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Christmas is here! The Southern Christmas show has been a Charlotte holiday jump-start for 46 years and the excitement continues on November 14th!

The 46th annual Southern Christmas Show is a holiday explosion of shopping and shows! Featuring over 500 merchants and hundreds of gift ideas, the Park Expo and Conference Center is the place to be for all your holiday décor needs and Christmas presents!

The shopping experience is divided into sections. Stroll through Olde Towne with over 50 shops to browse, the Enchanted Village with amazingly intricate dollhouses and miniature scenes, and marvel at the dozens of decorated firs from the North Carolina Mountains in Christmas Tree Lane!

You can embrace the true meaning of Christmas by giving your used cell phone and help support Cell Phones for Soldiers generate free talk time for soldiers to call home for the holidays.

Santa himself will be at the Southern Christmas Show, collecting lists and hearing the wishes of all good little boys and girls!

Food samples are abundant and, of course, gift seekers need to taste the hand-dipped chocolates, strudel and old-fashioned fruitcake just to make sure of the excellent quality before buying as a gift! Christmas shoppers seeking gifts for the wine connoisseur will find delicious wines from local wineries!

The Southern Christmas show is an exciting way to start the holiday season! You will be ready for the love and giving that only comes with the magic of Christmas!








agentshomearamaHomeArama, the region’s largest showcase of decorated homes, returns to celebrate a 25-year Charlotte area tradition! This year, the 6 model homes featured will be in the beautiful Cheval community located in the town of Mint Hill.

Enjoy a wonderful walking tour and view the latest in home designs, interior decorating and building materials presented by five prominent builders.  Builders this year are Evans Coghill Homes, Grandfather Homes, Classica Homes, Arthur Rutenberg Homes and Bellamy Homes. These impressive homes encompass the warmth of luxurious interiors while embracing energy efficiency and beautifully landscaped lots! Homes range in size from almost 4,000 to more than 5,000 square feet. They’re priced from about $550,000 to $943,250 Home décor ideas, just in time for Christmas will be sure to put you in a Holiday mood! The Cheval community is a great opportunity for families to set down roots in a beautiful new neighborhood with a brand new elementary school, Bain Elementary!

HomeArama will be open to the public November 9th-24th, Tuesdays-Sundays, 10am-7pm. Food will be available for purchase.

Chef’s Day is November 20th 11am-2pm when local chefs will serve a taste of their cuisine in the state-of-the-art HomeArama kitchens!

Slide into some comfy walking shoes, enjoy a stroll through the Cheval neighborhood, and contact your Bon Maison agent after popping in the homes that could be yours!

Cheval is just off Lawyers Road, south of N.C. 51 in Mint Hill. GPS responds to 11977 Lawyers Road.





Prayer before holiday dinner

Charlotte is a Thanksgiving cornucopia of fun and relaxation! The Queen City offers friends and families great opportunities to enjoy the hospitality of Charlotte and give thanks for all the wonderful blessings!

Charlotteans loves a parade! The 65-year-old Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade was perilously close to not happening in 2013 due to withdrawal of a long-time sponsorship, but such a true Southern tradition was not to be let go easily! Thanks to the support of Novant Health, the parade will be marching in Uptown on Thanksgiving Day! The beat of marching bands, the beauty of the decorated floats (and the beauty of the reigning Miss North Carolina), performers, and dance and drill teams will fill the streets of Uptown Charlotte lots of family fun!The parade begins at Tryon and 10thstreet, and will march to Stonewall Street. The fun begins at 9:30 am!

After the parade festivities in Charlotte, Thanksgiving revelers can continue to enjoy Uptown by going to their nearby turkey meal reservations! Restaurants like Blue Restaurant on the corner of 5th and College Street are open for hungry patrons. Blue is offering a Thanksgiving brunch from 10:30am to 2:30pm that will be sure to satisfy the traditional turkey lovers and the non-traditionalist palates!

Also Uptown, Mimosa Grill is offering a Thanksgiving buffet with free-range turkey from 11am to 5pm.  Mimosa Grill also has the option of Turkeys On The Run. Turkeys On The run is a full dinner including all sides that can be picked up on November 27th after 4:00pm, or on Thanksgiving Day 8am to 11am! Mimosa Grill is located at 327South Tryon Street and has you covered in house or to go on Thanksgiving!

When driving home after the parade excitement  finds you heading to  one of the great neighborhoods on the South Side of Charlotte, just a short drive down Providence Road is Red Rocks Café! Located on the corner of Fairview and Providence Roads, Red Rocks is an upscale dining experience in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. A delicious Thanksgiving buffet will begin at 11:00 and last seating will be at 8:00pm.

Further South, Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge is offering a Thanksgiving brunch from 12pm to 4pm. This upscale lodge is always a crowd pleaser with its wonderful buffet and incredible service!

Also in the Ballantyne area, Villa Antonio continues its tradition of serving people their amazing Italian fare, as well as offering a special Thanksgiving menu, on Thanksgiving Day! Villa Antonio is located in Ballantyne Village and will be open 2:00-9:00pm Thanksgiving Day.

Entertaining family and friends is always easy in Charlotte and even on a holiday, Charlotte will keep your visitors thankful for your amazing hospitality!

The Charlotte South Park Turkey Trot is bright and early on Thanksgiving Day! The entire family can join the fun at 6:00 am for a 1-mile fun run, 8k run, Baby Jogger 8k, 5k or Tot Trot.

Ballantyne is also hosting a fun run!  Ballantyne’s Turkey Dash will be at the Village at Robinson Farms on the corner of William Ponds lane and Rea Road! A four-mile run starts at 9:00am or, if the family is more into walking, a one- mile run (or walk) starts at 8:30 am on November 28th.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway is welcoming Christmas on Thanksgiving Day with Speedway Christmas! See over three million Christmas lights while driving on the track and enjoy the Christmas Village complete with live animals, Santa photos and vendors on the infield.  The holiday spirit will be celebrated at the Speedway 6:00pm-10:00pm.

NASCAR fans can also visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. for WBTV’s Holiday On Ice. Ice skating will be a wonderful treat, and new family tradition for the family Wednesday-Friday, 5pm-10pm and weekend hours at the outdoor rink in the heart of Uptown!

Charlotteans are thankful to be living in such a fine city where we can proudly welcome family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!





Charlotte is a place of Southern Charm and loyalties. Harris Teeter has long been the darling of loyal Charlotte grocery store shoppers. Now, it seems Harris Teeter has a worthy opponent: Florida based Publix Supermarkets!

Publix is currently open at Cross Creek in Indian Land and at Gold Hill in Fort Mill, right over the border in South Carolina. People are glad to have upscale options in their areas and consider Publix a boon to South Carolina business.

Publix Spokeswoman, Maria Brous states that Charlotte is ideal due to its population growth and sales potential. Each Publix store employs 125-150 people, bringing jobs to Charlotte. Publix does, however, usually bring in their own management teams. Each Publix store will have JAC (job application centers) located in the front of the store. Applications are not accepted online, but detailed job descriptions can be found at

The first Publix 56,000 square foot store in North Carolina will open in the Ballantyne area of South Charlotte in February 2014. The store will be located at the intersection of Providence Road West and Johnston Roads. Publix will eventually open eleven stores in North Carolina, but chose the Ballantyne area for its first step into the Tar Heel State! Publix will also set up new division offices in Charlotte overseeing North Carolina and South Carolina stores. Publix plans to open numerous stores across North Carolina as the company expands north on the East Coast. The company’s expansion into Charlotte also includes a planned second store in South End and eventually an entire Charlotte division. Developer’s plans for a 55,000-square-foot Publix supermarket in South End is an acknowledgement of the growing power of the neighborhoods sprouting along the Lynx Blue line!

The many transplanted Floridians in Charlotte are thrilled at the prospect of Publix coming to Charlotte! “North Carolina is the No. 1-requested state for us to enter,” Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous has said.

Charlotteans know nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina and welcome Publix to our wonderful city!