Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 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 Connection Meeting sociable people at every turn I n 2005, I left my job in Boston editing college publications and moved to Charlotte for my husband's work. During those first few months here in the Queen City, I was lonely. I freelanced from our company-sponsored apartment and binge-watched the "Felicity" TV series on re-runs, before the age of Netflix. It was hard for me to meet new people, especially without an office to go to or a girlfriend to meet for lunch. Only when I started volunteering in the community did I develop a social network. So, you can imagine how Dawn Liles' article, "You've Got a Friend in Ballantyne" (p. 48), resonated with me. I remember well that time and the longing I felt for camaraderie. I wish I had known then about Carolina Women's Club or New Friends of Carolina. If you're a female reader of this publication looking to connect, I encourage you to reach out to these social groups and attend a coffee introduction. Social media is also worth a try. Jamie Messmer posted on the Ballantyne Connection Facebook group that she was looking for sisterhood, and as a result, wound up meeting her best friend, Shannon. Some fresh air couldn't hurt, either. When Ray Sepesy and Nan Bauroth traversed our natural areas for the story "Green Space Galore" (p. 38), they met sociable people at every turn. A walk in Ballantyne's pocket parks, a bike ride on the greenways or some disc golf at Elon Park might be all it takes to make a new friend. As someone who talks with our Ballantyne neighbors every day for work on this magazine, I can tell you there are wonderful connections to be made here. With summer's easygoing days and beautiful evenings stretching before us, there's no better time to reach out and say "hello" to someone new. There's no better time to reach out and say "hello" to someone new. Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2019 12 Editor's Letter

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