Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine February 2022

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FROM WHERE I SIT The magazine by and for the people who call Lake Norman home

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A Recipe for Love I have fond memories of food playing a strong role throughout my childhood—providing comfort, bringing me together with family, cheering me up when I was down, serving as the background for celebratory events. My mom was a fan of those hearty dishes like broccoli cheese casserole, homemade macaroni and cheese, Salisbury Steak, and mashed potatoes. My grandmother loved nothing better than whipping up a batch of homemade tortillas, tamales, or a big pot of refried beans.

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After I got married, I dabbled in cooking here and there, but it wasn’t until I became a mom that my interest in finding and perfecting recipes developed. When my kids were little, I found myself with more time at home and began experimenting. Once I started trying to make healthier choices for myself and exercising regularly, I channeled that into focusing on healthier meals for our family. Even though we’re a busy household with two working parents and two active (and hungry!) teenagers, I try to focus on meal planning and making sure we eat at home at least four to five nights a week when possible. My husband has mostly taken over the grocery shopping, which I love. I’m the person in the house who insists we have fruits and/or vegetables with each meal, and not just a plate loaded with meat and pasta or potatoes. Over the years, I’ve collected cookbooks from some of my favorite authors in the health and wellness space, such as Hungry Girl, Skinnytaste, and Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food.

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Some of our family’s favorite memories include gathering around the island in our kitchen or sitting down for a simple dinner at our kitchen table after a long and busy day. We’ve been doing that since our kids were in their highchairs and booster seats, and now they’re both driving. There are many ways to express love. For me, it’s that first cup of coffee my husband brings me in the morning, baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies or brownies from scratch when I know my family has had a hard week, or making a big pot of soup full of all the veggies or black beans with a dollop of Greek yogurt. I guess you can say food has become my love language. I hope it’s something my kids will remember and carry on even when they leave our home. Editor

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Contributing Writers Trevor Burton Grace Kennedy Bek Mitchell-Kidd Karel Bond Lucander Tony Ricciardelli Mike Savicki Abigail Smathers Lara Tumer

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About the Cover: Prioritize your health this year by adding more vegetables into your meals wherever possible.



LAKE SPACES How we live at the lake



Movers, shakers and more at the lake


Reimagined jewelry at Fink’s Jewelers


For the Long Run A new journey for The Bradford Market


A community drive providing essentials to women


Live Like a Native Black History Month events


We’re Just Crazy About Spread Love Read Books Sweatshirt Hoodies at MSB


News Around the Lake

FEATURES In Every Issue


Thoughts from the Man Cave

A history lesson with CSD teacher Anthony Yodice







“Golden Unicorn” and CEO Katie Hotze

Game On

Shawn Moye creates product to target sports development

Renee Wants to Know

What are some of the best cozy coffee shops?

A Pet For You

North Meck Animal Rescue


Your Best Life


Special Advertising Section

Celebrate Galentine’s Day

We would like to issue the following corrections for our January 2022 issue: In The LNHBA Best of the Lake Design Competition Winners’ section, the winners of Best Project Design/Waterfront Home-$1M+ and Best Project Design/Existing Home-$276K-$500K were a team entry from Pippin Home Designs and PTI Design. The Designer of the Year Award for Kingswood Custom Homes should not have been included in the list of winners.

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Wine Time


On Tap


In The Kitchen


Nibbles + Bites

On the Circuit

A month of things to do on the lake


Viognier at Jones von Drehle Vineyards and Winery

Flying V at King Canary Brewing

Coconut Curry Ramen Noodle Bowls

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Huntersville

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Fink’s Jewelers offers custom design service for existing jewelry

by Renee Roberson | photography courtesy of Fink’s Jewelers

The beauty of jewelry is that it connects people, helps tell the stories of friendships, family, and romantic relationships, and that it can evolve over time while still maintaining its original meaning. In addition to selling new jewelry by designers such as Rolex, David Yerman, and TAG Heuer, Fink’s Jewelers, located in Huntersville at Birkdale Village, also offers custom design services to clients seeking to reimagine estate jewelry or update specific pieces, such as an existing engagement ring or wedding band for a fresh new look. Christopher DiPietro, Store Manager for Fink’s Jewelers, Birkdale Village says with more people staying at home during the pandemic, they’ve had time to go through their jewelry collections and begin thinking about ways to reimagine heirloom pieces. For example, store associates have assisted clients in using stones from their grandparents’ wedding rings and placing them into new settings. They had one client who was getting engaged and wanted to use stones from both sets of her parents’ rings in her own ring. Fink’s Jewelers can also take stones from rings and use them in pendants for necklaces, and vice versa.

Through Fink’s Design Studio, store associates can assist clients through the process from start to finish, using a computer-aided design (also known as CAD) process. Many clients find designs on social media and use those as a starting off point for a new piece of jewelry. “There are really no limitations to what we can do,” says DiPietro. Full turnaround on custom pieces takes about a month, depending on what is involved. “We’re always excited to be a part of that custom design process,” he says. “The stones or pieces of jewelry have so much sentimental value. That’s really special to see. When the clients pick up these custom pieces and they have newfound beauty to them and a new sentiment. “ Nathan Fink originally started the company in 1930 in Roanoke, Va., and Fink’s Jewelers, with locations in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, is now operated by third and fourth generations of the founding family. | FEBRUARY 2022


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The Bradford Market A New Journey for the Old General Store

Emily and Mike Harvey.

by Abigail Smathers | photography by Jon Beryle

From 1912 to 2021, the Bradford Store served as a bridge between local agriculturalists and consumers, offering the Bradford Farm’s very own produce, as well as a variety of other regional products. The store worked its way into the hearts of many Huntersville locals during its lifetime; two such fans of the historic vendor were Emily Harvey and her husband Mike, who was a long-time friend of the store’s founding family, the Bradfords. Just last year, in an impromptu trip to the Bradford Store, Mike and Emily were shocked to learn that the business was due to close its doors the following day. Unable to stomach the thought of losing an adored childhood hangout, Mike rang the owners with a proposition—he and Emily would take over the property to keep the Bradford legacy alive.



The Bradford Market focuses on offering regional products such as specialty meats and cheeses, fresh dairy, produce, honey and jams.

It was serendipity, or maybe fate, they believe, as the couple comes from a background in ecommerce and marketing in favor of a new venture. “It just snowballed,” Emily explains. “I love retail. I love meeting new people. I love the community that’s in this place. I wanted a space that was warm and inviting, where people can come and feel the camaraderie. and this was it.” As the lease was being finalized and renovations were underway, the couple were steadfast in their goal to preserve as much of the market’s original charm as possible, while imbuing it with a few new values. “The old architecture, the energy, the smells, the wood floors… the ambiance just gives you such a good feeling, and it’s one that’s so unique to Huntersville. It reminds me of Andy Griffith,” Emily laughs as she describes the structure’s allure. “But we also wanted to focus on regional products and health products that are hard to find. Stuff that’s high quality, it’s fresh, and you know exactly where it came from and what’s in it.” After partnering with more than 90 local farmers, artisans, and other local vendors, the newly-named Bradford Market opened its doors in October of 2021 to high praise and great success.

Its shelves are stocked with specialty meats and cheeses, honey and jams, fresh dairy and produce, gourmet snacks, and a large selection of products that cater to special dietary habits such as gluten-free, organic, etc. The Bradford Market also carries household goods and handmade gifts crafted by regional artisans, all of which are sourced with sustainability, charity, locality, and health in mind. In the coming months, the Harveys are focused on promoting the market as a family gathering space that encourages the residents of Huntersville and beyond to create meaningful experiences. Bradford Market’s peaceful outdoor scenery, picnic tables and chairs, and the whimsical ringing of the wind chimes provide the perfect backdrop for a beautiful memory. “We want to inspire people to know the value of their purchases, take advantage of what nature has to offer you, and do all of that together.” This coming spring, The Bradford Market plans to introduce a host of new attractions including offering gardening and nursery items such as plants, seeds, and soil, gardening workshops, live music performances, and outdoor group yoga classes to kick off the store’s reopening. The Bradford Market 15915 Davidson-Concord Road, Huntersville | FEBRUARY 2022



Mooresville resident Kendra Intihar.

Well Equipped with Dignity How one woman tapped into our community’s generosity to meet a critical need by Grace Kennedy | photography by Jamie Cowles

When Kendra Intihar learned that there were women in our community who had to choose between having a meal or having basic hygiene products, she was motivated to do something about it.

deserves the dignity that comes with having access to these products, not because of anything they’ve achieved or accomplished, but simply because they are human beings with inherent worth.”

“We care about the women in this community, and we know that having access to menstrual products is not a luxury,” says Intihar, who lives in Mooresville with her husband and three children. “These products prevent infection and illness, they provide freedom to work and play comfortably, and they enable women and girls to ascribe appropriate value to their bodies and their health.”

Intihar, who works full-time as the assistant general manager and director of community outreach at WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio, runs the supply drive February 1-28 each year. The initiative, now called Well Equipped Period, “continues to grow because the Lake Norman community continues to react with extravagant generosity to help our neighbors,” says Intihar.

The woman who was embarrassed to say the word “tampon” out loud when her initiative began in 2017 has grown the mission into the biggest supply drive of its kind in the region, partnering with ten local shelters, pantries, resource centers and schools to ensure supplies go to those who need them most.

WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio, Dance Davidson, St. Therese Catholic Church, and Top of the Lake Rotary are among the businesses that have contributed generously to Well Equipped Period. Closer to home, Intihar has immense gratitude for her husband Eric, “optometrist by day, grease monkey by night, and tampon sorter extraordinaire every February,” and her daughter Sadie, who is now at the helm of the project’s social media and is “advocating, sorting, packing, and delivering these products like the star she is.” Intihar’s sons, ages eight and two, will no doubt join the family effort soon.

“I have become a vocal proponent of naming needs when we see them,” says Intihar. “Once you name the need, you take away its stigmatization, and it becomes this tangible thing that you can suddenly see yourself helping to fulfill. Every single human being

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• To make a financial donation, contact Kendra Intihar at or via message at the Facebook page (@wellequippedperiod). • Donate supplies (pads, tampons, new bras, new underwear, menstrual cups, panty liners, shower wipes, unscented personal wipes, deodorant) check @wellequippedperiod on Facebook for locations • Donate via Venmo to @well-equipped-period • Host a mini-drive or become a drop off location (contact • Scan code for Well Equipped Period Amazon Wish List 20


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Check out these local events in honor of Black History Month compiled by Renee Roberson

Social Justice Book Club (Feb. 17) Check out the book “Make Good the Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies,” edited by Kinshasha Conwill and Paul Gardullo, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture and join the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library for an online discussion. The program takes place on Zoom. Register by 10 a.m. the day of the event. Free. 6:30 p.m. Black History Month Scavenger Hunt (Through Feb. 28) Celebrate Black History Month with a library scavenger hunt throughout the month of February. Pick up your scavenger hunt anytime during the month and complete by Feb. 28. Children participating may return completed sheets to the Youth Desk for a prize. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, Mooresville, Town of Cornelius Black History Month Celebration (Feb. 26) This year’s program will feature an opening prayer, the “Smithville History Tour” video produced by the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition, a musical performance by the Stroller Singers of Torrence Chapel AME Zion, discussion with a local artist, and a presentation of the HEARTS Park Vision. Following the program, those in attendance are invited to walk across the street to Potts Barber Shop, where a plaque will be unveiled for the shop’s designation as a historic landmark. Free. 1-3 p.m. Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius, 22


Bright Star Touring Theatre (March 5) In honor of both Black History and Women’s History Month, attend a production of “Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies” performed by Bright Star Touring Theatre. In this play, audiences will have the opportunity to experience, celebrate, and learn about some amazing people throughout Black History. Audiences will head westward to see the work of Buffalo Soldiers and Col. Charles Young, join the Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win a battle in WWII, and meet Mary Elizabeth Bower, a spy who worked with the Union during the Civil War. Free. 10 a.m. 304 South Main Street, Mooresville, Paul Stephen Benjamin: Black Form (Through March 26) Paul Stephen Benjamin’s multi-media exhibition, “Black Form,” continues the artist’s exploration of the color black or the sound of black as a conceptual entry point into conversations about identity, race, and masculinity. His paintings, large-scale blacklight sculptures, and video installations draw inspiration from history, popular culture, and daily, personal meditations. This exhibit includes Benjamin’s largest vinyl text installation to-date, “Black Haiku,” along with blacklight and shattered glass installations, more than 100 works on paper, and a large-scale video installation, “Sonata in Absolute Black: All the Black Keys.” Visit website for gallery hours. Free. Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,

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Sweatshirt Hoodies at Main Street Books What’s better in the winter than a cozy hoodie? How about one that also supports a love of books, reading, and a local independent bookstore? Main Street Books in Davidson collaborated with Lily Clark Designs and is selling Bella + Canvas sweatshirt hoodies in blush and navy. They are available in adult sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL, and youth sizes S, M, L. Purchase them in the store or online. Adult sizes are $45 and youth sizes are $38.

Main Street Books, 126 South Main Street, Davidson 704.892.6841 | FEBRUARY 2022



Top from L to R: Don Bowman, Jayden Crowell, and Carolyn Bowman.


Bottom: Alton’s Kitchen Cocktails will relaunch as Peninsula Prime Seafood & Steakhouse.

Around the Lake compiled by Renee Roberson

UrgentVet opens in Huntersville UrgentVet, the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets, has opened at 102 Statesville Road in Huntersville in the Huntersville Square Shopping Center. The new clinic is UrgentVet’s 13th nationally, joining the existing clinics in Belmont and Fort Mill, S.C. Founded in 2015, UrgentVet also has a clinic in Chapel Hill, and nine locations in Florida. UrgentVet fills the widening care gap that exists between traditional daytime veterinary practices and specialized 24-hour emergency hospitals, providing affordable after-hours relief on weeknights, weekends, and holidays year round. UrgentVet clinics routinely treat vomiting, diarrhea, lacerations, wounds, and skin and ear problems among other presenting complaints. On average, an UrgentVet bill is about 40 percent less than what a pet parent might pay for comparable services at a veterinary ER, no appointments are necessary, and pet parents who check in online can request that the clinic send a text message when it’s time to come in. The clinic itself is 2,764 square feet with a total of six exam rooms, two for large dogs, three for small dogs and one exclusively for cats—in addition to a separate comfort room. Learn more at

Woodlawn School announces first recipient of new scholarship Woodlawn School, an independent PreK-12 school noted for project-based learning and academic excellence, has named Jayden Crowell as its first recipient of the Mayre Jorges Bowman Scholarship, which is awarded to one 9th grade student applicant each year. Mr. Don Bowman created the Mayre Jorges Bowman Scholarship to honor the life, values, and love of learning held by his late wife, Mrs. Mayre Jorges Bowman. Mrs. Bowman’s life embodied the values and ideals expressed in Woodlawn’s mission; she was known for her compassion, tolerance, and respect for others. She was a lifelong learner 24


who cultivated in her children those habits of mind—intellectual curiosity, diligence, and the search for truth—that are essential elements of independent lifelong learning. “Jayden Crowell is a fantastic student who represents everything Woodlawn stands for, understands the meaning of hard work, the importance of learning, and the impact of kindness,” says Elizabeth Obando, Upper School History teacher and member of the faculty selection committee.

Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails to relaunch as Peninsula Prime Cambridge Hospitality Group has purchased Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius and plans to relaunch in March of this year as Peninsula Prime Seafood & Steakhouse, the group’s interpretation of a modern southern steakhouse. An estimated $300,000 renovation will include new furniture, lighting, acoustics, and sound system. Along with this new relaunch, CHG partner Rad Bennett oversees the daily operations at the group’s four concepts, Jack’s Corner Tap, Kat’s Seafood Kitchen, and Tropicana Sports Bar, all located in Cornelius. Original Alton’s owners Al Updike and wife Heather Clark opened the concept in 2010 and continue to own and operate Table 31 in Mooresville. The restaurant is currently hiring front and back-of-the-house positions, and offers competitive wages, insurance benefits to qualified candidates, and dining discounts for team members. To learn more, visit



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4. Rouge 60x60 Framed Art - $1247

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Celebrate Galentine’s Day with these fun ideas

by Bek Mitchell-Kidd

Galentine’s Day is traditionally held the day prior to Valentine’s Day and is considered a chance to celebrate the gal pals in your life. We’ve mapped out some perfect ways to spend the day around the lake.


Whether you can eyeball the yarn grams in a skein or are just happy to attempt creating something new, these two options make sure you’ll have some great memories with the ones you love. Valentine’s Floral Arrangements (Feb. 10) Grab your gal pals for a Galentine’s Day floral design session and build a custom arrangement in an elevated step-by-step interactive floral design online workshop with Shean Strong. $29. 7-8:30 p.m. Girls Night Out! Wood Workshop (Feb. 10) Celebrate love with a DIY class; choose from signs, trays, boxes, frames and more, and customize your project with designer paints and stain colors. Price varies depending on project. 6:309:30 p.m. AR Workshop Davidson, 120-A South Village Lane, Davidson, Dye Your Own Yarn (Feb. 19) All the ingredients of a good time: Experiment and learn different techniques, and head home with a new skill and 400 grams of yarn. $80 per person. 9 a.m.-noon. Hearts on Fiber, 208 South Village Lane, Davidson,


Galentine’s Day at Birkdale Village (Feb. 10) Grab the girl gang for a stroll through Birkdale and enjoy special promotions and treats along the way. Free admission. 5-8 p.m. Birkdale Village, Birkdale Commons Pkwy. and Sam Furr Road, 26



Brunch With a View Few things beat a great brunch with the girls on the water – try Hello, Sailor, Port City Club or Toucan’s Lakefront and celebrate with lovely water views. Valentines Cheeseboard Creation (Feb. 10) Is cheese the great love of your life? Then sign-up with your friends for the tips and tricks of styling the perfect cheese board. Learn the art of placement, cutting, board size, pairings and, of course, the classic salami river. $24. 7-8:15 p.m. Wine Tasting Like a Pro (Feb. 14) Raise a happy hour glass to your galentines and learn about the basics of wine tasting and pairing, and how to identify your personal wine palate. $24. 7-8:15 p.m.


Wakeboarding on the Lake (See website for available dates) Book a private group lesson/ session with your ladies for wakeboarding, wake surfing, or boat driving. All equipment is provided though if you own your own your encouraged to bring them. $175 per hour (not per person)—lessons booked in one-hour increments. IcyWakes Surf Shop, 20601 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius, Invasive Plant Removal (Feb. 12) Love the woods? Then this is your chance to assemble the friends to hike and help protect the nature preserve by removing invasive plant species during your guided experience. Free. 1-4 p.m. Quest, 6345 Sample Road, Huntersville,

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Bringing History to Life by Killing Lincoln CSD teacher engages students with one-man show by Mike Savicki photos courtesy of Afterburner Communications

When high school history teacher Anthony Yodice wears a black suit to school, it can only mean one thing—today is the day he is going to kill Lincoln. Not literally, of course— it’s common knowledge that our nation’s sixteenth president, who was born Feb. 15,1809, was assassinated by the famous actor, John Wilkes Booth, while watching a play in Ford’s Theater on April 15, 1865—but figuratively, in a one man stage performance that resonates with students. It’s not a stretch to say the unofficial “Yodice Killing Lincoln Day” has gained a cult following at the Community School of Davidson. “So, from the start, I’ve never been a theater kid and I’m not the type to do things like dress in period attire and follow any sort of stage etiquette,” Yodice, who has been teaching for more than 25 years, shares. “This whole thing, from what I wear and all the 28


props I use to what I say and share, has grown organically as I learn more and try to make the experience more enjoyable for the students.” It was actually a student’s observation that first sparked his interest in the subject many years ago. While on a middle school field trip to Washington, D.C., a student noticed a plaque mounted outside a Chinatown restaurant and mentioned it to Yodice. The plaque commemorated the former location of the Mary Surratt Boarding House, the location where John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators were known to have plotted the assassination. “It hit me in that, unknowingly, we had gone to where Lincoln was shot, where he died, and where they plotted his assassination all in the same day,” Yodice states. “So I started reading

more about what happened, and I got completely sucked in. The whole thing, the main characters, the side stories, the amazing coincidences. If it wasn’t all true, you’d never think it would have happened.” When he began sharing with students what he had learned, Yodice noticed something extra special. They gave him their full attention. They listened to his every word and story. They asked questions. They interacted. Students who were not in any of his classes asked if they could come and watch anyway. Previous year’s students begged to come back again. The performance got too big for his classroom, so he moved it to a larger black box theater. Playing multiple characters, sometimes inviting audience members to join him on stage, Yodice both teaches and performs. He uses visuals to frame the period in history and introduce the players. He speaks as characters in both the first and third person. He sets the scene in both Ford’s Theater and Petersen House. Then he re-enacts everything from Booth’s theater and viewing box arrival and assassination to the aftermath. He bursts through doors, wields (replica toy) weapons, screams out the words of Booth,

grieves on one knee next to a dying president, and undertakes a search mission for the culprit. As for scheduling the event, since Yodice teaches both Advanced Placement U.S History and U.S. History I, and each course follows a different syllabus, he takes the stage twice each year, once during the fall and once in the spring. Sometimes his performances necessitate multiple days. He’d love to consolidate and fine tune it into one longer session each semester but that might mean taking out a degree of spontaneity and following more of a set script. For now, he’s just happy it is growing, adding new details and tweaking the flow as he continues to research. “This whole thing is a lot of fun, and it is energizing. There are other things I do where I get moments of undivided attention here and there, but this is the one time I know I’ve got them,” he says. “For forty-five minutes I’ve got them hanging on my every word and for a teacher that is a great feeling. Even the kids who may not like my class, or history isn’t their thing, they take something away from it, too, and all of that, together, is what matters.” Who knew killing a president could bring history to life? | FEBRUARY 2022


Profiles in Medicine Whether you’re searching for a specialist such as a cardiologist or oral surgeon, or a family physician or eye care center to assist each member of your household in maintaining optimal health, learn more about the Lake Norman area’s premier medical professionals on the following pages. | FEBRUARY 2022



Dr. Kyle J. Babinski, who joined Lake Norman Family Medicine in September of 2021, enjoys the variety of medical managements found in family medicine. By providing a broad scope of services, he has the opportunity to be very resourceful, a problem solver, and knows that no two days will ever be alike. Dr. Babinski studied at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and moved to the Lake Norman area to take advantage of the moderate temperatures, lake life, proximity to mountain hikes, golf courses, and to seek out new adventures. He is board certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, along with being a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Kyle J. Babinski, DO | Lake Norman Family Medicine Other staff: Amanda Bailey, DO | Timothy A. Barker, MD Heather C. Kompanik, MD | Bruce L. Seaton, DO Sherard Spangler, PA-C

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Lake Norman Family Medicine specializes in family medicine, including routine chronic family medical care of all ages; acute medical conditions such as colds, flu, joint pain/sprains; physicals, gynecologic services; sports medicine/joint therapy,

DOT physicals, outpatient lab and x-ray services and more. “My approach to care with patients is one that is a partnership. I take the time to educate patients on their medical conditions and have a conversation about goals of care, allowing the patient to make an informed decision about the course of treatment,” says Dr. Babinski. “By doing so, the patient understands their own condition to the point where they have the ability to educate others and take control of their own health outside of the clinic setting.” Lake Norman Family Medicine strives to be a practice that provides rapid evolution and innovation. They have rapidly adapted and made meaningful changes in order to serve patients’ needs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They also offer Virtual Video Visits so that established patients can “see” physicians without having to leave their homes. “I value seeing patients several times a year and hope to build lasting relationships,” Dr. Babinski adds.

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Cardiology as well as the in advanced cardiovascular imaging modalities including Echocardiography, Vascular Ultrasound and Nuclear Cardiology. He has also published numerous medical research articles in leading peer-reviewed cardiovascular journals. In addition to implementing the most up-to-date technologies to prevent and treat complex cardiovascular diseases, PHC Cardiology now offers additional procedures. With his arrival, Dr. Rajper has created a Chronic Limb Ischemia (CLI) team to prevent the loss of limbs due to underlying poor circulation. This team of wound care specialists, podiatrists, and vascular specialists will provide the highest level of compassionate care to durably heal leg wounds, prevent leg amputation, and preserve quality of life. 2017 Medicare data showed that nearly 70 percent of patients who underwent leg amputation did not first undergo procedures to open the arteries and potentially save the limb prior. “We can and need to change this,” says Dr. Rajper. “Our CLI team will implement the most state-of-the-art technologies in a multidisciplinary, team approach to help people understand their disease and avoid the devastating effects of amputation on their quality and quantity of life.”

Naveed Rajper, M.D. | PHC Cardiology Other staff: Ray I Goergeson, M.D. | Jips J. Zachariah, M.D., F.A.C.C.D Kera Mondez, FNP | Landry Schofield, FNP-C Celeste Stevens, FNP | Sherard Spangler, PA-C Dr. Naveed Rajper believes the goal of every visit to PHC Cardiology should be to identify those windows of opportunity to prevent heart attack, stroke, or loss of limb, and to ultimately help achieve a better quality of life for his patients. “I treat all patients with a kind and comprehensive approach,” says Dr. Rajper. “I believe in achieving these goals by redefining the traditional role of a ‘Cardiologist’ as a heart doctor to one that is an in-depth Cardiovascular Specialist focused in the prevention and treatment of diseases that affect the entire body, head to toe.” Dr. Rajper, who joined PHC Cardiology in August 2021, completed his post-graduate medical training in New York, initially in Internal Medicine at Stony Brook University and later in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at the prestigious Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He has achieved six American board certifications including in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional

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Dr. Rajper is a passionate proponent of using leading edge and minimally invasive techniques to perform procedures. “It is important to always consider approaching blockages in heart and leg arteries through tiny holes in the wrist and in the feet. This minimizes procedural risk while maximizing success and comfort to the patient.” He elaborates, “In an emergency, fixing heart arteries through the wrist rather than the groin is associated with significantly less risk to the patient and even a prolongation of life. This is a profound innovation in how we perform procedures.” Yet across the US in 2021 according to the National Cardiovascular Data Registries, wrist artery access was used in only 53 percent of heart stent procedures. Dr. Rajper also believes in utilizing advanced intravascular imaging in a majority of his vascular procedures. “By running small cameras through the insides of arteries and veins, we can understand how to optimally treat blockages to yield the best immediate and long-term results for the patient.” Dr. Rajper is excited to bring new energy along with innovative medicine to the community. He believes he grew immensely as a physician in his previous experiences in New York and is thrilled to serve Iredell County.

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Family Care Center of Mooresville | Nadia Nasser, MD | Judith Prairie, MD Throughout her medical career, Judith Prairie, MD (last name formerly Albert), who practices at Family Care Center of Mooresville along with Nadia Nasser, MD, has always made the commitment to treat her patients just as she would want her own family members to be treated. “We like to say we put the FAMILY in Family Care Center of Mooresville,” she says. “We have created a culture where patients come first, and we do our best to fulfill each patient’s needs. You will notice from our front desk to our back office and everything we do in between that we are all fully committed to patient care.” Dr. Nasser adds that the practice is welcoming to all patients, offering transparency and effective communication.

her residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Family Care Center of Mooresville is a full-spectrum primary care and internal medicine office. The practice, which includes Rashanda Ray, Practice Manager, and Regina Caldwell and Morgan Sherill, both MOAs, sees patients from a few days after birth, children, and all adults. Along with patient care and minor in-office procedures, the practitioners can handle a wide array of gynecological conditions, joint injections, and incisions and drainages. “We are their advocates, communicators, and are empathetic to their concerns,” Dr. Nasser adds.

The practice, which opened in August 2021, is conveniently located within Iredell Health’s new Mooresville facility, so they have easy access to physical therapy, cardiology, and if a patient’s condition warrants immediate attention, they can be sent right downstairs to Iredell Urgent Care.

Currently, patients are seeking more efficient ways to communicate with their physicians. Dr. Prairie says telehealth is one of the practice’s favorite tools to fill this need. “Often times with busy work schedules and even transportation issues, I’m able to access my patients from wherever they are. It has helped me keep a closer eye on both my patients’ acute and chronic medical illnesses.”

Dr. Prairie received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine Portsmouth, Dominica and completed her residency at a family practice in Verona, New Jersey. Dr. Nasser received her medical degree from American University of Antigua and completed

While patient care is the main focus, Family Care Center of Mooresville believes in being a strong resource for the Lake Norman area and often participates in community events and educational speaking opportunities.




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Physicians are available to treat a variety of conditions, such as

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Meet our extensive team of doctors who provide you with advanced eye care. | Graystone Eye Graystone was originally established as Harris, Foster and Lefler, PA in 1969 by Dr. William Harris, Dr. Thomas Foster and Dr. Hampton Lefler. In1973, a new office was constructed near Catawba Hospital, which they shared with ENT physicians, subsequently becoming known as Graystone Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat. In 1977, the practice became Graystone Ophthalmology Associates with the joining of Dr. Randal Williams; and, in 1993 Graystone inherited their Lenoir office with the acquisition of Lenoir Eye Care Clinic. During that 16-year span, the founding physicians of Graystone also opened the original Lincolnton office. Years later in 2000, the current CEO, Sheree Watson, joined the group and helped transform the practice into a highly-functioning organization. In 2008, the physicians of Graystone determined it was in the best interest of their patients to merge their two Hickory offices and ambulatory surgery center into one combined location. The current Hickory campus was established as the central headquarters, a full-service eye care practice, and a fully accredited surgery center. From 2009 to 2012 the Lenoir office was fully renovated, the new Lincolnton building was completed, and at the invitation of Dr. William Atkins, Graystone entered the High Country with the acquisition of Watauga Eye in Boone. 2016 brought the construction

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of the new Boone building, as the physicians of Graystone merged their Boone and Linville offices. 2019 was another big milestone year with Graystone’s 50th Anniversary, and their continued investment in the community with the expansion of the Hickory location. Their 40,000-square-foot addition houses a brand-new Vision Correction suite, full-service Cosmetic and Aesthetic Center, and adds additional operating rooms to the existing Surgery Center space. By keeping up with the latest in science and technology, the practice continues to focus on comprehensive eye care, cataracts, glaucoma, refractive procedures (iLASIK), corneal disorders, retinal disorders, pediatric vision disorders, oculo-facial plastics (functional and aesthetic services) and optical services. The team at Graystone Eye (thirteen board certified ophthalmologists) offers the latest in laser surgery and advanced technology lenses. Graystone is a fully accredited retinal research facility and is proud to offer new treatment options for patients. The practice takes pride in its rich history throughout the region and continues to evolve to offer the best in advanced eye care. The mission is and has always been to preserve the gift of sight and enhance lives — one patient at a time.

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Founded in 1985, Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery focuses on dental alveolar surgery, such as tooth extraction and dental implant placement, as well as bone grafting, pathology and dental infection services, and in-office anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Michael Coleman and Dr. Michael Foran stay abreast of the latest in technique and technology, which has proven to be paramount to the practice’s success. “Our practice is mainly an office-based oral surgery practice. We specialize in surgical procedures consisting of extraction of wisdom teeth and other non-restorable teeth, bone grafting, placement of dental implants, biopsies and management of pathology and surgical intervention of oral and facial infections,” explains Dr. Foran, an Army veteran.“We have extensive training and experience in in-office sedation to provide comfort to our patients.” Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery is one of the first practices in the area to implement CT-guided implant procedures. Dr. Foran says CT-guided surgery allows bone grafting and dental implant placement to be more precise. “It has become much more common in my practice, and it helps me serve our patients better,” he explains, adding that the practice also has privileges at the local Novant hospitals for more complicated procedures that


require a hospital setting, such as trauma and facial fractures, as well as orthognathic surgery. Regardless of the complexity of the procedure, the goal of Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery is to always provide the most upto-date oral and maxillofacial surgical care in a warm, professional and caring environment, personalized to meet an individual patient’s dental needs. “We are not a large corporate practice. We tailor our care to the individual, in a low-volume and caring environment,” adds Dr. Coleman, who is highly trained in all aspects of oral surgery and implant dentistry. “Our support staff is second to none, and we are always available to our patients, even after the office closes.” These board certified physicians treat each patient as they would want their wives and children to be treated, with respect, courtesy and compassion. “Our ultimate goal is to provide patients with a thorough diagnosis, the most state-of-the art oral surgery and dental implant treatment, modern facilities and equipment in a professional yet personal, caring, and, perhaps most important, safe environment,” explains Dr. Foran. “We all pay close attention to the concerns of our patients for the best possible treatment and outcome.”

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Discover the power of a personal relationship with your primary care physician. At WellcomeMD, we call our model “Concierge 2.0,” as in: the next generation of concierge medicine for Lake Norman/Mooresville. Our doctors are proficient in all areas of primary care, as well as functional, integrative and holistic medicine, and anti-aging/ regenerative medicine.

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The path to long-term well-being is deeply personal. For example, your genetics profile holds valuable information about your best approach to optimal diet, fitness and disease prevention. WellcomeMD’s Dr. Rajal Patel uses the most advanced lab tests and focuses on lifestyle, stressors, and environmental exposures to avoid, treat or reverse health issues. She has expertise in gut and hormone health, and in treating patients with chronic ailments. Our Dr. John Woodward’s nearly two decades of

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experience merges emergency medicine -- of special value during this turbulent era for health -- and concierge care. Their goal is preventative care, with a personalized wellness plan for members. WellcomeMD physicians see half the number of patients that most concierge physicians do...which means that we always have time for you. We offer same-day appointments, superb 90-minute annual physical exams, a “waitless” waiting room, no-rush appointments with our physicians and a health and fitness coach. Members have 24-hour, seven-day access to our physicians, including their cell phone number. Do you need a new healthcare advocate? Please give us a call at (704) 859-0462 for a tour of our membership medical practice and to get acquainted with Dr. Patel in a free consultation.

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Left: Lake Norman area resident Katie Hotze used her MBA and experience working in digital marketing to create a meal-planning software for small to mid-sized grocery stores. Right: Hotze worked with UNC Charlotte’s Ventureprise program to fully develop resources necessary for her company Grocery Shopii.



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Katie Hotze creates meal planning software for grocery stores by Karel Bond Lucander photography by Lisa Crates

An avid meal planner, Katie Hotze would rip recipes out of “Rachael Ray” magazine, write an ingredient list, shop, and cook after work. She had that process perfected until her family grew (with two kids, Maggie, now 11, and Brett, now 7). With less flexibility and pressed for time, she stopped meal planning. To remedy that, Hotze—who has an MBA and 20 years as a digital marketing executive—began working on a meal-planning software. She remembers the “aha moment” for Grocery Shopii. “I was driving out of the Peninsula when it clicked,” she says. “I drove to Starbucks and spent four hours drawing squares, pulling screenshots of recipes, and my next step was selling it to friends.” | FEBRUARY 2022



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Top: Hotze recently appeared on the Amazon TV show “Unicorn Hunters” to pitch her company to a panel of seven celebrity investors. Bottom: Hotze at the Davidson Cotton Mill, headquarters for Grocery Shopii.

A few months later, Hotze was laid off from her corporate job. With a homemade prototype and some capital from her severance pay and investors, she spent the next two years developing and incubating her software.

Now Hotze, who lives in Davidson and has her business headquartered in the Davidson Cotton Mill, employs 16 people, including combat veterans, a military spouse and Davidson College students or recent grads.

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With the help of UNC Charlotte’s Ventureprise, Grocery Shopii evolved and was ready to launch in 2019. “Ventureprise gave me resources and reshaped what we were doing,” the CEO and company founder says. She received valuable input to improve Grocery Shopii and even met her future Chief Technology Officer, Mike Johnson, there. 42


Grocery Shopii is a meal-planning and shoppable recipe software designed for small to mid-sized grocery stores, which don’t usually have the resources to create such software. Grocery Shopii offers their customers a similar or better online shopping tool than the industry giants. “Our clients get so excited to take this tech to their customers,” Hotze says. “It allows the small grocers be really competitive.” Grocery Shopii is now live in many stores throughout the coun-

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In July 2021, the head of global retail for Microsoft called Katie Hotze with an opportunity to appear on the new Amazon TV show “Unicorn Hunters.” The show features high-potential startups seeking investors. A panel of seven celebrities assess the startup. After Katie’s pitch, all seven invested, including Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak, which made Grocery Shopii a “Golden Unicorn.” “It was a magical day,” she says. “Bright lights, people staring at me, my voice echoing. I had to memorize a pitch for four minutes with no slides—and no reminders for the next piece of the pitch. I was so nervous,” she says, adding, “but to have Steve Wozniak compliment my skills was very emotional and will stay with me forever.” She has raised $1.5 million and aspires to raise $15 million. To invest, visit

try. Hotze says it will be arriving in our area later this year—so stay tuned. You’ll find Grocery Shoppi by visiting your grocer’s website and clicking on the recipe or meal-planning tab. Grocery Shopii hunts for personalized, Pinterestworthy recipes—with options to edit for 17 dietary concerns. It then fills your cart with recipe ingredients, you check out and your dinners are planned in five minutes or less.

Innovations to come

Soon, Grocery Shopii will track groceries you may already have at home, helping you to avoid unnecessary purchases. Additional innovations from Hotze and her team will make online grocery shopping even easier and boost the revenue of independent grocers. And while Grocery Shopii helps the little stores take on the mammoth chains, Hotze will continue to refine what she set out to do: Make meal planning fun and fill your cart quickly. | FEBRUARY 2022


Davidson resident Shawn Moye recently appeared on USA Network’s “America’s Big Deal” to pitch his invention, the E-Sports Trainer.

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E-Sports Trainer helps athletes improve their skills Photography by Lisa Crates

by Tony Ricciardelli

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Moye was inspired to create The E-Sports Trainer after watching his son work to improve his basketball game through practice and sports camps.

Shawn Moye is an athlete and a sports fan. When his son Elijah showed an interest in basketball at the age of six or seven, Moye began taking his son to the local playground, so the young boy could gain an understanding of the game, enjoy the physical aspect of the sport, and develop the skills needed to be effective on the court. “I watched the neighborhood kids playing hoops on their own, without anyone showing them the proper way to take a shot or to give them pointers. You can shoot one thousand jump shots or foul shots, but, if you’re shooting incorrectly, what’s the point?” Moye watched the boys on the court and realized that some parents just don’t have the time or knowledge of the game to coach their children, or they can’t afford to send their children to basketball camp. “It was a sacrifice, but I spent thousands of dollars to send my son to sports camps with no way of telling if my money was well spent or if my son was headed in the right direction.” says Moye. “The in-depth coaching mostly went to the kids who excelled and, even then, it wasn’t enough.” Moye was stuck on the idea that, in addition to traditional coaching, there had to be a way to enhance athletic skills. But | FEBRUARY 2022



The E-Sports Trainer measures performance in real time, and offers three levels of training: Novice, Intermediate, and Expert.

how? “I shared my thoughts with my brother and, in looking back to our youth,” says Moye, “we agreed that proper training would have improved our abilities on the turf and on the court. That’s when I came up with the idea for E-Sports Trainer.”

Building the perfect product Moyes’ dream began fifteen years ago. Not having the funds to hire a patent lawyer at that time, Moye educated himself at the local library, learning the patent process and its legalities. He secured a provisional patent for his idea, which guaranteed his product one year of legal protection. He hired a toy designer who blue-printed the first version of E-Sports, and then a manufacturer to build the product, which included computer chips providing voice-activated affirmation and corrective instruction. The E-Sports Trainer measures performance in real time. When you shoot the basketball correctly, the device offers words of encouragement; conversely, if a shot is delivered improperly, the device produces an alarm and corrective advice. The E-Sports Trainer uses a display screen that tracks the number of correct throws. According to Moye, “It’s all about muscle memory. Sports camps are great, but they offer only temporary learning. It takes about 10,000 hours of repetitive motion to develop muscle memory.” The E-Sports Trainer, now in its third version, offers three levels of training: novice, intermediate, and expert. Each preset level has its own specifications and parameters, which determines 46


motion. Not only does the sports performance tool include the option to practice in three sports: Basketball, Baseball, and Golf; it also speaks several different languages—English, Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. The unit is placed inside a lightweight sleeve worn on either the right or left arm, and the device comes with a charger as well.

Valuable feedback Moye believes his E-Sport Trainer is a viable performance improvement tool for both amateur and professional sports. The product is impressive enough to have garnered Moye an invitation to appear on the television program “America’s Big Deal,” where entrepreneurs pitch their products and ideas before a panel of judges, while competing for the opportunity to partner with a retail sponsor. Although E-Sports Trainer didn’t get the offer, Moye emphasizes “the exposure and feedback were ‘life changing.’” Moye plans to add other sports options to future versions of E-Sports Trainer, for example, boxing. He is eager to move forward, expanding product features and improving his E-Sports Trainer. “This has been a dream fulfilled for me,” says Moye. “I’ve shown my children that with a positive, optimistic, attitude, anything can be accomplished.”

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The backsplash tile is from Artistic Tile. The mosaic is Thassos Marble with mother of pearl inlay, with custom-cut Thassos Marble subway tiles to fill in the remaining backsplash in the kitchen. The hood was painted with a plaster technique to create dimension and interest.

p. 50 A Mooresville lake home’s kitchen is expanded to bring in light and a bright but elegant design. | FEBRUARY 2022



Getting Crafty A Mooresville kitchen receives a sparkling update



The original floorplan of the kitchen had windows on the side of the home that would not work with a new larger kitchen design. New windows were designed for either side of the range that would maintain views of the lake. A 15” under counter wine fridge is placed just behind the dining area for easy access. Anderson designed a large appliance garage next to the Jenn Air counter depth refrigerator, with custom dishware storage below to create a finished furniture piece. The sink and dishwasher were moved to the island and planned adjacent to the wastebasket roll-out for convenience.

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Many would agree that kitchen and dining spaces can be the heart of a home. It’s where we greet the day, share meals, gather, and spend time catching up with our friends and family. For this Mooresville lakefront home’s kitchen remodel, Craft & Trade Renovations LLC worked to open up what was once a small kitchen tucked away the back of the home. “The main objectives were to remove as much of the walls as possible in the home, raise the living room, and create a kitchen that was traditional but appropriate for a home on the lake—clean and modern enough with some details to make it interesting and special,” says Laura Anderson, president of Craft & Trade. She notes the kitchen and living area took about four months, as there was a lot of structural engineering, framing, electric, and plumbing that had to be completed before installing the kitchen. This project won “Best Remodel/ Kitchen in the $101K and up category in the 2021 Lake Norman Home Builders Association’s Best of the Lake Design Competition. “Seeing the room open up after the walls came down was pretty amazing and exciting,” says Anderson, who collaborates with husband Trey Douglas to provide quality craftsmanship and innovation to all their projects. “We also love the details in the kitchen—from the cabinets to the beautiful walnut accents and wall sconces.” | FEBRUARY 2022



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The lighting plan of the kitchen was completely redesigned and finished with Chrome Orb pendants with crystal accents and wall sconces from Restoration Hardware. | FEBRUARY 2022



“Because the island was so large and we didn’t want a seam in the quartz, we stepped the end cabinet down and topped it with a custom walnut countertop with a cove cut edge,” says Anderson. “We added custom walnut shelves at each corner of the kitchen to balance the look.” The island is painted in “Called Distance” from Sherwin Williams.



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DINE+WINE - wine time

Great Wines Start in the Vineyard Viognier is becoming a resident grape of North Carolina by Trevor Burton | photography by Trevor Burton

Viognier hails, mainly, from France’s famous Côte Rôtie region but we’re seeing more and more of it in our own backyard. This is a good thing. I’ve spent quite a lot of happy times with glasses of Viognier (VEE-ohn-yay) in various locations all around the world. Viognier is famous as the only grape in what is, arguably, the Côte Rôtie’s (Roasted Slope) most distinctive white wine, Condrieu. In fact, I’ve visited the grape on its “home turf” in the Côte Rôtie. Very neat and very tasty. An aside, some wine trivia. Château-Grillet is a Condrieu producer in Côte Rôtie. It is unusual among France’s wine appellations. It is one of the smallest producers in terms of geographical area and it’s one of very few to be claimed by only a single producer and for a single grape variety, Viognier. I’m a big Viognier fan and it’s great that we’re getting quite a reputation for our wines in North Carolina. And I have to point out that our Carolina winemakers are not trying to produce Côte Rôtie lookalikes. They’re producing Viognier wines that are a true representative of where they are grown—the climate and soil of North Carolina. I don’t think there’s a better example of this than the approach taken at Jones von Drehle Vineyards and Winery in Thurmond, in the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area. This winery relies on the premise that great wines start in the vineyard. There is meticulous attention lavished on the grapevines. Apart from the gorgeous view from the vineyard, the first thing that hits you as you navigate the vineyard’s long driveway is 30 acres of neatly planted vines. It looks like they’ve been planted with laser precision. It turns out, as I learned from co-owner, Chuck Jones, that’s exactly the way the vines were planted. Nerdy wine stuff warning! When planting a grapevine, you plant a specific version of a grape variety, you plant a specific clone of the grape. In many vineyards all grape varietals are planted together, 60


different clones mixed in with one another. Not so here. Jones has a detailed map showing which clone is planted where. At harvest, individual clones are picked together and fermented separately. After the grapes go through the processes that create wine, a determination is made as to where each clone ends up. The winemaking team makes a decision about which clones go into wines labelled with the grape and which wines are better for blending. With excruciating attention to detail, Jones and his team make sure their wines are a perfect expression of the soil and climate that produced them. Jones Von Drehle’s Viognier is a result of all that. A couple of features attract me to Viognier. The wines are nuanced and subtle but are amazingly complex. There’s a lot of stuff going on. Sip on a glass and you’ll usually be presented with rich, fruity flavors of mango, peach, lime, tangerine, and honeysuckle. This is a wine to have a deep conversation with. The other thing I like is that it is a rich and lush wine. Perfect for food with a little zing to it. You would think that, with this type of food, a strong powerful red wine would be the choice. But the wine and food effectively and unpleasantly fight each other. Viognier, on the other hand, plays nicely; I like that. Viognier is establishing itself in North Carolina. It’s going to be fun and interesting to compare our homegrown wines with other wines from all around the world. I anticipate that our wines will more than hold their own. As I’ve often said, “So many wines and so little time.” But I’ll keep at it.

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DINE+WINE - on tap

Perfecting the

Pilsner Flying V at King Canary Brewing Compiled from staff reports

The origins of Pilsner beer features a colorful backstory. In 1838, Pizen, Czech Republic, formerly known as Bohemia, was the home of some very unhappy beer consumers. They dumped barrels of beer into the streets, expressing their displeasure with the standard of beer. From there, a Bavarian brewer named Josef Groll experimented with new techniques and paler malts, resulting in the first Pilsner ever made in October of 1842. Groll used Pizen’s soft water and local Saaz hops to create a clear, golden beer.

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At Mooresville’s King Canary Brewing, “Flying V”, which contains abv 7%, pays homage to the popular Pilsner. It is primarily brewed with German Pilsner malt, making it an ode to the original with a King Canary hop twist. A brewer was inspired to brew this particular blend after a visit to Colorado and exploration of all the craft breweries in the Denver area. Using a few bags of pale malt in place of the traditional light crystal malt added a touch of sweetness and body to balance the well-known bitterness of the west coast IPA. The name “Flying V” is a throwback to the classic family film “The Mighty Ducks.”

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DINE+WINE | in the kitchen

of Noodles Coconut Curry Ramen Noodle Bowls There’s really nothing better than a big bowl of noodles. This one is packed with flavor without being overly spicy. It’s lightened up, making it easy to indulge without an ounce of guilt. Red curry paste and coconut milk are the star ingredients, while a squeeze of lime juice and some fresh green onion give it some texture and zest. Slurp up! Ingredients: • 1 tablespoon canola oil • ½ sweet onion, sliced • ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 teaspoon sea salt • 4 cups chicken stock • 14 oz. can light coconut milk • 3 tablespoons red curry paste • 1 tablespoon tomato paste • 1 lb. chicken breasts • 1 cup bok choy, roughly chopped • 2 Ramen packets • Green onions (optional garnish) • Lime juice (optional garnish) Instructions: 1. In a large pot over medium heat, add oil, onion, ginger, and garlic. 2. Cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. Add chicken stock, coconut milk, curry paste, tomato paste, and salt and stir to combine. 4. Add chicken breasts and bring liquid to a simmer. Cook on low to medium heat for 20 minutes. 5. Remove chicken from liquid and shred it. 6. Add chicken back to the pot along with the ramen noodles and bok choy. Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes, allowing noodles to soften. 7. Serve the ramen with a handful of chopped green onions, an additional handful of bok choy, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Lara Tumer lives in Cornelius with her toddler twins, husband, and two Labradors. In addition to cooking and recipe development, she loves traveling, running, event planning, and a nice glass of red wine.



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DINE+WINE | nibbles + bites

A Wood-Fired Grill and Hotspot for Diners Firebirds Restaurant heats up crowd at Birkdale Village by Tony Ricciardelli | photography courtesy of Firebirds Wood Fired Grill The Seared Ahi Tuna shareable.

The recently opened Firebirds Wood Fired Grill at Birkdale Landing in Huntersville enjoys a robust clientele. Firebirds’ manager Crystal Keatts manages a staff of about one hundred employees who strive to ensure a positive customer experience seven days per week. The company’s executive chef, who oversees the company’s test kitchen located in Charlotte, creates the menu for all fifty-four restaurants. According to Keatts, Firebirds’ favorites include the Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, Wood-Grilled Salmon, Cajun Ribeye, Baby Back Ribs, and the Striped Sea Bass topped with large shrimp in a Key Lime butter sauce. Desserts include Crème Bruleé Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, and Chocolate Brownie with warm salted caramel sauce.

A unique flavor Firebirds cooks its entrees on a wood-fired grill, which is what makes them so delectable. As read on Firebirds’ website, “The fuel for the fire includes a combination of hardwoods, but mostly oak. The wood is similar in density and, thus, produces a temperature of about seven hundred degrees.” Firebirds CEO Steve 66


Kislow explains, “Grilling over the open flame gives our cooking a unique character, and our proprietary blend of seasonings, spices and sauces makes each dish flavorful from beginning to end.” Keatts agrees that Firebird’s cuisine is unique and commendable among its customers. “Even with the holidays bringing an influx of diners, which challenged our staff and our operation, subsequent customer reviews have been overly positive.”

Gather by the fire The restaurant also boasts the FIREBAR®, its vibrant and atmospheric setting, where patrons can have a drink, unwind, socialize. The restaurant’s website describes the bar as a “waterfall display of bottles, backlit and tiered to create a cascade of color that transports you from the everyday.” The bar’s signature drink, the “Double Black Diamond,” consists of Amsterdam Pineapple Vodka and pineapples. The bar offers non-alcoholic drinks as well, and for those feeling the need to nibble, made-to-order bar fare, known as “Bar Bites,” are available, including Grilled Tenderloin Medallions, Fired Up Shrimp, Tuna Tacos, Crispy Cauliflower.

Top: Wood Grilled Salmon. Bottom: Executive Chef Rashaune Davis.

“Our bar serves handcrafted cocktails,” says Keatts. “We offer a variety of notable wines, classic cocktails, beer, and house spirits, and the quality of our bar food and beverages are consistent. Our FIREBAR® is a favorite gathering spot every night.”

Double Black Diamond Martini

Is spite of the restaurant’s brief Huntersville presence, Keatts, is pleased with the restaurant’s success. “Although we’ve only been in here for a brief time, we’ve exceeded our initial projections and we’re doing quite well, and so is the company. Firebirds will open four more locations in 2022.”

What you will need:

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Instructions: Cut pineapples and place in a closable container and fill with vodka. Let the infusion set at room temperature for 21 days (three weeks). After this time, strain and reserve the infused liquid. (Discard all fruit used in the infusion process after squeezing.)

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February Fun! Compiled by Bek Mitchell-Kidd Left: The Fairy House Festival will take place at Latta Plantation on Feb. 12. Right: The Davidson College Men’s Basketball team.


Get OUT Hike (Feb. 12) Join a LGBTQ+ friendly hike; a great opportunity to meet some new friends and enjoy time in the outdoors. Feel free to bring a chair for the end of hike campfire. Free. 10 a.m. Meet at the old Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 18-21) The Mooresville Public Library will be participating with the National Audubon Society’s ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ (GBBC). Stop by the library In February to receive a DIY bird seed kit, bird log and library/GBBC instructions for participants. Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, Mooresville. Fairy House Festival (Feb. 26) Fairy Houses are whimsical habitats built by children, families, gardeners, and nature lovers! This is a festival that everyone can enjoy and building fairy houses while connecting with nature. reconnects people with nature. Fairy, gnome, and other appropriate costumes are encouraged but not required. Food vendors will be onsite. Advance purchase of tickets is required. $5/per person for ages 5 and older, free for children age 4 and under with paid adult. Latta Nature Preserve, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville.


Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert (Feb. 18) J. Estes Millner Professor of Music William D. Lawing and Artist Associate Cynthia Lawing present a performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto No.1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings. Over the past 40+ years, Dr. Lawing has passionately contributed his talents as a teacher, ensemble director, and mentor. In reluctant, but joyful, anticipation of his retirement, the DCSO is excited to highlight his gifts as a performer. Free; but tickets required. 7:30 p.m. Knobloch Campus Center, Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, The Lake Norman Big Band (Feb. 22) The band performs the third Monday of every month. $25 cover charge includes a buffet dinner. 7 p.m. New Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive, Mooresville, www. Music @ St. Alban’s (Feb. 20) The Brass Quintet features current members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Program to be announced at a later date. 3 p.m. $20, general admission; $15, seniors; $10, students; children under 12 free. 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, 68



Davidson College Men’s Basketball The Wildcats take on Fordham (Feb. 26, 3:30 p.m..), John Belk Arena, 200 Baker Drive, Davidson. Ticket prices vary. Find the full schedule at www.davidsonwildcats. com. Davidson College Women’s Basketball Cheer on the team against vs UMASS (Feb. 20, 1 p.m.), George Washington (Feb. 23, 7 p.m.) John Belk Arena, 200 Baker Drive, Davidson. Ticket prices vary. Find the full schedule at


Jack and the Spaceship Beanstalk (Feb. 19) When Jack reluctantly exchanges his pet goat, Luna, for a bag of stardust, he has no idea the adventure that awaits. 3 p.m. Adults, $18, Seniors, $16, Students, $14. The Green Room Community Theatre, 10 S. Main Ave., Newton, www. PROOF By David Auburn (Feb. 24-March 13) On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister Claire; and the attentions of Hal, one of her father’s former students who hopes to find valuable work in one of the many notebooks her father left behind. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. Adults, $20, Seniors, $18, Students, $15. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, www.


Heart Party (Feb. 12) Enjoy Valentine’s Day card-making, crafts and refreshments. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, 2022 Davidson College Graduating Seniors Exhibits: Sarah Jackson, On View: Feb. 2-6 and Reception: Fri., Feb 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Marquia Humphries, On View: Feb. 9-13 Pearce Hyatt, On View: Feb. 16-20 and Reception: Fri., Feb. 18, 4-5 p.m. Blanch Seniff, On View: Feb. 23-27 and Reception: Friday, Feb. 25, 4-5pm. Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson. Check website to confirm winter hours:

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Orthopaedic Surgery PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Scott Brandon, MD Brett L. Feldman, MD Alex Seldomridge III, MD Kim Lefreniere, PA-C Jeffrey Reeves, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery – Spine

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Physiatry –Interventional Spine Care PHC – Pain & Spine Center Harsh Govil, MD, MPH James Murphy, MD April Hatfield, FNP-C

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

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A work of art at Defined Coffee.

Stop & Sip by Renee Roberson photography by Renee Roberson

I’m not going to lie—I love a good coffee shop. I’ve visited my fair share of them over the years while searching out a good place to write, meet with friends, spend time with my kids, or have staff meetings and meet with other writers. While it may be convenient to hit one of the big coffee chains occasionally, I much prefer supporting independent businesses whenever possible. Some of my favorite spots include Summit Coffee’s Basecamp in Davidson, especially when it’s warm out, because I can sit outside on the patio and people watch or conduct interviews in a casual setting. Good Drip Coffee just a few doors down also draws me in with their cozy seating nooks providing more privacy and a calming atmosphere. I’ve also frequented Waterbean Coffee over the years, in both Huntersville and Davidson, because I love their vibe. Richard’s Coffee Shop/Welcome Home Veterans is also a mainstay in downtown Mooresville because I love getting to meet all the amazing people there and taking in all the memorabilia curated by our local veterans. After hearing about Defined Coffee at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, I met up with a friend at their new location in the Mooresville Mill and was wowed by their gorgeous space and even more stunning coffee concoctions. I had a Lavender Vanilla Latte while I was there and also heard the Orange Mocha and Honey Cinnamon Lattes come highly recommended.

Bubble Tea at The Daily Grind.

But I’ll admit I was blown away when I posted a message on the “Lake Norman Eats” Facebook page asking what other people’s favorite coffee shops and beverages were. The verdict? I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to exploring good places to get a hot or iced beverage, and you’d better believe I’m going to get right to work! Here are a few places I saw mentioned as good places to check out. I’m sure I’ll hear about many more once this issue goes to print!



A roundup LKN’s most popular coffee shops Amo Café in Mooresville (suggested drink: Cardamom Latte) Bakery 28 in Cornelius (suggested drink: iced coffee) The Bean Market at Barkley Market in Cornelius (suggested drinks: try the seasonal selections) Clutch Coffee in Mooresville (suggested drinks: The “Campfire,” Iced Caramel Macchiato) The Daily Grind in Mooresville (suggested drinks: any of the lattes or bubble tea) Good Drip (suggested drink: any of their drip coffee) Lake Mountain Coffee in Statesville (suggested drink: Chai Latte with Cinnamon) Main Street Craft Coffee in Huntersville (suggested drinks: Salty Dog, or Salted Caramel Latte and the Elderberry Latte) Performance Coffeehouse in Mooresville (suggested drink: Hot Caramel Steamer) Public Grounds Coffee in Cornelius (suggested drinks: any of the lattes) Summit Coffee (suggested drink: Winter Spice Cold Foam) Third Eye Coffee (visit this coffee truck and try a cold brew or latte) Waterbean Coffee in Cornelius and Huntersville (suggested drink: Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk) Your Coffee Place (a new spot in Troutman) 77 Grounds in Davidson (suggested drinks: Maple Brown Sugar Latte with Oat Milk)

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Carly Carly is 16 weeks old who is social and playful. Puppies are a project, and they require lots of time, love, and care. Her mom is a hound dog and dad is a blue heeler. The adoption fee is $250 which includes series of puppy shots, microchip and spay when old enough.

Toby Toby is confident, fun and loves a good game. He’s the perfect pal for someone with an active lifestyle. Toby is good with dogs and kids. He’s currently learning basic manners with his foster. Toby is a chihuahua mix just under 2 years old and weighs 20 pounds. The adoption fee is $225 and includes spay/neuter, distemper/ parvo vaccines, rabies and microchip. 72