Central Piedmont Alumnus Opens Strudel Shop with Lifelong Friend

Three people stand outside strudel shop

(l. to r.) Dee, Ginger, and Kevin (photo courtesy of Charlotte Magazine)

In the Strudel Shop’s kitchen, Central Piedmont alumnus Kevin Kelly stretches a sheet of dough over a stainless steel counter and shakes it in a motion that resembles the rolling of ocean waves. Soon the dough will make up the crust for an apple strudel, which he’ll sell from a sliding window on 15th Street in Optimist Park. But for now, Kevin needs a few extra hands to finish the job.

“Dee, grab that corner,” he tells Dee Huang, co-owner of the Strudel Shop and Kevin’s childhood best friend. Dee chuckles and responds, “Yes chef!” Kevin directs his grandmother Ginger to another corner and me to the last corner. Together they pinch and tug on the flour-covered dough and drape it over the edges of the table until it’s so thin, it looks like tablecloth.

Read the complete Charlotte Magazine article here.

CPCC Alumnus Exels as Golf Course Superintendent in SC

Florence Country Club (Florence, SC) course superintendent Dru Clark is receiving accolades from many golfers for keeping the club’s course in tip-top condition throughout the year. Clark

Dru Clark

Dru Clark (photo courtesy of SCNOW)

graduated from CPCC’s Turfgrass Management program and has worked at Hudson National in New York, as well as Quail Hollow in Charlotte, the site of the most recent PGA Tournament.

Read the complete article here.

CPCC Alumnus Finds Success with Canadian Basketball Team

Two years ago, CPCC alumnus Thomas Cooper stopped playing the game he loved.

Thomas Cooper

Thomas Cooper

From coaching resignations and program breakdowns, he played for three different U.S. basketball teams in three years and, frustrated with the instability, was without a team.

Today, he’s the leading scorer in the Canada West conference for the Calgary Dinos and has found solace over 3,500 km away from his hometown of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Read the complete Calgary Herald article here.

Charlotte Observer Article: A Life Saved by a Bond, and Fashion

LeMond Hart ushers you into his tiny vintage men’s clothing shop, tucked into NoDa’s Area 15. He rushes behind the coffee bar and offers you a Café LeMond coffee confection, with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

Racks of men’s clothes perch all about the place – pants and jackets, shirts and vests – and glass cases with lapel pins, cufflinks, shoes and belt buckles dot the shop. Little tables and chairs cluster near the coffee bar, old framed photos and eclectic art line the brightly colored walls, and on a bench snoozes an orange tabby named Garfield.

Even for the most unobservant shopper, it would be impossible not to feel that there’s a story within this space.

And so you ask. How did all this come about?

Hart pauses, adjusting his barista apron.

“It all began,” he says, “with a teacher named Larry Victor Lane.”

Read the complete Charlotte Observer article here.