Page 1

Complimentary August 2017 MOORESVILLE

Business Can Be Challenging. We Can Help. 1 IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2017

Show those legs WithConfidence Do you limit your wardrobe to garments that cover bulging and discolored veins? Do you suffer from leg swelling, itching, heaviness, leg pain or leg sores?

Dr. Thompson with The Center for Advanced Vein Care can erase those blemished and bulging veins permanently! If left untreated, Varicose Veins can progress to a more serious venous disease. Modern treatment of varicose veins includes endovenous thermal ablation. This technique involves placing a small catheter directly into the vein, followed by laser or radio frequency energy to the vein. In addition, injection therapy, ultrasound guided injection therapy, or ambulatory phlebectomy (removal of veins using micro hooks) may be required.



Procedures are performed in-office, with no downtime.

Treatments are covered by private insurance and Medicare. No Referrals Needed. Patients may be responsible for copays and/or deductibles.

Visit the Busiest Vein Clinic in the Unifour. THE CENTER FOR



A.D. Thompson, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

1899 Tate Boulevard, Suite 2109 • Hickory, NC


Treated! Call today for Advanced Vein Care and Laser Solutions.




from the publisher

Welcome to the August issue.


I hope you've had a chance to get away and take vacation. If not, August affords a wonderful opportunity and perhaps the final opportunity of the summer season. We are so fortunate in this area to be only a few hours' drive away from both the North Carolina and South Carolina coasts

Living the Good Life

August 2017

with many fantastic destination choices awaiting! There is nothing quite like the feeling of sand between your toes, that ocean breeze blowing through your hair, and the sound of waves crashing ashore! When I was growing up, my family visited Myrtle Beach for our summer vacation. I would so look forward to spending the week there, usually the week after July Fourth. The pool

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 57 Harmony, NC 28634 (704) 546-5511 E-mail - CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Kirk Ballard • David Bradley Meredith Collins • Kathy Wheeler • Lauren Davidson

at the hotel was great, but I always wanted to go to the

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Shane Greene Photography

beach, feel the warm ocean water as it ran across my feet, and the sunshine and wind on my face. I have so many fond

COVER STORY PostNet Mooresville

memories of the Grand Strand area from my youth! Until next month, thank you for reading the August issue of

Editorial Stock photography, unless otherwise noted, is from iStock.

Iredell Living Magazine!

Follow us on Facebook– IredellLivingMagazine

Myron T. Gough Publisher, Iredell Living


Kathy Wheeler Marketing & Design

Don Forrest Business Development (704) 546-5511 (828) 238-3224 (828) 244-6538

Linda B. Wilson Advertising Sales

Bob Church Advertising Sales

Ashley Stevenson Digital Editor (704) 657-0237 (336) 686-7271 (704) 902-5418

Iredell Living reserves the right to deny any advertisement or listing. Submissions are welcome, but unsolicited materials are not guaranteed to be returned. Iredell Living assumes no responsibility or liability for the information, services, products, claims, statements, accuracy, or intended or unintended results of any advertiser, editorial contributors, company, professional corporation, business or service provider herein this publication. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited.






Daly Family Law Firm • Adoption • Alimony/Post-separation Support • Child Custody/Child Support • Divorce • Division of Marital Property • Estate Planning • Guardianship/Incompetency • Living Will/Advance Directive • Power of Attorney • Prenuptial Agreement • Probate/Estate Administration • Separation Agreement • Wealth Transfer/Asset Protection • Wills and Trusts


Free 30-Minute initial Consultation

704.878.2365 Jessica



111 West Broad Street, Suite D • Statesville, NC 28677 www.DalyFamily www.DalyFamilyl



August 2017



18 6



• The End Of An Era


• PostNet Mooresville Business Can Be Challenging. We Can Help.


• Iredell Memorial Hospital The Birth Place


• Choose To Have A Positive Attitude


• Corning Eyes Expansion And Opportunity Across The Region


• What’s Cooking?! Protein-Rich Breakfast


• A Word From The Statesville Chamber Seeking Future5 Nominations


• A Word From The Mooresville–South Iredell Chamber Equipping New Leaders

food | family | local business

Greatness Starts Here As proud members of the Charter Schools USA Family of Schools, we provide a nurturing academic environment that inspires creaavity and propels our students to achieve success in academics and in life. Tuition-free public charter schools with three locations in Iredell County

(704) 508-0104

(704) 705-1698

(704) 235-0865

Learn more at





By Kathy Wheeler

© | bowdenimages

August is the month to enjoy the remainder of summer vacation and prepare for another school year. From small children starting their first year of kindergarten to young adults going away to their first year of college, those firsts can be intimidating and a little scary for both parents and children. I was a stay at home mom and remember my oldest son’s first day of kindergarten. I left him screaming, “Don’t leave me here!” I tried to prepare him by taking him to half-day play schools and didn’t think about preparing myself for that day. I cried all the way home, sad that I wouldn’t see him all day, wondering how he would cope, and realizing that it was an end to an era. Luckily, his teacher and I were friends. She called me mid-morning to let me know he was doing just fine, and his tears stopped within a few minutes of my leaving him. Bless her! Likewise, when it was time for him to go to college, I was to meet him for orientation that morning, as he had spent the previous night with some friends on campus. I was so excited for my son. I 8


was standing at a second story window watching for his arrival. As soon as I saw him, I got tears in my eyes. He looked so young and naive and all grown up at the same time. I began to grieve the end of another era. I’m embarrassed to say that I cried through the whole orientation, to the point that he looked at me and asked if I was going to be okay. Too funny! Again, he was fine—I wasn’t! These milestones can be tough on parents. We know how to prepare our children, yet we forget about how it may affect us. Even though my heart swells with pride with each milestone my children cross, I can’t help feeling a little sadness that it means they need me less. I guess we have done our job if we become obsolete. As they ease into their freedom, we regain ours. We’ve worked hard to earn the title of parent; we don’t lose that when they go off to college. Our role just changes. I remember calling my son’s cell and waiting for three days for a return call. He was busy, but I was freaking out. A friend of mine laughed and said, “So you

haven’t heard from him in three whole days! Jeez!” He was being facetious. I was clueless, looking at him like, “What?” Obviously, I had to learn to back off, give my son his freedom, and talk to him on his terms. He was growing up but still needed an occasional sounding board and my help. So, I wasn’t obsolete yet. Young adults will struggle with their newfound freedom and will make mistakes. Let them, and be there to support them through their struggles. The first year of college is an adjustment for both students and parents. Text messages can work well if you need to take care of business. If you just want to hear their voice, text, and ask them to call you when they have a chance. Respect their privacy and their schedule. As hard as it is to let go, they will learn some valuable lessons, if you let them. Only step in when necessary. It will take a little time for both of you to adjust. Usually, after they drag all their laundry and belongings in during their first summer break, you will be ready to send them back.

Get your lawn and landscape healthy and beautiful.

First Treatment


704-500-6788 New Customers Only • Expires 4/30/2017 Lawn Program Treatment

Bohemian fashion featuring the latest trends and vintage collections for women who live free through fashion, art, music, and travel *Free People unavailable at Blowing Rock location.

262 Union Square Hickory, NC


(828) 323-7200

688-B Bluefield Road Mooresville, NC

(704) 664-7229

110 Sunset Drive #1 Blowing Rock, NC

(828) 295-7200 IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2017


Corning Incorporated is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning invented the first low-loss optical fiber in 1970, pioneered the first loose tube cable, and helped launch the age of optical fiber communications. Corning is now hiring in Hickory and Newton, North Carolina – a short commute from Iredell County. Apply at  Enter Job Reference ID 183717 (Manufacturing Associate)  Enter Job Reference ID 185528 (Maintenance Technician) Applicants must be 18 years old and have a High School Diploma or equivalent. EOE/AA including Veterans and Disabled.

© 2017 Corning Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.


704.696.7083 494 E. Plaza Drive (Hwy 150) Mooresville, NC

104 West Broad St, Statesville • (704) 380-4901 Like us on Facebook • Open M-F 10-7 & Sat 10-5 10



SENIOR FRIENDLY ER. Going to an emergency room can be stressful at any age, but particularly for seniors. That’s why we designed our newly renovated Senior Friendly ER with your care and comfort in mind. With features such as softer mattresses, dimmable lights, warm blankets, and easy-to-reach call buttons, our goal is to make you feel at ease. Our attentive staff will treat you like family and help you feel safe and secure, never rushed or afraid. So when you or someone you love needs emergency care, choose the Senior Friendly ER at Davis Regional Medical Center.

218 Old Mocksville Rd. Statesville, NC

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.



A snoring appliance may be the solution for you!

We offer snoring appliances that provide a deeper, more restful sleep by stopping snoring and relieving symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.


Start Sleeping Soundly Again!


(704) 322-3288 | IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2017





cover story


Business Can Be Challenging. We Can Help. By Kristie Darling Photos by Shane Greene Photography

“When I work with Jennings and his team at PostNet, I know I’m not just another number,” Jeff Clayton, owner of Midtown Café & Dessertery, told me. “I get personal service—definitely quality work—and I am always taken care of. I need menus and table tents printed regularly, and I can count on them being correct and on time.” Jeff is one of many very satisfied customers at PostNet’s Mooresville location. His rave review is not uncommon. F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” This sage advice is no better expressed than at PostNet, where communication, in all its many forms, is king. “Our team of graphic designers, printers, and customer sales and service reps understands the value of clear communication. We all work hard to make sure that what you want to say—your brand and your message, whether it’s printed or electronic—is clear, easy to understand, and cost effective,” said Jennings Nelson, owner and lead salesman at the PostNet store in Mooresville. “We take your message from ‘I have an idea’ to ‘Wow! That’s exactly what I wanted!’ creatively and affordably.” The services and products at PostNet fall into several critical marketing areas: DESIGN, PRINT, and SEND, plus several add-ons that complete the package. DESIGN Today, your brand can take on many forms, but with each impression it must tell your story and relay your message. Having a professional brand design and the appropriate formats for marketing are critical. At PostNet, Jessica Rhodes’ degree in Computer Science serves her customers well. “Jessica has built quality relationships and loyalty with our clients,” Jennings said. “She is not only a talented designer, she’s also very knowledgeable, easy to work with, and can help you create the total picture in your print or online marketing.” Jessica knows how to ask the right questions, even when you’re not sure which way to go. What is your corporate identity, and who is your market? What results are you after? Is your goal

Photos: On the cover–PostNet Staff, pictured left to right Front row–Jennings Nelson and Jason Nelson Back row–Jessica Rhodes, Jeanette Nelson and Teresa Campise Opposite page–PostNet Owners Jeanette Nelson, Jason Nelson, and Jennings Nelson Above, top to bottom: • DESIGN, PRINT and SEND are some of the services offered at PostNet Mooresville. • Graphic Designer Jessica Rhodes working with a customer on a design for her business



to have potential customers call you up, buy tickets, order your products online, or come into your place of business? Design work can include developing a logo or brand image or creating a full marketing campaign from scratch. PostNet can develop websites with social media integration (or help you design one yourself), create striking promotions, invitations, or flyers. What you need might be an eye-catching brochure or a series of mailers, updated rack cards, memorable banners, or stylish business cards. Jessica can help you create a complete sales package. “Jessica takes very good care of our customers. She offers great advice and suggestions and can do most design jobs in just a few business days,” Jennings says. PRINT Every company, large and small, and many individuals, need things printed. It’s a part of being in the world these days. Often, your print job needs to be finished quickly, like yesterday. PostNet’s printing services are second to none. “Last year we printed over 40,000 business cards,” Jennings explained, “and our printing capacity goes up from there.” Simple print jobs, like copies, stationery, newsletters, and forms can easily be finished in an hour or so. When customers supply camera-ready art or files, these jobs, even in quantity, are quick to complete. And printing at PostNet, whether it’s signs, banners, posters, brochures, flyers, tickets, presentations, or folders, is always professionally produced on quality paper of your choice. Add in Jessica’s creative talent when needed, and most anything you have in mind can come to life to present your message.


Above, top to bottom • Jessica working with summer intern Megan Brown on a graphic design job. • Jessica and Teresa providing wide format printing. • Teresa printing copies for a customer.


“We can mount posters on foam core board, make yard signs, print on vinyl or fabric, and bind or laminate what you’ve had printed,” Teresa Campise told me. Teresa oversees store operations. “If you want it printed, we can do it! We’ve become the go-to print service for many small and large businesses, salespeople, churches, organizations, and individuals who rely on us to get their jobs done professionally and on time. Most don’t have the staff or equipment to get their printing done on their own.” PostNet can also order vehicle wrapping, make vinyl lettering for doors and windows, print contractor blueprints, design and print trade show materials, do wide-format printing, and Photoshop touch-ups, all high-quality work with the customer’s requirements foremost in mind.

Opposite page–Teresa and Jessica helping customers with their shipping needs (UPS, FedEx, and USPS).

SEND Sending can mean a couple of things: shipping services and direct mail. Either way, PostNet will deliver on their promise of excellent value, full service, and professional results.

Carolina Embroidery & Designs, owned and operated by Jeanette Nelson, offers embroidery, screen printing, and promotional apparel.

PostNet is one of UPS’s and FedEx’s authorized shipping outlets, and, as such, is fully qualified to handle domestic and international packaging and shipping. They are also a USPS authorized shipper.


“We offer a multi-carrier selection coupled with in-center professional packing services to meet each customers’ specific requirements. They have peace of mind knowing their packages, including fragile or oversized items, are handled with care by a neighborhood shipping professional,” said Teresa. Direct mail has become a sophisticated and low-cost method of advertising your products or services to many people in your market. “Most small businesses don’t know where to begin putting together a direct mail campaign,” Jennings explained. “We can design an affordable, high-volume solution for any business with stand-out graphics and timely distribution to your targeted potential customers. It’s a good return on your investment.” AND MORE… Convenience and one-stop service can be a life-saver when work, errands, and overload might keep you from getting it all done. Your PostNet private mailbox, with a personal business address, is right there in the store. In addition, faxing and notarizing are easily accomplished while you’re picking up mail. A BIT OF HISTORY Jennings Nelson has a long and successful background in sales and marketing. “I’m retired as vice president of sales at Dana Corporation, so I know the ins and outs of business and marketing,” he told me. “After operating a PostNet franchise in Winston-Salem for several years, the Mooresville opportunity came along, and I consolidated the two stores, remodeled this location and the rest is history!” The business is family owned and operated by Jennings, his wife, Jeanette, and their son Jason, who was an integral part of the decision to become a PostNet franchise owner. “We were very impressed when we saw PostNet’s CEO on Undercover Boss. We understood that the company shared our values and knew this would be an excellent business for us. We saw a need here for this service,” Jennings said.

Jennings and Jeanette share the entrepreneurial spirit. A successful business woman herself, Jeanette owns and operates Carolina Embroidery & Designs in partnership with their son Justin and his wife, Erica Nelson, and Jason’s wife, Lindsey Nelson. “Jeanette opened the embroidery business here to satisfy customer needs,” Jennings shared. “We’re fully a onestop-shop for marketing services.” Jeanette is also a cosmetologist, skin care specialist, and sales director with BeautiControl Cosmetics that she operates part-time. EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE “I believe that people do business with people they like, know, and trust, and our team has a reputation for understanding what our customers need and going the extra mile to make sure they are pleased with the services we provide,” Jennings added. “We listen well, have a creative, problem-solving focus, and we all spring into action when someone says, ‘I need to get this done!’” The next time you need to get it done, visit:

PostNet Mooresville 125 Trade Court Suite F • Mooresville 704-660-1511 IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2017


Assisted Living at its Best! The Gardens of Statesville

Nestled off of Davie Avenue in Statesville, Gardens of Statesville is minutes from Historic downtown Statesville and convenient to both Interstates 77 and 40. • Deluxe, Private and Companion suite options • Residence Medical Director • Full Service Dining Room • Social, educational, cultural, devotional & recreational programs

• Pet Friendly • Medication management • Assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, toileting and ambulation. • Transportation Services

$300.00 OFF

SELECTED ROOMS WHILE THEY LAST! 2147 Davie Ave., Statesville, NC 28625

Schedule a tour today by calling 704.878.0123


Robert Harling Kathy Cochran

The facility is top-notch and everyone was great! I enjoyed working with you and appreciate your attention to detail and overall authentic concern for the quality of services provided by the Statesville Civic Center. I book numerous events in the Lake Norman/Charlotte Region for businesses and non-profit organizations and your staff and venue is first-class! —JG, National Conference Organizer

704.878.3493 • • For Events Like Us



Evening Shows:


August 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 ~ 7:30pm August 20 & 27 ~ 2:00pm Twisted Oak Bar & Grill 121 N. Center St. ~ Statesville, NC

$15 General Admission Purchase tickets at the door or online at 16


621 East Center Avenue Mooresville, NC 28115


Diana Eshleman, AuD Residential & Commercial Cleaning Service We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured! SERVICES WE OFFER: Residential Commercial Special Event Move-In/Move-Out

Memorial Services & Life Celebrations On-Site Cremation • Advance Funeral Planning Monuments & Markers

We include interior windows for FREE! If we can reach them we clean them

Mention Iredell Living to receive a 15% discount.


(800) 211-5048

494 E. Plaza Drive (Hwy 150) Mooresville, NC

Children’s Muay Thai Kickboxing

Class is structured around Student Code of COURTESY • INTEGRITY • PERSEVERANCE • SELF CONTROL • RESPECT

Ages 5 to 12 Years

Aidan Tutterow, Student of the Month

Willow Weiss, Excellence Award

TKO also offers Women’s Only Kickboxing Fit Classes & Adult Co-Ed Muay Thai 962 Davie Ave., Suite B Statesville, NC




Left–Staff of Iredell Memorial’s The Birth Place are specially trained to care for mother and baby throughout their stay. Below–For new parents Anna and Brad Messick, the educational classes, latest technology and continued support offered at The Birth Place helped provide a sense of ease through pregnancy and birthing. The Messicks welcomed twin girls in June. Opposite page–Staff create a comfortable atmosphere • Mom and baby visit with Pampered Pregnancy Program Coordinator Pam Speight, RN • Consult with trained lactation consultant Rhea Lamb

The Birth Place By Meredith Collins Photos by Shane Greene Photography

There are few moments in life full of the same excitement and emotion as the moment when you bring a new baby into the world. You deserve excellent care and a warm, welcoming atmosphere when that special time arrives. With comfortable suites and a highly trained, experienced staff, The Birth Place at Iredell Memorial is committed to providing the best experience possible for you and your baby. “We focus on the mother’s choice,” Sharon Johnson, director of The Birth Place at IMH, said. “We work with patients on their birth plans and things that are important to them. Everybody’s birth experience is a little bit different.” Patients often comment on the extra level of care they receive at The Birth Place. Staff focuses on specialty training and education, like neonatal resuscitation certifications. The Birth Place also uses a mother-baby nursing concept. 18


“We have one nurse who takes care of the mom and baby, instead of having one nurse take care of the mom and another nurse take care of the baby,” Sharon said. “This model of care is really best for overall maternity care.” When it is time to deliver at The Birth Place, there is usually no need to move to a different room. Medical equipment is carefully hidden from view in the maternity suite until it’s needed. “This concept is called the single room concept, LDRP—patients labor, deliver, recuperate, and stay postpartum in the same room,” Sharon said. “Our rooms are large enough to bring more equipment in and still have plenty of space.” Another benefit of having your baby at Iredell Memorial

is being part of a program called Your Pampered Pregnancy. It includes special discounts at area businesses and the services of a personal pregnancy coach who will answer your questions and locate resources. Even after your delivery, you can reach your pregnancy coach and your lactation consultant for information when you need it. The Birth Place also offers a wide range of classes, including infant CPR, Car Seat Safety, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding, and more. Tours of The Birth Place are available for expectant parents and

siblings. All of those options are free for patients and the public. “We feel education is an important part of the whole birth experience,” said Pam Speight, RN. “We don’t want cost to prohibit people from participating.” Exciting changes and new technology are planned for The Birth Place in the future, including the addition of wireless fetal monitors, which allow patients to walk around the unit rather than having to stay tethered to a device. Mothers are also given helpful items for

baby care when they arrive back home with their newborn. The Birth Place recently began offering a special meal for two to celebrate new arrivals, as well. “At The Birth Place, our patients are like family, and we want them all to have a wonderful experience and to know that their well-being is our top priority,” Pam said. The Birth Place 557 Brookdale Drive 704-878-4555


Your BYH Team All Under One rOOF with One inVOiCe!

2117 Simonton Road, Suite 101 Statesville, NC 28625





Before You Hire, Inc. 704.878.3600 |




The Solace Bed Designed by a Chiropractor with Proprietary Enhanced Lumbar Support

Meet Dr. Damien Rodulfo, designer of The Solace Bed. Dr. Rodulfo was the Ergonomic Advisor for two top American mattress manufacturers for 8 years. He is Designated Team Chiropractor for UNC Greensboro, a Five Star Sports Chiropractor, and owner of Healing Hands Chiropractic in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Built with the highest quality components available: Gel and Graphite Latex cooling foam and individually wrapped pocketed coils • • • • •

Enhanced Lumbar Support Minimal Partner Disturbance Double Sided Mattress 20 Year Factory Warranty Built in the USA

Order Your Mattress Today! Ships in a box within 10 Days via FedEx.

Visit: Or call 1-800-478-1980

ROOFING & GUTTERS Eastern Roof Technologies is locally owned and operated right in the heart of Mooresville, giving us the opportunity to serve our neighbors that we’ve built trust with over the years––right here in our community. Customer satisfaction is always our top priority and our 5-star reviews on Google and A+ BBB rating showcases just that. We will assist you through the insurance claims filing process and check for storm damage to your roof in our free 30 point roof inspection.


Call 704.663.7521 20



Choose To Have A

Positive Attitude By Lauren Davidson

© | ulkas

The CFO of my company has a message written on his whiteboard that I think we could all benefit from. It reads: Benefits of a Positive Attitude: 1. Other people genuinely like to be around you; it’s contagious 2. Increased life span 3. Lower rate of depression 4. Lower level of distress 5. Greater resistance to the common cold 6. Better psychological and physical well-being 7. Reduced risk of death from heart disease 8. Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress Apparently, after encountering a week that seemed to be doused in negativity, the CFO looked up the benefits of a positive attitude on the Mayo Clinic website to motivate his employees. It’s a good reminder that not only does a positive attitude affect interactions with others, it

also affects your own well-being. Have you noticed that when something negative happens, it can gain momentum, and your whole day, week, or year has been a series of difficult events? I’d like to argue that if you focus on it, the same thing can happen with positivity. When it feels like life keeps throwing curveballs or you’re just getting bored with the monotony, it’s important to coax—or snap—yourself out of it. It’s easy to fall into a routine of negativity, and it happens to all of us. The most important thing you can do is to recognize it. Sometimes, I’ll tell myself, “Today, I’m going to have a really good day,” and I try to stick with it. Don’t forget that you are in charge of your destiny. If you actively decide to be positive—again and again, hour after hour, curveball after curveball—you will find that your general outlook on life starts to look up. You are in control of your emotions, not the other way around. If life feels unfair, rise above it and keep living. Each day,

hour, and minute is an opportunity to be happy and to do something you enjoy. Try putting your own happiness first, not at the expense of others, of course, but just try it. Say to yourself, “Is this serving me?” and react accordingly. You’ll quickly assess the things that provide joy and those that do not. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the brevity of our time here, and I think that we so often fall into a routine of not being appreciative and joyful about every day that we spend alive. Living in a monotonous blur is no way to spend your time. My advice is to try, starting tomorrow, with a determined mission to be positive. See what happens. If you don’t find purpose within your day, think about making some changes. At some point, I think we all need to take a look around and evaluate where we are and where we want to go. As Ferris Beuller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2017


OUR ADVERTISERS TELL US: advertising I’ve ever done. well spent! ...can’t believe how many people commented on my cover story.

Publications of TOMMAR Publishing, Inc.


(704) 546-5511

Distributed to over 400 locations in the Hickory area.

Distributed to over 400 locations in Iredell County.

Like a Kid Dreading School, Don’t Let the Job You Dread Get You Down! New Positions Coming in WEEKLY! Apply Today!


We now offer specialty and EVENT staff through Prettygirl LKN Event Promotions! Models, Greeters, Brand Ambassadors and So Much More!

Book a “Prettygirl” for your big event or awesome product!

Jamie Ottinger, Owner

ATTENTION JOB SEEKERS: Now Hiring Accounting positions, Skilled Technicians in Manufacturing environments of maintenance and CNC machining, and general warehouse order pullers.

(704) 662-6685 105 Singleton Road, Unit 104 • Mooresville, NC 28117

nc o ert mer um C S FREE

2017 Entertainment SCHEDULE FRIDAYS from 5:30pm-8:30pm on West Broad Street in Downtown Statesville


May 26 - Divided by Four (Motown, Soul, Funk) June 9 - The Catalinas (Beach) June 23 - Darrell Harwood (Country) July 14 - The Kevin Jones Experience (Jazz, Pop, R&B) July 21 - RadioJacks (Pop, Variety) July 28 - onceblind (Rock, Variety) Aug 11 - Mediocre Bad Guys (Rock, Americana) Aug 25 - Phatt City (Beach, R&B, Dance) Sept 8 - Tonya Wood Music Co. (Rock, Soul, Blues)

Beer, wine, soft drinks & food available for purchase. No dogs, pets or coolers allowed.

For details visit, find downtownstatesville on facebook or call 704-878-3436 IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2017


Corning eyes expan across the region Corning eyes expansion and opportunity across the region

As local manufacturer Corning prepares for the future are poised to bring growth and opportunity to the reg

As local manufacturer Corning prepares for the future, they are poised to bring growth and opportunity to the region. “This is an exciting time for Corning,” says Rob France, senior vice president of human resources for Corning Optical Communications. “We are seeing increasing demand for our products across the globe, and we’re stepping up production to meet that demand. That is good news for North Carolina, which already houses two of the world’s largest optical fiber facilities and two of the world’s largest optical cable facilities.” New York-based Corning Incorporated employs approximately 40,000 people worldwide. More than 3,000 of those employees are located at five sites across North Carolina supporting the Optical Communications business that produces optical fiber and hardware solutions. But recent expansion announcements indicate that number will soon grow. Corning will add 200 jobs through an expansion in Cabarrus County, and at least 210 jobs will be created with the establishment of a new optical cable manufacturing facility in Newton. In addition, more than 100 jobs will be added at locations in both Hickory and Winston-Salem. “We are extremely happy to expand our presence across the region,” said France. “Hickory and the surrounding areas are integral to our 46-year history in North Carolina, and they will remain so as we look ahead.”

“We have built an industry-leading company around the “This is an exciting time for Corning,” says Rob France, s talents and dedication of our North Carolina employees, vice president of human resources for Corning Optical and we look forward to adding more members to the Communications. “We are seeing increasing demand fo Corning family.” products across the globe, and we’re stepping up produ to meet that demand. That is good news for North Caro which already houses two of the world’s largest optical Corning is hiring at itsand locations Northlargest Carolina: facilities two ofacross the world’s optical cable fac

• Hickory (current corporate headquarters and optical New York-based cable manufacturing facility)Corning Incorporated employs approx 40,000 people worldwide. More than 3,000 of those em • Winston-Salem (optical cable manufacturing facility) are located at five sites across North Carolina supporti • Concord/Midlands fiber manufacturing Optical (optical Communications business that produces optica facility) and hardware solutions. But recent expansion announc will soon grow. • Wilmingtonindicate (optical that fibernumber manufacturing facility)

Corning will add 200 jobs through an expansion in Ca County, and at least 210 jobs will be created with the A variety of positions are currently or will be available as establishment of a new optical cable manufacturing f the expansion efforts continue. For more information, visit in Newton. In addition, more than 100 jobs will be add locations in both Hickory and Winston-Salem.

Corning Optical Communications is a global provider of fiber “We are extremely happy to expand our presence acro optic communications solutions for voice, data, and video region,” said France. “Hickory and the surrounding are networks. Its parent company, Corning Incorporated, is a integral to our 46-year history in North Carolina, and t leading innovator in materials science. For more than 160 years, remain so as we look ahead.” Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

© 2017 Corning Optical Communications. COR-0145-AEN/July 2017



© 2017 Corning Optical Communications. COR-0145-AEN/July 2017

The New Website is LIVE!

View it on all your mobile devices The new website allows us to provide immediate lifestyle coverage in Iredell County! It will feature local businesses, the best restaurants and events in the area. You can continue to read Iredell Living Magazine online, or pick up your free copy each month at over 400 locations in Iredell County!

The New Website Offers New Advertising Opportunities! For Availability and Pricing Contact: Ashley Stevenson 704-902-5418 or email IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2017





! S D GA

Promote Your Business Digitally at Valley Hills Mall Digital Advertising Media, Inc. is offering businesses an opportunity to market to approximately 800,000 monthly visitors at Valley Hills Mall. Your ad will get over 40,000 impressions each month across 12 screens spread throughout six different locations in the mall, including two large screens in the Food Court. In addition, the screens can host social media posts to enhance your advertising and further connect you with your customers. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Digital Advertising Media, Inc. 866.457.1329

What's Cooking?! Protein-Rich Breakfast

As schedules get hectic, it is essential to start each day with a protein-rich breakfast. Consider these prepare ahead, grab and go, recipes to help with those busy mornings.

Frozen Yogurt Fruit Popsicles 2 2

2 1 6

cups of vanilla yogurt (Greek or regular) cups of frozen fruit (any fruit will do, but I start with a sliced banana, frozen organic strawberries and blueberries) tablespoons of honey teaspoon of vanilla flavoring tablespoons of milk

© | Julia_Sudnitskaya


Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pour into popsicle molds or paper cups and freeze. You can even add granola to the tops of the popsicle mold for crunchy goodness. Place in the freezer and freeze overnight.

Deviled Eggs Most consider Deviled Eggs a Southern side dish, but why not for breakfast? You can prepare them ahead of time and eat them on your way out the door! 6

hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise


cup of mayonnaise or plain yogurt teaspoon apple cider vinegar teaspoon salt teaspoon ground black pepper Bacon bits or paprika for garnish

½ ⅛ ¼

mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste. © | bhofack2


To hard boil eggs, place eggs in a sauce pan and cover with cold water. Cook on high just until the water begins to boil. Cover the sauce pan with a lid and cut the burner off. Let the eggs sit in the hot water for 17 minutes. Pour off hot water and run cold water over eggs until they are cool enough to peel. Peel eggs, and slice each one in half, lengthwise. Take the yokes from the eggs and place in a mixing bowl. Mash the yokes with a fork. Add mayonnaise (or yogurt), vinegar, salt and pepper and mix together until creamy. Depending on your preference, you can add more

Fill egg whites with yoke mixture, garnishing with bacon bits. Cover and refrigerate.

Other Ways To Add Protein

Muffin and bread recipes can be rich in protein. Keep in mind that white flour has protein, but the more protein, the more gluten. So if you are trying to avoid gluten, look at the nut flours or coconut flour. Non-gluten flours will not rise unless you add 1/8 of teaspoon of backing soda and baking powder per 1/4 cup of flour. Walnuts are high in protein and a great addition to any muffin. You can also replace 1/3 of your flour with protein powder. IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2017



he old adage, “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks,” is absolutely right on target, at least as it relates to this aged mutt. Why would that be the case? We all approach every situation, every day, with our own tool bag that we have created over time. In my younger life, I was honestly comfortable knowing that I didn’t have total access to learn many things I didn’t already know. Heck, I used The Encyclopedia Britannica for that information.


Seeking future5 Nominations

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



Now, we have several generations of folks that have more access to information, in an instant, than many of us had in 12 to 16 years of school. With more information, there are many more creative, intelligent ways to solve problems. The opportunities for job creation, creative civic leadership, and exponentially wider social engagement are directly in front of us. For this community to prosper, we must elevate the profile of the younger generations in hopes that, by digging their roots a little deeper, their urge to move away may wane.

fact, it might be one of the most important things we do each year. There are some extraordinary things being done in this community by bright young citizens who are making a dramatic difference. Let’s celebrate their work. Past winners of the Iredell Health System future5 include: Richard Griggs Statesville Rec and Parks Will Long Pope, McMillan, Kutteh, Edwards, Sheick Caroline Brown AlarmSouth Anna Washington Boys and Girls Club of the Piedmont Alex Walker Walker, Robinson, and Clark William Troutman Nicholson Funeral Home Marian Steele J.C. Steele & Son Natasha Austin First National Bank

Economic development and longterm community sustainability rests, to some degree, on the backs of these young leaders. Traditionally, economic development revolved around a large industry moving into a community that provided jobs requiring manual dexterity. Those jobs have largely been replaced by skill sets of mental dexterity and creative problem solving. Many believe industrial growth in the future will revolve around those geographical pockets in which the 25 to 45-year-old populace has chosen to live and become vibrant community leaders.

The Chamber is seeking nominations for this recognition. Maureen Moore is the chair of future5 this year, and she enthusiastically notes, “Please consider nominating young professionals who are currently growing and excelling in their respective fields and positively influencing growth, prosperity, and quality of life in the Statesville area.”

On September 15, we will hold a breakfast and honor the Iredell Health System future5–five leaders in the greater Statesville area who are 35 years of age or under. This is no small venture. In

Nomination forms must be submitted no later than August 15. Forms are available on the Chamber’s website at or by calling the Chamber office at 704-873-2892.

Ryan Pegarsch Miss Statesville Pageant Dustin McCary Law Office of Dustin McCrary

is in the air

Ambassador Spotlight

Private champagne balloon flight for two–the perfect way to celebrate rValentines rBirthdays rWeddings

rAdventures rAnniversaries

Janie Stikeleather, a life-long resident Big oh! Balloons

Text or call 704.880.0203 • Cool Spring, NC

New to Lake Norman? We'll help you get acquainted! Call the Welcome Committee at 704-660-1155 for a FREE welcome basket filled with valuable coupons, maps and community information.

of Statesville, is the Marketing & Public Relations Director with Davis Regional Medical Center. In that role, she directs all advertising and community relations for the hospital and affiliated physician practices.

A long-time chamber ambassador, she was named Ambassador of the Year in 2004 and again in 2016. She has served the chamber as chair of the Ambassador group, chair of Business After Hours, and board member for the Chamber. Janie noted “As a volunteer with the Chamber, I have had the pleasure of welcoming newcomers and new businesses to our area. Not only has my chamber involvement helped strengthen and build relationships with these groups, it has allowed me to interact and build friendships with many wonderful people throughout our community.” Janie and her husband Frank have two children and reside in the northern part of the county.

115 East Front Street • Statesville, NC 28677 • (704) 873-2892

We take Customer Satisfaction to the Highest Degree.

Control your Comfort and Energy Consumption... all at once.

Call Kent for a FREE Home Comfort Consultation

(704) 876-6279 2865 Wilksboro HWY• Statesville, NC IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2017


Photo by Captain Gus


Equipping New Leaders

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 30


ow do you define a leader? Is it someone who inspires others into positive action? Maybe a leader is a resource for information who is willing to share it with others. Each year at this time, the MooresvilleSouth Iredell Chamber of Commerce tries to define and identify new leaders within our community. We do this with our leadership programs for adults and high school students. This year, our adult leadership class is composed of the Mooresville Young Professionals Group. The leadership program’s purpose is to help prepare and build new community leaders by developing leadership skills, instilling self confidence, and building team awareness. The students learn to overcome obstacles by communicating and working together toward a common goal. This is done by destroying the two great impediments to leadership and success in any field of endeavor, which are fear and apathy. Fear comes in many forms: fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, and, most primal, the fear of survival. The very first class, held at Iredell County’s ropes challenge course, is a trial of mind over matter. Stepping out of your comfort zone when you traverse the ropes course can help you gain confidence in the face of fear. With encouragement from teammates and courage, participants learn to work through their fear and continue on toward their goal. They learn that fear is not an impediment to their success. Apathy is described as indifference, an “I don’t care attitude.” But, in reality, apathy comes from a belief that what you do does not matter. It’s the feeling of powerlessness, often brought on by lack

of knowledge or incorrect information. We combat this with information and education. Each month, class participants learn about their government, their schools, their business community, and the needs of their neighbors. Whether it is LifeSpan, Dove House, the Christian Mission, or the Mooresville Soup Kitchen, these nonprofits’ needs are met with a combined government, business, and community commitment. New, potential leaders have a one-onone experience with those in need. They look into the face of poverty. They look into the face of the disabled. They look into the face of the elderly, and they do not turn away, because each face looks familiar. The commonality in each is their humanity. Apathy quickly dissolves into empathy. Empowered by fearlessness and a warmed heart, our new leaders see the need and commit to solving these problems. Is a leader a problem solver? Maybe it is just someone who helps others reach their goals. They say if you help enough people reach their goals, you will reach yours. Potential leaders are all around us. I do not know who they are, but I do know there are many people who are capable and willing to help. They just don’t know how or where to start; they need information to do so. The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber Leadership Program will help you get there. Once you have seen what our past leaders have seen, you will be inspired and motivated just like they were. It is said a mind once expanded beyond its original size can’t go back. The same can also be said of the human heart.

Many Medical Providers. One You. One Choice. Piedmont HealthCare. • • • • • • • • •

Audiology Bariatric Surgery Cardiology Cosmetic Medicine Critical Care Medicine Dermatology Endocrinology Express Care Family Medicine

• • • • • • • •

Gastroenterology General Surgery Gynecology Hepatology Hospital Surgicalist Infectious Diseases Internal Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Specialist

• • • • • • •

Neurology Nutritional Services Obstetrics Occupational Medicine Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery Otolaryngology (Ears, Nose, Throat) • Pediatrics

• Physiatry (Interventional Spine Care) • Podiatry • Psychiatry • Pulmonary Medicine • Rheumatology • Sleep Medicine • Urgent Care • Urology • Weight Management

More than 50 convenient locations and nearly 200 physicians and providers across multiple specialties serving Statesville, Mooresville, Huntersville, Mocksville and Troutman. Corporate Office | 650 Signal Hill Drive Ext. | Statesville, NC 28625 704.873.4277 |




Welcome to Iredell Living Magazine online. We invite you to read the August issue featuring PostNet of Mooresville. Our advertisers make it...