Historic Photo Installation and Week-Long Public Event Schedule Benefitting Charities in Charlotte

July 28, 2017 – The luxury, boutique hotel brand, the MRK Hotel Collection, along with 5Church CharlotteSophia’s Lounge and several local non-profits have partnered to celebrate the The Ivey’s Hotel‘s official grand opening this month with a week full of public events from Monday, July 31 to Thursday, August 3 taking place at the Collections’ newest property in Uptown, Charlotte.

Public events located at the new, luxury hotel in the historic Ivey’s building include:

  • Week Long Historic Charlotte photo installation
  • Monday: Pet adoption mixer
  • Tuesday: Craft beer tasting
  • Wednesday: Five-course 5Church chef’s tasting
  • Thursday: After-party at Sophia’s Lounge

Situated just north of the historic Trade and Tryon Street intersection in Uptown, the property features 42 guest rooms, including three balcony suites overlooking Tryon Street and six executive suites, steps away from all the city’s major attractions. The MRK Hotel Collection saw the need for a true, luxury boutique hotel in the market and within just four months since being open, the new property has already met with rave reviews from leisure and business travelers, making the hotel a welcomed new leader and top destination in the South.

The Ivey’s Hotel, along with 5Church Charlotte and Sophia’s Lounge will be the hosts of the week-long Grand Opening celebrations from Monday, July 31 to Thursday, August 3 at the Ivey’s building (127 North Tryon Street). A photo installation will be open to the public daily from 8:00am – 10:00pm, showcasing some never-before-seen historic photos of Charlotte and the former Ivey’s Department Store supplied by the Ivey’s family and the Mint Museum.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the week for the chance to win The Ivey’s Hotel Luxury Package which includes a weekend stay at the Ivey’s, and gift cards to the Désirant ShopSophia’s Lounge and 5Church Charlotte. All proceeds from the raffle and partial hotel revenues from the week will go to benefit partner non-profit charities, which include the Mint Museum, Greater Charlotte SPCA, EmpowHERment, Second Harvest, 100 Gardens and Bahailu Academy.

“Being a boutique hotel in one of the few remaining Charlotte historic buildings, we saw this event as an opportunity to highlight not only the rich history of this building and its people, but to also give back to charities that are doing wonderful things in our community today,” says the Ivey’s Hotels’ Director of Sales and Marketing, Janal Montagna. “At the MRK Hotel Collection, one of our main missions is to connect with our communities at each of our properties located in CharlotteAsheville and Miami. With that goal in mind, we thought it would be ideal if we extended our grand opening to a week-long schedule of events including as many non-profit partners as possible to try to make the biggest impact.”

Full Event Schedule:

Ivey’s Building and Mint Museum Charlotte Historic Photography Installation
Monday, July 31st – Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
Daily from 8:00am – 10:00pm in Ivey’s Atrium
Showcasing exclusive photography, art and news clippings from the early 1900s to present day.
In partnership with the Ivey’s family, Mint Museum and Behailu Academy

Adopt at the Ivey’s Mixer
Monday, July 31st, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm in Ivey’s Library Lounge
The Ivey’s is proud to be a pet-friendly hotel. Sip on refreshments provided by the Ivey’s and adopt your new pet.
In partnership with the Greater Charlotte SPCA

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm in Ivey’s Library Lounge
Enjoy craft beer samples from local women-led breweries and mingle with other women-owned small businesses in support of empowering women in our community.
In partnership with Legion Brewery and EmpowHERment

Tasting in the Tulip Room
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Featuring a five-course chef’s tasting menu created by 5Church’s Executive Chef, Jamie Lynch.
In partnership with 5Church, 100 Gardens and Second Harvest Food Bank 

Ivey’s Grand Opening Invite Only VIP Party
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
6:00pm – 9:00pm
In partnership with Bahailu Academy

The After Party
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at Sophia’s Lounge
Try new specialty cocktails and light bites for purchase, open to the public.

About the MRK Hotel Collection: The Ivey’s Hotel is the third and newest boutique hotel in The MRK Hotel Collection, which was imagined and then curated by the owners and their meticulous attention to details and comfort. Their two other hotels are the Windsor Boutique Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina and The Marlin Hotel in South Beach, Miami Florida and they operate the Désirant Shop in Asheville. While every hotel in the collection is centrally located in the heart of city center and delivers the same five-star experience guests expect, each hotel still has its own personality and draws inspiration from the vibe of its home city and people. The MRK Hotel Collection’s main goal is to provide its guests with The Ultimate Boutique Experience no matter where you stay with them. For more information on The Ivey’s Hotel, visit www.theiveyshotel.com, follow @theiveyshotel or call 704-228-1111.

About Sophia’s Lounge: The wife of King George III, Sophia Charlotte was a patroness of the arts and a lover of botany. Designed with the Queen in mind, Sophia’s Lounge offers a royally outfitted setting in the heart of Uptown off 5th Street, located on the first floor of the hotel. In this space, opulence meets a vintage touch and vibrant Parisian flair. Sip on crafted cocktails and nibble small bites and choose to sit at the custom-built wraparound bar, or in its many intimate corners in a high-backed chair or on a velvet sofa. Art adorns the walls under the glittering custom chandeliers along with the warm glow of candlelight. The menu is crafted by Top Chef Alum and Executive Chef, Jamie Lynch and craft cocktails are inspired by Mixologist, Patricia Smith. A truly luxurious cocktail bar, Sophia’s is sure to impress. For more information on Sophia’s Lounge visit www.sophiaslounge.com or follow @SophiasLounge.

About 5Church Charlotte: Located at the intersection of 5th and Church Streets and within the Ivey’s building, the modern and innovative American menu is created by the popular Top ChefAlum and Executive Chef, Jamie Lynch. 5Church has won numerous awards, drawn various celebrity diners, and its bar hosts a lively social scene. For more information on 5Church or to make reservations, please visit www.5ChurchCharlotte.com or call 704-919-1322.