Author: Michelle Boudin

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…

Men of the Moment

From forward thinkers to trailblazers, these local gents are having a moment—and Charlotte is sharing in their success. Jason Terrell The co-founder of Profound Gentlemen is garnering local and national accolades for his work.  Jason Terrell had spent three years after his college graduation teaching in CMS schools when he realized he could make a bigger impact on students by…

Gather ‘Round

It should come as no surprise that the inspiration for many of the most popular menu items in Charlotte’s restaurants came from their chefs’ own Sunday dinners and childhood memories. Of course, there’s been a bit of tinkering—one recipe was developed from sheer exhaustion and another from literally just rolling in the dough. But ultimately all of these dishes have…

Great Scott!

A stylish jewelry store is giving back to Charlotte. Kendra Scott jewelry is everywhere. The signature pendant necklace is a bestseller at Nordstrom. The earrings are popular at boutiques across the city and, of course, there is the stand-alone store in SouthPark Mall with sparkling case after case of baubles. Southern women—especially Charlotteans—can’t seem to get enough of Kendra Scott. So you…

The Big Idea

From dog walking to beer delivery, these are the next generation of this city’s entrepreneurs and innovators. These forward-thinkers are reinventing business and redefining success—and taking Charlotte into the future. Meggie and Sebastian Williams The Waggle Company The first time they worked together, Meggie and Sebastian Williams were serving as senior class president and vice president at UNC Chapel Hill.…

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…