March 14, 2019

Weekly Events 3/15-3/21

1) Charlotte Ballet = Sat. 3/16 11am

Peter Pan! Let your imagination soar on a spectacular journey to Neverland with Charlotte Ballet!

2) Queen City Rides Tours = Tour times: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 4pm, 6pm.  

Queen City Rides offers a variety of tours ranging from city to party to brewery tours.  

Ask us about our group rates and FREE parking

3) Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen - Sat. 3/16 9am-2pm

It’s not a class or in a box, it’s a good ol’ brunch service! Visit us between 9 am – 2 pm on Saturdays for the best breakfast in town.

4) Learn Music Legends - Sat. 3/16 6pm

Located at Kadi Fit, Join them for our Learn Music Legends showcase! They are excited to share what our bands have been working on! Food will be available by OooWee BBQ!

5) Spring Pallet Painting - Tues. 3/19 630pm

Join Sweet Southern Pallet Designs for a fun Spring themed evening of pallet painting at BIN 110 in Cornelius. "Spring Pallet Painting" is a fun way to get creative painting your own custom piece of artwork while enjoying all BIN 110 has to offer.

6) Wine Tasting Dinner - Wed. 3/20 30pm

Hosted at The Barrel in Mooresville - Oui, Oui.....French Wines

7) Cruise in for Crimestoppers - Fri. 3/15 6pm

They are baaaccckk at Innovative Speed Shop hosted by Hot Rods and Hops, North Meck Crime Stoppers, ARH Designs & Luxury Auto Company

8) Farmers and Artisans Market in South End - Sat. 3/16 9am-2pm

Saturday mornings are a great time to come to Atherton! There are lots of great farmers & artisans that bring in meats, produce, mushrooms, sauces, soaps, dog food, flowers, plants and so much more.

9) Stonewall Connect Game Night and Kickoff Wed. 3/20 7pm

Stonewall Connect is a way for our community to connect - across age, race, social status, physical abilities and other boundaries. Join us for Game Night at Trivia as we introduce Stonewall Connect - our NEW offering focused on connecting our community across age, race, social status, physical abilities and other boundaries.

10) Pancake Day - Thurs. 3/21 6am.

Pancake Day at the Boys & Girls Club has been a tradition for decades. Hope you can join us for the 62nd annual event

 

FIVE ONGOING EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND

 

  1. Funny Bus Comedy City Tour

 

  1. Center City Walking Tour

 

  1. Favorite Things Bicycle Tour

 

  1. Local Flavors of Noda

 

  1. Local Flavors of Plaza Midwood

 

Posted in Fun Times
March 8, 2019

Weekly Events 3/8-3/14

Try out some of these places to eat this weekend and let us know your rating!

1) SouperBowl XV = Sat. 3/9 11am

15th Annual event for Davidson Housing Coalition, eat different soups from local restaurants for a culinary competition!

2) Untapped Territory = Sun 3/10 3pm

1st Annual Boozy Bluegrass and Oyster Bash - Get ready for beach days and sun rays with Untapped Territory's 1st oyster roast.  The experts at Saltwater Markets will be on site to prepare fresh oysters. Oyster "dumps" will begin at 3 pm and continue once every half hour while supplies last.  All-you-can-eat steamed oysters!

3) King Canary Spring Market = Sat 3/10 1pm

Food, Brews and Shop!

4) Frankfurter Fridays at OTPH = Fri 3 /8 5pm

Come out to {OTPH} for some cold brews, sweet jams, and tasty franks and brats from B's Grill every Friday night starting at 5pm! 😋🎶🌭

5) Rural Hill Scotch Whiskey Dinner = Fri 3 /8 630pm

ENJOY A FOUR COURSE MEAL PAIRED WITH SELECT SCOTCH WHISKIES BY GLENMORANGIE

6) Wine and Cheese Class = Wed. 3/13 630pm

Taste a variety of cheeses and wines, sourced both locally and from around the world guided by Josh of the Assorted Table and Rachel from Orrman's Cheese Shop at 7th St. Market.

7) Burgers for Purpose! = Tues 3/12 11am-5pm

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Concord has jumped in to help raise money for Cara’s Purpose by donating 20% of your lunch or dinner purchase on this day back to CP ❤️🐻

8) Next Plate: Israeli + Italian = Wed. 3/13 7pm

Wednesdays at Camp North End series pairs leading chefs from different culinary traditions with an arts organization to compose an unforgettable dining experience.

9) Croation Wine and Food Pairing = Tue. 3/12 6pm

It's a match made in Heaven...

Good Eats and Meets invites you to join our sister venture Captivating Croatia as we tag team with Bond St. Wines and Orrman’s Cheese Shop to present you a very intimate and special Croatian Wine and Food Pairing

10) Women Reaching Higher Beauties Brunch = Sun. 3/10 12pm

The event will be held at Sips on South, located in the heart of Southend. Women Reaching Higher (WRH) is a diverse group of women that are empowering other women who are seeking personal and spiritual growth through avenues that provide motivation, awareness and mentoring. WRH offers self-development events and workshops, mentoring programs,

 

FIVE ONGOING EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND

 

  1. Funny Bus Comedy City Tour

  1. Center City Walking Tour

  1. Favorite Things Bicycle Tour

  1. Local Flavors of Noda

  1. Local Flavors of Plaza Midwood

 

Posted in Foodie
March 6, 2019

Birthday Party Places

Local Hot Spots of places to have your child's next party! Alot of these offer corporate and team building packages too. Have fun and try one!

 

1) W8Less LKN

Jumping Extravaganza - lot’s of different packages to choose from.

2) Paint Ur Peace - Matthews

Paint your own pottery and canvas painting studio for ages 5 to alive!  Paint, create and mingle! Have Fun!

3) Atomz Lab - Fort Mill

All the supplies, fun, favors, clean up are provided. At their place or yours!

4) Engineering for Kids - Charlotte

Einstein, Edison or Isac Newton themed parties!

5) Ourtown Cinemas - Davidson

Hosts special screenings in the whole theater!

6) Bach to Rock - Huntersville

2 Hours jam session where your birthday boy/girl is the star!

7) K1 Speed - Concord

48” or taller, a ton of package choices for car racing fun!

8) Frye’s Roller Skating - Concord

Good ole’ fashion skate party!

 

Posted in Community, Fun Times, Kiddos
March 1, 2019

Week of 3.1-3.7

1) Public Skating = All Week this week

At Extreme Ice Center - Don’t forget it’s still winter with the up and down temps, this is fun to learn to ice skate and family time memories!

2) Warped Wall = Sat. 3/2 All Day

Conquer the warped wall in Northlake! Great way to work off steam for kiddos!

3) Bug Lab = Tues. 3/5 All Day and Month

At Discovery Place and experience the immersion of bugs and their amazing abilities.  

4) Sip and Seek Wedding Show = Sun. 3/3 1pm-4pm

Historic Rural Hill -  The Sip & Seek Wedding Show will be an intimate setting for couples and vendors to meet while enjoying complimentary wine, food and door prizes.

5) Conversation about Work Life Balance = Sat. 3/2 4pm-5pm

Join UNCC Professor Bryan Robinson at Main Street Books and discussion on his new book “Chill”.

6) Glow in the Dark Mini Golf = Sat. 3/2 10am

Grand Opening of Rainforest Glow Mini Golf in Indian Trail.

7) Outkast on a Quest = Sat. 3/2 930pm

Radio Rehab Carolinas presents OUTKAST ON A QUEST featuring 2 legendary Carolina DJ's

8) Batcha and Salsa Tuesdays = Tue. 3 /5 10 pm

Join Rumbao every Tuesday (except the first Tuesday of the month-hosted by RW)after our classes at La Revolucion Tacos, Mexicology, and Good Times! Some of the best tacos in town and drink specials.

9) Cookie & Beer Pairing = Thurs. 3/6 4pm

Carolina Ale House - Cookies and beer, we can't think of a better pairing!

10) Cabernet tasting = Tue. 3 /5 630pm

The most popular red varietal done right at Bin 110!  Come enjoy 4 different Cabernet offerings in a proper glass and at a proper temperature!  We will taste through 4 different wines, all of high quality.

 

FIVE ONGOING EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND

  1. Funny Bus Comedy City Tour

  2. Center City Walking Tour

  3. Favorite Things Bicycle Tour

  4. Local Flavors of Noda

  5. Local Flavors of Plaza Midwood

Posted in Foodie, Fun Times
Feb. 26, 2019

The Ultimate Packing Guide

 PRINTABLE PACKING CHEAT SHEET

Posted in Buying, Selling
Feb. 26, 2019

20% Down, No More!

One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home  **Request more information on NC Buyer programs here!

The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses.

 

In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters and those living rent-free with family or friends) believe they need to save upwards of 20% for their down payment!

According to the “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership” study commissioned in partnership between the Urban Institute, Down Payment Resource, and Freddie Mac, 39% of non-homeowners and 30% of those who already own a home believe they need more than a 20% down payment.

The percentage of those who are aware of low down payment programs (those under 5%) is surprisingly low at 12% for non-homeowners and 13% for homeowners.

In a recent Convergys Analytics report, they found that 49% of renters believe they need at least a 20% down payment.

The median down payment on loans approved in 2018 was only 5%! Those waiting until they have over 20% may already have enough saved to buy now!

There are over 45 million millennials (33%) who are mortgage ready right now, meaning their income, debt, and credit scores would all allow them to qualify for a mortgage today!

Bottom Line

If your five-year plan includes buying a home, let’s get together to determine what it will take to make that plan a reality. You may be closer to your dream than you realize!

Request more information on NC Buyer programs here!**

Blog post from Keeping Current Matters

 

Feb. 15, 2019

Week of 2/15 to 2/21/19

Have fun and try something new! Let's us know if you went to one of these and give us an update!

Love to hear about it.

1) All Star Art Showcase = Fri, 2/15 7pm-10pm

Salud Cerveceria is just upstairs in the Salud Beer Shop. Local artists on display featuring the All Stars.

2) Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds = Feb. 15-24th

At ImaginOn. Ages 6 and older. Reggae inspired jammin’s show with Ziggy and Nansi!

3) NBA All-Star Practice and Media Day = Sat. 2/16 930am

Bojangles Coliseum to watch the players of the NBA All Star Game and State Farm All Star practice games before the Sunday big event!

4) Great Backyard Bird Count = Sun. 2/17 8am-5pm

Observe and count birds at the Wing Haven Gardens. Free! Don’t miss out on their birdhouse building contest. Go to their website for the details!

5) Free Wednesday Evenings at the Mint Museum = Wed. 2/20 5-9pm

Explore away Free every Wednesday, Randolph Mint.

6) Regal Best Film Festival = Fri. 2/15 - Sun. 2/24

Regal is showing all 2019 Academy Award Nominated films for just $35, various times to catch up for the ceremony. That’s $5 a movie!

7) Open Mic = Sun. 2/17 7pm

Comedy Zone Charlotte, $10-$15 tix. Maybe you’ll see the next Dave Chappelle!

8) Chill Chaser Happy Hour = Mon 2/18 - Thur. 2/21 5pm

Duke Mansion hosts happy hours Mon-Thurs in February. Cash bar benefits the non profit organization.

9) Hattie’s Tap and Tavern - Mon. 2/18

$5 for a PBR and shot of Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, ‘Nuf said...

10) 10 year anniversary = Thur. 2/21 - ALL DAY

Ikea is celebrating its 10th here in Charlotte with Free food and give-a-aways!

 

 

FIVE ONGOING EVENTS TO KEEP IN MIND

 

  1. Funny Bus Comedy City Tour

  1. Center City Walking Tour

  1. Favorite Things Bicycle Tour

  2. Local Flavors of Noda

  3. Local Flavors of Plaza Midwood

Feb. 8, 2019

Things to Do Week of 2/8-2/14

These are not all Valentines things to do, so look the list over and pick something new! 

 

1) Three Dog Bakery Lake Norman - Smooch Your Pooch Kissing Booth Photos

Who's ready to smooch your pooch?!?! Come on out on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 11am-2pm, to have your pups photo taken in our kissing booth! Photos are free of charge with any donation to Lucky Labs Rescue!   Lucky Labs will have some awesome adoptable pups here for you to meet too!! Come on out to have some fun and support a great cause! Photos will be posted on Facebook after the event for download.

2) Family Day at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Sat. Feb. 9th - Introduce the kids to modern art through special hands on art activities and family focused museum tours happening Noon-430pm. Complimentary Guided Tours, Kids free!

3) Owlets Nature Play Dates, Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Mon Feb. 11th - 10am Ages 3-6 Enjoy nature with hands on experience. FREE!

4) Kitchen Chemistry - University Regional Library

Wed. Feb. 13 - 4pm FREE for Teens! Explore Chemistry in Cooking!

5) Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

Feb. 8-24th at ImaginOn. Ages 6 and older. Reggae inspired jammin’s show with Ziggy and Nansi!

6) YMCA Polar Plunge and Chili Cook Off = Sat. 2/9 1130am

Go out to the LKN Y in Cornelius for the Annual event and watch the Lake Plungers!

7) WDAV Concert Series = Sun. 2/10 2:30pm

“Music Under the Influence of Computers” Percussionist, composer, and media artist Scott Deal is joined by Davidson College Artist Associate in Piano William Fried for a program of music for piano, percussion, and electronics that include both fixed and interactive media.

 8) Sunday Brunch and Bubbly Jazz Series - Sun. 2/10 1030am & 1230pm

Hunter House and Gardens and Holly Hopkins Jazz in Huntersville serving up Brunch with Jazz Music and delicious foods. Two seatings available.

 9) Chocolate and Wine Tasting - Mon. 2/11 7pm

Cork and Cask in Cornelius with Davidson Chocolate Co. is paring wines and chocolate. Enough Said!

 10) Ballantyne Village Pop Up Valentine’s Gift Market

Don't wait until the last minute to get a gift for your special someone! Join us Saturday, February 9 for our Valentine's Gift Market from 11 am to 4 pm. We'll be offering swag bags while supplies last! Shop from our local jewelry and gift vendors for a beautiful gift for your valentine! We hope to see you there.

*This event is rain or shine. If it rains, we will move indoors.




Feb. 6, 2019

Hand Made Home Decor You Can Buy From North Carolina Etsy Shops

North Carolina Etsy shops home decor

There is no better place to shop unique, crafted and curated gifts than Etsy. This online marketplace is the hub of handmade, individually designed and one-of-a-kind works of art. When you combine home decor then throw in the creativity of North Carolina creatives, you’re in for quite the treat.

So whether you’re looking for a gift for yourself, your home, or a friend, shop local for your home decor from one or more of these amazing Etsy entrepreneurs. Happy shopping!

 

Belle Decor Designs

Asheville | Shop on Etsy

Specializing in vintage, farmhouse and shabby chic decor, Ally Mignaud creates wall hangings and pieces of art that would find a place amongst any design style. Products in her Etsy shop include painted signs, mounted bottle openers, pallet art and, our favorite, state map wall hangings. Check out her beachy North Carolina piece here.

 

Blue Mill Studio

Jacksonville | Shop on Etsy

North Carolina Etsy shops home decorPhoto courtesy of Blue Mill Studio

Founded in 2017, Blue Mill Studio is the passion project of artist Jenna Thornburg. Through the shop, she exercises her passion for designing, creating, lettering and crafting. Now, you can shop beautiful, hand-painted doormats perfect for every doorstep. They’re available with clever and charming phrases, icons and even customizable options for your family.

 

Carolina Cottonwood

Wilmington | Shop on Etsy

North Carolina Etsy shops home decorPhoto courtesy of Carolina Cottonwood

Based out of Wilmington, Carolina, Cottonwood is a husband and wife small business started in the spring of 2016. Showcasing their love for farmhouse design, the shop’s products include seasonal pillows, stylish covers, wall hangings, canvas banners and printable graphics so you can immediately spruce up your decor.

 

Decoreum

Hendersonville | Shop on Etsy

Owner and creator Luna began Decoreum to continue her passion for great works of art. Previously, she restored works of art on canvas and now she does so on tapestries you can hang in your own home. Offering a fun and cozy spin on public domain pieces from artists like Van Gogh, Cezanne and Claude Monet, you can now have your own historic rendering!

 

Dog Crates and Kennels

Charlotte | Shop on Etsy

North Carolina Etsy shops home decorPhoto courtesy of Dog Crates and Kennels

The ideal shop for every dog parent and design lover, Dog Crates and Kennels makes our pups a part of the decorating fun. The team behind this shop built their first crate for their own dog in their own kitchen. Afterward, they posted the design on Etsy and the rest is history. Today, you can shop kennels and even multi-dog kennels that can double as end tables or coffee tables. In short, your dog kennel can now be the most stylish piece of furniture in your home. To see more, check out the website here

 

Estatoe Woodworks

Green Mountain | Shop on Etsy

North Carolina Etsy shops home decor furniturePhoto courtesy of Estatoe Woodworks

Ansel Ringler kick-started his passion for woodworking as a child and now builds beautiful pieces of furniture and works of art from his workshop on the Estatoe River of Yancey County. Products available on Etsy include home furnishings like live edge tables, kitchen accessories like cutting boards, intricate wood wall hangings, and even custom-built furniture.  

 

 

Home State Apparel

Greensboro | Shop on Etsy

In 2011, the team at Home State Apparel created the original “home” shirt inspired by their love for North Carolina. They quickly expanded to include all 50 states and now their shirts are recognizable everywhere. Today, they still create everything by hand out of their shop in Greensboro, including the famous hats and shirts and gorgeous home goods that include map wall hangings, mugs and glasses.

 

Mackenzie Bryant & Co.

Charlotte | Shop on Etsy

Mackenzie Bryant & Co. is a small online boutique out of Charlotte specializing in rare, vintage finds, custom pillow covers, and handmade fabrics. Their collection includes everything from throws and wall hangings to hand-knotted rugs and even skulls. You can shop on Etsy or check out the full collection on the website.

 

Northern Oaks Decor Co.

Greensboro | Shop on Etsy

North Carolina Etsy shops home decorPhoto courtesy of Northern Oaks Decor Co.

Originally started as a cathartic hobby, Northern Oaks Decor Co. has expanded into one of the most beautiful home decor shops on Etsy. Owner and creator Jenn Henry makes intricate wood art you won’t find anywhere else, as well as useful home goods like wooden bathtub trays, shelves and trays.

 

Sow the Land

Asheville | Shop on Etsy

North Carolina Etsy shops home decor furniturePhoto courtesy of Sow the Land

Sow the Land is a project of creators and adventurers, Jason and Lorraine. In their shop, you’ll find wooden wall art that showcases their love of the mountains and the outdoors. We especially love the wall hangings they’ve turned into functional pieces like this Geometric Mountain Wall Hanging and Hat Rack!

 

The Bookcase Shop

Durham | Shop on Etsy

Phillip Fletcher and his brother Tully Mac Fletcher founded Durham Bookcases back in 1974. In 2015, Chase Fletcher brought their downtown storefront and warehouse to Etsy so furniture and decor shoppers like you can get these handmade pieces no matter where you live! Made to last, these bookcases, drawers, dressers and wine racks will last an entire lifetime.

 

Todd Manring Designs

Winston-Salem | Shop on Etsy

North Carolina Etsy shops home decorPhoto courtesy of Todd Manring Designs

Built from Todd’s passion for building and his uncanny ability to build just about anything, this Etsy shop is run by a husband and wife team out of Winston-Salem. They work together on designs of elegant dining tables, industrial kitchen islands, rustic desks, and an entire line of handmade range hoods made from reclaimed metal and wood.

 

W. Francis

Charlotte | Shop on Etsy

The same W. Francis that has been seen in Pottery Barn and on HGTV can be seen right here on Etsy. Mad for technology, this North Carolina company designs every product digitally. Check out the full lineup of tapestries, pillows and table runners on Etsy here or check out the W. Francis website.

 

Did you find something you love? 

 

*Courtesy Allen Tate Realtors Blog Posts

Posted in Community
Jan. 31, 2019

10 Things to do for Valentine's

Valentine's isn't all about having a date or having a mate. It is HEART day! And there are fun things to do for everyone around town. Each place is tied back to the facebook event so check there for more details and exact times. Have fun!

 

1) Ballantyne Village Pop Up Valentine’s Gift Market

Don't wait until the last minute to get a gift for your special someone! Join us Saturday, February 9 for our Valentine's Gift Market from 11 am to 4 pm. We'll be offering swag bags while supplies last! Shop from our local jewelry and gift vendors for a beautiful gift for your valentine! We hope to see you there.

*This event is rain or shine. If it rains, we will move indoors.

2) Three Dog Bakery Lake Norman - Smooch Your Pooch Kissing Booth Photos

Who's ready to smooch your pooch?!?! Come on out on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 11am-2pm, to have your pups photo taken in our kissing booth! Photos are free of charge with any donation to Lucky Labs Rescue!   Lucky Labs will have some awesome adoptable pups here for you to meet too!! Come on out to have some fun and support a great cause! Photos will be posted on Facebook after the event for download.

3) Decorate Cakes and Pops at SAS Cupcake Blakeney

Sat. Feb. 2nd - Join SAS Cupcakes as we teach kids how to frost their own Valentine's Day Cupcakes and Dip and Decorate their own Valentine's Day Cake Pops! Every Child will go home with 2 mini cupcakes and 2 cake pops that they beautifully decorated all their own!!

Just $13 per child. Space is limited. Call to reserve your spot TODAY! 704-295-1777

4) Sweatheart Dance Carolina Aviation Museum

Sat. Feb. 9th - Come out for dinner and a night of dancing. Purchase tickets to attend this special event. Go to the FB events page for more details.  

5) Free Candy at The Candy Warehouse

Sat. Feb 2nd - One Saturday per month, we give away free candy! If you've never been to Candy Warehouse, you are in for a treat! Just walking around is fun & eventful, so much to see.. bring the kids!

Over 6,000 Candy Choices! We are not your typical Candy Store! The World's largest selection. Candy organized by color, Custom Pinatas, and Candy for every theme!

6) Valentine’s Cookie Class sponsored by Firefly Edible Designs

Join us for this fun filled Valentine's Day themed class where we'll be decorating heart cookies on sticks!

These are some of the things you'll learn during this 1.5 hour class:

* Baking the perfect cookie that won't lose shape

* Royal icing consistencies and techniques, such as wet on wet.

* Outlining and flooding cookies

* How to use edible accents such as fondant on cookies What is included:

* All supplies for class

* Snacks and refreshments

* A cookie cutter gift

Class open to:

* Children 8 and over when accompanied by an adult

When:Saturday, February 2nd Huntersville

Classes at 10 am and 1pm

 

7) Valentine’s Ceramic Mugs - Char Meck Library Morrison

Show the ones you care by making them something special. Give the coffeee drinker in your life a decorative Valentine's mug using Morrison's vinyl cutter. Ages:Preteen (10-11).Teens (12-18).

8) Galentine’s Day at Pour Taproom

Whether you plan to celebrate Valentine's Day or not, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate Galentine’s Day with your girls! Fellas are welcome, of course!

 

This February 13th, celebrate your cherished friendships at Pour Taproom with discounted wine and open mic night! ❤️

 

9) Wine and Dine on the Rails 2019

Sat Feb. 9th and Sun. Feb. 10th - Enjoy an elegant evening at the N.C. Transportation Museum!

Learn more here: https://www.nctrans.org/Events/Wine.aspx

Guests will enjoy

- Cocktail hour prior to departure

- Three course meal from Morgan Ridge Vineyards-Brewhouse, accompanied by wines from Shelton Vineyards

- A leisurely train ride throughout the 60 acre museum campus

 

10) The Sweetlife Valentine’s Cookies at High Branch Brewing Co.

The Sweet Life is coming back to decorate some Valentine's Day cookies with us! Bring the kids by Sunday, February 10th and have a beer while you help the kids get creative! Cost includes 2 cookies, decorating materials and instructions. Parents assisting kids do not need a reservation. Price is $8 per person - pay day of - must make reservation.

 

Session 2 starts at 3:30 and you can snag a spot at:

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sweet-life-valentines-day-cookies-at-high-branch-tickets-54848956706