Month: December 2016

Great Escapes

Whether you’re looking for an international adventure, a romantic getaway, or simply a place to relax with your toes in the sand, we’ve found four Caribbean hot spots where you can leave winter behind. These chic destinations offer the chance to soak in both the lively local culture and the stunning tropical setting—between indulging in luxe spa treatments, fresh seafood,…

Blank Slate

Cindy and Heather Smith put their designing talents to work on this Eastover beauty. It was the type of phone call Cindy Smith, owner of Circa Interiors & Antiques, is used to fielding. After seeing one of her neighbor’s homes, which had been decorated by Smith, Jerri Webb knew immediately who she wanted to help design the interiors of her…

An Unlikely Star

The arts revitalizing a former mill town in central North Carolina. Something exciting is happening in a small town in central North Carolina that’s not used to much excitement. Star, N.C. (population: 876) is home to STARworks, an arts center that uses the area’s natural resources to bring industry to a town that had lost its largest employer—and its mojo.…

An Old-Time Revival

Patrick Davis and the Midnight Choir preach the gospel at The Evening Muse this month. Camden, S.C. native and University of South Carolina alum Patrick Davis isn’t a minister. But he can turn a stage into a pulpit and fire up the faithful—and the faithless—like an old-time evangelist. His concerts at The Evening Muse in NoDa have always felt like…

Women to Watch

These are gutsy leaders, calculated risk-takers, and all-around inspiring women. From savvy entrepreneurs to trail-blazing philanthropists, these 10 Charlotte women are making their mark and shaping this city. The Tribe Leaders Together Carrie Barker and Sarah Baucom lead a group of women that grew so quickly, even they were shocked. “We always wanted to create a community where women connect…

To-Do List

January’s five essential dates. 7 The Ambassador’s Ball is the annual fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation, a nonprofit that helps children with disabilities, and it offers the chance to mingle with Charlotte’s international business community. This year’s special guest is His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, the Ambassador of Qatar. The evening is held each year at Quail Hollow Country…

The Year in Review

2016 was a big year in Charlotte. New restaurants and businesses opened, and a new crop of power players made themselves known. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of SouthPark Magazine‘s 10 most-read stories in 2016. So let’s raise a glass and toast to the stories of last year—and the ones to come.   1. Raising the Bar Charlotte’s drinks…

The Spirit of Giving

Charlotte has a big heart. From crusaders for charitable causes to powerful philanthropists, Charlotte is full of those doing good—and doing it often. Some of these faces may be new, while other will be familiar. But they’re all ones you’ll want to know now because their generous work is changing our city.   Kelly Brooks Wake up. Be kind. Change…

Gifted Experience

Skip the wrapping paper and the usual knickknacks this holiday. From fishing trips to cocktail classes, we’ve found 10 local and experiential gifts that keep on giving long after the last fa-la-la. Golf with a Pro Know someone who enjoys an afternoon on the course? Give them the gift of learning golf skills from a team of certified LPGA and…

Veggie Heaven

Plaza Midwood’s vegetarian restaurant, Fern, has been replanted in Dilworth. A beloved corridor on Central Avenue, in the heart of Plaza Midwood, saw a mass exodus of businesses this past summer to make way, via new residential developments, for Charlotte’s metastatic growth. This left Fern, Flavors from the Garden looking for a new home. It didn’t take long, however, for…