LKN February 2023

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I doubt there is a person reading this that hasn’t been affected in some way by HEART HEALTH . In fact, the father of a dear friend is in the hospital at this very moment due to a cardiac event. I’ll never forget when my dad had his heart attack and how scared we all were. Many of us watched in horror when Damar Hamlin, at the very young age of 24, collapsed during Monday Night Football, but we celebrate his recovery. Barely two weeks later, Lisa Marie Presley collapsed of cardiac arrest as well, but sadly, hers was fatal. Let’s all educate ourselves and others year-round about heart health and not just in February.

Coming up, we look forward to featuring a SUMMER CAMP GUIDE in March, April and May. If you want to keep the kids in your life engaged, interested and having fun during those dog days of summer, you’re likely to find your answer in one of the many amazing camp opportunities in our community.

Is your house battened down for its long winter’s nap? We have our HOME ISSUE coming in April, featuring stories, ideas and beautiful pictures to wake up your enthusiasm for decorating and landscaping. We’ll feature the best local spots to help make your home, YOUR home.

A big shout out to my hubby (aka Teej, TJ, Tim) the love of my life, and best friend for always believing in me and supporting me while I do what I love! I couldn’t do this without him!

Happy reading, KEELA JOHNSON, Publisher



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Table of Contents TABLE OF CONTENTS
Wellness: Emotions and Food
24/Seven Marriage: I Get To!
Top 5 Reasons a Tiny Home Should Be Yours!
Cleaning Up Control
CoCo Couture (And a Side of Classic Cars!)
Elijah Kell Art: Creations from the Heart
National Cancer Prevention Month: 5 Tips You Need to Know
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Turmeric: Delicious and Nutritious
Top Five Reasons to Shop at the Pink Boutique
Valentine’s Gift Guide
Table of Contents IN EVERY ISSUE 12 Marzano Capital Group: New Year’s Resolutions 18 Hampton’s Men’s Clothing: A Bow of Gallantry, Volume II 20 The Five Love Languages: Acts of Service 22 Joyful Journey: Jockey’s Ridge State Park 38 Lake Norman Sports Report: Lake Norman YMCA 46 The View from the Lake 48 919 Backyard BBQ: Smoked Mississippi Pot Roast 52 One Man’s Perspective: Crossing the Stream 64 Loyal to Local: Seven Seed Soap Co. 66 Relishing Retirement: Sustaining Your Relationship Once You’re Retired 70 Recipes: One-Pot Bacon and Vodka Sauce and Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail 72 Celebrations! 74 Small Business Spotlight: iTrip Charlotte 76 Calendar of Events 82 The Last Word on Life at the Lake: Winter at the Lake FEBRUARY ‘23 24 32 64


Making a New Year’s resolution can come with a little hesitation. By that same token, we know that the start of the year is always a good time to assess what’s going right in your personal and financial life and what you want or need to improve on. The beginning of the year is like a new starting line that we can take off from on fresh footing, if we so chose. At Marzano Capital Group, we made our New Year’s resolution mid-way through 2022 and I’d like to share with you what it is and how our resolution may help your family in the upcoming year.

It is important to give you some background:


Our firm has been blessed to work with thousands of individuals and businesses over the years. Many of those families and businesses have been a part of our MCG family for generations and we feel privileged to be advocates for our clients over such meaningful periods of time. Those long-term relationships and the ability to work with multiple generations of the same family gives us insightful information about the younger generation and their potential as it relates to relationships with money.


One very important fact about family financial literacy is that it can vary greatly from one member to the next. For example, grandparents to parents, or grandparents to grandchildren can expose great differences in the view of money and what it is supposed to do for us as a function of our lives.


As an extension of that thought, it is widely understood that the Baby Boomer Generation had the save first and spend later mentality, whereas the younger generations appear to want to enjoy the benefits of their earnings now, by traveling and spending more now without the worry as much for the future. Different thoughts on how savings should be managed and how current income should be spent can usually find a middle ground as long as there is a conversation. Our New Year’s resolution is to empower you to start that conversation with educational material that we provide.

To try and level the playing field for anyone who wants a solid basic financial education, our New Year’s resolution was to create a curriculum for basic financial education that anyone can have access to. Clients or not, Marzano Capital Group wants to be a resource for all, young or old. Newer investor or seasoned retiree. Access to quality educational material that helps explain some of the most basic financial topics is what we will be hosting on our site and presenting at workshops in Davie County at Rise Athletics. We have seen in the past that having a conversation starter makes the discussions easier and more beneficial for all and we want to provide a library of conversation starters for you to use. Our goal is to better our communities with financial education, be a resource to our youth and ensure everyone has access to information that can better their lives.

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Health and Wellness

Let’s be honest. 98% of the resolutions every January revolve around getting to the gym, cutting back on alcohol consumption,and making better food choices. Especially after the extensive holiday season that starts for some of us at Halloween and continues through the New Year.

The problem comes when we set those New Year’s resolutions as a quick fix way to get “back on track,” when in reality we have never really been on track to begin with. With fast food places open all hours, social gatherings and convenience foods at our fingertips we go through life never really addressing that there may be an underlying issue as to why we make these poor food choices time and again and continue to put our health last.

Think about this. There might just be these powerful little entities called emotions that drive many of our choices. I can tell you, the emotional grasp in relation to food choice is real and stronger than you might think.


• Food choices consuming your daily thoughts.

• Days, months, and years of roller coaster dieting. You go on a diet for weight loss, only to fall off of it and gain the weight back, plus some!

• Emotional eating—you feel sad, happy, angry, depressed, excited, stressed and for some reason your brain says “food will solve it!”

• Intense fear of weight gain.

• Negative self talk or “beating yourself up” after enjoying a Friday night with friends.

• Thinking that nutrient restriction and constant caloric deficit will solve the problem.

• Scale infatuation—if that scale moves a pound in the wrong direction, more self sabotage and negative self talk.

• Inability to control cravings—when they hit, they hit hard and all self control is out the window.

• Allowing food to control social settings—making the gathering all about the food.

• The flip side of that coin—remaining socially distant in an attempt to control eating.

• Hiding food or eating in secret.

These are all very real struggles. I see them in 90% of my clients. I have experienced several myself. Most nutrition struggles have an emotional attachment and if you are open to confronting them, the resolutions can dissipate and healthy living can begin.


The food is not the real issue. Food is the vehicle. Food is what we use to get to a place that we think we want to be. Food is what we use to control our situation when we feel out of control.

I can share this with you now because not only do I spend quite a bit of time helping my clients overcome these exact battles, but again, I have been there myself. I have struggled. And the struggle is real. Emotional eating is hard, overwhelming, draining and time-consuming. But, it is also variable and there is a light at the end of the tunnel if you are willing to find it!

If you can relate to any of this, let’s talk. Get in touch with me to schedule a 30 minute consultation. It’s time to spend your precious life and energy on enjoying the journey and not in a cyclical attempt to set and stick with resolutions.

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If my wife and I were to choose elements to describe who we are, she would say I was earth; stable, strong, and nourishing. She, on the other hand, would be described as fire! Let’s say the earth got scorched a lot in the early years of our marriage.

In Shannan’s words, “I came in that way, with guns blazing and a get out of my way attitude! Being married to me would send most men running. Yet, Javier ran towards me. Is he crazy? Does he think I will let him tell me anything or much less help me? As I look back on how he loved me and “those” early years, I am aware my behavior did not manifest out of thin air. My sassy sharp-edged disposition started early on. I mean the theme song to my life in my teenage years and into marriage was Billy Joel’s, “My Life.”

“I don’t need you to worry for me ‘cause I’m alright

I don’t want you to tell me it’s time to come home

I don’t care what you say anymore this is my life Go ahead with your own life, leave me alone.”

To say the first five years of our marriage were hard would be an understatement. And I don’t believe marriage has to be hard; it’s not easy, but hard it shouldn’t be. We make it hard. We make it difficult because we back up a U Haul of baggage and dump it into our marriage, as Shannan and I did. Maybe you brought a carry-on into your marriage, and your spouse had a complete set of luggage, all 5-pieces, they knowingly threw into your marriage. I was well aware of the not-sodesigner set that Shannan had, and as she says, I still married her. She was aware of my brokenness and what I rolled in.

married at the old age of 20 and 19 and had it all figured out! Yet, whether you were married young or later in life, I know you can relate. We all have “stuff”; brokenness, fear, worry, body issues, anxiety, identity issues, comparison, and so on. Unfortunately, we live in a world that encourages us to bury our past, our hurts, and our insecurities in exchange for displaying a false image that is acceptable on social media and in our social circles. You have a past and a present, and your present choices will drive your future reality.

Shannan and I knew our future reality would need to shift, or our story could end. It could be because we came from parents who had strong marriages. It could be because we had nothing left to give after five years of struggles. I often thought to myself, “I don’t have to do this anymore. I don’t know how a change will come.” Yet, in year six, something changed our mindset about marriage.

We didn’t have to do this anymore. We didn’t have to walk alongside one another in our brokenness. We didn’t have to go through the difficulty of this season—we GET to! Did you hear what I said—we GET to! In our marriage during that season and the present day, our mindset changed to, I don’t have to; I get to. I get to walk alongside my spouse in her brokenness and love her through it. She gets to support me in my dreams and often our setbacks. We get to do this together. This mindset shift can change everything in your marriage, as it did for us.

It moves you from seeing the problem to seeing the person. It changes how you connect, communicate, and pursue your spouse. Yes, you don’t have to do this. Yet, you chose your spouse, for better or worse, and we don’t buck and run when worse hits our marriage, we say, “I GET to do this.” Every obstacle you face is a set-up for a successful and thriving marriage if you choose the mindset of I GET to do this with the person I have given my life to. I choose us.

You may think, “I have baggage from my past because of abuse.” I hear you. We all carry something, and it’s very real. And although you may have done good work, it still follows you. It’s ok. You are aware and getting support.

We all have personal choices and decisions in our past that have never been fully addressed. My wife and I thought we had our past and struggles under control. After all, we were

We encourage you to look at where you have allowed the “I have to” mindset to come into your marriage and how you can begin to view your spouse and circumstance with this new mindset. In marriage, I don’t have to; I GET to.

Here we stand, knocking on the door of celebrating thirty years of marriage because we chose to adopt an “I GET to” mindset. And the earth is no longer being scorched!

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“In marriage, we believe you don’t have to…you GET to! And this mindset changes everything.” The Labradors publish a weekly podcast, teach, develop resources, and coach couples worldwide.

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A BOW OF Gallantry

The Spring season is on its way, and that means formal events are right around the corner! Whether they are weddings, charity galas, or club parties, chances are, you’re going to need formal attire for at least one occasion in the near future. For some, that may sound like a hassle; for the distinguished man, however, it’s an exciting opportunity to escort his lady fair and demonstrate his sartorial brilliance…or maybe he’s going stag and wants to stand out in the best way. It’s not a chore; it’s a chance.

There are certain items every man should have in his wardrobe whether he wears them often or not. Two of the most notable are a dark suit (in a navy or grey) and a tuxedo, both well-tailored to him. These two garments are staple pieces and can carry you through nearly anything life throws your way. For the suit, it’s appropriate for numerous occasions: job interviews, work, dinners, parties, weddings, funerals, and black-tie-optional affairs. The tuxedo has its place in any formal setting requiring black-tie or black-tie-optional dress. With these two specifically, it’s less about how often you wear them, and more having them when you need them…I regularly see guys coming into the store in a frenzy needing a suit for the next day. Don’t be that guy, because then you compromise on the most important detail of both items: a well-tailored fit.

When we’re talking suits and tuxedos, it’s also imperative to know the differences. Many ready-to-wear manufacturers are now putting satin trim on a black suit and calling

it a tuxedo. They do this because it’s the least expensive way to produce a “tuxedo,” and it looks as such. A proper tuxedo jacket will feature peak lapels or a shawl collar, satin or grosgrain trim, one button in the front instead of two, piped pockets instead of flaps, and a ventless back. Each of these features serves a purpose: notch lapels and flap pockets are far too casual for formal attire, the satin or grosgrain trim is to accentuate the formality of the jacket, the one-button closure sits lower than a two-button, creating a longer and deeper V shape to make the wearer look taller and slimmer, and the ventless back is to create a slimmer silhouette at the seat. These all may seem like minute details, but I’ve always believed that if you’re going to do something, you should do it correctly.

Last month, we talked about your personal style. While there are relatively strict rules pertaining to formalwear, you can still add your own touch. Whether through accessories such as your stud and cufflink set, your bow tie and cummerbund, or your formal footwear, there are plenty of ways to set yourself apart from the boring. Another fun touch, especially at Springtime events, is a dinner jacket. A dinner jacket has the aforementioned features of a tuxedo jacket, but uses a different fabric like an all-silk ivory or a fun paisley pattern. It’s okay to venture out of your comfort zone…feel free to reach out and I’ll be happy to assist you or answer any questions.

Remember…if the invitation says blacktie-optional, opt for black tie. You won’t regret it.

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Love Languages


Acts of Service: Now This One I Know!

Now THIS is a language I know something about!

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate is a 1992 book by China Grove, N.C. native, Dr. Gary Chapman. The book outlines five general ways that romantic partners express and experience love, which Chapman calls "love languages." According to Wikipedia, the book sold 8,500 copies in its first year, four times what the publisher expected! The following year it sold 17,000, and two years later, 137,000. It has been on the New York Times Best Seller list since August 2009. A new, revised edition of The Five Love Languages was released on January 1, 2015.


Last month, I wrote about Words of Affirmation—a language that I could relate to because it’s the one I seem to be doling out and listening for the most. On to the next: Acts of Service which may have been invented by my husband! This is so up his alley; HE should be writing this article! But I digress…

For folks whose primary love language is Acts of Service, they feel your love and adoration by the things that you do. It may be tasks like mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, or taking the 2 AM shift to feed your newborn while you sleep. Anything that can make one partner feel appreciated or that can help make their life easier.

So, at first glance, this language might seem like a “no brainer” for most people. “OK” you might think, “I can start being more on top of some household chores so that my partner feels loved.” Easy right? Well, mostly.

However, there is an interesting caveat to the Acts of Service love language, and one that may not seem fair, but it’s something that you need to understand if you are the giver or receiver of this language! The most powerful acts are those that are done spontaneously or without asking. Acts that supersede expectations. You know like that sudden pile of folded laundry that appears on the bed or when your spouse borrows your car to run an errand and then brings it back with a full tank AND washed?

Sometimes these acts can be taken for granted and on that subject, I am an expert. I’m not saying I am proud of my acumen in this area but after 50ish years on this earth, I am certainly well aware of it! I blame the first 16 years when I was an only child or perhaps the cosmic happenstance of being a Scorpio and well, that’s a whole other article! However, as someone whose language is Words of Affirmation, it has taken years and practice to recognize and appreciate that my husband’s constant—and I do mean CONSTANT—tidying up, leafblowing, exterior trim painting, toilet scrubbing, are truly not just nervous energy or his way of filling the day. As old fashioned as it may sound, he is taking care of me. In the way that he feels most confident and most comfortable. The words “You are amazing, babe” may not roll off his tongue effortlessly and that’s ok! As his spouse, I just have to learn to “listen” to the sound of the leaf blower differently… I have learned to recognize that these actions come from his heart and that he may be using four letter words under his breath as he struggles to get the leaf blower to start but what he’s really saying is “I love you.”

And those words in ANY language are always appreciated.

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Jockey’s Ridge State Park

If you are looking for a state park that offers something totally unique with desert sands and cooling water, then Jockey’s Ridge State Park, located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, has the tallest “living” sand dune on the East Coast.

According to state officials, Jockey’s Ridge had the most visitors out of any NC state park in 2021 and is on track to reach that accolade in 2022.

The 426-acre state park consists of sand dunes that stay “alive” by continuously changing in shape and size, along with the maritime forest and Roanoke Sound, which provide habitats for land and aquatic wildlife. There’s an estimated 30 million tons of sand that can reach 140 degrees during summer. So beware and be prepared.

The wind has the greatest impact on the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge in a natural process that could be described as a tug-of-war. The predominant wind direction throughout the year comes from the northeast blowing to the southwest. But during the warmer months, the predominant wind direction switches to the southwest blowing to the northeast. Because of these seasonal changes, the sand is blown back and forth. The top layers of the sand are constantly moving and sculpting the dunes and only a few inches below you will find moisture as the sand acts as a sponge for the water around it.

Joyful Journey BRIEF


The sand dunes resulted from the erosion and accumulation of three minerals, mainly quartz, over millions of years. Thousands of years of high winds, hurricanes and storm surges then brought the individual sand grains onto the land.

Changes are still happening today as the predominant winds gradually shift the dunes towards the Roanoke Sound. The evolving landscape has previously caused some issues for people living nearby.

The 2018 hurricane season shifted the sands several meters, encroaching onto people’s backyards. In response, crews worked to relocate 200,000 tons of sand from the southeast side of the park to the north side.


For those into hiking, the park has three trails: the Boardwalk with a partial view of the dunes, the Soundside Nature Trail and the Tracks in the Sand Trail marked throughout the dunes. Park rangers also lead interpretive programs, including guided hikes, to educate people about the park’s natural world.

The first trail is the boardwalk that takes you from the visitor center parking lot to the base of the dune area. The boardwalk is an easy walk that takes you through the maritime forest area.

The Soundside Nature Trail begins at the West Soundside Road parking lot. This mile-long loop trail will take you through a quick section of maritime forest and then along the Roanoke Sound. It’s a great way to see the shallow sound waters that serve as a nursery ground for so many animal species.

The third trail is the Tracks in the Sand Trail. This trail begins in the southwest corner of the Jockey’s Ridge visitor center parking lot. The trail is self-guided and takes you across the sand over towards the Roanoke Sound. It’s only 1.5 miles in length, so this is a pretty quick hike as well. Since the sand is constantly shifting with the wind, this trail is just marked with posts to keep you going the right direction. In addition to the three hiking trails the following activities are available:

• Paddling

• Swimming

• Picnicking

• Hang Gliding

• Sandboarding

• Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

• Birdwatching


Because of the wind, the sand dunes are ideal for hang gliding and flying kites. Kitty Hawk Kites Adventures operates the largest hang gliding school in the world at Jockey’s Ridge. The company has taught over 300,000 people how to hang glide off the sand dunes since the school opened in 1974, and is one of the very best places in the entire US to learn how to hang glide. This is due to a number of factors including the area’s consistent wind and soft packed sand in case you lose control of your glider.


It is also worth mentioning that there is no entry fee to get into this state park, but with the steep dunes, strong winds and seasonally hot temperatures, a visit will require good stamina and awareness. According to the park rangers and staff, there are several tips to keep in mind when visiting:

• Stay hydrated and have water with you. Heat emergencies are the main medical incidents during the summer months.

• Get to the park early to recreate. Avoid recreating in the middle of the day when it’s hot outside.

• For those bringing a dog, be mindful of how hot the sand gets.

• Wear sunscreen and proper head coverage.

• If there’s inclement weather in the area, wait for it to pass or come another time.

• To sign up for events, programs and upcoming activities at Jockey’s Ridge, visit the state park system’s website: ncparks. gov/state-parks/jockeys-ridge-state-park

I hope this brief overview encourages you to visit Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Winter can be one of the best times to go if you want to avoid the crowds and do not mind bundling up, if necessary. At the end of the day one of the biggest attractions on the Outer Banks is sunset viewing at Jockey’s Ridge, and is a must see final treat when visiting the park.

Safe Travels, Robin

Sandboarding is also popular at Jockey’s Ridge, which is like snowboarding but on sand. According to the park’s website, you can bring a board with or without bindings, but cardboard will not work on the sand. Boards are also available for rent through Kitty Hawk Kites.

Finally, there is actually a putt-putt golf course buried under the dunes! When driving past the dunes, you may notice the top of a castle sticking up out of the sand on the southern end of the dunes. Jockey’s Ridge Mini Golf opened in the 70s and featured an 18 hole course, a giant cobra, an octopus, a castle, and a pirate ship that functioned as the office and check-in building.

When it seemed inevitable that the dunes were going to overtake the Nags Head attraction, the state purchased the course from the owner at the time.

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“Sand, leads me to the shores of new discoveries.” – ANTHONY T. HINCKS

Tiny Homes

Top 5 Reasons a Tiny Home Should Be Yours!

We all know the appeal of Lake Norman— an endless array of water sports, amazing restaurants and shopping, and the sense of calm only a waterfront setting can provide.

That doesn’t even include the most amazing panoramic lake views and unforgettable sunsets! Since 2016 Lake Norman RV Resort owner Jim Davidson has keenly kept tabs on the Tiny Homes trend, adding a few units at a time to his RV resort each year since then.

Today, there are a total of 40 Tiny Homes within the RV resort, with 17 home owners who use these popular residences as a mix of primary and secondary homes. Jim’s vision is to cater to only private owners, who would purchase the Tiny Home and rent their lot, based on location and view. Once the resort is at 90% Tiny Homes, you’ll see an official name change to Tiny Homes of Lake Norman.

Think about these TOP FIVE REASONS to make Tiny Homes of Lake Norman part of your family’s future!

If that isn’t enough temptation, there is so much to love about these unique living spaces! Upscale, fully furnished, and low-maintenance, there are all the usual conveniences of a larger home, but with so many advantages! Our tiny home kitchens include full-size appliances, as well as full bathrooms. The exteriors include either a deck or porch.


Tiny Homes are truly affordable vacation homes on Lake Norman! They are also more efficient and environmentally friendly, as less space equals less heating and cooling.


As a Tiny Home owner you will enjoy all the wonderful amenities of the RV resort, including kayaks, water boards, pedal boats, and pontoon rentals, along with a game room, exercise room, boat ramp and boat slips for guests, and soon-to-open pool!


The Tiny Homes community is completely private and securely gated, offering peace of mind for you and your family.


Tiny Homes of Lake Norman is located less than an hour from Charlotte, which includes proximity to the area’s favorite professional sports teams, incredible dining and shopping, and exciting opportunities for fans of the performing arts.


You will automatically be set to enjoy a family “Staycation” right there at home! No need to travel and fight crowds at other resorts or theme parks when you can vacation right in your home, with every amenity you can imagine right outside your door!

For more information on Tiny Homes of Lake Norman, reach their office at 704-4896033. Lake Norman RV Resort is located at 6738 E. NC 150 Hwy, in Sherrills Ford, NC. See all the resort’s amenities and find current rental information and more Tiny Home details at


Does anyone else enjoy the feeling of being in control? I sure do. I MAY be a bit of a control freak. I love to have my plans and feel like I can dictate how things will go. It baffles me that others don’t follow my plans because we would all be so much better off!

In my book, From Hot Mess to God’s Best: Decluttering Your Mess to Be Your Best, I share twelve of the most common strongholds (negative mindsets) that hold us back from God’s best for our lives. Control is certainly one of those for many of us.

I have come to realize that I’m rarely if ever in control of what happens. The pandemic was a recent event that was proof of that. I don’t think many of us saw that coming! We may have control over our attitudes, actions, and responses but that is about it. God is in control of everything else. Although I am very aware of this, when something happens that concerns me, I still get in there and try to set things straight.

What exactly is control? It is defined as the power to direct other people’s behavior or the course of events. “I like being controlled”, said No one…Ever. Controlling can be very damaging to relationships. And often it is the people closest to us that we try to control. Controlling behavior can be motivated by love, initially with good intentions, but it rarely turns out well.

Here are three strategies to try to clean up control in your life if you struggle with it as I do.


Understanding what is in your control, and what isn’t, is critical. You aren’t in control of the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others so don’t try to be. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be concerned but you should release any attempts to control others or circumstances to God.


When you understand the “why” behind why you are attempting to control, you can effectively address the heart of the problem. You can do this by identifying a time you were controlling and pondering the following:

• What happened?

• How did you feel or respond?

• What were you afraid would happen if you didn’t intervene?

• How could you have responded differently without trying to control?


To overcome control, we must confess and surrender our need for it to God. God asks us to trust Him with what we can’t see. Second Corinthians 5:7 tells us to “walk by faith, not by sight.” When you have a controlling thought, release it to God by saying, “not my will but yours be done.”

The truth is that it takes a lot of work to try to control. So, my new motto is—Stop striving and start thriving! I’m going to implement the strategies above to let go and let God do His thing

“Controlling behavior can be motivated by love, initially with good intentions, but it rarely turns out well.”
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(& A Side of Classic Cars!)


Open since 2016, the upscale boutique boasts a contemporary, colorful aesthetic and a unique shopping experience for all ages and sizes. Sprinkled in is a little southern hospitality, and true customer service at the grassroots level. Owner Candace Bongiovanni knows this is an absolute dream job.

Located in the heart of Lake Norman in Jetton Village, CoCo Couture is a reflection of what the creative Candace fell in love with years ago during a trip to New York City during the holidays. Between gazing at sophisticated window displays and feeling the exuberant rush of new styles premiering, she knew her own “fashion niche” was destined to be curating gorgeous collections for loyal customers.

“Fashion overflows with emotion, and assembling a wardrobe for a client can be lifechanging for all of us,” says Candace. “Feeling beautiful translates to feeling confident, which is vital to every woman! When a client calls to schedule a wardrobe consultation for a special occasion, I know I have just been invited to share in one of the most important aspects of her life,” she adds. “She is entrusting me to create a look that both empowers and embraces her personality and her natural beauty!”

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Besides expanding in a year’s time from carrying over 70 different designers, to well over 100, the upscale boutique is also currently promoting their “Top Model” search—a fun and worthwhile program that recognizes a local woman in the community who influences others through her philanthropy work, and who can enjoy modeling some of the boutique’s collections—all for a good cause.

“We ask our ‘model’ to come into the shop, where we select a wardrobe that fits both her personality and her lifestyle,” explains Candace. After a mini photo shoot, she is featured on the boutique’s blog—showcasing beautiful fashions from CoCo Couture, while also applauding outstanding involvement in the community.

Clients also love the boutique’s Wardrobe Consultation Service, which is a perfect outing for you and a friend! “We offer a complimentary service to clients that includes coming in for the staff to put together a wardrobe based on their needs,” says Candace. “If they have a special piece or two they really love already in their wardrobe, we invite them to bring those pieces and let us coordinate and create around them.” Candace and her professional team of seven strive for the finest customer service around, leaving clients already planning their next visit as soon as they leave the shop. The CoCo Couture team is composed of unique personalities, with different ideas and style solutions they are always ready to share. Check out their Facebook page to book an appointment!

“Fashion overflows with emotion, and assembling a wardrobe for a client can be life-changing for all of us. Feeling beautiful translates to feeling confident, which is vital to every woman!”
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From chic jeans and career outfits, to casual dresses and even dressier options, CoCo Couture offers endless choices and stylish combinations, with sophisticated lines that include Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, Susan Shaw, LYSSE, Alberto Makali, Brighton Jewelry, and Julie Vos jewelry. Trunk shows are a frequent occurrence, so follow @cococouturelkn on Instagram for event updates, and shop for sleek, sophisticated fashion and accessories 24/7 at

But there’s another side to Candace, the businesswoman, as owner of Carolina Classic Cars in Asheboro, NC. Open since last October, Candace has also developed a passion for rare and unique vintage automobiles, and her favorite classic car of all time is a 1965 Ford Cobra. Carolina Classic Cars is a showroom for sports, exotics, classics, and late model automobiles, always with an eye out for exclusive, rare finds. They buy, sell, trade, and consign.

“My dad collected classic cars, so I have been around them all my life,” explains Candace. “I also love the sound of a 1966 Chevelle SS with a dual exhaust, preferably a 502 engine. There’s a thrill with the sound of an American Hot Rod!”

In Candace’s own words, she has the perfect work balance!

“At the beginning of the week I get to dress up in gorgeous collections and serve the fashion industry, and at the end of the week, I play with Hot Rods!” she says.

That means Candace is back and forth between her Lake Norman home and a country retreat in Randolph County, but always with an eye on giving back to both communities. With cruise-ins held four times a year, Carolina Classic Cars also supports local groups such as the CRISIS Center in Asheboro, where they collected over 400 toys this past holiday season for children in the community.

Carolina Classic Cars also has a proven team of professionals, including David Varner, a lifelong classic car enthusiast who maintains the showroom on a daily basis. Candace also owns Allen Automotive right next door, a Hot Rod shop that does full restoration and overhauls on vehicles. That’s where she relies on mechanic Allen Kinney, who, with over 30 years experience, is always around for guidance or advice for both established and budding classic car enthusiasts. Widely known as the go-to guy for classic cars repair, Allen also offers a wealth of knowledge in classic car performance, maintenance, and engine rebuild. Allen Automotive services both modern and classic vehicles, and is open to the public.

You can catch the busy (but always full of positive energy!) Candace at CoCo Couture, located at 19818 N. Cove Rd., Suite B, in Cornelius, NC, 704-896-8044, and online at Boutique hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information on Carolina Classic Cars, visit or call 336736-8855. The shop is located at 120 Spring Forest Road in Asheboro, NC.

Cover Story: Co Co Couture
Candace’s devotion to philanthropy is a prominent part of her daily routine at both businesses.
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1935 Cadillac Fleetwood previously owned by makeup guru Elizabeth Arden

Jeuelrye Artist Spotlight: Elijah Kell


Elijah Kell is an artist of the most passionate variety. His works are a thing of beauty, born from a personal experience prompting him to search for his authentic self. The results are nothing short of breathtaking!

Free-formed with cut and crushed shards of glass, arranged and layered to create their organic shapes, Elijah’s designs blend overlapping colors and thin threads of curled glass.

“This technique requires a delicate balance of space and weight in the layers in order to successfully withstand the firing process,” explains Elijah, who is from Mint Hill, NC. “Both my nature-inspired works and bold abstracts are expressions of my love for color and design.”

Elijah’s glass works are currently available at two primary locations: Kell Glass Gallery is located inside The Galleries at 811 in the Myers Park area near uptown Charlotte, and he is also represented by Juelerye | Artisan Gallery & Gifts in downtown Mooresville. Elijah’s goal is to one day open his own gallery in the greater Charlotte area.

Diagnosed with dyslexia at eight years old, Elijah has always embraced visual learning. As a child, he preferred building and creating to reading and writing, and clearly remembers art class

(and very supportive art teachers!) basically kept him sane in elementary and middle school. Art was a welcome distraction from bullying that often follows kids with learning differences. “Art class was the one place I could go and feel like myself,” he adds.

“I always wanted to explore and understand using my hands to figure things out,” says Elijah. “Looking back, it’s not surprising I immediately felt connected to working with glass. Visualizing a finished art work in my mind and then creating it by cutting, shaping, and layering pieces of glass into a 3D piece, was and still is, such an incredible experience!

Elijah says he and his brothers were raised with awareness of the bigger world around them and giving back has always been part of his life.

“It feels great to use your gifts and the blessings you’re given to help others,” he adds. “Since I started my art and created my business, it’s been important to support charities.”

Elijah has also been involved with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. “I’m a huge NASCAR fan, and love that this foundation specifically supports and funds school programming, including art,” he says.”It’s been an honor to speak at their events, and create glass vessels for their annual fundraising.”


Jeuelrye Artist Spotlight: Elijah Kell

One of Elijah’s favorites pieces to date is a small vessel he created at age 11. “I was experimenting with pieces that resemble sea coral, for a natureinspired collection. It was a hard technique to figure out, and I failed many times. But I was determined. I loved the result so much I couldn’t part with it—I took the piece to art shows but wouldn’t sell it. It stays in my studio as a reminder of my journey so far!”

A more recent favorite piece is a special commission request from a client of Juelerye | Artisan Gallery & Gifts in Mooresville.

“This was a very meaningful project because it was meant to represent memories of times spent in the recipient’s grandmother’s garden. I knew how personal this was for her, and wanted to capture those memories in the flowers,” Elijah explains. “I had never designed bearded irises, and creating the depth, dimension, and drooping curves seemed impossible. But I love a good challenge and this particular design motivated me to experiment in new directions and push my creative boundaries.”

A recent testimonial compared Elijah’s work to similar pieces seen in Italy. “I won’t ever forget that because it was such an unexpected compliment. I’m just learning my way and getting better at what I love doing.”

Since he’s never formally studied art, Elijah doesn’t claim any specific influences, but has picked up things from iconic artists along the way. When it comes to creating, he goes with what he’s feeling or thinking in the moment.

Juggling school and growing his own business, Elijah is thankful for parents who have taught him the business side of his art, and lend their support when needed! While he does hope to pursue a degree in art history, he plans to take a year away from academics after high school graduation in May, to focus on his business and growth as an artist. Elijah is also a member of several local arts organizations, including Mooresville Arts, and participates in exhibitions and special events.

See the beauty Elijah creates, read more on his story, or contact him to create a commission piece, at You can find his art at Juelerye | Artisan Gallery & Gifts in downtown Mooresville, next door to Epic Chop House at 112 S. Main Street.

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Cancer Prevention


I remember a conversation with my grandmother, who shared with me that when she was growing up people didn’t speak about cancer the way they do today. She remembered being a little girl with her mother in the supermarket speaking in hushed tones with someone about a common friend who wasn’t doing well and in nearly a whisper saying “she has cancer.” Since then, our family has experienced my own pediatric cancer diagnosis at five years old, the loss of my great grandmother to lung cancer and my father to esophageal cancer at just

The reality is, whether we whisper its name or not, cancer has a way of touching our lives.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month and the perfect time to take a pause to be proactive in you and your family’s prevention measures. While there is no certain way to prevent cancer, according to the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), “more than 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed and nearly half of all deaths from cancer in the United States can be attributed to preventable causes—things like smoking, excess body weight, physical inactivity, and excessive exposure to the sun.”



Sometimes just knowing what risk factors you’re genetically prone to can help you make more informed decisions about your preventative measures and healthcare decisions. 5-10% of all cancers are inherited, according to the American Cancer Society. Have open conversations with older family members when possible asking about biological parents, grandparents and even aunt and uncles. While this information isn’t always accessible based on your family situation, you can also take advantage of things like genetic testing through your local medical offices as well as online ancestry testing that now includes some genetic information. It’s important to take whatever medical history you can gather and always keep your doctor and medical records updated and informed.

One of the goals of spreading awareness this month is helping people remember that “health is wealth.” We get one body and the way we engage and treat it daily can have positive and negative effects on our overall quality of life and lifespan. Committing to maintaining or working towards a healthy weight and more active lifestyle can create huge momentum in cancer prevention. This includes eating a more plant based diet, decreasing high calorie foods, limiting alcohol and red meat consumption and more. Increasing physical activity even if it’s just 30 minutes a day of walking with your family or a friend. Always avoid tobacco products, tanning beds and harsh sunlight hours without sun protection. Schedule immunizations that help decrease cancer risks such as Hepatitis B and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.


Early detection is key when it comes to prognosis of a cancer diagnosis. Oftentimes, small symptoms go ignored due to lack of time to see a doctor or worries about medical bills. Understanding how important early screenings are should help encourage you to prioritize an appointment with your primary care physician if you’re feeling like something is not quite right. Should you feel like you are not getting the treatment or respect your concern deserves, be empowered to speak up for what you need. As a patient you are able to request certain testing and screenings should you feel there is a true need. If you know your family history includes a specific type of cancer and you have concerns, have a discussion with your provider about opportunities for early screenings or testing that may be available. Remember, it’s OK to switch doctors should you ever feel you’re not getting the quality care you need.


The truth is, cancer isn’t disappearing but organizations spending time and resources to learn more about the disease are paving new roads on how to avoid, treat and combat it. The AACR says that “in the United States, many of the greatest reductions in cancer morbidity and mortality have been achieved through the implementation of effective public education and policy initiatives.” Be active in your state and local government, voting for policies for change that help to support cancer research and advocacy. Voice concerns, volunteer, donate funds or time to initiatives like the American Cancer Society, The Ronald McDonald House, American Association of Cancer Research and more.


Once you know preventive measures can be even the simplest of lifestyle improvements, there can be an overwhelming feeling of wanting to embrace every single one. Don’t overcommit, but instead choose at least one preventive measure you can challenge yourself to embrace and take action on this month.

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Cain Center

For over 10 years, the residents and community leaders of Cornelius, NC, have had a vision for an arts and community center, making the downtown area a destination for not only locals, but for the region. That vision became reality and was celebrated January 3-7, 2023, with the grand opening of The Cain Center for the Arts.

In 2013, residents of Cornelius, NC, voted on a bond of 4 million dollars dedicated to the redevelopment of an area in downtown for an arts and community center. “There was a real focus by leaders of the town and those that live here to see the downtown area of Cornelius, NC, grow and become known regionally as a destination for the appreciation of the arts, while addressing needs of the community. With the money received from the public bond, a group of local business leaders, elected officials in Cornelius, and volunteers studied what an arts and community center would mean for the area. The group studied other areas in the state, as well as across the country, to get an idea of the impact a center would have and those who could be served by all such a center would offer,” said Justin Dionne, executive director Cain Center for the Arts.

NC, who love the area and know the proposed center would benefit the community. After the initial demolition on the 1.5 acre site, construction began in May 2021.

Cain Center for the Arts, named in honor of the Cains, offers a public park area, an outdoor performance space for concerts, a plaza for events, a 35,000 square foot building, featuring a 400-seat theater, art gallery, dance studio, classrooms, board room, and offices. It is a beautiful facility where we will have not only concerts, but will offer art classes for children and adults. I am happy to say we achieved our goal, closing the capital campaign, and opening 100% debt-free,” Justin commented.

With the grand opening, Cain Center for the Arts welcomed the public to view the facility and learn of the offerings.

“Since the vision for the center began with the public bond vote, we felt the public should be our first visitors. We estimate that the week of the grand opening, we had about 3000 come through the doors. We had free art classes for youth and adults, a showcase of local musicians and artists, all culminating with a red carpet gala featuring Renee Elise Goldsberry, a Tony and Grammy award winning artist

With what the group’s vision was for the center, it was evident that 4 million dollars would not be enough, so a capital campaign to raise 25 million began in 2018. It was also decided that the arts and community center should be a private, non-profit organization to make it a true part of the community.

“The capital campaign got off to a great start with a 5 million dollar lead gift from Erika and Bill Cain, residents of Cornelius,

and original cast member of the Broadway production of ‘Hamilton’. It was a great beginning to our season that runs from January to May, with a little something for everyone. From jazz, to ballet, children’s theatre, rock and roll, comedians, and family entertainment, we will have great talent showcased along with great art classes, including drawing, painting, and ceramics. Our art gallery will focus on regional artists in the North and South Carolina area. As the year progresses, we will offer summer camps too,” stated Justin.



Grand Opening Celebrates New Destination in Cornelius, NC

Cain Center for the Arts is located at 21348 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, NC. For more information on Cain Center for the Arts, upcoming productions, and classes, visit




“I got bored and tried new things, but none of them really stuck,” says Sunshine. “I knew I wanted to be active and spend time around other people.”

Her sister began working out at the Lake Norman YMCA in Cornelius, and Sunshine wanted to join her—but didn’t have a clue what activity she wanted to participate in! Helping people discover their athletic niche is an important goal of every YMCA branch, and Sunshine found her happy place as a member of the Student Athlete Program.

“During Covid, we saw with all the cancelled sports and activities, that teens were struggling,” explains Julie Doerr, Healthy Living Director of the YMCA. “We wanted to provide them with an opportunity to connect with others and do something to promote good health.”

The program meets two days a week, Monday and Wednesday, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Students work with a personal trainer to build strength, increase agility, and prevent injury, as well as learn how to safely spot and encourage others. Sunshine began weight training in September of 2021, and is pleased and proud of how far she has come!

A senior this year at Hough High School, Sunshine has her own motivation that she taps into on a daily basis. “There are certainly days I don’t want to go. But I remember how far I have come

since I started, and how much I want to continue to improve.” And she has already overcome one of her early obstacles.

“I was super shy when I started, and I was worried people were going to judge me because I hadn’t done anything like that before,” says Sunshine. “When I started doing classes, however, I realized no one was judging me! Everyone teaching and taking classes encouraged me to keep at it, because over time, I was getting better.”

Sunshine usually works out a total of four or five days a week, and on days she is not doing the Student Athlete Program she is either lifting and working out on the YMCA’s fitness floor, or participating in a small group functional training program. (She might also be found working on math homework in the lobby, when she’s taking a break from lifting!)

Sunshine says dead lifts and back squats are her favorite exercises, and she has clear cut advice for other young people looking to become involved in a weight-lighting program.

“Ask questions!” she says! “When I started, I wasn’t good at it, but the only way to improve is to practice, and be aware of what you are doing wrong. Don’t stop! You might get discouraged or feel awkward at first, but after a while that starts to go away.”

She does remember a time when she realized just how much the classes have meant to her. “During the summer my family usually has a lot going on, so when I couldn’t drive myself, I couldn’t be at the gym as much as I’d like,” explains Sunshine. “Taking a break during that time made me realize how much I enjoyed being around everyone at the YMCA, and how important it was to me to show up.”

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Right now is the perfect time to contact your local YMCA to find your own wellness niche, and build your routine to be ready for spring and summer! Part of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, the Lake Norman YMCA is located at 21300 Davidson Street in Cornelius, NC, and serves the Cornelius, Huntersville, and Davidson communities. Reach them by phone at 704-716-4499, or online at
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Healthy Boosting: Tumeric



Like ginger, turmeric is another super spice prized for its health benefits with a long history of use in traditional medicine.

Like Indian curry? If so, you’ve enjoyed turmeric which is worth its value in gold and has earned its spotlight status. Turmeric is known for bountiful benefits of curcumin with natural antioxidant boosting and anti-inflammatory properties and potential prevention of chronic illnesses and diseases. It’s the curcumin in turmeric that makes it vibrant yellow and offers a multitude of health benefits.

Turmeric is most potent and effective in higher dosages with supplementation but is still beneficial to your health in other forms. To maximize bioavailability, consume turmeric in combination with black pepper. Black pepper contains piperine, which, when added to turmeric, increases absorption of curcumin up to 2,000%.

Backed by multiple research studies, turmeric helps prevent and treat heart disease. Curcumin lowers blood pressure and improves endothelial function. A research study on postmenopausal women undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery found turmeric (4 grams of curcumin daily) to be as effective as exercise in decreasing the group’s heart attack risk by 65% when in the hospital.

Numerous studies note curcumin’s cancer-combatting properties. Found to inhibit the growth and development of cancer cells, reduce metastasis and angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors), curcumin has been effective in the prevention of cancers,

especially digestive system cancers like colorectal cancer.

Ample in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, turmeric has been found to alleviate pain, including chronic pain. It may also be effective in treating chronic conditions caused by inflammation such as inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and pancreatitis. In adequate dosages, curcumin has proven more effective than some commonly used pain alleviating anti-inflammatory medications like Advil and aspirin.

Also, known for boosting memory and improving attention, turmeric may be effective in prolonging - or even reversing - age-related cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Though there isn’t yet a cure, medical and scientific research continues on and good news lies with curcumin’s capability of crossing the blood-brain barrier. Curcumin is known to improve inflammation and repair oxidative damage which are both factors in Alzheimer’s. Also, curcumin helps clear up amyloid plaques and protein tangles characteristic of Alzheimer’s.

Another potential brain-boosting benefit of curcumin is its positive effect on depression. Imagine banishing the blues and woes of depression without expensive and often side-effectinducing medications like Prozac. A 6-week study which compared the effects of Prozac and 1 gram of curcumin concluded that curcumin’s treatment of depression was comparable to that of an antidepressant. Excitingly, there’s current evidence that curcumin can boost the neurotransmitters in the brain like serotonin and dopamine.

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Mix up a jamu and join today’s all-therage health drink trend. This fruitalicous smoothie style is a variation on a centuries old Indonesian immuneboosting drink that includes turmeric, ginger, honey, and lemon or lime. All other ingredients are optional. It takes only a few minutes and this pick-meup will be your go-to drink for tummy aches, hot flashes, or the onset of a cold.


• 1 cup fresh turmeric, cleaned and chopped

• 1/2 cup fresh ginger, cleaned and chopped

• 1 ripe mango, peeled and sliced, or ¾ cup mango puree (optional)

• ¾ cup raw spinach or kale (optional)

• 2 cups green tea, chai, white tea, or yerba mate + 2-3 tablespoons matcha powder (optional)

• 1 cup coconut milk

• 1/2 cup honey

• 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice (2 to 3 lemons or limes)

• 1-2 tablespoons maca, spirulina, or other healthy powder (optional)

• 3 teaspoons flax meal or chia seeds (optional)

• 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon powder (optional)

• 4-5 dashes ground black pepper (to activate the curcumin in turmeric and add a flavor kick)


1. For a smoothie, simply mix together in a blender. Be creative and add in other fruits, veggies, juices, and/or healthy powders.

2. Santé, skol, and salud (in French, Scandinavian, and Spanish), and cheers, as you sip and savor this traditional health-boosting Indonesian beverage.

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The Pink Boutique

Top Five Reasons to Shop at The Pink Boutique

Welcome to The Pink Boutique in Mooresville— home of the largest ladies’ mobile boutique in the area—and a warehouse that is a savvy shopper’s dream! Owner Kelly Avery knows style, what her customers love, and that every day as an entrepreneur is a leap of faith.

In addition to Kelly’s positive outlook and a comfortable vibe within both the mobile boutique and the warehouse, here are an incredible TOP FIVE REASONS to shop The Pink Boutique!

Visit The Pink Boutique warehouse located at 149 Rolling Hill Road, Suite C, in Mooresville, or reach Kelly and the staff at 704-4023319. You can shop via their app or website at Warehouse hours are Tuesday through Friday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but hours may vary as the big Pink Truck is often away at shows and special events. Check Facebook and Instagram @thepinkboutiquelkn for easy updates and sales!


Empowering women is a top goal of The Pink Boutique’s overall business philosophy. That includes offering fashionable, yet affordable choices, no matter what your personal style. In Kelly’s own words, “Yes, it’s possible to spend a reasonable amount on your wardrobe, and still look and feel beautiful.”


It’s the home of The Big Pink Truck! That’s the 40-foot truck, designed as an actual mobile boutique, that you might see traveling through the Carolinas, Virginia, and Tennessee, full of fun, stylish clothing! Tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, lounge wear, camis, curvy styles, shoes, and accessories, there’s truly something for everyone. While The Big Pink Truck travels around the Lake Norman area showcasing fashion, it’s also available to rent for private parties and fundraisers at schools, sporting events, festivals, and more. The Pink Boutique partners with many local nonprofits and businesses to provide visits from the popular Pink Truck—so think about hosting an event at your home or office!


A trio of fun ways to shop! Visit the warehouse in Mooresville, be lucky enough to hop aboard the mobile boutique at one of its many stops, or shop from the comfort of home! Fill your cart with great buys online, and follow The Pink Boutique on Facebook and Instagram for updates on Kelly’s regular Facebook Live Sales!


Find the item—and most importantly, the size—that fits you best, every single day! Both the warehouse and mobile boutique feature a wide variety of sizes—from size small to 3XL. Right there onsite, no special ordering required.


The little extras! You’ll also find the perfect little gifts at The Pink Boutique—from trendy jewelry, the latest must-have beauty and self care items—and the best, most comfortable socks ever in a variety of styles and colors (and some for the guys, too.)

Jenny Fulton

Mom to two sons, ages 11 and 14, and two pups—a four-year-old Bernedoodle named Franklin, and a one-year-old mini Bernedoodle named Reuben, Chicago native Jenny Fulton knows fitness, and keeping up with an active family. Jenny was a trainer at Midtown Athletic Club in the NW suburbs of Chicago, and worked closely with top tennis players as well.

“We moved here three years ago because it was time to get out of the cold and snow, and into the blue skies and green mountains!” Now, Jenny is currently training at Westport Tennis and Swim Club in Denver, and has fallen in love with North Carolina! She’s also happy to play an important role in people’s lives, teaching the lifechanging benefits of strength, stability, and mobility.

“No matter what your preferred sport, you always need to work on musculoskeletal function,” she adds. “By doing this, you prevent injury and develop a stronger core. It’s important to learn what muscle groups come into play while performing your sport.”

Jenny became a certified Personal Trainer in 2015, and is currently studying for her NASM Corrective Exercise exam in June. She already has NASM certifications as a certified personal trainer, a certified weight loss specialist, an AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, Schwinn Indoor Cycle Instructor, and a Les Mills Certified Sprint Instructor. As for Lake Norman, Jenny has already figured out it’s everything you could imagine, in beauty and climate, and she can’t wait to do more boating this coming summer!

Katrina & Stan Teague

Discovering Lake Norman is your happy place isn’t a tough assignment—and many people find their niche in life right here! Katrina and Stan Teague found their niche as owners of Charlotte Vintage Furniture in Huntersville, where in March of 2022 they settled their business into the historic Julius Rosenwald/Booker T. Washington four-room schoolhouse, owned by the BurgessGriffith family.

Katrina hails from Traverse City, MI, but landed in Cornelius with a job at IBM 30 years ago, and met Stan, who was then a state trooper in Mecklenburg County. Stan was born near Hickory, and his parents were always involved in the furniture industry in NC, so his newest passion seems a natural progression.

While they travel frequently finding treasures for their store, returning home is always a pleasure. “We love the mixture of the vibrancy of the city, and the tranquility of the lake and mountains,” says Katrina. They also carve out as much time as possible to spend with their three daughters— Sophie, Jessie, and Cassie—along with their four grandchildren.

Katrina and Stan’s most recent estate adventure landed them vintage couture from Italian, French, and Argentine designers, as well as hand-stitched ties from Hermes, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent. Lucky travelers and lucky clients back home!

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This month I wanted to share something good to eat in the cold weather, that is relatively cheap, versatile and one of my absolute favorites: Smoked Mississippi Pot Roast!

This pot roast is full of flavor and will definitely have you wanting to go back for seconds. I’ll list out the ingredients, but it’s only a few things and you can find a beef Chuck roast at any grocery store. This is a large cut that has some fat and you’ll only want to cook it low and slow to maximize the flavor. This recipe is great on a French loaf sandwich style but also very good just over some rice or even by itself!

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• 1 2-4 lb chuck roast

• 1 loaf of French bread (if you want to eat this on a sandwich)

• 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (optional for sandwich)

• 1 white onion

• Couple cloves of smashed garlic or tablespoon of minced garlic

• 1 cup beef broth

• Beef seasoning for chuck roast (I used Kosmo Q’s Cow Cover but any seasoning works)

• 1 bottle of pepperoncini peppers

• 1/2 bottle of mild banana peppers

• 12 oz of lager beer

• 1 tbsp dried basil

• 1 tbsp dried oregano

If you’re making this for sandwiches you’ll want to make some sriracha aioli: 1 cup mayo, 2 tbsp sriracha, 1 tsp beef seasoning and 1 tsp dried basil. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.


1. Preheat smoker to 250°

2. Rub Chuck roast with hot sauce for a binder for the seasoning—I use Texas Pete or Cholula.

3. Season heavily with your favorite beef rub.

4. Place Chuck roast in smoker (or oven) for 2-3 hours until we get a nice dark bark on it and it’s temping around 165170° internal.

5. While the chuck roast is cooking prep your Dutch oven with the (thinly) sliced onion, and garlic going in first—then adding the chuck roast once it gets the nice dark color and is temping correctly.

6. From here you’ll add the juice from the pepperoncini bottle with half the pepperoncinis into the Dutch oven, then add half the bottle of banana peppers, can of beer, beef broth, oregano and basil.

7. Now place the dutch oven with everything inside (lid on) back into the smoker and up the temp up to 300°.

8. Let cook for 2-3 hours depending on size of chuck roast, not looking for a specific temperature but looking for the meat to be probe tender—i.e. temp probe goes into the meat with little to no resistance.

9. Then you’ll pull the chuck roast out of the Dutch oven, let it rest for 20-30 minutes before shredding it up with your hands.

10. Add shredded chuck roast back into Dutch oven in the smoker (oven or stovetop) and stir it all up, let it cook for an additional 20-30 minutes.

11. While the pot roast is finishing up if you’re serving on sandwiches, toast your French loaf buns, add the sriracha aioli— then strain roast from the pot and add to sandwiches.

12. Use the leftover juice in pot for dipping the sandwich into and melt the mozzarella cheese on your sandwich if desired (you can melt it in the oven or melt it directly on the sandwich with a small blowtorch).

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Local honey made from the abundant variety of flowering plants growing around Lake Norman. “The taste of local honey is something you will never forget. It stays with you like a fond memory.” Purchase online at
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Bungalow Market


What started in 2019 with a booth space in Slate Interiors in Charlotte, has become a dream destination for interior designer Greta McCoy!

She and her husband, Brett, who have lived in the Lake Norman area for almost 20 years, happily found a storefront close to their home in Cornelius, and moved their collections from the booth at the beginning of 2020. Both are now thrilled to be celebrating the third anniversary of The Bungalow Market this month!

Always the girl moving furniture around in her parents’ home, Greta was lucky her family embraced her budding passion for both design and functionality.

“At the age of 16, I ripped up the carpet in my bedroom to expose the hardwood floors, and painted my room a kelly green to contrast with the oak wood flooring,” explains Greta. “I was constantly moving the furniture around to have it make more sense in its space. I’ve always had art and design in my bones, and I pursued my passion with a design degree.”

With a shop inventory that is ever-changing, The Bungalow Market is typically stocked with 50% new items, and 50% vintage treasures. Greta feels that mix is what creates a perfect home: A touch of new, mingled with meaningful keepsakes.

Greta searches high and low for great vintage pieces, and loves the thrill of the hunt!

“Every piece in the store is ready to go home with a lucky new owner,” says Greta. “For those that needed a little extra love, they’ve been restored, refinished, lacquered, or even re-upholstered with beautiful fabrics.”

While every day is different with what’s in the shop constantly revolving, Greta does latch on to favorite pieces now and then. Currently, she’s enamored with a Vintage Century Furniture staggered shelving unit that’s been professionally lacquered in a rich shade of teal, complete with its original brass hardware.

“I’m also a lover of vintage campaign furniture, usually made by Drexel,” explains Greta. “Those pieces always look so good lacquered in different colors, still sporting their brass hardware.”

You might call The Bungalow Market’s style a little mid-century modern, some industrial, and a bit Bohemian, mixed with vintage furnishings— including lighting and accessories—many sourced right from the heart of High Point. All that wonderful design equals something for every taste in the shop!

“We also carry locally sourced gifts by North Carolina talents, from cute hand screen-printed kitchen towels and cutting boards made in Asheville, to local artists out of nearby Davidson,” tells Greta. “Come support local! We would love to meet you!

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One Man’s Perspective: Crossing the Stream



This is awesome and something to be considered when you are a sailor. Not so much when you are in a power vessel, because you can make the 62 miles rather quickly. But sailors tend to spend more time on the water to make the same 62 miles. Sailboat speed is limited by design.

Sailboats normally have a displacement hull. This means that they push the water out of the way as they move forward. The maximum speed of a sailboat under sail is determined by the length of the waterline. Confused? Don’t be. Our sailboat was 42’ and had a maximum speed of 8.1 mph. That is normally the fastest we can go without considering the effect of the water.

The area we are talking about here is the body of water between Florida and the Bahamas. Let’s say Fort Lauderdale and Chub Cay. By the way, the locals pronounce Cay, Kee rather than Kay. If you’re going to sail to the Bahamas from the states you are going to cross the Gulf Stream. And if your sailboat is only making 4 to 8 mph on the average you can see the problems that might come up here. So sailors tend to hole up someplace till the weather is favorable. You don’t want to be crossing the stream when the wind is blowing from the north; like after a cold front passes. A wind from the north blowing over a body of water moving north can make for very nasty conditions. The confused seas can go to 25’ high and more in no time. This is tough on any boat and crew.

So the thing to do is find a nice spot and wait on the weather. It’s kinda fun actually. You get to meet other boaters who are also waiting on the weather and it gives you the opportunity to explore your location. We crossed out of Fort Lauderdale a number of times. We were heading for Chub Cay to clear customs and then south through the Exumas.

Don’t arrive at night if you can avoid it. First of all, the waters of the Bahamas are not clearly marked. I remember one time we were advised to head south and turn to a heading of 265 true when you see the blue cottage and the pink cottage in

a line. We found the blue cottage but never did see a pink one. We later found out they painted it yellow. But, with Marianne on the bow we cleared the coral safely. Two things you should remember; GPS was not available in the early 90’s, and we saw at least one boat sink each time we were there.

With all that being said, we left Fort Lauderdale about 2 am. The wind was from the west, and we thought we could make a quick trip. WRONG! The front passed quicker than we thought and the wind shifted to the north. As predicted, the seas built quickly. We had to shorten the sail to match the increased wind speed. It was a rough ride but our boat was designed for rough conditions.

I remember hearing on the VHF radio a lady saying that her husband was tossed around and broke his arm. VHF means Very High Frequency. It is the typical radio used on the water. Sixteen is the calling and monitoring channel. All boats are required to monitor this channel and switch to a working channel for conversation.

We had a successful crossing and pulled into Chub Cay. The first thing we did was to raise our yellow quarantine flag. No one is to leave the vessel until we clear customs in the country we are in. After clearing in, we would raise the flag of the country on our starboard (right) spreader as a sign of respect.

Put the Bahamas on your do list. It is worth the trip. The people, water and weather are fantastic. Their flag which is black, yellow, and blue represents the people, sun, and water. We love it!

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One of the most magical elements of prom season is embracing that perfect dress—a rite of passage that should be as relaxed and stress-free as possible!

When you shop at The Perfect Dress boutique in Mooresville, you’ll know you’re in the best hands with the mother-daughter team of Dina and Brooke Haugstatter. The shop is filled with the trendiest styles and colors, and their expertise at making every customer feel their most beautiful is unmatched.

Prom is something special—and that moment deserves a dress that truly suits your personality—no matter what your size, shape, or style. Dina and her staff take pride in treating every customer the same—and making sure every girl shopping for that magical prom dress knows she matters to them!

Shopping for spring proms has already begun, says Dina, so if you’re looking for the best styles and selection, now is the time! The boutique also keeps records for each local high school, so making a purchase on the earlier side keeps your choice unique to you!

What’s trending in prom? You’ll definitely see some fun feathers, corset-style bodices, and beautiful bright colors, such as yellow, orange, fuchsia, and lime.

“The hottest prom dress trends of 2023 are all about elegance, grace, and glamour,” shares Dina. “From flowy dresses to tight-fitting mermaid silhouettes, you’ll find a style that suits your personality. Whether you’re looking for sexy or sophisticated, there’s a look for every prom girl here at our boutique.”

Located in the historic Merino Mill—a setting that is charming and romantic in its own right—girls feel right at home at The Perfect Dress—and comfortable enough to try on styles they might not have expected to love.


“I went prom dress shopping unexpectedly—the shop was packed with a huge line for dressing rooms—but I loved the atmosphere and the vibe!! Staff was absolutely wonderful. The TPD team was awesome! I highly recommend it!”

“It was such a welcoming store with beautiful dresses, and a friendly, attentive staff. What could have been stressful was relaxing and enjoyable!”

“The best dress store ever! The owner is so sweet and personable and tends to every need, concern, and suggestion. I went there as a last hope to find my prom dress and they did not disappoint! They have such a variety of dresses from Sherri Hill, Jovani, and Primavera, and the owner and her daughter helped find the perfect dress for me!...I will 100% travel the three hours back to this place for every dance I have!”

“As a larger size girl, I really struggled to find a good selection of dresses, but they had plenty of options for me to choose from in all different colors and styles. They went out of their way to help me find the dress I have fallen in love with, and helped make it fit even better!”

“The dress selection was unbelievable. It was also nice to support a local female owned business!”

From proms and homecoming, to special occasions and quinceaneras, The Perfect Dress is stocked with the latest styles from well-known designers. Plan a visit soon, at 500 S Main Street, Suite #116, in Mooresville. 704-978-9928, visit them online at, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @theperfectdressnc. Boutique hours are Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m.

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Meredith Fleming, LCSW and Leigh Ann Darty, LCSW participate in a special memorial service on the final day of Camp Rainbow.


About 15 years ago, a social worker at a local high school called the team at Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County (HPCIC) after the sudden loss of a student in a car accident. In search of someone to come to the school and support their staff and students, that crucial first call and visit launched an amazing new program for HPCIC, Rainbow Kidz, which now holds group grief sessions, as needed, in 39 schools across Iredell County.

The first blessing: Rainbow Kidz is offered at no cost, and is completely supported by grants and fundraising.

“Our in-school grief groups are certainly the most impactful part of our Rainbow Kidz program, and we have found providing grief support and education right in the schools allows us to reach the maximum number of children at one time,” says Mindy Rice, Director of Development.

Rainbow Kidz is also blessed to provide services for over 200 children in any given week, onsite at their schools, and with the help of two licensed clinical social workers—Leigh Ann Darty, LSCW, who is the director of Rainbow Kidz, and Meredith Fleming, LCSW. Meredith was a Rainbow Kidz participant herself, when her dad died her senior year in high school. She credits Leigh Ann and Rainbow Kidz with giving her the courage to leave home to attend college, and is now helping other children with that same passion.

One-on-one counseling is also available for both children and families, including support for those dealing with infant loss. “Besides the difficulties of Covid, we have seen an increase in sudden, tragic deaths,” Mindy explains. “This has resulted in very complicated grief. When a child has more complicated grief—or if their current school is on our waiting list—one-on-one counseling may be a better fit.”

Rainbow Kidz also holds two weeks of summer grief camp, affectionately named Camp Rainbow, a support group at the Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont, and a group at the YMCA Summer Camp/ Bridge Academy, which includes summer

camp for homeless children. The group sponsors a “Healing around the Holidays” workshop in November to teach coping skills around he holiday season. During this workshop, parents and guardians also meet with a grief counselor for tips on guiding their children during the difficult holiday months.

“Rainbow Kidz is here for any child coping with an illness, or for grief support after losing someone,” adds Mindy.

“We provide Hospice or palliative care services for any child dealing with a terminal illness, and we can provide prebereavement for children with loved ones dealing with a serious illness. Typically held in the child’s home, these services help prepare them for the impending death of someone special.”

Mindy says the staff often hears stories of kids taking the skills they learn with Rainbow Kidz home with them, and teaching other family members as well.

“The bravery these children demonstrate is inspiring,” she says. “It takes great courage to sit in front of a group and talk openly about a loss, especially when most likely it’s the loss of a parent or sibling.”

Their success is all about having the right coping tools, which allows kids to feel comfortable sharing personal memories about someone they’ve lost.

Unique to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, Rainbow Kidz is the only program of its kind in the area, and was one of the very few outside organizations allowed back in schools after Covid.

“The partnership and trust we have built with our school systems has helped us reach so many children,” says Mindy. Those children—and their families—are eternally grateful!

To learn more about the incredible services offered by Rainbow Kidz, or to donate, visit or call 704-873-4719. Follow them on Instagram @rainbowkidz_iredell for updates and heartwarming stories of healing!

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RidgeCrest Landscape


A mainstay of the Denver, NC, small-business community, Ridgecrest Garden Center and Ridgecrest Landscaping are the pride and passion of the Case family. That includes April, who oversees the charming retail garden shop, and her husband Walter, the true landscape guru.

If you’re seeking to be the envy of your neighborhood, you’ll definitely want to call Walter! The landscape side of the business, Ridgecrest Landscaping, LLC, is a full-service landscape, lawn care, tree service, and irrigation service company. Plus, this entity of the family-owned operation is still going strong even though the retail shop closes for the winter months of January and February. Thanks to Walter’s innovative vision and strong customer service, he’s been a pro at this for over 30 years, and the master of what makes your outside living areas so welcoming. From planting to paving and any other creative outdoor project you can imagine, he’s confident in the quality of work the Ridgecrest Landscaping crew provides, and their superior level of customer service. Those are his keys to success.

“When I meet a new customer, I like to hear their own ideas—a mixture of their ‘wants’ and ‘needs’—then I offer them my ideas to make that happen,” he says.

This time of year Walter is usually immersed in “hardscape” plans for around the home, including driveways, sidewalks, garden paths, patios, brick walls, or the exciting trending concept of outdoor kitchens. Currently, Walter and his crews are working on a large clearing project on Interstate 485, soon to be the new Subaru dealership in Pineville, they have three outdoor living area projects in progress, and a newly built home where they will install irrigation, oversee grading, planting, and mulching. Later, they’ll offer top-notch lawn services for the new home owners, and prepare their yard for spring mulching.

“We guide clients to the right plants for their home, whether it’s an area with all shade, or a front yard with full, glorious sunshine!” says Walter. It’s a proven fact that excellent landscaping around your home adds a great deal to your overall property value, so having expert advice and service from the very beginning is essential.

Walter shares that while spring and fall are the most ideal seasons for planting, home owners can plant any time of year if they are willing to do a little extra towards keeping those plants in good shape that first year after planting. Once your landscape design is in place, the garden center offers impeccable choices in locally sourced shrubbery, trees, perennials, vegetables, hanging baskets, seasonal annuals, and some of the prettiest flowers around. And Walter is also known for standing by this promise: If he wouldn’t plant it at his family’s home, he won’t sell it to you for your home. He and April opened the business with a desire to sell quality plants at reasonable prices, and of course, be the resource Denver residents turn to for knowledge when it comes to caring for nature’s most beautiful plants and flowers. They also offer the friendliest welcome and shop ambiance in town—while Walter and his crew will have your home turning heads all through your neighborhood!

The garden shop side will reopen in March, where April will be thrilled to help you design beautiful perennial gardens, planters, and flower beds, and show off their newest house plants, eclectic gift items, and fun seasonal décor!

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@Ridgecrest LandscapeCompany, or call Walter Case at 704-9661646 for a consultation. Ridgecrest Garden Center is located at 3344 N. HWY 16-Business in the heart of Denver, NC. Reach them at 704-966-0087, and follow them on Facebook for updates, sales, and specials!

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Love the one you love lake life with! We have great ideas for Valentine’s Day in our gift guide. Show your love for your significant other while showing your love and support for the local business community.

Valentine’s Gift Guide


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Express your love this Valentine’s with an engagement ring from Dana’s Fine Jewelry. With all shapes and sizes, we can help you find exactly what you are looking for. Find the special items you need at Dana’s Fine Jewelry.


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A one-of-a-kind art piece for your one-of-a-kind Valentine. Each Elijah Kell Art Glass piece embodies color, form, and texture, allowing the interaction of light to cast different effects. Shop ready-made pieces at their gallery in Charlotte, locally at Juelerye in Downtown Mooresville next to Epic Chop house, or visit online to inquire for a custom commission piece.

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Who doesn’t like local honey! My bees visit plants along the banks of Lake Norman to make the most delicious honey you will ever taste. This unique gift can be enjoyed by itself or enhance any drink or meal. Bees of Lake Norman Honey comes in squeeze bottles as well as oneand two-pound glass jars.


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The experience of buying a bag is second only to the bag itself. A Beck Bag Classic Leather Tote will not disappoint. Italian pebble grain leather with plush velvet interior.

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Here’s the perfect opportunity to bring your sweetie to the newly remodeled restaurant, order two entrees and the appetizer is on us!

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Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery Mini Twisty Cups are perfect for everyone! Ideal glassware for a cocktail, juice, or water. Their unique shape makes it easy to handle with a splash of color ideal for table settings. Stop in for an individually handmade gift that is sure to brighten up your Valentine’s day!

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We offer custom engraving for rings, jewelry and keepsakes. We can engrave in your own handwriting or sentimental engraving. We also offer fingerprints, EKG’s, and more! Find the special items you need at Dana’s Fine Jewelry


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Show your love with BuDhaGirl carousel pink all weather bangles, these are meant to be worn in gratitude—to inspire wearers to focus on their blessings.

Let LKN Patio turn your game room into the ultimate ‘Happy Place’ with the Kruger, a beautiful 8-foot pool table by Presidential Billiards.


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Pamper that special someone with a relaxing and deep cleansing facial treatment. Our signature facial begins with a double hot towel cleanse, followed by a dermaplane treatment, microdermabrasion exfoliation and ends with a custom mask. Gift cards available.

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Since taking over the business in 2019, daughter Jennifer has stayed true to her parents’ mission, knowing everything they do now has been inspired—in many ways—by her mother! The company is now serving new generations of loyal customers, which adds to their blessing, and giving back to their community has always been a high priority for the Samsons.

“My parents have always been generous with the attention and time spent with customers,” says Jennifer. That means offering them something that’s both valuable to their family’s health and well-being, and something beautiful as well. All of the Seven Seed Soap Co. products fit that definition perfectly, and have become a family tradition for many customers through the years.

Each product is also a labor of love! Making soap from scratch is a true art, and Jennifer shares the tried-and-true process that has been the foundation of their success.

“Real soap is made when a base is combined with an acid,” explains Jennifer. “In this chemistry lesson made simple, the base is the lye and the acid is fat, whether vegetable based or animal based.”

She says they make lye solution using a powdered form of sodium hydroxide and use a variety of oils to make the company’s over40 different soap varieties.

“When lye is mixed with water and combined thoroughly with the melted oils, a chemical process occurs called saponification. After the mixture is completely blended, the molecules rearrange themselves to make two parts soap and one part glycerin, a natural humectant, drawing moisture from the air straight to your skin,” explains Jennifer. “The longer a cold-processed soap cures, the less water and more concentrated

a soap becomes. That’s why an older bar of soap may look smaller than a newer bar of handmade soap. Soap doesn’t ‘go bad’ or melt.”

She also explains “cold-process soap” what happens after the lye and oils mix.

“If heat is applied, that is referred to as hotprocess soap, what our ancestors were doing after the hog fat was rendered in the fall over a fire in a large, cast-iron pot. In cold-process soap, there’s no extra heat that is applied and therefore the saponifiaction takes a little longer, since heat speeds up the process,” says Jennifer. She also explains the concept of “melt and pour” soap, which is a product manufactured as soap already, and may contain synthetic detergents.

“Most of the equipment we use now has been made by my dad, including the soap cutters and many of the molds,” Jennifer adds. “We’ve also had a carpenter friend make some of our most-used molds we typically make 48 bars of soap at a time, but occasionally use molds to make 72 bars.”

Set aside some time to visit the store or shop their website—to find wonderful options for face care, including the Seven Seed Facial Serum, a variety of soaps, lip balms, and facial scrubs; body products including herbal deodorant, lotions, and the popular brown sugar butter scrub; a wellness category filled with essential oils, natural hand sanitizers and bug sprays; plus a men’s category that features beard butter, oil, and soaps.

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Relishing Retirement: Sustaining Relations After you are Retired


YOUR Relationship


You’ve arrived in the promised land of retirement with your significant other and, to your utter dismay…it’s not exactly smooth sailing. You think, “It’s me.” Or, “It’s not my fault.” Or even, “Wait a minute. Didn’t we have this all figured out?”

If so, you’re not alone. Clinical psychologist Sara Yogev points out that, “Roughly one-third of retirees experience some form of depression in the first two years post retirement and that marital satisfaction for both men and women is at its lowest in that time frame.” Regardless of how well you planned ahead, retirement is a transition, a shift for you and for your

YOUR RETIREMENT VISION. Start with the hopes, dreams, and plans that you cherished when you were winding up your working years. How have they evolved? Maybe the pandemic taught you that you want to explore new friendships and activities. For your spouse, being a homebody works just fine. The point is to revisit and update how you envision your retirement now that you’ve been at it for a while.

YOUR ROLES AND IDENTITIES. One of you may feel overburdened with household responsibilities. Or maybe you or your partner find life without work “not enough,” and see a significant volunteer role as a way to fill the void. Whatever changes have occurred in your roles and in the identities you have in the world, make sure you talk them through to update your understanding.

life partner. That shift likely means you’ll need to make some “emotional” adjustments, sooner rather than later.

MINDSET FIRST. You and your partner may be getting on each other’s nerves, bickering, or drifting off in opposite directions. Remind yourself that this is new territory and focus on listening with a “fresh” set of ears. Then, be flexible and willing to compromise in ways that will allow you both to experience greater satisfaction in retirement.


YOUR FINANCES. Many couples spend a good deal of time planning their finances ahead of retirement. While that’s critical, it is also realistic that priorities change, that unforeseen events occur, or that the things you enjoy simply cost a lot more than you expected. Go back to the spreadsheet, but first have a heart-to-heart about what matters most and where you can practice some give and take.

YOUR SPACE. One of retirement’s biggest adjustments is the amount of time partners spend in the same space. With the COVID pandemic, that time grew even more for most couples. No matter how much you love one another, all of that constancy may bring on newfound annoyances. Whether it’s a She Shed, a Man Cave, a reading corner, or something else, be intentional about carving out physical spaces where you refresh and recharge apart. You’ll both benefit when you reconnect.

YOUR PERSONAL TIME. Yes, there are couples who choose to spend most of their waking hours together and others who “meet up” for dinner, or for particular activities. Personal time can be a real source of conflict and dissatisfaction when each partner has a very different idea about how much is ideal. It’s important to get this on the table so that you can work it through.

YOUR TIME TOGETHER. The same is true here, except that it’s about quantity and quality. Ideally, neither partner feels “forced” into spending significant time on activities they have very little interest in. The experts agree that “quality time” together in retirement is as important now as ever. So, plan date nights, lock in a special dinner or a weekend away now and then. In other words, don’t just leave it to chance.

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Napping is Good for You!




“Why don’t you take a nap?”

“Why would I waste time like that?”

“Because napping is good for you, that’s why.” Blah, blah, blah.

It took every ounce of self-control to refrain from giving my wellintentioned husband the infamous eye roll response.


REDUCE FATIGUE. However you spend your time, if you are simply feeling sleepy, you can take the edge off by hitting the pillow and recharging before getting back to your activities for the day.

ALTERNESS. Studies suggest that a ten to twenty – or even 30 - minute “power nap” promotes alertness. A nap of a mere six minutes can reduce fatigue and support the ability to learn. For those of us with late afternoon Zoom calls with our work-from-home co-workers, that brief nap isn’t like “playing hooky”; it’s an investment! Now read on…

PERFORMANCE . Even a short snooze helps with memory consolidation, contributes to the ability to perform and produce, and increases reaction time. Meaning that “morning folks” like me, should be just as snappy on those late in the day calls as our night owl colleagues.

MOOD. No longer working? Have the day off? A nap may still be a good idea because it can reduce stress, take the edge off irritability, and make us better able to deal with frustration. Now tell me this doesn’t apply to a cranky three-year-old just as much as it does to a fast track 33-year-old and all of us beyond?

LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE . If you are prone to hypertension, a nap is likely to lower your BP reading. While the improvement is temporary, it’s still a good thing.

SELF CARE. A nap can be your way of demonstrating the all-important “I matter.” And when you take that type of action, you model positive self-care for others in your home and in your life.

But now I know better, humbled by yet another experience from the everlengthening “never say never” book of life. It’s funny how things change. You know, not ha-ha, hilarious funny, but curious and fascinating. These days, I can get a little pesky if I somehow don’t manage to squeeze in even a brief daily nap. Besides the fact that it leaves me more refreshed and alert, it turns out that napping is indeed “good for you.” From the Mayo Clinic to and the illustrious NASA, there is significant support for napping. For just about everyone, at any age.


• After napping, you might feel groggy and have a hard time kicking back into gear.

• Napping might also interfere with nighttime sleep if you suffer from insomnia and take late in the day or very long naps.

• Napping may also be a band aid tactic if you have an undiagnosed, underlying condition that is causing daytime sleepiness.

• Napping can become a regular form of escape from the challenges of life and take the place of getting help.

As a former anti-napper, I have developed my own set of “best practices” to support my newfound fondness for napping. Be sure to read:

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(Without Vodka)

It’s creamy, rich in flavor, and takes less than 10 minutes to make. Perfect for those cozy weeknights or date nights in!


• 17.5 oz. Pennette Pasta

• 8 slices Bacon, chopped finely

• 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

• 1 small Yellow Onion, finely chopped

• 3 Garlic Cloves, minced

• 6 oz. Tomato Pasta

• 1 tsp. Oregano, freshly chopped or dried

• 1/2 tsp. Salt

• 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

• 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream

• 1 - 1 1/2 cups Grated Parmesan

• 2 tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped

• 1 tsp. Chili Pepper Flakes

• Mozzarella, for serving

• Fresh Basil, for serving


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 8-9 minutes. Remove 3/4 cup pasta water to set aside. Drain the pasta and toss in olive oil.

2. In the same pot, add the chopped bacon to cook until crispy. Remove the bacon.

3. Add the olive oil into the same pot over medium high heat.

4. Add the finely chopped onions and minced garlic. Stir constantly, sautéing until golden, about 2-3 minutes.

5. Stir in the tomato paste, oregano, salt, and black pepper.

6. Once well combined, stir in the heavy cream and reserved 3/4 cup pasta water.

7. Bring to a low boil, then stir in the grated parmesan, chopped parsley, and chili pepper flakes.

8. Lastly, stir in the pasta. Top with fresh mozzarella and basil to enjoy immediately!

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1. Add the blood orange and lime juice into a jar with a lid or cocktail shaker, then add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Shake well.

2. Add ice cubes to two glasses, then pour evenly the blood orange mix. Top with sparkling water and garnish with rosemary and a slice of blood orange. Enjoy immediately. Cheers!

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girls’ night in! INGREDIENTS • 8 oz. Blood Orange, freshly squeezed juice • 4 oz. Sparkling Water • 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract • 1/2 Lime, juiced • Fresh Rosemary (optional), for garnish
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David & Rachel

Charlotte native David James proposed to Rachel Zain on September 23, 2022 at Musso and Frank, Hollywood Boulevard’s oldest restaurant. David’s parents, Billy and Polly James spent summers taking David and his brother for summer trips to Lake Norman and have a home in Mooresville. David and Rachel live in Los Angeles with their dog Bambi.

Chris & Katie Reavis

Celebrating one year of service to the fitness community in Denver, NC, HIIT it Fit is a small, family owned and operated Group Fitness Studio that has allowed Chris & Katie Reavis the chance to fill a need they saw! Coming out of quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic, they realized fitness enthusiasts in the area needed a place they could go to feel like family, be encouraged, and become stronger! Their mission is simple, and they couldn’t be more excited to share it: Spread the value of health and fitness, and its ability to create joy! That’s the message Chris & Katie are celebrating, with a boutique-style studio offering a variety of class styles and fitness levels every day.

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The Groom is employed by Draft Kings, Inc and the Bride is employed by Lake Norman Re a l t y a n d Wilcox Properties , Inc The couple will reside in the Charlotte area.


Dynamic husband and wife team Marco and Mary Ceccarelli own and manage iTrip Charlotte, combining their varied backgrounds with a passion for world-class customer service!

Born in Peru, Marco moved to Miami, FL, in 1989 and met Mary there. While she was born and raised in Miami, Mary’s parents were immigrants from Cuba and instilled in her the importance of hard work and realizing your dreams. When she and Marco were ready to jump into raising a family, they followed Mary’s brother’s nudging, and explored the Charlotte area as their new family home. Not only have they found it a perfect place to raise a family, but since moving here in 2006, they also love showcasing everything the area has to offer—including proximity to both the mountains and the beach.

Always the adventurers (the two had always dreamed of getting married in a hot air balloon, but due to bad weather, changed their plans to say ‘I do’ at the ski resort where they planned to honeymoon), Mary and Marco soon found themselves missing the beaches of Miami, and began the search for an oceanfront condo at Myrtle Beach, SC.

“We literally started in the travel business as investors,” explains Mary. “We had so much success, we soon bought another property.”

Then, with a stroke of creativity and perfect timing, they realized no one currently owned the iTrip franchise territory in the Charlotte area. The two purchased the business in 2019. Founded in 2008 by vacation property managers, iTrip is a leading short-term vacation rental management company that has revolutionized the way people vacation and manage their properties. It continues to grow throughout the U.S., Canada, and beyond.

“The company itself has been around for 14 years now,” says Mary. “With 150 franchises nationwide, you’ll find iTrip franchisees everywhere from Canada to the Florida Keys and even Hawaii!”

Mary and Marco now manage 30 properties in eight North Carolina counties—from the metro Charlotte area (Charlotte, Pineville, Mint Hill, Huntersville, Davidson, Lake Norman, Denver, Sherrills Ford, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, and Concord) all the way to Asheville and the Mars Hill, NC, area. Building on the success of a proven property management program and the trusted iTrip brand, the Charlotte company provides shortterm rentals (less than 31 days or month-to-month) and property management, keeping properties at their best and customers at their happiest!

Since the two launched their franchise in 2019, there was a bit of a slow-down in 2020, thanks to Covid, but Mary and Marco were able to offer service to a large number of travel doctors and nurses, relocating in the midst of a pandemic. Mary’s extensive experience as an international art director in the publishing industry has inspired their marketing, as has her love of art, building, and interior design.

“I’ve always loved architecture and interior design,” shares Mary. “And I love putting houses together! So when business calls for it, I’m always more than happy to step in with some fresh new design ideas.” As a Latina entrepreneur, you’ll also find her supporting diversity and small business owners with a goal of inspiring and empowering women to believe in themselves and their talents. The Ceccarellis are also nature lovers—and that includes hiking, kayaking, and white-water rafting, which makes them love—even more!—bringing vacation experiences to anyone visiting the Lake Norman area.

“We literally started in the travel business as investors. We had so much success, we soon bought another property.”

So what are some of Mary and Marco’s personal favorite destinations? Hawaii is at the top of their list, along with different parts of Europe.

“We did have such a lovely time in Bracciano, Italy, when we visited a few years ago,” says Mary. “We had an amazing family reunion there. Marco is one-half Italian and one-half Peruvian—so that means we had a plethora of wine and MANY dinner courses! We would eat and share stories for hours!”

Count on iTrip Charlotte for the finest customer service and attention to every detail. You can check out their full inventory at or reach them online at iTrip also partners with over 85 global channel partner sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, Expedia, and NEW this year Marriott Homes & Villas!

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12 N Ashe Ave, Newton, NC 28658.

Trivia Night at the Taproom.



1753 Triangle Circle Denver, NC 28037.



Primal Brewery, 16432 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville.

No fee is required, and no weekly commitment is required. Beginners are welcome, and players of all levels may participate! Feel free to come with friends or alone! 704.947.2920

7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM




Free to play with a winner in every round. Groove the night away! Amazing prizes and great music.

6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM






165 N. Main Street Mooresville, NC 28115.


Thursday morning veterans get together and enjoy each other’s company and a free coffee.

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1753 Triangle Circle Denver, NC 28037.
BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Road in Cornelius.

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12 N Ashe Ave, Newton, NC 28658.




11138-C Treynorth Drive in Cornelius.




7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Test your smarts with our weekly general trivia! Bring all of your smartest friends, some snacks and we will provide the beer! Multiple rounds that are always changing, so you’ll need to keep your wits about ya! Top three teams win gift cards plus bragging rights!



19601 Liverpool Pkwy in Cornelius.

6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Get here early, because it’s first come, first serve, and we promise we will fill up fast! Come on out, and enjoy our drink specials all night long.


442 South Main Street in Davidson.

8:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

The Davidson Farmers Market is a producer-only, year-round Market featuring more than 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100-mile radius. The market is a lively gathering place for meeting friends and for learning about food, agriculture and nutrition. Growers and producers are on hand to answer your questions, from “How was this grown?” to questions about how to prepare and preserve all types of foods. The market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses produced by sustainable or organic methods, when possible. Other agriculturally based products such as breads, eggs, honey, flowers and soaps are also offered. And prepared foods, pastas and ready-to-eat foods, too!

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165 N. Main Street Mooresville, NC 28115.


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FEB 1-28

9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM



On Saturdays we have a Music Jam session, where anyone is welcome to come in and either play or have a cup of coffee, or just enjoy the music!



10130 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 200 in Charlotte.

9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

Carolina’s 1st Choice Agency has partnered with to collect used shoes/clothes. We collect monthly and can even pick up your items from your office/home or you can swing by our office at 10130 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 200 in Charlotte. Let’s empower people and pay it forward. For more info Contact Christian at 704.701.5972.


Phenix Salon Suites in Mooresville.

10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM


TLU is offering a free body composition assessment with the purchase of any other service at our Mooresville location. We offer localized cryotherapy (cold spray) which treats pain, soreness and inflammation as well as Normatec compression therapy. Now offering mobile services (we can come to you!) and gift cards. or 704.315.5397 for more information.


6:30 PM

Old Town Public House, Cornelius, NC.

What to expect? Step-by-step instructions to build a perfectly paired Charcuterie board. We provide all of the ingredients so you can enjoy time with friends. Space is limited.


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Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce located at 19900 W. Catawba Ave in Cornelius.


8:30 AM TO 12:00 PM

This workshop meets on the first Saturday of every month at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce located at 19900 W. Catawba Ave in Cornelius. Each monthly session will feature 3-4 people from the following list: Family Law Attorney, Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE), Divorce Coach, Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Lending Professional, and a Divorce Therapist. Each of the presenters for that day will give you useful information needed to make informed decisions. There will also be time for Q & A. Second Saturday is being sponsored by the Porter Hawkins Group. We are a neutral 3rd party that solely exists to make sure that each party involved is treated fairly and that both of the parties’ interests are protected. We have systems and procedures in place that can help eliminate some unneeded stress in such a stressful time.

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126 Mooresville Commons Way. Drinks, Food, Drawings, Discounts & More!


19400 Jetton Rd, Suite 203 Cornelius.

5:00 PM TO 7:30 PM


FEB 10

Pamper yourself at this upscale medspa with champagne, chocolates and flowers while getting ready for Valentine’s Day! Special on Dysport Wrinkle Free Lunch. Buy 75 units of Dysport and get 75 units of Dysport free, a $300 value, with lunch provided! On this special day, we will also be offering special promotions on express facials and IV hydration. Our IV hydration is a full liter with all the good stuff you want without any upcharge. Choose from Recovery, Immunity and Performance. From 4-6pm, we will be hosting an open house with bites and refreshments. 704.604.5654


6:30 PM

Elevation Church: Lake Norman, 8325 Copley Drive in Cornelius.

Join Cody Carnes on his first ever headlining tour: God is Good! Tour with special guest Benjamin William Hastings. Get ready for a night of worship and experiencing a new album and old favorites.

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FEB 10


Dates and details subject to change, please connect with event host for the most up-todate information.

FEB 10


Soma Church, 883 Highland Avenue in Hickory.

6:30 PM

A Prom Night experience you will never forget! Walk the red carpet, enjoy the royal treatment, and dance the night away! Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. RSVP: somachurch/nighttoshine/544619


Downtown Mooresville.

FEB 11

6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

A Collection of Downtown Mooresville businessess will be offering speicals, live music, open houses, sips, refreshments, shopping discounts, and more. Perfect for Valentine’s Day shopping. Bring your sweetie and come treat yourself. Stay tuned for upcoming deails.


Soul Wellness, 500 South Main Street, Suite 113 in Mooresville.

11:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

So many holistic modalities to experience in one day! You will have the opportunity to have a free consult or a reduced-price mini sessions with a variety of practitioners.


Lake Forest Church Westlake.

5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM

Dress in your best for this Parent U event for Kidventure and Youth age parents. We will have appetizers, dinner and live music. Childcare available. Registration required. $10/adult and $5/child in childcare (family maximum of $30).

8:30 AM

River Run Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive in Davidson.

How to accomplish one of the most challenging tasks that a leader will ever face, changing the toxic culture of an organization.

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Lake Norman Brewery, 1753 Triangle Circle in Denver.




Terrabella Lake Norman, 140 Carriage Club Drive in Mooresville.

12:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

8:30 AM TO 10:00 AM

The South Iredell Healthcare Forum 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. This event is also open to the public.


Downtown Mooresville.

5:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

It’s officially our birthday! The Town of Mooresville was incorporated on March 3, 1873. We are ready to celebrate in historic style. With food trucks, beer vendors, music, period-themed actors and more, the Party Like It’s 1873 Festival will mark Mooresville’s official 150th anniversary. The celebration includes a spectacular event in the Charles Mack Citizen Center. 150 years of Mooresville: Immersive Experience will celebrate Mooresville’s storied history. every few minutes, the lights dim, and historical photos and memorabilia will come alive, spilling projections onto the walls to tell the story of our believed community. Featuring music, narration and vivid animations, it’s an immersive art experience like no other.

9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

Forsyth Woman Magazine’s “Women on the Move” initiative comes to life through its Second Annual Women on the Move Leadership Conference. Forsyth Woman will bring together local leading ladies, from those in business, to owners and entrepreneurs, for an all-day event full of impactful presentations, networking, shopping, food and drinks, and more. For all questions, or if you are interested in sponsoring the event or purchasing a table, email Brooke Eagle at

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Just about everywhere I’ve been in this country a local resident will at some point say something to me along the lines of, “Don’t like the weather? Wait 5 minutes.” The implication being that the region is so prone to unpredictable temperature swings that you don’t know if you’ll want to wear a tank top or down jacket each day. Few places live up to this claim, but I have to put North Carolina, particularly around the lake in the winter, on the list.

Winter at the Lake.

One day it’s in the seventies and you’re playing basketball in the driveway and the kids are wrestling in the mud. The next day it’s snowing and you’re shoveling the driveway and the kids are wrestling in the snow.

The holidays this season brought historic cold levels. Last winter we’d had days with temps that allowed for wide open windows and afternoons basking in the sun only to have it followed a day later by about six inches of snow that shut down the lake. Last year’s big storm was well covered in the news, and I made the mistake of running to the local Target the day before the snow arrived. The place was more crowded than the day before Christmas, it was like people were stocking up for the apocalypse. Of course, I forgot a few things on that trip and had to run back to Target the day after the storm. And that day it actually felt like the apocalypse had happened. I didn’t see any other drivers except one guy wearing a motorcycle helmet in his open-top side-by-side spinning around the Target parking lot. I went into the store and lamented that I’d never gotten into roller skating. The store was so empty and wide open that I could have flown through the aisles on skates.

When I got back home the kids were out with the neighbors rolling up snowballs for a big snowman, the grass under the snow still a vivid green. Our neighbors told us that school had proactively been canceled for the entire week.

The power hadn’t gone out, which was a shock in itself. We live on a long peninsula that has one powerline running down it, so whenever we get snow, wind, or a truck drives off the road and smashes into a pole, we all lose electricity. For reasons that I’ll never understand, one side of our road is covered by Duke Energy and the other is Energy United, even though we’re all pulling power from the same line. So when power goes out you can drive up and down the street hoping to spot a crew from either company working on the lines, with bonus points for the internet company making repairs.

Winter is also the season at the lake where the traffic on 150 and 16 is merely “bad” as opposed to the summer weekends where “soul crushing” is the only suitable descriptor. A new friend at the Hickory Tavern told me that eight bridges will need to be built before 150 can be expanded to four lanes, so it sounds like winter is the only traffic break we’ll be getting for the next few years. And when that new construction does get underway, the entire year will be traffic season.

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