Lake Norman Currents March 2018

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March 2018

Tim Chartier’s bracket magic Settar & Co builds a following Table 31 takes a seat at LangTree Four fabulous bathroom renovations

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Contents March 2018 vol. 11 No. 3

20 Make a Mess Elisabeth Connolly creates beauty with her hands

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

15 Karel Bond Lucander delves

32 Thoughts from

16 Gibson Brothers Furniture

the Man Cave Mike Savicki gives antiquing a shot

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

72 Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate sketches a dream at Studio Elie

Photography by Scott Burton B & B Photography

Channel Markers

22 Navigators Pam and Shawn Settar build a following with Settar & Co

About the Cover:

into the life of Frances Dodge

Inc. has furnished homes for 65 years

19 Take 10 — The CURRENTS’ bond

Lake Spaces

26 D esign for Living

Interior Designer Starr Miller shares four takes on the most necessary room in the house

How we live at the lake

44 Dwellings

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Charleston touches on Mooresville’s shores

Dine + Wine


Eating, drinking, cooking and fun


58 Wine Time

A tasty fork in the road

34 T rends + Style

Ultra Violet takes the stage

60 On Tap

Time for a taproom

61 In the Kitchen

with Jill Dahan Bubble & Squeak

62 Nibbles + Bites

Table 31 takes a seat at LangTree

36 G ame On


Tim Chartier is the master of March Madness

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Between the Beacons Charting Your Course to Retirement

Legacy Planning in Retirement 1) “They’ll get what they get” – We put our kids through college, we help out with the grandkids, and our children are very successful already. They won’t need our help. I hope my first check bounces the day they put me in the grave. After all, the money we saved is for us to enjoy in retirement!

James D. Stillman his month I’d like to discuss the fifth and final of our key areas of retirement planning using our “Chart Your Course Retirement Planning System” Legacy Planning. We’ve already touched on income, investment, healthcare, and tax planning. In reality, legacy planning in its most basic form doesn’t have to be much more than being a good steward of your money using the four planning areas already discussed, so you don’t lose your hard-earned dollars. But what exactly do we mean when we say “Legacy Planning”? Simply put, it means taking some steps to allow you to leave a legacy (that’s a fancy word for money) to your family, church, charitable organizations, educational institutions, etc. It’s quite interesting how different people have different ideas about leaving a legacy, especially when it comes to family. There seems to be two distinct camps when it comes

2) “Of course we want to have a legacy plan” - We’ve worked hard our whole life, didn’t live beyond our means, saved as much as we could, and we’ve been very blessed. If we don’t need what we’ve saved, we’d love to do what we can to maximize what we pass along to our family or our favorite charities. All we ask is that we’re taken care of first, then we’d love for our legacy to live on. Trust me, we hear both all the time, and both are perfectly valid ways of thinking. But there’s one area where the “rubber really meets the road”. That area is “qualified accounts” or IRA assets. Why? Because these monies are 100% taxable as ordinary income to beneficiaries other than your spouse. It’s not uncommon to see beneficiaries pay 30% - 40% and sometimes even more in taxes when inheriting IRA assets. For most people, the majority of their assets in retirement are in qualified

accounts. The bottom line is that if you don’t plan for this, then the IRS could end up taking a big chunk from your beneficiaries. Let me be clear, eventually the IRS will get their share. It’s a “pay me now, or pay me later” proposition. Legacy planning basically revolves around two strategies - delaying paying taxes or replenishing tax dollars that will be taken by the IRS. When it comes to delaying taxes on inherited IRAs the most popular strategy is known as a Stretch IRA or Multigenerational IRA. That means that the account will be set up to pay out Required Minimum Distributions each year based on the beneficiary’s age. This allows the beneficiary to pay the taxes (often at a lower rate than if they paid tax on the full lump sum) over time, as they would only be taxed on the distributed amount each year. Another strategy is to convert your existing IRA into a Roth IRA. You can do this all at once or systematically over multiple years. You would have to pay the taxes on what you convert, but once you’ve had a Roth IRA for five years and you reach the age of 59½ it becomes totally tax free - even to beneficiaries. Assuming you don’t need your full IRA RMDs to live on, then you could set up a “Leveraged Life Legacy Plan”. You would take a portion of your IRAs and set up a guaranteed income stream. You then use that income to pay the premiums on a life insurance policy. This allows you to systematically

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y husband always knows when I’m working on the home design issue. It has nothing to do with seeing our editorial calendar or talking to my co-workers. He knows because I suddenly begin suggesting projects we should do around the house. We’ve lived in our home for 10 years, and in that time we’ve made some significant improvements. We added an outdoor room before we had children (good call), we renovated our kitchen a year ago (great call) and this past summer we painted our living room a delicious cocoa brown (cozy call). A few months ago I talked my husband into painting our shutters a bright marsh green (bad call that will soon be rectified with black paint). The point is that we made these changes based on what we wanted. As the people who live in the house, who better to make those decisions? Our house is full of color and art because that’s what makes us happy. It’s not for everyone, but it works for us. I’ve been writing about homes for 20 years, and I’ve seen a lot of things from a gold glitter fireplace to an elegant pool house that my family of four could easily live in. But the homes that stayed with me

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are the ones that reflected the owner’s personality. So often we get caught up in what we’re supposed to do instead of what we want to do when it comes to home design. On this front, I am not afraid. When I designed my home office, I knew I wanted it to be painted hot pink, a decision I’ve never regretted. It’s my favorite color, and I spend a ton of time in that space, so it needs to be a place where I feel good. My son’s bedroom is painted in a bright orange, even though neither of his parents went to Clemson or the University of Tennessee. He’s loved orange since he was a toddler, so orange it is. As for art, my husband would say that we don’t have any wall space to spare. Ask me, and I’ll tell you there’s plenty of room to hang more pieces, which is one of the tasks on the “honey do” list I’m preparing for him, along with

painting said shutters. When I look back, I can trace my “express who you are” home design philosophy to third grade when my parents built their dream home. My mom and dad came from meager means and worked hard to be able to build such a house. The finished basement included a dance floor, complete with a rotating disco ball. Oh the fun my friends and I had playing limbo under those disco lights. For years, my parents threw parties for about every winter holiday imaginable. Their friends would come over to play pool and dance until midnight. That’s what they wanted, so that’s what they built. Thirtyseven years later, mom and dad still live in the same house, and though they don’t throw parties anymore, they love watching their grandchildren chase the disco lights on the dance floor. My parents’ whimsical, almost dreamlike approach to creating a home stuck with me, and I’m so glad that it did. Your house is a place to share who you are with friends and family. The second I step into our house, I know that I’m home. Happy spring!

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A Legend Before Her Time Davidson’s Karel Bond Lucander pens the story of automotive heiress Frances Dodge

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close family members. Lynn Metzker, a Davidson resident and graphic artist, designed the book. To kick off the project, Lucander traveled to the 88,000-square-foot Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan and spent a week at the Meadow Brook Hall archives, sifting through 800-plus pages of information and then stopping in Lexington, Kentucky to tour the expansive stables Dodge relocated there in the 1940s. Lucander uncovered more information than she could possibly fit into the book, so she used extra interesting facts and information in photo captions. “[Frances] endured more than her share of life’s tragedies. And despite being born into great privilege, she jumped on the proverbial saddle and worked really hard to hone her talents and pursue her dreams.” — Renee Roberson, photography by Brant Waldeck

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Davidson’s Karel Bond Lucander recently wrote Riding on the Edge, Frances Dodge and Dodge Stables. The book features the story of Frances Dodge, the daughter of Dodge Brothers Motor Company Co-Founder John Francis Dodge.

ou’d be remiss if you didn’t recognize the name Dodge in our country, but the legacy of the famous family goes even deeper. Davidson resident and freelance writer Karel Bond Lucander recently had the chance to write and publish a book on Frances Dodge, (the daughter of Dodge Brothers Motor Company Co-Founder John Francis Dodge) and founder of Dodge Stables, a world-class equestrian facility. The book is called Riding on the Edge, Frances Dodge and Dodge Stables. Lucander was commissioned by Meadow Brook Press and Frances Dodge’s son, John Van Lennep, to depict the life story of Frances Dodge. Meadow Brook Press is the publishing arm of Meadow Brook Hall, which was the historic home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. The 80-page softbound book features France Dodge’s tragic and triumphant life story, including her blue-ribbonwinning horses, $10 million inheritance, exotic travels, as well as the deaths of four


For the Long Run

Gibson Brothers Furniture has furnished more than a half century of homes

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From left, Rex Williams, Dee Gibson and Rick Gibson.


For 65 years Gibson Brothers Furniture has been selling home furnishings in Mooresville.

n July 10, 1953, brothers Bill and Van Gibson started Gibson Brothers Furniture in Mooresville. Originally located at 101 South Broad Street, the store has relocated several times over the past 65 years. In the late 1950s, the store operated on the site of what is today The Charles Mack Citizen Center. At that time the store shared a building with Belk department store. Due to a fire that many locals may remember in 1968, the store relocated to its current location at 279 North Main Street. In 1988 the store purchased the Rexall drug store building at the corner of Main Street and Iredell Avenue, expanding the space to approximately 14,500 square feet of showroom. Today the business is owned

and operated by Rick Gibson, Bill Gibson’s son. The furniture industry has changed during the past half century. Rick says the primary shift he has witnessed is the mass exodus of American manufacturers that have gone overseas to produce their furniture. Available American-made lines at Gibson’s include Artisan & Post and Vaughn Basset made in Virginia, upholstered living room furniture by England Furniture Co. made in Tennessee, and Southern Motion recliners from Mississippi. “These brands and offerings have helped us keep up with the changing population and home furnishing needs of the area,” explains Rick. Gibson Brothers Furniture also credits its ability to keep up with customer education. “We hope our customers understand the

companies, products and value that we offer,” says Rick. “Even with all the change, we try to keep some of the features that have served us well over the years, such as free delivery. Of course, we want to sell furniture, but we also want our customer to have a well-informed visit — free of a sales pitch — making us simply a place to gather information about what they are purchasing and hopefully fulfill their furniture needs.” Mooresville has obviously also changed since the store opened in 1953, as the area has gone from a mill town to a bustling community of growing families, a race industry base and retirement destination. “The growth in population as

well as changing needs in furniture have been very significant,” says Rick. “Especially over the last 25 to 30 years.” — Bek Mitchell-Kidd, photography by Ken Noblezada

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If you’re decluttering, downsizing or just replacing your furniture with something new, the places listed below can help you go out with the old.

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ast year I heard about an idea called 40 for 40, where people were challenged to give away 40 bags of things they didn’t need or want during the 40 days of Lent. This sounded much more appealing to me than giving up nachos, so I gave it a try. I didn’t give away 40 bags by Lent, but I did do it by Thanksgiving, and I’ve challenged myself to do 20 for 40 during this Lent season. So far I’m at eight. It feels good to get rid of things you don’t need or want anymore. I’m constantly battling clutter in my house, and I’m determined to win that battle. If you find yourself in the same situation, here are some places around the Lake Norman area that can take some items off of your hands.

Consign on a Dime If you have clean, gently used, quality furniture and home accessories, e-mail pictures to to see if the folks at Consign on a Dime are interested in selling it for you. The store offers door-to-door pick-up and delivery service for reasonable rates. Consign on a Dime has a limit of about 15 items per customer,

and the consignment period is 90 days. Please do not donate any broken, chipped or stained items. Armoires, mattresses, bed linens, futons, waterbeds, furniture in need of repair or professional cleaning, brass, silverplate, furniture or decor that has a smoke or pet odor, artwork without frames, bathroom accessories, bar lighting, glassware, appliances, lamps without shades, luggage, electronics, toys or stuffed animals, and ceiling fans are not accepted. Consign on Dime 19207 W. Catawba Avenue Cornelius

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont With locations in Cornelius, Huntersville and Mooresville, Goodwill is extremely accessible in the Lake Norman area. The nonprofit takes all sorts of things from furniture to clothing to vinyl. (I’ve scored some great albums at the Cornelius location.) You can even donate cars and other vehicles, including boats. If you’re moving, Goodwill will even drop off and pick up a donation container for you. (This is

for residential and business owners only.) Keep in mind that there are some things Goodwill cannot accept such as mattresses and box springs; hazardous, flammable or toxic materials; children’s car seats and drop-side cribs; items that have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; and non-flat screen TVs. Also, donations are tax deductible, but please don’t drop off your donations if Goodwill is closed.

have (or will)? Bring them to the Habitat ReStores. All donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off during normal business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday). Limited pick-up service is available for larger items in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Iredell County. Items should be in good condition, and broken or soiled items will not be accepted.

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Showplace 28 Fine Furniture Consignment Showplace 28 Fine Furniture Consignment is the sister store to Consign on a Dime. Located in Cornelius, Showplace 28 considers like-new or gently used furniture for consignment. Items are consigned for a maximum of 90 days and a minimum of 30 days. Showplace 28 20924 Torrence Chapel Road Cornelius


Take 10 Finding the Fertility Statue get my hands on that statue. We found it, I rubbed it and four months later I was pregnant with twins. I learned two things on that trip. One, it doesn’t hurt to take a chance on superstition, and two, my co-workers were more than co-workers. — Lori K. Tate

A “working lunch” at North Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach for a retreat of sorts. They both knew how much I wanted a baby. Heck, everyone knew how much I wanted a baby, including my husband’s boss, who had recently read in the newspaper that there was a Fertility Statue at Ripley’s Believe It or Not at Myrtle Beach. Legend had it that if you rubbed its belly, you would get pregnant. I mentioned it to Sharon and Jennifer as a joke. Before I knew it, we were searching for the museum so that I could

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his year marks the 10th anniversary of CURRENTS Magazine, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. As our staff looks back over the last 10 years, there are plenty of moments that stand out in our memories. That said, we’ve decided to share some of the best ones each month throughout 2018 in this column appropriately titled Take 10. In 10 years our staff has been through a lot professionally — and personally. We’ve had kids go to college and get married, we’ve moved to new homes, and we’ve lost spouses, parents and friends. Moments like these bring you closer and create bonds you can’t always see in these pages. When I began working at CURRENTS, I was trying my best to get pregnant and was not having any success. A couple of weeks into the job I went with Sharon Simpson, one of the magazine’s founders and now the advertising director, and Jennifer Hansell (a former account executive for CURRENTS) to

make a Mess

Creating Beauty

by Rosie Molinary | photography by Lisa Crates

Elisabeth Connolly uses her hands to make the world a little more gorgeous

Left, Elisabeth Connolly in her Davidson shop, Elisabeth Rose Social Stationery. Right, her beloved printing press.

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t seemed like a simple life lesson. As a child, Elisabeth Connolly’s mother had her write a weekly letter to her Great Aunt Cindy. Ultimately, their correspondence created more than just a lovely relationship. They deeply informed Connolly’s personal sensibilities and professional aspirations. “Aunt Cindy and my mom taught me everything there is to know about the proper way of doing things. People notice when you go above and beyond,” explains Connolly, the owner of Elisabeth Rose Social Stationery, a custom stationery business with a storefront in Davidson. While that letter writing practice might have ultimately inspired Connolly’s current career, a couple career setbacks and a fated find led her to her niche. After studying photography in college, Connolly began working as a medical photographer. “Thankfully, I got caught in their downsizing, because I would have stayed there forever,” reflects Connolly, 30. Connolly became the apprentice to a portrait

photographer she admired. Over the next few years, she honed her craft shooting beautiful weddings. When her mentor encouraged her to go out on her own, she did, but an interesting shift was happening in wedding photography. “All of my brides really wanted digital images and not film. What I fell in love with was working with my hands and actually creating a concrete piece of art,” says Connolly. “There was a creative need that I had that I wanted to be fulfilled. I have always loved paper and stationery. On a whim, I started looking for a printing press, and I found one in Annapolis, Maryland.” In February 2011, Connolly brought her cast iron letterpress home and began to experiment. As she posted her creations on social media, her contacts in the wedding industry asked if she designed invitations. “I was just very blessed to be in the right place at the right time, so I faded out the photography business,” says Connolly of how she came to establish Elisabeth Rose. “We think of it as branding the event — starting with save

the date to whatever is needed on the wedding day. To start, I meet the bride onsite at their venue to do a walk-through. I find it is helpful to talk about the color, texture, fabrics,” explains Connolly of her creative process. From there, Connolly spreads everything out in her studio space and begins to consider the possibilities. “Stationery is such a personal thing. I want that piece of paper that arrives to capture what they want their guests to feel. A lot of my creative process revolves around digging into the feeling that my client wants for the event,” says Connolly. As her business grew, Connolly dreamed of opening a storefront in the town where she had shot many photos. Her goal was to open a brick and mortar store to house her design studio, share her own stationery creations, and offer her favorite paper and gift items by the time she was 30. Two years ago, she started knocking on doors in downtown Davidson to find out what might be coming available. In October 2017, she opened her shop, just

shy of her 30th birthday. Now, she relishes in how she can use her own creative expression to offer more to others. Says Connolly, “Creativity is a beautiful way to bring out the best in this gorgeous world that we live in.”

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Shawn Settar works on a piece of custom furniture in his workshop, which is housed in the garage of his Davidson home.

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Shawn and Pam Settar started Settar & Co, a custom funiture and design business, four years ago.

am and Shawn Settar are partners through and through. Not only are they husband and wife and the parents of two children, they’re also business partners — and not in the sense that they share an office and split the paperwork. As the owners of Davidson’s Settar & Co, these two can often be found building one-of-kind pieces of furniture together.

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An interior designer, Pam enjoys playing with different stains. The desk she’s working on was made of leftover hardwood floors from a recent job.


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Pam and Shawn Settar are building a following with their custom furniture business

Pam, an interior designer, says the furniture building part of the business began when she “had to have a banquette” in their former home. She couldn’t find what she wanted so she asked Shawn to build it — and he did. They eventually sold that house, and bought a ranch home in Davidson that needed a lot of love about five years ago. Pam said at first she refused to even look at the house because it was in such bad shape. But after a little coaxing, she did look at it, and they bought it. Now the fully renovated space features several of their pieces, including a barn door, coffee table, another banquette and a newly finished desk for Pam’s home office. “This is actually a hardwood floor,” says Pam as she taps her desk. “It’s made of leftover hardwoods from a recent job.” Shawn says that Setter & Co is really a design business, as Pam does design consulting and project management for individual clients and builders “It started as Settar Design Group, and then honestly he [Shawn] started doing some projects for me because I couldn’t find what I wanted,” adds Pam, who began dating Shawn when they were students at Virginia’s Radford University. “We had a conversation that we really should focus on this, but we couldn’t forever come up with what


One of Settar & Co’s coffee tables sits in the living of the Settars’ Davidson home.

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kind of name.” Then three years ago, Pam’s mother passed away. Suddenly everything came together for the Settars. They would call their business Settar & Co, and a red cardinal (her mother’s favorite bird) would be in the logo. “I always wanted it to be about our family, so that was kind of it,” says Pam, adding that their daughter, Bailey (15), and son, Austin (12), help them build furniture. “We do it for Pam’s work, but we also do it for about four other interior designers. …

We’ve been doing it for about four years now,” says Shawn, who works full-time in sales and engineering in addition to making furniture. “This is like my golf, my hobby. I work at night or on the weekends. …It’s a creative outlet for me.”

Building together

The Settars make their furniture in a detached garage in their back yard. Here, you can find just about every kind of tool (preferably Festool products) imaginable, and

everything is immaculately organized. Shawn says that he learned the trade by watching videos online, as well as by trial and error. He would also just ask people how they did things. “I studied some architecture when I was in high school, so I just loved creating it and building it,” remembers Shawn. “We do everything from basic pine all the way to black walnut. That’s probably the highest [quality of wood] that we use.” They source their lumber from Gibsonville and

Iron Station. Pam loves to use white oak because she likes to see the colors come through when they stain it. As for staining, they are both fans of Rubio Monocoat products because they’re all natural. “You only have to use one coat, and there’s no smell,” says Pam. “We try to use the higher-end finishes just to differentiate because it’s hard to find that stuff,” adds Shawn. Depending on what’s involved, it takes four to eight weeks to complete a piece of furniture. The process usually begins with a picture from the Internet or a magazine of what a client wants. Interior designers also articulate their ideas as well. “The designers say what the vision is, and that’s what we bring,” says Shawn. “Seeing how the client likes the finishing result is pretty cool. They typically tell us what they like, and they don’t see it until we bring it over to their house.” As for Pam, she enjoys working with people, especially her husband and children. “It’s quality time. The kids are watching us build something together,” she says. “What I think I like the most about it is our partnership.”

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Interior Designer Starr Miller granted the owner’s wish for a earthy and contemporary look by mixing teak wood, porcelain tile and modern lighting in the space.

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This contemporary take on the necessary room is the result of an extensive renovation. “This bathroom had a tub the size of a large Jacuzzi in it. It looked like a swimming pool it was so big,” explains Miller, adding that it [the tub] was at least 10 x 10. “We knocked out everything to put in windows all the way around.” The walk-in shower does not have a door, which is becoming more and more popular if the space can allow it. (Aside from looking cool, it’s one less thing to clean.) The tile selections in the shower area create a vista that leads you through the space, while the floors are heated in the bathroom and the controls for the shower are easily accessible. “This client wanted it to feel earthy and very contemporary. We brought the wood in and then transitioned to tile going the other direction,” explains Miller, adding that she used teak wood and porcelain tile in the space. “On the other side of the tub, you’ve got interesting lighting, and you’ve got the windows right there.”



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ver the years bathrooms have evolved from a necessary room to a place where you can unwind and let the day fall off. Late in the evening after a challenging day at the office, bathrooms offer us a sliver of solace in a constantly hectic world. And if you’re going to be spending time relaxing in this space, it might as well look good. We recently met with Starr Miller, principal of Starr Miller Interior Design in Cornelius and a graduate of Parsons School of Design, to see what people in the lake area are doing in regard to bathroom renovations. Because so many of the homes in the Lake Norman area were built in the 1990s, it’s time to change things up a bit. Here’s how four of her clients did it.


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As is often the case, the homeowners had different tastes. The husband wanted a dark and contrasting look with interesting textures, while his wife requested light colors, anchored in blue. Miller accomplished what the couple wanted by creating a balance of colors in all of the finishes in addition to intricate tile manipulation. “They wanted spa-like features,” explains Miller, adding that a cutting-edge DTV (digital showering system) was installed that allows touchscreen usage and utilizes remote hidden valves to allow personalized shower settings for each of the homeowners. It also has Bluetooth capabilities for the new sound system that was installed in the space. In addition, the couple wanted aging- or living-inplace options, as Miller is a certified aging-in-place specialist. “While you may not put up handrails today, we put in blocking so that you can add them later,” she explains. The custom cabinetry was designed to look like furniture, while the countertops waterfall to the floor for a seamless look. Starphire glass, a type of upgraded glass that appears extremely clear, was used to enclose the shower space, and penny tile softly delineates the area for the sculptural tub. The result is a bathroom that made both parties happy, as it ushers the space into a new era.

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Miller worked with this couple for eight years before redesigning this bathroom for their Cornelius lakeside home. The existing bathroom featured dark, cherry cabinetry with a strong early ‘90s vibe. Miller and her team gutted the space completely to bring in a light palette with clean lines. “She [the owner] just wanted something pretty,” explains Miller. The shower was opened to allow an abundance of light to seep in, while simple tile reminiscent of marble is enhanced by a linear mosaic design. A ledge was built into the shower, as opposed to a bench, to allow the homeowners to prop their feet when needed.

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A tub by Victoria + Albert serves as a sculptural element in the space, while a luxurious fandelier (a chandelier and fan all in one) hangs unassumingly above the whole production. Miller is a fan of fandeliers. “I hate the look of a fan. They are so ugly,” says Miller, “but you need to move air around. However, you don’t want them [fans] to look like they’re moving air around. …We’ve been using them [fandeliers] for many years now, and I love them.”


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A car enthusiast wanted the bathroom near his garage to reflect his love of the legendary Shelby Cobra. Miller obliged by having custom wallpaper made of a picture of a red Shelby Cobra. On one wall you see the car coming at you straight on, while the wall facing the vanity mirror makes you feel as if you’re sitting in the car. Miller then used car door handles as pulls for the cabinets and added a masculine granite for the countertop that resembles pavement. Two round sconces flanking the mirror give the appearance of headlights, as dark gray beadboard and molding round out the room. The whole tableau around the mirror represents an upclose look at one of the car’s headlights. “For me, it’s extremely fun to take something of vital interest to a client and turn it into custom wallpaper sized exactly for the room to create a space that will celebrate their love of their hobby,” says Miller.

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You’re about to see color explode on the home design scene, especially in the form of florals. Florography Artist Ashley Woodson Bailey partnered with Kohler for this Dutchmaster Collection in Midnight Floral Sink. It emulates a garden within the bathroom, while making a bold statement. — Hughes Supply Huntersville, 16235 Northcross Drive, Huntersville, Image courtesy of Kohler


This Infinity Pedestal Bathroom Sink by Stone Forest combines sculpture and texture, two of the most important elements in design today. Made of Cumulo Granite, this piece is carved from a solid piece of stone and stands at 36 inches. — Ferguson, 185 Raceway Drive, Mooresville, Image courtesy of Stone Forest

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If “Mantiquing” is wrong, I don’t want to be right

by Mike Savicki

Give antiquing a shot, guys. You’ll find more than memories.

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f it were humanly possible for a guy to save and collect everything old, weathered, worn, vintage and sentimental, then I’m proudly here to say I’d be that guy. Full disclosure, ever since I was young, I have been into collecting. That cigar box full of coins given to me by my grandfather? Still have it. That purple velvet bag full of broken family watches? Still got that, too. Same with the shoeboxes full of baseball cards, stamp books, ball caps and even license plates. Military uniforms, old car hood ornaments, post cards, rusty garden tools, tie clips and cuff links? I’ve got ‘em all. How and why would I ever give them away? Give me a reason. I even save T-shirts that may be smelly but have sentimental meanings. So, it goes without saying that when I recently read that “mantiquing,” the practice of guys loving and searching for antiques and collectables, ranks high on the laundry list of current male transgressions, I was devastated. I can understand not wearing socks with sandals, not carrying a pocket protector unless you are a scientist or mathematician, no short sleeve button-down shirts with a suit ever, and no fluffy, fuzzy winter boots with sweatpants at the gym, but not collecting antiques? Come on, really? It’s not like mansplaining, the unwinnable attempt at trying to explain yourself out of a dilemma or difficult situation

when your significant other has made it clear she’s not there to listen. To get some validation for my theory that guys can and should enjoy antique shopping and that they bring well-used and nostalgic items into their homes, offices, man caves or secret storage units as much as or more than their spouses, I spoke with Dennis White, co-owner of American Classic Antiques located just off Main Street in Mooresville. Now 73, Dennis got into antiques when his dad had a shop in Spartanburg, South Carolina in the ’50s. His first job was to paint a sign on the roof that read “ANTIQUES.” He got paid either in money or antiques and chose antiques. Dennis still has the two little German plates his father gave him and still doesn’t know what they are worth. “It’s fair to say that my customers are fairly even split between men and women,”

Dennis tells me. “I’ll get couples coming in where the guy picks out things and does the shopping for the home as much as the lady — and in some instances more. “But that hasn’t always been the case,” he adds. “Brides don’t so much choose flatware and stemware like they did in the past, so there is less of a demand for things like china and sterling silver. And because families don’t have formal living rooms and dining rooms in their homes anymore, and they entertain differently, parents and grandparents are having a tougher time passing down their formal furniture. There is more of an opportunity for guys now to get the things they want.” Dennis further agreed with me that the value of an item lies not so much in its financial worth as in its ability to arouse a memory or bring a guy back to a time in life where the most difficult decision of the day

According to Dennis White, co-owner of American Classic Antiques in Mooresville, the value of an item lies not so much in its financial worth as in its ability to bring back a memory.

was choosing between playing with a cap gun, riding a Big Wheel, digging in a sandbox with a Tonka toy or playing military with your best friend while wearing old uniforms found in basement boxes. Nostalgia matters. So does simplicity. So why not give mantiquing a shot? Proudly wear badge. “It is as diverse as the population is,” Dennis explains. “Pick something you like and get out and look for it. Buy things because you like them. If you make money, great, but don’t expect to get rich, you’ll just get frustrated.” Duck decoys, military items, old milk bottles, old golf clubs, sports equipment, uniforms, toys, coins, stamps, figurines, artwork, lighters, that old bedframe, sterling silver, Oriental, you name it, it’s out there. Advertising signs are one of the hottest things going now. So are vinyl records. I left Dennis’ shop with a wooden shafted golf club, a couple old CDs and a pair of license plates. I also considered a rotary dial telephone, a Flexible Flyer sled, and an autographed baseball or two. I’ll go back soon because there’s more to discover. They have a cool old leather saddle that I’m sure would look good in the bonus room. You see, that saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” just doesn’t apply to me. Trash? Treasure? If it’s old, I don’t really care. And neither should you.


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Dr. Tim Chartier is a mathematics professor at Davidson College.

t’s the calm before the storm. Sitting alone in his Jackson Court office, Davidson College Mathematics Professor Dr. Tim Chartier leans back in his desk chair, takes a breath and smiles with that combination of knowledge and smarts as only a teacher can. It’s mid-January, and there are just a few weeks remaining until his phone will start

ringing off the hook. Chartier knows from experience that with the arrival of February, anyone and everyone from sports media to national broadcast news sources to that guy in the business office basketball pool who just happened to find his number will consult him for bracket tips. He’s used to the chaos. Interest annually comes from

1 in 9,000,000,000,000,000,000

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Building an algorithm Picking the winners of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament wasn’t always something in Chartier’s orbit. A researcher whose original work was in ranking methods primarily for search engines,

Chartier discovered March Madness as simply a teaching tool to help bring math more to the mainstream and teach it in a way people understood. That was January 2009. In his first year, working with just a few undergraduate student assistants, Chartier and his team completed six different brackets; each backed by a different mathematical methodology, and then entered

Chartier uses the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament as a way get students (and everyone else) excited about math.


all over the globe. He loves it because it means people are paying attention to math.

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Tim Chartier and his CatsStats team are better at basketball brackets than you, and they want that to change


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Chartier works with a team of more than 50 students called CatsStats.


them into ESPN’s annual bracket contest. Their best bracket beat all but 3 percent of the more than 4 million who entered. “We would have been happy just finishing in the top 60 percent,” Chartier says with a smile. “It’s better than average, and it’s not what we were intending to do.” As an analytical thinker in search of reason, he wanted to do better. Chartier wanted to understand the inner workings of the model. By the following year, he had formalized his work and given the project purpose. Developed out of research then used in class to teach students, Chartier built an algorithm that quantified as much of the various predictable inputs as possible. He assigned weights to factors such as scores, game dates, and home and away wins and losses for each of the selected teams, underweighting and overweighting as appropriate. Working with a few more willing assistants, one of his student’s best brackets finished in the top 99.9 percent of more than 5 million. Fast forward eight years and

Chartier and his team of now more than 50 (aptly named CatsStats and they even have the cool math T-shirts to prove it), begin their work in late January with the hope of learning to better quantify, understand and score the rhyme and reason of March Madness by the time the nets are cut down. The students aren’t all math majors — that’s not a prerequisite for participation because Chartier believes in the value of differing backgrounds, mindsets and inputs — and they each play a different role in advancing and changing the ever-evolving online algorithm. “One of the big things we focus on at Davidson is the student being a creator of knowledge, and this fits well,” Chartier explains. “And this is also an area where math majors can actually talk to their friends about what they are doing. It’s good for math, and it’s good for them.” And it could be good for you, too. Chartier’s work, at least the understandable basics of the algorithm that most can process, is available publicly to help you improve

your brackets. Visit www. before filling out your brackets this year. You won’t be alone. At last count, site visits have come from nearly every state in the union, plus dozens of countries, as well.

Searching for a consistent method If you are wondering if Chartier is driven to find the perfect bracket. He isn’t. On the surface, it might not seem like picking 63 games would be all that difficult, but in math nothing is ever as it seems. The guarantee of a perfect bracket, given equal team ratings and what Chartier labels as exponential growth, is more than one in 9 quintillion (that’s a 9 with 18 zeroes following it). If you could generate 1 billion different brackets per second, it would take 300 years. “I’m not on a quest for the perfect bracket, I know the odds of that happening, but I am on a quest for a method that consistently does well, to help better understand years that might be more turbulent than others,” Chartier explains. “In sports, like as in life, there

is unpredictability, I call it randomness, and you can’t predict that. The skill is what I’m quantifying, and the fun is in looking at what we got wrong and why. “And because of the randomness you see the instances where unpredictability plays a role,” he continues. “When you see someone get a perfect first round for instance, maybe even by flipping a coin, it gives you great teaching moments. Every year, partly because of my analytical mind but mostly because of the student interest and input, it’s more and more fun.” If you are still looking for a bracket tip, Chartier has been known to share the following — a human mascot for the national championship team has been 10 times more likely than a reptile. Let the madness begin.

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A Mooresville home takes inspiration from Charleston, p. 44

A grand fountain sits on a two-tiered patio overlooking the lake at this Mooresville lakeside home.


Steve and Sandy Riddle took a few cues from the lowcountry when they built their lakeside home in Mooresville.

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Top: A screened-in porch off of the keeping room offers the perfect spot for reading. Center, the cozy keeping room features a vaulted shiplap ceiling.

Almost all of the rooms in the home take advantage of lake views.

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teve and Sandy Riddle have lived all over the world, and one of the things they know for sure is that they love living by the water. As Steve walks through their newly built lakeside home in Mooresville, he points out that there are no shades on the back of the house. “The views are just spectacular,” he says. “We love lake living.”

dwellings This isn’t the first time the Riddles have lived on the shores of Lake Norman, as the couple had a lakeside home in Denver before moving to Davidson’s River Run. And although Steve is an avid golfer, his love for the lake lured him back to the water. He and Sandy worked with Todd Crowe of Crowe Design & Associates in Davidson and Sean Gallagher of Jasper Builders in Mooresville to create a waterfront retreat that perfectly fits their needs.

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Custom woodwork surrounds the fireplace in the keeping room.

The Riddles have three grown children. One of their sons lives in Charleston, South Carolina, so they visit his family frequently. During the design and construction of the house, they took inspiration from the historic city’s architecture. “We went through all of those neighborhoods [in Charleston].

We just picked some of the things we liked best,” recalls Steve, adding that they also looked at buildings and homes in Bluffton and Savannah. “We were going to move down there [the lowcountry] because we liked it so much, but instead we brought it here.” Lowcountry touches can be found throughout the home from gas lamps at the driveway entrance to an elliptical doorway inspired by a home in Bluffton. The Lake Norman Home Builders Association liked the home’s charm so much that it awarded it Best Custom Waterfront Home in its recent Best of the Lake Design Competition. “We wanted a big porch on the outside of the house for outside living,” explains Steve. “We decided not to put a pool in, but I did get a big fountain. That’s kind of ‘Charlestoney,’ too.” The fountain, which


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Inside the home, more personal touches make it a special place for the Riddles. The cobalt blue and white backsplash above the stove, for instance, features tiles the couple found in Turkey. “We lived in Switzerland, so we did a lot of traveling before Steve retired. We love to go to Turkey. There’s a big bazaar in Turkey, and we picked those tiles up about 15 years ago,” remembers Sandy. “Sandy found them in a closet, and we said, ‘Well, maybe it will work. ‘So the color scheme, a lot of it, comes from this,” adds Steve. The backsplash highlights the kitchen and keeping room, which are painted in a light aqua. Red oak floors perfectly contrast the


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dark gray island topped with marble facing the lake, while the custom cabinets feature lighted windows to display colorful plates from their travels. White subway tile brings the space together. A cozy keeping room to the side of the kitchen offers a place to read or watch TV. “It’s [the keeping room] not real big because we don’t want it real big,” explains Sandy, adding that they had a keeping room in their former home. White shiplap on the vaulted ceiling of the keeping room gives the space even more interest. “We had such volume in the ceiling, we really wanted to do something cool, and the way that it came together, along with the fully built-in wall along the fireplace was really awesome,” adds Gallagher. A screened-in porch off of the keeping room boasts a cedar ceiling, which matches the home’s cedar garage doors. With its stunning views and lakeside breezes, the Riddles spend a lot of time on their porch. “Ninety percent of our time is spent on the first floor, and then when they [our children] come in, they can do what they want to upstairs. It’s great,” says Steve. One of the highlights of the living room





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is a hand-carved armoire from France from the 1800s. (Sandy takes pride in the fact that the piece does not house a TV.) Two new linen cream sofas reside in the space, as does an elliptical set of columns that echo the custom front door. The front stairs of the home were also built in an elliptical shape. Age-in-place amenities were important in the design of the home, as the master suite, complete with a vaulted ceiling, sits on the first floor. A gray nailhead bed from Hickory is positioned so the couple can

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A tasty fork in the road, p. 58 Time for a tap room, p. 60 Jill Dahan’s Bubble & Squeak, p. 61 Table 31 takes a seat at LangTree, p. 62

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ach year a neighbor and I share a birthday date. It’s clearly an excuse to go out and celebrate together with our wives. We decided that because last year’s dinner at Fork! was so good, we should give a repeat performance, so we headed to the Cornelius restaurant — good decision. There’s a confluence of several things that make Fork! a must on my list. First, there are a couple of mandatory approaches to great cuisine — start with fresh, superb ingredients and make them even more superb. Chef and Co-Owner Tim Groody hits a home run in both of these categories. Second, Groody’s wife and also co-owner, Melanie, is a definite wine pro who pays particular attention to the vinous side of things. Back to this year’s birthday bash. We kicked it off by ordering a host of appetizers to share among us. There was lobster mac and cheese, spicy chicken spring rolls and a Carolina cheese plate. These were all clearly tasty, but a bit too eclectic for a single wine. Fortunately there is no federal law that demands a wine pairing with every dish, so we kept it simple and opted for some favorites. My wife, Mary Ellen, sipped on a glass of Albariño, while the rest of us jumped into a bottle of Carmenère from Chile — a load of fun and a great example that it really doesn’t matter too much how you enjoy food with wine. For our main courses, however, we did pay a little more attention to the wine list and let it guide us through our food choices. Wandering down the wine menu

we came across a Barolo from the Piemonte region of Italy. (Didn’t I mention that Melanie Groody pays attention to the vinous side of things?) What I like about Barolo is that it is more nuanced than in your face. It offers lots of character and not so much oomph. For several of us, that led us in the direction of an all-natural beef bistro steak with housemade Worcestershire sauce and Parmesan garlic fries on the side. This worked well with the wine because the steak is not large and heavy. Instead it’s very light and very tender. How appropriate that we were at Fork! dining on a steak that you could cut with a fork. The choice of others in our group destroyed a myth about wine pairings and also highlights why I’m so drawn to Fork! They ordered a fish, sheepshead. A funky name but a tasty fish. Sheepshead feed on clams, oysters and other bivalves, as well as crustaceans. This gives its flesh a distinctive texture and taste. What made this great with our Barolo is the fact that we could order from a selection of sauces that balanced with the wine. Oh the myth, fish with white wine only. It’s great to pair some fish with some red wines, as the Barolo showed. Another year, another birthday, another great meal. The odds of us “Forking” out again next year are pretty high. Fork! 20517 N. Main Street Cornelius

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Michael Morley enjoys the taproom, complete with a 250-bottle rack for aging beers, in his Huntersville home.

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hat do you get when you, as a woodworking hobbyist and craft beer lover, transform an unused bonus room in your house? Simple, you get a home taproom, complete with a two sixtel draft system, a 180-can refrigerator, a 250-bottle rack for aging beers, hardwood flooring, a wraparound drink rail, custom signage, and more handcrafted custom features and personality than can fit in a keg. At least that’s what Huntersville’s Michael Morley did in his home, and he’s now enjoying beer in ways he’s proud to share with others. “The genesis of the idea is I enjoy woodworking as a hobby. I went to Wake Forest for my MBA, and my dog’s name is Deacon,” Morley, a financial

consultant, explains. “So as a goofy way to get myself out into my garage shop to do some woodworking and make some home improvements, I named the shop Deacon Woodworks and then set out to build a taproom as a way to marry my love of beer, too,” If the idea of adding a home tap system to your home sounds intimidating, expensive or otherwise unfeasible, Morley is proof that it’s not. After researching the idea of adding a kegorator system to his home, he found possibilities that ranged in price and complexity from a two-tap, self-enclosed unit about the size of a small refrigerator that fits inside cabinetry to a commercial grade system, complete with custom lines

and complex plumbing and electrical upgrades. He chose the former and topped it off with hand-made tap handles featuring the name of his home taproom and a computerdesigned logo of his dog. As for what he serves and how he serves it, Morley is as social as he is private. He typically keeps two craft beers on tap — a seasonal stout, IPA or fall ale for example — mostly for his personal consumption and what he calls a “fan favorite,” a local craft he discovered and is happy to share with friends and neighbors visiting to watch football and big sporting events, play poker, or participate in a bottle share or even a neighborhood HOA meeting.

“Knowing I have a good beer on tap at home means the world. Every beer becomes that much more of an enjoyable experience,” he says. “I have also found because it is so readily available, I don’t tend to drink as much as I would if I were to go out and feel forced to drink all at once.” Having beer on tap at home has opened my eyes to feeling a part of the huge explosion of craft beer not only around the lake but throughout Charlotte, as well. I can visit the taprooms, learn about the beers then, because not all brewers put their beers in bottles and cans, be able to bring home and share beers that most others cannot,” Morley adds. “It is a great marriage of the hobbies I love.”

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Ingredients 2-3 medium Yukon gold or sweet potatoes, baked and sliced 1/2 yellow onion sliced thinly 3 tablespoons butter, ghee or avocado oil

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1 dozen or so Brussels sprouts, sliced thinly (or equivalent cabbage or broccoli) 1 handful shitake or cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly 2 large cloves of garlic, crushed Sea salt to taste ½-cup grated goat or cow Gouda or gruyere cheese Traditionally this English dish was a way to use up leftover vegetables from a Sunday roast dinner. It’s a doddle to make, even without leftovers, and is pure certified comfort food. By using white or sweet potatoes, as well as Brussels sprouts, cabbage or broccoli, it really is kitchen recycling in motion. It’s also perfect for a meatfree dinner or as a handy all-in-one side dish. Chock full of body-loving goodness, one can’t help but feel hugged from the inside out.

Tip the onions and mushrooms into a large frying pan with a tablespoon of butter or oil, and sauté on medium for about three to four minutes until softening. Melt in another tablespoon of butter, add the potato slices and sea salt to taste, and sauté on medium-high heat until browning. Mix in the garlic, and push potato, mushroom and onion mixture into the center. Add in the last tablespoon of butter and the sprouts around the outsides. Sauté over a medium-high heat until flecked with crispy golden bits. Top with cheese, and cook until melted. Serve warm. Serves four.

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Setting the Table for Success Alton’s owners open Table 31 at LangTree Lake Norman by Holly Becker


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l Updike and his wife, Heather Clark, owners of Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius, eyed locations for a Mooresville expansion for more than a year. With eight years of running Alton’s under their culinary belts, the couple was ready to move toward their goal of becoming a neighborhood restaurant group in the Lake Norman area. They now believe they’ve found the perfect fit at LangTree Lake Norman for their second restaurant, Table 31. “We thought the LangTree development was a great opportunity. It will be the next Birkdale of the north once it’s filled out,” says Updike, adding that 300 apartments are located just across the street. “I’m very optimistic about this location and the clientele in Mooresville.”

Old favorites, new dishes The 6,000-square-foot restaurant, formerly home to Block & Grinder, includes a south and east dining room, as well as a full-service bar with beer and wine on tap. Outdoor patio seating, including sectionals, give guests a front row seat to the LangTree stage for live music. Extensive remodeling went into the new restaurant, including new flooring and restoring brick back to its exposed look. Repurposed furniture and lighting fixtures create a fresh, sleek modern design. Like Alton’s Kitchen, Table 31 will feature casual American cuisine. Alton’s bestsellers like the Hawaiian-style tuna poke and shaved prime rib French dip

sandwich are also fixtures on the Table 31 menu. Fans of Fritzie’s Fried Chicken and New Bedford Scallops, popular weekly special entrees at Alton’s, can rejoice, as the entrees are available every night of the week at Table 31. Updike’s recent deviled egg obsession led to a delectable deviled egg appetizer. Hearty entrees include the 10-inch all-beef hot dog on a fresh poppy seed bun, slow-cooked baby back ribs, chicken fried oysters and cedar plank Alaskan salmon. On the lighter side, there’s Brussels sprout salad and Jumbo Shrimp Louie Salad. For dessert, try the house made tres leche, which Updike promises will “blow your mind it’s so good.” “Our goal with the menu is for you to struggle because there are too many things you want to eat,” explains Updike.


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Updike has lived in regions of the country known for their distinct food and flavor, including South Florida, Central Florida and Texas. The menu reflects these influences and tastes of regional fare. “We love to travel and try new recipes. If we like something, we come home, and try to replicate what we had and standardize the recipe,” he says. After tasting scrumptious cheddar cheese drop biscuits in Orlando this summer, Updike said he and his wife experimented with different ingredients until they perfected it for Table 31. The inspiration for developing his fried chicken recipe came from a visit to Nashville. “We experiment in the kitchen,” he says, “and then you have to pick and choose what you think guests will gravitate to.” For now, Table 31 only serves

dinner. Dining rooms open at 5 p.m., but the bar opens daily at 4 p.m., serving $6 snacks until 6 p.m. “We want to cater to the Lowe’s crowd and people who want to stop in for a drink and a bite to eat after work,” says Updike. The father of an 8-year-old daughter, Updike wants Table 31 to be an inviting place for families to dine. Select kid menu items are free daily until 6 p.m. And if inquiring minds are wondering, the restaurant moniker has nothing to do with the actual number of tables in the restaurant. Updike says a group of friends on a beach trip last summer helped name the new restaurant. Table 31 refers to the interstate exit for LangTree — Exit 31.

Keep your Kids ACTIVE this summer! Day camp provides entertainment and exploration close to home

Enroll them in summer camp.

By: Renee Roberson

ou’ve decided that day camp is definitely in the cards for your children this summer — congratulations! Day camp is a great alternative for children who aren’t quite ready for a sleepaway camp experience but still want the chance to engage in a fun “camp” atmosphere. Ensuring that the younger members of your family get outside and moving this summer is just as important as scheduling a muchneeded vacation. According to surveys by both the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an American child is six times more likely to play a video game on any given day than to ride a bike. And according to research conducted by the American Camp Association, 63 percent of children who learn new activities at camp tend to continue engaging in these activities after they return home. The Lake Norman area has a wealth of camp opportunities for you to explore. Area businesses, gyms, parks and recreation centers, schools, churches, and scout organizations are just a few places that offer camps throughout the summer months.




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The Lake Norman area offers a huge variety of summer camps for kids of all ages and interests. Now’s the time to reserve their place in camp and avoid the dreaded “Mommy, I’m bored!” FUTURE FASHION DESIGNERS ACADEMY Inspiring the Fashion Designers of Tomorrow

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“I wasn’t born in a barn but I got there as fast as I could.”

planning, legacy planning, tax planning, income planning and investment planning. Retirement isn’t the time to cut corners and skimp, so you should be sure you’re working with a firm that can help with all of the important stuff when it comes to your finances.

NAME: James D. Stillman PROFESSION: Retirement Planner 119F Poplar Pointe Dr. Mooresville, NC 28117 (P) 704.660.0214 | (F) 704.660.0227

How long have you worked in your profession? Been at it now for 20 years. How long have you been in the Lake Norman Area? We moved here from Wisconsin 20 years ago and have been loving every minute of it. What types of services do you provide for clients? We’re comprehensive retirement planners, so we provide everything from Medicare planning, to life insurance planning, Social Security

What motivates you? Helping families plan for retirement with a high degree of certainty. We’re focused primarily on preservation of assets, income planning, safe growth and risk adjusted returns. Security and income will dictate your lifestyle in retirement, in my opinion. We are really motivated to get people to change their thinking when it comes to retirement planning. It isn’t the same as when you’re working, but not everybody makes the necessary changes to ensure they’ll be able to retire comfortably and stay retired. We want people to know that there are better ways to go about planning for retirement. Favorite quote or mantra? I have two favorites: “The purpose of the money dictates where you put it” and “Income, not the size of your nest egg, dictates your retirement lifestyle.” They’re both pretty common sense ideas, but not enough people are actually applying those principles to their retirement plans. Note: You can have guaranteed income or maybe income. Call me about that one. How do you contribute to the community? We’ve done events where we contribute to the

Favorite thing to do in area? Other than floating around on the lake, I love to go bowling! I bowl in league each week, and my son and I bowl almost every weekend, too. Family? My wife, Judy, has put up with me for almost 40 years! We have two children, Tyler (30) and Kelly (28). Kelly has been my business partner for the last five-plus years. We also have two cats, Kyia and Buddy, that we adopted last year from the Lake Norman Humane Society after we lost our family cat of 16 years. Both Tyler and Kelly also have cats, so we’re definitely a cat-loving family. Between all of us we have seven cats! I hope that thought doesn’t make anyone sneeze. Anything else you’d like to add? Yeah, give us a call for a free analysis of your current retirement plan. We’ll be happy to go through our “Chart Your Course Discovery Process” to see if there’s any areas that could use a little work.


What do you enjoy most about your industry? The biggest thrill I get is when we get to see the relieved look on peoples’ faces after they’ve gone through our retirement planning process, and they finally feel good about their retirement plan. Not many people we meet feel super confident that they’ll make it through their retirement without having to move in with their kids or scale their lifestyle way back, so it’s really nice to put together strategies that remove some of that worry. Retirement isn’t the time for worrying. It’s the time for living the dreams you didn’t have time to live while you were working. We take pride in giving people that freedom.

What do you like about lake living? I love getting on the water and just chilling out. I’ve always been a real boat rat and love being around the water. My wife and I actually went on a 1½ year excursion in 1985 on our 35foot sailboat Second Wind, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin through the Great Lakes, Erie Barge Canal System, New York’s East River and Hell’s Gate, up through the Long Island Sound to Martha’s Vineyard, then down the East Coast of the U.S. to the Florida Keys and Bahamas. We went through a few hurricanes, trials and tribulations, and boy did we learn a lot about life, and ourselves! That experience changed us both for the rest of our lives.

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What led you to a career in wealth management? After starting out in the insurance industry serving senior citizens, I learned very quickly that there was much more to serving retirees than Medicare Supplements and final expense life insurance. During and after the market crash in the early 2000s, I met with many retirees that lost 30-50 percent of their hardearned money, and they were devastated. They had to scale back, reduce their retirement income, or work longer. I knew that there had to be a better way for folks to plan for retirement than to just hope that the stock market cooperates. So, I attained my securities licenses at that time, so I could learn more about the stock market and advise them properly. Coming from an insurance background, I took a more conservative approach to retirement planning by blending insurance planning with investment planning to help people put together more wellrounded strategies. I still stick to that approach to this day. I took it to the next level after the 20072008 market scare by going independent and starting my own Registered Investment Advisory firm – JDS Wealth Management.

What are the benefits of having a sound financial plan? Well, this actually hits on one of my pet peeves. Very few people actually have a real retirement plan. They just have a bunch of stuff with this guy or that company or whatever, but no comprehensive plan that puts it all together. To me, that’s the biggest mistake retirees make. The first step to making sure you’ll be okay in retirement is to have an actual retirement plan that projects things out, so you can know what your financial future is going to look like. Our “Chart Your Course Retirement Plan” does just that. We cover the key areas of income, investments, healthcare, taxes and legacy planning. We boil it all down so you can actually understand what you’re doing.

Mooresville Soup Kitchen, we do educational workshops that are open to the public, and we do an educational radio show and magazine articles. We’re trying to be a knowledge center for our community when it comes to retirement planning strategies. I’ve also authored my own book called Finding Safe Harbor in Retirement. It’s available on Amazon or free if you give me a call or visit our office.

Meet Jim

Special Feature

at the Lake

a month of things to do at the Lake KIDS

A Morning with the Easter Bunny (March 23) Celebrate the holiday with crafts, snacks, and a photo with the Easter Bunny. Be sure to remember a camera. Sponsored by the Town of Cornelius. 10 a.m.noon. Free. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Unit 1, Cornelius, Easter Eggstravaganza (March 24) Enjoy food, vendors and Easter fun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Mazeppa Park, 645 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville,

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Hop Into Spring (March 24) This free, family event is designed for ages 3-12. Participants can enjoy an afternoon filled with fun, including egg-themed activities, arts and crafts, DJ, face painting, inflatables and concessions. 2-4 p.m. Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius,


Latta Easter Egg Hunt (March 31) This highly anticipated annual event is one of the area’s most popular of its kind. By reservation only- this family favorite is available for children ages one and up. Registration required. Visit for registration and details. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville.


An Afternoon of Irish Fiddle and Piano: Jon Singleton, Fiddle and David Gilliland, Piano (March 11, 3 p.m.) Charlotte’s own bluegrass and folk music legend Jon Singleton will take the stage to offer up some traditional Irish fiddle tunes alongside our gifted mandolinist Jon Hill and pianist David Gilliland. 3 p.m. Free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Live Thursday Singers (March 15) Winners of the 2018 “Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Competition” take center stage at Live Thursday, backed by the big band ensemble in this annual crowd-favorite performance. 10 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch

Campus Center, Davidson College, Stephen Freeman as Elvis (March 17) Originally from Thomasville, North Carolina Stephen Freeman began doing a tribute to Elvis Presley professionally in 1998 and has since performed in theaters all over the country, including multiple cruise ships. Part of the Our Town Stage series. 7-9 p.m. $25-$50. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 North Main Street, Mooresville, New Music Charlotte – Mark Lewis and Jennifer Stasack (March 18) Come celebrate two of Charlotte’s finest local composers, Mark Lewis of Winthrop University and Jennifer Stasack of Davidson College, as they share some of their greatest compositional achievements. The concert will feature Alan Black, cello; Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano; Joseph Meyer, violin and Emily Urbanek, piano. 3 p.m. Free, but tickets are required. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Hanneke Cassel (March 22) Hanneke Cassel became the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion while still in high school. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a wonderful blend of contemporary and traditional music that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. She will be appearing with her celebrated musical colleague, cellist Mike Block. 7:30 p.m. Free, but tickets are required. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College,


Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron 2018 Safe Boating Class (March 24) The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission requires that “Vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1988 must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Education course to operate a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or more.” The Lake Norman

Girls’ Night Out Sail & Power Squadron offers a Safe Boating Class throughout the year. Parents and children (at least 10 years old) are encouraged to attend together. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $45, additional family members sharing a manual, $25. Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Parish Activities Center), 537 N. Highway 16, Denver, www.


2018 Sip and Seek Bridal Show (March 4) This fourth annual bridal show features a variety of wedding vendors for newly engaged couples to explore. Also enjoy wine, food and door prizes. Preregistration is required. 1-4 p.m. $5 per person. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Downtown Mooresville Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (March 10) A celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, including two Irish Pipe Bands (the Town of Mooresville’s own Fire Department Pipe Band), Irish dancers, green cars, family fun and more. 3 p.m. Free. Main Street from Iredell to Center Avenue, Downtown Mooresville, www. Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition (March 12 and 15) From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Come to the opening ceremony (March 12 at 10 a.m.) where the monks consecrate the site of the mandala sand painting with chants, music, and mantra recitation, and the closing ceremony (March 15 at 11 a.m.) where the monks conclude their creation and sweep away the colored sand symbolizing the impermanence of all that exists, and the opportunity to participate in our own community sand painting. March 12, 10 a.m.; March 15, 11 a.m. Free. Alvarez-Gretchen Johnston Living Room in the Knobloch Campus Center, Latta’s Annual Celtic Festival (March 17-18) For the last six years, spectators from near and far have made their way

Family Fun to Historic Latta Plantation in celebration of the Celtic culture James Latta once hailed from. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, you can celebrate all things Celtic by enjoying live music, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts vendors, historic Celtic warriors, and heritage demonstrations. Children will enjoy story times, dancing, visiting the farm animals and more. This year the Celtic Festival will feature a special Sunday performance by Master Fiddler Jaime Laval. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9 adults, $8 seniors (age 62+), $8 students, children 5 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Battle of the Badges (March 24) Come see firefighters and police officers compete for charity (the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Birkdale Village, Huntersville, Reynolds Lecture: Revisiting the Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (March 27) New York Times bestselling author Colson Whitehead comes to Davidson College to speak about his latest novel The Underground Railroad, which won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 7 p.m. Free, but tickets are required, limit two tickets per order. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College,


Cornelius Arts Center Home Grown showcases a variety of works by arts from Cornelius and surrounding areas. (Through March 30) Opening reception on Friday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, 704.662.7154, www. Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, Mooresville Arts Gallery Various exhibitions. Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville, The Van Every/Smith Galleries Jen Ray: Surrounded by Wolves — Van Every Gallery (Through March 3). Arthur Jafa: Photography courtesy of Davidson Community Players

Date Night

From left, Christian Casper, Audrey Hochman, Christie Wolf and Debra Allebach star in The Diary of Anne Frank.

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


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

Davidson Farmer’s Market (March 3 and 17) Find fresh


Davidson College Men’s Basketball Fingers cross for a trip to the big dance this year. Rhode Island (March 2, 8 p.m.). Davidson College, Davidson College Baseball It’s time for a trip out to the ballpark, aka Wilson Field. Lehigh (March 2, 6 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m.; March 4, noon), Yale (March 10, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.; March 11, 1 p.m.), Harvard (March 13, 6 p.m.), N.C. Central (March 14, 6 p.m.), Mount St. Mary’s (March 16, 6 p.m.; March 17, 2 p.m.; March 18, 1 p.m.), Fordham (March 23, 6 p.m.; March 24, 2 p.m.; March 25, 1 p.m.). Davidson College, 202 Martin Court Drive, Davidson, www.


The Diary of Anne Frank (Through March 4) In the summer of 1942, young Anne Frank goes into hiding with her parents and another Jewish family in a secret annex in Amsterdam. They learn about

neighbors arrested by the Nazis and sent to death camps, where hundreds of Jews are transported each day. Despite her constant fear, Anne finds reasons to celebrate, learn and love in the increasingly tense living situation. The haunting text from Anne’s diary documents the terrible experience until her poignant words are all that remain. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Produced by Davidson Community Players. 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20, seniors $18 and students $12. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, The Roommate (Through March 10) Empty-nested and recently divorced, Sharon needs a roommate to share her Midwestern home. As fate would have it, Robyn has just arrived from New York City needing a place to hide and a chance to

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start over. Before she has even unpacked, Robyn challenges everything about Sharon’s way of life: book clubs, 80s pop music, and the occasional shared toke complicate their unlikely but enduring relationship, even as they venture into dangerous territory. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robin’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. All performances, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m. $20, seniors/ students $15. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius,

Rumors (March 21-25) At a large townhouse in a wealthy suburb, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity that only Neil Simon can deliver. Strong language; recommended for ages 16 and up. March 21-22, 7:30 p.m.; March 23-24, 8 p.m.; March 25, 2 p.m. $6-$15. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, Davidson College,

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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,

local produce and flowers and this event. 9 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www.


Lori's Larks



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Editor Lori K. Tate takes a drawing class at Studio Elie by Lori K. Tate | photography by Janet Andersen


uring the Christmas holiday, I had a little down time, so I dusted off my sketchbook. Please note that although I love to draw, I’m not an artist and you’re not going to find any of my work hanging on a gallery wall — or the refrigerator for that matter. However, drawing provides a creative outlet for me, and it also allows me to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. That said, I decided to enroll in a drawing class at Studio Elie in Cornelius to pursue my hobby more. Artist Elie Bou Zeidan opened Studio Elie (formerly Café Elie) in 2012. A classical painter originally born in Lebanon, Bou Zeidan teaches painting and drawing classes on a weekly basis. He

Left, Editor Lori K. Tate with Elie Bou Zeidan. Above, Tate practices shading and sketching.

moved to the Lake Norman area from Paris. Opting for a two-and-ahalf hour class on a Thursday morning, I arrived with my sketchbook and the hope that I would somehow learn to draw with perspective. The tables were arranged in a u-shape so students could come in with their projects and set up shop. Most were mainly painters who were veterans of Studio Elie, but there was also another new drawing student like me in the group. Bou Zeidan printed out a black and white picture of shapes for us to draw with a pencil, a No. 2 HB pencil by Dixon to be specific. He explained that one of the keys to drawing is shading, something I had never thought

about. I began sketching the shapes and soon became lost in my own little graphite world. When something didn’t look right to me, I erased it and started over. I began to see what worked and what didn’t. Bou Zeidan walked by checking everyone’s progress and giving pointers. Sometimes he would even sit down and demonstrate what we needed to do. His teaching method is anything but intimidating, which allowed me to sketch the shapes uninhibitedly. He knew I was a beginner, and all he wanted to do was help me improve. The non-judgment dynamic he set with the class let us all know that it was okay to mess up and begin again. After we sketched the picture

he gave us, he asked us to sketch a similar tableau of shapes he placed on a table. During this exercise, he began teaching us about perspective and scale. At first, I struggled to grasp what he was talking about, but the more I sketched, the more it began to make sense. Although the class took most of the morning, the time flew by, and I wanted to sketch more so I signed up for additional classes. Though it might be decadent to slice out this time for myself, I decided that life is too short not to learn how to draw a shape properly. Studio Elie offers a variety of art classes and is located at 20700 North Main Street in Cornelius. For more information, visit


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