Jody Mace

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Oct 212014

Charlotte Halloween
If you are a fan of pumpkins or art, plan on attending GUTS Friday, October 24th, 2014, at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard. Competitors will be carving their pumpkins starting at 4pm. I went a couple years ago and the creations were amazing. Watching the carving in action, and then viewing the final results, will astonish you, especially if your own jack-o-lanterns are of the snaggly-tooth variety. There’s a photo booth and craft table so you can exercise your own creativity. There will be a silent auction, benefiting Make-A-Wish, as the creations are judged, and this year there will also be a “people’s choice” award, so you can vote too. The after party is at Texicali. Interested in competing? Registration opens October 1st.

 October 21, 2014  Posted by  Art, Free Events, Halloween, The City 1 Response »
Oct 212014

Tour SKYE Condominiums, a new mixed-use building at 222 South Caldwell Street, at their Oktoberfest Celebration on Saturday, October 25th, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and enjoy food and drink from Fahrenheit Restaurant. Fahrenheit, which is on the 21st floor, will be offering several authentic German food and beverage pairings on the tour, culminating in a pairing at the restaurant on the top floor. It’s all free.

Oct 212014

davidson food truck rally
Summit Coffee, 128 South Main Street in Davidson, will host the first Davidson Food Truck Rally on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. Rusty Knox will be providing live musical entertainment. There will be six or seven food trucks, including Comfort Food on Wheels, Cheese to the Mac, Cuzzo’s Cuisine, The Plated Palette, Street Spice and Ruthies. Proceeds benefit Davidson Lands Conservancy.

 October 21, 2014  Posted by  Food and Drink, Lake Norman, Music No Responses »
Oct 212014

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Photo: Charlotte Observer

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, at 6500 South New Hope Road in Belmont, just opened Lost Hollow Children: The Kimbrell Children’s Garden, a brand new space for kids and their families to explore. It sounds amazing. “Pass over the all seeing eye of protection to enter the kingdom of Lost Hollow. Explore the banks of Sunken Pond. Sing like a bird in The Aviary. Survey the land from Moon Keep. Explore the mysterious Fireplace Cave and more.”

It’s included in the regular admission price, which is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60+, and $6 for kids age 4-12. Kids younger than 4 are free. Right now there’s a Groupon for discounted admission. It gets you almost half off.

Choose from Four Options:

$14 for admission for two ($24 value)
$25 for admission for four ($48 value)
$24 for an individual annual membership ($45 value)
$39 for a household annual membership ($75 value)

Also, if you buy the Groupon today you can get an extra 15% off. Use the promo code LOCAL15.

That brings the price for admission for four to $21.25, which is well under half price. We’re having visitors for Thanksgiving weekend and this just got added to our list!


 October 21, 2014  Posted by  Gaston County, Kids No Responses »
Oct 212014

Beauty & SpasThree, Six, or Nine Lipo-Cavitation Ultrasonic Fat-Reduction Treatments at Massage Contour (Up to 92% Off)
Beauty & SpasThree, Six, or Nine Lipo-Cavitation Treatments at Envy Face and Body (Up to 90% Off)
ServicesOne 8"x10", 11"x14", 16"x20", or 18"x24" Canvas Print from Easy Canvas Prints (Up to 77% Off)
Beauty & SpasThree Laser Hair-Removal Treatments on a Small, Medium, or Large Area at Satin Med Spa (Up to 86% Off)
Services$49 for Unlimited Vent and Duct Cleaning for One Furnace ($189 Value)
Beauty & SpasSpa Package for One or Two with Facials or Massages, Lunches, and Gifts at The Spa at Rock Barn (Up to 51% Off)
Restaurants$32 for a Casual Dinner for Two at T-Bones On the Lake (Up to $54.97 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.
Food & DrinkWinery Tour with Tastings, Souvenir Glasses, and Bottles for Two or Four at Treehouse Vineyards (Up to 61% Off)
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Option for Color, Highlights, or a Keratin Treatment at Paul Mitchell the School Charlotte
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Custom Massage or Two 60-Minute Custom Massages at Serendipity Massage (Up to 57% Off)
Beauty & Spas20, 40, or 60 Units of Botox at Metrolina Medical Associates (Up to 59% Off)
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Massages at Advanced Therapeutics: Pain Relief and Wellness Center (Up to Half Off)
Beauty & Spas$25 for an At-Home Teeth-Whitening Kit from The Smile Clinic ($116.95 Value)
Beauty & SpasOne Month of Unlimited Level 1 or 2 UV Tanning or Two VersaSpa Spray Tans at South Beach Tanning Company (Up to 52% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne, Two, or Four Fit Body-Wrap Treatments at Palmetto Tanning (Up to 68% Off)
Arts and Entertainment$27.50 for a Shooting-Range Package at Eagle Guns ($117 Value)
RestaurantsJapanese Cuisine at Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (40% Off). Two Options Available.
Arts and EntertainmentAdmission or Membership to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.
Automotive$50 for $100 Off Full-Vehicle Window Tinting at Speed Styles
Beauty & SpasLaser Toenail-Fungus Treatment for Up to 5 or 10 Toes at Carolinas Toenail Laser Centers (Up to 82% Off)
Beauty & Spas$149 for Three Accent Laser Cellulite-Reduction Treatments at Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center ($975 Value)
Automotive$15 for a North Carolina State Emissions Inspection from Super Eagle Auto Care ($30 Value)
Health & Fitness5 or 10 Pole-Fitness Classes or 30 Days of Unlimited Classes at Pole Dance Charlotte (Up to 70% Off)
Beauty & Spas60-Minute Massage for One or Two at Massage Therapy Studios (Up to Half Off)
Health & FitnessOne or Two Dental Exams with Cleaning, X-rays, and Optional Teeth Whitening at My Dentists (Up to 81% Off)
RestaurantsMexican Food, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at 1900 Mexican Grill (Up to 50% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentBounce-House Play for One or Four Kids, or Weekday or Weekend Party at Monkey Joe's (Up to 52% Off)
Beauty & Spas4, 10, or 15 B12 Injections at InShapeMD (Up to 80% Off)
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Options for Partial or Full Highlights or Full Color at Cora Bella’s Aveda Salon & Spa
RestaurantsUpscale Comfort Food for Lunch or Dinner at City Tavern (40% Off)
Beauty & SpasHaircut Packages at Salon Twelve26 (Up to 56% Off). Three Options Available.
ShoppingSouvenir Glasses and Hard-Cider for 2 or 4 at Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill (Up to 53% Off)
Beauty & Spas$25 for Take-Home Teeth-Whiten Kit with Lifetime Gel Refills from DazzlingWhiteSmileUSA ($199 Value)
Beauty & SpasOne or Two One-Hour Anti-Aging Microcurrent Sessions at Beautiful Image Anti Aging, LLC (Up to 71% Off)
Health & Fitness$59 for an Eye-Care Package with Eye Exam and $225 Toward Prescription Glasses at Eye Care Center– Charlotte
Beauty & Spas50-Minute Signature or Men's Facial, or a 80-Minute Pure Gold Facial at Eden Skin and Body Institute (Up to 54% Off)
Restaurants$16 for $30 Worth of Pizza, Pasta, and Serbian Food at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe
RestaurantsThai Cuisine and Sushi at Deejai Thai Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Deep-Conditioning Treatment or Partial or Full Highlights at 90 Degrees Salon (Up to 69% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentOne or Two Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes for One or Two at Studio 51 Fifty (Up to 70% Off)
Beauty & SpasSpa Package with Manicure and Facial for One or Two Girls at Shug-A-Bug Kids Spa, LLC (Up to 56% Off)
Arts and Entertainment$29 for a One-Day Shooting-Range Package at The Range at Ballantyne ($234.50 Value)
RestaurantsSouthern Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Mert’s Heart and Soul (Up to 45% Off)
Arts and Entertainment10 Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform, or 16 Classes with a Uniform, Test, and Graduation Belt from Go2Karate (94% Off)
RestaurantsChinese Food for Lunch or Dinner at Great Wall of China South (50% Off)
Beauty & SpasWomen’s Cut and Style with Optional All-Over Color or Partial or Full Highlights at styleFX Hair Studio (Up to 62% Off)
Restaurants$30 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at Red Ginger
Beauty & SpasThree Laser Hair-Removal Treatments for One Small, Medium, or Large Area at H2 Laser and Skin (Up to 64% Off)
Beauty & SpasMani-Pedi Package or Spa Package with Pedicure and Massage for One or Two at Grafin Blau Spa (Up to 71% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Three 75-Minute European Facials with Kiwi Masks at Carmel Day Spa & Salon (Up to 60% Off)
Arts and Entertainment10 Fitness Classes, Pole Fitness Party for Up to 6, or 4-Week Pole Toning Workshop at Sassy Girl Fitness (Up to 77% Off)
Services2 Nights of Dog Boarding, 5 or 10 Days of Daycare or Five-Week Obedience Class at K9 Hangout Charlotte (Up to 55% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Two Groupons, Each Good for One Shellac Polish at Nail Bar Spa (Up to 48% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Three Swedish Massages or Spa Foot Massage at Mutatio Wellness (Up to 65% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne Massage with Chiropractic Exam or Facial, or Two Massages at Infinite Rejuvenation Med Spa (Up to 88% Off)
ServicesConcealed-Carry Permit Class with Range Time and Gun Rental for One or Two at DoubleTap Concealed (Up to 59% Off)
RestaurantsEthiopian Food at Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant (50% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentOne-Hour Safari Encounter with Baby Animals for One, Two, or Four at Zootastic Park (Up to 50% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentMini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Purple Planet 3-D Mini Golf (Up to 61% Off)
AutomotiveOne or Two Premium Oil Changes at Brothers' Auto Tech (50% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentHalf- or Full-Day Kayak Rental for Two or Four from Aquaventure Watercraft Rentals and Boat Club (Up to 51% Off)
Arts and Entertainment$25 for a One-Hour Practice Session with Bow and Arrow Rental for Two at Barefoot Archery ($50 Value)
Restaurants$24 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Dolce Ristorante
Restaurants$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Burgers and Hot Dogs at Chubz Famous Chiliburgers ($32 Total Value)
Restaurants$13 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Sake Express
Arts and Entertainment$17 for One Go-Kart Race and a One-Year Membership at The Pit ($35 Value)
Restaurants$18 for $30 Worth of Chinese Food and Sushi at Ginbu 401
Beauty & SpasThree 30-Minute Massages or Two 55-Minute Massages at Elements Massage (Up to 67% Off)
Beauty & Spas5 or 10 Spray Tans or Tanning-Bed Sessions at Premier Tanning Salon (Up to 53% Off)
Automotive$55 for a Wheel-Alignment Package at AAMCO Transmissions of Pineville ($134.98 Value)
Arts and Entertainment10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Okra Yoga Tea Massage (Up to 57% Off)
Health & FitnessOne Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp and Yoga Classes for One or Two at Gunn's Fitness in Matthews (Up to 82% Off)
RestaurantsThai Cuisine at Thai House (Half Off). Two Options Available.
Beauty & Spas$119 for a Personalized 30-Day Weight-Loss Plan with Eight B12 Injections ($259 Value)
Arts and EntertainmentScuba Certification with Magazine Subscription or Buoyancy Class at Sink or Swim Scuba (Up to 65% off)

Restaurant$65 -- Zebra: 'Superb' Dinner & Wine for 2, Reg. $115
Other$18 -- Top-Rated Art Studio: BYOB Painting Class, Reg. $35
Other$40 -- White House Chef: Cooking Class w/Lunch, Save 50%
Other$11 -- Best Corn Maze & Tram Train Ride for 2, 50% Off
Other$64 -- Race Car Thrill Ride at Charlotte Speedway, Reg. $130

Dry Cleaning Services from Holiday Dry Cleaners
3-Step Exterior Pressure Washing of a Home up to 3500 Square Feet and Two Stories
$29 for 3 Oil Changes, Tire Rotations & More ($179.99 Value)
$39 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning Package ($250 Value)
90-Minute Massage
Carpet Cleaning for Three Rooms up to 300 Square Feet Each
$59 for a Red Carpet Brightening Facial ($120 Value)
$49 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning with a Dryer Vent Cleaning ($328 Value)
One-Hour European Facial plus Lip & Chin Waxing
Six 18-Hole Rounds of Golf & 10 Small Group Golf Lessons 2014 VIP Pass
$109 for a 1-Hour Swedish Massage with Spa Slimming & Detox Body Wrap Package
$39 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning with a Furnace Checkup ($249 Value)
60-Minute Couples Massage
Kickstart Your New Year with 5 Weeks of Martial Arts Classes plus Free T-Shirt for only $30
$75 for a Spa Slimming & Detox Body Wrap ($150 Value)
$29 for a 3-Course Two-Hour Murder Mystery Dinner Show
60-Minute Massage
$175 for Air Duct System Cleaning + Sanitizing, & Dryer Vent Cleaning ($510 Value)
$100 for $1000 toward a Complete Bathtub or Shower Renovation + Consultation
$49 for a Character or Model with Optional Animal Appearance

RetailEmbrace the Joys of Pregnancy Thanks to Valuable One-on-One Support for an Entire Trimester ($150 for $300)
Beauty/HealthOne, Four, or Eight i-Lipo Ultra Sessions ($99 for $250)
ServicesCarpet Cleaning for One Room and One Hallway ($49 for $140)
ServicesTwo-Month Rental of a 10x10 Self-Storage Unit; or $200 Toward Your Choice of Storage Services ($55 for $260)
Fitness/ActiveGym Membership and Fitness Classes ($65 for $150)
ServicesFour 50-Minute Life Coaching Sessions for an Individual or a Couple ($588 for $1400)
ServicesSpruce Things Up with a Landscaping Consultation ($150 for $300)
Beauty/Health$40 or $150 to Spend on Improving Your Hair's Look and Feel ($20 for $40)
ServicesShow Off Your Sexy Side: Boudoir Photo Session ($99 for $425)
Beauty/HealthOne-Month Weight-Management Program ($179 for $588)
Services30 Minutes of Electrical Work ($70 for $80)
ServicesAmp Up Your Ride with a Mobile Window Tinting ($150 for $250)
EntertainmentFoster Your Creativity with a BYOB Painting Class ($35 for $80)
ServicesPlan for the Big Day: Linen & Décor or Catering Package for Your Upcoming Charlotte-Area Event ($150 for $300)
Fitness/ActiveLearn to Rock Climb or Salute the Sun on a Hike ($80 for $190)
Beauty/HealthGel Manicure & Basic Pedicure; or 4 Gel Manicures ($49 for $)
Fitness/ActiveTwirl Around the Floor: 5 Private Dance Lessons, 1 Group Class & 1 Practice Session ($39 for $312)
Beauty/HealthTackle Lifestyle Challenges with Hypnosis ($69 for $125)
RetailTake a Tour of Local Sights with an Autographed Copy of Destination: Charlotte [the book] ($17 for $35)
Fitness/ActiveGet Fit: Two Months of All-Access Membership Including Classes or One Personal Training Session ($50 for $70)
Beauty/HealthHaircut, Style, Deep Conditioning + Blow Dry ($40 for $90)
Beauty/HealthBiofeedback Pain Management Session ($35 for $70)
Sports/ Fitness ClubLacrosse Lesson for Up to Three or Four Kids ($90 for $120)
Beauty/HealthOne or Two One-Hour Massages ($39 for $50)
Fitness/ActiveAchieve Peace of Mind When Your Student Athlete Hits the Field with a 15-Minute Concussion Test ($25 for $60)
ServicesTwo or Four Man Hours of House Cleaning ($65 for $115)
ServicesLanguage Lessons for Children or Adults: Learn Spanish, French, German, and More ($69 for $190)
ServicesTwo Hours of Residential Cleaning ($90 for $200)
ServicesAir Duct Cleaning or Dryer Vent Cleaning ($49 for $230)
Beauty/HealthChiropractic Consultation, X-Rays, and Exam ($35 for $150)
Beauty/HealthChiropractic Package ($39 for $255)
Beauty/HealthOne or Two Hour-Long Microcurrent Facials ($39 for $119)
EntertainmentOne or Five Play Dates; or Parents' Night Out ($6 for $12)
Services90-Minute Puppy Training Class ($35 for $69)
Fitness/ActiveHit the Gym: Ten CrossFit Classes; or One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes in Cornelius ($40 for $100)
Fitness/ActiveStep-by-Step Dance Instruction in a Variety of Styles: 4 Private Lessons and 4 Group Classes ($109 for $249)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Dance Classes for Children or Ballet Barre/Conditioning Classes for Adults ($45 for $65)
Beauty/HealthBrighten Up, Buttercup: Choose Two Facials ($47 for $94)
ServicesStay Comfy: Furnace or A/C Tune-Up ($59 for $120)
RetailPreserve Memories: Videotape-to-DVD or Audio Casette Transfer ($10 for $20)
Beauty/HealthHaircut and Style with Optional Highlights or Color ($22 for $45)
Beauty/HealthBoost Your Confidence with Lasik Eye Surgery for One or Both Eyes ($899 for $2500)
ServicesRefresh Your Space with Carpet Cleaning ($89 for $198)
EntertainmentBeginners' Photography Workshop ($99 for $225)
Fitness/ActiveGet Balanced with Ten Yoga Classes ($35 for $89)
Beauty/HealthChiropractic Consultation and Adjustment with Full Spinal Scan, Four Digital X-Rays & Findings ($20 for $340)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Kids' Dance Classes ($32 for $65)
EntertainmentUptown Walking Tour or Carolina Night Walk Tour ($8 for $16)
Fitness/ActiveFall Season Bocce Membership at Ten Park Lanes ($29 for $60)
Full-Service RestaurantTwo $10 Vouchers to Spend on Create-Your-Own Omelets, Sandwiches, and More ($5.5 for $10)
Beauty/HealthShampoo, Haircut, Style & Deep-Conditioning Treatment; Partial Highlights; and More ($39 for $80)
Beauty/HealthHaircut and Style with Option for Color and Style ($22 for $45)
ServicesOil Changes, Alignment and Balancing, or State Inspection with Starting/Charging System Check ($49 for $105)
Beauty/HealthOne Month or One Session of Spray Tanning ($59 for $140)
Fitness/ActiveTurn Up the Temps with Hot Yoga Classes ($29 for $75)
ServicesPlan Ahead with Will Writing Services ($50 for $500)
EntertainmentGet Lost: Admission to a Family-Fun Corn Maze for Two Adults, Two Kids, Plus One Activity ($25 for $44)
Beauty/HealthIPL Photofacial with LED Light Treatment and More; or Lymphatic Drainage Massage ($65 for $240)
ServicesMake Sure Your Pet Is in Good Health with a Pet Exam, Consult, Nail Trim, and Rabies Shot ($49 for $105)
Beauty/HealthLaser Fungus Removal for One, Five, or Ten Toes ($49 for $100)
Fitness/ActiveTwo-Month Women's Gym Membership ($50 for $100)
Full-Service RestaurantThree $10 Vouchers to Spend on Pizza, Wings, Beer, and More ($5 for $10)
ServicesMobile Headlight Restoration for Two Headlights ($30 for $90)
EntertainmentEmbrace the Season with a Fall Foliage Helicopter Tour for Two Over Crowder's Mountain ($219 for $399)
Beauty/Health90-Minute Swedish, Deep-Tissue, or Hot Stone Massage ($48 for $96)
Fitness/ActiveYou've Always Wanted to Try It: Ten-Line Zip Tour at a Picturesque Farm in Archdale ($53 for $89)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes ($39 for $165)
Beauty/HealthDysport, Botox, Laser Hair Removal, or Ultherapy ($129 for $242)
ServicesAir Duct Cleaning with Option for Dryer Vent Cleaning, Plus Inspection and Sanitation ($40 for $560)
Beauty/HealthColor You Sun-Kissed with One, Three, or Five Full-Body Airbrush Spray Tans ($15 for $35)
Full-Service RestaurantA Taste of Ethiopian Cusiine for Two: Appetizer and Two Glasses of Honeywine ($11 for $23)
Beauty/HealthGet Polished: Gel Manicure & Optional Pedicure ($15 for $30)
EntertainmentGo Meatless the Right Way: 2.5-Hour Vegan/Vegetarian Cooking Class ($39 for $80)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Chinese Fare ($10 for $20)
Beauty/HealthAt-Home Teeth Whitening Kit + Lifetime Gel Refills ($25 for $199)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Food and Drink for Two People; or $40 to Spend on Food and Drink for Four People ($11 for $20)
Full-Service Restaurant$60 to Spend on Food & Drink at Dinner; or $20 to Spend on Food & Drink at Lunch (Mon. to Sat.) ($30 for $60)
Full-Service Restaurant$40 to Spend on Italian Food ($20 for $40)
Beauty/HealthPamper Your Paws: Spa Pedicure with Callus Removal or Gel Polish Application for Hands ($17 for $30)
ServicesCarpet or Upholstery Cleaning ($36 for $72)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 or $40 Toward Entertaining Hibachi, Sushi Rolls, To-Die-For Filets, and Other Japanese Fare ($12 for $20)
Beauty/HealthGet the Smooth Look You've Been Hoping For: Try a Dermapen Treatment at a Beloved Local Spa ($149 for $300)
Fitness/Active30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass to Use at Local Studios ($20 for $300)
Beauty/HealthLook Beach-Ready All Year: 1 or 3 Spray Tans ($40 for $79)
RetailTake-Home Teeth-Whitening Kit with Lifetime Whitening Refills + Free Shipping ($22 for $199)
EntertainmentAdmission for Two to Charlotte International Auto Show on November 20, 21, 22, or 23, 2014 ($10 for $20)
Fitness/ActivePlay Five Rounds of Golf on a Nationally-Acclaimed Course in Mount Pleasant ($49 for $205)
ServicesMobile Auto Detailing at Location of Your Choice ($59 for $175)
ServicesKids' Themed Birthday Party Package ($175 for $330)
Services$50 Window Moisture Removal and Prevention or $100 to Spend on Attic Insulation ($25 for $50)
Beauty/HealthIndulge: Color Service or Women's Haircut ($39 for $80)
Fitness/ActiveLearn to Dive: Intro to Scuba Orientation Class ($20 for $50)
ServicesTurn Heads: Professional Car Tinting or $100 Toward Residential Window Tinting in Mooresville ($99 for $200)
Beauty/HealthGive New Life to Your Look with a Haircut, Blow Dry, and Style with Options for Partial or Full Foil ($19 for $40)
ServicesBoost Your Child's Writing and Reading Skills with a One-Hour On-Location Tutoring Session ($12 for $25)
Beauty/HealthHaircut with Conditioning, Blow Dry, and Style with Option to Add Color ($32 for $65)
Beauty/HealthDe-Stress from the Week with a Massage ($32 for $65)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Peruvian Cuisine and More ($10 for $20)
ServicesOne or Two Oil Changes or One Computer Diagnostics Session ($29 for $59)
Services1- or 2-Hour Photo Package; or Wedding Photography ($30 for $100)
Beauty/HealthOne or Three Airbrush Spray Tans ($45 for $105)
EntertainmentUp Your Kid's Game with Winter Baseball Camp ($137 for $275)
Fitness/ActiveTake Aim: Bow-and-Arrow Session for Two ($25 for $50)
EntertainmentFour Weekly Up & Adam Acting Classes ($50 for $100)
Fitness/ActiveGet Toned Your Way: One- or Two-Month Unlimited CrossFit Membership for One or Two ($49 for $135)
EducationFour Group or Private Music Lessons: Guitar, Piano, Violin, Voice, and More ($42 for $60)
ServicesSmile and Say Cheese with a Photobooth Rental ($349 for $995)
Fitness/ActiveA Workout with Purpose: Five Pilates or CrossFit Classes in Charlotte or Davidson ($50 for $275)
Beauty/HealthIndulge: Customized Facial with Massage & More ($37 for $75)
Beauty/HealthPartial Highlights or All Over Color, Conditioning Treatment, Haircut, and Style ($23 for $46)
Fitness/ActiveUnlimited Kickboxing Classes with Boxing Gloves ($65 for $620)
ServicesPlatinum Mobile Detailing Package ($109 for $219)
ServicesHeating Tune-Up ($49 for $130)
Beauty/HealthA Brand-New Look: Stylish Haircut with Choice of Conditioning or Keratin, or Partial Highlights ($30 for $60)
ServicesOne Hour of One-on-One Career Coaching from Author and Professional Speaker Andy Thomas ($99 for $200)
ServicesCarpet Cleaning or Upholstery Cleaning ($40 for $80)
ServicesGet a Basic Interior and Exterior Detailing for Your Car, SUV, or Truck at One of Three Locations ($39 for $99)
Beauty/HealthOne-Hour Swedish or Hot Stone Massage ($25 for $55)
Fitness/ActiveOne-Year Regional Golf Clubs Membership ($24 for $59)
Services$100 to Spend on Windshield Repair ($50 for $100)
ServicesWindow Cleaning or $100 to Spend on Pressure Washing, Gutter or Concrete Cleaning, and More ($49 for $115)
ServicesOne Year of Pest Control Services ($199 for $500)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Food and Drink ($10 for $20)
ServicesProfessional Scanning Service for Up to 500 Photos ($84 for $140)
Beauty/HealthVeg Out During a Massage with Aromatherapy ($35 for $65)
Fitness/ActiveHaunted Halloween or Standard Zipline Tour for 2 ($59 for $78)
Full-Service Restaurant$30 to Spend on Traditional Italian Fare ($15 for $30)
QSR/Fast CasualMake Their Day: $20 of Chocolate Creations ($10 for $20)
EntertainmentDiscover a New Vintage with a Wine Tour, Two Glasses, and a Bottle to Take Home ($16 for $32)
Beauty/HealthNew Look: One or Three Gel Manicures ($12 for $25)
Full-Service Restaurant$40 to Spend on Italian Cuisine ($20 for $40)
Beauty/HealthWellness with a Touch of Decadence: Facial, Body Wrap Treatment, or Both ($69 for $115)
Beauty/HealthMassage or Chiropractic Treatment ($25 for $50)
ServicesUltimate Auto Detail Package, Engine Cleaning, and Headlight Restoration ($142 for $285)
ServicesLeave House Cleaning to the Professionals ($45 for $93)
Beauty/HealthCharlotte North: Keep Your Grin Gleaming with a 20-Minute In-Office Teeth-Whitening Treatment ($39 for $129)
EntertainmentCharlotte North: Blast Away Boredom with a Paintball Package ($30 for $136)

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7-Day Winter Recharge Cleanse
Pure Pizza
The Blushing Bakeshop

Massage Loft - Instant Relaxation: 50% Off a Great Massage!
Taqueria - 50% Off Traditional Mexican Cuisine
The Comedy Zone - $8 for 2 Tickets (up to a $16 value!)
Treehouse Vineyards - 50% Off: Tour and Tasting for Two, plus a Bottle of Wine!
Queens Landing - 50% Off Daytime Sightseeing and Dinner Cruise on Lake Norman!
First Resource Heating and Air - The Ultimate Service Package
Bedder Bedder & Moore (South Tryon) - $12 for $20 Worth of Great Food!
DoubleTap Concealed - 50% Off Concealed Carry Class and Range Time
Pineville Rug Gallery - 50% Off Custom Rug Cleaning!
Halloween Memories on Media - Up to 60% Off Video Transfer to DVD!  

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 October 21, 2014  Posted by  Affiliate, Shopping 3 Responses »
Oct 202014

haunted house
Whether your idea of Halloween fun is being chased through the woods by a serial killer with a chainsaw, or taking a zombie-less hayride to the pumpkin patch, there is something this fall in the Charlotte area that will meet your needs. I’ve divided this list into “Scary,” “Not Scary,” and “Both Scary and Not Scary Activities.” I’m not making any judgment about whether the event really is scary or not. I’m just reporting how the attraction bills itself. This list will be updated as the season progresses. If a farm doesn’t have a website with a current list of activities, prices, and operational hours, a representative from the farm needs to contact me with the information and I’ll add it. Please follow the links to get the dates, times and prices. Also, if you haven’t done this, make sure to subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap by email so you’ll know about all the cheap happenings all year long.

Find half price deals on fall attractions!

Not Scary

Hodges Family Farm Pumpkin Patch
3900 Rocky River Road East, Charlotte
Pumpkin patch, hayrides, hay mountain, animals

The Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Day maze and flashlight maze

Riverbend Farm
12150 McManus Road, Midland
Wagon ride, pumpkin patch, barn, air cannon, magic pumpkin, pumpkin sling shot, ice cream, more

Country Days Corn Maze
416 Joe Lee Helms Rd, Indian Trail
Corn maze and farm activities like Corn Box, Barn Animals, Corn Hole, Washers, Playground, Cow Train, Corn Cannon, Slingshot, Duck Races, Tricycles, Petting Zoo, Hop-A-Long Rodeo

The Hunter Farm
13624 Providence Rd, Weddington
Hayride, pumpkin patch, petting zoo. Night hayride and bonfire by reservation.

Hall Family Farm
10713 Providence Rd West, Charlotte, NC 28277
704-562-4021 704-540-0367 (Tours)
Corn maze, bonfires, hayrides, pumpkins, kids’ activities

Regal Corn Maze
347 Bell Farm Road, Statesville
Corn Cannon-3 shots, Cow Train, Face Painting, Giant Slingshot, Corn Box, Kiddie Maze, Hay Mountain, Corn Hole, Giant Tic Tac Toe, Giant Checkers

Red Wolf Farm
4137 Providence Mill Road, Maiden, NC
Hay rides, carnival maze, giant carnival Super-Slide, obstacle course, peddle tractors, corn play-tubs, farm animals, Artisan Village with Blacksmith demonstrations, nature trail along the creek, picnic barn with food trucks, face painting, pony rides, pumpkin patch


Matthews Kiwanis Haunted Trail
October 24 & 25, 6pm to 10pm
$3 — 100% benefits Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina
Windsor Park, 10200 Northeast Parkway, Matthews

Campground Nightmare
(Formerly “Campground Massacre”)
940 Gold Hill Rd. Fort Mill, SC

Midway Wicked Woods
Midway Campground Resort, 114 Midway Drive, Statesville

Maze of Terror
20935 NC 73 Hwy, Albemarle

Exit 90 off I-77

Dr. Evil’s Haunted House
Morris Costumes
4300 Monroe Road
Waiting on information for 2014

Hickory Grove Haunted Trail
Mountain View Golf Center
4064 Mountain View ST, Gastonia North Carolina

Spirits of Rosedale Tour
3427 N Tryon Street, Charlotte
October 25 and October 31
The Spirits of Rosedale takes visitors on a night tour through the plantation home, and is recommended for ages 8 and up. (Maybe just a little scary)

Both Scary and Not Scary Activities

Aw Shucks Farm
3718 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe
Non-Scary: Corn maze, hayrides, grain bin slide, animal barn
Scary: 13th Acre Haunted Trail

Shelby Corn Maze
120 Broadway Drive, Shelby
Corn maze, haunted corn maze, pumpkin patch, cow train, hayride, zipline, more

Haunted Mill
6325 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont
704-829-Mill (6455)
Haunted house (scary) and 3D mini-golf (not scary)

Scary Dairy
1643 Pembrook Road, Harrisburg (Harris Family Farm)
Haunted hayride: $10 (Free for kids age 5 and under)
Scary Dairy Hayride
Also non-haunted hayride

Scarrigan Farms
Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy
Mooresville, NC 28115
Scary: Scarrigan Farms haunted trail
Not Scary: Hayrides (both day and night), bonfire, pumpkin patch

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Charlotte Halloween

GUTS Charlotte: Pumpkin carving contest at NC Music Factory

Plan your week on the cheap with this list of free events, from  Monday, October 20th,  2014, to Sunday, October 26th. Some highlights are GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest at NC Music Factory, Reedy Creek Nature Center’s Creepy Crawly Critterween, Halloween ComicFest and South End Fall Festival.  If you’re not doing this already, you can subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s daily emails (just one a day), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Free coffee at Chick-fil-A
6:00pm: Yoga at Carolina Theatre Pocket Park
6:00pm: Yoga class at Pizza Peel
8:00pm: Live music at Amelie’s
9:00pm: Open Mic at Crown Station Pub


10:00am: Free child admission to Sea-Life Aquarium with (discounted) adult purchase
5:00pm: Movie at Scalybark Library: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
8:00pm: Trivia night at Petra’s
9:00pm: Karaoke and free tacos at Crown Station Pub
9:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at Epicentre: Jon Linker


8:30am: Free child car seat checks
11:30am: Live music at Carolina Theatre Pocket Park
5:00pm: Movie at West Boulevard Library
5:00pm: Free admission to Mint Museum
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Brewery tour at Triple C Brewing Company
6:30pm: Brewery tour at Birdsong Company
7:00pm: Trivia and Karaoke at Tin Roof at EpiCentre
7:00pm: Stringed instrument care and maintenance at Guitar Center
7:00pm: Beer tasting at Common Market Plaza Midwood
7:00pm: Singer/songwriter Open Mic at Sam Ash. Perform and get a $10 gift card
8:30pm: Crown Town Comedy Showdown
10:00pm: Residency at Snug Harbor: Chalkies


3:00pm: Movie at ImaginOn: The Black Cauldron
5:30pm: Fall festival at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center
6:00pm: Music at the Lake at University Place: Too Much Sylvia
6:00pm: NoDa Food Art Music Rally at The Chop Shop
6:00pm: Beer tasting at Common Market SouthEnd
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
9:30pm Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Garrison Blagg


4:00pm: GUTS: Pumpkin carving contest at NC Music Factory
4:00pm: Free professional portraits of kids, trick-or-treating at Promenade at Providence
5:00pm: Halloween activities at Bass Pro Shops, including free photo
5:00pm: Davidson’s Halloween March
5:00pm: Role-playing and board games at Your Local Game Shop in Matthews
5:30pm: Movie at Plaza Midwood Library: The LEGO Movie
6:00pm: Creepy-crawly Critterween at Reedy Creek Nature Center
6:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Brandon Kirkley
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing: Ghost Town Revelry
7:00pm: Outdoor movie at Promenade at Providence: Monsters University
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Joe Lasher Jr. (arrive before 10pm for free admission)


9:00am: Vermicompost class at Davidson Farmers Market
10:00am: Workshop at Guitar Center: Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
10:15am: Group guitar lesson at Guitar Center
11:00am: Fall Festival at Beatties Ford Road Library
11:00am: Halloween ComicFest at Spandex City Comics and other comic stores
11:00am: Kids’ craft at Lakeshore Learning–Spooky sweets holder
12:00pm: Huntersville Halloween Festival at Historic Rural Hill
12:00pm: Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Kannapolis
12:40pm: Free ice skating lesson at Extreme Ice Center
1:00pm: Movie at Scaleybark Library: Ender’s Game
1:00pm: Spooktacular at Berewick
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
4:00pm: South End Fall Festival
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Cameron Floyd Band
6:30pm: Outdoor movie at Rivergate: Monsters University
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jon Caneda
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Joe the Show (arrive before 10pm for free admission)


Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
12:00pm: Halloween activities at Bass Pro Shops: craft, scavenger hunt, free photo
1:30pm: Movie at North County Library: Ghostbusters
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
3:00pm: Play Pickleball for free in Matthews
3:00pm: Chamber music concert at Davidson College
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
3:00pm: Storytime and Nature Learning at Freedom Park
4:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Kris Hitchcock
4:00pm: Concert at Steinway Piano Center: Bach, Brahms and Bernstein
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
6:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jared Allan
 October 20, 2014  Posted by  Free Events 5 Responses »