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from Where I Sit

The magazine by and for the people who call Lake Norman home

Pleased to Meet You

Publisher MacAdam Smith Mac@LNCurrents.com

TELLING STORIES IS KIND OF MY THING Advertising Director

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n 2009 I was sitting in the offices of Charlotte Parent, where I was an associate editor, chatting with a co-worker I shared responsibilities with. As a parttime employee, I was always looking for writing gigs to supplement my income. This co-worker told me about a new magazine that had just launched called Lake Norman CURRENTS. The magazine was looking for freelance writers, and my co-worker was working on a few assignments. A few months later, as I was deep into training for a half marathon, I thought about this magazine again. The owner of the personal training company had a very unique story about how she overcame adversity to become an award-winning athlete, and I wondered if I could tie her story into the training I was doing in the Lake Norman area. I pitched the article idea to editor Lori Tate, and she quickly accepted it and helped me shape it into a story I was proud to share with family and friends. I was excited to add it to my portfolio, and it gave me the courage to pitch more articles. I’ve been writing for this magazine in some way, shape or form ever

since, so you can imagine how excited I am to now work for CURRENTS as the new editor. Over the years, I’ve interviewed amazing community leaders and educators, authors, inspiring teenagers working to make the world a better place, entrepreneurs who believed in themselves and produced innovative products and businesses and restaurant chefs who’ve created dishes and drinks to please almost every palate. I even took a belly dancing class once at the Lake Norman YMCA and then wrote about the experience. I’ve met service animals with gigantic personalities, and once hung out with a dog who was bigger than me in height and weight. I’ve also interviewed a few people who are no longer with us, and that’s difficult to process

sometimes. These stories have all had one thing in common. They’ve featured places and residents of this place I’ve called home since 2003. Here’s the thing. I believe everyone has a story to tell. This is mine. I came from very humble beginnings. So humble that my family moved multiple times throughout my childhood, so I never really had a permanent home. We also rarely had the opportunity to take family vacations. But I was always a dreamer who wanted to be a writer. It wasn’t always easy, but I figured out a way to make it happen. I went to a small liberal arts college in the mountains of North Carolina, and I found my way into the offices of the campus newspaper. I also had a Pulitzer-prize winning journalism professor who wasn’t afraid to tell me when my work wasn’t up to speed. Every day I wake up and feel so blessed to live in this wonderful community with my family and have the opportunity to tell other people’s stories and build upon my own. I’d love to tell yours.

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Holly Hall Becker Trevor Burton Elizabeth Watson Chaney Aaron Garcia Eleanor Merrell Rosie Molinary Lauren Ragsdale Mike Savicki

Contributing Photographers 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.

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Contents August vol. 13 No. 8

24  It’s About Time

Kate Compton Barr balances family and work

28  Thoughts from the Man Cave Mike Savicki says there’s still time to enjoy summer

32  Best of the

Lake Current Award Winners We asked and you voted for these hot spots

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76  Out + About Dance Party with IMUSINATION

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

80  Renee Wants to Know

Editor Renee Roberson and her pup try the self wash stations at Tazzy & Boo

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About the Cover: Art Direction by Kerrie Boys

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Movers, shakers and more at the lake

17  Denver family business puts the pizazz in parties

18  For the Long Run — Spirited Cyclist advocates for wellness across the lifespan

19  Smart Mouth Life podcast celebrates strong women

20  Live Like a Native — Cool off with a sweet treat

21  Bet You Didn’t Know — Letters

30 T  rends + Style

Get inspired with schoolthemed delights

home from Davidson College in the early 1900s

23  Author Mark Warren pens literary journey of Wyatt Earp

Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

55  Dwellings

St. Alban’s home gets a modern restyle

48 G  ame On

Team Penske SportsCar Driver Dane Cameron

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

70  Wine Time

The perfect marriage of French onion soup and wine at Epic

72  On Tap

Local craft brewers sponsor construction of new homes

73  In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

Slow-Roasted Summer Tomatoes and Herbs

74 N  ibbles + Bites

Verde is the perfect spot for an adventurous first date

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channelMarkers Movers, Shakers, Style, Shopping, Trends, Happenings and More at Lake Norman VIParties owners Damien and Michelle Harding.

Not Your Average Birthday Clowns Denver family knows how to party



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One of the tea parties offered at VIParties.

kids. VIParties offers all age groups and genders fetes such as Magic Mirror, which will print out a personalized selfie of guests for them to take home, Mommy Time, where moms get a day out and belt/yell out their favorite Madonna hits, and genuine Tea parties, which provides each guest with a unique party hat and beautiful gloves, bringing a smile to every kid’s face. “There is nothing around here like this for the kids,” Michelle recalls on some of the feedback she hears from parents. The event space is located in Denver, but Michelle says there are also quite a number of the party packages available for travel across the Lake Norman area. — Lauren Ragsdale, Photography by Leigh Ann Gibson

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here are many reasons the mention of “party planning” makes people cringe—for example, wondering if teenagers really need party favors, or trying to figure out at what age kids are done with bounce house celebrations. Denver residents Michelle and Damien Harding saw a need for this type of business and created family-run VIParties with party packages ranging from toddlers to grown adults (because who doesn’t love karaoke?) The inspiration blossomed from the two running into the same problems all parents have: is it possible to throw kids’ birthday parties in ways that don’t result in the guests all on their phones 30 minutes into the party? The couple’s three children, Bailee, Joshua, and Jared, all are able to add their many unique talents to bridge the generation gap between parents and their


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For the Long Run

Age is Not a Factor

Spirited Cyclist advocates for wellness across the lifespan

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Kids can test out balance bikes at Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville on Fridays.

Spirited Cyclist believes cyclists of all ages can enjoy the sport.

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healthy lifestyle can begin at any age. That’s the belief of the Spirited Cyclist, a retail shop with locations in Davidson and Huntersville, whose owners have been passionate about educating and assisting the community with health and wellness for more than 10 years. The shop’s owners, John Finney and James Good, are passionate about community advocacy. According to Cathy Mathews, their Marketing and Advocacy Coordinator, the Spirited Cyclist is “trying to show how a bicycle can change a person’s life,” and they’re adamant that age needn’t be a factor.

You’ll find them setting an example for the youngest in the Lake Norman area, camping out in front of Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville every Friday with a group of balance bikes (a lightweight bike with no pedals and a low center of gravity). These bikes are suitable for kids as young as 18 months, and they work extremely well for teaching little ones how to gain a sense of balance. This coming fall they’ll begin partnering with Bailey Middle School and The Specialized Foundation in a program called “Riding for Focus.” The initiative uses a cyclingbased curriculum to improve

concentration in children with ADHD. “When you are on a bike and learning skills, you do have to be one with your bike and be focused,” says Mathews. The shops will provide tuneups and mechanical support to maintain the bikes in good condition. On the other end of the age continuum, Finney and Good also look for opportunities to encourage older adults to enjoy cycling. “We try to show people who are not in the best physical condition that they can participate in cycling by riding a pedal assist bike,” explains Mathews. Also known as E-bikes, pedal assist bikes have batteries on them.

They still require pedaling, but if a rider is struggling with increased resistance on a hill, for example, he or she can get a boost of extra energy with the push of a button. Their next charity ride, “The Lake Norman Fondo,” will be held on Aug. 18 at the Davidson Village Green. A $40 entrance fee includes after-ride food and festivities, and the profits all go to local charities. — Elizabeth Watson Chaney, Photography provided by LaJuan Bowen/Spirited Cyclist 

Learn about more cycling opportunities by visiting Spirited Cyclist on Facebook or at www.spiritedcyclist.com.


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The Gift of Gab Smart Mouth Life podcast celebrates strong women

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Scott, a Charlotte resident, both remember being told as children to “watch your smart mouth. It will get you in trouble.” Through the podcast they celebrate that sass and fearlessness, never shying away from topics important and relevant to their female following. Discussions have ranged from women’s access to healthcare, sexual assault, women in politics to parenting, beauty products and self-care. Sutherland says the podcast is person-driven but also topic driven as they try to tackle timely topics. A recent episode focused on the R. Kelly scandal and surviving sexual abuse. “Some of the guests we know personally, and some are women we know of but would really like to know better and the podcast

Donna Scott and Rachel Sutherland

is a good excuse to do it,” says Sutherland. The outspoken hosts record two episodes a month. Each episode is about 45-50 minutes. Both women work full-time jobs as entrepreneurs. Sutherland is a former journalist at the Charlotte Observer who launched her own public relations company, Rachel Sutherland Communications.

Scott is the owner of Donna Scott Productions, a theatre and arts production company. — Holly Becker, Photography courtesy of Poprock Photography 

Smart Mouth Life can be found on iTunes and Smart Mouth Life social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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hen Rachel Sutherland’s longtime friend, Donna Scott, first approached her about starting a podcast, Sutherland had reservations. Then she pondered the idea a bit more. “The more I thought about it, I thought we are in the position of telling stories of women doing amazing things in our area that no one knows about,” says Sutherland. The two launched Smart Mouth Life in February and describe the podcast as “for women, about women.” They hired Bridget Sullivan as producer. As the podcast’s name suggests, listeners can expect frank conversations with local women. Sutherland, a Mooresville resident, and

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Live Like a Native Summer’s Not Over Yet!

Cool off with a Sweet Treat

Whatever you’re in the mood for, here are a few of our favorite spots around the LKN area:

For a snowcone:

Hershey’s Ice Cream, Cookies N’ Crème also has snoballs, Italian ice, frozen yogurt, freshbaked waffle cones and bowls, and frozen hot chocolate, frappes and smoothies. Visitors can also take their treats and relax with a variety of board games found in the shop.

Pelican’s SnoBalls Whether you like your shaved ice sweet, sour, served with a dollop of whipped cream or two flavors paired and topped with a gummy, this is the place for you with more than 100 flavors to choose from.

••••••••••••••••••• 117 N. Pilot Knob Road, Denver http://cookiesncremenc.com/

••••••••••••••••••• 20832 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius Additional locations: 1410 State Road 16, Denver 430 N. Main Street, Mooresville www.pelicanssnoballs.com

For an Orange Creamsicle Float: Davidson Soda Shop If you want a cold treat in a nostalgic setting, Davidson Soda Shop is your place. Whether you’re ordering dessert after a burger or turkey BLT or simply stopping in to curb your sweet tooth, there are plenty of options with premium shakes, floats, sundaes (try the banana split!) or ice cream sodas.

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Clean Juice Here you’ll find protein smoothies with names such as “The Recovery One,” “The Youthful One,” as well as an assortment of cold pressed juices and acai bowls packed with nutrients found in organic fruit, almond milk and nut butters.

••••••••••••••••••• 605 Jetton Street, Davidson www.cleanjuice.com Additional locations: Birkdale Village 16815 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville 120 Marketplace Avenue, Suite C www.cleanjuice.com

••••••••••••••••••• 104 S. Main Street, Davidson www.davidsonsodashop.com A cherry cola confection with whipped cream at Pelican’s Snoballs.

For when you want fudge instead:

For a sundae to share:

Kilwin’s When everyone in your group wants something different, try Kilwin’s. You’ll find 32 flavors of ice cream (New Orleans Praline Pecan, anyone), chocolatecovered marshmallows, truffles, and mouth-watering fudge. Eat at the shop and take more treats home with you!

Carolina Cones Bring your appetite if you order the Reese’s Boat sundae topped with the famous peanut butter cups or any of the other whipped-cream topped selections. Carolina Cones also has soft-serve ice cream, an assortment of cones, a small carousel for the kids and outdoor seating with play areas. One of the many premium milkshakes at Davidson Soda Shop.

••••••••••••••••••• 20801 N. Main Street, Cornelius www.facebook.com/CarolinaCones-148001058561361

For a taste of history: Mooresville Ice Cream Parlor Serving the popular brand of Front Porch ice cream, this ice cream parlor has been a mainstay in town since 1924. It has everything from root beer floats, malted milkshakes, sherbets, and ice cream bars.

••••••••••••••••••• 186 N. Broad Street, Mooresville http://www.deluxe1924.com

For a frozen hot chocolate: Cookies N’ Crème With more than 60 flavors of

••••••••••••••••••• Birkdale Village 16926 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite A www.kilwins.com

— Compiled by Renee Roberson, Photography by Renee Roberson.


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Bet You Didn’t Know

Letters Home from Davidson College Correspondence from students in the 1900s shows glimpse of student life

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hese days, friends and family are lucky to get any more than a quick text message from their college students on campus, but in the 1900s, correspondence from students was detailed, descriptive, and often contained snippets of wisdom and wit. Below are excerpts from two former Davidson College students reflecting both the female and male perspectives. — Compiled by Renee Roberson, Photography courtesy of Davidson College | Letters excerpted from items found in Archives and Special Collections at Davidson College

From John James Stringfellow, in a letter written on June 28, 1930:

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My Dear Chalmers, I am pleased at receiving your letter and will answer at once. I entered Davidson in the spring of 1857 freshman, half advanced and graduated in 1860. I found Davidson a very quiet place and very orderly students – as for dwelling [or any] ill will between students, I never heard of such, but I did hear reports of the boys teasing the Professors by taking a goat to the roof of the building and tying it to the bell rope which created quite a commotion, but just who played this practical joke was never found out . . .

From Lucy Russell Phillips, daughter of Professor Charles Phillips, circa 1920:


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We’re Just Crazy About THE CREATIVE SPACE AT HEARTS ON FIBER

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earts on Fiber owner and founder Kim Clark wanted to create something unique in the community after the Needlecraft Center in Davidson closed last year. Her vision came to life in the form of an eclectic space on South Village Lane in Davidson. The colorfully-decorated oasis (Clark’s daughter Lily painted the mural that greets visitors) will enable local fiber artists to gather, learn new techniques, or simply be inspired. The inside of the shop is adorned with comfortable couches and cubbies filled with indie-dyed yarns, accessories and tools that will enable group knitting, instruction and fun discussions. Clark hopes the brick and mortar store, along with its online website, will provide fiber crafters and artists a place to find the newest and most unique items of the trade. “I’m passionate about inspiring others,” says Clark. “I think that we all have a bit of an artist in us. We just need to have someone help us see it. There is nothing better in this world to me than helping someone finish a craft or project and being so proud of themselves.” — Renee Roberson, Photography by Renee Roberson

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Hearts on Fiber is located at 208 South Village Lane, Suite A, Davidson. Learn more at www. heartsonfiber.com.

Purchase a curated knitting kit designed to your skill level. Pictured: Tropea Cardigan for $170.

Nevertheless She Knitted tote bag by Nerd Bird, $30

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An American Literary Journey Author Mark Warren Pens Trilogy on the Life of Wyatt Earp

Photo courtesy of Dana Hornbeck of Danah Photography

Author Mark Warren has been researching Wyatt Earp for most of his life.

Wyatt Earp after he was attracted to the man’s personal journey in American history. He’s made many trips out west, attended a seminar on the Earp family in Arizona, and has connected with top researchers who

research process. “I’ve had the advantage of working with material others have compiled. The nonfiction books that are out there cannot be beat. I wanted to inject more in the story than what’s in history books.”

In the first book in the series, Adobe Moon, readers travel with a young Earp as he works on his family’s farm in Iowa and experiences love and loss during his first attempt at starting a family. In the second book, Born to the Badge, Earp earns his reputation in law enforcement, moving to Dodge City and eventually meeting up with the infamous Doc Holliday. In the third book in the trilogy, scheduled for release in October, Promised Land, Earp poses a threat to the murderers, stage robbers and rustlers running rampant on both sides of the U.S.Mexican border, culminating in the historic gunfight behind the O.K. Corral. “I want to help preserve the part of Wyatt Earp’s story that is well worth our respect,” says Warren. “At the same time, I don’t want to portray him as a saint. The other reason for writing these books is what all writers aim for, they really want to move people with phrasing of words. They want to connect with the general public. For me, when I was younger, that was a huge dream. It dawned on me how special authors writing stories was. To be on the other end of that equation is such a great feeling.” — Renee Roberson 

Learn more about Warren’s books at www.wyattearpanamericanodyssey.com.

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have also made it their mission to uncover every fact and myth about Earp. Warren has turned this lifetime of research into an award-winning historical fiction trilogy, Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey. He will visit Main Street Books on Aug. 10 to present a slideshow on the topic, as well as discuss the inspiration behind his trilogy. “I’ve put my time in at the library and research files,” Warren says of his writing and

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uthor Mark Warren estimates he was about 7 years old the first time he picked up a book about American frontiersman Wyatt Earp. “From that moment on, I was hooked,” he says. Warren, an author from Georgia who also runs a school in the southern Appalachians where he teaches nature classes and survival skills of the Cherokee, says he has spent the past 60 years researching the life of


it’s about Time

Mindful Planning

by Rosie Molinary photography by Lisa Crates

Kate Compton Barr prioritizes family and work

Kate Compton Barr prefers paper time management systems to keep herself on track.

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ate Compton Barr’s alarm clock is three years old. “I wake up about six when my daughter announces it is time for the day to begin. She either says, ‘Good morning, Starshine’ which is so sweet, or she wants us to come see something that she has done in her room, which is terrifying,” says Barr, 37, of Davidson. With that rush of adrenaline, Barr balances the morning routine of getting everyone ready with a little time for connection. After walking her children to daycare, she hustles home in hopes of squeezing in a yoga class before she begins her work day as one of the Founders of Pip & Grow, an ethical and sustainable ecofriendly baby product company that focuses on safe sleep. “In my dream world, I would sit down and plan the whole week. Somehow, I am always

reacting to something so I find that if I make a weekly plan, it is demolished by mid-day on Monday. I usually have a running to do list on my phone. I check my email first and see if anything is on fire and, if it is, that goes to the top,” says Barr. With business in Asia and a founding partner who lives across the country, Barr navigates time zones while juggling the wide variety of tasks that make running a company both interesting and intense. To maintain an entrepreneur’s pace while managing and enjoying a young family, Barr, with her husband, Dan, came up with a lens for how to prioritize their time several years ago. “We call it the joy and love paradigm. Does it add more joy to my life? Does it bring more love to my life? If it does not fall into one of those categories, then I am probably not doing

it,” she explains. While that approach has helped create a little more margin in Barr’s life, another strategy has helped her maintain a more positive outlook and prioritize her own well-being. “Every night, Dan and I do what we call our positivity time. We relate something positive about our day, talk about a few things that we are grateful for, tell how we have used a personal strength lately, talk about our goals, share something kind that we did, and practice a little bit of mindfulness. It’s an evidencebased way that caretakers for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia try to take care of themselves so we thought if it was good for those caregivers, it could be for us,” says Barr. The benefits have been so positive that she notices if they have let the practice slip for

even a few days. Though Barr tries to see the gifts in this particular season of life, she also mourns the things she cannot squeeze in right now. “I end up saying no to things that I would love to do and people I would love to get to know better, but just don’t have the space for in the moment. And I hate that. On the other hand, I’ve also been in the place where I said “yes” too much and then didn’t have enough energy for my kids or my work. That balance is so very hard to strike. It’s a certain kind of blessing to have a life that’s so full, but it also comes with its own challenges.”

Time Tellers What is more important to you today than 10 years ago? Family. Paper or electronic time and task management systems? Paper. What tools are essential to managing your life? Google Docs, iCal, Asana and a little notepad and pen next to the bed for the midnight thoughts that won’t leave me alone. What tools are essential to managing your life? My phone and text messaging. What do you wish you had more time for in your life? Reading. The last time I finished a book was right before my daughter was born.


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f you are looking for proof that summer is flying by then look no further than the title of this column. Here’s why. Last month’s issue of CURRENTS was the pet issue and there was a dog on the cover and I missed a golden opportunity to piggyback and include a great dog days column in an issue that was literally full of dogs. But that’s how my summer has been; I still haven’t planted a full vegetable garden let alone write something timely. I feel like I’m a few weeks behind and always missing those amazing summer things that everyone else says are so amazing. So when I saw on the editorial calendar that this month’s issue is the “Best of the Lake” issue I made a promise to myself that I’d do the readers a great service and pack this column full of manly tips, ideas, and suggestions of things to do and places to go that correspond to a “Best of ” issue. I figured I’d play 18 holes on every area golf course then unveil my favorite par 3, 4 and 5. I’d hit every area craft brewery and then unveil my favorite IPA, sour, seasonal, and ale. I’d yard test different battery powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers then share my favorite. And I’d hit every local outdoor concert venue then share a definitive “Can’t Miss” list. But because summer is flying by and I’m still stuck in spring cleaning and preplanting garden preparation I did none of those things so I have nothing to share. Were it not for a sound I heard outside my window the other evening this column would finish right here. It was a

sound I hadn’t heard in a long while and when I heard it, my mind went back in time. It was sharp and rhythmic. It was the sound of cowhide hitting leather paired with happy voices. So I rolled out onto the deck and had a look and listen. What I saw was exactly what I had hoped it would be. Friends in our neighbor’s yard were playing catch. With a baseball and two gloves. That kind of catch. It was two adults and a handful of kids. No competition, no uniforms, no scoreboard. I think the adults had beers. Good for them. And when the adults threw knuckle balls, the kids missed them and the balls went into the lake. It was perfect. With all due respect to the reader, seeing the laughter and joy that came with that simple game got me wondering why I was in such desperate haste to seek out the seemingly most important who-knows-what’s. Why all the research, racing, rushing and note taking? Sure, there are definitely some best of “Best of ’s” worth noting but maybe, just maybe, some of the best “Best of ’s” are those bests we create right in our own yards after that hot afternoon thunderstorms end, under the setting sun, when the moon illuminates the darkness, or even on the other end of the day before the morning sun brings its heat up over the still sleepy horizon. See where I’m going? So here’s what I’m doing this month. I’m not going to complain that the days are now getting shorter; I’m going to embrace and enjoy dusk. We still have a pile of split, seasoned wood left over from

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fires we never had this past winter so I’m going to have a bonfire. Marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers taste great in summer, too. The next jar of pickles we finish I’m saving the jar and catching fireflies. I’m going to seek out neighborhood pools and take advantage of those precious 15 minutes labeled “adult swim.” I’m going to read a book in a hammock under the shade of a tree. Maybe I’ll even fall asleep. I’m going to join the neighborhood kids and ride bikes in the cul-de-sac. I’m going to eat a good bit of ice cream. I think green beans are quick to grow so I’ll still plant some of them. I know we have a Frisbee somewhere. Ditto a wiffle ball and bat. What would happen if I suggested setting up a tent in our yard as opposed to traveling then trekking somewhere in the mountains? Where I’m going with this piece is nowhere and everywhere. By nowhere I mean sometimes the best “Best

of ’s” are those bests we create closest to our friends, families, hearts and homes. And “by everywhere” I mean who hasn’t traveled, searched, explored and sought out adventure only to try to share and replicate all or a part of it once we return? Maybe everywhere is right where we live. The fleeting dog days of summer, as I now see them thanks to that game of catch, were made for finding and creating our own “Best of ” lists. Oh, and because this column started with a nod to dogs, I’ll include our dog, Stella, in as much as I can. She isn’t much for obeying commands and sticking close but maybe, just maybe, if she sees all the fun we are having during these upcoming dog days then she will help make some amazing “Best of ” summer memories, too. And maybe this column, after all the initial missed hopes and plans, came out pretty amazing, too.


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Best Asian Cuisine » eeZ Fusion Known for having the freshest, most creative mix of sushi in Lake Norman, eeZ Fusion has everything from sashimi and specialty rolls to daily drink specials that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s flavor profiles. Don’t like sushi? No problem. Build your own stirfry dish or opt for Mongolian Beef, ramen or try one of the tasty lettuce wrap appetizers. Soak in the ambience of “East Meets West” inside the restaurant or stretch out on the patio seating to enjoy your meal. Birkdale Village, 16925 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite F, Huntersville, www.eezfusion.com. Best Bakery » Nothing Bundt Cakes Because, who doesn’t love a Bundt cake? With variety of cake flavors (Red Velvet, Lemon, Classic Vanilla, Chocolate Chip) and sizes (a miniature Bundtlet and bite-sized Bundtini can’t hurt!) there’s always an occasion for a cake from this bakery. While you’re picking up your cake, soak in the nostalgic atmosphere and browse the selection of greeting cards and gifts. Birkdale Village, 8830 Lindholm Drive, Suite 110, Huntersville, www. nothingbundtcakes.com.

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Treats in the glass cases at Nothing Bundt Cakes beckon customers.

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Best BBQ » Midwood Smokehouse You won’t be able to resist the smells of mouthwatering barbeque wafting out the doors of Midwood Smokehouse. Choose from a Classic BBQ Plate piled high with Carolina Pork, a Smoked ½ Chicken, Beef Brisket, or choose from a combo plate or soft taco. Save room for some banana pudding, ya’ll. Birkdale Village, 16710 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, www. midwoodsmokehouse.com.

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Best Breakfast » Famous Toastery At the Famous Toastery, it’s not uncommon to find tables trying out breakfast, lunch and brunch all in one sitting. Sample a savory omelet, wrap, flapjacks, sandwich, or chopped salad, and don’t forget the mimosa or Bloody Mary to top it off, or just fill your mug with coffee. Grab one of the daily specials before they run out. 101 N. Main Street, Davidson, 12715 Conner Drive, Huntersville; 134 Mooresville Commons Way, Suite H, Mooresville; 170 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.famoustoastery.com. Best Burger » Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Come for the fried pickles, stay for the burger, but you may need to ask for a to-go box! Burger aficionados go for the Sam I Am with a fried egg, melted American cheese, rosemary ham and pesto, or the Mama Ricotta’s Burger or Shrimp Burger. Tater tots, sweet potato fries and hand-cut French fries pair perfectly with whatever you choose. Birkdale Village, 8625-A Lindholm Drive, Huntersville; 279 Williamson Road, Mooresville, www.baddaddysburgerbar.com.

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Best Coffee » Waterbean Coffee With spacious seating, a cheerful and modern decor and beautifully-crafted coffee and non-coffee drinks, you’ll want to take a seat and stay awhile at Waterbean Coffee. Pair your iced coffee or chai latte with one of the colorful French Macarons or try a vegan fruit smoothie. 19420 Jetton Road, #105, Cornelius, 9705 Sam Furr Road, Suite A, Huntersville, www. waterbeancoffee.com.

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Make Everyday Even Sweeter Huntersville Birkdale Village Shopping Center 8830 Lindholm Dr, Suite 110 Huntersville, NC 28078 704-894-8535 NothingBundtCakes.com

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Best Dance Studio » Dance Davidson Owner Terilynne Knox, who danced professionally for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Bristol Ballet and Roanoke Ballet Theatre, started Dance Davidson in 1984 with the goal of providing dance instruction and creative expression for both children and adults. More than 700 students learn the benefits of posture, strength, coordination, grace and artistic awareness through weekly classes, intensives, summer camps and performing companies. Dance Davidson also presents a winter and spring show each year. 140 Jackson Street, Davidson, www. davidsondance.com. Best Date Night and Cocktail » Kindred Stepping into the popular restaurant, Kindred, owned by Joe and Katy Kindred, is a little like stepping back in time. Situated in a prime spot on Main Street, Kindred features gleaming brass fixtures to the eye-catching art deco tiles. Every visit to this award-winning restaurant is an adventure. Sample Grandfather’s Pickles, Crispy Oysters or Wagyu Beef Tartare, or simply stop by for dessert and cheese. Don’t forget to take your date to the


outdoor table with its wrought-iron tables and chairs and strings of bulbed lights, adding to the ambience. The cocktails at Kindred are so renowned they’ve been featured in national magazines. Picture a mix of gin and apple brandy infused with vanilla syrup and lavender bitters, for starters. Kindred has received recognition from Bon Appetit, Southern Living, to name a few, and the restaurant’ Instagram-worthy cocktails add an elegance to Happy Hour. Try the Soigne West, Pimm’s Cup or Oaxaca Flocka. 131 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.kindreddavidson.com.

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Best DIY Art Outing » AR Workshop Davidson Trying to figure out how to add personal touches to your home or plan a fun date night, team building activity or girls’ outing? AR Workshop Davidson, owned by Beth and Paul Drinkwater, will allow you to do just that. Available projects are carefully curated and vary by season or time of year. Choose from canvas pillows, lazy susans, tote bags, centerpiece boxes, and custom wood plank signs. All supplies and instruction are included in the price of the project, and you can select from a choice of stains, paint colors and techniques. The finished product will be ready to go by the time you head home. Make the experience even more fun by bringing in your own beverages and snacks. AR Workshop, 120-A South Village Lane, Davidson, www.arworkshop.com/davidson.

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Best Thing to Do with Your Kids on a Sunny Day » Jetton Park This 104-acre lakefront park is full of family fun, with walking trails, bike trails, lighted tennis courts, picnic areas, a sunning beach (no swimming allowed), a playground, and gorgeous views of Lake Norman all around. 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius, www.charmeck.org. Best Family Night » Birkdale Village Family fun awaits at this shopping center modeled after a town square. You can shop for clothes and accessories at an assortment of boutiques and stores, take in a movie, let the kids splash in the fountains during the summer, have dinner from a wide array of restaurants and maybe grab dessert if the mood strikes you. 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville, www.birkdalevillage.net. Best Gift Shop » Poppie’s There are always treasures to unearth at Poppie’s in Birkdale Village, and chances are, you can get them monogrammed! This preppy boutique offers gift selections for bridal and baby showers, graduation gifts, accessories for a fun girls’ night out,

and an assortment of on-trend paper invitations and other products. Just look for the bright pink awning and shop away. Birkdale Village, 16815 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville, www.poppiesgifts.com. Best Golf Course » Mooresville Golf Club Golf enthusiasts can play a round on the newly-designed 18-hole municipal golf course that is open to the public, members and their guests. Mooresville Golf Club also offers lessons, leagues, clinics and a junior program for area youth. You can even check out hole-by-hole flyovers taken by drones on the course’s website to familiarize yourself with the area ahead of time. The 18,000-square-foot club house features a fine dining restaurant, On the Nines, as well as a practice facility. 205 Golf Course Drive, Mooresville, www. mooresvillegolfclub.com. Best Home Décor » Dutchman’s Casual Living Stores Looking to fully furnish a space or simply refresh a few rooms in your home? Dutchman’s has an oasis of options, from furnishings to suit a variety of tastes,


colorful throw pillows, accent pieces such as rugs, candles, throws and baskets. Need help making your selections? Dutchman’s offers in-home design services and consultations to make the process as streamlined as possible. 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius, www. dutchmansdesigns.com.

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Best Italian Restaurant, Best Pizza and Best Dessert » Pellegrino’s The Pellegrino brothers know Italian food. Born to Italian parents, they cut their teeth in the food service industry while working at a New Jersey restaurant in their teens. Pellegrino’s is home to North Carolina’s Biggest Meatball (a whopping 29-33 ounce ball, before cooked). It’s not on the regular menu, so keep an eye on their Facebook page to find out when you can sample it. You can also try a wrap, hot sub or focaccia

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Once again Savvy Salon and Day Spa has been voted the Best Salon and Day Spa at Lake Norman for the 4th year in a row!! We love our customers and appreciate your loyalty to us and to the community we serve. If you’re looking for a salon and day spa that keeps up with today’s fashion trends and style, come see us at Savvy. We have the look you’re looking for!

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sandwich, or reserve your appetite for something more decadent, like Shrimp Alla Parmigiana. Whatever type of pizza you’re craving, Pellegrino’s is available to fill the need. Try the Detroit Style pizza, which has almost no crust and is baked in a way that carmelizes every bite of gooey cheese. Or hold out for a specialty pizza like Potato Bacon Cheddar, Lasagna, Chicken Taco. You can also create your own. Just bring your appetite. For dessert, sample the 30-pound coconut cake when it’s available, chocolate cake, cannoli and cheesecake topped with handcrafted blueberry and peach sauces. Hungry yet? 275 N. Main Street, Troutman, www. pellegrinostrattoria.com. Best Ice Cream » Kilwin’s Stroll through Birkdale Village and chances are you’ll be enticed from the sights through the window of Kilwin’s and the delicious smells drifting down the sidewalk. If you can bypass the glass cases full of truffles, fudge, chocolate-covered strawberries and marshmallows, check out the store’s 32 flavors of ice cream (Salted Caramel, yum!) and waffle bowls

and cones. Birkdale Village, 16926 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite A, Huntersville, www.kilwins.com. Best Lakeside Dining and Best Outdoor Dining » North Harbour Club North Harbour Club is situated perfectly in a picturesque cove on Lake Norman. Take advantage of the on-site boat slip and cruise right in for dinner under one of the bright yellow umbrellas on the outdoor patio. There are also couches, live music, regular drink specials, and tempting menu items such as the Fried Oyster and Kale Salad, the Light House Burger and Shrimp and Grits. You’ll want to stay awhile. 100 N. Harbour Place, Davidson, www. northharbourclub.com. Best Place for Live Music » BoatYard Eats Located in Cornelius, BoatYard Eats strives to create an experiential dining experience with rotating food trucks, beer, cocktails, a laid-back atmosphere and most of all, live music and entertainment. Pairing nicely with the lake community vibe, The Lift @ BoatYard


The Corkscrew is the perfect spot to catch up with friends.

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Best Marina » Morningstar Marinas These marinas are full of amenities designed to make getting on the water seamless, so you can take a sunset cruise, head out to wakeboard or begin sailing as soon as possible. Morningstar Marinas allows you to store your boat in a secure facility with a full-service gas dock, on-site mechanic and wet slips with electric, water and Wifi. Members also have access to a luxury bathhouse, clubhouse and picnic area. King’s Point, 18020 Kings Point Drive, Cornelius, Cornelius, Skipper’s Landing, 1152 Perth Road, Troutman, www.morningstarlkn.com.

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Eats is retrofitted from the original Anchorage Marine boat lift. While the structure dates back to 1976, the lighting and sound brings the space together for a more modern feel. Check their events calendar for an updated list of performing bands. 18418 Statesville Road, Cornelius, www.boatyardeats.com.


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Best Med Spa » Carolina Age Management Institute If you’re looking for a way to maintain a more confident, youthful appearance, the range of offerings at Carolina Age Management Institute may be just for you. The practice is led by Dr. Stephen Giordano, a board-certified physician. Carolina Age Management Institute has a full range of medical spa services including body sculpting, fillers and injectables, laser hair removal, plastic surgery, hair restoration, and much more. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, #302, Huntersville, www. carolinaagemanagement.com. Best Men’s Boutique » Hampton’s Men’s Clothing This luxury menswear boutique caters to any man looking to up his game in the clothing department. Find classic designs by Alden, Samuelsohn, Peter Millar and an assortment of accessories, footwear, tailored and casual clothing and a putting green to round out the ambience. If you’re looking for tuxedos and formalwear, Hampton’s is also the place to find the most on-trend selections and recommendations. LangTree Lake Norman, 120 Langtree Village Drive, Suite 105, Mooresville, www. hamptonsmens.com. Best Mexican Restaurant » La Unica Mexican Restaurant If you’re in the mood for fast and friendly service, authentic Mexican cuisine, and plenty of margaritas (have you tried the Texas style?), look no further. La Unica’s bright and airy restaurant often has a wait for lunch and dinner on the weekends, but the large space accommodates a lot of diners so


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La Unica has everything from Huevos Rancheros to fajitas.

you won’t have to wait long for your tacos, chips and queso, enchiladas, or fried ice cream. With vegetarian offerings, a kids’ menu and even seafood dishes, there’s something for everyone. Adios! 16203 Northcross Drive, Huntersville, www. launicarestaurants.com. Best Place to Take Your Kids on a Rainy Day » Discovery Place KIDS Your rainy day problems are solved at Discovery Place KIDS, where children up to age 8 years can imagine and

create to their hearts’ desires in a museum designed as a small town. Kids can shop and work in the Town Market, learn healthy eating at the café, make a deposit at the bank, work on their engineering and building skills, and much more. There are also daily live shows and stage where even more fun takes place. 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville, www. discoveryplacekids.org. Best Place to Work Out » Pure Barre This total body workout continues to be a popular

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choice for exercise enthusiasts in the Lake Norman area. The technique focuses on a collection of 45-50 minute workouts featuring a ballet barre and low-impact isometric movements. You’ll see results everywhere on your body, and probably make a few friends along the way. Birkdale Village, 16815 Cranlyn Road, Suite A, Huntersville; Morrison Plantation, 129 Market Place Drive, Suite C, Mooresville, www.purebarre.com.

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Best Salad » Fresh Chef Kitchen Craving a bowl of healthy goodness packed with flavor? The salads at Fresh Chef Kitchen are so decadent you’ll forget they’re good for you. With offerings like Herb Shrimp Salad, Teriyaki Filet Salad and Hawaiian Chicken Salad, you can customize your salad with Kale or Caesar and mix and match toppings that are nothing less than tasty and, of course, fresh. The Shops at Fresh Market, 20609 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius; 645 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, www. freshchefkitchen.com.

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Best Salon/Spa » Savvy Salon & Day Spa Owner Pat Helmandollar knows the importance of self-care and her salon is just the place to do it. Whether you’re looking for pampering for a special day (wedding, prom, etc.) or just looking for a day of relaxation, Savvy has a wide range of services and packages. The award-winning salon and day spa in Cornelius offers everything from haircuts and color to spa packages with massage therapy, facial treatments and nail services. Make plans to indulge yourself soon. 20430 W. Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, www.savvysalonanddayspa. com.

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some small talk, hear live music and play a few rounds of cornhole? The fun pub environment at The Kilted Buffalo lets you hang out on the outdoor patio or watch your favorite sporting events on a flatscreen TV. Sample a beer from one of the 40 domestic and imported varieties offered or try out the wine menu. Visiting on one of the open mic or trivia nights is a great way to pass the time. There’s even a regular Ladies Night with wine and pint specials. Langtree, 119 Landings Drive, Suite 101, Mooresville, www. tkblangtree.com; Birkdale Village, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville, www.tkbbirkdale.com.

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Best Steak » Epic Chophouse Looking for a nearby elegant night out with a perfectly-cooked steak? Look no further than Epic Chophouse. Order the Porterhouse, Hawaiian Marinated Ribeye, Filet Mignon. Try your steak “Pittsburgh” style for a charred, crusty exterior cooked in an 1800-degree broiler. Pair it with a side of shrimp, crabcakes, scallops or lobster tail for a surf and turf experience. 104 S. Main Street, Mooresville, www.epicchophouse. com. Best Wine Selection » Corkscrew Corkscrew Wine Pub offers the perfect way to unwind after a long day, embark on a date night or catch up with old friends. With more than 45 wines offered by the glass, you can sample whatever strikes your fancy, or choose from one of the selections of beer. Get more bang for your buck on the $5 Wine Tastings every Thursday at 6 p.m. There’s also live music Thursday through Sunday. Birkdale Village, 16916 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, www.thecorkscrewwinepub.com. Best Women’s Boutique » Well Kept Treat yourself to luxe fitness fashion at Well Kept. This bright and airy boutique allows you to browse and shop upscale pieces that that fit in with the function and mindset of health and wellness. Pieces feature high-technology products with wicking properties and chic and colorful prints that you can layer with the seasons. 624 Jetton Street, Suite 135, Davidson.


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Dane Cameron stands flanked by two eye-catching Acura cars. To his right is a stunningly styled, street legal, black Acura NSX, and to his left is the No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi SportsCar which Cameron, along with co-driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, pilot in the Prototype Class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series. It’s rare that these two cars are together so Cameron poses for photos, explains specifics, and answers questions about both. As one of the few drivers in the world who knows the intricacies – and limits – of each, he is uniquely positioned to share experiences and expertise about both.


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SportsCar racing, for the novice fan, is different from the more locally popular Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In races that last anywhere from 100 minutes to 24 hours on road courses such as Daytona, Watkins Glen, Sebring, and Road America, SportsCars race IMSA competition which runs across three classes; Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona. And unlike in NASCAR,

IMSA racing involves added complexities because classes compete at the same time and multiple races happen simultaneously. Cameron, a Huntersville resident and 2016 Prototype Series Champion, says, “In our racing, there is always something happening often times outside your class. You really try to stay in your own race and really want to win,

but you have to keep in mind there are other races happening at the same. There are slower cars out there and you have to navigate around them or you might even choose to develop a strategy that uses them to help. The dynamic of the race after the green flag drops is exceptional.” The most unique part of SportsCar racing, the 24-hour endurance style in particular,

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is that teams must have driver changes during the race. Two drivers (three for the longer endurance races – IndyCar specialist, Simon Pagenaud joins Cameron and Montoya) alternate behind the wheel with specific rules regulating how long each driver must pilot the vehicle. Drivers can spend no more than four hours behind the wheel in any sixhour stint.

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driver’s seat,” says Cameron. “The best analogy I have to describe our style of racing is that it’s like a relay race,” he says. “You all have to work together and it doesn’t matter if you win your leg of it, it all has to come together.”

Founder and Chairman, Roger Penske, along with Team Penske President, Tim Cindric, paired Cameron with Montoya in 2018 and have watched the relationship develop. “Ours is a fun dynamic,” says Cameron. “It’s about pushing

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“Ours is a different style of racing from what you’d typically see on television. You are sharing a car; you have to trust and support your other driver, work together, and share everything from information right down to the car’s actual

each other to go faster while respecting strengths and differences. And it’s about moving towards a goal together as a Penske team member which is sometimes not always the case in our sport.” But working with another driver comes with unique sets of challenges. “We compromise a bit and try to find the best mix on so many levels, from seating and car setup to handling,” says Cameron. “And there is no set schedule for each driver so, while I sometimes try to step away from the action and disconnect when it’s not my turn, a race strategy might change or a driver might get sick and next thing you know there’s someone kicking on your trailer door.” The uncertainty that comes with each race, especially the longer endurance events, makes the sport even more uniquely exciting. “Think of how many shorter NASCAR races go into a 24-

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Writer Mike Savicki poses with Team Penske SportsCar driver Dane Cameron.

hour race and all the things you have to do to win just one of those,” Cameron says. “With us, to win one endurance race, you’d have to win multiple NASCAR races back to back to back to back.” While the pressures and complexities of SportsCar racing might stretch some, they come naturally to

Cameron. A California native, Cameron has always felt at home at a racetrack as his father, Rick Cameron, is a race engineer with over 40 years of experience in motorsports. For the last three seasons, the two have competed against each other in the Prototype class, with the elder Cameron serving as the lead engineer

for the Spirit of Daytona racing team. Growing up with a racewinning engineer as a father, Cameron brings a unique knowledge of car setups and how to maximize performance. “I grew up in the race shop, it was always around, I loved being around cars and going to the races—I was obsessed with it all—and I think my love grew

from all of that,” he shares. “My Dad may have never thought it, but I knew it was something I wanted to do as a career and I’m now at a point, and in a great place, where I have the chance to work towards becoming the best I can behind the wheel in a sport I truly love and appreciate.”


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A Davidson kitchen and eat-in area is remodeled for aesthetics and family gatherings.


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Whitney Small spent years helping her friends transform their living spaces. Then, in January 2016, she turned her hobby into a business— Restyled Residential, which offers interior design services. “Growing up, my mom was an artist and designer and my dad was a small business owner. I think I’ve taken several things from each of them to create my business,” says Small.

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Shifting the stovetop from a corner of the kitchen to this island makes cooking easier and more accessible.

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Small converted this dining room into an office for Restyled Residential work.

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Two convenient Kohler Showrooms Small updated the downstairs powder room to match the style of the newly renovated kitchen and living space.

breakfast or doing homework at the island, cooking meals, enjoying family dinners at the table or entertaining friends,” says Small. “So, we wanted an updated, highly functional space to serve as the heart of our home for our family of five.” She set to work designing not just a few cosmetic tweaks, but also an entirely

new layout. In the process, she discovered how much harder it was to work in her own space compared to working in a client’s space. “In many ways it made me realize how having someone like myself come in and give their opinions is such an asset. There are so many decisions to make and it gets overwhelming very fast,” recalls

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The kitchen now has enough seating at the island for every family member, as well as Small’s collection of cookbooks.

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Small. Yet, she was able to put pen to paper and design an open concept layout. Then, with the help of her husband and sons, Small demoed the space, stripping it of old cabinets and tile backsplash. She personally ordered all of the light fixtures, cabinet hardware, and sink fixtures, shopping sales and timing each item’s arrival to

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dwellings kitchen’s stainless-steel appliances and cool grey accent colors without impeding their modern aesthetic. Whereas the refrigerator had been located on the opposite side of the kitchen from the stovetop and oven before the redesign, Small strategically moved the appliances to the same section of the kitchen for better functionality. She also shifted the stovetop from a corner of the counter to the island, rendering it more easily accessible. In addition to transforming the kitchen into a more open and social space, the island also now provides much needed countertop workspace.

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Small’s complete transformation of her kitchen was executed with expense in mind, and she’s adamant that redesign needn’t be a costly affair. “Don’t think you need to get rid of everything you own and start from scratch,” she urges. “Many times, just re-thinking a furniture layout or redesigning some of your own decor will transform and give new life to things you thought you didn’t want anymore. Sometimes adding just a couple new items can be all it takes to give the space a new, refreshed feel.”

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An Epicurean Journey

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Epic Chophouse’s French onion soup is a choice selection

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really enjoy onion soup. I like most types of soup, but the onion variety comes out at the top of my list. For a number of years, I’ve been comparing onion soups throughout the world. Most times they hit the spot but sometimes they are a sore disappointment—oddly enough, at some very fine dining establishments. My wife Mary Ellen and I have done some intensive research at the source, mainly in Parisian bistros. For soup, there is never a use of the adjective, “French,” in Paris. I guess that’s because it’s just assumed that all good onion soup has to be French. Any other provenance would be a mere imitation. It ain’t necessarily so. I’ve had more than a few disappointments in the City of Light and I’ve had many moments of culinary joy here, in the United States. Especially a recent one at Epic Chophouse—more on that, later. I came by my soup fetish as a child in my grandfather’s pub, the Shakespeare’s Head, across the pond. My grandmother would ask me to go to the butcher’s shop to get some meat and an ox-tail with which to make some soup. My instructions were to ask that the butcher cut the ox-tail as close to the neck as possible. The butcher, in on the scheme, would tell me that they had no ox-tails that day and to come back another time. When I would get back to the pub everyone would be hiding their grins in a pint mug of local ale—a bunch of old codgers relishing in the trick they’d pulled on a 6-year-old. This went on several times until I

Pair the French onion soup at Epic Chophouse with the Petite Sirah from Napa Valley.

finally got the joke. Anyway, it did get me interested in soup. Let’s get back to Epic Chophouse. We were taking a friend out to celebrate her birthday. The first thing I saw on the menu was a bowl of onion soup, an easy decision. What to follow it with came secondary. My wife and I decided to split a strip steak. But it was the soup that got all my attention and that, of course, brings me to wine. The two ladies opted for a glass of white wine, a warm up for our carnivorous main act. Onion soup in mind, I ordered a bottle of Petite Sirah from Napa Valley. That’s my go-to wine any time we dine at Epic. It is, in my

opinion, one of the best values on the wine list and perfect to pair with a deep, tasty onion soup. Here’s why I enjoyed the onion soup so much. It repelled any effort to crack its cheesy crust with the use of a mere spoon. A knife and fork were required. Once the crust was breached, a spoon came into play. To me, a key element in onion soup is the beef broth and Epic’s was right on the money, rich and intense. It more than justified my choice of wine. I started to feel a little guilty. I was the only one of us with any food, the other two had ordered only a main dish. What little

bit of guilt existed was quickly rationalized away by the fact that the soup was part of my worldwide study. So I carried on studying, commenting on the perfect balance between the food and the wine. It was a difficult task but I felt I was up to it. There may come a time that I feel this study has been completed. That’s going to be way in the future. And one thing is for certain. I will be back at Epic Chophouse to try the onion soup again—just to make sure. Epic Chophouse 104 S Main St, Mooresville www.epicchophouse.com


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Local craft breweries that have committed to participating in The House that Beer Built.

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rink Beer. Build a House. That’s the aim of local craft breweries partnering with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity this fall. The House that Beer Built is an initiative that brings local craft beer lovers from Huntersville to Statesville together to raise funds to sponsor a Habitat home for a hard-working local family. Each brewery and beer establishment is crafting its own plans to support this effort,

from brewing a custom beer, to special releases of House that Beer Built and Octoberfest brews, ending with a beer festival Nov. 9 at D-9 Brewing Co. Participating establishments include Ass Clown Brewing Co. and D-9 Brewing Co., both in Cornelius; Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse (multiple Lake Norman locations); High Branch Brewing in Concord; King Canary Brewing Co. in Mooresville; Primal Brewery in Huntersville; Red Buffalo

Brewing Co. in Statesville and others. The House that Beer Built is one way beer lovers can unlock a better future for local families in need of housing they can afford. The first House that Beer Built started in 2012 in Fort Collins, Co., and there are now multiple locations across the country. “With housing prices rising and land becoming scarce in the greater Lake Norman area, many working families are struggling to find housing they

can afford,” says Chris Ahearn, Our Towns Habitat CEO. “The vibrant craft beer industry has come up with a creative and fun way to address this challenge. People can enjoy a favorite beverage and time with friends at their choice of great locations right here in our backyard, and support Habitat for Humanity at the same time.” 

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Roasted Tomatoes Ingredients Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan

2 1/4 pounds deseeded halved tomatoes (various kinds, including cherry) 3 bushy fresh rosemary stalks 4 big sprigs each of fresh thyme and oregano 8 black whole peppercorns 5 peeled large garlic cloves 1 teaspoon sea salt (I love the Maldon brand) 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

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Blend all the ingredients, except the basil, in a blender on high until smooth. Add the basil and blend on low just until finely chopped throughout the soup. Serve at room temperature.  ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can J learn more about her at www.jilldahan.com. To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit www.sunninghilljillkids.org.

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A pot or two of these meltingly slow-roasted little gems can elevate an ordinary dish this summer or just be eaten on their own. The trick is to make sure you make enough because at my house they don’t last long. Assorted tomatoes and backyard herbs come together with creamy garlic cloves and fruity olive oil to literally wrap around your heart with body-hugging goodness. Whip these up either for an al fresco dinner or simply to feed a summer cold and treat yourself in the very kindest way.

Halve and remove seeds as much as possible from the tomatoes. Place cut side up tightly in a 9-inch baking dish with 2-3 inch sides. Push the herbs, peppercorns, and garlic around the tomatoes and sprinkle with salt. Pour the olive oil all over the top and bake at 250 F for 2 hours. Leave in the oven for another 30 minutes or more to cool. Remove and serve straightaway or place tomatoes in jars and pour the oil over to cover. They will be good for at least a week in the fridge if they aren’t all eaten earlier. They are great with meats, potatoes, pasta, lentils, bruschetta or made into a summer soup.


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Nibbles + Bites

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photography by Jamie Cowles

Keeping Things Fresh

EXCITING MENU MAKES VERDE THE PERFECT SPOT FOR AN ADVENTUROUS FIRST DATE

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itting down and choosing a meal from Verde Mexican Nuevo Latin Fusion for the first time can feel a lot like going on a great first date; you may have a general idea of what to expect when you crack the menu, but it’s the pleasant surprises along the way that make you want to see it again. Incidentally, it’s that same sense of adventure that has made Alex Soto’s Huntersville Restaurant one of the top date night locales in the area, and especially in chain-choked Huntersville. Even if that wasn’t his plan. “Sometimes things work out differently than how you think they will,” says Soto.

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Keeping it verde Initially, when he opened Verde in 2013, Soto was planning to serve authentic Mexican cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere, and that influence is easy to spot when the sunlight is pouring through the glass walls of the end unit near the corner of Gilead Rd. and Reese Blvd. The guacamole-green and pepper-red paint scheme combine with the dark floors and open concept to create an airy, inviting dining room. It’s a modern departure from typical Mexican restaurants that often favor taller booths and darker paint schemes. “We believe simplicity is the key,” says Soto, who adds that the décor matches the eatery’s name, which means “green” in Spanish. “We wanted a fresh look.” A few years after opening,

Atmosphere

Clean, modern, warm Verde offers a menu focusing on a Latin fusion concept.

Soto and his ownership team decided to freshen up the menu, as well. He says he and his uncle (and part owner) began to figure out that, while the Lake Norman region is home to people from throughout South America, there weren’t any restaurants catering to the different cultures represented in our area. In 2017, Verde began offering its Latin fusion concept, combining elements from different South American dishes to create unique offerings. For example, the Mar Y Tierra, or “Latino surf and turf ” combines

steak and shrimp on fire-roasted vegetables and a white corn arepa, combining Mexican, Venezuelan and Columbian influences. The Ropa Vieja pairs Cuban shredded beef with a sweet corn arepa, pico de gallo, avocado, jalapeno crema and mixed greens. The standard menu also includes influences from other Latin countries, including Spain and Brazil. Soto started also offering a rotating special menu with even more creations, and the owner says patrons can expect to see new dishes within the next few

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months. Verde’s head chef, Cuban-born Rene Garcia Mayor, has already experimented with Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Columbian and Argentinian menus. Soto says each dish usually takes about two months to perfect. “It’s like a laboratory in the back,” says Soto. “it’s fun because you get to learn a lot of things. It’s very interesting to see what we can offer our customers. “We always saw it as a fun challenge to be different,” says Soto. “In order to be on top of the game, you have to evolve, you have to try to make things different.”

Love at first bite Soto says he loves seeing his patrons try a new meal for the first time, especially when they need to ask how to pronounce the dish. In many ways, it’s no different than getting

The decor at Verde complements the cultural cuisine.

to know a new person – perhaps that’s what has made Verde one of Huntersville’s top date-night restaurants. That characterization isn’t lost on Soto, who says he’s seen several of his patrons bring a first date to Verde before eventually marrying and having kids. For Soto, the benefits of trying a new dish can end up being pretty similar to meeting someone for a first date. “I think that’s the fun part,” says Soto. “it’s cool because you’re exposing yourself to something new. You’re getting out of your comfort zone to try something new.” Verde Mexican Nuevo Latin Fusion 19818 Gilead Rd., Ste. 107-B, Huntersville Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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n June 30, families with children of all ages were invited to a free dance party at Brick Row in Cornelius co-hosted by CURRENTS and Dave Scott Crowe, founder of IMUSINATION. Through interactive activities at the Every Body Can Dance Party, Crowe moved alongside attendees as they connected, danced and moved with confidence. You can find IMUSINATION performing at the 2nd Friday Street festivals in Old Town Cornelius this summer, or at www.imusination.com.

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PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose & Throat Megan Mathis-Webb, AuD Susie Riggs, AuD Del L. Hawk, Au.D 140 Gateway Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638

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PHC – Lake Norman Family Medicine Timothy A. Barker, MD Heather C. Kompanik, MD Bruce L. Seaton, DO Amanda H. Bailey, DO Sherard Spangler, PA 357 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-7328

PHC – Sailview Family Medicine Tiana Losinski, MD Courtney Mastor, FNP

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Stout Internal Medicine & Wellness Dr. Sam Stout Andrea Colvin, NP 444 Williamson Road, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-9310

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PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

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Obstetrics/Gynecology PHC – Lake Norman OB/GYN James Al-Hussaini, MD Laura Arigo, MD Katie Collins, DO Grant Miller, MD James Wilson, MD Nicole S. Wellbaum, MD Coral Bruss, ANP-C

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Orthopaedic Surgery Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

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PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Scott Brandon, MD Byron E. Dunaway, MD Brett L. Feldman, MD Alex Seldomridge III, MD Kim Lefreniere, PA-C Sherry Dawn Repass, FNP-BC

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Physiatry –Interventional Spine Care PHC –Govil Spine & Pain Care Harsh Govil, MD, MPH Thienkim Walters, PA-C April Hatfield, FNP-C

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Concerts

OurTown Stage Presents Part Time Blues Band (Aug. 2) 6:30 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Hall Lawn, 413 N. Main St., Mooresville. www. MooresvilleRecreation.org.

“The Speed of Thinking” runs Aug. 26Sept. 24 at The Van/Every Smith Galleries at Davidson College. Photos courtesy of Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy.

Davidson’s Concerts on the Green (Aug. 4 and 25) Dirty Grass Soul (Aug. 4) and Gospelfest (Aug. 25). 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Town Green, www.townofdavidson.org. Mingling on the Greens Concert Series 2019 (Every Friday and Saturday night) Alan Barrington (Aug. 2), Major Dudes (Aug. 3), Matt Stratford Band (Aug. 9), The Stark Reality Band (Aug. 10), Shelley Ruffin (Aug. 16), Tim Cook Band (Aug. 17), Throwback Thursday Party Band (Aug. 23), TTW Band (Aug. 24), Acoustic Measures 2.0 (Aug. 30) and The Party Parrot Band (Aug. 31). 6-9 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, 16725 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, www.birkdalevillage.net.

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Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-thescenes tours and more take place at the center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter. org for more details. Festival of Food Trucks (Aug. 3) Sample food from area food trucks and enjoy live music while you visit area shops. 5-8:30 p.m. North Main Street, Mooresville, downtownmooresville.com. Cornelius National Night Out (Aug. 6) Join the Cornelius PARC and the Cornelius Police Department for this event that promotes community safety and crime prevention. 6-8 p.m.

Free. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org. Davidson National Night Out (Aug. 6) Join the Davidson Fire Department, Mecklenburg County Crime Stoppers, and other community groups to learn about safety and crime prevention. Bring a covered dish to share; hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders and drinks will be provided. 5-7 p.m. Free. Roosevelt Wilson Park, Davidson, www. townofdavidson.org. Huntersville National Night Out (Aug. 6) The Huntersville Police Department presents this community event designed to promote safety and crime prevention. 5-8 p.m. Free. Veterans Park, 201 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville. 2nd Friday Street Festival (Aug. 9) A monthly celebration of local art, music, food and drink with a rotating line-up of food trucks, brews, artists, craftsmen, street performances and

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Date Night more. 6-10 p.m. Free. 19725 Oak St., Cornelius, www. oldtowncornelius.com. 9th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cause (Aug. 17) Attend this benefit that supports local nonprofit causes in Lincolnton. Featuring classic cars, food, music and all around cruisin’ fun. Admission price includes souvenir magnet. 5 p.m. $15. Downtown Lincolnton. Cruisin’ for a Cause on Facebook. Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series (Aug. 24) Watch Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse on the blimp screen. Children’s activities begin at 6:30 p.m.; movie will start at 8:30 p.m. Free. Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. www.cornelius.org.

Huntersville Movies in the Park (Aug. 22) Check out The Lego Movie 2 under the stars. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Free. Huntersville Parks & Recreation, Veterans Park, 100 Main St., Huntersville, www.huntersville.org. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) Find fresh local produce and flowers from 8 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson Streets in downtown Davidson, www. davidsonfarmersmarket.org. Huntersville Growers’ Market (Every Saturday through Aug. 24) Stock up on local produce. 8 a.m.noon, corner of Main and Maxwell Streets, Huntersville, www.huntersville.org.

Galleries

Home Grown Sprouts Exhibition (Through Aug. 24) Visit the gallery and view mixed-media art created by Summer Arts & Recreation Camp participants, ages 4-16, throughout the summer.

Me Time

Family Fun There will be a closing reception Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5-7 p.m. Meet the sprouts and enjoy crafts and refreshments. www.cornelius.org. Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri. 10 a.m.-6p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.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, www.fcfgframing.com. Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. MonFri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36-Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s., 704.664.5022. www. lakecountrygallery.net Mooresville Arts Gallery“Silver Linings,” 15th Annual Judged Photography. Through Aug. 22. Tue-Fri. noon-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4p.m. 103 W. Center

Ave., Mooresville, www. magart.org. Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.4 pm. or by appointment. 230 N. Main St., Mooresville. The Van Every/Smith Galleries “The Speed of Thinking.” Aug. 26-Sept. 24. The gallery will present digital works, including games, prints and animations by art team Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy. The exhibition will be organized into three rooms about global trade. Mon-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main St., Davidson, www. davidsoncollegeartgalleries.org.

Sports

Davidson College Men’s Soccer Elon (Aug. 19, 7 p.m.), Wake Tech (Aug. 30, 7 p.m.), Davidson College,www.davidsonwildcats.com Davidson Women’s Volley-

CURRENTS Events ball Red/Black Scrimmage, (Aug. 18, 2 p.m.), Gardner-Webb ( Aug. 24, 4 p.m.) Davidson College, www. davidsonwildcats.com

Theatre

In the Heights (Aug. 2-4). This year’s Ts3 students present In the Heights, the hit musical written by Lin Manuel Miranda. The story is set over the course of three days, involving characters in the largely Hispanic-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. Fri., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sat., 7 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. $10. www. davidsoncommunityplayers.org. A Few Good Men (Aug. 1618). This year’s Ts3 students present A Few Good Men, where military lawyers at a court-martial uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder. Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. $8. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

AUGUST 2019

Charlotte Antique & Classic Boat show (Aug. 25) A parade of antique boats awaits at this annual event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Trump National Golf Club, 137 Vestal Drive, Mooresville, longinodist.com/boatshow.

Girls’ Night Out

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Wash and Go

for Dogs What is a dog wash station at Tazzy & Boo? by Renee Roberson photography by Renee Roberson

AUGUST 2019

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The self wash stations at Tazzy & Boo are convenient and easy to use.

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he first time I noticed Tazzy & Boo Pet Foods & Grooming, located at the Antiquity Town Center in Cornelius, I thought it was simply your basic pet store with grooming services. Then a friend mentioned she had taken her dog a few times to the self-wash station, and I became intrigued. I did some research on Tazzy & Boo and discovered it is owned by Lewella and Richard Long, a couple who transplanted to Huntersville with their two daughters from the United Kingdom about three years ago. Prior to moving, the Longs sold the successful pet foods company they had created, so they know their stuff. You may be wondering who

exactly Tazzy & Boo are . . .those are the Long family’s two Bernese mountain dogs, but they tend to be a bit sneaky (stealing pet treats and toys in the store) so they don’t always come to work with their owners. I took my long-haired dachshund, Ruby, into the store to check out their selfwash stations. You don’t have to make an appointment to do this and can bring your dog in Mon.-Sat. from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4p.m. Owner Lewella showed us how everything worked, explained the different all-natural Earthbath® products we could use as part of the service and left us to get started. The tubs are roomy enough

Renee with her long-haired dachshund, Ruby, who is in the process of shedding her summer coat.

for larger dogs and the spray attachment made it so easy to rinse Ruby once I had her all lathered up. (For the record, I used the deodorizing shampoo which left her smelling like hints of lavender and the puppy shampoo has a no-tear formula perfect for her face and ears). I also appreciated the rubber apron Tazzy & Boo provides for pet owners because my dog likes to shake excess water off herself at some point during her bath. Once we were done, I toweled her off with the provided towels, and used the air dryer to fluff up her fur. This was probably her least favorite part, but it helped to dry her more quickly. I have to say Ruby’s favorite part of the whole experience was probably the

assortment of dog treats in a jar next to the tub. She forgave me for our mid-day stop at Tazzy & Boo after a few of those . . . I think. My total cost for the wash was $16 and some change with tax. In addition to the self-wash stations, you can also book an appointment with one of the professional groomers at Tazzy & Boo, and shop for pet treats, food, toys and other accessories while you’re there. And if you’re in need of pet sitting services, they do that, too. Check out their website for a complete list of services and prices, and be prepared to see some adorable dogs while you’re there. 

Tazzy & Boo, 19921 Zion Avenue, Cornelius, www.tazzyandboo.com.


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Lake Norman CURRENTS Magazine August 2019  

The Magazine for the people of Lake Norman by the people of Lake Norman.

Lake Norman CURRENTS Magazine August 2019  

The Magazine for the people of Lake Norman by the people of Lake Norman.