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Contents February 2018 vol. 11 No. 2

20 Make a Mess Réa Wright found a natural

solution to reignite creativity

32 Thoughts from

14 The Davidson Garden Club

Root for the home team instead of roses

76 Out + About Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce 30th Annual Meeting

78 On the Circuit What’s happening at Lake FEBRUARY 2018


Movers, shakers and more at the lake

13 The Davidson Horticultural

the Man Cave

Norman this month

80 Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate

Photo illustration by Kerrie Boys.

Channel Markers

22 Navigators Dr. Jennifer Lidstrom cares for Team USA

About the Cover:

Symposium turns inspiration into reality keeps blooming

17 Take 10 — The George Winston scoop

Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

26 H ealth + Love

Jennifer Brinkley and Sandy Plemmons created a community for yogis and more

44 Dwellings

Catherine Boardman brings casual coastal elegance to River Run

Dine + Wine

serves hope through Room in the Inn

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun


56 Wine Time Epic wine


58 On Tap

Iredell Brewers United is about more than beer

34 T rends + Style Sweet finds

60 In the Kitchen

with Jill Dahan

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

62 Nibbles + Bites

Smokey J’s BBQ makes you feel at home

Special Advertising Section: 65 Medical Profiles

36 G ame On

Muay Thai gains a lake following

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Between the Beacons Charting Your Course to Retirement

Tax Planning in Retirement

his month I’d like to discuss the fourth of our five key areas of retirement planning included in our “Chart Your Course Retirement Plan”. We previously touched on income, investment, and healthcare planning. Next up is everybody’s favorite, TAXES! I want to make it clear that I am not a CPA or tax attorney, nor do I want to be. Any specific tax questions should always be directed to your personal CPA or qualified tax professional. That being said, I would like to address some basics on how taxes can play a part in your retirement plan, mainly when it comes to the issue of whether certain assets are taxable or non-taxable. We know this is something that confuses a lot of people, because we get questions about it on a near daily basis. So, we’ll keep it simple on what’s taxable and what’s not. In the financial services industry you’ll typically hear advisors reference two types of accounts - qualified &

our clients is to help determine the most strategic ways to take RMD distributions from year to year. Non-qualified accounts are funds not designated as IRA/401k/etc. They are funded with regular old after-tax dollars. You do not get an upfront tax break on money you invest in non-qualified vehicles. Over time, you will pay capital gains taxes on any growth or interest earned on the account. Capital gains can be either short-term or longterm, depending on how long you held the investment position. Shortterm gains are taxed as ordinary income, but long-term gains are taxed at a separate rate that currently ranges from 0-20% depending on your tax bracket. So, with nonqualified accounts, you’re basically paying taxes on what you put in, as well as the growth over time. Next we’ll talk about Roth IRA and Roth 401k accounts, because those are somewhere in between qualified and non-qualified. They are technically considered qualified funds, but Roth IRAs are funded with after-tax dollars and then grow tax deferred. Once you reach age 59½ and you’ve held any Roth account for at least 5 years, then you can access the full value without paying further taxes. So, as long as you meet certain requirements, you are getting out of paying tax on the growth. There are limits on how much you can contribute to a Roth account each year, so it isn’t a magic bullet to save you from all

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non-qualified. Keep in mind that this is purely a tax designation and that these accounts can be invested in a whole variety of things from stocks, to annuities, to savings accounts, etc. Qualified accounts (with the exception of Roth IRA/Roth 401k) are funded with pre-tax dollars, which means the contributions are tax deductible in the current tax year. The account will grow tax deferred, but is fully taxed as earned income when money is drawn out. These types of accounts come in many forms, such as Traditional IRA, 401k, 403b, 457 plans, Simple IRA, and SEP IRA. Contribution limits range from $5,500 up to $55,000 per year. In some cases, there are income phase out limits for tax deductions on high wage earners, but again I won’t get into all that at this time. The basic concept with qualified accounts is that you get a tax break now, but the account is taxable later. Another thing to remember is that qualified plans funded with pre-tax dollars require you to start taking Required Minimum Distributions in the year you turn 70½. Your RMD amount is calculated using a divisor based on your age and looks at the value of all qualified accounts as of the prior year’s end. It’s critical that you don’t forget to take your RMDs, because the IRS will penalize you 50% of what you should have taken, in addition to making you take the required distribution. That can be a costly mistake! One of the most important things we do for

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t was the cell phone’s fault. My husband, who abhors cell phones, as well as social media, was looking at his phone during our recent snowstorm while standing on the hill in front of our house. He was trying to video our kids sledding when another kid slammed into him with her sled, knocking him on his hip. Taking advantage of rare peace and quiet in our house, I was upstairs in my cozy office working on this issue during the unfortunate accident. When I came downstairs for more coffee, I found my husband barely able to walk. It was so bad, in fact, that he had to take the pole we use to replace light bulbs on our tall ceiling to work with him so he could get around. Throughout the afternoon the pain did not subside, so he went to the doctor the next day. Thankfully nothing was broken, or fractured for that matter. The radiologist reported that his X-ray was simply unremarkable, which seemed rather harsh. Regardless, his accident got me thinking that we all need to get hit occasionally with a sled when we’re on our cell phones. I’ll be the first to admit that I could not do my job without my iPhone and that it helps me tremendously when scheduling activities for my kids. However, I’m concerned that by being so connected, we’re not connected

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at all anymore. Jimmy Buffett has even written about this in his song, Everybody’s on the Phone. One of his lyrics is, “Everybody’s on the phone, so connected and all alone.” I notice it most at restaurants. A family of four won’t say a word to each other throughout a meal because they’re all looking at a screen. Where parents used to build friendships with other parents while waiting for their children to finish activities, they’re now clicking approval of what someone they knew from high school had for dinner. Really. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m all about community. It goes back to my small town upbringing, where we knew way too much about each other. I love learning about people and their backgrounds. I like listening to their stories. That’s why this job works so well for me. I get paid to ask people questions about their lives. Ten years ago when Sharon

Simpson asked if I’d be interested in being the editor of CURRENTS, a new lifestyle magazine about Lake Norman she created, I told her I needed 24 hours to think about it. There were a lot of challenges, as the economy had recently hit rock bottom and many publications were closing their doors. I drove home and sat at my dining room table thinking about the possibilities of CURRENTS, and within two hours I called her to accept the job. For the past 10 years, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of interviewing a slew of fascinating people. So many times I’ve left an interview inspired or enlightened. And in the process, I’ve made a lot of cherished friends, some who are no longer with us. At the heart of CURRENTS is community because we couldn’t publish a magazine if we didn’t have extraordinary people to write about. Celebrating 10 years is a big deal for anything — marriage, kids, sobriety. But celebrating 10 years in the publishing industry is a feat these days, and I’m more than proud to be part of this achievement. So put down your cell phone, and read this issue as we begin celebrating our 10th year. You’ll be glad you did.

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A Gardening Tradition

World-renowned gardeners gather at the Davidson Horticultural Symposium on March 6 at Davidson College.

The Davidson Horticultural Symposium turns inspiration into reality

Troy Scott Smith is the head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England. His horticultural career spans more than 30 years

Carolina in 1973, and it soon became the largest in the area, supplying plants to customers as far away as Virginia. Stevens still goes to faraway places annually, searching for plants to bring back to trial in the nursery, and providing the Carolinas with new species that will grow well in their gardens.


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awarded the Historic Preservation Medal, one of the highest honors bestowed annually by the Garden Club of America. A teacher at the University of Virginia, Rieley’s session is called Jefferson’s Landscapes: A Historical Perspective.

William D. Rieley, PLA is the founder and principal of Rieley and Associates, a landscape architecture firm in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is one of the premier authorities on research, design, and preservation of public parks, roads, parkways, and a plethora of historic sites and gardens. In May 2016, Rieley was

Kerry Ann Mendez is a nationally renowned garden speaker, educator, author and design consultant based in Kenebunk, Maine. Her website, is a go-to for knowledgeable gardeners everywhere, and her blog and newsletters are read by hundreds every week. In Design Lessons Learned From Magnificent Gardens, Mendez will emphasize the design essentials that create great gardens and apply them in a way that accommodates home gardens of any size. Ted Stevens is a consummate plantsman. He and his brother started their nursery in Augusta, South

Ted Stevens

Considered to be a plantsman’s plantsman, Stevens has gardened in the Carolinas his entire life, so it’s only fitting that his session is titled Choosing the Best Plants for Carolina Gardens. — Compiled by Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of the Davidson Garden Club

Pre-registration is required for the Davidson Horticultural Symposium, and the registration fee is $98 per person — registration is limited to 450 people. The symposium takes place at the Knoblock Campus Center at Davidson College. For more information, visit www.


and includes being head gardener at the Courts Garden in Wiltshire and Bodnant Gardens in Wales. His expertise regarding rejuvenating English landscapes captured the attention of Sissinghurst Castle, a most famous National Trust Garden. Troy was appointed the first male head gardener there in 2013 and has been revitalizing this historic landscape that provides inspiration to gardeners worldwide. His segment is titled Restoring Vita’s Vision for Sissinghurst.


n the heart of every gardener is a dreamer and a visionary, who sees the beauty of nature where the land is currently bare, untended or in need of restoration. Gardens offer the opportunity to create harmony and renewal by adding structure, color, texture, and perhaps food and nesting materials for wildlife. But inspired as we may be, sometimes our dreams fall short. That’s where this year’s Davidson Horticultural Symposium comes in. This year’s symposium scheduled for March 6 at Davidson College features speakers who will inspire you to turn your visions into reality. Here’s a closer look at the speakers and the topics they’ll discuss.


For the Long Run

The Davidson Garden Club continues to grow

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Sixty Years and Blooming


From left, Robin Wilgus and Boo Hess of the Davidson Garden Club. For the past 24 years, Robin Wilgus has painted a garden picture for the Davidson Horticultural Symposium's marketing materials.


ne January day in 1957, eight women got together at Edith Anne Cashion’s Davidson home to found the Davidson Garden Club. None of these ladies had any idea of what the club would become or that it would still be growing strong 60 years later. They just wanted to have fun with flowers. “I said it would be fun to have a garden club,” remembers Cashion, adding that a friend of hers had been a member of garden clubs in Charlotte and Birmingham, Alabama. “We just called people, I did, some people that I knew locally, and we started that way. I will tell you that my mother [Helen Hobart] was the one who did the work of getting us in the Charlotte Council and all that.” Beginning in 1959, the club hosted annual flower shows first at Davidson College Presbyterian Church and later at Davidson United Methodist Church. The shows continued until 1970.

“They’d have themes, and you’d try to make arrangements for those themes,” remembers Cashion. “It was a fun thing to be thinking about and doing. Then the judges would come.” One year there was a clever entry in the Hootenanny class, using an album cover by Peter, Paul and Mary, a container holding stems and foliage, but no flowers. It was aptly called, Where have all the flowers gone? From the beginning, the Davidson Garden Club has been a pillar in the community. Ten months after it was founded, the club was responsible for Davidson being designated as a bird sanctuary. In 1979, the club used proceeds from its Sale on the Green to buy, install and maintain a fountain garden in the lobby of the Huntersville Oaks, and it also developed a nature trail behind the public school on South Street. However in 1985, the club created its greatest legacy,

the Davidson Horticultural Symposium, which was held at Davidson College. The idea was to bring in speakers so area gardeners could gain more plant knowledge and learn new techniques. “To be able to have these speakers from gardeners all around, gardeners would get tips that they couldn’t get any other way,” remembers Cashion. “I’m not sure they had in mind that this would go on so many years,” adds Hess. “It was pretty ingenious the way they put it together. There was so much detail and getting the word out.” After a mere five years, the symposium drew more than 400 registrants. This year’s symposium is scheduled for March 6 at Davidson College and will draw approximately 450 participants in addition to speakers from as far away as England (see page 13 for more details on the symposium). More people would attend if it weren’t for space limitations on

campus. Robin Wilgus, a club member and artist who lives in Davidson, has been painting a garden picture for the symposium’s posters for the past 24 years. Notecards of her artwork are available during the symposium. With 40 active members, the Davidson Garden Club works hard throughout the year planning and preparing for the symposium. Members are also responsible for the 40 baskets of greenery you see hanging downtown during Christmas in Davidson, and they meet monthly at members’ homes to listen to speakers and exchange plants. “It’s a hardworking group,” explains Hess. “We really do stress that we’re not a social club. We work in this club.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Brant Waldeck

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The cover of the March 2009 issue of CURRENTS featured a story about the legendary folk pianist George Winston.


his year marks the 10th anniversary of CURRENTS Magazine, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. As our staff looks back over the last 10 years, there are plenty of moments that stand out in our memories. That said, we’ve decided to share some of the best ones each month throughout 2018 in this column appropriately titled Take 10. Although the magazine’s first issue came out in December 2008, the first issue I edited came out in March 2009. The cover featured beautiful purple flowers, and the main story’s headline was George Winston Welcomes Spring in Davidson.

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Réa Wright

Wright began making soap 13 years ago as a creative outlet.

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éa Wright lost her creative outlet. As a counselor, having a creative hobby helped ease the emotional toll of the intense work Wright did. For years, throwing pottery had served as a powerful release but, as a mother of young children, she could no longer run to the pottery studio for the hours it sometimes required to create a piece. “I decided to look for another creative expression. I got intrigued by soap, and I decided to make some the way the pioneers did,” recalls 51-year-old Wright, who even rendered her own lard when she first started making soap more than 13 years ago. Creating bath products turned out to be the perfect outlet for this full-time holistic life coach, counselor and mom. Not only could she create her products at home, but when Wright’s daughter, Madeleine, began struggling with allergies, Wright realized she could make everything from body butter to lip balm naturally to reduce her family’s exposure to chemicals and irritants. Soon, she was gifting her soaps, butters, balms and more to clients and friends. “I got a really nice response, and I thought, ‘Maybe I can sell this,’ ” recalls Wright, who launched her company, Mood Indigo Soaps, five years ago. “Mood Indigo is about being as natural as possible and joyful, happy, vibrant living,” she explains. Now she sells her products online, as well as at

local retailers like Main Street Books in Davidson, Whole Foods in Huntersville and the Carolina Raptor Center. Rather than replace her counseling work, Wright’s Mood Indigo endeavor enhances it by feeding her creativity, allowing her another way to connect with her clients and deepening the synergy she has around working in a holistic manner. Her success with creating Mood Indigo from scratch has given her confidence to branch out in her counseling and coaching practice.

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Process What has creativity taught you? When I am in the flow, the delight and awareness of what is being creatively expressed is when I feel most connected with myself. When you were 10 years old, what was your favorite way to be creative? I really liked crafting with beads and flowers. What’s a good way to be more creative every day? Give yourself the time and space to daydream and let your mind wander. What is your creative recommendation? Put on some music you really love and dance for 15 minutes every day. I am all about connecting the mind and body together and not doing this neck-up living.

think, and my interaction with people really inspires me,” she says. “I get to have these very intimate experiences with people, and I find those very powerful and inspiring.” “We are all born creative and then life either gets in the way, and we learn to cut it off, shut it down or disengage, but it is an essential expression of who we are.” — Réa Wright

When she hits the creative wall, Wright takes herself out into nature to reignite her spark. “We are all born creative and then life either gets in the way, and we learn to cut it off, shut it down or disengage, but it is an essential expression of who we are,” she says. “You have to be connected to the deepest part of you to allow that to come forth. Creativity is an integral part of life.”

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“I have always worked in my office alone. I really felt like I wanted to take the work that I was doing to a wider audience and so, last year, I started my first group called Journey to Self, which really empowers women to bring all of themselves and their desires to their lives. It helps them come together in sisterhood to live their most authentic lives. It is deep processing work for the women who participate,” explains Wright, who uses rituals, stories, psychodrama, art, movement, experiential exercises and music to support her clients in this 12-month program. These meaningful and deep connections continue to ignite Wright’s creativity — whether she’s making a new skin product, painting, baking or helping a client tackle a challenge. “I am just genuinely curious about the way people live and



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Jennifer Lidstrom helps athletes with Olympic dreams by Holly Becker | photography by Brant Waldeck




Dr. Jennifer Lidstrom, chiropractor and owner of Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab in Cornelius, served as a US Olympic Committee volunteer chiropractor for two weeks last summer.

atching coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will be a rewarding experience for Dr. Jennifer Lidstrom because she has spent time with Team USA hopefuls. The chiropractor and owner of Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab in Cornelius served as a US Olympic Committee (USOC) volunteer chiropractor for two weeks last summer. “I’ve always loved the Olympics. It’s the pinnacle of athleticism,” says Lidstrom. “It’s amazing to watch the work ethic and dedication of these athletes, and they’re not getting paid. They do it because they love the sport and their country.”




From NASCAR to Olympics Sports have played an integral role in Lidstrom’s life, as she grew up taking dance and playing softball, soccer, tennis and basketball. At Michigan State University, she played on the soccer and rugby teams. She also played soccer for a year at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. To become a USOC volunteer, Lidstrom submitted an application and underwent a rigorous selection process, including interviews, references and a thorough background check. Volunteers have a minimum of two years experience working with

if she would be interested in providing chiropractic care, she moved to the Lake Norman area. She opened her practice, Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center & Motorsports Rehab, in 2004. Photography courtesy of Jennifer Lidstrom.


To become a USOC volunteer, Lidstrom submitted an application and underwent a rigorous selection process.

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Lidstrom at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center last summer.

collegiate or professional sports teams. A certified chiropractic sports physician, Lidstrom

grew up in a racing family. Her father has worked in NASCAR since the mid-90s. When a NASCAR team called and asked

The US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is one of three training centers in the United States. The others are located in Lake Placid, New York and Chula Vista, California. Lidstrom stayed in the same dorms the athletes live in and worked from 8 a.m.6 p.m. each day, as well as

Lidstrom wishes were part of mainstream medicine. Lidstrom has twice served as a USOC volunteer. Her first time was in 2010, though she has had several invitations since then. The USOC pays for the flight, accommodations and food, but volunteers receive no payment for their service and time. Lidstrom takes time off from her practice when she volunteers. She says her two-week Olympic stint wouldn’t be possible without a supportive staff and family. The mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, she sent pictures from Colorado Springs every day to help give her children a glimpse of what she was doing away from home. Now whenever they see the Olympic rings she says they excitedly say, “Look at Mommy’s rings!” “It will be fun to watch the Olympics in February so they can see why Mommy was gone,” says Lidstrom.

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From left, Jennifer Brinkley and Sandy Plemmons stand in their studio at Let It Flow, the Troutman yoga studio they opened in January. Together they wrote the manifesto that's painted on the wall.

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ennifer Brinkley took a few of Sandy Plemmons’ Thursday night yoga classes at Vinyasa Arts LKN at LangTree. Other than the typical salutations folks exchange while they’re working out, they didn’t know each other well. Now as they sit in the Community Room of their new yoga studio called Let It Flow in Troutman, they complete each other’s sentences and seem as if they’ve been best friends since grade school. “You know when something is meant to be, it all works out,” says Plemmons, who lives in Mooresville. “Our relationship has been spectacular. I think we’ve gone from barely knowing each other to business partners to friends to sisters from another mother.”



The front room of Let It Flow offers a cozy space for an after-class chat.

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Neither Brinkley nor Plemmons had any idea that they would be yoga studio owners this time a year ago. In February 2017, Plemmons retired from the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, where she served as executive director. Brinkley, a Statesville resident, owns a horse farm, as well as her family’s textile company in

Taylorsville. When they learned that their dear friends and yoga mentors, Andy and Tamara Totman, were closing Vinyasa Arts LKN because Andy relapsed with a rare form of cancer, they were heartbroken. The Totmans moved to the Lake Norman area from San Diego and opened their LangTree studio in December 2016, closing only six months later. In that short

amount of time, they touched many lives. “A lot of people were devastated [when Vinyasa LKN closed]. They said, ‘Oh my gosh, what are we going to do without Tamara and Andy?’ ” recalls Plemmons. “There’s just something about them and the way they teach.” “And you can’t really put that into words,” adds Brinkley. Soon Brinkley reached out to

Plemmons to see if she would consider opening a studio with her so that the Totmans would have a place to share their love of yoga with others. “She [Jennifer] wanted to give them a place to teach regular classes without the burden of managing the business and with the flexibility to take time off when they needed it,” explains Plemmons. Both women are graduates

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As they began planning their studio they decided that in addition to yoga classes, they also wanted to offer people a place where they could build community. “We don’t talk to people anymore,” says Brinkley, who is an exercise physiologist by degree. “When you think about how the community is shifting or we’re tired. We’ve just overloaded ourselves to the point that we carve out this hour to exercise, but we don’t realize that we need more than that hour.” With that in mind, Brinkley and Plemmons wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to hang out before or after a yoga class, so finding the perfect space was key. They looked at properties from Mooresville to Statesville, intentionally trying to avoid the congestion of I-77. “We wanted something where when people walked in the door, they went, ‘Oh wow,

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this is awesome. I want to be here,’ ” explains Plemmons. When they stumbled upon a 100-year-old home in Troutman zoned commercial that was owned by Scott Parmiter of Ronald Scott Properties, Inc., they immediately knew it was the place. After a lot of negotiating, Let It Flow now shares the home with Ronald Scott Properties. “Sandy and Jennifer’s business model is perfect for this house, this town and quite frankly, my business,” says Parmiter. “It’s really a win-win for everyone.” When you walk into the house, there’s a comfortable sitting area by the front desk, along with all kinds of yoga gear and accessories for sale. An enlarged photograph taken by Brinkley’s late stepdaughter, Kelly Brinkley, hangs above the mantel. It reads “Open Faith. Open Hearts. Open Minds,” which is the feeling the space exudes. The Community Room is filled with whimsical furniture, yoga books and magazines, as well as a television for special sporting events or HGTV. It beckons folks to sit a spell after getting their chakras



Left, yoga clothing and accessories are available at Let It Flow. Right, the snack bar offers healthy options.


aligned. There’s even a large red sign on the wall that reads “gather.” The home’s kitchen has evolved into a snack and beverage bar with a healthy spin. Snacks range from popcorn to RX BARS. Beverage selections include coffee (Mooresville’s Black Powder Roasting Co.), cappuccino, lattes, tea, wine, Prosecco, Kombucha (Charlotte’s Lenny Boy) and three Hootenanny Brewing Co. beers on tap. Full disclosure, Hootenanny Brewing Co. is owned by Sandy’s husband, Scott. More about that on page 31. “We ask our teachers if you have the time and you’re not running off to do something, come downstairs after class,” says Plemmons. “So far that’s exactly what’s happened.”

Something for everyone

Upstairs in two studios (one large and one small) is where the yoga magic happens. Let It Flow currently has 22 teachers, including Brinkley, Plemmons, and Tamara and Andy Totman, who teach all types of yoga classes. There’s a Dudes Do Yoga class for athletic men who need to stretch, as well as all levels of Vinyasa. Private sessions are also an option. “There is a teacher for everybody,” says Brinkley, adding that they offer a TRI Us Package that includes three classes, three different teachers within 30 days for new students. “You may not like the first teacher you come to. It’s got to click,” says Plemmons. “We don’t want you to think, ‘I don’t like that teacher, so I don’t like yoga.’ ”

Plemmons was recently certified in Yoga 4 Cancer training so she can help people who have been or who are going through cancer treatment practice yoga in a safe manner. “You have to find a new norm,” says Plemmons of Yoga 4 Cancer. “Your body almost becomes very foreign to you, depending on what kind of surgery you’ve had, what kind of treatments you’ve had.” Working for the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, which focuses on childhood and ovarian cancers, Plemmons became passionate about helping cancer patients and their families. When Andy Totman’s cancer returned, her passion was ignited even more. At press time Andy was half way through treatment at Duke and was responding well to it. His experience with this brutal disease fits in perfectly with

the manifesto Brinkley and Plemmons came up with for Let It Flow. It’s painted on the wall of the large studio, and it covers everything from second chances to grace to acceptance. These two women want to create a culture of inclusion and positive energy, and they want their studio to be intimidation-free. Case in point, if you’re not into yoga, they offer dance classes taught by Melanie Shippee on Friday nights. They’re beginning with salsa, and shag is on the calendar next. They want everyone to feel welcome in their community. “You’re going to find some part of it that’s good for some part of you, whether it’s your body, your brain, whatever,” says Brinkley, “but then, put your cell phone down and talk to some people, have something to drink and sit.”

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ven though Scott Plemmons worked for Lowe’s for 30 years, he never attended one of the company’s legendary hootenannys. “Hootenanny is an old folk word that means party,” explains Scott. “Lowe’s, back in the early days in the ‘60s and ‘70s, had hootenannys for all of their store managers and their corporate office. …I’ve never attended a hootenanny, but my father [Al], I’m second generation [Lowe’s employee], did participate in a lot of hootenannys.” Scott liked the word so much that he used it to name his newly founded beer endeavor, Hootenanny Brewing Co. The Mooresville resident began homebrewing five years ago. In 2016 he took a weeklong course on fermentation science at his alma mater, Appalachian State University. Around the same time, his wife, Sandy, kicked him out of the kitchen because his beer brewing was taking up too much space. So what was initially going to be built as a pool cabana in their back yard was expanded to accommodate a microbrewery. Scott says what really pushed him to start his brewery business was the fact that Sandy was in the process of opening a yoga studio (Let It Flow) in Troutman with her business partner, Jennifer Brinkley, and they wanted to serve beer. “I was back and forth on whether I was going to go commercial or not because I knew how daunting of a task it was going to be,” recalls Scott, who works from home as a consultant. “As her studio began to play out, I really put the pedal down to get it done so I can supply beer for her.” Currently, he has four beers (all ales), and they’re named with a party in mind — Rave, Let It Flow, I’ll Have N’Udder and Yin Yang. Three of his beers are on tap at Let It Flow, and Scott also has a beer on rotating tap at Ultimate Ales in Mooresville. A member of Iredell Brewers United, he has a target list of 12 locations in the Mooresville area he would like to carry his beer, in addition to plans for four more beers, think Hoe Down and Pajama Party. “I brew what I like to drink,” he says, “and it just so happens a lot of other people like to drink the same type of beer.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Lisa Crates


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Root for the Home Team Instead of Roses this Valentine’s Day How to tackle the responsibility of buying your by Mike Savicki sweetheart a gift — with a twist



ull disclosure, I won’t melt or mush if you give me a dozen red (or any color) roses for Valentine’s Day. Years ago I recall having felt differently, but perhaps skepticism has crept in with age or perhaps the over-thetop use of the rose in cheesy fake romance TV shows has ruined it for me. Either way, if you are thinking of buying me roses for Valentine’s Day, which you probably aren’t, please don’t. This thought, however, brings me to the point of this story — a question — when (and why) did Valentine’s Day become the responsibility of the guy? Why is it up to us to take the lead and deliver any or all of the following year after year after year — a dozen freshly cut roses, chocolates, champagne, wine, etc.? Since I don’t dare attempt to answer this question (what guy on earth possibly could?), I’d like to offer an overflowing handful of alternative gift ideas which a spouse or girlfriend might actually be excited to receive this Valentine’s Day. If guys are the ones who must take the lead this holiday, the gifts we give will, from this column forward, include more personalization, more sports and more of what we, as guys, see as romantic. Looking for validation and gift ideas, I first chatted with Chris Boutin, owner of Rivals Sports & Home in Cornelius.

“Sports bring people together; that’s all there is to it,” Boutin tells me as I peruse his store overflowing with college and pro sports memorabilia and merchandise related items (including college logo fishing lures, hint hint). “If you go back to where people met their partner, sports is right up there. Maybe it was in college at a game or you went on a first date to a sports event. Sports is that common bond that can lead to friendship then romance.” So, ladies, instead of flowers this year, how does a University of Tennessee infinity scarf sound? A Clemson clutch? A pair of Steelers wine glasses? A Georgia Bulldogs picnic bag for the boat? A matching pair of Patriots earrings and a bracelet? A Duke sweatshirt blanket for snuggling while watching TV together? If you still want some chocolate in your gift, how about a Hershey Kisses-filled UNC Tervis mug? “I think people underestimate the thought that goes into getting them something for their team or teams, and on Valentine’s Day, especially,” explains Boutin, “it’s the gesture that helps win points.” But let’s say sports isn’t your spouse or partner’s thing, there is still hope. At Dutchmans Casual Living Stores in Cornelius, Rachel Garvey brought me up to speed on gift ideas that aren’t freshly cut and

typically last only a few days (although, she asserts, there are some spouses like her who still enjoy that traditional type of gift, along with a card that includes a handwritten message). “We will typically see guys come in a day or two before Valentine’s Day and look to us for direction and ideas,” she says, “so we tell them to think about their partner and what they like and add a twist to it.” I’ll save you asking Garvey the same questions I did and offer the following home and casual living gift ideas. Feel like your spouse is in need of some pampering? How about a collection of soaps, hand lotions, and bath and body products? Candles seem an obvious choice, but spend a few extra minutes picking out ones with relaxing or calming scents, and she will notice your attempt at making them personal. If your wife craves an escape destination and you aren’t yet ready to spring for two roundtrip first class tickets to that cozy Nantucket B&B, how about a coffee table picture book to give her that mental escape?

“We even see a lot of husbands come in and buy gift certificates,” Garvey tells me. “They know their wife has an eye for something or is working on a project, and with the gift certificate she will feel liberated to come in and buy what she wants.” So, guys, if you are like me and the very thought of buying another round of flowers, chocolates and traditional Valentine’s Day gifts makes you shudder, let’s collectively band together and go the alternative gift route for this upcoming holiday. After speaking with Boutin and Garvey, I’m confident the sports or home and casual living ideas will be home runs, so that’s the route I’m going. I hope it works because I’m really not looking forward to writing next year’s column about how to keep freshly cut red roses in bloom while being banished to the dog house.


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and Mooresville’s Smith knew it was time to find a gym and begin teaching formally. He first moved the group indoors to a shared fitness space before opening the lake’s first dedicated Muay Thai training center in early 2018.

A sport rich in tradition Muay Thai originated from an old battlefield art named Muay Boran, a self-defense style used by the people living in what is now Thailand in the 1700s. While Muay Boran incorporates both stand-up and ground fighting, Muay Thai is only stand-up, meaning fighters compete in a ring while on their feet. For hundreds of years, the ancient sport of Muay Thai has been based solely around eight principle points of contact — two hands, two shins, two elbows and two knees. Taken together they represent the Muay Thai fighter’s arsenal of weapons.

“It is a very aggressive martial art — by nature, martial arts are aggressive or else they wouldn’t work — but it is pure in that it is steeped with tradition, honor and respect, not only to the sport itself but also to the fighters,” says Smith, now 48 and a retired Statesville police officer. “It is perfection of the basics, I tell my students,” he continues, adding, ”Everything we do, from jabs, hooks, crosses and upper cuts, the basics of boxing, to knees and elbows, kicks and foot jabs, are proven techniques we know will work. We are pure in style and do not deviate. We honor its past.” Of the many traditions Smith incorporates into his teaching, several pay honor and respect to the history of the sport. Before an ancient Thai fighter went off to battle, his mother would weave an arm band of materials taken from the family home and tie it around her son’s arm. This prajead would remind the fighter of his mother’s love.

Smith gives all of his students a prajead, each woven in Thailand, and requires his younger students to wear them during instructional classes. Muay Thai fighters also wear a ceremonial headpiece called a monkong to show respect for the sport, the family and the instructor, and some also perform a ceremonial dance called a Wai Kru before each fight. “The prajead, the monkong, those are things we do that go back to showing the respect between a mother and a child, a student and his teacher, and how the sport is based in tradition and family,” Smith says. “Tradition is what gives this sport life. It is what keeps it pure in form, true and respectful.”

Benefits beyond the ring More than simply a martial art for those who want to fight and compete, Muay Thai offers health and wellness benefits both physical and mental.


t was the spring of 2016 when J.T. Smith first brought together a group of novices to experience Muay Thai. Under a picnic structure in Mooresville’s Bellingham Park, the group attended with different goals in mind and different backgrounds. Some attended hoping to learn how Muay Thai builds self-confidence and strength. Others attended because they heard Muay Thai offered a progressive and high-energy workout. Some even attended with the hope of learning the sport so that one day they could perhaps compete. Muay Thai, as Smith first explained, is a sport that offers something for everyone. It didn’t take long for word to spread and the popularity of Smith’s demonstrations to increase. By the time spring turned to summer, the size of the group more than tripled,


Smith gives all of his students a prajead, each woven in Thailand, and requires his younger students to wear them during instructional classes.


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Children and teens gain selfconfidence and self-awareness, often important to stop bullying, and women overwhelmingly take from their training the skills needed for self-defense as well as fitness. “A very small, small group want to compete. Most do it for fitness and self-defense,” Smith says. “I’ve got some kids who do it for confidence, kids who have been bullied. A bully takes away so much, things like self-confidence and self-esteem, and while we never teach kids to fight or be the aggressor, we help them discover in themselves that degree of confidence that takes the power away from the bully.” As for the misperceptions of the sport, Smith says they are undeserved. “On the surface, Muay Thai has gotten a bad name perhaps because it might seem like an aggressive martial art, but that can’t be farther from the truth,” Smith explains. “Since Muay Thai is about mastering the basics and perfecting only a set number of kind of strikes or contacts, and developing muscle memory, it can be therapeutic. It can build health, and it can be a lifelong sport that can be customized to what you can do.” Smith’s training team has expanded as more students become drawn to the sport.

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Joining Kru (meaning teacher) Smith are Assistant Kru Matt Riter, an amateur US champion, and jiu-jitsu instructor Joe Hurst, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. And as martial arts and mixed martial arts continue to gain popularity thanks to increased “Muay Thai in Thailand is kind of like what basketball is in America.” — J.T. Smith


television exposure and interest as a progressive form of personal training, Smith sees Muay Thai continuing the growth that began with the seeds he planted during his first demonstration in Bellingham Park just two years ago. “Muay Thai in Thailand is kind of like what basketball is in America,” Smith says. “No matter where you go, an arena, a gym, a restaurant, a park, you’ll see people doing it. It is the national sport of Thailand. It is that popular, and it can get there in our country, too.”

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hen a Davidson couple hired Catherine Boardman to design the interior of their beach house, they had no idea that what she came up with for the coast would also make its way into their River Run home. But that’s exactly what happened, and now the couple, along with their two sons, finally feels like their Davidson home is a true expression of them.



The music room of this River Run home features cherished family pieces, as well as a signed print by Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers.


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Painting the woodwork of the staircase a dark gray and replacing gold swirly carpet with sea grass gives the entrance of the home an updated look.

Twelve years ago when Boardman’s clients, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their River Run home, they knew some improvements needed to be made. Over time they made small changes — think paint colors, new bedding and even a pool. “Though we’ve updated here and there ever since we moved in …we’ve never felt like this is totally us,” says the wife of the home. “We’ve just felt like we’ve put a Band-Aid on it. We kind of held off until we could do it right.” Do it right they did. Beginning in December 2016, they embarked on a downstairs renovation with Boardman, owner of Catherine Boardman Interiors, and their contractor, Wayne Brickey, that completely changed the vibe of their two-story traditional home. “We did all white with some black accents and lots of texture and natural elements down at the beach,” explains Boardman. “And I think they enjoyed being down there and the feel of it, so they wanted to bring that same feel to their River Run house, which was very different before with its jewel tones.” One of the biggest and most challenging parts of the renovation was changing the color of the red oak floors. After doing extensive research, the homeowners stumbled upon a company called Rubio Monocoat, which offers finishes that have zero VOCs and contain natural ingredients. Brickey and the homeowner drove an hour to a demonstration to learn how to refinish the floors. The result is a seamless chocolate gray that shows no hint of its former identity. Brickey even replaced the tile floor in the kitchen by feathering in new hardwoods. Previously in the kitchen the owners had the cabinets redone in a distressed white. Boardman built on that idea by removing top cabinets from the back wall and using square white tile for an extended backsplash. The other walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s



The kitchen was simplified by removing some of the higher cabinets and incorporating a wall of white square tiles. The island features a marble-like quartz that waterfalls on each end.

Super White, while the doors are painted in the company’s Wrought Iron color. Brickey built a space for the refrigerator, as well as shelves for the corner of the kitchen that are stained to complement the floors. He also used part of the island to increase counter space in another area of the kitchen where a built-in desk once stood. The island now features quartz with a marble

appearance that waterfalls down the sides, while the rest of the countertops showcase white quartz. A new farm sink and Wolf stove add even more perks to the space that overlooks the family’s pool.

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Throughout the home it was important to the owners to incorporate pieces they already had, especially furniture pieces

that have been passed down in their family. The dining area in the kitchen features a round table that was one of the couple’s first purchases together. Boardman gave it new life by installing a constellation chandelier by Sazerac Stitches. A bay window was removed to make room for large glass doors that fully open to the firepit and pool area. The couple had an air curtain

installed above the doors so no mosquitos or bugs can get in when they leave the door open for entertaining. The doors can also remain open during the summer without the warm air getting into the house. “We love being outside, and we wanted to have a light airy feeling and bring the outside in,” says the homeowner, adding that the air curtain also keeps smoke from the firepit




Toile wallpaper with black trimwork set the stage for this cosmic chandelier by Robert Abbey called Andromeda.


from getting into the house. The kitchen and dining area open to the family room, where a new configuration was needed for viewing sports, as the family loves football. By moving the the TV above the mantel, more people can sit comfortably on the cream linen sectional the family already owned. This space also features two chairs passed down through their family that Boardman had recovered and a new caramel leather sofa from Cornelius’ Cococo. The coffee table was custom made by Davidson’s Settar & Co. “This [the coffee table] was another blood, sweat and tears kind of thing because we had to get it just right,” says Boardman. “It’s walnut, and it’s two-and-aquarter-inch thick. It has the Rubio [Monocoat] cover as well. It took a long time to get that right, but I think that it was worth it.” The office and sitting room underwent a metamorphosis when the wall separating the two spaces

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was knocked out. Now, the sitting room serves as a music room, as the two children of the home play instruments, and the whole family enjoys listening to vinyl on the turntable. Highlighted by a framed signed jersey from John Elway, the legendary Denver Broncos quarterback, the office portion remains, while the music area features a family chair that Boardman had recovered in a dark gray geometric print, a family coffee table and a signed print by Concord’s Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers. The front stairway has always made a grand statement in the house, but the homeowners had had enough of its gold swirly carpet. Boardman had the staircase’s woodwork painted a dark gray and replaced the 1990s’ carpet with sea grass. “I took the most basic elements [ from the beach] and repeated them here [at River Run],” says Boardman. “I loved bringing the aesthetic that I really appreciate. …It was so fun to have a client that was on the same page as me.”

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Petite Sirah — perfect for Epic’s mostly meaty menu.

My wife, Mary Ellen, and I have been dining at Mooresville’s Epic Chophouse since almost day one. Our first time was dinner after a holiday cocktail party in 2010, which was put on by this illustrious magazine. We’ve been friends with and followers of Executive Chef Jon Spencer even longer — the man has a way with fine cuisine. So, when a neighbor was forming a neighborhood group to dine at Epic, we were quick to raise our hands to join. The group ended up being a total of 12 people. That was great because, with that many people sharing, we got to try several different wines. While waiting for our table in the bar, we ran into an old friend of my wife’s, a white wine from the northwest of Spain made from the Albariño grape. This wine is a fixture at our place. It’s not that often that we see it on a wine list, so we jumped on it. The second stop on our wine world tour was New Zealand. By the time everyone was nibbling on salads and appetizers, we had moved on to a Sauvignon Blanc from down under. As enjoyable as those two wines were, it was when we arrived at our main courses that I got to go to my happy place — my favorite wine at Epic. Many years ago coowner, Jim Morasso, suggested a Petite Sirah from the Napa Valley region of California. It turned out to be a great wine at a reasonable price, and I’ve ordered it almost every time we’ve dined at Epic since. There’s

nothing like finding a tasty value nugget. Not surprisingly, most of our group ordered steak or something similar from Epic’s mostly meaty menu. Dishes like that call for a strong wine to accompany them. The Petite Sirah was just the ticket. Before the main course there had been lively, animated group conversation. When our entrée orders arrived, the mood became more subdued, mostly the clicking of silverware and contented sipping sounds. I like it when that happens. I ordered the evening’s special dish, Tournedos Diane. This is a rich dish, small portions of tender steak that you can cut with a fork and that are bathed in a thick sauce. A dish like this would overwhelm many wines, but the Petite Sirah has the muscle to go with the food. The wine is complex and dense. A jammy mix of flavors such as dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and a host of others. A nice combination equals a nice experience. I take out-of-town guests to Epic to show off our area’s cuisine. I’ve hosted a life-long friend from Scotland who’s a rabid chauvinist for Scottish beef. I’ve hosted a native New Yorker who trembles whenever he’s out of a big city. Both of them were blown away by what they found at Epic. And both of them gave a huge thumbs up to my Petite Sirah. Epic Chophouse 104 S. Main Street Mooresville

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The fact that Michael Prichard was the youngest in his group of friends while attending college in upstate New York has a lot to do with his current passion for homebrewing beer. While his older friends experimented with and tasted craft beers and alcoholic beverages, both good and bad, Michael watched, took notes, collected data and learned. And when it came time to return to school, he was usually the designated driver, transporting not only his confidants but also beverage ideas, which he filed away to put to future use. After moving to North Carolina to begin work at Carolina Beverage Group, he noticed a flier at Ultimate Ales that motivated him to join the Iredell Brewers United Facebook group and then become an active member. He finally had a way to enter the homebrew arena. “We are a group of likeminded people who make their own beer, appreciate it, share it, and give and receive constructive criticism on a local scale,” Prichard, now 30, explains. “It’s not always easy for a homebrewer to brew their own beer, then bring it to a craft brewery and meet with its brewer to get feedback, so this club fills that need. A

group like ours is a fantastic way to learn the craft by seeing how other people do it, learning different subtleties employed on the way.” Prichard says he was a bit cautious at first. “I acted like a homebrewer for two years before making my own batch. Now I’m like most other homebrewers, leaning more toward experimentation and trying things in five and tengallon batch sizes that larger commercial craft breweries cannot,” he explains. “There are a lot of really good IPAs in our group, also a lot of barrel projects thanks to our host, Ghostface.” The Mooresville resident says the group captures all the styles that the commercial breweries do but that they do it with a flair of excitement and experimentation that not every commercial brewery has the opportunity to employ. “With us you’ll see more fruits, more vanilla bean, more spices and more coffee beers,” he says. As for Prichard, his favorites include coffee porters, rye IPAs and rye-spiced beers. And it looks like his research and efforts are paying dividends, as he was recently awarded Iredell Brewers United’s 2017 Brewer of the Year award.

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1 cup unsalted butter (Kerrygold is a great brand.) 8 ounces (70-72 percent) dark chocolate (Equal Exchange or Hu are very good brands.) 6 large responsibly laid eggs 2/3-cup coconut sugar ground very fine in a blender 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder or 1 tablespoon of vanilla paste 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons of unsweetened cacao powder (Navitas is a good brand.)

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Cake Instructions Preheat the oven to 350º F. Grease two eight-inch cake pans, and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Melt the butter and chocolate on the stove top on low heat. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs and sugar for about four minutes at high speed until pale and doubled in volume. Add the vanilla to the eggs and beat until combined. Sift in the cocoa, and mix again until combined. Stream in the melted chocolate and butter and beat until combined. Divide into prepared cake pans, and bake for about 13 to 15 minutes or until a knife comes out with some crumbs attached but is no longer wet. Set aside to cool for five minutes, then remove from pans onto pieces of parchment paper and cool before frosting. Makes one eight-inch cake.

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This combination needs no special introduction, and this particular peanut butter and chocolate cake will rock your socks off. In addition, it’s the bees knees for any Super Bowl party, birthday or casual family dinner. Simple enough to whip up (my boys made it for my birthday an hour before dinner), and it “took the cake.” Low in sugar, flour free, loaded with antioxidants and protein, this cake is body-hugging goodness at its best. So get whipping because as Julia Child once said, “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of J Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can learn more about her at

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Buttercream Instructions Beat together the peanut butter, butter, salt and vanilla. Continue beating until fluffy while adding in the powdered sugar.

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or years Jamey Lowe spent most of this time on the tennis court, but these days he can be found in the kitchen. The former director of tennis at Trump National Golf Club Charlotte turned restaurateur opened Smokey J’s BBQ late last year in Downtown Mooresville. Located in the former Groucho’s Deli site on South Broad Street, Smokey J’s BBQ offers a relaxed, casual dining experience. The simple, country diner feel makes customers feel right at home.

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Lowe's barbecue business started with a food truck in 2014.

Family recipe Lowe’s love for a girl led him to his love for barbecue. His wife, Amy, is from a rather famous barbecue city called Memphis. When the couple visited Amy’s family, her father, Joel Laney, made what Lowe calls “the best barbecue and ribs I’d ever eaten.” “I wanted to know what he was doing and how he was doing it,” remembers Lowe. An amateur pit master, Laney shared his

secrets of the art of barbecuing with his future son-in-law. “My father-in-law is a believer in cooking at a low temperature and slowly. He taught me to take my time and do it right — no shortcuts,” says Lowe. Laney and Lowe entered barbecue competitions, and soon neighbors and friends began asking them to cater parties and events. Lowe’s in-laws have been avid supporters of his business endeavors. They moved to North Carolina in 2015, and Lowe says his father-in-law has attended nearly every event the food truck has booked and spent many hours helping him get the restaurant ready for opening.

Memphis meets Carolina Smokey J’s BBQ boasts that it serves “a whole lot of Memphis with a Carolina twist.” Customers choose from a variety of meats —

think pulled pork and chicken to ribs and brisket. Lowe says he uses the style of cooking his father-inlaw taught him and combines some Carolina flair and flavors. “We’ve created a nice mix of the two types. We don’t sauce our meat. We let the customers do that,” says Lowe, adding that the signature sauces are bottled in North Carolina and are sold at the restaurant and other Mooresville and Charlotte locations. “We feel like the meat doesn’t need anything extra, but the customers can add our homemade Knuckle Lickin’ BBQ sauces to suit any taste — tomato-based, vinegar-based and a hot sauce.” Smokey J’s BBQ 215 S. Broad Street Mooresville Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Saturday-Sunday

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Though the restaurant is new, Smokey J’s BBQ is not new to Lake Norman. Lowe’s barbecue business started in 2014 with a food truck. He still uses the food truck for special events and catering. Lowe is excited about his new restaurant venture. The new space has allowed him to expand the menu and offer seasonal and weekly specials. In addition to barbecue, sides include southern staples, such as mac and cheese,

baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, green beans and southern greens. “The opportunity fell in my lap, and it was a perfect time to follow this dream,” explains Lowe. “I love Mooresville, and the people in it. It felt like it was the right step at the right time.”

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Are you in need of a medical expert? The Lake Norman area is filled with world-class doctors, dentists and medical specialist of all types. The following pages will introduce you to some of the area’s top-notch professionals. This special advertising section is your guide to some of Lake Norman’s best medical professionals.

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Dr. Erik J. Miles | North Charlotte Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery or the past 10 years, Dr. Erik Miles has been practicing plastic surgery at North Charlotte Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Huntersville. As the son of a physician, Dr. Miles became interested in medicine at a young age. Growing older

he worked in the emergency departments of major hospitals and was an EMT while he was an undergraduate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. It wasn’t until he began surgery rotations while attending medical school that he decided that plastic surgery would be his focus.

9735 Kincey Ave. Ste. 104, Huntersville, NC 28078

“Plastic surgery is an extremely rewarding specialty that allows me to work in a wide variety of clinical settings,” explains Dr. Miles, who has been a physician for 18 years. “I enjoy the challenges of restoring form and function to patients with reconstructive needs, as well as providing cosmetic surgery patients with procedures that can improve confidence and self-esteem.” Dr. Miles’ postgraduate education began with flight training in the United States Navy, where he served for eight years and was selected to fly high performance military jet aircraft. His deployments aboard aircraft carriers around the world earned him numerous military awards and gave him invaluable life experiences. After being honorably discharged to pursue his medical ambitions, Dr. Miles attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and completed a general surgery residency program in Dallas at Methodist Medical Center. He was then accepted into the highly competitive plastic surgery residency program at Methodist Hospital in Houston and later received extensive aesthetic surgery training at St. Joseph Hospital, which is the home of the original breast implant pioneers. In addition, he studied with internationally known aesthetic plastic surgeons at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Miles is board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery, and he is also a fellow


in the American College of Surgeons and a respected member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons At North Charlotte Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Miles and his staff, which includes his wife, Marcy, of 24 years, offer patients a variety of cosmetic procedures on the face, breast and body, as well as non-surgical aesthetic procedures. He also routinely treats patients who have had traumatic injuries or surgical deformities secondary to cancer resection. Although the majority of his patients have cosmetic concerns, Dr. Miles says he will always devote part of his practice to caring for patients with reconstructive needs. “At a time when many plastic surgeons have abandoned reconstructive surgery to focus on more lucrative cosmetic procedures, it remains a rewarding and enjoyable part of my practice,” he explains, adding that for many years he commuted weekly to the VA Hospital in Asheville to perform reconstructive surgery on military veterans. “Reconstructive surgery is the foundation of our specialty.” Patient safety and satisfaction are always a primary concern at North Charlotte Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. “Plastic surgery can be life-changing. However, not everyone is a good candidate for plastic surgery,” says Dr. Miles. “The success of our practice is not measured by how many patients we can ‘convert’ to surgery after their consultation. We use patient satisfaction as our benchmark.”


Patrick Coleman, DMD | Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery

bone grafting and dental implant placement to be more precise. “It has become much more common in my practice, and it helps me serve our patients better,” says the Army veteran. Regardless of the complexity of the procedure, the goal of the practice is to always to provide the most up-to-date oral and maxillofacial surgical care in a warm, professional and caring environment, tailored to meet an individual patient’s dental needs. “The most rewarding part of my practice is providing pain relief for patients and providing the surgical component of oral rehabilitation,” explains Dr. Patrick Coleman, one of


the most respected dental implant surgeons in the region. He continues to undergo hundreds of hours of continuing education training in the latest dental implant, soft tissue and periodontal surgical procedures, in addition to serving as the president of the Charlotte Dental Society and North Carolina Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. “We are not a large corporate practice. We tailor our care to the individual, in a low-volume and caring environment,” adds Dr. Michael Coleman, who is highly trained in all aspects of oral surgery and implant dentistry. “Our support staff is second to none, and we are always available to our

19910 N. Cove Road Cornelius, NC 28031

patients, even after the office closes.” These board certified physicians treat each patient as they would want their wives and children to be treated, with respect, courtesy and compassion. “Our ultimate goal is to provide patients with a thorough diagnosis, the most state-of-the art dental implant treatment, modern facilities and equipment in a professional yet personal, caring, and, perhaps most important, safe environment,” explains Dr. Foran. “We all pay close attention to the concerns of our patients for the best possible treatment and outcome.”


arolina Oral & Facial Surgery focuses on dental alveolar surgery, such as tooth extraction and dental implant placement, as well as bone grafting, pathology and dental infection services, and in-office anesthesia and sedation. Founded in 1985, the practice also provides hospital-based services, such as trauma and orthognathic surgery. Keeping up with the latest in technique and technology is paramount to the practice’s success. For example, Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery is one of the first practices in the area to implement CT-guided implant procedures. Dr. Michael Foran says CT-guided surgery allows

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Dr. Peter Miller, MD PhD | Iredell NeuroSpine | Ann Horton, MPAS, PA-C; Whitney Reavis, MMS, PA-C; Peter Miller, MD, PhD FEBRUARY 2018


r. Peter Miller’s neurosurgery practice spans more than 20 years. Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Miller treats patients at Iredell NeuroSpine in Mooresville, Statesville and Hickory, where he employs a surgical philosophy centered on minimally invasive procedures. “I am conservative in my approach to spinal surgery. We typically try less invasive options such as medication, physical therapy and injections before considering surgery,” explains Dr. Miller, who completed his General Surgery Internship at the University of Kentucky in addition to a Research Fellowship and Neurosurgery Residency at the University of Pittsburgh. “We stress helping the patient through their spinal problems

with an emphasis on having them get back to the fullest life possible.” Dr. Miller’s highly trained team at Iredell NeuroSpine includes Ann Horton, MPAS, PA-C and Whitney Reavis, MMS, PA-C. They assist Dr. Miller in the operating room and provide personalized care for each patient. “We treat the patient as a whole person, mind and body. Our concern is to make the whole process as easy as possible for the patient,” explains Dr. Miller. “I do many surgeries through a narrow tube. This allows us to go between the muscle, rather than stripping the muscle off the bone, and it makes the surgery easier on the patient, with less blood loss and less risk of infection — and shorter hospital stays.” Dr. Miller adds that using

a CAT scanner allows him to “check his work” before a patient leaves the operating room. “Patients don’t go to the recovery room until I am certain that everything is perfect,” he says, adding that his highly dedicated surgical team performs every operation with him. He and the team also support patients once they leave the hospital, resulting in a seamless care experience. “We have providers in the office every day during the week to answer any questions or problems a patient may have. There is always someone on call, typically me, for emergencies at night and on the weekends.” Regardless of whether a patient needs surgery, Dr. Miller consistently takes the time to explain a patient’s condition to them in terms they can understand by using X-rays,

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MRIs and spinal models.“I feel that the patient has a right to know what is going on with their body,” he says. The implementation of a cognitive behavioral program for surgical candidates has only enhanced Iredell NeuroSpine’s patient-first approach. In conjunction with a team psychiatrist and nurse, the practice offers classes prior to surgery to help patients prepare for what can be a lifealtering event. Dr. Miller often speaks to the community about advances in spinal care and chronic pain management, and he also shares with the area’s older community the importance of exercise in the aging process. “We view our patients as partners in the healing process,” says Dr. Miller. “Our shared goal is to get them back to their fullest life.”

Hickory Office 1375 4th Street Drive NW Hickory, NC





hen patients leave White and Haines Advanced Dentistry in Cornelius, Dr. Brad Haines and Dr. Steven White want them to feel as if they’ve had an excellent dental experience, free from the anxiety typically associated with a visit to the dentist. “We will treat each patient as family and will truly listen to determine each patients wants and needs to achieve a healthy mouth and smile,” explains Dr. White. “We treat each patient as family and go to any length to make each patient feel listened to and treated as we would like to be treated,” adds Dr. Haines. Both Dr. Haines and Dr. White became interested in dentistry and medicine at an early age. Dr. Haines graduated from the Louisiana State University of Dentistry, while Dr. White earned his degree at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Understanding how a good dentist can help people live fuller lives, they, along with their accomplished staff, keep a sharp focus on patient care and their patients’ experience. “The most rewarding thing for us is when a patient tells us that they have never had a dental experience as good as they have at our practice,” says Dr. White. “We also love to see a patient become a new person after their smile and teeth are treated and brought to full health.” With the latest equipment and a team with superior patient care as its paramount goal, White and Haines

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Dr. Brad Haines & Dr. Steven White | White & Haines Advanced Dentistry Advanced Dentistry offers all types of services from general dentistry to cosmetic procedures. “We have added a 3D Cone Beam to better diagnose dental pathologies,” explains Dr. Haines, adding that the practice also now has


digital impression systems. “With those we can make crowns and fit them on the same day.” Dr. White has lived in the Lake Norman area since 1995. He and his wife of 26 years have five children. Dr. Haines

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moved to the area in 2001 and has three children with his wife of 20 years. Both dentists are active in their communities and enjoy spending time with their families when they’re not spreading smiles at their practice.

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s a co-founder of Lake Norman Spine Center in Mooresville more than eight years ago, Dr. Ben Garrido brings a passion to his practice that results in impeccable spine care. From the beginning of his career, his goal has always been to deliver the best outcomes and top experiences for his patients. “We are not a factory-type spine program, as we focus more on individual quality for the patient than quantity for the business of medicine,” explains Dr. Garrido, who graduated from the Feinburg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University with two subsequent spine fellowships. “Our patients are like family and are given the standard of care I would want for myself and my family.” Dr. Garrido specializes in and treats many complex spinal conditions and has developed a special interest in outpatient, minimally invasive and motion preservation procedures. He focuses on all aspects of spine surgery, including cervical, thoracic and lumbar, and has authored and co-authored journal articles and book chapters on current leading topics in spine literature. In addition, he is a member of the North American Spine Society, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and Cervical Spine Research Society. “I offer a personalized concierge type of spine care to my patients,” says the board certified orthopaedic surgeon. “I take a lot of pride in diagnosing

Dr. Ben Garrido | Lake Norman Spine Center and educating my patients with accurate and comprehensive information. We discuss their spine condition and review treatment options.” By providing effective options, Dr. Garrido makes certain that patients understand the risks and benefits involved, while never compromising the ethical integrity of spine care. His experienced team has enjoyed many successes while improving the quality of life for

numerous patients. A lifelong learner, he is enthusiastic about innovating new spinal surgical techniques to improve a patient’s condition while minimizing recovery periods. “Outcomes are continuously analyzed to continue to perfect treatment protocols. “Through such steps, I am continuously rewarded by positively changing a patient’s well being and functional ability,” he says, adding that his practice is relocating to a

170 Medical Park Rd. Suite 102 Mooresville, NC 28117

state-of the-art facility at 517 Alcove Road in Mooresville later this year. “I have been honored and blessed to have the opportunity to continue this work each day in our Lake Norman community.” When he’s not at his practice, Dr. Garrido enjoys playing soccer, as well as wakeboarding and snowboarding. However, his favorite activity is spending time with his 2-year-old son, Myles.




Dr. Richard R. Rolle, Jr.

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71 Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College’s School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Rolle played football as an undergraduate at Notre Dame under Coach Lou Holtz. Later he completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery internship training at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, followed by a residency at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Rolle also completed clinical surgery research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and has published several scientific articles that have been featured in leading


journals, such as the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. In addition, he has presented at numerous Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery National meetings and symposiums. “We take great pride in utilizing cutting edge technology by offering fullscope oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures in our facility, which include digital imaging, 3D access and general anesthesia capabilities,” explains Dr. Rolle. An avid sports fan, Dr. Rolle is the official oral surgeon of the Charlotte Hornets, the Charlotte Checkers, UNC Charlotte 49ers

9615 Caldwell Commons Circle, Suite B Cornelius, NC 28031

Athletics, the Charlotte Hounds, Charlotte Independence and the Kannapolis Intimidators. He contributes to his community by serving on the Belk Bowl Committee and the Lake Norman YMCA Board of Managers. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Livingstone College. “Our practice’s mission is to offer reliable, innovative, comprehensive and experienced care for our patients,” says Dr. Rolle. “This is exemplified from the moment you enter our office and engage in our philosophy and treatment modalities.”


r. Richard R. Rolle, Jr. opened Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery in Cornelius three years ago. This summer, the oral surgeon will open a second state-of-the-art surgical facility in Charlotte. “We are elated to offer a full line of oral and maxillofacial surgery services,” says Dr. Rolle, who lives in Cornelius with this wife and two daughters.“I’m confident that my staff and I will continue to provide an environment of excellent patient care, and I look forward to continuing to enhance our capabilities.” Before earning his Doctor of

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Andrew Healy MD, Byron Branch, MD & Christopher Holland, MD | Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates FEBRUARY 2018


fter visiting Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, 85 percent of patients with chronic or sudden back or neck pain find relief without surgery. With offices in Huntersville, Mooresville, Concord and Charlotte, this nationally recognized group of neurosurgeons, physiatrists and physical therapists has been helping patients in the Charlotte and Lake Norman region get back to life for more than 75 years. Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates specializes in diagnosing and treating all manner of spine injuries and disorders, including disc herniation, spinal tumors, disc disease, spinal stenosis, spinal trauma, bone spurs, spondylolisthesis and scoliosis. The practice offers on-site

physical therapy, an entire team of physicians who specialize in nonsurgical care, and fellowship-trained neurosurgeons who offer the latest advancements in outpatient, minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. If someone has ongoing back pain or has experienced a sudden spine injury, the first step is to take advantage of the practice’s “Priority Access Spine Care” clinic at the Huntersville office. New patients can schedule an appointment with a spine specialist within one business day. If needed, the practice can also provide detailed imaging of the affected area to detect the source of the back or neck problem. Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates is committed to delivering comprehensive

Huntersville 9735 Kincey Ave, Suite 300 Huntersville, NC 28078

spine care with a focus on conservative, nonsurgical treatment. The practice’s physical therapists are specifically trained in spine disorders and provide individualized patient care and develop customized in-clinic and at-home exercise programs to improve mobility and reduce motion impairments. Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates also offers Titleistcertified golf rehabilitation and fitness specialists who help golfers recover from back injury, improve conditioning to prevent future injury, and develop a program so the patients can safely return to the game of golf. The team of board-certified physiatrists at the practice offer a holistic approach to

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spine care and, when needed, administer diagnostic and therapeutic spine injections, medical therapies and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. If surgery is necessary, patients at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates benefit from neurosurgeons who have pioneered minimally invasive spine techniques that are now used around the world. The practice offers advanced, minimally invasive options for relief from back pain with incisions no longer than one inch. These neurosurgeons also perform more complex, advanced spine procedures when needed, such as disc replacement surgery, instrumented spinal fusions, and adult and pediatric scoliosis surgery.



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Eye offers the latest in laserassisted cataract surgery and advanced technology lenses, as well as state-of-the-art vision correction options, including the advancements with eliminating reading glasses (KAMRA Corneal Inlay). Additionally, Graystone Eye is proud to offer new treatment options for macular degeneration, glaucoma, and will soon be a fully accredited retinal research facility. In 2016, the practice combined its Boone and Linville locations into one stunning facility that offers full-service comprehensive ophthalmic care five days a week. The new building was designed to better suit the needs of patients, as the practice’s emphasis is consistently on patient

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satisfaction and the results gleaned from its professional efforts. For many years, Graystone Eye’s Mission Cataract has delivered free eye care, including routine eye exams and surgery, to many individuals throughout the local area. The staff at Graystone also participates in an annual mission trip to Bolivia, where it holds a free clinic and performs multiple eye surgeries for those in need. Regardless of where you’re being treated by a Graystone Eye physician, you can be certain that your well-being and care is of the utmost importance. The practice takes pride in its rich history throughout the region and continues to evolve to offer the best in advanced eye care.

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as Graystone Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat. In 1977, the practice became Graystone Ophthalmology Associates with the joining of Dr. Randal Williams. Years later in 2000, the current CEO, Sheree Watson, joined the group and helped transform the practice into a highly functioning organization offering the superior standard of care it provides today as Graystone Eye. By keeping up with the latest in science and technology, the practice now focuses on comprehensive eye care, cataracts, glaucoma, refractive procedures (iLASIK), corneal disorders, retina disorders, pediatric vision disorders, oculo-facial plastics (functional and aesthetic services) and optical. The team at Graystone


or the past 49 years, the mission of Graystone Eye has been to preserve the gift of sight and improve lives one patient at a time. With a highly trained team of eight board certified ophthalmologists and three board eligible physicians, including six fellowship trained sub-specialists, the practice provides patients with the highest quality eye care possible. Graystone was originally established as Harris, Foster and Lefler, PA in 1969 by Dr. William Harris, Dr. Thomas Foster and Dr. Hampton Lefler. Four years later, these founding physicians had a new office constructed near Catawba Hospital, which they shared with ENT physicians, subsequently becoming known

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Dr. Brett Feldman MD, FAAOS | Piedmont Bone & Joint | Pamla Tulbert; Dr. Brett Feldman and Julia Stullken FEBRUARY 2018


s a young boy, Dr. Brett Feldman had a strong interest in biology and how living systems worked. He was also fascinated by mechanics and the way bones and joints worked together. “My tendency to disassemble and reassemble our household appliances may have also been an early indication of my future direction,” says Dr. Feldman, now with Piedmont Bone & Joint. Those tendencies coupled with a football injury ultimately led Dr. Feldman to orthopaedic surgery. “I was a multi-sport athlete in high school, and after an injury while playing football, I was treated by an orthopaedic surgeon,” recalls Dr. Feldman. “He and his partners were all former college athletes and were the team physicians for a local professional sports team. They really loved their work,

and I felt like I would love it too.” After practicing as an orthopaedic surgeon for nearly 20 years in Florida, Dr. Feldman and his family moved to the Lake Norman area in 2016. “My family has enjoyed spending vacation time in North Carolina over the years, and when we decided to leave Florida, we decided as a family to look for a North Carolina location that was close to a city, with easy access to mountains and the coast,” explains Dr. Feldman. “When I was introduced to the orthopaedic group within Piedmont Health Care, I felt that I had found an excellent match that would provide both professional and personal/ family satisfaction.” Dr. Feldman treats patients with all types of bone, joint, muscle and tendon problems, with a focus on injuries and

conditions of the feet, ankles, knees and hips.“I treat men and women and boys and girls from childhood through adulthood. I treat conditions ranging from simple — toe deformity, heel pain, arthritis — to complex — severe bone and joint injury, complex deformity, revision foot and ankle surgery,” he explains, adding that patients are treated with a variety of modalities, including exercise, braces and shoe modifications, medications and injections.“While surgical repair and reconstruction of the hip, knee, ankle and foot is a particular interest of mine, all patients are initially treated with nonsurgical measures, reserving surgery for the relatively small percentage of patients for whom nonsurgical treatment has either failed, or would be inappropriate.” As the only orthopaedic

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surgeon with fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery who practices full time in Iredell County, Dr. Feldman has built a career by focusing on each individual patient and taking time to understand their problems and formulate a treatment plan specific to their needs.“I feel it is very important to avoid a ‘cookbook medicine’ approach that prioritizes conditions over individual patients,” he says.“To meet a person whose normal daily function is compromised by injury or illness, and to help them get to a place where they can walk and move and return to the activities that are important to them is by far the most satisfying and rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon.”

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Cardiology Piedmont HealthCare Gary K. DeWeese, MD, FACC

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

Dermatology PHC – Mooresville Dermatology Center Naomi Simon, MD Scott Paviol, MD Kristin Prochaska, PA-C Lauren Wilson, PA-C 128 Medical Park Road, Suite 201 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1827

PHC – Wolfe Dermatology Steven F. Wolfe, MD Jennifer Bender, PA-C

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Ears, Nose and Throat Piedmont HealthCare Keith Meetze, MD Thomas Warren, MD Herb Wettreich, MD Fred New, Jr., ANP

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Family Medicine Piedmont HealthCare Timothy A. Barker, MD Edward S. Campbell, MD Heather C. Kompanik, MD Bruce L. Seaton, DO Amanda H. Bailey, DO Veronica Bradley, PA Sherard Spangler, PA

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Piedmont HealthCare Tiana Losinski,MD Andora Nicholson, FNP

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Piedmont HealthCare James W. McNabb, MD Emmett Montgomery, MD

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Pellegrino Family Medicine Yvette-Marie Pellegrino, MD, FAAFP Lori Sumner, PA-C 544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 •704-360-9299

Gastroenterology Charlotte Gastroenterology and Hepatology John H. Moore, III, MD Steven A. Josephson, MD Scott A. Brotze, MD Michael W. Ryan, MD

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Piedmont HealthCare Jacqueline Zinn, MD

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Neurosurgery Iredell NeuroSpine Peter Miller, MD, Ph.D.

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Orthopaedic Surgery Piedmont HealthCare 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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Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

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Primary Care Iredell Primary Care for Women Eva Imperial, MD, FAAFP 114 Gateway Blvd, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 980-435-0406

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Winning Tradition was the theme of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce 30th Annual Meeting on January 12 at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius. The banquet focused on the three decades of service of the regional business association, as well as thanking many of the community’s volunteers who make the Lake Norman region a great place to live, work and visit. The McIntosh Law Firm’s Passion to Succeed Award for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year was presented to Rob Bennett, owner of My Aloha Paddle & Surf and Charlotte Cycle Boats. Bennett has been recognized as the USA 2017 Stand Up Paddle Board Retailer of the Year and has raised more than $85,000 in the last six years for local charities. The prestigious Robert T. Cashion Business Person of the Year was awarded to Dr. William H. Cain, president and CEO of Financial Independence Group. On hand to help make the presentation was Robert’s wife Louise and sons Bobby and Gordon. The Chamber also recognized Sally Ashworth, the Executive Director of Visit Lake Norman, with the Scott Hinkle Servant Leadership Award named for 1999 Chamber Board Chair Scott Hinkle, who passed away in 2010 from health issues related to diabetes. The award is presented to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the Lake Norman region by “demonstrating leadership through selfless service.” Four outgoing board members whose terms concluded in December were recognized: Sharon Simpson with CURRENTS Magazine, Davidson Commissioner Jim Fuller, Laura Temple with Champion Tire and Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips.

at the Lake

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Through February 5) Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, on their journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Follow this band of misfits down the yellow brick road as they encounter all the famous characters from the pen of L. Frank Baum: the Munchkins, Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the great and powerful Oz himself. Rediscover the classic story of Oz in this fantastic play for the whole family. Times and tickets TBD. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,


The House a Pooh Corner (February 22-25) The House at Pooh Corner includes all the lovable inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. In this delightful tale, Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest. Probably they'll go to the North Pole or to the South Pole for there is a dark, mysterious threat that he's to be sent away to Education. Nobody knows exactly what or where that is, and if he's sent to such a distant place, what can his friends possibly do without him? So, it's generally agreed that they'll run away. As the situation becomes clearer, Christopher Robin isn't quite so sure that running away is the answer. Melissa Ohlman-Roberge directs this Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre production. Thu-Sat 7 p.m., Sat-Sun 3 p.m. $15, seniors (62+) $12 and youth (3-18) $10. The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville,


Paul Brown and Terri McMurray (February 1) Paul Brown has combined his love of traditional music and broadcasting through most of his life. A longtime voice of Morning Edition, he returned to Winston-Salem

Don Flemons, one of the three co-founders of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, performs February 22 at Davidson College. several years ago to produce the highly successful traditional music broadcast and podcast, Across the Blue Ridge. He is a musician of the highest level, as he is a prize-winning banjo picker, fiddle player, singer, and storyteller. His wife, Terri McMurray, is a virtuoso clawhammer banjoist most noted for her membership in the Old Hollow String Band and her frequent duo performances with Paul. 7:30 p.m. $20. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College,

An Evening with Edwin McCain (February 17) At any given moment, a radio station is playing one of Edwin McCain's heart-melting ballads, a contestant on The Voice is belting out I'll Be, or a newlywed couple is dancing to I Could Not Ask for More. The New York Times called him the "great American romantic," but Edwin is also a great storyteller with a wicked sense of humor. 8 p.m. Tickets TBA. The Charles Mack Citizen Center, Downtown Mooresville,

Allan Ware, Clarinet (February 11) A native of Raleigh, Allan Ware studied at Davidson College, the University of North Carolina and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. The clarinetist has won numerous international music competitions. 3 p.m. $20. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College,

Le Sacre: Will Fried, Piano and Tomoko Deguchi, Piano (February 18) This concert features a two piano collaboration between Davidson Artist Associate in Piano William Fried and Winthrop University Associate Professor of Music Tomoko Deguchi. This performance features Stravinsky's iconic Rite of Spring arranged for two pianos, as well as music by John Ad-

ams and Charlotte-area composer Ron Parks. 3 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College, Dom Flemons (February 22) Grammy winner Dom Flemons was one of the three co-founders of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. His knowledge of African-American contributions to traditional music is at the core of his entertaining and enlightening performances. 7:30 p.m. $20. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College, Music at St. Albans (February 25) Duo Amabile performs. This Virginia-based husband and wife duo features violinist Matvey Lapin and pianist Katja Lapin. They perform works from Schubert, Franck, Ravel

and Part. $20, students and young adults under 25 $10, seniors (62+)$15, children under 12 free. Music at St. Alban’s, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, Love’s Fortune and Folly (February 27) Davidson alumna Caitlin Mohr, class of 2010, returns to enrapture audiences with a vibrant selection of vocal favorites and more. 7:30 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,


Les Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo (February 10) The world's most foremost all-male comic ballet company showcases their technical talents and artistry. Famous for performing in drag and on pointe, the professional male dancers

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p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, www. 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, 704.664.5022, Mooresville Arts Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville,

WEAPON, a scultpture in the Axe Series, is part of Jen Ray: Surrounded by Wolves at the Van Every Gallery at Davidson College. perform the full repertoire of classical ballet and modern dance. The Trocks will equally delight ballet enthusiasts and those seeing these classic pieces performed for the first time. 8 p.m. $22. Duke Family Performing Arts Hall, Davidson College,



Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight

Davidson Farmer’s Market (February 3 and 17) Find fresh local produce and flowers and this event. 9 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.


Davidson College Men’s Basketball Fingers cross for a trip to the big dance this year. Saint Joseph’s (February 6, 7 p.m.), Massachusetts (February 17, 7 p.m.), Fordham (February 21, 7 p.m.), Rhode Island (March

2018 Sip and Seek Bridal Show (March 4) This fourth annual bridal show features a variety of wedding vendors for newly engaged couples to explore. Also enjoy wine, food and door prizes. Preregistration is required. 1-4 p.m. $5 per person. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,


Cornelius Arts Center Home Grown showcases a variety of works by arts from Cornelius and surrounding areas. (February 2-March 30) Opening reception on Friday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, 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

Chase away the winter blues with a trip to the Davidson Farmer's Market on February 3 and 17.

Davidson College Women’s Basketball The Wildcats hit the court for a great season. Fordham (February 10, 2 p.m.), Saint Joseph’s (February 14, 7 p.m.), VCU (February 24, 2 p.m.). Davidson College,


The Diary of Anne Frank (February 15-March 4) In the summer of 1942, young Anne Frank goes into hiding with her parents and another Jewish family in a secret annex in Amsterdam. They learn about neighbors arrested by the Nazis and sent to death camps, where hundreds of Jews are transported each day. Despite her constant fear, Anne finds reasons to celebrate, learn and love in the increasingly tense living situation. The haunting text from Anne’s diary documents the terrible experience until her poignant words are all that remain. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Produced by Davidson Community Players. Times and tickets TBA. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, Melancholy Play (February 21-24, 25) Tilly's melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. But what happens to them when Tilly gets happy? This fantastical comedy is also the full-length production debut of director Matt Hunter '18 and scenic designer Aren Carpenter '18. Adult themes; recommended for ages 14 and up. February 21-24, 7:30 p.m., February 25, 2 p.m. $6-$12. The Barber Theater, Davidson College, La Theatre Works Presents: The Mountaintop (February 23) On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. LA Theatre Works has been the foremost radio theatre company in the United States for four decades, and they bring their unique style to this powerful drama. 8 p.m. $16-$22. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,


Go Red for Women Luncheon (February 9) Lake Norman Regional Medical Center is hosts this Go Red for Women luncheon featuring Daniel Koehler, D.O., Cardiologist. Go Red for Women is an organization created by the American Heart Association which strives to make women more aware of their heart health and take better actions towards staying

WWII Living History Event (February 17-18) See living history demonstrations presented by WWII re-enactors portraying Allied and Axis troops during the 1940s. You will also see uniforms, gear and weapons, and witness camp-life, as well as learn more about those from The Greatest Generation. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. Price TBA. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville,

The Van Every/Smith Galleries Jen Ray: Surrounded by Wolves — Van Every Gallery (Through March 3). Arthur Jafa: Love in the Message, the Message is Death — Smith Gallery (Through March 3). Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson, www.

2nd Friday Street Festival (Every second Friday) This event features many of the area's most talented and innovative artists and craftsmen while showcasing a fabulous lineup of entertainment including local bands, performance groups, live art demonstrations and much more. Area businesses will be out to impress, offering special sales and incentives to event guests, who can also enjoy a variety of food and drinks from local breweries and food. 6-10 p.m. Free. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,

2, 8 p.m.). Davidson College,


Pinky Swear Orange and Blue Gala (February 3) The Pinky Swear Foundation hosts the 3rd annual Orange and Blue Gala to benefit childhood cancer families and their patients. The evening’s program will feature local All-Stars – kids with cancer – and their families who have been supported by Pinky Swear. Eight-year-old AllStar Noah and his mom, Tracy, will share their personal story and how Pinky Swear helped with rent and utility payments after he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015.The evening also includes fine dining and cocktails by Tito’s Vodka mixologist, DiSean Burns and beer and wine provided by Euclid Wines. Attendees can bid on more than 50 silent and live auction packages, including tickets to the Taylor Swift Reputation Tour with hotel accommodations for four in Atlanta, and other luxurious health and fitness, fine dining, and party packages. Live entertainment will be provided by Acoustic 2.0. Darren Zino and Chris Uhlic will play acoustic music while guests mingle. 6:30-11 p.m. $150 per person. Trump National Golf Club, 120 Trump Square, Mooresville,

healthy. Go Red for Women gives women the tools to maintain a healthy heart, explains risks for heart disease, and focuses on lowering personal risks. Lunch is complimentary, but space is limited. Call 888.99.LNRMC (56762), or visit www, to reserve a seat. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, 171 Fairview Road, Mooresville.

Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter. org for more details.

Lori's Larks From left, Lori K. Tate, Karla Galla and Sara Black.

Making Room for Editor Lori K. Tate

Above, the team from Great Clips. Left, Graydon and Margot Tate help Black serve drinks.



Fresh linens and laundry hampers are offered, as a volunteer launders clothing for the guests.


n a chilly Saturday night last month, my children and I ventured to the Lake Norman YMCA to volunteer at Room in the Inn. I saw a flier about it in the Y’s lobby earlier in the week, and I thought it would be a good experience for Graydon and Margot — and for me. Years ago I volunteered for Room in the Inn at churches in Charlotte and Davidson, and though it was a wonderful experience, I hadn’t volunteered in a long time. Life often gets in the way of good intentions. Founded in 1996, Room in the Inn is a program of Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center that partners with colleges and congregations to provide shelter and food during the winter months (December 1-March 31) for homeless people. Many churches throughout the Lake Norman area participate in the program in addition to the Lake Norman

Hope YMCA, which has offered it for seven years. The Tater Tots (my children) and I signed up for check-in and serving responsibilities. We arrived around 5:30 p.m. just minutes before a bus delivered 12 homeless men to the Y from the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte. When they walked in we shook their hands and introduced ourselves. A team of volunteers arrived earlier to set up air mattresses, linens, care packages, food (Moe’s provided dinner), new T-shirts, and underwear, as well as donated clothing. Karla Galla and Sara Black organize Room in the Inn for the Lake Norman Y, and they explained to the guests how everything worked. The men were welcome to shower, take any donated clothing they needed and leave anything they needed laundered in a numbered bag. The Tots and I set up shop as servers in the food line. We filled cups with ice and poured

volunteers for Room in the Inn by Lori K. Tate

Photography courtesy of Karla Galla and Lori K. Tate

drinks for everyone. Black says these men have to wait in line for everything, so the idea with dinner is to serve them to make them feel special. Once everyone was served, we sat down to eat and talked with some of the guests. One man said he wished his children were still my kids’ ages, as they’re now in their 20s. Another was worried he wouldn’t be able to get to work by 9 a.m. the next morning, while another warned me about eating processed food. He used to work as a scrub tech at a university hospital and had seen more than one autopsy performed. Every one of these men had a story, a past and hopefully through this program, a future. After dinner many of them went to the lobby to watch basketball and get free haircuts from volunteers from Great Clips. Shortly after that we left, as other volunteers signed up to spend the night, pick up

donated boxed lunches from Subway, do laundry, serve breakfast and return the men to Charlotte. Every aspect of their stay was organized to a tee. As we drove home, my son said that he liked helping people and asked if we could do it again. My daughter said that she wished there were no homeless people. I decided that our family is going to make volunteering for Room in the Inn a regular thing. For more information regarding Room in the Inn, visit The next Room in the Inn at the Lake Norman YMCA is February 17. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Sara Black at The following donations are also needed: individually packaged snacks, winter clothing (hats, gloves and scarves), new sweatshirts (M-4XL), undershirts (M-4XL), backpacks, underwear, gently used men’s clothing (winter coats and shoes), toiletries (travel size), combs, disposable razors, dental floss, Chapstick and gum.

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