Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2019

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 Lasting Impact Stories that Resonate I n spring 2013, before I was editing this publication, I was flipping through it at The Spa at Ballantyne. An article caught my eye about Endhaven Elementary School's international fair. How amazing, I thought, that the school celebrates the diverse origins of its community members. Flash forward to earlier this year when I helped start a similar fair at my own sons' elementary school. I went back to re-read the Endhaven story, and I realized how much of that article had stayed with me all these years. Like at Endhaven, our school's fair had tables representing different countries and a passport that children could stamp as they visited each table. Our community members, like Endhaven's, shared vibrant artifacts and attire, and you could see the pride in their faces as they did so. The content in this magazine lingers with you. I have experienced it, and our readers do, too. They tell me all the time how they discovered a new favorite restaurant because we featured it, how they signed up for a mental health first-aid class because they read about it here or how they were inspired by a person we highlighted in our Faces profiles. This publication's resonance is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. There's also a lot of pride within these pages. You can see it in the words of Adreeja and Ahana Mukherjee (page 40), who study the Indian classical dance called Kathak. They train here in south Charlotte, and you can see them perform at Ovens Auditorium on May 4. You can see pride as well in Alex Holland's passion for rucking (page 88), an exercise where you walk or hike while wearing weighted backpacks. Holland volunteers to lead rucks through the Lower McAlpine/McMullen Greenway as part of the Charlotte Piedmont Hiking Club. Pride is also evident in the Caribbean- based dishes Earl Losey and Michele Bougard have lovingly brought to south Charlotte (page 48) by opening the restaurant Island Thyme. For all these years, this magazine has illuminated our community's cultural offerings, altruism and diversity. We cover Ballantyne as it is today, and as we dream it to be, thanks to future plans and visions. And you never know, something you read today might have an impact on you — today, tomorrow or even six years down the road. There's a lot of pride within these pages. Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief BALLANTYNE SPRING 2019 12 Editor's Letter

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