to QVC and Amazon. Jane Sey-

2010, Open Hearts Family in 2012 and most recently The Wave

mour Designs – a national lifestyle brand inspired by her homes,

in 2014. Inspired by the Open Hearts philosophy, in 2017 The

art and family-centered lifestyle has teamed with several co-col-

Road Ahead was published. The book explores how we handle life’s challenges and how those challenges define us as we face the road ahead. The book touches on everything from medical crises to broken hearts to career failures and everything in between. Seymour released her book, “Making Yourself at Home”, a style book featuring her home and lifestyle tips in 2007. In 2002, Jane Seymour penned an autobiographical book, “Remarkable Changes”, profiling her own and 20 personal stories of others who have experienced positive transformation in the face of life-changing crisis. In addition, Jane Seymour co-authored a series of exceedingly successful children’s books titled “This One and That One”, inspired by her highly and delightfully altered life since the actress gave birth to twins in late 1995. She is also the author of “Two at

laborators such as esteemed furniture designer Michael Amini

a Time: A Journey through Twin Pregnancy and Birth”.

and his team at AICO. They’ve partnered for a decade and have

That same year she released a collection of fine art Open Heart

created several best-selling home furnishing collections avail-

bronze sculptures and introduced the editions to the fine art

able around the world. Their unique collection, Micheal Amini

world; the Open Heart Icon and the Single Open Heart designs

Jane Seymour Living continues to be top sellers for AICO.

are currently available in three different patinas. To further il-

Additional associations for Jane Seymour Designs home décor

lustrate the artist’s and her family’s commitment to the Open

are lines with companies such as Style Craft for portable light-

Hearts philosophy, the Open Heart Icon Monumental fine art

ing and accessories, The Danbury Mint for handbags, Winward

sculpture was born in 2012. The very first example of the sev-

International Inc. for permanent botanicals and Prestige Art for

en-foot tall bronze casting was installed in Seymour’s oceanside

wall décor, and Loom for rugs.

organic garden to commemorate her birthday in that year. The

art company, Coral Canyon Publishing, have partnered with Fo-

second Open Heart Icon Monumental sculpture was introduced

tiou Frames, a luxury international moulding manufacturer, to

formally at the 2nd Annual Open Hearts Foundation Gala in

launch the JS Moulding Line to offer a wide selection of beautiful

2012 and has since been installed outdoors in Akron, Ohio. The

and elegant moulding designs to quality framers nationwide to

third Open Heart Icon Monumental outdoor sculpture in sand-

great success. Whether it is products that range from jewelry to

stone was created in 2015, and unveiled in Calgary, Alberta, Can-

skincare or from silk florals, furniture or candles, business as-

ada in the Fall of 2016, welcoming the residents and visitors of

sociations with Jana Seymour achieve hundreds of millions of

the grand new master-planned community called “Legacy.” The

dollars in retail sales each year.


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In recent years, Jane and her

NOTEBOOK Our pick for local events, news and best new products.

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend brings together leading wine makers and chefs from around the world to celebrate and advance public knowledge of and appreciation for great wine and food, while making significant contributions to charitable organizations that benefit children and their families in the Charlotte community. In 1989, a group of civic-minded wine and food enthusiasts had a vision of creating a series of events to raise money for charity. Out of this vision, the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend was born and we have contributed over $5 million to the community over the last quarter century. With time and care, the event has grown in stature, attracting the best winemakers and chefs from around the world. In fact, Forbes Travel Guide ranked Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend one of the top five in the United States in 2014. Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend’s charitable endeavors focus on Nourishing Youth and Children, nurturing the whole child in body, mind and spirit. We are proud to partner with the beneficiaries of the 2017-2019 seasons for Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend: Charlotte Concerts; The Council for Children’s Rights; Mitchell’s Fund; Pat’s Place Family Advocacy; and The Relatives.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Elegant fashions worn by the Vanderbilts recreated by Oscar-winning designer John Bright will fill the grand rooms of Biltmore House when Biltmore’s newest exhibition, A Vanderbilt House Party – The Gilded Age, opens Feb. 8 and runs through May 27, 2019. In collaboration with Biltmore curators, Bright and his team at Cosprop, London meticulously recreated fashions favored by the Vanderbilts and their guests at turn-of-the-century celebrations known as house parties. Throughout his career, Bright has received 12 Academy Award nominations and a win for Best Costume Design in 1985 for the Merchant Ivory adaption of “A Room with a View.” The film starred Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Daniel Day-Lewis. THE PASSION AND PURPOSE PROJECT Entering the world of entrepreneurship and business ownership is not for the faint of heart, but it doesn’t have to be an overly daunting experience. In her new book, The Passion and Purpose Project – Design the Life You Were Meant to Live, author and business owner Kimberly Powell breaks down the barrier of perceived intimidation by unfolding a highly relatable roadmap to prepare the aspiring entrepreneur for the journey. Based on the premise that outcome must be considered before income and that passion and purpose will ultimately be the driving forces that catapults one to success, her candid advice is thought-provoking and focuses on real-life stages of business development she has experienced first-hand. As a veteran franchisee of a national brand, Kimberly’s advice will serve as a catalyst to move the reader from being a slave to the mundane to living the life of their dreams. Volume 3, Issue 2 |


More Than Just a Can of Paint Talking Color with Maria Killam By Allison Parker

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grey that all of a sudden looks blue in the afternoon

bly look at it as an option to use in the color scheme. However,

light? A beige that looks violet in the dim light? A

Maria delves deeper. With peach making its way to the center

plethora of choices exist among the color wheels in

stage, her blog shares the impact peach is to color hues. With

any given paint store. What seems to be a soul mate of a color

peach coming in, she details its impact to ‘beiges having orange

under the fluorescent lights in a store can be completely different

undertone and even furniture to have a warmer orange stain to

in the changing lights of the landscape of a home!

be seen more frequently’. It’s not just about one color but the

Jumping into color can be daunting for some and easy for others- picking a color based on a sample card or quick swab of sampling on a wall can leave one disenchanted with the end result.

Making a house a home typically involves changes in existing paint colors. Managing move in projects or even redecorating or repurposing a specific room involves new furniture and accessories which all can be impacted in whole by the base color choices. Items such as existing carpets and couches or future to buy items all make a splash in how the eyes will share the combined mixture. It all revolves around a pivotal point of working with colors-Undertones. With a passion for design for hues and nuances in the painting universe, Maria Killam has carved out a unique niche for herself. As an expert teacher and mentor in the color industry, she is able to educate her clients in the any varying ways to utilize color palettes. Internationally known, Maria is a color expert, design blogger, author, trainer, decorator and stylist. Working with interior designers, homeowners or otherwise color enthusiasts, Maria opens up a world of understanding on color choices. Her approach involves a live color workshop and hands on learning in a session as well as online support options. She has a regular blog, Color Me Happy, on her website www. that flows with ideas on changing trends and color usage as well as simple and practical tips as well. Chatting with Maria about her blog, she shares, “Color Me Happy is my expression in the world on all things color and design related as well as my thoughts on life and business.” Tidbits included in the blog are color forecasts. Her recent post for 2019 included a note on the color peach as being on the upcoming trend for 2019. What exactly does this mean? To the novice, it may be to add a few accent pieces in that hue or maybe to possi-


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effect and play the color has alongside lighting and other hues. Having worked with a popular paint store, Benjamin Moore, Maria started out doing color consultations with customers. She

credits this experience for giving her the base knowledge and curiosity to start her passion in color. “I was going on 5-6 color consultations a week and over a few years, I picked up that, most of the time, clients were connected all the items that made an impact on their color choice when picking a paint.” She adds, “Most people do not realize how important the countertop is in the kitchen palette scheme or the rug in the great room…it’s not just picking the paint in a can, it’s the whole room of color accents to consider.” With her knowledge, Maria was eager to jump in to a solo career. She recalls, “I went all in leaving my day job and starting with an ad in the Yellow Pages.” Educating clients included a stint teaching in a local college. She reflects, “It was my partner who saw the interest in my classes who encouraging me to set up online and to do live seminars which made my career grow to what it is today.” Maria travels across North America sharing her systematic approach to color. Maria reflects, “You CAN master colors if you know their undertones in a rational way with reasons behind your choices instead of mere intuition and guess work.” Over 20 years of experience led to Maria’s creation of Understanding Undertones™ – The Color System and led her to publish her book, How to Choose Paint Colors; It’s All in the Undertones and White is Complicated; A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White.

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When asked about the basics of color planning, Maria enjoys teaching the basics of being timeless. For example, she notes “I believe timeless is key to creating a new home- white or crème for a bathroom and kitchen always leaves room to be trendy if you want to paint an island your favorite color of blue for example.” She shares 9 primary neutrals in her color wheel design focusing on taupe, three types of grey, and 5 types of beige. As well, her systemic approach to specifying a color choice surrounds three basics points about color. “Color is either cool or warm, light or dark, clean or dirty.” For those curious on the ‘clean vs, dirty’ descriptor, I asked for clarification. Maria elaborated by saying, “As an example, the color coral would have a ‘clean’ look whereas a rust would appear ruddy or ‘dirty’. “She shared a further example of ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ coloring. “I remember walking into a commercial bathroom. The walls were white, the floor had a terra cotta type accent, and the stalls were bright red.” Maria’s love of color is a beautiful gift that she can share to everyone who is interested. For those not interested in a large project or those without ‘money to burn’, she advises to do what is needed. Her wealth of experience can make any project big or small, a treasure that will be timeless.


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Dreamy Destination

AFRICA By Roni Fishkin


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he big, bold and beautiful African continent beckons many travelers. Whether it

is to take in the sights of expansive vistas, see the wildlife or experience the rich and storied cultural traditions‌.a vacation in Africa can feed the soul in ways other travel cannot compete. Africa can offer both a glimpse of modern, city life and a natural wilderness experience all in the same vacation. Few other destinations can give travelers this kind of diversity. The possibilities are endless ‌. and the time you spend in Africa will be forever imprinted on your soul.

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Adventure and Safari Most visitors to Africa are seeking a chance to see wildlife and even the most seasoned world travelers regard the safari as a once in a lifetime experience. South Africa’s Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in the world, boasts beautiful lodges and the chance to see the magnificent Big Five animals in the bush. In Botswana, the Oka-

History and Culture

vango Delta is a diverse and spectacular setting to view hippos, buffalos, elephants,



more. And of course, the

The generations and generations

world-famous gorillas in

of customs, traditions and ancient

Rwanda make a visit to

rites are on display in much of Afri-

that country’s Volcanoes

ca. Whether in ceremonies, food or

National Park an unmis-

music, the time-honored ways of Old

takable opportunity to pay homage to those that have worked so hard to protect these beautiful creatures. As awe-inspiring as a safari experience is, however, Africa, is also filled with other adventure opportunities. A visit to South Africa might mean shark cave diving off the coast or paragliding off the side of a mountain or climbing to the top of Table Mountain.


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Africa welcome visitors to experience what ties the continent to the collective memory of a myriad of different people. Of course, in South Africa, there is a tumultuous history every visitor should learn and understand. Visiting the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg or Nelson Mendela’s prison cell on Robben Island brings the text book lessons to life.

from Cape Town. The towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek house many vineyards that host lunches, tours and tasting menus amidst lush, rolling landscapes.

Prepare to Fall in Love Contemporary City Life Yet, even in the midst of this history and tradition, there is

There are countless stories to tell about a visit to Africa. Some may seem cliché, but there is really no place on earth that shares the natural beauty, the abundant wildlife, the rich history and the warmth of its people the way Africa does.

look toward the future. The continent’s cities have embraced a

And, while you may think you are embarking on a ONCE in a

creative and sophisticated approach that is evident in commerce,

lifetime vacation….you will find yourself wanting to return again

art and culture.

and again.

Africa’s modern cities are a beautiful fusion of the best of the past and a look to what can be possible. Cape Town, a bustling seaside city in South Africa is both a top tourist destination and a center for international business. Beautiful coastline beaches, fine dining and rich history make it a top rated destination in the world. South Africa’s growing wine industry is located just a short drive Volume 3, Issue 2 |




Nashville By Brianna Melanson


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to make you feel comfortable for your busy weekend getaway. To

contemporary diner The Mockingbird where mimosas are called

be at the center of it all downtown, consider the quirky boutique

“WoooHooo Tang.” You’ll need your energy to explore down-

Bobby Hotel that has curated treasures from Paris, Amsterdam,

town all day. There are endless possibilities and the most nota-

New York, London, Marrakech, and Rome. Traveling musicians

ble Nashville gems are found beyond Broadway.

There are many fabulous hotel accommodations in Nashville

Sleep in a little and then brunch at Chef Maneet Chauhan's

are drawn to this hotel get a modern vintage Nashville experi-

Something you don’t want to miss is a day tour of the famous

ence with a touch of luxury. Head up to the rooftop lounge for a

Ryman Auditorium, also referred to as the “Mother Church of

live music party under the stars in a 1956 Scenicruiser bus over-

Country Music.” The first concert was held in 1892 and this

looking 4th Avenue. During the humid summer, enjoy chilled

year popular artists such as Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris,

champagne from the bar while dipping your feet in their coastal

and Hozier will be performing on the historic stage. During the

rooftop pool. Then in the winter, relax in your own heated igloo

tour, the Soul of Nashville theater will explain the history and

while sipping spiked hot chocolate. All of this is a convenient

significance of the Ryman more in depth. There’s been hundreds

short walk or Uber to the hottest spots in Nashville.

of renovations since it was the original Grand Ole Opry theater from 1943 to 1974. Then take a guided backstage tour where you get to stand on the actual stage and go through the dressing rooms where your beloved artists get ready. Each room is adorned with local art, rare vintage photos, and memorabilia to honor the stars of the past. For the ultimate souvenir, record a song of you singing “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks in their in-house recording studio. If you loved the Ryman tour and have time for more, consider the Johnny Cash Museum or Country Music Hall of Fame.

Nashville is not only known for its music, but its food, so be prepared to eat. Tonight dine at Liberty Common, a French café and bar on Riverfront Park. The “poetic” and vibrant European dining room has been raved about from locals since opening in December. Executive Chef Jeffrey Chambless Rhodes curated delectable recipes of brasserie favorites such as steak frites, cast iron lobster cake, and duck cassoulet. Staying true to Nashville, it also has its own fried chicken section. Pair it with some wine and you have the perfect meal. Not to mention, Liberty Common offers outstanding service. Volume 3, Issue 2 |


Make dinner reservations at Kayne Prime in the Gulch where the steak is unbelievable. Unless you have a concert to attend, end the night with flawless craft cocktails from the best mixologists in the city at The Patterson House in Music Row. This upscale speakeasy has an intimate candlelit ambiance.


RH Gallery Cafe is a must for a delicious Sunday breakfast.

The atrium boasts crystal chandeliers galore! It is so intricately decorated with olive trees and fountains you can’t tell it is a furniture store. Make sure you make your way up to their breathtaking rooftop patio and garden before you leave to go shopping in the designer shops of Green Hills Mall. Many celebrities reside in Green Hills because of the extraordinary mansions.

ing. Inside, the stunning golden 42 foot Grecian Goddess Athena towers over you. The museum also holds a permanent collection of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists. In the summer, you can watch classic Greek theater performances on the outside steps. Nashville is a destination for history, fashion, and food lovers alike. It’s an old yet up-and-coming city with unique neighborhoods and gorgeous real estate. By the time you start planning your next visit, more local restaurants, murals, and intriguing places will be on the map. Three days go by fast, but you’ll be thrilled with the memories you take back home.

You’re last stop is the Parthenon in Centennial Park. It is a fullscale exact replica of the Athenian landmark. Nashville called itself the “Athens of the South” and so the building was created in 1897. It’s historically accurate and the attention to detail, especially in the plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles, is amaz-


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Five Events for Horse Lovers this Spring If you love horses, have ever loved horses, or have loved ones who do, springtime at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) at Tryon Resort is more than just a celebration of warming weather after winter. Spring at TIEC is a celebration of the horse, with world-class sport across multiple disciplines to spark delight and inspiration in any horse lover’s eye. Spring at TIEC is a celebration of togetherness, friends, and good times. Don’t miss out on a second of the joy that waits this spring, and join us in celebrating the return of spring – and the return of the horse – to Tryon. APRIL 4-7: THE FORK AT TIEC

If you love Eventing or want to be wowed and inspired by the athleticism, teamwork and bravery of horse and rider, The Fork at TIEC is a must-see this spring. This three-day “triathlon” of the equestrian world showcases three phases in one event: Dressage, Cross-Country, and Show Jumping. The Fork at TIEC is a gathering place for some of the world’s best eventers, and the highly-anticipated Cross-Country day for 3* competition will occur Saturday, April 6 – perfect for a day out with family, friends and barnmates.


Delight in the elegance and precision of the sport of Dressage when it returns to TIEC with the Tryon Spring Dressage 1 CDI 3* presented by Adequan®, and enjoy the harmony of these horses and riders as they dance into Tryon Stadium. From Grand Prix to Freestyle performances you won’t want to miss, this event is free and open to the public. Make sure to join us!



Feel the speed and power of the horse while you enjoy tailgating railside at the gorgeous Green Creek Race Course just minutes from TIEC, and experience the thrill of five Steeplechase races attracting the sport’s top horses and jockeys to vie for $135,000 in prize money. Steep yourself in the tradition of the day, with admission by the carload and free entertainment, kids’ activities, plus tailgating, hats, and “Go to Heck” pants contests! Early-bird tickets are already on sale, so get your outfits ready!


Calling all cowboys and cowgirls at heart! Holler for your favorite horses as the Carolina Classic, TIEC’s only spring event featuring a western discipline, returns to the Indoor Arena, with plenty of slides and spins to satisfy any Reining fan. You won’t want to miss this action-packed event!


Need a place to stay while you’re soaking up the sun with us? We’ve got you covered! From cozy one-bedroom “tiny house” cabins to three and five-bedroom riverside cabins, a fifty-room motel and RV pads with full hookups onsite, there’s no reason to commute to and from show grounds. Explore all our lodging options and book your spring getaway at


Featuring free, family-friendly entertainment and world-class equestrian sport, the signature Tryon Resort “Saturday Night Lights” (SNL) series is the perfect way to spend a spring Saturday night. With free admission and parking, you can find free pony and carousel rides, face painting, kids’ activities and carnival-style entertainment beginning at 6:00pm, with Grand Prix Show Jumping competition beginning at 8:00pm. With plenty of onsite restaurants and concessions options, plus multiple bars and a karaoke after-party at the Silo Bar, SNL has something for everyone to enjoy.

Tryon Resort is not just for horse lovers – it’s for foodies, too! We’ve got something for everyone, with numerous onsite restaurants to explore. Whether you’re craving local and organic gourmet dining from Legends Grille, classic American fare from Roger’s Diner, yummy favorites from Campagna Italian Cuisine, art you can eat at Blue Ginger Sushi, or delicious and convenient Mexican eats at Siesta Cantina, every palette will be delighted by the tastes of Tryon Resort.


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AMERICA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH BARNS Converting Barns into the Quintessential Home By Nancy Easter White


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As our society races forward in the digital age, there is something very soothing about the romance of an earlier era. More than ever, people are seeking the quaint tranquility of weathered wooden structures for their wedding event center, primary home, or vacation escape. At Washington, DC’s Blackburn Architects, the team is often asked about salvaging old barns and converting them into residences, breweries, university libraries, and more. It’s something the firm has done successfully many times. “Even a barn in questionable condition can often be reused, if not in its whole form, then as a foundation or framework for something else,” explained Blackburn Founder and Senior Principal John Blackburn. “In addition to a barn, every farm typically had feed storage and sheds for equipment, and these, too, can be repurposed with surprisingly pleasing results.” At River Farm near Leesburg, Virginia, Blackburn repurposed an old bank barn as a gathering spot shared by multiple mem-

bers and generations of the same family; giving them a unique

barn where part of the lower portion is built into a hillside or

space for parties and retreats.

bank—became a design focus and the family retreat requested

The client, a Virginia entrepreneur with ties to the Washington Capitals and Nationals teams, wanted a distinctive, family-oriented compound.

by Blackburn’s client. From the outset, Blackburn’s mission was to preserve—and repurpose—as much of the deteriorating

His search identified an old farm on the Potomac River as

historic structure as possible. The barn’s northeast façade was

the ideal setting. The farm had been an historic homestead that

replaced with floor-to-ceiling glass. Clad in a new board-and-

dated to before the Civil War. An original bank barn—a style of

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Converting the Ohio barn into a new home involved stabilizing the dilapidated structure and picking it up (literally) to relocate to a different site. Blackburn explained, “Our goal was to salvage the beauty of the barn and retain its character and charm. We reused lumber where possible and played with the mix of traditional details and modern amenities.” Undertaking a barn repurposing isn’t for the faint of heart, but big dreams can yield even bigger rewards. Common issues to be aware of are: structural (is it safe? how’s the foundation?), is it Blackburn Architects transformed the bank barn into a sparkling

energy-efficient (you can bet it’s not — yet!) and water sealed

center for family and friends’ social gatherings. The firm has re-

(again — no way, no how), the pluses and minuses of such a

ceived multiple design awards for the restoration.

large, open space, and more. The challenge is often finding a

Another stunning example of a lovely old barn coming back to

way to adapt it to a new use without losing the character of the

life is in Ohio, where another bank barn became a guesthouse.

old barn but also doing it in a way that is sympathetic to its origi-

The project is so wildly popular on Pinterest that thousands have

nal function. When all is said and done, it needs to still look like

saved the photographs for a dreamed-of future project.

a barn.

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Creating a


CATE HOLCOMBE By Maxie Breedlove photos by Raleigh photographer Catherine Nguyen The truly fabulous have a style that is unique to their person. Even now, men and women remain mesmerized by the gracefully-styled, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. And we all know what the smoldering Marilyn Monroe wore to bed—a signature scent! These icons even shared a breathy quality to their manner of speech that no one since has been able to quite pull off. So, what about you? You are undoubtedly adhering to the KonMarie© method like a champ and have removed every bit of clutter from your hoardy, little home, right? Well done, people. Now, 2019 is the year that you define your signature style because Raleigh designer Cate Holcombe (who, incidentally, has the loveliest, soft, Southern melody to her voice), offers personal tips that will help us develop our own signature style. If you have a spare room or space, quick— clear it out completely! A clean slate helps. Otherwise, you might get distracted, or worse, influenced by the style and hues that you’ve left behind.


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Cate simplifies her method for us and uses her powder room as an example of what we can achieve with practice. She suggests that a powder room is an ideal place to refine your design skills. Cate explains, “The beauty of working on a powder room is that it is a tiny space that’s hidden behind a door from the rest of your home. This allows you to take more risks than normal because you can really stretch yourself when decorating a powder room.” For your project, consider trying out bold ideas and more pattern than you might otherwise feel comfortable selecting. And while a powder room is the perfect project to illustrate this concept, Cate insists that these ideas can easily be applied to a larger room. Cate transformed her powder room as a participant in a semi-annual event called One Room Challenge™. Wanting a show-stopper, she felt prompted to take some risks. However, she was still mindful to balance those risks and thoughtfully combined the elements she chose. Cate suggests that transforming a powder room is akin to dressing up for an arena concert—you show off your best stuff! For the more reserved, a milder approach might be something like “pulling together an outfit for a first date with an incredibly cute, engaging prospect where you want to really show off your style but not set off any alarms.” Don’t get stuck here. Just pick the approach suits you and march on. Once your space is clear, try sourcing your design elements in the following order:

mirror either be quite small (so as to be centered over the sink) or quite large (to be centered on the wall). Either way, the mirror needed to be useful when standing at the sink. One of Cate’s favorite tricks, in a small bathroom, is to center a large mirror on the wall rather than the sink. She says that this approach works as long as the mirror is big enough to still be useful. When she realized that the huge, shoe-form mirror would work in her tiny


room, there was no going back.

BACKGROUND When Cate approached this powder room, she thought of the walls and flooring as the base, like her canvas. “I’m typically drawn to classic, simpler base elements and like to bring in the bold, fun pieces in smaller doses.” However, Cate realized that

As you work through these steps, make an effort to balance the

in such a small room, her walls need to make an impact. So, she

color, be mindful of scale (the size), and add varying textures for

chose a colorful, patterned wallpaper and points out that “the


pattern repeats on a small scale, creating a bit of consistency for


the eye to follow.” Cate selected the pattern because her eyes enjoy that “the pattern is reminiscent of the traditional shapes found in vintage

Start with the show stopper! Find a unique piece that you

suzanis…these elements ground a seemingly bold, bright, and

can’t live without. Cate stumbled upon this mirror at an an-

scattered pattern.” “Plus, I think the big, dark, round mirror con-

tique shop and was completely smitten (sorry, it’s not for sale).

trasts these elements beautifully,” she says. The bold and bright,

The size variations of the antique, wooden cobbler-molds add a

combined with the earthiness of the varied wood tones, offers

huge dose of unexpected character and texture to the space. Yet,

depth, texture, and warmth.

dozens of them, set side-by-side, create one oversized, cohesive piece of art. A note about scale…be mindful of your furniture, print, and art sizes. For example, the size of the powder room requires that the

The flooring is covered in a simple slate tile, which allows the eye to rest a bit. The dark, solid floor is repeated in the rich, navy ceiling. The dark ceiling creates a vanishing effect, which creates more height in the room. Volume 3, Issue 2 |


SUPPORTING PIECES Supporting items should not compete for attention with the statement piece. The sink and toilet are simple, white porcelain. Cate instructs that the crisp white serves a purpose because it informs the background color in the wallpaper selection. A cream or ivory background would not work in this instance. She loved the character and unique lines of the wall-mounted sink, but rather than add a competing factor, she chose to ground it with a tailored sink skirt. “Initially, I chose a fabric with a more organic pattern, but I re-visited my process and quickly realized that the fluid, organic, colorful, unstructured elements that I enjoy were already adequately covered.” The sink called for a more subtle, structural pattern to balance the room. This wide-striped fabric was the perfect fit. Cate had the skirt tailored to hide the blue stripes within the inverted pleats, allowing for a peak of subtle blue at the split in the pleats. The subtle colors and structure of the skirt pair perfectly with the loud wallpaper and mirror. Remember, supporting pieces should elevate the statement piece without competing with it.

ACCESSORIES Accessories are the final touches that help punctuate the room. Accessories are also a nice way of adding in trendy touches that can be easily replaced when new styles are introduced at market. Cate warns that it’s easy to over-accessorize. “I often find myself styling once, then revisiting my choices and editing them down,” she says. She advises that when considering your choices, you should take hints from the colors and textures that you have already chosen and repeat an element in the accessories. Notice that the retro inspired first-aid box in Cate’s powder room repeats the white in the wallpaper. The handmade vase also repeats the brown in the mirror. “If you introduce a new element or color,” she says, “simply repeat it to give it purpose.” For instance, when she sourced a graphic black and white art piece for her wall, black was not yet present in the space, so she repeated it in a small tray. The brass frame is repeated in the pendant light fixture. As a final touch, and for instant life and movement in your room, add in a tree sprig or a loose bunch of flowers and voilà!


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t’s no surprise that Charlotte’s craft beer scene is thriv-

Their outdoor beer garden serves as an open-air oasis where

ing. With over 20 breweries within the city limits, Legion

regulars can sip on one of 39 beers they offer on tap. Widely

Brewing is charging full-steam ahead to differentiate

known for their Juicy Jay IPA, this hazy beer will transport your

themselves from the rest. Come for a beer, stay for the brunch.

palate to a tropical paradise filled with floral accents and aromas.

SouthPark’s very first brewery is creating a title wave of hop love

This type of ale is popular amongst new-to-IPA fans, as it is a

with their 12,000-square foot taproom and outstanding menu

great way to ease your way into hoppier varieties.


The new SouthPark location is extending the brewery’s port-

There’s something unquestionably appealing about Legion

folio by introducing a sour and barrel aged program with three

Brewing SouthPark. To state the obvious, the interiors are down-

Foeders (large wooden vats that can store 40 barrels of beer

right breathtaking. The space is completely open, bright, and

for aging). Each Foeder showcases a different malting house in

comes equipped with garage-style windows that open from the

North Carolina: Riverbend, Epiphany and Carolina Malt House.

floor up when weather permits.

The primary goal of the program is to make an American Sour


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Beer that is brewed with the respect of the traditional brewing

Legion Brewing SouthPark’s brunch options include a wide-va-

process. The amount of time, effort and care it takes to create

riety of selections to satisfy any cravings that one might have.

each beer as they mature is what truly makes a pint of these aged

The Caramel Apple French Toast (caramel apples, toasted pe-

brews special.

cans, and whipped cream, served with honey butter and maple

After successfully opening their second location in Charlotte, “The next obvious step was to add brunch,” says Legion Brewing

syrup) is absolutely marvelous and the hearty egg-focused dishes are undeniably top notch.

co-owner, Phil Buchy. Veteran Chef, Gene Briggs, is leading the kitchen with flavorsome menu items that are unique yet familiar. “We are really excited to finally be serving up brunch at our SouthPark location,” continued Buchy. “It’s a popular meal here in Charlotte and we know that our guests will really be happy with the menu that Chef Gene has developed.”

The Essentials Breakfast Sandwich: Soft scrambled egg, cheddar, bacon jam, caramelized onions, and hot sauce mayo on a toasted brioche roll. [Pair this with a Carolina Sparkle Party Beermosa.] Volume 3, Issue 2 |


Steak and Eggs Brunch Bowl: Grilled ribeye, 2 eggs,

Beer’mosa: Carolina Sparkle Party. Orange Juice.

spinach, avocado, campari tomatoes, and pickled red on-

Southern Mary: Salamander Vodka. House Made Bloody

ion. [Pair this with their winter saison, Against the Currant.]

Mary Mix. Jalapeno Bacon. Stuffed Peppadew. Citra Hopped Pickles.

The ABLT Breakfast Pizza: Avocado, bacon, arugula,

SouthPark Gin and Tonic: Cardinal Gin. Tonic Water.

tomato, eggs, and parmesan aioli. [Pair this with a glass of

Elderflower. Hop Bitters.

their famous East Coast IPA, Juicy Jay.]

Bourbon and Hot Ginger: Old Nick Bourbon. House Made Honey & Ginger Syrup. Blenheim’s Hot Ginger Ale. Candied Ginger. The Honey Pot: Sutler’s Gin. House Made Honey & Clove Syrup. Lemon & OJ.

The Cure (a favorite amongst staff and regulars alike): Roasted pork hash skillet with baked eggs, green onions, and Legion hot sauce aioli. [Pair this with Emiliano’s Andean Bock, a coffee bock brew.]

Farmers First Martini: Salamander Vodka. House Made Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Syrup. Farmers First Cold Brew. Sallie’s Sage: Cardinal Gin. Sallie’s Blackberry and Sage Syrup. Lemon. Blackberry. Sage. Uncle Phil: Vida Mezcal. GWR Quinn’s. Maple Syrup. Cherry. Orange Slice. Blood Orange Amigo: Casamigos. House Made Rosemary Syrup. Blood Orange Puree. The Great Wagon Road: Rua. House Made Orange and Cinnamon Syrup. Cinnamon Stick. Orange. Brandied Apple: Dixie Vodka. Apple Brandy. Blenheim’s Hot Ginger Ale. Lemon & Cranberry. Apple Cider. Brandied Apples. As if brunchtime shenanigans couldn’t get more mouthwatering, Legion Brewing has carefully curated craft cocktail options that feature spirits from local, Carolina distilleries.


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Dark Side: Legion Brewing + Great Wagon Road Collaboration Small Batch Whiskey. Served Neat or On The Rocks.

On the occasion that you’re planning a dinnertime rendezvous with friends, make sure to order Boo’s Duck Fat Chicken Wings, Benton’s Ham Mac and Cheese and the South Park Dip Platter for sharing. Oh, and their house-made bread and butter pickles will make you wonder what you’ve been missing out on your entire life.

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Savor Recipes and photos by Jessica Bentley

EGGS IN PURGATORY SKILLET Eggs in purgatory is one of those classic recipes that we often enjoy as a lazy breakfast, easy lunch or cozy supper.


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In today’s article, I veered a little from the traditional recipe and incorporated spaghetti squash, thin slices of applewood smoked ham, sliced avocado, feta, toasted bread and fresh herbs into the mix. Adding these elements makes this skillet a show stopping conversation piece! Serve it alongside a cheese platter and wine at your next party… then watch it quickly disappear before your eyes. I make a scratch-made meal just about every night of the week. We gather around our dining table and share our moments from the day, enjoying a little laughter and creating more memories as a family. If I’m out at an event during the evening hours, I make sure to have leftovers in our freezer so my husband and son can still enjoy a home-cooked meal together when I’m away. Dietz & Watson shares this concept, encouraging everyone to “come together over distinct flavors and an unforgettable experience”. Oh, and did I mention how much I love Dietz & Watson’s Originals Uncured collection? Insider tip: I often ask for the butcher to cut my slices of meat paper thin so I can use them in several types of recipes.

INGREDIENTS: Serves: 3 • 1 large Spaghetti Squash • 1 cup of your favorite Pasta Sauce • 3 large Eggs • 8-10 slices of Dietz & Watson Uncured Applewood Smoked Ham • 1 tsp. Chili Flakes • ¼ cup Dietz & Watson Feta Cheese • 1 Avocado • Chopped Parsley • Toasted Baguette for serving


Cook Spaghetti Squash: You can either cook the Spaghetti Squash in the oven or microwave. To make the best use of my time, I often microwave mine. Cut in half, scrape out the seeds and place upside-down on a microwave safe plate. Cover with plastic wrap and cook on high for 10-12 minutes, until fork tender.


Heat up the Pasta Sauce: While the Spaghetti Squash cooks, bring Pasta Sauce to a simmer in a large oven-proof skillet.


Preheat the oven: warm to 350F.


Assemble the skillet: remove Spaghetti Squash threads from their shell and add to the tomato sauce. Create 3 wells in the mixture and crack an egg into each well. Place pan into the oven and let cook for 6-10 minutes, keeping a close watch so you do not overcook the eggs. Cook to your personal egg preference, but I do recommend serving this dish with over-easy eggs so you can mix the yolk into the sauce.


Garnish & Enjoy: Sprinkle with Chili Flakes, Feta Cheese and Chopped Parsley. Then tuck Ham Slices, Avocado and Toasted Baguette around the edges. Eat immediately.

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About the U.S. Senior Women's Open The U.S. Senior Women's Open is the newest USGA tournament and open to all women golfers whose 50th birthday falls on or before the first day of competition (May 16). One hundred and twenty women golfers will compete in the tournament over four rounds of stroke play to crown a winner. In last year's inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton,

rom May 16-19, the top senior women's golfers in the

Illinois, it was Englishgolfer Laura Davies who took home the

world will descend upon Pine Needles Lodge & Golf

top prize of $1 million at 16 under par — 10 strokes better than

Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, to participate

the second place finisher.

in the second-annual U.S. Senior Women's Open. It marks the first of two premiere golf events that are set to take place in the area this spring and summer, with the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship to follow at Pinehurst in August. The U.S. Senior Women's Open will mark the sixth United States Golf Association (USGA) event hosted at Pine Needles


and first since 2007 when the course hosted the U.S. Women's

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Players to watch this year include Deb Pearson, Karen Garcia and Martha Leach. Moore County, North Carolina is the birthplace of American golf, so it only makes sense that some of the most notable USGA tournaments are played on its area courses. The U.S. Senior Women's Open will kick things off this spring.

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It’s been 11 years since the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship was hosted at Pinehurst, but from August 12-18, 2019, the best amateur golfers in America will again descend upon the historic course for the 119th edition of the prestigious tournament. It will mark the third time Pinehurst has hosted the Amateur Championship in its history, with 2008 and 1962 marking the other host years, and it will mark a joyous homecoming to North Carolina’s most notable course as the next amateur champion is crowned.

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Since Pinehurst opened in 1907, it’s been an adamant support-

ateurs with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or less, and it’s widely re-

er of amateur golf. In addition to the numerous notable tourna-

garded as the jewel of all other amateur tournaments. It’s also

ments the course has held in the past, including the 2014 Men’s

the most tenured tournament hosted by the USGA.

and Women’s U.S. Opens, Pinehurst also hosts an annual North & South Amateur Championship, the longest running consecutive amateur tournament. In fact, since 1989, Pinehurst has


hosted 10 United States Golf Association (USGA) championship

The Pinehurst and Sandhills area is about more than just the

events. It’s the most of any other golf course in America during

birthplace of golf in America. Yes, there’s the Pinehurst Resort,

this time span, and the course is continuing to hold major events

which features seven courses - including the infamous Course

in the future. It’s scheduled to host the 2024 U.S. Open, its next

No. 2 which has hosted, and will continue to host, the U.S. Am-

major event after the forthcoming Amateur Championship.

ateur Championship and other PGA and LPGA events - but the

Festivities for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Open will begin on August 9 with player registration. Practice rounds are scheduled

area is also rich in military history, equestrian activities, outdoor activities, art and more fun for the entire family.

for the following two days, and official championship stroke play

While people come for the golf, they stay to check out the near-

will begin on August 12. The first three rounds of Match Play will

by Fort Bragg, North Carolina Veterans Park, Halifax and more.

take place August 14-15, and the match play quarterfinals, semi-

There’s racing tracks, a railroad tour, hiking and camping, and

finals and championship round will take place August 16, 17 and

plenty of art galleries to see on the way. And with year-round nice

18, respectively. Tickets are available now.

weather, the area is always a premiere destination - whether you’re

ABOUT THE U.S. AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP Phil Mickelson. Jack Nicklaus. Bob Jones. Tiger Woods. Arnold Palmer. Mark O’Meara. Craig Stadler. Those are just a few of the notable golfers that have won U.S. Amateur Championships prior to embarking on successful careers on the PGA Tour - and the next big star-in-the-making could very well be crowned this August in Pinehurst. As we noted, the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship pits the world’s best non-pro golfers against each other. It’s open to am-

coming to golf, to take in a golf tournament or something else. Don’t underestimate the food and wine scene in Pinehurst and Southern Pines. There is defiantly no shortage on fabulous food and farm to table restaurants to try. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion or you’re in town for lunch at the Pinehurst resort, you will be sure to find the perfect location. So who will follow 2008 U.S. Amateur Champion Danny Lee this August in Pinehurst? Find out when the most prestigious amateur golf tournament returns to the birthplace of American golf this August.

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As Tourism Continues to Boom in

ASHEVILLE so does the

NEW LUXURY HOTEL Construction Featuring

UPSCALE DESIGN. By Brianna Melanson

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t’s no secret that the tourism in Asheville has been boom-

in Asheville opens as Hotel Arras. Hotel Arras is a captivating

ing. Travelers throughout the Carolinas discovered Ashe-

boutique hotel that is reinventing the way tourists experience

ville’s irresistible fall foliage, breweries, restaurants, and


the Biltmore Estate and spread the word across the United

Those who have visited Asheville in the past may remem-

States. Now boasting numerous travel awards, the mountainous

ber a large steel facade in downtown: the BB&T Building. The

destination has become a cherished getaway. To accommodate

management and development group, McKibbon Hospitality,

for the overflow of people coming to town, construction of new

bought the BB&T building and are the masters behind the ex-

hotels are on the rise. However, today’s tourists don’t want to stay

quisite transformation. At the same time, they were buying the

in ordinary hotels. Instead, they want their hotel to be as unique

newly opened lifestyle hotel, AC Hotel, across the street where

as the destination, therefore initiating the surge of boutique

they also embrace local art. These two hotels share an updated

hotels. These hotels feature upscale design and locally sourced

parking garage with ample spaces. So as part of the hotel arrival

cuisine and artwork that


ensure a memorable stay.

commissioned a sculp-

Some may consider bou-

ture to go at the corner

tique hotels another trend,

of Patton Ave and N.

but many tourists have es-

Lexington near the ga-

tablished a dedication to

rage entrance.







and out-of-the-box hotel


concepts after staying at

such a significant proj-

these amazing hotels. We

ect that City Council had

will continue seeing bou-

to approve the design

tique hotels popping up

because of its size and

in major cities. In March

prominence. Erik Row-

2019, the tallest building

en, President of devel-


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opment and renovation services, states, “John McKibbon and

inches. Rowen agrees, “Its ability to coexist with its surrounding

our whole team wanted to make sure we did it right and listened

buildings is astounding.”

to the whole city so we initially held a couple public communi-

Upon entering Hotel Arras, the lobby will welcome guests

ty meetings to get feedback.” All eyes would be on the building

with the first sight of its “mountain modern” interior. The col-

during the entire construction process. The builders stripped the

or scheme of natural browns, grays, and whites, is relaxing and

interior to its concrete shell, except the elevator banks, and start-

timeless. Warm stone, beautiful cuts of wood, and eccentric tiles

ed from scratch. Then they began the demolition of the exterior

blend beautifully throughout the hotel. Everything is layered

in 2017. The former exterior building did not complement Ashe-

perfectly. The style of the couches, coffee tables, and stunning

ville as well as it could have and needed to be modernized. The

chandeliers compliment the surroundings. They invested end-

biggest challenge in the exterior was to blend it well into Ashe-

less time and effort making sure every detail and nook was up to

ville’s existing architecture, but still preserving it as a local land-

their standards. Guests will notice the open floor plan, meaning

mark. Therefore, the team

there are no walls separat-

turned to architectural in-

ing the lobby from the two

spiration from other build-

on-site restaurants.

ings downtown. The archi-




tects Reese Vanderbilt &

Chairman John McKibbon

Associates mixed modern

vowed no national chains

and art deco detailing that

would be in Hotel Arras.

not only makes the build-

Instead, the beloved hus-

ing appear more lavish, but


not as massive. In fact, in

Peter and Martha Pollay,

order to give more texture


and depth to the once ver-

Restaurant will introduce

tical building, they extend-

two independent restau-

ed the floors as much as 30

rants, open to the public,


owners, Posana

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on the first floor of the hotel.

wooden bed canopies to

The couple, part of Mandara

the distinct bathroom tiles

Hospitality Group, were “in-

to the industrial light fix-

volved in every restaurant

tures. It is all contempo-

design selection down to the

rary infused with nature.

fabrics on the chairs.” They

Their goal is to make you

chose fascinating seating ar-

feel as comfortable as pos-

rangements, geometric ceil-

sible with soft bedding,

ing structures, artistic metal


dividers, and gorgeous white

made soap, and spa-like



marble paneling. Both atmospheres are romantic and intimate.

bathrooms. Guests are sure to get the rest they deserve after ex-

Bargello is an upscale, full-service Mediterranean restaurant

ploring or hiking all day.

open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Look forward to shareable

Erik says, “We couldn’t represent the city properly and make

foods and house-made pastas. For fresh coffee, small bites, and

this a true Asheville hotel if we didn’t incorporate local artists.”

hand-crafted cocktails, opt for District 42, your more casual eat-

John McKibbon invests a ton in the art community and has

ery. Both local restaurants will be under the reign of Executive

made sure all of their properties feature local art so that they can

Chef Jordan Arace.

get the exposure they deserve. All of the art is commissioned,

Grand events and important meetings will be hosted on the

one-of-a-kind pieces made specifically for the hotel. 20 local art-

second floor. The space is extremely versatile and can offer ban-

ists were invited to tour Hotel Arras and worked in conjunction

quets, receptions, classrooms, and more. There’s a huge venue

with the design team in order for the artists to grasp what kind

that can hold up to 150 people and divide into three rooms. A

of pieces would embellish the space. Some of the art guests will

private wine cellar is also available to rent for guests to host im-

see in the lobby and the hotel rooms are John Wayne Jackson’s

pressive parties.

mixed media, Wendy Newman’s tapestries, Carl Pittman’s sculp-

Traditionally, boutique hotels have a small number of hotel

tures and wooden bowls, and Eileen Powell’s sculptures. Local

rooms, but Hotel Arras contains a whopping 128 hotel rooms

artist Catherine Murphy created artwork inspired by the nearby

including the luxurious suites. Each room is custom from the

French Broad River to go above each bed.


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Not only will guests be able to view real original pieces, they can further immerse themselves in an uncommon hotel occasion.

nowhere else in downtown Asheville guests can get these marvelous, unobstructed views.

In the evenings, guests can attend private art tours led by a hotel

Hotel Arras is the center of attention in downtown Asheville.

staff member or occasionally, John McKibbon himself. Guests

Hotel Arras is going to change the way tourists plan their vaca-

will be educated on the local art collection while sipping compli-

tions. It’s not simply a place to sleep, but to enlighten guests with

mentary wine. Later, guests can flip through a published book of

culture and knowledge. Arras wants guests to get as much of an

Hotel Arras’ permanent gallery found on their night stand.

experience inside the hotel as they do out and about the streets

If anyone is on the market for a new home in Asheville, 54

of Asheville.

luxury condominiums sit above the hotel on the 10th floor. The condos sustain the beautiful interior design themes seen in the hotel rooms plus homey features like a fireplace, marble kitchen island, and walk-in closet. Residents are also allowed to use the hotel’s first class yoga studio, massage room, and fitness center. They have everything in reach. The condos are almost exclusively floor to ceiling glass walls at the exterior so they all have expansive views of the Great Smoky Mountains. These one or two bedroom homes invite you to “join the skyline.” There is absolutely

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about town charlotte 6th Annual Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner featuring Tempos Vega Sicilia Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend and Board Chairman Phil Smith are pleased to announce that the sixth annual Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner was a resounding success! The event raised $110,000 which will benefit Charlotte Concerts; The Council for Children’s Rights; Mitchell’s Fund; Pat’s Place Family Advocacy; and The Relatives. “Thursday’s evening was an incredible celebration of fine wine, food, camaraderie and fundraising” said Lauren Deese, Executive Director of Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend; “Thanks to our amazing title sponsor Wells Fargo and the generous support of our other sponsors, patrons, and partners, we’ll continue to make a difference in the lives of Charlotte youth.” As the opening event to Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend’s thirty-first year of fundraising, the Wells Fargo Kickoff Dinner has become a cherished tradition in the Charlotte community. This year’s gala evening, once again held on the 41st floor of the One Wells Fargo building in Uptown, featured special guest Pablo Álvarez, owner and CEO of Tempos Vega Sicilia, Spain’s pre-eminent and most iconic winery. Founded in 1864, Vega Sicilia stood the test of time and achieved icon status for producing wines that earned a high reputation for their complexity and ability to age, with the highest acclaim going to its flagship wine, Único. In 1982, the Álvarez family purchased


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the winery and under Pablo’s leadership became the leading winery responsible for the rise of the Ribera del Duero DOC. As Pablo’s passion for wine grew, he expanded the family’s wine empire by founding Alión in the Ribera del Duero; Pintia in Toro; Oremus in Tokaj, Hungary; and most recently, Macán in Rioja all under Tempos Vega Sicilia. The Wells Fargo Executive Dining Team, led by Executive Chef Michael Bader, provided an exceptional five-course menu inspired by Spanish gastronomy. Standouts were the jamón ibérico carving station featuring olives hung from lighted tree branches, a mouthwatering ceviche to start, and a beautiful crema catalana to finish. It was all perfectly paired with the wine selection for the evening, including the Oremus “Mandolás” Dry Furmint 2016, Alión 2014, Pintia 2013, Valbuena 5⁰ 2013, Oremus Late Harvest Furmint 2016, and Único 2006. The night wrapped up with a thrilling live auction raising over $55,000 which was conducted by auctioneer extraordinaire Jamie Ritchie, Senior Vice President and Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine. The auction featured an array of experience and wine lots generously donated by CWFW board members and patrons, including the very rare 2000 and 2002 Magnums of Único donated by Tempos Vega Sicilia.

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about town charlotte NBA All Star Weekend Yandrick Paraison and ClubNet 360/Teddy Gilmore presented the red carpet affair to kick-off the 2019 All Star Weekend. Held at Ink-N-Ivy in Charlotte. The red carpet was produced by Peter Carey of CareyOn. The All *Star welcome committee; Ish Smith (Detroit Pistons) Tamar Slay (New Jersey Nets & Charlotte Bobcats) Collin Cole ( Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks & Green Bar Packers) Herb & Felicia Gray, Gerald Henderson (Charlotte Hornets & Philadelphia 76ers, Tiffany Lynn Jones, Trevor Booker (IndianaPacers & Philadelphia 76ers)


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about town charleston Baker Motor Company Debuts New Porsche Charleston Facility Porsche lovers will come from near and far to the new luxury standalone Porsche facility, previously located at 1511 Savannah Highway, is ten times larger than the previous dealership and offers 30 percent more Porsche inventory. Porsche Charleston is now a Generation-4 facility and features the brand’s signature glass panel exterior, a customer café, fitting lounge for vehicle customization and audio-visual elements that support full client immersion into the Porsche brand. Popular Porsche vehicles that customers can shop for on-site include the 911, Cayenne, Macan, Cayman, Boxster and Panamera. “We’re committed to providing the best automotive facilities in the nation right here in Charleston and this facility is our most recent example of that. No detail has been overlooked. Our Porsche clients can enjoy new levels of luxury and modern conveniences at Porsche Charleston,” said Mr. Baker. “Enhancing the customer experience is a part of our DNA so we’re excited to offer a new space that provides a five-star, club-like feel.” He added, “Porsche is an iconic brand that continues to gain momentum, and we’re thrilled to expand our footprint to provide the unparalleled Porsche experience our clients have come to expect from Baker Motor Company.”


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The all-new Porsche Service Center has nearly doubled in size – increasing from seven service bays to 12, in addition to two climate-controlled, indoor reception lanes. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and four golden master certified technicians, customers can expect both a first-class sales and service experience. To accommodate the growth in service capacity, Baker Motor Company will also add two technicians to their 9-person team. “It’s not just selling a car, it’s an entire lifestyle” - Tommy Baker Baker Motor Company, Inc. was founded in 1988 by Tommy B. Baker and is the largest privately held automobile dealer group headquartered in South Carolina. The company operates four dealership campuses, including Baker Motor Company of Charleston, Inc., Baker Buick GMC Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz of Mount Pleasant, and BMW of Wilmington and Porsche Wilmington. Baker Motor Company was awarded the #1 dealership in the United States and Canada on Automotive News’ Best Dealerships to Work For list in 2015 and also made the list in 2013 & 2014. The dealership has also received the prestigious Best of the Best award from Mercedes-Benz in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014; and in 2016 for Mercedes-Benz of Mount Pleasant.

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about town charleston An Evening of Wellness RMS Beauty founder Rose-Marie Swift and Tara Foley, founder of Follain teamed up together to present a Wellness Masterclass. Hosted by Lake Pajamas on King street. The evening was moderated by Jessica Morse of Bare Beauty. These three influencers touched on the importance of sleep in beauty and wellness. The importance of a nighttime skin routine and suggestions on the best products . A very special evening promoting clean living.


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about town charleston Charleston Parks Conservancy hosted Shucked + Sauced in Hampton Park. Shucked + Sauced was curated by chef Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary and featured bites from The Ordinary, Nico, 167 Raw, Chubby Fish, Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Lewis Barbecue, and The Obstinate Daughter in addition to local oysters from Lowcountry Oyster Co., Clammer Dave, Barrier Island Oyster Co., and Lady’s Island Oysters. There was wine, and beer from Holy City Brewing Co., plus beachy Lowcountry tunes from Dallas Baker and Friends. Held at the newly renovated Rose Pavilion. Lata said in a press release, “This event connects two of my favorite things: oysters and Charleston. Having been here for 20 years, I’ve seen many changes in Charleston. As the city has grown, development has put a lot of stress on the fishing community. Our local oyster farmers are helping to revitalize our working waterfront, just as the Parks Conservancy works to rejuvenate and preserve our city’s public green spaces.” It was a sold event with all proceeds supporting the Conservancy and their work renovating and beautifying public parks and green spaces.


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