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Complimentary March 2017

Living the Good Life

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Welcome to the March issue.

I know I say this every year, but spring really is my favorite time of year! The older I get, the more I look forward to the season and the warm sun on my face, the chirping of the birds, the smell of freshly mowed grass, flowers beginning to bloom, and on and on! The longer days and warmer temperatures are such a welcome sight after the long, dreary winter months. Spring is certainly a time of renewal, and it officially arrives this year on March 20. This is a good time to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls inside your house, or spruce up the back deck, front porch, or garage outside. This will give your home greater curb appeal and may add value to it as well. Plus, you’ll get the added benefit of feeling a great deal of pride in seeing tangible results for all your hard work.

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Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday March 12 as Daylight Savings Time officially begins. Until next month, thank you for reading the March issue of Iredell Living Magazine!

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March 2017

8 • March Ushers In Spring! 12 • White’s Sales &

Statesville Carpet Make Your Home Happy!

18 • Yours Truly Boutique And

Legacy Sports Popular Fashions And Sports Memorabilia

23 • Welcoming Home Our

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First Puppy

24 • Organizing My Way To Calm! 27 • What’s Cooking?!

Nutritious Meals From Your Pantry

28 • A Word From The

Statesville Chamber Annual Meeting And Awards

30 • A Word From The

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Mooresville–South Iredell Chamber Live The Good Life Showcase

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March Ushers In

Spring!

Look for these Proven Winners in your garden center this spring. Graceful Grasses ® Fiber Optic Grass Isolepsis (Scirpus) cernus ColorBlaze ® Alligator Tears ® Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides Supertunia® Bermuda Beach™ Petunia hybrid Superbells ® Yellow Chiffon ™ Calibrachoa hybrid Superbena® Royale Peachy Keen Verbena hybrid

Article by Kathy Wheeler Photos Courtesy of Proven Winners www.provenwinners.com

Color Blaze ® Lime Time ™ (1) Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides Supertunia ® Vista Fuchsia Petunia hybrid (2) Superbells ® Hollywwod Star ™ Calibrachoa hybrid (2) Recipes for potted masterpieces can be found on Proven Winner’s website

Snow Princess® Sweet Alyssum Lobularia hybrid (1) Superbells® Cherry Star™ Calibrachoa hybrid (2) Superbena® Royale Peachy Keen Verbena hybrid (2)

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March 20th is officially the first day of spring, and with it comes the promise of warmer weather and outdoor fun. Although early spring may not produce consistent warmer temperatures for planting, it is not too early to start planning your outdoor sanctuaries. Any outdoor space can be transformed into a restful getaway or a vibrant entertaining space with some comfortable patio furniture and a variety of potted shrubs and flowers. From providing shade and privacy barriers to fragrance and color, plants can be used to create natural rooms that you will enjoy for several seasons. For inspiration, visit Proven Winners’ website. Each year they create The Garden’s Idea Book. At provenwinners.com, you can view the 2017 book online, request the printed version, and sign up for emails.

When weather permits, start cleaning out those flower beds, prepare your pots for planting, and pressure wash your deck or patio. If you want a creative project, do a quick search on Pinterest for wooden planters and try building a few, or perhaps paint some of your old pots. Repurpose items in your garden. I have an old galvanized beverage tub with a stand that makes a beautiful plant stand just by adding a few pots of flowers to it. If you have wire planters, using coco liners can be expensive and sometimes it’s hard to find the right size. Try lining the wire baskets with burlap; add a layer of landscaping fabric before filling with potting soil. With all the planning and prep work out of the way, planting will be a breeze after the last frost!


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White’s Sales & Statesville Carpet Make Your Home Happy! By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

White’s Sales and Statesville Carpet have been iconic, family-owned shopping landmarks in town for 47 years, not simply because of the fine furnishings and floor coverings they carry, but especially because of the people behind the counter. “Our startup was in 1970 when my dad, Pressly White, opened J. Pressly Sales and Service, an appliance store in downtown Statesville,” Jennifer White Martin said. “Almost all the people who come in today have a story to tell me,

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like, ‘some 20 years ago you sold me every appliance in my kitchen,’ and now they’re back for new carpet or furniture. I love hearing this. I sort of adopt every new customer who comes in.” A BIT OF HISTORY In 1972, Pressly White moved his enterprise to the corner of Shumaker Drive and Turnersburg Highway—they’ve occupied several buildings at this intersection—and continued attract-

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ing customers looking to furnish their homes. Johnny Isenhour told me, “My wife, Jean, graduated high school with Pressly, so there’s a long-time connection. We started shopping at White’s when we were just married, 54 years ago. Over the years, they’ve sold us a couple rounds of appliances and furniture, and last year, when we needed to replace everything in our home after a fire, no question about it, Jennifer was the person I called.” Jennifer shared a bit


about the Isenhour’s challenges; she feels grateful to be able to help. It’s all about who she is.

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On the cover–Jennifer White Martin, vice president of White’s Sales and Statesville Carpet Opposite page–This photo says it all. White’s Sales and Statesville Carpet is a one-stop-shop for all your furniture and flooring needs. Pictured is one of the new additions to Craftmaster’s line of furniture.

FRIENDLY FACE, EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL Jennifer grew up in the appliance, furniture, and carpet business. “A lot of my confidence in what I suggest and recommend to people, in the products I sell, comes from being around this industry for so many years…and learning from the best. I went to my first furniture market when I was 16, so I’ve seen lots of changes in styles, materials, and products. I’ve made some good deals, even done some horse trading through it all,” she recalled. Jennifer’s keen eye for

style and quality are key to her success, in generating positive word-of-mouth reviews, and in keeping satisfied customers coming back. She’s the professional of choice to help you make design decisions. “I try to get to know my customers so we can discover what makes them comfortable and happy. Is their goal to change from one style to something different, or do they really want to freshen up the look they already have?” she explained. “Even in flooring, some people want to move up in quality or change materials, and others want something familiar but up-to-date. Either way, we can help.”

Right–Jennifer shows Johnny and Jean Isenhour some of over 500 fabric choices for their new Paula Deen sofa by Craftmaster. White’s Sales and Statesville Carpet’s 17,000 square foot showroom is located in Statesville.

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ON THE SPOT FURNITURE DESIGN The custom design studio and showroom at White’s Sales is interactive, with a 55-inch, full color monitor that displays in real time how you might envision your furniture selections. Want to put this creamy blue damask on this particular sofa? Voilá! Want to see it in a bright golden floral? Just pick out your fabric, and Jennifer can instantly upholster that look for you on the screen. Will it look good with this side chair in a stripe? Your options are unlimited with 500 fabrics to choose from. “My shoppers love to see the furniture they’re interested in come to life,” Jennifer said as I looked through her selection of fine fabrics. “And, it’s so much fun!” White’s Sales is an authorized retailer of Craftmaster Furniture, Paula Deen Home, and Flexsteel Home. Living room styles include vintage, traditional, contemporary, urban; even sleeper sofas and leather styles can all be custom designed in fabric and color to suit your living space and preferences. Flexsteel reclining furniture can create a more comfortable option in your home, designed to complement every color palette, style, and setting. “Paula Deen Home is one of our best-selling upholstery lines,” Jennifer said, “We’ve carried Craftmaster since the early 1970s, and I was excited to offer Paula Deen’s signature collection when Craftmaster first created it.” It’s hard to believe you might not find exactly what you’re looking for in the showroom, but if that happens, you and Jennifer can custom design exactly all that you want, easily.

Photo provided by White’s Sales

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• White’s Sales has a custom design studio with an interactive 55” monitor to display your custom furniture selection. Hundreds of fabrics can be coordinated to create your unique design. • Offering inhome delivery and disposal of old furniture • Spring Air is a nationally known, family-owned and operated company. Their mattresses have been made in the USA since 1926. Jennifer has known and done business with the Spring Air family since the early ‘80s. 14

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ONE OF A KIND TREASURES “Our selection of side pieces—tables, buffets, dressers, chairs—are all professionally refurbished, quality vintage pieces—think antiques restored to their finest moment, either traditional, heirloom, or stylish shabby-chic,” Jennifer explained. “I choose specific items from local sources, because they are unique and beautifully detailed. And the selections change all the time, so you will always find something new.” Jennifer puts her heart into these special pieces when she handpicks them for her showroom. She often has someone in mind who would love to see a new creation, so she just calls them. “She has a real gift for style, and ever since my first visit, I’ve fallen in love with Jennifer,” Doris Bowles, a new customer, told me. “She knows what I like, what will go with my other things. The den furniture we’ve chosen is exactly what I want.” THE LITTLE EXTRAS Need accent pillows? Go no further than Jennifer’s huge (five big bins!) assortment of extraordinary toss pillows, in gorgeous fabrics and colors, priced to make you very


happy. These, along with the tabletop decorator accents placed throughout the showroom, will pull your new look together. Alongside the pillow bins are an array of market samples and special deals. Spring Air Mattresses are again offered, after customer requests to bring them back. And with a top-of-theline Miele vacuum, your carpets and upholstered furniture will always look their best. FLOORING TO LAST A LIFETIME The showroom at White’s Sales and Statesville Carpet is a onestop-shop for quality and variety in flooring. Shop for flooring with a fabric swatch in hand, and see and feel how your floors can show off your furnishings. With beautiful carpeting, luxury vinyl tile, hardwoods, or laminates from names like Shaw, Mohawk, Karndean, Bruce, Anderson, and many others, you are certain to discover something exquisite that works perfectly in your home. As the area’s only Shaw Flooring Gallery dealer, your flooring options are significant. I knew vinyl flooring has come a long way since Grandma’s house, but I was truly blown away by the designs, quality, and feel of the luxury vinyl tile and planks at Statesville Carpet. The display looks amazing and features quiet, durable, water resistant, kid and pet friendly selections in a host of styles and colors. It’s all beautiful. “Once we’ve chosen your floor covering, no matter what type, it’s the installation that makes the difference between nice and WOW!” Jennifer continued. “People in town shop here for beautiful flooring, but they rave and come back because of our installation team.” Brothers Jerry and Wade Shoemaker have followers going back many years, and Jennifer is thankful to have them on her team. “They are perfectionists. They always get it right,” she said. SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR EVERYONE Jennifer can help design most any space: any sized apartment, a first-time buyers bargain, a brand new, spacious contemporary or traditional home—she has the experience, the eye, and the personality to bring out the best in your style and your budget. “I love it when it all comes together,” she said. “I get attached to these beautiful pieces of furniture, but when the right person takes something special home, I feel like I’ve had a good day.” Spend some time with Jennifer. Let her show you the goodies that fill her showroom…you might just find exactly what you and your home need.

White’s Sales LLC – 704.876.1181 Statesville Carpet, Inc. – 704.876.0322 583 Turnersburg Highway • Statesville, NC

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• Shaw Gallery representative Chris Collins shows a customer some of the many colors, textures and patterns that Shaw offers. Statesville Carpet is the areas only Shaw Flooring Gallery dealer. • The awesome Karndean display shows all the company has to offer in luxury vinyl tiles and planks. • Jerry and Wade Shoemaker are part of the Statesville Carpet team. They have many years of experience installing all types of flooring.

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Left–From left to right–Online Manager Jennifer Meadows, Owners James and Sonya Sipes, and Boutique Manager Sarah Harkey Opposite page–The boutique offers a vast selection of clothing and accessories. Leggings are a favorite with plenty of tops and dresses to go with them. Sarah loves helping customers put outfits together! An amazing selection of sports items are available, including things for your car, memorabilia, apparel and accessories.

Yours Truly BOUTIQUE and Legacy Sports

Popular Fashions and Sports Memorabilia By Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

We’ve all heard stories about good things coming out of bad circumstances. For James Sipes, owner of Yours Truly Boutique, his business story begins with being laid off, and he found his current location because of a water leak. After being laid off for two years and four months, James was called back to his job. “When I got the call, I decided I needed to start doing something on the side in case that happened again,” James said. “I made a small investment in some merchandise and started selling overstocked and flipped items.” James created an eBay store called Carolina-Sports-Cards. It opened by offering 18

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baseball cards but has since expanded to include clothing, shoes, cosmetics, and sports memorabilia. As the eBay business grew, James moved it from his home into a rented space on Davie Avenue, across from Food Lion. His new enterprise grew from one employee to five. As an addition to his online business, James expanded by opening a storefront boutique, but the location didn’t bring much foot traffic. “Because of a water leak, I stumbled across the building downtown,” James explained. “We grew from 4,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet, and our foot traffic is so much more than it was at our previous location.”

James’ downtown store opened last July in the building previously occupied by the Clock Store. The two-story space is perfect—upstairs serves as the storage and processing area for online sales, and downstairs is filled with a stylish clothing and gift boutique on one side, and the sports store on the other. This combination makes the store quite unique; there’s something for everyone. “It really differentiates us from other stores,” James said. “When a couple walks in, the wife goes to the boutique side, and the husband goes to the sports side. Typically, the wife is done shopping before the husband is!” The boutique carries affordable namebrand clothing, shoes, boot socks, jewelry, soaps, candles, handbags, and other gift items and accessories. On the sports side, you’ll find all types of team merchandise, including cups, flags, automobile accessories, wallets, autographed memorabilia, T-shirts, lamps, clocks, blankets, and hats. “We


are Statesville’s one-stop sports shop,” James said. One of the most popular items in the store is leggings. All leggings are $14.99, and are frequently offered at a discount with specials. There is a large selection, including plus-size. James is happy with the growth of the store in its first year. He says they have benefited from the downtown community and events. “We’ve just been

shocked with the whole experience,” he said. “Our hope is we continue to grow, and down the road, I would love to open another store. I just don’t stop. I don’t like getting satisfied, because when you get satisfied, that’s when you stop being successful.” Taking calculated risks and a few chances has paid off for Sipes. “It’s been a lot of work to get to this point,” James said. “That first year of business—doing everything by myself—was a lot of

work, but it’s all worth it now. We hope we are here to stay.”

Yours Truly Boutique 104 West Broad Street • Statesville 704-380-4901 yours-truly-boutique-statesville-nc. myshopify.com/ Yours Truly Boutique Statesville NC Carolina-Sports-Cards

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Welcoming Home Our First

Puppy By Lauren Davidson

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First comes love, then comes house, then comes puppy for me and my spouse. I had been wearing him down for months about getting a dog, but I have to admit that I was very surprised when my partner sent me a link leading to a puppy adoption website. That Saturday, we drove out to the adoption home and stood in line. “We must’ve had a thousand applicants,” the lady coordinating the visit told us. “It’s not every day beagles come up for adoption.” We decided not to get our hopes up, but luck was on our side. After a week, the agency contacted us about setting up a home visit, and gave us the option between Mary Ellen, the runt of the pack, and Esther, the one with the big, fuzzy ears (The litter was named after the Walton clan). Since my boyfriend was at work, I went out to the adoption home again, this time by myself, and cuddled each pup. The coordinator and I took them outside to an empty lot. The sun had set and it was turning cold. Mary Ellen was shak-

ing with fear, but Esther was unafraid, jumping around in the shadows. “I’ll take Esther,” I told the adoption coordinator with a smile. Once we got in the car, I realized that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. With Esther crying loudly in the crate I had set up in the passenger seat, I started to panic. “I chose you because you were the bravest one of all,” I told the dog. “I was adopted too, you know.” She started to quiet down. “It worked out really well for me. I have two really great parents, and you will too. We love you already.” I shuffled through a soothing playlist, and her crying abated to the sounds of Fleetwood Mac. I let out a big sigh of relief and drove under the speed limit the whole way home, terrified about the commitment we had just made. Were we really ready for this? Thankfully, a close friend and neighbor had recently gone through puppy training and had seemingly endless answers to my millions of questions. Booker, as we renamed the puppy, was extremely intelligent and slept through

the night, which our friends informed us was a true blessing. We’ve had some stumbles with accidents throughout the house, but luckily we have hardwood floors and a great yard for playing in. “You’re part of our pack now, and we’ll get through this together,” I’ve told Booker many times. Potty training is a challenge, but I know we can do it. We were also informed right away by the adoption counselor that the puppy was teething, which means she chews on absolutely everything, including us. I’ve found disciplining her to be the biggest challenge—how can you be mad when those big brown eyes are looking up at you? One of my close friends recently remarked, “Dogs know a sucker when they see one.” She was probably right. As I write this article now, Booker is in her favorite position—cuddled up next to me on the couch with her chin over one of my arms. When we got her home, I told my partner, “I feel like she’s been a part of our family for forever.” Even though our shoes and furniture are no longer the same, neither is our family. IREDELL LIVING • MARCH 2017

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Organizing My Way To

Calm! By Jessica Fox

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ecently, I took on the task of cleaning and organizing my home office–a dreaded project that was years overdue. Did I say “years?” Yes! I was overtaken by design work that I wanted to keep, but had run out of room to store. With no organizational system, everything was in piles on my desk, under my desk, in tubs and boxes. My creative side had gotten the best of me with art projects that were unfinished and had even invaded the trunk of my car. I hate filing, so stacks of papers were everywhere. Things I would later need and have to search to find. Oh, and did I mention furniture? I love furniture! Needless to say, my storage requirements and clutter were overwhelming my work space. I had finally had enough and gave myself a month to complete the project. The first order of business was to analyze the furniture and decide if it was serving a functional purpose and being used appropriately. For example, I had a file cabinet full of files that I never

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accessed, while my current files were in an open crate. I cleaned out that file cabinet to make room for current items. I removed two pieces of furniture and bought a large shelving unit to take advantage of vertical space. Likewise, I created vertical space on my desk by placing a few wooden boxes on their side creating cubbies under my monitor, phone, and printer. Finding the right containers to organize my stuff was crucial. I had several very large tubs, but they were heavy. I had ventured into them a few times over the years, and it was never a pleasant experience. I opted for much smaller boxes with lids that were dedicated to specific items and labeled them. Using multiples of the same container created a more pleasing, organized look. Plus, I bought extra containers for future storage. Purge, purge, purge! I still kept samples of my work but cut down on how many I kept of each project. I was also able to purge old software, outdated refer-

ence manuals, and warranties that had expired. No, I’m not a hoarder! Craft items were grouped in containers by projects. That way I would have what I needed to complete the project in one box and be more apt to follow through if I didn’t have to look for items. I created a simple system for filing. A vertical magazine holder is working well as temporary storage for items that need to be filed. One of my new containers is very accessible for new printed work samples, and the extra floor space in my office makes me happy and less stressed. I will never be one of those people whose desk is always clean, but it feels good to have some control over my space. Is there a room you’ve been meaning to tackle? Getting rid of clutter can change your whole attitude, and with a few systems in place, you can keep it at bay and enjoy your everyday surroundings more.

Happy purging!


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What's Cooking?! Nutritious Meals From Your Pantry

If a quick look in the refrigerator has you reaching for the takeout menu, check your pantry first! A well stocked pantry of canned goods can have you whipping up a nutritious meal in no time.

Mediterranean Chicken Pitas

Prep time: 10 minutes • Servings: 2

1 (10-oz.) can chicken breast, drained and flaked ½ cup finely chopped cucumber ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper 1 (4.5-oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained ¼ cup Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill 2 whole wheat pitas 4 lettuce leaves

Directions

In a large bowl, combine chicken, cucumber, red bell pepper, green chilies, yogurt and dill; toss to mix well. Cut each pita in half horizontally; carefully open each pita half. Fill each with 2 lettuce leaves and half of chicken mixture.

Almond Cherry Tres Leches Cake

Recipe created by Kelsey Nixon • Serves 12

CAKE: 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

1 5 ½ 1

cup granulated sugar large eggs teaspoon almond extract (14.5-oz.) can pitted cherries, thoroughly drained

TRES LECHES MIXTURE: ¼ cup heavy cream 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk ICING: 1 ½ cups heavy cream, chilled 4 tablespoons powdered sugar ¼ teaspoon almond extract ¼ cup chopped almonds, toasted

Directions

For cake, preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 9” X 13” cake pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl.

Cream butter, sugar and eggs with electric mixer on high until yolks turn pale yellow. Mix in almond extract. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients until fully combined—avoid over-mixing. Pour into prepared pan, evenly spreading batter out. Bake until cake has cooked through, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly, then pierce surface of cake with fork several times. Combine heavy cream, evaporated milk and condensed milk in small bowl or pitcher. Drizzle milk mixture over top and allow cake to sit and absorb milk mixture. For icing, whip together heavy cream, sugar and almond extract. Spread evenly over top of soaked cake. Top with toasted almonds. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Photos and recipes compliments of CMI. For more recipes, visit CansGetYouCooking.com IREDELL LIVING • MARCH 2017

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he Chamber’s annual meeting was held on February 21 at the Statesville Civic Center. “With some folks pulling in a different direction—or even not knowing that there IS a direction—your community will fail to realize its full potential,” noted Billy R. Taylor, director of commercial manufacturing, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Mr. Taylor was the keynote speaker for the event and brought a contagious enthusiasm to a sold-out audience.

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Outgoing chair, John Green, and incoming chair, Jeff Smith, noted that our community has come a long way over the last several years. The heightened sense of pride and aggressive focus on economic development bode very well for our bright future. A rich tradition for this event is the recognition of six individuals and businesses for extraordinary work in the community:

Annual Meeting And Awards

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce

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Citizen of the Year–Bob Dooley is simply an unmitigated advocate for Statesville. He started what is now Lake Norman Pool and Spa in 1987 and is a highly respected businessman. He served as the chair of the Downtown Statesville Development Corporation twice in the last ten years and has been integral in the revitalization of downtown. The renaissance of the Carolina BalloonFest is partly due to his leadership. He is ever present with a strong back (and a lot of great tools) for nearly any event. Bob epitomizes humbly seeking always to deflect any accolades. Small Business of the Year–Billy “Buck” and Sandra Blevins took a leap of faith when they purchased WAME Real Country Radio in 2014. Shortly after the purchase of the station, they moved a satellite studio into downtown Statesville. This valuable addition downtown hosts local programming such as the “Little Toe and Frankie Show,” creating further reason for people to spend more time and money in Statesville.

Non-Profit of the Year–I-Care, Inc. is charged with empowering/assisting individuals and families with low incomes to attain skills, knowledge, and motivation to become self-sufficient. Programs include Head Start, Weatherization Assistance, Workforce Innovation for Young Adults, and Employment Assistance for local citizens. I-Care, Inc. continues to be a beacon of servant leadership. Ambassador of the Year–Ambassadors of the Chamber are charged with staffing over 25 networking events. They make personal contact with Chamber investors throughout the year in an effort to maintain direct connection with our members. Janie Stikeleather embodies hospitality. Her interminable smile and engaging conversation represent the heart and soul of Statesville. Through her spirit and tireless work, the Ambassadors honor her with this award. Large Business of the Year–In 1981, The Tharpe Company began in Statesville and built an extraordinary international reputation in service and performance recognition products. In 2015, the company, now with annual sales of over $200M, became Engage2Excel and expanded its product line to include talent acquisition, engagement surveys, and performance analytics. The company has recently launched a non-profit enterprise that is seeking to “Thank First Responders” in unique, and very deserving, methods. Industry of the Year–JS Fiber Co. has over 25 years of experience in providing the hospitality, healthcare, and retail industries with quality bedding products. They employ 80 people at the Statesville plant. They are industry leaders in their ability to meet quick customer requirements, noting the ability to tackle five to ten-day turnaround for most of their expansive product line. In 2016, JS Fiber opened their second outlet store that attracts visitors from throughout the Southeast.


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S A WORD FROM

Live The Good Life Showcase

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

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ince 2008, the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Leading Edge Healthcare Leads Group, has presented our Live the Good Life Showcase. In today's complex healthcare world, you need an edge to help place you and your business as leaders in the community. The Leading Edge Healthcare Group gives you that advantage by helping build strong contacts and an excellent network with those involved in, or affiliated with, the healthcare industry. It was this healthcare focus group that first created the idea of this healthcare showcase that is now in its ninth year. It is free and open to the public on Thursday, March 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center. Due to this event’s popularity, we have doubled in size and now have over 80 booths available. Our on-site vendors will conduct various important health screenings. This year, we spotlight holistic medicine, a form of healing that considers the whole person—body, mind, spirit, and emotions—in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life. Holistic medicine practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts, and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, people with imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives can be negatively affected in their overall health. A holistic doctor may use all forms of healthcare, from conventional medication to alternative therapies, to treat a patient.

The South Iredell Healthcare Showcase combines business networking and educational programs geared towards those in the healthcare community, or those wishing to work with businesses and organizations in the healthcare community. A key element to providing great healthcare is always efficient communication among the healthcare continuum. The Leading Edge Healthcare Leads Group serves as a unified voice on healthcare challenges facing our community. They are also proud to sponsor a monthly gathering of healthcare professionals and those in related or allied professions and businesses. The Healthcare Leads Group felt it was crucial for those in the Mooresville-South Iredell area to have an open forum for networking and enrichment. This forum convenes at 8:30 am on the last Tuesday of every month at Brookdale Churchill Senior Living Center in Mooresville. There are no membership fees to attend, and guests are welcome. The forum’s average attendance is 40-60 people. The group is chaired by Stuart Madow; he can be reached at 704-775-3624. Plan to kick off the year by inviting a friend or business colleague to join you at this special event. If you would like to be a sponsor or reserve a booth at this year’s Healthcare Expo, contact us at the MSI Chamber office Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by calling 704-664-3898. This event is sponsored by:


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