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CHARLOTTE EATS FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Shopping and more in SouthPark

Summer events in the Queen City

Whether you’re visiting with the family, out on a date or in the mood for sushi, we have the spot for you


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Eat, drink, play and of course shop in SouthPark.

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THE GUIDE Attractions 15 Shopping 17 Dining 20 Explore 24 Entertainment 26

Hot Dates for July/August

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Charlotte Eats for Every Occasion A guide to our favorite places to dine in the city for a variety of different occasions, including family fun and date night.

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elcome to summertime in the Queen City, where outdoor concerts and fun in the sun are around every corner. If you’re in need of ideas, let this issue be your tour guide for everything to do in the city this season —whether you need an expert opinion on how to spend your stay, a summer event to check out, a dining recommendation for any occasion or a neighborhood to explore—we’ve got you covered.

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NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Whitewater Center are fun for anyone.

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and around Charlotte. You have some great restaurants of various ethnicities, as well as a diversity of activities. Whether it is hiking up Crowders Mountain, boating on Lake Norman, or museum-hopping around the city, there is something for everyone.

Nook Apartments in Plaza Midwood is both visually pleasing and has a wonderful statement behind it.

Q: WHAT STOPS SHOULD BE ON EVERY VISITOR’S “BUCKET LIST” WHEN THEY COME HERE? A: As so many of the

landmarks and sights are so well known and don’t need to be highlighted, I always recommend exploring South End. It has so much variety to offer and to me, is a must. Q: WHAT’S THE BEST TIP FOR VISITING THE CITY LIKE A LOCAL? A: Take yourself to

NODA. Wonderful local business owners, outstanding music options, an abundance of food and drink options, and great street art. It is all there in NODA.

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so taking in a Broadway show at the Belk Theater and then heading to Fahrenheit for a drink and the view would be the ideal evening. Q: BEST PLACES TO TAKE KIDS OF ALL AGES? A: NASCAR Hall of Fame

and the Whitewater Center are fun for anyone.

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Adjacent from SouthPark mall at Sharon Square, Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern has American cuisine, with every meal made from scratch, to pair with great drinks. Or try Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar across the street, as they provide an extensive wine list to go with a variety of plates and salads.

The shopping options in SouthPark are seemingly endless with the wide range of retail shops at SouthPark mall that feature staples Macy’s and Nordstrom to go along with dining and more. Sharon Square across the street also has an excess of shops and dining, anchored by a Whole Foods Market.

Whether it be for a pickme-up or to unwind, SouthPark has your drink of choice. Nordstrom Ebar has espresso and smoothies to get you through the day or grab a latte at Dilworth Coffee. Craving a cocktail with a burger? Head to Village Tavern.

Catch a flick at Regal Cinemas Phillips Place, treat yourself to a spa day at Modern Salon & Spa or enjoy the sounds of Charlotte Symphony at Symphony Park, which will perform with fireworks on July 3.

 Rusty Bucket 4810 Ashley Park Lane, 704.643.8535, www.myrustybucket.com  Corkbuzz 4905 Ashley Park Lane, 704.625.1328, www.corkbuzz.com

 SouthPark 4400 Sharon Road, 704.364.4411, www.simon.com

 Sharon Square 4777 Sharon Road, www.sharonsquare.com

 Nordstrom Ebar 4400

 Regal Cinemas Phillips Place 6911 Phillips

Sharon Road, 704.442.6000, www.shop.nordstrom.com

Place Court, 844.462.7342, www.regmovies.com

 Dilworth Coffee 4400 Sharon Road, 704.364.4251, www.dilworthcoffee.com  Village Tavern 4201 Congress St., 704.552.9983, www.villagetavern.com

 Modern Salon & Spa 6911 Phillips Place Court, 857.256.1174, www.modern salonandspa.com

 Symphony Park 4400 Sharon Road

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This two-day celebration of our nation’s independence is a summer classic in the Charlotte area. With a variety of activities and events taking place, the Whitewater Center is the premier destination to be on the Fourth of July, as guests can participate in a Battle Royale head-to-head SUP sprint race, rafting, ziplining and SUP yoga to go along with live music and a magnificent fireworks show. www.usnwc.org/relax/festivals/fourth-of-july-celebration

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7 GREAT THINGS THIS SEASON Charlotte Knights Throughout July & August Catch a Charlotte Knights ballgame at BB&T Ballpark, as this Triple-A White Sox Affiliate will be in action

all summer long. Check their website for a complete home game schedule. www.milb.com/ charlotte-knights

Peanuts gang at Carowinds. Limited seating available, tickets can be found on their website. www.carowinds.com

International Champions Cup: Arsenal vs. Roma July 20 For the first time in 10 years, Arsenal and Roma will square-off against each other, this time for the International Champions Cup at Bank of American Stadium. www.internation alchampionscup.com

Mary J. Blige and Nas July 25 One of the most talented R&B artists of all-time teams up with a hip-hop icon to perform the dynamic duo’s Royalty Tour at PNC Pavilion. www.pncmusicpav.com

Breakfast with the Characters July 21, August 4 Meet and eat with chef Snoopy and the whole

John Mayer Summer Tour 2019 August 9 Rock out with Grammy award-winning artist John Mayer as he performs his 2019 World Tour at the

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Spectrum Center. www.spectrumcenter charlotte.com “CATS” August 13-18 This seven-time Tony Award-winner—including best musical—brings feline fever to the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. www.blumenthalarts.org Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade August 17-18 Culminating Charlotte Pride Week will be the pride festival on August 17 and the pride parade held in Uptown on August 18. www.charlottepride.org

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Whether you’re looking to impress a date, close a business deal, reconnect with your family, or catch up with the girls—Charlotte has a dining experience for every occasion. VIRGINIA BROWN

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10 PARK LANES

ELEVATED DATE NIGHT Housed in a historic church with a dignified, elegant vibe, Bonterra Dining & Wine Room is the solid choice for elevating any special occasion or impressing a date. Executive Chef Blake Hartwick, who gained experience as Chef de Cuisine at The Greenbrier in West Virginia (among other popular Queen City

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Put away the smart phones and reconnect with your family at 10 Park Lanes. Located along Charlotte’s hip Montford Drive, this buzzy restaurant/bar/ bowling alley offers not only throwback entertainment, but a huge menu with items to please everyone. Starters include scratch-fried pickles and jalapeños, plus hand-breaded onion rings. For a more substantial meal, go with a burger, dog, or stacked mason jar filled with pulled pork or brisket (don’t skip the many housemade barbecue sauces to top). Lighter fare go-tos include salads, sliders, sandwiches, wraps, flatbreads and vegetarian options. Shakes and desserts round out this night—or afternoon—of family fun. 1700 Montford Drive, 704.523.7633. www.rollten.com JU LY- A U G U S T 2 0 1 9

(the grilled ahi tuna sandwich comes thick, stacked with lightly fried eggplant, lettuce, tomato, onions, Provolone, and a kick of wasabi mayo). Looking for something a little lighter? Opt for the lobster gazpacho and fresh side salad. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 100, 704.332.3188. www.bernardinsfinedining.com

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locations), sources from nearby farms Put away CLOSE THE DEAL whenever possible and keeps true to his For the business-minded diner, the smart Bernardin’s Fine Dining blends high-end ingredients’ original flavors. Start with a rare wine by the glass and a cheese board phones and elegance with speedy service. Located for two, then splurge on entrees from amid the bustle of Tryon Street, and reconnect adjacent to a charming pocket park, fried lobster tail to embered octopus and braised short rib with Cabernet fondue. Bernardin’s sits in the heart of all the with your 1829 Cleveland Ave., 704.333.9463. Uptown action. Entrees range from family at 10 lavish—like grilled Australian lamb chops www.bonterradining.com Park Lanes. with a rosemary jus over sweat pea and FUN FAMILY OUTING mint couscous risotto—to a quick lunch


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FOR THE COCKTAIL LOVERS Originally a staple of the Chapel Hill cocktail scene, The Crunkleton recently expanded south to Charlotte’s historic Elizabeth neighborhood. Believing in not-to-be-altered classics, Manhattans and Sazeracs are served up right. Bartenders delight in crafting cocktails made from the colorful liquor wall, plus fresh juices and homemade infusions. But it’s not just about the drinks at this new favorite. Charred wings with just the right kick of housemade hot sauce plus a creamy, subtle blue cheese impress and entrees include comfort food like a N.C. softshell crab po’ boy and a Reuben or bologna sandwich. Special diners, The Crunkleton “members,” gain access to special tastings and pairings. 1957 E. 7th St., 704.919.0104. www.thecrunkleton.com

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GIRLS NIGHT OUT Round up the girls and light up the night starting at La Belle Helene, Charlotte’s latest upscale French brasserie. The high ceilings, chic lighting and black-and-white tiled floor all add to the swanky vibe. A pewter-topped bar stretches the length of the restaurant and is great for grabbing quick drinks before a concert or show, or for longer catch-up sessions, opt for a leather banquette or dine al fresco, if the weather suits. Cocktails, local beers and a huge array of wines are all available. Shareable hors d’oeuvres include cheese boards, daily oysters and escargots, deviled eggs, and tarte flambe (an Alsatian thin-crust pizza with zucchini, tomato and fresh basil). For something sweet to close out the night, opt for the Thyme Gateau Basque, a lemon creme patissiere with almond and rhubarb. S. Tryon St., 704.969.2550. www.labellehelenerestaurant.com

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Sensational Sushi

The Queen City is known for its barbecue and Southern cuisine, but those who crave fish with a side of sake won’t have to look far to satisfy their sushi craving needs. Here are two of our favorite places for those who prefer chopsticks to forks. Taylor Clayton O-KU SUSHI Asian cuisine with a Southern approach, O-Ku—located just off the east/west station exit on the Charlotte Light Rail in Brookhill—has a variety of small plates and unique dishes to enjoy. Chef Michael Chanthavong prepares the freshest fish from around the world to combine with local sustainable sources to develop the perfect sushi taste. Options include the Uni Pasta with garlic ink cream, bacon and squid ink pasta and the Dragon Roll with tempura shrimp, avocado, eel and eel sauce. 2000 South Blvd., Suite 510, 704.594.1922, www.o-kusushiclt.com

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SUKOSHI Located in Bank of America Plaza, Sukoshi is designed to cater to those on-the-go with to-go friendly dining. That’s not to say that you can’t grab a seat at the sushi bar and enjoy a drink to pair with sushi rolls, bowls, salads and more—but they certainly understand those who need a quick bite before the next meeting. Download their custom app for even quicker service or come in and browse the menu while catching a glimpse of their talented sushi chefs at work. 101 S. Tryon St., Suite 120, 980.495.3800, www.sukoshi.com

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THE BILLY GRAHAM LIBRARY Journey through history with one of the most influential voices of the 20th century. Experience state-of-the-art exhibits, enjoy lunch in the cafe and visit the Graham family home. Open M-Sa. 4330 Westmont Drive, 704.401.3200. www.billygrahamlibrary.org CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY Home to the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America Roval 400, this speedway is the beating heart of NASCAR country. Discover the ins-and-outs of the track with daily tours. 5555 Concord Parkway, Concord, 704.455.3200. www.charlotte motorspeedway.com

HISTORIC ROSEDALE PLANTATION This stately, Federal-period plantation house is open for tours; the gardens and grounds are a treasure in their own right and are perfect for a leisurely walk. Hours and tour times vary by season. 3427 N. Tryon St., 704.335.0325. www.historic rosedale.org NASCAR HALL OF FAME Get a hands-on racing experience through driving simulators, a pit-crew challenge and tons of memorabilia. Visit the Hall of Honors to see the racing greats. Open daily. Closed Tu during the winter. 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., 888.902.6463, 704.654.4400. www.nascar hall.com SEA LIFE AQUARIUM This family-friendly under-

water adventure is located in Concord Mills mall. Travel through exhibits to learn about local underwater habitats and check out the interactive touch pool with sea stars and urchins. Open daily. 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., 855.450.0512. www.visit sealife.com/charlotte-concord TOPGOLF CHARLOTTE Experience a driving range unlike any other. One hundred climate-controlled bays, plus games for all skill levels. The venue’s take on classic American cuisine is executive chef-driven. Open daily. 8024 Savoy Corporate Drive, 704.612.4745. www.topgolf.com/us/charlotte U.S. NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTER Promotes access to the outdoors for all levels through day-pass activities and instruction, as well as festivals, films and races. On its 1,300 acres, guests can whitewater raft, rock climb, zip-line, mountain bike and more. 5000

Whitewater Center Parkway, 704.391.3900. www.usnwc.org

Museums BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Housed inside a visually striking building designed by Swiss Architect Mario Botta, the Bechtler contains a collection of 20th-century masterpieces, including works by Warhol, Miró and Picasso. 420 S. Tryon St., 704.353.9200. www.bechtler.org CAROLINAS AVIATION MUSEUM Displays historic aircraft and artifacts; showing flight from the Wright Brothers to today’s high-tech world. It’s home to US Airways Flight 1549, “The Miracle on the Hudson.” Includes commercial, military and civil aircraft. Open daily. 4672 First Flight Drive, 704.997.3770. www.carolinasaviation.org

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DISCOVERY PLACE SCIENCE & IMAX DOME THEATRE A popular family attraction that features hands-on displays. Walk the rain forest; participate in jaw-dropping experiments;

wonder at the aquatic world; and become immersed in larger-than-life IMAX adventures. Open daily. 301 N. Tryon St., 704.372.6261. www.science .discoveryplace.org

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THE CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY The centerpiece of this history museum is the 240-yearold, 18th-century Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the oldest surviving structure in Mecklenburg County. Guided tours offered on the hour between noon and 4 pm. Open Tu-Sa. 3500 Shamrock Drive, 704.568.1774. www.charlottemuseum.org GASTON COUNTY MUSEUM Discover Gaston County’s history through photos, documents and objects. See the largest collection of horsedrawn vehicles in the Daniel Stowe Carriage House, then take a Historic Dallas Court Square Walking Tour. Open Tu-Sa. 131 W. Main St., Dallas, 704.922.7681. www.gaston countymuseum.org

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HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE Explores the cultural experiences of African-American life through the centuries. Its permanent exhibit features works from Charlotte-born Romare Bearden, Jonathan Green and Elizabeth Catlett. Open Tu-Su. 551 S. Tryon St., 704.547.3700. www.ganttcenter.org LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH Home to the nation’s most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern history, this museum guides visitors through Charlotte’s evolution from a farming community to a mill town to a thriving financial center. Open daily. 200 E. 7th St., 704.333.1887. www.museumofthenewsouth. org MEMORY LANE A motorsports and historical automotive museum that boasts one of the largest private collections of NASCAR and vintage cars around; it’s provided props and vehicles for motion pictures such as “Talladega Nights.” Open M-Sa. 769 River Highway, Moorseville, 704.662.3673. www.memory laneautomuseum.com

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MINT MUSEUM RANDOLPH Opened in 1936 as the state’s first art museum. Today, visitors can engage with the art of the ancient Americas, Europe and Africa. A reference library, theater and shop are also on site. Open W-Su. 2730 Randolph Road, 704.337.2000. www.mintmuseum.org MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN This five-story architectural marvel houses the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection, plus outstanding collections of American, contemporary and European art. Part of the Levine Center for the Arts. Open W-Su. 500 S. Tryon St., 704.337.2000. www.mint museum.org NORTH CAROLINA AUTO RACING HALL OF FAME Take a trip to the museum and a walk down memory lane while tracing the history and evolution of auto racing. There are more than 40 cars representing the various forms of racing. Spend time in the Goodyear Mini-Theater and re-live some of the sport’s greatest moments. Open M-Sa. 119 Knob Hill Road, Mooresville, 704.663.5331. ncarhof.com NORTH CAROLINA MUSIC HALL OF FAME Learn about the artists who put their indelible stamp on the music industry and were born in or made North Carolina their home. Free admission. Open M-F. 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis, 704.934.2320. www.northcarolinamusichal loffame.org THE SCHIELE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Explore the flora, fauna, fossils and minerals of the region and the environmental, social and historical effects they have on the ecosystem. Open daily. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., 704.866.6900. www.schielemuseum.org

Parks & Nature CAROLINA RAPTOR CENTER The only eagle aviary in the Carolinas. Learn about 37

species of raptors along a 3/4mile nature trail at this facility set up like a zoo. Open W-Su, November to February; daily, March to October. 6000 Sample Road, 704.875.6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org

an NFL Play60 KidZone. Free. Hours vary by season. 1900 East Blvd., 980.314.1000. www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec/ Parks/ParksByRegion/ CentralRegion/Pages/Freedom. aspx

CROWDERS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Rock climbing at Crowder Mountain promises to be a peak experience. Breathtaking views (on clear days you can see the Queen City!) await atop several hiking trails, which span more than 25 miles. Other activities at the park include camping, fishing and picnicking. Hours vary by season. 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, 704.853.5375. www.ncparks. gov/crowders-mountain-statepark

THE GREEN Lined by shops and restaurants, this literary-themed park is a popular spot in Uptown, with whimsical sculptures throughout and plenty of lush landscape. 425 S Tryon St., 704.944.1820.

DANIEL STOWE BOTANICAL GARDEN Located along the banks of Lake Wylie, the gardens spread across 110 acres of rolling landscape. Guests are awed by the visitor pavilion with its stainedglass dome, fountains, canals and themed gardens. Open daily. 6500 S. New Hope Road, 704.825.4490. www.dsbg.org DISCOVERY PLACE NATURE An urban science center geared toward kids ages 3-7. Complete with a butterfly pavilion; Fort Wild; Creature Cavern with live animals; the Paw Paw Nature Trail; and Insect Alley. Open Tu-Su. 1658 Sterling Road, 704.372.6261. nature.discoveryplace.org FIRST WARD PARK This popular outdoor destination features live music and lawn games on Fridays during the summer months. Plus, the park offers great views of the Charlotte skyline. 301 E. 7th St., 980.314.1002. www.uptowncharlotte parks.com/first-ward-park FREEDOM PARK Now this is a city park. Within its 98 acres you’ll find four baseball fields, batting cages, 12 tennis courts, four soccer fields, a seven-acre lake, two playgrounds, walking trails, five outdoor shelters with grills and

LAKE NORMAN STATE PARK On the largest man-made lake in North Carolina, opportunities abound onshore and in the water. Thirteen miles of shoreline access means boating, fishing, hiking and biking. Free. Open daily. 759 State Park Road, Troutman, 704.528.6350. www.ncparks.gov/lakenorman-state-park MCDOWELL NATURE CENTER AND PRESERVE The oldest preserve in Mecklenburg County offers towering trees, babbling brooks, lake views and prairie restorations. Seven miles of trails are available and boating and fishing are encouraged. 15222 S. York Road, 980.314.1128. www.meck nc.gov/parkandrec/stewardship ROMARE BEARDEN PARK Named for the noted Charlotte artist, this 5.4-acre Uptown park sits near BB&T Ballpark and is host to a number of annual events, music series and more. 300 S. Church St., 980 .314.1002. www.mecknc. gov/ParkandRec/Parks/ ParksByRegion/CentralRegion/ Pages/Romare-Bearden-Park. aspx WING HAVEN GARDENS Created in 1927, this three-acre span of land in Myers Park (which includes the Elizabeth Lawrence House & Garden and the Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary) thrills gardeners and bird enthusiasts. Open W-Sa. 260 Ridgewood Ave., 704.331.0664. www.winghavengardens.com

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BOST GRIST MILL This grist mill grinds corn into meal and grits with the same stones and techniques used in the 19th century. The mill also hosts re-enactments. Tours by appointment. 4701 Highway 200, Concord, 704.782.1600. www.bostgristmill.com CANAAN ZIPLINE CANOPY TOUR Ride nine ziplines through the trees on a network of cables and skybridges. The scenic tour offers great views of the forest, wildlife and the Catawba River. “Night zips” are also available. 3111 Sand Island Road, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 803.327.6932. www.canaanzipline.com

HISTORIC LATTA PLANTATION An early-19th-century cotton plantation and living-history farm north of Charlotte. Take a guided tour of the Latta home; see rare breeds of livestock; learn the process of growing short-staple cotton and more. Open Tu-Su. 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704.875.2312. www.lattaplantation.org HISTORIC RURAL HILL Once known as one of the “Jewels of the Catawba River Valley,” this 265-acre farm is one of the last remaining rural landscapes in Mecklenburg County. Includes two oneroom schoolhouses. Open M-F; most Sa. 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, 704.875.3113. www.ruralhill.com PRESIDENT JAMES K. POLK STATE HISTORIC SITE The birthplace of President James K. Polk. Exhibits detail Polk’s childhood and signif-

REED GOLD MINE STATE HISTORIC SITE About 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, this historic site— home of the first documented discovery of gold in the U.S.— includes a museum, guided underground tour, a stamp mill and walking trails. Open Tu-Sa. 9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland, 704.721.4653. www.historicsites.nc.gov/allsites/reed-gold-mine

SHOPPING Apparel ALTON LANE Make an appointment for a custom fitting. Stop by the showroom for a beer and chat with a consultant, who scans your body measurements and helps you select fabrics from an extensive collection. Open Tu-Sa. 2000 South Blvd., 888.800.8616. www.altonlane.com CAPITOL Carolina ladies flock to Capitol when it’s time to gear up for any noteworthy event or fancy soirée. With exquisite brandname designs, who can blame them? Open M-Sa. 4010 Sharon Road, 704.366.0388. www.shop-capitol.com JILSON’S MEN’S CONSIGNMENT Boasting a variety of brand name items, Jilson’s offers men both casual and business attire for reduced prices in a comfortable, yet masculine setting. Open Tu-Sa. 117 Middleton Drive, 704.334.9191. www.jilsonsconsignment.com LUXE ANGEL Boho chic pieces and classics compliment five premium denim lines and a variety of apparel at this affordable boutique. Also find super-cute shoes, handbags and handmade jewelry. 720 Governor Morrison St., Charlotte, 980.299.0220. www.luxeangel boutique.com

NOUVEAUX This consignment boutique has a highly selective process that offers shoppers high-end fashion and accessories for affordable prices. 14835 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, 704.266.4177. www.nouveauxclt.com PAUL SIMON WOMEN In order to meet the needs of busy women, Paul Simon offers personal consultations to make sure every powerhouse woman is satisfied with her wardrobe. Open M-Sa. 4310 Sharon Road, 704.333.6139. www.paulsimonco.com THE SPORTING GENT This Myers Park men’s boutique is perfect for the rugged outdoorsman—the one who pines for the bygone days of the hunter-gatherer. Outfitting services for high-country adventure and fly fishing available. Open M-Sa. 2848 Selwyn Ave., 704.896.5600. www.thesportinggent.com TABOR A modern men’s store located in the heart of Myers Park. Focuses on American-inspired sportswear from designers. Expect great designs and interesting events. Open M-Sa. 421 Providence Road, 980.207.4860. www.taborclt.com

Art Galleries ANNE NEILSON FINE ART GALLERY Those in the market for artwork—or just love to browse— should visit author and artist Anne H. Neilson’s gallery. Here, you’ll find a variety of styles and mediums by artists around the world. Open M-Sa. 532 Governor Morrison St., Suite C-110, 704.496.9181. www.anneneilsonfineart.com ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exhibits a robust group of emerging and established contemporary artists who explore both modern and traditional themes. It’s one of the only galleries in North Carolina to represent museum quality fine glass art. Open Tu-Sa. 1520

South Tryon St., 704.370.6337. www.eldergalleryclt.com HIDELL BROOKS GALLERY Specializing in well-established contemporary regional and national artists, this gallery focuses on matching a buyer, new or veteran, with the perfect piece. Open Tu-Sa. 1910 South Blvd., Suite 130, 704.334.7302. www.hidellbrooks.com HODGES TAYLOR GALLERY Charlotte’s oldest gallery is now an art consultancy firm as well as a private gallery for high-end art from contemporary artists. Open W-F. 118 E. Kingston Ave., 704.608.2016. www.hodgestaylor.com JERALD MELBERG This gallery boasts artists from all over the country as well as Argentina and Spain. Owner Jerald Melberg served as the curator at the Mint Museum of Art prior to opening the gallery. Open M-Sa. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, 704.365.3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com LACA PROJECTS Found in the heart of the revitalized FreeMoreWest neighborhood, exhibits at Latin American Contemporary Art are meant to foster a discussion of, and an appreciation for, contemporary Latin American art. Open Tu-Sa. 1429 Bryant St., 704.837.1688. www.lacaprojects.com LARK & KEY GALLERY AND BOUTIQUE This elegant gallery showcases the work of independent artists and designers. The inviting space offers a unique selection of artwork, pottery, jewelry and more. Open W-F. 700 E. Blvd., Ste. 1, 704.334.4616. www.larkandkey.com PICTURE HOUSE GALLERY This gallery specializes in fine American and European abstract, expressionist, impressionistic and realistic paintings, sculpture and glass. It also offers estate art collections and retail and corporate services. Open M-Sa. 1522 E. 4th St., 704.333.8235. www.picture housegallery.com

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HISTORIC BRATTONSVILLE This Revolutionary War living history site contains more than 30 historic structures that chronicle the Carolina Piedmont from the 1760s to about 1840. Open Tu-Su. 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, South Carolina, 803.684.2327. www.chmuseums.org/ brattonsville

icant events that took place during his term in office, Open Tu-Sa. Free. 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville, www.jameskpolk.net

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SOCO GALLERYY This contemporary art space and bookshop prides itself on community engagement and education. Curating works from local, national and international artists, it also specializes in assisting private collectors as well as institutions grow their collections with the highest-quality pieces. Open M-Sa, 10 am-6 pm; Su, by appointment. 421 Providence Road, 980.498.2881. ww.soco-gallery.com SOZO GALLERYY Hannah Blanton’s Uptown art gallery features original work from both local and national artists in a range of styles from classic to modern and emerging to established. Open M-Sa. Hearst Tower, 214 N. Tryon St., 704.575.6777. www.sozogallery.net

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Books & Media PARK ROAD BOOKS Established in 1977, this independent book-seller is a favorite destination for Charlotte book lovers. Peruse the shelves, or catch one of the many author events. Open daily. 4139 Park Road, 704.525.9239. www.parkroadbooks.com WHITE RABBIT BOOKS It’s hard to miss the colorful building that houses a vast array of LGBT items, including movies, designer underwear, jewelry, gift items and more. Open daily. 920 Central Ave., 704.377.4067.

Children’s Shops AMERICAN GIRL Find a complete assortment of the company’s popular dolls, along with books and doll and girl-sized outfits. Enjoy a meal or celebrate a birthday in the store’s casual bistro. Store open daily; bistro, Th-M. SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, 877.247.5223. www.americangirl.com/retail/ charlotte

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THE MILKY WAY There’s more than cute onesies and miniature sandals when it comes to caring for a new baby, and it can all be found here. Find breast-feeding accessories, soft blankets and patterned diaper bags. Open daily. Shops at Twin Oaks, 1419 East Blvd., 704.374.9200. www.amilkyway.com TINY This high-end children’s boutique offers designer lines from across the globe, many of which are exclusive to Tiny. Dress your little one in the angelic prints and adorable ensembles of European fashion. Open M-Sa. 2902 Selwyn Ave., 704.900.5667. www.tinyclt.com

Gifts & Stationery PAPER TWIST Whether you need to outfit your office, wrap a gift with beautiful paper and ribbons (they’ll do it for you) or pick up personalized thank you notes, this paper store has you covered. Open M-Sa. 2902 Selwyn Ave., 704.366.3100. www.shoppapertwist.com THREE LITTLE BIRDS From bridal to birthdays, this design-centric stationer and gift store offers brand-name thank you cards, notes and announcements; also creating custom designs, letterpress, thermography, foil stamping and die cutting stationery. Open Tu-Sa. 2115 Southend Drive, #103, 704.379.7778. www.threelittlebirdsinc.com

Grocery/General Stores PUBLIX Publix super markets has more than 1,200 stores across the nation but for those of us who want to shop from the comforts of your hotel room, their online grocery store has online shopping that includes delivery and pick-up, family meal solutions and much more. www.publix. com/resortdelivery

704.347.2489. www.citysupplycharlotte.com

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CUSTOM Bespoke, handcrafted jewelry. Find engagement rings and wedding sets, pendants and earrings, plus vintage and heirloom jewelry they’ve redesigned and transformed into modern, chic pieces. Open Tu-Sa, M by appointment. 3206 N. Davidson St., 704.980.9840. www.madebycustom.com

ABODE Offers home décor that reflects a philosophy of creating friendly, livable spaces. Find everything from books to furniture to bedding to specialty soaps to enhance your own personalized, comfortable space. 1530 East Blvd., Charlotte, 704.332.3731. www.abodehomedesign.com

DIAMONDS DIRECT This SouthPark jeweler imports directly from the Israeli Diamond Exchange, where rough diamonds are manufactured, cut, and polished. The diamonds are then offered to customers at or below wholesale prices. 4521 Sharon Road, 704.532.9041. www.diamondsdirect.com

BLACKLION This enormous store is a gold mine for those seeking discount furniture and original home decor. Merchants outfit the show floor, enabling customers to find everything they need all in one place. Open daily. 10635 Park Road, 704.541.1148. www.blacklion.com

ELIZABETH BRUNS This jewel carries the latest designs from internationally acclaimed jewelry designers, as well as an extensive bridal registry. Also browse beautiful touches for the home, from hand-picked antique silver to fine porcelain and more. 6401 Morrison Blvd., 704.365.3700. www.elizabethbruns.com

CITY SUPPLY CO. Filled with contemporary—and affordable—décor, this home furnishings store offers a cozy but modern vibe. Don’t miss the quirky gift area in the back, where you’ll find everything from candles to artistic wrapping paper. Open Tu-Sa. 1219 Thomas Ave.,

Pet Supplies CANINE CAFÉ From pawty cakes to a DIY dog spa, this is the place to pamper your pooch. Plenty of dog supplies can be found here,

POPBAR Blending authenticity with innovation, Popbar serves traditional gelato, sorbet, and yogurt in a new way - on a stick! Customize your pop by dipping or drizzling it with our five different chocolates or make your treat even more special with some of our toppings! POP in and enjoy. Just look for the purple wall! 3123 N.Davidson St., 980.237.9750, www.pop-bar.com PROMOTION

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and the on-site bakery uses all-natural ingredients. Open daily. 125 Remount Road, Unit A, 704.588.3647. www.caninecafe.net FOUR DOGS PET SUPPLIES This NoDa pet store offers premium pet food and brands for a range of budgets and dietary needs. Don’t miss its art gallery or card and literature section, all related to animals. 2630 N. Davidson St., 980.298.6046. www.fourdogspetsupplies.com

Salons & Spas DRY BAR With a sole focus on providing the best blowouts in the game, a visit to Drybar guarantees a fabulous hair day. Styles range from Hollywood waves to sleek and smooth tresses to updos. 6401 Morrison Blvd., 704.749.2159. www.thedrybar.com

Shopping Centers BALLANTYNE VILLAGE Resembling an open-air European plaza, Ballantyne Village’s retail district includes shopping, convenient services and dining—from the simple to the exquisite. You can also catch a flick at Ballantyne’s plush movie theater. Hours vary by venue. 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, 704.369.5000. www.ballantynevillage.com

W W W. Q C SLO U NGE. COM 300 N. College Street / Charlotte, NC 28202

CONCORD MILLS The top shopping destination of the Carolinas, this mega-mall features more than 200 stores; dining spots; and entertainment, including AMC 24 Theaters, Sea Life Aquarium

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RITZ-CARLTON SPA & WELLNESS CENTER On the 16th and 17th floors of the Ritz in Uptown, this spa offers many services. Don’t overlook its honey and chocolate treatments, which use honey harvested from the hotel’s rooftop beehives. Open daily. 201 E. Trade St., 704.547.2244. www.ritzcarlton.com/en/ hotels/charlotte/spa


and Dave & Buster’s. Open daily. 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, 704.979.3000. www.concordmills.com NORTHLAKE MALL This regional, two-level shopping mall features more than 150 retail stores and restaurants in Charlotte’s northern suburbs. Also included are a children’s play area, a coffee court and free Wi-Fi. Open M-Sa, 10 am-9 pm; Su, noon-6 pm. 6801 Northlake Mall Drive, 704.921.2000. www.shopnorthlake.com PARK ROAD SHOPPING CENTER This venerable Charlotte institution was the first open-air shopping center in the city and has been going strong ever since. The center includes almost 60 stores, restaurants and services. 4101 Park Road. www. parkroadshoppingcenter.com

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PHILLIPS PLACE Amid its old-world charm, shoppers will find the top shelf of Charlotte retailing stalwarts and fine dining. Hours vary by venue. 6800 Phillips Place Court, 704.714.7656. www.phillips placecharlotte.com

features pastries, confections, French-style macarons, gelato, cakes and more. Pastry classes available. Open daily. 201 E. Trade St., 704.972.4397. www.ritzcarlton.com/en/ hotels/charlotte/dining/ bar-cocoa ORMANN’S CHEESE SHOP This specialty shop focuses on small-batch producers and offers a robust selection of local and regional cheeses. Grab a specialty grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, and a cheese platter to take home. 224 E 7th St., inside 7th Street Public Market, 980.226.3025. www.orrmanscheeseshop.com PASTA & PROVISIONS Here, you’ll find plenty of simple, delectable ingredients for your culinary venture, including blocks of salty Parmesan, pasta cut to order, freshly baked focaccia, and aisles of wine, oils, spreads and spices. Open daily. 1528 Providence Road, 704.364.2622; 4700 Park Road, 980.938.6433. www.pastaprovisions.com

THE SECRET CHOCOLATIER This family owned chocolate shop satisfies with house-made truffles, barks, caramels and more. Open Tu-Su. 2935 Providence Road, 704.323.8178. www.thesecretchocolatier.com

DINING NoDa AMELIE’S FRENCH BAKERY—Bakery. This inviting lounge and bakery is open 24 hours (NoDa location), which means you’ve got time to savor everything, including tartines, flaky pastries, fresh squeezed juices and salted caramel brownies. Hours vary by location. 2424 N. Davidson St., 704.376.1781; 380 S. College St., 704.899.0088; 7715 Pineville Matthews Road, 704.376.1782. www.ameliesfrenchbakery. com

BOUDREAUX’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN— Cajun/Creole. This NoDa stalwart has everything from the bayou, from fried alligator to gumbo. Try a Cajun classic like the signature jambalaya with shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken and crawfish. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 501 E. 36th St., 704.331.9898. boudreauxsnoda.com BROOKS’ SANDWICH HOUSE—Burgers. It would be remiss to not try a burger “all the way” with chili, mustard and onions, on a visit to the sandwich shop that has been serving chili and burgers since 1973, in addition to breakfast and sandwiches. Cash only. Open M-F. 2710 N. Brevard St., 704.375.7808. CABO FISH TACO—Mexican. This NoDa “Baja Seagrill” serves its title dish in addition to tasty quesadillas, burritos and salads in a fun, surf-themed atmosphere. L, D (daily).

SHOPPES AT UNIVERSITY PLACE Set on a tranquil lake, this shopping plaza features big box and boutique stores, plus services and dining options from Italian to ribs and a raw bar. Hours vary by store. 8929 J M Keynes Drive 704.549.4811. www.shoppesat universityplace.com SOUTHPARK MALL This premier retail destination boasts Charlotte’s most upscale shopping and includes all the fabulous designerwear, brand names and luxe products shoppers have come to expect. Open daily. 4400 Sharon Road, 704.364.4411. www.southpark.com

Specialty Foods BAR COCOA This sweets lounge can be found in an equally sweet location: the posh lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Uptown. It

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HABERDISH— Southern. Honoring the traditions of this Southern mill town, Haberdish offers up potluck-style dining. It boasts the “best fried chicken in town” and serves up craft cocktails at the bar. Br (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 3106 N. Davidson St., 704.817.1084. www.haberdish.com REIGNING DOUGHNUTS— Bakery. Chocolate, cinnamon sugar and honey-glazed doughnuts served up fresh and piping hot from a walk-up window. Ask about the doughnut of the day. Cards only. Open daily. 3120 N. Davidson St., www.reigningdoughnuts.com

Plaza Midwood/East Charlotte BEAN VEGAN CUISINE —Vegan. Serves up vegan comfort food with flair: everything from barbecue to breakfast favorites. Open daily. 3001 E. Independence Blvd., 980.939.1234. www.eatatbean.com BISTRO LA BON —Mediterranean. Don’t write off this bistro because it’s tucked into the corner of a strip mall. Inside, you’ll find gourmet menu items. Sunday brunch is the restaurant’s crowning glory. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa), Br (Sa-Su). 1322 Central Ave., 704.333.4646. www.bistrolabon.com KRAZY FISH—Global Fusion. At this eclectic restaurant

you’ll find a diverse menu of dishes with Asian, Caribbean, Latin and (of course) Southern flavors. Think shrimp and jalapeño cheddar grits, ceviche, red Thai curry, seafood creole or pulled pork, to name a few. L (Tu-Sa), D (Tu-Su), Br (Su). 2501 Central Ave., 704.332.1004. www.krazyfish.com LA SHISH KABOB—Middle Eastern. Fresh and flavorful destination for tabouli, baba ghanoush, Greek and Lebanon salads and chicken shawarma. Open daily. 3117 N. Sharon Amity Road, 704.567.7900. www.lashishkabob.com MOO & BREW—Burgers. Moo & Brew grew out of an annual festival with the same name celebrating burgers and beer. This burger joint by the railroad tracks focuses on great ingredients and affordable prices. L, D (daily). 1300 Central Ave., 980.585.4148. www.mooandbrew.com

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Daily van tours around Uptown Charlotte and out into beautiful, tree-lined historic neighborhoods. Tours highlight things to see and do in Charlotte as well as the area’s rich history and bright future. These informative 2 hour tours run daily with a 15 minute break halfway through. Tour times are Monday – Saturday 10 AM and 1:30 PM. Sunday call for info on tours. Fares from $20 - $34. Call for private tour info.

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THE PECULIAR RABBIT— Gastropub. This sister restaurant to Jackalope Jack’s on Seventh Street lives up to its strange name—in a good way; it offers up twists on traditional pub food, such as the Veggie Grilled Cheese with avocado, sliced tomato, asparagus, kale, pickled onions, melted cheddar and house-made Romesco on sourdough. Open daily. 1212 Pecan Ave., 704.333.9197. www.therabbitspot.com/ the-peculiar-rabbit PIZZA PEEL & TAP ROOM— Pizza. A hoppin’ spot where specialty pizzas, craft beer and live music go hand-in-hand. Hours vary by location. 1600 Central Ave., 704.790.7335; 4422 Colwick Road, 704.714.8808. www.tapandpeel.com SOUTH 21 CURB SERVICE—Burgers. Since 1955, South 21 has been walking out classic American fare straight to your car, including the Super Boy (two thin patties topped with tomatoes, onions, mustard, lettuce and a pickle). Wash it all down with a soda, milkshake or root beer. L (TuSa), D (W-Sa). 3101 E. Independence Blvd., 704.377.4509. www.south21drivein.net THE WORKMAN’S FRIEND —Irish/American. The Workman’s Friend seamlessly transports diners from the American south to the backstreets of Dublin. The food is as good on the eyes as it is on the tongue. L (F-Su), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1531 Central Ave., 980.224.8234. www.theworkmansfriend.com

SouthPark/Park Road AQUA E VINO—Italian. Here, you’ll find a bold Italian menu created from fresh local produce and rare delicacies found outside the region. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 4219 Providence Road, 704.364.4445. www.aquaevino.com

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SMELLY CAT— Coffeehouse. This award-winning local coffeehouse has cold-brew coffee on tap and whips up delicious specialty espresso drinks. It’s also full of local art that speaks volumes about the community

it represents. Open daily. 514 E. 36th St., 704.374.9656. www.smellycatcoffee.com

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3201 N. Davidson St., 704.332.8868. www.cabofishtaco.com


AZTECA—Mexican. This Mexican restaurant serves up huge portions, family-style. Expect superb, authentic flavors in a festive atmosphere. L, D (daily). 7340 Smith Corners Blvd., 704.598.4068; 116 E. Woodlawn Road, 704.525.5110; 9709 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, 704.814.9877; 1863 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, 704.866.7574. www.aztecarestaurant charlotte.com BARRINGTON’S— American. This comfortable spot is tiny—reservations are recommended—but the work in the kitchen comes up big. The menu changes seasonally, but count on creative-yet-simple dishes with strong, clean flavors. D (M-Sa). 7822 Fairview Road, 704.364.5755. www.barringtonsrestaurant. com

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BURTONS GRILL & BAR— Pubs & Grills. The local version of the national chain is the perfect spot for everything from wings to upscale sandwiches and fresh seafood in addition to paleo and vegetarian offerings. Enjoy a post-work wine in the lounge or take it outside to the patio. L, D (daily). 1601 E. Woodlawn Road A, 980.299.0999. www.burtonsgrill.com/ location/charlotte-nc THE COWFISH SUSHI BURGER BAR—Burger/ Sushi. This innovative restaurant offers creative sandwiches made with sushi-inspired ingredients in addition to sushi-like rolls made with items you’d typically find topping your burger. It’s a whole new experience for your taste buds. L, D (daily). 4310 Sharon Road, 704.365.1922. www.thecowfish.com DOGWOOD SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR—Southern. This farm-to-fork restaurant serves regional cuisine, using as many Carolina products as possible. The Southern-inspired space also serves a regionally spirited craft-cocktail program, global wines and Carolina craft

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beers. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Su). 4905 Ashley Park Lane, 704.910.4919. www.dogwoodsoutherntable. com

steaks and a great wine list. L, D (daily), Br (Su). 4201 Congress St., 704.552.9983. www.villagetavern.com

FLOUR SHOP—Italian. The ever-changing menu is prepared in front of diners in an intimate setting. Patrons sip cocktails while pasta is made just feet away and ingredients are crafted into delectable offerings like lemon fettuccine with Carolina shrimp and pistachio pistou or coffee and sorghum-brined hanger steak. D (M-Sa). 530 Brandywine Road, 980.299.3754. www.flourshopfood.com

YAFO KITCHEN—Israeli. This SouthPark Israeli eatery drew crowds as soon as it opened and has kept a loyal following. Ingredients are sourced from Israel for incredibly authentic flavor profiles. L, D (daily). 720 Governor Morrison St., 704.365.7130. www.yafokitchen.com

FRAN’S FILLING STATION—Various. Hearty sandwiches served on housemade bread are just the beginning of the comforting, simple, flavorful dishes available at this cozy Park Road spot. Salads, soups and entree specials change almost weekly to reflect the freshest ingredients of the season, and the changing whims and inspirations of the proprietress, Fran Scibelli. L, D (M-Sa). 2410 Park Road, 704.372.2009. www.fransfillingstation.com SUÁREZ BAKERY— Bakery. It’s a sweet-tooth heaven with offerings from cakes and cookies to doughnuts and pastries, available in-store or by delivery. Open daily. 4245 Park Road, 704.525.0145. www.suarezbakery.com THAI ORCHID—Thai. Authentic Thai dishes—all made from scratch—served up in an intimate setting. The pad Thai has garnered a local following. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 4223 Providence Road, 704.364.1134. www.thaiorchidrestaurant charlotte.com VILLAGE TAVERN— Contemporary American. This Charlotte staple boasts one of the best patios in the city. Adjacent to SouthPark mall, it’s a perfect post-shopping-spree spot, including standards for everyone from fresh fish to aged

University Area/City BAHN MI BROTHERS— Vietnamese. Start with an egg roll or fried chicken chunks, then jump into the crux of the restaurant, the báhn mì, a Vietnamese sandwich. Choose from specialty to traditional báhn mìs and tack on a side of Korean fries, with marinated beef, kimchi, scallion and cilantro aioli. L, D (Tu-Su). 230 W.T. Harris Blvd., 704.900.7842. www.banhmibrothers-clt.com BOARDWALK BILLY’S RAW BAR & RIBS— American. This large, laid-back, beach-themed restaurant offers daily entrée specials, including sandwiches, wings, oysters on the half-shell and more. The ribs are what keeps ’em coming back. Plus, there’s a great nightlife vibe. L, D (daily). 9005 J.M. Keynes Drive, 704.503.7427; 1636 Sardis Road N., 704.814.7427. www.boardwalkbillys.com CAVA—Greek, Mediterranean. Build your own healthy sensation—in all, there are more than 58,000 combinations. Grab a greens-and-grain bowl, a salad or pita with dips or spreads and start your culinary masterpiece. L, D (daily). 8936 JM Keynes Blvd., 704.243.5900. www.cava.com CRACKIN’ CRAWFISH— Seafood. Louisiana-style seafood emporium that leaves much of the creative process to its clientele. Choose from a

combo or mix-and-match seasonal seafood, flavorings and spice intensity, L, D (daily). 440 E. McCullough Drive, 704.900.6603. www.crackincrawfish.net DON PEDRO—Mexican. This authentic Mexican restaurant offers home-style dishes, plus, seafood specialties and sensational fajitas, all in a colorful, friendly atmosphere. L, D (daily). 1009 Chancellor Park Drive, 704.921.2414; 8943 S. Tryon St., 704.504.5037; 10015 Lee St., Pineville, 704.889.1311; 3272 Union Road, Gastonia, 704.866.8180. www.donpedrorestaurant.com FIREWATER—Seafood. This contemporary restaurant serves up an eclectic American menu of sushi-grade tuna, great steaks and an extensive wine list. L (F-Su), D (daily). 8708 JW Clay Blvd., 704.549.0050. www.firewatercharlotte.com PICASSO’S SPORTS CAFE—Sports Bar. Accolades include best sports bar and best wings for the establishment serving wings done 13 different ways with 14 pizzas to choose from. L, D (daily). 230 E W.T. Harris Blvd., 704.595.9553. www.picassosportscafe.com THAI HOUSE—Thai. Great service, stylish interior and first-class Thai cuisine, including steak, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian dishes, set this restaurant apart from the others. L, D (daily). 230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., 704.717.8006; 8706 Pineville-Matthews Road, 704.542.6300. www.thaihouse.us.com ZAPATA’S CANTINA— Mexican. You’ll find your favorites here, but you’ll also run across some more inventive dishes that will excite your palate like pollo poblano (grilled chicken breast in poblano pepper sauce with chocolate and spices). L, D (daily). 8927 J.M. Keynes Drive,

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Uptown BERNARDIN’S —Contemporary American. This Uptown fine-dining restaurant offers creative menu items, such as sauteed briestuffed chicken breast with caramelized pearl onions, in a classy, convenient setting. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 435 S. Tryon St., 704.332.3188. www.bernardinsfinedining.com EVOKE—Steakhouse. Located in Le Méridien Charlotte, this steakhouse serves prime and dry-aged steaks, homemade pasta and more. Choose from an extensive wine list or indulge in one of many craft whiskeys. D (M-Sa). 555 S. McDowell St., 980.237.5354. www.evokerestaurant.com

FAHRENHEIT—American. This trendy rooftop eatery offers panoramic views from the 21st floor above Skye Condos. Enjoy creative, from scratch, locally-sourced meals as you sip one of the many wines available. D (daily), Br (Su). 222 S. Caldwell St., 980.237.6718. www.chefroccowhalen.com/ fahrenheit-charlotte HALCYON—Contemporary American. Enjoy the skyline view and absolutely delicious farm-to-table plates at the Mint Museum’s resident restaurant. Upscale yet comfortable. L (Tu-Su), D (Tu-Sa). 500 S. Tryon St., 704.910.0865. www.halcyonflavors.com KING’S KITCHEN— Southern. Serving comfort food classics, such as fried chicken, one hundred percent of every profit dollar made at this Trade Street eatery goes to charities that help feed the poor. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 129 W. Trade St.,

704.375.1990. www.kingskitchen.org LA BELLE HELENE— French. This lively and casual take on the French brasserie pays homage to the “City of Lights.” It sources local ingredients and serves a great selection of French wines. L (M-F), D (MSa), Br (Su). 300 S. Tryon St., 704.969.2550. www.labellehelenerestaurant. com MERT’S HEART AND SOUL—Southern. This stylish, yet down-home eatery offers simple, savory Southern, soul and Lowcountry cooking. You’ll find award-winning mac ‘n’ cheese, sweet cornbread, blackened pork chops, fried catfish and more. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 214 N. College St., 704.342.4222. www.mertscharlotte.com

THE MCNINCH HOUSE— New Southern. Expect to be treated like royalty during this unique five-course meal (you choose your entrée, but everything else is chosen for you) at Charlotte’s premier special-occasion restaurant. Reservations required. D (Tu-Sa). 511 N. Church St., 704.332.6159. www.mcninchhouserestaurant. com MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE— Steakhouse. Morton’s entices patrons with enormous, succulent steaks and a wine list to match. And the darkly rich inte-

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MAMA RICOTTA’S— Italian. Known for its excellent menu and upbeat atmosphere,

this eatery from Charlotte restaurateur Frank Scibelli cranks out great pizzas from its wood-burning oven. Or try the rigatoni with meat sauce—it’s a Scibelli family recipe made with beef, pork, veal and Italian plum tomatoes. L, D (daily). 601 S Kings Drive, 704.343.0148. www.mamaricottas restaurant.com

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704.503.1979; 15105 John J. Delaney Drive, 704.752.6869. www.zapatasrestaurant.com


riors provide a cozy, welcoming ambiance. D (daily). 227 W. Trade St., 704.333.2602. www.mortons.com/charlotte POPLAR—Tapas. Refined spot for tapas and wine inside the historic Morrison House in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward. D (Tu-Sa). 224 W. 10th St., 704.940.5757. www.poplartapas.com SEA LEVEL NC—Seafood. A farm-to-fork restaurant serving oysters and clams cultivated in partnership with local farmers. The rest of the menu’s seafood offerings are local and sustainable. L, D (M-Sa). 129 E. Fifth St., 704.412.2616. www.sealevelnc.com

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STOKE—New Southern. Refined, Southern-inspired and sourced food. Stoke’s has it all, wood-over flavor, the bar’s French-pressed cocktails, the action-packed view of the open kitchen, and the indulge-worthy, one-pound doughnut. B, L, D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 100 W. Trade St., 704.353.6005. www.stokecharlotte.com RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE—Steakhouse. This famous chain, which started in New Orleans, offers sizzling, seasoned steaks, flawless service and an excellent wine list. L (M-F), Uptown location; D (daily), both locations. 222 S. Tryon St., 704.338.9444. www.ruthschris.com ZABLONG PECULIAR PIZZA—Pizza. Choose from one of the signature pies such as the Vampire Slayer or The Tree Hugger, or get creative and craft your own. L, D (M-Sa). 137 Brevard Court, 980.237.4371. zablong.com

EXPLORE Regional ASHEVILLE This city nestled between beautiful mountain peaks is pure relaxation, yet has plenty to do and explore. Discover “foodtopia” and explore hiking trails, many of which culminate in beautiful waterfalls.

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828.258.6129. www.exploreasheville.com CABARRUS COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Consider this CVB your crew chief, helping you make the right pit stops; telling you where to refuel and how to make the most of your visit to the racing capital. Open M-Sa. 10099 Weddington Road, Concord, 800.848.3740. www.visitcabarrus.com CHARLOTTE CENTER CITY PARTNERS Charlotte Center City houses more than 1,200 businesses from startups to Fortune 500 corporate headquarters. The entertainment center of the region, this metropolis boasts a vast array of dining options and plenty of nightlife. 200 S. Tryon St., 704.332.2227. www.charlottecentercity.org GASTON COUNTY Travelers looking to escape the city can check out this county west of Charlotte. Not too far a drive affords natural and historical wonders, from scenic Crowders Mountain to picturesque downtown Belmont. 620 N. Main St., 704.825.4044. www.visitgaston.org LAKE NORMAN The Lake Norman region boasts three towns (Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville) and a whole lot of entertaining pursuits; including, nature preserves, yacht clubs, golf courses, breweries, performing arts and galleries, specialty shops and more. 19900 W. Catawba Ave, Ste. 102,

Cornelius, 704.987.3300. www.visitlakenorman.org

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CHARLOTTE LIBERTY WALK Red granite pavers line the three-quarter-mile urban path that is the Charlotte Liberty Walk. Nineteen sites comprise a historical tour of Uptown Charlotte’s Revolutionary War sites, via an interactive map. S. Tryon Street and E. Stonewall Street.

BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM PUBLIC TOURS Take in the Carolina Panthers’ home field on this NFL stadium tour that explores general seating, luxury suites, media space, the team locker room and field tunnel. Offered W, F. Bank of America Stadium Ticket Office, South Gate off of Morehead Street, 704.358.7538. www.panthers.com/stadium/ public-tour C-CHARLOTTE TOURS Discover Uptown Charlotte and venture out into beautiful, treelined historic neighborhoods. Tours highlight the area’s rich history and bright future. Two-hour van tours run M-Sa. Reservations required. Center City, 704.517.6844. www.ccharlottetours.com CHARLOTTE BREWS CRUISE Charlotte Brews Cruise allows tour-goers to go behind the scenes of Charlotte’s craft-beer community, visit multiple breweries, enjoy samples, learn the brewing process and talk to the people who make it. Tours Sa. 704.550.2005. www. brewscruisecharlotte.com CHARLOTTE CENTER CITY CARRIAGE TOURS See beautiful Center City from a horse-drawn carriage. Tours range from 20 to 60 minutes. Private tours with custom pick up and drop off in Uptown Charlotte are also offered.

CHARLOTTE NC TOURS Find van, Segway, walking and bike tours, plus themed outings, such as the Haunted Segway and Bikes and Brews tours, at this all-encompassing company. Prices and times vary by tour. 101 S. Tryon St., 704.962.4548. www.charlottenctours.com THE DALE TRAIL Self-guided driving tour of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. landmarks, located in his hometown of Kannapolis, a half-hour north of Charlotte. Stop by the Cabarrus County Visitor Center to pick up a free map. Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis, 800.848.3740. www.daletrail.com FEAST FOOD TOURS Tour Charlotte’s eclectic neighborhoods as you sample, sip and chat with local restaurateurs and chefs. Tours range from Soul of the South Uptown to Dishes & Delights of Dilworth. Times and prices vary by tour. 980.258.9992. www.feastfoodtours.com

THE ASBURY AT THE DUNHILL HOTEL The Asbury Burger is one of Uptown’s best! Chef Mike Long sources beef from local ranchers, and prepares each with a pickle and herb rouille, griddled cheddar, caramelized onions, and roasted mushrooms. In-house made buns complete this highly acclaimed burger. Pair it with one of our local beer or wine selections for lunch or dinner. 235 N. Tryon St., 704.342.1193, theasbury.com PROMOTION

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FUNNY BUS COMEDY CITY TOURS Bring a beer or glass of wine, and giggle through the streets of Charlotte. A tour guide will entertain, comedy club-style, while showing points of interest. PG-13 and R-rated tours, adult only. Departs from First Ward Park on E. 7th St., 704.659.3186. www.funnybus.net QUEEN CITY TOURS Explore countless historic sites on the city’s longest running (climate-controlled) tour. Choose from 90 minute or twoand-a-half hour QCT Charlotte Daily Historical City Tours. Additional Queen City Tours are also available. 704.566.0104. www.charlotte dailycitytour.com

TROLLEY PUB Grab some friends and a cooler and hop aboard the Trolley Pub for a fun, active tour. Pedal through NoDa, Uptown or the South End, making two to three stops during a two-hour tour. 421 E. 26th St., Charlotte, 919.473.3312; 1341 S. Mint St., 412 E. 7th St. www.trolleypub.com/charlotte

Transportation AMTRAK North Carolina’s Amtrak offers daily trains at Charlotte Station, offering services from destinations between Raleigh, New York and New Orleans. CATS bus to downtown accessible. 1914 N. Tryon St., 800.872.7245. www.amtrak.com/stations/clt B-CYCLE This automated bike sharing program, with 24 stations near Uptown, provides travelers with a set of wheels designed for

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RACING INSIDERS TOUR Racing Insiders takes you through the heart of NASCAR, of which Charlotte is the hub. Tour 77 and Tour 85 Itinerary are available, visiting sites such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Hendrick Motorsports. 400 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Charlotte, 704.654.4400. www.nascarhall.com/ vacations/racing-insiders-tour


short trips. Must be 18 to ride. Uptown Charlotte, 704.332.9585. www.charlottebcycle.com CHARLOTTE AREA TRANSIT SYSTEM Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is one way to get around Charlotte, with more than 70 bus routes and tons of convenient stops locally and regionally. 704.336.7433. www.charlottenc.gov/cats CITYLYNX GOLD LINE This free streetcar service begins at the Spectrum Center and rides through six stations to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Runs daily, every 30 minutes during operating hours. www.charlottenc.gov/cats/rail/ cityLYNX

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LYNX BLUE LINE Charlotte’s first light rail services travelers in Uptown all the way to UNC Charlotte—about 20 miles in length. Offers easy access to the Convention Center, Woodlawn, NoDa and University City. Open daily. www.charlottenc.gov/cats/rail/ lynx-blue-line SILVER FOX LIMOS Limos, town cars, SUVs, and mini buses are available, with experienced chauffeurs behind the wheel. This upscale transportation provider offers great packages for game days and day trips to the Biltmore Estate and the many nearby NC vineyards. Reservations online. 10722 Carmel Commons Blvd., 704.622.9944. www.silverfoxlimos.com

ENTERTAINMENT Bars & Lounges ABARI Craft beers and cocktails coincide with more than 20 classic arcade games, new and old pinball machines and game consoles. Kids can play during certain weekend hours. Open daily. 1721 N. Davidson St., 980.430.4587. www.abarigamebar.com

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HOPPIN’ Act as your own bartender with more than 60 beers, wine and cider to choose from. Get a wrist band with a 32-oz limit (reloadable), and start pouring. Open daily. 1402 Winnifred St., 704.998.9264. www.hoppinclt.com KANDY BAR This dessert bar offers 32 sweet treats, such as a Pecan Praline Cupcake, 37 wines and 30 champagnes, available at two bars. The party (and sugar rush) doesn’t stop until closing time. 210 E. Trade St., 980.585.4337. www.kandybarcharlotte.com LUCKY DOG BARK & BREW A spot where both dogs and their people can play—a dog park and sports bar that also offers doggie daycare, boarding and baths. 19607 Statesville Road, Cornelius, 704.896.5550; 2220 Thrift Road, 704.333.4114. www.luckydogbarkandbrew. com NODA 101 Warm up those pipes because there’s karaoke daily here (with a selection of almost 3,000 songs to choose from). While waiting for your turn, relax with local beers. 3205 N. Davidson St., 980.729.8019. www.noda101.com PETRA’S BAR Order a signature martini then get ready for live music inside this unassuming brick building. Come for Drag Trivia and other events. Karaoke night, W. Open daily. 1919 Commonwealth Ave., 704.332.6608. petrasbar.com POP THE TOP Husband and wife-run Pop The Top is one of the friendliest bars in Charlotte. It specializes in all things local and serves the Carolinas’ hardest-to-find craft beers in a comfortable, dog-friendly bar. Open daily. 116 West Blvd., 704.960.2859. www.popthetopclt.com QC SOCIAL LOUNGE Expertly crafted cocktails and culinary creations in a chic

space with an ever-changing roster of local musicians and entertainers. Dress to impress. 300 N. College St., Ste. 105, 980.430.3081. www.qcslounge.com SMALL BAR Uptown Charlotte’s favorite dive bar with cold, cheap beer and great views of the city from the patio. Open W-Sa. 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., 704.578.9178. www.smallbarclt.com

Breweries & Distilleries BOLD MISSY BREWERY The inspiration behind this guts-and-glory brewery is Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly into space. The beer monikers follow suit, such as the Rocket Ride IPA, named for the astronaut herself. Open Tu-Su. 610 Anderson St., 980.299.4184. www.boldmissybrewery.com DIVINE BARREL BREWING Part of the creation of unique wild and sour craft beer is the reliance on “divine intervention,” and so far, so good for one of Charlotte’s newest brewhouses. While children and dogs are allowed, visitors must be over 21 to try one (or all) of the wood-fermented and woodaged beers on tap in the tasting room. Outside food is permitted as long as trash is properly disposed of. Open daily. 3701 N. Davidson St., 980.237.1803. www.divinebarrel.com GHOSTFACE BREWING A selection of 20 “spooky-good” beers, such as Banshee IPA and Knight to Remember, a dark, full-bodied beer reminiscent of sweetened espresso. Open daily. 427 E. Statesville Ave., Mooresville, 704.799.7433. www.ghostfacebrewing.com GOODROAD CIDERWORKS Ciders and meads crafted with care and local ingredients such as peaches, clover honey and wildflowers. Open T-Su. 117 Southside Drive, 980.237.7225. www.goodroadciderworks.com

GREAT WAGON ROAD DISTILLING COMPANY Irish distilling in Charlotte’s South End. Handcrafted spirits include Rua American single malt whiskey, bán vodka and Drumlish poteen. Tasting room open Tu-Su. Tours Sa. 227 Southside Drive, 704.469.9330. www.gwrdistilling.com LENNY BOY BREWING CO. Lenny Boy is not your average brewer. The local spot offers up alternative beer options like kombucha, gluten-free ales, gluten-reduced beer and sours. Of course, there are the traditional libations too. Taproom open Tu-Su. 3000 S. Tryon St., 980.585.1728. www.discoverlennyboy.com OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY Credited with kicking off Charlotte’s craft-beer craze. Free brewery tours Sa-Su. Olde Meck also operates its popular “Brauhaus” (brewpub restaurant) and an outdoor biergarten. Open daily. 4150 Yancey Road, 704.525.5644. www.oldemeckbrew.com RED CLAY CIDERWORKS Charlotte’s first cidery churns out naturally gluten-free libations that rival the craft beer scene. Added fruit flavors sweeten the deal and punch up the traditional apple profile. Open W-Su. Trivia every Th. 245 Clanton Road, 980.498.0676. www.redclayhardcider.com SUGAR CREEK BREWING Belgian-style beers are on tap and feature a variety of yeast cultures, fruits and spices for a tasting experience that’s a step above. Look for the Belgian Dubbel with plum, raisin, spice and chocolate flavors, or try a Biére de Garde with hints of caramel and candied apple. 215 Southside Drive, 704.521.3333. www.sugarcreekbrewing.com SYCAMORE BREWING Forty taps mean you’ll never get bored with the same-old brew. Each batch is created with fresh ingredients and there is an ever-changing assortment of beers to be had.

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THIRSTY NOMAD BREWING The cozy taproom here offers around 10 beers on tap, as well as a selection of wines and sodas; plus, there’s a tranquil patio for nice-weather days. Open Tu-Su. 4402 Stuart Andrew Blvd., 704.940.0947. www.thirsty nomadbrewing.com TRIPLE C BREWING Local purveyors of beer concoct the good stuff. Brewer Scott Kimball dreams up some of the city’s best craft beers—the Light Rail Pale Ale, Baby Maker Double IPA, 3C IPA—at this popular brewery and taproom. 2900 Griffith St., 704.372.3212. www.triplecbrewing.com

WOODEN ROBOT BREWERY Brews inspired by European travels can be found in this South End favorite. Innovative flavors like the coffee and vanilla blonde ale or the fruity notes of the Funky Farmhouse Ale make this a reputable spot. 1440 S. Tryon St., 980.819.7875. www.woodenrobotbrewery. com

Gentlemen’s Clubs THE MEN’S CLUB OF CHARLOTTE This five-star-rated premier gentlemen’s club features a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and upscale dining, as well as entertainers. There’s also an upstairs Sky Lounge. 444 Tyvola Road,

704.525.8525. www.mensclub.com

LGBTQ Bars & Clubs ARGON This gay video lounge and dance bar keeps the hits coming and drinks flowing. No dancing is required and there’s plenty of bar seating; VJ/DJs crank the party up F-Sa. Open Tu-Su. 4544 South Blvd., 704.525.7787. www.barargon.com THE SCORPIO Charlotte’s longest-running gay dance club features DJ-led dance parties on a variety of themes, from high-energy to drag. Open F-Sa. 2301 Freedom Drive, 704.373.9124. www.thescorpio.com

Performance Venues AVIDXCHANGE MUSIC FACTORY This enormous refurbished textile mill offers dining, enter-

tainment, live music and more. Catch a show at The Fillmore or an act at The Comedy Zone. Schedule of events online. Hours vary by venue. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., 704.916.8970. www.avidx changemusicfactory.com BELK THEATER AT BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Renowned architect Cesar Pelli designed this state-of-the-art theater with a contemporary European horseshoe arrangement. Full schedule online. Ticket prices vary. 130 N. Tryon St., 704.372.1000. www.blumenthalarts.org EPICENTRE A multi-story complex of clubs, restaurants and shops that draws revelers from all over town. Hot tip: this is the best spot to get a cab in Uptown after dark. Hours vary by venue. 210 E. Trade St., 704.688.5980. www.epicentrenc.com KNIGHT THEATER AT LEVINE CENTER FOR THE ARTS Knight Theater seats more than a thousand people and hosts a variety of dance and music shows. Full schedule online. Ticket prices and performance times vary. 430 S. Tryon St., 704.372.1000. www.blumenthalarts.org NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE This one-time movie theater in NoDa offers up a more personal experience for music lovers in an intimate venue, playing host to local and national acts. 511 E. 36th St., 704.942.7997. www.neighborhoodtheatre. com

Bernardin’s Fine Dining is renowned for its impeccable service, elegant atmosphere and sophisticated, succulent Modern American Cuisine. Specializing in Seafood, Lamb, Steaks, Game Meats, Poultry and Pasta. Relax and enjoy soothing music, inviting accommodations, unbelievable entrees, specialty desserts and an extensive wine list. Serving the Triad of North Carolina since 1992. Lunch, Monday thru Friday, 11 AM to 2:00 PM Dinner Daily, 5 PM to 10 PM; Reservations Accepted

OVENS AUDITORIUM A Charlotte institution since 1955, Ovens Auditorium has played host to legendary performers such as Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin and continues to cater to music lovers with varied acts. Full schedule online. 2900 Independence Blvd., 704.372.3600. www.ovensauditorium.com

435 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202 ∙ 704-332-3188 ∙ www.bernardinsfinedining.com

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UNKNOWN BREWING CO. More than just a brewery, this place embodies a lifestyle of adventure, mystery and the eponymous “unknown” of life. Oh, and it also creates incredible brews to be enjoyed with

friends while swapping your latest tales of epic experiences and plans for future journeys. 1327 South Mint St., 980.237.2628. www.unknownbrewing.com

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