In honor of Memorial Day, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to bring to a barbecue, as provided by our team of full-time neighborhood experts. Whether you’re hosting the holiday cookout or showing up for the celebration, see the detailed list below to be sure you out-shine even the brightest of fireworks at this summer’s outdoor gatherings.
Watermelon – No matter your age, there’s no one that doesn’t enjoy a fresh slice. It’s so easy to prepare, clean up and it’s also such a nostalgic treat for everyone! -Realtor®/Broker, Joan Goode
Corn on the Cob – Throw it on the grill, and it’s ready to go. What’s easier than that? -Broker-In-Charge, Sarah Szczodrowski
Chips & Guacamole – Being from California, avocados are a must for any family gathering. It’s also a great way to sneak in some vegetables amidst all the party treats! -South Office Manager, Michelle Duncan
Potato Salad – It’s a summer staple that isn’t much fun to make but seems to go along with everything! – Office Administrator, Melanie Vise
Deviled Eggs – I bring these things everywhere! They’re so easy and to pop in your mouth! -Eastover Receptionist, Bonnie Greenberg
Banana Pudding – We had more than ten agents respond with this quintessentially southern summertime dessert as their BBQ must-have dessert. It’s the true front-runner, and with good reason, according to our team of experts!
Peach Cobbler – Something with fruit is so refreshing for the Summer heat. – Realtor®/Broker, Micheal Nester
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches – The only thing that could make chocolate chip cookies better is ice cream, honestly…homemade, on a summer day, you can’t beat it! – Realtor®/Broker, Ashley McMillan
Strawberry Pie – My husband’s grandmother’s recipe is to die for. It’s both refreshing and indulgent, and has become a real must-have for any summertime bbq we’re invited to. -Realtor®/Broker, Andi Morgan
Realtor®/Broker Fran Miller goes one further with her strawberries and slices them with a bit of sugar and your choice of added flavoring – which she suggests Grand Marnier or brandy.
Fruit Salad – The fresh cold fruit that’s available this time of year is sweet enough to be considered a dessert, combine them together and it’s practically cake! -Realtor®/Broker, Sarah Kennerly
Brownies with Salted Carmel Frosting – They’re perfect: no mess, no utensils or plates required. -Relocation Director, Catharine Pappas
Grilled Fruits – Sliced pineapple drizzled with Jet-Puffed Marshmallow cream or grilled peaches with rosemary and balsamic is our family’s favorites. -Realtor®/Broker, Eric Madara
Ice cream sandwiches – Even if by the box, from the grown ups to the kids, everyone eats one! -Realtor®/Broker, Ducie Stark
Homemade Ice Cream – It’s a commitment, but it’s one that pays off. You just can’t match the flavor when bought in store. -Realtor®/Broker, Suzanne Coddington
Tres Leches Cake – Most people aren’t familiar with this dessert. I love bringing it to events and seeing others love the cake that’s our family’s real favorite! -Realtor®/Broker, Johana Troutman
Beer – Need I say more? All jokes aside, the Charlotte beer scene has no better platform than the summer get-together. You can’t go wrong with anything NoDa puts out, personal favorite is Coco Loco. – Broker-In-Charge, Jimmy Rountree
Tea – A sweet tea over ice with fresh lemon is always a crowd pleaser, especially with the moms! – Realtor®/Broker, Ruth Moniz
Blueberry Lemonade – take any kind of lemonade you prefer and add fresh blueberries with a blueberry simple syrup. Adults: add vodka. Cheers! -Marketing Team Member, Sara Leeson
A brunch spot every Southern mom will love. The Asbury offers traditional Southern cuisine, bubbles and offers a beautiful atmosphere. We suggest the sticky biscuits, because mom deserves one. This one even comes with a Mother’s day perk—every mother gets a rose!
A local hotspot that our team of experts can not stop raving about. It sits in the heart of Myers Park, on Selwyn. Offering a seasonal menu, countless brunch cocktails, and a patio perfect for Sunday’s with the family—littleSpoon is the perfect way to spoil the trendy mom!
Perfect place for a large party—bring friends and family to this delicious locally owned café. Classic French atmosphere in the heart of South Park offers endless options that will surely make any Mom’s day! Did we mention the beignets? Get them.
Brewers at 4001 Yancey
If you’re looking for a low key Mother’s Day, this is the place for you. Not only is Brewers at 4001 Yancey in the heart Charlotte’s brewery district, but they’re offering a full fledged Buffet to celebrate moms that also includes the choice of a fun Sunday cocktail. This is our top pick for a come one come all, especially because of the outdoor patio, games, and the photo booth.
It’s only fitting we include one upscale brunch, for the mom who deserves a real break & extravagant escape. An Uptown favorite—5Church is our most stylish option, that feels worlds away from the carpool line. We suggest making a reservation, as this is another favorite among the locals. The restaurant is known for their meats, so we’d suggest you go with either the shrimp and grits or the lamb burger. It’s worth noting that they’re going above and beyond, by giving Mom’s a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa with their brunch purchase.
The newest issue of Dickens Mitchener Style, our regionally focused lifestyle magazine, is here! The issue showcases some of Charlotte’s most beautiful homes, each of our exclusive listings, and gives readers a look at some of wonderful things that our region has to offer. Inside Issue 4 we share some insights from our team of real estate experts to make living here more enjoyable.
Our latest issue features stories that offer thoughtfully written pieces including a neighborhood spotlight on Weddington-Waxhaw, a terrific article on a local Dilworth teacher and Dickens Mitchener client whose greatest lesson is kindness (so much so that it landed her on The Ellen Show), and designer trends from interior designer Steve Rasnick. As always, we provide exclusive tips from our Style team of full-time agents, and much more on our growing city!
Contact us to receive your copy of Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 4 today!
The Charlotte’s brewery scene is exploding with over 40 breweries calling the Queen City home. Join Dickens Mitchener Relocation Director Catharine Pappas as she explores breweries in the Charlotte area. Follow along as she talks with with Gavin Toth at Divine Barrel Brewing and Brittany Smith at Legion Brewing & find out what makes Charlotte such a brewery hot spot.
Charlotte – home to pro sports teams and Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, host city to this year’s NBA All-Star Game and the Republican National Convention in 2020 – is also home to rolling hills and bucolic horse farms. Horse country isn’t inside the city proper, but historic Weddington/Waxhaw is just a short drive from the heart of Charlotte. And if the Union County area feels hundreds of miles from uptown Charlotte’s skyscrapers, it also seems decades removed from it.
Dickens Mitchener’s Broker-in-Charge Sarah Szczodrowsk’s family of four has lived in Waxhaw for nearly six years. The horse culture is part of what lured her there. She and her 7-year-old daughter are equestrians who ride several times a week. “If you’re a horse person, it’s easy to find your place here,” she said. “There’s a downtown tack shop (Waxhaw Tack Exchange) where everyone goes.” Adding to the authentic small-town feel are the downtown railroad tracks and historic footbridge overlooking it. (It’s what Dickens Mitchener Realtor®/Broker Megan Despard called “the most instagrammable spot in the Charlotte area.”) Downtown Waxhaw is brimming with antique stores, coffee shops and Mom-and-Pop restaurants. Beyond downtown, there’s plenty of sky, hills and horses.
During the mid-1700s, German and Scots-Irish settlers moved to the area and created their own community. Over a century later, in 1889, Waxhaw became prosperous after a railroad placed in the center of town allowed residents access to Atlanta and allowed local cotton and textile merchants to sell their products. The railroad remains in place today near Waxhaw’s Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Waxhaw gets its name from the Waxhaw Native American tribe that once lived in the region. Today, this entire area of the Piedmont along the North and South Carolina border is known as the Waxhaws.
The first gold discovered in the United States was not far from the Waxhaw city limits.
Living in Waxhaw means getting to know your neighbors. The town holds regular events like concerts, parades, and First Fridays, a night when businesses stay open late and people gather in town for fun activities.
Waxhaw has its own farmer’s market. Visitors can purchase farm-fresh meat, eggs, and seasonal produce, as well as plants, flowers, artisanal foods, and natural health and beauty products from local vendors.
Local professionals will enjoy the fact that Waxhaw has its own Rotary Club. It was founded in 2004.
Though there is some dispute about the exact location, President Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxhaw area.
Waxhaw is a friendly town, and there is always something going on. It is also a business-friendly town, which means plenty of independent shops and restaurants line the streets in the historic area surrounding the railroad. Enjoy delicious food at an array of restaurants, ranging from farm-fresh Southern cuisine to authentic Italian. There are also many historic sites in the area dedicated to Andrew Jackson and the Native Americans who originally called the town home.
Provisions– A local, family owned business located on Waxhaw’s historic Main Street. Lisa Vigil and Ken Posko are partners with a goal to help bring local producers and consumers together in one convenient location.
Stacks Kitchen– Located on N. Broome Street in Waxhaw. Famous for serving breakfast all day, residents love to dine on its waffles, pancakes and omelets.
Bistro D’Antonio– Serves Italian inspired cuisine, all dished up in a warm and relaxed dining room with old-world touches.
Maxwell’s Tavern– Located on East South Main Street, Maxwell’s Tavern is a part sports bar, part family-friendly casual dining place. Its menu features something for everyone with classic favorites like burgers, pulled pork, steak, and seafood.
Carolina Place – Just north of Waxhaw in Charlotte is Carolina Place. The mall is home to dozens of your favorite stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears, Belk, H&M, and Victoria’s Secret. It also features several restaurants and a children’s play area.
Downtown Waxhaw – Not everyone loves big box stores and chains, and Downtown Waxhaw is the place to get away from that. You will find boutiques, antique shops, and independent restaurants all around the historic town. After shopping, visit the area’s iconic pedestrian bridge that goes right over the railroad tracks.
Waxhaw’s Farmer’s Market – Corner of Price and Church Street, 116 McDonald Street, Waxhaw. Waxhaw Famers’ Market consists of farmers and artisan vendors proudly growing and making all of their products locally. They come to the market to provide you fresh-from-the-farm goodness and their unique crafting of hand-made foods and specialty items. The Market is open EVERY Saturday 9am-12pm.
Museum of the Waxhalls – To get a sense of the area’s history and enjoy a day of family fun, a visit to the Museum of the Waxhaws is a must. It serves as a memorial to Andrew Jackson, and it features several exhibits focused on the seventh president. There is also a Waxhall Indian Village, Secret Homestead, and a Heritage Garden.
Storefront Theatre – You don’t have to drive to Charlotte or another big city to take in a little culture. Waxhaw has its own Storefront Theatre. As of 2014 — 2015, it is in its eighth season. Some of its plays have included Country Songs, We Like Short Shorts, and The Cemetery Club.
Queen’s Cup Steeplechase – The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase takes place in neighboring Mineral Springs every spring at Brooklandwood. It’s a must for horse-racing enthusiasts, but it’s also a fun-filled day for people of all ages. You can pet the race horses, and there are pony rides for kids. Live music, food, tailgating, fun hats, and gorgeous flowers are all part of the atmosphere.
Andrew Jackson State Park – There are many parks in the Waxhaw area, but Andrew Jackson State Park in nearby Lancaster, SC is a popular one. There is a museum, living history programs, trails, a lake for fishing, and picnic and camping areas.
Real Estate Information
At the rate the Waxhaw area is growing, it is not surprise that there it so much new construction in the area. What separates the area from many others, however, is that it is quality new construction. Think 3-sided brick homes, side-entry garages, 1+-acre lots, and beautiful landscaping. The neighborhoods also offer great amenities, like pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and playgrounds.
Al fresco season is almost here! Whether you’re looking for a secluded patio or prime street-side people watching, here are 15 great places you should be sipping and dining al fresco all spring and summer long.
City Lights is located on the 18th floor of the Le Meridien hotel. Charlotte’s newest and largest rooftop bar boasts unparalleled views paired an eclectic, street food inspired menu and hand-crafted cocktails. Dance and mingle next to the LED rooftop furniture and the weekly live music and rotating DJ roster. This is a casual fun spot to let your hair down and put your feet up to enjoy a sunset, cocktails, and bites.
Sycamore Brewing is a small, family owned craft brewery in Charlotte’s South End. The light-rail-side brewery with its inviting rustic taproom and large, string-light-filled beer garden has become a fast favorite on the Charlotte social scene. Their patio sets the stage for the ever-popular Food Truck Friday and is sure to be packed all weekend long.
Located in the heart of Dilworth, this circa-1940’s style building creates an atmosphere reminiscent of the wine bars and Enotecas of Europe. They have an open air private courtyard/patio that is Charlottes premier secret garden, luxurious seating, and nearly 30 feet of mahogany, copper and steel bar from which one can partake from a bold and unique wine list focused on low-production, high-quality wines.
Neighbors Mac’s Speed Shop (a southern smokehouse) and SouthBound (a SoCal-inspired taco bar) are linked together by The Music Yard, a huge outdoor performance venue. The curb appeal of those three places packed with patrons creates an alluring “patio row” of sorts along the busy South Boulevard corridor. Catch a free spring music series in The Yard every Saturday in April and May .
Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant is a warm and welcoming tapas bar inspired by the culture of Spain. The ever-changing menu is focused on clean flavors, seasonal ingredients, specialties from Spain and the Mediterranean, and rustic small plate presentations created by chefs with tremendous talent. Barcelona offers an award-winning selection of wines from Spain and South America—and boasts one of the largest Spanish wine programs in the U.S.
Located in Southend, Suffolk Punch’s earthy feel, with dangling greenery and a glass tile backsplash behind the bar, is instantly welcoming. The Suffolk Punch is a Brewery, Culinary Café & Taphouse, and Coffee Bar. They serve coffee starting at 7:30 am on weekdays (9 am on the weekends,) have a unique menu with a variety of flavors, and offer over 50 beers on draft including over 20 made in house! Breakfast, lunch, dinner – brunch on weekends, wine & craft cocktails.
Brewers at 4001 Yancey offer well-known Victory, Sixpoint and Southern Tier beer, but also brew locally inspired beers in the brew house. With an annual capacity of 10,000 barrels, the Brewers are crafting new recipes designed with the local community in mind, taking inspiration from local ingredients and trends. The chef driven menu incorporates their beers in over 90% of their recipes and each menu item can be perfectly paired with a pint.
Legion Brewing Company was born from the ethos that sharing good beer with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. Legion Brewing SouthPark is open 7 days a week and offers a full menu and two bars stocked with beer, wine and local spirits. You’ll find 39 at the downstairs bar, and 8 at the mezzanine bar. Popular Legion beers include Juicy Jay, Project Pils, Freedom Park and Carolina Sparkle Party.
Kid Cashew is a wood fire grill inspired by farmers, butchers and the Mediterranean. Located in Dilworth, Kid Cashew offers vegan and gluten free options. Whether enjoying $3 mimosas at brunch or $6 appetizers during happy hour, their passion is giving guests a chance to share flavors and laughter with their loved ones and friends.
300 East has been serving the Dilworth neighborhood and greater Charlotte for 32 years. They are a family-owned and operated casual dining establishment serving a creative American-eclectic menu in a rehabbed, 1900 Victorian home. They offer lunch, dinner, cocktails & Sunday brunch!
Hello, Sailor offers a bright, sunny, casual restaurant and bar concept, open all day Tuesday – Sunday. The horseshoe-shaped bar is a main focal point in the dining room featuring beach-worthy cocktails like Cherry Lemon Sundrop Negroni Slushies and no-frills 40-ounce Miller High Life bottles. The deck along with its forthcoming tiki bar and the restaurant’s 20 dedicated boat slips are prime spots in the spring and summer time.
Fahrenheit is situated above the Skye Condos on the 21st Floor. With one of the best views in the Queen City, the 8,600-square-foot rooftop restaurant and bar gives guests an opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor dining. The spectacular bar and lounge opens up to the stunning roof area, where linear fireplaces offer ambiance to the wrap-around patio. Fahrenheit’s menu is “inventive, new American regional cuisine.” It is the chef’s dedication to using the finest and freshest, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, along with Asian insinuations, that make this fare uniquely his own.
A vibrant Italian restaurant in uptown Charlotte. Stroll through their inviting entrance at West 3rd street, where their warm and convivial restaurant is a meeting place for both Charlotteans and out-of-towners. Angeline’s offers a modern, Italian-influenced menu in the form of house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and simple yet flavorful small plates in an energetic and comforting environment.
Fern was designed to create a comfortable and earthy atmosphere, using reclaimed barn wood for tables and baseboards, and sourcing our ingredients from the best farms in the area. Fern focuses on plant-based and southern cuisine to create seasonal menus.
Did you know that Charlotte metro recorded a greater increase in IT jobs than San Francisco’s metro area? According to RENTCafe’s analysis of the most recent BLS data, Queen City’s metro saw the most significant rise in STEM employees nationwide.
Here are a few highlights from the study:
Charlotte metro is the star of emerging tech hubs. It upped its number of IT jobs by a staggering 37.5% in just 3 years (2014 – 2017), outpacing San Francisco metro, which posted a 19.5% boost.
Rents are rising faster than wages in the Queen City’s metro area. The income of those working in the metro’s technology sector went up by 6.8% between 2014 and 2017, but rent prices hiked even more, marking a 7.6% growth from 2016 to 2019. There is a silver lining though, Charlotte is one of the most affordable among tech hubs. Here IT salaries circle around $92,600, while it costs $1,138 on average to rent a dwelling.
Despite its spectacular surge in STEM workforces, Charlotte metro only holds a 4% share of techies. Though this doesn’t place the area in the top 15 largest IT hubs, the staggering growth of technology employees clearly indicates that the Queen City has now entered the big tech hub race.
Get your spot early for the parade as it marches through Uptown Charlotte on March 16. There will be floats, pipe band music, dancers, and other entertainment. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of North Tryon and Ninth streets in Uptown Charlotte. Stick around for the festival afterwards and sample authentic Irish food and drink while you let the kids enjoy the Celtic Kid Zone.
Speaking of drinking beer, you will have plenty of opportunities for it during the 19th annual Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Since the pub crawl’s inception in 2001, it has continuously grown in size and popularity, making it the World’s Largest Pub Crawl. Check-in at The Pub Crawl Party Lot, then, follow the green-clad masses in matching event t-shirts and koozies.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center will host their 10thGreen River Revival event. The day starts with a Color Me Green 5K Trail Run where participants will be splashed with the green dye as they run through the trails. Take a photo next to the river that will turn green as a four leaf clover at 1 p.m. Yoga, live music and plenty of beer are also on the day’s schedule of events.
When: March 17 and 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Rd, Huntersville
The sixth annual Latta Celtic Festival celebrates all things Celtic with live music, Viking and gunsmith weapons demonstrations, needlework training, food and OMB beers to enjoy over the holiday weekend.
Join Lower Southend and OMB celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green attire, festive music, and plenty of food and drink. At OMB, relax in the Biergarten with their spring seasonal, Früh Bock, that features a slight malty sweetness with a refreshing touch of citrus aroma from its noble Bavarian hops. Year-round favorites will also be on tap including Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen & Fat Boy Baltic Porter. 1 Liter steins will also be available. Expect festive food specials and live music both days.
Catharine Pappas, our relocation director at Dickens Mitchener, has been elected chairperson of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Advisory Council, a group comprised of business development and relocation professionals who provide guidance on key initiatives for the global real estate community, which is comprised of 565 market-leading firms spanning six continents.
In her role as chairperson, Pappas will lead the Council, which works closely with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® management team on integral relocation, business development and lead generation programs. Council members also mentor other affiliates and serve as ambassadors for the organization’s diverse program offerings. Members are elected by fellow council members to serve a three-year term and are chosen based on the merits of their professional experience and reputation, as well as their willingness to share their expertise for the benefit of the network.
“We are so thankful to have Catharine assume the role of chairperson for this important leadership group,” said Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger, CRP. “She is highly-respected in our industry, and her expertise is matched by her enthusiasm for relocation and the LeadingRE network.”
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciate to be elected as chairman by my most esteemed colleagues” said Pappas. “The relocation space has changed enormously in the 25 years that I have lead the Relocation Department at Dickens Mitchener. It has been a very satisfying and creative career where I have been able to put my best skills to work”
Dickens Mitchener is the Charlotte representative of LeadingRE. With a global membership that spans over 70 countries, LeadingRE connects top independent firms with more than 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Dickens Mitchener provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.
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Charlotte’s “city center,” Dilworth and Sharon Woods neighborhoods landed at No. 30, No. 35 and No. 91, respectively, on the ranking of more than 11,500 cities, towns, neighborhoods and suburbs compiled by Niche, a Pittsburgh-based research and review site that releases lists on top places to live as well as K-12 schools and colleges.
Niche’s “2019 Best Places to Live in America” ranking, is designed to provide a “comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. The 2019 Best Places to Live ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall livability of an area. This grade takes into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities in an attempt to measure the overall quality of an area.
Niche describes “city center” as a swath that extends south of Trade Street to West Summit Street, including parts of uptown, Biddleville and the Gold District — a 115-acre subdistrict of South End bounded by Morehead Street, Southwood Avenue, Graham Street and Winnifred Street. It received its highest marks for commute, health and fitness, nightlife and being good for families. Its lowest score was for cost of living, followed by public schools.
Meanwhile, Dilworth’s highest grades came in health and fitness, nightlife and being good for families. Its lowest mark was for cost of living, followed by diversity. And Sharon Woods in south Charlotte scored best in health and fitness, cost of living and being good for families. It didn’t score lower than a B+ in any category.
In addition, Providence Park in southeast Charlotte, Fourth Ward in uptown, Hembstead in southeast Charlotte, First Ward in uptown and Ballantyne West in south Charlotte claimed spots in the top 10 for North Carolina at No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Sharon Woods ranked at No. 4, behind the Raleigh suburb of Morrisville.
As for cities with populations of at least 100,000 residents, Charlotte ranked at No. 35.