January 2008

 Hot (on) Wheels

Hot (on) Wheels

For many, roller derby conjures up memories of watching men and women collide in bouts that were one step removed from professional wrestling. Today, women dominate the sport, and the Charlotte Roller Girls are proving that mothers and teachers can become ferocious with a simple pair of skates



 [Where To] Get it Fixed

Where To Get it Fixed

Be it that heirloom Madame Alexander doll, circa-1960 copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, or your grandparents’ precious wedding photos, sometimes it’s better to fix something you love than toss it. Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the city and found the best places and services that specialize in fixing everything from china, vacuums, and bathtubs to ’69 Mustangs, luggage, and sewing machines



 Going Private

Going Private

Applications at most area private schools are almost due. Just in time: Here are tips on how to make sure your kid gets in, a story about a family in the midst of the process, and a comprehensive guide to how more than forty private schools stack up academically




During her yearlong sabbatical from Davidson College, this English professor chose to revisit one of her earlier gigs—bartending. And she thought lecturing on Othello to a class of twenty-five was challenging. By CYNTHIA LEWIS

It's a classic Charlotte story: Giving up one true calling—working for a bank—for another—preaching. That's not to say it's been an easy move for onetime Hugh McColl confidante John Cleghorn. By KEN GARFIELD

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Spotlight WBTV’s Molly Grantham shines light on dark issues
Update You shouldn’t have doubted Afshin Ghazi or his EpiCentre. Toon In Predictions for 2008
Play When this BMXer’s sneakers fell apart, he made his own. Plus, play golf courses around the world —in South End
QC Culture Uptown living is old news. And celebrate the New Year with the Scots
Money & Power See which locals opened their wallets for which presidential candidates
2007 Cracked Crowns What a year it was! We paid too much to see Hannah Montana, we hardly ever won at home, we're not smarter than a fifth grader, "such as...the Iraq," and more


To Die For Ankle, mid-calf, or knee-high—boots of every kind are what’s hot this winter
In Search Of Grab your sneaks—these three specialty running stores will get you pounding the pavement
Shopping Scene A brother-and-sister duo create custom made furniture from reclaimed barn wood in their South End showroom ShopTalk celeb visits, deep discounts, and a new boutique
Stylemaker Baby wear gets humorous The Fit Life Three ways to shed some excess lbs. Shopping At Hot products we love from lululemon athletica
City Seen Residences at SouthPark throw a Phantom bash, plus Neiman Marcus and One Charlotte pair up again

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Spotlight Giorgia Fumanti is the new breed of classical singer
Best Bets
From an American Idol to America’s Heroes 
What to do this month
Conductor Charles Floyd inspires

Eat, Drink
Review GW Fins allows us to be mentioned in the same sentence as New Orleans
Restaurant Listings  
Global Table
Great Southern Indian (and vegetarian!) cuisine at Woodlands
Quick Bites
Pizza and Slavic selections at hip Intermezzo