Fort Mill Magazine FALL 2013

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Fall 2013


Clemson vs Carolina winning game day fashion

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On the Cover


Photographer Joseph Bradley came to Fort Mill Magazine with an idea in mind for our Game Day Fashion shoot. He saw upscale clothing themed for rivaling colleges here in South Carolina, styled by Whitley Adkins Hamlin, in a tailgating atmosphere that we just fell in love with. So with our ideas and expectations in mind, we packed up camp and went to Fort Mill High School’s football stadium to shoot. The sun slowly fell over the horizon as the photo shoot continued, and Joseph captured image after image and gave us some of the best shots Fort Mill Magazine has ever seen. The cover photo features models: Madison Hill and Mike Kimel from Marilyn’s Model and Talent Management. Special thanks to Dolce Lusso Salon & Spa for providing Hair & Makeup on location. Go to page 56 to see more of this FANtastic photo shoot.


Here the models are having fun showing a little team rivalry in fashion inspired by Carolina garnet and Clemson orange. Models (L to R) Megan Pinckney (Miss South Carolina USA 2013), Madison Hill, Emma Claris, Katrina Chief.


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around town


local folks


nibbles & bits


fine living






to your health


good eats




southern style


inspired thought


Explore the Fort Mill Farmers Market and all the quality vendors

Meet Ms. Betty Thomas


Learn about double duty dogs and gourmet doggy treats

Peek inside a designer dorm room and peruse local architecture

Get to know Erik and Lindsey Ozimek as they share the success


Marvel on a trip to Vietnam

Changing type 2 diabetes, brain games, and gluten free living

Millstone Pizza and Taphouse, and bacon, bacon, bacon


Catch the coffee craze and revel in a new scent

Game day fashion and the sound of Honeysuckle Ridge

Let us be thankful for the splendor of Thanksgiving


From the Publishers

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. ~Walt Disney Photo by Jessica Yarab-Watt


It’s our anniversary issue and we celebrate three years of showcasing the beauty of Fort Mill through the pages of this publication. What a wonderful journey and it still continues to amaze us. This town and its inhabitants are in constant change... developing, creating, and growing. As the legendary innovator Walt Disney once said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” Not only do we have a vibrant place to call home, we have the people!

were so moved by his message, we decided to do something a little unconventional with his photo shoot. You won’t forget his motto, “Better, Not Perfect!” You’ll be challenged with brain grames and educated on gluten free in TO YOUR HEALTH.

We enjoy spotlighting those people in LOCAL FOLKS and this time we feature Ms. Betty Thomas. We highlight the farmers market and the quality vendors you’ll find there every Saturday. We focus on double duty dogs in NIBBLES & BITS and gourmet treats for that canine you couldn’t live without. We also peek inside a Winthrop dorm room with a designer twist and peruse a notable architectural firm.

As always, we strive for the best community-rich content to tempt your senses. We are more than just a print publication. Enjoy our digital magazine, our web content, and lively podcasts. We are social, too. Join us online!

You’ll meet a successful young couple in WEALTH and take a real look at “Identity Thief.” Explore the exotic beauty of Vietnam in TRAVEL. It is truly breathtaking! Then, meet Thom Zwawa, a local man making big impact in the world with his campaign to put an end to type 2 diabetes. We


Our foodies are at it again in GOOD EATS. Pizza, beer, and bacon! Need we say more? If that’s not enough, INDULGE brings you coffee and perfume. SOUTHERN STYLE takes it home with game day fashion and the sounds of Honeysuckle Ridge.

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Around Town

Fort Mill Farmers Market

Text Amanda Jennings Photos by Joseph Bradley


Summer heat, sunshine, neighbors, and local vendors—these are the kinds of things you will never fully experience in the box setting of a commercial grocery store. In 2012, more than 7,500 farmers markets were USDA registered and in 2013, Fort Mill joined the ranks. The Fort Mill Economic Council organized the new farmers market. FMEC members and market administrators David Ward, Wink Rae, Louis Roman, and Rudy Sanders take turns each weekend overseeing the event, interacting with local consumers, and checking on the vendors. According to the market coordinator Louis Roman, the effort has been well worth it. Within the past five years, farmers markets have become an important part of the economy throughout the United States for obvious reasons: they benefit the local economy, help retain local farmland, and eliminate competition with outside imports. It gives farmers and growers a way to generate income locally, and conscientious buyers can feel good in the knowledge that every dollar they spend is money that stays in the community. Here in Fort Mill, the farmers market has already begun to effectively add value to the community. Our local market was inspired by the success of other markets across the country that all have one thing in common—tremendous benefit to the community. Farmers markets are cropping up all across the United States, showing rapid growth with every quarter. Projects like these are almost a surefire way to stimulate the local economy. This local project started out small with only a handful of vendors, but every week has continued to grow. At full strength, it will boast over 60 vendors with demonstration kitchens to show customers


how to prepare food so it goes straight from the garden to the table. Another goal of the local farmers market is to help adapt local folks to working with new produce that they may have not prepared before. So, why shop in a farmers market? Along with providing a great shopping experience, it opens up new options in the community. It takes the shopper out of the big commercial setting and creates a platform for social activity—getting to know your neighbors as well as your local farmers and growers. It’s a smart shopping experience, because it eliminates questions about where the produce comes from and also promotes healthy eating choices. Everyone can get involved! The Fort Mill Farmers Market is always accepting volunteers. There is an especially great need for market administrators who can be present every Saturday to help manage the market. For more information about volunteering, call 803-547-2116. The dates for the Fort Mill Farmers Market are every Saturday beginning June 29 and ending October 26. Pick up some fresh produce for yourself this weekend, from 8am to 2pm. It’s located in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church, who graciously allowed the Fort Mill Economic Council to facilitate the market there every weekend, at the corner of Confederate and Monroe White Street.

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Special Advertiser’s Section: York County Regional Chamber of Commerce

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< the Chamber attempts to match leaders and opportunities to provide direction to the community, now and for the future > Text by Rob Youngblood, Chamber President During his remarks at the recent grand opening of Rock Hill’s Technology Incubcator @ Knowledge Park, Chamber Board Chairman Jeff Bushardt shared the universal proverb that ‘talkers’ and ‘doers ’ co-exist in our communities. He elaborated by saying we also learn early in life that talk is simple, cheap and easy and that good talkers are plentiful. “Talking about grand ideas is fun and exciting,” he continued, “and while discussion is a necessary step in the process, the result of too much talk is often the downfall of key and far-reaching ideas.” In finishing his point, Bushardt exclaimed that the reason for the day’s gathering of business leaders was clearly not about mere talking but was instead to celebrate the “doing” of (or following through on) an innovative program that would help create local technology-based jobs. Chamber Past Chairman Marvin Smith also spoke on the importance of follow-through as part of his comments presented last year at an event showcasing Fort Mill’s Domtar. As a retired employee, Smith cited Domtar as a prime example for implementing much-discussed manufacturing standards and a new corporate culture. In pointing out the company’s success in both areas, he noted that “walking the talk” was not easy. His conclusion was that, if following through on important ideas was easy, everyone would be doing it. Of course, not many folks actually do so. The theme and practice to which the above trend-setters speak is…direction through leadership. These two leaders have played integral roles in the Chamber’s efforts to provide direction to York County and the region. Direction is one of the definitions of impact, a reference to the work and outcome of this Chamber of Commerce. In its simplest form, direction describes how the Chamber uses resources and opportunities to position the community for success. One of the ways the Chamber provides direction to the community is through leadership development. As a part of the county’s Council of Chambers (which also includes the other three chambers in the county), the Chamber provides direction for two county-wide leadership programs; one specifically for youth called YouLead. This eight-month program is for a select and diverse group of high school students and is designed provide them the tools to develop individual leadership skills, to influence their schools and fellow students, and, ultimately, to contribute to their communities.

On the other hand, the Leadership York County program is committed to developing a group of informed, dedicated and qualified adults who are capable of providing dynamic and progressive leadership for the county. The nine-month program involves activities that illustrate positive leadership opportunities through civic involvement and service to the community. By taking advantage of this unique opportunity for personal and professional development, participants are able to broaden their horizons, make lasting friendships and establish quality business contacts. Other examples of Chamber initiatives that demonstrate how the organization has provided direction in the community include the promotion of school bond referenda, the formation of a “small business council” several years ago, and the formation of strategic partnerships. These are only a few of the many examples, where such efforts often involve massive efforts with multiple layers of internal customers and many working parts that require volunteer assistance and leadership. Chamber boards and committees are made up of volunteer doers from the business community. These leaders walk the talk and aren’t afraid to tackle major projects and tough issues. (Please see photo of the Regional Chamber Board of Directors.) Since its existence, the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce has worked to identify and encourage these and new leaders to step forward and assume active roles and responsibilities. That will continue, as will our efforts to proactively seek meaningful opportunities to provide direction to the region and in business community. Per the example noted in the first paragraph, legendary performer Elvis Pressley also sang (tongue in cheek) of this specific impact theme in his 1968 hit song, “A Little Less Conversation”, where he emphasizes the importance of action (proactive leadership). The song’s lyrics also encouraged folks to greet new ideas with “more spark” and “less fight”, while advocating an approach with “less bark” (talking) and “more bite” (doing, of course). Forty-five years later, this theme and the need for leaders to provide direction still exists. | Fort Mill Office: (803) 547-5900 | Rock Hill Office: (803) 324-7500 Tega Cay Area Council Office: (803) 548-2444 |

From the Mayor

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TOWN OF FORT MILL Dear Readers, The summer is ending and the change of season is an exciting time for the Town of Fort Mill. The fall calendar begins with our annual Fall Festival on October 31st. This family-friendly event always offers an evening of wholesome fun, fellowship and, of course, candy for our younger citizens. It typically draws several thousand attendees and affords a great chance for folks to get acquainted with our steadily developing downtown business area. We’re also happy to announce the return of Art on Main. Long a signature event for the town, this project took a hiatus of several years. In the Fort Mill History Museum Board, we’ve found a group of people with the will and resources to help revive this amazing opportunity for local artists and artisans. A gala event will be held on October 4 from 7pm-10pm at the Knight’s stadium to fundraise for the Art On Main and Fort Mill History Museum effort. Tickets are currently on sale. If you’re interested, call 803802-3646. On the business front, over the past year, most of the key indicators that municipalities use to measure growth, items like building permits and business licenses, are trending upward. Given this, and barring anything unforeseen, we’re optimistic that our local economy appears to be improving. We’re currently winding up

our budget cycle and all indications are that we’ll be submitting a balanced budget and finishing the year with a small surplus in our general fund. Now, we’ll be shifting our focus to a discussion of the rebranding and marketing of the Town of Fort Mill. We all know we live in an amazing place and we’re resolved to do a better, more proactive job of packaging our story and getting it in front of commercial business prospects. This process will involve taking an inventory of the things that make our town special, identifying our particular marketing niche and developing a strategy for promoting us to potential businesses. We’re looking forward to all of these exciting events and changes in our near future. Feel free to visit our website and Facebook pages to keep in touch with the goings-on around the town. We encourage your questions and feedback. Kindest Regards, Danny Funderburk Mayor Town of Fort Mill

Local Folks


Ms .Bet t y and Ozzie

Spend an hour with Elizabeth Barron Mills Thomas, “Betty” and it will become clear why she is lovingly referred to as the “Jewel” of Fort Mill. Her stories are filled with the rich history and charm of her beloved small hometown of Fort Mill, South Carolina. Betty grew up in the quaint house on Confederate Street which is now home to Savannah’s Room, a lovely tea room. The only one of it’s kind in the area. When I asked Betty if she wanted her birth date in my article, I loved her answer. She said, “Well, I don’t mind! I’m just glad to be here!” She was born on April 18th, 1932. She remembers Fort Mill as a town where, “Everyone knew each other and were friends. Everyone helped each other out...there was no fear and no one even locked their doors.” She said kids played outside from sun up until sun down. All of the moms would pack lunches for their children, so they could ride their bikes to the old Unity Cemetary for a picnic and a day of fun and games. Betty vividly remembers the jubilant celebration on Main Street in Fort Mill as the end of World War II was announced. She said, “It was such a happy time. People were hugging and cheering and church bells were ringing all over town.” It was 1945 and she was 13 years old. As the only child of J.B. Mills Jr. and Lib Mills, both Fort Mill


Text by Lori MacLeod Photos by Emily Wyatt

celebrities in their own way, Betty graduated from Fort Mill High School in 1950. There were 41 students in her class, many of whom took a 50th anniversary cruise together to the Bahamas. Being the daughter of two well known Fort Mill characters, Betty says she had a wonderful childhood. She loves to talk about some of the hilarious antics of her parents. Her father was in the hardware business and was known for saying, “If I don’t have it, you don’t need it!” This and many of his famous quotes adorn the walls at the Fort Mill History Museum in a room the family donated and dedicated to the man himself called the J.B. Mills Museum Gift Shop. Betty says her mother was a wonderful woman and a dedicated teacher who also taught Sunday school for many years. Betty went on to graduate from Winthrop University in 1954 and would become a teacher, just like her mother. She truly believes that she was born to teach and did so for a total of 32 years, 25 of them teaching her favorite: the 5th grade. Two of her former students went on to become well known Fort Mill Leaders: Mayor Danny Funderburk and Chief of Police, Jeff Helms. She makes it a priority to stay in touch with many of her former students and says reminiscing brings her great joy. After meeting Ms. Betty...I trust that staying in touch with HER is most likely her former student’s priority as well. Betty was married to Bud Thomas, a Celanese

I love life. I love family. I love people. And, I love Fort Mill. I have had a wonderful, wonderful life.

production of “The Sound of Music”. She has been a soloist at First Baptist Church in Fort Mill for many years and also enjoyed teaching Sunday school there for years. In 2012, Betty could be seen waving to her adoring fans as the Grand Marshall of the Fort Mill Christmas Parade.

Pilot, for 55 years until he passed away last year. Betty said, “Bud was an amazing man!” She smiles as she talks about his delightful personality and charming wit. Together they had one daughter, Laura Thomas and two granddaughters, Ana Kate, 11 and Bella, 8. She proudly showed Laura’s talent for pottery art with her pieces displayed around her charming home and pointed out pictures of her beautiful granddaughters. She and Bud also shared a love for pets. Betty said their dog Ozzie and cat Abigail brought Bud great comfort in his final years. Betty loves to sing and says one of her greatest memories was when she played Mother Superior in a local

My children and I were delighted and honored to spend time with Betty Mills Thomas. She paints a picture with words of what she refers to as “The delightfully small town of Fort Mill”. When asked what her one wish for Fort Mill’s future would be she said, “I would love for Fort Mill to retain the small town spirit.” I asked what she would like for everyone to know about her and she said, “I love life! I love family! I love people! And, I love Fort Mill! I have had a wonderful, wonderful life!” Well Ms. Betty, people love you back and Fort Mill is a wonderful place with you in it! You truly are the “Darling” of Fort Mill.

Lori MacLeod Lori is a freelance writer and television producer. She is mother of Carly, 17, a Nation Ford High School Senior and twins Ryan and Sarah, 12, both 7th graders at Fort Mill Middle School.



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If you’re like me, every time you see a dog, you stop, pet it, maybe even talk to it, and certainly admire it. All dogs are cool; with the exception of maybe those ChEEwawa things. Okay, I guess in their own right, even them, too. Upon visual inspection, it quickly becomes apparent that most breeds of dog are built for a purpose. This is certainly the case with the family known as hunting dogs. Built for speed and endurance, these animals are poetry in motion when at full gate. For many dog aficionados, there is no more a stunning sight than a Hungarian Wire-haired Vizsla or a liver spotted English Pointer working through an upland field. Equally as attractive when lounging around the living room, many of these same dogs make great friends for the home. Maybe your need is more for a couch companion than a partner to find and retrieve a grouse.

Choosing your new best friend can depend on many factors such as color, size, an energetic or easy going demeanor, and even the size of the vet bill that comes along with them. Regardless of your choice, hunting or retriever dogs are amazingly loyal and usually very family friendly. Having grown up with an English Labrador Retriever as


a nanny, I can vouch for the unmatched love a good dog has for his family.

Whether your hunting dog earns his supper by retrieving a Hungarian partridge or retrieving the remote, they will quickly become a fixture in the family Christmas photos. It is true what they say, that any dog worth having is far more a member of the family than simple pet. Hunting dog breeds have an allure their own that any other breed is hard pressed to match. And trust me when I tell you, each and every one comes equipped, from birth, with that adorable set of puppy dog eyes and a certain emotional skill set that entitles them to whatever they want. This includes the leftovers‌ and two-thirds of the bed.

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These days, it seems like every major dog food brand boasts “all natural ingredients” while admonishing the corn meal and byproduct formulas of the past, when pet owners were seemingly less enlightened about the importance of our pups’ nutrition. This wasn’t always the case, and finding organic and nutritional treats for our furry family members wasn’t always an easy feat for Charlotte-area residents. For those of us who love our dogs more than life itself, the Canine Café is a special place to indulge even the pickiest treat-snobs (or for those who have food allergies that cannot be remedied by the commercial brands). Evidenced by the volume of customer recommendations and satisfied canines, it is impossible to overlook the positive effect this business is having on the pet community of Charlotte and the surrounding area. Barbara and Meredith, co-owners of this sweet canine bakery, diligently bake all of their dog treats in-house. Barbara’s frustration with the unavailability of healthy, alternative dog foods was the catalyst for the start-up of her business. In 1995, she began baking

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organic dog treats to provide a healthy alternative to conscientious pet owners. Her first boutique opened in 1997 in Pineville, NC. Later, she partnered up with Meredith, inspired by Barbara’s innovation while in the midst of her own journey to up the ante


in her own dog’s diet. Now, Barbara is largely credited with jumpstarting the pet industry movement in our area. So why do the locals keep coming back for more? The personal attention the staff pays to every customer’s needs is a big part of the success of this business. Personalization when dealing with the individual needs of every pet Barbara and Meredith encounter is key to creating healthiness and happiness for both dog and owner. This boutique even has its own do-it-yourself doggie spa. The Canine Café also makes strides to keep the community alive with fun events for pets and the promotion of healthy nutrition. Events are also a great way to get to know your neighbors and meet up with other pups for fun play-dates. The Canine Café’s Facebook page is chock full of happy reviews, along with the promotion of other local pet boutiques and services. Getting involved with the network of pet businesses Barbara and Meredith have helped promote opens the door to almost any kind of service your pet may require. The staff at the bakery also uses their platform to advocate for dogs in need. Check out their page to read all the wonderful comments and see the photos of local pups indulging in gourmet treats. The Canine Café is located at 125 Remount Road, Unit A, in Charlotte. Gather up your best friend and go visit Barbara and Meredith today! Check out their webpage at to see examples of their special “Pawty Cakes” and photos of the DIY dog spa. With so many special activities designed for your furry family members, this little specialized café is a must-see.

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Decorating Your Dorm Text by Jane Ann Maxwell


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For me, creating a calming and warm space where I could grab some quiet time, whether it is to study, read, or relax became critical.


Julia Woodside, Senior Interior Design Program Winthrop University



Back-to-school for college students means more than just grabbing books, paper, and pens; it often means creating a living space in a dorm room or in off-campus housing. When you are a senior in the interior design program at Winthrop University like Julia Woodside, that idea takes on a very special significance. Julia was ready for a private space when a small room in an older home off-campus became available. She decided to create a warm, comfortable, and functional haven against the stresses and pressures that come with an active college life. Julia is not only a senior in the strenuous design program, she is also her sorority president. “For me, creating a calming and warm space where I could grab some quiet time, whether it is to study, read, or relax became critical,� said Julia. It is evident that someone in the design field has managed the space. The layout offers a place to rest and a place to work. The small space is thoughtfully furnished with organizational pieces that help Julia keep things neat and tidy. A rich, warm camel color gives the space a bit more of a mature feeling while sorority mementos and a zebra print bedcover helps to keep the space young and collegiate. Julia has incorporated some do-it-yourself projects; from adding ribbon to the front of her desk drawers and a frame, to a fabric covered bulletin board. A lot of attention went into the details of the room. Julia shares that she has spent less than $1000 to make the room work for her, and many of the pieces will move on into her first post-college apartment. Dorm rooms and apartments can be a challenge to design, but with a thoughtful organizational plan, attention to creating work and rest zones, and bringing your personality in through accessories and color, these spaces can be a real homeaway-from-home. Just ask Julia Woodside!

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The front door of the offices at Pursley Dixon Architectural firm in uptown Charlotte creates an expectation that does not disappoint. Rustic barn wood wraps the entrance from floor to ceiling in a vestibule that leads to a contemporary frosted glass door with stainless steel hardware. The combination of rustic and modern is purposeful as it introduces the story of the Pursley Dixon philosophy. The interior of the firm is no less impressive with floor to ceiling windows that offer a vista from the 27th floor. Again, rustic and contemporary combine with an effect that is reminiscent of an art gallery or spa environment; pleasing, quiet, and inspiring. This office truly reflects the philosophy of principle architect Ken Pursley. Ken believes that modern architecture has given us a lot of ugly, nonrelevant buildings and he is determined to counter that with beautiful and functional work. He quotes the ancient architect Vitruvius who said buildings should “be firm, have commodity, and delight”. Firm has to do with the solid structure that will last over the course of time. Commodity speaks to function, and the filling of the need. Delight applies to the beauty, an element that Pursley would like to see the entire industry place more emphasis on creating. Ken Pursley started his love of architecture by building model train sets as a child. In high school he won a national drafting competition and got his first job with an architectural firm. As a student, Pursley was chosen to join elite students from around the world to work at

Minocosee National in Fredericksburg Virginia documenting the historic homes there. He loved the detail and the design of these older structures and incorporates many of those elements in his current work. A preservationist theme taken from this experience applies to much of Pursley Dixon’s work, and the use of different materials combining rustic and modern is seen throughout the firm’s portfolio. Many of the residences that Pursley Dixon creates are very large in scale, yet Pursley is quick to share that to keep the homes from overwhelming the human scale, they break down big houses into an assemblage of smaller ones. Pursley says, “We try to weave a sense of balance and manage scale. We create homes that hug the earth and reach for the sky all in the same elevation.” Pursley also shares that he is enjoying some smaller scaled projects, the idea of less square footage but with a “real jewel box” attention to luxury details. Craig Dixon is the other principle in the firm. He has been working with Ken Pursley for the last ten years and both men felt like it made sense for them to partner. The firm is enjoying projects countrywide, but wants to grow at a slow pace. Pursley says, “I want to grow slowly, so that as we expand we have the talent, processes, and structure in place to promote that growth.” The philosophy of this firm is also its passion and it is evident, and consistent, from the front door all the way through the residences that they have influenced in our community.

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What does SUCCESS mean to you? As the legendary Coach John Wooden said, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” Undoubtedly, we want to succeed in all that we do. Sometimes that has meant trying to finish #1, win the championship, attain the medal, win the prize, get the promotion, make the money, etc. But in reflecting on true success, authentic fulfillment comes from being able to say that absolutely everything within our control was done – in EVERY area of our lives: personally, professionally, relationally, spiritually, financially, etc. How did you come to your current business? Nearly 4 years ago, I received a phone call from a family that Lindsey and I have the utmost respect and admiration for. They shared with us the ACN vehicle. How should an entrepreneur go about selecting a business? Follow your heart. It is vital to do something you are passionate about, or something that will allow you to achieve your end goal in mind. Then, be fanatical about the details. What are the qualities needed to succeed in business? Vision, commitment, coach-ability, the right track to run on, leadership and a huge why. As Mr. Jim Rohn has said, “When the prize is big enough, the price doesn’t matter.” Similarly, when the why gets powerful, the how to doesn’t matter. If someone has a coachable spirit, a drive to win, a compelling why, and a coach committed to providing the leadership and direction, success is inevitable. What mistakes should be avoided by novice businesspeople? Be discerning from whom you seek business advice. Guard your mind and know that there are dream stealers lurking. What did you do before your current business? Prior to ACN, we were both soccer players and soccer coaches. We both played collegiately and professionally. Lindsey had an extensive career with the US National Team. After numerous injuries, we transitioned from player to coach. We started a soccer business – a soccer school, which we owned and operated alongside a business partner. How has your quality of life changed since changing careers? Our quality of life has totally transformed. Above all of the material wealth, knowing that time and money don’t have to be independent, but through ACN, can actually be mutually acquired is in and of itself, refreshing, invigorating, and comforting. Up until ACN, there was a perpetual cycle of worry about the past and fear of the future. With ACN, we have found ourselves focusing on where we Hair and makeup provided by Caroline Simmons



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are going, what we are going to do, where we are going to go, who we are going to help, what involvement we can have within our church. Instead of getting through the day, we are fired up to see what we can get out of the day. Name the top 3 books you have read. The Bible. The Final Summit by Andy Andrews. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. What is your favorite part of your ACN business? Being in an environment that promotes, fosters, cultivates and embodies excellence, drive, ambition, and integrity. ACN is the epitome of providing the ideal atmosphere for human potential. I absolutely love seeing the transformation that occurs when someone – anyone – comes in the ACN culture and realizes that the dreams they put on hold or the goals they gave up can in fact be achieved. Self-esteem and self-worth are massive problems with why more people don’t achieve their life goals…ACN provides the perfect blend of leadership, competitiveness, ingenuity, and integrity for someone to become the person that they need to become to get what they always dreamed about having. What things should the budding entrepreneur focus on? Master the mundane. Commit to personal development / growth every day. Read at least 10 pages of a good book each day. Listen to at least 20 minutes of a good speaker/author/leader every day. Get awesome at the basics. Seek counsel and wisdom from someone who has been there, done it, and had success. Follow through. I heard SVP George Zalucki say, “Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do long after the mood you

said it in has left you.” How do you relax? Walking with my wife, Lindsey. We love shows and sports games – movies, and Broadway musicals. We also love the water – going on the lake, to the beach, and swimming are favorites for us. What qualities do you value most in people? Integrity. Transparency. Authenticity. I love people who wear their heart on their sleeve and who don’t apologize about being excited about life. Most of winning is being passionate and excited. What is one misconception people have about you? That everything is always great. We experience the ups and downs and hardships just like everyone else. However, we have learned over time that it is about how you respond to adversity that creates a champion. What kind of people do you like to work with? Passionate, loving, selfless, humble people. We love working with people who truly want to win. People that want to swim against the current. People who want to transform, not conform. Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career. Achieving the position of Regional Vice President. The promotion was euphoric. The people that we have been able to meet through this business is worth more than any dollar we’ve gained. Seeing a group of people, unify, rally behind us, and support us was one of the most gratifying and moving experiences of my life.


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The film begins with Sandy Patterson receiving a call from a woman who claims that someone has tried to steal his identity. She offers him identity theft protection and Sandy is happy to accept. All that is needed to activate the protection is a little information – his name, date of birth, and social security number. A naïve Sandy shares the requested information with the woman, who is actually Diana the identity thief, and PRESTO! Clueless Sandy is about to experience a world of hurt. Diana has actually just engaged in the crime of vishing in order to gather data for stealing Sandy’s identity. Vishing is 100% real and occurs a lot more than people would like to believe. Vishing is the criminal act of using a confidence trick over the telephone to access private financial and personal data from someone for the purpose of financial reward. In fact, I myself was almost the victim of a real life vishing scam just 2 weeks ago. Keep in mind that, as a credit expert, I have over a decade of experience in helping people to fix identity theft nightmares. However, the would-be-scammer who called me was so good that the warning bells did not go off in my mind until about 5 minutes into the conversation – right around the time

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The film, Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy is a hilarious comedy which tells a story about a man whose identity is stolen by a woman. The film chronicles the side-splitting shenanigans of McCarthy’s character, Diana, as she finances her extravagant lifestyle by stealing the identity of Bateman’s character, Sandy Patterson. In truth, you can learn some lessons from this comedy which might help you to protect yourself from falling victim to a real-life identity thief. Spoiler alert! Trust me, most identity thieves are not as compassionate as the film’s Diana and they will not help you put your life back together after their bad deeds have destroyed your financial reputation.

I was asked for my credit card number. Thankfully, I noticed a few warning signs, which I will share, that kept me from giving away sensitive financial information and becoming the scammer’s next victim. Had Sandy Patterson known these warning signs, he probably would not have fallen victim to Diana either. Alas, had he not fallen victim, then the viewers would have missed out on 111 minutes of an entertaining game of cat and mouse.

Vishing Scam Warning Signs

1. The call is inbound – not a call which you initiated. 2. The caller speaks quickly or weaves an elaborate story about a “problem” or an “offer.” 3. The caller asks you for any sensitive information – personal or financial. Protect yourself! Be very slow to share personal or financial information with anyone on the phone – especially if you did not initiate the call yourself. If you are called by your bank or a company you have a relationship with already, hang up the phone and call the company’s published number directly. In my story, when I called the company directly, they were able to verify that no one named Evan worked there and he certainly was not authorized to call and request my credit card number.

Michelle Black As a credit expert and seminar speaker with 10+ years of credit industry experience, Michelle’s articles discuss credit issues important to today’s consumer. Contact her at 803-548-5548 or at



Vietnam Text by Ellen Rauchhaus


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Just a few years ago, Vietnam still conjured up all the terrible pictures of the Vietnam War. But since 1990, when it opened its doors to tourism, a lot has changed. The children of the former colonies from Japan, France, and of course the US started to come back to Vietnam, exploring the beauty and culture of this country. Vietnam is a land in the Asian region that is still largely untouched by mass tourism, other than its neighbor Thailand.

behind) and meet the locals playing chess or just discussing the news. The center is the old town with its small alleys and bargainers on the sidewalks of the streets. Streets are named after the goods that have been sold here for a long time. Hang Ca is the street of seafood. Hang Bo is where you can get wicker baskets. In Hang Buom, canvas can be ordered and you go to Hang Non for a new hat. Or, explore Hang Hom for a custom casket.

Meet people who interact with the foreign traveler with such an openness and curiosity, which is pretty astonishing with the background of that country’s history. You can explore coastlines that are still untouched, deep green rice fields as well as citadels that are thousands of years old and not to forget the beautiful fauna. Although traveling can be challenging sometimes, a trip to Vietnam is always worthwhile. This is where the real Indochina can be found. The best time to travel there is between November and March. The southern part can still be very humid, but hey, being from Fort Mill, South Carolina, we know how to handle humidity, right?

Numerous restaurants, bars, and snack bars can be found everywhere. The old town houses are very narrow, tall, and up to 80 yards wide to accommodate a lot of families, but also give them a street front location. A lot of them were built in the 19th century with sand, chalk, and sugar cane molasses.

Hanoi is the capital and compared to hectic Saigon a much calmer place to visit. Tons of lakes, parks, and monuments such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, or the infamous prison that American POWs sarcastically dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. You will find a lot of French influence throughout the city: the style of the buildings, the way people dress, even the delicious French baked treats. Go to the banks of the Hoan Kiem Lake (which means sword that is left


An excursion to Ha Long Bay is a must and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ha Long Bay and its beauty can best be explored aboard a traditional wooden junk. Have you seen the musical Miss Saigon? If so, you will know what an Asian metropolis has to offer. Streets with 8 lanes, tons of mopeds, cabs, buses, and cykos as they call the rickshaws here. Approximately four million people live and work here. Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City (but the locals still call it Saigon) is an industrial, cultural and educational hub, but still retains vestiges of its colonial past. The former Presidential Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Cho Lon (China Town) or the Thien Hau Pagoda are well worth a visit.

Away from the cities and into the Mekong Delta, you’ll find Song Cee Long, (river of the nine dragons) as the Vietnamese call it because of its many arms. The Mekong Delta in the south of Vietnam is mainly green. Only a few miles south of Saigon, the road to the past begins. Water buffalos seem to lazily walk their way through the fields; a herder is chasing his loudly cackling gaggle of geese and the daily life of the farmers centers around only one thing, rice! That’s why the Mekong Delta is also called the rice chamber of Vietnam. Seventy percent of the Vietnamese people work on farms. The many arms of the Mekong River help to pump water into the ditches around the rice fields. From there, the water gets to the fields bucket by bucket. Later on, the fields get drained and dry up and the harvesting of the rice can begin. The harvested rice is then laid out on vinyl for drying. All of this is done without hand!

Only a few miles south of Saigon, the road to the past begins. If you are a connoisseur of Asian food, this is the right place to travel and enjoy the mouth watering dishes the Vietnamese cuisine has to offer. Mostly served, of course with rice. Side note: every time I crave Vietnamese food at home, I visit Asian Roll & Grill on Stonecrest Blvd. off 160 in Fort Mill. Their Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and Summer Rolls are to die for. Everywhere you go, there are laughing and waving people that want to greet and welcome the “long noses” – this is what the locals call us Westerners –for obvious reasons. You can travel through Vietnam by backpack, take a guided tour, or travel very comfortably on a river cruise. Several river cruise companies offer Vietnam and Cambodia, such as AmaWaterways. They offer a 16 day cruise of Vietnam, Cambodia, the riches of the Mekong from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Looking for fun and adventure? The Fort Mill Magazine Travel Club is the best way to find adventure while traveling and meeting other locals who love to travel. Membership is easy and affordable, and you can enjoy exclusive benefits and handpicked travel destinations. The Fort Mill Magazine Travel Club is planning a Vietnam, Cambodia river cruise in 2015. Seats are limited. Sign up for the Fort Mill Magazine Travel Club via travel_club.

Ellen Rauchhaus Ellen Rauchhaus is a Fort Mill Magazine Travel Club expert and the owner of TripDesign. A native European and a travel consultant for nearly twenty years, Ellen is a river cruise specialist and enjoys helping others plan the trip of their dreams. Let Ellen design your next trip by calling (248) 982-4547 or email


To Your Health

Better Not Perfect


Text by Ann Woodruff Newton

This year, a brutal killer will creep into homes around the globe destroying millions of lives. Only one person can stop it...YOU! In the time it took you to read that one sentence, another person died from type 2 diabetes. Every ten seconds, two more people are diagnosed. Type 2 diabetes is now at pandemic levels around the globe. Taking no favorites, it targets the poor, the rich, the old, and even the young. Type 2 diabetes is no longer a faceless disease. Victims are in every family, every city, and every country and comprised of every race, every religion, and all nationalities. Everyone you know knows someone with type 2 diabetes. It is the most common type of diabetes. About 90-95% of people with diabetes have type 2 (T2D). One such person is Thom Zwawa, a 48 year old husband and father who fought type 2 diabetes and won the war. Thom is not just a survivor. Thom is a victor and he wants to share his victory with every other person who is fighting to live with this dreaded enemy. Raised in Buffalo, NY, Thom has always battled weight issues. In high school, he plunged into athletics, lost weight, and was recognized for his sports abilities. Later on as a manager in the restaurant/nightclub industry, he indulged freely and his body suffered. He went through a cycle of being overweight, then losing it, again and again. Yo-Yo dieting took its toll. Seven years ago, he was over 300 pounds, diagnosed with T2D, and faced the harsh reality of all type 2 diabetics – the prospect of losing his eyesight, a foot, a kidney, or his life. That was seven years ago. Thom took control and recaptured his


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health. You don’t have to be wealthy to be healthy. You can simply be Better Not Perfect®! Thom implemented some very simple lifestyle changes that put his T2D in remission and reversed his obesity. Thom is now an international fitness chef, professional trainer, and fitness nutrition coach. Thom’s global mission is to save lives. He feels that nothing currently implemented to fight this pandemic problem is working successfully since the problem continues to worsen. With the most impressive array of facts and figures seared into his mind, Thom can recite diabetes statistics with mind-blowing ease and accuracy. The bottom line stat is this: “If no action is taken, the number of type 2 diabetics will grow from the 2012 total of 371 million to nearly a billion by 2033. T2D is expected to cripple every healthcare system on the planet,” Thom explained. Endorsed by the Ohio State Medical and


Thom Zwawa is a survivor of type 2 diabetes, an international fitness chef, a professional trainer, a fitness nutrition coach and the founder of Type2 Diabetes Association, LLC, Operation Type2, LLC (L3C), World Type2 Diabetes Foundation, Fitness de Cuisine, LLC, and Entertainment South, LLC. To learn more about Thom Zwawa, go to If you wish to hire Thom for an appearance, offer sponsorship backing, or donate money to this cause, please contact him at 704-534-7200 or


“If we strive for perfection, we’re setting ourselves up for failure. The only way to make permanent changes to our busy lives is in finding simple solutions.” visual cookbook titled Better Food-Better For You® offering 52 recipes that he created himself and prepares with his trademark enthusiastic, infectious energy. He understands what people really want to eat. Thom basically takes your food and gives it back to you in a healthier version.

Diabetes Research Center, Thom’s global campaign Operation Type2 targets anyone with type 2 diabetes, anyone border-line type 2, and everyone that wants to prevent it. His message of education will spread across the country and around the world in numerous ways: in seminars where people will learn how to treat it, into the operating rooms where a patient (too long in denial) can no longer save their leg, into the cemeteries where families will bury their loved ones, and into living rooms where birthday parties are held and family members cajole the type 2 with “just a little piece of cake won’t hurt.” Operation Type2 is a hard-hitting, tough look at a serious problem. A problem that will needlessly devour well over 3,500,000 lives this year. peration Type2 is a campaign of awareness, education, and media O integration designed to motivate and empower people with type 2, as well as those with pre-type 2, to take back control and learn to live a better life. There can be victory in this fight and Thom wants people to know that there is guidance, inspiration, and hope available to them. Inspired to share his successful journey, Thom developed a proven system of food and fitness that can help anyone with the desire to reclaim their health. In 2011, he published a comprehensive,

Better Food-Better For You® offers a realistic approach to everyday eating that is quick, simple, cost-effective, and through simple substitutions, a much improved, more nutritious way to live. Many of the recipes are Better Not Perfect® versions of the comfort foods we all love; namely, Deep Fried Chicken Tenders, Chicken Parmesan, Mexican Pizza, Baja Fish Tacos, Nachos Grande, plus everyone’s favorite: Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, which actually do taste like the most famous ones. You’ll see how easy it is to make lifestyle changes that everyone in your family will greatly appreciate. Thom’s motto, Better Not Perfect®, supports his global mission: “If we strive for perfection, we’re setting ourselves up for failure. The only way to make permanent changes to our busy lives is in finding simple solutions.” Thom’s system accomplishes this through quick, easy, low-cost substitutions; replacing unhealthy ingredients with better ingredients such as 2% cheese, whole grains instead of white flour, and lean meats (90% lean/10% fat rather than 70% lean/30% fat). He also replaces trans-fats and saturated fats with healthy, high omega fats such as Smart Balance oils, avocados, almonds, salmon, and legumes. By taking all the foods we normally eat and improving them ever so slightly, a Type2 diabetic can live a long and much tr life. Turn your destiny around by taking Zwawa’s One Day Challenge and remember, fitness starts in the kitchen!

Ann Woodruff Newton Founder of NewtonPromotions, Ann lives in Tega Cay, SC. Ann loves talented people and provides entertainment management services. For more information, contact her at or 704-614-3219.


Brain Games A

Alzheimer’s and dementia are two words we hear more often with each passing day. Statistics tell us ten percent of individuals age sixty-five or over have Alzheimer’s. That is startling news. However, fifty percent of individuals in the United States age eighty-five or over have been diagnosed with this life-changing disease. One in five families in the United States is caring for someone with dementia. In the next ten years, that statistic will change to one in two families. The question begs to be asked, “What can we do to preserve the brain?” While there are many products that claim huge success rates in slowing dementia or even stopping Alzheimer’s, most

Text by Carol Howell progressed, the sequencing became more difficult to follow, and this caused a sudden drop in my skill level.

Why do we care about these games? Our brains are made up of one hundred billion neurons and one hundred trillion branches. The neurons connect to each other to form synapses. When we learn something new - like a foreign language, or challenge the brain with brain games - new neurons are formed. The tighter the neurons become, the more synapses are formed, and the quicker our ability to recall new information will become. While there is no magic cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s, it is

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of these products are merely out to claim a large portion of your spendable dollars. However, brain games are an excellent way to build neurons in the brain. I recently spent some time on the computer playing many of these brain games. I came away from the first experience feeling pretty good about myself. It seems I have the brain age of a 31 year old. Considering I am 52, that made me smile. However, the next time I played, I had rapidly advanced in my brain age. I was now operating at the skill and accuracy level of an 84 year old. Oh my! What happened? Being able to remember the square, triangle, circle, and oval sequence in the first screen was important when the second screen was missing one of those shapes. Quickly, I recognized the oval was missing. Points were scored! YEAH! However, as the game


advantageous to our brain’s health to play games that stimulate the mind. If you are looking for on-line versions, I recommend This website offers a free version and a monthly fee version of the games that will help the mind think more quickly, the eye to be more observant, and the hand-eye coordination level to become more ready for quick change. Brain games! What are you feeding your brain?

Carol Howell Carol L. Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist and Placement Specialist, Endorsed Life Coach with an emphasis on Music Therapy, public speaker, and published author. Her book LET’S TALK DEMENTIA — A Caregiver’s Guide is available,, and at her website

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Gluten-free: Is it right for you?

Text by Bree Ziegler


As the topic of gluten-free becomes increasingly popular, it leaves many people wondering whether this is the latest fad diet, or a truly successful way to improve health and to lose weight. Others may have no idea what gluten is and how to even begin to go “glutenfree”. Here are a few simple ways to understand gluten, how to test if gluten-free is right for you, and how to get started. So, what is gluten anyway? Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue”) is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture. Foods made from grains such as wheat, barley, and spelt contain gluten, so that includes but is not limited to breads, pasta, pastries, cakes, cookies, crust, and flour tortillas. For those with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, eating any of these foods can result in negative symptoms. There are two different types of gluten intolerance. Some people are diagnosed with celiac disease by their doctor through lab testing and symptom-based assessments. Other people are suspected to have gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. Both, result in an inflammatory response in the body when gluten is ingested which results in a variety of symptoms, such as nausea, gastrointestinal upset or constipation, bloating, chronic fatigue, irritability, joint pain, fluid retention or depression. According to the Center of Celiac Disease at the University of Maryland, 1 in every 132 people in America has celiac disease and up to 1 in 7 people have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.


There is a simple way to test whether “gluten-free” may be right for you. It’s called the “gluten elimination diet”. Simply eliminate foods containing gluten for seven days. Around day six, take note of how you feel. Do you have more energy? Do you feel less bloated or less irritable? On day eight, reintroduce those foods back into your diet and pay close attention to how you feel. If you notice negative symptoms such as feeling moody, bloated, sick, or tired, this may a good indication for you to limit or exclude gluten products from your food choices. The great news for those who want to go gluten-free is that there are many options out there to make an easy transition. Many restaurants now have gluten-free menus if you ask for it. Wheat bread products can be replaced with brown rice or brown rice wraps. Quinoa or brown rice pasta is an excellent substitute for wheat pasta. Coconut flour or almond flour easily replaces wheat flour in the kitchen. Gluten-free sections can be found in most grocery stores. However, it is important to remember that not all gluten-free foods are good for you. There are many gluten-free cookies and desserts available. Don’t be deceived into believing that all items labeled “gluten-free” are healthy. Gluten-free junk food is still junk food.

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Millstone Pizza + Taphouse

Text by Valerie McGann & Bree Ziegler

In the heart of the city of Rock Hill, you will find the rustic yet modern appointed Millstone Pizza & Taphouse. Locally owned by two entrepreneurs who are good friends and men with a single vision, Millstone offers wood-fired Neopolitan style (super thin crust) pizza along with a vast variety of craft beers. Located at 121 Caldwell Street, Suite 103, Millstone features a hickory wood fired pizza oven that offers a flavor to pizza unlike any other local restaurant. Their unique approach to cooking their pizza, along with a mix of flare for special ingredients sets them apart from their competition. Our fabulous foodies Bree and Valerie spent an evening over some slices and a cannoli, ready to duel their forks for the love of local food. Tonight we had a difficult time choosing our pizza since the variety made some tough competition. We decided to go with a classic variety, specifically the Meatball Pie. The toppings are a combination of crumbled meatballs, buffalo mozzarella, the house pizza sauce, and olive oil. As I am originally from a population-dense Italian American community, I consider myself to be somewhat of a pizza snob. I was thrilled to try a wood fired Neopolitan style pizza as this is


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the kind of pizza I grew up with. That being said, I came in with a very critical mind for my expectations. I was not disappointed. The style of the crust is thin, but that shouldn’t be confused for meaning a lack of texture. On the contrary, Millstone’s pizza crust is classic Neopolitan style crust which is soft yet firm enough to hold up to its toppings. The end of the crust is light and airy, supple and soft when pulled apart. The flavor of the wood fired oven is evident and enhances the overall flavor of the pizza. The sauce is fresh tasting, but not too acidic and therefore does not overpower the overall flavor of the pie. The cheese is clearly fresh as it melts lovingly over the top of the crust. To round out our dinner, we chose the Sweet Cannoli. The filling is comprised of the classic ricotta cheese style that I grew up with. It was lightly sweet and garnished with whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Millstone Pizza appears to be a rather popular venue, so do not wait until you are super hungry before you stop by as you are likely to have a considerable wait before being seated. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and willing to answer any questions you may have about the menu. There is also a gluten-free crust

option for customers with special dietary needs. For the overall atmosphere, level of service, and of course the quality of the pizza, I give Millstone Pizza & Taphouse 4 out of 5 forks.

Score Valerie’s

Within only a few minutes after talking to the wait staff, it is evident that Millstone Pizza & Taphouse strives to bring the highest quality pizza and beer to the area. With over forty beers on tap and at least a dozen varieties of handcrafted, wood-fired pizza, Millstone offers a versatile selection to please any palate. The pizza selections include everything from veggie, seafood, BBQ chicken, and the classics, with an option of a gluten-free crust available. Not in the mood for pizza? No worries. Millstone has a variety of sandwiches and salads as well. We decided to order pizza, and went with a traditional choice of meatball pie. The server explained that the thin, flavorful crust is made with authentic imported Italian flour and pure spring water. The dough is hand stretched prior to being topped with fresh local cheese, a light tomato sauce, and crumbled meatballs , then cooked in a custom wood fired oven. The local farm-totable cheese tastes absolutely amazing. The tomato sauce and the meatballs were flavorful, but not overwhelming. I found that all the ingredients blended very well without any one flavor overwhelming the others. For dessert, we choose the classic cannoli. This actually is only the second time that I have tasted cannoli. The crispy pastry shell stuffed with sweet, creamy ricotta cheese filling was delicious. Drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips, it was creamy and perfectly sweet without being too rich. The service at Millstone was great and the staff was very knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurant was busy when we arrived and there was inadequate space for those who were waiting to be seated. While I do hope that Millstone creates a way to comfortably accommodate their guests during the busiest of times, the food and the experience were well worth the wait. I rate the overall experience 4 out of 5 forks.

Score Bree’s

Valerie McGann and Bree Ziegler are Fort Mill Magazine’s official foodie reviewers. They both love good quality food and, of course, they love to eat! Have suggestions on where they should go next? Email:


Modern Family Dinner:

Bacon! Bacon! Text by Valerie McGann




While watching television the other evening, I began to think about all of the advertisements for different foods and food shows. For me, some of the most interesting shows are the “travel shows” where a host travels across the United States or to different countries focusing on a single type of food. I am completely fascinated by the presentation of regional dishes and often interesting combinations that I may never have thought of or read about previously. There seems to be a new cult following of an old friend to the home cook, bacon. Yes, bacon! That delectable cured meat that many relegate to their breakfast and brunch menus. I begin by asking myself the question, why the love for bacon? There isn’t a slogan from the pork industry telling us to add bacon to our lunch and dinner menus. But, there are television shows such as “The United States of Bacon” where a professional chef tours the United States and highlights restaurants, chefs, and even food trucks who take the love of bacon to a new level. Even before watching the bacon shows, I knew from my history background that bacon has been a dietary staple dating back to the Middle Ages. It was one of the few meats that were brought by families traveling by wagon trains during the westward settlement of the United States because of its nonperishable qualities and portability. The term “bringing home the bacon” has nothing to do with bringing home a paycheck. It literally means bringing home bacon as the regular consumption of bacon by the average citizen was originally an activity practiced by those who had the economic standing that could afford meat with the daily meals. I think that it is time that I show bacon a little more admiration and share recipes that expand beyond breakfast. Bacon is a delicious way to season other meats or fish, add additional flavor to our side dishes and, believe it or not, it can add a divine signature to dessert. For the love of bacon, I have created a simple 3 course menu that incorporates bacon that will allow the age of exploration with bacon to take off in your kitchen. We will start with a simple frisee salad with warm bacon dressing. The second course will be a delicious and lightly spicy bacon wrapped chicken with collard greens. Then, we will round out our meal with chocolate frosted brownie squares drizzled with caramel sauce and chopped bacon sprinkles. Happy bacon eating ya’ll!

First Course: Frisee Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

1 Tbsp. honey One head fresh frisee lettuce 4 slices center cut bacon (reserve 2 cooked slices for the dessert) Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste 1 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard 2 shallots, finely chopped In a sauté pan, cook your bacon slices until crispy. Remove from the pan, set on paper towels to drain. Add the shallots to your bacon drippings. Cook until they become translucent (about 4 minutes). Add your mustard, honey, salt and pepper to the shallot mixture and whisk until combined. Remove from heat. Crumble bacon into the sauté pan over the warm dressing. Divide dressing over the frisee (makes enough dressing for 4 servings).

Second Course: Spicy Bacon Wrapped Boneless Chicken with Collard Greens

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise 7 slices of bacon, divided 8 oz. fresh collard greens, chopped and hard stems removed 1 small sweet onion, diced

1 Tbsp. Franks Red Hot sauce 1 Tbsp. maple syrup 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. black pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the hot sauce and maple syrup, set aside. Use a basting brush or a small spoon, lightly coat the chicken in the sauce. Take 1 piece of bacon for each chicken breast, and wrap the bacon around the seasoned chicken. Place onto a lined baking sheet and place into a 375* oven for 25 minutes turning once half way through the cooking time. (If your bacon is not as crispy as you would like after baking, place the chicken under the broiler for 2 minutes for extra crispy bacon prior to serving). Serves 4. In a sauté pan, place your remaining three slices of bacon, cook until lightly crisp, remove from the pan and place on paper towels to drain. Add the sweet onion to the bacon drippings, allow the onion to cook until it begins to become translucent (3-5 minutes). Add the greens, salt and pepper. Toss to coat completely. Cover the pan and remove from heat allowing the greens to wilt. Crumble the cooked slices of bacon and evenly distribute over plated greens. Serves 4.

Third Course: Chocolate Frosted Brownies with Caramel Drizzle and Chopped Bacon Bits

Super simple addition to brownies, you can use a store bought frosted brownie or use a box mix with a pre-made frosting. If you are feeling adventurous, you can use the recipe I follow for homemade brownies which is the Hershey’s recipe found at Prepare brownies according to directions. Cut into individual serving squares. Finely chop bacon, sprinkle over the top of the frosted brownie square. Garnish with caramel sundae sauce. Add a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped heavy cream for a touch of added decadence.

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Caffine craze Text by Amanda Jennings



For so many of us, coffee is not merely a part of the morning routine; it’s a lifestyle. Looking into the culture of coffee, you’re not just presented with the presence of major chains like Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks, but also services such as online coffee clubs and locally-owned businesses were you might find more organic coffees. Experimenting with the options is the only way to find your favorite, which is a time investment worth making, since for most of us coffee is an essential part of the day. However, convenience makes everything a little better and coffee is no exception; anything that makes getting our hands around the perfect cup of joe is a recipe for pure magic. In particular, subscription coffee—a service hosted by internet sites that deliver straight to your door—has become a pretty trendy recent phenomenon. It makes finding the right brew incredibly easy, even for the coffee novice. Often, these types of subscription companies pride themselves on using the most exceptional farm-grown ingredients to create a good roast from the most casual to avid coffee drinkers. One such company,, boasts expert brewing and a dedication to its customers who are on the quest to brew that perfect pot of coffee in the home. This artisanal coffee is available through two subscription options: the standard and the double. A free trial is available for every new customer. The stick with this website is the idea of coffee without the fuss, an attractive feature of

brewing in the home as opposed to waiting in the long lines in the morning at the commercial coffee chains. However, if you prefer the café atmosphere and the social aspects of going out for a cup of coffee, there is a local hotspot here in Fort Mill. Speaking with Laura Lowder, night manager of the Peach Stand, I discovered that Jumpin Java on Highway 160 is a popular favorite. This business is an adjunct to Bistro 160, which has rave reviews on their catering. In short, not only does the Jumpin Java Café provide a great cup of coffee with a wide range of options, but offers a diverse breakfast and lunch menu with plenty of healthy options. It’s the perfect little place for business lunches or casual meetings with a group of friends, with a friendly and helpful staff. If you’re looking for something a little more convenient, no worries—Jumpin Java also offers drive-thru services. Located at 1646 Highway 160 W, right across the street from Baxter Village, this little gem of a café is worth checking out, and the local businesses in Fort Mill are a huge part of what makes this town such a great place to live. Show support to local business, or if you’d rather stay in, give a shot—nothing beats a free trial! Both options are a great start to improving your own coffee lifestyle.

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Music News:

Text by Amanda Jennings


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One of the greatest benefits of living here in the South is the presence of diverse homegrown bands like Honeysuckle Ridge, who boast a unique bluesy sound that is characteristic of our region. Honeysuckle Ridge was founded in 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and identifies with the country-rock genre. Speaking with lead singer Jody Petty, I learn that as career musicians, these guys have been playing music collectively for 30 years. The band is comprised of Dustin Joel Bryant, Jody Lee Petty, and Michael David Pitts, and they cite musical influences ranging from Conway Twitty to Def Leppard. Jody tells me that all three members come from different musical backgrounds, having explored a love for music at early ages. Dustin’s career began at the age of three when he received his first drum kit, Mike played the drums at his local church at the age of twelve, and Jody started singing in the fourth grade. Jody describes their style now as “diverse…not your typical country band.” Honeysuckle Ridge proves that not only should bands make great music, but should also use their public platforms to advocate on behalf of the arts. The men of Honeysuckle Ridge are actively involved in an education outreach program to promote the importance of art and music in schools. In describing why this is a meaningful cause, Jody says, “Scholastic programs give you something to focus attention on. It keeps kids off the streets, teaches them to stay focused on being involved…gives kids a direction.” The band has worked diligently through hardship to raise the money needed to fund their album; during recording of their debut, their manager disappeared with their entire investment and left them in huge debt to the studio. A tragic event for such a passionate band, they are hoping to turn their situation into a comeback story. With relatable lyrics, the music of Honeysuckle Ridge is a sure success, with themes of living in the South, riding down country roads, and enjoying the simple pleasures of music and southern culture. Jody describes their sound as “A country version of Aerosmith with big power ballads, hip hop influences, and a definite 90s rock vibe.” Honeysuckle Ridge has proudly shared the stage with huge names in Southern and Country Rock, including musicians such as Sugarland, Justin Moore, Molly Hatchet, and Rascall Flatts. Of the band, Jody says, “People who think they don’t like country music should come give it a try and they will be refreshed… we sound different from anything else out there. Give it a chance and see what you think.” You can sample their sound at today. Upcoming local dates include September 13 at the Wild Wings Café Epi Center in Charlotte, NC, October 19 at the Pineville Fall Festival in Pineville, NC, and October 25 at the Wild Wings Café in Charlotte, NC. Their record just finished recording and they are shooting to have it released in October. It will be available on shelves and iTunes.

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Thankful Let Us Be

Text by Tracey Roman

Have you noticed that holiday decorations move from Halloween directly to Christmas? What happened to Thanksgiving? As soon as the spooky skeletons disappear, inflatable Santa greets the neighborhood with his runway of Hollywood lights. All decked in Christmas, Thanksgiving just feels too much like a pre-Christmas Christmas. That’s a lot of Christmas! Let us give Thanksgiving its moment. Put away the scary, but leave the pumpkins, pilgrims, and pops of fall color at least until Black Friday. After all, the point of this special holiday is to celebrate the harvest bounty with much gratitude and, well, thanksgiving. So, hold back your urge to unpack the plastic Santa or deck the fragrant evergreen until after you’ve awoken from the turkey coma. Let us recognize this day again. Let us celebrate the blessings of the harvest. Let us be thankful!


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