The Best in Banking

 Hometown Banking  Clients seem to feel smaller as banks become larger. Customer support teams are all too often located in a different state or even a different country from the client, and account officers are difficult to get in touch with.  But TowneBank is different. They are a relationship- and friendship-driven local bank focused on basic human values. They serve to create a warm sense…

Queen City Audio Video Appliances and JennAir Products:

Since 1952, Queen City Audio Video Appliances has built a sterling reputation as the Charlotte area’s industry leader in audio video and appliance sales. As the business has continued to expand, Queen City Audio Video Appliances has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Association of Remodeling Industry, the Lake Norman Home Builders Association and the Interior Design Society. Queen…

Thanksgiving Stuffing or Dressing?

Let’s settle this once and for all! From my research, the stuffing versus dressing debate is mainly a geographical matter. Northerners, whether it is stuffed inside the turkey or not, will always call it stuffing. Southerners will always call it dressing. As long they taste good, who cares!

Eating Emerald City

This Pacific Northwest city, dubbed the Emerald City for its abundance of greenery, offers one of the most unique and notable culinary experiences in the United States. One of the main reasons for this is Seattle's community of forward-thinking chefs that have an unwavering commitment to sourcing only the finest fresh and locally grown ingredients. From mom-and-pop shops that have been doing business for more than a…

Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar

Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar is your Stonecrest destination for upscale-casual Italian dining prepared by chef Stephen Ollard and his trained, personable staff, all of whom are passionate about delivering great food, great drink and great hospitality to each and every one of their guests.

QC Smokemaster: Chef Ernie

Chef Ernie, a regular guest on WBTV and WCNC, is an award-winning smokemaster who serves traditional and upscale outdoor food right here in the Queen City. His company, Ernie’s Smokehouse, is home to premier outdoor cooking and catering and also hosts grilling classes, competes in professional competitions and offers delicious cuts at the local Charlotte farmers markets.

Cantina 1511:

In 2004, Cantina 1511 opened its doors at 1511 East Blvd. with the promise to serve the good souls of Charlotte with consistently outstanding Mexican fare. In a world where promises are often made but seldom kept, this was the exception. The food and service were excellent and more surprisingly, consistent. As the years have passed, the standards of food and service…

Passion for Fashion

Charlotteans are well acquainted with Barbara McKay thanks to her 40-plus-year broadcasting career with local television station WBTV. Viewers have watched Barbara host a variety of segments including interviews with celebrities and cooking demonstrations as recently as this July when she was featured on the channel’s 70th-anniversary celebration programming. Barbara has further emerged as a lifestyle influencer with her blog,…

48 Hours in the Fashion Capital of the U.S.

New York City is the place to go for all things fashion. It's been long deemed one of the big four fashion pillars in the world, along with Paris, Milan and London. Being that it's the only fashion mecca in the United States and direct flights are easy to come by (and typically decently priced), visiting the Concrete Jungle is a no-brainer—especially…

The Cultural Heart of Charlotte

Located in south Tryon’s prominent corridor, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is home to more than 1,600 pieces by some of the most renowned mid-20th-century artists. Ranging from pop art to expressionism, Bechtler features pieces by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alberto Giacornetti, Le Corbusier and many more.