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Tradition & Curiosity

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A New Chapter

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Frozen In Time

Sitting down with Vanitas artist Andrew Leventis about life, still life, and his journey into painting.


Community Art

ClearWater Arts Center & Studios is a staple art resource in Concord.


Where Self-Care Meets Luxury

Find the time for rejuvenation and revitalization by visiting one of Charlotte’s newest spas, Woodhouse.



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Fighting The Good Fight

An interview with founder of The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, Jason Taylor.


Total Rejuvenation

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I have been a design fan for most of my adult life, and even worked for years at a home magazine in the mountains of North Carolina called High Country Home. So, when we started QCExclusive a decade-plus ago, I knew Home and Design would be a big part of the magazine. Not only does the topic have a section in every single issue, but a couple times a year it is the center of attention. This issue is just that! In our Spring Home and Design Issue we worked very hard to find and feature the most talented builders, designers, artisans, and vendors in the space.

Aside from all the home industry goodies you'll also find some amazing arts and culture content. We visit the studio of local artist Andrew Leventis and meet the community of artists at ClearWater Arts Center & Studio.

In the Health & Wellness genre, we share the experience at Woodhouse and we rejuvenate with Graper Harper.

For all those foodies out there, we experience the new tasting menu at L'Ostrica and have delicious food and drinks at the new South End restaurant Chapter Six. We also sample some fare and cocktails at Seoul Good, Bottle Tree, La Capital MX, and Humbug.

A new addition to our pages is our Luxury Lifestyle section dedicated to living the good life in Charlotte including high end real estate, luxury communities, retirement communities, and real estate. In this new section you can tour Village on Morehead and see the new Radius Dilworth development.

In our travel section we stay at a truly unique Asheville hotel called The Radical, experience the magic of the Blue Ridge at Cataloochee Ranch, and share our favorite places to travel to in 2024 with our partner Discover The Carolinas.

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Sitting down with Vanitas artist Andrew Leventis about life, still life, and his journey into painting.


“I feel like my approach to each [painting] is a little different, and I try to avoid set formulas that may cause the work to look too formulaic or mechanical.”

TThanks to a friendly introduction to the world of oil paints at an early age, Charlotte native artist Andrew Leventis knew he was drawn to painting before entering high school, but it wasn’t until a visit to the Mint Museum in his late teens that he decided he wanted to pursue it as a career. He considers himself lucky that his artist aunt gave him free reign of her oil paint collection whenever he would visit her on the West Coast during his childhood.

Andrew draws inspiration not only from the fleeting nature of life and passage of time captured by Dutch vanitas painters like Ambrosius Bosschaert and Clara Peeters, but contemporary artists as well like Cindy Write.

He paints daily, approaching it like a “normal” job. On days when a painting proves difficult to finish or add to, he muscles through with a favorite podcast or album, being careful to select something that will bring an air of focus and fun.

That consistent focus still maintains room for creativity, of course.

“I would like to have a set plan, but have never been able to find a nice, tidy way of executing a painting,” Andrew explains. “I feel like my approach to each one is a little different, and I try to avoid set formulas that may cause the work to look too formulaic or mechanical.”

Andrew credits a quote from American comedian and author David Sedaris with the next step to his artistic practice: As Sedaris put it, “You have to write every day… I write on Christmas, I write on my birthday, I write every day on my vacation. I can’t imagine not doing it. If you write every day, and you read, you’ll get better. And if you don’t, you won’t.”

Thanks to widely felt support and encouragement from his parents and partner Jim Frakes, Andrew has had a successful and satisfying career that has taken him across the globe,


from London for grad school to an upcoming show in April 2024 in Krakow, Poland. The Krakow show centers around food in art, and Andrew will showcase four of the paintings in his “Fridge Series.” This series, which began during the pandemic, is Andrew’s unique take on the vanitas (still life) style, capturing still life in other parts of the home that were readily available to him during the shut down. He describes the series as emblematic of that time in his life.

Closer to home, Andrew can be found teaching Painting at UNC Charlotte, and showcasing his work in the group show, “Forever Transient” at Central Piedmont Community College in the summer, and in an exhibition called, “Miniature/Monumental” at UNC Charlotte in the fall of 2024.






ClearWater Arts Center & Studios is a staple art resource in Concord.

ClearWater Arts Center & Studios is a unique City of Concord community development initiative. By repurposing a set of old buildings in the Gibson Village Community, an arts hub was born. To date, the city has successfully completed five phases of renovations. Managed by ClearWater Coordinator, Sarah Gay, the campus currently houses 15 artist tenants, including 13 individual artists and two non-profit arts organizations: the Cabarrus Art Guild and the Southern Piedmont

Woodturners. Sarah works alongside Programs Manager Taylor Morris.

It’s been a massive undertaking, one that was begun nearly two decades prior, but the payoff has been equally huge: Classes for the community, free events, residencies for local artists, regular exhibitions, and a newly opened ceramics center.

Here, Sarah shares with us more about ClearWater, her role, and what’s next for the growing center.


What is your background in the art world?

My professional background as an arts administrator started in 2001 when I landed a job for the Denver Art in Public Places program in Colorado, as a Public Art Project Coordinator. Years later, I came to Charlotte in 2008 as Associate VP for Public Art, at the Arts & Science Council. [After some ups and downs] I started with ClearWater in December 2013, and just marked 10 years here. I have absolutely always enjoyed art. I learned painting, drawing, realism and abstraction and majored in figurative sculpture in clay.

What is the importance of having this physical space for the community to see and create art?

I believe that art is an essential part of a rewarding life, and that access to the arts, and ability to learn and practice art in its many forms is an amenity every city should provide. Artists need to be able to socialize with other artists and creative minds, and we aim to produce many more events that assist in doing just that. In addition, ClearWater provides a creative, stimulating place for all people to gather, and it’s been rewarding to watch the delight of our clients.

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We established a “jury in“ process, which incorporates a questionnaire and evaluation of their artwork and of the direction the artist wants to go in. These applications are only accepted when we have a vacancy, which is seldom. All current tenant artists help participate in the applicant evaluation; to date, we have always admitted new artists on a group-

Tell us about the classes offered. We have held a smattering of art classes in all sorts of subjects and media over the last 10 years, offered by guest artists, tenant artists, or members of the Cabarrus Art Guild (a tenant since 2019). We also offer multiple two hour Saturday public workshops per month.

What makes ClearWater so unique and

Its unique origins: What started as a set of industrial buildings meant to hold and provide life-giving water for its community has now translated into a place providing life-giving

What are some of the 2024 plans for

Big plans! Big goals! In addition to the programming for the Ceramics Center, I have three major new directions and projects this year: Finding a way to bring musicians in to utilize our indoor and outdoor space, assessing the structural integrity of the last empty space we have yet to renovate into a metalworking space, and to gather an advisory group of metal fabricators and metal artists to help develop a design focus. Additionally, ClearWater’s rear field Is undergoing plans for a sculpture garden in the field adjacent to our buildings. One day, that will serve as a lovely outdoor gathering space for private and public events. Glimpses of these fun plans can be seen in our new “update video“ we’ve just wrapped.

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Find the time for rejuvenation and revitalization by visiting one of Charlotte’s newest spas, Woodhouse.

It’s easy to tell ourselves we need self-care, but what does that actually look like in practice? For some, it’s taking the time to do something meditative and relaxing, while for others, it’s taking the time to treat themselves and their bodies in ways that they can’t always do on a daily basis. But regardless of where the self-care comes from or how it’s done, all self-care should leave people with an improved mood and a healthier sense of wellbeing. Woodhouse Spa, owned by LeAnn Lambert and recently opened in SouthPark, aims to do just that for each and every one of its clients.

“Woodhouse Spa is designed for those who recognize the importance of ‘mood care’ and well-rounded wellbeing,” says Lambert.

That “mood care” comes from the philosophy that each service and treatment from Woodhouse Spa should help clients feel a certain mood — connected, resilient, calm, confident, energized, balanced, or some combination of them all. These six moods heavily affect how Woodhouse Spa looks and feels. The property was designed with clear intention to not only evoke luxury, but to be functional and accessible for the spa’s clients.

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“When you step through our doors, we want you to feel an immediate sense of tranquility and escape from the outside world,’ says Lambert. “Your journey with us is about more than just pampering; it's about profound relaxation, renewal, and reconnection with your inner self.”

Guests can experience that through a variety of services, including massages, body treatments, facials, and Woodhouse signature rituals. These signature rituals are services that clients can’t find at other spas, such as the infrared sauna ritual. This ritual is done in a special room with infrared light that’s supposed to promote a faster recovery for athletes and people with injuries by relieving inflamma-

tion and increasing blood circulation to the muscles. Salt therapy is another ritual they offer, which takes advantage of their newly constructed Himalayan salt sanctuary and is said to improve respiratory health.

Like any good spa, Woodhouse also takes pride in its excellent array of facials and massages — treatments that even Lambert can’t get enough of.

“The Woodhouse Signature Sculpt Facial is definitely a must try! This 80-minute treatment combines a facial massage, microcurrent technology, and Gua Sha techniques to lift and sculpt the skin,” says Lambert. “It’ll leave you glowing.”


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Those interested in visiting Woodhouse Spa for themselves can head to its new SouthPark location off of Piedmont Row Drive — a location chosen because Lambert knew the spa would fit in well with SouthPark’s other businesses.

“SouthPark is known for its upscale atmosphere and high-end shopping,” notes Lambert. “Woodhouse Spa’s commitment to luxury and relaxation aligns perfectly with the sophisticated vibe of the area.”

Can’t choose just one service? Woodhouse Spa also offers specialty spa packages and even recommends pairings to help you maximize your mood care (and stretch your wallet). Potential clients can find more information about their spa packages on the Woodhouse Spa website.




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An interview with founder of The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, Jason Taylor.

With locations all over the Carolinas, including in Charlotte, Hickory, Rock Hill, and Concord, The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor has established itself as a local powerhouse when it comes to personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, workers' compensation, and wrongful death cases.

We sat down with the founder of this firm, Jason E. Taylor, to learn more about what makes him — and his firm — tick.

Are you originally from the Carolinas?

No, I was born in Virginia and raised in Maryland. I visited one weekend before law school and fell in love with Charlotte. I decided this was where I was going to plant my roots both personally and professionally. I was actually dating my ex-wife at the time, who introduced me to Charlotte. We dated, married, and divorced, and I still moved here, no regrets. Eventually my two brothers, sister and parents moved here as well. Charlotte is contagious. I also fell in love in Charlotte to my wife of almost 20 years now.

Tell us about your professional background.

My father was a lawyer and I respected him immensely. Eager to follow in my father's footsteps, I graduated from college a year early. I took a break from studying and worked construction for a year, then started on my path to go to law school and become a lawyer, just like my father.

Upon graduation and passing the North Carolina Bar exam,

I began practicing law in Charlotte in 1993. I started with a small injury firm and after two years gaining valuable experience, I had a vision for how I intended to develop my practice and in 1995 I partnered with a fellow colleague to open our own firm. I practiced with my law partner for ten years, successfully growing that practice until I felt compelled to go out on my own in 2005 to start the firm I have operated ever since, The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor.

Over the last thirty years of practicing law in and around Charlotte, I have also been licensed in SC, Tennessee, and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. I have been on the board of governors for the state trial lawyers' association (NCAJ) as well as three different terms on their executive committee. I have served on the National Board of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) two separate terms, and I am a past president of the Western North Carolina State Chapter. I have been board certified Nationally by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Law since 2012. I have enjoyed the practice of law; I have enjoyed teaching legal education classes to lawyers and mentoring young lawyers. Beyond those professional accomplishments establishing myself as a prominent litigation attorney, I gain the most satisfaction in helping thousands of injury victims receive the justice they deserve, many times creating lasting friendships in the process, where many clients have become extended family members for myself and our caring legal team.


Why did you decide to start your own firm?

My dad (and mom) always stressed to my siblings and me that you need to "control your destiny" so I really never considered anything else. Plus, my vision never really fit into the typical "law practice mold", I ride motorcycles, smoke cigars and enjoy a good party. My business logo is an alligator riding a motorcycle smoking a cigar, (the litigator) not something most people would associate with a law firm. I take the work seriously but not myself. I don't let the profession define who I am, it is about making the effort in what is important to me, that is how I assess myself. That said, The Litigator also represents my passion to fight for my clients: I am a trial lawyer at heart and will litigate as necessary to achieve justice and optimal results for our clients. That was also why I chose my website to be www.thelitigator.com

What should a curious first-time client know?

A first-time client in need of an injury lawyer should know many of the "badges" like "Top 100" or "top 25" lawyers don’t really mean anything because they are often purchased titles rather than earned. There are probably hundreds if not thousands of lawyers with "top 25" or "top 100". On the other hand, a lawyer who is board certified (state or national) knows his or her stuff, those are earned, merit-based certifications. A lawyer who is "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell has been practicing law long enough and well enough that his or her peers think they are a good lawyer, now THAT means something.

Also, a first-time client may not want to go to court but they still need to find an experienced trial lawyer that defense attorneys and insurance companies know is ready and willing to successfully try their case if necessary to obtain the compensation their clients deserve. A lawyer who never/rarely goes to court will routinely get low ball offers from insurance companies because they know the lawyer will not go and fight for the client in trial. So, a first-time client needs to consider hiring an experienced trial lawyer.

What are you most passionate about in your business?

Fighting the fight for our clients. We represent injured individuals, and many of them are out of work and have significant medi-

cal expenses. We represent these folks against wealthy large insurance companies, and we have the burden of proof. It is an uphill battle, which to me is exciting. We only get paid if we win, making our services affordable to any client. Seriously, that makes you feel good. You cannot control the outcome of a trial or any fight for that matter, but you can control your effort. As Theodore Roosevelt said. "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

What sets your practice apart?

Not to sound redundant but fighting the fight is the first thing that comes to mind; some law firms won't do it, or won't do nearly enough of it. Also, our practice is a team-based approach. We have investigators, case managers, legal assistants and lawyers all working together on the client cases. I am also nationally certified in civil trial law. Very few lawyers have this certification, less than 5%, as it requires extensive trial experience and letters of recommendation from judges and lawyers you have tried cases in front of and against. It also requires a several-hour written examination, and you have to be recertified every five years. I have been recertified multiple times, and I work with the other lawyers in the law firm on all aspects of the client's cases.

In putting our clients first, we go the extra mile and do for them what many other firms will not, even when it may come at a financial cost to us. For example, we negotiate medical bill balances to put more money in our clients’ pockets even though it is not required and does not add any additional money for us. It is just the right thing to do. We handle property damage aspects of the case as a courtesy, for free. We also make sure our fee is not greater than what the clients recover personally, after medical expenses are paid. Sometimes this requires reducing our fee and we do it, and while we don't have to, we really do care. That sets our practice apart!

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Charlotte’s Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery adds a new doctor and new state-of-the-art treatments.

Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery has been taking care of plastic surgery and cosmetic rejuvenation needs of women and men in the region for decades. Their on-site surgical facilities are fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery (AAAASF). Graper Harper boasts three full-time medical aestheticians/laser technicians, three full-time aesthetic nurse injectors, a CoolSculpting® and laser hair removal specialist and a PRF specialist who can help you with hair rejuvenation.

The state-of-the art facility with state-of-the art devices can help you with skin tightening, laser resurfacing and all of the treatments, procedures and products needed to help you become your most confident and beautiful self.

The practice is led by Dr. J. Garret Harper, Dr. Robert Graper, and their newest doctor, Dr. Evon Zoog. All three are dedicated to excellence in their field.

Available exclusively at Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery is the new Denza RF device: a Monopolar + Bipolar advanced Radiofrequency Skin Tightening treatment. This non-surgical skin tightening for face and body combines both monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency along with sequential pulsing technology and cryogen cooling to tighten the skin deep below the

surface and on the surface, comfortably. The benefits? Skin tightening you will see with improving results in the months ahead, plus no surgery and no downtime.

Another popular new treatment from Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery is Aveli®. This treatment specifically targets cellulite, something 90% or more of all women have. Cellulite is not caused by age, diet, weight, or lack of exercise. It is very common and until now, an effective treatment has been elusive. This newest FDA-cleared technology treats cellulite below the skin’s surface for smoother skin without the appearance of dimples. Dr. Evon Zoog is scheduling complimentary consultations to see if Aveli® is right for you.

Graper Harper also has an exciting new PRF 3-month protocol for hair rejuvenation. PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) is the next generation PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). PRF treatment releases growth factors over time, offering sustained platelet growth for days, resulting in longer term benefits for rejuvenation. GHCS’s new PRF protocol also includes a specially compounded hair serum and Nutrafol supplements to complete a total approach to hair repair and restoration. Graper Harper offers complimentary consultations for PRF treatments, too.

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IIn the summer of 2023, L’Ostrica opened as a chef’s market in Montford that offers an assortment of dips, salads, soups, pastas, entrées, sweets and more for convenient pick up. All items are prepared in house and are either available ready to eat or designed for easy assembly with restaurantquality results. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who isn’t up to the task of preparing a meal after a long day, wants to host guests at their home with a dash of culinary assistance, or perhaps just wants to treat themselves to a delicious meal in the comfort of their own home.

The chef’s market selections heavily incorporate ingredients sourced from local farmers. Additionally, the offerings change with the seasons, with the dual effects of keeping the menu interesting for repeat customers while also enabling year-round freshness and hyperlocality. On Saturdays, L’Ostrica also offers a mini farmer’s market with produce on sale from local farmers as well as demos and tastings from guest vendors.

The concept came from owners Eric Ferguson, former executive chef at Stagioni, and Cat Carter, former food writer and veteran of corporate America. They began their partnership as a catering business, which grew into the idea for L’Ostrica.

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The chef’s market is only the beginning for L’Ostrica, which planned a phased opening and activated its final phase — a gourmet tasting experience — in the fall of 2023. The experience consists of eight to ten courses enjoyed over the course of one evening. Each course is powered by seasonal ingredients and may be inspired by a range of culinary influences, such as Italian, Korean, and Japanese cooking informed by French techniques. In addition to optional wine pairings, a selection of cocktails, aperitifs, and digestifs will be available for guests to choose from.

Tasting dinners are available Wednesday through Saturday by reservation only. Additionally, L’Ostrica offers Sunday Suppers, during which an a la carte menu takes the place of the tasting menu. Each Sunday, the menu hinges on a different theme grounded in Ferguson and Carter’s genuine enthusiasm for cooking and hospitality.






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L'Ostrica is located on Park Road in a 2,500 square foot dining area with an open kitchen. Cobalt blue accent walls provide a touch of color and warmth in a modern setting. The interior has a refinement that befits the quality of the food and the special occasions that might prompt an evening at L’Ostrica. Yet, it steers clear of stuffiness or overstatement, nailing the balance between elegance and approachability.

Offering an innovative culinary experience, L’Ostrica has laid the foundation with an intentional opening for a long-lived future in the Queen City. info lostricaclt.com / @lostrica_clt

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YYou don’t have to travel 5000 miles to have the taste and experience of the Western Mediterranean region. Thanks to Chapter 6, Rare Roots Hospitality’s newest restaurant concept, you need only take a trip to South End to experience the refreshing and dauntless plate pairings that are offered.

Chapter 6 combines foods from Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, France and Italy, creating blends that speak to the heart of culture. The restaurant had its grand opening on September 20th of this year, which was a delicious success.

Jon and Kim Dressler, owners of Chapter 6 and the Rare Roots Hospitality group, wanted to bring something more to the table than just the warm hospitality and good food they’re known for.

It’s safe to say they’ve hit the nail on the head with this one, bringing in auras and elevated dishes from around the world.

Chapter 6’s cooking style is 100% scratch kitchen which means everything is made in house by hand and by the chefs. Executive Chef Scott Hollingsworth along with Chef Jonny Cox and Director of Operations Tim Buchanan traveled to Morocco and Spain for some hands-on research to help curate their menu which includes mezze, or appetizer style plates, tapas, and small plate options as well as some large plated options. Menu items such as whipped ricotta, braised lamb neck, roasted cipollini onions and the seafood feast were a few favorites of ours.

Chapter 6 brings tastes of the Western Mediterranean to Charlotte.

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Hillary Demmitt, of Fin & Fino, helped to curate the wine list composed of wines from the romantic regions of Italy, France, and Spain. Similar to Fin & Fino’s wine “Treatment,” Chapter 6 will have a Treatment of their own which consists of a tasting tour of the menu. Five dollars of every Treatment purchased will be donated to a local charity.

Chapter 6 also offers brunch 11-3 pm on the weekends with a cocktail menu created by Brittney “BK” Kellum of Fin & Fino with the help of Kendon Corbett.

Chapter 6 is located on Hawkins Street, the newest tennant of The Line, along with Sycamore Brewing, Grit Box Fitness, and Savi Provisions. From their interior design to their serving dishes and glassware, Chapter 6 transports its diners to the coastal realm of the Mediterranean, and celebrates the traditions of the meeting of land and sea with every bite, sip, and taste.


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Monarch Market in Uptown at One Independence Center has brought together a diverse set of locally-and regionally-based culinarians together under one roof with multiple dining environments, plus the convenience of online ordering and quick pick-up.

One such vendor, Seoul Good, comes from the owners of another Uptown staple, Fujiyama. They bring enticing flavors of Korean-style street food, including Kup-bap (Korean rice dish) and K-Dogs (Korean corn dogs). One of our favorite orders is the Bul Bap bowl. Built around tender bulgogi beef and rice, the dish also has fresh mixed greens, onions, cabbage, sriracha mayo and bulgogi sauce. It’s the perfect weekday lunch to break up your work day.

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The Bottle Tree, located in Belmont, serves globally inspired dishes made with seasonal North Carolina farm-driven ingredients along with craft cocktails, craft beer, and a worldclass wine list. The Bottle Tree sits on a midcentury ranch which was formerly home to the mayor of Belmont.

For a flavor-forward dish, try the Rohan Duck. Served with pandan apricot puree (pandan is an aromatic plant with a sweet, floral fragrance), buttery blue oyster mushrooms, and topped with local greens, this is a juicy, tender take on a beloved cold weather dish. The menu changes seasonally, so order it while you can!

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La Capital MX is an upscale Mexican restaurant conveniently located in the heart of South End on South Blvd. Serving an array of classics and modern twists, like pozole verde, Mexican street corn, and flautas, the restaurant is also perfectly reliable for a great cocktail. Margaritas are one of the things La Capital does best, and while

there are several different varieties on the bar menu, we frequently find ourselves returning to the “La Pasion.”

Crafted with smoky Ilegal Mezcal, the drink is finished off with sweet but tangy passion fruit, fresh lime juice, and topped with an edible flower. Pair it with whatever you like—or order two.

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Humbug, a bar concept in Villa Heights, was started by two beloved local bartenders, Larry Suggs and Andrew Schools. Expect a quaint, modern craft cocktail bar that’s laid-back and never pretentious.

This beverage is vodka-based with hawthorn berries and hibiscus, and then finished off with a splash of seltzer, mint and powdered sugar. The hawthorn adds a tart, tangy taste and mild sweetness while the hibiscus, also tart, assists with a lovely, light floral note. As good as it goes down, it’s also about as picturesque a drink you could hope for.

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Few things are as satisfying in your home as feeling as though each of your possessions has a perfect place to live. Finding the right storage solution is 90% of the battle… but with California Closets, the battle is not just won — it’s actually, fun. Let me tell you about the California Closets difference, starting with their showroom situated in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood.

The California Closets showroom, located at 224 East Blvd, is a great place to get inspired and excited about your new project. Explore multiple types of storage solutions and

get an up-close look at the high-quality craftsmanship that goes into every system. From wall beds to home offices, walk-in closets to garage storage, the showroom features a wide range of systems and finishes that their experienced Designers will walk you through to help create your dream organizational system. There is no one-size-fits-all at California Closets, as every design is completely customized to fit your wants and needs. What begins as rethinking a space ends up with a unique solution that can transform your home and life. Think of it as “practical magic.”

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Locally owned, California Closets in Charlotte has been a leader in custom storage solutions for the Queen City since 1996. The combination of fine craftsmanship, innovative tools, flawless execution, and impeccable customer service has made them the go-to company for customers who want a headache-free process with beautiful, long-lasting results. Their products adhere to the highest standards, often incorporating sustainable materials and innovative accents.

It doesn't matter what area you're looking to refine: California Closets can be designed for bedrooms, living areas, workspaces, home offices, garages, laundry rooms, entryways, and pantries, to name just a few.

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So, have we convinced you yet? Now the fun starts! Once you're ready to explore custom design ideas with California Closets, schedule a complimentary in-home or virtual consultation. You’ll be matched with one of their in-house Designers who will help you explore a wide range of product offerings for every size of space and every range of budget. During the consultation, you’ll share information about your storage needs and ideas. Your Designer will visit your space to take measurements and inventory your belongings, offering insights and recommendations on what products might best suit your particular needs.

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After taking measurements and brainstorming ideas, your Designer will create a custom solution with a 3D, virtual model that shows what the design will look like in your space. They will then tweak the design until it’s exactly what you need, finalize with your preferred finish, accent, accessories, and lighting before sending the design to their manufacturing facility right here in Charlotte.

Lastly, a small team of California Closets installation technicians (you’ll never work with a subcontractor) will carefully and attentively install your new closet or organization system. They’ll protect your walls and floors throughout the process, double and triple check the quality of their work and leave the space thoroughly cleaned. California Closets offers a limited lifetime warranty, giving you the peace of mind that any defects in materials or workmanship will be promptly resolved.

So, when the time comes to upgrade the organization and beauty of your home, stop into the California Closets Charlotte showroom and see how they can create the perfect solution that's just right for you.


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At Arcadia Homes, three front doors (by Sightline Steel Doors) is better than one! This stately entryway beckons you in. It features lighting by J. Landon Decorative Lighting, arched ceilings, rich wood floors, and an impeccable sense of style. Together, alongside Smith Slovik, Arcadia Homes has created a memora-

ble entryway, sure to impress guests with its understated charm.

Founded in 1994, Arcadia Homes has been a premier custom luxury builder in Charlotte for nearly 30 years. Their iconic and recognizable homes can be found throughout the Queen City.

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The skilled team at Gerrard Builders have once again created an extraordinary custom-built home for another Charlotte family. In collaboration with architectural designer Garrett P. Nelson and interior designer Shannon Bowman, this staircase masterpiece comes to life, showcasing their combined artistry.

So many elements come together to make this space truly

magical: from the graceful curvature of the staircase winding its way up to the second floor, to the expansive wall of windows flooding the room with natural light, and last but certainly not least, who could forget the inviting reading nook underneath the stairs? This space is a testament to the power of architecture, interior design and the art of home building.

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Josh Jones and Kyle Hedges are the dynamic duo behind the eponymous Jones & Hedges building company here in Charlotte. For nearly two decades, Jones & Hedges has been elevating Charlotte's neighborhoods with custom-builthomes and renovations, leaving a lasting mark on the Queen City’s landscape.

This elegant white kitchen, brought to you in collaboration with architectural designer Greg Perry, comes alive with a striking wall of windows, seamlessly integrated appliances that meld effortlessly into the space, and elegant brass accents throughout. It’s a harmonious blend of modern amenities and timeless sophistication.

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Grande Custom Builders owner John Jackovich and his wife Jenna are the definition of a ‘power couple.’ While John builds the luxury custom homes, Jenna, with her keen eye for design, brings them to life. Together, with their combined skills, they create incredible homes with an extraordinary vision. This dining nook is a per-

fect example of their talents. It features a wall of windows illuminating the space in natural light, a generously large dining bench, exposed beams, and contemporary accents seen throughout. This dining area would be perfect for late brunch on a Saturday morning—complete with mimosas and pancakes, of course!

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With offices in Charlotte and Kiawah, Kingswood offers exceptional building services to homeowners in the Carolinas.

This stunning full home project in Charlotte was completed in fall of 2023. Shannon Bowman, of SB Interiors, did the interior design work. When it comes to this stunning space, the goal was to create a cozy and comfortable place to sit back and

take in the beautiful view. The high ceilings, paneling, and airy, inviting aesthetic characterize a sunroom that’s one of the most desirable areas of the entire home.

SB Interiors offers full turnkey design service for construction and decorating, and relied on ITC Millwork and Envision Millwork for elements of the space like molding and trim.

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TThe talented team at Royal Building Group, in partnership with architectural designer Mermans Architecture and interior designer Tammy Coulter, proudly present this captivating mixed-material kitchen. Within this space, the interplay of elements strikes a rich

balance between cool and warm tones: from the natural warmth of the wood vent hood, to the gleam of the silver pendant lights and hardware, juxtaposed against the creamy custom cabinets, and rich wood floors. The balance strikes a calming chord.

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GraserSmith welcomes former North Carolina District Court Judge Sean P. Smith to the firm.

After 12 years presiding over domestic, divorce, and family related cases in Mecklenburg County, Sean now represents and counsels individuals confronting these same issues. Using the insight gained from ruling on thousands of cases in court, he now o ers his clients a case perspective that We are now o ering private mediation options to resolve your matters with discretion and without unnecessary delay. only a former judge can provide.

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on Morehead, the newest in exclusive retirement living, has opened its doors to residents.
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TThe Aspenwood Company, an industry recognized leader in luxury retirement living, has opened The Village on Morehead at 727 East Morehead Street. Located at the head of Eastover, Myers Park, and Dilworth neighborhoods, the community is across from the Duke Endowment, and offers convenient access to Charlotte’s premier healthcare providers at Novant Health and Atrium Health.

The Village on Morehead features 192 residences with unparalleled views and elegant amenity spaces throughout the 12-story community. The building was designed from the ground up by Charlotte based award-winning architecture firm, BB+M Architecture.

“Our design team has enabled the Aspenwood Company to deliver an unrivaled level of hospitality and convenience to our members [residents], keeping them close to everything they love and within walking distance of Charlotte’s top cultural offerings and restaurants. Our members can curate their version of luxury with our abundant lifestyle and activity offerings, both inside and outside the building,” said Joel Quade, Senior Vice President of Operations for Aspenwood.

Beyond its beautiful spaces, The Village on Morehead offers its members unmatched convenience and flexibility. The Village on Morehead is a rental community without a sizable entry fee requirement as is customary in many other luxury





retirement communities. Members can experience the ease of personalizing their apartment homes and receiving the care they need without the restrictions of a long-term commitment. Aspenwood offers a 12-month lease and one-time membership fee, enabling its members to keep their retirement savings untouched and invested in the manner they prefer. Its members enjoy the convenience and the highest quality of care through reputable partnerships. Discreet in-residence care services include therapy services, pharmacy services, assistive care, physician services, and much more.

There are nineteen unique floor plans to select from, with one-bedroom to three-bedrooms with a den options, ranging

from 800 to over 2,000 square feet. Each residence features keyless entry, 9-10 foot ceilings, shaker cabinetry, quartz countertops, walk-in closets, floor-to-ceiling windows, and coveted double vanities in bathrooms. High-speed Wi-Fi with a personal access network, an emergency response system, Spectrum Select cable plans, weekly housekeeping and linen service, and maintenance services are all included in the monthly fee.

Along with chef-lead, full-service dining choices, and the indoor/outdoor Cardinal Lounge, residents have access to 24/7 personalized concierge services; private chauffeur service; secure garage parking and valet service; a modern, private


cinema; The Dogwood Club with fully equipped gym, indoor heated pool, and juice bar; and Salon 704 with spa, salon and barber services. At the heart of the building is the outdoor terrace, a beautifully landscaped private park with al fresco drinks and dining, a bocce court, and an outdoor kitchen and living room for entertaining.

The Aspenwood Company operates 13 communities throughout Texas, Arkansas, and North Carolina, with one more under construction in Tennessee. Its dedicated team members excel in providing independent living, assisted living, and memory care services. The company was included in the prestigious 2023 Best Workplaces for Aging Services in the United States for the fourth consecutive year. Each community is thoughtfully designed with one overarching goal: the health and wellbeing of residents and their families. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit theaspenwoodcompany.com.




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Historic Dilworth reaches new heights at Radius Dilworth, Charlotte’s latest upscale development.

A new luxury apartment building is on the rise in Charlotte’s historic Dilworth neighborhood. At Radius Dilworth, you'll find a harmonious combination of neighborhood charm and upscale city living. Once completed, the luxury apartment buildings will be nestled among the tree-lined streets of historic Dilworth, its architecture purposefully designed to seamlessly blend into the beloved neighborhood’s unique aesthetic.

The historic Dilworth neighborhood is best known for its walkability and serene suburban appeal. But most importantly, it's home to some of the Queen City’s favorite locally owned restaurants, breweries, shops, boutiques, and green spaces. You can kickstart your day with a freshly brewed coffee or latte at Backyard Brew, indulge in the flavors of an authentic Indian lunch at Copper Modern Indian Cuisine,

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and end with a glass of rosé out on the patio of the Dilworth Tasting Room. Dilworth has the comforts of the suburbs, with the access and proximity of the city, making it an ideal choice for many Charlotte locals and out of town transplants alike.

The two buildings, soon to grace Dilworth’s landscape, will embody Radius’ two distinct communities: Overlook and Enclave. Enclave is characterized by its lush courtyards, oversized private terraces, designer kitchens, and exclusive lounges—offering residents a serene escape for the hustle and bustle of city living. Overlook, on the other hand, will feature 12-foot ceilings, a Skylounge with unobstructed skyline views, and an expansive rooftop amenity deck with private cabanas, firepits, and a gourmet grilling veranda.

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Radius Dilworth will be home to an impressive array of amenities designed to elevate everyday living, including a 24-hour fitness center, a resort style pool and amenity deck, and even a state-of-the-art golf simulator, allowing residents to virtually hit the links.

Stay tuned as construction progresses at Radius Dilworth, making a vibrant splash on the neighborhood’s skyline. Enclave at Radius Dilworth will start leasing Spring 2024. Visit radiusdilworth.com for more information.


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Find out how this eclectic hotel can make a trip to Asheville all the more special.

Asheville is a thriving tourist destination with something for everyone no, really. It’s a beloved hub for music, food, drinks, and art, and its historic sights are just as fun to see as its modern attractions. There’s no shortage of reasons to go to Asheville, but that means there’s also no shortage of places to stay.


SSo, where to choose? For those looking for a comfortable stay that’s just as unforgettable as the city surrounding it, then The Radical Hotelier, Etc. is the place to be. This hotel, also called The Rad, has everything a guest should expect from luxury accommodations, including excellent service and amenities. Each room features plush beds, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a smart TV. Some rooms also offer additional perks, like blackout curtains or writing desks. Guests can choose from rooms with queen-sized beds, such as the Queen of Hearts or Pair of Queens, or from rooms with king-sized beds, such as the King of Hearts, King of Clubs, King of Spades, or the King of Kings.

The King of Kings, the hotel’s flagship suite, showcases the

hotel’s blend of luxury amenities and interesting art. The room features a full sitting area alongside the bedroom area. Not afraid to play with texture, the sitting area brings together pieces like a golden couch with tiger print pillows and a camelshaped side table near the floral curtains. The suite even has a wet bar to help you kick off your evening or morning with a toast to the fun ahead.

But what makes The Rad truly stand out is its eclectic design and the creative energy that comes with it. The hotel describes itself as “a living organism—an unexpected collection of uses, spaces and personalities.” While the hotel isn’t actually alive as far as we can tell, it does embrace creativity in a way that few other hotel establishments seem to do. Instead of blanketing

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every room with the same look and same art style, The Rad makes sure every room feels unique. The hotel designers clearly take pride in the bold colors of The Rad’s rooms, which make guests feel energized against the backdrop of the artistic city of Asheville. The hotel also boasts stunning murals and painting, which are often updated as new art comes into the space.

On top of The Rad’s unique designs, the hotel also gives guests the space to socialize and enjoy the good food and drinks that Asheville is known for. That all starts with Golden Hour, a restaurant open at 5 p.m. daily that features a menu of wood-fired dishes by Chef Jacob Sessoms. Next, guests can enjoy a late evening at The Roof, where they can take in the stunning sunset and enjoy some craft cocktails before heading out into town. No matter the reason for coming to Asheville, guests who choose to stay at The Radical Hotelier, Etc. will have the chance to add something special to their trip. The comfortable accommodations, fun art and excellent dining experiences will make their experiences in Asheville feel complete.




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Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the town of Sylva, established in 1889, promises those who explore it a memorable time.

For more than a century, Sylva has invited people to explore the activities and amenities the town offers. Given its location, both residents and visitors can find ways to make the most of the great outdoors. From hiking and fishing to camping and exploring the outdoors, Sylva makes the perfect town for families to enjoy quality time together.


The drive from Charlotte to Sylva is an easy 3-ish hours. Coming from further away? Asheville Regional Airport will get visitors as close as they can to the town of Sylva. After landing, there are options of either renting a car and doing a 50-minute drive to the location, or taking a bus and getting as near the area as possible.


Sylva, North Carolina is one of our favorite towns in the Carolinas. It is mainly known for its beautiful location and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but the downtown also has so much to offer. If you are planning on visiting in the Spring, the perfect time to travel into town would be when the annual Greening Up The Mountains Festival is hosted. This year, on April 27, the town will close off the historical downtown location to celebrate the arrival of Spring. For the last 26 years, thousands of visitors have gathered in this location to check out the 175 vendor booths that line up in the streets of Sylva. No matter when you visit, you can always enjoy hiking adventures in the mountains, camping trips with the family or walking around downtown exploring the shops. Our favorite shops to visit are Snake Song which is a wonderful plant shop, Dixie & Co, Harry Alter Books, and Black Balsam Outdoors.

Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains from the town of Sylva.

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Where to eat

During your visit, if you are looking for a good local restaurant, try Lulu’s on Main. With a large variety of food options, this place is a familyfriendly option for your trip. Another place we loved was Dalaya’s. Trust us and ordwer the Khao Soi. For supper try Ilda, a southern Italian restaurant that serves up amazing food. Meatballs Pizzeria has some delicious slices too.

Where to stay

There are several great options in the area but our favorite without a doubt is Outland Chalet & Suites. This stay has everything. It’s close to town but also secluded in nature. The suites are large with comfy king beds, giant tubs under fireplaces, and large porches with epic views. There’s also a lookout area, pond, outdoor fire pit, and clubhouse that guests can take advantage of. We cannot recommend this town or place to stay more and hope you adventure to Sylva soon!


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Davita Galloway is a Black Girl and founder/owner of DUPP&SWAT, a creative studio, that serves as a platform and launching pad for herself and others. To be frank, it is because of Galloway’s authentic work and presence, at this studio and within Charlotte’s creative community, that has afforded many other opportunities. With that, Davita is a change agent, a creative, a host, speaker, costumer, a doer, disruptor and a creator of all things dope. She attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she received an MSPH, as well as Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Galloway is adamant about the need for genuine expression—further evident in her various ventures such as Crown Keepers, a nonprofit, and HUE HOUSE, a creative agency, where she serves as Executive Director and Chief Activations Officer, respectively. More, as a proponent and champion of building community, social equity, entrepreneurship and economic opportunity, Davita enjoys collaboration with impact on those outputs. Fun and hella dope fact, a portrait of Galloway is now a part of the permanent collection at the Harvey B Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture.

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Say hello to a different kind of mountain experience at Cataloochee Ranch.

HHidden in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina rests the renovated Cataloochee Ranch. The hotel offers guests the experience of a lovely vacation surrounded by nature and fun activities like horseback riding, hiking and fine dining. Located in Maggie Valley, aside from the horseback riding experience, the 700-acre land offers many things to do. The doors are open for residents and visitors in the area who seek a fine dining experience made by their talented executive chef Jeb Aldrich. There is also the option of going on a hiking adventure, enjoying the view of the Great Smoky Mountains or attending one of the outdoor events Cataloochee regularly hosts.

What was originally founded as a barn back in 1933 later grew into the shape of the Main Ranch House, the large building that hosts visitors overnight. Once it began to expand into what it is today, it became the perfect location for those looking to escape the city and explore the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains through a hike or horseback riding adventure. Cataloochee Ranch brings the riding experience to the next level by offering visitors the opportunity to reserve either their Half-Day Group Rides, Ride to The Swag for Chef’s Picnic Lunch, All-Day Group Rides, Child Lead Line Rides and Private Rides.


Earlier this year, the vacation and outdoor adventure spot began lodging and dining renovations, closing off some of its most popular areas. Currently, part of their plans include opening a new restaurant called Switchback. Cataloochee Ranch invites people to explore their other amenities and have announced they are currently hosting events at their newly renovated spot, The Hayloft. Located right above their most known location, The Barn, Cataloochee Ranch currently plans events on the weekends that range from Saturday afternoon barbecues to fancy dinners with guest chefs and wine producers.

Whether you are looking for a quick escape, a fun adventure, or a perfect place to host an event, Cataloochee Ranch is your home away from home in the heart of the Great Smokies.

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Where we want to travel to in North and South Carolina in 2024.

There's so much to explore in the Carolinas, from the tallest sand dunes on the East Coast, to the vast expanses of mountainous wilderness, scenic sandy beaches, and gorgeous waterfalls. Then, there's the commitment to farm-to-table cooking, premier golf courses, exquisitely preserved historic sites, and some of the most creative craft beer varieties in the country. The list is long! So, in 2024, we highly suggest you start checking off Carolina bucketlist destinations, starting with a few of our favorites. Happy travels!

Blue Ridge Parkway High Country Section

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an incredible route that spans 469 miles through the Appalachian Mountains, connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. For us, one of the standout sections is from Linville to Blowing Rock where you can stop to take in Linville Falls, Beacon Heights, Grandfather Mountain, the Linn Cove Viaduct and more. In that stretch is the famed Rough Ridge hike, waiting for you at BRP milepost 302.8. This spot is special because it offers a hiking trail that takes you to an exposed rock outcrop. From there, prepare to be amazed by the panoramic views of the magnificent surrounding mountains.

Alligator River Refuge to See the Bears

The Alligator River Refuge is a popular wildlife refuge along the Outer Banks in Eastern North Carolina. It spans 152,000 acres of land and was established in 1984 to protect the forested wetland species and environment within. While it offers a variety of rich outdoor activities, one of the most popular things to do is explore the natural wildlife inhabiting it. This is one of the best regions in North Carolina to spot the black bear. You can also go on a guided tour through the refuge in an open-air tram. For nature lovers, it is one of the best places to travel to.

Cypress Gardens

The Cypress Gardens is the name given to the 175-acre swamp garden close to downtown Charleston in Moncks Corner. These gardens have become the backdrop for many popular motion pictures, including The Notebook and The Patriot. Here, you can explore the three miles of winding walking paths and nature trails that go around the gardens. General admission to the park will cost you $10 with access to a flat-bottom wooden boat to paddle around the swamp. It is one of the best places to visit in the South.

Cape Lookout

Cape Lookout is a group of underdeveloped islands on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. It offers 56 miles of sandy beaches, accessible only by boat. Once you reach the islands, you can enjoy boating and fishing in its blue waters. Others may enjoy overnight stays at the island rentals or tent camping along the shorelines. A popular tourist attraction is the Shackelford horses. One hundred or so wild horses live peacefully along the beaches in secluded areas. Visitors are free to go and watch the horses (from a safe distance) and learn more about their history.

Pinehurst, NC

When it comes to sports in the Carolinas, for me, there is nothing better than a 4-day weekend watching the U.S. Open in the home of American golf. The weather is great, the course is more than challenging, and the town is abuzz with energy. For those that aren't as much of golf fans, the Sandhills of Moore County is a great place to visit year round with so many amazing activities, from the world-class spa at Pinehurst to great hiking trails and parks, and amazing culinary options including cideries, breweries, and distilleries. It's such a lovely area to enjoy a laidback weekend getaway.


Ocracoke Island

Accessible by ferry or private boat, the journey to Ocracoke sets the stage for a peaceful and relaxing experience. The pristine beaches here invite you to explore and unwind. The quaint and picturesque Ocracoke Village, with its historic architecture and maritime atmosphere, captivates visitors with charm. The island's lighthouse, the Ocracoke Light Station, stands proudly, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding waters. The local culture is rich and welcoming, with a laid-back vibe that encourages visitors to unwind and enjoy the simplicity of island life.

Pilot Mountain State Park

The state park covers this mountain and over 3000 acres of conserved land, making it one of the top things to see in North Carolina. The park offers several outdoor activities, including hiking trails, horseback riding trails, and campsites. The rocky cliffs are also popular for rock climbing and rappelling, meant for those who want to enjoy the thrill. The park also houses the Yadkin River section, where you can go canoeing and kayaking.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

The Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Dare County is home to the tallest living sand dune system on the Atlantic coast. It is one of the most frequented state parks among tourists, ideal for hang gliding and sandboarding from the natural dune systems.

Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park is one of South Carolina's most popular state parks, spread over a 5000-acre semi-tropical barrier

island. Its beaches are regarded as some of the most beautiful beaches in America and attract millions of visitors every year.

Edisto Treehouses

Paddle down to the 150-acre Edisto River Refuge and you will come across three rustic retreats, the Edisto Treehouses. These treehouses are completely off-grid and offer an exciting chance to enjoy the New Year in nature’s quiet bliss. The treehouses are only accessible by canoe, so enjoy a lazy trip to the treehouses over this stretch of the Blackwater River. They also include a small kitchen area with tables and chairs, cooking utensils, a dining deck, a screened sleeping loft with futon mattresses, rechargeable lanterns, and even a few board games to keep guests entertained.

Caesars Head State Park

Caesars Head State Park is located just 25 miles north of Greenville along the border that meets North Carolina. It is named after the stone outcrop at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 2,000 ft. It is best known for its stunning views of the mountainsides, extensive outdoor activities and trailside camping facilities. The waters of the Saluda River flowing at its center are also popular among fishing enthusiasts.

Lake Jocassee

Lake Jocassee is a beautiful 9,000-acre lake in the mountains of the Pickens and Oconee Counties. At the south end of the lake is the Devils Fork State Park, which, along with the lake, is a hotspot for visitors.

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Botany Bay

Botany Bay is a preserved wildlife management area covering around 4000 acres of land on beautiful Edisto Island in South Carolina. The bay is known for its historical buildings, maritime forests, freshwater ponds, and beautiful beaches. You can spend hours hiking through trails, strolling across its shores, or taking a driving tour. Some areas of the bay also permit horseback riding for visitors.

Congaree National Park

Spread over 20,000 acres of wilderness, Congaree National Park is located 18 miles southeast of the state capital, Columbia. It is known for its giant hardwoods, towering pine trees that form some of the highest canopies in the world, diverse plant and animal life, and wild forest landscape. The winters are pretty mild in South Carolina, so the park tends to remain open year-round. You can also get a camping permit to enjoy a holiday getaway.


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Arcadia Homes Inc.

Building a home should be about making it perfect for the homeowners, not about adding another design to the builder’s portfolio. The home building team at Arcadia takes pride in keeping the client’s needs and wants at the center of every project. They’re laser-focused on creating unique, well-built homes that work for each homeowner, not cookie-cutter houses made with weak materials that feel like they’re part of someone else’s designs. Arcadia can even create commercial builds that are just right for new businesses.



Artistic Contractors

Artistic Contractors, the luxury custom home builders out of Charlotte, takes their name seriously: To achieve the quality their clients want, they combine artistry with the best available building processes to create one-of-a-kind homes. Artistic Contractors specializes in the design and construction of modern architectural homes, and uses newly emerging techniques and trends in energy efficient building technology.



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Cobble Creek Custom Homes

Cobble Creek Custom Homes, a successful Mooresville custom builder, understands the needs and wants of luxury homeowners in the Lake Norman area. With a reputation centered around dedicated excellence and an eye for detail, Cobble Creek Custom Homes makes creating dream homes easy. Understanding the specific needs and desires of each client allows them to provide tailored solutions to help clients fulfill their visions. Regardless of if it’s complete custom construction, remodeling or designing outdoor living spaces. This collaborative mindset, along with years of experience in the home industry, sets them apart from the rest.



Craft & Trade Renovations

Craft & Trade is a full service designbuild construction firm based in Lake Norman. At Craft & Trade, the team strives to bring the best of quality and creativity to clients. Using 3D renderings, they’ll bring your project to life before they start construction and work with you extensively during the preconstruction design process. Craft & Trade was formed in an effort to elevate the experience of renovating and bring an exceptional level of taste and quality to every one of their projects.



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Gerrard Builders

When it comes to building bespoke houses, a contractor needs to be more than just the one in charge of construction: They need to be true collaborators with their clients and help them navigate the process at every single step. That’s why Bryan and Jamie Gerrard, owners and founders of Gerrard Builders, consider each person they work with to be partners instead of just their clients. For those looking to create a beautiful home with a home builder they can trust to turn their needs and wants into reality, the team at Gerrard Builders is the one to work with.



Grainda Builders

For over 25 years, Grainda Builders has been “building better.” From their collaborative planning process to hands-on construction management and expert insight every step of the way, the Grainda Builders team crafts functional spaces that are purposefully designed around the lives their clients lead. Founded by Joe Grainda, an admirer of quality craftsmanship, and built in partnership with Jason Tanenbaum an advocate of thorough planning and creative problem solving, the Grainda team has developed a reputation as a leader in custom homes and renovations. From Lake Wylie to Lake Norman and everywhere in between, Grainda Builders is building better for a life well-lived.

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Jones & Hedges

A home is meant to be a gathering place for family and friends. It’s where loved ones can feel safe and secure in a place that’s meant for them. The team at Jones & Hedges understands just how important it is to build a home with family in mind. Founders Kyle Hedges and Josh Jones believe fiercely in building lasting relationships with their clients and treating them like family. Building a home with Jones & Hedges means you’ll not only get the knowledge of experienced homebuilders, but you’ll also get a team that cares about the comfort, safety, and satisfaction of your family.



Grande Custom builders

Having a truly modern luxury home goes beyond just the property’s interior and exterior style. A luxury home combines that clean, chic look with all of the luxuries and conveniences a homeowner could ask for. Grande Custom Builders understands this, which has helped them gain a reputation for being one of the area’s premier home builders. Serving both residential and commercial clients, Grande can create a modern building from scratch or fully renovate an old space into something stylish and new. grandebuilders.com


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Kinger Homes

Kinger Homes is dedicated to providing exceptional service every step of the way, from start to finish. The team deeply values homeowners' feedback, understanding that their satisfaction is key to Kinger’s own success. Kinger carefully identifies the needs of the market, creating homes that prioritize both functionality and comfort. Their aim is to craft personalized residences that truly feel like home, not just a house, and their focus is on family-friendly designs, customizing layouts to fit your lifestyle seamlessly. Kinger’s commitment extends to neighborhood development, ensuring vibrant community spaces and optimal land use. With attention to detail, Kinger Homes offers a range of finishes tailored to each family's preferences, balancing quality and affordability.



Kingswood Custom Homes

When company founder Peter Leeke and his wife Louise first moved from England to the U.S. and started Kingswood Custom Homes, they did so with one goal in mind: perfection. Kingswood Custom Homes would exemplify perfection at every stage of the homebuilding process, from working with the client to come up with designs to ordering materials and adding the final touches. Leeke’s roots in the building and design industries have allowed him to incorporate an unparalleled level of organization into his business, which is why clients can expect detailed schedules and excellent communication when they choose Kingswood.

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New Old

New Old stands at the forefront of heritageinspired home construction, offering unparalleled expertise and dedication to timeless design. Meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality craftsmanship has earned New Old a reputation for creating homes that exceed all expectations. With a keen eye for detail, their team transforms traditional architectural elements into spaces of livable luxury, where elegance meets practicality. Kingswood is dedicated to creating a place where memories are made, where stories are shared and where the legacy of a family is woven into the very fabric of the home itself. Their homes are an investment in the future, a testament to the values and aspirations of those who came before and a gift to be cherished for generations to come.



New Life Building Supplies

Richard Magliocca has been in the business of building for 46 years. A Charlotte native, he started New Life Building Supplies in 2011, which he now operates alongside his wife, Kristen, and a robust team from their offices/ showroom in South End. Together, the New Life Building team specializes in cabinets, countertops, and small renovations (especially for kitchens and baths). They dedicate about half their time to renovation projects and half to new construction projects, typically working alongside builders to source, deliver, and install.



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Pippin Home Designs

Jenny Pippin, FAIBD, CPBD is the founder and owner of Pippin Home Designs, based in Mooresville, NC. She has an impressive resume as an award-winning Residential Design Specialist for nearly 40 years; Jenny specializes in luxury homes tailor-designed to each unique client, all while maximizing the views available on each unique property. Pippin Home Designs has racked up over 50 design awards, national and local, and is known as the premier designer of “awardwinning homes with a view.” Today, their designs span from the regions of Lake Norman and Lake Wylie, across the North Carolina mountains, and along the coast of The Carolinas down into Florida.



Royal Building Group

One of the aspects that separate a good builder from a great builder is precision. The calculations and attention to detail needed to make everything fit just right within a home are just as important as the big-picture designs. Billy Royal’s background as a licensed civil engineer makes him uniquely qualified to make sure all of the custom homes built by Royal Building Group not only meet client expectations and excellent building standards, but exceed them.



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Sheedy Watts

A good home design doesn’t come from a stack of cookie-cutter blueprints. It comes from a collaboration between the designer and homeowner. When clients work with Sheedy Watts Design, whether they’re remodeling a ’50s-era house in Myers Park or designing a contemporary home in Charleston, client satisfaction always comes first. You can trust Sheedy Watts Design to design a house you’ll love to call home.



Peters Custom Homes

Peters Custom Homes creates luxurious spaces through the combined talents of its two founders: Nicholas Peters and Miriam Peters. Both Nicholas and Miriam, who are husband and wife, spent years working as real estate brokers, gaining familiarity with the Charlotte real estate market. They then transitioned to business owners, pairing Nicholas’ knowledge as a second generation builder and Miriam’s talent as an interior designer to provide clients with a smooth, seamless remodel or new build experience.



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StoneBridge Custom Homes

Stonebridge Luxury Homes has earned a reputation over the past twenty-five years as a premier and highly sought-after custom home builder in the Lake Norman and surrounding areas. Although Stonebridge has won multiple awards from the Lake Norman Homebuilders Association “Best of the Lake Competition” and others, including the recent 2023 Best Custom Waterfront Home and Best Full Home Renovation, Stonebridge is most proud of the word-of-mouth referrals from their clients. Ron Carroll, founding owner of Stonebridge, is on site daily ensuring his standard of quality is being achieved. Ron Carroll and the Stonebridge team have earned a reputation as one of the finest custom home builders on Lake Norman.



Watershed Builders

Watershed Builders is one of Charlotte’s premier building companies, working towards providing clients with beautiful homes and unforgettable experiences. Watershed Builders has been in the Charlotte area for over 10 years, but their story originated decades ago.

Watershed Builders is a veteran-owned business of general contractors focused on helping customers create a home they love across some of the most desirable areas in the greater Charlotte area.



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Artistic Interiors

Design trends can come and go faster than one might think, especially when it comes to homes. That’s why owner and designer Amy Lee and her team at Artistic Interiors have always focused on signature styles that stay ahead of the curve rather than fads that’ll fade in just a few years. Her team at Artistic Interiors will take the ideas that a client has and turn them into a timeless look that feels as if it will never fall out of fashion. Lee can even work alongside a client’s custom home builder or remodeler to incorporate their interior design into the initial build, leaving the client with an approachable yet elevated home in the process.



Vinyet architecture

Vinyet Architecture is an architecture studio that specializes in commercial, residential, state and municipal architecture located in the Southeast. With a multi-faceted background in construction, art, design, and mechanics, they are uniquely equipped to think outside the parameters of the discipline, allowing for diverse and innovative design solutions. In all of Vinyet’s work, they foster an environment of collaboration and creativity with clients. Vinyet strives to create architectural design that is both environmentally and fiscally responsible: This enables them to be good stewards of the lives, buildings, land, and resources that they have been entrusted with.



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Barrie Benson Interior Design

Barrie Benson is a Charlotte-based interior designer who has made her mark in the design world by balancing the modern with the traditional in her signature interiors. Benson is known for creating a blend of periods, rooms, and moods. Her ability to turn any type of house into an energetic home full of color comes from her fresh take on European and American 20th-century furniture, art, and collections. barriebenson.com


Charlotte Lucas Interior Design

Charlotte Lucas Interior Design was founded in 2012, and is known for its signature bold use of color and whimsy detail in residential projects. Charlotte Lucas developed a love for interior design at a young age, which led her to create her own firm in 2012. Lucas gets a lot of her inspiration from antiques and unique objects. The goal of Charlotte Lucas Interior Design is to make sure each client receives a space uniquely crafted for them.



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Indigo Home CLT

Indigo Home CLT is a unique business in the interior design world. As licensed affiliates with Compass, the Indigo Home CLT team is first and foremost a team of realtors specializing in buying and selling luxury homes. This gives them a unique perspective as an interior design team— such as knowing which trends are in right now, knowing how to redesign a space to suit a new homeowner’s needs, and knowing what kind of staging will help a home sell. With Indigo Home CLT, clients can sit down and get a luxury design consultation during the homebuying process, ensuring that their new home will suit their needs before they even move in.



Freshwater Interior Design

Freshwater Interior Design specializes in providing comprehensive services that combine interior design and construction. The team creates aesthetically pleasing and functional interior spaces and brings those designs to life through the construction process. Freshwater works closely with clients to understand their vision, develop design concepts and execute the construction phase to turn concepts into reality. By offering both design and construction services, Freshwater can provide a seamless and efficient experience for clients, ensuring the final result aligns with their expectations.



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J Layton Interiors

The best interior designers can take elements from several styles and figure out ways to blend them with what the client likes. Layton Campbell of J Layton Interiors has demonstrated time and time again that he can do just that. An avid traveler, Campbell has spent extensive time in Russia, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. There, he learned all he could about the cultures and designs surrounding him. He continues to use that knowledge today through his interior design work, where he takes pride in juxtaposing various styles in a way that suits each client’s vision.



Kelly Cruz Interiors

When you find yourself on the cusp of something new, it can be exciting and daunting all at once. As your interior designer, Kelly Cruz prides herself on getting to play an extraordinary role in mastering the art of bringing out the best of the available space. The inspiration to create these spaces is genuine. What makes you live life unabashedly? What inspires and comforts you?

Finding your bliss is at the heart of Cruz’s inquisition because it's what matters the most. At Kelly Cruz Interiors, the designers don't just create quality interiors, they create lifestyles.



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Lisa Sherry Interieurs

Lisa Sherry Interieurs, a design house opened in 2005, embraces the beauty of imperfections and incorporates that into design. Lisa Sherry, owner and founder, believes in a “pursuit of happiness” over perfection, and maintains this by taking part in what she calls “daily doses of beauty.” Lisa is known for her approach to creating spaces that are frequently referred to as “casual luxe.” Her vision at Lisa Sherry Interieurs focuses on creating spaces that are traditional, but unique, classic, but personal, chic, but functional—not “over designed,” as she would say.



Lawler Design Studio

Step into the world of high-end interior design excellence with Lawler Design Studio. They specialize in creating sophisticated residential and commercial spaces that redefine luxury living. Their team of skilled designers combines timeless elegance with modern innovation to craft environments that reflect the unique style and preferences of our clients. With a focus on meticulous attention to detail and superior craftsmanship, Lawler transforms ordinary spaces into extraordinary showcases of refined design. Welcome to a new standard of interior luxury.



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Lucy and Company

The right interior design can make any house feel like home — especially if that design is executed by Lucy and Company. This interior design studio takes pride in working hand-in-hand with clients to produce homes that are not only stunning, but also functional. And if a client would rather be hands-off and leave the designing to the pros? Lucy and Company can handle that, too. Whether a client needs a whole-home design and installation job or just some help finding a single piece of furniture, Lucy and Company is here to make it happen.



Myron Greer

As part of the greater Charlotte community since 2002, Myron Greer of Myron Greer Garden Design remains at the forefront of crafting expertly designed, gorgeous, personalized outdoor spaces. Greer has always had a strong passion for landscapes: His parents were gardeners and he worked at a young age on his grandparents’ farm. With his keen eye for marrying the outdoors perfectly with cutting edge exterior design, Myron Greer is sure to deliver you a memorable, long-lasting look.



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New Old Interiors

Embrace the allure of the past while enjoying the comforts of the present with New Old Interiors, where every space tells a story of timeless beauty and contemporary living. Step into a world where timeless elegance meets modern comfort. With a focus on blending classic design elements with contemporary flair, New Old Interiors breathe new life into traditional spaces. From curated furniture pieces to bespoke accents, every detail is carefully chosen to evoke a sense of sophistication and warmth. Whether it’s a historic renovation or a new build, the team ensures that each interior reflects the unique personality and lifestyle of its inhabitants. While New Old Interiors designs 90% of New Old’s build projects, New Old Interiors frequently works with homeowners and other builders, as well.



Natalie Papier

Home Ec. is a multi-faceted Chicago-born and now Charlotte-based design studio owned and managed by Natalie Papier. Natalie is an artist, designer, curator and influencer. Much of her art-forward design approach centers around the character of vintage pieces and art; enriching her designs with deep artist relationships, color and furnishings that adds originality and life to the spaces she designs. She currently stars in Magnolia Network's "Artfully Designed” show, taking an art-forward approach to creating beautifully curated spaces for their clients by exploring the intersection between art and interior design.



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Pheasant Hill Designs

Pheasant Hill Designs is an award-winning boutique firm in Charlotte, NC that specializes in residential design. Kendra White, the firms’ founder and principal designer, prides herself on a modern aesthetic that will be tailored to her individual clients’ needs and wants. The firms’ goal for every client is to create an inviting home and environment that will allow the family to feel as if they are in their own sanctuary. This is achieved by listening to client priorities, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences. Whether planning a renovation, kitchen or bath update or building your dream home, Pheasant Hill Designs can help you navigate the entire process seamlessly. pheasanthilldesigns.com @kendrapheasanthilldesigns

Traci Zeller Interiors

There’s a fine line between making a space feel luxurious enough to stay there for hours and making it feel unusable. Traci Zeller knows exactly where that line is and never crosses it, no matter how stunning her spaces become. She focuses first and foremost on how her clients live and what their day-to-day life might look like. This allows her to design elegant spaces that not only feel comfortable, but also strong. Zeller’s designs don’t lead to homes too fragile to truly live in—they foster luxury in a way that’s built to last. tracizeller.com

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Blackhawk Hardware and Garden Center

Owners Grant and Kelly Winrich have 23 years of experience in the design/build industry in Charlotte. Art of Stone is a full service tile and stone concierge that specializes in turnkey stone fabrication and tile selections. Their services include, but are not limited to, stone fabrication, installation of kitchens indoor and outdoor, baths, fireplaces and furniture for homes and commercial clients. Visit their oneof-a-kind, boutique showroom to inspire your creativity and imagination.

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A Shade Above

A Shade Above is the Carolinas’ largest family-owned and operated window coverings company. The family-owned business has been manufacturing their own custom plantation shutters in Charlotte since 1993. What began as a small shutter manufacturing business has grown into Charlotte’s largest custom window fashions company. There are multiple showroom locations throughout the Carolinas and a mobile fleet of A Shade Above vehicles outfitting thousands of local homes with custom window treatments.

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Bedside Manor

Located across the street from SouthPark Mall, Bedside Manor has spent the last 27 years connecting customers with the perfect bedding including luxury sheets and down, accent furniture, rugs, throws, decorative pillows, table linens, barware and upscale gifts. The store selects products that will make the Queen City's finest homes more comfortable and stylish, sourcing from brands like Matouk, Pigeon and Poodle, Sferra, Signora, and Wolf. bedsidemanor.com / @bedsidemanordotcom

In 1976, Blackhawk Hardware found its home in the historic Park Road Shopping Center. It started out as a simple store selling traditional hardware, but soon expanded to include niche selections like kitchenware and their full garden center. In addition to the outdoor plants, they have the best indoor plant section in Charlotte…from flower and succulents to other décor such as pots, planters and statues. They can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

blackhawkhardware.com / @blackhawkhardware

Carolina Wallcovering

Carolina Wallcovering is a full service wallpaper installation firm. Under owner Jennifer Papineau’s extensive knowledge and experience, her clients are able to receive seamless wall designs that are truly reflective of their lifestyles. Some of the services Jennifer and her team offer include wallpaper installation, mural installation, fabrics, and wallpaper removal.

carolinawallcovering.com / @carolinawallcovering

Cotswold Marketplace: Retail and Design Center

At the helm of Cotswold Marketplace are the mother-daughter team of Melissa Vandiver and Kate Vandiver Leary, who launched this 10,000-square-foot home goods emporium in 2010. Here customers can explore home furnishings and decor, as well as thoughtful gift items curated by more than 70 associated merchants. The result of such a large number of participating merchants is a wide array of styles, perfect for anyone who is curious about different aesthetics or interested in redefining their personal style.

cotswoldmarketplace.com / @cotswoldmarketplace

Couture Knots

Owner Ali Nikrooz started his business in 2004. When a relative exposed Ali to the intriguing world of rugs on a trip to

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Italy, Couture Knots was born. Couture Knots is a boutique rug showroom where interior designers have access to previously unavailable and exclusive custom rug lines, backed by amazing customer service, and attainable pricing. The one-of-a-kind pieces are produced in mountainous regions of Nepal, Morocco, Turkey and other rug producing regions of the world, and knotted entirely by hand, just as they have been for thousands of years.

coutureknots.com / @coutureknot

Curated by Lawler Design

Immerse yourself in the epitome of cabinetry design with Curated by Lawler Design Studio. Their engineers and artisans collaborate directly with you, contractors, and interior designers, seamlessly integrating architectural considerations into every bespoke piece. Beyond functionality, Curated by Lawler Design creations exemplify timeless beauty and craftsmanship, elevating your space to extraordinary levels. With an unwavering commitment to precision, passion, and perfection, they redefine the essence of bespoke cabinetry. lawlerdesignstudio.com/cabinetry / @curatedbylawlerdesign

Home Technology Solutions

As one of Charlotte’s leading home automation companies, Home Tech pushes the boundaries of what it means to have a living space that’s fully integrated with the greatest tech. Each home usually starts off with the installation of an enterprise-grade network—a system that has the capabilities to support a commercial building. After the base network is installed, Home Technology Solutions can perform a wide range of services, including energy management, centralized video distribution setup, and whole-home audio and visual wiring. They can also set up security and surveillance equipment while creating a full access control system. hometechnologysolutions.com / @hometechnologyclt

J. Landon Decorative Lighting is a luxury decorative lighting shop located here in Charlotte carrying some of the best brands in the industry. The South End store offers a creative collection of decorative lighting for every design aesthetic. From classic to eclectic, there are beautiful lighting options for all lifestyles.

jlandon.com / @jlandondecorativelighting

Lantern & Scroll

Simply unrivaled in the industry, Lantern & Scroll offers affordable USA-made luxury lighting. Their renowned customer team outfits each client with quality lanterns at an affordable price; backed by a lifetime warranty. The core collections are reproductions of timeless lanterns from Charleston and modern estate lighting and interior pieces in an array of finishes are also available. Need custom? The bespoke lighting team can fabricate a true one-of-a-kind design. Stop by the Charlotte showroom, or peruse their user-friendly website, download life-size templates, see customer installations, and experience how Lantern & Scroll light fixtures will make a brilliant first impression for your home. lanternandscroll.com / @lanternandscroll

TLG Doors & Hardware

Doors and windows contribute to the overall design of a home in more ways than one might think. That's why it's important to get them from a design-centric company. The Looking Glass Doors & Hardware is that company. They offer a wide range of products, including a line of custom steel door units. Home or business owners looking to add custom doors or windows to their space can schedule an appointment to view their showroom in Rock Hill, SC. With a range of designs, finishes, sizes and configurations to choose from, TLG Doors & Hardware can create something to suit every style. tlgdoors.com / @tlgdoors

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Ludowici Roof Tile

Charlotte's weather can be unpredictable, which is why we need a roofing solution that’s durable while still gorgeous… and Ludowici terracotta tiles are just that. With over 134 years of experience, Ludowici is a leader in architectural terracotta clay tile design and manufacturing. They offer a broad range of color and texture options, allowing endless inspiration for architects, designers, and homeowners alike. Ludowici's traditional terracotta tiles and wide range of innovative terracotta cladding products are both stylish and sustainable, making them the number one choice in green building.

ludowici.com / @ludowici

The Majestic Bath

The Majestic Bath is Charlotte's premier source for kitchen and bath fixtures. Their high end showroom in SouthPark boasts an impressive selection from all over the world, and the welltrained staff can help make your dream home a reality in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

themajesticbath.com / @themajesticbath

Metro Greenscape

MetroGreenscape is a locally-owned and locally-operated team of skilled landscape designers that provide high end design and installation services for landscaping, hardscapes, and everything in between. The team focuses on creating beautiful outdoor living spaces that inspire connection and help families spend quality time together. That means they not only build stunning landscapes and hardscapes, but also take care of the maintenance, too, so you can spend more time enjoying your outdoor areas.

metrogreenscape.com / @metrogreenscape

Nadeau Charlotte

Known by their motto of “Furniture with a Soul,” Nadeau offers a refreshing approach to home decor. Their uniquely inspired

pieces are handcrafted in India and Indonesia, and are sure to brighten up any room. Their high-quality furnishings all come at direct-from-the-source prices. Regardless of your style, browse the aisles and you'll unearth the perfect addition for your home. furniturewithasoul.com/charlotte / @nadeaucharlotte

Oasis Outdoor

Oasis Outdoor has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1979. Today, the outdoor haven thrives in Pineville as a supplier of all high quality outdoor, wicker, patio, and casual furniture as well as staying true to their roots. Oasis is the ideal destination for a backyard and patio facelift. Pieces such as wicker, steel, aluminum patio sets and lounge collections, and comfortable sectionals are perfect for entertaining during a garden party or casual spring get-togethers.

oasisoutdoor.com / @oasisoutdoor

Providence Roofing

With decades of experience and a tireless commitment to customers, Providence Roofing is a trusted name in the roofing industry across the Western Piedmont of North Carolina and Carolina Shores as well as in Winston-Salem. What started as a small, veteran-owned business has now become a statewide brand that people of the Tarheel State recognize as an industry leader in roofing. Whether it's residential or commercial roofing, their vast knowledge and technical know-how guarantee exceptional solutions tailored to meet your specific requirements. providenceroofs.com / @providenceroofs

South End Exchange & Rug Lords

South End Exchange is Charlotte’s provider of high end consignment furniture and accessories. At the location on New Bern street, visitors will find a range of products from dining, bedroom and living room furniture to new custom-made upholstered items and affordably priced Turkish Rugs. Since 2003, the shop has offered a vast selection of modern, vintage, and

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antique furnishings. RugLords was started in 2017 by South End Exchange’s owner, Lisa Pearce. Lisa sources beautiful, and timeless vintage Turkish and Persian rugs and all of the rugs are hand-selected to meet today’s style and design needs. southendexchange.com / @southendexchange ruglords.com / @ruglords

Southern Lion

Southern Lion, in Pineville, is one of the most extensive curated shopping experiences in the South, and one of the newest. Southern Lion opened in Spring 2024, and presents Charlotte with an entirely new shopping experience. With over 100 merchants, you’ll find a discerning selection of beautiful home items that all share distinct craftsmanship. southernlion.com / @southernlioncharlotte

Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom

Cooking and sharing a meal with loved ones is one of the most fulfilling things anyone can do in their home. As companies dedicated to enhancing kitchens in every way possible, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove understand that. With industry-leading refrigeration products, Sub-Zero is the go-to choice for coolers, full refrigerators, and even stylish wine storage units. Wolf cooktops, ranges and ovens can take that fresh food and help cook it into something extraordinary. And once the meal is over? A dishwasher from Cove makes cleaning a breeze. From the first pre-dinner toast to the final bite of dessert, their products can make every stage of cooking easier.

subzero-wolf.com / @subzeroandwolf

Theory Design Shop

As part of the Theory Design Studio’s efforts to make your interiors stunning, their boutique features a great selection of home decor, lamps, pillows, art, dinnerware and furniture pieces, as well as a large gift section. They carry many local

lines, including The Piper Collection pillows, Evelyn Henson prints and gifts, The Blush Label pillows and Ella B candles. theory-designstudio.com / @theorydesignstudio

Traditions Interiors

Traditions is not only a furniture and accessory store, it’s also an interior design shop. This multi-decade Park Road staple offers furniture and accessories, plus four designers on staff who are ready at any moment to help you in your choices of how to perfect your home.

traditionsofcharlotte.com / @traditionsofcharlotte

Window & Door Pros

Window & Door Pros has been operating as a locally-owned Charlotte business since 1996. The team specializes in crafting historically accurate and architecturally-correct styles for vintage and designer homes, and helps homeowners and contractors select stylish and thoughtfully crafted windows, doors, and hardware to enhance the beauty and character of a home. Window & Door Pros can help you select a front door that can become the centerpiece and focal point of your home.

windowanddoorpros.com / @wdpcharlotte

Woodshop QC

Woodshop QC is a leading provider of fine custom cabinetry and furniture pieces in the greater Charlotte area. The team collaborates with custom builders and interior designers, or directly with homeowners, to bring each unique project to life. Woodshop QC shares that their aim is to introduce furniture to the world that embodies intuitive simplicity, meticulous craftsmanship, and effective balance.

woodshopqc.com / @woodshop.qc

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