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Living in a College Town The other day I was sitting at my desk when a realization hit me like a ton of bricks. My oldest child is registering for classes for her senior year of high school. My time with her is limited. I started to panic. How can she almost be 18 years old? Where did those years go? Did I spend too much time stressing over working and how to pay the bills each month and not enough time helping her prepare for life after high school?

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As a parent, it’s hard to know the right answers to these questions. I can say, that in my opinion, she has grown up to be a beautiful young woman, inside and out. She’s inquisitive, hardworking, helps look after her brother even when he annoys her and is doing her best to make sure that she will be the type of person colleges admire and want to have as a student.

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We were talking about colleges the other day when I had a sudden realization. “When you go to school,” I said, (because I’m guessing she will end up at a university at least a few hours away from here), “you can tell people you’re from Davidson. You essentially grew up in a college town. That’s a great experience to have.” Even when we still lived in Huntersville, my two kids have attended the Community School of Davidson since they were in kindergarten. Almost four years ago, we made our home in Davidson permanent. I love that my kids have been able to take walking tours of Davidson and learn about the history of the town on school trips. I feel grateful that (in normal times) we can have dinner on Main Street and then go to see a show or concert on the Davidson College campus. We can eat dinner at Brickhouse Tavern and know the history behind the building (writer Martin Rose shares Davidson’s origins in this month’s “Bet You Didn’t Know” column). My husband and son frequented Raeford’s Barber Shop for years and were saddened by the recent passing of longtime barber Joe McClain, who was also the first African American elected to the Davidson Town Board in 1969. He grew up in Davidson when it was still segregated, and living here, my kids have been able to learn about all these aspects of the town’s history, along with the origins of the college. They may not appreciate it now, but I have a feeling they will carry a sense of pride with them when they leave here. For my son, I know his biggest bragging right will be, “I went to school in Davidson, right near where Steph Curry played for the Davidson Wildcats.” I hope they take a sense of pride about living in the Lake Norman area with them when they leave here and feel a sense of excitement each time they return and see the familiar college campus and businesses on Main Street. I know I feel blessed whenever I take a drive through town. This is a community I’m proud to call home. Editor

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LAKE SPACES How we live at the lake

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Podcast spotlights the best of LKN

The Lake Norman Yacht Club


Down for Doughnuts has a sweet business plan


Bet You Didn’t Know How Delburg Street in Davidson got its name

51 Dwellings

18 For the Long Run


In Every Issue

26 Thoughts from the Man Cave


We’re Just Crazy About DEMDACO Gatherings Collection

Legendary windsurfing photographer Jonathan Weston


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The Town of Davidson’s new housing and equity director

IN THIS ISSUE 25 Young Leaders


DINE + WINE Eating, drinking, cooking and fun


David Gelinas is a master of the mic for the Davidson Wildcats

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How to plan a micro wedding

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Nonprofit Global Minds United are agents of change

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The Power of Storytelling How one entrepreneur is creating a platform for other small businesses by Sara Coleman photography by Emilie Smith Photography

Jeff Hamm started his podcast, “The Best of LKN,” a year ago.

Jeff Hamm, a local Lake Norman resident and small business owner himself, wanted to do something—anything—to highlight the businesses who had to pivot, survive, or thrive during 2020. To help the local business owners, Hamm decided to lean into what he already knew. Because he and his business partner had founded the digital marketing agency Epic Journey Media in January 2020, Hamm understood the power of digital communication. When he began working with clients, the idea of podcasting kept revealing itself as a way to tell a unique narrative. As Hamm was instructing his own clients to give podcasting a try, it dawned on him he could do the same and help other businesses along the way. Within a few months, Hamm founded The Best of LKN podcast. He already had the equipment for his clients, making it easy to bring attention to the numerous local businesses prominent throughout Lake Norman. Because the podcast started during the pandemic, he focused on businesses that needed the most attention. When asked how he first chose guests for his podcasts, Hamm says, “I began by connecting with small businesses I already knew and with the small businesses affected most by the restrictions— such as gym owners, salons, craft breweries, and

restaurant owners. Many of them I was already acquainted with, but then I began reaching out to others as the podcast grew.” The content has evolved and features interviews of local businesses from several industries. But the conversations bring light to the real challenges these entrepreneurs face as well as the successes. “One of the philosophies I adhere to is the idea that storytelling is so important and really a good foundation for marketing and advertising,” Hamm explains. The podcast has grown in popularity and more business owners are contacting Hamm to be featured and share their own story. Because of this, Hamm has expanded the number of local entrepreneurs to include non-profits. For instance, recently he interviewed the Pinky Swear Foundation, a local non-profit organization, and it quickly became one of his personal favorite interviews. If you ask him what his favorite aspect of this venture is he’ll tell you it’s the stories the guests tell. “The stories are fascinating. A lot of them share their successes and failures in entrepreneurship. They learn a lot from the failures.” And Hamm is doing his part to share their tales. If you are local entrepreneur or would like to nominate someone to be featured, you can reach out to Jeff Hamm at | MARCH 2021


CHANNEL MARKERS - for the long run The Lake Norman Yacht Club was formed before the lake was even filled in. Bottom: Junior camps run throughout the summer, offering programs for campers age 8-18.

Sixty Years of Sailing The Lake Norman Yacht Club offers solace, solitude and sailing to members

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The Lake Norman Yacht Club has a rich history. Founded before the lake was even filled in, a group of local residents had a vision and worked to make it reality that is still providing recreational opportunities to LKN today. Longtime member, Mike Robinson, details the history of the club. “This very special place was founded in September of 1961, before the lake was filled in,” he says. The land was complete wilderness at this point.” Stan Livingstone, along with his fellow 25 founding charter members from the surrounding areas, were the first to take advantage of the land, originally leased and eventually purchased, from Duke Energy. Novice and skilled sailors alike will find solace, solitude, and a plethora of water and shoreside activities for the whole family at Lake Norman Yacht Club. The yacht club is not merely for local residents but attracts a regional draw. Initially, a tiny boat ramp was the only material structure, and a small clubhouse was added in 1972. Currently, two slip docks allow members to enjoy the club year round. Upwards of 60 sailboats can be stored on site, with mast and rigging up, allowing for easy entry into the water for a day on the lake. There are now over 200 member families. 18


Providing education and sailing experience is at the forefront of the club’s mission. Junior camps are run throughout the summer months, allowing for 120-150 campers ages 8-18 to learn the ins and outs of sailing, while also enjoying evening activities like movie night, pizza parties, and more. The emphasis on youth sailing has also resulted in the sponsorship of a number of high school sailing teams. Discover Sailing is a weekend that appeals to all age groups and is meant for those who know nothing about the sport of sailing but who are interested in learning. Those who are already experienced can take advantage of the club’s competition series. While supporting the pastime of sailing is the primary goal of the yacht club, it’s truly more than a club solely about watersports. Members can take advantage of an abundance of off-water activities like the annual New Year’s Day soup cookoff, summertime regattas, as well as holiday events around the 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day. Community involvement and giving back is also a priority. The community-minded yacht club also supports both hospice and the Special Olympics. Lake Norman Yacht Club 297 Yacht Road, Mooresville


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Zach Cooper, 31, always dreamed of going to work with his dad, David. After 26 years working for Wells Fargo in operations management, David retired in 2019. And for the past 15 years, Mooresville residents David and wife, Lisa, explored businesses where he and Zach could work side-by-side. Zach suggested a doughnut shop.

including sending an executive chef to train David at their store.

Zach has Down syndrome, and the Coopers were also committed to hiring others with intellectual and physical disabilities. That became part of their sweet business plan for Down for Doughnuts in Mooresville, with a tagline of “Made to Inspire.” Including Zach, they have seven employees with disabilities who are now making doughnuts, helping at the window and greeting customers. Students enrolled in the local high school’s Exceptional Children’s Teachers & Occupational Course of Study also volunteer here to fulfill course requirements. “If you’re having a bad day, you need to hang out here because your mood is going to change for the better,” says Lisa. As both David and Lisa say, parenting Zach has made them better people and shown them that “the glass is always full.” David researched high-quality sourcing and doughnut-making techniques, eventually partnering with Dawn Foods. This legendary bakery product manufacturer helped them get set up,

Once people try their doughnuts, with a consistency similar to Krispy Kreme’s, they’re hooked. (They also have a daily cake-like “Dunkin’-style” doughnut.) Many customers on social media say, “they have the best doughnuts in Lake Norman!” The line wrapping around the building some mornings reinforces these rave reviews. The Coopers say the key to their wildly popular treat is excellent ingredients and making fresh dough each morning at 4 a.m.



Upfitting the 1952 building for Down for Doughnuts was a challenge, with many renovations. But since the shop opened on March 21, 2020, which is World Down Syndrome Day, business has been pretty good, considering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lisa and their daughter, Regan, are both exceptional children’s teachers at Rocky River Elementary School in Mooresville and help at the shop on weekends. But any day you stop by to pick up doughnuts at the window, you can catch a glimpse of Zach and David living the dream: Working together, side-by-side, at Down for Doughnuts. Down for Doughnuts Order at 980.444.2660 880 E. Iredell Ave., Mooresville

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The Influence of Mills on the Area Delburg Street reflects the close bond between Mecklenburg and Iredell

by Martin Rose

Bet you didn’t know that Davidson’s Delburg Street is named for the former Delburg Mill, which operated from 1908 until the early 1960s. The historic building was restored in 1999 and lives on as Davidson Cotton Mill, home of Brickhouse Tavern, shops and offices. The mill gets its name from the last syllables of Iredell and Mecklenburg.

Street, was the first textile plant in Davidson, followed by Delburg Cotton Mills. The opening of the Linden and the Delburg mills reflected the textile boom of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that shaped the industrial landscape of the region. In 1923 mills were sold to Martin Cannon of Cannon Mills and the name changed to Davidson Cotton Mill.

Delburg is a reminder of the close connection that Mecklenburg and Iredell counties share. County borders primarily determine how government operates, but culturally the region’s families and businesses have been closely connected since the area was settled in the 1700s, according to historian Dan Morrill.

Other industries that followed the cotton mills include a flour mill, sawmill, roller mill, fertilizer plant and ice plant, all located on the west side of town.

A mill village was built along Delburg and Watson streets, at one point housing about 300 workers and their families. Many of those original structures have been demolished or radically altered. To ensure that the county’s mill house history is preserved, the CharlotteMecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission placed preservation covenants on one of the mill houses at 303 Delburg Street recently and found a buyer willing to preserve its historic character. Industry came to Davidson and other nearby towns with the arrival of the railroad. The Linden Cotton Factory, erected in 1890 on Depot

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The mill area is cited by historians as an important artifact of Davidson’s industrial history and the once largely working-class west side of Davidson. “The mill and adjacent houses represent the social divide that once existed between the mill workers and the other residents of the town,” the commission report notes. Unlike the neighboring towns of Cornelius and Huntersville, Davidson pre-dates the railroad, which arrived in the town in 1861. The Town of Davidson owes its existence to the establishment of Davidson College in 1837. Cotton milling and other industries greatly influenced town development, but Davidson’s identity was then and remains primarily linked to the college.

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Global Minds United has partnered with schools such as Hough High School to teach students how to be compassionate and active global citizens.

Davidson nonprofit educates others to think globally Davidson resident Ridgely Chapman was inspired to start nonprofit organization Global Minds United (GMU) while working as the executive director of Solace for the Children, where she witnessed how children from warring tribes could set aside differences and develop relationships rooted in compassion and empathy. GMU creates and delivers dynamic educational programs to promote diversity and inclusion in schools. The goal is to develop competent, compassionate and active global citizens. The program is designed for schools and organizations that work with kids, and typically runs for two years. Ridgely says one of the main reasons clients reach out to GMU is, “They know they have to do something, but don’t know how to do it. Addressing global diversity and inclusion can feel daunting. We have reached a tipping point in our society when staying silent is no longer an option.” The first-year training sessions focus on implicit bias, diversity and global education, building identities, human rights and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The second year works on dialoguing differences, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and intentionally concludes with change management. A developmental psychologist, Ridgely is motivated by the 17 24


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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include quality education, gender equality and zero hunger. “It is inspiring working with students to identify which goals they are passionate about and supporting them as they create an action plan to implement change in their own communities,” she says. GMU also has the bandwidth to deliver smaller training modules to address issues that may pop up. This unique level of consulting allows GMU to pivot and assist schools and stakeholders when new challenges and questions arise. For example, the team recently developed a microaggression program to train educators on how to build awareness of and skills to deal with microaggressions taking place in a school setting. GMU has partnered with Davidson Day, Hough High School, and the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club. Due to GMU’s work Ridgely has been accepted into the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Think Tank on Global Education: Empowering Global Citizens. The think tank brings together educators, policy makers, and United Nations delegates from around the world to discuss and develop cutting-edge education. Locally, Ridgely encourages everyone to reflect on one of her favorite quotes from development psychologist and psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, “The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.”

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Hough senior Hannah Vernile celebrates diversity and inclusion During her freshman orientation at Hough High, Hannah Vernile learned about a club that raises awareness for people with special needs. That’s when she knew she had found a way—her way—to make a difference. Even as a child, Vernile wanted to be friends with the kids in the special needs class, but didn’t have opportunities to spend time with them. The Hough Unified Club was a chance to make friends with them and help them feel accepted. The club hosts events including Special Olympics track and field, and runs school wide inclusivity campaigns. She joined as a freshman, was promoted to leadership the following year, and was voted Secretary her junior and senior years. “[Students with different abilities] make me appreciate the small things we take for granted,” says Vernile. “If I’m having a stressful day, they remind me to step back and look at the big picture.” Through Unified Club she learned about a camp that ended up changing her life. HUGS (Helping Understand God through Sharing), a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of NC, meets each summer at Haw River State Park. Campers with special needs are paired with “Helper Campers” for a week of fun and friendship. “HUGS is the highlight of every year because I have truly never experienced a place as welcoming, joyful, accepting and loving,” says Vernile, who has been a Helper Camper for a young man with autism and a teen with cerebral palsy. She found another way to serve her community the summer after her junior year. Amid a national reckoning with racial inequities, Vernile asked her principal, Dr. Laura Rosenbach, what they could do to instill inclusivity at Hough. That question led to Huskies Against Hate, a movement among students, teachers, parents and citizens to ensure a welcoming environment for all Hough students. In October 2020 Vernile and three fellow members were invited to serve on the Student Task Force for a faculty and staff training program to enhance racial equity at Hough. The initiative is led by Global Minds United, a Davidsonbased nonprofit that partners with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Vernile’s work with Huskies Against Hate also led to an invitation to represent Hough on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, an advisory board that consults with city, county, and school district leaders.

Vernile credits her father, Brian, for her work ethic and her mother, Jennifer, for her compassion for others. They live in Huntersville, and her brother Dylan has a few more years left at Hough.

“I have been beyond impressed with Hannah’s maturity when discussing tough topics with peers and adults,” says Dr. Rosenbach. “Her commitment to making our school and community a better place has had a positive impact that cannot be understated.”

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Through perseverance, Jonathan Weston became a pioneer in photographing the art of windsurfing.

Reinvented How a legendary windsurfing photographer and filmmaker followed the wind to Lake Norman by Mike Savicki | photography courtesy of Jonathan Weston

Truth be told, I couldn’t think of a way to begin my story about Jonathan Weston. I could have easily started it on Georgia’s Lake Lanier where, as a kid, Jonathan first felt the wind in his face and learned the basics of sailing and windsurfing. Or I could have also begun it in Florida where, at age 23, his entrepreneurial board shaping and mast building business was bought out by a government supplier who wanted to use the technology for antennas. Or I could’ve begun it in the Pacific Northwest where, as a much older and grey-haired student in his 50s, he earned not only his undergraduate but also a master’s degree in creative writing (cordially reminding the graduation marshals that he needed to walk across the stage to receive his diplomas, not stand with the faculty to distribute them).

through Waikiki, Kailua, and the North Shore before setting down roots in Maui because it was there that the winds, water, and soul of the islands came together to give windsurfers everything they could handle and more.

Instead, I’m going to begin the story in the Hawaiian islands, more specifically, on the bluff overlooking Maui’s Ho’okipa Beach Park, the Mecca of Windsurfing. It was there that for more than two decades, Jono, as he was first known to the locals, earned a spot in the lineup both as an adrenaline craving pioneer athlete and as the sport’s first true in-the-water cameraman who documented the birth, naissance, and heyday of one of the most unique and exhilarating sports on the planet.

Did it work? “Still to this day, that first roll I shot in 1982 was the best roll I ever shot,” Weston, now 63, tells me. “It is what launched my career.”

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At first, shooting didn’t come easily. The first water housing he bought leaked and ruined the camera. He had to work as a luau waiter and security guard to earn enough to buy a replacement. And since few had ever taken actual 16mm film and movie equipment into the big waves, Weston had to create everything from helmet mounts to shutter triggers that worked while he was windsurfing right alongside those he was also trying to capture.

Weston is to the windsurfing media what Michael Jordan is to basketball. If you don’t believe me, ask some of the sport’s all-time greats—Robby Nash, Mike Waltze, Alex Aguera, and others—if Weston was in the water and had his cameras out, they were going to push the limits. Windsurfing right alongside them and shooting point-of-view before it was popular, his photographs filled glossy magazine pages around the world. People changed their lives, moved to Hawaii, and took up the sport after watching his films. Let’s not forget he won the 1990 NPPA Sports Photo of the Year awarded by Canon, Sports Illustrated, and Kodak.

A pit stop that turned into more Reinvention has always been a theme in Weston’s life and when he began feeling uncomfortable changes in and out of the water, he knew it was time to move away. Next, he headed off to the Pacific Northwest, then Sacramento, and finally, after simply planning to use Charlotte and our airport as a mid-Atlantic exploratory landing and launching pad to coastal points east like Charleston and Wilmington, it was into a home near Lake Norman. “Why here?” he questions. “The people are just nicer, friendlier than Hawaii, California, and Oregon. When you go outside people say ‘hi’ and that matters in life. We plan to stay a while.”

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Weston is still writing and making films although the subjects of both have changed. After releasing the movie “Wind Legends” in 2018 and the book Maui Glory Days: Return To The Impact Zone in 2019, he has taken to researching and writing about the Spanish Civil War as one of three new books he is authoring. And his films now lean corporate, teaching and training medical professionals about software, computer systems, and running their businesses. While the scene and scenery of his days may have changed, wind and water are still as big a part of his life as ever. As we chat at Blythe Landing and watch whitecaps blowing from the west, Weston tells me about sailing Weta Trimarans and how he hopes to get out on the lake and feel the breeze one day soon. And when that happens, I’m betting, he will have a camera nearby.

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Hot Glass Alley Hot Glass Alley (HGA) is the Charlottearea’s only hot glass studio and gallery. After obtaining his BFA from RIT in 2010, owner and lead artist Jake Pfeifer started his business in 2013, with the physical space opening in Charlotte in 2018. Pfeifer is a young aspiring American artist working among the next generation of craftsmen working with their hands. He uses contemporary styles and traditional Italian and Swedish techniques that reflect a personal glass art style of his own expression and design. Hot Glass Alley is represented in more than 100 galleries and 35 states, including Hawaii. The artists create stunning and innovative glass art. Pieces include standalone accent pieces (one-of-a-kind art), wall and lighting installations and functional table-top art. The business model for HGA is selling wholesale to galleries and gift shops, retail sales in the HGA gallery, corporate commissions, public installations, and experi-

ential activities in the hot shop; make-yourowns (making a piece of glass art while being coached and assisted by artist), lessons, public demonstrations, and guest artists. HGA’s mission is to educate the public about the ancient art of glass blowing through the open demonstrations and having school age art and science students into the studio for hands-on experiences. HGA has event space and a full kitchen for bridal showers and other events. This unique venue has fun and unusual activities to offer with glass blowing, a fun and friendly staff that are accustomed to ensuring every detail is taken care of, numerous choices for beautiful gifts that can service as wedding day décor and then be gifts for the bridal party and special gifts.

The event space should be booked as far in advance as possible, at least two to three months for an event like a bridal shower or luncheon. If you plan to work with the artist to create pieces for your bridal party, reception, or a Unity Piece, it will take time to design and then have the pieces made. Please call or have your wedding planner call for a full brochure with more information.

“As a vendor for the big day, Hot Glass Alley can provide beauty through glass gifts and décor, and fun for the wedding couple and bridal party through experiential activities during pre-wedding day events,” says Pfeifer.

Hot Glass Alley, LLC 438 Atando Ave. Charlotte, NC 980.209.9284

Inspired at Lake Norman Co. We are a gift and art centric company. We aspire to meet gifting needs with a wide array of selections and price points. Our art options range from fine art and home decor art to whimsical animal art. We have an entire showroom devoted to housewares for entertaining serve ware options, tabletop linens and utilitarian selections. We love to help brides and grooms select their wedding party gifts and V.I.P. sentiments for their parents and grandparents. We offer a wide variety of options for the bridal party in both men’s and women’s lifestyle showrooms. Our jewelry lines have been popular gifts for the bridal party. Our DrinkTank personal kegs and Queork bottle openers and barware are all popular gifts for the men. We carry bridal planning organizers, coffee table books and wedding gift bags. Our engagement and wedding greeting cards celebrating the couple are especially lovely. We offer bridal registry for anyone interested in outfitting their new home together

with our offerings. We can fortify the bar with glassware and bar essentials such as ice buckets, martini shakers, decanters and carafes. Our enamelware line by Golden Rabbit is new this season and sure to make the registry. This high performing product will be a staple for years to come in their kitchen. Charcuterie boards are wildly popular at Inspired along with how-to books to companion with the board. Together they make a great gift presentation. Carefully selected cookbooks are a part of our housewares department as well. If the happy couple plans to reside in the Lake Norman area, a fun gift idea is our customer favorite Silipint cups. These happy silicone cups have the interesting silhouette of Lake Norman on them!

hearts by providing sentiments with meaning. Shopping for unique wedding gifts, cards of congratulations and engagement are all here for you!

In the midst of a myriad of details to take care of, we help couples rest easy in their selections. We ease stress by ensuring all of their family members and bridal party members feel the love and thanks in their

Inspired at Lake Norman Co. Mark and Georgia Ferguson, Owners 21136 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius 704.997.5500 | MARCH 2021




Dutchman’s Casual Living Store Cozying up the nest is usually a top priority for engaged or newly married couples. Dutchman’s Casual Living Store is there to assist with this, offering In-Home consultations that allow their Designers to assess your style and needs, review budgets, take measurements and offer suggestions for furniture and accessory changes. The Designer then creates a virtual layout of your space(s) that has incorporated all the findings of their visit to your home. Current trends that the store’s consultants are loving are the use of blues and greens, gold finishes, wallpaper and natural wood tones. Design clients also love floral arrangements that include hydrangeas and orchids. It’s not hard to completely

transform a space with fabulous pillows and gorgeous lighting. Just starting with those touches can help you achieve the vision to begin filling up the rest of your spaces with complimentary accessories you’ll treasure. Their store offers real wood furniture and upholstery that can be purchased off the floor or customized for your space. They have a beautiful and vast selection of lighting, artwork, rugs, tablescapes and accessories. They are also now offering

custom window treatments. Or, if you are shopping for the perfect wedding gift, Dutchman’s also has a beautiful selection of metal ware, glass, and natural wood table ware that will fit the bill. Some of the store Designer’s favorites include Beatrix Ball and Montes Doggett. Dutchman’s Casual Living Store 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius 704.896.0007

ParBlu Events Looking for a unique venue to host your bridal party or wedding reception? ParBlu Events is a newly renovated, century-old, 1,900-square-foot space with just the right amount of charm. Featuring exposed brick, an original tin ceiling with sparking chandeliers, and an original wood-carved soda fountain, ParBlu is a venue truly unique to the area. Whether guests envision an extravagant affair or an intimate celebration, the space is a stunning and elegant backdrop for any event. When planning your big day, the experts at ParBlu Events encourage couples to establish what is most important to them and prioritize those elements. Take a deep breath, embrace the chaos and remember if something goes wrong, you will be surrounded by people who are willing to help and support you.

events, clients are encouraged to schedule a tour at least six months before a reception or rehearsal dinner and three to four months before a dinner party, birthday celebration or corporate event. Booking this far in advance ensures ample time for coordination and planning, as well as securing your ideal date and vendors.

With being a newer venue in the area and having the flexibility to host many types of

ParBlu offers a “Bridal Shower/Luncheon Package” for brides that includes, tables,



chairs, linens, non-alcoholic beverages and two bottles of Prosecco. They are also happy to coordinate a wine or bubbles tasting, create a custom signature cocktail, or build the perfect mimosa bar for any package as well. ParBlu Events 152 N. Main Street, Mooresville E-mail:

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minimizing wrinkles and even skin resurfacing. These options can be mild or more invasive, so scheduling a cosmetic consultation to discuss goals and create a realistic timeline is critical.

It’s no secret brides want to look and feel their best on the big day—and beautiful skin is often at the top of the list. Adding skincare to the wedding timeline is essential to address specific skin conditions and determine which cosmetic services may be appropriate for the bride-to-be. Led by Board Certified Dermatologist Naomi Simon, MD, Eterna Aesthetics offers cosmetic dermatology services that range from encouraging a healthy glow,

Laser resurfacing, chemical peels, collagen stimulation, injectables, hair removal, and even sweat reduction with miraDry should be considered months ahead of time. But for any bride, bridesmaids, and other family members who want to look their best, Eterna’s medical grade Sapphire 3 Oxylight® Facial can be performed shortly before a wedding or other special occasion with no downtime. This facial integrates the most requested applications in one system: light, oxygen, and microcurrent address multiple skin issues in an all-in-one rejuvenation treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, acne, anti-aging

Queenslanding Looking for a spectacular and breathtaking wedding experience? Look no further than the luxury yachts available at Queenslanding. With current wedding trends leaning towards a more relaxed vibe, a cruise on the lake is one of the most complimentary settings a couple could hope for. Queenslanding is the only wedding venue on Lake Norman offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences on both The Lady of the Lake and the Catawba Queen. Queens Landing sits right on the lake, with event venues both on and off Lake Norman, all in one convenient location. In addition, Queenslanding offers a wide array of services, from catering to full bar packages with all current ABC licenses to wedding coordination services. Hoping to incorporate a menu for your event that features unique fare? The award-winning culinary staff is ready to create a specialty menu that will please the palate of any



guest. Queenslanding also maintains active partnerships with preferred vendors such as florists, bakeries, photographers and DJs, making the planning process streamlined and headache free. The first question a prospective bride should ask herself is, “Can I envision myself getting married here?” Plan on visiting prospective venues at least a year to 18 months before your wedding date. It’s best to make your final decisions nine months to a year prior to confirm your dates and event space. Book your own tour at Queenslanding, led by a dedicated event coordinator from the Wedding Department, and learn how to make your wedding dreams a reality. Queenslanding 1459 River Highway, Mooresville E-mail:

skin tightening, enlarged or clogged pores, hyperpigmentation, and encourages a natural glow. Dr. Simon’s custom skincare line is a powerhouse of products for a daily regimen. Brides can make sure their skin is in tip-top shape with our Vitality drops, Skin Potion, and Prima Liquid Gold to nourish, hydrate, brighten and tighten. Dr. Simon also recommends Tru Physical sunscreen to protect against harmful sun rays on a honeymoon. Visit the website below for a full list of available services and to schedule a consultation. by Naomi Simon, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist Piedmont Healthcare-Eterna Aesthetics 128 Medical Park Road, Suite 201, Mooresville 704.235.1827


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Micro Weddings How scaled back celebrations can be just as special by Lara Tumer

With the risks of Covid-19 still playing a large role in the wedding industry, many couples are opting for a micro wedding, simply because it means they can still celebrate their nuptials without putting a large group of people at risk. Those who have postponed their wedding or wish not to wait longer for large group celebrations to be the norm again, may opt for a micro wedding.

What exactly is a micro wedding?

The name micro wedding describes a small wedding, typically consisting of a guest list of 30-50 or less, comprised mostly of immediate family and very close friends. A micro wedding might take on a smaller, more intimate or relaxed feel, or might still consist of all the traditional wedding elements, but on a much littler scale. Micro weddings bridge the gap between a traditional wedding and an elopement, providing a great solution for couples who prefer not to celebrate alone but want to take on something slightly less stressful.

Why consider a micro wedding? Smaller Budget The biggest benefit of a micro wedding is the reduced expense. Couples working with a smaller budget might want to choose a micro wedding so that they’re not forced to sacrifice some of the elements that are important to them on their special day. A larger guest count is the biggest driver of increased | MARCH 2021




expenses, so sticking to a small guest list is a great way to keep costs down. A micro wedding does not have to mean less expensive though, unless you want it to. Over the last few years, the average guest count has declined, while the average cost per guest is on the rise—basically couples are spoiling their few special guests with more lavish celebrations. Lower Stress Planning Time and involvement are also big factors when you’re weighing the pros and cons of a traditional wedding vs. a micro wedding. Traditional weddings can take months, if not years to plan, whereas micro weddings can be equated more to a large-scale dinner party. Micro weddings can often be planned on a much shorter timeline. Couples can focus on the elements that are important to them—perhaps indulging on a special cocktail or dinner course that would not be possible for 200 guests. Creativity increases with micro weddings, so brides and grooms may choose to switch things up and skip wedding traditions that they don’t resonate with. Embrace the Intimacy A smaller guest count means you can actually spend time with all

of your wedding guests rather than treating each to a rushed two to three-minute conversation while you’re constantly being pulled in another direction. Wedding days go by in a flash, and it’s often hard to get in more than a few congratulatory words with the bride and groom. A micro wedding is great for those who want quality, memorable, one-on-one time with each and every guest at their wedding.

Wedding planners can still help

The entire idea of a micro wedding revolves around a smaller guest list. This can make some couples nervous, especially those with large groups of friends or a lot of extended family. The best way to handle the guest list is to be honest, explaining from the get-go that the celebration will be extremely small and intimate. Just because the affair is small in size, doesn’t mean couples need to go at it alone. A wedding planner can really help bring the details together and ensure that the couple can enjoy every moment of their day, stress free. Couples should really try to embrace the flexibility of planning a micro wedding. Let go of outside opinions and wedding traditions that you simply don’t vibe with – the benefits of a micro wedding include a shorter timeline or less traditional attire.

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Connection is Key for Town of Davidson Affordable housing and equity are top priorities for newest team member by Grace Kennedy | photography courtesy of The Town of Davidson

Eugene Bradley believes listening is an art form. As Davidson’s first Housing and Equity Director, he plans to do a lot of listening, followed by engaging in conversation and connecting people to resources. By repeating the cycle of listening, engaging and connecting, Bradley envisions a town with a clear definition of equity and an action plan to get there. The Housing and Equity Director position was identified in 2020 by the Davidson Board of Commissioners and the town’s management team as a key piece of Davidson’s strategic plan. Hired in October 2020, Bradley will be responsible for developing and implementing affordable housing strategies and a racial equity plan for Davidson. Bradley will collaborate with potential renters and homeowners, organizations that support affordable housing, and developers, among others. “We were thrilled to be able to add Eugene to our team as the Town of Davidson’s first Housing and Equity Director,” says Davidson Town Manager Jamie Justice. “Both of these issues 42


are priorities for the town board, staff, and the community as a whole, and we know Eugene will help us to further our efforts in these critical areas.”

Answering the call

Davidson is one of the most expensive places to live in the state, with median home prices well above those of Cornelius and Huntersville. A 2017 Housing Needs Assessment found that the population had more than tripled in 25 years, and that half of Davidson’s workers earned less than $40,000 and did not live in the town. Bradley has helped establish a Housing and Equity Advisory Board and efforts are underway to develop an Affordable Housing Action Plan. Although affordable housing is a significant part of equity, Bradley is excited to pursue equity along several avenues. “We will be looking at how we can make Davidson equitable across the board and reach groups who may not have been reached in the past,” says Bradley.

“We will be looking at how we can make Davidson equitable across the board and reach groups who may not have been reached in the past,” says Bradley.

Meeting the people of Davidson has been a highlight of his new job. “The community engagement part has been so exciting and fulfilling. Davidson has so many great people concentrated in one area.”

A good neighbor

Bradley comes to the Town of Davidson with more than 16 years of public sector planning and implementation experience, most recently as the Community Affairs Manager for the City of Charlotte’s Aviation Department. “The goal was for the airport to be a good neighbor,” says Bradley, who engaged the community through charity golf tournaments, the Runway 5K, academic scholarships and more. His favorite part of the job was connecting the community, especially in the under-resourced neighborhoods near CLT, to the many employment opportunities available through the airport. “It’s more than pilots and flight attendants,” says Bradley. “People have a real opportunity to connect with many career paths, from construction to engineering to architecture.” Bradley’s depart-

ment also engaged the construction program at Central Piedmont Community College to connect young people to the many employment opportunities available while the airport undergoes capacity enhancement projects. Prior to joining the Aviation Department, Bradley spent 12 years with the City of Charlotte’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department as a Community Engagement Manager. Originally from Rochester (“I came down here on the invisible bridge that connects Upstate New York to Charlotte,” he jokes), Bradley is now a proud Charlottean with a “fun, busy and hectic” household with his wife Melissa and their four children ages 4 to 12. After “years of begging,” he got his parents and siblings to join him in Charlotte, making for plenty of quality family time and cousins for his children to play with. As he embarks on his new role, Bradley remains focused on using the art of listening to achieve equity in Davidson. “Most folks just want to be heard. As a public servant my job is to hear them, help them weigh in, and connect them to the resources they need.”

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“I love being part of the game experience and having one of the best seats in the house.”

Since fall 2010, when David Gelinas began announcing for Davidson Wildcats men’s basketball, he’s covered every home game. He watched while the campus court was named for Coach Bob McKillop, saw great young talent De’Mon Brooks, Jake Cohen, Jack Gibbs, Kellan Grady and others ignite the team, and felt the buzz as NBA two-time MVP and Davidson’s alltime leading scorer Stephen Curry returned to John Belk Arena. “Whenever Steph Curry comes back to visit, the student section gets stirred up,” he says.

Broadcasting games for decades

Gelinas recently retired after nearly 12 years as senior associate dean and director of financial aid at Davidson College. For 40 years, he worked in financial aid at colleges and universities from Michigan to Montana to Tennessee. And for almost as long, he’s also been broadcasting play-by-plays for their sports teams. As he says, if he’s doing it right, we don’t notice the man behind the mic. “If nobody is talking about what I did at the end of the game, I 48


did it correctly,” he says. “I added to the occasion without calling attention to myself.” Being personable, evaluating nuances of the game, putting moments into context – Gelinas brings it all courtside with his smooth, booming voice. To prepare for every game, he says he researches how to pronounce the names of all the players for the opposing teams and does vocal warm-ups, including musical scales up and down and blowing bubbles with his lips to loosen things up.

Pandemic affects March Madness

2020 was a game changer for March Madness. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Gelinas recalls tournaments folding up quickly, with the Wildcats season getting cut short. “The team was in Brooklyn for the conference tournament when they were told to shut it down and come back,” he says. “We were done, just like that.”

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David Gelinas and his love of broadcasting basketball by Karel Bond Lucander | photography by Jon Beyerle

This season, Gelinas gets his temperature checked before every game. Games are played as teams are able to compete, but each team has to generate its own energy without the fans. “We’re wearing both face masks and face shields,” he says. “One of the officials said we look like a bunch of beekeepers. It will be interesting to see if teams that have had COVID-related disruptions have a season unaffected. There are probably few teams that haven’t been through some form of disruption.”

Honored to announce for Davidson College men’s basketball He looks forward to when fans can return to the stands.

“I love being part of the game experience and having one of the best seats in the house,” he says. “Without the players and coaches, you wouldn’t have a game. But it also takes that teamwork – replay officials, people that keep the scores – which is not front and center.”

Massachusetts natives David and his wife, Monica, are big sports fans who have followed the Boston Celtics, Patriots, Bruins and especially the Red Sox. But now these Davidson residents, whose two adult sons are living in Virginia and Tennessee, are also rooting fanatically for their black-and-red home team. Other family members are rooting from afar. “My daughter-in-law has said, ‘that’s my father-in-law’s voice in the background!’” says Gelinas. “I never thought someone would be able to say, ‘I heard you on TV.’ When I first started doing this in the early ’80s in Montana, I never thought I would be doing this for a NCAA Division I program or in an NBA arena. I never imagined my stage would have grown as it has. I am honored that Davidson College has given me the privilege to do this.” And for as long as they’ll have him, David Gelinas will continue to call it for the Wildcats. | MARCH 2021


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McLeod used a textured arrowroot grasscloth by Phillip Jeffries as the backdrop for the space. High Cotton provided a comfortable yet elegant tufted blue velvet chair with custom trim around the bottom edge. The original artwork behind the chair is by Carolyn Boykin.

Livable modern themes found in IDS Charlotte 2020 Showhome projects by Renee Roberson | photography by Dustin Peck

It’s been almost a year since COVID-19 forced the cancellation of many annual charitable events and galas, and the Interior Design Society of Charlotte (IDS) was one of those affected. For 2020, the three Designer Charity Showhouses were located in Narrow Passage in Davidson. Forty-five Charlotte-area designers donated their time and creativity to the homes. The builders involved in creating the custom homes were Plattner Custom Builders, Southern Cottage Corporation and Augusta Homes. Each home was estimated to be worth $1.6+ million. Each year proceeds from the IDS gala and tours are donated to area charities, such as Motor Racing Outreach, The Hendrick Family Foundation, The Dale Jr. Foundation and Operation Finally Home this past year. The tours of the featured homes moved from in-person to virtual, and for those who weren’t able to participate in the tours, we wanted to showcase just a few of the designer projects found in the custom homes.

Included in this feature are a spacious kitchen and relaxing study in the Southern Cottage Modern Resort, a dreamy girls’ bedroom in the Plattner Modern Manor and a colorful and vibrant outdoor patio in the Augusta Modern Farmhouse. StarrMiller Interior Design pulled together a tranquil kitchen accented by showstopping accessories and top-of-the-line appliances. Kathy McLeod with RES Interiors drew inspiration from a stay at a tropical resort when pulling together the look for the home office in the Southern Cottage Modern Resort. Anna Stowe with Great Design 4 U designed a relaxing sleeping and studying space inspired by her nieces that range in ages 6 to 13 years in the Plattner Modern Manor. And Sarah Catherine Garvin of Select Charlotte designed the outdoor lanai at the Augusta Modern Farmhouse with warm hues that reflect a universal presence. To learn more about the Interior Design Society of Charlotte Showhouses, visit | MARCH 2021



Southern Cottage Home Office

McLeod used a stay at the Four Reasons Resort in Hualalia as her inspiration. Linen and embroidered fabric from GP&J Baker was used for the window treatments that set the tone and palette for the space. A one-of-akind lucite desk chair was an immediate “must have” item once she saw it. A one-of-akind lucite desk chair was an immediate “must have” item once she saw it.



Augusta Farmhouse Outdoor Patio

Sarah Catherine Garvin wanted to focus on how this patio was highlighted by the strength of the sun, keeping the space filled with warm hues ever present in both a sunrise and sunset. Carefully planned details keep your eye moving through the space with ceiling detail, geometric floors, a mirrored water feature and the fireplace. For this ultimate entertaining space, the custom bar height table came from Kauffman and Co., with the ghost bar stools from Zuo Mod. Regina Andrew provided the ceiling mobile over the bar. The fireplace sconces are from Hammerton Studio, and the mirror from Anteriors. The outdoor sofa, matching chairs and ceramic geo-stool accent table are from Firehouse Casual Living, with the sofa and chair fabrics from Maxwell Fabrics. Chancery Custom is the pillow fabricator, Weitzner and Paul + provided other pillow fabric. The water fountain feature is from TyCa Industries and Hull House Design. | MARCH 2021



Plattner Modern Manor Girls’ Bedroom

The loft over the bed provides additional sleeping space for when friends or Grandma and Grandpa come over, or just a cozy space to read. There’s also a nice storage bench in one corner that can be used for seating. The functional elements of this bedroom include a desk to comfortably do homework adorned with beautiful accessories and located next to a window with plenty of natural light.



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Southern Cottage Kitchen

The DACOR range is custom painted to integrate seamlessly with the surrounding cabinetry. The custom hood was designed to add a curve of softness to the space and to bring the brightened brass features of the range to the hood. This kitchen design was also the National Winner for the 2020 DACOR Kitchen Design Contest in the Traditional Category. | MARCH 2021


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The Blueberry Basil Lemondrop cocktail at Scratch Kitchen by Ghostface Brewing.

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DINE+WINE - wine time

A Barrel & Fork cheeseburger with bacon, blue cheese, carmelized onion aioli and a fried egg paired well with Côtes-du-Rhône Villages wine.

Blended Wines and Brunch

An experience of culinary symmetry at Barrel & Fork by Trevor Burton | photography by Trevor Burton

E Pluribus Vinum; a little linguistically inaccurate but it could be a description for blended wine—out of many, a wine. Blended wines are made by assembling together individual wines made from several different grapes—out of many, one. By combining grape varieties winemakers can accentuate one wine’s virtues or ameliorate its weak points. Maybe, by blending, you can add a touch of spice to a wine’s aroma or a bit more body to a wine’s texture. A wine becomes greater than the sum of its parts. An example: Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s great red grapes, but it can be extremely tannic when young. A little Merlot can round out those harsh tannins and tame Cabernet’s innate aggressiveness. That’s the basis for the world-famous wines of Bordeaux in France. There’s a little bit more to it. Bordeaux wines are a blend of five grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Alone, each of these grapes can produce superb wines. Together, they soar to great heights. Most wines in the United States are blended but they don’t show it. By law, a wine listed as a varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, etc…) must be 75 percent of the listed varietal. The remaining 25 percent can be anything a winemaker chooses. Most winemakers will blend a bit of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and/or Malbec behind a wine labeled as “Cabernet Sauvignon.” While you may not know it, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon may, in fact, be a Bordeaux blend. While great wine is grown on the vine, the final decisions on what to do with the 25% “blank page” can really make or break a finished product. 60


A favorite blended wine, for me, comes from the Southern Rhône area of France. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes form the core of most red Côtes-du-Rhône wines. The three work so well together that the blend is the basis for wines from other warm climate regions—wines that carry the GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) moniker. In Rhône wines, Grenache almost always dominates the blend. Syrah contributes structure and spicy notes, while Mourvèdre brings its dark, chocolatey notes and intense color. These wines are great and one jumped out at me from Barrel & Fork’s wine list. In a pleasant surprise, the wine turned to be a Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. This is a wine that’s a click above, in quality, to general wines from the region. And, so to food. It was the wine that chose my dish. I wanted to pair it with something that would match the wine’s depth. I went for a cheese burger with bacon, blue cheese and caramelized onion aioli. This was a day of pleasant surprises. A second one was that the cheeseburger came with a fried egg as an addition. Together, everything was so good that I, instinctively, let out a sigh of contentment. This was met with an admonition from my wife that what I was noshing on was merely a ground-beef patty. What to do but respond with, “It’s my patty and I’ll sigh if I want to.” I had to explain that the dish was a combination of ingredients that worked well together. And then it hit me. I was dining on a blended dish, paired with a blended wine at a meal, brunch, that blends together breakfast and lunch. I was in the presence of culinary symmetry. How nice is that? It cut me down to sighs.

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No one needs a reminder of the number of challenges 2020 presented us on a national and local level. But out of the many stories that emerged from the pandemic, one is the numerous businesses that will remain altered forever. The “old way” of doing things is out and has given way to new normal. As many businesses had to pivot to survive, one industry where this has clearly played out is the craft beer industry. Fast forward to 2021, and a look back at the national number reveals fascinating insights for the state of the craft beer industry. In 2019, the independent craft beer market was worth an estimated $29.3 billion in retail spending, and according to the Beverage Industry Magazine, about 50 percent of spending on craft beers occurred on-site at a brewery. This creates quite a conundrum for local breweries who rely heavily on in-person patronage. And North Carolina was hit especially hard because of the many craft beer breweries in the state. Numbers are not finalized for 2020, but in 2019 North Carolina ranked 7th in the country for craft beer production, with almost 1.3 million barrels produced, according to With such robust numbers leading into 2020, the craft beer industry was rocked when restrictions to restaurants were put in place. Beverage Industry Magazine goes on to show for the first half of 2020, 62


craft beer market production volume was down around 10 percent nationally. This meant local breweries had to get creative to stay afloat. Local breweries have adapted their marketing efforts through 2020 and 2021 by offering multiple new services. For instance, Primal Brewery in Huntersville allows you to order your favorite craft beer selections in cans online so you can quickly pick them up while out and about. And while you’re there, you can get a meal to go to make it a complete night-in. Like the local restaurants had to master curbside pickup, almost all the local breweries are offering the same service. Other breweries require reservations for in-person events, such as Trivia Night or Music Bingo at Ghostface Brewing in Mooresville. And of course, the popular food trucks so many locals have embraced are now regularly scheduled at the breweries allowing for patrons to safely distance while grabbing a bite and brew. D9 Brewing Company recently partnered with a local radio station KISS 95.1 as part of the Test Your Labs series to allow the DJs to sample and pick their favorite local craft brew (see photo above). This is one of many examples of trying new marketing techniques to reach new customers while still operating within safety guidelines. It’s clear despite the challenges, many Lake Norman breweries have revamped and rebounded and stayed relevant.

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Ingredients 2 medium organic (Honey Crisp if possible) apples or 1 1/2 cups raspberries, blueberries or other 1/4 cup raisins (only if using apples) 3 tbsp coconut sugar 1 tsp cinnamon (omit if using raspberries) 1 egg white 1/2 a sheet (lengthwise) chilled and defrosted puff pastry (DuFour brand is best and closest to homemade) Instructions: Roll out the pastry on a piece of parchment paper an inch bigger on every side and chill. Mix coconut sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. Cut the apples with skin on (discarding the core) into small chunks and cook in a pan over medium heat with the melted butter, two tbsp of the sugar mixture and raisins for about 5-7 minutes until slightly softened. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the sugar 64



Body Hugging Strudel

mixture over the pastry sheet. Place the apple or soft fruit mixture down the center of the pastry lengthwise leaving a third of the pastry empty on both sides and an inch at the top and bottom of the pastry. Make diagonal cuts in the pastry (about 45 degrees) down both sides of the fruit mixture just to the fruit at equal ½-inch intervals. Brush all four sides of the pastry with egg white. At each end, fold the end bits of pastry over and then starting at one end fold a pastry strip from one side across to the other side covering the filling and then on the opposite side of that fold a strip coming over the filling so that it forms a lattice. Continue down the pastry to the end and then brush the top and sides with egg white. Chill until ready to bake. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350F convection (or 375F) on the middle rack in the oven until golden brown. Serve warm from the oven or room temperature sliced across either on its own for breakfast or with ice cream for an elegant dessert. Serves about 6-8.

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Almost as good as a hug and easy peasy to make! Kids will love help making this little gem. The strudel uses apples or whatever soft fruit you have on hand, which makes the transition from winter to spring effortless. This recipe is low glycemic so it can be served for breakfast, a mid-morning or afternoon tea snack, and even as dessert. This spring treat yourself and your family to ‘an apple a day wrapped in a cozy puff pastry blanket’ and give yourself a little hug.

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Pork Bruschetta topped with slow roasted pork, microgreens, blue cheese crumbles and a signature bacon jam.

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When Kristin Klein was asked to develop a version of the Nashville hot chicken sandwich for a new restaurant concept at LangTree Lake Norman in Mooresville, she wondered how she’d do it. Despite her apprehension, the West Coast native proudly added “Somewhere Near Nashville” to Scratch Kitchen by Ghostface Brewing’s menu. “Because I’ve never been to Nashville and because I’ve never tried a Nashville hot, I had to be very 66


creative with it,” she says. “I feel grateful that it’s one of our best sellers. People love it.” Scratch Kitchen opened in late November. Booths, high-top tables and seating for large groups—some outdoors—offer views of Lake Norman. The large mural by local artist Norma Gely gives it a neighborly feel.

The Tropical Recharge has a simple syrup made from Passion Mango Saison and sugar in the raw to create a powerful, tropical citrus punch. The drink also contains pomegranate molasses, tequila, fresh citrus, pineapple and orange juice.

The Purple Sour has a sugar syrup made with Pink Kitty Hibiscus Wheat Beer, forming a floral aromatic flavor. The simple syrup combines with whiskey, fresh lemon juice, butterfly pea flower tea and club soda to turn pink.

The Maple Cheddar Bacon Chips are tossed with cheddar cheese, bacon, maple and fresh rosemary and served with a side of ranch.

Strength of four Klein, Mike Cuddy, Suzy Cuddy and Chuck Klein decided to join forces in March 2020: They combined their restaurant and brewery businesses. It was an easy transition because they already worked together, says Kristin. Mike and Suzy launched Ghostface Brewing in 2016 and then Beer Lab in 2019, both in Mooresville. The Ghostface name is a nod at Supernatural, a television show and a fan favorite for the couple. Chuck and Kristin owned Davidson Pizza Company in Davidson since 2015. Once the partnership formed, the restaurant changed names to Slices & Pints. Each of the four bring experience from different industries, making the partnership strong. Mike, a former landscaper with a passion for homebrewing, is the head brewer and operates the marketing. Suzy is “The Company Mom,” handling human resources. Chuck’s 25 years of food and beverage experience puts him in charge of restaurant management and Kristin, the so-called foodie, is the chef. “When we all come together, we all have a lot of ideas,” Kristin says. “It’s a very unique group that is supportive of different ideas. We are so much better under the same umbrella than separate.”

Clean and local Scratch Kitchen’s menu features appetizers, salads, flat breads, handhelds (sandwiches), paninis and indulgences (desserts). Dishes will be added seasonally and incorporate as many ingredients made from local businesses and farmers. Cheese, meats, produce and other items are sourced from local small businesses such as The Enchanted Olive, Hickory Nut Gap, Joyce Farms, Siano and Spring Water Farms. “We do have an ever-evolving menu. As we grow, the menu will grow,” Kristin says.

Appetizers like the pork bruschetta features pork on a toasted artisan baguette with Scratch Kitchen’s house-made bacon jam with blue cheese crumbles and micro greens. Eruca Sativa, Pearfect and Ghostface flatbreads are offered with a traditional crust or for an additional cost, a hand-crafted cauliflower crust by Kara’s Krusts. Ghostface is topped with ghost pepper salami cured in tequila and sea salt, an Italian soppressata salami, a mozzarella honey siracha glaze, rosemary and microgreens.

A master mixologist Laurel Shea, bar manager and master mixologist at Scratch Kitchen, develops many of the craft cocktails. She also grows micro greens for the bar and kitchen. Eighty percent of the alcohol served at the bar is from North Carolina distilleries using sustainable farming sources. “The bar has taken on the vibe of the kitchen,” Kristin says. The Durty French Girl includes Chambord, pineapple, vodka and infused with Ghostface’s The Durty Girl IPA. The Blueberry Basil Lemondrop makes for a great date night drink: It’s finished at the table with a smoke bubble. Whit’s Frozen Custard in Davidson created boozy flights in various flavors, using Ghostface beer, for the restaurant. Kristin recommends their s’mores adult custard for dessert; it’s infused with Ghostface’s S’moregasm. “We’ve tried to tie in our parent brewery with our new concept of this gastropub,” she explains. “Because we were a brewery first, all of the signature cocktails have been inspired by the beer. We cook a lot of the beers down and make simple syrups and infuse the cocktails with them.” Ghostface Brewing Scratch Kitchen 138 Village View Drive, #107, Mooresville 980.689.4390 | MARCH 2021


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Sailing Away How do you rent a boat at the lake? by Renee Roberson

A group heading out on a boat from Cornelius Pontoon Rentals.

One of the best things about living in a lake area is . . .well, access to a 34-mile long lake with more than 520 miles of shoreline. Even if you don’t live on the water or own a boat, you can join a boating club or rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a little exercise— through local businesses and the Lake Norman YMCA. But what about if you want to actually just rent a boat for a few hours with some close friends or family? What are some things you need to know? I did a little research to figure out the best way to enjoy a day on the water without the responsibility of boat ownership or maintenance. I reached out to the owners of Cornelius Pontoon Rentals and found out they provide a wealth of information right on their website for anyone interested in renting a boat for the day. Safety first— anyone born after Jan. 1, 1988 must complete and show proof of the NASBLA boating educating course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater. The course is free and available online through Some boat rental places also require you have previous boating experience. Depending on your needs, there are local businesses in the Lake Norman area that offer rentals for WaveRunners and pontoon boats. You reserve a boat in advance for two to four hours and meet

the boat at one of the local boat ramps (such as Blythe Landing or Ramsey Creek Park). In many cases, the boat rental company stocks the boat with coolers of ice and snacks, swimming noodles and directions for places to see on the lake. You simply get in the boat, take off for a day in the sun, and return the boat to the same dock. Obviously, spring and summer are going to be busier seasons for boating, so make sure to do your research on the different boat rental companies and plan to make reservations well in advance of when you’d like to go on the lake. In addition to Cornelius Pontoon Rentals, Carolina Boat Rentals is also located in Cornelius. Lake Norman Boat Rental and Sales in Mooresville has a variety of boats for rent, plus experienced drivers for an additional cost if you prefer to go that route, plus tube rental kits. The bottom line is, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy a day out on the lake jet skiing, boating, tubing, docking on an island and swimming to your heart’s desire. I recommend starting at and researching which rental company has the best options for your needs. Then make your reservation, suit up in your jacket (required for children under 13 at all times and recommended for everyone else), and enjoy lake life at its finest.


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he financial planning community can be a confusing place even for experienced investors. One of the most common questions we’re asked is the difference between qualified (tax deferred) accounts, and non qualified (taxable) accounts. These are important questions, so let’s review this so you’re better equipped to understand how each account can work for you. Qualified accounts are most commonly your employer sponsored retirement plans such as 401(k)’s 403(b)’s, 457(b)’s or even your traditional IRA. There are two primary benefits to qualified accounts. First, contributions to your qualified plan are deducted from your taxable income in the year that you make the contribution. Second, the growth on the account grows tax-deferred until you take money out. This offers compounded growth on your investments, which offers significant growth potential over time. But, you trade liquidity and flexibility for the tax advantages. They’re considered retirement accounts for a reason. The government has attached restrictions to ensure you don’t touch them before you retire. If you need money out of your retirement account before you reach age 59 ½, the government penalizes you an additional 10% for taking the early withdrawal (plus the tax owed on the withdrawal). The second issue is the IRS forces you to begin taking money from these accounts at age 72. They call this your Required Minimum Distribution, and they even tell you how much you have to take. In the event that you don’t meet the requirement, you’ll face a penalty of 50% on the withdrawal and still owe taxes on the distribution. So the reality of your plan is that you have a 12.5 year planning window where you have control over whether you take money out of your account or not, without penalty. This brings us to #3 - the future tax implications of your accounts. The tax that you owe on the withdrawal will be based on your tax rate when you take the money out. Guidance tells you that you’re likely to experience a lower tax rate in retirement. We question the likelihood of that. From a

lifestyle standpoint, do you think you’ll want to take a pay cut in retirement? Moving on to non-qualified accounts which don’t receive preferential tax treatment today. No deductions for the money you contribute, and no deferral on the growth you earn. There’s no restriction on how much or how little you decide to invest, and no limitation on what or when you take it out. The money that you use to invest in non-qualified accounts is the money that shows up from your paycheck and ends up in your bank account, so you’ve already paid tax on it. These dollars that you reinvest establish your “cost basis”. This is the money recognized by your investment company as dollars that have already been taxed, to make sure you won’t be taxed on them again. When you go to take money out of these accounts, you’ll be taxed on the growth in the account, but not on your cost basis. Finally there’s a third type of account - tax-exempt accounts. These are accounts that offer tax-free distributions. These are your Roth 401(k)’s Roth IRA’s, and HSA’s. There are also provisions in the tax code that exempt certain permanent life insurance from taxes. These accounts can be valuable if you think taxes might be higher in the future, because they can take tax risk and uncertainty off the table. A properly constructed financial plan should seek to achieve tax-diversification. With proper balance, you have the opportunity to potentially cut your tax bill in retirement keeping more of your money where it belongs, in your pocket. If you have questions about your personal tax strategy, we invite you to schedule a 30-minute discovery call by visiting Derek Bostian, CFP® Professional | Jason Rindskopf, WMCP® Two Waters Wealth Management | 704.275.2500

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