Lake Norman Currents March 2019

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March 2019

KATE KAZMER’S cozy Davidson ranch

One Lucky Guy

Paul Cameron reflects on his legendary career and his hopes for the future Special Summer Camp Section


show-stopping renovations

FLOCK BISTRO flies to Mooresville


Nourish Your Tribe


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Contents March vol. 13 No. 3

24 It’s About

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

Clayton Murtle makes sure not to miss opportunities

17 Nicole Magryta’s new book offers a nutritious “aha” moment

26 Thoughts from Mike Savicki shares what he learned while attempting to conquer clutter

68 Out + About Eat, Drink & Give

18 For the Long Run — Souper Bowl XV 20 Second chance furniture at Carolina Office Solutions

21 Bet You Didn’t know —Davidson College’s second campus

22 Live Like a Native — Downtown

70 On the Circuit What’s happening

Nothing but floral

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Lake Spaces

at Lake Norman this month

72 Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate

28 T rends + Style

Mooresville’s 8th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Thanks with SunningHill Jill Kids


Paul Cameron was photographed at his Cornelius home by Brant Waldeck.

Channel Markers


the Man Cave

About the Cover:

How we live at the lake

50 Dwellings

Kate Kazmer turned a Davidson ranch into a cozy showplace


walks up the 28 steps to Good Drip Coffee at The Loft

30 D esign

Before and afters by Catherine Boardman and Starr Miller

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

62 Wine Time

eeZ into it with a glass of wine

64 On Tap

Barley Market opens in Cornelius

65 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

Pomme Frites in Avocado Oil with Black Truffle

38 N avigators

Paul Cameron is one lucky guy

66 Nibbles + Bites

Flock Bistro flies into Mooresville

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



MARCH 2019


hen I became pregnant with our twins 10 years ago, we made many preparations. We registered for a ton of things we didn’t need and a few we did. We took classes, joined clubs and read books. And of course, we decorated a nursery. Suddenly a sparse bedroom became a showplace for anyone who counted their age in months. My in-laws redid their guest bathroom and had new carpet installed in their living room in anticipation of Graydon and Margot’s arrival, and my parents added a bedroom suite to their lakehouse. Though these babies came into this world weighing a little more than 14 pounds combined, they carried a lot of weight in other ways. Everyone wanted to make sure they were comfortable and had everything they needed to thrive. Their births were a perfectly good reason to make renovations. However, if you ask my husband, he’ll tell you that I think any reason is a good reason for home improvement. I adore looking at a room and figuring out a way to make it better. Sometimes our home seems like a giant game of Tetris because of my love for moving things around and trying different combinations. And paint? I love paint because it’s such an easy way to make a dramatic change, and it’s so easy to fix if the dramatic change turns out to be a complete disaster.

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by Lori K. Tate

(Remind me to tell you the orange dining room story one day.) I’m grateful for my penchant for home décor because it helps make our house more functional and beautiful, plus it’s great fun. In a sense, CURRENTS is going through a renovation this month with the addition of CURRENTS Events. Think of it as adding a room for entertaining and getting to know our readers better. Led by Alison Smith, a Cornelius mom of three with a stellar track record in project management and a strong enthusiasm for bringing our magazine to life and helping the community, CURRENTS Events will be hosting events each month throughout the Lake Norman area. One of our first events is The Interviewer Gets Interviewed — An Evening with Paul Cameron. It will be held in April (check for more details). This past December, Paul, a Cornelius resident, retired from WBTV after working at the station for 37 years. As a child, I watched him as a sports anchor do “Plays of the Week” on Friday nights,

while he played a recording of chickens singing In the Mood in the background. I looked forward to it every week. As I grew up, so did he. By the time I graduated from college and landed a job in Uptown Charlotte, Paul was the news anchor for WBTV. From that seat he covered all the big stories and interviewed all the big names that were part of those stories. Our paths crossed over the years, but it wasn’t until I wrote the cover story for this month’s issue (page 38), that I had the honor of sitting down and talking with him about his career and his family. I managed to temper the 9-year-old inside of me who could still hear those chickens singing to listen to his stories and learn about what’s important to him. It was a special two hours. So many times as a journalist you look forward to meeting someone of notoriety only to be let down. It’s like Dorothy discovering the true character of the Wizard of Oz, only to be disappointed. I had high expectations for interviewing Paul, and I’m happy to say that he exceeded them. I hope you’ll consider attending our event featuring Paul next month so you can get to know him better and enjoy his stories as much as I did. Happy spring!


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A Nutritious “Aha” Moment Nicole Magryta’s new book helps parents help their children

1. Get rid of the sugar in your diet, especially sugar-sweetened beverages, sweets and processed foods 2. Eat more fiber. Fiber functions as fuel for your beneficial gut bacteria. It’s found in fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains 3. Hydrate! Drinking enough water will lead to more energy, better skin and maybe even weight loss. Shoot for 50 to 60 ounces a day. 4. Eat healthy fats. That is, stop consuming inflammatory vegetable oils (corn, cottonseed, soybean, safflower, sunflower, canola, etc.) and replace with healthier alternatives, including avocados, olive oil, fatty fish, nuts, unrefined coconut oil, butter and ghee. 5. Balance each meal or snack with lean protein, healthy fats and fiber-rich carbohydrates. This helps balance blood sugar levels, which is the secret ingredient to great energy levels, healthy weight and fewer sugar cravings.

Meet the Author

Join CURRENTS for a book reading and signing with Nicole Magryta on Saturday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at Main Street Books, 126 S. Main Street, Davidson, 704.892.6841.


Nicole Magryta’s Five Nourishment Tips to Upgrade Your Body and Mind

with proper nutrition, as it educates them on what we’re actually eating and how to eat healthier. In the book, Magryta shares nutrition recommendations that have been proven to strengthen children’s immune systems and improve brain function. She also explains how food and nourishment link to common childhood conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, headaches, IBS, eczema, as well as mood and behavior issues. There’s even a seven-day whole food meal plan featuring more than 60 kid-tested recipes. “I would love for parents to have an ‘aha’ moment, where they understand how influential the foods that they’re giving their kids or not giving them are,” says Magryta. “What I want is for parents to understand how they fit into a system that does everything in its power to encourage them to eat vast quantities of unhealthy food.” — Lori K. Tate, photography by Jamie Cowles

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Davidson’s Nicole Magryta recently wrote Nourish Your Tribe: Empowering Parents to Grow Strong, Smart, Successful Kids. For more information, visit

n the 20-plus years Nicole Magryta has worked as an integrative clinical nutritionist, she’s seen a lot of changes in the food we eat and how it affects our health, especially our kids’ health. The mother of two, Thomas (15) and Bella (13), Magryta (MBA, RDN, LDN) lives in Davidson and helps run a pediatric nutrition clinic at Salisbury Pediatric Associates. Throughout her career she has continued to get the repeated message that parents don’t really understand the importance of nourishment and how it affects their kid’s health. “After doing all of this research, I realized that there is so much that has changed in the last 30 to 40 years in our lifetime that people don’t recognize, and a lot of it has sort of flown under the radar,” says Magryta. “We hear little bits and pieces, like there’s high BPAs in cans, and you know the obesity rate is increasing. You hear all these little bits about how this is changing, but no one has ever put it together.” That said, Magryta decided to put it together by writing Nourish Your Tribe: Empowering Parents to Grow Strong, Smart Successful Kids. This 283-page book outlines the challenges parents face


For the Long Run

MARCH 2019


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Photography courtesy of Davidson Housing Coalition

Housing Coalition’s popular Souper Bowl XV Davidson annual event enjoys its 15th year

The 15th Annual Souper Bowl will be held on March 9 at the Lilly Family Gallery at Davidson College.


orget Hell’s Kitchen because the most intense culinary competition throws down right here in the 7-0-4. Each year, chefs around Lake Norman shed blood, sweat and tears in preparation for the Davidson Housing Coalition’s Souper Bowl, where a prize far greater than cash is at stake for the creators of categorically winning soups: bragging rights. Davidson Housing Coalition’s Souper Bowl is the brainchild of author, speaker, educator, activist, CURRENTS columnist and Davidson resident Rosie Molinary who, while serving on the board of the Davidson Housing Coalition in 2003, attended another organization’s soup-off and immediately recognized the event’s fundraising potential. Molinary quickly set to work facilitating the inaugural Davidson Souper Bowl and now, 15 years later, the spectacle has grown to entertain approximately 400 people and ladle more than 100

gallons of soup. The proceeds, which average around $10,000, are funneled into Davidson Housing Coalition’s HAMMERS (Hands Around MecklenburgMooresville Making Emergency Repairs Safely) Program. Also founded in part by Molinary, the HAMMERS Program serves lowincome residents throughout Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville by providing free home repairs that are often direly needed. Although the monetary value of each home repair cannot exceed $5,000, Davidson Housing Coalition Development Coordinator Livesy Pack insists that the intangible value of the repair is innumerable. “So often the repairs are not just creating a more sound structure,” says Pack. “They’re getting to the bones of what makes a home feel safe and warm, fostering pride for homeowners, and by extension fostering neighborhood pride.” The Souper Bowl similarly

evokes a sense of community. “There are these long tables, almost the entire length of the Lilly Gallery, and seated around them are all generations — Pines residents to young children,” says Marcia Webster, Davidson Housing Coalition’s Executive Director. “Everyone’s comparing soups, so you’ve got people who don’t know each other starting conversations.” The soups, created and provided by local restaurants like Mestizo, Davidson Icehouse and Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse, vie for recognition as Most Creative, Best Vegetarian, Best Farm-to-Spoon, Best Creamy, Best Chunky and/ or Best Overall. Souper Bowl attendees are invited to sample soups then vote for their favorites in each category via crackers, which guests deposit with great care in front of the soups they deem worthy of recognition. Soup samples are supplemented with bread donated by Harvest Bread Co.,

chased by a delicious dessert spread and enjoyed amid the stylings of local musicians. A silent auction, featuring locally sourced art and jewelry, as well as Davidson College swag, concludes the event. The HAMMERS Program and its Souper Bowl fundraiser are but one segment of the myriad ways the Davidson Housing Coalition works to secure and expand affordable housing in the Lake Norman area. — Eleanor Merrell Souper Bowl XV will be held March 9 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Lilly Family Gallery at Davidson College. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students (ages 13 and older) and $5 for children (ages 12 and under). They are available online (www. and at the door.

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eeping perfectly good office furniture out of landfills wasn’t the reason Craig Dunn and Ted Peterson started Carolina Office Solutions 19 years ago, but it’s been a pretty great “byproduct,” says Dunn. The spark actually came when, as commercial movers working for an office furniture liquidator, the two lifelong friends (as well as Charlotte natives and Appalachian State University grads) saw a demand for the high-end furniture other companies were replacing. “We found a niche market, and the rest is history,” says Dunn. Now, the company liquidates furniture from around the

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Wildcats migrate to the lake when it’s warm faculty and alumni during the lake’s creation. Today Davidson College students enjoy the property to its fullest extent, as it provides opportunities to be involved in various water activities in addition to serving as a home for club sailing and crew teams. Odyssey campouts are held on the property, as well as orientation socials, cookouts and alumni gatherings. The campus also offers day camps in June and July. — Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of Davidson College

The Davidson College Lake Campus is located at 152 Lake Campus Drive, Mooresville.

Davidson College’s Lake Campus dates back to the beginning of Lake Norman.


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ot every college can boast a lake campus, but luckily for Davidson College, it can. Located seven miles from campus, Davidson College’s Lake Campus offers almost 110 acres of waterfront property. According to a Davidson College Bulletin article dating back to October 1962, the master plan for the project was organized by Robert A. Currie and Grover C. Meetze, both Davidson College graduates and employees of Duke Power (now Duke Energy). Duke Power Company President, W.B. McGuire, another Davidson College graduate, was also integral in making the lake campus a reality, as Duke Power set aside this sizable tract of land for Davidson College students,


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Downtown Mooresville’s 8th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

MARCH 2019


f you’re looking for the luck of the Irish this Saint Patrick’s Day, one of the best ways to find it is at Downtown Mooresville’s 8th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Every March, Downtown Mooresville hosts this festive event featuring performances by Ceol na Gael Irish Pipe Band and The Connick School of Irish Dance, as well as appearances by the Mooresville Police Department, Mooresville Fire & Rescue, the Iredell County Sheriff ’s Office and Acrofitness. Be sure to keep your eyes open for green cars as well.

This year’s parade is Saturday, March 9 at 3 p.m, and it is held in Downtown Mooresville on Main Street from Iredell to Center Avenue. Ceol na Gael Irish Pipe Band and The Connick School of Irish Dance perform after the parade at 153. N. Main Street. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs. For more information, visit www.downtownmooresville. com. — Compiled by Lori K. Tate, photography courtesy of Mooresville Downtown Commission Downtown Mooresville’s 9th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is March 9 at 3 p.m.


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Clayton Murtle started working as the communications manager for the Town of Cornelius last October.

hen Clayton Murtle started as the communications manager for the Town of Cornelius in October 2018, he was handed a gift and a challenge. The position was new, so Murtle could create the blueprint for it. However, sometimes a blank slate can be daunting. “These past few months, I have been taking stock of what the town has been doing in the past, where are we lacking and what’s redundant,” explains Murtle, 23, who grew up in Huntersville and returned

to the area after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. Once he had a clearer vision for the possibilities, Murtle established a structure for his work that allows him to navigate the information gathering, content creation and departmental support needs of his mission in the part-time framework of his position. “I have been trying to be more deliberate with my schedule. I have blocked out my calendar with four hours of content creation on Tuesdays and Thursdays and meeting

with individual departments on Wednesday about what they have coming up, so I can support them,” he says. “I spend an hour each morning responding to social media inquiries or planning social media posts.” The deep time for content creation is something Murtle realized he needed so he could do his best work. “One of my weaknesses as far as time management goes is that it can sometimes take me 10 to 15 minutes to sit down, clear my mind and start working. so shorter creative periods don’t work for me. When I get into a creative mode, I try to keep threading the needle,” he says. “I throw my headphones in and go at a task until it is complete or, if I have to come back to it, I don’t need to reorient myself to it. I try to get to a stopping point that is pretty final.” Music has been vital not just to Murtle’s creativity but also to his productivity. “Music is the main way I eliminate distraction. It is partially a way to focus; it drowns out other voices as outside conversations are the things that really distract me,” he explains. “I don’t hear the lyrics when I listen to music. It is the rhythm and the beat that help me get more into the flow.” Another way Murtle responds to his needs when planning his time is to sit down on Sunday and think about the days ahead. “If I don’t already know what I am tackling on Monday when I walk in, that will stress me out. I try to avoid that by having that mental space of three days planned out,” he says. “At the

end of each day, I know what tasks need to be done for the next two days. Using that threeday method, you always know what is coming up without being caught off guard.” Outside of work, Murtle prioritizes his health with workouts at Orange Theory Fitness, seeing his friends and backpacking. Both personally and professionally, he is open to saying “yes” to opportunities that present themselves so he gains skills and knowledge. Says Murtle, “You learn something from every experience you say ‘yes’ to.”

Time Tellers Paper or technology for time and task management? My calendar is on Outlook. For tasks, I track them in Google Keep, but I am also a Post-it Note junkie. I like writing a task on a Post-it and then crumpling it up and throwing it away when I am done. What time management wish do you have? I wish Daylight Saving Time wasn’t a thing. Make a time management/ productivity recommendation. Use Google Drive. You can have your calendar, Google Keep (the task manager) and all of your documents in one place, and you can also easily collaborate with other people. What platform and what station for music do you recommend? I subscribe to Pandora and Spotify and recommend the Fleetwood Mac Pandora station.

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t is no secret that I have been known to hold onto things. On top of those special keepsakes we all tend to save from life’s milestones and special occasions, like a T-shirt from a first rock concert, a sweatshirt from college, or your first little league baseball glove and bat, I tend to hold onto a wide variety of items most people quickly and easily discard, recycle or pass along. Case and point, since I’m a writer and love words, I hold onto things with words on them. That list includes each and every magazine and newspaper I read, plus stacks of books I hope and plan to read, in addition to greeting cards, political ads and even junk mail flyers. Then there is my collection of ill-fitting clothes, every article of clothing I aspire to once again wear one day when I lose weight. Plus there are the mementos from exotic trips, souvenirs from sporting events and boxes full of who knows what else. But what happens when decades pass and all those special items begin to multiply and overflow? When storage containers, entire closets and the garage aren’t enough? The simple answer, as my wife often reminds me, is that I have a clutter problem. In my case, because I’ve been at it for so long, my clutter is beyond what most minds can comprehend. Sure, I have the race number from my first 10k, but do I really need to hold onto dozens of pairs of worn and smelly running shoes I think might still have a few miles left in them? Probably not. On a recent warm winter

weekend afternoon, I made the decision to attempt to declutter. And by saying I made the decision, I committed to the task with as much gusto as I do grabbing beers and chips and grilling brats just to watch a football game. I filled the leaf blower with gas, lined up two empty garbage barrels on their sides near the front and back doors and committed myself to blowing as much junk into the barrels as would fit. Yes, I actually planned to use the leaf blower inside. But when it came time to literally and figuratively pull the ripcord, I couldn’t do it. I’m just too attached to my stuff. Keeping my personal dilemma under raps, I reached out to Liz Fackelman, the mother of five and engineer-turned-efficiency organizer who leads Davidson Organizing. Her analytical approach to not only identifying problems but studying input, processing and output matched with looking at personalities and situations has helped her solve many a clutter problem since she founded her company nearly seven years ago. As soon as she began explaining her craft, I knew I was listening to an expert. Liz began by saying there are two main categories of disorganization, situational and chronic. Situational disorganization arises after occasions such as a downsize, a remodel, or even when a sick or deceased relative passes on a houseful of furniture or home goods. And, as the term implies, chronic disorganization is more long term, meaning someone with a lifetime struggle often tied to a psychological or personality

condition. I’m embarrassed to admit where I fall on her scale. If people ask her where to begin, Liz frequently says freeing up space in a garage or carport is a great way to start. That way you can immediately make room to move those things out of the house that aren’t regularly used. Think about storing the dozens of rolls of paper towels you purchased at a big box store in the garage instead of on multiple shelves in a packed pantry. Ditto lightbulbs. “And since it is spring,” Liz says, “you’ll get the added satisfaction of transitioning your life back outdoors, into spaces you’ve likely forgotten through the winter, raising your spirits and energy, too.” Liz then told me that there is more to professional organizing than simply cleaning and decluttering a room, closet or even an entire home. And one solution doesn’t work for every client either. She says it isn’t about making your closet look like your neighbor’s or organizing a pantry to match an image in a popular magazine or television show. None of that is reality.

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The Family Room What the client wanted? The client wanted an updated space without major construction in addition to a warm and cozy feel in keeping with the home’s architecture. They also didn’t want to block the view of the back yard, which features a golf course.

better balance the fireplace. The bookshelf areas were painted blue to add to the soft feel of the space. We also added drapery that melts into the view to soften the room even more, in addition to clean-lined custom sofas for comfortable entertaining.

How did you provide what the client wanted? We refinished the floors to get rid of the orange oak finish. Then we painted the built-in to match the walls, allowing it to disappear and

What’s your favorite thing about the space? The comfortable feel of the room. It evokes a home that has history, not just decoration.

What’s a fun fact that we should know about the space? The artwork is original. The piece over the fireplace was commissioned for the home, and the watercolor over the chest is a treasured piece depicting a covered bridge in Atlanta. The red branch idea I borrowed from an old photograph I found from Oscar de la Renta’s personal home. It was my inspiration photo in the project.

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What did the client want? My clients wanted an eclectic and comfortable adult and teen friendly hangout/TV-watching space in their basement where they could also entertain. We wanted to make sure the space reflected their interests and culture. How did you provide what the client wanted? After our initial meeting, I came up with a mood board and some rug selections to kick things off. We all really gravitated to the rug choice that’s in the space. Sourcing the rest of the pieces fell into place nicely with our strong Moroccan influence setting the stage. Inevitably, I always enjoy the end result when both designer and client listen to each other and remain open-minded throughout the process.

The renovation involved adding a black paneled wall, updating the fireplace surround and balancing out the built-ins in the space.


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The Laundry Room The laundry space also needed to accommodate the needs of the homeowners’ cats and dogs.

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Paul Cameron stands on his dock in Cornelius. Now that the former WBTV new anchor is retired, he plans to spend more time on the water.

I am the luckiest guy who ever picked up a microphone because the old saying ‘you pick something you love, you never work a day in your life,’ ” he says, “well, that’s it. — Paul Cameron

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grades watching Watergate, watching the proceedings and the hearings and Senator Sam Ervin, and I thought to myself, ‘I’d much rather be there than doing this medical crap,’ ” he remembers, adding that he soon changed his major at the University of Florida to broadcasting (he has a minor in mathematics and speech). The night before he was supposed to sign a contract to do a hospital show at a radio station, WJXT-TV called him. He had interned there and made a good impression, so when the sports guy left, they asked Paul to try out for the job. He got it, and within a couple of months he was promoted to the lead sports anchor. “I am the luckiest guy who ever picked up a microphone because the old saying ‘you pick something you love, you never work a day in your life,’ ” he says, “well, that’s it.” WBTV discovered him while he was doing basketball work for the Sunbelt Conference, and in December 1980, the station flew Paul and his wife, Jan, to The Queen City for an interview to be the sports anchor. “At the time, I thought Charlotte? We got off the airplane to do the interview, and we stepped on the tarmac because there were no jetways. It was raining going down the stairway, and I thought, ‘Oh my, even Jacksonville has jetways,’ ” remembers Paul. “The station was what drew me, and so I signed a deal and came in June of 1981. I told Jan as we walked in, ‘Two years, two years here and we’re gone.’ ”

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aul Cameron was up late the night before our interview. No, he wasn’t on camera at Channel 3 telling all of Charlotte about the latest crimes or government meetings. Instead, the legendary news anchor was assembling a Pack ‘n Play for his first grandchild, Sydney Elizabeth Spunt. “It’s tricky,” says Paul of the contraption. “I’m doing things now that are grandfatherly.” Paul retired after 37 years at WBTV this past December knowing that his grandchild was due on January 8. However, Sydney had other plans, as she arrived on December 21, exactly seven days after his last day at the station. “So in a week’s time, I’m a retired grandfather,” says Paul, as he pulls his phone out to show me a picture. “This is what grandfathers do.” There’s a lot of adjusting to this new life of what grandfathers do, as there are no more late night commutes on I-77 (he swears the traffic is even worse after midnight) and no more hustling to get a breaking story on the news by 5 p.m. Some of it he’ll miss, but as he sits in the living room of his lakeside home in Cornelius, his enthusiasm for what’s next is as real as the cowboy boots he’s wearing.


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sportscasters had to drive miles and miles to cover sports. Sure, there was the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the senior tour’s PaineWebber Invitational at Quail Hollow Club and the beloved Charlotte O’s (Charlotte’s minor league baseball team), but he was looking for major league sports. Soon enough a man named George Shinn came along and eventually brought the NBA to Charlotte. “He [Shinn] goes after the NBA, and we’re out there in Phoenix with him, and we’re thinking, ‘Come on, really? Charlotte?’ One of the writers for the paper in Phoenix wrote that the only franchise Charlotte is going to get has golden arches, and then Charlotte gets the damn NBA franchise,” remembers Paul. “The Hornets come in and what do you know, they sell out all of those games. We would sell out every game, 23,600 seats. That was not happening in the NBA. Nobody did anything like that. If you got 10,000 seats, you were lucky.” Eventually things soured with Shinn, and the Hornets left Charlotte, but next in line was Jerry Richardson and the Carolina Panthers. “I was there with all that, chronicling it,” recalls Paul. “I was right along side him [Richardson] with

everything he did.” While Charlotte was making strides in professional sports, the city was also growing up in other ways. Bank titans such as Hugh McColl and Ed Crutchfield made competition of improving the city, aiming to make it as world class as it could be. “Suddenly there were restaurants and bars and nightlife,” remembers Paul. “There was no nightlife when I first got here. Everything closed at five o’clock. Charlotte changed, drastically changed.” It was during this time that a drastic change was also going on at WBTV, as long-time news anchor Bob Inman decided he wanted to write books and screenplays fulltime. While Paul enjoyed sports, he could see a decline in coverage and thought news might be a good opportunity. He went to the powers that be and told them he’d like to be considered for the news if not now, then later. “Before my butt hit the chair, they said, ‘Oh, you’re going to be our next news anchor, and I went, ‘Huh,’ and they said, ‘oh yeah.’ ”

Big news Paul did his last sportscast in late June of 1996, and by August he was the news

anchor at WBTV, broadcasting the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows Monday through Friday. He confesses that when he did sports, he never read a teleprompter. Armed with notes, knowledge and stats, he’d simply run the video and talk about it. “In news you have to be a lot more precise, and you have to be weary of libel,” he explains. “Reading the teleprompter, there’s an art to it to make it sound like you’re not reading.” He quickly mastered that art, and that skill combined with being able to ad lib during breaking news made him successful. Suddenly viewers realized that the sports guy could deliver hard news and deliver it well. Through the years Paul has interviewed some big names — think George W. Bush, Billy Graham and Barack Obama to name a few. He’s had the eccentric interviews with celebrities such as Luciano Pavarotti, who insisted on having a desk between them with flowers on one side and a candy dish on the other. The first big interview of his career (and perhaps his favorite) was with Jesse Owens, the American track and field athlete who won four Olympic gold medals at the 1936


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Olympics in Berlin. “It was just amazing to sit next to that guy. I wish that I had been a little more brilliant in life to talk with him more,” laments Paul. “I don’t think I fully realized at the time, only looking back on it I think to myself, ‘My God, that man.’ He’s a man who dealt with racism by his own teammates on the boat going over to Europe.” Then there’s the experience of visiting Guantanamo Bay after the September 11 attacks. “I was standing from me to you with Taliban prisoners who were shot up with bullet holes, and a look in their eye of a 13th century man, not a man who is of our age,” remembers Paul. “It was just unbelievable because it really brought that war in Afghanistan home to me.” As much as he’s enjoyed these pivotal moments in his career, as well as the camaraderie of the newsroom, Paul began thinking of retirement last summer when he was walking on the beach

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Where Brews & Brains Meet

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Trivia night at King Canary Brewing attracts approximately 50 people every Wednesday.


Trivia events offer local bars and participants a chance to shine on off nights by Aaron Garcia photography by Lisa Crates

f you’re willing to regard Wikipedia as reliable historical record, pub trivia has only been around since the 1970s, a stunning fact considering that beverage-born debates and slurred claims of intellectual superiority are as ingrained in the bar motif as stools and small napkins. According to the website, though, the trend didn’t start until an English company called Burns and Porter used it to lure patrons in on slow nights. Nearly 50 years later the gimmick has not only endured,

but it’s become a common staple of many Lake Normanarea bars’ weekly lineups. On any given weeknight you can find a room with small groups of people racking their brains for bragging rights and gift cards. To those involved, however, the payoff is bigger.

Establishing a following Andrea Gravina, who, with husband, Matt, opened Mooresville’s King Canary Brewing last May, says that starting a weekly trivia night was a great way to connect with her new patrons. It began after Andrew Katsamas, who

was hosting a trivia night at Lake Norman Tavern on Tuesdays, approached the owners about starting their own weekly event. It was a hit. Andrea says although the outdoor setting and summer weather certainly helped attendance, King Canary has carried that success into the colder months. She estimates that roughly 50 people gather each Wednesday to try to figure out Katsamas’ questions that range from geography to history to pop culture. “We want to be a place where everyone can enjoy it, so to have one more fun thing to do,

it’s been a good thing for us,” says Andrea. After just six months, the following has started to become loyal, says “Lightning” Liz Hann, whose team took first place during a recent event at the brewery. “It’s fun to go out and do something different,” says Hann. “It’s more than just going out to the bar. We socialize and come up with strategies, and we’re spending time with our friends.”

New approach for an old favorite Dora Callahan likes to ask several questions from a single

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something as silly as trivia.” Like Hann, Summit trivia participant Betsy Verhey says it provides the right mix of competition and break from the norm. “It’s a little competitive — some people are more competitive than others,” says Verhey. “It’s just kind of fun. There’s something different every week. Sometimes there’s stuff you know; sometimes there’s stuff you learn. That’s kind of fun, too.”

The real prize: No phones allowed For all its communitybuilding and competitivefire stoking, Katsamas says what really makes a trivia night special is that cell phones — otherwise known as handheld cheating devices — are generally off limits. That makes these events some of the last opportunities for public, face-to-face

conversations devoid of the soft glow of a screen. Trivia nights, it seems, have become the modern version of the social hour, offering a rare opportunity for interpersonal communication free of character limits, swiping or artificial vibrations. “If you look around the bar, no one’s on their phones. People are talking to each other,” says Katsamas. “It prevents the easy, go-to escape where you’re not paying attention to the people sitting next to you.” And that, says Callahan, is the larger payoff. “I think you can find out silly things, and people have a chance to show off this random knowledge they might have that they otherwise don’t have an outlet for,” says Callahan. “You probably see a different side of people that way, because you’re like ‘I had no idea you knew about this topic.’ ”

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category during a round, a variation on Katsamas’ one-question-per-category approach. The subject matter is typically the same, unless it’s one of the themed trivia events Summit Coffee Co. is hosting — The Harry Potter event on the character’s birthday was a huge hit, says Callahan. She isn’t sure when Summit started trivia, but she recalls playing as far back as seven years ago. For Callahan, a manager at Summit Coffee and Monday night trivia host, the point isn’t to grow its clientele, but to better connect with the customers the coffee shop has earned in its 20-plus years of operation. “That’s why I was interested in the first place,” says Callahan, who just started hosting in January. “How can I get to know people differently and help continue to build community? I think that’s something really lovely about

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At Summit Coffee Co. in Davidson, the point of trivia night is to better connect with customers.

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Kate Kazmer’s love of navy blue can be seen throughout her Davidson home.

Kate Kazmer’s stunning ranch renovation in Davidson, p. 50

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Painted in a crisp white, Kate Kazmer’s home exudes a fresh and cozy feeling.

Kate Kazmer turned a Davidson ranch into a cozy showplace by Lori K. Tate | photography courtesy of Trey Williams



ate Kazmer looked for a house for a good two years until she came across a 1,700-square-foot ranch in Davidson. Within walking distance to Davidson’s charming downtown, the house received multiple offers the day it went on the market, including Kate’s. Everything happened so quickly that Kate’s three children (Georgia, 18; Lily, 16; and Jack, 11) didn’t see the house until the deal closed.

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Double doors and a front stoop were added to the home during the renovation.


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“They absolutely thought it was a joke, knowing my tastes and that everything was brown,” says Kate, who owns Poppies in Birkdale Village. An oasis of preppy, monogramed items with an emphasis on navy and pink, Poppies is a far cry from an earth-toned house with a black iron stove. “I knew I just wanted something that I could start over with in the right spot,” says Kate. “It was the location. I knew I could make something of it.” Make something of it she did.

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Kate bought the house in July 2017 knowing that she wanted her friend, Trey Williams, of Trey Williams Custom Homes to do the extensive renovation. After having Architect David Strange of LaBella in Davidson design the renovation, which included adding 800 square feet, the project began in January 2018. Initially the home had two master suites, now it only has one, which has been slightly reconfigured. The bedroom portion of the suite had two doors on the back wall. One led to the bathroom, while the other led to a utility closet. Kate closed both of those doors in and tripled the size of the bathroom. Now the bathroom is entered through an alcove-like hall in the suite that’s painted in her signature navy. (The rest

of the home is painted in a crisp white.) In the bathroom you’ll find a stand-alone tub resting on Carrara marble tile and punctuated with a small chandelier from Worlds Away. The vanity features Carrara marble, as well as two mirrors flanked by sconces topped with hot pink shades. To increase the size of the foyer and to accommodate double front doors, a closet was removed. Now a navy grasscloth sideboard table with gold nailhead trim from Society Social greets guests when they enter the home. “They [Society Social] do really fun stuff,” says Kate of the Conover company. The foyer leads you through a small hallway with a barrel ceiling accented with dark wood into the living room. The back wall was moved further back on the lot to add more square footage and an abundance of light to the home.

BEFORE Blue and white prevail throughout the space with a light blue chambray couch from Restoration Hardware, a large blue triptych of an octopus and blue Italian tile detailing on the fireplace. “We added the fireplace. Wood burning is super important to me,” explains Kate. “I just love a fire.” The living area opens into the kitchen, where you’ll find custom white cabinets crowned with Carrara marble. The island is painted in a dark navy, while

navy and white gingham resin stools by Caitlin Wilson add a preppy touch. Off from the living room is a covered patio, complete with a mounted TV and blue and white furniture. It serves as another gathering space. “I just felt like since we don’t have a bonus room, this is a good place for the kids to go,” says Kate. “I wanted it to be another family room.” A second entryway can be found in the back corner of the home, along with a powder

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Three bedrooms and two full baths comprise the remainder of the house. “We didn’t really do a lot with these rooms. … The bedrooms were a good

size for such a little house,” says Kate. “We replaced the windows and took out the bi-fold closets. There are all new doors and door handles throughout the house.” She kept what flooring she could in the front of the house and added onto it where needed. “We sanded them [the floors] and matched them the best we could,” says Kate, adding that a Rubio Monocoat stain was used.

“There’s no sheen to it.” The exterior brick was painted white, and new navy shutters hint at what you’ll find in the interior. A front stoop was added with a tin roof accent, and there are plans to start building a detached garage soon. Though Kate ran a few of her design ideas past her friend Meghan Allison, an interior designer in Davidson, she made all of the decisions. And that’s

BEFORE one of the things she likes best about her home. “I just love that I did it all myself. It wasn’t easy with kids and a business,” says Kate. “I just wanted a home for my kids.” Kate and her three children moved in this past August and have enjoyed their new home ever since. “We really just hang out,” says Kate of her tight bunch. “I love it here.”


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A dish of Mongolian beef at eeZ that practically picked its own wine to go with it.

am a big fan of specialty, ethnic restaurants. They expand the range and types of food you can dine on. And that’s a good thing. A problem I have, however, is that specialty restaurants tend to focus primarily on their food selections — wine takes a secondary or even nonexistent place. And that’s not a good thing, as wine is a key part of my dining experience. So, color me happy when I sat down to peruse the wine list at eeZ Fusion & Sushi in Huntersville’s Birkdale Village. The list isn’t that extensive, but it has wines that are interesting and, from my experience, pair well with the dishes on eeZ’s substantial menu.

My wife, Mary Ellen, is a hound for Asian food, and she dug right into the sashimi section of the menu. To that, she added a plate of tempura and fried calamari. She was all set except for a glass of wine. We were definitely in Sauvignon Blanc territory, and the decision boiled down to either a wine from California or one from New Zealand. The Kiwis won out, primarily, because the crisp wine was just right for the sashimi. On the other hand, I was more interested in a meatier subject. What caught my eye was a dish of Mongolian beef. This involved marinated beef and a whole bunch of other goodies, including ground

chilis. It was the ground chilis that, pretty well, picked out the wine all by themselves. Here’s why. Maybe it’s just my palate, but whenever I pair a tannic wine with something spicy, I’m invariably disappointed. What happens is that the tannins in the wine amplify the heat in the dish, and that spoils my enjoyment of both the wine and the food. I don’t do that anymore. The depth of the Mongolian beef called out for a wine with a good amount of body to it. And I found just the wine. It was a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Paso Robles region of California. California is most famous for its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, but they

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by Will Keible | photography by Ken Noblezada

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From left, David Lynch, Josh McCracken and Charlie Dyer.


Barley Market, Cornelius’ newest bottle shop, is all about community.

he origin of Barley Market, Cornelius’ newest bottle shop, is rooted in friendship and a shared passion for good beer. The story begins with Josh McCracken and Charlie Dyer, whose restaurants Block Bistro and Harvey’s share the same building in Huntersville’s Vermillion neighborhood. The two forged a friendship that led them to join forces to open Harvey’s in Cornelius, a venture they affectionately refer to as H2. The pair had talked for years about opening a bottle shop but had never done much to make the dream a reality. It wasn’t until they were asked by the owner of The Little Baker in 2018 if they would be interested in filling its nolonger-needed retail storefront. Tucked away on Zion Street on the other side of the tracks that run along Main Street (Old Statesville Road) in Old Town

Cornelius, it simultaneously sits in the middle of everything and off the beaten path. Erected in 1907, the building oozes history, and has been home to a wide range of businesses, including a shoe factory, movie theater and most recently a bakery. The plaster walls with red brick peeking through, hardwood floors softened by age and exposed beams created the sense of place Dyer and McCracken had in mind. “This just kind of fell into our lap,” says McCracken. “Once we walked in and saw it, we knew. It’s a beautiful space.” With the perfect location in hand, there was just one problem left to tackle. Neither McCracken, nor Dyer had time to run the store. That’s when they turned to longtime friend and former employee David Lynch to come on board as coowner and managing partner.

Years earlier, McCracken and Dyer had asked Lynch to partner with them in Harvey’s, but the restaurant veteran of 18 years opted to finish school and pursue a career in television instead. Now, armed with a new opportunity, McCracken and Dyer convinced Lynch to take a look at the space they were lining up for Barley Market. The timing was right, and Lynch hopped on board. “We came over to the building and I [Lynch] said, ‘Done, this is awesome. This building is too cool.’ “ The shop carries a broad range of styles and offers something for everyone, even a few macrobrews for those who aren’t quite ready to make the leap into craft beer. And while beer hunters in pursuit of adventurous new flavors or offerings from off-thebeaten path breweries will be satisfied, McCracken stresses that at Barley Market all beer

drinkers will feel welcome, not just craft beer geeks.“The goal here is to reach everybody. You have people that love [craft] beer, and you have people who are just coming into it.” It’s this unpretentious approach to beer (and wine) on which Barley Market intends to build its reputation as a place for community to form. To this end, a regular rotation of food trucks, nightly activities like trivia and music will be added to the calendar in the months ahead. But the owners of Barley Market make it clear that they will not be the only ones with input regarding programming. Lynch points to the suggestion box sitting on the bar saying earnestly, “We’re open to what the community wants to make of it.” Will Keible, is the director of marketing and sales at WDAV, and he loves a good beer.

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Ingredients 4 large Yukon Gold potatoes or sweet potatoes or a mixture, washed thoroughly 4 to 5 tablespoons avocado oil

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Luckily you don’t have to speak French or get fancy to whip these tasty beauties up in less than 20 minutes. Potatoes are rich in vitamin C, fiber and other goodies, and a combination of sweet and Yukon Gold potatoes not only look beautiful but satisfy the taste buds, too. Avocado oil is heart friendly and body-hugging in all the right ways, so you can munch happily on these while knowing you are nourishing your friends and family. Hot, crisp and Moorish means every day can be a Fryday!

Cut potatoes with skins on in sticks about ½-inch thick. Toss in just enough oil to coat each stick, sprinkle with salt and place on a large piece of parchment paper in a single layer. Preheat oven and baking sheet to 450 F. When hot, place the parchment paper on the baking sheet and bake for 10 to 13 minutes until lightly browned and crisp. Sprinkle with truffle oil, Parmesan and parsley if using. Serve hot with avocado mayonnaise or ketchup for dipping. Serves four to six.


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Modern and open Guests can enjoy a variety of cocktails at Flock Bistro in Mooresville.

f you’re ready to try something different for your next dining out experience, try a board — a charcuterie and cheese board that is. Flock Bistro opened last November at Morrison Plantation in Mooresville and offers boards of all kinds.

Build a board The boards at Flock Bistro feature cured meats and cheese with the chef ’s choice of accoutrements, such as fruit, pickles and nuts. Patrons simply choose

two, four or six different combinations of meats and cheeses. Meats include prosciutto, pâté, cured ham, salami and sausage, while cheeses include Brie, fresh mozzarella, Dill Havarti, smoked provolone, aged cheddar, aged blue, chevre, Manchego and Taleggio. The menu is flexible, with options to suit varying hunger levels. Enjoy a board with a glass of wine as a light snack or combine it with a sandwich, salad or a variety of appetizers, such

as hummus, fried asparagus, caramelized Brussels sprouts, stuffed portabellas and crab cakes. In addition, gluten-free and vegetarian offerings are also available. The wine list includes French, Italian and Spanish wines. “We have wines you can’t find at your local grocery store that pair well with our food,” says Colin Sheehan, one of Flock’s chefs and general managers. Both local and import beer is on draft and changes sometimes weekly.

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Many of the dishes on the menu come from family recipes.

“We encourage families to come in. Our grandchildren are here with their parents,” says Anne. “Parents can have cocktails while the children play games.” Though closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays, Flock is available for hosting private parties and corporate events. Flock Bistro 129A Marketplace Avenue, Mooresville Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

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The restaurant’s moniker is fitting, as Flock is truly run by a flock, the Sheehan flock. Owners Anne and Joe Sheehan are novices to the restaurant industry, but their sons, Garret and Colin, both chefs and cogeneral managers, have more than 25 years of combined experience in the food industry. Their daughter, Molly,

coordinates social media and artwork, and Joe, an electrical engineer in his previous career, hand-built the bar and hightop tables. Many of the foods on the menu are family recipes that have been tweaked for the restaurant. “We all tried recipes in our house and decided what we liked and didn’t,” explains Anne.

Some might associate a charcuterie, cheese and winethemed bistro as an upscale venue, but Flock successfully offers an elegant, yet unpretentious atmosphere. Anne says they were very intentional about seating. Patrons will not find jampacked tables and chairs. The extra space and light blue walls make it a relaxing place to gather with friends or family. “A lot of people stay for hours,” says Anne. “We’re not trying to move you out with a check as soon as you’re done eating.” In addition to a children’s menu with staples like chicken tenders, corn dogs, macaroni and cheese, and penne marinara, Flock also has a supply of games on hand, like Connect Four and Uno.


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photography by James Gibbs

MARCH 2019


n January 31, SunningHill Jill Kids celebrated its first anniversary at The Peninsula Yacht Club with Eat, Drink & Give Thanks. The event was attended by 130 people, while three local chefs Jamie Bostian (executive chef at the Peninsula Yacht Club), Mark Allison (director of culinary nutrition at Cabarrus Health Alliance ) and Jen Jentz (owner and chef at Pickled Peach), along with eight kids participated in a Cook Off. Judges included Anna Barbee from Barbee Farms, Jon Dressler from Dressler’s Restaurant, two nurses from Levine Children’s Hospital’s oncology and hematology clinic, and two children currently in treatment. Eugene Robinson (Panthers Broadcaster, 3x Pro Bowler and Charlotte Today host) served as the master of ceremony. Founded by Jill Dahan, SunningHill Jill Kids is a nonprofit organization that raises money from cooking class parties to purchase iPads and other special gifts for patients (and their families) who are undergoing treatment and hospitalization for cancer and blood disorders at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. For more information, visit www.


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

Family Medicine

Best Acupuncture Deleon Best LAc Tom Cohen LAc Raven Seltzer LAc

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

8213 Village Harbor Drive Cornelius NC 28031 • 704 655 8298


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


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

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


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

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

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

Riva Aesthetic Dermatology

General Dermatology, Coolsculpting, Botox, all Fillers, Laser/IPL

Kerry M. Shafran, MD, FAAD Lindsay Jayson, MPAS, PA-C Keri Squittieri, MMS, PA-C Mari Klos, CMA, LE 704-896-8837 Cornelius

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa

Dermatology CoolSculpting Botox

Michael J. Redmond, MD Shane O’Neil, PA-C

14330 Oakhill Park Lane Huntersville, NC 28078 I-77 & Gilead Rd, Huntersville • 704-834-1279

Ears, Nose and Throat

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

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

PHC – Nabors Family Medicine Emily Nabors, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

150 Fairview Road, Suite 210 Mooresville, NC 28117 •704-235-0300


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Occupational Medicine Iredell Occupational Medicine Joe Wolyniak, DO

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

Orthopaedic Surgery Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHC – Interventional Spine Jacqueline Zinn, MD

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

Primary Care

Iredell Primary Care for Women Eva Imperial, MD, FAAFP

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

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

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


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

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

at the Lake

a month of things to do at the Lake Date Night

Concert Series Presented by 89.9 WDAV: Piano Quartets Featuring Phillip Bush (March 10) Davidson College welcomes pianist Phillip Bush as he performs Bridge’s Phantasy Quartet, Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, and Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G Minor. A musician of uncommon versatility, Bush was the keyboardist for the Phillip Glass Ensemble and Steve Reich and Musicians and is now a Research Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of South Carolina School of Music. 3 p.m. $4.66-$18.65. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College,

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Joy of Singing (March 14) Join After Hours Vocal Jazz, Collegium Musicum Early Music Group and Davidson Singers in their first-ever combined concert, Joy of Singing. There is something for everyone in this hour of music featuring the two student-led ensembles from the Davidson College Chorale and the world-music focused mixed ensemble, Davidson Singers. 7:30 p.m. Free. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Live Thursday Singers (March 14) Winners of the 2019 “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. 900 Room, Davidson College, An Afternoon of Irish Tunes: Jon Singleton, David Gilliland and Jon Hill (March 17) Charlotte’s own bluegrass and folk music legend Jon Singleton will perform a concert of Irish American music to celebrate the heritage of old St. Patrick. Fiddle and clawhammer banjo meet accordion, piano, mandolin and guitar. 3 p.m. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College, Traditional Series: The Whitewater Bluegrass Company (March 21) An ensemble that has worked

Family Fun

Me Time

together for over thirty-five years, the Whitewater Bluegrass Company is a pure as bluegrass gets, including jokes as corny as they come. Five master musicians from Western North Carolina make up this musically and technically flawless ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $4.66-$18.65. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College,

Photography by Jamie Cowles


Girls’ Night Out


Meet the Author — Nicole Magryta (March 30) Author Nicole Magryta and Mooresville resident reads from her new book, Nourish Your Tribe: Empowering Parents to Grow Strong, Smart Successful Kids. 4 p.m. Free. Main Street Books, 126 S. Main Street, Davidson. CURRENTS Kids Storytime (March 15 and March 30) Bring your children out for CURRENTS Kids Storytime. Friday, March 15 11 a.m., Wall of Books, 20920 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius. Saturday, March 30 10 a.m. Main Street Books, 126 S. Main Street, Davidson. The Interviewer Gets Interviewed — An Evening with Paul Cameron Cornelius resident Paul Cameron retired from the anchor desk at WBTV after 37 years this past December. Join CURRENTS Editor Lori K. Tate as she talks with Cameron about his plans for retirement, as well as his legendary career. Coming in April, visit www.lncurrents. com/events for more details.


Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron Safe Boating Class (March 23) This boating safety class if imperative if you operate a boat on Lake Norman. The $45 fee includes a student manual, classroom instruction, exam, certificate, laminated photo ID, reporting and archiving course completions, and lunch. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $45 ($25 if you share a book). Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Parish Activities Center), 537 N. Highway 16, Denver,

CURRENTS Events presents a book reading and signing with Nicole Magryta on March 30 at 4 p.m. at Main Street Books.


Third annual Stand Firm Warrior Foundation March Forth 5K and 15K Run (March 2) Join special guest Sir Purr and hundreds of runners, walkers and supporters for the third annual Stand Firm Warrior Foundation March Forth 5K and 15K Run. The Stand Firm Warrior Foundation is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping fight childhood cancer. SFWF’s goal is to support pediatric cancer research and therapies focused on alternative treatments to chemotherapy and radiation. SFWF will continue to further the push for awareness of childhood cancer, and provide assistance for families with children battling cancer. 7:30 a.m. 2100 Highway 16 North, Denver NC 28037, near Westport Neighborhood. Register at Sip and Seek Wedding Show (March 3) The Sip & Seek Wedding Show offers an intimate setting for couples

and vendors to meet while enjoying complementary wine, food and door prizes. You can also tour Historic Rural Hill and its wedding venue. With 30+ of the area’s top vendors in attendance, couples will have the opportunity to book their favorites, with some vendors offering discounts for day-of-show bookings. 1-4 p.m. Preregistration through EventBrite or $5 at the door. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Downtown Mooresville’s 8th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (March 9) Downtown Mooresville hosts this festive event featuring performances by Ceol na Gael Irish Pipe Band and The Connick School of Irish Dance, as well as appearances by the Mooresville Police Department, Mooresville Fire & Rescue, the Iredell County Sheriff’s office and Acrofitness. Bring lawn chairs. 3 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville on

Main Street from Iredell to Center Avenue, www. 7th Annual Celtic Festival (March 16-17) This twoday historic celebration of all things Celtic includes: authentic music, traditional Irish and Scottish dancers, Celtic warriors, historic encampments, weavers, spinners, blacksmiths, food trucks, whiskey tastings, and a beer garden. The event is topped off with a special Outlander-themed after party Saturday night. Sat-Sun, times TBD. $10 adults, $9 seniors and students, members and ages 4 and under free. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, Celtic Festival Outlander After-Party (March 16) Historic Latta invites Outlander fans to party like it’s 1743! Feast with costumed Scottish Highlanders and dance to live Celtic music. Tickets include dinner from The Scottish

Cottage, whiskey tastings, a Scottish Country Dancing workshop and local ales. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged with special prizes for best “Claire” and “Jamie” costumes plus others. 6-9 p.m. $30 per person, tickets pre-sale only. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, The Mobley Crew Block Party (March 30) Join Brian Mobley and his family as they raise money for the MPN Research Foundation, which focuses on finding a cure for Polycythemia Vera (PV) Cancer. Brian was diagnosed with PV in 2016. 5-9 p.m. Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main Street, Davidson, event/tmcbp/page/338593/. Rural Hill Food Truck Rally (March 30) Enjoy a variety of food trucks at Historic Rural Hill. Times TBA. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,


Cornelius Arts Center Home Grown (Through March 30) This popular, annual exhibit features an eclectic mix of work from local artists in all variety of media. 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, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36 – Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s, 704.664.5022, www. Mooresville Arts Gallery Give the gift of original art. Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Moores-

ville, 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 Alumni Art Exhibition (March 14-April 14) In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Belk Visual Art Center, the Galleries present a curated group show featuring alumni exploring the body in their work in a variety of media, including video, performance, painting, sculpture, photography and more. Opening reception March 14, 7-8:30 p.m. MonFri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,


Davidson College Baseball It’s time to head out to the ballpark for Davidson Baseball. Toledo (March 1, 6 p.m.; March 2, 2 p.m.; March 3, 1 p.m.), Richmond (March 8, 6 p.m., March 9, 2 p.m.; March 10, 1 p.m.), North Alabama (March 15, 6 p.m.; March 16, 2 p.m.; March 17, noon), (Presbyterian,

March 19, 6 p.m.), (La Salle, March 22, 6 p.m.; March 23, 2 p.m.; March 24, 1 p.m.). Davidson College, www.


Benedictions (Through March 10) Jesse Bradshaw Warren is a Presbyterian minister who appears to have everything: she’s the senior minister in a large church and she’s happily married with two sons. When David Mack Kelly, a young gay man, comes to see her for counseling, his presence in the church seems to worry others, and Jesse starts to feel the conflict between her fondness for him, the animosity toward him from others, and his challenges to her doctrine and beliefs. Then, she faces an unspeakable family tragedy, and everything in Jesse’s life comes into question: her work as a minister, her marriage and her belief in God. February 21-23, 8 p.m.; February 24, 2 p.m.; February 28-March 2, 8 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m.; March 7-9, 8 p.m.; March 10, 2 p.m. $20, $18 seniors, $15 students. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

(Abridged) (March 28-April 7) All 37 plays in 97 minutes. Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. This is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Thu-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $21.45. The Mystery of Edwin Drood (March 29-31, April 5-7) Based on Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel of the same name, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive mystery musical. In the small town of Chesterham, England, the charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered — but by whom? Dickens passed away before he revealed the culprit, but Rupert Holmes’ award-winning musical allows the audience to choose which character is the murderer by putting it to a vote. Performed by The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Department of Theatre. Fri-Sat 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., doors open at 1:30 p.m. $5.59-$13.99. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College,

MARCH 2019

The Peninsula Yacht Club In-Water Boat Show & Boating Safety Day (April 6) This event features vessel safety checks, new boat test rides, a power boat challenge, lawn games for kids, a bounce house, free hot dogs and more. Open to the public.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Boulevard, Cornelius,


Lori's Larks From left, Brittany Murray, Editor Lori K. Tate and Brent Murray at Good Drop Coffee at The Loft.

Photography by Whitney Small

Good Drop Coffee at The Loft in Davidson offers a peaceful space for working or hanging out with friends.

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by Lori K. Tate photography by Lori K. Tate


Editor Lori K. Tate walks up the 28 steps to Good Drip Coffee at The Loft

work from home, but many times I need to plop my laptop down and crank out a few hours of work while I’m out and about. Therefore, I’m always on the hunt for cool workspaces with strong wifi, not a ton of noise and good coffee . While reporting this issue, one of my interview subjects suggested that we meet at Good Drip Coffee at The Loft in downtown Davidson. I had passed by the sign, the space was initially called Prodigal Coffee, a ton of times since it opened in July, but I had never made it up the 28 steps to check it out. When I finally made it to the top of the stairs, I realized that I had been missing out. The space sits above Ava Gallery and was formerly used for storage. Now it features stained concrete floors, cozy sofas and velvet poofs, as well

as a conference table with 10 navy blue velvet chairs. There’s a bench along one wall with four small desks, and there are high-top tables for four on the other side. Two of the walls are painted white, while the remaining two feature navy blue. The space successfully merges Victorian and industrial influences beautifully, and that’s not an accident. “We wanted it to have a living room, parlor feel,” says Brittany Murray who owns Good Drip Coffee at The Loft with her husband, Brent, and Zack and Jenna Whitt. Zack is the pastor a CFA — Davidson, a church that meets at Our Town Cinemas in Davidson, and that’s how Good Drop Coffee at The Loft came about. CFA — Concord ( formerly known as First Assembly) wanted to have a presence in

downtown Davidson. First, the church began meeting at Our Town Cinemas with around 36 people. Now more than 100 attend services at CFA — Davidson. Because of the growth, Zack began looking for office space but soon decided instead of having a traditional office, he would make it a community space — hence, Good Drop Coffee at The Loft. Coffee from multiple roasters, organic tea, as well as kombucha by Charlotte’s Lenny Boy Brewing Co. are on the menu, in addition to baked goods by Wander & Whisk, Genna’s baking business. Kids are welcome, as cider and hot chocolate are also offered. When I was there working, I shared the space with a handful of Davidson College students, as well as other professionals. The space is also perfect for events, as

it can be reconfigured in various ways. Brittany says they recently held an album release party. One of my favorite things about it is the art on display (and for sale). Stunning pieces by Davidson College students hang on the walls, in addition to photography pieces by Caroline Surratt, who grew up in Davidson, and modern wall plants by Wildly Urban. With soft acoustic music playing in the background, the space has a peace about it that’s conducive to being productive. However, it’s also a good spot to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee or have a small meeting. With or without my laptop, I’ll be back. Good Drip Coffee at The Loft 108 S. Main Street Suite C, Davidson Look for Good Drop Coffee on Facebook and Instagram.



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