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Leaving Charlotte for an annual Thanksgiving trip, I can’t help but think how wonderful it would be to be able to stay in the Queen City. Charlotte can’t be beat for weather, food and entertainment during the holidays!

Charlotte offers a variety of delicious food and wonderful entertainment options during Thanksgiving week:

Charlotte Restaurants are offering Thanksgiving dinner to those who prefer to get dressed-up and socialize. The Gallery Restaurant is inside the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge on Ballantyne Commons Parkway, near its intersection with Johnston Road. On Thanksgiving, the restaurant offers a special brunch in its ballroom. You can select a bottle of wine to enjoy with the meal from the restaurant’s list, which is a previous recipient of the “Wine Spectator” magazine Award of Excellence.

The Palm Restaurant, the Classic American Steak House, will offer a traditional 3-course Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Located in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood, Palm Restaurant is a destination along the brick walkways of the upscale Phillips Place shopping center, and lies minutes away from SouthPark mall. www.thepalm\

The Mimosa Grille in Charlotte, North Carolina has consistently been named one of Charlotte’s best restaurants since 1995. Mimosa Grill features global cuisine with a unique southern twist. The Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mimosa will feature a Southern table with family style service, which means bowls will be brought to the table where diners will share at the table. This is a three course family meal. Reservations are required.

For a more casual turkey dinner, try family favorite Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant in Pineville for a traditional holiday menu with an Italian twist. 

Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet at Red Rocks Café located in the Foxcroft area at the Strawberry Hill Shopping Center, and also in bustling Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC.

Charlotte supports our Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard and their families, by offering a free turkey dinner at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 22.  Lowe’s, the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the USO of North Carolina invite our Military and their families for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Dinner and all activities are free of charge!

Military who are traveling through the Charlotte International Airport can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast in the Charlotte Center courtesy of St. Gabriel Catholic Church.

For those families who would like to bring home the turkey, Charlotte also offers several locations to get your turkey to-go. Earth Fare is offering traditional and vegan dinners for Thanksgiving.

Harris Teeter offers turkey, ham or prime rib dinners that can be ordered from the deli dept. 

At Switchin Kitchens located in Ballantyne, you can get your turkey plus all the fixings oven-ready the day before Thanksgiving between 10 am & 3 pm .Orders will need to be placed by Thursday, November 15th.

Let’s not forget Thanksgiving entertainment in Charlotte!  The Belk Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade is gearing will march down Tryon Street on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. The parade steps off from 10th and North Tryon at 10 A.M. and ends at Stonewall and South Tryon. The parade lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Cheer on or be a participant in Charlottes annual Turkey Trot. Entering its 24th year, the Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot is Charlotte’s longest-running road race event. But more than that, it’s a Charlotte Thanksgiving Day tradition for families and friends and a happy and healthy way to start off one of the best days of the year! If you’re planning on making the trip Uptown for the parade, organizers suggest you ride CATS buses or the LYNX Blue Line to the Parade. Round-trip fare is only $3 for adults.

Work Off The Trukey Hike is a great outdoor activity to enjoy Charlotte’s beautiful fall weather. Presented by McDowell Nature Center and Preserve on November 23, 2012. Enjoy a moderate-paced hike through McDowell Nature Preserve and take in the sights and sounds of autumn.


Shopping is another great way to work off that second helping of pumpkin pie! Carolina Place Mall in Pineville will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Macys will be opening at midnight, as will Belk. Retailers have the option of opening at midnight and there are currently 25+ opting to do so. Southpark Mall is located on the corner of Sharon and Fairview Roads in Charlotte, is also open at 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on November 23rd. among the 150 + stores, Southpark featurees Apple, Burberry, Lilly Pulitzer, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany&Co, Belk and much more. 


When the turkey leftovers are all eaten, music may be just the ticket to ease you into a wonderful Charlotte December. Christmas Spectacular Presented by Charlotte Civic Orchestra on November 25, 2012 is an outstanding Christmas concert with over 300 performers including 65 member Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Charlotte City Ballet, the Eddie Mabry Dancers, the Holiday Singers, recording artist Caroline Keller, and 120 voice choir. Seasonal favorites will be performed including selections from the beloved “Nutcracker Ballet”, Sleigh Ride, and “The Hallelujah Chorus”. The performance is at the Halton Theater at CPCC Uptown.

Charlotte offers a peaceful, delicious, safe and entertaining Thanksgiving holiday for all those thankful people lucky enough to enjoy their family and friends in the Queen City!


Back to School Shopping? Get Ready for TAX-FREE Weekend!! July 22, 2011

 Hello South Charlotte Newcomers!  It’s Maureen again…

Already I’ve noticed a lot of serious back-to-school shopping on my few ventures out into “the stores” (as you may remember, I’m the one who hates to shop!).  Well, you new North Carolina (and South Carolina!) residents – do yourselves a big favor and save some of those hard-earned dollars to spend on Tax-Free Weekend, just two weeks from today, August 5-7, 2011

See for details regarding state specifics!

You are lucky to have landed in one of 17 states that offers some sort of tax-free shopping opportunity for various goods.  North Carolina offers two important tax-free times, including a weekend in November to save sales tax with appliance purchases, but for those of you getting your little people ready for a new school year, those of you shipping your darling teen off to college, or any of you looking to make a purchase of a new computer, computer supplies, sports equipment, or even clothes and footwear, it may be worth holding off for a couple of weeks! 

And yes, I know what you’re thinking – “they just eliminate the up to 8% tax instead of having sales of 15-40% off on items – what fun is that?”  Not so!  Fortunately, it’s been my experience, as a consummate bargain diva, that both sales and no tax offers are in place all around town!  Believe me when I say it takes A LOT to get me out to a store with a smile on my face!!  My favorite back-to-school shopping experiences on tax-free weekend have been at the Apple Store in Southpark Mall – yes, three times now I have waited in the (long!) line in early August with other parents of soon-to-be college freshmen, just to save the $100+ on tax for their nice but pricey laptops – and they used to throw in a free iPod to sweeten the deal – now they have a $100 gift card offer: 

(p.s., have your student bring their school i.d. for all the best deals!).

In NC, in addition to the items noted above, all school supplies and “instructional materials” will also be tax-exempt during the weekend of August 5-7.  South Carolina’s exemption includes clothes, school supplies, and computers, and some miscellaneous items including linens – GREAT to pop over the border and head to the stores (both left and right) on Dave Lyle Blvd. in Rock Hill  (Exit 79 off I-77 S) for all your dorm supplies!  TJMaxx, Target, Ross, Belk, JCPenney, and more!

So, stay cool, have fun, and shop away in those air-conditioned stores the first weekend this August!


Ready, Set, SHOP – Preparing For The Onslaught November 24, 2010

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From Maureen’s perspective –


Personally, it’s one of my least favorite four letter words!  But the time is fast approaching that many of you will be setting your sites on conquering the Christmas crunch of gift buying and giving.

One increasingly popular idea is to focus not on giving gifts of things but instead on providing memorable experiences.  And guess what?  It’s a lot easier to shop for the “experience” type presents anyway!  (Don’t worry – there are tips for you die-hard mall shoppers below!)  For the rest of us, we can shop online instead of waiting “on line” (as all you Jersey-girl friends of mine say – we Midwesterners and Southerners refer to it as waiting “in line”).  So instead of another nice picture frame or other trinket for your friend or relative’s home, how about tickets to an adventure they can take a picture of – some opportunity they might not have taken advantage of, some activity that takes them a little out of their normal realm… 

Museums, shows, galleries, sports tickets, white-water rafting days, mini beach getaways, golf outings, movie & dinner certificates, Tweetsie Railroad for the kids – the possibilities are endless!  For some up-to-date Charlotte area options, check out all the links available at  And grab a stack of cute and colorful fortune cookie boxes for packaging your certificates/gift cards and you’re ready to go!

Ok, you’re the type of person that just wouldn’t feel right if you didn’t head out for that early Black Friday shopping – here’s the scoop you need –

The earliest and biggest bang for your early morning buck is going to be the 11:45 pm Thursday opening of Concord Mills (in Concord, northeast of Charlotte, but easy to get to from south Charlotte – head up the 485-OUTER LOOP til it ends, head N on 85 toward GREENSBORO and take the first exit #49/Bruton Smith Blvd. and you can’t miss it on your left).  Concord Mills has all kinds of outlet stores – see for all the details.  There’s a really nice TJMaxx store there – the highlight for me the few times I’ve gone!  Of note, the Best Buy there doesn’t open until 5 am Friday, and Bass Outlet opens at 6 am…

Kohl’s ( has a couple of locations convenient to south Charlotte including the Pavilion on South Blvd. at 485 and also on Independence Blvd. in Matthews.  Apparently, they’re throwing open their doors at 3 am Friday – have fun!  There’s a Michael’s store near the South Blvd. Kohl’s and they sometimes offer crazy Black Friday hours as well – I’d guess they’ll be opening around 4 or 5 (do they offer coffee when you’re out shopping so early???).

Next on the timeline in Carolina Place Mall in Pineville, basically at the intersection of 485 and Hwy 51/Pineville-Matthews Rd.  They open at 6am Friday and offer the usual array of mall shops, with Belk, Dillards, Macy’s, and J.C. Penney as anchor stores.  Check out to see if you’ll find Santa up and at his station that early.

Finally, I guess no one’s getting up early to unlock the doors at South Park Mall as they won’t be opening until 8 am on Friday.  However, with that said, you’ll find the swankiest selection of stores at this pretty mall, at the corner of Sharon and Fairview Roads.  There’s Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, J. Crew, Coach, Michael Kors, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and more!  So dust off that plastic and get ready to roll!  You can shop all the other options before these places even open!

And if you’d rather just shop for a NEW HOUSE, just call us at 704.541.2500 and one of our Bon Maison Properties girls will be ready to help!  Have a safe, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving!!