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The Queen City has shown her love for football with a Panther’s record-breaking season and a trip to the Super Bowl! Blue and black filled the Charlotte area with a beautiful bonding of all Carolinians proud to be living in the home state of the Carolina Panthers! Heartbreak is a part of love, and the Queen City felt the sting when we lost to the Broncos at Super bowl 50.  Panther’s love still remained strong and fans gathered to welcome home the team by the hundreds even after the loss! Until the next spectacular football season, love abounds at venues throughout Charlotte that are sure to warm the heart of all your loves this Valentine’s weekend!

Football has ended but sports fans can still fulfill their need for action during Valentine’s!

The speed and action of hockey will be at the Bojangles’ Coliseum! The Charlotte Checkers will hit the ice with the San Diego Gulls this weekend!

Warm hearts can’t be stopped by the cold! The Frigid 5K Run and Plunge will keep your racing! Run a 5-kilometer run and the Greenway trail then brave a heart- pumping jump into the cold waters at The U.S. National Whitewater Center!

Families looking for fun Valentine’s Day activities for their much- loved kiddos can go to any Lowes location on February 13th to build a special heart. Lowes Kids Clinic will keep little hands 5-12 year-olds busy for a morning!

Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios will have a Valentine’s themed class! Heart-shaped pizzas and chocolate lollipops are on the menu!

Jo-Ann’s Fabric offers kids crafts for ages 5 and up. Cards will be created and just maybe spark a love of sewing and crafts! No experience needed!

 If the sound of music makes your heart beat a little faster than take your loved one to feel the sounds of love at The Charlotte Symphony! Romantic music will put you in the mood as the symphony plays romantic selections of classical, popular and Broadway favorites!

Sealed With A Kiss will fill the Duke Energy Theater with Carolina Voices. Sweet treats and a kiss cam will add to the kissing music!

Romantic jazz and soulful ballads may be the way to woo your beloved! FLY ME TO THE MOON with songstress Jessie Storey at The Tavern will be a romantic evening listening to the classics and pop.

CPCC Halton Theater will celebrate the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin will have you holding hands and tapping toes to all the favorites!

Matilda the Musical will be a family a family fun time at Belk Theater! This whimsical adaptation of the classic childhood novel will have you remembering that favorite teacher in your life!

Treat your sweetie to sweets this Valentine’s from one of Charlotte’s many outstanding bakeries! Big View Diner offers fresh baked pies, cookies, cupcakes and cookies fill your senses with amazingly delicious smells as soon as you walk in! Just follow your nose and let your taste buds do the talking! Heart shaped cookies are going fast!

Decadent Designs in the Ballantyne area has buttercream at heart! Scones, cookies, cupcakes from huge to tee-tiny, pies and cakes to go will fulfill your heart’s desire! Pop in and choose a Valentine’s Day sweet!

The Secret Chocolatier is a not so secret chocolate lover’s dream! The bonbons, truffles and gift boxes are a brilliant gift for your sweetie pie! If flowers are also on your list, skip the florist and give the gift of Chocolate roses!

Suarez Bakery has been in Park Road Shopping Center since 1992! The traditions of quality and deliciousness are in every bite! Beautiful confections fill this bakery and just choosing will be the hard part!

Celebrate in Charlotte this weekend with the people and activities you love!





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This Christmas is the year of the Panther! The Carolina Panthers’ journey to 14 and 0 has the Queen City bursting with hometown pride as the Cats push one step closer to clinching a home field advantage through the playoffs!

All North Carolinians see is blue and black for Christmas! The jersey of Cam Newton is the most sought after holiday gift in North Carolina, according to Vox based Google data. It is not surprising; with Quarterback Cam Newton being the first player in NFL history with five touchdown passes, 100 yards rushing and 300 yards passing in a single game. Charlotte is a city of devoted fans proud of their Panther passion!

That rumble you hear isn’t reindeer on the roof top, it’s the powerful purring energy as vendors, restaurateurs, and local businesses welcome people drawn to one the cleanest, safest and friendliest towns in the United States that just happens to be home to the #1 rated team in the NFL! Everyone seems to agree, this year’s team is something special!

Charlotte offers many sports venues that draw fans from all parts of the U.S. Uptown Charlotte is home to Charlotte Knights baseball, Carolina Panthers football and Charlotte Hornets basketball all within a five-block radius! Hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping encircle the sports trifecta, making Charlotte a sports fan haven of entertainment and convenience!

Venturing outside the perimeter of the reigning Panthers, Charlotte offers a plethora of sports for all fans!

The Charlotte Checkers are the Carolina Hurricanes’ top minor-league hockey affiliate. Home games are played at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

The Charlotte Hounds plays Major League Lacrosse at the American Legion Memorial Stadium at 310 North Kings Drive.

The PGA Tours Wells Fargo Championship is played at the Quail Hollow Club and is a favorite of the touring pros. In 2017 Quail Hollow will host the PGA Championship!

Charlotte Independence USL officially kicked into the Charlotte soccer scene in 2015. Games are played at Ramblewood, 1200 Nations Ford Road.

Sports fans are flocking to Charlotte to experience everything from NASCAR to Ultimate Frisbee! Even with the NBA All-Star game making Charlotte the center of all things basketball in 2017,right now, in the year 2015, it is all about the pigskin!

Carolina Christmas tradition will now include the team that first played in 1995 and in December 2015 ruled as the reigning undefeated team in the NFL!

Merry Christmas Charlotte! Go Panthers!













Charlotte is a city of thankfulness. Families and friends are thankful for a daily life in the Queen City that offers opportunities to work, play, worship and celebrate within a safe, beautiful community!

The Charlotte Thanksgiving Parade 2015 has been a family tradition since 1947! Presented by Novant Health, this year’s parade will be on Thursday, November 26th at 9:30 am. Thankful for the safe streets to watch and march on; Richard Petty will be the Grand Marshall of the parade which includes dignitaries, celebrities (like Benton Blount, a finalist on Americas Got Talent), local marching bands (like UNC-Charlotte Pride of the Niner band), 21 floats and many performances filling Uptown Charlotte! The route of the parade travels through Uptown along Tryon, Stonewall and 9th streets. Performances will be presented at Tryon Street and Levine Avenue of the Arts. Tickets are available for seating in the performance area.

Thankful for the food to eat, but maybe not so thankful for the drudgery of cooking, hosts in Charlotte have many options! Catering your meal can be as easy as a pick up at one of your favorite restaurants!

New South Kitchen and Bar located on Providence Road in the Arboretum Shopping Center, will be open for your Thanksgiving meal on November 26th, 11am-5pm. All the traditional Thanksgiving turkey, fixins, desserts will be offered. If you would like to pick up your meal to enjoy at home, turkey, sides and desserts will be available for pick up Thanksgiving morning. All orders must be placed by November 19th.

The Big View Diner will be open until 3pm on Thanksgiving Day and is offering a take-out Thanksgiving Day menu considered a “Spread so complete, all you have to do is say grace”! Make your reservations for this full course, to-go meal, serving up to 12 people and pick up on Thanksgiving Day 10am-4pm!

Grocery stores are also a convenient way to get your dinner on a platter! Earth Fare, Harris Teeter, Fresh Market, Publix, and Whole Foods all offer prepared Thanksgiving dinners for those wanting to enjoy the holiday without the hours in the kitchen.

Long weekends entertaining family and friends can be a scramble during the holiday season. The Queen City will help fill those empty hours away from the dining table and television with fun distractions!

WBTV Holiday On Ice is a terrific way to burn off those turkey calories and channel the kids’ high energy! Lace up those skates and enjoy hot chocolate under the stars in Uptown Charlotte! Open Thanksgiving Day!

One Hundred Years of Christmas will be at Latta Plantation November 27-28. Enjoy Christmas during the Federalist and Victorian eras with historically clothed interpreters. Activities, music, demonstrations and even the farm animals are in the Christmas spirit!

A Big Top Christmas will be at the Metrolina Expo Fairgrounds November 18-29. All the fun of a circus with a soulful theme will fill this Christmas Extravaganza! Clowns, trapeze artists, cotton candy and ringmaster will entertain all your family and friends!

The Sound of Music will fill you with beautiful nostalgia at the Blumenthal Preforming Arts Center, Belk Theater. November 24-29 will have you tapping your toes to a few of your favorite things!

All sorts of sports is why Charlotte is a favorite of many fans! The Charlotte Hornets will play on the court November 27th and 29th. The Charlotte Checkers will hit the ice November 28th and 29th.

Thankfulness will flow through homes and hearts in the Queen City on November 26th. Celebrate in gratefulness as you gather with friends and family in beautiful Charlotte and in safety as you travel.





October Charlotte is beautiful with her precious city of green unmasking the brilliant colors of fall! October is forever a pumpkin picking, candy cruising, cider sipping, fun festival time in the Queen City!

Pumpkins, hayrides, haunted houses and trick or treating can be enjoyed at many Charlotte area attractions like Carrigan Farms (Scarrigan Farms for Halloween) , Carowinds (Scarowinds) and the Hall Family Farm in Ballantyne

Outside the sugar-pumped squeals, pumpkin patches and haunted houses, Charlotte offers grownups a more unmasked October of spooky fun!

October 2-November 5th The Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14 is showing a Retro Horror Film Series. Enjoy classics such as: The Birds, An American Werewolf in London and Friday the 13th!

Make your reservations for an Uptown, candlelight, historical walking ghost tour of Charlotte offered by Port City Java Hearst Tower! The Carolina History and Haunts tour guide, dressed in 19th century attire, will take your group through historic 4th ward and settler’s cemetery.

The budding chefs in your family will enjoy mastering Pumpkin. Gourds, Squash and Candies Cooking Class offered at Mimosa Grill on South Tryon Street on October 3rd. On October 17th Upstream restaurant in Phillips Place will offer a yummy cooking class of Sweets and Treats featuring baking goods and pastries!

The 2nd Annual Cider Fest on October 9th will have you enjoying juicy fall apples with an adult twist! Rooftop 210 will feature cider mixology, samples of different ciders and new cider cocktails at this fall-themed festival!

South Charlotte’s Ballantyne Festival-Autumn in the Park will feature Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast on October 10th! You don’t want to miss local brews, family fun and fresh oysters! The festival will be at Ballantyne District Park at 9405 Bryant Farms Road.

Historic Rosedale Plantation is perfect for celebrating your inner ghost! The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon-Antebellum dinner will be at the plantation on October 17th. Enjoy an elegant farm to table 7-course dinner all served in an appropriate period candlelight atmosphere.

Also at Rosedale, on October 23rd and 24th, a Paranormal Grounds Investigation will have all creatures of the night on a ghost -busting quest! Join professional ghost hunters as they take you through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year- old plantation, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will have the opportunity to use the latest technology with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society.

Knight Theatre at 430 South Tryon Street will musically celebrate Halloween suspense with Evil Dead The Musical on October 25th! This comical musical tells the story of college friends accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them into demons. w

Dracula will be performed on October 30th-November 15th at Theatre Charlotte. Dark humor and terror at the theater will be a great way to celebrate Halloween!

Release your inner poltergeist at Charlotte’s grown-up venues of apparitional hunts, theatrical phantoms and deliciously demonic vittles!




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Charlotte welcomes people from all over the country, and, in fact, the world, who have made the intentional decision to put down roots in the Queen City!

Diverse business opportunities beckon to people to make Charlotte their home. Along with the obvious nod to Charlotte’s business sector and largest employers in the region like Wells Fargo, Carolina’s Health Care System, American Airlines and Duke Energy; Charlotte offers small and diverse business owners a chance to succeed and grow!

Large companies, like Duke Energy, who maintains specific supplier diversity programs, and Wells Fargo, who has a Bank Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion Council, are hiring and promoting minority business owners. Businesses owned by minorities, veterans, and women can receive supplier diversity certification from: National Minority Supplier Development (NMSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WDENC), Small Business Association (SBA), and the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC).

While business opportunities are a large draw to people of all heritages and backgrounds, Charlotte’s social scene is also embracing a multi-cultural explosion!

Celebrations and cultural activities are in abundance during the months of September and October in Charlotte!

September 15th-October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month! Hola Charlotte Festival 2015 Charlotte’s Official Heritage Festival will fill Uptown Charlotte on October 3rd. Enjoy fun Latin culture with music, food and dance!

The Levine Museum of the New South will offer an exciting bilingual, interactive exhibit exploring the ever-expanding role of Latinos in the South on September 27th through October 30th 2016. A preview night of ¡NUEVOlution! will be on September 25th 8pm-midnight. Enjoy the fiesta with music, performances, dancing and giveaways!

Also at the Levine Museum, Voto Latino-Power Summit, a conversation about the importance of the Latino vote on Tuesday, September 29 and on October 1st, Latino Americans, a PBS documentary film series will be presented.

Mint to Move, a cultural dance night will held at the Mint Museum Uptown on October 9th, 8-11:30pm. Celebrating Hispanic History Month, there will be live musicians, dance, visual and performance art. On October 17th, 11am-12pm, the Mint Museum will offer De Colores/Many Colors, an interactive bilingual presentation of music, plays and stories.

The Harvey B Gantt Museum for African-American Arts and Culture is offering a collective of visual arts AfriCOBRA Now: An Aesthetic Reflection. It runs through December 31st. I’m walkin’ for My Freedom: The Selma March and Voting Rights runs October 9th through December 31st at the museum. In the exhibit, photojournalist Matt Heron captures the march across Alabama that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

A Lebanese Festival will be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church on September 26th, 11am-11pm. Enjoy Middle Eastern foods, a silent auction, dancing and Lebanese pastries will be available for purchase.

St. Thomas Aquinas will host a World Feast on October 10th, 11am-7pm. Ethnic foods will be represented by Nigeria, Philippines, Ecuador, India, Poland and much more!

The Levine Jewish Community Center will have a Family Fun Day on October 10th from 4-6pm. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner, bingo and family fun!

For a giggle with Jewish twist, BAD JEWS, by Joshua Harman will be performed at the Actors Theater of Charlotte. Described as a “vicious and hilarious brawl over faith, family and legacy” this will be sure to have you guffawing! Shows October 28th through November 4th.

For your inner Greek god or goddess, have a Date Night: An Evening in Greece Hands-On Cooking Class with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen! Friday, October 9th, 6:30-9pm.

For the prince and princess in you, try an English Tea at the Charlotte Museum of History on October 3rd, 4-5pm! Sip traditional English tea and delicately munch on scones and such while enjoying a presentation of castles, monuments, and buildings of the British Isles.

Gandhi Park in Charlotte at 700 East Trade Street will be the obvious place for the Unity Fall Festival! On October 10th, 3-7pm enjoy food, exhibit booths, and entertainment celebrating the life and teachings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi! Hosted by the Charlotte Asian Heritage association.

North Carolina Pride Weekend starts September 28th. Coco Peru will start the weekend off with the performance of “A Gentle Reminder-Coco’s Guide to a Somewhat Happy Life”. The Queen will entertain you with monologues and songs well known and new! Cocktails at 8:00! Portion of the proceeds will benefit the Crape Myrtle Festival and the Smokin’ Cardinal Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

A Taste of the World is a culinary field trip! Gather at the Van Landingham Estate and take a bus tour to three different restaurants offering international cuisine! The palate hopping takes place on October 1st.

Davidson College is just 40 minutes from South Charlotte and is hosting a Classical Indian Concert on September 27th at 3:00pm! The Carnatic violin duo of Ganesh-Kumaresh will perform. This global musical performance will play across genres and will be joined by Sankara Narayanan on mridangam and Trichy Krishnaswamy on Ghatam.

A Khayyam Celebration and Commemoration will be on October 11th at 3:00pm in the Mint Museum on Randolph Road. The PErsian Arts and Culture Enthusiasts presents live Persian music, dance, art performance and recitation of Khayyam’s poetry!

Communication Italian Style will be happening at J. Sam’s Wine, 4625 Piedmont Row Drive! Italian Conversation: Parliamo Italiano will meet on Sunday, October 11th, 4-5:30pm.

Eid al-Adha will be celebrated at Muslim Day at Carowinds on September 27th , 10am to 1pm!

Stammtisch meets every 3rd Friday! The next meeting will be September 18th, 7:00pm at Park Place Restaurant in Charlotte. Sponsored by the Austrian Culture Society.

The 40th annual International Festival will be held on Saturday, October 17th at UNC-Charlotte! Over 50 nations will be represented with art, crafts, music, dance and, of course, FOOD!

Visit and volunteer at the International House, a provider of direct services for the international community! This amazing, indispensable non-profit has been offering services to immigrants in need since 1981. Conversation hours include, but are not limited to: French, Arabic, Spanish, Portugese, Farci and Chinese!

Charlotte is bursting with international flavor in September and October! Open your mind, tickle your taste buds and go on an international adventure without the baggage fees!





Charlotte is a favorite destination for families looking for beautiful, safe neighborhoods, and great private and public schools. People who move to Charlotte fall in love with the area and usually STAY in Charlotte. Soon, finding great neighborhood schools evolves into finding a great college. In addition to the many Universities throughout North and South Carolina, Charlotte can accommodate your growing family needs by offering many college opportunities in, or just minutes from, the Queen City!

Queens University regally rests within the Charlotte city limit at 1900 Selwyn Avenue in the historic Myers Park neighborhood. Founded in 1857 as the Charlotte Female Institute, Queens College became Queens University after its many graduate programs led to its reclassification in 2002. Today, Queens University of Charlotte has approximately 2,700 students studying liberal arts, sciences and professional studies. There is a 10:1 student-faculty ratio that boasts a welcoming Southern hospitality. Students are required to live on campus in one of eight coed residence halls until reaching senior status.

The University of North Carolina Charlotte was established as a four-year, state-supported college in 1965 and in 1992 was authorized to offer programs leading to doctoral degrees. The University currently offers 90 bachelor’s degrees, 63 master’s degrees and 21 doctoral programs. Enrollment is now over 27,000 and UNC-Charlotte is the largest public institution in the Charlotte region. The 49ers can now boast a Division I football team!

Johnson and Wales University is a private, nonprofit NEASC-accredited school nestled in Uptown Charlotte. The JWU Charlotte Campus opened in fall 2004. JWU has approximately 16,000 students with over 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in culinary arts, business, arts and sciences, technology and education. The College of Culinary Arts and the School of Technology are offered as 2-year associate degrees.

The Charlotte School of Law has the convenience of an Uptown location. The school offers a Juris Doctor degree (JD) and JD/MBA degrees and is partnered with the University of North Carolina Charlotte. The Charlotte School of Law was established in 2006, has 1,591 students and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.

Johnson C Smith University is a private, historically black college founded in 1867. This four-year liberal arts university has more than 1,400 students, 23 fields of study and 15 NCAA Division sports teams. Johnson C Smith University is located in North West Charlotte, near Uptown, at 100Beatties Ford Road.

Kings College is a small, for-profit career college offering associate degrees and diplomas. Located in the Elizabeth neighborhood, just south of Uptown Charlotte, this accredited college is the choice for those seeking short-term, career focused programs.

Wingate University, founded in 1896, is located in Wingate, North Carolina, about 50 minutes from Charlotte. Wingate University has more than 3,000 students and offers 35 undergraduate majors, 5 graduate degrees and 3 doctorate degrees. Wingate student athletes compete in 22NCAA Division II sports.

Belmont Abbey College is a small, (1,700 students), Catholic Benedictine, Liberal Arts College. All students are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Belmont Abbey is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located 10 miles west of Charlotte. Belmont Abbey offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in 13 different areas. Belmont Abbey has a beautiful, serene campus and is considered one of the top Catholic Colleges for faithfulness and affordability.

Winthrop University is located in Rock Hill, S.C., 20 minutes south of Charlotte. Winthrop University was founded in 1886 and has 4,974 undergraduate students and 1,050 graduate students. This inviting college campus is in the National Register of Historic places and its Southern charm includes wooden porch swings throughout campus. Winthrop offers men’s and women’s sports, and participates in the NCAA at the Division I level as a member of the Big South Conference.

Davidson College is another local historic college, just 19 miles north of Charlotte, in the town of Davidson. Founded in 1837, Davidson has 1,950 students. Davidson offers baccalaureates in 27 majors, 17 minors and Interdisciplinary Studies. Steph Curry, 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA All Star is a Davidson College Alum.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is located in Uptown Charlotte and is the largest community college in North Carolina. Founded in 1963, the college has six satellite campuses and more than 70,000 students. This two-year college is often a springboard for students into the university of their choice. CPCC offers over 100 degree, diploma and certificate programs. Students can earn associates degrees and certificates in 20 different fields.

The Queen City is graced with superb neighborhoods, family friendly parks, great social and professional opportunities, a thriving music and art scene AND brimming with local college choices! There’s a college within driving distance for all Charlotteans seeking localized higher education!




This iconic archway marks the entrance of Ballantyne Village and the community of Ballantyne, a suburb of Charlotte NC located near the South Carolina border. The 2,000-acre mixed-use development was created by land developer Howard C. Smokey Bissell.

Ballantyne in South Charlotte is one of the most coveted locations for homebuyers.

Great neighborhoods, schools, restaurants, shopping and movie theaters, all within a ten-mile radius, are causing builders in this gorgeous part of Charlotte scrambling to fulfill housing demand.

Home seekers looking for safe, beautiful neighborhoods with upscale homes and apartments will find their wishes fulfilled with several new in-fill communities being built within the Ballantyne area.

Meritage Homes continues to build out Olde Blakeney on Blakeney Heath Road. These single- family homes are priced $469,990 to $594,00. This luxury new home construction has many Energy Star features. There are five home plan options to choose from and one home available for move-in. A new model is open for viewing.Just around the corner, a half-mile away on Bryant Farm Road, Meritage Homes is also building The Enclave at Olde Blakeney. Meritage Homes representatives state that this coming-soon community will be selling at the end of 2015.

Ryland Homes is a busy builder in the Ballantyne area. The Manor at Oakhaven is located on Old Ardrey Kell Road. This charming community will have 38 home sites with range in square feet from 2,800 to over 4,000. Ryland Homes is also offering two new neighborhoods of single- family homes on Providence Road West. Coming in the fall of 2015, Oakhaven will be offering just 18 home sites of elegant home designs with 4 sides brick. Prices will range from t $470,00 to $518,000. Also on Providence Road West, The Estates at Oakhaven is under construction and actively selling. 47 home sites will offer homes with a minimum of 4 bedrooms, three sides cementious siding with Brick or Stone fronts.

David Weekley Homes will be offering award-winning homes in the community of Waverly. Located at the intersection of Providence Road and Ardrey Kell Road, the 90-acre community will offer town homes and single family homes. The neighborhood will include a combination of European, traditional and craftsman architecture.

Upscale apartments in Ballantyne are also in high demand. Builders are filling the need with fill-in communities of high-end rentals. Element South’s 281 units will be completed in early 2016. Located on Marvin Road, these one, two and three bedroom apartments will start at $895.00 for studios. Legacy 521 offers new one, two and three bedroom apartments on Lancaster Highway just 5 minutes from Ballantyne. Roof top patios, fitness center and clubhouse will enhance your social and active lifestyle. Prices range from $1,050-$1,775. A few apartments are move-in ready in the first completed building. Reserve your new home by July 31st and receive half off your first month’s rent! Leasing offers are 10-Month, 11-Month and 12-Month.

Solis Ballantyne is a planned mixed-use community on the corner of North Community House and Bryant Farms Road. The community plan includes 194 units of upscale apartments and retail space.

Ballantyne is a much-desired beautiful South Charlotte Community. Builders are fulfilling the demand for homes with thoughtful in-fill communities nestled in this choice area of the Queen City.



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