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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…

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,…

Where to See Fireworks in Charlotte: 2021

  June 30 Charlotte Symphony Concert and Fireworks Don’t wait for the weekend to start celebrating. See the Charlotte Symphony perform at this mid-week concert, and stick around to see the fireworks. Free. 7 p.m. Village Park, 700 West C…

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…

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…

4 Dream Destinations for Dads

Gather a group of fathers, invite grandpa, or grab the kids for a daytrip or weekend getaway. Bad music, tall tales, and dad jokes are encouraged. Here are four destinations for dads, all within driving distance of Charlotte:   Banner…

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Charlotteans

  The Sporting Gent Find men’s apparel and accessories, home goods, and outdoor gear like hunting garb and fly fishing equipment. Even less-sporty dads will enjoy the luggage, bar accessories, and leather goods. Visit the store or shop online. 2848…

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…

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…

Where to Find Easter Brunch in Charlotte

Haymaker Enjoy a special three-course, prix fixe menu on Easter Sunday with mains like steak and eggs, pan roasted crab cakes, and more. Make a reservation online for one of three seatings: 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Brunch is…

RECIPE: Jess Bentley’s Chocolate Bark

In honor of National Chocolate Lover’s Month, recipe developer and food stylist Jess Bentley shared her recipe for chocolate bark. The mom of two loves to make the treat at home, especially during the cold winter months when she needs…

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