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Shop Local Support some of our favorite Charlotte area retailers.

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The More, The Merrier The 2020 philanthropies and charities for your holiday giving.

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Season's Greetings Our favorite Carolina cities embrace the holiday spirit.

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Happier Holidays Tips and tricks for the holiday season from Babe & Butcher.

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Angels, Art, & Anne Neilson The fine art gallery doubles as a community lighthouse. Gifts And Pure Fun Paper Skyscraper celebrates 30 years.

A Refreshing Retreat Celebrity makeup artist Jami Svay brings her skill to Idolize Spa. Skin In The Game Blair Hayes builds a more radiant Charlotte.

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Find Your Hidden Gem Diamond expertise at Diamonds Direct.

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THE SPREAD FOOD AND DRINK

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VANA The creators of bardo open VANA.

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The Batchmaker The community rallies around a staple.

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Little Fête’s Seared Chicken Breast A classic dish from Chef Craig Barbour.

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The Stanley’s Doughnuts Delicious treats from Chef Alex Verica.

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Red Salt's Pudding Butterscotch and banana pudding in Uptown.

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Sea Level’s Meow Mule A near perfect libation from the Uptown spot

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Cuplux’s Santa’s Little Helper A cocktail recipe perfect for the season.

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Flawless Design Why Amanda Swaringen takes everything in stride.

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A Grand Entrance A gorgeous space from TLG Doors & Hardware.

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An Inviting Lanai A gorgeous space from Sarah Catherine Collective and Augusta Homes.

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Myers Park Chic Interior designer Beth Keim of Lucy and Company reimagines a family home.

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THE EXPLORED TRAVEL AND SPORTING

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Holiday Getaway At Biltmore Spend a weekend enjoying the holidays in the Blue Ridge.

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The Old Salem Experience Take a trip back in time this holiday season.

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t seems like we were swimming at the lake and enjoying warm summer days just yesterday. Now, after a brief, colorful fall the holidays have arrived here in Charlotte and we at QC Exclusive are very excited. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone, and frankly, one of the saddest I can remember. But thankfully, a new season is here: the most woderful time of the year. It's the season of giving, of seeing or at least facetiming the family, of presents, of ham, and fixins, and pie. It's these reasons and so many more that make it the merriest of seasons. And then there's New Year's Day and a new start, something we all need and I'm sure are looking forward to. In this issue we highlight many of the amazing things about the holidays in Charlotte from our favorite places to shop local for gifts to the Queen City's charities and philanthropies you should be giving to this year. We also showcase the Carolina towns that do the holiday season right including Old Salem, and we share some of our favorite holiday foods including our cover story on the grazing boards of Babe & Butcher. Aside from all the holiday-y goodness you'll also find a handful of beautiful spaces designed by some of the most talented designers in the city including Beth Keim of Lucy and Company, you'll meet the founder of Skin By Blair, experience a Charlotte staple — Paper Skyscraper, taste the delicious new South End restaurant VANA, and so much more. We hope you enjoy and we will see you next year! Cheers to 2021... it's going to be a good one. Sincerely, Jon-Paul Grice, Editor Brett Barter, Publisher

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A NGELS, A RT, & A N N E N EI LSON How a fine art gallery doubles as a community lighthouse. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO

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Anne Neilson is a name that creates something of a buzz in Charlotte, particularly among members of Charlotte’s vibrant art community and the city’s dedicated philanthropists. After all, Anne Neilson is the creator of the Angel Series, a nationally-known collection of oil paintings depicting colorful and rapturous angels. Neilson created the series in 2013 after taking a break from her pottery business, Herring Designs, to spend more time with

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her family. She has since expanded her series into a full line of products related to her angels, including coffee table books, journals, prints, Christmas cards, and candles. Simultaneously, she opened Anne Neilson Fine Art, which now inhabits a 5,200 square foot gallery space in Charlotte’s SouthPark area. There, Neilson hosts emerging and established artists who use a variety of mediums and styles. In fact, the gallery has represented over 40 local, national, and international artists who


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Neilson and her team members discover via extensive travel and research. Over the gallery’s lifespan, there has been something for every type of art aficionado, from photographs by Dean West, to figure work by Bonnie Goldberg, to paint and charcoal from Craig Hawkins, to ceramics from Tomoo Kitamura. The breadth of styles exhibited is due in part to the incredibly competent and accomplished team backing Anne Neilson. Gallery director Cassandra Richardson, gallery coordinator Logan Sutton, corporate relations manager Leslie Culbertson, and graphic designer Jen Panaro work together to curate rotating exhibitions, direct programming, and provide seamless customer service. Each team member lends their own unique artistic tastes and experiences to the gallery, culminating in a diverse array of exhibits. Anne Neilson Fine Art is driven as much by Neilson’s passion for art as her interest in people. In fact, at times she sees art and humans as uncannily similar: “We start as a blank canvas and as we go through trials and tribulations we add color and texture,” she says. Anne Neilson is particularly interested in finding ways she can be of service to other people. Inspired by Ron Hall, a longtime friend of Neilson’s and author of the book Same Kind of Different as Me, Neilson was determined to use her gallery as a mechanism for giving back to her communities and aiding the Charlotte homeless population. Anne Neilson Fine Art regularly partners with nonprofits, donating a portion of art sales to support their mission.

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Integral to both Hall and Neilson’s work is an ardent Christian faith. Neilson credits her faith and her determination to surrender to her God with how she ended up on her current path of artistry and philanthropy. Like her angel paintings, which Neilson views as a reflection of her faith, her gallery is another expression of her religious convictions as they merge with color and light. “What I like to say is that ANFA serves as a ‘lighthouse’ for our community and beyond by giving back through art,” says Neilson.

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GI FTS A N D PU R E F U N Paper Skyscraper celebrates 30 years of being Charlotte’s one-stop shop for all gifting needs. words ELLIE BARKER / photos JAMEY PRICE

Drive down East Boulevard in the picturesque neighborhood of Dilworth, and you’ll be greeted by a bright yellow-andwhite sign belonging to Charlotte’s premier gift store, Paper Skyscraper. The beloved neighborhood shop initially began as a tiny store selling architectural books 30 years ago, and has since grown into a 5000-square-foot spot offering a wide array of gifts. This independently owned Paper Skyscraper has a little bit of everything, from gag gifts to beautifully-designed cards and beach reads. The variety alone makes it obvious why Charlotteans

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have been choosing Paper Skyscraper for three decades now. In every part of the store, you’ll find a different, fun item that’ll catch your eye. The current owners of this fine establishment, Bill and Sybil Godwin, say that their favorite part of the shop is all the different people they get to meet each day. The Godwins acquired the store in early 2019 from the original owners, Tim Hamilton and Ron Wooten. “From Panthers players and people visiting Charlotte from abroad, to all of the wonderful Dilworth neighbors, we meet so many fun people who have a lot of fun in our store,” says Sybil.


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Sybil Godwin has been an art purveyor for 15 years, and she also operates Shain Gallery in Myers Park. She explains that it’s partially through her art gallery experience that she has developed not only an eye for what sells at Paper Skyscraper but also one for talent. “Bill and I thought long and hard about buying Paper Skyscraper,” Sybil shares. “In the end, we decided to do it because we love the store and we wanted to carry it on for another 30 years.” According to Bill, it was always a dream to own and operate another Charlotte retail business and he and Sybil couldn’t be more happy that the establishment ended up being this neighborhood staple.

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One of the things that drew them both in, according to Sybil, is the joyful simplicity of this brick-and-mortar: “[It’s] all of the fun, little finds that make you laugh. People are always laughing out loud in the store, which is contagious. I also personally love all of the fun books. I am a book fanatic, so when I go in, I am literally in book heaven.” Paper Skyscraper is more than a store; it’s an experience. The shop has served as a destination and gathering place for the city’s creative community, and somewhere to show out-oftowners the charm Charlotte has to offer. info paperskyscraper.com / @paperskyscrapergifts


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FI N D YOU R H I DDEN GE M Diamond expertise at Diamonds Direct in Charlotte. words GINA MCCALLIE

Nestled on the first floor of the Porter Building off of Sharon Road in SouthPark is Diamonds Direct, Charlotte’s local diamond experts. For over 60 years, these jewelers have been redefining and perfecting the jewelry shopping experience. Diamonds Direct initially began as a wholesale operation out of both Israel and the United States. When they opened their first showroom in the United States, they reinvented the way diamond jewelry would be sold across the country by selling directly to the buyer. With everything from

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engagement rings and wedding bands to necklaces and watches, and with more than 50 designers carried and 3,000 engagement rings mountings in-store, Diamonds Direct is sure to have the perfect product for you. Beyond their diverse selection of jewelry, Diamonds Direct has a team of highly trained staff who are passionate about helping you find the perfect product. Their innovation of the jewelryshopping experience includes a productive staff, capable of providing superior guidance and jewel education.


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Shopping for jewelry is all about finding the specific piece that fits your style. Productivity is the foundation of offering effective and meaningful service when you are searching for the perfect diamond. The president of marketing for Diamonds Direct, Dovy Klarberg, says that being productive at work is of utmost importance. “I believe in maintaining a “to-do” list. A daily list keeps me focused, prioritized and updated on the tasks at hand.” Diamonds Direct is the official jeweler for the Carolina Panthers as well as the Charlotte Knights. Additionally, they have won numerous awards for exceptional service, such as the JCK

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most innovative retailers and a 2014 award from The Knot. Diamonds Direct prides themselves on being a no-risk shopping environment and empowering customers with extensive diamond knowledge to make the task of picking the perfect diamond less daunting. Diamonds Direct will eliminate the confusion and pressure of making the perfect decision while maximizing your budget to make the best possible purchase. Although the recent global pandemic has put a hold on many retailers across the country, Diamonds Direct’s proactive staff is still working around the clock to ensure productivity despite the numerous closures of non-essential businesses.


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The Culture // Jewelry “Due to quarantine and showroom closures that hit us back in March, we began hosting Zoom video calls with our teams from home,” Dovy explained. “This is something we are still implementing even though our teams are back to work within the showroom and headquarters offices. It’s helped keep all of our teams connected despite which location they are based in.” No matter the circumstances, the entire local staff is working hard to get the perfect diamond to all of their customers across the country. Diamonds Direct is a unique diamondshopping experience with unmatched guarantees to find the perfect ring with thorough customer service. Their passion is fueled by their desire to find the perfect ring for the one you love so that your special day is no less than perfect. info diamondsdirect.com @diamondsdirect

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When it comes to makeup, Jami Svay is deft with her brush. With a gentle swipe, she easily enhances the features of her clients, incorporating her own talent and personality into the mix. When it comes to the world of beauty itself, Jami is nothing short of a formidable force. With 17 years of experience under her belt, it’s easy to see why: She’s worked with talented clients like singer Natalie Grant and The Property Brothers from HGTV; individuals who would later take to red carpets or runway shows such as Oscar De La Renta and Ralph Lauren. Her looks have been featured in ad campaigns for Adidas, Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health, and Allure. Still, despite working for so long in the beauty industry, it isn’t easy to box in what beauty actually is. “Beauty is undefinable,”

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Jami says. “More than anything, it’s a feeling. If I feel great, then I look beautiful and go on to do amazing things.” With such an indelible mark on the industry, Jami has taken her skill to an even bigger step: opening her own spa. The decision came simply. Jami originally began working with a client for in-store Idolize campaigns. She also went on to help create beauty products for the brand. As she became more familiar with the brand itself, Jami ultimately decided she would open her own franchise. As a makeup artist and where style is concerned, the source of her ideas is varied. From 90s music videos to old movies like Carmen Jones, Jami takes inspiration from a multitude of places. “It’s crazy where my inspiration comes from,” she says. “[It’s] the most random things.”


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The Culture // Beauty With the use of masks becoming more prevalent, Jami likes that beauty trends this year are shifting towards more natural looks. With the only part of the face being seen is the eyes while wearing a mask, Jami emphasizes making the most of an eye look through the use of eyeliner, mascara, and clean brows. “The beauty industry is always changing; products, techniques, influencers,” Jami says. “You’ve got to keep up but I’ve stayed true to my classic style which is no tricks or hacks. Just great makeup.” This philosophy blends into her signature style. It’s effortless looks that Jami favors most. “I just want to walk into my closet blindfolded and come out okay,” she says. While her go-to used to be lip gloss, with everyone wearing masks in 2020, Jami says it’s changed to eye cream. In spite of the extensive repertoire of clients and her past successes, Jami says what she really cherishes most are the moments in her career that continue to enrich and inspire her. Idolize could pose to be another one of those moments. The brow and beauty spa is open with Jami and her husband, Sam Svay, at the helm. Offering a myriad of services from threading and waxing to facials and lash extensions, it is poised to become the ultimate retreat for any client in the Huntersville area. And one thing that is guaranteed is Jami’s impeccable talent and skill will be at the forefront and hard at work. info idolizespa.com/huntersville @idolizespa / @jamisvay

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The Culture // Wellness

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SK I N I N T H E GA M E Blair Hayes builds a more radiant Charlotte. words ELEANOR MERRELL

photos courtesy ALLISON KUHN PHOTOGRAPHY

Skin by Blair sits in a quaint, upscale building on the main street of East Boulevard. When you step inside the doors, you’re met with an atmosphere that is intentionally cozy, warm, clean, and inviting: exactly what you hope for when entering a med spa. This, perhaps, shouldn’t be surprising from the owner of Dilworth neighborhood’s Skin by Blair boutique, who is just as intentional in all she does. A Charlotte native, Blair Hayes passed her high school years at Providence Day. During this time, Hayes’ mother battled cancer, resulting in hours spent in doctors’ offices and hospitals and Hayes’ abiding interest in modern medicine. She proceeded to enroll at North Carolina State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Nutrition Science degree. Hayes then completed Wingate University’s Physician’s Assistant program before redirecting her professional energy to skincare.

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The Magic of Expertise ­— At Skin by Blair, Hayes offers just one service. “Instead of being a jack of all trades, I prefer to be an expert at one thing and that, for me, is injections,” declares Hayes. She is indeed an expert, attending conferences regularly to participate in private training and educational sessions to ensure she is up to date on new technology. Currently, Skin by Blair clients can receive Botox/Dysport, dermal filler, Aquagold, Kybella, vein treatment, and PRP facials. Hayes specializes in a more natural looking aesthetic. “When some people think of Botox, they think of the Real Housewives... giant lips and frozen faces. They don’t think of celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, and Kate Middleton, but the truth is they get injections, too. There is a way to do injections where it looks completely natural and restores you to how you looked 10 years ago,” explains Hayes.


The Culture // Wellness Hayes senses that a time is coming when injections and skin care will feel as routine as manicures. And when that moment arrives, Hayes will be ready to usher it forward. The Science of Skincare — In addition to injection services, Skin by Blair also carries an array of skincare products that are appropriate for a variety of age ranges and skin types. “I am a strong believer in prevention. If you’re on the right skincare products in your 20s, it can prevent you from needing more invasive treatments such as ablative lasers or even surgery in your 50s,” says Hayes. Skin by Blair’s shelves are populated by cleansers, moisturizers, and antioxidants from several different lines including Revision Skincare, Obagi, Elta, and Hayes’ own line. When selecting which products to carry, Hayes is swayed only by science. The same applies to Hayes’ own product design. “I typically have a meeting at least once a week with the chemists and product

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developers to make sure the products I’m putting out are exactly how I want them. It could be years before the products I’m developing now are available to consumers,” says Hayes. In Hayes’ experience, people not using adequate products is one of the most common mistakes she sees in the skincare industry. She is a strong proponent of medical-grade products, which typically have higher concentrations and more powerful results. “People will often pay the same price for much less effective products sold at stores such as Sephora or through multi-level marketing companies such as Rodan and Fields,” explains Hayes. “Once people make the switch to medical grade skincare products, they quickly see the difference in results.” At Skin by Blair, exceptional results are the norm, making this boutique one of Charlotte’s best health and beauty gems. info skinbyblair.com / @skinbyblair


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In mid-August, Jayson Whiteside and Michael Noll, the managing partner and chef/owner duo that brought Charlotteans bardo, opened a new restaurant in South End. The project was a long time coming for the business partners who knew, after opening bardo, that there was going to be another Charlotte restaurant in their future.

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In VANA, Whiteside says there was “an opportunity for us to let down our hair a little bit.” bardo procures elegant, fine dining, whereas VANA is its “little sister,” offering tastes that are just as likely to tickle the tongue but with a more casual, earthy presentation. In Sanskrit, VANA translates to “wooded area of the forest.” It’s an apt name for a restaurant where food,


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flame, and communion with the earthly elements take center stage. The dinner menu is divided into four primary sections, woods, sea, pasture, and farm, and all dishes effuse that signature flavor produced by cooking over a wood-burning fire. “The wood fire is the single greatest characteristic of the food at VANA,” says Chef Noll. “While bardo is very technique forward and focused, VANA’s emphasis is on purchasing high quality ingredients and treating them simply.”

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Those ingredients are largely sourced from local farmers and artisans. Chef Noll is dedicated to patronizing groups like Joyce Farms, Verdant Bread, and Lineberger Farm not only to promote growth in the local economy, but also to work with some of the freshest, tastiest products available. When those products meet Chef Noll’s creativity and VANA’s open flame oven, the result is a masterpiece, like the pork cheek dish. Smothered in chimichurri and garlic cream sauce and


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served with perfectly browned pattypan squash, each forkful of this delectable dish is as delicious as the last. Mixologist Amanda Britton has crafted a drink menu worthy of Chef Noll’s food menu. If her name sounds familiar, it may be because she also masterminded the cocktails at bardo. However, VANA’s libations, like its food, have a slightly more playful character than bardo’s. Influenced by the open flames, Britton’s VANA drinks feature smoky flavors, like barrel aged whiskey and tequila, as well as Mezcal and scotch whiskey. 2020 has been a rough year for opening any restaurant, but VANA’s entry into the world came with its own set of unique challenges. “The most ambitious part of the build out was definitely deciding to build a kitchen that’s basically in the dining room,” concedes Whiteside. The location of the kitchen meant that it needed to be kept small, which translates to a small kitchen staff. Chef Noll was challenged to design menus that could be tackled by just four cooks at a time.

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“The wood fire is the single greatest characteristic of the food at VANA.” The payoff is delicious food and a homey setting complemented by barn doors, mismatched chairs, and farmhouse tables. Large doors open to Camden and South Tryon, blurring the line between the neighborhood and the restaurant. From the scent of the smoke, to the taste of the food, to the feel of the setting, a meal at VANA is an experience that satisfies all the senses. info vanarestaurant.com @vanasouthend

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T H E BATCH M A K ER The community rallies around a Charlotte staple. words SAMANTHA HUSTED

On November 12, Charlotte’s Wesley Heights neighborhood was struck by flash flooding and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Eta. In a matter of minutes, The Batch House, a popular Charlotte coffee shop and bakery, and neighboring LaCa Projects, were completely saturated with a couple feet of water. The flash flood devastated the small business and destroyed the insides of the cozy bakeshop. Cristina Rojas-Agurcia, a Honduras native and self-taught baker, opened the Batch House in October of 2019. Prior to the store’s opening, Cristina had made a name for herself in the Charlotte community with her “Batchboxes,” the catering options she did from home that contained an array of homemade sweets. Her

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Batchboxes were first come, first serve and consistently sold out. In the days following the flash flood, the Charlotte community rallied to help Cris and the beloved bakery. Local businesses donated cleaning supplies, volunteered hands-on help, provided lunches, and even donated an industrial dumpster to collect the debris. On the Saturday after the flood,Enderly Coffee Company, a local coffee shop, donated half of its proceeds to the cleanup and rebuilding efforts. In the meantime, Cris is baking from a commercial kitchen to fill as many orders as she and her team possibly can. They are also taking donations for their employees via the Venmo account, @thebatchhouseTEAM. For updates, check out @thebatchmaker.

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Led by Executive Chef Craig Barbour of Roots Catering & Roots Cafe, Little Fête features chef crafted fare for your next little celebration. Just in time for the business of the holiday season, they offer all the food and beverage options your small gathering at home might need, including custom and a la carte offerings.

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You can order from four categories, and this beauty comes from “The Dinner Party aka The Soiree.” The main course is the seared chicken breast, served on a bed of sweet pea risotto and fresh, roasted rainbow carrots. It’s a hearty, satisfying addition to any dinner table.

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Alex, Chef Paul Verica’s son and co-chef at The Stanley, is the brain behind The Stanley’s new addition to the brunch menu — his handmade doughnuts. Alex offers vanilla and chocolate, as well as an “of the day” variety, pictured here. While the flavor rotates, we sure hope you find yourself there on a day when the team serves up the blueberry Cap’n Crunch next. The pillowy confections come straight to your table during weekend bunch service, served hot and fresh from the kitchen — info — thestanleyclt.com / @_thestanley_

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BUTTERSCOTCH & BANANA PUDDING words SUNNY HUBLER / photo JAMEY PRICE

David Burke, chef and founder of the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse brand, arrived in Charlotte for the first time to open RedSalt by David Burke inside Uptown’s Le Méridien Hotel and SkyBar. He calls his newest restaurant “high-energy modern American.” We had the pleasure of sampling a large portion of the menu but the dessert stood out. One of our favorites is the rich, creamy butterscotch and banana pudding. It’s just sweet enough, and topped with an exotic, spiced jelly and sprinkled with crisp meringues for a little crunch to balance out the smooth texture. — info — redsaltbydb.com / @redsaltbydavidburke

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Sea Level, in Uptown, isn’t messing around when it comes to refreshing cocktails. Their playfully named “Meow Mule” is a current favorite, made with Cathead Vodka, strawberry, chamomile tea, ginger beer, and a little bit of honey. It’s sweet, bubbly, refreshing and pairs perfectly with their seafood-forward menu. Their drink menu is often seasonallydriven, so catch their drinks while you can. — info — sealevelnc.com / @sealevelnc

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‘Tis the season for a strong cocktail. Cuplux, a locally owned and operated Charlotte craft coffee shop specializing in coffee, tea, and sparkling water, has you covered with a coffeebased adult beverage recipe that’s good for any time of day this holiday season. Make a big batch for your next party, or pour yourself a tall glass before visiting the family. Ingredients: • 1oz Whiskey or Bourbon of choice • 2oz RumChata • Cuplux Original Cold Brew • A Pinch of Cinnamon & Sugar • Ice

Directions: Shake with ice. Strain contents into a whiskey glass (or any fancy 10oz holidayware). Top neatly with 6oz Cuplux Original Cold Brew. Add a cinnamon sugar rim for extra class and sweetness. Moisten the rim, turn your glass upside down and dip it, with a few small twists.

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Amanda Swaringen, founder and president of Carolina Design Associates, knows how to embrace a challenge. Her Charlotte-based company transforms empty lots into gleaming homes and outdated houses into modern sanctuaries. Overseeing new house construction, renovation, and redesign, the interior designers at CDA establish a bond with each client built on trust—trust that each space will become somewhere clients love to be. Although Swaringen and her team usually work on projects in the Charlotte area, they will travel as far as needed to fulfill a client request, the furthest locale (so far) being Canada. Just as the team isn’t wedded to location, they aren’t wedded to style. They not only can help achieve any style, but they relish in doing so: “The most fun part of our job is how varied it is from client to client,” explains Swaringen. “Charlotte is a fast growing city with a constant influx of different people coming to the area. That gives us the opportunity to work with a wide array of people who are as varied in personality as their homes are in style.”

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The Carolina Design Process — Step 1: Set up for success. All of Carolina Design Associates projects begin with exploratory conversations. A talented team member from CDA sits down with the clients to discuss their expectations and their vision. First, the designers discuss the client’s style, accounting for any inspiration photos from Pinterest or Instagram the client shares. Then it’s time to talk budget. “No one wants to talk about money,” concedes Swaringen, “but it’s best to address that up front, so we make sure the client gets what they want at a price that they understand and that is within their means.” The central purpose of these conversations is to set expectations. Clients should know exactly what they can expect from their designers, just as designers learn precisely what clients need from them.


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The Folio // Foundation Step 2: Collaborate with the entire team. If the project is a construction or renovation project, CDA designers get involved before the client even breaks ground, then work alongside both the builder and the client every step of the way. They consider every detail that will need to be integrated into the architecture of the home, from the electrical plan to the layout. This early involvement translates to an ability to maximize the potential of every feature and create a truly coherent design. When a client partners with CDA, they can expect the lead designer to aid in all selections throughout the construction process. Everything from appliances to plumbing, cabinetry, trimwork, countertops, and more can be entrusted to the keen design eye of a CDA team member. Step 3: Transform the house to a home. A well-designed interior requires space planning, or a careful consideration of how furniture pieces will compliment one another and compliment the room without over- or underwhelming the occupant. CDA can inventory existing pieces and determine what ought to be included in the new design and what it might be time to say goodbye to. Then, they can fill the gaps with an assortment of new

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furniture selected based on style, lead times, and price. Finally, CDA designers pull the room together with textiles and finishes that have been approved by the client. They install everything turnkey, completely finished, so the client need only worry about which room to enjoy first. “In the middle of a design project, it’s high stress, because you’re trying to help create something your client will live in and love for the next twenty years — talk about pressure!” says Swaringen. “But, when you walk your clients into their new home and see them appreciate all of your hard work come to life, it’s completely worth it.”

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The Carolina Design Legacy — The end result of a client partnership with Carolina Design Associates is a well-designed and functional home that is both beautiful and practical. Every detail is considered in a seamless process that transforms a client’s vision into a reality. “The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that no matter how hard we all try, there are going to be things that happen which are out of our control,” reflects Swaringen. “But, that’s no reason to get frazzled, because the real challenge is in how you handle it. People remember that a lot more than the underlying issue.” info carolinadesignassociates.com @carolinadesignassociates


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A GR A N D EN T R A NCE words LIZA CARRASQUILLO / photo RICHARD JOHNSON courtesy TLG DOORS & HARDWARE

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ceilings and add a modern-industrial feel to their soft, woodcentric space. Home or business owners looking to add custom doors or windows to their space can schedule an appointment to view their showroom in Rock Hill, SC. With a range of designs, finishes, sizes and configurations to choose from, TLG Doors & Hardware can create something to suit every style.

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A N I N V ITI NG L A NA I words SUNNY HUBLER / photo DUSTIN PECK

This beautiful lanai is a joint effort between Sarah Catherine Collective Interior Design and Augusta Homes, a Charlotte luxury builder and renovator. The project, executed in March of 2020 at Narrow Passage in Davidson, NC, is characterized by three distinct areas and their flow was influenced by the graduating rise and fall of the sun. According to designer Sarah Catherine Norkum, beginning at sunrise, you can lounge in plush seating overlooking the nature beyond, then enjoy a cocktail with friends at twilight resting at the bar top table with the soft flow of water stream-

ing in the background. Finally, she explains, you can follow the sun as it sets nestled in front of the fireplace to conclude the experience. That change in perspective maximizes the relationship of form and function. The space is filled with warm hues, and the ceiling detail reflects the shape of a sun’s rays in abstract form. The space feels anchored and confident, yet gentle in its approach. The custom bar height table is Kauffman and Co., the mirror is Arteriors, the ceiling mobile is Regina Andrew, and the console is Gabby Home.

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M Y E R S PA R K C H I C Interior designer Beth Keim of Lucy and Company reimagines a family home. words L AURYNN HARKINS / photos MEKENZIE LOLI

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For over 20 years, Lucy and Company has completely transformed the interior design industry here in the Queen City. Founder Beth Keim has put her passion for interior design work into homes all over this area, and one of her newest projects perfectly exemplifies her dedication to beautifying our area. This Myers Park project showcases Beth’s bright, bold touch. The design came into fruition after one of Beth’s favorite clients called and said they had purchased a new home. That

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led to her overall goal of this space: to “repurpose pieces we had just recently purchased for their previous home in this new build in a [whole] new way.” Beth and her team quickly got to work on this stunning new build from Charlotte residential designer Frank Smith. This home is a spacious five bed, six bath, perfect for the family of five. Beth described the overall home aesthetic as “casual chic with an eclectic mix.” To accomplish this, she brought in a neutral color palette with warm wood undertones.


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The dining room features this in spades, with a custom-built table from Josh Utsey. The black and white patterned end chairs and the cabinets from Jacob Wolfe give the space an eclectic feel, without being overpowering. To tie the whole room together, Beth brought in Charlotte muralist Nick Napoletano. All of the other beautiful art in the home came from Charlotte's very own Shain Gallery. Another local Queen City craftsman, Tuan Le, built the metal shelf in the scullery. Altogether, these elements create the casual chic feel Beth set out, with a dose of total irreplicability. The grand living room right off the kitchen is another of our favorite elements in this project. The large, charcoal colored sofas create a warm and inviting feeling, and at the center of the space sits the coffee table Beth pulled (and seamlessly integrated) from the client’s previous home. The finishing touch in this room is the custom designed fireplace built by Walker Woodworking. It adds a bit of texture and interest, and speaks to the eclectic tones seen throughout the home. While Beth and her team worked hard to make the inside spaces, “a bit whimsical but also a space to use daily and not just on special occasions,” the same holds true for the home's outdoor space. A gorgeous pool area was crafted by Waterscapes, and the clean lines and sharp design complements the home’s overall aesthetic. Indoor and outdoor living at this Myers Park home has never looked better. info lucyandcompany.com / @lucyandcompany

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HOL I DAY GETAWAY AT BI LT MOR E Spend a weekend enjoying the holidays in the Blue Ridge. words GIA L ASH / photos JAMEY PRICE

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Although the Biltmore Estate in Asheville is always a lovely weekend getaway, there is truly no better time to go than during the upcoming holiday season. The holiday spirit is alive and well at the Biltmore Estate every year, with especially festive decorations for the impressive house museum. George Vanderbilt opened his estate to family and friends on Christmas Eve in 1895, encouraging them to enjoy holiday leisure activities. In the same vein, a holiday weekend spent at the Biltmore in 2020 is sure to still be full of bright memories.

Christmas Activities The Biltmore also offers two distinct experiences during the holiday season: Christmas at Biltmore Daytime and Candlelight Christmas Evenings. Christmas at Biltmore Daytime offers a spectacular look at the intricately designed holiday decorations, including massive Christmas trees in many rooms, as well as wreaths and garlands of all kinds. The Candlelight Christmas Evenings place emphasis on the indoor and outdoor light displays, which makes for a truly magical holiday experience inside the house and gardens.

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Tours One of the most important activities of the trip should be either a self-guided or audio tour through the Biltmore House. Built in the late 1880’s and early 1990’s, the Biltmore Estate serves as a window to the luxuries of that time. Be sure to pay a visit to the winter gardens to enjoy some gorgeous, seasonal blooms. Accommodation To get the full holiday experience, you’ll want to stay at one of the options located on the Estate: the Inn, Village Hotel, or the Cottage on Biltmore Estate. The Inn is considered the more luxurious of the options, while the Cottage is a bit more private, and the Village Hotel is at a more moderate price point with a great location. No matter what your priority is, the Biltmore Estate has an accommodation option that will be a great fit.

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Old Salem is a historic district of Winston-Salem, NC, which was originally named Salem. It was renamed “Winston” in 1849, after being sold to Forsyth County, so that the city could be the county seat. Starting as early as the 1880s, the US Post Office began calling the town Winston-Salem, and the name was officially adopted after a 1913 referendum. This historic district is home to a living history museum, which includes shops, hotels, and restaurants that reflect the culture of the early Moravians that settled the area. Grab a bite — Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall No trip to Salem would be complete without a meal at the Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall. Muddy Creek offers grilled paninis, sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts for you to enjoy while listening to live folk musicians. They hold Open Mic Nights every Thursday with Country Dan Collins of the Winston Salem Journal, as well as a few annual shows put on by the town of Salem. C. Winkler Bakery Visit the C. Winkler Bakery, established in 1807, to learn how to make all sorts of breads, cookies, and other treats. Every

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Saturday, the costumed staff allows visitors to prepare the beehive oven, and bake the treats in a way consistent with the Moravian’s 18th century practices. This hands-on experience is appropriate for all ages, so the whole family can join in. If baking isn’t your speed, you can always visit just to purchase the treats — some fan favorites are the Moravian cookies and sugar cakes. Brasstown Chocolates On the second floor of the Winkler Bakery, you can pay a visit to Brasstown Chocolates. Started in 2017, by chocolatiers Rom Still and Barbara Price, Brasstown added their historic Old Salem location in late 2019. They offer a variety of chocolate treats, as well as beverages like espresso and hot chocolate, from Tuesday-Saturday every week. Where to Stay — Zevely Inn For accommodations, you can stay at the Zevely Inn, which is the only place to stay within the historic district of Old Salem Museums & Gardens. It’s been restored to its 19th century appearance, helping to transport you to a different time. The Inn was named after August T. Zevely, who was a saddler, doctor, and mayor of Salem, while he was alive from 1876 to 1872.


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He was also the original owner of this building, which served as his office before being converted to an inn. Where to shop — T. Bagge Merchant This sweet store offers local pottery made in Old Salem, as well as other crafts, like stationery, candles, children’s toys, and books about North Carolina history. Moravian Book & Gift Shop Head to Moravian Book & Gift Shop for local pottery, heirloom seeds and garden decor, home decor, books, as well as Moravian books and candles. Cobblestone Farmers Market The Cobblestone Farmers Market is a sustainable, producers-only market that’s held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. during growing and harvest season. They offer fresh produce, flowers, cheeses, meats and fish from a multitude of vendors. info oldsalem.org @oldsaleminc

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As longtime advocates of supporting small businesses, we’ve never felt more strongly that solidarity in this time is essential. Our city’s heart and soul is found in the four walls and the shopkeepers, in the handmade goods and locally grown products. It’s in the items lovingly arranged on shelves, and painstakingly crafted from wood, clay, or stone. When you buy a gift this year or add an item into your home, consider purchasing it from a local Charlotte retailer. The gift in doing so is multilayered: It will help put money back into our city’s economy, support a family who owns a business, and you’ll get the bonus experience of walking into a space that’s totally unique, sure to surprise and delight you. To Charlotte’s shops and owners, we’re so grateful for all you’ve done this year, and all you will do in the future. Amina Rubinacci Amina Rubinacci, in SouthPark, is an Italian clothing brand with a style recognized as timeless, unpretentious, and classically elegant. The collection is known for its finest quality of Italian fabrics including wool, cashmere, cotton and leather. Artisan Rug Gallery Born in Colorado and brought to NC just a couple of years ago, Artisan Rug Gallery is a beautiful destination for hand woven rugs. If you’re looking for a fine artisanal rug or a statementmaking piece, this is where you’ll find it. B.D. Jeffries This beloved Charlotte store is a Southern treasure, offering beautiful accessories, custom and antique furniture, and one-of-a-kind items from around the world.

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Bedside Manor Located in Specialty Shops SouthPark, Bedside Manor is a favorite for those looking for the finest in bedding, bath, home decor, and gifts. This beloved Charlotte shop focuses on luxury, comfort, and style and carries some of the most recognized names in the decor industry incuding Dash & Albert, Haute Home, and more. Blackhawk Hardware & Garden Center In 1976, Blackhawk Hardware found its home in the historic Park Road Shopping Center. It’s our favorite neighborhood place for everything from traditional hardware to kitchenware to a beautiful, full garden center. Bruce Julian Clothier Bruce Julian is an upscale men’s clothing store that offers custom and designer shirts, slacks, pants, and suits, alongside Bruce’s own


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bar in the back that serves up his signature (also for sale) Bloody Mary mix. Shopping doesn’t get much better than that! ColsenKeane ColsenKeane was inspired by founder Scott Hofert’s quest for durable leather bags and accessories for travel, and they’ve made a name for themselves by doing just that. Their studio is located in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, and all of their leather is sourced from American tanneries. Couture Knots Couture Knots is filled with high-quality, handmade area rugs. With his appreciation for good design and a natural ability to provide great service, owner Ali Nikrooz is available to help with all your rug shopping needs. Diamonds Direct Located off of Sharon Road in SouthPark is Diamonds Direct, Charlotte’s local diamond experts. For over 60 years, these jewelers have been redefining and perfecting the jewelry shopping experience. With everything from engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces and watches, with more than 50 designers carried and 3,000 engagement ring mountings in-store, Diamonds Direct is sure to have the perfect product for you. Beyond their diverse selection of jewelry, Diamonds Direct also has a team of highly trained staff who are passionate about helping you find the perfect product. Dove Pottery Jordan Campbell grew up watching his grandmother make colorful, earthy pottery to sell at local farmer’s markets. When she passed in 2015, he began making and selling similar pieces, reviving a family business that was almost lost. He now works full time making pottery under the same name Selma chose.

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Donald Haack Diamonds This high-end jewelry store, now located in SouthPark after 15 years in Uptown Charlotte, puts as much effort into getting to know their customers as they put into designing their products. The Donald Haack staff tracks customer wish lists and familiarizes themselves with customers’ styles. As a result, they are able to offer highly personalized recommendations and custom design birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, and more with the recipient in mind. From engagement rings to fashion jewelry, the selection at Donald Haack Diamonds is for the discerning shopper seeking original pieces or qualitymade, classic jewelry to add to their curated collections. Elisabeth Rose Inspired by a love for handwritten correspondence, founder Elisabeth Connolly created Elisabeth Rose in 2011, in Davidson, NC. With the help of a 1881 Samson Letterpress that once resided on a U.S. Navy Ship based in Annapolis, Maryland, Elisabeth Rose offers custom event stationery, full service brand experiences, and a stationery retail line. Enzo Custom By specializing in custom suits, shirts, and slacks, Enzo and their local team can make every garment specifically for your measurements, all from scratch. They offer a true custom experience at affordable prices, without sacrificing the quality of materials. Erin McDermott Jewelry A mom of three, Erin McDermott understands the busy lifestyle of Charlotte women. With an eye for versatile pieces that can transition from day to night, she created her jewelry company to help others find their go-to pieces for every occasion a day might hold.

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Fab’rik Fab’rik embraces uniqueness, encouraging each customer to be their truest, one-of-a-kind self through personal shopping and distinctive styles. By offering limited quantities of their pieces, customers can be sure that they’re purchasing a look that they’ll be the only ones rocking. They have a location in South Charlotte, as well as one at Birkdale in Huntersville. House of Nomad Shop Owned by Kelley Lentini and Berkeley Minkhorst of the interior design studio that goes by the same name, HON Shop in Myers Park is a resource for globally inspired, hand-selected home decor. KK Bloom Boutique Bright colors and sunny designs have made KK Bloom one of the most refreshing options for clothing and accessories in the Charlotte area for a decade. Located in the heart of Myers Park, this shop hand-selects fun pieces that encourage customers to step out of their comfort zone, and into wearing what they love. Mackenzie Bryant & Co. Mackenzie Bryant & Co. offers internationally inspired home design pieces handpicked by owners Mackenzie Gibson and Zachariah Bryant. With influences from every corner of the world, you are sure to find a pillow or wall hanging that speaks to the culture of your space. MoaZen Jewelry Twin sisters Faith and Hope Rivers founded MoaZen Jewelry to bring their love of art, culture, and community to the Queen City. They handcraft stunning pieces that blend lowcountry influences with luxury style in their Love Culture, Zen Shop, and King collections.

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Nav Nav is a curated resource for authentic decor and genuine craftwork for your home. Each piece selected by the mother and daughter team behind the brand is imbued in passion and rooted in purpose. Stop by and visit Beth and Griffin, and elevate your space with their help. Ole Mason Jar Ole Mason Jar, now located in Charlotte’s South End, offers up quality, custom-made casual clothing for men. They’ll even give you a bourbon to sip while you shop. Paper Skyscraper This sweet little local and independent gift shop owned by Sybil and Bill Godwin offers visitors a wide variety of gift items and books to choose from. Browse through for loved ones, or simply as a way to add something small and joy-inducing to your own home. Revolution Clothiers & Co. Located in the Dilworth Neighborhood, Revolution Clothiers helps men and women embrace sexy, sophisticated style. No matter what pieces you’re shopping for, Revolution Clothiers is sure to give you the edge you’re looking for. Selenite Beauty Selenite, in South End, is a beautiful, bright little shop that carries a remarkable lineup of effective, non-toxic, and natural beauty products, plus an assortment of cosmetics and wellness supplements. Owner Tiffany Mielnik Parrish can help guide your choices for yourself or for your gift buying needs. Sweet Union Candles Sweet Union Candles is a sustainable candle business, first


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started in the summer of 2017 by Shannon Pearman. Each of her scented soy candles is hand poured into a repurposed glass bottle, and the top is adorned with small elements related to the flavor, like lemon zest or coffee beans. Taylor Richards & Conger Based on the idea that the world offered more innovative styles of dress than those being offered by local haberdasheries, Glen Taylor, Richard Pattison and Lyn Conger have the most stylish SouthPark destination for all your high-end menswear. TRCW next door offers up the same for women. The AromaCarepy Co. The AromaCarepy Co. was created in April of 2020, offering natural, handcrafted self-care products to the Charlotte community. Whether you’re looking for a bath soak, essential oils, or salt scrub, The AromaCarepy Co. has something that will help you enjoy a little rest and relaxation. Theory Design Studio As part of the Theory Design Studio’s efforts to make your interior design stunning, their boutique features a great selection of home decor, lamps, pillows, art, dinnerware and furniture pieces, as well as a large gift section. They carry many local lines, including The Piper Collection pillows, Evelyn Henson prints and gifts, The Blush Label pillows and Ella B candles. The Sporting Gent Marc Williams’ classic men’s apparel shop is complete with field goods and fly gear, so that even the most outdoorsy of gents based in Charlotte, North Carolina can get out there in style.

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Traditions Interiors & Accessories This multi-decade Park Road staple offers furniture and accessories, and four designers staffed who are ready at any moment to help you in your choices of how to perfect your home. Two Fold Clothing Two Fold has established itself as a brand primarily focused on environmental and social consciousness. Each piece they create is made from sustainable and biodegradable materials, all packaging is made from recycled material, and collections are released twice a year to encourage conscious shopping. Vestique Founded by two college friends, Vestique was originally a trendy online boutique in 2010. Since then, they’ve grown to establish nine locations across Georgia and the Carolinas. With Dilworth and Blakeney Village locations here in Charlotte, you’ll be sure to find beautiful pieces of clothing and accessories that are both trendy and high-quality. Windsor Jewelers Windsor Jewelers has a rich history as one of North Carolina's premier independent jewelry stores. The showrooms, the coveted products and brands, and the ultimate service experience has made Windsor a standout. For nearly a quarter of a century, Windsor Jewelers has offered every type of precious gemstone and jewelry, whether you’re building an ensemble or continuing a collection. They also offer guests the most professional team and extraordinary personal service.

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‘Tis the season of giving and giving back. Remember those less fortunate than you this year by attending one of these events or donating to a local charity. With the right priorities, we can all make the holidays just a little warmer this year.

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Assistance League of Charlotte — The Assistance League is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through community-based philanthropic programs that feed, clothe, educate youth, and provide mentors for children. They have five philanthropic programs: Operation Check Hunger, Operation School Bell, Mecklenburg County Teen Court, Assistance League of Charlotte Scholarship Fund, and Assistance League Outreach. Support the cause by shopping at their thrift shop located at 3405 S. Tryon St., where all proceeds go to support these different philanthropic programs. charlotte.assistanceleague.org

Autism Charlotte — Autism Charlotte is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families in the Charlotte area that are impacted by autism by creating programs after school that cater to their skill development. They have four main programs: Extended Learning and Development, PATHS, University Autism Outreach, and iCan Bike. Autism Charlotte has impacted the lives of over 4,000 children that have been affected by autism, making sure the families and children know that they are not alone and still searching for answers. Visit their website for information and how to contribute autismcharlotte.org

Justice Ministries — Justice Ministries is a non-profit organization fighting sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, with a focus on rehousing and rehabilitating the women that went through this trauma. Justice Ministries reaches out to sex trafficking victims in an attempt to relocate them and get them out of the situation without causing them any harm by their trafficker, they then help them rise above the situation by trying to help them adapt back into a normal life with schooling or a job. Support the cause by donating to their team or by organizing a fundraiser for the team where all the proceeds will go towards rescuing these women. justiceministries.org

PFLAG Charlotte — PFLAG Charlotte is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. They focus on creating space to understand the ever changing experience of an LGBTQ+ individual in the Charlotte community, and also connect the families of these individuals together with the goal of creating a safer, more equitable society and world for LGBTQ+ people. They offer a variety of resources including peer and parent support groups, suicide prevention resources, as well as blogs and newsletters that share the experiences of LGBTQ+ youths and their families. Head to their website for more information, or explore options to donate and volunteer. pflagcharlotte.org

Block Love CLT — Block Love CLT is a non-profit organization that provides essential resources and tools to those who have fallen on hardships in the Charlotte community. With a focus on human rights advocacy, they aim to improve quality of life for diverse communities and work to remedy homelessness and domestic issues by donating supplies and clothing all across Charlotte. To donate, head to The Block on the corner of North Tryon and Pfeifer Avenue or visit the website for more information. blockloveclt.org

Feeding Charlotte — Feeding Charlotte is a non-profit organization striving to reduce hunger among families by delivering fresh food to said families and attempting to cut back on food waste in Charlotte by educating the public about the food they are delivering. Feeding Charlotte delivers fresh food to other nonprofits in the Charlotte area that are focused on feeding the hungry, they partner with other local organizations to save their leftovers and distribute it properly to those in need. Support Feeding Charlotte by donating food containers for distribution or your own fresh meal following the guidelines on the donations page of their website. feedingcharlotte.org

The Arts and Science Council — The Arts and Science Council acts as the cultural background of Charlotte, providing arts advocacy, funding, and cultural event planning for the city. The organization combines funds from the federal, public, and private sector to allow the arts and culture institutions of the Queen City to thrive. In the midst of Covid-19 the Arts and Science Council needs our help more than ever. To help support the museums, theatres, galleries, and creative monuments in Charlotte, check out their website. artsandscience.org

Arts for Life — Arts for Life provides patients at the Levine Children’s Hospital (and their families) with a variety of educational art programs. During their stay, children have access to instructor-led classes and group events, or are given the option to have art supplies delivered directly to their bedside. Their mission is to promote a positive healthcare experience for children and their families, while also inspiring

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these children to be creative. You can support Arts for Life by purchasing art supplies from their wish list, or by making a donation directly on their website. charlotte.artsforlife.org FeedNC — FeedNC is a Mooresville-based nonprofit organization that connects individuals and families with healthy and nutritious food. FeedNC has created several programs to offer assistance. Their programs range from culinary training courses for those who are currently unemployed, access to fresh produce and other essential items from their food pantry, as well as a grocery delivery service for senior citizens. You can support this organization by donating desired grocery items directly to their pantry, or donating on their website. charlotte.feednc.org Foster Village — Foster Village is a non-profit organization in Charlotte that supports children and families in the foster care system. Their mission is to equip these children with new clothes or personal hygiene products. Beyond that, Foster Village provides counseling services for children, and hosts events for foster families to instill a sense of community. Their new mentorship program provides resources and support for families new to foster care. You can support this organization by purchasing items off their Amazon wish list, or a donation on their website. charlotte.fostervillagecharlotte.org Charlotte Ballet — The Charlotte Ballet is a non-profit organization with a mission to support artists of the next generation, in addition to giving back to the Charlotte community. Founded in 1970, this institution has a professional company of dancers, and offers a wide variety of classes ranging from classical ballet to more contemporary styles for young students who want to pursue a professional career in dance. Some of their many philanthropic efforts include special classes, like their “Dance for Parkinson’s Disease” class for those debilitated by the disease, and their caretakers; a “Reach Scholarship Program” that provides a dancer with need-based aid for three years; and educational performances for local schools. Support the Charlotte Ballet by donating to the scholarship funds, becoming a corporate sponsor, or volunteering at one of their many events throughout the season. charlotteballet.org

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Go Jen Go Foundation — One-in-eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Go Jen Go is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to local individuals and their families during all stages of this vicious illness. This foundation is dedicated to and in memory of Jen Pagani, a Charlotte wife and mother who lost her seven-year battle with breast cancer in 2014. Since its inception, Go Jen Go has helped many Charlotte families with medical expenses and emotional support with fundraising events that happen year-round, including 24 Hours of Booty, the Run Jen Run 5K, Pink in the Rink, and Cheers Jen Cheers. Heartwarming stories of appreciation for the foundation and its help from survivors can be found online. gojengo.org Kids with PossAbilities — Kids with PossAbilities works to provide funding for therapy, assistive technology and educational scholarships for children with developmental delays in the Greater Charlotte area. The organization was inspired by the daughter of the founder, Ava, who was diagnosed with autism. Dana Leung started Kids with PossAbilties to help other families get access to critical therapies and educational opportunities for children with developmental delays. Support Kids with PossAbilities by donating on their website through the Novant Health Foundation. kidswithpossabilities.org Project New Heights — Project New Heights is a North Carolina based nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for underserved, at-risk youth through educational advocacy, support, and dropout prevention services. They work to strengthen communication between schools and their communities, engage families in students’ academic experiences, and involve students in their own academic planning. Project New Heights strives to address any challenges that may be impeding academic success, such as emotional and behavioral problems, substance abuse, truancy, homelessness, family relations, peer relations, and low academic performance. Overall, their commitment is to empower students to stay in school, graduate,and effectively transition into adulthood while achieving economic self-sufficiency. Support Project New Heights by donating a monetary contribution through their website, or shopping at the Amazon link on their site as well. projectnewheights.org


Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage — The JK Foundation for Courage is dedicated towards creating a future without intimate partner violence. They seek to accomplish this by funding initiatives with defined outcomes that prevent intimate partner violence, that provide educational curriculum for youth and young adults, that promote awareness, and that provide credible research for the exploration of innovative methods that stop intimate partner violence. The foundation was founded in honor of Jamie Kimble, a 31-year-old daughter and friend. Support the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage by donating through their site, or sending a check to the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage, 1850 E. Third Street, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28204. For those supporting the cause, checks should be made payable to: Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage. jkffc.org Dilworth Soup Kitchen — Located inside First Christian Church, Dilworth Soup Kitchen serves an average of 150 restaurant style, multiple course meals over the course of an hour every Monday. There are no requirements to dine at Dilworth Soup Kitchen, where the goal is as much about providing free meals as it is about fostering fellowship among volunteers and guests. The nonprofit welcomes donations and volunteers, who can serve during meal service on Mondays or assist with prep during weekends. dilworthsoupkitchen.org Hearts & Hands Food Pantry — As a faith-based organization, Hearts & Hands provides temporary and emergency food relief to families in Charlotte, Huntersville, Davidson, Mooresville, and Concord. This nascent nonprofit supplies food items, personal care items, and clothes to anyone in need. Neighbors are invited to visit monthly to stock up on supplies. Hearts & Hands soon hopes to host classes and workshops for their clientele as their organization grows. They accept ongoing donations, and a list of needed supplies is available on their website. heartsandhandsfoodpantry.com Angels and Sparrows — In 2007, Sandy Tilley quit her corporate job in order to meet the need she perceived in the Lake Norman area for services aiding the homeless and low-income. She opened Angels and Sparrows, named with the Biblical verses Matthew 6:26 and Matthew 10:29 in mind and began to serve people of all faiths and backgrounds, offering free

lunch on weekdays, as well as bagged lunches during the summer for children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year. Angels and Sparrows welcomes volunteers over the age of 18 who are prepared to treat guests with kindness and dignity. angelsandsparrows.org Charlotte Rescue Mission — Charlotte Rescue Mission is a Christian organization that helps individuals overcome the cycles of homelessness and addiction. Charlotte Rescue Mission manages two residential programs — Rebound for men and Dove’s Nest for women — that are staffed by Christians professionally trained in substance abuse recovery. To help feed residents in the midst of treatment, Charlotte Rescue Mission relies on the assistance of volunteers seven days a week. charlotterescuemission.org Thompson Child and Family Focus — Operating across the Carolinas, Thompson Child and Family Focus provides comprehensive education, treatment and care for children in need. Their aim is to strengthen not only the children but the families and community in which they live. There are many ways to contribute with the Thompson Child and Family Focus organization: volunteer, foster a child, and donate goods and money to help make a positive impact on a child’s life. thompsoncff.org A Better World — A Better World offers after school care, classes, and training to assist children and families living in the community. They strive to holistically develop children to achieve their personal best academically and keep them off the toughest streets, thus improving their grades, growing their confidence, and helping them gain a positive direction in their life. They welcome volunteers, mentors, student sponsors, and donations of food, toiletries, school supplies, and money. abetterworldcharlotte.org Bethlehem Center of Charlotte — The Bethlehem Center of Charlotte approach is to create a nurturing environment where they empower families and center instruction on each individual. Through the power of their donors, they have been able to provide 80,000 hours of education and 300,000 meals to the children and families that they serve. bethlehemcenter.org

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While the holiday season may look a little different this year, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the winter months here in the Carolinas. Now more than ever, it's important to take time to reflect on the chaos of the past year. Spend

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time reconnecting with loved ones and remembering the true meaning of the holidays. Whether that’s through a day trip to the mountains, or a weekend away at the coast, the Carolinas can be home to all your holiday needs.


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Sylva, NC Sylva offers the perfect winter getaway. Spend the weekend in the cozy Little Cove cabin. Only fifteen minutes from the heart of Sylva, this cabin lets you enjoy the colder weather while curled up by the fireplace. For those who want to brave the cold, take a hike at Pinnacle Park and take in scenic winter views. Or, head downtown and shop local for your gift needs. While there, you can stop at the Farmhouse Mercantile and Coffee

bar, and sip on a delicious cup of coffee while you browse the boutique store. Asheville, NC To fully take advantage of the holiday season, consider a trip to Asheville. Spend the day wandering the Biltmore Estate admiring the elaborate and ornate holiday decor. Or, spend the night at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, taking in the magic of the season with their candlelight Christmas

displays. A drive through the NC Arboretum is another fantastic way to take in the sights of the season. The Arboretum’s mile long exhibit allows visitors to enjoy hundreds of lights all from the comforts of their car. If you’re looking for the perfect family friendly activity, head an hour west to Bryson City. Here, you can enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate and hop on the festive Polar express train ride through the Great Smokies.

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Charleston, SC If spending a holiday getaway at the beach is more your style, historic Charleston is the perfect spot. Spend the weekend at the charming Spectator Hotel, located in the heart of the historic district. During your stay, experience or get takeout from one of your favorite Holy City restaurants like 167 Raw or Husk. Just walking through downtown, visitors are reminded of all the familiar sights the holiday season brings.

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Davidson, NC To enjoy the flavors of the season, drive up to Davidson, NC. This cozy town, situated right on Lake Norman, is about 30 minutes north of Uptown Charlotte and home to several eclectic and unique dining experiences. Savor the season at Summit Coffee, where you can relax with a cup of their spiced apple cider and for dinner, head to Kindred, where the team carefully curates small plates that in-

corporate the best flavors of the season. Expect Davidson to be decked out with twinkling lights and other festive notes. McAdenville, NC What better way to get into the holiday spirit than visiting McAdenville, conveniently nicknamed “Christmas Town USA.” Visit the Thomas Kinkade Art Gallery to see beautiful works and grab some hot chocolate and a pastry from


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Floyd and Blackie’s Bakery. Visitors can also stroll through to take in the dazzling light displays, or drive around to enjoy them from the comfort of your car. Either way, McAdenville locals are ready to help spread holiday cheer. Franklin, NC Franklin’s annual Winter Wonderland festival is the perfect place to spruce up your holiday season. Bundle up and sip

on hot cider while you take a carriage ride through the quaint city streets. Or, opt to walk through the downtown, where you can shop and take in the sights and sounds of the season with several of the living window displays. Swing by NC Mountain Made to purchase local artwork, pottery or handmade gifts, and don’t forget to stop at Honeysuckle Bakehouse, which sells delicious cakes, pastries and other fes-

tive treats perfect to bring with you to a holiday party. Forest City, NC Each year this small Carolina town lights up with over a million lights. You can stroll the town and enjoy the twinkle, visit Santa's house and check out Santa on the Chimney, a celebration at nearby Chimney Rock where Santa tests his rock climbing skills

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When it comes to preparation for holiday parties, we couldn’t think of anyone better to ask advice of than foodie and hosting expert Lindsay Anvik. Lindsay and her partner (romantic and professional), Rob Henricks, started their catering/charcuterie board business Babe & Butcher on something of a lark. It wasn’t long, however, until the rapid rise of attention and demand for their boards forced the couple to shift their entire focus to the business. One of Lindsay’s strong suits is an ability to combine artful, beautiful arrangements with delicious culinary flavors. From grazing tables to charcuterie, crudité, fruit and dessert boards, Lindsay knows how to wow better than nearly anyone.

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It’s that time of the year, and you just got invited to a last minute holiday party. What do you bring, above all else? Champagne. And if you’re Italian, like me, prosecco. Bubbles are celebratory and light. They pair well with most meals and desserts. They’re good during the cocktail hour, for dinner, or with dessert. Let’s start simple: If you’re feeding people during this season, what are the best flavors to incorporate? The holidays are a complete sensory experience. Making sure the boards look, smell, and taste like the holidays are always a goal. I like to make sure visually I’m tapping into the season, as well as making sure the flavors are a familiar nod to the holidays. Pomegranate, cranberry and cinnamon are three of my favorite flavors this time of year. And what’s beautiful about them is they’re delicious in everything from goat cheese to chocolate.

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Okay, from there, how do we best combine foods and flavors well in a spread? Salt, fat, and acid play with each other beautifully. Salt can bring out flavors and can make a powerful impact on the palette. Fat brings out flavor and texture. Acid helps balance out flavors. Cheese and meat can both be very fatty and salty. Adding pickles (or something that has been pickled) helps cut the heaviness of the fat or the intensity of the salt. Citrus fruits can also add acid, which balances out a super creamy brie or salty cheddar. If you're hosting, what are some easy ways to make sure everyone has bites? How do I know how much I need? For a cocktail party, most people will sample at least once, if not more, from most of the trays. Plan enough so that most of the guests can have at least one to two bites off of each platter. Not everyone will have one bite from every tray, but this


accounts for some people having extra of one item or nothing from another. If you know you have a runaway hit for an appetizer, make extra of those. Most likely the star of the show will be gone first so you’ll want to make sure everyone gets to enjoy it. What are some beverages that combine well with your snack boards? Boards with intense flavors like blue cheese, savory goat cheese, or truffle salami tend to pair very well with a sauvignon blanc or a dry riesling. When the cheese or meat flavors are intense, they play well with a lighter wine or a wine more on the dry side. If your boards are more sweet or savory, you may consider a wine that compliments the sweetness or balances the savory flavors. For example, a board with figs, grapes and balsamic goat cheese pairs beautifully with a rosé or a viognier. The sweetness of the grapes work beautifully

with a rosé or a more aromatic wine like a viognier. This same sweetness balances out a savory cheese. What are a few styling tips for making platings look pretty... that even us styling-challenged people can achieve? Take the flavors of the season and incorporate them into your boards. If it’s fall, use apples and baby pumpkins. If it’s winter, use cranberries or cinnamon. If it’s spring or summer, add citrus to liven up plates. Color is crucial in plating, whether it’s a dish or a charcuterie board. You want to make sure you have pops of color to take your eye around the plate, or in our case, the board. I always use fresh herbs to emphasize the freshness of a dish. info babeandbutcher.com @babeandbutcher

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A new season is here: the most wonderful time of the year. It's the season of giving, of seeing or at least facetiming the family, of presen...

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A new season is here: the most wonderful time of the year. It's the season of giving, of seeing or at least facetiming the family, of presen...

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