Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 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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STEPHANIE MELISH NEUMAN Birthplace: Cincinnati. Job: Inspirational Speaker and Business Consultant. What do you like most about your job? I have the privilege of helping audiences and clients achieve success, no matter how they defne it. What's your guilty pleasure? Snapchat. If you want to see people in a more authentic way on social media, it's the best app. Just ask a tween to give you a tutorial frst because it's not very intuitive. Do you live in Ballantyne? No, Indian Land, S.C. What is your favorite Ballantyne-area restaurant? I'm currently crushing on Smoke Modern Barbeque. The folks there have killed it from concept and branding through to execution. What is your favorite outdoor activity? I enjoy taking my executive assistant and resident #dogboss, Dunkin, for neighborhood strolls. If we walk during happy hour, you may see me double fsting, leash in one hand and glass of wine in the other. Describe your dream vacation. Taking my entire Melish family to Sicily to experience where our family began. It would be an unforgettable trip full of love, laughter and extremely loud talkers. What would your theme song be for walking into a room? A mashup of "Girl On Fire" (Alicia Keys), "Rise Up" (Andra Day) and "Anything Could Happen" (Ellie Goulding). What is your favorite news source? Am I allowed to say Facebook? If not, then I'll go with "Morning Joe." I would rather be caught dead than wear _____. A perm. Been there, done that. Thanks, Mom! What charitable organizations are you involved with? I have been working with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on its Man and Woman of the Year campaign, and I'm on the board of Ballantyne Ball — both since 2014. What is a hidden gem in Ballantyne? Cast Iron Waffes. Owned by a fantastic local couple, Chris and Krista. Chris makes the best espresso drinks, and the waffes are to die for. Share something that someone would never guess about you. Even though I thrive when I'm on stage inspiring people, I'm actually quite introverted. BALLANTYNE | faces 30 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SUMMER 2016

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