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Meet The Founding Four of Uptown’s 5Church

The Old North State’s Best Guitar Makers

DrumStrong Sets Out To Beat Cancer

QCexclusive Charlotte’s Guide To The Good Life

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Summer Styles At The Peninsula Yacht Club

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Publishers’ Note

Publishers’ Brett Barter (left) and JP Grice (right) at the Queen’s Cup


e were truly inspired during the production of this issue. We had the opportunity to meet Scott Swimmer and talk with him about his passion for his non-profit, DrumStrong, an event that raises money for the fight against cancer. Cancer is something that effects millions, and has effected our families. Just talking with Scott was unforgettable. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his time, passion, and candor. We also were able to talk with some of the most creative craftsmen in the Carolinas, all of which are responsible for building some of the finest string instruments in the South. The task of building something so intricate and beautiful is still beyond us, and we were completely humbled by their talent and skill. We also met the four totally different, yet perfectly meshed, owners of the new 5Church restaurant. After spending days getting to know them, we now realize more than ever before, how important it is to know your role and work as a team. We plan to use their words of wisdom to improve our own business. Lastly, our contributing photographer, Thien La, gets a special thank you. Watching him work and seeing his passion for his trade only makes us want to strive to do bigger and better things with ours. Thank you to everyone involved in this issue, our contributors, and our readers. We hope you are also inspired by the stories told within the following pages. Enjoy. Jon-Paul Grice Brett Barter Publishers

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Libations Cars & Toys Wine & Cheese For The Home Smoke & Barrel Timepieces


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Martin Truex Jr.

Style & Beauty 29

Summer Fashion at the Peninsula Yacht Club

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ROBERT CHRISTOPHER Owner of Robert Christopher Photography, Robert is a lover of crime dramas, sci-fi, coffee, music, and traveling. In his spare time he volunteers for various causes in the Charlotte area. He also mentors aspiring photographers in developing their photographic vision. He describes his photography as a combination of photojournalism and artistic photography.

Erica Hanks Fashion Editor, Erica Hanks grew up in South Florida, which cultivated her love of fashion at an early age. She has worked in the fashion industry as a consultant for major retailers and now as the fashion contributor for QCExclusive. She has a background in writing and editing, and is currently working on a certification in Photography. Erica lives in South Charlotte with her husband and three children.

Hade E. Robinson JR. Hade is manager of the personal styling department at Nordstrom in South Park. Hade has a keen eye for the latest men’s and women’s fashion and can help you redesign your wardrobe or style you for special events. Consider him your personal shopping and reinvention consultant. Hade’s work has been featured in many of Charlotte’s best local magazines and mediums.

THIEN LA A self-taught photographer, Thien’s work began to attract attention when he posted pictures of a model on social media sites. What began as a favor for a friend ignited requests from hundreds of models to work with him and sparked a career in commercial, fashion and wedding photography. Thien has photographed Sessilee Lopez, Tyra Banks, Emily Maynard, photos for Oscar de la Renta Fashion & Design Books and more.










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JAMI SVAY Jami Svay decided to forgo college dreams of being a fashion designer once she realized that makeup artistry combined her love of color and fine art. She has worked on a range of celebrities including Brooklyn Decker and Michael Jordan and has done work for Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley, and Real Simple magazine, among others.


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Benjamin Getz is a food photographer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Viewing subjects, landscapes and moments through a camera lens has been his interest and hobby for 7 years. He’s a supporter of local business, craft beer enthusiast and all-around foodie. He lives with his wife, JJ, in South Charlotte.

Melissa grew up on Long Island. When she turned 18, she moved to the Carolinas and has been here ever since. A displaced Yankee with three children and a loving husband, she’s learned to relax after having worked in the public sector. Now she sits lazily reading, writing, and drinking ice tea.

Biscuit is QCExclusive’s ghostwriter and mascot. A wine enthusiast, Biscuit loves to curl up on the couch with a good Cabernet. Other interests include long walks in the park (Ray Davie’s dog park in South Charlotte is his favorite), eating sticks, and chasing squirrels. Send us a picture and bio of your mascot or pet at for a chance to be included in our new “Pedigree” section.


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May/June 2012 Events Editor’s Choice NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

(5/19) One million dollars is on the line and with only 100 laps to run to win it, the pressure is on. This race is an all out sprint, literally, and has a new and unique format that encourages some of NASCAR’s most exciting moments. If that doesn’t excite you, Blake Shelton, CMA’s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, three-time GRAMMY nominee, and coach on television’s “The Voice,” will perform prior to the race. Mother’s Day at the Garden

Mother’s Day Event

(5/12-5/13) Mothers are special, so following breakfast in bed, why not continue celebrating Mother’s Day at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Special activities are scheduled throughout the day. Pack a picnic and enjoy spring time southern style. Alvin Ailey

(5/15-5/20) First performing in NYC in 1958, Alvin Ailey and his group of African-American dancers changed the face of “American dance.” Now 54 years later, they continue to mesmerize audiences worldwide. Known for their passionate display of beauty and heart felt choreography, Alvin Ailey will not disappoint. Burn The Floor

(5/16) The ballroom and Latin Dancing craze has reached new levels with the popularity of shows like Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. “Burn The Floor” puts a whole new twist on things and has inspired critics to call it “Electrifying”. Choreographer Jason Gilikison infuses a whole new feel and energy to the prooduction with the addition of SYTYCD winner Robbie Kmetoni and finalist Janette Manrana.

Catwalk for a Cause

(5/18) The 3rd Annual Catwalk for a Cause, presented by Lavendar, Avalilly’s and Fresh Boutiques, will feature an amazing evening filled with fashion, entertainment, gourmet food, a silent auction and raffle prizes. As a parting gift, each guest will receive a swag bag filled with product samples and gifts from our sponsors and clothing designers. Proceeds raised from this event will benefit the “Martin Truex Jr. Special Needs Fund” at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC.

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11th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

(5/19) The Yadkin Valley Wine Festival will present over 30 different wineries/vineyards specific to North Carolina. Located at the Elkin Municipal Park there will be loads of fun: grape stomping for children, wine tasting for those over 21, plus music by Natty Boh Duo from 12-2PM followed by the Fantastic Shakers from 3-6PM.

Charlotte Speed Demons vs Soul City Sirens

(5/19) Fast and Furious are the athletes who choose to take part in roller-derby. This will be an exciting evening of skill and perseverance as the Charlotte Speed Demons take on the Soul City Sirens. Come support your local team. New Edition

(5/19) R & B’s New Edition is coming to Charlotte on May 19th with all six members in attendance. Celebrating their 30th anniversary tour, New Edition will perform songs such as “Candy Girl”, “Can you Stand the Rain,” and many more. You won’t want to miss this. Dave Matthews Band

(5/23) Once again the Dave Matthews Band returns to Charlotte, this time with guest artist The Head and The Heart. Their last album Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King hit No 1 on Billboard 200 in 2009. Having just returned to the studio, the Dave Matthews Band worked with producer Steve Lillywhite and will be releasing a new album sometime this year. But why wait? Come hear this great band firsthand on May 23, 2012. Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

(5/24-5/27) Memorial Day weekend kicks off with a salute to the US Armed Forces at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with

May/June 2012 Events the 53rd running of the Coca-Cola 600. Beginning with a patriotic pre-race, “Let Freedom Race,” honoring our brave men and women who serve, the Coca-Cola 600 will follow when 43 stock-cars race to win a contest of wills combined with skill, determination, and accuracy.

Go the Extra Mile Patriot Festival 5K+

(5/28) Memorial Day will start this year with a “5K+ Run/Walk Go the Extra Mile for Our Military Heroes.” Registration is at Symphony Park, SouthPark Mall or online at Come honor our military heroes to whom we owe our freedom. There will be an award ceremony following the race, as well as a tandem jump and fun filled festival. All money raised goes to support the wounded warrior programs in the Carolinas: USO of NC Charlotte Center, Operation Homefront,, Purple Heart Homes, Semper Fidelis Health and Wellness, NC Heroes Fund, and Rolling Thunder. La Cage Aux Folles

(5/29-6/03) Blumenthal Performing Arts presents La Cage Aux Folles. Originally performed on Broadway in 2010, the story is about Georges, owner of a flashy nightclub, his partner Albin, the nightclub’s chanteuse Zara, and first impressions. Georges’ son’s fiancé and her conservative parents come to visit. What transpires is a laugh-out-loud comedy of manners. ConCarolinas 2012

(6/01-6/03) ConCarolinas is a convention centered on speculative fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. There will be gaming, costumes, music, a variety of fandom events, and amazing guest appearances.

Marvelous Wonderettes

(6/06-6/23) “A blast from the past” is the best way to describe this musical filled with great songs from the 50’s and 60’s. The play centers around four girls—The Wonderettes--- who sing and dance their hopes and dreams across the stage while attending Prom at Springfield High School in 1958.

Lady Antebellum WITH Darius Rucker, AND Thompson Square

(6/09) Come enjoy Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night: 2012 World Tour and enjoy an evening of country music. Multi-Platinum and 6 time Grammy award winner Lady Antebellum will share the stage with Darius Rucker, former lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Hootie and the

Blowfish, and husband-and-wife duo Thompson Square.

A Blue Grass Evening with Vince Gill

(6/17) Vince Gill, the youngest performer ever to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, sings bluegrass in Charlotte on June 17th. Having won 20 Grammy’s, 18 CMA awards, and named 5 times CMA’s male vocalist of the year, will surely knock your socks off as he sings bluegrass to a sold out crowd. You won’t want to miss this exciting event. Heroes Convention 2012

(6/22-6/24) First founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, comic shop, the Heroes Convention is a must for comic aficionados. The convention’s incredible guest list draws the attention of fans and creators across the United States. Be prepared to be enthralled.

Earth Wind & Fire w/ Live String Orchestra

(6/22) Earth, Wind & Fire’s music continues to be among the most played songs in the world. Their legacy spans over four decades and has produced 20 Grammy® Awards nominations with eight wins. Their signature sound is not easily categorized and since the group’s inception they have been profoundly influential to a powerhouse of artists ranging from Prince to Beyoncé, as well as generations of millions of fans around the world. Earth, Wind & Fire have performed to sold-out audiences on every continent and is led by founding members, Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson.

June’s Best Food

Charlotte Bayou Fest

(6/23) Stonewall Production and Urban Scholars presents the Charlotte Bayou Festival. Experience the culture and food of the Louisiana Bayou. There will be an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with tempting Cajun seafood, crabs, beer, and lots more. This is a family friendly event that you won’t want to miss. Besides amazing food, there will be arts and crafts, jugglers, a kid’s zone, and New Orleans Blues, Jazz, Funk, and so much more for everyone to enjoy.

Brothers of the Sun: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

(6/24) Be prepared to enjoy yourself for this concert promises to be entertaining. McGraw and Chesney will both play a set on their own and then return to stage together for a final set of songs such as “How Forever Feels”, and “I Can’t Go There.”

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The Mojito D

ating back to the 1800’s, the mojito is said to have stemmed from the favorite drink, “El Draque,” of sea captain Francis Drake. Others believe that sugar cane field workers started making the drink as a refreshment to cool off from the hot Caribbean sun. Either way it came to be, the drink was perfected in the exotic sun-drenched bars of Havana, where Earnest Hemingway sipped while he wrote the famous “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita.” With the mercury gradually rising to its midsummer apex here in the Queen City, the mojito is the perfect way to cool down. And factually (or at least for us), there is not a better mojito in town than the one muddled and shaken up by bartender Christian Bengle of Providence Cafe. The New Jersey native learned the mixology trade at the casinos in Atlantic City where he served up everything from manhattans to pain killers (a drink made with rum, pineapple juice, pina colada mix). Christian relocated to Charlotte and now shares his 21 years of cocktail creation experience with the patrons of the Providence Road hotspot. See the mojito recipe below or visit www. for more details. The Recipe 4 Large (Pineapple) Mint Leaves muddled 1.5 Ounces of Pusser’s Rum 1.5 Ounces of Simple Syrup (1 part sugar, 6 parts water) .5 Ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice 1 Ounce soda water (or 7-up) Shake well, pour, and garnish with mint leaf and lime. Mar/June 2012 • @qcexclusive • 15

Connoisseurs & Collectors



R8 V10 Spyder by Richard Reynolds


Cars & Toys

he Audi R8 is no stranger to the press or the public. It has received numerous accolades for its balance of aggressive styling and accessible performance. Sporting a price tag of $172,750 the 2012 R8 V10 Spyder has an unmistakable sound. It’s source, a 525hp V10. The tones of the engine range from a low growl to a sonorous howl as the revs climb all the way to the 8500 rpm redline. Despite all the power and head turning looks the R8 Spyder is a very easy car to drive. The gated shifter is crisp and has a satisfying click as you engage the next gear. The clutch engagement is smooth and doesn’t require the Herculean effort of some super cars. Then there’s the handling. The R8 coupe was purpose built to be a car that was comfortable enough to drive three hours to a race track, do hot laps all day, and then ride home. The Spyder is no different. The Quattro and balanced chassis inspire confidence in even the most inexperienced drivers. If you’re looking for a super car with style, power, and presence perfect for the summer heat of the Queen City the R8 Spyder should be in your garage. Available at Audi of Charlotte.

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Connoisseurs & Collectors

Pecorino Toscano Stagionato and Fattoria Di Faltognano


Wine & Cheese

he pairing of wines and cheeses has been an age old Italian tradition. The perfect pairing can bring out underlying flavors that might otherwise go unnoticed. With this in mind, we called on wine expert, Leyla Arcurio of Reid’s Fine Foods to help us find a perfect pairing. The Pecorino Toscano Stagionato made from sheep’s milk is a centuries old table cheese from Tuscany of the medium aged variety. It is created from locally collected sheep’s milk during September and June. As it ages, the cheese loses its milky white color and takes on a hay-colored, ivory hue. The sweet, silken texture of the original cheese slowly gives way to a sharp, zesty flavor with a

brittle texture thats perfect for chunking into romaine and dandelion green salads, rolling in extra virgin olive oil or served as part of an antipasto tray. For the ultimate marriage, Leyla of Reid’s suggests you pair it with this Fattoria Di Faltognano “Merizzo 2007. This lovely red is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Malvasia Nera and Pinot Noir made by the Comparini Bardsky family. The wine is bold and extracted with pronounced aromas and flavors of forest floor-the unmistakable, inimitable taste of Tuscany in a bottle. A great addition to this pairing are calamatta olives and a fresh baked french baguette topped with garlic goat cheese and a fig and walnut confit made by L’epicurien-France.

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Sushi Board by Carolina Wood Designs

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ushi is a traditional Japanese food with over one thousand years of history. In it’s early days, hundreds of years before refrigeration, sushi was an actual way of preserving fish. Raw and cleaned fish were pressed between salt and rice by a stone. After a few weeks, the stone was removed and then replaced with a lighter cover. A few months later, the fermented fish and rice were considered ready to eat. It wasn’t until the 18th Century that a chef named Yohei decided to serve sushi as it is in it’s present form as we know it, and forget about the fermentation process altogether. Sushi most commonly known among Westerners comes from Edo, which is now known as Tokyo, and is hand rolled and called Nigiri sushi. What better way for all the sushi connoisseurs to serve their favorite roll to guests than this beautifully designed sushi board. The board features three center cups for your accessories and sauces, and Asian shaped walnut legs with a maple center, and can also double as a cheese board. This serving piece, made by local custom woodworker, Michael Osucha, of Carolina Wood Designs is a great addition to any sushi lover’s kitchen. $179.

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Maximus Paired with Knob Creek

Smoke & Barrel


rturo Fuente cigars have been around since 1912. Founder, 24 year old Arturo Fuente, moved from Cuba to West Tampa and started selling his brand. Over the last one hundred years the company has grown drastically and is now a dominating force in the premium cigar industry, producing and selling millions of cigars each year. The creme de la creme of the brand is the Diamond Crown Maximus ($14), available in Charlotte at Outland Cigars, this cigar is a full body stick aged for a minimum of five years before it becomes available to retailers. It features an Equadorian sun grown wrapper, Dominican filler, and Dominican binder. A perfect after dinner cigar, the Diamond Crown Maximus, has taste notes that pair well with the tastes of a New York Strip or pork tenderloin . Those notes include pepper, toasted cocoa, and the char from the steak. While smoking it take notice in the beautiful burn and nice white ash. When savoring this stogey with a drink, it is important to know it pairs magnificently with a Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon. Visit for more details.

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Connoisseurs & Collectors Timepiece



he Montblanc TimeWalker US Special Edition is sure to become a watch aficionado’s favorite timepiece and it is easy to see why. Created by the leader in shape, style, materials and workmanship, Montblanc, this watch is Swiss Tech Elegance at its finest. The TimeWalker has a unique 43 mm case showing off the sophisticated black dial with rose gold hands and numerals. It features an Automatic Swiss MB 4810/502 calibre movement with chronograph functions and a domed sapphire crystal front. The exhibition back with double antireflective coating reveals a look at the Swiss precision movement. For just $3,900 from Montblanc at SouthPark Mall, this watch is a keepsake for every collector. Visit or call 704-442-1222 for more details.

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On his foundation, Catwalk for a Cause, the Queen City, and Ricky Bobby. You’re a guy’s guy so how did you decide to raise money for your foundation with a fashion show? [Laugh] Actually, my girlfriend [Sherry Pollex] owns a clothing boutique in Mooresville. She’s obviously a big part of the foundation. The event is all her idea. She has really done so much to put it on. Obviously, through her store and the people she knows in the clothing industry it helps her out. It has turned out to be a really good fundraiser for our foundation.

What trait DO you have to have to become a successful racecar driver? You have to have thick skin. You can’t let little things bother you. It’s very up and down. Some people say ‘you are only as good as your last race’ and it can get to you. What makes racing different than other sports LIKE BASEBALL OR GOLF? There is so much that goes into racing. You have to rely on a lot of people, your team, the people that are building your cars, there’s so many things that go into it, and its not just the driver.

What is Catwalk for a Cause and what does it raise money for? :30 This is the third annual Catwalk for a Cause. Proceeds benefit the Martin Truex Jr. Special Needs Fund at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Basically CLT FAVORITES CHOOSE ONE Favorite Restaurant: Daytona or Charlotte what the fund does is provide I have several in Motor Speedway? patients and families of children Mooresville but I really Charlotte Motor being treated at the hospital with like steaks on the grill. Speedway assistance like paying for medical Getaway in Charlotte: Coke or Pepsi? needs, supplies, and travel to get Fishing on Lake Norman Coke their family to the hospital. Caribbean or Europe?

Thirty Seconds With MTJr.


How did you decide Sport To Follow: who you wanted Football to help with your Team: foundation? Philadelphia Eagles When we first started the foundation we put a lot of thought into what direction we wanted to go in and when Sherry and I talked, the first thing that came to mind were children. To be able to help out kids and change their outlook on life and future is great. What organizations doES THE Foundation work with? We work with a few different organizations. We work with Levine’s. We have a backpack program that goes through the Second Harvest food bank in Charlotte that feeds over 250 kids every week. We are involved with a hospital in my hometown helping build a children’s wing. We have raised more than a million dollars in four years so we are really proud of this. The bigger this gets the more people we can help. To donate all you have to do is visit

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If you could hang out with one person dead or alive? My grandfather. I never got to meet him. He’s the guy I’ve always heard a lot about. A very strong willed, hard working, won’t-take-no-from anybody type of person. It would be really cool to hang out with him.

Caribbean Beach or Mountain? Depends on the weather Flip Flops or Loafers? Flip Flops

If you weren’t a racecar driver what would you be? What would I want to be or what would I be [laugh]. Most likely I’d probably still be doing what I did growing up. My family owns a commercial fishing business catching clams in the ocean. I’d be working on that boat. If you could travel back in time what would you tell your childhood self? That’s a good one [laugh]. To enjoy racing. There have been times in racing where I got caught up with it and I didn’t enjoy wins nearly as much as I should have. If you had to outrun Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights IN A FOOT RACE to win the Coca-cola 600 could you? Absolutely.

Martin Truex Jr. in his custom Martin Truex Jr. Foundation helmet.

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Style & Beauty



On Kelsey: Necklace: $460, Coral. Tribal Bracelet: $200, Our Place. Gold bangles: $88 each, Fresh Boutique. Leather wraps: $61 each, Fresh Boutique. Ring: Stylist’s own.

With Me

Kelsey and Matt spend a romantic day on Lake Norman

Photography: Thien La Models: Kelsey Childers and Matt Rogers, Directions USA Location: Peninsula Yacht Club Women’s Wardrobe Styling: Erica Hanks Men’s Wardrobe Styling: Hade Robinson, Jr., Head Stylist Amy Margolis, Stylist of Nordstrom South Park Makeup: Jami Svay Hair: Alyssa Whipple and Terra Hines of Varji & Varji Salon Vespa: Vespa of Charlotte

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On Kelsey: Tunic: Trina Turk, $352, The Pink Hanger. Single strand necklace: $28,The Pink Hanger. Multi strand necklace: $144, Fresh Boutique. Cuff: $44, The Pink Hanger. Earrings: $32, The Pink Hanger. Sunglasses: Gucci, $220, Nordstrom. On Matt: Jeans: Levi’s, $68, Nordstrom. Shirt: Lacoste, $49.50, Nordstrom.

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On Kelsey: Blazer: $118, J.Crew. Shirt: Lilly Pulitzer, $68, Lilly Pulitzer. Shorts: Lilly Pulitzer, $64, Lilly Pulitzer. Shoes: See by Chloe, $355, Coplon’s. Colored Bangles: $62 each, Coral. Leather wraps: $85 each, Fresh Boutique. Bag: Social Primer, $295. On Matt: Blazer: Hugo Boss, $595. Shirt: Nordstrom label, $65. Pants: Hugo Boss, $195. Shoes: Sperry Top Sider, $89.95. Sunglasses: Gucci, $275. All available at Nordstrom.

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On Kelsey: Dress: $598, Juicy Couture. Bangles: Stylist’s own. Earrings: $99, Fresh Boutique.

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On Kelsey: Bathing suit: top $125, bottom $105, Tory Burch. Necklaces: $133 each, Our Place. Beaded bracelets: $72 each, Our Place. Wrap bracelet: $32, Lotus. Earrings: $99, Fresh Boutique. Ring: $90, Lotus. On Matt: Swim Trunks: Ted Baker London, $75, Nordstrom.

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On Kelsey: Dress: Chris Benz, $2,295, Coplon’s. Shoes: Vince Camuto, $128.95, Nordstrom. Bracelets: $35 each, The Pink Hanger. Ring: $56, Lotus. On Matt: Blazer: Corneliani, $1,595, Paul Simon. Pant: Santorelli, $225, Paul Simon. Shirt: Zachary Prell, $175, Paul Simon. Bow tie: Social Primer, $65, Brooks Brothers. Shoes: Salvatore Farragamo, $475, Paul Simon.

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Strength In Drummers DrumStrong has raised over a half a million dollars for the fight against cancer, broken records for the longest continuous drum circle in the world, and put smiles on the faces of thousands, some fighting cancer and some who have beaten it.


magine waking up to a cloudless sky, the ground sundrenched and glistening with last night’s dew, and in the background the repetitive thump-thumping rhythm of drums. For a second you might feel lost, as if in a dream where tribal societies have gathered together to commune with nature, the gods, or one another. But no, that’s not right. You’re gathered together with thousands of others at DrumStrong, an annual event held at Misty Meadows Farm in Weddington, NC and other global locations simultaneously around the world. DrumForCures, Inc is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charity organization whose sole purpose is to raise money to fight all

cancers. The avenue in which they raise these funds is through collaboration. Being non-competitive, DrumStrong is not just about “one cancer, or one hospital, or one treatment. It’s all cancers and all spectrums,” says Founder and President, Scott Swimmer. “We incorporate as many resources that will help you through your personal

cancer experience or for those close to you who are having difficulty dealing with the situation; the medical world, integrated health world, as well as the obvious support factors of emotional response, stress, education, and even financial aspects” are our concerns. Swimmer and his family have experienced first-hand the anger and fear associated with cancer. In 2004, Swimmer’s son Mason, only 15 at the time, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. The next ten months were emotional. Intense treatments followed by seven surgeries accompanied the feelings of possible loss. “You know what you would do to give your child every opportunity to regain his health,” says Swimmer.

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“The depths of sacrificing yourself, but you have no clue what that entails or how to make it manifest. I mean what the hell; what can you do?” Even though his son has been cancer free for several years now, the emotional stress has permanently affected Swimmer. You can see it in his face. Once those words are spoken--“You’ve got cancer.”--life is never the same, despite being cancer free or not. I can vouch for that. Because DrumStrong is A-typical, meaning they associate with no particular culture, nor have any political affiliation or religious preference, they’re non-competitive. Therefore, the big groups like LiveStrong and Susan G. Komen are more apt to say, “Yeah, we can work with them.” DrumStrong is also non-athletic. It’s not about raising money to walk, cycle, run, or golf. It’s about drumming. “No one is intimidated by what we have to offer,” says Swimmer. “Everyone can drum. The cool thing too,” he continues, “is that the money raised is donated to the cancer of choice designated by the individual or team members.” 90% of all of the money raised goes to the cause. “Our staff is made up of volunteers and no one has been paid since the beginning of time,” says Swimmer. “That might change this year. I spend about 70 hours a week working on DrumForCures, and I still manage to hold down a day job. I design and manufacture recycled plastic playground equipment. Play More Design is my company. DrumForCures is proud to say that to date, we’ve raised nearly a half million dollars with participation in 54 cities across the world and 15 countries. We even webcast and drum together. It’s pretty amazing. This year our goal is to drum for a straight 30 hour period. There will be a lot of media coverage. The Guinness Book of World Record will be watching, as well as TV and radio personalities, and newspapers and magazine reporters. We have taken the world by storm, and we are very excited. ” For those who participate, DrumStrong is an amazing experience. Being primal

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Once those words are spoken - “You’ve got cancer.”- life is never the same.

in nature, drumming has been around for centuries. Whether for ceremonial use, celebration, or performance, drum circles produce camaraderie –a brotherhood and sisterhood of sorts— that allows a community of people to focus entirely on one specific theme. “In our case,” says Swimmer, “it’s the eradication of cancer. We have facilitators who help with the drumming and encourage the group, large or small, to hold someone in their heart, to honor, and even to drum in memory of a loved one. All sorts of people show up to DrumStrong. We have a great many celebrity artists who also take part in the drumming. They shed the mantle of being a celebrity and just drum for the cause, like everyone else. It’s truly an astounding experience.” DrumStrong 2012 begins on Saturday May 19th at 10:30 AM at Misty Meadows Farm in Weddington, NC only 4 miles south past Hwy 485 just

outside of Charlotte. Drumming begins at noon on Saturday and will continue for at least 24 hours later on Sunday the 20th. Rain or shine, the drumming will continue. There will be big tents set up offering shelter. Campers are welcome, so bring your sleeping bags, camp chairs, and tents, but please be aware, there are no other shelters or running water. You are encouraged to bring food and drinks, but because we are having this event on a “privately owned horse farm whose owners have generously donated their pastures,” no campfires will be permitted. Port-o-potty facilities and hand-washing stations will be available. It is essential that those attending respect the property, as well as clean up all debris. If you miss the event, do not fret. You can still donate to the cause by visiting or attend one of the over fifty other DrumStrong events that go on all over the world.

“Our staff is made up of volunteers and no one has been paid since the beginning of time.”

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Jay Lichty admires his ukelele.

Old North

State Luthiers Five of the best guitar makers in the South.

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f you want a martin, go buy a martin. they’re damn fine guitars. hell, they’ve been making them for over 175 years. for some they’re the perfect guitar. however for the collector and player alike, there is nothing that compares to the feeling of playing a guitar that is made specifically for you.

Luthiers are a special breed of people. They don’t build guitars for the money, and they definitely don’t build them for the accolades. Instead they design and construct unique and personal pieces of playable art for their clients because they love music, they love the process, and they are passionate about the way a guitar comes to life. From selecting the tonewoods and designing the body to shaping the neck, the process is intricate and time consuming. Only the most skilled craftsmen attempt to tackle instruments. We met five of North Carolina’s highest caliber guitar makers to discuss the many aspects of their specialized industry, learn about what drives them, what makes a guitar great, and much more.

Introducing the Guitar Makers of Charlotte and the Carolinas. Witness the craftsmanship of the state’s best luthiers.

Rigaud Guitars Bob Riguad

Now focused solely on the design and development of custom acoustic guitars, Bob Rinaud works from his shop in Greensboro, NC. Bob’s guitars have won acclaim within the industry and symbolize outstanding quality, sound and beauty. He’s been featured in Guitar Player Magazine, and his guitars are currently being used on tour by world renowned artists Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. He got his start back in 1979 as a repairman at a local music store where he received his first commission to build a resophonic guitar, or “resonator” which is commonly heard in bluegrass or blues music. The seed was planted and from there he established a home guitar shop,

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Clario Walnut, Brazilian Rosewood, Ebonies, Bubinga, and more. A custom guitar from Rigaurd guitars averages at around $5,000.

Lichty Guitars JAY LICHTY

Jay Lichty, from Tryon, NC, is the personification of passion. One conversation with this man and it is evident that he is doing what he loves. Once a homebuilder, he transitioned into building custom guitars and ukuleles to fuel his ever growing addiction for collecting the stringed sirens. Amazingly, he built his first ukulele by watching a youtube video. He then went on to study under one of the world’s pre-eminent luthiers, Wayne Henderson, who has built guitars for a couple of guys you might have heard of, Eric Clapton and Doc Watson. After only 3 years of building under his belt, he has already built over 53 guitars, and 26 ukuleles, and has an ever growing list of renowned musicians on his client roster. He is a musician of over 38 years, and knows his way around an instrument. According to Jay, “Most custom builders add an element or quality to the instruments that the factories are just not set up to do. As a musician I know what that element and quality is and I put that into everything I build.” Everything about the Jay Lichty experience is custom and he’ll find out details like whose guitar or ukulele style A Beautiful Resophonic Guitar by Rigaud Guitars

and soon had the privilege of building a cutaway nylon string guitar for legend Nokie Edwards (The Ventures). He also added custom-designed, carved electric guitars to his portfolio while also specializing in the repair and restoration of vintage guitars. He uses a wide variety of tonewoods like Figured mahogany, Curly Maple, Hawaiin Koa,

you’d like to sound like, what types of venues you will be playing, and what types of tonewoods you’d like to use, well before he puts a cut on the wood. Jay’s guitars start at $4,000 and his ukeleles start at $2,000+ or if you are interested in learning to build your own guitar, Jay offers building workshops.

LA Guitar Factory Ari LEHTALA

Ari Lehtela has been involved with music in some shape or form in North America for over three decades.

Guitars by Jay Lichty

“To not share it, and I mean share it enthusiastically, would be a sin. It’s not like we are giving away the secrets to our competition…

because we all know that a good builder has an alchemic effect on their product that cannot be duplicated.” - Jay Lichty

Originally from Finland, He began as a professional guitarist and played in the US and Canada throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. Around 1990, Ari met a local Charlotte, NC guitar builder named Luke Lukuer and was impressed by the sound and playability of his instruments. Ari realized that handmade customs were the way to achieve the best quality in sound and design. As a well traveled connoisseur of music and instruments, Ari draws inspiration from all over the world. He builds the entire spectrum of guitars from jazz, acoustic, bass, electric guitars to entirely unique “hybrid” instruments that combine characteristics from several different types of instruments into one dual-necked axe. A beautiful example is his “Gitmando,”- a dual necked combination of a steel-string acoustic and a mandolin. His instruments look like functional pieces of art and his creative design and aesthetics are one of a kind. In addition to building, Ari also operates a school of luthiery out of his Newell, NC shop. The average price of Ari’s guitars is around $4,200.

music and mechanics. Jason currently resides in Concord, North Carolina and remains active in the music community in the Charlotte area as an educator, performer, and classical guitar builder.

Capozzoli Guitars Chris Capozzoli

Pickard Guitars Jason Pickard

Jason Pickard came from a family of mechanically-inclined men, but felt more at home with a guitar in his hands then a wrench. As he grew older, he wanted to be able to build things like the other men in the family, and eventually fulfilled some of those ambitions by working on old cars. Once he started playing classical guitar in 1994, busting knuckles and breaking nails on cars was no longer practical. It wasn’t until he received a handmade guitar that had some integrity issues that he found his calling, and a mentor in famous guitar builder, John Gilbert. Both sons of machinists, they found a common bond and Jason got the inspiration and encouragement to start building his own guitars. For Jason, it was the best of both worlds, combining

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Top 2: Chris Capazzoli’s electric guitar showcases his craftsmanship and skill. Bottom 3: Bob Rigaud’s guitars have been played by some of the best guitarist in the world including John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett.

Just like Jimi Hendrix, Chris Capozzoli was a left handed boy in a right handed man’s world. At age 14, Chris’ father bought him his first guitar from a local pawn shop. The fact that it was designed for a right hander could have left him discouraged, but again, like Jimi, he restrung it up left handed, corrected the intonation on the bridge, and started strumming. With that experience, Chris says, “I instantly thought to myself that I could make one of these. So before I was out of high school I built one.” Chris further honed his skill set in a custom mill work shop building intricate entry ways and cabinet systems for the country club communities of the High Country. As a guitarist himself, he appreciates the warm tone of a jazz guitar. He also loves the crunch of an overdriven twin reverb tube amp in blues and rock and includes those abilities in the guitars he produces. In addition to guitars, Chris builds mandolins, ukuleles, electric bass’, electric upright bass’, electric lap steels, and classical electrics. Chris describes his work with his customers as “A Special process.” He wants to know what the person needs out of their instrument, what type of music they play, what type of instruments they enjoy, and then customizes his instruments to fit those needs. He uses traditional woods like mahogany, sugar maple, spruce, and rosewood as well as nontraditional woods such as black walnut and Appalachian spruce, both of which grow in his backyard. Capozzoli’s guitars range from $1600 to $5500. Contact Chris about his guitars at

Ari Lehtala (top left) and a neck he is forming on his next guitar creation (top right) The head stock (bottom left) of a beautiful Jason Pickard (bottom right) guitar.

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THERE IS The founding four behind uptown’s highly anticipated 5Church restaurant





share their incredible story, original food concepts, and strategy to take over the world.

New York French culinary chef and a party boy promoter. When you put the whole group together, people look at you and say, why, how? But it works.” Likened to a well oiled machine, it works only because each part is doing exactly what it is supposed to do, perfectly and succinctly. Mills Howell, in charge of the design at 5Church, spent the last twelve years as (and still is) a partner, along with his partner/designer Eric Boyd, at the Plaza Midwood based decorative concrete design firm Reaching Quiet. His knowledge of commercial, and especially restaurant design, is off the charts. After spending years working on build outs of some of the most impressive restaurants in the city including Nikko and Andrew Blair’s, Mills knew that he wanted to get into and dominate the restaurant industry. Jamie Lynch, 5Church’s executive chef, started out at fifteen years old washing dishes in a restaurant in Massachusetts, a far cry from his most recent stint at one of the city’s classic fine dining establishments, Barrington’s. In between those two gigs were years and years of grinding hours in blistering He attended the New “There is only we.” That’s the maxim behind the launch of kitchens. England Culinary Institute, prepared Charlotte’s most anticipated restaurant in quite some time, 5Church, food at four star New York favorites aptly named for its location on the confluence of 5th Street and like Le Cirque 2000 and Cafe Boulud, Church Street in uptown. The four words are written on the ceiling, and took on the kitchen at the uptown surrounded by Sun Tzu’s ART OF WAR, in its entirety. Local artist, beast that is Blue Restaurant. Jon Norris, spent three months atop a ladder transcribing the entire Over a decade ago Patrick Whalen doctrine. Yet somehow, amongst the thousands of words that make up was making sandwiches at SouthPark Mall. He spent years working his way what many scholars believe to be the most successful book on strategy up the ladder from busboy to waiter and in the history of the world, those four small words --”There is only we”-eventually to General Manager of Butter seem to stand out, summing up their purpose and strategy with ease. NC, a nightclub whose reputation in the city, if not the South, precedes itself. With You see, the four founding fathers of Mills Howell, Jamie Lynch, Patrick each step up the rungs he encountered what’s destined to be the next great eating Whalen, and Alejandro Torio, all together, assumptions and doubt. That’s how he institution in the Queen City have all resemble a rock band more than upstart got the huge chip on his shoulder, and paid there dues. They’ve been the busboy restaurateurs and that’s the way they like it. according to Patrick, “The way you get to and the bartender. They’ve been the “It is so incredibly complicated to look at the top is by defying the assumptions.” dishwasher, the cooks on the front line, our group and try to categorize why we’re A successful club promoter parts of the wait staff, the promoters, and together,” according to Patrick Right: Chef Jamie from New York, Alejandro the managers. But through hard work, Whalen, the operating partner. Top: Indian spiced Torio, has a marketing strategy determination, perfect timing, and what “You’ve got a wildman with a potato and English pea pierogies, that is far more personal than seems to be undeniable fate, together, sleeve tattoo next to a Myers sweet pea most. In an age of social they take the reigns this May and start Park guy who wears Croakies emulsion networking and email blasts, their new adventure atop the food chain. and drinks out of Koozies. A

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“I like people scratching their heads, saying you need to witness it.” Alejandro is old school. His outgoing personality, word-of-mouth methods, and gigantic rolodex have made him a goliath in the promotion industry. His resume also includes the prestigious Butter NC, where he was a major player in making the club one of the best in the city of CharlotteBut for him, the task ahead, marketing for 5Church, is what he has always dreamed about and envisioned. Individually, their backgrounds within the industry are enviable. As an aggregate, close to unstoppable. But how does such an odd and successful grouping actually come to be. In all honesty the crossing of their paths and philosophies seems almost predetermined. Alejandro ventured away from the skyscrapers of New York City and arrived at his new post at Butter NC, where he met Patrick. The two were completely different, but as they got to know one another and learn about each other’s work ethics and ideology, they became friends and developed mutual respect. While out and about on the town, Alejandro stirred up a random conversation with Mills and invited him to brunch. An hour long meal turned into a sales pitch that ended when Alejandro was able to convince Mills to join the team at Butter NC. The three of them spent nearly two and a half years at the club entertaining a wide variety of guests and serving up some of the best nightlife south of the Mason Dixon. When their late nights at the club ended, they spent the early mornings talking about their restaurant dreams over cups of coffee and cigarettes, planning their next adventure on the back of napkins. Then, according to Patrick, “I wrote a business model and [Mills] made a business.” It all started with the design. “I was always taught that you build the décor first and that will bring the people. The food and service will keep them coming back,” said Alejandro. The three began looking for spaces for their new concept in Charlotte and beyond. The final determination was the location at 5th and Church. There they “sourced the local art

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in Charlotte and have done something really special,” said Mills. The design “is bold, yet it is technique driven. A lot of stuff we did was extremely difficult.” You notice this as soon as you walk into the large and versatile space. Instantly you recognize the painstaking effort involved in the dramatic art on the ceiling. Large pillars frame the space. Open windows along the bar let in natural luminescence. Beautiful black booths encourage you to sit down and enjoy an experience. A long and unique concrete bar perfect for sliding drinks to patrons welcomes those anxious for an after-work cocktail. Next to the bar a massive community table encourages parties to sit together and intermingle. Several levels add an extra dimension that many spaces lack,

and allow for entirely separate types of atmospheres perfect for all customers, from casual to romantic, from private parties to corporate parties. In the back of the space, near the kitchen sits a second bar draped with a tablecloth made of concrete. It is something that you just have to see for yourself. 5Church’s kitchen is a monstrosity sporting unbelieveable size and equipment that offers 5Church the ability to handle a huge amount of tables and catering. “There’s not an inch of our space that hasn’t been thought about or touched by design or necessity,” said Patrick. The overall atmosphere works and you just know it deep down in your bones. Yet, it is hard to pin down. Because of this it comes across as all-inclusive, just as it was intended. According to


Right: Chilled asparagus salad, soft boiled quail eggs, baby arugula, house cured gravlox and shaved local radishes Below: Chef Jamie and his kitchen staff at the new 5Church

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To not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues.” - Sun Tzu

Mills, “We like the idea that we are not easy to categorize in a specific way. I like people scratching their heads, saying you need to witness it.” The last piece of the puzzle came about by chance. “Mills bought my motorcycle,” said Chef Jamie. That’s how the two met. Days later, Jamie submitted his resume and the rest is history. The menu he produced for 5Church melds seamlessly with their concept and design. The food is a melting pot of American cuisine featuring burgers made from fresh ground lamb and beef, a new take on perogies, fries confited in fat, gnocci, and prime steak including a favorite, the “60 second steak”, which is charred on one side until it is cooked to desired temperature on the other. They offer a snack section on their menu as well, perfect for those that want to sample some of their mouth-watering dishes. Proudly, many of their products come from local farms including New Town, Tega Hills, and Poplar Ridge. Chef Jamie has a personal relationship with many of the farmers and is excited

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to work with them. “They’re growing pristine stuff, and its just thirty miles from our front door. It doesn’t get any fresher than that,” said Chef Jamie. The kitchen staff also gets entire beasts (hogs/lamb) from local farms and breaks them down right on site. Doing it this way, they can be assured of the high quality and origin of the cuts they are serving. This is unlike many other restaurants and that’s the way the guys like it. They also like being different when it comes to staff attire and price points. The service staff dons a casual look featuring Levi’s 501s and American Apparel shirts, a skinny tie, and Converse All Star Chucks. Despite the casual uniform, the servers go through an intense twelve day training period to ensure quality in service. Realizing that you work hard for your money, that eating out is an investment that should be rewarded with a great experience, 5Church has made every attempt to keep the costs down for you. The menu is affordable, allowing for two to enjoy an uptown night out with

a bottle of wine, a first course, a second course, and coffee and dessert for under a hundred bucks. As Sun Tzu wrote, “To not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues.” From design and food to service and price, the restaurateurs of 5Church have executed their plan to a T. They have done it together, embracing their mantra, “There is only we.” They are living proof that a chip on the shoulder and a great strategy can go a long way. And to those who visit 5Church for an amazing culinary experience, excellence awaits. Visit for more details.


Top: “60 second prime strip steak”, local greens salad and “J-1 steak sauce” Right: House made ramen noodles, roasted pork, confit turkey, poached farm egg, seasonal vegetable and smokey broth

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The Mecca Summer adventure starts at the Whitewater Center The U.S. National Whitewater Center or as we like to call it, “Mecca for Outdoor Enthusiasts” is one of Charlotte’s most awe inspiring attractions. Simply put, it is the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. The USNWC is not a one trick pony. Although the whitewater is the headline, the center also offers a slew of other attractions and activities that are sure to excite the senses, and wear some tread off of those $300 hiking boots that have been sitting in your closet all winter. Activities at the USNWC include whitewater rafting and kayaking, a canopy tour, zip-lines, ropes courses, climbing, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking and eco trekking. So how do you decide what to do when you get there? Here are our suggestions: Whitewater Rafting/Kayaking Being that this is a man-made river, one might expect it to pale in comparison to an actual whitewater river. Do not be mistaken, this is the real deal. There are plenty of options for all skill levels. Rapids range from Class II, III and IV whitewater rapids. All raft trips include a professional guide that eats, sleeps and breathes rafting. In addition to being the yoda of the raft world, our guide was hilarious and very personable. He gave us a short trip talk on the fundamentals of rafting and essential safety information and all the technical equipment needed. Paddle Boarding Stand-up paddle boarding has become one of the fastest growing sports around, and a great way to enjoy our oceans, rivers and natural waterways, all while getting a great workout. Paddling along the Catawba River while taking in the natural elements would make for a great place to take a date, or a chance to get out on the open water on your own to clear your head. No experience is required. You can set off on your own or take a staff guided tour. Canyon Zip The Canyon Zip is your round trip ticket to explore the beautiful Piedmont from a bird’s eye veiw. Imagine being suspended above the canyon on a circuit of zip-lines with the first zip dangling you over the gorge and through the trees before landing you safely on the far side of the ridge. From there you transfer to one of the two return zip-lines, which traverse back across the gorge. Rock Climbing The Whitewater Center’s climbing wall is one of the world’s largest and is great for any skill level. This 46 foot open air climbing wall offers more than 40 different roped climbs, and is made to look and feel like real granite. Climbing instruction is available to introduce you to climbing or enhance your skills in climbing, belaying, rappelling and bouldering.

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GUIDE The Concierge travel section is your source for must see Carolina destinations for the adventurer. Bryson City, NC Whitewater Rafting People have been rafting the Nantahala River in western North Carolina since the 1970’s when the Nantahala Outdoor Center opened. There are class II and class III rapids on the river, making the ride exciting. Rafters are challenged by rapids with epic names like Patton’s Run, Quarry, and the Whirlpool. The Nantahala is a great river for novice and experienced rafters alike. The river adventure isn’t the only thing to take in while spending a weekend getaway in Bryson City. The Fryemont Inn and Restaurant has been an institution in the area since the 1920’s and serves up some of the best hospitality and fresh rainbow trout you can get your hands on. For those that need to relax after a long day on the water, Lakeview at Fontana offers a world-class spa. Or for those anxious for even more adrenaline the Wayehutta ATV Trail System is a must.

Canadys, SC Canoeing and Kayaking Just three hours from Charlotte, Canadys sits along the historic and slow flowing Edisto River, northwest of Charleston. The gem of the river for the adventurer is at Carolina Heritage Outdoors where you can rent canoes and treehouses. During the 23 mile float through tupelo and cypress

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swamps, canoers and kayakers get the opportunity to spend the night in rustic treehouses and get a chance to take in the scenery and wildlife.

Chimney Rock, NC Rock Climbing Chimney Rock is a 535 million year old monolith that rises up from the Hickory Nut Gorge near Lake Lure, NC. Chimney Rock State Park is a 1,000 acres of amazing wilderness featuring great mountain biking trails, waterfalls, hiking trails, and incredible rock climbing. Fox Mountain Guides has partnered with the state park for some amazing top rope climbing trips. These top rope climbs will test your strength and balance and will give you some amazing views of the gorge below. While visiting Chimney Rock be sure to stay at the Lake Lure Inn and Spa where you can enjoy some of the best relaxation, food, and fun in the area including the Lake Lure boat tours.

Seven Devils, NC Zipline When most think of Seven Devils they think of the amazing winter adventures that take place atop Hawksnest Mountain. However, Hawksnest is now an amazing

summer destination for the adventurer. The ziplines at Hawksnest feature two different types of tours with ten cables and a swinging bridge. While in the High Country stay just minutes away from Seven Devils in Valle Crucis at the Mast Farm Inn where you will be treated like royalty.

Wilmington, NC Paddle Boarding A mixture of surfing and canoeing, paddle boarding is a great sport for the adventurer that tests your balance and agility. It is also a great way to experience the inland waterways around Wilmington or the oceans just off the beautiful Wrightsville beach. While in Wilmington, paddle boarding isn’t the only thing you can do. Take a quick ride to Hook, Line, and Paddle ( and take in a wide variety of outdoor water activities from kayaking to fishing. While in Wilmington explore the NC Battleship, check out the Ghosts of Wilmington Tour, or shop at the Shops of Old Wilmington or the Cotton Exchange. When visiting Wilmington make reservations at the Graystone Inn. If you’re all adventured out then take a ride over to the Harbour Club Day Spa and get some needed rest and relaxation.


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In this real estate section of The Concierge you will find the most exclusive properties for sale in the city, from South Charlotte to the Lake. To inquire about listing a property here please contact us at

Featuring high-quality new construction craftsmanship at the Woodlands at Davidson. Experience both the tranquility of nature and the convenience of living in an active community when you settle into one of our custom-built homes. Obtain that rare blend of privacy and community in this wildlife-friendly and awardwinning neighborhood. Starting at $600,000.

Enchanting main-level owner’s suite features lake views and a luxurious bath with heated tile floors. The custom kitchen is a chef’s delight featuring a  double-slab granite countertop with stunning beveled edges.  Lowerlevel boasts fabulous entertainment options, including a critic-worthy home theatre with 110”screen and bi-level seating.   Sandy beach, private pier, secluded pool, and  spa area  provide the ultimate in luxurious  lakeside entertaining. $2,795,000.

Custom designed luxury penthouses scream luxury and exclusivity with their 20 ft ceilings, incredible panoramic views, multiple over sized terraces, custom closet systems, gourmet kitchen with gas fireplaces, and spa style bathrooms. They offer unmatched amenities including concierge service, room service, shuttle service, and more. Ranging from 2800 to 3600 sq ft $699k to $1.275 million.

This beautiful 2BR/2BTH uptown condo is a corner unit that features amazing city views, an open floorplan with separate dining area, a walk in closet, upgraded speaker system, custom blinds, 2 parking spaces, wide board hardwood flooring, granite countertops, and tiled bath. Building amenities include elevated pool facing the city, fitness center, club room, outdoor grill and firepit. $369,000

4BR/4.2BA with MBR suite and 2nd BR on main level, Study and LR with fireplaces, elegant DR with French doors, gourmet kitchen with Wolf appliances and marble countertops, 10foot ceilings on main level, spectacular Sunroom overlooks private, slate veranda and rear yard, detached 2-car garage. Hardwood, slate and ceramic tile flooring. Security and surround systems. $1,164,000 (MLS#2066434)

Stunning renovation joins Old World European-style with modern luxury. This 2.5 story hard coat stucco exterior home with 6BR/5.1BA features spectacular architectural details: interior and exterior balconies, 3 fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, reclaimed stone and wood, French and Italian fixtures throughout - iron railings, chandeliers, c. 1750 limestone fireplace,. Private .7+ acre lot with mature landscaping and formal gardens. $2,195,000 (MLS#2026688)

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GUIDE BALLANTYNE GALLERY Awarded by Wine Spectator in 2011 with the “Award of Excellence”, Gallery offers contemporary American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily. Don’t get too attached to a particular dish though; the menu changes seasonally to provide patrons with fresh, local ingredients. TERRACE CAFÉ Once only a breakfast and lunch spot, this culinary delight is now a triple threat since offering dinner. With two locations in the Charlotte area, Ballantyne and South Park, Terrace Café offers the best of every meal. Think Red Velvet Waffles and four choices of Eggs Benedicts for breakfast, any combination of soup, salad, sandwich or quiche for lunch, and Coconut Thai Crab Cakes and Pan Fried NC Trout with pineapple butter for dinner. There is something for everyone, whether you are a “foodie” or someone that just plain likes food! VILLA ANTONIO Located in the heart of Ballantyne, this jewel combines old world Italian cuisine with new world charm. Villa Antonio features only the freshest ingredients on their chef-inspired menu all the way down to their cannolis. If you’re looking for an upbeat spot with a great drink selection, this is the place. Dilworth/SOUTHEND BONTERRA This beautifully renovated 110year old church became the deliciously elegant restaurant it is today over 10 years ago. A hidden gem in Dilworth, Bonterra both architecturally and culinarily will not disappoint. Boasting over 200 wines by the glass and an additional several hundred in their cellar, Bonterra is more than just

In this section of The Concierge you will find the best food and drink in the city, from South Charlotte to the Lake. To inquire about getting your restaurant posted here please contact us at

food. The menu is designed with wine in mind! They offer a vast array of cheeses, olives, cured meats and spreads for nibbling while wine tasting, as well as a full dinner menu complete with steaks and seafood, but don’t forget to save room for dessert and port! 300 EAST 300 East is a culinary staple in Dilworth. This is the place where you will find the local crowd. The American-infused Global cuisine will knock your socks off. Did I mention all the desserts are made in house by a pastry chef whose job is solely to make tasty desserts? Must I say more? ZEN FUSION In the mood for sushi? No.. Chinese? Spanish tapas with sangria? This place has something for everyone. Zen has every traditional dish from most Asian countries plus an entire Spanish menu. It is literally a fusion between Zen Asian and the very much missed menu at Sole restaurant. Try the Paella, Vietnamese Bun or Pho, Pad Thai, or select from the delicious sushi menu. The hardest part of this dining experience is deciding what to get. And don’t forget the tres leches for dessert! HUNTERSVILLE / LKN CORKSCREW WINE SHOPPE This wine-lover’s dream is tucked away in Birkdale Village. They are fully equipped with wine to suit everyone’s taste and experts who can point you to a wine that best suits your palate. Whether you are a connoisseur or a beginner, there is something here for you. MICKEY & MOOCH A Big Band themed restaurant, fitted with life size murals, offers a casually elegant dining experience and a sophisticated meal at an exceptional price.

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Kebobs at Levant, by Ben Getz

What a great local meeting place. NORTH HARBOR CLUB Enjoy dining right on the water, on the patio, at North Harbor Club. Choose from a variety of mouthwateringly fresh seafood dishes, pastas and salads. North Harbor Club provides a creative and fresh dining experience for everyone. Montford / Selwyn GOOD FOOD Another one of Bruce Moffett’s (owner of Barrington’s) creations. From its start Good Food has a pedigree and credibility few restaurants in the city have. Sometimes legacies such as this are hard to live up to but not for Good Food. The modern, warm atmosphere soothes and the tapas plates delight, bite after bite. NOLEN KITCHEN Nolen Kitchen is a chic, modern restaurant located on Selwyn

Ave with a relaxed atmosphere, extensive wine list, and a stellar menu. The brunch is especially popular, most notable are the benedicts and French toast. NODA AMELIE’S FRENCH BAKERY Open 24/7, this self-proclaimed “Parisian shabby chic” bakery will have your taste buds saying “merci beaucoup” the minute you walk in and catch a whiff of the sweet sugary goodness baking. Offering every classic French sweet (pastries, petit fours, éclairs), and savory (croissants, baguettes, tartines) as well as fresh housemade soups and sandwiches, Amelie’s also specializes in Europeanstyle espressos, machiattos, and lattes. And just in case the pastry case wasn’t enthralling enough, Amelie’s offers live music weekly to keep you entertained. CABO FISH TACO You haven’t really eaten in NoDa

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GUIDE unless you’ve eaten here! And we always go for the classic, Cabo’s Signature Beer Battered White Fish Tacos with a salt-rimmed glass of the house “El Cheapo” Margarita. With an extensive margarita and tequila selection, and an unrivaled SoCal Menu, Cabo (as it’s known to the locals) makes you want to catch a wave and sport those sunglasses at night! CRÊPE CELLAR Where else but NoDa do you find casual French cuisine in a pub setting? The Crêpe Cellar offers this elusive combination of French street food and comfort food. Serving up sweet and savory crêpes with baguette pizzas, Steak & Frites, and of all things…Fish & Chips! If you want to kiss your heart goodbye, try the Crêpe Suzette if you dare, but don’t say we didn’t warn you! Plaza Midwood BISTRO LA BON Bistro La Bon on Central is unassuming and absolutely delicious. Dinner is full of treats and they excel at dessert. However, if I had to pick the best of this Charlotte restaurant it would be the Sunday brunch buffet. Get there early, it’s crowded for a reason. SOUL GASTROLOUNGE I never thought I wanted a mounted peacock on my wall until I went to Soul. The gastrolounge serves innovative sushi and international tapas with a casual and modern flair. Hob-knob with the hippest of Plaza Midwood here and don’t forget Sunday brunch. Two words: Chicken. Waffles. South Park BRICKTOP’S With multiple locations throughout the Eastern seaboard, BrickTop’s offers an eclectic selection including American, Asian, and

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French fare. With a fun, circular bar and outdoor lounge, BrickTop’s is even a great place to mingle while sipping one of their innovative cocktail concoctions (we like the French 75) and an order of flatbread. BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE BRIO!, (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is a casual, white-tablecloth restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian food. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city. At BRIO you can enjoy their premium quality steaks, chops and pasta and on Saturdays and Sundays until 3pm BRIO has a wonderful brunch. For the brunch, sit outside and take advantage of their refined outdoor dining experience. CAFÉ MONTE Here very classic, traditional French country fare meets patisserie. Specializing in freshly baked goods (including croissants and baguettes), this place has all the French favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as seasonal and daily specials. With a bistro setting right down to the wicker chairs and tiled entry, Café Monte is classic French. ROOSTER’S KITCHEN A Jim Noble Restaurant, Rooster’s is a true local and southern kitchen, right down to the stuffed roosters on the wall. Rooster’s features only seasonal, fresh ingredients from local farm partners. Mainly all à la carte, the menu includes delicious cured meats, steaks, seafood and of course, poultry, as well as generous, mouth-watering sides such as Anson Mill’s ground grits with bacon, buttered butter beans, and fire roasted beets. Yum-my.

Chilled Asparagus Salad from 5Church, photo by Ben Getz flavors and dishes from around the Mediterranean region. Executive chef Gene Briggs has assembled an unparalleled multi-cultural menu that is sure to take your taste buds on a whirlwind journey and give you a dining experience like none other. Expect to be wowed by some of Blue’s staple dishes like the Moroccan Lamb Tagine and Tenderloin a la Blue, or step even further outside of the box and try the Duo of Wild Boar.


TRADE RESTAURANT & BAR Executive Chef Francisco Jimenez, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York has created an exceptional menu full of quality ingredients. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable and the confidence displayed by the staff is reverberated in their new predominantly Southern menu.

BLUE RESTAURANT & BAR This award winning Charlotte restaurant offers a wide array of

Levant A new addition to the uptown dining scene, this Middle Eastern gem is

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well worth the trip. The striking decor really sets the stage for the incredible food that is to come. The baba ghanoush is smooth as silk and the lamb is melt in your mouth tender. A perfect place to grab a quick affordable lunch, or take a date for an evening in the city. Walking distance to all the museums, theatres, and attractions of uptown. 704-333-0930. 5 Church Executive Chef Jamie Lynch (formerly of Barrington’s and Blue) is at the helm of this highly anticipated uptown eatery located on the corner of 5th and Chruch. The menu is “New American” fare featuring locally grown food and seasonal fruits and vegetables where possible, and hand made breads and pastas. Not just a place for a great meal, 5 Church is set up to offer it’s patrons several different vibes from a “cocktail scene” to an intimate dimly lit table for 2. Look up to the ceiling and you can read the entire book, “The Art of War” handwritten word for word. The Charlotte restaurant scene just got a whole lot cooler.

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Dr. Colleen Peleaux (right) and Dr. Darragh Bailey (left) of Peleaux and Bailey, DDS




In this section of The Concierge you get to meet the city’s best doctors, dentists, and other health industry leaders. Enjoy the interviews and visit for complete interviews with each doctor.

Dr. Colleen Peleaux and Dr. Darragh Bailey Peleaux and Bailey, DDS


eleaux and Bailey Dentistry, owned by Dr. Colleen Peleaux and Dr. Darragh Bailey focus on cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. As members of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, and the Charlotte Dental Society, Peleaux and Bailey make it their mission to provide the best comprehensive dental care for the entire family. Being a great dentist is not found in “just the dentistry itself,” they say simultaneously. “We’ve both worked in practices that weren’t fun. It’s at the end of the long road with our practice and staff, and our patients…it’s just great, and it’s home. Working with one another is special too. We’re able to bump ideas off each other, and we work cases together. And besides it’s a great environment to work in especially being women. We’re able to work a part time schedule that allows time for our families.” Peleaux and Bailey enthusiastically admit they’ve got the best of both worlds and wouldn’t change a thing.

What made you want to become a dentist?

If you weren’t a dentist what would you be and why?

Dr. Peleaux: I was a dental hygienist first and when my husband was in his oral surgery residency in Chapel Hill, --I ended up working with a dentist who inspired me to go to dental school. And I definitely made the right decision to go along with my schooling and become a dentist. I am thrilled with my career.

Dr. Peleaux: I have three other loves and they’re my hobbies. I love to cook, so I could have become a chef. I like to garden but I would have to be better at it to be able to make it my career. It’s more a hobby. But recently, I have taken up photography and it’s very rewarding so photography, yes, after dentistry it’s my favorite.

Dr. Bailey: When I was five, I had a lot of dental needs. I guess I just really liked my dentist. I felt comfortable in the office. He was a general dentist, not a pediatric dentist, and I was never afraid. At the age of 5, 10, you don’t really have a true understanding of what is going to be done, but I knew I wanted to be what he was, a dentist.

Dr. Bailey: I never thought of any other option. From the age of five that’s all I wanted to do.

Where did you attend school for dentistry and what did you learn from that experience? Dr. Peleaux: I graduated from the University of Chapel Hill in 93’with a stronger love of dentistry since I had already been a dental hygienist. Dr. Bailey: I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 89’, and I hate to say this but I felt dentistry was a man’s world, but the dynamics were changing. I had a great education. How did you choose Charlotte as the city for your practice? Dr. Peleaux: My husband brought me here…his job as an oral surgeon, and then, I found a great practice to join. Dr. Bailey: My husband brought me here. He is a cardiologist with one of the hospitals and like Dr. Peleaux I am thankful I found a great practice to join. What do you enjoy about all of your Charlotte patients? Dr. Peleaux: I love talking to people about where they’re from and what they like to do. The people here are amazing. Dr. Bailey: Most of my patients aren’t from Charlotte. Most of them are like me and Dr. Peleaux. They’re transplants. And it’s interesting to hear what brought them here to Charlotte and why they have stayed.

What is your favorite thing about the city of Charlotte? Dr. Peleaux: I love Charlotte because of my neighborhood. I love that everything is so close and I don’t have to travel far. I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota, so I definitely love the climate. The natives of Charlotte are wonderful and then there is the cosmopolitan Charlotte with people who have come from all sorts of places. Dr. Bailey: I like the restaurants, and the arts, I love that there is the symphony and Broadway shows. It is a big city with a small town feel. That’s what I love about it. Where is your favorite restaurant in the city? Dr. Peleaux: I just enjoy going to different ones. We read the paper and say, ‘Hey look. Let’s try that one.’ Dr. Bailey: I don’t have a particular favorite. I enjoy reading the restaurant section in the paper and seeing what’s new. There’s always something different; we just decide which one and go. Who in the city really inspires you? Dr. Peleaux: I would say the doctor who founded this practice was an inspiration—Dr. Janet Arnold. She’s retired now, but she left us with a wonderful practice. Dr. Bailey: “I would also have to say Dr. Janet Arnold because the way she ran the practice--her philosophy-- is the same as ours. She took care of the patients and when we came on board we adopted the philosophy because that’s how we felt. We wanted to continue caring for the patients as she started. And we have a good number, still, who came when she started 25 years ago. And even though she has retired, they are still here because our philosophy has not changed.

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Dr. Kiya Green-Dixie


Matthews Periodontics

aving first arrived in Charlotte in 2008, Dr. Kiya Green-Dixie and her family were excited to start a new life in North Carolina. Moving from Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Green-Dixie eagerly left the jarring pace of the big city and embraced the slower lifestyle she yearned for. “Charlotte is a great place to raise a family. It’s progressive, continually growing, and there’s so much to do.” The practice has fulfilled her longing professionally; she has found her “niche” that was just right and one she couldn’t find while practicing in Atlanta. Matthews Periodontics located on Sam Newell Road in Matthews, North Carolina draws from patients both near and as far as Rockingham, North Carolina. Dr. Green-Dixie and her staff make it a point to be friendly and welcoming. Her philosophy is that the doctor and patient are a team in which the patients’ individual concerns and needs come first. She also follows the rule that to be a good doctor, you must listen to your patients’ needs. What lead you to become a periodontist? When I was in 7th grade I had to wear braces. I really loved my orthodontist and what he did with my smile, so by the time I was in 9th grade; I knew for sure that I wanted to be a dentist. While in college, I chose the academic track that would lead me to having a successful career in dentistry. It wasn’t until my third year in dental school that I really grew to understand all that periodontics entailed. During the first and second years of dental school, we didn’t see much surgery. This changed in my third year when we studied periodontics in greater depth. Once I learned that periodontics was both surgery and the systemic connection between dentistry and medicine, I knew that I wanted to be a periodontist. Where did you attend school for this kind of treatment? I received a D.D.S. from the University of Maryland in 98’. My general practice residency was in Washington, DC at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 98-99’ followed by a Masters of Dental Sciences and Certificate in Periodontology from the Medical College of Virginia from 1999-2002. How did you choose Charlotte for your practice? When I got out of my residency, there weren’t any opportunities in Richmond, so I moved to Atlanta. I practiced in Atlanta for six years but never really found my niche. I also realized that Atlanta was not the place I wanted to raise my two little girls-too much “hustle and bustle”. There’s no time just to be still and enjoy your surroundings. Then I received great advice from another practitioner who knew I really liked North Carolina. He said, ‘You need to look at the website of the American Academy of Periodontology, there are three practices for sale in North Carolina.’ I did just that and found one for sale in Charlotte. I knew Charlotte was a city of growth and progression, so I called

the number, discovered that the practice for sale was owned by a female practitioner. I knew I found something special. What do you enjoy about all of your Charlotte patients? My patients here are a world of difference from those in Atlanta. I credit that to the North Carolina dentists. Here dentists are much more perio conscious. My patients come from all areas surrounding Charlotte. They value not only my diagnosis but my expertise. If you weren’t a periodontist what other occupation would you have and why? I’d still be a dentist. I consider dentistry to be one of the best professions, especially for women. What is the most common reason people visit your practice? Most people are referred to my practice to treat periodontal disease. Genetic tendencies and smoking are major contributors of gum problems. What kind of techniques do you use to heal gum disease and other gum related issues? To heal periodontics, I use the laser, and there’s only one other periodontist in Charlotte who also uses the laser. The benefit is that you don’t have to do actual surgery on the gums, and our patients like that a lot. What recommendations would you give to people to help them avoid gum disease? Gum disease is in the genetics, so you can’t really avoid it, but you can prevent it. I recommend going to see your dentist regularly, brushing, flossing, eating right, and rinsing with a good mouthwash. I recommend Listerine.

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Dr. Matthew Gromet Charlotte Radiology Matthew Gromet from Charlotte Radiology discusses the importance of mammograms. What is a mammogram? A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is the best method to detect early stage breast cancer, making mammography a valuable screening tool in protecting women’s health. A screening mammogram is a wellness check up – for women who have no unusual breast symptoms (such as a lump or discharge). A diagnostic mammogram is for a woman who has breast symptoms; this study allows the radiologist to perform additional views or ultrasound to investigate the problem. Do I need a physician’s order to have a mammogram? You do not need a physician’s order for a screening mammogram, but you will need to provide the name of your primary care physician in case follow-up is needed. If you don’t have one, the facility can recommend a physician in your area. A physician order is required for a diagnostic mammogram. Is a mammogram painful? Most women experience only mild discomfort due to compression of the breast. Compression is essential because it spreads out the breast tissue and thereby improves the accuracy of the test.

screening reduces breast cancer deaths by between 25% and 44%. Is the radiation risk worth the benefit? What about cost?

Charlotte Radiology follows the guidelines of the American Cancer Society and many other national physician organizations: Women should begin getting annual screening mammograms at age 40. Women with a family history should talk with their doctor about having a mammogram at an earlier age.

Mammography is a low-dose technique which imparts very minimal risk. It is a safe tool for screening, with the amount of radiation exposure comparable to the amount one receives on a cross-country flight. The federal government regulates all mammography facilities to ensure that the equipment is safe and properly maintained. Experts agree that radiation risk is so low that it should not be a consideration in choosing to get a mammogram. As for cost, insurance plans generally cover screening mammography fully, with no copay required – check with your plan. For women with no insurance, public health programs are usually available.

What is a family history for breast cancer?

Does it matter where I get my mammogram?

The most significant family history is breast cancer in “first degree relatives” – mother, sister, daughter – especially when it occurred before menopause. If you have such a family history, your risk is increased and you should discuss this with your doctor. You may benefit from mammography before 40; in some cases, additional steps such as genetic counseling or MRI scans may be recommended.

Yes. You should select a provider that offers digital mammography, computer-aided detection, and radiologists who specialize in breast imaging. A key element of early detection is comparing your current mammogram to prior exams; therefore, choose a dependable facility that will be convenient for you to return to each year. If you move, be sure to have your prior mammograms transferred to your new provider.

When and how often should I begin getting a screening mammogram?

If I’m under 50 years old and I don’t have a family history of breast cancer, do I really need a mammogram? Yes. 75-80% of women with breast cancer have NO family history. Cancer detected in women under 50 is more likely to be aggressive and needs to be detected early. Locally, from 1996 to 2008 Charlotte Radiology screened nearly 625,000 women for breast cancer; of the breast cancers detected, over 20% were found in women ages 40-49. Nationally, approximately 40% of the years of life lost to breast cancer are in women diagnosed before age 50. Does screening mammography really save lives? Screening mammography has reduced breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by 30% since 1990. Worldwide studies have shown that

Why the constant debate about the benefits of mammography? Many large scientific studies have proven the benefits of screening mammography in reducing deaths from breast cancer. Some groups (such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) state that some women have inconvenience or stress from mammography; therefore, they have pulled back from making definitive recommendations for women 40-50. Even these groups, though, agree that mammography significantly reduces breast cancer deaths for women 40 and over. Fortunately, the Charlotte region has many high-quality, convenient screening mammography facilities which allow women the opportunity to access this life-saving test.

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Dr. Adam Berliner Comprehensive Pain and Spine Associates


Florida native, Dr. Adam Berliner and his family moved to Charlotte about two years ago after deciding it was time for a climate change. Charlotte’s small town feel was a “breath of fresh air” and they decided to call Charlotte home. Soon after moving to Charlotte, Dr. Berliner opened his practice on Providence Road in the Arboretum area.  Comprehensive Pain and Spine Associates specialize in pain management and rehabilitation medicine.  Using a holistic approach, Dr. Berliner, a licensed physician in osteopathic medicine, combines osteopathic techniques and exercise with medical pain management. His mission is to improve the quality of life of his patients and empower them to take their life back.  Being a compassionate man, Dr. Berliner makes it a point to be accessible to his patients. “I listen to my patients and make sure they firmly understand what it is we are trying to accomplish. I involve them in their care. It’s an important aspect of my practice,” he says.

What made you want to help people resolve their acute and chronic pain?

the most typical problems I see. Nerve injuries or neuropathy is something I see a lot of as well.

I wanted to do something to utilize my skills in the area of osteopathic medicine. It’s a hands-on approach that gives me a unique tool. People really appreciate a doctor who is willing to use their hands to treat their problem.

What kind of techniques do you use to heal pain and spine injuries?

Where did you attend school for this kind of treatment? Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. How did you choose Charlotte as the destination to practice this type of healing? My wife and I have lived in South Florida our entire lives. It was starting to lose its appeal as a good place to raise a family. We thought it would be nice to try something different. We came to Charlotte and fell in love with it. It’s pristine and so close to everything, especially the mountains. What do you enjoy about all of your Charlotte patients? Our patients are wonderful.  I especially like seeing the difference I can make in their lives.  Seeing someone able to get out and swing a golf club again when they thought they never would, it’s very rewarding. If you weren’t a comprehensive pain doctor what other occupation would you have and why? A long time ago, I thought I’d follow in my father’s footsteps and become a CPA, but I changed my mind after taking accounting courses one semester. I was bored to tears! I also have always been fascinated by the workings of the heart—thought I wanted to be a cardiologist at one time. What is the most common problem people visit you to heal? The most common problems are chronic back pain as well as arthritis. Pain in the lower back, neck, shoulders or knees are

I use a variety of techniques and my approach to each patient is different based on their needs. I use a combination of hands on “manual medicine” treatments, medications, injections and strongly encourage exercise and a balanced diet. I also work closely with other providers in the community such as physical therapy, massage therapy, orthopaedics and psychology. I believe in a team approach and keeping the lines of communication open between myself and other members of the team. The patient is involved in their care as well. I think it is important that the patient has a firm understanding about the cause of their pain and the purpose and goals behind the various treatment options. Involving them in their care helps to ensure they adhere to a plan. I think they really appreciate knowing and having things explained to them. And they certainly appreciate that I listen to them as well. Are the injections done in your office or at another facility? Most of the injections are done right in the office including the ones that require x-ray guidance. This saves the patient from having to pay extra fees and the inconvenience associated with doing it at a facility like an ambulatory surgery center (ASC). A few injections are done at an ASC, but the vast majority are done right in the office. What recommendations would you give to people to help them avoid injury? Regular exercise is the key, I cannot stress that enough. And a proper warm-up period is necessary prior to doing any rigorous exercise. Also, listen to your body, it often tells you when you are doing something wrong.

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