Archive - Outlook
March 15th, 2012
The small sandwich shop on a busy corner in downtown Hickory opened inauspiciously two weeks ago. The lights went on and the door was unlocked, and Hatch Sandwich Bar opened without fanfare ... yet.
For owners Zach Harkins and Colin Makin, Hatch is their first venture as owners of a restaurant, but it‚Äôs a dream both have had for years.
Harkins attended UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University. He graduated from ASU in 2011 with a bachelor‚Äôs degree in communications.
Makin, originally from Boonsboro, Md., graduated from ASU in 2008 with degrees in philosophy and religion.
Our nation is often times known as a throwaway nation, but as the old saying goes, ‚ÄúOne man‚Äôs junk is another man‚Äôs treasure.‚ÄĚ
Resource Warehouse & Gallery isn‚Äôt your grandma‚Äôs traditional resale shop. Eddie Broussard explains why.
Broussard serves on the board of directors for ReSource and Safe Harbor Rescue Mission.
John Coffey and Jeff Hartman have a lot in common ‚ÄĒ both are extremely talented artists and are known and recognized ‚Äúfar and wide,‚ÄĚ as the saying goes. They‚Äôve known each other for 16 years but the ease of being around them together speaks volumes more than 16 years. It‚Äôs only natural for Coffey and Hartman to team up together in business. But to these artists, it‚Äôs more than business, and they don‚Äôt like to think of what they do as business....
They met at The Green Room Community Theatre‚Äôs 1996 production of Broadway‚Äôs longest running musical, ‚ÄúThe Fantasticks.‚ÄĚ
They fell in love when he was 16, and she was 14. They never married, and there was never anyone else. Now, 14 years later Derick Willis and Angela Seagle will marry Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m. And, they expect quite a crowd ‚ÄĒ in fact, a ‚Äúcourthouse‚ÄĚ full of friends and family.
Willis and Seagle will make Valentine‚Äôs Day their wedding day by saying ‚ÄúI do‚ÄĚ at the Register of Deeds office in Catawba County.
Slip back in time ‚ÄĒ way back ‚ÄĒ like millions of years ago and walk among dinosaurs in a lush, primordial swamp setting of misty pools and hanging vines. Impossible to miss amid delicate ferns are six not-so-delicate roaring, robotic dinosaurs.
The immersive, prehistoric setting in Catawba Science Center‚Äôs Carpenter Hall is home for the dinosaurs through Sept. 2.
Phyllis Erikson‚Äôs passion for orchids began 30 years ago. As hobbyists, Erikson and her husband, Dale, filled their home with orchids. Soon, they ran out of room, moved the orchids to an outdoor shed and quickly filled it.
‚ÄúThat first winter, all our orchids froze,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs when we built the greenhouse.‚ÄĚ
Erikson turned her hobby into an avocation, a vocation and now a business. Ironwood Estate Orchids is located behind the Eriksons‚Äô home, nestled in the woods, with two greenhouses full of orchids in various stages of growth and bloom.
As a toddler growing up in Chicago, Catherine LeFevers tried to understand the ancient art of origami. LeFevers grew up surrounded by art ‚ÄĒ her parents attended Art Institute of Chicago. A collection of origami books, published in 1959, was nestled among many stacks of art books.
LeFevers, 51, and a resident of Newton, still has these books.
‚ÄúI was intrigued with origami but couldn‚Äôt understand it,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI did fold paper as a child.‚ÄĚ
Jake Shimabukuro believes music is the greatest gift, and the ukulele is the friendliest way to present that gift to the world.
Jake Shimabukuro‚Äôs life is centered on the ukulele ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs been that way since he was 4 and picked up a ‚Äúuke.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúMy mom played and taught me my first few chords,‚ÄĚ Shimabukuro said. ‚ÄúI started strumming mainly traditional Hawaiian music has a child.‚ÄĚ
Later, though, Shimabukuro enjoyed the challenge of trying to play other styles of music on the four string, two octave instrument, such as jazz, classical or rock.
Frigid temperatures and fresh snow greeted 2012 in the North Carolina mountains. While the ski resorts don‚Äôt encourage folks to call in to work sick, skiing conditions are excellent. Heed the frostbite warnings, though.
Here‚Äôs a look at three ski resorts.
Appalachian Ski Mountain
December 29th, 2011
Just imagine flying across the nation on Christmas Day. Just imagine 12 nights in Burbank, Calif. Just imagine working six of those days under pressure, on deadline, with no pay. Just imagine being part of the 2012 Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Just imagine what it feels like to see float No. 56 round the magic corner.
‚ÄúJust Imagine‚ÄĚ is the theme for the 123rd Rose Parade, and Conover resident Michael Paysour will be in Pasadena for the third year in a row as a float decorator.
Paysour, 59, is a retired teacher who taught U.S. history and civics at Fred T. Foard High School.