Carson & Co.

When I recently stumbled upon local designer Susan Carson and her namesake Carson & Co brand, I knew we had to share this find. Just scroll down now if you want to check my impulse before you read more


Out of a South End Charlotte studio, Susan digitally transforms beautiful botanicals and images from antique & vintage prints into chic bags, scarves, clothing and fabrics. With her decoupager’s skill and interior designer’s eye, Susan joins elements and graphics from beloved classic and 18th c / 19th c prints with a modernist’s eye for color & fashion. Perfect for today’s print and color rage, but also timeless ~ heirlooms in the making.

Carson & Co is all about nature and color, and fine craftsmanship. Susan Carson digitally layers each image with others to create her print fabrics, often combining art from various sources. Just like she did in her decoupaging business, Susan selects the various background colors and motifs, and constructs a new print fabric to fit the print pattern to the item being created. So that the various elements of her new “print” are perfectly placed on every bag, scarf, item of clothing, lamp and textile. Hence, each Carson & Co. purchase is a semi-custom ~ or custom ~ design, and no two are exactly alike.


While my favorites are the bags and clothing, it is the scarves which are the signature of Carson & Co and can provide you with the most inspiration about what you would like them to create for you. When you check out their LOOKBOOK you will see dozens of silk scarves in glorious prints that Susan often adapts to tee shirts, dresses, doctor’s bags and shopping / travel totes. Recently featured in Garden & Gun and InStyle, a Carson & Co piece is crafted only from the finest quality silks and production, with dressmaker details in the clothing and heavy, sturdy hardware on the bags.

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These are designer items, easily competitive with luxe European brands in quality and style, but available to you with an insider’s knowledge from scoopcharlotte’s “address book.” The prices reflect the quality and craftsmanship, but are a fraction of what this kind of couture will run you in a high end boutique. Tees are about $150…….scarves are $320…….bags about $600 and dresses average $1,100. Lamps are $840 to $2000 each.

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You can shop a limited selection online, or visit the studio to see the full range of options.

An appointment is absolutely necessary for a studio visit, which you can arrange by calling the Carson & Co office at 704 332 5955 or emailing [email protected].

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Metro’s Other Woman

Typically, when you hear about “the other woman” it’s not good news at all. However, we have found out about Metro’s Other Woman , and we LOVE her!

One word describes this “other woman.” PERFECT. You’ll want to get to know her right away, and invite her into your homes and into your lives. Curious?

Well, Metro’s Other Woman is YOUR “other woman,” your own personal assistant so to speak. She takes over all the tasks you don’t have the time or ability to do. Office needs, Household chores, Personal Errands, Event Planning, Organization, Bookkeeping and more. How many times have you said that there are not enough hours in the day to get it all done? The pressures of work and family can be so demanding on a daily basis, and it’s plain and simple, we just need help. Metro’s Other Woman is here to save you.


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Sarah Benken, the owner, founder and CEO of Metro’s Other Woman, created this full service business and personal assisting agency for those like herself back in 2009. With a background in accounting and business, she worked full time helping others manage their schedules and operations. But as a working mother, she found she could use some assistance managing her own home. Sarah always had a keen eye for improvement and specializes in implementing time saving and cost management procedures, and she saw a need she could fill. So she conceived of and launched Metro’s Other Woman, first in the Raleigh market and then in Charlotte.


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Sarah carefully hand selects her team and makes it a point to personally get to know her clients. She then matches the right assistant with the right client. She is well aware that her business is built on trust and personal relationships, so client satisfaction is the highest priority. Of course, she is fully licensed, bonded and insured and the testimonials here are a reflection of her professionalism.

Sarah likes to say that usually the assistant enters a home or office as a guest and leaves as family.

So what can Metro’s Other Woman do for you? They provide a vast array of services, in the divisions of Household, Business, Organizational, Event Planning and Errand Running.

From walking the dog, picking up dry cleaning, cleaning the house, organizing closets, doing laundry / ironing (yes, even ironing), searching for a nanny, providing a nanny, planning a vacation, planning a party or corporate event, researching summer camps and schedules for your kids, purging your attic, manning an estate/yard sale for you, to accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, taxes and office administrative tasks. The list is actually pretty much endless. If you can name it, Metro’s Other Woman can do it.


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Office Functions such as Bookkeeping, Finances & Payroll

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And of course, the laundry!

The cost of the service runs between $20 and $35 a hour, depending on which tasks you need done. And any number of tasks, chores, duties and services can be scheduled for you in a day or week, on a one-and-done, weekly or monthly basis.

Scoop readers get 1 hour FREE of any service you choose. For detailed information of services CLICK HERE. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please ask and they can most likely accommodate.

Metro’s Other Woman understands how busy life can become, and it’s their mission to relieve you of stress and worries. Once you find your other woman to assist with life’s demands, you can concentrate on achieving a Work Life Balance and even take the time to stop and smell the roses again.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”~ Ferris Bueller

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Call and schedule and appointment today 704-733-7375.


Serving the Greater Charlotte area and the entire triangle in Raleigh

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TapSnap Phototainment

If you haven’t seen this great piece of modern day technology around the Queen City yet, let me introduce you to the latest and greatest in party entertainment… TAPSNAP.


This is an extremely sophisticated, portable, interactive “phototainment” system that is the best addition to your big event. TapSnap is available for charity functions, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, school fundraisers, class reunions, birthday parties, corporate picnics and anything else that deserves a celebration.Your guests will relax, laugh and have fun as they pose for their close up. This large 42″ multi-touch screen may look difficult to operate, but it’s as easy as its’ name. Just tap and snap! To ease your mind even more, all TapSnap machines do come with an attendant to help your guests make the most of their TapSnap experience.

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Most of us are used to the traditional photo booth where you pile in a tiny box, sit on each others laps, pull the curtain shut and figure out where to look to make funny faces. Well, TapSnap reinvented this just in time for the digital era. No more laps to sit on, curtains to close or a light to find, and no limits on creativity either. This open air photo booth allows multiple guests to participate and take their photos while adding doodles, personal messages and props with the touch of a fingertip. Corporate and event logos can also be included for the perfect party favor. High quality prints are then developed in minutes. There is even an option to print a good old fashioned photo strip. Being silly is still strongly encouraged and recommended though.

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After you Tap and Snap, this remarkable machine allows you to instantly share your masterpiece on social media networks. It’s also so advanced that it can take live video. Your guests can possibly be the next YouTube sensation.


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The word on the streets is that adults are having more fun than the children “playing” with TapSnap. It brings taking “selfies” to the next level.

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Watch how TapSnap operates here and take a peek in their photo gallery to see some of the memories other users have made. Find them also on Facebook.

If you want your party/event to be remembered and to be the talk of the town, call and get a quote today. *Scoop readers get 10% off your package.

There’s no doubt that TapSnap will make you and all your guests smile.

I’m ready for my close up. Are you? Say Cheese!


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6135 Park Road South

Suite 510

Charlotte, NC 28210


[email protected]