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Living the Good Life



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from the publisher

Welcome to the March issue.

After the long, cold, wet winter, spring arrives later this month...what a welcome sight! March also signifies that we move our clocks ahead, or spring forward, one hour on March 11. And don’t forget to wear your green when St. Patty’s day arrives on March 17! Spring is my favorite time of year with its warmer weather and longer days, and the beauty that comes with new growth all around. This time of year allows us to be outside more and exchange that heavy winter coat for a light windbreaker. Try to take advantage of the additional daylight and warmth by going for a long walk, taking a hike, or enjoying a trail ride on your bike.


LIVING March 2018

Living the Good Life

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 57 Harmony, NC 28634 (704) 546-5511 E-mail - CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Meredith Collins Kathy Wheeler • Lindsay Keisler Jennifer Krawiec • Lauren Davidson

Along with the fun things to do in spring, there is also work involved—the never-ending list of chores to do around the house under the name “spring cleaning.” My list is already made, how about yours?


Until next month, I hope you enjoy the first month of spring, and thank you for reading the March issue of Hickory Living Magazine!

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Planning Your Spring Projects By Kathy Wheeler

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March ushers in the first day of spring and visions of warmer weather ahead. It may be too cold to get outside and work on spring projects, but it’s not too early to plan them! From envisioning our spring flower beds to brightening our interiors with DIY home décor pieces, spring is the time to get started. Many homeowners and crafters are mixing the old with the new, repurposing and upcycling old windows, doors, and other architectural pieces into works of art and furniture for their home. Doors can be upcycled into benches, hall trees, bar tops and table tops, backdrops for shelving, headboards, or just used as interesting architectural pieces with maybe a wreath hanging on it. Likewise, old windows are being hung on walls or placed over mantels as a piece of art, as a frame for photos, or repurposed as a mirror. Vintage doors and windows create that old farmhouse look. The chipping paint on these pieces adds to the 8


character and contributes to the aged, worn look. DIY crafters don’t want these projects to look new!

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Before you start any project on an old painted piece, or before even bringing it into your home, you should test it for lead paint. Lead paint was banned in the United States in 1978, so anything older than that most likely contains lead and should be treated with caution. Remember that many of these windows and doors were replaced due to poor energy efficiency and…you guessed it … lead paint. Ingesting or breathing the dust from the paint is hazardous and

so are the paint chips. You can have the lead paint mitigated by a professional, however, it is expensive. If you are a DIYer and want to tackle the project yourself, certain precautions need to be taken – remember you bought these with chipping paint, so the paint has deteriorated. The goal is not to remove the lead but rather contain it and seal it. Stripping the paint could cause hazardous fumes, and lead may still remain in the wood. However, This Old House featured a contractor who used RemovAll, a nontoxic paint stripper. 3-M makes a lead paint tester that reveals the presence of lead within seconds. If your project contains lead, then you will need some safety equipment before you get started: a respirator rated for lead, a 6-mil plastic drop cloth to catch the chips, a pair of disposable rubber gloves, goggles, and you will need to cover your head, clothes, and shoes so that you don’t track the dust into your home when finished. Work outside instead of in the garage, and think ahead when it comes to the clean-up. You don’t want to sweep up the paint chips, but keep them contained on the drop cloth. As a DIY crafter, never use an electric sander on surfaces with lead paint or on surfaces that have been painted with lead paint. Wet the wood down with water and remove any loose paint chips and then seal it by painting over it with a bonding solution or a clear sealer. The whole point is to keep the paint contained on the surface, so that it isn’t chipping or there isn’t any dust involved. When finished, take your clothing cover and the drop cloth and seal them in a 6-mil bag to be thrown away. Don’t forget to replace the filter in the respirator, as well. DIY projects are fun, and spring is the perfect time to get started! On any project, do your homework, and make safety a priority.

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FURNITURE • DESIGN • SERVICE By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

We all want American-made products these days, and one of the most made in America industries is right here in the greater Hickory area. If you’ve spent any time living, working, or visiting here, you know exactly what I’m talking about—we are famously known for high quality, beautifully designed furniture. Hickory Park is proud to boast one of the largest showrooms filled to the brim with designs from some of America’s finest furniture manufacturers, many located here in the Piedmont and throughout North Carolina. In fact, Hickory Park was recently named one of the top 25 premium furniture retailers in the United States by Home Furnishings Business magazine. “The value of furniture manufacturing in our region is stronger than ever,” said Andy Lominac, the company’s social media guru, as he gave me a tour of the 85,000 square feet of spectacular showrooms; well almost all of it. “Many of these 12


lines of furniture never left our area, and we represent the finest manufacturers across the country, as well. For example, Hickory Chair and Century Furniture both make phenomenal custom furniture, and each has been in business here over 75 years. It’s a lot to be proud of.” Hickory Park showrooms are beautiful, fun, and exciting. Their true value is the impressive displays of unique, comfortable, and stylish furniture, whether your taste is simple to elegant or modern to traditional. The true magic comes when you combine those creations and your vision with professional designers who can bring it all to life. Hickory Park offers in-house designers, because designing and planning are so important when it comes to creating rooms that reflect a customer’s style and needs. Elizabeth Burns, allied member ASID, and Angie Allen, allied member ASID,

are an awesome team who have worked together for 23 years. “We wear lots of hats,” Angie shared, “but our most important service is to listen and to understand what our clients want and need. We believe in making people happy with their furniture selections so they enjoy the home we help create.” The design team at Hickory Park works hand in hand with the sales team. “Our staff individually averages 23 years of experience. In addition to this being a great place to work, they are here because they’re passionate about the furniture industry,” Andy explained. The sales staff participates in continuing education through seminars, factory tours, and attending International Home Furnishings Market twice a year. The designers and staff of Hickory Park understand the construction and craftsmanship that goes into every piece they offer. With this knowledge in hand and their willingness to share that with their


On the cover–Hickory Park offers an 85,000 square feet showroom filled with furniture. They have designers who help customers with their selections, and offer impeccable service. Pictured on the cover are their designers, Elizabeth Burns, allied member ASID, and Angie Allen, allied member ASID. Opposite page–Bassett Custom Upholstery Program allows customers to choose everything down to the last detail...and it’s made in Newton! Above–Angie and Elizabeth help a customer in the Century Furniture Gallery.



clients, they have a tremendous number of repeat and referred customers, many from all over the world. To celebrate Hickory Park’s 35th anniversary, the company introduced a new logo. The logo represents the three principles they stand behind—furniture, design, and service. Hickory Park has over 85,000 square feet of spacious showrooms in the Hickory Furniture Mart, so it’s very likely you’ll find just what you’re looking for. While you’re shopping remember that many pieces of furniture can be custom designed to suit your style and preferences. “Furniture shopping is changing, and successful manufacturers are paying attention,” Elizabeth explained. “Most of our manufacturers offer programs to select options that make the piece unique to the customer.” My tour took me through galleries that feature over 80 brands, including Hancock & Moore’s fabulous leather furniture, C.R. Laine showing their newest fabrics and beautiful designs, and America’s oldest, 170-year-old furniture company, Harden. That’s just the beginning. Hickory Park offers the largest selection of motion furniture in the area, such as La-Z-Boy and Flexsteel, just to name a couple. Plan a visit to test drive any of the hundreds of motion pieces to make your living room, den, or home theatre the most comfortable ever. You will also enjoy seeing all the latest from Bassett, Broyhill, and Kincaid. Be sure to see the gorgeous area dedicated to outdoor furniture and casual living.

Photos, top to bottom:

• Be inspired by Hickory Park’s Outdoor Living Gallery. • Marge Carson Showroom with styles from old world elegance to glamorous contemporary • Recliners, massage chairs, reclining sofas, lift chairs and home theater seating–all on display • Kincaid’s new interactive catalog for customers



This list is just a small sampling of all you will find at Hickory Park. The staff will let you look all you want and will be there to answer questions, brainstorm ideas, and create a plan for any space you want to furnish. Elizabeth told me, “We work with every size space from offices to resort properties, from here in Hickory to around the world. Our customers are first time home owners, singles, retirees, businesses, designers, and architects. We can help you complete a single room or an entire home.”

A PROUD FAMILY BUSINESS The showroom’s location at the Hickory Furniture Mart is perfect, according to owners David Bolick and Brett Cribb. Positioned in the heart of the furniture manufacturing capital gives Hickory Park a unique perspective in the home furnishings industry. “Hickory Park has grown to more than 50 employees, but still maintains a family atmosphere,” says Vice President Brian Gee. “From our sales and design teams, customer service, warehouse and delivery employees, they all make up the Hickory Park family.” A SELECTION LIKE NO OTHER Whether you come with your own ideas and plans or need professional assistance, Hickory Park is the best place to start. Finding furniture and accessories you like, in a fabric and finish you love, and something that fits perfectly, doesn’t need to be overwhelming. No job is too big or too small, and everyone who walks in the doors is treated to the best customer service, furniture selection, and design planning. They understand that everyone comes with a particular budget and sense of style. Take advantage of this special service—bring your ideas, photos, fabric, and color swatches to Elizabeth and Angie for personal service and creative ideas. A complete list with photographs, virtual tours, and links to their manufacturers and featured collections is included at Also, remember to keep up with their on-line presence on Facebook and Instagram. You will be well served and truly satisfied with the people you meet at Hickory Park…let them help you create your perfect space.

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OrthoCarolina’s mission is to provide patients with the best patient-centered, individualized care possible to get them back to enjoying their daily lives. With 1,600 employees and over 20 locations across North Carolina, OrthoCarolina is one of the nation’s leading orthopedic practices. Services include onsite MRI, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, total joint replacement (in many cases same day joint replacement is an option), spine care, hand surgery, physical therapy, and treatments for osteoporosis, and shoulder, elbow, foot, and ankle conditions. The Hickory location includes a team of ten fellowship trained physicians, five physician assistants, and a complete physical therapy team. The Hickory office also has four area satellite locations 18


in Hudson, Lincolnton, Taylorsville, and Boone. OrthoCarolina takes a team approach to healthcare with PAs and physicians working very closely together to improve patient care. PAs work in many different medical specialties. By seeing a PA-physician team, not only do patients benefit from increased access to medical care and better outcomes, but the physician who works alongside the PA can have greater access to time outside the office and the OR suite, decreasing surgical wait time. One benefit at OrthoCarolina is that the PAs work the after-hours Urgent Care at the office, Monday through Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., to better serve patients’ orthopedic needs. When a PA sees a patient

The newly launched Surgical Coordinated Care Program takes an organized and simplified approach to patient care. Patients are assigned a patient navigator to be their “champion” and to help them navigate all aspects of their care, including their doctor, specialist, clinic, laboratory, hospital, and pharmacy. The patient navigator makes sure everyone is on the same page working together. An on-site physical therapy team also works to provide comprehensive patient care at OrthoCarolina. “The primary focus of our therapy team has always been to give the patient the best opportunity to have a successful rehabilitation outcome, from either a surgical procedure or muscle-skeletal dysfunction, so they can get back to life without restrictions,” Todd Bohemier PT, LATC, said. “We are excited to soon offer a Step Down Program for our clients that will help take this to the next level of care. This opportunity will provide those patients who are not quite ready to join a local fitness center a chance for fine tuning and assistance

the Hickory Crawdads,” Jennifer Bolick, physician liaison, said. “We enjoy being involved in our community and sponsoring local programs.”

after skilled one-on-one care is not needed. Our hope is that this program will be an adjunct to what we already provide our patients but a more specific bridge to independence. It has always been our goal to assist our patients in their recovery so they can live their lives to the fullest, and we cannot wait to offer this to the community.” OrthoCarolina’s Hickory offices are currently undergoing renovations. “In an

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Spring Cleaning By Jennifer Krawiec

Have you noticed daylight is lingering just a little bit longer in the evening? And can you tell that the temperatures are chilly but no longer bitingly cold? Despite the groundhog’s prediction, we know spring is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: spring cleaning! Well, that may not be the only thing the season means to you, but it is a great opportunity—or excuse—to purge a closet or two, finally eliminate that junk drawer, or even go so far as to rehab an outdoor space to enjoy in the warmer weather.

disposing of all the things you do not need that take up valuable cabinet space.

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When cleaning a clothes closet, ask yourself a few questions. Answer “no” to any of them, and the item needs to be donated, tossed, or consigned. Does it fit? Do you like it? Do you wear it? Is it still in fashion? Is it free of holes and obvious wear? Next, move on to the kitchen and ask yes/no questions about the functionality and use of all your gadgets and utensils, or the age or expiration of the foods and spices. This will keep you on track for HICKORY LIVING • MARCH 2018

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The first step to a good spring cleaning session is simply getting rid of those things you do not use or need. Starting small makes this step more manageable. Tackle one drawer, not the whole dresser; one closet will be less overwhelming than promising to organize all the closets in the house.


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When you rid your home of unnecessary objects, you open up more space for the things you need or use every day. The next step to spring cleaning is to take some time to organize. If you’re working on a clothes closet, group your hanging items by color, outfit, or season. In the kitchen, rearrange the contents of the cabinets so that your most frequently-used foods and tools are more accessible.

Maybe you would rather take that spring cleaning in a different direction: outside! The weather is improving, so clean up the outdoor area that you enjoy in solitude or a space where you like to gather with friends and family. You don’t need to budget building a new deck, but you can spruce up the old one with plants and a pressure wash. Staging an intimate sitting area on an otherwise bland front porch can be done for less than $100 by adding a chair (or two) and a small table. However you decide to celebrate this warmer weather, a few simple steps toward making your living space tidy and free of clutter will create a more enjoyable home, inside and out.

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I went to a committee meeting recently for a volunteer organization of which I am an enthusiastic member. There were about seven of us, and we spent the allotted hour discussing new ideas for activities that would raise funds for making a difference in the community. During that meeting, each member excitedly vocalized their ideas, and we all fed off the positive energy that we had ignited together. As everyone reading this will know, that’s not always the case with meetings. I’m frequently guilty of not speaking up, because I get nervous and doubt the importance of my ideas. Not with this committee, though. As I left that meeting, I felt excited and ready to get started on the tasks at hand. While I was driving home, I began to reflect on what had led me to success with this group. I decided that it had to be the environment of acceptance that we

had established. No one made anyone else feel idiotic for raising an irrelevant point. We took each other’s ideas with equal respect across the room, because even though all of us had different backgrounds and different points of view, we also all had a common goal. I left feeling proud of myself and accomplished, two feelings that we should all strive to attain more often. It also inspired each of us to immediately begin working on our project.

It may sound cheesy or new-age, but reconnecting with them also reconnected me to a part of myself that I had neglected, and that awakened in me the lost confidence of youth. Having friendships that go back to kindergarten will quickly humble you—those friends seem incapable of forgetting that embarrassing poem you wrote in third grade, and will not hesitate to remind you that you weren’t always capable of stringing sentences together so cohesively.

I recently experienced a similar feeling of reward with friendships. I’d say I have a lot of friends, but there are three people that I’d consider my very best friends, and unfortunately, all of them are long distance—maybe that’s how they put up with me! Over the past month, I’ve had visits with two of them, and spending time with them brought out what I consider to be my true self.

The point I’m trying to make is that it’s important to identify the organizations, relationships, and situations that give you confidence and leave you feeling like your best self. If you pour your energy into them, I believe that you’ll increase your self-worth, and by doing so, you may be surprised at what you can accomplish. In case you forgot, if you believe in yourself, you can do anything. HICKORY LIVING • MARCH 2018


Your chamber is committed to working closely with our collaborative partners to grow our population and fill jobs in 2018 and beyond. The following is a summary of our 2018 program of work priorities. To our shareholders and investors, thank you for your annual partnership which is directly invested into accomplishing this work on behalf of business in Catawba County.

Inside The Chamber

2018 Chamber Priorities

Lindsay Keisler President and CEO Catawba County Chamber of Commerce



The K-64 Learning Initiative–This is a long-term partnership between Catawba County, our three school systems, Catawba Valley Community College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Catawba County EDC, and the Catawba County Chamber to equip students of all ages with the skills for viable and sustainable careers, from their entry into school through retirement. This transformational plan focuses on the following priorities: Access to technology, accompanied by educator training; soft skills immersion in our elementary schools through character development programming; work-based learning opportunities; an emphasis on STEM education and expanded customized training academies; and educational pathways for industry. Small Business and Entrepreneurship–We will continue to partner ship– with local government and the robust network of small business resources within Catawba County to ensure a business-friendly and supportive climate for start-ups, entrepreneurial growth and expansion, and business competitiveness success. In addition, we will continue to deliver pertinent programs and events which serve as the platform to grant our shareholders and investors and their employees access to influential business and community leaders, providing the opportunity to build new relationships, increase their network, and enable them to connect their business locally and regionally. Community Branding & MarketingWe are committed to working in collaboration with local government and other stakeholders through the

process of identifying our community’s brand and executing a comprehensive plan to sell our community, both within and outside our borders, as the great place it is to live, raise a family, work, and learn. Veteran Recruitment–Over 20,000 service members transition into the civilian workforce each year from a base within North Carolina. It is a priority of ours to explore this opportunity on behalf of local employers to recruit this top talent, advocate for a community culture that is supportive and inclusive to veterans, and serve as the platform to open doors to enable local employers access to this valuable talent pool. Community Familiarization and Engagement–The chamber is committed to serving as the platform to familiarize and connect prospective and recently relocated talent to our greater community. The Leadership Network of Catawba County– County–We will continue to serve as the organization that fosters a pipeline of community leaders, from elementary school to young professionals, to our top executive leadership, who are actively engaged in making a significant positive impact on Catawba County. Product Development– Development–We will support the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation’s efforts and advocate for the development of public/private initiatives to build competitively priced buildings and sites suitable for business location and job growth. Community Development–Economic development success comes from building a vibrant community, a talented workforce, and a pro-business climate. We are committed to creating and supporting initiatives that build a more competitive, prosperous region. For more information about chamber partnership and privileges, please contact me anytime at

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We look forward to working for and with you to grow our population and fill jobs in 2018 and beyond.




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Zachary Greer is a board-certified physician assistant practicing all aspects of general dermatology, including skin cancer screenings, as well as treating acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin conditions. Born and raised in the Hickory area, he looks forward to serving and helping the people of his community.

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Welcome to Hickory Living Magazine online. We invite you to read the March 2018 issue featuring Hickory Park Furniture, Design, Service. Our...


Welcome to Hickory Living Magazine online. We invite you to read the March 2018 issue featuring Hickory Park Furniture, Design, Service. Our...