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SPRING 2013

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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McKinley���s mother who involved making the trip to played an integral role in the McKinley���s parents��� home couple getting together. in Ohio, where the couple ���I was one year ahead of enjoyed fishing together and Erika,��� McKinley explains. attending the annual car ���And when I first moved to show. the dorm from Ohio, my mom ���A great date for us,��� Erika came along to help get me says, ���is where we can leave settled. She met some of the our mobile devices turned other moms, mostly of off and tune out from our the young women in the phones or computers and coed dorm. They got just enjoy some quiet time together and it was my together.��� mom who connected The couple has redoubled me with the girls who YOUNG COUPLE FINDS TWO COOKS BETTER THAN ONE By Michael J. Solender Photos by Shane Baskin DANA MCKINLEY, 26, AND kitchen cooking. They a craft beer or two at some recently remodeled their of the local college-area kitchen and equipped it with pubs. Each recalls having a some high-end appliances, great time at the World Beer including a ���top drawer��� Festival in Columbia, which stove that until recently the couple has made into an served as a sorting table for annual must-attend event. bills and extra counter space. Another extra special date ���We are determined to put Dana and Erika met in college. and I got really excited about and eating at home in 2013. alternate evenings in the Mexican dinners and enjoying have been more perfect. Dana resolutions ��� more cooking That finds them sharing Initial dates were quiet Sturino says, ���it could not part of their New Year���s healthier lifestyle this year. me to Erika.��� at Morrison Family YMCA,��� each other a promise as eventually introduced the couples cooking class ERIKA STURINO, 24, made their efforts to adapt a spending some time in the The busy couple ��� he���s a manager of client services for Ballantyne-based Integration Point; she���s an online kitchen together and learning some new tricks.��� Mom Plays Key Role marketer for Red Ventures Sturino and McKinley ��� felt they were eating out have been together since far too often, spending too 2007 when they met at the much money and too much University of South Carolina. time away from home and They share a home together each other. This year they in Indian Land after each vowed to share cooking moved here one year apart responsibilities around after graduation. the house, which meant But it wasn���t sparks and improving their culinary skills fireworks for the couple as and adding some dishes and they first got to know each techniques into their kitchen other mostly through mutual routines. friends, sorority sisters and ���When the Date Night opportunity came up to take SPRING 20 1 3 fraternity brothers. In a notso-small way, it was actually ���A great date for us is where we can leave our mobile devices turned off and tune out from our phones or computers and just enjoy some quiet time together.��� ��� Erika Sturino BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 45

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