My favorite things …


June 1, 2020

Brandon Lawn has lived in Charlotte for more than 25 years. The East Carolina University graduate — Lawn was a punter on the Pirates’ football team — has three children, Isaac (16), Thomas (14) and Elizabeth, who turns 12 this month. “I have enjoyed watching our city grow into one of the top ranked cities,” says Lawn, a real-estate agent who lives in Myers Park with his wife, Lee Ellen. “Each neighborhood in Charlotte has its own personality, culture and heartbeat.” 


From church basketball to club soccer and school athletics, I love watching my kids participate in sports. I helped coach the kids when they were younger, but now they have mostly moved onto club-level sports. My oldest son plays varsity soccer at Myers Park High School. My middle son plays soccer, lacrosse, football and basketball at Charlotte Country Day School. My youngest, my daughter, plays recreational league sports and dances at Jami Masters. 


Live music is my favorite mood booster. I enjoy going to the N.C. Music Factory (pictured) and Spectrum Center to see live shows — Neighborhood Theatre and The Visulite, too. My favorite band to see in concert is Coldplay.  


For couple’s night, a Moscow mule at The Crunkleton. For guy’s night out, a vodka-Red Bull at Selwyn Pub. For date night, a dirty martini at Myers Park Country Club. On the golf course (any course), a transfusion


Stagioni and The Crunkleton are super cozy neighborhood spots that give you a good feeling. From the cocktails to appetizers to cheese plates and entrees, I’ve never left Stagioni not loving my meal. At The Crunkleton, cocktails are the specialty. They have antique liquors and anything you could possibly imagine. You can get everything from a wedge salad and fried oysters to a killer piece of fish or rib-eye.  


I like Reid’s Fine Foods because it’s simple. You pull in, go to the counter, and you can get anything you are in the mood for. They have the best sweet tea in town. My favorite sandwich is the chicken Caprese. Noble Smoke is another easy spot to meet and grab a table. The brisket with sides of succotash and macaroni and cheese is my favorite.


I go to Starbucks in Eastover, every morning. Alan has the coffee ready right when I roll in. I take mine with cream and no sugar, and usually I’ll end up hanging out there for about 15 minutes, running into neighbors and catching up on life. It’s a great way to get the day started. In the afternoon, I go to Not Just Coffee on Providence Road for a matcha tea. 


I am a member at Myers Park Country Club and Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington. Hole number 17 at Eagle Point is my favorite — the view on top of the tee box overlooking the creek and bunkers is just phenomenal. Hole number 17 is also my favorite at Myers Park.


I grew up going to Harbour Island and have since brought my kids back there — great beaches, bonefishing and snorkeling. St. Barths is another favorite trip. My wife and I went a couple of years ago, and we’re planning another trip back there soon. It’s almost like Europe meets the Caribbean. 


I get all of my suits, shirts and pants from David Watkins at House of Abbeydale. All I wear is a blue check shirt, so he has made me more than a handful of these. 


I got intoY2 Yoga after hurting my back. I was kinda super freaked out to go because I was unsure of it, and I got hooked. There’s not a better feeling than leaving the studio after giving it everything you’ve got — walking out of there dripping sweat and waiting till the end to get that cold towel is what you’ve worked for. I also enjoy walks through Myers Park and Eastover. It’s a good time to take calls and listen to music or a podcast. 


Green Brothers Juice Co. in Dilworth, a couple of times a week. I usually get an ABJ or Mr. Joe. 


Morning yoga, put a house under contract, lunch at Reid’s, afternoon golf with friends, and then grill out with my family.


I am a huge football fan, both college and NFL. My favorite teams are the Carolina Panthers, ECU Pirates and UNC eels

Compiled by Whitley Adkins Hamlin. Know of a tastemaker or person of interest we should feature? Email

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