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NOVEMBER 2019

Giving Thanks

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

NOVEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

Lyn Coaldwell | lyn.coaldwell@lifestylepubs.com George Zorrilla | george.zorrilla@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Emily Shea | emily.shea@lifestylepubs.com AD DESIGNER

Kaylee Mitchell

Many Thanks to Our Community AS NOVEMBER ROLLS AROUND, WE’RE EAGERLY AWAITING THE APPROACH OF THANKSGIVING, THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND TIME SPENT WITH OUR LOVED ONES.

LAYOUT DESIGNER

Emily Stout COPY EDITOR

Kate Baxendale CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Melissa Latin, Noah Milliken, Melinda Burris Willms

The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remem-

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bering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on tur-

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key disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day parade or afternoons spent curled up on the couch after one too many pieces of pie; and thinking of the people, experiences and things we’ve been blessed with in the last year. As we press pause on the hustle and bustle of life putting together a monthly magazine, we’re able to look back on the past year and, most meaningfully, the stories from all of you that have made what we do possible. We also take this chance to think of those less fortunate and encourage you to take the opportunity this giving season to donate to local organizations or charities giving back locally.

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

We hope that as you read this issue, you—like us—find inspiration in the lives and

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

experiences of your neighbors and the connections that have been made. We are

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

so grateful for our wonderful South Charlotte community, and especially our 2019 marketing partners that have supported and collaborated with us this year.  Have a happy, happy Thanksgiving,

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

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INSIDE THE ISSUE NOVEMBER 2019

FEATURES 16 The Best in Banking TowneBank Redefines Home Town Banking

20 Queen City Audio Video Appliances and JennAir Products The Perfect Combination for Your Home Design

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28 Thanksgiving Stuffing or Dressing? Let’s Settle This Once and for All

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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20 Open House 24 Inspired By 28 Culinary Creations 32 Lifestyle Calendar 33 Realty Report 34 Local’s Choice


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JAZZ-FOCUSED MUSIC VENUE OPENS IN UPTOWN In late October, Middle C Jazz, a new music venue serving up jazz, cocktails and a wide variety of flavorful small plates, opened its doors in Uptown Charlotte. It's located at 300 South Brevard St. and

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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND COMES TO CHARLOTTE

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the man who has captured her heart. The musical was the winner of the 2018 Tony Award for "Best Revival of a Musical" and is directed by two-time Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden. The theatrical production will be showcased live at the Belk Theater Nov. 12-17. There will be matinee and evening showings available. Visit BlumenthalArts.org for more information and to purchase tickets. 

CHARLOTTE AUTO SHOW The Charlotte Auto Show will take place Nov. 21-24 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The show will display more than 300 new vehicles from more than 30 manufacturers. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience all the

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG LIVE AT THE KNIGHT THEATER The Play That Goes Wrong, a classic murder mystery that offers fun and entertainment for the

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

Adventure in

African penguins on Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

ARTICLE MELINDA BURRIS WILLMS PHOTOGRAPHY CAROL LONG

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AFRICA’S LARGEST CITY. One day was spent on safari with participants engaging in up-close interaction with a wide variety of animals ranging from elephants to the rare white rhino. Carol, sister of our magazine’s co-publisher, Lyn Coaldwell, recounts the surprisingly close bonds she formed with her fellow travelers along with how her experiences in South Africa have changed her perspective. FAST FRIENDS Carol traveled to South Africa as part of a tour group. She discovered how traveling with strangers to a foreign country far from home can form tight bonds early on. “You become a support system for one another, and you quickly learn what interests you share as well as the likes and dislikes of your travel companions,” Carol says. “When you travel with people abroad, relationship forming is accelerated. There are fewer distractions than the ones we deal with in our daily routines.”

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

(CON TI N U ED)

“When you travel with people abroad, relationship forming is accelerated. There are fewer distractions than the ones we deal with in our daily routines.” —Carol Long AN UNLIKELY DESTINATION While South Africa had long appeared on Carol’s list of potential vacation sites, visiting the country had never been a priority. It wasn’t until a friend suggested South Africa and this tour that Carol considered how a visit to the country could provide a refreshing change from European destinations she had visited numerous times. CAPE TOWN Carol was amazed by the natural beauty found in Cape Town, the coastal city that is one of South Africa’s capitals. “Cape Point marks the boundaries of the Atlantic and Indian oceans,” she says. “Standing on the rocks and watching the swirling blue water is like nothing I could have ever imagined. The children are so happy and smiling there; they sing, dance and entertain travelers in the streets.” Carol was struck by the rich plethora of opportunities South Africa offers. “There is something for everyone—distinctive artwork, fresh and colorful cuisine, diverse shopping possibilities and the chance to visit one of the many wineries in the area. All of these elements come together with a flair and service unique to South Africa that is extremely welcoming to travelers.” JOHANNESBURG AND THE LEGACY OF NELSON MANDELA The lasting effect of Nelson Mandela is manifest in the overpowering presence the late leader still maintains throughout South Africa. “I knew Nelson Mandela still had a large presence in South Africa,” Carol says, “but I didn’t expect to find tributes to him everywhere. From the smallest village to the largest cities, there are statues, portraits and even Nelson Mandela tea. As evidenced by South Africans’ abiding affection and the numerous dedications, including Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, Mandela remains the center of the platform where all hope resides.” A SAFARI ADVENTURE The South African wildlife presented Carol with numerous surprises, from the close proximity of the large game animals on safari to learning that South Africa is a natural habitat for penguins, an animal commonly associated with colder climates. 14

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Carol Long in Cape Town, South Africa


Carol’s favorite safari experience involved a close encounter with a large elephant that came right up to her vehicle. Their tour guide warned everyone to remain quiet and calm. “I remember thinking all at once, I never thought I’d get within touching distance of an elephant in the wild in Africa! I could literally reach out and touch him.” Carol also remembers the fear she felt. The elephant she saw in Pilanesberg National Park could have easily toppled their open-air vehicle with a nudge; ultimately, the animal was simply inquisitive, as curious about the people observing him as they were about him.  LASTING EFFECTS Carol credits her experiences in South Africa with giving her a deeper appreciation for nature thanks to the sights and sounds found within the rich South African landscape; from the swirling blue waters off Cape Point, to the top of Table Mountain and the enduring memory of watching the beautifully striped zebras strut through their natural habitat. For Carol, a return trip to South Africa is not a question of if; it’s simply when she can go back to the country that offered such an open welcome.

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The Best in Banking

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ARTICLE NOAH MILLIKEN

HOMETOWN BANKING Clients seem to feel smaller as banks become larger. Customer support teams are all too often

success, plan for the future and make smart academic and economic choices.”  TowneBank

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ters is located here in Charlotte and was unveiled in

bank, founded with a desire to build long-term rela-

September of 2018. The 30,000-square-foot center is

tionships while creating a warm sense of belonging

stationed in Charlotte’s Camp North End development.

and financial well-being among their members and

“We believe strongly that JACC’s programs and

the local community. TowneBank Charlotte President, Phil Jurney, highlights this message, “Our members know who their

its facility are the vehicle through which we will provide significant impact and access to opportunity youth in our community,” Phil says.

account officer is, and they are always accessible  just

The TowneBank title-sponsored JA headquarters gives

about any time during the weekend or the week. We

more than 19,000 fifth- and 10th-graders an opportunity

have that hometown bank feel. As things get bigger and

to dip their hands in a real-world-based simulation of how

bigger it’s just a greater opportunity for us to share our

local economies work in addition to learning what role

story and unique style of banking.”

they take as consumers, employees and business own-

Being member-focused is at the heart of TowneBank’s

ers. Every student makes an application for a job, earns

philosophy. Offering a competitive array of business

compensation and uses a debit card. The facility also

and personal financial services, they make sure your

houses a student training space, abundant parking and

experience is extraordinary. They have never lost sight

two presentation rooms. Long term, TowneBank wants

of their roots: local decision-making, community board

to help educate and serve more than 300,000 stu-

leadership, volunteerism,  philanthropy  and exquisite

dents through their TowneBank headquarters. 

service—it’s all part of Towne’s culture of caring.

GIVING BACK

PHIL JURNEY, PRESIDENT OF TOWNEBANK CHARLOTTE

Helping the Queen City community and, particularly,

Phil is no stranger in Queen City. As TowneBank

the next generation is one of the pillars of TowneBank

Charlotte’s president, he is native to the area and has

Charlotte. At the forefront of their mission  is the drive

grown up just a few miles from where he sits now in

to support the local community and touch the  lives of

TowneBank Charlotte’s banking office in South Park.

those here in Charlotte. Whether it’s volunteering, fund-

TowneBank, which was founded in 1999, entered

raising or through donations, TowneBank proudly sup-

the Charlotte market about two years ago, when

ports nonprofit organizations committed to excellence

Paragon Bank joined the Towne Family as a division.

in building a stronger Charlotte. The Junior Achievement

Phil felt the two banks would align perfectly because

of Central Carolinas is just one way that they do so.

they were extremely client-focused. When it came

As directly stated on the Junior Achievement web-

to culture, both banks valued the way they treated

site, it is, “the world’s largest organization dedicated

employees and their members, something Phil gives

to providing young people in grades K-12 with the

great weight to. In June of this year, Paragon’s name

knowledge and skills they need to own their economic

transitioned to TowneBank.

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THE BEST IN BANKING

(CON TI N U ED)

FINANCIAL SERVICES TowneBank Charlotte offers financial services for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. They have personal, commercial and private bankers all ready to serve your needs. Whether you’re just beginning to save, or looking for competitive rates and premium banking benefits, TowneBank can help. When it comes to business banking, TowneBank knows you opened your business to follow a dream. Their talented, local bankers help you find the right business account and online banking services, provide automated solutions to manage your receivables and payables, and help build your business through customized financing plans. Their commitment to exquisite service provides an experience like no other. TowneBank  Charlotte features personal banking services, small business representatives, commercial bankers, private banking consultants, mortgage services, insurance services, investment services, merchant services, safe deposit boxes, courier services and night drop. In June 2020, TowneBank Charlotte will be opening two brand new locations. The first will be located  in Myers Park  at 150 Providence Road. TowneBank  will occupy 25,000 square feet of the 40,000-square-foot building. The second location will be in the heart of Ballantyne at 13900 Conlan Circle, where they will look to expand as they continue to grow in the Charlotte area. Once completed in the summer of 2020, TowneBank will have a total of three locations.  TowneBank proudly wears the achievement of being named among Forbes 2019 Best Banks in America—local banking with national recognition. If you value a bank that serves you and enriches the lives of others in the local area, TowneBank is a great solution. Local decision-making, volunteerism  and a culture of caring is something TowneBank Charlotte deeply values. You can reach or visit a hometown banker at 6337 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, or at 704.644.4001.

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OPEN HOUSE ARTICLE MELINDA BURRIS WILLMS | PHOTOGRAPHY VISUAL BRANDING AGENCY

Queen City Audio Video Appliances and JennAir Products THE PERFECT COMBINATION FOR YOUR HOME DESIGN

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SINCE 1952, QUEEN CITY AUDIO VIDEO APPLIANCES HAS

It is both this knowledge and our years of experience that keep

BUILT A STERLING REPUTATION AS THE CHARLOTTE

customers coming back to us over the years.”

AREA’S INDUSTRY LEADER IN AUDIO VIDEO AND APPLI-

Eric and Casey’s contractor referred them to a particular sales-

ANCE SALES. As the business has continued to expand, Queen

person, Michael Sykes. After discussing their specific needs and

City Audio Video Appliances has been recognized by numerous

tastes based on their preferred aesthetic and desired price point,

organizations, including the National Association of Remodeling

Michael suggested JennAir appliances.

Industry, the Lake Norman Home Builders Association and the

It was important to Eric and Casey that the appliances fit in with

Interior Design Society. Queen City now ranks as one of the top

their lifestyle, which Casey describes as “a little adventurous” and

40 appliance retailers in the nation.

includes a fair amount of entertaining, hosting both small and

Charlotteans Eric and Casey Ferri recently purchased appli-

large groups of guests. Eric and Casey had, in fact, purchased

ances for their new kitchen remodel from Queen City Audio Video

their current home because it offered several elements essential

Appliances based on a recommendation from their contractor,

to entertaining, such as an open floor plan, easy traffic flow and

Atreum Construction. Previously, Casey had shopped there for

versatility between rooms, as well as access to natural light in the

home décor items and had always had a good experience both

front of the house.

with the quality of items sold and the chain’s superior level of customer service.

In planning the kitchen renovation, the couple felt it was essential that the overall style of the home be carried over into

Roddey Player, owner and president of Queen City Audio Video

the design of this new room, continuing the use of neutral tones,

Appliances elaborates on how the retailer has established its

lots of white contrasted beautifully by warm, dark brown floors

positive relationship with professional builders and contractors.

and touches of gray and black with oil-rubbed bronze and dark

“By the early 1990s, Queen City developed a dedicated

hardware throughout.

builder/contract sales division which further led to the growth of

Casey explains the aesthetic philosophy behind their choice

the business. Many of those same sales associates are still here

of JennAir brand refrigerator, stovetop/oven, microwave,

today. We want to distinguish ourselves as industry experts.

dishwasher and washer and dryer set from Queen City Audio

That is why we send our team to manufacturer product trainings.

Video Appliances.

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OPEN HOUSE

(CON TI N U ED)

“WHEN WE REMODELED THE KITCHEN, WE WENT WITH THE CLASSIC STAINLESS STEEL, AND THEN AS YOU SEE ON THE JENNAIR OVEN, IT HAS TOUCHES OF A MATTE BRASS ON THE CONTROLS BECAUSE WHILE WE LIKE NEUTRALS, WE DO PULL IN A LOT OF METALLICS, AND WE PULL A LOT OF TEXTURES INTO OUR DÉCOR. SO WE WENT WITH FINISHES IN THE KITCHEN THAT WOULD PLAY INTO THAT BUT NOT OVERWHELM IT AND NOT LOOK TOO INDUSTRIAL.” —CASEY FERRI

Casey Ferri

“When we remodeled the kitchen, we went with the classic stainless steel, and then as you see on the JennAir oven, it has touches of a matte brass on the controls because while we like neutrals, we do pull in a lot of metallics, and we pull a lot of textures into our décor. So we went with finishes in the kitchen that would play into that but not overwhelm it and not look too industrial.” The technological advancements JennAir appliances offer have also proven their worth in practical function and as a time saver. Both Casey and Eric work full-time and Casey notes, “It’s nice to be able to preheat the oven from my cell phone on my way home.” Commenting on the popularity of the JennAir product line, Roddey Player relates, “JennAir recently went through a relaunch and came out with two new product lines called Rise and Nori. With a tagline like ‘Bound for Nothing,’ they wanted to make a bold statement with their new designs. Our customers like the new look and its new connected home technology.” Queen City Audio Video Appliances has two locations in Charlotte and additional stores in Monroe, Salisbury and Morganton. Plus, the Queen City Home store in Pineville, in addition to appliances, TV/audio, mattresses and grills, also offers home furnishings and design services. Roddey Player, Owner and President of Queen City Audio Video Appliances

To learn more about JennAir products and to view the extensive line of top-quality goods and appliances Queen City Audio Video Appliances offers for your home, visit QueenCityOnline.com today.

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INSPIRED BY

BARBARA MCKAY GIVES THANKS OVERCOMING A YEAR OF CHALLENGES

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ARTICLE MELINDA BURRIS WILLMS


ON JAN. 11, 2018, BARBARA WAS POWER WALKING AT NIGHT AND TRIPPED ON A BROKEN SIDEWALK. She lacerated her face and broke her jaw on both sides. Barbara spent six hours in an emergency room receiving stitches and was told nothing more could be done to address her broken facial bones until the swelling went down in approximately six days. During that time, her jawbones separated further. Barbara recounts how she was in agony when her long-time dentist, Dr. Ross W. Nash of Charlotte Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntersville, called her and told she needed help immediately and asked permission to put her in touch with Dr. Raymond Haigney.  Barbara is extremely thankful to Dr. Haigney who was kind enough to view her X-rays after hours and, shocked at what he saw, immediately sent a car to bring her to the hospital. Emergency surgery was required, which involved a huge incision, re-breaking her jaw, moving nerves and putting her face back together with a combination of plates, screws and more stitches than Carrie Underwood received following her accident. Barbara credits Dr. Nash with restoring her well-known megawatt smile following extensive work that included no less than three dental recalibrations to realign her teeth. Barbara went through three months of partial facial paralysis and then with the prayerful support of friends, strangers and churches near and far, everything miraculously healed. She feels blessed to have been cared for by world-class doctors right here in Charlotte.  One week after her facial and oral surgery, Barbara learned she had breast cancer. Her case happened to be picked up by Dr. Peter Turk, one of the best surgical oncologists in the country. Barbara had to undergo another surgery and radiation but is now cancer-free and confident she experienced a second miracle. However, Barbara’s harrowing year did not end here. She would endure a painful bout of pneumonia, small skin cancer and the death of a beloved cat of 14 years before 2018 ended.  Today, Barbara looks to the future. “It is with such gratitude that I get back to doing things I love and spending time with the people I love.”  Reflecting on the challenges of last year, Barbara describes how incredibly thankful she is for the first-rate medical care she received from doctors Nash, Haigney and Turk and for the kindness of strangers who, upon recognizing her, would greet her with warm well-wishes. Thanks to this wave of positivity, Barbara never doubted she would prevail. For more information on Barbara McKay, visit her lifestyle blog, Barbara McKay

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THANKSGIVING STUFFING OR DRESSING? LET’S SETTLE THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL! From my research, the stuffing versus dressing debate is mainly a geographical matter. Northerners, whether it is stuffed inside the turkey or not, will always call it stuffing. Southerners  will always call it dressing. As long they taste good, who cares! All I know is that I get a great sense of comfort from each, and every time I prepare these “stuffing” recipes (See, I am a Northerner!), I am back in my childhood home in awe of my mother. Oh, and the smells...the beautiful aromas coming from her kitchen during the holiday season. As long they taste good, who cares! Here is my take on the North and South stuffing/ dressing debate. Hope you enjoy! 28

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SAUSAGE STUFFING INGREDIENTS + 2 loaves white bread + 1 package Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage + 3 stalks celery, finely chopped + 1/2 white onion, finely chopped + 1 stick butter, salted + 1 box turkey stock + 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped + 1 egg, beaten + 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt + 1 teaspoon black pepper

D I R E C T I ONS 1. Start by browning the sausage. While the sausage is browning, toast the bread. Once the bread has been toasted, start pulling it apart into pieces in a large deep bowl. 2. Once the sausage has browned, remove from pan, drain any excess grease and place, in batches, in a food processor. Pulse only about three times to break up the sausage. Do not turn into a paste. 3. Heat up the butter, celery and onions in the same pan you browned the sausage. Allow to soften for about 5 to 8 minutes—do not brown. Once the celery and onions have softened, add 2/3 of the box of stock to the pan. I use turkey or chicken stock. Allow to cook for a few minutes then add back the browned sausage. 4. Add the parsley and a dash of salt/pepper to bowl with the toasted bread. Pour the contents in the pan on top of the toasted bread. Incorporate. The mixture should not be dry at this point. If it is, add a bit more stock and mix. Allow the mixture to cool just enough to add one beaten egg. Do not add the egg while it is too hot, or it will scramble. Mix the egg into the mixture. 5. Form into balls, place in a buttered dish and bake on 375 F for about 15 minutes and/or stuff your turkey prior to placing in the oven.

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OYSTER DRESSING INGREDIENTS + 1 pint shucked oysters + 10 to 12 slices country or cornbread + 2 cups chicken broth + 1/2 cup oyster liquor + 4 tablespoons butter + 1 1/2 stalks celery, finely chopped + 1/2 white onion, finely chopped + 1 tablespoon Old Bay + 1 teaspoon kosher salt + 1/2 teaspoon black pepper + 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS 1. Start by toasting the bread. Break toast into pieces in a bowl. As the bread is toasting, heat up the butter, celery and onions in a pan. Allow the vegetables to soften, not brown, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, oyster liquor and Old Bay to the pan. Simmer for about 5 more minutes. 2. Break apart the oysters and add to the pan. Season with salt/pepper. Add in the fresh chopped  parsley. Slowly mix in the toasted bread pieces; you may not need to use all of it. Check the consistency after several handfuls. You do not want the mixture to be too dry or too wet. 3. Spray a 10-inch cast-iron pan with nonstick spray. Add in the dressing mixture and bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes, covered. Uncover and place under broiler for another 1-2 minutes, just enough to brown the top.

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