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Complimentary December 2013

Living the Good Life

Hickory’s Home for Fine Jewelry HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2013







from the publisher


Welcome to the December issue.


In my November comments I wrote this was the month to give thanks. As we come to the end of another fabulous year of publishing Hickory Living, our fifth full year, I feel like this is a perfect time to say thanks all over again. A special thank you to all of our staff. It is such a great pleasure for me to work with so many talented and professional people each and every month. They make my job easy. Thanks to our readers and our advertisers. We work hard each month to publish a magazine that you will want to read and advertise in. We seem to be doing just that based on the feedback and response we get from you. My wish for all of you this Christmas season is that you take a moment to truly enjoy all that you have. I hope all your dreams come true!

Living the Good Life

December 2013

Mailing Address - 1670 E. Broad Street, Suite #195 Statesville, NC 28625 828-464-4060 E-mail - CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Meredith Collins Kathy Wheeler • Cheryl Grant COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Shane Greene Photography

Merry Christmas and thank you for reading the December issue of Hickory Living Magazine!

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• Decorating For The Holidays


• Oz's Jewelers: Hickory’s Home For Fine Jewelry


• 10 Tips To Prevent Holiday Weight Gain


• La Bella Donna Improve The Skin You're In


• What's Cooking?! HO, HO, Holiday Treats


• The Arts In December




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Decorating For The Holidays By Kathy Wheeler


can be an overwhelming task for some, but have no fear; you can create a space that looks beautifully put together with a few general tips. It can be tempting to use all of the decorations you have collected over the years, but refrain from temptation! Instead choose a color scheme of about three colors and only use those ornaments and decor that fit your scheme. Repeat color, ribbon and ornaments throughout your spaces for a cohesive look. Keep it simple and don't fill every available space–maybe a large tree in the great room and dress up the mantel; a centerpiece on the dining table or some mixed greenery draped on the light fixture with ribbon and berries tucked in. Move furniture if necessary to keep rooms open and airy. Lighted houses and villages are perfect for placing on top of kitchen cabinets, and provide mood lighting at night. No countertop real estate is lost and the extention cord can be hidden between cabinets with a simple DIY project using an electrical plug repair kit. 10


When using a centerpiece on the dining table, don't block the view of people sitting at the table. Either move the centerpiece to your buffet or keep your centerpiece low so people can see over it. Consider switching to LED lights over incandescent. LEDs require a more costly investment initially, but use 85% less power than traditional holiday lights. They don't generate much heat, making them safer, and last 10 times longer. All LEDs are not made equal. If you want LEDs that look similar to the traditional lights, purchase the warm white. They also make a cool white, which has a blue tint to them, and a pure white, which is white without the warm cast to it. Super Bright LEDs generate more light than regular LEDs. If using outdoors, make sure the strand is rated for outdoor use. By layering different types of greenery, with plenty of ribbon, lights and ornaments, your decorations will provide a warm holiday glow for you and your guests to enjoy throughout the season.

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Hickory’s Home for Fine Jewelry By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

Beautifully designed jewelry is a gift of love, sometimes for yourself and sometimes for a special person in your life. It brings people together. When you’re putting your heart into such a special gift–one that means I love you–only the best will do. Oz and Brenda Hefner have built a life together, and a very successful business, around this very idea. “We 12


have customers, of course, but most importantly, we have relationships. We’re blessed that so many people have made Oz’s their personal jeweler,” Brenda shared with a smile. “It’s not just about keeping the lights on, it’s about being there for the friends we’ve made and friends we’ll make in the years to come.”


On the cover–Oz and Brenda Hefner, owners of Oz's Jewelers Pictured–Oz and Chad working on a piece of jewelry in the laser welder.

A LITTLE HISTORY “This store literally started with one gold chain,” Brenda told me. “I came home from work one day–we’d only been married three years–and all of Oz’s jewelry repair tools were spread out on the kitchen table.” Oz had been repairing jewelry for a long time. He’d trained and apprenticed with Tom Keith in Newton, and was repairing jewelry for Tom and a number of other jewelry stores. He’d decided to open his own jewelry business, and the next day was out on the street looking for work. For a while, Oz ran his repair business from a spare bedroom. Brenda would pick up and deliver to local stores. “We had a jeweler friend who gave us gold jewelry to sell on consignment, and the rest is history,” Brenda recalled. That was 30-years ago, and today, Oz’s Jewelers in Hickory is one of the region’s finest. Chad Cox and Oz do the store’s in-house repairs; it’s one of just a handful of stores that have a complete repair department. The store has built a reputation for exceptional workmanship coupled with an outstanding work ethic and professional integrity. The

entire team at Oz’s is dedicated to helpful customer service: Oz, Brenda, Chad, Crystal, Heather, along with Megan, Sarah and Melissa. As a family-owned business, Oz’s Jewelers understands the value of good people and a level of quality service that has earned Oz’s a national award for customer service in 2012. STEAL HER HEART Enter Oz’s Jewelers, and it’s hard to decide where to begin looking. The store literally sparkles. Brenda gave me the cook’s tour, where we started with Oz’s personally designed line, the Steal Her Heart Collection. This heart-centered line has grown since its creation in 2010 and now includes beautifully unique bridal rings, as well as earrings, bracelets, casual rings, and the original design, the Steal Her Heart pendant. In every piece you’ll find Oz’s heart design, either as the center motif or subtly incorporated into the overall design. Bridal rings and pendants may feature a unique Oz-branded solitaire diamond–a Diamond as Perfect as She Is–and others sparkle with multiple diamonds throughout. You can choose


Above, left–Oz with his Steal Her Heart Collection Right–Melissa taking orders for Steal Her Heart from independent jewelers in the United States and Canada Below–Chad working on a customer’s repair

14k yellow or white gold, as well as clear or black diamonds. There’s a design for every taste and budget. Oz has incorporated the cross into this line; HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2013


those pieces make a special, subtle statement of faith. After just one year, Oz’s Steal Her Heart line is now carried in over 800 fine jewelry stores in the U.S. and Canada, and it’s still growing. THE JEWELRY “Our desire is to become the place where couples go to select their engagement and wedding rings,” Brenda emphasized. “Our website features a blog where you can post just how you proposed marriage to your sweetheart, because we know that the ring is a special part of the romance.” Oz’s selections in bridal rings range from your own custom design (you can create the look you want with a special CAD design program on the computer in the store and see just how beautifully your design elements come together and how it will look on your hand), to custom setting your own stones, vintage estate jewelry, and everything in between. Whatever you choose, you can be assured that you are getting the very finest diamonds, personalized customer service, and the best value in your investment. Brenda explained: “Our diamonds, and all our fine jewelry, actually, can become family heirlooms shared over generations. We’re always learning so we can keep up with current styles and designs. We stand behind our jewelry and our service.” Whatever your taste, whatever your style, Oz’s Jewelers has beautiful jewelry for special and everyday adornments. This Christmas season, Oz offers The Heartbeat Collection, incredibly brilliant diamond jewelry. These pendants and earrings are the most unique, sparkling style you can give–as long as she’s wearing it, the central diamond never stops moving. These sparkling pieces are truly “powered by her heartbeat.”


Top–Brenda packaging a special purchase in an Oz’s box Middle–The latest addition to Oz’s Jewelers repair department–a Matrix 7.5 custom cad design Bottom–Crystal assisting a Pandora customer 14


Pandora’s selection of bracelets, charms and beads are always well-received holiday gifts. The collection is designed to create a unique statement for each woman who wears it, with bracelets in sterling silver, 14k gold, and leather for threading the beads and charms chosen to commemorate special occasions or ideas. Your bracelet’s look can grow with every gift-giving occasion. Lafonn’s very affordable, glamorous rings (including bridal sets), pendants, bracelets, anklets and earrings feature the finest Lassaire simulated diamonds designed for dazzle, brilliance and style, all within your budget. “This is the perfect fashion jewelry you can wear any-

where,” Brenda shared. Nina Nguyen’s earthy ammonite fossils, stalactite, and geodes and glittery Druzy stones come from around the world. Created in nature, these colorful stones have an organic look and feel that complement any woman’s style. Truly classic, pearl strands by Imperial are always a perfect gift. Imperial has been designing pearl jewelry for over 100 years and their necklaces have been worn by Hollywood stars and first ladies. Fine watches by Citizen Eco Drive, Luminox and Fossil; Kameleon’s interchangeable JewelPops; Mother and Child symbols of love; Nikki Lissoni’s contemporary fashion jewelry; and much more than I can capture here. All just need to be seen, and of course, tried on! The store enjoys making shopping and gift selection easy. On December 5th, Ladies’ Night begins at 5 pm. “We help get those wish lists to the right people in plenty of time for the holidays,” Brenda told me. I think I’ll put mine on the refrigerator! The closeout case rotates sale items all the time, so there’s always something new to try on.

A HEART IN THE COMMUNITY “We work a lot with our church, St. Peter’s Lutheran. In October, we were in Laotchikit, Haiti, where we helped dedicate their first church,” Brenda shared. “It’s the hope of that community.” Oz and Brenda also helped start, and continue to work with, the backpack program at Lyle Creek Elementary. They help sponsor Through Healing Eyes, a breast cancer support organization, by donating 10% of October’s sales and a one-carat diamond to their gala. “We feel very blessed to be able to help and serve wherever we can.”


Top, left–Left to right–Oz’s Jewelers team: Heather McMillion, Crystal Gantt, Chad Cox, Melissa Haynes, Brenda and Oz Hefner Right–Heather showing a customer our latest collection of VAHAN jewelry Below • Ring sizing • Link removal and watch battery installation while you wait

Put Oz’s Jewelers on your list of great places to shop. When you get to know Oz and Brenda you’ll discover that the quality and beauty of their jewelry, the integrity of the entire team, and the value you receive with each purchase or repair will confirm that Oz’s should be your family’s jewelers.

Oz's Jewelers 1839 12th Ave. NE • Hickory 828.328.5565 Find Oz's on Facebook! HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2013


10 Tips To


Holiday Weight Gain By Cheryl Grant More than 60% of people gain weight during the holidays, and most don't loose those extra pounds when the festivities are over. Here are some tips to help keep the pounds off and still enjoy those holiday treats and parties.

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Drink plenty of water. Water will fill you up and keep you hydrated.


Exercise portion control. Eat everything you want, but in small portions. Use a smaller plate if possible and don't pile it up.


Count the number of appetizers you eat. You may want to avoid them altogether and save your appetite for the main course.


Don't eat after 7:00 p.m. You will have a better chance of burning off the calories if you avoid eating too late in the evening.


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Exercise a little more each day to burn the extra calories. Keep your regular exercise routine even during the holidays. Adding an extra 15 minute walk on the tread mill or an extra 15 minute workout can help ward off weight gain.


Cut back on calories at other meals. Eat small, low calorie meals to offset the high-calorie holiday food.


Send the leftovers home with your guests. If you are hosting the party, don't keep all the leftovers. Send plates of food home with your guests to prevent being tempted to eat what is left.

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Don't arrive to the party hungry. Eat small meals throughout the day and a healthy snack before a party.

Keep alcohol in check. Opt for light beer instead of high calorie egg nog. Enjoy the social aspect of the party more than the food, and don't linger by the food table!

Enjoy the Holidays!



Photos: Left–La Bella Donna staff: Back row–Laura Duggan, Kim Amos; Front row–Tracey Bare, Kim Castle Below–Juvéderm Voluma, recently approved by the FDA, is a dermal filler for natural looking results lasting up to 2 years–Tracey administering Juvéderm. Below–Tracey Bare, RN, and owner of La Bella Donna

La Bella Donna Improve the Skin You're In Article by Meredith Collins Photos by Shane Greene Photography

La Bella Donna in Hickory wants to help you improve the skin you’re in. Whether you’re 30 or 70, there are easy and affordable treatments to keep your skin looking great. It’s never too early or too late to take care of your skin! Products and services include physician strength skin care, laser treatments, Botox, Juvéderm, laser hair removal, as well as esthetic and massage services. Tracey Bare, owner of La Bella Donna, is a registered nurse with 21 years of experience. She has specialized in cosmetic and laser treatments for the past seven years. Having healthy looking skin doesn’t have to be expensive. Tracey says she strives to make treatments affordable with payment plans, packages, and monthly specials offering reduced pric18


ing. “I am confident in the results of the treatments I do, and it is proven in my clients who keep coming back,” she explained. “A lot of people think Botox is so expensive that they could never do it. When you do a minimal amount of Botox, and I am a full believer of doing minimal, you get a great result that is really affordable and natural looking. You don’t have to have that overly frozen look.” Several holiday specials were kicked off at an open house on November 14 and run through January 15. Gift certificates are available. One of the special packages La Bella Donna is offering during the holidays is a Forever Young Laser Maintenance Package. It includes laser facials, Pixel Perfect resurfacing, skin tightening, neck, chest, and hand rejuvenation, vein treatment, and more.

The package includes a total of 14 treatments throughout the year. Tracey and her staff consult with patients and discuss exactly which treatment options are best suited to their needs. They keep all treatments and patient information confidential. “It’s really a personal choice whether my clients want to share with others what their antiaging secrets are, whether they have had laser treatments or Botox or Juvéderm,” Tracey said. “Some will share and some will keep it a secret. Sometimes it’s just great to keep people guessing!” La Bella Donna’s staff includes Kim Castle, front desk receptionist; Susan Bare, part-time receptionist; Laura Duggan, licensed massage therapist; and Kim Amos, licensed esthetician. All services are offered in a relaxing environment where everyone feels pampered and well

cared for. Patients at La Bella Donna represent a wide variety of ages. Tracey has found that by doing little anti-aging treatments along the way before you reach your 60s, you will keep your cost down and treatments to a minimum. You can ultimately do Botox, dermal filler, laser treatments and still look like your natural, beautiful self–just better! The staff at La Bella Donna can help you determine the best treatments for your age and budget during a quick and easy consultation. Contact them for details about special packages and services.

La Bella Donna 828-267-7263 10 Third Ave. NE, Suite 200 Hickory, NC


Above–Kim Amos, licensed esthetician, performing epidermal leveling (top), and Laura Duggan, LMBT, offers relaxing chair massages.









What's Cooking?! HO, HO, Holiday Treats

Nothing says home for the holidays like the smell of treats baking in the oven and a crowded kitchen filled with loved ones. Whether making decades-old family favorites or starting new holiday baking traditions, you can create homemade holiday goodies in a ginger snap. Wilton has all sorts of products to help your creativity.

Jolly Santa’s Treat Cookies Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

2¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1½ cups granulated sugar 1 egg 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon almond extract Red, green and white cookie icing; red and dark green colored sugars; white sparkling or pearlized sugar; white sugar pearls


Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add egg and extracts; mix well. Add flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Dip cookie cutters in flour before each use. (Wilton has numerous holiday cookie cutter sets such as the “Ho-Ho” Word cookie cutter among others.)

Ho” cookies, sprinkle with sugars; let set until icing is completely dry. For snowflake cookie, add white cookie icing detail to dried cookie; attach sugar pearls with dots of icing.

Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 8 to 11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool cookies completely. Outline and fill-in cooled cookies with cookie icing. For “Ho-

Recipe and photo courtesy of Wilton Enterprises. For more holiday recipes, visit HICKORY LIVING • DECEMBER 2013




THEATRE Willy Wonka Junior Sundays, Dec 1, 8, & 15 at 2:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14 at 7:30 p.m. • Tickets $6 - $12 Hickory Community Theatre 30 3rd St NW, Hickory 828-328-2283

The Nutcracker Suite Featuring - The Kontras Quartet and The NewArt School of Ballet Dec. 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Dec. 7 at 8:00 p.m. Newton Conover Auditorium 60 W 6th Street, Newton 828-464-8100 • Tickets $8 - $12

Peter Pan Dec. 6, 7, 13 & 14 at 8:00 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 & 15 at 3:00 p.m. The Green Room Community Theatre 10 South Main Avenue, Newton 828-464-6128 • Tickets $8 - $14

James Gregory New Years Eve Show Dec. 31 at 8:00 p.m. • Tickets $35 - $45 Hickory Community Theatre 30 3rd St NW, Hickory 828-328-2283

Propst House Museum Home Tour and Open House Dec 8th, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Propst House - Located in Shuford Memorial Park and Gardens on the corner of 3rd Ave. NW & 6th St. NW, Hickory • Free to public. 828-322-4731

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS Hickory Choral Society Dec 6 at 8:00 p.m. Dec 7 at 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Dec. 7 at 11:00 a.m. Children's Cookies and Carols Concert - open seating Dec. 8 at 3:00 p.m. Corinth Reformed Church 150 16th Ave NW, Hickory Free seating available and reserved seating for HCS supporters 828-322-2210

'We Wish You Christmas' Dec. 14 - 15 at 7:00 p.m. A callaboration between the CVCC Chorale and Handbell Choir and Viewmont Baptist Sanctuary Choir and Handbells. Also featuring an orchestra and bluegrass group. Free to the public. Viewmont Baptist Church 1246 2nd St NE, Hickory

1940's Christmas Radio Hour

HICKORY LANDMARKS SOCIETY Poinsettia Sale Starts Nov 30 - Dec 18 Historical Maple Grove 542 2nd Street NE, Hickory Open Mon-Sat from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 828-322-4731 24 24


Presented by Hickory Music Factory Featuring The Hickory Jazz Orchestra, Russ Wilson, Hal Rowe, Troy Conn, Nathan Hefner and Jackie Finley Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m. Salt Block Auditorium 243 Third Ave. NE, Hickory Tickets can be purchased at Larry's Music or www.hickorymusicfactory. com. For more info call 828-308-5659.

ARTS FUNDRAISING EVENTS Angels of the Arts Holiday Brunch Presented by Hickory Museum of Art - Raffle Tickets, Silent Auction, Brunch & Live Auction. Dec. 7 at 10:00 a.m. Lake Hickory Country Club 430 17th Ave NW, Hickory For More Information 828-327-8576

Jingle Bell Bash 2013 Presented by United Arts Council (The event is formerly known as the Mercedes Gala) Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Lake Hickory Country Club 430 17th Ave NW, Hickory For tickets or more info call: 828-3244906 or visit Tickets are $100 for two. Each ticket provides one opportunity to win $20,000 plus 5 others will win $5,000.

DECEMBER EXHIBITS Hickory Museum of Art 243 Third Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601 828-327-8576 • Open Tues – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m. Admission is Free Road Trip: A Juried Exhibition Through January 5, 2014 Coe Gallery All Access: The Poster Art of Matt Pfahlert Through January 5, 2014 Entrance Gallery

Chaos & Control: Juie Rattley III Through March 9, 2014 Gifford & Regal Galleries Snowfall in the City and the Country Through March 9, 2014 Whitener Gallery Elizabeth Catlett: Artist – Activist December 7, 2013 – March 9, 2014 Shuford Gallery The 100th Anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show Through March 23, 2014 Windows Gallery Roseville Pottery from the Permanent Collection Through March 30, 2014 Objects Gallery Discover Folk Art Ongoing Third Floor Gallery


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