Sushi of Charlotte

Are you craving sushi, but haven’t found your favorite sushi place yet? Charlotte has so many tasty restaurants, including sushi joints. Here are some places that will hit the spot for that craving!

OKU

2000 South Boulevard
Suite 510
Charlotte, NC 28203

If you are looking for an upscale sushi place with low-key vibes, Oku is your place. Oku has high quality sushi with rice that seems to melt in your mouth. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Oku not only offers delicious sushi, but specialty entrees. While rolls can be a little pricey, Oku offers half off rolls from 5:30-7:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. You’ll need a reservation here because it’s so popular!

Yamazaru Sushi & Sake

2173 Hawkins St
Ste A
Charlotte, NC 28203

Yamazaru is located closely to Oku, conveniently next to Sycamore Brewery. You won’t need a reservation here if you’re willing to wait maybe ten to fifteen minutes for a table. This place offers rolls that differ from its Oku neighbor, which is great for variety! The options are almost overwhelming, but it also means you’ll never get bored with the menu! While they do not offer any sushi specials, this place is pretty affordable with most rolls being in the $10-15 range.

Akahana

1308 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205

If you’re looking for BOGO sushi, this is your place. You cannot beat this deal! Plus, there are a lot of sushi choices without meat or with cooked meat. It’s vegetarian and pregnancy safe! Just look at the online menu here, then call in your order and it will be ready for pickup by the time you make it to the restaurant. If taking sushi home isn’t your thing, they also have a lovely seating area to dine in.

Futo Buta

222 Bland St
Bland Street Light Rail Station
Charlotte, NC 28203

While Futo Buta is known for its ramen, the Southend restaurant also has terrific sushi. This place is popular, so you’ll want a reservation! If you want sushi as an appetizer before an amazing ramen entree, Futo Buta is your place! Check out what people have to say about this restaurant on yelp.

 

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine too!

7 “In” Items for Your Home

If you recently bought or are trying to sell, you may need to update your home. Including these small, yet stylish features can help brighten and modernize the space. It’ll have all of your friends “ooh”ing and “aahh”ing as they admire your taste. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it a secret that you got the tips from me!

 

Gray Tones

Houses have transitioned from browns and beiges to grays over the last few years. Adding cool tones will brighten the room when the sun hits it, making your house look bigger than ever. You don’t have to have a completely grey home. Mixing cool tones with some warm, natural wood is in style! It looks effortless instead of tacky.

 

Round Mirrors

Round mirrors can go almost anywhere in your home. Put one over your dresser. Put it over your vanity. Use a round mirror in the bathroom. Put a round mirror over your couch. The possibilities are endless because mirrors look great anywhere and add the extra homey touch. Check out this one from Target!

 

Floor Mirrors

Speaking of mirrors, floor mirrors are also “in.” Again, you can place these almost anywhere. If you put them in a corner of the bedroom, it makes the room look bigger and gives you a spot to look at an entire outfit before leaving your home for the day. Put it in the living room on a smaller wall to give the illusion of a bigger room.

 

Bar Carts

These are so popular and have more uses than just being a drink bar. You can make this a coffee bar, a reading nook, a spot to put your plants. Bar carts can be styled according to what your home needs. What’s better than something stylish and functional? I love this one from Amazon.

 

Accent Walls

While cool tones are awesome, too much white can look a little bit like an asylum, which is definitely not the look anyone is going for. Add a pop of color with an accent wall. Don’t want to paint? Etsy has plenty of stick on wallpaper to choose from.

 

Animal Hide Rugs

Faux cowhide rugs are in. You can have one as your main living room rug or have something small enough to just fit in front of a chair. However you choose to style this, the hide will give a rustic and down to earth vibe in your home. Here’s an affordable one from Amazon!

 

Plants Galore

If you were looking for a sign to buy that cute little succulent out of Trader Joe’s, here it is. Plants add life to your home, but they’re low maintenance. You can put them on any table, counter, or shelf. Even adding a plant (that loves water) in your shower can help spruce up your daily routine!

Designing Charlotte in Every Style

If you’re looking to build or planning an extensive home renovation, you probably already have a strong idea of what kind of style you envision. Browsing through designer portfolio’s you are are looking for an architect or designer who understands your vision and who’s work feels instinctually YES. Here are some of Charlotte’s best architecture and design firms for every style. 

 

Classic

Pursley Dixon Architecture 

“Beauty matters”

Pursley Dixon approaches both modernism and classicism as two halves of the same conversation, and this philosophy lends itself to their breathtaking visions of classic homes. They are an architecture and interior design firm specializing in custom residential work, creating spaces that are unique and beautiful as individual as each client.  Their thirteen-member firm focuses on creating fresh and forward design. 

Featured in: 

  • Traditional Home
  • Luxe Interiors + Design
  • Garden & Gun
  • House Beautiful
  • Southern Accents
  • Southern Living
  • Renovation Style
  • Elegant Homes
  • Decor Magazine
  • Southern Home
  • The Classicist
  • Beautiful Homes

Instagram: @pursleydixon

Historic

Ruard Veltman Architecture

“Experience the spaces we’ve imagined” 

Ruard Veltman Architecture is a firm that has cultivated a deep understanding of historic, traditional design while also incorporating the best of modern elements. Their vision for designing in traditional residential neighborhoods are putting inspired homes in pristine natural environments.

Featured in: 

 

  • Southern Homes
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Southern Living
  • House Beautiful
  • Coastal Living
  • Elegant Homes
  • Country Living

 

Instagram: @ruardveltmanarchitecture

Modern

Greg Perry Design

“Applying art and classic principles to modern times”

Coming from an unpretentious, unconventional design education is just part of the DNA of this designer. Greg Perry‘s design reflects his clients, and his clients are eclectic, confident and possessing a strong vision. Driven by the principles of scale and proportion of the 16th century Andrea Palladio, and taking influences from the Gilded Age, his designs are perfect for the modern client. A successful project will “please the client, understand the fabric of the neighborhood and abide by architectural civic responsibility.”

Featured in: 

 

  • QC Magazine
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Luxury Home Magazine
  • Southpark Magazine

 

Instagram: @gregperrydesign 

 

Modest Maximizer

Garrett P. Nelson Studio

“Creating home” 

Garrett P. Nelson is a professor, design review chairman and a rising star in the design world. His firm creates beautiful homes where people can live and grow deep roots, from cottages and bungalows to larger homes. 

Featured in : 

 

  • 2011 Historic Charlotte Preservation Infill Project of the Year

 

Instagram: @garrettpnelsonstudio

 

Charlotte truly is a city for everyone and no matter what style you are drawn to, there is an architect and designer here who can make your vision come alive.

New Name, Old Place: Optimist Hall

This former mill was built in 1892 as Tompkins Hall, but just one block away from the Parkwood Station of the Light Rail, this redevelopment is being reborn as Optimist Hall. 

The project brings together an exciting collection of food hall, retail, restaurants and office space; made possible by the unique design and topography of the building. Optimist Hall is on a downward slope. It’s creating a wholly original landscape that allows for different levels and individual nooks for a variety of businesses. 

During the modernization construction, developers found a house under the parking lot, and thousands of spindle spools with thread still on them from the mill. The discovered spindles will be used as decor.

Duke Energy moves into the space soon, but check out the lineup opening March 1, 2019: 

The Dumpling Lady—the first brick-and-mortar location for the popular area food truck. 

 

Archer Paper Goods—the first North Carolina location of a popular Atlanta and Dallas paper goods store. 

 

Billy Sunday—Chicago-based cocktail lounge offering classic drinks, vintage spirits and new creations. 

 

Pet Wants—Featuring fresh, slow-cooked and natural ingredients for your pets. 

 

Bao + Broth Ramen + Bun Shop – An Asian-inspired food stall. 

 

Fonta Flora Brewery – Brewery and tasting room, featuring a large outdoor patio.

 

Aix Rotisserie – French Rotisserie from the owners of Aix En Provence.

 

Undercurrent Coffee – A full service coffee and espresso bar.

 

Honeysuckle Gelato –Handmade gelato, gelato sandwiches and sorbet.

 

Papi Queso – A “grilled cheese streatery” food truck opening it’s first brick-and-morter.  

 

AVA – A Tampa-based Italian food and Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant.

 

Suárez Bakery & Barra – Pastries, house-made breads and doughnuts, along with a Cuban menu.

 

Zukku Sushi – Featuring sushi rolls, sushi burritos and poke bowls.

 

With all these new places to explore and a bright future ahead, the new moniker fits the future for this once forgotten mill. 

New Growth in Charlotte

Noticed the new apartment builds going up all over Charlotte? Well, get ready to see a lot more. According to a study by the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association, Charlotte is expected to need at least 72,000 more apartments by 2030, making Charlotte one of the fastest growing apartment markets in the United States. 

 

What’s leading to this increase in demand? Not only are new buyers and renters entering the marketing, but increasingly the older generations are choosing apartments over single-family homes, exchanging home ownership for the convenience of renting. This demand is spread across culture and class, increasing the need for all kinds of apartments at all price points. 

 

This trend isn’t just occurring in Charlotte. Nationwide, increased demands for apartments are expected to rise. The western U.S. and states like Texas, Florida and North Carolina are expected to have the greatest need for apartments.

 

At first glance, this growth seems like a positive thing—it certainly is for investors and real estate markets, and can have positive impacts on the economy through the construction and increased business activity. But adding a 53% increase to current apartment stock puts heavy demands on the rest of the city’s infrastructure—including traffic, roads and public transportation, and is also a risk to neighborhoods vulnerable to gentrification. Displacing at-risk families can have ripple effects through generations. 

 

The need is there, but the best way to meet the demand is still to be seen. How will Charlotte take on this demand? I’ll keep you updated on my blog here.