Cary Magazine June/July 2024

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June/July 2024

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8 JUNE/JULY 2024 24 Make a Splash 30 E-Bike Adventures 46 Notable Teens: Patch Walters Ava Grivalski Harshil Garg 63 2024 Movers & Shakers 85 Special Section: Power Professionals 92 Dampf Good BBQ in this issue OUR E-BIKE ADVENTURE TOOK US ON A RIDE THROUGH DOWNTOWN CLAYTON FILLED WITH LOCAL LORE. READ MORE ON PAGE 30. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN.


Meet Chef Katsuji Tanabe and the rest of the 2024 Movers & Shakers on page 63.

Photo by Jonathan Fredin


The performers were misidentified in the lead photograph for the Nonprofit Spotlight on the Cary Players Community Theatre Company in our May issue. Our apologies to actors Madeline Ormond and Ben Gibson and the Cary Players.

We inadvertently omitted the Best Asian Restaurant category from the list of Maggy Award winners in our April issue. Winner: Sushi-Thai Honorable Mentions: Taipei 101 and MC Modern Asian Cuisine. Congratulations to the winners!

The Food


Bill Zadeits, Group Publisher

Kris Schultz, Publisher


Lauren Morris, Managing Editor and Creative Director

Erin McKnight, Staff Writer

Jaime Nolan, Staff Writer

Tara Shiver, Digital and Copy Editor


L.A. Jackson

David McCreary


Jonathan Fredin, Chief Photographer

Annie Kimura


Atiya Batts, Graphic Designer

Jennifer Casey, Graphic Designer

Dylan Gilroy, Web Designer

Beth Harris, Graphic Designer

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Lisa White, Senior Event Coordinator and Distribution Manager

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editor’s letter

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE we are already so far into 2024! I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun — at least it does when your life revolves around constant magazine deadlines.

Speaking of fun, this issue brings you family- (or friend-) friendly activities to liven up your summer. Triangle Adventures offers a host of e-bike tours in Clayton and Raleigh, ranging from Burgers, Brews, and History to The Raleigh Experience: Ghosts, Mystery, and Unique History. The guides are quite knowledgeable on local facts, so you are guaranteed to leave with some interesting tidbits!

Another excursion we think you may enjoy is a trip to downtown Cary to visit Hunky Dory Record Shop. Stop by in the evening for the coziest vibe, and you’ll be treated to the crackle of vintage vinyl and on-tap brews.

Last, but certainly not least, this issue brings you accomplishment! From our 2024 Movers & Shakers to three tenacious teens, these achievers are sure to inspire. Pictured with me at right is Alexis Proulx, a 30-yearold United Airlines pilot who urges you to never wait to follow a dream. Learn more about Alexis and pick up more pearls of wisdom starting on page 63.

Whether this issue motivates you to follow a dream or just go out for some summer fun, enjoy!

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letters from readers

“We have amazing art galleries, music festivals, free music at the bandstand, and the Woodrow Wilson (Presidential Library and) Museum … not to forget the weekend outdoor dining on Beverley Street from April till the end of October. Staunton is amazing!”

— Angela Higgs, RE. “Staunton: The Gem of the Shenandoah Valley,” March

“Thank you so much! We are so excited and so honored! Couldn’t have been possible without our incredible staff, dancers, and families.”

— Cary Dance Productions, RE. “Small Business Spotlight: Cary Dance Productions,” April

“Wonderful article about Sophie’s from the wonderful writer David McCreary! We loved the pictures as well!”

— Desislava, RE. “Restaurant Spotlight: Sophie’s Grill & Bar,” May

“David: I am appreciative that you and your photographer took such great interest in Sophie’s Grill & Bar. This wonderful article and photos are the highlight of my career!”

— Nikolova, RE. “Restaurant Spotlight: Sophie’s Grill & Bar,” May

“Your team did an outstanding job capturing the essence of our company and highlighting the work we’re passionate about. It was such an honor to be included, and I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to share our story with your readers.”

— Ashleigh Kiser, RE. “Small Business Spotlight: Sewrella Yarn,” May

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— Debra Grannan, RE. “Nonprofit Spotlight: Cary Players Community Theatre Company,” May

“So much fun! Thank you for putting on such a great party!”

— Sassool Cafe, RE. The 2024 Maggy Party, Instagram

“What an amazing night! Thank you, Cary Magazine.”

— Linda Trevor, Linda Trevor & Co, Real Estate Agents - Compass, RE. The 2024 Maggy Party, Facebook

“Without a doubt the most epic Maggy Party ever. The level of incredible food and services from all the winners was absolutely amazing. A huge thanks to all the folks for voting in Cary Magazine and Main & Broad.”

— Stray Volts Band, RE. The 2024 Maggy Party, Facebook

“Such a wonderful celebration!”

— Asali Desserts & Café, RE. The 2024 Maggy Party, Facebook

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Glorious 4th – July 4

Come celebrate Independence Day at North Carolina’s first colonial capitol! Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence as the crowd cheers, followed by cannon and musket firings. Enjoy the tunes of the Fife & Drum Corps as they parade across the grounds. Engage with the militia and the 1st Regiment NC Continent Line at their encampment and visit with a Sutler family. Following the reading and festivities, there will be programming on When Did We Become Us? at the NC History Center. 9:00 am to 12 noon. FREE EVENT

Rev War Day - July 13

Here Comes the 250th! Join the NC Continental Line, Fife & Drum Corps, SAR, DAR, and others as they parade onto the Palace grounds. Engage with soldiers at the military encampment and watch drillings, bullet making and cooking over a campfire. Hear musket and cannon firing. Participate in lawn games, drilling, and drum games for children. Learn about the Harlowe Patriots, the Marquis de Lafayette, apothecary, spinning and weaving, and more at the NC History Center. A day for all to experience the 1770s and the coming of the American Revolution! 9:45 am to 3:00 pm. TICKETED ($10).

250th Anniversary of New Bern Resolves Celebration – August 24

In August 1774, the Provincial Congress met in New Bern in open defiance of royal authority. It was the first in America to do so! The 28 resolutions that were drawn focused on “the rights of British American subjects,” and adopted “economic sanctions against Great Britain.” Celebrations include a parade of the NC Continental Line, Fife & Drum Corps, SAR, DAR, and other Rev War reenactors, patriotic and civic groups to the Palace, a keynote address by Chief Justice Paul Newby, a rendering of Honors to the 71 Delegates and Resolves of the 1st NC Provincial Congress, and conclude with cannon and musket firings. 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. FREE EVENT

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With 20,000 people attending last year’s Raleigh International Food Festival, it’s a good thing there’s plenty to eat! More than 30 food and dessert trucks representing countries from across the globe meet beers and bazaars and a free downtown block party. Culture, cuisine, and nonstop performances make for a satisfying summer day out. Saturday, June 1, noon to 10 p.m. City Plaza, Raleigh.


Promising to be more than just a walk/run, and coinciding with National Cancer Survivors Day, the first annual Celebration of Life 5K Walk/ Run will transform the E. Joyner Carroll Park into Survivorville — a place where survivors, caregivers, health care providers, and friends and family can gather and celebrate one another. Offering a survivors’ parade and closing awards ceremony, and with Survivorville open throughout, the race will trample cancer while celebrating life. Sunday, June 2, 7:30 a.m. $30 and up. 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest.


Come out to the Apex Pride Festival! With live music and entertainment, a kids’ zone filled with inflatables and games, food truck rodeo, and lots of local vendors, this day of diversity and inclusion will paint the town in rainbow colors — so head out and show the LGBTQ+ community some love! Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Apex Town Hall campus.


The BrickUniverse is hitting Raleigh. As part of the Build It! Tour, this industry-leading LEGO® fan extravaganza will present celebrated contemporary artists’ miniscule to mammoth creations, all built by hand. At the expo’s 10th anniversary, explore exhibits and meet creators and other fans, enjoy presentations, or get hands on in building zones — it’s all possible in the BrickUniverse. Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2–5 p.m. $14.99 and up. Raleigh Convention Center.


Commemorate the end of slavery in the US at Morrisville’s Juneteenth event. This celebration of the longest-running African American holiday will feature music, games, entertainment, historical presentations, and the unveiling of a new mural at Shiloh Park — and, of course, plenty of food trucks and a fish fry by Morrisville Education & Community Services Enterprise. It doesn’t need to be June 19 to honor Juneteenth! Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shiloh Park, Morrisville.

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June/July 2024


Find your Fourth of July festivity of choice: Apex – Fireworks Frenzy. Wednesday, July 3, 5–10 p.m. Hunter Street Park. Olde Fashioned Fourth of July. Thursday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Downtown Apex. Cary – Independence Day Celebration. Event details TBD. Raleigh – Fireworks Celebration. Thursday, July 4, 5 p.m. Dix Park. Fuquay-Varina – Independence Day Celebration. Monday, July 1, 6–9:30 p.m. South Park. Holly Springs – Annual fireworks show. Friday, July 5, 6–10 p.m. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park.


Get creative with chalk! Draw your own work of art at Chalk the Walk, a community event for artists of all ages. Sections of the path at Hunter Street Park will be sectioned off for participants to design and decorate with chalk — and try for a People’s Choice Award, voted on after the event. Whether you have your own chalk handy or grab some there, get your art into the park! Thursday, July 13, 6–7:30 p.m. Hunter Street Park, Apex.


Two of the UK’s biggest soccer teams will be taking to the field in our own Kenan Stadium this summer. Clash at Carolina will feature elite clubs Manchester City and Scotland’s FC for a friendly match meetup in the 2024 FC Series, which showcases the top global soccer teams. This will be the third meeting between Manchester City and Celtic, with both teams looking to clinch a first series victory. Soccer fans won’t want to miss seeing these champions on home turf. Tuesday, July 23. Time TBD. Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill.


It’s more than a comic convention: It’s a celebration of comic books, pop culture, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, and cosplay. The galaxy is gathering at GalaxyCon Raleigh, so rub shoulders — costumed or not — with celebrities, artists, writers, voice actors, cosplayers, entertainers, creators, wrestlers, fan groups, panelists, exhibitors, and fellow fans in this ultimate four-day festival of fandom. Thursday, July 25, 2 p.m. to midnight. Friday, July 26, 10–12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 10–1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $40 and up. Raleigh Convention Center. pages/galaxycon-raleigh


The Amazing Pollinators Exhibit may just change the way you see the life that buzzes around us. Bats, bees, beetles, and butterflies will all become larger than life through survival missions, immersive environments, and classic parlor games with a winged twist at this familyfriendly exhibition intended to educate and entertain on the vital role of pollinators in our lives. June 15 to July 31 (closed Mondays). $8 and up.

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Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre

June 22 and 29

July 13 and 20

Join us for a free night of music or a movie under the stars Including “Barbie” and a Jimmy Buffet Tribute, The Island Time Band!



Join us every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month for "super" fun with FREE arts and crafts! Ages 4-12 10:30am-12:30pm Wednesday

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Join us June 12 for a FREE pollinator week themed family movie! 10am

Juneteenth June 15 / 11am-5pm Fireworks Frenzy July 3 / 5pm-10pm Olde Fashioned Fourth of July July 4 / 9am-1pm

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Parade of Nations: Line up and unleash your dance grooves and wildest moves, from cartwheels to karate kicks. Wave those imaginary flags high, and let the backyard be your stage.

Pool Noodle Javelin: Grab those pool noodles, and snip ’em in half to make a tossable (and safe) javelin! Launch the noodles for max distance, or aim for Hula-Hoop targets or a bull’s-eye bowl.

Leapin’ Long Jump: Measure your hops from a marked spot on the ground to see who can soar the farthest! No sand pits are required, just a lot of jumpin’ spirit.

Hoops Showdown: It’s time to ball! Whether you’ve got a hoop or a bucket, sink as many shots as you can in 30 seconds flat.

Flying Saucer: Grab your Frisbees and prepare to fling them across the backyard in this epic discus throw challenge to see who can launch their disc the farthest!

Blade and Bout: Equip yourself with a trusty sword (aka pool noodle). Gracefully glide across the battlefield, dodging attacks and seeking out the perfect opportunity to strike your opponent.

Triathlon Trifecta: Wrap football, basketball, and soccer into one epic event. Toss footballs through hoops, slam-dunk balls into laundry baskets, and kick goals through standing Hula-Hoops in a whirlwind of athletic prowess.

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North Carolina summers are often sweltering, and there is no better way to beat the heat than in the water. Our state has no shortage of beautiful and unique ways to enjoy the water — and I’m not talking about your average neighborhood pool. I’m talking stunning waterfalls, crystal-clear blue springs perfect for swimming and diving, kayaking adventures, floating water parks, and more! Did I mention swimming in old quarries?

Grab your swimsuit, sunscreen, and a towel and prepare for an adventure with family and friends at one of these ultimate water hangout spots. What are you waiting for? Get going already!


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Cape Fear River Adventures


ILIA AND MEGAN SMIRNOV purchased Cape Fear River Adventures in June of 2012. At that time, it was a small operation of just eight kayaks and nine canoes. As their family began to grow, so did Ilia’s desire to expand the business. Megan credits her “entrepreneurial mastermind” of a husband in developing the park into what it is today: one of the largest river outfitters in central North Carolina. They have been known to host some 30,000 visitors in just one season!

As the name suggests, Cape Fear River Adventures offers a new adventure at nearly every turn. With river tubing, kayaking,

canoeing, paddle boarding, whitewater rafting, and even glamping on the long list of activities, they serve up something for everyone. All river activities are seasonal and open from March through November, but glamping is year-round.

“Our goal is to get as many people outside as possible,” Megan says, “and to introduce them to the wonderful Cape Fear River and its many possibilities for fun times.”

Cape Fear River Adventures takes glamping to a whole new level. The Cozy Heron Glamping experience is ideal for those who enjoy nature but not primitive camping. Visitors have the unique opportunity to stay in hand-hewn wooden Conestoga wagons. You’ll feel like you have traveled back in time — albeit with many of the modern luxuries of today (the wagons have air conditioning and Wi-Fi).

Whether you stay overnight or just stop in for a day trip, river tubing is a must. Added to the park in 2016, it quickly established itself as one of the most popular attractions to date. Depending on river levels, Lazy River Tubing can last anywhere from one to five hours. For a more abbreviated experience, Tubing Express lasts about an hour. Either way, plan to relax in the serene environment of the gently rippling water of the Cape Fear River. You might even catch a glimpse of some wildlife along the way. There may not be a better way to spend a hot summer day or weekend.

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HAVE YOU EVER dreamt of diving deep into the blue depths? How about walking on water? You can experience both at Fantasy Lake Adventure Park in Wake Forest.

A former stone quarry constructed in the 1800s, the 90-footdeep mine is now filled with clear spring water. In 1950, the 52-acre quarry flooded when an enormous spring filled the mine so quickly that a large rock-crushing machine was trapped inside. That machine still sits at the bottom of the quarry today. Doye Sherrill purchased the 100-acre property including the quarry in 1980 and converted it into a unique scuba diving recreational and training park.

For safety reasons, the quarry lake is sectioned off into multiple areas for designated activities including scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, and an inflatable water park.

Yes, you read that correctly, an inflatable water park. Remember what I said about walking on water? This is your chance! Imagine an obstacle course reminiscent of the television show Wipe Out

“The inflatable water park itself is the attraction for kids and

families,” said owner Daniel Cox. “Last year we only allowed 6 years of age and older on the inflatable water park, but this season we are adding a kid section to allow 3- to 5-year-olds to have their own section.”

Scuba divers can swim in any of three holes ranging in depths from 60 to 80 feet. To partake you must be a certified scuba driver or a scuba student accompanied by your instructor. While visiting, there are plenty of underwater attractions to enjoy, each conveniently marked by a surface buoy. Such attractions include the aforementioned rock-crushing machine, two airplanes, one car, two 21-foot boats, and a sailboat.

The water park is open Memorial Day weekend through September 29, while scuba diving is open year-round. Given that the quarry is fed from a natural spring, the water stays cooler even in warmer months. Water and air temperatures are most ideal in the summer months.

This is one adventure you’ll want to add to your bucket list.

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carrigan farms mooresville

LOCATED IN Mooresville, Carrigan Farms is a fifth-generation family-owned farm with a 25-foot-deep waterhole on the property. The 275-acre farm contains what used to be a working granite mine. Many years ago, during standard excavation practices, several springs were hit, and the quarry flooded. Mining became impossible, but from it sprung a swimming experience like no other. Capitalizing on this “accident,” the Carrigan family converted the flooded quarry into a swimming feature in the 1980s, and it has been a hit with families ever since.

The main event at the farm, Open Swim, is accessible from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Jumps range from 4 feet to a towering 16 feet above the splash zone. The swimming area is truly picturesque, surrounded by sheer granite cliffs rising some 70 feet above the water.

“Our rope swing is one of our bigger attractions,” said Marketing Manager Terrell Chestnutt. “It tends to be one of the more popular social media things that we have.” If you want to join in the fun and take the plunge, you must be at least 54 inches tall and able to perform a pull-up.

Safety is paramount. All visiting swimmers are required to wear a life jacket when in the water and are supervised by experienced lifeguards. Because of this attention to safety, no boats or other watercraft are allowed during Open Swim. Don’t let that dissuade you from bringing your own small floats, though! Anything you can take to a local pool is welcome.

When you need a break from swimming, be sure to check out their onsite farm-to-table restaurant featuring produce grown right on the property. And when the swimming season ends, you can pick strawberries in April and apples and pumpkins from October through November. No matter what time of year, you will be guaranteed to have a splashing good time!

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EMBARKING on a Triangle Adventures e-bike tour makes uncovering hidden gems and local charm an absolute breeze.

Owners David and Marlo Harrington kick-started the new business — which observed its grand opening May 18 after a soft open in early March — to “highlight some of the lesser-known hotspots” in town and “share our passion of biking, nature, local history, local food, and local drinks with everyone.”

The duo “had very different backgrounds,” according to David — him from New York, her from Southern California — but soon found common ground. “We met in Raleigh through a mutual friend and bonded through a passion for biking and hiking out in nature.”

They now share that passion with the local community through a range of guided e-bike tours departing from Deep River Brewing in Clayton and other areas of the Triangle. What is an e-bike, you ask? I

strapped on a helmet to give you the scoop.

Options Abound

Having never ridden an e-bike before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised at the flexibility they offer in choosing your own exertion level.

“We have state-of-the-art e-bikes, and they make it easy. You don’t even have to pedal if you choose not to,” David said. “These bikes have a throttle, like an electric moped, so you can choose to pedal and get some exercise, or you can let the battery do all the work. It makes it effortless for anyone at any fitness level. Sit back and enjoy the ride!”

I loved turbo mode — the highest level of pedal assist — which allowed me to enjoy the views without breaking a sweat.

As for the tour selection, I had a tough time choosing between Burgers, Brews, and History Too; Tacos, Taps, and Local Facts;

and the Scenery Tour. A new option, The Raleigh Experience: Ghosts, Mystery, and Unique History, will debut June 22, starting and ending at the NC Museum of Art and taking riders through Dorothea Dix Park, the NC State Campus, and beyond — learning mysterious and creepy facts along the way.

Ultimately, my love for tacos and margaritas guided my choice: Tacos, Taps, and Local Facts. I met David and Marlo, who served as my fearless guides, in Clayton and set off on a journey filled with stunning views and delicious Mexican cuisine, all while sharpening my street smarts.

Hitting the Trail

We set out on a leisurely bike ride through the quaint historic town nestled along the banks of the Neuse River, winding through picturesque scenery and greeted

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by the soothing sounds of chirping birds and the invigorating scent of fresh air. The expedition left me feeling one with nature and piqued my interest in local history.

David and Marlo are walking (and pedaling) encyclopedias of historical knowledge, providing fascinating tidbits throughout the approximately 13-mile tour.

For example, we learned that North Carolina became a dry state years before the Prohibition era started in 1920, making it the state with the longest absence from alcohol. But fear not! After your enlightening journey, you’ll receive a ticket to enjoy a refreshing beer at Deep River. Cheers to history and hops!

“Clayton has some fascinating history, and few people know about it,” David said. “Some key moments of the Civil War happened right here in our backyard, among

many other things, and we thought it would be fun to throw some fun facts in with the food and drinks.”

In addition to historical facts, the tour highlights signs of growth and development, hinting at Clayton’s exciting future.

“Although Clayton is growing, it often gets overshadowed by Raleigh, and people overlook it,” David said. “Clayton has a lot of new elements to it, but you can feel it is a bit of an ‘old soul,’ and we love that — gives it a unique charm that you can only appreciate by visiting and immersing yourself in the local hot spots.”

Taco Time

Halfway through our ride, it was time to refuel with a stop at El Patron 323. Manager Simon Sanchez served up a fun atmosphere and excellent service!

“We include a margarita and a big fat taco of their choice,” David explained. “Substitutions can always be made if needed (especially for vegetarians and non-drinkers).” Want more? You’re welcome to purchase additonal food and beverages during your stop.

I opted for a delicious tinga taco. Paired with a refreshing margarita, it provided the perfect combination that energized me for the rest of the journey.

Incorporating food and drink stops into the tours came naturally to the Harringtons. They have an impeccable knack for selecting delicious and fun spots, and of course they know all the best restaurants in town like the backs of their hands!

“To be honest, we love burgers and tacos, so we wanted to do something we love,” David said. “We knew of some really great restaurants we wanted to highlight

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and partner with, so we began building the tours around those partnerships.”

As Johnston County’s oldest legal brewery. Deep River Brewing “was a natural stop as well,” according to David. “They have been an amazing partner, and we can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Ready to Try?

E-bike tours are perfect for bonding with friends, family, or colleagues as teambuilding exercises. Plus, with each pedal and pit stop, there’s always something new to learn, making every moment on the ebike entertaining and enriching.

“Marlo and I have worked hard to put together these engaging tours and show everyone a great time,” David said. “The tours are a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors, learn new things, laugh with friends, and meet new people while enjoying amazing food and drink. We want to encourage everyone to come try something new and exciting!”

Most tours last between 3 and 4 hours, and food and drinks are included in the price of the tour. Group rates are available.

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TODAY” sings a twee David Bowie on the seventh track to his fourth studio album, Hunky Dory. For the customers of Hunky Dory Cary, that love comes in the form of vinyl records and craft brews.

Store owner and Bowie fan Michael Bell considers Hunky Dory his favorite of Bowie’s albums. As he explained, “I wanted to expand on that old slang” of everything being hunky dory — a sentiment that naturally extends to records. “Aesthetically,” Bell said about vinyl, “it’s just pleasing.”

While spinning vinyl and slinging beer isn’t new to the Triangle — as the Durham Hunky Dory opened in 2010, followed by the Raleigh location in 2020 — Hunky Dory Cary has only been playing records since the end of 2023.

“I never imagined that we would have the reception that we’ve had,” Bell said.

Thanks to Hunky Dory, the Cary community is discovering that vinyl sounds better and is warmer. As Bell also acknowledged, it “forces you to slow down … forces you to listen to something from start to finish.” In a fast-paced and “everything-at yourfingertips society,” as he described it, “there is something really cool and nostalgic and peaceful, if you will, about that crackle, that hiss” when you play a record.

Here, Bell drops the needle on Hunky Dory.

There are three area Hunky Dory stores. What makes the Cary location unique?

I like the vibe in there. It’s markedly

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“There is something really cool and nostalgic and peaceful ... about that crackle, that hiss.”
Michael Bell, owner, Hunky Dory Record Shop

smaller than the rest. I’m just really stoked about this one because we did a lot in such a small space. I’ve collected a lot of really cool lamps and some mid-century furniture, and it’s a very inviting, cozy place. I’m very proud of that.

Who is your typical customer, if there is one, and what are some of your most popular acquisitions?

You’ll get some collectors in who are after some higher-end jazz. You’ll get some metalheads in who are after first presses of Metallica. You’ll get a younger audience in who are looking for Taylor Swift. I don’t turn my nose up — I try to get a huge variety. The used stuff is basically what people in Cary have brought in and we’ve purchased; we try to keep what people bring in in Cary in Cary. What’s really cool about Cary is that we’ve gotten more hard rock and metal — we’ve been open since December 1 — than I’ve probably gotten in years at the other stores combined. I don’t know why, but I find it fascinating, and we’ve kept it in Cary.


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Why local craft brews, and what does this feature add to the customer experience?

You support the local breweries; you bring in their stuff. A lot of people like craft beer. A lot of people like to sip a beer while they listen to records. We hope to have 10 taps in Cary soon. The other stores have proven that this model works. You have a beer, you enjoy the person sitting next to you, you have stories, you imbibe, and you get out on the floor and look for something cool. It brings you in, and we hope to keep you there and enjoy stories and have fun.

What’s next for Hunky Dory Cary?

I’m just going to keep listening to people telling me what they want to see in the bins, getting that in for them. Being really active on social media, letting them tell me on there what they want to see, and just keep getting it out there and reaching more people … keep expanding and getting better and better.

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PATRICK “PATCH” WALTERS is a planner. So, when he was running the biggest race of his athletic career and found himself in what he described as “too much pain,” he and his parents knew it was time for his “plan B shoes.” Thankfully, the shoe change did the trick over the long stretch of flat he was facing, as Walters was not only able to finish the race — but finish as its youngest runner.

The race in question? The JFK 50 Mile, an annual ultramarathon that takes place in Maryland and brings out elite runners to test their mettle. As America’s oldest ultramarathon, the race started in 1963 as part of President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to improve the physical fitness of the nation. The JFK 50 was founded by a North Carolina native, and while the initiative included multiple race locations at the outset, the Maryland course — which gains 1,172 feet in elevation within the first 5.5 miles alone, spans rocky sections of the Appalachian Trail, and drops over 1,000 feet in a series of steep and treacherous switchbacks — is the only original event that continues to be held every year.

Among the runners for the 61st iteration in November 2023 was 16-year-old Walters, who considers the race a stepping stone toward the goal he voiced while in ninth grade: “I want to run a 100-miler by the end of high school.”

And as far as his parents Elizabeth and Chad are concerned, there is no reason he won’t accomplish his goal. “Walters has definitely got grit,” Elizabeth shared. “He’s determined and perseveres through difficulties.”

For Walters, those difficulties came in the form of a cystic fibrosis diagnosis at 5 years old.

Being born before North Carolina instituted heel prick testing that would have detected the rare genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system meant that it would be an allergist who’d suggest the otherwise healthy and energetic Walters be tested for CF to see if it could account for his symptoms.

Walters’ parents attribute some of his endurance to the diagnosis, as at 5 he knew that his routine included lengthy daily treatments and long quarterly hospital appointments that his older brother and other kids didn’t have.

Despite CF historically being a disease with a life expectancy of only five years, Walters is now on just one oral medication and

thriving physically. When covid hit at the end of sixth grade, soccer player Walters and his dad started running to “get out of the house.” Despite being novices — wearing basketball shoes for their early runs — Chad was “thrilled that Walters wanted to start running and encouraged him to pursue running for the aerobic exercise and the benefits it would have for clearing his lungs.”

But then Walters began to run longer distances after starting track in the seventh grade and cross-country in the eighth. After placing well in races and winning the Most Improved and Track Coach’s Awards at GRACE Christian School, it became clear that the planner had even bigger plans.

When it comes to having CF and running long distances, Walters knew the expectation of others would be that he “won’t be as fast and his lungs won’t keep up.” But Patch likes to prove others wrong.

Katie Horton, Walters’ cross-country and track and field coach, met him “on the track before I even had a chance to coach him. He was a seventh-grade boy fearlessly running hurdles, and I immediately spotted that he had a talent.”

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CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE Ava Grivalski knows that with every blood donation you make, you are helping to save three lives. What she couldn’t have anticipated was that one of those lives may well have been her mother’s.

Grivalski and her mom, Leslie Moore-Martinez, have what they consider an “unusual story” when it comes to Grivalski’s charity commitment. In 2021, she was introduced to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund when the two stopped at the Apex Chick-filA and saw a hot-pink boat being being raffled off in support of the Fund. Intrigued, Grivalski took to social media to learn more about the Fund, which has raised $8 million since Coach Yow — the North Carolina State University Hall of Fame basketball coach who battled breast cancer for the last 22 years of her career — established it in 2007.

A conversation started when Moore-Martinez shared with Grivalski that two of her aunts, whom Grivalski had never met, had passed away from cancer. To honor these family members, the mother-daughter pair purchased raffle tickets. After they won the raffle — and the one-of-a-kind pink Savannah boat — they spent a lot of time boating on Jordan Lake and in the Wilmington area. The joke was that because they shared their story with everyone they met, they were the unofficial ambassadors of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

What they could never have predicted was that the next year Moore-Martinez would be diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer.

Part of her treatment included chemotherapy, and Grivalski learned that a blood transfusion may be necessary. She was surprised to discover that cancer patients are the greatest recipients of blood transfusions.

So, out of compassion for her mom, Grivalski decided to donate blood. “I have to admit I was scared to donate,” she acknowledged, “but the process was so easy, and it didn’t hurt at all.” After making several donations to the blood bank, Grivalski was eager to make a bigger impact.

Enter the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

It wasn’t until Grivalski started donating regularly to The Blood Connection — her first donation made at a drive held at her school shortly after her mom’s diagnosis — that she discovered there was a charity giveback option available. “I immediately knew I wanted to donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund,” Grivalski acknowledged. “I love that their mission is to support women with all cancers and that

they help the underserved with mobile mammograms.”

Not only could Grivalski support the blood bank, but she could donate to a cancer-specific organization. “I was able to make twice the impact,” she said.

With her first blood drive, and after finding the process of organizing a drive “very easy” thanks to The Blood Connection’s coordinator and a venue in the form of the Cary preschool her mom owns, Grivalski was able to engage families and staff and facilitate 38 donations — which could save 114 lives — and raise $1,000 in honor of cancer patients.

Considering it a “full-circle moment” to handdeliver the donation to the Fund alongside her mom, Grivalski met with CEO Jenny Palmateer, who offered her an opportunity she considers “truly life-changing.”

In a “first for the Fund,” Grivalski and Moore-Martinez were invited to be cochairs — the first ever mother-daughter duo — of one of the Fund’s biggest events, the Celebration Run/Walk held at WakeMed Soccer Park and hosted by NC Courage. Grivalski knew she had the chance to help support women with cancer in a “meaningful” way.

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HARSHIL GARG hopes to become a third-generation MBA. Yet, unlike his grandfather and his father, Madhur — who expressed that his son “sees things differently” — Garg wants to use his education to explore how the world of investing can be opened to the disadvantaged.

The rising senior at Green Level High, who plans to major in Business Studies at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, already has the necessary savvy to recognize that he must earn money for himself, as he explained, if he wants to “have enough to share with others in a meaningful way.”

And sharing with others seems to be what compelled Garg to launch Project Aqua-Survivors — an initiative aimed at teaching water awareness to the area’s underprivileged children.

Already concerned about the National Safety Council statistic that recognizes drowning as the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children under the age of 15, Garg drew inspiration from Swim Tayka, an organization that provides free swimming lessons to the underprivileged children of the world living along open waters.

And when it comes to swimming — a sport Garg started at age 5 when he moved from India to New Hampshire and continued with the Triangle Aquatic Center when his family relocated to Cary at 8 — his thinking about water safety took a similarly different approach.

“I didn’t really know where to start,” Garg admitted, after realizing that the YMCA where he worked out already had its own program and required children to be onsite for lessons. “One thing led to another,” Garg said, and “I finally found Project PHOENIX after talking to the school resource officer.”

Project PHOENIX (Promoting Healthy Occupancy through Education, Networking, and Information eXchange) is an alliance between the Cary Police Department and Town that partners officers with apartment neighborhoods to maintain safety and foster a sense of community.

When Garg met with Sergeant Dustin Wright, his contact at Project PHOENIX, the officer asked him a critical question: For someone to not drown, is it important that they know how to swim?

“When I started discussing my ideas and what I wanted to do with Sgt. Wright,” Garg explained, “he helped evolve it. He volunteered manpower; he volunteered publicity and outreach in the communities that he already worked with as part of Project PHOE-

NIX. Essentially, I got the platform on top of which I could then build my program.”

And after his thinking shifted to “how not to drown” from the conventional “how to swim,” and under the aegis of Project PHOENIX, Garg knew he could accomplish something impactful for a wider audience in a shorter duration.

The first step was to raise funds. While charitable donations were an option, Garg decided to rely on his swimming skills. Knowing that he connects well with kids, throughout the summer of 2022 Garg offered swim coaching to kids who could afford to pay. The mother of two boys described her sons’ time with Garg as “a fun and fruitful experience for my family,” with her younger son becoming comfortable enough to put his face in the water and the older learning “a whole deal about breath control and pushing through the length of the pool.” Coaching 10 kids that summer earned Garg $1,200 — enough money to kick off Project Aqua-Survivors.

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But Walters isn’t reckless. He doesn’t simply see goals — he wants to understand them. Whether it’s changing up the kinds of runs he does, scrutinizing his nutrients, or training for an ultramarathon without music because the race bans AirPods, Walters approaches every goal with the logic and meticulousness that will serve him well should he study mechanical engineering in college as he plans.

“Patch is still the same brave kid that I saw jumping hurdles on the track,” Horton explained, “but what I’ve grown to learn about Walters is that he doesn’t tackle the hard tasks without fear. In fact, most of the time he’s terribly intimidated by the challenge, but what makes him so brave is that he still pursues his goals despite his fear.”

Indeed, Walters isn’t immune to the worry that comes from dips in his lung function, so he hopes that his achievements raise awareness of the need for

continued medical advancements and an eventual cure for CF.

Elana O’Connell, founder of the Joey O Bocce Classic, which has raised $600,00 for CF, has no doubts in that regard. After first meeting Walters at the event when he was 8, O’Connell went to see him run his first marathon years later. “I saw the future of a cure!” O’Connell explained. “Patch was our hope that a cure for CF was imminent.”

Despite describing Walters as modest and humble — traits that align with his desire to schedule his longest training runs on weekends to keep his weekdays free for runs with friends — O’Connell is clear about his influence: “Patch is a hero in my eyes. I don’t believe kids with CF had someone like Patch to look up to. They see him and think to themselves, Why not me? I can do that!”

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“I think I will remember that day forever,” Grivalski said about the event, which took place February 3. At the “celebration of cancer survivors, thrivers, caregivers, and those in the fight to end all cancers affecting women,” $150,000 was raised and a record attendance achieved. Grivalski was also asked to give a speech. As the Presidential Academic and Communications Fellows scholarship recipient from Elon University and with plans to double major in Strategic Communications and International Business this fall — and having wanted to speak publicly since middle school — Grivalski feels “incredibly proud” to have helped build awareness in such a visible way.

With college drawing near, Grivalski hopes to find ways to engage students not only with blood drives but as a part of the education process in support of cancer patients and research. She also plans to intern for the Kay Yow team, and every blood drive she hosts will continue to support the Fund. Grivalski’s advice to other teens is therefore fitting: “Focus on something that is important to you. When you connect with an organization or a charity, giving truly comes from the heart.”

About her legacy of helping women, Coach Yow once said: “I normally shun the spotlight, but I don’t mind being the platform.” For her part, Grivalski is “so

proud to have been a part of what [Yow] created” and is grateful for the constant support and inspiration of her mom, who has achieved remission. t

In his sophomore year, Garg finalized the execution details of Project Aqua-Survivors, which would run during the summer of 2023. Two underprivileged Cary apartment communities — Merriwood and Williamsburg Manor — were shortlisted, and Garg settled on the competencies required to help anticipate, avoid, and survive common drowning situations.

Thanks to Project PHOENIX’s continued support in the form of community advertising and the provision of a lifeguard at the three hourlong sessions conducted in the apartment pools — along with the money Garg raised the previous summer, which was used to buy coaching equipment, swim goggles, and US Coast Guard-approved life vests — the program saw high participation. A total of 18 children attended one or more session. Perhaps recognizing Garg’s desire

for participants to reduce their fear of water, several parents expressed an interest in taking part in adult-level classes should they become available.

For Sgt. Wright, who was immediately supportive of Garg’s idea to bring water awareness to the doorstep of an underserved population, and who was already familiar with the number of deaths in Cary alone due to drowning, Project Aqua-Survivors was a resounding success.

On Garg’s part, and after being named The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center’s 2024 Key Volunteer of the Year, the hope is to create a “pipeline of compassionate coaches from the high schools in the area,” who will ensure that the summer program continues after he graduates.

Garg’s ongoing concern for water safety among those who can’t swim has never abated; if anything, making an actionable differ-

ence has strengthened his desire to prevent everyday deaths from drowning.

“I know that there are many other swimmers like me who would like to give back to society in a meaningful way using their skills,” he affirmed, “but not everyone is fortunate to find the means to do so. I want to be able to provide them with that opportunity.” t

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Kids Together Playground

“SMALL IDEAS REAP GREAT rewards when those ideas are shared by many,” reads a sign in Cary’s Kids Together Playground, the legacy of Helen Rittelmeyer and Kristen Holcombe, 8-year-olds who dreamed of a place where their younger siblings with disabilities could safely play. Skip ahead more than 20 years and the playground — nestled in the Marla Dorrel Park — continues to allow kids of all ages and abilities to play together.

Thanks to the enduring effort of a team of volunteers, KT Playground provides opportunities for children to under -

stand the concept emblazoned in bronze in the Misting Garden: “Different is Normal, Love is Universal.”

Here, park namesake and Kids Together President Marla Dorrel explains how dreams can become reality when individuals join their efforts and work hard … then play hard!

The playground is a suburban Cary fixture. Can you share how the space has grown along with the community?

In the early years, Kids Together added shade structures in the School-Age

Sensory Play area. Today, given the trees’ growth, we wouldn’t need those!

During the initial design stage, budgetary concerns caused us to delay adding a water feature. However, in partnership with the Town of Cary, in 2018 we added the Misting Garden — complete with whimsical chimera statues created by Pittsboro artist Todd Frahm.

Over the years, we’ve been asked to include a wheelchair-accessible swing. We didn’t find the right one until, in 2022, we discovered the We-Go-Swing, which allows a child in a wheelchair to swing without

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transferring and includes both a wheelchairaccessible and standard bench bay, allowing a child in a wheelchair to swing along with a non-disabled sibling, caregiver, or other friend. With funding from KT and the Town of Cary, the We-Go-Swing was installed in December 2023.

We are fortunate that the Town of Cary continues to maintain the playground, keeping it safe and exciting.

Does the playground continue to be used as imagined and intended?

Yes. There is rarely a time that the playground isn’t in use, and it’s a joy to see families flock there, especially on weekends. Our visitors speak many languages and reflect the area’s diversity. The picnic shelter is a popular place for birthday parties and other gatherings. Groups from the YMCA and area day care centers bring busloads of children for a few hours of fun, and playgroups meet in the Preschool Play area.

Can you share an experience that epitomizes the playground’s mission?

For the past two years, the Town’s Specialized Recreation program has chosen Kids Together Playground as the site of its annual Easter Eggstravaganza, an egg hunt designed for those with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. The event is open to everyone, including nondisabled children who just happen to be at the playground. Seeing everyone together, crafting paper crowns and hunting eggs, demonstrates what our organization values most: accessibility and inclusivity for those of all abilities.

KT is active when it comes to events, this spring’s Safety Day being just one example. What’s planned and how can the community show its support?

As an all-volunteer organization, Kids Together runs on a shoestring budget de-

spite still having annual expenses and those related to the free community activities we offer. Our membership program is designed to cover those expenses — the more we receive, the more fun experiences we can offer. We also welcome donations, and our engraved brick program is a special way to honor someone.

While we hold at least four free events — including pop-ups — at the playground each year, our sole fundraiser, Walk, Run & Roll for Inclusive Play, is taking place on October 5. We’re seeking sponsors and vendors; those interested can contact me at, and event information is available on our website.t

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With so many entrepreneurs joining the ranks of this year’s Movers & Shakers, it’s perhaps unsurprising that several among them would seek inspiration — or, at times, solace — in the same Mike Tyson quotation. Yet, for the ambitious achievers of 2024, their inroads to success are just as unique as their professions and industries ... and the eclectic wisdom they share about their personal and professional lives. So read on to discover what happens when preparation and chance collide.


Origin story:

I got my interest in law enforcement while volunteering at a rescue squad; working wrecks sparked an interest that led to me wanting to learn how these collisions happened. Once I started in law enforcement, I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my career. It also led to me becoming a crash reconstructionist while working for the police department.

Favorite accomplishments:

My proudest accomplishment is undoubtedly my marriage to my incredible wife and raising two remarkable children. Without them by my side, I would not be able to accomplish the other great accomplishments throughout life.

A proud moment:

Recently I was able to see an officer I’ve mentored over the years achieve a promotion to corporal as well as receive Officer of the Year. It displays the importance of investing in the growth of team members and the positive impact it can have on the agency.

On continuing to grow as a leader:

I’ve come to recognize that in the realm of leadership, the moment you think you’ve learned it all is the moment you should reconsider your role. Every day presents opportunities for growth, and I actively seek out chances to expand my understanding and skills as a leader.

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Co-Owner, Bumble Brews Raleigh Realtor, At Home with Libby and Choice Residential Real Estate

Origin story:

I began my career working for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons and continued my trajectory through roles in event planning, social media, relationship management, and professional education. When my husband and I got married, we each picked a place off a map to try and convince the other person to move to our choice. After visiting Raleigh — my choice! — there was nowhere that could compare.

Our Bumble Brews venture was born out of a desire for my husband to leave the corporate world and become more ingrained in the community we had grown to love. He explored many franchise options; all along I told him: “If you pick something fun, I’m in. If you pick something boring, you’re on your own.”

Core values:

Creativity and authenticity. My creativity comes into play when I’m negotiating for my real estate clients, planning events at Bumble Brews, coming up with strategic ways to help our staff grow, and encouraging my 2-year-old daughter to put on pants. Authenticity is a rare value in today’s world where social media has created a highlight reel of people’s accomplishments.

Favorite quote:

One part stands out from The Sound of Music’s “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” — “Climb ev’ry mountain, ford ev’ry stream, follow ev’ry rainbow, till you find your dream. A dream that will need all the love you can give, ev’ry day of your life for as long as you live.” Entrepreneurship emphasizes hard work and hustle, but the perspective shifts when you think about pouring love into what you do — waking up daily and continuing to love it is no easy feat!


My daughter, Nell. I want her to understand the benefits of entrepreneurship and relying on her community and developing and practicing her unique skills. I hope she understands that “work” can look however she chooses but that it’s not the end goal. I want her to understand that living a great life with loved ones and practicing self-care are the ultimate desired outcomes of hard work.


Origin story:

During a college internship in my hometown of Asheboro, North Carolina, I saw how — unlike federal or state governments — local, municipal governments have an opportunity to truly know the people they serve. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, my goal was to find employment with a municipality. In 2015, I began my career with the Town of Apex. Knowing that my work contributes to community members feeling proud to call Apex home, understanding the important work of our town staff, and engaging with various programs and initiatives means everything to me and keeps me going … even on the tough days.

Favorite accomplishments:

Leading an amazing group of staff in planning and executing the Town of Apex’s sesquicentennial. Our 150th anniversary was a yearlong celebration that kicked off in February 2023 and unified community members, created common understanding, and challenged everyone to go “all in” by participating in over 150 ways to celebrate throughout the year. A highlight of the celebration year was the What Makes Apex Home video series that showcased more than 100 community stories — many previously untold — from various ages and backgrounds.


Working in communications, I have a lens into every department within our town government. While I am no expert on any department, I do have the opportunity to get to know many important pieces so that I can better communicate to the community. My motivation is always twofold: to help our community members know what is going on in their local government, and to tell the stories and accomplishments of our staff. Internal and external communications are at the forefront of my mind — I love when I get to bring the two together to tell the stories of our community.

Biggest challenge:

A challenge local government communications staff face is balancing creating fun and engaging content and getting important information out quickly. Maintaining transparency and accountability often leaves us to figure out how to communicate a project in a way that engages the community for the least amount of tax dollars. As we strategize and develop the tactics, graphics, and messaging surrounding a new project, we often face the challenge of knowing how to reach our audience effectively.

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Nathaniel (Nate) John Branscomb

Favorite accomplishments:

Being able to live vicariously through my children’s accomplishments. Parenthood has been both phenomenal and trying, but it’s all worthwhile when I see my children apply some of the lessons and insight my wife and I have tried to instill in them.

Selfishly, BCombs won two NC IDEA entrepreneurial grants, I have been named one of the 10 to Watch nonprofit leaders by the United Way of the Greater Triangle, I have the opportunity to serve our youth, and now I’m a Mover & Shaker.

Origin story:

As the oldest child growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I was accustomed to telling my siblings and cousins what to do. I mean lead by example. Fast forward, and I have been able to combine my love for helping others, leadership qualities, and years in nonprofit leadership into BCombs, a CRM software to help nonprofits and youth-serving organizations save time, reduce costs, automate processes, increase engagement, and better track and utilize data.

Favorite quote:

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face” was Mike Tyson’s response when asked whether he was worried about Evander Holyfield and his fight plan. Life, parenthood, and entrepreneurship are all about facing the unknown. The unknown can be an opportunity — and getting punched in the face may sometimes be the wakeup call we need to do something different.

On success:

It’s funny how our definition of success changes. Entering Miami University (Ohio), success was obtaining a role that would serve as the building block for a successful corporate career. Now living in Cary, looking forward to celebrating 20 years of marriage, raising children in an environment that is almost the polar opposite of where I was raised, I view success through prisms related to my enjoyment of life, whether I’m living up to my purpose, if I’m testing my limitations, and whether I contribute to the lives of others. So, here’s to new challenges and getting punched in the face.


Favorite accomplishments:

1) Marrying my wife, Ashley, almost 20 years ago. She motivates me to be the best version of myself and a better person every day.

2) Becoming a dad to my triplets, two sons and a daughter. Being a triplet parent has its challenges, but it is also one of the greatest blessings of my life.

3) Starting CADCO. I always wanted to be a general contractor, having started in the field at 16 years old. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Construction Technology and after working for a construction company for five years, I took a leap of faith and started my own company.

4) Giving back to our community through CADCO’s Annual Autism Awareness Golf Tournament, which benefits the Autism Society of NC. My wife and I, with the help of numerous volunteers and supporters, hold this tournament to raise funds in support of ASNC’s mission to improve the lives of individuals with autism, support their families, and educate communities.

5) Coaching my sons’ football teams and serving as a coach for Cary High football. As a former football player and avid sports fan, I enjoy using my passion for sports to make a difference in the lives of young athletes.

Core values:

Just as CADCO’s core values are loyalty, dependability, and integrity, these are the values I try to live my life by. As an entrepreneur, I also value creativity, hard work, and the effort it takes to be successful in business and in life.


I am fortunate to have had several great mentors in my life — coaches, teachers, family members, friends, and colleagues. My most influential mentor is my dad. He taught me to work hard and do everything with purpose and integrity while keeping faith and family first. His leadership and selflessness gave me an example of the kind of man I continue to try to be.

Favorite quote:

As a lifelong Notre Dame football fan, I love this quote by Lou Holtz: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.”

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Proud moment:

In February 2023, we had the opportunity to host the NHL Stadium Series game in Carter-Finley Stadium. With the passion of our fan base, we knew this market would shine nationally and globally; we wanted to put a full week’s events together to make it a true celebration of our region. The Stadium Series game ended up being the fastest sellout in NHL outdoor game history, with nearly 57,000 people filling CarterFinley on a perfect Saturday evening. That week’s events had a $20.1+ million economic impact on the region.

Leadership style:

I think everyone needs to find their unique leadership style. The principles I’ve tried to live by include hiring the best possible people with the right attitudes, empowering them to make autonomous decisions, and making sure they have the resources they need to be successful at elevating our brand.

On fostering a positive work environment:

The more I’ve advanced in my career, the more I’ve learned how fostering a positive work environment is as important, if not more so, than any other job duty as a leader. It’s not easy to balance every personality, so if you create a culture where people treat each other with respect, communicate with each other, and are solutions based, it becomes much easier to get buy-in from every individual — as they know these are nonnegotiable as team members.

On maintaining work/life balance:

This is probably the most challenging aspect for anyone who works in sports, as you’re going to work long, nontraditional hours, holidays, and weekends. For many, it also often becomes a personal identifier — people associate you with the team or school you work for. Where I’ve grown is in understanding that working in sports is what I do and not necessarily who I am. Being more present at home, on vacation, or while watching my kids play sports themselves has helped with the mental fatigue caused by always being “on” or thinking about work. It’s not easy and something I still need to improve, but I’ve come a long way.


Damón Gray II

Employment Attorney, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Origin story:

As the child of a United States Marine, I was nurtured by the steadfast support of both my parents and raised in 12 different cities across the globe. From Japan to Hawaii, I was exposed to many corners of the world. My educational path led me to graduate from Cornell University. However, it was during my tenure at Wake Forest Law School that I developed a deep connection to North Carolina, which prompted my decision to establish firm roots here.

Favorite quote:

“Chance favors only the prepared mind” is a quote by Louis Pasteur that has always resonated with me and reinforced the notion that success stems from diligent preparation. This principle highlights the significance of continual learning, planning, and constant attentiveness and aligns with my conviction that being well prepared enhances our ability to make the most of unexpected opportunities.

On company culture:

I am privileged to be a part of Jackson Lewis P.C., a nationwide employment law firm that excels in fostering diverse, inclusive, and high-performing teams. Beyond legal services, the firm deeply values its culture and focuses on personal growth, diversity, equity, and leadership development, and provides ample mentorship opportunities. There is also a commitment to community involvement in local initiatives such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Triangle, Salvation Army Angel Tree Adoption, and NC Legal Feeding Frenzy. I have contributed to the firm’s culture by helping to plan office events, participating in community service events, and assisting with mentoring our yearly legal interns.

Fun fact:

In high school, I had the unique opportunity to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and featured on her daily talk show. In 2006, Oprah ran a series discussing ways to enhance America’s school systems. One proposed solution was to adopt a new model of school, which had been developed and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a student representative, I had the honor of being interviewed not only by Oprah but also by both Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates.

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Brittany Johnson Planner II, Town of Morrisville

Favorite accomplishments:

Helping to establish the Town of Morrisville’s inaugural mural program, a component of our evolving public art program. Developing the program — a labor of love I am appreciative to have coordinated — allowed me to combine my passion for art and my love of planning.

As the summer installation of the first murals draws near, I can now take a moment to reflect on the people and steps it took to see this plan through to fruition. The program’s goal is to activate and enhance the cultural connectivity and vitality of Morrisville through engaging artwork and creative placemaking. We aim to honor the town’s natural beauty, add to the collection of public art, and provide opportunities for community engagement. We want murals to be colorful and inspiring for residents and visitors, and to reflect the unique characteristics of Morrisville!

Fun fact:

I have an identical twin, which has informed much of who I am and made me hyperaware of the impact I can have on others daily. I also believe that being a twin uniquely prepared me to work collaboratively. Because of this, I strive to bring positive energy to all situations.

On fostering a positive work environment:

I have the wonderful and unique chance to have a true impact on the Town. I take that opportunity seriously and understand what a privilege it is to serve in this role, guiding residents through understanding the intricacies of the Unified Development Ordinance and helping them to understand local and state provisions. I am also privileged to see projects from inception to development. As a student of architecture and a visual artist, I see the beauty in all structures. Being able to share that beauty with my coworkers and the community contributes to my positivity.

Favorite quote:

My grandfather had a motto I have adopted as my own and choose to live by: “Rather the task be great or small, do it well or not at all.” My parents further instilled in me the importance of doing my best in all situations and were great examples to follow.


On fostering a positive work environment:

Having a great leadership team to teach, train, and hold accountable is the first step — sharing the company vision and having your team understand how they are a part of it. When you foster a team to care and they see that the leadership cares, it creates a positive workplace.

On success:

When you own a business, you measure success using different metrics. The team’s happiness, sales, profits, and reputation in our industry can make you feel like you are on top of the world or at the bottom of the well. Success is fluid. Consistency, hard work, resilience, and even fear are things that I think make you successful.

Biggest risk:

I have taken many, from starting a business at 22 years old, to launching Ella’s Popcorn during the pandemic, to opening a retail store in 2003. The food industry is one of the riskiest. When I first started out, I couldn’t get a loan without a co-signatory. I was told by a banker that I wouldn’t last five years in the restaurant business. I had to correct him that I was starting a catering business. At the time, catering wasn’t recognized as a separate industry.

The risk of feeling like I wasn’t going to make it was both a curse and a blessing — it motivated me to keep going. Everything we do outside of our comfort level is a risk. Owning a business is always one.

Biggest challenge:

By far, getting through the pandemic. As a single mother, I was terrified of what it could mean for my girls and our future goals. As a business owner, I had to let many people go and estimate how long we could go on without business. My sister and I had to dig deep to figure out a plan. We started by making personal family meals for our employees and customers. We made masks, and we started doing Zoom cooking classes.

In October of 2020 we launched Ella’s Popcorn, named after my daughter, using a longtime recipe from our catering menu. We started shipping all over the country, and are forever grateful for all our customers, employees, families, friends, and neighbors who supported us through this time.

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John Lugo

Head Trainer and Owner, FluidK9 Dog Training


One person who really impacted my life as both a dog trainer and a person is Kostas Koilias, from Greece. Kostas taught me about the real values of dog training: to be fair and to train each dog according to what they individually need to succeed — and that at the end of the day, it is all about the dog.

Favorite quote:

“You should be grateful to the dog who’s willing to show you his teeth. At least he is being honest.” — Kostas Koilias

Impactful lessons:

One of the challenges in life is finding out what you’re good at. Once you find that gift — that purpose — you have to figure out a way to use it to help people.

Recent challenge:

For about a decade before covid, I mostly trained sport and working dogs, along with an occasional pet dog. This type of work took me all over the country and the world. The travel came to a sudden stop during covid, and I had to reevaluate my work. This was when I refocused on working mostly with pet dogs, and I put down roots in the Cary area. It has been an adjustment that has been made easier by the wonderful clients and community that have welcomed me with open arms.

Fun fact:

I am a huge jazz guy and lover of all music. Before becoming a dog trainer, I went to music school, graduating from Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. I still play the upright bass. Music and playing is a big part of my life, and I feel like it always will be.


Favorite accomplishment: In Cary, it is helping to transform the landscape of affordable housing. I authored Cary’s first housing plan, which intentionally integrated other Cary priorities such as the environment, transportation, and economic development. The journey to create this holistic document and have authentic support from Town Council and other leaders was a labor of love and something

I’m incredibly proud of. We went beyond traditional housing documents and published a plan that speaks to the true essence of Cary. It’s this milestone in Cary that gives me excitement about my new chapter at Wake County — an opportunity to broaden my geographic impact and support even more residents needing access to high-quality housing.

Impactful lessons you have learned:

The power of the pivot. Like most people, there were experiences in my career and life that didn’t go according to plan. In the moment it felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t know how I was going to overcome what I perceived to be adversity. Now, instead of allowing myself to feel defeated, I immediately say to myself: There’s probably something better waiting for me.

I’m from Chicago, and when my husband relocated us to Nashville, it was difficult to leave my family, friends, and professional network. In hindsight, our move to Nashville was critical for giving us the geographic proximity to do a road trip to this region and learn about the high quality of life and opportunities. Today, I can’t imagine living anywhere else or having a career that does not serve the people of this community.


It changes depending on the season, but my son is without a doubt my biggest motivation to do this incredible work and take care of myself — to leave a legacy he’s proud of and be here with him as long as possible.

Favorite quote:

“We have the ability to be the heroes of our families, our community, and our lives. It’s important to remind people of that truth: You have what it takes to make an impact.”

— Kerry Washington

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Guiding philosophy:

True You Weight Loss

The philosophy that drives me and my team is that obesity is a disease — and not a matter of willpower. As a practitioner and advocate, my goal is to reduce the stigma associated with obesity and encourage patients to seek medical treatment for it just as they would any other disease state. For decades, patients struggling with obesity have had minimal treatment options, but we are fortunate that the emerging field of medicine I specialize in provides novel, safe, and highly effective treatments that offer sustainable weight loss.

Origin story:

After completing medical school and finishing my Gastroenterology subspecialty training at UNC, the entire field of endoscopic bariatrics was first coming online. Practicing GI, I saw many patients battling obesity-related issues. Apart from bariatric surgery, treatment options for obesity were almost nonexistent. With the advent of endoscopic tools, an entire world of options became available. As an early pioneer in the field, I immediately experienced the impact of these procedures. In 2020 I founded the first dedicated endoscopic bariatric practice in the country, and I continue to focus on improving the health of my patients and advancing and innovating within this rapidly evolving field.


My patients. While their individual struggles are unique, their stories are often similar. These patients have put in the work to lose weight but just haven’t been given the tools to succeed. Once we provide the tools, guidance, and accountability, it is a joy and privilege to witness their renewed commitment to living a healthy life. And while losing 50 or 100 pounds is great, it’s the “nonscale victories” that really make me proud. We provide the tools, but my patients must put in the work.

Fun fact:

Contrary to popular belief, diet and exercise aren’t that effective for long-term weight loss. While both are critical to good health, when it comes to losing weight, they don’t do much to move the scale. The human body is skilled at maintaining weight and will fight every effort we make to lose it. That’s why we sometimes need weight loss tools to disrupt those innate mechanisms — so the work can finally work


On maintaining work/life balance:

Work/life balance is essential for overall well-being and productivity. Maintaining this balance is like finding the perfect harmony between your professional responsibilities and personal life. I have accepted that work/life balance will not always balance; instead, work and life will likely coexist. There will be times when work will outweigh my personal life and vice versa. I try to set boundaries, prioritize tasks, and establish routines. I think the healthiest way to manage positive work/life balance is learning when it’s time to unplug and reset.

On continuing to grow as a leader:

Growing as a leader is an ongoing mission. Our best leaders recognize learning never stops. As a “young professional,” I am doing more learning than I am leading in this phase of my career. I take mental notes of the leaders in our community and identify the characteristics I would like to reflect. Lastly, I frequently seek advice from my mentors. I try not to seek the answers I want; I try to accept the feedback I need. I must admit, I am still a work in progress in that regard.

On success:

Success is in the eye of the beholder. I also believe success looks different in different phases of life. Currently, success is about setting the stage for the next chapter of my life — being a communityfocused leader while being available for my family and friends. From a career perspective, my success is contingent on making a positive impact within the business community. I am fortunate to be in a profession that affords me that opportunity. My personal success is simple: showing up for my support system. Balancing the two can be challenging but is well worth the effort.

Favorite quote:

“To whom much is given, much will be required.”

— Luke 12:48

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Dr. Dwijesh (DJ) B. Patel

Interventional Cardiologist, Rex Hospital


Kusum Patel, my mother, and Sweta Patel RPH, my sister, were instrumental in my early life, instilling in me the values of hard work, perseverance, and compassion. Their unwavering support and guidance provided the foundation upon which I built my aspirations and pursued my dreams. As I navigated the complexities of growing up, their wisdom and encouragement served as beacons of light — shaping my character and fostering my determination.

Throughout my journey as a cardiologist, I have been profoundly guided and supported by my mentors, Drs. George Stouffer, Joel Schneider, William Newman, Ravish Sachar, and countless others.

Origin story:

I moved from India to the United States after high school with my mother and sister and supported by my uncle, Piyush Patel, and his wonderful family. Determined to pursue a career in medicine, I completed my undergraduate studies at UNC at Chapel Hill. Following this, I earned my medical degree and solidified my passion for cardiology. My journey continued at UNC, where I completed my residency and specialized training in general cardiology. Further honing my skills, I undertook advanced training in interventional cardiology. Now, I take pride in being a member of the North Carolina Heart and Vascular at UNC Rex Hospital. Additionally, I have the privilege of caring for patients at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, where I serve as the Cath Lab Director.

Leadership style:

My leadership style is a blend that defies firm categorization and draws elements from servant and identity leadership. I believe in serving others with empathy and humility, prioritizing their needs and growth. Simultaneously, I empower individuals to embrace their identities and strengths, which fosters a collaborative and inclusive environment.

Favorite quote:

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill


Biggest risk:

At 23 years old and after graduating from NC State and flight attending for a year, I quit my job, took out a very large loan, and had my first flight lesson. Becoming a pilot was not something I’d “always dreamed of” like most people. In fact, I didn’t even think it was possible — not for me, anyway. Until one day when a pilot around my age started telling me about his journey, and it just clicked: If he can do it, I can do it. Seven years after that first flight lesson, I’m now flying Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft internationally at the major airline I once flight attended for.

Fun fact:

95% of airline pilots are male. Only 5% of airline pilots are female.

Favorite quote:

“If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll never be ready.” — Jen Proulx

Impactful lessons you have learned:

At any moment, you can make a decision to change your life. It is never too early, too late, or too wild to do anything. If someone else has done it before you, then ask yourself: Why not me? Never be the person who stands in your own way.

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Favorite accomplishments:

When I moved to the US from Mexico in 1999 — with no money or immigration papers and knowing no English — to opening my own restaurant in Beverly Hills 10 years later and without the need for any investors. I had told myself if I couldn’t make it within 10 years, I was mediocre. The first time I was on Top Chef was another proud moment — especially because by that point I had applied for the show 11 times and been denied!

Overcoming adversity:

My wife says I never take no for an answer, but I think that luck has something to do with it. I also never complained. I had a goal, and since I couldn’t leave the country because of my immigration status, I saved every penny I made from the three jobs I worked — at the best restaurants, to give me the best experience and education — and I learned fast.

Core values:

The most important thing to me is to never lie. Attention to detail is also critical in this industry.

Current goals:

Thanks to traveling a lot and having a great team, I’m opening a vegan hot dog place in the Hamptons. Also, Flour & Barrel Kitchen + Bar in downtown Raleigh and a secret project: the coolest Japanese-oriented speakeasy. Several bakeries and a kosher steakhouse are coming soon to Chicago, and I’m continuing my work with LM Restaurants in Raleigh — a city that has welcomed me and my family unlike any other place. I love living here, and I plan to die here. Raleigh just needs better food … and I’m working on it!


Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Truss Vet - Veterinary Urgent Care

Fun fact:

I was a dinosaur kid who never grew up. I spent much of my life keeping and breeding rare reptiles. I co-founded the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium. I ride bikes long distances, enjoy photographing the many random things I collect, and like watches and ceramics. My creative outlet is bonsai.

On maintaining work/life balance:

This has been my greatest challenge since starting a family and business. I benefit from a range of interests that offer balance and diversion, but I battle a constant tendency toward overcommitment. But here’s a secret: Your life will not make time for you. Ride your bike. Call your friend. Sign up for the class. Your greatest regrets will be forgoing opportunities because you thought there would be enough time.

Impactful lessons you have learned:

Starting a business quickly teaches you humility. Entrepreneurs are inspired by a desire to solve problems, and then operating a business is the slow, painful exercise through which you learn you’re wrong about most things. I’m increasingly convinced that the most successful people in business are not necessarily brilliant or even that smart, but simply adaptable and willing to listen to those closer to the problems than themselves.

Biggest risk:

I’d be lying if I cited anything other than launching Truss Vet. My partners and I didn’t dive into this with the backing of some venture capital group — just some modest startup capital and a big idea. My wife and I were also getting her small business (Art by Shalimar in downtown Cary) off the ground. Additionally, she was pregnant with our 3-year-old, and we were in a once-in-a-generation global health crisis. We went from enjoying an easy and free-spirited time to having to quickly get serious about our futures. Maybe it was just the motivation we needed.

I’m probably over credited for being brave or ambitious when I’m just idealistic and naive. My partner and I have our families’ futures wholly staked on the success of Truss Vet. We like to joke that no matter what happens, we will somehow end up in the Bahamas. (Our lenders don’t like this joke.)

Favorite quote:

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

— Mike Tyson

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Origin story:

Born in Wilmington to a brilliant engineer and a creative artist, I inherited opposing strengths and pursued paths that harmonize them. Beginning in brewing, I fused technical precision with inventive flavors and earned national acclaim for my beer. With impending fatherhood came a shift to corporate America, where I leveraged my knack for creative problem-solving to excel. Driven by a quest for excellence and a yearning to create significance in a world often lacking authenticity, I founded The Albatross Golf Pub. Utilizing state-of-the-art simulator technology and a scientific approach to our food and cocktail program, The Albatross is a unique experience that I’m thrilled to offer in our downtown Cary flagship location.

On maintaining work/life balance:

Achieving balance means recognizing my limits and taking steps to address them. Juggling a demanding corporate job with raising two young kids and managing a new business leaves little time to spare. When burnout looms, I prioritize self-reflection and communication. Embracing the mantra “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” I carve out time each week for activities that replenish my energy beyond my professional and parental duties.

Core values:

Establishing our core values was a priority when launching The Albatross. These values serve as our guiding principles, informing our decisions and fostering clear communication within our team. They are innovation, excellence, fun and enjoyment, customer centricity, community, and respect. Having a professional set of core beliefs isn’t often seen in small operations like The Albatross, but a personal core belief is that you must set your goals high. By treating The Albatross as if it already has the potential to become a large enterprise, I have set us up to embrace future opportunities when they arise.

Favorite quote:

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice.” — Steve Jobs


Owner, RBF, Your Authentic Champagne Bar

Leadership style:

When I started my business, my 20 years in corporate America taught me exactly how I wanted to lead: with transparency and authenticity. As we have grown and changed, I have invited my staff for input and feedback. Our guests are amazing and vital to being a successful business, but the safety and well-being of my staff has and will always come first.

Guiding philosophy:

In this divisive world, we must shift, grow, and understand one another more deeply than we have before. We are no longer just adding chairs to the table — we need to build a brand-new table and bring in many more chairs, voices, ideas, and experiences. In every detail of RBF, I purposefully created a safe and diverse space that in turn has brought thousands of women together to connect in a beautiful and authentic way.

Biggest risk:

I grew up being told not to trust my own voice or instincts. I spent a significant part of my adult life under the assumption that my deep inner knowing was wrong. Starting a business, I had to let go of fear and rely on my gut, past experiences, and the passion in my purpose and the brand I was building. Many people challenged parts of my living-wage model, business plan, décor, bar name, etc. For the first time, I stood strong in my vision, research, and knowledge — even when it didn’t make sense to others. I would rather make a mistake and learn from it than risk not listening to my mind, heart, and soul.

Advice to offer:

Be selfish. Love your alone time. Dig deep to know who you are. Drink the good bottle of bubbles. Get the massage. Build strong relationships with your friends — talk money, how to break toxic family cycles, and how to smash the patriarchy together … Golden Girls style. Be raw. Be real. And remember: There is no timeline. You are not behind. You’re only getting started.

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Jennifer Zewe

Owner, Artful Libations and RallyPoint Sport Grill

Proud moment:

When we hit 50 weddings in a year. Now we are four times that size, but I remember clearly hitting 50 weddings and knowing the business was going to work. The confirmation that we did it.


I am inspired by my husband. As a State Farm agency owner, he made entrepreneurship feel normal. When it was time to hire, have tough conversations, and scale the business, I had inspiration as a constant in my life. (Muchos, babeee!)

Core value:

Do the right thing and be a good person. No matter the situation, this core value has led to my success. Be kind and a ray of sunshine to people — always!

Overcoming fear:

As a young adult, I was very insecure and never fathomed I could own my own business — let alone two! Anything is possible with blood, sweat, and tears … and an extra strong work ethic! With every step of business growth, there is a fear of failure. The more times you succeed and see a positive outcome, the more confidence you grow. I used to stress over two weddings in one weekend.

Now, 8 to 10 is typical. The opportunities are endless when it comes to creating new thresholds. You can always stretch your limits, which reduces your fear.


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Bill Derks: Shaping Skylines, Communities, and Legacies at McAdams


BILL DERKS’ NAME HAS become synonymous with innovation, excellence, and unwavering dedication to civil engineering within the Raleigh-Durham community and beyond. His retirement on June 1, 2024 from Vice President of Land Development at McAdams, the Raleigh-based multidisciplinary planning, design and engineering firm, signals the end of a remarkable 27-year tenure that shaped the skyline while forging unwavering relationships and mentorships that will outlast his storied career.

Bill, a Cary resident who started with the firm in August 1996, has been instrumental in advancing some of the most significant development projects in the area. No stranger to challenges, his career highlights include leading the engineering side of one of his first projects, The Streets at Southpoint, which includes nods to his children, who posed for the statues placed across the property. Bill also played a fundamental role in the Fenton project in Cary, one of his last projects, where he oversaw its multifaceted construction and innovative design and effec-

tively bookended his career with monumental achievements in development.

Bill carved a legacy not just through his professional achievements but also through the profound personal connections he fostered within McAdams. Colleagues and clients alike have come to admire his competitive spirit, a trait that harkens back to his days as a collegiate swim champion at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Bill will remain available as a part-time advisor to the McAdams Land Development team, who looks forward to the coming year of projects.



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You don’t have to leave Cary to find first-rate beef brisket and other delectable smoked goodness. That’s because three days each week, brothers Nick and Bryce Dampf sling Texas-style provisions from a 32-foot trailer situated in family-friendly Phillips Farms. They’re cooking onsite the proper way: low and slow at 250 degrees for 14 hours.

You’d be hard-pressed to find two guys more down to earth than the Dampf brothers, who grew up in Missouri but also lived in Texas for several years. Although they were young at the time, Bryce and Nick developed an affinity for brisket and other beloved fare from the Lone Star State.

Years later, once Nick was married, his wife bought him an inexpensive offset cooker at Home Depot.

“Bryce and I started experimenting in the backyard,” Nick said. “After smoking our first brisket and having it turn out well, we caught the barbecue bug.”

Eventually both brothers moved to North Carolina and started doing “random pop-ups” in 2021 to develop a following. Word spread quickly about their slow-smoking prowess, ultimately landing their cleverly named outpost long-term residency at Phillips Farm.

“Barbecue brings people together and makes them happy,” Bryce said with a smile following a recent Friday afternoon lunch service. “Our mission involves glorifying God and giving people the best experience possible.”

“We want to be sure we treat people right and make them feel at home here,” Nick added. “We also want to share our faith with people in the community.”

The best-selling brisket is as flavorful as you’ll find anywhere. Need proof? Just ask barbecue enthusiast Heath Clayton, a Cary native who visited Dampf Good BBQ for lunch with longtime friend Mark Zimmerman. The two men travel around the state enjoying all the best haunts.

“The brisket is tender and juicy, and the dry rub they pre-season with is spot-on,” Clayton said with authority.

“Whenever I come somewhere like this, I don’t get any sides because that’s just filler to me,” Zimmerman added while noshing on a mound of mixed proteins.


In addition to brisket, the Dampf brothers and their hardworking crew serve up succulent beef and pork spareribs, pulled pork, turkey breast, house-made sausage, and bacon brisket, which is essentially sliced pork belly.

“The turkey is a sleeper on the menu,” Bryce revealed. “It’s subtle and juicy.”

A zesty, all-beef Texas Jack sausage contains ghost pepper and habanero cheese, while a jalapeño-imbued version involves a pork and beef blend filled with Muenster cheese.

According to Nick and Bryce, the secret to the flavor and moistness of the meats is simply salt, pepper, and smoke. Of course, the high-capacity Primitive Pit and CenTex offset smokers fueled by mostly white (and some red) oak add to the eatery’s bona fide credentials.

“Attention to detail is important to us, and we work hard to put out consistently good food,” said Nick, who formerly worked in the tech sector with Cisco. “Everything we do has intentionality behind it.”


In the mood for a sandwich that veers off the path from the rest of the menu? Try the extraordinary Chicago Italian beef served au jus on an Italian roll. Nick explained that he spent much of his life in the Windy City, so this sandwich is a nod to the classic delicacy found there.

All the scratch-made side items are worthy of consideration. Choose from loaded mashed potato salad and smoked bacon Brussels sprouts to butcher block beans and creamy coleslaw. Fire-roasted vegetables and smoked mac & cheese also are on point.

“All the sides are popular, but the two that are taking the lead nowadays are the Brussels and the mashed potato salad,” said Bryce, a commercial electrician in his previous vocation. “We recently added elote (Mexican street corn), which has a sweet tanginess and crisp freshness.”

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Even ancillary items like pickled onions and bread-and-butter pickles don’t disappoint. And don’t miss the perfectly sweet and tangy specialty sauce served with your meal.

Daily specials include a pastrami Reuben on Thursdays, a halfpound brisket burger on Fridays, and brisket tacos on scratch-made tortillas on Saturdays.

A family-style feast comprises all meats plus four pints of sides and feeds six to eight people.

Be sure to wash everything down with a fire-brewed Sprecher root beer infused with raw Wisconsin honey.

“We believe craft sodas pair well with our food,” Bryce said. “We also have cream soda, cherry cola, and sweet tea.”

Dampf Good BBQ is open Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. until sold out and Saturday from 10:45 a.m. until the food is gone. Service is fast-casual (just line up and order at the left window), and al fresco seating takes place on wooden picnic tables. Online ordering and catering services are available.

Whenever you go, you’re sure to see Nick or Bryce making the rounds and asking guests how they are enjoying the food.

Don’t hesitate to request a pit tour to see where all the magic happens.

“A lot of love and commitment goes into what we do,” Bryce said. t



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Paint like a pro, dance like there’s no tomorrow, or take centerstage — however you like to spend your summer days, the Arts Center has got the camp you need — there’s no limit to your creativity! A wide variety of camps are available, all designed to be fun while building skills and techniques. Camps are available from 9 -1 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the summer.

Summer Classes

If camps are not your thing, the Arts Center has plenty of summer classes available to choose from for all ages! Join the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center for opportunities to create, explore, and learn. New classes will continue to be added so check the website for more information!

ArtisTree Project

ArtisTree is a FREE year-long exploration of the wonder and beauty of trees and meets one Saturday each month. Leading the project, Charlene Bowling creates a series of monthly art experiences designed to be accessible to artists of all ages and skill levels. While increasing tree knowledge and environmental awareness, ArtisTree also invites family and community involvement. The next two meetups will be held on June 8 and July 13 from 1-4 p.m.

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Dining Guide



Abbey Road Tavern & Grill

Great food. Outstanding live music. 1195 W. Chatham St.; (919) 481-4434

Academy Street Bistro

New American cuisine with a French flair. 200 S. Academy St.; (919) 377-0509

Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream

Premium quality ice cream and sorbet. 10120 Green Level

Church Road #208; (919) 901-8560 1008 Ryan Road; (919) 234-0037

Annelore’s German Bakery

Authentic German pastries, breads, and pretzels.

308 W. Chatham St.; (919) 267-6846

Asali Desserts & Café

Gourmet sweet shop crossed with a refined coffeehouse. 107 Edinburgh Drive, Suite 106-A (919) 362-7882

Awaze Ethiopian Cuisine

East African eatery showcasing vegetarian and vegan options. 904 NE Maynard Road (919) 377-2599

A’Verde Cocina and Tequila Library

Not your traditional Mexican food. 2300 Walnut St. (984) 200-3469

BB’s Crispy Chicken

Shatteringly crispy chicken. 1147 Parkside Main St.; (984) 272-3500

Big Dom’s Bagel Shop

Serving bagels, B’donuts, and sandwiches. 203 E Chatham St.; (919) 377-1143

The Big Easy Oven + Tap

Modern Southern-inspired kitchen with New Orleans roots. 231 Grande Heights Drive; (919) 468-6007

Big Mikes BBQ

Beers on tap to complement locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ. 1222 NW Maynard Road; (919) 799-2023

Bonefish Grill

Fresh is our signature.

2060 Renaissance Park Place (919) 677-1347

Bosphorus Restaurant

Traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. 329-A N. Harrison Ave. (919) 460-1300

BottleDog Bites & Brews

A casual place for unconventional food and craft beer. 8306 Chapel Hill Road (919) 390-1617:

Bravo’s Mexican Grill

Extensive menu raises the ante considerably above the typical Tex-Mex. 208 Grande Heights Drive; (919) 481-3811

Brecotea Bakery & Café

Abundant sweet and savory selections. 1144 Kildaire Farm Road; (919) 234-1555

Brewster’s Pub

Open late, serving a full food and drink menu. 1885 Lake Pine Drive; (919) 650-1270


Breakfast creations, cool salads, and hot sandwich platters. 1225 NW Maynard Road (919) 481-9300

Buldaegi BBQ House

Contemporary Korean BBQ. 2470 Walnut St.; (919) 703-0400

Bumble Brews

Play space for kids with a café serving coffee, beer, wine, and more. 2464 SW Cary Parkway (984) 465-0537

Burrito Shak

Quality fresh-Mex cuisine. 2982 Kildaire Farm Road (919) 267-6772

Cha House

Asian-inspired craft tea house. 1319 Kildaire Farm Road (984) 465-0498

Chanticleer Café & Bakery

Family-owned restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and specialty coffees. 6490 Tryon Road; (919) 781-4810

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Chef’s Palette

Creative flair and originality in every aspect of our service.

3460 Ten Ten Road, Suite 118 (919) 267-6011

Chelsea Café

Fresh, local American fare for breakfast and lunch (inside Raleigh Brewing).

2036 Renaissance Park Place; (919) 474-8698

Chicken Salad Chick

Gourmet chicken salad, called “the best in America.”

302 Colonades Way, Suite 202 (984) 207-5516

Cilantro Indian Café

Northeast Indian cuisine with fresh ingredients. 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 107 (919) 234-1264


Ultimate dinner-and-a-movie experience. 525 New Waverly Place, Suite 203 (919) 987-3500 cinebistro-waverly


Plant-based bakery with create-your-own cinnamon rolls.

1209 Parkside Main St.; (919) 650-1407

City Barbeque

Barbeque in its truest form. 1305 Kildaire Farm Road; (919) 439-5191

Coffee & Crepes

Freshly prepared sweet and savory crepes. 315 Crossroads Boulevard; (919) 233-0288

Colletta Italian Food & Wine

Celebrating the best Italian American dishes. 1 Fenton Main St., Suite 170 (919) 766-0062

Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar

Creative burgers and hot dogs with diverse bottled soda selection. 126 Kilmayne Drive; (919) 466-0055

Craft Public House

Sociable neighborhood public house. 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 601 (919) 851-9173

Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery

Family-owned and operated bakery and espresso bar.

1983 High House Road; (919) 380-1840

Crosstown Pub & Grill

A straightforward menu covers all the bases. 154 E. Chatham St.; (919) 650-2853

Custom Confections

Custom cheesecakes made locally. 1187 W. Chatham St.

Danny’s Bar-B-Que

Slow-cooked on an open pit with hickory wood. 311 Ashville Ave. G; (919) 851-5541

Di Fara Pizza Tavern

We don’t cut any corners when it comes to ingredients. 111 E. Chatham St.; (919) 678-5300

Doherty’s Irish Pub

Catch the game or listen to live music. 1979 High House Road; (919) 388-9930

Duck Donuts

Warm, delicious, and just the way you like them. 100 Wrenn Drive, Suite 101; (919) 468-8722

Enrigo Italian Bistro

Fresh food made from pure ingredients. 575 New Waverly, Suite 106 (919) 854-7731

Esteamed Coffee

Building esteem and employment for adults with differing abilities. 114 S. Academy St. (919) 650-3470

Famous Toastery

Top-notch service for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. 316 Colonades Way, Suite 201C (919) 655-1971

Dining Guide

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Made-to-order burgers and more. 1121 Parkside Main St.; (919) 380-0450

Gamers Geekery & Tavern

Cary’s first board game café. 107 Edinburgh S. Drive #213; (919) 650-2366

Geluna Gelato

Traditional methods, modern flavors. 111 E. Chatham St.; (919) 234-1216

Goodberry’s Frozen Custard

Made fresh hourly since 1988. 1146 Kildaire Farm Road; (919) 467-2386 2325 Davis Drive; (919) 469-3350

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Real food that tastes great. 1220 NW Maynard Road; (919) 460-8158

Gonza Tacos y Tequila

Award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine. 525-105 New Waverly Place; (919) 653-7310

Hank’s Downtown Dive

Your neighborhood bohemian dive. 111 E. Chatham St.; (984) 464-2524


The signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa. 100 Woodland Pond Drive; (919) 447-4200

Honey Pig

Authentic Korean BBQ. 1065 Darrington Drive (919) 234-0088

Honeysuckle Gelato

Creating delicious gelato and joyful experiences. 7 Fenton Main St. (919) 377-2029


Made-to-order juices from locally sourced produce. 1369 Kildaire Farm Road (919) 377-8923


Dining Guide

Kababish Café

A celebration of deliciousness and creativity.

201 W. Chatham St., Suite 103 (919) 377-8794

Kabuki Japanese Steak House & Sushi Contemporary teppanyaki. 220 Nottingham Drive (919)-380-8081

La Farm Bakery

Handcrafted daily with only the freshest ingredients.

4248 NW Cary Parkway; (919) 657-0657 220 W. Chatham St.; (919) 650-3117 5055 Arco St. (in Whole Foods); (984) 228-0300

La Grassa Pastificio

Hand-crafted Italian cuisine. 908 NE Maynard Road; (984) 465-0594

La Victoria Mexican Food

Celebrating Mexican heritage. 2025 Renaissance Park Place (919) 234-1276;

Los Tres Magueyes

We prepare our food fresh daily.

110 SW Maynard Road; (919) 460-8757

10120 Green Level Church Road, Suite 202

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes.

7307 Tryon Road; (919) 233-1632

Lucky Chicken

All of our beautiful Peru, with every dish. 1851 N. Harrison Ave.; (919) 678-3153

Lugano Ristorante

Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.

1060 Darrington Drive (919) 468-7229

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar

Global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

8314 Chapel Hill Road; (919) 465-2455

MC Modern Asian Cuisine

Bringing upscale Asian flair to downtown Cary. 324 S. Academy St. (919) 650-1738

Meeple’s Brew

850+ board games between two locations. 821 Bass Pro Lane

Mellow Mushroom

Beer, calzones, and creative stone-baked pizzas. 4300 NW Cary Parkway (919) 463-7779

Mithai Indian Café

Bengali-style sweet and savory selections free of preservatives and artificial flavors. 744-F E. Chatham St. (919) 469-9651

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Mixed Desserts

Edible cookie dough, cookies, soft serve ice cream, and family-friendly treats.

107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 115 (919) 377-0058

MOD Pizza

Serving artisan style pizzas, superfast.

316 Colonades Way, Suite 206-C (919) 241-7200

336 Sembler Lane, Suite 4001 (984) 208-7015;

Mon Macaron

75+ flavors of American-style macarons. 312 W. Chatham St. #104 (919) 377-0079;

Mookie’s New York Deli

A bona fide, no-frills sandwich spot. 1010 Tryon Village Drive; (919) 900-7770

M Sushi

Purposeful seasonal seafood.

4 Fenton Main St., Suite 120; (919) 729-5662

Noodle Boulevard

Ten variations on the ramen theme, covering a pan-Asian spectrum. 1718 Walnut St.; (984) 222-3003

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café

The fast track to sweet tooth satisfaction.

115-G W. Chatham St.; (919) 319-6554

The Original N.Y. Pizza

Consistent every visit.

831 Bass Pro Lane; (919) 677-8484 6458 Tryon Road; (919) 852-2242

Peck & Plume

Modern American dining in downtown Cary.

301 S. Academy St.; (919) 804-1400

Pineapple Sol

Offering picnics, charcuterie, high tea, and more.

302 Colonades Way, Suite 109 (919) 803-8533

Dining Guide

Pizzeria Faulisi

Simple foods from a simple way of cooking: a wood-burning oven.

215 E. Chatham St., Suite 101 (919) 377-8244


Weekday hideaway cocktail bar.

317 W Chatham St.; (919) 808-1788

Pro’s Epicurean Market & Café

Gourmet market, café, and wine bar.

211 E. Chatham St. (919) 377-1788

Pure Juicery Bar

Vegan eatery and juice bar. 716 Slash Pine Drive (919) 234-1572

Q Noodles

Noodle shop with famous soup dumplings. 1026 Ryan Road (919) 468-9958

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Dining Guide

RallyPoint Sport Grill

Lunch and dinner food in a pub atmosphere. 837 Bass Pro Lane (919) 678-1088

Red Bowl Asian Bistro

Each distinctive dish is handcrafted. 2020 Boulderstone Way (919) 388-9977

Ricci’s Trattoria

Keeping true to tradition. 10110 Green Level Church Road (919) 380-8410

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits

Great food always, with a side of good times. 8111-208 Tryon Woods Drive (919) 851-3999

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Cooked to perfection.

2010 Renaissance Park Place; (919) 677-0033


Laotian street food.

370 S. Walker St., Suite 100 (919) 377-0160

Saffron Indian Cuisine

Indian flavors like never before. 2048 Kildaire Farm Road (919) 917-7473


Homemade Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. 1347 Kildaire Farm Road; (919) 300-5586

Seoul Garden

A wide-ranging menu provides plenty of bona fide Korean options. 815 W. Chatham St.; (919) 234-6002

Serendipity Gourmet Deli

Discover the unusual, valuable, or pleasantly surprising. 118 S. Academy St., Cary (919) 469-1655

Seol Grille

Scratch-made steamed beef and pork dumplings practically melt in your mouth. 2310 Walnut St. (984) 241-9112;

So Hot

All-you-can-eat hot pot cooked at your table. 937 High House Road; (919) 694-5510

Sophie’s Grill & Bar

Traditional pub fare along with Old-World cuisine. 2734 NC-55; (919) 355-2377

Spirits Pub & Grub

Wide variety of menu items, all prepared in a scratch kitchen. 701 E. Chatham St. (919) 462-7001

Sports & Social

Big eats, even bigger screens. 301 Fenton Gateway Drive (919) 363-8888

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Superica Tex-Mex, straight from Texas. 25 Fenton Main St., Suite 110 (919) 443-0746

Sugar Koi

Koiyaki fish waffle cones with Asian-inspired ice cream.

116 Kilmayne Drive; (919) 757-2399

Szechuan Mansion Hotpot

A cook-it-yourself meal using a cauldron of flavored broth and fresh ingredients. 1353 Kildaire Farm Road; (919) 800-1802

Taco Addicts

West Coast-inspired tacos.

131 Crossroads Boulevard; (919) 896-8043

Taipei 101

Specializing in Szechuan, Zhejiang, and Taiwanese styles of cooking.

121 E. Chatham St.; (919) 388-5885

Taste of Jamaica

Family-owned, authentic dine-in and take-out Jamaican restaurant.

600 E. Chatham St.; (919) 461-0045

Tazza Kitchen

Wood-fired cooking and craft beverages. 600 Ledgestone Way; (919) 651-8281

Thai Spices & Sushi

Freshest, most-authentic Thai cuisine and sushi. 986 High House Road; (919) 319-1818

The Agency Bar and Social Modern, rustic NC cuisine and cocktails. 21 Fenton Main St.; (919) 473-9676

Tribeca Tavern

Handcrafted burgers, homegrown beer.

500 Ledgestone Way (919) 465-3055

Dining Guide

Udupi Café

Authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine. 590 E. Chatham St. (919) 465-0898

Urban Angeethi

Authentic Indian tastes and experiences. 5033 Arco St. (919) 234-5555

V Pizza

True Neapolitan pizza, made with the absolute best ingredients. 1389 Kildaire Farm Road (919) 650-1821

vomFASS Vinegar, Oil & Spice Shop

Taste our premium olive oils and specialty vinegars before you buy.

302 Colonades Way, Suite 203 (919) 977-6745;

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Dining Guide

Woody’s Sports Tavern & Grill

Award-winning food in a non-conformist atmosphere.

8322 Chapel Hill Road (919) 380-7737;

Yuri Japanese Restaurant

For sushi fans and connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine.

1361 Kildaire Farm Road (919) 481-0068;


Abbey Road Tavern & Grill

Great food. Outstanding live music. 1700 Center St.; (919) 372-5383

Anna’s Pizzeria

Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food. 100 N. Salem St. (919) 267-6237;

Apex Wings Restaurant & Pub

Fresh, crisp wings with sauces made in house. 518 E. Williams St.; (919) 387-0082

A Taste of Brooklyn

Petite bakery with a cheery vibe.

101 N. Salem St. (919) 362-8408

Bonafide Bakeshop & Cafe

Scratch-made Northern classics and Southern comforts.

1232 W. Williams St.; (919) 372-5000

Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts

The highest-quality locally roasted coffee. 219 N. Salem St., Suite 101; (919) 387-0873

Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering

Pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas, and scratch-made desserts. 1430 W. Williams St.; (919) 303-1006

Doherty’s Irish Pub

Catch the game or listen to live music. 5490 Apex Peakway (919) 387-4100

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Made-to-order burgers and more. 1075 Pine Plaza Drive (919) 616-0011

J&S Pizza

Authentic Italian cuisine and New York-style pizza since 1995. 804 Perry Road; (919) 363-0071

Mamma Mia Italian Bistro

A taste of Italy in every bite. 708 Laura Duncan Road; (919) 363-2228

The Mission Market

A casual hangout to drink, eat, and shop. 124 N. Salem St. (919) 629-4064

Osteria G

Traditional Italian fare featuring housemade pasta. 5160 Sunset Lake Road (984) 229-7480

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The Peak on Salem

Seasonal contemporary Southern cuisine.

126 N. Salem St. (919) 446-6060

The Provincial Fresh. Simple.

119 Salem St. (919) 372-5921

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits

Great food always, with a side of good times. 1055 Pine Plaza Drive (919) 446-6333

Rudy’s Pub & Grill

Comfortable and familiar, just like home.

780 W. Williams St. (919) 303-5061

Salem Street Pub

Burgers, brews, and moonshine.

113 N. Salem St. (919) 387-9992

Scratch Kitchen and Taproom It’s better from scratch.

225 N. Salem St. (919) 372-5370

Skippers Seafood & Smokehouse

The freshest seafood and BBQ available.

1001 E. Williams St. (919) 303-2400;


Craft fountain drinks and tasty treats. 817 E. Williams St. (919) 267-6914

Sushi SUYU

Japanese cuisine with Korean-inspired flair.

301 N. Salem St. (919) 367-6419;


Service station turned brewpub with an elevated menu.

320 S. Salem St.

Dining Guide

Vegan Community Kitchen

Wholesome multicultural vegan food. 803 E. Williams St. (919) 372-5027

Wake Oasis Coffee

Delivering cups of joy. 6108 Old Jenks Road (919) 267-4622;


Anna’s Pizzeria

Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food. 138 S. Main St.; (919) 285-2497

Aviator SmokeHouse

Wood-smoked food and local beer. 525 E. Broad St.; (919) 557-7675

Cultivate Coffee Roasters

Roastery supporting addiction recovery. 128 S. Fuquay Ave. (919) 285-4067

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Dining Guide

El Cantarito Bar & Grill

The full spectrum of Mexican cuisine.

155 S. Main St. (919) 285-3781

Garibaldi Trattoria Pizza Pasta

French-inspired Italian cuisine.

900 N. Main St. (919) 552-8868

The Gyro Spot

Authentic Greek food.

1005 E. Broad St. (919) 285-3608

J&S New York Pizza

Authentic Italian cuisine and New York-style pizza since 1995. 500 Broad St.; (919) 557-6921

Little Portugal

Authentic Portuguese cuisine including churrasco char-grilled chicken.

736 N. Main St. (919) 586-7144

Los Tres Magueyes

A little taste of Mexico. 401 Wake Chapel Road (919) 552-3957

The Mason Jar Tavern

All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.

305 S. Main St. (919) 762-5555

Nil’s Mediterranean Cuisine

Creative Mediterranean delights. 513 E. Broad St. (919) 762-6609

Stick Boy Bread Co.

Handcrafted baked goods from scratch with all-natural ingredients. 127 S. Main St. (919) 557-2237;

Wingin’ It Bar and Grille

Hearty fare and tasty treats. 1625 N. Main St., Suite 109 (919) 762-0962


Indescribably good chicken. 1341 N. Main St.; (919) 552-3981

Zeera Indian

Traditional Indian cuisine adapted to the local palate. 1311 E. Broad St. (919) 762-6215


ACME Pizza Co.

Chicago-style deep dish pizza. 204 Village Walk Drive; (919) 552-8800

Bellini Italian Cuisine

Handcrafted food and specialty drinks. 7256 GB Alford Highway; (919) 552-0303

The Blind Pelican

First-rate fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters, and other ocean-centric delights. 120 Bass Lake Road (984) 225-2471

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JT’s Creamery

Ice cream handcrafted daily.

300 S. Main St. Suite 112 (984) 268-6321;

Los Tres Magueyes

A little taste of Mexico.

325 N. Main St.; (919) 552-6272

Lovegrass Kitchen

Gluten-free whole foods and packaged mixes.

300 S. Main St., Suite 108 (919) 205-8426;

Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream

A unique spin on a timeless dessert.

304 N. Main St. (919) 762-7808;

Mamma Mia Italian Bistro

A taste of Italy in every bite.

300 S. Main St. Suite 200 (919) 766-8000;

The Mason Jar Tavern

All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.

114 Grand Hill Place (919) 964-5060;

My Way Tavern

Freshly made all-American foods.

301 W. Center St. (919) 285-2412

Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi

Authentic Thai cuisine, fresh sushi, and crafted cocktails.

242 S. Main St., Suite 100; (984) 538-6742

Pimiento Tea Room

Eclectic café with a rotating menu of small plates.

200 N. Main St.; (984) 225-4213


Southern biscuits, righteous chicken, and donuts.

169 Grand Hill Place (919) 586-7343

Smashed Burgers & Cocktails

Global flavors.

232 S. Main St. Suite 118 (919) 390-2274

Dining Guide

Spazio Vino & Cucina

Traditional Italian with a contemporary twist. 128 Bass Lake Road (919) 285-3596

Thai Thai Cuisine

Fresh authentic Thai food. 108 Osterville Drive (919) 303-5700

Vieni Ristobar

Laid-back Italian fare. 242 S. Main St. (984) 225-1134


Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken

Unforgettable rotisserie chicken. 9575 Chapel Hill Road; (919) 378-9259

Another Broken Egg Café

A totally egg-ceptional experience. 1121 Market Center Drive (919) 465-1079;


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Dining Guide

Babymoon Café

Pizzas, pastas, seafood, steaks, salads, and more. 100 Jerusalem Drive, Suite 106 (919) 465-9006

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Outrageous burgers and beers. 3300 Village Market Place (919) 297-0953

Capital City Chop House

The best steaks, seafood, and chops we can find. 151 Airgate Drive; (919) 484-7721

Clean Juice

Organic juices, smoothies, and more.

3035 Village Market Place (919) 468-8286

Crumbl Cookies

Super-sized treats with a rotating menu of classic and unusual flavors. 1105 Market Center Drive; (919) 364-1100

Desy’s Grill & Bar

Straightforward pub grub at a relaxed sports bar. 10255 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 200 (919) 380-1617;

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Steaks, seafood, chicken, and ribs seared over local hickory, oak, and pecan wood. 3200 Village Market Place; (919) 653-0111

Fount Coffee + Kitchen

Coffee bar with 100% gluten-free food. 10954 Chapel Hill Road; (984) 888-5454

Full Moon Oyster Bar and Seafood Kitchen

Fresh seafood raw, steamed, grilled, baked, or fried. 1600 Village Market Place; (919) 378-9524

G. 58 Modern Chinese Cuisine

A contemporary approach to traditional Chinese cuisine. 10958 Chapel Hill Road; (919) 466-8858

Georgina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Mouthwatering homemade Italian dishes. 3536 Davis Drive; (919) 388-3820


Fresh fun poké. 9573 Chapel Hill Road; (919) 650-3398

Meeple’s Brew

850+ board games between two locations. 9545 Chapel Hill Road

Mi Cancun Mexican Restaurant

Mexican with a modern twist. 9605 Chapel Hill Road; (919) 481-9002 1106 Grace Park Drive; (919) 650-1718


Contemporary and traditional Lebanese and Middle Eastern dishes. 10235 Chapel Hill Road #400 (919) 466-8100

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Nothing Bundt Cakes

Cakes are baked fresh daily in a variety of flavors and sizes.

2008 Market Center Drive, Unit 17130 (919) 694-5300

Piada Italian Street Food Fast-casual Italian. 2016 Market Center Drive; (919) 371-0787


Southern biscuits, righteous chicken, and donuts. 1100 Market Center Drive (919) 377-0385

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits

Great food always, with a side of good times. 1101 Market Center Drive; (919) 388-3500

Taste Vietnamese Cuisine

Authentic noodles and more.

152 Morrisville Square Way (919) 234-6385

Village Deli & Grill

Hearty homemade foods. 909 Aviation Parkway, #100; (919) 462-6191

Woody’s Sports Tavern & Grill Award-winning food in a nonconformist atmosphere. 3107 Grace Park Drive (919) 650-3177


Angus Barn Steakhouse with world-renowned service. 9401 Glenwood Ave. (919) 781-2444;

Bida Manda

Laotian fare and exotic cocktails. 222 S. Blount St. (919) 829-9999

David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar Pan-Asian dishes with flare. 1900 Hillsbourgh St. (919) 239-4536;

Lechon Latin BBQ & Bar

Upscale street food with a Latin vibe. 5959 Triangle Town Blvd. (919) 793-9913;

Little Blue Bakehouse Coffee, treats & baked goods. 2116-H New Bern Ave. (919) 239-4256

The Pit Authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue. 328 W. Davie St. (919) 890-4500;


Fine dining with a French Quarter flair. 1130 Buck Jones Road (919) 380-0122

Slice Pie Company

State Fair blue ribbon pie, whole or by the slice. 1400 S. Saunders St. (919) 349-8499

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Adorn Home Furnishings

BACKSTORY: There are tons of antique stores, but not many furniture stores here. I (Samantha) grew up in Angier and remember riding around all over with my mom shopping for furniture, and it was a nightmare.

NOT-SO GRAND OPENING: We opened way before we were ready (in November 2021). We still had renovations going on. We had plastic up (in the windows), but it was non-stop knocking. Why are we not just letting people browse around, as long as they were OK with a half store? Everyone was like, “We don’t care; we just want furniture.”

INSTANT GRATIFICATION: People’s style preferences and budgets are all over the place in this area, but one thing everyone has in common is they want stuff NOW. Our store can be a mess sometimes because we are selling off of our floor every single day.

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ON STYLE: We don’t focus on one particular style, wanting to appeal to the variety of customers who live in Southern Wake. This area is becoming such a melting pot of personalities and cultures.

ON QUALITY: We offer furniture that is custom, that you normally would have to wait six months for. We just put very popular items, nice classic styles, on order in neutral fabrics. Much of it is built in North Carolina, eight-way hand-tied, water repellent, in durable fabrics. You can actually sit down on something and try it out, not order from a catalog.

SMALL-TOWN OBSESSED: Going to a smaller town, I (Ben) was skeptical. Now that we are here, I love the people and sense of community. I couldn’t imagine going back to Charlotte.

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garden adventurer

Cuban Oregano 101

RARELY HAVE I GROWN a plant with so much geographical baggage as Cuban oregano ( Plectranthus amboinicus ). Why? Because it also goes by many other worldly names, such as French thyme, Indian borage, Mexican mint, Caribbean oregano, and Spanish thyme.

Confused yet? And here’s the kicker: It originates from southern Africa!

So many names from so many places should give you a hint as to how popular this plant is, and rightly so. Cuban oregano (which isn’t related to true oregano) is an edible herb that can add extra zip to stews,

steamed vegetables, marinades, soups, and salads. However, the flavor is strong, so it is typically used in moderation.

Like its flavor, Cuban oregano’s scent is also strong. Stroking the fuzzy, thick green leaves of the straight species will release a distinct oregano-like smell that has a hint of citrus with a dash of menthol.

There is a variegated form that, to me, smells less medicinal and more mouthwatering. Heck, every time I do a scratch-n-sniff, I crave pizza. Usually tagged either ‘Variegata’ or ‘Variegatus,’ this fancier Cuban oregano sports handsome green leaves with edges splashed in white to off-white coloration.

Because of its looks, variegated Cuban oregano is an eye-appealing option for ornamental gardens. Garden gurus say it will top out at about 15 to 20 inches, but that doesn’t always happen because this plant can be a flopper, especially in shady locations. Partially sunny sites make for stronger, more upright plants, and staking them up is certainly an option if they insist on drooping.

Cuban oregano can be garden grown in nutrient-rich and well-draining soil, but I plant it in pots for two reasons: (1) I don’t have to get down on all fours to sniff the aromatic leaves; and (2) it is a very tender perennial that won’t survive outside here in even mild winters.

But before freezing weather bites, I am already starting anew with Cuban oregano. In the fall, I take multiple cuttings from the existing plant and plunk them down in bottles of water.

New roots soon sprout from the clippings, and when they border on being

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To Do in the GARDEN

June & July


• If you enjoy starting summer flowers from seeds in the garden, soil temps are warm enough now to sow such pretties as sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, cleome, gomphrena, blanket flowers, cosmos, nasturtiums, amaranth, and moonvine.

• Don’t think blossom end rot is just a tomatocentric disorder. Watermelons, squash, and peppers can come down with this ugliness, too. Since it is caused by stress related to wide fluctuations of soil temperature and moisture content, maintain at least a 3-inch mulch layer around these delectable edibles and keep them on a regular watering schedule.


• The herb garden should be maturing nicely now, but if plants such as savory, oregano, mint, thyme, or basil are starting to bully beyond their allotted space, cut them back. This early summer pruning will also help any lanky plants develop a bushier appearance.

• Continue filling the bird bath with water at least once or twice a week. To keep this fly-in refreshment stand clean, also give it a good wiping every two weeks. In addition, check the bird feeder after hard rains, and if any soggy yuck has accumulated in the basin, clean it out and refill with fresh, dry seed.


For better performances from planters and hanging baskets this summer, keep these tips in mind: (1) Unglazed clay pots leach moisture through their sides, meaning plants in them normally have to be watered more often; (2) the smaller the pot, the quicker it will dry out; (3) the more you irrigate, the more plant nutrients are washed away, so water with a diluted liquid fertilizer at least once a month through the growing season; and (4) trailing plants such as million bells, vinca, petunias, creeping Jenny, and ornamental sweet potatoes can shade pot sides to help keep root zones cooler. 12 3 9 6

full-blown fuzzy, each plantlet is set in a small container of quality potting soil in a sunny window. I spritz them occasionally with a spray bottle, keep the dirt moist but not soggy, and then wait for the new spring to enjoy even more of these scent-sational plants in the garden!

L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener Magazine Want to ask L.A. a question about your garden? Contact him by email at

122 JUNE/JULY 2024 The Moving Truck is Leaving! Are you ready to learn about your new community? Your local welcome team is ready to visit you with a basket full of maps, civic information, gifts, and gift certi cates from local businesses. From doctors to dentists and restaurants to repairmen...we help newcomers feel right at home in their new community!
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Cary Magazine and Main & Broad celebrated their 2024 Maggy Award winners at the annual Maggy Party, hosted outside at Fenton. Photographer Jonathan Fredin captured every award-winning moment, from tasty bites and drinks to music by Stray Volts and much more. Thanks to everyone for a great night!

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A group of local teens won The Earth Prize competition, the world’s largest environmental sustainability competition for teenagers. Inspired by the increased incidence of flooding in North Carolina, the FLOODGATE TEAM CREATED A FLOOD PREDICTION AND WARNING TECHNOLOGY to address the flooding that threatens 240 million people across the globe each year. Their interactive 3D flood model helps governments and individuals plan with advanced warning to reduce damages and increase efficiency of rescue operations.

The FloodGate team consisted of George, Shubhan, Sumedh, and Reichen, from Cary, Apex, Raleigh, and Sanford. The students attend the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.

“The things that people our age are creating across the globe is just wonderful,” said 17-year-old Sumedh Kotrannava. “Seeing other people pursue these types of ideas are also changing the way we think about our project, pushing us to make edits and make our project even better. I think our generation is starting to really spark change and innovate new solutions, and I’m really excited to see in the next 20 years or so what we are going to do.”

Runners-up included team CocoMellow from Vietnam, who created banana-based diapers to fight single-use product waste; team Ceres from Türkiye, working to protect crops from climate events; and team Pebble from the UK, pooling computer power to reduce energy use. More than 10,000 students from 154 countries have competed in The Earth Prize in its first three years.

After four years in Morrisville, Spherion Staffing & Recruiting will hold a ribbon cutting at the Morrisville Chamber on June 11. The company opted to celebrate their presence in the community after opening during the height of the covid pandemic. Networking and refreshments will be available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 4:15, plus a raffle.


in May, the Town of Cary encouraged residents to get out and see the community on two wheels through a collection of more than a dozen bike-friendly events. For the second year, the Spring Daze festival offered a bike valet service, giving riders a way to safely secure their bikes at the White Oak Creek Greenway entrance. As part of a pilot project, two bike corrals were installed downtown — one on Academy Street and one on Chatham Street — for secure bicycle parking. A Bike to the Park event in the Downtown Cary Park offered information on safe biking and repairs.

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The Templeton of Cary created an ARTIST


to decorate the Nancy Jones Room, a gathering space opened in 2023 within the luxury senior community. Residents’ works are displayed in the room on a quarterly rotating basis, with an opening reception for each group of artists. The Templeton has a number of programs aimed to foster creativity, including a drop-in painting program and a photo club.

From left, Camilla Huffman, who started painting when she retired at 56 years old and specializes in acrylic still lifes and landscapes; Jon Green, who took up photography at a young age, inspired by his father working at Polaroid; and Anne Haynes Jenkins, who started painting as an elementary teacher and went on to teach watercolor classes for the City of Raleigh for years.

Huffman says art helps her stay mentally sharp. “I think it teaches you how to look at things, how to see things, and you have to use your brain to decide how to put that on paper,” she said.

The Simple Gifts Community Garden held a grand opening

May 18. Located on YMCA of the Triangle land in Apex, the half-acre garden will grow organic produce for local food banks and serves as a Certified Wildlife Habitat and Butterfly Highway Pitstop. The garden includes 48 30-foot rows of crops and two 200-foot rows of pollinatorsupporting plants and herbs. The South Wake Conservationists installed two bluebird houses and a purple martin housing array on the property.

Adventures in Bloom craft space and gift shop hosted a PEEK-A-BLOOM GRAND REOPENING EVENT at its new location, 110 N. Salem Street in Apex, on May 1. The first 20 guests received a free gift, and all attendees enjoyed snacks, bubbly, and 20% off the entire store. Adventures in Bloom offers craft workshops, permanent jewelry, metal stamping, a book club, and other activities, along with handmade boutique gifts from North Carolina and national small businesses.

The Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department used May 4, aka “Star Wars Day,” as a safety reminder for residents.

“Even in a galaxy far, far away, fire safety matters!” the department posted on social media. “On this Star Wars Day, the force reminds us to stay vigilant. Make sure your smoke detectors are operational, practice fire drills with your family, and may the 4th be with you as you stay safe!”



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A bluebird mistakes its reflection in a car window for an intruder and attacks, determined to drive it away.

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