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The grand opening of BLT Steak on October 1 marked the newest addition to the uptown restaurant scene and gave a lot of folks their first glimpse of The Ritz-Carlton. Both the grand opening and the hotel were impressive, with movers and shakers filling the restaurant and overflowing onto the elegant sofas in the groundfloor lobby of the Ritz.

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The Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend kicked off on October 17,at The Ritz-Carlton with radio host Danny Fontana as emcee and auctioneer. The weekend, held from April 22-24, is four days of events pairing Charlotte’s top chefs with notable winemakers from around the world to raise money for Mecklenburg County’s youth.

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originally from nY, Alessandra salvatore has called Uptown Charlotte home for a year now. an avid writer of articles, reviews, and screenplays, alessandra’s other addictions include interior decorating, red wine, and “swapping”—she recently created SwapSassy.com, a website where fashionistas can swap clothing. When not scoping the Charlotte scene, you can find her at home in the company of her husband, greg, and her fat cat, marcus.
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Bea Quirk had her first article published in Jack & Jill magazine at age seven, and her first book soon followed. her first byline in Charlotte was in 1981, for the Observer, where she covered South Carolina high school football. She has since expanded her range of expertise, having written for most every major publication in Charlotte on practically every aspect of life here. Curiosity and a love of her craft are what drive her.

Ryan sumner is both Creative Director and owner of Fenix Fotography, a full-service photo studio located in plaza-midwood that’s dedicated to creating compelling and artful images for corporate, advertising, fashion, and weddings. the studio also offers on site studio work for executive headshots. Ryan’s photographs appear in the fashion section of this month’s issue. Click to fenixfoto.com to find out more about Ryan.

Charlotte native Matt Kokenes is no stranger to the media-sales business in the Queen City. he has been selling both print and television for almost seven years. through perseverance and intestinal fortitude, matt has shown he has the toughness to succeed in this business. this month matt spent some time just east of north tryon with Dale, Cleo and toronto, a group of homeless folks camping just outside the center city.

a man about town with his camera, George Lanis of Catch Light Studio has been photographing people in his native Charlotte for years. From friends’ weddings to parties to family photos for the holidays, his work is creative and diverse, and he’s always looking to show you in the best light. Check out catchlightonline.com for more.

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a native Charlottean, Jennifer Misenheimer is a hair stylist and artistic creator with a discerning eye for style. When she’s not doing hair at t. Reid and Company, in Dilworth, or styling fashion shoots, Jennifer finds outlet for her creative passion through painting, personal styling, and designing one-of-a-kind custom costumes. this month, Jennifer styled our fashion layout.

peter Reinhart is the Chef on assignment at Johnson & Wales University, which means he does whatever they ask him to do and goes wherever they send him. he’s written seven books on bread, pizza, food and culture. In partnership with pierre Bader, he opened pie town, an artisan pizzeria on trade Street. and aS if he weren’t busy enough, peter is also Uptown’s Contributing Food editor.

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shelly shepard, an editor/writer, called the Charlotte observer home for over 10 years, writing headlines and copy editing countless front-page stories. Wanderlust has taken Shelly from teaching english in prague, to living in a hut in thailand. If not working, chances are you’ll find her hiking. professionally, Shelly’s at home with a page of words in front of her, a mouse in hand and a deadline looming.

name: Little Shiva species: mutant here for: the smell of ink on paper interests: juxtaposition, transformation, mystery, clarity, the process of becoming, image and design contributions to this issue: table of contents website: littleshiva.com

a year and a half ago John Zoët was freezing his bollocks off in modesto, California, trying to fall asleep in a Burlington northern boxcar. through grace and the generosity of good people, he now works in a kitchen, studies the culinary arts at Johnson & Wales, and sleeps in a warm bed. torn between sanity and the life of a vagabond, he writes to quell the call of the road.

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Letter from the editor
It wasn’t always like this. As a kid in the early ’80s, we did a hundred common everyday things that today would seem death defying. Playing touch football in the street, riding my bike without a helmet, standing between the front two seats as my mom drove her Cadillac, diving off the diving board at the pool, and wandering the neighborhood until dusk playing with my friends. We thought nothing of this back then, but today, Kate – my oldest – will never do ANY of these. So I improvise. We have one of those three-wheeled strollers with the bicycle tires on them, and I strap Kate in. I put my Rollerblades on with no helmet and no knee or elbow pads and, pushing her in the stroller, I skate off the driveway into the smoothly paved neighborhood streets. I go as fast as I can up and down hills, and Kate, with her blonde hair unencumbered by a helmet and catching the Dadmade breeze, only yells for me to go faster. It feels like freedom. Our society has moved way too far down this risk-free path to try to turn around now, but we can still band together and fight back in small but effective ways. Take small steps first because you never know where they might lead. Every once and again ride a bike without a helmet, don’t put on sunscreen, drive your car without buckling in, or even better, next summer search out an old neighborhood swimming pool that still has a diving board, and spend a long summer day seeing who can make the biggest splash. Just don’t blame me if your new riskier life feels so much better than the risk-free one – I warned you. ~Todd Trimakas Publisher / Editor Todd@uptownclt.com

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I like peanut butter. And on a late-night snack run to the fridge, I reached for the all-natural creamy peanut butter, the apricot spreadable fruit and the whitest of white bread, a trifecta of deliciousness that is only made better by gently toasting the Wonder Bread. As I was waiting for the toaster to bing, I picked up my jar of peanut butter and read the ingredients. Peanuts. That’s it, just peanuts. I love it simple and good. But what I found disappointing was that underneath the ingredients and mandatory nutritional breakdown was a warning. “This product contains peanuts.” Really?? I had to read it again: “This product contains peanuts.” Wow. How have we gotten to the point where all-natural peanut butter needs a warning that informs the consumer that, yes, in fact, it does contain peanuts? I think it has to do with risk, and the new American dream of the complete and absolute destruction of any semblance of risk in our lives, and it goes WAY beyond food and infiltrates every waking moment in our lives. It has come in a million tiny little nibbles, and it makes me sad.

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So you’ve gotten “matched” with a complete moron. You’ve been “eHarmony’d” with an overemotional earth muffin, and on your “J-date,” the J stood for Jobless Jackass. You could turn off the computer and seek love elsewhere, but your co-worker’s hygienically challenged cousin or a night spent trying to reel in a honey at BlackFinn doesn’t sound any more promising. Ever considered seeing a “spiritual love adviser” to steer you in the right direction? Me neither. But at least one is practicing in Charlotte, and I’ve checked him out.

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hrough several types of “readings,” Rick Kim says he can help you find your soul mate, or help you improve your current relationship. I set up my appointment for a Sunday, which turns out to be a perfect day for a reading in the park – gorgeous, crisp, not a cloud in the sky. He typically meets with clients at a quiet place of their choosing. I don a pair of ripped jeans, a tank top, and my best poker face, and I am out the door. On the walk over, my mind chases the leaves on the sidewalk, swirling with thoughts of what to expect. Should I hide my ring and lie? Tell him I keep dating the wrong men, and can’t seem to find Mr. Right – see what he suggests? What if he is a total kook? What if he thinks I’m a total kook for wanting four different readings? Born and raised in South Korea, Rick’s fascination with and keen observation of people and nature as a child led him to study Eastern and Western philosophy and divination. He is educated in palm reading, tarot card reading, astrology reading and face reading, to name a few. Yes, face reading. He uses any or all of these practices, combined with his intuition, to “read people’s energies” and offer guidance and advice, and his main focus is love and relationships. He charges $50 to do all four of the readings I’m requesting, but he also
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does single readings at a lower rate. I find some comfort in the fact that he also possesses a Ph.D. in biotechnology, and he currently researches at UNCC. But I’ve also made sure we’re meeting during the day in a public place, and that I’ve notified my husband, mother, sister and every online network I’m a part of where I’ll be for the afternoon. My eyes scan every character in the park until I finally zero in on him – sitting on a bench, wearing a matching linen outfit and a big, harmless smile. I release my key from where it was sticking out between my two knuckles and relax my fist from striking position. I give a wave, and two deep breaths later I join him on the park bench, right next to the foldout table draped in cloth with his stack of tarot cards on it. Before we begin with any readings I bombard him with questions, which he patiently answers. For starters, will he be able to offer me a good analysis, considering I’ve already found my Mr. Wonderful? Absolutely, he says. How does he offer guidance through the readings? He explains that his readings are not solely based on telling your future. Instead, his readings help you discover and understand your personality more, and also help you to home in on what characteristics you should look for in a potential partner. If you are already matched up, he will help you better your relationship by analyzing the hell out of it through his extensive astrological knowledge, making you understand why it is not your hubby’s fault that he will never pick up his dirty socks off the floor – it is because of the astrological elements he is born under, of course – so you can accept it, figure out an effective way to deal with it, and move on. My last question before we begin: What’s up with the face reading? I had palm readings on the boardwalk when I was 14. I’m guilty of checking my horoscope here and there, and my sister reads tarot cards, which, when paired with five bottles of wine and some friends, makes for a fun night in. But I’ve never heard of face reading before, and suddenly I am very aware that he’s probably started reading mine already. You can hide your hands for a palm reading, pull the religion card to duck out of a tarot card reading, and lie about your birthday for astrology. But unless it’s a Halloween date and you’re wearing a mask, there is no escaping someone scrutinizing your mug. Since I’m so intrigued, he gives me a preview: He points to the area on my forehead between my two eyebrows. “This area, in Eastern philosophy, is called the Palace of Destiny. The general rule is that, if this area is bright, and has a glow…it means that person is very good, and something very good is coming to them. If this area is very dark and dull, that means that something bad is happening or is coming to them.” Hmm. Since we’re spending so much time staring at my forehead, did I wax my unibrow? Check. Also, how could this information be gathered from a small patch of skin on my face? I press Rick for more. He explains, “In Far Eastern medicine, a part of your body can represent the whole body. This is the principle behind holistic medicinal practices,

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such as hand acupuncture.” This vaguely makes sense. I could understand how maybe it can be helpful in terms of health. But to reveal someone’s character and, essentially, her future? Rick begins to read my palm. A few bums pass us, offering up a curious look, and for a second I am conscious of being judged, but it passes. The palm reading is more of a “past, present, future” type reading. The lines in the palm, like the lines in the face, constantly change, so it’s important to pay attention to them. By following the lines in my hand, he begins to fill me in on things such as significant relationships in my life, my emotional makeup, and at which point in my life I will be most successful in my career. It’s all reassuring, and it’s all peachy. But I feel like something is lacking, and I am wishing it would be more specific. I am glad we have three more readings. We dive into astrology. Rick draws six vertical lines, in tally form, on a piece of paper. The lines represent your compatibility with your partner, based on your birthdays and astrological influences. Only one line means that your compatibility, well, sucks. Two lines, meh. It continues in this fashion all the way up to six lines, which means you have the ideal relationship with the highest level of compatibility – you and your partner are two perfectly balanced beings based on the stars. Rick glances over his charts and begins to determine where on this scale my relationship with my husband falls. The notion of the alignment of the stars on the exact day of your birth may be somewhat influential to your character – at least I believe, to an extent. But I don’t find it easy to toss other factors out the window. What about genetics? Life experience? Nature and nurture? You can’t possibly convince me that a line on a piece of paper could throw all of this away, ignoring all other influences. I just can’t buy it, and I decide it doesn’t matter what my and my husband’s score is. “You and your husband’s compatibility sits right here.” He circles the fourth line. FOUR? Why did we only get a friggin four? He lays out the tarot cards, and I quickly become intrigued with Rick’s reading, which is a thorough analysis of my life in general, followed by answers to specific questions I have. Suddenly a woman in her 50s or 60s struts by. She gives me a condescending glance, and slightly shakes her head. Does she think I’m “that person”? You know who I mean. That friend you have, the normally sane one, who went through that period when she was relying on psychics and tarot readers to navigate through life, and suddenly couldn’t form full sentences or decide what to eat for dinner without consulting one first? She couldn’t go out anymore because she had regular phone dates with Ms. Cleo, all the while wondering why she wasn’t meeting that “someone special.” Finally, we come back to the face reading. According to Rick, there are a few tell-tale characteristics that we can look at when analyzing a potential mate. For example: A high forehead almost always implies social and career success (Rick challenges me to notice the foreheads

“You and your husband’s compatibility sits right here.” he circles the fourth line. FoUR? Why did we only get a friggin four?

of ministers, generals, professors, etc.); a mole on or around a man’s nose usually means he is very good with his money; and “players” (men and women) tend to have a mole under the eye or in the “crow’s feet” region. Speaking of crow’s feet, an interesting tidbit from Rick: “Many of us have crow’s feet and that is fine. But if you notice in your partner that one of the lines is starting to extend outward, into the temple area, this is usually a sign that this person is being unfaithful.” Gasp! You could take it or leave it, but I’m sure you will be asking your partner to “smile” more often while analyzing the hell out of his face. And don’t blame me when you start inspecting your friends and co-workers, because whether you believe it or not, it can be very addicting, and could make for a fun game at the office. When the readings were over, I realized that Rick and I had spent 2 1/2 hours in the park on a reading that should’ve only lasted an hour. He thoughtfully answered all of my questions and took as much time as needed to go through the readings. Even though I may not necessarily believe everything the readings reveal, he is a great listener and is very insightful. It suddenly hits me that this may be why it is so easy for some people to seek out readings: maybe it is because the person performing them has these traits? I think of all the times I have found it easy, as many of us have, to spill my guts to a complete stranger with an open ear, while when a close friend politely asks me how things are going, I reply with a muted, “Great!” Suddenly readings strike me as a form of therapy, without the condescending couch and cozy office, and without the fear of being judged by a shrink or a friend or a colleague. In fact, readers want to take the time to help you, and steer you in the right direction – which, sadly, between work, love lives and social lives, can sometimes be more than what our friends or family members can offer. Having your cards read offers something else we may be craving, and that is the element of mystery. We live in a culture where we’re taught to search for the facts. Answers to any question can be found instantly by anyone with a finger and a phone. We tend to focus so much on what can be proved that we become oblivious to what we cannot prove, relying less and less on gut and intuition. We are stretched, and our time is spent, on all levels emotionally and financially. Some people spend their entire lives stuck in dysfunctional friendships and romantic relationships, repeating the same story over and over and not knowing what to change. A reading may offer you some much needed clarity, or just provide pure entertainment on a Sunday afternoon. However… the next time you are out on a date, instead of checking out boobs, butts or biceps, pay more attention to foreheads, noses and moles. You may thank Rick later on. U To contact Rick for an appointment: www.spiritualloveadvice.com

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It’s 7 a.m. and my alarm clock is ringing – screaming, “Get up, get up.” I hit it once, go back to dreaming. Two scenes later and it’s at it again. I can’t win. I bite the bullet, pull it together and sit up. I sit still for just a moment, collect my thoughts and thank my God for another morning in this life, another chance to get it right, another day after the night. Then I curse as I start standing and awaken the aches from days before – the godforsaken toll of 80-hour workweeks; the deliveries; employees; the “custy”; and the owner – they own me everywhere but in my sleep. I brush my teeth, put on my costume, grab my keys, push the door and let the morning come pouring in. When I hit the street I light a smoke and pull up the hood on my coat. Déjà vu – the melody that I remember will play over, just for me – like a story, an album on repeat, I live in a memory. I’m not complaining, I am content – this is my symphony.

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hen I arrive I find her standing in the same shape that I left her, only empty now. She’s all cleared out and quietly waiting. First things first: I start the coffee before walking back to light the kitchen. the hood sings a squeal like an old man when I hit the switch as if he were ill and that I woke him. I say, “I’m sorry,” because I know just how he feels. the pilot lights are lit and the hiss of gas becomes a flame. Down the line I turn the knobs and bring the kitchen to life again. I shuffle back out to the coffee pot with a cup and with sugar from the bin; I fill it up, then pour cream in and watch the spirals until they blend. outside the city is showing signs of life; the headlights and traffic lights bicker back and forth like fireflies while commuters sigh behind the wheel. I step outside to steal one more smoke and, with a note, join the chorus. a verse from a hip-hop song pours into my head and I grin, reciting the lyrics as the beat drops in: “I spark up the caffeine and nicotine binge and that’s pretty much the pattern of how the day begins.” each day begins this way, this tempo – tranquillo. Like a track though, it’s coming – the transition to rapidity. this is my rendition. this is my symphony. Back inside. my hands are washed, my apron tied and my knife is upon the board. I walk into the cooler and check the rack; I’m two soups short. I finger the produce, wondering what will induce my fancy. What meats talk to me about the soups they could be? to cream or not to cream. Butter – yes, almost always start with butter – nothing smells better melting. I help the onions

in and listen as they begin to sweat, then previous: the chef at nix celery and leeks, then garlic. this is my minuet. Before the morning crew arrives, as the sun begins to break the sky, with the radio tuned to classical, most days there stand I, over a stockpot or two, and a saucepot or a few, wooden spoon in hand, a happy man, conducting soup as usual. there I find my peace, my minuet, in this, my symphony. the bedraggled boys of the morning crew have found their way to work. their stations are set for the lunchtime fight, their knees now deep in the prep for tonight. It’ll be noon soon and the crowd will come all at once. the lawyers and the businessmen, the women and their lunch break friends, the out-of-towners and the regulars – their hunger upon our hands. I stand ready for testing – the first round of service, the sudden pop, the rush, then emptiness – the quickness of a summer storm. torn between calm and calamity, lunch dies as quick as it’s born. Andante now for the finishing, the diminishing list of prep. the cleanup and the curtain call, the clocking out, “until tomorrow y’all,” and like that – act one is done. I’m the only one left, remembering that act two is still to come. I look to my shadow for sympathy. this is my symphony.

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on the floor, by the ice machine, taking a much-needed nap. I settle instead for a cigarette, out back where the alley cats meet, the galley for the industry, the stoops on the back streets where cooks meet and discuss the meaning of life. Who did what to whose wife? By balls do you mean these? and what in the fuck happened to what’s his face? he never showed up last week. I would say that I don’t mean to be so crude, but I do, I do indeed. that doesn’t mean that I mean what I say; I just say what I say when I feel the need. my mother would be ashamed of me but this is my symphony. the night crew enters a well-tuned kitchen, discussing the night before. they are the owls of the industry, the ones who work till 2, stay up until 4, and sleep away the morning. they are wartorn combatants, proud of their scars, ready for the revelry, with hardened hands and sturdy hearts. my line cooks play their part – a full-speed start, the race for mise en place, the prepping of their line, the back and forth banter of the frantic order, all the while preparing themselves for dinner time. We all know what’s coming because we’ve already been here, but, underneath the confidence lies the undertone of fear: fear of the unknown. no matter how many times we’ve played this song, we play it differently every time. the rhythm of the rush will change the lyrics with which we rhyme. It goes: One for the customer and two for the food they fancy; three for the way the server rings it, and four when the cooks start dancing; five for the freedom, six for the stress, and seven for the madness when we all fall into step.

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as the expeditor I’m yelling, “Fire!” plates come flying from all directions; section five has food that’s sitting. Where’s my runner? What cover’s missing? Six soups all day, I need a Caesar, I’m down two ahi – on the fly! Why in the hell is this sauce separating? take it back and do it right. Bump table 12 – their steaks are resting. I need those sides to make it sell. hey, tell the bar I need well whisky and change the Blue points to Chesapeakes. this cacophony carries on for several hours with tiny lulls. In the midst of the poetic madness I’m aware that I love it all – the successes and the failures, the good, the bad, the ugly, the smooth and the oh-so rough. I may earn pennies for my passion but the pennies are enough. this is my finale, my rush, my symphony. the rush dwindles and the tickets trickle; the sigh of relief is mutual. as usual, the banter thickens now that it’s been given time to breathe. the camaraderie of accomplishment echoes down hallways and soaks the walls. the chaos is on our aprons but off our hands as the rush withdraws. there will be no encore until tomorrow. the time to clean is coming on soon – we erase the evidence of our battle and tomorrow start anew. the curtain call is never all that it’s cracked up to be. I’ll get some sleep and a bite to eat before I repeat this memory. From the top, I’ll play it again. this is my symphony. U Reach John at JAZ042@students.jwu.edu For more info go to www.uptownclt.com
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Poo Poo Stationery . Give stationery, a note box or a journal from The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company, where all products are made from recycled elephant poo. That’s right – poo. Seriously. A portion of the profits is given to elephant conservationists, and the entire production process is sustainable and green. Interestingly, this also makes a great gift for the person you are obligated to buy for whom you don’t really like. You can do something great for Mama Earth, but at the same time, you can still pull off giving them dookie for the holidays. $10.99-$54.99, The Beehive, uptown. 2 Bank of America Plaza 101 S. Tryon St., 704.334.9322.

Ten Thousand Villages . This holiday season, it’s all about being a conscious consumer. Shop at Ten Thousand Villages and you are gifting not only to your recipient, but to the global community as well. All items sold here are unique, handmade and fair trade, and the shop’s mission is to create a better livelihood for tens of thousands of artisans in 38 countries. If you purchase a gift here, you can rest assured that part of the money you spend will go toward food, education, housing and health care for these artisans who would otherwise be deprived. An added bonus: Ten Thousand Villages urges all artisans to use environmentally friendly processes and sustainable resources wherever possible. Ten Thousand Villages, Cotswold Village Shops. 300 S. Sharon Amity Road, 704.365.0010

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Auto Wall Art . Snap a photo of your man’s other baby and turn it into a work of art custom-made for him to admire. Take it one step further: Get your booty in the pic and strike a sexy pose. Cars + chicks = happy hubby. No one ever said men were complicated. $89-$470 www.autowallart.com

Sony Bravia 3.1 Home Theater Soundbar Speaker System . The Sony provides an excellent solution for the uptown apartment dweller who likes it loud. You can give the gift of surround sound, without having your giftee lose his or her rental deposit to the landlord for butchering the apartment walls while hanging speakers. This sleek little Soundbar gives the same effect, minus the damage and excess equipment. $299.99 Best Buy, Midtown. 1055 Metropolitan Ave. 704.333.1032
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Instant. Air Hockey. Tabletop Game. . If you need more incentive than this, the hours of joy that this simple little wonder will provide are sure to last far beyond the holiday season. Wrap up a six-pack of your man’s favorite beer as an added bonus. $29.95 Paper Skyscraper Dilworth. 330 East Blvd. 704.333.7130

Heather Moore Framed Charm Necklaces . Custom design a necklace for your honey, with charms bearing your anniversary date or children’s names and birthdays etched in them. Stick to classic silver, make it a silver/gold two-tone, or bling it out with diamonds and sapphires – the possibilities are infinite. Order a charm for each child and craft a gorgeous necklace for Wifey, an elegant gift that won’t break the bank – unless of course you’ve got eight kids, and your baby mama is a diva. But, then again, you’d probably have your own reality show, and could use the money you withdrew from your joint account to foot the bill. $35-$675 and up Heather Moore Jewelry www.heathermoorejewelry.com

Ballet Flats or SwitchFlops by Lindsay Phillips. . This is one of those products that will have you repeatedly smacking yourself on the forehead for not inventing it yourself. One shoe, endless possibilities. Now you can give your spouse more prime closet real estate, or simply free up some room for even more shoes. Ballet flats: $64, individual snaps: $12; SwitchFlops: $35, individual straps: $12 The Beehive, uptown.
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Butterfly Jewelry & Treasures . Spoil your sweetie with a piece of jewelry from Butterfly Jewelry & Treasures, like a bracelet – a stunning faux druze quartz in jewel and earth tones, with dark metal. All of the pieces in this boutique are hand selected and oneof-a-kind. It’s the perfect spot to find accessories that are bold, dramatic and sparkly, just like your lady love. $44.50 Butterfly Jewelry & Treasures, uptown. 2 Bank of America Plaza, 101 S. Tryon St., 704.375.0000

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Tickle Me Plant . Stumped on what to get the little one in your life? Try the “Tickle Me” plant, the potted wonder that moves when you tickle it. Guaranteed to fascinate the kiddies and, by default, is sure to provide hours of entertainment and awe for your stoner cousin. Just be sure to confiscate any matches so no one attempts to smoke this thing. Growing Kit, $10.99 www.ticklemeplant.com

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Crocheted Mouse Hat . Keep your favorite little monkey’s head warm with these adorable hats, found at Shanalogic.com. The super soft, thick yarn guarantees itch-free wear, and each hat has been crocheted and designed with love by indie artists. $35 www.shanalogic.com

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Cooking at J&W . Stumped on what to get the foodies in your life? Squash the boring idea of yet another cookbook, and sign them up for one of the Chef’s Choice Recreational Cooking Classes at Johnson & Wales University for a hands-on experience with the pros. Select a one-time class you know they’d enjoy, such as “Making the Perfect Pizza” or “Cajun Classics,” or simply purchase a gift certificate so they can choose a class that best suits them. You can even please the wino on your list this year: sign them up for the “Wine & Dine Cocktail Party,” where they can enjoy a multi-station sampling buffet, with gourmet treats paired with specially selected wine. They can get right down to business – no cooking required! “Making the Perfect Pizza,” $125; “Cajun Classics,” $140; “Wine & Dine Cocktail Party,” $135 Johnson & Wales - Charlotte www.jwu.edu/chefschoice/clt
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Spa at the Ritz-Carlton . Help your honey relax with a massage at the Wellness Center in the new Ritz-Carlton. Choose from treatments such as Reflexology, Southern Hot Stone, and the Ritz-Carlton Signature to loosen her up after the holidays. Be sure to get her there 30 minutes prior, so she can unwind in the lounge before the appointment. Massages, $35-$350 The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, uptown. 201 E. Trade St., 704.547.2244

Fred Astaire Dance Studio . You were so happy for your BFF when she got engaged. But when you went out that night to Suite to celebrate, you realized that she and her soon-to-be together create a monster with four left feet. It’s your duty as a friend to not let them stumble on their big day: Sign them up for dance classes at Fred Astaire Dance Studio. A “Newcomer’s Package” will get them started with three 25-minute private lessons, one 45-minute group lesson, and one one-hour practice session, all for $50. You’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief and guiltlessly enjoy your cocktail when they share their first dance. Newcomer’s Package, $50 Dance Studio: 2520 N. Sharon Amity 704.536.6070

Etsy . Your sister loves knitting funky scarves and handcrafting her own jewelry, and everyone she comes across is lining up for orders. But too bad her silly day job keeps her from having the time and money to start her own business. Give the creative one in your family a little push by setting her up with her own personal e-store on Etsy.com, the place to “buy and sell all things handmade.” Here she can easily create her own “storefront,” manage her shop, and network with other artists, all without the painful business startup fees. The folks at Etsy also provide you with your very own URL, eliminating the cost of building a Web site. www.etsy.com
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Mani/Pedi . Listen up, Sugar Daddies: Want to impress your sweetie and her girls? Treat them to a night at Polished Nail Bar & Spa. They can have their nails done and sip on cocktails while they unwind from holiday shopping and gush about how cute and thoughtful you are. The geniuses at Polished offer a spa atmosphere and feature different drinks every night, which guarantee a chic and fun experience no matter what day you set the appointment. I’d personally opt for a Wednesday – because nothing goes better with a mani/pedi than some seriously good sangria. Mani/pedi $35. two locations. South End: 2041-F South Blvd., 704.954.0004. Meyers Park: 605 Providence Road, 704.375.3488 www.ipolished.com

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Cuckoo Clock . You may be all mod in your swanky uptown apartment, but you’re never too cool for a cuckoo clock. This sleek and classy take on an old staple will bring some charm and character to your pad. $450 www.momastore.org

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Sushi Pillows . What’s better than takeout sushi? Eating your takeout sushi while relaxing on sushi pillows, of course. These cozy cushions, available at Shanalogic.com, are a great gift for the sushi lover with eccentric style and a sense of humor. Choose from “Salmon Nagiri,” “Shrimp Ebi” or “California Roll” – but get them while they’re hot (or cold)! These are made by indie artists, and supplies are limited. “Salmon Nagiri” and “California Roll” pillow, $52 each; “Shrimp Ebi” pillow, $56 www.shanalogic.com

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Frasier Fir . The folks over at Thymes have managed to capture everything magical about the holiday season and turned it into a line of scented products called “Frasier Fir.” Between candles, diffusers, room sprays, hand soaps and even cleaning spritzes, your friend and her guests will fall in love with this aromatic and addictive scent – so convincing, no one will ever know her tree is fake. Prices vary based on product. Paper Skyscraper, Dilworth
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Chat Plates . Help the hostess keep the conversation flowing at her shindigs with these “Chat Plates” from MoMA. Quirky and cute, these could also make for a fun game of “guess what I’m thinking,” especially after guests have greased themselves up on too much eggnog. I Like You . The hilarious book “I Like You,” by Amy Sedaris, is the bible for the person who loves entertaining, sans the “uptight” feel. Take a cue from Amy on how to throw a great dinner party while keeping the mood light and messing with your guests at the same time, a la sticking marbles in your medicine cabinet to embarrass the snoop. $15.99 Park Road Books Park Road Shopping Center 4139 Park Road 704.525.9239 Microbes . Wanna freak out your loved ones? Tuck one of these Plush Microbes in their stockings; the stuffed “animals” look like tiny microbes, only a million times their actual size. Choose from cutesy characters such as The Common Cold, Mad Cow Disease, and Herpes – because nothing says Happy Holidays like the gift that keeps on giving. (The flu is pictured.) $7.95 Paper Skyscraper, Dilworth. $48 for set of three www.momastore.org

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the words to the old Cole porter tune from “Kiss me, Kate” (one of my all-time favorite musicals) keep playing inside my head as I ride the Lynx uptown for the Steve martin and Steep Canyon Rangers concert october 10. I’ve been given a backstage pass so I can view the debut of the Knight theater close up. Visions from old movies and plays flash by in my mind’s eye – of hysterical actors, hyperactive stagehands, demanding divas, drunken roadies, sandbags falling from the ceiling, collapsing pieces of equipment – in other words, total chaos.

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othing could be further from reality. The best word to describe the scene backstage is professional. Yes, it’s the first show at the Knight, and everyone expects there will be glitches to be worked out. In fact, Tom Gabbard, head of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, which operates the Knight, tells the crowd in his opening remarks that the event is “a shakedown cruise.” Yet the atmosphere backstage is quiet and relaxed, and everyone moves with a calm purposefulness. There is only one unexpected event – Martin shows up with his blond Labrador, even though pets are not allowed at the Knight. But he is the star, after all, and the animal is allowed in – but must stay in Martin’s private room. (His wife takes the dog for a walk at The Green across the street.) An hour or so before the show, Martin and the band are ensconced in their rooms. You can hear him plucking his banjo, and the band members laughing and warming up in their adjacent room. Martin comes out into the hallway once – in a tie, but jacketless -- to talk to humorist Dave Barry, who interviews him on-stage as a warm-up act. If you didn’t recognize them, they look like

any well-dressed Charlotte executives discussing business or the Panthers. A roadie comes in with a delivery for the band. He turns to us and says, “How can it be this humid in October?” Being well-behaved Charlotteans, no one overtly rolls his eyes as a New Yorker might do when approached by some rube visiting the city. Instead, someone shrugs and says, “It’s Charlotte.” One reason for the peacefulness is that event production has gone digital and wireless. LED lighting is used almost exclusively, so there aren’t many light bulbs to change, and they produce very little heat. So there’s far less danger of a bulb touching a curtain or a cable and starting a fire. The technical aspects of lighting and sound are too complicated to be understood by mere mortals. It’s impressive enough to know that every last detail and aspect is controlled by guys – and they are mostly men -- sitting at control boards. So instead of hordes of people running around backstage to check things out, you’ve got a couple. Everyone communicates via walkietalkies and other hand-held devices. Not that the staff members didn’t

work their butts off preparing for the concert. The theater was turned over to them October 1, just nine days before the show, and they went through the entire facility with a fine-tooth comb, creating a punch list much the way a new homeowner does. The software that runs the sound system was in a default mode so the user would only have had a few standard buttons to push. The Knight’s needs are far more sophisticated and complex, so computer geeks spent days rewriting the programs. The backstage area was so poorly lit no one could see anything. So a row of florescent lights was quickly installed. Being that North Carolina is one of the least unionized states in the country, I am surprised to learn that the Knight – like the Belk – is a union shop. Backstage staffing is provided through the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. North Carolina is a right-towork state, so workers don’t have to be union members, but they must go through it to get hired. There is a core of about 100 union members and 100 non-union members. The Martin banjo concert is a good show to get the kinks out. It’s just six guys with microphones, no sets or scene changes.

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much of the back-of-the-house features aren’t utilized: Big loading docks. a rehearsal room where dancers and singers warm up or go over a number one last time. a break room where performers grab a bite to eat. a full laundry, complete with ironing boards and irons. Lots of dressing rooms. although the Belk is almost 20 years old and lacks the technological wizardry of the Knight, its backstage capacity is larger, meaning it will continue to get the big Broadway spectacles while the Knight will host dance and musical concerts and simple plays. the Belk has a larger audience capacity, too – 2,097 seats compared with the Knight’s 1,200. When the concert begins, I’m given a seat on stage right. the band members enter and exit on the other side, so I don’t get to see or hear them offstage. I can’t see the audience either, so I feel like I’m watching something I’m not supposed to see, like catching Santa on Christmas eve. halfway through the show,
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I’m escorted to my seat about 10 rows up, just left of center. even at this distance – and with my lousy vision – I enjoy a real sense of intimacy with the band. Yet for all the technical prowess and design excellence, I wonder whether the experience wouldn’t be even better if they were playing in a gymnasium or outdoors so instead of just tapping their feet, people could spontaneously leap up and dance. actually, I bet that in halls in other cities, people do get up and start gyrating and prancing around. But this is Charlotte. everyone stays in their seats until the inevitable – but in this case, heartfelt – standing o. In fact, there are two of them. From this initial experience, I can say I love the Knight and look forward to returning. But the way it is situated within the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus gives me pause and concerns me. granted, construction is still going on at the new

mint museum beside it (and will continue for about another year). First Street has yet to be opened to traffic. But the hall is tucked away from South tryon Street and is nestled between the larger and much more imposing mint and Bechtler museums. I fear that the Knight, lacking a strong street presence and being overshadowed by the museums, will get lost. For me, the hall itself is an integral part of the performance experience. For the hall to be truly effective, you need a sense of drama, a bit of awe, which tells you that you have arrived at someplace special and that something remarkable is going to happen there. Steve martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers provided an awesome christening for the Knight, baptizing the building with the beauty, joy and delight their highenergy, foot-stomping music created. the people inside felt it and will tell others. I just wish the exterior of the building was as exciting and as beckoning. U Reach Bea at BeaWrites@aol.com For more info go to www.uptownclt.com

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t was the kind of autumn afternoon in Charlotte when the entire landscape, from one corner of the horizon to the other, was drenched in orange sunlight. A deep blue sky, uninterrupted by a single cloud, yielded only to the distilled blackness miles above. Gravel crunched methodically underfoot as we followed worn steel rails, leaving a slow, drifting cloud of dry dust behind. Tall grass, punching chest high up through the endless

rows of railroad ties, swayed softly in the breeze. I knew we had to be close, but there was still no sign of Dale and Cleo’s place. There was no mailbox with numbers to guide us. No driveway, telltale chimney smoke or power lines, even. We had no hints such as “white painted brick,” or “split level.” In fact, there was no roof or walls or any of that, as we were looking for a dwelling that, by design, is hard to find: a home with a million-dollar view

of uptown Charlotte that hides in plain sight. I was 20 feet from the campsite, and still completely puzzled as to where it might be, when Dale stepped out of the shadows and onto the track. The place was so well hidden that you could blink and easily stroll right past. Like a privacy screen for a computer monitor, looking at it from any angle except straight-on is fruitless. A thick tree canopy shielded the site from the air and was nearly as effective in
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concealing it on the ground as well. “All guests must bring a 12-pack,” I learned only later, is Dale and Cleo’s No. 1 rule. Looking back, I’m thankful the case of bottled water and bus pass we brought didn’t get us off on the wrong foot. Dale was good-natured and friendly, and he welcomed us over, smiling from behind his black leather hat. Between sips from a can of Milwaukee’s Best Ice, the elfish little fellow with sparking blue eyes began to share a bit of his story. “I was born in Kannapolis, but I’ve lived down here in Charlotte most all my life,” he offered, glancing past my shoulder, down the track. “I operated a printing press for over 20 years. Technology changed that business a lot.” Looking down, he said, “I was in the security business for over 10 years. That industry changed a lot, too, though.” His voice trailed off here, and we quickly shifted gears and looked around his campsite for a bit. Dale and Cleo’s camp has been three years in the making, and it is impressive. A small series of landscaped gardens and raised beds built with railroad ties flank his sleeping quarters – a 6-by-6 cave he carved out by hand from beneath a 2-ton concrete slab. It’s a sort of deluxe spider hole of the type favored by wanted Middle Eastern dictators. A removable foam block serves as a trap door and hides him from the elements, among other things. A fireplace complete with chimney, cleverly crafted from bricks and scrap 2-by-4s, provides warmth on frigid nights. Incense smoke curled lazily through patches of sunlight as Dale described how items he’s
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collected over the years have been recycled into useful components of the campsite – a cooking area, utensils, a bench. Dale had even built a platform for Cleo’s tent, which would meet any building code. A German shepherd puppy fought ferociously with my shoelace as I remembered to ask Dale why he was living here. For a guy with a degree in education from Mars Hill College, his answer was surprisingly concise: “I love the freedom,” he stated without hesitation. Cleo quickly echoed the sentiment. In a previous life, Dale had worked as a security guard, and had run a printing press. For years, he had wives, kids…a mortgage. Now he braves wickedly cold nights, regular harassment from railroad detectives, and violence for the freedom his lifestyle offers. “I consider myself a modern day pioneer,” he beams, “and she’s my Calamity Jane,” he continues, nodding toward his friend and neighbor, Cleo, who lived under a nearby bridge for over a decade until just recently setting up camp next to Dale. “We’d be happy just to be left alone out here,” Cleo adds. “That’s all we really want.” Dale and Cleo had repeatedly referred to Western themes and characters when describing their life by the train tracks, but as Dale spoke, it wasn’t Billy the Kid or Jesse James whom I envisioned. It was Don Quixote. National statistics indicate a noticeable increase in the percentage of college-educated homeless men in the past year. The National Coalition for the Homeless

contends that poverty, lack of affordable housing, domestic violence, decline in public assistance and increasingly, foreclosure are all culprits that push people toward life on the street. The poor are essentially an illness, an accident or a paycheck away from living on the streets, and homelessness often results from a complex set of circumstances that requires people to choose between food, shelter and other basic needs. The group insists that only a concerted effort to ensure jobs that pay a living wage, adequate support for those who cannot work, affordable housing, and access to health care will bring an end to homelessness.

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According to Carson Dean, executive director of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, as many as 40 percent of the homeless in Charlotte suffer from addiction disorders. Others have mental health issues or a combination of the two. Many are veterans of foreign wars who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological conditions that go untreated. Homelessness often stems from a losing struggle with drugs or a mental breakdown, but just as often, plain bad luck or economic factors truly beyond their control are the reasons folks are driven into homelessness, Dean says. “Even though less than half of the homeless in Charlotte are so because of drug addiction, it is still a very serious issue for us,” continued Dean. Indeed, on a subsequent tour of other area campsites, all of which were just a short walk from Dale and Cleo’s place, the specter of crack cocaine could be felt looming in the leafy shadows. All of the places that our guide, Sylvester, had agreed to take us were practically at the foot of uptown’s skyline. They are passed by commuters every single day, but are so well hidden they would have been almost impossible to find without his help. Sylvester, who completed the program offered by the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and is now employed there, had been homeless and entangled in a web of hopeless drug use in this same area for many years. By his own admission, he had smoked crack for nearly 30 years – hooked immediately upon taking his first hit at the age of 13. “I was a welder for 11 years,” he offered. Explaining how he first ended up on the street, Sylvester said, “Then I lost my job, and it was just a downward spiral from there. I started running drugs for the dealers. Did a couple years in prison on a cocaine charge not long after that.” We had walked along a trail for only a few minutes when we met Toronto. He had lived at his campsite, which surprisingly was just a few feet from the outer fence of the Men’s Shelter, for several months, and was

understandably guarded. After a few minutes, though, he warmed up and invited us into his dwelling. “Mr. Alfred’s not here, and he’ll be pissed off if he walks up and finds you guys here,” Toronto cautioned. Mr. Alfred was apparently head of the household, but wasn’t home at the time. The structure was little more than a tent constructed of black plastic sheeting lashed to tree branches above. A floor made of carpet scraps and mattresses had been soaked by days of relentless rain. An old handicapped toilet device with a bucket of ammonia below served as the home’s bathroom. “I had a pressure-washing business

chimney?” smiled Toronto, turning around with a burst of energy. “Like a chimney chimney?” I asked, sure this was some sort of trick question. “Yeah – you know with bricks and smoke coming out and shit. A chimney. Come back down here tonight, and this whole place will be smoking like crazy.” “You mean they’ll be smoking crack?” I asked, pretty sure the answer was yes. “Hell yeah.” Just then a horn beeped several times, and we all turned back to see a taxi pulled up to the trail’s entrance up at the street – the checkerboard pattern on the

“You mean they’ll be smoking crack?” I asked, pretty sure the answer was yes. “Hell yeah.”
for a long time, and I worked all over North Carolina.” He briefly opened up, glancing around. “Then my old lady kicked me out.” Toronto was fidgety and still visibly suspicious of us, but he was familiar with the location of many of the other campsite communities in the area and offered to help Sylvester show us around for the rest of the afternoon. A narrow trail, cut through a densely wooded lot, led us to the next tent village, which was less than 100 feet away. It had some netting set up as a perimeter fence that closely resembled some that had recently gone missing from Toronto’s campsite. Sylvester was able to calm the brief spat that ensued but was unable to convince the camp’s residents that we and our camera meant no harm. We quickly walked along the path toward the next site. The next small village of weathered tents and improvised fencing and chairs was tucked back in another wooded glen, again screened from view by dense tree cover. Clothing and empty bottles were randomly cast about, and the mosquitoes had no mercy. “You ever seen a door unmistakable even through the trees. Sylvester and Toronto quickly nodded that it was most likely someone looking to buy sex – evidently a cab driver in this case. It happens every day out here, they said dismissively, already heading toward the next campsite. It’s no big deal. The women live in the camp and they get high in the camp. They sell sex every day for as little as $5 to pay for their drug habits. The horn beeped a few more times, but the only movement from any of the tents was a man who already had been suspiciously peering out at us the whole time. Toronto was certain the handful of women who live in the camp were already preoccupied with customers. The horn beeped in vain twice more, and the driver finally gave up and drove away. As the sun slipped off to the west, on we went all afternoon, from one site to another, none more than 100 feet apart from the next. It soon became evident that in a half-mile radius of the Urban Ministry Center and the Men’s Shelter, there were dozens of these sites – each a little different, but all serving the same
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purpose of basic shelter. We had inadvertently almost circled back to Dale and Cleo’s place, and I now realized that their camp was less like a wayward outpost on the Oregon Trail and more like just one of scores of houses clustered into a suburban neighborhood. One camp had an entire village of buildings, complete with a walled entrance ramp, constructed entirely of shipping pallets. Others were more modest and weren’t much more than stumps surrounded by a sea of frosted beer bottles. The Urban Ministry Center provides, among other services, a free meal every day to anyone who’s hungry. The Men’s Shelter provides men with a daily meal as well as shelter for nearly 300 homeless men every night. Dale, Cleo, Sylvester and Toronto all quickly acknowledged that it’s no coincidence that there are so many campsites within a short walk of these uninterrupted daily sources of food. Exposure to the elements can kill you, but starvation will kill you. During our walk, I couldn’t help but think of Maslow’s human needs pyramid – the one we all learn about in high school. It’s that sort of prioritized list of human wants and needs. According to the pyramid, human beings’ most

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basic needs are food, water, clothing and sleep. Once those are met, the next step up the pyramid, on the way toward self-actualization, is a sense of security – the feeling of safety. “Yeah, I’m scared all the time,” Toronto laughed nervously when I brought it up. “When you smoke, you’ll be thinking everyone wants to get you though.” As if right on cue, a burly man emerged from the brush on the left side of the tracks, eyed the four of us for an uncomfortably long several minutes as we walked past, and disappeared to the other side of the tracks. Unfazed, Sylvester ambled along the track and continued talking. I wasn’t able to comfortably turn my back and rejoin the conversation until the guy was out of sight. “He’s right,” added Sylvester, “but most of the time, when you smoke crack, you’ll be afraid of everybody else. If you’re violent to begin with, you’ll be violent when you smoke. It ain’t the crack. A lot of people say that crack makes you violent, but that’s bullshit.” That may be, but I had already heard a handful of heartbreaking tales of physical assault that day – more than enough to form my own opinion on the matter. A desperate addict recently approached Dale’s camp and gained his trust by feigning an injury. He attacked Dale, who is in his 50s and can’t weigh much more than 100 pounds. The second Dale turned his back to try to help the guy, he was pummeled on the head repeatedly with a scrap piece of molding. The guy badly wanted Dale’s bicycle and insisted he unlock it from a nearby tree. Despite more relentless thrashing, Dale would not give up his bike. Cleo served 81 days in jail recently for an altercation involving a knife and an undercover policeman. Sylvester conceded that although his formidable size had discouraged many wouldbe attackers and thieves over the years, even he was no match for a group of robbers who took a baseball bat to his head in a struggle over his stash of crack cocaine. It wasn’t until some four days later, in a hospital bed, that he was finally able to even remember his name. “A lot of these guys are Vietnam vets,” Sylvester continued, “and they’ll put traps all around their camps for protection.” “You mean like booby traps?”

“Yep. They’ll dig out... “Mr. Alfred has one of those things that’ll swing down out of the trees like Rambo has!” Toronto blurted out excitedly, cutting off Sylvester mid-sentence. “The one in the movie ‘Rambo,’ with the sharpened stakes that swung down and stabbed the guy’s legs?” I asked in disbelief. “Hell yeah.” Toronto grinned. “Man that thing would fuck somebody up.” “I’ve seen pits with sharpened sticks stuck in the bottom – you know, with the top covered with leaves and branches, so people fall in and get messed up,” Sylvester continued patiently, as he guided us along the railroad bridge over North Tryon Street. “When I was living out here, we’d always string up empty cans around our camp – you know, so they make noise when somebody walks up on you.” Ultimately, all of these methods are just part of a quest for the feeling of security, and although some are a bit harsh, I can’t say I’m surprised. Security is next on the list after food and water, after all. What is surprising is the number of people sleeping outside within sight of the two nonprofits’ facilities. Based on what I saw, I’d put their number well into the hundreds. The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is full nearly every night, as is every other shelter in town, and yet that is still not enough housing for everyone sleeping outside. Not even close. Sylvester seemed certain that campsite communities like this surround every facility like these that offer free food and services for the homeless across Charlotte. I’m sure this is also the case in towns and cities coast to coast. The unseasonably warm afternoon was yielding to a seasonably cool fall evening, and our tour had come to a close. As the four of us emerged from the last stop on our trek – a giant wooded field of malt liquor bottles so thick they covered the ground like snow – and back onto the Tryon Street sidewalk, a line of some 40 men had already formed. It was only 4 p.m., but they were already waiting for a bed at the shelter, the line growing by the minute. They and a couple hundred more would be lucky enough to sleep indoors that night. But an entire colony of troubled souls would instead be sleeping in the shadows. U Reach Matt at Matt@uptownclt.com For more info go to www.uptownclt.com

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AMERICAN
Alexander Michael’s – $ 401 W. 9th St. 704.332.6789 Brevard Court Sundries – $ 145 Brevard Court 704.342.4700 Camilles – $ 1518 E. 3rd St. 704.342.4606 Cans – $ 500 W. 5th St. 704.940.0200 Cedar Street Tavern – $ 120 N. Cedar St. 704.333.3448 Champions – $ 100 W. Trade St. - Marriott Hotel 704.333.9000 Comet Grill – $ 2224 Park Rd. 704.371.4300 Cosmos Cafe – $ 300 N. College St. 704.372.3553 Dogwood Cafe – $ 138 Brevard Court 704.376.8353 East Boulevard Grill – $ 1601 East Blvd. 704.332.2414 Ember Grille – $$$ 601 S. College St. WestinHotel 704.335.2064 Fenwick’s – $ 511 Providence Rd. 704.333.2750 Fox and Hound – $ 330 N. Tryon St. 704.333.4113 French Quarter – $ 321 S. Church St. 704.377.7415 John’s Country Kitchen – $ 1518 Central Ave. 704.333.9551 Nix – $ 201 N. Tryon St. 704.347.2739 Pike’s Soda Shop – $ 1930 Camden Rd. 704.372.0097 Presto Bar and Grill – $ 445 W. Trade St. 704.334.7088 Providence Café – $ $ 829 Providence R d. 704.376.2008 Providence Road Sundries – $ 1522 Providence Rd. 704.366.4467 Rock Bottom – $ 401 N. Tryon St. 704.334.2739 Selwyn Pub – $ 2801 Selwyn Ave. 704.333.3443 Simmons Fourth Ward Restaurant – $ 516 N. Graham St. 704.334.6640 Something Classic Café – $ 715 Providence Rd. 704.347.3666 South 21 – $ 3101 E. Independence Blvd. 704.377.4509 Southend Brewery – $$ 2100 South Blvd. 704.358.4677 Stool Pigeons – $ 214 N. Church St. 704.358.3788 The Gin Mill South End – $ 1411 S. Tryon St. 704.373.0782 The Graduate – $ 123 W. Trade St. 704.358.3024 The Penguin – $ 1921 Commonwealth Ave. 704.375.6959 The Philosopher’s Stone – $ 1958 E. Seventh St. 704.350.1331 The Pub – $ 710 West Trade St. 704.333.9818 Thomas Street Tavern – $ 1218 Thomas Ave. 704.376.1622 Tic Toc Coffeeshop – $ 512 N. Tryon St. 704.375.5750 Union Grille – $ 222 E 3rd St. – Hilton Towers 704.331.4360 Vinnie’s Sardine – $ 1714 South Blvd. 704-332-0006 Zack’s Hamburgers – $ 4009 South Blvd. 704.525.1720 Bentley’s on 27 – $$$ 201 S. College St. Fl. 27 704.343.9201 (Charlotte Plaza Building) Bonterra Restaurant – $$$ 1829 Cleveland Ave. 704.333.9463 Carpe Diem – $$$ 1535 Elizabeth Ave. 704.377.7976 City Tavern – $$ 1514 East Blvd. 704.343.2489 City Tavern – $$ 214 N. Tryon St. 704.334.6688 Custom Shop – $$$ 1601 Elizabeth Ave. 704.333.3396 Fig Tree – $$$ 1601 E. Seventh St. 704.332.3322 Harry & Jeans 201 S. Tryon St. 704.333.4300 Lulu – $$ 1911 Central Ave. 704.376.2242 McNinch House – $$$ 511 N. Church St. 704.332.6159 Mimosa Grill – $$ 301 S. Tryon St. 704.343.0700 Monticello – $$ 235 N. Tryon St. – Dunhill Hotel 704.342.1193 Pewter Rose Bistro – $$ 1820 South Blvd. 704.332.8149 Ratcliffe on the Green – $$ 435 S. Tryon St. 704.358.9898 Taverna 100 – $$$ 100 N. Tryon St. – Founder’s Hall 704.344.0515 Town Restaurant – $$ 710 W. Trade St. 704.379.7555 Zink – $$ 201 N. Tryon St. 704.444.9001 Taipei Express – $ 731 Providence Rd. 704.334.2288 Tin Tin Box & Noodles – $ 101 N. Tryon St. 704.377.3223 Zen Asian Fusion – $ 1716 Kenilworth Ave. 704.358.9688

BAKERY
Cloud 9 Confections – $ 201 S. College St. Suite 270 Great Harvest Bread – $ 901 S. Kings Dr. Amelie’s Bakery – $ 2424 N. Davidson St. Nova’s Bakery – $ 1511 Central Ave. Panera Bread – $ 601 Providence Rd. 704.334.7554 704.333.0431 704.376-1781 704.333.5566 704.374.0581

BARBEQUE
Art’s Barbecue – $ 900 E. Morehead St. 704.334.9424 Jolina Tex Mex & BBQ – $ 500 S. College St. 704.375.0994 Mac’s Speed Shop – $ 2511 South Blvd. 704.522.6227 Rib Palace – $ 1300 Central Ave. 704.333.8841

330 S Tryon St, 704.334.4575 Dilworth Playhouse Cafe – $ 1427 South Blvd. 704.632.0336 Einstein Brothers – $ $ - 201 S. Tryon St. 704.332.4015 Einstein Brothers – $ 1501 South Blvd. 704.333.4370 Java Passage – $ 101 W. Worthington 704.277.6558 Jump N Joe’s Java Joint – $ 105 E. Morehead St. 704.372.3217 La Tea Da’s – $ 1942 E. 7th St. 704.372.9599 Nova’s Bakery – $ 1511 Central Ave. 704.333.5566 PJ’s Coffee & Lounge - $ 210 E. Trade St. (Epicentre) 704.688.0366 Port City Java – $ 704.335.3335 214 N. Tryon St. (Hearst) SK Netcafe – $ 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704.334.1523 Starbucks – $ 545 Providence Rd. 704.372.1591 Starbucks – $ 101 S. Tryon St. 704.374.9519 Tic Toc Coffee shop – $ 512 N. Tryon St. 704.375.5750

DELI
Adams 7th Street Market – $ 401 Hawthorne Ln. 704.334.0001 Art’s Barbecue – $ 900 E. Morehead St. 704.334.9424 Blynk – $ 200 S. Tryon 704.522.3750 Common Market – $ 2007 Commonwealth Ave. 704.334-6209 Dikadee’s Deli – $ 1419 East Blvd. 704.333.3354 Dogwood Cafe – $ 138 Brevard Court 704.376.8353 Fresco Cafe & Deli – $ 3642 Moultrie St. 704.376.5777 Grand Central Deli – $ 101 N. Tryon St. 704.348.7032 Great Harvest Bread Co. – $ 901 S. Kings Dr. 704.333.0431 Groucho’s Deli – $ 201 N. Tryon St. 704.342.0030 Halfpenny’s – $ 30 Two First Union Ctr. 704.342.9697 Jersey Mike’s Subs – $ 128 S. Tryon St. 704.343.0006 Jersey Mikes Subs – $ 2001 E. 7th St. 704.375.1985 Jump N Joe’s Java Joint – $ 105 E. Morehead St. 704.372.3217 Laurel Market South – $ 1515 South Blvd. 704.334.2185 Leo’s Delicatessen – $ 1421 Elizabeth Ave. 704.375.2400 Li’l Dino – $ 401 S. Tryon St. 704.342.0560 Matt’s Chicago Dog – $ 425 S. Tryon St. 704.333.3650 Owen’s Bagel & Deli – $ 2041 South Blvd. 704.333.5385 Philadelphia Deli – $ 1025 S. Kings Dr. 704.333.4489 Phil’s Tavern – $ 105 E. Fifth St. 704.347.0035 Rainbow Café – $ 400 South Tryon 704.332.8918 Reid’s – $ 225 E. 7th St. 704.377.1312 Ri-Ra Irish Pub – $ 208 N. Tryon St 704.333.5554 Salvador Deli – $ N. Davidson St. 704.334.2344 Sammy’s Deli – $ 1113 Pecan Ave. 704.376.1956

BREAKFAST
Art’s Barbecue – $ 900 E. Morehead St. 704.334.9424 Coffee Cup – $ 914 S. Clarkson St. 704.375.8855 Einstein Brothers – $ 201 S. Tryon St. 704.332.4015 Einstein Brothers – $ 1501 South Blvd. 704.333.4370 IHOP – $ 2715 E. Independence Blvd. 704.334.9502 Monticello – $$ 235 N. Tryon St. – Dunhill Hotel 704.342.1193 Owen’s Bagel & Deli – $ 2041 South Blvd. 704.333.5385 Tic Toc Coffeeshop – $ 512 N. Tryon St. 704.375.5750

ASIAN
88 China Bistro – $ 1620 E. 4th St. 704.335.0288 Basil Thai – $ 210 N. Church St. 704.332.7212 China King – $ 128 Brevard Ct. 704.334-7770 China Queen Buffet – $ 127 N. Tryon St. Ste 3 704.377.1928 China Saute – $ 2214 Park Rd 704.333.1116 Creation – $ 1221-A The Plaza 704.372.2561 Cuisine Malaya – $ 1411 Elizabeth Ave. 704.372.0766 Dim Sum – $ 2920 Central Ave. 704.569.1128 Eggroll King – $ 8907 Steelechase Dr. 704.372.6401 Emperor Chinese – $ 337 S. Kings Dr. 704.333.2688 Fortune Cookie – $ 208 East Independence Blvd. 704.377.1388 Fujiyama – $ 320 S. Tryon St. 704.334.5158 Fuse Box – $ 227 W. Trade St. 704.376.8885 Ginbu 401 – $ 401 Providence Rd. 704.372.2288 Great Wok – $ 718 W Trade St. Ste M 704.333.0080 Hong Kong – $ 1713 Central Ave. 704.376.6818 Koko – $ 6609 Elfreda Rd. 704.338.6869 Monsoon Thai Cuisine – $ 2801 South Blvd. 704.523.6778 Orient Express – $ 3200 N Graham St. 704.332.6255 Pho An Hoa – $ 4832 Central Ave. 704.537.2595 Pho Hoa – $ 3000 Central Ave. 704.536.7110 SOHO Bistro – $ 214 N Tryon St. 704.333.5189 Thai Taste – $ 324 East Blvd. 704.332.0001

BRITISH
Big Ben’s Pub – $ 801 Providence R d. 704.334.6338

CAJUN & CREOLE
Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen – $ 501 E. 36th St. 704.331.9898 Cajun Queen – $$ 1800 E 7th St. 704.377.9017

C A R I B B E A N
Anntony’s Caribbean Cafe – $ 2001 E. 7th St. 704.342.0749 Austin’s Caribbean Cuisine – $ 345 S. Kings Dr. 704.331.8778

CHINESE
88 China Bistro – $ 1620 E. 4th St. 704.335.0288 Vanloi Chinese Barbecue – $ 3101 Central Ave. 704.566.8808 Wok Express – $ 601 S. Kings Dr. 704.375.1122

AMERICAN MODERN
131 Main – $$ 1315 East Blvd. 300 East – $$ 300 East Blvd. 704.343.0131 704.332.6507

COFFEE SHOPS
Caribou Coffee – $ 100 N. Tryon St. Dilworth Coffee – $ 1235 East Blvd # B, 704.372.5507 704.358.8003

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Sandwich Club – $ 525 N. Tryon St. Sandwich Club – $ 435 S. Tryon St. Substation II - $ 1601 South Blvd 1941 E. 7th St. 704.334.0133 704.344.1975 704-332-3100 704-358-8100

DESSERT
Crave the Dessert Bar – $ 501 W. 5th St. 704.277.9993 Dairy Queen – $ 1431 Central Ave. 704.377.4294 Dolce Ristorante – $$ 1710 Kenilworth Ave. 704.332.7525 Luce Ristorante – $$ 214 N. Tryon St. – Hearst Plaza 704.344.9222 Monticello – $$ 235 N. Tryon St.– Dunhill Hotel 704.342.1193

Open Kitchen – $ 1318 W. Morehead St. 704.375.7449 Pasta & Provisions – $ 1528 Providence Rd. 704.364.2622 Portofino’s Italian – $$ 3124 Eastway Dr. 704.568.7933 Primo Ristorante – $$ 116 Middleton Dr. 704.334.3346 Cafe Siena – $$ 230 N. College St. 704.602.2750 Salute Ristorante – $$ 613 Providence Rd 704.342.9767 Terra – $$ 545-B Providence Rd. 704.332.1886 Villa Francesca 321 Caldwell St. 704.333.7447 Volare – $$ 1523 Elizabeth Ave. 704.370.0208 Zio Authentic Italian – $$ 116 Middleton Dr. 704.344.0100

The Corner Pub – $ 335 N. Graham St.

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PIZZA
Brixx – $ 225 East 6th St. 704.347.2749 Donato’s Pizza - $ 718-A West Trade St 704.714.4743 Domino’s Pizza – $ 343 S. Kings Dr. 704.331.9847 Fuel Pizza – $ 214 N. Tryon St. 704.350.1680 Fuel Pizza – $ 1501 Central Ave. 704.376.3835 Hawthorne’s NY 1701 E. 7th St. 704.358.9339 Latta Pizza – $ 320 S. Tryon St. 704.333.4015 Papa John’s Pizza – $ 1620 E. 4th St. 704.375.7272 Picasso’s – $ 214 N. Church St. 704.331.0133 Pie Town – $$ 710 W. Trade St. 704.379.7555 Pizza Hut – $ 901 S. Kings Dr. 704.377.7006 Rudino’s Pizza & Grinders – $ 2000 South Blvd. - Atherton Mill 704.333.3124 UNO Chicago Grill – $ 401 S. Tryon St. 704.373.0085 Villa Francesca 321 Caldwell St. 704.333.7447 Zio Authentic Italian – $ 116 Middleton Dr. 704.344.0100

Roly Poly Sandwiches – $ 317 S. Church St. 704.332.6375 Sbarro – $ 101 S. Tryon St. 704.332.5005 Simply Subs – $ 212 S. Tryon St. 704.333.0503 Smoothie King – $ Epicentre - 210 Trade St. 704.979.6911 Smoothie King – $ One Wachovia Center 704.374.0200 Spoons – $ 415 Hawthorne Ln. 704.376.0874 Woody’s Chicago Style – $ 320 S. Tryon St. - Latta Arcade 704.334.0010 Zack’s Hamburgers – $ 4009 South Blvd. 704.525.1720

S E A F O O D
Aquavina – $$$ 435 S. Tryon St. 704.377.9911 Cabo Fish Taco – $ 3201 N. Davidson St. 704.332.8868 Capital Grille – $$$ 201 N. Tryon St. 704.348.1400 Fig Tree –$$$ 1601 E. Seventh St. 704.332.3322 GW Fins – $$ 525 N. Tryon S 704.716.3467 LaVecchia’s – $$$ 225 E. 6th St. 704.370.6776 McCormick & Schmick’s – $$$ 200 South Tryon St. 704.377.0201 McIntosh’s – $$$ 1812 South Blvd. 704.342.1088 Outback Steakhouse – $$ 1412 East Blvd. 704.333.2602

ECLECTIC
The Melting Pot – $$$ 901 S. Kings Dr. Stuite 140-B 704.548.2431 Therapy Cafe – $ 401 N. Tryon St. 704.333.1353 The Fig Tree – $$ 1601 E. 7th St. 704.332.3322

L AT I N
Cloud 9 Confections – $ 201 S. College St. 704.334.7554

M E AT & T H R E E
Dish – $ 1220 Thomas Ave. 704.344.0343 Mert’s Heart & Soul – $ 214 N. College St. 704.342.4222 Blue – $$$ 214 N. Tryon St. 704.927.2583 Intermezzo Pizzeria & Café – $ 1427 E. 10th Street 704.347.2626

FRENCH
Terra – $$ 545-B Providence Rd. 704.332.1886

GREEK
Greek Isles – $$ 200 E. Bland St. Little Village Grill – $ 710-G W. Trade St. Showmars – $ 214 N. Tryon St. 704.444.9000 704.347.2184 704.333.5833

MEXICAN
Cabo Fish Taco – $ 3201 N. Davidson St. Johnny Burrito – $ 301 S. Tryon St. La Paz – $$ 1910 South Blvd. Phat Burrito – $ 1537 Camden Rd. Salsarita’s – $ 101 S. Tryon St. Taqueria La Unica – $ 2801 Central Ave. 704.332.8868 704.371.4448 704.372.4168 704.332.7428 704.342.0950 704.347.5115

QUICK BITES
Bojangles’ – $ 310 E Trade St. 704.335.1804 Boston Market – $ 829 Providence Rd. 704.344.0016 Burger King – $ 310 E. Trade St. 704.334.3312 Chick-fil-A – $ 101 S. Tryon St. 704.344.0222 Chicks Restaurant – $ 320 S. Tryon St. – Latta Arcade 704.358.8212 Church’s – $ 1735 W. Trade St. 704.332.2438 Dairy Queen – $ 1431 Central Ave. 704.377.4294 Domino’s Pizza – $ 343 S. Kings Dr. 704.331.9847 Fuel Pizza – $ 214 N. Tryon St. 704.350.1680 Fuel Pizza – $ 1501 Central Ave. 704.376.3835 Green’s Lunch – $ 309 W. 4th St. 704.332.1786 Mr. K’s – $ 2107 South Blvd. 704.375.4318 Papa John’s Pizza – $ 1620 E. 4th St 704.375.7272 Pasta & Provisions – $ 1528 Providence Rd. 704.364.2622 Pita Pit – $ 214 N. Tryon St. 704.333.5856 Quiznos Sub – $ 127 N. Tryon St. 704.374.9921 Quizno’s – $ 320 S. Tryon St. – Latta Arcade 704.372.8922

SOUTHERN & SOUL
Lupie’s Cafe – $ 2718 Monroe Rd. 704.374.1232 Mert’s Heart and Soul – $ 214 N. College St 704.342.4222 Price’s Chicken Coop – $ 1614 Camden Rd. 704.333.9866 Savannah Red – $$ 100 W. Trade St. 704.333.9000 Marriott City Center

INDIAN
Copper – $$ 311 East Blvd. Maharani – $ 901 S. Kings Dr. Suruchi’s – $ 129 W. Trade St. 704.333.0063 704.370.2824 704.372.7333

S P A N I S H
Arpa Tapas – $$$ 121 W. Trade St. 704.372.7792 Sole Spanish Grille – $$$ 1608 East blvd.. 704.343.9890

I TA L I A N
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – $$ 1520 South Blvd. 704.377.2458 Coco Osteria – $$ 214 N. Tryon St.–Hearst Plaza 704.344.8878 Dolce Ristorante – $$ 1710 Kenilworth Ave. 704.332.7525 Fig Tree – $$$ 1601 E. 7th St. 704.332.3322 Hawthorne’s NY Pizza – $ 1701 E. 7th St. 704.358.9339 Intermezzo Pizzeria & Café – $ 1427 E. 10th St. 704.347.2626 Luce Ristorante & Bar – $$$ 214 N. Tryon St. – Hearst Plaza 704.344.9222 Mama Ricotta’s – $$ 601 S. Kings Dr. 704.343.0148

MIDDLE EASTERN
Kabob Grill – $ 1235-B East Blvd. 704.371.8984

OUTDOOR DINING
Big Ben’s Pub – $$ 801 Providence Rd. Cans Bar – $ 500 W. 5th St. East Boulevard Grill – $ 1601 East Blvd. Ember Grille – $$$ 601 S. College St. - Westin Hotel Ri-Ra Irish Pub – $ 208 N. Tryon St Sullivan’s – $$$ 1928 South Blvd. 704.334.6338 704.940.0200 704.332.2414 704.335.2064 704.333.5554 704.335.8228

S T E A K H O U S E
Beef & Bottle – $$$ 4538 South Blvd. 704.523.9977 Capital Grille – $$$ 201 N. Tryon St. 704.348.1400 Chima – $$$ 139 S. Tryon St. 980.225.5000 LaVecchia’s – $$$ 225 E. 6th St. 704.370.6776 Longhorn Steakhouse – $$ 700 E. Morehead St. 704.332.2300 Morton’s – $$$ 227 W.Trade St.- Carillon bldg. 704.333.2602

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Outback Steakhouse – $$ 1412 East Blvd. 704.333.2602 Ruth’s Chris – $$$ 222 S. Tryon St. 704.338.9444 Sullivan’s – $$$ 1928 South Blvd. 704.335.8228

S U S H I
Cosmos Cafe – $$ 300 N. College St. Enso – $$ 210 E. Trade St. Fujo Uptown Bistro – $$ 301 S. College St KO Sushi – $$ 230 S. Tryon St. Nikko – $$ 1300-F South Blvd. Room 112 – $$ 112 S. Tryon St. Ru-San’s Sushi – $$ 2440 Park Rd. 704.372.3553 704.716.3676 704.954.0087 704.372.7757 704.370.0100 704.335.7112 704.374.0008

T A P A S
Arpa Tapas – $$$ 121 W. Trade St. Cosmos Cafe – $$ 300 N. College St. 704.372.7792 704.372.3553

V E G E T A R I A N
Blynk – $ 200 S. Tryon 704.522.3750 Dish – $ 1220 Thomas Ave. 704.344.0343 Something Classic Café – $ 715 Providence Rd. 704.347.3666

V I E T N A M E S E
Pho An Hoa – $ 4832 Central Ave. 704.537.2595

B A R S
Amos SouthEnd – $ 1423 S. Tryon St. 704.377.6874 Apostrophe Lounge – $$ 1400 S. Tryon St. 704.371.7079 BAR Charlotte – $ 300 N. College St. 704.342.2557 Big Ben’s Pub – $$ 801 Providence Rd. 704.334.6338 Buckhead Saloon – $ 201 E. 5th St. 704.370.0687 Cans Bar – $ 500 W. 5th St. 704.940.0200 Cedar Street Tavern – $ 120 N. Cedar St. 704.333.3448 Connolly’s on 5th – $ 115 E. 5th St. 704.358.9070 Cosmos – $$ 300 N. College St. 704.375.8765 Coyote Ugly – $ 521 N. College St. 704.347.6869 Crave the Dessert Bar – $ 501 W. 5th St. 704.277.9993 Dilworth Bar & Grille 911 E. Morehead St. 704.377.3808 Dilworth Billiards 300 E. Tremont Ave. 704.333.3021 Dixie’s Tavern 301 E. 7th St. 704.374.1700 DoubleDoor Inn 218 E. Independence Blvd. 704.376.1446

Ed’s Tavern 2200 Park Rd. 704.335.0033 Evening Muse 3227 N. Davidson St. 704.376.3737 Fox and Hound – $ 330 N. Tryon St. 704.333.4113 Hartigans Pub – $ 601 S. Ceder St. 704.347.1841 Hawthorne’s NY Pizza – $ 1701 E. 7th St. 704.358.9339 Howl at the Moon – $ 210 E. Trade St. 704.936.4695 Jillian’s SouthEnd – $ 300 E. Bland Street 704.376.4386 Loft 1523 – $$ 1523 Elizabeth Ave. 704.333.5898 Madison’s – $$ 115 Fifth St. 704.299.0580 Morehead Tavern – $ 300 East Morehead St. 704.334.2655 Phil’s Tavern – $ 105 E. Fifth St. 704.347.0035 Picasso’s – $ 214 N. Church St. 704.331.0133 PJ’s Coffee & Lounge - $ 210 E. Trade St. (Epicentre) 704.688.0366 Pravda – $$ 300 N. College St. 704.375.8765 Presto Bar and Grill – $ 445 W. Trade St. 704.334.7088 Ri-Ra Irish Pub – $ 208 N. Tryon St 704.333.5554 Selwyn Pub – $ 2801 Selwyn Ave. 704.333.3443 Stool Pigeons – $ 214 N. Church St. 704.358.3788 Suite – $ 210 E. Trade St. 704.999.7934 The Attic – $ 200 N. Tryon St. 704.358.4244 The Corner Pub – $ 335 N. Graham St. 704.376.2720 The Forum – $$ 300 N. College St. 704.375.8765 The Gin Mill – $ 1411 S. Tryon St. 704.373.0782 The Penguin – $ 1921 Commonwealth Ave. 704.375.6959 The Pub – $ 710 West Trade St. 704.333.9818 Thomas Street Tavern – $ 1218 Thomas St. 704.376.1622 Tilt – $$ 127 W. Trade St. 704.347.4870 Town Tavern – $ 200 N. Tryon Tremont Music Hall – $ 400 W Tremont Ave. 704.343.9494 Tutto Mondo – $ 1820 South Blvd. 704.332.8149 Tyber Creek Pub – $ 1933 South Blvd. 704.343.2727 Vinnie’s Sardine – $ 1714 South Blvd. 704.332.0006 Visulite Theater – $ 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704.358.9250 Whiskey River – $ 210 E. Trade St. 704.749.1097

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