Fitness studio coming to Sharon Square

| Jennifer Thomas | Charlotte Business Journal | Full Article

Sharon Square will add The Bar Method to its tenant list.

The fitness and body-sculpting studio has signed a lease for 3,000 square feet in that mixed-use development at Sharon and Fairview roads in Charlotte’s SouthPark area.

“It’s the heart of SouthPark,” studio owner Autumn Frk says of the location. “It’s most convenient for our clients and easy to get to. We love it.”

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The center is being developed by Pappas Properties and Allen Tate Co.

The Bar Method is slated to open this summer.

The business provides one-hour classes that combine isometrics, interval training, dance conditioning and sports rehab. Frk currently is offering classes in an temporary location on Kings Drive.

The Bar Method has studios in 23 states and Canada.

Robbie Branstrom and Lindsay Stratton of Collett & Associates represented Bar Method in the transaction. Brian Roth of Pappas Properties marketed the property for the landlord.

Where a Master Sommelier Eats and Drinks in Charlotte, North Carolina

| Chelsea Morse | Food & Wine | Full Article

Master sommelier Laura Maniec has fallen in love with Charlotte, North Carolina, where the new outpost of her incredible New York City wine bar, Corkbuzz, will open in June. Amid the madness of getting the new restaurant up and running (including setting up classes and events and creating a retail space), she shared her favorite spots to eat and drink in her new favorite city.
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For a cozy dinner: One of my favorites is Good Food on Montford. It’s quaint and has a nice ambiance, but the food is the reason I go back time and time again. I love the steamed bun with pork belly and the garganelli pasta with house-made sausage. And I can’t forget about the mussels and fried oysters. They also have a great wine-by-the-glass list—a perfect mix of wines that are unique and interesting and some that are recognizable and well-known.

For killer brunch: Heritage is amazing, especially for Sunday brunch. I’ve had an awesome duck potpie there, and I also really love their Hangover Helper: brioche with fried green tomato, bacon, pimento cheese, pulled pork, egg and onion rings. The fried chicken with scrambled eggs, grits and biscuits is phenomenal, too. When I go there for brunch, I like to drink Champagne—it’s really reasonable priced.

For crave-worthy ramen: If I’m craving traditional Japanese food, I always head to Musashi. I love to round up a group of my friends and order a bunch of appetizers like agedashi tofu and the Japanese-style potato croquettes. They’ve also got an amazing tonkotsu ramen that I’m obsessed with.

For picnic prep and cocktail essentials: Earl’s Grocery is a really great informal eatery and gourmet grocery store. They have delicious prepared foods, all sorts of condiments and great bitters and syrups for making your own cocktails. I love to pick up cheese and wine there for at-home cooking and entertaining.

For stocking up on wine: Every time I’m in Charlotte I stop at the Wine Shop at Foxcroft because they have some of the best premium wine selections. What’s neat about this place is that you can either take the wine to go or you can drink it on premise. They’ve got some of the best German and Austrian wines. And I really love their lamb sliders.

For a craft cocktail: I like to sit at the bar and have a cocktail at Kindred. It’s got a great, welcoming atmosphere, and I think it’s so neat that the building was originally a pharmacy. When you’re drinking you’re bound to get hungry, and when that happens you must order the Chicago-style hot dog.