Our Blog Has Moved!

September 19, 2007

We’ve redesigned the magazine’s web site, and The Daily Buzz now runs on the front page of the site. All archived posts have been moved, too. Please update your bookmarks to www.charlottemagazine.com

Thanks, and see you there!


Halloween Costumes In Charlotte Now

September 7, 2007

It’s never too early to get started on your Halloween costume. Off Independence Boulevard in Matthews in the Windsor Shopping Center (Burlington Coat Factory, Monkey Joe’s, and Boyles Furniture Clearance are there, too) you’ll find the huge Spirit Halloween Superstore (9925 E. Independence Blvd.) devoted to everything ghastly including pre-packaged costumes, accessories (think Scream masks or fairy wands), and decorations for your ghostly party. I went last year the day before Halloween weekend…not recomended. But going now means beating the “holiday traffic” and possibly getting your hands on more options for a cool costume.

Boyles Clearance Outlet in Matthews is OPEN!

September 7, 2007

I promised I would let you know when the new Boyle’s Outlet finally opened…so, head over this weekend to check out the selection of everything from Tommy Bahama and Jackson Carter to LaneVenture and Lexington plus oodles of home accessories (I personally love the selection of faux floral arrangements that look so real). The store is open seven days a week. Windsor Square Center, 10025 East Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105-4619, 704-846-8470.

Keep Your Curls Smooth and Wavy! I Swear!

September 7, 2007

Until recently, I’d only ever worn my hair straight or pulled back. Nothing in between. It wasn’t until I tried using this great curly cocktail of hair products that I attempted going curly. Philip B’s Drop Dead Hair Straightening balm ($22) is amazing—no exaggeration. I put that in first and comb it through. Then I throw in a dollop of Philip B’s Styling Gel ($18), add a little heat from a diffuser and ta-da! My hair is now curly and wavy and smooth and, well, WOW. I wouldn’t have thought to post this except I’ve been asked so many times what products I’ve been using to get my hair just right that I felt I needed to share the “secret.” The only place you can purchase Philip B in Charlotte is at Jeffre Scott Apothecary (607 Providence Road, 704-339-0010). And it’s well worth it if you’re craving some wavy/curly locks that don’t look (or feel) crunchy and untouchable.

We Love BECCA Lip Color!

September 7, 2007

This weekend (September 8th and 9th) stop by Potion’s East Boulevard store and meet BECCA’s national makeup artist Lynn Furge. She’ll be introducing BECCA’s fall lip colors and they’re NOT to be missed. I’ve been obsessing over the Glossy Lip Tint in Amaretto from the fall line; and it’s not just me—I’ve been receiving compliments about the lip color since the day I started wearing it. It’s long-lasting (plus #1) and the colors work well on just about every skin tone (plus #2), which means when I lose my sun-kissed tan by mid-October the color will still look just as good. A $35 reservation fee applies for the event, but that also goes toward your purchase. Call 704-347-6841 for more details and to make a reservation. Check out their Web site, too, for details on their other makeup goodies and upcoming events.

East Blvd. restaurant shakeup

September 4, 2007

You may have already heard that Patou has closed, and a 131 Main is opening in its place in the Latta Pavilion development between Scott and Kenilworth avenues. That’s a huge space that Patou was never able to fill, despite Rachid and Laura Ouchu’s best efforts. 131 Main is a locally owned semi-upscale American fare restaurant with locations in Ballantyne and Huntersville.

A little down the street, Jaimama closed, and construction is underway on a new burger place by Frank Scibelli, the man behind Cantina 1511 and Mama Ricotta’s. Look for a large beer list and lots of different kinds of burgers. Should be fun. —R.T.

Remembering Bill Spoon

August 28, 2007

Photograph of Bill Spoon by Chris EdwardsOn Friday, Bill Spoon died. Even if you never ate his barbecue, you might be familiar with his name. That was his joint down on South Boulevard (now run by his grandson, Stephen)–the one with the sign that says “We use the whole pig–it makes the difference.” Or something to that effect. Bill Spoon’s place consistently cranks out the best Eastern NC-style barbecue in the city. But it won’t be the same without Mr. Spoon behind the counter, taking IOUs, pushing the banana pudding, and rounding down bills. The Observer published a nice article today on his funeral, and I really recommend you read this profile that we published in June 2001. Written by then-senior editor Will Boye (who’s now with the Charlotte Business Journal), it’s a great piece, and it tells the story of who Spoon really was and how he started his restaurant. —R.T.