Lake Norman Currents Magazine

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October 2020



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

Publisher MacAdam Smith

A New Season While it’s no secret summer is my favorite season, fall comes in as a close second. By the time October rolls around, I’m ready to retire my flip flops and start baking pumpkin muffins (I’ve never been a pumpkin spice latte sort of gal, though). Craft stores explode with ideas on how to make a harvest wreath. My older dog starts requesting the fireplace be turned on in the morning so he can bask in the warmth. My daughter asks for spiced apple cider from the grocery store. I notice the front porches in my neighborhood transform on my daily walks. A scarecrow and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will appear, rugs and pillows on the porch swings and rockers start being replaced with ones that have shades of orange, gold, brown and seasonal gingham patterns. Inside our home, I pull out the scented candles, cozy throw blankets and update the pillows on our furniture to reflect autumn, and set out the fun Halloween décor we’ve collected over the years. On Nov. 1, that gets switched out to the “Give Thanks” signs. The mantle is redecorated at least three times before December is upon us. This year, in particular, I have a feeling most of us will embrace the chance to create new looks in our living spaces, the spaces that we’ve spent so much more time in this year, because it brings us a sense of familiarity and normalcy. Behind the scenes at CURRENTS, we’ve been working an update as well. You may notice the changes as you flip through this issue. While we still want to share the amazing people and places of the Lake Norman area, we’ve changed up the way we do it a bit. Our new contemporary design will showcase these stories with a modern twist, placing even more emphasis on the photography and art, bringing you these stories in a way that better reflects the Lake Norman area lifestyle. We hope you enjoy the new look as much as we do. We also bring you the comprehensive list of The Best of Lake Norman CURRENTS Awards in this issue, and we’d like to thank the more than 7,000 community members who voted on the selection. Check out the section starting on page 45 that features the best in dining, shopping, recreation and other valuable services. In the meantime, if you need me, I’ll be out on our patio, relaxing with a good book in front of the outdoor fireplace. Cheers to fall! Editor

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Event Coordinator Alison Smith

Social Media Specialist Lauren Platts

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Contributing Writers Trevor Burton Sara Coleman Grace Kennedy Bek Mitchell-Kidd Karel Bond Lucander Martin Rose Mike Savicki Lara Tumer

Contributing Photographers Jon Beyerle Jamie Cowles Lisa Crates Ken Noblezada





October vol. 14 No. 10 About the Cover: Thank you to everyone who voted on the awards this year and congratulations to all the winners!


Movers, shakers and more at the lake

FEATURES In Every Issue

28 Thoughts from the Man Cave

A few of Mike Savicki’s “Best Of” stories over the years

32 Navigators

Meet Sylvia Spury, Executive Vice President and COO of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

42 Trends + Style

Give your home a fall update with these décor picks

70 On the Circuit

a month of things to do at the lake

70 Renee Wants to Know


Ship Me Style streamlines shopping experience



Junior golfer Anthony Ovitsky is already a champion


We’re Just Crazy About – Hand- painted pumpkins by Dale Barattini


Bet You Didn’t Know – Lincoln County’s oldest home once hosted an iron furnace

DINE + WINE Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

For the Long Run Scarrigan Farms enters 10th year of fright

62 Wine Time

IN THIS ISSUE 26 Your Best Life

What you need to know about your first mammogram

64 On Tap

45 This Year’s Best of the Lake Norman CURRENT Award Winners

66 In The Kitchen

Meet three beers that aren’t pumpkin flavored

Good for You Peanut Butter Cups

68 Nibbles + Bites

Authentic dishes at Bavarian Kitchen in Troutman

LAKE SPACES How we live at the lake


Cheese, charcuterie and chocolate at Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar

54 Dwellings

A Cornelius condo gets a coastal-inspired makeover

How The Temple can help with self-care


Special Advertising Section


35 Women in Business

Meet seven dynamic area women

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into something new and exciting with the addition of a few new elements. The idea for Ship Me Style came to Boat organically. She found herself in her 20s, attending a plethora of bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings— constantly searching for a new outfit for each special event. She noticed her friends doing the same, often scouring the internet for hours at a time to hunt down the perfect look. Factor in unpredictable sizing, an overwhelming number of online clothing shops, and the variety of shipping

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turnaround times and return policies, and the entire ordeal can easily become a fulltime job. Her goal was to make this process streamlined and easy. She works with each client to source fashion from local stores, online boutiques, and a number of shops that she’s personally vetted to ensure quality. Boat’s overall mission and what she loves most about her business is being able to “deliver something that they wouldn’t typically choose for themselves.” Rather than sifting through tons of options, all her clients have to do is say “yes” or “no” to the looks she puts together. “It’s not just about people who can’t dress themselves,” she says, “it’s also for people who simply don’t have the time.” Ship Me Style offers six various packages depending on her clients’ needs and budgets. The most popular package is her “Let’s Take This Slow” package, which is personal styling for one specific event. She communicates with her clients (mostly via text, which is typically their preference for convenience) to learn the basics and then gets working from there with a digital vision board and preliminary shopping. Her more expensive packages include upwards of six looks—meant for a vacation or simply a wardrobe refresh. Unlike similar services, which may involve a subscription, there is no commitment with Ship Me Style, a flexibility that sets this business apart. Those interested in refreshing their look can visit the website at to purchase packages and learn more about this growing business. | OCTOBER 2020


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FEAR Scarrigan Farms Enters a Decade of Scaring

Located in Mooresville, the 250-acre Carrigan Farms is 5th generation family-owned, and specializes in growing fruits and vegetables, educational field trips, apple and strawberry picking, and open swim in the natural quarry. But come October, for the past ten years, Carrigan becomes Scarrigan and, well, things get a little spooky. Scarrigan Farms isn’t for children under the age of 12, or the faint of heart. In fact, if you have heart problems, you’re encouraged not to attempt the haunted trail. This isn’t your G-rated goosebumps, it’s more like ‘G is for grisly.’ “Many people have had panic attacks and loss of bladder control, and some people have gotten lost for two or more hours in the maze,” says farm owner Kelly Carrigan. Brush-up on your phobias, because you’re probably going to experience all of them along the one-mile trail. Actors, props and sets are positioned to scare you and target specific fears, think everything from claustrophobia and coulrophobia to lygophobia and necrophobia. “Remember, it is acting, but it is designed to make you think it is real,” says Carrigan. “And, anything is fair game, including current political and social events. Actors work to terrify you; they 18


will not touch you, but may tell you you’re pretty and breathe down your neck, or a creepy clown may invite you into their van.” There’s spinning tunnels, loud noises, tight spaces, hills and valleys, and crawling and sliding. While you wait for your turn on the trail you can enjoy the bonfires and weenie roast, lighting effects and waterfall and a beautiful outdoor setting. In previous years, there have even been the occasional marriage proposal or wedding on the trail. Carrigan and the team focus on sensory deprivation and overexposure, making the experience not just about ‘jump scares,’ but an experiential fright. For example, the 3D maze is strobing sensory overexposure, whereas the pitch-black quite rooms are equally terrifying because of their lack of anything—absolutely nothing to see or hear. Make sure to check out the FAQs before you attend for tips on how to prepare for the scare, including to bring cash-only and there is no advance purchase. Scarrigan Farms runs select nights in October and is weather dependent. Scarrigan Farms (West Entrance of Carrigan Farms) 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy. Mooresville |

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The Drive to Succeed This junior golfer is exceeding all expectations by Sara Coleman photography by Ken Noblezada

Anthony Ovitsky practices his golf swing and putting for hours daily at The Peninsula Club. His tournament schedule is set ahead of time. His golf coach is by his side and helps plot his next moves in golf. He has multiple tournament wins under his belt, including records for lowest score in a tournament. Is this a golfer trying to qualify for the PGA Tour or cut his teeth on the Korn Ferry circuit? No, not even close. He’s a 7-year-old junior golfer. He also happens to be the winner of the 2020 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship for his age group. Essentially, Anthony is the best 7-year old golfer in the world—and he lives right here in Lake Norman. Anthony may be 7 now, but his golf “career” started when he was barely walking. His dad Troy described Anthony’s start in golf as hitting pinecones in the backyard with a stick. Then he upgraded to the plastic $4.99 golf set and began making consistent contact with a plastic ball. By the ripe age of 3, Anthony graduated to a real set of golf clubs, and caught the eye of his current golf instructor, Linda Campbell. By the age of 4, Anthony was playing in the interclub tournaments through The Peninsula Club and could hold his own with the 7 and 8-year-old kids he was competing against. It was clear he had a special talent. But how far would it take him at such a young age?

Top: Seven-year-old Anthony Ovitsky practices golf daily at The Peninsula Club. Bottom: Celebrating his win at the 2020 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.

Turns out, it’s taken him as far as any junior golfer could dream of going. Junior golfers from across the United States and world had to earn a spot to compete in the World Championship this past summer. Many children came, only to crack under the intense pressure. But for Anthony, it was clear he was able to thrive in the environment He turned in a scorecard with a 35-34-34 for 9 holes each day of the tournament and came home with the title as one of the best junior golfers in the world. Anthony trains daily, whether it’s practicing at the club or exercising at Champions Sports Performance. He has the determination most adults don’t even have. At the age of 7, it’s hard to know how far Anthony will take his love for golf. But one thing is certain, we have a world-class winner right here in Lake Norman.



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Lincoln County’s oldest surviving home once hosted an iron furnace You may be surprised to learn that just west of Denver is the oldest surviving home in Lincoln County, Vesuvius Furnace. Constructed in 1792 by General Joseph Graham, the property includes the remains of an old iron furnace that operated well into the 1800s. Tradition says that the name came from Italy’s Mount Vesuvius, which erupted and belched thick smoke from 1631 to 1944. Graham was prominent in politics and industry. He served as an officer in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Graham was a voting delegate when North Carolina ratified the United States Constitution in 1789. His son William served as North Carolina governor, Secretary of the Navy and a candidate for vice president.

The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and still maintains most of its original structure and architecture. The property now operates as Vesuvius Vineyards, a wedding/ event venue and wine vineyard. Jay and Christy Thompson operate the venue, which has been in Jay’s family since the 1940s. It seems fitting that the first wedding hosted was Jay and Christy’s own in 2009. “We asked the family if we could get married on the property,” Jay recalls. A vision blossomed from there. Vesuvius hosts 40 wedding and 10-15 other events annually, though gatherings were suspended temporarily because of COVID-19.

The iron industry appeared in Lincoln County in the late 1700s. By 1849, the county was a leading North Carolina iron producer. Nearby Iron Station is named for its history as an iron mining town with a train station.

The home stands in the middle of 350+ acres of private property. Wedding guests can tour the historic home, stroll the vineyard or explore the creek with its covered bridge. The vineyard is in its infancy, with grape harvest not expected for several years.

The furnace super heated rock to extract molten iron. Some iron was cast on the property into wagon wheel rims, horseshoes, plows, chain and mattocks. Other iron was cast and sold as bars.

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YOUR BEST LIFE by Renee Roberson

Take Control of Your Breast Health

What you need to know about your first mammogram I was a bit young (in my mid-30s) when my physician suggested I get a baseline mammogram (or, x-ray of the breast) due to dense breast tissue and a few cysts that needed to be checked out. My first experience with the process was to get a diagnostic mammogram. Lucky for me, everything turned out fine, but I learned the importance of being proactive with my health. According to the American College of Radiology, most women should have that baseline mammogram (offered in 2D or 3D) at age 40, and then plan to schedule them annually. Screening mammograms are normally administered to women with no obvious symptoms of breast cancer, while diagnostic mammograms provide a more detailed-x-ray of the breast using specialized techniques. What to expect at the first appointment If possible, you should dress in clothing that is easy to remove from the waist up, says Meredith Ballard, Mammography Supervisor at the Iredell Women’s Health Center. Limit wearing large, dangling earrings and necklaces, and remove any powders or deodorants before arriving. Depending on where you receive your mammogram, the visit will include talking with a technician about your breast health, including history of previous biopsies or surgeries, hormone replacement and history of breast cancer in your family, says Ballard. The technologist will then explain the mammogram and position you for each image, which is typically two images of each breast. Extra images may be necessary. The total mammogram visit will last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, and for a screening

mammogram you can expect to receive your results in the mail within eight to ten working days. Additional scans or biopsies Your results will be sent to your provider, as well as to you by mail. Ballard knows it is difficult to not be nervous if you are called back or have a biopsy. But, she says, there are many benign processes that occur in the breast and additional imaging is not uncommon. There are times a provider needs to do additional imaging just because the compression was different from the years prior. According to the American Cancer Society, half of women who have annual mammograms over a 10-year period will have a false positive at some point. “As a breast cancer survivor, I can’t overstress the importance of regular screening and not putting off a yearly mammogram,” says Lori Sumner, PA-C with Iredell Family Medicine. “Most of the time, mammograms are able to pick up small masses that we cannot feel yet. This allows even earlier detection of breast cancer which improves outcome and overall survival. “In addition to mammograms, the importance of a monthly self-breast exam is equally as important,” she says. “Breast cancer appears to be affecting more women at a younger age. You are never too young to begin monthly self-breast exams. The most important thing is that if you ever notice a change in your breast tissue, be sure to let your healthcare provider know. A thorough history and physical exam will help to determine the next steps that should be taken. You should never be alone in that decision making.”




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The Best of The Lake

(At Least On Paper) Sharing lessons from a few of my “BEST” stories through the years ... by Mike Savicki

Every year I look forward to reading CURRENTS’ “Best of the Lake” issue more than almost any other. I love learning about the companies, products, services, and events (plus so much more) that stood out just a bit more this past year. Having lived at the lake now for more than 25 years, some of the winners are familiar yet some are new even to me. As I read through both the nominees and the winners, I’m reminded how special a place this region really is and I’m grateful that I get to call it home. So, to go along with this year’s “Best of” list, I’m happy to share just a few of the stories I have most enjoyed researching and writing. Cancer doesn’t play favorites and it doesn’t care if you were a seven-year pro with the Miami Dolphins, had a Pro Bowl year in 1968, fought the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI, and won the Vince Lombardi Trophy a year later under Coach Don Shula as a member of the NFL’s only perfect team. Cancer can ruin a life, but it doesn’t have to. Sitting with Karl Noonan in 2011, sure, I learned about football but more importantly I learned how love, hope, and happiness can make a life complete. Doctors had to remove seven ribs from Noonan in order to extract a soccer ball sized tumor from his body and from that, he says, he became stronger in mind, body, and soul. Karl Noonan showed me how to appreciate life, no matter what challenge(s) might come with it, and how every day can be another day in paradise. Wanting to learn more about how 40 cars navigate turns, initiate passes, and even dodge wrecks on NASCAR tracks at speeds often in excess of 200 mph, I connected with longtime Hendrick Motorsports spotter Earl Barban in 2013. Two hours into our interview, I had learned that Big Earl, who was (and still is) considered the sport’s best “eyes in the sky” (he has spotted for 28


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7-time NASCAR. Cup Champion, Jimmie Johnson, since 2006) formerly had jobs as a bartender, brick mason, electrician, shuttle driver, produce manager, Christmas tree salesman, and much more, but we hadn’t yet even touched on racing. When I tried to make a transition, Big Earl then shared stories about motorcycling across the USA, his dream of living on the beach, and how he often arrives at the track one or two days before anyone else just so he can meet the fans and soak up the culture. We finally did talk about racing, but I don’t recall any of those points even making it into my story and that’s just fine. Big Earl’s love and zest for life and living is something we should all be so lucky to discover in ourselves. I never thought writing about a meatball could be life-changing but, then again, I had never met Giovanni Pelligrino. Rolling into the Pellegrino Trattoria a few years ago with a pen, pad, recorder, and a bit of skepticism (what kind of person would promote a meatball I kept saying to myself), Gio greeted me like he does everyone—as a longtime friend and family member— and promptly launched into sharing the story of how North Carolina’s biggest meatball became a reality. I learned about nearly one dozen relatives across three generations from Manhattan to New Jersey to North Carolina, and how it basically took a 24-oz. Italian creation packed with multiple meats and special sauces to slow a boy and bring a family together around a dinner table. If food is a metaphor for life, may we laugh, smile, and find joy as we fill our bellies, hearts, and souls alongside those we love and cherish the most. So, with a nod to Karl, Big Earl, and Giovanni, here’s to this year’s winners and here’s to those who, through doing what they love, make our lives and our community just that much better. After all, isn’t that what life is all about?


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FACES OF Lake Norman

Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery

Dr. Michael Coleman and Dr. Michael Foran Dr. Michael Coleman and Dr. Michael Foran of Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery offer a wide range of maxillofacial surgery procedures with a concentration on officebased anesthesia, tooth and wisdom tooth extractions, grafting and implant placement, biopsy and pathology management, and correction of jaw deformities and facial trauma. “Our surgical services can relieve pain and infections, correct pathology and deformities, and help restore dental health and esthetics, while improving the quality of life for our patients,” explains Dr. Coleman. Computer imaging and design has made the practice even more precise in terms of surgical planning everything from major jaw and facial surgeries to implant placement. State-of-the-art technology combined with excellent patient care sets Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery apart. “We enjoy interacting with patients on a daily basis,” says Dr. Foran. “From the greeting at the front desk through discharge, we make patients feel comfortable throughout their entire experience.” 704.892.1198 30


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FACES OF Lake Norman Poras Patel, MD Southern Oncology Specialists (SOS)

Inspired by watching his grandmother suffering from head and neck cancer when he was younger, Dr. Poras Patel decided he wanted to build a career helping others diagnosed with cancer diseases. He enjoys being on the team at Southern Oncology Specialists because of the quality of care they offer. “We have a comprehensive cancer practice with in-house chemotherapies, oral chemo pills, a pharmacist on staff in our office, CT scans in-office, and bone marrow biopsies,” he says. “Our care services are the same therapies and management of cancer as other large groups, but with less out-of-pocket that patients would incur because we are an independent, nonhospital-based practice.” Dr. Patel considers oncology to be a rewarding field, from the satisfaction he receives from treating patients, to providing support, comfort and reassurance in times of bad news. “A patient should feel like they can share their concerns and trust me to be listening and available for them,” he says. “My priorities are patients’ satisfaction and their well-being. I never get bothered by patients reaching out to me at any time of the day.” Poras Patel, MD Southern Oncology Specialists (SOS) 146 Medical Park Road, Suite 212, Mooresville, NC (also in Denver, Huntersville, University)

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Taking Care of BUSINESS

After working for the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce for 19 years, Sylvia Spury accepted a position with the Lake Norman Chamber in 2019. 32


Sylvia Spury finds satisfaction in two decades of Chamber of Commerce work by Grace Kennedy | photography by Jamie Cowles

With more than 1,000 business members, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce keeps Executive Vice President and COO Sylvia Spury busy, but she has never been one to shy away from hard work. The Massachusetts native and her seven siblings grew up watching their mother meet all their needs with limited means, including sewing their clothes and working at night while they slept. Their father worked “from sun up to sundown.” While pursuing a banking career in Massachusetts, Spury took a detour into Chamber work, which she saw as an opportunity to collaborate with local businesses and town government while enjoying the variety of a job description that included event planning, fundraising, and workshops.

Heading south

After a particularly tough New England winter, Spury and her husband Dave sold their house, packed their belongings in a trailer, and headed south. The NASCAR fans set their sights on Race City USA, where they had enjoyed many visits with Sylvia’s twin sister, who had already relocated to Mooresville. “We had no home and no jobs, but we had faith and it all worked out for the best,” says Spury. When a position opened at the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce, Spury took the opportunity, which turned into a 19year tenure where she served as special events coordinator and community development manager. In 2019, Spury accepted her role at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. She says her favorite thing about the job is the people.

Working together

“I get to work with and for small business owners, medical professionals, education leaders, presidents of corporations, non-profit agencies, law enforcement and folks in the community,” says Spury. Although no two days are alike and her plan for the day may get derailed before lunch, Spury makes a point to return all calls and emails by the end of the day. “Communication, respect, and common courtesy are very important,” she says.

When it comes to joining the Chamber, “business owners should ask themselves three questions,” says Spury. “First, is your business the best it can be, or could it be a little better? Second, are you and your employees the most proficient at what you do, or could you benefit from the professional development we offer? The last question is whether you have all the friends and customers you need, or whether you have room for more?”

No slowing down

Spury practices what she preaches. Whether she’s attending the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management and Professional Development or completing the Mooresville Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy, Spury never stops learning. Just as the learning never stops, Spury’s commitment to the community knows no bounds. As a founding member of the North Mecklenburg Exchange Club, Spury participates in military appreciation projects, youth support programs and community service. The owner of German shepherd Maverick and cats Ginger and Sampson supports Lake Norman Lucky Cats and the Iredell County Animal Shelter. Spury has also been a Notary Public for 35 years and received the 2019 Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award for her support of the Chamber’s Women’s Conference, Diversity Program, and Women’s Networking Group. When she’s not serving the community in her professional or volunteer work, Spury cherishes the time she spends with Dave, her husband of more than 45 years, their two daughters, and three grandchildren. “I love what I do!” says Spury. “I am honored to have the support, recognition and ability to serve the Lake Norman area.”

Up Next

The Annual Fall Classic Golf Outing presented by Truliant Federal Credit Union will be held Monday, Oct. 26 at the Mooresville Golf Club. Learn more at www.lakenormanchamber. org or call 704.892-1922. | OCTOBER 2020


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Creative. Innovative. Caring. Whether their passion is helping others, providing services, curating fashion, or selling or designing homes, these women are dedicated to the Lake Norman area community and the people who dwell here.

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The Women of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram


omen make up approximately 19 percent of the work force at car dealerships, according to the National Automotive Dealers Association. Most are in support positions and, of those who are in sales, there is an 88 percent turnover rate. At Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, which offers new and preowned vehicle sales, women make up 21 percent of the staff, and the female members of their sales staff have been working there as long as 17 years. The support staff for all departments includes strong female representation, with team members who have been with the dealership as long as 28 years. In the service lane, women have been traditionally

underrepresented, and in some cases, completely absent. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has two female service advisors, one of which has been with the dealership for over six years. Women tend to be very successful at communication with customers and building long-term relationships with service customers, though there can be some resistance and skepticism regarding their automotive knowledge, the ladies of Lake Norman hold their own with their male counterparts, working hard to establish trust and rapport with their customers. Robin Smith-Salzman, co-owner of Lake Norman CDJR, attributes the longevity of employment with not only establishing a female-friendly atmosphere long before it was

the trend in the still maledominated automotive field, but with creating an overall sense of inclusion and diversity among employees, without regard to race, gender, age or orientation. Female staff members have a wide variety of training and backgrounds. Several have BS/BA degrees, as well as certifications in their specific areas. Sales team members receive ongoing training and certification from FCA LLC on all new vehicle models/features; service/parts team members are primarily trained on the job in all related software and systems necessary, as well as regarding proper procedures; business office/support staff also receive job-specific training, some are certified as a notary public. Over the years, the dealership has received

20700 Torrence Chapel Road., Cornelius



numerous awards, including the Customer First Award for Excellence – FCA/JD Power (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017) the TIME Dealer of the Year (2018), among others. Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is deeply committed to philanthropy, with SmithSalzman receiving personal awards from the Humane Society of Charlotte Women for Animal Welfare and Make-aWish Central & Western NC, among others. Over the years, the company has worked closely more than 30 area organizations to give back, including Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center, Classroom Central, Lake Norman Hospice, Angels & Sparrows, Amy’s House Domestic Violence shelter, to name a few.



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World-class Comprehensive Skin Care In Your Neighborhood


iedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology (PPSD) is proud to have one of the largest integrated teams of talented plastic surgeons and dermatologists in the nation. This unique multispecialty practice gives you a range of options to make the most of your visits. The collaborative atmosphere among providers allows well-trained specialists in the field to work together to care for you and your family to meet all of your skin care needs. Specialties include medical and cosmetic dermatology, Mohs surgery, and plastic surgery. PPSD opened in Gastonia in 1994, celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary in 2019. PPSD currently has nine offices in North Carolina with 32 physicians and 10 physician assistants. The Denver office joined the practice in 2017 and the Cornelius office in 2018, previously established under Debra Powell, PA-C and Nancy Astle, MD, respectively. Other physicians at the Cornelius and Denver offices include Euphemia Mu, MD, a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon, Darrell Freeman, MD, a plastic surgeon, and

Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology From the Left: Debra Powell, PA-C; Nicole Seminara, MD; Nancy Astle, MD; and Euphemia Mu, MD Nicole Seminara, MD, a dermatologist. PPSD welcomed Dr. Seminara in August 2020. Hailing from Manhattan, she provides state-of-the-art dermatologic medical, surgical, and cosmetic care to her patients. In

Cornelius: 704.892.4878 19900 W. Catawba Avenue, Suite B Cornelius, NC 28031 Denver: 704.601.4381 7476 Waterside Loop Rd, Suite 600 Denver, NC 28037

addition, PPSD will open a new Huntersville office in the spring of 2021 and offer a greater selection of services to the lake community. Not only do they care about their patients, but they also care about their community.

PPSD is a Lake Norman Chamber member and is an active participant and sponsor of local events including Love Denver, Kids Rein fundraiser, East Lincoln Christian Ministry, and the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta. | OCTOBER 2020


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oard Certified Dermatologist Naomi Simon knew from a young age she wanted to be a doctor. Influenced by her own experience with severe acne and a nutritionist mother, she innately learned how a holistic approach to health manifests internally and externally - and how your skin health can affect how you feel inside. When she started Mooresville Dermatology Center (MDC) 10 years ago, Dr. Simon’s vision included offering a full array of the latest medical and cosmetic dermatological services to maintain healthy and beautiful skin. Her dermatology training and residency rotations in plastic surgery, allergy, immunology, rheumatology, and pathology, further deepened her knowledge of skin diseases and how they relate to the whole body. MDC certainly has a medical focus on preventing and treating skin cancer, abnormal moles, treating UV-damaged skin, and addressing skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, and hair loss. But Dr. Simon commonly combines treatment plans, including healthy eating, exercise, stress management, and sun protection in treating skin conditions. Dr. Simon is joined by an experienced staff who brings years of knowledge and diligence in finding the best options for each patient. That includes using mole-mapping photography to track changing lesions, newer and more effective medications for eczema and psoriasis, and an array of oral, topical, and cosmetic treatments for severe acne. Provided by a medical team and a licensed aesthetician, MDC’s cosmetic and aesthetic treatments are designed to

Gina Noble, PA-C, Naomi Simon, MD, Kristin Prochaska, PA-C Mooresville Dermatology Center complement many of their medical therapies. For instance, lasers, chemical peels, and microneedling can reduce scars and residual uneven pigmentation even after a skin condition has cleared. Dr. Simon believes a holistic approach to treating skin disease and conditions combined with procedures to help rebuild their self-confidence in having beautiful skin again sets MDC apart from other medical spas. She believes cosmetic treatments should help you

look like the most confident, attractive, genuine version of yourself. Because skin health and cosmetic treatments are very personal, the MDC staff values quality time during appointments to build trust and help patients feel comfortable. Dr. Simon’s most important recommendation for everyone, whether a patient or not, is to use sunscreen all year-round and regularly check their skin for any changing lesions. MDC is known for doing some of the most




thorough skin exams in the Lake Norman area and has diagnosed and treated nearly 7000 skin cancers just since 2017. Dr. Simon considers it an honor to provide these lifechanging services to patients in the Lake Norman region, which she is happy to call her home. MDC Cosmetics will expand to become Eterna Aesthetics this fall and will expand into a new space in spring 2021. Please visit the website to learn more about the latest trends in skincare and aesthetics.

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 201, Mooresville, NC 28117


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hen retail stores were forced to close in mid-March, during what is normally the busiest time of year for MINE by sandy, Sandy Bowers had a plan. She prepared her team to work from home and enrolled her full-time stylists in online curriculums. She coached her social media and website team to curate a library of merchandise photos, taken days before closing, and ultimately provided content for the entire eight weeks of closure. Her team remained employed the entire time they were closed, and two employees actually earned sales professional certifications through online courses. Bowers also championed virtual trunk shows by collaborating with select NY and CA based brands to deliver merchandise directly from the brands to her customers. Bowers created a Facebook and Instagram Live series to host the trunk shows and the brands connected their websites to to facilitate the sales. This innovative collaboration kept the designers, their brands and her shops sustained during the weeks they were closed. The Live series drew the attention of the N.Y. and L.A. fashion industry and was recognized in Women’s Wear Daily on April 21. Bowers founded MINE by sandy in 2008 and operates a large shop at Exit 30 (referred to as the flagship store), with a much smaller shop just steps away from Davidson College. She strives to have something beautiful for everyone, including ecologically sound and made in the USA brands such as Raquel Allegra and more. She

Sandy Bowers, Founder, Owner and Buyer MINE by sandy researches trends months in advance and collaborates with designer showrooms during buying trips that are historically scheduled an average of once every six weeks. Her collection includes shoes such as Golden Goose for men and women and clothing and accessories from Tory Burch, Xirena, Nanushka, Mother Denim, L’Agence, Frame, Frank and Eileen and more. Bowers says her love of fashion began when she was working in her previous career as a critical care nurse and later in medical sales (she maintains her nursing license

605 A Jetton Street, Davidson 106-B South Main Street, Davidson

by completing 31 hours of continuing education biennially). It was her experience in sales that led her to open the colorful and welcoming fashion haven and spurred the philosophy, “make MINE yours.” The flagship store even includes Bowers’ workspace, creating a unique and personalized fashion experience for clients and offers an open bar with television where guests remain entertained. “One of the kindest compliments I recently received was from a former NYC resident who moved to Davidson last

month,” says Bowers. “She said she never expected to find something in Lake Norman and Davidson that rivaled her favorite shopping destination in the city. She was referring to Bergdorf Goodman. I was beyond humbled and then got back to work (I was in the middle of washing wine glasses).” MINE by sandy is open Monday through Saturday and most Sundays at the flagship store, Tuesday through Saturday at the Main Street location, and 24/7 via social media and online at

704.896.7779 fb & insta @minebysandy | OCTOBER 2020


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fter a successful ten-year professional career working in the motorsports industry, Katie Stankiewicz was introduced to equine assisted psychotherapy in 2009. She quickly realized her true calling was to help empower people to reach their highest potential through the spirit of horses. Stankiewicz founded Willow Equine, an organization that allows clients to work in a collaborative effort with horses, a licensed mental health professional and a certified equine specialist. Willow Equine works with clients of all ages and offers ground-based, equine assisted psychotherapy and business development sessions. Located on 40 acres, Willow Equine offers a team of seven highly-trained therapists, two experienced business coaches and 15 horses. Stankiewicz believes diversity, professionalism and authenticity is what sets Willow Equine a step ahead of other programs and facilities. Their team of therapists have diverse areas of expertise such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brain Spotting, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), all used in conjunction with the horses at the farm. “Our clients are offered a nonjudgmental space that promotes more effective changes and faster growth as compared to traditional clinical and psychoeducational approaches,” says Stankiewicz. “People typically learn best by doing, so life lessons can become deeply rooted when clients experience them both physically and cognitively. The beauty of Willow Equine is that horses take what

Katie Stankiewicz Founder of Willow Equine is held inside of us and translate it into tangible experiences.” Willow Equine also enables business owners, high level executives and professionals the opportunity to explore, in a 4D environment, their dynamics of leadership, productivity, profits and then discover the energy needed to break through what no longer serves them. “We want everyone to know that equine assisted psychotherapy and business development is available and

a powerful tool to achieve “out of the box” success,” says Stankiewicz. “There are many alternative options available if you take the opportunity to look, ask questions and try new things.” Stankiewicz is an Advanced Eagala certified Equine Specialist, along with Eagala Military Designation, a specialized training and experience working within the military community. Their Veterans Program, called Soul to Sole Connections, offers equine assisted psychotherapy to all active-duty military, retired,




reserves and their families at no cost. When COVID-19 hit, they also extended an open invitation to all front-line medical professionals and first responders who needed support. “We, as a population, need to remove the stigma around mental health, especially within the military and first responders,” says Stankiewicz. “This starts by speaking more truthfully about mental health, educating ourselves, encouraging equality, and showing compassion.”



Nicole Leininger Broker Associate, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

19825-D North Cove Road Cornelius


Homestyles Interior Design Wendy Yeakley (owner/lead designer), Brittany Raines (designer), Courtney Williams (designer)

the art digital and print resources. Their comprehensive marketing package uses only high-resolution photography with enhanced exposure on thousands of websites. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty adapted to the challenges during the past few months by introducing virtual showings, virtual open houses, and increasing their social media and web presence. Recently, their YouTube viewers have increased by 137 percent, Instagram was up by 170 percent and there was a 30 percent increase in traffic to the Sotheby’s International Realty Website. “To be successful in real estate, I always put my clients’ best interests first. I love my career and helping people with each new chapter in their lives.” says Leininger. “Luxury is not a price point, it’s an experience and a level of customer service.”

orking in real estate has been in Nicole Leininger’s family for as long as she can remember, so it wasn’t hard for her to choose the career path as well. She started with new construction and then joined her family in residential real estate, earning her CRS and e-pro designations. Having received her real estate license in three different states (Pennsylvania, Colorado and North Carolina), she has also had extensive training in relocation and military real estate rewards - serving veterans. Nicole is honored to be a part of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty because the company has a global reach while still maintaining a local feel. With access to a network of professional agents throughout the world, the company also provides agents with state of


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ll great interiors start with a great plan. That’s the motto of Homestyles Interior Design, in business for 23 years. Founded by Wendy Yeakley, the firm now also employs designers Brittany Raines and Courtney Williams as well as an office manager. Offering a full range of services including construction and renovation design, space planning, paint selections, furniture and lighting design and window treatments, the team works hard at getting their clients new design ahead of what’s currently trending on social media. Raines has been with Homestyles since beginning her internship there in 2007 and Williams began working in home builder selections with a local custom builder after a career with a NASCAR team. She still continues to work with builder selections while learning all

aspects of full-service design with Homestyles Interior Design. Using their design skills to help nonprofits is also important to the team. They designed the Susan G. Komen Charlotte 2020 Build for the Cure showhome. Yeakley and Raines also worked on a room for the 2020 IDS Showhome Tour benefitting several area nonprofits. Yeakley feels experience is the team’s number one asset to clients as well as their ability to create a client’s vision for their home, even if they cannot describe it themselves. They also have stocking dealer status with many great brands of furniture and lighting, allowing them to pass along substantial discounts to their clients. “We’re always on the hunt for the next perfect fit for our team,” says Yeakley.

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1} Normandy Chateau Baskets Set of 2: $235 Dutchman’s Designs, 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius 2} You Look Good Doormat $13.99 Home, Heart & Soul, 20901 Catawba Ave., Cornelius

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3} Sage Mirror Bronzed golden finish, beveled mirror: $198 Dutchman’s Designs, 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius 4} Loren Rug (Variety of Sizes) Starts at $95 for 2x3 Dutchman’s Designs, 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius 5} Serengeti tan 20” velvet pillow with pom poms – down filled: $68 The Bungalow Market, 19725 Oak Street, Unit 10, Cornelius 6} Serengeti sage 20” velvet pillow with pom poms – down filled: $68 The Bungalow Market, 19725 Oak Street, Unit 10, Cornelius 7} Gemma Pouf 14” x 20” x 14” H: $210 The Bungalow Market, 19725 Oak Street, Unit 10, Cornelius 8} Hey there Pumpkin Candles (Ella B Candles): $29 Poppies, Birkdale Village, 16815 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville 42








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Best of the Lake Norman CURRENT Award Winners We already know the Lake Norman area is the best place in the world to live, now let’s find out who the residents rate as the best in dining, shopping, entertainment and recreation! Thank you to everyone who voted for your favorites. Read on to learn why these picks stand out in our community.

Best Date Night Restaurant 131 Main Restaurant 131 Main Restaurant is a haven with its ambient lighting through gas lamps, wood planked walls, cozy fire pit, outdoor veranda and full view of the wood fire grill. All food at the restaurant is served fresh, never frozen, and this includes their famous deviled eggs, hickory smoked filets, cedar plank salmon, hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list. 17830 Statesville Road, Cornelius,

Best Lakeside Dining The Blue Parrot Grill The Blue Parrot Grill provides the ultimate lakefront dining experience, in a casual and relaxed setting. Enjoy lunch or dinner on the patio and take in the spectacular view of the lake while you sip a cocktail prepared by one of the restaurant’s trained mixologists. Whether you’re in the mood for a sandwich, steak or fresh seafood, The Blue Parrot Grill won’t disappoint. 169 Pinnacle Lane, Mooresville,

Best Breakfast Famous Toastery Make plans to indulge in the stuffed French Toast, a variety of omelettes, eggs prepared several different ways, a breakfast burrito or quesadilla, or opt for a wrap or sandwich instead since they are also

served during opening hours. Don’t forget the coffee, mimosa or Bloody Mary!101 N. Main Street, Davidson, 7260 Hwy 73 Suite 116, Denver, 12715 Conner Drive, Huntersville, 134 Mooresville Commons Way, Suite H, Mooresville, 170 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.

Best Coffee Waterbean Coffee With spacious seating, modern décor and friendly service, Waterbean Coffee remains an area favorite for meetings, a spot to work, or simply a place to relax with a variety of coffee and non-coffee drinks. Plus, there’s a tempting case of bakery items to choose from as well. 19420 Jetton Road, #105, Cornelius, 9705 Sam Furr Road, Suite A, Huntersville,

Best Asian Cuisine EEZ Fusion & Sushi A staple in Huntersville for many years, EEZ Fusion is known for offering creative dishes from sushi rolls, sashimi, fusion dishes, ramen or a build-your-own stir-fry dish. Time your visit to go along with one of their nightly-drink specials. Soak in the ambience reflecting the “East Meets West” décor or enjoy your meal out on the spacious patio. Birkdale Village, 16925 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite F, Huntersville, www.

Best Mexican Restaurant La Unica Mexican Grill Stop by for authentic Mexican cuisine and friendly service. The bright and airy location accommodates a whole host of diners ready for enchiladas, fajitas, seafood, nachos, tacos, queso, chips and desserts like fried ice cream. Start off with a Texas Style Margarita if you dare.16203 Northcross Drive, Huntersville,

Best Italian Cuisine Antico Italian Restaurant Stop by Antico Italian Restaurant and you will feel like you’re part of the family. Closed Sundays but offering dinner daily and lunch and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, choose from dishes like Penne alla Vodka, Spaghetti Rocchese, Vitello Parmagiana, Shrimp and Clams, plus a variety of antipasti, salads, and children’s entrees. 9719 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville,

Best Steak Epic Chophouse This restaurant takes the quality of their food very seriously and it shows in every entrée. Sink your teeth into a Hawaiian Marinated Ribye, an Aged Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Looking for a more surf and turf experience? All steaks are served with a baked potato,

country potato cakes, braised peasant cabbage, French fries or Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. 104 S. Main Street, Mooresville,

Best BBQ Midwood Smokehouse Midwood Smokehouse continues to be an area favorite. From the Texas Style Brisket Sandwich to the Carolina Pork to the Smoked ½ Chicken, your meal won’t be complete without a side of hushpuppies, collard greens or mac and cheese. Top off your meal with warm cobbler a la mode or banana pudding. Birkdale Village, 16710 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville,

Best Burger Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar There’s so much to choose from at Bad Daddy’s, from the Shrimp Burger to the Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids to the Magic Mushroom Burger. Whatever you select, the tater tots, sweet potato fries or hand-cut French fries will be the perfect compliment. Don’t forget to bring your appetite! Birkdale Village, 8625-A Lindholm Drive, Huntersville; 279 Williamson Road, Mooresville, | OCTOBER 2020



Best Salad

Best Bakery

Best Date Night Activity

Best Art Gallery

Cava No salad looks alike at Cava, and that’s what people like about it. Build your own bowl of goodness by starting with a base, such as salad greens or grains, and layer on your choice of proteins like harissa honey chicken, grilled meatballs or roasted vegetables, and then add your toppings like roasted red pepper hummus or tzatziki and spreads. Dressings include a yogurt dill, lemon herb tahini and more. Birkdale Village, 16845 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville

Nothing Bundt Cake Perfect for any occasion, Nothing Bundt Cakes will lure you in with the tantalizing scents of Red Velvet Cake, Lemon, White Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Chocolate Chip and even a seasonal Pumpkin Spice Flavor. Choose from a fullsize Bundt cake to a bite-size Bundtini or a special occasion tiered cake. Birkdale Village, 8830 Lindholm Drive, Suite 110, Huntersville,

Ass Clown Brewing Company By offering live music, pop-up record shops, trivia nights and friendly personalized service, it’s no wonder a trip to Ass Clown Brewing Company won this category. With more than 200 rotating beers, owner Matt Glidden has created a cozy spot in Cornelius for his brewery and enjoys guiding new patrons through the brewery’s offerings, which include ingredients like boysenberries and ghost chilies. 10620 Bailey Road E, Cornelius,

Foster’s Frame Design & Gallery This gallery is one-stop shop for all your custom framing needs, and it offers a showcase of original art and limited edition prints and a display of antiques, pottery and collectibles available for purchase. 102 N. Statesville Road, Huntersville, www.fostersframeandartgallery. com

Best Pizza

Best Brewery

Brooklyn South Pizzeria Having been in the area since 1998, Brooklyn South Pizzeria prides itself on being your neighborhood go-to place for pizza. All dough, sauces and dishes are prepared from family recipes, and you can also count on fresh salads and authentic Italian entrees. Whether you choose to dine in or carry out, your taste buds won’t be disappointed.19400 Jetton Road, Cornelius, www.

Primal Brewery Primal Brewery was born out of a love of home brewing and morphed into a full-fledged business in December 2014. Situated on almost three full acres in Huntersville and spanning multiple buildings, the operation focuses on brewing quality beer and welcoming the community in an outdoor beer garden with games, fire pits and food trucks to enhance the experience. 16432 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville,

Best Ice Cream Kilwins You can stop in for the mouth-watering ice cream, but you’ll probably go home with a few extra treats, too. Kilwin’s offers 32 different flavors of ice cream such as Sea Salt Caramel, Chocolate Toasted Coconut, and homemade waffle cones and bowls. While you’re there, puruse the offerings of fudge, caramel apples and chocolate-covered marshmallows and strawberries. Birkdale Village, 16926 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite A, Huntersville, www. 46

Best Wine Selection Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar If the outdoor patio in the middle of Birkdale Village doesn’t entice you, Corkscrew’s expansive menu of more than 45 wines offered by the glass will. There’s also a selection of beer and cheese and charcuterie boards and small plates to accompany your drinks. Birkdale Village, 16916 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville,


Best Place for Live Music BoatYard LKN Come for the food and stay for the music. This Cornelius locale offers an experiential dining experience with rotating food trucks, beer, cocktails and a variety of unique live music and entertainment at The Lift @ BoatYard, which was retrofitted from the original Anchorage Marine boat lift dating back to the 1970s.18418 Statesville Road, Cornelius,

Best Sports Bar Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse If you’re not convinced that Duckworth’s is a premier sports bar experience by the ample seating and plethora of large-screen televisions projecting any sporting event you’re hoping to watch with your meal, then maybe you’ll be persuaded by the craft cocktails, expansive beer menu and non-pretentious bar menu with items like fried pickles, loaded fajita chicken najos, wood-fired pizza, burgers.16609 Statesville Road, Huntersville, 560 River Highway, Mooresville, www.

Best Event Venue Charles Mack Citizen Center Whether you’re looking for a place to hold a meeting, banquet hall or wedding venue, this center located in the heart of downtown Mooresville offers a variety of unique spaces and an experienced team ready to help you with every detail. 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville

Best Summer Camp Town of Davidson Parks & Recreation Whether you’re seeking summer enrichment through sports, arts and crafts, the performing arts or a little bit of everything rolled into one program, these summer camp offerings have been sought after by Lake Norman area residents for many years. 865 South Street, Davidson, Parks-Recreation

Best Kid’s Activity Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville With featured permanent exhibitions that inspire creative play, live science shows, creation stations and an interactive town center, this museum checks off all the boxes for children up to age eight years. 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville,

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Best Women’s Boutique Cozy Boutique If you’re looking for fun, stylish clothes that are also nice and cozy, this is your place. Cozy Boutique is locally-owned and operated and also features gifts, home décor and some things for the men in your life, too! 1098 Brawley School Road, Suite 110, Mooresville,

Dance Davidson Best Preschool/Daycare

Best Nail Salon

Primrose School Serving children from infancy up to 12 years, Primose School focuses on providing Balanced Learning with an emphasis on life skills and character development. Programs include Infant, Toddler, Early preschool, Preschool, Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, After school and Summer adventure club. Various locations,

PAINT Nail Bar Treat your nails with the care they deserve at PAINT Nail Bar, which offers a fumefree environment with non-toxic products. Featuring Zoya, Dazzle Dry, Bio Seaweed, Madam Glam, Emma and Qtica products as well as a jewelry boutique. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Suite B, Huntersville,

Best Dance Studio

Best MedSpa

Dance Davidson A mainstay in Davidson since 1984, Dance Davidson serves more than 700 students with the goal of providing dance instruction and creative expression for both children and adults through weekly classes, intensives, summer camps and performing companies. 140 Jackson Street, Davidson,

Carolina Age Management Institute Led by Dr. Stephen Giordano, a board-certified physician, CAMI has a full range of medical spa services including body sculpting, fillers and injectables, laser hair removal, plastic surgery, hair restoration and more. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, #302, Huntersville,

Best DIY Art Outing Meg Art Pottery Painting Studio Family-owned Meg Art has been offering paint-your-own pottery fun since 1997. You can paint a wide selection of items and create to your heart’s desire with a birthday party, painting at home, or a fun girls’ night out. 15940 Northcross Drive, Huntersville,

Best Place to Pamper Yourself Savvy Salon and Day Spa Savvy has a wide range of services and packages designed to provide you with pampering for a special day or just to get away from life’s daily stressors. Choose from haircuts and color to spa packages with massage therapy, facial treatments and nail services. 20430 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius, 48


Best Gift Shop Sweet Magnolia With a unique selection of Lake Norman souvenirs and gifts, baby gifts, stationery invitations and a clothing boutique, you’re sure to find the perfect gift in this boutique focusing on “southern chic.” 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius, www.

Best Home Décor Four Corners Framing and Gallery Browse the carefully curated pieces in the gallery and choose a piece of artwork or pottery from local artists at Four Corners Framing Gallery to help elevate your home décor. 148 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

Best Men’s Boutique The Back Room Men’s Clothier Owner Eddie Wheeler and staff will see to it that you make the best dressed list every time with designer suits, a wide variety of tuxedo offerings, shoes, accessories and much more. 119 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

Best Pet Services Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Take a look at the testimonials on Lucky Dog Bark & Brew’s site and you’ll see why canines and their humans love baths, boarding and doggy day care. The facility features trained staff that is Pet CPR certified, knowledgeable in pet behavior and overall safety and ready to have fun with your dogs.19607 Statesville Road, Cornelius,

Best Place to Work out F45 Training Designed to provide a functional fullbody workout, F45 Training is known as one of the more efficient ways to train, with a focus of burning up to 750 calories per 45-minute session. A team mentality encourages community growth among its members. Various locations,

Best Public Golf Course Birkdale Golf Club Arnold Palmer’s only daily-fee golf course in the Charlotte area, Birkdale Golf Club is situated on 200 acres of rolling terrain with a number of elevation changes and well-positioned water hazards. It also includes a driving range and Arnie’s Tavern on site. 16500 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville,

Full Service Men’s Fine Clothing Boutique Clothing Choices from Italian & French Designers Johnston & Murphy Salesmen Sample Shoe Program

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Iredell County’s Tuxedo Rental Headquarters

Featuring Mooresville’s new Men’s Big & Tall department Wedding Season has arrived!

We look forward to a RE-Grand Opening when there are no restrictions! We offer a FREE Groom’s Tuxedo with up to two 1/2 price Ringbearer rentals to any Wedding Party of 6 or more gentlemen.

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Financial solutions are around the corner. Member SIPC

David Hahl, CFP® Financial Advisor

19825 North Cove Road, Suite B Cornelius, NC 28031 704-892-4680


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Making Your Home As Good As New Residential Maid Services for the Lake Norman Area Our Team Would Like to Say Thank You Lake Norman for voting us Best Cleaning Service

THANK YOU for voting us BEST WINE SELECTION Check out our New Wine List & Premium Retail Selection 16916 Birkdale Commons Pkwy: 704.987.0011 412 W. 5th St., Charlotte: 980.256.4717 1365 Broadcloth St., Ft. Mill: 803.547.0202

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Freedom Boat Club Best Boat Club on Lake Norman

17505 W Catawba Ave, Cornelius • • 704.228.3480 | OCTOBER 2020



The best confections you will ever enjoy!

Kilwins Birkdale Village 16926 Birkdale Commons Pkwy. 704-237-4869


Best Marina

Best Lighting Store

Safe Harbor Marinas Recognized for its exceptional boat rental operation, Lake Norman’s Safe Harbor Marinas feature an expansive dry storage building complemented with a dedicated staff to ensure you’re on the water minutes after your arrival. Other conveniences include a premium gas dock, full marine service center, and well-appointed ship’s store. Kings Point, 18020 Kings Point Drive, Cornelius; Skipper’s Landing, 1152 Perth Road, Troutman; Westport, 7879 Water Oaks Drive, Denver,

Lee Lighting For more than 50 years, Lee Lighting has been serving customers and providing the latest offerings in lighting design. Focusing on more than just fixtures, the company strives to help customers create warm, inviting environments in which to live, work and play. 215 Huntersville Gateway Blvd., Huntersville,

Best Dental Practice We also offer fudge and delicious chocolate.

Kilwins Birkdale Village

16926 Birkdale Commons Pkwy. Open 7 days a week (704) 237-4869

Best Private Golf Course Trump National Golf Club This award-winning golf course is located on Lake Norman and is designed to offer members an elite golf experience. It offers a full tournament schedule for men, women, couples and junior golfers along with world-class amenities such as a village spa, fitness center and pool, bakery and tavern overlooking the water and tennis courts. 120 Trump Square, Mooresville,

Best Boat Club Freedom Boat Club With four convenient locations, and more than fifty 2019 and 2020 model boats in fleet, Freedom Boat Club can accommodate your lazy pontoon picnics or an afternoon of water sports. From tying your dock lines to fueling your vessel, their crew is equipped and excited to serve your family. All is included in your membership. North Harbor Marina (Davidson), Waterstreet Seaport Marina (Cornelius), Safe Harbor Westport Marina (Denver), 52


Lakeside Dental Focusing on high-quality dentistry with a personal touch, you’ll find state-ofthe-art dental equipment, sedation dentistry options, beverages in the waiting area, free whitening for life for all new patients, a customized “Wellness Plan” designed specifically for patients with no dental insurance and much more. 19824 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius,

Best Financial Advisor David G Hahl, CFP® Using advanced technology and resources provided through Edward Jones, David G Hahl, CFP® can work to help you invest your money wisely, whether your focus is saving for college, protecting the financial future of your family or planning for retirement. 19825 North Cove Road, Suite B, Cornelius,

Best Orthodontist Lineberger Orthodontics Led by husband and wife duo Drs Matthew Lineberger and Megan Lineberger, this practice features patient chairs with personal Apple TVs and wireless Beats headphones. Patients can choose from a variety of braces options, including Invisalign, and consultations are free. 9625 Northcross Center Court #303, Huntersville, 181 N. Main Street, Mooresville, www.linebergerorthodontics. com

Best Cleaning Service Peachy Clean Maids This service meets a variety of needs, from residential cleaning services to move in/ out cleaning to maid options for monthly, deep or on-call cleaning. A team of licensed professionals complete with extensive background checks and references can help take care of all cleaning your needs.18800 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius,

Bob McIntosh Best Attorney The McIntosh Law Firm With more than 200 years of combined legal experience among the firm’s attorney’s, The McIntosh Law Firm covers a gamut of needs including general litigation, personal injury, commercial real estate law, wills, trusts and estate planning, business and corporate law and much more. 209 Delburg Street, Davidson,

Thank you for voting! The Charles Mack Citizen Center is honored to be voted by Currents Magazine Best of the Lake Awards as “BEST VENUE”!

Guest Experience is our top priority! Experience Moore at the Mack!

215 N. Main Street Mooresville NC

Thanks to our customers and artists for making us Lake Norman’s Best Art Gallery!

If you’ve been daunted by the many options available for framing your latest original or photograph, then Foster’s Frame & Art Gallery is for you. We offer high-quality, professional custom framing and will guide you through the decisions of color, style, mattes and more.



Our rotating display of pottery along with original and limited edition artwork is from both regional and national artists. | OCTOBER 2020


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The owners of the condo have young grandchildren, so Savio found tables that were childfriendly as well as aesthetically pleasing. The bottoms of the tables in the living space have removable trays for more functionality.



Crystal Clear A condo in Cornelius incorporates soothing elements of coastal living by Renee Roberson | photography by Lori Savio

When Lori Savio, owner of Home Heart & Soul in Cornelius, first met with the owners looking to renovate their newly-purchased lakefront condominium, she listened to their ideas on what they envisioned for their new home. “For me, it’s about guiding my customers to get the look they want but also have them involved in the process,” says Savio, who offers design services through her storefront. They began brainstorming in late summer of 2019 and finished the updates to the three bedroom, two and a half bath condominium a few months later. | OCTOBER 2020


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The Shiplap

One of the design elements the owners hoped to incorporate was shiplap. Savio had it installed in the dining room and then painted a matte navy. Savio offers a line of solid wood furniture through her design services and the dining table and two head chairs came from this collection.


The owners have a large extended family so they needed a dining space that could seat a lot of people. Savio selected woven fiberglass chairs for the table and matched the finish on the table to the frame of the chairs. Two different style chairs were added to each end of the table for contrast.

Inspired Tile

Savio says one of the biggest changes to the living room space was the removal of a two-story rock fireplace with a dark wood mantle, brass enclosure and seated hearth. The new design includes a blue glazed tile with a herringbone pattern and black fireplace frame.



An Inviting Space

The condo owners requested a new look that that was functional, but also fun and colorful. Savio chose a natural linen for the drapery in the dining area and a seagrass rug with navy stripes to go under the dining table. | OCTOBER 2020


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Love Your Bath

Thank you for voting us Best Home Décor Custom Framing | Mirrors | Art

H2O Oil on Canvas 30”x 48” Anne Harkness

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From Design to Build Creating Beautiful Kitchens and Baths

Building and renovating in the Lake Norman Community for over 20 Years!

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Factory Outlet

Your favorite brands in one factory outlet

Hickory Furniture Mart- 2220 Hwy 70SE Hickory NC 28602 Level 1 South Entrance 828.322.4440 Mon-Sat 9am-6pm

***The health and safety of our customers & staff is our top priority. We are following guidelines for masks, social distancing, sanitation and hygiene. We ask that if you are feeling unwell to call us or shop on line. | OCTOBER 2020


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Dine + Wine Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

Amber ales are a great way to transition into fall flavors.

Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar p. 62 Fall beers that aren’t pumpkin-flavored p. 64 Peanut Butter Cups p. 66 Authentic cuisine at Bavarian Kitchen p. 68 | OCTOBER 2020


DINE+WINE - wine time

Cheese, Charcuterie & Chocolate Dropping in for wine and more at Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar by Trevor Burton photography by Trevor Burton

The world of wine is huge. It’s expansive and doesn’t have to be expensive. Dig into it a little bit and you’ll find some hidden treasures—attractively priced wines that are spectacular. There are many ways to go about exploring. For me, it’s always fun to drop into the Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar in Huntersville’s Birkdale Village for a conversation with a glass of wine or two. There’s a large selection of wines by the glass and your exploration gets even wider if you’re there with some friends and can split a bottle. On a recent afternoon I was drawn to a glass of wine from the Lodi region of California. Lodi is overshadowed by its more famous brethren from the coastal areas of the state. Contrary to what you see on TV shows, coastal California is pretty chilly, especially around the wine-producing areas. Not a beaten track in sight, Lodi is 100 miles inland from the San Francisco Bay and it’s hot, very hot. Lodi’s soils are different, too. Napa valley, for example, has soil that is predominately volcanic. Lodi soils were formed thousands of years ago. Two major rivers originating in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range feed the Lodi appellation. They have delivered soils rich in granite-based minerals.

The Red Wine Cheese Platter paired perfectly with a glass of Petite Sirah at Corkscrew.



All of this comes through in Lodi’s wines. I particularly like the region’s deep, powerful red wines. They have an intense, inky, black color and there’s a concentrated aroma and flavor of lots of different fruits The wine that I chose to sit next to at Corkscrew was a Petite Sirah

from, where else? Lodi. Petite Sirah grapes, compared to most others, are small— that’s why the grape is called, “Petite.” Going back to high school geometry, the smaller the grape, the greater the ratio of skin to grape juice. What that means in wine terms is a greater contribution of grape skin to the wine. The particular wine I opted for had been aged in French and American oak barrels. That allows the wine to settle. It concentrates the fruit flavors, as well as rounding it out with contributions from the oak barrels. Greater flavor intensity and lots of oomph. Just what I wanted that afternoon. As well as the opportunity to go wine exploring, there’s another factor that draws me to Corkscrew. Along with the wine, there’s an array of cheese and charcuterie platters— small dishes that are created with wines in mind. With my Petite Sirah I selected a Red Wine Cheese Platter, designed specifically for Corkscrew’s assortment of red wines. There’s a similar choice for white wines. Continuing on a wine exploration quest could lead you to another red wine dish, a dark chocolate ganache in a dark chocolate shell and infused with Zinfandel. Very neat. I never tire of seeking out new wines, regions and grapes that are not too well known. Apart from the fun and the tasting, you inevitably come across those hidden treasures. Off the beaten track and under the radar you’ll find wonderful and satisfying wines at really reasonable prices.

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DINE+WINE | on tap

No Pumpkin? No Problem.

Meet 3 Fall LKN Beers that Aren’t Pumpkin Flavored by Sara Coleman

Harvest Pale Ale by Primal Brewing If you’re looking for a Pale Ale worthy of a Harvest Moon, then check out Primal Brewing’s Harvest Pale Ale. • This pale ale features a deep golden color • Described as “bright with clean, grassy notes” • Added bonus – the hops used for the Harvest Ale are grown right in Mooresville, making it a true hometown original. • ABV: 6% German Chocolate Cake by D9 Brewery Craving a sweet nightcap for a brisk fall evening? Try the German Chocolate Cake Stout from D9 Brewery. • A stout featuring the bold flavors of chocolate, coconut, and pecans • Velvety, decadent, dessert-inspired ingredients • Robust flavor expected from a Stout • ABV: 8% Yam it All by Ass Clown Brewing Company Your Thanksgiving table never had yams like this before. Try the Yam it All Amber Ale from Ass Clown Brewing for a new take on a classic fall flavor. • Unusual yam flavored spiced ale • Perfect for cozy nights or brisk afternoons • A unique Spicy Amber Ale • ABV: 6.5%



Dine Out &

Wine Down

Lake Norman’s Finest Restaurants, Pubs and Wine Bars

Cajun Food and Fun!

Gumbo … Shrimp & Grits … Jambalaya … Beignets

9709-A Sam Furr Rd, Huntersville | 980.689.2924 | Northcross Shopping Center Across from Target


Gourmet New York Style brick-oven pizzas and calzones made from the best ingredients


Go to for pick up m or delivery

Serving the LKN community for 15 years Award winning wings, pizza and pasta in a warm, family pub atmosphere We deliver our own food! Mon through Thurs 4pm to 10pm Fri, Sat , Sunday 11am to 10pm

704-439-4444 Book your HOLIDAY CATERINGS now! Closed December 24th 25th and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day 275 N Main St, Troutman, NC 28166 (704) 528-1204

DINE+WINE | in the kitchen

“Good for You”

Peanut Butter Cups Spreadable peanut butter was invented in 1890 by a physician as a high protein food source for people with poor teeth that couldn’t chew well. Later, companies began selling it as a premium product targeted towards the upper class, but when that market became saturated they added sugar to give it an appeal to children. Harry Burnett Reese (who worked for Hershey’s) invented the Reese’s peanut butter cup in the roaring 20’s by pairing peanut butter with chocolate. For my take on the treats, using dark 70 percent or above chocolate can actually be a healthy afternoon treat. You’d be NUTS not to try this!

Instructions Melt chocolate in a dutch oven on low heat or over boiling water until just melted. Remove and if using large paper or silicone cups spoon one ounce of melted chocolate in the bottom of each cup or half an ounce in the smaller cups and freeze five minutes until firm. While chocolate is freezing mix peanut butter, vanilla, and sugar in a small bowl. Spread a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter mixture on each chocolate cup and then pour the remaining chocolate equally over the peanut butter in the cups. Freeze for 15 minutes then serve or chill to store. Makes five large peanut butter cups or 10 small ones. 66


Photograpahy by Glenn Roberson

Ingredients 9 oz. dark chocolate (I prefer Hu chocolates) 2/3 cup natural peanut butter (no sugar) or other chunky or creamy nut butter 1/2 tsp vanilla bean extract 3 -1/2 tbsp coconut sugar, ground fine

Jill Dahan lives in Cornelius and is the author of Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life. You can learn more about her at To learn more about her nonprofit, Sunninghill Jill Kids, visit

Living Well Your local resource for health and wellness services near you Acupuncture

Family Medicine

Best Acupuncture Deleon Best LAc Tom Cohen LAc Raven Seltzer LAc

Iredell Family Medicine Jodi Stutts, MD Lori Sumner, PA Kristie Smith, MSN, FNP

8213 Village Harbor Drive Cornelius NC 28031 • 704 655 8298


PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose & Throat Megan Mathis-Webb, AuD Susie Riggs, AuD Del L. Hawk, Au.D 140 Gateway Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638


PHC – Cardiology Jips Zachariah, MD

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829


PHC – Mooresville Dermatology Center Naomi Simon, MD Scott Paviol, MD Kristin Prochaska, PA-C Gina Noble, PA-C 128 Medical Park Road, Suite 201 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1827

PHC – Wolfe Dermatology Steven F. Wolfe, MD Molly Small, PA-C

114 Gateway Blvd., Unit D Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-663-2085

Riva Dermatology

“Imagine your skin at its Best!” General Dermatology for the Family, Botox, Fillers, Laser/IPL & more

Kerry Shafran, MD, FAAD Lindsay Jayson, MPAS, PA-C Erin Dice, MPAS, PA-C Ashley Noone, MPAP, PA-C Nikki Leahy, MSBS, PA-C Mari Klos, LME

704-896-8837 Cornelius, Mooresville, Denver

Sona Dermatology & MedSpa

Dermatology CoolSculpting Botox

Michael J. Redmond, MD Shane O’Neil, PA-C

14330 Oakhill Park Lane Huntersville, NC 28078 I-77 & Gilead Rd, Huntersville • 704-834-1279

544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-5190

PHC – Nabors Family Medicine Emily Nabors, MD

142 Professional Park Drive Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-696-2083

PHC – Lake Norman Family Medicine Timothy A. Barker, MD Heather C. Kompanik, MD Bruce L. Seaton, DO Amanda H. Bailey, DO Sherard Spangler, PA Daniel King, PA-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021

Internal Medicine PHC – Internal Medicine & Weight Management Manish G. Patel, MD Julie Abney, PA Andrea Brock, PA-C

Occupational Medicine Iredell Occupational Medicine Joe Wolyniak, DO

128 E. Plaza Dr., Unit 3 Mooresville, NC 28115 • 980-444-2630


Southern Oncology Specialists William Mitchell, MD Poras Patel, MD

46 Medical Park Rd, Suite 212 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-659-7850

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001

Orthopaedic Surgery

PHC – Lake Norman Internal Medicine John C. Gatlin, MD LuAnne V. Gatlin, MD

544 Brawley School Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-0956

Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

Stout Internal Medicine & Wellness Dr. Sam Stout Andrea Colvin, NP

PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Scott Brandon, MD Brett L. Feldman, MD Alex Seldomridge III, MD Kim Lefreniere, PA-C Sherry Dawn Repass, FNP-BC

444 Williamson Road, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-9310

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

PHC – Full Circle Family Medicine James W. McNabb, MD Ann Cowen, ANC-P Jacqueline Swope, FNP


Orthopedic Surgery – Spine

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-873-1100

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1838

PHC – Fairview Family Medicine Golnar Lashgari, MD Jennifer Scharbius, MD

PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

357 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-7328

PHC – Sailview Family Medicine Tiana Losinski, MD

206 Joe V. Knox Ave. Suite J Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-360-4801

435 East Statesville Avenue Mooresville, NC 28115 • 704-663-5056

150 Fairview Road, Suite 210 Mooresville, NC 28117 •704-235-0300

PHC - Troutman Family Medicine Amrish C. Patel, MD Amanda Honeychuck, NP Lauren Brannon, NP 154 S Main Troutman, NC 28166 • 704-528-9903


Charlotte Gastroenterology and Hepatology John H. Moore, III, M.D. Steven A. Josephson, M.D. Scott A. Brotze, M.D. Michael W. Ryan, M.D. Devi Thangavelu, M.D. Vinaya Maddukuri, M.D. Nicholas R. Crews, M.D.

Ears, Nose and Throat

Lake Norman Offices: 13808 Professional Center Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078 115 Commerce Pointe Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 Appointment Line: 704-377-0246 Locations also in Charlotte, Mint Hill, Matthews, and Ballantyne

140 Gateway Blvd. Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638

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

PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose, & Throat Keith Meetze, MD Thomas Warren, MD Herb Wettreich, MD Fred New, Jr., ANP

PHC –Comprehensive Digestive Care Center Vivek Trivedi, MD Tiedre Palmer, FNP-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021

548 Williamson Road, Suite 6 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-660-5520

PHC – Neurology & Sleep Medicine Dharmen S. Shah, MD

124 Professional Park Dr, Ste A Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-662-3077

PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

9735 Kincey Avenue, Ste 203 Huntersville, NC 28078 • 704-766-9050

NeuroSurgery- Spine Iredell NeuroSpine Peter Miller, MD, Ph.D.

544 Brawley School Road 28117 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-954-8277

Obstetrics/Gynecology PHC – Lake Norman OB/GYN James Al-Hussaini, MD Laura Arigo, MD Katie Collins, DO Grant Miller, MD James Wilson, MD Nicole S. Wellbaum, MD Coral Bruss, ANP-C

131 Medical Park Road, Suite 102 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-663-1282

PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Alex Seldomridge, III, MD

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

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

Primary Care

Iredell Primary Care for Women Eva Imperial, MD, FAAFP

114 Gateway Blvd, Suite B Mooresville, NC 28117 • 980-435-0406

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

125 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-838-8240


PHC – Rheumatology Sean M. Fahey, MD Dijana Christianson, DO

128 Medical Park Road, Suite 101 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-658-1001

DINE+WINE | nibbles & bites

Authentic Bavarian

at its Best

Bavarian Kitchen brings a taste of Germany to Troutman by Karel Bond Lucander | photography by Lisa Crates

You won’t have to travel to Upper Bavaria to satisfy your craving for authentic German food. Just take a short drive to Troutman and enjoy delicious schnitzel and spaetzle at Bavarian Kitchen. “I’ll have customers tell me, ‘I went to Austria and I ate exactly what you served,’” says Dominik Hofstaetter, co-owner of the restaurant with wife, Anita. “We love it when guests come to us for the first time and are simply overwhelmed. We have many guests who say thanks at our kitchen window for a good meal. That makes me very proud.”

The Hofstaetters move from Bavaria The Hofstaetters hail from Bad Reichenhall, Germany, near Salzburg, Austria. After visiting the Lake Norman area twice in 2016, the couple decided they liked it so much, they wanted to make a big change—and planned their move to North Carolina. “The people are friendly, and the Lake Norman area is just beautiful; I think it’s just perfect,” he says. “In one direction, you have the mountains, and in the other direction, you have the sea. What more do you want? Of course, we also wanted to set up our own restaurant to bring Bavarian food closer to the people here.” In May 2018, they relocated to Cornelius with their children and opened their restaurant in Troutman on October 23. 68


“We found this location by chance, and the beer garden immediately stood out,” he adds.

Authentic regional dishes Adamant about not Americanizing their menu, this chef with 20plus years’ experience serves the flavorful dishes of his homeland. As Dominik notes, food preparation varies in different regions of Germany. “The best example is meatball for me,” he says. “The meatball tastes different in Bavaria, northern Germany, Austria or even Switzerland. But the base is always the same.” Some items on their menu are revised family recipes. His grandma had a huge impact on Dominik in the kitchen, and “she passed along some old tricks few learn anymore,” he says. Grandma and Austria help shape his cuisine. “Calories are not counted here, and I’m the best example” he laughs. “Austria naturally also has an influence in my kitchen because we grew up very close to there.” Their diverse menu introduces everything Bavarian, from “appetizers” (including homemade pretzels) and “cold dishes” to “hot Bavaria” and “main dishes.” As Dominik says, “there’s something


Halloween & Oktoberfest Cakes & treats for all of your festive gatherings! Owners Dominik and Anita Hofstaetter moved to Cornelius from Germany in 2018.

All dishes at the restaurant are cooked fresh upon ordering.

19905 W. Catawba Ave. #105 Cornelius, NC 28031 Mon: Closed Tues - Fri: 9am - 6pm • Sat: 9am - 5pm Sunday: Closed 704.897.1717 •

The Schweine Cordon Bleu at Bavarian Kitchen in Troutman.

for everyone. And everything is cooked fresh after it has been ordered.” Some of their bestsellers are Jager schnitzel, Swiss Yummy (pan-fried pork stuffed with ham and cheese) and homemade spaetzle. Rotating specials include Sauerbraten, Tafel spitz and Zwiebelrostbraten.

Imports beer from Germany “What would a Bavarian restaurant be without Bavarian beer?” he asks. “We have the beer from Hofbräuhaus Munich. We have draft beers that change with the season. Our guests love the beer.” And for those who prefer wine with their meal, they work closely with Troutman’s Daveste Vineyards. “We think it’s great to have a winery just around the corner,” he adds.

Save room for Anita’s desserts While Dominik is the food maestro, Anita bakes her moist specialty cakes and pastries daily. These change weekly and include Apple Strudel, Bee Sting Cake and Vienna Sacher Cake. She also makes homemade eclairs filled with cream and fresh fruits or homemade egg nog.

Fall Inspired Home Decor

While working 80 hours, six days a week at Bavarian Kitchen, it’s always Dominik and Anita’s goal to “keep our standards and make our guests happy every day.” So, if you have a hankering for Bavarian fare, take a short drive up I-77 and partake in a German meal that’s the real deal. Reservations are recommended. Bavarian Kitchen 275 N. Main Street, Troutman 704.980.4199 |

Visit us at the Oak Street Mill in Cornelius 19725 Oak Street, Unit 10 @bungalow_market | OCTOBER 2020



. g n i c n u o n An A Month of things to do at the lake!

EVENTS (October) Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze. Get lost in seven acres of corn; perfect for socially-distanced, outdoor, family-friendly fun. The Amazing Maize Maze is one of the largest corn mazes in the Southeast. New for 2020 – the Historic Rural Hill phone app. Collect your map pieces, fill in your crossword puzzle, and figure out the words scramble to complete the ultimate challenge—all while competing for your place on the maze leaderboard. $12 per person; see website for times. Pre-purchase of tickets required, as well as masks. Education Thursdays (October) Historic Latta Plantation invites you to “Education Thursdays” in October. Learn about diseases and their origins, traditional hygiene practices, and see our brand new “display only” outhouse. Plus, Farmer Ken will teach about sheep care. Craft kit tickets can also be purchased to make an insect-repelling rosemary bracelet, a cuddly sheep magnet, or both. Free for members and children ages 3 and under; $6 for guests. Limited 70


availability; visit the website to reserve your spot. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 20th Annual Virtual All American Dog Show. (Oct. 3) Due to the ongoing pandemic, this popular local dog show is going online this year. After tallying the votes that took place on Facebook, the awards ceremony will be shown on the Town of Cornelius Facebook and the YouTube channel. Downtown Davidson Fall Art Festival (Oct. 17) Brows the work of a variety of local artists and artisans, Featuring live music and an interactive kids’ area. Free. 4-7 p.m. Downtown Davidson and The Southend Arts District. Scarrigan Farms (Select Nights in October). This outdoor walking trail is not for the faint of heart. Each of the scare zones is designed to terrify, from the blood thirsty clowns, tragic bus, and claustrophobia, to the butcher shop, moonlit corn maze and 3-D

experience. $25 per person; cash or check only. See website for available dates and times.

GALLERIES Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 704.948.1750. 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 Street, Mooresville, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36-Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s. 704.664.5022, www. Mooresville Arts Gallery (Through Nov. 12) The 38th Annual

Photo is courtesy of Mooresville Arts

Photo courtesy of Scarrigan Farms.

Photo courtesy of Rural Hill/Facebook

Left: Dare to be scared at Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail through the end of this month. Middle: The Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze returns this year. Right: Browse original artwork for sale at Mooresville Arts.

Juried Artoberfest Juried Show and Competition. Opening reception: Oct. 9. Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville.

THEATRE Snoopy, The Musical (Available October 2020, date TBD) Snoopy: The Musical is a musical comedy by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady, with a book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, and Michael Grace. The characters are from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. This sequel to the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown focuses more on the life of Snoopy. Follow the Mooresville Community ChildrensTheatre Facebook page to learn when the show will be streaming. MooresvilleCommunityChildrensTheatre | OCTOBER 2020



When Rest and Renewal is Needed How can The Temple help with Self-Care by Renee Roberson photography by Lisa Crates

Top: The soothing floral facial steam. Right: Jordan Minor and Brittany Withrow.

Self-care has taken on a whole new meaning in the past six months. For me, I’ve had to juggle working from home with the three other members of my family. On top of this, there’s caring for two dogs, cooking a whole lot of meals, trying to keep our house tidy and taking on extra creative projects. There are plenty of days I’ve felt depleted, and then my brain decides to kick into overdrive when it’s time to go to sleep, leaving me feeling frazzled and generally tired.

The Self-Love Package included a scalp massage, rose quartz crystal comb treatment, a floral facial steam and a rose mud face mask accompanied by a restorative music session. I got to choose from a variety of essential oils for the scalp massage, during which Withrow explained that caring for the scalp is just as important as treating and conditioning the hair, which is something I had never thought of. The combination of massage, oils and the rose quartz comb was a relaxing way to start the appointment.

So when I got an e-mail from the owners of The Temple, a studio in Cornelius specializing in self-care, the concept appealed to me. I checked out the packages offered there and zeroed in on one called the “Self-Love Package.” Thinking it would be a good way to wind down the week, I made the appointment on a Friday afternoon to start off my weekend.

I then enjoyed the soothing facial steam, had time to concentrate on some mediative breathing and moved into another room for the facial portion of the appointment. As Withrow applied the face mask, which she creates herself using all-natural ingredients, Minor played a few different instruments for an additional layer of comfort. Afterwards, I told Withrow that I had once received a facial that left me feeling as if my skin was on fire and appreciated that the rose mud face mask left me only feeling refreshed.

The Temple is owned and operated by Brittany Withrow, a holistic cosmetologist and teacher of the healing arts including yoga and meditation and Jordan Minor, a devotional musician and healing arts practitioner and. It’s located in downtown Cornelius, and the space is calming and quiet. When I arrived, Minor and Withrow both greeted me and explained what my appointment would include, and I was happy to see I had the space all to myself. 72


The Temple offers a variety of services, such as haircuts, healing hair masks, crown restoration and plant-based color and highlights. There are also meditation lessons, sound healing sessions for individuals and couples, halo healing and more. To learn more, and schedule your own time of self-care, visit to see a list of offerings and prices. | OCTOBER 2020


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