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Fostering Fitness

Try It For Life founder Alyse Kelly Jones helps women of all fitness levels meet their training goals. By Michelle Boudin Alyse Kelly Jones is all about empowering women. The 54-year-old managing partner at Novant Health Mintview OB/GYN is known for helping women improve their sex lives — her TedX Talk Charlotte was called “Shedding Sexual Shame (and Some of…

We All Scream For Ice Cream

Nothing satiates scorching summer days better than a trip to the ice-cream parlor. Here’s the scoop on three locally owned shops where you can truly cool down. by Lauren Eberle The Crafted With two neighborhood locations — SouthPark and South End — Golden Cow Creamery has the corner on small-batch, handcrafted ice cream. Made from scratch with a real cream…

My Favorite Things . . .

Basketball fans might remember Eric “Sleepy” Floyd from his early days at Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia — his team won the 1977 state championship, defeating future Tar Heel James Worthy and Ashbrook High — or from Georgetown University, where he was team captain in 1981 and 1982. Floyd went on to enjoy a 13-year career in the NBA…

August Books

Notable new releases Compiled by Sally Brewster The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America, by Karen Abbott We love great narrative nonfiction, and Abbott is in top form with her epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked…

Southern Holy Smoke

Matthew Register’s quick rise from roadside to barbecue fame By Wiley Cash  •  Photographs by Mallory Cash For Garland, North Carolina, native Matthew Register, it all started with a dream, a dream of teaching his three young children how to cook barbecue. “In eastern North Carolina, you’re always around barbecue,” he tells me on a warm July day. The two…

The Reluctant Pilgrim

By Jim Dodson Two decades ago, on the eve of the new millennium, the acclaimed Cambridge biologist Rupert Sheldrake was asked what single change in human behavior could make a better world. Every tourist, he replied, should become a pilgrim. Sheldrake earned the distinction of being the “world’s most controversial scientist” because he rejected the conventional belief that nature and…

Color Play

by Cathy Martin Laura Park’s house was a hive of activity on the day that we spoke, with her three dogs underfoot, her oldest daughter packing up and rushing out the door, and boxes scattered about as she and her husband, Trip, were preparing to move from the Eastover home where they’ve lived for 18 years. Despite the chaos, the…

Climbing the Ladder

Summer jobs are the bottom rung. By Susan S. Kelly It’s August. How’s that summer job going for your prodigal son and daughter? You know, the fancy-pants NYC internship that you’re heavily subsidizing. Or are your offspring going to one day say accusingly, as mine have, “Why didn’t you make me get an internship?” The short answer is that we…

A Tree Grows in Carolina

Two debut novels renew old Brooklyn ties. By D.G. Martin Some North Carolina literary old-timers remember a special link between North Carolina and Brooklyn. In 1943 Harper & Brothers published the best-seller, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, one of America’s most-loved novels.     The North Carolina connection? Although its author, Betty Smith, based the novel on her experiences growing up…

Blvd: July 2019

People. Places. Things. Taste of Europe Savor the flavors of Italy, France and Spain at Bar Marcel, one of the newest additions to SouthPark’s dining scene. From the team behind midtown’s Vivace and StoneCrest’s Civetta Kitchen + Bar, Bar Marcel’s menu emphasizes small plates, seafood and pasta. Shareable items include charcuterie, flatbreads and salads; large plates range from pastas to…