Notable Locals

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Photos by Ray Sepesy

Faces introduces you to people who make Ballantyne lively and interesting. In this edition, meet Paige Hopkins, Patrick Twiest and Marie Lorimer. Responses have been edited for clarity and brevity.

Paige Hopkins

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Job: Reporter, Axios Charlotte (formerly Charlotte Agenda)

Typical day

I start around 6:30 a.m. with quiet time before jumping on social media. From 7:30 a.m. on, I write stories, listen to press conferences, call sources and post on company social media platforms. I wind down by cooking dinner.

Ballantyne resident?

I grew up in Marvin. My parents still live in the area, and I visit often.

Favorite beverage

Mostly I drink water or hot tea. After hours I like a good cabernet sauvignon.

Patrick Twiest

Hometown: Grand Marais, Minnesota

Job: Realtor, Kennedy Homes at Keller Williams

Typical day

Drink coffee. Take a long walk with the dogs. Work with the team to help clients find their dream home. Have drinks and dinner with my wife, Holly. I love my life.

Ballantyne resident?

I live nearby in Rosecliff, by the Arboretum.

Favorite beverage

Eagle Rare bourbon.


Marie Lorimer

Hometown: Charlotte. I am a graduate of South Meck High School.

Job: Realtor, Allen Tate Companies

Typical day

After more than 15 years of working in the homebuilding industry as a marketing executive, I recently joined Carl Richmond Associates at Allen Tate, partnering with my husband, Steven. So, on a typical day, after getting our two boys situated with either virtual or in-person school, we assist our clients with their real estate needs.

Ballantyne resident?

The Ballantyne area has been my home since 1989.

Favorite beverage

LaCroix Sparkling Water Lemon. We call it “Lemon Drop” around the Lorimer household.