Valentine's Day en Snow In Charlotte Leaves Florists Scrambling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he expects this week's winter storm will hit the state's wallet pretty hard. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 45101 at Snow In Charlotte Leaves Florists Scrambling The Candy Industry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Valentine's Day is coming up and that means that men will be scrambling for the traditional gifts of roses and chocolate. A lot of chocolate. Tons and tons. Valentine’s Day is one of several holidays that has become synonymous with millions of dollars in candy sales. But candy is a huge part of our culture all year round. Confectioners sell $25 Billion worth of candy, use billions of pounds of ingredients and employ tens of thousands of workers each year. The Confectioner industry is also dominated by small and, often, family owned business. Beyond the numbers there is an intense relationship between American consumers and their candy. A relationship that impacts healthcare, the economy, and more. It’s a sweet edition of Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 44738 at The Candy Industry Love And Grilled Cheese <span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I was a sophomore in high school, I had my first boyfriend.&nbsp; We had just started dating that January, and I was thrilled to have a Valentine.&nbsp; As the big day approached, I pressed him for what we might be doing for Valentine’s Day.&nbsp; Each time I asked, he was a bit vague.&nbsp; I reminded him that Valentine’s Day was one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, and that if we were going to dinner he might want to think about making a reservation.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:10:17 +0000 Walker H. Doermann 22545 at Love And Grilled Cheese A Very Special Meal <em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Pat FitzGerald's&nbsp;story is a winner of our WFAEats Valentine's contest, where we asked for your best food-themed Valentine's story.</em></p><p></p><p>In 2002 I brought my 89-year-old mother home from a long illness in California. I placed her in a lovely retirement community where she was happy, made new friends.</p><p>Then, Valentine's Day emerged and she remembered her husband who had died last year.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:45:35 +0000 Pat FitzGerald 22140 at A Very Special Meal The Best And Last Cheesecake I've Ever Made <em>Karen Grochowsky's&nbsp;story is a winner of our WFAEats Valentine's contest. We'll be posting all five winning entries over the next couple of weeks.</em></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:29:29 +0000 Karen Grochowsky 21776 at The Best And Last Cheesecake I've Ever Made I Loathe My Valentine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Giving chocolate is easy. But what if you want to send a different message this Valentine’s Day? Never fear, we’ve got great gift suggestions for those tasteless or unsavory people in your love life.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How about a life-sized gummi snake? You can curl it around your arm when you deliver it to that poisonous person, or let the recipient be surprised when he or she opens the box.</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:39:31 +0000 Amy Rogers 21254 at I Loathe My Valentine