108: John Hassell – Farm Bureau Insurance (Lake Norman)

108: John Hassell – Farm Bureau Insurance (Lake Norman)

Episode 108 John HassellFarm Bureau Insurance (Lake Norman)Show Notes: In this episode, I sit down with the newest sponsor for The Best of LKN - John Hassell with Farm Bureau Insurance of North Mecklenburg located in Huntersville.  John and I began discussing...

107: The Molo Group – Meet Katelyn Strumolo and Kelley Tovias

107: The Molo Group – Meet Katelyn Strumolo and Kelley Tovias

Episode 107 The Molo GroupMeet Katelyn Strumolo and Kelley ToviasShow Notes: Katelyn Stromolo and Kelley Tovias sit down with me to share the design and marketing philosophies that are the driving forces behind their company, The Molo Group.  Regular listeners of this...

106: Soul Strap – Meet the Founder and Inventor Rosie Schepisi

106: Soul Strap – Meet the Founder and Inventor Rosie Schepisi

Episode 106 Soul StrapMeet the Founder and Inventor Rosie SchepisiShow Notes: Hey Lake Norman, welcome back to the podcast. In this episode, we’re going to introduce you to a local startup that’s helping to make yoga a little more accessible to us mere mortals. Rosie...

105: Huck Cycles – Meet Brett McCoy

105: Huck Cycles – Meet Brett McCoy

Episode 105 Huck Cycles Meet Brett McCoy Show Notes: You know, if there’s anything I love more than an intentional business that starts in a garage, it’s an unintentional business that starts in a garage. How about an idea so innovative that it hardly requires a sales...

104: Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center – Meet Beth McKeithan

104: Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center – Meet Beth McKeithan

Episode 104 Dove House Children's Advocacy CenterMeet Beth McKeithanShow Notes: In this episode, I’m shining a spotlight on Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center in Statesville. Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center is a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization...

103: Whole30 with Coach Andrea Sharp at Mbrace Studio

103: Whole30 with Coach Andrea Sharp at Mbrace Studio

Episode 103 Whole30with Coach Andrea Sharp at Mbrace StudioShow Notes: In this episode, Andrea Sharp the co-founder of Mbrace Studio returns to discuss Whole30 with me. Whole30 is a 30-day lifestyle makeover that revolves around changing our relationship with food....

102: Hoptown Brewing Company – Meet Founders Scott and Sandy Plemmons

102: Hoptown Brewing Company – Meet Founders Scott and Sandy Plemmons

Episode 102 Hoptown Brewing CompanyMeet Founders Scott and Sandy Plemmons Show Notes: Hoptown Brewing Company in Mooresville, NC was founded by a local couple that were crazy about craft beer. I call them reluctant entrepreneurs because honestly, it sounds to me like...

099: SoundVision in Mooresville – Simplifying Life Through Technology

099: SoundVision in Mooresville – Simplifying Life Through Technology

Episode 099 SoundVision in MooresvilleSimplifying Life Through TechnologyShow Notes: We’re featuring SoundVision in Mooresville - a technology, automation, and networking company. SoundVision is simplifying life through technology in homes and businesses across the...

096: Jami Svay – Celebrity Makeup Artist and Entrepreneur

096: Jami Svay – Celebrity Makeup Artist and Entrepreneur

Episode 096 Jami SvayCelebrity Makeup Artist and EntrepreneurShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Jami Svay, a super talented and highly sought-after celebrity makeup artist based right here in the Lake Norman area. Jami was referred to me by our mutual...

094: Bluebird Bridal in Huntersville – Meet Erin Connair

094: Bluebird Bridal in Huntersville – Meet Erin Connair

Episode 094 Bluebird Bridal in HuntersvilleMeet Erin ConnairShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with the owner of Bluebird Bridal in Huntersville, Erin Connair. Erin shares with me the inspiration behind her bridal shop, which she opened back in 2016, and how she...

093: The Bungalow Market in Cornelius – Meet Greta McCoy

093: The Bungalow Market in Cornelius – Meet Greta McCoy

Episode 093 The Bungalow Market in CorneliusMeet Greta McCoyShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with the owner of The Bungalow Market in Cornelius. Owner Greta McCoy shares the story of her small business journey, and how she was inspired to bring a boutique home...

092: Laurel Belle Photography and Branding – Meet Laura Tompkins

092: Laurel Belle Photography and Branding – Meet Laura Tompkins

Episode 092 Laurel Belle Photography and BrandingMeet Laura TompkinsShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with the founder and principal at Laurel Belle Photography and Brand Design, Laura Tompkins. Laura shares the story of her entrepreneurial journey, as well as...

090: Lake Norman Welcomes United Community Bank

090: Lake Norman Welcomes United Community Bank

Episode 090 Lake Norman Welcomes United Community BankMeet Charlie Curtis, UCB Lake Norman Metro PresidentShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Charlie Curtis, the Lake Norman Metro President for United Community Bank. Charlie shares of few of the details...

088: Tara Allmendinger – Mrs. North Carolina America 2021

088: Tara Allmendinger – Mrs. North Carolina America 2021

Episode 088 Tara AllmendingerMrs. North Carolina America 2021Show Notes: Joining me for this episode is the reigning Mrs. North Carolina America, Tara Allmendinger. If you’ve been following the podcast for a while, you may remember last year we featured a conversation...

087: Aguilar Design Studio – Meet Founders Laura and Aaron Aguilar

087: Aguilar Design Studio – Meet Founders Laura and Aaron Aguilar

Episode 087 Aguilar Design StudioMeet Founders Laura and Aaron AguilarShow Notes: Cornelius residents Laura and Aaron Aguilar join me to share the story of their entrepreneurial journeys and the formation of their own business partnership: Aguilar Design Studio. Laura...

084: Lake Norman Humane – Meet Executive Director Jason Hayes

084: Lake Norman Humane – Meet Executive Director Jason Hayes

Episode 084 Lake Norman HumaneMeet Executive Director Jason HayesShow Notes: In this episode, we’re featuring a conversation with one of our favorite non-profit organizations - Lake Norman Humane.  Lake Norman Humane rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes companion...

081: Jenean Fornges – Huntersville Living Magazine

081: Jenean Fornges – Huntersville Living Magazine

Episode 081 Jenean ForngesHuntersville Living MagazineShow Notes: Hello friends, welcome back to The Best of LKN podcast. As always, I’m glad you’re joining me. I’m excited about this episode because I think it highlights a great opportunity for small businesses that...

080: Pop Up Holiday House with Tracy Pray Bradshaw and Brenda Speece

080: Pop Up Holiday House with Tracy Pray Bradshaw and Brenda Speece

Episode 080 Pop Up Holiday HouseWith Tracy Pray Bradshaw and Brenda SpeeceShow Notes: Hello friends, and welcome back to The Best of LKN podcast. I have a really special episode for you today. If you’ve been following The Best of LKN for a while, you may recall an...

079: Brian Helfrich – CEO at Summit Coffee Company

079: Brian Helfrich – CEO at Summit Coffee Company

Episode 079 Brian HelfrichCEO at Summit Coffee CompanyShow Notes: Here we are at episode 79 and I have a great guest for you. Brian Helfrich is the CEO at Summit Coffee Company based in Davidson. Summit Coffee just celebrated its 23rd year in business. In addition to...

078: REFRESH Medical Spa and Wellness – Meet Josette Giuffrida

078: REFRESH Medical Spa and Wellness – Meet Josette Giuffrida

Episode 078 REFRESH Medical Spa and Wellness Meet Josette Giuffrida Show Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Josette Giuffrida, the owner of REFRESH Medical Spa & Wellness in Cornelius. Josette shares the story of her entrepreneurial journey, as well as some...

075: Dog Training by Hazel – Meet Hazel Jillian Pacion

075: Dog Training by Hazel – Meet Hazel Jillian Pacion

Episode 075 Dog Training by HazelMeet Hazel Jillian PacionShow Notes: I have a great conversation lined up for you with Hazel Jillian Pacion. She’s the owner of Dog Training By Hazel, a small business based in Huntersville that has actually grown and prospered during...

074: Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop – Meet Birkdale Co-Owner Gabby Sillyman

074: Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop – Meet Birkdale Co-Owner Gabby Sillyman

Episode 074 Buttermilk Sky Pie ShopMeet Birkdale Co-Owner Gabby SillymanShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Gabby Sillyman. She is the co-owner along with her sister, Savannah, of the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Birkdale Village. We’ve been buying pies there...

073: LKN Images – Meet Kathleen and Ed Martin

073: LKN Images – Meet Kathleen and Ed Martin

Episode 073 LKN ImagesMeet Kathleen and Ed MartinShow Notes: In this episode, I’m really excited to bring you a conversation with the owners of LKN Images, Kathleen and Ed Martin. Kathleen is a top photographer in the Lake Norman and Charlotte metro areas. Her areas...

072: Abby Kircher – Founder and CEO of Abby’s Better, Inc.

072: Abby Kircher – Founder and CEO of Abby’s Better, Inc.

Episode 072 Abby KircherFounder and CEO of Abby's Better, Inc.Show Notes: Here we are at episode 72 of The Best of LKN podcast, and we have an amazing guest for you to meet. Abby Kircher began her entrepreneurial journey at just 15 years old. She was inspired to begin...

071: Renee Roberson – Editor of Lake Norman Currents Magazine

071: Renee Roberson – Editor of Lake Norman Currents Magazine

Episode 071 Renee RobersonEditor of Lake Norman Currents MagazineShow Notes: If you’ve been following this production for a while, you’ll remember back in the Spring of this year Lake Norman Currents magazine wrote a piece about this podcast. The article appeared in...

070: Eyes Up Lake Norman – Meet Founder and Coach Chad Macy

070: Eyes Up Lake Norman – Meet Founder and Coach Chad Macy

Episode 070 Eyes Up Lake NormanMeet Founder and Coach Chad MacyShow Notes: In this episode we’re featuring an organization that was started during the pandemic, and has been recognized by several of our esteemed guests here on the podcast. Chad Macy has merged his...

069: 55 Prime Mooresville – Meet Chef Peter Olsacher

069: 55 Prime Mooresville – Meet Chef Peter Olsacher

Episode 069 55 Prime MooresvilleMeet Chef Peter OlsacherShow Notes: Update - November, 2021: 55 Prime has re-branded and is now Carolina Gourmet! Same amazing food and service! In this episode, we’re featuring a new small business in Mooresville that is delivering a...

068: Davidson Provision Company – Meet Owner Matt Santos

068: Davidson Provision Company – Meet Owner Matt Santos

Episode 068 Davidson Provision CompanyMeet Owner Matt SantosShow Notes: I finally have the opportunity to feature one of the coolest small businesses in the Lake Norman area - in fact, one of the coolest small businesses anywhere! Davidson Provision Company is located...

066: Suds N Shine Car Wash – Meet Owners Dan and Ben Schiermeyer

066: Suds N Shine Car Wash – Meet Owners Dan and Ben Schiermeyer

Episode 066 Suds N' Shine Car WashMeet Owners Dan and Ben SchiermeyerShow Notes: In this episode I sit down with Dan & Ben Schiermeyer, the owners of Suds & Shine Car Wash in Cornelius, and Affordable Mini-Storage of Statesville. What interests me most about...

065: Brittany Pomeroy – Founder of Flourish Together

065: Brittany Pomeroy – Founder of Flourish Together

Episode 065 Brittany PomeroyFounder of Flourish TogetherShow Notes: Brittany Pomeroy is the founder of Flourish Together. Brittany founded Flourish Together in the middle of the pandemic as a commitment to helping organizations make a lasting, meaningful impact on...

063: Donna Dunlap – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

063: Donna Dunlap – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

Episode 063 Donna DunlapBig Brothers Big Sisters of Central CarolinasShow Notes: We’ve had the real honor of featuring several local and nationally recognized nonprofit organizations on the podcast. We especially love the nonprofits whose missions are to improve the...

062: Michal Bay – Owner and Developer of Merino Mill in Mooresville

062: Michal Bay – Owner and Developer of Merino Mill in Mooresville

Episode 062 Michal BayOwner and Developer of Merino Mill in MooresvilleShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Michal Bay, the owner of the amazing Merino Mill in Mooresville. This is a conversation that I’ve really been looking forward to sharing, because Michal...

059: Robert Maynard – Founder and CEO of Famous Toastery

059: Robert Maynard – Founder and CEO of Famous Toastery

Episode 059 Robert MaynardFounder and CEO of Famous ToasteryShow Notes: I have a really great episode lined up for you. I’m finally able to feature one of my favorite restaurant brands, Famous Toastery. The founder and CEO of the company, Robert Maynard, joins me to...

058: MINE by sandy – Meet Boutique Owner Sandy Bowers

058: MINE by sandy – Meet Boutique Owner Sandy Bowers

Episode 058 MINE by sandyMeet Boutique Owner Sandy BowersShow Notes: A few weeks ago we published a blog article featuring some really amazing local boutiques to procure some beautiful gifts for Mother’s Day. I was really proud of the businesses we were able to...

057: Freedom Boat Club Lake Norman – Meet Owner Jeff Weir

057: Freedom Boat Club Lake Norman – Meet Owner Jeff Weir

Episode 057 Freedom Boat Club Lake NormanMeet Owner Jeff WeirShow Notes: The weather is warming up and that means boating season is here! Hey friends, welcome back to the podcast. In this episode we’re talking about boating with the owner of Freedom Boat Club Lake...

056: Atomic Habits – A Book Review with the Mbrace Studio Team

056: Atomic Habits – A Book Review with the Mbrace Studio Team

Episode 056 Atomic HabitsA Book Review with the Mbrace Studio TeamShow Notes: In this episode, the team at Mbrace Studio joins me to share their thoughts on the wildly popular book: Atomic Habits, by James Clear. If you listened to the special 50th episode on the...

055: Robin Smith Salzman – Owner, Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

055: Robin Smith Salzman – Owner, Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Episode 055 Robin Smith SalzmanOwner, Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep RamShow Notes: In this episode, I’m sharing with you a conversation I had with the owner of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Robin Smith Salzman. Robin and her husband Jack have built one of the...

054: Sodoma Law North – Meet Nicole Sodoma and Sarah Bennett

054: Sodoma Law North – Meet Nicole Sodoma and Sarah Bennett

Episode 054 Sodoma Law NorthMeet Nicole Sodoma and Sarah BennettShow Notes: I noticed back in January of this year that one of Charlotte’s most prominent law firms had expanded into the Lake Norman area with the opening of a new office in Cornelius. Sodoma Law...

053: Davidson Lands Conservancy – Meet Executive Director Dave Cable

053: Davidson Lands Conservancy – Meet Executive Director Dave Cable

Episode 053 Davidson Lands ConservancyMeet Executive Director Dave CableShow Notes: In this episode, we’re featuring Davidson Lands Conservancy - a local nonprofit that focuses on preserving the area’s most important natural assets for future generations. The...

052: The Addison Hutchison Foundation – Meet Shane Hutchison

052: The Addison Hutchison Foundation – Meet Shane Hutchison

Episode 052 The Addison Hutchison FoundationMeet Shane HutchisonShow Notes: As you know by now, we do love to feature thoughtful nonprofit organizations on the podcast, in addition to the best small businesses in the area. I have the honor of sharing the story of the...

050: Our 50th Episode – The Journey So Far!

050: Our 50th Episode – The Journey So Far!

Episode 050 Our 50th Episode!The Journey So Far!Show Notes: Here we are: The 50th Episode! We thought it would be a good idea to mark the occasion with a special episode - our first solo episode with just the host of the podcast. Sounds boring... I know, right? Here...

049: BoatYard Lake Norman – Meet Owner Chris Boukedes

049: BoatYard Lake Norman – Meet Owner Chris Boukedes

Episode 049 BoatYard Lake NormanMeet Owner Chris BoukedesShow Notes: We have sort of a bonus episode for you this week. Here’s a little back story: We began working on an article for our blog about two weeks ago - an article that would highlight a few great spots...

048: Lost Worlds Brewing Co. – Meet Founder Dave Hamme

048: Lost Worlds Brewing Co. – Meet Founder Dave Hamme

Episode 048 Lost Worlds Brewing Co.Meet Founder Dave HammeShow Notes: Long time listeners of the podcast will be familiar with my fondness for craft beer, so it will come as no surprise that I’m featuring another great local craft brewery in this episode. Dave Hamme,...

046: Jamie Perrine – Founder of the Body Lantern Torch for Runners

046: Jamie Perrine – Founder of the Body Lantern Torch for Runners

Episode 046 Jamie PerrineFounder of the Body Lantern Torch for RunnersShow Notes: In this episode, I’m featuring a conversation with the inventive founder of a Mooresville-based startup that is helping runners see and be seen in the dark. Body Lantern is a Veteran...

045: Zack Wyatt – Executive Director at Carolina Farm Trust

045: Zack Wyatt – Executive Director at Carolina Farm Trust

Episode 045 Zack WyattExecutive Director at Carolina Farm TrustShow Notes: Carolina Farm Trust is a nonprofit organization that manages a network of urban farms in the Charlotte Metro area, including one in Huntersville. Their goal is to make the area a global leader...

040: Main Street Veterinary Hospital Cornelius – Meet Dr. Lori Hoe

040: Main Street Veterinary Hospital Cornelius – Meet Dr. Lori Hoe

Episode 040 Main Street Veterinary Hospital CorneliusMeet Dr. Lori HoeShow Notes: Dr. Lori Hoe at the Main Street Veterinary Hospital in Cornelius joins us for episode 40 of the podcast! Lori shares what inspired her to open her own veterinary practice with the help...

038: Ashley George – Mrs. North Carolina 2020 Joins the Podcast

038: Ashley George – Mrs. North Carolina 2020 Joins the Podcast

Episode 038 Ashley GeorgeMrs. North Carolina 2020 Joins the PodcastShow Notes: It’s Episode 38, and our last episode for 2020! I’ve had such a great time producing this podcast for you, and really looking forward to more great conversations in the new year!  In this...

027: Ed Watkins Marine – Meet Owner and NASCAR Team Member Ed Watkins

027: Ed Watkins Marine – Meet Owner and NASCAR Team Member Ed Watkins

Episode 027 Ed Watkins MarineMeet Owner and NASCAR Team Member Ed WatkinsShow Notes: In this episode, I sit down with Ed Watkins to talk about his 24-year career as a NASCAR  pit crew team member and his highly successful boat dealership on Lake Norman. Ed shares the...

026: Hearts On Fiber Davidson – Meet Owner Kim Clark

026: Hearts On Fiber Davidson – Meet Owner Kim Clark

Episode 026 Hearts On Fiber DavidsonMeet Owner Kim ClarkShow Notes: Welcome Hearts on Fiber owner Kim Clark to the podcast! Hearts on fiber has been recognized as a favorite local business by a few of my guests, so I was really pleased to have this chat with Kim. She...

021: Davidson Chocolate Company – Meet Owner Ana Vogel

021: Davidson Chocolate Company – Meet Owner Ana Vogel

Episode 021 Davidson Chocolate CompanyMeet Owner Ana VogelShow Notes: Welcome Ana Vogel with Davidson Chocolate Company to the podcast! Ana shares the amazing story of her entrepreneurial journey and details the path that led her to owning Davidson Chocolate Company....

018: Good Drip Coffee Davidson – Meet Owner Zack Whitt

018: Good Drip Coffee Davidson – Meet Owner Zack Whitt

Episode 018 Good Drip Coffee DavidsonMeet Owner Zack WhittShow Notes: "We love building spaces within our community that families can enjoy." ~Zack Whitt Welcome Good Drip Coffee and owner Zack Whitt to the podcast! Husband, Dad, Pastor, Serial Entrepreneur, CrossFit...

017: Juelerye – Meet Owner Jacqueline Bassett

017: Juelerye – Meet Owner Jacqueline Bassett

Episode 017 JueleryeMeet Owner Jacqueline BassettShow Notes: Welcome Jacqueline Bassett to the podcast! Jacqueline owns Juelerye Fine Gifts and Art, a unique shopping destination in Mooresville. Jacqueline founded Juelerye in 2015 on the idea that a rewarding life is...

013: Dr. Carrie Uehlein – The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson

013: Dr. Carrie Uehlein – The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson

Episode 013 Dr. Carrie UehleinThe Veterinary Hospital of DavidsonShow Notes: Welcome to episode 13 of the podcast! Dr. Carrie Uehlein joins us for an interview. Carrie is the co-owner of The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson (now Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital -...

009: SpeedPro Imaging and Pure Design Photography Studio in Cornelius!

009: SpeedPro Imaging and Pure Design Photography Studio in Cornelius!

Episode 009 SpeedPro Imagingand Pure Design Photography StudioShow Notes: Welcome to episode #9! The owners of SpeedPro Imaging and Pure Design Photography Studio, Lynn and Craig Bakstad, join the podcast for an interview. They share the details of the two businesses...

008: W8LESS LKN Trampoline and Ninja Park in Cornelius!

008: W8LESS LKN Trampoline and Ninja Park in Cornelius!

Episode 008 W8LESS LKNTrampoline and Ninja Park in Cornelius!Show Notes: Welcome to episode 8 of The Best of LKN podcast! It's an honor to feature this Veteran-owned small business - W8less LKN Trampoline and Ninja Park! In this episode, I interview Larry Thompson who...

007: Blumengärten – Lake Norman’s Extraordinary Florist!

007: Blumengärten – Lake Norman’s Extraordinary Florist!

Episode 007 BlumengärtenLake Norman's Extraordinary Florist!Show Notes: Welcome owner Denise Ulhorn and designer Emily Frank of Blumengärten to the podcast! Blumengärten is an extraordinary LKN florist located in Cornelius, North Carolina. In this interview, Denise...

005: Charlotte Running Company – Northlake & Lake Norman Stores

005: Charlotte Running Company – Northlake & Lake Norman Stores

Episode 005 Charlotte Running CompanyNorthlake & Lake Norman StoresShow Notes: Welcome to episode #5! This one features another boutique fitness brand, Charlotte Running Company. The owner of the Northlake and Lake Norman (Mooresville) locations, Jamie Davis,...

003: Meet LKN Realtor Becca Mangini!

003: Meet LKN Realtor Becca Mangini!

Episode 003 Meet LKN Realtor Becca ManginiShow Notes: Lake Norman Real Estate SuperStar Becca Mangini joins the podcast for an interview! In this episode, Becca gives us a glimpse of her journey into real estate sales as a full time profession. She shares her love for...

002: Eleven Lakes Brewing – Cheers to Craft Beer and Community

002: Eleven Lakes Brewing – Cheers to Craft Beer and Community

Episode 002 Eleven Lakes Brewing CompanyCheers to Craft Beer and Community Show Notes: In this episode of The Best of LKN, I'm joined by the brewmeister of Eleven Lakes Brewing Company - Ray Hutchinson. Ray introduces us to the Eleven Lakes story, shares some...