So, if you could live at the lake and work at the lake, wouldn’t you? Our six featured female LKN and LangTree Lake Norman business owners do just that.
brittanyAmodio co-owns Bacchus Wine & Tapas with her husband, Daniel. With a nod to their Italian culture, the name Bacchus is inspired by the Roman god of wine. “We loved the concept of sharing a small plate or tapas menu,” Brittany says, “so customers could enjoy several smaller plates and pair with different types of wine or beer while enjoying conversation.” After looking at multiple spaces, Brittany says they felt at home at LangTree. “Four years ago, we started planning from a dark, cold space to create the perfect atmosphere,” she shares. “The cozy fireplace, a handcrafted bar, and several family-style tables are perfect for sharing tapas.” Brittany admits her personal challenge in business. “I am emotionally connected to our business—to a fault,” she says, “and I’ve learned to stay focused on the bigger picture.” One way to do that is to enjoy time with her family, including their son,Trysten, whom Brittany says is a blessing and makes them smile every day.
monachen is the owner of The Orient Xpress and Mona’s Lounge. With 19 years experience, owning a restaurant and lounge go hand-in-hand for Mona. Many years ago, a friend introduced her to the food-and-beverage industry; and soon, Mona understood she could realize her dream of owning her own business while also providing for her family. She says she was drawn to LangTree because of its “growing market as a destination place for many.” Since opening her businesses there, Mona says, “The people have become like family, and we are very thankful for their support.” Mona knows something about family. She has two children, Luna (15) and Danny (12), who work with her in the restaurant. “They always help me to do something; they’ve developed a strong work ethic, and it’s very nice to work with them.” Mona prides herself on being a role model. She recognizes that, as a woman in this industry, “getting respect is a challenge. I just have to be stronger,” she says.
kim clendenin pictured with mother pam
her husband, Matt, and her mother, Pam Gregory, own R. Gregory Jewelers. In 1981, Kim’s mother and her father, the late Rick Gregory, took a leap of faith to open their own—the original—jewelry store in Statesville, which is still in operation. “We love being in the community where we grew up and being involved in our customers’ lives,” Pam says. For Kim, as she got older and began to think about her own career, she says, “I loved how we were so connected to people. Grandmothers and mothers would bring their daughters in and fathers, their sons. It was pretty neat. Now, the best part is selling engagement rings to kids I saw grow up!” The R. Gregory family came to LangTree to follow the patriarch’s vision of expansion. Kim says, “This perfect location is close enough to be involved daily and to run our Statesville store at the same time.” Kim and Matt have two children, Emma and Sam. “Working together as a family, it’s hard to do things and not talk business, but when we’re on vacation, there’s no shop talk!”
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November 2015 Lake Norman Woman