The Ten: Charlotte, N.C.

The fun of the big city with the charm of a small town, Charlotte is a great city to visit for a weekend getaway. Check out the The Ten things professional makeup artist Joy Randall loves in The Queen City. 


1. My favorite place for a healthy meal:

If I want something super healthy, I go to Luna’s Living Kitchen in Southend. For a nice salad I go to Crisp in the Plaza-Midwood area. If I want a healthy breakfast I go to Zada Janes.


2. My favorite place for thrift shopping:

I love Hong Kong on Central Ave and Sleepy Poet. There are  a lot of antiques at Sleepy Poet, but they do have  a section with retro clothes like gloves and stuff. It’s really cool.


3. For a Girl’s Night Out:

There is a new bar called Bar One. It’s really cute and they have great service. You can’t go wrong with Crave Dessert Bar or The Wine Loft. On Saturday nights, Vapianos always has a band or DJ. There’s a lot of ambience, but you can still cut a rug too.


4. My favorite place for a hot date:

Soul Gastro Lounge is a good spot. It’s intimate, has great food and drinks, and  an environment that keeps you engaged with the person that you are with.


5. A great place that most tourists don’t know about:

Floyd’s Soul Food. Anything that you can think of when it comes to soul food, they have it.


6. Best Hotel for a Staycation:

I love The Hyatt House because they have nice suites or the Hilton Garden Inn because they have hot tubs in some of the rooms.


7. My favorite area for a bike ride or walk:

Definitely NODA. It’s very scenic and it’s great for people watching. It’s not super busy like Uptown. There’s also a lot of street art around.


8. For a Fun Night out With Friends: 

I don’t have a particular place, but here are three dope people to follow. When you come to the city, you definitely want to see what they have going on.

Dupp & Swatt for cool eclectic events. 

Bryan Paschal Promotions put on a lot of festivals and drinking events. 


9. Best Day Trip from Charlotte:

The Lake Norman area has a lot going on. You can go waterskiing, boating, shopping or enjoy nightlife and bars. A lot of the Nascar groups are hanging out there and you can tour their garages and stuff like that.


10. Name a famous person from your city:  

Soul singer Anthony Hamilton.  

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Joy Randall is a professional makeup artist, socialite and Pisces that lives in Charlotte, NC. When she's not keeping ladies beautiful or on set doing makeup, you can find her somewhere enjoying the finer things in life. Follow her on Instagram @flawlessmakeupart.