Daniel Stowe Garden named Best Wedding Venue in Charlotte area

January 17, 2014 

Garden voted best wedding venue

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden was recently announced as the Best Overall and Best Outdoor wedding venue in the Best of Wedding Awards presented by Charlotte Wedding Magazine.

“We are so excited to have won this award and be recognized by the region’s wedding industry,” said Isabella Amorim-Kuhner, director of events and operations. “We know we are an incredible outdoor venue, but we are especially honored to have won the Best Overall award.”

The Best of Wedding Awards, presented by Charlotte Wedding magazine, are the results of a survey sent to more than 900 Charlotte-area wedding professionals, who were asked “who would you use if you were getting married?” Charlotte Wedding is celebrating the awards and winners at the Charlotte City Club on Jan. 29.

The garden hosts nearly 100 weddings each year. It works in conjunction with its exclusive catering partner Best Impressions Caterers and a host of preferred vendors that offer a wide range of services.

The garden is located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie. The garden’s Wedding Showcase will be held Feb. 16, noon to 4 p.m., 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. This bridal trade show will give brides a chance to sample food, see the newest trends in wedding attire, discuss floral arrangements and book services for their wedding.

For more information, visit www.DSBG.org or call 704-829-1268.

Visitors bureau meeting Wednesday

The Board of Commissioners for the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every month in 2014 with the exception of July, November and December.

The CVB Board will host its first meeting of the year at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Rock Hill/York County Municipal Airport. All meetings are scheduled at the municipal airport; however, the location is subject to change. All meetings are open to the public.

For more information, call 803-329-5200.

Chamber after hours Thursday

Agape Senior Assisted Living will host the York County Regional Chamber’s Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at 1785 Lexington Commons Drive.

Additional information is available at www.yorkcountychamber.com.

Restaurant Week ends Sunday

The winter installment of the semi-annual Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, Jan. 26, featuring 117 upscale restaurants in the greater Charlotte region offering three courses or more at dinner for $30 per person (not including tax and gratuity).

First-time restaurant participants include Nan and Byron’s in South End; Tanner’s Bistro & Lounge in uptown Charlotte; Chillfire Bar & Grill and Trattoria Al Gusto in the Lake Norman area; Rodi Med-American Grill in Gastonia; Stone Mountain Grill in Ballantyne; and Fish Market Bar and Grill in Fort Mill.

Visit www.CharlotteRestaurantWeek.com to see participating restaurants’ prix fixe menus and reservation information.

Business health fair Jan. 29

The Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors, Piedmont Medical Center and The Heart2Heart Foundation will hold a health and wellness fair for York County businesses on Jan. 29 at the Palmetto Room, 150 E. White St.

Local business employees may drop by the health fair from 8 a.m. to noon to take advantage of free health screenings, and receive information about wellness programs and services available in York County.

The event is a kick-off to Heart Month, and Piedmont Medical Center will offer free heart health screenings, which include cholesterol, BMI, blood glucose and blood pressure checks. Advance heart health risk assessments, which include blood work, a 12-lead EKG and a review by a board-certified cardiologist, will be offered for $39.95 and can be scheduled by calling 803-329-1234, ext. 2. Both heart health screenings require fasting prior to the event.

Admission is free and there will be door prizes. Visit TheHeart2HeartFoundation.org for more information.

Free financial workshops offered

Family Trust Federal Credit Union will offer a free money management workshop series at its Clover and Fort Mill.

“Improve your credit score” will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Clover office, 1219 Highway 55 E.

Registration is available at www.familytrust.org/knowyourdough or call 803-326-2187. Handouts will be provided.

Other Clover workshops: Home-Buying Made Easy, March 11; Growing Old is No Place for Sissies, April 7.

Fort Mill workshop: Home-Buying Made Easy, Feb. 4.

Speakers will include representatives from Family Trust’s Mortgage Service Center and Mitchell Payne of Warner, Payne and Black. Participants will be entered to win prizes at each workshop.

Join Gaston networking program

The Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Prospects Pipeline meets at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the chamber office, 601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.

Each participant has an allotted time to talk about their business and its value.

Register to attend at www.gastonchamber.com.

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