Don’t just live Here. Flourish.
There’s so much to do here, you’ll be hard-pressed to be a homebody. You can take a painting class or sharpen your skills in our woodworking shop. Some days, you’ll want to relax by the fire with your favorite book or watch a movie in our stadium-seat theater. Discover our new and exciting venue, The Gallery. Soaring two stories, The Gallery is home to Lola’s Bar and The Gallery Loft Library.
Like living in a college town, Southminster stresses lifelong learning and offers engaging lectures on the arts, history, and culture. We also take many trips to area and regional attractions, and help you strengthen social bonds, make new friends, and use your gifts by volunteering.
Find out what appeals to you, and flourish. Start by joining one of our resident committees. Here you’ll develop relationships with other residents, form lasting friendships and work collaboratively toward the betterment of your community, focusing on the lifestyle issues that mean the most to you. But don’t stop there. There’s plenty more to keep you informed, involved and stimulated.
- Modern fully-equipped Wellness Center
- The Gallery
- Indoor heated pool w/whirlpool and dry sauna
- Exercise gym and aerobics room
- Air-pressured controlled Kaiser strength equipment
- Private spa rooms
- Stadium-seat theater
- Billiards room
- Card and game rooms
- Woodworking shop
- Art gallery and painters’ studio
- Arts and crafts workshop
- Ecumenical chapel
- The Encore Store (resident managed thrift store)
- Multi-purpose event rooms
- Private conference rooms
- Full service Salon*
*Contracted service provider – fee for service
- Flexible dining plan
- Formal and casual full-service dining in
The Promenade Room, Oak Leaf Grille and Uptown
- Private dining rooms
- Lola’s Bar – a fully licensed bar
- Take out service
Every aspect is designed to help you live healthy and well.
Aging is inevitable, but doesn’t have to mean growing old, burdened by unnecessary health challenges.
Embrace Wellness will put you on the path to remaining strong and fit at any age. Our staff will personally assess your strengths and needs, then work alongside you as your coach developing and helping you implement a personalized wellness blueprint for the rest of your life. With convenient access to our modern and spacious wellness center, you’ll find new ways to remain active, energetic, healthy and well.
Unrivaled in both equipment and the expertise of its instructors, the wellness center provides year-round therapy and exercise with its impressive indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and dry sauna. Add to it Keiser and NuStep strength-training and fitness equipment and workouts become safe, effective and easy.
Embrace Wellness represents the very best in equipment, amenities, ambience and staff.
- Heated indoor pool
- Whirlpool tub and dry sauna
- Exercise gym with air-pressure controlled Kaiser-strength equipment, cross-trainers, treadmills, recumbent exercise cycles, and elliptical trainers
- Men’s and women’s locker rooms with private showers
- Private massage therapy room
- Aerobics exercise room
- Personal wellness assessments
- Nutritional counseling
Wellness classes offered:
- Water aerobics
- Tai Chi & Nia
- Cardio & Balance
- Strength & Stretch
- Standing and seated Yoga
- Low impact aerobics
- Meditation & Relaxation
Additional wellness services:
- Spiritual support
- Nutritional counseling
- Wellness clinic
- Massage therapy*
*Contracted provider – fee for service
Convenience services included in monthly fee
- Weekly housekeeping
- Linen service
- All utilities (cottage residents pay gas/electric utilities)
- Wireless Internet service
- Local phone service and voice mail service
- Basic cable television
- Dining allowance
- In-residence communication system with 24-hour in-house information
- Routine home maintenance and repairs
- Grounds keeping and lawn care
- Embrace Wellness exercise classes and use of wellness center
- Scheduled shopping and medical transportation
- Community cultural, recreational events, activities and day trips (some may require additional charge)
- Southminster sponsored educational programs
- Emergency call system
- 24-hour security
- Reserved surface parking space
- Chaplain services
Services provided for an additional fee
- Long distance phone service
- Upgraded cable television
- Garage parking
- Dentistry, podiatry and lab services*
- Salon and spa services including manicures, pedicures, body massage, and facials*
- Additional housekeeping
- Personal transportation
- Meal delivery and/or additional meals
- Guest apartment
- Catering and private events
*Contracted provider – fee for service
Celebrate great food with friends and family. Our restaurants offer an indulgent selection of authentic southern and international cuisine. Fresh, and locally sourced ingredients are creatively prepared contributing to good health and wellness by our award-winning team.
The past, present and future, come together in a celebration of the dining experience in this magnificent dining room. Award winning cuisine, delectable desserts, and a more formal atmosphere are daily events.
Casual and relaxed, the Grille offers a full menu of great-tasting options and a la carte choices of fresh local fare. Gather around a big table with friends and break bread, or have an intimate meal together.
A new popular gathering spot to join friends before dinner and catch up on the days events. Complementing our dining experiences, Lola’s offers a stimulating ambience for meeting friends and enjoying your favorite beverage.
An intimate dining venue that presents the same level of luxury that reflects the tastes of our modern Southern city and provides easy access to outdoor dining.
Private dining elevates life at every turn with beautiful furnishings that create an uplifting ambience for residents and families to come together for special celebrations.
Meet our Executive Chef Ryan Forte
Chef Ryan Forte’s devotion to serving people food they love seems to be in his DNA. His father ran a pizzeria, and young Ryan accepted the challenge of making the homemade pasta. As he interacted with his dad and the restaurant’s customers, he learned the importance of creating menus using fresh ingredients and developed a passion for flavor innovation.
After earning his culinary and applied science degree as a member of Johnson & Wales’ first Charlotte graduating class, his resume and skills grew rapidly. In addition to serving as a chef for the Westin Hotel’s Ember Grill, he was both executive chef and general manager at Braswell’s restaurant.
Today, as an active member of the Piedmont Culinary Guild, Ryan continues Southminster’s tradition of creating menus that use the freshest locally sourced ingredients, many grown in our own garden. With menus that change daily and offerings made from scratch, he leads a highly accomplished culinary team dedicated to providing residents of Southminster the finest dining experience.
Meet our Chef de Cuisine Phillip Platoni
Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Phillip has had a love of cooking for as long as he can remember and remembers fondly helping his grandmother cook in the kitchen at a very early age. As soon he was able to, he got a job in the culinary industry where he quickly moved up to kitchen manager, then assistant manager by the age of 19. After two years of management, where he learned much of the business, he decided to try his hand at different aspects of the industry. For the next 6 years he tended bar, was a short-order cook at a 24 hour diner, was a server at a boutique hotel, and even tossed pies at a New York Pizzeria. In October of 2005, on a whim, he decided to move to Charlotte to attend culinary school at The Art Institute of Charlotte. While attending school Phillip logged over 100 hours of volunteer hours, including a two week trip to New Orleans with Culinary Corps to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He graduated in 2007 winning the Best Portfolio in his graduating class. Following graduation, he was offered a Sous Chef position at “Delectables by Holly” where he worked until 2013. There he had the honor to meet and cook for celebrities and politicians such as President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Angie Harmon, Governor Pat McCrory, and former Mayor of Charlotte, Anthony Fox. In June of 2013 Phillip was offered the Sous Chef position at Southminster and has since been promoted to Chef de Cuisine where his passion is developing and testing new menu ideas. In his spare time, Phillip loves spending time with his dog Journey. Together, they like to hike, camp and hunt for waterfalls.
Leading ThE way in
Comfort & Saftey
Our decades-long dedication to delicious dining, exercise, wellness plans and community service is now enhanced with new services to keep you safe and comfortable in times like these.
Chef-caliber meals, prescriptions and more brought right to your door by smiling staff members who are always happy to see you.
Grocery ordering and concierge services to shelter you from health risks in crowded public places.
Virtual events, classes and performances so you can worship, enjoy music, or take trips, educational, arts and exercise classes right from the comfort of your home.
Resident-focused small group activities so friends don’t seem so far away.
Connections to family on a campus with beautiful spaces in which to gather safely.