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from Where I Sit

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

Publisher MacAdam Smith

This Time Last Year




This time last year I was returning from a vacation in Florida, about a month into working this job, scheduling meetings, helping my daughter pack for a weeklong sleepaway camp and making a list of which school supplies I should pick up at what store. There were also a few afternoons I snuck away to our neighborhood pool for a little relaxation. It’s now the Summer of 2020 and I spent the week anxiously awaiting news of what the beginning of the school year will look for my kids. I was nervous for both myself and for them, as I have a rising freshman and junior. Seeing the sadness on their faces as they’ve missed the endof-year celebrations, spring sports seasons and their friends since mid-March has been heartbreaking. I haven’t shopped for school supplies and camp was cancelled this year, and the pandemic has prevented so many teens from getting the summer jobs they’d had high hopes for. This time last year looked a lot different for them. My daughter was anxiously awaiting her road test to obtain her driver’s license and driving around town so

she could finish her required hours. She and her brother met three times a week in the early morning with their cross country team to practice. They could walk to our pool whenever they wanted, or meet friends to shoot hoops at our neighborhood basketball court. Thanks to COVID-19, this summer has been challenging for our kids. They are no longer groaning about shopping for back to school supplies, knowing they will start the school year off with a remote schedule that keeps them home at least until Labor Day. They are hearing news of more and more people receiving positive COVID tests, and worrying if they forget to leave the house without a mask or

hand sanitizer. They are sad because so many pools have opted to remain closed for the summer, because they aren’t large enough to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. They long for the days when the basketball hoops were still up in the neighborhood park, and they wonder why they ever complained about not wanting to go outside in the heat. They’d give anything now to be outside in the heat with their friends without fear. This time last year I was living with the everyday normal stressors most adults deal with day to day. I had no idea of what was to come. But as we work through the very first pandemic most of us have ever lived through, I believe we will come out stronger. Our kids will be more resilient. They will appreciate the things they used to take for granted. For some, it could be a defining moment of their lives, if they choose to make it one. This time next year will look a lot different. I hope.

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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 August vol. 14 No. 8

28 Your Best Life Common sleep issues and how to combat them

30 Thoughts from the Man Cave Take time to write down your stories

40 Education

Navigating a pandemic with The Learning Curve

64 Renee Wants to Know

Setting up kids’ virtual study spaces at home

About the Cover: ake time to savor the moments of summer.

Channel Markers

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

19 Mooresville Area Christian Mission Executive Director Amy LaCount

20 For the Long Run — Virtual fundraising helps eliminate digital divide

21 We’re Just Crazy About — LKN

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22 Young Natives Co. transforms a hobby into an inspiring business

23 Janine’s Yordy’s first book teaches children about feelings

26 Trends + Style

Cool off in the dog days of summer with these products

24 Bet You Didn’t Know — Lake Norman in the 1980s


25 Live Like a Native — A different start to the school year

Lake Spaces


How we live at the lake

45 Dwellings

Mooresville property features a piece of the past along with new build

Dine + Wine

32 Navigators

Greta McCoy finds passion in entrepreneurship

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

54 Wine Time

Appreciating the calamari at Flock Bistro

56 On Tap

Try out Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville

57 In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan TBA

58 Nibbles + Bites


Bakery 28 brings sweet sophistication to Cornelius

36 Game On

Olympic slalom canoeist Casey Eichfeld stays focused during pause in training

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On a Mission AUGUST 2020

Mooresville Area Christian Mission New Executive Director Amy LaCount

Amy LaCount in the Mooresville Christian Mission’s food pantry.

views poverty, while providing emergency relief and individual betterment programs to people in Mooresville. The ultimate goal is to alleviate suffering and empower people to become independent. “Valerie always said our goal at the Mission was to put ourselves out of business and I very much agree with that,” says LaCount. The Lake Norman community suffered a tremendous loss when Valerie Chamberlain passed away in January after battling cancer. “She was an exceptional leader and visionary,” says LaCount. Appointed as executive director in May, LaCount joins Director of Business Operations Christy Cornacchio, Director of Client Services Scotty Moore, and a small staff as they work to enhance and expand the organization’s relationships and services.

The team relies on individual donations and volunteers to carry out its mission. “We stretch donor dollars to the absolute max to make the biggest impact possible which means volunteers are essential,” says LaCount. There are volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities, from sorting canned goods to serving as a mentor, and the team is committed to keeping clients, volunteers and staff safe and healthy. “We have modified our services to allow safe personal distancing and everyone is required to wear a mask,” says LaCount. The team is excited about a new initiative called Serve Saturdays, where people are welcome to tour the Mission and learn about how they can make a difference. Dates will be released soon on the organization’s website and social media.

In the meantime, learn how you can help by donating, volunteering, or hosting an upcoming Serve Saturday at or call 704-664-2357. Stay up to date on announcements and opportunities by following @ mooresvillechristianmission on Facebook and @ christianmissionlkn on Instagram. LaCount is also happy to speak to your group, church or organization about Christian Mission. “Incredible things can happen when we collaborate for the greater good,” she says. — By Grace Kennedy, Photography by Lisa Crates

The Scoop: Mooresville Area Christian Mission 266 N. Broad Street, Mooresville 704.664-2357



he seeds of Amy LaCount’s passion for alleviating poverty were planted early. “I remember serving the homeless at a young age with my church,” says the longtime Mooresville resident. “Although I was intimidated at first, I remember not wanting to leave when it was over.” She continued helping underserved populations through public health work out of college, and became missions director at Williamson’s Chapel UMC in 2014. While volunteering at the Mooresville Christian Mission, LaCount met then-executive director Valerie Chamberlain, who became a mentor in LaCount’s community development work. The Christian Mission engages the community to recognize and remove barriers and challenge the way society


For the Long Run

Lemons into Lemonade Virtual fundraising helps eliminate the digital divide

E2D Founder Franny Millen opening E2D’s “Re-Image CLT” Lab with a new student cohort at West Charlotte High School.



With high school labs closed due to COVID-19, E2D has been using extra space at AvidXchange, Inc. in Charlotte to refurbish laptops.



hese days, it’s almost impossible to be successful without access to computers and technology. And if you’re reliant on places like public libraries in order to utilize their free services and equipment, closings due to a pandemic can create another layer of challenges. The nonprofit E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) has long recognized the need to bridge the gap between families who can obtain at-home technology and digital literacy training and those who have a harder time doing so. Since 2013, the Lake Norman-based E2D has helped more than 12,000 households receive laptop computers. An estimated 38,400 people use these laptops provided by E2D each day. Early on, E2D developed a fundraising initiative revolving around the summertime

nostalgia of lemonade stands in order to raise money for the organization during the month of May. Founder and President Pat Millen says the first year, area families raised $3,300 by setting up lemonade stands in their neighborhoods and helping spread the message of E2D. In the past five years, Google Fiber has offered to match any funds raised during the Lemonade Stand dollar for dollar. As the shelter-at-home orders due to COVID-19 were in full swing during the month of May, E2D decided to take make this year’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser virtual. Millen says E2D set up campaigns that people could use through their social media channels, and word spread quickly. They wanted to continue the streak of using the lemonade stand gimmick as a way to spread the word about

the importance of raising funds to help more families receive laptops. With so many students having to quickly transition to e-learning this past spring, the mission of the organization became even more relevant. The campaign worked. In one month, the E2D Virtual Lemonade Stand Initiative raised $8,822, with Google Fiber matching that amount for a total of $16,322 raised. These funds will allow more than 218 laptop computers to be refurbished and provided to families who need them. Each computer E2D receives is donated by a company, such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, says Millen. “We’ve had 40 companies donate their computers to us.” The average cost to refurbish a computer is about $150 dollars. Families usually pay $75 to receive a computer. Google Fiber and these lemonade stands help

bridge that financial gap. This year’s campaign made it possible for E2D to provide more than 210 additional computers for families. But, as Millen explains, this campaign was not about the money. “It’s about having that conversation with kids. They come to understand what a digital divide is. They can actually be a part of the solution,” he says. “The digital divide has been there the whole time,” says Millen. “Because of all the kids who have struggled to be able to do their schoolwork, everyone now knows that the digital divide is real and has to be resolved. It’s more obvious to us all that it’s unacceptable.” — By Renee Roberson, Photography courtesy of E2D

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Playing it by Ear

How a small craft has transformed into an inspiring business



Each pair of earrings is designed using clay with a baking process.


lot can be said for taking some time out of your day to try something new, and for Nicole and Paul Lee, the founders of Young Natives Co., what began as a fun craft for their family has blossomed into an endeavor that they are now sharing with the world. Young Natives Co. is a small Etsy business based out of Davidson that specializes in creating handmade earrings designed using clay. Each pair of earrings is created by rolling up clay, developing unique shapes and going through a baking process before adding the finishing touches. When Nicole first began making these earrings, she set out with the goal of simply finding out if it was something

that she was capable of doing for herself. She began creating earrings for her friends and family, and finally decided to launch an Instagram page with her husband, called youngnativesco, to see if an interest in their earrings could reach beyond their inner circle. To their surprise, the small business they created for fun quickly took off. Met with the opportunity to reach a wide audience, the Lees sought to create a product that is more than just a pair of earrings. “We came up with the names and themes of our collections based on real-life stories and struggles that people are faced with every day,” says Nicole. “We hope that our earrings are more than just pieces of jewelry, but a tangible reminder of how we can

Paul, Madison Jo and Nicole Lee.

continue to grow in all that God has planned for our lives.” As a way to push forward this idea, each collection of earrings is created with a specific theme in mind. “The Flourish Collection was all about blooming into an amazing woman of dignity, so we designed flower stud earrings as a symbol of strength and growth. Our most recent collection, the New Wine Collection, was

inspired by a symbol of letting go of hatred, racism and chaos so we can take hold of love, unity and peace,” Lee says. They have created a clay that is here to stay. — By Emily Thomas Photography by Gayle Shomer Photography

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Coming Up Roses

Book features a whimsical way to teach children about feelings

Feelings Bouquet pairs everyday emotions with familiar smells and images so children have a real-life way to think about the abstract concept of emotions. In addition to being a fun read for all ages, the type of social emotional learning facilitated by a book like Feelings Bouquet has many long-term benefits.

In a review of three decades of research, found that social emotional learning in childhood is connected longterm to increased academic performance, positive attitudes towards self and others, better mental and physical health, increased persistence, and reduced aggression and

Scoop: Feelings Bouquet is currently available on Amazon, and Yordy’s next book, Jellyfish Wishes and Poems of Fishes, will be released in January 2021.



appiness is the smell of cherries, excitement exudes the aroma of popcorn, and surprises have a minty tingle in Feelings Bouquet, written by Janine Yordy, illustrated by Charlotte Hill Vandenburg, and published in April by Paraklesis Press. Written in whimsical verses,


Author Janine Yordy, who also teaches at Christ the King Catholic High School in Huntersville.

emotional distress. A fan of Shel Silverstein’s humorous poetry since she was in kindergarten, Yordy has always loved the challenge of evoking a lot of emotion with just a few verses. “With poetry you have to economize. Every word has to count,” says Yordy, who lives in Davidson and has two sons — a sophomore at Appalachian State University and a senior at Christ the King Catholic High School. Yordy’s journey to publishing her first book is a 19-year study in persistence. “My story is the ‘don’t give up your dream’ lesson,” she says. And she knows a thing or two about lessons. This fall will mark Yordy’s fifth year teaching biology and anatomy and physiology at Christ the King. Prior to teaching high school, she taught mathematics at St. Mark Catholic School. What do children’s picture books and high school science have in common? Yordy sees them both as an opportunity to have fun while conveying something valuable to young people. “It’s a nice overlap for me because I am completely myself in the classroom. Since I am a whimsical, silly person, I think it makes something complex like AP biology really accessible for kids,” says Yordy. “I explain it like a person and not a scientist. There is lots of dancing, singing, and acting things out.” — By Grace Kennedy, Photography by Lisa Crates


Bet You Didn’t Know

Lake Norman in the 1980s…

A peaceful, quiet retreat

The Rose’s pontoon boat, named “Smoky Joe.”



The Rose children preparing to ride behind the boat.


e came to Lake Norman in 1985, purchasing a retreat to enjoy peaceful weekends just an hour from our Charlotte home. Lakefront homes were largely fishing shacks, mobile homes and campers, with much of the waterfront undeveloped shoreline. We never worried about heavy boat traffic on the lake or a gridlock of cars on Hwy. 150 or I-77. I-77 was “new” and lightly traveled at the time, opening 10 years prior. Our youngest child, age 1, spent weekends in a playpen in the middle of our pontoon boat. Our Mooresville “home” was similar to most on the lake — a 1960s single-room fishing shack,

expanded over the years with additions of a mobile home, porch and garage. They all connected to form a rambling collection of rooms where we have amazing family memories. As our kids grew into teenagers we skied and tubed down McCreary Creek, waving along the way to farmers working their fields in what is now Morrison Plantation and the Oak Tree communities (there wasn’t a no wake within 150 feet of docks ordinance then, and the boats didn’t create mammoth wakes). Like us, our neighbors utilized Lake Norman as a part-time getaway. We had two full time neighbors I recall, but permanent residents on this part of the lake

were rare. Commonly, property across the street from the lake sat wooded and undeveloped. Property prices seemed outrageous in the mid 1980s… empty lots we looked at averaged $65,000; those with homes and docks could be double that! We feared that we were crazy buying when the property market seemed potentially overpriced. We still chuckle about that with prices 10 times higher 35 years later. Closer to Charlotte, Cornelius lake property was called the “gold coast” by realtors, where empty lots could exceed $100,000. Seeing a movie meant driving to Statesville. For groceries, we trekked to Harris Teeter near downtown Mooresville. Favorite

spots for a fancy dinner out were Lancaster’s BBQ, Lineberger’s Steakhouse or Big Daddy’s — all of which thrive today with essentially the same menu and décor. Most major retailers lined “the bypass” — a section of Hwy. 150 between McClelland Ave. and Hwy. 115. Lake Norman is a radically different place today, but a place we love all the same. Like most on the lake, our fishing shack/ mobile home was removed to build our future retirement home. Retirement arrived two years ago and we’re proud to call Lake Norman our full-time home. — Libby and Martin Rose host the blog and social media sites Wandering Rose Travels.


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operate on a Plan B scenario, with students also rotating in small groups based on last names so that the schools have no more than 50 percent capacity of students at any given time. Students will have three virtual days per week where they are not on campus. Lincoln County Schools will also follow Plan B by utilizing a mix of in-person and remote learning.


n a time when most of us are normally focused on purchasing the back-toschool supplies and new clothing, shoes and backpacks, the start to the 2020-21 school year will look unlike any other previous years. Due to the pandemic of COVID-19 that has led to the cancellation of most normal summer activities and events, the effects of trying to follow the recommended Centers for

Keeping it COOL


Disease Control guidelines have led to school officials planning for a different start to the school year. As of mid-July, school districts began releasing information on their plans for starting school this month, when North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper released his recommended that schools open at a reduced capacity. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will open on a Plan B-Plus Remote beginning on Aug. 17. The first two weeks will include students attending school in small, rotating groups, and then switching to remoteonly learning until further notice. Iredell-Statesville Schools will

All schools will operate with increased health protocols, use of masks for students, staff and faculty and working to maintain proper social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus. Most charter schools will also be following a Plan B model, with private schools having more flexibility for re-opening because they normally have smaller student bodies. Schools are also offering options for remote-only learning for families who wish to do so. If you are unsure, please contact your school system or charter or private school to find out which plan they are using to begin the school year. — Compiled by Renee Roberson

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YOUR BEST LIFE by Renee Roberson

In Search of the Elusive Zzzs

Common sleep issues and how to combat them


t didn’t really hit me until my 40s—nights where sleep would allude me and I had a running checklist of everything I needed to do at home or for work running through my head. I would lie there and count down the hours (if I fall asleep now, I’ll get four hours of sleep, etc.) I wasn’t doing anything differently than I had in my previous decades of life, except for maybe worrying more. When I started talking with friends and acquaintances about my sleep issues, I found I was in good company. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as many as 30 to 35 percent of Americans complain of insomnia.

Sleep stressors With the high stress of our lives, and having phones that notify us every five minutes of a news headline or work e-mail, it can be hard to disconnect our brains in order to get the proper amount of rest. Add the entire world being more confined to home due to the current pandemic, and it’s not unusual for even the most regular sleep patterns to be affected. Below are some tips to help sleep come more naturally. • Set an alarm to get up at the same time each day and try to stick to a consistent bedtime to maintain a natural sleep rhythm. • Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing, with a comfortable and

cool temperature. • Turn off electronic devices at least thirty minutes before bedtime. • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol consumption before bedtime, as they can disrupt sleep patterns. • If you don’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed and engage in a quiet activity, such as journaling or reading. • Keeping a sleep journal can also help you pinpoint stressors or other factors that may be keeping you from sleeping. Doing this helped me to realize that work deadlines and hormonal shifts are likely the cause of my two to three nights of

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insomnia per month and helped me to put a plan of action into place. The Medicinal Path Many people rely on melatonin, a natural hormone produced by our brains that helps regulate the daily cycle of sleep and wakefulness, to aid in sleep disturbances. But because melatonin is considered a dietary supplement and not subject to the same regulations as medications by the Food and Drug Administration, you should consult with your family physician or board-certified sleep expert before experimenting with overthe-counter sleep remedies or any other prescription medications.



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orth Carolina Neurology and Sleep is a comprehensive general neurology and sleep practice. We are an independent clinic that prides itself on an individual approach. Dr. Giallanza “Dr. G” was born and raised outside of Buffalo, NY. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Buffalo. He moved to North Carolina in 2003 where he did his neurology and sleep training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Giallanza established the practice in 2010. Allie Sobin is our nurse practitioner and joined the practice in 2019. She has quickly become an integral part of our practice. Allie is a native of South Carolina and obtained her degrees at the University of South Carolina at Columbia and Clemson University. Some of our services include: neurologic and sleep consultations; in lab and home sleep testing; electroencephalograms (EEGs); nerve conduction testing and electromyograms (EMGs); minor ambulatory procedures. In 2019 NC Neurology and Sleep added two certified therapy dogs to our growing practice (Pepper- an Italian Greyhound and Lucy- an Aussie Labradoodle).

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hen I learned that the issue you are currently holding in your hands would, at least loosely (because there is so much uncertainty around the topic) have an education focus, I thought I’d extend to you an education-focused invitation. To write. Yes, to write. The way I see it, with everything we are being asked to do (and not do), inviting you to pick up a pen and paper, or open a blank laptop or tablet screen, and begin writing something— anything—fits well with these do-it-differently times. If the very thought of writing scares you, don’t worry, it terrified—and still does to an extent, terrify—me. When a university creative writing teacher once suggested I carry around a writing journal “just in case inspiration hit,” (I later learned that his way of saying all the previous work I had submitted was terrible and something needed to change), I broke out in hives for fear of anyone—mainly fraternity brothers, housemates, even girls I might potentially date—possibly getting their hands on my work, reading it, and also tormenting me for its terribleness. So instead of purchasing a nice leather bound writer’s journal, I tore out all the pages of a surfing magazine, taped the edges like a folder, and stuffed crumpled up attempts at poems, diary entries, and even short stories into it for an entire year. Long before I could hide my work behind electronic firewalls and passwords, I figured no one would want to read anything

in a surfing magazine. No one ever did. I kept my terrible writing private. So why write? In addition to doing something, perhaps, you have never done, I believe writing offers a host of health and life-affirming benefits. Writing grounds us. It brings clarity to our thoughts. Writing makes the world our own. And, I believe, since human connection is based around shared stories, sharing our stories, our experiences, our thoughts, and our ideas can serve to bring us closer together. Think sitting around the campfire together. That kind. But if you believe writers live fabulous lives, think again. Sure, Sebastian Junger has been known to shut himself inside a remote and beautiful beach cottage to live and work in solitude, writing by candlelight while enjoying calming oceans and natural beauty, before emerging with a best-seller, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the norm. Truth be told, some of my best thoughts hit me while waiting in the drive-through line, or idling 10 cars deep at a red light, so it’s then that I reach for pen and paper and write a few notes. It doesn’t matter if the traffic moves, I’ll finish my thoughts even to the blasts of car horns. For all you know I was typing this article in front of you while sitting in construction delays on Catawba. I’m not usually one to dole out tips and advice about anything, especially writing, but since I’m not interviewing anyone for this story and

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have to reach my word count without quotes and insight, here are a few. First of all, be honest with your attempt and, as a corollary, at least give writing an attempt. Allow yourself to be vulnerable, to try, to struggle, to fail, and to succeed. Don’t worry about being new, chances are someone already said something close to what you want to say. But do say it your way no matter what the rules of grammar, tone, voice, and tense might dictate. It’s yours that way. It is easy to talk about the successes, and when we read something, whether a book, an article, a blog, or even this article, we see the end product—the finished body of work—but what is more difficult to talk about is the struggle. And like anything else worthwhile, writing often first presents itself as a struggle. I write, rewrite, and rewrite again before sharing it with someone else for feedback. My editor then edits it, too. Part of what I enjoy about writing

is the process of sharing, changing, tweaking, and fine tuning. I do hate the everpresent chance of terribleness though. I’m still quite good at being terrible. So what should you write as you undertake this new pursuit? Simple. Write about what you see, how you feel, where you go, what you do, or how you interact with others. Write about your fears, your struggles, your successes. Rewrite the ending of a favorite book, movie, or TV series splurge. A different take on “Tiger King”? A new, twisted fate of Joe Exotic? Would The Office’s Michael Scott make a good President? Who would be the VP? Cabinet members? I think Stanley is way underrated. Inside of us all are stories to be shared, thoughts to be written, a poem or even song lyrics. Words for a children’s book. A graphic novel. A comic series. A blog. Your family history. What’s your story? Write it.

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country. Hudson & Lee products are sold online, as well as stocked in local Charlotte stores and southeastern boutiques. What started as a creative spark while Greta was a stay-at-home mom blossomed into a fullfledged business she and her husband still run today. But Greta couldn’t stop there. She had the mind of a visionary that continued to thrive even as her Simple Syrup business was growing. At a time when many wouldbe entrepreneurs dream of having at least

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Fast forward a few years and now her two boys are ages 8 and 10. As they were growing, her desire to get back into the design world she came from also continued to grow. She contemplated her options and finally settled on the idea for a local design shop. Although Greta has

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When asked where her entrepreneurial spirit comes from, Greta is quick to point out she “comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and it is definitely in the blood.” But another factor fueling Greta’s drive while juggling the demands of family and business is having her supportive husband working by her side. Not only is Brett incredibly important to helping her with the boys, but she’s managed to recruit him to help around the business too. He finishes the furniture pieces that need a little extra attention and then turns them into beautifully finished products for sale at The Bungalow Market. The one-of-a-kind pieces further add to the uniqueness of the

store. It also helps he happens to understand exactly how she feels since he’s the owner of his own business, Huck Cycles in Cornelius. No matter what business endeavors Greta continues to take part in, one thing is clear — being a wife and mom are her first priorities and she molds the business to fit life on her terms. Greta sums it up perfectly by saying “It is true what everyone says that if you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. Of course, there is a lot of work involved but I feel more fulfilled than any other job has left me feeling.” The Bungalow Market is proof with hard work and a great support system, you can create a beautiful business while raising a thriving family.


Olympic canoeist Casey Eichfeld practicing at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. AUGUST 2020


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Through postponement, Olympian Casey Eichfeld journeys towards a fourth Summer Games



Eichfeld first competed in slalom canoeing internationally at age 14.

by Mike Savicki


photography by Jon Beyerle/On Camber Creative

t is one of those crazy late April days when winter is ruthlessly releasing every bit of bad weather remaining in its bag of seasonal supremacy. The combination of wind, waves, and whitecaps make Lake Norman look more like a washing machine and there’s not a boat to be found. It’s not Hatteras in a hurricane but for Lake Norman, it sure is close. Who would dare go out




I want to keep the sport alive. I want to see it succeed.” on a cool, dreary, stormy day like this? Then he appears. Bobbing up and down, cutting a razor thin line across the otherwise chaotic surface with powerful and precise, single-bladed paddle strokes, drenched and dripping wet, three-time Olympic canoeist, Casey Eichfeld, is having a field day. He is in the middle of an interval workout and with the U.S. National Whitewater Center shut down because of

the COVID-19 quarantine, he turned to his home lake. He hasn’t been on unsettled water like this in weeks. He couldn’t be happier.

Mounding, moving water

If you’ve never seen canoe slalom, imagine the thrill of downhill slalom skiing not on smooth snow but on an everchanging mass of mounding, moving water. Skiers race down

the mountain as quickly as possible, but slalom canoeists do it differently. In Eichfeld’s Olympic C1 class, competitors navigate anywhere from 18 to 25 gates with six to eight of them being upstream, meaning the athlete must first pass by the hanging gate then work back upstream and move cleanly through it. Hit a gate and receive a two-second penalty. Don’t even think of missing one. Slalom canoeing is one of

the most deliberate, skill-based Olympic sports. In addition to the training aspect itself, the sport requires a hydrodynamic understanding of how water works, and for more than a decade (and counting), Eichfeld has been not only the best American but also one of the top athletes in the world. If the Death Star could be reshaped into an 11’ carbon fiber missile you’d have his boat. He pilots it like a Blue Angel flies an FA-18 Hornet.


build-up, came to an abrupt stop. “I tried to hit the pause button and keep my emotions from going all over the place,” Eichfeld, 30, tells me as we sit overlooking a much calmer lake one month later. “We all pretty much knew the decision was coming and I kept telling myself—I keep telling myself— there is nothing I can do about it, it’s out of my control, and worrying or getting angry only hurts me and those I’m close with a lot. “So I shifted back to winter training on flat water, or whatever water I could find, refocused, and tried to find purpose in every day,” he says. “And I told myself everything is going to be okay, since I’m home, I’ll get to be the house husband for a while longer now.” He and his wife, Sarah Anderson, manager at LakeCross Veterinary, live not far from Birkdale with their golden retriever, River, and two

Russian Blue cats, P. Sherman and Wallaby Way. They met in 2007 through a mutual friend when Eichfeld was competing near her Maryland home, moved to Charlotte together to be closer to the USNWC, and were married at Disney’s EPCOT following the conclusion of the 2016 Games. With what little free time he has (his new-ish quarantine hobby is woodworking and furniture building), Eichfeld pulls shifts at The String Bean in Belmont. Regardless of the postponement, Eichfeld sees himself staying in the boat for a bit longer. The Olympics are scheduled for Paris in 2024 then Los Angeles in 2028. When he first competed internationally at age 14, he thought it might be cool to finish his career in the USA. It’s possible. He wants to see the sport grow and succeed, too. “Slalom canoeing is dominated by the Europeans,

but it doesn’t have to be,” he says. “I remember a time growing up when my family would head to the river and heats of races would run from sunrise to sundown. We’d literally fall asleep as kids still wet. I have done this sport my whole life and believe so much in it. I want to keep the sport alive. I want to see it succeed.” At the time of writing this article, it is now late June and even though North Carolina is pausing its reopening, certain venues are operating at reduced capacity. Eichfeld and his team are back training at the USNWC. Competitions are still on hold, but the training continues; the waiting and the uncertainty of the times be damned. “Being on the water makes me happy,” he says. “I love how technical it is. I love the flow of the water and the feelings that come with moving across it. It is amazing enough to be out there, it is so much more magical when it goes right.”


2020 should have been an Olympic year and had the Tokyo Summer Games not been postponed, Eichfeld would have otherwise been as far away from Lake Norman and his Huntersville home as any Olympic athlete could be. He typically travels six to eight months a year to venues from Europe to Australia. In Olympic years, like this should have been, the percentage jumps close to 100 percent factoring in training, competitions, qualifications, practices, and camps, not to mention Team USA athlete appearances. Before the 2016 Summer Games, for example, Eichfeld had already been to the Rio venue on five different occasions that year alone. He has accrued enough airline miles to circle the globe 20 times. But with the announcement of the COVID-19 postponement, Eichfeld’s schedule, like so many others who were in their final training


Eichfeld was slated to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games before they were postponed.

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During a Pandemic The Learning Curve supports students moving forward by Elizabeth Watson Chaney | photography by Jamie Cowles

S Roni LaBarbera, owner of The Learning Curve in Mooresville.

ince COVID-19 hit in March, the educational landscape has shifted dramatically. Teachers and schools are working overtime to adapt to virtual classrooms and create flexible plans covering many possible scenarios. Roni LaBarbera, a seasoned educator and owner of The Learning Curve, a professional tutoring and standardized test preparation service in Mooresville, empathizes with

the frustration expressed by parents and students. With the standardized tests being pushed back there is uncertainty of what education will look like. “I want them to know we are here for them,” she says. LaBarbera’s business specializes in one-on-one and small group tutoring, as well as SAT/ACT prep, and she believes the relationship that’s built between a tutor and a student is invaluable. A parent herself, she

recalls times when her children were struggling in school and she would try to help. Often those sessions would end in tears. She understands well that even for professional educators, it’s not always productive to work with your own child. At the office, she takes great care when matching a tutor with a student, paying close attention to personality, as well as to their learning needs and style

The call to teach

Mooresville,” says LaBarbera, who wound up trading in her first office space for a larger one and now employs a staff of thirteen. All her tutors have a minimum of a college degree. Most have a master’s, she says, and a couple are pursuing their PhDs. “I hire people who not only love what they do but are great at what they do.”

An advocate for education Although she still tutors occasionally while running the business, LaBarbera’s main focus has shifted to volunteer work. “I’m a strong advocate for women’s education,” she says, adding that any civic group looking for a speaker on that topic need look no further. When her adopted daughter— who is from Afghanistan—was high school-age, the two addressed audiences on the

topic together. “When you educate people and open their eyes to what’s possible, it’s like turning on a light. I know for a fact my daughter has turned around and helped other young women from her country.” From her perspective, “the more you know the more you can help.” With her three children now grown, LaBarbera has been busy mentoring students through a program called Crosby Scholars, which is based in Iredell county. These students are, for any number of reasons, at high risk for not having the opportunity to go to college. This year, she’s working with three students helping them with the college application process. Through the Learning Curve, she also offers pro bono ACT/SAT prep classes. “We work really hard,” she says, “to make sure every kid has the same opportunities.”


Before becoming a teacher, LaBarbera worked on many interesting projects as a microbiologist for the U.S. Army. She recalls one in which their goal was to recreate the protein found in spider webs for use in flak jackets, because it’s both stronger and lighter than titanium. As much as she enjoyed her job, her lifelong desire to be a teacher didn’t

relent. She returned to school and earned post-baccalaureate teaching certifications in both math and science. She began her career as a high school teacher in Hopkinton, Mass. (the town best known as the starting point of the Boston Marathon), and then after moving to the Lake Norman area, continued it at North Mecklenburg High School. The mother of two young sons, she later accepted a tutoring position outside the school system. Eventually, she thought, “I could do this on my own.” The Learning Curve started in her house in 2009, where she tutored students at her dining room table. Four years later, she had so many students coming and going that her husband urged her to find an alternate location. She rented a small office and even hired her first employee. “I love my job, and I’m thrilled to do it in


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Emberglow Outdoor Resort has unique dwellings with modern amenities by Michele Huggins | photography by Michele Huggins

hree years ago, Emberglow Outdoor Resort was just an idea. It all began with Tim Murphy’s wish to raise his children in a place where they had space to explore and run outdoors without urban worries. That wish evolved into the 72-acre outdoor resort in Mill Spring, N.C. that is built with the mindset to create a comfortable retreat that encourages being outdoors.

Get back to nature in style Located in the foothills of North Carolina, Emberglow is just over 90 minutes from Lake Norman. Four yurts, seven vintage campers, two treehouses, and two glamping pods provide a welcome touch of convenience to an outdoor escape. Each accommodation is well appointed with modern conveniences, including private bathrooms with hot water, air


The Bohemian Treehouse offers forest views.

A galley kitchen in one of the vintage campers.

a simpler time. The Marge is restored to her 1950s perfection with wood paneling, bunk beds and a queen bed tucked in the back. Sliding doors separate the front sitting area and kitchen from the middle bunk room, and the rear bedroom making it easy for families who may keep different hours. If you prefer the full outdoor experience, there are four, open-air primitive treehouses elevated off the ground and tucked back in the woods with plenty of shade. Each has platform bed spaces for four, you supply your sleeping mattress of choice. There are also primitive tent camping sites and a group campground available for reservation, as well as 24 RV sites available for hookup. The family bathhouse has individual shower rooms, each with a skylight, giving a shared space a private feel. The skylights add that extra bit of sunlight that makes it feel airy and fresh.

Plenty of amenities Perhaps the gem of Emberglow is the resort-quality pool. Large, shallow shelf-step entries make it perfect for families with different ages of children, or for adults who like to sit and cool off without being fully submerged. Three well-marked nature trails loop the property, great for hiking or biking. There is a jump pad and sand volleyball, a community fire pit, dog park, free WIFI, and a natural playground is under construction. While working to protect guests during the COVID-19 pandemic, a maximum of 40 guests are allowed at the pool at a time. A reservation system is in place to prevent overcrowding. Other COVID-19 precautionary measures include deep cleaning after each guest’s stay, and no quilts and heavy bedding, only sheets that can be washed after each stay are used. A 27-hour gap also is scheduled

between a guest’s departure and the next guest’s check-in. Accommodations range in price from $60 for a primitive treehouse site to $200 per night for the family treehouse. Yurts, vintage campers and glamping pods range from $100-$180. All accommodations require a two-night minimum. Pets are allowed in primitive treehouses for an additional $15 fee. Lake Lure is a 20-minute drive from Emberglow and offers swimming, boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding and tubing, golf, and waterfront dining. Canopy Tours also are available at Canopy Ridge Farm. Drive 20 minutes beyond Lake Lure to hike to the top of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

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conditioning and heat, new mattresses ranging in size from bunks to king, small kitchens with microwaves, coffee makers and refrigerators, as well as a grill, fire pit and picnic table. Contemporary design gives the dwellings an elevated feeling for an outdoor resort. Inspired by the Swiss Family Robinson novel, the Family Treehouse sleeps six to eight, has a living room, a cargo net on the backside, lookouts, and a slide from the outside deck to ground level. Cross a swinging bridge to get to The Bohemian Treehouse that offers forest views. The deluxe yurt has a spacious living room and indoor dining area, plus two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed, and sleeps eight. Two smaller yurts and the glamping pods each sleep two people, and have creek-side wooded views. Restored vintage campers, with names like Marge, Stella and Harold, take you back to



The living space from one of the treehouses.


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Meet Me at the BOATHOUSE Mooresville property features a piece of the past along with new build

by Bek Mitchell-Kidd | photography by Ken Noblezada AUGUST 2020



t’s remarkable when we can preserve the past and build to the future. That’s exactly what happened on a spacious property located near The Point in Mooresville. Wendy Yeakley, principal designer and owner and of Homestyles Interior Design, worked with builder, Warren Smith, president of Courtland Homebuilders, and the clients to




The Boathouse ...



L: The renovated boathouse now features a fully-functioning kitchen. R:The boathouse is believed to have been constructed in the 1960s.

transform an old boat shed into a guest cottage and custom-build a new family home on the same site.

A anchor to the past

The boathouse, believed to be constructed in the 1960s, was built for a doctor who lived out of state. He used the house to store his boat on the lower level, and the

top was a sleeping quarter. Removing the structure wasn’t really an option because it had been grandfathered into the Lake Norman buffer area. “The Iredell County zoning department said we could redesign the structure within the same footprint but could not go up or out any further than the existing structure,” says Smith.

Today the boathouse remains two stories and approximately 1,200 square feet. The original shell was saved, but Warren’s team had to take the interior down to the studs in order to bring the mechanical systems and framing up to code. “Designing a workspace within a living space, while maintaining a cottage feel was top priority,” says Yeakley.

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A cottage feel permeates throughout the boathouse. AUGUST 2020


The boathouse now has a home office on the main level.

Warren agrees with that sentiment. “Our goal going into this project was to turn the original boathouse into a home office on the main level and a gym in the basement, while incorporating elements that would make it a comfortable area for guests to stay.” There’s a gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, kitchen, living and office area, and a bedroom and bathroom. The original ramp is still intact and leads from the lower level gym to the water and original boat winch. The boathouse also has a large open deck

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which wraps around the side to the entry.

Both convenience and privacy

“We set the foundation height of the main house to allow for easy access from the outdoor living area to the boathouse,” says Smith. “We wanted it close enough so it is convenient, but also far enough to allow for some privacy. The idea was to

let the boathouse act as an extension of the property, but not look like one giant structure.” The main house is approximately 5,000 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2 half baths. Light neutrals and shades of blue infuse a feeling of timeless American with a coastal flair. The large kitchen called for layered whites. Yeakley added a gray neutral to the

base of the island to contrast against the white perimeter of the cabinetry. And, the nearby dining table as well as the living room end tables were custom made in West Virginia out of Ash with a gray stain. Yeakley also custom ordered the kitchen island stools, as the Homestyles team designs and specifies furnishings specific to each project and works directly with manufacturers.

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The home has an open-concept design with an island large enough for every member of the family.

Form and function

Being a lake house, the home must easily roll with bringing the outdoors in. The only carpet in the home is in the children’s bedrooms. Everywhere else is either hardwood, tile or ‘washable.’ “The dining room rug is from Charlotte’s Stark Carpets and is perfect for a casual dining area,” says Yeakley. “If spills happen, they wash right out. Even the dining chairs and barstools have washable seat cushions and polyolefin rope perfect for easy cleanup.” In both the main house and the boathouse, Wendy selected


A wine bar with extra storage is nestled in the corner of the kitchen.

dwellings Decorative lighting is designed to enhance the views of the lake but not obstruct them.



decorative lighting to draw attention to the views but not obstruct them. Multiple dimmers were installed to control the lighting and optimize the natural light during different times of the

day. The end result, says Yeakley, is a design concept that is “clean, casual, and light, with a focus on the amazing views of lake Norman.� Solar shades and plantation shutters were used

only where privacy is needed (think bedrooms). All other windows were left untreated to maintain unhindered views of the lake. This suits the clients, who are a family of five, just fine;

their favorite time of day is sunrise. Given the design, they can enjoy the morning view from both the deck of the boathouse and the main house, and start every day enjoying the beauty of the lake.

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y wife, Mary Ellen, has a couple of never-miss dishes that help make up her dining portfolio; linguini with clams and fried calamari. If either one is on a menu it becomes an open and shut case; more accurately, an open and shut menu. If both dishes are on a menu, the time between open and shut severely lengthens. Many factors come into play; personal mood at the time, restaurant specialties, what’s on the wine list and many others. Good husband that I am, I will often order one dish and she will order the other and we get to share with each other. With calamari, Mary Ellen is very particular. She and lactose products are not on speaking terms so there has to be no soaking in buttermilk before frying. She, also, dislikes the addition of tentacles to the dish—she reaches out to the dish but doesn’t like the appearance of it reaching out to her. Occasionally, she will forget to request no tentacles. That’s when I get an additional side dish to whatever I order. There are many restaurants in our lake area where Mary Ellen’s desire for calamari can be met. Probably our favorite is Flock Bistro in Mooresville. Calamari is a pretty constant item on their menu. Maybe we like Flock because of the warm welcome we get from co-proprietor, Anne Sheehan, as she asks, “Will you be ordering calamari this evening?” It’s nice to be a regular and to be recognized. Flock’s dish comes in various combinations. Mary Ellen opts for a simple dish, lightly breaded, fried, with marinara sauce and lemons. Deliciously simple and simply delicious. Then, of course, comes the decision as to which wine to have with the dish. Because the calamari is fried there’s a little depth added to it and a slightly deeper wine is called for. She generally opts for a glass of South African Chenin Blanc—crisp but with some added body. If I’m having the dish, I go in a completely different direction. I demolish the silly, general rule of “only white wine with seafood.” I head in the direction of a Pinot Noir—strong enough for the fried food and delicate enough for the lightness of the dish.

The calamari at Flock Bistro is lightly breaded and fried with a side of marinara sauce.

Pinot Noir takes me to another time and another place. Some time back we were on our annual visit to the Dry Creek Valley region of Sonoma in California. This was a visit we had to forgo this year due to the nasty Covid-19 nonsense. We were dining in a tapas restaurant and, lo-and-behold, there was calamari on the menu, it was that evening’s special. Clearly, an open and shut case. We each ordered calamari. I was in a happy place as the Pinot Noir on offer was from the Russian River Valley region which is right next door. I’m a big fan. There was a surprise when our meals came. The fried rings of calamari were nowhere to be seen. What we had was a

slowly grilled, whole calamari. Surprising but delicious. It had a slight flavor of vanilla and a smoky side. Just perfect with my goto Pinot Noir. So, calamari comes in many versions. Each one is superb. And extra special with a slightly nuanced wine; red or white. The Olympic games scheduled for this year have been pushed out to next year; Covid-19, again. I’m lobbying hard to get a calamari event included. I want to see Mary Ellen on the medal stand and I’ll be toasting her with a glass of Pinot Noir, preferably from the Russian River Valley region.

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Dine + Wine

On Tap

by Michele Huggins | photography courtesy of Highland Brewing Co.

Brews and Views



Highland Brewing Co. recently opened walking trails that can be found steps away from the brewery’s original taproom.



f you love a crisp, hoppy IPA with a mountain view, put Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville on your vision board for a daytrip escape. Highland Brewing Co., independently and familyowned, has a reputation for its Gaelic Ale, an American amber ale brewed on site since the brewery opened in Asheville in 1994. Seasonal releases like Wanderlush—a “hazy adventure ale”— Clawhammer Oktoberfest that comes out each August, as well as limited release brews like Cold Mountain winter ale out just before Thanksgiving have garnered the brewery regional and national awards and accolades in brewing. In addition to well-known IPAs and pilsners found at the

brewery and on shelves at stores throughout the country, there are small batch beers from the Pilot Brewhouse that are only available at the brewery to give folks a taste of what’s next.

Safety protocols The brewery sits on 40 acres, giving guests ample space to safely social distance. In response to COVID-19, and a sense of responsibility to patrons and employees, the brewery has implemented a long list of safety measures and practices, including properly distanced tables and seating, intentionally limited seating arrangements, digital menus and single-use paper menus, reduced hours

to accommodate increased cleaning and sterilization shifts, plexiglass shields at bars, contactless payment options, handwashing stations, and hands-free bathroom door openers.

Get on the trails Highland’s Meadow reopened in July as a familyfriendly space that features social-distanced seating circles on the grass that define space for different sized parties. There are picnic tables and campsite-like seating circles for guests to bring their own chairs and blankets. The Meadow’s summer season is highlighted by long-running musical acts on the outdoor stage, smallbatch and seasonal beers

at the shipping container bar, plus local food trucks. While the Meadow is open to families, the taproom remains 21 and older. Take a walk along the recently opened trails that offer a wooded retreat with sections along a creek and an old railroad just steps outside the brewery’s original taproom. While you can’t bring beer onto the trails, it’s a good way to stretch your legs before or after a brew while away from your pandemic digs. Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville is located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway, and is just under a 2.5 hour drive from the Lake Norman area. The Taproom and Meadow are open afternoons and evenings seven days a week throughout summer 2020.

Dine + Wine Photography by Glenn Roberson

Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan

In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Ingredients


3-4 beets with tops intact 3 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil 2 medium sweet onions, skinned and cut into wedges 2 cups fresh baby spinach ½ cup unsalted pistachios, crushed lightly

Jill Dahan

Dressing: 4 tbsp sherry vinegar ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp fresh or 1 tsp dried thyme leaves 1 cup feta or goat cheese, crumbled


Hard to Beat Beet Salad

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


Beets are one of the latest ‘it’ health foods – how many times have you heard how nutritious and cleansing beets or beet root can be for you? And if you are a true beet hater (like I used to be) an extra trick is to buy the golden ones as the color is much like a potato and the sweetness will remind you of a very mild sweet potato. Golden or red, cut them into small wedges, roast in a light coating of coconut oil, and toss in cumin seed or curry powder if you fancy.

Cut leaves from the root part of beets and reserve for greens. Peel the beets and then cut into wedges. Reserve good leaves and place in a bowl of cold water; chill until needed. Heat oil, split between two roasting pans and toss onion wedges in one and beet wedges in the other. This will ensure the color of the beets does not bleed on the onions. Roast both at 375ºF for about 30 minutes. Remove the onions and roast beets for another 10 minutes, or until tender. Remove and set aside. Blend vinegar, olive oil, and garlic until combined and then add thyme. Remove beet leaves, pat dry. Toss beet leaves and spinach with a bit of dressing and then toss a little dressing with the onions and beets. Place on a platter and garnish with the cheese and pistachios.


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Dine + Wine

Nibbles + Bites

by Karel Bond Lucander |

photography by Jamie Cowles

Pastries with Panache


Bakery 28

STATS Cuisine

Everyday cakes, petit fours, eclairs, French pastries and macarons, croissants, cake pops, cookies, brownies and candies – with options for vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. AUGUST 2020

Price everyday pastries


varies for custom



come as you are


Bakery 28 owner and pastry chef Keli Marks.


aybe you’ve eaten an éclair, but have you had one made by a pastry chef who’s created desserts for three former U.S. presidents? If not, welcome to Bakery 28 in Cornelius, where such accomplishments are only the icing on owner Keli Marks’ impressive pastry-making background. Raised in Chicago, she grew up making donuts with her grandfather and cooking with grandma Nene. She became

serious about baking and graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Marks worked in the renowned Payard’s French pastry shop in New York City and studied at The French Pastry School in Chicago, Ill., as the first assistant to master chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F. (Meilleur Ouvier de France). She continued to perfect her skills at high-end bakeries, restaurants and hotels, eventually becoming cake

Approachable elegance with a touch of lake-life ambiance.

designer and co-owner of a Chicago bakery. Since then, she’s competed in three Food Network baking challenges and was a guest pastry chef at the famed James Beard House in Manhattan.

Opening Bakery 28 at Exit 28 After relocating to Cornelius in 2015 with her husband and teenage twin daughters, she noticed a void in pastry shops and set out to open one.

Group-Friendly Family-friendly Going Solo

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This includes an entree and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Customers are welcome to sip coffee while they sample pastries in the calming cafe.

European inspired

Features local ingredients Whenever possible, Marks uses organic ingredients from area farms and highlights seasonal produce. Eggs, cream, milk and fruit have come from Watson Farms, Homeland Creamery and Bush-N-Vine, to name a few. “When strawberry season hit, I was buying from Barbee Farms for our tarts and lush velvet cake. Our pecans are from a Georgia farm, so fragrant and earthy, unlike any other,” she says. There is a section in her case reserved for vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free items. She also

Those three former U.S. presidents So what were the desserts Marks made for those three former presidents, on three separate occasions? She baked a variety of cookies for President Obama, petit fours for President G.W. Bush and a light plated dessert with fruits for President Clinton – ask her about it when you stop in for your own sweets. For more information, visit or call 704-897-1717.

Take Out Orders Available Curbside Pick – Up


Bakery 28 has a variety of European-inspired pastries, including French macarons, cheesecakes, cookies, petit fours, eclairs, religieuse (resembles a nun’s habit) cream puffs, Crème Brule, opera cake and croissants, as well as custom wedding and special occasion cakes. According to Marks, “French pastry tends to be more balanced, not dripping with sugar. It’s very refined and polished, not rustic. American desserts tend to be more rustic – like apple pie and cupcakes. Our cupcakes are more delicate. My recipes are developed from 25 years of doing this, and I’ve taken the best of French pastries and crossed them with American classics.”

has nut-free options. The coffee she serves is from Mooresville’s own small-batch craft roaster, Black Powder Coffee. “It’s amazing,” she adds. This is a shop where you can pause, sample pastries and sip coffee in an atmosphere Marks describes as “approachable elegance with a touch of lake-life ambiance. Simple, clean and minimal.” Also passionate about sustainability, she uses compostable, recyclable packaging and plastic ware, and composts waste. “I want to be known for quality – in the ingredients we use, in our sanitation standards and in the service we provide,” she adds.


“I felt I was being called to do it,” she says. She opened Bakery 28 in mid-March, just as the pandemic began to shut everything down. Although that was challenging, her biggest hurdle is “having enough time to do it all.” For Marks, who now bakes 60 to 80 hours a week, the payoff is her customers’ joy. “I get to be a part of people’s happy moments! I want to make someone a great birthday cake.” she says.

on the Circuit


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Visit Davidson Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.




Drive-In Movie at Old Town Cornelius (Aug. 1, 8) Popcorn and concessions will be available for sale. Aug. 1, “The Secret Life of Pets,” Aug. 8, “Scoob.” $15 per vehicle plus driver; $7+ for additional passengers. 8:15 p.m., Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius, https://www.tickettailor. com/events/bellaloveinc

Mooresville Arts Gallery in downtown Mooresville.

Summer Drive-In Movies at Rural Hill (Aug. 15) Pre-registration required for the family-friendly movie “Onward.” Food and beverages will be for sale on site. $5 per car. 7 p.m. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, https://www.

Farmers Markets

Davidson Farmers Market, Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon, 120 S. Main St., Davidson, www. Denver Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8 a.m.noon, Pursuit Church, 3618 Hwy. 16 Business, Denver The Evening Farmers Market in Downtown Statesville Thursdays through October beginning at 3:30 p.m. Pecan Park, Historic

Downtown Statesville, www. Huntersville Growers Market Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon,Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell Streets, Huntersville, Josh’s Farmers Market, Mon.-Sat. from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5p.m., 189 Williamson Road, Mooresville, Lincolnton Market, Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon, 225 West Water Street, Lincolnton, The Market at DSS ,Thursdays from 8 a.m.-noon, 1136 East Main Street, Lincolnton, www. Troutman Farmers Market, Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m., Troutman ESC Park, 338 North Ave., Troutman, www.facebook. com/TroutmanFarmersMarket


Fosters Frame and Art Gallery, Various exhibitions, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.4p.m.403 Old N. Statesville Road, Huntersville, https://www.

Four Corners Framing and Gallery, Various exhibitions, Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 148 N. Main St., Mooresville, Mooresville Arts Gallery, Various exhibitions. Tue.-Fri., noon-4 pm.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville,


Auditions for The 39 Steps (Aug. 9, 10) Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps is a hilarious, comedic, and faithful rendering of this classic mystery thriller. Leading man, Richard Hannay, meets a mysterious woman at a London music hall. After witnessing her murder, he becomes entangled in in solving the crime, proving his innocence, and breaking up a spy ring about to sell government secrets. The production runs Sept. 24 – Oct. 11 at Armour Street Theatre. However, dates can be subject to change due to the ongoing nature of COVID-19. Auditions are Aug. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. at Armour Street Theatre, at 307 Armour Street in Davidson.

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PHC –Northlake Digestive Care Carl A. Foulks, Jr., MD April Lockman, NP

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Sonny is an adult male Boston Terrier Boxer (mixed) who is approximately 1.5 years old. His adoption fee includes neuter, microchipping, deworming, and vaccinations up to the date of adoption. Adoption fee is $250.


Cher is a female Labrador Boston Terrier mix estimated to be about 1.5 years old. Her adoption fee includes spay, microchipping, deworming, and vaccinations up to the date of adoption. Adoption fee is $250.


Godiva is a two-year-old black domestic shorthair. She arrived from a local animal control partner with her four kittens, but she is now looking to turn her motherhood card in and find an nice home to settle in. Her adoption fee includes spay, microchipping, de-worming, and vaccinations up to the date of adoption. Adoption fee is $150.


Aslan is male adult domestic longhair who is very regal, just like his name. His adoption fee includes neuter, microchipping, deworming, and vaccinations up to the date of adoption. Adoption fee is $150.


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School at Home


by Renee Roberson


Setting up kids’ virtual study spaces for success


s I’m writing this column, I’ve just received word that our school will be operating remotely until at least Labor Day, when new information and recommendations for how to keep children and teachers the healthiest from the current pandemic will be reevaluated. As we’ve been talking this week about how to best set up our house for remote learning, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate. Back in March, which now seems like a lifetime ago, our kids literally left school on a Friday and never returned to their school (except to pick up their random belongings at the end of the year from their teachers in the parking lot). My husband never returned to his office. We had to quickly figure out the best way for him to work and take calls, for me to continue working and for our two kids to take their Zoom calls and work on remote learning assignments. It’s a situation many families faced and are continuing to face as the new school year begins.

We’ve decided to set up a workstation in each of our kids’ bedrooms so they can have the privacy to take their Zoom calls without distractions. I wanted to get a few more ideas on how to set up these learning spaces in their bedrooms so they will be conducive to both learning and unwinding. I know not everyone has multiple spaces in their homes to set up learning stations. Here are a few tips I found: • Consider a corner unit desk or one that folds down from the wall for to maximize the bedroom space when not in use. My husband uses a simple rectangular table from Ikea in his space and it doesn’t take up much room. Look for units that feature storage either on top of the desk or below. • Stackable storage cubbies can help with organizing notebooks and school supplies and be used for other things. Floating wall shelves are also an option. Have supplies

such as notepads, post-it notes, markers, pens, pencils and erasers at the ready and in an organized area for efficiency. • You can arrange your student’s bedroom much like a college dorm room, with a loft bed on one wall with a desk and study space underneath. • Get a comfortable chair. Check for lumbar support, that it is height adjustable, has armrests if possible and has easy-to-use adjustment controls. • If your student is going to be spending a lot of time in the space sleeping and studying, consider a soft, neutral paint color for the walls for a more calming atmosphere. A sturdy desk lamp and nontoxic plant are other décor suggestions. Live plants help remove toxins from the air, regulate humidity and can reduce stress levels.

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