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f you’ve never had a grinder with a side of fries at Arthur’s Restaurant on the lower level of Belk, can you even call yourself a Charlottean? I’m kidding (sort of). I’d never heard of a ‘grinder’ before eating at Arthur’s for the first time, many years ago. It was my husband’s go-to order — mine was the club sandwich. According to a 2013 Bon Appetit article, ‘grinder’ might have been the original term for the submarine sandwich. Fast forward to today and, at press time, grinder sandwiches are the latest viral TikTok sensation. Arthur’s version is made with just a few basic ingredients — turkey, ham or another protein on a sub roll topped with tomato slices, oregano and melted provolone. Like the rest of the cafe’s menu, there’s nothing fussy about it. But Arthur’s sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads are a reliable local alternative to standard food-court fare for guests wanting a quick bite while shopping. Arthur’s has moved around in Charlotte a few times, and the menu’s expanded since the early days. The current location, often obscured behind displays of housewares and bedding when you step off the escalator in Belk, is so 8



hidden newcomers might need to ask for directions to find the restaurant or Arthur’s Wine Shop, the other half of the business. The Balsley brothers who own Arthur’s have been stocking Charlotte’s wine cellars for 50 years. They chose not to have a big celebration to mark the anniversary, contributor Kathleen Purvis writes in the story on page 103. Perhaps instead, the best way we can honor the milestone is to be sure to dine there, regularly. Charlotte has lost too many homegrown staples over the last few years. Let’s keep Arthur’s around for another 50. SP

IN THIS ISSUE: 1 - Dale Halton with Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt and PepsiCo CEO Roger Enrico at Pepsi's centennial in 1985 (Page 32) 2 - Retired general contractor Bob Killough, photographed by Richard Israel (Page 38) 3 - Makeup artist Anna Grace with model Erica Lynn Foulkes (Page 94) 4 - The Radiant Yellow Icicle Tower sculpture by Dale Chihuly at Atlanta Botanical Garden (Page 114)

It's patio season — we asked SouthPark team members: What’s your favorite outdoor space in Charlotte? Here’s what they said. Ben Kinney, publisher: Devil's Logic Brewing — the lower part is nice for music and the top for a great view of the city — and Vaulted Oak Brewing for the good vibe, plus it’s not too crowded. Jennings Cool, contributing editor: Dilworth Tasting Room (Dilworth location) — it’s a cozy, relaxing spot where you can enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail under string lights — and NoDa Company Store, an eclectic hideaway where you can kick back and feel like you are on a tropical island. Cameron Crews, editorial intern: I love Renaissance Patisserie at Specialty Shops SouthPark. The food is so delicious, and it brings a little bit of Paris to Charlotte :)

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24 | outdoor living Take the party outside with accessories from local shops and boutiques.

26 | gardening Ornamental grasses earn a place in the garden.

30 | givers The Bulb brings fresh produce to Charlotte’s foodinsecure areas.

32 | profile Philanthropist Dale F. Halton continues to leave her mark on Charlotte.


36 | style Designer Mitch Purgason creates bespoke clothing for men.

38 | style Charlotte dads step out in style.

44 | cocktails Summer sips to help you beat the heat

50 | around town What’s new and coming soon to the Queen City

52 | entertainment Where to hear live music this summer – plus outdoor concerts coming to Charlotte.

56 | happenings June calendar of events

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64 | art of the state


Davidson artist Elizabeth Bradford celebrates the beauty of the wild.

69 | simple life Gardeners dream and scheme — and forever learn.

73 | bookshelf Notable new releases

119 | swirl Parties and events around Charlotte

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102 | Like fine wine by Kathleen Purvis photographs by Michael Hrizuk Arthur’s Restaurant & Wine Shop has been a Charlotte mainstay for 50 years.

108 | Serving soldiers by Vanessa Infanzon A new HopeWay program helps veterans with PTSD and other mental-health issues.

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n my landscape design practice, I frequently run across folks who ask for a “no-maintenance” or “low-maintenance” garden. After half-jokingly quipping, “So we will plant plastic or silk!” my conversation immediately heads toward ornamental grasses and carexes. Looking beyond the overpowering pampas grass or the overused liriope or “monkey grass” (which isn’t a grass at all but rather a member of the lily family), there are many kinder and gentler grasses that fit the bill of being low maintenance, drought- and deer-resistant structural elements in the garden. Additionally, they are adaptable to many styles of garden design, from cottage to contemporary to pollinator-friendly meadows. Finally, grasses play well with other garden plants, accentuating vertical perennials such as liatris and coneflower, or providing complementary color and drama to shrubs like dark-leafed ninebarks and blue-needled conifers. With so many choices, a good starting point is to analyze the conditions present in your garden. Is your soil wet, dry or consistently moist? Are you working with clay, rich soil or rocky soil? Does your garden receive full sun, morning or afternoon sun, or full shade? From a design standpoint, are you looking for a strong vertical element, or a looser and more relaxed shape? Are you looking for a spreading grass that can help prevent erosion on a slope, or a clumping grass that politely stays where you plant it? The good news is there are grasses and the closely-related carexes for nearly every situation. As a general rule, grasses prefer a minimum of a half-day of direct sun and average to dry soil. If the soil is very rich with amendments or grasses are fertilized or over-watered, they can become weak and floppy. Most grasses thrive on some neglect and




tough love. Carexes, however, can work well in shadier gardens, and, depending on the species or cultivar, also can work in richer soils that range from very wet and boggy to dry. Unless you are attempting to create rhythm through your garden with vertical single specimens dotting back and forth along a garden path, consider maximizing impact by planting larger groups of grasses. Doing so brings drama and cohesiveness to a space. If possible, attempt to site your grasses in areas of your garden where they will be backlit by the morning or late afternoon sun. This can produce a mesmerizing magical glow. Siting groups of grasses in open areas where breezes are common, the grasses will produce a kinetic effect as they flirt and dance with the prevailing wind. With regard to garden maintenance, there’s nothing easier than grasses. Low water usage, little to no fertilizer, and simply cutting them back to within several inches of the ground in very early March before new growth appears makes caring for them simple. Many carexes do not need to be cut back at all and generally prefer average to moist soil. FIVE COMMONLY AVAILABLE GRASSES AND HOW TO USE THEM

Panicum. Commonly known as switchgrass, Panicum is a tough native grass for sunny locations. Normally thought of as a drought-resistant grass, it can also be used in areas that are somewhat moist but not boggy. Switchgrass is a warm-season grass, which means that it emerges in mid-spring and works well in our hot humid summers. They are vertical growers with a height of 2 to 4 feet, depending on the variety. ‘Shenandoah’ is a popular cultivar that sports bright burgundy atop green foliage. In midsummer, it produces clouds of seed heads.


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Calamagrostis. Commonly called feather reed grass, Calamagrostis is a cool-season grass, which means that it emerges earlier than does Panicum but can look a bit tattered by midsummer in our area. ‘Karl Foerster’ is the most popular cultivar. Its vertical growth pattern makes it a valuable addition to contemporary gardens or in applications in which vertical rhythm is desired. Pennisetum. Commonly called fountain grass, most but not all Pennisetum species and cultivars are hardy in our area. These generally are shorter than Panicum and Calamagrostis, topping out in the 1.5- to 2-foot range. They are warm-season grasses that hold up extremely well in our hot humid summers. Popular hardy cultivars include ‘Karley Rose’ and ‘Cassian.’ Be advised that the varieties with purple foliage are generally not hardy in our area and should be treated as annuals. They can rot in winter if the soil stays too wet, 28



so site in areas with good drainage. Pennisetums work exceptionally well when interplanted with flowering perennials such as verbena bonariensis, veronia and liatris. Schizachyrium scoparium. Commonly referred to as little bluestem, Schizachyrium is a shorter clumping native grass for sunnier areas in the garden. It puts on a midsummer show by producing taller colorful growth and seed heads. It is particularly attractive when backlit by the afternoon sun. Carex. If your garden is shady and moist, carexes are your answer. While some, like the coppery New Zealand carex, require almost full sun, most are at home in light to medium shade or filtered sunlight. A favorite is ‘Everillo’ carex: While most grasses turn brown in late fall and provide textural winter interest, ‘Everillo’ shines through, with four season chartreuse foliage. Attaining a height of 1 to 1.5 feet, it plays well with ferns and hostas. Additionally, its color works magic in darker areas that need brightening. In fact, planting in larger groupings can create the illusion of sunlight piercing the woodland canopy and creating patterns on the forest floor. Give these grasses a try and, with their texture and kinetic movement, watch your garden move to the next level. SP


Top left, Calamagrostis; bottom left, ‘Karly Rose’ Pennisetum; below, Schizachyrium scoparium


















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lisha Street was a social worker when she moved to Charlotte in 2012 and quickly realized the people she was trying to help struggled to get access to healthy food. She even accompanied a client on a bus ride to the food pantry to get a sense of just how tough it is for people living in food-insecure areas to get what they need. “They were a family of nine, and you can only take two bags on the bus, so they couldn’t get enough food. Then it was a two-hour bus ride, and the food they got at the pantry was very unhealthy. I was really disheartened,” Street recalls. Street grew up with farmers on both sides of her family, and she and her husband, Ben, operate Street Fare Farm, a family farm in Concord. She started thinking about how she could get healthy food — especially fresh fruits and vegetables — to her clients. She turned to area farmers and was met with an overwhelming response. She got so many donations she had to trade in her Ford Focus for a truck to be able to store and distribute everything. “Within three months of trying to do this for 20 families, I noticed a huge increase in their health. People were saying they didn’t deserve this food. … they were starting to cook again because they finally had the food to cook with.” Street wanted to help even more people. “I knew I had to do something, so I started reaching out to nonprofits to see if this was already happening.” It wasn’t. So in 2016, Street launched The Bulb. The nonprofit buys extra food from local farmers and rescues damaged food from




Trader Joe’s, then distributes all of it at free farmers markets in parts of town that don’t have easy access to a grocery store. The Bulb now works with 100 farmers. The nonprofit gets the food at a discounted rate and offers it free at 11 pickup sites across Charlotte. They ask people to make a small donation when they can. “That to me is a big win, being able to connect local farmers to a nonprofit and the people who need food,” Street says. “It’s great to be that bridge between,” says Ebonee Bailey, The Bulb’s executive director. The group also delivers food to people who are ill or don’t have access to transportation. Bailey says doing a delivery run is often the best part of her job. “It gives you chills. It’s good for my mind, body and soul. I’m an emotional person, and sometimes people cry because they are so grateful for this food. If for some reason we’re running late, people will call asking where we are. They very much rely on this produce. They call to make sure they’re on the list, and then they call to say thank you.” In 2021 The Bulb delivered food to more than 1,100 homes and hosted 580 mobile markets. Street still can’t believe how her little idea blossomed. “We served 38,000 people last year. In my wildest dreams, I never thought me coming into town with a bunch of veggies in the back of my truck to help 20 families would grow into this.” SP


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I’d been doing the advertising before taking over as president. I can be a very good organizer if I want. I had a lot of experience working with numerous groups. I think that must have helped. But we already had the people in place, they just weren’t allowed to do their job. I couldn’t have done it without [General Manager] Darrell Holland. I’d known him since 1970. He was our adult Sunday school teacher and the last one to stop wearing white gloves to church on Sunday. We knew and respected each other. We had such a great team. In fact, after I sold (Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.), we met the first Friday of every month at Pike’s Drugs. We had to stop during the pandemic, but we’ve started again. We go to Rooster’s in SouthPark.



hen Dale Halton stepped in as president of PepsiCola Bottling Co. of Charlotte in 1981, she was a rare female CEO. The business was close to insolvency, and Pepsico’s leaders were threatening to pull the franchise from her family, which had been affiliated with the soft-drink company for more than 70 years. Within several years, the franchise was ahead of its larger CocaCola rival in soft-drink market share in the Charlotte region, she says. Saving the company from ruin was personal for Halton, whose grandparents, Henry and Sadie Fowler, opened the business in Charlotte in 1905, 12 years after New Bern pharmacist Caleb Bradham created “Brad’s Drink.” (It was renamed Pepsi in 1898.) In 2005, after serving more than two decades as president, Halton sold the company. It was then Charlotte’s biggest female-owned company, the Charlotte Business Journal reported. As a fierce supporter of the underdog, Halton, a Myers Park High School graduate, has wielded her influence to provide opportunities for athletes, dancers and students —– young people who may not have the means to obtain access to what they need. Her philanthropy has extended to numerous nonprofits, such as Charlotte Ballet, Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte. She’s served on countless boards, including Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Historic Rosedale. In 2020, she was inducted into the inaugural class of UNC Charlotte Athletics Hall of Fame. Her latest passion is Aspire Carolinas Foundation, where she teamed with veteran Charlotte nonprofit executive Jennifer Nichols to create a school for 3rd through 8th graders with learning disabilities related to autism spectrum disorder. The Halton School opened in 2019 in Huntersville. With additional fundraising, Halton envisions the program starting a charter school focusing on vocational training for trades such as plumbing and culinary arts. Halton has an extensive collection of Native American and western American art from her days living in Telluride, Colo. While she grew up in a privileged family, Halton says country clubs aren’t her style: She prefers hosting a group of longtime friends for lunch in her Myers Park home, which boasts a sweeping view of the city’s tree canopy. And in case you were wondering, she still enjoys Pepsi products. Comments are edited for length and clarity.


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Dale Halton, center, at the ribbon-cutting for the Pepsi plant on South Boulevard in 1985

‘It’s time for you to go out and be the face of this business,’ [Darrell said]. I didn’t want to be the face of the business. If you want a woman, pick somebody else. He said, ‘No, it’s the right time.’ I got to meet a lot of people I would have never met. I got to understand politics a lot better. When I first got involved, they gave me the campaign donation checks to the women in our state legislature. At that time, Mecklenburg wasn’t making much noise in Raleigh. Pepsi sent two of its lawyers down and met with my lawyer and myself. They threatened to take the franchise away because I was female. I said, ‘Come on down to my courts and we’ll work it out.’ They never did. A few years later, we were one of the top performing bottlers. We were a far second to Coke in the market [in 1981]. Maybe four years later, we had a better market share than Coke. Pepsi had a regional office in town, and we had to go down to see the latest dog and pony show. They said, ‘We’ve got the numbers. You surpassed Coke.’ I almost cry now when I talk about it. I had to leave the room. It meant so much to me to do this. It was a really beautiful moment in my life. When we moved back to Charlotte, my grandfather had his arm twisted by Bonnie Cone (who is considered a key founder of UNC Charlotte). He and my grandmother were the first Pepsi bottlers — ever. He was giving money every year. When he died, I couldn’t see all these flowers coming from all over the country because of his position in the company. I suggested no flowers but [instead] donations to UNC Charlotte, to the business college.




We started going to UNC Charlotte games. I wasn’t into basketball, but I felt like UNC Charlotte was the poor little downtrodden school in the system. I didn’t like that. I have an affinity for the underdog. I sort of fell in love with the school. About four and a half years ago, some of us got together and decided that public schools aren’t taking care of the learning-disabled children. We decided to start a school for children with Asperger’s. In the meantime, businesses were complaining they couldn’t get people to work. They’d hire someone and train them, and then they’d leave. Someone said, ‘Why don’t you do a trade high school?’ That’s what we’re doing now. Up until last fall, there wasn’t that much money assigned to these [educational] grants. I started playing the political game, getting involved again. Last fall, lots of money was put toward education, including grants our children can get. Our school costs almost $24,000 a year. I have known Jennifer Nichols since she was at the Red Cross, Discovery Place and then Dore Academy. I’d already been a little involved with the Dore Academy. When they moved, I got more involved. Those little kids just stole my heart. We decided we needed something that went deeper. If you went to the school, you’d feel the warmth, the caring and the love. [Many of] these students have never had friends. These kids are having playdates and overnights. We teach them social lessons. We give them the ability to learn the best way they can. SP


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My parents did a great job encouraging all my siblings to pursue creative stuff. My mom was an actress. She did set design, and she now does interior design and real estate. Our house was just ridiculous. My mom would find antiques at old spots. Our house looked like a set design. I grew up in a really creative home — a really colorful home.




In college, I took a design class, which combined creativity, personal business and fun. My whole life, I figured I had to do banking or marketing. The art of design reframes your mind on how you think about products. But it reframed how I think about my life, by me saying, “Hey, I really could do something creative, and if I got good at it, I could make it a career.” I took an entrepreneurship class in college. We had to start a business. One of my buddies was in a program at Appalachian where they went to China and learned about supply chain. There was a tailor there that would tell people who went on the program that they could bring a couple hundred dollars for custom suits. My friend told the tailor, ‘If you teach us how to do this, we will sew these suits back in the U.S.’ That’s how it started. We made custom suits for college kids as our project. [The first few] years were not glory years — they were sleeping on couches, couldn’t afford rent, sleeping in my car. Each year that passed by, it got a little bit better. It was really year four when things started taking off. It was that year I got my first NFL client. It really exploded in year four and year five. It is all really word-of-mouth. I have never made a cold call in my life, which is why it was a slow growth. But my philosophy on that is if I am good at what I do, it will speak for itself. I want to know as much as I can about the client. I ask questions to help me understand their personality, their association with color and what they want to exude when they are wearing clothing. In the past seven years, I see that people care less about Prada and Gucci, and they want to work with creative individuals. Though accidental, I could not have timed being a personal brand better. SP



hile he was a student at Appalachian State University, Mitch Purgason, 29, started a clothing design business for an entrepreneurship class with two classmates. His friends moved on to other pursuits, but the Greensboro native’s itch for design never wavered. Stitched by Mitch, his custom clothing brand, has produced more than 1,500 suits for a clientele that includes celebrities such as Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and social-media influencer Gary Vaynerchuk. Purgason works with eight tailors to create men’s suits that range from $2,500 to $20,000, depending on fabric, amount of work involved and other factors. He also makes shirts and bespoke leather jackets for women and men. Mitch Purgason His suits feature a tricolor Milanese buttonhole, which conventional suit-makers cannot duplicate, he says. For himself, Purgason prefers a wide peak lapel with a soft shoulder, as little construction as possible and a cashmere-silk blend. “It feels like a cloud and drapes wonderfully.” Comments are edited for clarity and brevity.

Left: Carolina Panthers tackle Derrick Brown is a client. Right: Purgason’s suits feature a distinctive tri-color Milanese buttonhole.























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Street seen SPOTTED: FROM LAID-BACK TO BUTTONED-UP, DADS IN CHARLOTTE STEP OUT IN STYLE. SouthPark Style Editor Whitley Adkins and photographer Richard Israel scouted three Queen City neighborhoods — South End, Uptown and NoDa — to identify seen-on-the-street fashions for men.

Richard Wheelahan

Years in Charlotte: 28 Neighborhood: Midtown Children: two Occupation: managing director and co-founder, Fund Finance Partners




Matthew Gonzales

Years in Charlotte: 16 Neighborhood: Davidson Children: one Occupation: talent agent/owner, KNOWN Management Group

Joe Cherry

Years in Charlotte: 23 Neighborhood: Cotswold Children: three Occupation: partner, Cherry & Associates



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Moulaye Niang

Years in Charlotte: five (originally from Senegal, Africa) Neighborhood: Steele Creek Children: three Occupation: regional director, Dimensional Fund Advisors

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Richard Israel

Years in Charlotte: 20 Neighborhood: Mallard Creek Children: three Occupation: photographer

Benny Watkins

Years in Charlotte: 25 Neighborhood: SouthPark Children: three Occupation: owner, Bentala Salon in South End

James Jones (one child), Cornelius Carmichael (three children) and Willie Jones (six children), visiting from Atlanta




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Dress to Empress

Blackberries don’t get nearly as much attention as their crimson cousins, strawberries. Darci Frank of The Vintage Whiskey & Cigar Bar shares how to make this pleasing purple cocktail featuring a homemade blackberry-sage simple syrup. The violet color comes from Empress gin, which is infused with butterfly pea blossoms. “The simple syrup is made by boiling down blackberries with sugar, simmering with sage leaves, straining and cooling,” Frank says. Blackberry season in North Carolina typically begins in late June and runs through July.

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Mezcal and black lava salt add a smoky flavor to Tap That Ash, another seasonal cocktail on the menu at The Vintage. Lime and lychee aloe vera juice add a tropical twist and help beat the heat on a hot summer day.

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16460 Mar vin Road, Charlotte

Sandra Singer 704.231.8575

$5,800,000 – Breathtaking estate on 5 acres in gated community. 5BR/7.2BA, exquisite details, elevator, pool, cabana, outdoor kitchen, & gardens.

4824 Carmel Park Drive, Charlotte

Maren Brisson-Kuester 704.287.7072

$4,600,000 – Timeless estate on 1+ acre w/resortstyle backyard. Remodeled 5BR/5.2BA home with guest suite, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, & pool.

Under Contract

Under Contract



158 Mc Alway Road, Charlotte

9030 Winged Bourne Road, Charlotte

Susan May 704.650.7432

$2,195,000 – Elegant 3 story in gated community. 5BR/4.1BA, curved staircase, updated kitchen, built-ins, rec room, wine cellar, & covered patio.

Patty Hendrix 704.577.2066

$2,175,000 – Magnificent new construction on 0.41 acre. Open plan, 5BR/4.1BA, chef’s kitchen, primary suite down, & covered back porch.

Under Contract EASTOVER


1418 Biltmore Drive, Charlotte

Elizabeth McNabb 704.763.8713

$1,505,000 – Wonderful living spaces! Many updates, 4BR/3.1BA, formals, den, family room, covered porch w/fireplace, detached garage.

911 Laurel Creek Lane, Charlotte

Patty Rainey 704.534.0096

Under Contract

Under Contract MIDWOOD


1825 Sprague Avenue, Charlotte

Greg & Liz McIntosh 704.488.6224

$1,225,000 – Fantastic open plan in new gated community. 4BR/3.1BA, study/LR, chef’s kitchen open to great room w/fireplace, loft, cov’d patio.

$679,000 – Charming 3BR/2BA cottage on cul-desac street. Spacious formals, archways, guest suite down, screened porch, deck, & workshop.

222 S. Caldwell St., #1803, Charlotte

Melanie Coyne 704.763.8003

$525,000 – Gorgeous 18th flr corner unit w/amazing skyline & uptown views! 2BR/2BA split BR plan, open LR/DR/kitchen, & wide terrace. Fantastic amenities!

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2236 Overhill Road, Charlotte

Meg Wilkinson 704.906.5747

$2,395,000 – Gorgeous 5BR/5.1BA home on 0.72 acre with a beautiful rose garden and covered terrace. 2nd living quarters over detached garage.

5505 Carmel Road, Charlotte

Connor Sinacori 704.996.5406

$2,255,000 – New luxury dream home on 1/2+ acre. Gated driveway, 5BR/5.1BA, kitchen, scullery, theatre, vaulted terrace, & 3 car garage.

Under Contract BARCLAY DOWNS


5435 Wintercrest Lane, Charlotte

2700 Rothwood Drive, Charlotte

Margaret Wood 704.904.6022

$1,795,000 – Spectacular 0.64 private, corner lot. Incredible living spaces, vaulted Great Room, 5BR/3.1BA, primary suite down, loft, & 2 patios.

Jessica Jenkins 704.607.9389

$1,595,000 – 5BR/4.1BA, 2 offices, 10’ ceil’s down, hardwood floors throughout, bonus rm w/wet bar, vaulted primary suite, screened porch, fenced yd.



2823 Providence Road, #212, Charlotte

5703 Copperleaf Commons Ct, Charlotte

Peggy Peterson Team 704.904.6279

$895,000 – Stunning 3BR/3.1BA home in gated community. Beautiful finishes, modern kitchen, 10’ ceilings, hardwoods, archways, & 3 car garage.

Judy Raghavan 704.807.9970

Under Contract



11017 Spritz Street, Huntersville

7511 Bedfordshire Drive, Charlotte

Beth Livingston 704.778.6831

$475,000 – Adorable ranch w/an updated kitchen, baths, and interor paint. Three spacious BR’s, 2 full baths, formals, family room w/fpl, & fenced bkyd.

$815,000 – Luxury 1st floor end unit with open plan, 2BR/2.1BA, 10’ ceilings, crown molding, natural light, spacious patio, & views of garden.

Sheryl Hallow 704.907.1144

$400,000 - 3BR/2BA home w/flowing plan, beautiful flooring, kitchen opens to great room w/fpl, primary suite w/tray ceiling, covered front & back porches.

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Hip Pies, a to-go pie shop from Mother Earth Group, is open during lunch hours uptown. Located in the Charlotte Visitor Info Center, the shop sells sweet and savory individual pies with an ever-changing menu of flavors such as Green Curry Chicken, Apple Bourbon Bacon Crust, Strawberry Rhubarb and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Hours and selection varies. Follow on Instagram @hippiesclt for updates. 327 S. Tryon St., hip-pies.com

retail roundup

New at SouthPark Mall: UNOde50, which sells jewelry handcrafted in Spain, and men’s suit retailer Hive & Colony are now open. Luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer, jeweler Blue Nile and iconic denim brand Levi’s will open later this summer. At Phillips Place: Women’s shoe boutique Marmi and menswear store Peter Millar are now open. Bonterra Dining & Wine Room will debut this summer in a 3,505-square-foot space across from The Palm. New York-based restaurant Limani, featuring Mediterraneaninspired seafood, will open in the former Upstream location later this year.


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El Toro Bruto has launched weekend breakfast taco pop-ups at Resident Culture Brewing South End. Orders are to-go only, and flavors include barbacoa, chorizo and egg and cheese tacos. Preorders are encouraged at eltorobruto.com. 8-11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 332 W. Bland St., Suite C.

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Early Girl Eatery, the Asheville farm-to-table restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, is open in South End, 1515 S. Tryon St., Ste. 104, earlygirleatery.com u Mexican restaurant La Capital MX opened at The Steel Yard in South End, 1910 South Blvd., lacapitalmxclt.com u Amelie’s French Bakery and Café debuted its new NoDa location at 136 E. 36th St., ameliesfrenchbakery.com u Legion Brewing opened its third taproom in Charlotte at 2013 W. Morehead St., legionbrewing.com u Bit by Seoul Food, a fast-casual concept from the team behind Seoul Food Meat Co., is open in the Morrison shopping center. On the menu: bao buns, lettuce wraps, wings and bowls. 721 Governor Morrison St., bitbyseoulfood.com


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Anne Springs Close Greenway This nature preserve in nearby Fort Mill, S.C., hosts live music every Thursday night through June 30, from 6-9 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase — bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Ticket prices vary for nonmembers. $5 parking per vehicle.

Atherton Nights A new summer treat in South End at Atherton: Shop local while listening to live music. Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 9 and July 14, 5-9 p.m.

Ballantyne Markets at 11 The second Saturday of each month, this open-air market has live music, yoga, food trucks and more. The event is dog-friendly; bring a picnic blanket. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ballantyne’s Backyard park.

Beats ’N Bites This new concert series in downtown Matthews offers live tunes and food-truck fare on the last Friday of each month. No pets or outside alcoholic beverages allowed.

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This SouthPark favorite returns to Symphony Park for three Sundays in June. CSO Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees opens Summer Pops with jazzy favorites on June 12. Concerts start at 8:15 p.m.; purchase tickets online.

Fridays at Camp North End This ongoing event each Friday centers around live music, food, new public art and goods from local businesses. 5-9 p.m.

Jammin’ by the Tracks Head to downtown Waxhaw and relax under the water tower on the first and third Fridays of the month. Now through August, 7-9 p.m.

Jazz at the Garden Bring your lawn chair and a picnic to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and enjoy the show every first Thursday of the month through October. Large coolers, alcoholic beverages, tents and umbrellas are not permitted. 5:308:30 p.m.; purchase tickets online.

The Music Yard at SouthBound Look for new concerts and events every week at this outdoor live music venue along

South Boulevard. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Thursdays Live MoRa’s free concert series runs through September on the third Thursday of each month, from 6-8 p.m. Bring a blanket and hear some great bands around the Embrace sculpture at the corner of Monroe Road and Conference Drive. Dogs are allowed.

Whitewater Center River Jam Sit back and relax with live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through September. Music genres range from bluegrass to funk. Leashed dogs are allowed. Parking is $6. These local shopping centers also sponsor weekly or monthly live music: Stonecrest Shopping Center, Promenade on Providence, Metropolitan and Ballantyne Village. Find updates online:

Three Leaf is now open in SouthPark! Our practice is built around caring for friends like you. Our patients notice the Three Leaf difference the moment they walk in the door! As a specialist in orthodontics, Dr. Markey expertly treats an array of oral health issues related to teeth and jaw alignment. Our combination of cutting-edge technology, quality care, and an experienced team creates a fun journey toward amazing results with braces or Invisalign. Give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation at our new facility at Apex-SouthPark. We give patients something extra to smile about with convenient hours and flexible payment options, too!

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Big summer concerts

June 24 Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour

July 22 Luke Bryan: Raised Up Right Tour

PNC Music Pavilion

PNC Music Pavilion


June 28 Def Leppard: The Stadium Tour with Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

July 27 The Black Keys: The Dropout Boogie Tour with Band of Horses

June 5 Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer on Earth Tour

June 30 Train: AM Gold Tour

July 29 Jason Aldean: Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour

PNC Music Pavilion

PNC Music Pavilion



July 8 OneRepublic: Never Ending Summer Tour

Aug. 4 Gladys Knight

Head to southparkmagazine.com for updates.

Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

June 9 Ben Rector: The Joy of Music Live Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Bank of America Stadium

June 13 Tears for Fears: The Tipping Point World Tour

PNC Music Pavilion

PNC Music Pavilion

PNC Music Pavilion

June 16 Maren Morris: Humble Quest Tour

July 15 Garth Brooks

Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Bank of America Stadium

July 14 The Chicks Tour with Patty Griffin

PNC Music Pavilion

Ovens Auditorium

Aug. 12 David Gray - White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug. 12 Keith Urban: The Speed of Now Tour

Aug. 23 Jack Johnson: Meet the Moonlight 2022 Tour with guest Ziggy Marley PNC Music Pavilion

Aug. 25 Jack White: The Supply Chain Issues Tour with Cautious Clay Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug. 26 Rod Stewart with special guest Cheap Trick PNC Music Pavilion

SEPTEMBER Sept. 1 Red Hot Chili Peppers Global Tour 2022 with the Strokes and Thundercat Bank of America Stadium

Sept. 18 Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road The Final Tour Bank of America Stadium

PNC Music Pavilion


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MEETING AMONG THE PINES SINCE 1895 Leave distractions behind at our quaint village and historic resort. Nestled in the Sandhills of North Carolina, Pinehurst is the perfect place to retreat and refocus. We’ve been hosting successful meetings and events for companies large and small since 1895, and we’d love to host yours. Consider Pinehurst for your next corporate gathering.

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June HAPPENINGS Events + activities An Evening With Nicholas Sparks at Knight Theater June 2 | 7:30 p.m. From The Notebook to The Return, New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. Sparks takes a deeper dive into the poignant characters he’s brought to life, while weaving in his own encounters with rejection and success. Tickets start at $29.50. blumenthalarts.org

Fiddler on the Roof at Belk Theater Through June 5 This new production of the Broadway classic recounts the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Tickets start at $25. blumenthalarts.org

NoDaHood Market June 11 | 12-5 p.m. Seventy artisans and makers will be on hand at this family-friendly open-air market at Divine Barrel Brewing and Great Wagon Road Distilling. Expect DJs, food trucks, and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages for sale. Free to attend. 3701 N. Davidson St., Ste. 203. divinebarrel.com

Pigs is Pigs at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Through June 12 Guinea pigs steal the show when a package arrives at a rail station, and heartwarming hilarity ensues. Adapted by Michelle Hoppe-Long from the story by Ellis Parker Butler. Tickets start at $10. ctcharlotte.org The 2022 North Carolina Juneteenth Festival at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center




June 18 | 1-5 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature activities, performances, kids games and offerings from 40 Black-owned businesses. Free to attend. eventbrite.com/e/2022-north-carolina-juneteenth-festival-tickets-216003511317 Untappd Beer Festival at American Legion Memorial Stadium June 18 Craft beer enthusiasts can choose from two different sessions at this daylong festival. Enjoy unlimited beer samples from more than 100 breweries, plus live music. Tickets start at $60. festivals.untappd. com/charlotte-beer-festival

Marc Maron: This May be the Last Time Tour at Knight Theater June 18 | 7 p.m. The podcast host and standup comedian performs thought-provoking comedy with a self-deprecating twist. Tickets start at $45. blumenthalarts.org Great American Campout at Anne Springs Close Greenway June 25-26 A night under the stars is even more dreamy with an evening hike and a cookout dinner, complete with s’mores for dessert. In the morning, fuel up with breakfast before a guided morning hike. Cost is $22 per person; members get a 20%

discount. Children 3 and younger are free. ascgreenway.org Camden Commons in South End June 26 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The last of a three-part series of events that transforms Camden Road — South End’s main street — into an outdoor living room. Discover new food, play with a billboard-sized puzzle, shop local vendors and get your creative juices flowing. Free to attend. southendclt.org/ events/camden-commons Crayola IDEAworks at Camp North End’s Ford Building Through Sept. 5 Let your creativity run wild at this 17,000-square-foot interactive exhibit featuring immersive experiences and hands-on activities for the whole family. Tickets are $25. crayolaideaworks.com

Museums + galleries Deb Koo: Sweet at Sozo Gallery June 4-July 20 In scenes from everyday life, Koo reveals the true essence of joy in the midst of the seemingly mundane. An opening reception will take place 12-5 p.m. June 4. 904 Pecan Ave., Suite 101, sozogallery.net


Charlotte Squawks: NC-17 at Booth Playhouse June 9-26 The annual comedy stage show returns with plenty of hot takes to keep you cackling. Local singers and actors poke fun at pop culture and politics in what the creative team of Mike Collins and Brian Kahn describe as “part Saturday Night Live, part Broadway and all Queen City.” Tickets start at $24.50. blumenthalarts.org

blvd. | calendar A Midnight Thing at SOCO Gallery June 15-Aug. 3 An exhibition curated by Lia Newman featuring works by Bethany Collins, Allison Janae Hamilton and Hong-An Truong. 412 Providence Rd., socogallery.com Grant Drumheller: Joie de Vivre at Elder Gallery Through June 18 Through paint, watercolor and gouache, Drumheller portrays crowds of characters engaging and celebrating with each other. 1520 S. Tryon St., eldergalleryclt.com Broad Strokes at Anne Neilson Fine Art Through June 30 A vibrant and distinctive exhibit featuring works by four female artists whose work is “defining current contemporary art culture with their use of broad strokes.” 532 Governor Morrison St., Suite 110, anneneilsonfineart.com

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North Carolina roots music group Chatham Rabbits will bring their traditional folk and bluegrass sound to The Neighborhood Theatre June 10. The show celebrates the release of If You See Me Riding By, the third album from husband-andwife duo Austin and Sarah McCombie. The couple wrote the album during Covid while at home on their 11-acre farm in Siler City. “It’s very much a pandemic album,” Sarah says, with strong themes of feeling “rooted in place” and featuring several unique instruments people might not typically associate with their music. Sarah, who was a teacher before the couple teamed up to play music full time (Austin was a financial adviser), has a special fondness for the Queen City. “When I was growing up, my aunt and a bunch of my cousins lived in Charlotte,” she says. From their home near Freedom Park, Sarah would gaze out the window and point to the uptown skyline — her uncle would tell her it was the Emerald City. “It was always the Emerald City to me. Charlotte is really special.” The duo has set a goal of eventually playing in all 100 counties in North Carolina. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m., with opening act The Local Honeys. Tickets start at $18. 511 E. 36th St., chathamrabbits.com

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Imprinting the land THE ARTISTRY OF PRINTMAKER KATIE HAYES by Wiley Cash | photographs by Mallory Cash


bout half a mile down a gravel road off a two-lane highway in rural Hillsborough, block printmaker Katie Hayes is working in a light-filled studio above her garage on the 10-acre wooded property she owns with her husband, Sean. It’s midday on a warm afternoon in late April. Sunlight slants through a canopy of tulip poplars and oaks, trickling down to the dogwoods that make up an understory that shades countless azaleas wild with blooms. I can’t see it from where I stand, gazing at the forest from the sliding glass door at the back of Katie’s studio, but I can hear a nearby cardinal chirping against a backdrop of birdcalls that echo through the trees. It’s not a stretch to say that the living things outside Katie’s studio parallel the flora and fauna portrayed in her prints: All around me, jet black herons with indigo wings stalk through shallow pools; brilliant monarchs and viceroys alight on purple coneflowers; scarlet tanagers perch on branches surrounded by yellow blossoms. Here, the wild things outside the studio’s walls have been tamed and contained, framed and matted, but no less alive than they would be in the natural world. Unlike the wildness of the woods, Katie’s studio space is meticulously managed. Drying prints lean against the wall on one side of the studio. Rollers — known as brayers — and instruments made for cutting or measuring hang in various places within easy reach. Pre-ordered prints featuring a yellow lady’s slipper rest in a basket, each print partnered with a personalized handwritten note from Katie. The airy space is orderly and organized, a far cry from the world outside its walls. “Setting this place up exactly as I need it feels really good,” says Katie, who named her printmaking shop New South Pattern House. She is rolling midnight black ink onto a piece of plexiglass. “I never thought I’d have a place like this.” southparkmagazine.com | 59

|creators of n.c. I know that Katie is talking about her studio, but she could be referring to the 10 acres she shares with Sean and their daughter, Millie, and son, Ben. Or she could just as easily be talking about Hillsborough, or even North Carolina, for that matter. Although she was raised in Cullowhee, at one point in her life she’d lived in 13 houses in four states, and that was before she and Sean settled in Ohio, where Sean worked for Oberlin College and Katie worked for a nonprofit, assisting high school students with everything from completing college applications to locating their Social Security numbers. With each move, whether it was from the mountains of North Carolina to the Piedmont to attend UNC Chapel Hill, or from Carrboro to Ohio, Katie began to see her regional identity more clearly. “It wasn’t until I really left the South that I realized that being a Southerner was part of my identity, like I didn’t realize that being a rural mountain kid was part of my identity until I went to Carolina,” she says. At the moment, Katie is using a heavy glass baren to smooth paper atop the block cut in order for it to absorb the ink that covers the block. The process of making a single print is long and tedious. After cutting a design into a block of linoleum, which can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days depending on the complexity of the image, Katie uses a brayer to evenly smear ink across a piece of plexiglass before using the same brayer to cover the block in ink. She then lays the paper over the block and runs the baren across the back of it. Most prints make use of more than one color ink, so each print goes through this process at least twice. Katie made her first print in an art class at Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County. She carved a linocut of a rabbit, and




after her teacher put it on display someone offered to buy it. She sold it for $15, and while she didn’t return to printmaking for many years because she didn’t have the tools and materials, the early satisfaction of knowing that her work had spoken to someone stayed with her. What also stayed with her was the effect her grandmother’s art and practice had on her. Shirley O’Neill was an accomplished amateur watercolorist, and she always made sure that Katie had good materials — high quality paints, brushes and paper — in order to do her best work. I watch Katie make print after print, nervous that our conversation will distract her and cause her to make a mistake, and also impressed at how she seems both careful and carefree. The block she is working from now is for a 12x16 inch matboard print from her limited edition Mid-Century Botanical series. Each print features a colorful design — a gold sun, a soft pink segmented circle, a gray oval — overlaid by the black shapes of various flora: Virginia bluebells, native ferns and peonies. She peels back the matboard, revealing a cardinal flower set against a segmented gold sun. I watch her repeat the process of imprinting cardinal flowers on several more matboards with various colorful shapes already set onto them, and each time she reveals the flower her face lights up in a smile. “It feels so good,” she says. “When it works, it’s so good.” While the process is repetitive, it doesn’t allow Katie to shut off her brain and rely on rote memory. She is constantly assessing the amount of ink on the brayer, the placement of the paper against the block, and the countless other adjustments she makes during a single print run, which she limits to 100. There are no reproductions. Every print is handmade, distinct and limited. Katie’s designs don’t only end up as hand-pulled prints made in

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her studio; her designs are also printed on everything from fabric to wallpaper by Spoonflower, a global marketplace based in Durham that manufactures textiles, connecting artists directly to consumers with no overhead costs for the artists. The family moved south from Ohio to Durham five years ago, when Sean took a job running operations for a firm that services solar farms. “The move was a chance to get back closer to family,” Katie says, “but my daughter was 4 1/2 at the time, and when we moved it was really hard for her. She had a newborn baby brother. We had lived in a great neighborhood in Ohio, and she’d had tons of friends at a great school, and she was uprooted.” Katie started creating images at night. “When she would go to bed, I would make her these coloring pages, where I would illustrate different native Southeastern flora and fauna. During the day I would have my hands full with the baby, but I would whisper to her, ‘Pssst, I made you some new coloring pages. These are passion flowers. They grow wild here and look like jungle plants.’” For a long time, Katie resisted doing art professionally. “I always saw the art world as something really exclusive,” she adds. “It wasn’t for redneck girls from Cullowhee.” But moving to Ohio made her reconsider the role art could play in her life, and the lives of people both inside and outside the region. “When I moved to Oberlin, people always had all these misconceptions about North Carolina and the South; it’s either Gone with the Wind or Duck Dynasty. Neither of those are authentic to my experience,” she says. This, combined with her connecting her daughter to her new home via images of the Southern landscape, inspired Katie to develop a library of images, eventually culminating in New South Pattern House. “As parents we’re always trying to curate the best parts of our childhood,” she says. “That’s how I think of my Southern identity with my kids and, frankly, my business. What parts do I want to highlight? We have this incredibly rich biodiversity. We have beautiful, vibrant cities. What are the parts we want to move away from? When people think of Southerners, do I want them to think of the Confederate flag? No, not for me. I want them to think of coneflowers.” SP

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n a former cotton shed in Mecklenburg County, Elizabeth Bradford paints the natural world around her. With extraordinary, saturated colors and meticulous, zoomed-in details, her landscapes can be exotic, surprising, even strange. They are also poetic: meditative celebrations of the beauty, interconnectedness and geometry of the natural world. On canvases nearly as tall as she is, Bradford takes countless hours over many weeks to paint the magic she finds in nature. Sometimes it’s an eddy of water. Sometimes it’s the messy bank of a receded river, where roots protrude and 64



collide. Trees, fields, ponds, creeks: Bradford finds wonderlands in them all. Representational, but with deep, twisting tentacles into abstraction, her canvases beg the viewer to look hard. In January 2023, Hidell Brooks Gallery plans a solo exhibition of her work. Wilmington’s Cameron Art Museum exhibited a powerful one-woman show of Bradford’s work, entitled A House of One Room, in 2021. Her paintings are also in the permanent collections of The Mint Museum in Charlotte, the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro and Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, as well as in many


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top corporate collections. This UNC Chapel Hill graduate considers herself largely self-taught as an artist, but she also studied painting and lithography at Davidson College and worked as an art teacher before devoting herself full time to her craft. Bradford says her work began to “develop a power” when she started backpacking in the mountains of North Carolina about nine years ago. With two friends, she started “going into a lot of obscure places, wild places, where the world is crazy,” she says. Now armed with a pole-mounted camera, she takes photos as she goes, hundreds of them in the space of a few days’ hike. These images become her inspiration when she

returns to the studio. “Truth is stranger than fiction,” she says. “The wild is stranger than anything I can dream up.” It’s also more meaningful. The wilder the land, the more Bradford says she finds to care about. “I’m on a mission to sensitize people to the beauty of the Earth,” she says. To take things “that aren’t obviously beautiful and to render them beautiful.” She does that in large part with unexpected, vibrant oil and sometimes embedded shards of glass, something she once eschewed as a “cheap trick.” But after a number of years hewing as close to the actual color of the natural world as possible, she decided she was selling herself short. “Why are you being this ascetic?” she southparkmagazine.com | 65

asked herself. “Why are you denying yourself access to something you love so much? And so I started pumping up the color. And as a result, I’ve gotten more imaginative, more intuitive. More soulful.” She brings all of that to every one of her subjects, most recently weeds. “Weed studies have introduced me to some really cool forms,” she says. “Arabesques and extravagant curves. I’ve been playing with a lot of that … I’m always trying to keep moving outward, not just repeating the same things. I keep looking for newness.” Actively challenging herself has become an ingrained habit, one that began the year Bradford turned 40 and made a promise to herself: “Instead of getting bummed out about getting old, every year for my birthday I would pick something I didn’t think I could do, and I would spend a year trying




to do it.” That first year, she decided she would paint a painting every day. A few years ago, she made the commitment to learn French. Lately, she’s begun renovating an 1890s farmhouse, one she discovered deep in the woods on the bank of a creek, far from roads and traffic and noise. A two-hour drive from her (also 1890s-era) Davidson home, it will serve as Bradford’s summer residence and studio. “It’s my dream,” she says. So as she ages, Bradford’s world gets more and more interesting — not that boring is an option. “The world is just so complicated and fascinating,” she says. “There are just not enough years of life to do everything you want to do.” SP This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book Art of the State: Celebrating the Art of North Carolina, to be published by UNC Press this fall.


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The incomplete gardener WE DREAM AND SCHEME — AND FOREVER LEARN. by Jim Dodson



ver the past five years, I’ve been building a garden in the old neighborhood where I grew up, a garden of shade and light beneath towering oaks, and my third effort at a major landscape project. Each one has been distinctly different from the one before it. The first was a woodland retreat I built on 15 acres atop a sunny coastal hill in Maine, carved out of a beautiful forest of beech and birch. I was a new father when the gardening bug bit with emphasis, inspired by the British sporting estates and spectacular public botanical gardens I routinely visited in my work as a golf editor and outdoors correspondent for a pair of national magazines. My children spent the first decade of their lives on that hilltop, living in a rugged post-and-beam house I built with my own hands and never expected to leave. It was, or so I told myself, my dream home and private garden sanctuary, the last place on earth I would abandon. My own growing obsession with gardening even inspired me to spend two years researching and writing a book about the horticulture world, the beautiful madness that overtakes those who fall in love with shaping landscape. It was difficult to say goodbye to that little piece of heaven, but life changes when you least expect. That’s an important lesson of living. When I had an opportunity to come home to the South and teach writing at a top Virginia university and start a trio of arts magazines across my home state of North Carolina, I didn’t hesitate. Next came a cottage on 2 acres in Pinehurst that we inhabited for a year with the full intention of buying. The property came with a charming but wildly overgrown garden and an aging swimming

pool. Over a full year, I liberated a handsome serpentine brick fence, rebuilt the garden and enclosed the property with a new wooden fence and gate. We also updated the pool and enjoyed it for the span of one lovely summer. Our golden retriever, Ajax, particularly loved the pool, taking himself for a dip every morning and floating for hours on his own air mattress. The problem was the cottage. It was built over a forest swamp and turned out, upon the required inspection for sale, to have massive mold below the decks. The entire structure had to be immediately evacuated and gutted. We took a bath on the deal, a gamble, and lost a small fortune. But such is life. One lives, learns and moves on. The midcentury house we bought six years ago in the Piedmont city where I grew up was built by the Corry family — a beautiful California-style bungalow that was Big Al Corry’s dream house. Mama Corry was the last to live in it, and the family was thrilled when they learned we were buying it because I had grown up two doors away from the Corry boys. As we approach six years on the grounds, restoration of the house is nearly complete. Sometime later this summer, after I finish the stone pathways and install a new wooden fence and gate, my latest woodland garden will be complete as well. Or will it? One of the lessons I’ve learned from building three ambitious gardens is that a garden is never complete — and neither is its creator. We don’t just grow a garden. It continually grows us. I think of this phenomenon as the garden within. We scheme and dream, we build and revise, we learn from the southparkmagazine.com | 69

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I thanked her and promised I would soon drop by, shovel in hand. But sadly, I got so busy with work and travel, I failed to get there before the house was sold and the peony row was plowed under by the new owners. Another life lesson from the garden — everything in life has an expiration date. Delay may cost regret. But sometimes, when you least expect it, another opportunity comes along, a chance for more growth. This latest garden saved my sanity during the lost days of the pandemic. It’s designed for the hot summer days now upon us, cooled by more than 20 flowering trees I’ve planted around the property, creating my version of an urban woodland retreat — a Scottish vale, as I imagine it — where birds gather to feed each evening and the aging gardener sits with a fine bourbon in hand, still scheming and dreaming. In the meantime, this month, the new peony row I planted last summer in memory of my mom — using the same small wooden-handled pot she used to plant things in her garden — should really be something to see. SP

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hen Sandra and Mike Schulte moved from Greensboro to Charlotte in 2019, they quickly realized they were going to need new furniture for their new home. A lot of new furniture. “Our home in Greensboro was more traditional and had darker interiors, and this home is more modern and much lighter and brighter,” Sandra explains. “None of our old furniture worked, so we basically started with a clean slate.” Recognizing the daunting task of decorating the nearly 8,000-square-foot Foxcroft home, the Schultes enlisted the help of Kelley Lentini and Berkeley Minkhorst of House of Nomad Design. Drawn to HON’s worldly, eclectic style, they essentially gave Lentini and Minkhorst free rein to create a chic-yet-comfortable home for their family of five. “They were very trusting and gave us a lot of creative liberty,” Lentini says. “They envisioned a laidback, California-cool vibe with a neutral color palette, so we started with art for inspiration.” An abstract painting by New Orleans artist Alexis 84



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Walter was their first purchase and served as the impetus for the family room design. Soft creams and blues in the room’s decor accent the pastel colors within the work of art, which hangs over the mantel. The Schultes admire the painting so much, they bought four smaller pieces by Walter for the entry hall. Lentini and Minkhorst discovered another abstract artist, Robert R. Landry, in Palm Springs, Calif., whose color palette was perfectly suited for the cool, coastal hues

of the Schultes’ house. They brought one home with them for the living room and commissioned a second work for the dining room. “The beautiful, soothing colors in the art really complement each other and set the tone for the entire house,” Sandra says. “It creates such a nice flow as you move from room to room.” To add texture to the walls of the media room, Lentini and Minkhorst included a work by an artisan they met southparkmagazine.com | 87




in Queretaro, Mexico. The large-scale piece is made of woven cotton fibers recycled from a denim factory in the central Mexico town. House of Nomad is known for sourcing furniture and accessories from around the globe for their clients, and the Schultes were no exception. Moroccan rugs, Balinese baskets and Turkish textiles season the home, creating a look that balances bohemian traveler with sophisticated collector. “We get so inspired when we travel — it’s such a passion for us,” Minkhorst says. “Sometimes we find one amazing item that is the springboard for an entire project.” Throughout the Schultes’ house, Lentini and Minkhorst masterfully integrate their international finds with vintage treasures, new acquisitions and custom creations to achieve a layered, livable setting with a sleek, minimalist aesthetic. “This project falls into a different category for us because the use of color is more restrained,”

“The beautiful, soothing colors in the art really complement each other and set the tone for the entire house.” — homeowner Sandra Schulte

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Lentini notes. “But it is very textural, which adds so much depth to a neutral color scheme.” The casual, airy theme continues outside, where the designers assembled an eclectic mix of light, bright cotton fabrics and woven wood and rattan furniture throughout the al fresco gathering spaces. The covered area next to the pool is a favorite hangout for the Schultes’ adult children when entertaining friends. A sitting area above is adjacent to the family room and has become an enjoyable spot for the Schultes to relax, read or watch TV. The pergola-covered dining area, kitchen and bar are ideal for poolside entertaining, and an outdoor fireside lounge is a cozy retreat when the weather is cooler. Watching their new house come together during the slower pace of the pandemic made the Schultes appreciate the creative process even more. “We love how Kelley and Berkeley personalized each room to meet our needs,” Sandra says. “To start from scratch and create a space that we love was almost like therapy.” SP

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Mixing vintage, consignment and secondhand luxury goods with contemporary, trendier items can help you create a closet that’s big on style without blowing the budget. Fashion stylist and SouthPark magazine Style Editor Whitley Adkins demonstrates the one-of-akind approach she takes when shopping for herself or private clients seeking a inimitable look all their own.

Peter Pilotto sundress, $425, EDIT Charlotte (@edit_charlotte). Murphy multicolor earrings, $55, Boem (shopboem.com). Inez Sofia twotone snake sandals, stylist’s own.

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Yellow floral Carolina Herrera dress, $550, EDIT Charlotte. Billini Adele crossbody bag, $66, Boem. Tibi laceup sandals, stylist’s own, purchased on consignment. One-shoulder floral Acler dress, $225, EDIT Charlotte. Sunglasses, $10, Stash Pad (stashpadvintage.com). Black lace-up sandals, ASOS, model’s own.

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1970s Tennisseur T-shirt, $58, Stash Pad. Marianna Senchina floral ruffle skirt, $149, JT Posh (jtposh.com). Proenza Schouler orange snakeskin bag, $450, EDIT Charlotte. Vintage gold belt and acrylic clamp bracelet, Etsy; Tabitha Simmons metallic sandals, JT Posh; Sojos retro vintage sunglasses, $15, Amazon; all stylist’s own. 96



Stine Goya turtleneck, $69; Ganni silver dress, $139; Coclico sandals, $59; all JT Posh. Sunglasses, $10, Stash Pad.

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Gucci track jacket, $550, EDIT Charlotte. Vintage Betsey Johnson dress, $225, Stash Pad. Vintage Coach sandals, stylist’s own. Handmade 1970s green dress with matching jacket, $150; sunglasses, $10; 1960s red patent leather belt worn as bracelet, $25; all Stash Pad. Daydreamer Rolling Stones T-shirt, $78, Boem. Nancy Gonzalez gold lizard clutch, $175, EDIT Charlotte. J. Crew turquoise pumps, stylist’s own.




RNWY Orchid maxi dress, $124; I-Sea green sunglasses, $28; multicolored rings $28; all from Boem. Tabitha Simmons metallic sandals, $89, JT Posh. Nancy Gonzalez purple alligator clutch, $325, EDIT Charlotte. Vintage clear acrylic bracelets from Etsy, stylist’s own.

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Peter Pilotto one-shoulder dress, $425, EDIT Charlotte. Murphy multicolor earrings, $55, Boem.




For Love & Lemons Blaire mini dress, $250; bracelets, $20-24; gold hoop earrings, $28-45; all from Boem. Feather clutch, Amazon, and Marion Parke Imogen chunky block heel sandal, both stylist’s own. SP

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n 1973, when two young men announced a plan to move their small wine and food shop into the basement of an uptown department store, it was front-page news in The Charlotte Observer. The young men were brothers Robert and John Balsley, the shop was Arthur’s, and the department store was Ivey’s — the Tryon Street stalwart owned by a family that was so Methodist, they didn’t allow wine glasses or card tables to be sold in the housewares department. Ivey’s didn’t even allow the color burgundy to be named in its advertisements because it took its name from a wine. A shop in the basement that would sell beer and wine? Now, that was news. And not everyone thought it was good news: Mrs. George Ivey herself, the mother of store president George Ivey Jr. and the daughterin-law of founder J.B. Ivey, didn’t mince words with the newspaper. “Well, you just know (J.B. Ivey) is out there plowing up his end of the cemetery over this,” she declared. “And I’d be doing the same if I were out there.” George Jr. knew what he was doing with the Balsley brothers, though. The little wine and food shop they bought in 1972 marks its 50th anniversary this year, and it’s become a Charlotte stalwart itself, bouncing around from uptown to SouthPark, from Ivey’s to Belk, and selling the wine that fills every serious wine cellar in town. But the Balsleys definitely had a rocky start in Charlotte. Robert, John, their younger brother Steve and their sister Jacquelyn were all from Philadelphia, where their father worked in factories. In 1969, when their father took a job at Westinghouse in Charlotte, they came down to see the new place their parents had settled. Robert, just 22 and fresh out of the military, wasn’t impressed. “I hated it,” he declares now. “Not a single thing here you could eat.” He was a Philly boy — he wanted cheesesteaks and good pizza. But Robert and his younger brother John both wanted to be entrepreneurs, and Robert had taken a correspondence course on wine while he was in the Army — even though the only wine he knew was Boone’s Farm. He reluctantly came to Charlotte, though, and took southparkmagazine.com | 103

Brothers Steve, Robert and John Balsley, with John’s son, Robert, second from right

a job at a cheese shop in Eastland Mall. That’s when he and John started looking at a little spot, Arthur’s Gourmet Shop, in the lobby of the old Clayton Hotel at Church and West Fifth streets. The shop owner, Arthur Pressman, had decided to retire. The area had gotten a little seedy — The Observer noted that Pressman’s customers were mostly “winos who drank in the graveyard across the street and a few connoisseurs of international wines.” Robert and John approached him and offered to buy the shop, inventory and all, for $6,000. Pressman agreed, and even let them keep his name. They knew so little about wine, they couldn’t even pronounce the names on the French bottles. “Young and stupid,” John recalls. “We broke every law,” Robert adds. They spent $300 on tables and chairs from an unfinished furniture shop, and added a few sandwiches to the menu. At the time, most restaurants in uptown were small diners owned by Greek immigrants. “They hated us,” John says. Louis Politis, son of Greek restaurateur Pete Politis, would be sent on spying expeditions, to see how many customers they had. “The pie was finite. Charlotte was a small town still.” In 1973, they found out their building was being torn down. Luckily, they had one big fan: George Ivey Jr. He co-signed their first business loan, and he thought a wine and food shop in his downtown department store was just the thing. While women shopped, their husbands could go 104



downstairs and get lunch and a glass of wine or a beer while they waited. “Without him,” John says, “we wouldn’t be here today,” Robert finishes. As Ivey’s expanded to SouthPark and Eastland, Arthur’s Restaurant & Wine Shop went along, eventually opening seven locations in the Carolinas, including one in Overstreet Mall. They also opened East Boulevard Bar & Grill, modeled after the legendary Clyde’s in Washington, D.C. After they sold it, it became the White Horse Restaurant and then 300 East. When Ivey’s was bought by Dillard’s in 1990, they moved across SouthPark to the lower floor of Belk. Tom Belk had always told them, “If you’re ever unhappy at Ivey’s ...” Along the way, Robert, John and their siblings, Steve and Jacquelyn, all learned the wine and restaurant businesses. And Robert became the city’s personal wine steward. Whatever his well-heeled customers bought, they would share with him. “The more they ordered, the more I learned,” he says. Robert started teaching classes and supporting the growth of a wine world in Charlotte. He helped start three of Charlotte’s five crus, or wine clubs, and was a longtime board member for the Charlotte Wine & Food Festival. And they started taking customers on wine excursions, from Napa to Burgundy — the place, not the color — and beyond. “Geography is my business,” Robert says. “I make sure they walk out of here learning something.”

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Angie Packer, co-owner and executive vice president of Tryon Distributing, met Robert when she came to Charlotte in 1986, as one of the few women in the wine business here in those days. Until Arthur’s, “your choices were white, red and pink,” Packer says. The Balsleys changed the wine landscape in Charlotte. “He was kind of the only game in town that wasn’t a chain store,” she says. She remembers the reaction when winery representatives would come to town and she would tell them she was taking them to an important wine store — at SouthPark. “‘The mall? One of the best wine shops in North Carolina is in a mall?’” was a typical reaction. On a recent Monday morning in the basement of Belk SouthPark, the action is in the back of Arthur’s, around a high table that’s usually used for wine classes. A half-dozen men, all representatives for different distributors, are wolfing down sandwiches from the Arthur’s café next door while they go over orders on their laptops. Robert, now 75, moves around the table constantly, checking what they have, what they’re charging — and what he wants to pay. On Mondays, he says, “I hold court. They’re all trying to get my knickers.” The Balsleys aren’t planning any special celebration to mark their 50th anniversary. They had a party once, for their 10th anniversary. They rolled back prices and had 300 or 400 people there. Afterward, Robert and John agreed: “This is stupid. Everybody else had a good time but us.” Anyway, both Robert and John say Arthur’s isn’t going anywhere. John’s son now works for the family business as well. “I’m still having fun,” Robert says. “I still get to travel. I still get to drink great wine.” SP southparkmagazine.com | 107



.S. Army veteran Tracy Owens understood she was spiraling out of control when she showed up at Veterans Affairs for a therapy appointment drunk and high. “In March 2021, I drank tequila and [smoked] weed before my session,” says Owens, 56. “My therapist said, ‘If I send you somewhere, will you go?’ And I told her that she needed to send me someplace before I go somewhere I don’t want to go, like the hospital or six feet under.” Owens’ therapist referred her to HopeWay’s Veterans Program, a residential and day program for men and women who served in the military. HopeWay opened in 2016 as a nonprofit mental health treatment center on a 20-acre campus in south Charlotte. Since launching in February 2021, 29 veterans have participated in HopeWay’s Veterans Program. About half of referrals to this new program are made by Veterans Affairs. Many are U.S. Army and U.S. Marines veterans, though there’s been representation from every branch of the military. The average age is 44, and several served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Seventy-eight percent are male, and most come from the Carolinas and Georgia, but the program is open to veterans from anywhere in the country. The typical stay is 30 days to six weeks. 108



TREATING TRAUMA Owens, a Chapel Hill resident, joined the Veterans Program in July 2021 as a residential client. The first several days of her 32-day stay were spent detoxing from alcohol and marijuana. Ross Cole, a therapist in the Veterans Program, saw Owens a few times a week for intensive individual therapy. Even now, she affectionately refers to him as, “the exorcist,” because he compelled her to do the work to get better. He asked difficult questions when exploring Owens’ troubles. “He said, ‘By the time you leave here, you’re going to be thinking differently,’” Owens says. “And I did.” Many of Owens’ mental-health issues stem from trauma. Fleeing an abusive home, she entered the military seven days after graduating from high school in 1984. The evening she graduated from basic training, she says a sergeant assaulted her. She fought off the attacker and didn’t report it, for fear of ruining her career. Owens remained in the military for 14 years, working in supply and services and as a heavy engineer and parachute rigger. She finished as a staff sergeant. Almost a year after treatment at HopeWay, Owens continues her sobriety. She’s in a relationship and has a steady job making medical vials for pharmaceutical companies. Triggers from her past


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still sometimes occur, but she’s relied on strategies she learned at HopeWay to stay calm and not react. “Twice, I’ve looked back at some of the things Ross and I talked about [and used it] to get my negative thinking out,” Owens says. A HOLISTIC APPROACH Dr. Justin Johnson, a North Carolina native, joined HopeWay in 2020 as the director of veteran services. His experience treating post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and military and veteran mental-health issues as a board-certified psychiatrist has been valuable in shaping the Veterans Program. Since 2015, Johnson has served in the U.S. Army Reserve, including active duty in the U.S. and a deployment to the Middle East. He’s currently the command psychiatrist for a unit at Fort Bragg, where he advises on mental health issues. “The general idea was that [HopeWay] wanted to do more to help veterans,” Johnson says. “As many people are aware, veterans have higher suicide rates: About 20 veterans die a day by suicide.” Veterans participate in group programs alongside HopeWay’s nonveteran clients. HopeWay’s Veterans Program is distinctive because it offers a residential option, includes intensive individual

and group therapy, and welcomes all veterans with or without combat experience. VA Salisbury operates a PTSD-focused residential program providing group therapy for combat veterans only. Other nonresidential programs in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles have a similar approach to treatment as HopeWay. Once a veteran is admitted into the program, Johnson develops a holistic plan that includes exercise, medication, medical treatment, nutrition, therapies and spiritual counseling. “We work with them to tailor the therapies to that person,” Johnson says. “We are flexible, especially with a person with PTSD. We have to make sure the person agrees with what they’re doing and is motivated to do it.” A patient’s weekly schedule includes intensive individual therapies multiple times a week, daily group therapy sessions, and integrative therapies such as art, cooking, horticulture and music. Pet therapy and horsemanship programs provide a connection to an animal, Johnson says. “One of the things that help people struggling with mental health is mindfulness activities,” he says. “It’s just you focused on something. All the integrative therapies help with that. You lose yourself with the dog and forget about the struggles you have. You can redirect your thoughts.” southparkmagazine.com | 109

Veterans home on HopeWay’s campus

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The Veterans Program is built on evidence-based treatments backed by scientific research. For example, prolonged exposure therapy may be used with veterans who develop increased anxiety when they hear fireworks because it reminds them of explosions during combat. “Maybe they avoid going to firework events which leads to problems in their family,” Johnson explains. “Exposure therapy gradually exposes them to loud noises until they basically extinguish or get rid of that nervous response. Then they are more able to participate in family functions and live a full life as opposed to hiding at home.” Veterans pay with private health insurance, if they have it, or VA covers up to six weeks. Donations through corporations and from individual donors provide financial assistance for patients. EQUINE PARTNERSHIP At least once a month, a staff member from HopeWay brings no more than five veterans to Healing Horse Therapy Center in Monroe for a 90-minute horsemanship and wellness program. (Other HopeWay clients participate in equine therapy as well.) Maurette Hanson, a certified therapeutic riding instructor and a certified equine specialist in mental health and learning, founded the nonprofit in 2011. Hanson starts the group with herd observation: Participants meet the horses, called equine partners, and learn about each one. “Within that time period, [the veterans] are getting a sense of who they would like to match up with,” Hanson says. “Sometimes a horse comes to them and lets them know right away.” It’s an unmounted program — veterans do not ride the horses — but instead, they learn grooming techniques to use with their equine partner. The focus is on being in nature, building a relationship and trust with a sentient being and discovering how to communicate with a horse, Hanson says. “What I see over and over again is the confidence that [the veterans] get. They see they can do something they might have been a bit fearful of before.” SP

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by Cathy Martin

n a recent weekend at the Atlanta Botanical Garden — just as the roses and peonies were flaunting their blossoms — couples, tourists and families in their Sunday best stroll, sip wine at patio tables and laze about on benches, admiring the blooms. There’s a quiet buzz over in Storza Woods, where a new Dale Chihuly sculpture, a stunning 30-foot glass and steel tower installed in December, has captured the crowd’s attention. Across the park, in the outdoor kitchen near the edible garden, a sold-out class, “Cooking with Fresh Herbs,” is about to begin. Throughout the spring and summer, chefs including acclaimed restaurateur Hugh Acheson and local 2022 James Beard Award semifinalist Craig Richards will host dinner events here. In the Skyline Garden, notes from a band playing at the adjacent Piedmont Park reverberate, with downtown’s gleaming towers as a backdrop. The bustle of the city is nearby — but no one seems hur114



ried inside this peaceful slice of nature in the city that touts itself as the capital of the Southeast. The garden is just one of many discoveries I made upon returning to the city I’ve known since childhood. A four-hour drive from Charlotte, Atlanta’s museums, restaurants, entertainment venues and shops offer more than enough to fill a weekend. Even if you think you know Atlanta, chances are you’ll uncover something new on your next visit.

EXPLORE Atlanta Botanical Garden encompasses more than 30 acres and includes an expansive children’s garden, canopy walk, orchid center and more. On view through Oct. 16, Origami in the Garden showcases 18 colorful metal installations by Santa Fe artists Jennifer and Kevin Box, from whimsical birds and bunnies to pinwheels spinning in the breeze. The garden abuts the 200-acre

travel | weekend away Piedmont Park (about twice the size of Freedom Park) and is a stone’s throw

from Virginia Highland, the tree-lined neighborhood with cozy cafes should you want to stop for a bite before or after the day’s adventure. With an eye-catching design by esteemed North Carolina architect Phil Freelon and immersive exhibits, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights highlights key moments in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s. The museum includes artifacts from Martin Luther King Jr., including handwritten notes and manuscripts, and an enlightening exhibit depicting the modern-day struggle for human rights around the world. College football fans can while away an afternoon at the College Football Hall of Fame, a $68.5 million attraction that moved here from South Bend, Ind., in 2014. Upon arrival, link your pass with your alma mater (or any school of your choice) for a personalized experience. From displays spotlighting legendary

coaches to interactive experiences like a touchdown simulator, there are more than 50 exhibits to explore across three levels. Serious shoppers will want to allow plenty of time in Buckhead. With luxury brands galore, Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square have anchored the upscale neighborhood for decades. Buckhead Village (previously The Shops Buckhead Atlanta) is a pristine open-air mixed-use center with high-end boutiques including Billy Reid, Veronica Beard, Jimmy Choo, Hermes, Etro and Dior. Chastain Park is a 260-acre green space in Buckhead with walking trails, a public golf course, a horse park and amphitheater. While you’re in the area, stop by The Chastain, a country store-turned-restaurant serving upscale comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood is home to Ponce City Market, a 2.1 millionsquare-foot former Sears distribution center that houses a sprawling food hall plus local and national retail shops. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park is here, along with access to the Atlanta BeltLine, an urban network of parks and trails in development along a 22-mile rail corridor encircling the center city.


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The Atlanta BeltLine

St. Julep at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel

Luxury options abound in Atlanta. A couple of new Buckhead hotels are shaking up the buttoned-up reputation of this tony neighborhood with a relaxed atmosphere and boutique amenities. The Kimpton Sylvan is a 217-room hotel with a midcentury aesthetic and sprawling outdoor spaces, including a spacious outdoor pool and a trio of clever dining and drinking options. St. Julep is the Sylvan’s rooftop bar with a casual, upbeat vibe: Take in the skyline view of Buckhead while imbibing easy-sipping cocktails with cheeky names like Kicked by a Mule (Tito’s vodka, Pimm’s and ginger beer) and Smokey and the Bandit (Vida mezcal, Buffalo Trace bourbon, Chincina). Willow Bar is a spacious outdoor lobby bar in a garden-like setting. The Betty is a modern throwback to the glamourous supper-club era, with plush velvet booths, friendly and attentive service, and a menu of updated classics infused with bold flavors. Start with oysters on the half shell, wagyu steak tartare or tuna crudo — ginger wasabi mustard gives this dish a spicy kick. If your server asks if you’d like any bread, the answer is yes: The warm bakedto-order gougères, or cheese puffs, will melt in your mouth. Mains include mushroom lasagna, prime steak, Cornish rock chicken, and a zesty basil spaghetti with Calabrian chili and tomato confit. Hotel Colee offers a playful and unpretentious vibe, with a rooftop pool, a comfortable lobby bar for drinks before heading out on the town and local artwork on display. Interior designer Andrew Alford was brought in to inject pops of color and modern Southern style into the 286-room hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Whimsical decor like the colorful streamer art installation in the port cochere and the cheerful mix of pattern and color in the lobby exude fun.




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EAT & DRINK Start the day at Le Bon Nosh, a French-inspired counter-service cafe in Buckhead serving coffee, breakfast and house-made pastries in an elegant, airy setting. Or drop by for lunch (soups, salads, sandwiches and tartines are on the menu) and grab a seat on the patio, at one of the communal tables or at the elegant curved marble wine bar. A dinner menu features shareables like crudites and burrata serrano, along with heartier dishes like steak frites and grilled red snapper, with an all-French wine list. Grab breakfast or lunch to go at Kinship, a butcher shop/market/coffee bar in Virginia Highland serving a small menu of breakfast and lunch sandwiches like the Poultrygeist: smoked Springer Mountain chicken salad with celery, spicy cucumbers and arugula on a pillowy brioche roll. There’s also a small but curated selection of dry goods, wine and flowers — all the necessary provisions for a picnic in nearby Piedmont Park. Storico Fresco Alimentari is a lively classic Italian restaurant in a tuckedaway basement that’s also a pasta shop and market during the day. Stellar cocktails, knowledgeable service and a convivial atmosphere (along with a

surprisingly good lemon-rosemary fried chicken) make this a Buckhead mainstay for lunch or dinner. Little Rey’s is a Tex-Mex counter-service concept from Chef Ford Fry that’s an ideal choice for families or a casual meal. Nachos, tacos, salads, margaritas and soft serve are on the menu. Inside, expect the same vintage vibes as Ford’s Superica, or dine on the covered wraparound patio at this busy intersection in Piedmont Heights. A spinoff of the Manhattan original, Le Colonial in Buckhead Village serves French-Vietnamese fare in an upscale setting and offers great Happy Hour specials weekdays, including $8 cocktails and bar bites. Off the beaten path in Old Fourth Ward is Bully Boy, a seafood-focused restaurant serving an Asianinspired menu ranging from oysters to Australian wagyu, with an emphasis on sushi. Apps include crispy Brussels sprouts with a sweet chili glaze and Chinese broccoli with togarashi pepitas and a ginger mirin glaze. The Spirited Away roll — spicy snow crab topped with sesame-crusted tuna and cucumber — is a nod to the 2001 anime film by the same name. Finish your meal with colorful mochi — bite-sized portions of the Japanese rice-flour dessert filled with ice cream in seasonal flavors. SP

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Join us for a conversation about his newly released memoir, James Patterson by James Patterson. We will welcome 1,000 people to pack the Grand Ballroom at the Carolina Hotel, meet James Patterson and receive an autographed copy of this book. Conversation will be lead by the bookshop’s Kimberly Daniels Taws. • • • •

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The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Charlotte Mayor’s Masked Ball raised a record-setting $1.5 million to support HBCUs and students served by UNCF. The evening also celebrated the work of Harvey and Lucinda Gantt and Hugh and Jane McColl.

Drs. Sandy Charles and Theo Nyame

Justine Boyd and Milton Jones

James and Nina Jackson

Serena and Kieth Cockrell

Fred and Marley Shropshire, Vanessa Ruffes and Lucas Bogg

Dr. Trevor and Megan Allison, Esezele and Richard Payne

Natia Walker, Sharyn and Marvin Ellison, Tiffany L. Jones

Stacee Michelle

Cynthia and Curtis Bodison

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Levine Children’s Gala Bank of America Stadium April 2

Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal delighted the crowd as guest DJ during the black-tie fundraiser, which also highlighted the stories of providers, families and children.

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Rai and Lewis Glover

Amanda Lanier and Kirstin Ashford


Sandra Levine and Nazy Weeks

Nikki and Michael Parkerson

Melani and Erik Insko

Dan and Mallory Lyles

Mike and Kristina Rucker, Natalie and Jonathan Stewart

Stephen and Michlene Healy

Kara Olsen and Esezele Payne

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Fashion Breathes Life VanLandingham Estate April 1

Patrons enjoyed a night of high fashion, bidding, plus dinner and drinks to raise funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Western Carolinas.

Perry Hunt, Linda Hunt and Cheryl Hunt

Andy and Megan Wilhelm


Chad, Sloan and Kate Cooke

Whitley Adkins and Pam Stowe

Felipe Gonzalez Edmiston and Daniel Gonzalez

Jaclyn Melillo with Emmette

Kat Hands and Nesha Pai

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2022 Bechtler Gala Bechtler Museum March 11, 2022

The Bechtler Gala returned in a big way this year by taking over the entire fourth floor of the museum. Event proceeds support museum exhibitions and educational programs.

Jennifer Jackson and Todd Ashworth

Renata Gasparian Lima and Whitley Adkins

Bob Lilien and Andreas Bechtler


Howard Freese, Gail Brinn Wilkins, Cassandra and Dave Wagner

Lynn Good and Wesley Mancini

Andreas and Regine Bechtler

Joy and Hunter Widener

Todd Smith, executive director

Lee Kennelly and Liz Hilliard

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Quail Hollow Club March 19, 2022

The Allegro Foundation’s Ambassador’s Ball returned with a celebration of the Bahamas, led by that country’s ambassador to the United States, Sidney Collie. The evening featured lots of goodwill, dancing and fundraising to benefit children with disabilities.

Anne O’Byrne and David Fisk

Pat Farmer and Felix Sabates

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Jerry and Midge Barron, Luis Machicao and Jeff Wallin

Kathy Dorton and Jim Shafer

Jim and Barbara Little

Lihong Yu and Ambassador Sidney Collie

Lisa Palmer and Vic Sayegh

Judy and Dr. Derek Raghavan

Brian and Hadley Pacheco

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URBAN CONNECTOR by Sharon Smith photograph by Justin Driscoll


ounds of summer fill Pearl Street Park once again following a yearslong, multimillion-dollar renovation project. The scene is relaxed and carefree, as one would expect at any public park this time of year. But don’t be fooled by its easy appeal. Mecklenburg County’s new-and-improved Pearl Street Park is full of intention. Its design is an acknowledgment of Charlotte’s segregated history and Brooklyn, the vibrant Black community that flourished around the original park that opened in 1943. The basketball and pickleball courts are painted a bright blue to reflect the school colors of Second Ward High School, which used the practice fields here because the segregated school had no ballfields for its athletes. There’s the gleaming tower sculpture by the soccer fields, Brooklyn Stories, by California artist Cliff Garten, who has other public art installations along the light rail and Levine Avenue of the Arts. Brooklyn Stories is covered with quotes by former Brooklyn residents reminiscing about the close-knit community that was 128



razed to make way for new development. “There is still this memory of what this place was,” Garten says. “So I wanted to find a way to communicate their stories.” Today, the 11-acre green space attracts a range of parkgoers: couples walking their dogs, parents watching their kids play soccer, young men sweating it out in a game of pickup basketball. The park is a connector, just like it was for neighbors 80 years ago. With the Metropolitan retail center and Little Sugar Creek Greenway across the street, the future development of Atrium Health’s innovation district (named The Pearl) nearby, and more uptown condo projects on the rise, Pearl Street Park offers an urban oasis. As a quote by former Brooklyn resident Doris Parker Williams reads on Brooklyn Stories, “My hopes for the future are … I would like to see neighborhoods that were like the Brooklyn community. The closeness, everybody helped everybody, you know.” May it be so. SP

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