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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notes to guide the discussion. He shares takeaways from council meetings and sparks discussion on national topics. Ray Eschert, founder of the Ballantyne Breakfast Club, is a regular participant. While his breakfast club's bimonthly Saturday morning meetings are nonpolitical, its tagline aligns with Driggs' coffee meetings: "An informed community is a better community." Susan Spaulding has attended the coffees since fall 2009. A vocal and conservative Twitter user, she doesn't like to rely on a single media outlet when getting the news, she says. "You come to these meetings and you hear all these perspectives — from the city to the county to the state. I'm a former teacher so Connie Green-Johnson, an N.C. House candidate for District 105, chats with Irving Schwebel at the gathering. BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 45 FALL 2016

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