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Our top stories from around the region.

Game Changer

Former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and his family say goodbye to the gridiron and hello to a new home and careers as entrepreneurs. by Caroline Portillo | Photography by Michael Blevins Natalie Stewart gets gala-ready in 15 minutes. About 90 minutes into an interview at the home she and her husband, former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart,…

Full Circle

Orr Ambrose’s fascination with nature and science has shaped the direction of her art. by Vanessa Infanzon When Charlotte artist Orr Ambrose was just 15, she started making annual or biannual trips to tiny Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. The picturesque island, totaling 1 square mile and accessible only by boat, has long been an inspiration for poets,…

Family Man

After 15 years at the helm, Theatre Charlotte’s Executive Director Ron Law begins a yearlong farewell. By Page Leggett Photograph by Joe Ciarlante It was early 2013, and Theatre Charlotte was preparing for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee’s three-hour look at one drunken night in an unhappy marriage. The play has just four roles, each with a lot…

Cuisine

Bites and Brews Legion Brewing SouthPark brings a casual vibe that caters to both foodies and craft-beer fans. By Cathy Martin  •  Photographs by Justin Driscoll SouthPark diners have long lamented about the area’s lack of casual, family-friendly spots to grab a savory bite and a beer. While a half-dozen or so upscale steakhouses dot the neighborhood — the ranks…

Relaxing at Reynolds

The beach and mountains aren’t the only places to unwind: This lakeside Georgia property is a retreat for couples and families alike. By Blake Miller Photos: Donald J. Riddle, Heidi Geldhauser, Terry Allen, Evan Schiller When it comes to weekend getaways, most Charlotteans tend to head for the coast or mountains. But just a few hours away in inland Georgia,…

Dream Big

The Mint Museum Randolph celebrates the wild imagination of children’s book author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi. By Page Leggett Children place no limits on themselves, declaring ambitious plans to become astronauts, movie stars — even the president of the United States. It takes a lot of courage to hold on to the grandiose dreams of childhood. New York Times-bestselling author…

Light and Airy

A Cotswold family builds their ‘forever home’ with the help of an all-female team. by Blake Miller   •   Photographs by Erin Comerford Miller It was one of the few projects designer Ashley Shaw has ever been a part of that was led by all women. “With most homes, either the architect or the builder are men,” says the…

Tropical Tranquility

With majestic views of the twin Piton Mountains, sensational snorkeling and diving, and luxe accommodations, St. Lucia caters to travelers seeking adventure or relaxation. by Alicia Valenski Bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in the West Indies, St. Lucia is a glittering gem of a destination tucked between Barbados, St. Vincent and Martinique. What the island may lack…

Moving On

For wellness coach and cancer survivor Jenn Andrews, an unexpected viral movement launches a nonprofit. by Michelle Boudin For 3 miles, Jenn Andrews had deliberately paced herself, determined to complete the entire race without slowing to a walk at any point. But when the cancer survivor and amputee rounded the last curve of the Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids…

Art’s Delight

With inventive cuisine and modern, elegant decor, Peppervine is a treat for the senses. by Cathy Martin Like kudzu, peppervine is a vigorous, climbing plant that traces its roots to Asia and runs rampant across much of the southeastern U.S. The team behind Peppervine restaurant, which opened at Piedmont Town Center in March, thought it a fitting depiction of their…