Southern Hospitality

| Keia Mastrianni | Southern Park Magazine | Full Article

Dogwood Southern Table and Bar opened in early November in SouthPark. Just like any good Southerner, the restaurant opened its doors with a special kind of warmth found only below the Mason-Dixon line. Dogwood, located directly behind the Whole Foods Market on the corner of Sharon and Fairview Road, aims to honor local and regional artisans through efforts that extend to the plate and beyond.

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Owner Jon Dressler, the man behind Dressler’s restaurants in Birkdale Village in Huntersville and the Metropolitan in Charlotte, took a collaborative approach with this concept. A family man himself, Dressler recruited his restaurant family to seek out some of the best artisans and farmers in the region to fuel the approachable Southern inspired menu.

General Manager Tim Buchanan spearheaded the search for local artisans, taking trips to area farmers markets and farms to meet with the folks who would contribute to the restaurant. He documented his travels through a series of photos that are now on display inside the restaurant, a personal touch that highlights the spirit in which the Dogwood was erected.

The restaurant space is contemporary with warm and rustic accents. Above, large wooden beams sourced from 19th century barns make an imposing statement upon entrance. A large community table in the bar area welcomes frivolity and the fireplace flickering to the right, a cozy compliment to the comfortable space. Custom art from local artist Lisa Gorman decorates the walls, a touch added by Kim Dressler who contributes her design sensibilities to each of her husband’s restaurants.

Executive Chef Scott Hollingsworth developed menus focused on Southern favorites. Expect to find pimento cheese, cornmeal dusted fried oysters, tender pork ribs, and the salty smack of boiled peanuts at this Southern table. The restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch on the weekends, offers an ample selection of locally sourced proteins including a hearty North Carolina bison strip steak paired with rutabaga, baby carrots, and potatoes and features like pan seared mountain trout from Sunburst Farms in Canton, North Carolina. The bar menu is stacked with creative cocktails, leaded and unleaded, plus old-school Carolina favorites Cheerwine and Nehi sodas for the kid in everyone.

Thoughtfulness comes to mind as one takes a look inside Dogwood. Jon Dressler offers an upscale yet comfortable space for gathering, paired with a distinct warmth and hospitality characteristic of his concepts. Farm to table is certainly nothing new, but sometimes you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to enjoy a good meal.

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Solis Sharon Square apartments 70 percent leased

| Ely Portillo | | Full Article

Terwilliger Pappas’ newest apartment development – Solis Sharon Square – is about 70 percent leased, developer Peter Pappas told me on a recent tour of the property.

The upscale mixed-use development has also leased about half of its retail space, with restaurant Dogwood Southern Table open and Corkbuzz and Rusty Bucket to follow by June. The development also includes Charlotte’s first Whole Foods and SunTrust’s regional headquarters.

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Solis Sharon Square is the first Solis development in Charlotte. Terwilliger Pappas is building a second Solis Dilworth and a third Solis Waverly in southeast Charlotte, and just got rezoning approval for a fourth Solis in Ballantyne. The company is also building Solis developments throughout the Southeast, including in Raleigh, Durham and Atlanta.

Solis Sharon Square has leased 167 out of 239 units. Pappas said two-bedrooms have been especially strong. The Latham building is fully leased, and the Graham building is still leasing as workers finish the final common spaces.

“It’s good, very good,” said Pappas. A 1-bedroom starts at $1,615 a month, while a 2-bedroom starts at $1,985.

The upscale features at Solis Sharon Square offer a window into what the demographics Pappas is targeting (Millenials, executives and empty nesters) have in mind.

High-end common spaces: The apartment complex features spaces such as “Boost” (a fitness center with nice equipment), “Savor” (tricked out demo kitchen that will have cooking classes), the “Perk Lounge” (free Starbucks coffee, TV, tea) and “Break” (a room with a pool table, poker table and TVs).

Attention to finishes: From granite counters that have become standard in high-end apartments to higher-quality wood flooring and art in the hallways, Pappas said his company paid special attention to the details to create apartments that meet renters’ expectations.

Outdoor gathering areas: Solis Sharon Square has a pool and outdoor decks featuring bocce ball and grills. The apartments also have a pet walk for dog owners to let their dogs go for a run.

Working closely with surrounding businesses to create a real mixed-use experience: Pappas’ thesis is that people are willing to pay a premium to rent places closer to their jobs with more amenities and a walkable lifestyle. To help create that lifestyle, the complex is working with businesses. For example, Whole Foods will deliver groceries to Solis residents if they buy more than $25 (which isn’t a challenge every time I go to Whole Foods), and a cooking school will hold classes for residents in the demonstration kitchen.

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