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Spice Route

Restaurateur Frank Scibelli takes diners on a Middle Eastern culinary journey at the new Yafo Kitchen. When Frank Scibelli has a food craving, the whole city benefits. His most recent hankering for Mediterranean flavors and bold Middle-Eastern spices coalesced into Yafo Kitchen, his newest concept, and first foray into fast-casual dining, located in SouthPark’s Morrison Shopping Center. The long-time restaurateur…

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Modern Sensibility

Designer Charlotte Lucas boldly mixes old and new to transform her mid-century modern home in Eastover. Charlotte Lucas knew exactly what she wanted. “We’d been looking for over a year and I knew I wanted something not necessarily modern but not your standard floorplan,” says the designer, who had passed over many two-story Georgian homes, common throughout Myers Park and…

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Seaside Escape

Florida’s Hawks Cay is the ultimate getaway for easygoing family fun. Hawks Cay is a AAA Four Diamond resort in Duck Key, Fla., though it feels more like you’re in the Caribbean than on the Atlantic ocean. A two-hour drive from the Miami airport, the 60-acre cceanside property has everything you need for everyone in the family. Five pools, a…

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To-Do List

This month’s five essential dates. 1 Put on your sneakers and join the fight against breast cancer with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Gather a team to walk or run the 5K, or show your support on the sidelines. Donations will support local screening, treatment, and educational programs. 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Marshall Park. 4 Join Safe Alliance…

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Raising the Bar

Charlotte’s drinks scene is awash with exciting changes. From innovative cocktail bars to cool coffeehouses, the city is soaked in a creative culture for imbibing. We’ve found 10 people who are stirring up the scene with new spirits, unexpected brews, and the sips you can’t wait to sample. These are the people shaping the way Charlotte drinks. Colleen Hughes, Crepe…

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Satirically Speaking

Regardless of your party affiliation these Charlotte political humorists want your vote. November can’t come fast enough for many as election-related headlines, commercials, and debates have made even the most seasoned political junkies long for life off the stump. For several Charlotte humorists, however, a highly unusual political season is pure gold—ripe for mining and equally abundant and easily found…

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Relax & Renew

Escape to this luxe island getaway for blissful days by the waves. If you’ve ever caught a flight to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, then you understand its allure for Charlotte travelers. It’s a mere 3.5-hour direct trip to San Juan’s modern airport, but the crystal clear waters and colorful buildings as your plane descends make it feel worlds…

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Shop Talk

Ariana Hardiman and Trish Mears became fast friends after Hardiman snapped a few family photos for Mears. Mears is the founder of Capella, a fashion website and blog designed to help women put easy but glamorous outfits together for everything from carpool to date night. The two women now work together full time to curate collections from designers across the…

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Style Sensation

If you’ve been in Charlotte for long, chances are this isn’t the first time you’ve heard Stacee Michelle talk style. A local wardrobe stylist and fashion correspondent, Michelle can frequently be found chatting about trends on local television and offering behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the city’s most chic. Most recently Michelle was selected as a finalist to potentially represent…

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The Draw of the Mountain

Grandfather Mountain lures vacationers, adventurers—and artists. Grandfather Mountain draws people to hike, bike and—for those brave enough—walk across the Mile-High Swinging Bridge, a structure that’s less intimidating since it was upgraded in 1999 from a wooden structure to one made of steel and aluminum. But in addition to adventures, Grandfather Mountain also inspires artistry. Founded by a conservationist, Grandfather Mountain…