Sarah Grano
Writer, mom and arts enthusiast (beer counts as art).

9 reasons to visit Doughlicious Yummy’s, a cookie dough café 25 minutes from Uptown

I lived in Mount Holly for six and a half years. During any of those years did it have a cookie dough restaurant? No, it did not. And what do I learn literally...

I’m eating my way through Charlotte’s Brussels sprout hotspots. Here are my early rankings.

It all started with Essex. I told my friend, Sarah, I would be celebrating my fifth wedding anniversary Uptown, and she told me I had to try Essex....

I massively underestimated ImaginOn. But after my first visit, my family is obsessed

I have recently discovered ImaginOn, and, let me tell you, ImaginOn is amazing. How did I not already know about it? I thought I knew all the best places to...

I discovered tacos, rum, antiques and a tiny brewery while spending a Saturday in Belmont’s River District (25 minutes from Uptown)

Obviously, you’ve heard about Belmont. Who hasn’t heard about Belmont? Belmont is the best! But did you know there’s a lesser known (and therefore...

I don’t normally go big Uptown, but here’s how my husband and I spent 24 hours Uptown for our 5th wedding anniversary night

Last May, my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary by eating takeout from Chicken Bucket and hanging out with our toddler at home. It was fun,...

Top 10 delicious Charlotte restaurants to take your toddler (where you will receive minimal side-eye)

I need to be clear here. This is 100 percent not a list of Charlotte’s most kid-friendly restaurants. Honestly, if I’m in the mood to go to a kid-friendly...

Charlotte’s top 4 mall playgrounds, ranked

Before I became a mother, I didn’t really go to malls. Then, I had a child, and I learned that malls are temperature-controlled free places that are not my...

My toddler and I are obsessed with Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Holidays at the Garden

Going to a garden when winter is looming doesn’t make a lot of sense. I get that. I mean, will there be flowers? Do the trees even have leaves? Is everything...

7 ways to find joy despite your post-election anxiety

I took the election hard. Like catastrophizing, totally hyperbolic, click-baiting clicking like there was no tomorrow hard. I’ve heard I’m not the only...

11 reasons to embrace whimsy and drive 45 minutes to the totally adorable town of Lincolnton

Lincolnton is 45 minutes outside of Charlotte, and it’s super cute. It’s best known for its early fall Apple Festival, but I prefer it when there...

5 things that should be on every Charlotte toddler’s fall bucket list

My 2-year-old son loves to be outside, and so I have been dripping in sweat pretty regularly since the start of summer. To be honest, if my toddler was capable...

Top 10 places to take a bored toddler in Charlotte(ish)

My child? He likes to get out. The living room? Not so much his thing. I’m grateful I live in such a vibrant community, full of fun things for my bored...