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The Quintessential Charlotte Luxury Magazine

the lifestyle issue Living the good life in Charlotte and the Carolinas, from luxury penthouses and amazing resorts to high-end designers and fine goods. N O. 76 | S P R I N G 2 02 1


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THE EXCLUSIVES

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Luxe Living Places that exemplify high-end living in Charlotte.

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Where Life Meets Luxury Meet some of the most talented interior designers in Charlotte.

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Fine Goods A shortlist of Charlotte’s luxury style retailers.

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Stay In Luxe The states’ most restful and stylish resorts, hotels, and lodges.


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Landscapes In Oil Meet impressionist landscape artist Mary Kamerer.

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The Round Chaos A new exhibit at SOCO Gallery.

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An Art Staple A deeper appreciation of the arts at the Mint Museum.

FOOD & DRINK RESTAURANTS • DISHES • LIBATIONS

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Argentinian Flare In The Queen City Visit Mico inside the Grand Bohemian.

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Fine & Fettle's Panna Cotta Savor a deliciously beautiful dish.

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Dilworth Tasting Room’s Sunkissed A gorgeous new cocktail in Dilworth.

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The Stanley’s Cool Intentions A beautiful and creative drink in Elizabeth.

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The Mood Is Right Cristina Wilson is Charlotte’s vanguard of personalized massage and wellness-minded meditation.

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West Kept Secret One of Charlotte’s most popular workout program continues to grow and welcome new clients.

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Haymaker's Octopus A delicious plate from an Uptown favorite.

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HOME & DESIGN PROFILES • SPACES • FEATURED HOME

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Uncommon Culture Jeremy Schumacher of Arcadia Homes talks about his journey into home building and the uncommon level of care Arcadia puts into their work.

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Expression Of Originality Meet talented designer Layton Campbell of JLayton Interiors.

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Staycation Sophistication You deserve a weekend getaway at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte.

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Western Waterfalls Some of the best outdoor beauty NC has to offer.

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A Touch Of Whimsy A dining room from Nancy Parrish.

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Subzero Sophistication A gorgeous setup for wine lovers from Subzero.

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A Regal Kitchen A refined kitchen design from Lawler Design Studio.

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From working on your mental and physical health and wellness at the stylish new Mood House to eating delicious and unique flavors at Uptown's Mico, and everything in between, this issue is chock-full of luxury. In our Exclusives, we cover our favorite center city luxury living locales, meet high-end interior design professionals and see some of their amazing spaces, stay at some of the most incredible hotels in the area, and shop for the newest styles at our favorite luxe retail destinations. It truly is an issue dedicated to living the good life here in Charlotte and the Carolinas. On top of all of that goodness, you'll be able to read about the artist Mary Kamerer, work out at West Kept Secret, and visit the Mint Museum. You'll taste beautiful dishes from Fine & Fettle and Haymaker and savor some tasty cocktails at The Stanley and Dilworth Tasting Room. In our travel section, take one of our favorite staycations—a much needed and relaxing visit to the Grand Bohemian Charlotte—right here in Uptown, as well as visit Highlands, NC and go on a waterfall tour of some of the most beautiful ones in the state. Until next time, thanks for reading and enjoy! Sincerely, Jon-Paul Grice, Art Director Brett Barter, Publisher


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L A N DSCA PES I N OI L Meet impressionist landscape artist Mary Kamerer. words ELIZABETH JOHNSON

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Award-winning artist Mary Kamerer is an oil painter based in Charlotte, NC. Kamerer grew up in Pittsburgh and made Charlotte her home over 30 years ago. Primarily known for her oil paintings, Kamerer is also highly-skilled in a variety of arts, such as ceramics, watercolor, stained glass, and photography. Although talented in many art forms, Kamerer spends most of her time painting landscapes in oil. While Kamerer still views herself as an “emerging oil painter,” her work is viewed and admired by many near and far. Did your family influence your love of art? My parents were big do-it-yourselfers. They were both children of the Depression, so whether it was woodworking or sewing, my parents definitely modeled for me the notion that it was an important skill to create things for yourself and others. I think my love of oil painting started when I was three and my mother was very pregnant with her sixth child. She painted two large Renaissance paint-by-number pieces. They had no money for fine art, so she was determined to make it for herself, and she worked

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on them right there on the dining room table every night. I can remember the smell of the oil paints. Have you worked with or learned from any other Charlotteans? I started out in Pittsburgh taking college classes in black and white photography and graphic design, but married, moved to Charlotte, finished my degree and started a family. Once my children were grown, I was able to return to the creative work that I had put aside. I worked as a goldsmith apprentice for a year under Richard Dehlin, took ceramics at CPCC, then watercolor classes, and finally started painting under Andy Braitman and Curt Butler. Anne Harkness has been a great mentor to me. All the workshops and classes I've taken round out my approach to my work today. Even the photography skills garnered long ago help my composition and eye for values today. I hope to always be absorbing skills and I am still learning from my incredible peers at Dilworth Artisan Station.


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How did you successfully turn a love of art into a career? I really believe that if you love something enough and work continuously at it, you will make it happen. Being creative is integral to me as a person, and I don't know how else to be if I'm not making something. My intent was not to make a career but to satisfy a personal, never-ending urge to always be creating something. Thankfully, I have a really supportive family who understands this compulsion! After surviving cancer several years ago, I felt as though I needed to make a bigger impact with my life utilizing my gifts in the community. Moving my studio from my home to a more public place seemed like a natural evolution of that. What is your creative process like when creating a piece? I find that my most successful and enjoyable paintings are ones that resonate with me personally. So, I try to find a subject that has meaning to me: a location, a memory, a feeling. I recently painted a large bouquet of white roses, and the way they leaned on each other, allowing light to hit their petals so softly, reminded me of my women friends; supporting each other, holding one another up, and letting each other "shine.” Where do you typically draw design or artistic inspiration from? I draw inspiration from everything around me, primarily the natural world. I think being confined to the indoors during the pandemic made me want to paint the freedom that moving water conveys. So, I just completed a "water" series from visits to local waterfalls, streams, and beaches. Sometimes I'm inspired by images that come to me through dreams or ideas. Those ideas that wake me up in the middle of the night and make me paint them to get them out of my head. Is there anything in particular about Charlotte or the Carolinas that has inspired the art you create? Having grown up in a city, it always amazes me that you can still drive a short distance and experience rural life in the Carolinas. That rural life inspired a barn series and several other paintings. We are so lucky to live close to mountains and the beach, and this is a landscape painter's heaven! What does the future hold for you? Where can your art be viewed/purchased? I hope to continue to serve the art community and be able to paint at Dilworth Artisan Station. I’m grateful for my co-workers there and White Point Properties’ recent renovation has made it a beautiful place to work. You can see my work at my studio in #29. I'm also at Magnolia Emporium, Carlton Gallery in Banner Elk, and Sunshine Village Art Gallery near Athens, GA. info marykamerer.com @maryckamererart

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T H E ROU N D CH AOS A new exhibit at SOCO Gallery. words SUNNY HUBLER photos COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS AND SOCO GALLERY.

The Round Chaos, curated by Dexter Wimberly, will feature recent paintings and mixed-media works from Alex Callender, Adin Kachisi, Jackie Milad, and Senghor Reid at SOCO Gallery. The exhibition will runs through June 12, 2021. Alex Callender, Adin Kachisi, Jackie Milad, and Senghor Reid have built their practices exploring complex historical and personal narratives, as well as the delicate relationships between humans and the natural environment. This will be their first exhibition with the gallery. Figurative paintings by Northampton, Massachusettsbased artist Alex Callender reflect a focus on proposing an alternative Atlantic history performed in scenes by women channeled from colonial painting imagery. With an equal regard for history and materiality, Zimbabwe-born, Harlembased painter Adin Kachisi’s work is an exploration into the inner world of thought and emotion and the outer world of space and nature. Baltimore-based, Jackie Milad’s symbol-

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laden mixed-media works utilize a combination of drawing, painting, collage, and textile techniques. While Milad’s process-driven work unpacks the complexities of self, Detroitbased artist Senghor Reid explores interactions between the human body and the environment. Curator Dexter Wimberly is an independent curator who has organized exhibitions and programming in galleries and institutions around the world including: Wimberly’s exhibitions have been reviewed and featured in publications including The New York Times and Artforum. He is the co-founder of the financial literacy platforms Art World Conference and Art World Learning.

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A N A RT STA PL E A deeper appreciation of the arts at the Mint Museum. words L AURYNN HARKINS

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The Mint Museum has been a staple for the arts and culture scene here in Charlotte for decades. With locations on Randolph and Uptown, the Mint Museum proudly serves the Charlotte community. At the Mint, visitors can expect to see displays that help instill a deeper appreciation for art history, and offer a re-

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freshing take on modern art. Bridging the gap between old and new, the Mint Museum guides visitors to take note of the changes within global and local art. Their mission is much more than just engaging and inspiring visitors; they work to foster conversations that go beyond the work on display.


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Currently, the Randolph location features several exhibits that perfectly capture these values. The exhibit Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries, showcases the skills and expertise of ceramic work in 18th century England. This display articulates the precision and detail created during this fascinating era of history. Through exhibits like these, visitors can clearly understand the importance of artwork from the past. These concepts are further displayed through the exhibits at the Mint Museum Uptown. Currently, the Mint Museum

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Uptown is running their exhibit entitled Walls: Defend, Divide, and the Divine. This exhibit asks visitors to reflect upon the symbolic purpose of walls throughout history. It will display artwork from six different continents, to spark a larger conversation on how walls worldwide have and continue to divide nations. info mintmuseum.org @themintmuseum


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Cristina Wilson is Charlotte’s vanguard of personalized massage and wellness-minded meditation. words SUNNY HUBLER

Cristina Wilson knows the need for self-care well. The Mood House founder is the former partner and president of Charlotte Agenda; she knows as well as anyone that living a fast-paced lifestyle can easily convince you there’s simply no time to relax. What she created is a concept that combines physical, mental, and emotional wellness in an elevated, upscale, and totally personalized setting. It’s a place for community and connection, too, which is also an essential aspect of being well. Mood House is located in Dilworth and was designed by Perry Poole Architects, who intentionally created a beautiful, peaceful space. The initial spark of the whole concept started a while back,

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with the massage portion taking center stage in Cristina’s imagination. Instead of putting massages in the “special occasion” category, Cristina, still at Agenda at the time, found herself wanting a way to get them regularly as part of a self-care routine. “I started dreaming about a beautiful space that would make massages more convenient but still offer a very elevated experience, and the idea just didn’t let go,” she says. “Mood House was simply the result of me solving a problem for myself.” Cristina left her role with Charlotte Agenda in July of 2019 to work on her dream full time; she executed a lease in January 2020, navigated COVID, and now, Mood House has officially opened to acclaim.


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There are many different facets of "wellness." Tell us about the space in wellness that massage and meditation occupies for you personally, and that you hope Mood House will bring to others. My personal meditation practice ebbs and flows — I'll go through a few weeks or months with a brief daily session and then go through a hiatus, and that's okay. Because everything we create is for high-performers, I know there's a good chance that our clients are dealing with perfectionism too. There is no perfect wellness here. It's about doing what you can, when you can, and always getting up and trying again. What are the massages at Mood House like? Each massage comes with a "mood": Your choice impacts the music, the aromatherapy, the massage techniques and the affirmations integrated into the service. Our massage therapists are able to tailor every massage to be exactly what you need that day, and it's deeply relaxing to feel so cared for. The four moods are Calm (therapeutic stress-relief), Clear (fostering creativity & focus), Abundant (grounded in joy & gratitude) and Awake (energizing & empowering).

“I knew I'd rather give it my all and push through than give up.” And why should we get massages regularly, versus once a year for a birthday or sore neck? It's with regular visits that you get the most physical benefit – like pain relief (hello, iPhone neck and work-from-home shoulders), reducing muscle tension, increasing range of motion and circulation, and even boosting the immune system. But the way that the physical techniques literally decrease the stress response in your muscles so that your mind can relax — that's what excites me most about a regular massage ritual. Studies have shown heightened mental alertness and performance after sessions as short as 15 minutes. Who is Mood House right for? The membership is designed for the person who has had "schedule a massage" on their to-do list but lets it sink to the bottom month after month. It is designed for the person who has a lot they want to achieve in this world but needs an external nudge and accountability to set time aside to recharge. We have several options — like the 30-minute seated massage and 30-minute infrared sauna — that are also intentionally brief for those days when you need a quick escape from the chaos.

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Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all approach to massage and meditation, Mood House offers three meditation classes and a unique structure. What inspired this? I really thought about what would I want in a meditation program? I am a goal-oriented person and I feel like my time is precious — I wanted to be sure that when you sign up for a class, you have a good sense of what you're going to take away from it and that you're going to learn the tools to help you on your specific journey. There are so many types of meditation out there that it can be overwhelming. I wanted to separate it a different way so that you can focus on your unique goals and so that it would feel more approachable. I was also excited to see what the instructors would create within these parameters — they're not limited to a specific type of meditation or mindfulness, but instead get to draw on their own experiences and research to create classes you won't find anywhere else. For newbies to meditation (or even people nervous or skeptical!) tell us about why meditation became an essential part of this business. What should newbies/skeptics know? The meditation piece came in when I realized that even the benefits of monthly massage weren't enough to help you in those dayto-day moments when it hits the fan. I felt like we had to provide our clients with the tools to manage the stress on their own, on a moment's notice, in order to truly be a part of their overall well being. Meditation is such a powerful tool on those hard days.

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Newbies should know that there is no "doing it right." Clearing your mind of thoughts is not the goal. If you are too antsy to sit still in silence or even with music, try a class — our instructors guide you through the entire practice and break each class into two sections. It is totally do-able. So far, what have been some of the major rewards of business ownership and what have been a few of the top challenges? The biggest rewards and challenges are two sides of the same coin in my experience: The absolute roller coaster ride. [We could have] a major setback in construction one day and an incredible pre-sale success the next, for example. I use “rollercoaster” specifically not just because it's up and down, but because you are locked in. I've had a lot of people applaud my choice to move forward with the business despite the pandemic and, while I appreciate it, in real time it never really felt like a choice to me. The "choice" was to light every dollar I'd ever earned on fire or bet on myself and try to create something great even in a time of chaos. In every scenario, I knew I'd rather give it my all and push through than give up. Specifically, the most rewarding element so far has been job creation. We already have a team of 12 and I'm insanely proud of that. info thisismoodhouse.com @thisismoodhouse


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W EST K EPT SECR ET One of Charlotte’s most popular workout programs continues to grow and welcome new clients. words JULIA FUNDERBURK

Marissa West and Heidi Hillman are no strangers to fitness. Marissa was a Carolina Panthers TopCat and a personal trainer at a local gym before opening a 600 square-foot studio above her home in Plaza Midwood to train clients with her own program: West Kept Secret. Heidi was an instructor at a different fitness studio who met Marissa after teaching a class, and, looking for a challenge, asked Marissa to train her. A dedicated client thrilled with results from Marissa’s training methodology, Heidi asked if she could help train clients. She was hired as Master Trainer and as a business development consultant who helped grow West Kept Secret into the local phenomenon it is today. West Kept Secret is a dynamic workout with high-intensity interval-training as its foundation. This methodology incorporates pilates, cardio, and strength movements into each class to maximize performance and work the whole body. Reformers, barres, TRX straps, boxing bags, and treadmills are fused together for different styles of training and difficulty levels.

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When asked to elaborate on West Kept Secret’s special format, Marissa and Heidi said the varying stations and machines “incentivise clients to work harder because they know they only have a short period of time on each machine.” In the studio, peak performance is a priority. Their studio, however, is something they’ve had to modify during a particularly hard year. After receiving loads of interest from potential clients, the duo started to search for a bigger, more public space. The brick and mortar studio at Berkshire in Dilworth is their first location, featuring modern interior design from Sarah Catherine Garvin of SC Collective and custom murals from Elisabeth Rose. The lease was signed in January 2020 and new trainers were hired the following month. When the pandemic worsened in March 2020, West Kept Secret pivoted their business plan to stay viable and accessible to their clients, filming up to five workouts each day to upload to their streaming site.


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“We strive to make our studio a welcoming atmosphere for all. We want to make sure our clients have the premier experience.” In addition to pre-recorded workouts, the trainers also hosted Zoom classes seven days a week to replicate the in-person experience. It looks a little different than they anticipated, but Marissa and Heidi’s favorite part of operating a business together has been opening, and then re-opening the doors of their new studio. Despite gym closings and limited class sizes, West Kept Secret has gained popularity, resulting in a growing waitlist for personal training, and competitive sign-ups for weekly classes. To accommodate new clients and waitlists, Marissa and Heidi hired eight new trainers, including their first male instructor, to help. They’re seeing more interest from male and female clients of all ages and fitness levels who want to better themselves this year. “We strive to make our studio a welcoming atmosphere for

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all,” they explain. “We want to make sure our clients have the premier experience.” They attribute this influx of clientele and continued success to current customers who encourage friends to sign up after seeing their own visible results. Pop-up classes at local retailers, fitness festivals around the city, and donated training sessions at charity auctions have also helped them reach different audiences and maintain growth. West Kept Secret loves the organic growth from word-of-mouth recommendations and hopes to meet new customers at the start of the new season. info westkeptsecret.co / @westkeptsecret


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The team behind Charlotte’s new restaurant Mico, housed inside the Grand Bohemian, ask for one small favor from their guests: Be open to trying something new. Mico is willing to work with their guests on this commitment. If needed, they can meet their guests where they are, gently coaxing them outside of their culinary comfort zones with familiar twists on unfamiliar dishes and unfamiliar twists on familiar dishes. Whatever it takes to open guests’ minds and mouths to something just a little bit different. Something Old, Something New — Mico brings globally inspired flavors—with a focus on Argentina—to the Queen City. Everything about the res-

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taurant teeters between the local and the international. For example, the appetizer selections on the dinner menu include baked Carolina Dream Oysters (harissa creamed spinach, bacon, brown butter bread crumbs), listed directly beneath South American Dip & Spread Trio (avocado guasacaca, purée de pajares rojo, créme de aji amarillo, taro root chips). Each blend of spices, recipes, palettes, and ingredients works together for a taste explosion that is both novel and known. Most of the mains on the dinner menu are either beef or seafood. Standouts included the dry aged prime fourteenounce KC strip, served with truffle blue cheese frites, chimichurri, and bone marrow tallow. The whole fried red snapper, served with ancient grain tabbouleh, olive and Peruvian


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pepper antipasto, house pickles, and charred lemon, is not to be missed either. Optional sides like smashed sweet plantains and coconut, yuca frita, truffle roasted mushrooms, and fingerling potatoes help to round out a delicious meal. Mico also offers a compelling cocktail menu, where local and international elements again collide. Drinks like the Sunny in Charlotte (Bulleit bourbon, lemon juice, lime juice, Angostura bitters, and cherry juice) keep a fruity focus on the Queen City. But, again, Mico creates opportunities for more adventurous palettes to explore the globe with offerings like the Alfa Romero (Exotico Reposado tequila, blood orange juice, rosemary syrup, and lemon juice). Bohemian Elegance — Mico’s unconventional offerings don’t stop at its menus. Inside, a bohemian oasis awaits. Bright colors and unexpected textures set Mico’s ambience apart from most of

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what you might find throughout Charlotte. Mico is the latest iteration of a trend that has been sweeping across American cities: the reinvention of hotel restaurants. Sea green walls border booths upholstered with plush red velvet. Bright floral drapes line tall windows, offering pops of color that evoke Argentina’s Misiones jungle. Electric blue, velvet bar stools introduce even more Bohemian whimsy to the restaurant. Yet, despite its bohemian pizzazz, Mico remains elegant above all. Dimmed lighting exuded by elegant fixtures subdue the electric energy of the restaurant’s bohemian furnishings. Additions like Mico’s wine “cellar,” a sparkling, tall glass case rising from the floor of the dining room, elevate the atmosphere. info kesslercollection.com @grandbohemiancharlotte


 









        

        

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W H ITE CHOCOL ATE PA N NA COTTA words SLOANE WICK / photo JAMEY PRICE

Fine & Fettle is an American dining experience with an ever-changing menu that focuses on seasonal cuisine. The culinary team is led by Daniel Wheeler, a self-proclaimed “culinary enthusiast” who developed the menu using his two keystone passions: locality and sustainability. If Fine & Fettle’s latest dessert dish were to be described in one word, it would be indulgent. The rich

and sweet white chocolate panna cotta is contrasted by the delicate, vibrant taste of the passion fruit sorbet. The dessert is distinguished by three unique and complex flavor profiles: the dark chocolate, beets, and a white chocolate-chili gelato. Between the distinctive flair of the dish and the freshness of the local ingredients, Fine & Fettle leaves you wishing dessert wasn’t the last course.

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OCTOPUS words LIZA CARRASQUILLO photo JAMEY PRICE

Historically, cuisine from the carolinas has always relied on fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared using traditional cooking methods passed down for generations. Haymaker celebrates that heritage in every dish, including Chef William Dissen’s grilled octopus bowl. Resting atop a serving of charred eggplant purée, the grilled octopus is surrounded by a bed of fennel, arugula, and roasted lemon, as well as chopped charred sweet potatoes. Adding a special spice to the dish is the XO sauce, which pairs perfectly with the grilled octopus. This excellent small plate also goes well with a glass from Haymaker’s curated wine list or cocktail menu. — info — haymakerclt.com / @haymaker_clt

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DI LWORT H TA ST I NG ROOM'S

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The bar team at Dilworth Tasting Room always knows how to make your happy hour a bit brighter. From new bar manager Alejandro Ibanez, previously of Employees Only in New York City, comes “sunkissed,” a bourbon cocktail beautifully finished with an orchid. Ibanez takes two fresh, muddled kumquats and shakes them with bottled-in-bond bourbon (meaning it was aged at least four years and is bottled at exactly 100-proof, among other rigorous hurdles), lemongrass, lemon juice and a ginger syrup. It’s served on the rocks with a float of aromatic Peychaud's bitters. — info — dilworthtastingroom.com @dilworth_tasting_room

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The Best at Natural Stone. The Best at Porcelain.

Porcelain is the hot new trend for countertops but, due to the challenges it brings,few fabricators are willing to work with it. We looked at its arrival on the scene differently. Three years ago, we flew to Italy, where the product is made, to learn from the best fabricators in the world. We are Charlotte’s experts for porcelain countertops, fireplaces, and shower surrounds.

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COOL I N T EN TIONS words SLOANE WICK photo JAMEY PRICE

You can’t put the word “cool” in the name of a cocktail without the drink being both refreshing and suave. The Stanley’s “Cool Intentions” certainly lives up to these qualities. Plus, it is crafted with seasonal and market-driven ingredients that are locally sourced in the Charlotte area. “Cool Intentions” is part of the Stanley’s constantly rotating menu so be sure to try it if you see it. “Cool Intentions” is made with four components: Muddy River Basil Rum, Cap Corse Mattei Blanc, lime, and basil pearls. The rum has the light taste of zesty basil for a unique pop, while the Cap Corse has notes of floridity and acidity that are balanced by its bitterness. Lime adds a deep freshness to the beverage and the basil pearls give the drink a complete texture. — info — thestanleyclt.com / @_thestanley_

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U NCOM MON CU LT U R E Jeremy Schumacher of Arcadia Homes talks about his journey into home building and the uncommon level of care Arcadia puts into their work. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO photos courtesy ARCADIA

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Even from a young age, Jeremy Schumacher knew architecture and building were his lifelong passions. Leading Charlotte-based Arcadia Homes as president and managing partner has allowed Schumacher to see his passion into fruition. Along with partner AJ Foard, and original founders Mike Salamone and Robby Bowers, Arcadia has been creating stunning custom homes since 1994 and has also branched into major commercial projects, as evidenced in their recent work with the Charlotte Soccer Academy. The team at Arcadia has consistently been recognized as one of Charlotte’s most reputable and awarded custom builders: In 2020, they won NAHB’s National Custom Builder of the Year, the highest level of national recognition available to homebuilders, and also took home HBAGC’s Builder of the Year award. Schumacher sat down with us to talk about his work and the values behind his company.

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How long have you been in the home building industry? I’ve been in the building industry for my entire career of over 20 years. I spent the first five years of my career at a large architecture firm in Charlotte and thoroughly enjoyed it. But, I found myself yearning for more involvement in the overall building and development process. I joined a national home building company in a role where I had the opportunity to manage every aspect of the business and was fortunate enough to gain a wealth of uniquely diverse and valuable experience before joining Arcadia. How would you classify Arcadia’s architectural style? What makes Arcadia, Arcadia? I actually wouldn't say that we have a particular style. We’re a lot more defined by the experience we’re providing to our clients regardless of the architectural style. It’s the experience and the


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HOME & DESIGN result of a style well-executed that we believe sets us apart. We've had many people say that they can tell right away when they’re walking through an Arcadia built home. Not because of the style, but because of the execution. So, that’s more of our calling card: the uncommon level of quality and care that goes into our homes. Can you talk a little more about that concept? It starts with our culture and the mindset of our entire team. It’s truly more than a job to us, we consider it our calling. When you go to work every day with that mindset and that extreme level of care, you’re going to go the extra mile to make sure things are done right and make sure the client is taken care of. That’s the culture we have at Arcadia. Yes, we have hundreds of combined years of experience and expertise on our team, but it’s our culture and passion for what we do that inspires our success.

“It's more than a job to us, we consider it our calling.” What is the most rewarding thing about your work? For my entire career, I’ve been involved in creating things. So that's always been very rewarding. But at Arcadia, we not only have that opportunity to take part in creating beautiful homes, but to know and experience the impact we’re having on people's lives. It’s incredibly rewarding to know that while serving our clients, we’ve had the opportunity to inspire all those around us as well—Now that’s rewarding. How do you spend most of your time when you’re not building award-winning houses? My wife and I have two kids, and for now, they still really like spending time with us. So, I take advantage of that every chance I get.

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EX PR ESSION OF OR IGI NA L IT Y Meet the talented designer Layton Campbell of JLayton Interiors. words ELEANOR MERRELL

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interior photos MICHAEL BLEVINS

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Layton Campbell of JLayton Interiors has watched the city of Charlotte evolve from a smaller urban setting to a thriving, cosmopolitan destination. As a native Charlottean, he has experienced it all firsthand and as a designer, Layton has helped contribute to Charlotte’s evolution himself. His clients, Charlotte residents, desire unique spaces that are personal to their diverse tastes and needs and meant to keep up with the times. Above all, Layton strives to create homes that are classic, no matter whether they feature a traditional or contemporary aesthetic. His ability to do so has generated a loyal following of clients throughout the Queen City.


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“I have been fortunate to work with some amazing clients and many remain friends. It’s a personal relationship when you are helping people create the home where memories are made. That is such a gift.” What inspired you to study interior design? I was originally an actor/singer in NYC and decided to go into design when I realized I did not want to live that gypsy life when I was older. I had always been "that kid" who would rearrange my parents’ furniture and help my mom select fabrics for our home. Plus, I was obsessed with house plans from the time I was in elementary school. I would pick apart a plan and show my father, who was a builder, what was inherently wrong with certain spaces. How has traveling the world influenced your design style, if at all? I was fortunate to travel for several years working on Cunard Cruise Line as a performer in my 20s. Moving from Europe to

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Asia, the Middle East, Russia, and more was an enlightening way for a young person to experience the art, architecture, culture, food, and fashion these lands offered. My work is greatly influenced by this once in a lifetime experience. How do you build strong relationships with clients? You have to listen to your client… Not just hear, but truly listen and take in what information they are giving you, even if it’s unspoken. You have to ask the right questions, as well. Who are some of your biggest role models or inspirations in the design industry, and why do those stand out? I have two categories of major influence in my career. One, the interior designers who originally set this industry in modern motion like Billy Baldwin, Jean-Michel Frank, and Dorothy


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“My design philosophy is to find balance in environment, architecture, and client. That always makes for a happy ending.”

Draper. Then the current designers who influence my work and inspire me daily, such as Kelly Wearstler, Ray Booth, and Suzanne Kasler. What is the best piece of advice you can give someone considering taking on an interior design project? One of my favorite quotes is, “Everything has a job to do, and sometimes that job is to be quiet. Sometimes it is to take center stage.” Things must flow from one space to another and tell a story. My design philosophy is to find balance in environment, architecture, and client. That always makes for a happy ending. How has JLayton Interiors changed over the years? JLayton Interiors has grown exponentially over the past 16 years—Not in staff but in the level of work. There have been many people who have lifted me and my work up throughout that time. I am forever grateful for those people and try to give to other young designers that same boost or assistance whenever I can. I have been fortunate to work with some amazing clients through the years and many remain friends. It’s a personal relationship when you are helping people create the home where memories are made with family and friends. That is such a gift. info jlaytontinteriors.com / @jlaytontinteriors

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A TOUCH OF W H I MSY words ELEANOR MERRELL / photo DUSTIN PECK

This dining room, completed in September 2020, had a tall order to fill: it needed to pave the way for the transformation of the entire first floor of this house. At the same time, it needed to accommodate the client’s large family and proclivity for entertaining, meaning it needed to straddle relaxing and refined. The resulting design from Nancy Parrish blends traditional and modern with a touch of whimsy. To balance and support the extensive millwork, Nancy Parrish installed a mural-like chinoiserie, metallic, grasscloth

wallcovering. She added texture via rattan chairs; mahogany, dark chocolate, and metallic inlays in the dining table; and metallic and acrylic hardware in the sideboard. Soft blush pairs with deep indigo to round out a design that sets the tone of this traditional-boned, modern-appointed home. Vendors: Phillip Jeffries wallcovering, Gabby Home furnishings, Jaipur Living rug, Celerie Kemble for Arteriors chandelier.

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SU B-ZERO SOPH ISTICATION words ELEANOR MERRELL / photo courtesy SUBZERO-WOLF

This study for the sophisticated, modern lounger marries the heft of chocolate leather with modern design in a one-ofa-kind armchair. Dark floorboards and trim add gravitas as a gold beverage station brightens the room without sacrificing an ounce of elegance. But what’s most remarkable about this room is what’s not visually striking: the undercover appliances. Two undercounter refrigeration solutions—one for wine, one for assorted items—blend seamlessly into the rest of the room

from beneath the beverage counter. These luxury conveniences from Sub-Zero are available in customizable exteriors and low profiles that integrate seamlessly with living spaces. When you have a perfectly balanced room that evokes a particular mood and captures a precise aesthetic, the last thing you want is to draw attention away from your design to your appliances. Sub-Zero offers elegant solutions that enhance, rather than detract from, your interior design.

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A R EGA L K ITCH EN words ELEANOR MERRELL / photo MICHAEL BLEVINS

This refined kitchen by interior designer Suzanna Lawler of Lawler Design Studio blends classic and new to achieve elegance and function. It’s hard to say what’s most eye catching: The range from La Cornue, the marble backsplash and countertops, or the custom designed cabinets built by Impact Design Resources. Like any well-designed space, the appeal of this kitchen lies as much in its focal points as in its

details. The gleaming main faucet from Brizo and the pot filler from The House of Rohl duel for attention from opposite counters. Multi-toned floors add an extra layer of character, depth, and coziness in a room that’s sure to become the center of the home. Brian Spears - Builder Robert T. Foster Design Studio - Architect

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STAYCATION SOPH ISTICATION You deserve a weekend getaway at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte.

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In need of a luxurious weekend getaway? Sophistication and elegance are the defining features of Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte. The perfect staycation spot for a solo escape or a visit with a loved one, the 16-story hotel with over 250 rooms is right in the heart of Uptown. It boasts a variety of amenities, including a beautiful restaurant and rooftop terrace, and is only a short walk from some of Charlotte’s best hotspots. The hotel, opened in 2020, offers an eclectic and modern feel from the moment you enter it, and the suites are Argen-

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tinian-influenced with both cultural design elements and original works of art throughout the hotel and in each room. GBC is one of the many hotels under the Kessler hospitality brand. Kessler’s mission is to introduce guests to a bohemian lifestyle and offer unique, luxurious experiences each time you stay. The Charlotte hotel has two other “sister” locations in the Carolinas, one in Asheville, NC and another in Charleston, SC. The Asheville location offers a more cozy, Europeanmountain experience and the Grand Bohemian Charleston is a contemporary, offbeat retreat.


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When you leave the comforts of your room at GBC, the hotel itself offers plenty of thoughtful amenities to keep you relaxed and entertained. The hotel has a full-service spa and gym, so you can either sweat out the stress of the week prior or choose to refresh and relax. As far as dining goes, if you opt out of breakfast in bed, there is a cafe and a Starbucks located in the hotel. For dinner options, the hotel has an elegant restaurant called Mico that features South-American style cuisine. Mico is a culinary exploration, with locally-sourced ingredients and exotic flavors. The restaurant carries on the eclectic and modern vibe of the hotel and offers an extensive wine menu. To end the night, stop by the rooftop tapas bar, Búho, that features an impressive view of Uptown and craft cocktails. If you are spending the weekend with family, both the Bechtler Museum and the Discovery Place are great stops for children and just a short walk from the hotel.

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Another family-friendly attraction to visit is the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The museum serves as a sort of shrine to stockcar drivers and offers a museum with interactive exhibits and a theater. The attractions of Uptown do not stop there: during your stay at the Grand Bohemian Charlotte, it is worthwhile to check out the nightlife. Uptown is home to many upscale dining options, like Fahrenheit and The Cellar at Duckworth’s. The Grand Bohemian has been called “an artistic dreamscape,” and is the perfect place whether you need an escape from reality and work or just want a weekend getaway to treat. Uptown’s newest luxury hotel addition is sure to become your home away from home. info kesslercollection.com @grandbohemiancharlotte


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words KENNEDI JACKSON

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Highlands is a cozy, small North Carolina town located just about two hours north of Atlanta in Macon County. At a population of just several thousand year-round residents, it’s nestled within the Nantahala National Forest and sits on a plateau in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Whether you’re looking for a weekend trip or a long term stay, this mountain getaway is perfect for those who love hiking trails and scenic drives. Plus, the area boasts the tallest waterfall east of the Rockies.

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What to Do — Trails There are a number of trails for nature lovers and lots of unique hiking experiences. Check out the Highlands Botanical Gardens for a relaxing stroll through the many gardens, or plan a day at Cliffside Lake. It’s a seven mile round trip trail for those looking to get a good workout in. Enjoy a late afternoon walk at Sunset Rock and watch the sky turn with a beautiful view from atop the granite rocks. Waterfalls Highlands has many beautiful waterfalls for visitors to enjoy, including the “East’s King of Waterfalls,” Whitewater Falls, which cascades down 800-plus feet. Sliding Rock is designated as a natural waterslide, and visitors are able to slide down the rocks into the pool below. Thrill seekers will enjoy Bust Your Butt Falls, a popular swimming hole where you can jump off a boulder into the Cullasaja River. Mountain Adventures During the winter months, visitors can enjoy ice-skating, sledding, and more close by. There’s also year round tubing. Zip lining, tennis, and golf are fun activities during the summer. Mountain fly fishing is also a popular activity on the many rivers in the area, including the Nantahala. What to Eat — Home to six Wine Spectator ranked restaurants, you’re sure to find some “must eats” in Highlands. Madison’s Restaurant provides flatbreads, sandwiches, and more with sustainable meal items. Relax with a glass outside and take in the beautiful views. Calders Coffee Cafe is a veteran-owned company and rumored to be the best coffee in town. Stop by and grab a cup to start off your morning, or make a pit stop and catch up with a friend. For those with a sweet tooth, try SweeTreats, with ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes and more to quench your cravings. Where to Stay — 200 Main offers the comfortable lodging of a hotel at the affordable price of a local lodge. Its chic interior is matched by the homey feel, making it ideal for your romantic vacation or a business trip. If you’re looking for a full retreat, you can’t beat Old Edwards Inn and Spa, the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. Lounge by the mineral pool, or enjoy a day in the spa after a long hike. The Park on Main is also a favorite option: They’re a luxury hotel with an upscale-rustic theme, and a particular love of furry friends. Located on Main Street, visitors can enjoy pet-friendly accommodations with walking distance to all of Highlands. Whether you’re looking for a mountain adventure, or a romantic getaway, Highlands is the perfect hidden jewel for visitors to find a unique Carolina experience.

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Sometimes, the best adventures are in your backyard. This seems to be especially true for Charlotteans, who are sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains—two outstanding locales for novelty, beauty, and recreation. These western waterfall destinations beckon to the intrepid traveler who’s ready to brave the Blue Ridge and mount the peaks of the Nantahala in order to drink in a million dollar view.

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Whitewater Falls On the border of the Carolinas, Whitewater Falls lays its claim as the tallest waterfall east of the Rockies, plummeting over 800 feet. This descent occurs over the course of two drops, one on each side of the border. Linville Falls The Linville Gorge wilderness area has some of the best hiking in North Carolina.

A spiderweb of trails offer views from many vantage points of the always popular Linville Falls. Here, water plunges down a 40-feet-plus drop at one of the highest volumes in the Blue Ridge. Glen Falls Located near Highlands, Glen Falls is composed of three sections accessible via a two(ish)-mile out and back trail with four scenic views.


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Crabtree Falls Hike a 2.5-mile loop studded with ferns and wildflowers to view Crabtree Falls, where water tumbles down a rugged cliff in beautiful rivulets shrouded in fine mist.

Looking Glass Falls Near Brevard, along a spur jutting off Highway 26, Looking Glass Falls is a 60-foot, single drop waterfall that features one of the state’s best swimming holes at its base.

Catawba Falls Frankly, it’s hard to know where to look when standing before Catawba Falls in Pisgah National Forest. The headwaters of the Catawba River careen over multiple ledges, splitting and rejoining in a beautiful dance.

Sliding Rock Sliding Rock is the place to visit with kids. Located just north of Looking Glass Falls, these gradual “falls” form a natural water slide that shoots adventurers into a pool waiting at its base.

High Falls DuPont State Forest is teeming with waterfalls, but perhaps none are quite as stunning as High Falls which towers over 100 feet above the pool at its base. Moore Cove Falls Tucked away in Pisgah National Forest, Moore Cove Falls features a tall but thin stream of water that shoots past layers of stacked rock. Part of this waterfall’s popularity stems from the fact that visitors can walk behind the falls for a stunning (if wet) view. Rainbow Falls The river that feeds Rainbow Falls bounces off numerous rock ledges as it drops over 100 feet and creates a stunning view. Named for the rainbows that form in the waterfall’s mist, this Pisgah National Forest landmark is a must-see.

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Shunkawauken Falls Looming over the scenic White Oak Mountain Road in Columbus, Shunkawauken Falls is a great destination for those who are unable or unwilling to hike to a waterfall view. Visit after rainfall for the most impressive display. Dry Falls Outside Highlands in the Nantahala National Forest, Dry Falls offers visitors the chance to wander behind the water as it drops 65 feet off of an impressive rock outcropping. High Shoals Falls South Mountains State Park is a short, one-hour drive from Charlotte and is home to High Shoals Falls. The High Shoals Falls loop trail is less than three miles but is packed with views. Consisting of boardwalks that criss cross over the rushing river, short rock scrambles, and earthen trails shrouded in mist from the falls, this trail is perfect for hot summer days.


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Luxury is a special element that’s not quite easy to pin down. It’s not just surrounding oneself with the feeling of opulence, which is why many people try—and fail—to create luxurious spaces that instead fall flat. True luxury should elevate quality in every way and complement one’s existing lifestyle. This is especially true for luxury living areas, where tenants are meant to start and end their days in a home that feels both relaxing and reinvigorating. Some Charlotte condos, apartment complexes, and communities understand this balance between extravagance and comfort. They’ve created high-end living spaces with amenities and services that we can’t help but love. The VUE The VUE clocks in at 560 feet, or 50 stories, tall. As the tallest high-rise between New York and Miami, the massive apartment complex rises above Uptown, an area filled with charming landmarks as well as many up-and-coming businesses. Amenities at the VUE include a full-sized golf simulation lounge, a spa, a private sky lounge bar, a business lounge with iMacs, and more. Plus, you can bring your furry friends along: The VUE offers a pet park on the seventh floor and a premiere pet walking service. The Ratcliffe The Ratcliffe is a lavish condominium conveniently connected to the Overstreet Mall in Uptown, a retail space attached to several buildings in the area. Step outside your front door and walk six blocks without ever leaving the complex. Look-

ing for a romantic evening out? Grab a bite downstairs at Bernardin’s Fine Dining, which specializes in mouthwatering seafood, veal, lamb, and steak. This upscale complex is perfect for the city dweller looking for comfort, convenience, and community. The Hub South End The Hub South End was created with its definition in mind: It truly is a center of activity and interest. The apartments are nestled in South End, one of the most dynamic and innovative parts of the city. The neighborhood has a high walkability and bike-ability rating so residents can easily travel and navigate the neighborhood’s rich array of restaurants, retail stores, and coffee shops. The Hub makes exploring your apartment building just as fun as exploring the city itself. Within the Hub, tenants can find luxuries such as a heated saltwater lap pool, a pet spa, an outdoor entertaining space complete with pizza ovens, and an air-conditioned bike storage and repair center. The Arlington Known colloquially as “the pink building” due to its eyecatching desert rose glass exterior, The Arlington is a stylish condominium in South End that offers its residents luxury accomodations. The iconic highrise is equipped with spacious studio apartments and three-bedroom penthouses, all of which feature open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies. Residents of The Arlington have access to a rooftop pool, a top-of-the-line fitness center and a private lounge.

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the trademark TradeMark The TradeMark is a 28-story highrise situated in the center of Uptown. This upscale condominium is bursting with personality and urban energy. Each room features private balconies, 10-foot ceilings, and spacious living and kitchen areas. Community spaces within the TradeMark overlook the Panthers Stadium, which is perfect for game-day viewing options. The building also has a private parking garage, an elevated pool terrace, and a fitness room. The Francis at Stonewall Station The Stonewall Station area in Uptown Charlotte is quickly becoming a go-to hotspot for transit, shopping, and entertainment. Now, The Francis is adding high-end apartments to the mix. Located within the Stonewall Station community, The Francis apartments feature 19 stories of modern high-rises

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and midcentury mid-rises. These upscale apartments have everything from quartz countertops to waterfall kitchen island stone. Plus, it’s all located directly above a Whole Foods grocery store and LYNX Light Rail station. For even more added convenience, The Francis also offers 5-Star concierge services. Amenities include a rooftop deck with an invisible-edge saltwater pool, as well as a skyline fitness center with cutting-edge Technogym equipment. It even has a fully gated dog park. As more and more shops start flocking to the Stonewall area, the Novel Stonewall Station community is sure to thrive. The Residence at SouthPark Living in the SouthPark neighborhood means having everything within reach. The Residence at SouthPark is located next to SouthPark Mall, placing the upscale apartment complex in walking distance of many of the most desirable restaurants,


the trust coffee shops, stores, and recreational activities. The Residence is home to some of the largest and most extravagant apartments in Charlotte. Floor plans are available in up to 3,057 square feet and include up to three expansive bedrooms. Outdoors, a sundeck with lounge seating, a rooftop saltwater pool and fire pit, a 24-hour fitness center, and a resident concierge service are all available. Tenants can even enjoy these perks with a drink in hand from the craft coffee, tea, and wine bar located inside. The Trust With just eight custom condominium homes available, The Trust is one of the most exclusive apartment buildings in all of Charlotte. The elite building has even been home to famous athletes such as Michael Jordan and Cam Newton. Residents have access to a private rooftop terrace, a wine vault, and a luxury in-

house restaurant. The Trust is Charlotte’s most luxurious and private living accommodations. Museum Tower As part of the Queen City’s “most dynamic zip code,” the Museum Tower soars 43 stories above Uptown Charlotte. The apartment complex is surrounded by boutiques, distinguished dining, breweries, sporting facilities, and much more. Plus, living at the Tower doesn’t just benefit the residents: It benefits the planet. Each apartment and penthouse is precisely created to facilitate environmentally-friendly living. The homes include smart thermostats and high-efficiency windows that maximize year-round energy efficiency. Amenities at the Tower include a valet dry-cleaning service, multiple fireplaces, a rooftop lounge and heated saltwater pool, and a spinning and yoga room.

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Catalyst Charlotte A “catalyst” in chemistry is an agent or substance added to a process in order to accelerate a chemical reaction. The Catalyst Charlotte apartment complex lives up to its name by helping tenants have a respite to return to that complements their full, high-paced lives. The apartments are in the heart of the bustling Third Ward where restaurants, shopping districts, parks, and energy are all plentiful. Catalyst residents can enjoy the scenic views of the Third Ward from the ground or from the apartment`s fully landscaped outdoor terrace with a roaring fireplace or its elevated pool and sun deck. Ease into the weekends with full day of lounging by the pool, socializing on the terrace or exploring the Queen City.

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Ascent Uptown As winner of the 2021 Kingsley Excellence Award for overall resident satisfaction, Ascent Uptown exemplifies luxury living in more than just their apartments. With 24-hour maintenance and concierge staff on call—not to mention services like tailoring and black car transportation—Ascent Uptown understands that part of creating luxury means leaving their tenants wanting for nothing. That’s why they also feature heated rooftop pools, as well as custom cabanas. For lounge areas, they have an outdoor grilling station, a sky lounge with kitchen catering, and a penthouse lounge complete with a bar and matrix TV. They even have an on-site pet spa and grooming salon. Tenants have everything they need to feel pampered at Ascent Uptown.


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Tindall Park As “SouthPark’s most desirable address,” Tindall Park exemplifies luxury and sophistication in every aspect of its community and homes. The Tindall units include ten-foot ceilings, a wet bar, exclusive professional series appliances, solid wood doors throughout each residence, walkin glass showers, and much more. Select residences even include full-size dining rooms and home offices. The grandeur does not stop at the individual units of the Tindall. The community is filled with lavish amenities for all kinds of residents to enjoy. For the fitness enthusiast, there is a 24/7 fitness facility and an outdoor terrace perfect for morning yoga. For the social butterfly, there is a clubroom designed for entertaining and social gatherings.

Avenue Penthouses The four Avenue Penthouses sit at the very top of the Avenue condo building. Known as the tallest building in the Fourth Ward, these penthouses already feel luxurious just by taking in their view of the Charlotte skyline. Each penthouse features a two-story wall of windows, as well as three private terraces. Still, that’s not all the Avenue has to offer. The condo building features a theater room and an outdoor TV lounge, as well as 24-hour concierge services. Through digital screens in all their elevators, the condo building keeps tenants informed about fun events and gatherings. Plus, with a pool, a fully equipped gym, and free yoga classes, Avenue has everything its tenants need to support an active lifestyle.

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WHERE LIFE M E ETS LU X U RY Adding a sense of luxury to a space takes skill and vision, and no one knows that better than these Charlotte interior designers.

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Interior design has always been about more than just making a space look nice. It’s about blending functionality with feeling, transforming a simple room into a true living space. Achieving a design like that only gets harder when it comes to adding in luxury elements. Fortunately, these Charlotte-based interior designers welcome the challenge. They not only have the experience and skills to come up with good designs, but also the creative eye and intuition to make a space feel truly luxurious. Check out our list below to find out more about our favorite luxury interior designers.

Suzanna Lawler of Lawler Design Studio Since its opening in 2003, Lawler Design Studio has created a name for itself because of its distinctive designs and sophisticated soulful vibe. Owner Suzanna Lawler graduated with a Master of Interior Design. Lawler Designs started as a small boutique firm in Florida and has since grown to a nationwide full service design firm.

Layton Campbell of JLayton Interiors Layton Campbell, a proud native Charlottean, has always had an artistic soul. After earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at UNCG, he moved to New York to attend the Parsons School of Design. But more than anything else, it was his extensive travel experience that led Campbell to become the versatile luxury designer he is today. Campbell learned from the strong cultures found in Russia, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East

before moving back to Charlotte. His knowledge of international design has made pinning a signature style onto him nearly impossible. Instead, he favors the look of contrasting styles and uses them to create unique spaces for each client. Charlotte Lucas of Charlotte Lucas Interior Design Charlotte Lucas Interior Design was founded nearly a decade ago. Today, CLID is known for its signature bold use of color and whimsy detail in residential projects. Charlotte Lucas developed a love for interior design at a young age, which led her to create her own firm in 2012. Lucas gets a lot of her inspiration from antiques and unique objects; Her overarching goal is to make sure each client receives a space uniquely crafted for them. Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Interiors There’s a fine line between making a space feel luxurious

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enough to stay there for hours and making it feel unusable. Traci Zeller knows exactly where that line is and never crosses it, no matter how stunning her spaces become. She focuses first and foremost on how her clients live and what their dayto-day life might look like. This allows her to design elegant spaces that not only feel comfortable, but also strong. Zeller’s designs don’t lead to homes too fragile to truly live in—they foster luxury in a way that’s built to last. Beth Conant Keim of Lucy and Company Lucy and Company has quickly grown into a beloved Charlotte design firm due to their client-friendly process and exceptional work. The owner and principal designer leading

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that work is Beth Conant Keim. Her unique style of creativity is the cornerstone of Lucy and Company’s eclectic designs. Keim isn’t afraid to play with texture and color, especially when it comes to elevating a room with an air of luxury. By taking cues from her clients’ Pinterest pages and other inspirations, Keim customizes every aspect in a way that feels both functional and fresh. Karen Kettler of Karen Kettler Design For most luxury designers, taking on clients means collaborating with builders, architects and more. While some shy away from this process, Karen Kettler welcomes it with open arms. Her spaces embody luxury not just because of their stunning de-


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sign elements, but because of the attention to detail Kettler puts into design execution. From overseeing countertop installations to managing materials acquisitions, Kettler makes sure the client’s best interests are at heart during every step. Barrie Benson of Barrie Benson Interior Design Barrie Benson is a Charlotte-based interior designer who has made her mark in the design world by balancing the modern with the traditional in her signature interiors. Benson is known for creating a blend of periods, rooms, and moods. In addition to her interior design work, Barrie Benson also designs a signature line of furniture for Highland House and a line of decorative hardware and accessories in collaboration with Addison Weeks.

Patrick Lewis of Patrick Lewis Interiors Patrick Lewis has over 25 years of design experience and created his firm, Patrick Lewis Interiors, in 2015. He works to create traditional, timeless homes, each uniquely curated for each client. His signature includes natural colors, and clean lines making his homes timeless. There is a certain simplicity to Lewis’ designs; he has an eye for combining functionality and feeling into a home. Natalie Tyler of Tyler Interiors Tyler Interiors is known for its fresh, functional designs with modern flair. Natalie Tyler, the founder of the full-service residential design located in Charlotte, NC, studied interiors purely

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out of passion before opening the firm. The goal of Tyler Interiors is to focus on the client and their vision to create the perfect space curated for them. “Cozy, clean lines,” the signature catchphrase of Natalie Tyler, is reflected in all her work. Lisa Sherry of Lisa Sherry Interieurs Lisa Sherry Interieurs is a design house opened in 2005 that embraces the beauty of imperfections and incorporating that into design. Lisa Sherry, the owner and founder, believes in a “pursuit of happiness” over perfection, something she creates through what she calls “daily doses of beauty.” Lisa’s designs are marked by neutrals and layered materials used until she finds that perfect balance of a client’s home.

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Ashley DeLapp of Ashley DeLapp Interior Designs Architect-turned interior designer Ashley DeLapp, of Ashley DeLapp Interior Designs, founded her design house Evaru in 2009 and rebranded in 2017. She blends layered patterns and bold colors in a “more is more” design approach to create sophisticated, fun designs that will make clients feel both comfortable and stimulated by the space. Her architecture background lends her into paying attention to the structure of the space that she’s designing around, leading to balanced designs that feel full of life. Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room The English Room is the interior design house owned by Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, based in the Charlotte area and focused on elevating residential spaces. Her love for art and design harkens back


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to her childhood, when she would move furniture around with her mother. Now, when designing for her clients, she combines antique pieces with her “elegant, eclectic, colorful” concepts. Wendy Yeakley of Homestyles Interior Design Wendy Yeakley is the owner and founder of Homestyles, a service design firm with collectively 20 years of experience between the three principal designers. The principal mission of Homestyles is to focus on details the clients provide in order to generate “beautiful, functional interiors” that a client can live in and appreciate the beauty of the space. Amanda Swaringen of Carolina Design Associates With 15 years of design experience, Carolina Design Associates

specializes in new home construction and individual renovations. Amanda Swaringen, founder and principal designer of Carolina Design Associates, values a personal connection with her clients. This personal connection allows her to prioritize a detail-oriented design approach, giving each client a unique home. Berkeley Minkhorst & Kelley Lentini of House Of Nomad The duo behind Charlotte’s full-service design studio based in South End, Berkeley Minkhorst and Kelley Lentini, are living, breathing (and laughing) examples of that fact. Together, they are House of Nomad. House of Nomad was founded on the idea that travel fosters the best kind of creativity. They bring a fresh approach to interior design by designing authentic, inspired spaces at the intersection of the love of home and the love of travel.

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F I N E G O OD S A short list of Charlotte’s luxury style retailers.

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As longtime advocates of supporting small businesses, the last year truly solidified for us how essential the practice is. Our city’s heart and soul is found in the four walls and the shopkeepers, in the retailers and the local store fronts. If you purchase a luxury item this year — as a gift or a timeless keepsake for yourself — consider doing so from some of our favorites in the city.

Diamonds Direct Diamonds Direct is a guiding resource for those looking to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Each piece is designed to embody the love and passion the giver holds for the receiver. Make a stop at this gem of a store to find the perfect stone with the help of diamond experts. diamondsdirect.com The Sporting Gent The Sporting Gent offers high end sporting and lifestyle gear for men based in the Myers Park area. Located in the historic Colony Shopping Center, TSG has an expansive selection of men's clothing, footwear, fishing gear and everything in between. It’s a little slice of southern sporting heaven. thesportinggent.com

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Revolution Clothiers & Co. Revolution Clothiers & Co. is just that: A revolution in the fashion industry. With a combination of contemporary designers and independent labels, this dynamic store mixes high-fashion with a wild and rebellious spirit. To revolutionize your wardrobe, head over to Revolution. revolutionclothiers.com Poole Shop The Poole Shop features women's clothing and products from emerging contemporary designers. The store displays a unique and diverse selection of products ranging from winter sweaters to apothecary skincare, many of which are impossible to find elsewhere in the city. With such a variety of products, there is truly something for everyone, or their mother. pooleshopcharlotte.com


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Windsor Jewelers Windsor Jewelers is a small, local business with two physical locations, but the organization's potential for a great purchase is anything but small. Windsor offers everything from stunning engagement rings to precious writing instruments to “the most sought after timepieces in the world” in both its Charlotte and Winston-Salem stores. Whether or not you buy one of Windsor’s gleaming watches, it will still be well worth your time. windsor-jewelers.com Taylor Richards & Conger Taylor Richards & Conger is a classic resource for modern men and women’s clothing. Each item is handpicked to reflect current trends in fashion, and the TRC team offers advice on a variety of designers and styles, making it the perfect stop for anyone interested in fashion. shop-trcstyle.com House of Nomad Shop Owned by Kelley Lentini and Berkeley Minkhorst of the interior design studio that goes by the same name, HON Shop

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in Myers Park is a resource for upscale, globally inspired, and hand-selected home decor. shophouseofnomad.com Capitol Capitol is a luxury clothing boutique with an always evolving selection of designs from high-end designers. Customers can find clothing from the likes of Valentino, Gucci, Rosie Assoulin and Irene Neuwirth. Capitol has two locations in Charlotte, NC and Santa Monica, CA. shop-capitol.com Bruce Julian Clothier Bruce Julian Clothier is an upscale menswear boutique that provides handpicked tailored suits, shirts, casualwear and shoes. The boutique prides itself in offering top service to make sure every client gets what they need. If you’re not feeling like leaving your home, Bruce Julian offers door-todoor service that offers a personal and comfortable shopping experience. brucejulian.com


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OMJ 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. omjclothingcharlotte.com

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Tabor Located between the neighborhoods of Dilworth and Elizabeth is Tabor, a veritable pantheon of men’s designs. They offer a selection from over 40 designers, including their own, as well as classics like Ralph Lauren. Additionally, Tabor has a selection of business basics and “essentials” to build a career-ready wardrobe. For designs suited to work and play, head by Tabor. taborclt.com Nave Nave 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. navefinds.com Emerson Joseph Emerson Joseph is one of Charlotte's top salons with a variety of men’s grooming, spa, and esthetics packages. Emerson Joseph is a high-quality salon that turns a men’s haircut into a luxury experience, full of scalp massages, a cold beer, and a hot facial towel. End your New Year’s vacation right when you book with Emerson Joseph today. emersonjoseph.com Donald Haack Diamonds Donald Haack Diamonds is a luxury jewelry retailer that offers fine diamonds at sensible prices for a “lifetime of pleasure.” Each diamond is graded by a gemologist who follows strict GIA (Gemological Institute of America) standards. Donald Haack Diamonds buys, sells, appraises, and grades diamonds for Charlotteans and beyond. donaldhaack.com

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Amina Rubinacci Amina Rubinacci is a boutique store located in Specialty Shops South Park, and headed up by the mother-daughter partnership Jeannie DeMarco and Stuart Yochem. Their boutique brings a classic Italian style to the Charlotte area, in addition to creating an intimate customer base through services like personal shopping and complimentary alterations with every purchase. Stop by Amina Rubinacci for an intimate Italian experience curated directly to your needs. aminarubinaccinc.com Bedside Manor Located in SouthPark's Specialty Shops, Bedside Manor is passionate about beautiful design, exceptional quality, and unparalleled customer service. Stop by their gorgeous shop for luxury bedding, bath, and home decor inspiration, and make your home a haven. bedsidemanor.com Theory Design Studio As part of the Theory Design Studio’s efforts to make your interiors stunning, their online 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. theory-designstudio.com Malak Jewelers Within the Arboretum Shopping Center is Asaad Malak, the owner of Malak Jewelers. An advisor and friend to his loyal customer base, he selects jewels and pieces that suit each individual. Not only does his store import jewels from Tel Aviv, but Malak Jewelers also carries an inventory in Indian jewelry, and offers a variety of appraisal services. In choosing Malak Jewelers, you’ve invested in a customer service relationship that’s sure to last. malakjewelers.com ABBEYDALE Studio 600, the location of ABBEYDALE, rests within the hustle and bustle of center city Charlotte. In an ultimate pledge to customer service and safety, individuals can obtain bespoke clothing from this design house by appointment only. Its founder, David Watkins, prizes fit and function, preferring his customers have a timeless look. If you’re looking for classic, custom pieces, head to ABBEYDALE. houseofabbeydale.com S I


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STAY I N LU X E The states’ most restful and stylish resorts, hotels, and lodges.

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Now that summer weather is right around the corner, most of us have started to make our vacation plans. Where better to plan your vacation then some of the most beautiful resorts and hotels? While it may be appealing to look further away from the Carolinas for a vacation, both North and South Carolina boast a range of experiences, from mountain escapes to quiet, coastal retreats. Check out some of our favorites and find the one that best fits you.

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The Swag Find peace 5000 thousand feet above the rest of the world at The Swag, an all-inclusive mountain resort located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. With relaxing amenities like a redwood sauna and garden-fresh meals, The Swag is the perfect romantic getaway. At The Swag, you can find rest, rejuvenation, and some of the best views in North Carolina. Kimpton Cardinal Hotel In the RJ Reynolds building of Winston-Salem is the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, a pinnacle of Southern charm and luxury. Associated with the Kimpton is their restaurant The Katharine, a Southern cafe that has a Brasserie twist, also offering seating on their patio seasonally. The Kimpton Cardinal includes countless amenities for its corporate guests, including private dining for up to 10 guests, and packages for corporate retreats. Grand Bohemian Asheville Situated just outside the gates of the Biltmore Estate is the unmistakable facade of The Grand Bohemian Hotel. This luxury mountain getaway is the Asheville chapter of the Kessler Collection’s signature fusion of art, eclectic decor, and luxury accommodations. Every Grand Bohemian has a distinct character. The Asheville property embraces a European mountain lodge aesthetic with playful fervor. Hunting imagery and relics associated with the outdoors coexist with the velvety ultraluxe interiors. The Grand Bohemian is also in close proximity to downtown Asheville.

The Fearrington House Inn The Fearrington House Inn, which is located in a village of the same name just south of Chapel Hill offers many charms to its visitors. Not only is it located on generational farmland, lovingly maintained by the owners, but this farmland in turn supplies the restaurants with some of the food the Fearrington House Restaurant, the Belted Goat, and the Roost Beer Garden use every day. An on-site spa, individual room designs, and more await you when you stay at the Fearrington. O.Henry Located in the ‘Friendly Homes’ neighborhood of Greensboro, O.Henry brings Old World charm with modern amenities. Your stay includes a hot southern breakfast and afternoon tea served in the lobby as well as airport transportation. O.Henry takes the safety and health of their guests seriously, so they have appointed a sanitation manager and increased cleaning efforts. All of these amenities, in addition to the locally sourced furnishings and custom-made art make for a truly bespoke experience. Montage Palmetto Bluff A pristine campus that oozes relaxation, Montage Palmetto Bluff is a classic southern escape. Located in the heart of Coastal Carolina, Montage Palmetto Bluff is set in a vibrant 20,000 acre community between Hilton Head and Savannah. The resort features two villages, eight southern-inspired dining options, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.


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Planters Inn

Sanderling Resort Located on the northern end of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Sanderling Resort offers a variety of vacation options to the discerning traveler. If privacy is your chief concern, Sanderling has a number of rental homes that include concierge services, housekeeping, and resort beach access as some of their many amenities. If you want a gorgeous view of the Currituck Sound while you eat, head to Kimball’s Kitchen. The Sandbar Restaurant is also available for more casual dining options during the day. The Foundry The Foundry is a unique retreat located in the heart of Asheville. The historic building was originally used as a steel factory, and though the hotel has since been renovated and refined, it maintains many important elements of its industrial origins. Indulge in The Foundry’s many amenities, like the on-site bar and restaurant with artisanal food and craft cocktails, fitness center, an outdoor courtyard, and the spacious rooms. Planters Inn In the heart of historic Charleston stands The Planters Inn, a monument of luxurious vacationing in the Carolinas. Whether you desire a private terrace entrance or a top-floor suite, the variety in designs offer something to every guest. Adjacent to the Planters Inn is the Peninsula Grill, as known for its classics— the famous 12-layer coconut cake—as its innovative cuisine and extensive wine list.

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Beach Club At Charleston Harbor

Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Waterfront luxury never looked so appealing. Located in Charleston Harbor, the Beach Club is the quintessential southern resort. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, The Beach Club at Charleston harbor offers a respite for everyone. From the palmetto tree-lined entrance to the beautiful tropical landscape, The Beach Club offers a truly unique escape. The Umstead In Cary, North Carolina is the only Five-Star hotel in North Carolina, The Umstead. With over 150 guest rooms and suites in addition to an esteemed art gallery, this gem of the triangle cannot be overlooked. Be sure not to miss out on Herons, The Umstead’s signature restaurant, headed by executive chef Steven Greene. The Spectator The Spectator is a pinnacle of southern class and culture. Located in the heart of Charleston’s bustling historic district the hotel offers the best in dining and jazz entertainment you can find in the lowland. Hotel Emeline Hotel Emeline offers everything you need to feel right at home in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. From catered excursions to a restful evening off their catered menu, Hotel Emeline is an all-encompassing experience for both the Charleston traveler and native.


The Spectator

The Umstead


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Blue Ridge Mountain Club .....86 Brandon Lawn Real Estate ...123

Cadenza ...................................65 Carolina Dental ...................53 Coggin Law .............................26 Cope And Stick ......................39 Cottingham Chalk ...............37 DHL Mortgage .......................43 Design Loft Cabinets ............81 Diamonds Direct.. Back Cover Donald Haack Diamonds ....31 Dwell Nova ..............................12 Emerson Joseph .......................4 Empire Communities ..............6 Francois & Co. .........................8 Gerrard Builders .................32 Grande Custom Builders ...54 Helen Adams Realty ............51 Hot Glass Alley ....................85 Incredible Bank ........................85

JLayton Interiors ................27 Karen Kettler Design .........83 Kingswood Homes ................29 Lake Norman Realty .............59 Levine Museum of the New South ..19 Liza Caminiti Ivester Jackson ..47 Lucy and Company................ 23 Majestic Bath ........................68 McDevitt Agency ...................16 Mint Museum .........................30 Myron Greer........................... 73 Nave ..........................................83 Nestlewood Luxe ..................75 New Life Building Supplies.. 14 Oasis Outdoor ......................89 Omni Hotels & Resorts ......122 Osteria Luca ...........................85 Pam Boileau Ivester Jackson... 71 Paper Skyscraper ..................91 Peters Custom Homes ........49 Plaza Appliance ....................63 Premier Patio Concepts .......97 Premier Sotheby’s ................10 Royal Building Group ...........61 Shain Gallery .........................21

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