Tag Archives: NC

Charlotte dining, restaurant reviews, Maestro bar and Bistro, Pineville NC

I am getting to be a regular at Maestro Bar & Bistro, a great restaurant in Pineville NC, just south of 485 in Charlotte. My lady and I started out riding our bicycles from Park Crossing and rode around the back side of Carolina Place Mall. We ended up in Pineville and were close to the Maestro restaurant, so we decided to stop. It has been a beautiful day today in the sixties, so we sat on the restaurant porch. Pam, part of the husband and wife team waited on us and we had a good chat as well. Every time I eat there I am amazed at how good the food is. Ok, I had a burger and mixed vegetables. The burger was incredible and the vegetables are unsurpassed in taste. Even the bun that the burger was served on was delicious. Pam’s husband, the chef has won awards for his pastries, but he is an incredible all around chef. Pam tells me they are considering having music when  the weather is consistently warmer. They have a great location for outside seating and also have plenty of parking.

I highly recommend the Maestro Bar & Bistro.


Julia Maulden, Habitat for Humanity, Julia’s Coffee Shop

I just read this incredible story and wanted to pass it along. Julia Maulden was an incredibly giving person and very active in Habitat for Humanity. The coffee shop adjacent to the Habitat Restore on Wendover Ave in Charlotte NC is named for her. Help continue her legacy of giving by visiting Julia’s Coffee Shop and the Habitat Restore. It is a great way to help yourself while helping others. The following is taken directly from the coffee shop website:

“Julia’s Coffee Shop is named after one of Charlotte’s pioneering public servants, Julia Maulden. As the first volunteer executive director, she helped get Habitat for Humanity started in Charlotte. She not only worked on the first Charlotte Habitat home, she also brought Jimmy Carter to the Optimist Park Neighborhood for a fourteen house Build-a-Thon.

Julia grew up poor in the segregated South, borrowing and working her way through Greensboro Women’s College during the Depression. That experience, combined with her religious beliefs shaped the course of her life. She said, “You can’t just sit around loving your neighbor abstractly; you have to get out and do something for him.”

Her public service began in Kannapolis with the local Girl Scout movement where she helped to build the Girl Scout camp that still bears her name–Camp Julia. In 1945 she was named Kannapolis’ woman of the year.

In 1960 she moved to Davidson, North Carolina with her family where she became active in the school system for her kids. Her involvement led to her eventual membership in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school board, which lasted from 1966-1974. This time proved to be an extremely turbulent period, when people were openly at odds over the desegregation of schools. With her firm beliefs, she became a strong advocate for integration, despite the risk and ridicule it involved. “Her innate intelligence helped her see the world in broader terms than most people around her,” said her Reverend, Will Terry. Julia’s determination to fight for what she knew was right earned her Charlotte’s Woman of the Year in 1973.

At the age of sixty she resigned from the school board and spent the next eighteen months in the Peace Corps teaching children in the African Nation of Zaire in a very challenging environment. When she returned, she spent the next chapter of her life bringing her former students to the US and paying their way through prominent schools such as Columbia University and Davidson College.

In 1991 she told the Charlotte Observer’s Tom Bradbury that to ask yourself, “Am I better off,” is the wrong question. “Are we better off? is the question.” Because of Julia, we know that the answer to that question is “Yes.””

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Charlotte home with pool in great location

I just previewed a home in one of the most desirable areas in south Charlotte. The incredible home is over 3500 square feet, with 4 large bedrooms, new or refinished flooring and many updates. It is not uncommon for homes in this neighborhood to sell in 1-3 days. The home has not been listed on MLS yet and is priced just over $ 500,000. And best of all, if you are moving to Charlotte from Florida or California, the home has an inground pool. This is an incredible home in a wonderful neighborhood and won’t be on the market long. For more information contact:


TV shows, HGTV new show, Kristin Wells HomeMakers show

Kristin Wells has a new tv show that is being filmed in Charlotte NC. It is a home remodeling show and will air on HGTV within the year. Kristin’s first tv show was HomeMakers, an all female renovation show that was on Turner South. Turner South has been sold so the show is no longer on the air. However, I found some links to articles about Kristin and HomeMakers:

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Center Pointe Downtown Greensboro condos, shops, restaurants

Center Pointe, in downtown Grensboro NC, is a new high rise condo, shop and restaurant project. The construction is moving along well and there are rumors that Roy Carroll, the developer, is planning another high rise project in Greensboro. The condos range in price from $180,000 plus to over $500,000 plus and are located at 201 N Elm Street in the heart of downtown Greensboro. The condos feature:

  • Ten foot ceilings.
  • High performance insulated exterior glass.
  • Hardwood, cork or bamboo floors.
  • Carpeted bedrooms.
  • Ceramic tile baths.
  • Granite countertops.
  • Designer wood cabinets.
  • Undermount stainless steel kitchen sink.
  • Stainless steel appliances.
  • Washer and dryer.
  • Balcony.
  • High speed internet access.
  • Oversized water heater.
  • Fire sprinkler system.
  • Designer interior doors

Downtown Greensboro Homes

Sam Ervin, North Carolina, Watergate and NC influence

I just got through watching a documentary on NC Public
TV about Senator Sam, Sam Ervin. Sam Ervin is best known
for chairing the Watergate Committee, his knowledge of the
Constitution and his down home wit. He was known to say “I
am just a simple country lawyer from North Carolina.” Well,
he was from NC, but he was a Harvard Law School Graduate,
with honors, and extremely intelligent. Sam Ervin was also
influenced by his religious upbringing and by the values of
his community in Morganton NC.
Watching the documentary brought back memories of the Watergate Hearings and Sam Irvin but also brought back memories of other famous and not so famous people from NC. We were all influenced by those surrounding us and I can say with a high degree of confidence, that I was surrounded by some of the most decent and caring people to be found anywhere. From my parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, neighbors and people I ran into, there was that spirit of community, morality and caring that comes through on the Andy Griffith Show. I guess that on some level I realized this as a youth but it is only now that I really appreciate how fortunate I was to grow up in North Carolina.

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Charlotte dining, Maestro Bar & Bistro, reviews

We just got back from having a wonderful meal at Maestro Bar & Bistro in Pineville NC, just outside Charlotte. The meal was incredible. I had heard that the chef, a graduate of the Culinary Institute and a former chef at Pewter Rose, was famous for his soups and had won awards for his desserts. Now I know why. I am on a diet, so to try the dessert, I had a cup of soup and a salad. The potato soup was the best I have had. I am not a salad person, but the salad was delicious. The chocolate torte dessert was incredible. Some friends of ours had lunch there recently and were very impressed. I highly recommend the Maestro Bar & Bistro. Please respond with your reviews.

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