Lake Norman Currents Magazine

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The veteran connection at Richard’s Coffee Shop

Inside private schools


Kamdyn Morton achieves gold with Girl Scouts

A glamorous master bath remodel


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Fink’s Jewelers, Birkdale Village Whether you’re looking for a diamond engagement ring, wedding band, designer jewelry or an eye-catching watch, Fink’s Jewelers at Birkdale Village is ready to help you make the perfect selection. Nathan Fink originally started the company in 1930, and Fink’s Jewelers is now operated by third and fourth generations of the founding family, with customer service remaining the cornerstone of their philosophy. From their first store in Roanoke, Virginia, Fink’s Jewelers has now grown to include many locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. They have been in the Charlotte market since 1969, and this will be their sixth holiday season in the Birkdale Village location. You can expect to be greeted by friendly and local familiar faces each time you visit the store. Associates share a wealth of jewelry and timepiece experience and enjoy assisting with celebrating all of life’s major milestones and everything in between, says store manager Christopher DiPietro. The store carries brands such as Roberto Coin, John Hardy, Mikimoto, TAG Heuer, Breitling and their private label brand, The Sabel Collection – which features an impressive selection of gemstone and diamond fashion jewelry. A one-stop shop for engagement and wedding rings, every diamond at Fink’s



Jewelers has been hand-selected to meet their stringent quality standards. They also offer Fink’s Design Studio and can custom design any style imaginable to customers. In the Fink’s Design Studio, customers can bring their vision to life. Show them an inspiration photo from Pinterest or a magazine and work with an associate to sketch an idea for you right in the store. The store’s philosophy is that important pieces should be created from the heart. Fink’s Jewelers has also been a proud partner with Rolex for more than 50 years. Rolex creates heirloom quality timepieces that are made to be enjoyed for many generations, while being worn every day. The store considers it a privilege to share this brand with the Lake Norman community. “We want you to know that we have considered all the unique details that may be important to you while shopping this holiday season,” says DiPietro. “We are available in a multitude of capacities from text, to email, phone, and curbside services to ensure your comfort while selecting the gifts you wish to purchase for yourself and share with family and friends. You are closer than you think to finding everything you need. Fink’s Jewelers values your choice to shop with us and wishes you the very best holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!”

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Talking Turkey I have a confession to make. I’ve never cooked an entire holiday meal all by myself. I wonder if this is a predicament a lot of women my age are in—they spend years either partially hosting a Thanksgiving gathering or traveling to another family member’s house while never being fully in charge of the preparation and planning until the baton gets passed, so to speak.

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My childhood memories of the holiday include running around my grandmother’s house with my cousins while the fragrant smells from the kitchen began to waft through the air. I might have taken a break from playing to sneak a roll off the dining room table, but the extent of my worries back then was whether I was going to pile my plate with turkey or ham. My mom’s usual contribution to those meals were the ever-popular green bean and broccoli casseroles straight out of a Betty Crocker cookbook. When my husband and I first got married, I had zero skills in the kitchen besides knowing how to boil water for pasta and using the microwave. Most of my extended family now lives in Texas, so Thanksgiving is a holiday where we usually stay closer to home here in North Carolina. My culinary skills have improved over time, and I now enjoy cooking a lot more than I used to. However, my cooking style is vastly different from my mother-in-law’s, and she still enjoys making most of the items that are served on Thanksgiving. Like most southern cooks, her favorite ingredient is good old-fashioned butter. For this reason, we jokingly try to fast a few days before the feast. My husband’s two sisters have taken turns hosting at their homes, we’ve eaten at my inlaws’ home, and we’ve also rotated duties at our house. Each time I feel helpless as my mother-in-law unpacks boxes of foil-wrapped platters from her car, wondering if I’m contributing enough with my side dishes, salads or the occasional dessert. My motherin-law also only knows how to cook her recipes that she’s been making for years for a multitude of people—even if we only have ten family members in attendance and most of the time the kids don’t pile their plates with every dish (the yeast rolls, though, are always a must). This leaves a lot of leftovers to deal with for days that leave us reaching for our leggings or sweatpants from the calorie fest.

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I enjoyed learning about how two other families celebrate their Thanksgiving in our holiday feature section for this issue, and as I was writing this letter one thing became abundantly clear to me. After the 2020 we’ve all had, no matter what Nov. 26 looks like this year, I will remember to be especially thankful as we sit down at the table. Editor



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Movers, shakers and more at the lake

In Every Issue

Living the boat life with “Big Ed” Watkins

Dr. Joe Garcia’s commitment to the Charlotte Hornets


Huntersville student sees need for bike repair service

A month of things to do at the lake

How can an infrared sauna benefit health?

Bet You Didn’t Know Why do so many roads have the name Ford in them?


We’re Just Crazy About Seasonal flavors at Sweet Cakes Bakery


Shop +Tell What’s new in the retail space

72 Renee Wants to Know

For the Long Run The legacy of Richard’s Coffee Shop


70 On the Circuit


36 Game On

Cornelius resident opens Blo Blow Dry Bar

34 Thoughts from the Man Cave



DINE + WINE Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

62 Wine Time

IN THIS ISSUE 28 Young Leaders

Kamdyn Morton brings awareness to the need for preemie beanies

30 Thanksgiving Traditions with Jenny Brulé and Lara Tumer


No humble hamburger at Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails

64 On Tap

Make your own brews

66 In The Kitchen

Roasted sweet potato and green beans

68 Nibbles + Bites

Wholesome offerings at Vitality Bowls

How we live at the lake


48 Dwellings

Special Advertising Section

A showstopping Mooresville master bath

41 Private Schools


Places to invest in your child’s education

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Have you ever had an event or photo appointment that warranted a special hairstyle, but your regular stylist was already booked? The perfect solution is to make an appointment at a blow dry bar, where the salon offers a wash and blow dry that transforms your hair into a special style without the time and expense of cut or color. The problem was that this type of stand-alone business didn’t really have a presence in the Lake Norman area. Longtime Cornelius resident Liz Wilson, owner of Blo Blow Dry Bar of Lake Norman, realized the need for this type of service. After spending many years working in corporate America, most recently at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Mooresville, she felt a desire to give back to the community and refocus her time and energy on entrepreneurship. After researching several different types of franchises, she settled on Blo, which is the world’s largest blow dry franchise. Blo Blow Dry Bar of Lake Norman is located at The Shops at The Fresh Market in Cornelius. The salon offers a variety of services, including blow outs, up dos, a blo bridal service, add-on treatments such as deep conditioning, extension installations, plus make-up options. Open seven days a week, walk-ins are also accepted along with mak-

Cornelius resident opens Blo Blow Dry Bar of Lake Norman

ing reservations online. You can make appointments as early as 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday with an appointment. I recently tried out the service myself and got to choose from a hair menu that includes seven signature styles like “Executive Sweet,” a smooth and sleek hairstyle, to “Pillow Talk,” which offered a more tousled and wavy look. The stylists are knowledgeable, friendly and focused on helping you achieve the look you want in a comfortable and stylish setting that takes special precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “My entire career has been focused on helping mentor other females — helping them find their voice and to reach for the stars,” says Wilson. “Opening this franchise is a dream for me, in spite of Covid-19 and the challenges it presents particularly for small business owners today. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lake Norman community and help brighten people’s days with a little pampering. We all deserve that, especially now.” Blo Blow Dry Bar of Lake Norman 20545 Torrence Chapel Road Suite 1, Cornelius 704.765.6500 | | NOVEMBER 2020


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A Welcome Home Away from Home by Grace Kennedy | photography courtesy of Cotton Ketchie

It’s amazing what the words “welcome home” can do. That simple greeting is what Richard Warren would say any time a fellow veteran came into his coffee shop. Warren, a U.S. Army combat pilot who flew a Huey attack helicopter in Vietnam, opened the Mooresville coffee shop in 1995 with his wife Pat. The coffee shop became a social hub for Lake Norman veterans, and in 2009 earned the title of the “Most Patriotic Coffee Shop in America,” according to Our State magazine. Richard and Pat also amassed an impressive collection of donated memorabilia, which is on display in the Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum at Richard’s Coffee Shop. It’s called a Living Military Museum because it values “relics, memories, stories, old-timers, newcomers and pieces from all conflicts and all vets alike,” according to their website. In normal times, vets would get free coffee all day on Thursdays. On Saturday mornings they would gather for a bluegrass jam session. Richard’s Coffee Shop is a place where the veterans who sacrificed for our freedom find friendship, support, and healing, whether they saw combat in World War II or did a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Even as his health declined due to exposure to Agent Orange during his military service, Warren was committed to a legacy of 18


support for fellow veterans. He formed a nonprofit organization called Welcome Home Veterans, with the mission of upholding the memory of those who serve and ensuring their support through the military museum and coffee shop. Warren passed away in 2009 and was inducted into the North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame in 2019. Volunteers and a nonprofit board of directors are keeping Warren’s mission alive through the Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum at Richard’s Coffee Shop. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the shop to remain closed until further notice to protect its patrons, you can support local veterans by making a tax-deductible contribution, following the organization on Facebook, and helping to spread the word about this one-of-a-kind haven for veterans. Richard’s regulars hope to be back to their weekly jam sessions before too long. In the meantime, there is no better way to show our appreciation for their service than to keep this local treasure thriving. Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum at Richard’s Coffee Shop 165 North Main Street, Mooresville 704.663.0488 | @RichardsCoffeeShopMilitaryMuseum on Facebook

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Purchase your personalized brick today Cain Center for the Arts is building a regional arts and community center for all of Lake Norman. With your help, this center can open in 2022 and will bring opportunities for all of the communities in the Lake Norman Region to come together and enjoy live music, plays, art, dance, festivals, conferences, and more. You can secure your piece of history by purchasing a personalized brick that will be permanently placed in the plaza or lobby.

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Along for the Ride Young entrepreneur is paving the way to his own success Inspiring stories from local entrepreneurs are a regular occurrence here in the Lake Norman area. But it’s not every day a local business sprouts from a 15-year old in the midst of a global pandemic. Meet Brannen Waldeck—founder and owner of Brannen’s Bicycle Service and Repair. Although this teenager’s business was born only a few months ago, the impact on our local community is already being felt. Brannen, who lives in Huntersville, saw a need for fast, affordable, and flexible bicycle repairs. What started as a kind gesture to help the kids in his neighborhood with their bike repair needs quickly grew into something bigger. Soon he realized bicycle repair could be more than a hobby, it could also be a great way to meet people and earn a little extra money. Fast forward to Summer of 2020 and Brannen officially launched his own business. Now he offers a variety of ways to ensure anyone’s bicycle repair and service is complete. He can either go to a customer’s house or a customer can leave their bike at his house. He does most the work out of his own garage. But don’t let the garage fool you—he practically guarantees if it has two wheels and pedals, then he can fix it. 20


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A typical tune-up and complete cleaning detail on a bicycle starts around $45. He prides himself on the ability to charge less than other shops, with a much quicker turnaround. If you decide to book Brannen’s services, you should know his dad Brant drives him to all his appointments since he’s not old enough to drive, which means you’re likely to meet Dad as well. One of the most surprising aspects of Brannen’s business is the growth that has come from word-of-mouth advertising. Brannen relies on referrals and repeat business, which has kept him quite busy. He also has a Facebook page for Brannen’s Bicycle Service and Repairs, but he plans on expanding his marketing efforts soon. If you ask Brannan what his favorite aspect of running a business at his age is, you might be surprised to learn his favorite part is getting to meet so many great new people right here in the community. Not to mention he says he gets to learn something new every day. To learn more, visit the Facebook page at Brannen’s Bicycle Service & Repair.

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Fording Across Why one word shows up in so many road names by Martin Rose

Living near the lake, you likely travel or mention Beatties Ford, Sherrill’s Ford, Cowan’s Ford or Rozzelles Ferry roads regularly, but you may not realize the history of these names and their role in settling our area. Early travelers had two ways of dealing with rivers until bridges arrived in the mid 1800s. Take a ferry or actually ford the river at a shallow crossing. “Fords and ferries were critically important links,” local historian Dan Morrill told Lake Norman Currents. The Catawba River is above the fall line in our area, making it impassable for transportation. “Rivers in our area were basically a pain in the neck,” says Morrill. “Rivers were not avenues of commerce but obstacles.” Ferries traversed the Catawba via long poles and a cable strung between the banks. There was no schedule. “If you got to one side and ferry was on the other, you yelled or blew a horn to get attention,” Morrill says. Privately owned, ferry operators charged a user fee paid with cash or barter. Fords were more prevalent because you just showed up at a known shallow point and forded across. The following crossings in our area are named for early white settlers, though Native Americans used them for trade and travel long before the arrival of Europeans.

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as Sherrill’s Ford. The town of Sherrill’s Ford also takes its name from the family.

Beatties Ford John Beatty, following the east-west trading path used by Native Americans, crossed the Catawba River and purchased 944 acres on its west bank in 1749 near present day Governor’s Island. Beatty later established a ferry at this location that became the main route between Salisbury and Morganton.

Cowan’s Ford Cowan’s Ford, near the current dam, is the site of a Revolutionary War battle in 1781 that claimed the life of North Carolina militia commander General William Lee Davidson. Davidson College, the town of Davidson and Davidson County are all named for General Davidson.

Sherrill’s Ford

Rozzelles Ferry

In 1747, Adam and his family became the first documented white settlers west of the Catawba River. The area where they crossed became known

Further south, Rozzelles Ferry, named for operator John Rozzell, was the only ferry linking Mecklenburg and Gaston counties prior to Civil War.

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While the regular flavor rotation at Sweet Cakes Bakery is pretty superb, they welcome the opportunity to rotate seasonal offerings into the mix. Stop by and try a Pumpkin Spice or Apple Pie cupcake through the end of November (or pre-order a box to share at your Thanksgiving gathering!) Savor a pumpkin spice cake with a spiced cream cheese frosting or a vanilla cake with apple pie filling with browned-butter vanilla bean buttercream. Cupcakes start at $2.75 or $30 for a dozen. Don’t forget to check back for new seasonal flavors in December! Sweet Cakes Bakery 20601 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius, Suite 106 704.895.5800

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Georgia-based Boots Etc. is now open with their satellite store in Birkdale Village. Shop for brands such as Ariat, Chippewa, Lucchese and Dan Post. Along with unforgettable western fashion such as boots, hats, other accessories and Aztec coats, the store also offers one-of-a-kind cowhides, home accents and décor. Boots Etc., 16926-C Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, Beck on Broad has opened in downtown Mooresville, serving as the flagship store for Beck Bags, which was founded in 2018 by Leigh Moose. This lifestyle boutique will offer Beck Bags, home furnishings, clothing, skincare, and more lifestyle goods that are hand picked by the Beck team. Beck on Broad, 104 N. Broad Street, Mooresville, Instagram @beck_on_broad. Home furnishings boutique Lilly and Grace is now open at LangTree LKN. Their team is known for offering big-city lifestyle brands that include lines from Ro Sham Beaux, Robin Bruce, Rowe, Uttermost, The Bramble Company, Summer Classics and many more. “We are dedicated to creating inspired living through high-quality products, exclusive designs, and timeless style. Our ongoing goal is to prioritize your vision for your home and help you create a unique space that helps bring your home to life,” says Lilly & Grace Co-Owner Robyn Ford. 138 Village View Drive, Suite 104, Mooresville, Also at Langtree LKN, The Enchanted Olive offers customers an opportunity to sample more than 35 different varieties of extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and specialty oils from award-winning producers around the world. Part of the fun at this trybefore-you-buy retail concept is learning how to create amazing dressings, marinades and sauces right in the store. 138 Village View Drive, Suite 106, Mooresville, Courtney Buckley, creator of Your Mom’s Doughnuts, has opened Your Mom’s Bazaar in downtown Davidson. Billed as a small and hyper local market, the space will focus on offering seasonal produce, fresh herbs, frozen goods, meats, cheeses and pantry staples. “Before donuts, my passion has always been community, you all really, and this space is a way to highlight that,” Buckley announced on the business Facebook page. “We’ll be carrying everything from soaps made by hand to fresh chicken raised and processed right up the road. Small businesses are what make each and every city special and we are so excited to be able showcase all of the amazingness this place has to offer!” 107 N. Main Street, Suite 100, Davidson,



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YOUNG LEADERS by Grace Kennedy Photography by Gayle Shomer Photography

Going for Gold

Huntersville student fills a critical need one stitch at a time When Kamdyn Morton decided to go for the highest honor available to Girl Scouts, she used it as an opportunity to help our most vulnerable population: premature babies. “I joined Girl Scouts as a third grader, and here I am a junior in high school, still loving what I do, still selling cookies and earning badges,” says Morton, who attends North Mecklenburg High School. To earn the Gold Award, the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts, Morton had to choose an issue that was important to her and spearhead a project to drive lasting change in the community. One in ten babies is born prematurely in the U.S., and multiples are eight times as likely to be born preterm. Morton discovered through research that premature babies, who can’t regulate their own temperature, lose heat quickly through their heads, but many hospitals lack hats small enough for the babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). That’s when Morton got the idea for her Gold Award project, and the Preemie Beanie drive was born. Her goal was to provide 150 preemie-sized hats to local NICUs while raising awareness for the needs of premature babies and their families. When Morton made her preemie beanie delivery in September to the NICU staff at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, she had more than doubled her original goal. The project took over a year and was not without challenges. First, she had to learn to knit and crochet. She took a class and even got a donated loom, which took her productivity to the next level. She also had to tell people about her project. Her parents used their networks, and Morton partnered with local businesses including Knit One, Stitch Two and Cheers to Ewe, to spread the word. Morton even created a newsletter to keep her supporters engaged. “The Gold Award project has to be something sustainable, so I created the newsletter so people can carry on the mission in their



own communities,” says Morton, who appreciates her parents’ continuous support, and her best friends for always being there when she needed help. “The Gold Award is the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting only earned by a limited number of girls that commit to a year of planning and executing a Take Action project with measurable, sustainable results,” says Angela Woods, CEO of Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council. “It is an honor to recognize our Gold Award Girl Scouts, like Kamdyn, who exemplify what being a Girl Scout is all about: using her passion for problem solving to transform an idea into a vision and demonstrating outstanding leadership in our community.” Kamdyn Morton is holding the second annual Preemie Beanie drive in honor of November being Prematurity Awareness Month. To support her mission or receive her newsletter, contact Tracy Morton, 704.393.7931 or


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Their Love of TWO AREA Share Thanksgiving and


Some Favorite Recipes

A Turkey Trot and All the Trimmings CURRENTS Staff Writer Shares Her Family’s Turkey Day by Lara Tumer photography courtesy of Lara Tumer

CURRENTS writer Lara Tumer (number 645) with her siblings and father.

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always the most celebrated holiday in my family. My mother used to joke that we could marry whoever we pleased, as long as they agreed that each year Thanksgiving would be celebrated at her house—no exceptions. She always reasoned that it was her favorite holiday because it was simply about family sharing time over a special meal … no gifts, no glam, just a little bit of gluttony. We have several traditions that have become a part of our celebrations. Coming from a family that prioritizes fitness and health, a Turkey Trot, or Thanksgiving day run has become standard protocol in our home, allowing us to enjoy the fresh fall air together (and also a few extra bites of turkey and pie later in the day, guilt-free). The Macy’s Day parade is always on in the morning as we swarm the kitchen, fighting for counter and oven space. Most of this time is spent remembering the few ingredients that have been forgotten at the store (without fail). The parade is soon replaced with the day’s first football game, seats are claimed on the couch, and the endless eating commences. The menu has remained largely unchanged through the years—sticking with the basics like turkey, stuffing, potatoes (always sweet and white), a vegetable for good measure, cranberry sauce, biscuits, and gravy to top it all off. With kids now in the mix, we’ve added creamy pumpkin mac and cheese to the menu (see recipe sidebar), something that even the pickiest tiny tots and adults are all happy to eat. There are always at least several type of pies for dessert, and while we are all too full to move, we find the room for a slice or two. With four siblings living in three states, this special November holiday is the one day all year we know we will be together. Traditions have given us something unwavering to count on, despite busy schedules and miles between us. 30



Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese Makes six smaller servings; double the recipe if feeding a larger group Ingredients: • 1 lb. macaroni of choice (this pumpkin shaped pasta can be found seasonally at Trader Joe’s) • 2 cups of milk • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese • 3 tablespoons butter • 3 tablespoons of flour • 1 cup pumpkin puree • 1 teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon pepper • a pinch of nutmeg

Directions: 1. Bring your pasta to a boil and cook according to package directions. 2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. 3. Add flour to create a roux, whisking until incorporated. 4. Slowly pour in milk, continuously mixing until it begins to thicken. 5. Whisk in pumpkin puree and lower heat. 6. Add in shredded cheese, mixing until melted and combined. 7. Season, with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. 8. Add in cooked pasta, mix and serve immediately. | NOVEMBER 2020


HOLIDAYS From left to right: Tess, Claire, Jenny, Camille and Mimi Brulé.

A Feast Fit for Traditions Davidson Ice House Owner Jenny Brulé talks food and family by Holly Becker photography by Monica Galloway Photography

It comes as no shocker that Jenny Brulé is a big fan of Thanksgiving. After all, the Davidson Ice House owner and chef is known for her skills in the kitchen. Thanksgiving also is in her genes. Brulé’s family lineage dates back to the Mayflower, when William and Susanna White, pregnant with their second child, made the voyage to America. White gave birth to a son, Peregrine, the first Mayflower descendent born in America, while the ship was still docked off Cape Cod.

Holiday staples, traditions For many years, her family Thanksgiving gathering rotated houses. When her parents moved locally, the family began a new tradition—gathering at Davidson Ice House. The Thanksgiving staples remain the same. Brulé’s faithful contributions to the Thanksgiving meal are oyster stuffing and green bean casserole. However, the chef in the family isn’t the sole cook of the feast. “My father makes the best mashed potatoes because he’s not afraid of butter. My mom does gravy and pie. My daughters and nieces always have a competition to make pies,” she says. Brulé believes the recipes made year after year at Thanksgiving are about more than food. “The sense of smell and taste provoke memories. It’s why so many people associate memories with certain people,” she says. Meal prep also means saving room for dinner by consuming only raw vegetables during the day. This is a family tradition Brulé continued from her own childhood. At 5 p.m., her family and a few friends gather around the table to for the holiday feast. Reflecting on their blessings is a central part of the meal for family and guests. “Before dinner, everyone puts what they are thankful for on a 32


paper in a hat, and we take turns pulling one out of the hat and try to guess who wrote it,” says Brulé.

Turkey day tips Brulé has some sage advice for the novice cook or one inexperienced in cooking for a crowd. To ease stress, she recommends planning what can be made ahead of time. Many casseroles, stuffing and relishes can be made in advanced and stored in the refrigerator. Prepping vegetables the night before is also a timesaver. She insists not all of the trimmings on the table have to be made from scratch. “If you are nervous, pick one thing you like to make and let that be the aspect you focus on, whether it’s the turkey, pies, vegetables and use prepared stuff to fill in the holes,” she says. If preparing a whole turkey is too daunting of a task, order one or try roasting a turkey breast instead. Brulé roasts a turkey and also buys a Hickory-smoked turkey. Even the most seasoned Thanksgiving cook can make some mishaps. One Thanksgiving while living in Switzerland, Brulé’s family celebrated turkey day with friends from the United States, England and Ireland. She packed her minivan with her four daughters and dishes and platters of food. Upon arrival, her then seven-year-old accidentally stomped her snow boot in the middle of the green bean casserole. “The plastic wrap squished into the soupy beans, holding the boot print, but miraculously, the plastic wrap remained stuck to the sides of the dish, keeping the casserole, while disfigured, completely protected,” she says. Brulé asked the guests if she should toss the casserole and was met with a resounding “no.”


Three Cheese Broccoli Bake Makes 6-8 servings Ingredients: • 8 cups broccoli florets from about 2-3 heads broccoli • 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt • 1 plumb garlic clove, peeled and halved • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter • 1 ½ cups half-and-half • 3 large eggs • ¼ cup all-purpose flour • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 3 green onions, chopped • 4 ounces Velveeta, cut into 1-inch cubes • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers (about 24 crackers) Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Fill a large pot with very hot water and add salt. Cover, set over high heat, and bring to a boil. When the water reaches a rolling boil, add the broccoli florets, stir, cover with the lid cracked, and return to a boil. Start timing when the water boils: cook for just 2 minutes, then drain and set aside. Rub a 2-quart baking dish generously with the garlic half (this is a trick I picked up while living in Switzerland—the Swiss rub garlic on the inside of fondue pots to impart a delicate garlic flavor), then rub the dish with the butter and set aside. Make the custard: In a large bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, flour, Parmesan, salt and black pepper. Set aside.

Recipe from Jennifer Brules’ cookbook The New Vegetarian South:105 Inspired Dishes for Everyone

Toss the broccoli with the green onions and layer into the baking dish. Nestle the Velveeta cubs in among the broccoli florets, then whisk the custard again and pour over the broccoli. Scatter the cheddar over the top and finish by pouring the cracker crumbs evenly from edge to edge. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes, then uncover and bake for 20 minutes longer (if cracker crumbs start to get too golden, re-cover with foil). Serve hot. | NOVEMBER 2020



Boating (and Living) the “Big Ed” Way by Mike Savicki photography by Jon Beyerle/On Camber Creative

From the gridiron to pit road to the lake, Ed Watkins shifts gears

Ed Watkins Marine is located in Denver.

Ever since Ed Watkins was knee high to a grasshopper there were two things he wanted to do in life, play college football and be on a NASCAR pit crew team. Growing up in Eastern North Carolina meant plenty of outdoor time to pick up sports then, on Sundays after church, it was all about watching the sights and sounds, and soaking in the colors, energy, and excitement of the race. Let’s start with college football. When you are 6’3”, weigh 250 lbs., and can run the 40 in 4.7 seconds, chances are good that you might fit in well on the football field. Ed bled Pirate Blue and Gold so playing lineman for the Eastern Carolina University Pirates was a dream come true. He couldn’t have envisioned it playing out any differently. With football eligibility completed and one year of studies to go, Ed began thinking about making the second part of his dream a reality. For months, he would make the four-hour (each way) trip to and from Charlotte, knocking on any and every NASCAR door he could find, until, one afternoon he crossed paths with a guy named Ray Evernham. Ray was looking to build a pit crew team composed of high-level college and pro athletes and saw potential in Ed. Ray asked Ed if he could be at a tryout the next day, so Ed drove four hours home, slept, then came right back. Ed eventually earned a spot as jackman on the legendary Rainbow Warriors team that pitted Jeff Gordon to victory lane for so many years. Over the next ten years he pitted for guys like Kyle Larson and Martin Truex, Jr. before Coach Joe Gibbs grabbed him to be Denny Hamlin’s gasman, a position he still proudly enjoys even in this just-a-bit-different 2020 NASCAR season. If you haven’t figured it out by now, Ed Watkins isn’t the type of guy who likes to sit still. “I’m not in the spirit of looking back,” 34


he tells me, “I don’t want to be the guy sitting on the porch just rocking. I want to make new memories.” His love of fishing, hunting and conservation, paired with his forward-facing posture, led him to buy an existing boat dealership on the west side of Lake Norman. In 2017, Ed Watkins Marine was born. Ed calls it his “next chapter, next challenge.” It is already so much more. On a busy fall Friday, cars heading north and south on Denver’s Hwy 16 blow their horns and Big Ed waves back as walks the outdoor showroom floor explaining the models of bass boats, runabouts, center consoles, and pontoons spread across the property. His team, from service techs and sales reps to office and logistical support staff has doubled in just over two years and, even with the COVID challenges of 2020, the dealership’s energy and enthusiasm is clearly high. “This place, these people, and what we do are my love,” Big Ed says with a proud smile. “I love that our business is ever changing, and I love that what we get to do gets people on the water - outside - and makes people happy, builds families, and grows a community.” Community is at the core of everything he does. He invests in first responders by supporting the police, fire, and rescue teams around the lake. High school fishing teams and clubs have Ed to thank as they compete, too. “The dealership is my bread and butter,” Ed continues, “It is my next chapter, it is what Ed’s day starts with and it is what Ed’s day sets with.”

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Off Court All Star Huntersville’s Dr. Joe Garcia keeps pro and youth athletes safe and healthy



by Martin Rose

photography by Martin Rose


Dr. Joe Garcia knew from seventh grade his calling was a sports medicine doctor. “I loved sports as a kid. And I always wanted to practice medicine,” says Dr. Garcia. He recalls reading about an injured NBA basketball star and his doctor’s role in recovery. “I told my dad that day I wanted to be a sports medicine doctor. I never wavered from that path.” Today, he lives that dream out as Charlotte Hornets team physician. “I have a dream job,” he says. “I work for owner Michael Jordan. I meet hundreds of NBA players, coaches and staff. I travel the world.”

photo courtesy of NBAE/Getty Images

You’d think running a family and sports medicine practice at Novant Health Lakeside Family Physicians in Huntersville along with Hornets’ responsibility would be daunting, but Dr. Garcia also serves as team physician for the Charlotte Checkers hockey team, four Joe Gibbs race teams and seven high school athletic departments.

Charlotte Hornets player Devonte’ Graham faces off against the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young this past season. | NOVEMBER 2020


photo courtesy of NBAE/Getty Images


All in the family

Medicine is a family tradition. His grandfather graduated from Spain’s University of Madrid Medical School in 1915. His father followed in 1956 and mom was a nurse. Asked how many Hornets game he attends typically, he laughs, “By my count, I have attended 740 consecutive games. The only game I ever missed was in 2005 to attend my father’s funeral.” His role on the team is vital. President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak calls Dr. Garcia “the key medical professional we cannot do without when it comes to the health and safety of the Hornets players and staff.”

The Curry connection

Dr. Garcia started with the original Charlotte Hornets (now the New Orleans Pelicans) in 1997-98. The team ball boys were 8- and 9-year-olds Steph and Seth Curry. Yes, the same Currys now starring for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks, respectively. “Coach Dave Cowens would get so mad 38


because those two were always dribbling a basketball when he was trying to talk to the players. Thump. Thump. Thump. It never stopped. They always had a ball,” says Dr. Garcia. Reflecting on his years as team physician, Dr. Garcia is most thankful for the hundreds of amazing players and coaches he has met. He still keeps in touch with many. “People like to categorize NBA players as egotistic maniacs,” he says. “That’s just not the case. So many players are unbelievable human beings off the court, but they choose to avoid publicity and keep their good deeds private. “I get attached to the players and their families,” continues Dr. Garcia. “I take care of their moms, kids, wives and girlfriends. House calls are the norm. My job is to have them ready to play and they know they can call me day or night, year-round.” What’s the biggest change in his 23 NBA years? “The number of foreign players,” he says. “It went from almost zero to 20 percent. Pro scouts who used to only focus exclusively on U.S. colleges now scout the world for NBA talent.”


Right: Hornets player Cody Zeller faces off against Indiana Pacers’ player Goga Bitadze.

photography by Martin Rose

Pictured: Hornets player Bismack Biyombo dunks the ball. Dr. Joe Garcia watches the game carefully, checking for signs of injury in players.

! y a D ’It s Game What the day of a Charlotte Hornets game looks like for Dr. Joe Garcia

Ongoing: Address illness/injury from previous game for Hornets and opposing team. Mid-day: Speak with head athletic trainer to handle any health concerns with Hornets players and staff (about 30 people). 30 minutes before start: Have someone talk to referees and opposing team about any health concerns. Game time: Ensure medics (ambulance) and radiology tech are onsite and ready. Dr. Garcia watches a game very differently than fans, always looking for injuries or illness. Halftime: Take care of first half problems in locker rooms of both teams.

Safety during a pandemic

Dr. Garcia was crucial recently in creating a local bubble for the Charlotte Hornets to practice safely amid COVID-19. Players and coaches were housed at The Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, tested daily for COVID-19 and transported by bus to the arena for daily practice. His advice for young athletes? “As parents we tend to specialize our kids in one sport early, but I suggest staying with multiple sports,” he says. “The greatest athletes play multiple sports in their youth. This trains different muscle groups and skills. “Build in rest days for your kids,” he continues. “In the NBA we watch vital signs, symptoms and scores to determine when rest days are needed. We should do that for our kids. It’s okay to sit out a practice or even miss a game. We see a lot of repetitive motion injuries that could be avoided.”

Post-game: Clear visiting team first because they are usually headed directly to airport to catch a flight. If an injury on their team is significant, we contact their team physician directly before they fly. Then home team players usually get treatments in training room, cold tub soaks, stretch and receive nutrition shakes. Review each player with training staff and frequently connect with coaching staff and general manager to keep everyone informed. Communication is vital so that all members of team/coaches/management/owner are all on same page. Meet with public relations personnel to control narratives of all significant injuries so the player has a plan before they meet with media after every game. Dr. Garcia usually exits with trainer around 10-10:30 p.m. after starting the day in his office at 7:15 a.m., but he says it’s the greatest job in the world for someone like him. “I’m sad at end of each season. I also handle players’ family members and friends after games. This allows the Hornets players to focus more on their job instead of worrying about the health of a family member.” | NOVEMBER 2020


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Character matters.

Choosing a Private School


It's woven into everything we do and Achievement. at Davidson Day.

There are many benefits to enrolling your child in a private school—from faith-based curriculum opportunities to stimulating and personalized academic environments. Read on to learn how some of our area’s private school’s are changing the face of education and how you can get involved.

more. ’tLearn have to choose just one. Call for a personal tour.

Find out more. YOU 704.237.5229 Located one mile north of Davidson College • 704-895-8653


We educate 2 years old12th grade.

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JrK – Grade 12 | | NOVEMBER 2020



Woodlawn School Producing responsible, contributing members of a diverse, global society.


ocated on a sprawling 61-acre campus in Mooresville, Woodlawn School is on a mission to produce independent, lifelong learners who are responsible, contributing members of a diverse, global society. This K-12 school has a 7:1 student to teacher ratio and currently enrolls just over 200 students. Their ProjectBased Learning model is the leading experiential, inquirybased, hands-on-learning community in the Lake Norman area, making the curriculum more than just memorizing facts and taking tests. All Upper School


courses are taught at the Honors Level, and the school also offer an array of AP classes. Woodlawn students also have the opportunity to participate in numerous extracurricular activities including Middle and Upper School JV and Varsity sports, music and theatre, visual arts, science and STEAM, journalism and yearbook, filmmaking, Model UN, coding, Frisbee Golf, and much more. The school’s foundational values offer service learning, global education, real-world learning experiences, sustainability and


environmental awareness; plus a green campus with recycling, gardening, and composting. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has implemented numerous precautions, including purchasing electrostatic room sanitizing machines, upgrading ventilation systems, and installing fans in all rooms, providing adequate outdoor learning spaces, installing hand sanitizers at the entrance to all buildings and in classrooms, and so much more. Woodlawn School also has the benefit of having three employees trained by Johns Hopkins University in Contact

Tracing. Tuition rates for K-8 for the 2020-21 school year are $18,000 and $19,500 for grades 9-12. 135 Woodlawn School Loop Mooresville, NC 28115 704.895.8653



Cannon School Nurtures relationships at the heart of learning.


annon School takes their mission statement to heart—they truly nurture relationships at the heart of learning so every child can grow. Their environment is one of trust and support, with faculty and staff who are deeply committed to each child’s journey of growth—academically and personally. The school believes the relationships students forge during their time at Cannon is what sets them apart from others—and what sets up their students for both immediate and future success. The school serves approximately 1,000 students in Junior

Kindergarten through 12th grade, and the student to teacher ratio is 9:1. Cannon offers 47 athletic teams at the Middle and Upper School levels, 14 musical ensembles, 3 annual Upper School theatre productions, 1 annual Middle School theatre production, and more than 30 Beyond the Bell after-school enrichment offerings, such as chess and ceramics. Students also take Spanish starting in Kindergarten, can participate in award-winning robotics teams, and can choose from 12 Advanced Placement Courses and 7 Advanced Topics courses. Annual tuition ranges

from $17,970 – $24,230. In response to COVID-19, they have added the use of Swivl technology for students who wish to remain remote. Swivl follows a teacher around the classroom, so students at home can see, hear, and participate in lessons. The school has also increased cleaning protocols, the use of masks and plexiglass, smaller numbers of students on buses, and the use of daily health monitoring. Cannon School 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord 704.786.8171

Schedule a tour today and learn why. | NOVEMBER 2020



Davidson Day School Excellence through collaboration, creativity, and character development.


ith a student to faculty ratio of 8:1, Davidson Day School delivers an exceptional student experience for children from 2 years old through 12th grade. We are proud to offer the only pre-collegiate archaeological field school in the world. Davidson Day middle and upper school students have taken part in fullscale archaeological research projects over the summer; in Belize since 2009, in Spain since 2014; in Greece since 2017; and in Portugal in 2018. To explore the breadth and depth of perspectives that

exist in our community, we launched this year a monthly diversity forum to focus on different backgrounds and life experiences; and monthly podcast interviews by our head of school to showcase different community members’ experiences and achievements. We foster academic excellence by focusing on our core values: • Meaningful connections. Our faculty, staff, and coaches build genuine relationships with students in their care, seeking to understand how they think, feel, and learn.


• A secure, supportive learning environment. We prioritize physical, emotional, and intellectual safety in every academic and social environment. • Enriching experiences. We cultivate curious, well-rounded students. Our academic and extracurricular programs help students discover and explore their interests. • Integrity. We have high standards for honorable and respectful behavior. We expect our community members to be compassionate and contribute to the well-being of others.


To keep students and faculty safe, we have implemented a full roster of safety measures including wearing face masks, socially distanced classrooms, regular hand-washing or handsanitizing, limiting cohort size and mixing throughout the school day, and no visitors. 750 Jetton Street, Davidson, NC 28036 704.237.5229 Website at Facebook at DavidsonDaySchool Instagram at @ DavidsonDaySchool Twitter @DavidsonDay

Character Development

Woven into everything we do. Call us to learn more about our school. 704.237.5229



We educate students 2 years old-12th grade.



Liberty Preparatory Christian School Prepares students for college and equips them for life.


iberty Prep offers the unique opportunity of partnering with parents to provide an excellent Christian education that prepares students for college and equips them for life. Following the University Model School, students are on campus Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, completing teacherdirected assignments at home on Wednesday and Friday. This type of learning allows parents to be directly involved in their students’ education, while the students learn time management and independent study. Liberty Prep is the

original hybrid school in the Lake Norman region. This unique school truly partners with parents to provide an excellent education set in a Christian environment. Through Christian curriculum, chapel programs and their house system, they develop a Christlike community, where students are respectful and encouraging of one another. Teachers care and the students notice. This standard of excellence carries over to the school’s athletics and arts programs. With approximately 326 enrolled students in grades

Kindergarten through 12, the student to teacher ratio at Liberty Prep is a maximum of 16:1. Small class sizes and excellent teachers ensure that classes move at a quick pace. Tuition is $5,500-$6,500 per year. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff and teachers are wearing face coverings when in close contact with students, temperature checks are taken upon arrival and secondary students wear face coverings in the hallways. Additional cleaning procedures and hand washing times have also been put in place.

K-12 229 Midway Lake Road, Mooresville 704.660.3933 | NOVEMBER 2020



Statesville Christian School Academic excellence based upon a biblical worldview.


ith an overall enrollment of 270 students, the small class sizes at Statesville Christian School create an enriching learning environment with strong and challenging academic opportunities. Students are trained, in partnership with their families, to think, live, love and lead as Christians through programs of academic excellence based upon a biblical worldview. Statesville Christian School strives to provide students with a loving, nurturing, Christlike environment where caring teachers seek to teach the whole child. Spiritual growth


is valued and accomplished through Bible classes at each level, and weekly chapels are held with small group followups two days later. The school offers advanced placement classes in biology, chemistry, literature, and history, and physics, as well as math through Calculus II. Students needing extra help can receive assistance through the school’s learning center, and there are also small mentor groups in middle and high school that focus on knowing students well and supporting them academically and spiritually. Students can participate


in a wide range of athletics beginning in grade 5 with 5-6, 7-8, and varsity high school teams, as well as specialized arts programs. Statesville Christian has increased cleaning efforts for its five-day-per week instruction, requires masks during all transitions and when students work in close contact and follow all health guidelines issued by the NCDHHS and CDC. They also utilize single directional movement, spacing, and take temperatures and verify screening question responses each morning. Kindergarten tuition is $5,700. Grades 1-5 is $7,700;

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Stage A luxe master bath is the star of a Mooresville home renovation by Bek Mitchell-Kidd photography by Tiffany Ringwald Photography

At a property located on the lakefront in Mooresville, Laura Anderson, owner and lead designer of Craft & Trade Renovations, washed away the dated and dark layout and turned a master bath into a one-stop fab-fest.


Currently a vacation home that will become a retirement home for the owners in the coming years, there is plenty of space for family to gather, and nooks and crannies for the grandkids to play. Part of a home-wide renovation, the master bath is the star of the show; it’s fun, yet sophisticated, light and bright, yet opulent. The features say ‘New York vintage,’ but there is no doubt you are bathing in modern luxury. Anderson calls it ‘Glam.”

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Center Stage Lighting A bathtub was a must-have for the client. Anderson’s husband and business partner, Trey Douglas, custom-built the paneled wall surrounding the tub.

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The tile is a tapestry of how to do things right. Anderson used a mosaic trellis on the shower wall, mixing similar marbles in a dramatic hexagon pattern. “I knew I wanted to do a beautiful mosaic,” says Anderson. “For the floor, we decided on Artistic Tiles Riverside Drive—which is a classic hexagon mosaic that mixes Thassos and Carrara Marble.”




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Quality ingredients turn a humble hamburger into a sumptuous feast Hamburgers, good hamburgers, are among my favorite dishes and have been for a long time. First, a little background. I grew up in an industrial town in the midlands of England. We didn’t know what we didn’t have and luxury was a fish-and-chip shop on the corner of our street. Then one day a couple of burger joints opened up in the center of town. Luxury had moved up a notch. The beef may have been of shady provenance and who knew the whys and whens of the buns. Anyway, it was new and it was exotic. Move on a few years and I, as a young lad, moved to New York City to work on an exciting computer project. Just around the corner from my office was a traditional, nineteenth century saloon that had a selection of English ales—at that stage in my life, availability of these beverages was crucial. This is where I fell in love. The place was, and still is, famous for its hamburgers. The ground beef is some of the best available and there are numerous toppings to go with it. It was love at first bite; an “Aha!” moment. The “exotic” burgers from back home were confined to the dusty corners of my memory. I had reached a new gastronomic plateau. Move on even more years. My wife, Mary Ellen, and I were out running errands when the mood hit me. I was nostalgic for a cozy, pub-like atmosphere—I grew up, from a very young age, in my grandfather’s pub, the Shakespeare’s Head. Part of the mood was a craving for a decent hamburger. So, to Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails we headed. Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails bills itself as “Casual American 62


Pair the cheeseburger at Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails with a full-bodied Zinfandel.

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Cuisine.” To me that means great food in an elegant, upscale pub. Just what I needed. I didn’t need a menu. The only decision I had to make was how I wanted Alton’s cheeseburger cooked, medium/well, and what toppings to add—a side of French fries was mandatory. I was in full American comfort food mode. My only deviation was that I had to have malt vinegar on my fries, a preference that goes back to the fish-and-chip shop back across the pond. I had one more decision to make; what wine to have to go along with my classic cheeseburger—over a lifetime, my tastes have evolved from English ales to good wines. I wanted something with some body to it be able to handle the depth of a cheeseburger. And I felt like exploring. I settled on a Zinfandel from Mendocino, California. I’m very fond of Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley region of Sonoma. Mendocino is just over the mountains from Dry Creek Valley, closer to the chilly Pacific Ocean. I was anxious to give it a try. A home run. My cheeseburger was right up my alley and exactly what I was in the mood for. My exploratory wine was a delightful surprise. It had all the elements of a Zinfandel—deep, dark fruits and lots of body. An added aspect was a hint of spiciness which was just right for my rich cheeseburger. My mood was well and truly met. A cozy, pub atmosphere, a classic American dish and new and excellent wine experience. Those exotic burgers in the dusty corners of my memory are fading further and further away.


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Want to Make Your Own Beer?

Mastering your own brew at home has never been easier by Sara Coleman

November 7th is National Learn to Home Brew Day. Residents of Lake Norman love their local breweries, but why not try to learn the art of brewing for yourself? If you’re new to the home brewing process, you’ll need a few essential items before you can call yourself an official brew master. But don’t worry—with the right supplies and a little patience, you’ll have a delicious homemade blend in no time.


Do you want to invent a home brew that rivals your favorite local brewery? The first step is to gather your supplies. • To start you must have a brewing kettle, fermenter, sanitizer, auto-siphon, and a stir spoon. • You can save time by purchasing a brewing kit. • Don’t forget to gather the ingredients for the beer recipe you’d like to try. • Later in the process, you’ll need bottles to store your concoction.

Start Brewing

Brewing is the essential step in the entire beermaking process. • You need to steep your grains in your kettle. • Once you bring your grains and water to a boil, add your hops. Refer to your beer recipe for the best time to add. • Create a wort. While it may not sound too appealing, a wort is simply your boiled water. You must cool your wort in either an ice bath or wort chiller.


The fermentation process requires you to pour your cooled wort into your fermenter. After you add water to your wort, add your yeast. • Don’t forget to seal your fermenter! • Store your fermented wort in a cool, dry place.


After two weeks, it’s time to bottle your creation. • Make sure to cleanse your bottles. • You’ll add priming sugar to your beer at this point. • Fill your bottles using your bottling supplies. • The fun part comes next – refrigerate and enjoy! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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DINE+WINE | in the kitchen

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Green Beans . . . With Shaved Cheese and Pecans Simple-to-prepare food provides relaxing dining, and that’s a good thing for everyone. This dish is so versatile it can blur the line between a side dish and a main dish. The sweet potatoes are chock full of vitamins C and A, and the crisp green beans are blanketed with folate and vitamin K. Top it all off with gorgeous shaved cheese and seasonal pecans and fall into an easy dish to serve that comforts every soul it touches. Ingredients: 3 medium sweet potatoes (various colors are nice - blue, orange and Japanese white) 1/4 cup avocado oil 1/2 cup pine nuts or chopped pecans 1/2 pounds green beans, tops trimmed or baby spinach if desired 1 cup shaved (with a vegetable peeler) manchego or other tasty hard cheese (parmesan or midnight moon goat are yummy, too) Sea salt (I love Maldon sea salt) and ground black pepper to taste Dressing: 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 garlic clove crushed



Pierce potatoes with a fork and bake at 375F for about 20-25 minutes until just slightly tender. Remove from oven and remove skins immediately and reserve for crisping. All of the following steps can be done in advance and set aside hours before serving. Cut each potato into pieces about 1 inch long and toss in 2 tbsp avocado oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on baking parchment paper and roast in a 400F oven for about 13-15 minutes until lightly browned. Then toss 1 tbsp of oil with the skins and cook another 5-7 minutes until lightly browned. Blend all the ingredients for the dressing in a blender or shake. Saute beans in remaining oil on high heat for a couple minutes until slightly cooked and season with salt and pepper. To serve, heat the potatoes and beans at 375F for about 7-10 minutes and then arrange on a platter, drizzle with the dressing, sprinkle with the cheese, nuts, and crisped sweet potato skins. Serves four to six.

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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

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

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

PHC – Cardiology Jips Zachariah, MD


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

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

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PHC – Lake Norman Internal Medicine John C. Gatlin, MD LuAnne V. Gatlin, MD 548 Williamson Road, Suite 6 Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-660-5520

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DINE+WINE - nibbles + bites

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How can we find nutritional balance, especially heading into the holidays when we’re tempted with more fatty dishes and sweets? Stop in at Vitality Bowls and make a meal of delicious smoothies, salads, paninis, soups and acai bowls—bursting with nutrient-rich superfoods. “You’re going to feel like you’re eating something decadent but it’s all healthy,” says Ted Flinter, who helps his wife and owner, Karine, with the cafe.

Moved from Abu Dhabi and opened Vitality Bowls Karine and Ted investigated several different franchise opportunities while planning their return to the United States from Abu Dhabi. They loved the concept of Vitality Bowls but had not tried the food. Ted had tried competitors’ acai bowls and was not impressed. So, with some skepticism, he flew from Abu Dhabi to San Francisco in January 2019 to meet the founders and explore the business prospect. Ted loved the food, and instead of buying one franchise, he bought three. Karine was fully on board. On July 24, 2020, they opened their first Vitality Bowls in Cornelius. Although neither has a professional culinary degree, 68


Superfoods café Vitality Bowls in Cornelius by Karel Bond Lucander photography by Jamie Cowles

they have both traveled the world extensively and sampled different foods—from Michelin-starred restaurants to street fare. As Karine says, “We have almost 100 years of eating experience, combined!” And they know a good thing when they taste it.

Met during United Nations Peacekeeping Missions Born and raised near Montreal, Karine was a broadcast journalist in Canada, did Peacekeeping work in Kosovo and later joined the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Originally from New York, Ted graduated from Duke University, served in the Marine Corps and eventually worked with United Nations Peacekeeping Missions in Africa. They met in 2001 while in Kinshasa, DRC for their respective United Nations Peacekeeping Missions and have been together ever since. In 2007, they moved to the United Arab Emirates when Ted cofounded a company providing military and paramilitary training in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2012, they vacationed in Lake Norman, loved it and bought a house. After spending summers here, in June 2019 they moved from Abu Dhabi to Cornelius with their three sons.

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“We opened here to be a part of the community,” Ted says. “And we want everyone who comes in to have a great experience.”

toffee pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin buttermilk tart & pumpkin walnut roll with cream cheese frosting

Serving healthy acai bowls, smoothies, salads, paninis and soups All of their antioxidant-packed bowls and smoothies feature a superfood, like acai, pitaya (dragon fruit), acerola or graviola, and are non-dairy, non-GMO and vegan friendly. To create more than a dozen acai-based bowls like the Vitality Bowl, Dragon Bowl and “Bowl of the Month,” they add fresh fruits, vegetables, organic granolas and other natural ingredients to a thick blend of acai berry. They also offer a wide variety of smoothies, fresh-pressed juices and oatmeal bowls. For something savory, try a spinach or kale salad, sirloin or turkey panini or soup du jour, like tomato basil, lobster bisque or broccoli cheddar. Prices range for acai bowls ($10-$15), smoothies ($7-8), fresh-pressed juices ($6-8), oatmeal and breakfast bowls ($6-8), salads ($10), panini sandwiches ($4-7) and soups ($5-7). Receive a 10 percent discount with a gym membership ID or as a military service member or first responder.

Options for gluten free, nut free Vitality Bowls offers gluten-free options and can address food allergies. “We take allergies very seriously,” says Karine. “Our oldest son is allergic to peanuts, so it’s personal as well. If someone lets us know they have an allergy, for example, to peanut or tree nut, we use blenders and prep equipment that have never had cross contact.”

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Ted and Karine Flinter moved to Cornelius in June 2019 from Abu Dhabi.

Fuel your body with better, whatever the season So, when this season of indulgence is over and you have a new addiction to Vitality Bowls, your heart and body will thank you. Vitality Bowls also caters for business functions and special events. Visit or call 704-897-2202; 19722 One Norman Drive, Suite 200, Cornelius.

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Robin Bullock performs at Music @ St. Albans (Nov. 22) This free virtual concert will feature Robin Bullock, who delights audiences with programs featuring Celtic and classical music for mandolin and guitar. For this occasion, Bullock will offer a program of works by J.S. Bach, Stephen Foster, and Turlough O’Carolan. Free. or

Downtown Mooresville Holiday Light Show (Nov. 27-Dec. 31) Featuring 150,000 holiday lights set to music. Free. Town Hall, 413 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

EVENTS 8th Annual AmeriCarna LIVE (Through Nov. 6) Car guys and girls from around the world can enter their special ride (via photo) for a chance to win one of the categories which will be judged by Ray Evernham, several of his friends, and valued partners. AmeriCarna LIVE supports the IGNITE program, which is a unique “peer-to-peer” community center model for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome transitioning into adulthood. Town of Davidson Virtual Veterans Day Event (Nov. 11) Visit the town website to learn more information. Free. 11 a.m.



GALLERIES Four Corners Framing and Gallery Various exhibitions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.148 N. Main Street, Mooresville, Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 pm.; Sat., 10 am.-4 p.m. 403 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, Lake Country Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exit 36-Mooresville, between Belk and Kohl’s. 704.664.5022, Mooresville Arts The 38th Annual Juried Artoberfest Show and Competition (Through Nov. 12) Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville

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Left: Each session includes a private sauna room. Middle: Sweat + Salty recently opened in Birkdale Village. Right: Staying hydrated during a recent sweat session.

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Sweat What are the benefits of an infrared sauna?

by Renee Roberson | photography courtesy of Renee Roberson

It’s been years since I used a sauna, and that was during college when I had a membership at a health club. Sitting in the extreme heat wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed in my late teens, so I never made it part of my health regimen. But as I’m now in my mid-40s and focusing more on my mental and physical health, I was intrigued when I noticed Sweat + Salty Infrared Sauna Studio had opened in Birkdale Village. An infrared sauna operates at a lower temperature than a traditional sauna so you can experience a more intense sweat at a lower temperature. Owner Cynthia Wagner first explored infrared saunas as an alternative treatment for her daughter’s Lyme disease. She developed the concept of allowing others to take time for themselves in a clean and relaxing environment while also enjoying benefits such as improved circulation, pain relief, stress reduction, detoxing and faster recovery time for sore muscles. Sweat + Salty provides everything you need for your sweat session, from water bottles available for purchase (you can also bring your own), clean towels, and a private room with a lock on the door. Each session lasts 40 minutes and the sauna also includes an iPad that you can use to select soothing music or watch a pro72


gram via a streaming service to help pass the time. On my visit, Wagner took the time to go over what to expect in my private infrared sauna room. I used the remote located inside the sauna to select a light therapy (also known as Chromotherapy) that can adjust body vibrations to target different physical symptoms. I selected a green light for my session, which helps reduce symptoms of depression, stress, insomnia and can help fight infection. It took me about 10-15 minutes before a good sweat started up, although Wagner says this is different for everyone, and I liked having a cold washcloth waiting for me immediately after my session to help cool down my core body temperature. After the session, I was more relaxed, and my skin did not have the tight feeling I remember from the traditional sauna. You can schedule your first sweat session for $29 and membership packages are also available for customers. Anyone on active duty, such as firefighters and police officers as well as veterans can receive 10 percent off stand-alone services with a valid ID. Sweat + Salty Infrared Sauna Studio 16815-C Cranlyn Road, Huntersille 704.997.5283 |