Ballantyne Magazine

FALL 2016

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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ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS SO FAR about editing Ballantyne Magazine has been spending time in our readers' homes. This summer I had the unexpected pleasure of hanging out in two Ballantyne-area garages. Let me explain. For our Panthers Mania story, the Burkhart family invited us to the ultimate "man cave" and Carolina Panthers viewing spot — their garage. When I saw the oversized sectional to match the oversized projection screen, I could understand why their friends flock to their home on game day. Writer Nan Bauroth invited lots of Ballantyne superfans to the Burkharts' garage, and we had ourselves a little preseason Panthers party. I also spent time in Frank Atwood's garage, waiting out one of our many storms this summer. (It didn't pass, and we had to reschedule.) Atwood displays his team spirit by placing Panthers decals on his jeep, flags on his lawn, even jerseys on his dogs. When his neighbors saw we were photographing his fandom, they rushed to display their Panthers flags, too, showing the wider neighborhood support and enthusiasm. But enthusiasm in our area extends well beyond football. Mystery writer Jenifer Ruff is one of our residents who rises with a purpose and greets the day ready to make something happen. One morning, she invited us into her dining room to meet her monthly Charlotte Writers Club group of fellow mystery writers. Page by page, they offer feedback that gets each member closer to that next book release. Meanwhile, in our gap-year feature, three young adults from the Ballantyne area give us a glimpse into their temporary homes around the world. Writer Dawn Liles interviewed three high school graduates about their experiences. From pushing personal boundaries to raising funds for their trips, they each took a year off before going to college to serve others and explore this fascinating planet. As you'll see, these young adults are excited about new friendships and discoveries and display a wisdom beyond their years. Whether it's early-morning pursuits or garage gatherings, Ballantyne residents are creating community, celebrating their team and making a difference. And what starts here doesn't just stay here, as we learn from our gap-year students. The Ballantyne spirit extends far and wide. It's an honor to capture its essence in these pages. Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief BALLANTYNE | editor's letter Enthusiasm in our area extends well beyond football . Ballantyne Spirit Starts Here Far and Wide 12 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE FALL 2016

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