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A Fresh Start




anuary is often a time when people break out the New Year’s resolutions, make vows to get healthy or try to improve themselves in some way or another. Funny enough, January is not normally when I personally do this. Two years ago, I found success with WW ( formerly known as Weight Watchers) in January after seeing a picture of myself on New Year’s Day that made me stop and pause. The program was beneficial in helping me reprogram my eating habits and the foods I reach for more often. But other than that, I tend to embark on selfimprovement or personal development work in the spring. Over the years, I’ve thought about why I do this. I think it’s because the months between November and March are usually pretty tough for me. I get what’s called “the winter blues,” otherwise known as Seasonal affective disorder. When the days get shorter and the temperatures grow colder, I become more withdrawn, moodier and drained of energy. I go into what I call “hibernation mode,” where I want to do nothing but consume sweets and carbs and sit in front of the fireplace.

As someone who prefers to exercise outdoors, I have to force myself to take that one extra step and drive myself to the gym. In the spring, I start to perk up again. And this, not January, is when I get invigorated to train for a race, try a new eating plan, shop for some fun new clothes or redecorate a few rooms in my house. That’s when I choose to make a fresh start. Speaking of fresh starts, it’s a new year for CURRENTS. We are excited to keep bringing you the engaging stories you love, and profiling the great people, organizations and businesses in Lake Norman. We have some great editorial themes planned for the year, as well as a few new sections I wanted to tell you about. Beginning this month and then running every other month through the end of the

Advertising Director year, we have “Young Leaders,” where we’ll spotlight children and teens who are making their mark in our community. Beginning in February, we’ll introduce a health and wellness-themed article that alternates with “Young Leaders.” And finally, we want to see your beautiful photos! Each month, we will feature reader-submitted photos in the section “Picture Perfect” on page 28. For February, we’d love to see photos around the theme “love.” It could be a photo of you and a loved one, a child, a pet, a place near and dear to your heart, etc. Send your photos to me at Renee@ and include your name, a brief description of the photo and the area you live in. You may get to see your submission in print! So, whether you choose to start setting goals in January or at a different time of year, just remember we’re all different, we all move at our own pace and that’s what keeps things interesting, day in and day out.

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Mission Statement: Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine will embody the character, the voice and the spirit of its readers, its leaders and its advertisers. It will connect the people of Lake Norman through inspiring, entertaining and informative content, photography and design; all of which capture the elements of a well-lived life on and around the community known as Lake Norman.

Contributing Writers Trevor Burton Elizabeth Waton Chaney Jill Dahan Aaron Garcia Michele Huggins Grace Kennedy Bek Mitchell-Kidd Rosie Molinary Mike Savicki

Contributing Photographers Trevor Burton Lisa Crates Ken Noblezada Gayle Shomer

Contents January vol. 14 No. 1

24 Young Leaders Greta Rose finds a creative outlet in performing

26 Thoughts from the Man Cave

The Pursuit of Decluttering

38 Navigators Ron Sweetman

helps men achieve more successful and balanced lives

70 On the Circuit What’s happening at Lake Norman this month



72 Renee Wants to Know


How hard is it to decorate with this year’s Pantone Color of the Year?

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A timeless, custom built home from Kingswood Homes is this year’s “Best in Show” winner at the LNHBA’s Best of the Lake Design Competition.

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Movers, shakers and more at the lake

17 Holly Becker takes readers on a hair-raising adventure

18 For the Long Run — Inside North

County Regional Library’s Makeover

20 Bet You Didn’t know — Layers of history are part of historic Huntersville home

22 Make an Impact Foundation works to serve children in need

23 Greenworks Tools and Habitat for Humanity Partner to Help New Homeowners

28 P icture Perfect

Readers submit photos of what they love about the lake

Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

44 Dwellings

The Making of a Showstopper

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

54 Wine Time

Try the Grüner Veltliner with North Harbor Club’s Crabcakes

40 G ame On

Davidson Coaching Great Bob McKillop Sees Promise in Team’s Slow Start

56 On Tap

Two locally-brewed beers to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

57 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Tasty Tacos

58 Nibbles + Bites

How authentic Cajun food from a chain found its way to Huntersville

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31 Ask The Expert

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Holly Becker was inspired to write her book after seeing some of her children’s crazy morning hairstyles.

bringing her idea to life. It was January 2017, and the kids were older and more independent, so she carved out some time to write a first draft. Then one afternoon out of the blue, her husband Mark came home with an unexpected announcement: “I know the perfect illustrator for your book.” He had come to discover that one of his co-workers, Pablo Agurcia, was a talented illustrator. After some thought, she agreed to send him the manuscript, unsure of what to expect. When she received the preliminary sketches, she was pleasantly surprised. “I

Holly Becker Takes Readers on a Hair-Raising Adventure

just loved them,” she recalls, saying that “if I hadn’t found Agurcia, the book would probably still be sitting at my desk.” She titled it Bedhead: A HairRaising Adventure, giving her son Eli the lead. All the other characters, with the exception of Eli’s mom, are animated hairs on her son’s head. While Eli sleeps, they have a grand old time. Becker incorporated the names of her other two children, Mila and Siler, as well as Agurcia’s children, Joaquin and Josefina. Their adventure is both imaginative and comical. Becker chose the self-

publishing route, using Kickstarter as a funding platform to get the book in print. Local children should stay tuned, since Becker has plans under way to visit some classrooms. She says she’s looking forward to talking to children about writing and the writing process. Visit — By Elizabeth Watson Chaney, Photography by Gayle Shomer

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t looks like there was a party in your hair last night,” Holly Becker told her son, Eli, one morning after colliding with him shortly after he climbed out of bed. His hair was sticking up in all possible directions. A thought briefly entered her head: that would be a cool idea for a children’s book. But the idea took a backseat as she struggled to get all three of her children dressed and ready for elementary school and preschool. Several years passed in a blur of family activity before Becker started thinking about


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For the Long Run

A New Chapter

Inside the North County Regional Library’s Makeover



The new makerspace area offers the latest equipment for video production and audio recording, as well as a 3-D printer.

The third floor features a Teen Loft and new computer stations for children of all ages.


f you’ve visited the newly reopened North County Regional Library in Huntersville, you already know it’s not your grandma’s library. Yes, it’s full of books for all ages that you can borrow for free. But did you know you can also use a 3-D printer and experience virtual reality? All of the library’s new features were on display for the Grand Re-Opening on October 26. Following remarks from community leaders including Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla and Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman George Dunlap, attendees celebrated with library tours, bouncy houses, and refreshments from Wrap ‘N’ Roll

and Johnson & Wales University. The Bailey Middle School band entertained the crowd, while Star Wars villains and superheroes posed for photos (it was almost Halloween). The children’s section was full of surprises, including face painting and friendly canines ready for kids to read to them. While you may not run into Batman or a read aloud-ready pooch on your next visit to the library, there is plenty to do on any given day. The $6.9 million renovation began in July of 2018 and added 1,860 square feet to the library, which originally opened in 1997. The nearly 25,000-square-foot facility boasts several new features on the third floor, including a Teen

Loft, expanded community room, and calming room for young patrons who need a minute during one of the many exciting children’s programs. Also on the third floor is the new makerspace—an airy, modern area where patrons have access to a 3-D printer, wood and vinyl cutters, sound booth with audio recording equipment, virtual reality, and more. In addition to making art, library patrons can appreciate public art thanks to Open Stacks, a dimensional mural by Durham artist Martha

Clippinger that spans 245 feet of vertical space beginning on the first floor. These new features complement the already comprehensive offerings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system, which go beyond books to include digital resources, take-home podcasting kits, and much more. If you haven’t been since the reopening, the North County Regional Library is truly worth checking out—pun definitely intended. — By Grace Kennedy, Photography courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library




Nancy Sowards sells her tea towels at local retailers, online and at arts and crafts festivals and bazaars.


ancy Sowards has always loved her family’s favorite vacation spot in Old Naples, Fla. After moving with her family to Davidson, she got the idea to create a tea towel featuring the popular and charming spots in the town after remembering a tea towel she had purchased as a souvenir in Florida. Sowards designed the tea towel and collaborated with French watercolor artist Tom Vieth and his wife Susan to create a one-of-a-kind home accessory item that can have more uses than one. The towels include renderings of familiar places in Davidson such as The Soda Shop, Main Street Books, Davidson College and Summit Coffee. Her favorite way to use the tea towel is to dress up a wine bottle or give as a hostess gift. Sowards also plans to offer other products in the future with the Davidson watercolor image. The towels will be available at The Village Store and you can visit to purchase directly and see a list of other local retailers who carry them. — By Renee Roberson, Photos courtesy of Treasures by NLK


Bet You Didn’t Know

Layers of history are part of historic Huntersville home



Top: Plans are underway to have the home listed on the National Historic Register. Bottom: Abigail Jennings and her husband Randolph Lewis purchased the historic home known as “Ingleside”in August 2019.


ou’re no doubt familiar with the home located at the bend of winding Bud Henderson road in Huntersville. But we bet you didn’t know it’s considered to be one of the finest of its day, and now possibly the only remaining Italianate style building in Mecklenburg county. With a long history—local tradition holds that the house known as Ingleside, which is Scottish for “fireside,” was erected during the years immediately following the Civil War.

It was the home of Dr. William Speight McLean Davidson, who was a grandson of Major John Davidson, the 18th century industrialist and planter (who constructed the plantation house at Rural Hill and was a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence). Dr. William S. M. Davidson received his B.A. from Davidson College in 1840 as a member of the first graduating class. Having acquired his M.D. from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1842, he returned

to Mecklenburg County and established a medical practice which he ran out of Ingleside. The architectural report on the home suggests that you can still see evidence of this today, stating on the second floor… “at the right the two rooms are joined by a small pair of alcove doors where built-in cupboards with narrow shelves occur in the alcove side walls. Traditionally these cabinets were used by the original builder, Dr. William Davidson, to store his medicines. The two large rooms on this side were

likely waiting and treatment rooms for visiting patients.” Current owners, Abigail Jennings and her husband Randolph Lewis, say “There have been many owners over the years. One notable owner was Bud Henderson for whom the road the house is on is named. And, in most recent history, it was also the childhood home to Carolina Panthers quarterback, Will Grier.” Jennings and her family were inspired to purchase the house after being bitten by the reno

2019, Jennings and Lewis have removed many layers of the past. “We plan to restore the original layer wherever possible. We have been fortunate to find the original wide heart pine floors in the kitchen and back porch areas under at least seven layers of old floors and plywood. We even found hatchet marks where they chopped firewood on the original back porch boards, and we love them.” — By Bek Mitchell-Kidd, Photography by Ken Noblezada



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rowing up in humble beginnings in Flint, Michigan, Dale Gillmore knew what he wanted most in the world was to achieve “the American Dream,” or the white picket fence, wife and kids. And once he achieved that through a successful career, he longed to find a purpose larger than himself, one that would specifically help kids be able to reach for their own dreams just as he did. In 2010, he founded the Make an Impact Foundation, which is based in Davidson, where he now serves as the board chairman. The foundation offers opportunities for corporations or small businesses to get involved in serving the needs of underprivileged children. The foundation works to meet the needs of children by identifying worthwhile projects, empowering project champions, and finding donor partners to help meet each need. “The MCIP (My Corporate Impact Fund) gives a business

the opportunity to provide philanthropic benefits to their employees and help with children at the same time,” says Gillmore. “Employees can give their time by volunteering and money through payroll deductions to a cause they are passionate about.” With the Make an Impact Foundation, there are numerous ways community members can also donate their time, talent and money to make an impact in the lives of local children, says Gillmore. The organization has opportunities for Fundraising Ambassadors who help find companies to support the list of projects or become My Corporate Impact partners. There are also Board Ambassador and Member opportunities in which volunteers use their skills and passions to help with fundraising events or technical support. In addition, Gillmore says there are openings for project champions and project champion ambassadors to help direct/

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lead/push projects to the finish line. Some of the organization’s successful initiatives include projects for Project 2 Heal, the Bit of Hope Ranch, Children’s Hope Alliance, the Impact Summer Enrichment Camp and more. One of the group’s local initiatives, the #NCKidsPlayProject, is now in full swing and preparing to build playgrounds in Huntersville near the Huntington Green neighborhood and in Mooresville at Stumpy Creek Park. They are fundraising for both projects and


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than 690 families. The organization’s homeownership and critical repair programs serve individuals and families in Lake Norman-area towns including Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Troutman and Statesville. The work is funded through individual donations, corporate sponsorships, faith community

donations, municipal grants, and sales from ReStores in Cornelius, Mooresville and Statesville. With its North American headquarters located in Mooresville’s Merino Mill, Greenworks is a neighbor to the homeowners it supports. “While Greenworks is committed to the sustainability of every city across the country, we hold Mooresville close to our hearts,” says Mark Sewall, director of marketing for Greenworks. “While it is home to our North American headquarters, we take a great amount of pride in giving back to our own neighborhoods. We believe in Habitat’s mission and the great work being done by the team at the local Our Towns chapter. It is truly an honor for our organization to have an opportunity to participate, and we look forward to expanding on this partnership.” — By Grace Kennedy


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reta Rose doesn’t just feel her feelings. She captures them in lyrics, saturates them with rhythm, applies a melody, and then performs them. “Music is an outlet for me. It is a way to put my emotions into something so they aren’t welling up inside of me,” says Greta, the

14-year-old singer songwriter from Denver. While Greta showed a love for music early on, she was seven when she started to focus on it intentionally. “My dad heard me singing in the living room. I was playing guitar and it was a song that I was coming up with off the top

Finding a Creative Outlet in Performing of my head. He and my mom decided to put me in vocal lessons and guitar lessons,” recalls the North Lincoln Middle School eighth grader. For years, Greta concentrated on her craft but then she decided to leave her comfort zone. “Actually really wanting to perform in front of people happened when we first moved to North Carolina in February of 2018,” says Tracy Bublitz, Greta’s mom. “I was still unpacking boxes and she came down the stairs and said, ‘I want to start playing places like coffee shops.’ I told her if she found the places, Dad and I would get her there.” From Catawba Coffee in Mount Holly to Jack Beagle’s in NODA, Greta tries to perform at least once a week. In addition to any covers she might choose, audiences can hear her original music like one of her newest songs, “Waves.” “One line goes, ‘Emotions come and go in waves. Sometimes they stay but usually they go away.’ Sometimes I dwell on emotions even when I know they aren’t permanent. That resonated with me, and I thought it would resonate with others,” she explains. Musically, Greta’s greatest influences are Blind Melon, Adele, and Taylor Swift. She loves Blind Melon’s style and their song meanings, Adele’s voice, and Taylor’s history of

writing songs as a teen. Outside of music, Greta is a strong student who enjoys playing basketball and with her dogs. To manage everything, she’s found time management strategies that work for her. “I take the opportunity to do my homework at school if time allows or on the bus ride home,” she says. Her dedication led to the recent release of her first album, The Studio 13 Demos. It’s the next step in what she hopes will be a music career, but she also has a back-up plan that would utilize her gift for emotional connection. “I really want to be a musician because I enjoy connecting with people on that level, but if the timing doesn’t work out, I want to go to medical school and be a psychiatrist.” To learn more, visit

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his column almost didn’t happen. As 2019 was coming to a close, I was literally and figuratively struggling to carry the additional end-of-year weight that comes with holiday chaos, confusion, and commotion. And my house was a mess. Not yet having undecorated from Halloween and Thanksgiving, I caught myself stringing lights and hanging ornaments on whatever I could reach and that included an inflatable Halloween grim reaper, an oversized turkey, and a standee of Darth Vader. I found myself with a serious case of writer’s block. It was only when my editor, Renee, suggested I write about a topic that more closely follows this issue’s theme of home building, remodeling, renovation, and design that I found inspiration. To be more clear, I found

motivation while speaking with Misty Molloy, owner of The CoCreative Home, an expert in organization, design, and decorating our personal spaces. How fantastic would it be, I thought to myself as we chatted, if I could use the energy of the New Year as the catalyst to getting my home, and my life, organized and in order? Molloy began by telling me that the New Year is a fantastic time to declutter, design, and decorate as a way to eliminate stress and find purpose and intention in our homes and belongings. “Our homes have the power to inspire and improve our lives,” Molloy shared. “Most all of us know what we want and need to feel good in our homes, but we allow fear to paralyze us in our efforts to bring it all together. We don’t give ourselves permission to make the changes we know

we should.” As we chatted, my mind flashed to images of perfectly designed hotel rooms, trendy television home remodels, and catchy photographs of professionally arranged rooms in designer show houses until Molloy corrected me. “If design is to be successful, it should be personal. Design for yourself, not your space,” she explained. “Look less at what you see in a hotel room or show house, block out the overload of social media, and think more about what makes you feel beautiful, what brings you joy.” Molloy, who primarily works with women, then further explained her thinking in a way that resonated with this guy. She explained how being intentional, decluttering, and stripping design down to the bare minimum, then building around cherished items you already have, will lead to

success. Molly is a firm believer that we should do more with less, and that people only really need about 20 percent of the things we keep. We can look at things we already have— those small knick knacks we love, those personal items from trips and travels that we cherish, those special photos, those inherited furniture pieces that evoke positive memories and feelings — and focus on building around them rather than buying new and bringing more into our lives. So, after careful selfreflection, I’m giving myself permission to begin the New Year with the hope of using my energy to declutter and design. And from the clutter, once I put away the grim reaper, turkey, and Darth Vader, I hope to find joy.

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ould you help me with paint colors?” is the most often asked question in the design industry. It seems to be a simple question. It is typically followed by, “What’s the “in” color?” and my all-time favorite, “Don’t you have your go-to colors?”

When hiring a painter: Make sure that you do your homework. It is not a painter’s

to this or you are covering a dark color with a light color you will want at least two coats. Or a primer and a coat. - If you are covering paint with the same color you may only need one coat. As a professional interior designer, paint is the very last decision we make in a design. It is the easiest to manipulate and can be the icing on the cake. But I feel that the cake needs to be baked before the icing is added to the mix. Choose your entire design first and you will be much happier with the result.

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The Neutrals: Do you remember when every home was painted a yellowy beige? Now we have had gray on our walls for the past 7+ years. What’s next? Like in fashion, anything goes. What needs to be thought about is if it is fresh and a good neutral for your home and furnishings. In the marketplace paint neutrals are headed to a more mushroom greige (green undertone) or a sandy taupe (pink undertone) beige. While green and blue are not considered neutral by most; if you add a bit of grey or shade the color they can act as a more interesting neutral in your space. How do you decide? Ask yourself these questions: • Are you looking at the color on a white background or against your current color? A white background is the only way to truly see the color. • Do you like the color? Don’t choose a color simply because it is “in” vogue. • Does the color you want complement the fixed elements of your home? • Does the color complement your furnishings? • Do you like the color at all hours of the day and night? If you answered no to any of these questions, move on to a different color.

job to tell you what you should paint your space. They are painters. You do not want what they have been painting every other house recently. You are unique and need to choose color specifically for your home and life. Make sure you specify: • What brand of paint you expect them to use. While all can match paint, to truly get the same depth of color it is important to use the paint as developed by the specific paint company. • What type of paint you want (Research!) Do you want something scrubbable? Do you want a paint that is especially long lasting? Do you want a paint that resists fading? Talk to your paint store. • What sheen of paint you want. I like flat finishes on large spaces. It shows less flaws. I like an eggshell in a bath for water resistance. • How many coats of paint you want. - If your home was simply painted by the builder prior


Let’s break this down: “Could you help me with my paint color?” My firm only does this in the scope of a full design plan as I firmly believe it is the very last decision that should be made in the plan, unless the wall color is the designed to be the focus of the room. Sherwin Williams and many decorators will do this as a one-time consultation. Do not hesitate to reach out for this type of service. The “Color of the Year.” I teach classes on this topic. The simple answer is, yes, there are palettes of colors that go in and out of style. The Color Marketing Group plan these out years in advance based on trends in the world, economy and technology. These agencies are paid by corporations to determine “what’s next in color” so that they can make changes in their product line and force perceived obsolescence on the consumer. It will funnel through the fashion industry all the way down to your home goods and Kitchen-Aid mixer. These color changes are sometimes nostalgic and usually are fresh to the eye, offering something we have not seen in awhile—like a

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ippin Home Designs is excited to have collaborated with Roger and Kristi Hand at Titan Custom Builders, on the Design of their LNHBA award-winning home for: Best of The Lake Custom Waterfront Over $1 million, Best of The Lake Outdoor Living, and Best of the Lake Landscape Design. See page 47. Finding the right residential designer for your next home will be easy, when you know what questions to ask them, including: what’s their expertise, how long in business, have they won design awards, and do they have references to share and completed homes to visit? For Jenny Pippin, designing a home starts with really listening to and skillfully implementing her clients goals and desires. She utilizes her thorough knowledge of construction techniques, and 33 years of experience in designing ‘Homes with a View’, in the Lake Norman area, and homes for mountain and beach properties, to create the perfect design solution for each unique client. To start the project, it’s very important to consider the lay of the land and the path of the sun across the property, on both new homes and renovation designs. It’s easy to spot homes on the lake where the sun was not considered, because they will have their blinds closed

in the afternoon, losing their valuable views. When designing a home with a west-facing view, the design should incorporate properly sized roof overhangs and covered porches, along with keeping deciduous trees, to maximize shading of the interior of the home. This will allow the views to be maintained throughout the afternoon. Deciduous trees will provide great shading from the hot summer sun and once they shed their leaves, will allow the winter sun to help warm the interior of the home. In addition, the covered porches create an expansion of the living spaces outdoors for yearround use, making the home feel much larger than it is, and incorporating wide expanses of windows and glass doors literally brings the outdoors in. This home was deemed award-winning because of the Team aspect of Jenny Pippin’s design expertise combined with the artistic and construction talent of Roger Hand, bringing their new home to life. Jenny Pippin maximized the flow and functionality, providing lake views in every room possible, and creatively working within a tight building envelop, to providing ample covered porches for shading and entertaining, strategically placing day-lighting opportunities, and even left room for a pool.



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ur team at Dutchmans is ready to help with all your decorating needs. Whether you want a fresh new look for an existing home, building a new home or renovating, we will help you find your design style. With a room layout and furniture configuration, or simply

year and utilizing color to unify spaces within a home can set a mood, be it a calm retreat or an inspirational punch. According to the new Pantone colors, blue is still the IT color, with green following close behind. Color and pattern never went away BUT it is making a big comeback. Toile, now reworked and refined



with a more modern edge, is resurfacing in high end and everyday style, patterns will always give you a creative twist to any room. As the months pass and it starts to warm up, it’s always good to have an indoor-outdoor connection. Taking advantage of a great view is paramount, whether lake, garden or city . You can make windows more of a focal point by flanking them with chairs or adding pairs of sconces. Balance brings symmetry and draws your eye to the center of the arrangement. We love bringing the outdoors in, mixing real branches with amazingly real faux floral stems from Dutchmans to create a burst of color that can transform yoru room in the middle of winter. Remember that your home needs to be your “Happy Place.”


updating accessories, Dutchmans offers comprehensive design services for your home with a two-hour or four-hour consultation, or just stop by. We are more than happy to help. Once the holiday decorations are packed away for the next year and all the sparkle is gone, you can breathe and clearly see your rooms. Refresh and update with something as simple as new pillows or a rug for a fast change, it makes a huge impact. Adding a few new accessories gives new texture to the mix, it can change the feel and color focus to lead your eye to a new direction. Adding a unique painted piece of furniture can add interest and a pop of color. Winter months are a great time to pick out new paint colors, as rooms are usually flooded with light this time of

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bedroom and kitchen. Step 2. Price your home correctly Overpricing your home can cause it to linger on the market and become ‘stale.’ Homeowners run the risk of getting less than the home’s value due to price adjustments and buyers’ wariness as to why the home has been on the market over an extended period of time. Step 3. High Quality Photography A picture is worth more than a thousand words in real estate. Most buyers research a home before they see it in person. Hire a professional photographer to capture the best features of your home. It will pay off in the long run.

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t’s the beginning of a new decade, and for many folks that’s added incentive for kicking those New Year’s resolutions up a notch. Local business results coach Ron Sweetman of Coach Ron, LLC, has a client base of men in business careers who want to do just that. They’re already successful, but they hire Sweetman, who has been coaching clients for 20 years, to help them become more so. Most of them find him through referrals, and they hail from all areas of the business world, including engineering, real estate development, financial management, and information technology—just to name a few. He’s even coached other business coaches. His specialty is increasing sales and productivity, and he’s known for cutting to the chase.

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The power of a mindset shift He began to study psychology and emotional intelligence. Women, he notes, naturally talk about their concerns with other women.” Men, on the other

hand, not so much. With his clients, he tries to shift that. One of his clients—we’ll call him Steve— was “burning the candle at both ends.” He was a self-described workaholic, and his family relationships were suffering. Sweetman helped him increase his business success while decreasing his hours and addressing his stress and anxiety. With the right guidance, Sweetman feels, “you can accomplish more, without sacrificing what matters most.” Sweetman earned his coaching certification from a video course led by Tony Robbins, a world-renowned coach, entrepreneur, and business strategist. Although he completed that initial course in four months, he has devoted thousands of hours to continuing education for his coaching business and his own personal development. He knows that his own life is a

reflection of his ability to guide others, so he makes self-care and time with his family a priority.

Get clear, get free, get going Practically speaking, one of his go-to strategies can be summed up in three simple directives: get clear, get free, and get going. Get clear on where you want to go; get free of what’s holding you back; and take steps to make it happen. Typically, he meets with his clients for 30 minutes once a week. After the initial session, he holds on to the big picture, and gives the client one or two action steps for the week. In between sessions, he’s often reaching out to offer accountability. “I stay with you,” he says; “we work together.”

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“I see patterns and processes,” he says, enabling him to evaluate clients’ businesses, and the clients themselves, with objectivity. Usually, he says, they’re too close to it to see what to do next. Typically, they’re able to get better perspective, set new goals, and reach them in 90 days. Some choose to stay with him longer. “They accomplish one goal and they want to go for another,” he explains. He also guides his clients in creating a healthy work/ life balance. His devotion to this aspect of his work comes directly from his own life experience. Prior to his coaching career, he was managing a multi-milliondollar telecommunications company that he founded back in the 1990s. One afternoon his

wife, April, and their four kids were all packed up and waiting for him to arrive home. They had planned a long weekend away. When Sweetman arrived, however, he was “in a mood.” His wife looked at him and said, “Honey, it seems like you could use some time. Why don’t we go, and you stay?” In that moment, he realized something needed to change. He finally acknowledged he was carrying a lot of anger, although he had no idea why. “What was missing,” he now says, “was an understanding of my emotions and my thoughts.”







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or Bob McKillop, projecting wins and losses before the season starts is a little like playing music from a sheet. For the Davidson coach, basketball’s collaboration of rhythm and improvisation plays more like a jazz concert, squawky notes blending with seamless transitions to create sounds and sequences that simply couldn’t have been written beforehand. Budgeting wins and losses before a season even starts? Way too objective. “You all of a sudden set yourselves up for failure, or maybe you don’t set the bar high enough,” said McKillop, a 10time conference coach of the year and 2008 National Association of Basketball Coaches National Coach of the Year. “I like the subjectivity of it, and that has been with me for many, many years.”


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Wildcats in the Southern Conference Tournament. Back then he was a northern transplant backup guard for East Carolina. To his recollection, The Charlotte Coliseum was packed with “11,600” Wildcat fans roaring on their team, which had impossibly blossomed from a tiny, academic-first also-ran to a perennial top-10 team during legendary coach Lefty Driesell’s nine-year tenure. The following year, McKillop and Driesell both left the Carolinas—Driesell went on to his next construction project at the University of Maryland, while the then-junior McKillop transferred back home to New York’s Hofstra University, where he emerged as a solid guard for two seasons before amassing a 268-76 record and five state titles in 16 years as a high school coach in Long Island. While McKillop’s coaching star was rising, Davidson settled back into basketball obscurity; after topping 20 wins six times in Driesell’s nine years, the Wildcats hit that threshold just three times

Three Sons,” the kind of place his family could sit on the porch and not worry about locking their doors. “Where else do you find this?” says McKillop. He also felt he could use the school’s high academic standards to his advantage the way Driesell once had. “They were a great success story, but they were also the model school for the scholar athlete,” says McKillop of his memories from that game in 1969. “I used to call it the renaissance man from my days as a history teacher, someone who dabbled the arts and was a success at everything. Davidson at that point modeled that for me.”

Some high notes So, after 31 years, 583 wins and 355 losses as the head coach at Davidson, McKillop sees positives where others may not. Yes, the team did answer its lofty preseason projections by stumbling out of the gates with four losses in its first six games. Subjectively, however,

He loved that the area seemed to be “a throwback to Ozzie and Harriet and My Three Sons,” the kind of place his family could sit on the porch and not worry about locking their doors.” in the 20 seasons after the legendary coach departed. When the Davidson post opened up following the 1988 season, nothing on McKillop’s sheet said he should be the next Wildcats coach. He was a New Yorker, and proudly so. He would have to transplant his wife, Cathy, and two kids (they’d eventually add a third). Oh, and Davidson was coming off a 7-24 season. But the decision called for a little subjectivity, recalls McKillop. He loved that the area seemed to be “a throwback to Ozzie and Harriet and My

there’s room for interpretation. Davidson led at the half in losses to Marquette and Temple, each of which started the year with 7-2 records. The Wildcats opened the year against Final Four participant Auburn and trailed by just two at halftime. In fact, they were within four points or fewer at halftime in the other losses, too. Plus, sharp-shooting sophomore Luke Frampton left the team for personal reasons, creating a hole in the team’s four-guard backcourt. Now, with the A-10 Conference season about to


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begin in earnest, McKillop is seeing objective improvements. In an 88-52 win over Coppin St. on Dec. 10, the Wildcats recorded an eye-popping 26 assists and only five turnovers with four players scoring in double-digits. The backcourt trio of Kellan Grady, Carter Collins and last year’s A-10 Conference Player of the Year, Jon Axel Gudmundsson, continue to mesh as Collins has replaced Frampton in the starting lineup. Six-foot-10 center Luka Brajkovic is showing he can adeptly handle the team’s post spot, while newcomers like South Korea’s Hyunjung Lee and Mike Jones, as well as veterans Malcolm Wynter, David Kristensen and Bates Jones, give the Wildcats some much-needed depth. That means objectively looking at his team’s 5-5 start to this season may be about as useful as projecting an upcoming schedule. “The guys on the team had not experienced that early difficulty that we had,” explains McKillop. “Sometimes you need to have that kind of experience before you can learn to handle that experience.”

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Lake Norman Home Builders Association’s 2019 Best of the Lake Design Competition Winners The 16th Annual Lake Norman Home Builders Association (LNHBA) Best of the Lake Design Competition and Awards Gala was held at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius on Nov. 1, 2019. “The 2019 Lake Norman Home Builders Association Best of the Lake Awards Gala was once again able to shine a spotlight on the best builders not only in the Lake Norman area, but throughout Charlotte. Each builder that submitted a project had their own set of building and design challenges to overcome, and it was exciting to see each winners’ finished project. We truly have the best builder community and best trade partners in the industry, and as the Lake Norman area continues to grow, I can only imagine what 2020 has in store for us,” says Alan Lockcuff, incoming 2020 LNHBA President. Electrolux and Ferguson were proud to be the Premiere Sponsors of the event, with Cambria and Marva Marble continuing their support as the Reception Sponsors. New member, Hans Krug Fine European Cabinetry stepped up as the Gold Sponsor.

The Best of the Lake Design Competition and Awards Gala was created to recognize and celebrate homebuilding industry professionals, such as builders, remodelers, architects, designers, associates and industry trade partners who have contributed to the residential homebuilding industry in the Lake Norman area. A panel of experts in the homebuilding and design industry judged the projects. This event is also the largest fundraising event for the LNHBA and its members. The LNHBA not-for-profit professional association represents and protects the interests of the building industry in and around the Lake Norman area. The event provides funds, which provides leadership, education and advocacy to members. LNHBA partners with a local charity, and a portion of the proceeds from this event will go to HOMe – Hope of Mooresville, a non-profit organization that provides temporary restorative housing to women and children who are homeless.


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This Tuscan-style custom home features high-end intricate detailed millwork throughout the 16,390 square-foot main home. The millwork alone took more than six months to complete. The breathtaking elements of this home include customcrafted radius beams, arched casings, trim and panel mould and inlaid walnut ceiling. The winners were able to work with the designer and architect and take into account the builder-driven expectations, with the end result being a seamless project that also met the homeowner’s ultimate vision

WINNERS: ITC Millwork and Envision Millwork

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Category

These new homes were designed for a simplified lifestyle and a concept that included walkability to shopping and restaurants. The goal was to capture buyers wanting a lifestyle change without sacrificing luxury and style. This campaign ran across all advertising platforms, from traditional print, video, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with accompanying social media ads. The Charlotte Observer noticed the “Downsizing” campaign and featured one of our stories in their article titled “Downsizing in Dilworth.” After releasing the first client testimonial in this campaign, the winner sold the rest of the homes in that specific community.

WINNER: Alan Simonini Homes


Best Residential Interior Design and Staging – More than $1M

The project conditions included a resale of a home that was very personalized to the sellers’ specific taste, including dark colors throughout and non-cohesive flooring. One update included a large stone planter in the entryway that blocked the main channel views. To meet the clients’ budget, a few pieces of existing furniture were utilized along with painting as opposed to replacing certain fixtures. In addition, the seller requested that no art be hung on the walls after repainting. Updates included paint, flooring, lighting, kitchen materials, and removing the large entryway planter. Elegant and contemporary furnishings were brought in to lighten the home. Buyers were greeted with an expansive lake view and two offers were quickly received.

WINNER: Carolina Spaces Furniture and Design Best Outdoor Living and Landscaping - $51-$100K

A 30-foot setback allows for optimum lakeside living with an addition of four feet of stone that was installed for shoreline reinforcement. Guidelines included a strategic placement of gazebo in proximity to future pool; and a detached third car garage was built to double as a pool house and the covered porch is convenient to main living areas. The gazebo offers lakeside al fresco dining, culminating in a distinctive gazebo architecture that completes the Piedmont farmhouse of this home. The overall project includes a string light and lantern-lit lakeside gazebo with seating for eight or more, along with a stone path to stroll through the flower gardens to the firepit or covered porch.

WINNER: Patrick Joseph Distinctive Homes


WINNER: Patrick Joseph Distinctive Homes Best Outdoor Living Project - $301-$500K

Objectives and guidelines were to create a total outdoor oasis focusing on the view of the lake in a relaxing yet fun environment. The vision was to capture your attention whether you are arriving by land or water. This sport pool was plastered with blue glass and silver seashells, and it features black glass, two sunshelves, six bubblers, all with a 14-foot vanishing edge hot tub. Two levels of outdoor entertaining areas total 4,260-square feet, with two fireplaces, seven fans and six infrared heaters. The poolside sitting area is built to be used year-round with a huge 96” fan to cool, for chilly nights there is a wood-burning fireplace enhanced with four overhead infrared heats. Connected to the outdoor living space is a putting green installed with putting cups and spaced at regulation cornhole distance for night play. There is also an enclosed outdoor shower with wood grain tile, black rock and copper plumbing features with a view of the lake, all while remaining private.

WINNER: Titan Custom Builders

Prior to building, the lot was a bare property with a decent amount of fill dirt and rock. The rear of the lot is a FEMA-flood plain that the clients didn’t want utilized. They wanted the outdoor living area to feel like a resort while still being functional. The outdoor living materials tied into the exterior selections of the main home made the overall design cohesive and fluid. Clients were inspired by a trip to Coronado Island, California for the fire ribbon and artificial turf between pavers and playing field. Creating the 110-foot fire ribbon was an engineering challenge that used 11 pieces to work collectively as one gas ribbon. The final result features the 110-foot fire ribbon, spa and pool, water features, playing field of artificial turf, putting green, pool cabana, grill area and a full outdoor kitchen with kegerator, ceiling heaters, fans, fireplay and TV.

WINNER: Kingswood Custom Homes Best Landscaping-More than $20K

Incorporating the outdoor living concept into landscape design was critical. Many local flowers and plants were used to create variety using color, different textures, sizes and natural elements such as wood, rocks and boulders. For contrast and depth, black Mexican pebbles, white marble rocks and lush green Bermuda grass were accented with beautiful lime hydrangeas. The rocks were used to define the perimeter of the silver travertine decking, putting green and pool. Incorporated into the landscape are two white sandy beach areas acting as recreational access to the lake with a docking station for personal watercraft, a firepit by the lake, and a reclaimed log bench from a 1940s cotton mill and kayak racks.

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Best Outdoor Living Project – More Than $500K

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Conditions included a very tight and restrictive building envelope on site of a demolished 1400-square-foot ranch home that bumped up against a rear setback. Objectives included creating a master suite with views over the pool and to the water and access to pool deck, folding doors flanking the fireplace open wall for indoor/outdoor living, commercial appliances in outdoor kitchen including a refrigerator and icemaker and a stone fireplace with an outdoor TV. Within setbacks and building envelope, a masterful design combines indoor and outdoor living complete with kitchen and expansive silver travertine decked pool and a cozy covered area for living and dining, all accessible from the master suite.

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Best Bath Renovation-$20-$50K

This bathroom reno project had water damage related to Hurricane Michael, in addition to needing an update. Clients wanted to keep original location of plumbing fixtures while updating function and flow. Other objectives included maximizing shower space and improving lighting and storage areas. The subflooring was inadequate for tile manufacturer specs, which was addressed. The end result was an updated space with increased storage, improved lighting and modern and clean fixtures and finishes.

WINNER: Andrew Roby Best Bath Renovation-More Than $50K

The conditions and obstacles for this renovation included wasted “entry” space, narrow space/floor plan, cantilevering the tub to create a floating look while maintaining sufficient strength, and a bay window and ceiling above adding some spatial difficulties. An outdated master bathroom was transformed into an organic-inspired getaway, increasing the square footage and creating a “floating” appearance with the cabinetry and tub surround opening the space. The level entry to shower with heated floors added to a comfortable transition.

WINNER: Omina CG and Starr Miller Best Kitchen Renovation-$50-$100K

The original kitchen was dark and closed off from the existing dining and living room and did not take advantage of the lake views. A spiral staircase leading to a loft took up valuable floor space. The clients wanted to breathe life back into a dark outdated lakeside home by removing a loft and walls surrounding the kitchen, exposing lake views, brightening the spaces and connecting the inside to the outside spaces.


WINNER: Alair Homes of Lake Norman Best Kitchen Renovation-More Than $100K

This dark and dated kitchen with a lack of storage needed updating to match the clients’ more modern aesthetic. Clients required additional lighting, a reverse osmosis system along with a 36” refrigerator and a 24” freezer. In addition, clients wanted timeless finishes that were highly durable. Obstacles included needing to create a customized sink base cabinet to accommodate the reverse osmosis system and addressing the floor to withstand the extra weight of the refrigerator. Heavy, traditional cabinets were replaced with bright white cabinets as well as fresh, durable contemporary materials. Lighting was added along with streamlined stainless-steel appliances to complete the space.

WINNER: Alan Simonini Homes Best Renovation of an Existing Home-$76-$175K

Conditions and objectives included turning an unconditioned attic space with no natural light into a guest suite suitable for grandchildren and guests. The clients requested natural light and a space that was private yet still felt like part of the rest of the home. The space also needed to double as an office area when not utilized by guests. Some obstacles included egress lights to meet code in the bedroom. In addition, in order to meet HOA requirements, there needed to be an access point to the third level off the driveway with scaffold stairs to avoid impact to the home and neighborhood. The final renovation resulted in an open and inviting space with lots of natural light that can be adjusted by automated shades and skylight system. The renovation included the addition of a full bath, two built-in beds, and separate niches for a living/office area.

WINNER: Andrew Roby


WINNER: Lakemist Homes Best New Home Construction-$500-$749K

The clients were looking to build a Davidson home for large family get-togethers, with functional use of space with room to grow in the future while maximizing both indoor and outdoor space on a budget. They wanted a master-up urban farmhouse with minimalist design. Some obstacles were the atypical lot configuration, challenging garage placement due to slope of lot and setback requirements, coupled with clients’ time constraints. Site configuration, grading as well as budget required an innovative approach to designing the dream home for this young family. With room to grow, thoughtful upgrades and maximum functionality, the 3,446 square-foot farmhouse captured the client’s requests with eye-catching detail and expansive outdoor living space.

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Project objectives included creating an open-floor plan emphasizing first floor living, while being a highly energy-efficient home utilizing the most current building methodology with a farmhouse aesthetic. A maintenance-free exterior was also a must. The sloped lot had some drainage obstacles, which were overcome by extensive grading and basement design. This project offered numerous opportunities for owners’ comfort. This Energy Star home has design features such as a modern farmhouse exterior with a clean interior finished area, high-end trim, granite, marble and field-finished hardwoods.

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WINNER: Arthur Rutenberg Homes-Monterey Bay of Charlotte 49 This traditional craftsman-style home features efficient use of space, master on the main, and a sophisticated urban style open concept. The clients also required a large bonus room and great outdoor area. A few obstacles encountered were a small lot footprint, use of high-end finishes, and a thoughtful mixture of materials, such as painted and stained vault beams and parquet inlaid floor while considering client budget. The open 3,589-square-foot home easily accommodates gatherings and features details such as unique trey ceilings, exposed beams, large windows, and a pocket slider to the covered patio. The bonus room with wet bar provides a casual entertaining space.

WINNER: Arthur Rutenberg Homes-Monterey Bay of Charlotte Best New Home Construction-$1M-$2M

Situated on 10 acres of farmland, clients wanted a modern Mediterranean estate combined with a traditional farmhouse. Guidelines included a pool, spa, artist studio, open floor plan, office spaces, separate master suites and marble throughout the entire home. This custom-designed modern home is situated in Mooresville and is surrounded by nature. The design includes a traditional farmhouse mixed with contemporary elements, creating an eclectic yet elegant countryside estate overall.

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The clients desired a high-quality home that could be passed down from generation to generation, with livable spaces to entertain family, friends and colleagues. Before building, the lot had a decent amount of fill dirt and rock. The rear of the lot is in a FEMA flood plain, which needed to be considered in the design process. Once the rock was removed, the build site could be achieved. This 17,445-square-foot home has a soft palette paired with the warmth of stained hardwood floors and walnut ceilings, complementary lighting, and custom cabinetry.

WINNER: Kingswood Custom Homes Best Custom Waterfront Construction - $500-$749K

The clients wanted a majority of rooms to have water views. Other requests were an open floor plan with an easy flow between kitchen, dining and living area for entertaining, highly energy-efficient home, and a maintenance-free exterior utilizing Hardi façade and stone. With the help of a large incline on the front of the property, the home was pushed farther back onto the lot to ease the transition and give the owners the grand appearance they desired while maximizing lake views.

WINNER: Lakemist Homes Best Custom Waterfront Home - $750-$999K

The clients specifically wanted a highly-efficient home while capturing lake views from every part of the home. This project required demo of the existing home and basement. The lot was on a slope that made it difficult to position for maximum views and living space. The waterfront home is now custom-built with open channel views and includes stone and stucco exterior, a pool and spa and a first-floor master suite.

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This build was designed between the builder and a local certified professional building designer to create a warm, modern, functional home to meet today’s technology standards. The symmetrical interior is open and flows to maximize entertaining while still including private retreats with loads of amenities, which capture views of the water. Features include: • A 24-foot wall of glass in front entrance • Custom-designed and fabricated 19-foot Linela fireplace • Steel beams that were extracted from a local cotton mill built in the 1940s • Two massive slabs of live poplar wood installed as floating hearth and bench at fireplace • Custom cabinetry throughout • Basement has a 24-foot automatic sliding door • The entire home uses smart technology inside and out

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The builder, architect and other design partners of this home studied Mediterranean form and materials for inspiration.

itting majestically at more than 17,000 square feet is a Davidson home with 5 bedrooms, 7 full bathrooms and 3 half baths. The clients wanted a home that they could enjoy with family and friends now, and that will also stand the test of time to be passed down for generations. The result is a stunning showpiece that took the “Best in Show” award at the Lake Norman Homebuilders Association’s 2019 Best of the Lake Design Competition.




Curved glass is just one of the many unique design features in the home.

The pulse of a home

The process between architect, builder, and clients was very collaborative during the two-year build. Originally a bare site, the house rests on the lot’s natural ridgeline, establishing an ideal distance from the street and ensuring an elegant approach. Harry Schrader of Schrader

Design Inc., who served as the architect for the project, says “When given such a significant project to design, it is very important to create varied experiences for the homeowner to enjoy; from grand to intimate spaces that establish the pulse of the house.” In regard to the style of the house, Schrader says, “In this case where the scale of the home is so significant, we called upon some west coast

winery vernacular to lead us into a study of Mediterranean form and materials.” Brian Hedgepeth, managing partner of Kingswood Homes, whose team built the home, says, “When I find myself thinking about this project, I gravitate toward so many areas … the grand salon, billiard room, and the front entry area are amazing. The architectural details, curved glass, and trim moldings are spectacular, too.”

A dramatic design

“One of the biggest challenges from a contractor standpoint was the wine cellar’s radius wall. All elements had to embody the wall including the wood paneling and racking,” says Hedgepeth. Schrader agrees. “Creating a wine room that married the needs of dramatic presentation

with storage was a challenge of the design,” he says. “As Brian mentioned, we saw it as a unique opportunity to wrap the room around the radius stair and incorporate a curved wall as the focal point of the space.”

“When given such a significant project to design, it is very important to create varied experiences for the homeowner to enjoy; from grand to intimate spaces that establish the pulse of the house.”

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From the curved wall of the wine cellar, to the white oak flooring with custom oil finish, to bathroom marble mosaic tile, to the walnut ceilings custom built by Envision Millwork, the home is all about the details. Grace Thomas, the interior designer, developed a soft color palette that exudes understated elegance. On such a large-scale project it is easy to rely on the sophistication of the architectural details, but Thomas introduced accents into the design that make both the casual and formal areas an approachable place to gather, and live.

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A “Groovy” Austrian Wine

Try the Grüner Veltliner with North Harbor Club’s Crabcakes



Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s signature white grape.


ustrian wines are little known and you don’t come across them that often. That’s a pity because they are great wines and, more important, great values. I’ve been very much into Austrian wines recently—I’ve been putting together a book on them for friends who are taking a river cruise through Austrian wine country. A cruise like that is definitely something on my bucket list. The book, of course, required many a wine-tasting session. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find an Austrian wine on the wine list at the North Harbor Club in Davidson when a group of us got together for dinner. It was a Grüner Veltliner from the Kamptal region of Austria. Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s signature white grape. This wine kind of reinforces my

comment about Austrian wines in general. First, it’s a German name and that puts off most Americans because they may get embarrassed trying to pronounce it. Second, it has an accent over the letter “u” which just amplifies the putting off. For this particular wine my wife, Mary Ellen, and I simplify things. Whenever we order a bottle, we ask for a bottle of “groovy” wine—“groovy,” as in GruVee. Apart from simplifying things, it gives our wine server a chuckle. As is normal at a restaurant, I generally pick out a wine and then look for a dish that plays well with it. In this case the Grüner Veltliner definitely made me feel crabby. Not in any emotional sense of feeling annoyed, irritable and bad tempered. Crabby, in that I immediately went for North

Harbor Club’s crab cakes. What makes Grüner Veltliner wine unique is its signature vein of acidity that explodes in your mouth. There are all kinds of fruit flavors that go along with the acidity—lime, lemon and grapefruit. But it was the wine’s acidity that made me feel crabby. Along with the rich crab meat, the dish had some fried green tomatoes, fennel slaw and chipotle tartar. The richness of the dish seemed, to me, tailor made for Grüner Veltliner’s intense acidity. Grüner Veltliner is crisp and a perfect palate cleanser for rich and richly flavored foods. Far from having an irritable and unpleasant disposition, I was a very happy camper. To me, the North Harbor Club is like an old friend. Dining there takes me back to the days when my wife and I first moved

to the lake about a quarter of a century ago—although it seems like just yesterday. I vividly recall sitting outside on North Harbor Club’s patio, having lunch and a glass of wine. Apart from enjoying lunch and watching the world go by, I was mesmerized by the comings and goings of boats. The whole atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. I distinctly remember thinking that Lake Norman was a great location decision. Some 25 years later, I feel even more strongly. And a glass of groovy wine certainly helps. North Harbor Club 100 N Harbor Pl, Davidson, NC 28036

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CURRENTS’ annual Wellness issue will introduce our readers to the top medical professionals in the Lake Norman area with the publication of our Profiles in Medicine special advertising section. The prominent doctors who are invited to be a part of this elite group will share their profiles, ideas and wisdom with our readers. Profile in Medicine


CURRENTS’ April 2020 issue will introduce our readers to the top dental professionals in the Lake Norman area with the publication of our Profiles in Dentistry special advertising section. The dentists who are invited to contribute will share their philosophy and dental practices with our readers.


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Norman/Charlotte region’s primary health care largest and fastest-g for infants rowing and all children with independently owned up-to-date family vaccines as recomm medicine practice. Founded ended in by the American Academ 2001 to provide patients y of all of Pediatrics. Gynecology ages a more favorable health services are available care experience, Davidson as well, including annual Pap Family Medicine makes smears certain and innovative contrace the patient always comes ptive manage ment such as first. Nexplanon and the Here, phone calls are latest in IUDs such as Skyla, personally answered, Kyleena, and Mirena. and a warm reception is Davidson Family Medicin guaranteed. During patient e strives to be available visits, clinicians listen when carefully patients have urgent and perform examina illnesses tions and injuries by being in a relaxed and unhurrie open d evenings and Saturday atmosphere. Because s. This the allows patients practice is independ to avoid costly, ent and unfamiliar urgent care not owned by a large centers hospital or drug store exam system or corporate rooms. giant, On-site X-Rays and clinicians are motivate immediate d to blood test results with provide a more personal the ized recent expansion of experience. Online reviews its on-site of laboratory are also provided the practice on Google . and Our community and Healthgrades are impressi its ve, citizens are importan as patients consiste t to ntly praise the practice’s clinicians the staff and clinicians , as for you’ll regularly find their relationship building, them volunteering at area professionalism and schools, wisdom. charities and churches In addition, the managem . These ent clinicians have also of Davidson Family Medicine been the health care provider feels it is important to s for the partner Davidson College Student with you and your insuranc e Health Center since carrier by being “in-netw 2001. ork” For those in the commun with BCBSNC, Cigna, ity United who are not insured, Healthcare and others. the Your practice strives to make healthcare dollar stretches health care costs affordab further here when compare le. d to Dr. Patricia White costly hospital-owned founded the practices North Carolina chapter of the that charge higher visit, lab and Albert Schweitzer Fellowsh facility fees. ip, which works to reduce The clinicians at Davidson healthcare disparitie Family Medicine are s in our all boardcommunities, Dr. Stephan certified, rigorously trained, ie and Sittler is Medical chosen for their professio Director of nal Mooresville’s HealthRe acumen and interpers ach onal Free Clinic and Dr. Craig skills. Because the practice White co-founded Ada Jenkins’ is a Patient-Centered Medical Free Clinic of Our Towns Home, clinicians can in provide Davidson.

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by Michele Huggins Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day on Jan. 24 with a beer brewed with the childhood food staple.





ational Peanut Butter Day is January 24. For many, a peanut-butterand-jelly sandwich was a childhood favorite, and the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a taste sensation in many desserts. But when you think of beer, peanut butter isn’t the flavor you expect. Two Lake Norman breweries are out to change your mind with their creations that use peanut butter as part of the brewing process.

flavor as his inspiration for the porter. Made with 100 pounds of dried peanut butter per 10-barrel batch, the beer has a nutty flavor and silky, soft body from the oil in the peanut butter, Glidden says.

at Ass Clown Brewing Co. Once the flavors are pulled from grains, a local farmer takes the grains as feed for livestock on the farm, including the protein-rich grains of the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter.

D9 Brewing Company: Superstitious Pigeon

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D9 Brewing Company’s Superstitious Pigeon 7.1% (5.3 percent ABV) is the brainchild of D9 brewmaster Levi Duncan, and founders Ass Clown Brewing Aaron Burton and Andrew “We usually carbonate a Co.: Dark Chocolate Durstewitz. Part of the batch and have it on nitro Peanut Butter Porter too.” Carbonation can hide the 2019 Wild Things series, Ass Clown Brewing Co.’s flavor of beer, he says, whereas Superstitious Pigeon is a smallDark Chocolate Peanut Butter batch sour ale brewed with the nitro adds a nice silky feel Porter is a rich brew (7.2 peanut butter and raspberries, that keeps flavors intact. percent ABV, or Alcohol by and tastes like a peanutA new batch of Dark Volume) that tastes like a darkbutter-and-jelly sandwich with Chocolate Peanut Butter chocolate-peanut-butter cup, Porter is due out near the end a sweet hint of raspberry jam. and is the creation of owner of January and will be available “It was a one-off thing,” and brewmaster Matt Glidden. in cans, on draft and nitro at Duncan says. “We used bread Glidden admits his love for Ass Clown Brewing Co. yeast as an ingredient to give chocolate and peanut butter, A side note: Local farms also a bready aroma and flavor, and his desire to “liquify” the benefit from the beers brewed and we used real dried peanut

butter.” Raspberries were added during the brewing process to give a raspberry jam flavor and subtle sweetness, he says.


“We used a couple hundred pounds of dried peanut butter per batch, so the peanut butter flavor really comes through.” D9’s IQ (Ideation Quality) team, comprised of Duncan, Burton and Durstewitz, is inspired to create beers that mimic food and are made with food ingredients. One of its more recent batches is Defying Gravity (14 percent ABV) that is made of blue sweet potatoes and has a bluish-green color. Find it and Superstitious Pigeon at D9 Brewing Co.

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Ingredients


1 package (12) sliced cheese of your choice Enough parchment paper to line baking sheet 1 cup finely chopped kale leaves no stalks 1 small avocado, diced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons crushed pistachios pomegranate seeds to garnish 4 large responsibly-laid eggs, scrambled 2 cups spinach leaves, wilted and chopped 4 pieces no nitrate bacon (turkey bacon is great), cooked and chopped salsa to serve and garnish

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Apple pie 2 organic apples, sliced thin 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup cranberries honey or coconut sugar to sweeten Purely Elizabeth walnut granola for garnish

Instructions Rockin’ Tacos for the New Year

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A new year, a new beginning, and a new twist on an old favorite. After all who can resist a crunchy flavor filled cheese envelope that serves as a vehicle for transporting a selection of delectable fillings? Naturally gluten-free and chock full of protein and calcium, this taco is bodyhuggable food. Give these delicious filling options a whirl and they will not only see you through from breakfast to dessert but can provide inspiration for your own imaginative flavor options.

To make the tacos, place slices of cheese in a single layer not touching on a sheet of parchment paper and preheat oven to 375F. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Remove, pat dry, and fold diagonally in half and place upside down to keep the shape. For the green filling mix avocado, kale, lemon juice, olive oil, pistachios and pomegranate seeds together and layer into the bottom of the tacos and serve. Layer egg in the bottom of taco and then bacon and spinach and garnish with salsa. For the apple pie, sauté apples and cranberries in butter and sugar to sweeten until softened and layer in bottom of tacos and sprinkle with granola to serve. Serve all room temperature. Serves 4-6.


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There are plenty of seafood dishes on the menu at The Lost Cajun.


uthentic Cajun food. From a franchise. In Greenville, S.C. Steve Galloway was skeptical. Yes, the news of the newly opened The Lost Cajun restaurant was coming from his brother, Joe, with whom he had shared a childhood in Louisiana. Galloway, though, is safely referred to as a Cajun food snob after essentially growing up in Creole kitchens, starting in “mom-and-pop po’boy shops in the back of gas stations.” He and his wife, Rebecca, even first met as college students while both worked at Judge Roy Bean’s, a Cajun restaurant in Lafayette. So when he said “somebody knows what they’re doing here” after stacking the restaurant’s gumbos and etouffee against his

own, Galloway was getting more than just a taste of home. He was starting to grow an appetite for more.

From donuts to beignets When the trip to his brother’s happened five years ago, Galloway’s professional life had long since taken him away from his Cajun roots. Throughout his decades-long career he’s worked as a consultant and executive, mainly within the food services industry. He, Rebecca and the rest of their family had lived in Connecticut and were roughly halfway through a nine-year stretch in Florida, where Galloway was part owner of a 25-store Dunkin Donuts


franchise group. Adding a Cajun restaurant to his portfolio, says Galloway, was intriguing. So he called The Lost Cajun’s owner, Raymond Griffin. “I’m a Cajun boy living in Florida and I’m interested in doing something like this,” Galloway told him. The two met, became friends, and agreed to expand into the Florida market. A merger involving his Dunkin Donuts group led to a delay, however, and the Galloways soon hopped on another opportunity with the donut franchise in the Winston-Salem area. After moving to the area and getting that investment settled last year, Galloway called Griffin and let him know he was ready to proceed. He purchased the rights to The Lost Cajun in


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western North Carolina. The chain, first started in Colorado (Griffin, apparently, was way off course), was started in 2010, giving Galloway an opportunity to work with a brand that is closer to a startup than his more-established portfolio of national chains. “Part of the attraction to me is to share my learnings of my 30-year career with this concept and these people and help us grow,” said Galloway. “It’s an exciting time for me.”

The Lost Cajun’s location is tucked away near the fountains at Northcross Village, which was ideal mainly because it was available. It’s a similar profile to their Burlington location, which opened roughly 60 days before their restaurant here – hardware store, large parking lot, good area, etc. And while its lack of visibility may prove to be a detriment, The Galloways have plans for a food trailer, which will help with signage. As will the indoor and exterior décor, which the two say is a deliberate mix between “a Cajun fish camp and a New Orleans-style bistro.” Of course, word of mouth has been key. And though some may be skeptical to hear about a new authentic Cajun restaurant, from


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Franchise owners Steve and Rebecca Galloway met while working at a Cajun restaurant in Louisiana.

a chain, in Huntersville, the feedback the two have gotten from misplaced Cajuns who have found their way to their restaurant – whether it’s for the light, buttery Catfish-toufee, the hearty gumbos and boudin balls, or the zydeco music – proves The Lost Cajun has found a home in Huntersville. “The culture is a big part of what we do, and it’s unique,” says Galloway. “Having lived there and growing up there and having it in my DNA, it’s a lot of fun for us to share that with people.” The Lost Cajun 9709-A Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, NC

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The “Norwegians” opens at Warehouse PAC on Jan. 9.

Sleeping Beauty (Jan. 24-Feb. 2) Wicked Godmothers, good Godmothers, kings, clowns and magic collide in this fairytale performance by Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sun., 1 p.m. General admission is $10. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson.


Davidson College Concert Series: The Steve Sandberg Quartet (Jan. 18) Three-time Emmy-award nominated pianist and composer Steve Sandberg blends classical, world music and jazz with his own eclectic musical stylings. 7:30-9 p.m. $5-$20. Tickets available at the Union Box Office by calling 704.894.2135. Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall, Davidson College.

Davidson College Jazz Ensemble Featuring Kyle Athayde (Jan. 24) Big band leader, composer and vibraphone performer Kyle Athayde joins the Jazz Ensemble. 7:30-9 p.m. $5-$15. Tickets available at the Union Box Office by calling 704.894.2135. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College. www.davidson. edu.


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Date Night Bear Metric Century Ride (Jan. 11) Ride 50k or 100k during this annual Rocky River Road Club tradition that benefits Ada Jenkins Community Center. 10 a.m. $30 per person with pre-registration (minors ride free with parent), $35 starting Jan. 8-11. Ingersoll Rand Campus, Davidson. Snowfest (Jan. 18) Bundle up and bring your sled, toboggan or tube and get ready for an afternoon of winter fun. Hot chocolate, warm donuts and also s’mores vendors, plus the Roaming Fork food truck will be on site. Snow is guaranteed! 4-7 p.m. Free. Richard Barry Memorial Park, 13707 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.


animals, created by local artists Tyler Helfrich, Susan Lawson and Valerie Phillips. Meet the artists and curator at the closing reception on Friday, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30pm. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-noon. 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. www. Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 148 N. Main St., Mooresville, 704.662.7154, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s,

Family Fun 704.664.5022. www. Mooresville Arts Gallery Featured Artist Show (Through January 9) See ceramics, paintings and photography by local artists. TueFri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mooresville Train Depot, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville, The Van Every/Smith Galleries Various exhibits. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; SatSun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main St., Davidson.


Davidson College Men’s Basketball Another action-packed season of Wildcat Basketball. Saint Joseph’s (Jan. 11, 2:30 p.m.), Richmond (Jan. 14, 7 p.m.), Saint Louis (Jan.

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The Norwegians (Jan. 9-Feb. 1) Laugh away past heartbreaks at this comedy about women scorned and the nice hit men they hire to whack their ex-boyfriends. 2 and 8 p.m. performances. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Drive, Cornelius. $20-$25.

CURRENTS Events Crimes of the Heart (Jan. 10-26) In this 1981 Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, three sisters—one unmarried, one a failed singer, one out on bail for shooting her husband— gather awaiting news on their dying grandfather. Their troubles, which are all grave but somehow comical, are highlighted by the other colorful characters in Hazelhurst, Miss. Fri and Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m. See website for ticket prices. The Green Room Community Theatre, 10 S. Main Avenue, Newton, www.


Story Time with Holly Becker at Main Street Books in Davidson on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. This picture book author will discuss the inspiration behind her book, Bedhead: A Hair-raising Adventure.


Cornelius Arts Center Horses of a Different Color (Through Jan. 17) See vibrant paintings of beloved

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Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is Already Prevalent in My Home by Renee Roberson | photography by Renee Roberson



lassic blue. When I first saw the announcement about the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year, I shrugged a little. After all, the colors selected for the previous two years, coral and violet, didn’t really integrate themselves into my life much. I normally go for neutral colors in my home and in my wardrobe, so I remember looking at a few magazine articles about the colors and then moving on. But my mind kept wandering back to this classic blue. I’ve always considered blue to be a calming color—it reminds me of one of my favorite places to be, the ocean, and it evokes a sense of familiarity that resonates with me. One of our sales reps forwarded me a newsletter featuring the topic and it mentioned that this classic blue “highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation.” Yeah, that

would be me alright. I started wondering if I should brainstorm a few ways to incorporate this classic blue into our home when a thought hit me that I may have been “on trend” for a change. I wandered through the different rooms in my home. First stop, the master bedroom. A few months ago, I purchased a set of white sheets with classic blue designs on them to go along with a fluffy white comforter and a blue and red throw pillows. Check. I also fell in love with an area rug for the same bedroom with various swirling shades of blues. Check. Next, upstairs. My teenage son has a classic blue comforter and a matching lampshade, along with red accent furniture. Of course, teenage boys don’t have much use for design elements but as long as it’s comfortable, he’ll take it, so that was mostly my decision.

On to the loft, which is one of my favorite places to let in the natural sunlight and curl up with a good book. On the comfy sectional are a few different accent pillows featuring, once again, classic blue. Next, I headed to the bonus room, where I found another throw rug in the classic blue color. The official Pantone website

had this to say about Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue: As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Nonaggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced. I came to the conclusion that I’m drawn to this color because it’s soothing, most of the walls in my house are neutral (think grey, pastels or off-white) and this is a great option for mixing in a pop of color. I find it interesting that I mostly found this color in places where my family is seeking out refuge and relaxation, and I’m eager to find more complementary pieces now.

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