Conveniently located at the bustling nexus of College, Trade, and Fourth Streets, Epicentre acts as a hub of entertainment, shopping, and dining adventures at the heart of the Queen City. There, guests find everything they need to make trips memorable, whether they're grabbing a bite at one of two dozen bars and restaurants, taking in a quick movie, or simply working in a game of bowling before heading off to nearby Time Warner Cable Arena, and Bank of America Stadium. In total, more than 40 venues beckon for attention, including everything from a karaoke bar to an enthralling rooftop terrace.
Head chef Jon Martinson and owner-sommelier David Soper incorporate fresh local ingredients into a menu brimming with unique tapas, flatbread pizzas, and other seasonal bites. Warm up with an order of rosemary-brown-butter roasted nuts ($5), or submerge tooth divers in the Cajun sweet corn and crab dip ($6). For the main course, shareable small-portion tapas entice diners with a spectrum of unique tastes. Mussels perform tableside feats of strength with a topping of red curry dashi, coconut milk, and miso butter ($8), and grilled flank steak teams up with a locavore-pleasing Clover Farm mushroom and spring-onion bread pudding ($12). At lunch, Nanny’s margherita flatbread tut-tuts unruly hunger ($6), and a mouthwatering pulled-pork sandwich served on a soft bolillo roll dives playfully into tomatillo-ancho chili sauce ($10).
On Fat Tuesday, revelers gather at the EpiCentre to celebrate the Charlotte Mardi Gras Parade of Beads. Krewes formed from local civic organizations and charities lead a flashy parade, while guests feast from a 6-foot-long king cake and sip hurricane cocktails. DJs crank out New Orleans bounce tunes and zydeco music as partiers dance and rub elbows with Charlotte pro athletes until 2 in the morning.
The Great Urban Race is a one-day event pitting teams of two against one another in a race combining physical challenges, scavenger hunts, and puzzles. Up to 700 twosomes will traverse 4 to 8 miles of Toronto terrain on foot and by public transportation as they solve 12 challenging clues in a fun quest to reach the finish line first. Sample clues and challenges from past Great Urban Races include charades, bubble-gum chewing, pig Latin deciphering, bicycle races, and word scrambles, making this race ideal for competitive eaters and cryptographers alike. Teams are encouraged to dress up in matching outfits, and prizes will be awarded for best costume. Prizes are also given for race results, with $300 going to first place, $200 to second place, and $100 to third place. The top 25 teams will qualify for the National Championship in New Orleans in November, with the top three teams receiving free entry. Each participant gets a T-shirt and postrace refreshments of fruit, granola bars, and a run through a Perrier sprinkler. Read over the rules and FAQs for more information.
PRP Wine International's experts carefully select each bottle in their inventory from all corners of the globe and ship them directly to patrons’ doorsteps. They collect from vineyards in Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Australia as well as stockpiling an array of Spanish wines such as Vega del Geroa rioja, a maze of smoke and berries. Unique offerings include celebratory sparkling wines with gold flakes, and all are available through an online shop, private tastings conducted in clients' homes, or special tasting events.
Although wine is their specialty, PRP also deals wine-related gifts such as etched stemware, bottles, and personalized coasters. They can customize labels for special events such as weddings, birthdays, or a yacht's first bath, and they can seal bottles with a hand-dipped wax seal.
The Wine Shop, as the name cheekily suggests, specializes in providing numerous wines in an easygoing, friendly shopping arena. With a densely populated stock of over 3,000 domestic and imported wines, and nearly 1,000 of these bottles priced under $12, there's no shortage of affordable potables to pick from. The smartcard you receive with today's deal actually operates on three machines contained within the store. Not altogether different from old-timey soda fountains, these non-vengeful examples of automata read the amount of credit on your smartcard and allow you to select a glass of wine accordingly. With three machines on hand, each is stocked with a variety of wines curated directly from the stock on hand, containing eight reds and four whites at all times, at varying price ranges. Make your selection and receive a glass of up to 4 ounces from the polished machinery, which keeps wine fresh between pours. Depending on the wines you choose, you can use your card over more than one visit, or use the entire value in one card-swiping go.