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Contents | July 2013




Editor’s Letter Freedom,To Me


10 Eventful Goings On Around The Queen City

12 Seen In The City The Old Bags Luncheon

14 Girl Time Tips, Trends And Fancies

18 The Life Of A Patriot Sara Milbourne Helps Veterans Transition Home


22 Hot Diggity Brandy Newton Uses Technology To Sell An American Staple


26 Business First NAWBO-Charlotte Honors Women Entrepreneurs

30 Wine Up Go South,Wine Lovers

32 Top Of Her Game Stephanie Ansaldo & Dr. Nini Bautista | July 2013 6

34 Style Gorgeous Views & Tropical Hues

44 Beauty Get Sun-Sational

46 At Home Your Home Away From Home

52 Health Flash What You Need To Know To Stay Well


58 Essay: A Patriotic Papito

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Freedom, To Me his month, the idea of freedom is ever-present. I happen to disagree with Janis Joplin, who sang that freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. For me, freedom comes on the back of those unique creatures called horses. And I recently experienced the loss of my favorite “freedom rider,” a horse known by the name Cool. Cool was everything his name implied. A cross between a Thoroughbred and a Quarter Horse, he was a dark reddish brown with a white star. He was a show horse with over 100 American Quarter Horse Association points, and an example of everything a great horse should be. Cool was beautiful, especially under saddle. When trotting, his legs seemed to float without bending his knees, and his canter was rhythmic and easy to sit. He was also a good jumper who liked it best if I let him find his own sweet spot over fences, because he was smarter than me when it came to jumping and he knew it. In fact, he was the smartest horse I’ve ever ridden. From our first ride, he took me under his wing and seemed to baby me like no horse ever has, giving me confidence when I needed it most. And he was just quirky enough to keep things interesting. Cool was a stealth bucker. Athletic to a fault and prone to run a little bit “hot,” it was best if you lunged Cool before riding him, even in his later years. Lunging is like a warm-up run for horses, where you get the extra energy out before riding by using a lunge line and trotting and cantering the horse in a circle around you. When lunging Cool to the first side, he rarely bucked. But when lunging him the second way, you could expect fireworks, in

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the way of explosive bucks that seemed to leave him suspended in air for seconds. After a few bucks and several minutes of running, his adrenaline would drop, and Cool would come to his senses. Standing there, breathing hard, he would look you in the eyes with surprise, as if he were saying, “Hello there, when did you get here?” Cool was a sensitive horse. Flies hurt his skin. Sometimes, he would get tired of the pasture before it was his turn to come back in the barn, and he would buck at the gate until you led him back to his stall. He loved to get scratched, and would show you with his nose where he wanted you to scratch the hardest. When getting groomed, his top lip would quiver in pure equine pleasure. And if you moved away from his favorite spot, he would readjust his body with steps forward and back in an effort to get you to stop wasting your time grooming the non-itchy places on his body. Cool also had a delicate stomach, which meant he couldn’t have treats or he would get severe tummy-aches, also known as colic. Once, my horse trainer’s young son Colton forgot about the no-treat rule, and gave Cool an apple core. The look on Cool’s face was priceless. His eyes grew wide with knowledge, and from that moment on, he always paid strict attention to Colton, in case another delicious mistake was made. Cool was the kind of horse you wanted to live forever, and to me, he seemed to get better with age. I doubt I will ever stop measuring other horses to his standard. Most of all, I will miss the freedom I enjoyed with him in a grassy pasture under the wide blue sky. Freedom, for me, has passed on.

Volume 17, Number 3 July 2013 Karsen Price Editor

Sharon Simpson Publisher

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ewelry makers, don’t miss the Intergalactic Bead Show at the Metrolina Tradeshow Expo July 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find the perfect beads to create your unique jewelry design, experience new color selections, and learn techniques for jewelry creation. The show offers an array of precious and semiprecious gemstone beads, plus sterling silver items, freshwater pearls, vintage beads, crystals, and hand-blown beads. Note:All Intergalactic Bead Shows are wholesale/retail; if purchasing wholesale bring copies of your sales tax license.

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he family drama “Crumbs From The Table Of Joy” is coming to Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square July 12 through 20. Described as a pairing between Tennessee Williams and Lorraine Hansberry, “Crumbs” is the story of a black family that survives culture shock after moving from “the sticks” to New York City. Penned by playwright Lynn Nottage, and presented by Evening Star Productions, the play’s plot takes off when a father moves his daughters to the city to escape the sorrow of their mother’s death. There, they meet their sharp-tongued, often-misguided Aunt Lily.

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Eat, Drink, Walk Tour De Food In NoDa xplore the eclectic vibe of NoDa, taste creative dishes from artisans at local establishments, and travel two to three miles during a walking food tour offered by Tour De Food on July 7, starting at Heist Brewery. During the tour, learn the history of the colorful, eclectic neighborhood of NoDa. Meet the chefs and owners of local restaurants that source locally, and sample tasty snacks at a handful of different places. Experience exotic coffees, a local brewery, fine wines and decadent pastries, among other treats. The tour starts at Heist Brewery in the Highland Mill, where the history of North Davidson began.


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harlotte Fine Art Gallery presents “Cool Down at CFA” July 2 through August 3. The exhibit helps kick off the gallery’s recent expansion into a new, larger location at Carmel Village, which will allow the gallery to showcase more art, students and visitors. During the month of July, the gallery will highlight work by their awardwinning represented artists who hail from North Carolina to California, including an emphasis on summertime scenes.

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Celebrate American Art At The Mint how off your patriotism by attending a special Sunday Fun Day at the Mint Museum Uptown July 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Wonder at the glory of the nation through the eyes of American painters, and venture through 150 years of art. Or, make a colonial tricorn hat, build a Hudson River sailboat, and capture the moment in paint in the style of the American Impressionists. The event is appropriate for all ages, and offers crafts, gallery visits, artist demos and more.


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he Old Bags Luncheon — a trademarked fundraising event that has been held in New York, Los Angeles and other cities around the country — came to the Queen City for the first time May 23, at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius, where over 300 people gathered to help raise funds for The Patriot Charities. The luncheon included a silent auction of over 300 new and gently used designer handbags, as well as accessories, jewelry and designer shoes. Keynote speakers included Janice Fields, former president of McDonald’s USA, and Heather Moore, jewelry designer. Sheri Lynch, of The Bob & Sheri Show on 107.9 The Link, served as emcee. Proceeds benefited The Patriot Charities, a grassroots nonprofit that raises funds to financially assist local programs around the Carolinas that benefit our wounded military and their families.

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Emcee Sheri Lynch and jewelry designer Heather Moore

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Keynote speaker Janice Fields, former president of McDonald’s USA

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Don’t Be Blue Instead, Have A Berry Good Time uly is here, and it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. There’s no better way to usher in the dog days of summer than with a cookout bursting with fruitladen recipes. Fresh fruit is in season, and offers a crisp, healthy feel to any recipe. No matter your menu (we suggest hand-pulled pork, a fruity dessert or three, and a decadent beverage) consider berry-rich recipes when whipping up your next summertime soiree.


BLUEBERRY-LIME GRANITA Courtesy Of “Southern Living’s 1001 Ways To Cook Southern”

2 cups blueberries 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon lime zest 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 3 cups lemon-lime soft drink, chilled Garnish with lime zest twists | July 2013 14

THREE BERRY COMPOTE Courtesy Of Jeanne Sikes, From Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church’s “Central In His Service” Cookbook

1/2 cup sugar 1 lemon, juiced 1/2 cup water 1 pint sliced strawberries 1 cup raspberries 1 cup blackberries 1/4 cup honey

Combine sugar, lemon and water in a small saucepan. Dissolve sugar over moderate heat. Stir in fruit, coating it in sugar water, and bring to a bubble. Reduce heat and simmer 7 or 8 minutes. Remove fruit with a slotted spoon to a serving dish. To pan, add honey and thicken syrup for 5 minutes; pour over fruit. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Process blueberries in a food processor or blender until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides occasionally. Add sugar, lime zest, and lime juice. Process until well blended, and pour into an 11-X-7 inch baking dish. Stir in soft drink, cover, and freeze 8 hours. Remove from freezer and allow to stand 5 minutes. Chop mixture into large chunks, and place in food processor in batches. Pulse 5 to 6 times, or until mixture is smooth. Serve immediately, or freeze until ready to serve. Garnish with lime twists. Note: For a fun party addition, consider adding a splash of vodka or gin to taste!


1 tablespoon paprika 1 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston Butt), 4 to 5 pounds, rolled and tied 12–15 hamburger buns, split

Sauce 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper

Courtesy Of “Big Sky Cooking”

8 medium carrots 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup pine nuts or slivered almonds (optional) 6 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Place the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast them in an oven at 350 degrees for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir or shake the pan to ensure even roasting. Transfer to a cool plate and set aside. Combine carrots, salt and enough water to cover the carrots in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain water. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the carrots and stir until the carrots are coated with butter. Sprinkle the sugar over the carrots and shake the skillet so they are uniformly sugared. Cover and cook, shaking the skillet periodically until carrots are browned (a pretty shade of deep orange), about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and toasted nuts. | July 2013

In a small bowl, combine the rub ingredients, and coat the roast evenly with the rub. Allow roast to stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350 degrees to 450 degrees). Grill the roast, fat side up, over indirect medium heat with the lid closed. Cook until the internal temperature registers between 190 degrees; roughly 3 to 4 hours. Note: The meat should pull apart easily. Remove from the grill, loosely cover with foil, and let the meat “rest” for approximately 20 minutes. To make the sauce, combine sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan, including salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. After simmering, keep the sauce warm. Thinly chop or pull the meat into shreds with your fingers or two forks. Discard bits of fat. Moisten the meat with a good portion of sauce and mix well in a bowl. Grill the cut side of the buns over direct medium heat until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds. Serve the pulled pork warm on the buns, with the remaining sauce on the side.





3 cups chopped watermelon 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon chopped green onions 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, green bell pepper, lime juice, cilantro, green onions, jalapeno and garlic salt. Mix well and serve with tortilla chips. Note: This salsa is also an excellent topping for grilled chicken or fish.

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2 kiwis, peeled and diced 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and diced 8 ounces raspberries 1 pound strawberries 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 4 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas Butter or butter-flavored cooking spray 4 tablespoons cinnamon sugar In a large bowl, mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator 30 minutes or longer. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat one side of each tortilla with a thin layer of butter (or spray with cooking spray). Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Drizzle with butter or spray with cooking spray again. Bake in oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture. [TCW]

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ara Milbourne is a wife, mother, social worker and a patriot. Yes, patriot. Milbourne has served not one but two terms of service. She enlisted in the Army in 1998, right before her 20th birthday, and again in 2010, as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, in which she is a current member. Her military background includes time spent in Korea and Fort Bragg, in eastern North Carolina. She married a man who also served his country, and she now uses her degree in social work to help veterans transition back into everyday life, through the nonprofit group Charlotte Bridge Home, designed to help veterans reintegrate into the community. Milbourne has been on both sides of the fence, alternately playing the role of Army wife and member of the military. Serving her country — and others — comes so naturally to Milbourne that she doesn’t consider her life remarkable in the least.

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The Road Less Traveled Growing up, life was somewhat unstable for Milbourne. Her family moved frequently, and she constantly had to adjust, which left her craving security and certainty. The discipline and routine of the Army appealed to her, as did the idea of serving others. After enlisting in the Army at the age of 20, she was first stationed in Korea, where she worked as a telecommunications specialist. There, she met Trey, who would later become her husband. The next stop for the Milbournes was Fort Bragg. After their first daughter, Taylor, was born in 2000, the couple decided it was in the best interest of the family if both husband and wife were not actively serving at the same time. She left the Army … but not Army life. Although she was no longer an enlisted member of the military, she was an Army wife, which meant moving wherever her husband was stationed, including Germany and Alaska. Military families face inherent challenges, including relocating to unfamiliar places, where they set up new homes and create new lives. It is not easy, but Milbourne has found it rewarding, seizing upon opportunities to better herself and others.

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In Germany, Milbourne worked for the Army’s New Parent Education and Support Program. It was there that the genesis of her path to social work was formed. She observed the important work social workers engaged in and got to see firsthand the far-reaching, positive effects of helping others. “Not only did it affect that person’s life, but others as well,” Milbourne says. “It affected their relationships in positive ways and in some cases had lasting impacts that were multigenerational.” Next, her husband was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. She was too far along in her second pregnancy to travel at the time, and so Trey went ahead of the family to their next stop. After an induced labor, planned so Trey could be present, daughter Gabriella was born in 2007. Soon after, Milbourne packed up and moved to Anchorage with a newborn baby, a kindergartener and two dogs. She arrived to a dark, freezing and completely unfamiliar environment. Remarkably, she grew to love the

city, and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work in 2008. During this time, Milbourne worked at the Alaska Military Youth Academy, which serves at-risk youth. She started as a team leader — the equivalent of a drill instructor for female cadets — but was quickly promoted and took on more of a case management role. In 2010,Trey finished his military career and decided to pursue his passion for cooking. The family moved to upstate New York, where he attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. While they were in New York, Milbourne got her master’s in social work. With her husband now out of the military, she decided to rejoin, this time in the U.S.Army National Guard. She admits she was excited to step off the sidelines, having been “living vicariously through Trey.” “I missed the sense of camaraderie, the feeling of service, the connection,”

Milbourne says. While in New York, Milbourne was the program manager for the New York Army National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which assists soldiers and their families throughout the deployment cycle. She further built on her skills and experience in helping those going through difficult transitions — skills that she now puts to good use for Charlotte Bridge Home. Milbourne is lead social worker with Charlotte Bridge Home, a position for which she is uniquely qualified. “Because of everything we’ve been through, I’ve developed a great understanding of the VA [Department of Veterans Affairs] system,” Milbourne says. Charlotte Bridge Home does not provide direct services, but instead connects veterans with service providers. Milbourne works hard to develop relationships with these providers, so she can best help veterans navigate the system. She assesses their needs, whether it is employment,

financial, medical or mental health care, transportation services, and more. “I don’t just give them a number to call. I can tell them what to expect,” she says. “It’s often difficult for them to ask for help, because they are used to being the helpers. I want to do anything I can to eliminate barriers that would prevent them from plugging in to getting help.” Throughout her experiences both as a civilian and service member, one thing remains true: Milbourne has a deep love for the military community. “I consider them another family that relies on one another,” she says.

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Allison Futterman is a freelance writer living in Charlotte. She can be reached at aliwrites10@gmail. | July 2013 21

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Hot Diggity BRANDY NEWTON USES TECHNOLOGY TO SELL AN AMERICAN STAPLE By Melinda Johnston | Photos By Michael C. Hernandez

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randy Newton’s business is going to the dogs. Hot dogs. As the marketing/social media/brand director of JJ’s Red Hots, she’s tasked with building the brand and devising marketing strategies to sell as many hot dogs and sausages as possible. “It’s kind of odd,” Newton says. “Sometimes I think, ‘I’m selling hot dogs.’ But, I have the coolest job in the world. It’s really not a job because it’s just so much fun. JJ’s Red Hots is irreverent and fun — we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re building a brand.” She uses Facebook,Twitter and Instagram to publicize one of America’s favorite foods, and is constantly looking out for the next big technological or social media tool. “People will say, ‘Oh, she’s just playing on Facebook all day,’ but social media is much more than that. It’s a two-way communication. I read blogs every night. I’m constantly on the web. I read articles, use Google alerts and pay attention to what’s happening around me. I talk to people. In other words, you can’t just tweet — you have to read your feed,” Newton says.


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As a young girl growing up in Hickory, Newton wanted to be an artist. But she also developed business skills working with Hav-A-Cup Coffee Service, a business founded, owned and operated by her grandfather, Frank Lail. She majored in marketing at UNC Charlotte and then graphic design at the Art Institute of Charlotte, giving her special insight into the creative as well as the practical side of business. Her job at JJ’s Red Hots requires both skill sets. For example, to keep folks coming back, Newton created the “Dog of the Week,” which is available for a limited time only. Creating scarcity creates demand. Customers get to suggest the dog combos, and she arranges the publicity and buzz for such items as the

Parmeranian Dog (complete with parmesan cheese), Put This In Your Pipe (all ingredients are smoked), and the Quarter Hounder (no explanation needed). “Everyone has ideas, and we listen to them all. It keeps it interesting and creates demand. Everybody looks forward to the Dog of the Week,” she says. To grow JJ’s Red Hots catering business, Newton ordered a mobile grilling unit to allow hot dogs to be grilled on location. But to make it more exciting and personal, she christened it “Frank the Tank.” Newton notes that businesses and others book “Frank the Tank” weeks in advance and look forward to his arrival as a welcomed guest and a wonderful addition to any social event.

She revamped the restaurant’s rooftop deck, overlooking East Boulevard, to create a bistro style setting that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. She frequently books live bands to play there, as well. Newton says, “It’s a really great place for a cheap date!” She credits business owner John Luther with giving her the freedom she needs to do her job. With three children and a photography business on the side, she needs as much juggling power as possible. “I work a lot, but set my own hours. I doubt there’s another fast, casual restaurant in Charlotte with a position like mine. I’m so lucky that my boss allows me so much freedom. It shows how innovative JJ’s Red Hots really is,” Newton says.

On weekends, she and husband Michael, an architectural designer, shoot weddings or on-location portraits for their side business, Michael Newton Photography. In her spare time — what little there is — she likes playing with her kids, and traveling with them, even if it’s just from their home in Fort Mill to the restaurant in Charlotte. “I love taking them there,” Newton says. “I’m always amazed that there aren’t more places like JJ’s Red Hots. With a 2 and a 4 year old, they are going to fight and throw a drink and be loud, but it’s like a home away from home. It’s all OK here.”

ToLearnMore JJ’s Red Hots is located at 1514 East Boulevard. A second location opens this month in the Ballantyne East Shopping Center. Follow on Facebook,Twitter or call 980/225-8880. [TCW]

Like Brandy Newton, Melinda Johnston also happens to be a native of Hickory, N.C.


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FIRST NAWBO-Charlotte’s 2013 Award Winners By Dana Durham • Photography By Donna Jernigan Meinhold | July 2013 26

Left, Karen Bennetts is the incoming president of NAWBO-Charlotte. Right, Rising Star Wendy Laxton grins with Woman Business Owner of the Year Amanda Carroll.

he Charlotte chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners rewarded several prominent Charlotte entrepreneurs at its 28th annual awards gala this spring. Each year, NAWBO recognizes the significant accomplishments of professionals and women business owners in the Charlotte area, and works to encourage creative and effective change in business culture. On May 17, at a gala at the Charlotte City Club, Amanda Carroll received the Business Owner of the Year Award,Wendy Laxton received the Rising Star Award, and Dale Halton, Jane McIntyre and Jennifer Roberts were recognized as Community Leadership Award winners.


Business Owner Of The Year Amanda Carroll, owner of Sage Jewelry Arts, was named the 2013 Woman Business Owner of the Year. Carroll is a self-taught jewelry artist who opened Bead Boutique in May 2003 in a 1,200-square-foot storefront in Matthews. The business, now called Sage Jewelry Arts, has grown from a boutiquestyle bead store to a fully functioning jewelry academy, and boasts an assorted selection of supplies to create oneof-a-kind jewelry. Carroll travels the country to stay abreast of the emerging jewelry market. Certified in art clay and precious metal clay, Carroll recently decided to switch from a brick-and-mortar store to an online business because it makes more business sense. Carroll serves on the board of NAWBO-Charlotte as the chapter’s expansion director.

Q: What do you love about jewelry? A: I love that jewelry is something that speaks to everyone. Whether it’s a chunky statement piece or a simple gold band, everyone has a favorite piece. This is true worldwide. Every culture has adornments in the form of jewelry. It definitely has universal appeal.

made the decision to convert to an online business model for jewelry and supplies. I’ll also be offering classes at CPCC and SPCC, in addition to holding weekend bead retreats in the area. To make the transition easy for all of our customers, our website and phone number will stay the same. I’m really excited about the changes ahead.

Q: What does it mean to you to win the Woman Business Owner of the Year award? A: Winning is such an honor. Since I don’t have a business background, it confirms to me that not only am I an entrepreneur, I am also truly a businesswoman!

Rising Star In 2013,Wendy Laxton, a certified public accountant and founder of Laxton CFO Services, was named the NAWBOCharlotte Rising Star Award winner. Laxton’s company provides strategic financial management and consulting solutions for emerging and reorganizing businesses and nonprofits to provide companies with the financial strategies, tools and intelligence to move forward in meaningful ways.

Q: How have you taken a passion and made a successful business out of it?

Q: Tell me about your recent switch from storefront to online business. A: I’ve been in business for 11 years with a storefront, the last four in Windsor Square. After doing some industry research, I determined that a brick-and-mortar store is not sustainable for the future and

NAWBO-Charlotte Woman Business Owner Of The Year Award is given to a member who has demonstrated strong leadership skills in growing and managing a successful business that is more than five years old. In 2013, nominees were: Amanda Carroll, Sage Jewelry Arts; LeeAnn Shattuck, The Car Chick; and Wendy Shanahan, Asterick Creative. NAWBO-Charlotte Rising Star Award is presented to a NAWBO member who has demonstrated entrepreneurial creativity and determination in successfully managing a business that is less than five years old. This year’s nominees were: Wendy Laxton, Laxton CFO Services; Nicole Odom, Dogtopia of Charlotte; and Mary Kathryn Ewart, AFLAC. NAWBO-Charlotte Community Leadership Awards includes a new, trifold focus for 2013. Winners were: Dale Halton, Business Leader Award; Jane McIntyre, Nonprofit Leader Award; and Jennifer Roberts, Public Policy Leader Award. | July 2013

A: By staying ahead of current trends and by becoming an expert in my industry, I've managed to create a business around what I love. Our customers know that our jewelry and supplies are of the highest quality, and professionals teach our informative classes.

Laxton has spent more than 25 years in financial management roles. She has served as a controller, chief financial officer, and consultant to construction, real estate, nonprofit, and other service-oriented companies, including Peat Marwick Main & Co (now KPMG) and Tyler 2 Construction, where she contributed to the company’s sustained success as it grew to over $35 million in revenues during her 15 years there. Laxton was recognized by The Charlotte Business Journal in 2003 as a “40 Under 40” for her professional achievements and community leadership, and again in 2004 with the Top 25 Women In Business Achievement Award. She is


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currently on the board of directors of Women Executives and the advisory council of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women’s Summit.

Q: What type of financial management do you offer businesses? A: Laxton CFO Services works with the CEOs, executive directors and leadership teams of small businesses and nonprofits to improve the results and value of their financial strategies and accounting functions. I spend much of my time brainstorming with CEOs and executive directors to determine what information they need to assess their situation and make smart decisions going forward. Once we figure out “what” they need, I work with their teams to figure out where to get the information, how to capture the data, and how to then report in timely, accurate and impactful ways. Along the way, we are constantly assessing and reviewing the business’ strategies and tactics from a financial impact perspective. To provide these kinds of services and others on an on-going | July 2013 28

basis, I also serve as a part-time chief financial officer.

Q: Do you have a love of numbers? A:While I have an affinity for working with numbers, what I love is using numbers to tell a story. I enjoy translating the data into narratives and visuals that set off the proverbial “light bulb” in the minds of my clients. To participate in that kind of “ah-ha” moment with my client is my definition of success.

Q: Where does your passion for business stem from? A: I love the opportunity to work with creative, passionate and mission-driven entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders who are willing to take thoughtful risks to reach their goals. I am energized by them and inspired to do the same. As a relatively new business owner, I continue to appreciate the risks and rewards that come with being responsible for making my own living. These days the rewards are definitely outweighing the risks!

Q: What does it mean to you to win the Rising Star Award? A:This recognition by other women business owners has certainly legitimized my business model and the value of these kinds of services, particularly in light of current economic times. More importantly, it has provided me with more energy and incentive to build on my early success.

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he fact that Italy is an astounding place when it comes to wine shouldn’t be too much of a surprise — the Roman Empire was responsible for the spread of wine culture throughout the country and throughout most of Europe. However, it’s an error to talk of the Roman Empire and today’s country of Italy in the same context. After the fall of the Empire, Italy became a collection of city-states, each with its own distinct culture — including local wines. Italy finally became unified some 150 years ago, but those distinct wine cultures remain, and that is what makes Italian wines so diverse, so interesting and the source of so many great nuggets of value. Let’s focus on two of Italy’s 20 wine regions. Both are in the south of the country. They’re off the beaten track geographically and their wines are barely known in the United States, which equals less demand, and lower prices. The two regions are Basilicata and Puglia.

Giant Instep Forward Basilicata is located on the instep of Italy’s foot. Here, there’s a grape used to make wine that’s really appealing, called Aglianico. Wine made from this grape is called Aglianico del Vulture. Read that name in English and you might think that the wine

is a great pairing for road kill — not too attractive. The name is a kind of carrion baggage; who would want a wine named after a bird that feasts on dead animals? The problem goes away if the name of the wine is pronounced (as it should be) in Italian — (VOOL-too-ray). Much more palatable. The carrion connection comes from the extinct volcano, Monte Vulture. It’s the volcano that gives the wine its character. It blessed the land below it with rich, dark, free-draining soils. Aglianico del Vulture wine is rich and powerful. It requires a few years of cellaring before it’s ready to drink. The best structured, most balanced examples improve for more than a decade in the bottle. When young, the wines are noted for their high tannins and acidity, and dark fruit concentration. As they mature, they take on nuances of earth, tar, spice and dark chocolate, emerging as complex and refined reds showing balance and depth. These characteristics are very similar to a much more famous wine. Aglianico del Vulture is often referred

to as the “Barolo of the South,” and right there is a clue to how good this wine is. Barolo, from the Piemonte region in the northwestern corner of Italy, is one of the country’s most prestigious wines, and commands a price commensurate with its fame. With Aglianico del Vulture, you’re getting a “Barolo of the South” without putting the hurt on your wallet. That works for me!

Well Heeled Head toward the east and you end up in Puglia. One of my favorite wines from Puglia is a wine from an area called Salice Salentino (SAH-le-chay Sahl-ehnTEEN-oh).This is a wine that absolutely fits the definition of a “Tuesday-nightpizza-wine.” It is around $10, and pairs perfectly with a casual meal like pizza. The major grape in Salice Salentino wines is Negroamaro, which translates to “black and bitter.” The wine’s rough edge is just the ticket to balance the richness of pizza. Because Salice Salentino wines can be extremely tannic, DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) regulations allow


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he Charlotte International Cabinet recently rewarded two Charlotte women — Stephanie Ansaldo, president of The Echo Foundation; and Dr. Nini Bautista — with the 16th Annual Mayor’s International Community Awards. Ansaldo was recognized with the Richard Vinroot International Achievement Award for her accomplishments in connecting Charlotte-area students and the community with global humanitarians. Dr. Bautista received the second annual Global Leader Award in recognition of her dedication to strengthening the cultural


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diversity of the Charlotte region through her leadership and achievements with countless Charlotte organizations. The awards luncheon took place May 22 at The Westin Charlotte. The Mayor’s International Community Awards were established 16 years ago to encourage foreign-owned firms to adopt corporate philanthropy as a business practice and to give back to the Charlotte community. The annual MICA event recognizes the contributions of the international community in Charlotte, including the corporate philanthropy of three foreign-owned firms and civic contributions of three individual awardees. [TCW]




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FROM HOME DĂŠcor Worthy Of A Vacation Retreat By Karsen Price | July 2013 46



wning your own home is often referred to as the “American dream.” By that standard, owning a vacation home must rank right up there with pure fantasy! Certainly, for most people, owning a vacation home is a faraway dream. But the current buyer’s market is making it easier than ever for home owners to take on a second mortgage in the locale of their choosing. Whether it is a beach cottage, a mountain retreat, or a house in a faraway state, fill that “home away from home” with furnishings and trimmings that make visiting a bona fide treat.

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Shannon McCarthy is an interior designer with Carolina Design Associates, which focuses on residential design, and specifically new construction projects. “New construction allows us to work closely with the builder to give the client their dream home,” she says. “We select everything that goes into the construction while making sure it will flow with the décor. By working on the construction and decorating at the same time, we can ensure the furniture, window treatments, artwork, and color schemes flow with the direction of the home.” McCarthy is passionate about decorating in any form or fashion, but she says


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designing a vacation home can be especially exciting. One thing that makes a vacation home a designer’s dream is that clients are typically open to trying different techniques than what they have showcased in their primary home. This includes new color palettes, fabrics, textures and furnishings. “I have yet to find someone who wants to leave their house in Charlotte to walk into a vacation home that looks exactly the same, with the same color scheme!” she says, with a laugh. McCarthy takes clients’ favorite shades and hues into account when pulling together the décor of their vacation home, but from there, she mixes things up. She incorporates their favorite colors in small doses throughout the home, and experiments

with a variety of palettes, patterns and furnishings to help develop an ambiance that is a departure from the client’s normal abode. “I usually try to mix in other colors and textures to separate their houses, and give them a completely different feel … a feel of,‘Yes, we are on vacation!’ ” McCarthy says. She adds, “I will push my clients outside their box as much as I can when designing their vacation home. However, it all depends on the feel they want for their home, and the location of the house. If they want to walk in the door to a calming and fresh feel, I usually keep things clean and monotone with a subtle punch of color. Even with a monotone color scheme, I always mix textures and small patterns to add interest and depth

in tones of color.” She takes a different tactic for those clients who are craving the dramatic. “If my client wants to walk in the door to a bold and exciting feel, I will push for brighter colors and a mix of patterns!” she says. “Why not use a lavender or blue on the walls and accent it with a variety of color in pillows and accessories?” A recent client serves as the perfect example. The homeowner wanted a calming master bedroom in her Charlotte house that featured a cool color palette that was pleasing to both husband and wife. McCarthy opted for soft blues and greens, with creams and a touch of taupe, all in solids and subtle patterns. But when it came to the vacation home, McCarthy opted for a dramatic

palette and intriguing designs. “The master bedroom in their vacation home was a different story completely,” McCarthy says. “They were open to a punch of color and mix of patterns, and so we used a plum-purple, cream and a touch of tangerine. I know, it sounds like a bold mix! But we strategically used the upholstery fabric and the case-good finishes, along with the bedding and pillows, to keep the room relaxing, yet fun.” McCarthy notes that the locale of the home often dictates the house’s color scheme and the home’s overall feel. “We spice it up just enough to help them feel like they are escaping their everyday lifestyle,” she says.

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Believe it or not, vacation homes are often in need of a practical aspect when it comes to décor. Often full of guests and occasionally rented out, it’s important to create a “livable” atmosphere in these homes, to help avoid that uncomfortable “Don’t sit there!” vibe. “I try to make vacation homes a place of no worry for my clients — especially clients with kids,” McCarthy says. “For example, use softer outdoor fabrics inside so putting your feet up on the furniture isn’t a huge concern. You would be surprised how many outdoor fabrics don’t feel like outdoor fabrics anymore! They have such a softer feel these days. In fact, a few of the furniture lines I sell carry outdoor fabrics for their upholstery now. This has been great even for the houses in town that want to offer a lighter feel with cream sofas or upholstery, but without the fear factor of it getting destroyed.” McCarthy says light and airy with small punches of color is definitely on trend right now, both for vacation homes and primary homes. There is one pitfall to avoid with vacation homes: the tendency to be too cutesy or “kitschy.” McCarthy wants clients to be happy with their surroundings, however, she says it is entirely possible to achieve that mountain house or beach house feel without using clichéd fabrics and over-the-top artwork. “I am a big believer in using elements of the environment as décor,” she says. “It brings a little of the outside in! For example, at a beach house you should use fabrics you love in colors and patterns that


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are not beach oriented, then accent it with accessories that may be more beach themed. Perhaps use a large banana leaf in a vase, or showcase a large piece of driftwood as a centerpiece. This brings the location of the vacation home into the design, without being clichéd.” The location of the home also dictates the décor, to a degree, because it’s important for the house to blend into the area. “Imagine a Nantucket house,” McCarthy says. “I picture nautical and fresh! I don’t picture heavy textures and darker colors. Likewise, consider a mountain house. I picture darker accents and more rustic textures.” That said, McCarthy says there are no hard and fast rules.

“I just did a mountain house, and we used a lighter color palette, then I pulled in burnt oranges with sage greens as accents, with rustic wood for tables and traditional antique rugs to ground the space. The balance of lighter upholstery with darker case-goods and warm colors in pillows really complimented the house, while not obstructing from the gorgeous mountain view.” She adds,“The same goes for island or beach homes. You want to keep the style fitting and relaxing for the space, while not taking away from the view completely. The view serves as artwork, if you will, and offers a wonderful backdrop for the home.”

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Shannon McCarthy grew up wanting to constantly rearrange her room and update her décor. “It was not a cheap hobby, and my parents weren’t always keen on the idea at the time!” she laughs. That said, she has a knack for design that she honed at the University of Alabama, where she graduated with a bachelor’s in human environmental sciences, with a focus in interior design. After college, McCarthy returned to Charlotte, and these days she hones her craft with Carolina Design Associates. Below, McCarthy offers the following tips for decorating your vacation home like a pro. | July 2013

1) Don’t let color and mixed patterns scare you. It will only warm the space and make it more inviting. 2) Mix textures! Use different linens, such as slubby linen and smooth linen. Toss together linen, velvet and cotton, and don’t be afraid to throw in leather. Depending on where the home is will help you decide what textures to use. 3) Don’t over-clutter the space with too many accessories and different styles. You want the house to flow and feel relaxing. Clutter can create a stressful feel, which takes away from the idea of vacation. 4) Go for lighter colors or solid textures on upholstery, and add pop with fun pillows and rugs. Those are easy to swap out down the road if your style changes. [TCW]


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Dr. Roboto? Robotic Surgeries Are The Rage obotic surgeries have taken American hospitals by storm, being used for everything from delicate head and neck surgery to routine hysterectomies. In fact, robots were used in almost 500,000 procedures last year. But is surgery with a robot better than a surgeon’s hands alone? Not necessarily. Both minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgeries are performed through tiny incisions, making them far safer than older, “open” techniques. Surgeons control the robot on computers where everything is magnified in 3D. Robot manufacturers claim their devices are more precise and can get into tighter spots than a surgeon’s hands by themselves, and that they cause less blood loss and result in faster recoveries. The robot may also be easier on surgeons, who can sit while performing the operations. However, not all studies show that robots are the only way to go. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that of more than 250,000 hysterectomies, those performed with the popular da Vinci robot surgical system had no better outcomes than those done through standard laparoscopic surgeries. And the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently condemned the use of the robot for the surgery, which also cost insurers and consumers an additional $2,000 per operation. If your doctor recommends a robotic operation, ask if the robot is really necessary. Next, find out how many procedures your surgeon has performed. Experts say a surgeon’s experience with a procedure is the most important variable, whether surgery is conducted with a robot or not.



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Rest More, Stress Less Voilá! Lose Weight s important as reducing stress and getting plenty of sleep are to health and well-being, these habits rarely make it to the top of people’s to-do lists. But recent research suggests a good reason to make them priorities: They may help you shed excess weight. In a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers assessed participants’ weight, stress and sleep levels along with several other health factors. Men and women were then instructed to eat 500 fewer calories a day, exercise at a moderate pace for about 30-60 minutes daily, and design their menus around the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, poultry, nuts and fish. After 26 weeks, the results were in: The people who got adequate amounts of sleep and reported the lowest stress levels lost more weight. Those who got six, but less than eight hours of sleep, and reported the lowest stress levels were twice as likely as those who got less than six hours of sleep and reported the highest stress levels to lose 10 pounds. The results aren’t surprising. A lack of sleep is linked to changes in hormones that regulate appetite, and chronic stress has been tied to obesity. To hit the sweet spot of sleep, cut back on your schedule and get to bed earlier. Mind-body techniques such as meditation can keep stress manageable. Exercise does double duty, reducing stress and fostering sleep. Make these changes and your efforts to lose weight may finally pay off.


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Use canola or olive oil, not corn oil. Corn and other vegetables oils are high in linoleic acid, a type of polyunsaturated fat that is linked to aging, according to a study from the University of East Anglia in the UK and Harvard School of Public Health. Researchers found that the more linoleic acid women consumed, the shorter the length of their cells’ telomeres. Telomeres cap the end of chromosomes, protecting them from harm, and are a marker of aging in the body. Canola and olive are relatively low in linoleic acid as well as artery-clogging saturated fats, so they are useful for most food preparation. Eat whole-grain cereal, not bagels or white toast. The study showed that women who ate the most cereal fiber, such as that in oatmeal and cream of wheat, had the longest telomeres. Although the study didn’t explore how whole grains affect telomere length, it could be due to their high levels of

antioxidants, which generally protect cells from damage and disease. A report from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania found that many popular whole-grain cereals have surprisingly large amounts of antioxidants known as polyphenols.

What to eat for great skin: Leafy greens and yellow veggies, not starchy vegetables. You know that green vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, which help stave off diseases like cancer and heart disease. What’s less familiar is the role these chemicals play in warding off cell damage in the skin, thus keeping it youthful. In a recent Japanese study, women who ate the most green and yellow vegetables had the least visible crow’s feet — the wrinkles at the corners of the eyes. Drink sparkling water or unsweetened tea, not soda. Sodas contain high amounts of fructose, a type of sugar that can deepen wrinkles. Researchers from the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague showed that the skin of rats fed the highest levels of fructose were the least elastic. The same is true for human skin! Consuming lower levels of sugar products was linked to less skin wrinkling among people in a study from Monash University, in Victoria, Australia. When the sugars in sweetened drinks and snacks hits your blood stream, it sets off a process known

as glycation, in which the sugars attach to proteins and form harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs cross-link with collagen and elastin fibers, making the normally resilient tissues weak or inflexible — and skin that doesn’t spring back is more prone to wrinkles and sagging.

What to eat to enhance your immunity: Soluble fiber, not strictly insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber, like wheat bran, passes through your system and can improve your heart health, along with your digestion. But if your aim is to bolster your defenses against viruses and bacteria, don’t overlook soluble fiber like that found in oats, beans, citrus fruits and apples. Data from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign showed that soluble fiber strengthened the immune system of mice. Those fed a diet of only soluble fiber were half as sick as those given only insoluble fiber, and they recovered 50 percent sooner after being injected with a substance that mimics bacteria in the body. Soluble fiber bumps up production of an anti-inflammatory protein called interleukin-4. Toss enoki mushrooms in your salad, not croutons and bacon bits. The crunchy mushroom packs immunebuilding power, according to researchers at the National Taiwan University.

Crisis Training Mental Health Know-How ou may know what to do when a friend is choking or how to start CPR while waiting for paramedics. But would you know what to do if someone was having a panic attack or sinking into a psychotic break? That’s the idea behind a new 12-hour course for “lay” folks called Mental Health First Aid, which gives people with no clinical training the tools to use in a mental health crisis. Statistics show people are more likely to encounter a person with such a problem than someone having a heart attack. In a given year, one in four Americans will experience severe enough symptoms to qualify for a diagnosis of a mental illness, so training could come in handy. Last year the Mental Health First Aid course was offered to the staff at Triple Play Farm in Davidson, which provides equine therapy for people with mental health needs. Equine therapy typically involves a psychotherapist, the client, and an “equine specialist,” or horse person, who co-facilitates the private therapy sessions. Interacting with a horse during sessions can provide clients helpful insights into their thoughts and behaviors, but it can also trigger potentially difficult emotions. “As with CPR training, in the event of a crisis, it gives our staff the tools to assess risk, de-escalate a potential crisis and provide support until the appropriate professional help arrives,” says Kris Bachelor, Triple Play’s owner. “We thought it was very important that our non-clinical staff have basic training in mental health care.” Proponents say that in addition to providing help to people in need, the program could help create a culture of compassion community-wide. For instance, instead of judging a mumbler on the sidewalk and crossing the street to avoid him, a person trained in Mental Health First Aid approaches him with questions designed to calm him and identify what help he might need. By fostering greater awareness, the training might also help parents of mentally disturbed children get more understanding. For information on the program, go to


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y Fourth of July starts the same way every year. I pick up the phone, dial my childhood phone number, and wait for my papito to pick up. When he answers in his sweet voice, faded by age, I say the same thing I’ve said for years. “Thank you for my freedom, Papito.” “It was my honor,” he always says. “I would do it again.” That last bit gets me, so much so that when I hang up the phone with my father every Fourth of July (and Veteran’s Day), my eyes brim with tears. I imagine that young boy in Puerto Rico who saw the United States Army as an opportunity to serve a bigger purpose and signed up as soon as he could. Not long after he enlisted, our country — and my father — went to war. Though the Vietnam War ended decades ago, in many ways, it is still with our family. As a helicopter and tank gunner, my dad kept countless numbers of his brothers in arms alive. Yet, he lost much of his hearing to those guns, and his PTSD makes him jump at the simplest of noises, such as the sudden laughter of his grandchildren. Ten years ago, he began a personal battle against blood cancer, considered incurable, caused by Agent Orange exposure. Three years ago, a necessary back surgery, partially caused by his war years, left him in a coma and then recovering in a hospital for months. His movement has never been the same. Yet, he is the same at his core. There are many things that make a person patriotic — and, certainly, everything my dad did during his military career qualifies. But, to me, what is most patriotic about my papito is that he has lost so much to war and never been bitter. His deep sense of purpose means he is always joyful, always

looking forward, always positive. It is the most profound and humbling thing he has taught me. It has formed who I am and how I want to be. It has made calling my dad and my friends who are in the military the most important thing I do on holidays that are set aside to remember those who served. There are people who look at my family and do not naturally see patriots, who might frown at my parents as they discuss which cut of meat to buy at the grocery store in their native Spanish. And yet, patriotism was one of the core values of my upbringing on a military base in South Carolina. We learned that Independence Day was about freedom, about government doing right by its citizens, and that there are still too many places in the world where governments do not do that. Hence, people from all over the world want to move to this land founded and fueled on hope. My first career was as a U.S. history teacher. There was something incredibly profound about teaching the foundations of our country to young people who were just beginning to understand its significance. Once, at the end of the year, one of my strongest students, a Russian immigrant, wrote me a thank you note for teaching him about his new country. I teared up when I read it, thinking of my own parents’ journey to this country years before. When I hang up the phone this Independence Day, I will remember this: Patriotism is not so much about how deep your roots are, but about how much you truly believe. [TCW]

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