Dum da-da-dum . . . . . . and we're back!  After a brief hiatus, Queen City Magazine is excited to relaunch with our Holiday '18 issue and we couldn't be more excited.  Our holiday issue will be themed around the season and feature beauty, style, food, home decor, and more.  

Our mission at Queen City Magazine (QCM) is to uplift, celebrate, and highlight women who live and work within the Queen City.  We target women living and working within the Charlotte Metro area to include the following counties: Mecklenburg, Iredell, Rowan, Cabarrus, Stanly, Union, York, Gaston, Lincoln, Catawba, and Lake Norman area.

We are a diverse publication dedicated to embracing all women regardless of color or race, culture, religion, social or economic status.  We believe that ALL women are beautiful, and every woman has a story. 

Advertisements are available within the publication starting at $65, and rates include full color.  Partner with us in showcasing your business or brand this holiday season!  


$65 - Quarter Page
$110 - Half Page
$195 - Full Page
$270 - IFC (sold) / IBC 
$325 - Back Cover

For more information, email

Holiday Prep '18

Join Glam the Runway for a night of fun, laughter and skating during their Skate For A Cure fundraising event! This fundraiser will help Glam the Runway continue to bring awareness to Breast Cancer and survivors. Grab your skates and come out! It's only $10 to enter and it includes your skate rental and All You Can Eat!

Skate For A Cure!
Date: 8/17/2018
Time: 6PM-10PM
Location: Kate's Skating Rinks: 14500 E Independence Blvd, Indian Trail, NC 28079

All You Can Eat: 7:30PM-9:00PM

Skate For A Cure!

We can't wait to reconnect with you as we've been on hiatus implementing some much needed changes. Our next issue will release Fall 2018 full of new content, imagery, and most importantly the beautiful women of the Queen City. Stay tuned!

xoxo - Elle, Editor-at-Large.

Publication Update

Q1: Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello. I’m Ashlee. I’m from Raleigh originally, but currently residing in Charlotte. I’m a wife, a mother and a creator. I’ve been creating as long as I can remember. As a child I loved painting, gluing, sculpting . . . etc. Pretty much anything that made a mess, although I wasn’t always good at cleaning up. Not much has changed. I work in my at home studio moving from surface to surface, only stopping to clean up when there is no more table space available work on.

Q2: Share with us about your art form and how you came to fall in love with it.

I fell in love with clay during high school and ended up going on the get a BFA with an emphasis in ceramics. I found it very exciting to create something from nothing. There was no canvas to restrain the size or shape of my creation. I got to make my own one of a kind canvas. Another thing that drew me to clay was the magic of the firing process. There are many steps to this process, normally including multiple firings. It’s just amazing to me that I can make something out of clay and glaze, which in its unfired state is dull and chalky, but after it’s fired the end product is vibrant and glassy. My favorite part of the entire process is opening the kiln after the final firing to see the finished product.

Q3: What inspires you? Tell us about your creative process and approach.

Sometimes I’m drawn to the work of another artist, such as Piet Mondrian’s paintings which inspired the design I paint on my petite square studs. Other times I’m motivated by something I see in nature or even on Pinterest. Once I see something that inspires me I usually first sketch out some ideas on paper to explore how I might apply that idea to clay or metal. Then I take my sketches and get to work creating in the studio. Once I create a few dozen ideas out of clay I can more clearly see the direction I should focus on, which is often times very different from what first inspired me. At this point I find my favorites and my mind opens up to all the possibilities for shapes, sizes, colors and textures within that direction. At the end of the process, hopefully I have a collection of beautiful pieces of jewelry that I’m proud of.

Q4: What's your favorite art work (yours or another artist)?

I’m not sure I’m capable of choosing a favorite artwork from all the amazing works throughout history, so maybe I’ll have to pick the one that has moved me the most. While studying abroad in Spain during college I was able to visit the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. The Reina Sofia houses “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso, which depicts the sufferings of war. It is an enormous painting that portrays an abstract yet highly emotional scene. It’s not something I would want to hang in my house because it exudes pain, but seeing it in person was an experience I will never forget.

Q5: Describe your dream project/collection?
Something I think about often is expanding my product line into home décor, maybe modern ceramic wall art or handmade porcelain light fixtures. If I had 100 hours to work each day I would make that dream a reality.

Q6: Where can we find and purchase your pieces?
You can find the widest selection and most current designs on my website, To see my pieces in person you can stop by the Bechtler Museum Gift Shop or Moxie Mercantile at Plaza Midwood.

Q7: If you weren't a creative, what would you be?

I honestly can’t imagine not being able to create, but if I were forced to work in a different field I would probably choose education. I think I would love being a kindergarten teacher. I just love little children. I love the way their minds work. I love the way their faces light up when they feel proud of themselves. What a rewarding job that must be! Good thing I’m a mom so I get to experience these wonderful things with my three girls.

Q & A with Ashlee Meadows of Ash Jewelry Studio

Get ready for the Carolina Curly Natural Expo 2017 presented by Elle Johnson Co, on Saturday, September 23rd.  Enjoy vendor shopping, beauty care specialists, panel discussions, prize giveaways, a Curly Connections Cocktail Mixer, and style presentation.

Hosted at the luxurious SpringHill Suites (Uptown Charlotte), this expo is sure to be a grand occasion celebrated by natural lovers.  Early bird tickets are available through July 31st, there after regular admission pricing will apply.

We hope to see you there!  For additional information, please visit the official website at

Carolina Curly Natural Expo: September 23rd

We're looking for weddings to feature in the summer issue of Queen City Magazine. If you're a bride (or wedding professional) and would like to submit, please email a few photos to for consideration.

Also, if you are a wedding industry professional, this is the issue that you will want to be a part of. Queen City Magazine will be an event partner with the upcoming Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, Mona Love Affair event. Get your ad in the hands of our readers! TAG A WEDDING PRO!

Real Weddings Feature

We're looking to highlight living spaces in the upcoming summer issue. If you'd like to submit your home please email us at All styles welcome; cottage, modern, historic, country, mid-century, etc.

Submit your home for our Living Spaces series

In honor of Man Crush Monday #MCM, we're delighting to introduce to our readers, Mr Rashon Carraway, our HOMME (men) + Living Editor here at Queen City Magazine.  Rashon comes to us with an extensive background in men's style and home design.  He has been featured in both local and national publications, and is highly sought out in the design community.

We're excited to have him kickoff the HOMME + Living sections in the summer issue of Queen City Magazine.  Please help us welcome Rashon.

HOMME + Living Editor: Mr Rashon Carraway

On Sunday, April 30th, Queen City Magazine Publisher, Elle Johnson hosted the 4th annual Royal Tea Party + Spring Brunch and it was a royal success!  A room filled with elegant spring décor and 150+ ladies decked in brunch attire to include fascinators, pearls, pumps, and poise!  Pictured here with the featured Pretty, Poised, and Pink panelists, Essense Heel (left) and Crystal Govan-McCorkle (right).  Check out the recap and pics below.

This years brunch featured a panel discussion titled Pretty, Poised, and Pink.  The topic of discussion was "As 21st century women, have we traded poise for power?"  Check out a snippet of the conversation, and stay tuned for Elle's FB Live series dedicated to this topic.

Loved the custom cookie and candy cart from Raw Sugar.  The guests enjoyed cotton candy, gum balls, and an array of custom cookie blends.

Thank you to the participating vendors and a special thank you to the event sponsors: Queen City Magazine, T-Mobile, Jane Carter Solutions, Mielle Organics, Liquid Gold Hair Products, and Ria's Beauty Collection.

A special thank you to Mr Rashon Carraway (our panel discussion moderator) and DeAngelo Crane (guest host) for lending their efforts to the special event.  Aren't they dapper?

Pictured below is Elle with a few guests; many of which traveled from as far as Columbia, SC and upwards of Raleigh, NC.

EVENT RECAP: Royal Tea Party + Spring Brunch


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