Lake Norman Currents Magazine July 2019

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Contents July vol. 13 No.7

26 It’s About

Leigh Walther took the cover photo of Ramon, late Officer Jordan Sheldon’s K9 partner.

Channel Markers


Movers, shakers and more at the lake

India Hill Brown is creative with focus

17 Mooresville Arts celebrates

28 Thoughts from the Man Cave

15 years of photography with Silver Linings

18 For the Long Run — Lucky Dog Bark

Mike Savicki discovers the summer job is alive and well

& Brew caters to dogs and their owners

20 Live Like a Native — Lakeside

32 Cover Dog



Meet Ramon, the 2019 CURRENTS’ Canine Cover Contest Winner

76 Out + About Red Hot You —

About the Cover:

21 Bet You Didn’t know — What’s below the lake?

30 T rends + Style

Show your Lake Norman love with these fun finds

23 William Mills’ awakening — in print

Summer Style Refresh

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


80 Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate

takes a SkillPop class on at The Hurt Hub @Davidson


Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

56 Dwellings

Naturally custom in Cornelius

Dine + Wine

35 T op Dogs

A gallery of the top vote-getters in the 2019 CURRENTS’ Canine Cover Contest

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

70 Wine Time

Comfort food to the rescue at Dressler’s

72 On Tap

JollyRogerBrew’s army of one

73 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Rustic Fruit Galette

74 Nibbles + Bites

The Hidden Bin pairs upscale drinking with lake life

42 A ll Things Pets

Learn how Lake Norman-area residents care and love pets

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

Time to Get Going

Publisher MacAdam Smith


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hen Sharon Simpson offered me this position more than 10 years ago, I immediately asked if I could write the opening column each month. That was the most important part of the job for me, and that’s the main reason that I accepted her offer. I love writing columns because selfishly, it’s the best way for me to figure out what I think about things. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, and I’ve had to make some tough decisions. The biggest decision in the mix was deciding to leave CURRENTS. That’s right, after editing 124 issues, it’s time for me to step down from the post of editor. I submitted my resignation in May. Ten years is a long time to do anything, and in that amount of time it’s natural that perspectives and priorities change. As I sifted through all of that, I realized that moving on would be best for my family — and for me. Please know how grateful I am for every minute I’ve spent working on CURRENTS. I’ve learned so much about my community, and myself. Unfortunately, my word count won’t allow me to recognize everyone I need and want to thank, so I have to send out blankets of gratitude. To the staff of CURRENTS, thank you for respecting and

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supporting my editorial vision for all of these years. To our talented writers, thank you for telling Lake Norman’s stories in such a poignant way. To our photographers, thank you for driving all over the place to get the best shot — no matter what time it was. (Maybe we’ll write a book about our escapades one day.) To the people we’ve featured in the magazine, thank you for sharing your stories and dreams. And most of all, to our readers, thank you for choosing to spend your time with our publication. If it weren’t for your dedication, we wouldn’t exist, and I never lost sight of that. When assigning stories each month, I thought about what you’d like to know, what you might not know and your varied interests. Luckily, we live in a growing area filled with fascinating people, so there was never a shortage of material. Thank you for writing me when you liked

something we published, and thank you for pointing out our mistakes along the way. Both types of correspondence made us better, and both are appreciated. As I wrap things up with this issue, Renee Roberson is working on the August issue, as she is the new editor of CURRENTS. Renee and her husband, Daniel, live in Davidson with their two children, Mia and Noah. A frequent writer for CURRENTS, Renee has also edited other publications in the area, so I have no doubt that you are in good hands. She promised me that she’ll take good care of CURRENTS, and I trust that she will. So without further ado, it’s time for me to say goodbye. I can’t think of a better way to end my column than with lyrics from my favorite Tom Petty song. It’s time to move on, time to get going. What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, baby, grass is growing. It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going. Thanks for 10 wonderful years. Take care!

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Contributing Writers


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

Holly Becker Karel Bond Lucander Trevor Burton Jill Dahan Aaron Garcia Eleanor Merrell Bek Mitchell-Kidd Rosie Molinary Mike Savicki

Contributing Photographers Trevor Burton Jamie Cowles Lisa Crates Michael Alan Kaskel Ken Noblezada Yazemeenah Rossi Brant Waldeck Leigh Walther and Ben Winkler




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Photography as Art

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The black and white photos are by Ben Winkler, a judge in Mooresville Arts’ Silver Linings exhibit. The photo of Winkler in the center is by Yazemeenah Rossi.

Mooresville Arts celebrates 15 years of photography with Silver Linings ifteen years is a long time when it comes to anything — think marriage, careers or even annual art shows. Mooresville Arts understands this, as it celebrates the 15th anniversary of its juried photography art show. This year’s theme titled Silver Linings is shaping up to be Gina Ricciardelli’s favorite. As a photographer and third-time competition chair of the event, Ricciardelli says, “The theme ties in with a series of work entitled Faces

of Silver created by this year’s judge, Ben Winkler.” Faces of Silver portrays the beauty of aging. Photos entered must translate the ‘silver linings’ phrase into one of two categories: Translation by Design and Translation by Storytelling. The photographers can use either purely visual elements of design or express some kind of narrative that represents the phrase’s meaning. This is the only show at Mooresville Arts dedicated to photography. “I love that

this event’s purpose is to celebrate photography as art,” says Ricciardelli, “and that it really gives local photographers a moment to shine.” The competition is open to everyone ages 18 and older, and it displays a wide range of skill levels. In other words, you do not need to identify as an artist to enter. The winners will be announced during the artists’ awards reception, Friday, July 12, 6-8 p.m., and the event is open to the public. Entries

will be on exhibition through August 22 with most pieces available for purchase. Mooresville Arts is housed in the historic Mooresville Train Depot, on the corner of W. Center Avenue and Main Street (across from Epic Chophouse), and typically displays new works every month. — Bek Mitchell-Kidd, photography courtesy of Ben Winkler

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For the Long Run

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Lucky Dog Bark & Brew caters to dogs and their owners

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Lucky Dog Bark & Brew is a full-service boarding facility and doggie daycare, canine park and bar all in one convenient location.

dog walks into a bar at Lake Norman. It sounds like the start of an awesome joke, but it’s an everyday reality at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew in Cornelius. Kelly and Randy Waugh opened the canine bar in 2012. The Waughs thought there were dog owners like themselves who felt guilty about leaving their furry friends at home whenever they wanted to leave the house to socialize. “I always want my dogs to be with me, and the idea [for the bar] popped into my head while playing at a dog park,” explains Kelly. Her idea grew from more than a dog bar to a fully integrated paradise for dog’s and their humans. Lucky Dog Bark & Brew is a full-service boarding facility and doggie daycare, canine park and bar

all-in-one convenient location. With pick-up hours as late as 9 p.m., Lucky Dog offers a convenience different from most traditional daycare and boarding facilities. Patrons enjoy beer, many from local craft breweries, wine or liquor while watching their dogs frolic and play off-leash with other dogs in a spacious facility, complete with indoor or outdoor play yards. “The dogs are great entertainment, and they are hilarious to watch,” she says. Dog handlers, trained in animal behavior, also are on hand with a mop and bucket to clean up any pup “surprises,” help monitor interactions and give dog baths. Avid football fans, the Waughs installed big TV screens for sports viewing. The boutique offers an array

of apparel to show off your canine’s favorite team, as well as custom collars and leashes. “We give people a place where they can bring their dogs and spend quality time with them and still go out,” says Kelly. “It’s a win-win for the dog and the dog owner.” No food is made in-house because of health codes. However, food can be ordered from food trucks on site or through a food delivery partnership with Prosciutto’s Pizzeria & Pub in Cornelius. People also have the option of packing a picnic to bring in, but drinks must be purchased at the bar. Owners of five rescue dogs, the Waughs call Lucky Dog “the place where everyone knows your dog’s name.” Over the last year they’ve created

a tight-knit community of dog lovers and friends. Many patrons and employees have been with the business since opening its doors seven years ago. Lucky Dog has even been the site of a number of engagements. The TV reality series Married at First Sight recently filmed an episode there. The Waughs also use their business to give back to the community. “We do a lot of events to give back to local animal rescues,” says Kelly. Many of the events are tied to a theme, such as Santa Paws photos, Barktoberfest for German Shepherd Rescue, and Weimer & Cheese for the Weimaraner Rescue. Due to its Lake Norman success, Lucky Dog Bark & Brew opened two locations in Charlotte. Only furry children of the four-legged variety are allowed on the premises, and patrons must be 21 or older. Dogs must be over 6 months old, up to date on vaccines, friendly, and spayed or neutered. — Holly Becker, photography by Lisa Crates

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Live Like a Native Dining by the lake is a summertime must This laid-back restaurant features live music, as well as barbecue and sliders. In addition, you’ll find appetizers such as mac and cheese bites, potato skins, nachos and entrees like flatbread pizzas, chicken wraps and salads. This place is known for its live music scene. Dress code is casual. 155 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville, 704.677.7648, look for Apps & Taps on Facebook, www.; just north of Highway 150 bridge by water.

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Enjoy a spectacular sunset on the deck of this eatery where

the crab cakes win folks over. Sandwiches, wraps and entrees are on the menu. Cover-up friendly.169 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville, 704.663.1203, Just north of Highway 150 bridge.

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Hello, Sailor

Craft beer, live music and organic wines can be found in this cozy Davidson spot on the lake. 400 N. Harbor Place Drive, Davidson, 704.237.3629, look for The Cabin on Facebook. Channel marker T4.

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Owners Katy and Joe Kindred have established a stellar reputation in the restaurant world with downtown Davidson’s Kindred. Hello, Sailor is just as satisfying with its contemporary take on the fish camp experience. GQ recently named it one of the best new restaurants in the country. 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius, 704.997.5365, East of channel marker D6.

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Wine tastings with food pairings reign supreme here. Nothing beats a glass of wine by the water with friends. 200-A North Harbor Place, Davidson, 704.237.3629, www. Channel marker T4.

The Landing

Best known for its fall-off-thebone ribs, this family atmosphere establishment has been around for almost 20 years and is tucked in a cozy cove. Cover-up friendly. 4491 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford, 828.478.5944, Channel marker M4.

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here aren’t too many things much nicer than dining lakeside, and Lake Norman has all sorts of restaurants just waiting for you. Some take reservations, and some don’t, so figure out where you want to dine and make it happen. If you’re lucky, you might catch one of the lake’s spectacular sunsets.

Midway Boathouse Grill

The Bang Bang sauce on the mahi sandwich and shrimp po’boy make them standouts. Also known for blue-plate lunch specials and nightly features. 8693 N.C. Highway 150 East, Terrell, 828.478.3078, www. Channel marker 17A.

North Harbor Club

The place to go to for an upscale casual meal with a waterfront view. Seafood, steaks and pasta are prepared with a creative flare. Dress code is casual. 100 North Harbor Place, Davidson, 704.896.5559, Channel marker T4.

Port City Club

Whether you dine inside or outside, Port City offers a casually elegant atmosphere for lunch or dinner. Look for a fresh selection of fish, plus an interesting mix of cuisine. 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius, 704.765.1565, www. Channel marker R5.

Prickly Pear

Enjoy contemporary Mexican cuisine served lakeside. This restaurant previously enjoyed a successful nine-year run in Downtown Mooresville. Cover-up friendly. 637 Williamson Road, Mooresville, 704.799.0875, www.pricklypear. net. Channel marker D11. Hours tend to change seasonally so please call before going to these establishments.


Bet You Didn’t Know

What’s Below?

History lives in Lake Norman’s waters also an iron manufacturer. John’s brother, William, was the governor of North Carolina from 1845-1849 and also served as a U.S. Senator, the Secretary of the Navy and the Whig nominee for vice president in 1852. John’s maternal grandfather was John Davidson, the owner of Rural Hill Plantation. ‘ Joe Graham inherited Elm Wood and proceeded to sell the house and the hundreds of acres surrounding it during the Great Depression for approximately $30,000. The family was allowed to live in the home until the construction

of Lake Norman began in 1959. In an effort to preserve the house, Duke Power donated it to Charles and Winifred Babcock of Winston-Salem in 1960. The couple agreed to dismantle the home and move it to their farm on Indiana Avenue in Winston-Salem. There it would be reassembled and preserved. In April 1961, three months into the project, a fire broke out in the barn where the Babcocks were storing the interior components of the house. The

Elm Wood Plantation before the formation of Lake Norman.

project was soon abandoned, as the home’s interior had been destroyed. Soon the waters of Lake Norman covered the largely disassembled plantation house. — Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of Davidson College

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eople always talk about the plantations and homes that stand on the bottom of Lake Norman, but it’s rare than anyone is specific. Enter Elm Wood Plantation. Built by John Davidson Graham between 1825-1828, this late Georgianstyle plantation sat on a hill above the Catawba River. Today it would be near the end of Ranger Island Road in Catawba Springs. John came from quite a lineage, as his father, General Joseph Graham, was in the Revolutionary War and was


Mooresville’s shares its art with the city of Hockenheim

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s Hockenheim, Germany celebrates its 1,250th anniversary this year, the city asked Mooresville, one of its three sister cities, to participate in an art show highlighting its sister cities during its celebration. The art is being displayed in the Water Tower of the town, which is used for receptions and gatherings and also has a gallery. The exhibit, featuring 12 pieces of art from Mooresville — including nine paintings and three sculptural pieces — opened June 22 for the local public and will be on display when a delegation from Mooresville visits Germany

this summer. Pieces were selected by a jury including Kim Saragoni of Four Corners Framing and Gallery; Jessica DeHart, president of Mooresville Arts, and Sandy Eaton. Artists whose work was selected include: Karen Banker, Sandie Bell, Toby Chapin, Barbara Earnshaw, Nina Everson, Sandy Eaton, Ric Erkes, Anne Harkness, Mary Louise Hooper, Chris McIntosh, Ellen Patterson and the late Hank Richter. Only Mooresville artists could apply, and many of the pieces are representations of Mooresville. For more information, visit www.magart. org. — Compiled by Lori K. Tate


These yummy treats will make your dog feel welcome at any cookout.

ow that we’re in the thick of cookout season, it’s only fair that our doggie friends should join in on the fun. Cornelius’ Three Dog Bakery has just the thing with its Pug in a Blanket and Hamburgerrr Pupcake® treats. Made with all natural ingredients (no refined sugar), these treats will be a hit at your next summer soiree. Pug in a Blanket, $2.50 each; Hamburgerrr Pupcake® $2.25 each; Three Dog Bakery, Jetton Village, 19825 North Cove Road, Cornelius,

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A Pastor’s Awakening William Mills’ book Losing My Religion: A Memoir of Faith and Finding is an honest and humorous account of his spiritual journey.

Mills eventually worked through the experience and came out stronger — even writing a book about it. Nine years later, Losing My Religion: A Memoir of Faith and Finding has finally been published. Although his new book provides insights into life as a clergy, Losing My Religion is an honest, humorous and enlightening manual for anyone trying to overcome hurdles, big or small. “My story is about growing up and leaving behind who you thought you were and accepting who you are now. It’s also a story of losing and finding, of doubt and of faith, and eventually finding healing and wholeness,” says Mills, a husband and father of two. “We only have one go around at this project called life, so

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ow do you cope when a friend or coworker betrays you and deep depression sets in? Even pastors, priests and rabbis don’t have the answers. Just ask William Mills. Mills, a Mooresville resident and pastor of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Charlotte, was betrayed when a parishioner tried to run him off and then convinced others to leave the church. That was after six years of serving his congregation as rector. Mills was blindsided, and the experience put him on a downward spiral. About that time, he discovered the Davidson Clergy Center and sought help. “The Davidson Clergy Center is amazing,” Mills says. “I thought pastors were supposed to be strong and keep it all together. That was a lie. Therapy saved me.”

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it’s about Time

The Focused Creative

by Rosie Molinary photography by Lisa Crates

India Hill Brown has big goals as well as big strategies

key to Brown’s success. “Taking the smallest possible step can make a difference,” she says. “You can say that you are going to write a book by the end of the summer but then really think about it. How long will the novel be? How many words do you need to write each day? Accountability is really helpful and important for creatives. We can be emotionally driven at times. You need discipline to get the creativity down.”

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India Hill Brown’s first book, The Forgotten Girl, is a middle grade novel being published this November.

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here is the myth of the flighty creative, and then there is India Hill Brown. With her first book, a middle grade novel called The Forgotten Girl, being published this November, Brown has two goals at the front of her mind. “I am focusing on the marketing,” says Brown, 27, of her desire to do whatever she can to help her book land in the hands of young people who will love it. “I am also working on another book. My goal is to sell it before The Forgotten Girl comes out.” While writing fiction might take imagination, meeting her goals requires careful planning. Over the years, Brown has perfected a process for keeping her goals in sight and putting her time to good use. “I am distracted easily, and a way to combat that is to look

at what matters,” says the Lake Norman-area resident. “I set big goals at the beginning of the year. Then I break them down by month or week. If something is pulling me, I reflect on what I want the end of the year to look like. If I set a goal to write a new novel and sell it, and I am thinking about what I should do today, I remember what my goals are. Does it tie to my overall goals for the year and to my overall purpose?” In addition to using her goals to decide her priorities, Brown is also deliberate with her time. “I start my day with doing some type of devotional and maybe a little journaling. It sets the tone for my day. I make some coffee, and I consult my planner with what I need to accomplish that day,” says Brown, who starts her workday with email, dedicates at least

an hour daily to marketing for her new book, and then tries to leave a large span of time to write about 3500 words for her new novel. Even with her clear goals, Brown has to be deliberate about staying focused. “My phone is a huge distraction. I can look at my phone for something quick and then all this time has passed, so I need a lot of things in place to keep me on task,” she explains. “I use an app called Forest. You are basically growing a forest tree by tree. You can set the app for a certain amount of time and, if you close out of the app, the tree will die. It’s a way to keep you mindful of when you are constantly picking up your phone.” Whether growing trees or writing chapters, breaking a big idea into pieces has been the

Paper or electronics for time and task management? Paper. What tools are essential to managing your life? Pilot Precise V5 pen, Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner, Powersheets by Laura Casey, a legal pad and notebooks. With each story, I use a new notebook. What do you wish you had more time for in your life? I need to make more time for exercising. I definitely need to make more time for my friends and hanging out with them. Make a time management/ productivity recommendation. Try the Pomodoro technique. It is a technique where you work for 25 minutes and break for 5. You do that four times and then you break for an hour.

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Those Lazy Crazy (Working) Days of Summer A look at the merits of the teenage summer job

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chool had just ended and the start of summer soccer camp was looming large on the calendar when I did what most normal teeenagers wanting new cleats and a ball would, I asked my parents for money. The approach had worked wonders in the past. I knew to go to my dad whenever I wanted money for anything athletic related, and my mom always came through whenever the money had anything to do with my academic and/or social endeavors. At age 14 or 15, I felt like I had this whole economic supply and demand thing figured out. I had discovered a way to coast through life without ever needing a bank account. However, their response to this request was unexpected and different. It caught me completely off guard and sent my head spinning. Not only did they say “no,” even after I fell to my knees begging and pleading, they jointly reminded me that there were three restaurants within walking distance of our summer cottage and proceeded to send me out the door to find a job at one of them. It was time, they said, that I enter the seasonal summer workforce and begin earning money for those things I told them I so desperately needed. So much for free cleats. With no other negotiating options in my holster, I lowered my head in protest and stormed out the door on my way to what would soon

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The summer job is alive and well.

become my first job interview. My plan was simple, I’d get a job and work just long enough to earn the necessary money then I’d quit in order to strategize a new way to drain my parents’ wallets. Surely my parents didn’t intend for me to keep working, did they? That was many summers ago and wondering if things have changed for teens, I recently set out to get the scoop on high schoolers and summer jobs. Chatting with rising CSD senior Claude Bragg while

on shift at Carolina Cones, I learned that while the perks of bottomless Cookie Dough and working alongside many of his friends are fantastic, his reasons for working run deeper. The flexible hours accommodate football and basketball training, while interacting with customers teaches good communication skills. “I’ve learned that when the line is out the door, you have to pick up the pace and work fairly hard for sometimes hours on end,” Claude explained.

“You learn about pressure and keeping people happy, plus it’s fun working with and being around so many young people, too.” Hough graduates and future Tar Heels, Taylor Lazur and Lynelle Huskey, who have spent their past two summers working as an SCMG (Swim Club Management Group) lifeguard and an Upscale Athletics gymnastics coach respectively, told me lessons I never could have fathomed. “Going to work was my

owner who needed an extra set of hands to help with the increased load of cleanup from the night before, plus prep work for nightly dinner service. The job interview consisted of him asking me if I was a good worker and if I could be there the next morning at 6 a.m. When I said “yes” to both, I was offered my first summer job, a job I wound up keeping seven mornings a week for the better part of a decade. Not only did I earn enough for those soccer cleats, I also saved up for a car, which I took to college. Plus I opened a bank account, which paid for all my athletic, academic and social endeavors. So here’s to the summer job. Here’s to Claude, Taylor, Lynelle and all those other teens working out there. Here’s to earning your own money. And here’s to learning important lessons that last a lifetime.

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choice because I wanted my own money and wanted to learn the hard lessons about spending and saving before I got to college,” explains Taylor. “I couldn’t imagine going to college without that experience and that knowledge.” Lynelle added, “And for me it was also about learning to be assertive and how to be a leader, which are needed when you work with young girls and have to communicate with their parents. You learn about scheduling, being responsible and how hard it is to be a part of a small business.” How does my story end you ask? Well, no more than 10 minutes after storming out the door that first summer, I returned with a smirk on my face, gainfully employed with a start date and time of the next morning at 6 a.m. The first person I ran into at the first restaurant I visited was the



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Cover Dog Spotlight

All Business Meet Ramon, the 2019 CURRENTS’ Canine Cover Contest Winner by Lori K. Tate | photography by Leigh Walther

Top: The late Officer Jordan Sheldon with Ramon. Left: A member of the Mooresville Police Department’s K9 Unit, Ramon loves to work.

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e’re lucky that we got this year’s CURRENTS’ Canine Cover Contest winner on the cover. It’s not because he didn’t want to be on the cover. It’s because this canine has a full-time job, so he doesn’t have a lot of time to have his picture taken. Meet Ramon, the 60-pound Belgian Malinois who served as the K9 partner to the late Jordan Sheldon, the 32-year-old Mooresville police officer who died in the line of duty this past May. More than 1,800 readers voted for 3-year-old Ramon to be on our July cover.

Handpicked and trained With a svelte, athletic build, Ramon is considered to be a dual-purpose dog. “He does anything that a working dog can do besides dead bodies and bombs, so specifically he does narcotics. He does tracking,” explains Officer Dan Walther, a member of the Mooresville Police Department’s K9 Unit. Walther partners with a black lab named Sadie who specializes

in narcotics. “We can look for a suspect. We can look for a kid. We can look for an elderly person. He’s looking for human scent on the ground.” These dogs can also do apprehension, which includes officer protection and biting and holding, in addition to building searches. “If we have somebody bedded down in the woods, and they are a violent crime type person, we send the dog and they go after him,” explains Walther. Originally from Mexico, Ramon went through an extensive selection process to become part of Mooresville Police Department’s K9 Unit. “A police department has to look at these different companies that sell military and police dogs, and then we check references, prices and look at different deals,” explains Walther, adding that the Mooresville Police Department’s K9 Unit includes six dogs from all over the world. Dogs in the K9 Unit must be certified yearly as a working dog. Ramon is certified through the United Police Work Dog Association, and he came from a company in Alabama. Sheldon

and Walther went to Alabama to select their dogs. “Officer Sheldon picked him [Ramon] out of the trailer of 23. We had to watch 23 dogs go through a series of tests with bite work,” explains Walther. “They were green, so they weren’t trained to do anything. …He [Ramon] was the craziest dog on the trailer, but Sheldon wanted a challenge.” In January 2018, the officers began classes with the dogs in Alabama and graduated in February 2018. Sheldon and Ramon began working nightshift patrol on the east side of Mooresville immediately after.

A full commitment What many people don’t realize is that dogs in the K9 Unit live with their handlers. It’s a huge commitment on the officer’s part to join the K9 Unit, as these dogs work until they are about 10 years old unless they become injured. “We do an assessment and interviews to see what their [an officer’s] level of commitment is,” explains Major Ron Chilton. “It takes somebody who is going

to be committed and willing to stick that position out. These dogs are going home with you. They are your responsibility.” Ramon is currently living with Walther and his family until he is placed with another officer. “Dan is trying to keep him [Ramon] trained up as much as he can,” says Chilton.“This dog is all business. He’s not really a pet,” adds Walther. “He likes to work, so we’ve been running tracks and doing obedience and looking for drugs just to keep him somewhat proficient until we move on with him.” Chilton and Walther strongly emphasize that the department is being extremely careful in selecting a new partner for Ramon. “He bonded with Sheldon, and now he’s bonding with me. If we don’t pick the right person for him to work with, then we’ll have to keep moving down the line, so it’s very important for him, ” says Walther. “We all want him to finish his career in Mooresville because that’s what Sheldon’s family wanted, and that’s what we want. We’re just going to find the right person and make it work.”


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Dr. Nicole Sheehan and Dr. Carrie Uehlein are certified in acupuncture. Dr. Sheehan also has several advanced certifications in holistic medicine, including nutrition and herbal medicine. In addition, Dr. Uehlein and Dr. Sheehan have advanced training in ultrasound and echocardiography, while Dr. Zoe Forward is skilled in exotics medicine and surgery (think rabbits, reptiles, rodents and birds). Dr. Forward is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, a certification showing her advanced knowledge in veterinary medicine. One of the biggest changes in veterinary medicine over

the years has been how pets are seen and treated as family members. That shift motivates clients to do more for their pets’ well being, and in turn, veterinarians are encouraged to learn more intricate and highly specialized procedures for pets. “We enjoy bringing an advanced level of medicine to our patients and continue to further our education and certifications each year,” explains Dr. Sheehan, adding that all of the vets in the practice grew up with a love for animals. “We feel blessed to be a part of such an interesting and rewarding profession.” While the team at The Veterinary Hospital of

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Davidson is proud of its work in specialized medicine, it is most proud of the care and compassion that each member of the team demonstrates on a daily basis. Each vet and staff member handles your pet with kindness and patience, and they try to make certain you can stay with your pet at all times during your visit. From the beginning, the goal of The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson was to create a small animal hospital where people love their jobs as much as they love working with animals. When you visit the practice, it is evident that the team has fun while taking care of each other and their patients. The result is a happy and calm environment for all.

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hile The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson performs all of the medical and surgical procedures you would expect from a full-service small animal hospital, the practice is known for its ability to integrate advanced alternative treatments within these services. This integration allows the practice to provide more options for pet lovers, discover and treat the origin of disease rather than treat symptoms, and promote optimal pet health. Each of the practice’s four veterinarians has additional training and certifications in various aspects of traditional and alternative medicine and surgery.

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L to R: Dr. Tamara Rattray, DVM, Dr. Nicole Sheehan, DVM, Dr. Carrie Uehlein, DVM, Dr. Zoe Forward, DVM

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Dr. Alisha Fennell and Dr. Alycen Adams | Carolinas Veterinary Care Clinic


rowing up in small rural towns, Dr. Alisha Fennell and Dr. Alycen Adams developed an affinity for taking care of animals at a young age. Their love of animals and medicine led them to create Carolinas Veterinary Care Clinic in Huntersville seven years ago. Their non-traditional veterinary clinic offers the latest in veterinary technology, including digital X-rays and companion laser therapy, for a variety of pets such as dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles, small mammals, pigs and more. Medical services include soft tissue surgery; orthopedic and reconstructive surgery; skin, allergy and ear disease treatment; dental


cleaning; and ultrasounds. The full-service practice also offers a complete in-house laboratory, as well as grooming and boarding services. “We pride ourselves in making both the client and the pet feel comfortable while they visit our state-of-the-art facility that was designed to have a spalike atmosphere,” explains Dr. Fennell, who earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Our veterinarians focus on continuity of care,” adds Dr. Adams, a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. “Continuity of care is very important to us. You and your pet will be scheduled with the same veterinarian every

visit unless you are notified otherwise. This allows us to practice a higher quality of medicine.” Dr. Fennell and Dr. Adams are full-time practice owners and veterinarians who incorporate other doctors as relief veterinarians and specialists at their facility. Board certified radiologists, orthopedic surgeons and soft tissue surgeons work within the practice to make sure patients receive the highest level of care, making it less likely that your pet will have to travel to an outside referral hospital for advanced procedures. The practice aims to be one stop for all of your pet’s needs. In addition, Carolinas Veterinary Care Clinic offers

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Carolinas True Wellness Plans, which are affordable health care plans designed to help pets live longer and healthier lives. These plans allow monthly payments for preventative care. “For me, the most interesting part about being a veterinarian is not just having a career that allows you to interact with people and pets, but being allowed to interact in a way that enhances the human-animal bond,” explains Dr. Adams. “It is endlessly rewarding to relieve a hurting animal’s pain, or to see a formerly too-sick-to-eat dog chow down a bowl of food.” says Dr. Fennell. “For many pets there is that one moment when you can visibly see them start to feel better. We live for these moments.”

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Ellison, “and they don’t do their research.” Ellison began working at giantbreed shelters after adopting her first Great Dane. After a few years she contacted Ruff Love, a well-established rescue shelter out of Thomasville, and agreed to open a giant-breed chapter. In the 10 years since she’s helped countless dogs find new homes, while also establishing a trusted network of foster homes that

she says is the “backbone” of the entire operation. What truly makes it all work, however, is Ellison’s firsthand knowledge of just how giant breeds are different; how they can’t stop their momentum on hardwood stairs or how they shouldn’t be placed with firsttime owners if they’re under a year old — the ins and outs that can make the difference between a dog finding a happy home and

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Calliope naps most of the workday on the bean bag at Walls of Books in Cornelius.


t’s a Thursday afternoon, and Calliope is napping happily on a giant gray bean bag that perfectly matches her fur. She’s fine with you petting her, but don’t expect her to move much or do any tricks, as resting is her mode of operation. A Dilute Calico, Calliope is the resident cat at Walls of Books in Cornelius. In case you were wondering, a calliope is a carnival instrument, and it’s also the name for the goddess of poetry in Greek mythology. Melinda Humphreys, owner of Walls of Books, rescued Calliope from a shelter in Charlotte before the cat was full-grown. “She was six months to a year old when we got her,” recalls Humphreys, adding that Calliope is now between 4 and 5 and weighs almost 20 pounds. “In the mornings, she sits by the door and waits for me, and the first thing I must do is feed her, obviously.” When Humphreys opened her bookstore in the spring of 2018, it was a no-brainer that Calliope would fit in perfectly there. “Every bookstore needs

a cat, but at the time we had two dogs and another cat [at home]. Calliope loves people, but she’s not a big fan of other animals. She’s a big fan of sleeping,” explains Humphreys. “We have a beagle, and sleeping is not really at the top of her list — certainly not when there is another animal in the house. Calliope is much happier here than she was at home.” Humphreys says Calliope rotates through various spots in the store. “She’ll stay for a couple of weeks on the stage and adore herself in the mirror, and then she’ll sleep on the bean bag for a couple of weeks. Then she sleeps back here [behind the counter] in one of these chairs for a couple of weeks,” she says. “She never tries to go out.” Because of Calliope’s popularity with customers Humphreys had stickers of her furry co-worker made. “A lot of people,” she says, “the first thing they ask for is Calliope when they come in.”

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Christina Maniccia knows the power of TTouch by Lori K. Tate | photography by Ken Noblezada

Davidson’s Christina Maniccia has been performing TTouch on animals for more than 20 years.

t all began with Valentino. Christina Maniccia had a cat named Valentino who had tumor in his heart sac. “It was very unusual. There really wasn’t anything to do. The vet couldn’t operate on it,” remembers Maniccia, a library aid at the Davidson branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and a yoga instructor. When she read about TTouch in a magazine, she traveled to New York for training in the hopes that it could help Valentino. That was 21 years ago, and she’s been doing TTouch ever since. Developed by Linda Tellington-Jones, TTouch

“deepens the relationship with your animals, improves behavior, enhances performance, supports health and well-being, and fosters learning.” “Her [Tellington-Jones] whole theory is not to be dominant over your animal, to be a team. She thinks that being dominant over an animal just puts fear in them, and they’ll do what you say in the moment but they don’t learn to think,” says Maniccia. “It’s [TTouch] a way to help your animal if it’s recovering from surgery or it suffers from stress. Cats especially love TTouch, dogs and horses as well.” Maniccia has gone through


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It’s first steps, family celebrations, backyard campouts,

Maniccia is a Level 2 TTouch Practitioner.

extensive training to become a TTouch teacher and Level 2 TTouch Practitioner. “The thing about TTouch is when you do it for the animal, it actually affects you, too. Your heart rate slows down. Your breathing slows down,” she says. “It’s quite a unique thing.” Maniccia offers workshops in the area to teach pet owners how to perform TTouch on their pets. “The workshops are fun because people can bring their animals as long as they’re socialized,” she says. “It’s not like a massage. You don’t work with the muscle. You work on the surface and with the fascia.” The little circles Maniccia does

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during TTouch move the skin and the fascia, while they release the muscle. “You don’t push into the muscle,” she says, adding that you should not use TTouch in place of veterinarian care. “TTouch should supplement that care.” As for Valentino, he lived two more years with TTouch treatments. The vet predicted he would only live five more months. “His stress level came down,” says Maniccia. “I really feel like this is something I’m supposed to be doing. …I love helping animals.”

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Heart of the Carolinas Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry helps provide better lives for dogs.

hose that benefit from Heart of the Carolinas Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry can expect a new fence, doghouse, water bucket, pooper scooper, toys, a tarp for shade and some straw. What they won’t get? Judgment. Rather, says spokesperson/ publicist/fence builder Julie Rohe, the group’s mission is to provide a better life for area dogs that are chained up, and to do so by helping their owners.

“We all don’t think the same. We all haven’t grown up the same way with animals being part of the family and stuff like that,” says Rohe. “We don’t judge.” Instead, they build. The group began in 2016 as an offshoot of Holly’s Hope, a Huntersvillebased charity with the same goal. In the first two years it erected two fences total before jumping to seven in 2018. As of June 2019, the group has already built 16 fences and untethered 35 dogs thanks to an influx of volunteers

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GameOn More than a year after first breaking ground, the Wittgraefe family celebrated the grand opening of Lakeside Stables on June 15. The fruits of their labor include a 9,500-square-foot outdoor riding arena, a 20,744-square-foot, dust-controlled indoor riding arena, 12 horse stalls, a kitchen and break room, and a grooming area.

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Lakeside Stables is the dream of Jochen and Bianca Wittgraefe ut Brawley School Road on a finger of land surrounded by Lake Norman, a spat of property bordered the road that can be best described as an eyesore. The property was a construction dumping site, peppered with hills of dirt and heaps of debris that were as hard to look at as to look away from. The site had been the unwelcome focal point of an otherwise beautiful area, mere minutes from Trump National Golf Club.

Lakeside Stables is now offering horseback riding lessons for all ages and abilities, a barn assistance program for riders, “hands-on-horse� education, and birthday party packages. Later this year, Lakeside will offer winter camps and plans to host summer camps in 2020.

GameOn The property required the Wittgraefs to stabilize the ground by inserting over 250-foot-long poles underground. Fortunately, they had helping hands during the next phases of construction, including those lent by a nearby Amish congregation that coincidentally speaks the Wittgraefes’ native tongue: German.

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Enter Lake Norman-area residents Jochen and Bianca Wittgraefe, who grew tired of driving past the dump after moving to The Point, located up the road. As their annoyance with the visual blight grew, so too did their eldest daughter’s passion for horseback riding After some debate, the Wittgraefe family purchased the land, rolled up their sleeves, and transformed the site into a breathtaking, 15-acre equestrian facility called Lakeside Stables.

Helping hands Much of the renovation can be chalked up to the Wittgraefe’s own elbow grease, applied in stolen moments before and after Jochen’s day job at a motor vehicle supply company. “[The renovation] started out as a fun ‘project,’ but I realized just how complex it was from day one,” recalls Jochen. “Both [my wife and I] had to quickly learn…a lot.” The property required the Wittgraefs to stabilize the ground by inserting over 250-foot-long

poles underground. Fortunately, they had helping hands during the next phases of construction, including those lent by a nearby Amish congregation that coincidentally speaks the Wittgraefes’ native tongue: German. More than a year after first breaking ground, the Wittgraefe family celebrated the grand opening of Lakeside Stables on June 15. The fruits of their labor include a 9,500-squarefoot outdoor riding arena,

a 20,744-square-foot, dustcontrolled indoor riding arena, 12 horse stalls, a kitchen and break room, and a grooming area.

The joy of horsemanship Although the physical outcomes of their hard work are satisfying in their own right, the most rewarding result is yet to come. “Through our daughter’s experiences at Lenux Stables in Huntersville, we see the joy

education. The VanderSpuys are members of the United Professional Horseman’s Association, the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the United States Equestrian Federation, American Road Horse and Pony Association, the American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas, and the Friesian Horse Association of North America. Between them, Quintus and Brooke have more than 30 years of training and teaching experience and work with everyone from newcomers to hobbyists to competitive riders. The VanderSpuys will manage day-to-day operations at the new equestrian facility, as well as provide American Saddlebreds who will live at Lakeside.

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horsemanship brings to people, particularly children,” says Jochen. This was, in fact, the primary inspiration for opening Lakeside, along with fostering compassion among and teaching responsibility to the younger riders. The facility is now offering horseback riding lessons for all ages and abilities, a barn assistance program for riders, “hands-on-horse” education, and birthday party packages. Later this year, Lakeside will offer winter camps and plans to host summer camps in 2020. Although the vision and initiative for this facility came from Jochen and Bianca, neither had the knowledge, equipment, or, well, horses required to operate a stable. Consequently, before breaking ground, the pair teamed up with Quintus and Brooke VanderSpuy, owners of Lenux Stables, where their daughter started her horse riding


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Miller says the home is designed for a lifetime of lake living. “The house is current, open, comfortable and has clean, curvy, bones,” she explains.

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As guests approach the house, a sitting area welcomes visitors outside the front door. Step inside, and the eye is drawn to an unobstructed view through the screened porch and out to the lake. The feel is immediately familiar and authentic, generated from a custom bench in the foyer, and the sight of a 13-foot dining table — both made from trees that were cut down during the construction of the home. “It took two years to dry the wood,” recalls Miller. The doors between the foyer and the screened porch collapse to

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oak with an oil-fumed finish. The result is a very natural look that will hold up under even the wettest feet from the lake. The surface is also not slippery for the dogs. Though the house is flooded with natural light, lighting decisions were taken seriously during the project. “We focused on choosing lighting that would not take away from the view, but would also visually define the areas of the open floor

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plan,” says Starr, “we also had to make sure that the lighting did not hinder the views for one of the 6’4” homeowners.” The fixture over the family area is by a French lighting and jewelry designer. “It [the fixture] has an ethereal quality that I just fell in love with,” says Miller. “It feels natural, like a butterfly, and measures 78 inches wide.” A focus in the family area is the floating sculptural stone fireplace. “We worked so hard to design it [the fireplace] with the talented stone masons

of Stone By Lynch,” recalls Schrader. One of Miller’s favorite parts of the custom design is the master bathroom. “It is funny, everyone on my team has a different favorite room from this project,” she says. “I am partial to the master bath with its custom pull-up lighted vanity, I need to put one in my own home.” “In the end we want the project to absolutely feel like it belongs in this one place”, says Schrader, “and only this place.”

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few evenings ago a certain mood struck. My wife and I wanted comfort food combined with perfection. Birkdale’s Dressler’s Restaurant came to the rescue. There are many kinds of dining. There’s haute cuisine with lots of complex dishes and an array of wines that match. There’s ethnic dining with its choice of dishes and some wines to go with them. But the ultimate in luxury is excellently prepared and presented bistro food. You just can’t beat comfort food made from high quality ingredients and prepared by a chef who clearly reveres his or her dishes. And, of course, a glass or two of good wine to go along with the food helps immensely. That’s what my wife, Mary Ellen, and I ran into one evening at Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale Village. Ordering took next to no time — we were both of a single mind and both in a bistro mood. A quick look at Dressler’s menu and my wife announced that we would be having a strip steak. I was going to call it a New York strip, but this piece of meat had a mid-western touch to it, something I had not come across in the past. It’s listed on the menu as a Prime Bone-In Kansas City Strip — more on the steak, later. As for me, I made two contributions to the meal. I suggested that we absolutely had to have mashed potatoes to accompany it. And I grabbed hold of the wine list. To be more accurate, I grabbed hold of the wine iPad. As I said, we were in search of a great experience so when I came across a bottle of the late Robert Mondavi’s Maestro wine, it was a simple vinous decision. Some great wine to go with what we knew was going to be a great meal. This wine

is special. Maestro was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mondavi vineyard. It’s a blend of 73 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 percent Cabernet Franc and 2 percent each of Merlot and Petit Verdot — a blend similar to those found in the prestigious (and expensive) wines of Bordeaux. This is a wine that you don’t come across too often on wine lists — a breathtaking wine that doesn’t carry a price that takes your breath away. I jump on the opportunity to sip on it wherever and whenever I can. Let’s get back to that steak. A strip steak is one of my wife’s firm favorites, and many times she asks me to split one with her. Good spouse that I am, I always acquiesce. (It helps that I’m also very fond of strip steaks.) The Kansas City version, with its bone-in feature, made splitting the steak a not-so-simple process. My wife suggested a straightforward approach, as she selflessly volunteered to take the bone with her half. Again, good spouse that I am, I acquiesced. I enjoyed my half, but I think my wife enjoyed hers much more. She did not hesitate to enthusiastically dive into her portion, nor did she not gnaw. That bone was picked clean. This was a perfect evening. The ambience at Dressler’s is inviting and comfortable — and comfort food demands a comfortable ambience. The combination of steak, mashed potatoes and wine was just what we wanted. And, if you want to have a bone to pick with a restaurant, this is a good way to do it. Nice. Dressler’s Restaurant Birkdale Village 8630-1A Lindholm Drive Huntersville

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JollyRogerBrew is fueled by an army of one.


t would seem fitting to describe Tony Philipp as the captain and crew of JollyRogerBrew. Given his background, and the fact that he recently invested in a brew system that doubled his production, it may be more fitting to refer to him as the Lake Norman brewing scene’s army of one. Regardless of title, Philipp is the man responsible for nearly every aspect of the small-batch brewery’s operation, from warming up the system in the morning to filling growlers — and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Despite the tenets of teamwork and camaraderie military life espouses, Philipp says one of the best lessons he learned from his time in the Army and Air Force was how to succeed on his own. “You learn a little bit of everything so you can stand on your own,” explains Philipp, who joined the Army in 1980 and also served in the Air Force, beginning in 1986. It’s an approach he polished over several successful

decades in tech investing, where he successfully launched several start-ups, before bringing it to his brewery. That’s not to say the march so far has been easy. Philipp says he was reminded of his military days early on at JollyRoger, particularly in the summer of 2017 when he was preparing to open. “It was hot,” he says with a laugh. “It reminded me a lot of those military days, when you can’t give up, you can’t just walk out.” Philipp’s role as sole operator was recently made a bit easier. In April he invested in a new, all-electric, internetconnected brew system that not only doubled his production, but also digitally streamlines his role as the JollyRoger’s one-man show. Digital readouts show him current temperatures, offer adjustments and even allow him to begin the warm-up process remotely. Philipp says the equipment perfectly fit his brewery’s business model by making his job easier and more efficient.

As an investor, Philipp says he would instruct the business owners he partnered with to run lean and not hire additional personnel “until you can build your business out and prove yourself.” “That’s what we’re trying to do here,” says Philipp. “We haven’t overexerted ourselves.” The exclusivity generated by JollyRoger’s limited production scale, which includes just three regular flavors and one more rotating special, has helped his beer grow a quick following, says Philipp. “We’re not trying to be everywhere, and people know that,” says Philipp. “The bar owners love us because they have a beer you literally can’t buy in stores.” The customers themselves also seem to be drawn to JollyRogerBrew’s smooth, malt-forward flavors that eschew the wasabi-like bite of many craft beers. Philipp says this is due to the use of aroma hops, as opposed to the often-used bittering hops that account for the front-end kick that seems so popular today,

especially with IPAs. As a result, the brewery’s three regular offerings — the Tropical Double IPA, Barbarossa Red and Pirates Gold Pale Ale — have garnered great feedback, says Philipp, including a 95 percent sampleto-purchase conversion rate at April’s Lakefront Hops Festival at Langtree. The new equipment, explains Philipp, will make it even easier to maintain the consistency his fans have come to expect while also giving him the chance to try more special offerings, starting with an Oktoberfest ale. He knows other changes will come in time, too, perhaps even some employees to help with the day-to-day operations. Don’t, however, expect JollyRogerBrew to stray too far from what’s made it so popular, which is a limited supply of really good beer. Philipp wouldn’t have it any other way.

JollyRogerBrew 236 Raceway Drive, #12 Mooresville

Dine + Wine Photography by Glenn Roberson

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

1 pound of de-cored and chopped apples with skin (Honeycrisp apples are the best.) 5 ounces (about an extra full cup) of blackberries 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar, plus a little extra for dusting 1 tablespoon of butter ½-sheet of defrosted puff pastry (DuFour brand is best.) 1 egg white beaten till frothy Ice cream or clotted cream to serve


Rustic Fruit Galette


In a saucepan, cook the apples in butter and sugar until just softening about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat, and add in blackberries. Preheat the oven and a baking tray. Roll out the pastry on a piece of parchment paper so the pastry is in a rough square and is about twice the size before you began rolling. Sprinkle coconut sugar lightly all over the pastry. Pile the fruit in the middle, leaving about a 3-inch border around the outside and plonk a couple extra berries around. Pull the sides of the pastry up over some of the fruit, and brush with egg white and sprinkle over lightly with coconut sugar. Place the tart on the heated baking sheet and bake 2/3 of the way down for 25 to 35 minutes on convection bake at 375 F until golden brown. Serve warm from the oven with lashings of ice cream or, if you’re feeling really wicked, clotted cream. Serves about six. ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can J learn more about her at To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit


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Picture a crusty cake and a pie having a baby, resulting in a super easy and yummy offspring no one can resist. Gorgeous crisp apples and tender flavorful tart blackberries wrapped in flaky crisp pastry is the ultimate dessert for a summer backyard soiree. Low in sugar and prep time, this dish leaves oodles of time to hang out with friends and have a homemade concoction that your guests will be cooing over. So this July, go for pie to celebrate our great country.

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Price small plates


Al Updike, owner of The Hidden Bin, wants to make wine and cheese accessible to the lake crowd.

l Updike sells blocks of cheese at his wine shop concept, The Hidden Bin, for $7.50. With that you get a cutting board, knife, crackers and insight into why he opened the location late last year. “I’m so tired of going somewhere and paying $30 for a cheese plate, and you only get two ounces of cheese,” says Updike. It’s a sentiment that runs like a thread throughout Updike’s wine shop idea, whether you’re looking at the menu, décor or the execution of the concept — Updike wants to make wine and cheese accessible to the lake crowd. I don’t care if you come straight off the lake,” says Updike, “we’re flip-flop friendly.”

A wine shop, with an emphasis on shop The Hidden Bin, which opened in November 2018, is more comfy than cavernous, yet Updike’s voice still echoes a bit when it’s empty. This is due largely to his “super simple and clean” decorating approach that succeeds in creating a space that feels more open than it really is. The combination of slate gray walls and light wood adds depth and finish, yet still manages to feel warm and inviting. Currently, Updike says he has roughly 150 labels available. He keeps some of the reds in a cellar-temperature cooler behind the bar, and always makes sure to have a variety chilled and ready. Many of the

rest fill up maple shelving along the side, serving as an accent wall for the gray and light woods. It’s the perfect backdrop for what he ultimately wants to do with the shop. “We’re trying to add a really good value to an industry that’s sometimes overpriced and pretentious,” says Updike. Despite being next door to his Langtree restaurant, Table 31, The Hidden Bin is run as an entirely separate entity, explains Updike. That means that the wine shop doesn’t have to share storage space with a menu’s worth of food, allowing Updike to offer wine — by the glass, bottle or on tap — at a price closer to what his customers can expect from a supermarket. That value gets even deeper

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when you consider the bulkpricing discounts he offers on purchases of six and 12 bottles. As a result, The Hidden Bin boasts an inventory filled with limited editions and small-batch wines that you wouldn’t typically find in a traditional restaurant setting. “I want to stay true to it being more retail, with the ability to sit and drink and enjoy,” says Updike.

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The Hidden Bin 130 Landings Drive, Ste 102 Mooresville Tuesday-Thursday 3-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 3-10 p.m.

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Currently there are 150 labels available at The Hidden Bin.

While Updike, and state liquor laws, are clear that The Hidden Bin and Table 31 are two separate entities, there are certainly some perks to their relationship, especially when it comes to reinforcing those cheese plates with some heartier fare. While Table 31’s waitstaff don’t serve at The Hidden Bin, patrons can order online from a limited “delivery” menu, which is then

brought over to the wine shop. Whether you’re pairing your wine with the grilled artichoke or Oyster Cesar, or using it to wash down the short rib chili on your All-American Coney Dog, the abbreviated menu highlights the flair for eclectic, upscale casual dining that has made Table 31 and Alton’s, Updike’s Cornelius restaurant, such hits with Lake Norman-area diners. While the food certainly isn’t the main attraction, Updike says it’s available if you need it. That’s the way he would want it if he was the customer, says Updike. “I’m probably the average person eating in my restaurant,” says Updike. “I want to eat and drink the way I want to eat and drink because I think that’s probably the norm.” If it’s not, it should be.


Out + About

Red Hot You — Summer Style Refresh photography by Brant Waldeck On May 22, CURRENTS hosted a Red Hot You — Summer Style Refresh event at Luna’s at the Lake in Cornelius. Jordan Fish, one of the Lake Norman Stylemakers featured in the June issue of CURRENTS, presented the latest styles from her Kustom Klutch line, while readers refreshed their style just in time for summer. Sponsors of the event were Luna’s at the Lake and Dr. Giordano of Carolina Age Management Institute. For more information regarding CURRENTS Events, visit www.

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Living Well Your local resource for health and wellness services near you Acupuncture

Family Medicine

Best Acupuncture Deleon Best LAc Tom Cohen LAc Raven Seltzer LAc

Iredell Family Medicine Jodi Stutts, MD Lori Sumner, PA Kristie Smith, MSN, FNP

8213 Village Harbor Drive Cornelius NC 28031 • 704 655 8298


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


PHC – Cardiology Gary K. DeWeese, MD, FACC Jips Zachariah, MD

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


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

PHC – Wolfe Dermatology Steven F. Wolfe, MD S. Ashlyn Djali, PA-C

114 Gateway Blvd., Unit D Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-663-2085

544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-5190

PHC – Nabors Family Medicine Emily Nabors, MD

142 Professional Park Drive Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-696-2083

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

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

206 Joe V. Knox Ave. Suite J Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-4801

PHC – Full Circle Family Medicine James W. McNabb, MD Ann Cowen, ANC-P 435 East Statesville Avenue Mooresville, NC 28115 • 704-663-5056

PHC – Fairview Family Medicine Golnar Lashgari, MD Jennifer Scharbius, MD Lana Simmons, ANP-C

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Kerry M. Shafran, MD, FAAD Lindsay Jayson, MPAS, PA-C Keri Squittieri, MMS, PA-C Mari Klos, CMA, LE

PHC - Troutman Family Medicine Amrish C. Patel, MD Amanda Honeychuck, NP Lauren Brannon, NP Denton Mow, PA-C

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Ears, Nose and Throat

PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose, & Throat Keith Meetze, MD Thomas Warren, MD Herb Wettreich, MD Fred New, Jr., ANP 140 Gateway Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638

Charlotte Gastroenterology and Hepatology John H. Moore, III, M.D. Steven A. Josephson, M.D. Scott A. Brotze, M.D. Michael W. Ryan, M.D. Devi Thangavelu, M.D. Vinaya Maddukuri, M.D.

Lake Norman Offices: 13808 Professional Center Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078 115 Commerce Pointe Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 Appointment Line: 704-377-0246 Locations also in Charlotte, Matthews, and Ballantyne

PHC –Northlake Digestive Care Carl A. Foulks, Jr., MD Chi Zuo, PA-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021

PHC –Comprehensive Digestive Care Center Vivek Trivedi, MD Tiedre Palmer, FNP-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021

Occupational Medicine Iredell Occupational Medicine Joe Wolyniak, DO

128 E. Plaza Dr., Unit 3 Mooresville, NC 28115 • 980-444-2630

Internal Medicine PHC – Internal Medicine & Weight Management Manish G. Patel, MD Julie Abney, PA Andrea Brock, PA-C

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001

PHC – Lake Norman Internal Medicine John C. Gatlin, MD LuAnne V. Gatlin, MD 548 Williamson Road, Suite 6 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-660-5520

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


PHC – Neurology & Sleep Medicine Dharmen S. Shah, MD 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-873-1100

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

124 Professional Park Dr, Ste A Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-662-3077

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

9735 Kincey Avenue, Ste 203 Huntersville, NC 28078 • 704-766-9050

NeuroSurgery- Spine Iredell NeuroSpine Peter Miller, MD, Ph.D.

544 Brawley School Road 28117 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-954-8277

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

131 Medical Park Road, Suite 102 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-663-1282

Orthopaedic Surgery Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-0956

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

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

Orthopedic Surgery – Spine PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Alex Seldomridge, III, MD

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1838

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

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

PHC – Interventional Spine Jacqueline Zinn, MD

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1838

Primary Care

Iredell Primary Care for Women Eva Imperial, MD, FAAFP

114 Gateway Blvd, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 980-435-0406

PULMONOLOGY PHC –Pulmonology Enrique Ordaz MD Jose Perez MD Ahmed Elnaggar, MD

125 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-838-8240


PHC – Rheumatology Sean M. Fahey, MD Dijana Christianson, DO

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001

on the Circuit

a month of things to do at the Lake Girls’ Night Out

Family Fun

Me Time


Photography by Ben Winkler Photography

Date Night

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Silver Linings 15th Anniversary Judged Photography opens July 2 at Mooresville Arts Gallery.



Beauty and the Beast (July 25-28) Give your children the theatre bug by taking them to see Mooresville Children’s Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast July 25-28. This timeless tale of love warms everyone’s heart — even when it’s hot outside. Children under the age of 3 must be in a parent’s lap or purchase a ticket. Time TBA. $15, seniors (age 62+) $12 and youth (ages 3-18) $10. Mooresville Children’s Theatre, 215 N. Main Street, Downtown Mooresville, Charles Mack Citizen Center, Just Kidding Around (July 19) Held at Veterans Park, Just Kidding Around encourages children to dance, sing, learn instruments and listen to stories with Bach to Rock. 10-11 a.m. Free. Huntersville Parks & Recreation, Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville,


Mingling on the Greens Concert Series 2019 (Every Friday and Saturday night) — Come to the unofficial town square of Huntersville — Birkdale Village — for live

music every Friday and Saturday evening during the summer. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket 6-9 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, 16725 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, The 2019 Music on Main Free Summer Concert Series (July 3) Irrashional performs on July 3. Time TBA. Free. Lowe’s YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Avenue, Mooresville Parks & Recreation, www. LangTree Live (Every Thursday) Come enjoy live music every Thursday at LangTree Lake Norman. Colby Dobbs — pop, soul, funk and jazz; (July 11), Tom Petty Tribute Band (July 18); Trial by Fire – Journey Tribute Band (July 25). These concerts are kid and dog friendly. No outside coolers permitted. 7-9 p.m. Free. LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, Davidson’s Concerts on the Green (July 4) One of the best concert series traditions in the area is back for the summer. Da Throwback Band performs on July 4. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Town Green,


CURRENTS Kids Storytime Bring your children out for CURRENTS Kids Storytime. Storytime at Walls of Books is 11 a.m. on July 19. Walls of Books, 20920 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius, www.wallsofbooks. net. Storytime at Main Street Books is at 10 a.m. on July 6 and July 24. Main Street Books, 126 S. Main Street, Davidson, For more information regarding CURRENTS Events, visit www.


Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter. org for more details. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) Find fresh local produce and flowers and this event. 8 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.

Huntersville Growers’ Market (Every Saturday through the summer) Come stock up on local produce. 8 a.m.noon, corner of Main and Maxwell Streets, Huntersville, Lowes YMCA Annual Fireworks Display (July 3) Enjoy live music (Irrashional performs), food, children’s activities and fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July holiday. 6-10 p.m. Free. Lowes YMCA, 170 Joe V. Knox Boulevard, Mooresville, Fourth of July Celebration (July 4) Bring your bike and after decorating it, join in the parade at Birkdale Village. The Huntersville Fire Department will be on hand to cool you off with its ladder truck. 10-11:15 a.m., bike decorating; Circus Daze, 10:30 a.m.; Patriotoc Bike Parade, 11:15 a.m.; Noon Huntersville Fire Department Water Fight. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville, Star Gazing at Lake Norman State Park (July 5) Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing on July 5 with the ranger staff and the

volunteers at Lake Norman State Park. Guests will enjoy playing moon games and looking at the moon and stars through telescopes. The rain date is July 6. 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Lake Norman State Park, Swim Beach Parking Lot, 1412 State Park Road, Statesville, 704.528.6350, Festival of Food Trucks (July 6) Come to Downtown Mooresville for a food truck fantasy. 5-8:30 p.m. North Main Street, Downtown Mooresville, www. 2nd Friday Street Festival (July 12) Presented by Cornelius Cultural Arts Group every second Friday during the summer (and into October), this culture crawl offers craft beer, local artists and artisans, food trucks, and live music. Moses Jones & The Dirty Southern Soul perform. 6 p.m. Free. Old Town Cornelius, Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street,, Facebook. Huntersville Movies in the Park (July 25) Come see Ralph Breaks the Internet under the stars. Movie begins

Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series (July 27) Enjoy movies outside all over the town of Cornelius through Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will be shown at Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road


Beyond Walls (Through January 31, 2020) Beyond Walls is Cornelius’ annual, award-winning public art exhibition. Of the 30 submissions representing 9 different states, the Public Art Committee selected seven sculptures by six artists for the 2019-20 show. Artists include Jarod Charzewski, Robert Doster, Scott Froschauer, Cathy Perry, Richard Pitts and Robert Porreca. Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Avenue,

Foster’s Frame and Art

Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, www. Mooresville Arts Gallery Silver Linings” 15th Anniversary Judged Photography (July 2-August 22, opening reception July 12, 6-8 p.m.). Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, 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, The Van Every/Smith Galleries Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-

CURRENTS Kids Storytime will be at Walls of Books on July 19. Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,


Mooresville Spinners Come root for the home team. Part of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, the Spinners play through July. Concord Athletics (July 3, 7 p.m.), Carolina Vipers (July 5, 7 p.m.), LKN Copperheads (July 6, 7 p.m.), Charlotte Crushers (July 8, 7 p.m.), High Point Locos (July 10, 7 p.m.),

Statesville Owls (July 11, 7 p.m.), Piedmont Pride (July 12, 7 p.m.), LKN Copperheads (July 18, 7 p.m.), Lenoir Oilers (July 20, 7 p.m.) and Carolina Vipers (July 25, 7 p.m.). $5. Moor Park, 691 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, www.


A Comedy of Tenors (July 18-28) Four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, one hotel suite and a stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s

Paris, and the stage is set for the concert of the century — as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maira, from causing chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks and madcap delight. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15-$29. Davidson Community Players, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,

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Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,

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.

Photo by Lisa Crates

at 7 p.m. Free. Huntersville Parks & Recreation, Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville


Lori's Larks

Popping into a

SkillPop Class Editor Lori K. Tate takes an Instagram Workshop in person by Lori K. Tate | photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate

From left, Carly Dickson, Haley Avellano and Editor Lori K. Tate.

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’ve always been a technical curse. Anytime I call a doctor’s office to make an appointment, the computer freezes on the receptionist. Chip readers hate me, as does the computer at my local library. That said, I’m not starting an IT career anytime soon, but as a 46-year-old who has grown tired of Facebook, I wanted to understand Instagram more. Therefore, I enrolled in an Instagram Workshop taught through SkillPop at The Hurt Hub @Davidson. A little background here. The Hurt Hub @Davidson is a 23,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified facility housed in a former textile mill on Delburg Street in Davidson. Davidson College bought the space in 2014. The idea is to have a facility where “campus and community collide to spark vibrant technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.” This swanky space houses the

Van Deman Innovation Lab, which serves as headquarters for Davidson College’s “innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging technology programs.” In addition, it includes a social commons and Flywheel Coworking (15 private office suites and 36 open-plan benching seats for local startups, entrepreneurs, and Davidson College students, faculty and alumni.) And LaunchLKN, a network that nurtures startup growth in the Lake Norman area, calls The Hurt Hub @Davidson home. In other words, it’s a super cool space where people exchange ideas, think about the future and create solutions. It’s also the Lake Norman location for SkillPop classes, where local experts in various fields teach twohour classes. Some topics include Watercolor Hydrangea (painting), Makeup Made Easy, Hand Lettering 101 and Personal Productivity

Essentials. The cool thing about SkillPop is that the topics change almost monthly, and the classes are inexpensive — my Instagram Workshop was $30. All I had to do was sign up online and show up with my phone. SkillPop was founded by Haley Bohon in Charlotte, where even more classes are offered at various locations. It also offers classes in RaleighDurham; Greenville, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and soon, Roanoke, Virginia. The whole idea is to make it easy for folks to learn a new skill in person. The teachers for my workshop were Carly Dickson and Haley Avellano, sisters who grew up in Charlotte. Dickson now lives in Davidson, while Ayellano still lives in Charlotte. Their Instagram page is #cltbests, and they mainly focus on food. If you visit their page, be prepared to leave hungry. There were nine people in my

This SkillPop class at The Hurt Hub @Davidson focused on Instagram.

class, including me. All of us had tried to navigate Instagram on our own but needed help in making the most out of our experience. These ladies explained the basics and a little more to us. They also pointed us toward good Instagram pages we could study to learn by example. I’m still trying to get the hang of it, but I’m much better off than I was before taking the class, and I plan to take more SkillPop classes in the future. I realize that there are plenty of tutorials offered online these days, but I like to meet people, and I need to ask questions. SkillPop provided a cool environment for me to do both of those things. #Iwillcomeback.

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