Trading Spaces

A Charlotte couple’s vacation home on Figure Eight Island offers a soothing escape. When Jan Foster envisioned what her beach house would look like she saw one thing: blue. “I just absolutely love the color blue,” she says. “But our home here in Charlotte doesn’t really have any blue in it at all.” The hue, it turns out, would play…

Classic Twist

The Ritz-Carlton’s New lounge stirs up creative cocktails in a stylish space. Breakneck is a modest term for the pace of what’s happening in Uptown Charlotte. Just look at the skyline for a clue. As the city lights twinkle ever brighter with dazzling multiplicity, so does the food and drink scene below. No longer do the streets of Uptown fall…

Classic Cool

“Blue was her favorite color. She always told me ‘Bryan, I even dream in blue.’ All of her stationery was painted blue. Her room was blue toile. She had blue floors.” Bryan Huffman, speaking about his late friend and heiress Bunny Mellon, could write a book filled with fascinating anecdotes like this. An interior designer based out of Monroe, Huffman…

Weekend Away

Cozy sweaters and stylish boots in neutral hues set the tone for a relaxed—and romantic—getaway.   Photographer Joseph Bradley Wardrobe stylist Stacee Michelle Hair and make-up Jami Svay Stylist Assistant Janae Edmonds Models Kady McKenzie Browne and Justin Barringer of Marilyn’s Agency Shot on location at Key Kabin

Dine and Dish

NoDa’s newest restaurant is serving up Sleek Southern Charm. Charlotte has long been a New South city. Since its early transition from an agricultural town to an industrial city booming with the bulk of the Piedmont’s textile industry, the Queen City has aimed to become a contemporary Southern metropolis. That growth, built on industry, has often come at the expense…

Southern Soul

Riding high from their first tour as full-time musicians, The Suffers play on a historic stage just south of Charlotte. Kam Franklin used to work as a gas and power trade analyst at a Houston investment bank. By day, she ran the numbers. By night, she was singing big numbers with her big band, The Suffers. The group—all 10 of…

The Cajun Comeback

New Orleans, known for its grit and grandeur, isn’t merely open for business. A red carpet awaits your arrival. Hurricane Katrina changed New Orleans’ landscape and psyche. But it also proved the city’s mettle. Today, there’s little indication of the destruction the hurricane brought to America’s most Parisian city. The Super Dome, which served as sanctuary to the displaced, is…

The Big Idea

From dog walking to beer delivery, these are the next generation of this city’s entrepreneurs and innovators. These forward-thinkers are reinventing business and redefining success—and taking Charlotte into the future. Meggie and Sebastian Williams The Waggle Company The first time they worked together, Meggie and Sebastian Williams were serving as senior class president and vice president at UNC Chapel Hill.…

The Show Must Go On

Actors Theatre of Charlotte gets knocked down—and gets back up again. The email came on a fall day last October. It was the day Actors Theatre of Charlotte was opening its 28th season in a space they’d been renovating. “Important Schedule Update from ATC—Please Read” was the subject line. “We’ve run into some trouble… it’s going to take more time…to…

Table Talk

Jamie Lynch is a New York native with a New England culinary degree. He had stints in notable kitchens in spots like San Francisco and New York City before moving to Charlotte in 2002. But since he and his partners opened 5Church here in 2012—followed by 5Church in Charleston in 2015 and in Atlanta in 2016—the South has officially adopted…