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The It List

29 of Charlotte’s most stylish men and women Created and produced by Whitley Adkins Hamlin | the Queen City Style Photography by Richard Israel Hair and makeup on location by Josiah Reed Shot on location at The Visulite Theatre Whether you shop online, frequent local boutiques or peruse thrift shops, your personal style is a way of communicating to others…

Travel

Take the Road Less Traveled  Sure, North Carolina has mountains, too. But the north Georgia mountains and historic Glen-Ella Springs Inn are worth the 3-hour drive. by Page Leggett     Normally, I’d be leery about driving directions like these: “… we are located on an unpaved road that is narrow in places and can be quite dusty and bumpy…

Beyond the Rules

Beyond the Rules Pop-culture author Gavin Edwards blends exhaustive curiosity, dogged research and quirky analysis into compelling behind-the-scenes storytelling. by Michael J. Solender Photographs by Peter Taylor Gavin Edwards hands me a skinny CD jewel case, on its cover a block paragraph listing 40 song titles, their artists and run times under the heading “Brief Blunt Blows.”  Most of the…

Greek Festival

Hello, Goodbye, and Cheers! Generations of culture and baklava in the thousands — what started as a simple church fundraiser has become one of Charlotte’s most popular fall festivals. by Virginia Brown  •  Photographs by Peter Taylor As a kid, John Tsumas remembers running around the grounds of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, trying to avoid being put to work. …

Painting the Town with Kindness 

Evelyn Henson’s whimsical designs spark joy and fun. by Michelle Boudin Photographs provided by EVELYN HENSON Evelyn Henson wasn’t always sure she could be an artist. The fresh-faced Columbus, Ga., native who painted the popular South End confetti hearts wall remembers walking into her first art class as a college freshman — and being seriously intimidated. “If you think of artists,…

Art House

Art House The minimalist design of a midcentury home captivates local architects Gray Stout and Heather St. Aubin-Stout.  by Vanessa Infanzon photographs by Dustin Peck Last year, Nick Stout challenged his parents with a question: “Do you want to live in a piece of art or in a regular house?” His query came during Gray Stout and Heather St. Aubin-Stout’s…

Queen City Journal

Bored in Charlotte? Try harder. by Exploring spaces and creating connections, a Charlotte native changes perspective for the changing season.   By Katie Toussaint I admit it. I’ve complained about Charlotte plenty of times. Traffic’s a cluster at rush hour. The neighborhood I rent in (love you, Dilworth) is too expensive for me to buy in. There’s absolutely no decent…

Mystery Maven

In writing her new book, Cathy Pickens finds real-life crime stories are more interesting than fiction.   By Allison Futterman Cathy Pickens is well-known as the author of the Southern Fried mystery series set in a fictional town in South Carolina, her home state. She’s also written a nonfiction book exploring haunted spots and unsolved mysteries in Charleston. In her…

Bookshelf

September Books Notable new releases   Compiled by Sally Brewster The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett Ann Patchett returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood and a past that will not let them go. Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch…

My Favorite Things . . .

Julie Eiselt’s preferred way to explore the Queen City is on two wheels. “Peddling through the city can lead to some great little surprises in the form of restaurants, shops and unique urban spaces that are little pockets of organic development,” says Charlotte’s Mayor Pro Tem. Here are a few of the Wisconsin native’s favorite spots. Comments were edited for…