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Welcome to the November issue.

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This is the month for giving thanks. Thank you to our veterans for their service to our nation as we salute them on Veteran's Day, November 11th. If you know a veteran, shake their hand and tell them you appreciate their service. Thanksgiving offers a great opportunity for us to step back and count the many blessings we have to be thankful for. I am most thankful for wonderful friends and family, work that I love, and the opportunity to wake up in a fabulous, free country everyday. When I think of the sacrifices the early settlers endured in a new land, most of our problems of today pale in comparison. These early pioneers overcame incredible odds, such as brutally cold winters, disease, and starvation to persevere and put down roots in a new world. Thanks to them for paving the way for all that we enjoy today.

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Mailing Address - 1670 E. Broad Street, Suite #195 Statesville, NC 28625 828-464-4060 E-mail - HickoryLiving@gmail.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Meredith Collins Kathy Wheeler • Cheryl Grant James D. Williams • Matthew Stewart COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Shane Greene Photography COVER STORY Unique Oriental Rugs & More by David

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for reading the November issue of Hickory Living Magazine!

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• Being Grateful Makes You Happier

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• Unique Oriental Rugs & More By David: Pleasures To Have... Treasures To Keep

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• A Time Of Thanks, Renewal Of Friendships, And Bold New Rumors

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• Budget Blinds: Window Covering Solutions

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• What's Cooking?! Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie

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• Staying Warm And Safe This Winter

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• Holiday Shopping

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• 2013 Kitchens & More Tour

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Being Grateful

Makes You Happier By Cheryl Grant

but peace comes when we live in the present. No ones’ life is perfect. We all have ups and downs, good times and bad, achievements and failure. We have made mistakes and have regrets. However, we have a choice in what we focus on, how we remember our past, how we approach our future. We can choose to concentrate on making positive memories in the present.

Here are a few tips to increase our happiness: Celebrate other people’s success! Being happy for others who succeed and admiring their talents are healthy attitudes. However, using their success to measure your own or being envious is not. If you are competitive, use that to challenge yourself toward improvement instead of trying to keep up with someone else’s accomplishments. Do things that are fulfilling and enjoyable; this is where you will find success and happiness. Limit your contact with negative people. Attitudes are contagious. There is a saying that we’ve all heard – misery loves company. Avoid becoming a dumping ground for other people’s problems. Don’t participate in their negativity. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be there for each other, or lend an ear to a friend who is struggling with an issue, it just means we should spend more time with those people who choose to be happy, regardless. ©Stockbyte | Stockbyte | Thinkstock

It is impossible to be happy without having an attitude of gratefulness for what we have, the people in our lives, and the simple pleasures we enjoy. It’s the little things that make us happiest. The frequency of positive feelings, rather than the intensity of those feelings, is the most pleasing. The big accomplishments in our lives are fleeting. Sure, we are happy and exhilarated for awhile, but then we adapt to the new accomplishment or milestone before moving on to another goal. The key to happiness is enjoying the day-to-day blessings that we have. Focusing on what is positive with a grateful heart, while attempting to change what we don’t like in our lives, is a tactic that always works. Even disappointment can become a positive motivator for change when we use the experience as a source of knowledge. Someone recently said to me that depression comes from living in the past, and anxiety comes from living in the future, 10

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Have a sense of humor. When it comes to present or past mistakes, don’t take yourself too seriously. Choose to remember your successes, and laugh at your failures. Give yourself permission to try and to fail, knowing that both bring you a little closer to success. Give back. Do things that improve the lives of others. The feelings you get from helping and sharing are your reward. They bring more purpose and happiness into your life. Count your blessings. Don’t take simple pleasures for granted. Take time to acknowledge the small things that make you smile each day. Don’t get so busy that you miss any opportunity to feel happy, positive, and grateful. When you sit down to dinner this Thanksgiving holiday, take a look at those around you and give thanks for the simple pleasures, the people you love, and the awesome life that you enjoy.


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On the cover– David Mostafaloo, owner of Unique Oriental Rugs & More. Photo by Shane Greene. Pictured, left–David with his lovely wife Azam. Photo by Shane Greene.

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“The full nature of hand-knotted Oriental rugs is fascinating and steeped in history,” David Mostafaloo explained as he walked me through his extraordinary showroom. “Centuries-old traditions, amazing artistic skills and incredible patience go into hand weaving each rug; many people don’t know this. Every rug has its own history, whether it is a 12

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newly woven area rug, or an immense 100-year-old antique carpet. When you learn this background, you’ll appreciate your rugs so much more. I consider these rugs to be art.” The Unique Oriental Rugs & More showroom on Hickory Furniture Mart’s fourth floor is more like an art gallery than a retail store. With beautiful rugs lit like fine paintings

along the walls and neat piles of rugs from across the Middle East waiting to be viewed, the entire collection literally glows with ageless beauty. David Mostafaloo knows the stories behind each rug he offers for sale. His passion for these beautiful rugs is apparent with every description he shares. “I


love this type of artwork, and I understand the craftsmanship, time and talent required,” David said. With over 16 years’ experience as an Oriental rug merchant, David can tell at a glance if a rug is a good one, that is, one that will become the perfect complement to someone’s home or office. “Each hand-knotted rug’s creation can take just months, or in most cases, several years,” David continued. “The artists and weavers must design the pattern, determine all the colors to be used, and calculate the amount of materials needed at the start. If they don’t do this beforehand, they might not find the same wool dyed the perfect colors to continue if they run out in the middle of their work several years later,” David explained. “There might be dozens of people working on the fabrication of a large Oriental rug, either in a family-run weaving business with looms in the household or in a large manufacturing plant.” In either case, when David selects a rug for his inventory, it is a personal selection based on his vast knowledge and deep love of the rugs.

PASSIONATE CUSTOMER SERVICE David and his wife, Azam, met in their homeland, Iran. They’ve managed Unique Oriental Rugs & More since its 2002 start in the Hickory Furniture Mart. The store has grown from a humble 800 square feet displaying just 49 rugs to over 10,000 square feet housing thousands of rugs today. Every personal showing they have is focused on helping their customers fully understand the rugs they are viewing so that satisfaction and complete happiness with their selections are ensured. “I search for these rugs because I am passionate about them,” David said, “and when I can instill that love and passion in a customer and suggest the perfect match for their home and lifestyle, it makes my work worthwhile. We have clients from all over the country, and each has their own unique desire for Oriental carpets.” Oriental or Persian rugs are most often made in Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, India or China. David travels several times each year to purchase rugs for his showroom or to find special selections to suit a particular location. “We also have a number of expert carpet buyers in the Middle East who suggest rugs for us.” David explained, “I can decorate an entire home or business office with these incredible rugs. Customers typically bring in floor plans, photos, fabric swatches and paint chips for me to base my recommendations on. We work with every home style, and we partner with many interior designers. The rugs become a stunning foundation to the room, pulling all design elements together. They can be the focal point and the finishing touch.” David offers personal in-home consultations, appraisals, repair and restoration, as well.

BEAUTY IS KEY The rugs that David and Azam offer are either new, never been owned or used before, typically made in India or Pakistan; semi-antique, less than 70-years-old; or antiques over 70-years-old, typically made in Iran or Turkey. Each carpet’s city of origin and materials are noted, and David can

Above–Unique Oriental Rugs & More's showroom is located in the Hickory Furniture Mart. There you will find a large selection of antique rugs and Oriental rugs made of wool and/or silk to fit every style and budget. David will be more than happy to assist you and share the history behind each piece. Photos provided by Unique Oriental Rugs & More. HICKORY LIVING • NOVEMBER 2013

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Left–David at the showroom in the Hickory Furniture Mart Above–David working with interior designers Kristen Hart and Sally Bentley of Designing Women, Inc. to find the perfect rug. Below–You must stop by the showroom to see these wooden works of art created by Master Artist Daryoush Ababaf. The wood is inlaid and carved.

provide additional background to his customers. He easily recounted histories and explained design patterns for me during my visit. “Currently, we have a 130-year-old Persian Kerman, fully restored carpet on display,” David said, pointing it out to me. “These hand-knotted rugs, with up to 1,000 tiny knots per square inch, last a very long time.” This beautiful rug took almost two years to restore, and I was amazed at its brilliant colors and near-perfect condition. David’s rugs are typically 100% wool pile knotted or woven onto a cotton warp, wool with silk, or all silk. New, factory-made rugs are sometimes made of viscose and wool. Over 40 colors might be used in a rug’s intricate design. David’s semi-antique and antique rugs have all been professionally restored, a process that can take up to five years to complete, depending on the rug’s age, condition, and size. Fine rugs from Unique Oriental Rugs & More can be purchased off the floor 14

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or custom ordered to suit style, colors, materials and dimensions. In addition to hundreds of traditionally designed new, semi-antique and antique rugs, one-of-a-kind contemporary, abstract and collectible designs can be seen. Sizes range from 2’ by 3’ to 16’ by 30’. Round and octagonal rugs and runners are also on display. Antique rug sales comprise about 30 to 40% of the business. Accessories such as fine unique furniture, mirrors, lamps, and woven pillow covers are also available.

FAMILY AND ART David is a first generation rug dealer. He emigrated to the United States in 1979 and has since become an American citizen. During his first years here in North Carolina, he traveled extensively, fashioning his love of hand-made Oriental rugs and fine art. “We moved to this area 16 years ago and enjoy being here,” Azam shared. “The beauty of this business is what I love the most, the designs and colors in each carpet–each pattern


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and color has meaning, each image has a story.” The couple remodeled their lovely lakefront home, turning it into a Mediterranean-style showcase of very special rugs, of course, as well as their extensive art collection. “We particularly like several Persian artists, and we have their work for sale in the showroom, as well as some pieces we love at home,” Azam told me. Intricate inlaid, carved wood artwork by Master Artist Daryoush Ababaf is offered in the showroom. I have never seen such amazing woodwork as his.

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Below–David explains the history of this one-of-a-kind Masterpiece Persian Qum rug. It was designed and woven by one master weaver and took five years to make.

David and Azam have two children: their daughter, Somayra, has an MBA in Business and son, Saman, plans to join and expand his parents’ business when he finishes at UNC-Charlotte.

VISION AND UNDERSTANDING If you have not been in the showroom, I recommend you visit whether you are shopping for rugs or not. Unique Oriental Rugs & More is like an art gallery filled with beautiful treasures. If you are in search of the perfect rug for your new home, office or as a new element in your remodeling, please meet David and enjoy his unique collection. You will learn much about the heritage and art of Oriental rugs, and David can help you select one to suit your taste and budget. It’s an experience you shouldn’t miss.

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A Time of Thanks, Renewal of Friendships, and

Bold New Rumors By James D. Williams ©Jochen Sand | Photodisc | Thinkstock

They say November and Thanksgiving are the most heavily traveled seasons of the year. I try to make it back home during this time of the year to renew old friendships and catch up on the happenings of my hometown. I always try to attend the church that I grew up within, for it gives me a sense of comfort and is a great resource of the current happenings. The past couple of years have been a big transition for the church. The former pastor of 20 years retired. Membership has been in decline. Giving has dropped and the church has been forced to reexamine finances. All of this in a period of great community need. So the search committee decided to look within the community for a new pastor. My childhood friend Randy was selected as the most likely candidate. Even in high school, he felt religion to be his true calling. Randy was ordained but had never been a full time clergyman. As fate would have it, Randy had been recently laid off from his job of 25 years. So this was a wonderful opportunity. Randy had picked up the phrase, “As one door closes, another door opens.” Randy’s selection was not without controversy. He was well thought of in the community, and the background checks came back with no issues. I am 16

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sure he came at a bargain price for the church. Since he already lived in the community, the church could rent the former pastor’s residence to help shore up its finances. All the familiar denominations were represented in town. There were Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Catholic churches. There was a Jewish synagogue. But this was a town where people did not move from church to church. Randy’s controversy had begun with hushed rumors. As with many very tight organizations, everyone knows someone who knows someone. Sometimes there is an element of truth in a rumor. But, just like chemistry, elements are very small particles. I first heard Randy’s rumor at the picnic after the Sunday service. I guess some folks felt they could confide in me because they knew me, but I was no longer a resident of the town. Many knew that Randy and I had been friends in high school, played on the same teams, and even dated some of the same girls. I got the feeling I was being probed for information. Randy’s rumor involved a supposed drinking problem. As the picnic began to wind down and the congregation began to say their goodbyes, I had some personal time to talk with Randy. We laughed about our days in high school. We talked about whatever happened to Mike, Joyce,

Sally, and Keith. I asked Randy how his new responsibilities were going? Randy began to open up. He said, all in all, it had been an easy transition. He knew most of the congregation and could recite their lineage. But he was having a bit of trouble overcoming a rumor. Oh, I said, playing dumb. Yes, one of the former elders of the church had started a rumor that Randy had a drinking problem. He said Irene had wanted her son-in-law to become the new pastor and was upset with his appointment. Randy said this rumor was far from the truth. He went on to explain how his income had dropped, but his family’s bills still need to be paid. He understood the finances of the church. Randy said the rumor had started because Irene and some of her friends had seen his truck parked outside a local bar several nights during the previous week. I asked what Randy was doing at the bar? He told me he had taken a part time job as a backup guitarist to supplement his income. I asked him if he worried about his church position? He said no. He had explained the situation to the current elders, and they understood. But how was he going to stop the rumor? Randy said not to worry…I’ve started parking my truck in front of Irene’s house over night. I can’t wait for the next picnic.


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Peters said. “We show samples, recommend solutions, measure windows and give you a price right in your home. There are many things about window coverings, such as the way the sunlight hits at different times of the day, that you can’t tell when you are standing in a store.” Cori and her husband, Scott, opened their Budget Blinds franchise in April 2013. They are a full-service solution for custom window coverings for both residential and commercial needs. Their products include shutters, blinds, shades, drapes and curtains, cornices, valances, woven woods, window film, and exterior solar screens. They professionally measure and install all products.

Window Covering Solutions Article by Meredith Collins Photos provided by Cori Peters

Can you recall a time you’ve been shopping and struggling to determine if an item will fit in your home, based on a small color swatch and written measurements? There is nothing more frustrating than getting home and discovering a color isn’t quite right or the size is slightly off when you install.

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Budget Blinds of Statesville and Hickory takes the guesswork out of the equation by bringing their mobile showroom of custom window coverings to your home with a free, in-home consultation. “We let you shop for your home in your home,” owner of Budget Blinds of Statesville & Hickory, Cori

The Peters have found the franchise’s business model to be helpful both to them and their customers. “The biggest benefit about being a franchise is that there is an entire network of support at your fingertips,” Cori said. “All my suppliers are simply a phone call away to help with unique solutions. Also, being the largest franchise in custom window coverings allows Budget Blinds to offer a huge selection from the largest manufacturers at great prices. We have incredible buying power which enables us to share that value with


our customers. Because we are a mobile showroom, we also have very low overhead which means greater savings for our customers.” They also offer special warranties. “We have a five-year, no questions asked warranty on many of our products,” Cori explained. “This means if your window treatments are damaged in any way, we will replace each window, one time, for free within five years. So, if the dog chews them or your kids break them, no worries, we have a warranty for that.” Many customers they meet with need window coverings for rooms they are not able to use because of sunlight. They recently installed cellular shades in a sunroom that had not been used for ten years! “This is a convenient service that not only adds beauty to any home or office, but also provides functional solutions such as privacy, child safety, and energy efficiency,” Cori said. “We are happy to bring this service to our area.” There are simple solutions for your window covering needs, and Budget Blinds can help you find the perfect option for your home, in your home.

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What's Cooking?! Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie

Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie 1 refrigerated pie crust, (from

14.1-ounce package)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 3 tablespoons milk 4 eggs 3 tablespoons butter, melted 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 cup dark corn syrup 1 cup sugar ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground allspice ¼ teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups pecan halves Directions: Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 9-inch deep dish pie plate with pie crust. Bake 7 minutes. Remove crust from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Meanwhile, microwave chocolate chips and milk in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Pour chocolate evenly over crust. Beat eggs in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Slowly pour mixture over chocolate layer. Place ring of foil around edges of crust to prevent overbrowning. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until filling is puffed and center is still soft enough to move when shaken gently. Cool completely on wire rack.

Holiday-Flavored Whipped Cream

Try these flavored whipped creams using McCormick extract and spices. For each recipe start with one cup of heavy cream, add the remaining ingredients, and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Vanilla: Add 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Candy Cane: Add 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/2

teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract Cocoa Cinnamon: Add 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Eggnog: Add 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon imitation rum extract Recipe and photo courtesy of McCormick. For more holiday-inspired recipes, visit www.McCormick.com HICKORY LIVING • NOVEMBER 2013

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Staying

Warm and Safe This Winter

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If you haven’t experienced the first chilly nights of late fall and early winter, you soon will. That means getting ready for those cold winter nights and making sure you and your family stay warm and safe all winter long. It’s time to make certain your furnace is ready. Your family’s warmth is important, but so is their health and safety. Follow these tips to ensure everyone in your household stays safe and well in the cold months ahead. • If you have a gas furnace, you’ll want to be sure there’s no risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. The heat exchanger, the part of the system that's responsible for supplying your home with warm air, expands and contracts as it heats. Over time, this element can become damaged or cracked, releasing a poisonous, tasteless, odorless gas into your home that can cause extreme illness and even death. Have your furnace cleaned and inspected every year, especially if it’s an older model. Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed in earshot 24

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By Matthew Stewart

of each bedroom and have working batteries. • To keep too much dust from circulating through your vents, replace your furnace filter, which is usually found just inside the front cover of the furnace. A clean filter is an easy, affordable way to keep your furnace running more efficiently. • We all have clutter in our basements, so remove all flammable objects from around your furnace and water heater. Boxes, clothes, paints, aerosols, gasoline, motorized yard tools, and other flammable products should be moved as far away from the furnace as possible. • As tempting as it is to keep your furnace turned off to save money on your energy bill, using space heaters can be a dangerous mistake. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year some 25,000 house fires are linked to these heaters. Placing them too close to clothing, mattresses or bedding,

and curtains can cause a fire in an instant. If you decide to use them, never allow children nearby, and turn them off when you leave. Also, look for space heaters that have an automatic safety shutoff, so they turn off automatically if they tip over or something falls on top of them. A qualified, NATE-trained heating and cooling company will be able to give your home’s heating system a thorough system check-up and safety inspection. But before you invite a heating and cooling company into your home, ask if they have received the Technician Seal of Safety. This seal requires that each of their technicians is drug tested and has passed a background check, ensuring that all of your belongings, and most importantly your family, will be safe in their presence. About the Author Matthew Stewart is the owner of 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating. 72degreesofhickory.com 828-449-8256


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Holiday Shopping

get, consider purchasing a gift card from the store they refer you to. Personally, I would rather give gifts that need to be wrapped, or should I say, unwrapped. I love seeing the wrapping paper come off and the anticipation on the recipient’s face. However, sometimes a gift card is a better choice. For instance, rather than buying clothing, a gift card from a favorite boutique allows the recipient to purchase something that fits. Gift certificates to spas are another great choice. You can’t wrap a service! And gift cards to a favorite restaurant make wonderful gifts for couples.

Buying Local Versus Online

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ovember ushers in the Christmas shopping season, and everyone will be looking for the perfect gift for family and friends on their list. You need a plan. Only after considering the recipient’s personality, style, interests, needs, and your budget, are you ready for the quest to find a gift that will bring them joy and much use. So many of us get distracted while shopping for others by things we want and like. I usually make it home with a few gifts, five impromptu purchases for myself, AND a blown budget! Not what I intended to do. The solution is simple: stick to a list of what you plan to purchase and your price range. If you find something you really like for 26

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yourself, take a photo that includes the tags. Someone may need a hint or two from your Christmas wish list; however, be sensitive to their budget before making a suggestion. My husband is a professional musician. Friends ask what’s a good musical gift they can buy him that he doesn’t already have. I usually laugh and respond with, “If he doesn’t have it, you and I can’t afford it!” People with a hobby or professional interest almost always have a very specific wish list. They have already researched their next purchases. Chances are they can give you a list of desired items they want, the best place to shop, the name brand and model number they prefer. If the items are over your bud-

Some items are fine to buy online, while others are not. For example, textiles and other merchandise where the feel, weight, or texture are important are better purchased from a store. Clothing and bedding are good examples. Even though you may be familiar with the fabric content of an item, the weight and texture may not be to your liking, or the color, for that matter. Variables from how the camera captures the color to how your monitor interprets it can make a huge difference in what you see on the screen to what you receive in the mail. Electronics are good items to buy online if you know what you are looking for. Many people do their research and make their selection locally, and then complete their purchase online to save a little money. I think it is worth a few extra dollars to support your local merchants; I may need their help next season. Online purchases are perfect when you can't find items locally. Make sure to read the return policy and consider how much trouble it would be for you or your recipient to return the gift, if needed. I hope you find all the items on your list this season and enjoy wrapping them up in pretty packages! Happy shopping!!


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2013 The Service League of Hickory will host their 8th annual Kitchens & More Tour on Saturday, November 16th. A special treat is in store for ticket holders this year. The League will be hosting a tea room at the historic Councill House located on the corner of Highway 127 North and 3rd Avenue Northeast. Plan to enjoy the welcoming ambience of the house and some pleasurable moments with family and friends, while visiting over a cup of tea and assorted sweet and savory bites. The tea room will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

couple in-between! All are located in the northwest section of Hickory. Each home will feature live musical entertainment and delicious tastings from local restaurants and caterers. The Tour homes will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

In addition, there are four other lovely homes on the Tour, from a historic home to one that is brand new, and a

The Service League of Hickory will also host its annual Holiday Bake Sale at the League House from 10 a.m. until

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at all Lowes Food stores, Bumblebee Interiors, Jenny’s Gifts and Accessories, and the Service League Thrift Shop. Tickets can also be purchased on November 16 at any home on the tour.

1 p.m. No ticket is required to visit the League House and to purchase incredible homemade goodies just in time for Thanksgiving entertaining! The 75th anniversary edition of the League’s famous cookbook, Market to Market, will be available for $25 at each home. This outstanding cookbook makes a wonderful gift for Christmas and holiday giving. Proceeds from the Tour will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s Backpack Program and the Service League of Hickory’s Scholarship Fund. Additional information on the Service League of Hickory and their 2013 Kitchens & More Tour, including a tour map, can be found on the League's website at: serviceleaguehickory.org The Service League of Hickory is located at 506 Third Avenue Northwest, Hickory.

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