Lexington Life Magazine - November 2023

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The lightning flashed in rapid-fire succession and the thunder shook the entire house. The wind howled, and the rain struck the roof with a viciousness not seen in a long time. Our paralyzed dog Biff was petrified. He usually scooted around on the floor dragging his back legs and hiding in the corner behind a chair until the storm passed. This time was different. He hopped and didn’t seem to be going anywhere. I got off the sofa and helped him to his safe place, but I knew right then that Biff’s time was near. He had just celebrated his fourteenth birthday and my wife, Donna, and I fed Biff hamburgers and cheese for his last supper. Everyone in the family took special one-on-one time with Biff and we drove him over the dam for one last ride in the convertible. I am thankful for Biff. He was both my and my kid’s first dog. He showed us true courage as he fought to regain the use of his rear legs. I am thankful for Donna and all the love and caregiving she did for Biff. If she takes care of me half as well as Biff, I will be just fine. I’m thankful Biff loved the kids and he was great with our other dogs too. So long Biff, thanks for showing your unconditional love to our family. You will be missed. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for reading Lexington Life Magazine. Todd Shevchik

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NOVEMBER Thursday, November 9 Leeza’s Care Connections Dare2Care Gala USC Alumni Center | 900 Senate St. | Columbia | 7 pm – 9 pm Join Leeza Gibbons and special guests to benefit Leeza’s Care Connection, South Carolina’s only comprehensive resource and support center offering free services for families and caregivers caring for a loved one with a chronic illness. For tickets visit dare2careevent.com. Friday, November 10 Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Wine on the River West Columbia Riverwalk | 109 Alexander Rd. | West Columbia | 6 pm - 10 pm Gather with friends for a memorable evening featuring live music, fun activities, and an around-the-world culinary experience. The proceeds benefit Linda’s Love Fund at Lexington Medical Center. For tickets visit lexmed.com/giving/foundation. Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 Wingard’s Market Holiday Soiree 1403 N. Lake Dr. | Lexington | Fri. 9 am – 6 pm & Sat. 9 am – 5 pm Sip while you shop at the Wingard’s Market Holiday Soiree. Enjoy refreshments, tasty treats, plus several giveaways. For more information visit wingardsmarket.com. Sunday, November 12 Holiday Market at Hope Plaza 1812 Augusta Hwy. | Lexington | 1 pm – 6 pm Come out and eat, drink, and shop locally. Raffle tickets for prizes and beer from Angry

Fish Brewery. All proceeds benefit Arthur Hutchinson, McCall Wright, and the Caring Heart Foundation. For more information visit reflectionssalonsc.com. Sunday, November 12 Lexington Women’s Club Decorating Workshop The Lexington County Museum | 231 Fox St. | Lexington | 3 pm – 5 pm The Lexington Woman’s Club is sponsoring a Della Robbia-style workshop with all proceeds benefiting the Lexington County Museum. This workshop will feature the Hogarth Curve form and its many uses in decorating for Christmas and other events. For more information contact Carolyn Hall at chall241@ sc.rr.com. Thursday, November 16 Vista Holiday Lights 701 Gervais St. | Columbia | 6 pm – 10 pm The 38th Annual Vista Lights presented by Prisma Health, will include more than 60 galleries, shops, and restaurants to showcase their holiday treasures and delicious dishes. Live entertainment by local groups and tree lighting. For more information visit vistacolumbia.com.

Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 Christmas Craft Fair Icehouse Amphitheater | 107 W. Main St. | Lexington | 4 pm – 8 pm Kick off the holiday season with the Christmas Craft Fair featuring fresh produce, unique gifts, food, and more from local vendors. Saturday, December 2 Snowball Festival Carnival and Movie Icehouse Amphitheater | 107 W. Main St. | Lexington | 1 pm Join the Town of Lexington for face painting, balloon artists, pictures with Santa, rides, and more. Make sure to stay and watch The Santa Clause (PG) which will begin at 5:30 pm. Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 Lexington Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker River Bluff Performing Arts Center | 320 Corley Mill Rd. | Lexington | Sat. 3 pm, 7 pm & Sun. 3 pm The Nutcracker featuring Lexington Youth Ballet dancers and professional guest artists will bring this time-honored tradition of the Christmas season to Lexington. For tickets visit theacademyoflyb.com. Sunday, December 3 Town of Lexington Snowball Parade Main St. | Lexington | 3 pm Bring the kids and get in the Christmas spirit by watching an array of parade floats make their way through downtown.

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Time Under the Son Have you ever imagined a life without hurry, relentless work, multitasking, or scarcity? A life that is characterized instead by presence, attention, rest, rootedness, fruitfulness, and generosity? Jen Pollock Michel encourages us to ask these questions in her book, In Good Time. We have all bought into the mindset that the best use of time is marked by perpetual productivity. We have to be efficient and check off all the lists to feel accomplished. But have we been duped? Have we bought into a lie? Perhaps God had something different in mind for us when he spoke time into existence. The Bible speaks of two different types of time: Kronos (time ticking under the sun) and Kairos (moments where the kingdom of God breaks into our lives). Both are a reality, and both are a gift. God has given each of us days, and he has numbered them all. Every day is a gift to discover all the good and glorious providences in our lives. We are to build relationships, be purposeful, and honor the Lord. We do that through a weekly rhythm of worship, work, rest, and play. When climbing the ladder of self-centered gain consumes us, we miss out on the Kairos moments, where God reminds us there is more to life than the rat race. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) We need to reprioritize our time according to the kingdom of God rather than doggedly building our own little kingdoms. We need a thicker life rather than a flimsy version cobbled together by our selfish pursuits. We need to shift our priorities from living life under the sun to living life under the Son or what I like to call a “Royal Waste of Time.” Here are a few ways to rethink your time to honor the LORD. 1. Spend time with the Author of Time. When we behold him, we become like him. 2. Savor the Presence. Savor the presence of God throughout your day and be present for those whom God brings across your path. 3. See through Child-like Eyes. Be curious. Ask questions. Try new things. Invite others to discover with you. 4. Serve Others. Be generous. Give your time and self away to bless others. n

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“Serving those who served and sacrificed for America”

Are you or a loved one a Veteran who needs support but doesn’t know where to start? Your first stop might be to visit the Lexington County Veterans Affairs (VA) website, palmettovets.org. The main page lists clear descriptions of the VA’s Mission, Vision, and Values, and you can trust that they are not empty rhetoric. The director, Edward “Ed” Lundeen, is a retired Army Master Sergeant, and his stated passion is, “What motivates me is my inner drive of energy to help Veterans and their families obtain the VA benefits they are entitled to.” His passion, dedication, and drive have not gone unnoticed. In May 2023, Lundeen was named South Carolina Veterans Affairs Officer of the Year by the South Carolina Association of County Veterans Affairs Officers. A highly decorated former Army Master Sergeant, Lundeen was a recipient of The Bronze Star, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served in a variety of non-commissioned Officer leadership roles. Mr. Lundeen’s education, skills, experience, and awards are just a fraction of what qualifies him both as a leader and an advocate for military veterans. He says, “This comes with an internal strength and passion to get it right for everyone we are privileged to serve. I come to work daily with this passion and drive, and I am wholeheartedly proud of the services my team and I provide to the Veterans of Lexington County. We ask ourselves, ‘What are veterans searching for? What do they need?’ That’s what we want to provide for them.” Veterans Service Organizations aid and serve veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors. Lundeen and his team can assist in collecting the required evidence to submit a fully developed claim on a Veteran’s behalf and correspond with Veterans Affairs about the claim. VSOs also provide their representation on VA claims free of charge. A lifelong resident of Lexington County, Mr. Lundeen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and a Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership. He and his wife Linda Manchester Lundeen have been married for 42 years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren, with a granddaughter due in December. Lundeen loves history, traveling to foreign countries, reading, genealogy research, spending time with his grandchildren, college football, helping others, and making a positive difference in people’s lives. Lundeen says, “I am just a thankful American. I can’t believe the good Lord picked me to do this because I wouldn’t have picked me. I want to stay humble. I’m just one person, and my team of co-workers are some of the best with whom I’ve worked.” Lundeen plans to continue serving Veterans and their families until retirement. Post-retirement, he would love to continue visiting foreign countries and learning about their culture and traditions. He wants to spend more time with his grandchildren and enjoy their activities. And not surprisingly, he says, “I want to volunteer in many aspects to give back to the community.” n Vote now for the Best of Lexington Life 2024 at lexingtonlife.com | 13

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Coming Full Circle by Tom Poland

I felt like I’d been tied to the whipping post. I was as low as the proverbial snake’s belly. On May 30 a tornado destroyed my Athens, Georgia, home. My marriage was floundering, and I found myself with nothing but the clothes on my back and a bangedup stereo system. Thank heavens that sound system survived the tornado. Music kept me afloat in the summer of 1973.

Four years earlier, Capricorn Records had released “The Allman Brothers Band.” They released “Brothers and Sisters” in August 1973. That record, the band’s fourth studio album, and the 1969 record lifted my spirits during the difficult summer of 1973. Living in the musty basement of a brick house along Highway 78, I wore both albums out. The Beatles had broken up and I needed new music heroes. I found them in the Allman Brothers, and they hailed from Macon, Georgia, less than two hours away. Driving to Macon was out of the question. I worked full-time as a ticket agent at the bus station, took a full load of courses, and taught classes as a graduate assistant. I sensed, though, that someday somehow, I would see where the boys made that marvelous music. In the years to come, I drove to Macon seven times, but I could never work Capricorn Records into my schedule. Trips to interview an attorney for a book, to speak to the Georgia Huguenot Society, and a drive to see Georgia’s folk drama, Swamp Gravy, stage my play took me through Macon but time was short as always. And so, my Allman Brothers wish list languished. On it were four items: Rose Hill Cemetery, Capricorn Records, the Big House (Allman Brothers’ residence/museum), and the chance to someday meet legendary musician Chuck Leavell who lived south of Macon. The chance to meet him was coming in a surprising way. In the fall of 1973, my department chair called me into her office. “I’m sending you to Columbia, South Carolina, to teach for six months at a small college.” Six months led to many years. That difficult summer of 1973 was to be my last living in Georgia, but the move to Columbia opened doors. In 2018 I wrote features for an excellent magazine. My last assignment for the magazine was to profile Chuck Leavell. Things went well with the February 2019 interview and subsequent feature, and I made several trips back to Charlane Woodlands, Chuck and his wife Rose Lane’s home, to write a feature on Rose Lane. As a result of my work, Chuck asked me to co-write his memoir. Recently he invited me to stay at his place and attend a September 6 event at Capricorn where he was to discuss a book recalling the Allman Brothers’ days when they were known as the Allman Joys. Mercer University now operates Capricorn as Capricorn Sound Studios. I stood where the music had been laid down for all to hear. Songs filled my head as I looked at the piano Chuck had given the studio. “Jessica” came to me as clear as a bell. “Trouble No More” and “Every Hungry Woman” played in my head, as did “Dreams.” The next day I thought of “Rambling Man” as I rolled down Highway 41 in Macon. I had come full circle since that difficult summer of 1973. Those longhaired, rough, and rowdy boys blessed us with a new genre of music, “Southern Rock,” and they saved me when I most needed saving. Way, way back in 1973 the idea was formed that someday I would make it to Macon and see where legends had risen, and I did. Other bands added to Southern Rock, among them Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, and much later the Black Crowes, but it’s the Allman Brothers I go back to time and time again. Trips to visit Chuck Leavell as I co-write his memoir of tree farming and rock music have given me the chance to visit Rose Hill Cemetery where Duane and Greg Allman sleep, Capricorn Sound Studios, and the Big House where the Brothers lived. Sometimes you just have to wait and hope things will play out as you wish. My old car is long gone, my girls are grown, and my hair is silver. That music, though? It’s as good as ever, as good as it was when I played it over and over in the musty basement of a house that still stands. n Vote now for the Best of Lexington Life 2024 at lexingtonlife.com | 15



HARD by Betsey Guzior • photos by Danni Snaps

Running is not just good for the body, but for the soul. For more than a decade, Jesse Harmon has been trying to spread that message through his nonprofit, aimed at elementary school students. “Running is a great life teacher,” Harmon said. Harmon oversees his Run Hard organization in Lexington, which teaches elementary students the skills to run a 5K. The former youth minister is passionate about the benefits of organized athletics.

Run Hard aims to reach that goal by exposing youth to the sport of running, which can lead to a lifetime of fitness. You’ll be able to see some of that passion at the next fundraising road race for Run Hard, scheduled for Nov. 11 beginning at the Lexington County Blowfish Stadium on Park Road. Hundreds plan to run to fund scholarships for Run Hard in half marathon, 10K, and 5K races. Harmon began his dream in 2010, delivering newspapers early in the morning

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while he learned the ins and outs of creating a nonprofit and zeroing in on its mission. In 2012, then-assistant principal of Rocky Creek Elementary School Adam Diamond approached Harmon about fulfilling a need for a boy’s running club, with more than 50 students interested. “I remember telling him, ‘I would love to teach them about running, but I would also like to leverage that time to teach him more about life, giving them life concepts that will build a platform for success later in life.’ And he said I love it. Let’s do it.” Another group was formed at Meadow Glen Elementary School, and both programs served as a pilot to work out the kinks. Since then, the program has expanded to other Lexington County schools, along with other Run Hard training in schools throughout the state, as well as Augusta and Florida. Just under 800 students in the Midlands now are enrolled in fee-based programs for the fall running season. Harmon serves as executive director with a staff that oversees the individual programs and their coaches. In December, the kids will run a 5K with an adult running with them. In eight weeks of training, the students learn the


fundamentals of running, with sessions designed to build the stamina to navigate about the 3.1 miles of the race. The kids also learn the value of positive peer pressure, how teamwork operates on and off the track, and what it takes to be honorable and show respect. “Those are the concepts that we thought were important to building a platform for success,” he said. The 2000 graduate of Lexington High School feels that running can change the direction of one’s life. It certainly changed his. “I was an overweight, unathletic kid and bullied through middle school. Middle school was a tough season of life for me as it is for many kids,” he said. He challenged himself to train after barely running a mile for a Presidential Fitness test. “The next time the test came around the next semester, I thought, I’m going to run as long as I can and see what time I can get. And so, I was at White Knoll Middle School running around the dirt track, and I remember making it one lap and I realized, ‘Hey, I ran a full lap without stopping. I’m pretty proud of myself.’ And then I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to see if I can make it to two, and I made it two.’ And pushed on, ‘All right, I’m halfway there.’ I can vividly remember these thoughts.” That training helped Harmon to break eight minutes in a mile. It led to a lifetime of running, including his first marathon in March 2007 and the Boston Marathon in 2011. Working as a youth pastor after graduating from Columbia International University also helped Harmon develop a passion for teaching life lessons. “I began to understand that running, though tough, teaches you a lot. And if I put work in, I have a little



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bit of potential. So, let’s find out what that potential is.” Harmon remembers so many successes, but the story of Crawford sticks with him. Crawford has been running with Run Hard since second grade. In 2020, a benign tumor on Crawford’s spine returned, prompting a long time of surgery and rehabilitation. In 2022, Crawford ran his first 5K race after surgery. He came in last in his race in Augusta but was happy that he finished. “I think a lot in life can be learned by doing difficult things,” Harmon said. “And running is just a difficult thing to do. It’s hard. It makes us work hard. It requires a lot of effort. But whenever we get finished, whenever you see those kids cross the finish line, you can see it on their faces and the expression, it doesn’t matter if you finish first or last, you still cross that finish line and you get an elevated sense of self-respect or self-accomplishment because it’s like ‘I just did something that a lot of people didn’t do this morning and that’s something to be proud of.’ So that’s why we choose running.” Learn more at runhard.org and runhardhalf.org. n

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desire to reach children globally with the love of Christ has developed into a 23-year ministry for Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church. “Starting back in 2000, our church wanted to get involved with an international ministry for children. One of the pastors asked me to head up Operation Shoe Box (now Operation Christmas Child). That’s where the journey started,” church member and Operation Christmas Child volunteer Harvey Blanchard said. Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse and reaches children in 170 countries with Christmas gifts packed in standard-sized shoeboxes. A shoebox can contain toys, hygienic items, school supplies, crafts, and clothes. “The excitement comes with knowing that we can be a part of international discipleship for children. We can participate here locally, and we can involve our youth.” Blanchard said.

During Operation Christmas Child, families and individuals are invited to fill a shoebox with gifts and take it to a drop-off location. In conjunction with other churches, Saxe Gotha serves as one of the drop-off locations in Lexington. “People can pick up a shoebox (from Saxe Gotha) starting October 22. They can take the box, fill it up, and bring it back to the church to drop off,” Interim Director of Children’s Ministry for Saxe Gotha Dawn Merck explained. From the drop-off location, the shoeboxes are delivered to the Samaritan’s Purse processing center for inspection and final preparations before being distributed worldwide. To date, more than 200 million children have received Christmas gifts through Operation Christmas Child. “Operation Christmas Child says that with every child that receives a shoebox, nine people around them are affected and get to hear the gospel. This is a multiplier because it spreads out into the children’s

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families and their communities,” Merck said. In 2010, Saxe Gotha began hosting its very own packing party for church and community members to assemble hundreds of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Each shoebox coming from Saxe Gotha is individually packed by volunteers, prayed over, and contains a one-of-a-kind, wooden cross handmade by Saxe Gotha church members Jeff and Candi Ashcraft. “It’s amazing to see people come together to assemble shoeboxes. When we pack a shoebox, we want to make sure we present it well. We like to put the prayer cross on top so when the child opens it up, the prayer cross is right there,” Merck said. “During the packing party, we have a prayer room where people can pray individually, or kids can pray with their parents … I have a fifth grader, and I remember encouraging him to pray over his box as a kindergartener,” she continued. A note is also included from the individual or family who packed the box. The note provides the child receiving the box information about where the sender lives and what their favorite foods and activities are. “We send a note to the child receiving that shoebox because we want to let them know we love them unconditionally. We get to tell them a little bit about who we are and where we live as well,” Blanchard shared. Preparations for Saxe Gotha’s packing party are year-round as the church collects and organizes items all year. “The materials for the packing party are stored in big containers so that throughout the year as people bring things in, we can organize them. Over the summer we have youth coming in for service days and church members who also help to organize,” Merck said.

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Sometimes recipients of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes have shared their experience at Saxe Gotha’s packing party. Merck recalled meeting a woman and finding out that she was involved in Operation Christmas Child in her country. She later shared her experience working with Operation Christmas Child at the packing party. “Six years ago, I was blessed to be introduced to a woman named Gina Rodriguez. She moved here from Colombia to teach Spanish. As we got to know her, we realized that she handed out the Operation Christmas Child boxes in Colombia,” Merck said. “Gina said kids were walking in the rain a couple of miles to come to Bible study … that made it more powerful for me because it showed this ministry is affecting hearts,” she shared. There are various ways that the community can participate in Operation Christmas Child with Saxe Gotha. Those who want to provide shoebox items can purchase them from Saxe Gotha’s Amazon wish list. (Please see the QR code to access the wish list) “Our Amazon wish list has items needed for the shoeboxes, which is easier for a lot of people because they don’t have to figure out what to buy. The items from the wish list will be delivered straight to the church,” Merck said. On Sunday, November 12, Saxe Gotha Presbyterian will host its annual Operation Christmas Child packing party which is open to the community. A pizza party will follow for all volunteers. Visit saxegotha.org to learn more about how to get involved with Operation Christmas Child. n

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Best Aesthetic Practice Cardinal Wellness and Aesthetics Enhance Image Spa Lexington Aesthetics Medical Spa

Best Ambulance Service (Private) First Priority Medical Transport For Life Medical Transport MedTrust Medical Transport

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Best Attorney: Litigation Johnson + Johnson McCutchen McLean Morgan Litigation Group Best Attorney: Personal Injury Harling & West Johnson + Johnson Lyle Law Firm Best Attorney: Probate/Estate Amy Cofield Law Firm McCutchen McLean Williams, Stitely & Brink


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Best Attorney - Real Estate Clark Law Office Dial, Grimm & Rupert The Templeton Law Firm

Best Auto Repair Shop: Foreign Abbott’s Auto Care & Tire B&T Automotive North Lake Auto Repair

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Best Audiologist Digital Hearing Outlet Lake Murray Hearing Midlands Hearing Associates

Best Auto Service Department Dealership Herndon Chevrolet Honda of Columbia Jim Hudson Ford

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Best Auto Body Shop Birchmore Paint & Body Shop Ellison Collison & Customs Gilbert Paint & Body Best Auto Performance Shop Automotive Experts Kestner Automotive North Lake Auto Repair Best Auto Repair Shop: Domestic Abbott’s Auto Care & Tire Christian Brothers Automotive Lexington 1 Stop Auto Shop

Best Burger Goodfellas Grill and Bar O’Hara’s Public House The Root Cellar

Best Bank First Citizens Bank First Community Bank First Reliance Bank Best Barber Shop Ivy League Barber & Beauty Lexington Barber Shop Terry’s Barber Shop Best BBQ Restaurant Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ Maurice’s Piggie Park PK BBQ Bar & Grill

Best Car Wash Marty’s Car Wash ModWash Take 5 Car Wash Best Carpet Store Carpet One Floor & Home Door To Door Floors Floor Boys


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Best Catering Company Carolina Smoke N Fire Maurice’s Piggie Park RF’s Corner Grill

Best College for Working Adults Midlands Technical College Strayer University USC Palmetto College

Best Cosmetology School Kenneth Shuler School Lexington Technology Center Southeastern Esthetics Institute

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Best Commercial Contractor Hazelwood Construction Company Hill Construction Company Springhill Construction

Best CPA Burkett, Burkett, Burkett Deese and Company Dooley & Company

Best Charter School Gray Collegiate Academy Midlands Middle College SC Whitmore School

Best Commercial Real Estate Agency Century 21 803 Realty Southern Visions Real Estate Trinity Partners

Best Credit Union Palmetto Citizens SAFE Federal Credit Union SC State Federal Credit Union

Best Chiropractor Bigbie Chiropractic Old Mill Chiropractic Vital Nutrition & Chiropractic Best Coin or Collectible Dealer Gilbert Coin & Collectible Golden Eagle Precious Metals Palmetto Cards

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Best Custom Home Builder Epic Homes Gage Construction Reese Builders Best Damage Restoration Services Palmetto Commercial Services Rumsey Construction Rytech Restoration of the Midlands


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Best Dance Company Elite Ballroom Dance Academy South Carolina Dance Company Stepping Out Dance Studio

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Best Event Venue Corley Mill House & Gardens Southern Oaks Twelve Oak Estate

Best Day Spa Lexington Aesthetics Medical Spa Rejuvenations WellSoul Spa + Salon

Best Dessert Cribb’s Sandwich & Sweet Shop Mingos Cookies & Bubble Tea O’Hara’s Bakery Cafe

Best Exterminator Baine Termite and Pest Control Cramer Pest Control Hartley & Sons Pest Control

Best Daycare Big Blue Marble Academy Calvary Christian Day Care Northside Baptist Church

Best Dry Cleaner Lexington Dry Cleaning Tripp’s Fine Cleaners Zebra Cleaners

Best Facial Holistic Skincare & Waxing OCCO Luxury Spa The Essential Face

Best Dentist: Adults Northwood Dental Associates Robinson Dental Sherry Powell Dentistry

Best Engineering Firm E Haselden & Associates Mead & Hunt Tobias & West

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Best Dentist: Kids Midlands Pediatric Dentistry Palmetto Smiles Sunset Children’s Dentistry

Best Electrician Grow Electric Mr. Electric Rytec Electric

Best Fence Company Palmetto Southern Ryan Brewer Enterprises Seegars Fence Company


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Best Fitness Center Fit Body Boot Camp HOTWORX ISI Elite Training

Best Garden Center A-Oak Farms Lowe’s Home Improvement Wingard’s Market

Best Group Fitness Studio 9Round Fitness Orangetheory Fitness RockBox Fitness

Best Florist Lexington Florist Storey’s Florist Worthy’s Florist

Best Gastroenterologist Columbia Gastroenterology Consultants in Gastroenterology

Best Gun and Ammunition Store Amick’s Guns JCs Outdoors Palmetto State Armory

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Best Golf Course Charwood Golf Club Country Club of Lexington Golden Hills Golf & Country Club Best Greek Restaurant Angelo’s Greek & Italian Bellis House of Pizza Showmars

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Thanks for Nominating us Best Greek Restaurant! We appreciate your business! Dine in and takeout available. 100 Old Cherokee Rd. Lexington, SC 29072 • 804-356-9734


Best Hairstylist Arianne Connors, Free Spirited Marina Wilson, Elevate Salon Zena Quattlebaum, Zena Salon

Best Heating and Air Company All American Heating & Air Comfort Experts Mid-State Heating and Air

Best Ice Cream Shop Ice Cream Taco Lick’s Ice Cream Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Best Happy Hour LJ’s Par and Grill O’Hara’s Public House Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar

Best Home Builder Great Southern Homes McGuinn Hybrid Homes Stanley Martin Homes

Best Insurance Agent Hal Girard, State Farm Ins. Misty Stathos, State Farm Ins. Patrick Williams, Williams Ins.

Best Hardware Store Bob’s Ace Hardware Do it Best Lexington True Value Hardware

Best Home Health Hands and Hearts Home Care RetireEase Senior Services Solutions for Living at Home

Best Insurance: Auto Daniel Scott, Allstate Misty Stathos, State Farm Ryan Grubbs, State Farm

Best Healthy Eating Restaurant CAVA Clean Eatz Clean Juice

Best Hospice Care Agape Care SC Heart of Hospice Medical Services of America

Best Insurance: Health Jeff Howle- Healthmarkets Lourie Life & Health Mauldin Insurance

Best Heart Doctor Dr. Amy Epps, LMC Dr. Dan Bouknight, CCVA Dr. Garrison Morgan, MUSC

Best Hotel Hampton Inn & Suites Quality Inn & Suites Wingate by Wyndman

Best Insurance: Homeowners Herring Insurance Services Scott Amick, State Farm Tidwell Insurance


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Licensed Insurance Agent Health | Medicare | Small Group | Life 803-678-8121 • Fax: 877-714-4421 jhowle@healthmarkets.com www.jeffhowle.com

Thanks for Nominating me Best Insurance Agent! PATRICK WILLIAMS: (803) 957-8004

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Best Insurance: Life Berry Insurance Group Farm Bureau Insurance Larry Hutto, State Farm

Best Italian Restaurant DeLucca’s Italian Grill Luce Cucina Italiano Travinia Italian Kitchen

Best Landscaping Supply Carolina Turfgrass Pinestraw Place W.P. Law

Best Interior Design e.d.’s Paint & Decorating Erin Rasmussen Design & Dwell Paige Butler Interior Styling

Best Jewelry Store The Chapman Company Moseley’s Diamond Showcase Tidwell Jewelers

Best Learning Center Attest Kumon Math & Reading Center Mathnasium

Best Internet Service Provider Carolina Connection Comporium Spectrum

Best Karate/Martial Arts Studio Black Belt 4 Life Black Tiger Tae Kwon Do Vitali Family Karate

Best Manicure/Pedicure Diva Nails Luxx Nail Spa VIP Nail Bar

Best Investment Firm Ameriprise Financial Services Cornerstone Financial Management Crescent Financial Group

Best Kid Friendly Restaurant Diablo’s Southwest Grill Flight Deck Restaurant Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill

Best Manufactured Home Hoover Building Systems Lexington Discount Homes Palmetto Home Outlet

Best Irrigation Lexington Sprinkler Repair SmartYard Irrigation The Lawn Smith

Best Landscaping Company Elite Landscaping Greener Solutions Company Saluda Hill Landscapes

Best Marina Big Man’s Marina Lighthouse Marina Southshore Marina


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We are thankful for being your local Jeweler since 1998. 903 North Lake Dr Lexington, SC • (803) 996–5530 Locally owned and operated, over 40 years experience. 34 | Vote now for the Best of Lexington Life 2024 at lexingtonlife.com

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Best Men’s Clothing Store BP Skinner Clothiers Craig Reagin Clothiers JCs Outdoors

Best Mosquito Treatment Cramer Pest Control Mosquito Joe of Lake Murray Mosquito Squad

Best Mattress Store Economy Furniture Company Marty Rae’s of Lexington Michaelas Mattress

Best Mexican Restaurant Brothers and Beer Diablo’s Southwest Grill El Jimador

Best Moving Company Gamecock Moving The Moving Squad Two Men and a Truck

Best Meat Store Caughman’s Meats Four Oaks Farm Country Store Old Timey Meat Market

Best Microbrewery: Local Hazelwood Brewing Company Krafty Draft Brew Pub Steel Hands Brewing

Best Music School Freeway Music Lexington School of Music Musician Supply

Best Medical Imaging American Health Imaging Lexington Radiology Associates Palmetto Imaging

Best Milkshake Cook Out Freddy’s Rush’s

Best OB/GYN Practice Carolina Women’s Physicians Kraemer Women’s Care Lexington Women’s Care

Best Medical Spa Allure Medical Spa Cardinal Wellness & Aesthetics SC My Care

Best Mortgage Company Guaranteed Rate Affinity Movement Mortgage Synovus Bank

Best Oil Change Abbott’s Auto Care & Tire Christian Brothers Automotive Express Oil Change


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Best Pet Hospital Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital Grace Animal Hospital Veterinary Care Center

Best Pediatric Practice Lexington Pediatric Practice Palmetto Pediatric SouthernMED Pediatrics

Best Pet Kennel/ Boarding Facility Central Bark Lexington Pet Lodge Sutton’s Southern Pet Retreat

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Best Property Management Company Rogers Property Management Scott Properties of the Midlands Southern Dreams Realty

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Martin’s Vintage Music Co. by Abigail Harris

Nestled in the heart of downtown Lexington sits a familiar building you may have passed driving down East Main Street. This building, which neighbors the Old Mill, holds new tenants with a fantastic story. Owned by Kenny and Loni Martin, this new music shop, Martin’s Vintage Music Co., is a beautiful addition to downtown Lexington businesses. The store is a long-time dream of Kenny’s. He saw the benefit of opening a store with various musical instruments and wanted to bring that vision to life here in Lexington. This family-owned store offers a unique shopping opportunity to find sought-after, vintage musical items and a place to connect with like-minded folks. Martin’s Vintage Music Co. provides an array of instruments, equipment, and vinyl records. Each piece in the shop

holds a story and memories from the past. Whether the vinyl records evoke reminders of the past through the music or the feel of a vintage guitar in the hands of a musician ushers in nostalgia for simpler times, almost every item in Martin’s Vintage Music Co. has a tale and scars from a well-lived life. Kenny enjoys the uniqueness of each piece in the shop and says he has difficulty parting with many of them when their new owners take them home.

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Music has been an instrumental part of Kenny’s life for over 54 years. He started playing music at the tender age of 10, and at 14, he played the Ridge Jamboree in a packed house in Batesburg-Leesville, an event he looks back on as a treasured memory. He has had the opportunity to work with the industry’s best during his time in music. Kenny has made many incredible memories and connections, from playing steel guitar with The Marshall Tucker Band from 2011-2016 to playing the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium twice and at the Gaylord Opry five times. Kenny says, “I have wanted to open a vintage music store for many years. Being a touring musician allowed me to visit many family-owned music stores nationwide. Opening my own music store is a lifelong dream that has now come true.

“I get to play music every day. Talk about music every day. Listen to music every day. My average workday is the best day a musician could have, a musician’s dream come true. I get to work at a music store and play everything in the store. Pretty cool!” ­— Kenny Martin We hope that Martin’s Music Co. can help others enjoy the memories brought back through music and make new memories for the future with musical instruments and records,” he continues. Kenny’s inspiration comes from his wife, Loni, his family, and his love of music. His wife and stepdaughter, Carly, are very musically talented, and Kenny is even a part of Carly’s band, The Show Goats. “I get to play music every day. Talk about music every day. Listen to music every day. My average workday is the best day a musician could have, a musician’s dream come true. I get to work at a music store and play everything in the store. Pretty cool!” The Martin family brings even more entertainment to the Lexington community as well. They offer music shows to the community at their farm at Fiddler Branch Road, where they play Bluegrass, Country, and Rock. Most of the events are free to the public, and it is a family-friendly environment. If you are looking for an instrument, classic vinyl record, or maybe you are just in the mood to browse through some vintage items, take a moment to stop by Martin’s Vintage Music Co. located at 605 East Main Street in Lexington. They are open Tuesday-Friday from 10 am - 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm, or you can visit their website at martinsvintagemusic.com. n

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Holiday Appetizers Cranberry Turkey Sliders 12 Hawaiian Rolls (1 package) 8-oz deli turkey slices 8-oz Swiss cheese ¾ cup cranberry sauce 1 stick butter, melted 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce ¼ cup cranberry sauce 1 tbsp poppy seeds ¼ cup dried cranberries Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Slice Hawaiian rolls in half and place in a casserole dish. Spread ¾ cranberry sauce on the bottom of the rolls, top with sliced turkey and cheese. Add top of rolls on top of the Swiss cheese. Mix melted butter, ¼ cranberry sauce, spicy brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and poppy seeds until lumps are gone, and pour mixture over sandwiches. Top with ¼ cup dried cranberries. Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown and the cheese has melted. Cornbread Spinach Wafers 1 box frozen chopped spinach 2 eggs 3-oz melted butter ½ cup blue cheese dressing ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp garlic powder ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 box corn muffin mix Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix eggs, butter, and blue cheese dressing. Add garlic powder, onion powder, parmesan cheese, and corn muffin mix. Fold in the spinach (drained and water squeezed out) and cheddar cheese and mix well. Using a small cookie scoop or a spoon, make small balls with the dough. Place dough on a parchment-covered cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges turn light brown. Cool on a cooling rack and serve with blue cheese dressing.

Sweet Potato Puffs 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & sliced into 1/4” thick rounds 2 tbsp melted butter 1 tsp maple syrup Kosher salt 1 (10-oz) bag marshmallows ½ cup pecan halves Preheat the oven to 400°F. On a large baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes with melted butter and maple syrup and arrange in an even layer, season with salt. Bake until tender, flipping halfway through, about 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet and switch the oven to broil. Top each sweet potato round with a marshmallow and broil until puffed and golden. Immediately top each marshmallow with a pecan half and serve. Maple Bacon Carrots 2 pounds carrots, less than ½ inch thick, peeled 1 pound thin-sliced bacon ¼ cup maple syrup Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wrap one slice of bacon tightly around each carrot (starting at the thick end of the carrot). When wrapping bacon, be careful not to overlap the layers. Arrange the carrots on a wire rack on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the carrots are tender. Remove from the oven and carefully glaze all sides with the maple syrup. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes and serve.

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Mac and Cheese Bites 8-oz elbow pasta 2 tbsp unsalted butter 2 tbsp all-purpose flour ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp mustard powder ½ tsp salt 1 ¼ cups 2% milk 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease two mini-muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. Cook the pasta al dente according to package instructions, about

7-9 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. Melt the butter, add the flour, garlic powder, and mustard powder into the pot, and stir to combine, for about 2 minutes. Add the milk, season with salt and pepper, and whisk well to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cheese until the mixture is melted. Fold in the cooked pasta and mix until it is evenly coated with the sauce. Scoop about 2 tbsp of the mac-and-cheese mixture into each muffin cup and pack in with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs and remaining cheese on top. Bake until the cheese is melted, and the breadcrumbs become golden, for about 20 to 25 minutes. Cinnamon Maple Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 3 cups fresh dried pumpkin seeds ¼ cup butter melted 4 tbsp pure maple syrup 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp ground cloves pinch of salt Preheat the oven to 275 °F. Put the dried seeds in a bowl, pour the melted butter and the maple syrup over the seeds. Stir to coat well. In a separate bowl mix all the spices together (You can add 2-3 tbsp white or brown sugar to dry spice mix if you want them sweeter). Dump the spices over the seeds and mix well. Spread the seeds onto parchment-lined baking sheets and sprinkle lightly with salt. Cook for 30-45 mins (or until the seeds look golden brown), stirring every 15-20 minutes. After the seeds have cooled, break up with your hands. Store the seeds in an airtight container at room temperature.

Green Bean Casserole Cups 16-oz canned biscuits 8 count 28-oz canned green beans drained 10.5-oz cream of mushroom or cream of celery 3 cloves garlic minced 1 small onion diced 1 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded 2 tsp seasoning salt 1 1/4 cup crispy fried onions Preheat the oven to 375°. Spray the muffin pan with nonstick spray. Remove the biscuits from the can and separate each biscuit in half. Place each piece in a muffin cup and press down on the bottom and up the sides. Combine the green beans, cream of mushroom (or celery) soup, garlic, 1 cup of cheese, and onions in a large mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients until well combined. Spoon the green bean mixture into the muffin cups, filling up to the top. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown. Remove from the oven, add the remaining cheese and fried onions. Place back into the oven and bake until the cheese melts. n

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Creating Thankfulness A younger friend mentioned how he sometimes felt bad about all the worry he caused his folks. I agreed and added that I felt ashamed of how I caused so much worry. He laughed a wry laugh and said it made him want to cry if he thought about it hard enough. He and I grew up in similar situations -a Mama and Daddy who worked, checked our homework, and took the whole family to church on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening. We both had a Mama who could cook up a storm and tear our tails up if we needed it. We both had a Daddy who would listen, who taught us how to throw and catch and fix our bikes, and who called us out when we needed to be corrected by a man who wouldn’t take any guff from a kid. We shared several examples of fire raining down on our behind after some infraction we thought at the time was quite minor. He said: “But you know, now that I look back, those minor corrections are what saved me. It was the right way to do it, even though I hated my folks at the time

for whoopin’ me. I thank God everyday for all those whoopin’s because I wouldn’t be worth a hoot now if I hadn’t gotten them.” We discussed the dinner table, and how there was always some intelligent conversation -- usually about how school was going or what we were learning, and occasionally about something Mama or Daddy had heard from a teacher and just wanted “some clarification.” These “clarifications” were always about things we thought nobody knew anything about. My friend laughed. “Man, we couldn’t get away with anything back then. My parents knew everything I did or was thinking about doing.” I laughed at that. “Yep, it’s hard to imagine they did all the same stuff we did before we came along. Maybe not exactly the same, but the same type of stuff. And you may have noticed we know what our own kids are doing, right?” He said: “Oh yeah. My son is amazed when I describe what he’s doing to a T. And now that we’re talking about real conversations at the table, my wife and I have

talked about making changes at our house. We’re going to all eat together from now on. Nobody will have a phone. I owe these kids the same grilling I got. I think I’m going to call their teachers and get some real information about how they’re doing.” “Well, you know they’re going to hate you for that.” “Yeah, I know, but they already hate me anyway, just like I hated my folks. Who cares? I want them to have something to be thankful for, so my wife and I are going to earn that hatred now, so they’ll be thankful later. It worked with us. I pray to God it works with my kids.” We shook hands. “Happy Thanksgiving.” n

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