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MAY 2020

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

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Not Business As Usual




f anyone would have told us back in February that the world would basically stop turning in mid-March, we wouldn’t have believed them. But here we are, sheltered at home, businesses closed, and many without jobs. It has certainly been a challenge, but through it all, we’ve learned a few things. We’ve learned that the people of Lake Norman are strong, our businesses are creative and innovative, and our community leaders are supportive, vigilant and stand ready to help. CURRENTS Magazine has always been a proud part of this great community and over the past few months, we’ve never been more proud. Early on, our entire staff came together to explore ways we could help our local businesses during this difficult time. They’ve been so good to us through the years and we wanted to give back and show them the same support they’ve shown us through the good times and the bad times. So, we decided to reach out to the community for help and the response has been overwhelming! We wanted to

provide the local businesses in our community the ability to promote their business absolutely free within the pages of our May issue. Our hope is that in May, we’ll begin to reconnect with our friends and family again; businesses will re-open and be ready to serve our needs, our lake will once again be a haven for recreational activities and leisurely walks on the shore. The names on the cover of this very special issue are those who were willing to help us make this idea a reality. They donated what they could, and every penny was put back into the costs of producing this issue. Our staff graciously donated their regular salaries as well as much of their time, reaching out to these businesses with the offer to help them get back on their feet at no cost to them. Special thanks go to our advertising partners who agreed to pay for their ads in order to help out those businesses who needed our help. You’ll see their logos on the front cover of this issue. We encourage you to support these businesses and thank them for their generosity and dedication to Lake Norman’s

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small businesses. We dedicate this issue to those hard-working business owners who refuse to give up; who have made the most of this unprecedented time in our country’s history and who are ready to again serve our community with all that they have. As you flip through these pages, you’ll find this issue a little different than our regular magazine. We wanted to give you a peek into the challenges that some of our businesses have been facing and how they’ve stepped up to the challenge and created new and innovative ways to continue to be a vital part of our everyday lives. It’s that kind of resilience that makes us all proud and we hope that in our small way, this issue of CURRENTS shows our readers, advertisers, and community leaders, just how thankful we are to showcase this beautiful area we call home, with every issue we publish. Stay safe, Stay healthy and Stay strong Lake Norman, The staff of CURRENTS Magazine

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Mission Statement: Lake Norman CURRENTS magazine will embody the character, the voice and the spirit of its readers, its leaders and its advertisers. It will connect the people of Lake Norman through inspiring, entertaining and informative content, photography and design; all of which capture the elements of a well-lived life on and around the community known as Lake Norman.

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Contents | Special Issue May vol. 14 No. 5

18 How Towns Worked

Town officials pulled together to share important information with residents and businesses

17 We See You

Just a few of the acts of kindness we found shared on social media



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

52 In the Kitchen Supporting local

About the Cover We Love Lake Norman


This month’s cover looks a little different, and it’s all thanks to you, the LKN Community. When we decided we wanted to devote our May issue to the small businesses who have supported us over the years, it took a village. It took donations from our faithful readers, staff, other businesses and more. It took people spreading the word and sharing messages of hope. We were happy so many could contribute and share the vision we originally hoped for. The inside of this issue will look a little different, because we are, after all, a lifestyle magazine. Life looked very different for us all as we stayed home as much as possible in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Instead, we took the opportunity in these pages to share how towns supported their businesses and residents, random acts of kindness, how people passed the time during the quarantine, and what life looked like in general during this snapshot in time. We appreciate you taking the time to support us and look forward to serving you for many years to come.

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60 Going the Distance

Many businesses got creative to continue serving customers

64 A Pet for You Unconditional Love

28 Stay Active

Local parks and rec organizations kept residents engaged and healthy

42 Lake Love

An LKN Wedding with Social Distancing

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While most members of the Davidson community continue adjusting to working from home to abide by the county and state stay at home orders, there are still people who are considered essential employees, and they leave home each day to answer the call of duty. These community members might work at a local restaurant, they might staff the grocery store in town, or they might work as a first responder. While their roles as essential employees certainly classify them as a #GnomeTownHero, we recently heard a story from within our own ranks in the Town of Davidson Public Works Department that we knew we needed to share. Streets Crew Leader Jason Pace (pictured) was at lunch in Cornelius and saw someone in need of a meal, which Jason provided on his own dime. On a separate occasion, Jason ran into the person again and voluntarily gave the person a sleeping bag, some toilet paper, a reusable bag in which to carry items, and a life straw. Not only does Jason serve his community every day by making sure Davidson is a safe, clean place to live, work, and play, but Jason’s generous heart and his gifts of time and goods proves he’s a true #GnomeTownHero outside of his role with the town as well! — Compiled from social media posts


We would like to thank the Blue Stone Harbor Neighborhood for providing Jimmy Johns for the men tonight! “Hospitality is an industry. We cook to raise funds, we donate to your charities, we rally for our communities, we nourish and feed and cook to try and make this crazy world a little better and to make folks smile. So, five days a week we are going to drop off milk bread donuts to the hospitals in our region. It is not much, we don’t have much, but we make freaking tasty donuts… so that’s what we’ll do. Donuts make people smile and our healthcare heroes, I suspect, could use a smile these days.” Thank you from team Kindred

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Our Towns

How Lake Norman Pulled Together During a Time of Crisis The Power of Networking

A Q&A with Bill Russell, president of Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

CURRENTS: How have the members of The Chamber pulled together during this time?



Russell: I have been extremely impressed with the courage, commitment, and compassion our business members and the residents of Lake Norman have shown during this pandemic. My grandparents were from the generation who persevered through the Great Depression only to emerge and fight a World War. While the costs were high, they became a stronger people and a more unified nation serving as an inspiration for us all – “The Greatest Generation.” As hard as it is to imagine today, I believe we may look back on this time years from now as a period where families grew closer together, communities grew stronger, and our businesses reinvented themselves and found opportunities in their challenges. While I could cite dozens of instances of individuals and groups emerging as community leaders, I want to focus on a young couple who early on realized they could make a difference. Before the “Stay at Home Order” imposed

by Mecklenburg County and later by the state, Sean Herndon and his wife Wendy, took their video camera and went from business to business interviewing the owner or manager about what they were doing during the pandemic. Sean, a real estate broker with Beacon Group Properties, would ask restaurateurs about their take out menu and new hours. How the retail or service businesses were adjusting their operations to make it safer for clients and customers. He interviewed elected and business leaders about what average Lake Norman citizen could do to help. Then the Herndons put the video together and promoted it on social media spreading the message of what we could all do working together to help keep our business engine running. There was no personal plug for his real estate firm, just an opportunity to help out businesses in need. That is the common thread which runs through our community and binds us all together, we care about each other and want to encourage and support our fellow businesses or families when they are down. Their story is one of many which can be recounted over and over during this extraordinary moment in time. CURRENTS: How have you had to change your way of serving the community? Russell: The Chamber is best known for our networking opportunities to build stronger

business relationships and business seminars to improve the personal development of our business owners, managers, and employees. Over the last few weeks we’ve really been a conduit of information for our members relying heavily on technology and social media to get that message across. Utilizing tools like Zoom and social media platforms, we’ve taken the seminars to the homes and offices virtually. The Chamber has tried to communicate daily with our membership and the businesses at large on what they can be doing to obtain business assistance through the Small Business Administration and local banks through the Families First Coronavirus Response and CARES ACTS. Our webinars have messages from healthcare officials, the Small Business Administration, Corporate HR Firms, and elected and business leaders. On April 8, we coordinated a Zoom broadcast of twelve Lake Norman regional nonprofits sharing what their mission is and what residents can do to assist as they help those in need and may be hardest hit by the pandemic. That broadcast was emailed to 3,200 email addresses and placed on our website at, Facebook, and Twitter to get the message out about our outstanding nonprofits. The Chamber will continue to use its resources to get information and assistance to our local businesses and

keep members and residents informed in this time of uncertainty. CURRENTS: Do you have any interesting stories to share that have come out of the past few weeks, as far as businesses changing up their models and still successfully continuing to serve customers? Russell: There are many instances of local businesses and members of the Lake Norman Chamber working to source surgical masks for our area hospitals and healthcare providers. The store managers of our local grocery stores coordinated a couple of days per week with exclusive shopping hours so seniors were, and can continue to be, potentially less exposed to the Coronavirus. One of our local hotel operators stepped up and provided housing for 60 homeless persons in Mecklenburg County with Covid-19 symptoms. Even one of our local universities— UNC Charlotte—announced selected dorms are being repurposed for use by our area hospital systems. People and our businesses are doing their part to combat the Coronavirus and help keep everyone safe and healthy. For many of these initiatives, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is that coalescing ingredient that brings resources together to get results for people in time of need. The Board and staff of your Chamber wants you to know that during, and well after, the Covid-19 pandemic,



the health care of your employees and your families are priorities for us as well. The Lake Norman Chamber will remain actively engaged throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in sourcing materials, supplies and even drugs that will benefit our entire community. We hope our efforts, and those of our area businesses who are assisting and volunteering, will enable our first responders to keep everyone safe, and essential workers to conduct their daily assignments and health care workers to be prepared for any medical surge caused by this pandemic. We thank everyone for doing your part so we can all get back to making a Lake Norman a great place to live, work, and visit real soon.

Downtown. We value the health and well-being of our business owners, their employees, and of course all our patrons and fans. So we, and many of our Downtown businesses have implemented alternative ways that you may still shop, eat, drink, and experience Downtown Mooresville in accordance with the regulations and restrictions that have been put into place for our health and safety*. We will update the information on this page as frequently as possible. Please also see our Facebook page for additional updates.

Downtown Mooresville Changed Things Up

The website compiled a list of all downtown businesses who were still serving customers, whether through DIY art kits or boutiques to restaurants and coffee shops offering curbside pick-ups. The list included phone numbers for the businesses and website links where available. The page also included a link of resources that would help answer any questions about the shelterin-place orders and additional public health information.

As the days ticked by with what seemed like new recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Governor, Downtown Mooresville knew it would have to get creative with continuing to keep certain businesses open to serve customers. They changed the message on the association’s website,, to read: “Downtown Mooresville is Still Happening. Just Doing Things a Little Differently Right Now.”

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Economic Development, virtual town board meetings, needs for local nonprofit organizations, and other information.

Visit Lake Norman Shifted Gears is used to being a go-to resource for anyone exploring events, lodging, restaurants and visitors guides for all things related to the area. But with many large events cancelled and postponed and restaurants changing up the way they served customers, the organization also worked hard to keep the public updated through their website and social media pages. They kept their blog updated with entertaining and helpful articles, such as the one titled “Lake Norman Staycation,” and also created a printer-friendly guide to all the area restaurants that remained open, including operating hours and whether or not they offered delivery in addition to take-out/ curbside offerings. The website also created a guide to area attractions and events and retail stores with openings/ closings and postponed dates for events.

Downtown Statesville Brought Businesses Front and Center

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Davidson Continued to Give in a Time of Need It also stated: COVID-19 naturally is affecting our small, locally owned businesses in

to try and navigate through the challenging times of COVID-19. They updated their town webpage with a complete list of businesses offering online shopping and curbside pick-up, sent out daily e-mails that provided assistance with different funding options and unemployment assistance, and they also created the #GnomeTownHero program so the community could help support the town’s small businesses and workers. “So many of our businesses have come up with creative and resilient strategies to continue serving the community,” says Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming. “Many restaurants are offering groceries and family style meals in addition to their regular menu items, they’ve adapted their service delivery to online platforms with contactless pick-up or delivery. Retailers are utilizing their sources to deliver masks and hand sanitizer to Davidson’s first responders. Not surprisingly, our businesses continue to give to those in need whether it is delivering free meals and food to local food banks, delivering donuts to area first responders or donating money directly to organizations that need assistance.”

The Town of Davidson quickly worked to get their businesses what they needed

The Town of Huntersville set up a section of their website,, to include the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. It also used its Facebook page to keep town residents informed on everything from Governor Cooper’s Executive Order directives, updates on the Huntersville Parks and Recreation openings and closings, job opportunities shared by Lake Norman

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Downtown Statesville wanted to make sure that amidst the pandemic,



residents still recognized and supported the businesses that were temporarily closed or changing up their models to continue to serve customers. They began collecting photos of the downtown businesses, sharing them on their social media pages, and encouraging residents to like and share the business pages in a show of grassroots support with the following message: We are Downtown Statesville! We are a community of small business owners supporting our staff and each other. As we continue this path of uncertainty,

page kept residents updated daily with recommendations from the CDC, public service announcements, spotlights on area businesses who were still serving customers, fraud alerts and more.

A Call to Action

Riley Technologies in Mooresville Shifts Business Operations to PAPR Mask Engineering and Production

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In early April, Mooresvillebased Riley Technologies, a race and championshipwinning auto racing constructor and design, engineering and fabrication firm, answered the call against the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C. requested help with engineering and producing Powered Air Purifying (PAPR) masks, which were in short supply and high demand for the legions of medical caregivers treating COVID-19 patients around the country.

Lincoln County Shared Through Social Lincoln County kept residents informed of town office and parks and recreation closings and social distancing guidelines through their website, They also compiled a COVID-19 Resources Page, complete with crisis assistance organizations, where to file for benefits and unemployment and the latest community news. The City of Lincolnton Facebook

Working on a PAPR prototype.

A motorsports technology leader in business for 20 years, Riley Technologies normally produces and, through its subsidiary Riley Motorsports, races state-ofthe-art sports cars using the latest mechanical, safety, and composite technology. With

Bob Riley enjoyed a career in race car design and construction before founding Riley Technologies.

motorsports events shut down worldwide for at least the next few months, the Rileys were evaluating their business operations in late March when Piedmont contacted them. They received a PAPR mask photographs and a damaged unit no longer suitable for service to use as a model. Riley Technologies was founded by Bill Riley and his father Bob Riley, who is an internationally-recognized pioneer in race car design and construction. Both men worked professionally in motorsports prior to starting the company, including an award-winning 60-year career for Bob, now 89, that has seen him conceive and design racecars that have won the Indianapolis 500 and scored dozens of victories at Daytona International Speedway. “Being that we are in the fastpaced R&D and motorsports circle, we are used to designing and building products very, very quickly that do a really good job for the people that are going to use them,” says Christian Rushforth, Riley Technologies Senior Designer. “We went straight to work on a prototype.” Rushforth is leading the project and overall mask design, while Bob is designing the box that holds the fan, filter, battery and motor, which will be produced in-house. Tyler Hook, a lead engineer for Riley Technologies and Riley Motorsports, is overseeing all electrical components. Similar in design and concept to “helmet-blower”

fresh-air cooling systems commonly used as driver aids in modern motorsports, the general operating system of a PAPR mask is not foreign to the Riley team. With the hourglass already turned upside down, the bigger challenge is the quick design and production and sourcing of suitable parts. In addition to innovative design resources, Riley has inhouse carbon fiber composite and 3D printing capability, which will both be used in the mask production. Other components, such as the fans that move the air through the masks, are being sourced from known suppliers. At press time, Riley hoped to have a finished prototype back to Piedmont for their evaluation, review and testing by mid-April. Once it was fine-tuned and approved, the goal was to begin initial production run calls for 250-500 units for Piedmont Medical Center’s use. A successful initial run has the potential to meet a national demand. “Our motorsports upbringing teaches you what effort and level of resources you need to call on to do things quickly and produce a product that is good, correct out of the box or as close as it can be to working right away,” says Rushforth. “There are not many industries that can produce these concept designs and bring them to fruition as quickly as we do in motorports. That’s good, because the timing for this project is immediate.”

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n addition to local businesses, nonprofits and town governing boards, parks and recreation associations also had to change up the way they ran their programs during the quarantine. The purpose of these types of recreational programs is to provide leisure, entertainment and recreational pursuits to town residents. Each town stepped up to the challenge, utilizing creativity and ingenuity to demonstrate their commitment to area residents. SPECIAL ISSUE | MAY 2020


Cornelius PARC


Cornelius PARC kept a detailed and updated document on their website that listed which programs were suspended, canceled and what types of refunds residents could expect. They made note of which greenways and parks remained open, but also asked for the public’s help to enjoy the outdoors responsibly while practicing social distance. They also created a special initiative called “PARC @ Home,” with the goal of finding ways to keep residents busy, engaged, and able to maintain a health mind, body and spirit. Cornelius PARC created special e-newsletters and also shared the information via their social media channels. They created daily videos with the following themes: Motivational Monday Story Time Tuesday Wildlife Wednesday Drop-in Art Thursday Foodie Friday One of the most popular things the department did during the month of April was find a way to make sure the Easter Bunny was able to make the rounds after the

annual “Hop into Spring” event was cancelled. By partnering with the Cornelius Police Department, the bunny made the rounds of various neighborhoods in the town via a police vehicle, waving and spreading joy that the children could participate in from their front yards. Town of Davidson Parks & Recreation

The Town of Davidson also worked hard to change up the way their parks and recreation department served area residents. In mid-April, they partnered with Davidson LifeLine via a Zoom meeting to help people understand the dangers of isolation and present ways the town was assisting people to help find connection. They created a special virtual “health and wellness” section of their website with video classes for people looking for nature therapy, boot camp workouts, pilates, yoga and meditation. The staff members from the Town of Davidson created a special page full of virtual educational resources for families, such as the NC Zoo, virtual hikes, the National Marine Sanctuaries and more. During what would normally be spring break for most area residents, the town offered a Virtual Spring Break option. This included a themed photo of the day challenge and suggestions for daily indoor and outdoor fun, virtual field trips, ideas for spirit days and a Jeopardy trivia challenge. The department also planned a virtual “Earth Day” for April 22. Huntersville Parks & Recreation

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Recreation department updated their website letting residents know about event and program cancellations and suggestions on how to best utilize the town parks, greenways and trails. They also leaned heavily on their social media channels to communicate with residents. In April, they created an Easterthemed coloring page contest, #EasterColoring Challenge, selected eight winners, and the Easter Bunny dropped off gifts at their homes. They also began virtual programming for the Smart Start preschool athletic program, designed to teach introductory skills for specific sports, such as soccer and baseball. Iredell County Parks & Recreation

Iredell County Parks & Recreation created a special page on their website with educational resources, such as links to the Iredell Public Library, NC State Parks, IredellStatesville Schools, healthy living and fitness websites and simple at-home workouts and virtual tours that students could access to enrich their online learning opportunities. They also included a full list of other educational topics and links for families, with virtual tours of various national parks, museums, zoos and art galleries. Their social media pages included workout demos, an Easter scavenger hunt, training videos, and suggestions for other ways to stay mentally and physically engaged. Lincoln County Parks and Recreation

This particular department used its website to inform residents of event and facility

Cornelius PARC made sure the kids got to visit with the Easter Bunny . . . even if from afar.

closings and focused on using their social media to encourage residents to still get moving responsibly, whether indoors or outdoors. They also worked to educate everyone on the importance of taking COVID-19 seriously, and how best to stay healthy and practice the best prevention methods. In conjunction with the Lincoln County Public Library, they also created and shared a series of digital events, such as live storytimes, sessions with an “invisible” librarian who recommendation good book reads, science lessons and demos and Pinterest crafts. Mooresville Parks & Recreation

Mooresville Parks & Recreation updated closings and recommended state guidelines for social and physical distancing on their website and mostly utilized their social media channels as a way to help keep residents engaged. They shared lists of virtual field trips, recipes to cook at home, craft projects, lists of indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts that people could participate in from their homes and neighborhoods and more.



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The North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival will return to the area in 2021. Mark your calendars for Aug. 15-16 for the Loch Norman Highland Games.

Loch Norman Highland Games (Aug. 15-16, 2020) Experience all the fun with activities and performances such as highland dancing, bagpipe bands, highland athletics, Scottish merchants and haggis. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party (Aug. 14) Plan for a fun evening of charitable giving, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, dancing and a live silent auction. 6:30 p.m. The Peninsula Club, Cornelius, www. The Lake Norman Hospice Regatta (Sept. 12-13) Sailing is open to competitive and non-competitive sailors with the anticipation of sailing for fun, competition, or in honor of a loved one. Lake Norman Yacht Club, Mooresville, Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Race (Oct. 17, 2020) Celebrate the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Enjoy dancing and sharing traditional meals. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, www. North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival (May 7-8, 2021) Enjoy live bands and more types of North Carolina-brewed beer than you can count. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville,






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How one couple shifted their plans for a ceremony they’ll never forget


Technology played a key role in this backyard wedding ceremony on Lake Norman.

s the Centers for Disease control and state governors began recommendations on social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in midMarch, it was a confusing time for all. But it was particularly confusing for anyone who had a large celebration, such as a wedding, planned during the March/April time period. That was the case for Mooresville resident Donna Werner as she tried to help her daughter Kelsey, and her fiancé, Geoffrey Abrams, decide what they should do about plans for the couple’s March 28 nuptials.


Friends of the couple came by on their boats to surprise the bride and the groom.

An alternative plan

Werner says she began texting Kelsey and Geoffrey on March 15 and 16, as the CDC began recommending that any weddings/social gatherings/parties with more than 50 people be postponed. They called Founders Hall in uptown Charlotte, where the original wedding ceremony was supposed to take place, and inquired about what dates would be available later in the year for a rescheduled ceremony. After settling on a new date in August, Kelsey and Geoffrey called their vendors to see who

would still be available for that date. Fortunately, only one vendor was unavailable, the wedding planner/florist. From there, Werner says the couple had another decision to make. Should they still try to hold a more intimate ceremony on their original wedding date, March 28? They did already have their marriage license, after all. But what exactly would that look like?

Just say Zoom

They decided on a small backyard ceremony at Werner’s home. Kelsey’s brother, who lives in Seattle, went online to get

ordained, but then opted against traveling for the ceremony. Instead, the family set up Zoom on a computer outside and he officiated using that method. “He actually did a fabulous job,” says Werner. Both families also set up Zoom so various members could view the wedding from afar, and Werner jokes that there was “a whole lot of technology being used during that time in the backyard.” About a dozen people, including Kelsey’s maid of honor and the groom’s family, who drove in from Georgia, attended. Kelsey wore her rehearsal dinner outfit, deciding to save

her wedding dress for the larger ceremony.

Special thanks

Werner is grateful to many members of the surrounding area who helped make sure Kelsey and Geoffrey still had a special day to celebrate. Among those, were Raechel Hamm of Wallflower Event Co. out of Charlotte. Werner still wanted to make bouquets for Kelsey and her maid of honor, Erin. She contacted a Hamm, a family friend, to see if she could help. Hamm reached out to her floral supplier and learned they were about to close their doors


Kelsey Werner and Geoffrey Abrams had a backyard ceremony on their original wedding date, but hope to have a more formal ceremony at the original location of Founders Hall in a few months.


temporarily. Werner says Hamm rushed over to the supplier to collect as many flowers as she could, and the floral department at Lowe’s Food on Brawley School Road graciously helped fill in the gaps. Werner also wants to give a special shout-out to Pizzeria Napoletana at LangTree Lake Norman, who provided pizzas that came in the perfect size, so each guest was able to enjoy an individually-boxed pizza. They also offered to deliver the pizzas to Werner’s home, which she notes is “not easily accessible to LangTree.” The pizzeria is owned by the family that also operates Brooklyn Boys and Brooklyn South and are one of the family’s favorite restaurants. The groom requested that for the “reception food” and Werner was happy to oblige. The wedding cake came from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

A beautiful day

Kelsey and Geoffrey had originally chosen a spring wedding in the Founders Hall location because they know the unpredictability of North Carolina weather in March and April. But the day of the ceremony brought gorgeous 85-degree weather, along with a stunning sunset over the lake that the couple used as a backdrop for their photographs. One of Werner’s neighbors even offered up their dock for photos. As a special surprise, several of the family friends arranged to drive by the backyard on their boats after the ceremony, tooting their boat horns and shooting off confetti poppers. The boat parade was a happy end to a day full of unexpected twists and turns. Werner says she knows she

Reception food came in the form of individually-boxed pizzas from 90 Novanta Pizzeria Napoletana in Mooresville.

and her family are blessed to live on the lake. “I wanted to make it as special for them as I could, given the circumstances. But to be able to have their friends come visit like that and do that for them was so nice.” Kelsey and Geoffrey, who both work as pharmacists in the Burlington area of North

Carolina, have since returned to work. They hope to still have that original, larger ceremony at Founders Hall in a few months, but regardless, they will never forget how their friends, family and community came together to make sure they had something to celebrate on their original wedding date.



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halen Dentistry opened its doors 11 years ago with the slogan and mantra, “Experience the Difference.” Ryan Whalen, DDS, explains how visiting the doctor/dentist used to be his least favorite thing, due to appointment time constraints, confusing pricing, and often uninviting environments. He and his team of two office administrators, three dental hygienists, two dental assistants and one furry “dental” dog prioritize their attention on each and every patient and their individual needs. They want their patients to feel at home and like they are visiting family when they come into the office. Whalen Dentistry is a general dental practice that provides top-level preventative, cosmetic and restorative dental services to individuals and families in the Lake Norman community. They want their office to feel different than the typical dentist’s office of the past. To provide convenience to patients, Whalen Dentistry schedules appointments as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 5:30 p.m. They provide tailored financial arrangement options, greet every patient by name (and Beamer’s wagging tail), and go the extra mile to explain dental insurance and coverage because it can often be confusing if you don’t work in the medical field. Patients can expect to relax while watching their favorite show during an appointment, as each room has its own TV, and Dr. Whalen will ensure each patient leaves the office only with a thorough understanding of any treatment options. “We only hire the best talent with the brightest and warmest smiles so that our patients feel comforted knowing they’re in the best hands,” says Dr. Whalen, who attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate degree and West Virginia University School of Dentistry. “And we have always been focused on state-of-the-art equipment and procedures—making appointments quick and painless, offering same day crowns with CEREC technology, becoming an

Ryan Whalen, DDS expert in Invisalign, and so much more. We live for doing whatever we can to make our patients’ lives easy.” Whalen Dentistry also loves to be out and about in the Lake Norman community. They hold staff outings and meals at local businesses, sponsor local organizations like Cornelius recreational basketball teams and Lake Norman Giants cheerleading,

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Musing on Great Meals Sheltering at home, what to do other than reminisce about great culinary experiences?



Reminiscing on a lovely meal of linguini and clams in Marseille.


irst, there’s a whole list of rules about pairing food and wine. The wine should be more acidic than the food, the wine should be sweeter than the food, the wine should have the same flavor intensity as the food and so on. Rules have always troubled me. To me, rules are based on someone else’s opinion and exist only to be broken. If there’s a wine you like and some food you like but they clash with someone else’s rules, go for it. There are some pairings which are, clearly, to be

avoided—a deep Cabernet Sauvignon and oysters on the half-shell, for example. But other than those, the world is your oyster; keeping on the bivalve theme. I do, however, adhere to one food and wine guideline; not a rule, a guideline. When it comes to regional dishes from parts of Europe, I always pair the dish with a wine from the same region. Here’s the reason. When the world was a whole lot larger, people never strayed from their region, in many cases they never strayed

from their village. They ate what was available nearby and they sipped on wine made, also, nearby. Food and wine pairings evolved, naturally. Food and wine grew up together and played nicely together. So, let’s get back to that bivalve theme and a great meal that I like to reminisce about. My wife, Mary Ellen, is an avid fan of linguini and clams. And I do mean avid, she jumps on every opportunity to order the dish at any restaurant that features it. A few years back we were in Marseille and

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went to dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Old Port. It was a major no-brainer that we were going to order seafood of some type—we were on the Mediterranean shore and seafood is a traditional staple. And, guess what, linguini and clams was that evening’s special dish. Onto wine. Just around the corner from Marseille is a wine region called Bandol.

Wines from there, rosé and red, rank high on my list. Bandol wines are deep and complex, and I was really in the mood for a bottle of red wine. Relying on my food and wine guideline, we each ordered the clam dish and shared a bottle of “Bandol rouge” to go with it. Bandol red wines contain a high proportion of Mourvèdre—a spicy, powerful grape variety that makes for a

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very characterful and complex wine. What a winner. The linguini and clams was prepared in a deep broth, very similar to a bouillabaisse dish. Not too surprising, Marseille is the home of bouillabaisse. This “When it comes to regional dishes from parts of Europe, I always pair the dish with a wine from the same region. “

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was a perfect example of food and wine that had, over centuries, evolved together. My wife, the linguini and clams freak, opined that was the best version of the dish she had ever had. It is my firm belief that the wine added to the dish to create a sublime meal and the combination was what shaped her opinion. We returned to the restaurant the following evening, but the linguini and clam dish wasn’t on offer. A bottle Bandol was definitely in order, but we had to settle for sharing a bouillabaisse. Delicious but not on a par with the meal we had enjoyed previously. Linguini and clams paired with a deep, complex red wine. I’ll take that as a proof-point that my regional food and wine guideline is pretty good.


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hope this finds all of you staying healthy amidst these challenging times. One of the challenges we’re facing is that we are asked to spend less time at the supermarket, but cook more

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Ingredients 32 ounces vegetable broth (I love Imagine vegetarian no chicken low sodium broth or any) 6 tablespoons butter or oil 1 small onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves crushed ¾-pound assorted mushrooms, sliced 1 cup Arborio rice or short brown grain rice or other rice ½ cup dry white wine or more broth ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese or pecorino (sheep) or any other tasty cheese (optional) 2 tbsp fresh chopped herbs (thyme, rosemary, or oregano) or 2 tsp dried


Heat vegetable broth to boiling a in medium pan, cover and keep warm. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, adding the onion. Saute for a couple of minutes and then add the mushrooms and garlic and cook until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat. Pour in the wine and cook until the liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. Add in a cup of hot broth at a time, stirring and simmering until absorbed before adding the next cup. This will take about 25-30 minutes depending on the rice you use. Test a grain of rice to ensure it is tender. Stir in the cheese and herbs. Serve warm. Serves 4-6. ill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can J learn more about her at To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit








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n the wake of Governor Cooper’s shelter-athome orders, many local businesses were forced to either close their doors indefinitely or find a way to serve their customers in a different way. We reached out to our advertisers to hear how they have pivoted during this time, and here is what they told us. Heather McLean, owner of Yappy Hour Bakery So during this time I have been offering delivery, porch pick up and my website is set up for shipping and local pick up as well. I set the trailer up every Friday at Divine Barrel Brewing in Noda from 3-7 p.m. for my Charlotte customers to be able to pick up their orders, Saturday I go to King Canary Brewing in Mooresville for pick up and on Sundays I set the trailer up at my house for people to come and pick up treats. Customers are able to stop by without worrying about crowds, I am able to process payments without having to touch people’s credit cards as well.



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Greta McCoy, co-owner of The Bungalow Market and Huck Electric Cycles The Bungalow Market and Huck Electric Cycles are both quickly trying to adapt and incorporate new chances for income by offering extensive websites showcasing the products in our storefronts. The Bungalow Market is giving free shipping off home decor and gift orders of $150 or more. While we are all quarantined in houses, we are noticing that new decor is needed and we’re happy to help spruce up your interiors! We’ve found new decor vendors in High Point, N.C. that we have added to our site to give customers lots of options. We hope these websites can carry us through the pandemic and help us pay our storefront bills while we have to keep our doors closed. Huck Cycles is also gaining ground with write ups in top cycle magazines across the country (check them out at & Their unique, American-made electric moped design is creating a buzz locally and nationally! Learn more at and Christine Rinkert, owner of Luna’s The days are long but the years are short. And during this time of quarantine, I have found myself seeking a mix of creative pursuits to fill my days with purpose. And admittedly I am enjoying the freedom of a more relaxed schedule each day. A couple of my favorite activities have been collaborating and connecting with other business owners. These are specifically boutique

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From eeZ in Birkdale: Our entire eeZ family is just incredibly thankful to still be able to serve our guests during this surreal time. There has most definitely been a learning curve due to the COVID-19 situation being so fluid; thankfully our team has been able to quickly pivot and adapt as needed. Social media, word of mouth and our dedicated team combined is what is helping to keep us top of mind. We are continually streamlining our online ordering and contact free curbside pick-up system to make it more efficient for our guests; as our take-out business has slowly grown we have been able to add beloved team members back to the fold which is great to see. Recently we have added beer, wine and sake to go which we would never dreamed of doing at this time last year - but it has been a hit! It has been very humbling to see our long-time guests, partners and the community at large be so supportive these last few weeks and we are so grateful to all.


From Kathy Montbleau, owner of French Market Café & Gourmet Shop Being a French Café – Tea Room we specialize on creating a destination type eatery where the ambiance and the traditional tea service is all part of the allure, its unique and hard to find a tea room anymore. We served brunch, lunch, afternoon teas and desserts, plus hosted tea party events, wine tastings, baby showers, catering, etc. We had to cancel (postpone hopefully) all of our ticketed events as well as all of our customers reservations for birthdays, baby showers, Easter Brunch etc. Plus, we have lost most of our gourmet retail business of selling our gourmet products, and hand-made chocolates without our walk-in clientele. Many of our vendors have also completely shut down, plus most all of our vendors sales reps have all been laid off from their jobs. So some

items were are unable to offer right now. We have had to do a big pivot to offering Non-Contact Take Out, with curbside pickup like most all of the other restaurants. I believe we have dropped about 95 percent of our normal business, because our restaurant is the type of place people want to dine in. We are certainly grateful to the local community that have been ordering take out, and even our Tea Parties to go. We have been watching lots of webinars and doing a lot of Facetime Meetings with fellow Tea Room Owners across the U.S.A, to try to help each other out with ideas. Our main idea is how can we help our community by offering good food, great teas, desserts and meals to feed, nourish and comfort everyone we can during this unprecedented and challenging time.


owners and I am excited to share that you will continue to see collaborations at Luna’s reflecting these enhanced relationships. I’ve always believed we are better together and now it is more true than ever. Another activity is baking pies, which is a bit of a lost art these days. My friend of 22 years and I hope to share our creations at the Farmers Market this fall and we are perfecting our art during this downtime. Lastly, running is something I’ve enjoyed the last few years and my distance has increased with more time available. It clears my head of anxious thoughts and provides me time to dream of things to look forward to in the future. And this has been my survival, along with the daily texts and communications with clients and friends near and far. I am ever hopeful for an eventual total recovery and thankful for a time that has given us moments to pause, reflect, reinvent and connect like never before.

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