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The Queen City Has Gems in Her Crown!

Here are some of the things our team enjoyed when visiting Charlotte, North Carolina.

What can we say, we love Charlotte! So much so, the majority of our creative team resides there! There was no better place to host our first creative team meeting than the QC! Not only did our team have the chance to meet each other, but they got the opportunity to meet our Editor-in-Chief, Stacy Sorrell-Moore, and her beautiful children. Stacy took the opportunity to mix business with a little bit of fun with the kids. They took in the sights, rode Segways through uptown, and ate foods they were told they MUST HAVE while in Charlotte.  

If you’re traveling South, visit this sensational city! Our meeting and our fabulous photoshoot with the beautiful Fantasia and her handsome husband, Kendall, were hosted by one of Charlotte’s most stunning and exquisite hotels and venues.  

Our guests stayed the weekend at the multi-award winning The Ivey’s Hotel. Nestled in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, The Ivey’s Hotel redefines luxury travel, offering the finest accommodations and impeccable service. High-design, modern comfort, and timeless art mingle within the walls of the historic Ivey’s building, creating the ultimate boutique experience. There wasn’t one thing needed that wasn’t provided, including Sophia’s Lounge, which we had direct access to from inside the hotel.

Sophia’s was named “Best Upscale Cocktail Bar” by Charlotte Magazine. Sophia’s is an elevated gathering place serving crafted cocktails and shareable plates in a royally outfitted setting. Think high-design opulence infused with equal measures of vintage panache, artsy style, and vibrant European flair.  The lounge provided a picturesque backdrop for our photoshoot with Fantasia and Kendall.  Our creative director and photographer, RobinV, captured the beauty of Sophia’s all through their fashion spread.  And, what venue isn’t complete without fine dining?  

During the entire weekend, our pallet was blessed by savory morsels provided by 5Church.  A modern and innovative American menu created by the best chefs in the land: Chef Sherief Shawky — Executive Chef; and Chef Jamie Lynch — Chef Partner, Cheftestant on Season 14 and All Star Season 17 of Bravo’s Top Chef, and voted BEST CHEF in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2020 in Charlotte Magazine’s BOB (Best of the Best) Awards.  

Our Friday night Meet & Greet was the beginning of a great weekend. Not only was the food amazing, but the service was equally as pleasant. Craig Bergeron took great care of our creative team and made sure we had all we needed. Saturday night, we had the pleasure of dining inside Sophia’s lounge. The atmosphere was electric and the vibe was on point. We rounded out our weekend with a beautiful photoshoot and stellar service provided by Merina Rodems and Manager Dylan Aplaugh. All I can say is … Excellence Personified! If you are traveling for business or pleasure, the combination of these three locations is a trip worth taking!

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