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Led by Dr. Kavi Sagunarthy, DDS, the entire team at Gold Hill Dentistry is involved in guiding patients through their treatment, advising them on a personalized plan that is most appropriate for their dental needs. Dr. Sagunarthy places a strong emphasis on continuing education, so much so, he is currently pursuing a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. A graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as well as the University of Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine in Buffalo, NY, Dr. Sagunarthy also completed a General Practice Residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York, NY. In addition to his education in general dentistry, he also is


highly trained in implant dentistry, receiving the International Congress of Oral Implantologists Award and recently became a volunteer faculty member for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at The Medical University of South Carolina. Joined by Dr. Jennifer Mokris, DMD, the team enjoys treating both children and adults and is dedicated to providing them with excellent dental care. Dr Mokris earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association, the South Carolina Dental Association, the Central District Dental Society, and the Tri-County Dental Society. She is committed to continual learning in the practice of dentistry and enjoys participating in Continuing Dental Education courses to help her stay on the cutting edge of the constant changes in her profession. Gold Hill Dentistry is proud to offer a range of dental services, from family dentistry to implants and cosmetic dentistry. We understand that each patient presents a unique set of dental needs, so we focus on comprehensive care for each member of your family. We offer, asides from routine

preventative dentistry, teeth straightening, teeth whitening, and our high-quality dental implants improve both appearance and function, whether allowing a better fit for dentures or simply enhancing your smile. And with a variety of cosmetic options available, we can provide minimally invasive care with maximum cosmetic results. Whatever your needs, we at Gold Hill are committed to finding the best and most comfortable dental solution for you and your family.

Situated in Fort Mill, Gold Hill Dentistry serves the entire south Charlotte area and is convenient to Rock Hill, Indian Land, and Ballantyne. We are located at 2848 Pleasant Road Suite104, just off 77 at the Gold Hill Road exit. To find out more about our office, staff, and services, please visit us at or call us at 803-547-4466 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit.

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At Gold Hill Dentistry, we are committed to providing the Fort Mill area with the highest standard of dental care. We strive to optimize the patient experience, not only by offering state-of-the-art equipment and a friendly, highly trained staff, but also by creating a calming, upscale environment. From our plush waiting area to our patient-room entertainment, we deliver a relaxing and comfortable experience from the moment you step through our doors. In doing so, we aim to promote the well-being of not just your mouth, but the mind and body as well.

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FROM THE MILL Q1: What are you reading now? Q2: Is Fort Mill ready for the continued growth? Q3: What is your favorite spot in Fort Mill? Q4: In your opinion, what are the most pressing issues for Fort Mill right now? 10•summer 2014

David Ward, Fort Mill Economic Council Chair

A1: I just finished reading Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture, which sounds really interesting doesn’t it? Yeah, right! I just started reading The Evangelist by Lewis A. Drummond which is an evaluation of Billy Graham’s ministry. A2: It would be nice to be able to say that Fort Mill is ready for the continued growth, but if you talk with anyone that has been stuck in traffic while just trying to get from one side of town to the other you will get a resounding No! When you have a community as great as Fort Mill, that is located in close proximity to some great amenities, it is evident that the continued influx of individuals has greatly outpaced the area’s service infrastructure. Managing growth is not an easy task because of dealing with so many variables such as how many residents or businesses to plan for; allocating funds in a timely and effective manner; long build times especially with roads; coordination with multiple government entities at the local, county, and state levels; and prioritization of needed services. However, this does not dismiss the need in managing growth but emphasizes that a concerted and long range effort needs to continually be dedicated. A3: I have two favorite spots in Fort Mill, the bandstand and anywhere on the greenway. A4: It’s easy to list some of the popular pressing issues that Fort Mill is facing such as traffic congestion, limited restaurants / entertainment options, and growth impacts to basic services. I agree that this are very important issues and sufficient resources need to continue addressing them in a proactive and efficient manner. However, the most pressing issue that I’m concerned with is maintaining the Fort Mill culture which has made this a great place to live, work, and enjoy. If we are not careful, this culture can be quickly lost and never recovered if we don’t take the necessary steps to preserve it. So what is the Fort Mill culture? The Fort Mill culture is evident in the behaviors and beliefs of our people. It is in those people that give more to Fort Mill than they take. It is in those people that are proud of saying they are Fort Mill and yet humble by giving others credit for helping them along the way. A place where patriotism, work, and caring for your neighbor are still practiced and even held in high esteem. The Fort Mill culture is being thankful we have a history that was built from those that came before us while allowing those that love Fort Mill today to continue creating this rich legacy. So if you want to find the Fort Mill culture just look around at the people of Fort Mill and you will see, hear, and feel it. But please be sure to do what you can to help preserve and continue it.

Danny Funderburk, Mayor

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A1: I am currently reading The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. A2: It’s a tremendous challenge. The Town of Fort Mill invests a considerable amount of time, money and effort in the strategic planning process. We’re continually working to outline policies to accommodate growth and balance land use priorities with cultural, social, environmental and economic considerations. All this has to be done while, at the same time, respecting private property rights. We’ll continue to do the best we can with it. A3: The Fort Mill Veterans Park is my favorite spot. A4: Growth and the accompanying pressures it places on our infrastructure. Most of what we hear relates to the growing congestion of our roads. And roads, unfortunately, are an area we have very little control over. We plan to become even more proactive in working with the entities that can help us deal with our transportation challenges - the SC Department of Transportation and York County through the Pennies for Progress program.

Dennis Pieper, Town Manager

A1: I love to read, but I haven’t had much time to lately. I’ve always been a fan of Tom Clancy and John Grisham for many years. I spend a lot of time and research on legislative activities that potentially have an effect on us at the local level. A2: Fort Mill is going through some growing pains. We are refining our processes internally and adding staff to ensure that we maintain the high level of services we currently provide. At the same time, we have streamlined various functions to improve our output while constantly monitoring our spending. I have a fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayer. I am always open and I always look for better ways to stretch the precious dollars that we are entrusted with. A3: My favorite spot in Fort Mill is the Walter Elisha Park and the miles of nature trails, parks, and the Anne Springs Close Greenway. A4: The most pressing issue in Fort Mill is traffic. We are working on ways to have new growth pay for the necessary infrastructure to improve our traffic issues within the town.

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Meet India Hook Dental Care India Hook Dental Care is committed to the highest standard of dental care. This commitment is reflected in all aspects of the practice, but it is particularly apparent where patient care is concerned. Each patient is treated with compassion, integrity, respect, and state of the art equipment and technology paired with unparalleled professional expertise. An array of services are available including a variety of oral surgeries, restorative, and cosmetic procedures. Some of the offered oral surgeries include dental implants, extractions (including wisdom teeth), sinus augmentation, and periodontal treatments such as gingival grafting and bone regeneration. Restorative treatments include composite (white) fillings, traditional and same day crown delivery, root canals, and both traditional and implant supported dentures. The offered cosmetic procedures include, but are not limited to, veneers, composite fillings, whitening, and limited orthodontics such as Smart Moves and Clear Correct. For the comfort of their patients, India Hook Dental Care offers optional IV sedation, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide gas. Dr. Dirk Anderson, a pillar and promoter of oral health in the community, established this dental practice over 40 years ago. In July of 2000, Dr. Jennifer Houck became a part of the practice and together they expanded the practice and established India Hook Dental Care. Dr. Lauren Smith joined in 2010 after

completing her residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and Dr. Heather Johnson, a graduate of University of Tennessee Dental School, joined in 2012. These four doctors have over 60 years of combined dental experience. The highly skilled dental hygienic team is comprised of six hygienists with over 120 years of combined experience. They perform routine dental cleanings, fluoride varnish treatments, periodontal therapy, local anesthetic administration, digital x-ray acquisition, and intramural photography while maintaining the ability to cater to the specific needs of patients of all ages and personalities. A friendly and motivated dental assistant team is dedicated to ensuring the most comfortable office experience possible. This group of devoted, compassionate, and proactive women provides direct assistance for every procedure offered and preformed by the doctors.

international communities. They provide support for some dental clinics through donations of funds and supplies. Additionally, several of the doctors and hygienists regularly travel to Nicaragua to treat patients in remote areas that have no access to dental care. Locally, both the doctors and staff will volunteer their services in August at the South Carolina Dental Access Day (DAD) in Rock Hill. Further community support takes many forms including sponsoring events at the annual Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill and Come See Me Festival in Rock Hill. India Hook Dental Care is an amazing dental practice because they make taking care of patients the top priority and they are committed to providing exceptional dental care. If you require any dental work or simply want a consult, schedule an appointment today. India Hook Dental Care looks forward to meeting you and your family.

The administrative team nurtures a warm, welcoming, and friendly environment while using their professional expertise to assist patients with insurance concerns. As a courtesy, they will file your insurance for you and assist in maximizing your dental benefits every year. You certainly don’t want to pay for a benefit you are not using. India Hook Dental Care is committed to giving back to both local and

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Religion, Politics, and Money Too Taboo for Modern Conversation? Text by Lisa McTigue

On a park bench outside of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in the upscale town of Davidson, North Carolina, a man sleeps wrapped in a blanket. “One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by,” David Boraks, editor of told NPR before the story became national news. The man on the bench is a bronze statue of Jesus titled, Homeless Jesus. The statue was installed in front of the church this past winter. Cindy Castano Swannack, the woman who called the police, told WCNC in Charlotte, “Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help. We need someone who is capable of meeting our needs, not someone who is also needy.” Some throughout the Davidson community agreed with Cindy, however, the reactions nationally have been supportive of its message. The controversy over the statue and Cindy’s statement brought the controversial 1995 song, “One of Us” by Joan Osborne to this writer’s mind. The lyrics challenged the listener, “What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus trying to make His way home?” The statue’s artist, Timothy Schmalz, a devout Catholic, intended it to be a visual translation of Matthew 25:45, “just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.” Capitalist, Socialist, Republican, Democrat, Christian, Atheist, popular, geek -- these are all labels that we give to ourselves and to others. We use these labels to divide ourselves, as justification for our personal choices, and proclaim ourselves in the right. America has gone extreme left and extreme right, pulling our country to shreds. For every person we disregard as different from ourselves and do not appreciate their value for having differing viewpoints or beliefs, the further apart we grow as a community and as a nation.

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“One nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” the simple words recited throughout our childhoods, yet forgotten as adults. We are divisible. Since the beginning we’ve been divided by culture, race, beliefs, viewpoints, political affiliations, and social class. However, something the majority of Americans can state is their allegiance to the United States of America. This is something we have in common. We are Americans. Although, we no longer live in a Democracy according to a study by Princeton University and Northwestern University. We are a Oligarchy, a system wherein few actually hold the power. According to the study, “majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.”

Simply, we have let our government representatives, their Super PACs (Political Action Committees), and the media dupe us with their endless PR spin. The powerful have used our beliefs and viewpoints against us for their power play. If we let that continue, divided we will continue to be conquered, if not by them, then by ourselves. If we do not stand together and remove the shields of righteousness, then we will not have to fear radicals and terrorists because we in turn are our own terrorists. If you automatically believe the things you hear from the representatives or the media, you are a part of the problem. The next time you hear something, do your research. It has never been easier, just Google it and see what others are saying. I’m not saying that you will suddenly disagree, but you might discover that several politicians are using the same verbiage and rhetoric. We need to stop being mindless and content.

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In other words, we have given the power of the country to the fundamental capitalists and their political mouthpieces. This is not a Democrat or Republican problem that must be won. This is a serious issue that will forever affect our lives. Few, if any, of our representatives in Washington D.C. care about their constituents. Don’t let the news and media outlets fool you. This isn’t a problem stemming from President Obama; this goes back to the 1980s, when Wall Street became more important than Main Street. So, how did we end up here and how do we fix it?

The last decade has proven that we can not trust those who lead us. We are not needy, we are strong, perhaps just unaware. But, our eyes are opening to the game played upon us. Both sides of the political fence are up in arms over the events of recent years. Let’s throw down the fences and be brothers in arms. We must hold those in power accountable, while finding ways to bring back our Democracy and learn again to be a part of a community. The power of one voice can ripple and galvanize the voices of many.

Grow up, work in the mill, get married, have kids, and live a good life. Now the fear, how will I support my family when the mill moves to South America? Go to college, get a college degree, find a good job, be loyal to your employer, and retire. Now the fear, will they take my retirement to support the CEO’s salary or bailout the company, while giving the CEO a raise? -- Or

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As we have learned through globalization, the corporations only care about the corporation and its bottom line. The political powers and the wealthy only service the wealthy. No longer can we trust the American societal system.

will I just be let go a few years before I retire? The faith that you may still have in “the system” should be shell-shocked. Let’s take a look at Cisco, a manufacturer of networking equipment. In 2011, CEO John Chambers said on the company blog: “What do you want Cisco to be? … a place that puts people, customers and communities at the core of its values. That’s Cisco, no excuses. Thank you for being part of Cisco. You have my commitment, my respect and my appreciation.” Three months later, Cisco laid off 6,500 workers, and John was making $18.9 million, double his 2009 compensation. The story of Cisco is one that you hear time and time again. Fundamentalist capitalism, “Put your faith in us and you will have our commitment… until our stock needs a boost, then nevermind.” Cindy Castano Swannack was kind of right. We do need someone who is capable of meeting our needs. We either need conscious capitalism, a capital system that once again cares about the welfare of its employees and provides transparency or we need to take a step back and rely on ourselves and our community. Reverend David Buck, of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, believes that the Homeless Jesus statue serves its affluent community as a reminder, “our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society.” Perhaps, the message of the statue serves a greater purpose, a national purpose, a reminder that we are all human and should treat other humans with dignity and respect. Sure, this is a whimsical dream, but, one that could make you feel better about yourself and about your community. Let’s stop blaming others for our problems and stop putting judgement on others. The next time you see a homeless person on the street, think of the things that could happen to you to put you in their position. What would happen if your breadwinner lost their job and couldn’t find work for two years? Paul Nawrocki rides 90 minutes into New York City every day to wear a sandwich board that says, “Almost homeless. Looking for employment.” Paul is a former toy industry executive with 36 years of experience. He told CNN, “When you’re out of work and you face having nothing -- I mean, having no income -- pride doesn’t mean anything. You need to find work. I have to care for my family.” In an Orange County Register article, Jim Kennedy talks about how he went from six-figures to homeless in two years. He still drives his leased BMW, but after losing his house, he lives off frequent flyer reward points from his former life. His daily food budget is $5, but the hotel he stays in provides complimentary breakfast.

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Just because you live in an affluent neighborhood, doesn’t mean you are any different from the people who don’t. Money is currently buying you luxuries, but one day it could be gone and you just might be laying on a park bench. At first glance, first inspection, you could not know that the Homeless Jesus statue is intended to be Jesus until you take the time to get close. Jesus’ face and hands are tucked under the blanket. It isn’t until you look at his feet peering out the bottom of the blanket that you notice the wounds from the crucifixion. Consider this the next time you wish to pass malice and judgement

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We can not know what we each have been through. We can not know what we each are going through. The next time you pass a homeless person, consider that perhaps they are not lazy, but the corporation they worked for failed them -- or even the United States government has failed them. When President Obama took office in 2009, there were over 70,000 homeless veterans, according to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. So, maybe instead of a look of disgust, you should be offering a thank you.

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on a fellow man. Homeless Jesus might be a stranger on the bus, on the street, and inside the comfy confines of your affluent neighborhood. As you judge your family, friends, neighbors, and strangers, you will be measured.

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FUTURE is Here . . . NOW! Text by Kathryn Miller | Photos by Jamie Carney

I thought my life 30 years ago was busy. Do you jump to 4 different beeps from your phone and tablet? Do you really know anyone’s phone number? The world has changed – a revolutionary leap in the last 5 years- and with it so has business, especially Real Estate services.

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In harmony with technological advances, the Andy Bovender Team office is a seamless flow of green and electronic data, carefully tended by support staff committed to your service. The conference table sits astride a large flat screen monitor for market reviews for both Buyers and Sellers. Finding a home or pricing one to sell is much more effective when viewing real time data and full screen photos while speaking with an expert.

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“Very few towns across the country have the opportunity that Fort Mill has today. The consumable commercial deficit is the perfect opportunity for Fort Mill to create a Local Sustainable Economy.”

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Shifting Money from Wall Street to Main Street How We Can Improve Fort Mill by Growing Deep Text by Lisa McTigue | Photos by Louis Roman

Fort Mill’s Main Street remains semi-dormant, but over the last decade, the town’s property values have increased. The town has a constant injection of upper-middle class families, a rapidly diminishing group in America, brought here for its top schools, tax rates, and proximity to Charlotte. While, a few square miles prosper the rest of the town fades away. Fort Mill and its newest residents have an opportunity to capture the influx of dollars and keep it in our local economy, so every square mile can flourish. The last few years, the idea of a Local Sustainable Economy has been sweeping the nation. What is a Local Sustainable Economy (LSE)? A LSE is more than buying local. It is the idea that a community comes together to service all of its needs from the feet up. An Ann Arbor, Michigan favorite, Zingerman’s Deli, has stood out as a model to follow. In the early 1990s, the deli was sitting on top. It’s owners Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig were at a cross-roads. Business was up, as Paul told the New York Times, “We’ve had dozens and dozens of opportunities to franchise, sell the name, take the check, and walk away.” But, for Paul and Ari, the old business school methodology didn’t suit them. Their vision wasn’t to be millionaires, they wanted to be successfully unique and provide the community with quality. Zingerman’s emphasis has always been high-quality service and food: fresh, healthy, and local. So, when they looked at all the options, they saw a way to service the community by growing deep through business diversification. Paul and Ari created Zingerman’s Community of Businesses (ZCoB), essentially a collective of independent businesses co-founded by other local entrepreneurs. In order to become a part of ZCoB, a business has to service the needs of another ZCoB business. The first business created under ZCoB was a bakery.

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Zingerman’s Bakehouse opened in 1992 to meet the needs for bread and pastries at the deli. Amy Emberling who became Managing Partner in 2000 told Open Forum, “the bakery was started as the first second business because, something like, 60% of all the transactions at the deli involved bread in some way. So, it made sense that if you wanted to start another business that would be supportive of the original, then maybe it would be a bakery.” Zingerman’s Community of Businesses was named The Coolest Small Company by Inc. Magazine in 2003. Today, ZCoB consists of nine businesses including an event company, creamery, coffee company, fine dining restaurant, mail order business, book publishing, and a management training company. The companies employ nearly 600 people, expect to pull in $50 million in sales this year, and want to expand to 18 businesses by 2020. In June, Paul and Ari also announced that they are shifting the structure of the company into a workers owned coop. “There’s a person at the deli counter who makes 1,000 decisions in an eight-hour shift. The more information they have, the better they can make decisions,” Ari told Business Insider. Not only do executives and entrepreneurs leave their jobs and move to Ann Arbor to work at ZCoB companies, Paul and Ari are still committed to the non-profit, Food Gathers, a food rescue program and food bank, which they founded in 1988. If Paul and Ari open another business, you can bet it’ll be in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the application pool will be competitive. South Carolina is the 24th most populous state, but lags near 30th in Gross Domestic Product, the counterpart to Gross National Product and an economic measure.

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Governor Nikki Haley recently made two announcements about 7,100 new jobs coming to Fort Mill. This includes a new complex called Kingsley North by LPL Financial at 160 West and I-77. Kingsley North will have 1.55 million square feet of commercial real estate and 1,000 residences. This announcement is in addition to the Cabela’s already under construction off I-77 in front of Carowinds. Cabela’s sells gear for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and other outdoor activities. The company said they expect to hire 225 full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees for its 20-acre parcel, which will include a store and recreational space. Very few towns across the country have the opportunity that Fort Mill has today. The eastside of Fort Mill has over 8,000 new homes already being built or in the works. Fort Mill has been heavy on residential property for several years. Now with more than 7,300 jobs coming here over the next three years, Fort Mill will continue to lack consumable commercial to patronize. The consumable commercial deficit is the perfect opportunity for Fort Mill to create a Local Sustainable Economy. Even though several thousand employees with LPL Financial currently live in Charlotte and might continue to live there after the company moves to Fort Mill, we still have an opportunity to capture their dollars and circulate them here. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory seems to have a similar idea. Even though his state is losing the company to its neighbors he told Time Warner Cable News, “I’m not going to get into a bidding war for jobs that are five miles away from where most of the employees are going to be working… (when) most of those employees are going to be living and spending their money in North Carolina.” Let’s prove the North Carolina Governor wrong. What businesses can Fort Mill create to keep circulating the money in Fort Mill just like Zingerman’s Community of Businesses? •

Restaurants for workers to eat lunch Needs: staff, farmers, bakers, coffee, marketing, furniture, art, etc.

Hotels for visiting clients, customers, and relatives Needs: staff, laundry, electronics, cleaning supplies, food service, etc.

Training programs for mid-level and executive management

The overall idea, is to source these products as close to home as possible. If it is not possible, then a local company becomes the distributor. When you keep the money made in a community, actually in the community, the community prospers.

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We also need to keep the character of Fort Mill as it grows. If we don’t shift focus to Main Street, it will continue on its path to a ghost town or worse, not at all. If we’re not careful, Fort Mill will become what the New Economics Foundation calls a “Clone town,” where every town looks the same: building after building of fast-food and retail chains. You might say that you love national chains, but stay with me for a moment.




According to a study by Maine Center for Economic Policy, a non-profit, for every $1 spent at a national chain, 15 cents stays in the local economy. 80 cents of that dollar goes to the corporate office, wherever that might be, to cover advertising, supply chain, and executive salaries. Compare that to $1 spent at a local store, where 45 cents comes back to the local economy. Now, if you synergize that $1 by utilizing other local businesses as your supply chain, you can exponentially increase the amount of money in the community known as the Local Multiplier Effect. Local Sustainable Economy effectively becomes a local stock and exchange for the community. Live here. Work here. Discover more here. We can be a divided and abbreviated town (aka Ft. Mill) OR we can be a strong independent community. Let’s put the ‘OR’ back in FORT MILL.




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LIVING ROOM : DINING ROOM Text by Whitley Adkins Hamlin Photos by Donna Jernigan We’ve lived in our little traditional 3/2 ranch for about 7 1/2 years now. About half of that time, we’ve lived with an empty living and dining area. So over the last 3+ years, I’ve slowly been chipping away at it as I’ve had the discretionary funds to do so. The way it is in our house, my husband loves his boat, I love to decorate. I am a project fiend like a moth to a flame. I am lucky because I come up with all these creations in my mind, and so far there’s not a one my husband hasn’t been able to execute. We turned a pair of vases into the orange honeycomb patterned lamps, the stools and dining room chairs we recovered ourselves, and the bar we renovated head to toe from it’s past life as a hutch. There is nothing terribly unique about the layout of our house, but one of my favorite design qualities is the sunken living room. I think it suits the whole mid-century modern meets art deco plus a little Slim Aarons, a splash of Palms Springs, a bit of Trina Turk Home, and the American Hustle type girl on an Yves Saint Laurent couch in Paris wannabe life I live inside my imagination. Fashion and style are all such a personal matter of opinion and taste, so regardless of what your own personal style is, thank you for allowing me to share my latest design project with you. Interior decorating is my second favorite form of channeling creative frustration, behind fashion, of course. I am no trained expert, but one thing I do know how to do is have fun. I think these two rooms are a reflection of my passion for having as much fun as possible with whatever it is I am doing in this life - hence the disco ball. I love to accessorize, and they do say it’s all in the details, no? With my attraction to so many different styles, it will be an accomplishment if this room makes it three years in its current design state. Cheers y’all!

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Helping YOU Be A Localist Building Real Prosperity

What is a Localist? Being a localist is more than buying local. It is the idea that neighbors come together to ensure the prosperity of their community. connects customers to businesses that are locally owned, rethinking their industries, sourcing locally, and providing local services. When we support our locally owned stores, our hard earned dollars go back into the community. The farmer buys lunch at a local restaurant. The restaurant server pays for her daughter’s dance class. The dance instructor buys clothes from the boutique. The boutique owner buys food

at the farmers market. The farmer reinvests that money to grow more food. The more we spend here; the more stays here. At, we believe: 1. The Mill is full of amazing people wanting to build an amazing community. 2. You will never discover all the amazing things by yourself. 3. You will want to share the amazing things you discover. 4. Everything is more amazing when it comes with a story. We are here to help you share those stories, make discoveries, and connect with businesses you will love.

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Explore Fort Mill Maestro’s Bistro

Text by Lisa McTigue | Photos by Louis Roman

The sound of violins whisper from historic Main Street (Highway 51) in Pineville, North Carolina. Following the soft sound of the strings down Johnston Street, you are consumed by the two-story white house with rose shutters. This historic home built in the late-19th century has been repurposed into a restaurant created out of love. Welcome to the home of Maestro’s Bistro. Co-owners Pam Menzel and Chef Kyle Burke have been together over 20 years. Both from New Jersey they met, “as unromantic as it is… we met at a ‘Friday’s’ on a Friday,” says Pam, “our paths crossed and we talked until the wee hours of the morning about our mutual love of food and our mutual aspirations of one day owning our own restaurant. The rest is history.” Pam grew up in a house filled with love for violins and food. Her father, Richard, was an accomplished violinist who was also a wanna-be food critic. He maintained a database of his experiences and rated everything, “from the shape of the salt and pepper shakers, the state of the restrooms, if there were fresh flowers on the table, and the taste and presentation of the food,” Pam continued, “It was often embarrassing, but entertaining to dine in new restaurants with my dad on his quest to find the perfect restaurant.” Chef Kyle’s journey to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America began during the crabbing expeditions with his dad and grandfather. They would bring the catch home where his mom and grandma would turn them into, “the most delicious crab in marinara sauce with fresh linguine in the world.”

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The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York opened in 1946. Famous chef alumni include Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora, Rocco DiSpirito, Duff Goldman, and Andrew Zimmern. When Chef Kyle applied, the applicant was required to have at least 2 years of hands on experience in a professional kitchen, “Fortunately since the age of 14, prior to attending the CIA, I worked under some very accomplished French Chefs in fine dining establishments throughout New Jersey and learned a lot of my pastry skills through them.” When Chef Kyle and Pam began looking at locations to open a restaurant, they packed their bags and moved south. They dedicated the restaurant to Pam’s parents, Richard, the violinist and Rose. Maestro’s Bistro is filled with touches that remind the diner that you’re a guest in a restaurant that love built. Rosemarie’s portrait dazzles over the fireplace, just to the right of the entry, and fresh roses grace every table. The sheet music wallpaper in the restroom and violin curtain tie backs are a nod to Richard. As Fort Mill grows, it’s important that we seek out the locally owned restaurants. It’s important that we show with our dollars that we care about our neighbors. The more we frequent these types of businesses, especially those that repurpose buildings, the more help we give in preserving elements of the home that we know and love.

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Q & A with Maestro’s owners Chef Kyle and Pam

Where did you grow up? Pam: Livingston, New Jersey Chef Kyle: Medford Lakes, New Jersey What brought you here? Pam: The ability to open our own restaurant, the climate, and cost of living. Chef Kyle: My wife. What is your favorite food memory? Pam: Watching my mom making homemade Spaetzle (German egg noodle dumplings). Chef Kyle: Going crabbing with my dad and grandfather. Did You foresee owning a restaurant growing up? Pam: I always wanted to own a restaurant. By the age of four, I was the official grilled cheese maker. When did you know you wanted to be a chef? Chef Kyle: As far back as I can remember. What is your favorite dish by your husband? Pam: Beef Wellington. What is your favorite dessert by your husband? Pam: All of them are wonderful, but I especially love his cheesecakes because we often collaborate about different flavors he can introduce (german chocolate, candy cane, pina colada, orange creamsicle…the list goes on). It’s always fun for me to try out what we imagined and he then executes. His mint chocolate chip cheesecake is one of my personal favorites. Who cooks at home? Pam: Ha-ha… funny question…. owning a restaurant, we’re rarely cooking at home. Chef Kyle: Staples in our fridge are some nice cheeses, water crackers, olives, tapenade, pesto, hummus and pita. Where is your favorite foodie place in the world? Pam: New York City…so many different ethnic food venues. Chef Kyle: Las Vegas Who in the food world do you most admire? Chef Kyle: I loved Julia Child. I had the honor of meeting her while I attended the Culinary Institute of America. She was a true ground breaker in the culinary world. Favorite foods to cook with? Chef Kyle: Wine, fresh herbs, fresh ingredients. Do you have a favorite wine? Chef Kyle: I love to try different wines. I tend to lean towards big bold cabernet sauvignons. Favorite cookbook? Chef Kyle: Larousse Gastronomique – the encyclopedia of gastronomy.

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Favorite kitchen equipment or gadget? Chef Kyle: mandoline slicer As Anthony Bourdain puts it, what’s your ‘Last Supper’ meal? Pam: Kyle’s wild mushrooms soup, black forest salad, chicken cordon bleu with a marsala wine sauce, my mom’s homemade spaetzle and grilled asparagus…for dessert, Kyle’s crème brulee. Chef Kyle: Artisan cheeses, great olive oil, crusty bread, Mama’s homemade marinara sautéed with fresh caught crab over homemade linguini, caesar salad, and for dessert…tiramisu. Writer’s Note: A few weeks ago, Maestro Bistro’s 12 foot by 4 foot mature herb garden was dug up and stolen. Hurting locally owned small business hurts us all. Maestro’s Bistro 207 Johnston Drive Pineville, North Carolina (704) 889-2120

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NEW HOPE IN REAL PROSPERITY Text by Tracey Roman | Photo by Steven Mills


he concept for this issue began with seeing what was once lush farm land and wilderness cleared seemingly overnight to make way for new housing developments. Realizing that change is inevitable and the only true constant, we embarked on a mission to effect that change in a positive way.

We want to inspire the community to create good and open lines of communication and encourage transparency. We can talk about how Fort Mill is changing and complain about it or we can come together and make it something amazing. Most of us are uncomfortable with change, but change is here. We still have time to effect it. Through personal growth and community building, we can grow deep.

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You’re closer than you’ve ever been to having your own hospital, Fort Mill! Learn more about Fort Mill Medical Center: 1. Named the 2010 & 2013 South Carolina Distinguished Hospital of the Year by SC DHEC. 2. Awarded “A” Grade by Hospital Safety Score/The Leapfrog Group. 3. National Accreditation with Commendations by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. 4. National Accreditation Outpatient Diabetes Management by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. 5. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75% or higher compliance with 4 of 9 Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. 6. Accredited Chest Pain Center, Cycle IV with PCI by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care formerly known as the Society of Chest Pain Centers. 7. Joint Commission Disease Specific Care Certification in Heart Failure by The Joint Commission. 8. Accredited Facility in Vascular Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), accredited in: Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing; Peripheral Venous Testing and Peripheral Arterial Testing. 9. Nationally Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). 10. Designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology™. AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology™ and the COEMIG seal are trademarks of the AAGL. All rights reserved. 11. Accreditation Nuclear/PET Imaging Services by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). 12. ACR Accredited Facility by the American College of Radiology (ACR). 13. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75% or higher compliance with 5 of 8 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes in addition to achieving Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy ≤ 60 minutes in 50% or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients (minimum of 6) during one calendar quarter. 14. Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission. 15. WorkHealthy America Excellence Recognition by Working Well and Prevention Partners.

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