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Complimentary July 2013

Living the Good Life

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Welcome to the July issue. Much has been written about our independence from Great Britain. Those early patriots endured many hardships but persevered and won this precious thing called freedom. After all these years we continue to celebrate the many freedoms we enjoy. Get out and celebrate America's 237th birthday this July Fourth, and show your patriotism by flying the American flag and wearing the patriotic colors of red, white and blue. During my youth, the July Fourth holiday meant parades, ball games, food, fireworks and most of! It also included going to the beach the week of the Fourth for summer vacation and hanging out with family and friends. Ah, those were the about “living the good life!” Be sure to check out our events page inside this issue for a listing of various entertainment and events going on during the month of July. There is bound to be something of interest for the whole family to enjoy.


LIVING July 2013

Living the Good Life

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• Style Exchange Teen Brands, Trendy Styles, Cool Prices!


• Catawba Valley Internal Medicine: Providing Personalized Care


• What's Cooking?! Chipotle-Herb Butter Porterhouse Chop


• July Events


• Host An Extraordinary Outdoor Bash


• Celebrating The Fourth Of July



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Fourth of July By Kathy Wheeler

July 4th窶的ndependence Day for the United States of America is certainly a holiday to celebrate. Our nation has come a long way since its brave beginnings. Whether we are in favor of the progressions our country has made or not, I'm thankful that we are allowed to have an opinion without fear of persecution. Although our nation is not perfect (none are), I am proud to be an American and will celebrate its greatness on the 4th of July.

Wildlife Commission offers a free fishing day on July 4th each year. According to their website, www.ncwildlife. org, residents and non-residents alike can fish in all public waters without a license. Before you bait that hook, please check all other regulations such as the size and creel limits and the lure restrictions as these will still apply. Visit for a list of over 500 public fishing areas and more information.

Towns and cities across the U.S. will host parades, fireworks displays and festivities in honor of the holiday. Our flag will fly from many homes and lamp posts throughout the 50 states. Families will get together with friends and enjoy cookouts, picnics and the outdoors with a prominent theme of red, white and blue in display of their patriotism.

What sport is more American than baseball?! The Hickory Crawdads will be playing Kannapolis July 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the L.P. Frans Stadium. A spectacular fireworks display will follow. If baseball is not your thing, the fireworks display can be viewed from the grassy area surrounding the stadium.

Some will choose to spend the day on the beautiful lakes that we have in North Carolina. The North Carolina 8


ton. Bands will begin playing at 11:00 a.m. and continue until the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting). The festival is held Sunday, June 30th through July 4th. Daily admission tickets, 4-day event passes and 5-day reserved seating passes are available for purchase at the CoMMA in Morganton. Visit for more information. Lincolnton will hold a parade at 8:00 p.m. followed by fireworks. The parade begins at 402 East Main Street and ends at Lincolnton High School where the fireworks display will be held. Lenoir hosts a Fourth of July Celebration at Mulberry Recreation Center, 720 Mulberry Street. The event begins at 5:00 p.m., and will feature music and fireworks, and ends at 10:00 p.m.

Surrounding County Events The Tenth Annual Red, White and Bluegrass Festival will hold a free day of music and fireworks on July 4th at Catawba Meadows Park in Morgan-

However you choose to celebrate Independence Day, Hickory Living wishes you a fun and safe holiday.

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cover story

Phot os: On the cover–Left to right–Amanda Trouille, Mooresville Store Manager; Michele Willis, Owner of Style Exchange; Ashley Offenbacker, Hickory Store Manager Left–Ashley, Michele and Amanda

Teen Brands, Trendy Styles, Cool Prices!

Michele Willis is owner and fashionista at Style Exchange. Her two stores, one in Hickory on Hwy 70, just behind Red Lobster, and one in Mooresville on Williamson Road near Starbucks, are each a gold mine of trendy, fun fashions at not-so-gold-like prices. “Our goal is to teach how to stay stylish and totally in fashion without spending a fortune paying retail,” Michele shared. “It’s so easy to recycle your wardrobe, and it’s fun finding new-to-you treasures that you love to wear.” I visited the Hickory store and found it full of trendy, stylish clothes for teens, women, boys and men, plus all manner of accessories. And everything is in style today! This is nothing like a thrift store where you have to dig deep to find stylish clothes that aren’t worn out. At Style Exchange, all the sorting has already been done for you–all you need to do is find what you like that fits!

Article by Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

“We travel 45 minutes to get here,” Maribeth Baker told me as we searched the racks at Style Exchange. “My husband shops here, too. The bargains are amazing, and everyone working in this store is just wonderful! There’s nothing like it anywhere around here!” There you have it, from the mouth of an enthusiastic fan since 2008: Style Exchange, an eclectic, fun and exciting fashion and accessory store, is the place to shop for style and bargains! 12


WHAT'S ON THE RACKS? Just about everything you’d like hanging in your closet! Style Exchange limits its inventory to brand names and labels that are in style and in demand today–the best of the best. If it’s fun, fashionable, trendy and good looking,

you’ll get an awesome deal when you buy it at Style Exchange. Brands on the racks and shelves include Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, Forever 21, Delia’s, Aerie, J. Crew, Coach, Charlotte Russe, Miss Me, American Eagle, Old Navy, Quicksilver, Ralph Lauren, Dooney Bourke, B. Makowsky, and much more. The assortment of items is huge: jeans, capris, slacks and shorts; shirts, sweaters, blouses, coats and vests; belts, shoes, boots, and sandals; purses, wallets, and backpacks, as well as sunglasses, jewelry, scarves, teen decor, perfumes, lotions, books and DVDs. So much shopping to do at extraordinarily great prices! “We’re updating all the time, everyday, and we stay on top of current styles,” Michele told me. “We’re very fair with our on-the-spot cash offers, and we know that’s true because we have so many regulars who not only shop here, but also bring in items to exchange all the time.”

Phot os: What’s your style? We carry a variety of brands to fit your needs. Brands pictured: Coach, Hollister, Miss Me and American Eagle. With an eye for style, Chae loves pairing stylish pieces together to create an easy shopping

EXCHANGING IS EASY AND PAYS GOOD! The exchange concept at Style Exchange is different from consignment and really very simple: You bring in gently used, still in style clothing, shoes and accessories (clean, neatly folded and placed in a tub or basket) and the fashion-knowledgeable staff will immediately–within the day–examine your items for label/ brand, condition and age or desirability. “In general, we want items that have been in style for the last 18 months or so. Older than that, unless it’s something truly timeless, like a Coach bag for instance, we might pass on exchanging it,” store manager Ashley Offenbacker explained. “While we’re reviewing and examining your items, you can shop around in the store or plan to come back later in the day. Based on brand or label, condition, and what’s currently in

experience. With over 1500 items accepted weekly, there’s always something new in the store. .



Phot os: Looking for a style that fits your budget? Sales Manager Chelsea helps Sarah find the perfect outfit. Cases are full of name brand items. Brands pictured: Michael Kors, Coach, Toms and Volatile. Need help finding the perfect outfit? Just ask Luis! He is extremely knowledgeable about the store’s current inventory.



demand, we’ll make you an immediate cash offer, or you can choose 15% more in-store credit.” It’s then up to you to take the offer or decline. Those items that Style Exchange isn’t interested in or you decide not to exchange, you can take home or leave with the store for donation, usually to Faithful Friends, a resale store that supports animal rescue. You should be prepared to make a deal that day–the store stays extremely busy and requires you to exchange or pick up by closing time. “We sell items at 60% to 90% off retail and make very reasonable cash payments, up to 50% of sale price, to our exchangers,” Ashley continued. “A teen recently said she’d seen an item in Hollister, but couldn’t afford it. She found it here and took it home.” The store has seasonal sales and specials, as well. A FANTASTIC SHOPPING EXPERIENCE Michele and her team work hard to meet their customers’ needs. “We have moms and students who shop here all the time for school uniform clothes– khakis, collared polo shirts, sweaters, and blouses,” Michele shared. “We make sure our inventory is seasonally up to date, and while we cater to teens and young women, many of our customers are men and women in their 40s to 60s. It’s mostly a matter of style, not age.” Sizes run the entire range from preteens, juniors and petites to women’s sizes. There’s plenty to shop for on the boys’ and men’s racks. The constantly updated Facebook page is very helpful for shoppers. Posting dozens of photos and item details throughout each day, answering over 50 questions a day, it’s not surprising that online orders are taken all the time. “You can request items from one store, and pick them up at the other if you want,” Ashley explained. “We take

store credit or credit card payments online, and can have your items ready for pick-up within a day or two.” Many shoppers stop by several times a week. “I’m a regular up there,” Beverly Davis said with a smile. “I’m 55 years old, and I really like trendy, fun clothes. I wear Miss Me jeans, Toms shoes, Dansko shoes, and I can afford these nice things at Style Exchange. It’s great for me–I get a lot for my money. I find things I like on Facebook when I can’t get into the store, and they hold it for me. Everyone is super nice and helpful!” BEHIND THE SCENES Michele employs 13 in the Hickory store–managers, sales associates, team leaders and window and display designers. Together, these hard workers spend hours every day working with exchangers as they bring in new items, inspecting and reviewing exchanges, sorting, pricing, tagging, hanging, selling, photographing and posting. They provide sales assistance and customer service to all who enter the store. “Our preliminary work makes it easier for shoppers and exchangers alike,” Chelsea Wilkinson, sales manager said. “We stay very busy, and much of that is working with our customers to make sure they can find what they are looking for.” “We’ll be at the Catawba Valley Women’s Show in September with booths and fashion shows from both stores,” Michele shared. “We sell accessories at Oktoberfest, downtown on the Square. Both events are good opportunities for new folks to see our fashions and learn about our shopping value.” I’ve made plans to bring my granddaughter in for a birthday shopping spree that she will love–and I can afford. I’d suggest you plan a visit for yourself, with friends or your family. Take time before you come to sort through your closet, too. What you bring in you can exchange for something that suits you better or for some extra money in your pocket. Either way, it’s likely to become your shopping mode of choice for fashion and bargains.

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Above, top to bottom–The staff will review the items you bring in and offer you cash or an in-store credit. Luis is happy to show you how to accessorize any outfit. Left–Just another busy day at Style Exchange. Left to right: Luis is creating an offer for a customer, Ashley is sorting through items, Chelsea is hanging new inventory and Chae is helping a customer with her final selections.

Style Exchange 1822 Hwy 70 SE • Hickory, NC (828) 267-7200 109 Williamson Rd • Mooresville, NC (704) 664-7200 HICKORY LIVING • JULY 2013






PHOTOS: Pictured–CVIM medical staff–Left, front row, left to right–Jonathan A. Moseley, MD and Garland L. Hughes, MD Back row, left to right– Douglas P. Miller, MD; Lisa A. Rudisill, MSN, FNP-C; Nitin P. Shenoy, MD and Billy L. Price, Jr, MD Below–Founder James C. Gaither, MD


Providing Personalized Care Article by Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene

When you're sick, who do you turn to? Do you have a primary care physician you can count on in sickness and in health? Catawba Valley Internal Medicine offers quality health care in a warm, friendly environment, whether you're sick or well. Located on Tate Boulevard Southeast in Hickory, the group of five internal medicine physicians and one nurse practitioner offer personalized care to their community. "It's important to have a primary care physician who can manage your overall health care," Dr. Billy Price said. "We can take care of our patients when they're sick and when they’re healthy." Their practice specializes in internal medicine. As internists, the physicians 18


of Catawba Valley Internal Medicine diagnose and treat diseases of the adult internal organ systems for both acute and chronic medical conditions. They serve as primary care physicians for patients and provide referrals to subspecialists when indicated. The physicians recommend having an annual physical exam as a vital part of staying healthy. They see the annual exam as a commitment to their patients to provide the highest level of care and to empower patients to make good choices about their own wellness. There are several attributes that set Catawba Valley Internal Medicine physicians apart from other healthcare providers. Patients of Catawba Valley Internal Medicine are seen by the

emergency room physician and then are admitted to the hospital by their regular physician, or group physician on call, if needed. "Sometimes using a hospitalist, a physician who only sees patients in the hospital, versus their regular primary care physician, can be an issue for patients," Dr. Price said. "It makes our patients more at ease to know they will be seen by us while in the hospital." Hospitalists have become more popular in recent years and offer convenience for physicians to concentrate on their outpatient practices versus having to go to the hospital. Catawba Valley Internal Medicine takes pride in the fact that they are able to see patients themselves during their hospital stay to provide effective and more continual care.

In addition to personal care while in the hospital, the Catawba Valley Internal Medicine practice offers patients the convenience of a full in-house lab. Patients appreciate not having to go to another location for lab work. The physicians at Catawba Valley Internal Medicine also have a strong background in medication management. They have a clinical pharmacist, Lisa Meade, PharmD on staff who does comprehensive diabetic management. Catawba Valley Internal Medicine physicians are committed to providing personal care to the Hickory community. For more information, contact them at 828-322-1128. Catawba Valley Internal Medicine 1771 Tate Boulevard SE Hickory, NC (828) 322-1128

PHOTOS: Above, left–Cynthia Ferguson calibrates Dexa scanner to check bone density Above, right–Clinical staff, left to right, front row– Cynthia Ferguson, Amanda Hager, Kaylie Chewning, Sonia Hartley Back row–Candace Grooms, Stacie Messer, Amy Lehmons, CJ Mulligan, Tessa Patrum Right–Sonia Hartley and Kaylie Chewning in CVIMs in-house lab









What's Cooking?! Chipotle-Herb Butter Porterhouse Chop

Nothing beats a tender, juicy pork chop on the grill – a versatile canvas for a wide range of culinary creations. At your next gathering, impress your guests with these flavorful ChipotleHerb Butter Porterhouse Chops. Be sure to check out www.PorkBeInspired. com/porksocial for more grilling tips and recipes.

Chipotle-Herb Butter Porterhouse Chop Serves 4 Prep - 10 minutes • Cook - 25 minutes

4 Porterhouse Chops (AKA bone-in loin chops), about 1-inch thick 2 teaspoons paprika Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil for brushing Chipotle-Herb Butter 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice Preheat grill over medium high heat and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle paprika, salt and pepper on both sides of chops. Grill pork for 8-9 minutes, turning once halfway through, until cooked to 145ºF. Remove pork from grill, tent it with foil and let rest for 3 minutes. In food processor, combine softened butter, cilantro, chipotle pepper and freshly squeezed lime juice. Pulse for 1

minute until fully combined. Dish up 1 tablespoon of herb butter on top of each piece of pork, and serve. Note: You can find chipotle pepper in adobo sauce canned in the ethnic or Latino section of most major supermarkets. For the most juicy and tender chops, grill to an internal temperature between 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare and 160 degrees Fahrenheit for medium,

followed by a 3-minute rest. Be sure to use a digital cooking thermometer to ensure an accurate final temperature.

Corn on the Cob

4 pieces of corn, shucked 2 teaspoons olive oil

Brush corn with olive oil and place on grill. Grill corn for a few minutes on each side, turning regularly until charred. Remove from grill and set aside. Recipe and photo courtesy of the National Pork Board HICKORY LIVING • JULY 2013


JULY EVENTS Enjoy! Fireworks, music, festivals and movies–all for your enjoyment in July! Mark your calendars for fun!

June 30 Symphony Under the Sails Western Piedmont Symphony Union Square downtown Hickory Bring a lawn chair. 6:00PM - 8:00PM Rain location will be at the SALT Block Auditorium. Presented by Mike Johnson's Hickory Toyota, City of Hickory and Hickory Downtown Development Association.

July 2 Dinner and a Show Community Event featuring the Western Piedmont Symphony - A Night of Cinematic Favorites J.E. Broyhill Civic Center 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE • Lenoir Meal: 5:45PM • Show: 7:00PM For ticket information visit

July 2, 13, 27 Kannapolis Concerts in the Park Village Park, 700 West C Street, Kannapolis at 7:00PM July 2: Charlotte Symphony with Fireworks July 13: Darrell Harwood & Gal Friday Band July 27: Jim Quick & Coastline 24


July 5, 12 Movies in the Park Southside Park, 1775 Southwest Blvd, Newton – Bring a lawn chair. No pets allowed. Movies begin at dusk. July 5: "Space Jam" July 12: "Madagascar 3" Movie Sponsors: Martin Brothers Nationwide of Newton and Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet • Popcorn sponsors: Newsome Tire and Alignment and Kelly's Village Cleaners

July 11 Kannapolis Evening Series Concerts • Veterans Park, Corner of North Main & East First Street, Kannapolis • 6:00PM - 9:00PM July 11: Coconut Groove Band

July 12, 19, 26 Morganton's TGIF Historic Burke County Courthouse lawn in downtown Morganton. Bring a lawn chair. Bands perform from 7:00PM - 10:00PM. Food and beverage available. July 12: The Roadrunnerz (Country, Rock) July 19: Dave Dribbon & the Stomping Rain (Roots Rock) & Teen DJ Night July 26: Too Far Gone (Country)

July 12, 19, 26 Lenoir's Friday After Five Concerts On the square downtown Lenoir

Bring a lawn chair. 7:00PM - 10:00PM July 12: China Bulls (Rock, Soul, Beach Classic)

July 19: Band of Brothers (Variety &

Classic Rock)

July 26: The Logic (Cover, Variety)

July 12 Statesville's Friday After Five Summer Concert Series W. Broad St, Statesville Food and beverage vendors. Bring a lawn chair. No coolers or pets. 5:30PM - 8:30PM July 12: Divided By Four (Motown, R&B, Soul, Funk, 70's hits, Classic Rock)

July 13 12th Annual Blackberry Festival Downtown Lenoir 10:00AM - 4:00PM Enjoy music, food, vendors and children's entertainment.

July 19 Live in the 115 Concerts John Franklin Moore Park • Mooresville (corner of Main St. & Center Ave) No coolers or alcohol allowed. 5:30PM - 7:00PM Stoney Creek Boys 7:30PM - 9:30PM Moses Jones









Host an Extraordinary Outdoor Bash

guests can’t carry on a conversation.

 If you use a tablecloth or runner,

strategically place small bowls or serving pieces around the table to keep the cloth secure.

Slip sprigs of greenery or herbs inside the folds of the napkins for a decorative touch. Tuck flatware inside the napkins to help keep the linens from blowing off the table.

Use smooth stones as chic place cards by writing your guest names on them.

Place votive candles in clear containers or glasses for a casual, romantic glow or hang a candle chandelier from a tree limb using a long chain. Center it over your table, just as you would indoors. Lanterns with citronello oil can ward off unwanted insects.

What do you get when you combine great food, good company and a beautifully set table? One truly memorable party. No matter what the reason for the gathering, find your inspiration from the splendor found outdoors. Picture a rustic table set under the olive trees in the Italian countryside or warm, gentle breezes rustling through a gorgeous garden in the South of France. Nature draws you in, invites you to sit down and encourages you to savor special moments. Create the same experience for your guests at your home. Set a wooden table under shaded trees or a covered patio, then gather several chairs around. Keep decorations simple and let the natural elements set the mood. There is something about flowers that instantly makes any gathering feel spe-

cial. Place several large sunflowers into a vase for the center of the table – or trim the stems off your favorite blooms and float them in a large serving bowl. For another simple centerpiece, line several glasses or small bowls down the center of the table and place a single blossom in each. No flower arranging skills required. Carry out the alfresco theme with dishes inspired by nature, such as Pistoulet dinnerware from Pfaltzgraff. Reminiscent of the light and colors of Southern France, the collection features colorful renderings of flowers, vines, and vegetables set against wide watercolor washes.

Serve a signature drink named after the theme or celebration of the party. The secret to great entertaining is keeping things simple. Parties should be uncomplicated, easy and just as much fun for the hosts as it is for the guests. Start with a simple menu and then get everyone outdoors to enjoy the splendor of warm breezes, lush trees and colorful flowers.

Here are a few more easy tips to make your next outdoor party a charming and memorable event:

Choose music that is light and uplifting. Make sure it isn’t so loud that

Photos and article courtesy of Pfaltzgraff HICKORY LIVING • JULY 2013








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