Travel​

5 Reasons to plan a winter vacation (and where to go)

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Most everyone plans a vacation during the summer. We spend January and February fantasizing about the places we'll visit during the warmer months, but what if we looked at winter differently? Perhaps winter is a timely opportunity...

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Travel on a budget: Your winter getaway to the highest ski resort east of the Rockies​

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Do the commercials for the 2018 Winter Olympics have you imagining yourself speeding down a mountain on a snowboard? Or are you ready to perfect your ski jump or show off the Axel or Lutz in the...

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Here’s what you need to know to enjoy your first cruise (and not freak out)

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I never wanted to go on a cruise. When my best friend offered to treat me to one, I said no. When she came back a few days later with the destinations — Havana, Cozumel and Key West — I said yes. I couldn’t turn down Cuba...

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Food

The Yolk Cafe: Brings new twists to comfort classics

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At first glance, The Yolk Café doesn’t inspire confidence: it’s the last storefront in a shopping center strip mall in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Step inside and instantly the sights, sounds and smells instill a comfort that makes you want to stay awhile...

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9 Dishes and drinks under $20 to try ​at the Ritz-Carlton

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Chef Richard Gras is a name dropper — and he’s the new executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. His 20-year career has taken him all over the world to cook at prestigious restaurants and hotels under...

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Advocacy: For the love of wine

Senior Architect

Based on a belief in and love for the rich bounty of resources North Carolina offers, two proprietors, one of a restaurant, the other, a vineyard, have come together to build a relationship true to the family foundation of both. In a small town, just shy of a two-ho...

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Business and Entrepreneurship 

Get a taste of the menu at Basal Coffee, now open in FreeMoreWest

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Two years ago, Bryce Laguer, his wife, Andrea and their two young sons left family and friends in Orlando to move to Charlotte with the purpose of opening Basal Coffee.

The café’s soft opening was March 22. Basal Coffee is in the...

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Twelve years after his release from prison, skyland owner Jimmy Kakavitsas won't forget 

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My interview with Skyland Family Restaurant owner Dimitrios Kakavitsas — or Jimmy to friends and customers — took an unexpected turn when he said, "I've been in prison," then broke down in tears...

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5 Mompreneurs use talents, hobbies to craft home businesses​

Senior Architect

Several Charlotte-area stay-at-home moms are part of a growing trend to use artistic and creative talents and skills to become savvy business owners. They are making jewelry, handbags, skin care products and clothing to sell online, and on Facebook and E...

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Art and Culture

10 Must-see local theater productions — and the scoop on the female Sherlock

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PaperHouse Theatre’s performances at the Frock Shop on Central Avenue are an intimate affair. Actors are inches away; the audience, although not exactly part of the production, is an integral part of the experience. Audience...

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How do you define ‘American’? Watch these and that may change

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Moises Serrano says the first thing people tell him, after watching the film about his journey, is always the same: “I didn’t know.” Serrano, raised in Yadkin County, tells his story in “Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America.” That’s one of a half-dozen works in the...

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Festival Fun

Senior Architect

Cities & towns in the Carolinas celebrate history & honor traditions with varied and unique festivals. These local tributes are community-driven and mark the importance of the area’s industry, foods and people. Summer is the perfect time to take in a few of them! If strawberry shortcake and chocolate-dipped strawberries bring a smile to your face, treat...

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Social Issues

Housing First once drew doubts, but it's hard to argue with results 

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Stacy Smith* is a 35-year-old Charlottean. She was at the top of her class when she received her GED through a joint Charlotte Area Fund and CPCC program. You may have unknowingly met her at one of the popular local restaurants where she has worked.

For a short while, she attended classes at Johnson and Wales University. She is also mother t...

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Mental Health First Aid

Simple, proven practices can help those in need

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Sneeze or cough, and a friend or family member responds with the offer of a tissue, throat lozenge or even the suggestion to see a doctor. Most people know how to extend help when a loved one has a physical ailment. And when the sickness or injury is more serious, schools, neighborhoods and faith communities may organize meals, child care or raise money to ea...

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How a cancer diagnosis at age 26 inspired one woman to leave the corporate world behind

Senior Architect

Brooke Thomas was diagnosed with stage-three melanoma when she was 26 years old and pregnant with her first daughter.

“I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and they basically told me I had to make a decision quickly,” Thomas said. “I could have chemotherapy and lose the baby, and that’s really what...

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