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. …

Lifestyle Letter

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Byrant This eloquent quote from the great American poet and journalist, Mr. William Cullen Bryant, leaves my sun-kissed skin wrapped in a cloak of goose bumps. As I write this, sitting at my cluttered glass top desk, it is July. The leaves of the poplar treat … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Life Time Athletic Promotes Employee To Senior General Manager Following the successful opening and subsequent operation of Life Time Athletic Charlotte in December 2017, General Manager Johnny Groff will bring his industry expertise to all Life Time locations in the Charlotte region as the new Senior General Manager. Groff opened Life Time Athletic Charlotte and has since been managing the 320,000 square-foot development … Continued

72nd Annual Tryon Block House Races

Less than two hours away from Charlotte, the Tryon International Equestrian Center hosted the 72nd Annual Tryon Block House Races on April 14. The event featured five races in front of a packed crowd at the Green Creek Race Track. Jockey Sean McDermott was awarded Top Jockey. 

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…

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,…

Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams combined eco-couture and opera on the runway for one exclusive night at the Bechtler Museum. The event featured couture gowns designed by local artists using outdated Opera Carolina playbills, programs and brochures. All proceeds from the show went towards supporting the Opera Recycles® artists and the upcoming preparation for their 2018-19 showcases.

Lullaby Land

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Decorating Den Interiors  Perhaps you are looking for something unique, something that isn’t found in every store or on so many social media posts. But when you use your imagination for a decorating a kid’s room, the creative possibilities are endless. From custom bedding to hand-painted wall murals, you can dream up some fun and exciting…

Take a Mini-Vacation at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

 Article Noah Milliken | Photography Destiny Johnson  The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is set in the heart of south Charlotte and features a famous Biergarten with world-class beer in a stunning and park-like haven. OMB’s ‘garten is located on eight acres consumed by hickory, pecan and 100-year-old oak trees. The inviting open spaces make for an enjoyable time to roam and sip…