Readers’ Choice 2018 48


Capizzi, M.D.

900 East Boulevard, Charlotte

704.655.8988 |

Dr. Peter J. Capizzi is regarded as the one of the preeminent choices for surgeries and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Capizzi completed his plastic surgery training at the renowned Mayo Clinic and is double-board certified in both plastic and general surgery.


SouthPark Dentistry

6865 Fairview Road, Charlotte

704.364.9686 |

SouthPark Dentistry offers a full range of general & cosmetic dental treatments at their office to help you achieve your perfect smile, such as teeth whitening, crowns, preventive care and implants. They utilize the latest in dental technology and techniques in order to offer you the best preventive care and treatment available in Charlotte.


South Charlotte 

10370 Park Road, Pineville

704.542.3003 |

Dr. David B. Schulman, a Board Certified Dermatologist, relocated from New York to Pineville in 2008 and founded South Charlotte Dermatology, PC. Dr. Schulman specializes in General Dermatology, including all skin, hair, and nail issues.


Sally’s Optical Secrets

1419 East Boulevard #C, Charlotte

980.228.9267 |

Eyewear should be viewed as an accessory, a piece of fine jewelry—after all it is your first visible accessory. At Sally’s, glasses are much more than just medical devices and will change the way you think about eyewear. They offer a collection of couture, handmade, limited production,
and exceptionally crafted and well designed frames from designers who specialize in one thing: eyewear.


Webb Orthodontist

2915 Coltsgate Road, Suite #102, Charlotte

704.364.7343 |

Webb Orthodontics is a family business tailored to treating families with the highest level of care in the most patient-friendly environment. Dr. Mickey Webb, his son Dr. Colin Webb, and their staff take great pride in treating patients like family members and providing a patient experience second to none. Dr. Mickey Webb opened the practice in 1981 and has maintained an impeccable reputation as one of the best orthodontists in the country. Dr. Colin Webb joined the practice in 2013, and together they have built the practice into one of the most successful orthodontic offices in the Charlotte area. Every piece of equipment at the practice’s beautiful, convenient office in SouthPark is on the leading edge of orthodontic technology, which translates to the most effective and comfortable treatment. The practice offers a full array of orthodontic services, including Invisalign.


SouthPark Chiropractic Center

6853 Fairview Road # 100C, Charlotte

As a 1984 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and a National Chiropractic Board Examiner for over 18 years, Dr. Averick has dedicated her career to helping her patients. She opened SouthPark Chiropractic Center in 1991 and has been providing the Charlotte area with not only a complete wellness center, but educating them on their health as well. She has kept up-to-date on many continuing educational classes each year, ensuring that her patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced chiropractic care available. Dr. Averick uses a “whole person approach” when taking care of her patients, combining the very best hands-on technique, state of the art physiotherapy procedures, and acupuncture to help accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health.


Arcadia Homes, Inc.

6428 Bannington Road, Suite A, Charlotte

704.412.4130 |

For over two decades, Arcadia Homes has specialized in building homes and relationships with a level of care that has made them one of the premiere builders of luxury custom homes in the Charlotte area. The pursuit of livable luxury inspires the Arcadia team’s passion and devotion to custom homebuilding. They know that a custom home shouldn’t be built without also building a lasting relationship with the customer. Through their use of cutting edge technology and resources, they’re committed to providing the highest level of service and communication, while holding the individual and personal relationship in the highest regard. They cultivate lasting relationships and a relentless pursuit of the highest quality construction and design, and their homes are consistently delivered in the form of livable luxury.


Goods Furnishings

11735 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville

704.910.4045 |

From day one, the owners of Good’s Home Furnishings made their intention clear in how their company would serve the local communities: “Our goals are to make furniture shopping fun, stylish and affordable, while also providing for charitable contributions that will serve social needs and help local organizations with their giving efforts. We believe as business owners we have an obligation to support our community and its many people.” Good’s Home Furnishings was born during the economic downturn; they felt it was the perfect opportunity to branch out and offer the people of Charlotte a well-edited mix of quality furniture from a variety of top brand resources. They currently have two stores, one in Hickory and one in Pineville.


Metro Greenscape

1622 Parker Drive, Charlotte

704.817.3819 |

In 1998, as a teenager from the Northeast, Darin Brockelbank started mowing lawns in his neighborhood to earn extra money. Soon this side job would be the beginnings of a family-owned, multi-million dollar lawn maintenance and landscaping company. Heather began helping in 2002, and the two hired their first employees in 2004. Metro Greenscape, a husband and wife owner-operated outdoors company, was born. Growth came quickly, and expansion from maintenance to landscaping occurred. With an early focus on residential customers, and new expansion into commercial management, the company has survived and flourished as a result of its philosophy, fantastic team, and countless referrals.


Morris Jenkins

13725 South Ridge Drive, Charlotte

704.357.0484 |

Morris-Jenkins is a family-owned and operated air conditioning, heating and plumbing company. Since 1958, they have provided service in homes all over the greater Charlotte area. The largest HVAC and plumbing service provider in the region, Morris-Jenkins is a large company with the heart of a small company. Morris-Jenkins philosophy is to make it easy for the customers, and as customers’ needs have changed, Morris-Jenkins has adapted to meet those needs with same day service, evening and weekend service at no additional charge, online scheduling, and more.


Decorating Den

Decorating Den Interiors in the Charlotte Metro Area

704.807.7095 |

Decorating Den Interiors has been serving North America for over 47 years with current trends competitively priced, all within a pre-established timeline and budget. Valery Huffenus and Patrice Hawkins bring the design process to their clients’ homes, offering more than 100 lines from top manufacturers representing custom upholstered and case good furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, window treatments, custom bedding, and home accessories, the majority of which are available only through a Decorating Den Interiors franchise. The duo source many lines that are not readily available to independent interior designers. The process is called “Lifestyle Design,” because it’s based on their client’s lifestyle, timeframe and investment goal. From consultation through design, delivery and installation, they save their clients time and money while creating distinctive spaces. Whether the client’s goal is a repurposed room or a whole new environment for their entire house, Decorating Den Interiors has a solution.


Meyer | Greeson | Paullin | Benson

320 South Tryon Street, Suite 222, Charlotte


Meyer | Greeson | Paullin | Benson is inspired by the experiences and passions of their clients. With their holistic vision, they strive to create a synthesis of classic style, regional character and personal needs. Founded in 1979, the firm draws on years of experience to craft an architectural response unique to each client and site. They offer a full range of comprehensive services to take a project from inspiration to realization. Their collaborative environment ensures a successful project by keeping communication open with their clients and contractors throughout the building process. From partners to project managers, each employee is dedicated to making the entire process enjoyable for the client. They are committed to bringing the full benefit of their experience to each project, regardless of size and scope. Their long-standing relationships with the finest builders and subcontractors in the region result in beautiful and enduring structures every time.


Maid Brigade

1014 Industrial Drive, Matthews

704.419.8995 |

In May, Maid Brigade will be celebrating 20 years in business! It was all started in 1998 by Marc Titlebaum with one maid and one vehicle; they now have about 55 maids and 25 vehicles. All of their cleaners are professionally trained, certified, bonded & insured. They specialize in eco-friendly, green cleaning, offering regular weekly, bi-weekly and monthly service, as well as one-time and on-call cleanings. They’ve received the Angie’s List Super Service Award from 2012 through 2017, the Franchise of the Year award (out of 85 franchises) at the Maid Brigade convention, and the Maid Brigade Open Heart Society Award for community efforts. Maid Brigade has done charitable work throughout Charlotte for organizations including Charlotte Family Housing, Ronald McDonald House, Zab’s Place, Classroom Central and a handful of other organizations/non-profits. They’re not just residential cleaners, they help people reclaim their free time!


Hendrick BMW

6950 E Independence Boulevard, Charlotte

704.321.4851 |

Hendrick BMW offers the largest and most complete selection of new BMW cars in the three state region. Committed to providing exceptional service and exceeding their customers’ needs, they constantly strive for excellence in character and quality within every aspect of their business. All their vehicles are competitively priced to give you the best and highest possible value for your money. Hendrick BMW’s financial experts work hard to provide you with the most viable financing options. Their factory-trained and certified technicians deliver high-quality service. Their state-of-the-art service center includes 40 technician bays and over 30,000 square feet of workspace. At Hendrick BMW, they do not just sell cars, they provide a complete car-buying experience. They provide their customers with everything, from car repair services, auto part sales to car loan and lease financing.


The Spa at Ballantyne

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte

704.248.4141 |

A relaxing escape is within minutes at The Spa at Ballantyne. With a menu inspired by nature, spa treatments are designed to nurture the mind and body through the use of ritualistic methods and healthy products in a calming environment. The Spa at Ballantyne provides a sensory experience to soothe the senses and enhance wellness. Choose from a selection of spa services including massage, facial, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and hair salon services. Explore indigenous treatments like the Carolina Lavender Spa Collection, day spa packages, overnight spa packages and fitness experiences. Enjoy spa dining, pools, eucalyptus steam room, saunas, whirlpools and lounges to complete your spa destination experience.


Sean Martin, Edward Jones

14825 Ballantyne Village Way #2409, Charlotte

704.544.5055 |

Sean Martin joined Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor in 2009, opening the firm’s first office in Ballantyne. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Temple University in Philadelphia. In addition, he received the  AAMS® professional designation in 2013. His wife Candace is from Monroe, NC, and they have been married since May 2017. His senior branch office administrator, LuAnne, has eight years of experience and is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service possible. Relationships are key, and in their view, meeting face-to-face builds strong relationships. They meet when it’s convenient for their clients because they recognize the challenging needs of their businesses and their lives.



400 E Morehead Street, Charlotte

704.716.6100 |

Located near Uptown Charlotte on the corner of Morehead and South Boulevard, the Dowd YMCA is one of 19 branches of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. The branch is one of the busiest across the four-county area of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, with three basketball gyms, hundreds of group exercise classes including cycle, yoga and cardio/weight training, a fitness center with over 150 pieces of equipment, a free-weight area, two 25-yard indoor pools, racquetball courts, steam room, sauna and hot tub. It’s also an exciting space that is evolving with fitness trends: the branch will complete a major renovation project in 2018 that will expand the space and update equipment, fixtures and experiences with new spaces for yoga, barre, sports performance training and a functioning rooftop with the Charlotte skyline as the backdrop.


Carmen! Carmen! Salon

Ballantyne: 15235 John J. Delaney Drive, Charlotte

Cotswold: 324 S. Sharon Amity, Charlotte

704.364.0270 |

Carmen! Carmen! Salon e’Spa is celebrating 30 year of making the Queen City look and feel beautiful. Under the Artistic Direction of Carmen Cutrona, a North American Hairstylist of the Year Award (NAHA) and Global Master of the Arts Winer, Carmen! Carmen! has achieved international recognition and status. Their Artistic Team has over 100 years of combined experience and pride themselves in one-on-one education to their guests and young artists with whom they mentor and advise. They offer all types of hair and spa services catered to all guests.

Best Jeweler

Diamonds Direct SouthPark

4521 Sharon Road, Charlotte

704.532.9041 |

At the heart of their culture is a family atmosphere where teamwork, fun and a positive attitude are crucial to providing a unique shopping experience that sets Diamonds Direct apart in the industry. They take ownership, charge forward and make decisions that allow them to create long-term relationships with their customers. They believe they have what it takes to succeed, and it’s up to them to continue to raise the bar daily. The customer is why they exist. Therefore, they will listen, exceed their expectations, and never say no. Diamonds Direct is a true direct diamond importer, cutting out all the middle man markups. Having buying offices in Israel and India allows them to hand-pick only the best diamonds to come to their retail stores. Their focus is owning the right diamonds at the right value. Their selection, education, warranties and guarantees create a no-risk shopping environment that is customer-focused and flexible to make sure they maximize the customer’s budget and exceed their expectations.

Best Private School

Providence Day

Through an intentional TK-12 global curriculum, Providence Day prepares their students to be empathetic problem solvers and active global citizens. Their classrooms are places of discovery, where learning about diverse cultures and shared experiences creates connections to a larger humanity. They teach students to respect others, develop their communication skills and build their confidence, so they can collaborate and lead in a world that is culturally diverse. Their international network of partner schools allows them to send students and faculty out to the world, and to bring the world back to their school. They exist to inspire in their students a passion for learning, a commitment to personal integrity, and a sense of social responsibility.

Best Retirement Home

The Cypress of Charlotte

3442 Cypress Club Drive, Charlotte

704.714.5500 |

One of the great rewards that comes with age is the opportunity to enjoy a very real sense of increased freedom. At The Cypress of Charlotte, they’ve created an entire community devoted to this newfound freedom. They do this by offering nearly limitless recreational, dining and social avenues; by allowing you to buy a home that suits your tastes and finances; by providing on-campus healthcare a leisurely walk away; by providing an impressive new Sports and Fitness Center; and by nestling all of this in a secluded, lush haven mere minutes from the vibrant action of Charlotte’s South Park area. But what many Cypress members and their families agree is the best Cypress benefit is they own their lovely home. No rent, no non-refundable entrance fee. And with essentially all maintenance and housekeeping and activities covered by membership—and an in-house activities coordinator to plan and organize events—members are free to enjoy life and leisure as few people are. Plus, the Cypress life is surprisingly affordable. Most members say the monthly expense is similar to living in their former home, but with so many additional conveniences.

Best Dessert

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Ballantyne: 9704 Rea Road, Waxhaw


Uptown: 601 S. Kings Drive, Charlotte

704.909.4577 |

“I grew up baking with my grandmothers since I was old enough to stand on the stool to help them,” says Tia Davis of local Nothing Bundt Cakes. “I am from a very large Italian family and baking for holidays was a very important event that pretty much happened every weekend! Having the opportunity to own a franchise where we bake each and every cake in our own bakeries is something to be proud of. Each Bundt cake features a light, moist taste and fresh look, along with our custom decorations that are contemporary and different from any other. We offer 11 different flavors and sizes from our mini Bundtinis, personal size Bundtlets and cakes in different sizes to serve 6-30 family members or friends! We pride ourselves in using the highest quality of fresh ingredients to provide cakes that are moist and delicious.”

Best Brewery

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte

704.525.5644 |

“Freshness is the most important quality of the beer at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB),” says OMB’s founder, John Marrino. “Local beer is fresh beer, and fresh beer is better beer. We pull fresh beer weekly from our lager tanks, package it cold and self-distribute every drop in refrigerated trucks. Brewing quality beer and serving it fresh is what OMB is all about.”

Best Fine Dining

The Fig Tree

1601 E 7th Street, Charlotte

704.332.3322 |

The Fig Tree offers Italian and French inspired cuisine and an incredible wine selection in a remodeled 1913 bungalow in historic Elizabeth. Chef Greg and wife and general manager Sara Zanitsch founded the restaurant 13 years ago and have been a local favorite ever since.

Casual Dining

Viva Chicken

Elizabeth: 1617 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte


Ballantyne: 12206 Copper Way, Charlotte


Park Road: 4500 Park Road, Suite 100, Charlotte


Waverly: 11641 Waverly Center Drive, Suite K1, Charlotte


Viva Chicken is a Peruvian Rotisserie Joint specializing in Pollo a la Brasa. Our menu is fresh, flavorful, and packed with inspired recipes that will transport your taste buds to the streets of Peru. Viva Chicken is not only hip and healthy, it’s quick and convenient and a great spot for dine-in or takeout. Viva Chicken offers only the freshest ingredients. Their chicken is always fresh, never frozen. It’s 100% natural, hormone free and cooked fresh every hour in a hand-built, charcoal fired oven imported from Lima, Peru.

Best Veterinarian

SouthPark Animal Hospital

5240 Park Road, Charlotte

704.523.3457 |

Conveniently located at the intersection of Park and Selwyn, SouthPark Animal Hospital was founded in 2000, continuing the tradition of a veterinary hospital on this site for more than 60 years. Dr. Wayne Mercer has been in practice in Charlotte since 1984 and now is blessed to serve some of the best animal lovers in Charlotte. The staff of associate veterinarians, having over 30 years of combined experience, along with dedicated technicians, vet assistants, CSRs, and kennel attendants, provide quality medical, surgical and boarding care to companion animals.   SouthPark Animal Hospital can proudly say that they are pleased to boast of employing six students that have either completed or are currently attending veterinary school, including the Mercer’s own children. They are excited to be in the final phases of an expansion that includes new surgical and dental suites as well as indoor luxury boarding with separate feline and canine facilities.  Whether you have a new kitten or a senior dog, each will be treated with the same compassion and care, as would our very own family members.

Best Dog Care/Grooming


8150 Ikea Boulevard, Suite 25, Charlotte

704.208.5264 |

PetSmart’s professional, academy-trained, safety-certified dog and cat stylists are at your service. With their Look Great Guarantee, if your pet doesn’t look great, they’ll do what it takes to make it right.