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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…