Amity Gardens June Yard of the Month!

Congratulations to Randy Stimpson and Charlie Ross of 2237 Lanier Avenue for being chosen for the Amity Gardens June Yard of the Month!

I (Randy) have owned my home in Amity Gardens since 1993. Charlie and I have been together since 2016 (she is the reason for Yard of the Month).

I have moved away several times—but always found myself back here—this is home to me.

Way back in 1958 my newlywed parents bought one of the first houses in Amity Gardens, on Unaka. They had three little girls, my sisters Kathy, Lisa, and Kim—and suddenly outgrew their home. They moved to Rama Road and shortly after, I was born.

Independence Boulevard was in it’s Golden Years…the world’s largest domed Coliseum, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey, the bowling alley pins spinning non-stop and South 21 was all the rage. South 21 still is of course…but a lot has changed over the years.

I grew up going to Rama Swim Club, eating with my Mom at Eckerd’s lunch counter in the Amity Gardens Shopping Center, played sports for Providence Day and East Meck and did a lot shopping and hanging out at Eastland Mall. I worked at Victoria Station, Baskin Robbins, TGI Friday’s, Darryl’s, Grady’s, The Scoreboard and finally went on to publish Prowler Magazine, Southern Sports Journal and Charlotte’s Best Magazine. You can find digital copies of Charlotte’s Best online at to see more of Charlotte over the years. It’s been a great ride.

It’s nice to see the neighborhood as it is now—everything is beautiful, the new faces and new enthusiasm make Amity Gardens a very special place, tucked away in trees and flowers with a comforting chorus of birds, busy wildlife and nice neighbors—and when you’re ready it is just 5 minutes from uptown Charlotte. We all have it pretty good here.

Charlie moved from her lake house at Lake Wylie and just loves the neighborhood. We are working on a vintage horse trailer *(you may have seen) to restore it for her food service business “Charlie’s Dogs”—she serves incredible hot dogs with dual purpose—we foster and adopt out dogs at events.

Charlie and Randy live on Lanier with their three dogs Kota (Pom), Josie (Pom) and newest edition Pepper (Jack Russell-the loudest you’ll hear in the window as you walk by), and several cats (and frequent fosters), plus a ball-python snake named Pockets. We are not snake people but Pockets needed a home and she, believe it or not is the sweetest of all of our animals. If she’s out in the yard, come say “Hi”.

May Yard of the Month

Congratulations to Mr. John Beaver at 1029 Dudley Drive for being chosen for Amity Gardens May Yard of the Month!!

“I am really caught off guard, my yard seems so ragged now. Thank you for the Honor and, yes, I will accept.

As for my back ground; I have lived in this neighborhood since late 2016 for the second time. I live with my best feline friend, Gilligan who is 16 years old. My wife and I bought our first home in 1968 in Amity Gardens on Dudley Drive and lived here until 1980. I don’t live in the same house now that we first bought but I knew the neighborhood and like where I now live. There are quite a few changes since living in the neighborhood earlier. We used Unaka Drive for our main entrance and exit, there was no going under Independence Boulevard there was a traffic light at Independence and Pierson Drive. And there was no Walmart.

My wife and I had three (3) children and the want for more bathroom space we moved to Mint Hill in 1980. My children are now grown, two live in Charlotte and 1 lives in Mint Hill. Sadly, my wife passed away in 2008 after a bought with cancer. Following her death I felt it best to move from Mint Hill and the house I now live in became available. There are many points about the house/yard that appeal to me. My neighbors are fantastic.

I do try to maintain my yard, I enjoy the outdoors, flowers and trees. A previous owner has left many beautiful shrubs. With the shrubs along Eaton Rd along the north side of my back yard and shrubs along the south side provide a privacy that I enjoy.”

Thank You,
John Beaver

April Yard of the Month

Congratulations to Pat Mallard at 2225 Lanier Avenue for being chosen for the April Amity Gardens Neighborhood Yard of the Month!

“Thank you for choosing my yard for April. I have lived in Charlotte and on Lanier Avenue since 2012. The move to Charlotte has been a challenge.
Meeting Jo Ann Henderson who lives on Dudley Avenue has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. We both attend First Baptist Church. Jo Ann and Larry are the best!” – Pat Mallard

Safety first….. Some thoughts from an Essential Worker.

Make a list for the store. Find out what you need ahead of time. Google product names. Have alternatives just in case store is out of your favorite brand.

If you need help from an employee ask them from 6 feet away. We talk to dozens of people everyday, we don’t want to be up close and personal.

If possible, leave your kids at home. (Teenagers too)

You may be bored, but please don’t come in to just browse and end up touching multiple things that you have no intention of buying.

Please, please leave your dog at home unless it is a service animal. This is for always, not just during a pandemic. Under no circumstances should you ever put your dog in a shopping cart. Carts do not get washed.

Please be patient with us, we are understaffed because a lot of our workers are out on leave because they are vulnerable to illnesses.

Please remember that we are worried about our health and the health of our family and friends just like you. Many of us are extremely stressed and trying to not show it to our guests.

Thank You,
Juan Torres

(Shared with permission)

Congratulations to the Holiday Decorations Runner-Up!

Congratulations to the Guimond’s at 5368 Buena Vista Avenue! They are the Amity Gardens Holiday Decorations Contest Runner-Up!! They received a $25 gift card to Walmart that was graciously donated by Walmart Charlotte – E Independence Blvd.

“Our family has lived in Amity Gardens for almost 25 years. We raised our little girl here and part of that tradition was putting up our old school Christmas light each year the same way. The old large light bulbs and candles in the windows were her favorite. This neighborhood has been a great place to raise our family. It was our North Pole! When Fern returns home from college to see the Christmas lights at home, its like stepping back in time remembering those childhood Christmas memories in Amity Gardens.” Merry Christmas everyone from Jim, Suzanne & Fern!


Holiday Decorations Winner!

Congratulations to Nelly at 2120 Lanier Avenue for winning the 2019 Amity Gardens Holiday Decorations contest!! Not only does she get the awesome new festive yard sign for the month, but also won a $50 gift card to Walmart!! The gift card was donated by the Walmart Charlotte – E Independence Blvd.

“My name is Nelly and have lived on Lanier for 2 years with my daughter, Katie, and grandson, Lennox. We absolutely love the community and all of the wonderful people we have met! We are so happy to be a part of Amity Gardens and to be recognized for our holiday decorations. There are so many beautifully decorated homes, so we were absolutely shocked when we won. Thank you so much for the honor!”


REMINDER: Holiday Decorations Contest!

Who is going to win?????

On Sunday evening December 15th a group of holiday judges will be riding around the neighborhood to pick the Holiday Decorations First Place Winner and Runner-Up!!

The first place winner will receive the festive new holiday sign to place in their yard and a $50 gift card to Walmart. The runner-up will receive a $25 gift card to Walmart. Our local neighborhood Walmart is providing the gift cards. Thanks to Walmart Charlotte – E Independence Blvd, we appreciate your continued support of our awesome neighborhood.

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October Yard of the Month!

Congratulations to Marc & Diana Albert of 900 Dudley Drive for being chosen for the Amity Gardens Neighborhood October Yard of the Month!

“My husband and I moved into the Amity Gardens neighborhood this past April. This was a very exciting time, as it was our first house! We put a lot of work into the yard and are very happy with the progress so far. We cannot wait to continue making improvements and are delighted to be a part of Amity Gardens neighborhood!” – Diana