Vanessa Infanzon

Freelance Writer

LEARN MORE

Featured Stories

Click this text to start editing. This block is a basic combination of a title and a paragraph. Use it to welcome visitors to your website, or explain a product or service without using an image. Try keeping the paragraph short and breaking off the text-only areas of your page to keep your website interesting to visitors.



Edenton deals with rental ruckus


Cheryl Orr searched the Carolinas for the right home to start a bed-and-breakfast business. By chance, she found a Queen Anne Victorian brick house built in 1900 on the edge of Edenton, one of North Carolina’s most historic towns. After renovating, she opened The Cotton Gin Inn with seven rooms in October 2016.

Read More

Feeling like Scrooge? 14 holiday events outside Charlotte to get you in the spirit


Are you more “bah humbug” than “Joy to the World” these days? Sometimes it takes a special event to get in a celebratory mood for the holidays. Visit one of these out-of-town places for a sparkly, joyful and magical experience (bet you’re feeling it already.)

Read More

Tiff’s Treats opens its uptown location next week — bring on the warm cookie delivery


How long would you wait for a gooey chocolate chip cookie? In Arlington, Texas, a customer holds the record for waiting in line 26 hours for Tiff’s Treats’ cookies.

Read More



At age 26, this Charlotte artist is trying to set herself up for long-term success


Katherine Boxall isn’t waiting for someone to tell her she’s an artist. Outside validation doesn’t fuel her practice, and she’s not interested in fitting into other people’s definition of art.

Read More

This program uses art to inspire teens to stay in school, graduate – and chase dreams


Shelley Reed-Wallace found the Arts & Science Council’s Studio 345 when she realized her daughter, Savaan Wallace, needed a place to connect with other art-minded teens.

Read More

Room and Board finally opening soon in NoDa’s former Revolution, Mellow Mushroom spot


Jamie Sprowles and Justin Sprowles have decided to pay homage to the history of the house on the corner of 36th and N. Davidson streets with the name of their new restaurant.

Read More



This Charlotte artist’s work is inspired by his storytelling roots in Colombia


One night in 2011, artist Nico Amortegui woke up and started painting in watercolor. He hadn’t painted in almost 20 years.

Read More

You can learn about Catawba Indian pottery traditions at this Levine Museum event


Years ago a colleague sent professor Stephen Criswell a clip of Today Show’s Meredith Vieira interviewing President Barack Obama. Criswell, who...

Read More

Heading to the opera? Legion has got a beer for that.


Opera Carolina’s 2019-2020 season opens this week with “Macbeth” and a specially brewed beer called, Opera Party! It’s the fourth opera season tied to a featured beer.

Read More



Pillars of North Carolina: Mitchell Gold makes a mark in furniture, civil rights


Mitchell Gold’s love affair with furniture and home decor wasn’t a calculated decision. “I fell into it,” Gold, 68, says.

Read More

Burke perks


Mystery and nature surround Burke County, situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. A short 90-minute drive from Charlotte leads to Morganton, the county seat with a charming mix of breweries...

Read More

Go Wild at One of These Carolina Zoos!


As a kid, we had all sorts of traditions to celebrate the holidays and seasons. Once a year, my mom drove us from Eastern Long Island to the Bronx Zoo, stopping in Queens to get my grandma. 

Read More



A new view


Jen Sudul Edwards wants museums to be a place for tough conversations.

The chief curator and curator of contemporary art at The Mint Museum believes museums have a responsibility to connect our history to the present. 

Read More

Truth in wine


Anthony Wesley remembers showing up to his interview at McNinch House Restaurant in 2002 not wearing any socks. He’d worn a suit but forgotten to adorn his feet on that hot summer day in Charlotte. 

Read More

A Stage for All


More than 20 years ago, Monica Pettiford staged a sit-in on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at Queens University of Charlotte. The silent protest led by Pettiford, then an undergraduate at the liberal-arts university...

Read More