Author: mboudin

The owner of Bold Missy Brewery blazed a trail—and now pays homage to other female changemakers

Carol Waggener is pretty much the original Bold Missy. The owner of the popular NoDa brewery says an old boss at Tropicana gave her the nickname and it stuck. Born and raised in Florida, the 52-year-old was working for Anheuser-Busch when the company moved her to Charlotte and then eliminated her job. But Waggener loved the Queen City so much,…

This girls’ night trend sweeping the nation started in Pineville

Anders Ruff Workshop is bringing industrial-chic crafts to thousands of women nationwide.  Take wine, throw in some power tools, and a fun DIY project for your home, and you’ve got the latest girls-night-out trend sweeping the nation. The coolest part: it started in Pineville. Maureen Anders, 36, and Adria Ruff, 42, met at a preschool open house in 2010 and…

This Carolina Panthers watch party will help cash-strapped cancer patients

It was 2007 when Jen Pagani, an endurance trainer who completed two Ironman triathlon competitions, discovered a lump in her breast while breastfeeding her youngest son. While undergoing treatment, the SouthPark mom and her husband, Joe, were overwhelmed by all of the emotional and financial support they received. That inspired them to start the GoJenGo Foundation (gojengo.org), a nonprofit that…

Lessons on Learning

Former teacher Greg Schermbeck wants to make education more innovative—and fun. Greg Schermbeck always chooses his words carefully. So when he says, “We do cool sh*t in education,” describing the work his consulting firm does, you know he means it. Still, the 31-year-old quickly clarifies, smiling as he says, “We help people do cool things in education.” In other words,…

State of the Arts

These days, Charlotte’s arts scene is painting an impressive picture. Meet the creative geniuses and innovative players giving this city an artistic edge. Matt Hooker and Matt Moore Matt Hooker isn’t shy about taking credit for the fact that more painters in Charlotte are “jumping off the easel” and instead standing on ladders to do their craft thanks to his…

Sock Style

Brad Christmann likes to say that he started from the ground up with his all-American sock company, Boldfoot Socks. “It was just a glimmer of an idea and I wanted to see if it had some legs,” the Myers Park dad says, pun intended, of his initial launch in 2014. He started with just a men’s line of fun socks…