This girls’ night trend sweeping the nation started in Pineville

Anders Ruff Workshop is bringing industrial-chic crafts to thousands of women nationwide.  Take wine, throw in some power tools, and a fun DIY project for your home, and you’ve got the latest girls-night-out trend sweeping the nation. The coolest part: it started in Pineville. Maureen Anders, 36, and Adria Ruff, 42, met at a preschool open house in 2010 and…

The Charlotte Ballet’s Sarah LaPointe is a rising star on the stage—and off it

Fidget spinners were made for people like Sarah Lapointe. “I can’t ever sit still,” she says. “I just have to be moving all the time.” Entering her third season with the Charlotte Ballet, the perpetually in motion LaPointe, 20, is as at home skimming her leg past her ear skyward as she is walking the runway at Charlotte Fashion Week…

This Carolina Panthers watch party will help cash-strapped cancer patients

It was 2007 when Jen Pagani, an endurance trainer who completed two Ironman triathlon competitions, discovered a lump in her breast while breastfeeding her youngest son. While undergoing treatment, the SouthPark mom and her husband, Joe, were overwhelmed by all of the emotional and financial support they received. That inspired them to start the GoJenGo Foundation (gojengo.org), a nonprofit that…

Check out the amazing home bars of 3 couples transforming Charlotte’s drink scene

Amanda Britton & Larry Suggs 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails and SouthBound In late 2015, Larry Suggs thought his girlfriend, Amanda Britton, had found someone else. Every day for more than a week, she made up excuses to leave for hours at a time. What she was really doing: working on the front porch of her twin sister’s Mint Hill…

Baku owner Birdie Yang wants to banish all your ‘sake shots’ misconceptions

Birdie Yang, 33, is a sake evangelist—and he wants to make the rice-based alcoholic beverage a staple in Charlotteans’ dining experiences. Enjoy a meal at one of his four restaurants—Baku, YAMA, Yama Izakaya, and a new YAMA  location coming soon to the new Waverly development—and you can order from one of the largest sake collections in the Southeast, with bottles…

Network Better

These events don’t have to be awkward. Here’s how to do it right. The thought of spending an evening networking often conjures up images of cheesy intros, awkward laughs, and shameless business card hocking. But they don’t have to be daunting, says Carlos Davis, founder of Charlotte-based professional development firm Stand & Deliver LLC and the creator of Charlotte Networking Week, a…

Mark your calendar with these October must-dos

October’s 5 Essential Dates Oct. 1 Every Saturday and Sunday this month, you can step back in time at the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every weekend, immerse yourself in 16th-century culture with live entertainment, feasting, music, dancing, jousting tournaments, games, rides, and more. Located at 16445 Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville. Cost is $14…

Southern Comfort

The Packhouse reimagines classic fare with a down-home treatment A section of East Morehead Street, known mostly for its sterile law offices, sleepy corporate buildings, and the Dowd YMCA, received a bit of down-home treatment from an Eastern Carolina girl. Just look for the rocking chairs out front. Restaurateur and philanthropist Deedee Mills recently opened The Packhouse, an homage to…

Haute Pursuit

New York City-trained fashion designer Lore Emelio wants to develop the next generation of fashion tastemakers, right here in Charlotte. Tucked into a side street, adjacent to the light rail in South End, the little brick building is easy to miss. But Lore Emelio’s Design Studio is bursting with creativity. Step through the front door, and you’re greeted by a…