Safer home for the holidays- keep your charlotte home safe

Safer Home for the holidays

Gearing up for guests this holiday season? If so, now’s the time to ensure your home is safely prepared for company. According to the remodelers of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homeowners who expect visitors, especially elderly individuals, should assess their homes for hazards, and, if necessary, increase accessibility to accommodate their needs.

“Welcoming loved ones to your home is a cherished holiday tradition,” says NAHB Remodelers Chair Robert Criner, a remodeler from Newport News, Va. “By making some simple home modifications, you can ensure that family and friends will enjoy a comfortable visit and be able to maneuver around your house without trouble this year.”

Steps to take include the following:

1. Secure rugs and carpets. Secure area rugs with non-slip pads or double-sided carpet tape so that they are snug to the floor. Temporarily remove throw rugs, including bathroom mats, to prevent guests from tripping on the edges.

2. Test stair railings. Check that stair railings inside and out are tightly fastened. Make repairs where needed.

3. Turn up the lights. Put night lights in bathrooms, the guest bedroom, hallways and in the kitchen. Make sure there is a lamp or light switch within reach of the guest bed so that your visitors can keep a light on until safely tucked in. Well-lit outdoor walkways and entrances are also important when coming or going at night.Safer home for the holidays- keep your charlotte home safe

4. Clear outdoor walkways. Rake leaves, salt for ice and shovel snow from sidewalks and driveways to prevent falls.

5. Add non-slip treads or a mat to the shower. Be sure the shower your guest will use has a non-slip floor. To enhance traction, apply non-slip strips or a suction-attached non-slip mat.

6. Offer the best seat. Choose the best seat for your guest’s comfort—not too high, not too low. A firm cushion can prevent them from sinking too low in to the seat, and arms can help a person easily get up and down.

7. De-clutter. Move objects or even furniture that a person usually has to maneuver around. Secure cords to the wall or baseboards with hooks to prevent tripping. Clear stair steps of any objects, such as shoes, books and other personal items, that tend to collect on the lower treads.

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Remodeling Tips. When remodeling, homeowners see significant returns on their investment—in fact, most feel positive about a remodeling project whether selling or staying put. But that feel-good experience can easily be marred by a negative encounter with a contractor. Hire smart and your home will be in good hands, says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List (www.angieslist.com).

Hicks’ recommendations for hiring contractors include the following tips.remodeling

1. Research 5-10 potential companies to determine local reputation, as well as how well their work stands the test of time, plus if they specialize in the work you want done.

2. Obtain at least three written estimates to compare costs and timelines.

3. Verify applicable trade license, bonding and insurance status.

4. Insist on a payment schedule tied to project progress and keep at least 10 percent back until the job is complete to your satisfaction.

5. Include the payment schedule in your written contract and a termination clause that allows you to walk away easily if terms aren’t met.

Source: Angie’s List

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Revamp your space:  Packing up your children’s belongings and moving them into a college dorm or even their own apartment can be overwhelming for parents who are used to having their family close at hand. While many parents choose to keep their child’s room as is, a growing number are taking advantage of the extra space by revamping the area, turning it into something that the rest of the family can enjoy.

If you’re ready to remodel—but not sure where to start—the following ideas from the Relocation.com blog will help set the wheels in motion.

Whether you work from home on a daily basis or are simply looking for a space to pay bills, the addition of a home office will help keep both your home and paperwork organized. All you need to get started is a computer desk and chair, shelves, bookcases and cabinets.

If you’re looking for a new place to entertain your friends and family, a game room may be the perfect solution. From board games to dart boards and even pool tables, a game room is a great place to house any and everything you need for a night of entertaining. Don’t forget to save some space for food and beverages.

Depending on how much space you have, your game room can double as a media room. By adding a TV, surround sound, comfortable seating and even shelves to display your CDs, DVDs and books, you can create a space that fits all your needs.

For those that love a good workout, you can easily convert an empty room into an exercise room. Whether you plan on incorporating a few workout machines into the area or even yoga mats, work out DVDs and free weights, having a place to exercise at home will eliminate the need to ever set foot in a gym again.

 

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Will Ramsey Creek Beach be better this year? Officials hope so

Everyone has high hopes for a smoother sail this summer at Ramsey Creek Beach on Lake Norman.

“We learned some lessons last year and are aiming for an improved start on the front end this year,” Greg Clemmer, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation superintendent, said.

As the only public Lake Norman beach in Mecklenburg County, the Cornelius beach’s inaugural 2016 season was filled with curious beachgoers, but complicated by overcrowding, the lack of adequate pedestrian/walkway access, and delays in getting a new traffic signal installed.

Last summer, the beach attracted over 68,000 bathers, which Clemmer admits was more than they expected.

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The crowds were especially large during the first month, resulting in traffic congestion on Nantz Road approaching the park and bathers walking on the street due to unfinished pedestrian walkways.

Coupled with the delay in getting a traffic signal installed, conditions for the beach neighbors were dicey to say the least.

“We had a constant line of cars turning in our driveway because the signage for the park was inadequate,” said Roger Morris who lives on Nantz Road across from the park entrance. “Coupled with people walking down the middle of the street, it was worse than bad. …

“With the new signs and signal, we’re hoping things will be better this year.”

Park officials share that sentiment.

“We’re opening on May 20, earlier than last year, to work out any kinks prior to Memorial Day weekend,” Clemmer said. “The shuttle buses will also be running from the park and ride lot in Huntersville right from the first weekend, new signs have been installed, and we now have that traffic signal at the Nantz Road/Catawba Ave intersection, which should help immensely.”

The county has also partnered with the Cornelius Police to have security cameras installed at the beach and adjacent parking area, which are monitored 24/7 by the police. The beach parking lot had about 130 parking spaces last year, but the county re-striped the lot and grabbed some spots from the boat lot so now there are 247 parking spaces, including 29 handicapped.

However, some neighbors on Nantz Road, a residential street that ends at the lake, still have their doubts.

“My biggest concern is the traffic congestion on Nantz Road, near Catawba,” said Kim Goodrum. “The real test will come when the beach opens. However, I do think the new traffic light is an improvement.”

Goodrum also said she thought the beach would have been better situated at the county’s Jetton Park, where she says park access had greater visibility.

The cost of installing a traffic signal at the Nantz Road/Catawba Avenue intersection, the only road access to Ramsey Creek Park, was covered by Epcon Communities, which is building a group of single-family, age-restricted homes nearby. However, the signal installation became one of the biggest headaches during the beach’s first year of operation, according to Cornelius Town Commissioner Dr. Mike Miltich, who lives near the beach. “The county had originally said the light would be in by last Memorial Day, but the road had to be realigned first, which required substantial utility relocation.”

As a result, installation was put on hold and the town had to station a police officer at the intersection throughout the summer season, for which they were reimbursed by the county.

To make matters worse, when Nantz Road was realigned, it was not wide enough to accommodate a left turn lane and had to be widened again this spring. “I’m not an engineer but I could tell right away it was not wide enough for three lanes of traffic. Very frustrating to say the least,” Miltich said.

The signal finally went into full operation in April.

One issue which will not change is the unique appeal of the beach itself. Lake Norman has more miles of shoreline than the North Carolina ocean coastline, yet Ramsey Creek Beach is one of only two public beaches on the lake, the other being Lake Norman State Park 22 miles away in Troutman.

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Guardians of Ramsey Creek Beach in Cornelius aim for smoother start this season, the second year the public has access to this swimming and play spot on Lake Norman. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

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Lake Norman is about to get artsy!

As the north Mecklenburg and south Iredell area continues to grow, so does interest in establishing local programs for the arts. Nowhere is this more evident than in Cornelius, where residents have approved $4 million in bonds to establish a new downtown arts center.

Each of the towns — Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville and Huntersville — has an active series of programs and services tied in to appreciation of the arts. In addition, new physical facilities will soon be enhancing those efforts.

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Blue pre-fab buildings are on the property next to Police Headquarters where the Cornelius Arts Center is expected to be built.

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The focus in Cornelius is on development of a Town Arts Center near Town Hall on Catawba Avenue.

The goal is to erect a new building adjacent to Police Headquarters where arts-related programs and activities can be presented. Town officials are taking this effort very seriously.

“Beyond its prominent geographic location in our Town Center, the community and cultural influence of this facility will be felt across all of Cornelius and regionally too” said Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant.

At the town’s recent budget retreat, Planning Director Wayne Herron noted the arts center will also be an eco-development magnet, facilitating additional interest in the Old Cornelius downtown area.

The town board has also approved a management contract with the Cornelius Arts and Community Center, a nonprofit organization. This will enable the center to start raising additional funds for the center as needed.

Meanwhile, property in the downtown area near town hall is being acquired for the Arts Center, including a 1.85-acre parcel next to Police Headquarters on Catawba Avenue.

Pubic art exhibitions are held at Robbins Walk, and the town has purchased sculptures to place around Cornelius. A Tawba Walks arts festival is held downtown as well.

Davidson

While Davidson doesn’t have an arts center of its own, the town has perhaps the next best thing: a strong liberal arts college.

“Our town has a long history of supporting the arts in conjunction with Davidson College,” said Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming, “starting with the college’s permanent collection including Rembrandt, Picasso and Matisse found in the Cunningham Fine Arts Center and the Belk Visual Arts Center.”

Lectures, readings and performances are held year round at the Duke Family Performance Hall, and the Davidson Community Players perform at the Armor Street Theater.

One of the best known initiatives in Davidson is the summer concert series, Concerts on the Green. Throughout the summer on alternating Sunday evenings, the lawn in front of the town’s library is filled with hundreds of people enjoying the sounds from some of the best musical organizations in the Carolinas — all free of charge.

Huntersville

Although the town does not currently have a physical facility dedicated strictly to the arts, it does have two facilities scheduled to open in 2018.

Veterans Park in downtown Huntersville will have a stage and festival lawn, which will allow the town to offer more live music, arts festivals and performing art in the downtown area.

In addition, the town is having a new 24,000-square-foot Recreation Center built within the Huntersville Athletic Park on Verhoeff Drive. The new facility will have a multipurpose room giving the town more programming space for other art-related offerings.

In addition, the town hosts an annual music and arts festival called Hello Huntersville. The daylong event — this year on May 7 — features music and art programs along with displays by regional art vendors.

Mooresville

Similar to Cornelius, the town’s biggest connection to the arts is based on a yet-to-be-completed facility. Through a partnership with the Mooresville Graded School District, the town will be presenting many nationally known artists and plays at Mooresville High School’s new Performing Arts Center, which is cunder construction.

The state-of-the-art auditorium will be the biggest in the area with 1,600 seats.

“We believe the type of arts and culture this partnership will allow the town to bring in will not only provide wonderful opportunities for folks in our community, but also will have a great positive impact on our local economy,” said Stephanie Crisco, supervisor at the town’s citizens center.

Also new in Mooresville is SPARC, its community think tank. SPARC stands for Special Events, Arts, Culture.

“This volunteer committee is made of people in the community that want a say in what kinds of arts and culture are brought to Mooresville,” Crisco said. “We are looking for individuals who have a passion for the arts and bring their own ideas to the table and we can see how we can bring them to life.”

The next SPARC meeting will be held 6:30May 16 at The Charles Mack Citizen Center. Anyone interested can contact Stephanie Crisco at scrisco@ci.mooresville.nc.us or by calling 704-662-3334.

Mooresville is also home to Mooresville Arts, www.magart.org.

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Construction continues on a new, 1,600-seat auditorium at Mooresville High School. Numerous art and music shows will be presented at the facility.

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French Culture Festival Nevin Community Park Charlotte July 16th, Great food, wine, crpees, music, dance, and petanque initiation and tournament.

French Culture Festival at Nevin Park in Charlotte

Celebrate the Charlotte French Culture Festival, July 16th at Nevin Community Park in Charlotte, from 11am to 6:30pm.

Join us for the First Charlotte French Culture Festival, and celebrate the rich and entertaining French culture. Get ready to enjoy great food, wine, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance and, of course, the pétanque initiation and tournament. Fun and excitement for the entire family, while you learn more about the French culture.

This community event receives the support of Bienvenue Charlotte, the Charlotte International House, the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas, and the Carolina Pétanque Club.

You will discover French wine and cuisine, play at the pétanque tournament, enjoy live music and entertainment, participate to kids activities, stroll at the French style market. You can win great raffle prizes, learn about French culture, and why not buying bérets and the festival t-shirts!

Leash up your dog-and-people-friendly canine family members and be part of the festivities, as we will have a canine costume contest with great prizes.

For complete details on the performers, food, crafts, shopping, and activities, visit www.CharlotteFrenchFestival.com

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2001 E. 7th St Charlotte, NC 28204 • Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7 am – 7 pm; Sunday: 7 am – 4 pm • Website

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Sunflour Baking Company is a family owned bakery and café dedicated to scratch baking in small batches every day. Their food is prepared without preservatives, no artificial flavorings, no dough conditioners, bleached or bromated flour. They prepare their food onsite where you can step right up the glass and see how the master bakers and cooks create your food.

We were given a chance to have a glimpse of how the café is being run by one of its owner Jack Parrish and here’s what he has to say..

How long have you been in business? Sunflour has been in business in Elizabeth since 2009.  The current owners Umarin and Jack Parrish bought the business in 2014 and have been expanding it ever since.

What do you love most about being your own boss? It’s the freedom to run the business in the best way for the local community, not in the best way for a big corporation.

What makes Charlotte so special? There is quite a diverse international community hiding out in Charlotte.

What is your favorite local restaurant? Sunflour of course! 🙂

Do you see yourself opening another branch on other locations? We just did in January 2016!  On East Boulevard in Dilworth.

Why do your customers stay or do repeat business with you? People love our product and our service.  It’s a very relaxing place to hang out.

To what do you attribute your success? It’s because we haveFantastic employees!”

What is unique about your business?  Thoughtful, careful and efficient!

By far, Sunflour offers the best croissant in all of Charlotte, the coffee and espresso is also very good as they use Counter Culture premium and local coffee beans. The atmosphere is lively and simple. You will surely love this place, it’s a great place to meet friends or read a book and have lunch alone.

You can reach us at (704) 900-5268 or through our contact page

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232 East Peterson Dr. CHARLOTTE, NC 28217 • Tours are $10, offered Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 5:30 P.M • Website

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Dr. Richard Porter, the grandfather of Andrew Porter (Owner & Distiller) was the inspiration and the name behind this venture. Brewing and Distilling have always been a passion for Andrew and a couple of years ago, he and his wife, Liz, started the journey of opening a grain to glass distillery. Their goal is to create great spirits and make the Queen City proud.

We had the pleasure of chatting with Liz Porter and this is her response to the questions we have asked her:

1. How long have you been in business? – We opened our doors for tours and tastings in November 2015 but have been working on getting Doc Porter’s up and running since late 2012. Starting up a distillery is a long and detailed process, but we think it’s been time well spent.

2. What do you love most about being your own boss? – We love running our own business because we get to decide what we stand for and what our brand is. For instance, it’s important to us to make everything from scratch using as many North Carolina agricultural products as possible. Some distilleries use bulk ethanol as a base for their products but we feel like a true craft spirit starts from scratch and is made by a passionate distiller from start to finish. We really want to educate consumers about grain-to-glass and what sets our products apart. It’s a much more detailed and time consuming production, but since we’re the bosses, no one can make us change our philosophy to save time or money.

3. What makes Charlotte so special? – Not sure where to begin with this one because we’re definitely passionate Charlotteans. Charlotte has big city culture, eats, and experiences, but it’s all packaged with friendly southern attitudes. After coming from the suburbs of much larger cities up north, it’s nice that strangers smile at you and strike up a conversation. People here take such pride in the city and we really hope to leave our mark on a city that we hope to stay in for a long, long time.

4. Have you always wanted to own your own business? – I don’t think owning our own business was something that we’ve both always dreamed of. It’s more doing something we love every day that was so appealing. The thing that we love just happens to turn itself into a business.

5. For someone visiting Charlotte, what is the one must see? – You’d have to be visiting on the right weekend, but the Fourth Ward Garden tour would be my choice. Andrew and I met in the Fourth Ward when we both lived there years ago, so it’s special for us to begin with but in my opinion, it is the absolute coolest part of the city. In the spring, when the homeowners open their city gardens up to the public it’s awesome. There’s so much history in that part of Uptown so it’s a must see for me.

6. What is your favorite local restaurant? – Tough call because we have so many, but if you’re going for a uniquely North Carolina experience, I’d have to pick Heirloom.

7. Do you see yourself opening another branch on other locations? – If business really starts booming, an expansion could be down the road. Not necessarily another branch, but maybe a larger facility.

8. Why do your customers stay or do repeat business with you? – We hope that people drink Doc Porter’s because it’s a fantastic product that they love. We don’t want to be a North Carolina novelty product, but rather, people’s spirits of choice because they’re just better and people enjoy them and are proud to drink them.

9. To what do you attribute your success? – We’re brand new so it’s tough to write about being successful in a business sense yet but the feedback that we’ve gotten from people that have tried our products is overwhelmingly positive. It’s incredibly encouraging and lets us know that if we keep on the path of making products we’re passionate about, we’re headed for success.

10. What do you look for in an employee? – Someone who is honest, believes in our philosophy, works hard and wants to be a part of starting something from the ground up. Definitely someone who understands that opening a new business is a struggle and a grid and wants to be a part of that without hesitation.

11. What is unique about your business? – Our products! We take products that people are passionate about (spirits – vodka, gin, bourbon) and have been drinking for a long time and make them personal. Rather than continuing to buy a spirit that’s cranked out of a giant factory, they now have an option that’s created from scratch, with care in their own city.

12. What are your responsibilities as the business owner? – Since we’re just getting started, we wear pretty much every hat at one time or another. Production, compliance, marketing, accounting, PR, hiring, tasting room staff…we do it all at one time or another.

Doc Porter’s Distillery is conveniently located along 232 East Peterson Dr. in Charlotte. You can take a 40 to 45 minute tour to learn all about vodka, gin and bourbon.  Andrew & Liz Porter clearly love what they do and they are very passionate about the craft.

You can reach us at (704) 266-1399 or you can visit our webpage here

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Sugar Creek Brewing Company

215 Southside Dr, Charlotte NC 28217 • Hours: Mon – Wed: 4pm – 9pm; Thursday: 4pm – 10pm; Friday: 2pm – 11pm; Saturday: 11am- 11pm; Sunday: 12pm – 8pm • Website

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The Sugar Creek Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing high quality ales in a style and commitment representative of the Belgian Trappist monks. Their philosophy combines the watchful eye of a Trappist Monk with the technical precision of a nuclear engineer to craft fresh, full-flavored beer that is immeasurably satisfying and intensely drinkable. Sugar Creek infuses traditional recipes with modern tastes and techniques to create beer that nourishes both mind and body.

They have Food trucks Mondays through Wednesdays and they serve their own food fare Thursdays thru Sundays. You should definitely try a Panini, they are to die for! They usually have free brewery tours on Saturdays too!

We had the opportunity to talk with one of the owners Eric Flanigan and here’s what he has to say..

How long have you been in business?  Sugar Creek Brewing Company is just over a year old.  We’re celebrating our two year anniversary on October 15, 2016. Mark your calendars, we have some really awesome things lined up for the party.
What do you love most about being your own boss?  My favorite thing about being my own boss is coaching and developing staff.  Joe Vogelbacher (the other owner) and I also enjoy creating a positive company culture.

What makes Charlotte so special?  The people are the best! You can’t beat the Southern Hospitality found in this city.

Have you always wanted to own your own business? Yes.

For someone visiting Charlotte, what is the one must see?  If you’re visiting Charlotte you need to check out the White Water Center.  They have something for people of all ages.
What is your favorite local restaurant?  There are way too many great restaurants in Charlotte to pick just one!

Do you see yourself opening another branch on other locations?  Sugar Creek beers will be available in Greenville, SC and Columbia, SC starting on June 20th.  Raleigh and Charleston would be two other areas that would be great to have a presence in.

Why do your customers stay or do repeat business with you?  Our customers appreciate our relentless commitment to brewing high quality, great tasting beer.  In addition to that, we have a lot of repeats Tap Room customers, because our team does a great job making each customer’s experience one they take with them far beyond the brewery walls.

To what do you attribute your success?  Our success can be attributed to old fashioned hard work.  Every person working at our brewery works their tail off and goes above and beyond.

What do you look for in an employee? We look for people who are genuinely passionate about beer and their job.

What is unique about your business? Everyone at our brewery has some level of Cicerone certification. The Cicerone Certification Program certifies and educates beer professionals so they know how to serve, store, taste and pair beers.  We think beer education is extremely important. We want to be able to share that information with our beer drinkers, so they can have the best drinking experience possible.

What are your responsibilities as the business owner?  That’s a loaded question! I do more things than I can list, but I mainly focus on developing our team, overseeing distribution and wholesale account sales, coordinating production and brand presence.

The Sugar Creek Brewing Company is such an awesome brewery! Beautiful settings, delicious brews and great service. Almost everything they do is exemplary and among the best available in the area. And if you are looking for a large room to host an event, they have a side room that they can set up for your group that is an ideal place to have a reception. Sugar Creek Brewing is definitely a can’t miss if you are beer-venturing in Charlotte.

You can reach us at (704) 521-3333 or you can visit our webpage here

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Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Sat: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm open for events; Sunday & Monday: Closed • Website 

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The Bleu Barn Bistro is a Farm to Truck Food Truck that specialize in serving locally-sourced meat and produce from farms that are committed to producing pesticide and hormone free produce as well as grass fed and free range beef and chicken. They cater to all dietary restrictions, including gluten intolerance, Paleo and Primal to name a few.

Bleu Barn Bistro began as the love child of Chef Tara Diamante and Chef Brenton Ebersold in May of 2014. Both Chefs have always enjoyed the seasonality of food and the freshness that this area has to offer. After meeting at Johnson & Wales in late 2008, they kindled a complimentary cooking style along with a vast variety of techniques and expertise.

We had the pleasure of chatting with Chef Tara Diamante, one of the Owner and pulse behind Bleu Barn Bistro and here’s what she have to say on the questions we have asked her.

How long have you been in business? I’ve been in the business for 2 years on June 10.

What do you love most about being your own boss? I get to have one on one connections with my customers. I get to help them create special events, and I get to see the joy on their faces when they love our product. 

What makes Charlotte so special? Charlotte is an amazing growing city. The food and beverage atmosphere is always growing, changing, and astonishing me. I love that I get to be a part of such a great culinary community. Plus the city itself is great. There is always something fun to do, the people are kind, and it’s a beautiful city to explore. 

Have you always wanted to own your own business? Not really sure. I try to let each day take me where it goes. Owning my own business was just the next chapter in my life. It was been one crazy and fun chapter though. I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.

For someone visiting Charlotte, what is the one must see? That is a hard one to narrow down. I love so much of our city. I would say you must take a stroll through uptown. See a little bit of Charlotte’s history, the Panthers Stadium, BB&T Ball Park, our wonderful parks, and so much more in such a small area or people can take a brewery tour. We have such great neighborhoods with small, pet /kid friendly breweries that are an awesome to hang out. They have great patios and almost always have a local food truck parked on the site, like Bleu Barn Bistro

What is your favorite local restaurant? Custom Shop and Good Food on Montford

Do you see yourself opening another branch on other locations? We don’t see ourselves opening another location, however we are expanding more into catering. We already offer catering from the food truck, but we would love to offer other types of catering services. We currently moved into our own new commissary space which will give us the space we need to make this next step happen. 

Why do your customers stay or do repeat business with you? Because the love and care we put into our work. We take a lot of time to source out the best local and seasonal product, which in turn makes our food super fresh and delicious. On top of good food, we pride ourselves in customer service. We take the time to get to know our customers, and their wants and needs. We know a lot of our regulars by name and what they like to eat. 

To what do you attribute your success? I attribute my success to everyone around me, and everyone who has helped me along my path so far. I try to take something from every person I meet. I specifically attribute my success to my fiancé, mother, grandma, sister, professors at culinary school, and chefs I got to work under and learn from. 

What do you look for in an employee? Dedication, attention to details, and fun to be around. Our company is very small, and customer service based and I need an upbeat professional employee who represents my company as if it is their own and they have to be fun to be around. We spend a lot of time together. 

What is unique about your business? Currently our food truck team is all women. People are always surprised when they see us kicking butt and keeping up with all the other men run food trucks around us. We work just as hard in this hot, heavy lifting, very long day industry as anyone around us. I think having women in the truck gives it that extra little touch. We have cute flower pens, our trailer is light blue and adorable, we write our regulars cute little notes on their to go boxes, and everything is clean and presented well. 

What are your responsibilities as the business owner? The list is endless: menu development and planning, customer relations, booking events, booking keeping, location scouting, human resources, product sourcing, prepping, cleaning, daily service, and so much more. I don’t expect my employees to do anything I won’t. We are a team and I am out there every day working just as hard as my team.

The Bleu Barn Bistro is definitely a great Food Truck to check out. A food truck that’s serious about delicious food that supports local farms and vendors. You will surely get what you pay for. They will celebrate their 2nd year in the business on June 10, Happy 2nd year Anniversary Bleu Barn Bistro!!!

You can reach us at (704) 941-5507 or through our contact page

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