Jody Mace

I am a freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina who writes for magazines and websites. Find me at Google+

Aug 272014


Lyft, a new ride-sharing program, calls itself “your friend with a car,” and Charlotte riders have found it to be a friendly, relaxed way to get around. Also, it doesn’t hurt at all that it’s less expensive than a cab. I’ve got several friends who have used this service and had good things to say about it.

Charlotte on the Cheap and Lyft would love for you to give it a try, so Lyft is offering new Lyft customers a free ride, worth up to $25. Read on to learn the basics of how Lyft works, and how to get that free ride.

It’s simple to use.

  • Download the Lyft app to your smartphone and sign up, linking it to your credit or debit card.
  • When you want a ride, just open the app and it will locate you on a map and show you where the closest Lyft driver is.
  • Request a ride and when a driver accepts the request, you’ll see a picture of the driver and car. There will be a button that will allow you to call the driver if you need to, and you can even track the driver’s progress on the map.
  • When your Lyft ride arrives—it’ll be easy to tell because the car will have a pink mustache on it—sit up front, relax, charge your phone, listen to the radio and chat with your new friend. A Lyft is more than just a ride; it’s a way to meet friendly local people who can show you the best way to get around your city.
  • After the ride Lyft will prompt you to pay. If you’d like to add a tip for your driver you can do that too.

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If you’re hesitant to get into a car with a stranger, know that there are strong safety measures in place. Lyft does a background check on every driver and has high standards for safety. Read about the safety measures here. Also, the Lyft community helps out by rating drivers (and passengers) so you can feel good about the person whose ride you’re sharing.

Ready for that free ride? Your special promo code is CLT25FREE. It’s good for one ride, worth up to $25, and it doesn’t expire. It’s for new Lyft riders only. To use it, just go to the payment screen in the app and enter it there.


After you try Lyft, let us know how you liked it. We’d love to hear about your experience.


This content was produced in collaboration with our sponsor Lyft.

 August 27, 2014  Posted by  Cheap news No Responses »
Aug 272014

bridgestone teen drive smart

The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart program is coming to Z Max at 6570 Bruton Smith Boulevard in Concord Saturday, September 6th, and Sunday, September 7th, 2014. This FREE program teaches teenagers skills beyond typical driver’s education program. They learn accident avoidance and how to handle skids. The hands-on portion of the four hour class, staged on a safe, closed course, puts the driver behind the wheel of a 2013 BMW 328i. Again, this program is completely free, but you do need to register in advance and space is limited. Right now, as I post, there is space. Participants need a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. Parents are encouraged to stay. Visit the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart website to register, as well to read a FAQ and other information. There is a morning and afternoon session each day.

 August 27, 2014  Posted by  Free Events, Kids No Responses »
Aug 272014

Shoppes at University Place will host a fall concert series. The free concerts will take place every Thursday in October, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  This is a great time of year to enjoy outdoor music. Enjoy the cooler weather with a walk around the lake or by enjoying food, wine, coffee, ice cream or frozen yogurt from one of the many restaurants. The Shoppes at University Place is located at the corner of Harris Boulevard and Hwy. 29.

The lineup:

October 2: Vanilla Cornbread
October 9: Sol Fusion
October 16: The Boomers
October 23: Too Much Syvia
October 30: Trial by Fire (Journey tribute)

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Aug 272014

RestaurantsUpscale American Cuisine at Dressler's (46% Off). Two Options Available.
Arts and Entertainment$5 for a Movie Outing with a Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to $10.25 Value)
Beauty & SpasThree, Six, or Nine Lipo-Cavitation Ultrasonic Fat-Reduction Treatments at Massage Contour (Up to 92% Off)
ServicesCanvas Prints from with Free Shipping (Up to 75% Off). Four Options Available.
Beauty & SpasThree, Six, or Nine Lipo-Cavitation Treatments at Envy Face and Body (Up to 90% Off)
Food & DrinkWinery Tour with Tastings, Souvenir Glasses, and Bottles for Two or Four at Treehouse Vineyards (Up to 61% Off)
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Custom Massage or Two 60-Minute Custom Massages at Serendipity Massage (Up to 57% Off)
Beauty & SpasSpa Package for One or Two with Facials or Massages, Lunches, and Gifts at The Spa at Rock Barn (Up to 51% Off)
Beauty & Spas$25 for an At-Home Teeth-Whitening Kit from The Smile Clinic ($116.95 Value)
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Option for Color, Highlights, or a Keratin Treatment at Paul Mitchell the School Charlotte
Arts and Entertainment$27.50 for a Shooting-Range Package at Eagle Guns ($117 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)
Shopping$19.99 for an Electronic-Cigarette Starter Kit from White Lites ($99.99 Value)
Beauty & SpasOne, Two, or Four Fit Body-Wrap Treatments at Palmetto Tanning (Up to 68% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentAdmission or Membership to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Massages at Advanced Therapeutics: Pain Relief and Wellness Center (Up to Half Off)
Restaurants$20 for $40 Worth of Cajun Food at Cajun Queen
Arts and EntertainmentDinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)
Automotive$15 for a North Carolina State Emissions Inspection from Super Eagle Auto Care ($30 Value)
Beauty & Spas$149 for Three Accent Laser Cellulite-Reduction Treatments at Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center ($975 Value)
Beauty & SpasLaser Toenail-Fungus Treatment for Up to 5 or 10 Toes at Carolinas Toenail Laser Centers (Up to 82% Off)
Health & Fitness5 or 10 Pole-Fitness Classes or 30 Days of Unlimited Classes at Pole Dance Charlotte (Up to 70% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentEntry to Miller Lite Panther's Season Opener Pep Rally and Bar Crawl for Two or Four on September 11 (50% Off)
Health & FitnessEntry & Spectator Pass to Carolinas Spartan Beast or Carolinas Spartan Super (Up to 52% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentTwo Games of Bowling and Shoe Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at Strikers Family Sportscenter & Bowling (Up to 53% Off)
Beauty & Spas60-Minute Massage for One or Two at Massage Therapy Studios (Up to Half Off)
ShoppingSouvenir Glasses and Hard-Cider for 2 or 4 at Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill (Up to 53% Off)
Beauty & Spas4, 10, or 15 B12 Injections at InShapeMD (Up to 80% Off)
Health & FitnessOne or Two Dental Exams with Cleaning, X-rays, and Optional Teeth Whitening at My Dentists (Up to 81% Off)
Shopping$12 for $20 Worth of Wild-Caught Seafood and Steaks at Carolina Fish Market
Arts and EntertainmentThree- or Six-Lap Lamborghini or Ferrari Agility Autocross Experience from The Motorsport Lab (Up to 82% Off)
Beauty & Spas$25 for Take-Home Teeth-Whiten Kit with Lifetime Gel Refills from DazzlingWhiteSmileUSA ($199 Value)
Beauty & SpasHaircut, Style, and Mask with Optional Single-Process Color or Full Highlights at Carmel Day Spa & Salon (Up to 58% Off)
Beauty & Spas20, 40, or 60 Units of Botox at Metrolina Medical Associates (Up to 59% Off)
Restaurants$16 for $30 Worth of Pizza, Pasta, and Serbian Food at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe
Beauty & SpasOne or Two One-Hour Anti-Aging Microcurrent Sessions at Beautiful Image Anti Aging, LLC (Up to 71% Off)
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)
Arts and Entertainment$25 for Two-Hour Social Painting Event from Paint Nite ($45 Value)
Arts and EntertainmentTwo Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)
Beauty & SpasHaircut Packages at Salon Twelve26 (Up to 56% Off). Three Options Available.
RestaurantsWine Tasting, Wineglasses, and Cheese Plates at Hilton Vineyard (Up to 55% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentAll-Day Paintball with Equipment Rental for Two, Four, or Eight at Mighty Sports Center (Up to 59%% Off)
Automotive$50 for $100 Off Full-Vehicle Window Tinting at Speed Styles
Restaurants$20 for $40 Worth of Thai Cuisine and Sushi at Deejai Thai Restaurant
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Options for Partial or Full Highlights or Full Color at Cora Bella’s Aveda Salon & Spa
RestaurantsChinese Food for Lunch or Dinner at Great Wall of China South (50% Off)
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Deep-Conditioning Treatment or Partial or Full Highlights at 90 Degrees Salon (Up to 69% Off)
Arts and Entertainment10 Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform, or 16 Classes with a Uniform, Test, and Graduation Belt from Go2Karate (94% Off)
Restaurants$30 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at Red Ginger
Beauty & SpasWomen’s Cut and Style with Optional All-Over Color or Partial or Full Highlights at styleFX Hair Studio (Up to 62% 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)
Beauty & SpasOne or Two IPL Laser-Phototherapy Sessions and Double-Infusion Light Treatment at Regenesis Skin Studio (Up to 65% Off)
RestaurantsEthiopian Food at Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant & Hookah Lounge (Up to 60% Off). Two Options Available.
Arts and EntertainmentMini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Purple Planet 3-D Mini Golf (Up to 61% Off)
Beauty & SpasMicrodermabrasion with Option for a Basic Facial, or Three Microdermabrasion Sessions at The Facial Room (Up to 46% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Two Groupons, Each Good for One Shellac Polish at Nail Bar Spa (Up to 48% 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 & SpasThree Laser Hair-Removal Treatments for One Small, Medium, or Large Area at H2 Laser and Skin (Up to 64% Off)
RestaurantsMexican Food at Verde (43% Off). Two Options Available.
Arts and EntertainmentHalf- or Full-Day Kayak Rental for Two or Four from Aquaventure Watercraft Rentals and Boat Club (Up to 51% Off)
NightlifeStandup for Two or Four at The Comedy Zone at NC Music Factory (Up to 80% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentTwo-Day Passes for One or Two to the Sip & Stroll Art, Wine & Music Festival on September 12 and 13 (50% Off)
RestaurantsJapanese Cuisine at Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (40% Off). Two Options Available.
Restaurants$13 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Sake Express
Health & FitnessOne Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp and Yoga Classes for One or Two at Gunn's Fitness in Matthews (Up to 82% Off)
Restaurants$12 for $20 Worth of North Indian Dinner at Sangam Indian Cuisine
RestaurantsItalian Cuisine at Dolce Ristorante (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.
AutomotiveOne or Two Premium Oil Changes at Brothers' Auto Tech (50% Off)
Restaurants$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Burgers and Hot Dogs at Chubz Famous Chiliburgers ($32 Total Value)
Shopping$25 for $50 Worth of Maternity Wear and Gifts at Pickles & Ice Cream
Arts and EntertainmentScuba Certification with Magazine Subscription or Buoyancy Class at Sink or Swim Scuba (Up to 65% off)
Arts and Entertainment$189 for Full-Day Weekday Pontoon Rental from Lake Wylie Boat Rental ($325 Value)
RestaurantsLocally Sourced Pizzas, Salads, and Sandwiches for Dinner for Two at Pure Pizza (50% Off)
Restaurants$18 for $30 Worth of Chinese Food and Sushi at Ginbu 401

Other$59 -- New River Gorge: All-Day Rafting thru Summer, 50% Off
Getaway$79 -- WV: Suite at Appalachian Mountain Resort, Reg. $164
Spa$89 -- Urbana: 'Best Day Spa' Massage & Bubbly, Reg. $155
Restaurant$65 -- Zebra: 'Superb' Dinner & Wine for 2, Reg. $115
Restaurant$39 -- Cajun Queen: City's 'Best Cajun Food' for 2, Reg. $80
Restaurant$25 -- Charlotte's 'Best Fusion' Dining for 2, Half Off
Getaway$149 -- North Carolina 2-Nt. Stay w/$65 in Dining, $200 Off
Restaurant$25 -- Best New Restaurant 2013: Dinner for 2, Reg. $50
Other$40 -- White House Chef: Cooking Class w/Lunch, Save 50%
Other$64 -- Race Car Thrill Ride at Charlotte Speedway, Reg. $130
Other$79 -- Muscle Car Drive on the Open Road, Reg. $199
Other$5 -- Fall Fun: Corn Maze & Family Games, Reg. $9
Other$19 -- Award-Winning Vineyard: Tour & Tastings for 2
Restaurant$79 -- Private Piedmont Club: 19th-Floor Dinner for 2

$6 to Hold an Animal - Choice of Several ($20 Value)
$29 for $100 Gift Certificate toward Zoo to You Halloween Party or Educational Show
Hormone Imbalance Baseline Testing, Consultation & 4 B-12 Injections Huntersville
Hormone Imbalance Baseline Testing, Consultation & 4 B-12 Injections Charlotte
Blind Installation from Blind Installers of NC
5 Week Outlook Training with Local Productivity Expert Peggy Duncan
All-Day On Location Bounce House Rental
One-Hour European Facial plus Lip & Chin Waxing
3-Step Exterior Pressure Washing of a Home up to 3500 Square Feet and Two Stories
Carpet Cleaning for Three Rooms up to 300 Square Feet Each
90-Minute Massage
60-Minute Couples Massage
60-Minute Massage
Full Blue Package - Mobile Auto Detailing for One SUV, Truck or Van
Full Blue Package - Mobile Auto Detailing for One Car
One Entry to One Painting Party
Six 18-Hole Rounds of Golf & 10 Small Group Golf Lessons 2014 VIP Pass
Two-Acupuncture Sessions & Two 30-Minute Massages at Insight Wellness
Dry Cleaning Services from Holiday Dry Cleaners
$20 for 12 Fitness Classes at Vertical Tease ($150 Value)

Beauty/HealthEuropean Facial, Microdermabrasion Package, Vitamin C Enzyme Peel, or O2 Lift Facial ($39 for $80)
Beauty/HealthChoice of Bleach Highlights or Highlight/Lowlight Combo ($40 for $80)
Fitness/ActiveGet Fit with a Ten CrossFit Class Pack ($38 for $150)
Beauty/HealthOne or Five Hydro Facials; or Three Fractional Laser Sessions in Cornelius ($49 for $99)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes ($39 for $150)
Beauty/HealthHelix Haircut with Elasticity Treatment, Deep Conditioning & Partial Highlights, or Cut & Style ($65 for $167)
Beauty/HealthFind Respite for Your Overworked Muscles with a One-Hour Trigger-Point or Reflexology Massage ($37 for $75)
Beauty/HealthOne or Three Airbrush Spray Tans ($45 for $105)
Beauty/HealthTwo Hypoxi Training Sessions ($34 for $140)
Fitness/ActiveLearn to Rock Climb or Salute the Sun on a Hike ($80 for $190)
Full-Service Restaurant$30 to Spend on Ethiopian Cuisine ($15 for $30)
Beauty/HealthHaircut or Highlight Package, Keratin Treatment, or Facial and Microdermabrasion ($62 for $175)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes ($39 for $165)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Chinese Cuisine ($10 for $20)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Freshly Made Pizza and More ($10 for $20)
Full-Service RestaurantSettle Into a Booth in the Spacious Dining Room and Enjoy $30 to Spend on Food and Drink ($15 for $30)
EntertainmentTwo-Hour Murder Mystery Dinner for One or Two ($29 for $60)
ServicesEmbark on a Midweek Camping Adventure With Friends: Three-Day, Two-Night Popup Rental ($99 for $255)
Beauty/HealthMassage or Chiropractic Treatment ($25 for $50)
Beauty/Health1, 3, or 5 Microcurrent Facial Treatments ($99 for $200)
ServicesTidy Up: Residential Deep Cleaning ($59 for $125)
Beauty/HealthBrighten Up, Buttercup: Choose Two Facials ($47 for $94)
Beauty/HealthOne-Month Weight-Management Program ($179 for $588)
EntertainmentOne or Five Play Dates; or Parents' Night Out ($6 for $12)
ServicesProfessional Scanning Service for Up to 500 Photos ($84 for $140)
EntertainmentKids' Spa Package for One or Four Children ($22 for $45)
QSR/Fast CasualKeep Cool and Stay Sweet with Frozen Yogurt ($1.25 for $2.5)
Fitness/ActiveTry Aerial Fitness Classes ($75 for $145)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Chinese Food and Drink ($10 for $20)
Fitness/ActiveFive Interval Training Classes in Huntersville ($49 for $98)
Full-Service Restaurant$30 to Spend on Greek Cuisine and More ($15 for $30)
ServicesOne Year of Pest Control Services ($199 for $500)
EntertainmentEnjoy Hard Cider for 2 or 4 + Souvenir Glasses ($20 for $40)
Full-Service Restaurant$20 to Spend on Peruvian Cuisine and More ($10 for $20)
Fitness/ActiveFun in the Sun: All-Day River Tubing for One, Two, or Three with an Additional Cooler Tube ($22 for $55)
EntertainmentKeep Flirty and Fit with Pole Dancing Classes ($26 for $90)
Beauty/HealthOne Session or One Month of Spray Tanning ($17 for $35)
Services1- or 2-Hour Photo Package; or Wedding Photography ($30 for $100)
Fitness/ActiveTwo One-Hour Private Golf Lessons ($59 for $130)
Fitness/ActiveGet Fit: Two Months of All-Access Membership Including Classes or One Personal Training Session ($50 for $70)
ServicesCarpet Cleaning for One Room and One Hallway ($49 for $140)
Beauty/HealthOne or Two Hour-Long Microcurrent Facials ($39 for $119)
Fitness/ActiveGroup, Youth Sports, or Personal Training ($29 for $120)
ServicesRefresh Your Space with Carpet Cleaning ($89 for $198)
Beauty/HealthOne, Four, or Eight i-Lipo Ultra Sessions ($99 for $250)
ServicesGarage Door Tune-Up Including Up to 10 Rollers ($89 for $349)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes ($149 for $350)
Fitness/ActiveAchieve Peace of Mind When Your Student Athlete Hits the Field with a 15-Minute Concussion Test ($25 for $60)
Fitness/ActiveA Workout with Purpose: Five Pilates or CrossFit Classes in Charlotte or Davidson ($50 for $275)
Beauty/HealthBiofeedback Pain Management Session ($35 for $70)
ServicesSpruce Things Up with a Landscaping Consultation ($150 for $300)
RetailEmbrace the Joys of Pregnancy Thanks to Valuable One-on-One Support for an Entire Trimester ($150 for $300)
Beauty/HealthOne or Two One-Hour Massages ($39 for $50)
Fitness/ActiveTake Aim: Bow-and-Arrow Session for Two ($25 for $50)
ServicesOil Changes, Alignment and Balancing, or State Inspection with Starting/Charging System Check ($49 for $105)
Beauty/HealthHaircut, Style, and Luxury Hair Treatment with Optional Highlights or Color ($30 for $60)
Full-Service Restaurant$30 to Spend on Traditional Italian Fare ($15 for $30)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Dance Classes for Children or Ballet Barre/Conditioning Classes for Adults ($45 for $65)
Full-Service Restaurant$30 to Spend on Fresh Ceviche Appetizers, Juicy Steak Fajitas, Spicy Chile Rellenos, and More ($15 for $30)
Full-Service Restaurant$30 to Spend on New American Fare and Non-Alcoholic Drinks in University City ($15 for $30)
Full-Service Restaurant$40 to Spend on Italian Cuisine ($20 for $40)
ServicesLeave House Cleaning to the Professionals ($45 for $93)
Beauty/HealthOne-Hour Swedish or Hot Stone Massage ($25 for $55)
Beauty/HealthHaircut with Conditioning, Blow Dry, and Style with Option to Add Color ($32 for $65)
ServicesStay Comfy: Furnace or A/C Tune-Up ($59 for $120)
Beauty/HealthNeck & Shoulder Massage + Optional Foot Massage ($45 for $90)
Beauty/HealthDeep-Conditioning, Style, and Blowout or Haircut ($40 for $80)
Beauty/HealthSpa Packages with a Manicure, Pedicure, Facial, Massage, Sauna, and More ($89 for $315)
ServicesUp to Three or Five Hours of Handyman Services ($59 for $120)
Beauty/HealthThree Facials, Microdermabrasions, or Bio-Lift Microcurrent Facial Treatments ($49 for $105)
Retail$100 to Spend on Custom Framing ($39 for $100)
Fitness/ActiveHit the Gym: One Month of Gym Membership and a 30-Minute Personal Training Session ($29 for $145)
Full-Service RestaurantTwo $10 Vouchers to Spend on Create-Your-Own Omelets, Sandwiches, and More ($5.5 for $10)
Beauty/HealthLaser Fungus Removal for One, Five, or Ten Toes ($49 for $100)
Beauty/HealthDental Exam, Cleaning, X-Rays & Whitening Trays ($99 for $309)
Beauty/Health3, 6, or 9 Ultrasonic Cativation Body Treatments ($89 for $600)
Services$100 to Spend on Windshield Replacement ($30 for $100)
Beauty/HealthDysport, Botox, Laser Hair Removal, or Ultherapy ($129 for $242)
ServicesBrighten Your Day: Interior and Exterior Cleaning of Up to 20 Double-Hung Windows ($99 for $230)
EntertainmentCarolinas Aviation Museum Admission for 2 or 4 ($12 for $24)
Beauty/HealthFull Set of Mink or Silk Eyelash Extensions ($124 for $249)
EntertainmentImprove Your Palate and Help the Community with an In-Home Private Wine Tasting for 12 to 16 ($59 for $250)
Fitness/ActiveThree-Hour Paddleboard Lesson for Beginners ($62 for $125)
Beauty/HealthTreat Yourself to an Infrared Body Wrap with Optional Aromatherapy Oxygen Session ($16 for $33)
ServicesGet a Basic Interior and Exterior Detailing for Your Car, SUV, or Truck at One of Three Locations ($39 for $99)
ServicesAir Conditioning Tune-Up ($49 for $130)
Beauty/HealthRestore Calmness with a Reflexology, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, or Oncology Massage ($29 for $65)
Beauty/HealthOne or Three UV Gel Polish Manicures and Deluxe Pedicures; or One or Three Gel Manis ($39 for $81)
Beauty/HealthLooking for a Way to Treat Yourself? Well, Here It Is: Massage, Pedicure, Facial, or All Three ($37 for $75)
Fitness/ActiveEight-Week Intro to Aerial Arts Course ($60 for $120)
Beauty/HealthTackle Lifestyle Challenges with Hypnosis ($69 for $125)
ServicesNC State Inspection, Tire Rotation & Fluid Top Off ($29 for $65)
Beauty/HealthNo Blurred Lines: Professional Eye Examination and Two Pairs of Prescription Eyeglasses ($99 for $240)
Beauty/HealthHaircut and Style, Highlights or Color, or Keratin Treatment ($17 for $45)
Beauty/HealthWeight-Management Program or IPL Photofacial ($64 for $129)
EntertainmentBattle Your Buds on the Paintball Fields with a Full-Day of Paintball for Two or Four ($32 for $70)
Beauty/HealthSoothe Stress and Tension with a One-Hour Customized Massage and Chiropractic Package ($39 for $300)
ServicesPlan Ahead with Will Writing Services ($50 for $500)
Beauty/HealthFull Bikini Wax or an Eyebrow Wax ($19 for $38)
EntertainmentSushi-Making Class for Two with Sake ($75 for $150)
Beauty/HealthCharlotte North: Score a Golden Glow: One or Three Spray Tans ($15 for $30)
Fitness/ActiveCharlotte North: Shape Up: Seven Fitness Classes ($77 for $140)
ServicesCharlotte North: Smile and Say Cheese with a Photobooth Rental ($349 for $995)
ServicesCharlotte North: Chimney Sweeping and Fireplace Inspection ($59 for $225)
ServicesCharlotte North: Two, Four, or Six Hours of Moving Services ($130 for $260)
Full-Service RestaurantCharlotte North: $30 to Spend on Authentic Dishes and More ($15 for $30)
ServicesCharlotte North: Low-Moisture Carpet Cleaning for 2 or 3 Rooms ($65 for $130)
Full-Service RestaurantCharlotte North: $40 to Spend on Italian Food ($20 for $40)
RetailCharlotte North: Customized Men's Shirts and Suits ($99 for $198)
Beauty/HealthCharlotte North: Massage and Foot Scrub ($51 for $102)
ServicesCharlotte North: NC State Safety and Emissions Inspection ($15 for $30)

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CKO Kickboxing Charlotte - 72% Off Kickboxing Classes, plus Free Starter Gloves!
Kate's Skating Center - 67% Off Admission, Rental, Hot Dog & Fountain Drink for 5 people!
Treehouse Vineyards - 68% Off: Tour and Tasting for Two, plus a Bottle of Wine!
Dickey's BBQ Pit - $20 to Spend on Mouth Watering BBQ! 
Paul Mitchell The School - Color, Cut, Shampoo and Style for Only $27!
The Beer Growler - 50% Off A Growler Filled With Your Choice of Micro-Brews!
Jon Ric Hair Spa - 50% off Classic Mani/Pedi
MyGolf - $24.99 for a One-Year MyGolf Membership Card, a $49.99 value
Kersey Valley Zip Line - 51% Off Amazing 1.5 Mile Zipline Adventure!

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 August 27, 2014  Posted by  Affiliate, Shopping 2 Responses »
Aug 272014

romare bearden parkRomare Bearden’s Party in the Park, a free live music series, returns on May 7th, 2014. This weekly music series takes place Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Romare Bearden Park is at 300 South Church Street. Here’s the schedule for the first two months.
July 2 North Tower Band
July 9 The Swingin’ Medallions
July 16 From the Top
July 23 The Entertainers
July 30 Jim Quick & Coastline
August 6 Band of Oz
August 13 The Fantastic Shakers
August 20 A Sign of the Times
August 27 The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band – On the Border
September 3 Too Much Sylvia
September 10 The Swingin’ Medallions
September 17 Gal Friday
September 24 The Dickens

 August 27, 2014  Posted by  Free Events, Music 2 Responses »
Aug 262014

bellydance by naynaBellydance by Nayna is offering a free Intro to Bellydance class on Sunday, August 31st, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Fuzion Force Entertainment Academy, 6233 Old Sugar Creek Road. This is a family friendly class for all ages, shapes and sizes. No experience is necessary. If you need more information, visit the above website or call 980-208-3129.

Click on the flyer for more info too:

fuzionForceFREECLASS_general flyerB&W

 August 26, 2014  Posted by  dance, Free Events No Responses »
Aug 252014

Photo by Terry Murray

Photo by Terry Murray

If you’re thinking of celebrating Labor Day Weekend out of town, check out the 12th Annual Kite Festival at Beech Mountain, NC, on Sunday, August 31st, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beech Mountain is about a two and a half hour drive from Charlotte and you can find some good deals on lodging here. The Kite Festival is a great event for families and it’s free. Here’s more information (read carefully, kids can even get free kites!):

Children of all ages are invited to fly a kite this Labor Day weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The 12th annual Mile High Kite Festival takes place Sunday, Aug. 31, in the Beech Mountain town meadow. Located at more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the meadow makes it easy to sail kites more than a mile above sea level.

The festival includes kite-flying music and announcing provided by Terry Murray and Will Smoot of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club from Virginia. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest kite, smallest kite and best decorated kite.

Other activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, and a variety of craft and food vendors.

Don’t have a kite? Fret not. Kites will be available for sale, and the first 300 kids (12 and under) receive a free one.

The event is sponsored by the Beech Mountain Chamber in conjunction with the Richmond Air Force kite club and the Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society from Charlotte.

There’s also an all-ages street dance Saturday from 7-9 p.m. in front of town hall. The parking lot is covered with sand and a deejay plays a variety of fun dance music.

 August 25, 2014  Posted by  Festivals, Free Events, Kids, travel No Responses »
Aug 252014

Coffee Break in Van Gogh Studio, by Linda Vista

Coffee Break in Van Gogh Studio, by Linda Vista, 2013 Yard Art Day

If you’re one of the lucky people with a long weekend away from work, here are some fun, free things to do in the Charlotte area on Labor Day Weekend, 2014. Make sure to follow the links to get the details on the times, locations, and other important information.

  • Yard Art Day: Folks all over Charlotte and beyond are installing art in their yards. Follow the above link for more information on how to get the map to guide you to participating locations. Monday, September 1st.
  • U.S. National Whitewater Center Labor Day Celebration: Celebrate at the Whitewater Center with live music by Langhorne Slim, Joe Pug and Lefty Williams, followed by fireworks. There are also some races, which do incur a fee. Parking is $5.
  • Matthews Alive Festival: Matthews’ annual Labor Day festival includes a parade, music, kids’ activities, crafts and games. Admission is free, but you have to buy tickets for the rides and games. Friday, August 29th – Monday, September 1st.
  • Romare Bearden Park Birthday Bash: Celebrate the first full year of programming at Romare Bearden Park. There’s a full live band schedule, as well as Radio Disney and other activities for the kids. Friday, August 29th, Saturday, August 30th, and Sunday, August 31st.
  • First Annual Charlotte Kosher BBQ Championship : Admission and parking are free for this fun event. There will be live music, kids’ activities and a mechanical bull. A limited number of tasting tickets are available for purchase, and lunch will be sold as well. Monday, September 1st.
  • Bass Pro Shops: Visit Bass Pro Shops at Concord Mills for free family activities, crafts and workshops. There will even be free hot dogs and ice cream. Saturday, August 30th, and Sunday, August 31st.
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Aug 252014

Charlotte Jewish foodThe 1st Annual Charlotte Kosher BBQ Championship will be held at Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road, on Monday, September 1st, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking is free. There will be a limited number of tasting tickets available for purchase so you can sample the competitors creations. Lunch and beverages will be available for purchase as well. View the lunch menu. Trophies will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners in the following categories: Best Brisket, Best Chicken Wings, Best Chicken, Best Beans, Most Original Team Name and Best Booth Decoration. There will be pickle and watermelon eating contests, a mechanical bull and a kids’ play zone. Please bring two canned goods for donation to Jewish Family Service’s food pantry. Music will be provided by Aerial View, and Robert “Ernie” Adler of Ernie’s Smokehouse will be offering grilling demonstrations.

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