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February issue. “The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” ––William C. Bryant

February is known as the month of renewals. The name itself is from the Latin word Februarius, meaning “to purify.” In ancient Roman times, it signified an annual month of purification during which a flurry of festivities re-established the people’s focus on living right and living well. We won’t mention those new year’s resolutions right now, to which you may or may not still be adhering. Let’s just think of February as a month when we focus on positive life and calendar transitions, from cold, drizzly winter into warm, rejuvenating spring, from long, dark nights to brighter early evenings. It’s time to think about planting our gardens and landscaping and even to beginning some of those chores. Of course, Valentine’s Day is the holiday most associated with February, so we have an article in this issue to help you celebrate of-



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contents FEBRUARY 2020 FEATURES 12 • COVER STORY Main St. Antique Mall & Design Gallery Antique Adventuring! 16 • BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT KM Electrical Heating & A/C Taking Customer Satisfaction To The Highest Degree

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IN THE KITCHEN 20 • Yum...Chocolate

HEART MONTH 8 • Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 10 • Heart Health 18 • Miracle Man


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Kathy Wheeler JC Summerford

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Are you planning flowers, a card, and candy for your sweetie this year? Niiiice—but let’s try thinking outside of the box, so to speak! We’ve got some fantastic ideas that provide a much more personal presentation. Lights, Camera, LOVE. It’s today’s version of the personal mixtape: treasured photos combined with videos, graphics, and favorite songs make a creative, thoughtful gift. A number of companies offer video editing services, but considering today’s intuitive, easy-touse editing software programs—why not make it extra personal and do it yourself? We suggest you first upload your video to a cloud service and send your sweetheart a link, instead of posting it directly on social media! Pictures of You. A nicely framed photo of the two of you is a nostalgic idea that always works. But today, you can print photos on just about anything, and there are countless companies, both local and online, willing to do it for you. We suggest coffee mugs, tee shirts, hats, water bottles, phone covers, glasses, stationary, or note cards. Dinner and a…? Whether it’s a romantic meal at a favorite restaurant or a home cooked feast consumed by candlelight, food often factors into Valentine’s Day. Several companies offer dinner cruises on Lake Norman and Lake Hickory, and if you haven’t done it, it’s a wonderful idea! If you’re doing a cozy night in, plan ahead to watch a movie that sets the mood. You’ll find a bunch of romantic movie lists online, but City of Angels, You’ve Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle come to mind. (Or, any old classic with Cary Grant in it!) 8


Wine. To go with that special meal, you may be inclined to include wine. If so, you could order some bottles imprinted with your own private label! A basket stuffed with fine wine, cheese, crackers, candies, and so forth is another great idea. We suggest you make it from scratch, or let a local winery or wine store customize it for you. May we suggest Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling, Rosa Regale Brachetto, or Montes Cherub Rose? In Your Own Words. Whether you write your own poem (don’t be shy—your sweetie will be impressed!) or find one that perfectly expresses your feelings—try displaying it as an etched-glass sculpture or pairing it with a photo or graphic in a fancy frame. It’s the card she’ll never throw away! Note Jar. It’s a pretty simple idea, but you could make the traditional jar of notes extra special. Write up 365 notes, roll each one up, tie with a ribbon, and place them in a pretty jar bought at a craft or antique store for your honey bunny to keep on their desk or dresser. It’s a reminder each day of how you feel. We can’t tell you what to write on those notes—it’s up to you! Decorate with Love. Make your bedroom a special environment with matching pillowcases, robes, even monogrammed pajamas. Or, you could go all the way and also personalize

your shared bathroom with embroidered towels, favorite scented toiletries, and candles. Now that’s the makings for one amazing evening! Your Love Story. Several companies offer to write a love story personalized just for you two. You simply answer a few questions online, provide any poems, quotes, photos, or graphics you want to include, and voila! They send you a real, printed and bound book about your relationship. This would be especially nice for older couples. Getting Physical. If your significant other plays sports, you could make him or her feel extra special every time they’re out on the court or course. For example, a number of companies offer customized golf or tennis balls, accessories, bags, and apparel. Sparkle and Dazzle. Ladies are always excited to receive jewelry – it’s a home run gift! But consider customizing something for her (or him). You can engrave anything metal such as a watch or pendant or create a charm bracelet that represents her favorite things. You can also buy rings, earrings, and necklaces that display initials or entire names. Many local jewelers will help you design a piece that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Sweets for Your Sweetie. Instead of buying a generic box of chocolates, make them more personal by order ©iStockphoto.com | NYS444

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While you’re handing out heart-shaped Valentine’s gifts this year, the American Heart Association wants you to think also of the heart beating inside your body. February is appropriately American Heart Month, because heart disease kills 2,200 people each day in the U.S. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases could be prevented with simple lifestyle changes. Jill Calhoun, PA-C and Maryna Yacinthe, NP, both practitioners at Statesville Cardiovascular Clinic, provided the following advice. Schedule a checkup A crucial factor in staying heart healthy is to get regular checkups, on a schedule depending upon your age. Yearly screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides are recommended for everyone. Your doctor may recommend additional tests, such as those for sleep apnea. Eat smart A healthy diet can minimize heart disease. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a good place to start. This diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy products. You can also add small amounts of nuts, fish, and poultry. Overall, obesity is a strong factor in development of heart disease. Get moving Physical activity burns calories, helps 10


with weight loss, and contributes to heart health. Aerobic exercise, which can include walking, biking, jogging, swimming, walking on a treadmill, are great ideas, but always start slowly to avoid injuries. The desirable amount and frequency of exercise is 30 minutes a day at least five days a week. Stop smoking. Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease, causing one of every four deaths related to CVD. Smoking can raise triglycerides, lower good cholesterol, block blood flow to the heart, damage cells, increase the buildup of plaque in blood vessels, and cause thickening and narrowing of blood vessels.

deaths related to cardiovascular disease. Smoking can raise triglycerides, lower good cholesterol, block blood flow to the heart, damage cells, and increase the buildup of plaque in blood vessels. Bottom line: even one cigarette a day is one too many. Manage Stress Engage in daily stress relieving activities, such as meditation or prayer, or hobbies like knitting, sewing, or woodworking. Yoga is a great way to maintain flexibility and relieve stress.

Grab some Zs Exercise helps us enjoy regular, restorative sleep and can also guard against heart disease. Seven to nine hours a night is optimal for most adults. To achieve good sleep hygiene, simple strategies include not eating at least four hours prior to bedtime, regular exercise, going to bed at the same time, and limiting the bed only to sleeping—not watching TV or social media.

Warning signs How do you know if you’re having a heart problem? Warning signs can vary. One serious sign is chest pain, particularly chest pain that occurs when you exert yourself physically, with pain radiating to the arm, jaw, or back. Sudden onset of shortness of breath and severe perspiration also indicate a need to quickly seek medical advice. Swelling of the lower extremities is another worrisome symptom. Remember that the faster you get to a hospital, the more of your heart muscle can potentially be saved during a heart event.

Stop smoking Avoiding tobacco is one of the best ways to help protect your heart and blood vessels. It can make a huge difference, not just for your heart, but for your overall health. Smoking causes one of every four

Although heart disease continues to be the leading killer in the US, lifestyle modifications have an immediate, direct, and profound impact on the disease process and, in fact, can prevent heart disease if done daily.

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Antique Adventuring! By Kristie Darling | Photos by Lisa Crates Photography

The concept of a treasure hunt is an old one that generates images of adventure and cunning. Shopping is similar, but different. Adventurous shopping comes in finding that very special something, the perfect finishing touch for your home or fashion statement, a unique gift for someone special. Successful shopping is therapeutic for the soul…it can make your day! Let me recommend a shopping destination where the rewards are many and the adventures don’t stop—Main St. Antique Mall & Design Gallery in Historic Downtown Mooresville is that destination! 12


“Our reputation has spread far and wide over the last six years,” said general manager, Mike Reed. “Visitors travel from all across the Carolinas, Virginia, Florida…from everywhere, really. The license plates in our parking lot tell that story. I hear over and over comments like, ‘We don’t have anything like this in Ohio or Michigan, etc.” Advertising in Our State Magazine has helped boost the Mall’s appeal, and Mike told me that local families often bring visiting friends and family for a day or weekend of browsing, collecting, reminiscing, and enjoying a bite to eat along the way.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND First, you need to know that Main St. Antique Mall & Design Gallery is big. The Mall features about 450 booths within its 83,000 sq. ft. space, plus two adjacent restaurants, Alino Pizzeria, a five-star casual restaurant and the Barcelona Burger & Beer Garden— “simply the best burgers in town,” Mike said. “One factor that has put us on the map and kept us growing is our focus on quality vendors and unique items throughout. We’re not a flea market. For instance, I encourage folks to stop by Stefan Duncan’s new art studio and gallery while they’re here. Stefan has been called America’s Van Gogh, and his work is shown nationally and has received numerous Best Artist awards. He’s an amazingly talented painter.” The former Burlington Industries mill is the Mall’s home. The 1895 original Mooresville Fabric mill maintains the ambience of a turn-of-the-century textile mill—spacious beamed ceilings, brick walls, and worn wood floors that have carried decades of local industry. “We often have folks tell us their parents or grandparents worked in the mill while it was in operation,” Mike shared. Main St. Mall sets the stage for an astounding display of antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, home décor, fashion, designer finds, handmade foods, special events, and more. Several local retailers have moved in: The Enchanted Olive’s wide selection of specialty oils and vinegars is right there when you walk in; Four Corners Framing and Lake Country Gallery have set up shop, as well as Bernice’s Tea & Spice shop. A BIT OF EVERYTHING Are you a model train enthusiast? Visit Mark Burke’s booth for vintage trains and train accessories. Interested in finding beautiful gemstone jewelry, windchimes, sculptures, and other handcrafted designs made from stones? Introduce yourself to Robert Winstanley at his booth and pick out something you love. Antique toys are always popular—Barbies, tin toys, games, and much more can all be found at toy dealer Sean Dean’s booth. Got comic books? You’ll find gems at Tony Consalvo’s booth, along with trading cards and other collectibles. Main St. Antique Mall & Design Gallery was named Best Antique Store in 2018 and 2019 by the Herald Citizen readership. High Cotton Fashions has uniquely beautiful ladieswear and accessories. Very unusual is a can’t-find-it-anywhere-else booth filled with vintage movie and TV show props. It’s a unique resource for local commercial and theatre productions—fascinating! I fell in love with Folk Arts Birdhouses, whimsical, Gothic-style, wooden birdhouses made with all sorts of old hardware and wooden embellishments. Local artist and author, the incomparable Cotton Ketchie displays his art and books, as well as plenty of unique antiques.


On the cover–General Manager Mike Reed, Frank the rooster, Margie and Mike McCabe, assistant managers Opposite page–Burke’s Vintage Train Depot has the largest selection of trains and train accessories in the region. Above–Great selection of vintage automotive finds and beautiful handmade folk art birdhouses IREDELL LIVING • FEBRUARY 2020


“We’re not the biggest antique mall, but we are close,” Mike McCabe explained. “We just work hard to be the best, and I think the number of visitors from all walks of life who come by, some quite often, says a lot.” Mike McCabe is an assistant manager at the Mall. His wife, Margie, is also an assistant manager. Mike is one of those go-to guys who can do just about anything, and in a large retail venue like Main Street, he is busy all the time. Margie’s creative background in floral shop management and design help keep the Mall intriguing, fresh, delightful, and easy-to-navigate. A LITTLE HISTORY What started off in 2014 as an idea to open an antique store has grown to the next level of a true vintage, antiques, collectibles, home décor, and furnishings retailer—one of Mooresville’s most popular shopping destinations. Repurposing this beautiful historic building is a model example in successful adaptive reuse of an architectural treasure. Key components to the success of Main St. Antiques are the high quality and solid reputation of vendors who have their businesses in the Mall. Mike Reed has high standards for this unique retail experience. “Every booth has a different story,” Mike said. “Some are extensions of antique businesses in the region for collectors displaying and selling their treasures. Some booths are mom and pop enterprises, or families looking to downsize or sell family treasures they have inherited. Some of our vendors are artists and craftsmen showing original work in multiple media, furnishings, clothing and accessories, or one of a kind pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. Some offer homemade candies, home-canned jellies, and other delicious treats. Interior decorators and homeowners alike find the Mall an awesome resource.” A COMMUNITY PARTNER “The end of February, we’re having an antique and collectibles road show,” Mike McCabe said, “like the TV show. We’ll have appraisers here to view and examine your treasures. You never know, we might unearth a valuable diamond in the rough you didn’t know you had.” In the spring and summer, plan to attend the Mall’s Antique Car Shows.

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• The Wood Stone Gallery has uniquely beautiful wood and natural stone decor • Old Dog Vinyl has hundreds of records and all sorts of interesting music paraphernalia • An amazing array of military memorabilia in Aces In Action 14


Main St. Antiques Mall is an important community partner. “David Whitlow at the Mooresville Museum felt that an annex display at Main St. would expose more people to the Museum’s historic artifacts. A display of Mooresville’s past includes local artist Cotton Ketchie’s desk, the original signs from McLean Supermarket and John Mack & Son, along with items from local businesses, institutions, and families.” Adjacent to the Mall is a 28,000 sq. ft. event space called The Venue. Its old-world setting has the look and feel of the mill’s past and makes a unique backdrop for a fashion show, a family

reunion or party, trade or consignment show, conference, or a gala hosted by local charities—totally unique. Arts at the Mill is held here yearly. It is a three-day juried art event hosted by The Mill in conjunction with Mooresville Arts. Artists come from all over the country to participate and attend. It is open to the public; thousands attended last year’s show. A CLASSY DESTINATION Word has gotten out, and Main St. Antique Mall is now a shopping destination of choice. “People come back time and again, because there’s something new all the time,” Mike Reed said. “And the treasures they purchase here are unique, quality, creative items—that perfect find.” Come spend the day at Main St. for a uniquely special shopping adventure!…So much to see and always changing!!

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business spotlight

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Taking Customer Satisfaction to the Highest Degree KM Electrical Heating & AC has a multidiscipline business strategy to work with many different customers to meet a spectrum of utility needs. Their threepronged approach includes electrical work, heating, and air conditioning. Established in 1998 by owner Kent Moore, the company has been a constant in the community that many people depend on for honest, reliable service. “We still have many of the same customers from 20 to 30 years ago when I was doing part-time work,” Kent said. Kent focuses on customer satisfaction and instills this value in his team of 22 employees. “Our whole business is built around customer satisfaction and referrals,” Kent said. “I know that in order to be successful, we have to keep our existing customers happy.” 16


The company has always done electrical work, but this service has grown recently across all areas, including residential, commercial, and industrial. Customers have included hospitals, gas stations, and restaurants. One update KM Electrical has made for several customers is converting everything from fluorescent lighting to LED. “This is a very popular change right now,” Kent said. “We’ve been converting indoor lighting as well as outdoor lighting to LED. This provides customers with a long-term energy savings benefit, and overall, it is a more environmentally friendly option.” Kent also noted that many of the bulbs and replacement parts for fluorescent systems are not being made anymore, so now is the time to make the change. KM Electrical also sells, installs, and services generators.

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“We’ve been intentionally growing our company at a steady pace so we can keep a control on quality,” Kent said. “While I can’t physically look at each job like I did 21 years ago, we strive to provide the same level of quality. I’ve always told the guys if you’re ready to leave the job

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at the end of the day and you can’t say that’s the best looking heat or electrical system Photos: I’ve ever seen, and if it’s not something you Opposite page–The team of KM Electrical Heating & A/C, Inc. would want to showcase—redo it.” Many of at their office and shop. the electricians and HVAC technicians are state licensed and have undergone extensive Kent and Vicky Moore, owners of KM Electrical Heating & A/C, Inc. training specific to their trade. Above– Above–Jason Sprinkle and Matthew Gunter leaving for the day’s assignments. The KM team with their fleet of trucks.

Kent stresses the importance of proper maintenance for heating and air units to minimize repair costs. “Heat pumps need to be serviced once or twice a year,” Kent said. “Your central air conditioner needs to be checked in the spring and furnaces in the fall.”

Energy efficiency is another focus area of the company, and they work with customers to find the right system to decrease their power bill. They can perform a duct blast test to pressurize the ductwork and determine the amount of leakage. If needed, they can repair or replace the ductwork to improve efficiency. Kent and his team are an experienced and trusted company, ready to meet your electrical, heating, and air conditioning needs.


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Miracle Man Article and Photo by Sarah Fedele

Angel knew something was wrong right from the start. An angel sent from above? Quite possibly, but Angel is also the Gardner’s cherished Pomeranian. Randy and his wife, Brenda, live in Iredell County. Their children and grandkids live in the same neighborhood. On May 5, 2019, Brenda was getting ready for the family’s weekly dinner, and Angel had taken up residence on Randy’s lap while he caught a quick nap in his recliner. Randy woke up to Angel barking and jumping all over him. “I had a terrible pain at the bottom and to the left of my breastbone. I got up and put Angel on the floor, but then I couldn’t stand it. I laid down on the floor, and Angel was going crazy—digging and scratching at me,” remembered Randy. He made his way up to the bathroom to get to Brenda. “I opened the door, and I remember saying, ‘There is something bad wrong,’” Randy said. Brenda helped him sit on the bed and took his blood pressure. It was 210/150. She called their son, Randall, and daughter, Dawn, to hurry to the house. “I tried to call 911 for an ambulance, but Randy insisted that it would pass,” recalled Brenda. “I knew that the kids could convince him to go to the hospital.” It worked. They didn’t call 911, but they drove Randy to a local hospital. “It felt like a hot sword was going all the way through me,” shared Randy. “I have had a lot of back pain in my life, and this pain was 10 times worse than I had ever felt.” When they arrived at the hospital, Randy said, “I think I’m having a heart attack.” They rushed him to a room, conducted a CT Scan with contrast and administered medication. The physician reviewed the CT results and immediately found that an aneurysm had ruptured which caused a tear in Randy’s aorta—a Type B aortic dissection. “My daughter and I were in the room waiting when we heard the words that I will never forget. We had five to seven minutes before my husband was going to die,” Brenda said. “I had to go out into the waiting room and tell everyone ‘Daddy is not going to live. You need to come and say your goodbyes.’” 18


“I don’t know why, but I just knew that I wasn’t going to die,” said Randy. Brenda and Randall knew it, too. They called around and were able to get him an ambulance for a transfer. Physicians were apprehensive that Randy would not survive the trip. Randy beat the odds and arrived at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for more advanced care options. His blood pressure was still out of control, and he started to experience kidney failure. After four days, he was heading into a five hour major surgery. “They would go through my groin, put mesh inside, and adhere it to the artery. Essentially, they were putting an eight-inch long garden hose into my heart,” Randy said with a smile. “Miracle Man is my nickname for Randy,” said Brenda. Doctors told her that with an aortic dissection, 97% don’t make it, and of the remaining three percent, most lose a kidney, have a stroke, suffer brain damage, or lose a limb. “I am one of the .6% that make a full recovery. It’s a miracle I made it through this unscathed,” said Randy. Randy was able to come home just nine days after Angel frantically woke him up from his nap. He takes several medications for blood pressure and works with a Piedmont HealthCare cardiologist. “People don’t talk about aortic dissection a lot because most people don’t survive it. I’m happy to be here to hopefully help save others,” shared Randy. “The only signs I had before that day was that anytime I would do something, I would just pour sweat and get red like I had a sunburn. However, we would check my blood pressure, and it would be fine.” Family history was the determining factor. Randy’s mom had cardiac issues, and he lost his brother at just 64-years-old to an event that now sounds a lot like his own. Now the Gardner family knows that aortic dissection can be hereditary. “We were told that our children needed to be checked,” Brenda said. “Our daughter was diagnosed with high

blood pressure, and now they are monitoring her regularly. This is something that we will also watch closely in our grandchildren.” Randy went through cardiac rehab with Piedmont HealthCare. With their help, he stays on a cardiac diet which restricts sodium, monitors his blood pressure, and stays active with walking. “I’m a social person, so going into town and walking around the stores helps me exercise and manage my blood pressure better.” Piedmont HealthCare is a signature sponsor for the American Heart Association’s Iredell County Heart Ball. Through a community gift with the Heart Ball, Piedmont HealthCare is focusing on a MOVE MORE IREDELL campaign to help residents stay active to prevent and fight heart disease and stroke.

The 45th Annual Iredell County Heart Ball will take place on Saturday, February 29 at The Venues at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in Mooresville. All funds raised at this black and white themed gala will benefit heart disease, stroke research, and prevention education. The evening’s program will include a silent auction, live auction, gourmet dinner, and live entertainment. For tickets or tables, call 336-5424834 or email Heather.Shew@heart.org.





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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan

Ingredients ¾-cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter (I love Kerrygold.) 7 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent or above) (I love the brands Hu, Theo and Equal Exchange.) Jill Dahan

4 large responsibly laid eggs ½-cup coconut sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste Unsweetened cacao powder for dusting ramekins


Flourless Chocolate Squidges

February and Valentine’s Day are a perfect excuse to whip up these irresistible gems for yourself, a friend or the “loves in your life!” They’re creamy, yet fluffy with a hint of caramel and a soft squidgy center, very much like a baked truffle straight from heaven. These “too good to believe cakes” are low in sugar and high in antioxidants, all while making your taste buds dance. Only three words needed.…must have recipe. Happy Valentine’s Day to all chocolate lovers everywhere!


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Ice cream or frozen yogurt to serve

Instructions Grease each ramekin, and dust with cacao. Melt the butter and chocolate over low heat in a Dutch enamel pan (this helps prevent burning) until just melted. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar with electric beaters for four minutes until pale and thickened. Fold in the vanilla and chocolate mixture in three parts until just combined. Pour into the ramekins. These can be chilled or frozen for later or left at room temperature until baking. To serve, bring them to room temperature and then bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes until risen but still wobbly. Remove and leave to set for 15 minutes before serving either in the ramekins or turn them out onto individual plates. Garnish with ice cream. Makes four to six. Jill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can learn more about her at www.jilldahan.com. To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit www.sunninghilljillkids.org.

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