Christmas Markets on European Riverways

Hundreds of years ago, small cities throughout Europe transformed into magical Christmas markets during the holiday season. Villagers gathered on cobblestone streets to shop for their seasonal treats and gifts.

Habitat for Humanity: Deconstruction to Restore

Habitat for Humanity Charlotte’s deconstruction service was created to remove and recycle kitchen cabinets, countertops and appliances slated for replacement in kitchen remodeling projects. The homeowner gets a tax deduction and headache-free experience, and Habitat earns proceeds by reselling the donated items through a network of four Habitat ReStores in Charlotte. The process is easy, says Phil Prince, director of…

Feeding the Family

 Ingredients  Crumble  Filling

Traditional Meets Contemporary

From a divine cocktail list to sushi that is crafted using only the freshest ingredients, South End's O-Ku Sushi Bar celebrates authentic Asian cuisine with a contemporary twist. With sister restaurants in Charleston, Atlanta and Washington D.C., O-Ku Charlotte is the luxury franchise's fourth location. The dining area features an upscale, yet comfortable vibe with vibrant energy that flows throughout the space. While O-Ku is mainly applauded for…

A Sweet Escape

The Cottages on Charleston Harbor are the place to go if you want to relax and enjoy yourself.  Their luxury cottages have two to three bathrooms to ensure that guests are comfortable; and for those traveling with furry friends, there are pet-friendly cottages available. If dining in is preferred, private chef services are available. For guests who enjoy cooking, each cottage is outfitted with its own…

Bring Your Appetite

Travelers who are, quite literally, hungry for great experiences have a growing number of choices for culinary adventure. Travel suppliers are busy creating unique and inspiring opportunities for the more than 75% of us who say food and wine are an important component of travel.

Keeping Curiosity Alive

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Located less than three hours from Charlotte in Asheville, NC, is Leigh Anne Hilbert's studio and retail space, The DryGoods Shop. Leigh Anne is a seasoned leather worker and sewing extraordinaire. Her work has been featured across the country and is highly praised for it's durability, unique yet simplistic style and timeless value. …

Women Helping Women

 Article Melinda Burris Willms | Photography Destiny Johnson  For Farah Usmani, the love of hand embroidery came at a very early age.  She recalls her grandmother and mother practicing the art form, smocking by hand, in the British way. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Usmani came to the United States as a small child. She maintains ties with her native country,…

The Great Equalizer

 Article Valery Huffenhus of Decorating Den  Ottomans are the great equalizer in the land of design. Available at many price points and in countless shapes, sizes, colors and textures, they offer any room some distinctive design style. They can be incorporated into any decor style whether it’s transitional, modern, eclectic or traditional. They are multifunctional, acting as seating, serving or storage…

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

 Article Roni Fishkin of Mann Travels  Travel Style Tip:  High fashion in Ireland almost always calls for a good quality raincoat to keep you warm and dry. It rains almost every season there, so don't miss your chance to wear your most stylish outerwear.  A hundred thousand welcomes is a traditional Gaelic blessing that is used to greet visitors when they enter the Emerald…