September 2008


Worth the Trip

Whether you're looking for a romantic bay in Antigua or an evening sail in Nevis, we've found five spots in the Caribbean where relaxing makes the top of your "to do" list



Shopping Charlotte

From SouthPark to Myers Park and Lake Norman to NoDa, we've mapped out exactly where you should be emptying your wallet and filling your closet. Plus, a guide to a year of great sales 




Yes We Can't

Barack Obama's campaign thinks they have a chance in North Carolina—or at least that's what they want you to think. Plus, is Elizabeth Dole vulnerable?




The light rail has transformed South End. Now let's start talking about what it can do for University City. Paris, anyone? By DAVID WALTERS

First Person
When I put my life on hold to go to culinary school, I discovered that it involved equal parts soul searching and finger burning By CAROL ADAMS

In Every Issue

The Buzz

Spotlight These twins are cutting through the Charlotte barber business with style
40th Anniversary The city's most important moments in the last forty years  
Money & Power Ready to trade in your gas-guzzler for a scooter?  Plus, the Power Meter: who's up and who's down this month
Play NASCAR chat from an insider. And CliffsNotes for drag racing
Reality Check It's time to start planning for Charlotte's future parks
Real Estate One apartment/condo building's rise, fall, and rise in this rollercoaster real estate market. And, is the Observer
building for sale?


Fall Fashion Special Four trends for fall that will keep you looking hot even as the weather cools
Wear It From sophisticated with a Western twist to sporty flapper, we've created looks to work for any occasion and personal style

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Mirror, mirror
Photograph by Chris Edwards

Charlotte Guides

Fall Arts Preview The season's biggest events, conveniently charted from highbrow to lowbrow
Calendar What to do this month

Eat, Drink
Review Gado Gado is adding flavor to Matthews' restaurant scene
The Dish Lake Wylie's restaurant scene just keeps growing Local Flavor Chocolate indulgences we couldn't resist Now Open For unexpected gourmet fare -- and our new favorite dessert -- check out Maestro's Bar & Bistro in Pineville 
Global Table This unlikely location offers a taste of Vietnam -- complete with sea snails and frog legs
Q&A Chef Gene Kato dishes on cooking styles and leaving his hometown Nightlife Your guide to the hottest new nightspots in town
Restaurant Listings