Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

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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E D I T O R ' S L E T T E R Elevating Life Renovating spaces and more I stood in a cabinet showroom recently with my husband, opening a drawer and watching it softly close. Then, we gazed at a wooden beam and imagined how it would look in our kitchen in place of a range hood. We're in the market to renovate our kitchen. During research so far, we have discovered the dreaming aspects of renovations as well as the practicalities and decisions. Do we go with 8-foot cabinets or taller, run a gas line or keep the electric cooktop, splurge for the wine fridge or stick to a regular cupboard? Also: Will our renovation be affordable? Will it be worth the time, expense and inconvenience? This fall I listened to Mayor Vi Lyles speak in a stunningly renovated space — the lobby of The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte. We were there for a reception to celebrate the hotel's multimillion-dollar makeover. (For a behind-the-scenes look at the work, see p. 50.) Mayor Lyles shared that roughly 60 people a day are moving to Charlotte. And while construction and renovation of buildings is part of the allure, she said, what's even more appealing is how we're "building people." In that spirit, Northwood Office has announced a company holiday gift on behalf of the tenants of Ballantyne that will do just that — build people. Northwood is making a contribution to Communities In Schools Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The gift will provide mentoring and tutoring opportunities to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life. (For details, see page 15.) Back in The Ballantyne's glistening lobby, I realized that yes, renovations are worth it. Every person who checks in at the front desk, excited about a getaway, a family reunion or milestone celebration, might just come to remember the hotel as being central to a meaningful life moment. By elevating a space, one might just elevate an experience, too. As for my family's kitchen, Mayor Lyles' comments made me think about the two young boys we'll be growing into men in that room. And how our intentions to make it more functional, more inviting, and yes, more luxurious, might also seep into our development of the people who spend time there. Making life just a little bit sweeter, we hope — and better. Mayor Lyles' comments made me think about the two young boys we'll be growing into men in that room. Photo by LunahZon Photography Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 12 Editor's Letter

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