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ELEGANT ENTERTAINING Amy Herman & Vintage Charlotte

Robin Emmons Discusses Life As A National Hero

Raise A Glass For Suzie Ford And NoDa Brewing Co.

Deliciously Simple Diane Hughes And The Naked Tart

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Table Of Contents




Editor’s Note Party Perfect

10 Girl Power Eat, Shop, Drink & Be Powerful


16 The Queen’s List Goings On Around Town

18 Nakedly Delicious Diane Hughes’ Organic Tarts

22 Cheers Suzie Ford & NoDa Brewing Company Celebrate Expansion

28 Wishful Thinking



Celebrating The W.I.S.H. Society Honorees

30 Seen In The City Carolina Breast Friends’ Pink Ball; Fox Rocks For Pink

32 Style Simply Elegant Accessories

38 What’s Hot Pop Into Vintage With Vintage Charlotte

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Impact Design Resources Builds Relationships

44 Dwellings An Entertaining Mecca

50 A Purposeful Life The Most Wonderful Time Of Year

52 Health Flash An Apple A Day & Other Wisdom

58 I Really Think

OnTheCover Vintage Charlotte’s Amy Herman makes everything old new again.

In Celebration Of Not Cooking


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Volume 17, Number 7 November 2013

Party Perfect ost women get a thrill at the thought of the perfect party — whether their role is hostess or guest. I happen to be one of those women who would rather be the guest than the hostess any day of the week. It took me awhile to recognize my strengths and foibles, party-wise. As a 20-something, I thought it was my duty to be a great hostess. I threw more than my fair share of shindigs at my house, from wedding showers to Christmas socials to New Year’s Eve celebrations (the best one featured a magician; we still can’t figure out how he got that folded two of clubs into Cheryl’s wallet!). Somewhere along the way, I realized I resented mopping my floors twice — once before the guests arrived, and then the day after the party. I was tired of the post-party carnage scattered along my kitchen counters, and my wallet could no longer sustain the cost of the party refreshments. After several pre-party meltdowns — during which I had to be reminded that the Queen wasn’t coming! — I finally realized I wasn’t great at playing the hostess. I was much better at traveling elsewhere, and being the silly guest who makes people laugh. This role suits me well, and these days, I play it for all it’s worth. (Perhaps too much … I have best friends who have never seen the inside of my house!) I am happy now, and at the end of the fête, that’s all that counts. No matter what your talents are, you


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From The Editor » By Karsen Price

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have them. Maybe you prefer to put your efforts into the side dish you carry across the street to the neighbor’s fantasy football festivities. Maybe you are a genius at selecting the perfect beverage to accompany the meal’s culinary theme. Maybe your talents (like mine) lie in talking to every person in the room. Maybe you are simply the best at helping with the dreaded postparty clean up. Or maybe you are the first one to break into the Wobble or the Macarena or the Chicken Dance. Regardless, you have party skills. Recognize those talents, and capitalize on them. In this issue, we focus on entertaining, from a glance at a gorgeous home designed for visitors, to features on two women entrepreneurs who are filling unique niches in the food industry — Diane Hughes, with The Naked Tart; and Suzie Ford, with NoDa Brewing Company. We highlight the perfect accessories for the perfect party, whether it’s a dangly pair of earrings or a classy silver platter. Lastly, we introduce you to Amy Herman, probably one of the most on-trend women in Charlotte and the creator of Vintage Charlotte, which offers the most elegant party rentals your happy little hostess heart can imagine. Bottom line, the season for tapping into your inner party goddess is here. Find your talents, embrace them, then celebrate them to the max.

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Robin Emmons Receives National Award From CNN o many good things are happening for Sow Much Good, a nonprofit created in Emmons Sowing Go 2008 by Charlotte’s own od Robin Emmons to provide sustenance for underserved populations. In early October, Anderson Cooper honored Emmons as a top 10 CNN Hero on CNN’s “New Day.” The award earned her nonprofit $50,000, and a chance at an additional $250,000 in funding. Along with 10 other top heroes, Emmons will travel to New York for a celebrity tribute. It’s an unbelievable feat for a woman who started out driving around town with a car full of vegetables, offering healthy food to people in need. Emmons created the nonprofit after realizing that her older brother, who had been chronically ill and homeless for a decade, was being fed out of cans and packages by local agencies, and had developed hypertension and diabetes as a result. Emmons was a been named one of the country’s top 10 heroes by “CNN lifelong gardener. She began planting extra veggies for her Heroes,” which honors humanitarians who are making a brother to supplement his diet, and the idea grew from real difference in their community. there. Before long she was dropping off veggies for an “The Heroes award is an incredible honor and an extra 30 people … and then for more people than she exciting milestone for our organization,” Emmons says. could count. “To be selected in the top 10 is an amazing recognition Emmons decided to structure her efforts, and Sow and we are tremendously grateful.” Much Good was created. Below, Emmons talks about her recent award and how it She says she is touched and deeply surprised to have will help her continue to Sow Much Good.



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Q: It is so exciting to see a local hero getting national recognition! How does it feel to be selected as a top 10 CNN Hero? A: Surreal and extremely humbling, given the entire process and the other people who are also in the top 10 doing such incredible work. Q: Did you expect to make the top 10? A: Personally, I did not expect to be nominated, much less chosen among the top 10. I had no idea that Denada Jackson — my friend and public relations rep for Sow Much Good — nominated me. I was really in shock at the first call. Q: How did you become part of this? Was it an application process, or did Anderson Cooper discover you? A: Denada nominated me in August of 2012. I was selected as one of 24 CNN Heroes from around the globe in September of this year. Producers then selected their favorite 10 heroes, who win $50,000 and will travel to New York for the Heroes Tribute Gala, where the Hero Of The Year will be selected. The top 10 heroes were announced in October.

Q: In the past, you have talked about “food deserts.” Can you explain what the term means? A: Food desert is a new term used to describe an old problem, where basic public amenities readily available in more affluent neighborhoods are

Do Your Part Vote For Emmons Sow Much Good needs the support of Charlotte and all of North Carolina in the next phase of the Heroes competition. Voting has opened to determine which of the top 10 heroes receives an additional $250,000. Voting ends Nov. 17. One vote per person is allowed per day. You may vote from each one of your email addresses and your Facebook page. Visit Cnnheroes.com.

absent in low income or fragile communities. Areas referred to as food deserts have a lack of availability of fresh food outlets, such as a full service

grocery, farmers markets or specialty shops offering fresh fruits and vegetables, resulting in increased rates of lifestyle diseases, generational health issues and premature death in populations that suffer from these conditions. Q: What do you plan to do with the money? A: The money will be used to build organizational capacity to serve more people, by creating additional urban farm and market sites, and to create employment opportunities in the communities we serve. Q: Most importantly, how can Charlotte help you win $250,000 for Sow Much Good? A: Vote, vote, vote! Every day, once a day. You may vote from each one of your email addresses and your Facebook page, too. The support of the community is critical at this time as we travel to New York to represent this body of work and to showcase all of the social good taking place in our city. So please vote today and every day! Visit Cnnheroes.com to do so.

Q: Tell me how this exposure — plus, the $50,000 — will help you feed more people, healthily. A: The exposure has brought greater awareness of our cause, which translates into more volunteers, donations and general support. All of which helps us to grow more food and serve more people.

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Q: Last summer, TCW did a story on Sow Much Good, where you mentioned that the nonprofit’s rapid growth rate was one of your biggest challenges. How much has the organization grown in the last year — in terms of mouths fed, volunteers, etc.? A: About 26,000 pounds of food have been grown since inception; over 700 families have been touched via market and/or classes; and over 100 volunteers visit our sites monthly.


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usan Grady is happy to call the Queen City home, but if she has moments of homesickness for her native Cape Cod, she can find temporary respite at her shop,Tides of Cape Cod, located in South Charlotte’s BlackLion. Grady moved to Ballantyne with her husband and two young children in the fall of 2012, and in March 2013, she opened the Cape Cod-inspired gallery and gift boutique. What began as a handful of products by artists and authors has in six months expanded into an eclectic combination of products by over 30 artists, including jewelry designers, gourmet food and coffee makers, and clothing designers. “Cape Cod, Massachusetts is where I spent 39 years of my life,” Grady says. “It is probably one of the most beautiful places to live in the world, and has a very large artist community, which spans the whole Cape and is home to all sorts of delicious confections and gourmet delights.” After settling in Charlotte, Grady was searching for a new direction, careerwise. With 20 years in retail under her belt, she considered applying at a high-

Cape Cod Must Tries If you ever get a chance to go to the Cape, there are three things Susan Grady says you must experience: 1) Clam Chowder from The Lobster Pot in Provincetown, (P-town for short; located at the tip of the Cape). “Even though we lived only an hour from this beautiful, artsy, eclectic place, throughout my childhood going into adulthood we rented a beach cottage every year,” Grady says. “There is no place like it!” 2) Real homemade salt-water taffy from Cabot’s Candy (also located in P-town). 3) A visit to Hyannis Main Street. “It has gone through an amazing transformation over the years and is home to so many small boutiques and art galleries,” Grady says.

end boutique. She resisted the urge, feeling instead that it was time for a new direction. Over coffee with a friend, Grady had what she calls a “light bulb” moment, which was to bring the best of Cape Cod to Charlotte in the form of a specialized boutique. Grady notes that there aren’t many similarities between Cape Cod and Charlotte. “Growing up surrounded by water and having the luxury of going to the beach at any time was a gift,” she says. “But moving to Charlotte has given us the opportunity to explore many more things: art galleries, nature trails, museums and a beautiful uptown city. I have met some wonderful people and our children have made some amazing friends. We really love living here and appreciate its charm.” She notes that, yes, Cape Cod is as wonderful as it seems. “When I close my eyes and think of Cape Cod, it is beautiful, tranquil and very easygoing. We loved having the ocean at arm’s length, and after moving away, we realized how special a place it truly is.” With help from Grady, Charlotteans can now appreciate that specialness for themselves.

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uscious, delectable … and healthful. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? For Diane Hughes, owner of The Naked Tart, a Charlotte-based raw foods dessert company, it’s a delicious reality. Born and raised in upstate New York, Hughes never dreamed of being in the food industry. In fact, for years, food seemed more like her enemy. Debilitating digestive issues caused her to suffer throughout childhood. “After I ate, I would go up to this tree fort I had as a kid,” Hughes says, “and just lay on the floor curled up in a ball because my stomach hurt so badly.”

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Hughes’ health issues went on for years, even escalating to include nervous breakdowns and the inability to focus. Doctors were stumped and eventually offered only an ineffectual diagnosis of a “nervous stomach.” Sick, in pain and miserable, Hughes sought help from a naturopath when she was 20. The naturopath, along with his nutritionist wife, started Hughes on a regimen of supplements, herbal tinctures, and a diet free of gluten, dairy, coffee, alcohol and processed foods in order to “reset” her system. “Slowly but surely, I started to feel better,” Hughes says. “It was a great feeling to not have a stomach ache!” After the transformation, Hughes committed herself to healthy eating based on organic, whole foods. Eventually, she became aware of the raw food movement and began incorporating those elements into her diet. Although she had worked a few summer jobs in kitchens and had a newfound passion for healthy eating, the thought of starting a food business was slow in coming. After moving from New York to Charlotte in the mid-1990s, the trained graphic designer started a photography business. Eventually, her career hit a roadblock. While she loved being creative and meeting a variety of people, Hughes found it difficult to make a living in an industry that was everchanging due to the advent of camera phones and photo-editing software. It was the unlikely combination of a raw


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vegans. By adding to the rustic tarts’ sensory appeal with fresh (often edible, always organic) flower garnishes, the tarts are just right for any occasion. These days, locals can find Hughes’ tarts on shelves at Reid’s Fine Foods, Healthy Home Market and Eco-Licious, as well as on the menus of healthy food delivery services Mod Paleo and Nourish. Furthermore, the VanLandingham Estate in Plaza Midwood just named The Naked Tart a preferred vendor for events held at the venue, and Hughes recently launched a virtual storefront on Viddlz.com, a new

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foods cookbook from a New York restaurant and a Kate Winslet miniseries about a divorcee who made ends meet by baking and selling pies that sparked Hughes’ business venture. “I’d started making recipes out of the cookbook for my friends,” she says. “Then I watched the HBO miniseries ‘Mildred Pierce,’ and it hit me: Why couldn’t I make healthy desserts and sell them?”

What A Tart Hughes first worked at developing a recipe for a lemon tart. “I invited 12 of my most honest, critical friends over to taste it,” she says. The natural flavors of fresh, unprocessed foods came through in the tart, sparking mixed reviews, but

plenty of interest. Hughes pressed on, perfecting a menu of flavors including chocolate, fig and even apple topped with raw caramel. In 2011, Hughes launched the business as The Naked Tart, and began selling on her website Thenakedtart.com. Hughes focuses on health-conscious people aged 25 to 40, and she often caters to families with children. “We have a sizable market here in Charlotte,” she says. “People eating healthy, whole-food based, gluten-free diets are on the rise — and they all need healthy dessert options.” With carefully sourced raw, organic, whole food ingredients such as Yacon syrup and almond flour, she even provides options for diabetics and

e-commerce platform offering made-toorder artisan foods, developed by fellow Charlottean Zerrick Bynum. Ever the tireless entrepreneur, Hughes is even thinking about expanding the business to her home state of New York. When it comes to maintaining her health through her diet, Hughes says, “If it’s not organic, I’m not eating it. I eat raw as much as I can.” As for The Naked Tart, as long as there are folks craving a good-for-them sweet treat, Hughes’ plan to take over dessert one raw, organic tart at a time just might come to fruition. [TCW]

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Suzie Ford & NoDa Brewing Company Celebrate An Expansion Into Canning uzie Ford is bubbling over with excitement about her favorite beer — her own. The joint owner of NoDa Brewing Company is celebrating the brewery’s second anniversary with great news: After expanding from drafts to bottled brews, Suzie and husband Todd are now rolling out cans of their well-received beer. It’s been a long but happy journey since the Fords decided to cash in their life savings two years ago to open a brewery in Charlotte’s artsy NoDa community.


Bottoms Up Ford finds herself in a maledominated business, which she says is empowering. But she’s hoping to bring more women into the fold. “It’s a challenge, because a lot of women think they don’t like beer. They’re wine drinkers. It’s been proven that women have better

palates than men. Beer has so much complexity to it that if women wine drinkers would open their minds and be willing to try beer, I think they would be surprised,” she says. Ford adds, “It’s the biggest growing market for us.” Occasionally, the brewers at NoDa rely on Ford’s discriminating palate. “They test stuff out on me by the look on my face after I taste it,” she says, with a laugh. In November, Ford says to look for some favorite brews to return, along with new ones to try, including Drop Dead Gordgeous, NoDaRyeZ’d, and Cold Crash. The names are just one way the brewery keeps it fun. Every Tuesday at the tap room, the company tries out a new brew for possible inclusion in their regular lineup. Known as the “NoDables” series, it gives them a chance to experiment. And they are very good at experimentation. Think coconut has no place in beer? Then you haven’t tried NoDa Brewing’s “Coco Loco,” voted the Best Robust Porter in the country by the

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Ford’s immersion into the beer business was a glass half-full expedition. It never would have happened if she hadn’t lost her bank job due to a buyout by a banking competitor. Unemployed, she decided a stint in stenography would give her the flexibility to find work if she and Todd, an airline pilot, decided to fly the Queen City for opportunities elsewhere. Midway through stenography school, her husband’s job requirements changed, meaning he would be away from home for months at a time. The Fords were faced with a big decision. “We like each other and didn’t want to spend two-thirds of our lives apart,” she says. Todd had been a home brewer since 1995, and together the Fords hosted house parties, which grew in size as people encouraged them to open their own brewery. “More and more people told us, ‘You may have something special here. He’s a great brewer,’ ” she says.

Together, the couple made a tough decision. They tapped into their life savings, and landed a few business loans. Before long, the Fords had turned a hobby into a business. Ford admits that the day before the brewery opened, the jitters kicked in. “It kind of hit us that we have no money,” she says. “We started asking, ‘What if this doesn’t work?’ We had all the faith in the world that it would work, but you still ask the question.” Two years later, the success of NoDa Brewing Company is unquestionable. The local and national awards keep pouring in. “Thankfully, we’ve been very wellreceived. And things keep getting better. It’s amazing,” she says.


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A Girl’s Guide To Brewski NoDa Brewing Company’s Suzie Ford notes that women have better palates than men. Below, she offers a tutorial to the brewery’s beers and styles, all of which can be found at the company’s tap room and around town. • Ramble on Red, an amber ale, is the company’s most approachable brew. “It’s not overpowering with hops,” Ford says,“and pairs well with almost any dish.” • Coco Loco, a porter, is made with 100 pounds of hand-toasted (“right here in the brewery”) organic coconut. It has a slight chocolate taste that pairs well with the coconut — but just the right amount; it’s not a coconut bomb. “Don’t be afraid to try a dark beer,” Ford says. “Many people automatically think they don’t like dark beer.” • The company’s pale ale, Jam Session, is lighter in color and very drinkable, with lots of complexities. Ford says, “It’s not over-hoppy, but your pallet should be able to pick up on some hops. It’s a good way to start. Then work your way up to trying — and enjoying — an IPA.” • IPA stands for India Pale Ale. NoDa Brewing’s IPA is called Hop, Drop ’n Roll, and it is a West Coast style IPA because of the hops used. “IPAs are usually bitter (not in a bad way necessarily) and many wine and liquor drinkers immediately love the hop bite,” she says. “HDR has a very floral bouquet/aroma. Smell before drinking and then continue to notice the changes in taste as you drink.” • Gordgeous is a pumpkin ale, which explains the name: gorgeous but with a “d” for gord. “It is my favorite,” Ford says. “It’s made with real pumpkin.”

Great American Beer Festival — basically the Oscars of beer, according to Ford. Ford’s favorite brews are Ghost Hop, a white IPA brew, and Gordgeous, a pumpkin ale. “I’m not a hop head,” she says. But apparently, she’s in the minority. Hop, Drop ’n Roll is one of the company’s most popular brews. Ironically, Ford named it. “We like variety — amber ale all the way to IPAs and porters,” Ford says. “We’re not afraid to push the envelope.” Or tap the keg. [TCW]

TOLEARNMORE The NoDa Brewing Company Tap Room is located at 2229 N. Davidson St. Hop, Drop n’ Roll and Jam Session are available in four-pack cans at Whole Foods, EarthFare,Total Wine and Healthy Homemarket. Find a list of restaurants that carry the brand, or info on the NoDable series by visiting Nodabrewing.com. There’s nothing wrong with Victoria Moreland’s palate. She appreciates the complexities of a good cold beer.


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Sure, there are plenty of places to live in Charlotte. But not many offer the street scene, entertainment, eclectic mix of people, and the history that NoDa does. There’s so much to see and do here, and a variety of businesses and services to make daily living a treat. It all adds up to an overwhelming number of reasons why NoDa isn’t just a great place to visit, but a great place to live. Take a close look around the next time you are in NoDa. You might find that you don’t want to leave! If you like to shop and are looking for unique items you can’t find anywhere else, then come on out to NoDa. You will discover boutique shops with clothing, accessories, art, handcrafted jewelry, specialty beers, and more. Or, visit one night when the street vendors have taken to the sidewalks to sell their handmade wares. Adding to all the fun is the ability to walk from place to place, enjoying the atmosphere of NoDa al fresco. Bottom line, NoDa is an eclectic place well worth the visit.




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oday’s Charlotte Woman and Make-A-Wish are happy to honor the 21 local women who make up the 2013 W.I.S.H. Society, for Women Inspiring Strength & Hope. These women worked tirelessly this fall to raise funds to help grant the wishes of children fighting life-threatening medical conditions. The W.I.S.H. Society winner — the woman who raises the most funds — will be announced Nov. 5, when the fundraising, networking program caps off with a special event


By Dana Durham

at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For 30 years, Make-A-Wish® has bolstered the spirits of children fighting life-threatening medical conditions. In 2013, Make-A-Wish® Central and Western North Carolina will grant the wishes of nearly 240 children. All of the women involved with the W.I.S.H. Society have proven to be special. Read on to learn behind-the-scenes facts about the honorees, who are helping make a difference in the lives of children in Charlotte.

MEET THE 2013 W.I.S.H. HONOREES Anne McGeorge Employer: Grant Thornton Fun Fact: Anne has completed 25 triathlons and is training for number 26. Why I’m An Honoree: “I am honored to be included in a group of such accomplished women, both professionally, but most importantly, in their civic capacity and involvement.”

Brandi Parker

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Charity Involvement: Humane Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,Wounded Warrior Project Fun Fact: Brandi secretly dreams about being a drummer in a rock band. Why I’m An Honoree: “I see this as an opportunity to fulfill the needs of others.”

Guenn Schneider Employer: Tanner In The Morning on the New 103.7, Guenntertainment Fun Fact: Guenn is a new mommy. Why I’m An Honoree:

“I know that I want to do all I can to provide my child with every happiness and joy life has to offer, and if I can do that for more children, all the better!”

Heather Lutz Employer: NASCAR Racing Experience and the Mario Andretti Racing Experience Fun Fact: Heather is the mother of an amazing 10-year-old daughter, Maci. Why I’m An Honoree: “Make-A-Wish® is a charity with an amazing purpose, creating memorable experiences for families.”

Helen Hollifield Employer: Deloitte Fun Fact: Helen just celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband with a trip to the Tetons. Why I’m An Honoree: “I have two young children and it really impacts me when I look at the photos and stories of wishes granted.”

Jamey Harlow Employer: Charlotte Allstars Cheerleading Fun Fact: Jamey as an accomplished painter in her spare time. Why I’m An Honoree: “The Make-A-Wish® cause is personal for me; I am grateful for the opportunity to help another family the way some very special people helped mine.”

Jennifer O’Toole Employer: Asperkids Fun Fact: Jennifer is a wish mom to wish child Maura. Why I’m An Honoree: “I saw firsthand what a wish can do for a child and their family.”

Julianna Patterson Charity Involvement: Just Care & Love Fun Fact: Julianna just rescued a puppy named Millie from the Humane Society. Why I’m An Honoree: “By being an honoree, I can help these children and their families make a wonderful memory, which is one of the most amazing gifts you can give someone.”

Suzie Ford

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Employer: NoDa Brewing Fun Fact: Suzie met her husband on Match.com before it was trendy! Why I’m An Honoree: “As a mother, I can’t even fathom my child being terminally ill. Make-A-Wish® makes the child feel in control by granting their wish.”

Employer: Charlotte Plastic Surgery Fun Fact: Mischell competed in eight marathons in nine years, including the Boston Marathon in 2010. Why I’m An Honoree: “Make-A-Wish® has provided an opportunity to give back to the community and make a positive contribution to children and their families.”

Kathryn Habluetzel Employer: MBL Advisors Inc. Fun Fact: Kathy is the board chair for Make-A-Wish®. Why I’m An Honoree: “Because of my passion for children and Make-A-Wish®.”

Lana Lamkin Employer: Divine Images by Lana & Divine Promotional Products Fun Fact: Lana established The Closet Ministry, Inc., which provides clothing to needy families. Why I’m An Honoree: “I look forward to working alongside other women who are impacting our community and helping make a difference in the lives of children.”

Lee Ann Riggins

Leigha Smith Employer: Wells Fargo Fun Fact: Her family owns a dairy farm. Why I’m An Honoree: “It’s important for those of us who are employed and have the means to give to give generously.”

Employer: VUE Charlotte on 5th Fun Fact: Olivia received the Community Partner Award in 2012 for outstanding community involvement. Why I’m An Honoree: “To teach my daughter the gift of helping others, and to help other families make a beautiful memory.”

Paige Brockmann Employer: Bank of America Fun Fact: Paige is a wish mom to Peyton. Why I’m An Honoree: “Because Make-A-Wish® is a wonderful organization with a mission I not only support but that my family and I have benefitted from.”

Robin Smith Salzman Employer: Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fun Fact: Robin granted her first wish earlier this year for a little boy named Bryson. Why I’m An Honoree: “I am humbled to be a part of this organization that does so much for our community’s children and families in need.”

Sarah Henshall Employer: AAA Carolinas Fun Fact: Sarah has traveled to 48 different countries and 46 different states in the U.S.

Shawna Allen Charity Involvement: Family Events Committee at The Children’s Circle Preschool in Myers Park Methodist Church, Make-A-Wish Wish Ball committee Fun Fact: I was a judge in a Miss United States beauty pageant. Why I’m An Honoree: “I know I can help enrich Make-A-Wish® family’s lives.”

Shelley Johnson Employer: LePage Johnson Real Estate Group of Keller Williams Fun Fact: Shelley loves to scuba dive and go fly-fishing. Why I’m An Honoree: “I’m excited to be able to use my creativity, business acumen and connections to help grant wishes for local children.”

Stacy Stevenson Employer: Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP Fun Fact: Stacy is running in the NYC marathon on Nov. 3. Why I’m An Honoree: “I am very passionate about children, and I believe in this organization and the positive impact it has on these wonderful little lives.” [TCW]

TOLEARNMORE Visit Ncwishsociety.org.

Stay Tuned The winner of the 2013 W.I.S.H. Society will be featured in the December issue of TCW.

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Employer: Express Scripts Fun Fact: Lee Ann’s niece Emily received a wish to go snow skiing in Colorado. Why I’m An Honoree: “Compared to the children and families who receive wishes, my life is simple and uncomplicated. I take inspiration from those who face challenges far greater than I do every day.”

Olivia Moore

Why I’m An Honoree: “The honor to me is in supporting such a wonderful organization and being able to eventually see a smile on the face of a child I can help!”


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SEENINTHECITY Out & About In Charlotte


he 2013 Pink Boots Ball was held Sept. 14 at Carmel Country Club, to raise funds and build awareness for Carolina Breast Friends. Molly Grantham served as master of ceremonies for the ball, and live music was provided by Too Much Sylvia.

Mike and Magdalena Hague.

From left, CBF board members and volunteers Shelby Jenkins, Nicole Moran, Kelly Powell, and Michelle Smith.

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Master of ceremonies Molly Grantham.

The evening included a silent auction.

Pam Phipps offered the opening prayer.

The Pink Boots Ball raises awareness for CBF.

Live music provided by Too Much Sylvia.

From left, CBF board of directors Anne Marie Moore, Melonee Hostetler, Kat Pruett, Kelly Powell, Janice Moore, Shelby Jenkins and Lisa MacDonald.

Pink for a cause.

From left, Dr. Bryan and Dr. Kara Criswell, with friends.

Lovely lips!


n Oct. 5, Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails hosted the second annual Fox Rocks for Pink event, which raised over $13,000 for Susan G. Komen of Charlotte. The event was created in honor of former LadyCat Nicole Bills, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, at the age of 32. The fun-filled, pink carpet event featured paparazzi, a silent auction, and the official Bobcats DJ, DJ Complete. From left, Tonya Black, Cara Abe, Christina Harris, KT Giraldo, Kristi Kosachenko Bratton and Chelsie Indovino.

From left, Lindsay Gladden with Kia Cunningham.

From left, Liz Hudgens, Wanda Phillips Mauch Williams and Gina Gavozzi.

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From left, Lindsay Gladden from the Ace & TJ Show, former LadyCat Nicole Bills and Kelsey Bunzey.


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Accessorize Yourself, Your Party, Your Abode

he season for everything that sparkles and shines is upon us … but you don’t have to overdo it to make your presence known. From gorgeous necklaces to dangling earrings to the perfect home accessories, make a subtle statement with plenty of elegant accents — for yourself, your party, and your abode.

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Opposite page: Necklace, $45, Monkees of Charlotte; clutch, $65, Monkees of Charlotte; cuff, $56, KK Bloom. This page: Earrings $24, Bornmajestic; clutch, $65, Monkees of Charlotte; Michael Aram pear salt and pepper shakers, $99, Le Cookery; champagne flutes, $7, Pier 1.


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Multi-colored necklace, $54, KK Bloom.

Pearl triple tier necklace, $56, KK Bloom.

Black tassel drop necklace, $56, KK Bloom.



Black stone necklace, $45, Bornmajestic.

Gold circular necklace, $40, KK Bloom.

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White and gold earrings, $36, KK Bloom.

Chain-link bracelet, $38, Monkees of Charlotte.

Leaf earrings, $42, KK Bloom.


Candy Blue and yellow bracelet, $36, Monkees of Charlotte.

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Gold bracelet, $28, Kla Boutique.

Black stone bracelet, $24, Bornmajestic.


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Michael Aram oval serving tray, $239, Le Cookery.

Martini glasses, $6, Pier 1.


Holidays Mercury glass vases, large, $110, medium, $59, small, $36; Surroundings. [TCW]

Michael Aram serving tray, $119, Le Cookery.

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Gravy boat by Mariposa, $98, The Mole Hole.

Candle holders by Mariposa, $62, The Mole Hole.

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Vintage Charlotte Makes Everything Old Cool

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“We fill our venue with as much vintage and handmade goodness as possible.” — Amy Herman


“A pop-up event is essentially any type of event that wasn’t there at the beginning of the time frame, that ‘popsup’ or occurs, and then is gone at the end of the time frame,” Herman explains. “Pop-ups are happening all over the place and for all different reasons. There are retail pop-up shops, pop-up restaurants/dining experiences, pop-up galleries ... the list goes on!” Herman notes that the idea of a pop-up is not new; rather, it has been transformed through the use of social media. Shoppers can expect a truly unique experience at a Vintage Charlotte popup show. Pop-up shows transform and “animate” spaces in new or different ways, and Herman can attest that people love to experience this type of

transformation, from empty warehouse to restaurant, for instance, or concert venue to market. “We fill our venue with as much vintage and handmade goodness as possible,” she says. “Each pop-up market is highly competitive for vendor space, and 100-percent curated. Many customers have to really take their time going through everything. Because you never know what each individual vendor will bring, there is still that thrill of the hunt that is so exciting!” Vendors at Vintage Charlotte are proud of their creations, and being a creative lot, they often make beautiful, elaborate displays to show off their wares. Overall, the high-energy events are enjoyable for both vendors and shoppers alike.

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intage used to be a nice way to say something was “old.” These days, the word vintage conjures a more positive connotation. In fact, vintage is where it’s at … and one company has become the underground vintage hookup for vendors and shoppers alike. Vintage Charlotte is the brainchild of Amy Herman, who calls the business “my little labor of love.” Part traditional craft fair and part flea market,Vintage Charlotte features only vintage items (20 years or older) and handmade goods at its events, which tend to “pop-up” around town — creating a flurry of excitement and stirring creative minds, alike. What is a pop-up event, you ask?


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“Customers can often get ideas of how to style a piece and how to incorporate vintage and handmade into their everyday lives,” says Herman,“as well as learn how to give amazing, unique gifts.” Pop-ups are appealing to vendors and artists because of the relatively low startup fee, especially for businesses that can’t afford a storefront or brick and mortar location. Pop-up events provide an opportunity for small businesses to sell, without taking on the upfront cost. They also allow online businesses to meet a local audience and potentially create a local fan base. Overall, it is a savvy way to build a strong local

community of artisans and small businesses. Herman created Vintage Charlotte out of a love of vintage. “I love vintage!” she says. “But maybe not for the reasons you would expect. I just love the history of an object. Each object has its own personality and its own story. I love researching an item and learning all about the history of the brand, the item, the material. It is so much more romantic than running out to the store to buy an item new.” In addition to pop-up markets,Vintage Charlotte also offers a sideline business providing vintage rentals for weddings and other special events. Items for rent

include handpicked vintage china, flatware, drink ware and décor. For the most part,Vintage Charlotte is a one-woman show. “Everything I do for Vintage Charlotte, I do because I want to,” Herman says, laughing. “I wanted to see an awesome pop-up event in Charlotte, so I created one. I wanted to use vintage rentals, so I started that, too. It is actually all a little selfish!” [TCW]

TOLEARNMORE Visit Vintage-charlotte.com for information, or follow Vintage Charlotte on Facebook, or on Twitter @VTGCLT; or Instagram @VTGCLT.

Popping Up Near You The Vintage Charlotte Holiday Market Want to experience vintage pop-up for yourself? Vintage Charlotte’s next popup market will be The Vintage Charlotte Holiday Market, Nov. 16 at The Fillmore Charlotte, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Holiday Market will have 50-plus vendors of vintage and handmade goods all handpicked for quality and style, from clothing, household goods and accessories, to furniture. The event is free of charge; but early bird entrance is available at 10 a.m. for a $5 admission charge.



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ince college, Impact Design Resources owner Kristie Knorr has always worked full time, but like many moms, she also served as her family’s chef, chauffeur and cheerleader — perhaps the most timeconsuming role of all, since all of her kids excelled in sports. Her son, Stephen, played football at Gardner Webb; daughter Nicole played soccer at Pfeiffer; and son Kendall, currently a sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy, is a guard on the Academy’s basketball team. As Knorr’s children grew older and her own life circumstances changed, she realized that she needed a change, as well. After years of working with her now ex-husband, she decided to make a gutsy move, and strike out on her own. She worked in the home construction and remodeling market, and loved it. Ten years later, Knorr is a natural in her role as leader of a unique business. Impact Design Resources brings manufacturers and customers together, helping meet each side’s construction and remodeling needs. Service is a top priority. Knorr notes that senior designer Nancy Martin is a tremendous help, taking care of the company’s most

valuable resource — their clients. Together, the two have made Impact Design Resources a forerunner in supplying quality products to the building and designing industry. “We pride ourselves on our personal relationships with our customers and our manufacturers. They look to us as problem solvers and consider us to be a valuable resource. It’s all about building relationships.” — Kristie Knorr Whether it’s planning cabinetry for a new house, putting new shutters on the front of an existing home, installing a handcrafted, stained-cherry mantel over a fireplace hearth, creating shade near the pool, or transforming a garage from an embarrassing cluttered mess into a room to be proud of, Impact Design Resources does it all.

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Knorr is grateful that the companies she represents and the customers she serves are in or near the Charlotte area, because that means her efforts are helping to fuel the local economy. Most of all, she’s proud of the long-term relationships the company has formed over the years with clients, builders and designers. “We pride ourselves on our personal relationships with our customers and our manufacturers. They look to us as problem solvers and consider us to be a valuable resource. It’s all about building relationships,” Knorr says. Impact Design Resources is a preferred dealer for three local manufacturers. Her stunning showroom features kitchen and bath cabinetry, custom closet organizing systems, exterior shutters and maintenance-free pergolas, wainscoting, mantels and more. Customers can compare products without going from showroom to showroom, and thereby make educated selections in a reasonable amount of time. The end result? Everyone is happier. Knorr says,“We are a great resource, we’re affordable and flexible, and we love what we do. Call us and we will help you turn your ideas into affordable reality.” [TCW]

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One South Charlotte Home Was Designed With Guests In Mind


here are those who simply live in their homes, and there are others who live to entertain. For homeowners who thrive on having a house bursting with company, it’s important to offer a few key components to guests — namely, plenty of space, and a comfy character that is both functional and fun in design.

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Dwellings » By Dana Durham » Photos By Dustin Peck Photography When Amanda Swaringen and Emily Malcom of Carolina Design Associates were appointed to design this South Charlotte home (homeowners prefer to remain anonymous), the two designers were aware that several elements fell on the “must-have” list. The house needed casual, practical space. It needed ambiance that was warm and inviting. And it needed to wow visitors, without being overwhelming. Swaringen and Malcom went to work, and the results are plain to see. The house is anything but. www.TodaysCharlotteWomanMag.com | November 2013 46

Guest Work From the start, the homeowners were up front about their needs. “The homeowners often have guests who stay for extended periods of time, therefore they wanted a home that offered plenty of casual, comfortable and functional spaces,” Swaringen says. “Part of this home was designed with entertaining in mind — specifically, the kitchen, casual dining, family room, veranda, formal dining, lower level bar, and game areas, not to mention the

spectacular wine cellar as you come down the stairs.” The lower level of the home was the perfect space for guest quarters. Swaringen and Malcom planned the area as a mini-apartment, including a guest suite with a small kitchen/bar area that offered every necessity, from refrigerator to dishwasher to ice maker. To cap it off, the area features a TV/lounging area, a large round table for dining or playing board games, a pool table and a wine cellar. Combined, it creates the perfect getaway. The lower level serves as a mecca for visitors. But the homeowners’ favorite space is an absolutely charming outdoor veranda, marked by a sign that proclaims, “Life is good.” Swaringen says, “The outdoor veranda is definitely one of the homeowner’s favorite rooms in their home. This space, which is directly off the family room and casual dining area, was planned with slider doors to open up and expand the living space, making it perfect for entertaining. The ‘Life is good’ sign was actually purchased by the homeowners. It describes their

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All In The Details Swaringen says certain elements come to mind when it comes to homes and entertaining. “As a designer I start with, ‘Where do I want to entertain?’ ” she says. “The elements will change based on the space. Is it the kitchen, outdoor patio or maybe a game room? From there I can choose the elements that will help with entertaining.” Even the smallest details count. “For

example, if I’m going to entertain around the kitchen,” she says, “then I would consider an oversized island to accommodate more people, and I would make sure to have ample space around it so the area isn’t too tight. Then I ask,‘What types of lighting do we want to use to achieve the overall look and feel of the space?’ ” Other details were taken into consideration to make the rest of the home comfortable. In the kitchen, the island was created at bar height to offer a great view from the kitchen to the casual dining and family rooms, to keep

the connection flowing throughout. The kitchen includes lights that are reminiscent of birdcages. Malcom says lighting is often an overlooked part of the decorating process, which is a mistake, because lighting is everything. “We knew the homeowners would just love these chandeliers and the best area for them was the kitchen,” says Malcom. “They give the kitchen such interest while keeping the area open and airy. Lighting can make or break a room.” Both designers agree that homes should offer a certain ambiance to

guests and homeowners alike. “In regards to ambiance, I believe there should be two goals for each home,” Malcom says. “First and foremost is to match the ambiance to the character of the homeowner. They need to be comfortable in their own space. The second goal is to match the ambiance to the particular space in question. If it’s a game room, then you want the décor to be a little more upbeat and fun, whereas your living room may be more relaxing and comforting.” Swaringen notes that when it comes to choosing between comfort and flash, it’s no contest. “Comfort is far more important,” she says. “ ‘Flash’ can wear off as time goes on and trends change. Comfort keeps you coming back for more.” [TCW]

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A Purposeful Life » By Rosie Molinary

KEEPING THE “WONDERFUL” In The Most Wonderful Time Of Year


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ith the calendar flipping to November, we have officially hit the most wonderful time of the year. Wait … did you just pause when reading that? While the holidays should be a lovely time for family togetherness and personal reflection, it often doesn’t turn out that way. An overscheduled calendar, demanding relatives and financial strain can make what should be a merry season not so happy and light. The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five intentional ways to approach the holiday season so it is, indeed, a bright spot this year. Reminisce. The best way to consider how you want to approach the upcoming season is by looking back. What moments over the years have you treasured most? What things do you wish were a part of your celebration? What traditions do you follow now? How do you decorate? How do you honor others? How do you take care of yourself during this time? Know what you want. The first step for having a holiday season that brings you joy is knowing what you and those you care about need to feel happy, healthy, whole and loved this

holiday season. After looking back, it is time to focus on this year. What feeling do you most want to have? What do you wish for your loved ones? What experiences would allow you to have a glorious time this season? Maybe you want more simple moments or less expenses, more decorations or more quiet time, more time to serve others or fewer places to be. Maybe some traditions need to be released, and new ones need to be started. Recognize your limit. Soon, invitations, holiday greetings and wish lists will start rolling in. Before they do, get really clear about how much you can and want to do. How many nights do you want to be away from your house each week? Will you accept every invitation, or pick and choose the ones that bring you the greatest joy or sense of connection? Determine what you can afford to spend on gifts without putting yourself in debt or stressing yourself out, and then find ways to stick to it. Come up with creative gifts you can make. Be honest when you turn down an invitation (for example, I only miss one bedtime a week and I admit that when someone invites me to an event and I’m already missing a bedtime that week). Honoring your truth is a way of honoring others.

Set boundaries and expectations. Is one of the reasons you hate the holidays because you always see that aunt who insists on commenting on your weight, your children (or lack thereof), or your job? This year, it’s time to teach Aunt Maureen how to treat you … politely, of course. When she starts in, simply look at her and say, “This isn’t a productive conversation for us to have.” Then, change the subject. Moreover, if you are going to be doing things differently this year, set expectations early and clearly with family members. Take care of yourself. When things get busy, it is easy to let our own self-care go in order to make time. We eat less healthy, drink less water, sleep less, move less, and give ourselves less of what we need in order to give others more. Here’s the catch: That solution actually drains us and leaves us less able to care for others long term. Make sure there are several things you are doing to care for yourself every day, even when things are frantic. A healthy you is always a happier you. [TCW] Rosie Molinary is an author, speaker and educator who empowers others to be intentional. Learn more at Rosiemolinary.com.



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Health Flash » By Beth Howard

HEALTHFLASH An Apple A Day & Other Wisdom

A Skeptic’s Guide An Introduction To Alternative Medicine Practices

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tudies show that more than one in three Americans — about 72 million people — has tried complementary or alternative medicine. There’s a good reason: Since the National Institutes of Health established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine a decade ago, the center has funded more than 1,200 research projects, many of which are proving the potential of nontraditional approaches when it comes to bettering your health. These days, even doctors are recommending therapies with a proven benefit, although they may suggest a treatment where the data is less convincing but the risk of harm is low. Here are a few of the most popular forms of complementary medicine:

Mind-Body Medicine Meditation, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, guided imagery and visualization are all therapies aimed at bolstering the link between the body and the mind. They also work by inducing relaxation, which helps healing to take place. With hypnotherapy, for instance, being in a deeply relaxed state may make your mind more open to suggestions that can be used to change your behavior or improve your health. Dr. Tracy Latz, a psychiatrist at Lake Norman Integrative Psychiatry in Mooresville, regularly teaches patients to meditate as part of the treatment for a variety of mental disorders. “Some of my patients have never been in that peaceful place,” she says. “That helps other changes take place.” Studies show that mind-body interventions help in the treatment of heart disease, enhancing the effect of cardiac rehabilitation and reducing recurrences of heart attacks and strokes. For instance, a study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that meditation can lower blood pressure and mortality rates of older people with hypertension. A number of studies show that hypnosis reduces nausea in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and pain among patients undergoing surgery. Hypnotherapy can help ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

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Yoga Yoga combines specific postures, breathing and relaxation and is said to improve physical and mental health. Studies show that cancer patients who practice yoga sleep better and have a better quality of life and lowered stress. And yoga has been shown to relieve symptoms of asthma, heart disease, depression, fatigue, headache and lower back pain. A new study from the University of

Washington in Seattle in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that yoga was more effective than a self-care book for reducing low back pain. Data from the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that yoga was even beneficial for carpal tunnel syndrome.

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symptoms. Many doctors offer it routinely to breast cancer patients during and after radiation to combat fatigue and nausea. A study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows acupuncture improves function and relieves pain in people with osteoarthritis in the knee. A British Medical Journal review of studies found that acupuncture given with embryo transfer in women undergoing IVF may improve rates of pregnancy. And data shows acupuncture helps quell nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy and relieves back and dental pain. “Many celebs such as Celine Dion, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow have their acupuncturist on speed dial for good reason,” says Andrea Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese medicine doctor and owner of Healing Hands Clinic. “Acupuncture is over 2,000 years old and is the oldest documented medicine in the world. Today, millions of people in the United States as well as around the world achieve better health and wellness through this powerful medicine.” She adds, “In Chinese Medicine, the body is viewed as a single working unit, rather than individual systems. The goal of acupuncture is to redirect the flow of qi, or energy, helping to cure and prevent disease and restore natural harmony in the body.”

Herbs & Supplements Cardiologists routinely hand patients a prescription for fish oil or other omega-three fatty acid supplement to reduce heart risks. Calcium is standard for shoring up weakened bones (recommended dosage is 1000-1200 milligrams a day). And study after study has convinced many doctors that their patients need to take a vitamin D pill to help absorb calcium and protect against certain cancers. Among supplement successes, St. John’s Wort has been shown to nix mild to moderate depression. And welldesigned studies show an herbal combo called Arginmax may improve sexual desire and response. But stay away from megadoses of vitamins and minerals, which can be harmful. [TCW]

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Porcelain Veneers Dr. Ross W. Nash Dr. Ross W. Nash, DDS, is one of only 46 Accredited Fellows in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, meaning he has acquired extraordinary skills in the area of esthetic and cosmetic dentistry. Founder of the Nash Institute for Dental Learning, Dr. Nash is the epitome of “expert.” Here, he answers questions about porcelain veneers.

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Q: What are porcelain veneers? A: Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material used to change the color, shape, or alignment of natural teeth. Also called “laminates,” they become a new surface for the natural tooth. They are made through various techniques from hand layering by a ceramic artist to computerized design and manufacture. The materials available are durable and stain resistant, as well as beautiful.

Q: How are veneers put on the teeth? A: Porcelain veneers are attached to the teeth with strong bonding agents and composite resin cements.The bond is very strong. Ceramic materials are inherently brittle, but supported by an underlying strong structure, they become quite strong. The bonding process in dentistry allows for this lamination effect, so the ceramic veneers are actually strengthened after bonding to the tooth and the tooth is strengthened by the same process.

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Q: How long does it take to get veneers? A: The process usually takes two appointments only a few weeks apart. Sometimes, temporary veneers are used between appointments.

Q: Do porcelain veneers require special care? A: They should be treated like natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental cleanings and dental examinations are recommended. Ultrasonic scalers and course polishing pastes at the dental office should not be used to decrease the chance of scratching the porcelain. Chewing hard materials like ice and hard candy should be avoided.

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y husband was aware of my deficiencies in the kitchen before he proposed, and he had gallantly tossed them in the “for worse” category of our wedding vows. Meanwhile, I carefully calculated how long we could survive on frozen dinners and Thanksgiving extravaganzas with our families. The truth was, the cookies I made were always flat and burnt. Crock-pot concoctions ended in the same goopy consistency. And any time someone mentioned a beloved family recipe with the phrase,“It’s so easy, you can’t mess it up,” my brain registered a challenge. Nevertheless, optimistic family and friends showered me with nearly a dozen cookbooks in the months leading up to our nuptials. Apparently, my soon-to-be-husband had high hopes as well. I handed him a scan gun to help make our wedding registry, and he zapped high-end pots and pans before I could stop him. I had hoped, rather than believed, that shiny, new pieces in the kitchen paired with inspired cookbooks would activate a recessive gene and spark culinary brilliance in our first year of marriage. They didn’t.

Out of concern for my husband, family and friends launched Plan B. Since they had overestimated my potential for creating dishes that called for a certain level of skill and dexterity, books and magazines bragging “three ingredients or less” or “done in 10 minutes” began to appear in my mailbox. Unfortunately for my husband, charred chicken tastes just as bad with three ingredients as it does with 10. It was with this sad history behind me that I expected, and received, a fair amount of fanfare and coddling when I arrived to a Thanksgiving dinner five years later prepared to contribute. My family understood better than anyone what was at stake. On the surface, the relish seemed to be the perfect addition to the table: a side dish simple in execution, lively in presentation, and sure to add a refreshing zing to the turkey, gravy and veggies that elegantly held to tradition. The “oohs” and “aahs” were lavish compliments to how delicious it looked. The measurements created a large sample and the vibrant colors tempted everyone at the table. Never before had cranberries and Granny Smith apples received such attention and adulation. Beneath the surface was a collective optimism that perhaps I had turned a culinary corner. After the blessing there was a

courteous but eager grab for the dish, with benevolent family members dutifully scooping a sample onto their plates. Then, the puckers started. Eyes twitched. Murmurs were smothered with mashed potatoes as fast as fork-tomouth skills would graciously allow. Nothing could tame the piercing tang of tart green apples in diced cranberries. It was hard to tell if the tears were from the sharp taste or utter disappointment. The recipe suggestions, cookbooks and food magazine subscriptions have disappeared since this fiasco, as have the confident “you can’t mess it up” comments. And while I still include frozen dinners in my menu planning, I’ve added a caveat to my plan for us to survive on Thanksgiving dinners: as long as I’m not preparing them. Take it from me. Whether your contribution is in the setting, the cooking, the eating, or the cleaning this holiday season, play to your strengths. Be thankful for the cooks in your group — and for those who know better than to try. [TCW] Rebecca Vincent counts skydiving, Black-Friday shopping and whitewater rafting among her adventures, but nothing scares her as much as testing a new culinary effort on her family.

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Today's Charlotte Woman November 2013  

A Charlotte NC local interested magazine targeted to women.

Today's Charlotte Woman November 2013  

A Charlotte NC local interested magazine targeted to women.