Author: cportillo

Escape to Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, where the views are breathtaking and the livin’ is easy

A mile high in the Maggie Valley area of the North Carolina mountains is a gem of a vacation spot that will leave you refreshed, renewed, and ever-grateful that you live less than three hours from a slice of how life used to be. Allow us to introduce you to Cataloochee Ranch (cataloocheeranch.com) a getaway that’s been family-owned and operated…

Mark your calendar with these May must-dos

May 3 Some of Charlotte’s finest designers will create stunning tablescapes at the 30th-annual Festival of Tables, hosted by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. The event will feature a silent auction, luncheon, and guest speaker Jane McIntyre, former executive director of the United Way of Central Carolinas. Proceeds benefit homeless women…

How Florence, Italy native Nada Vergili created ‘tours for people who don’t do tours’

Growing up in Florence, Italy, Nada Vergili was just steps away from some of the world’s most iconic spots—and had a front-row seat to a lifestyle overworked and stressed-out Americans want more of. Now her Charlotte-based tour company, Nada’s Italy, located in the heart of Dilworth, is all about sharing that way of life, “la dolce vita,” with people from…

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…

The story behind the city’s latest and greatest newcomer gift baskets (seriously, can locals get them, too?)

Victoria Schweizer is something of a Renaissance woman. She’s worked at a law firm, in derivatives on Wall Street, and in front of the camera in Hollywood. (Chelsea Handler was her boss once—and yes, she’s a little bit crazy.) She’s also an artist with a contemporary, Andy Warhol flair, and owns Vane Gallery in South End. But perhaps the 48-year-old…