QC Exclusive - No. 81 - 2021 - Issue 9 - The Holiday Issue

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Treat yourself this holiday season with sweets from these local Charlotte eateries.


Gift Local This Season Some of the most individual and unique locally owned businesses for you to peruse, in store or online, today.


The Spirit of the Season Some of the many ways to contribute to the charities in our city, no matter what it is you have to give.


Merry & Bright Ring in the season at the Carolinas’ most festive hotels, inns, and resorts.

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Artistic Movement Lauren Bolshakov discusses her artwork and what inspires her most to create.


Cosmic Creativity Artist Kelly Daniels uses resin art to create giftable and customizable home goods products.


Deck The Halls Works from celebrated artists at Anne Neilson Fine Art.



Dressed To The Nines Meet Samantha Wood, the creative founder of The Dress Designer.

Artist-Centric, Artist-Operated Carolina Fine Art opens its doors in Dilworth.





Prime Choice Steak 48 is not your typical steakhouse.


A Mountainside Winery Take a trip to Banner Elk's Eagles Nest Winery.


La Belle Helene’s French Onion Soup Warm up in style at the uptown favorite.


Supperland’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie A delicious dessert in Plaza Midwood.


The Stanley’s Toasty The Snowman A festive cocktail in Elizabeth.


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Modern Boho A conversation with business owner Wendy Fennell.


Dining In Style A gorgeous dining room by Danielle Knox.


Beyond The Comfort Zone Approaching liminal space with Summer Tubridy of Onyx Interiors.


Calming And Creative A stylish bedroom from J. Layton Interiors.



Charming Chetola Discover what makes the Chetola Resort so special during the holidays.



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No. 81 I really cannot believe that it's already December and the holidays are here. It happened so quickly. Summertime seems like yesterday, and maybe that's because until recently, the weather has been very warm. But, after a truly vibrant fall here in the Carolinas, the most wonderful time of the year is now upon us. For this holiday issue, we wanted to focus on some of our favorite things this season brings: delicious food, philanthropy, festive places, and, of course, gifts for the friends and family. That's exactly what you will find in our Exclusives section. Everyone loves enjoying tasty treats during the holidays so we decided to share our favorite places in the Queen City to get cookies, pies, cakes, and more. We share the many local charities that you can donate to this holiday season. We also include our top list of Carolina hotel destinations — from the Lowcountry to the Blue Ridge — where you can visit to have a truly amazing holiday stay. Lastly, we round out our features with some of the very best local shops you should support when buying gifts for friends and family. On top of all that holiday goodness we also talk with artist Lauren Bolshakov, see the art of Cosmic Creativ, savor some amazing food at SouthPark's Steak 48, and sample some cocktails from The Jimmy and The Stanley. We meet Wendy Fennell of Bohemian Bungalow Design, step inside a JLayton Interiors-designed bedroom, and tour a home beautifully finished by Amy Vermillion Interiors and Gerrard Builders. In our travel section we see the lights at Chetola, visit a Banner Elk winery, take a short drive to Greenville, SC and warm up with some healthy activities in Hilton Head. It's truly an issue that will put you in the spirit of the season. We hope you enjoy, and we will see you in 2022. Sincerely, Jon-Paul Grice, Art Director Brett Barter, Publisher



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A RTISTIC MOV E M EN T Lauren Bolshakov discusses her artwork and what inspires her most to create. words CHRISSY ROFFE photos JAMEY PRICE




Lauren Bolshakov is an artist working and living in Charlotte, NC. There are many different inspirations that appear in her work, including themes of movement from her love of dancing as well as collected nature. You will notice the passionately rendered linework and soft colors in each of Lauren’s paintings depicting landscapes, people, and florals. We talked to Lauren about her process, her life here in the Carolinas, and her inspirations when she is working on a new painting. What is your background as an artist? How did you get into creating? I’ve always been drawn to all forms of art but painting was my first love. I remember my first art class where I played with “real art supplies'' and being in complete heaven. I started professionally painting part-time in 2009 and transitioned to painting fulltime in 2014. I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to study at Braitman Studio and The Art Students League, as well as taking workshops from incredible artists. I’m also grateful to the many ways that running a business has allowed me to be creative in different ways, such as website design, marketing materials, and social media.


What is your process when approaching a new project? What inspires you most in the studio? My process for a new piece is the same whether it’s a floral, landscape, abstract, or figure. I always put down an ink or acrylic layer, full of movement and transparency. It’s a perfect starting point to have something to respond to with the next layers. I love when the bottom layer shows through in a complementary shade and is juxtaposed in transparency to the rest of the textured paint. What do you enjoy about working with different styles and textures? I’m usually working on several pieces at a time, and I have stations set up in my studio for watercolors, oils, and acrylics. A lot of pieces start with an acrylic underpainting and finish in oil. Having paintings in several states of completion lets me bounce around mentally which loosens up my brushwork in oils, helps me mix color better in acrylic, and be more creative in general. How has living in The Carolinas affected your style? We split our time between Charlotte and Lake Norman, so between running at the lake or greenways and being surrounded by beautiful architecture, gardens, and style in the city, I never

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CULTURE Stephanie Neely, Seven White Roses, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 Stephanie Neely, Rose Leaves, Oil on canvas, 16 x 12

DECK THE WA L LS Works from celebrated artists at Anne Neilson Fine Art. words SUNNY HUBLER photos of art courtesy ANNE NEILSON FINE ART


From December 2, 2021 through January 11, 2022, enjoy this selection of new arrivals and small works by celebrated gallery artists like Lisa Noonis, Stephanie Neely, Case Baumgarten, Trudi Norris, Adele Yonchak, Allison James, Jacob Dhein, Maggie Siner, and more. Live artfully this holiday season at Anne Neilson Fine Art. It’s also a great time to stop by the gallery for any of your gifting needs.


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A RTIST-CEN T R IC, A RTIST-OPER AT ED Carolina Fine Art opens its doors in Dilworth. words ELEANOR MERRELL

If you have a passion for fine art, than you remember the first original work you purchased as vividly as your first kiss, your first home purchase, or your first job. Amy Murphy Curlis, who founded Carolina Fine Art with her husband Shawn Curlis, bought her first original painting from Charlotte artist Terry Thirion. For Amy, it was a transformative experience that would have lasting effects. Terry and Amy struck up a friendship, discussing the Queen City’s community of artists and art appreciators, bouncing ideas back and forth regarding the best way to cultivate more relationships between artists and viewers. Thus entered the seed of the idea that would become Carolina Fine Art. Carolina Fine Art opened its doors in the Dilworth neighborhood in the fall of 2021, creating a hyper-local haven for both



artists and art appreciators. Their message was simple: “We are more than a fine art gallery.” HOMEGROWN TALENT — The gallery showcases local and regional artists who specialize in a variety of media and styles, from oil to acrylic to pottery and from abstracts to portraits to landscapes. “We look for exceptional talent and a variety,” says Amy. “We care about the quality of art but also the type of artist and that artist’s personal journey.” Part of Carolina Fine Art’s mission is to unify local artists by connecting artists to one another. The gallery is operated by many of the local artists who showcase there, generating greater


overlap, participation, and camaraderie in the arts community. Carolina Fine Art also provides Charlotte-based creators with a platform that was sorely missing from the Queen City. “We have exceptionally talented local artists right here in town,” says Amy. “You shouldn’t have to drive to the beach or the mountains to buy their pieces.” Artists who are currently participating in Carolina Fine Art include Angela Nesbit, Carol Mueller, John Komisin, Manuela Strada, and Ráed Al-Rawi.


CONNECTING CURATORS AND COLLECTORS — For Amy, fine art extends beyond the finished piece; the canvas hanging on your bedroom wall or the pottery displayed on an office bookshelf. Each piece tells a story, and the artist is a critical part of that story. When that story is known by the collector, Amy believes the piece becomes exponentially more meaningful. To facilitate more interactions between Carolina Fine Art customers and featured artists, the gallery hosts events monthly.




These events vary from open houses to group-specific gatherings, but always aim to build stronger relationships in the local arts community while simultaneously obtaining greater exposure. When Amy thinks about her gallery’s role in the Charlotte art scene, she knows two things are true: “Carolina Fine Art fills a need and taps into an under-developed resource.” As the gallery continues to lend a hand in growing the Charlotte arts community, the need for their local-first approach will only expand, which is why we’ll be keeping an eye on this newest addition to the Dilworth neighborhood. info carolinafineart.com @carolina.fineart

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Artist Kelly Daniels uses resin art to create giftable and customizable home goods products. words KENNEDI JACKSON

Kelly Daniels is the owner and artist behind Cosmic Creativ, a handcrafted business of home goods made with resin art. Daniels graduated from Florida A&M University in 2009 with a double bachelor’s in Architecture and Architectural Science. She moved to Atlanta and fulfilled her dream job at one of the top 35 architecture firms in the country. Life as an entrepreneur never crossed her mind, but now she says she couldn’t have even dreamt a life as beautiful as the one she now lives. As a one-woman show, Kelly hand pours, trims, photographs, packages and ships every piece herself. She creates home essentials, from accent tables to cutting boards and serving trays. She has been a full-time entrepreneur for eight years, and has been doing full time resin art for the past three.


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First off, what exactly is resin art? Resin is a two-part material that when combined converts from a liquid to a solid. It’s a nearly indestructible material and food safe too! What I love most about resin is its fluidity, layering potential and high gloss properties. How did you get started with resin art, and how did that translate into designing home goods? As artists, we’re always taking inspiration from those before us. I saw resin art long before I even knew what it was. I first remember seeing (what I now know was) a resin piece in a coffee shop down by the beach on the Gulf Coast, where I’m from. It wasn’t until about five years ago that I found resin and started to experiment. There was no turning back for me after that; it’s











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“Pushing myself isn’t a problem. I’m constantly dreaming.” been all resin ever since! It’s an expensive material though, and wall art or tabletops can be a real commitment. Home goods were a great way for me to make my art more giftable. Most of my boards are under $100. How did you come up with the name “Cosmic Creativ”? I’m a total space nerd. I even earned my wings as an Advanced Astronaut from the Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL! Adult Space Camp is a thing. It sets me apart, and I wanted my business to reflect that part of my life. It’s also a great excuse for me to nerd out and share space stuff with my clients. What does a typical work day look like for you? I’m constantly pouring, and I’m constantly experimenting. Home goods are a constant for me, which is nice. I mix it up with custom wall art, tables and new projects like stove top covers. I’ve been spending a lot of time in a shared workshop lately, too; it’s called Mass Collective. There, I have full access to large woodworking machinery, where I’m making larger furniture pieces with rare wood, and I am using resin in new and different ways. As an artist, how do you push yourself to express your creativity in new and unique ways? Pushing myself isn’t a problem. I’m constantly dreaming… Why is it important for you to allow your clients to customize their purchases? Art is personal! If we can incorporate your wedding colors or match a friend’s decor, then it means more to me, too. Where would you like to see Cosmic Creativ in the next five years? Dare I dream to have my own store?! Goodness, that would be incredible. info cosmiccreativ.com @cosmiccreativ



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DR ESSED TO T H E N I N ES Meet Samantha Wood, the creative founder of The Dress Designer. words CHRISSY ROFFE

Samantha Wood brings her clients the chance to create their dream dress, whether for a wedding, graduation, or simply to redesign a dress they already own. With plenty of creative inspiration from her family growing up, Sam started with creating her own prom dress and knew she had found her calling. We got to know Sam a little better by asking her a few questions on her passion for dressmaking, and the hard work that goes into custom designs and alterations. Having grown up with your mom as a hobbyist sewer and your godmother a seamstress, what drew you to their work and inspired you to pursue fashion? I was surrounded by creativity growing up. Whether my mom was sewing dresses or my dad was renovating our house, I



picked up the ability to create anything I wanted. My godmother showed me style. She lived in a beautifully-decorated historic home that looked like a Southern Living magazine spread. She would let me tag along to her Neiman Marcus shopping adventures and treat me to special outings in D.C. that I would love to get dressed up for. I developed an appreciation for art, an eye for design, and a passion for fashion. What drew you to Charlotte and starting your business here? I used to roll my eyes when people said, "wrong turns lead you to the right places," until it happened to me. I never intended to live in North Carolina for long, but here we are seven years later. I love the versatility of this state, and I've been inspired by the creativity in Charlotte.




What triggered me to start my business here was seeing the success of fashion designers outside of NYC and LA. I was also a creative ticking bomb after suppressing my passion to design dresses for years. Life is too short to not do what makes you feel alive. How would you describe your own style? Eclectic, yet classic. My go-to look is distressed jeans and a bodysuit with a funky cut or an unexpected low back — then I'll throw on a blazer for a more sophisticated look. I'll also pair a basic dress with fun sneakers or a fun dress with basic sneakers. I'm all about style over fashion, so I try to stay away from trends and buy timeless pieces. Who or what do you find inspires you to create the most? I'm inspired by anything and everything, but most often by other dresses. Whether it's noticing a woman's dress in real life, scrolling through dresses on revolve.com, or seeing my favorite designers on Instagram, I often find myself subconsciously analyzing how I would design them differently. What is your process for creating a dress? I start by creating an inspiration board and sketching ideas. Once I solidify the concept, I draw final sketches, think through the construction, and source materials. I then cre-


ate the dress with muslin, typically using the draping pattern design method. After I refine the fit of the mock-up dress, I make the real thing. If it's not perfect at first, I adjust it until my client is smiling. What custom dress design would you say has been your personal favorite to make? I've made custom wedding dresses for friends, and there's nothing quite like seeing someone you love walk down the aisle wearing something you put love into. I recently worked on a project with local stylist Stacee Michelle. Often, clients want me to make their vision a reality, which takes the fun out of designing. Stacee gave me her inspiration and let me run with it. What advice would you offer to those looking to start their own creative side hustle? I'm still trying to figure out a balance and how to reach my own goals. I will say though — don't do nothing, because you can't do everything.

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PR I M E CHOICE Steak 48 Charlotte is not your typical steakhouse. words ELEANOR MERRELL photos JAMEY PRICE




It’s possible to dine at Steak 48 every day for a year and never sit in the same spot twice. With 11,500 square feet and 400 seats to choose from, Steak 48 didn’t come to Charlotte to play around. Almost a year has passed since Steak 48 opened its doors in December 2020. Since then, the restaurant has held true to its commitment to providing an experience ripe with choices. This commitment is predicated on the belief that fine dining means something different to everyone - even to the same person at different moments. That’s why, at Steak 48, you won’t find a large, open dining area. Instead, you’ll discover a collection of intimate spaces, one of which may offer the quiet privacy perfect for a date while another might exude the kind of energy that befits a special occasion. “It's all about having lots of comfortable, welcoming options,


so that no matter what brought you to Steak 48, you say to yourself, ‘You know, I'm in the right place. This is exactly where I want to be,’” says Chief Brand Officer Oliver Badgio. Choosing where to sit is just the beginning. Peruse the menu and you’ll find more than the typical steakhouse fare. Interesting appetizers like crispy shrimp deviled eggs, chicken fried lobster tails, and braised pork belly drizzled with local honey; creative side dishes like double baked truffle potatoes, corn creme brulee, and Alaskan king crab and rock shrimp mac and cheese; and strong seafood mains like Chilean sea bass and New Bedford sea scallops all vy for attention on the menu. That being said, Steak 48 is still a steak lover’s paradise. The restaurant has its own in-house butcher, which means

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access to butcher’s cuts; named as such because they’re so delicious that butchers used to save these prize cuts for themselves. It also means that the chef and butcher can easily collaborate to ensure that each cut is the exact specification that meets or exceeds the Steak 48 standards. Steak 48 also serves Wagyu beef, uniquely tender and uniquely tasty, to ensure that the restaurant is providing steak lovers’ taste buds with an unrivaled experience. Executive Chef Heather King, formerly of Le Meridien, brings her creative twists, sophisticated palate, and exceptional culinary experience to the Steak 48 menu. “She's just dynamic,” gushes Badgio. “You know, I think the only thing bigger than her ability to deliver in the kitchen is her personality. She loves what she does. And she's just so darn good at it.” The creators of Steak 48 pulled out all of the stops when it came to developing a bar program worthy of its food menu. You’ll find not only 100 wines available by the bottle, but also 48 delectable, best-in-class, high-end wines available by the glass, ranging from very bold to very approachable.


Steak 48’s hand-crafted, signature cocktails are made from local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible, rooting the restaurant more solidly in its Charlotte location. With other locations already established in Houston, Chicago, and Philadelphia, the owners of Steak 48, brothers Mike and Jeff Mastro were drawn to the Queen City in large part due to its strong community bonds, reinforced by philanthropy and intentional relationships. The Steak 48 team members intend to add to these bonds by dedicating time and resources to local charitable efforts. And, of course, by offering an outstanding culinary experience. “What we do is the totality of the experience. It's not just the food, or the atmosphere, or the luxury personal service, or the meticulously designed environment, it's wrapping it all into one,” says Badgio. “The truth is, at the end of the day, we're selling an experience with a side of steak and wine.” info steak48.com @steak48


A MOU N TA I NSI DE W I N ERY Take a trip to Banner Elk's Eagles Nest Winery for locally distilled, blended, and bottled NC wine. words CHRISSY ROFFE and SUNNY HUBLER photos JP GRICE



Located in Banner Elk, NC, Eagles Nest Winery is a new destination in the mountains for wine enthusiasts. Nestled within the Eagles Nest community, the winery offers a wide variety of food and housemade wine for those visiting or living on-site. General Manager and winemaker Jeff Lemke runs the show, bringing the best wines he can make and pairing them alongside carefully curated menu items. Each and every wine comes from premium California grapes, so you can be sure you are getting the very best. “I’m passionate about the wine, and all the logistics that go into it. The distilling, blending, trying to get that balanced, full-bodied taste. I love everything about it.”


Eagles Nest, founded in 2003, is a community in Avery County that offers gorgeous homes near Pisgah National Forest, Sugar Mountain, and more. Each property offers beautiful views and an expansive range of custom and pre-built homes. Amenities include hiking trails, lodges, an upcoming fitness center, and of course, now the winery. Once you’ve arrived at the high-ceilinged, converted barn, you can expect varieties of cabernet, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, and chardonnay. Using imported West Coast grapes and juices shipped in first-use barrels, each wine has a distinct taste, ranging from strong and full-bodied to crisp and refreshing. Everything is distilled, blended, and bottled in-house, giving the wines their own, unique Eagles Nest flavor. Surrounding the facility are custom wood tables and a large,


crackling fireplace to add to the rustic ambience. Take your glass outside to see gorgeous views of the mountains while sitting by the fire. Nothing beats the pairing of a picturesque environment with the sweet taste of a multitude of wines. Jeff also occasionally brings in live music and other outdoor entertainment for guests to enjoy. The Eagles Nest Winery is open exclusively to members, with daily, weekend, or annual passes available. All passes provide access to the winery, but the annual membership allows up to six guests plus wine specials. info eaglesnestatbannerelk.com/winery @enwinery




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Renowned Parisian architect and designer Richard LaFond designed La Belle Helene’s breathtakingly gorgeous interior, setting the stage to serve equally breathtaking food. It’s difficult to identify standouts on a menu created by Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch, but the French Onion Soup just can’t be beat, especially on a nippy winter evening. Served in

a white crock, placed on a delicate doily and typically adorned by a strand or two of comté cheese draping elegantly over the rim, this French onion soup is pure gooey goodness. Before you leave one of Charlotte’s top French brasseries, expect to receive your bill tucked inside a copy of The Iliad, in homage to La Belle Helene’s namesake, Belle of Troy.

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At Supperland, Pastry Chef Liana Sinclair changes up her pies seasonally. There’s one frequently on the menu, however, and it’s a bigtime favorite. The chocolate peanut butter pie has a creamy, rich mousse and dark chocolate

cremeux filling set in a crunchy dark chocolate crust. It’s topped with candied crumble and chocolate-coated cocoa nib. ‘Tis the season for sweet treats, and Supperland has some of the very best.

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This holiday favorite is a labor of love requiring multiple days of forethought. To create their spin on the classic alcoholic eggnog, The Stanley whisks together eggs and sugar until thickened, then slowly adds milk, cream, brandy, rum, whiskey, sherry, and black walnut bitters. Separately, egg whites are

whipped until soft peaks form, then are folded into the first mixture. This is stored for several days at a cool temperature, then served in rocks glasses and topped with whipped cream, grated nutmeg, and vanilla wafers. The result is a warm hug of a cocktail with a frothy texture and creamy, rich flavor.

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The Jimmy, now open in Myers Park, takes its inspiration from the coast of Italy and France. Under the direction of owner Jim Noble, the restaurant focuses on fresh, handmade pastas and Neapolitan-style pizzas. In kind, the drink menu offers light and refreshing Italian-inspired beverages like this one: The French Riviera. Made with tequila, fresh lime, a splash of orange liqueur, and then finished with chambord, the cocktail makes for a perfect pairing with nearly any menu item. — info — thejimmyclt.com / @thejimmyclt


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MODER N BOHO A conversation with business owner and designer Wendy Fennell. words ELEANOR MERRELL






Ten years ago, Wendy Fennell quit a job she loved in the fashion industry in order to be more present for her newly adopted son. The conclusion of one career opened the door for her to start another. She began offering interior design services as a side hustle before launching her own full-scale business Bohemian Bungalow design. Why did you choose a bohemian style? I have alway been drawn to boho interiors. My aesthetic is eclectic and colorful but also with a lot of modern elements. Although my business name is Bohemian Bungalow, my project designs have always offered different styles from transitional to modern with lots of texture, color, and patterns.


Out of all the designs you have done, what was your favorite one? That's a hard one! I just completed a fun project in the NoDa area and these clients were up for anything, so I had a ball with bold wallpaper choices, super colorful and geometric fabric, and funny lamps choices. What work have you done with Savvy Giving By Design? Savvy Giving By Design is a non-profit, national organization of professional interior designers coming together to create and design rooms for children and families in medical crisis. It is my honor to be the lead design firm for the Charlotte Chapter.

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What was the hardest design you have ever done? I just started to do some commercial projects and the rules are different. I wouldn’t say it’s harder but definitely a different challenge. What approach do you use when working with customers? I start with a discovery call for new clients then follow up with an in-home consultation where we walk their space, discuss styles, identify items that need to stay, and talk about budget. It’s very important to convey how long projects will take. In these crazy COVID times, everything is taking way longer, and the delays and lead times on product and shipments are everchanging. We do the best we can, but regular communication and bi-weekly project updates with clients is essential. What are your plans for the future of Bohemian Bungalow Design? We have a wallpaper collaboration with Mitchell Black Home and we are in the process of expanding the Bohemian Bungalow Collections. To see the line, check out mitchellblack.com. info bohemianbungalowdesign.com @bohemianbungalowdesign



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BEYON D T H E COM FORT ZON E Approaching liminal space with Summer Tubridy of Onyx Interiors. words ELEANOR MERRELL portraits JAMEY PRICE photos of spaces VICTORIA MOON and JOEL LASSITER photos of spaces courtesy ONYX INTERIORS



Summer Tubridy grew up in one of America’s most beautiful cities: Charleston, South Carolina. Immersed in the Holy City’s manicured gardens and surrounded by its classic, Southern architecture, Tubridy passed each day awash in aesthetic pleasure. However, her access to these spaces was limited, gained through the home cleaning business she started with the help of her father at age 16. She scrubbed the nooks and crannies of waterfront mansions on Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island, noting every remarkable design decision while also cutting her entrepreneurial teeth. Years later, while working for a well-respected, Charlottebased architecture firm, Tubridy’s husband (then fiancé) gave Tubridy the push she needed to pursue her dream of running her own business. “He convinced me that the timing was never

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going to be just right to take a leap and start my own business. He advised that the longer I waited, the harder it would be to start from scratch on my own,” recalls Tubridy. “That gave me the courage and confidence I needed to bet it all on myself, and that has turned out to be the best decision I ever made.” The first few years after Tubridy opened her design firm, Onyx Interiors, were, as she says, “terrifying.” Her first clients trickled in with worrying slowness. Rather than committing her resources to more marketing and networking, Tubridy resolved to focus instead on service, honing her personal and committed approach. The client experience at Onyx Interiors begins with an interview, during which Tubridy digs into client preferences: What do they love? What are their non-starters? From there, she creates. Summer begins with a cleanlined aesthetic, then weaves in the client’s style—whether it’s modern, traditional, or contemporary—with one exception: “I do think it’s important to push people out of their comfort zone with a bold selection or design concept they wouldn’t have ever considered picking themselves. When doing this, I’m always prepared with a ‘safe’ back up option, but more often than not, the client gets excited about the bolder option,” says Tubridy. She works with the client to revise her initial design drafts, until the design is perfectly attuned to both the client’s aesthetic and their functional needs. This process, combined with Tubridy’s stunning eye for design, aesthetic adaptability, and ability to create welcoming spaces with sophisticated flair, could have been the sole drivers of her success. However, what truly sets her apart as a designer in the Charlotte market derives from those younger years spent amid the romantic streets of Charleston. “When I was growing up, we didn’t have much. Both of my parents were service workers; my mother provided in-home care for elderly patients, and my father was a fireman and first responder. They worked so hard caring for others just to provide for me and my sister. They instilled that work ethic and care for others in me.” This is a palpable part of doing business with Summer Tubridy. Clients feel cared for—heard, understood, and at the end of the project as though they have received the best possible service. For Onyx Interiors, the bet on top quality service over marketing spends paid off when the firm launched in 2015. “Nearly all of the growth and success over the years has come organically,” says Tubridy. “And I never swayed from my original mission of ensuring every client feels as important as my first client.” info onyx-interiors.com / @onyx_interiors


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Layton Campbell, of JLayton Interiors, knows a bedroom should be restful but never plain. Completed in the Quail Hollow club area, this master suite has beautiful views of the golf course. Layton wanted to enhance, not detract, from that and so he created a romantic, serene escape from everyday work and life responsibilities for his client. In the room, the high vaulted ceilings allow for expansive windows and light, which enabled Layton to source the stunning, custom Christopher Boots light fixture of aged brass and

rock crystal. The French reclaimed hardwoods add warmth and grounding to the space. The entire space is wrapped in a muted mauve, shimmery Phillip Jeffries wallcovering. “I wanted to mix layers of texture and materials that would evoke a sense of calm,” said Layton. The custom designed silk rug is by JLayton Interiors through Stark Carpet, the bedding is by SDH and Home Treasures from Bedside Manor, the sheer fabric is by Romo Zinc Collection and the custom leather ottoman is Nastasha Baradaran.

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Danielle Knox, of Danielle Knox Interiors, is an architectural interior designer based in Davidson, North Carolina. She specializes in residential interior design. With this 2020 project, Danielle’s clients were a large, close knit family who love to entertain for special occasions and holidays. Danielle added ample storage for multiple sets of china and crystal, and created a welcoming space that is light, airy and balanced with classic, lasting design elements. “I wanted them to have that feeling of a respite to exhale and

relax as they walk into their beautiful home,” Danielle shares. The large, open linear lighting fills the 12-foot tall space beautifully without feeling too heavy, and the sisal wrapped walls lend an extra nod of attention to the added trim and window wall details. The chairs and buffet are Tritter Feefer, the chandelier is Visual Comfort from Darnell & Co., Elizabeth Bradford painted the watercolor art, the custom cabinetry is from The Hartley Group, Cornelius NC, and the sisal wallcovering is Thibaut.

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Theory Design Studio combines an eye for artful interiors alongside the team’s love and connection to the Charlotte area. Theory offers full design services for both residential and commercial projects, in addition to the team’s emphasis on working with homebuilders to design and merchandise fresh and timeless model homes.This beautiful, airy home—completed in Denver in early 2021—focused around the overarching goal of creating a layered, Bohemian setting that is grounded in natural elements and neutral colors.

According to owner Emily Hudgens, this particular client wanted the space to have its own personality while also incorporating carefully curated pieces throughout the home. “It was important to create a comfortable space but with a dynamic edginess to house key décor pieces and art,” Emily explained. “Functional accent seating and casegood pieces were also an important element to this design.” Vendors used in this project include Classic Home, Uttermost, Surya, and Kichler Lighting.

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C L A S SIC R O O TS , MODE R N ST Y L E This timeless design from Amy Vermillion Interiors embraces modern elements without losing the classic elegance that it was built upon. words LIZ A CARR ASQUILLO / photos DUSTIN PECK




There’s something undeniably special about living in an older home. Created with longevity in mind, these homes are often built with strong structures that were simply imbued with resilience and charm. Those attributes are precisely what drew the clients of Senior Designer Amy Vermillion to this project. Originally built in the 1920s, the Myers Park-area house had already gone through its fair share of renovations. Builder Bryan Gerrard took on the latest structural remodel and Amy Vermillion Interiors led the interior design charge. By completely transforming several rooms, updating the light fixtures and adding a few special touches, Vermillion turned the home into a space that honors its roots while encompassing a strong, modern look. Stepping through the front door into the home exemplifies this right away: The light foyer features old-fashioned wainscoting, as well as thick door frames and crown molding. These features juxtapose nicely with the geometric lighting that gives the space a more modern feel. The creamy whites from the foyer continue throughout the living room, serving as a stark contrast to the room’s mantel


and fireplace. The unfinished wood gives the mantel a rustic look, while the black tile makes the feature stand out. The same color is used on the couch—one that can withstand all kinds of family spills and messes. “We chose fabrics that are family-friendly but look great,” says Vermillion. “They have built-in stain resistance but still have a luxurious hand. The same went for all the rugs and carpets. There is no point having decorative elements that won’t hold up with kiddos!” Because this house has young children, Vermillion applied the idea of family-friendly to more than just upholstery choices. She wanted the family’s children to feel like the house was designed for them, too. “For the kids’ rooms upstairs, we chose navy for the son and a lively pink and green for their daughter,” says Vermillion. “The rooms are really cute and reflect their personalities.” In contrast to the kids’ rooms, the owner’s suite is more subdued. By using light, natural colors with a soft peach hue on the bed, the room feels airy and relaxing. Back downstairs, those light colors begin to mingle much more closely with the darker greys and blacks of the living

HOME & DESIGN room. The kitchen, for example, features black cabinets and dark wood for the island paneling. “I decided to do the Fine Paints of Europe black high gloss for some drama,” recalls Vermillion. “The light fixtures also add to the updated vibe of the kitchen.” In the office, Vermillion turns those dark colors into the dominant palette in a way that still feels soft. She also designed built-ins made to look original to the home. Still, the major modifications of the office paled in comparison to the house’s basement-turned-Speakeasy. The clients started with the simple idea of creating a space to watch their favorite sports. From there, Vermillion helped them design a bar and entertainment area that made use of the basement’s timeless look. “Our job as designers is to guide our clients,” says Vermillion. “Yes, push them a little outside their comfort zone, but find solutions and selections that accomplish that.” The antique brick tunnel entrance leads into a bar that’s complete with custom shelving and cabinets, as well as an antimicrobial Dekton countertop. “The walls are done in a burnished oak, and the look is cozy and warm,” notes Vermillion. “While I love light and airy, there is nothing like a moody space to have a bourbon, smoke a cigar and watch a football game.” Through strong collaboration with her clients, Vermillion reimagined nearly every inch of the basement—and the rest of the Sherwood House, for that matter. From the airy foyer to the rustic warmth of the speakeasy, the Sherwood House successfully balances the classic nature of the 1920s with the modern aspects that make it feel like home for the family that resides in this design masterpiece. info amyvermillion.com / @amyvermillioninteriors gerrardbuilders.com / @gerrardbuilders


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CH A R M I NG CH ETOL A Discover what makes Chetola Resort so special during the holidays. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO /

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The Blue Ridge Mountains have always held a sort of reverence for Carolinians— an inexplicable enchantment that’s captured best by the natural serenity of the land and the beauty of the forests at dusk. Experiencing it all during the holiday season just makes it that much more special. That’s why the dedicated staff at the Chetola Resort work so hard to keep the magic of the Blue Ridge Mountains alive—even during the winter months. From those looking for a holiday vacation destination to those just looking to spend a winter weekend away from home, the Chetola Resort welcomes all kinds of travelers to join in on the fun.



Located right on the Chetola Lake in Blowing Rock, NC, the Chetola Resort includes 78 acres of land and a multitude of amenities. Guests can stay in the Chetola Lodge, Chetola Premier Condominiums or The Bob Timberlake Inn; each offers a different aesthetic and different amenities. The Chetola Lodge is an excellent choice for travelers who want a more traditional hotel setting. For those traveling with a larger group or simply looking for more privacy, the Chetola Premier Condominiums are likely going to be the better choice. While both the Chetola Lodge and the Condominiums make for comfortable accommodations, it’s the Bob Timberlake Inn that truly brings out the best in the resort. This inn has been a beloved bed & breakfast in the area for years. With locally-sourced ingredients used in each meal, the Bob Timberlake Inn pays homage to the bountiful Blue Ridge Mountains at every turn. Another dining space that takes pride in its Blue Ridge Mountain culinary roots is Timberlake’s Restaurant. Inspired by North Carolinian artist and designer Bob Timberlake, this restaurant features many of his favorite dishes. Patrons can


find everything from Carolina quail to made-from-scratch desserts and vegetarian options. To celebrate the holiday season, the restaurant also puts together mouthwatering buffets for those staying through Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hoping to hang out somewhere a little more casual during your stay? Headwaters Pub is in the same building. Outside on the sweeping grounds, the team works for months on end to create the annual Festival of Lights display that runs through the season. The result is a unique charm and dedication to holiday decor that’s sure to delight adults and children alike. No two festival set-ups are ever exactly alike. The event is free and open to the public, and you can drive or walk to enjoy thousands of lights all over the property and many dazzling, illuminated displays all around Chetola Lake. There is also music. In addition, Chetola Resort offers a wide range of unique opportunities that are perfect for a holiday trip. The resort’s Kids Camp is open year-round to keep the little ones entertained while the parents relax. A heated indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi make it easy to swim even when the winter

MAKE YOUR WAY BACK Lighten up your holidays. From larger-than-life events like the N.C. Chinese Lantern Festival to one-of-a-kind shopping and dining, the Raleigh area has plenty of amazing experiences for visitors to delight in, all season long. Make your way back to once again enjoy that holiday sparkle you’ll only find right here.


TR AVEL temperatures start to drop. During the weekend, guests can also enjoy lakeside bonfires snuggled up with loved ones. The resort even provides round-trip shuttle transportation to Appalachian Ski Mountain every winter. For those with a club membership or guest pass, the Chetola Sporting Reserve is a well-known place to test one’s skills. The reserve offers a variety of shooting activities, including archery and a 13-station sporting clay course. Thinking about heading into town for a night? The winter wonderland at Tweetsie Railroad is just right for kids and adults of all ages. Visitors during November and December will get to see all kinds of light displays as they ride the open-air train. Plus, Tweetsie Railroad always features local vendors and artists, so the perfect Christmas gift could be right around the corner. With everything Blowing Rock and the Chetola Resort have to offer during the winter, visitors won’t regret spending their holidays here.

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Less than 50 miles northeast of Savannah, Hilton Head Island pokes out from the South Carolina coast into the rolling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This longtime Lowcountry haven, known for its world-class golf courses and best-in-the-nation beaches, is the perfect place to retreat from the bustle of everyday life and luxuriate in nature’s beauty. For 40 years, Hilton Head Health has been aiding island-goers in their pursuit of a more balanced life. This world-renowned resort offers all-inclusive wellness services, as well as comprehensive weight loss programs, and has earned spots on “best of” lists from U.S. News & World Report to TripAdvisor, Forbes, Good Morning America, and many more. A tenet of Hilton Head Health’s wellness and weight loss programs is immersion, from a mental, emotional, and social perspective. To aid in this endeavor, Hilton Head Health designed a resort experience that guests won’t want to leave. The onsite, two-story Sweetgrass Inn, which opened in the spring of 2021, offers 30 sleek, modern, hotel-style rooms and


suites. Across the lagoon, one, two, and three bedroom private villas provide a comfortable alternative to couples, friends, and small groups. Both lodging options include amenities designed to help visitors achieve their wellness goals, such as common areas to foster camaraderie and accountability and access to a hot tub, heated pool, and wooden saunas. HHH’s main campus is where the bulk of the resort’s comprehensive wellness and weight loss programs take place. It’s a walkable, beautiful area with canopies of live oak and spanish moss. In addition to custom programs, HHH offers three signature wellness programs that help guests leave feeling rested, revived, and committed to lifelong wellness. For example, the LivingWell program motivates guests to prioritize their health, transforming their perspectives on nutrition and wellness. The WorkWell program is a unique and newer addition to the HHH dossier that gives guests the resources they need to reset their work-life balance and build healthier routines. HHH’s programs work with participants to create sustainable



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personal change via a holistic approach. From a few days to an extended stay, HHH programs vary in length but always take the mental and emotional elements of weight loss as seriously as the physical elements. Because the HHH amenities serve the resort’s mission to help guests create healthy habits that will endure beyond the island, they extend past those of your typical resort. Program participants can eat three solid meals at HHH’s True Dining restaurant, which serves healthy gourmet cuisine—that is when guests are not nibbling in the resort’s test kitchen during a nutritional class or private healthy cooking lesson. Take your food indoors or outside in the greenery-filled courtyard. HHH not only offers a fitness center and pool, but also custom fitness plans and group classes that you can sign up for each day. Enjoy outdoor yoga, cardio and strength classes, or water aerobics. After a workout, guests can recover at HHH’s most gloriously indulgent amenity: The Indigo Spa. Ranked the number one hotel spa in America by USA Today, The Indigo Spa is the destination for workout recovery and stress relief. Rejuvenate with a facial or body treatment, indulge in a massage, or recenter in the spa’s relaxation room, which overlooks an oak-shaded lagoon. Guests will find the resort nestled in the Shipyard gated community, just over a mile away from the beach. The community, accessible to HHH guests, consists of 800 acres laced with walking and biking paths, dotted with top tier golf courses, and tennis courts. It’s the perfect retreat for anyone looking to reset or reinforce healthy habits or to experience a restful, yet healthful, getaway. info hhhealth.com @hiltonheadhealth




PAV I NG T H E WAY FOR ST RONGER CON N ECTIONS The city of Greenville, South Carolina has so much to offer. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO


The Southeast has always had its fair share of quaint towns and bustling cities, all with their own unique identity and charm. Like many other towns in the Carolinas, Greenville, SC is still changing and growing, still trying to find what makes it stand apart from those around it—and that’s precisely why it’s such an exciting place to visit. As the city halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta, GA, Greenville has become a strong point of connection for both individuals, families and businesses throughout the South. Travelers to the city and even those just traveling through will experience a convergence of Southern cultures, all from people who are actively shaping what it means to be from Greenville. When visiting the city, travelers can expect to find a thriving downtown area with inviting shops. Greenville boasts an eclectic mix of local boutiques, nationally known brands, and antique shopping destinations. Cottage Grove Vintage Market, for ex-


ample, is a top choice for someone who wants to browse curated home décor with a vintage feel. This shop has everything from finished furniture to pillows and plant stands. Plus, it even sells home improvement materials like chalk paint and furniture wax so that anyone can feel empowered to create something that’s just right for their home. In addition to being an excellent shopping destination, Greenville also has a thriving arts and entertainment scene. This is due in part to organizations like the Greenville County Museum of Art and The Carolina Music Museum. These museums show off work by Southern artists and preserve the history of art and music throughout the area. Greenville’s family-friendly activities don’t stop there. Other notable spots include the Greenville Gem Mine and the Greenville Soy Candle Company for some hands-on enrichment. With a short drive to the outskirts of the city, families can even find

TR AVEL a variety of hiking opportunities. Because the Blue Ridge Mountains drop sharply into the Piedmont area right around Greenville, the surrounding forest has one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls along the Eastern U.S. Take a day trip to Reedy River Falls or spend a weekend hitting up every waterfall in Greenville County—either way, the view will be unforgettable. After a day of shopping and sight-seeing, no trip to Greenville is complete without a culinary tour. As a city with over 100 restaurants, Greenville truly has something for everyone. For a culinary experience that boasts both great flavors and a stunning view, Juniper is the place to go. This restaurant and bar overlooks Main Street from eight floors up and features inventive cocktails alongside fresh, flavorful dinner selections. Travelers can even take a taste of Greenville home with them by stopping at renowned gift and culinary shop The Cook’s Station. This locally owned space takes pride in serving the foodies of the Carolinas through curated local gifts, wines, and treats. Travelers can wind down their day by staying at the AC Hotel, a space that takes pride in the surrounding city by showcasing art from more than 35 local artists. The AC Hotel even features a wide variety of dining options, including the well-known Paloma and the rooftop restaurant, Juniper. From food and shopping to art and waterfall hunting, Greenville has a little bit of everything. To truly experience the exciting growth and rich history of Greenville, don’t hesitate to stop by. Doing so now will guarantee a front-row seat to a city that’s sure to have something new with every visit. info visitgreenvillesc.com / @visitgreenvillesc

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Treat yourself this holiday season with sweets from these local Charlotte eateries. words SAMANTHA HUSTED / photos JAMEY PRICE OR JP GRICE

As the holidays draw near, Charlotte is abuzz with anticipation. The air is crisp, the houses are decorated, and the city is filled with an undeniable sense of holiday cheer. And in our opinion, nothing says holiday cheer quite like baked goods. Luckily for us, the Queen City doesn’t shy away


from delicious desserts. Charlotteans know how to do dessert and we do it well. So we’ve compiled a list of the best local spots to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for artisanal chocolates, Christmas morning doughnuts, or cookies for Santa—we’ve got you covered.

The Andersons Catering & Pies The Andersons Catering & Pies is a Charlotte gem that has been around for nearly 75 years. Once a beloved restaurant, the family-owned company now focuses on their catering business, with their Pecan Pie set as the star of the show. They’ve perfected their famous recipe (which hasn’t been changed since 1959) and have even dubbed it “the world’s best pecan pie.” Copain Nothing says the holidays quite like homemade pie. Thankfully, Copain, a cafe/bakery by Jim Noble of Rooster’s and Noble Smoke, has you covered. They offer an assortment of homemade pies and holiday treats, perfect for the upcoming festivities. They also have holiday dinner options available. Milkbread Milkbread, coming soon, is the newest concept from Joe and Katy Kindred, owners of the acclaimed Kindred restaurant. The Milkbread cafe, located in Davidson serves decadent milk bread donuts, coffee and espresso, crispy chicken, and natural wines in the evening. Kindred’s website also offers a variety of holiday milk bread desserts including the “Mini Cinnies,” aka mini milk bread cinnamon rolls, perfect for Christmas morning. Babe & Butcher Want to “wow” your guests at your next holiday party? Look no further than Babe & Butcher! Best known for their decadent charcuterie and dessert boards, owners Lindsay and Rob Henricks are experts at combining artful ingredients that pack a delightful culinary punch. This season they’re offering a Holiday Snowman Dessert Board, filled with your favorite holiday treats including macarons, candy canes, meringue, and chocolate bark. Suárez Bakery In need of cookies to leave out for Santa? Check out Suárez Bakery, in Park Road Shopping Center or at Optimist Hall. They offer an impressive array of big and little cookies, as well as holiday sugar cookies. Besides cookies, the bakery is also known for its made-to-order cakes, cupcakes, and pastries. Their offerings are available in store until they run out. You may also pre-order online with at least 48-hours notice. Sunflour Baking Company Sunflour Baking Company prides itself on being family-owned and locally sourced. With four Charlotte-area locations, Sunflour has become a bonafide institution in the Queen City. The small batch bakery offers a wide variety of treats, both savory and sweet. For the holidays, they offer seasonal pies and cakes, many of which can be prepared with vegan ingredients. Check out their website to find a location closest to you. Mama Ward’s Cake Co. Mama Ward’s is a cake company with deep Southern roots. Named after owner Sunnie McCain’s great-grandmother, the



THE EXCLUSIVES bakery specializes in traditional “little layer cakes.” Not only are Sunnie’s cakes delicious, they’re steeped in history. If you’re looking for a unique, authentic dessert for your holiday celebration, definitely try Mama Ward’s! Duck Donuts Switch up your holiday morning routine with donuts! Duck Donuts offers an array of unique and seasonal flavors, all made to order. The donuts come out warm, delicious, and undeniably fresh. Some of our favorite seasonal donuts include their Maple Bacon, Apple Pie, and Coffee Cake. Haberdish Haberdish, located in NoDa, is best known for its elevated Southern fare and delectable craft cocktails. But besides their savory array of fried chicken, Smoked Deviled Eggs, and Sweet Potato Dumplings, the mill town-inspired restaurant also offers classic Southern-inspired desserts. We’re particularly fond of their Whoopie Pies and Banana Pudding.


The Batch House In 2020, a flash flood destroyed Cristina “Cris” Rojas-Agurcia’s treasured small batch bakery, The Batchmaker. After nearly a full year, it is back and better than ever. The new shop, now located in the Wesley Heights neighborhood, offers all the staples, including their Oatmeal Cream Pies, S’mores Brownies, and Chocolate Puddle Cookies. Their holiday cakes and pies tend to run out fast, so if you’re looking for a holiday dessert make sure to order ahead of time! Amelie’s French Bakery & Café In need of a tasty, yet elegant gift for a friend? Amelie’s French Bakery offers their famous 12 Pack French Macaron Box. Their Classic Collection includes flavors such as Pistachio, Cotton Candy Buttercream, Raspberry Marmalade, Chocolate Ganache, Lemon, and Orange Buttercream. Besides macarons, the cafe has a delightful array of French pastries. The Secret Chocolatier Have you ever had a Brownie Pop before? It’s a brownie dipped in chocolate, delightfully decorated, then placed on a stick for easy enjoyment. Aside from their ingenuitive Brownie Pops, the good folks behind The Secret Chocolatier offer an array of unique chocolate boxes and gift sets, perfect for that hard-toshop-for friend. Villani’s Bakery Villani’s is a true New York/Italian style bakery that features regional classics such as cannolis, sfingi, biscotti, tiramisu, and more! They also offer a large array of cakes, cookies, muffins, and macarons. Everything is made fresh and in-house. Manolo’s Bakery Dubbed “Charlotte’s first Hispanic bakery,” Manolo’s is best known for its authentic Latin sweets. Founded by Colombian im-


migrant Manuel “Manolo” Betancur, Manolo’s focuses on giving back to the immigrant community. His staff don shirts that proudly say “Made in America by Immigrant Hands.” Switch up your holiday tradition this year, support the American dream, and try something new! We recommend their churros, flan, tres leches, or any of their homemade cakes. Renaissance Pâtisserie Founded in 2013, Renaissance Pâtisserie is an award-winning French bakery that specializes in authentic viennoiserie, pastries, and bread. If you’re not sure what to bring to that holiday potluck, we always recommend a baguette or butter brioche. They also offer holiday takeaway meals, which can be ordered on the website. Wentworth & Fenn Wentworth & Fenn is a gourmet bakery run by pastry chef and James Beard Award nominee Samantha Allen and her wife Cassie. They’re best known for their custom cakes and pastries, which they sell out of a 1961 Shasta Camper, lovingly named Selma. Their pastries are decadent, unique, and undoubtedly beautiful. During the holidays they sell specialty pies and cakes. Appalachia Cookie Company According to the folks at the Appalachia Cookie Company, they make their cookies like your grandma made them... i.e. fresh and from scratch. The Boone-based cookery offers unique flavors that would make Santa blush. We recommend ordering their Bacon & Bourbon, Apple Pie, or Cheesecake cookies. Bar Cocoa Located in the Ritz-Carlton in Uptown, Bar Cocoa is a dessert bar that offers an array of homemade pastries, Norman Love Confections, gelato, and macarons. The dessert boutique is a lovely spot to grab a unique holiday sweet while out in the city. Craft Cakes CLT Craft Cakes CLT is a designer bakery where the cakes are considered works of art. Owner Brigitte Oger creates her cakes with an emphasis on contemporary design. While the cakes are undoubtedly beautiful, they also taste pretty darn good. Brigitte uses locally sourced ingredients and is able to accommodate vegan and gluten-sensitive customers. Treat yourself this holiday season to an artisanal cake or stop by their shop to grab a delightful cake cup. Burney’s Sweets & More Burney's Sweets & More is a family-owned bakery that has been operating since 2011. Their mantra is as sweet as their confections: “May all who enter as guests, leave as friends.” They offer small and large pies, glazed croissants, donuts/ pastries, cakes, and other sweet treats.







GI F T L O CA L T H I S SE A S ON For presents big and small, these are some of the most individual and unique locally owned businesses for you to peruse, in store or online, today. words SUNNY HUBLER, ZOE R ADOJICIC & LORENZ A MEDLE Y

Shopping at the big retailers has its perks of course, but if you can avoid the pull of quick-click convenience, we have some recommendations for you so you can shop and feel good about it, too. Buying local has far reaches: it stimulates the economy in your community, helps the environment, and even translates into stronger infrastructure. Plus, it’s just pretty dang fun to walk into Bruce Julian’s Bloody Mary bar in the back of his suit shop, to chat with the kind, patient experts at Blackhawk, or to sample the lovely offerings at Selenite Beauty. Reids Fine Foods All over Charlotte you will find the very distinct Reid’s Fine Foods markets, specializing in superior wines, locally grown produce, baked goods, and beautifully arranged gift baskets. These gift baskets, among the many other products that Reid's provides, are the perfect present for the individual in your life with a more refined palate.


Peppermint Forest If you love everything Christmas, than the Peppermint Forest Christmas Shop of Charlotte was made for you. Whether shopping for yourself or your loved ones, Peppermint Forest has no shortage of trees, ornaments, decorations, lights, candles, florals, or Christmas collectables for this upcoming holiday season. For the past 41 years, they have been the premier retail source for all things Christmas. Tiny Gods For the person in your life who likes to stand out with unique style, Tiny Gods Jewelry is the place to go. Founded in 2020, Tiny Gods curates beautiful and special pieces of jewelry for their clients, placing importance on both quality and creativity. You can shop online or in person, and you can even choose to shop by designer rather than by product. Find that extraordinary piece today.

Abode Home to all the latest in-home furnishing, décor, and interior accessories, Abode Home layers modern elements and antiques to create unique pieces for any style. Whether you are looking for something fresh and vibrant, or keeping it more classic, Abode Home will help you find a thoughtful gift to turn any house into a home. Selenite Beauty Selenite Beauty is a Charlotte-based beauty brand that only uses clean and natural products to make their skincare and cosmetics. Their cosmetics are perfect for the person who loves skincare and cosmetics free of harmful chemicals. Their line of essential oils to help support and cleans your body from the inside, learn more about their products and find the perfect gift. Traditions Interiors 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. Diamonds Direct For over 60 years, these jewelers have been redefining and perfecting the jewelry shopping experience. With over 50 designers carried, you are sure to find your perfect diamond at Diamonds Direct. 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.


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. Bedside Manor Located in SouthPark's Specialty Shops, Bedside Manor has been committed to creating an atmosphere of excellence and hospitality for nearly 30 years. Their staff is trained on all aspects of textiles and materials, from color to chemistry. They offer an extensive collection of home décor items and carefully curated gifts that you won’t find anywhere else in Charlotte. I.C. London Found in the heart of SouthPark Charlotte, I.C. London is a boutique that offers elegant and sophisticated lingerie, sleepwear, and loungewear. Shoppers can enjoy a variety of sizes and price points to choose from, all while browsing through exclusive brands and a wide selection of styles. Whether you are treating yourself or buying something special for someone else, I.C. London is the place to go. 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


bar in the back that serves up his signature (also for sale) Bloody Mary mix. Shopping doesn’t get much better than that! B.D. Jeffries This beloved SouthPark store is a Southern treasure, offering bridal registries, beautiful accessories, custom and antique furniture and one-of-akind items from around the world. 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. Paul Simon Located in SouthPark Mall, Paul Simon Men offers a selections of men’s labels to serve both business and social settings. This translates into new silhouettes, new fabrics and lighter garments, with made to measure and custom options. DONALD HA ACK DIAMONDS

Artisan Rug Gallery Born in Colorado and brought to North Carolina just a few years ago, Artisan Rug Gallery is a destination for hand woven rugs. If you’re looking for a fine artisanal carpet or a statement-making piece, this is where you’ll find it. Donald Haack Donald Haack is your go-to diamond and fine gems retailer in Charlotte. Perfect for that special person in your life, help them add a bit of sparkle this winter with Donald Haack’s “Find Your Diamond'' feature to customize your gift. Learn more about their wide variety of jewelry at donaldhaack.com. Boem Boem is a locally-owned boutique in Charlotte that offers comfortable clothing with a bohemian flare. Perfect for the beauty lover that prefers a laid back style, Boem offers a wide variety of dresses, shirts, jackets, and pants. Visit them online or in store at their SouthPark or South End locations. Toccare A go-to destination in the Queen City for custom spa treatments and beauty products, Toccare Day Spa offers a unique approach to skincare and beauty. Their goal is to offer their guests personal attention through customized services and


advanced knowledge of treatments, products and ongoing skincare. Mood House Mood House, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is reimagining the traditional massage spa. From easy online booking, to amazing massages, meditation classes and more, you are sure to enjoy Mood House. Gift a family member or a friend a relaxing massage or peaceful meditation class at Mood House. 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’re able to offer a true custom experience at affordable prices, without sacrificing the quality of materials. 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.


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. Find men's grooming supplies and gifts for the holidays and then end your New Year’s vacation right when you book with Emerson Joseph today. 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. Theory Design Studio As part of the Theory Design Studio’s efforts to make your interiors stunning, their brand features a great selection of home decor, lamps, pillows, art, dinnerware and furniture pieces, as well as a large gift section. 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. 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. Amina Rubinacci Amina Rubinacci is an Italian clothing designer whose style is recognized as timeless, unpretentious and classically elegant. The collection is known for its finest quality of Italian fabrics including wool, cashmere, cotton and leather. Stop by the locally-owned SouthPark store today.


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. Charlotte Candle Company Opened in 2017, Charlotte Candle Company is owned and operated by the couple Amy and Travis Stock. They are an eco-friendly company that make their candles from all-natural soy wax. What is different from these candles than others is that they barely burn any smoke because of the make-up of them. Be sure to check them out to gift the perfect smoke-free candle. 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. Windsor Jewelers Since 1986, this family-owned business has been helping couples get engaged with only the finest quality of diamonds guaranteed to last a lifetime. Located in Winston-Salem, Windsor Jewelers will help you build your ideal engagement ring for that perfect person in your life. If it is not engagement rings you are looking for this holiday season, however, they also offer a wide variety of other gorgeous diamond jewelry and timepieces.







THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON Here are some of the many ways to contribute to the charities in the Queen City, no matter what it is you have to give.



This time of year, it feels especially good to focus not only on giving, but on giving back. Whether you’re able to give time, your unused items, any amount of money, or simply able to give support by spreading the word, with the right priorities, we can all help to make the holidays just a little warmer this year. Here are some of the ways we can all offer a bit of assistance to our neighbors.

​​ Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Since 1981, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has worked to feed the hungry in the Charlotte area by soliciting and distributing food and household items. With the help of partnering agencies and donations, the Harvest Food Bank has worked to educate local communities about the solutions to ending hunger. You can donate directly on their website, and can choose from donating food, money, or your time. secondharvestmetrolina.org


One7 One7 Ministries is a faith-based nonprofit that works to give hope for refugee and immigrant families by providing housing, youth mentoring, and even a recreational soccer league. By providing healthy outlets and opportunities for refugee and immigrant children, One7 works to provide hope and stability for those who find themselves displaced in the Charlotte area. There are various ways to support One7, including donating towards college scholarships, volunteering, or meal drop-offs. one7.org

Humane Society of Charlotte The Humane Society of Charlotte is an animal shelter that not only provides services for local animals, but for individuals who may need help caring for these animals. The nonprofit works by offering resources, services, and overall care to the community through volunteering and local events. To help, individuals can find information about donating supplies or volunteering for events on their website. One of the biggest ways an individual can help also includes adopting a furry friend! humanesocietyofcharlotte.org Foundation for the Carolinas The Foundation for the Carolinas is a nonprofit organization that supports personal and local philanthropy in order to create a better community. Working across 13 counties in the Carolinas, the foundation has a branch in Charlotte that addresses the communities’ unique challenges through various programs and innovative funding. The website offers a broad range of specific programs to donate to, and several programs to volunteer for that are specific to your community. fftc.org Arts and Science Council The Arts and Science Council of Charlotte advocates for local art and educational programs in order to foster a more creative and sustainable culture for Mecklenburg County. The nonprofit serves as a resource for science, art, history, and heritage organizations, and works to increase community engagement in these areas. By donating to this organization, individuals are investing in people, programs, and ideas that lead to a more inclusive and creative community. Information on how to join the cause can be found on their website. artsandscience.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 4000 children that have been affected by autism, making sure the families and children know that they are not alone and still searching for answers. 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 who 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 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 non-profits 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 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 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 LAMB Foundation of NC The LAMB Foundation of NC is a nonprofit charity dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities. The foundation was started by Bill and Maureen Scott in 1960 because of their firsthand experience raising two sons with intellectual disabilities and knowing the need for facilities to help people like their sons. All their funding comes from donations collected from their over 16,000 members. lambnc.org Charlotte Black Dogs Charlotte Black Dogs is a Charlottebased non-profit organization that focuses on promoting awareness and educating the public on “black dog syndrome,” the difficulty black dogs face in shelters when it comes to adoption. They have helped decrease the number



of black dogs euthanized in shelters. Volunteers can support this organization by volunteering at events, photographing the dogs, helping get sponsors, or any other way they can. charlotteblackdogs.com Campus Pride Campus Pride is a Charlotte-based non-profit that helps create a safer environment for LGBTQ+ college students. The organization was founded in 2001 and values social justice, youth voice and action, empowerment, positive change, and diversity. Individuals can volunteer to support this organization. campuspride.org Carolina Raptor Center The Carolina Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization that educates the public about and rehabilitates raptors. The organization highly encourages volunteering from youths and adults. It was started in 1975 by Dr. Richard Brown, a UNC Charlotte ornithologist or bird expert. carolinaraptorcenter.org Teaching Fellows Institute Inc. Started in 2009, the Teaching Fellows Institute Inc. is a non-profit organization that is used to support the Charlotte area’s teachers and to provide opportunities of leadership and professional expertise to promote the success of effective educators.You can help by going on their website and donating or contacting them. teachingfellowsinstitute.org Assistance League of Charlotte Assistance League of Charlotte is a non-profit organization that aids in the transformation of children and adults by feeding, clothing, mentoring, and educating them. The overall goal of this organization is to better the lives of those in-need in the community in any way they can. Assis-


tance League was founded in 1992. assistanceleague.org Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dream Center The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dream Center strives to give hope to the hopeless, partnering with businesses, nonprofits and churches in order to provide medical care, clothing, food and resources to those in need. The Dream Center, founded by Jim Noble of King’s Kitchen, engages those forgotten communities through the Adopt-A-Block outreach program, Bible studies, job and financial training and more, connecting those in hopeless situations with the greatest Hope there is. cltdc.org The HEARTest Yard The HEARTest Yard is a local program from Receptions For Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation. Olsen, a toptier tight end in the NFL, founded the organization in 2013 when his youngest son, TJ, was born with a congenital heart defect. The HEARTest Yard supports families of young children with Congenital Heart Disease with goals of providing long-term care, in addition to helping “heart kids” navigate their new normal. In a partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital located in the center of Charlotte, Olsen’s program keeps showing up for local kids who need assistance, care, and support. Olsen hosts a 5K race each year to raise money and benefits for those in need and donations are always accepted online. atriumhealth.org Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage The JK Foundation for Courage is dedicated to 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, who was killed by her abusive boyfriend. Support the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage by donating through their site, or sending a check. jkffc.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 by donating on their website through the Novant Health Foundation. kidswithpossabilities.org Learning Help Centers of Charlotte Learning Help Centers of Charlotte is a non-profit organization supporting families in poverty. They offer lowincome families time for after-school homework and tutoring. This organization is prideful in the relationships it builds with the families they help. You can volunteer on their website and help online or in-person by being a reading buddy or simply helping with homework. lhcclt.org A Child’s Place A Child’s Place is dedicated to erasing the impact of homelessness on children and the effect it has on their education. They do this by creating individualized plans designed

to keep the student in school with healthy behavior, and to keep children up to date on classroom learning. They also work to provide food, school supplies, and other necessities. A Child’s Place helps homeless families by identifying and making referrals around employment, health issues, food, domestic violence, financial management, and housing to end the homeless crisis. achildsplace.org The Sandbox This charity helps families of children with cancer to alter the lives of sick children by creating opportunities that build friendships, create lasting memories, produce joyful experiences, and restore hope. Their signature event is the Evening of Believing Prom, a prom for patients who would miss their own due to treatment or the eventual impact of their illness. You can donate money, a prom dress, or volunteer your time this holiday season. gotsandbox.org Right Moves for Youth This non-profit organization works to reduce the occurrence of student dropouts in Mecklenburg County by providing resources and guidance to help students graduate high school with a plan in place for future success. Right Moves for Youth offers student support and youth development services through group mentoring and social-emotional support, which in turn contributes to an increase in graduation rates, decrease of delinquency, and promotion of civic engagement. Help out by donating money, gifts, or supplies. rightmovesforyouth.org Assistance League of Charlotte The Assistance League is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through community-based philan-

thropic programs that feed, clothe, educate, 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., all proceeds go to their philanthropic programs. charlotte.assistanceleague.org OurBRIDGE for Kids ourBRIDGE supports refugee and immigrant communities by offering an enrichment program for newly arrived and first-generation children. They strive to foster a sense of diversity, integration peace, respect, and love for all cultures and beliefs in our community. You can donate or sponsor students, field trips, literacy classes, and community activities. joinourbridge.org The Mitchell’s Fund Meg McElwain and Frank Turner founded the Mitchell’s Fund after the loss of their two-year old son, to support the social needs of families with children suffering from pediatric illnesses. All contributions to the fund help pay for living expenses, counseling services, and travel for families of very sick children in the hopes of alleviating some of the financial stress so parents can focus on caring for and being with their child. mitchellsfund.org Freedom School Partners Freedom School Partners is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to promoting the long-term success of children by preventing summer learning loss by igniting a passion for reading and a love of learning. They serve families and children who don’t have access to quality summer enrichment opportu-

nities, and instead, provide them with the three resources necessary to develop their potential: literacy skills, character strengths, and a strong community. They welcome money donations and volunteers. freedomschoolpartners.org Ada Jenkins Center The Ada Jenkins Center helps the community by empowering citizens to break the cycle of poverty and gain economic independence through the integration of health, education, and human services. The center has become a resource hub for the Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, as well as a respected model for community centers in the region. You can help by making a monetary donation or volunteering. adajenkins.org Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas Big Brothers Big Sisters has served more than 1,500 children in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and York counties since 1972 through traditional community and school based mentoring and programs that pair adult volunteers with local children to create meaningful one-to-one relationships. Through the program, children are much more likely to gain higher aspirations, educational success, greater confidence, and build better relationships. bbbscentralcarolinas.org Levine Children’s Hospital This hospital is part of the Carolinas HealthCare System and delivers complex, leading-edge treatments for children in need. They have a dedicated team of pediatricians, pediatric specialists, child life specialists, and specially trained nurses to care for every child’s health needs. You can help by volunteering, donating, or joining one of their councils. carolinashealthcare.org








M E R RY & BR IG H T Ring in the season at the Carolinas’ most festive hotels, inns, and resorts. words SUNNY HUBLER, ZOE R ADOJICIC, LORENZ A MEDLE Y photos courtesy of the participating hotels

There’s no place like home for the holidays… unless of course you’re given the opportunity to kick up your feet, not tend to a single household chore, and enjoy holiday decor perfected by someone else. No matter when you choose to visit between the months of November and January, these resorts, inns, and hotels will enhance your holiday season in a unique way. Spend time resetting and reconnecting with the true meaning of the holidays while on a Charlotte staycation, cozied up in the NC mountains or on a weekend away at the coast. The Inn at Biltmore Relax in style or explore the outdoors at this high-end inn in Asheville. World-renowned for its beauty and hospitality, The Inn at Biltmore offers a variety of indoor relaxation and outdoor adventure. On top of offering complimentary wine-tastings, guests can also visit the winery, shops, restaurants, and spa at their leisure. With more than 100 decorated trees, 10,000 ornaments, 100,000 twinkling holiday lights, and an array of festive Christmas displays, there’s nowhere else quite like the estate during the holidays. biltmore.com

The Biltmore Village Hotel The Biltmore Village Hotel is also located on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, but offers a more intimate experience. Guests will find themselves a walking distance from the Antler Hill Village, Winery and Farmyard, with access to activities such as bird-watching and kayaking. Enjoy a quiet escape with a stunning view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Biltmore and the glittering holiday décor that adorns each area of the estate. biltmore.com Grand Bohemian Asheville Come explore the secrets that hide in this boutique Asheville hotel. Grand Bohemian invites guests to a sensory experience with their curious displays of interior design and unique furniture. The hotel offers a variety of experiences such as their Poseidon Spa and in-house art gallery. Red Stag Grille, onsite, will host several different holiday dining options, including Christmas brunch and dinner. For a stay like no other in Asheville, take a closer look at the enticing Grand Bohemian. kesslercollection.com


Two Meeting Street Inn A romantic bed and breakfast right in the heart of Charleston, and one of the oldest inns in South Carolina, Two Meeting Street Inn offers a perfect location in the heart of Charleston alongside unparalleled Southern hospitality. Guests can indulge in a hot Southern breakfast in the morning, or unwind with the afternoon Lowcountry tea after a day of exploring the city. The mansion finds itself hidden between lush trees and sprawling gardens, giving those who stay there the allure of romance. twomeetingstreetinn.com Chetola Resort Reconnect with nature and relax at this immersive lodge. If you are looking for a peaceful escape, look no further than Chetola Resort, located a walking distance from the village of Blowing Rock in the mountains of North Carolina. From November through January, enjoy the annual Festival of Lights by walking or driving the pond loop. For more fun, head to the sporting range, the spa or indulge in high-end dining at Bob Timberlake’s. Everyone can find something they love at Chetola, making it the ideal place for a memorable family vacation. chetola.com


Hotel Emeline Wander through the past while enjoying something new at Hotel Emeline. The hotel places an emphasis on the culture of Charleston, not only with its classic hospitality but with three iconic restaurants that guests can choose from, in between taking strolls around The Battery and shopping at King Street. Emeline incorporates the Lowcountry aesthetic with modern amenities to provide the ultimate luxury experience of the South. hotelemeline.com The Duke Mansion Just two miles outside of the Queen City, the Duke Mansion allows guests to experience the lively city and relax away from the boisterousness of the city. The property covers 4 1/2 acres for guests to stroll through. The Mary DBT Gardens provides guests with beautiful scenery and vibrant flora. Guests can stroll through the gardens, have a picnic in their seating area, and bring their children and dogs. Indulge in the peace of the nature and Southern charm provided by The Duke Mansion. dukemansion.com Charleston Harbour Resort & Marina Charleston Harbour is ranked among the highest in Beach Club’s across the country, and with good reason. Not only do they offer guests immaculate service and amenities, but there are an endless list of ways to relax and enjoy your stay. The Harbour offers private beach access, a movie theatre, private bocce ball courts, the Estuary Spa, and much more. Just a short water taxi ride away from the city of Charleston, the resort gives guests the option of relaxing on the beautiful outdoor patio and wrap-around porches, or going off and having their own adventure. charlestonharborresort.com French Quarter Inn French Quarter Inn is one of Charleston's most luxurious hotels. Guests can go into downtown Charleston and explore the city. Inside, guests can also indulge in many amenities in the five-star suites like an in-room sound ma-


chine, a 40-inch TV, valet laundry, and evening turndown services. At FQI, the special Sleigh Bell Suite is completely decked out in holiday décor including garland, a holiday tree, and an in-room eggnog bar. Available throughout December, the seasonal suite offers complete privacy and the ultimate holiday experience. Other holiday amenities for the entire hotel include a special ornament delivered at turndown, classic holiday movie screenings, and the melodies of Christmas carolers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. fqicharleston.com The Foundry Asheville Look out at the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains during your stay at The Foundry Asheville. The hotel has a slightly vintage style that pairs nicely with the modern and artistic tones of the furniture. The hotel offers a stay and ski package where guests can reserve a discounted day pass for the Wolf Ridge Ski Resort. foundryasheville.com The Spectator Hotel At The Spectator Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, each guest is treated like royalty. Take advantage of their butler services: Each butler will provide you with top notch services from tours of the city to delivering takeout to you personally, and can transform each room with holiday décor, treats, and drinks upon request. thespectatorhotel.com OLD EDWARDS INN

Wild Dunes Resort Wild Dunes Resort focuses on the healing powers of nature: Experience for yourself all the calmness and beauty of the South Carolina coastline. The resort offers a multitude of activities including tennis, golf, bike rides, and paddle boarding. Just 30 minutes outside of Charleston, guests can explore the city and learn more about its history. Drive to nearby James Island for the 32nd Annual Holiday Festival of Lights featuring over two million dazzling lights. destinationhotels.com The Vendue Explore Charleston's historic district and experience a stay that is like no other at Charleston's first and only art hotel, The Vendue. Each room has a different feel, staying true to its artistic nature and history. Guests can indulge in the Vendue over 300 works of art housed all throughout the property. This hotel is the perfect place to stay for art lovers from all over. Enjoy nightly milk and cookies by the beautiful tree and lights in the lobby. thevendue.com Grand Bohemian Charlotte Experience the Queen City to the fullest extent at the Grand Bohemian Charlotte. Whether you come alone or with others, the Grand Bohemian Charlotte can provide you with a five-star experience you can get nowhere else. The hotel offers spa services along with a gym to cater to guest's wellness needs. The spa offers water-inspired treatments like hydra-facials. Just steps outside the hotel, explore Uptown Charlotte and all that it has to offer. kesslercollection.com


INDEX Amina Rubinacci.......................... 22 Anne Neilson Fine Art ................27 Arcadia Homes ...........................37 Augusta Homes ...........................33 Bedside Manor .............................73 Blackhawk Hardware ..............55 Blue Ridge Mountain Club .....90 Brandon Lawn Real Estate..... 19 Cadenza ........................................79 Carin Miller Allen Tate .......38 Carolina Dental .........................47 Coggin Law.................................. 24 Cope And Stick ...........................101 Cottingham Chalk ....................43 Crystal Coast .............................97 Diamonds Direct .......Back Cover Donald Haack Diamonds ..........15 DwellNova .....................................8 Emerson Joseph ...........................4 Empire Communities ..................59 E. Swann & Associates .............40 Gerrard Builders...................... 28 Grande Custom Homes ............50

Helen Adams Realty ..................53 Hot Glass Alley ..........................40 JLayton Interiors ......................17 JJ Olszowy......................... ............32 Jennifer Jackson .........................61 Karen Kettler Design ................72 Kingswood Homes ......................25 Lake Norman Realty ..................35 Lisa McCrossan Ivester Jackson ...31 Liza Caminetti Ivester Jackson ...65

Lucy and Company .......................39 Majestic Bath ..............................68 McDevitt Agency .........................12 Michael Baker ..............................71 Middle C Jazz ..............................26 Mint Museum ...............................23 Moree's Preserve .......................94 Myron Greer ...............................102 Nestlewood Realty ...................57 New Life Building Supplies ......103 Noble Food And Pursuits.......... 10 Omni Hotels And Resorts .......122 osteria luca................................. 63

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