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Contents January 2017 vol. 10 No. 1
20 Make a Mess Rosie Molinary introduces her new column
22 Spotlight Beth Cashion and Nancy Barkemeyer make mediation matter
24 Thoughts from the Man Cave
This year, it’s all about goals
25 Lake Norman
Home Builder’s Association 2016 Best of the Lake Design Competition Winners
34 Navigators Ron and K.C. Howard’s IOMAX USA enhances global security
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75 On the Circuit What’s happening at Lake Norman this month
80 Lori’s Larks Lori K. Tate checks out AR Workshop in Davidson
About the Cover:
Photography by Wes Stearns — Artist Eye Photography
Movers, shakers and more at the lake
15 Coddle Creek Farm’s sweet success
18 Tyron Bussanich tackles bullying
Dine + Wine
Eating, drinking, cooking and fun
68 Wine Time
Sangam debunks a myth
69 On Tap
36 Trends + Style Cozy Comforts
Craft beers for winter
70 In the Kitchen
with Jill Dahan
Sweet Potato Sarnies
71 Nibbles + Bites
The Kindreds’ new venture
How we live at the lake
38 Game On
The lessons of a pit stop
A lakeside home filled with surprises
36 66 Outdoor Spaces A pool pavilion paradise
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Painted bright pink with botanical curtains, it’s filled with my favorite photographs and quotes, plus a beautiful crystal chandelier that we inherited from my husband’s grandmother. I have a comfy chair, a place for my cats to nap and a space heater that I’m extremely fond of during winter months. As much as I enjoy working there, I found myself working from my kitchen counter for most of this issue. It’s not that I needed to be near the fridge for frequent snacks; it’s that after years of talking about it, my husband and I finally renovated our kitchen. Of course we hired someone to do it, but it’s done, and it’s gorgeous. While it’s not one of those big time renovations that you normally read about in CURRENTS, it’s big time for us because suddenly a space that we tolerated has become a space from which we can’t stay away. By lowering our bar, replacing our countertops and installing a mosaic backsplash, our new kitchen has turned our house into a new home. Now when our friends come over, they completely ignore the dining room and linger in the kitchen. To my family’s surprise, I’m cooking and baking more than ever. And, of course, the sentence we find ourselves saying over and over is, “We should have done this years ago.” I’m not alone in this sentiment.
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On page 50 of this issue, you’ll find a story about a stunning lakeside pool pavilion in Mooresville. The couple lived in their home for 10 years before opting to build this luxury retreat by the water’s edge. As they relax in the space after dinner every night, they constantly ask themselves why they didn’t do it earlier. There are a lot of reasons (and a lot of excuses) when it comes to why we don’t do home renovations earlier. With all of the variables to consider, in particular time and money, these kinds of projects aren’t what you typically decide to do on a whim. With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why folks don’t go into demolition mode automatically. But what I find interesting is our tendency to contemplate smaller decisions that can bring us just as much happiness. For example, I’ve wanted to paint
word art for a long time — you know those colorful canvases covered with wise quotes. But after a couple years of watching my art supplies gather dust, I realized that that’s not the craft for me right now. I need something with little set up, no mess and that can easily be put down when one of my kids yells that they can’t find their pajamas at bedtime. After thinking it through, I opted for embroidery. I bought a couple of burlap canvases, and I’m now working on a floral piece I designed. It’s not beautiful, no one will ever buy it or even admire it, but it’s a way for me to relax and be creative. As I stitch in the evenings, I regret that I didn’t discover this hobby sooner. Instead of feeling guilty about not using my paints and brushes, I should have delved into something else a long time ago. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but in 2017, I plan to contemplate less and do more, and I encourage you to do the same. Take the photography class you’ve always wanted to take, rearrange the furniture in your living room, learn to speak German and by all means, renovate your kitchen if you want to and can swing it. As for me, I’ll be sitting at my new kitchen counter, working on the February issue. Happy New Year!
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Three generations of expertise go into making honey at Mooresville’s Coddle Creek Farms.
For three generations, Steve Young Jr.’s family has been raising honeybees on the 100-acre farmland in Mooresville that he and several family members share. Even before Young’s grandfather bought the land more than 40 years ago, Young’s greatgrandmother was harvesting honey and selling it in a small grocery she ran in Mooresville. Young has been a beekeeper nearly his whole life, as he learned the art of harvesting honey from his father. As a young child, he remembers helping his dad fill up honey bottles. Coddle Creek Farms’ all-natural honey has been a local favorite for years, but business has really been buzzing during the last decade. Young began selling his honey at farmers’ markets and specialty stores in addition to restaurants. In December, Coddle Creek Farms started a new venture by opening a retail location. Coddle Creek Farm Market, located at 2200 Coddle Creek Highway in Mooresville, sells honey, as well as Coddle Creek Farms’ own tasty
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Steve Young Jr. has been making honey since he was a little boy.
line of nut butters, baked goods and other North Carolina-based products. This year, Young hopes to expand into online sales. The buy local movement coupled with an increased interest in buying natural products has
driven Coddle Creek’s honey sales up. “We probably sell more honey for allergies than anything else. Plant pollen gets on the bodies of the bees, and pollen gets into the honey,” explains Young. “Many
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people take a teaspoon of local honey a day, and what you’re getting is minute amounts of pollen so your body is building up a resistance toward that pollen.” The honey harvesting process hasn’t changed much in three generations except for better extractor machinery for producing honey. Young says most people today want extracted honey instead of honey on the comb. About 100 hives call Coddle Creek Farms home, and approximately 60,000 bees live in each hive. Like beekeepers across the country, Young has seen the impact of Colony Collapse Disorder, an Alzheimer’s disease-like phenomenon in which worker bees forget how to get back to the hive. As a result, the hive population gets smaller and smaller until the hive finally dies off. “A bee cannot sustain itself outside the hive alone,” says Young.
“All of the bees work together as one body, and they each have important jobs to carry out. Coddle Creek Farms now loses about 20 percent of its hives each year and must replace hives or split stronger hives in two.” Scientists do not yet know the exact cause of colony collapse disorder. In an effort to help combat the problem, Coddle Creek Farms recently donated bees to North Carolina State University for further study into the growing honeybee epidemic. In the meantime, Young will continue to keep his family’s sweet legacy going strong. — Holly Becker, photography by Ben Sherrill Coddle Creek Farms 2254 Coddle Creek Highway Mooresville Look for Coddle Creek Farms on Facebook.
Box-Sized Blessings Davidson Pizza Company serves more than pizza. It also serves the community. The restaurant recycled a warming box for use as a Blessings Box. People freely take or give items, such as food and toiletries, to the unmonitored box in front of the restaurant. Employee Brooke Ramos proposed the Blessings Box after seeing a similar idea on Facebook. “We try to be a civic-minded business and look for ways to involve our employees in serving the community,” says Davidson Pizza Company Owner Chuck Klein. “Brooke took the idea and ran with it.” —Holly Becker, photography by Lori K. Tate
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Tyron Bussanich uses his expertise in conflict resolution to tackle an important topic in his new children’s book The Unusual Backyard, as bullying and teasing are issues that many children experience in varying degrees during childhood. “I wanted to write this book because I’ve talked to so many adults who remember being teased by someone as a child,” says Bussanich, “and many still have some real pain from past teasing.” The Unusual Backyard features a character named
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Use Your Creativity Make space to let inspiration strike in 2017 by Rosie Molinary photography by Lisa Crates “I can’t write.” “I am not much of a cook.” “I am not creative.”
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How often have we muttered these statements from frustration with a social situation, a work assignment, a house project or in comparison to someone else? The truth is we are all creative. We are all artists. Sometimes we make art by the way we paint or write words or cook a meal, but we can just as easily make art by the way we parent or conduct business or interact with others. Being creative is about how we approach life — how we find a way to put our original thumbprint on the world. But how can we practice creativity? I always thought some people just had it and some people, namely me, didn’t? Creativity is a lot like riding a bike. Baring no physical holdups ( for the biking), we can all learn to do it. We may not be naturals, but with practice, we become more creative. The fact is creativity sprouts from life experiences, from taking risks, from being open, from putting yourself in unusual situations, from making yourself think differently. Because I so believe in the power of creativity, I am excited to introduce you to a new monthly department I’ll be penning for CURRENTS. In Make a Mess, area residents will share how they use creativity in both their everyday and professional lives.
Some are, indeed, in careers we consider creative. Others are in more traditional careers. All of them find creativity essential in their work. From detailing how they use creativity to sharing suggestions for our own journey, Make a Mess will inspire and motivate you to push even further past the boundaries you may have set for offering your unique expression to the world. Want to use more creativity in your own life? Here are some tips to get you started. IMMERSION You cannot learn to swim if you don’t immerse yourself in the water. If you Rosie Molinary’s creativity thrives in her work cottage behind her home in Davidson. want to be a better brightly aids my creativity. cook, read recipes, Take time to immerse yourself watch cooking shows, talk to in your craft of choice but people whose cooking inspires you. If you want to be a painter, also expose yourself to other creators. go to museums, take classes, read books, practice. This is TAKE NOTE Carry a notebook true in all the fields and true everywhere you go (or if you across fields, too. are more technologically As a writer, I watch dance, astute, use the Notes function listen to music, go to art exhibits. Anything that compels on your smart phone). You never know when you will be me to see more broadly or
struck by inspiration, but I do know that inspiration doesn’t last. I lose ideas just minutes after I conceive them if I don’t write them down, so I carry a notebook with me most everywhere. DIVERT Sometimes as you are creating (which you might just see as working), you will hit a wall. The temptation is to do
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Spotlight From left, Beth Cashion and Nancy Barkemeyer plan to open a Community Mediation Center in the Lake Norman area.
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Talking It Out Nancy Barkemeyer and Beth Cashion want to build community through mediation Sitting with Beth Cashion and Nancy Barkemeyer at Restaurant X on a Friday morning, it’s apparent that they are on a mission. Both licensed mediators, they want to create a Community Mediation Center for the Lake Norman area because they realize that everyone has some sort of conflict in their life. And they also realize that you don’t have to let that conflict escalate into a bigger problem. “Our goal is to establish a center in this region where people can go as a first step rather than a last step to solve disputes,” says Barkemeyer, a retired middle school teacher and principal. “I think it’s really important for people to understand that conflict is everywhere.” That, coupled with the rapid growth of
our area makes it more important than ever to build a sense of community, and it is Barkemeyer and Cashion’s belief that creating a place where people can sit down with a mediator and discuss disputes calmly can do just that.
The birth of an idea The idea for the center began in 2008 when Barkemeyer and Cashion were talking on a friend’s porch. Cashion, who now serves as mayor pro tem of Davidson and has a banking and commercial real estate background, had just gotten her mediation certificate the year before and was mediating in Iredell County’s criminal court system. Barkemeyer mentioned that when she retired from education, she’d
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like to go into the mediation field. The seed was planted. Fast forward to now, and the timing seems right for them — and the community. “What Beth and I recognize is that people don’t talk anymore,” says Barkemeyer, who mediates in the Cabarrus and Rowan County court systems. “People don’t know their neighbors. If you don’t know your neighbors, then you’re eventually going to run into a situation where something bothers you,” adds Cashion. “In today’s environment, particularly with the advent of technology and texting and e-mails, people drop back to doing irrational things on e-mail and texts when a simple
think all parties involved are listening, it becomes easy to pull out conversation.” Barkemeyer further explains that mediation involves letting people have their say. “You think when you go to a trial that you’re going to have a chance to have your say, but you’re not. You don’t get to go up there and just spout off with your emotions,” she explains. “It’s factual, and nobody really cares how you feel about this, that and the other. If you go to a mediation, then you have a chance to say what you want to say to this person that you may not have seen in six months since this event happened.” The end goal is to write up an agreement that can be as simple as shaking hands, saying you’re sorry and moving forward in good faith.
Making it happen Last month Barkemeyer and Cashion assembled a group of community leaders at Davidson United Methodist Church to hear their thoughts on what was needed in the community regarding a mediation center. While they’re not sure where the community mediation center will physically be, they know that they want it to be a non-profit, as they view the center as a public service. Of course, people would have to pay for the center’s services, but payment would be determined on a sliding scale and on a case-by-case basis. As plans progress, the twosome will be looking for people who want to be trained as mediators. Barkemeyer says that having the center is important because it can
help establish a way to live in community in all aspects of our community. “People think people who live here don’t have trouble. That’s just not so. Neighbors have conflict. Homeowners associations have conflict. Churches have conflict. People have conflict with the police,” she says. “Mediation is more about bringing respect back into the conversations and individuals,” adds Cashion. “When you walk out of a mediation, you have been respected and you feel respected, which is not usually the case with an argument. …Mediation allows dignity.” For more information regarding the Community Mediation Center project, visit www. nancybarkemeyer.com.
conversation was really all that needed to be had.” All kinds of disputes can be addressed through mediation, as arguments can involve neighbors fighting about a tree on a property line, families disagreeing about how to take care of aging parents, barking dogs, loud parties every Friday night and so forth. The idea behind the Community Mediation Center is to create a place or an entity where people can come to resolve their disputes before it turns into something larger like a lawsuit. Incidentally, mediation is much cheaper than litigation. “A mediator is someone who can listen impartially and help people with their conversation,” explains Cashion. “Once people have a safe place to talk and they
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Ready, Set, GOALS! Forget resolutions; make 2017 all about goals, guys by Mike Savicki NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS ARE PASSÉ. They are pointless,
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unachievable and not worth the investment of our time and effort. At least that’s the position I’m taking this year in this column. Why? Because resolutions are typically about things we want to avoid, like cutting out sugar from our diet or not passing on the right, and living a life of avoidance isn’t truly living at all. And from a journalistic perspective, since last year I wrote about bulletproofing your resolutions then basically failed miserably at doing everything I suggested was fail proof, I’m going in the complete opposite direction this next cycle. Kind of like, well, never mind. So this column is about goals and goal setting in the New Year, whether you are setting personal, financial, professional, athletic or all other goals. And by all other I mean anything and everything that is in your total and complete control because as guys we like to control things. No, setting a goal of watching eight straight hours of sports every Saturday or Sunday if you have a wife and a kid tugging at your pants doesn’t count. Unless it’s the playoffs. Any playoffs. Or the Masters. Then you should be given a pass. You need to make goals a part of your daily routine then work to achieve them if you want to feel truly happy and satisfied. Years ago, in a moving, memorable speech while accepting the Arthur
Ashe Courage Award on the 1993 ESPY stage, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach Jim Valvano shared with us invaluable life lessons. He told us about the importance of doing three things each day — laughing, thinking, and having your emotions moved to tears. (Yes, guys, it’s okay to cry.) He went on to remind us how precious time is and how important it is to know where we started, where we are and where we want to be. Without this knowledge and doing something each day to move us along that path, our lives will lack direction, he suggested. At the core of everything, he said, should be goals. Having goals, he said, gives our actions purpose. So how do we set goals that move us from where we are to where we want to be? We boil it down to the basics and create actionable goals in the now that will have a measurable outcome and move us toward the future. Because I believe guys like to run their goals by other guys before undertaking them, and to see if my theory on goal setting would hold up under the scrutiny and eye of someone who helps clients set and achieve quantifiable goals, I checked in with Greg Bennett, managing principal, at BluHawk Wealth Management in Davidson for his input. Greg’s thoughtful, disciplined approach to finance combines many objective, analytical factors. So, I was naturally surprised when he shared a
white board full of philosophy (not formulas) to begin our conversation. “To me, life goal setting is about focusing my energy moment to moment and day to day on seeking positive, enriching, impactful human experiences. If I can do that, my actions will be purposeful, and my personal interactions meaningful. Ultimately, things outside your control tend to work out over time, regression to the mean, so to speak,” Greg told me. “For everyone who comes to me for advice on their finances, I try to envision the blue sky first, knowing that clouds will appear at often unexpected times. There are strategies, philosophical and financial, to prudently and effectively weather most storms in life, as well as with an individual or family’s wealth.” We agreed that goals boil down to purpose, planning, action and faith. Do something to the best of your ability then trust in the outcome. Value the human component, and don’t be afraid to feel the emotions
that might come with your actions. So this year my goals will be simple and I hope achievable. They include personal, professional, financial, athletic and even spiritual aspirations, but they won’t be based on finishing places, times, pounds lifted, rates of return or even miles run. I’ll hug more, say “please” and “thank you,” wash my car by hand at least once, go for a walk without being plugged into a podcast, playlist or Pandora, get up early and watch a sunrise, stay up late and watch the stars, travel somewhere new, pay it forward at least once, donate something, volunteer some of my time, be appreciative about the things I have and the people in my life, and start one randomly selected and predetermined calendar day each month with just a bit more enthusiasm. Let’s see where these goals take me. I’m looking forward to 2017. I’m hoping you are, too.
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Announcing LNHBA’s 2016 Best of the Lake Design Competition Winners
The 13TH Annual Lake Norman Home Builders Association Best of the Lake Design Competition and Gala was held at the Peninsula Club on November 11. Each year this event continues to grow and this year marks the largest number of entries by Lake Norman homebuilding professionals. Tom Lowrie, President of the LNHBA, commented on the event’s success, “The Best of the Lake Gala exceeded our expectations as one of the industry’s premiere events,” said Lowrie. “We are thrilled with the support from our community of builders and trade partners. We look forward to this prestigious event drawing more projects from the Lake Norman building community in 2017.” For the fourth consecutive year, Electrolux was the presenting sponsor of the event, along with Gold Sponsor - BB&T and Lake
Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Silver Sponsors - Ferguson Enterprises, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. and Carter Lumber. The Best of the Lake Design Competition and Gala was created to recognize and celebrate homebuilding industry professionals such as architects, builders, associates, Realtors® and industry trade partners who have contributed to the residential homebuilding industry in the Lake Norman area. Projects were selected by a panel of experts in the home building and design industry. The event is also the largest fundraising effort for the LNHBA and its members. The LNHBA is a not-for-profit professional association that represents and protects the interests of the building industry in and around the Lake Norman area. The event will provide funds to provide leadership, education and advocacy to over 300 members.
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2016 BEST IN SHOW WHB, INC, BEST OUTDOOR LIVING $301-500K
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A handsome guest bathroom designed with extensive “aging in place” features. Masculine aesthetics were achieved through the installation of a herringbone stone floor and linen texture tile accented with pewter crackle glass for the shower walls. Textured wallpaper was used throughout the bath to add depth and beauty. The ceiling of the adjoining walk-in closet is outfitted with a plaid wallpaper. The end result proved that with great design high function can be beautiful.
WINNER STARR MILLER INTERIOR DESIGN, INC BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN – LESS THAN $25K
Carolina Spaces was hired to plan layout, select and purchase, then install furnishings in the entry, dining, living, breakfast, and kitchen areas of this vacant builder’s home. The home served as a short-term model for a small development of million dollar properties.
WINNER CAROLINA SPACES BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN – $25K-50K
The house was built in 2004 and our clients wanted to update the home to a modern, transitional look. We had three key objectives to meet: Aesthetics, Functional and cost effective. The client directed us to provide the most bang for the budget. We received a five star review and even had our client shed a tear of happiness during the reveal of the completed space.
WINNER SOUTHERN DECADENCE DESIGNS BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN – MORE THAN $50K
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This client enjoys mixing traditional pieces with newer, more modern pieces. The color palette is neutral, blacks and whites, with pops of color and a wide variety of textures. The end result is a gorgeous design and detailing with a family in mind.
WINNER SOUTHERN COTTAGE BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR STAGING - $250K-$500K
This home was the lowest priced home in a desirable and popular neighborhood. It had been for sale for months during the hot spring selling season but wasn’t selling. Challenges included taste-specific paint colors and a quirky floor plan. Centerpiece Home Staging staged this home after paint colors were neutralized. Before staging, this home had 24 showings. Once staged, it went under contract within 24 hours and sold for $395,000 (97.5% of list price).
WINNER CENTERPIECE HOME STAGING BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR STAGING – $500-999K
We staged this $950,000 house in an exclusive South Charlotte neighborhood. The layout proved to be challenging and the property had been on the market for six months. To get the maximum impact, each space needed a clear-cut purpose and needed to really connect with buyers. Shortly after staging, the house went under contract! It was a win-win for the agent and the homeowner, and shows how powerful of a marketing tool staging is.
WINNER BELLA STAGING & DESIGN
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A turn-of-the-century home in a historic district was added onto in the 1980s. One of the worst layouts for a kitchen that you can imagine. The space was too small for a kitchen and breakfast table for a family of four. The tiny island faced a blank wall forcing the clients to have their backs to the windows. Combining a large island with seating eliminated the need for a breakfast table and opened up more space. Materials and design come together seamlessly in this kitchen and give due respect the history of the home.
WINNER INTERNATIONAL KITCHEN & BATH BEST KITCHEN RENOVATION – MORE THAN $100K
Clients purchased this contemporary style home for the stunning lake front views. While the homeowner’s enjoyed their new home, their circa-1990s kitchen was well overdue for a remodel. We needed a design that allowed for plenty of storage, seating at the new island while still showcasing the amazing views. The new design, specifically, the large island, is now the perfect gathering space for entertaining and meal prep. We accomplished this by listening to the homeowner’s wishes. We made the space fit “their style”.
WINNER ALAN SIMONINI HOMES
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BEST NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION – $500-749K
Built in Davidson’s historic Mill Village, this home combines timeless appeal with modern conveniences. The simple yet striking exterior blends in seamlessly with the surrounding historic homes. Inside, a cook’s kitchen combines with unique touches such as antique barn doors, corbels and hat molds to provide a look both old and new. Energy Star and LEED certification ensure an efficient and long lasting home.
WINNER JOHN MARSHALL CUSTOM HOMES BEST NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION – $750-999K
The overall goal was to produce a home that was both stylish and comfortable while the focus and attention were on providing a layout that was both inviting for entertaining and functional. The front porch is decked in flagstone and a stained tongue and groove ceiling and is accented with large cedar and stone columns. Hand-scraped hickory flooring opens to the expansive open floor plan. The inviting covered rear porch is complete with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace, extended flagstone patio and fire pit to entertain.
WINNER ARTHUR RUTENBERG HOMES/MONTEREY BAY CHARLOTTE BEST NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION – OVER $1 MILLION
The home was designed to mirror turn of the century Neoclassical America Architecture whilst also incorporating the open floorplan of homes designed today. Access to the property was an obstacle. Hundreds of loads of dirt and gravel were brought in to develop an access point to the crest of the hill. The access road was then turned into a wonderful access as the driveway bends around trees giving the property the true southern plantation charm. This home has the wonderful makings of a true classical home with modern amenities.
WINNER KINGSWOOD CUSTOM HOMES
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BEST CUSTOM WATERFRONT HOME – $500-749K
This custom home was built with a modified plan from a magazine to create an inviting home for entertaining yet functional for everyday living. The main floor kitchen, dining and living room are open with expansive views of the lake. An upper screened porch, open deck and covered grilling area right off the kitchen were built to enjoy outdoor living. Knotty pine bead board was used on porch ceilings with cedar beam accents brought in from the North Carolina Mountains.
WINNER STROM CONSTRUCTION BEST CUSTOM WATERFRONT HOME – $750-999K
This lot has a particularly unique view corridor. One of the biggest difficulties we were faced with was the corresponding lot to the rear of the property. We aimed all of our rooms directly at our best view. The lot is also very narrow, so we needed to create an open floor plan to be able to get lake views. Above all our clients wanted a great looking home with a great view. A custom home designed directly to their lifestyle and entertainment needs is just what this lot needed.
WINNER KDH RESIDENTIAL DESIGN BEST CUSTOM WATERFRONT HOME/SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED – OVER $1M Unique custom lake paradise with gorgeous lake views, designed with an open interior and private outdoor entertaining spaces. A covered sitting area with fireplace and outdoor kitchen, a screened porch and a pool deck with a hot tub and infinity pool blending together with the lake to create the illusion of one. Retractable screens with a remote were installed on the screen porch for unobstructed views. Highlights include a barrel ceiling in the great room carried into the outside living area, a curved master steam shower with an outdoor shower access, extensive wood details, trim, beams, bead board ceilings and vaulted dome ceilings.
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BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR STAGING – OVER $1M
Carolina Spaces was hired to plan layout, select furnishings from their extensive inventory, and install furnishings in the study, dining, living, breakfast, kitchen, utility, master, bonus, six bathrooms and four covered porches in this Charlestonstyle new construction home. The home was staged prior to listing and sold.
WINNER CAROLINA SPACES BEST OUTDOOR LIVING PROJECT – $51-100K
This pool cabana project started many years ago until a personal tragedy stalled the project for several years. A broken water line led to make his dream-plan a reality. Starting with reconstruction and repair to several floors of his home due to the water damage, we were then given the cabana. Working with the homeowner’s architect, we worked diligently to suit the space to their specific design taste and vision. Creating a balance between the old and the new was a small challenge and was achieved by integrating existing elements into the new design selections.
WINNER ALAN SIMONINI HOMES BEST OUTDOOR LIVING PROJECT – $301K-500K
The goal was to have a pool pavilion with the flexibility to be used year around to entertain and enjoy an expansive view of the lake. Accordion fold-back doors allows use in the open or closed position depending on weather. White oak timbers were set into place with the use of a crane to set the framework. A wood-burning stone fireplace for warmth and ambiance, LED rope and up lighting to highlight the features of the building, travertine floors, and a reclaimed slate roof complement the current home. The clients absolutely love their new entertaining space!
WINNER WHB, INC.
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BEST BATH RENOVATION – $20-50K
The existing bathroom of this home was very dated. The homeowner wanted to keep the bathroom true to the overall feel of the home but modernizing it at the same time. The end result was a functional and glamorous Master Bath that compliments existing elegance with modern fixtures and finishings in a highly appointed space.
WINNER SOUTHERN COTTAGE BEST BATH RENOVATION – MORE THAN $50K
Together with designer Chad Pruett from High Cotton Home, this bath was transformed from an ordinary builder bath from the ’90s into a beautiful, updated space that rivals most new, custom home construction today. The bath was gutted to the studs and built back step by step with new cabinetry, quartz countertops, marble tile on the floor and shower walls, plumbing fixtures, lighting and a free standing tub. Soft lavender paint and wallpaper completed the update.
WINNER ANDREW ROBY BEST KITCHEN RENOVATION – LESS THAN $50K
The clients wanted to freshen up their kitchen without breaking the bank. The layout was good, it had plenty of natural light, cabinets were in good condition but dark, so we painted them a light color. They spent a lot of time around the island, but the island was small. The island was remade with an extension at the end for the family to sit around and eat their meals. The perimeter countertops were darker to provide a nice contrast between the light colored cabinets and the new beveled white subway tile. The transformation was incredible. The homeowners went from a dreary drab kitchen to one that is bright and cheerful, without breaking the bank.
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BEST RENOVATION OF AN EXISTING HOME – LESS THAN $75K
Our clients showed us a hand-drawn layout and a picture of the inspiration for their desired basement build-out: a vintage bar area evoking thoughts of by-gone times that incorporated new and re-purposed materials. The project scope included a full bath, guest bedroom and entertaining spaces. We sourced reclaimed barn-wood siding, sliding barn doors and rustic brick accents, all used in a mature setting to achieve the desired look. The owners couldn’t be happier with the results.
WINNER OMNIA CONSTRUCTION BEST RENOVATION OF AN EXISTING HOME – $76-175K
Together with Don Duffy Architecture, this unfinished attic was transformed into a theater room and golf simulation room. In the golf room, a golf simulation screen, padded walls and green Astroturf flooring were installed. The theater room is a windowless room with dark walls to create a true movie theater experience. A wet bar connects the two spaces. The end result is a fun, bonus space that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults.
WINNER ANDREW ROBY BEST RENOVATION OF AN EXISTING HOME – $176-275K
Together with Jim Phelps Collection, this 1970s pool house was transformed into a unique indoor/outdoor space that blends seamlessly with the surrounding pool and pool deck. It includes a full kitchen and bath, fireplace and murphy bed that folds down to transition the space into a guest room. A nana wall bi-fold door system was installed in the front of the house to create the convertible indoor/outdoor space the client desired.
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BEST RENOVATION OF AN EXISTING HOME – $276-500K
Our client had an opportunity to purchase her childhood home built by her father and grandfather. The kitchen had stained glass panels that were repurposed. A custom frame was created, and they were installed in a master closet as a beautiful accent window. The existing brick wall in the kitchen was partially removed to allow for a more open view. The client was so excited to move into her childhood home, which was transformed to bring it into the 21st century, while highlighting the special features her father and grandfather labored to incorporate a lifetime ago.
WINNER ALAN SIMONINI HOMES BEST RENOVATION OF AN EXISTING HOME – MORE THAN $500K
The overall objective was to update the home while keeping it true to it’s architectural style. Priorities were to extensively reconfigure and add space to the interior in order to compliment the existing space and finishing. A more open concept for todays families with new plumbing, custom moldings and nearly all appointments throughout have been transformed into a designer home of distinction.
WINNER SOUTHERN COTTAGE BEST NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION – $350-499K
Lakemist Homes, one of the premier custom home builders in the Lake Norman area, has won this category of Best of the Lake for the past seven years in a row. This project, as are all of our homes, is a certified Energy Star home. The goal was to create a niche product that met the challenges of today’s economy and still offered the buyers the custom qualities they desired in an upscale home. Providing the latest products and finishes while meeting the client’s needs was the ultimate goal.
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IOMAX provides specialized aircraft to areas of conflict around the world
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hile Mooresville may be best known for motorsports and its enviable lakeside location, it’s also home to IOMAX USA, a company that produces — get this — surveillance and precision-strike aircraft that are deployed in military and civil security missions around the world. “With so many global conflicts going on now, there’s a need for this aircraft,” says K.C. Howard, the company’s executive vice president.
From left, Ron and K.C. Howard, father and son, launched IOMAX USA in Mooresville. The company produces surveillance and precision-strike aircraft that are deployed in military and civil security missions around the world.
K.C.’s father, Ron, launched the company in 2001 after he retired from a 31-year career as a warrant officer with the Army, during which time he was a special operations helicopter pilot and served in Vietnam, Beirut and Bosnia, among other places. Two years earlier, K.C. graduated from The Citadel with a civil engineering degree. When his father asked him if he was interested in starting a company together, K.C. jumped at the chance. Ron, who grew up in the mountains of Haywood County in Western North Carolina, considered several regional cities and towns before ultimately choosing the Lake Norman area to start the new family business.
25,000 feet and at a cruising speed of 175 mph, also feature a powerful camera and lasertargeting component, along with armor protection for the cockpit and engine. The final product, known as the Archangel, sells for between $8 million to $13 million, depending on how the plane is configured. “It’s the most cost-effective, missioncapable aircraft in its price point,” explains K.C.
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IOMAX has grown from four employees to more than 200 — many with military, law enforcement and special operations experience — and now works Jamming out with clients throughout the Initially, the company provid- Middle East, Africa and Southed wireless technology and eneast Asia. Moreover, the company gineering techniques to the U.S. expanded from operating out Department of Defense and other of a small duplex in Terrell to a government agencies to help 15,000-square-foot headquarpinpoint and jam the cellphone ters in Mooresville and multiple signals of suspected terrorists. airplane hangars at the Lake NorRon had worked in this arena man Airpark and in Statesville. during his last assignment with In addition to aircraft prothe Army at Kirtland Air Force duction, the company also uses Base in Albuquerque, New Mexits military and law enforcement ico, and recognized the business expertise to provide tactical potential of increasingly innova- training and support for agencies tive cellular phone technologies. like the Department of Defense. But IOMAX’s focus changed Both the state and Iredell County in 2010 when it landed a contract gave IOMAX a $75,000 incentive from the U.S. Drug Enforcement grant to further bolster the Agency to support operations private company that employs against terrorists and drug lords hundreds and supports the in Afghanistan. The company military industry. Today, IOMAX also secured a deal with United produces two to three aircraft Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi each month, which some local to provide surveillance planes residents may have spotted from for border security. After the time to time flying over Lake company delivered its first 10 Norman during test runs. aircraft, additional orders and K.C. says he expects the new contracts followed, and the company will continue to grow company really took off. in 2017, and they are considering IOMAX buys the planes, expanding their current facility which are modified crop dusters, in order to branch out into new from Thrush Aircraft in Albany, markets and more effectively Georgia and customizes them enhance global security. “These with features like wing stations are volatile times,” he says, “and for laser-guided bombs and there’s a growing demand for a missiles. The planes, which rugged, multi-faceted aircraft like fly at a maximum altitude of ours.”
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COMFORTS Take the chill out of winter
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Trends + Style
 City coat in winter white by Sanctuary, $119, Lavendar Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, Suite F, Mooresville, www.lavenderboutique.com.  Chunky throw (gray and multi), $75 each, Dutchmans, Jetton Village, 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius, www.dutchmansdesigns.com.  Touch tech gloves, $22, Lavendar Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, Suite F, Mooresville, www. lavenderboutique.com.
 Boot socks, $11.95, The Village Store, 110 S. Main Street, Davidson, look for The Village Store on Facebook.
 Deer hat, $27.99, Baby Sky Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, Suite E, Mooresville, www.babyskyboutique.com.  Mohair wool pom pom throw, $137.50, Dutchmans, Jetton Village, 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius, www.dutchmansdesigns.com.
 Silver lustre blanket by Little Giraffe, $68.50, Baby Sky Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, Suite E, Mooresville, www.babyskyboutique.com.  Gray fringe poncho, $55, The Village Store, 110 S. Main Street, Davidson, look for The Village Store on Facebook.  Kilimanjaro from the Adventure Series by Summit Coffee Co., $15, Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main Street and 120 Patterson Court Circle, Davidson, www.summitcoffee.com.
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 Grey cardigan by 3pommes, $53.99, Baby Sky Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, Suite E, Mooresville, www.babyskyboutique.com.
 Stanford coat by Cupcakes and Cashmere, $136, Lavendar Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, Suite F, Mooresville, www.lavenderboutique.com.
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Races can be won and lost on pit road, and for that very reason, Performance Instruction & Training (PIT) was established in Mooresville to instruct and train those who aspire to become professional over-the-wall pit crew members.
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t is one of the most perfectly choreographed yet seemingly chaotic components of motorsports. As the race car skids to a complete stop in a space just slightly larger than the car itself, a small band of jack, tire, fuel can and impact wrench-wielding marauders bound from behind a wall, attach themselves to the car, perform a dizzying array of tasks, then retreat in unison as the car accelerates back onto the track. In the 1960s, a pit stop lasted for the better part of a minute plus. Teams now regularly keep it to less than 12 seconds.
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The lessons of a pit stop extend beyond the sport
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Races can be won and lost on pit road, and for that very reason, Performance Instruction & Training (PIT) was established in Mooresville to instruct and train those who aspire to become professional over-thewall pit crewmembers. Since its inception in 2000, PIT has trained more than 500 athletes from nearly every state – plus a handful of foreign countries. Check out the weekly winner’s circles in each of the sport’s major series and you’ll most likely see at least one graduate holding the trophy high. And the Bob Plott winners don’t get there by accident, PIT ensures that there is a steady stream of trained future jackmen, fuelers, tire carriers, tire changers and even support crew waiting in the wings to compete for positions. “Pit stops are now a vitally important part of each and every race no matter the series,” says Bob Plott, PIT’s general manager for more than a decade. “If you think about a race like Daytona, where gaining or losing three-tenths of a second on pit road can equate to five or more finishing positions, and possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars, perfecting the pit stop is something every team trains for nearly every month of the year both on and off season.” PIT’s eight-week training program begins the process with classes as small as 12 but typically more. After initial “day one” physical baseline testing, a student begins training for each of the six pit crew positions. While factors such as size may steer a
PIT sits on a 5.5-acre campus that features a 100-seat theater and six-stall pit.
student toward one position or another (for example, a 6-foot-5-inch, 270-pound student most likely won’t become a tire changer), PIT coaches believe that familiarity with and exposure to every position leads to ultimate success once a final position is determined. Only then, with three to four weeks remaining, do students begin the highly specialized training protocol that comes with mastering each pit crew position. Then, after the eight-week program has ended, students sit down with coaches, trainers and administrators to plot next steps. Most choose to continue training while looking for initial placement in the sport’s smaller series, while others may add a welding certification to their resume. In the last 15 years, PIT has had a nearly 70 percent placement rate for students. If you think each and every athlete comes to PIT with an NFL or collegiate All-American background, think again. PIT’s program breaks down stereotypes and builds team players. “What we look for are students who are former athletes, yes, but I could care less if you were All-American or ex-NFL,” says Plott. “Are you coachable? Do you understand the team concept? Can you take and process criticism? And can you handle the pressure of performing at the highest athletic level? The physically and mentally strong and athletic students with good hearts and a desire to improve themselves are the ones who ultimately succeed.”
Corporate Connection Just four years after PIT opened its $10M, 5.5-acre campus that features a 100seat theater, six-stall pit road, quarter-mile approach track, full athletic training and physical therapy wing, kitchen and banquet spaces, plus available private offices and meeting rooms, Coca-Cola called with an interesting proposition. The Fortune 500 corporate giant was looking for a different sort of corporate and manager training regime that included team building exercises and believed pit crew training might have a potentially valuable crossover into the business world. Plott saw an immediate opportunity. “As someone who has worked in training basically all my life, I knew that introducing seasoned corporate executives to pit stops and pit crew training
Many graduates from PIT have found themselves in the winner’s circle.
would hold tremendous benefits,” he explains. “Our training is different in that it promotes teamwork, accountability and camaraderie, while also illustrating the skills needed to undertake and complete such a successful endeavor.” The session, which began with a tour of nearby Red Horse Racing and ended with teams working through actual pit stops, was a success. In the years since Coca-Cola, PIT has hosted companies such as Microsoft, Intel, United Airlines, Air Canada and Norfolk Southern Railroad. In 2006, PIT’s corporate training program garnered the Elliott Masie Consortium Award for Best Corporate Training Company in America. “What makes our corporate training unique is the ability for the teams to participate in hands-on pit crew training exercises designed specifically to push individuals and teams to their physical and mental limits, while also providing valuable professional learning,” Plott explains. “We don’t claim to know your business and what you do, rather we teach you the lessons and let you draw the learning parallels that can be taken back to the office or boardroom.” With Fortune 500 companies sharing space alongside motorsports’ next generation of pit crewmembers, no two days are ever alike, and that’s just how Plott likes it. “It’s gratifying to me to see kids come here with that special passion and work hard to fulfill a dream,” he says. “And on the corporate side, always meeting someone new and tweaking our program to meet the specific needs of our country’s ever-evolving corporate leaders is so rewarding.”
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nce you find a piece of property on Lake Norman that you love, it’s hard to leave. You grow accustomed to how the sun rises and sets, and how the waves roll by your dock when a boat glides by. It becomes part of you. It becomes home. That was certainly the case for a Statesville couple that recently built their custom dream home on a lot they’ve owned for 25 years. While they enjoyed the small vacation home that resided there, they knew it wouldn’t work as a full-time residence. That said, the couple, that wish to remain anonymous, opted to tear it down and start from scratch. Continued on page 42
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Above, turquoise furnishings bring in the blue hues of the lake in the sun room. Right, Jennifer Beaman Pippin of Pippin Home Designs always asks clients what’s on their wish list.
In order to build their dream home, they needed to find someone to design it, so the twosome spent afternoons riding around on their boat looking at lake houses they liked. One particular house struck their fancy so much that they yelled to the owners from their boat, asking who designed their house. It was then that they discovered Jennifer Beaman Pippin of Pippin Home Designs in Mooresville. As soon as they met with the residential designer, they knew they had the right fit. So right, in fact, that the home recently won “Best Custom Waterfront Home — $1 Million Plus” from the Lake Norman Homebuilders Association in its Best of the Lake Design Competition. “When I meet with any client, the first thing I ask them is what’s on their wish list,” explains Pippin, who has been designing houses in the Lake Norman area Continues on page 46
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for 30 years. “They were looking for a place to entertain.” One of the couple’s main concerns was having a dining area that accommodated a lot of people, as they had 40 people visit on the Fourth of July. Pippin took that directive and designed the kitchen perpendicular to the water so that it offers various seating options. There’s a formal dining space, as well as a 12-foot long island capped in granite and a breakfast area, complete with a dome ceiling and a curved window seat. Sitting under the dome amplifies voices for extra fun. “You have a continuous flow of dining all through the back,” says Pippin, adding that the formal dining area opens to the outdoor room overlooking the lake and pool for even more seating. Because the couple wanted their outdoor living spaces to be private, Pippin designed the
The formal dining area opens to the outdoor room, where more seating awaits.
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dwellings On the left, a private patio can be accessed by a home office and the master suite.
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house in a U shape on the lakeside around an infinity edge pool and Jacuzzi. When entering the home, the first thing you see is the view of the lake and pool, and it’s almost impossible to distinguish where the pool ends and the lake begins. “Typically when you’re building a pool like that you’re cutting it into the earth, but we actually had to bring up a retaining wall and put it on fill,” explains Chris Strom, owner of Strom Construction, Inc., the builder of the home. “That was very challenging to get that correct.”
A sanctuary Inside more surprises await, such as the vaulted curved ceiling in the living room. Strom and his son, Dylan, along with Stratton Smith put the ceiling up. Carolina Building Supply made the ceiling in pieces, and the curved luan beams were made in knotty alder to match the doors. The living room also features a stacked stone fireplace flanked with shelves. “There’s a raised hearth so you can actually see the fireplace when you’re in
the dining room,” says Pippin of the open floor plan. “ You can sit on the hearth as well.” The master suite was designed so that the owners could maintain their privacy when guests come to visit. Upon entering the suite, there’s a storage closet in addition to two walk-in closets. Painted in Sherwin Williams Quietude, the master bath features a fireplace in the wall that allows a view of the lake through the bedroom portion of the suite. The sauna shower boasts a curved wall of glass block, and an outdoor shower can be accessed from the space — again offering lake views. In the bedroom, a door opens to a private patio overlooking the lake. The owners refer to it as their sanctuary. But then again, the whole home can be considered a sanctuary, as it includes everything they had on their wish list. They wanted a comfortable home that capitalized on the lake views from the lot they loved. With Pippin and Strom’s help, they got that and more.
Chris Strom, along with his son, Dylan, and Stratton Smith, installed the curved vaulted ceiling in the living room.
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ometimes living on the lake’s shore isn’t close enough. Sometimes you need to get closer to the water to fully enjoy all of the beauty and serenity it offers. After living in their lakeside home for 10 years, a Mooresville couple had that epiphany and decided to do something about it. The result is a luxurious pool pavilion that recently won Best in Show and Best Outdoor Living Project $301K-$500K at the Lake Norman Homebuilders Association 2016 Best of the Lake Design Competition. The only regret with this project is that they didn’t build it sooner.
A Mooresville couple enlisted Dave White of WHB, Inc., a construction company based in Mooresville, to build a pool pavilion on their lakeside property.
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Two years ago, the couple, which prefer not to be named, contacted Dave White of WHB, Inc., a construction company based in Mooresville. White had done some work for the couple previously and was game for a new project. “They called and said that they wanted a multi-season building,” remembers White.
“There was a little lanai by their pool at the time.” While the lanai was nice, it became way too hot during the summer months, so everyone would crowd together under the covered outdoor portion of the home’s basement. They didn’t have a good seating area to sit and watch TV by the pool, and they desperately needed shade.
Soon they enlisted an architect to design a comfortable pool pavilion that could easily morph into an open-air space during the warmer months. While that might sound like an easy feat, it wasn’t due to where the construction site was located on the property. A 90-ton crane was used to transport materials over the house to the site. In
addition, heavy slate tiles for the roof also had to transported down a narrow path to the site. Carolina Timberworks in Boone supplied the timber structure for the project. “This structure is green white oak, green being not dried,” explains White, who worked with fellow WHB superintendent Daniel Marsh on the project. “These structures go through a lot of Continued on page 54
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curing or drying throughout the first five years that they’re up.” With that in mind, White says the structure had to be engineered so that the doors would remain stable even though the building may twist and turn a little bit. Three of the pavilion’s four walls are glass doors that fully open to the outdoors. The fourth wall is comprised of clear pine and constructed in a dime-gapped fashion. This same wall features a secret
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that seamlessly blends with the panoramic view of the lake as well as the pool. Two custom couches from Lee Industries offer comfortable spots to watch TV, read or take a nap. An indoor/ outdoor rug by Surface Designs is the perfect complement to the pavilion’s travertine floors. A large dining table by Janus et Cie offers plenty of room for a dinner party or game of cards. Lighting also plays a strong role in the space, as there is
uplighting in all four corners in addition to low-voltage rope lighting around a thin strip of crown molding. While all of the furnishings and decorative touches make the space comfortable and welcoming, the highlight is being close to the water on almost all sides of the structure. Now, regardless of the season, the couple can relax and entertain with family and friends as they all enjoy the lake to the fullest.
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Starr Miller, with Starr Miller Interior Design in Cornelius, says there’s a simple reason homes play a leading role in our lives. “A home is typically our largest investment,” Miller says. “It’s our haven away from the world where we can feel safe and be ourselves.” Miller says a smart way to increase that investment is by turning to a designer for help when decorating Outdoor rooms are still popular. your haven. She emphasizes the importance of working with someone who has a degree in design — someone with the proper training to execute and project manage great design. “Using a designer allows a homeowner to plan ahead and avoid costly mistakes,” she says. “You can’t hide poor construction or awful missized furniture in the back of your closet 66 like you can a clothing impulse buy.” For 2017, Miller says minimalism, organic shapes and textured pieces are in. Hexagon is the new chevron. Word art, naked windows and over-embellished anything is out. Above all, go for quality. “I am actually seeing a bit of a turn from the disposable furniture movement, toward the mindset of buying simple quality in order to have it for years to come.” Architect Jenny Pippin, with Pippin Home Designs, specializes in new home and renovation design services for view properties such as lakefront and mountain homes. For 2017, Pippin says healthy homes are in, which means you need to think about air quality. “Choosing the right building materials, finishes and furnishings is key to maintaining a healthy environment inside your home,” she says. “Using materials with no or low-volatile organic compounds that are non-toxic or low-toxic throughout the home wherever possible increases the ability to have improved indoor air quality.” To continue the search for health and happiness, Pippin suggests turning to the color wheel. Colors help improve mood, increase energy and reduce stress. “Basic neutrals are fading out as more people realize the beneficial healing effects of living with color,” she says. “Adding color in a home increases the happiness of the occupants. Be generous and playful with your color pallet and artwork to enhance your happiness and well being. Consider it
Clutter-free homes. Gorgeous design that never goes out of style. Quality, not quantity. Homes that are crafted with pride to your specifications. These are just a few of the things homeowners can look forward to in the New Year. Below, specialists from a variety of home-related industries weigh in on a variety of trending home updates.
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color therapy!” Angeline Rudnick is senior design consultant with Arthur Rutenberg Homes, a premier custom builder in Lake Norman. She says, “At Arthur Rutenberg Homes, our professional design team has the knowledge and experience to guide our clients through a stress-free and enjoyable design process by avoiding costly mistakes, saving time, managing budgets, and organizing subcontractors with the end goal of creating a perfect living space that reflects our client’s vision.” According to Rudnick, this year’s interior design trends will embrace a retro vibe featuring bold colors, oversized geometric patterns and botanical motifs. Furniture silhouettes from the 1960s and ’70s are making a comeback, as well. Outdoor living spaces have been popular for years, and Rudnick says that will continue. “Outdoor living is a harmonious extension of our living spaces, often mirroring the comfort and design of the indoors,” she says. “Following the 2017 retro design trend, contemporary and clean lines create interesting patio furnishings composed of aluminum and mixed materials such as teak, concrete and stone.” Mark Correll is president of Masters Stone Group, located in south Charlotte and serving the Charlotte metro area. Correll says designing with stone is extremely gratifying. “We are able to totally transform any area of a home and get immediate gratification,” he says. “Whether installing a stone veneer on a million-dollar custom home, transforming an existing great room fireplace, or creating a new outdoor living area, stone makes a statement that conveys history, beauty and the ability to endure.” Correll says 2017 will see a continuing of the trend of transforming those 1990 stucco and brick transitional homes with stone veneer. “This can update the
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existing architecture, while bringing color and texture to the home.” And to add spice to your outdoor life, consider an outdoor fireplace to offer extra family living space. “The use of interlocking concreted pavers is
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economical and the earth tones add a natural backdrop to the environment,” he says. Regardless of the material used to transform your home, custom is in. Chris Strom, owner of Strom Construction Inc., says, “There is an old saying in the custom building business: Skilled labor isn’t cheap; cheap labor isn’t skilled.” According to Strom, the benefits of working with a custom builder are building the home you want … not the home a tract builder thinks you want. “Quality pays off,” Strom says. “If it is built right, it will last several lifetimes.” He suggests homeowners looking to refresh their existing homes consider switching up the little details for big impact, such as changing the cabinet hardware, adding no-slam hinges, or switching out big fixed mirrors to a nice, framed mirror. For an outdoor upgrade you won’t regret, add in large, covered back porches with outdoor kitchens. Allen Sutton, with Southern Decadence Design, creates comfortable elegance for Lake Norman-area homeowners. He says designers can help homeowners stay on budget, eliminate re-dos and garner cost savings on furniture and other décor by obtaining high quality items at a better cost. “When working with clients, we want to create a good mix of trend and tradition to make their new space last,” Sutton says. In 2017, expect to see a return of many of the styles that were popular in 2016, including reclaimed woods, metal and stone. Decluttering your home is an easy way to freshen up, and add interest by focusing on simplicity mixed with bold focal points. Last but not least, go for quality. “Quality is always in,” he says. “Quality will make your look last a lifetime. After your total look is completed, you want your pieces to age correctly and stand the test of time.” Stephanie Bramble, with Dutchmans Casual Living Store in Cornelius, says in 2017, hot shades include amethyst and lilac for winter, which will carry into spring. When it comes to furniture trends, mid-century modern is popular right now, especially for smaller spaces. For bigger homes, a mix of rustic and transitional works well. Wallpaper is still making a huge comeback, Bramble says. Add pop to the room with faux fur throws and fun accent pillows. Above all, cast it in the right light. “Lighting is one of the most important design elements in 2017,” she says. “The right pendant or chandelier changes a whole room.”
For those looking to spruce up their existing homes with the idea of selling in mind, consider working with staging experts Consider a staging expert when selling your home. who have an eye for clean design and intriguing style. These design experts are adept at staging your home in a way that will garner good sales prices with ease. Joan Inglis, of Carolina Spaces, says, “A trained, experienced home stager can provide a set of fresh eyes, and comes into your home from the buyer’s perspective. The stager can provide valuable insight into problems that can be easily addressed and corrected before your home hits the market.” Homeowners hoping to freshen their homes for the New Year should keep an eye on the coming spring months when selecting colors and treatments. “Shortly after the New Year comes spring, so lighten up your window treatments and bedding,” Inglis says. “Change out heavy fabrics in your home for lighter, softer materials, and incorporate botanical prints.” Inglis offers a litany of styles that are going to be hot in 2017, including sustainable woods paired with metals, recycled glass lighting and accessories, board-and-batten, stone, and brick interior wall treatments. She notes that hot new colors include blues and greens, including Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, called “Greenery,” which is a spring green. Jamie McNeilis, with Centerpiece Home Staging, agrees that stagers can help homeowners save money and create the perfect feel to a home. “Working with a stager prior to listing can prevent the homeowner from making costly mistakes such as choosing a wrong paint color or overspending on improvements,” she says. “Further, an investment in staging your home is always less money spent than a typical price reduction after the home has been listed but isn’t selling.” She suggests homeowners focus on decluttering, accessorizing, and using neutral paint to freshen their home before listing. “Paint your home with a clean and neutral color palette,” McNeilis says. “Beiges are back this year, and grays are still desirable. There are many resources available to homeowners to help guide them through the color selection process.”
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Craft beers for winter, p. 61 Sweet Potato Sarnies, p. 62 The Kindredsâ€™ new venture, p. 63
Fried oysters at Kindred are a hint of what you might find at Joe and Katy Kindredâ€™s new restaurant on the lake. Hello, Sailor is slated to open in 2017 in Cornelius.
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Debunking a Myth
The best pairing for Indian food? The wine list at Sangam Indian Cuisine confirms that it’s not beer
by Trevor Burton
When my wife and I recently stopped in at Sangam Indian Cuisine for lunch we began in
typical fashion by ordering a serving of naan bread. Then, a surprise; an extensive wine list from which to order. Many people, conditioned by the vast majority of Indian restaurants, would never imagine ordering fine wine with Indian food. Beer, they insist, is the go-to beverage, especially with spicier dishes. Sangam is different. It sells more wine than beer. And
its wine list is made up of selections from around the world. I couldn’t resist the temptation to go exploring and pick out a wine from India. Yes, an Indian wine. Who knew? The wine was a Shiraz, bright, fruity and low in tannins. It turned out to be just right for my chicken curry. A couple of weeks later, beneath a portrait of Mahatma Ghandi, I sat down with owner Ashok Kumar and manager and sommelier Vishal Kumar.
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Ashok Kumar shows off a bottle of Indian Chenin Blanc at Sangam Indian Cuisine in Cornelius.
It quickly became clear how Sangam is debunking the myth. Vishal is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University. That’s where he was bitten by the wine bug and has since gone on to become certified as a sommelier. Yes, an Indian restaurant with a sommelier. Not surprisingly, we got onto the subject of wine and Indian food. We agreed that it is a silly generalization to speak of “Indian cuisine” as if it were one thing. India comprises many different cultures, regional styles and traditions, and that comes through in the cuisine. Asking “What wine pairs well with Indian food?” is about as sensible as asking, “What wine pairs well with European food?” The first step in pairing Indian food with wine is to throw away the idea that all Indian food is hot and spicy. Plenty of it is, of course. And because these dishes are so intense, one might be tempted to choose a powerful wine like a deep Cabernet Sauvignon. What an error. The tannins in a wine like that act to amplify the heat in the dish. Taste buds get scorched, and none of the flavors, wine or food, come through. Who would want that? Vishal has been recommending a wine like Pinot Grigio to go with this type of dish. He’s also been leaning towards a Malbec from Argentina — similar to that Indian wine, fruity and less tannic. If your wine taste runs to
heavier, more tannic wines, don’t despair. A great pairing would be a vegetable dish with a yogurt sauce or a mild dish cooked in a Tandoor clay oven —Tandoori chicken or salmon would be a good choice. An interesting aside. My personal choice for a spicy dish would be a white wine like a Riesling or a Gewürztraminer. The smoothness and oiliness of the wine can handle the heat. While Vishal agreed with my choice, he commented that most people ordering wine at Sangam are of the male persuasion and that they peg these wines as too feminine and go in another direction. They’re really missing out. There’s no question, as you can see, that pairing wine with Indian food is definitely nonintuitive. Red wine with meat and white wine with seafood definitely go out the door. But, if in doubt, just ask for Vishal, and he’ll give a few suggestions. Speaking of doors, Sangam is certainly knocking them down. That’s obvious just by perusing the wine list. But it goes further. During the summer, out on its patio, the restaurant ran 10-course wine dinners; Indian tapas dishes paired with various wines. I like this. Food and wine together are definitely greater the sum of their parts. And Indian food is a fun way to go exploring. angam Indian Cuisine S 20910 Torrence Chapel Road Cornelius www.sangamindia.com
On Tap CRAFT BEERS YOU MUST DRINK THIS WINTER TIME TO FILL YOUR MUGS OVER AND OVER, AS THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF GREAT LOCAL WINTER BREWS by Mike Savicki
Here are a few local winter favorites Lucas looks forward to serving: Highland Brewing Company’s Cold Mountain Winter Ale “Everybody knows the name, and it is fantastic no matter what your taste may be.” Triple C’s White Blaze “You absolutely can’t go wrong with it, and you’ll get a great taste of winter.” Bayne Brewing’s Christmas Ale “You’ll likely find it in 22-ounce bottles, although I think Chris may keep a keg or two for himself, but I can’t be sure so when you see it, grab it.” NoDa’s Hoppy Holidays “It’s a holiday spin on their Hop, Drop and Roll. I’m not sure it will make it to the New Year so when you see it, drink it.” Wooden Robot’s Godless Killing Machine Imperial Stout “All I can say about it is that it’s phenomenal. Phenomenal.”
Bayne Brewing’s Coffee Porter “It’s a big in-your-face coffee taste that you’ll love and remember.” And as far as discovering other local craft favorites, Lucas and co-owner/operator Casey Ashlock suggest making the rounds and trying new and different pours — just don’t be in a rush.
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The winter vibe is more chill says Wes Lucas, co-owner/operator of Cornelius Drafthouse and Bottle Shop, and it is a special time of year for local craft beer drinkers. With the arrival of the colder temperatures comes the opportunity to enjoy some of the area’s best seasonal craft beers from fuller IPAs and winter lagers to stouts and imperial stouts — on tap or in bottles or cans — at any one (or more) of the lake’s breweries or bottle shops. “Why do we go to heavier beers in the winter?” Lucas arbitrarily asks a bar full of patrons (plus a dog or two) on a cold, early winter weekend afternoon. “Is it something we are trained to do? Is it hibernation from a summer of pilsners and saisons? “There’s no telling, and it really doesn’t matter,” he says with a smile, “because during the winter season, and this season especially now that some local brewers are making their second batches of what was popular last year, I’m psyched to see what comes our way and compare.”
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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan
Spoil yourself and your guests this winter with these tummy-warming, cheese-oozing sandwiches chock full of body-loving care. Sarnie’s (the English slang word for sandwich) first originated in the 18th century when the 4th Earl of Sandwich wanted to continue playing cards while eating without getting his cards in “a bit of a mess.” Sandwiches typically use bread to carry the filling, but this one uses sweet potatoes, which have that sweet/savory flavor and are also tops on the healthy food list. One
potato contains a walloping 438 percent of your daily vitamin A, plus a huge dose of vitamin C and other gems like calcium, potassium, iron and good-for-your-gut fiber. Sweet potatoes have the lowest glycemic index among the root veggies too, so they’re great for keeping blood sugar on an even keel. Most of the healing properties reside in the skin, so don’t skin them (it saves time, too.) Give these gloriously yummy, bodyhugging sarnies a whirl, as a hot sandwich just seems altogether more special anyway.
ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting J Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can learn more about her at www.jilldahan.com.
2 medium sweet potatoes with skin and washed well 4 to 6 ounces goat, Manchego, Gruyere or cheddar cheese — grated
1½ cups spinach or arugula leaves 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh pesto (basil, cilantro or sage pesto) optional ½ -1 cup cooked chicken, optional Avocado or coconut oil for brushing outside sandwiches
Trim both ends of each potato and slice crossways on a slight diagonal into ¼-inch slices. For each medium sweet potato, you will get 6 to 8 slices. Lay the slices out on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment paper, and bake at 375 F for about 25 to 30 minutes until just softened. Remove and place into stacks of two — about the same diameter. Sandwich in between each stack some grated cheese, spinach or arugula, and spread inside with pesto and add chicken if desired. These can be made to this stage in advance and set aside. To serve, lightly brush both sides of the sarnie with oil, and heat a griddle or frying pan on high until hot. Grill on each side until lightly browned and cheese is melted. Serve hot or warm. Makes about eight.
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New Year, New Venture The Kindreds say “Hello” to Cornelius by Holly Becker Photography by Ben Sherrill
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Joe and Katy Kindred of Kindred restaurant fame in Davidson have signed a lease to open a new restaurant on the lake in Cornelius.
Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated Lake Norman restaurant opening in 2017 is Hello, Sailor. Katy and Joe Kindred, owners of the famed Kindred restaurant in downtown Davidson, signed a lease in November to open a new restaurant in the Cornelius lakefront space formerly home to The Rusty Rudder for 15 years. Six months ago the Kindreds began casually eyeing potential spaces in Charlotte to open a second restaurant. “We were not in a rush,” explains Katy. “We were waiting on the right space, right time and right fit for our family.” When the Davidson couple heard The Rusty Rudder’s lease was not renewed, they jumped at the opportunity to make a proposal and snag a coveted lakeside-dining location. More than two dozen other restaurants submitted proposals to win the 4,000-square-foot restaurant space and accompanying 3,000-square-foot patio. The husband-wife business partners felt it would be a loss to locals for such a prime lakefront restaurant space to fall into the hands of a chain and not another locally owned restaurant.
“We were not in a rush,” explains Katy. “We were waiting on the right space, right time and right fit for our family.”
“It’s a unique space with nearly 20 boat slips,” says Katy, who is designing the restaurant’s interiors. “It has a beautiful view and a great patio and tiki bar. We can have a lot of fun with this as far as a design concept.” Kindred patrons will find the same quality ingredients and attention to detail at Hello, Sailor, but it will not be a carbon copy of the couple’s flagship restaurant. “We hope this restaurant will be so different from Kindred that we’ll keep people on their toes,” says Katy. The restaurant’s name, Hello, Sailor, which is a popular tattoo for sailors, reflects a more laid back vibe.
“Hello, Sailor is a fun, punchy ode to being on the water,” she says. Customers can anticipate a casual dining atmosphere with larger portions compared to Kindred’s smaller plates. Menu options will be seafood heavy, but the restaurant will also feature ribs straight from the smoker on site. Katy says price points will be comparable to The Rusty Rudder menu. The Kindreds know expectations are high for Hello, Sailor following the success of Kindred. “There’s pressure, but it’s a good kind of pressure,” says Katy. “We thrive on that a little bit.” Since its February 2015 debut, Kindred has been catapulted into the national
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spotlight. Named one of Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants in 2015, Kindred now is a destination dining spot for visitors to Lake Norman and prompts Charlotteans to make the drive to Davidson for a fine dining experience. Joe Kindred, who earned a James Beard Award semifinalist nod for Best Chef in the Southeast, will divide his time between the two restaurants. Each restaurant will have its own chef, while Joe will work his creative culinary magic by collaborating with both chefs to design the menus. The Kindreds aim to open Hello, Sailor by late spring or early summer — just in time for peak patio dining season.
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Movies on Main (January 14) When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. Enjoy Frozen with your family. 3 p.m. Free. The Charles Mack Citizen Center, www. cmccmooresville.com.
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Music at St. Albans (January 15) The Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble presents a program of gospels, spirituals, anthems, and classical pieces, honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 3 p.m. $15, students and young adults under 25 $10, seniors (62+)$10,
Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth (January 24) Grammy nominated Josh Goforth is highly regarded as an outstanding musician, acclaimed fiddler, guitar picker, mandolin player and storyteller, from Madison County, North Carolina. From a young age, Josh began to establish himself as a stunning instrumentalist, constantly lighting up stages with his solo performances and as a major highlight of the illustrious David Holt & The Lightning Bolts. Josh will perform with longtime collaborator Laura Boosinger, one of the most popular banjoists and singers in the NC folk tradition. Laura has won glowing reviews wherever she appears and is blessed with an essence of the mountains’ spirit that can take you back to the good old days when folks used to huddle around the radio. 7:30 p.m. $13.99, seniors $9.32 before tax and fees. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson
College, www.davidson.edu. Woodwind Quartet (January 29) Top area wind musicians Amy Orsinger-Whitehead, flute; Dru DeVan, clarinet; Hollis Ulaky, oboe; Mary Beth Griglak, bassoon; and Bob Rydel, French horn, join forces to present a dynamic performance of chamber works by Hoiby, Carter, Danzi, Berio and Mozart. 3 p.m. $15.85, $7.46 before tax and fees. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College, www.davidson.edu.
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Presents: Poema De Andalucia (January 31) Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is the nation’s premier Spanish and flamenco dance company, known for the purity of its work and the unique way in which it enriches the art of flamenco. Time and prices TBA. The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series, Davidson College, www.davidson.edu.
First Footin’ at Rural Hill (January 1) Start the new year off right with First Footin’, Rural Hill’s annual walk and celebration of Hogmanay, aka Scottish New Years. 10 a.m. First Footin’ Five Miler Trail Run begins, 11 a.m. First Footin’ Walk begins, noon Stone Soup Blessing and Gathering. $25 registration fee for First Footin’ Five Miler. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, www.ruralhill.net. Civil War Winter Quarters (January 7-8) Learn about survival in the snow for soldiers and civilians during the Civil
War. Times and prices TBA. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, www.lattaplantation.org. 17th Annual Rocky River Road Club Polar Bear Metric Century (January 10) This annual ride (half and a full metric century) benefits Ada Jenkins and Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats & Programs. The Rocky River Road Club is a USCF sanctioned club based in Northern Mecklenburg County. The club consists of racing and social riders whose primary goal is to promote the sport of cycling by encouraging safe and responsible cycling. Registration 8:30 a.m., ride begins at 10 a.m. $30 per person day of ride, $25 per person with pre-registration (minors ride free with parent). 800 E. Beaty Street, Davidson, www.rockyriverroadclub.org.
Warehouse Cinema (January 6-8) A Man Called Love focuses on Ove, the quintessential angry old man next door. A young family moves in next door and accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while doing so. Yet from this inauspicious beginning, an unlikely friendship forms and the audience comes to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. Fri-Sat 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showing. $9.25 admission, $7 students, plus tax. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, 704.996.7724, www.warehousepac.com
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Brick Row Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or by appointment. 21325 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, look for Brick Row Art Gallery on Facebook. Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.cornelius.org. “Cotton” Ketchie’s Landmark Galleries Various exhibitions. The work of watercolorist ‘Cotton’ Ketchie. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 212 North Main Street, Mooresville, 704.664.4122, www.landmark-galleries.com. Depot Art Gallery Various exhibits. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www.magart.org. Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 112 S. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, www.fcfgframing.com. 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.lakecountrygallery.net. Sanctuary of Davidson Various exhibitions. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson, www. sanctuaryofdavidson.com.
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20525 N. Main St. Cornelius, NC 28031 Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth perform North Carolina folk music on January 24 at Davidson College.
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Lake Norman Big Band (January 16) The Lake Norman Big Band plays every third Monday night at The Finish Line Restaurant in Mooresville. The show features favorite hits from the big band era and more. 7-9 p.m. $20 cover (includes buffet dinner). Call 704.664.2695 for reservations. The Finish Line Restaurant at George Pappas Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville, www. thelakenormanbigband.org.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (January 27-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! Produced by Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company. Time and prices TBA. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
children under 12 free. Music at St. Alban’s, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, www. musicatstalbansdavidson.org.
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at the Lake 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, www.tropicalconnectionslakenorman.com.
The Van Every/Smith Galleries Baik Art Residency features three Indonesian-based artists creating artwork during a month-long residency (January 16-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. davidsoncollegeartgalleries.org.
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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. The Artisan Market Craft Crawl (First Saturday Formerly known as the Mooresville Craft Crawl, this market features baked goods, clothing, embroidery, jewelry, paintings, pottery, quilts and woodcarvings with an edge. 5-9 p.m. Free. Mooresville Town Square across from Lowe’s Foods. https://www. facebook.com/artisanmarketnc. Lunch in the Lot (every Friday) Feast from a food truck in Old Town Cornelius at Oak Street Mill. Tables and chairs are set up at Kadi Fit so you can enjoy your lunch with friends. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Look for Old Town Cornelius on Facebook. 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, www. oldtowncornelius.com. Davidson Farmer’s Market (January 7 and 21) 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www. davidsonfarmersmarket.org. Mooresville Museum (First and Third Saturday)View exhibits and artifacts from Mooresville’s past and present. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 132 E. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www. downtownmooresville.com.
Warehouse Cinema shows A Man Called Love January 6-8. Richard’s Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum (Every Saturday) Enjoy a community music jam every Saturday. 9 a.m.- noon. Free. Richards Coffee Shop & Veterans Museum, 165 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www. downtownmooresville.com.
31st Annual Ice Bucket Regatta (January 1) The Lake Norman Yacht Club hosts its 31th Annual Ice Bucket Regatta. Fingers crossed for warm temperatures. The event also features a Hot Soup Lunch. The event is open to PHRF and one design centerboard and keel boats. www.lakenormanyachtclub.com. 39th Annual Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament (January 1) Hosted annually at Lake Norman Marina and organized by the Carolina Show Ski Team, this is one of the longest running and unique barefoot skiing tournaments in the world. The towboat’s circle pattern keeps the action close to the spectators, and this year plans are to reduce the time between contestants making it a faster moving event. Color commentary by former US Barefoot Ski Team members adds to the enjoyment. Noon. Free. Lake Norman Marina, 6965 NC 150 East, Sherrill’s Ford, www.lakenormanmarinacom.
Davidson College Men’s Basketball Every season seems to get better and better. Could Davidson College go back to the big dance this year? Fordham (January 11, 7 p.m.), VCU (January 14, 2 p.m.), Duquesne (January 24, 7 p.m.). John M. Belk Arena, Davidson College, www.davidsonwildcats.com. Davidson College Women’s Basketball The Lady Wildcats take to the court for another great season. U Mass (January 12, 11:30 a.m.), George Mason (January 18, 7 p.m.), La Salle (January 21, 2 p.m.), University of Richmond (January 28, 2 p.m.). John M. Belk Arena, Davidson College, www. davidsonwildcats.com.
Sylvia (January 20February 4) A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. Empty nesters Greg and Kate are living the good life when Greg falls for Sylvia, ahappy-go-lucky lab/poodle in search of a home. Unfortunately, Kate does not want Sylvia to be in her home. It’s canine vs. human, and may the best species win. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sunday, January 29 2 p.m. $20, seniors/students $15. Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, www.warehousepac.com.
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Editor Lori K. Tate makes a monogram crest at Davidson’s AR Workshop
by Lori K. Tate
Photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate I LOVE ARTS AND CRAFTS, AND I LOVE HOME DESIGN. So when I got the chance
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to do a project that combined both at the newly opened AR Workshop in Davidson, I got my creative self there. AR Workshop was founded this past summer by Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, hence the letters AR. In 2010, the two designers founded a design company called Anders Ruff in Pineville. The success of their do-it-yourself Ruff Draft blog inspired them to open a workshop where folks could come in and work on projects for their home, as well as purchase retail items that the twosome used in their design business. When they appeared on Charlotte Today, Beth Drinkwater of Huntersville happened to be watching. An educator, Beth was in the process of making a career change. When she saw Anders talking about AR Workshop on TV, something clicked. “I thought, ‘I can do that,’ ” recalls Beth, adding that she thought she would just work at the workshop for a while. After meeting Anders for coffee, the idea grew bigger, as fans were asking for a workshop north of Charlotte. At first Beth passed the over the idea of opening a workshop. Then Anders came back a few months later, and Beth, along with her husband, Paul, decided to do it. The result is a 1,200-square-foot space with an industrial rustic vibe. Aqua green metal stools surround farm tables Paul and his father, David, made. Each table is appointed with a tool caddy and buckets of foam brushes, sand paper and gloves. The process begins by going to the website and selecting a workshop. Depending on the night, you can choose from wood plank signs, lazy susans, framed wood signs, canvas pillows and canvas hangings. I opted for the Monogram Crest Family design. When you
register for your workshop online, you fill out the information related to your sign so Beth can print your customized design on a stencil printer. When I arrived on a Wednesday night, there were two other ladies in my class. Our stencils were waiting on us for approval. We began by sanding our plywood with different grades of sandpaper. “The more you sand, the less it will bleed,” instructed Beth, adding that it was best to sand against the grade. Next we selected a paint color for the background. All stains are soy based and the paint, which comes in 50-plus colors, is non-toxic. I went with Aquarium Blue for my background. Once I finished painting my plywood, Beth placed it in Top, Tate trying her hand at power tools. Bottom, Paul and Beth Drinkwater flank Lori K. Tate and her monogram creation. front of a fan so it would dry quickly. While that was I used Antique White for the names on going on, I carefully peeled the negative space my piece and Lime Rickey for the floral detail. off of my stencil and put sticky tap on the Suddenly everything began coming together, remaining pieces to stabilize it. I then ran over and Beth reached for the power tools. it with a sanding block to smooth it out — a Not one who knows much (or anything for technique that I learned is called scoring. that matter) about power tools, I gingerly held We put that to the side to stain the pieces the nail gun and followed Beth’s instructions. of our frames. I selected Espresso, a warm In minutes my piece was framed, and in brown. Other selections include, Deep Ebony, just a few more minutes, hanging wire had Charcoal Grey, Concrete Grey and Walnut. been drilled into the back of it. In three quick This is also the time during the project hours I made a personalized family crest that where you stamp the back and sign it. my family will treasure for years to come. Soon it was time to stick my stencil on Says Beth, “It’s really about customizing the plywood and paint. I peeled it off with the whatever you want to do and what dexterity of a surgeon and placed it on the goes well with your home.” plywood. Beth brought out the paint colors AR Workshop I selected in small cups and instructed me 120-A South Village Lane, Davidson to “dab” the paint on with a foam brush. www.arworkshop.com
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