Author: Taylor Bowler

ROOM WE LOVE: In the Pink

Crystal Nagel’s clients had a 2-year-old son and a baby girl on the way when they hired the designer to decorate their new build in Eastover. The homeowners wanted to convert the guest room into a nursery, but with supply…

THE PINT-SIZED FOODIE: An introduction to Easy Like Sunday

  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…

LILY BAKES: Blueberry Biscuits

  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…

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: 2021

From electric scooters and fidgets to cookie kits and activity boxes, we’ve got a round-up of the season’s best toys, treats, and games—and where to find them in Charlotte. We caught up with Dan Weiss, owner of Harper & Skyler’s…

PARENTS TO KNOW: Dawn and Joe Hewitt

As parents of four, Dawn and Joe Hewitt understand how hard it is to coordinate a myriad of activities and schedules. It’s why the Huntersville-based couple founded Groupeasy, an app to help busy parents streamline all of their email-based communication…

WEEKENDER: Winston-Salem

At just over an hour drive from Charlotte, Winston-Salem is an easy getaway if you find yourself with an unscheduled weekend ahead of the holiday season. Find seasonal festivals, fall foliage, holiday lights, and a mural-lined greenway. Leave the car…

ROOM WE LOVE: Drop Zone

  Charlotte Lucas isn’t afraid to use bold colors and whimsical patterns, and that’s exactly why clients across the city hire the designer to add some pizzazz to their homes. When it came to her own midcentury modern house in…

GO. PLAY. SEE.: 4 Fun Things to Experience in Charlotte This Month

  CELEBRATE DIWALI AT OPTIMIST HALL Come to Botiwalla on Thursday, November 4 and celebrate Diwali, a festival of lights that marks India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The family-friendly evening includes traditional décor, lights, special menu…

THE PINT-SIZED FOODIE: An introduction to Emmy Squared Pizza

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 Emmy…

LILY BAKES: Almond Flour 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…

PARENT TO KNOW: Michelle Castelloe

Michelle Castelloe spent more than 20 years working corporate jobs before she opened Moxie Mercantile, the lifestyle boutique with locations in Plaza Midwood, Davidson, and Matthews. She fills her stores with apparel, jewelry, and home décor by local artisans, and…

WEEKENDER: Elizabeth City

  Elizabeth City is a popular stop on the way to the Outer Banks in the summer months, but the waterfront town is also a great place for a family-friendly weekend trip in the fall. You’ll find cozy accommodations, a…

ROOM WE LOVE: A Stylish Teen Lounge

Melissa Lee’s clients had lived in their SouthPark Tudor for close to 10 years when they hired her to transform the upstairs playroom. Their daughters, now 10 and 13, wanted a more mature lounge space where they could do schoolwork,…

The Pint-Sized Foodie: An introduction to Brewers at 4001 Yancey

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 Brewers…

PARENT TO KNOW: Dan Weiss

Dan Weiss is the owner of Harper & Skyler’s Toys & Sweets, which opens on October 1 in Park Road Shopping Center. The New Jersey native has more than a decade of experience in the toy business after running a…

LILY BAKES: Cookie Sandwiches

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…

ROOM WE LOVE: A Dark, Moody Bathroom

Dominique DeLaney, owner of Dominique DeLaney Interior Design, worked on every room of her clients’ new build in The Enclave community in Huntersville. The homeowners, who have two middle school-aged boys, wanted a light, coastal-inspired interior. So DeLaney installed wire-brushed white…

NEXT STOP, NASHVILLE: A Family-Friendly Trip to Music City

Nashville is a prime destination for live music and bachelorette parties, but a night out on Lower Broadway is a bit harder to swing with kids in tow. Fortunately Music City has plenty of kid-friendly spots that aren’t just bearable—they’re…

Mollie Gee Debuts New Series For Charlotte Parent

Charlotte Parent is thrilled to welcome Mollie Gee to our tribe. Some of you will recognize her from her instagram handle @thechubbydebutante, where she posts motivational quotes, book recommendations, and openly shares some of her own struggles on her motherhood…

PARENT TO KNOW: Carrie Tucker

Carrie Tucker is a family nurse practitioner and mom of two boys, ages 5 and 2. When the pandemic hit, she and her mom wanted a fun project to do at home, so they started making cosmetic bags in the…

Editor's Note (September 2021): Wow, No Thank You.

Before I had kids, I would have told you good manners were non-negotiable. Even more than straight As or winning soccer goals, I wanted my children to demonstrate kindness, respect, and basic human civility. I’ve backpedaled on quite a few…