February 2009

The Comfort Guide

The Comfort Guide

In hard times and chilly weather, a little soothing can go a long way. But comfort is about more than a great pair of slippers and a warm cup of soup. It’s also about the things that make you feel safe, content, and just plain happy. Here’s a guide to help you get through the season


Modern Mr. Mom

Modern Mr. Mom

Sometimes being Mr. Mom means confronting Charlotte’s hard and fast traditions. Two men -- one urban, one suburban -- offer a glimpse inside life as a stay-at-home dad

By Blake Miller


It's Not Easy Being Green

From navigating neighborhoods on a bicycle to eating all organic produce, for thirty days I tackled being eco-friendly in Charlotte. That frog was right

By Sarah Crosland


Life Lines
Is life worth living if you don't know where you're going?

Waxhaw native and Bush-appointed FCC chairman Kevin Martin is one of Washington D.C.'s most powerful people. But with the Bush administration gone, this Republican's future is up in the air

In the heart of Charlotte stands one of the country's most promising swimming training facilities. David Marsh trained three Beijing Olympic gold medal winners there, and he has even bigger visions for Charlotte’s SwimMAC

In Every Issue

The Buzz

Spotlight ESPN host Shannon Spake heats up the pit
Money & Power A true taste of the Windy City and the power meter: who’s up and who’s down this month
Reality Check High-def hoax, plus the recession index—how bad is it out there anyway?
QC Culture The state of childcare: what you get for your money
QC Culture We rule American Idol. Plus, damage control after Monday Night Football


To Die For Everyone loves a little black dress and this season, they’re easy to find
In Search Of Fresh flowers Shopping Scene Hayden Olivia Bridal Boutique brings designer fashions to an uptown Charlotte atelier Shoptalk News from the shopping scene
Stylemaker Kristin Morris makes vintage charms fresh again Trendspotting Renting clothes and accessories is the perfect solution to fashion on a tight budget
Service Desk Treat yourself to a beauty regime designed to fight off dry skin
City Seen Charlotte parties for New Years Eve while 2nd String Santa gives holiday gifts to local children in need

Back Page

Gone with the windPhotograph by Chris Edwards

Charlotte Guides

Spotlight Ten Tango dancers heat up the stage at Belk Theater in Tango Fire
Best Bets Three days of zombie films take over The Light Factory, Frost/Nixon, and Robin Williams. Plus, Davidson basketball—and Stephen Curry
Conversation Chicago City Limits director and producer, Paul Zuckerman, talks about making people laugh
Calendar What to do this month

Eat, Drink
Revisit Why Mert's is good for the soul
Uncorked Tough times call for budget wines
Now Open Another fancy new burger joint Quick Bite A new wine bar opens on Lake Wylie The Dish News from the dining scene
Global Table Far East fare on the cheap at Ben Thanh
Restaurant Listings