As Managing Editor of, I am proud to bring you our 2019 Year in Review. LKConnect has been Bringing Local to Life with our Lake Norman regional articles in our Community section. This section met several milestones in 2019 with our Facebook post reach exceeding 20,000 in November and our monthly Google analytics consistently exceeding 4,000 page views for October, November, and December. In February, we added The Marketplace. It combines local merchants with the convenience of online shopping. In August, we completed our line-up with LKNConnect Health—a section devoted to local articles focusing on health & wellness.


January 2019

LKNConnect Community opened 2019 with this article about the Cain Center for the Arts.

The Cain Center for the Arts in Cornelius is making strides


Three outstanding columnists

Adam Arlen, Sommelier for The Peninsula Club in Cornelius

Writes about wine in his Happy Hour and Lifestyle columns. He started the year with How to Order Wine Like a Rockstar and ended it with how Tariffs on European Wine Could Have a Major Impact on American Wallets. Read all of his columns here.

How to order wine like a rockstar


Alan Adler, Executive Coach, Business Consultant and Speaker

Answers your questions and offers professional advice in his column ASK ALAN.

ASK ALAN: How the Culture of YOUR Business Defines Success


Marketing and Branding Expert George Paul III

Offers best practices to market your business.

Branding Solutions: Design Subscription vs Branding Agency — Which Should You Choose?


Featured chefs

One of our most popular features is when our writers go behind-the-scenes with local chefs who share their techniques and their recipes with us.


Chef Jordan Cox

A New Seasonal Menu – Featured Chef Jordan Cox


Chef Wes Choplin

Featured Chef: Wes Choplin Shows Us How To Pan-Sear Scallops


Chef Jenny Brule

Featured Chef Jenny Brule Shows Us The Secret To Tickled Pink Onions


LKNConnect Celebrates Lake Norman’s Outstanding Non-Profits

This feature began in May with an article on Memorial Day about LKNVets. We have since expanded this feature to include weekly articles for a month about the featured non-profit’s organization, programs, volunteers, and fundraising events. To nominate your favorite 501c3 charity, please contact our Managing Editor, Ellen Stafford.



Little Smiles Featured Children’s Requests



Adopting Through Lake Norman Humane



September’s Outstanding Non-Profit: The Pinky Swear Foundation



Outstanding Non-profit for October: Hope House Foundation



November’s Outstanding Non-profit: Horses That Heal




December’s Outstanding Non-Profit: The Brown Note Community Foundation (TBNCF)




Two of our most popular articles are Start Your Week and This Weekend in Lake Norman. We have you covered for fun things to do in the Lake Norman region. Everything from arts, music, festivals, galas, fundraisers, networking events, shopping, and more are included day by day with times, locations, and any applicable fees. To let us know about your events, email


Special Events: Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Lake Norman



Articles of interest to you



Charlotte Talks Comes to Lake Norman



In June, we broke readership records with:

Are Joggers and Pedestrians Legally Obligated to Use the Sidewalk?


Our highest viewed article of 2019 was published in November

This Local Business is a Hidden Treasure in Mooresville



Thank you to our readers!

It has been an exciting year here in the Lake Norman region. On behalf of our publisher, Doug Fitzgerald, the LKNConnect staff, and myself, we wish you a happy and healthy 2020!

—Ellen Stafford, Managing Editor



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