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THE SODA SHOP keeps it old school

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Contents May vol. 13 No.5

24  It’s About

Movers, shakers and more at the lake

Katie Mullis’ juggling act

17  TreesDavidson plants a future

34  Thoughts from Athletic styles from head to toe are okay these days

76  Out + About The Interviewer Gets Interviewed: An Evening with Paul Cameron

Jordan Fish photographed by Brant Waldeck at Fish’s Cornelius home.

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About the Cover:

18  For the Long Run — The Soda Shop keeps it old school

19  The Davidson College Host Family Program makes students feel at home

20  Live Like a Native — Clothing consignment at Lake Norman

21  Bet You Didn’t know — The

25 S  pecial Section

FACES of Lake Norman

railroad factor

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

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80  Lori’s Larks Editor Lori K. Tate

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Lake Spaces

How we live at the lake

54  Dwellings

Kathy McLeod’s fresh renewal of a Mooresville lakeside home

36 T  rends + Style Spring supplies

Dine + Wine

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

68  Wine Time

Caruso’s elegant ambiance

70  On Tap

Lake Norman’s Brew Chef has food and will travel

72  Nibbles + Bites

38 L  KN Stylemakers

Meet four people who enjoy sharing their style with others

Northern Roots Café is right on time

73  In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan

Broccoli and Thyme Cheesy Dauphinois

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Everlasting Style

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hen I was in first grade, my parents took me to Chicago. As an avid shopper, my mother was more excited about visiting Marshall Field’s than the Sears Tower. Well, the shopping bag didn’t fall far from the cart, as I love to shop, and just like my mother, I love hunting for shoes, accessories and clothes — in that order. My mother and I spent many Saturdays shopping while I was growing up, and I treasure those memories of Red Dot Sales at Belk and special trips to the Little Green Apple, a now-defunct children’s boutique in my hometown. Mom and I don’t get to shop much anymore due to a couple of factors. One, as a working mom, it’s hard for me to carve out a Saturday to shop, and two, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago. While she is doing well considering the ways of this evil disease, she tires easily and just doesn’t have the stamina for a day of bargain hunting anymore. However, one of the things this disease hasn’t erased is her sense of style. My mom still wears her pearls almost daily, and she always looks stunning when she wears hot pink, which happens to be my best color, too. Though I beg her not to, she dons her wedge heels, just daring fate to make her fall — again. Her clothes

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coordinate seamlessly, and she’s still my beautiful mother. A few weeks ago she had to stay in the hospital overnight. As soon as she got dressed to go home, she asked the nurse for a comb so she could exit the hospital perfectly coifed. (She even crossed her legs while sitting in the mandatory wheelchair waiting for discharge.) That’s style, and she’s always had it. When I look at pictures of my parents when they were dating, my mom consistently looks elegant in pencil skirts and heels, and my dad always looks handsome. In the 1970s, she managed to avoid most of the fashion mistakes others made, and in the 1980s, her work ensembles were accessorized to a tee. I laughed when I saw Kate Middleton’s wedding dress for the first time because she wore a long sleeve lace jacket just like my mom did back in 1959. Without saying a word, my mother taught me how

to carry myself and look put together. For my high school baccalaureate and graduation, she took it upon herself to go to Neta’s in Concord to purchase one-of-a-kind dresses for me. When I landed my first real job out of college, we made a beeline to Neta’s to find just the right dress for my first day — and we did. Neta’s closed last month after being in business for more than 70 years. Owner Neta Helms opened her boutique in 1947 and finally decided to retire. I can’t imagine how many special occasion dresses she’s sold over her career, but I hope she knows how much the dresses and the experience of picking them out and trying them on meant to people, people like me. One of life’s most painful realizations is that nothing lasts forever. The key is to savor the present so you won’t regret the past. My baccalaureate and graduation dresses still hang in my closet at my parents’ house. While I’m sure they no longer fit, they now serve a different purpose. They remind me of my mother’s love and a magical time when we could while away an entire day looking for the perfect outfit. Happy Mother’s Day, mom.


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Trees Can Do It All


Above inset photo from left, Polly Brockway, Candy Ellis, Sarah Dumser, Dave Cable, Gordon Clark and Sue Zimmerman stand with the $10,000 donation to TreesDavidson from the Davidson Garden Club.

ast fall, the Davidson Garden Club had $10,000 to donate. While considering beneficiaries, they invited Gordon Clark of TreesDavidson and Dave Cable of TreesCharlotte to present at a meeting. After listening to Clark and Cable talk about urban forestry and the importance of planting trees, “Members voted unanimously to donate to TreesDavidson,” says Sue Zimmerman, chair of the donating committee. Citizens concerned

Davidson Garden Club on a number of projects,” says Clark. Possibilities include new shade trees for the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center, more trees along Jackson Street and a special project at Fisher Farm — all enriching the town’s canopy. “TreesDavidson has been a wonderful addition to our DLC-supported programming,” says Autumn Rierson Michael, executive director of DLC and a Davidson town commissioner. “Not only

about Davidson’s dwindling tree population formed TreesDavidson six years ago. They connected with Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC) and replicated TreesCharlotte. “Early on we had the benefit of living under the DLC umbrella and adopting the TreesCharlotte model,” says Clark. Since then, they’ve planted more than 500 trees and counting — thanks to volunteers and donors like the Davidson Garden Club. “We hope to use the very generous gift from the

are we committed to the preservation of larger tracts of natural land in our community, but we recognize the importance of planting trees one-by-one to help preserve and build our tree canopy. Trees literally create the air we breathe, filter pollutants and carbon dioxide, soak up storm water, and provide habitat for hundreds of funghi, mammals, birds and insects. Trees can do it all.” — Karel Bond Lucander, photography courtesy of Gordon Clark and Bill Giduz


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For the Long Run

Stepping Back in Time

Nostalgia keeps The Soda Shop afloat

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Misty Utech, owner of The Soda Shop in Davidson, keeps the authenticity and charm of the eating establishment in tact.

n the ever-changing landscape of Lake Norman, The Soda Shop is somewhat of an anomaly. The popular eatery has been a fixture on Main Street in Davidson since 1951. Though the dining options in Davidson have multiplied in recent years, patrons keep coming back to the quaint downtown diner that offers a helping of nostalgia, along with comfort food. Owner Misty Utech says staying authentic and familiar is part of The Soda Shop’s charm. Utech bought the restaurant in November from longtime owner Deborah Caudle, who retired after being at the helm for 25 years. “Maintaining who we are and not changing more than what we have to change has really helped us,” explains Utech. “We want

customers to walk in and feel like they are stepping back in time. When you eat here, we want it to bring back happy memories of your childhood.” Utech, a Michigan native, is no newcomer to the The Soda Shop. She’s been an employee for 14 years, only leaving for a brief time. She began as a floating manager in 2001, climbing the ranks to general manager seven years ago. During her tenure, she has watched a generation grow up dining at The Soda Shop. “I’m now seeing the second generation of families come in,” she says. Many patrons also fondly remember Fridays at the Town Green, where students walked from Davidson Elementary School and the former Davidson IB School to downtown, often stopping in the restaurant for an

after-school snack. The tradition continues with fifth grade students today. “It makes you feel good that parents trust you with their kids,” says Utech. Davidson College alumni also return with their families and can order the same menu items they ate as freshmen. Utech raised her own daughter, Taylor, while working at the The Soda Shop. Only 22 months old when her mom started, Taylor is now 18 and works part-time behind the counter. Though the menu is a whopping eight pages, Utech says staples like egg salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and ice cream floats make up the majority of business. All ice cream floats are made from DeLuxe Ice Cream from

Mooresville Ice Cream Company. Sweet potato fries and fried green beans also have a huge following. Fresh-squeezed lemonade, limeade and orangeade are beloved favorites that have been on the menu since the 1950s. Utech has only minor changes planned. One is restoring some of the local memorabilia to the walls that once hung in The Soda Shop years ago. The second is the addition of pies and soups to the menu. “I’m keeping it simple and not trying to do anything too extravagant,” she says. — Holly Becker, photography by Lisa Crates 

The Soda Shop 104 S. Main Street Davidson


Part of the Family

The Davidson College Host Family Program makes international students feel at home someone who could share her experiences growing up in another country,” she says. It’s turned out to be a win-win for Alleen’s family and the student they were assigned. Alisha Kendrik-Pradham is from Indonesia and is approaching the end of her junior year. “I think they do a very thoughtful job of matching students with families,” Alleen adds. Families and their adopted students are invited to a variety of casual, off-campus activities throughout the year. “It takes some of the initial pressure off,” Alleen says, “because the logistics are all taken care of.” They’ve also enjoyed getting to know Alisha by having her over for a meal or just hanging out. The program is only open to residents of Davidson for the sake of close proximity, but hosting candidates include single people, as well as families with children. — Elizabeth Watson Chaney, photography courtesy of Alleen Barber

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iving in and around a college town comes with loads of perks; among them is an increase in diversity. The Davidson College Host Family Program is designed to create supportive relationships between families living in Davidson with incoming international students. Alleen Barber grew up in Davidson, and her late father, Rupert Barber, was a professor at the college. The Barbers hosted several students while Alleen was growing up, so she was introduced to the program as a child. As an adult, Alleen left the area but eventually returned with a husband and children of her own. When she discovered the program was in need of more families, she and her husband, Dean Chadwin, applied. Alleen chose to request a female student because she wanted a positive role model for her twin girls, who were 10 at the time. “I wanted them to hang out with a smart young woman interested in school and also

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f you’ve never shopped consignment for clothing, you are missing out because there are deals to be had, plus it’s great for the environment — reduce, reuse and recycle. Below is a roundup of the consignment stores in the Lake Norman area. Go head, shop ‘til you drop. — Lori K. Tate

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Bet You Didn’t Know The railroad helped develop Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville.

Cotton was a staple crop in this area for many years.

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Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville owe a lot to the railroad ne of the most important elements in the development and history of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville is the Atlantic Tennessee and Ohio Railroad, which was completed from Charlotte to Statesville on August 18, 1856. Although the rails were removed in 1863 so that they could be used in Virginia during the Civil War, they were replaced in 1872. Eighteen years later, this railroad became part of the Southern Railroad system, which connected directly to the North. This allowed merchants to market cotton,

the area’s staple crop, to northern cities in exchange for the latest products. The most common story about the founding of Cornelius involves cotton and goes as follows. Davidson had two cotton brokerage firms in the late 1800s, R. J. Stough Company and Sloan Brothers. Both offered farmers open accounts and furnished scales for the weighing of cotton. When Charlotte appointed a town weigher, many folks in Davidson thought their town should also have such an official. R. J. Stough Company disagreed with the idea, and

Sloan Brothers was for it. An election was held resulting in Davidson hiring a weigher. Directly R. J. Stough moved his weighing office just outside of Davidson to what some people say was referred to as Liverpool or the Mount Zion Community, while keeping his business office in town. As time went on, the hill on what is now Hwy. 115 in front of Davidson Ice House became terribly muddy. Farmers thought it was much easier to avoid the hill by selling their cotton to Stough. As business grew, Stough moved some goods to his weighing location and

hired C.W. Johnston, who later established Charlotte’s Johnston Manufacturing Company, to clerk for him. Johnston and Stough thought it would be a good idea to build a cotton mill near the store to produce cloth. Neither of them had the money to do it, but they thought that J. B. Cornelius of Davidson could offer financial assistance. They were right. In 1891, Cornelius Cotton Mills opened and in 1893, the town of Cornelius was founded. In 1905, Cornelius was the fifth town to be incorporated in Mecklenburg County. — Lori K. Tate


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atie Mullis juggles a lot of roles. She’s the education director at Davidson Community Players, a Realtor with Southern Homes of the Carolinas and a stayat-home mom for her almost 2-year-old son, Becks. With such varied responsibilities, Mullis, 33, has spent the early days of motherhood learning how to balance her commitments, while focusing on her values. “My number one priority is my family. Even when things are hectic and busy, I want to make sure I am making time for them and making good use of the time I have with them,” she says. Fortunately, each of Mullis’ professional roles allows her the flexibility to make her own schedule, complete aspects of the work from home, and are more demanding in the evenings and on weekends when her husband is home to watch their son. Her current reality has also given her the

opportunity to practice more restraint. “I have always been the type of person that if I am not busy, I get bored. In community theater, it is very easy to constantly volunteer to do things, but, with my son, I have found a lot of limitations to that and I have learned to say ‘no’ to some things,” explains Mullis, who, as education director, manages five shows, directs two, and oversees the camps, classes and workshops that Davidson Community Players offers each year. “When it comes to directing, I used to say I would direct a show, choreograph it, paint the set and do the lights. I have learned that it is okay to delegate some of those things, and there are some teenagers in our theater who are great at taking on tasks,” she says. “I enjoy doing all of these different things, but I do have to say ‘Where are my skills best used?’ and acknowledge the skills of other people coming in.”

While this season of life has allowed Mullis to add delegation to her time management tools, the 2009 football season taught her another valuable time management lesson. “I used to constantly run late. I actually cheered as a Top Cat for the Carolina Panthers from 2009-2011. They were extremely strict about being prompt to rehearsals, appearances and games,” she recalls. “That changed my whole outlook about having to be places early, and it was pretty good training for me in terms of fixing my whole tardiness.” Now, Mullis takes a structured approach to managing everything, tracking commitments in her planner and constantly making lists. Her systems help her make the most of the small pockets of time she has to work while her son is sleeping or playing quietly. “When it comes time to work, I turn on music. I have

my planner next to me. I have my list next to me, and I just start trying to do as much as I can during that time period. The hard thing is that because my jobs are so flexible and I work unique hours, sometimes it is hard to turn off,” she says. “That is my biggest issue: learning when to say enough is enough.” Though the pull to keep working late into the night might be there, Mullis fights it in order to enjoy some time for herself, with her husband or her girlfriends. “Not everything is an emergency; some things can wait.”

Time Tellers What is more important to you today than 10 years ago? My son and my husband. Paper or technology for time and task management? A combination but mostly paper. I like to buy new pens and notebooks. What tools are essential to managing your life? I use an At-a-Glance Daily Planner that has a column for notes each week. What do you wish you had more time for in your life? Exercise by myself. Make a time management/productivity recommendation? Prioritize. Think about what’s most important to you and what your goals are.

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For the second year in a row, Dixie Dean and Christina Stone of Allen Tate Lake Norman have continued to deliver unparalleled concierge service to buyers and sellers in the luxury home market. Continuing the standard Dixie set 15 years ago, this new partnership is 27 passionate about making a buyer or seller’s transition run smoothly, and Dixie and Christina are energized by this goal daily. In addition, both are seasoned residents of The Peninsula and members of The Peninsula Club, so they know the community well with all that it has to offer. Christina and her husband, Ajay, have two teenage daughters and a two-year-old English bulldog. They love everything the lake lifestyle offers, in particular unwinding on their boat and participating in Peninsula Club activities. Dixie and her husband, Mike, have a nine-year-old boxer and two grown children with families of their own. They love being home base for huge family gatherings at their Peninsula home or on Kiawah Island. Being the top closing agent for The Peninsula for the past seven years keeps Dixie at the top of her game! LAKE NORMAN CURRENTS

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As a Broker/REALTOR® with Lake Norman Realty, Crystal McIntosh knows that happiness starts at home. That’s why the Lake Normanarea native is dedicated to providing her clients excellent customer service and treating them like family. “I know the area well and have a love for helping people,” says Crystal, a member of the Mooresville Exchange Club. “Real estate is the product of putting those things together.” Two years ago, Crystal decided to join Lake Norman Realty, the oldest firm in the area, celebrating 41 years this year. “It was the best decision of my career so far,” she says, adding that she primarily focuses on residential buying, selling and renting. However, being part of a full-service real estate firm allows her access to a global network of contacts. “If you’re looking to buy a vacation home, or become part of the vacation rental market here, I can assist assist you with that as well,” she says. “The mission of my business is, ‘building lasting relationships one home at a time.’ ” 522 River Highway Mooresville, #movewithmcintosh

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For thousands of years, the secret to Chinese medicine has been to stay focused on one simple observation — If you keep the function of the body strong, then the body will respond in turn.Implementing acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and body work, Deleon Best of Best Acupuncture in Cornelius helps patients drive up function in their bodies and live up to their fullest potential. “Whether a person is young or old, we all want to feel good, and we should feel good now, not some day,” says Best, who completed more than 3,000 hours of training, much of it in China, and has since delivered more than 50,000 treatments. “My challenge every time I meet someone is how to play the hand they have been dealt better.” Deleon and his staff at Best Acupuncture enjoy helping patients feel, look and be their best, so that they can bring balance and vitality to their world.

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A 34-year veteran of the real estate industry, Christy Walker and her team at Christy Walker & Associates, Keller Williams Realty-LKN take pride in treating customers like family by providing exceptional customer service and an extensive knowledge of the market. “Our mission is to fully engage our clients in the process by effectively communicating with them on a regular basis, showing empathy, timeliness and accuracy in order to gain their trust and on-going friendship in business,” says Walker, who in the last five years has averaged $21.6 million/ year in closed sales volume. “We bring true excitement, passion and integrity to the relationship, as well as the real estate process.” Walker enjoys meeting with people in the community to learn about what is important to them. “We understand the emotions involved,” she says, “and we are there for our clients to make certain that they find the joy and peace they are searching for during the process.” 704.439.5300 704.201.3962 (cell)

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As an interior designer and president of Kelly Cruz Interiors, Inc., Cruz assists clients from remodeling/new construction concepts all the way through furnishings and art. She and her design team provide turnkey products and services throughout the entire process so that the client’s home is move-in ready upon completion. All of her projects hinge on the fact that a wellput together home reduces stress, offers efficiency, and fosters stronger relationships with friends and family. Integrity has been the hallmark of her firm since she founded it in 1996. Cruz’s dedication to professionalism and creativity consistently results in referrals and repeat business. No two projects are ever exactly the same, and that’s what keeps Cruz excited about design.

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Athletic Styles from Head to Toe? Even as an athlete, it’s a new trend I don’t fully understand

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As the owner of Well Kept in Davidson, Lauren Marré focuses on high-end and fashionable athletic apparel.

’ve never been one to notice fashion trends, but because this one involves athletes and athletic wear, I’m proud to boast that I feel like I saw it coming. For starters, I noticed athletes wearing sneakers with suits as they walked the award show red carpets, and I saw throwback sweat jackets and pullovers behind press conference and

post game podiums. Even on the pages of the sports magazines I love to read, ball caps along with wrist and headbands accessorized the high-end fashion ads I’d otherwise never notice. Athletic styles are clearly in fashion, and since I have a closet full of sneakers, throwback sweat jackets, pullovers, and even wrist and headbands, I

began feeling like I might, for once, have a glimmer of hope at being fashionable. To learn more about the trend and to get as many tips and suggestions as I could put in my once-again popular neon fanny pack, I paid a visit to Lauren Marré, the owner of Davidson’s Well Kept, the area’s first locally owned fitness fashion boutique. It’s a cheeky shop

on the frontline of blending activewear with comfort and luxury. I figured if anyone could share not only expertise on the subject but also offer tips and suggestions, it would be Lauren. My hunch was right. Lauren, whose fashion roots can be traced to her days working in women’s ready-to-wear everyday fashion, saw the shift long before most, explaining, “the more I watched, the more I’d see customers passing by a jean and looking for something comfortable and more stylish, and that got me thinking about what else is out there and what we could offer, the new fabrics and styles and looks that take fashion in a new direction.” She explained how there are many ways people are doing active these days and how it has become bigger than just looking good at the gym. It is now acceptable for women to throw on a track pant you’d wear to the gym and add a heel and a tank top and wear it out at night to look cool, effortless and modern. She shared how customers can now find a shiny or leather looking legging that they can mix with a graphic tee and wear it first to dinner or on a date then to work the next day. “Active makes you feel more comfortable and more confident,” Lauren explained. “You can move, you can be you, not someone else, and you know you look cute, too.” Lauren continued, “And it’s that whole mind-body connection. You walk into a room, and your aura is better. You project a look and feel of

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about the popular Italian footwear brand Golden Goose. Then she talked about high performance and high quality fabrics, while my mind stayed stuck on cotton and dri-fit. So the more I learned about how it’s now possible to be comfortable and stylish, the more I learned that there is a right and wrong way to do it. Just because you are an athlete who has an awesome collection of sneakers doesn’t mean you are on the cutting edge of athletic style. Ditto track jackets and pullovers. Lauren left me with a tip or two that I think I’ll try. If I don’t want to wear the traditional men’s dress shoe with a suit, for example, she suggested finding a designer athletic sneaker and building around it. So now I’m looking for Duke blue designer kicks. Maybe Hugo Boss. And I’m confident I can match them with a Red Sox logo top or hat.

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confidence and comfort, style, too, and it looks like you aren’t even trying, which is a fun way to be.” While Lauren specializes in womenswear, she has a keen eye for men, too. “I do think guys are doing it more,” she says. “Even at his wedding you’ll see the groom in a nice suit and, perhaps, red sneakers or a pair of Jordans if that’s what he likes. And it doesn’t look bad either. It’s modern and fresh. It’s a new take.” But here’s where my knowledge (and wardrobe) parted ways with the reality — the hip and cool — of the trend. While I own more mainstream and traditional athletic brands like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and Reebok, she spoke Valencia and Givenchy, maybe Gucci and Prada, too. I thought Converse was the only brand that prominently features a star as part of its design logo, but Lauren told me

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1] Floral Earrings by Blinc Studio, $16.99 — Brow Lounge Lake Norman, Jetton Village, 19826 N. Cove Road, Cornelius, 2] Flamingo Necklace, $9.99 — FlairTrade Consign, The Shops at the Fresh Market, 20601 Torrence Chapel Road, #18, Cornelius, 3] Magnetic Necklace by Blinc Studio, $29.99 — Brow Lounge Lake Norman, Jetton Village, 19826 N. Cove Road, Cornelius, 4] Leah Puff Sleeve Top by Sea New York, $365 — Uniquities, 16836 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Unit C, Huntersville, 5] Field Muscle Tank by Z Supply, $39 — Bevello, 16805 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite B, Huntersville, 6] Navy Fringe Earrings, $8.99 — FlairTrade Consign, The Shops at The Fresh Market, 20601 Torrence Chapel Road, #18, Cornelius,


9] Button Front Denim Skirt by BNDI, $48 — Bevello, Birkdale Village, 16805 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite B, Huntersville, 10] Johnny Fly Eyewear, $165 — Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Drive, Cornelius, Facebook.


11] Havana Sleeveless Blouse by Astars, $113 — Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Drive, Cornelius, Facebook.


12] Dress by Vanilla Bay, $59.99 — Brow Lounge Lake Norman, Jetton Village, 19826 N. Cove Road, Cornelius, 13] Emily Chambray Short by Vero Moda, $39 — Bevello, 16805 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite B, Huntersville, 14] Basket Stripe Tote by Lovestitch, $98 — Uniquities, 16836 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Unit C, Huntersville, 15] Glyn Kiara Wedge by SeeByChloé, $255 — Uniquities, Birkdale Village, 16836 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Unit C, Huntersville,


8] Nelly in Leopard Calf Hair by Dolce Vita, $100 — Blonde Faith at Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Drive, Cornelius, Facebook.

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These four Lake Norman-area residents possess the elements of style Jordan Fish

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Kelsey Garlock

Luke Walters ome people are born with style, while others cultivate it over time. Then there are those who constantly reinvent their style, which results in a style all its own. No matter the process one thing is certain, style has nothing to do with the amount of money you have or how many designer labels hang in your closet. Style is about putting together a look that represents who you are, what you’re about and how you’re feeling. We recently spoke with four Lake Norman-area residents who have a strong grasp on their personal style, so much so that they’re taking their style to the next level by sharing it with others.

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Cornelius’ Jordan Fish launched Kustom Klutch three years ago and is excited about her growing business.

t all began with a Ziploc bag. Well, a Ziploc bag and a love of fashion. Jordan Fish, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin’s longtime girlfriend, would show up for races with a Ziploc holding her essentials — phone, lipstick and pacifier, as she and Hamlin have two daughters, Taylor (6) and Molly (20 months). One day her sister, Linsey Mealey, called her on it. “You and your Ziploc bag,” she texted her. Fish soon found a fashionable clutch at a boutique in Charlotte. “I used it for like two years straight. It held my credit cards, my money, my phone,” remembers Fish, who grew up in nearby Fort Mill and now lives in Cornelius.


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Fish and Macy Pavelock, who works for Kustom Klutch, hang out in Fish’s closet.


At the time, Fish was working at Wheelhouse Media in Charlotte, where her friend, Stan Fraser, owned a denim shop nearby by called Straight Stitch & Co. “He would always say, ‘What is that thing you carry?’ It wasn’t a purse. It wasn’t a wallet. It was a clutch,” recalls Fish. “He [Stan] was like, ‘I could totally make that.’ ” Sure enough he made a prototype, and Kustom Klutch was born. Fraser originally made the bags, and Fish did

everything else — the website, the marketing and the social media. That was three years ago, and Fraser has since moved to Las Vegas, so Fish bought out his part of the business. Now the clutches, which are 100 percent leather or calf hair with unique linings, are made in Cornelius. Kustom Klutch also sells accessories for the bags such as tassels, fur poms, wristlet straps and stamped charms to personalize each bag. Fish soon wants to

start offering crossbody straps. “That’s the one thing that everybody has been asking for is a crossbody strap,” she says. “That’s our next vision.” Fish says one of the most satisfying things about this venture is seeing people use the bags. “I know how much I use mine on a daily basis,” says Fish, who is currently carrying a Kustom Klutch in the cheetah print. “I love that you can transition it throughout the day, whether you’re dropping

your kids off at school or you’re going to a meeting or going on a date with your husband.” Fish runs the business out of her home office and has several employees. “I love that it’s my own. I didn’t ask for any help. I’m really proud of it. It’s like a little baby that I’ve created,” she says. “I love that it’s a unique product.” For more information regarding Kustom Klutch, visit

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clients’ eyes to the world of designer consignment,” says Moczulski, who consults for Green Jeans Consignment and FlairTrade Consign in Cornelius, among others. “I love helping my clients save money, matching them with designers that cut for their body types and keeping their unneeded garments out of landfills by consigning them,” she says. Moczulski tailors her services to each client’s individual needs. “Some people just need a professional to help them shop for the coming season. Others hire me when their closets have become unmanageable, and they don’t know where to start. That variety is so energizing and keeps me on my toes.” Or heels, as the case may be, as Moczulski’s shoe game would make Carrie Bradshaw proud.

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Kathryn Moczulski of Styled by Kathryn believes in the “Slow Fashion” movement, which is about investing in high-quality garments with staying power.

athryn Moczulski is on a mission to save our closets, our wallets and our planet. Born with a love for fashion and an entrepreneurial spirit, she launched her wardrobe consulting business, Styled by Kathryn, in 2014 when she saw how many people in her network were struggling to find clothes that worked for them. Moczulski is part of the “Slow Fashion” movement, which is all about investing in highquality garments with staying power while opting out of cheap, disposable clothes that end up in the donation bin after a few washes. She helps her clients with closet purges, consignment concierge, personal shopping and more. One of her many secret style weapons is designer consignment. “One of the great joys of my work is opening my

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Kathryn Moczulski has her finger on the pulse of spring fashion.

Kathryn’s Spring Fashion Tips 1. If you’re fair-skinned and want to wear on-trend flesh tones, go heavier with your makeup to avoid looking washed out. 2. The calf-cutting midi hemline is a great classic. Pair it with a heel to avoid looking matronly. 3. “Granny Chic” (think Little House on the Prairie meets biker chick) is trending, so have fun mixing opposites for a bold look. 4. Focus on footwear: Ditch the cheap flip-flops in favor of cute flats. 5. Whether it’s a single-shoulder onepiece, high-waisted bikini, eye-catching orange or sweet polka dots, pick your favorite swimwear trend and have fun! MAY 2019


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zip sweatshirt designed for nursing and coming soon, leggings. “The goal and where the direction is going to continue to be is clothes that not only last for maternity but work really well for postpartum and nursing,” explains Garlock, adding that all of her products are sold on Amazon and are eligible for Prime shipping and free returns. “The leggings work really well until probably a month before the baby comes, and then it’s like a tummy support band as well, so it’s great for the postpartum period.” Garlock, who continues to consult companies, hopes that Movemama will eventually employee other moms. “I really want to show my girls that it’s okay to pursue your dreams in the midst of motherhood, that you can both love your kids really well and love yourself really well by allowing yourself to pursue a goal or a passion,” she says. “I hope my daughters look back and see that I love them and care about them deeply and also am able to create this business that meets a need for other moms and that they could do that, too.”

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Top, Huntersville’s Kelsey Garlock created Movemama Apparel, a maternity and post-partum activewear line. Above, Garlock with models, from left, Lindsey Robinson, Anna Marinelli and ZZ Suggs.

oring or incredibly expensive. That’s what Huntersville’s Kelsey Garlock found while looking for maternity activewear when she was pregnant with her first child. “My friends and I were complaining about it [the choices], and I was like, ‘Well, wait a minute, it shouldn’t be that hard,’ ” recalls Garlock. “It should exist.” With a sales and marketing background, Garlock had consulted companies regarding how to sell their products on Amazon. “I was just super inspired by all the business owners who were creating their own products, bringing them to market and selling them on all different channels, Amazon being one of them,” says the mother of Annabelle, 3, and Elizabeth, 1. “I just learned that it really is possible to create your own product, to come up with the idea and create it.” She was so inspired that she came up with an idea of her own — Movemama Apparel — and figured out how to create it. A family connection led her to a region in China known for making quality apparel. She worked with pattern makers at various factories to come up with her designs, which include a maternity tank top, a nursing swimsuit, a half-

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Luke Walters The online retro hipster by Lori K. Tate | photography by Jamie Cowles

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Luke Walters of Davidson focuses on reselling clothes from the 1980s and the 1990s.

uke Walters became interested in fashion during his freshman year at William Amos Hough High School. One of the girls in his art class told him that he had a “look” and that he could do more with the way he dressed. “I just tried to push it a little further, and I got really into it,” says the Davidson resident, who graduates from Hough next month. If you haven’t noticed, clothing trends from the ‘80s and ‘90s are back (think Tommy Hilfiger with big logos and Dr. Martens), and teens are all over it. Just take a look at the spring lines from Target and Urban Outfitters. To get this type of clothing at better prices, Walters and his friend, Sofia Lopes, started shopping Goodwills and thrift shops. When Walters discovered he could sell his finds online for a profit, he was intrigued. He began selling clothing and shoes on the selling app Mercari for a year, but then switched to another, more innovative selling app called Depop. “It’s [Depop] kind of geared toward a more fashion conscious audience,” says Walters, who follows Burberry and Louis

Vuitton on social media for inspiration. “I can be kind of more creative on Depop.” Walters says his sales on Depop were slow at first, but when he started using Photoshop on his posts to make them appear more professional looking, things picked up. “Depop noticed and put me on their homepage, and that got me like a decent following, and from there it kept going,” he says, adding that during the week he was featured, he made almost $600. While he enjoys making money, Walters also enjoys having his own business, managing transactions and building a following. “The weeks where I’m going to the post office a lot and making a ton, it’s almost like a full-time job,” says Walters, who works part-time at The Pines in the culinary department. “I also enjoy the thrill of the hunt. … I try to go every other day to Goodwill.” In the fall, Walters will begin studying film at Western Carolina University, and he’s already checked out the thrift store scene there. “I can still maintain a steady source of income,” he says, “just through selling online.” To check out Luke Walters’ inventory, visit

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GameOn Julie Mudge and her son, Robbie, enjoy sharing their love of tennis with others.

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A blue chip recruit, Robbie played tennis for North Carolina State University before playing the pro circuit for almost two years.

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Julie and Robbie Mudge share their family’s love of tennis with anyone who wants to play t’s a Friday afternoon, and Julie and Robbie Mudge meet me for lunch wearing workout clothes at Birkdale Village. Robbie is taking an hour break from the tennis courts, and his mom is recovering from a three-hour match, plus hours of coaching tennis the day before. You’d think they’d be tired of swinging their

rackets, but as soon as I start talking to them, it’s obvious that tennis is their shared passion. “I love that it’s a lifelong sport, that you can still play at my age with arthritis in your knees,” says Julie, the director/co-owner of tennis at Lake Norman Tennis Academy and the league coordinator for the Junior Team Tennis League of Lake Norman. “I like playing. I like competition. I like moving, hitting the ball, the way it feels,” adds Robbie,

the founder and director of operations at Altitude Tennis Academy in Huntersville. Together these two know just about everyone in the Lake Norman area who plays or wants to learn to play tennis, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Natural athletes Athletics have always been a big thing in Julie Mudge’s life. Her mother was a P.E. teacher, so she grew up playing a variety

of sports, including tennis. In college she played lacrosse for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her husband, Dave, was a world-class skydiver. “My husband is a ridiculous athlete,” says Julie, who lives in Davidson. “He grew up as a gymnast and a diver …so that’s why our children are all athletic.” Athletic indeed, as their oldest daughter. Michelle, was a state champion diver, and their youngest child, Courtney,


Early on, it was obvious that Robbie had the talent and drive to be a competitive tennis player.

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Julie says Robbie is gifted as a player and as a coach.


was a state champion tennis player. Then there’s Robbie, a blue chip recruit in high school who went on to play tennis for North Carolina State University and later the pro circuit for almost two years. Robbie first picked up a tennis racket at the age of 7. Though he played other sports, he felt an immediate connection with tennis. “I knew I liked it. I wasn’t really good when I was 7, but I was figuring that out,” he says. “I remember vividly not being able to score in soccer and getting really frustrated, but for tennis, I could figure out how to score.” Julie says Robbie has been competitive since birth and that it was challenging for him to play other sports as a kid where you’re on a team and some players aren’t competitive. “Tennis was in his control because you’re out there by yourself,” explains Julie. By the time Robbie was 10, he

beat his mom in tennis. “It was such mixed feelings because you want them [your children] to be successful, but at the same time it’s such a blow to your ego,” remembers Julie. “I was playing really strong singles at that time.”

Talent and sacrifice It became obvious that Robbie had talent and the drive to develop his talent. He was so committed to tennis that he moved in with his grandparents in Winston-Salem during high school when his longtime coach, Randy Pate, moved there from Statesville. Julie remembers how hard it was to be away from her son during that time. She would spend one night a week in Winston-Salem, and Robbie would come home on the weekends or go to a tournament. “It was that or send him to

South Carolina or Florida for training at that level,” remembers Julie. “We didn’t have any other alternatives.” The training and sacrifices paid off, as Robbie was a three-time All ACC Performer and played the number three slot for most of his freshman year at N.C. State until he moved up to number one for the rest of his college career. He also earned a top 10 doubles ranking while he played for the Wolfpack. After college he joined the pro circuit, playing in Canada, Europe and Mexico. “I had a lot of success in doubles, and singles was a little more up and down. I wouldn’t take it back for anything.” He played for 18 months until he had to take a couple of months off to nurse his elbow. It was during that time that he got an offer to coach in Charleston, South Carolina from Pate. After doing that for a while, he moved

home and served as the assistant men’s tennis coach at UNC Charlotte. Last year he opened Altitude Tennis Academy in Huntersville, where he currently coaches approximately 30 students. His mom coaches anywhere from 30 to 50 kids at Lake Norman Tennis Academy in Cornelius, and she’s also the middle school tennis coach for Community School of Davidson and the middle school and men’s high school coach for Woodlawn School. “I’m just so proud of him,” says Julie of her son. “I think he’s truly gifted at watching someone hit a ball and give them exact pointers that can help them win a game. He used to do it when he was a kid. He would watch his opponents and the way they hit the ball. Not every good player is a good coach, but I think he’s just always been able to see it.”

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Kathy McLeod of RES Interiors refreshed and renewed a Mooresville lakeside home


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Kathy McLeod left the homeowners with more storage space than they had before the redesign by extending the cabinets to the ceiling and reworking the pantry for more usable storage space.

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One of the main objectives was to open and brighten the space to take full advantage of the lakefront views.

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Caruso’s Tenor

The feeling at Mooresville’s Caruso’s restaurant is all about elegance and class combined with comfort

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Grouper and a Super Tuscan, a fish and red wine that play nicely together.

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alk in the door at a certain strip mall on Brawley School Road, and you’ll find yourself in another world. You might as well be in an upscale New York Italian restaurant. This is no great surprise, as Pasquale Caruso hails from that environment and was once described by the New York Times as the city’s King of Sauce. Caruso’s restaurant feels upscale, but it has an ambience that’s warm and welcoming. And that’s by design. No disturbing challenges here. Caruso’s menu is filled with well-known Italian favorites; it’s easy to understand it when choosing a dish. There is always an impressive assortment of daily specials — no challenge here either. The serving staff is knowledgeable about each of the dishes and articulate when explaining them. This comfort approach extends to the wine list, and I’ve spent a good amount of time talking to Caruso about it. The wine list is small, not overwhelming. In line with his dishes, he wants guests to be comfortable ordering wine. The wine list is not a sommelier treatise on Italian wine, but there are a good number of them on there — Amarone, Barolo or Brunello. Regulars at the restaurant generally order Italian wines with their meals. However, widely known domestic wines are also featured on the list, and diners who are more “once-in-awhile” tend to gravitate to them. Recently, my wife and I, along with a group of friends took a dive into the warm ambiance. I enjoy dining with a group of people because the larger number allows us to explore several wines rather than just a single bottle. All of us were definitely in an Italian frame of mind, and there was a good bit of uniformity when it came to appetizers. So, a shared bottle of Cortese di Gavi was an easy white wine choice. Then things

got more complicated. From the tempting list of special dishes, some in our group chose a pasta dish and some went with a veal chop. I floundered around and settled on the grouper special dish. The wine we all settled on was a Super Tuscan, a red wine. I looked around the room to see if the wine police were rushing in to rap me on the knuckles as I raised my glass. And that brings me to a point. The “rule” about white wine with fish and red wine with meat is for the birds. Wine and food are to be enjoyed and not subject to any edicts that someone else has decided on. Common sense tells us that some pairings are not birds of a feather that flock together, to continue my avian theme. A deep Cabernet Sauvignon and chilled seafood just doesn’t work — the wine would overwhelm the food. Other than examples like that, anything goes. The Super Tuscan was deeply flavored and so was the grouper. The wine was smooth and didn’t overwhelm the food. The two of them played nicely with each other for a pleasant dining experience. Another wine myth shattered and, that evening, the wine police were afraid to come anywhere near our table. Pasquale Caruso has created a dining experience that is unique. The food and wine combined with the way they are presented work perfectly together. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one more thing. All the oil paintings on display in the restaurant add to the sense of comfort. And all of them were painted by Pasquale Caruso — an artist in many ways. Caruso’s tenor creates a great way to spend an evening. Caruso’s 631 Brawley School Road Mooresville

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On Tap

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Have Food, Will Travel

Lake Norman’s Brew Chef clips the beer dinner script


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Chef Tim Schafer, Lake Norman’s Brew Chef, is taking his show on the road.

“Let’s meet over lunch. I’ll bring something.” Those were the last words from a winding email exchange between myself and Tim Schafer, known to many far and wide as The Brew Chef. Fast forward to the interview, and Schafer delivers. Before sitting down to talk, he peels back the foil on a tray of sausages. Not just any sausages mind you, these are sausages made with local craft beer. With a wide

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smile and rapid-fire delivery, Schafer relays the ingredients; pork with ground hops, herbs, chopped garlic, his proprietary black garlic hop salt seasoning and Primal Brewing’s Lawnboy [American lager]. He doesn’t stop there. After nestling the sausage into its bun, he covers it with sautéed shitake mushrooms, onions, sweet peppers, butter and herbs all cooked in beer. Top it off with a Gorgonzola cheese crumble and a pomegranate balsamic glaze, and boom, you’ve got not only an incredible meal, but also by far the best start to any interview I’ve conducted. It’s at this moment that it hits me. This is what he does. He makes great food and brings it to people. It should come as no surprise, then, that Schafer has

found a niche in the popular beer dinner concept by adding his own twist. Over the years, Schafer has hosted countless beer dinners in his restaurants, but it wasn’t until this past winter that he decided to take his beer dinner concept out to breweries. With a bustling catering business in place, all he needed were a few breweries willing to take a chance. The concept was simple enough, five courses and five beers, and with that Schafer began making calls. The response was immediate, and within weeks beer dinners were booked at Primal, King Canary, Ghostface and others. True to form, all of the dishes at Schafer’s dinners include beer as an integral ingredient that imparts flavor, not a gimmick. His signature

dish is none other than a dessert he gleefully calls “Beeramisu.” Served in a beer glass, Beeramisu features a mascarpone mousse with framboise [a Belgian lambic beer] and raspberry syrup, and ladyfingers dipped in espresso, stout and sugar. “Often duplicated, never replicated,” he says confidently. Schafer’s title as The Brew Chef extends back more than a quarter century. It was at the Great American Beer Festival in 1993 when a fortuitous meeting between Schafer and the publisher of Ale Street News led to regular column writing about the intersection of beer and food. Two years later, a trip to Belgium opened Schafer’s eyes to the infinite possibilities of cooking with beer. Since then, Schafer has made beer

a mainstay in his menu, developing a reputation as one of America’s top brew chefs along the way. “I like the simplistic value and appreciation of beer,” says Schafer when espousing the virtues of his favorite ingredient. His advice to those of us not steeped in the culinary arts is to consider the style of beer, the application and final product. He finishes with a few last words of wisdom. “It’s hard to cook with beer if you don’t drink it. It’s important to understand what’s going on in that glass before it goes into a dish.” I’ll never be mistaken for a chef, but I think I’ve got that first part mastered. Keep up with The Brew Chef at


Schafer says it’s important to enjoy drinking beer if you’re going to cook with it.

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Nibbles + Bites

A Pinch of Patience NORTHERN ROOTS CAFÉ IS RIGHT ON TIME aking can be unforgiving. Fuss over the ingredients and technique all you want — taking a cake out of the oven a few minutes too early or too late can ruin everything. Nothing undoes a great recipe like bad timing. But as sisters Shavawn and Meggan Stewart are finding out, the same doesn’t have to be true for the bakery itself.

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their startup capital, leaving them to delay their opening while saving money to try again — all while floating their rent to save the space for two years. With the help of some reliable contractors — as well as friends and family — Meggan and Shavawn got through the permitting phase and opened in time to meet their lease stipulations. Details like décor and marketing are still being worked out. But the food? “We didn’t let [this place] go for two years, and we paid for an empty spot because we believed in our food,” says Meggan.

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Meggan Stewart co-owns Northern Roots Café with her sister, Shavawn.

Let it set for two years Okay, Northern Roots Café in Cornelius is technically a café. That’s what their signage will say when they get it, and they have the paninis on the menu to prove it. The sisters opened the location, their first, on Valentine’s Day of this year. The original plan was to open shortly after relocating to Cornelius two years ago from Maine. Meggan would tend to the marketing and administrative work, while Shavawn would handle the food. They happily signed their current lease. Then, they say, they got stuck in contractor quicksand. One took off with their deposit. Another left a job half unfinished. Soon the two had blown through

Before progressing from dishwasher to restaurant general manager, Shavawn got her love of cooking by watching her Grandmother Marjorie make her awardwinning pies and fudge. Soon she began creating cookie and brownie recipes of her own. A quick peek at the dish descriptions shows she never lost that creativity. Items like the Bang A U-Eee panini (ham, melted Havarti, herb-marinated onions, spinach and sliced peaches on gorgonzola bread) and the Pahk The Cah in the Yahd wrap (seasoned quinoa, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, bruised kale, avocado and angry cilantro sauce) highlight Shavawn’s desire to put a new spin on café fare with fresh, unexpected ingredients. They also represent the happy medium Northern Roots Café is hoping to find with a menu

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Photography by Jamie Cowles

The sky blue walls of the café exude a fresh feeling.

that ranges from protein bowls to pizza. The aim, say the sisters, is to offer a place where health nuts — and their less picky companions— can eat together. They call their approach “healthy-ish.” “I think being in between has really been good for us,” says Shavawn. And in case you’re wondering about the menu item names, many are a nod to the sisters’ northern roots, and should be said out loud in a New England accent.

Putting down roots Now, with customers walking in the door, the Stewart sisters can tinker a bit. They like the open, modern feel of their light blue paint but say the floor stain may change. Same with the menu, though they think it’s almost finalized. They also hope to grow the catering side, incorporate events and boost their marketing. And Shavawn has her eyes set on a spot for a bakery case. She plans to fill it with fresh, healthy-ish pastries, including sugar-free cookies and glutenfree brownies — the latter of which is already on the menu and will make you wonder why anyone put gluten in brownies to begin with. The Stewart sisters have big goals and dreams, and after two years, they’re finally coming together. As they’ve learned, it’s better late than never. Northern Roots Café 19420 Jetton Place Rd., Ste. 104, Cornelius Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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In the Kitchen with Jill Dahan Photography courtesy of Jill Dahan

Ingredients 1 small bunch baby broccoli 8 ounces shitake mushrooms, cleaned, de-stemmed and sliced 1 red onion sliced thinly 1 tablespoon butter (I love Kerrygold.) 1 large garlic clove, crushed


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GRATIN 4 ounces of soft herb goat cheese or other soft herb cheese 2 ounces hard goat, sheep or cow cheese grated (Midnight Moon, Gouda or Gruyere are all lovely.) ½-teaspoon dried thyme or one tablespoon fresh, plus a bit extra for garnish 1 duck egg or two chicken eggs (responsibly laid) ½-cup hot filtered water 1 teaspoon lemon zest Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions Broccoli and Thyme Cheesy Dauphinois

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May is a month of celebrations with Mother’s Day, graduations and even the opportunity to dance around the Maypole. There are bunches of spring flowers, herbs and veggies that line my garden, and I feel a gratefulness for the generosity of the earth and my loved ones. Fresh broccoli stems and young goat cheese add a skip to my step when whipping up this fuss-free spring gratin. It is both “good for you” and comfort food all rolled together. Celebrate this May and have the “thyme” of your life.

Place the onion in a 9-to-10-inch oval or round covered pan and cook on low heat about 5 to 10 minutes until softened. Add in mushrooms, butter and garlic, and sauté until mushrooms are just tender. Lay broccoli over the top of the mushrooms. Beat together the gratin ingredients except for the hard cheese and zest, and pour over broccoli. Scatter over the hard cheese and zest. Fifteen minutes before serving, bake at 375F for 10 to 13 minutes until top is lightly browned. Serve warm. Serves 4.


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Occupational Medicine Iredell Occupational Medicine Joe Wolyniak, DO

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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 – Neurology & Sleep Medicine Dharmen S. Shah, MD 359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-873-1100

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

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

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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

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Orthopaedic Surgery Iredell Orthopaedic Center Jason Batley, MD

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

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Orthopedic Surgery – Spine PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Alex Seldomridge, III, MD

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

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Primary Care

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

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Out + About

The Interviewer Gets Interviewed: An Evening with Paul Cameron photography by Brant Waldeck

MAY 2019


n April 1, CURRENTS Events presented The Interviewer Gets Interviewed: An Evening with Paul Cameron at Corkscrew in Huntersville’s Birkdale Village. CURRENTS Editor Lori K. Tate interviewed Cameron, who retired after 37 years at WBTV this past December. Cameron talked about his broadcasting career, how the Charlotte region has evolved since he first came to the station and his new grandchild, Sydney Elizabeth Spunt. He ended the evening by singing while he played his guitar, something he hopes to do more of in retirement. For more information regarding CURRENTS Events, visit


MAY 2019

Meet the Author!

Join CURRENTS for a book reading with Jack Grossman, author of Child of the Forest ••••• Thursday, May 16 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. ••••• Four Corners Framing Gallery 148 North Main Street | Mooresville

Style Refresh Event Wednesday, May 22 Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. •••••

• Bring your questions or favorite piece for style refreshing by Christine Rinkert

Photo by Lisa Crates Photography

Photography by Brant Waldeck

Photography by Anthony Rikunsrud

Red Hot You

CURRENTS Kids Storytime Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. •••••

Walls of Books 20920 Torrence Chapel Rd | Cornelius

• Kustom Klutch Trunk Show Sponsored by: Dr. Giordano of Carolina Age Management Institute


Luna’s at the Lake 19732 One Norman Blvd | Cornelius

During both storytimes, we will collect new LEGOS and new baby teethers/ rattles to support the children at Levine Children’s Hospital & Jeff Gordon Children’s Center.

Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. ••••• Derrick Barnes and Gordon James will read their book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut ••••• Main Street Books 126 S. Main Street | Davidson

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on the Circuit

a month of things to do at the Lake CHILDREN

MAY 2019


Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr. (Through May 5) Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store. Junie’s best friend, Lucille, has found new best friends — and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary’s class, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. $12 reserved, $14 at the door. Armour Street, 307 Armour Street, Davidson,



LangTree Live (Every Thursday) Come enjoy live music every Thursday at LangTree Lake Norman. 20 Ride, a Zac Brown tribute band (May 2), Bless the Rains (a Toto tribute band (May 9), Bad Inc., a Bad Company tribute band (May 16), REO Survivor, a REO Speedwagon and Survivor tribute band (May 23) and Gal Friday, southern gospel, rock and bluegrass (May 30). These concerts are kid and dog friendly. No outside coolers permitted. 7-9 p.m. Free. LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, Ari Hest — Concert Series presented by 89.9 WDAV (May 4) Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist Ari Hest electrifies the audience in Tyler-Tallman Hall with globally inspired music and lyrics. Many of Hest’s songs have appeared on TV and films, such as The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives and One Tree Hill to name a few. 7:30 p.m. $4.66-$18.65. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College, End-of-Year Choir Masterworks Performance: Flame and Fury! (May 5) More than

Girls’ Night Out

170 singers in the Davidson College Choirs and the fully professional Pro Arte Orchestra will thrill you as they unite to perform in this year’s annual choral masterworks series entitled Flame and Fury! Featuring the Prologue from Boito’s Mefistofele and William Walton’s iconic work Belshazzar’s Feast, this collaborative musical feat is the culmination of an eventful and successful year in the Music Department and an exciting way to close out the school year with a bang. 7:30 p.m. $9.32-$27.97. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Concert on the Green (May 5 and 19) One of the best concert series traditions in the area is back for the summer. Kids in America perform hits from the 1980s on May 5. Earth to Mars performs a tribute to the music of Bruno Mars on May 19. 6-8 p.m. Free. Davidson Town Green, Cornelius Jazz Festival (May 18) The town of Cornelius and the Smithville Community Coalition present an evening of jazz, food and fun. 5-9 p.m. Free. Smithville Park, 19710 South Ferry Street, Cornelius, Music at St. Alban’s (May 19) New Century Saxophone Quartet from Winston-Salem performs. Arrive early to enjoy the pre-concert young artists performance at 2:20 p.m. 3 p.m. $20/general admission; $15/seniors; $10/ students; children under 12/ free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson, www. Music at St. Alban’s presents A House Concert (May 21) Come hear A.W. Duo (James Waldo on cello and Altona Aksyonova on piano) in an intimate musical setting in the heart of historic Downtown Davidson. Time TBA. $40 per person. Seating is limited and tickets are available by reservation only, www.

Family Fun

Me Time



Photography by Brant Waldeck

Date Night

Meet the Author — Jack Grossman (May 16) Join CURRENTS Events as we present Mooresville resident Jack Grossman reading from his book Child of the Forest, based on the life story of Charlene Perlmutter Schiff, a Holocaust survivor. 6:30-8 p.m. Free, cash bar and complimentary light hors d’oeuvres. Registration not required. Four Corners Framing Gallery, 148 North Main Street, Mooresville, www. Red Hot You — Style Refresh Event (May 22) This is the night to get your style on. Bring your questions or favorite piece for style refreshing by Christine Rinkert, learn cosmetic safety tips and enjoy a Kustom Klutch trunk show with Jordan Fish, along cocktails and savories. Registration is not required and 15 percent of sales benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Event sponsored by Dr. Giordano of Carolina Age Management Institute. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Luna’s at the Lake, 19732 One Norman Boulevard,Cornelius, www. CURRENTS Kids Storytime (May 10 and 25) Bring your children out for CURRENTS Kids Storytime. Friday, March April 10 at 11 a.m., Walls of Books, 20920 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius. Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m., Derrick Barnes and Gordon James will read their book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Main Street Books, 126 S. Main Street, Davidson. A collection of new Legos and new baby teethers/rattles will be taken to support the children at Levine Children’s Hospital and Jeff Gordon Children’s Center, www.


Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron 2019 Safe Boating Class (May 11) The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission requires that “Vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1988

Jordan Fish of Kustom Klutch will hold a trunk show on May 22 at Red Hot You, a CURRENTS Event at Luna’s at the Lake. must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Education course to operate a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or more.” The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron offers a Safe Boating Class throughout the year. Parents and children (at least 10 years old) are encouraged to attend together. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $45, additional family members sharing a manual, $25. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Street, Cornelius, www.


Carolina Raptor Center Live bird presentations, flight shows, behind-the-scenes tours and more take place at Carolina Raptor Center throughout the month. Visit carolinaraptorcenter. org for more details. Davidson Farmer’s Market (Every Saturday) Find fresh local produce and flowers and this event. 8 a.m.-noon. Next to Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Davidson, www. Town Day (May 4) Come celebrate all things Davidson

with Town Day. Enjoy food and live performances. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Davidson Town Green, Davidson, www. Hello Huntersville (May 5) Head to downtown Huntersville to celebrate the works and talents of local artists and musicians, while you taste the fruits of local breweries, wineries and food trucks. 2-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Huntersville, North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival (May 10-11) Enjoy live bands and more types of North Carolina-brewed beer than you can count. Fri 4:30-10 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, Huntersville Growers’ Market (May 11 and every Saturday through the summer) Come stock up on local produce. 8 a.m.- noon., corner of Main and Maxwell Streets, Huntersville, 36th Annual Race City Festival (May 11) This Mooresville tradition features live music, 200 vendor

Photography courtesy of Historic Rural Hill

freedom. This event is appropriate for all ages. 10-11 a.m. Free. Cornelius Town Hall Lawn, 2019 Senior Fun & Fitness Day @ Jetton Park (May 29) Come experience this family friendly event for seniors, including guided nature walks, vendors and resources, games, crafts, a bike demo, a fitness demo, a photobooth and more. Presented by North Meck Senior Center. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Pre-registration appreciated. Jetton Park, Cornelius, 980.314.1127.

The North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival takes place May 11-12 at Historic Rural Hill. booths, food trucks, a beer garden, arts, crafts and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Mooresville,

Beyond Walls (May 1 through January 31, 2020) Beyond Walls is Cornelius’ annual, award-winning public art exhibition. Of the 30 submissions representing 9 different states, the Public Art Committee selected seven sculptures by six artists for the 2019-20 show. Artists include Jarod Charzewski, Robert Doster, Scott Froschauer, Cathy Perry, Richard Pitts and Robert Porreca. Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius Arts Center Various exhibitions. Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-

Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery Various exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 10a.m.-4p.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, 704.662.7154, 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 Springfest. (Through May) Tue-Fri noon-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, Tropical Connections Various exhibitions. Tue- Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. 230 N. Main Street, Mooresville, The Van Every/Smith Galleries Various exhibitions.

Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; SatSun noon-4 p.m. Davidson College, The Van Every/Smith Galleries, 315 N. Main Street, Davidson,


Davidson College Baseball It’s time to head out to the ballpark for Davidson Baseball. N.C. A & T (May 1, 6 p.m.). Davidson College, Wilson Field, www.


Eurydice (Through May 4) Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $20, $15 student/senior. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, www.

MAY 2019

Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival/Greater Charlotte Asian Festival (May 18) Celebrate the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Enjoy dancing and sharing traditional meals. Times TBA. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, www.

Hospice Regatta Party (May 18) Approximately 200 to 225 guests will enjoy this annual gala event, including charitable giving, dinner, music, entertainment and an auction. Allison Latos and Keith Monday, news anchors from WSOC-TV 9 will serve as emcees. 6:30 p.m. $150 per person. The Peninsula Yacht Club, www.hpccr. org. Cornelius Memorial Day Program (May 27) Cornelius PARC hosts American Legion Post 86 for this annual observance, honoring service members who have sacrificed to protect our nation and


noon. 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,


Lori's Larks

Jam ON Editor Lori K. Tate checks out Sunday Jazz Jam at OTPH by Lori K. Tate | photography courtesy of Lori K. Tate

MAY 2019


Shawn Ervin plays his tenor sax at Sunday Jazz Jam at Old Town Public House.


started listening to jazz when I was in high school, and I even took a jazz history class in college. On top of that, I married a saxophone player, so it’s no surprise that jazz is a big part of the Tate household. (We even have a framed poster of Dexter Gordon in our living room and another of Miles Davis in our bedroom.) That said, when my husband, John, and I found out about Sunday Jazz Jam at Old Town Public House (OTPH) in Old Town Cornelius, we made our way there. Drummer Brian Burton (a graduate of Berklee College of Music) and bassist Scott McCloud (he has a masters in jazz studies from the University of North Texas) started Sunday Jazz Jam three years ago, and it’s been going strong every since. Every second and fourth Sunday of the month anywhere from four to as many as 20 musicians stop in to play. On the Sunday John and I

went, Burton was playing drums, Shawn Ervin played saxophone (soprano and tenor), Josh Marks was on guitar and Gerard Benson (a Charlotte jazz legend) was filling in on bass for McCloud, as he was on vacation. John and I grabbed the table in the window just in case the music was too loud (typical middle-agers), but it turned out that the volume was perfect, as these are professional musicians who understand the dynamics needed for performing live jazz. They began the first set with a piece called Moanin’ originally recorded by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. They followed that with The Surrey with the Fringe on Top from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, a personal favorite of mine. Other numbers included Cherokee, Blue Bossa and John Coltrane’s Equinox. I had to keep looking out the window to verify that I was indeed in Old Town Cornelius

From left, Gerard Benson, Josh Marks, Shawn Ervin, Lori K. Tate and Brian Burton.

because it sounded more like I was in a Harlem jazz club. The longer they played, the more people walked in and took a seat. Some folks sat intently listening to the music, soaking in every note, while others chatted with friends at the bar. However, at the end of every song, folks stopped talking to applaud the musicians and give them the praise they rightly deserved. The venue could not have been more perfect, as OTPH has a rustic and cozy feel that makes you feel at home even if it’s your first visit. Everyone is friendly

and any pretentiousness is left at the door. It’s simply a place to unwind and on this particular evening, listen to some good jazz. John and I will definitely be back. We even talked about making it a standing date night twice a month. I hope we can swing it because there’s nothing better than listening to jazz musicians who know how to play. Jam on. 

For a complete calendar of music events (including Sunday Jazz Jam) at Old Town Public House, visit.


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Is proud to present our 9th Annual CANINE COVER COMPETITION! CURRENTS Magazine wants to see your fun-loving, tail-wagging, camera-craving canine adorning our Facebook Page and on the cover of our annual Pet Issue coming in July. Here’s how to enter your Furry Friend in our annual

Facebook Canine Cover Competition: 1. Like us on facebook at 2. Message us on facebook with a photo of your Camera-lovin’ Canine along with a brief description of how you and your primpy pup first met and why he/she should adorn the cover of CURRENTS’ July 2019 Pet issue! 3. Contact your friends and have them “like” your post on our page!

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1 The pup with the most votes will appear on the cover of our July 2019 Pet issue! The top three contestants will be featured inside the issue with a brief synopsis of their story!

2 Meet Sierra! She had just had a little of puppies when we found her- tired and confused. Love at first sight- we brought her home that day.


All entry photos must be submitted along with the dog’s name and name of pet-parent no later than 9pm. Wednesday, May 15. Feel free to include a brief story of why your pretty pup should appear on our cover.*


All votes; aka “likes” must be in by 9pm, Friday, June 7. *all contestants must reside in the Lake Norman area; Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Mooresville, Huntersville, Troutman, Statesville.


Winner will be contacted for their photo shoot to appear on our July cover!! (one vote per person please) She is the cutest!!! I hope he wins! •

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Lake Norman Currents Magazine May 2019  

The Magazine for the people of Lake Norman by the people of Lake Norman.

Lake Norman Currents Magazine May 2019  

The Magazine for the people of Lake Norman by the people of Lake Norman.