Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 14 CHARLOTTE LIVING and environmental education center. The crown jewel is the river which is the largest of its kind in the world. After an adventure packed day relax on the patio of River's Edge Bar and Grill overlooking the action on the channel while sipping a regionally brewed beer. It's no surprise that Charlotte is on Zagat's "Top 26 Hottest Food Cities" list. Exceptional cuisine whether high-brow or low-brow are found on every corner. Some to try are: Kindred (best new restaurants of 2015 by Bon Appetit), 5Church, Heirloom, The King's Kitchen, Haberdish, Price's Chicken Coop, and others. Inventive chefs graduate from culinary school Johnson & Wale's and stay in the city to the delight of diners. Well-established restaurateurs (many of whom are James Beard award nominees, like 2017 contenders Joe Kindred of Kindred Restaurant and Paul Verica of Heritage Food & Drink) also make the city their home. Charlotte is the inaugural restaurant location for 5Church Group and home to Executive Chef/ Partner Jamie Lynch, who just competed on Season 14 of Bravo's "Top Chef." The contemporary Americana menu features favorites including Chicken Adobo and Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut. Charlotte's brew scene is gaining a lot of cred in the industry. The city has more than 37 breweries in the city with nearly two dozen in construction or planning stages. The region accounts for approximately 20 percent of the 175-plus breweries in North Carolina. You can find most breweries clustered together in South End and NoDa (North Davidson), making it easy to create your own personalized brewery tour. A unique one to try is NoDa Brewing Company where one-time- only beers are available in the taproom each Tuesday. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery was named the spot with the "best brewery tour in the nation" by USA Today in 2014. Wine bars, cideries and distilleries are all found in the city. The art scene is alive and well in Charlotte. Art shows, live theatre and museums inspire and educate. Multiple concert/music venues and a variety of performing arts centers ensure that every artistic expression has an outlet. Community events range from holiday parades to outdoor street festivals and cultural celebrations. A large number of arts venues are located downtown within walking distance of each other. The mega-city once primarily known as a financial center is fast gaining a reputation as a museum Mecca. In uptown, a museum district entices those who appreciate the art of expression. Inside the terra-cotta-tiled Bechtler Museum of Modern Art a family's collection is showcased in a contemporary setting. Nearby, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture pays tribute to the black experience renowned Hewitt Collection and other works. Discover how the south reinvented itself from field-to-factory-to-finance at the Levine Museum of the New South. Other museums to see in Charlotte are Mint Museum, the interactive NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum and the Billy Graham Library. PICK A ZIPCODE (Mini-cities within the City): Charlotte is regularly included on lists of the most livable U.S. cities. With a strong road network and mass transit opportunities, the average commute is under 30 minutes. Charlotte neighborhoods have taken on a life of their own creating mini-city experiences so much so that the city is associated with more than 70 standard zip codes by the U.S Postal Service. Each community/residential area has a unique character colored with restaurants, entertainment and a lifestyle that fits that neighborhood. Living spaces are hi-rises, condos, apartments and old-fashioned neighborhoods filled with historic single-family homes. Here are a few neighborhoods to explore: Ballantyne borders South Carolina and spans nearly 2,000 acres in south Charlotte. Upscale living with shopping and dining are draws at Ballantyne Village and Ballantyne Commons. This area is also home to more than 4 million square feet of office space and national industry headquarters. The five-star Ballantyne Hotel and Ballantyne Country Club is "R and R" at its finest. The luxurious modern "palace," spa and surrounding golf course is a true Utopian experience. A history of the resort says that it gives the impression of a "Southern plantation on steroids." With a population hovering around 5,700, the community neighborhood called Elizabeth is one of the smallest in Charlotte, but not the least in offerings. Elizabeth, southeast of uptown, takes its name from Elizabeth College, a small Lutheran women's college founded in 1897 on the present-day site of Presbyterian Hospital. Many homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Louis Scalzo, an aircraft mechanic for American Airlines, bought his Craftsman style home in Elizabeth in the 1990s. "I wanted to be close to my job and uptown, and walk to restaurants and entertainment," said Scalzo. "To relax, I can walk my dog to Independence Park. It couldn't be a better location." Try Pinky's Westside Grill for Southern culture on the skids or go more rustic-chic at Customshop, appropriately on Elizabeth Avenue. Myers Park just south of uptown has the highest concentration of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher in Mecklenburg County. Known for its curvy and winding streets, Myers Park is home to The Myers Park Historic District. Architectural designs are bungalow, Craftsman, Colonial, and Tudor revival style houses. Myers Park is also home to Queens University. Don't miss the Aix en Provence (French/Mediterranean bistro). NoDa and Plaza Midwood are historic arts and entertainment districts just north of Uptown. The communities are two of Mecklenburg County's most eclectic neighborhoods. Art galleries, funky boutiques, breweries and renowned local eateries characterize both districts. For beverages, try Heist Brewery or Smelly Cat Coffee House & Roastery. Haberdish southern kitchen

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