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3 businesses that are all about gift giving this holiday season

This content was produced in partnership with Specialty Shops SouthPark. Specialty Shops SouthPark has been a local staple for a sophisticated and refined shopping experience in Charlotte since 1979. The privately owned boutiques, national retailers and acclaimed restaurants at Specialty Shops SouthPark offer a Palm Beach/Worth Avenue-inspired atmosphere, providing an intimate shopping and dining experience in an upscale community. Although…

Where to find the best hot chocolate in Charlotte, whether you prefer traditional or spiked

There is nothing like a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up as the winter weather rolls in. Whether you prefer a mug that’s bittersweet or indulgently rich, you can find delicious hot chocolate orders at the following spots this season: Amelie’s Various locations. $3.50 for a 12 oz. cup.  Listed in French as “Chaud Chocolat,” this hot chocolate…

Everything you need to know about The Waterman, South End’s new seafood spot

South End’s new spot The Waterman is all about good company, good seafood and the salt-of-the-earth people who make it possible.    Paul Manley would say he stumbled into an education on oysters. In 2007, he was charged with opening Pearlz Oyster Bar in Charleston, S.C., long before his own tango with restaurant ownership. “I had a lot of homework…

Your guide to Bardo in South End, one of the city’s top new restaurants that’s still under the radar

Over the summer, one of the city’s best new chef-driven restaurants quietly opened in South End’s emerging Gold District. It didn’t have the local chef star power of other new spots like Paul Verica’s The Stanley or the multi-million dollar build-out of Uptown’s La Belle Helene. But there was a buzz about the creative dishes being served at a tiny newcomer led by a notable former Chicago chef.

November’s five essential dates

November 1 Join readers, writers, and five New York Times best-selling authors at the Verse & Vino. The Queen City’s literary tradition supports the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, and this year’s lineup includes Elliot Ackerman (Dark at the Crossing, a finalist for the National Book Award) and Paula McClain (The Paris Wife). The event starts at 6 p.m. at the…

La Croix addicts, rejoice! One brewery is set to release craft spiked seltzer this month

There’s something addictive about the bubbles in a chilled, freshly cracked can of seltzer water. But La Croix isn’t the only option. Starting Oct. 24, a local craft — and spiked — version of that elixir of the gods will be available, thanks to NoDa Brewing Company. According to a press release, the Brizo brand by NoDa will be “the…