A Q&A WITH SHEP ROSE

Meet Shep Rose from the hit reality TV show  Southern Charm  at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Southern Women's Show. VIP tickets for a Meet and Greet with him are $35.   www.southernshows.com  .

Meet Shep Rose from the hit reality TV show Southern Charm at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Southern Women's Show. VIP tickets for a Meet and Greet with him are $35. www.southernshows.com.

Shepard "Shep" Rose is a native of Hilton Head, S.C., but he's best known as one of Charleston's most famous residents thanks to his four seasons on Bravo's hit realty TV show Southern Charm. His affable shenanigans (Shepnanigans?), witty one-liners, love of late-night parties and serial one-night stands have endeared him to viewers. 

The seemingly eternal bachelor will be getting his own Bravo TV show soon when RelationShep airs (stay tuned for news of its premiere). This time the cameras will all be on Shep as he travels the country in search of love as his friends play matchmaker.   

You can meet Shep in person on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. during his appearance  at the Southern Women's Show at the Charlotte Convention Center uptown. VIP tickets to his Meet and Greet are $35 and include admission to the show. Details: www.southernshows.com. 

Before leaving for a recent fly fishing trip, Shep answered The O Report's questions including details about his ties to Charlotte, what his parents think about his TV fame and the one woman on Southern Charm he would love to date. 

What exactly will you be doing at the Southern Women’s Show? 

"I'll answer questions and chat with whomever wants to chat. I always look forward to spending time in Charlotte. My brother, Whitaker, and sister, Katie, and all my nieces live there. I'm sure I'll have dinner with them all somewhere, and my nieces will make a mess, and it will be wonderful."

Do you have a favorite bar or restaurant in Charlotte?

"Selwyn Pub."

What are your favorite charitable causes?

"Nature conservation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Sick children really get to me."

Where are your favorite places for a getaway?

"The N.C. mountains and any remote beach."

What was your childhood dream profession?

"Professional basketball player."

How do your parents feel about your career. And do you want to continue in the reality show direction, or change gears and try something else?

"My parents are extremely supportive, and my mom especially likes to know all the gossip surrounding the shenanigans."

What did you learn from your parents and grandparents that still influences you today?

"Never be flashy or talk about money."

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

"Atticus Finch (from To Kill A Mockingbird)." 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

"Hopefully it hasn't happened yet."

What is your motto?

"Tomorrow is promised to no one." 

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

"If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in trouble."

What’s in your glass during Happy Hour?

"Beer. Always." 

Where’s your favorite place to shop for clothes?

"Now that I'm on the show, people just send me stuff. It's kind on crazy. I do like AG pants though. I buy them a lot."

What's on your Playlist?

"Radiohead. My Morning Jacket. Spoon. I don't listen to a lot of music."

It seems that everyone on the show, including your family, wants you to settle down and get married. Does that put a lot of pressure on you?

"I don't feel much pressure. The worst thing I could do is make a hasty decision."

If you could date one of the women on Southern Charm, who would it be?

"Cameran, if she was single. She'd probably laugh in my face but we get along so very well."

Who would you like to date from a different reality show?

"I literally don't watch any reality TV."

How is your bar in Charleston doing? Are you involved in any other businesses there?

"My bars are going great. There are three: The Alley, Palace Hotel and The Commodore." 

How has the show changed your life for better, and for worse?

"It's definitely for the better. I've met some amazing people through the show."

What percentage of Southern Charm is really your life versus just a scene you're shooting for the show?

"I choose to be very upfront and honest on the show, and in life, so what you see is what you get."

What’s your favorite fine dining restaurant in Charleston, and what’s your favorite inexpensive one?

"Xaio Bao Biscuit is a place in Charleston that has amazing Asian food in a cool setting. I like it there a lot. And honestly, I love the food at the Palace Hotel."

 

AUGUST EVENTS

Henriette Wyeth painted this portrait of her brother, artist Andrew Wyeth, for the cover of TIME magazine in 1963. Although it's not a part of the Mint Museum Randolph's fascinating exhibit  The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art , the exhibit does feature 50 works of art from the family.

Henriette Wyeth painted this portrait of her brother, artist Andrew Wyeth, for the cover of TIME magazine in 1963. Although it's not a part of the Mint Museum Randolph's fascinating exhibit The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art, the exhibit does feature 50 works of art from the family.

The Wyeths: Three Generations Of American Art, Works From The Bank Of America Collection: Time is running out to see this acclaimed exhibit that explores the artistic impact of the Wyeth family. It showcases 50 remarkable paintings and drawings from family patriarch N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945); his son, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009); Andrew's sister, Henriette Wyeth (1907-1997), and her husband, Peter Hurd (1904-1984); and Andrew's son, Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). It's on view through Aug. 13 at the Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12; $9 for seniors and students. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.

The Lafayette 148 New York trunk show is Aug. 16-19 at Paul Simon Women. 

The Lafayette 148 New York trunk show is Aug. 16-19 at Paul Simon Women. 

Lafayette 148 New York Trunk Show: Get an early look at the luxe Fall 2017 collection. It features neutral colors (light heather grey to charcoal; camel to caramel) and seasonal color accents inspired by earthy mineral colors (bronze, platinum, rhodium and rose gold). Aug. 16-19. Paul Simon Women, Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.  

Break out your best 1920s attire for the Great Gatsby Gala Aug. 19 at Wells Fargo Atrium.

Break out your best 1920s attire for the Great Gatsby Gala Aug. 19 at Wells Fargo Atrium.

Great Gatsby Gala: Save the date Old Sport for this 29th annual fundraiser for the National MS Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter. Dress in your best Great Gatsby attire, or black tie, and enjoy food from some of Charlotte's best restaurants, dancing, costume contest and a silent auction. The evening's emcee is WBTV anchor Brigida Mack. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 19, Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon Street. General admission is $75. VIP Speakeasy tickets are $150 and include a private pre-event reception starting at 6 p.m., access to the Speakeasy throughout the event, and an invitation to the VIP After-Party at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse uptown. www.greatgatsbygala.org.

Famous chef Rocco Whalen is sharing his talents with Second Harvest Food Bank for its 28th Chef's Best fundraiser on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom. 

Famous chef Rocco Whalen is sharing his talents with Second Harvest Food Bank for its 28th Chef's Best fundraiser on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom. 

Chef's Best: Fahrenheit Charlotte's executive chef Rocco Whalen will prepare a three-course meal for guests at this fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank. The theme of the evening is "91" because it takes $91 for Second Harvest to provide one person living in poverty a daily meal for a year. The event also includes a reception, music, a live auction and more. The raffle prize is dinner for two at 52 of Charlotte's best restaurants; raffle prize tickets cost $91. And $91 is also the price of a ticket to attend the event on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom, 501 S. College St. The reception starts at 6 p.m.; dinner beings at 7 p.m.  704-376-1785; www.chefsbestcharlotte.org.

Southern Charm's  Shep Rose, one of the South's most eligible bachelors and perennial party boys, makes an appearance at the Southern Women's Show on Aug. 27. 

Southern Charm's Shep Rose, one of the South's most eligible bachelors and perennial party boys, makes an appearance at the Southern Women's Show on Aug. 27. 

Southern Women's Show: There's shopping, food, fashion, beauty tips and celebrity appearances at this three-day show running Aug. 25-27 at the Charlotte Convention Center uptown. Highlights include appearances by 17-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast and Dancing With The Stars winner Laurie Hernandez on Aug. 26 (VIP tickets are $50); and Southern Charm's Shep Rose on Aug. 27 (VIP tickets are $35). On Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. there's a Mother Daughter Look-Alike Contest hosted by Ramona from 107.9 The Link and her mother. There's also a Plus-Size Fashion Show; Firefighters Fashion Show; and on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m., the Wheel Pretty Fashion Show emceed by Ms. Wheelchair N.C. Deja Barber and featuring models in wheelchairs from The Raw Beauty Project Charlotte wearing fashions from the Isabel Vernard label. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 25-26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27. General admission tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Teachers, student teachers and school staff with school ID get in free; so do women military veterans with military ID. www.southernshows.com.

WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place is teaching a Cocktail Class on Aug. 31. 

WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place is teaching a Cocktail Class on Aug. 31. 

Cocktail Class: Learn the art of cocktail-making using local spirits paired with gourmet bites. 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31. WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place. $45. Space is limited; must be 21. Reservations: 704-295-0101.