Fort Mill Magazine SUMMER 2012

Page 1

FORT MILL Summer 2012


Tying The Knot Energy Summit Fashion Savvy Carolina style

Our place in the sun

Summer looks HOT

Anne Springs Close

Passion For Nature

"Your pet is the heart of our practice" Walk-ins Welcome Mon-Fri 9am-7pm Sat 9am-Spm Sun 9am-3pm

Dr. Robert Chappell, DVM Dr. Ashley Isbell, DVM Dr. Jennifer Jones, DVM


Our TradiTiOn Of HearT Care COnTinues DAVID SAVAGE, MD Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Anne Springs Close and Our Greenway



eel the heat at Charlotte’s Energy Summit 2 012


Photo (right) by Ana Roman

Passion for Nature:

Photo (left) by Jared Funderburk



et ready for wedding season with the 24 Carolina Bride Guide


Photos (cover and bottom) by Stefanie Morris

f e a t u r e s







Carolinas HealthCare System's commitment to caring for the community is evident in the major transformation of Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville. In addition to doubling the number of patients we can care for, we're bringing cutting-edge technologies and sophisticated specialties to the region. From cardiology and oncology, to surgery and orthopedics, our specialists and physician groups provide positive outcomes and exceptional patient experiences. It is all part of Carolinas HealthCare System's commitment to pair personalized care with advanced technology.




Departments Around Town


Bring the family together with local summer activities, camps, and more.

Local Folks

Experience Nicaraguan service work with Ginger Williams, get in the game with Andy Stahr, and meet Samantha Kreigshauser of Adult Enrichment Centers.






To Your Health


Follow the area’s leading financial experts and learn how to keep your budget under control, even during summer vacation.


Beat the heat in Cashiers, feel the sand of the Outer Banks, or cruise out of Charleston.

Take Bree Zeigler’s advice on getting healthy and remember to read Carol Howell’s story on dementia.

Good Eats

Cook with a versitile summer fruit or dine out at the best restaraunts in SC.


Enjoy some time for yourself with a little chocolate, a spa day, or relieve your stresses by brewing your own beer.

Southern Style

Check out THRESHOLD the band, feel cool while looking hot this summer, and explore the local art scene.



Fine Living

Tour of one of Fort Mill’s finest homes, prepare for the summer housing market, and get the most out of your landscaping budget.



Inspired Thought

Find your bliss by the shore this summer.

52 55

Published by Market Style, LLC Publishers Louis Roman Tracey Roman Assistant Editor Emily Wyatt Contributors Michelle Black Ken Caputo Jeff Commerford Paul Culver Jared Funderburk Alexander Galloway Matthew Griffin Jennifer Jonas Spencer Lueders Zan Maddox Celia McCarter Valerie McGann Jamie Medlin Jen Mildenberger Stefanie Morris Linda Murfin Carole Nelson Laura Fenton Pidge Ginenne Rife Ana Roman Anita Sayago Jan Smiley Keith Smiley Alex Shoenthal George Wallace Derick Wilder David Wyatt Emily Wyatt Bree Zeigler Vice President Sales Louis Roman 803.207.0851 Advertising Executives Morgan McAteer 803.242.8353 Lauren Carrier 803.235.2985

60 68

Please send all editorial items to: Tracey Roman Editor-in-Chief ©2012 Fort Mill Magazine. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the expess written consent of the copyright owner. Fort Mill Magazine does not necessarily endorse the views and perceptions of contributors or advertisers. SUMMER 2012 ISSUE

Indulge in Summer’s



ummer is always filled with excitement. Children are outside busy with play and adults are prepping for summer travel. Summer can also bring change as people tend to move during the summer months. Some of our neighbors will be moving away to care for aging parents or to take on new careers. Surely, we will be meeting new faces too as our community is alway growing. We are growing as well and making improvements to our publication’s quality and design with the help of Assistant Editor, Emily Wyatt and the use of an advanced publishing software. You will notice crisper images, cleaner text, and more of the same lively content you have enjoyed with Fort Mill Magazine. We have so many wonderful people, stories, and experiences to share with you. We had the pleasure of meeting with Mrs. Anne Springs Close and learning the purpose behind her passion. We will take you behind the scenes of the 2012 Energy Summit and the world of weddings. You will be inspired by the featured local folks and enlivened by our regular contributors with expert advise on everything from money to dementia. Our travel section has expanded to show you more beautiful photography. You will want to explore each and every destination. As


if you were not spoiled enough, we’ll share three must-have experiences in the new indulge section. One of our favorite spreads is truly what we call “eye candy” and when you get to the southern style section you will see why. We have enjoyed preparing this issue of Fort Mill Magazine for you and we hope you enjoy it, too. For more information about the magazine that was inspired by this great town, go to We update our site daily to keep it fresh for you. Remember to relish this summer by taking time for yourself and spending time with your family. As we strive for the best community-rich content, we look to you for suggestions, ideas, and comments. Please share your thoughts with us. Creating good,

Louis & Tracey Louis & Tracey Roman Publishers Fort Mill Magazine

Tracey and Louis meet Mrs. Anne Springs Close at the Horse Barn. Photo by Stefanie Morris.

Dear Friends, On behalf of the honorable Town Council of the Town of Fort Mill and all of our citizens, I bring you greetings. We greatly appreciate your fellowship and support. As a community, we’re blessed with a fantastic quality of life. Our standard of living makes Fort Mill one of the best places in the Southeast to work, rest, invest, and raise a family. Even in the face of the country’s economic downturn, the desirability of our area has resulted in a positive population growth. Our continued effort is to manage the town’s growth in an intelligent and orderly way. We are committed to being good stewards for the people of Fort Mill. The Town Council strives to deliver high quality and essential municipal services. With the help of one of the best staffs in the country, we’re on top of it. At the time of this writing, we’ve just completed our annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill, which was named ShowFest’s 2012 Event of the Year for the state of South Carolina. I’m pleased to say that the weather cooperated and, through the preparation and hard work of an excellent corps of volunteers and our dedicated town staff, it was the best event yet with an attendance of 50,000. If you were able to make it, we hope you had a good time. We hope you’ll build it into your calendar next year. Also, mark July 4th on your calendar for our Independence Day celebration in our new Fort Mill Veterans Park. We invite you to visit our website at and follow us on Facebook for the latest news and information about the Town of Fort Mill. Take care and please remember to shop locally whenever possible! Kindest regards,

Danny P. Funderburk Mayor

Mayor Funderburk at the 2012 Strawberry Festival Gala. Photo by Jamie Medlin

Town of Fort Mill | P.O. Box 159 | Fort Mill, SC 29716 Telephone (803) 547-2116 | | Fax (803) 547-2126


C ont r ibutors


mily Wyatt moved to Fort Mill when she was four years old. She grew up watching this small southern town blossom into a bustling eclectic suburb. After graduating from Fort Mill High School, Emily went to Winthrop University where she double-majored in History and Journalism. Her passion for history and research sent her to the College of Charleston where she received her M.A. in European History. During her time in school, she participated in numerous internships with companies such as The Fort Mill Times, Rock Hill Magazine, ETV, and Sea Settings Magazine. She also spent some time in Rocha and Tierra Blanca, Nicaragua, where she aided in the construction of a one-room school and participated in an archeological dig. Emily is now the new Assistant Editor at Fort Mill Magazine.


ared Funderburk is a native of Fort Mill and graduated from Fort Mill High School in 1999. He has a B. A. in History and Geography, and also a Master’s degree in teaching, both from Winthrop University. For the past 2 years he has worked as a Ranger with the National Park Service at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Yakutat, Alaska. Being outdoors and exploring the world has always been Jared’s greatest passion and he is eager to share it with others. Now that he is back home, he plans to pursue a job in teaching and also expand on his interest in outdoor photography and writing. He has traveled to 16 foreign countries during the past 8 years, mastering the art of Backpacking, and learning as much as possible from each new experience. You might find Jared out mountain biking on the ASC Greenway, or maybe swimming at the Rec. complex, but always with a smile. Check out some of his adventures on his blog at


aura Fenton Pidge has been a resident of Tega Cay, South Carolina since 2005 coming here as a transplant from her native state of Oklahoma. She grew up on a wheat and cattle farm with just a couple of trees that all leaned in one direction because of the constant, brisk winds. On the contrary, Tega Cay, with its diverse foliage and proximity to the water, has been a nice change for her. Laura is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Mass Communications. She spent the majority of her career in marketing and advertising for a travel industry sales company and currently works full time in sales for a major music provider. Her passion lies in freelance writing and candid photography for children and families. This passion has sparked a new endeavor, Blue Beetle Photography. The name came from daughter Olivia’s fascination of a blue bug in a library book. Blue Beetle is currently a weekend operation serving Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Baxter and Rock Hill, South Carolina.

K 8

en Caputo and his family are 4 year residents of Fort Mill, having moved from Central New Jersey. The Caputos live in the Dominion Bridge community. It’s a full loving home with wife Lin, sons Jason and Mike and their grand kids JP and Tina. Ken is in the midst of launching KC Communications LLC, a marketing communications firm targeting energy- related companies as well as non-profits. He’s put together a dynamic team of designers, a web developer, a social media expert and a pro with video/photo imagery. Ken has over 25 years marketing experience in a wide range of industries. He’s worked on the corporate as well as the agency side developing and executing communication programs that get results. The website for KC Communications LLC is www. For more information please e-mail us at or call 803-389-6446.

Interactive Security. Video Monitoring. Energy Management. At your fingertips.

FREE security and home management system!* Remotely arm/disarm your security system

View live video from inside or outside your home

24/7 security monitoring

Control your lighting and appliances

3!&% s COMPORIUM COM ICONTROL *High-Speed Internet required. Other restrictions apply.

Fort�Mill 967�Market�Street 803-396-JAZZ�(5299)

South�Charlotte 11532�Providence�Road 704-889-TOES�(8637)

For�details about�our�summer�camps or�to�register for�fall�classes,�go�to

Summer�Camp�is�C����� l�at


The GreatOutdoors... It’s Closer Than You Think

e gazed at the sliver of a moon hovering in the sky as if suspended by string. The breeze spoke to us through the trees, the remains of a campfire made shadows dance on side of the tent, and everything was peaceful until we heard it for the first time. A loud call broke the silence of the night, sounding like it was coming from just above us. Tay, my 3-year-old daughter, jumped onto my sleeping bag. “Daddy, what


was that?” I smiled and told her to listen, as I thought we’d hear it again. Sure enough, there was another call, even closer than the first. “Hoo - H’HOOOO - Hoo - Hoo!” A pair of Great Horned Owls had begun a nighttime chat that continued for the next several minutes. Tay’s fear turned to pure excitement as we scanned the canopy to try to find our feathery companions.

Text and photos by Derick Wilder

It was the perfect end to an evening of camping in the great outdoors. Then, just as we were dozing off… “Daddy, I have to go potty.” Luckily, our version of the great outdoors was only 50 feet from the back door of our home. So after a quick trip inside, we were bundled up once again and ready to sleep under the stars.

Camping with kids can be a magical experience, but also a daunting undertaking. Simply packing can turn what should be a relaxing trip into a stressful misadventure, so I was happy to find out about National Wildlife Foundation’s Great American Backyard Campout. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 23rd. It’s an easy way for even novice campers to get the entire family outside for a night of fresh air, fun, and exploration! With the nature of childhood involving less and less nature, it’s a chance to reconnect by disconnecting from the Internet. You can find all sorts of information at www., but here are a few simple pointers: 1. If you don’t have any camping gear, don’t be shy about asking friends to borrow some. One nice thing about backyard camping is there’s no need to pack like you’re going on safari. There is fun in numbers. Share your adventure with friends and neighbors for an even more

memorable experience. 3. Slow down and explore - you’ll be amazed at the “wildlife” in your own back yard. Frog catching was the favorite pastime with dozens found at our last event. Also, you can fill up bird feeders ahead of time to be serenaded in the morning. 4. Make sure you have plenty of kid-friendly fun on tap: active games like hide-and-seek, campfire songs or ghost stories, squirrel watching, star gazing, or simple crafts. The “Get Ready” section of the web site has some wonderful ideas. 5. Oh, and don’t forget the snacks… lots and lots of snacks. Finally, if June 23rd doesn’t work, simply pick a date. The moon and the owls will still be out there… waiting.

Derick Wilder, an Area Manager for Playball, is a freelance writer and a public speaker on children’s issues, presenting at schools and conferences around the Carolinas.


lang! Clang! Clang! The bell is ringing again as I race my bike around the brand new Giordana Velodrome at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center in Riverwalk. The sound of the bell surges my adrenaline as the clanging means points will be given on the next lap. I am racing against eight others who all want those points, too, and in about 15 seconds we will find out who gets them. It’s a spectacle of speed, tactics, and excitement. I am addicted.

Experience The Velodrome

The fact that Rock Hill has one of the premiere cycling facilities in the country is a testament to the City’s commitment to sports and sports tourism. The Giordana Velodrome, a 250-meter concrete oval with walls pitched skyward at up to 42 degrees, is already set to host the National Omnium Championships in August of 2012 and is the first of five cycling amenities (track, BMX, road, mountain biking, and cyclocross) the City of Rock Hill is building throughout the 1000 acre Riverwalk Development off Cherry Road. While velodromes are not new to Rock Hill – the city once had two velodromes operating in the early 1900s – the world class Giordana Velodrome is one of only 20 velodromes in the country and the only Olympic quality velodrome in the region. The Giordana Velodrome opened to the public on March 17, 2012 and immediately began certification classes for this unique facility. A combination of classroom and on-track instruction is provided in the certification classes covering rules and techniques, as well as, understanding the differences between a typical road bicycle and a track bike, which has a fixed gear (no coasting) and no hand brakes. Over 200 riders have been certified since the grand opening and racing began in May on every Thursday and Friday night. That’s where the bell comes in. It rings many times throughout the evening, as racers fly around the track at up to 40 miles an hour. From a rider perspective, racing the track is a thrill. The races are short, fast, and full of excitement. From a spectator standpoint, the track has the feel of a minor league baseball game: the stands are full of folks out enjoying the evening, kids running around, and some great competition whizzing by only feet away. I encourage everyone to come check it out. You may even want to try it yourself. More information about the velodrome, Riverwalk, and cycling in Rock Hill can be found at, www., and


Text by Spencer Lueders Photo by Zan Maddox

Summer Camps

on theg!:~~I~~!Y

Register today at or call 803.547.4575

Anne Springs Close



Anne Springs Close Greenway 971 Tom Hall St ~___--, Fort Mill, SC 29715 --------.I

EnGarde Text by Carole Nelson Photos by Emily Wyatt


ne of Fort Mill’s many family friendly features is the variety and availability of sports activities. Familiar to most of us are team sports such as football, softball, soccer, lacrosse and basketball (to name but a few). For those who prefer more of a one-on-one competition, there are swim teams, gymnastic teams, and the ubiquitous martial arts. One sport that is older than most of these and enjoying a new popularity in Fort Mill is fencing. Thanks to Justin Mann, a three time qualifier for the Junior Olympics championships in fencing.

gauntleted hand shake. While points are made with each touché, overly aggressive, ungentle or rude conduct is penalized. Épée has fewer restrictions to style, which some believe requires a greater use of strategy. In 20 years, Justin Mann has accumulated over a dozen honors in fencing. Humble, friendly, witty, and engaging, he is dedicated

Fencing with Justin Mann is a family sport in two ways. Students range in ages from 10 to 60 with many of them family members. The atmosphere of camaraderie in the classes reminds one as much of a family gathering as Coach Justin moves through the room giving friendly criticisms and helpful corrections. He gently teases someone for being too much the swashbuckler or getting winded as they build their endurance. To learn more about Justin Mann and fencing, go to

For most people, fencing brings to mind Zorro, the Three Musketeers and Robin Hood, with heroes leaving a wake of bodies as they run through the street shouting “Ah ha” and “Take that!” For students of Fort Mill Fencing Academy, the first thing they learn from Coach Justin is that fencing is nothing like the movies. It is harder and more fun. Competitive fencing has three categories of blades: Foil, Sabre, and Épée. Each blade type is used under different rules, and the Fort Mill Academy focuses on the épée, with which Justin Mann is currently ranked second (active) in the state of South Carolina. The sport originated with the European aristocracy and the formal, ritualized manners and conduct first associated with fencing during the 18th century continue today. Matches begin with a polite, ritualistic verbal salute to the opponent and end with a formal,


Lunge! Retreat! Again!”, three competed in the Junior Olympics this year. Classes are often observed by family members and friends who easily become immersed in the display of coordination, balance, and strategy. Even watching the practice work where the same moves are repeated over and over has a fascination for the observer as both the students and teacher continue each repetition as if performing it for the first time that evening, only better.

to raising the awareness of the sport. Through the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, he began teaching a class of 6 in 2010. The Ann Springs Close Greenway fencing club membership has grown to more than two dozen across the levels of Introductory, Continuing, and Competitive. Of these eager students who have followed the gentle-yetcommanding instructions of “Engage! Attack!

Carole Nelson enjoys volunteering, entertaining, writing, and consulting for Thirty-One Gifts. For more information: caocan@yahoo. com, and visit her website at

Dr. Ginger Williams


inger Williams is an associate history professor at Winthrop University, specializing in history of U.S.-Latin American relations. In 2007, Ginger took a group of Winthrop students on a one-time service learning trip to Tierra Blanca and Rocha, Nicaragua. While they were working on an archaeological dig, they saw many children around the town and wondered why they were not in school. The group discovered the many children lacked the materials or they were blocked by the flooded river that separated the two villages. Realizing help was needed, the group of seven raised $8,000 in two months, and the one room school house, Winthrop School, was built in the Spring of 2008.

Text by Emily Wyatt

for artifacts that might one day go in a rural museum in Tierra Blanca. Right now our

Q: What can the community do to help your cause?

Q: What have you done to help these communities? A: We help with the school by bringing school supplies and sometimes teaching English lessons. We bring medical supplies and sponsor a “medical day” by asking a nearby doctor and nurse to come to Tierra Blanca and see patients while we set up a free pharmacy. One year we conducted a free three-day dental clinic. We have roofed houses, rebuilt roads, and continued to dig


and Rocha is that they are able to break out of the poverty cycle and be able to raise children who can dream of having professions, owning a piece of land, or traveling more than a few miles from where they were born—all of the things that their parents couldn’t do.

Photo courtesy of Ginger Williams

emphasis is on helping people increase their educational levels. Q: What is your ultimate goal for Tierra Blanca and Rocha?

A: We are raising money to send the students from Rocha and Tierra Blanca to Matiguas, the nearest city with a secondary school for further education. It costs $160 per month for the milk truck driver I hired to take the kids to school. It would be great if the people of Fort Mill would participate in this project. If you would like to contribute to this endeavor you can make checks out to the Winthrop University Foundation and in the lower left-hand corner designate “Rocha Project”. Your contribution will be tax deductible. Thank you in advance for any help you might provide.

A: My ultimate goal for Tierra Blanca

Samantha Kreigshauser

eing a child of a career Navy man, Samantha Kreigshauser grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She now lives in Rock Hill, SC, with her husband and two of her three children. Currently, Kreigshauser helps to run Adult Enrichment Centers (formerly the Senior Adult Day Care Center) in Fort Mill. The faculty and staff of Adult Enrichment Centers have been performing work with both elderly and handicapable adults to help keep them independent.

Text and photo by Emily Wyatt Seniors or, for those with more complex medical issues who need the availability of

Q: Where did you go to school? A: I attended Pensacola Christian College and York Technical College. Q: What are your hobbies? A: I am a Dementia Dialogues Trainer and a Trainer in Positive Behavior Supports.

Q: Tell us about what you do and about your facility? A: We are a day facility for adults 18 and above. We allow them to age in place rather than move to a nursing facility. We have a RN, provide transportation and meals along with activities and stimulation designed to give people a meaningful day and keep them independent as long as possible. Q: The mayor tells us your working on some revolutionary things at the Adult Enrichment Centers? A: We have the Young at Heart Club for

disabilities who work on functional skills, social skills, and life skills with iPads, white board technology, nutrition, and wellness all in a social atmosphere.

Q: What is your favorite Fort Mill restaurant? A: I love Captain Steves. the RN, we provide in-house activities and wellness programs. The Sunshine Club is my Middle agers who want social activities and friendships. They need minimal supervision and thrive on field trips and exercise. The High Five Club is for younger adults with intellectual and developmental

Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot? A: I will travel anywhere any time but love the ocean spots the best. Q: Do you use social media? A: Yes, I am on Facebook but I do not tweet!


ative Californian, Andy Stahr was taken by Fort Mill. After he hiked the Appalachian Trial in 2002, Stahr decided to pursue a degree from Winthrop University. Being a soccer fan his whole life, Andy Stahr believes that youth sports are essential to the betterment of the town’s children. On March 1, 2010, when Fort Mill implemented its Youth Athletics program, Andy took on the job of Athletic Director. Q: What are the objectives as Athletic Director of Fort Mill?

Andy Stahr

Text by Jeff Commerford Photo by Emily Wyatt just the instantaneous gratification they may receive from a scoreboard. In this day and

A: Currently, we offer 11 sports for children and 4 sports for adults. We are also responsible for six parks, within the town, which offer the townspeople facilities for many additional recreational opportunities. Q: Are there other sports programs that Fort Mill is considering to offer for our youth?

A: The objectives as the Athletic Director of Fort Mill are to provide a safe, quality environment for the people of Fort Mill to engage in recreational activities. My personal objectives, when it comes to youth sports, are to make sports fun, teach positive lifelong skills, and promote health and fitness. Q: What do you like most about being Athletic Director? A: The most rewarding aspect of my job is getting out on the fields and interacting with the children and their families. I also like to educate parents and children about the lifelong benefits of sports and activity, not

always remind them that kids play sports because they are fun, not because they are a job. Q: How many different sports/activities does the town offer?

A: This season, we added youth basketball and adult flag football to our spring sports. Last spring, we added girls volleyball. We are always looking for ways to enhance the quality of life for the people of Fort Mill. Q: Do you have any family in Fort Mill?

age, it is becoming more and more difficult to keep parents on the same page, but I

A: I am married to Heather Greene Stahr. We recently had our first child, Kathryn, on November 18, 2011.

At Baxter Veterinary Clinic, we believe that pets are members of the family. Our goal is to provide the highest quality veterinary care in a compassionate and friendly environment that both you and your pet will love to visit. Welcome to the family!

Dr. Baete and Dr. Doyle

803-547-VETS (8387)

Monday-Friday 8am-6pm Saturday 8am-2pm 1642 Highway 160 West, Suite 104 Fort Mill, SC 29708

Vinesett’s Guns and Gold

Buy and Sell Firearms Concealed Weapons Classes Buy and Sell Gold and Silver Repair Jewelry On Site


9441 Charlotte Hwy. Indian Land, SC 29707

Smiling Faces

Beautiful Places 1


Tuxedos and beaded gowns swirled at three recent events. Dancing With The Stars Fort Mill was held April 28th at the Glennon Center to benefit Middle School Athletics. A who’s who of guests attended the first ever Strawberry Festival Gala held at the historic Dairy Barn on May 2nd. Proceeds from this event were in support of the Fort Mill History Museum. On May 3rd, four lovely ladies were crowned at the Strawberry Festival Pageant held at Nation Ford High School and $1000 was donated to the Hidden Wounds organization.


1. Left to right: Mayor Funderfurk and Louis Roman at the 2012 South Carolina Strawberry Festival Gala photo by Emily Wyatt

2. Left to right: Dancing With The Stars Fort Mill Winner, Stefany Homes, and her dancing partner Dmitriy Solomakha


photo by Keith Smiley

3. Left to right: Brennan Altman, Kaylee Wolfe, Patti Mercer, Chelsea Priest, and Paula Stone at the 2012 SC Strawberry Festival


photo by Jamie Medlin

4. Left to right: Randy Hanuer and Senator Chauncey Gregory at the 2012 South Carolina Strawberry Festival Gala photo by Emily Wyatt

5. Rudy Sanders at the 2012 South Carolina Strawberry Festival Gala photo by Emily Wyatt

6. Left to right: Lucas McFadden and Patti Mercer at the 2012 South Carolina Strawberry Festival photo by Jamie Medlin

7. Left to right: Gina Hough, Delano Little, and Maureen O’Boyle at Dancing With The Stars Fort Mill photo by Keith Smiley




What our Children

Believe Is Just as Important as What They Know



St. Anne Catholic School

We Believe.

We believe in God. We believe in family. We believe in teachers. We believe in each other. We believe in you.


(Charlotte Catholic High feeder) St. Anne Catholic School

faith-filled, successful, established, proven... Educating children of ALL faiths since 1951.

Rock Hill, SC 29730 (803)324-4814

APassion for


Anne Spring Close and Our Greenway

Photo by Stefanie Morris

Text by Jared Funderburk


Photo by Keith Smiley


s I took a stroll down the longest surviving section of the Historic Nation Ford Road on the Anne Springs Close Greenway, I wondered what it must have been like for the many who once traveled this long path. Among them are Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers, European settlers, fur traders, trappers and Native Americans. The road was once part of the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road, stretching from Pennsylvania to Augusta, GA and the first major road on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. As I stood there, I thought about how tough people must have been during those days and also how lucky I was to frequent a place with such rich history. It was amazing to think about all that occurred right here in my own backyard.

myself, “I know exactly who that is!” That’s the same woman I’ve seen swimming at the Greenway’s recreation complex, the one who probably almost wore out her whistle blowing

how much of an impact all of these activities had on my youth. Perhaps in writing this article, I’ve realized that I am a perfect example of the fruits of Mrs. Closes‘ labor and passion to provide for our community.

“I realized right then and there how Mrs. Anne Spring Close and her family had made an impact on not only my hometown, but my entire life as well.”

I continued walking and came upon a small kiosk with a map of the old Philadelphia road and some very useful information. I noticed a small button there on the front, and as I pushed it I heard a familiar voice come from the box. The commentary explained the road’s historical significance, but more than that, it took me back to my own youth. I thought to

it at me for running my horse too hard at equestrian camp some 18 years ago, and the one who, to so many in this town, represents the heart of this community. I realized right then and there how Mrs. Anne Springs Close and her family had made an impact on not only my hometown, but my entire life as well. What if I hadn’t had the opportunity to attend equestrian camp at Springmaid Mountain for 4 straight years or play baseball from age 4-14 on the fields at the Recreation Complex? At age 30, I’m still swimming laps there in the same pool where my mother once taught me as a toddler. Today, those memories help me realize exactly

There is no doubt that Mrs. Close was paying attention when her father, Col. Elliott White Springs, expressed the importance of giving back to the community. Those of us who grew up here are a testament to how those words were put to action. I find it quite remarkable that we have a 2,100-acre natural preserve right in the middle of our thriving and fast growing town. Stop and think about how many communities you know of that are willing to set aside that much land to preserve the natural habitat and create healthy recreation for its residents. Although Mrs. Close is the matriarch whose family long ran the Springs textile mills, don’t think for a minute that she sits behind a desk and barks orders or plays a political role as many would in her position.


Instead, you’ll find her out on the trails teaching children to ride horses and respect the environment. If you were to talk to some of the people who work closely with her, they’ll tell you that she’s as down-to-earth and genuine as any other person you’ll find in this town. At 86, she’s probably still more active than the majority of our community. If she’s not out swimming, she’s on horseback with kids from the local schools, or even taking her own grandchildren on a hike in the mountains. I asked Mrs. Close what her favorite thing to do on the Greenway was. She responded, “I’m happiest when I’m out walking in the woods, along a creek, or riding a horse along one of the trails. There’s just so much room to roam.” That’s coming from a woman who has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro three times. When I asked Mrs. Close what she would like the main focus for this article to be, she replied with no hesitation, “The Greenway.”

Being in the great outdoors was instilled in Anne Springs Close at a very young age. In fact, it was her governess that taught her about the importance of nature. “She was a big believer in being outdoors. Every morning when I was a little girl, we would walk to a particular tree on the land and it was about a mile. Later I realized, it was a mile back, too. So, we actually walked two miles a day! She

taught me that it was a sin to be inside when the sun was out,” Mrs. Close recalled. Mrs. Close frequents the Greenway on a regular basis. “I love doing all kinds of things on the Greenway with my family and friends. I just took two of my grandchildren down to play in the creek, and they splashed around having a great time. I think all children should have the chance to play in a creek,” Mrs. Close admitted. Don’t ask her to pick a favorite spot though. She simply can’t choose between all the amazing features the Greenway has to offer. “Asking me to pick my favorite spot is like asking me to pick which I like better, horses or dogs. I couldn’t possibly choose. One of my favorite spots is probably on the first trail we did, on the north side of Steele Creek from the parkway to the trestle. I also love our new family picnic area, Campbell’s Corner, to honor Don Campbell (a Greenway veteran who recently passed away).

Photo by Jared Funderburk

The land for the ASC Greenway had been in her family for more than 200 years before it

was established as a gift to the community from all of her children, who obviously understood very well their mother’s passion for conservation and the great outdoors. Mrs. Close believes strongly in the importance of children being outdoors, participating in hands-on activities and she works hard to continue to take part in many of the activities offered on the ASC Greenway. “Being out in nature gives me a sense of freedom. There’s fresh air. There’s beauty. It’s inspiring. It makes you feel like you’re just a little bitty piece and you’re here for such a short time. On the other hand, you feel very much a part of something bigger and eternal,” Mrs. Close said.


It’s secluded, and it has a wildflower garden, and it’s accessible by foot and by horse,” Mrs. Close said. The Greenway offers a variety of summer camps throughout June, July and August. With a huge variety, there’s a great chance you’ll find something to suit your child’s interest and there are still openings. “We want to offer children all kinds of experiences to help spark creativity and imagination. They need an opportunity to get outside, away from TV and computers and routine, so they can see a bigger world,” Mrs. Close told me. You can take a look at the camps on the Greenway website, They range from Chef ’s Camp to a week long equestrian camp at Springmaid Mountain. The very same one I took part in 18 years ago. Even at my age, I’ve seen many changes take place with the amount of growth we’ve experienced here in Fort Mill. It’s no secret that there’s a valid reason why so many people have chosen to make it their new home and it is imperative that we preserve those characteristics, but also remember where they originated. It is often true that we do not realize what we have until it’s gone. So let’s all remember now, just how valuable our Greenway, parks, and educational/outdoor centers are to our community. Let’s help it grow into a mecca of educational, natural, and fun experiences for everyone in this town. Like Fort Mill, the Greenway is improving in more ways than one. This piece of farmland used to house cotton, corn, and cattle. Now, Mrs. Close and the people who have worked so hard on the Greenway are looking to make the Greenway even better without losing it’s closeness to nature. “We’d like for people throughout the region to enjoy the Greenway. That means offering something for everyone. We are expanding our summer day camps, adding nature walks, and continually offering new activities and events. For the long run, we’re evaluating the possibility of adding trails, an outdoor amphitheater and maybe a welcome center that can tell the story of the land and the region. At the same time, we will continue to preserve the habitat as well as the environmental and scenic features of the Greenway,” Mrs. Close told me. Let’s be thankful that Mrs. Anne Springs Close embraced her father’s teachings when he stressed the importance of giving back to the community and rejoice in the fact that we have more acreage preserved right here in our city limits than many counties throughout this country. As Fort Millians, we must continue to find a way to balance the changes that take place in such a fast-growing society with the preservation of our strong sense of community. In the words of Mrs. Close, “There really is a lot of history here.” I think it’s this rich history that makes Fort Mill and the Greenway the treasure that it is today. Mrs. Anne Springs Close is quite a humble woman and even though her life has opened her up to an infinite number of opportunities, you see where she is, right here at home in Fort Mill where she continues to spread her passion for a strong, healthy community, and love for the environment. I guarantee you’ll be hard pressed to find another like her. The Greenway is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing stewardship of the land as well as educational and recreational opportunities that promote the health and wellness of the community. You can support the Greenway in many ways – from becoming a member, to volunteering your time, or by joining Friends of the Greenway, which helps pay for special projects and activities that advance the ideals of the Greenway.

Text by Alexander Galloway Photo by Stefanie Morris


or years, psychologists have debated the effectiveness of medication versus traditional therapy as a means to suppress cognitive impairments, but with soaring medical costs and results that temporarily subdue rather than work towards a cure, sometimes neither are the best solution. An alternate treatment gaining popularity is equine therapy, which offers solutions beyond those of the conventional methods. This form of therapy involves using horses to assist individuals in learning about themselves and the world. For example, Sarah Key, an Equine Therapy volunteer at Gaston Farm Road Equestrian Center described a therapy known as Hippotherapy. This type of therapy uses the horses’ movements to help those with Cerebral Palsy. “This would benefit a child with cerebral palsy tremendously with their joints being too loose because riding a horse takes the same muscles to walk,” Key said. Not only can equine therapy help those who are physically handicapped, but it also helps those with attention and memory disorders, such as attentiondeficit disorder and dementia. The riders, who may otherwise struggle with social constructs such as trust, self-concept, or the ability to form relationships, are able to develop deep bonds with their horses, ultimately promoting emotional growth. “Logically, happy kids are confident and confident kids are happy. If this is found to be true, then why not encourage confidence,” Key admitted. This is not an uncommon practice in barns around Fort Mill. The ASC Greenway invites special needs classes from local schools to come out to the horse barn once a week for equine therapy and a change of pace. Some of the children may seem a little intimidated at first, but once they’re on that horse, their lips turn to smiles. Their growing confidence is apparent on their faces as they recognize a freedom that they rarely get to experience otherwise.




Text by Laura Fenton Pidge Photos by Stefanie Morris


he decision to become husband and wife is a monumental step. Congratulations, you’ve found the love of your life! To get the celebration started, Fort Mill Magazine decided to gift you with some fantastic wedding plan recommendations. After all, the perfect day shouldn’t be hard to plan in a beautiful place like Fort Mill.

Models are Julianna Coburn and Joe Helms. Location provided by Anne Springs Close Greenway. Dress and tuxedo provided by Simply Elegant. Flowers provided by Willow Boutique. Tuxedo accessories provided by R. Hanuer.


The Dairy Barn

Where To Wed

Brakefield is the newest venue to Fort Mill. Perfectly placed in a secluded spot inside Riverwalk, Brakefield provides charm and oldworld style sophistication to couples looking for something unique and a beautiful outdoor setting on the banks of the Catawba River. Brakefield is the dream of Carol Goodwin who found herself searching for the perfect wedding venue for her son in 2009. Inspired by a quaint cottage in a Thomas Kincaid print, Goodwin found herself thinking, “That would’ve been a perfect place for my son to get married.” Borrowing the idea from Kevin Costner, “If you build it they will come,” Goodwin took proceeds from a previous business sale and put it towards a new venture. She began looking for the perfect spot and found help from Kelly High of Berry & Company. Brakefield had 50 bookings before its completion and held its first wedding on April 5th, 2012. “I wanted Brakefield to be an affordable venue for everyone,” said Goodwin. “It’s an exceptional venue for the average person.” Inside, a bride will feel like a true princess in a lavish, teal colored bridal suite with a grand mirror, turret style roof and round windows. The 39’ x 71’ carpeted Grand Hall was built for the perfect wedding reception in mind. It has a large grey stone, gas log fireplace, a 16’ x 20’ wooden dance floor, audio/visual and microphone connections, and plenty of tables and chairs

Operated by Leroy Springs & Company, the Dairy Barn was built in 1947 and is the perfect venue for your wedding or reception. The Dairy Barn is located at 288 Dairy Barn Lane in Fort Mill amidst the 2,300 acres of the Anne Springs Close Greenway. The downstairs area accommodates 250 people seated and the upstairs loft will hold another 300 people seated theater/wedding style. To learn more about the Dairy Barn, go to, call 803-548-7252, or email Linda Turner ( for pricing and availability. for a large party. It also has a connecting full prep kitchen for outside caterers, a commercial size refrigerator, ice machine and exclusive bar service available. Brakefield is only 20 minutes south of Charlotte making it an easy destination for traveling guests. To find out more about Brakefield visit www., Brakefield at Riverwalk on Facebook, or contact Goodwin Goodwin at 803-324-3400. If you have dreams of a wedding with Southern historical charm, the Clebourne House located at 138 Clebourne Street could certainly turn your dream into a reality. The house was built in 1894 and was originally used as a boarding house. The Windell family took over the house in 1938 and it is now owned and operated by Candace and Bincent Windell, both originally from Fort Mill. The house holds memories and meaning to the couple. “I can remember my grandmother boarding with my husband’s grandmother when I was a child,” said Windell. The Windells always had dreams for the house and began remodeling it in November of 2007 opening with their first wedding party on June 14th of 2008. This charming venue has a bridal suite for the ladies to dress and a honeymoon suite if the couple wishes to stay. Courtyard seating for 200 guests is available outside, but the entire venue can hold up to 329 people and offers plenty of parking for guests. The house also has audio/ visual capabilities and microphones available

for receptions. “I think what stands out about The Clebourne House as a wedding venue is our service,” said Windell. “We want to make the event easy for everyone.” The Clebourne House has a team of event planners on staff making wedding plans less overwhelming. Brides who book with The Clebourne House has free access to Blue Magnolia Affairs operated by Lindsay Carter Bombardier and Hannah Peach. They like to work with preferred vendors and will help to make plans on or off-site. Windell said they have a great relationship with a tent vendor just in case it rains. “I always like to have a plan B in case the weather doesn’t cooperate,” said Windell. That’s the kind of service brides get with The Clebourne House; planners that are always thinking ahead so everyone else can have a great day. “We also offer catering, bar service and wedding cakes baked on-site in our commercial grade kitchen,” said Windell. She has even become an officiant and notary available to conduct ceremonies if couples choose to use her. “We want everyone to get what they want out of their wedding,” said Windell. The Clebourne House books heavily on Saturdays in May and June for weddings, and in December for corporate parties. Windell suggested that if you have a date in mind to call right away. For more information contact Candace Windell at 803-242-9728 or

Sweet Art Cakes SweetArt Cakes is where art meets delectable delights to complete any occasion! We create custom cakes for weddings, birthdays, baptisms, or any other special event in your life! We also offer custom cupcakes available daily in the bakery.

Infinite Photography We practice Freestyle Wedding Photography. Most of our arrangements and poses are created while shooting. You will find that our wedding packages are straightforward without all of the fillers thrown in. These are options that you can add according to your budget and desires.

The Clebourne House The Clebourne House, your one stop shop for events, is the perfect location for your wedding and/or reception, parties and business meetings. Our full service staff provides catering, bakery, full bar and AV equipment.

Paul Culver 704-898-2754

803-242-9728 138 Clebourne Street Fort Mill, SC


Simply Elegant

Willow Floral Boutique

Savannah’s offers rooms for baby showers and birthdays. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11-2, or make a reservation for high tea Thursday through Saturday at 2 o’clock. Savannah’s also has a bakery and can cater your special event.

Brides travel hours to Fort Mill to shop our large selection of modest bridal gowns. Grooms can create a lasting impression tuxedo with over 250 vest colors to choose from. We also offer online ordering for out of town groomsmen.

803-555-1234 124 Confederate Street Fort Mill, SC

803-548-3900 855 Gold Hill Rd Suite 109 Fort Mill, SC

803-329-CAKE 1502 Ebenezer Ave Rock Hill, SC


As a boutique florist we source only the freshest and most beautiful seasonal offerings for our floral designs. Our desire is to source premium flowers that are beautiful, unique, and not usually offered in most traditional florists. 803-547-2361 Located inside Birds of a Feather 1642 Highway 160 W #102 Fort Mill, SC

What To Wear

The important question of What to wear? is best answered by Dana Ellison of Simply Elegant. Ellison has been dressing wedding parties in Fort Mill for 8 years. Simply Elegant has the largest selection of tuxedo rentals with brands like Tony Bowls, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein in a wide array of colors and patterns. The difference between big box carriers and Simply Elegant is clear with their customized services and exceptional pricing. The goal is always a perfect fit and everything can be special ordered. “We offer more accurate measurements to bridal parties, especially when they are traveling from out of town,” said Ellison. All pants, jackets and shoes can be tried on inside the shop at 855 Gold Hill Road. Popular color trends are dark and light grey suits and shoes with a combination of coral or tangerine ties and vests. Ellison recommends grooms come in one month before as everything is reserved first come first served. Tuxedo fittings are booked Thursday through Monday. Simply Elegant also offers a large selection of wedding gowns with brands like Venus, Casa Blanca, and Bonny. Brides can special order a customized dress or buy off the rack. Bridesmaid’s dresses are also for purchase. “We specialize in

modest, conservative dresses for bridesmaids and mothers,” said Ellison. When you buy a wedding dress and four bridesmaid’s dresses from Simply Elegant, a fifth bridesmaid dress or mother’s dress is free. Simply Elegant also carries flower girl pillows and baskets, gift boxes, jewelry, head pieces and wedding dress preservation boxes. For more information visit www., www., or call Dana Ellison directly at 803-5483900. Grooms looking for something incredibly unique should turn to R. Hanauer located in the heart of downtown Fort Mill. In 1985 R. Hanauer, Sr. found a niche market in bow ties. Since then, it has grown into a successful family business. All bow ties, cumberbunds, vests and ascots are handmade by one of four seamstresses on site. All orders received online before 1:00 PM are shipped next day. R. Hanauer said to bring in a swatch

of the bridesmaid dress and they will suggest matching patterns to compliment it. R. Hanauer designs new colors for every Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter seasons. For more information call 803-547-4000 or visit


You’re Invited!

Celia McCarter talks about RSVP Etiquette


What To Carry

Flowers can even make the smallest wedding big and beautiful. Tricia Coleman is a florist and the owner of Willow Floral Boutique. Tricia has been working with flowers longer than she can remember learning the business at her grandmother’s flower shop in Wilmington, NC. Tricia loves to help brides get the most for their money and uses unique but affordable options like garden roses, hydrangeas, and dahlias that can be half the price of other flowers like peonies. Tricia can duplicate almost anything from a photo and puts together lots of corsages, boutonnieres, and loose flowers for weddings. “I just want every bride to have a beautiful wedding and it doesn’t have to a cost a fortune,” said Tricia. She also loves working with unique flowers like ornamental kale and orchids. “We like to carry things that others don’t carry,” she said. Coleman recommended brides come in for a consultation at least one month ahead of time. Willow will deliver to most venues in the Fort Mill/Rock Hill area. You can contact Tricia Coleman at Willow, 1642 Hwy 160 or call 803-547-2361.


he arrival of summer signifies the arrival of invitations to weddings, graduation parties and summer barbecues. Although the events are very different, they all include the standard RSVP. RSVP, also written as R.S.V.P. and R.S.V.P., is an abbreviation for the French phrase “répondez s’il vous plaît” and is translated as “Respond, if you please”. Grammatically, the verb tense for respond is not a suggestion but rather a command; an RSVP must be given and is an insult to the host if it is not. Therefore, it does not mean to reply only if a guest is coming or to reply only if a guest is not coming. On the other hand, the expression “Regrets only” prompts guests to respond only if they are unable to attend. There are four basic rules to answering invitations properly. The first rule is to answer the invitation promptly so that the guest will not forget to do so later. More importantly, by receiving quick responses, the host can complete the planning process and finalize decisions with respect to preparing the appropriate amount of food, offering sufficient seating, and ordering plenty of party favors. If the guest has missed the RSVP deadline, he should correct his error immediately. The second rule is to answer the invitation with the same degree of formality in which it was sent. For a formal invitation, as an example, the RSVP is handwritten in black ink, answered in the third person in the exact form as the invitation and is mailed. Thus, if the invitation were emailed, then the RSVP must be emailed. The only exception to this rule is to respond according to the direction otherwise stipulated on the invitation. For instance, if a formal invitation were mailed but it included “RSVP (803) 548-7248”, then the host is directing the guest to RSVP by telephone and not by hand. The third rule is, when accepting invitations, the guest must state the date, time and place of the event so that mistakes by either the host or guest may be swiftly corrected. These details are unnecessary when regretting to an invitation. The fourth rule highlights the art of regretting. Truly, a simple “No, I am sorry” cannot replace “Yes, I would be delighted!” Depending on the relationship between host and guest, reasons must be given to every invitation with the exception of formal invitations. The invitation is a polite compliment on the part of the host and the regretting party must show equal politeness in refusing. Also, a joint invitation to a married couple must be refused if one of the two cannot accept. This standard, however, does not apply to children or siblings who may accept or regret separately. Celia McCarter is the director of the National League of Junior Cotillions, Fort Mill/Tega Cay Chapter. For membership information, please contact McCarter at celia.mccarter@nljc. com or by telephone at (803) 548-7248.

What To Serve

“Let them eat cake,” but don’t just serve any cake, serve something with personality. Mandi Bearak is the owner of SweetArt Cakes in Rock Hill. Bearak has always had a love for art and found that she could apply her talents quite nicely to cake. “I rarely do the same cake twice,” said Bearak. “I like to put together a cake that is as unique as the couple,” she said. Bearak loves to do a ‘Match the Dress’ theme coordinating the cake as closely to the brides dress as possible. When it comes to cake flavors, anything goes, from ultra traditional to something as unlikely as peanut butter and jelly and everything in between. Bearak has also done wedding cupcakes for something whimsical. “I love doing the little things that mean so much,” Bearak said. Bearak recommends that brides call her as soon as they have a date as time is limited to how many commitments she can make per weekend. SweetArt Cakes is located at 1502 Ebenezer Road in Rock Hill. Contact Mandi Bearak at 803-329-CAKE (2253) or find her online at www.

A perfect example of ‘Match the Dress’, this cake ties in a Swarovski crystal broach.

This two tiered cake is done in trendy turquoise and white fondant frosting, topped with attention to detail; butterflies made of edible gum paste.

Top your cake with fresh coral roses or flowers of your choice.


The Beginning of Your Happily Ever After With venues and vendors like these available in Fort Mill, any couple is sure to have a special day. If personal details are important to you, reach out to these businesses with special talents and experience to help. Remember, the little mishaps that happen during the ceremony or reception are destined to be the most memorable. Your wedding marks the first day of the rest of your life together, so enjoy it.



90 and thrilling things to do that your only decision is. enjoy all the freedom and flexibility of Norwegian's M eIIIlng ships and some of the most beautiful destinations in the world .


1 1181 2




$609 1 s' e Sta eroom






$239 1 s' e Sta eroom






$229 Ins' e Sta eroom







$439 I s' e Sta eroom


121 5112




Linda Murfin, erc, ACC

803.835.0585 For Meml1ers of the Restnct iOf1s apply. Contact me for detai ls. 'Fare IS shown In U.S. Dollars. Fare Is uulse only, per person. rebo ok m st accept th is promotion' s Terms and Conditions. Government raxes .. fees, and anbcllnl availability. are capacity controlled. and comblnablhty with other offers Is subject ID dIIagI discretion. Other restnctlons mavapply. IMPORTANT NOTICE: NCL reserws the right ID price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel Inaease above 565 per barnI on the charged, NCl Will have sole discretion to apptv the suppiemenlUy chaIgtIlD been paid In full. Such supplementary charges are not ncluded the cruise Norwegian IS not responsible for typographical errors or


Our Place in the Sun I

t’s now become an annual event, this gathering of anyone and everyone involved in some way, shape, or form with the energy industry. The Charlotte Convention Center is where it took place in its third year. Is positioning Charlotte as an energy hub for real? Consider these amazing facts. Last year, the Charlotte Business Journal’s annual event drew 400 participants. This year, the number rose to more than 700. According to the Charlotte Regional Partnership, Greater Charlotte is now the home for over 260 businesses and organizations, large and small, involved in some way with the energy sector. Fort Mill is connected because it is located in York County. That makes us an important part of what the Charlotte Regional Partnership


dubs Charlotte USA, a 16-county, two-state area that’s perfect for long-term growth, job creation and investment opportunities. Fort Mill is within the hub of all the exciting things going on in the vibrant and growing energy industry. The full day began with Mayor Foxx welcoming everyone. A panel discussion had top energy experts talking about how policy affects energy advancement and the best way to build America’s energy stability and economic development. In between sessions, attendees had a chance to check out the Expo. More than a dozen tables and exhibits awaited them. All things energy. All things Greater Charlotte. Exhibitors ran

Text by Ken Caputo

the gamut representing sponsors from the public, private, and educational sectors. After, we were treated to innovations and product demonstrations. Local companies are doing some amazing things. Two examples stand out. John Espey, COO of Charlotte-based Nexgrid, told us about the sophisticated Smart Grid system of digital devices and software they develop and produce. Nexgrid is helping utilities and businesses more efficiently handle energy loads. Julie Pruett, Director of Business Recruitment at the Catawba Economic Development Center, spotlighted Catawba

Photo by Ana Roman

Charlotte’s 2012 Energy Inc. Summit

Later, Entrepreneurs in Energy presented a fascinating picture of what’s beginning to happen in Charlotte. In the Uptown District, a building that started in the 1930s as a Packard auto dealership has been transformed. It’s become what’s called an incubator. Its “chicks” are entrepreneurs and start-ups in the field of energy. The public and private sectors are getting together to help cultivate the Apples and

All of us who live and work in the greater Charlotte region benefit from the emergence of energy as an engine into a better and more secure tomorrow. Fort Mill is an important player on this national stage.

Photo by Ana Roman

The one thing that emerged from all the talk is the strong desire for a cohesive national energy policy. Regardless of political affiliation, America needs a blueprint for meeting our energy needs today and tomorrow.

Facebooks of tomorrow. Curtis Watkins, Project Manager in Duke Energy’s GlobalTechnology Department, is also co-founder of CLT Joules, the Packard incubator. Energy. It’s happening now. Charlotte is poised to claim the mantel as the new energy capital. Our nation’s future depends on this key sector of the economy.

Photo by Paul Culver

EcoComplex, an innovative landfill/energy/ economic development project that’s gaining national attention.


the home throughout. Buyers like to feel at home when they view a home and sometimes that is difficult when there are family pictures throughout. Store away personal effects and as needed put excess furniture in storage. Stage furniture in such a way that the rooms look large. The concept of less is more definitely applies here. 8. The kitchen is the biggest selling feature for most buyers. Store items from the counter tops so the space looks spacious, change hardware as needed and update appliances and counter tops depending on the market in your area.

10 Tips To Sell Your Home Fast Text and photos by Jen Mildenberger


n today’s market, the main goal of every home seller is finding a buyer to pay the highest price in the fastest amount of time. Creating a positive first impression and showcasing the best attributes of your home are essential to achieve this goal. These 10 tips will help sellers achieve their goals and also shorten the process of selling their home. 1. Price the home correctly from the start. Some sellers like to test the market by pricing the home higher than the marketplace shows, and they end up losing out on buyers who may overlook it due to the price or find another home with the same features for a more realistic price. The Listing Agent will provide a range that is appropriate for the home based on comparable sales and statistics, so pricing higher will not benefit a seller. 2. Organize and maximize space in closets, cabinets and storage areas. When a buyer sees a closet that is half-empty, it gives them the impression that there is plenty of storage throughout the house. 3. Lighten and brighten the home. Buyers love natural light and spaces that do not seem dark.


The best ways to create light is to take down heavy window treatments, clean windows, open blinds and turn on lights for showings. 4. Hire the right listing agent. It is important to hire an agent who knows the community in which the home sits, but someone that is easy to communicate with and will keep the seller informed on the changes in the market. Do not be afraid to interview more than one agent to make sure it is the right fit. 5. Hide the fact that there are pets in the home. While most buyers love animals, they do not want to see evidence of them during a showing. Be sure to deodorize, clean up pet hair and store pet food bowls, toys and beds away from main living areas. 6. Minor updates can go a long way with a buyer. These include freshening up paint with neutral colors, cleaning carpets & grout, fixing leaky faucets, changing air filters and pressure washing the exterior. 7. De-personalize and de-clutter

9. Be “show ready” at all times. Once you list the home and have it on the market, it needs to be in show condition each day. Train your family to make their beds each morning, keep the kitchen sink empty and always have clean bathrooms. Cleanliness is definitely a factor in a buyer’s decision as a dirty home leads them to believe that the home is not well-maintained. 10. Curb appeal is the first impression. As a buyer arrives to view the home, they first see the exterior of the home. Be sure that the lawn is maintained, clean the front entrance and add some fresh plants and flowers. By following these 10 steps, you will have no problems selling your home for top dollar in a short period of time. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me for advice.

Jen Mildenberger is a SC/NC Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. You can reach her at 704-996-8195 or email her at Visit her website at

Mike Morrell

Loosening Your Leash

JAK’s Lounge

Having lived here for five years, my family and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about Baxter Village. I’d love to help you build your David Weekley dream home.

Work days can be long and it’s hard to give your pet the time it deserves. Stop feeling guilty about using your neighbors. I’m here to step in. Let’s get together and discuss your dog’s needs. It might be more affordable than you think. Currently, servicing these zips

Classy cocktail lounge recently opened in Rock Hill. Business casual dress code. Amenities include contemporary cocktail couches, billiards, flat-screen televisions, touch-screen bar games, outdoor patio and cornhole boards. Private rentals available.

Senior Sales Consultant

(704) 972-4226

codes: 29707, 29715, 28173, and 28277.

(803) 327-0090

(803) 310-DOGS (5437)

1474 East Main St. Rock Hill, 29730

Get Fit With Kathryn

Join Our Team

Carolina Martial Arts Academy

When you work with Fort Mill Magazine, you can become a high profile ad executive. You will have the opportunity to meet new people everyday on your own schedule. Join our team today and start earning

Students will get the one-on-one time that they deserve at Carolina Martial Arts. We offer classes in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Haedong Kumdo, and Women’s Self Defense classes. We are currently enrolling students for after school programs for next school year and are always taking in students for our

As a Nurse, Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Health and Fitness Specialist, I specialize in weight loss / weight management, nutrition support, and rehabilitation. Available services include: Individual, Partner, and Group Training. Contact KATalyst Personal Training for your complementary consultation.

(704) 785-0804

the income you deserve.

adult classes.

Contact Louis Roman

(803) 802-8531

Fort Mill’s Finest

Photos by Emily Wyatt

Fort Mill is an exceptional place to live with many quality homes to choose from, so here we spotlight a home that epitomizes Fine Living in Fort Mill’s Baxter Village. This summer’s featured home is available for purchase through David Weekley Homes. It is the Walling model, elevation A. This home includes: 4 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath plus Study and Children’s Retreat. The total square footage of this home is 3,063 Sq. Ft. The asking price is $506, 888. To inquire about this home contact: Mike Morrell at 704-497-3365. If you would like your listing featured in the Fine Living section of Fort Mill Magazine, email us at


How to Get The Biggest


Out of Your Landscaping


ne of the reasons to improve your landscaping, aside from making your home a more enjoyable place to live, is to increase the value of your home. Three must-have landscaping features to consider are: 1. A sophisticated design where the foundation planting has adjoining beds and two or three large island plantings incorporating curved bed lines as opposed to a simple design of only foundation plantings. 2. A variety of plant sizes ranging from large to small specimens of selected plants. 3. A diversity of plants that includes evergreen and deciduous plants, annual and perennial color, and the addition of a colored hardscape element.

A home valued at $100,000, through the installation of a well designed, diverse selection of large plants and hardscape elements, would increase in value by about $10,000.

immediate return though, you should add the largest size your budget will allow.

Sophisticated Design

Don’t just add foundation plantings like large trees or anchor shrubs at the corners of your house. Instead, add a wide variety of trees and shrubs with color, shape, and texture for added interest in every season. Don’t forget to add annuals, perennials, bulbs, and grasses.

With landscape design producing the greatest return, some real effort should be placed into the design process. Be sure to make use of design elements like line, shape, form/volume, space, texture, color, and value/tone. Use sound design principles like unity, emphasis/ focal point, balance, proportion/scale, contrast, movement, rhythm/pattern, and variety.

Plant Size When you add larger specimens to your landscape, you are really just buying time. Consider how important that feature is in your situation. If you don’t mind waiting 2-3 years for your new plantings to get more mature and larger, then there is no reason to spend the extra money right now. If you want an

Plant Diversity

Finally, take the extra steps to include a paver walkway, well positioned container, stone knee-wall, water feature, or yard art and you’ll see the impact these elements have on your landscaping project. The best part about improving your home’s landscape right now is that you get to enjoy it longer and the value it adds only increases as it matures.

George and Jan Wallace are regular contributors for Fort Mill Magazine and the owners of Sugar Creek Garden Center. For more information contact George and Jan at (803) 802-2600 or go to their website

Photos courtesy of Sugar Creek Garden Center

It turns out that about 40% of the increase in perceived value comes from the sophistication of the landscape design. About 35% comes from the size of the plantings, and another 25% comes from the diversity of the plants. A home with a sophisticated design and a diverse selection of large plants and hardscape elements has about a 10% increase in perceived value over a home lacking those elements.

Text by George Wallace



n previous issues, I have talked about the criteria that make it necessary to qualify, rates, terms, programs and being a first time home buyer. In this issue, I will talk about what is most important: relationships. Life is about relationships; if we do it right, everyone we come in contact with will enrich our lives. Although the internet is nice to surf, it rarely comes with a face you can trust. Wait! I am not talking about the politics of shaking hands and kissing babies. I am talking about a relationship you can count on. Before I lose you; hear me out. I recently had some car problems. That did not strike fear in me in the least. I knew I could count on Ron. Ron has been taking care of me for more than ten years. He and I built a relationship over the years and I know he is knowledgeable, truthful, and here’s the thing; I know the service he provides is worth every penny. Could I shop around and save a buck? Maybe, but in the long run that always Text by Ginenne Rife ends up costing me more than Photo by Emily Wyatt the pennies I saved. Car troubles have not wasted my time or cost on the people that provide them. It is the me extra in ten years. Same goes for my same about mortgages. You can surf the hairdresser. Trenna fits me in and provides internet and educate yourself on rates, terms, a service that is invaluable to me. She has and programs which I encourage you to been cutting my family’s hair for ten years. My son is off to college and still comes home to get a haircut. In an age of “walk in” hair cutting shops, my son said to me, “Mom, I would never go anywhere else.” I thought I knew the answer, but thought I’d ask just the same. “Why Tom?” He said, “Why would I?” “She has always done a great job for me, fits me in at the last minute, and asks me about school.” Interesting. In this age of technology, my son could have searched for a “drive thru” hair cutting shop for convenience and gone closer to school. He did not. He understands, do. Most importantly, please don’t rely on a at the age of 20, the importance of business company to provide what you need. Build a relationships. I can’t help but smile when my relationship with a person who cares enough daughter Megan, now 18 says, “I need to go to get it right and keep going back. see Ron for an oil change.”

The Importance of Building Relationships

“Life is about relationships; if we do it right, everyone we come in contact with will enrich our lives...”

What about these two services are similar? Auto shops and hairdressers seem to have nothing in common. The common thread is this...both are service industries that depend

A quick note about my friend Ron. Yes, he and his wife have become our friends. He has decided to take his wealth of knowledge in a new direction...high end audio for auto and

home. Does this leave me in a bind? For a time it did, but my solution was not to surf the net. I am now looking organically. I talk to my friends to see who they have a relationship with. Who will you refer this week?

Ginenne Rife has lived in Fort Mill for seventeen years and has worked in all facets of mortgage financing, from welcoming clients, preparing loan applications, working with underwriters, as well as sitting at the closing table. She is a licensed loan officer with American Equity Mortgage. She is licensed in both North and South Carolina. Contact her at: (803) 4032336 (office) (803) 517-4441 (cell), or email her at grife@


Out Of x o the B

Summer Savings Ideas Text by Michelle Black


veryone can benefit from saving money. Side effects from saving money include: healthier credit, less stress, emergency funds, and the ability to get the things that really matter to you (i.e. a home, dependable transportation, college tuition, family vacations, etc.). Here are a few of my favorite, out-of-the-box ideas that can help to put some of your hard earned dollars back into your pocket:

1. Ask your credit card company for a rate reduction If you are in good standing with your credit card company, then you may be able to qualify for a lower interest rate. Call the customer service department and ask for a lower interest rate explaining that you would rather get a better rate on your current card than to take your business elsewhere. Credit card companies want to keep your business and you may be surprised at the savings you’ll receive with this simple request.

2. Ask for your bills to be lowered In the same spirit as asking for your interest rates to be lowered, you can also ask for current bills to be lowered. Try calling your local cable company and explaining that you would prefer not to switch to satellite service, but you simply have to save some money on your bill. I tried this technique personally and immediately had my cable bill reduced by $20 per month and my internet service bill reduced by $10 per month. Other companies may be willing to lower your monthly bills as well (i.e. phone company, cell phone company, child care provider, newspaper/magazine subscriptions, etc.).


All it takes is one phone call to find out if you can save a bundle.

any of it unnecessarily. Just a few phone calls could save you thousands of dollars a year.

3. Ask for fees to be waived Have you ever had a late fee added to a credit card account, car loan, or other bill that you were unable to pay on time? You can ask for that late fee to be waived. Be kind, explain the circumstance, and ask for a supervisor if necessary. Be persistent and you can save this fee almost every time. Late fees are not the only types of fees you can ask to be waived. You can ask for fees to be waived when you sign up for new cell phone service, visit your doctor or dentist, open a new bank account, or book a vacation. It never, ever, ever hurts to ask. If the company is unable to waive any of their fees, you can still move forward with your purchase if it is important. Just remember, a little boldness could save you a lot. These are just a few money saving ideas that you may be able to benefit from this summer. You work hard for every cent you earn so be sure that you are not spending

Michelle Black is local credit expert, co-owner of Home Ownership Program for Everyone and a 25-year resident of Fort Mill.

Different people have various comfort levels with all types of movies, and that decision is a very personal one.

Investing A Summer Blockbuster

Text by Matthew Griffin


or movie buffs like me, summertime is the best season of the year because normally Hollywood chooses to release the large blockbuster films during the warm months. One can speculate about the possible reasons for this, but it is a phenomenon that has existed since Jaws debuted in the summer of 1975. Recently, when describing investing to an investor, I used a movie analogy. Turns out she was a fellow movie lover, so it made perfect sense to her. This analogy made a complex topic very simple for her, and I am hoping it will do the same for you.

BUDGET The first thing to consider when planning a trip to the local theatre is what dollar amount you are comfortable spending. If cost is not a concern, one will likely choose the theatre with the nicest bells and whistles – surround sound, best concessions, etc. However, if budget entertainment is your goal, perhaps the $1 theatre is the answer. You won’t find the newest movies there, but the price is right. The investing parallel is: How much money will you invest and what percentage of that money will you need immediately to maintain your lifestyle versus investing for your future?

WHO TO INVITE Will this movie trip be a group endeavor, or just a Father-Son experience? Or perhaps, you would like to spend some quality time with your significant other. Regardless, whom you choose to attend the movie with is important. In the investment landscape, every person should ask themselves: Who am I investing for? Although this seems to be obvious to some (me, of course), many times the answer is not as blatant as one might think. Depending on circumstances, people could invest money for everyone but themselves (kids, grand kids, spouse, their Alma Mater, etc.). Who the money is invested for could completely change the risk parameters. Furthermore, many times husbands and wives have different appetites for risk. She likes chick flicks, and he enjoys action movies, so maybe they compromise on a drama. Investment portfolios need to be similarly structured.

MOVIE CHOICE Would you rather attend a G-rated Pixar movie, or an R-rated action flick? For some people, ratings are not as important as content, but for others, it can be a deal breaker.

Here we consider the four-letter word risk. Think of attending Toy Story as a very low-risk movie. It is entertaining, but there is little chance anyone will be offended. On the other hand, BORAT is outrageously funny and to some, completely offensive. Those who stick it out until the end may leave enlightened and entertained, while others will walk out of the theater before the show is even over. Some investment choices can offer a smooth ride with little risk and everyone can be comfortable. Others may have potential for a big pay off, but the ups and downs may keep some people from seeing it to the end. It may be too violent or present doubts that the good guy is going to win.

THE ENDING In a well thought-out financial plan, a good ending is certainly the desired result. If the planner has identified how much to invest and who the money is being invested for, then they can choose appropriate investments according to your tolerance for risk. Just like going to the movies, you need to know in advance what your style is and what will keep you in the theater. Those who favor a riskier strategy need to know there could be some scary parts and you may miss a really good ending if you leave too early.

YOUR ADVISOR Our job is to be your VIP movie host. “Is the lighting okay? How are your sight lines? I brought you a large soda. Do you prefer your popcorn with or without butter? You look cold, here is a blanket. A scary part is coming up, may I cover your eyes for you?” You get the picture. Our job is to keep you at the movie.

Matt is the financial consultant for Family Trust Investment Services. Before joining the Family Trust Investment Services team, Matt worked at Smith Barney in Charlotte and was a wholesaler at SunAmerica Asset Management. Follow Matt on Twitter (WallStSteward) and on Facebook (WallStreetSteward). You can also get more investing tips by going to Matt’s blog: www.


More Choices Customized Options Superior Customer Service

MORE POWER TO YOU Now is the time to switch! We do all the work so you don’t have to. Agency Owners: Mike & Jodie Murrell

(803) 548-2008


has Never been

SO Good

Photos courtesy of Crystal Cruises

Text by Linda Murfin

room staff and more professionally certified chefs per ship than other lines. No, you won’t find rock climbing walls or surfing pools, but you will find the kind of service remembered from days-gone-by, without it emptying your wallet. There are just 5 cabin types - Deluxe Stateroom with picture window, Deluxe Stateroom with verandah, Penthouse with verandah, Penthouse Suite, and just four Crystal Penthouses. All verandah cabins include butler service and a private butler comes with the Crystal Penthouses. There is a lovely spa and fitness center and closets are ultra-large to help accommodate all the clothing needed for the longer voyages.


ruise. Just saying the word conjures up a vision of luxury. Someone to clean up after you, wait on you hand and foot and bring you all the food you want at any time of the day or night - that’s not what we’re used to at home, for sure. Yet lately, I have been prone to steer customers to all-inclusive resorts instead of cruises because of the value inherent in them and the hidden costs that have been creeping into the mass cruise market. On most cruise lines, drinks are NOT included and an $800 bar bill on a seven-night cruise (yes, friends of ours actually experienced that) can make that “bargain” fare a little less attractive. Crystal Cruises is taking luxury cruising to a whole new level. Starting this May, they have made their cruises all-inclusive. The Crystal Serenity and her sister ship the Crystal Symphony will now include complimentary spirits, wine, open bar service (beer, soda, juices and bottled water), all gratuities, award winning service, and specialty dining in Prego (Italian) and Silk Road (sushi) in their rates.

They also offer free shuttles to the city center in most ports, onboard enrichment programs, fitness classes, and even golf clinics with their onboard golf pro. I recently had the opportunity to tour the Crystal Serenity while she was in Charleston. Crystal Cruises has been voted the World’s Best Cruise Line by readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines more times than any other cruise line, so this was quite a treat. The atmosphere is one of understated luxury. Everyone on staff makes you feel right at home and there is no “stuffiness” to be found. They “hire for attitude and train for skill” at Crystal. The line has one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios in the industry with all European-trained dining

As a benefit for my taking time to tour the Serenity, I was given the opportunity to offer special savings to the Fort Mill Magazine Travel Club. For any bookings made by May 30, 2012, club members will receive up to $1000 off a 2012 Crystal cruise. Itineraries range from 7 - 18 days for this offer and include European and Mediterranean voyages, trans-Panama Canal, Fall in Canada, transAtlantic, and one each Caribbean and West Coast voyage. For more information about traveling, or Fort Mill Magazine’s Travel Club, call Linda Murfin at 803-8350585 or email her at linda@



At 3,000 Feet You’re Away From The Text by Emily Wyatt Photos by Keith Smiley


When summer time hits, and vacations are being planned, we try to go as far away as possible. We are so ready for escape that we tend to feel like we have to fly or drive across the country, or to another country, just to feel like we are getting the proper vacation. This is not so. Take Cashiers, NC, for example. A mere hour an a half from where the blockbuster hit Hunger Games was filmed (Shelby, NC) lies a vast expanse of forest called the Nantahala National Forest. And, it’s only a three hour drive from here. It’s right in Fort Mill’s backyard. Wondering through Cashiers‘ many trails you get lost in nature. In some areas, it almost seems unreal. You can be consumed by your

Photo courtesy of Jan Smiley


s a child some of your greatest adventures were spent in your very own backyard. Some of your best times as a kid may have been spent outside. Some rope and a busted tire were your best friend. We loose that as we grow older. Much like Robin Williams in Hook, we forget what it was like to never want to grow up. We forget what it’s like to never want to lose our imaginations, to lose our sense of adventure.

imagination out there. Peter Pan would be so proud. The sounds of rushing water from a nearby fall seem to be in perfect harmony with the local song birds. Colors seem more vivid, greens are greener, pink flowers seem pinker. You may even be reminded of Wonderland, without the Alice-like experience of falling down a rabbit hole. There’s plenty of adventure to go around in Cashiers, NC. One of the many waterfalls in the area is called Sliding Rock by the locals. It has been described as the best water slide that you’ll ever go on. This local swimming hole encourages its swimmers to slide down a three tiered rocky water fall into a shallow pool. If you want a real adrenaline rush, call one of Cashier’s many adventure stores and get a reservation on one of the white water rafting trips.

knit little area called, the Highlands. A trip up to the Highlands could literally be a vacation for every personality in the family. Next time you’re thinking about going on a vacation, or just need a little weekend getaway, think about when you were a kid and your backyard was anything you wanted it to be. Then remember that Fort Mill’s own backyard is full of amazing places such as Cashiers and the Highlands. Take a break from the heat at 3,000 feet this summer. You don’t’ have to go far to get to Neverland, even if it is just for a few days.

If you are more like Wendy than a Lost Boy, then take a trip up to the Highlands. Driving into the Highlands for the first time may catch you by surprise. You may even feel like you’re driving into no man’s land. Then, out of nowhere, there’s the Highlands in all of its glory. You will find fine dining, spas, and 5-star hotels all in a tight-


Destination: Outer Banks, NC

Sink Your Toes In The Sand Text by Emily Wyatt Photos by Keith Smiley and David Wyatt



come from a family of beach junkies. Like a flock of birds, we normally migrate toward warmer climates such as: the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Maarten, or Belize. We are a family of scuba divers, so we go where the water is warm and wildlife is breathtaking. That being said, if I were asked to choose my favorite beach destination in the world, I’d pick the Outer Banks in North Carolina every time. My family vacationed in the Outer Banks every summer. The summer I turned 14, my brother, his friend, and I were playing a game where you have to jump over the spiral of a wave whenever it brakes, since we’re not Kangaroos, we never really mastered it. That’s when I saw it. A twenty-dollar bill floating in the water. I was confused. The Atlantic Ocean doesn’t normally dispense cash, right? I went to show my mother and that’s when I heard it. “I found it first!” My brother and his friend were fighting over a fifty-dollar bill that had washed ashore. I heard a quick “Whoo!” from my aunt and saw her stuff something green in her bathing suit top, another $50. We found over $250 that day on the beach and, even though we looked for the owner of this treasure, we never found him. I admit, I’m a little biased with my preference for this beach since I learned how to boogie board there, I spent my sweet 16 there, and most recently, my 25th birthday there in the Outer Banks. Most importantly, I had my first Dairy Queen Blizzard there. See, my grandfather bought a beach house in the Outer Banks before I was born and we’ve been going ever since. I still remember sitting at the dining room table of our beach house. I was no older than 5 or 6 years old. I had a plate, lots of napkins, a fork, and a pair of nut crackers. We went crabbing very early that morning, and I was ready to try crab for the first time. I’ve been hooked ever since. Freshly caught crab meat should be it’s own food group (that and ice cream). My grandfather used to tell that story to me over and over as I grew up. “I remember were so small....and you ate so much!” I never got tired of hearing those stories from my grandfather. That’s what the Outer Banks is to me...some of the best memories. No, it’s not a tropical place. The diving and

snorkeling is not great. The water is often too murky and too chilly for spoiled divers like me and my family. (If you do get to dive in the Outer Banks, I suggest visiting the sunken German U-boat that the U.S. hit during War World II). At the Outer Banks though, you don’t need to dive. If you have a condo or hotel room right on the beach, it’s not unreasonable to see dolphin outside of your window every morning, not 250 yards from your room. My suggestion: bring binoculars. It’s not just the wildlife that makes the Outer Banks so amazing. It’s the atmosphere. I have nothing against Myrtle Beach, but if you go there, you’re going for the clubs and tourist feel. When you go to the Outer Banks, you feel like you’ve been there you’re entire life. The Outer Banks is a great place because you’re entertained even if you’re not a sit-on-the-beach-all-day-and-bake kind of person. If you’re a history nerd, like me, you can spend a day visiting all four lighthouses on the island or the Wright Brother’s memorial. The Outer Banks is full of stories about pirates (Ocracoke Inlet was Blackbeard’s favorite place to drop anchor), the civil war, Roanoke (the real first British Colony), and World War II. Take a date night and enjoy some amazing restaurants like Owens or Queen Anne’s Revenge. If you’re looking for something more family friendly, take the kids to one of the many putt-putt golf courses. You can also wear the kids out at the largest sand dune on the East coast, Jockey’s Ridge. Maybe then, you could have that date night after all. There are tons of things to do on this tiny strip of land. Just going over some of the massive bridges is an adventure in itself. At the Outer Banks, the whole family can have fun without emptying your wallet, unless it gets lost in the Atlantic, which apparently happens from time to time.



Effective Ways to Lose Weight Dieting



Text by Bree Zeigler Photos by Emily Wyatt


magine being able to achieve your ideal weight without the restriction and punishment of a diet. You wouldn’t feel restricted from the foods you love or suffer from the guilt of failure. Studies show that 90-95% of diets fail, so why feel deprived and hungry for results that don’t last? It’s time to throw out the dreaded diet plans and bring in an easy, satisfying recipe for success. The key to achieving an ideal weight is adopting a few simple changes at a time with the appropriate support. These changes will not only help to maintain a healthy weight, but also significantly lower risks for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Eat Healthy Fats Healthy fats are one of the most important factors missing from the standard American diet. Every cell in our body is made from fat, so it is a vital part of nutrition that has been avoided since the low-fat craze started in the early 1990s. By adding in natural sources of healthy fats such as olives and olive oil, coconut and coconut oil, avocados, nuts, and free range eggs, we can significantly improve our health and weight.

Choose Whole Foods Many packaged foods are made with artificial or synthetic ingredients that actually result


in weight gain and other unwanted side effects regardless of the calorie count. Add in natural foods that aren’t processed and packaged. If the food does have a label, read the ingredient list. Ideally, the list should be short and the terms should be easily recognized as food products, rather than artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Reduce Sugar According to the American Dietetic Association, excess sugar consumption is the leading cause of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. The USDA reports that Americans consume an average of 160 pounds of sugar per year. Your body can burn two sources for energy: sugar and fat. When sugar is consumed, your body is more likely to burn the sugar for energy and store the fat.

Reducing sugar intake will encourage your body to burn fat and improve your general health.

Love Your Body Just As It Is Now Rather than thinking about how much you will love your body when you reach your goal weight, focus on boosting your self-confidence now. Studies have proven that those with higher self-esteem easily make better dietary choices. Boost your confidence by genuinely complimenting yourself every day and you will naturally begin to choose foods that are best for your body. To get the results you want, start with only one or two changes and focus only on those until they become a habit. Also, it is important to enlist an accountability partner who could be a friend, coworker, spouse or a professional. Simply having the information won’t lead to lasting change, but getting support and accountability will set you up for inevitable success. Bree Ziegler RN, BCHC Vitality Health Coaching

Let’s Talk Dementia Photo by Maggie Bell-Niven

80,000 people in the state of South Carolina with Alzheimer’s. By the time we reach the age of 85, fifty percent of us will have been diagnosed with the disease. Those statistics are staggering, and they also explain why we are hearing more about the disease than ever.


oes it seem you are meeting more and more people facing the challenges of dementia? Undoubtedly, the answer is “yes”. One of the most commonly asked questions I receive as a Dementia Specialist is, “Why do so many people have dementia?” I wish I had the answer, as do the many scientists who daily work to find a cure for the many forms of dementia. We do know there are over 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s. There are over

Did you know there are over 70 different types of dementia? That is usually new information for most people. Most of us assume dementia and Alzheimer’s are the same. They are not. Dementia is an inability to think clearly. Don’t panic. Just because you find yourself confused, or you can’t find your keys or your glasses doesn’t mean you have dementia. We all walk into a room and cannot remember why we did so. This is part of normal aging. What is NOT normal is walking from room to room with a constant state of confusion or finding the misplaced glasses or keys in the freezer. There is a definite distinction between normal aging and dementia. So, what is Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain. Just as we know the heart, the liver, the kidneys, or any other organ can

Text by Carol Howell

become diseased, so can the brain. Often times this disease is diagnosed as “Alzheimer’s”. What is most important to understand is the need for quick action whenever the first symptoms of dementia appear. When dementia begins to interfere with the activities of daily living – bathing, eating, ambulating, dressing, and toileting – then a trip to the family doctor is in order. It is also a great idea to seek assistance from a trained professional in the field of dementia. The journey that is about to begin can be confusing and scary. However, when information about dementia and Alzheimer’s are added to the journey, life improves. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and normal aging are all things we need to know about and be prepared for. Carol Howell is the founder of Senior Life Journeys. She’s a Certified Dementia Specialist, an Endorsed Life Coach. To learn more, go to, email carol@, or call 803-984-9875.



RELAX. THANKS TO SEDATION DENTISTRY Text by Jennifer Jonas Feeling great at the dentist does not have to be an urban legend. These days there are many advancements in dental technology that make

IV sedation is commonly recommended for patients undergoing more complex procedures such as, wisdom tooth removal, implant surgery

appointments more pleasant and less painful. Understanding your options as a patient will ultimately improve your visit to the dentist.

or for patients with severe dental phobias. A variety of anti-anxiety medications are used to induce a state of deep relaxation. The

The use of sedation for limiting pain and anxiety is not a new trend and you may be surprised to find out how beneficial it can be.

medications typically cause an amnesia effect. There are certain instructions to be followed that a dentist will give his/her patient prior to undergoing IV sedation. The patient should be monitored for 24 hours following the procedure and an escort is needed to bring the patient to

Several types of sedation can be offered to patients with slight to severe dental anxiety or phobias. The three most common types of

and from the appointment.

sedation are inhalation sedation, oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation. Minimal to moderate sedation allows the patient to achieve

Sights, smells, and sounds can stimulate dental fear. There are many reasons a patient

a calm and relaxed state during dental procedures. Nitrous oxide, an inhalation sedative often known as laughing gas, is used to make the patient more comfortable during certain dental procedures. It is a gas mixed with oxygen that is inhaled through a small mask that fits over the patient's nose. The effects of nitrous oxide

may fear the dentist. The most common are previous poor dental experiences, a fear of pain or the unknown, dental injection/needles and general anxiety. The fear can be so severe that patients avoid the dentist, but there are multiple solutions to overcoming dental anxiety and phobia. It is important that you take an active role in

are only felt while the gas is administered. Common effects include relaxation and tingling in the arms and legs. During the procedure, the

your oral health. The dentist you chose will need to know what medications you are currently taking, any allergies, and if you have

patient will be able to hear and respond to directions. Following the procedure, the patient is placed on oxygen until all effects have worn

any active or past health problems or conditions. You should understand the risks and benefits involved in dental treatment and

off, which is typically about 5 minutes.

sedation, so that you and your dentist can determine the best treatment path. Steps can be taken to make your dental visit as safe and

Oral sedation can range from mild to moderate depending on the dose of medication given. The medication is often given the night before and then one hour prior to the dental visit. Due to the effects of the drug, it is

comfortable as possible, so that you can maintain your healthy smile.

recommended that someone escort the patient to and from the office. Driving should be avoided when this option is chosen. Oral sedation often causes relaxation and drowsiness, which helps the patient overcome fear and anxiety during the dental procedure. It is common to use an oral sedative in conjunction with an inhalation sedative to increase calming effects.



Let Your Taste Buds Lowcountry Bistro in Charleston, SC

Text by Linda Murfin

produce and seafood available daily. They offer “blackboard specials” that change daily with what the market has to offer. The food is delicious. I had an appetizer of crab cakes and fried green tomatoes with white cheddar and country ham grits. My husband had Frogmore Stew. The most expensive thing on the menu was $16 and there is a decent wine list with some nice variation. Other offerings include a variety of tasty southern appetizers ($4-$10), soups (82 Queen’s She-Crab included), a trio

of salads and eight very inspired entrees. It was difficult to choose. One of the best things about our experience was our server, Cassandra. She was knowledgeable, professional and extremely helpful. Be sure to ask for a table in her section.

The Lowcountry Bistro is on 49 South Market St. in Charleston, SC, (843) 302-0290.


The Lowcountry Bistro opened there at the beginning of May. It has the same executive chef as the wonderful 82 Queen which is definitely a plus. The prices are extremely reasonable, especially given its prime location on South Market Street with a balcony overlooking the city market. The building at 49 South Market is the founding home of local produce distributor Limehouse Produce. Lowcountry Bistro keeps the integrity of the building’s past by using only the freshest


Photos courtesy of Lowcountry Bistro

n a town known for its great restaurants, it takes a lot of guts to open a new one. That’s exactly what owner Steve Kish of 82 Queen has done in Charleston.

TerraceCafé of

Ballantyne Never miss breakfast again! Enjoy your favorite weekend brunch items every weekday. From Red Velvet Waffles to homemade Biscuits and Gravy, or our Fresh Fruit Platter and YMCA nutritionist approved Omelets, Terrace Café will get your day started right. Don’t miss lunch or dinner with us, either!

John’s Family Restaurant

Terrace Café of Ballantyne 14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 150 Charlotte, NC 28277 704-369-5190

We have been serving up delicious, home cooked meals for over 25 years here in Charlotte. From seafood and steak to southern home style dishes and more, we have all your taste buds covered! All of our menu selections are made from the freshest ingredients. Have a sweet tooth? Try our homemade desserts! Beer and wine are also available. We are family owned and operated and focus on bringing you, our customer, the best food served in a family atmosphere. John’s Restaurant 2002 Westinghouse Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28273 (704) 588-6613

The Roasting


A blend of Peruvian and Latin American flavors, we offer a variety of dishes featuring chicken, roasted pork, beef, seafood, and vegetarian. Our signature chicken is carefully marinated overnight in a special blend of spices, then slowly roasted to perfection making it juicy and full of flavor. We prepare our homemade sauces to compliment every meal. Come and discover the pleasure of new flavors. The Roasting Oven 855 Gold Hill Road #111 Fort Mill, SC 29708 (803) 547-5522 3700 Carowinds Blvd. Fort Mill, SC 29708 (803) 548-4122


Modern Family Dinner


Versatile Fruit Text and photo by Valerie McGann


t’s this time of year that we take to the outdoors. We turn to our grills, propane and charcoal in hand. We make burgers, hot dogs, steaks and grilled chicken. The hard part is determining what to serve with the main dish. I have noticed over the years that of all the fruits and vegetables I can purchase at our local farm stand, the one my children never grow tired of is tomatoes. Tomatoes, the fruit/ vegetable that is so versatile, yet they don’t get the respect they deserve. In addition to a succulent and flavorful experience, their nutritional value cannot be denied. They have only 27 calories per serving and they contain 25% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A and 32% vitamin C. They are devoid of fat, trans fats, and cholesterol, and they are a great source of B vitamins and carcinogen fighting Lycopene. What do you do with tomatoes besides adding them to a green salad? Well, let me share three ways to make a tomato side dish your family will love.

Caprese Salad 3 medium Roma Tomatoes 1 8oz pkg. fresh mozzarella, balled 4 Basil leaves ¼ tsp. granulated garlic ½ tsp. kosher salt Balsamic vinegar Olive oil Slice the tomatoes ¼” thick. Slice the mozzarella ball into quarters. Slice each quarter into ¼” thick slices. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and granulated garlic.

Layer the tomato and mozzarella slices onto a plate. Finely dice the basil, sprinkle over the top of the layered tomato and cheese. Lightly drizzle the balsamic vinegar and then the olive oil over the tomatoes and cheese. Cover the plate with plastic wrap, and allow the flavors to marinate for at least 2 hours. If marinating longer than 2 hours, be sure to place into the refrigerator.

Tomato Cucumber Salad 8 medium Roma Tomatoes 2 medium cucumbers 1 small red onion ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup red wine vinegar 3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced 2 tsp. sugar Cracked black pepper & kosher salt to taste Cut the tomatoes into quarters, then cut each quarter into thirds. Peel the cucumbers, slice in half lengthwise and cut into ½” pieces. Finely dice the red onion. Combine the vegetables in a bowl. Sprinkle with kosher salt and toss. For the dressing, combine

the vinegar, olive oil, garlic and sugar into a 2c measuring cup. Sprinkle with salt and cracked pepper. Whisk the dressing together and pour it over the veggies. Using a wooden spoon, stir the veggies and the dressing together, being certain to completely coat the vegetables with the dressing. Cover the salad and marinate at least 8 hours.

Grilled Cherry Tomatoes 2 pints cherry tomatoes 2-4 Tbsp. Olive Oil Kosher salt & Black pepper to taste Place the tomatoes onto skewers. Coat the tomatoes with olive oil using a basting brush. Sprinkle the tomatoes generously with salt and pepper. Grill the skewers approx. 1-2 minutes, turning several times to lightly char the skin of the tomatoes. Remove from the skewers and serve.

To learn more about Valerie McGann and go to modernfortmillfamilydinner.

A New Experience

Oasis DaySpa Text and photos by Emily Wyatt

admitted. No matter what the service is, at Oasis Day Spa it will be good for you as well as feel amazing.

The Pedicure and Manicure The pedicure and the manicure were fairly basic until they got to the hot wax. I know it sounds crazy, but what an experience. I dipped my feet in very warm to hot wax two or three times. The wax was wrapped and my fingernails were painted. Then, the wax was peeled right off my feet, pain free. It felt like I had an a fresh new layer of skin. It was amazing.

The Massage


ntebellum style houses have an air about them. They simply seem inviting, large, and peaceful in a way. Oasis Day Spa opened in 1998 and is in such a house. Located in downtown Charlotte, Oasis Day Spa supplies its customers with a little southern charm and a lot of southern hospitality.

my back, arms, hands, legs, feet, face, and head. I was floating on cloud nine by the time it was all over.

This was my first massage. And I must say, if you’re new to the experience like I was, then you need to know a few things. First, if you don’t like being touched by a complete stranger, a massage may not be for you. Second, use the restroom before you lay down on that table. That being said, I had a hot stone massage which meant most of the time the masseuse used hot stones instead of her hands for the massage. She massaged

The Facial This was another first for me. If you are new to the concept, be ready for a little bit of claustrophobia. Maybe it was just me, but at one point there was a mask on my face, a towel around my head and a hot fan blowing on my face. I got a little uncomfortable with it, but it didn’t last very long and the rest of the facial felt great. I’m writing this a few days after my time at the spa and I can honestly say I feel healthier. My face is clearer. I haven’t woken up with any pains in my joints or back. I’m more relaxed over-all. Maybe there’s something to this idea of healthy pampering.

Juanita Walton, CFO of Oasis Day Spa, told me that she and her business partner, Director of Spa Services, Roberta Johnson, take customer service to heart. “Our motto is southern hospitality at its best,” Walton said. In fact, that very reason is why they chose their antebellum style house. “We had to put a lot of work into it...but it was just perfect,” Johnson told me. That very day, I was there to get a pedicure, manicure, massage, and facial. “We try to offer services that our customers like. People want a good facial and a good massage,” Johnson told me. This spa isn’t just about pampering. “We believe in pampering, but we also look at pampering with results,” Johnson


A Sweet Tale C

hocolate. Just the thought of the creamy, sweet, delicious treat makes your mouth water. Any woman will tell you that chocolate is one of the ultimate indulgences. So, I set out to try some chocolate from a few of the best local chocolate joints and then wrote about my sweet adventure. It’s a tough gig, but somebody has to do it. First, I visited, Chocolat Boutique in Baxter. Owned by Gail van Welsen, the Chocolat Boutique sells an assortment of chocolates, including haystacks, nut clusters, and chocolate covered strawberries. All of their ingredients are natural. Welsen even makes her own caramel. And all of this delicious magic happens right in the kitchen in the back of the 500 sq. ft. store. I was impressed. “Business is great,” Welsen said, “Valentine’s day was a huge hit this year.” The Chocolat Boutique makes seasonal and holiday candies for every occasion. Including, Guinness Chocolates for St. Patty’s day. “We had them...a few years ago and have kept them ever since,” Welsen said. This season the Chocolat Boutique are featuring chocolate covered strawberries, and they can’t keep them in stock. When the timing’s right, they’ll


even get them from the Springs farm. And we all know how much we love our Springs farm strawberries. When asked why Welsen got into the chocolate business she simply responded with, “Well, I’m from England, and we love our chocolate. It’s a small luxury really.” A small luxury that makes my taste buds do a jig. Welsen told me that

their signature dish was their salted caramels, but I had a pecan turtle while I was there, and it was absolutely to die for. The next stop was Casey Hickey’s Twenty Degrees Chocolates in Charlotte. The name actually explains a lot about the lounge itself.

e of Two Cities Text and Photos By Emily Wyatt

“It’s latitude,” Hickey explains, “its the band of latitude north and south of the equator where cacao (or coco for those of us who didn’t learn how to make gourmet chocolate in France) grows.” This sets the tone for our discussion on chocolate. Once I started talking to Hickey, I quickly learned that I was simply clueless in regards to the intricacies of chocolate. But, a Twenty Degrees Chocolate, learning means tasting. Before I left, Hickey made sure to give me a box of their Single Origin Chocolates. It contained three pieces of the “Pure Peru”, three pieces of the “Cocuy”, and three pieces of the “Out of Africa.” Before I tasted them Hickey explained to me, “Most chocolate comes from a blend of beans...and when you get into a single origin what you’re looking to do in chocolate is what vendors do with wine. And that is to let it have a little more personality to really exhibit some of the characteristics of the soil and the climate of where it comes from.” That being said you might find their Single Origins box to be a bit like reliving Golilocks and the Three Bears. I had a piece of the “Out of Africa” I found it to be a bit bitter, delicious albeit, but bitter. The Pure Peru was extremely sweet and very rich. It was almost fruity. But the Cocuy, 70% dark Colombian chocolate, was just right.

though. As you look into their case you may seem familiar names, like “The Dude” (an homage to The Big Lebowski) and “The African Queen” (an homage to Katherine Hepburn). Currently, Hickey is working on a new chocolate, a rose water infused with local honey and olive oil ganache in a heart shell. The name is pending between The Romeo and Juliet and The Capulet. I voted for the Capulet.

[Meissner] can talk to you about wine like I can talk to you about chocolate,” Hickey admitted. They have frequent wine tastings, and a monthly wine dinner. It’s a five to six course meal that is normally catered by Chef Charles right in their lounge. It doesn’t matter where you go, Chocolat Boutique or 20 Degrees Chocolates, you will get a delicious treat. Both of these talented ladies prepared chocolates for corporate events, weddings, and other events that you may be hosting this summer. If you want chocolate on the menu, give them a call.

Oh yea. Did I mention 20 Degrees Chocolates is partnered with Hickey’s husband’s business, Petit Philippe? It’s a wine bar. “Mark

Hickey doesn’t just do single origin chocolate



Brewing Basics Text by Alex Shoenthal Photo by Keith Smiley


t’s so easy these days to find great commercial beer. Most grocery stores carry a better selection of Craft Beer than your average beer store did ten years ago. Beers I used to have to drive an hour to find are now on the shelves at my Harris Teeter. The downside is that beer is getting expensive. Like everything else, beer is highly prone to inflation, rising fuel costs, rising ingredients costs, ingredient shortages, etc. Most of the beers I like are now $12-15 a six pack with fewer and fewer options under $10 per six pack. So why not brew your own, it’s easier than you think. I’ve been an avid home brewer for the past eight years, with some of my early home brewing experiences going back to the early 1990’s when I would act as Brewer’s Assistant for my Dad. These early memories of home toasting malts, the aroma of hops in the air, and the inevitable scolding my father would get for making a mess in the kitchen stuck with me. As did the final product which my Dad would always let me sample. Sure he had some questionable batches and the occasional exploding bottle, but overall the beers were great and we had some great Father-Son time in the process. Beer is made of four very basic ingredients; water, malt, hops, and yeast. Of course, there are countless variations of these elements, but these four things are all you need. Water is the primary ingredient, but considering that it makes up about 95% of the beer’s ingredient profile, it has a big influence


on the final product. Some brewers like to use bottled spring water, some use filtered, and some (like me) use it straight from the tap. Water quality and mineral/salt make-up can vary greatly depending on where you live. There are many specialty additives that can help you fine-tune your water if needed. However for most brewers, straight from the tap is fine. Generally speaking, if the water tastes good, so will the beer. Malt refers to the naturally occurring Maltose sugars provided by the grains. Barley is the main grain used, but wheat, rye, oats, corn, and rice are also used. You, the brewer, have the option of how you get this sweet fermentable Maltose sugar from the grain. There are a set of procedures used by big breweries and home brewers alike to create this process of separating the sugars from the grain. This is called all grain brewing and requires a bit more skill and education. Luckily for novice brewers there are readily available malt extracts that eliminate the need for this procedure. These are known as Dried Malt Extract (DME) or Liquid Malt Extract (LME). Grains and extracts are readily available at your local home brew shop. Hops are used to bitter, flavor, add aroma, and to balance the sweet malt. Think of them as the spice used to season the brew. Hops are added at different stages of the brewing process. Bittering hops are added at the beginning of the boiling process and account for the overall bitterness of the beer. Flavor and aroma hops are added towards the end of

the boil and give you distinct flavors and aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruit, herbs, earthy greens, pepper, and spice. Dry hops are added during the conditioning phase of the beer and add intense aromas found in India Pale Ales, Pale Ales, and many of the newer styles that have hopforward aromas and flavors. There are hundreds of hop varieties from all over the globe. They are available in whole-flower form, compressed plugs, and processed pellets. Yeast can be one of the most complex and important ingredients of your brew. It is the only living ingredient and mishandling can be disastrous. Yeast is crucial if you are brewing a classic style like Belgian Tripels, German Hefeweizen, and most English, Irish, or Scottish styles. Like hops and malts, there are many different strains of yeast available to home brewers. Some of the more basic and widely used yeasts come in dried form, sold in little packets. The more exotic and classic yeasts are liquid and sold in vials or larger foil-packs. The final item you need is brewing equipment. There is a vast range available to suit whatever level of brewing you desire. Simple extract set-ups consist of a 5-gallon brewing pot, a 7-gallon brew bucket to ferment in, a 5-6 gallon glass carboy, and an assortment of necessary hoses, brushes, and basic instruments. If you bottle your brew, you’ll need caps and a capper. If kegs are your desire, a used one will run you about $40. All grain brewing requires a larger kettle, propane burners, two coolers, and chilling equipment. A basic extract set up is about $120-150 with a good all grain rig costing $300-$1500 depending on your individual need. So, why go through all this trouble you ask? First is cost, an all grain batch of 7% ABV IPA (like Bell’s Two Hearted or Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA) costs me about $20 for a 5 gallon keg (or two cases of bottles). Compare that to $10-12 for a six pack. Of course, I buy all my ingredients in bulk and propagate and store my own yeast cultures which adds to the low cost. Quality, flavor, and freshness are the other arguments for brewing your own. Once you get a few batches under your belt, you’ll see what I mean. There’s nothing like a draft of supremely fresh and flavorful home brew you made from start to finish.

Once you get comfortable with all the ingredients, you’ll have the ability to really fine tune your brew to your liking. You are a Beer Chef and hops, malt, and yeast are your magical ingredients. When you brew your own, the sky is the limit. If you can think it, you can brew it. Some of my more unusual and delicious brews have been; Imperial Coconut Porter, Persimmon Pale Ale, Blood Orange Double IPA, Bacon Maple Porter, Bourbon Barrel Aged Sweet Potato Imperial Porter, Piña Colada Wheat, and a Coffee Vanilla Bourbon Oaked Porter I call Mean Bean that has racked up half a dozen ribbons at home brew contests so far. Here are some great home brewing resources: BJCP-Beer Judge Certification Program This breaks beers down by style and gives all the specifics for each style. Alternative Beverage www.ebrew.

com is Charlottes biggest (and only) home brew supply shop with locations in Belmont, NC, South Charlotte, and Mooresville, NC. They sell EVERYTHING beer and wine related and have an expert staff to help you. American Home brewers Association (AHA) www. is a national club dedicated to promoting and education about home brewing. How To Brew by John Palmer is a great, comprehensive book perfect for beginners. The Complete Joy of Home brewing by Charlie Papazian is the original and still one of the best home brew books out there. Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff is a detailed how-to for brewing the World’s classic beer styles. A must if you want to brew competitively.


Photos by Stefanie Morris

Brooke Thibodaux is wearing a Black Dress by Elan USA | 72 Shoe Boutique | $35 Patina Necklace Set | Bijuju | $28 White AG Jeans by Style Ballad | Denim Affair | $165 Bozzolo | Bacio61 | 72 Shoe Boutique | $134

Haliey Harty is wearing a Pareo Scarf/Wrap | Bijuju| $16 Stripe Fedora | Bijuju | $26 Gemstone Jean by Red Engine-Cinder | Denim Affair| $176


Lisa Stewart is wearing a Coral Dress | 72 Shoe Boutique | $48 Patina Multi Necklace | Bijuju | $22 Sand Castle Heels by Madeline Girl | 72 Shoe Boutique | $70

Brooke Thibodaux is wearing a Wide Brim Derby Hat | Bijuju |$68 Elongated Decorative Setting Earrings | Bijuju | $14

Many denim options available at: Denim Affair

Haliey Harty is wearing a Navy Dress | 72 Shoe Boutique | $35 Evelyn by Sam Edelman | 72 Shoe Boutqiue | $120

Multi Row Fuchsia Bangles | Bijuju | $24



Lisa Stewart is wearing a Blue and White Top | 72 Shoe Boutique | $48 Skyline by Paige | Denim Affair | $80 Cutie Pie | Poetic License | $129

/ 62

Shoes on right by 72 Shoe Boutique Petals by Nicole | $89 Bozzolo by Bacio61 | $134 Georgica by Jack Rogers | $147 fortmillmagazine.comSand Castle by Madeline Girl | $70

Filigres Cocktail Ring | Bijuju | $16

Haliey Harty is wearing a White Wrap by Elan USA | 72 Shoe Boutique | $35 Racer Back Tank by Witness | Denim Affair | $15 Surf Jeans by Red Engine-Cinder | Denim Affair | $176 Belt by Twister Sister Appareal | Denim Affair | $75 Flower Shop Rolla | Bijuju | $128 Sand Castle by Madeline Girl | 72 Shoe Boutqiue | $70 Fun Fashionable Cocktail Ring | 72 Shoe Boutique | $16

Patina Necklace Set | Bijuju | $28

Brooke Thibodaux is wearing a Skier Dress Convertible | 72 Shoe Boutique | $58 Petals by Nicole | 72 Shoe Boutique | $89 Brushed Silver Necklace Set | Bijuju | $28




Customized Skincare Chris 704.750.9818

Bow ties and silk accessories hand-made in historic, downtown Fort Mill, SC We purchase our silk fabric from the finest silk mills in Italy, England, Switzerland and China. Our designs are rooted in the traditional style.

Come visit us today and watch how our products are made.

The Finishing Touches

212 Main Street. Fort Mill, SC 29715 803.547.4000. Bow Ties. Neckties. D Ring Belts. Pocket Squares. Ascots. Cummerbunds. Vests

Music News:

THRESHOLD Text and photos by Emily Wyatt

and thought we should try it...” So they got to the venue early, learned the song, and seemed confident enough to play it that night. Let me fill you in on something: I played piano for 12 years, and learning a song the day of a performance is not an easy feat. Tomlinson later boasted that they learned, recorded, and

Tomlinson wasn’t so keen on the idea of being a wedding singer at first. “All I could think of is something real cheesy with a lot of beach music and I couldn’t help but think this isn’t my thing. We did one though and it was really, really fun.” Now, they book about 45 or 50 wedding receptions a year. “About 80-85% of our business is wedding receptions,” Tomlinson admitted. They also enjoy singing at venues such as Fraternity parties (eek!) and other corporate events.

Despite THRESHOLD’s repertoire, Tomlinson has his favorites. After pondering for a while, Tomlinson said Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer is his favorite song to play, but he still has a soft spot for his country roots. The Zac Brown song Free is another one of his favorites. “Country’s more my wheel house than the other stuff...but I do like doing the eighties the eighties,” Tomlinson said. Well, maybe this is more like the Adam Sandler version

THRESHOLD has been together for twenty years--long enough to hardly practice. “If we do practice,” Tomlinson said, “we get here a bit early to learn a new song. For example, I heard a Keith Urban song a little while ago

“So yea, that’s how we practice...we don’t” performed Faithfully by Journey right before a wedding reception. “So, yea,” Tomlinson shrugged, “that’s how we practice...we don’t.”

than I originally thought. Regardless, these guys can rock. “My goal at every wedding is to make everyone have a good time,” Tomlinson conceded, “sometimes its easier than others.” I didn’t know the people who’s wedding I was crashing to interview Tomlinson and THRESHOLD, but they seemed like a lively bunch. As soon as THRESHOLD started covering music from the 70s, 80s, and today, the dance floor was flooded. With dresses twirling, booties shaking, and fingers snapping, it was clear there was something for everyone. Even I couldn’t help but at least tap my feet.

photo courtesy of


he Adam Sandler movie The Wedding Singer gave me a very cliche idea of what wedding singers look like. After I watched that movie, I pictured eighties style side pony tails, neon green leggings, and bright pink unitards, as well as men with perms and eerily thin mustaches. Then, I met former recording artist Jamie Tomlinson and his band THRESHOLD. Fittingly, I was able to sit down with Tomlinson and THRESHOLD about an hour before they started playing at a local wedding reception. They were just normal, everyday guys. In fact, it’s not unreasonable to see Tomlinson on the Fort Mill Golf Course every once in a while. But, that is a completely different Adam Sandler movie.


Movie News:

William Kaufman Local Film Director Text by Anita Sayago


s the son of an international banker, Director William Kaufman would find himself overseas for a large part of his youth. He was born in Japan, raised in London, and spent his junior high years in Dallas, Texas. However, it didn’t end there, as he would move to Bangkok for High school and return to the University of Texas to complete his education. While William Kaufman doesn’t recall a specific life-defining moment that would catapult him into the world of filmmaking, it would be his job as a PA in Bangkok on the set of Good Morning Vietnam with Robyn Williams that would set the course. Kaufman was only 14, but as he put it, “It was home.” He would go on to direct the Sony Pictures thriller, The Hit List starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Cole Hauser. Most recently, he directed Sinners & Saints. Kaufman’s most satisfying project to date would have to be Sinners & Saints. “It was an opportunity to have the most creative impact on a film,” he said. He was surrounded by a fantastic group of filmmakers and actors that were very good to him as he grew as a director. The films screening would have to be his most memorable moment, as he found great gratification completing a project that no one thought he could. Between the cost of filming in New Orleans with Union actors and the scope of the film’s action scenes, naysayers thought it would never make it to film. Inevitably, the cast and crew became a tight knit group of people and lifelong friendships were formed. In the end, he did the impossible and he hasn’t stopped smiling since the film’s release.


As a member of Carolina Filmworks of Charlotte, Kaufman could not help but sing the praises of his associates Fred De La Garza and Leon Dunn. “Without Carolina Filmworks, the film could not have been done,” he said. Fred and Leon were instrumental in every facet of production from raising funds, all the way to delivering the completed film to Hollywood. Presently, Kaufman and his associates are actively looking for the right project to do and will push to have it filmed in the Carolina’s. When it comes to the South and how it pertains to the film industry, Kaufman could not contain his excitement. He believes with Wilmington (Screen Gems Studios) and Atlanta as examples, we have great opportunities here. “We have talent of crew and diverse locations,” says Kaufman. In addition, Charlotte offers a great deal of incentives that make this area very appealing for film production. In his opinion, all it would really take is one savvy businessman teaming up with someone in Hollywood to make it all come together. So, from where we’re sitting, there really is no reason why Charlotte and its surrounding areas couldn’t be the film mecca of the East Coast. It is apparent by the films Kaufman has directed that he is fascinated by the action thriller genre; however, he would be eager to do the right dramatic project. While he doesn’t expect to be hired to film a romantic comedy, he looks forward to spreading his wings beyond his favorite genre. For William Kaufman, it’s all about the script; what makes it film worthy is its heart. As Kaufman puts it, “If you aren’t interested in the characters, all

the shoot outs and action in the world, will just make it a stunt show.” He attributes his love of film and directorship to the legends, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron. Presently, you will hear him sing the praises of brother’s, Tony and Ridley Scott, Michael Mann and David Fincher. In his opinion, these are the four best directors in the industry today. What’s next for Director William Kaufman? Well, it’s official. He has publicly announced that Sinners & Saints 2 will go into production in late Fall. Filming will take place both domestically and internationally. Johnny Strong will be back as leading man and he has some really interesting actors slated to join him, but it’s too soon to disclose their names. Shhhh. So, here’s to supporting all things local: business, actors, producers, directors and the development of local film that will take on global appeal, while stimulating our local economy. For more information go to: and

Anita Sayago is a regular contributor for Fort Mill Magazine and owns Sayago’s Cafe & Creamery in Baxter Village with her husband Jose.

Art Scene:

Janet Lasher


To learn more, go to www.janetalasher. com, email, or call 704-560-3052. Janet Lasher Studio 3530 Dewitt Lane Charlotte, NC 28217 Studio Hours: 10-2pm M-TH

Janet Lasher’s Conscription installation is currently on display at the Lewandowski Gallery, Winthrop University.

Photos courtesy of Janet Lasher

anet has been working in textile and fiber related art forms since she was old enough to sit in front of a sewing machine. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world and can be found in private and corporate collections including the Bernina International Collection in Switzerland. Janet’s work emphasizes the textural and surface qualities of fiber, textile, and handmade paper. She has been awarded a print making residency at the Penland School of Craft and an Affiliate Artist residency at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Janet is currently an MFA student at Winthrop University investigating figurative sculpture. She lives with her husband and son in the historic district of Dilworth in Charlotte, North Carolina.



Text by Tracey Roman Photo by Ana Roman

There is something magical about the shore. It draws you in. The lapping of the waves in sight and sound is very hypnotic. If you stand close enough with feet bare, the water rushes over and pulls you while the sand envelops your toes. You reach for a stone or shell. Examining it, you are taken into a dream state. You are alive with imagination. You are no longer burdened by life-stress, but rather rejuvenated by life’s energy. Breathe in its watery fragrance. Ahhhh...summer is bliss.


"Come expe'lience the d!fe'lence! "