The Publisher’s Perspective

Happy New Year to all! I’m filled with an overwhelming sense of excitement and gratitude. 

Leading the way in our community is the Northern Regional Recreation Center on Old Statesville Road in Cornelius. If you haven’t explored this gem, consider scheduling a tour – an experience well worth having. See story on page 12. 

I’m particularly thrilled about the debut of Ivey Baker’s column – a friend and mentor whose wisdom and guidance have impacted my daughter, Brooke, profoundly. Explore the richness of this new addition on page 14. 

And, there’s more to discover. Katharine Rosenthal shares her culinary expertise in a new recipe column that promises to tantalize your taste buds. Turn to page 22 for a culinary journey that is both delectable and inspiring.

Our cover story unveils the dynamic mother-daughter duo, Dina and Brooke Haugsetter, who own The Perfect Dress. Their narrative, intricately woven with elements of fashion and entrepreneurship, sets the stage for the upcoming prom season. Whether it’s for the iconic prom night or any special occasion, their offerings are truly breathtaking. Starting on page 28.  

On the horizon, there’s an exciting women’s conference at the picturesque WinMock in Bermuda Run – this event sells out quickly. For more details, turn to page 38 and secure your tickets for an enriching experience. 

Finally, I urge our local restaurant owners to delve into Nelson Bass’ letter on page 58. Nelson, the owner of Blue Star Grill, invites you to join forces for a cause dear to our hearts – Watchmen of the Streets. A special acknowledgment goes out to Choplin’s Restaurant, Mi Amiche and Famous Toastery for their continued support of this remarkable ministry. It’s a call to community, emphasizing that even modest gestures can create a significant impact.

As we embark on this journey through 2024, let’s embrace the promise of a year filled with health, happiness and unity. To our vibrant community, I extend my deepest gratitude for your continuous support. Here’s to the stories we’ll share, the moments we’ll create and the bonds we’ll strengthen.


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