Author: Taylor Bowler

The Pint-Sized Foodie: An introduction to YaMe Asian Noodles

Each month, our 8-year-old resident foodie visits a different Charlotte-area restaurant that’s kid-friendly—but not a kid-topia. He orders something he’s never tried before and reports back with his recommendations for kids and their parents. Here is his review of YaMe…

ROOM WE LOVE: A Durable Dining Nook

Brooke Adler had a very specific timeline when she redesigned the breakfast nook in her client’s Myers Park home. The homeowner was expecting her third baby so she needed furniture that was in stock or had a reasonable backorder date,…

LILY BAKES: Marshmallow Pound Cake

Lily Barnes is our 10-year-old resident kid baker. Each month she shares an original recipe that kids can make at home with their parents, plus a few behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to make your treat extra special. Here is Lily’s…

FAMILY TO KNOW: The DeBoers

Meet Matt, Tammy, Olivia, and Chandler DeBoer. If they look familiar, you might have seen one of their faces on “Black-ish,” “Shameless,” “You,” or “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” In 2019, this Charlotte-based family moved to Burbank, CA to chase their children’s…

Editor's Note (July 2021): Kid-Free in the QC

  Sixteen months is a long time to be at home with kids. You love them with every fiber of your being, sure, but it can feel suffocating when there’s no time or space to be alone. The freedom to…

The Pint-Sized Foodie: Orto

Each month, our 8-year-old resident foodie visits a different Charlotte-area restaurant that’s kid-friendly—but not a kid-topia. He orders something he’s never tried before and reports back with his recommendations for kids and their parents. Here is his review of Orto,…

Lily Bakes: Confetti Surprise Cookies

Meet Lily Barnes, our 10-year-old resident kid baker. The rising 5th grader comes by her love of baking naturally—she’s grown up watching her father Jamie, chef and co-owner of What the Fries, flex his creative muscles in the kitchen. Lily…

PARENTS TO KNOW: Drs. Joya and Drew Lyons

Drs. Joya and Drew Lyons are spouses and owners of Smile Savvy and Cosmetic Dentistry, the state’s only cosmetic dentistry practice owned by a Black couple. The Lyonses are also parents to 7-year-old Brielle and 2-year-old Trace, who was born…

RECIPE: Chef Drew Ward's Pasta Carbonara

As executive chef at Brewers at 4001 Yancey and corporate executive chef of Artisinal Brewing Ventures, Drew Ward writes menus for nine taprooms including Southern Tier, Victory, and Bold Rock. At home, his sons Jared, 12, and Ryan, 10, request…

ROOM WE LOVE: A Laundry Factory

As founder and principal of Greentree Homes, Emily Bramwell oversees the design and construction of custom homes across Charlotte. As a mom of three young children, she does laundry around the clock. When she and her husband bought a 1929…

The Pint-Sized Foodie: Hawkers

Each month, our 7-year-old resident foodie visits a different Charlotte-area restaurant that’s kid-friendly—but not a kid-topia. He orders something he’s never tried before and reports back with his recommendations for kids and their parents. Here is his review of the…

RECIPE: Kevin Flack’s Weekend Breakfast

As director of operations at YAFO Kitchen, Kevin Flack is surrounded with Middle Eastern street food every day. At home, the father of four is in charge of the weekend routine, which includes “pancake day.” Wife Allison works as an…

ROOM WE LOVE: Above and Beyond

John Soprano, owner of Sopranos Building and Restoration, has done custom carpentry in and around the Fort Mill area for more than 20 years. From master closets to staircases to pool house gazebos, there’s almost nothing he can’t do. When…

Parent to Know: Jenna Enoch

Jenna Enoch’s mornings typically begin at 2 a.m., when she heads to her post at Spectrum News to report the day’s headlines from 5 to 9 a.m. After her workday wraps at noon, she goes home for her “second shift”…

Editor's Note (May 2021): 'Mom Strong'

Earlier this year The New York Times published an article called The Primal Scream: America’s Mothers Are In Crisis. If you didn’t read it, there’s a good chance you heard about it from a mom who did. My senior editor…

The Pint-Sized Foodie: Silverlake Ramen

Each month, our 7-year-old resident foodie visits a different Charlotte-area restaurant that’s kid-friendly—but not a kid-topia. He orders something he’s never tried before and reports back with his recommendations for kids and their parents. Here is his review of Silverlake…

RECIPE: Vanilla Cake With “What The Fries” Teal Marble

When the What the Fries team celebrated the grand opening of their first storefront last month, co-owner Jamie Barnes’ 9-year-old daughter Lily wanted to make a cake to surprise her dad. She enlisted the help of expert pastry chef (and…

ROOM WE LOVE: A Little Girl's Dream House

It was a dream job for designer Melissa Lee and her team at New South Home: A single dad had two empty rooms in his Ballantyne Tudor that he wanted to transform into something special for his 7-year-old daughter. “He…

Parent to Know: Roxy Te

If you don’t already follow her furniture brand Society Social on instagram, you need to. Founder and creative director Roxy Te’s collection of sorbet-colored accent chairs, grasscloth dressers, rattan bookcases, and Scalamandre pillows will make you want to add pops…

Editor's Note (April 2021): 'The Real Story'

Last month one of my beloved former professors at the Savannah College of Art and Design invited me to lead a series of virtual discussions with her writing students. As I prepared my talking points, it made me take stock…