Category: Features

Our top stories from around the region.

3 of Charlotte’s top event planners offer tips for being a host—and guest—this holiday season

Whether you’re doing the entertaining or the partaking this holiday season, you may need a little inspiration. So we asked three of the city’s top event planners to design tablescapes and give their best tips for being both the host and the guest. Then all that’s left to do is clink a glass and toast to the season. Carla Eustache…

Peek Inside This Myers Park Stunner—an Indiana Couple’s Second Home

For Gabriella and Gerald, moving to Charlotte was less about finding a place to retire and much more about the proximity to their two daughters, Kiri and Nicole, and—down the road—grandchildren. “Our daughters started a company, The Daily Details Beauty Bar, here in Charlotte so we knew at some point we wanted to make a move down South,” says Gabriella.…

Jeffre Scott Apothecary Owner Dishes on Holiday Beauty Tips, His Celebrity Muse, and that Elvish Tattoo

You’d never guess that Charlton Alicea—with his flawless, olive skin, perfectly arched brows, chic style, and cosmopolitan comportment—grew up in small-town Indian Land, S.C. You’d also never guess that the ever-youthful Alicea, owner of cosmetics mecca Jeffre Scott Apothecary in Myers Park, is 41. Outside the shop, the worldly makeup mogul is a man of many talents, doing everything from…

Here’s what happened when high fashion met high voltage at the Chinese Lantern Festival

This season’s fashions are all about “maximalism,” about scaling up, not down. So we let two of fall’s most relevant trends—chinoiserie and this season’s it-color, red—take center stage at a high-fashion shoot amid the wondrous shapes and graphic impact of the Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (which ends Oct. 29). Life-size illumination has never been more chic.…

Artist Annie Leist is blind in her right eye and sees little with her left. But her view of the world is breathtaking

When Providence Gallery & Frames Owner Debbie Bass visited Nancy Atwell’s Charlotte home in March to install paintings, she was gobsmacked by several wall-size pieces already there. Who was the artist? she wondered. They were the work of Annie Leist, a New York City (by way of Winston-Salem) artist — and Atwell’s sister. Leist’s work packs a visual wallop even…

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…

The Charlotte Ballet’s Sarah LaPointe is a rising star on the stage—and off it

Fidget spinners were made for people like Sarah Lapointe. “I can’t ever sit still,” she says. “I just have to be moving all the time.” Entering her third season with the Charlotte Ballet, the perpetually in motion LaPointe, 20, is as at home skimming her leg past her ear skyward as she is walking the runway at Charlotte Fashion Week…

Check out the amazing home bars of 3 couples transforming Charlotte’s drink scene

Amanda Britton & Larry Suggs 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails and SouthBound In late 2015, Larry Suggs thought his girlfriend, Amanda Britton, had found someone else. Every day for more than a week, she made up excuses to leave for hours at a time. What she was really doing: working on the front porch of her twin sister’s Mint Hill…

Network Better

These events don’t have to be awkward. Here’s how to do it right. The thought of spending an evening networking often conjures up images of cheesy intros, awkward laughs, and shameless business card hocking. But they don’t have to be daunting, says Carlos Davis, founder of Charlotte-based professional development firm Stand & Deliver LLC and the creator of Charlotte Networking Week, a…

Haute Pursuit

New York City-trained fashion designer Lore Emelio wants to develop the next generation of fashion tastemakers, right here in Charlotte. Tucked into a side street, adjacent to the light rail in South End, the little brick building is easy to miss. But Lore Emelio’s Design Studio is bursting with creativity. Step through the front door, and you’re greeted by a…