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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BALLANTYNE | faces JULIE WADLEY Birthplace: Washington, D.C. Job: Owner, Eli Simone Matchmaking & Coaching. What do you like most about your job? I love hearing great client feedback. Whether it is about a wonderful date that I've set up for them or when they have made purposeful choices that help move them toward their relationship goals — I just love seeing people happy. What's your guilty pleasure? Binge-watching classic television shows from the '90s. Do you live in Ballantyne? Very close. I live in Weddington. What is your favorite Ballantyne-area restaurant? Hands down, Basil is my favorite restaurant (Thai 1st Bistro is a close second). What is your favorite outdoor activity? Taking the kids to Carowinds. Great exercise for me, loads of fun for them! Describe your dream vacation. I would love to go to Bora Bora. I am "plugged in" an average of 18 hours a day, so a place that allows you to tune out the world sounds like heaven. What would your theme song be for walking into a room? "It's My Time" by Kelly Price. What is your favorite news source? CNN. I would rather be caught dead than wear _____. Anything tie-dye. What an eyesore! What charitable organizations are you involved with? I am a member of the Union County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., which supports the American Red Cross, Turning Point, St. Jude and other organizations. What is a hidden gem in the Ballantyne area? The Ballantyne Corporate Park Card. There are so many wonderful small shops and restaurants in the area, and it offers (park tenants) great discounts and ideas on things to do. My business recently joined. Share something that someone would never guess about you. I am SUPER competitive. Last summer I was asked to be part of a local charity Lip Sync Battle for Citizen Schools. Picking a fun song to perform was not enough. I learned a choreography routine and got two professional background dancers to boot. Over the top? Maybe a little, but hey — I won! 34 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE WINTER 2016-2017