Ballantyne Magazine

WINTER 2015

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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AS ONE YEAR ENDS AND A NEW ONE BEGINS, the inclination is to refect on the past and plan for the future. But what happens to each single moment? In our feature, Mind Magic, we explore the principle of mindfulness meditation that teaches the practice of focusing on the moment by removing distractions that clutter our minds. What better place to decompress and focus than in the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains as we travel to Asheville for a close-to-home winter Escape? In Classy Pursuit, we meet individuals who clearly have their sights on the future by embracing the educational opportunities ofered at Wingate University and Central Piedmont Community College locations in Ballantyne Corporate Park. From continuing education to advanced degrees, countless options are available right at our door. It's easy for me to take in the alluring aroma of hickory, barbecue-enhanced smoke. Ballantyne now has several barbecue restaurants that range from the tried and true to a refreshing bit of sophistication. Pulled pork, St. Louis- style ribs, smoked brisket — we taste them all in 'Cue It Up. Burnt ends, anyone? In Who Knew?, we meet two European diplomats who make their home in Ballantyne, while Expert Direct shows us how to strengthen our core with easy ftness techniques at home or on the road. If you are disheartened when holiday decorations are taken down for the year, we ofer fun, creative ideas on how to adorn your front door from winter to spring. In Fab Fare, we sample restaurant-quality meals, hot and ready-to-eat from a surprising source — your nearby grocery. As this year closes, I want to thank our contributors, advertisers and most of all, our readers. As you capture the simple moments, I share this wish for all of us: may we give and love more and take and expect less. Warm Wishes, Regina Robertson Editor-in-Chief BALLANTYNE | editor's letter Mindful Living Enjoying the Simple Moments What better place to decompress and focus than in the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Ashevi ll e. 10 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE WINTER 2015-2016

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