Vanessa Infanzon

Freelance Writer


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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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...

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