Dickens Mitchener Staff Spotlight: Kippen Priest

Dickens Mitchener Staff Spotlight: Kippen Priest

           For more than 15 years, Kippen Priest has been hard at work at Dickens Mitchener as our contract coordinator and bookkeeper. However, when she’s not in the DM office, she is devoting time to her rapidly growing business, madebykippen.

           Kippen started this venture two years ago when she began experimenting with candles in search of a particular scent that she’s worn for over 25 years. She loved that oil so much that she combined her love for candles with her love of that signature scent.  During her time of discovery, she was introduced to a completely new world and a creative outlet that has now evolved into something she would have never imagined. 

           When Kippen first began making candles, she used simple glass containers that can be found just about anywhere. In an effort to produce more unique vessels for her hand-poured candles, Kippen experimented with concrete.  After much trial and error, she came to realize her vision for the brand, by utilizing concrete and custom molds, into what has been a whirlwind of creativity and success ever since. Kippen said “It has been enough pouring for people I know, and becoming a part of the local community of vendors at markets”…that was until she heard from West Elm. Beginning this Fall, madebykippen will be one of the exclusive local vendors carried in all store locations throughout the state.

          Kippen hand pours each and every product out of her home in Charlotte, so no two pieces are ever the same. Madebykippen began as a one-product company that only sold soy candles. Now, less than one year after entering the market, the local artisan company has transformed into a much sought after vendor that offers dozens of hand-crafted goods, all made by Dickens Mitchener’s very own Kippen. Some of her more popular items, in addition to the signature candles, include trays, planters, and vases in a variety of different shapes, colors and sizes. Many of our agents favor her custom products for clients, open houses and especially holiday gift orders.

          If you are interested in any of her products or to discover more about madebykippen visit her website at www.madebykippen.com, or follow her as the journey continues on Instagram @madebykippen






Photo Credits: madebykippen, and Easterday Creative

Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 5 is Now Available!

Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 5 | The contents of Dickens Mitchener Style, our regionally focused lifestyle magazine, showcases some of Charlotte’s most beautiful homes and gives readers a look at some of the wonderful things that our region has to offer. Inside we share exclusive insights from our Style team of real estate experts.

Our latest issue features thoughtfully written pieces on South End – one of the hottest urban residential destinations in Charlotte, a client spotlight on an inspiring young jazz saxophonist as she prepares for Harvard and The Berklee School of Music, a relocation success story, a conversation with the founder of Lenny Boy Brewing Company who explains how their mission goes way beyond beer and kombucha, as well as tips from our Style team of full-time agents, and much more! Contact us to receive your copy of Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 5 today.

Celebrating 3 Years In Our South Office

In 2016, Dickens Mitchener, Charlotte’s best source for residential real estate, opened a second office location to better serve its trusted clients in South Charlotte. Founded in 1991, Dickens Mitchener is an innovative and strategic family-owned business with  superior client satisfaction at its core. Since opening, we’ve opened the door for more than 750 clients in South Charlotte as a result of our second location.

This August we celebrate the new clients we’ve helped in the home buying/selling process, the growth of our company, and most importantly, the improvement of our client-focused service with three years at the conveniently located South Office.

When you choose the Dickens Mitchener team, you are putting your trust in the most talented, experienced and technologically astute Realtors® in the Charlotte region. Dickens Mitchener’s agents are full-time experts who set the region’s standard for innovative practices, client satisfaction and outstanding results. Contact your trusted neighborhood expert today!

June Top Producers Feature Nearly Half Agent Roster

Dickens Mitchener, your best source for residential real estate, is proud to share a record-breaking month for agent production with an astounding 48 agents producing $1,000,000 and above in individual sales for the month of June. That’s one agent short of half of the company’s full roster of Realtors®!

The Dickens Mitchener team is comprised of 97 full-time real estate experts who set the region’s standard for innovative practices, client satisfaction and who continue to deliver outstanding results. The agents are true neighborhood specialists with years of combined experience, using intimate community knowledge & collaborative market expertise to make your real estate dreams come true. Let your preferred Dickens Mitchener team member handle the details, no matter where the journey takes you!

What to do this Independence Day

This July 4th marks the 243th birthday for America. The Queen City is celebrating properly with activities ranging from traditional fireworks, live music, block parties and even a 5k! With the help of our team of full-time neighborhood experts, we’ve selected our top 5 events happening locally to make sure this Fourth of July is a spectacular one for all! 










U.S. National White Water Center 

For the 9th year, the US National White Water Center will host their Fourth Of July Celebration. This two day party will last from July 3rd at 9:00 Am to July 4th at 10:00 PM.  Aside from their usual tours and fun activities, there will be plenty more opportunities to get outside and be active. Some of the provided activities will include- live music, yoga classes, a stand up paddle board race, and two days of fireworks over the water. Click  here  for more information. 

The Charlotte Knights Stadium 

SkyShow Charlotte is taking over Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of BB&T Ballpark starting at 2pm until 10pm. There will be fun for all ages- from interactive kids games to live music to food trucks serving food and drinks. The holiday game features our very own Charlotte Knights against the Norfolk Tides with the first pitch going out at 7:15. Following the game, there will be a firework display. The show will be synchronized with music played from inside of the stadium. The first 5,000 guests will get a small American Flag, which will be waved around during the patriotic music and fireworks display.  Click  here  for ticket pricing and event details. 

Lake Wylie 

There’s something about watching fireworks over water that makes them more beautiful. Lake Wylie is hosting their annual Fourth of July fireworks display starting at 9:30 PM. Whether you spend all day on a boat or at one of the public parks, be sure to make your way over to the Buster Boyd Bridge around dusk. There will also be seating in the Lake Wylie Plaza parking lots and surrounding restaurants. Click  here  for more information.  

Tega Cay 

If you’re looking for a never ending day of fun, make your way to Tega Cay, South Carolina. Only about 20 miles outside Charlotte’s city center, this makes for an easy day trip. There are different events happening from 9AM- 9PM. These events consist of a  land parade, log rolling & paddleboard joust, a boat parade, Carolina show ski team, splish-n-splash summer bash, a lions club fish fry, state of the city and birthday party, ending with a firework show. Click  here  for more information.  

Charlotte Firecracker 5K 

Head on over to the  Olde Providence neighborhood  on July 3rd to get your athletic on before the real party on the Fourth. They are hosting a timed 5K on a loop around the neighborhood. After the race, runners and neighbors will join together for a pool party featuring live music, food and drinks. Parking for the race will be available at Olde Providence Elementary School. The race will finish at the Windyrush Country Club pool which is about a half mile from the elementary school parking lot. Click  here  for registration information and event details.  

Vacation Bucket List: Summer Getaways

Summertime and the living is easy. One of the best things about living in Charlotte is the vast options to transform Saturday and Sunday into mini-vacations you can spend in the mountains, at the beach or somewhere in between. We polled our team of full-time real estate experts and discovered they really know how to make the most of their weekends and beat the heat! Using their insight, we’ve compiled our vacation bucket list, focusing in on Summer Getaways . Be sure to stay on the lookout for Issue 5 of Dickens Mitchener Style for additional information on these destinations, all within driving distance of the Queen City.

From the cobblestone streets and gorgeous public parks, to some of the most unique architecture of the South, Savannah is the perfect vacation destination for all ages. This sleepy southern town is a hidden gem and a true escape from the city-life with unparalleled style and history.

Only a two hour drive from Charlotte, Asheville boasts an incredible food and beer scene, with places like Wicked Weed Brewing and Curate topping our list.  Check out the Biltmore Estate for a taste of North Carolina history and 5-star views. This thriving mountain city should be on the top of everyone’s weekend destination list and is an absolute must for our team of full-time real estate experts.


A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other. Packed with slow-paced, relaxing drives revealing stunning long-range vistas, close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. This is our top pick for the outdoorsy adventure.


Greenville, SC combines the quaintness of historical downtowns of the south with stunning natural beauty and is quickly becoming a national destination. With a revitalized downtown that ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine, Greenville is a great choice for the Charlotte escape you didn’t know you needed.


A little over 3 hours from the Queen City is Charleston, SC. This city of old school southern charm is filled with rich history, well- preserved architecture, and distinguished restaurants. Be sure to take a horse drawn carriage through town to discover all there is to unveil about Charleston’s history. The surrounding beaches are also a must, if you’re looking for a retreat from the city! Our team suggests Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach.

Memorial Day Barbecue Must-Haves!

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.

Finger Foods:

  • 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


Mother’s Day Brunch – Our Top 5 Picks

  1. The Asbury
    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!
  2. littleSpoon
    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!
  3. Café Monte
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 5Church
    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.


Dickens Mitchener Style: Issue 4 is Now Available!



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.

Stay tuned for more coming in the #CLTin3 series.