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LakeWylie today Summer 2012 | Issue 2

Sail On Ensign Regatta is a ‘tell tail’ sign Lake Wylie’s boating season has begun

Staycation Ideas Everything you need for a fun summer vacation is right here in Lake Wylie and surrounding areas

Chamber Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce news and information





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Our View

It’s summertime and the living is easy By Susan Bromfield, President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


ummer at Lake Wylie brings a wide assortment of recreational opportunities close to home. All summer long, you’ll find the lake and vicinity is abuzz with activity from early morning to late night. Each year more and more families discover the many opportunities for fun and recreation right here in the Lake Wylie area. This year, we expect a lot more families in the region to look locally to spend a day or a weekend at or near the lake. It is a season of friends, family, picnics, fun, relaxation, recreation and making memories. There are so many options for boating, hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, relaxing, golfing and exploring. Here’s a look at a few ideas for enjoying the lazy days of summer. Be sure to check out the Summer Fun feature this issue for more information about these and other items.


You don’t need to drive hours to enjoy nature, camping or picnic. Kings Mountain State and National parks are minutes away from the lake located just west of Clover and Gastonia. These parks are rich in history, beauty and recreational opportunities. Another great outdoors experience is McDowell Park, which offers campgrounds, fishing piers, hiking trails and picnic pavilions in a beautiful wooded park on the lake just minutes from the city. If you enjoy seeing nature from a kayak or canoe, consider a trip with Catawba River Expeditions. If you enjoy flowers, flowers and more flowers, consider a daytrip to beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Speaking of camping, each year, hundreds of kids have a blast at Camp Thunderbird, which offers day and resident camps. The entire family can join in the fun during Family Camp, which is held in late summer, where they can make memories that will last a lifetime. For those craving a roller coaster ride or a water park, Carowinds offers a full day and night’s worth of rides, water activities and entertainment. New this year is the WindSeeker, a 301-foot tall swing ride that goes 30 mph and gives riders the sensation of flying. If you

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ride the WindSeeker, let us know if you can see Lake Wylie from your seat! If your idea of an all-American day includes a baseball game, Knights Castle has Charlotte Knights games all season long. Check their calendar online for the up-to-date information. Before a game, a visit to Baxter Village is reminiscent to a “hometown” experience, with its many restaurants.

Russell Partin and his and daughter at last year’s Splash Dash. (Photo/Jan Todd)

On the lake

Want to enjoy the lake, but don’t have a boat? No problem. Long Cove Marina, located on the main channel of the lake off Pine Harbor Road, is a beautiful park-like location right on the lake with a marina, swimming pool, beach, campground, bath house and picnic area. Long Cove Marina is a great place to enjoy a fun-filled day on the lake, a company picnic or a family reunion. Better yet, enjoy a summer on the lake with Long Cove amenities for a membership fee of less than $300 a year. Long Cove has one of the most spectacular views of the lake. Ebenezer Park, located on the south end of the lake off Museum Road in Rock Hill, also has a beach for swimming, picnic and camping areas and is conveniently located to enjoy a day or weekend on the lake. It is another nice location for camping or picnicking.

Summertime celebrations

What is another special summer event? July 4, of course! And when it comes to July 4th celebrations, Lake Wylie and surrounding areas have a lot to offer. Options include Carowinds, where after a day of riding rides and water slides, you can watch an incredible fireworks show at 10 p.m.; and Knights Castle, where you can see a wonderful fireworks display after a Charlotte Knights baseball game. Tega Cay not only celebrates Independence Day July 4, it also celebrates its birthday! The annual tradition includes a pancake breakfast, parades, golf and activities in the park. There are parades on land and on water and the day is capped off with the Tega Cay fireworks display. If this is your first summer at Lake Wylie, you’ll quickly learn that the biggest day of the year around here is the Fourth of July. It has been reported that more than 30,000 people are on the lake on this day. After a day of boating, recreation and family fun, folks gather near T-Bones on the Lake and the Buster Boyd Bridge public boat landing to view the Annual Fireworks Display held each year on July 4 at about 9:45 p.m. The boats gather near the bridge and there are so many, you could just about walk across the lake from one boat to another. The sky lights up with this spectacular display of fireworks to conclude a fabulous day. The Lake Wylie Community Fireworks are solely funded by donations. “Cash for the Flash” — totalling $25,000 — is needed each year to continue the fireworks tradition. Please send your fireworks contribution each year to: Lake Wylie — Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, One Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. We hope you enjoy the many recreational opportunities nearby and create memories with family and friends that will last a lifetime. We invite you to explore the many locations and experiences for summer fun that are close to home. Wherever you are on the Fourth of July and throughout the summer, we hope you enjoy a fantastic summer season.

Events like the annual Lake Wylie Splash Dash, which is held in June with a run and walk through River Hills Plantation, and the The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Games, held in June in Clover, offer another unique opportunity to explore and Visitor Center is located at 264 Latitude Lane, enjoy a day at the lake and surrounding areas. Lake Wylie. LW


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LakeWylie today Published by SC Biz News

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Andy Owens - Managing Editor • 843.849.3141

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Ensign Regatta a ‘tell tail’ sign boating season has begun

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Area restaurants offer great food and summer fun just south of the border

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Annual Home and Garden Tour is blooming with ideas and inspiration

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Jane DuBois Coulter • 704.287.8668

Ways to enjoy a staycation in Lake Wylie and surrounding areas

Project Manager - Allison Cooke Oliverius Contributing Writers Susan Bromfield, David Coone, Jane DuBois Coulter, Jeffrey Cushing, Allison Cooke Oliverius, Jan Todd

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Mailbag Did you just catch a fish? Celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary? Are you participating in a charity event or community fundraiser? Where did you go on your last family outing? Whether you just celebrated a major milestone or are gearing up to give back, part of our goal with Lake Wylie Today is to provide a platform for our community to share what’s happening in the community through stories and photos. We want to celebrate with you, laugh with you and build memories with you. See page 12 for information on how to submit photos and stories.

Cowboys at the Schiele Museum

Industry Appreciation Day

Rob Youngblood of York County Regional Chamber of Commerce (right) with industry leaders at Industry Appreciation Day held May 17 at River Hills Country Club.

The place to meet

Don Long and Leonard Jackson (of Lake Wylie Business Centre) in the Lake Wylie Visitor’s Center.

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Take a ride back in time to the real Wild West; journey beyond the fiction and beyond the myth to the real world of the American Cowboy. To do so, all you’ll have to do is visit the Shiele Museum for the new exhibit “Cowboys: Dust of the Trail.” This exhibit will allow you to retrace the evolution of the cowboy from the Mexican vaqueros of the old Spanish Southwest to the hardworking cowhands of today’s Great Basin ranches. Along the way you’ll learn the true story of the historic Texas cattle drives — when men moved thousands of unruly animals north across hundreds of miles of prairie, mountains and desert. As you travel from ranch to trail camp to cow town, you’ll discover the tools and techniques necessary for work in the cattle trade. This is a story of adventurous lives lived in the saddle and under the hat. It’s an epic tale of doggies, drifters and drovers; roundups, reatas and rodeos; bunk houses, bronc busters and buckaroos! The exhibit is free for museum members and free with general admission tickets. It runs May 19 through Dec. 28, 2012.


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Lake Wylie Luau


he Lake Wylie Rotary Club is holding its Second Annual Luau and Charity Auction June 30 from 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The event will feature dinner, live music, dancing and a large silent auction with 100% of the net proceeds from the event benefiting the local community. Tickets to the event are $30 per person in advance or $35 at the gate. Recently, the Lake Wylie Rotary Club formed the Lake Wylie Rotary Club Foundation, a public charity with the mission to impact the local community through educational enhancement, the promotion of youth activities, the promotion of good health, the fighting of poverty and the improvement of the local environment. “It is our intent to embark on projects that will produce the most benefit to the overall community and have long lasting results. We believe that support of educational needs not only supports students but also secures the reputation of our great school district,” said Chad Bordeaux, the president of the Lake Wylie Rotary Club. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, netting almost $10,000 for local scholarships. “This year, we are building on last year’s success and plan to raise even more money for local projects this year,” Bordeaux said. The silent auction will be online, so even if you can’t make the event, you can participate. Go to for more information or to purchase tickets. You can also purchase tickets from any Rotarian or at several locations around the Lake Wylie area including: BB&T, Bordeaux & Bordeaux, CPAs, and K.A. Gregory Wealth Management.

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Comporium Security and Home Management

Comporium offers more than security


omporium Security and Home Management, powered by iControl, is out to make your life easier. The same company that has been offering its customers telephone, wireless, cable TV and high-speed Internet service, is providing security and home automation service to York County. Home security means peace of mind and knowing that your home is protected. But Comporium’s security systems don’t stop there. Imagine watching your children come home from school while still at work, or never having to worry whether or not you turned off the iron or the coffee pot before you left home. From an Internet-connected device like a mobile phone or computer, Comporium customers can see live video from inside their homes, arm and disarm their security systems, and turn off lights and small appliances. “We are constantly looking for ways that products make life easier for our customers,” says Pamela Trimnal, marketing director for Comporium. People want to be connected to their homes from wherever they are and the digital revolution is

driving product innovation within the security industry. “We’ve responded to this digital shift by getting out in front of the market and anticipating, and launching, the new, revolutionary products our customers want such as energy management products like lighting controls.” Comporium has been serving York and Lancaster counties with home security for more than 20 years and its success is not by accident. “If you stay focused on your customers by offering innovative services that enhance their lifestyle, the challenges become much easier to overcome,” Trimnal says. In addition to listening to what customers want and need and being one of the first security companies to make these services available, Comporium is offering its services at a competitive, low monthly monitoring price. In the future, Comporium customers can expect more of the same. “We will add new features to the system that our customers really want and care about,” Trimnal says. Looks like life will keep getting easier. Comporium Security and Home Management powered by iControl 164 South Carolina 274 | Clover, SC 29710 803-323-7233

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Paige McCarter at the Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Spring Luncheon. (Photo/Jim Stadnyck)

Dining with a view

Splash Dash The annual Splash Dash 10K and 5K run and walk is held each June. The race course runs through River Hills and ends at Camp Thunderbird. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will be held June 9. (Photo/Jan Todd)

T-Bones on the Lake, known for its ideal lakeside location, will feature a variety of bands and entertainment throughout the summer evenings. In addition to the Sunday Bloody Mary Bar and Sunday brunch, T-Bones is open daily for lunch during the summer. Visit T-Bones on the Lake on Facebook to see the calendar and listing of nightly entertainment and specials. (Photo/Jan Todd)

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Beautiful music

Harpist Joan Johnson provided beautiful music at a recent chamber event. (Photo/Jim Stadnyck)

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Mailbag Beach bags and boats

Pier 88 at River Hills Marina has expanded its boutique inventory for summer. New beach towels, beach bags, sunglasses and a variety of accessories, as well as Lake Wylie themed items are available. Next time you drop by to fuel your boat or get a snack, check out the Pier 88 lakeside â&#x20AC;&#x153;boutique.â&#x20AC;? You can rent boats at Pier 88, too. New this year is a houseboat called Sun Daze.

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The Village Cellar, located at Lake Wylie Plaza will feature a variety of wine tastings during the summer season. Owner Jeff Cushing also will set up private wine tastings for parties and events by special arrangement.

Rally for the Cure Lisa McCarthy shows her bag at Rally for the Cure Ladies 9-holer at River Hills on May 17.

Submissions for the Mailbag section are on a first come, first served basis. Lake Wylie Today welcomes all events, stories and photos about your family, neighborhood and businesses. Please e-mail high-resolution photos along with a 75-word description to

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Terry Sarantou, MD Surgical Oncology

Ron Singer, MD Orthopedic Surgery

Michael Cowan, MD Neurosurgery

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

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Ensign regattas on Lake Wylie a ‘tell tail’ sign boating season has begun Story by Jan Todd


hen I told my husband that I was headed down to the Catawba Yacht Club one evening this spring to see if any sailors were hanging around, he was a bit alarmed. He calmed down, though, when I explained I was just fishing for information on the Ensign Regatta featuring participants from Ohio, Florida, Alabama and our own Lake Wylie. As luck would have it, I arrived about an hour before sunset, when four sailboats were coming in from their trial run. Those who had traveled to the mid-April event had spent the afternoon assembling their gear, launching their boats and sailing around to make sure all was in order. I 14 | Summer 2012

had the opportunity to speak to Ted Kaperonis, a sailing instructor from Lake Norman, about the regatta. “A regatta is a series of sailboat races,” Kaperonis explained. “These aren’t just any sailboats, though. This is a one-design race, and all of the sailboats are Ensigns.” Ensigns sailboats were built by Pearson Yachts of Portsmouth, R.I., in the 1960s through 1980s. The Ensign is the largest class of full keel boats in North America and there are fleets in existence from the East Coast through the Rocky Mountains. The boats are 22 1/2 feet long, have a nice sized cockpit and are best sailed with crews of three or four.

Shoreline A race generally begins by sailing into the wind, when the boats are powered by the main and working sails called “jibs.” The boats then sail around a buoy and begin sailing downwind, making use of the colorful spinnaker sail. “To a sailboat enthusiast, owning an Ensign is equivalent to a car collector owning a ’57 Chevy,” Kaperonis said. “It was even inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame.” In 2001, the Ensign Spars company of Dunedin, Fla., began building the Ensign Classic, constructed with the same uniform design as the original Ensign. Company president Zeke Durica, with almost 40 years of experience sailing, restoring and now building boats with the Ensign design, was the winning skipper in the Ensign Regatta on Lake Wylie.

tion of the wind. “The skipper keeps his eye on the tell tail during the whole race,” he said. The spring Ensign Regatta on Lake Wylie consisted of eight races that took place over a three-day period. Each race lasted about an hour, covering a distance of approximately three miles. Ron Wright, member of the Catawba Yacht Club and organizer of the event, said the club currently has eight Ensigns in its fleet. “Lake Wylie is a good place to hold an Ensign event, because we have so many.

We only need a few from other areas to have a good regatta.” “There are several yacht clubs and marinas on Lake Wylie, but ours is the only racing sailboat club on the lake,” continued Wright. “The club has three fleets of sailboats: Ensigns, MC Scows and Cruisers.” During the spring, sailboat races are held every other Saturday at 9:30 a.m. In July, races switch to Thursday evenings. Noncompetitive sailing events are also held,

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The race is on! (Photo/Jan Todd) including “Moonlight Sails,” when there is a full moon. Both members and guests are welcome to participate in the races and sails, and can visit the Catawba Yacht Club website for registration and schedules. The public can watch the events from a large observation deck at the Catawba Yacht Club, located at 19809 West Youngblood Road. Boaters can also enjoy watching the event on the water. The club is located south of the Buster Boyd Bridge on the North Carolina side of the lake near the mouth of Crowder’s Creek. One of the best places to observe the race from the water is near the buoy where the boats turn around and change sails. It’s fun to watch the sailors maneuver around, trying to cut close to the mark without hitting the buoy. Wright offered some tips for watching the races. “When boating around sailboats, give them a wide berth,” he said. “Don’t cut across their path. The wake of a motor boat is very disruptive to a sailor.” LW For more information about the Catawba Yacht Club and sailing events, visit

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Want to rent a boat?

If you don’t have a boat of your own, but want to get out on the water this summer, consider renting one! For more information on boat, kayak and canoe rentals, contact: Light-N-Up Houseboat Charters Private parties, outings, receptions and more 704-813-8033 NC Flatwater Outfitters Canoe and kayak rentals 704-914-7484 Pier 88 at River Hills Marina Boats, kayaks, canoes 803-831-0088

Tega Cay Marina Pontoon boats 803-548-3715 Wylie Boat Rentals Pontoons, kayaks, seadoos 803-370-2628 Catawba River Expeditions Canoes, kayaks and tubes 803-327-9335 Check lake levels by visiting

Shoreline Licensed to fish

You must have a license to fish on Lake Wylie. You can choose from a permanent or a temporary license. You must present a picture ID. Here are a few places where you can pick up a license. • Pendleton’s Sporting Goods, 803-631-5410 • Wal-Mart, 803-619-7021

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• S.C. resident license is $10 per year. • S.C. resident temporary license (14 days) is $5. • Out-of-state license is $35 per year. • Out-of-state temporary license is $11.00 for 7 days. New licenses are available mid June.

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TBones on the Lake is the perfect place to enjoy watching the changing colors in the sky at the end of a summer day.

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Just South of the Border Story and photos by Jan Todd

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Crispy potato skins loaded with cheese, bacon and chives are a favorite lakeside treat at TBones on the Lake.


rossing over the Buster Boyd Bridge into Lake Wylie on a warm sunny day, the activity on the deck at TBones is a sign that you’re entering a lake community. The worries of your busy day begin to melt away as you take in the beautiful view, as well as see people relaxing and having fun here in Lake Wylie, just “south of the border.” For years TBones on the Lake has served as the “Gateway to Lake Wylie,” the place to meet friends and enjoy lakeside dining and refreshments. Boaters enjoy the lake access and vie for docking privileges on busy days. “I come here almost every weekend when it’s warm,” said patron Richard Moncure. “I love to watch the colors change on the lake as the sun sets. It’s my favorite time of the day.” The live music is a big draw. Bands are scheduled each weekend on the deck and inside. As the deck fills up, boaters will pull up to the docks or anchor in the cove to listen

to the music. Many order take-out from the restaurant to enjoy on their boats while the bands play. TBones’ menu includes lots of great appetizers and “bar food.” Favorites include chicken wings, quesadillas, potato skins and crab dip. “Grilled fish tacos are my favorite,” said Barb Candler of Lake Wylie. “It makes a great meal, or you can share it with a group as an appetizer.” Barb’s first visit to TBones was a couple of years ago, when she and her husband were on a house-hunting trip during their move from Ohio. “Our realtor brought us here

Ally Smith serves up snacks with a smile on the deck at TBones.

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by boat on a summer day. We took a tour of the lake and ended up at TBones. It was a fun introduction to Lake Wylie and really solidified our decision to live on the water.â&#x20AC;? TBones also offers a selection of burgers, steaks, salads, seafood and pasta. TBones is located at 3990 Charlotte Highway in Lake Wylie and is open every day for lunch and dinner. Check for specials and the music schedule.

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Lily and Autumn Barr entertain the crowd with karaoke and dancing. Karaoke by Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment is featured every Saturday night on the deck at Rey Azteca.

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For an authentic South-of-the-Border experience, Rey Azteca is the spot for Lake Wylie residents to indulge in Mexican cuisine. The margaritas flow freely, the waitstaff is delightful, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost impossible to stop in without seeing familiar faces. Jesus Mata, the manager, is often seen greeting customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a big family,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fajitas are very popular,â&#x20AC;? Mata said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And cheese dip. Everyone loves the cheese dip!â&#x20AC;? Rey Azteca is known for its fast and friendly service. Alberto Ayala was all smiles as he served up a frosty margarita with his personal favorite dish Pollo Adobe, which is made with grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions, peppers and cheese.

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Top: Rey Azteca’s fried ice cream is rolled in a crunchy topping, generously garnished with whipped cream and chocolate and served in a fried tortilla. Bottom: The Wine Shop’s diverse menu includes great salads, as well as delicious entrees. The “Small Plates” section of the menu offer dips, mussels, crab cakes and other items can be ordered and shared “tapas style.” Rey Azteca has a nice covered deck for dining outdoors. “Be sure to come by on Saturday nights,” Mata said. “We have karaoke, and people of all ages get up and sing. They have a good time. Most places with karaoke aren’t for kids, but we are for everyone.” With a wide selection of menu items and daily specials, Rey Azteca is affordable for

every day dining and a fun place to go for special occasions and celebrations. Kids of all ages love the fried ice cream, served on a flour tortilla shell and topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. Rey Azteca is located at 4052 Charlotte Highway and is open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Roving Palate Q2U Barbecue

Q2U Barbecue is owned by Brian and Linda Rich and Mark and Renee Cieslikowski. What began as a catering business and competition barbecue team has expanded to a dine-in and take-out restaurant serving pulled pork, smoked chicken and barbecue ribs. With plans to expand this summer to add 50 seats and a full-service bar, Q2U is sure to become a favorite sports bar as well as a family dining choice in Lake Wylie.

“We’ll increase the size of the bar and add several more televisions for watching the games,” Rich said. “We’ll also extend our hours and add more items to the menu.” Rich talked about how much he enjoys the clientele at Q2U. “We have a lot of regulars.” Catering is still a big part of their business, and they’re set up to serve groups from 50 up to 700. “We cater weddings, corporate events, reunions, all sorts of parties.” Q2U also has its own brand of sauces. Meat

is seasoned with a special rub, slow cooked, and served with your choice of the Original vinegar based sauce, a Thick & Sweet sauce, Original Hot and a new Mustard Sauce. “I could eat barbecue every day,” admitted Rich. “I never get tired of it.” His secret, he says, is “having fun at what I do. If this stops being fun, I’ll stop doing it!” There’s no danger of that. Rich thoroughly enjoys preparing and serving his award winning recipes, and surrounds himself with a staff that has as much fun as he does. Currently Q2U is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday-Saturday. Check or call 803-831-8883 for updated schedule during the summer expansion.

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The Wine Shop at RiverGate is located on the north side of the bridge in RiverGate Shopping Center. With patio dining, regular wine tastings and live music, The Wine Shop is a terrific choice for summer fun with friends. The menu changes seasonally, as does the selection of wine and beer. “We have over 50 different wines by the glass at any give time,” said Devin Allen, general manager. In addition, the shop stocks over 1,000 wines from around the world, available to order by the bottle in the cafe or to take home and enjoy. About 200 varieties of beer are available, ranging from exotic imports to local microbrews. The Wine Shop features an Enomatic circular dispenser, which allows customers to purchase tasting sizes or full glasses of select labels. The same system is used behind the bar, where each bottle is maintained at its optimum temperature and preserved to minimize oxidation. “That’s how we can offer so many choices of wines by the glass,” Allen said. “The last glass of wine from the bottle is just as good as the first.” The Wine Shop’s staff is very knowledgable and helpful in assisting anyone from the novice to the aficionado. The menu also offers suggestions for pairing food with drinks. The Wine Shop also features a live jazz entertainment every Tuesday and Thursday evening, plus Sunday brunch. In addition, RiverGate sponsors a Summer Concert Series every other Saturday from June through September, which can be enjoyed from the patio at The Wine Shop. For information on music schedules, wine tasting events and other specials, visit www. or call 704-8319000. The Wine Shop is located at 14142 Rivergate Parkway and is open daily. LW

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s the seasons change, nature changes and people change. Tired of being cooped up in home during the cold months, houses open up to the outdoors and the grill starts working full time. The summertime is a time of lighter fare, the food we eat and what we drink are subject to the changes. Changes occur across all categories of beverages. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lemonade and sweet tea or beer and wine, light, cold and refreshing are what we look for. If you think that beer sales go up in the summer, then you would be correct. In the specialty segment of beers you see people switching from the heavy porters and stouts to the lighter ales and pilsners. The microbrew industry increases their production of wheat beers as a base for their summertime seasonal. White, wit or wheat beers are light and crisp and may have a citrus or fruit flavor to add a refreshing quality. These summery citrus based wheat beers are great with a cold picnic salads, especially if dashed with a little seafood. Other food pairings include grilled fish which usually have a splash of lemon or lime juice drizzled over them. Name brand wheat beers like Blue Moon, Hoegaarden and Shock Top have a hint of coriander or orange peel brewed in. These are good with grilled chicken or pork that have a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. The liquor industry sees a shift in the consumption of different alcohol types during the summer months. The brown goods category, which includes bourbon, brandy, scotch and whiskey, decreases in sales for the warmer months. Increased sales in white goods, which includes gin, tequila, rum and vodka fill the void. The white goods are more likely to be consumed chilled. Frozen drinks such as a margarita or daiquiri as well as mixing with tonic, soda or fruit juices are all refreshing and flavorful. The wine industry sees more whites consumed as we head to our refrigerator for relief from the heat.

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Roving Palate Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a look at some of the more popular white wines for summertime drinking. A big buttery, oaky style chardonnay may lose a little of luster during the summer where an unoaked chardonnay might be more refreshing style. A good chardonnay from Monterey County in California will have a tropical quality to its flavor profile. A chardonnay from France lean more towards a crisp, clean mineral style.

most people think of, traditionally known as a sweeter white, it can range from dry to very sweet. The difficulty is in knowing the winery and reading the label that might help you find a style you like. Most of the wines go for a medium sweetness which they feel most of the consumers are look for. Riesling wines from Alsace, France are an example of a dry style. When tasting a dry Riesling, you get the nice floral aroma and initial touch of sweetness on the taste, but that quickly turns dry as

the acidity comes through and it finishes dry. The Torrontes grape primarily grown in Argentina is growing in popularity, as more people learn about this wine, similar to a Pinot Grigio. The wine has a floral aromas, and tastes of honeysuckle and peach. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let this description make you think sweet, this wine is still dry. Lighter styles in food, beverages and clothes are what the summer is about, be refreshed and think light to beat the heat. LW

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Above: White wines hit the spot in the summer months as we think light to beat the heat. Left: Jeffery Cushing of the Village Cellar (Photo/Jan Todd) Pinot Grigio, which is increasing in popularity is heavily produced in both California and Italy. Its fruity quality in some mass produced wineries is a very fruity style that some palates may think of almost sweet. The more traditional style is crisp and clean, with no hints of sweetness. The sauvignon blanc grape can show a variety of wine flavor profiles depending on where it is grown. Wine from New Zealand show a punch of grapefruit in the nose and taste, California styles trend more toward grassy and herbaceous and the French lean more on the minerals and citrus flavors. Although each style varies, I think they all are especially good with seafood. A Riesling can be more versatile then what

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ome came for decorating inspiration. Others came for landscape and hardscape ideas. And some came just to dream. Several of Lake Wylieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest homes were on tour for the annual Lake Wylie Home and Garden Tour, a scholarship fundraiser sponsored by the Clover/Lake Wylie Republican Women. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event featured seven homes and gardens in River Hills, Masons Crossing, The Coves and Marinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Watch. Each home was staffed with docents, volunteer hostesses who provided hospitality and information about special features or collectibles on display. Most of the homes on the tour were waterfront, several with spectacular views of the lake. On Marinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Watch Court, just over the Buster Boyd Bridge on the North Carolina side, the home of Matthew and Crystal Creasser was probably the most colorful on the tour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I studied interior design in school,â&#x20AC;? said Crystal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it for a profession; I just enjoy it.â&#x20AC;? Tile is used extensively throughout the home, which is no surprise considering the Creassers own The Tile Collection in Pineville. Mosaic tile used on the staircases is particularly creative and eye-catching. Brian Syphardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home in River Hills was another favorite stop. Tour guests exclaimed as they were on their way out of this home, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to see this house! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unbelievable!â&#x20AC;? Syphard, a

Left: Mosaic tile and stone is used extensively in Matthew and Crystal Creasserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s custom pool. Above: Ethel Webbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden included quiet pathways, monuments and fountains.


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Garden Party restoration contractor, has filled his home with unusual and eccentric materials and fixtures. A guest bath showcases a fossil, mined from Arizona, inset in a travertine tile wall and lighted by a crystal chandelier. In the master bedroom, another crystal chandelier is encased in a geometric sphere, integrating classic tradition with ultra-contemporary style. Outside, a tiled bridge crosses over a koi pond at the entrance of the home, and lakeside features a pool with fountains and an outstanding view of Lake Wylie.

Also in River Hills, the home of Randy and Laura Moore was on display. A winner of the National Association of Remodeling Industry Architecture award, this home uses open space to capture lake views and natural light. The tour highlighted some fantastic outdoor spaces, including that designed by Tracey Bridges, owner of Aspen Homes, for his personal home with wife Nancy Fogt Bridges. Overlooking a peaceful cove of Lake Wylie, a salt water pool glistens in the sunshine. A guest house, poolside, has


a lovely outdoor grilling and eating area. Across the street, neighbors Steve and Kema Salata added a putting green to their back yard living area. The gardens of Ethel Webb and Nancy Moore were fragrant stops on the tour. Moore, a skilled floral arranger, tends to a large rose garden on the lakeside of her home with husband Jay Moore. She has several birdhouses, including one mounted on a pole in the lake! As a special treat for tour guests, Moore placed a few earthworms in a feeder and whistled to the bluebirds nearby. Within seconds, the birds swooped



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Top: The open design of Brian Syphardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor living area enhances the lake view. Bottom: Large windows and an open floor plan allow Syphard to enjoy a spectacular lake view from inside his home, as well.

down and feasted, providing a delightful show. Ethel Webb, a Master Gardener and one of the tour’s organizers, was a gracious host on the day of the tour, offering free plants for people to take home. Brilliant red poppies, lush ivy grace her yard, along with countless other varieties she chose that will bloom throughout the summer and fall. LW Editor’s note: Ethel Webb recently passed away and she will surely be missed by the entire Lake Wylie community.

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Your Neighborhood Produce serves up fruits and veggies by the basket By Allison Cooke Oliverius


resh produce should be a part of everyone’s diet. But when you’re feeding a family on a budget and the cost of a single piece of fruit is the same as a large bag of chips or cookies, some people will choose quantity over quality. Enter Christina Nelson of Clover. Nelson is a transplant from California who was used to getting plenty of high quality produce at a low price on the West Coast. She just c o u l d n’ t believe the markup in her local

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store and knew there had to be a better way. She called several local produce wholesalers and found one that was willing to sell to her. She pooled money from several other families, began placing orders and would go to the wholesaler about 5:30 or 6 a.m. on Saturdays – in her “mommy van” with her four kids in tow – and pick up a load of produce. She’d then take it to a local park where her kids would help her sort it evenly into about 17 baskets for the other families to pickup. “It grew so fast just by word of mouth,” Nelson said. “It quickly got to the point where I couldn’t pick up the produce myself with my trailer; they had to deliver it. I didn’t mean to start a business. This all started out as a way for me to help other moms provide healthy food for their families at a lower cost. But within 10 months, the number of people participating grew to 1,000.” Nelson ended up creating a company, Your

Neighborhood Produce, and set up a website to streamline orders. She currently has 4,400 registered users and 10 pickup locations around the area. She doesn’t have any employees, but her children are always there to help, and she has about 20 volunteers who help sort produce and manage the pickup locations. All of this helps keep the basket prices low, she said. Nelson likes to keep things simple, so there are no long-term contracts. You simply order a basket online when it suits you and pick it up at the location closest to you. All orders are prepaid online and there is no cash onsite. There are generally two pickup dates per month. The pickup locations have different times and days to accommodate busy schedules and participants have about 1 hour to pick up their basket. If the baskets aren’t picked up in a reasonable amount of time, the produce is consid-

ered a donation and it goes to help local families or a local organization.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the basket?

Your Neighborhood Produce offers several different sized baskets. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Originalâ&#x20AC;? sells for $21.50 and features 40-50 items with a range of 10-14 different produce varieties. Each basket contains the staples: apples, bananas, lettuce and tomatoes. The remaining 6-10 produce items are based on price and seasonable availability. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Portionâ&#x20AC;? basket is $15.50 and includes 2025 items. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fruit Onlyâ&#x20AC;? basket is $11.50. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just priced out what the Original basket would be if you purchased it at the store,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Original basket contains $5055 worth of produce, but we sell it for $21.50. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge savings.â&#x20AC;?

Christina Nelson sorting produce and putting them in baskets for customers to pickup. (Photo provided) While you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to select what actually goes in your basket, Nelson said each pickup location has a trade/donate table so you can swap out items one for one. Nelson still orders through the local produce wholesaler, which also supplies many restaurants, schools and country clubs in the region. The baskets are a generous mix of local and nonlocal produce. Some items just arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grown locally, like bananas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our bananas come from Costa Rica, just like the supermarket, only ours are less expensive,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said.

Businesses and schools

Your Neighborhood Produce also delivers to businesses and schools. Corporations can reduce their overall health insurance premiums by providing healthy snacks to employees. Nelson offers four â&#x20AC;&#x153;ready to eatâ&#x20AC;? seasonal fruit baskets that range from 60-180 pieces. Schools can also actually earn money by purchasing produce baskets from Your Neighborhood Produce. A portion of every basket purchase goes right back to the school, and Nelson offers free delivery.


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Unexpected surprises

One of the unexpected surprises of starting Your Neighborhood Produce has been the sense of community that has evolved from the patrons. Some of the customers show up early at the pickup locations to help sort produce for the baskets, Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They not only enjoy getting a great deal on produce, they enjoy that time socializing with like-minded people,â&#x20AC;? she said. Another surprise has been for Nelson to set a good example for her children, now 8, 10, 12 and 14. For example, Nelson was invited to a local school to talk about her business and how it could help the school raise money. Nelson thought she was going to be talking to just a few people, but the entire PTA showed up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had no idea, so I had brought my youngest kids with me. It was pretty amazing because they were able to watch me present in front of all these people. I remember looking over to the side and thinking it was awesome for them to see where I started and where I am now,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My kids have been with me every step of the way.â&#x20AC;? As for the future, Nelson hopes Your Neighborhood Produce continues to grow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to inform people that there are other options,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it. The junk food is more affordable in the stores. But you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to pay the high prices. There is another way. I just want to keep spreading the word about Your Neighborhood Produce and help people provide healthy fruits and vegetables for their kids.â&#x20AC;? LW For more information about Your Neighborhood Produce, visit

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Ways to enjoy a staycation in Lake Wylie and surrounding areas Story by Allison Cooke Oliverius

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ummertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!” Remember that song by the Jammies? Well, if you don’t, suffice it to say that oldie but goodie is all about having a great time during the summer! School’s out, the sun is hot, and there are plenty of long days to get out and enjoy life. There are so many things to do around Lake Wylie and surrounding areas, you don’t even have to jump in the car for a long road trip. In the next few pages, we offer several suggestions for a great staycation at Lake Wylie this summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!

The great outdoors

Just like the Jammies sang, “It’s time to head straight for them hills. It’s time to live and have some thrills,” and this region has so many wonderful parks for you to enjoy. You don’t need to drive hours to enjoy nature, camping or picnic. Kings Mountain State and National parks are minutes away from the lake located just west of Clover and Gastonia. These parks are rich in history, beauty and recreational opportunities. They have 16 miles of hiking trails and 16 miles of horse

Tega Cay celebrates its birthday and Independence Day July 4. It has two parades: one on land and one on water. Last year’s parade featured this talented group on water skis. (Photo/Tega Cay) trails combined. They also have campgrounds and a small lake in a natural setting, including the Garner Creek Campsite, which offers a rustic backpack experience accessible only by a 3-mile hike. These parks are hidden jewels and fabu-

lous places to gather with family and friends to create memories that will last a lifetime. An overnight camping experience, complete with gathering around a campfire to share stories and make s’mores, can bond folks forever with a rich experience of fun and friendship.

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Feature Crowders Mountain also has primitive campsites and one of the highest points in the area with cliff drop-offs of 15-feet and views stretching for miles. McDowell Park has campgrounds, fishing piers, hiking trails and picnic pavilions in a beautiful wooded park on the lake just minutes from the city. The McDowell Nature Preserve offers 56 camping sites, 7 miles of hiking trails and 119 species of birds, all in its 1,108 acres. The adjacent Copperhead Island is the only

public boat launch to Lake Wylie in Mecklenburg County. Pier fishing, trails, primitive camping and picnic shelters also are available.

On the water

“Well I’m so happy that I could flip. Oh how I’d love to take a dip!” The Jammies got it right again, because the water is THE place to be in Lake Wylie. For information about enjoying the lake, fishing and boat rentals, please turn to the Shoreline section on page 16.

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Other water excursions in the area include a trip with Catawba River Expeditions, a family-owned and operated company that offers kayaking, canoeing, tubing trips on the Catawba River. There’s a very special event that happens in early summer on the river: The spider lilies bloom at Landsford Canal State Park. In fact, the park is home to one of the world’s largest populations of rocky shoals spider lilies. During their peak bloom from about mid-May to mid-June, these plants cover the river in a blanket of white. You can see the spider lilies when you take a trip down the Catawba River Canoe and Kayak Trail. According to Catawba River Excursions, the river provides 29.7 miles of floating fun. This trail includes Landsford Canal State Park, home of the spider lilies, the Catawba Indian Reservation and River Park. The water ranges from deep to shallow, calm to perky, and has tons of boulders just right for a picnic, nap or sunbathing. The shallow areas are perfect for wading and fishing, or just playing around.

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This region is home to so many great summertime events including the Splash Dash, a 10K

Fun facts about Lake Wylie Lake Wylie spans 13,443 acres and has plenty of room for boating, fishing, water skiing and sailing. The lake was originally named Lake Catawba, as it is a manmade lake created when Catawba Power Co. built a dam and power plant near India Hook, S.C., in the early 20th century. Just 20 miles from Charlotte, Lake Wylie is the perfect summer weekend getaway to escape the city to commune with nature!

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Fireworks for you, by you We all enjoy the fireworks each year. And since the Lake Wylie Community Fireworks Display is funded solely through donations, your support of this wonderful event is really needed in order for the event to continue. If you are so inclined, you can send a contribution in any amount to: Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, One Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Feel the wind in your hair at Carowinds For those who love to be outside, but may need a little more “action,” you can take a short drive to Carowinds, which offers a full day and night’s worth of rides, water activities and entertainment. The latest attraction at Carowinds is the WindSeeker and it’s for thrill seekers only. The WindSeeker is a $6.5 million, swing ride that stands 30-stories tall designed to give riders the sensation of flying. The ride sends riders soaring 301 feet above the park at more than 30 miles per hour and provides dramatic views of the greater Charlotte region. If you ride the WindSeeker, see if you can see Lake Wylie from your seat! The 301-foot tall swing ride will debut as tallest in park history!

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Lake Wylie is filled to the brim each July 4 with those celebrating Independence Day. A day spent on the water is capped off with an amazing fireworks display best seen from the Buster Boyd Landing. (Photo/Jan Todd) run and 5K fun run and walk. This year’s event will be June 9. Held in River Hills, the run has been called one of the most challenging races in the region. The course winds through beautiful River Hills and ends at Camp Thunderbird. Registration is $20 for the 10K and 5K. Pre-registration will be accepted at the Chamber office at 264 Latitude Lane. You can also register at Camp Thunderbird the morning of the race, or online at

This year’s Clover Scottish Games will be held June 9 at Clover Memorial Stadium. The event showcases Scottish and Scotch-Irish arts, crafts, athletics, music and traditions. Events include the Scottish Heavy Athletic Competition, border collie demonstrations, pipe band performances, dancing, children’s activities, food, craft and merchandise vendors.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also want to mark your calendar for the annual Ag + Art Festival in York County. Held June 9-10, the self-guided tour links together the agricultural aspects and happenings of York County, while adding an art component, including potters, quilters, musicians, storytellers, jewelers, painters and more. Everything on the tour is handmade and homegrown in York County.

Fourth of July

The Pièce de rĂŠsistance of the summer at Lake Wylie is the Fourth of July. More than 30,000 people reportedly get out and enjoy the lake on this day. Then, after a fun-filled day of boating, recreation and family fun, folks gather near T-Bones on the Lake and the Buster Boyd Bridge public boat landing to view the Annual Fireworks Display. This fantastic show starts lighting up the sky about 9:45 p.m. The Lake Wylie Community Fireworks are funded solely by donations. Donations for the lovingly named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cash for the Flashâ&#x20AC;? are accepted year-round, as about $25,000 is needed each year to continue the fireworks tradition. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to contribute, please send a check to Lake Wylie â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund, One Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. Where to go to see the fireworks on the lake? The best viewing places are Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, T-Bones on the Lake, Rey Azteca, Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza. Several other options for enjoying the fireworks include Carowinds, where after a day of riding rides and water slides, you can watch an incredible fireworks show at 10 p.m.; and Knights Castle, where you can see a wonderful fireworks display after a Charlotte Knights baseball game. You could also head over to Tega Cay, where they not only celebrate our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s independence on July 4, they also celebrate the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday. The annual tradition includes a pancake breakfast, parades, golf and activities in the park. There are parades on land and on water, and of course fireworks in the evening. With all of these places to visit, events and activities in Lake Wylie and surrounding areas, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to find something fun to do on your staycation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sum, sum, summertime. And like the Jammies sang, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to head straight for them hills. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to live and have some thrills. Come along and have a ball. A regular free-for-all!â&#x20AC;? LW

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n the fall of 2007, Doug and Laurie McSpadden, the owners of McSpadden Custom Homes, were at the top of their game. They had been building homes for more than 20 years and had just finished a wildly successful Homerama project in the Sanctuary on the shores of Lake Wylie. But when the McSpaddens were faced with a decision to invest in another large speculative project, something just didn’t feel right.

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Sunday – Tuesday 11am – 10pm Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 11pm Bars stay open later! The McSpadden home is equipped with 20 solar photovoltaic panels, which generate about 25% of the home’s energy. The couple paid attention to their intuition, trusted it, and decided to hold back on this next big investment. Within months, the bottom dropped out of the real estate market and the McSpaddens were faced with downsizing their company to brace for the worst that was to come. They reduced staff from nine to two – Laurie and Doug. “This certainly wasn’t what we wanted, but we started with just the two of us and we were fully prepared to do it again,” Doug said.

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“We knew we were entering tough times, but we looked at this as an opportunity to redefine our definition of the luxury market,” Doug said. They knew that to stay competitive and get ready for the next wave of real estate success, something had to change. The couple studied the industry closely and weighed the needs of future clients. Homeowners would no doubt be more cautious with their dream homes, rather than continuing to strive for larger and more extravagant spaces. They also discovered that during the next 20 years, 10,000 people a day would enter the 50-year-old bracket. There were a lot of emptynesters out there who would likely be adapting to a new lifestyle.

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Faces In 2009, Doug and Laurie made another tough decision to sell their 6,500-square-foot multimillion dollar dream retirement home on Lake Wylie. It had all the bells and whistles, including 2 1/2 acres, more than 1,000 feet of shoreline, 5 bedrooms and 6 1/2 baths, a swimming pool and spa, an RV bay, and the list goes on. “Looking back, we ask ourselves, ‘What were we thinking?’” Doug said. “But at the time, this was the way the luxury market was going and we felt compelled to put the most we could afford on such a spectacular site.”

As Doug and Laurie began to study their needs for the future, they decided that with two kids at college, they certainly didn’t need 6,500 square feet of space. And with their newfound empty nest freedom, they had a desire to enjoy a lock-and-leave lifestyle. So they began to brainstorm and realized that in this perfect storm of industry and lifestyle changes, they were beginning to think differently about what they wanted and needed in a house. “Our new home design needed to involve

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The McSpadden’s home sits on a quiet cove on the lake. They developed a two-level living plan consisting of main-level living, which affords beautiful views of the great outdoors. smaller square footage with attention to unique detailing, more creative architecture and more individualist expression,” Doug said. “It was a paradigm shift. Our new dream home needed to involve a much more responsible mortgage, be maintenance free, energy independent and incorporate universal design philosophies.” Doug said it was exciting to take this new way of thinking and delve into designing the home. He could be as creative as he wanted to be because it was their home. But through the design process, he and Laurie realized they could transfer this new approach to future clients. “We realized we had an opportunity to change the way things have always been done,” Doug said. “We had a chance to show the region that there can be a new way of thinking, a true paradigm shift. We wanted to go from larger to smaller; from wasteful to efficient; from energy consumption to energy generation; from boring and predictable to exciting and emotional; from maintenance-intensive to maintenance-free; from super-sized lodges and castles to a statement of individuality and responsibility. And from all these things, we wanted to make a statement of logic, lifestyle, individuality and common sense. We had a blank slate and a burning desire to change the way things had previously been done.” Doug and Laurie coined their design style “Organic Contemporary.” Inspired by famous designer Frank Lloyd Wright, Doug designed the home to be “grounded with the earth” and integrated with the outdoors, thus the “organic” component. The “contemporary” component demonstrates a shift from “the way we’ve always done things” and the desire to provide individualistic and creative solutions to the design challenges of the new American home.

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The McSpadden’s “new dream home” is on a waterfront lot in a quiet cove. They developed a two-level plan consisting of main-level living and a lower level (that could be “shut down” as needed) with bedrooms and baths for future use and/or resale. The front entrance to the residence was designed to be a social engagement. The entry garden, waterfall and koi pond beg the visitor to stop and ponder for a moment. This provides an area where Doug and Laurie can meet their guests before entering the home. On the main level, everything is as open as possible. Doors are wide, thresholds were eliminated and natural daylight is emphasized. Formal dining and living rooms would be wasted space in the McSpadden home because “we don’t do formal,” so they designed everything for daily use. The McSpaddens also have embraced the fact that the big screen is a part of daily life. “We think it will be the central information and communication tool of the entire home and provide everything from Internet surfing, home management and systems monitoring, and movie/music purchases to audio/video phone communication,” Doug said. The kitchen is centered on a large “social island” – no appliances to talk over when guests gather around. Slide-outs, roll-outs and other universal kitchen design concepts, including a microwave drawer, were used throughout. Accents include brushed rainforest marble, which add an organic look and feel to the space. The entire kitchen opens to outdoor living so the kitchen appliances can be used for outdoor

entertaining instead of constructing a second kitchen in a distant outdoor cooking area. The resource center is centrally located and adjacent to the kitchen. It is a complete “rethink” of your typical laundry room. It houses all of the essential functions of home management including home server and computer station, network copy center, pantry, broom and central vacuum closet, washer and dryer, and dog wash. There is also enough flexible square footage and table storage to set up a work station in the middle of the room for catering, crafts, ironing and laundry folding. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall makes the most of natural light. The main floor also includes two suites. The master suite is at one end of the house and a “flex suite,” which could serve a snoring spouse, special guests, family members, health care providers, or as a get-away room or formal office, is situated at the other end. The master suite was designed to feel spacious without wasting space. The use of “closet lockers” (built-in drawers, cabinets and closets) throughout the bedroom and bath provide warmth, continuity and function that improved the quality of the space and eliminated the walk-in closet. The master bath features hydronically heated stone floors, his and her toilet areas, and an open shower area that incorporates a glass wall and creates a rainforest experience. The entire bathroom offers barrier-free access throughout, again emphasizing universal design. Cast bronze sink basins set in brown rainforest brushed marble compliment the stone wall and floors. The deck, which spans the entire length of

Faces the home, can be accessed from the kitchen, living space or the master bedroom using multi-panel commercial stacking sliders and out-swing doors. The deck is solid PVC, waterproof and includes areas for entertaining as well as relaxing. The covered “grill grotto,” which features a commercial range hood, is a major component of the outdoor space, as is the fire table. There’s a wall-mounted TV for the “grill-master,” welldesigned lighting, gas stubs for porch heaters, and pre-wiring for future electronically con-

trolled drop-down phantom screens. There is plenty of seating, and a coveted hot tub area, as well. The lower level of the home was designed for boomerang kids or holiday guests. An unfinished space was designed to be a studio apartment should a multi-generational requirement become needed. Very modest finishes were used in the lower level that could later be upgraded. The lower level also houses a separate RV bay for all the outdoor toys that go along with an active empty-nester lifestyle.

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The home is equipped with 20 solar photovoltaic panels, which generate about 25% of the home’s energy. It also boasts twin solar hot water panels that not only provide the majority of their domestic hot water, but also help heat the master bath floors and spa. The house is heated and cooled with a geothermal heat pump system, and the walls and ceilings are insulated with spray foam. A backup generator system with a 1,000 gallon LP gas tank provides security in the event of power outages. Computer-controlled home management adds convenience and efficiency. Additional design components include an oversized garage with designated space for a work bench, recycling center and provisions for electric car charging. Sustainable design components include raised organic garden beds, indigenous and drought-resistant landscaping, Bermuda grass, hydronically-zoned irrigation system, and accommodations for future water harvesting. There is absolutely no wood or paintable material anywhere on the exterior of the house. Instead, natural stone and stucco, which are easy to maintain, were used. The design concept was “simple structure, fluid space,” Doug said. “For us, it was the economy of the structure and the excitement of the space. We decided to build within a grid, because there are economies with staying in the grid. But within the grid, we’ve also created movement.” “Laurie and I agree that this is the most practical, personalized, artistic and inspiring space we’ve ever produced,” Doug said. “Just



The design concept for the home was â&#x20AC;&#x153;simple structure, fluid space.â&#x20AC;? The McSpaddens say the home provides them with a calm yet emotional experience every time they walk through the door. being here is an emotional experience. Unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve designed and built your own home, and more importantly, taken some chances, gone out on a limb, or experimented a bit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to understand. This has been the most rewarding and exciting experience you could ever have from a design perspective. The results provide us with a calm yet emotional experience every time we walk through the door. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home like home has never been before.â&#x20AC;? A big part of building this new dream home was staying on Lake Wylie, Doug said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love Lake Wylie and the people here. The people and the culture create an irresistible identity that we could never leave. We feel blessed to be a part of this awesome community of Lake Wylie.â&#x20AC;? As of April 2012, Doug and Laurie are back in â&#x20AC;&#x153;growth modeâ&#x20AC;? and their company has hired two new employees. McSpadden Custom Homes is actively involved in the following four distinctive custom markets: Signature Series, homes that range from $300,000 to $500,000; Luxury Series, homes beginning at $500,000 and up; Renovations of Distinction; and owner/builder consultation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope we can share with others this magical journey of new discovery and paradigm shift,â&#x20AC;? Doug said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be happy to discuss our design/build philosophies and variety of building options with anyone interested in learning more.â&#x20AC;? LW

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Development Update

Lake Wylie continues steady and stable growth By Susan Bromfield, President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


he trend continues. New businesses are opening and existing businesses are expanding. As summer approaches at Lake Wylie, growth is steady and stable. Here are a few of the developments for this summer.

Ann Deeds recently opened Ann’s Alterations in Rivers Edge Pavilion. (Photo/Susan Bromfield) Ann’s Alterations, owned by Ann Deeds, opened in Rivers Edge Pavilion located by Bojangle’s. Ann’s will offer alterations, tailoring and same-day service for small needs. Dry cleaning services also are available. Lake Wylie Bowl and Bounce, located at Waterside West, is slated to open this summer. This new bowling alley and entertainment center offers options for people of all ages to enjoy some indoor recreation. It will also be a great gathering spot for family and friends. A bounce area will be available for children and for parties by reservation. Watch for announcement of the grand opening this summer. South Forty Farms, located on Highway 274, continues to expand and grow. The Reids recently added space to the farm stand, including a larger covered outdoor area. Patrons can sit back in a rocking chair and enjoy a Tony’s Ice Cream along with the rural experience. The garden center of-

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fers locally grown plants for sale. Kids will love South Forty Farms, as there are miniature horses, chickens and goats nearby for kids of all ages to see. The Reids also offer a supply of local jams, jellies and honey to compliment the locally grown produce sold at the farm stand. A new Mexican restaurant is slated to open just in time for summer. Jose’ Ayala is opening Azteca Grill Mexican Food at the corner of Latitude Lane and Nautical Drive at Shoppes at the Landing. The restaurant will feature South Western-style Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Watch for the grand opening. Q2U BBQ and Catering was chosen to have their special recipe barbecue sauce at the Democratic National Convention. This sauce was created by Mark Cieslikowski and has been an award winner in many competitions. This year it will be featured at the DNC in Charlotte as part of the official Carolina BBQ Sauce collection. The package includes three different BBQ sauces from the Carolinas and will be sold for $25. The expansion of Q2U BBQ restaurant also is expected to be completed this summer. Wellness Ridge, owned by Rachel Gilmore and located off Ridge Road, has expanded. It now includes new fitness and health camps for children. Rachel offers personalized programs to improve your health and help you get fit. She’ll even make house calls! In addition to the group fitness, yoga and strength training classes, Wellness Ridge offers a 30 day challenge program that includes nutritional products and counseling, a detox program, individualized coaching to help with your every need to help people at all ages and stages to begin to move into a healthy lifestyle. Call Rachel for a personal and confidential consultation to plan your way to good health and fitness. Dr. Marcia Moyers, aka “Doc. Marcia,” has joined Dr. Allan Hartley at Lake Wylie Family Chiropractic and will provide acupuncture services to clients. Doc. Marcia uses the ancient Chinese method of acupuncture to help improve health, restore balance and a sense of well-being. Grayson Claire & Associates has opened

an office at Lake Wylie Business Centre in the Chamber Business Center. Catherine Rock, realtor and Broker-in-Charge, lives in Lake Wylie and has a team of realtors working throughout the Charlotte region. Lake Wylie YMCA opened its new fitness center at Waterside West in April. The new Y has a spinning room, fitness and weight training equipment, and a group activity room where classes for yoga, zumba, and more are held. The new Y offers childcare and personalized fitness training. Lake Wylie YMCA is part of the Upper Palmetto YMCA, which also operates programs and facilities at Baxter, Clover and Rock Hill. Membership at the Lake Wylie YMCA also includes use of the swimming pool at Baxter and access to swimming lessons for children of all ages.

Rachel Gilmore (left) of Wellness Ridge with Tracy Stiff of Alta. (Photo/Susan Bromfield) Emily’s Garden and Gifts opened at Lake Wylie Plaza in April. Terry Weaver is the floral designer and owner and offers an assortment of arrangements, services and garden items and gifts. This new addition gives locals the opportunity to buy gifts locally and to enhance their decks or gardens with yard art and other specialty items. Emily’s Garden and Gifts is located next to Fred’s and The Village Cellar. TLC Your Way Home Healthcare Inc. has

Development Update grown and expanded its services and has relocated its offices to Lake Wylie at the Wilkerson Building. TLC was formerly located in Tega Cay at the Wilkerson Building there. TLC Your Way Home Healthcare offers services to support families that may need a little extra support after a surgery, medical situation, birth of a baby, or assistance with home care. Owner Natalia Feely is a registered nurse and specializes in personalizing the services offered.

space. The homes will feature sprawling front porches and picket fences, encouraging neighbors to interact. The neighborhood will take care of your exterior maintenance and yard work. Jackson Corp. also developed the Lake Wylie Business Centre. For more information, contact Leonard Jackson at 803-924-0312 or visit their website at J Coulter Marketing opened its office at Lake Wylie Business Centre in the Chamber building. Specializing in web video, Jane Coulter offer per-

sonalized services to consult with area businesses to maximize their web presence and marketing. J Coulter Marketing will bring your website to life with web video. Visit for info. Waffle House and Meineke are still slated to locate at Lake Wylie. Watch for details in the future issues of Lake Wylie Today. Summers brings a new dimension to business growth and recreational and fun offerings at Lake Wylie. The assortment of new possibilities continues to grow. LW

Terry Weaver opened Emily’s Garden and Gifts in Lake Wylie Plaza. (Photo/Susan Bromfield) Bella Shoes opened this spring in The Shops at the Landing and offers an assortment of women’s shoes. It also sells handbags and jewelry. Joe Fiorino is owner and Gina Powell Bolin is manager. The ribbon cutting and grand opening were held May 22. Salon 108, located at The Shops at the Landing, is a full-service beauty salon with a gift boutique featuring jewelry and accessories. The shop opened in May close to the Lake Wylie Postal substation and Lake Wylie Pharmacy. Shops at the Landing have a lot of new business activity this spring and watch for more to come for the fall issue of Lake Wylie Today. Quik Trip at Lake Wylie is scheduled to open this summer. Quik Trip has more than 600 locations in the Southeast and is an “upscale” convenience store and gas station. The Lake Wylie location is one of the largest facilities in the area and will feature a coffee bar, fresh sandwiches and a variety of retail items along with the gas products. With the projected 50,000 vehicles per day traveling through Lake Wylie daily, it is sure to be a hot spot when it opens this summer. Jackson Corp. has announced a new residential project called Landing Village. This community will include 40 custom village homes, green space and a shared community

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Development Update

Waterfront real estate By David Coone


hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like warm, gorgeous weather to make the phone ring with waterfront buyers on the line. I use that term a bit loosely, though, as sometimes â&#x20AC;&#x153;buyersâ&#x20AC;?

turn out to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;dreamers.â&#x20AC;? And who can blame them? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done the same thing myself, poring through mountain home listings after spending a gorgeous day on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of what makes lakefront real estate different than traditional homes and properties.


Buying and selling waterfront real estate requires a unique approach, and different considerations than non-waterfront real estate. For instance, evaluating a house or building lot based on â&#x20AC;&#x153;cost per square footâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;cost per acreâ&#x20AC;? just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work with waterfront property. Instead, property price is impacted by factors such as view, water depth and clarity, number of shoreline feet, whether or not a dock is allowed and the size of dock allowed, access to the property by water, shape of the lot and building envelope, steepness of the terrain, and neighborhood surroundings.

This beautiful great room offers a beautiful view of Lake Wylie. (Photo/Jan Todd)


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In general, waterfront property nestled in a cove is less expensive than a comparable property with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;big view.â&#x20AC;? Cove property, however, usually offers more privacy and more â&#x20AC;&#x153;calm waterâ&#x20AC;? for swimming. You need to decide what factors are important to you, and how much youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to spend. Buyers must be careful not to make costly mistakes resulting from not knowing the lake or restrictions. For example, a lakefront property may have an outstanding view, but insufficient water frontage or water depth to meet minimum requirements for a dock. Or, a lot may be on a beautiful point with water on three sides, but because of set backs there may not enough room to build a house or install an adequate septic system for the size home desired. In another case, a property may be in an area of the lake that is shallow or has a shoal and difficult to maneuver. Knowledge of these considerations prior to purchasing a property is critical. The real estate market has been volatile in recent years. Many waterfront lots, purchased

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Development Update as investments, have fallen into foreclosure. About half of waterfront lot sales in 2011 were distressed (short sales or foreclosures). This has affected pricing on all waterfront property, to an extent. We’ve seen prices fall 25-30% since the market high in 2006-07. You could argue that prices in 2006-07 were inflated beyond “true value,” but as we all know, price is determined in part by what a buyer is willing to pay. In combination with the drop in home price, however, we’re also seeing buyers purA beautiful cabin on the lake. (Photo/Jan Todd)

chasing smaller, more modest homes. In 2011, there was just one Lake Wylie waterfront home that sold for more than $1 million, as reported on the Charlotte MLS. The supply hasn’t changed; there are still plenty of high priced homes on the market. There simply is a lower demand for luxury homes. Buyers are more cautious. (And so are lenders.) Waterfront sales generally pick up in the spring and continue strong through late summer. I am optimistic about this year’s selling season. For one thing, we’ve been trending upwards both in home and land sales.

lake wylie waterfront HOMES LOTS

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We had a higher number of waterfront lot sales in 2011 than prior to the economic downturn. True, half of those sales were foreclosures, and average price of the lot under $200,000. Many of the lots sold were “lesser lots” (shallow water, limited view, less than desirable surroundings or topography challenges). However, the sale of these lots revitalizes the market as builders begin construction, bringing new residents and more appeal to neighborhoods that stalled during the downturn. So what to expect for the rest of 2012? I think we’ll see the number of waterfront properties continue to rise. The “sweet spot” for waterfront homes will be those priced in the $450,000$700,000 range. Weekenders and cabins will find buyers in price ranges under $375,000. Strong inventory and competitive prices make it an excellent time to buy waterfront real estate on Lake Wylie. Make sure to use an experienced waterfront realtor to help you determine if that “good deal” is truly a good deal for you. LW David Coone, “The Lake Wylie Man” has lived on Lake Wylie since 1979 and specializes in Lake Wylie real estate. He closed 23 waterfront sales in 2011.

Spotlight The magazine of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

lie. The race course runs summer event in Lake Wy The Splash Dash is a major mp Thunderbird. and ends at beautiful Ca through scenic River Hills

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Splash Dash 2012 June 9, 2012 • Camp Thunderbird

Presented by CMC – Steele Creek and Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce


he Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor, CMC-Steele Creek, have teamed up to be sure this year’s Splash Dash is a hit with runners and their families. “This is a family event with its 10K, 5K run and walk,” said Chamber president Susan Bromfield. “A few years ago, we added the 5K so runners and families had more opportunity to compete in all levels and win.” Awards are handed out for the 5K and 10K in all age categories. People with children, strollers and dogs will be able to participate by being at the back of the pack at the start time. This makes for family fun and encourages everyone to be able to participate and add some fitness to their day. Bromfield said that the 10K run has always been the “star” component of Splash Dash. This is the category in which the more competitive, distance runners participate. Many come from all over the Southeast and use this race as part of their marathon training. Runners say if they can do well at the Splash Dash, with its hilly course, they know they can do well in a marathon.

Race to the finish! After the Splash Dash, awards are handed out for the 5K and 10K in all age categories. (Photo/Jan Todd)

The 10K and the 5K races each have the same number of awards, beginning with overall first prize for the top male and female runners in both races. Then follow first, second and third place awards for males and females in various age categories. In all, more than 120 awards and medals will be presented. “Our great location, the scenic and challenging race course through River Hills and exceptional hospitality for our participants, combined with the addition of ChampionChip technology and the expansion of awards for 5K race participants all help make Splash Dash a wonderful event,” Bromfield said. “The goal is to make this event ‘familyfriendly’ and to give the opportunity for all age groups to compete and feel good about their run.”

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Splash Dash takes place on Saturday, June 9. Registration is at 7 a.m. at Camp Thunderbird, One Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie. The races begin at 8 a.m. For those who do not wish to run, there is a 5K walk. Pre-event registrations ($20 for the 10K or 5K races, $10 for the 5K walk) will be accepted until Thursday, June 7 by mailing or visiting the Chamber offices at P.O. Box 5233, 264 Latitude Lane, Lake Wylie. You may also register online at Same-day registration for runners is $25. Colorful T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners and to the first 100 walkers. For more information about Splash Dash, call the Chamber at 803-831-2827 or visit www.


Lake Wylie Splash Dash 2012 5K & 10K Road Race and Walk Presented by: Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce & CMC – Steele Creek When: Saturday, June 9, 2012 • 5K & 10K Race - 8 a.m. • 5K Walk - 8 a.m. Location: Camp Thunderbird/River Hills on Highway 49S. (Located 10 miles south of Charlotte and 9 miles north of Clover.) Course: Champion Chip event by Queen City Timing. 10K course is USATF-certified (#SC96013BS). 5K course is a scenic and challenging run/walk through River Hills.

Registration • 10K & 5K Race is $20 in advance or $25 on race day. T-shirts guaranteed to pre-registered runners, then as supplies last. • $10 walk fee for Camp Thunderbird Scholarship Fund. T-shirts for first 100 registered walkers.

Awards • 10K First Overall Male and Female 10K Age Group Awards (Top 3 in each division for male and female): 17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-55, 56-59, 60+ • 5K First Overall Male and Female 5K Age Groups Awards (Top 3 in each division for male and female): 17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-55, 56-59, 60+

Information Contact Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce @ 803-831-2827 • Fax: 803-831-2460 • Web site: (on-line registration available) Email:

Payment Make check payable to and mail to: Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce/Splash Dash, P.O. Box 5233, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 Or register online at

Registration Information and Form Event: (Check one)

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Name:______________________________________________________________Age:________Sex:______M_______F Address:____________________________________________________________________Date of Birth:___/___/_____ City:________________________________________________________State:_________ZIP Code:_________________ Phone:__________________________E-mail:______________________________________Fax:___________________ T-shirt Size (Check One): ______M______L______XL Waiver & Release: By signing this entry form, I release Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, its agencies, and representatives of the Splash Dash Road Race, River Hills Community Association, Queen City Timing, YMCA Camp Thunderbird and Carolinas Healthcare System from any claims of liability, illness, damage, or injury suffered by me as a result of participating or traveling to and from this event. I understand that running or walking a road race is a potentially hazardous activity, unless I am medically able and properly trained. I hereby certify that I am in such physical condition and in good health. I also give permission for use of my name and picture to be used in any account, broadcast, or telecast of this event.

Signed:____________________________________________________________Date:___________________________ (Parent or Legal Guardian if under 18)

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Business After Hours Feb. 16, 2012 • Sponsored by Elrod Pope Law Firm Photos by Jan Todd

Johan Peers and Tom Griffin welcome chamber members to the Lake Wylie Chamber visitor center for the February Business After Hours.


Rep. Tommy Pope of Elrod Pope Law Firm talks with Pam Horack of Pathfinder Planning LLC. The Elrod Pope Law Firm was the sponsor of the BAH.

Maryanne Genus and Kim Pope of Elrod Pope Law Firm greet the group at the BAH.

BB&T – Lake Wylie was well represented by its team at the February BAH.

Allan Gregory of KA Gregory Wealth Management, Tom Griffin of Southern Trust Mortgage and Chad Bordeaux of Bordeaux and Bordeaux CPAs.

Bob Wheeler, Doug McSpadden, Darrin Skinner and Laurie McSpadden visit at the Business After Hours sponsored by Elrod Pope Law Firm.

The staff of Carolina Family Dentistry of Lake Wylie and Dr. Vanessa Vargas enjoy networking at the Business After Hours. | Summer 2012


Business After Hours March 15, 2012 • Clover Community Bank – Lake Wylie Sponsored by Clover Community Bank and Lake Wylie Liquors Photos by Jan Todd

Mary Stewart of Clover Community Bank talks with Lindy and Fred Wetherell of Sterling Source at the March Business After Hours.

Jane and Jamie Coulter of J Coulter Marketing and Lake Wylie Today at the Clover Community Bank BAH co-sponsored by Lake Wylie Liquor.

Carl and Nina Feemster of the Clover Chamber of Commerce talk with Ann Harvey of the Town Council of Clover.

Tony Todd and realtor David Coone, aka the Lake Wylie Man, visit at the BAH.

Team Clover Community Bank welcomes the Lake Wylie and Clover Chamber members to the Lake Wylie branch of the bank for the March BAH.

Neel Cyphers and Wes Spurrier of the Clover Chamber and Town Council enjoy the St. Paddy’s Day BAH at Clover Community Bank in March.

Myra Munn, Watts Roberson and Jill Acala of Allen Tate Realtors network at the March BAH.

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Spring Appreciation Day Luncheon and Fashion Show April 25, 2012 • River Hills Country Club Sponsored by: Bank of York, Watson Insurance, Lake Wylie Business Centre Photos by Jim Stadnyck - Point of View Photography


Here is Leonard Jackson of the Lake Wylie Business Centre looking very handsome in blue.

Guests of the Lake Wylie Business Centre enjoy the show.

Wellness Ridge’s founder, Rachel Gilmore, models at the chamber event for the first time.

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Marc Lubiato of Bank of York, an event sponsor, models during the fashion show.


Long-time model Joyce Presley of Joyce Presley Realty enjoys a mimosa while being photographed.

Clover Community Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very own Paige McCarter.

Here is Kathy Weeks, BIC of Allen Tate, enjoying her first time modeling for the Chamber Luncheon.

Lu Aiken of Rinehart Realty looks fabulous.

Top: Wells Fargo Bank was an event sponsor of this special event. Bottom: The staff of Watson Insurance, an event sponsor, enjoy the spring luncheon and fashion show held at River Hills Country Club.

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Spotlight Emily’s Garden and Gifts, Lake Wylie Plaza Grand Opening, April 20, 2012 • Photos by Diana Grubenhoff

The Weavers cut the ribbon as Susan Bromfield and Greg and Terry Weaver at the floral counter in their new shop. the chamber members welcome this new business.

Lake Wylie YMCA Grand Opening, April 10, 2012 • Photos by Diana Grubenhoff

Chamber members gather with the YMCA leadership before the ribbon cutting at the Grand Opening April 10 at the Chamber’s Business Before Hours.

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Linda McCallum and Moe Bell of the Upper Palmetto YMCA welcome the chamber to its newest fitness facility.

Spotlight Welcome New Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Members New Members Feb.1 – May 10, 2012 Businesses:

Lake Wylie YMCA Linda McCallum, Branch Director 155 Blucher Circle Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9622 Health, Fitness, After School Care, Day Camps, Senior Citizens Programming

New American Mortgage, LLC Angie McCarter 14120 Ballantyne Corporate Parkway Suite 250 Charlotte, NC 28277 704-678-0423 Mortgages Lake Wylie Lawn and Landscape Ronda Briggs 440 Harvest Terrace Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-810-4139 Landscape Design and Lawn Maintenance Doc Marcia, LLC Dr. Marcia Moyers 244 Latitude Lane Suite 104 Lake Wylie. SC 29710 803-831-6500 Chiropractic and acupuncture

Emily’s Garden and Gifts Terry Weaver 4080 Charlotte Highway PO Box 5389 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-9935 803-831-9936 Floral Design Garden Gifts Bella Shoes Joseph Fiorentino 221 Latitude Lane Suite 104 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-831-6882 Women’s Shoes and Accessories

Ann’s Alterations & Dry Cleaners Ann Deeds 4937 Charlotte Highway #112 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-656-5008 Alterations and Dry Cleaning Grayson Claire & Associates Brandon Owens 317 Carroll Cove Lake Wylie, SC 29710 704-936-7821 (f) 877-329-6630 Real Estate Happy Trails Horse & Carriage Events Danny and Vonda Weaver 7240 Dan Rhyne Rd. Vale, NC 28168 704-308-1212 704-308-1901 Entertainment

Renewing Members Investing in our Lake Wylie Community Renewing Members- Feb. 1 – May 10, 2012 Businesses: Agape Senior of the Piedmont Region Anchor Self Storage Association Management Solutions Azura Medical Spa BB&T-Lake Wylie Bethel Commons Bill Buchanan Agency-Nationwide Comporium Comporium Long Distance Creative Solutions Earl Tindol Ford Elrod Pope Law Firm Focus Physical Therapy & Fitness Frugal Blinds and Shutters Glaza Chiropractic Center Home Helpers

Joe L. Versen Appraisals, LLC Lake Wylie Family Dentistry Lake Wylie Plaza Living Waters Presbyterian Church Mary Kay-Heather Catts Mary Kay-Donna Tucker Medical Gas Training & Consulting, LLC Microtel Inn & Suites Miller & Dixon Orthodontics Nuclear Pro Academy Palmetto Council - Boy Scouts of America Parkway Concrete Products Piedmont Medical Center Portable Restroom Trailers, LLC Red Fez Club Sea Tow Scholarship Gold Consulting Sifford Stine Insurance Agency

Sloan Financial Group, LLC Subway The Lake Wylie Man The Village at Lake Wylie United Way of York County Wal-Mart Whippoorwill Ranch Carriage Tours York County

Individuals: David Cox Bob Goodell Don Long Watts Roberson Sandee Wilkerson Peggy Upchurch

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Business After Hours Apr. 19, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ Lake Wylie Professional Center Sponsored by Bordeaux & Bordeaux CPAs, Focus Physical Therapy, Glaza Chiropractic Center, Lake Wylie Eye, McSpadden Custom Homes, and Miller and Dixon Orthodontics Photos by Diana Grubenhoff

Pianist Carol Chase and Diana Grubenhoff of Long Cove Marina pose for the camera. Diana also is a chamber board member and photographer.

Jeff Cushing of The Village Cellar serves an assortment of wine from his shop at the April Business After Hours.

Focus Physical Therapy, a sponsor of this BAH, was well represented by Lori (l) and Rich Biggers (rt) and their team.

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Monie Clifton and Nima Mazhari of Lake Wylie Eye, a BAH sponsor, welcomed the chamber to this event.

Amy and John Burton of Revel Salon and Color Studio enjoyed networking at the BAH.


Get the Edge in Business

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Member Benefits and Discounts Bordeaux & Bordeaux CPAs

Watson Insurance of the Carolinas

The certified public accounts at Bordeaux & Bordeaux will provide a complimentary business consultation for all new members. Located at 548 Nautical Drive, Suite #202 in Lake Wylie.

Chamber members may receive a 5-12% discount on auto-owners insurance (home, life, car and business) through Watson Insurance. Join the Chamber group coverage to take advantage of this membership benefit. For information, call the Chamber at 803-831-2827.

Thank You

to Our 2012 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Spring Appreciation Luncheon Sponsors! Event Sponsors Bank of York • Watson Insurance Lake Wylie Business Centre Table Sponsors Allen Tate Realty, Camp Thunderbird Lake Wylie Today, Rinehart Realty Wells Fargo And Thank You to River Hills Country Club Joan Johnson, Harpist The River Hills Pro Shop-TJ Bridges Alta of Rock Hill, Tracy Stiff Beth Harrell, Hair Stylist – Salon One 80 Donna Tucker and Heather Catts – Mary Kay Emily’s Garden and Gifts Lake Wylie – Flowers Point of View Photography Debra Andres, Mistress of Ceremonies Wells Fargo Mortgage Our Models: Jennifer Williams, Joyce Presley, Kathy Weeks, Rachel Gilmore, Crystal Carr, Paige McCarter, Debra Holloman, Lu Aiken, Leonard Jackson, Tom Griffin, Jay Rinehart, Marc Lubiato Thank you also to our door prize contributors, volunteers and to everyone who participated.

Charles Wood – Chairman KODIAK MINI STORAGE Ed Stewart – Past Chairman M.L. FORD & SONS Don Long – 1st Vice Chairman river hills community associatioN Fred Wetherell – 2nd Vice Chairman STERLING SOURCE, INC.

Haselden, Owen, Boloyan and Corson LLC

Donna Bordeaux – Secretary BORDEAUX & BORDEAUX, CPAs, PA

Offering complimentary legal consultation for Chamber members. Get started in business on the right foot. Call 803-831-2738.

Michaelyn Sherrill – Treasurer WINGFOOT RESIDENTIAL

Lakeside Insurance & Consulting LLC Let the pros take your info and goals and then shop the market for health, life, homeowners, auto and commercial insurance in the Carolinas. Determine the top three to four choices that meet your needs. Complimentary market analysis for chamber members. HSAs and affordable group benefits also available. Save money today. 704-408-8363

ComPro Business Services ComPro takes care of your business while you take care of business. Offering small business accounting, payroll and quarterly tax service at reasonable rates. Complimentary consultation. 704-588-1040

Small Business Development Center Complimentary service for developing small businesses. Located at the Thurmond Business Center at Winthrop University. 803-323-2283

Premier Financial Solutions Long-term care from Great American Life Insurance Co., offering discounted rates to Lake Wylie Chamber members. Contact David Brantley at 704-6781535, 803-831-2823 or

York Tech York Tech is set to offer classes at Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Small Business Center in computer skills, geneology and marketing for small businesses. Classes must have a minimum of five participants. Call the Chamber with your group info. 803-831-2827

Myron Boloyan, Esq. HASELDEN, OWEN, BOLOYAN & CORSON, LLC Susan Bryant RINEHART REALTY Fred Caldwell FRED CALDWELL CHEVROLET Tom Griffin SOUTHERN TRUST MORTGAGE Allan Gregory KA GREGORY WEALTH MANAGEMENT Diana Grubenhoff LONG COVE MARINA Leonard Jackson LAKE WYLIE BUSINESS CENTRE Andy Kane CATAWBA LANDS CONSERVANCY David Mathein T-BONES ON THE LAKE Paige McCarter CLOVER COMMUNITY BANK Susan Bromfield, President P.O. Box 5233 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803.831.2827, Fax: 803.831.2460

Lake Wylie Business Centre Office space at affordable prices in professional business center. Lease purchase or sale. Chamber members will receive preview and courtesy discount. Call Leonard Jackson at 803-924-0312.

Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s marketing and promotional efforts are supported by York County’s Hospitality Tax.

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Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Activities

Lake Wylie Splash Dash 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk Presented by CMC- Steele Creek Saturday, June 9, 2012 8 a.m. Held at Camp Thunderbird and River Hills, Lake Wylie Business After Hours Thursday, June 14, 2012, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by River Hills Marina, T-Bones on the Lake, Pier 88, Q-2-U- Catering, The Kelly Group, Happy Trails Horse and Carriage Events, Lake Wylie Business Centre and Sea Tow Held at River Hills Marina Pavilion River Hills, Lake Wylie

Save the Date!

Lake Wylie Community Fourth of July Fireworks Wednesday, the 4th of July!!! What: Fantastic Fireworks Display When: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Time: Dusk â&#x20AC;&#x201C; approximately 9:45 pm Where: Lake Wylie by the Buster Boyd Bridge S.C. Hwy. 49 at Lake Wylie Best Viewing: The Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing T-Bones on the Lake outside deck Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza on patio at Lake Wylie Plaza

We all enjoy the fireworks each year. Since Lake Wylie Community Fireworks Display is funded solely through donations, your support of this wonderful event is really needed in order for the event to continue. Please send your contribution in any amount now to: Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund One Thunderbird Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710

Thanks very much for your support!

Lake Wylie Chamber Annual Golf Event Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 Held at River Hills Country Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lake Wylie

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Lake Wylie Today, Summer 2012  
Lake Wylie Today, Summer 2012  

Lifestyle magazine covering the Lake Wylie community.