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FROM WHERE I SIT

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

Publisher MacAdam Smith Mac@LNCurrents.com

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Always Learning I love to learn about new things. Some of my favorite ways to consume new information is through podcasts, documentaries, and books. Sometime in this past year I realized I had gotten into a bit of a rut when it came to my personal education choices. I was reading the same types of books over and over (often women’s fiction, contemporary young adult novels and other “book club” type literature) because they were entertaining, but was I really learning anything new? I began to challenge myself, first by choosing to read books by authors with entirely different backgrounds, as well as more historical fiction. “The Nickel Boys” tells the story of two young black males sent to a fictional reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida (based on the real life Dozier School for Boys). I then read a middle grade fiction book about The Tulsa, Oklahoma Race Massacre in the early 1920s called “Greenwood Gone: Henry’s Story.” Most recently, I selected a book that had been sitting on my shelf unread for a few years, “The Last Ballad,” by North Carolina author Wiley Cash. This is a great historical fiction novel that tells the story of a young mother, Ella May Wiggins, and the murder that occurred when she joined a union of mill strikers in Bessemer City. I think it’s important to read a variety of literature from different perspectives to expand our views and understanding of events in history. Looking at my choices of literature, I can also see I need to add in books that tell more stories from other parts of the world. Fortunately, the books on the summer reading lists of both of my high schoolers have given me some great selections. One of my favorite podcasts is called “Imagined Life, and through each episode, you learn about a famous person in history, but you don’t find out who the person is until the very end of the episode. I’ve learned stories I never knew about people like Jim Henson, Sally Ride, David Bowie, Sidney Poitier, Nora Ephron, Elon Musk and much more. I also enjoy learning the history behind corporate battles through “Business Wars.” And of course, I love a deep dive into true crime stories with podcasts like “Unsolved Murders.” This issue contains some great examples of the importance of education at any age, from a cooperative preschool that has existed in Huntersville since 1971, to a new counseling center that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, tips for helping ease students back into school after a pandemic, and a local high student and bookseller who is on track to read 200 books this year. I hope this issue inspires you to challenge yourself in ways you’ve never before considered. We’re never too old to stop learning. Editor Renee@LNCurrents.com

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Contents

About the Cover: Thanks to everyone who voted for this year’s Best of the Lake Norman CURRENT Award Winners!

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LAKE SPACES How we live at the lake

53 Dwellings

CHANNEL MARKERS

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

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A remodel inspired by sunset views on the lake

Nurse Line of Lake Norman offers health care advocacy

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For the Long Run The Children’s Schoolhouse

FEATURES In Every Issue

30 Thoughts from the Man Cave

Join the Human Powered Movement

46 Game On

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Josh’s Farmers Market moves to temporary location

IN THIS ISSUE 28 Your Best Life

A unique approach to self improvement

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YogaSix focuses on yoga for everyone

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Soccer Shots instills core values into young players

Back to School – Setting students up for success after an unprecedented past year

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

63 Wine Time

Pinot Noir at Sabi Asian Bistro

66 On Tap

A month of things to do on the lake

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78 Renee Wants to Know

DINE + WINE

Best of the Lake Norman CURRENT Award Winners

74 On the Circuit

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How do you read 200 books in one year?

B Squared Bottle Shop and Tasting Room

68 In The Kitchen

Falafel pancakes with Ratatouille

70 Nibbles + Bites

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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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Ruth Zutaut founded Nurse Line of Lake Norman this past year.

New Company Helps Families Navigate Complex Healthcare Landscape by Jennifer Mitchell photography by Jamie Cowles

During the height of the pandemic, Ruth Zutaut, a registered nurse with 25 years of experience, noticed patients and family members needed a healthcare advocate more than ever before. With patients hospitalized and, in many cases, no family allowed to visit, getting healthcare questions answered became a constant struggle for many. “During the evenings, I found myself calling hospitals in other states for information regarding my own family and for friends of friends who could not get information they needed,” Zutaut explains. Some families could not get information on their own and if they did get through to a nurse or doctor, they did not always know the questions to ask or understand the information they were given. With healthcare systems becoming busier and patients often feeling they have less time with doctors and nurses, Zutaut noticed there was a real need for patients and families to be able to hire their own personal nurse. In 2020 she launched Nurse Line of Lake Norman, pairing up licensed and registered nurses with patients and families. Services range from making calls on a patients’ behalf and explaining medical information to home visits, IV therapy, wound care and hospital visits. “We provide a consultation with the client and family to assess their needs and to evaluate what services we can provide and then they sign off on a written plan of care,” Zutaut says. “They can feel comfortable knowing that we will care for them as if they are our family because they will become family.” Zutaut says healthcare frustrations are not going away, adding that increased federal regulations result in more time spent on docu-

mentation requirements and often less time spent with the patient. “Patients and families have questions and concerns they need answered. They need education regarding their healthcare plan, procedures, medications, and tests. They need to know someone cares about their situation.” Nurse Line of Lake Norman assists with chronic disease management education, children with special needs, hospitalized patients, home care and education, attending physician office visits as well as procedures. Nurses work for the patient and family, advocating exclusively for their needs. Zutaut explains that due to COVID, many patients have delayed care and in some cases are just overwhelmed by the complexities of the healthcare system. But that’s where her company intends to help. “There has never been a better time to have your own nurse. We want to be your family nurse and if we have helped improve even one life, we have succeeded.” www.lakenormannurse.com https://www.facebook.com/lakenormannurse E-mail: Ruth@lakenormannurse.com 704.995.1199 www.LNCurrents.com | AUGUST 2021

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The Power of

Play

The Children’s Schoolhouse has offered a cooperative preschool experience since 1971

The Children’s Schoolhouse designed a completely outdoor curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Grace Kennedy | photography courtesy of The Children’s Schoolhouse

Embarking on its 50th school year this fall, the Children’s Schoolhouse was founded by a group of Davidson parents who wanted a preschool where children could exercise their natural curiosity and discover the world around them. As a family cooperative preschool, the Schoolhouse relies on the commitment of parents, who choose jobs based on their schedules, skills, and interests. The co-op structure gives parents a voice in school policy and operations and makes them an essential component of the school community. For Board President Caroline Schollmeyer, community is key. Schollmeyer, her husband Tom, and their two young daughters moved to the Lake Norman area in the height of the pandemic. The Children’s Schoolhouse connected them to a supportive network of families with similar-aged children and gave their older daughter a place where she could still be a kid in the midst of lockdowns and quarantines. “It felt so critical to have socialization opportunities for my daughter, not knowing anyone when we moved here,” recalls Schollmeyer. “I needed to know that she was going to get every ounce of childhood that she could.” Meanwhile, the Schollmeyers formed bonds with fellow parents thanks to the co-op setting. “The community that we have started to build in the past year is more rooted and richer than any community that we have been involved in since we had children,” says Schollmeyer. 18

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So how does a play-based preschool operate during a pandemic? The Schoolhouse community did what they do best: they got creative. They reduced enrollment by 40 percent, designed a completely outdoor curriculum, and raised funds to build a permanent outdoor shelter, which was built by Schoolhouse parents Benjamin Boyd, owner of Boyd’s Custom Building, and Tom Schollmeyer. Head teacher Tara Stout, who has been with the Schoolhouse since 2010, arranged outdoor opportunities for dynamic play, from a complex water system built by a parent and dubbed “the car wash,” to transforming the play structure into a spaceship. “Tara took all the imagination that was inside the building and brought it outside,” says Schollmeyer. Imagination is central to what families love about the Schoolhouse philosophy. Schollmeyer equates it to the difference between coloring a flat worksheet of a blank apple, versus getting to hold, taste, and smell the apple. “The opportunity to explore leads to confidence and curiosity, which leads to knowledge,” says Schollmeyer. The board and teachers are keeping a close eye on COVID-19 conditions and plan to ensure a safe environment for children and their families during the upcoming school year, while providing plenty of opportunities for play-based exploration and socialization. The Children’s Schoolhouse is accepting registrations for the 2021-2022 year and giving tours throughout the summer. Visit thechildrensschoolhouse.org or email admissionscsh@gmail.com to learn more.


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New location, same fresh offerings Josh’s Farmers Market moves to temporary location near Lowe’s YMCA Compiled from staff reports

This past April, Josh’s Farmer’s Market, a popular Mooresville open-air market which was previously located on Willamson Road, moved to a new temporary location after the land housing the market was unexpectedly sold.

many other great things as well as allows Josh’s customers to learn that the Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive.

The market can now be found at 170 Joe Knox Avenue, just behind the main building of the Lowe’s YMCA.

With the additional space, Graham has been able to increase the number of vendors, providing his customers with a large and varied selection of unique offerings from craftsman-style sheds, to Amish-built gliders, swings, rockers and picnic tables, to homemade pizza, Grampian farm grass-fed beef, elderberry syrup, pimento cheese, ice cream, BBQ sauces, jellies, jams, preserves, and honey to baked goods (fruit pies, cakes, cookies, donuts and other pastries), to soaps, pottery, fresh cut and potted flowers, pumpkins and mums in the fall and beautiful wreaths, garlands and Christmas trees in the winter. The ever-popular Seafood Connection (available every Friday through Sunday) features fresh, in-season fish from the Carolina coast such as mahi, swordfish, shrimp, grouper, halibut, tuna, flounder, clams, Faroe Island salmon, live jumbo softshell crabs and more).

“This is a temporary location until we can move to our permanent 4.5-acre site just a mile south at the intersection of Williamson and Sundown Roads, hopefully by spring of 2022,” says owner Josh Graham. “We’re really excited to be at the Y in the interim. Parking and access are much easier, and we’ve doubled our space so we can represent and promote more vendors than ever before,” he adds. The land that houses the Lowe’s YMCA used to belong to Josh’s great grandparents and grand-parents, so in a sense he has “come home.” Ashley Morgan, Executive Director of the Lowe’s YMCA says, “At the Y, one of our main goals is to strengthen the community through collaborations. Our partnership with Josh’s Farmer’s Market creates a unique opportunity to expose our members to an assortment of locally-grown produce, homemade goodies, and

Josh’s Farmer’s Market, located at 170 Joe Knox Ave., is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.joshsfarmersmarket.com.

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A Change of Pace YogaSix offers a more inclusive environment by Lara Tumer photography by Lisa Crates

After meeting in college in Iran and finding success in their financial service careers, longtime friends followed their passion of becoming business owners and recently opened YogaSix in Cornelius. While the two friends, Ali Alamir and Alireza Rashidi, have always been passionate about the fitness industry, their drive to embark in a fitness business was routed in the desire to bring something to the community with a focus on strengthening the body and the mind—two huge pillars of health. After deciding to open a business in the wellness industry, they quickly narrowed their search on YogaSix because of the brand’s philosophy, which is deeply rooted in inclusivity and bringing yoga to everyone— not just the experienced yogi. Co-owner Rashidi speaks about the uniqueness brand explaining “the culture is based on community, with a central mission to include people of every age, level of fitness, and level of flexibility.” Anyone new to the studio can expect to be greeted by a wellness advisor, someone to make them feel welcome and less intimidated by a new fitness space. The use of modern language in all yoga classes is also part of the brand’s objective to provide a more inclusive environment. The Cornelius studio has a large capacity with a studio big enough to hold up to 40 yoga mats. The YogaSix name is founded on the studio’s offering of six unique yoga classes, all vinyasa or movement based. The 22

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The philsosophy of YogaSix is a culture based on community, with a central mission to include people of every age, level of fitness and flexibility.

core formats include: Y6 101 (a more basic yoga that explains each pose in depth), Y6 Restore, Y6 Slow Flow (both of which are the more relaxing, deep yoga flows), Y6 Hot (held in a 95 degree room), Y6 Power and Y6 Sculpt & Flow (which has the option to add weights to the practice). The range of classes provides something for everyone— whether they’re looking to sculpt and tone in a high intensity setting or are looking for a slower yoga flow to stretch and de-stress. Anyone looking to join the studio can choose to sign up for unlimited monthly classes, class packages, or one-off drop in classes depending on their personal schedule and goals. The studio is opened seven days a week with a variety of class offerings. YogaSix is under the parent brand Xponential Fitness, which was founded in 2017 and has eight boutique brands, all with a fresh approach to the ever-changing fitness industry. The Lake Norman and Charlotte community are already home to some of the studio’s sister brands including CycleBar, Pure Barre, and StretchLab. The co-owners have signed on for three YogaSix locations and are currently looking to open their second and third location in Mooresville and Denver. YogaSix 20619 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius 704.707.4442 | www.yogasix.com


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YOUR BEST LIFE

Building Balance The Empower House’s Unique Approach to SelfImprovement Left: James Retarides practices EMDR Therapy. Bottom: Joey Schnople.

by Thomas Simonson | photography courtesy of Empower House Center for Self Efficacy

We often hear about the important role balance plays in leading healthy, fulfilling lives. Working toward balance, however, is an all too familiar challenge. Fortunately, the counselors and trainers at the newly opened Empower House Center for Self-Efficacy in Cornelius have made this fundamental to the center’s services. Their uniquely multi-pronged approach to wellness has been designed to assist clientele in defining and achieving a personal balance that is fundamental for self-improvement. As owner James Retarides explains, this means that at its core the center pursues “a true mind/body/soul approach,” unlike fitness centers or counseling centers, which are often tailored to one aspect of wellness. The Empower House is where these needs are seen as linked, and where employees seek to assist their clients excel as they define distinct, personal goals for growth. For his part, Retarides embodies this principle, practicing as both a licensed clinical mental health counselor and personal trainer. Joey Schnople, a mental health counselor, works with Retarides to offer the Center’s Adult ADHD group meetings on Thursdays at 8 p.m., as well as his own 30-minue mindfulness and meditation sessions on Mondays at 2 p.m. Schnople points out that his approach is always to work with clients “on all aspects of their life and how they might become more engaged with all that they do.” Alongside seminars in strength sports and weightlifting at the onsite 28

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gym, the center offers a weekly Writers’ Group meeting on Monday evenings at 8 p.m. Future events include quarterly seminars that will boast well-known authorities from diverse fields, such as comic book artists and Olympic weightlifting coaches. First, however, National Champion arm wrestler Derek Smith visited on July 25 for a training event, while an MAS wrestling seminar with John “The Viking” Mouser follows later this month on Aug. 29. Retarides notes that achieving the strength and balance necessary for self-efficacy is often made complicated by not knowing where to begin. For this reason, he developed a handbook for clients designed to facilitate their first steps in personal improvement. As he explains, progressing through the handbook with a trainer will “help you discover the goals you want to aim at in your life and the elements of your attitude or mindset that may have held you back.” Whatever your objectives, Retarides encourages prospective clients to remember that “being well-balanced comes with a sense of sustained, long-term, positive emotion.” In this way, taking a mind/ body/soul approach is much more than a cliché or slogan: it is an approach as truly empowering as it is rewarding. Empower House Center for Self-Efficacy 20468 Chartwell Center Dr., Suite N, Cornelius. theempowerhouse.net 704.997.8273


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Learn how Adam Bratton is challenging us all to keep going Late last spring, when the COVID-19 needle started moving in the right direction, I busted out of quarantine and hit the adventure trail pretty hard. I rolled to the mountains, blasted to the beaches in both Carolinas, and even tried to beat the seasonally migrating great white sharks up to the Northeast before they began their summer intimidating beach goers and feasting on unsuspecting seals. I put more miles on my vehicle in that short time than I had the entire prior year plus. I’m still shaking sand from my shoes. But when the immediate energy and excitement of my vaccinated liberation wore off and I settled into my home-based summer routine, I started wondering if my adrenaline-filled couple of months was just a passing fancy—a moment in time that would fade back into the grey routines of my day, week, month, and season. Or longer. Yes, I had a camera roll full of sweet Instagram worthy photos, plus awesome stories to share (I got stuck in the sand on the Outer Banks and came within a few miles of a shark-induced beach closure on Cape Cod), yet somehow, I felt unfulfilled. As June turned to July, I was being pulled in opposing directions by the tug of sliding back to my normal life or going on an all-out Jack Kerouac transcontinental walkabout. Right around that time I met a guy named Adam Bratton who knows a thing or two about getting active, staying active, challenging yourself, and then moving forward with a new sense of passion, purpose, inner strength, and drive. For nearly a decade Bratton splashed around the USNWC marketing and promoting their very unique kind of healthy lifestyle. His personal business, MJ Bratton, now keeps the outdoors and active lifestyles at its core. And right around the time the world closed down in 2020 due to COVID-19, he founded and ignited a concept called “Human Powered Movement” to facilitate those human powered experiences he knows exist in all of us. “I’m pretty passionate about getting up, getting active, and getting out there to do something,” Bratton tells me. “It has been in me since I was a kid growing up and playing outside in nowhere Pennsylvania and that energy and lifestyle has only grown from there.” Case in point? During March 2020, while the world was shutting down and everyone was staying inside, Bratton decided to cycle every street, road, avenue, and cul-de-sac of Huntersville. 600+ miles 30

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in a little more than a week. He wanted that challenge to help fill his days. He needed that sense of adventure to fuel his soul. His action, that challenge, led him to believe that in all of us there exists a similar spark, an energy that we need to learn to harness if we want to live our best lives. So he shared online what he did and tossed out a few challenges, too. Run one mile every hour and see if you can keep the streak going for six, 12, or 24 hours. Use your running or cycling GPS map to create a drawing or piece of art. Get some friends together and run a combined 26.2 mile marathon. Set a vertical gain goal and try to accomplish it by climbing anywhere you want. Do something active every day for one month straight and journal it. “Everybody has to find what works for them and one challenge, one adventure to one person might mean something different than it might to another,” Bratton, 38, shares. “If I can get you motivated and inspired to get up off your couch and walk the dog, or run a mile, or run a bit longer, or climb a mountain virtually, or just do something active, then I’ll be inspired by you and others will be, too.” From Charlotte, N.C., to San Antonio, Tex., and beyond, followers began answering his call. The initial stories, the anecdotal feedback, was amazing. And the stories keep coming, too. Bratton’s idea to promote “movement” has become a MOVEMENT. As Bratton, the facilitator and enabler I now liken to the man behind the curtain in the “Wizard of Oz,” shares, “There is no reason anyone in the world cannot join these challenges. We are all connected by our sense of adventure and our need to move and be active. There’s too much life to live to not be living it.” So, I’m going to hit the road again. And I’ll be more active locally, too. More adventures, more activities, more experiences fueled by me. Chatting with Bratton convinced me that being active every single day pays both physical and mental dividends. I hope he fuels you, too. To learn more about the movement, visit humanpoweredmovement.com


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Brooklyn South 19400 Jetton Road, Cornelius www.brooklynsouthpizzeria.com

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eeZ Fusion and Sushi Birkdale Village, 16925 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Suite F, Huntersville www.eezfusion.com

Best Ice Cream

Carolina Cones 20801 N. Main Street, Cornelius

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The Bakery Shoppe 9606 Sherrill Estates Road, Huntersville www.thebakeryshoppe.com

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D9 Brewing Company 9815 Sam Furr Road, Suite J #313, Huntersville www.d9brewing.com

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Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar Birkdale Village, 16916 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville www.thecorkscrewwinepub.com

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Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse 16609 Statesville Road, Huntersville 560 River Hwy., Mooresville www.duckworths.com

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Mooresville Arts 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville www.mooresvillearts.org

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Trump National Golf Club Charlotte 120 Trump Square, Mooresville www.trumpnationalcharlotte.com

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Huntersville Parks & Rec 105 Gilead Road, Third Floor, Huntersville www.huntersville.org

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Frankie’s Fun Park 10621 Bryton Corporate Center Drive, Huntersville www.frankies.com

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Dance Davidson 140 Jackson Street, Davidson www.davidsondance.com

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Meg Art Pottery Painting Studio 15940 Northcross Drive, Huntersville www.meg-art.com

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Savvy Salon and Day Spa 20430 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius www.savvysalonanddayspa.com

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Carolina Hearing and Tinnitus 114 Moorlake Drive, Suite 101a, Mooresville www.carolinahearingandtinnitus.com/

Best Dentist

Lakeside Dental 19824 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius www.lakesidedentalnc.com

Best Orthodontist

Lineberger Orthodontics 9625 Northcross Center Ct., #303, Huntersville www.linebergerorthodontics.com

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Best Lighting Store

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Post-Pandemic

Setting students up for success after an unprecedented past year by Karel Bond Lucander

What will the upcoming school year look like compared to last year? What should both parents and students be prepared for when so many of them spent the last school year in a virtual or hybrid learning atmosphere?

tration in counseling and certificate of advanced studies in curriculum and supervision. She was a teacher and guidance counselor in public middle schools and high schools for 20 years.

Mary Jane Freeman, co-founder of The Davidson Center, shares her thoughts about how parents might help prepare their kids to return to the classroom after the COVID-19 pandemic. Freeman has a master’s degree in education with a concen-

Some of her suggestions are common sense tips for the start of any school year. As she says, the challenges for this new school year will vary from child to child. As a parent, keep your antenna up and the conversation flowing.

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“Encourage them to read whatever they’re interested in.” Don’t be afraid to praise “Praise them for their resilience during the past year. Ask them how they got through it and what they learned about themselves. Point out that the learning didn’t stop but how it was delivered changed. Zero in on what they did and what they accomplished because they all accomplished something! Some even learned to cook.”

Ask questions “They tell you a lot of things if you ask the questions: What are you most worried about? What would make this easier for you? After school starts, a good question to ask is: What did you learn today? Keep the dialogue open and you might be surprised what you learn.”

Reach out to their school “Ask about the role of the guidance counselor at their school and find out what options or resources are available.”

Connect with their teachers “Get to know your children’s teachers and let them know if there are special concerns. Parents know their kids better than anybody else. How do your kids handle transitions? How anxious is your child? These are things to communicate early on.”

Keep up regular positive habits “Kids need to have breakfast and a good sleep; things that parents already know.”

Build physical activity into routines “Keeping them busy with physical activity is critical. Get those endorphins going and keep your kids moving. Ride bicycles, walk the dog—I got a puppy (Sooner) on Dec. 22 and lost 10 pounds just from walking her.”

Monitor their emotional needs in the coming year

Schedule family time

Get extra help if they need it

“I don’t know if this is a strategy but having raised my kids, I think it’s so important for a family to get together and have dinner. I’ll bet families did a lot more of that during the pandemic and saw some positive results. I remember when my kids were in high school, I was working, my husband was working, and the kids had sports. We always went out to dinner on Friday nights with them, and that continued even after they left home.”

“If it’s academic and you’ve been really working on an issue for three or four months but haven’t seen progress, get them extra help. Through eighth grade, it tends to be reading and math skills. In the eighth grade, it’s English. In ninth grade and beyond, it gets pretty course specific; a struggle in pre-calculus or the sciences. If you have a bright child that doesn’t seem to be working to their potential, consider getting them assessed or enrichment. If they are really struggling emotionally, talk with the guidance counselor and consider getting them counseling.”

Read 10 minutes (or more) daily “Read 10, 20 or 30 minutes a day. That alone can make a big difference in overall comprehension—for all ages and all grade levels. I suggest that if you read only 10 minutes a day, every day, you will become a better reader and your vocabulary will improve. Encourage them to read whatever they’re interested in.”

“Pay very close attention to the emotional needs of your kids in the coming year. It’s been a tough year—and we need to monitor them more closely than ever before.”

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GAME ON

A Lasting

Impact by Renee Roberson Photography courtesy of Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots teaches the fundamentals of the sport to children as young as 2 years.

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Soccer program instills core values into young players

In 2007, Huntersville resident Jon Beyerle was working at a marketing job in Concord when he decided to make the leap from employee to business owner. It’s a decision that has taken him through both a recession and a global pandemic, but one he’s never regretted. Beyerle, who lives in Huntersville with wife Lauren and their two kids, played soccer at Messiah University in Pennsylvania with Jason Webb and Jeremy Sorzano, who both ended up in Charlotte playing on the semi-pro team the Charlotte Eagles. In the off-season, they were asked to coach a few preschool soccer clinics in the area, which started the two mens’ wheels turning. The result was the creation of Soccer Shots, a soccer experience which now has more than 200 territories in the United States and Canada. The first four franchises opened in Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In 2009, they brought on another partner, Justin Bredeman. Beyerle says Webb spent about two years trying to convince him to purchase a Soccer Shots franchise while he lived in Southern California. The time and place wasn’t right then, but he reconsidered after moving to North Carolina. He consulted with his wife and gave notice at his job in January of 2007. His territory is called Soccer Shots of Greater Charlotte and covers Gaston County, Iredell County, Cabarrus County, and nearby Denver. He has now made a career out of teaching young players the game that has been such a big part of his life.

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Teaching young players the fundamentals The founders of Soccer Shots realized there was a national lack of quality soccer programs for children under the age of 8 years. Soccer Shots is designed to help children ages 2-8 learn the fundamentals of the game through a three-tiered approach: Coaching, Communication and Curriculum. The program was created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches. “We don’t use volunteer coaches,” says Beyerle. “They are all paid, and they go through a pretty intense training program.” He explains that when looking for coaches, the program seeks people who love kids first, and right behind that, the game of soccer. Each coach receives certification through the program, are trained in the use of developmentally-appropriate techniques and are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.

Bringing soccer to you He explains the program “brings soccer

to you.” Coaches can travel to preschools, elementary schools, churches, town parks, individual neighborhoods, etc. Soccer Shots is also the soccer provider for the Town of Mooresville. Players can enroll in Mini, a high-energy program that introduces 2 and 3-year-olds to fundamental soccer principles, Classic, designed for ages 3-5, which utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills and Premier, for ages 5-8, which focuses on individual skill, sportsmanship and fun games and team interaction. As a local franchise owner, Beyerle fills in for coaches who are sick or out on vacation, runs payroll, steers marketing and growth initiatives for his team, covers the phones and basically “helps out wherever I’m needed.” He credits a hard-working team that helps the day-to-day operations run smoothly. “One thing we’ve learned is that parents want to give their kids a good life and a good experience,” says Beyerle. “They will sacrifice to send their kids to a program they will

All coaches with Soccer Shots are paid and go through a rigorous training program.

thrive in. The recession [in 2008] hurt, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.” Soccer Shots also had to pivot quickly during the pandemic. They made changes in how they coached, limited session sizes, got rid of scrimmages that had face-to-face interaction. They also cleaned equipment after every session. “We offered coaching sessions online,” says Beyerle, who adds Soccer Shots provided a lot of support to their territories. With more people looking for outdoor activities for their children, this past summer, fall and spring have been busy. Soccer Shots offers year-round soccer, broken up by season. The upcoming fall season begins in September and runs through mid-November and winter programs begin after the New Year.

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Lakefront properties are a worthwhile investment, especially in today’s market, but there comes a time when all homes need updates. Hiring a professional is the best way to help ensure you’ll enjoy your home for years to come. Wendy Yeakley, principal designer and owner of Homestyles Interior Design, transformed what had been her clients’ second home of many years into their year-round lakeside retreat. Located in The Point, this home still featured all that was trendy when it was constructed in 2002. However, after almost 20 years, there is plenty of room for improvement on any home. “It was very early 2000s with gold colors, stained cabinets, and black counters,” says Yeakley. “The clients bought the home furnished, and the furniture had never been placed well in any of the spaces.” The design renovation started in July 2020 and was completed in February of this year. Yeakley and her team addressed the main areas of concern: main floor formal dining, formal living, dinette, kitchen, family room, powder room, and the entertaining area that includes a billiards table and wet bar.

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Transforming Tile As if the Wolf gas range wasn’t enough to dazzle, the mesmerizing backsplash will lure in any fresh catch from the lake. “Our client fell in love with the tile during our selection meeting. The pattern is laser printed on marble and has the perfect shades of blue to complement the island,” says Yeakley.

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Order Up The kitchen is functional with a lot of storage. The Homestyles team did not make any structural or mechanical changes to the kitchen due to the layout and shape of the space. “There was a prep sink in the original island,” says Yeakley. “We often recommend a prep sink in kitchens as space allows, to allow more cooks in the kitchen.”

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DINE+WINE - wine time

Going Rogue

with Pinot Noir A tasty find at Sabi Asian Bistro by Trevor Burton | photography by Trevor Burton

Pinot from Rogue Valley, Ore. paired with Flower Chicken at Sabi Asian Bistro.

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is rightfully renowned for its wines made from the Pinot Noir grape. Maybe a confirmation of this is the many Pinot Noir zealots, winemakers from France’s prestigious Burgundy region, who have opened up operations in the valley. Beautiful, superb wines but the downside is that they command fairly high prices. Not the eye-watering levels you see in Burgundy but, still, not everyday wines. Oregon is unique, in a good way, when it comes to wine labelling laws. They are much more strict. The Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) set down that when a wine label carries a declaration of a state, a minimum of 75 per cent of the grapes in the wine have to be from that state. Oregon requires that 100 per cent must be from Oregon. When an American Viticultural Area (AVA), for example Napa Valley, is listed on a label, the TTB requirement is that a minimum of 85 percent of the grapes must be from the AVA. Oregon requires a minimum of 95 percent. When it comes to grapes the same thing applies. TTB requirements are that if a grape is listed on a label, a minimum of 75 per cent of the grapes in the wine must be the one carried on the label. Oregon requires a minimum of 90 per cent. The looser federal standard can often result in the blending of up to 25 percent with wines from different grapes and from different regions. This can be done to reduce cost or to make a Pinot Noir seem riper and perhaps more consumer friendly. While this is a legitimate practice, it can result in the loss of true varietal character and the elegance that people look for in Pinot Noir. Maybe Oregon’s wine labelling laws are why those Burgundians are so keen on the state. Much as I like wines from Willamette Valley, my money clip is sometimes hesitant. So, a good approach is to get off the beaten 64

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path and explore some of the lesser known regions in Oregon. A sort of vinous Oregon Trail, tastier and less arduous. And, to my joy, that’s what I came across at Sabi Asian Bistro. A Pinot Noir from the Rogue Valley region in the southwest corner of the state, close to the cool Pacific Ocean. The Rogue Valley is especially suitable for Pinot Noir cultivation. Elevation is key. The valley floor of the Rogue Valley is at 2,000 feet (for comparison, California’s Napa Valley floor is at only 150 feet). This accounts for large swings in temperature between night and day. The large swing allows grapes to have a longer ripening period. That, in turn, produces a more balanced wine in both flavor and alcohol level. Rogue Valley produces outstanding Pinot Noir on its cool sites. They have a nuanced complexity—strong red fruit flavors along well-integrated tannins and medium acidity. To me, the wine had a little spiciness to it. In some blind tastings Rogue Valley Pinot Noir is often difficult to distinguish from the Willamette Valley’s offerings. These are great value wines. At Sabi it was the wine that picked my dish. What I like about Pinot Noir is that nuanced complexity. A too powerful dish would overwhelm the wine and that would ruin everything. So, I went with a dish that could be friends with the wine. A dish of Flower Chicken checked all the nuanced friendship boxes. The dish’s white wine sauce gave me a moment’s pause, but its subtle nature won me over. This was a perfect lunch. A favorite wine that was also a great value and a dish to match. It just goes to show that, in the case of Oregon wines, when it comes to rouge, going Rogue is absolutely the right thing to do.


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DINE+WINE | on tap

B Squared

B Squared Bottl is located in the Vermillion neighborhood of Huntersville.

A Bottle Shop and Tasting Room A passion for bartending led to new business opportunity

by Lara Tumer | photography by Ken Noblezada

It’s easy to go from bartender to business consultant when you have the level of passion that David Lynch does for his involvement with B Squared bottle shop. After speaking to Lynch, it’s clear that sourcing beer and wine for the community is such a small part of what he does. Originally a bartender at Barley Market in Cornelius (owned by Charlie Dyer), Lynch explains that he “acted like the business was [his] own, even when it wasn’t.” When the opportunity for a second location came up a few years later in Huntersville, Lynch was the obvious choice when Dyer was looking for a partner. The basis of the bottle shop was always community, with a guiding belief that they should always be questioning “what do the people want?” While at its roots, the bottle shop is a place to purchase a mix-n-match six pack of beer or discover a new wine for a get together, Lynch really turned to the community to guide the business. The original selection of beer and wine started off generic and basic, but after listening to his customers, the menu has grown into something truly remarkable and special. Since the clientele in Huntersville is not a carbon copy of that in Cornelius, the menu is also distinct. The bottle shop features a small tapas menu, including items like Bang Bang Shrimp and Pork Belly Nachos. Local musicians take the stage on select Fridays and Saturdays—mostly musicians who Lynch has met over the years from the Lake Norman area. 66

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Walking into a bottle shop can be overwhelming, especially when there are over 200 beers on the list. The drafts are constantly rotating, and while of course there is some overlap with other local bars, B Squared offers options that you simply won’t see elsewhere. The menu is comprised of a mix of popular well-known brews and beers from local breweries as well as selections that either used to be popular years ago or that are sourced from other cities in the United States. Because the Lake Norman area is such a melting pot, “if I bring in a beer from Ithaca in upstate New York or Anchorage, Alaska it’s reminding someone of where they grew up or a place they just moved from.” The reaction he gets from these gestures is what really sets the business apart and leads to great conversations. “You would think I had their grandma sitting at the bar,” Lynch jokes. The objective of B Squared is to make every customer feel warm and welcome. Lynch often places a special order of beer for a single person because he’s taken the time to really get to know what they like. Everything about B Squared brings home the sense of community. “At the end of the day, beer is going to change but 95 percent of the success if customer service and paying attention to details.” It’s obvious that these are words that Lynch truly lives by and has instilled in the bottle shop’s brand. B Squared 13812 Cinnabar Place, Huntersville 704.947.5109 www.b2bottleshop.com/


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DINE+WINE | in the kitchen

VEGGIES

This dish is a Middle Eastern and French marriage straight from heaven to your mouth. Ratatouille originated in Nice, France and is a stewed vegetable dish including tomato, zucchini, pepper, and garlic. It is versatile and can be served on its own or over chicken or pasta. Because it is chock full of gluten-free goodness it makes me think about this quote from the movie “Ratatouille”—“If you are what you eat, then only eat the good stuff!” Falafel Pancakes with Summer Ratatouille Pancakes 1 tablespoon butter or avocado oil 2 cups chickpea flour (I like Bob’s Redmill) 2 cups filtered water 1/2 teaspoon each dried oregano and thyme a good grinding of sea salt and black pepper Ratatouille 1 tablespoon butter or avocado oil 1 small red or yellow onion diced 1 zucchini, diced 1 red pepper, diced 3 tablespoon tomato paste (I like Bionaturae in glass jars) 3 medium tomatoes, diced or 8 oz tomato passata 3 large garlic cloves, crushed 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional) Micro greens or basil leaves for garnish, along with grated parmesan and olive oil For the ratatouille, sauté onion in butter or avocado oil on low heat in a covered saucepan for about five to seven minutes until softened. Add in pepper, tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, and herbs and cook covered on medium heat for another 10 minutes until all veggies are softened. Add in tomato paste and cover and simmer for another 20-30 minutes. This is best made ahead and reheated to serve either warm or room temperature. For the pancakes, mix all the pancake ingredients together to make the batter. Grease a large non-stick pan with a little butter or oil on medium high heat. Pour just enough batter to thinly cover the bottom of the pan and cook on one side a couple minutes until lightly browned. Flip the pancake over gently and cook a couple minutes on the other side until lightly browned and stack pancakes between layers of parchment paper until serving. Repeat until all the batter is used up!

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To serve, place a pancake on a plate and top with ratatouille and garnish with greens! Serve warm or room temperature. Makes 6 pancakes.

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Joe on the Go

The story behind Third Eye Coffee Truck

by Karel Bond Lucander | photography by Ken Noblezada

When Zachary Johnson was deciding what to name his coffee business, he thought about the song, “Third Eye,” by the ’90s band, Tool. The Third Eye provides wisdom beyond ordinary sight. “Third Eye means a lot of different things to a lot of different people,” he says. “For me, its meaning evolved after I named it.” This veteran, who served in the U.S. Navy for four years and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Lutheran University, was looking for something more than the conventional 9-to-5 workday. In October 2019, his friend Devin introduced him to the world of coffee.

“He showed me what pourover coffee was and I started learning more,” he says. “I didn’t know how deep coffee went. Like wine, there are nuances and flavors. I started becoming passionate about it.”

Clocking miles for coffee during the pandemic Laid off from his job as a warehouse manager when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he took a job at a Lake Norman coffee shop. He learned the ropes as a barista and was quickly promoted to supervisor. Eventually, Zachary and his wife, Alex, talked about opening their own coffee shop. Alex, who also has experience in food service, suggested that they buy a food truck. And in March


Left: Zachary Johnson and his wife Alex decided to take their coffee business on wheels as food trucks gained popularity during the pandemic. Below: The truck also sells soap infused with their own cold brew coffee grounds.

2020 as shops and restaurants were shutting down due to the pandemic, food trucks were thriving. So, in October 2020, they put their business on wheels. With their Statesville driveway as home base, Third Eye Coffee travels throughout the Lake Norman region and sometimes points farther for events like the Ashejam Festival in Asheville.

Military background helps

it’s being extracted too fast, the espresso will be sour,” he says. “If too long, it will be bitter. But if it’s just the right time, you get this smooth flavor that brings out all the right notes. I like to have the best of the best and the highest quality I can offer.” He also wants to give credit to the person who built the machine. “This guy is magic,” he adds. “His company is Randy Phillips of Underground Mountain Café Repair.”

From serving coffee at festivals to corporate events, Zachary says his military background has helped him maneuver running his new business. While in the Navy, Zachary worked on “top gun” fighter jets or F/A-18 Avionics aboard an aircraft carrier.

For those who would rather have a cup of tea, Zachary offers an organic loose leaf and a very tasty, sweet and spicy chai. He also serves a wholesome Holy Kakow hot chocolate.

“In the military, 16-hour days are common, and you can’t zone out or be distracted by anything,” he says. “One wrong move and you can kill somebody. I learned a ton of stuff that’s helpful in my new business, like cleanliness, organization, being on time and attention to detail.”

To accompany his specialty drinks, Third Eye Coffee often offers doughnuts from Mooresville-based Down for Doughnuts and cookie sandwiches and scones from Bunny’s Vegan Bakery in Charlotte. He’s currently working on sourcing savory options.

What sets Third Eye Coffee apart As Zachary says, Third Eye Coffee has “an exquisite flavor.” He sources premium beans from small, high-quality farms through Hatchet Coffee Roasters in Boone. He also had a custom pressure tank built for his truck, which adjusts to each area’s water quality and mineral content and provides a consistent flow of espresso as it’s being extracted. “If

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When he’s not manning Third Eye Coffee, Zachary enjoys spending time with Alex. They look forward to the arrival of their baby this month. As for Third Eye Coffee, he eventually envisions also serving patrons at rock festivals. But for now, his focus is creating great java-based and specialty beverages for those of us in Lake Norman and beyond. Visit Third Eye Coffee at www.thirdeye.coffee for their location schedule, menu and merchandise.

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ON THE CIRCUIT

Outside Entertainment Compiled by Renee Roberson

Events

Festival of Food Trucks (Aug. 7) Sample gourmet fare from area food trucks while you listen to live music and browse in local stores. Free. 5-8:30 p.m. Downtown Mooresville, North Main Street, downtownmooresville.com 2nd Friday-Celebrate the Lake (Aug. 13) Celebrate all things Lake Norman with live music from The Dropouts, food trucks and craft breweries, local artisans and vendors and much more. Free. 6 p.m. Old Town Cornelius, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, www.facebook.com/ events/1434170513604129

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Concerts on the Green (August) Enjoy yacht rock with Smitty & The Jumpstarters (Aug. 1) and Band of Oz (Aug. 15). Free. 6-8 p.m. Town Green, Davidson, LangTree Live (August) Live music each Thursday. Free. 6-9 p.m. LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, www. facebook.com/LangtreeLKN. LaLaCaboosa Downtown Music Series (August) Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy music by the Southern Style Band (Aug. 5) and Kids in America (Aug. 19). Free. 6 p.m. Veterans Park, Main and Maxwell Streets, Huntersville, www.huntersville.org Liberty Park Summer Concert Series (August) Enjoy live music from Parmalee (Aug. 6), The Catalinas (Aug. 20), Band of Oz (Aug. 27). 6-8 p.m. Liberty Park, 255 E. Iredell Ave., Mooresville, www.mooresvillenc.gov 74

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Live Under the Oaks (August) Start your weekend off by unwinding with a live musical performance in the Grove. Free. 6-8 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville, Birkdalevillage.com

Family Quest (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) Plan a visit to Quest, the brand-new nature experience in Latta Nature Preserve. Explore the 13,000-square-foot facility, meet host GAR and enjoy the “Nothing Survives Without Water” exhibit hall and browse the gift shop. Free admission; see prices for Carolina Raptor Center if you plan to add a visit there. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 6345 Sample Road, Huntersville, www. thisisquest.org.

Theatre Madagascar-A Musical Adventure Jr. (Aug. 5-8) Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends — Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo — have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape — with the help of some prodigious penguins — to explore the world. All seats $12 plus tax. Thurs. and Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 1 and 4 p.m. Davidson Community Players, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson, davidsoncommunityplayers.org


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RENEE WANTS TO KNOW

A Love of Literature How do you read 200 books in a year? by Renee Roberson Photos courtesy of Hallie Smith

Main Street Books bookseller Hallie Smith.

I’ve always loved to read, and all throughout my childhood and teen years, you couldn’t find me without some sort of book. But as I’ve gotten older, I don’t read as much as I’d like to. Oh sure, I buy plenty of books and admire them on my bookshelves but completing them is a much different story with work responsibilities taking up a lot of my time, along with the temptation of binging my favorite shows on the streaming services. So when I saw a post on the Main Street Books Instagram account stating their youngest employee, Hallie Smith, had already read 150 books by the end of May, I was intrigued and knew I had to speak to this voracious reader. Smith has been involved with Main Street Books for several years in some capacity or other, whether participating in a Youth Advisory Board for the store or volunteering with the Heck YA! Book Festival. A few years ago, she took the initiative to e-mail MSB owner Adah Fitzgerald to inquire about a job. About a year later, when a bookseller position became available, Smith was offered the position. She says it was “one of the happiest e-mails I’ve ever gotten.” A rising senior at Community School of Davidson, Smith jokes that she may have gone overboard buying books when she first started. But eventually, she became more conscious about not spending her entire paycheck in the store, stating that “working with all of these really intelligent women has made me really think about which books I want to invest in.” Some of her favorite genres to read are magical realism and histori78

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cal fiction. “Magical realism takes the world around you and tweaks a few things,” she says. “It’s the world as you know it, but slightly different.” She points to “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman as a great example. “Reading lets me explore all the boundaries of creativity,” she says. When I spoke to Smith at press time, she was reading her 177th book of the year, meaning she’ll likely read at least 200 books in the current calendar year. In 2020, at the recommendation of her mom, she began writing down the titles of all the books she has read in a notebook, along with notes about what she did or didn’t like about the stories. One might wonder how a person can read so many books in one year (Smith also competes in cross country and soccer for the school, works part-time, enjoys creative writing, and at the time of our interview, was attending a camp at UNC-Wilmington for coastal engineering). “I always, always have a book in my hand,” she says. “I don’t understand when people say they don’t have time to read. Books are the cornerstone of society.” She has also perfected the art of reading while on car rides and considers reading to be a form of stress relief. And while she loves the feel of a book in her hand, she also listens to audiobooks and reads on her Kindle. If you find yourself in Main Street Books looking for something good to read, you can always ask for Hallie. She’ll make sure you don’t leave empty handed!


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A PET FOR YOU

E-mail: carolinabigheartsbigbarks@gmail.com www.bigheartsbigbarks.com/ www.facebook.com/ carolinabigheartsbigbarksrescue/

Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming of large breed dogs. Visit their website and Facebook pages for contact information. To apply to adopt any of the pets featured here, visit the website and fill out an application.

Oliver Oliver is a pit bull terrier mix currently living with a foster family and has come a long way since he first arrived at a shelter. He is still a little uneasy meeting new people but if you are willing to work with him you are sure to become besties! He is house trained, crate trained, walks well on a leash, knows basic commands and will give you a shake for treats and before meals. He loves hanging out and playing with other dogs but it still unsure about cats. An ideal home for him would be a single-family home with a fenced-in backyard. The most important thing is to have someone who understands he is a special boy and needs continued work to make him the best pet possible. Adoption fee is $250.

Dixie Dixie, a Belgian malinois/shepherd was pulled from a rural shelter along with her three puppies. Her puppies have found their forever homes. She is a calm, sweet girl who craves love and attention. Being petted and snuggling are two of her favorite things. Need a walking buddy? Dixie enjoys her walks. A secure tall fence is best for her as she likes to chase squirrels. She would love to be your one and only but can get along with larger dogs with slow introductions. Her ideal home is a single family home with someone who is home most days and will work with her to show her what a loving home is all about. With patience and guidance Dixie will be a perfect companion. Dixie recently completed a training program. Her trainer will meet with her new family to ensure a smooth transition for her. Adoption fee is $250.

Rebel Rebel is a 4-month-old Labrador retriever mix. He is doing well with his house training and loves to snuggle. Playing and napping are his favorite pastimes and he gets along with other dogs and children. If you are ready for some puppy energy, then apply for him today. Adoption fee is $250.

Brett Brett, a mastiff mix, is approximately 2 years old and weighs in at 80 pounds. He is a lovable social energetic companion who is crate, house and leash trained. Brett has a submissive personality and is very eager to please his people. He loves having his face and chest rubbed and will reward you with a big smile. Older children would be best due to his energy level. He is heartworm positive but don’t let that deter you. It is treatable and the rescue covers all costs of treatment. Adoption fee is $250.

Colby Colby is a 1-year-old pit bull terrier mix who hopes his forever family has a spot on the couch for him. His favorite pastime is snuggling with his humans. Tennis balls are his favorite, even if he’s not the best at catching them! He has worked with a trainer who taught him some really fun tricks and commands and he hopes to show them off to his new family. He would be best in a home with other dogs but not children or cats. Adoption fee is $250.

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