Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2017

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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T wo photographers and I recently visited several Ballantyne restaurants and bars for our feature story "Unwind and Enjoy: 5 Nightlife Spots to Check Out in 28277." Along the way, a funny thing happened: At restaurant No. 1 we ran into friends of mine having dinner. One of these friends turned out to be a neighbor of one of the owners of bar No. 2. Then, at bar No. 4, the photographers realized that a former client of theirs was now the bar's manager. With a daily population of more than 60,000, Ballantyne is home to 3,000 residential units and 5.5 million square feet of commercial space, including office buildings, shopping, restaurants and hotels. Some of our watering holes now have views of office towers and monuments from their outdoor patios; yet, Ballantyne remains a community where you can bump into people who know and care about you. On March 1, ownership of almost all of Ballantyne Corporate Park (as well as Ballantyne Magazine) changed hands from The Bissell Companies to Northwood Investors. Since then, Ballantyne residents have been wondering how this transaction might change the feel of their community, how it may affect their favorite local magazine (yes, we're biased!). We talked to our readers and then used that input in speaking with leadership for "New Era." The article shares the dynamic future Northwood sees for growth, while building on the Bissell legacy and nurturing that sense of community we all love. We think you'll share our enthusiasm for Northwood's vision for an even better Ballantyne. Reflecting on what all this says about Ballantyne, we gravitate to that famous French saying: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Only — they are poised to get even better. So, we raise our glasses and look ahead to the future. Cheers to Ballantyne! Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief E D I T O R ' S L E T T E R Raise a Glass! Ballantyne's Future Shines Brightly Corrections – At Ballantyne Magazine, we are committed to excellence and accuracy. In our spring 2017 fashion spread, the Douglas Rose website was incorrectly listed. It should have been www.douglasrose.co. Also, in our Who Knew? story, proceeds from Conni Branscom's book "What Kyle Can Do" help purchase adaptive bikes, not e-bikes, for children with special needs. BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2017 12 Editor's Letter

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