Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2016

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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selling real estate two years ago, she wanted a unique gift to give clients and thought of Downing's cutting boards. They now have an arrangement where Ritter tells Downing the kitchen's color scheme and he uses his artistry to pick complimentary woods, patterns and grains. Ritter presents the board to her client with a locally baked Bundt cake. "You can tell the time he puts into it. It's a quality piece of art," Ritter says. "I point out that this was Downing enjoys making cutting boards, cheese trays and other customized wood pieces. " I was like, 'Uh-oh. How do I market this?' " — Michael Downing continued on page 71 68 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SPRING 2016 BALLANTYNE | feature

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