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FALL 2017

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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Projected to open by the end of 2017, the Don and Barbara Smith Children's Museum of Western Virginia — nicknamed "Kids Square"— will be the most recent addition to Center in the Square. Geared for the entire family, exhibits will encourage exercise, "imagination" play, dexterity development, socialization and creativity. Downtown Roanoke's crown jewel, the Taubman Museum of Art is a world-class architectural gem showcasing outstanding American works. The building is as much a piece of art as the John Singer Sargent, Romare Bearden and Judith Leiber works within it. Designed by Randall Stout, the museum opened in 2008. Its sharply rising angled atrium and uneven rooftop suggest the mountains near the city, and the sweeping curves of the exterior represent the rushing river nearby. City's Backstory Charlotte historian Tom Hanchett spent his elementary-school years in Roanoke when his father was on the faculty at nearby Hollins University. "Roanoke is a beautiful old industrial city tied to the development of the Norfolk & Western Railway," he says. "I get back occasionally and love that the city is so accessible and easy to walk around." He particularly enjoys the Virginia Museum of Transportation downtown, saying it's "fun to visit and provides a great backstory to the city's development." Another notable site is the Hotel Roanoke, originally built in 1892 by Norfolk & Western. The hotel played such a significant role in the city's history that the citizenry insisted on its reopening through a "Renew Roanoke" campaign in 1992. Today, the hotel is owned by Virginia Tech and restored to its former glory — and once again "the place to stay," according to Hanchett. Dining Diversity From comfort breakfasts at Scratch Biscuit Company in Grandin Village to Bohemian-American pub-grub at Billy's in historic downtown, Roanoke eateries please a wide variety of palates. Tom Hanchett The design of the Taubman Museum of Art evokes Roanoke's natural surroundings. Photos courtesy of Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge Ballantyne's Premier Family Practice Deborah J. Aten, DDS Anthony M. Garofalo, DDS (704) 540-4252 3420 Toringdon Way, Suite 310 Make your appointment today Photo by Nance Pierce BALLANTYNE FALL 2017 82 Escape

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