Category: Features

Our top stories from around the region.

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…

Midcentury Marvels

Mad About Modern Home Tour on Sept. 9 celebrates natural materials, open floor plans, and good design. The thing that sold Amy and Jim Langdon on the midcentury modern home they bought a decade ago was the brick. Specifically, the exposed brick. “It’s everywhere,” says Jim, of the brick inside their quietly stunning Old Foxcroft home. It’s along the wall…

Trend Talk

Tabor’s creative director Scott Newkirk talks Charlotte men’s style and what it’s like going to market to buy for them. As the creative director at Perry Poole’s Tabor—one of the region’s top upscale menswear boutiques—Scott Newkirk, 56, is quietly, subtly shaping the way men in Charlotte dress and shop. Before moving here a year and a half ago, the Jackson,…

Lonnie Davis Isn’t Singing the Blues

Charlotte’s jazz maven is busy teaching, advocating, and running the city’s best jazz club. Husband-and-wife team Lonnie and Ocie Davis created Charlotte’s hottest jazz club. But the Jazz Room, their pop-up club in a small, back-door space at the Blumenthal, is just one part of their nonprofit Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI). Lonnie serves as its president and CEO, and Ocie…

Unexplored Tuscany

From family-owned vineyards to truffle hunting adventures, Tuscany offers an allure all its own. The breeze in Tuscany comes gently with the scent of lavender and the sound of old church bells. This picturesque region of Italy is known for its rich history, Renaissance art, stunning landscapes, and fine wines and food, but there’s more to it. Tuscany offers a…

Seaside Serenity

Florida’s historic Amelia Island beckons beach lovers in search of the ultimate relaxing escape. Arriving at Omni Amelia Island Plantation instantly sets the scene for luxurious relaxation. Spanish moss-draped oak trees line the roads that wind past marshes and into the resort, which is at the southern end of the island. As guests take their first steps into the hotel,…