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My Favorite Things: Courtney Kovacs

compiled by Whitley Adkins Hamlin CoKo Concierge is a local business offering personal services from grocery shopping to dog-walking, from overseeing home projects to helping throw the perfect dinner party. Performing all that behind-the-scenes work is owner Courtney Kovacs. Here’s the inside scoop on Kovacs’ favorite sips, spots and more. Place to get work done: Napa on Providence (pictured) is…

Snapshot

Brew Master Lenny boy Brewing’s Townes Mozer discusses the synergies of brewing kombucha and beer, adding a kitchen at his South End taproom, and his role motivating staff. By Michael J. Solender Photograph by Nathan Villaume Townes Mozer brewed his first batch of kombucha in his college apartment building’s laundry room after a friend got him hooked on the slightly…

Shake Up Your Cocktail

Hudson & Lee Simple Syrup is Truly Buzzworthy By Lauren Eberle No matter how you like your mixed drink — shaken, stirred or on the rocks — Greta McCoy wants you to craft a cleaner cocktail. Hudson & Lee, her line of honey simple syrups, are big on flavor without the added sugar. The idea started five years ago when…

Bookshelf

July Books Notable new releases, compiled by Sally Brewster of Park Road Books The Substitution Order, by Martin Clark Clark has been a good friend to our store for many years, so, honestly, we’d read his grocery list. Fortunately, he keeps turning out great novels that just keep getting better. Clark told us his approach to this book was to…

Southwords

A Kind of Grief a milestone birthday brings a rush of memories. By Susan S. Kelly This is the month that I turn 65. I suspect I’ll have a breakdown. I don’t put much store by birthdays typically. As a child, a July birthday meant that my friends were away on family vacations, so no one was around for a…

Simple Life

The Road to Happiness It’s an upward climb filled with twists and turns, but joy is in the journey. By Jim Dodson A dear friend phoned the other day just to say hello, a gifted young poet I hired many years ago as our organization’s first staff writer, who went on to become the senior editor of one of our…

In the Spirit

The Bare Necessities Keeping it simple keeps it delicious By Tony Cross Until recently, among the books in my possession that I’d barely started or hadn’t opened at all was Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. I adored the man, yet had not read his epic first book. One of the chapters, “How to Cook Like the Pros,” has Bourdain giving tips…

Snapshot

Running The Show CPCC’s Tom Hollis gathers key players to create a sizzling summer theater series. by Vanessa Infanzon Tom Hollis produces five shows in nine weeks each summer at Central Piedmont Community College. As program chair for drama and visual and performing arts, Hollis has been at it for 15 of his 36 years at the school. Some of…

Lessons From My Father

Generosity, patience and martinis with a twist — a writer’s remembrance in honor of Father’s Day. by Michael J. Solender I think of my father most often early in the mornings. Many years ago, when I was a teen, it was in those pre-dawn hours that we connected so deeply, our Minneapolis home dark and shuttered as my mom and…

To-do list

June this month’s five essential dates 5/30 – 6/23 What do you get when you cross Saturday Night Live, Broadway and the Queen City? Charlotte Squawks, of course. For 15 hilarious years, this group of talented local performers have come together to crack jokes about pop culture, sports, politics and life. Spend a side-splitting night at the group’s Quackceañera at…