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Spring Forward

ruthfully, four months of cold weather, drizzling rains, and very short days have been getting to me lately. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that our winter here in the south is a cakewalk when compared to other places, but it can still get you down. The good news, however, for all of us who have been longing for warmer temperatures and sunsets at 8pm is that it is just weeks away. As this trying season comes to an end, I welcome spring and eagerly await all the adventures that lie ahead. During this time of the year, Charlotte is one of the most beautiful places to live, offering so many amazing opportunities. For those that love the outdoors; the greenspaces in our Queen City are abundant. For fashionistas; the colorful wardrobes (and window shopping) are just around the corner. For green thumbs ready to work on their home and garden; spring can’t come soon enough. With all of that in mind, we give you our newest issue. This edition of QCExclusive is dedicated to the sheer optimism that a new season brings. It covers a wide variety of topics, many in fact that were just mentioned, all of which welcome the “Spring Forward” attitude. We hope you enjoy all of the topics, stories, and people featured in this issue and may your days be long and sunny! Publishers, Brett Barter Jon-Paul Grice

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March/April 2013 Issue No. 9 Credits PUBLISHERS Brett Barter Jon-Paul Grice EDITORS Melissa Justice Lynne Glasgow CONTRIBUTORS Terra Baltosiewich Melissa Justice Kit Mackie Andi Perullo Hade E. Robinson Jr. Traci Zeller PHOTOGRAPHERS Robert Christopher Thien La Jamey Price STYLISTS & ARTISTS Erica Hanks Terra Hines Joy Randall ILLUSTRATIONS Kasey Murray


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Erica Hanks Erica has worked in the fashion industry as a consultant for major retailers. She and her husband live in Charlotte with their three children.

Melissa Justice A displaced Yankee, Melissa has learned to relax after having worked in the public sector. Now she sits lazily reading, writing, and drinking ice tea.

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KASEY MURRAY Kasey paints pet portraits, commissions, and teaches art classes locally. Visit her website and online portfolio at ArtByKaseyMurray.

JAMEY PRICE Jamey is a Charlotte sports photojournalist specializing in anything that moves fast, from horseracing to car racing. Visit

HADE E. ROBINSON JR. Hade has been featured in every major publication in the city. He is manager of the personal styling department at Nordstrom in South Park.

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Contents The Good Life 27 30 32 34 36



Gardens & Greenspaces

The Perfect Fit


Canvas Of Cacao


1970 E-Type


Victoria’s Emergence

Arts & Culture

Picture Worthy

Top List


The Exclusives 65 74 80 88


Flower Power

Spring’s Best Fashion

Southern Charm

Meadowbrook Home

Let The Festivities Begin Steeplechase Is Back

Cayman Cotton

Caribbean Spring Holiday

Cover Photo by Sean Busher



The Queen City’s Top 16 greenspaces for relaxing, exercising, escaping, and just plain enjoying nature.


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Interior Design

Form And Function


Purple Heart Homes Q&A



Let It Speak For Itself



Outdoor Living

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EVENTIST is a detailed event calendar for Charlotte and beyond that covers only the very best going-ons in the Queen City.

Art And Orchids - 3/1/13 - 3/10/13 -The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Spectacular will have more than 5,000 orchids on


display. It is a sight to behold.The “array of color, forms, and shapes” will amaze the enthusiast. This living art exhibit will be accompanied with works by the Louisiana-born collage artist Arless Day.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

3/1/13 - 3/23/13 -Carolina Actors Studio Theatre presents a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama during the month of March. The plot pertains to professional wrestler Mace who discovers a young Indian American from Brooklyn who possesses the same charisma as himself. Mace decides to help the kid out. At first thought to be a comedy, the play surprises you with the political and serious tones within the plot. • Brew & Chew Brewery & Food Tour

3/1/13 - 5/16/13 - Charlotte is becoming a beer producing city, and with it comes this amazing tour that was recently featured in Southern Living Magazine. Focusing on the local breweries and craft of making beer, the tour also features local chefs and culinary artists who produce beer food. Come visit 12+ more stops on this interesting tour of beer and food while also learning the art of beer making and be a part of the Queen City’s growing craft beers scene. •

Young Eaglets Enrichment Program

3/1/13 - 3/28/13 - Held at the Carolina Raptor Center, preschoolers age 2-4 will have the opportunity to experience storytelling and artistic activities while embracing nature’s amazing birds of prey. • How We Got On

3/1/13 - 3/17/13 - Carolinas Actors Studio Theatre presents How We Got On, a play that takes place during the 1980’s in New York and L.A. It’s a coming-of-age story of three mid-western kids who use poetry and rhythm to produce hip-hop. • Robert Motherwell Exhibition

3/1/13 - 3/9/13 - Held at the Jerald Melberg Gallery, artists from around the world will be exhibiting their works demonstrating the diversity among art created in relationship to where the artist lives. •

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Queen’s Cup Steeplechase - 4/27/13 - A beautiful Saturday afternoon spent with family and friends is refreshing, but add first class horse racing and there is no turning back to the mundane. Brightly dressed jockeys ride their thoroughbreds over a three mile rolling course with jumps reaching heights of four and a half feet tall. Not to mention the tailgating is world class.

Art & Orchids

3/1/13 - 3/10/13 - The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Spectacular will have more than 5,000 orchids on display. It is a sight to behold. The “array of color, forms, and shapes” will amaze the enthusiast. This living art exhibit will be accompanied with works by the Louisiana-born collage artist Arless Day. • Lord of Light

3/1/13 - 4/16/13 - “Not your typical Easter show!” Filled with aerial feats, lighting and fight scenes, this show is a stunning portrayal of what transpired during Jesus’s three days in the tomb. This high energy, acrobatic show is one that you cannot afford to miss! • Jazz at the Bechtler

3/1/13 - 8/2/13 - The first Friday of each month, art and music meet. Concerts are performed in the museum lobby where the Ziad Jazz Quartet makes the air buzz while your eyes focus on beautiful art. Enjoy the evening listening, viewing, and sipping on a drink from the cash bar. • 20 • • March/April 2013

F.O.O.D. At The Mint Uptown

3/2/13 - 7/7/13 - Food, Objects, Objectives, Design, known as F.O.O.D. provides a thematic look at inventive modern and contemporary objects, handmade and mass produced, that have one of three objectives: to prepare, to cook, or to present food. FoodCultura, Barcelona, is co-organizing the exhibition. This exhibition is a can’t miss opportunity. • Music and Museum

3/5/13 - 5/7/13 - The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents “Music and Museum” a concert and lecture series that combines art, music, and conversation. The objective of this wonderful series is to allow a deeper understanding and appreciation of the arts. • Peter Pan

3/7/13 - 3/17/13 - Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Peter Pan tells the story of a boy who never grew up, his friend Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook. Neverland is a wonderful place to visit. This ballet will bring a smile to your face and lightness to your step. •

3/8/13 - 3/10/13 - The Belk Theater brings the Broadway “smash-hit” to Charlotte. The story tells of three friends who must decide on pursing their dreams or remaining in suburbia post 9/11. Please be aware this play contains adult content: language, music, strobe lights, use and rejection of drugs, and battlefield sounds. • Wicked

3/13/13 - 3/31/13 - Wicked is a retelling of the Land of Oz before Dorothy ever arrived from Kansas. An amazing musical that Variety called “a cultural phenomenon”, Wicked returns to Charlotte for another amazing run. For theatre lovers, this show is a must. • Architecture and Film

3/15/13 - Presented on the 15th at the Bechtler Museum will be the documentary “The Pruitt-lgoe Myth.” The documentary explores the “social, economic, and legislative issues” surrounding the “decline of conventional public housing in America.” There will be a cash bar and finger food. • THEATRE CHARLOTTE’S Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

3/22/13 - 4/7/13 - Edward Albee’s dark comedy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? comes to Charlotte. The play tells the story of George and Martha, a married couple and their one night of “dangerous fun and games.” This is a classic play you won’t want to miss. • Metrolina Expo Spring Spectacular

4/3/13 - 4/7/13 - The very first weekend of April, come find great deals on all sorts of goods from



they made to one another to never see Leila again in order to preserve their friendship and the love that lingers ultimately destroying them. • Taste of the Nation

4/17/13 - Attendees at the Taste of the Nation will savor fine wines, beers, spirits, and mouthwatering cuisine from the area’s top chefs, restaurants, and culinary schools. Live music and a silent auction will make your dining experience even better. One of the best food and wine events in the city. • Presbyterian Hospital Invitational - 4/13/13 - Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the USA’s Premier Bicycle Race is back again benefiting the Brain Tumor Fund Carolinas. A reception will be held Friday night from 6 to 8 at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art followed by Saturday’s race.

collectibles and antiques to home decor, art, jewelry, vintage toys and much more. •

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music


4/12/13 - 4/14/13 - A new music teacher named Jenny arrives on Sesame Street. Her instruments have gone missing, so she relies on her new Muppet friends to come to her aid and help her find them. On the way, Elmo and his friends learn that music can be made by using all sorts of things. •


4/13/13 - Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the USA’s Premier Bicycle race is back again benefiting the Brain Tumor Fund Carolinas. A reception will be held Friday night from 6-8:00 pm at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art followed by the race on Saturday. •

Red Cross Blood Drive

4/5/13 - Blood is always in need, and you can take this opportunity to share some with the Red Cross. Help change a person’s life. •

4/3/13 - 4/7/13 - You have to experience Outdoor Heritage Days at the Fork Farm in Norwood, NC. The event includes a “Shoot for the Stars” Clay Shooting Competition and CIC*** & CIC** International Horse Trials. This is a must for sportsmen and horse lovers alike. • 4/11/13 - Neiman Marcus of Southpark and QC Exclusive Magazine co-host an event for gentlemen. Outland Cigars is bringing a cigar roller. Land Rover and McLaren will be showing off the very best in motorworks, and there will be tasty food and drink for all. • 22 • • March/April 2013

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4/13/13 - 4/21/13 - Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, a love triangle emerges between Zurga, chief of his people, his friend Nadir, and the priestess Leila. An opera performed in French with English subtitles, the story is both mesmerizing and tragic as the two men recall the promise

Passport for Fashion 2013

4/20/13 - This extraordinary event presents nine fashion shows wrapped in an evening of fabulous cuisine from around the world, specialized cocktails, decadent desserts, and an award ceremony and after party. This event is not an evening you want to miss, so mark your calendars all of you fashionistas. • “Wanted Dead or Alive” A Murder Mystery Dinner

4/23/13 - 4/24/13 - The Murder Mystery Company presents the Wild West 1887 Western Show, “Wanted Dead or Alive!” Gunslingers, varmints, and those with murder on their mind fill the evening’s interactive murder with delight. Come and test your detective skills. • Contemporary Fusion

4/25/13 - 4/27/13 - An evening of dance brings the works of three famous choreographers together: Jiri Bubenicek (who last worked with Dance Theater in March of 2010), Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section, and Sasha Janes’s Rhapsodic Dances. Extraordinary pieces of movement you won’t want to miss. •

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4/27/13 - A beautiful Saturday afternoon with family and friends is refreshing, but add first class horse racing and there is no turning back to the mundane. Brightly dressed jockeys ride their thoroughbreds over a three mile rolling course and dressed up tailgaters eat and drink the day away. Ladies beware, heels are not recommended due to the terrain. • Celtic Woman

4/28/13 - The renown group Celtic Woman will perform classic Irish tunes, pop, and inspirational songs for all to enjoy. If you have never seen Celtic Woman before, you won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity. • Wells Fargo Championship

4/29/13 - 5/5/13 - The Wells Fargo Championship brings the PGA Tour to Charlotte. Golf enthusiasts all over the state flock to this event. In the past this tournament has raised over $13.5 million for charity. Visit Quail Hollow Club to see some of today’s greats play. •

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The Good Life


GOOD LIFE chronicles Charlotteans that are truly living the good life. It also examines places and things that help us live well.


Perfect Fit

David Watkins introduces his new ABBEYDALE retail concept -- a storefront tailored precisely to the uptown Charlotte market -- and shares his luxe utilitarian style with us. photography by Joey Richey

THE GOOD LIFE TABLE OF CONTENTS: Tastemaker • 27 | Connoisseur • 30 | Collector • 32 | Design • 34 | Arts & Culture • 36

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“Dressing is vital as it is the fastest snapshot you can give someone that explains a little about yourself. ”

The Perfect Fit It is a rare occasion that you’ll see Charlotte native and House of ABBEYDALE founder, David Watkins not dressed to the nines or without a look of purpose on his face. So what is David so serious about all the time? According to him it’s “Simply to help men…especially in Charlotte, dress better.” This is so important to David because he believes that, “Dressing is vital as it is the fastest snapshot you can give someone that explains a little about yourself. We are all deeper than our clothing but some never get a chance to move closer with a bad first impression.” David was introduced to style and fashion at a young age by his grandfather. “Always pressed...he made a concerted effort to look his best well into his old age. Inspiring.” We salute you grandpa because that inspiration is the driving

force behind ABBEYDALE, which has quickly made its mark on the men’s fashion scene in Charlotte. David also draws inspiration from local style icons, Glen Taylor and Dick Pattison of Charlotte’s own and nationally recognized menswear store, Taylor Richard’s and Conger. David’s core philosophy is fit over everything. “Start with the fit, get it perfect and everything will fall into place.” He draws inspiration from the US Armed Forces and believes they have done more for menswear in the US than anyone. This probably explains his “luxe utilitarian” look. Currently all of ABBEYDALE’s creations are custom made (suits, shirts, tuxedos, jackets, and trousers) but he is also working on a ready to wear collection as well as a line of neckwear and shoes. Abbeydale’s pieces tend to be soft structured easy wearing garments. A bit of a change of pace to the structured suiting you typically see in a banking town like Charlotte. “When someone slips on an unstructured ABBEYDALE garment their eyes widen. That probably makes it my favorite” , he says with a grin. David has also created a website called Gentlemen’s Armory whose sole purpose is to inform and expose a younger generation to luxury brands. According to David, “It gives the gent in Iowa or South Dakota a shot at wearing something of incredible quality.” Most exciting for us all, David is working on a much needed retail concept that will be located uptown and is slated to open in midApril of this year.

“Start with the fit, get it perfect and everything will fall into place.”

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If you’re interested in getting your hands on a custom Abbeydale piece just visit for more info or give him a call. David’s process is simple and starts with a conversation. He likes to get to know his clients first to get a better understanding of their lifestyle and to make sure, you guessed it - Abbeydale is a “perfect fit.”

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Canvas Of Cacao Whether it be a reflection of her travels or of her hometown, Courtney Paul paints all of her life experiences on a chocolate canvas. Her business Courtney Paul Chocolates in South End is making a name for itself amongst those with a sweet tooth.


Sweet Lorraine’s Bakery is and the chocolate industry. Then in located in South End. Upon 2010, she began making samples for entering you’ll be met with a her line. Paul explains that “chocolate smile, pleasant conversation, bars came naturally to me, but truffles and tantalizing goods. Having took a lot of work.” Her most difficult “partnered with the owner of the truffle is the lavender infused truffle. bakery,” Courtney Paul works “I had to practice, properly balancing diligently to create the flavor, so the truffle the perfect chocolate, would taste the same “It’s my version truffle or bar. She is very during its three week of art. I get to shelf life followed by the much like Vianne in the novel Chocolat. She sells reflect all the dipping and finishing” “dreams, small comforts, experiences stage. sweet, harmless temptations Living in Paris and of my life on traveling to bring down a multitude of in Asia allowed a chocolate saints…” Paul to “make sense” of Paul started learning canvas” her own line of chocolates. chocolate making ten years Feeling that she had enough ago while living in Philadelphia. “I “experience and knowledge to create focused on molding chocolate into something unique,” she relocated centerpieces like chocolate swans, and to Charlotte where in May 2011 high heeled shoes,” she says. About she started her own business. “My five years ago, Paul learned more business,” Paul says “is my version of about cacao beans, cacao production, art. I get to reflect all the experiences 30 • • March/April 2013

of my life on a chocolate canvas. What I learned from my travels in Asia, I created the wasabi bar: when I think of my hometown Holly Hill, SC—pecans— can be found in my chocolate too. You can travel my life from childhood to present day through my chocolate and see what has inspired me. It’s very personal.” “The first step to making chocolate is creativity and exploration,” says Paul. “You have to play with spices to see what works.” Paul likens chocolate to wine. “The bean, humidity, soil, and growing conditions all impact the flavor of the final product.” With a supportive community, Paul’s “dream has come true.” She has “found great business partners, suppliers, customers, and retail outlets,” all of whom believe in her. For more information on Paul’s chocolates go to or phone 704-629-8824.

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The Timeless E-Type Wayland and Rhonda Cato’s 1970 Jaguar E-Type is a collector’s dream.


ccording to legend, when it was first displayed in the Geneva Auto Show in 1961, Enzo Ferrari was quoted as saying that the E-Type (known as the XKE in the US) was the most beautiful car he had ever seen. This was coming from a man who knew a thing or two about pretty cars. Although he was one of the first to go on record with his utterance, he certainly would not be the last. To put it into perspective, if there was a Cooperstown for cars, the E-type would be compared to Willie Mays or The Babethe best ever. Because of its fluid lines and timeless design, it is widely recognized as a work of art just as much as it is an automobile. So much is so that the MOMA in New York has dedicated an entire exhibit to the E-type in its permanent design collection. It only makes sense that world renowned artist and Charlotte native Wayland Cato would be just as enamored with this masterpiece as Enzo Ferrari was at its unveiling in Geneva. Wayland’s first encounter with an E-type was in col-

lege while attending Central Piedmont. He saw the dean of the school’s 1968 E type and fell in love. “Everybody else was driving Corvettes and Porsches and all that other stuff and when I saw it, it just hit me, I said this is just about the coolest looking car I had ever seen.” Not less than a year later he had his very own E-type. Wayland bought his baby brand new off the lot in 1970 for $10,000. Since then it has undergone a full restoration along with some customizations: brushed chrome rocker panels (designed by Wayland), a new fuse box to stop it from overheating, and a computer on the carburetor enabling the car to tune itself. According to Wayland, “It’s a better car now than when it was built.” The car is an absolute stunner which has prompted many offers to buy it from Wayland…offers in the six figure range. “I’m not going to be without one so I’d have to go out and find another one and then restore it again so the answer has always been no.” Instead, he plans to pass the car down to his youngest son and keep it in the family. Poor kid.

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DESIGN Victoria Cid is one of twenty designers selected and Charlotte’s sole representative in Charleston Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer competition

Victoria’s Emergence


Interview by Erica Hanks (Follow On Twitter @TheEricaHanks)

From March 19th to the 23rd, twenty of the best up-and-coming clothing designers in the south will visit the Holy City to compete for the prestigious title of Emerging Designer. During the event, the port city transforms into one big stylish party and plays host to grand fashion soirees, with many New York and LA fashion authorities in attendance. Last year, Charlotte had three finalists in the competition and one of them, Tsvety McAulliffe, made it into the top 5. This year, Charlotte’s very own Victoria Cid, a University of Miami fashion alum, has been chosen to represent the Queen City. Local stylist Erica Hanks had the opportunity to sit down with Victoria and learn more about her design background, her aspirations, and the collection she is showing during Fashion Week. What inspired you to get into fashion? Ever since I was little I would recycle my sister’s clothes and make clothes for my dolls. As I got older my parents told me they used to have a clothing line and then told me how they started out creating infant clothing then moved into men‘s and women’s, and it was a big business for them. I was really excited to hear that, because everything I had enjoyed doing began to make sense. Eventually I want to revive their label, which is one of my goals.

As a new graduate, what made you decide to enter Charleston Fashion Week? After I graduated and moved to Charlotte, I began to research fashion weeks in the area and found Charleston Fashion Week. I applied without expecting anything. Once I got the call that I was a finalist and it became a reality I was so excited. It is one of my biggest achievements so far as a new designer.

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How long have you been working on your collection? Ever since I got the call! I have been working on my designs since November. I still have a lot more to get done but I will get there!

What can we expect from your collection? I’m doing a Fall/Winter collection, so I am using one of my favorite fabrics, which is leather. I’m really excited about it because I get to do what I want! There will be a lot of leather and suede and I’m playing a lot with textures and volume, which is mostly my aesthetic. The color palette will be very winter-like with a lot of black and grey. If you were to win the Emerging Designer competition at Charleston Fashion Week, what will you do next? I want to start my own label, which I know is hard to do when you’re young, but this is going to be a big opportunity and a great help to my brand.

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ARTS & CULTURE Charlotte Photographer Kyle Worthy

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(left) and three of his works: Alaska (Top), Deep Calls To Deep (Middle), and Winters Forest (Bottom).

“I enjoy being a translator. Most of my subjects are from the natural world. My role is to look for a spiritual connection within that world, reveal the divine design and translate that emotion through the camera.”

Known for his abstract landscapes, Kyle Worthy blends superior photography skills with unique post production to create his art. “Abstracting the landscape” is Kyle Worthy’s way of ‘capturing places as they exist in memory, caught somewhere between reality and dream” (MoNA Gallery NODA | Employing a “variety of in-camera and post-processing techniques,” Worthy uses his camera like a painter hones his brush. It was at the age of 15 when Worthy first became interested in photography. “My mom always had a camera around her neck, so it was inevitable that I became interested,” he said. “She taught me how to load film, and choose the correct apertures and shutter speeds. It was for my 16th birthday –I think—that I received my first camera, a Canon A2.” According to Worthy, he “cut teeth, shooting sports on Friday nights at his high school football games.” After high school, Worthy went off 36 • • March/April 2013

to university to study marketing. He tried working at the university’s marketing department as a photographer; however, digital technology was taking a hold in the department and he had not yet made the transition. As a result, photography took a “back seat” until he “was ready to return to the camera.” It was then that shooting pictures turned into a fine art. Worthy considers himself a “translator.” Since most of his subjects come from the natural world, his role as a photographic artist is to look “for a spiritual connection within that world, to reveal the divine design and then translate that emotion through the camera. What happens,” says Worthy, “is incredibly exciting.” Known for his abstract landscapes, Worthy uses a variety of in-camera and post-processing techniques, such as “intentional camera movements

during exposure, composite blending in the digital darkroom, or texture layering.” But he admits to having the most fun with experimenting with finishing techniques. “For example,” Worthy explains, “in my series Untethered Land, I have the photos mounted on bamboo wood panels then I add a

The Good Life Picture Worthy [cont. from pg. 36] layer of wax coating to provide extra depth and texture to the image. Each image is therefore a unique work of art and cannot be replicated or reprinted.” The camera and lens become Worthy’s tools to express an artistic vision. “The more time you spend developing your vision, the more focused your kit becomes,” says Worthy. No longer a “big gear head” Worthy’s creative process has “evolved” to a few good essentials. His primary camera being a Canon 5d Mark II with a trio of Canon lenses: the 1740mm, 50mm, and 70-200mm. Having traveled to many locales Worthy’s coolest experience was shooting aerial photography in Alaska. “From that prospective, the landscape turns into a myriad of patterns. Shapes, colors, textures all seem to reveal themselves on the earth’s canvas.” But if you ask him where he enjoys photographing subjects in and around Charlotte, Worthy admits to driving the back roads below south Charlotte in search of “great light and inspiration.” Some of his favorite works admittedly have been done in and around Charlotte from his car window. As a photographer, artist, and visionary, Worthy wants to continue working on his craft developing his vision while creating work that he can proudly exhibit. “It would be great if people join me on this journey, and I invite them to do so,” says Worthy. You will find him featured at the MoNA Gallery during the Relative Simplicity exhibit March 1st-April 27th, for further information go to 38 • • March/April 2013

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TOP LIST is a compilation of staff and contributor recommendations for Charlotte’s very best. Each issue covers a new topic.

Green Gardens &

Spaces The Queen City’s Top 16 Greenspaces for relaxing, exercising, escaping, and just plain enjoying nature.

Photo from Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Top List Charlotte was recently voted as a top ten city in the United States for greenspaces and rightfully so. The Queen City has a multitude of nature escapes, trails, and gardens for you to explore and to act as a getaway from the hustle and bustle. These are the top 16 places where you can relax, escape, exercise, and just plain enjoy nature. Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens At a little under thirty minutes drive from the center of the city, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is nestled in 380 acres of spectacular meadows and woodlands just miles from the quaint and beautiful town of Belmont. The grounds feature some of the best gardens in the south, an amazing orchid conservatory, an impressive visitor pavilion, walking trails, fountains, and so much more. It is a mini-Versailles of sorts. • Wing Haven Foundation and Garden

Right in the heart of Charlotte, this beautiful garden has a rich history. Designed by the famous garden designer

Elizabeth Clarkson in 1927, the garden offers a wide variety of flora and fauna, and in particular is a haven for all kinds of bird life. The gardens are a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the neighboring South Park area. •

Lower McAlpine Greenway

Almost six miles of Greenway right in the heart of South Charlotte (beginning near Johnston Road) this greenway offers all kinds of wonderful activities from biking and walking to birdwatching - Blue Heron and Pileated Woodpecker are residents of the area. Little Sugar Creek Greenway

This is a huge stretch of greenway, however the part we want to highlight is the stretch from 7th street to Morehead Street. This one and a quarter mile stretch of greenway offers several great uptown skyline views, runs right next to Sugar Creek (which is being restored at an accelerated rate) and offers a variety of activities including walking and bike riding on a paved trail. Benches line the greenway and welcome you in for a well needed rest. Renaissance Park Disc Golf

Disc Golf may be one of, if not the fastest growing sports in all of the city. Disc Golf provides a fun and free way to get outside and enjoy nature, while getting some exercise. This particular disc golf course has all the amenities and is one of the nicest courses in the region. •

South Prong Rocky River Greenway

This Greenway offers over four miles of paved trails that connect beautiful downtown Davidson to the Rocky River and is an absolute perfect trail for a bike ride. • 42 • • March/April 2013

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Top List McGill Rose Garden

Mint Museum Randolph

McMillan Greenhouse

Right in the heart of NODA, the McGill Rose Garden has been a staple of the community for years, offering astounding beauty showcased by over 1,000 rose plants and herbs. The grounds include an herb garden and meditation garden, and a wide variety of art, mostly sculptural.

The greenspace next to the Mint Museum on Randolph features absolutely giant oak trees, a slow running creek, several benches, and a whole bunch of nooks and crannies to set up a nice picnic. Head over for a good walk or jog, to throw the frisbee, or just to sit down and soak up the sunshine.

McMillan Greenhouse on the campus of the University of North Carolina Charlotte is made up of 8 glass rooms featuring a wide variety of plant life, the most intriguing of which is the orchid, tropical, and carniverous rooms. It is surrounded by exceptional terraces and gardens and is a must visit.

Reedy Creek Park

The nearly 150 acre park offers a wide range of sporting facilities, a public garden, fishing opportunities, lots of places for children to play, and an 18 hole disc golf course. If you want to exercise, Reedy Creek has over 10 miles of hiking and walking trails that travel through the neighboring Reedy Creek Nature Preserve.

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Freedom Park

McDowell Nature Preserve This 1,100+ acre preserve borders LakeWylie, has an amazing hardwood forest and nature center, walking trails, fishing and boating access and allows camping (56 campsites). •

This is the park in Charlotte. Located a hop, skip, and a jump from Dilworth and Myers Park, Freedom Park is a great place to go to enjoy a wide variety of activities. From the tennis courts and sporting facilities to the walking and biking trails, if you enjoy being outside and exercising this is the place.

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Top List Greenscapes [cont. from pg. 44] Frank Liske Park Concord’s ultimate greenspace, Frank Liske Park has over 230 acres of wildlife area including fitness and walking trails, a fishing lake where you can rent paddleboats, and an entire sporting facility. •

The Green

This acre and a half of greenspace right in the center of uptown Charlotte gives many a much needed escape. There are giant fountains, funky art, and some space to throw a frisbee or sit down and relax on a lunch break. Mallard Creek Greenway Located in the University area it is one of the largest greenways in the city. This seven mile stretch of greenway has paved trails that are great for fitness. Walkers, runners, bicyclists, and even skateboarders frequent this greenway. LaKE NORMAN

This one is probably the most obvious greenspace in Charlotte and rightfully so, but that still doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mention it. Lake Norman’s shoreline is absolutely gigantic. Its 520 miles of shoreline, much of which is lined with lake front property, also presents some amazing nature opportunities like the must visit Lake Norman State Park. • 46 • • March/April 2013

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[DESIGN + STYLE] is Charlotte’s best architecture, design, decor, and outdoor spaces as well as the people, tips, and trends in the industry.

Form & Function

Designer Sarah Catherine Norkum combines imbeccable style with functionality in her latest Ballantyne remodel.

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Form Function


within a neutral foundation,” Norkum added classic prints, arah Catherine Norkum, a Charlotte native, such as “zebra print, black and white stripe window treatfounded her full service interior design studio, ments,” and a “tortoise shell table.” Once combined with sarah catherine STUDIO OF DESIGN, in 2009 small splashes of color and metallic accents, the end results with an objective to emphasize a modern were extraordinary; the room was fresh yet “functional for eclectic, yet classic approach in the design nights” of entertainment and enjoyment. community. Her latest gem, a kitchen/breakfast room in a “A fair amount of love and attention,” said Norkum, “went Transitional house in Ballantyne, was already beautifully into each individual piece selected and each detail was caredesigned, but the owner was ready for a change. And so, fully thought out.” Designing a space that embodies the perNorkum’s challenge was to “create a space that embodied sonality of the client is what Norkum asserts is one of the the client’s impeccable style yet still remain functional.” It’s most important aspects of being a successful interior designimportant that the space created was not only unique, but er. It is her wish that the style she chooses for her client is the have “great style, quality pieces, and custom detailing,” says ideal for a “woman of worth.” Norkum. She firmly believes that any space created must Because of her committment to providing defined style... speak to the individual and to their personality. This 400 style within well designed interiors, and square foot kitchen/breakfast room a defined style in the quality of services was meant to inspire. “The challenge was to create delivered to your experience, Sarah According to Norkum, her design plans a space that embodied the Catherine of sarah catherine STUDIO were “definitely fearless.” Using a custom gray-blue-green wall, she set the client’s impeccable style yet OF DESIGN is making a name for herself still remain functional.” stage. Balanced with “layers of patterns throughout the south.

To see more of Sarah Catherine Norkum’s work visit her online at her website

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“Our desire to assist Service Connected Disabled Veterans was learned early on by our parents and the military traditions that exist in both of our families.” What branch of the military were you in and what did you do while serving [We] both were in the North Carolina Army National Guard- based in Statesville. I retired as a Staff Sergeant and John honorably served and left the service as a Specialist. Our military specialty was Field Artillery, but we served as Infantrymen in Iraq.

Finish The Mission Statesville natives, Dale Beatty and John Gallina, were both wounded in Iraq. Dale lost both of his legs and John sustained spinal and brain injuries. When they came back home they decided they wanted to give back to Disabled Veterans just like themselves. They started Purple Heart Homes after seeing the unmet housing needs of all Veterans. Meet the founders themselves and learn about their new mission. Tell us how you guys decided to start Purple Heart Homes?

Where did you guys acquire the experience to start such a venture?

Based on the experiences of being wounded and returning home and [my] yearlong recovery and exposure to the multiple issues surrounding Veterans. When I retired and came back to North Carolina the community of Iredell County and Statesville, NC and the Iredell County Homebuilders rallied to support me in building my home. The positive experience of having the community assist with the project proved to be the best case scenario for a severely wounded Service Member who returned home. Building on this example, we created Purple Heart Homes with that specific goal in mind: engaging communities around projects for Veterans and their families and return some dignity, honor and integrity to the “Quality of Life” in the home.

Our craft in the non-profit world takes us far beyond just building houses. Our desire to assist Service Connected Disabled Veterans was learned early on by our parents and the military traditions that exist in both of our families. Once we served in the military ourselves, we learned leadership, teamwork, and never to give up on our mission. Most of our learning happened in combat, and during deployments assisting our fellow North Carolinians during hurricane recoveries.

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What is your major philosophy with the homes you build?

[Our philosophy] is to ensure the Veterans we serve have a solid foundation in a safe environment and are set up for success in the future.

You both sustained injuries while in battle. What were they and how did they occur?

Our vehicle was completely destroyed by an anti-tank mine in Iraq- November 15th, 2004. [I] lost both legs below the knee and John was injured by the blast and eventually discovered he had spinal injuries and mild traumatic brain injury. If it wasn’t for your own personal experience being wounded in battle and having to adapt yourselves, would you be doing this right now?

No. However, our world views changed dramatically with just the experience of deploying to war. Our experiences as casualties and the view from inside the lives of wounded Veterans of ourselves, our friends and older Veterans led us to the formation of Purple Heart Homes. What has been the most challenging part for you to adapt back to civilian life with your injuries and for most wounded and disabled vets in general?

Maintaining the family unit is one of the toughest challenges any Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman can face. Injuries and combat aside, with the multiple deployments that have been asked of our nations’ military in the past 12 years the challenge is obvious. Just imagine for every one deployed there are normally two or more at home. That’s what makes Purple Heart Home’s mission so important: all of us as human beings need a safe haven.



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How do you decide who to help and how do you find out about these wounded and disabled veterans? The Veteran must fill out our full application and go through the acceptance process which is managed by a volunteer committee that determines their eligibility and verifies their information. Veterans MUST BE- Service Connected Disabled. Their age or specific war is irrelevant. Fortunately we have been able to find our Veterans through multiple avenues: Word of mouth, FaceBook, our website, and news articles.

Where do you get your funding from? Puple Heart Homes [a Non-Profit 501(c)(3)] receives funding from individual contributions, foundations, other non profit organizations, community based fundraisers and events. We also recognize significant funding in the form of volunteer labor, volunteer professional services, materials and trade labor.

What are some obstacles or routines in and around the home that everyday folks take for granted that disabled How can the wounded vets afford a customized home built vets often have trouble with or need customized? by Purple Heart? Doorways, Entryways, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Stairs--Everyday life for many of the Veterans we serve is full of challenges, getWe have two current programs: Veterans Aging In Place ting out of bed may even be a challenge for some. Imagine life [VAIP] and Veterans Home Ownership Program [VHOP] in a wheelchair in a home with no ramp and doorways that The VAIP program is strictly limited to Veterans who are curare just too narrow that scrape your knuckles rent homeowners but have a need for changes every time you go through. Or even better, tie to make the home more accessible for disabilione hand behind your back and try to shower, That’s what makes ties or to fit their particular injuries. There is and cut your steak at dinner. The soluNO Charge to the Veterans in this program. It Purple Heart Home’s dress tions are achievable. is a purely a charitable function of our organimission so important: all Do you think what you are doing has just as much zation. The VHOP is designed for Veterans who of us as human beings of an emotional effect as it does physically? are NOT current homeowners. Purple Heart Actually it even has MORE of an emotional imneed a safe haven. Homes searches for Bank Owned Properties pact when we bring that emotional aspect into that fit the needs and demographics of our our projects. Veterans. We accept the bank owned property as a donation, refurbish it for the particular needs of the Veteran and then Aside from building homes, does Purple Heart Homes or any ensure that the Veteran qualifies for a mortgage in owning of its affiliates do other things to help disabled and woundthe home. The Veterans in this program are expected to pured vets re-integrate back to normal civilian life? chase the home at NO MORE THAN 50% of the appraised Yes. We are currently developing a Mentor Program to further value of the home. The program income then is reinvested connect our Veterans with their communities and ease the into our VAIP Program, and in essence the younger Veterans transition back to life as a Citizen. We also have developed a are helping Purple Heart Homes ensure the sustainability of process for assisting our Veterans with repairing their credit the VAIP program. rating and capabilities of becoming a homeowner.

Where is most of your work found?

Currently we have five active North Carolina projects ranging from Jacksonville to Western North Carolina. We also have two active projects in Ohio, three in Connecticut, and two in Georgia. We have recently initiated our Florida Chapter and have several projects in the works there. Our footprint is currently east of the Mississippi River but we are rapidly approaching 400 applications from Veterans who have applied for our services.

How can people donate?

Visit and click the donate button! Or mail a tax deductible donation to: Purple Heart Homes P.O. Box 5535 Statesville, NC 28687

Imagine life in a wheelchair in a home with no ramp or even better, tie one hand behind your back and try to shower, dress and cut your steak at dinner.

PHOTOS: Pg. 52: The first project for Purple Heart Homes was a deck and ramp for Kevin Smith, a Vietnam Veteran living in Newton, NC This Page [From Left To Right:] 1. Purple Heart Homes pouring a concrete ramp for Richard’s Coffee Shop in Mooresville, NC – a popular Veteran hang out. 2. An interior renovation and deck and ramp project for Cory Collins, in Concord, NC 3. Jim Davis’s project was completed in Richlands, NC in January 2012 4. A renovation for Dave Morrell, a Vietnam Veteran that John and Dale met at Richard’s Coffee Shop was another early project for PHH. 5. Derrick Pope, a Hickory, NC native, raises the flag at his completed home.

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Let It Speak For Itself Mark Hefner and Mica Sorkin are bringing a new level of modern design and execution. Two lifelong friends from Taylorsville, NC, Mark Hefner and Mica Sorkin, started Hefner Woodworking and Sorkin Design in 2003. The two have known each other since the 3rd grade when, at a young age, both inherited a love of woodworking from their fathers. Mica Sorkin, who received his bachelor’s degree in Furniture Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, moved to Washington, DC to work on museum exhibition design at the Smithsonian and the U.S. Senate among others. But, missing furniture design, he moved back to North Carolina. Hefner, on-the-other-hand, grew up working in furniture factories around Hickory, North Carolina. After graduating from Appalachian State University, Hefner moved to Charlotte and worked as a home remodeler. He soon discovered that he “preferred using a chisel to using a sledgehammer.” Now ten years later, these two gentlemen are producing highquality custom furniture and cabinetry right in our own backyard. Their shop is about 900 square feet, filled to the brim with routers and drills. There are quite a number of interesting tools, but the Sawstop brand table is their prize possession. It has an “electric brake that stops the blade if it comes in contact with skin, so it can’t cut you. It’s a miracle of engineering,” says Hefner. They also possess a vacuum press for custom veneer work and making bent wood panels. Hefner and Sorkin work with many types of wood: “domestic hardwoods, (walnut, maple, and cherry), ecofriendly reclaimed wood and bamboo panels, exotic imports like zebrawood, and resin panels.” They also source wood from a local sawyer named Kyle Edwards who “mills wood from urban-harvested trees in the Charlotte area.” The two use a variety of woodworking techniques ranging from hand-cut dovetails in a shaker dresser to production HOW TO SELECT THE PERFECT PIECE OF FURNITURE

Make sure it is functional and fits your home’s aesthetic. Be sure that the piece fits the space it is destined for before buying. Choose pieces that are durable and well made. Select furniture that you will have for a long time.

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techniques on a long run of cabinets. Hefner admits being inspired by The Shaker and Art and Crafts Movements while Sorkin loves Jasper Morrison’s clean designs and Shiro Kuramata’s “imaginative use of unique materials.” No matter the inspiration, both share the same goal and that is to “let beautiful wood speak for itself.” Hefner and Sorkin “put great effort into sourcing high-quality hardwood, and veneer, and [they] like when the material is the star of the show.” “It’s important that we keep learning, improving our skills, and building long-term relationships with our clients,” while being highly responsive. For more info on Hefner Woodworking and Sorkin Design by visiting them at www.

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Well Lit KAREN AND RICHARD GOOD’s SHOP, LANTERN AND SCROLL, LOCATED IN HISTORIC SOUTH END HAS THE LARGEST CATALOG OF COPPER LIGHTING IN THE CITY. THEIR PORTFOLIO FEATURING PERIOD COPPER LANTERNS OF THE OLD SOUTH EXUDES IMPECCABLE DESIGN. They line the front porches of antebellum homes on Rainbow Row in Charleston. They frame the entrances of creole galleries in New Orleans. In Myers Park, and on Dilworth’s bungalows, they are fixtures. Even in their simplicity, exemplified by their clean lines, they are symbols of southern sophistication. Historically their worth was invaluable, now they are simply accents: the accents that, in terms of sheer architecture and design, make all the difference. Luckily, our city has an amazing source for those who want to echo impeccable design with them: period coppern lanterns of the Old South Since 2007, Karen and Richard Good, of Lantern and Scroll,have offered the largest variety of copper lanterns in Charlotte. Their catalog is expansive featuring a handful of popular and exclusive collections including High Battery, NeoCharleston, Tradd Street, and Broad Street Collections.

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All of the lanterns in their portfolio stem from popular designs from bygone eras in order to replicate the authentic lighting of Dixie. Because of this the lanterns you receive from them add a timeless and classic design element to your home. The production also embodies the pride and craftsmanship of that time period. All of their lights are handcrafted and proudly made in America, right in the heart of the Carolinas. The Good’s small [but well lit] shop, located judiciously in the center of historic South End, is a factory direct store for one of the country’s premier lantern manufacturing companies: Copper Lighting Company. This relationship allows the Good’s to offer ultra-competitive prices for time-honored styles. For those that value quintessential home design, copper lighting like those sold at Lantern and Scroll are must have pieces. Installation of these unique and eyecatching fixtures can push your home’s aesthetic over the top. For more information on copper lighting visit www.LanternAndScroll. com or view photos of their work on

Above: High Battery Post Lantern from Lantern and Scroll. Bottom Left: The NeoCharleston Post Collection from Lantern and Scroll. com. These lanterns can be fitted for gas or electricity.




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Let our customers tell you about their experience with Pool by Design Birds chirping, subtle breezes, the sun’s rays beaming down theme that the – When Peter and Phyllis Fulton want to relax in heavenly homeowners desired. solitude, they need not look further than their own backyard. The graceful flow from When the Fultons first purchased their home in one element to the next, Dilworth, they were certain that it would be the perfect contributes to the soothing tranquility of the backyard haven. backdrop to suit their family life. The Fultons decided Differences in the yard’s elevation were separated by stacked on the addition of a swimming pool to not only provide a stone seating walls. Stone pavers form the walkway to the functional recreational outlet for their children but also pool and decking, and large boulders, ornamental trees, and to complement the natural atmosphere they wanted to landscape lighting were brought in to highlight the immense create in their backyard. beauty of the Fulton’s backyard retreat. Pool By Design “We didn’t want our pool and yard to feel artificial or referred Bill Blair of Landscape Logic for the vision and overly manicured,” said Phyllis Fulton. “Instead, we creation of landscaping design to accent the pool “Our handwanted to create the illusion of a calm mountain work. built pool pool in a natural setting.” “We were impressed with the craftsmanship has surpassed Jo and Simon Spiers together with Tommy, from and commitment to customer satisfaction from expectations Pool By Design, confidently accepted the job. They Pool by Design,” said Phyllis. “Our hand-built and added approached the pool design with the goal of creating pool has surpassed our expectations and added value.” a natural setting that also embraced the recreational tremendous value to our home and family.” benefits of a family outdoor living space. The return on investment has indeed been great for The Fultons are elated with the final results. the Fultons. Their two children get plenty of exercise and fresh “Now we have a literal extension of our home’s living space, air outdoors while the family enjoys our backyard is our favorite room,” said Phyllis. the perfect setting for entertaining The Pool by Design creative team designed an irregular family and friends. The Fulton’s pool shaped pool and coated the interior with dark material to has become a popular gathering create the appearance of a natural water feature. A hot tub place in the neighborhood. joins the pool one level higher and gracefully spills over into “It’s enormously satisfying to the pool, creating the soothing sound of a waterfall. Natural create such wonderful backyard stone accents the space and creates the mountain inspired envrionments,” said Simon Spiers.

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The Backyard Retreat Luis and Clara Vasquez of Sunmar Construction share their tips to making the perfect outdoor living space. Photo by Jim Schmid


arly spring is a great time to start your outdoor living project because it allows you to reap the rewards of your new space when the temperatures heat up in May. Enjoying your backyard retreat is exactly what Luis and Clara Vasquez of Charlotte’s very own Sunmar Construction want you to do when summer arrives. Valuing all the benefits of an outdoor living space is ingrained in their heritage. According to the two outdoor experts, “In Colombia, the backyard is a special place for the entire family, [a place] where families meet for birthdays, holidays, and weekend gettogethers. When we moved to Charlotte we noticed that houses lacked that special backyard for families to spend time together and decided to start Sunmar.” Since the inception of Sunmar, both Clara and Luis have been sharing their experience and exuberance for outdoor living with all of their clients and it shows in their work. Each job that 60 • • March/April 2013

they tackle is unique, and because of that, they have a strong focus on design. Their 3d designs and planning ensure that the space will be perfect. They recommend that no matter who you choose to develop and build your space, to really make a thoughtful design a priority. Both Luis and Clara believe that the material selection is key to the outcome of your project. The materials that you incorporate: woods, stone, stainless, copper; need to obviously enhance your space but also need to be durable, and functional. Because of their focus on design and materials, their execution has been impeccable. However, the single most important aspect of your project is the people that you work with to build the space. Luis and Clara suggest that you take your time and do your due diligence when making a decision like this. Instead of rushing or going with the lowest price, make sure you find someone that you trust and that will be there throughout the entire process from start to finish.



Be sure to identify your outdoor living goals before you make any purchases.


Plan your most used outdoor area farthest from the house so you are forced to use your entire outdoor area.


Choose materials you want to use wisely and make sure they mesh well with your home.


Plan for bad weather. When you take this into consideration and execute properly you can take advantage of your outdoor space even when the weather isn’t totally cooperating.

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New Approaches to the Classic Adirondack Chair. Thomas Lee first designed the Adirondack chair to take advantage of the wonderful outdoor lifestyle offered at his New York mountain home. It’s been 110 years since Lee invented the Adirondack and it is still one of, if not the most popular outdoor chairs, perfect for a porch or around a fire pit. For the most part, most stores sell the exact same style that was sold way back in the early 1900s, however some designers, small and large, have come up with several new takes on the Adirondack. Our favorite three are made by Heritage Handcrafted (www.heritage-

THINGS TO CONSIDER of Charlotte, Robby Cuthbert Design (, Design Within Reach ( Heritage Handcrafted’s Adirondack is made from reclaimed whiskey barrel staves and comes complete with an ottoman. The natural form of the whiskey barrels makes for a perfectly contoured seat. Robby Cuthbert Design’s take on an Adirondack is one of the best we’ve seen. In fact, most of his work is impressive, modern, and artistic. His use of suspension wire adds an entirely new and interesting detail to a classic design.

When choosing the right chair be sure to consider several things. First, comfort is key so get a chair with great ergonomics that emphasizes good posture but also is delightful to sit on. Similarly, inspect the firmness of the seat to ensure comfort. After that consider the size and function of the chair, the material of the fabric, and the legs. Legs, although seemingly trivial make a big difference in the overall aesthetic of the chair.

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Design Within Reach is a well established brand focused on modern styling. Their version of the Adirondack, designed by Greg Benson and Jeff Taly, has clean lines and an even cleaner conscious -- as it is made from “recycled plastic reclaimed from postconsumer goods.”

[Top Left]: Whiskey barrel staves form a naturally contoured Adirondack that smells like a well aged batch of fine bourbon • [Top Right]: Suspension wires add a modern twist to this unique style of Adirondack • [Bottom Right]: Design Within Reach’s Adirondack is friendly on the eyes and the environment •



The Exclusives

EXCLUSIVES TABLE OF CONTENTS: Style • Floral • 67 | Home • Southern Charm • 76 | Sport • Steeplechases • 82 | Travel • Caribbean • 90

FLOWER POWER PHOTOSHOOT CREDITS: Model: Hannah Lee | Photography: Thien La | Styling: Erica Hanks | Hair:Terra Hines | Makeup:Joy Randall A special thanks to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens for hosting our photoshoot.


FLOWER POWER When the cherry blossoms arrive and the pear trees begin to bloom, we know winter is on its way out. These delicate hues and petals let us know that the color and brightness of azaleas and magnolias await just around the corner. With the southern spring just weeks away, this issueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fashion shoot at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens emphasizes fabulous florals and blends in the season's hottest style trends.

Jumpsuit: $298, Juicy Couture SouthPark Mall. Blazer: $160, Theory; Nordstrom. Necklace: $311; Our Place. Rings: $36-$48; Chezelle. Clutch: $38, Nila Anthony; Nordstrom. Bangles: $38 each, Kate Spade; Nordstrom. Shoes: $895, Valentino; Neiman Marcus.


Top: $195, Rachel Zoe; Neiman Marcus. Skirt: $396, Alice + Olivia; Nordstrom. Shoes: $425, Brian Atwood; Neiman Marcus. Tote: $258, Kate Spade; Nordstrom. Bangles: $24 each, Nordstrom. Cuff: $23, Nordstrom.

Blazer: $128, Hinge; Nordstrom. Shorts: $49; Urban Outfitters. Belt: $50, Nordstrom. Ring Bracelet: $128, Chezelle. Earrings: $344; Our Place.


Top: $118, Line & Dot; KK Bloom. Skirt: $59; Urban Outfitters.

Dress: $216; Chezelle. Shoes: $1,495, Jimmy Choo; Neiman Marcus. Ring: $28; Nordstrom.


Skirt: $495, Tory Burch SouthPark Mall. Jacket: $78, Nordstrom. Belt: $111; Our Place. Shoes: $350, Tory Burch SouthPark Mall. Necklace: $200, Our Place. Earrings: Stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own.

Top: $475, Red Valentino; Coplonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Earrings: $478, Our Place.



Ken Wrench and Ron Talbott, owners of Augusta Homes, built this Low Country masterpiece right in Huntersvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gated enclave of Meadowbrook Farms and it is a sight to behold. Photos by Sean Busher Photography

“ “Our dream was to run a more boutique-sized business that would allow us to roll out the red carpet for a limited number of good customers each year.”


wners of Augusta Homes, Ken Wrench and Ron Talbott first met while working for Simonini Builders. Wrench hails from Miami, Florida, whereas Talbott is from Southern California. Both have been in the construction industry for several decades. With the start of Augusta Homes these two gentlemen based their business on a particular philosophy that proved tantamount for success. First a frame contractor, Talbott worked from the ground up learning every aspect of homebuilding and is now classified as a Master Builder with years of training and experience. Wrench on-the-other-hand excels at sales, marketing, and handles the accounts management side of the business. Put the two of them together, and you have a force to be reckoned with. When Talbott and Wrench decided to start their own company—Augusta Homes—here in Charlotte, NC they wanted to run a construction business that emphasized a closer relationship with clients. “Our dream,” says Talbott and Wrench, “was to run a more boutique-sized business that would allow us to roll out the red carpet for a limited number of good customers each year.” North Mecklenburg and South Iredell counties are where 76 • • March/April 2013

most of Augusta’s custom homes are located. There is an emphasis on building in the “higher end golf course and waterfront communities around Lake Norman,” but Augusta Homes has since expanded into South Charlotte. Augusta Homes runs on the philosophy that “this is someone’s home where they are raising a family. Treat the home special and do it right the first time. Limiting the number of custom home projects allows Augusta’s owners to stay intimately involved in the creative process of designing and building with the custom--from start to finish, always delivering on what is promised.” Working around a team concept, Augusta likes to have the “architect or residential designer, interior designer, engineer, builder, and customer working together with as much face time as possible. This Page: Front Elevation of Meadowbrook Home. “This,” says Talbott and Wrench, Opposite Page: “ensures a thorough and Meadowbrook Home’s Foyer, Wine Cellar, Kitchen, consistent understanding of the Office, Bathroom, Sunroom. customer’s needs, personality, lifestyle, and budget.” Working with natural materials such as brick, stone, metals, and wood, Talbott and Wrench aim to create “eclectic looks and textures that are authentic and that will last forever.” The company is also “environmentally

“ From every rear window in the home, the pavilion beckons one to come outside to rest, entertain, or play.

landscape and fauna.” According to Talbott and Wrench, forward,” utilizing “repurposed, green, and healthy living “from every rear window in the home, the pavilion beckons products in materials, energy, and technology.” one to come outside to rest, entertain, or play. It serves as Their latest creation, Meadowbrook Home, is built in the the centerpiece of what seems like an endless backyard Low Country style. The house is 6,234 sq.ft. of heated where the stress of daily life can melt away.” space and 8,231 sq.ft. under roof. There are 5 bedrooms, Augusta takes building custom homes seriously. They 4 full baths, 2 half baths, formal areas, family bonus room, thrive on being proactive and cutting edge. “For the 4 car garage, dog area, home office, 2 laundry rooms, partners,” says Wrench, “creating each unique and 3 porches. The house has a lot of natural home has always been a deeply personal light, and “generous space that flows giving an business. They have an affinity for naming overwhelming impression of solidness from their creations for example: Lucky Seven, one’s first step over the threshold.” The I-Spy, Miss Sara, and Living Large Larry.” large front-facing veranda and two porches Wrench continues, “It’s about having fun represents “modern durability with the and celebrating that each home has its warmth of Grandma’s house or an inviting own personality, style, taste, and that it Inn,” explains Talbott and Wrench. The lives on forever.” materials used are vast: “wood porch floors, “Even though the landscape of builders in hardwood flooring, stone accents, horizontal siding, painted cabinets, wains coating, Ken Wrench and Ron Talbott, Charlotte has changed drastically in the last owners of Augusta Homes five years,” says Talbott and Wrench, “many poplar interior trim, granite, marble, tile, and companies having gone out of business, there have been a working indoor and outdoor fireplace.” It’s hard to grasp just as many new ones starting up. As Augusta Homes such splendor without seeing it! stays the course, she will maintain a consistency that The outdoor living area is also stunning. A “pavilion continues to be admired by its peers.” acts as the main house’s gateway to six acres of natural 78 • • March/April 2013



Let The Festivities


The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase is back for its 18th season and along with it returns the fun and festivities.


s spring draws near one of my favorite times of the year arrives with it. Folks, it’s steeplechase time and here in the south we take this season seriously. Luckily for you, there are several great opportunites to take in the very best horse racing around. I can feel the excitement in the air. I can hear it right now: hooves, carrying a thousand pounds of muscle and power, beat up the well-manicured grass underfoot like a drum; race announcers loudly bellow the call of the final sprint down the stretch; and exhuberant roaring crowds erupt with jubilee. But what are all the people in the crowd truly celebrating?

From Camden’s Carolina Cup to Charlotte’s Queen’s Cup, and every small and big race in between, for most, other than the equestrian fanatics, the celebration isn’t for the actual horse race or at least I don’t think it is. Aside from the waning moments after every winning rider crosses the finish line and spectators settle up their side pots, this day isn’t about the horses, the jockeys, the trophies, nor the purses. It’s about the festivites and the fun, the food and drink, the colorful clothing, and the tailgating. No steeplechase exemplifies this more than Charlotte’s very own Queen’s Cup. In its 18th year, the Queen’s Cup has been one of the South’s best races, packing crowds in the thousands along Member’s Hill and in tailgating spots throughout the beautiful 260 acres of rolling meadows that make up the grounds at Brooklandwood Racecourse. On Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10am, the gates of the Queen’s Cup open to an excited public ready for the first tailgate of the year. Reserved spaces throughout the grounds are blanketed with groups of well-dressed patrons, sitting in lawn chairs, on colorful blankets, and of course on open tailgates, with food

and drink in hand. Happiness is in the air and in the attire. A kaleidoscope of colorful outfits adorn the visitors. Brightly colored and beautifully patterned sundresses and large sunhats providing shade are donned by alluring women of all ages. Gentlemen sport everything from handsome seersucker and bowties to the casual: collared sport shirts or the official Queen’s Cup tees, shorts, and boat shoes. Although it is a dressy kind-of-affair, high heels are not recommended. Before the races begin, there are three hours of fun-filled tailgating, socializing, people watching, and entertaining events. Some of the tailgating spreads are downright absurd. Everything from beef brisket and pork barbecue, boiled shrimp, cheese and fruit plates to the simple favorites like BLT’s, roast beef sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and chips are munched on. Alcohol is not only allowed but wine, beer, and spirits flow freely. Meanwhile, away from the tailgate spots, all kinds of fun events for adults and children await. Jack Russell Terrier races, held from 10:30AM - 12:30PM, feature extremely adorable and sometimes clumsy pups. Contests for the best tailgate and


Add some pizzazz to your race attire with a Southern Proper or High Cotton Tie bow.

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Make a steeplechase statement with a handsome seersucker suit.

Add some style to your outfit that’s also going to keep you shaded from the spring sun.

Sundresses are a must for women at the steeplechase. High heels are not recommended.

best hat are also fun to watch. The hats in particular are a sight to behold, varying from incredibly detailed horse scenes to headwear that is three and four feet tall and made of feathers. Raffles throughout the day for an assortment of prizes are available and tickets are only $10 and under for a chance to win amazing prizes and even a lawn box for next year’s race. As the pre-race events and contests finalize, the revelry continues and at 1:30PM the races begin. For the earnest equestrian enthusiasts, the six races, four hurdles and two flat, are some of the most competitive one can see in the south. Top riders from around the world atop high level horses race hard, in the hopes of winning substantial purses, including the top prize, $50,000. In between races fans are allowed to visit the paddock and get an up-close-and-personal view of the horses and riders. This intimate vantage point allows onlookers the

opportunity to get behind the scenes of steeplechase racing. It also allows people to take photos of the experience, and if you’re into picking winners, gain valuable information about the horses so you can brag to all your friends. The races are intense, the crowd is loud and engaged, and fun is being had by all. After the final horse race, the Queen’s Cup gets its party on. Wind down in style, at their Hot Walk Party; a huge celebration featuring dance, beach, and pop music from the 1960’s and 1970’s. The Queen’s Cup came up with the name of this afterparty: the Hot Walk Party, “because after a horse runs a race, the horse is overheated and you cool him out by walking him around the shed for about an hour letting him drink water and cool down. [We] stole the name and used it towards cooling the jets of the patrons.” This party is enjoyed by both adults


The old fashioned blends sugar and citrus with whiskey for a refreshing dark drink.

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The mint julep is the classic derby drink perfect for a day at the horse track.

Want the refreshment without the alcohol? The Arnold Palmer, a mixture of tea and lemonade is it.

and children patrons alike. Free food, water, and soft drinks are available to all guests of the event and alcohol can be purchased as well. Most importantly, beyond the fun of a day at the track, is the important charitable work for which the Queen’s Cup is responsible. The Queen’s Cup is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that raises substantial money for partnering charities. Since its inception, Charlotte Steeplechase Association has donated over half-a-million dollars to local and regional charities. This year’s beneficiary is Purple Heart Homes, another local non-profit 501(c)(3) that does absolutely amazing things for our disabled servicemen and women. Veterans with injuries incurred during service face a huge adjustment and are met with many burdens right in their own home. Purple

Heart Homes builds and renovates the homes of Disabled Veterans to ensure that they have a solid foundation in a safe environment and are set up for success in the future. By attending this year’s steeplechase you support one of the best causes around. There is no doubt that the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase is a must for the horse racing enthusiast, as the races are simply spectacular. But the true essence of the Steeplechase is in the festivities and the fun. For those that enjoy taking in one of the first warm days of spring, dressed to the nines, drink in hand, contentment in the air, along with thousands of other likeminded close friends doing the same thing, it doesn’t get any better. For more info or to purchase your tickets for the season’s premier steeplechase visit

HOW TO PICK A HORSE Picking a winner is an age-old tradition and there are three things to look for when selecting the horse that you would ride with.

1. Watch the paddock

pre-race. Excited horses in the paddock are wasting energy they will need on the track. Pick a calm horse.

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2 If a horse has a well

respected trainer and jockey then you can assume there is something about the horse that they like.

3 Listen for the history

of the horse. Horses that haven’t raced in awhile or placed lately are not good options to go with.



written and photographed by Andi Perullo


fter enduring months of cold weather and endless days without sunshine, it is now finally time to start thinking about the arrival of spring. What better place to celebrate brighter skies, blooming flowers, and the feeling of grass between your toes than in the Cayman Islands? In less than three hours, a direct flight from Charlotte will transport you and your family to this perfect spring break destination. Three small islands make up the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands and are bordered by the deepest part of the Caribbean: the Cayman Trench. English is spoken by everyone and US dollars are accepted everywhere. While known around the world as a tax-haven paradise, there is so much more to this vibrant nation than just banks and beaches. The best way to experience your Cayman Island vacation is by renting

a car, which can be conveniently done at the airport. Be sure to remember that Caymanians drive on the left side of the road! If you are seeking a holiday apart from the all-inclusive resorts and large crowds of people who are also on a spring holiday of their own look no further than Cotton Tree. This exclusive group of four pastel-hued, plantation-style beachfront villas is surrounded by pristine nature and is the only boutique hotel located on the islands. Each 1600 square foot cottage has two bedrooms and includes all of the comforts and amenities of a fully equipped luxury home such as spacious living rooms with media libraries of books, music, and DVDs; contemporary furnishings and Egyptian cotton sheets; gourmet kitchens with complete cooking accessories; free Wi-Fi; spa bathrooms with rainforest showers and Jacuzzis; and daily maid services. Upon arrival, you will find that your kitchen has been stocked with basic necessities; however, if you should require anything else

This Page: Cotton Tree villa, named Almond, offers exquisite luxury accomodations. Opposite Page: [Top] Cotton Tree’s poolside cabana and pool. [Middle from left to right} Dessert at Osetra Bay restaurant | Cotton Tree Villa signage | Cotton Tree Guest Bedroom | Cotton Tree Grounds. [Bottom] Cotton

Tree cabana amongst the tropical foliage. For more information on Cotton Tree, the only boutique hotel on the islands, visit

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the staff will be happy to go grocery shopping for you. Cotton Tree makes certain that you have everything you could desire to ensure an unforgettable stay with them in this exotic Eden. Steps away from your residence, in the center of the property, are a freshwater pool and hot tub. If you need a break from the sun, than you can indulge in a massage or facial inside the nearby spa pavilion where you can hear the gentle waves of the Caribbean Sea. Take some time to stroll the stunning surroundings that are beautifully landscaped with native flora like lime, banana avocado, guava, and mango trees, as well as cotton trees, the hotel’s namesake. The rocky

and lush shores of Cotton Tree’s beach inspire moments of pause, especially at sunset. Tropical vacations always involve fine food and although the hotel does not have a restaurant on site there are several other outstanding ones within a very short distance. Ristorante Pappagallo is less than a five-minute walk away and is for those with discerning palates and big appetites. They serve delectable homemade Italian specialties with a liberal selection of wine to wash it all down. A more upscale choice is Osetra Bay, which is sophisticated dining on the waterfront. Dinner there sees the best fare from land and sea prepared in a modern style with a Caribbean influence.


Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico offers its visitors the best of both worlds: a taste of the exotic Caribbean on familiar US soil. There are always packages avail-

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able, thus making it a very affordable trip any time of the year. What makes this island destination different from the rest is what lies behind the surf and sand. Old San Juan’s centuries old charm offers curious travelers a timeless link to a grander era.


Comprised of more than 700 islands, the Bahamas stunning beaches lure countless sun worshipers year after year. Typically, most visitors’

The main attraction in the Cayman Islands is the picturesque Seven Mile Beach, home to the island’s most popular accommodations, restaurants, and bars. A short boat ride away from the beach brings you to the famous Stingray City, which is an area known for its abundance of stingrays. This fun shore excursion allows you to participate in either scuba diving or snorkeling in relatively shallow water. There you are afforded the opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent marine animals while you feed, pet, and play with them. If you are really feeling adventurous than leave Grand Cayman altogether and visit Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Life proceeds at a much AFTER CAYMAN: 4 OTHER CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS WE LOVE [cont.]

first stop is Nassau, the largest city in the nation, however there is something special about each island. There are endless activities to choose from such as scuba diving, parasailing, gambling, and duty-free

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slower pace and there are a myriad of natural delights on each of the ‘sister islands’. When one combines Cotton Tree’s luxury villas and world class amenities with the Cayman’s amazing culture, pristine beaches, and plethora of activities -- not to mention the beautiful weather – the perfect tropical escape awaits. Relaxing on sandy beaches, exploring a new country, hopping between islands, living the good life at one of the Caribbean’s best resorts, discovering wonders underneath the water, and catching a perfect wave are all possible at this unforgettable and exotic destination. For more information on Cotton Tree Grand Cayman visit

shopping. After Nassau be sure to visit Bimini and Eleuthera. Plus, accommodations range from budget to luxury making it easy for all travelers to enjoy everything that the Bahamas have to offer. It is no wonder that this extraordinary tropical paradise is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.


Known as the pulsing heart of the Caribbean, Jamaica is the birthplace of all-inclusive resorts and reggae music. For years it has been a

highly frequented getaway thanks to its turquoise hued beaches and mesmerizing Blue Mountains. This breathtakingly beautiful scenery is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable vacation. Montego Bay and Negril are popular spots, however no matter where your trip takes you, you will easily become enchanted.


The dazzling coasts of Aruba are ringed with coral ridges, dramatic cliffs, and tranquil, azure-colored water and white-sandy beaches on the other side. In between, lies a

deserted landscape with a charming lighthouse, unique twisted divi-divi trees, and towering cacti. Oranjestad, which is an ideal place for a long stroll, is the quaint main town. Combine all of that with modern resorts, sensational dining, and glamorous casinos and it is easy to see why people visit Aruba.

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The Supper Club

Food&Drink Guide

Foodies agree: If you’re new to the city or visiting Charlotte try one of these restaurants. GALLERY Awarded by Wine Spectator in 2011 with the “Award of Excellence”, Gallery offers contemporary American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily. Don’t get too attached to a particular dish though; the menu changes seasonally to provide patrons with fresh, local ingredients. • TERRACE CAFÉ Once only a breakfast and lunch spot, this culinary delight is now a triple threat since offering dinner. With two locations in the Charlotte area, Ballantyne and South Park, Terrace Café offers the best of every meal. Think Red Velvet Waffles and four choices of Eggs Benedicts for breakfast, any combination of soup, salad, sandwich or quiche for lunch, and Coconut Thai Crab Cakes and Pan Fried NC Trout with pineapple butter for dinner. There is something for everyone, whether you are a “foodie” or someone that just plain likes food! • 96 • • March/April 2013

BONTERRA This beautifully renovated 110-year old church became the deliciously elegant restaurant it is today over 10 years ago. A hidden gem in Dilworth, Bonterra both architecturally and culinarily will not disappoint. Boasting over 200 wines by the glass and an additional several hundred in their cellar, Bonterra is more than just food. The menu is designed with wine in mind! They offer a vast array of cheeses, olives, cured meats and spreads for nibbling while wine tasting, as well as a full dinner menu complete with steaks and seafood, but don’t forget to save room for dessert and port! • ZEN FUSION In the mood for sushi? No... Chinese? Spanish tapas with sangria? This place has something for everyone. Zen has every traditional dish from most Asian countries plus an entire Spanish menu. It is literally a fusion between Zen Asian and the very much missed menu at Sole restaurant. Try the Paella, Vietnamese Bun or Pho, Pad Thai, or select from the delicious sushi menu. The hardest part of this dining experience is deciding what to get. And don’t forget the tres leches for dessert! •

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE BRIO is a casual, white-tablecloth restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian food. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city. At BRIO you can enjoy their premium quality steaks, chops and pasta and on Saturdays and Sundays until 3pm BRIO has a wonderful brunch. •

NOLEN KITCHEN Nolen Kitchen is a chic, modern restaurant located on Selwyn Ave with a relaxed atmosphere, extensive wine list, and a stellar menu. The brunch is especially popular, most notable are the benedicts and French toast. • CABO FISH TACO You haven’t really eaten in NoDa unless you’ve eaten here! We always go for the classic, Cabo’s Signature Beer

Food & Drink Guide

Battered White Fish Tacos with a salt-rimmed glass of the house “El Cheapo” Margarita. With an extensive margarita and tequila selection, and an unrivaled SoCal Menu featuring the most traditional fish tacos in town, Cabo Fish Taco makes you want to catch a wave and sport those sunglasses at night! •

5Church Executive Chef Jamie Lynch is at the helm of the uptown eatery located on the corner of 5th and Church. The menu is “New American” fare featuring locally grown food and seasonal fruits and vegetables where possible, and hand made breads and pastas. Not just a place for a great meal, 5 Church is set up to offer it’s patrons several different vibes from a “cocktail scene” to an intimate dimly lit table for two. Look up to the ceiling and you can read the entire book, “The Art of War” handwritten word for word. The Charlotte restaurant scene is a whole lot cooler with 5Church. •

BISTRO LA BON Nestled at the end of a strip mall on Central, Bistro La Bon is unassuming yet absolutely delicious and sophisticated. Dinner is full of treats and they excel at dessert, especially the bread pudding. The highlight is the Sunday brunch buffet which is absolutely amazing. However, definitely get there early because the restaurant is crowded, and for so many great reasons. •

NAPA ON PROVIDENCE Napa On Providence has been received with open arms. Its atmosphere is bright and earthy, the service is fantastic and the food and drink - top notch. Sunday brunch is a spectacular dining experience at Napa. The menu is simple, yet classic, featuring tasty and sophisticated chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, and a variety of other choices. The oysters are some of the best in Charlotte. •

Fresh New Look. Same Great Location.

The newly renovated Omni Charlotte Hotel blends sophistication with a genuine touch of North Carolina hospitality and welcomes travelers to the most sought-after location in Uptown Charlotte.

Located in the heart of the financial district and just steps from area attractions, the four-diamond Omni Charlotte Hotel is the perfect destination for business and leisure travelers alike. Experience luxurious accommodations, personalized service with our complimentary loyalty program and indulge in bold flavors and unforgettable tastes at the all new Trade Restaurant & Bar.

For more information, call 800-843-6664.

132 E. Trade StreetMMM•MMMCharlotte, NC 28202MMM•MMM704-377-0400MMM• Subject to availability. See website for terms and conditions.

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The Last Word

Worth A Thousand Words How the photo saved us from social exhaustion.


e spend a lot of time around here on the various social networks. We do it relentlessly in order to share with our readers, discover new and timely story ideas, and promote the various things that we feel need to be promoted. When there was just one major social network it was fairly easy to participate. You could even enjoy the time you spent interacting with everyone. Now, there are more than a handful that we must participate on and to be honest sometimes it gets really exhausting. However, we have truly embraced one social network concept lately, that being the photo sharing apps like Instagram and Flickr. It’s not exactly the newest concept [like Vine] out there and we know we’re a little late to the party but boy do we appreciate the power and enjoyment of photography. In fact, nowadays, I think it is the only network that feels less like work for us and more like downright fun. It can also be extremely inspiring if you take the time to follow the very best

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