This SouthPark couple embraced bold, bright (even fuchsia!) hues in their home

Traci Zeller was taken by surprise. In all her years as a designer, she could count on one hand the times a client has asked for more fuchsia. “I think it’s happened once!” Zeller says, laughing. “It’s rare that you find empty nesters requesting not only more color, but more raspberry pink.” But for Wanda and Craig Steinke, the bolder…

16 places with poke bowls to try, from Ballantyne to South End

By now, you’ve likely heard of—and maybe even eaten—poke (pronounced POH-kay). The wave of this Hawaiian raw-fish dish trend, which washed over the West Coast a few years ago, has finally hit Charlotte in recent months. From fast-casual spots such as the new Seoul Bowl on South Boulevard to upscale restaurants like Park Road Shopping Center’s CO, the bowls of…

Suit Up: INDOCHINO brings more menswear options to SouthPark

INDOCHINO, a global leader in made-to-measure apparel for men, is the newest arrival in the ranks of the Queen City’s menswear retailers. The 3,000-square-foot “designed by you” showroom opened in late February adjacent to Neiman Marcus in SouthPark Mall.   Every customer who enters gets a personal stylist who helps him design his suit or shirt from countless possible combinations of…

An insider’s look at ArtFields, a revolutionary S.C. arts festival founded by a billionaire

The annual ArtFields exhibition on April 20-28 will bring serious cultural cred—and crowds—to a small South Carolina town.  Everyone’s from somewhere. Darla Moore—billionaire investment banker, philanthropist, and the first woman to grace the cover of Fortune magazine—is from Lake City, S.C. It’s a spot I’d known only as one of the hard-luck towns I drive through to get to Pawleys…

Mark your calendar with these April must-dos

Here are this month’s five essential dates:   April 5-8 Some of the Queen City’s most talented filmmakers will showcase their works during the eighth-annual Charlotte Black Film Festival. This year’s theme is “Essence of Creativity,” and the film showings—as well as workshops, classes, and networking events—will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. Cost is…

This writer was forced to sell her dream house and downsize to a 650-square-foot condo — here’s how she found her way home again

My health insurance was going up by 61 percent, and I was distraught. “You will not let this defeat you,” my friend Jill gently commanded. But I was going to have to make some hard decisions. With my out-of-control healthcare costs and my fluctuating freelance income, something had to give. Insurance costs were beyond my power; my mortgage wasn’t. For…