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CHARLOTTE IS HOPPIN’ INTO SPRING March 20, 2016

 

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Charlotte is bursting with a spring color spectacular! Every neighborhood is a sea of pink and green. White pear trees shower every passing car with beautiful snow- white blossoms and the daffodils’ bright yellow spots of sunshine are in every yard.
Children are anxiously awaiting the Easter Bunny and families are welcoming their neighbors and friends to their homes and churches to celebrate.

The Easter bunny will be visiting Charlotte throughout the Easter weekend and families have several options of egg hunting fun venues!
In South Charlotte egg hunters and bunny seekers can hop about starting in the beautiful Ballantyne area.
Ballantyne Village will have free pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts and more on March 26th, from 1-3pm. This busy shopping and eating area offers many restaurants, salons, shops and even a movie theatre to keep the entire family entertained!
Easter brunch will be offered in the Ballroom at The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge on March 27th, 11am-3pm. Live entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny will be a part of your delicious culinary experience.
An Easter Tea will celebrate the season at the Hotel and Lodge Wednesday, march 23rd through Saturday, March 2th, 1-5pm. Tea sweets and savories menu will accompany your loose leaf tea sipping selection.
Join in the hunt at the Easter Eggstravaganza in Elon Park on March 26th 9am-12pm. Hunt for eggs, play games and dance to the music!
Ballantyne Kidzart will offer special Easter activities on March 26th. Bring the whole family and explore your artistic side!
Venturing just minutes from South Charlotte will bring you more spring fun!
Carowinds Easter Eggstravaganza and Spring break on March 25th –April 3rd will have you screaming on the Fury rollercoaster, along with getting your picture taken with Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy!
The quaint, historical town of Matthews is just 10 minutes from bustling South Charlotte. Stumptown Park is the place for fantastic music, fun and food. Join in the Food Truck Friday festivities on March 25th, 5-9pm.
Spring Fling at Hodges Family Farm is a country Easter minutes from the metropolitan bustle of Charlotte. Old- fashioned fun will include sack and spoon races, interacting with barn animals (especially the bunnies) and, of course, an Easter egg hunt! The country fun begins on March 26th at 10am.

Easter weekend in Charlotte will offer the grownups some much-deserved fun away from the kids, Easter bunny and egg hunts! Bunny Hop Bar Crawl on March 26th and 27th begins at Rooftop 210. Pick up your t-shirt and complete the tasks while enjoying beverages and prizes!
The Fillmore Charlotte presents PAPADOSIO on March 25th. This Indie-Rock experience unfolds as the night goes on, creating a live, earthy livetronica act. Also at the Fillmore, Trial by Fire a Tribute to Journey will have you traveling down a favorite band and memory lane. You will be happily humming “Don’t stop Believin” for days. Saturday, March 26th at 8:00pm.
Winter Jam 2016 at Time Warner Cable Arena will be a Christian musical experience for all fans of the most popular Christian bands! Enjoy the musical praise on March 26th doors open at 5pm.
Dale Earnhardt’s Whiskey River Tavern will offer a spring balloon drop on March 25th-26th at 9pm. Hundreds of balloons and cash will be dropping from the ceiling as rock and country music fans dance!

The celebration of Easter will have Charlotte’s many churches swelled with parishioners joyous at the risen Christ, families and friends enjoying the beautiful spring weather at Easter egg hunts and music filling Uptown.
Happy Easter!
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CHARLOTTE ERUPTING IN SPRING BEAUTY April 13, 2013

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CHARLOTTE GARDENS ERUPTING IN SPRING BEAUTY

Charlotte is a city of beauty! The Queen City’s famous canopies of trees, well-kept parks and manicured neighborhoods are the visual feast for all visitors and locals. Charlotte’s mild climate allows it to keep it prettiness throughout the year, but Charlotte in the spring time will leave you breathless with its dazzling display!

Visitors and locals can enjoy the visual feast a Charlotte Spring brings by simply meandering through any of its many gorgeous neighborhoods in South Charlotte. Charlotte also offers a spring time choir of magnificent colors singing in gardens of loveliness.

UNC Charlotte has a charming campus, new football team, great 49er basketball, offers top-notch undergraduate and graduate programs AND is home of the UNC Botanical Gardens. The gardens and greenhouse are open to public. The mission of the garden is to “promote the knowledge and appreciation of plants for educational, environmental and aesthetic purposes.” There are plenty staff to answer questions about the best plants for the Charlotte area climate and your home. Take a relaxing stroll through the cheerful gardens and explore UNC Charlotte’s handsome campus.

The Royal Gardens is tucked away in the darling Elizabeth neighborhood. You could easily miss the Gardens center because appears to be just one of the many charming houses in Elizabeth on 7th avenue. People consider the center a place to have a wonderful conversation and peaceful stroll! The Gardens offers plants for sale and wonderful Southern hospitality. A bubbling brook, pretty  plants, statues and fountains provide a fairy like ethereal atmosphere to enjoy a beautiful spring day in Charlotte.

The McGill Rose Garden is located in First Ward’s Garden District and North Davidson’s Historic Arts District (NoDa). The garden rivals the beauty of any English garden, with the heavenly scent and magnificent colors that are unique to over 1,000 roses. The Rose Garden offers educational programs, a meditation garden for Hospice, hosts special occasions and is open to the public. The Garden has free admission and is appreciative of donations for tours.

Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary has been an important part of the beautiful Charlotte landscape since 1927. Designated as a Historic Site by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission, the gardens has over three acres of formal gardens and woodland areas all created with loving care to encourage wildlife. The nursery offers favorite perennials, as well as rare and unusual plants for sale, along with an educational story about your plants needs from one of the passionate staff. Enjoy free programs offered at the garden, but be sure to allow yourself the time to enjoy the one hour walk through gorgeous gardens! Wing Haven is located in the regal Myers Park neighborhood.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens  was established in 1991 as a gift from Daniel Jonathan Stowe of nearly 400 acres designated as one of the world’s best botanical gardens. Winding paths, fountains, statues, lawns and an indoor orchid conservatory are just a few of the many delights Daniel Stowe offers. This is a great destination for visitors, families, groups and picnickers! Daniel Stowe is located in Belmont and is easily accessible from Interstate 85.

Homeowners on Charlotte’s beautiful Southside searching for their own personal gardening needs can find lawn and garden supplies at several popular locations.

Southern Styles Nursery and Garden is located at the corner of Rea and Colony roads in Charlotte’s bustling Southside. Experts are available and eager to help you with your gardening needs.

Pike Nurseries, in the  elegant Ballantyne area, gets high marks for customer service and variety. Walking through the darling front store with its garden accessories into the outdoor garden center prepares you for a terrific retail  experience. The staff is knowledgeable and quick to guide you to the specific plants you are seeking. Be sure to sign up as a member to keep track of your requests and get a speedy refund, if needed.

Growers Outlet in sweet, quiet Pineville is a plant lover’s maze of greenery! Make sure to wear your outdoor shoes for an outdoor maze of  mud and endless plant varieties. Grab a large pushcart and maneuver through the endless varieties of trees, plants, shrubs, flowers and garden supplies.

Blackhawk Garden Center in Park Road Shopping Center is a plant lover’s  paradise! The center is filled with plants, fountains, and smiling people. The teams of people available are all experts on plant care and are very happy to discuss any and all garden and lawn topics.

Charlotte is a city of pretty! New here or moving here soon? Enjoy our spectacular Queen City spring by letting one of our great agents help you navigate through our many nonpareil neighborhoods or get going in one of our glorious gardens!  704.541.2500

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CHARLOTTE CELEBRATES QUEEN CITY CUISINE DURING RESTAURANT WEEK January 17, 2013

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Restaurant Week in Charlotte is a much anticipated, delicious way to end the winter blahs! It is a mid- winter Queens Feast at over 100 upscale restaurants in Charlotte; including many popular restaurants in South Charlotte! Thirty dollars per person is the prix fixe price for THREE (or more) courses on the available CRW menu at each participating restaurant.

 South Charlotte restaurants offering a trifecta of tasty cuisine include:

131 Main- Blakeney

Blackthorne Restaurant and Bar

Cantina 1511-Stonecrest

City Tavern- Stonecrest

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill-Stonecrest

Gallery Restaurant

Global

Maestros Bar and Bistro

Micky and Mooch-Arboretum

New South Kitchen and Bar

Passion 8 Bistro

Terrace Cafe – Ballantyne

Trattoria Antica

Trio

Vine American Kitchen

Waldhorn Restaurant

January 18-27 in Charlotte is the time to make your favorite dinner recipe: reservations!

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CHARLOTTE FALLS INTO BRILLIANT COLOR October 11, 2012

Autumn is a visual feast for North Carolinians! In North Carolina, you’ll find vibrant autumn color from the first weeks of October through early November. Our brilliant annual show of bright reds, vivid oranges and deep golds meanders its way down to Charlotte, starting at higher elevations such as Mount Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain and slowly ripples down through mountains, foothills and Piedmont in the weeks that follow.

 North Carolina’s earliest and most vibrant fall foliage occurs in the beautiful mountains, located in the western part of the state, with leaf admirers enjoying spectacular fall color a little later in the season in many areas of the North Carolina Piedmont, including Charlotte.

Newcomers to Charlotte are often heard saying “It is so green”! Our beautiful green trees that give us such a spectacular show in the fall are no mistake. The City of Charlotte Tree Ordinance Originally adopted in 1978, protects trees in the public right of way, and those on private property as they relate to development. The Ordinance also requires tree planting with new construction. Charlotte takes great pride in maintaining its beauty by adhering to environmental regulations and preserving aesthetic standards!

The neighborhoods in Charlotte, whether the newer Ballantyne area or in the older, more historic sections of the city, are all breathtaking in the fall! Take the time this fall to drive or take a stroll down some of Charlotte’s most beautiful tree lined streets. Just taking a quick trip to the neighborhood grocery store down Ballantyne Commons Parkway in South Charlotte can be a delightful diversion when you are surrounded by the amazing kaleidoscope of trees along the way. Myers Park neighborhood is popular for its canopy of majestic oak trees and elegant homes. Dilworth is also one of Charlotte’s most picturesque neighborhoods. Throughout Dilworth you will find families enjoying the convenience of long sidewalks and front porches to admire the wonderful view of their colorful yards.

Enjoy the feel of crisp fall weather in Charlotte! You just need to roll the car windows, take a stroll or eat outside to admire the wondrous sight of brilliant color slowly unfolding as Charlotte welcomes the fall season!

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MUSICALLY ENDING THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER September 27, 2012

Walking my dogs down Ballantyne Commons Parkway to take advantage of a September breeze is truly a south Charlotte delight. There are a few fallen leaves along our typical route and I realize that too soon Charlotte’s trees will be ablaze with fall colors.

Summer is quietly showing signs of coming to an end, but Charlotteans know how to extend their outdoor relaxation into the fall. South Charlotte continues the pleasures of summer outdoor entertainment through its free local concerts.

Ballantyne Village can get you through that mid week hump! MIXATSIX will continue Wednesdays through October 10, 2012. People can enjoy music from the patios of Ballantyne Village restaurants. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with live outdoor music, drink specials and fine dining! www.ballantynevillage.net

Music on the Greenat the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center will continue through September 29th. The atmosphere is family friendly situated on a large patio and fountain area. If the weather is hot, it is not unusual to see children sneaking (an unendorsed by the management) dip in the fountain. The concerts will be held every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm – 10pm. www.promenadeonprovidence.com

Stonecrest Summer Concert Serieslasts through September 29th from 7pm to 10pm. You can choose from two locations: the Fountain Stage (large patio area with expanse of beautiful fountains below) or the Courtyard Stage (smaller courtyard area near Bonehead restaurant). The Fountain Stage has concerts every Friday and Saturday; the Courtyard, every Saturday. www.shopstonecrest.com

Blakeney Summer Concert Series presents free concerts on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 10pm through September 29th. A large patio and lawn area invites guests to bring lawn chairs and blankets for family friendly, relaxing musical entertainment. A large patio area invites children to frolic and grownups to show off off their dancing skills. www.shopblakeny.com

Taking in the view of our fine Queen City is another wonderful way to relax and listen to outdoor entertainment! Located in Midtown Charlotte, Metropolitan offers a great Queen City view to accompany their musical performances. METLIVE’ offers an exciting, yet relaxing outdoor venue to listen to music from September 13th– October 18th, 6:30-9:30 pm.  Enjoy a glass of wine, view the Uptown skyline, take in the Little Sugar Creek Greenway at sunset or stay for dinner at one of the six restaurants, including the always delicious fair at Dressler’s, at Metropolitan. www.metmidtown.com

Summer concerts are calling you to relax outdoors, and replace the cicada drones with sounds of music!

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POLITICAL ROYALTY WITH A ROYAL PAIN August 30, 2012

This long time Charlottean swoons with appropriate southnerness when receiving a gift certificate for a day at the Ballantyne Spa.

Sitting in the massage chair with my feet contentedly immersed in bubbles, looking out over the beautiful PGA golf course and watching with disbelief as golfers DELIGHTFULLY brave the 98 degree heat to play the 18th hole is one of the many pleasures of living in South Charlotte.

Late August has the Spa abuzz with the expectation of political “dignitaries” staying at the hotel and lodge during the DNC.  Indeed, the presence of uniformed police and very “secret service” looking people seem to be all about the complex. It is being said that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are coming to our beautiful south side during the DNC.

No doubt the estimated 35,000 people, hundreds of news media and the President himself descending on Charlotte for the 2012 DNC will be impressed with our beautiful city and our especially beauteous south side, but what about our traffic?

We are, of course, extending our Southern hospitality to the dignitaries, and our manners certainly extend to our traffic. No cacophony of car horns blaring in our fine city. But, we do have our fair share of congestion and we do expect the usual I-485 traffic jams as we make our way from the burbs to center city. The more than 35,000 people added to the population will create a traffic nightmare for locals.

Traffic delays, detours and road closures have our many uptown banks and corporations telling employees to work from home and avoid the city altogether. Great solution! Except for South Charlotte, specifically Ballantyne, will now have the headache and pain of traffic delays, detours and road closures. What’s a suburb working girl to do?

Be prepared! Smile and do a southern waltz through that darn nasty commute.

We love our visitors and are honored to be hosting the DNC.

Here is the latest to prepare South Charlotteans for September 3rd-7th.

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•Eastbound passenger vehicle thru traffic will be permitted on Ballantyne Commons Parkway
between Johnston Road and North Community House Road all day Monday and Tuesday, except for commercial motor vehicles.

• School Buses and CATS buses are excluded from the above restriction.

• Residents and guests only of Camden Ballantyne will be allowed limited vehicular access to/from their community throughout the week via Summit Commons Blvd (East Gate Only) from westbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway.  Access from eastbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway is unrestricted until approximately 9:00a.m. on Wednesday, September 5.

• Residents and guests only of Ballantyne Country Club will be allowed limited vehicular access to/from their community throughout the week via Ballantyne Forest Drive accessed from westbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway.  Access from eastbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway is unrestricted until approximately 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5.

• Tenants and guests only of Ballantyne Corporate Park Harris and Premier Buildings, the Aloft Hotel, and Dana Radar Golf School will be allowed limited vehicular access to their respective parking lots from eastbound Ballantyne Corporate Place.

• Tenants and guests only of 13777 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Office Building), 13520 and 13510 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Bank of America Offices), 13515 Ballantyne Corporate Place (SPX Offices), 13320 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Balfour Beatty Construction Site) will be allowed limited vehicular access to their respective parking lots from eastbound Ballantyne Corporate Place.

• Ballantyne Hotel guests, visitors, and employees should access the hotel from Johnston Road beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 3, 2012, ending on Friday, September 7 at approximately 12:00 p.m.

So, buckle up and enjoy the ride, Y’all!  And if you want more information about ALL THINGS CHARLOTTE, please give a call to one of our own “secret agents” at Bon Maison Properties!!  704-541-2500  www.southcharlotteliving.com

 

Jolie (pretty!) Cheveux (hair!) by Erica! February 22, 2011

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Let’s face it – don’t we all LOVE how we look and feel after a great cut & style?!  For a trendy look at a great price, you’ve got to head to the Lenox Shops in Torringdon (near Earth Fare) and meet friend to the Bon Maison girls, Erica Bloomquist of Jolie Cheveux www.joliecheveux.com.  She works wonders with even hard to tame hair like mine – since meeting Erica, my hair feels like silk and looks great too! 

The Lenox Shops are stylish individual salons offering many services from hair styling to nails to massage, etc.

The darling French-inspired Jolie Cheveux shop is the first on the right and is staffed by Erica and two other fabulous stylists, Allie and Sheila.  Great color treatments, wonderful cuts from classic to trendy, sleek styling, plus an assortment of tried and true products, all great for your hair and all at affordable prices.  If you are looking for a new look, a new stylist, or both, your search is over!!  Go to the website www.joliecheveux.com where it’s easy to book your appointment for whatever it is you need – and bang trims are always a la maison (or “on the house” for you non-French linguists!!).

Thanks Erica!  We’re happy to call you not only our #1 Hair Stylist, but our friend as well!  XOXO

And if you’re looking for a south Charlotte home convenient to the Jolie Cheveux Salon, visit the www.bonmaisoncharlotte.com website and one of us will be ready to help…