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in this issue

18 Happy House Hunting:

Professional tips for finding your new home

27 A-May-Zing! Your guide to family fun 35 Fresh Perspectives:

How Cary benefits from its Yankee connections

42 A Sacred Space:

Cary’s Sri Venkateswara Temple, in pictures


Built to Last: Local woodworkers tap into market for sustainable, high-quality products

56 Special Section: Five Star Favorites 88 Spring Spectacle: Derby-inspired fashion 102 We’ve Got Courage: Women’s professional soccer is back in Cary

116 Back to the Future:

Town-owned farm preserves Cary’s agricultural past and looks to emerging markets

122 Art & Soul:

How seniors benefit from hands-on creativity

129 The Scenic Route:

A squirrel hangs from its hind legs while reaching for delicious seed pods of an elm tree recently at Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary. 8

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editors’ letters AMONG THE MANY PERKS of working for Cary Maga-

NOTHING WILL SPIN your head around like a move,

zine is the opportunity to explore the beautiful corners of Western Wake County. One recent morning, photographer Jonathan Fredin swept into my office with a breezy, “It’s too nice outside to be in the office. You want to go look at farms?” While this might have seemed an odd query, we were working on the Good Hope Farm piece, on page 116, and were trying to figure out the best vantage point for the photos. So off we went. We spent the next couple of hours driving around west Cary, tromping in a bit of mud, and generally enjoying a lovely spring day. And we did get those photos. Also for this issue, Fredin suggested we visit the Hindu temple in Cary, just because it is a beautiful place. His instincts did not disappoint. It was a profound experience to witness the sun glinting off the elaborately decorated temple domes, and to feel the deep serenity of the place. You can see the results of that adventure on page 42. Even Emily Uhland’s spring fashion article on page 88 was photographed at a picturesque horse farm. The setting and the hats were gorgeous. But before you get too jealous, I did have to leave my shoes outside after that experience. I wonder if I could count a pair of rubber boots as a business expense? Enjoy this beautiful spring. You know I will!

and I remember ours well: Flying in for a whirlwind three-day house hunt, packing up the U-Haul, strapping in the children, and heading for an all-new life in North Carolina. A lot has happened since then, but I can still summon the feelings: The fun of meeting new neighbors, the nerves of a new school, the confusion of new routes … and the smell of cardboard boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. I felt that excitement, and the strains, yet again while preparing for this issue’s relocation section, exploring Chris and Joscie’s coming-soon home while the builders hammered nearby, and chatting with Karen over paperwork as she readied for closings on both her old and new houses. Meet them on page 18. The flip side of all that was my conversations with longago transplants Carolyn, Rod and Lisa, on page 35, recalling their adventures as new arrivals, and their gratitude for how this community has become home to them, in the truest sense of the word. Thanks for being part of their journeys, and mine.

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Looking for a home in Western Wake? You’ll need to act fast, local real estate professionals say, as the local market is experiencing a shortage of homes in some price ranges. For example, this home in Cary sold within hours of being listed.



hris and Joscie Barnes are coming home to their native North Carolina after living for 30 years in Maryland, and explored several area towns with their real estate agent, Peggy Dixon. “Cary clicked,” Joscie said. “It reminds us of Silver Springs, that feel of the city and proximity to things. It feels like home.” On the Barneses’ wish list were a firstfloor master suite and a backyard that didn’t overlook someone else’s. They also wanted a basement; Dixon says those are rare in our area due to high water tables. When the couple couldn’t find their must-haves in existing home inventories they decided to build, and expect to close on their new home in late May. While the transition to Cary has had its stresses, including a six-month period of liv-

Morrisville, Cary and Apex were respectively ranked as the top three Best Suburbs to Live in North Carolina by Niche, in January. ing apart while Chris began a new job here, Joscie says it’s worth it. “I’m very happy, because the house is the prize at the end,” she said. Rapid real estate

Karen and Bernard “Sandy” Kromenacker had a seemingly simple wish list too, while searching for their new home: A firstfloor master, easily maintainable and not too old, to avoid roof and HVAC worries.

But it took them year to find it, in Fuquay-Varina. The process was “overwhelming,” Karen said. “The pace and the communications piece are much different than when we last moved 17 years ago. Instead of one phone call to answer all our questions, it was too easy to text and email all day long.” In the end, “Fuquay-Varina is more affordable than Cary for what we wanted,” Karen said. In April, they moved into a 10-year-old home there which is lawn maintenance-free. On the advice of their real estate agent Laura Moody, the couple waited to put their Cary house on the market until they’d found that new home. Good call — the Cary house sold within hours of being listed, and the Kromenackers closed on both houses on the same day.

Moving back “home” after 30 years of living in Maryland, Joscie and Chris Barnes couldn’t find their must-haves among local home inventories, namely a first-floor master, backyard privacy and a basement. So, they decided to build their new home at Piazza at Stonewater in Cary, near I-540. The Barnes’ real estate agent, Peggy Dixon, left, says the completion of I-540 will open up new options for families moving to the area, by reducing commute times.


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Homeowner Karen Kromenacker, right, and her husband spent a year looking for a new place to live before putting finding it in FuquayVarina. Their real estate agent Laura Moody, left, says homes priced at $250,000 and below sell in a couple of days; the Kromenackers’ former Cary home sold within hours of being listed.

What you can expect

Two families, two relocation stories. So what can you expect when it’s time to move? Real estate agents Dixon, Moody and Renee Smith offer their professional advice.

Q: What are people looking for, overall, in a move?

factor too. And many people come without jobs, knowing they’ll find them.” Smith: “They’re seeking a lifestyle home. Community amenities, nearby conveniences and schools matter. Close proximity to the Research Triangle Park offering work opportunities, good hospital facilities, and a great public school system.”

Dixon: “The main thing people look

for is good schools. Most of my relocating clients have children, and even for those who don’t, a home in a good school district means good resale value. Also, some families moving to the South worry they’ll have to give up activities they enjoyed in the bigger cities. They can move here and still enjoy great concerts, food, nightlife and professional sports, plus we have easy access to beautiful beaches and mountains.” Moody: “We’ve had a lot of Georgia and Florida calls lately, and always Northernarea calls; they all talk about the schools first, and have questions about the homeschool network in Wake County. Climate is a big

Q: How do house hunters’ wish lists compare to market realities?

The number of singlefamily homes increased 152 percent in FuquayVarina from 2010-15. By 2020, median home values are projected at $288,989.

Dixon: “People want existing homes to be updated, but that’s not always the case. Many homes have older style appliances, flooring and bathrooms. There’s also more competition in older neighborhoods, since fewer houses come onto the market. So, many clients decide to focus on buying a home that’s in their desired location, and plan to remodel later. Others are looking for granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, a first-floor master bedroom and large master bath, and at least continued on page 22 CARY MAGAZINE 21

Real estate agent Peggy Dixon leads Joscie and Chris Barnes on a tour of the model home that their under-construction house is based on, featuring the amenities many house hunters are looking for, including granite countertops, hardwood floors, and a first-floor master.

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a two-car garage. Stone exteriors are popular in newer neighborhoods. A few expect to find larger lots here in the South, but that can mean an hour commute to the RTP. The completion of I-540 will reduce commute times and open up new options for families moving to the area.” Moody: “We’re seeing a shortage of homes with first-floor masters — more expensive to build — and ranches, which are good for all ages. If the buyer desires at least a half-acre lot, they need to be looking at resale homes or be willing to locate a little outside the Triangle. Most buyers want their new home to be already updated, and are willing to pay for that: Wide plank floors, granite, stainless appliances, painted in the latest colors. Homes $250,000 and below are gone in a couple of days.” Smith: “Under $450,000, buyers need to be ready and assertive. (People want) move-in ready condition, good location, 22

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usable yard area. Upgrades are preferred — modern cabinetry, lighting, flooring. Spacious open designs and smart home technology are appealing in newer homes. Yes, it’s all available, but … housing affordability is in the forefront of our thoughts as demand continues to spike and supply is low.”

Q: I can search for homes on the internet. Do I really need an agent? Dixon: “Agents have access to the MLS

(Multiple Listing Service) to find listings that fit their clients’ needs. We also know the area very well and provide tours of different neighborhoods. This means families can avoid the frustration of driving around looking at homes that don’t meet their needs. And, we’re experienced in identifying issues with a property, such as a very steep driveway or property that backs up to a busy highway.” Moody: “Home values on the internet are not accurate. We know our market and take the time to educate clients. Our market

Holly Springs has the highest home ownership rate in Wake County, at 88 percent; this is also significantly higher than state and national rates. is moving very quickly, so you need a professional to achieve your goals and look out for your best interests.”

Q: What surprises might await house hunters? Moody: “Some think we are still in a buyers’ market; they make low offers and lose houses. It takes time for buyers to understand and trust us for the quick decisions they have to make in today’s Triangle market.”

Q: Any more tips? Dixon: “Buy a home that fits your

lifestyle and budget. Explore various neighborhoods and surrounding shopping centers to get a feel for what it will be like to live here.”    Moody: “Go to each town, visit the chamber and get information. Go at lunchtime and dinnertime and at night, to get a feel for the community. Explore different neighborhoods, too. Then zero in on what you’re looking for.” t

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TAKE IN A CONCERT  The Hob Nob Jazz Series: Every Wednesday in May, beginning at 5:30 p.m., local and regional talents take the stage at Cary’s

 N.C. Symphony Summerfest: The annual summer series opens Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. with Dvorak and “Play with the Pros.” Tickets to four concerts in the series, $115.  The Holly Springs Cultural Center

Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Picnic baskets and

hosts the Route 55 Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m.,

pets on leashes are welcome. General admission

Saturday, May 20. Tickets, $10.

tickets, $5.

Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre is a favorite spot to take in a spring or summer concert. At many events, attendees may bring kids under 12 and picnic baskets at no additional charge.

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OR LISTEN FOR FREE  Live in the District Music Series: Thursdays through June 8, head to Park West Village in Morrisville for some cool tunes. Concerts last from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and don’t forget a lawn chair or blanket.  Sertoma Concert Series: Catch the Loose Strings Band at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at the Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, 801 High House Road.  Follow Me to FuquayVarina: For the last concert in this annual series, head to Centennial

Live at Lunch series features local musicians performing at the Fidelity Bank Plaza in downtown Cary, Thursdays in May, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Square, 102 N. Main St., in FuquayVarina from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11. There will be food trucks, local brews and inflatables for the kids.

EXPLORE LOCAL PARKS AND GREENWAYS  Grab some friends and head to North Cary Park, at

Before exploring the more than 70 miles of trails and greenways in Cary, it might be helpful to download the Bike & Hike Cary mobile app to your phone. Search for “bike hike Cary” on the Apple and Android app stores.


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1100 Norwell Blvd., for volleyball. The park also features a playground, basketball courts and a climbing rock.  Popular with aviation buffs of all ages, RDU’s Observation Park provides views of the 10,000-foot runway, and visitors can listen to pilot-tower communications.

GET OUT ON THE WATER  Enjoy a serene paddle across Bass Lake in Holly Springs. Boats can be rented on weekends in May, and daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  At Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville, boats of all types are available for rent on the weekends. You can also sign up for a two-hour canoe tour, led by park staff.

The scenic lake in Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary is a favorite with local kayakers, left. And if a pedal boat with the kids is more your speed, rentals are available.

A wide range of classes and programs are offered at the Page-Walker, right. Subjects include language arts, music, and more.

LEARN ABOUT LOCAL HISTORY  Sponsored by the Fuquay-Varina Museums, Heritage Day on Saturday, May 6, features heritage craft demonstrations, antique cars and more. Check out the historic buildings in the museum complex, 131 S. Fuquay Ave., while you are there.  Housed in a restored 1868 railroad hotel, the PageWalker Arts & History Center, at 119 Ambassador Loop in Cary, features works by regional artists and historical displays about Cary.  The Morrisville History Center, in the lobby of Town Hall at 100 Town Hall Drive, tells the story of the town and the Civil War skirmish that happened there in 1865. continued on page 30


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May 6 to Oct. 7 at Centennial Square, 102 N. Main St.


 The Apex Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October on Salem Street in downtown Apex. days 8 a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays 3 to 6 p.m. from

 The North Carolina Football Club plays at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, and Saturday, May 13, at WakeMed Soccer Park.  The North Carolina Courage, the women’s pro soccer team, plays at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at WakeMed Soccer Park, see story page 102.  Reserve your tickets for the Holly Springs Salamanders’ home opener against Morehead City at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

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the East Center Street parking lot across from Town Hall. Sunday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. in the Ashworth Village parking lot.

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 The Fuquay-Varina Growers Market is open Satur-

The Western Wake Farmers Market operates at two locations during the growing season. In Morrisville, the market is open 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays through November at 260 Town Hall Drive, left. In Cary, the market will be open Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting May 7 at 350 Stonecroft Lane.

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MAKE TIME FOR SPRING FESTIVALS  Celebrate the peak of good living at the 37th annual Apex PeakFest, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Thousands of people visit downtown Apex for music, food, crafts and family fun.  Morrisville hosts SpringFest from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Rick Gardner photos

Salem Street will host hundreds of vendors, selling a variety of food and crafts at PeakFest. The festival, held annually on the first Saturday in May, is the largest public event held in Apex.

May 13, on Town Hall Drive. Come out for live music, midway games, rides and local food trucks.  The Freedom Balloon Festival will land in FuquayVarina for Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29. The town expects tens of thousands of visitors to come out for food, music, crafts, family entertainment and of course, the hot air balloon rides.

EXERCISE FOR CHARITY  Fit & Able Productions sponsors several charity events throughout the year. This month, check out the Charity Distance Festival, 8:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 13, at WakeMed Soccer Park.  Strolling counts, right? Head to Cary’s Waverly Place 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 26, for the May Wine Walk. A $10 donation benefits the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Participants in the Waverly Place Wine Walks, right, are eligible for prizes, and their donations benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Populate Productions


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hether you’ve been in Cary for decades or mere minutes, chances are you’re familiar with the acronym of Cary as “Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees.” Silly as it the phrase is, there’s some truth in it. But it’s what happens next that’s most interesting: How these “Yankee” transplants dig in and help build our community into one that’s continuously lauded among America’s best places to live and work. After a while, their roots go so deep that we forget they haven’t always been here. Enjoy this glimpse into the ways our town is better thanks to the fresh perspectives of three people who were willing to make the move. continued on page 36 Google map


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CAROLYN HASSETT Entrepreneur Hometown: Massapequa Park, N.Y.;

has also lived in Massachusetts, France and England Adds to Western Wake: The art of self-expression Self-sufficiency is Carolyn Hassett’s mantra — and she’ll work to get what she wants. Lucky for us, what Hassett wants is to offer a unique service to our community through her custom perfumery Escentuelle, one of only three in the U.S. offering the full suite of essences from Parfumerie Galimard, the oldest perfumery in France. “I fought hard with Galimard to open a studio in the Triangle. They wanted me in Washington, D.C.,” Hassett said. “But I have a soft spot for Cary. I thought it would be cool to help establish Cary as a destination. And for a downtown to have a quaint feel, you have to give people something unique.” She opened Escentuelle in 2015, welcoming visitors from near and far, even from other states. The North Carolina Museum of Art commissioned Hassett’s work for its 2016 and 2017 Art in Bloom events, where her workshops sold out. Self-taught, Hassett perfected her skills in perfume creation through intense training sessions with master perfumers at Parfumerie Galimard, located in Grasse, the world capital of perfume. The ingredients used in the perfumes are imported from Galimard and meet European Union safety standards, higher than those of the U.S., reducing the risk of clients’ sensitivity to their custom fragrances. “What sets Escentuelle apart is that customers create a fully structured, high-quality eau de parfum, rather than just a simple blend of oils, and the formulas are kept on file so that they can reorder their unique fragrance at any time,” Hassett said. “It’s all 36

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Carolyn Hassett fought hard to locate her custom perfumery Escentuelle in downtown Cary, which draws visitors from near and far. The French studio where she trained wanted it in Washington, D.C. “I thought it would be cool to help establish Cary as a destination,” Hassett says. “In a small way, I’m helping to grow and define Cary.”

about harmonious blending, what you like and what works together.” What drew her to Cary in 1996, Hassett says, were educational opportunities and a lower cost of living than New York. Here, she owns a home, and belongs to the Concert Singers of Cary. Escentuelle is a member of the Heart of Cary Association and of Giving Entrepreneurs, a group which helps nonprofits thrive through partnerships with small businesses. Through Escentuelle, Hassett supports other community organizations too, such as offering discounts to Film Circle members at The Cary Theater.

“The best part of living here now is that I’m part of something larger than myself,” Hassett said. “I’m contributing a unique service, a different type of creative activity, and tourism. In a small way, I’m helping to grow and define Cary. “I hope downtown Cary continues to grow in wise ways, and that not only businesses but residents have a say in the direction it takes,” she said. “With the changes in the last couple of years and what’s on the horizon for downtown, Cary is a place people want to visit. And I’m excited to be a part of that turnaround.”

Cary Elementary School Principal Rod Stanton has now lived in Western Wake for about half of his life, and is beginning to see his early students grow up and become doctors and professors. “That’s where I start to see the contributions compound, how the people I helped can help others,” he says.

ROD STANTON Educator Hometown: Jamestown, N.Y. Adds to Western Wake: The foun-

dation for our future As a newcomer to Western Wake in search of his first teaching position, Rod Stanton had a bit of trouble with the native language. “I was in an elevator and a woman told me to, ‘Mash seven.’ I had no idea what to do!” said Stanton, the popular principal at Cary Elementary School. “And trying to find my way on those outer and inner loops. I drove around them many times — in a row!” Since 1996, initially as a third-grade teacher at Davis Drive Elementary and then in administrative posts in Fuquay-Varina and Cary, Stanton has worked to partner with student families in developing positive relationships. “I always thought that teaching was fun, and wanted the kids to have fun learning too,” he said. “I still try to lead with that, but now I can affect 600 or 700 kids at a time.

“I have a great job and

a great community to do it in. It’s a good work-life balance.”

— Rod Stanton “Having a community feel in school carries through to the staff. Teaching is a big responsibility. The work we do is challenging but important, and we have an attitude of working together.” Stanton says a bigger picture of his career is now evident: “In recent years the kids I taught at first have graduated from college. One is becoming a doctor, another is a professor in Poland. And when I interviewed one (former student) for a teaching position, she referenced me as having inspired her back in the third grade. “That’s where I start to see the contributions compound, how the people I helped can help others,” he said. “Now I look at the kids in a different light, of who’ll they’ll become.”

The self-described “small-town country boy” who grew up making snow forts in Jamestown, N.Y., has also mastered the meaning of community. “Part of it was being a teacher; each year I was exposed to a new set of 20 kids,” Stanton said. “Soon I knew hundreds of kids and two parents for each of them. Teaching and being involved made me feel more at home. “The first year I felt like I was still away at college. Then I ran a summer camp. And then I met my Southern sweetheart,” he said, his wife Robin. His family, including daughters ages 12 and 10, lives in Holly Springs, where Stanton pursues triathlons and bike racing. “The best part of living here now is that my kids have the same great opportunities I had,” he said, from our area’s schools and museums to its parks and lakes. “Time goes by quickly; I’ve been here now for just about half my life,” Stanton said. “I have a great job and a great community to do it in. It’s a good work-life balance.” continued on page 38 CARY MAGAZINE 37

Lisa Higginbotham, right, with production associate Amanda Jackson, moved to North Carolina straight from the beaches of Puerto Rico, and is now the award-winning owner of 5Star Awards in Cary and an active Rotary member, part of raising funds for local charitable organizations. “It’s important to give back to the community,” she says. continued from page 37

LISA HIGGINBOTHAM Businesswoman Hometown: Born in New York, grew

up in Puerto Rico Adds to Western Wake: A can-do community spirit Lisa Higginbotham arrived in the Triangle straight from the beaches of Puerto Rico, to attend Duke University. “My freshman ID looked great, with that tan,” joked Higginbotham, of Cary. She earned a degree in public policy at Duke, aka journalism, where her mismatched Spanish to English colloquialisms — deep blue sky instead of deep blue sea, for example — kept her roommate laughing. “I loved island life, and flan is still my favorite dessert,” Higginbotham said. “But I stayed because it’s just so beautiful here, especially when the leaves change. The people are so nice. And I can get in the car and drive and I don’t hit water.” 38

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Along the way she discovered a love of graphics, and in 1999 founded personalized award and gift company 5Star Awards, now a certified woman-owned business. “I get to play with cool tools, and create pretty things that make people happy,” said

Higginbotham of her hands-on company. “I hate shopping, except at trade shows, where we find the newest technology and tools to give our customers more than the norm.” The 5Star facility boasts high-tech laser engravers, a UV printer, and a sand carver,

“So many people have helped me. My job is to give back, 110 percent. I can’t give any less.”

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— Lisa Higginbotham all used by the team, which includes Higginbotham’s husband, Jeff, to turn out a remarkable range of items. “I love the creative side of it,” she said. “Yes, we do standard awards, but art glass with colors and swirls, that excites me. It’s so cool when you go beyond what the customer expects.” Higginbotham holds the Certified Recognition Specialist designation from the Awards and Personalization Association, and sits on the board of that trade organization. Among its accomplishments, 5Star has earned the industry’s Small Business Retailer of the Year award, the Gold Obelisk. In the community, Higginbotham trains others within her industry, even local competitors, and is a charter member of the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club. The club’s foundation hosts the annual Peak City Pig Fest and co-hosts Triangle Oktoberfest with the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club, raising more than $90,000 to date for local charitable organizations. “It’s important to give back to the community,” Higginbotham said. “You’re not a responsible member of society or a responsible business owner if you don’t. So many people have helped me. My job is to give back, 110 percent. I can’t give any less.” “God keeps blessing me every day,” Higginbotham said. “He’s given us opportunities, clients, health and friends. Each day is another day with my family, and an opportunity to make a contribution.” t

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Hinduism, the largest religion in India, is also the faith of many North Carolinians of Indian heritage. Traditions vary, but core beliefs of Hindus include reincarnation, that the soul passes through a cycle of birth and death, and karma, that a person’s actions affect his future in this life and the next. 42

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THE LATE AFTERNOON SUN kissed the top of the Sri Venkateswara Temple like a blessing. In the courtyard, hundreds of devotees lifted their prayers as they circumambulated the Cary temple, stopping now and again to pay their respects at smaller shrines. The evening ceremony was part of Ugadi, a festival in late March marking the lunar New Year according to the Hindu calendar. Hindus see the divine everywhere, especially in nature, so the openair courtyard with its view of the sky and the temple’s ornate exterior is a sacred space. By walking around and around the temple in a practice called pradhakshna, worshippers focus their thoughts and meditate on the divine. “The whole purpose of the temple is to store cosmic energy and use cosmic energy from nature. It’s also recognizing that God is everywhere,” said Chakrapani Kumara, one of six priests who perform daily rituals at the temple. The Sri Venkateswara Temple is dedicated to Vishnu, one of Hinduism’s principal deities, and was consecrated in May 2009. The building’s architecture has roots in eighth-century southern India. Now a fixture of the community, the temple and its staff serve hundreds of devotees throughout North Carolina and surrounding states, says Raghavendra Kasi, a patron of the temple. Educational events and service opportunities are also provided. “The temple brings the community together, establishes our faith in God, and ultimately shows the way to reach God,” he concluded. In the following pages, photographer Jonathan Fredin shares his images of the Sri Venkateswara Temple and the worshippers who welcomed him as they celebrated Ugadi.


Shoes are removed at the gates of the temple compound, as the courtyard and the temple itself are sacred spaces. Followers of the Hindu religion walk around the temple in a clockwise path in order to tap into the sacred energy of the cosmos. 44

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Among other traditions, Ugadi is observed by drawing colorful patterns on the floor, buying and giving gifts such as new clothes, giving charity to the poor, preparing and sharing special foods, and visiting Hindu temples. CARY MAGAZINE 45

Rajagopala Kanduri, left, and Varadarajan Golluru are two of the six priests who perform daily devotions at the Cary temple. During Ugadi, visitors pay their respects and leave food and other offerings inside the temple. In Hinduism there are no formal services except during festivals and other special occasions. The temple is open weekday mornings and evenings and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays so people can drop by as they are able.

The Sri Venkateswara Temple is built on a rise on the Cary property. Plans for the temple began in 1998 when a local family bought 2.5 acres for the project. Another seven acres were eventually added to the site, and the temple was consecrated in 2009.

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During some festivals, the deities are brought out of the inner temple, so more of the faithful can see them. The teak chariot, above, that carries the deities was carved in India, dismantled and reassembled in North Carolina by the same craftsman. CARY MAGAZINE 47





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Jeff Thompson of Simple Roots Décor arranges reclaimed boards to create a rustic barn door to be used inside a client’s home. The wood came from a Lillington tobacco barn, built in 1903. “Barn doors are really big now,” he says, but the original barn doors are usually too weathered to be salvaged.

The new barn door, made of old wood, takes shape in Thompson’s Fuquay-Varina workshop.

Built to Last Local woodworkers tap into market for sustainable, high-quality products



ith respect for the past and a love of the wood, area woodworkers are tapping into North Carolina’s rich heritage to build sustainable, homegrown businesses. Each dining room table, rustic art piece, or handcrafted desk they make comes with a story, at no extra charge, perfect to dust off at family dinners and neighborhood parties.

Diane Gemberling shows an American flag wall art that was part of a national giveaway on the Simple Roots Décor Facebook page. The 47-inch x 25-inch, natural tone American flag retails for $240, and roughly 35,000 people from all over submitted entries.


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BARN TO TABLE Diane Gemberling of Apex knew she was onto something when she presented a wood silhouette of North Carolina as a teacher gift and had 40 people order one for themselves. She and her brother-in-law, Jeff Thompson, now create furniture and home décor items

Doug Boytos of Live Edge Wood Designs grew up in Cary and learned woodworking at Green Hope High School. Whenever someone would ask him what he wanted to do, he’d jokingly say, “It would be awesome if I could do woodworking, and just build furniture.”

out of wood reclaimed from historic barns for their company, Simple Roots Décor. “The barn that comes from Willow Spring or the barn that comes from Angier is staying local. That wood, rich in history, gets a new life right here,” Gemberling said. Gemberling, a former kindergarten teacher, does the finishing work, the shipping, and writes the personal notes accompanying each shipment. Thompson, who worked for years in the furniture industry, provides technical know-how and works on the larger pieces. Reclaimed barn wood fulfills the pair’s desire for a sustainable source of materials and helps the business connect with the area’s agricultural heritage. “You can see the history in the patina and the colors,” said Thompson, who lives in Fuquay-Varina. “We fell in love with barn wood and it resonated with our clients.” “You can walk into a barn and say, ‘That’s going to be an end piece, that’s a table, that’s a North Carolina,’” said Gemberling. “The barns really lead the way. The texture has a

“The barn that comes from Willow Spring or the barn that comes from Angier is staying local. That wood, rich in history, gets a new life right here.” — Diane Gemberling,

Simple Roots Décor

story, and we know what blends well.” The company’s partnership with Our State magazine provides a steady stream of orders for North Carolina wall hangings of all sizes. Other state outlines are popular too, with most customers living in states with a farming past. An avid horsewoman, Gemberling would see barns while she was riding and knock on doors, asking if she could have the wood. As their reputation has grown, people from as far away as Blowing Rock have

A live edge cherry panel in this black walnut wall cabinet shows the distinctive look of Live Edge Wood Designs.

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“We use every bit of wood. It keeps the overall purpose of what we do,” says Gemberling. Small scrap pieces go into signs or other décor pieces.


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Once the barns come down, the wood is treated for bugs, nails are removed and boards are trimmed so they can be joined together, as Jeff Thompson does here.

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Diane Gemberling shows a few of the North Carolina silhouettes, ready to be shipped to clients.

One of three historic structures given to Simple Roots by Joe Pleasant of Angier, this tobacco barn in Willow Spring will be taken down this winter. Another barn and a nearby pack house have already been salvaged.


Learn more about Enkle Designs at enkledesigns. com. Furniture is available at Palette & Parlor in Chapel Hill, and smaller home décor items can be found at Ramble Supply Co. in Raleigh.

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contacted them about taking down an old building. Recently a man from Angier donated eight barns; they’ve taken down three so far. The stories come with the wood. Gemberling tells of taking down a barn in Willow Spring, when an older gentleman drove up and stayed the entire day, spinning tales of the people who lived and grew tobacco there. “I sit down and talk to these people. I don’t just take their wood,” she said. “I have learned so much, and I have so much respect for these people, because it was hard.” These anecdotes are shared on the company’s website and Facebook page, and clients appreciate knowing the history of their purchase. “That’s what we hear from our clients,” said Thompson. “These pieces have a story you can talk about.” continued on page 54

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Quinn Ferebee, left, and Doug Boytos of Live Edge Wood Designs get ready to trim a slab that will become a dining room table. The pair works with the tree’s natural shape in their designs. “The slabs dictate what can be made from them,” says Boytos.

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Liz Ferebee shows off her coffee table, a gift from her husband, Quinn, who made it from black walnut he inherited from his great-grandfather. 54

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An unusual family inheritance helped Quinn Ferebee and Doug Boytos start their business, Live Edge Wood Designs. Boytos grew up in Cary, learning woodworking at Green Hope High School. Ferebee picked up the craft from his father Clay, who has owned H.C. Ferebee IV Woodworking in Raleigh since 1977. The two worked together on remodeling jobs for the elder Ferebee, and even flipped a couple of houses themselves. But they kept getting requests to build custom furniture. “We started doing this stuff (building furniture), and one day my dad was like, ‘You know we’ve got a big pile of live edge walnut slabs out in that barn in Chatham County,’” said Ferebee. His great-grandfather was clearing land from the family farm in eastern North Carolina, when he felled several good-sized black walnut trees. Prized by woodworkers, black walnut has a close grain, creamy white sapwood and darker brown heartwood with gray or purplish

streaks. The trees were milled and the lumber was set aside for about a hundred years. “It’s been my lucky inheritance,” Ferebee continued. “It got us going. It helped us fall in love with the grain, with all the contrast in the wood.” Using the heirloom wood, the pair were able to work out some of their distinctive live edge designs, following the tree’s natural shape. The superior quality wood — and its rich backstory — also appealed to many of their first custom clients. “Whether it’s a live-edge table or not, pretty much everything we do is a conversation piece,” said Boytos. “Instead of just having a standard oak table in your dining room, you have this awesome piece of a tree with a story to tell.” Though the black walnut is nearly gone, Boytos and Ferebee still source all their wood regionally, with most grown in North Carolina. The pair also tout the sustainability of quality craftsmanship, saying their “modern heirlooms” will be around longer than any factory-made piece.

“All of the tables we build will outlast the people who buy them, and their kids,” said Boytos.

KEEP IT SIMPLE Furniture-maker Matt Booty also champions the benefits of buying well-made pieces that will last a lifetime — or more. “You’re going to spend less on furniture over your lifetime if you just buy one good piece,” he said. “If someone holds onto a piece for 50 years and hands it down to their kids, and they hold on to it for 30 years, that is so much more productive in cutting waste.” Booty always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur, and since his father restores antique furniture, woodworking was a natural progression. Inspired by the clean lines and timeless appeal of mid-century modern Scandinavian design, Booty launched his business, Enkle Designs, with simplicity in mind. The name itself means “simple” in Norwegian. The design work needed to give his tables and desks that clean look is a challenge

that Booty embraces. “I’ve also always had the desire to design things, to create things, and this is something that feeds that hunger for creativity,” he said. Booty also appreciates that because of North Carolina’s furniture-making past, he has access to locally produced lumber. This is appealing to clients searching for well-made, sustainable pieces. Custom work makes up the majority of his business, and about 40 percent comes from partnerships with local retailers, Palette & Parlor in Chapel Hill and Ramble Supply Co. in Raleigh. “You can use better quality, locally sourced lumber and still make it sustainable, because those pieces are going to last a lot longer,” he said. “You’re paying a local person as well; you’re fueling the local economy.” Booty, who lives in Holly Springs, recently moved his workshop to a woodworking co-op space in Raleigh he opened with his father, Christopher. The pair plan to rent space to fellow craftsmen, enabling woodworkers to share tools and resources.

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Liz Ferebee talks to Pet McDaniel and Karolina Gabbrielli, of Morrisville, at the Live Edge Wood Designs retail space at the State Fairgrounds. Open on weekends, the booth displays finished pieces and wood slabs that can be made into custom creations.

Matt Booty builds Scandinavian-inspired furniture and home accessories for his company Enkle Designs. “My goal is to produce good quality products that are made on a small scale, with a lot of attention given to detail,” he says. CARY MAGAZINE 55

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BLOCK & ASSOCIATES Realty Residential Rental Specialist Joshua Furr has clinched the title once again as being the #1 independent Leasing Agent in Wake County for the sixth consecutive year! Joshua’s services include exceptional rental assistance for property owners, builders, investors and the real estate community. Each year thousands of property owners rent their homes and depend on Joshua & Block to help them place a high-caliber tenant that will treat their home with great respect. Joshua Furr has proven to homeowners throughout the Triangle that no matter if the residential sales market is strong or weak, there will always be a demand for quality rentals! Joshua would love the opportunity to explain why purchasing residential rentals or not selling your home at this time could be the smartest financial decision you will ever make! Reach out today and let Joshua lead you to a new lease on life!

Joshua Furr, Block & Associates Realty 107 Edinburgh South Drive, Suite 100, Cary (919) 606-3461


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Carolina Family Estate Planning “Preparing your will, trust, or longterm care plan doesn’t have to be sad or boring,” says Jackie Bedard, founder of Carolina Family Estate Planning. “I started my firm with two goals: One, we make plans that work. Two, we take the intimidation and dread out of visiting an attorney. You might even have fun!” This approach is evident throughout Carolina Family Estate Planning: the aroma of fresh-baked cookies hits you the moment you open the door; the on-site learning center is stocked with resources for families and seniors; and if you look closely, you’ll notice the décor is punctuated with rubber duckies. Jackie says, “We help you get your ducks in a row!” First impressions aside, she says, “It takes an amazing team to make this work! Everyone you meet here is compassionate and professional, and we take great pains to get the details right.”

51 Kilmayne Dr., Suite 203, Cary (919) 694-4499

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cary family dental Cary Family Dental is a dental practice in Western Wake County that is dedicated to excellence. Its mission is to be a positive, upbeat practice that provides state of the art dentistry and excellent customer service in a way that makes coming to the dentist enjoyable. Dr. Allan Acton and his team have dedicated themselves to providing patients with the best dentistry has to offer, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry and more. With its long withstanding reputation for generosity in the community, Cary Family Dental continues to combine expertise and empathy to provide fair and exceptional dental services to its patients.

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The Cary Theater The Cary Theater lights up downtown Cary with its mission to provide a unique setting for the community to experience art house cinema and live performances. Originally constructed in 1946 to serve as the town’s first indoor movie theater, The Cary was meticulously restored in 2014 to stimulate a sense of community and re-establish a signature destination. As the beacon for Cary’s increasingly vibrant downtown, the venue and its staff offer uniquely curated and unconventional entertainment, including independent and classic films, live comedy, and the Six String Presents music series. This Chatham Street hot spot is bringing a distinct mix of films ranging from independent art house fare to premieres of locally produced films and festivals with diverse panel discussions. The Cary is your hometown destination for civic engagement and entertainment that’s beyond ordinary.

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Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering

Daniel’s has been THE place to go for NY-style Italian “comfort” food for over twenty years. From freshly sautéed dishes featured our longsimmered marinara sauce, lemony piccata or Franchaise sauce, or rich decadent cream sauces, to handstretched pizza baked on a real stone, to made-in-house desserts, there is something for everyone. We offer a wine list boasting over 900 selections (discounted on Wine Wednesdays), local craft beers, and a full bar. Our Atrium Room is the perfect place to host your special event for family, friends, or business. Need an event catered off-premise? We do that too! Daniel’s offers our full menu available for takeout with many dishes available in large-sized trays to feed a crowd. Reservations are accepted.

1430 W. Williams St., Apex (919) 303-1006


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Pyle Plastic Surgery

The entire team at Davis & Pyle strives not only for beautiful outcomes, but an incredible experience for their patients. Founded in 2002 by Dr. Glenn Davis, their team of 25 experts now guide hundreds of people a week through the most effective aesthetic options available. Doing this while creating a memorable five-star experience is what sets them apart from the crowd.

Never ones to rest on the status quo, their continual focus on excellence ensures you’ll only receive the best treatments and products from the most skilled providers.

2304 Wesvill Court, Suite 360, Raleigh (919) 785-1220

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Diamonds Direct At Diamonds Direct, your love is celebrated through our passion for diamonds. In 1995, Diamonds Direct changed the landscape of fine jewelry retail by eliminating the middleman and selling diamonds directly to the end consumer. Our unique retail concept is accompanied by exceptional customer education, a vast selection of diamonds and fine jewelry, and customer service guarantees and warrantees that are unmatched in the industry. We first introduced our concept to 66

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Raleigh in 2008 and are proud to continue to be the ultimate destination for fine jewelry in the greater Triangle area. Whether you are looking for a gift, an engagement ring, or wedding bands, we are here to help during all of life’s special moments!

4401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh (919) 571-2881

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Duck donuts After discovering Duck Donuts during family vacations to the Outer Banks, Kelly and Brandon Trimyer were hooked on the warm, vanilla cake donuts and convinced that the made-to-order experience would take off in the Triangle. They pursued franchise rights in 2014 and left corporate careers to start a new life as small business owners. It was a big risk for the couple, but they craved the flexibility of working for themselves and the opportunity to create jobs and deepen roots in their home community. Fast forward to today — juggling two busy stores in Cary and North Raleigh, a growing wedding and catering business, and three young kids at home, sometimes life feels like a circus. But the Trimyers are determined to keep all the balls in the air, taking care to nurture a fun atmosphere, deliver great customer service, and produce delicious donuts every day.

100 Wrenn Drive, Cary (919) 468-8722

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Family & Cosmetic dentistry

When it comes to having a beautiful, healthy smile, experience matters. That’s what you’ll get when you trust your dental care to Dr. Patrick Lawrence DDS and Dr. Shanup Gundecha DMD at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Our talented and caring team of professionals make you feel at home the moment you walk in the door. Our practice utilizes all the latest technology and superior materials as well as offering numerous amenities for your maximum comfort. Our smile services include ZOOM chair side whitening and Invisalign clear braces. We are accepting new patients and would love to have you become part of our dental family! To learn more about our practice and read patient reviews please visit our website,

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Famous Toastery of cary When you walk through the front doors of Famous Toastery of Cary, there are several things that you will notice: a stone patio with a fountain running, glass windows letting the light shine into a cozy welcoming space, filled with staff reminding you that every server is your server. So what does “every server is your server” mean? The answer may surprise you. It means every one of our staff, whether they are taking your order, bringing you food, checking on your table, or even just passing by, is part of a team that wants to make your experience the best you’ve ever had. All of us here at Famous Toastery want to give you the best start to your day that we can, with fresh, quality food and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Come meet our team, and learn why Toast is Famous!

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Five guys burgers AND fries Five Guys opened its first Cary location in 2007, and thousands of guests have been enjoying our burgers and fries throughout the Triangle ever since. The Five Guys concept was created in the late ’80s with one simple idea in mind: Become “the place” to get a fresh, juicy burger with all the toppings you could stuff between fresh-baked buns. Then and today, we serve only hand-formed burgers cooked to perfection on a grill along with fresh-cut fries cooked in pure peanut oil. Our food is fresh (there are no freezers in any Five Guys) and our customers appreciate the homemade quality to it. With over 15 different toppings and sauces, there are 250,000+ ways for each guest to customize their burger! And, at many of our locations, you can customize a Five Guys milkshake the same way, with 11 different flavors and mix-ins. This is the reason why Five Guys has been honored with the Cary Magazine Maggy Award for “Best Burger and Fries” for 10 consecutive years!



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Generations Family Practice Going to work every day is easy when your team feels like family. That’s according to the nine practitioners at Generations Family Practice. “Every month, we dedicate time to review patient care protocols, working to provide the most consistent and continuous care.” said Dr. Melanie Mintzer, “Best Doctor” Maggy Award winner three years in a row. “Working as a team, our mission is to help as many people as possible.” Generations Family Practice has been offering “cradle-torocker” health care in the area since 2005. These services for the whole family include: acute and chronic conditions, preventive care, dermatology, cosmetic, and mental health. Several doctors have earned awards and recognition for their work, which they attribute to their focus on patient education. “We love working together. We’re a family, and by extension, our patients become our family.” Mintzer said. “Our greatest reward is providing care to multiple generations of a family.”

110 Preston Executive Drive, Suite 100, Cary (919) 852-3999

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Glenaire Glenaire offers an enriched lifestyle today with a solid plan for tomorrow. Located on a peaceful 33 acres right in the heart of Cary, Glenaire is a nationally accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). With an optimal location and newly renovated homes, Glenaire offers a whole new world of friendship, fun, comfort and security. Enjoy living in an environment where becoming neighbors means having great friends. As a resident, you will enjoy a full array of services including weekly housekeeping, 24-hour maintenance, meals served in multiple dining venues, recreational and cultural opportunities, health and fitness programs and transportation services. Glenaire also operates its own Health Clinic and Adult Day Center. It is never too soon to visit and make future plans. Call and schedule a private tour today!

4000 Glenaire Circle Cary (919) 460-8095


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halie’s Boutique Corrie Ismaili, owner of Halie’s Boutique, along with her husband are the dynamic duo who are bringing gifts and accessories to Cary with a fresh edge. Corrie is a fourthgeneration business owner with a knack for finding unique, one-of-a-kind products for everyone. Both believe in the small, neighborhood approach where customer service is priority and customers become family. The store sells all things gift-related for any occasion and has become the go-to place for accessories. They also sell everyday clothing and offer onsite monogramming.

1209 Parkside Main St., Cary (919) 462-0902

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Teri LaRocca Insurance Agency We opened the Teri LaRocca State Farm agency in 2001 with a passion and mission to deliver a unique and extraordinary experience to our customers and within our community. We accomplish this by focusing on the details that matter to those we serve. This is apparent in the way we do business and how we do business. From the first enthusiastic greeting and contact with our team, to 24hour availability online or live, we are there when you need us most; to recurring consultations to assist with your insurance and financial desires, aligned with dreams and goals for you and your family through the seasons of life. When we are not at our desks, you will find us working with Habitat for Humanity, walking for SPCA, and providing support where needed in our local community. We are grateful and thankful for the opportunity to positively impact lives!

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mellow mushroom It’s hard to believe we have been open for almost seven years. We are proud to be a part of Cary’s thriving community. We strive to integrate the classic with the innovative by offering an array of fresh pizzas, calzones, hoagies, salads and appetizers. Both vegetarian and vegan options along with gluten-free crust are also available. We feel very strongly that everyone deserves great pizza! At Mellow Mushroom, high quality and fresh and unique ingredients turn traditional pizza making into a modern work of art. Join us for weekly trivia night on Wednesdays. We are open seven days a week; open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information on Mellow Mushroom Cary, visit and follow us on Facebook. We also cater any event you can dream up.

4300 N.W. Cary Parkway, Cary (919) 463-7779

Will Greczyn, general manager of Mellow Mushroom Cary, left, and Noah Barrow, managing partner of Capital Food Group.

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prestonwood country club Prestonwood Country Club’s exceptional amenities paired with its family-friendly atmosphere offer an unparalleled private club experience for residents of the Cary area.

guaranteed to satisfy all palates. Child-friendly menu options and specialty themed family dining events invite families to gather at the club over delectable meals.

Boasting golf and tennis leagues for all ages, youth and adult fitness programming, an expansive aquatics center, and a thriving Kids Club program, it’s no secret that Prestonwood is dedicated to providing first-class recreational opportunities for all ages. Prestonwood’s extensive dining options are also second to none, as its talented culinary team creates fresh and diverse menus

If you’re in the market for five-star amenities and lasting family memories, look no further than Prestonwood Country Club.

300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary (919) 465-4858

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Primrose Schools These Primrose Schools’ franchise owners collectively have more than 58 years of experience with Primrose Schools. They have all had children attend and grow at a Primrose School, gaining firsthand knowledge of the blending of purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers. From top left, they are Rhonda Blades and Leslie Moore-Martinez, and bottom from left Kerry Stockman and Tori Scuderi; Jeff Grivalski is not pictured. Based on the latest research, Primrose Schools has created a unique, meaningful learning path. Our curriculum excels

with a special emphasis on character development. Every toy, block, lesson plan and book has been thoroughly researched and planned. It’s a proven model built on a trusted partnership between parents, teachers, school leadership teams and Primrose. Personal experience and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our staff, the families we serve and the children we care for inspired each of us to become a Primrose School owner.

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rufty homes For more than 28 years, Jon Rufty and his team have been building and remodeling beautiful custom homes. It’s been 20-plus years since Jon built the first HealthyHouse and EnergyStar home for CP&L to set the standard for green construction throughout North Carolina. In 2011, Jon established Rufty-Peedin Commercial Design Builders in partnership with respected commercial builder and Cary resident Steven Peedin. Rufty Homes delivers fine quality custom home building, residential remodeling, maintenance and repair. Area families turn to Rufty Homes for the value of its proven process, which tailors home design and construction to the ways in which they live and entertain. Rufty-Peedin Design Builders also offers clientfocused site planning, engineering and designbuild construction of commercial buildings. Rufty-Peedin’s top priority is delivering value to clients during design, construction and beyond when building medical, retail, office, service, industrial and church facilities. Jon likes to say, “The beauty of a home or building is its ability to reflect the personality of those who occupy it.” His teams at Rufty Homes and Rufty-Peedin use a proven approach to residential and commercial building, offering valuable design knowledge with the highest integrity and personal commitment to exceptional quality.

1400 Sunday Drive, Raleigh (919) 460-8550


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SKIN RALEIGH With the ever increasing popularity and affordability of anti-aging options, such as Botox, it’s more important than ever to be in skilled hands. Ever since Davis & Pyle opened the doors of medspa Skin Raleigh in 2015, their focus has been on offering the most effective anti-aging options available in only highly experienced hands. Their team of surgeons, nurses and aestheticians strive not only for natural outcomes, but an incredible experience for their patients. As one of the top 100 Botox providers in the country (out of 35,000!) you know you are getting the best products administered by injectors who are highly trained, resulting in beautiful, long-lasting outcomes.

2304 Wesvill Court, Suite 310, Raleigh (919) 871-3292

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stanley dentistry Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley are on a mission to help Find Your Smile. It’s not just a catchy slogan for them, but rather, their life’s work. This husband-wife dental team represents a comprehensive approach to patient care, unlike any in the Triangle region. “If it can be done in dentistry, it happens here, said Dr. Robert Stanley, who is known as a key opinion leader in dentistry and dental education. “Our primary goal is to help patients achieve and maintain good oral health. Whether it is family dentistry or implants, orthodontics or TMJ therapy, we care for the entire family under one roof.” Their commitment to spreading smiles does not stop with healthcare. “A smile is the first thing others notice. It is the most fashionable accessory and always in style,” said Maggy Award winner Dr. Bobbi Stanley. “We want our patients to love their smile and flash it often while doing what they love. That’s what it means to Find Your Smile.”

3731 N.W. Cary Parkway, Suite 201, Cary (919) 371-4454


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Town and Country veterinary hospital Dr. Nick Ashford established Town and Country Veterinary Hospital in 1995 with a vision of providing affordable, high quality veterinary care to the Cary, Apex and Holly Springs area. He also wanted to separate out the boarding and grooming aspect of a veterinary hospital, so he and his staff could focus on pet health care. Therefore Town and Country Animal Care Center which provides boarding, grooming, training and doggy daycare is located right next door to Town and Country Veterinary Hospital. Town and Country Veterinary Hospital is now owned by Drs. Nick Ashford and Amanda Groulx who continue to strive to provide high quality veterinary medicine in a warm family-like atmosphere. Our comprehensive

veterinary services include wellness and preventative medicine, internal medicine, surgery with availability of a board-certified surgeon, digital radiography, ultrasound with availability of a board-certified radiologist, comprehensive dental care with dental radiology and complete in-house laboratory and pharmacy. At Town and Country Veterinary Hospital our mission is to celebrate the human-animal bond through competent and compassionate animal health care. We care!

2010 N. Salem St., Apex (919) 363-6363

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Twisted Scizzors Amanda and LeRoy Kimball, owners of Twisted Scizzors Salon, are passionate about their clients, team, salon, and our community. What sets Twisted Scizzors apart from other salons is that not only are they providing exemplary hairstyling services, but they are doing it while deeply invested in helping our community and its people. Philanthropy and outreach are major components of Twisted Scizzors Salon’s philosophy. Amanda leads the creative side and LeRoy leads the business and construction side. Amanda’s artistry shines through as she transforms hair into gorgeous masterpieces. She constantly trains, educates and mentors newer members of the profession. LeRoy’s work ethic comes from his Dad’s background in construction. Knowing how things work and how things are built came in handy when LeRoy and Amanda custom designed the salon’s stations, layout, lighting and overall design. LeRoy notes, “If we do something, we want to do it right and we want to make a difference.” This pride has driven their success over the last 9+ years.

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Wake Funeral and Cremation Wake Memorial Park Wake Funeral and Cremation Services and Wake Memorial Park Cemetery combine to make a locally owned, complete-care alternative. Being privately and locally owned gives us the ability to focus on you, and to design only what you are interested in for final resting arrangements, without unwanted extras. While other organizations may penalize a family by requiring the purchase of a package to receive a “discount,” our itemized approach gives you the flexibility to choose only what you determine is best for your individual needs.

Our team of professionals provide both the traditional services families desire and the modern, personalized approach that people want and deserve – all at reasonable prices. It is a privilege to support our community at a family’s most difficult time with the highest level of integrity, attention, and care.

600 Gathering Park Circle, Suite 101, Cary (919) 465-0989

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Ward Family Law Group Ward Family Law Group limits its practice to family law matters, including separation, divorce, family financial support, custody conflicts, complex marital property divisions, and domestic violence. Divorce is difficult. It is often a time marked by confusion, anger, frustration and uncertainty. At Ward Family Law Group, we are equipped to help you navigate these challenges and offer common sense, practical solutions, and advice tailored to your family’s specific needs. Linda Ward, Laura Manfreda, and Teresa Hardison are all certified by the North Carolina State Bar as Specialists in Family Law. We are proud to have served families in Western Wake County for over 16 years, and we are honored to have been recognized by the readers of Cary Magazine in the Best Attorney category since its inception: 2011 (Best Attorney); 2012 (Best Attorney-Honorable Mention); 2013 (Best Attorney); 2014 (Best Attorney); 2015 (Best Attorney); 2016 (Best Attorney); 2017 (Best Attorney-Honorable Mention)

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Whisk Located in Cary and dreamed up by Dan and Diana Saklad, Whisk is a unique, locally owned store where you can find everything for the cook. And we are proud to have been honored as the USA’s Kitchenware Retailer of the Year! We love to cook, experiment, and play in the kitchen. Whether it is a party, a gathering with family and friends, or a simple family dinner, we have always found the kitchen to be the center of action in the house. Spending as much time as we do in the kitchen, we’ve come to understand how great

kitchen gadgets, gourmet ingredients, and cookware can really transform your entire cooking experience. We created Whisk as a place for you to feel that same enjoyment by introducing you to great kitchenware products, and enhancing your culinary knowledge and proficiency through our cooking classes!

Waverly Place Shopping Center 316 Colonades Way, Suite 214, Cary (919) 322-2458

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Meghan Grant wears a coral crisscross dress, $44, from Cousin Couture, and a floral hat, $89, from Shoppes on Main. Her shoes and jewelry are from her personal collection.

“I really like coral for spring and summer, and this muted version would be perfect for a derby party. I also like the cross detailing for an updated version on a traditional style.” — Meghan Grant, I’m Fixing To


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see these women around town, Youlooking effortlessly chic for every


occasion. Get ready to meet four of them. Don’t miss the Local fashion Kentucky Derby , Saturday, May mavens April Clark, 6. Live on NBC. Meghan Grant, Angela Jones and Molly Stillman each run popular style blogs, chronicling their daily outfits and fashion favorites for thousands of fans and followers online. With spring upon us, Cary Magazine called on these inspiring fashionistas to craft Kentucky Derby-themed ensembles fit for the grandstand at the iconic horse race. From simple sundresses to couture cocktail attire — all par for the course at the swanky Kentucky Derby — stay tuned for the season’s most spectacular fashion event … extravagant hats strongly recommended. continued on page 91

Meghan Grant

Meghan Grant started her blog four years ago as an outlet to express her love of writing and shopping. Grant chronicles her life, style and travels across all of North Carolina. Blog: Instagram: @imfixintoblog Followers: 10,000 over all social media channels Full-time work: Public education in Wake County Most rewarding: The people I’ve met and the brands I’ve gotten to work with. Most challenging: Finding time to do everything! Favorite place to shoot blog posts: Historic buildings Most popular post: When I launched my current rebrand at the historic Mims House (in Holly Springs) and wore a gold sequined dress. Signature style: Fashion is an extension of my personality. I wear whatever I feel like that day, could be jeans or a cocktail dress. Favorite places to shop: Anthropologie, J. Crew, Stylish Living in Apex and Vestique in Cary. Go-to outfit: Flannel shirt and a vest in winter. Sundress and Jack Rogers sandals in summer. Can’t wait to wear: White denim with anything and offthe-shoulder shirts. Inspired by: Local bloggers in TriFabb (the Triangle Area Bloggers group of which she is a member), Cathy Anderson of Poor Little It Girl, Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Company. Biggest fashion splurge: Christian Louboutin slingback metallic pumps. Favorite items in your closet: I always reach for dresses and Toms booties. CARY MAGAZINE 89

From left, Angela Jones wears a red lace off-shoulder blouse, $60, from Peachy Keen; a black and white fascinator, $49, from Shoppes on Main; and polka dot pumps, $40, from ShoeDazze. Her off-white skirt is from her personal collection. Molly Stillman wears a floral dress, $38, and fringe pendant necklace, $28, from Impresa Boutique. Her hat and booties are her own. April Clark sports a chic navy bow-neck dress, $66, from Fab’rik; a pink hat with polka dots, $69, from Shoppes on Main; and gold lattice sandals, $59.95, from DSW. Meghan Grant is elegant in a white ruffle dress, $44, from Cousin Couture, and a black nest facinator, $69, from Shoppes on Main. Her shoes and jewelry are from her personal collection. 90

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Molly Stillman

A 10-year blogging veteran, Molly Stillman reaches more than 100,000 readers a month, sharing her life, faith and passion for ethical and fair trade business. Stillman also produces the podcast “Business with a Purpose,” in which she interviews CEOs and small business owners focused on running their businesses to make a positive difference in the world. Blog: Instagram: @stillbeingmolly Traffic: 100,000 unique monthly readers Full-time work: The blog! has been my full-time work for five years. Blogs because: I want women to be inspired to walk joyfully with a purpose. That could mean sharing an outfit idea to encourage moms to get dressed in the morning, or shedding light on small businesses trying to make a difference with ethical and fair trade fashion. Most rewarding: The community between readers and other bloggers. I started a blogging group in the Triangle called TriFabb, and it has grown to over 190 members. Most challenging: Staying relevant and not falling into the comparison trap. There is only one you. Readers will come to love and respect you as a person when you come at blogging through your own lens. There are a lot of people who don’t understand blogging as an industry. I love what I do and am so thankful for it, but educating readers and the community is a constant challenge. Most popular post: Things To Say & Not to Say to a Late/Overdue/Past-herDue-Date Pregnant Woman On fashion: Fashion has a reputation for being frivolous. It can be, but you can really express who you are and tell a lot about someone’s personality. Signature style: I try to mix style and practicality. I’m a mother of two, so I’m not often going to be wearing heels.

Molly Stillman wears a coral beaded necklace, $25, and a fuchsia T-shirt dress, $38, both from Impresa Boutique. Her berry-colored hat, $89, is from Shoppes on Main.

Favorite places to shop: The Flourish Market in Raleigh, Refinements in Durham and Elegantees. (Molly collaborated on her own line with Elegantees debuting this month. Check it out at Can’t wait to wear: I am so excited for bold colors! I love flowy peplums and ruffles. Give me flowy. I need flowy. Inspired by: All of life. I may find a color combination out and about, for example a mural in downtown Durham, and I try that out in my wardrobe. Biggest fashion splurge: A well-made handbag or a great pair of designer denim that is made to last is well worth the cost! Favorite item in your closet: My ankle “Espe” booties from the Root Collective Go-to Outfit: My favorite pair of Paige denim skinny jeans, my Root Collective booties, and a top from Elegantees.

“I love bright color, and I love florals. The fuchsia dress is my favorite because not only is it my favorite color, but it also is so comfortable, has pockets and was made in the USA! It’s perfect for dressing up or dressing down depending on the shoes and accessories.” — Molly Stillman, Still Being Molly

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Angela Jones is ready for spring in a printed dress, $86, stretch bracelet set, $45, earrings, $50 and layering necklace, $72, all from Peachy Keen. Her coral hat and tan sandals are from her personal collection.

“I love the colors and the print in this dress, but above all the comfort level! It is casual and fun, but still elegant.� — Angela Jones, The Ultimate Fashionista


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Angela Jones

Sharing her outfit ideas and helping others refine their style is the goal of Angela Jones’s 5-year-old blog. Jones’ bold and eclectic look marries vintage items, statement pieces and of-themoment fashion finds. Blog: Instagram: @theultimatefashionista Followers: 6,257 across all channels Full-time work: Project manager for IBM Most rewarding: Being able to display my creativity and style through blogging, while also providing inspiration to my followers. Most challenging: Building and engaging a high following on all social media platforms. On fashion: My favorite thing about fashion is knowing the possibilities are endless with regard to being able to portray who you are without having to speak.

Most popular post: A vintage cape I featured from my recent cape series titled, “Queen of Style.” Signature style: Eclectic and timeless. I enjoy mixing high and low pieces with vintage pieces to create out-of-the-box outfits. This unorthodox method of mixing styles from various fashion eras creates a bit of a surprise. Favorite places to shop: Everywhere! From high-end boutiques to department stores, to consignment and thrift stores.


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Can’t wait to wear: Bathrobes and various shades of yellow. I plan to wear feminine, light colored bathrobes over shorts, skirts and sun dresses.

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Inspired by: Style magazines and classic movies. Soraya De Carvalho of Style Is My Thing and Judith of Style Crone.

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Biggest fashion splurge: A vintage Don Loper evening gown I purchased for my birthday. I’ve always admired Lucille Ball’s style; purchasing a piece made by her fashion designer was definitely a treat to myself. Favorite item in your closet: My leopard vintage cape. continued on page 94

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April Clark shows her edgy glam style in a strapless red cocktail dress, $48, and a collared bowtie button-up blouse, $54, both from Fab’rik. Her black tie sandals, $44.95, are from DSW, and the pink fascinator is her own.

Friends often asked April Clark how to wear a dress or how to accessorize a graphic T-shirt and thus, the concept for her 4-year-old blog was born. Clark combines affordable fashion with vintage finds in a daring mix all her own. Blog: Instagram: @whatwouldaprilwear Followers: 8,000 over all social media channels Full-time work: Freelance fashion stylist and editor Blogs because: I love giving practical tips and how-to’s relating to style and fashion. Most rewarding: The creativity I get to express coming up with outfit ideas, fun titles and curating a place for my style. Most challenging: Being a part of the fashion conversation in a unique way. Most popular post: “Western Wild.” I would never have thought this would be so popular! I was trying out a trend and wore a cowboy hat! Loves fashion for: The art of it. Putting the pieces together in a certain way truly makes art. Signature style: Edgy Glam — quirky accessories, bold colors and daytime sequins! Favorite places to shop: New York & Company, H&M, ASOS Go-to outfit: Moto jacket, graphic T-shirt, distressed jeans and boots or heels. Can’t wait to wear: The ’80s! Acid wash jeans, neon colors, bold patterns, big hair, fuchsia lipstick and graphic eyeliner! Inspired by: Angela Jones of The Ultimate Fashionista, Tiffany Battle of The Werk Place, Marche Robinson of Robinson Style and Çoul Crenshaw of ÇoulStyle. Biggest Fashion Splurge: Louis Vuitton handbag Favorite item in your closet: Patch moto jacket t 94

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North Carolina Courage players practice at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. This is the second incarnation of the Courage as a professional women’s soccer team in the Triangle. The first, Carolina Courage, played in Cary from 2001-2003.



Get to know:

Jessica McDonald Welcome former UNC Tar Heel and NCAA National Champion Jessica McDonald back to the Triangle. McDonald scored 10 goals in 2016 for the WNY Flash and led the team with seven assists.

Soccer Park, North Carolina Courage Head Coach Paul Riley starts practice by asking for jokes from his team. Next, he wishes a player a happy birthday. The mood is jovial and excited, which is exactly how Riley likes it. “You’ve got to have fun coming to work every day,” he said. But make no mistake, there is plenty of work being done. “We want to make each player better. We don’t set goals, we concentrate on the process,” he said. Riley’s process has proven successful. His team, the NC Courage, are the National Women’s Soccer League defending champs and the Triangle’s new professional women’s soccer team. Formerly known as the Western New York Flash, the NC Courage was purchased and relocated by local entrepreneur Steve Malik early this year. About 80 percent of the 2016 championship team transitioned to the NC Courage, including Riley and Assistant Coach Scott Vallow. “It has made the adjustment easier,” Riley said. “The team has great unity.” The NC Courage now calls Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park home and played its first home match against the Portland Thorns, one of 10 NWSL teams, on April 22. This is the second incarnation of the Courage as a professional women’s soccer team in the Triangle. The first, Carolina Courage, played from 2001-2003 as a member of the premiere professional women’s soccer league, the WUSA, until the league folded.

POSITION: Forward HOMETOWN: Phoenix, Ariz. STARTED SOCCER: Age 12. I played basketball and ran track before that, but my brother played soccer and I wanted to do what he did. MOST EXCITING SOCCER MOMENT: The (NWSL) championship this past year. I fed a ball to Lynn Williams, who then scored, to tie the championship game and take us to penalty kicks. EXCITED TO BE BACK IN THE TRIANGLE: To go back to my favorite restaurants, especially B Ski’s and Breadmen’s in Chapel Hill. BEST PART OF BEING A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: The diverse friendships that you make. We have ladies on the team from Brazil, Japan and New Zealand. ROLE MODEL: My brother. He is a professional soccer player as well. (Brandon McDonald played in the MLS from 2008-2014 and currently plays for the Guam Rovers.) 104

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“The goal and the need was for the Triangle area to have the top level of men’s and women’s pro soccer, and at the same time to create a more unified soccer community.” CURT JOHNSON NC COURAGE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

Get to know: Lynn Williams Earned the NWSL Golden Boot and League MVP awards for her 2016 season with the WNY Flash. Williams has earned seven caps and scored two goals with the U.S. Women’s National Team. POSITION: Forward HOMETOWN: Fresno, Calif. STARTED SOCCER: Age 5, competitively at age 12. MOST EXCITING SOCCER MOMENTS: Beating Portland at their home stadium. Coming back to win in the NWSL Championship game. Scoring my first goal with the U.S. Women’s National Team. EXCITED TO EXPLORE IN THE TRIANGLE: Farmers markets INSPIRED BY: Her uncle, who played football at the University of Washington, and his story of courage in facing a paralyzing injury. North Carolina Courage Head Coach Paul Riley led the team to win the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League Championship in its incarnation as the Western New York Flash. Most of the players from last year also transitioned to Cary, and Riley says: “It has made the adjustment easier.”

BEST PART OF BEING A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: I am able to travel and see parts of the world that I otherwise wouldn’t get to, and having teammates to share the experience.

Sister team to the men’s North Carolina Football Club (formerly the Carolina RailHawks), the NC Courage fulfills a portion of the vision to bring the nation’s highest level of men’s and women’s professional soccer to the Triangle — a vision created by Malik and championed by NC Courage President and General Manager Curt Johnson. “The goal and the need was for the Triangle area to have the top level of men’s and women’s pro soccer,” Johnson said, “and at the same time to create a more unified soccer community.” Historically, the Triangle is a bona fide hotbed of soccer support, particularly women’s. “UNC-Chapel Hill is the most storied women’s college sports program of any kind,” Johnson said, having won 21 NCAA women’s soccer championships under head coach Anson Dorrance. Neighboring university programs at North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest have been leaders nationally as well. And when it comes to youth, Johnson says 50 percent of participants in Triangle-area soccer over the last 45 years have been female. The Triangle now claims the largest youth-to-pro soccer league in the country, following a recent partnership between the NCFC and leading youth soccer organizations Capital Area Soccer League and the Triangle Futbol continued on page 106 CARY MAGAZINE 105

Courage players run through drills during practice at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The team has two home games in May: On May 21, they play the Chicago Red Stars, and on May 24, the Sky Blue FC from New Jersey. continued from page 105

Club. The youth leagues merged into the newly established NCFC Youth, creating a 20,000-member soccer organization that offers the highest levels of competitive play, player and coach development, and a direct line to professional soccer. Calling all fans NC COURAGE tickets start at $14 and can be purchased at tickets. The next home match is Sunday, May 21. Full schedule available at courageschedule.


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“Our goals are big,” Johnson said of the NC Courage. “We want to be the best women’s pro soccer franchise in the world.” “The team is athletic, aggressive, and their relationships are strong,” added Riley. “My expectation is for each individual to improve every day and enjoy the process of being great.” The team features international players from Brazil and New Zealand, as well as U.S. National Team members Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams. “Fans are going to see an outstanding game day environment that really showcases

soccer and the NWSL at a great level,” Johnson said. “The Town of Cary has been an incredible partner in helping us grow the sport in the Triangle,” he added, citing the impeccably-maintained facility at WakeMed Soccer Park as a strong factor in acquiring the NC Courage. Johnson calls this a “major moment in time for the sport of soccer” in North Carolina and encourages all fans to take an active role in supporting the men’s and women’s teams: Attend games, wear the team colors and encourage local businesses to support them as well. “We are very powerful when we are all united and pulling in the same direction to grow the sport,” Johnson said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the passionate soccer fans in the state of North Carolina. We want everyone that is passionate about soccer to feel connected to these two teams.” t

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David Vance, a veteran of the food service distribution industry, opened Rock Harbor Grill late last year in downtown Fuquay-Varina.


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN a passion for music collides with a desire for delicious food? In the case of West Virginia native David Vance, it was the creation of Rock Harbor Grill, which opened late last year in downtown Fuquay-Varina. Located a block over from Main Street across from the town’s current library, (a new one is soon to be built on the other side of town) the restaurant’s seafood-centric menu and live entertainment deliver a multidimensional experience for guests. “We offer fine dining in a comfortable, unpretentious atmosphere,” said Vance, who worked for more than 20 years in the foodservice distribution industry and now lives just a few miles from his eatery. 110

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“We offer fine dining in a comfortable, unpretentious atmosphere.” — David Vance Mouthwatering menu selections like fresh Hawaiian opah, also known as moonfish, locally sourced rainbow trout and seared rosemary grouper will make your entrée choice difficult to narrow down. Appetizers such as flash-fried Thai shrimp, mahi jalapeño ceviche and wasabi-tinged sushi nachos only up the ante.

Executive chef Clarence Mitchell, whom Vance calls the “backbone of the restaurant,” puts his own spin on shrimp and grits by adding scallops, merlot and fire-roasted tomato sauce. Asian-flaired Kung Pao calamari and basil curry rice noodles reflect Mitchell’s boundary-pushing culinary range. “Chef also prepares beef short ribs that are to die for,” Vance said, adding that while 80 percent of the menu is seafood-oriented, landlubber and vegetarian choices also are available. Be advised: Meals are cooked to order, so it takes a while for food to arrive at the table. “Everything is scratch made, so it’s worth the wait,” said Vance. continued on page 112

Grilled Hawaiian opah, a flavorful yet mild fish, is served with rice, grilled bok choy, and a tropical pineapple mango salsa.


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Mahi jalapeño ceviche appetizer also contains bell peppers, cucumber, mango and citrus.

Rock Harbor’s front section provides a decidedly casual vibe, with well-placed televisions perfect for catching the game.

Sesame encrusted ahi tuna is served with jasmine rice and a vegetable. It is finished with cilantro wasabi cream sauce.


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Service is efficient and friendly. “We have an experienced staff committed to taking good care of everyone who comes in,” Vance said. Daily specials keep the doors swinging open early and often. Fish and chips and lobster rolls are discounted on Mondays. There’s a burger-and-beer pairing on hump days. Thursday couples’ night features an appetizer, two entrees and a shared dessert for $40. Speaking of dessert, save room for a tasty slice of Key lime pie. It’s sized to share. When it comes to libations, the bar is well stocked with local draft beer and more than 60 flavors of vodka. “We use fresh juices and herbs, and we make our own sour mix,” Vance said. Imaginative drinks like Rock-A-Rita, Mr. Mojo Risin’ and the Wildflower give further nods to the rock music genre. While they consume superb food and drink, restaurant guests can also enjoy mixing and mingling. Rock Harbor’s front section provides a decidedly casual vibe, while the back of the house features a spacious formal dining room complete with white linen tablecloths. Appealing elements throughout the restaurant include exposed brick walls, Edison lights, classic rock ’n’ roll photographs and an exquisite bar crafted from imported Italian wood. Striking metal art created by sculptor and visual artist Doug Campbell depicts legendary musicians Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and B.B. King. A private space designated as the Elvis Room seats 12. Hanging above its doorway is a shadowbox showcasing an acoustic guitar autographed by the late Elvis Presley. “My wife bought it online and gave it to me for our 10th anniversary,” Vance said. “It’s probably the best gift I’ve ever received.” Perhaps the next finest present he’s been given was his landlord’s financial backing to

Executive chef Clarence Mitchell creates a seafoodcentric menu for Rock Harbor Grill, but he also makes “beef short ribs that are to die for,” says owner David Vance.

“It’s pretty obvious that we try to incorporate music into what we do, and it’s great to have talented musicians here regularly.” — David Vance

open the current iteration of Rock Harbor. The original version was situated in downtown Apex until Vance lost his lease. He managed to re-emerge in Fuquay-Varina by transforming a former bridal boutique into a local hotspot. “Dentist Dr. Bryden McCormick got behind me in a big way during the build out,” Vance explained. “This place probably wouldn’t exist without his generous support.” Rock Harbor presents live music four nights a week with no cover charge. Blues jam happens on Wednesday nights. Solo and

An acoustic guitar autographed by the late Elvis Presley hangs at the Rock Harbor Grill. Owner David Vance calls it “the best gift I’ve ever received.”

duo acts play Thursdays. Full bands perform Friday and Saturday evenings. “It’s pretty obvious that we try to incorporate music into what we do, and it’s great to have talented musicians here regularly to entertain our guests,” Vance said. “If we can get you in the door once, we think that’s all it will take.” Rock Harbor Grill is open Monday

through Saturday for lunch and dinner with continual service from 11 a.m. A sizable open-air patio is accessible when weather permits. Reservations are accepted. t Rock Harbor Grill 132 S. Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina (984) 225-2256 CARY MAGAZINE 113


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Good Hope Farm is located at the intersection of two major thoroughfares: Morrisville Carpenter Road and Louis Stephens Drive. Its urban location is close to residences, restaurants and regional farmers’ markets. It’s also across the street from a community garden in Carpenter Park where families can rent plots and grow their own food.


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Cary called Good Hope Farm, farmers prepare for spring planting. But they are also sowing the seeds of a unique business incubator. “Cary is very tech-forward and entrepreneurial, but local food is an emerging market,” said Sarah Justice, environmental outreach program coordinator for the Town of Cary. “Land prices have become so expensive that farmers are becoming few and far between. This project is dedicated to supporting beginning farmers.” Triangle-wide, 63,500 acres of farmland

have been lost since 1997, says Good Hope Farm project manager Erin Crouse, and more than 5,000 farms lost over the past 60 years. The town leases the 30-acre farm to the Piedmont Conservation Council, a nonprofit that promotes conservation and sustainable communities. Three other nonprofits — The Conservation Fund, North Carolina Community Development Initiative, and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina — also support the project’s mission of local agriculture, historic preservation, and community education.

Local agriculture The property’s location, at the corner of Morrisville Carpenter Road and Louis Stephens Drive, is a strong selling point for the handful of farmers who have signed up so far. Several farmers’ markets, recreational spaces, businesses and lots of farm-to-table restaurants are nearby. “It’s central to all of that and the farmers know it,” said farm manager Zeke Overbaugh. “That’s why they want to be here, because they know they’re going to have an easier time marketing.” The farm is also conveniently located within walking distance of several subdivisions, containing educated, affluent consumers hungry for fresh, organically grown produce. “I noticed that immediately when I saw the farm,” said farmer Thomas Saile. “I thought, ‘This is perfect!’” The Cary native has been farming for about five years, learning the trade at the Interfaith Food Shuttle Teaching Farm. He’s built relationships with local chefs, discovering what crops they find most desirable: cherry tomatoes, specialty peppers, kale, arugula, lettuce and golden beets. David Barbee and his business partner Michael Carpenter, both engineers at research institute RTI, are also counting on local demand. They plan to grow ginger and turmeric for pan-Asian cooks who value the

aromatic spices, and fitness buffs who seek the plants’ medicinal qualities, especially the powerful antioxidant found in turmeric. “There’s a pretty good market to sell those crops into,” said Barbee. Other selling points for the project include shared use of farm equipment, infrastructure such as irrigation and fencing, and the option to sell produce on-site. The farmers expect to have vegetables available this summer, with ginger and turmeric by November.

Historic preservation Roughly 20.5 acres of the farm site is available for cultivation. On the rest of the property, historic buildings stand ready to be renovated, once funding is secured. These structures will welcome visitors interested in knowing more about tobacco farms and how they shaped the area’s economy. Built in the early 1910s, the historic farmstead includes a one-story frame house, two tobacco curing barns, a pack house, and several other outbuildings. The site is in the Carpenter National Register of Historic Places. A.M. Howard bought the land in the ‘30s and farmed there until 2006, when the 46-acre property was sold to David Ferrell, whose family owns nearby Green Acres Farm. In 2007, during the economic downturn, the town of Cary bought the land and

David Barbee, above left, who grew up on a small farm outside Charlotte, pilots his tractor at Good Hope Farm. He plans to grow ginger and turmeric with his partner Michael Carpenter, and likes that the farm is close to consumers who value the aromatic spices. Farm manager Zeke Overbaugh, above right, helps build deer fencing at the farm. “I’m excited about this project because it means it’s becoming normal for towns and citizens to think about urban farming,” he says.

“It was easy for us to find farmers; it’s on everybody’s radar. It’s no longer something ‘out there’ to have these close-to-home projects. It’s no longer ‘cool;’ it’s normal.” — Zeke Overbaugh, farm manager

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This schoolhouse dating to 1890 was moved to the property after the land was purchased by the Town of Cary. Sarah Justice, environmental outreach program coordinator for the town, stresses that visitors should come to the farm only during supervised workdays. It is a historic farm, and hasn’t been kept in pristine condition. “We want to make sure we serve our citizens, but also protect the citizens’ safety until everything is up and running,” she says.

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the historical structures for $6.5 million in order to protect it from commercial development. “We have other properties that are historic, but it’s rare to have a homestead and all the outbuildings that go along with a working tobacco farm,” said Justice, with the town. “It was a unique buy in that way, that it was an intact farm.” Sixteen acres located south of Morrisville Carpenter Road became Carpenter Park. In August 2016, the Cary Town Council agreed to lease the remaining 30 acres to the Piedmont Conservation Council. Cary councilwoman Jennifer Robinson, an early propo118

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nent of preserving the land, wanted to honor the community’s agrarian past and ensure families would be able to experience farming firsthand. “As properties across Cary have and continue to rapidly develop, I hoped to preserve a parcel of land that reflected what used to be here,” she said. “I feared that, one day, there would no longer be any farmland in Cary.”

Community education The educational component of Good Hope Farm has already borne fruit. Earlier this year, a workshop was held to build a high tunnel where seedlings would be started. Participants


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The farmstead, including the one-story dwelling, was built in the early 1910s. Once the building is renovated, the town hopes to have classes on nutrition, canning and food preservation, and other subjects.

“One of our long-term plans is for this to be a model that we could replicate in different forms in different communities across North Carolina. It would be wonderful if this were a catalyst for more agriculture and more public land being opened for agriculture.” — Erin Crouse, project manager for Good Hope Farm learned how to build the greenhouse-like structures and gained useful hands-on experience. In November, a workday was held to plant heirloom apple, pear and fig trees. “There were a few learning opportunities there: what types of organic fertilizers there are, methods of planting, and what types of trees are what,” said Overbaugh. “For some participants, it was their first time planting fall trees.” “We want to continue to do things that will not only help our farmers learn more, but have area farmers participate,” said Erin Crouse, project manager for Good Hope Farm. “Eventually we would love to have classroom groups come, learn what’s going on out here, and be able to get their hands dirty.” Plans are in the works for an educational garden or edible landscaping, she says, perhaps as soon as this fall. continued on page 120

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“Triangle-wide there’s been 63,500 acres of farmland loss since 1997. In the past 60 years, there have been over 5,000 farms lost in Wake County.”

Thomas Saile, left, and David Barbee are among the first farmers to sign up for plots at Good Hope Farm.

— Erin Crouse, project manager for Good Hope Farm

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“One of our long-term plans is for this to be a model that we could replicate in different forms in different communities across North Carolina,” Crouse said. “It would be wonderful if this were a catalyst for more agriculture and more public land being opened for agriculture.” Once the historic buildings are renovated, Justice says the town plans to hold nutrition classes, agricultural-based programming, and demonstrations on topics such as canning and traditional dyeing methods. “Cary wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for the farmers who came to the area, farmed the area — specifically tobacco,” she said. “Tobacco gave us the financial ability to become a center for art, education and historical preservation that other places in rural America didn’t have. This farm is all about honoring our past and connecting us to the future.”

Cary native Michael Carpenter, center, digs holes for a deer fence at Good Hope Farm. The avid gardener keeps chickens and bees, and has grown ginger and turmeric for years. “It was delicious, then I found out it was useful medicinally,” he says.


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Working from a photo, Jeanette Brooks paints a portrait of her grandson during an arts class at Waltonwood in Cary. Experts say seniors benefit in numerous ways from hands-on participation in the arts.

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How seniors benefit from hands-on creativity WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN


eanette Brooks bends her head toward the canvas, applying careful brush strokes to

a portrait of her grandson and his dog. At the opposite end of the table, Joy Scott is painting a landscape, from a photograph. Both are students in a weekly art class at Waltonwood senior living community in Cary, led by sculptor and retired art professor Chester Williams. “Some of my students have experience, and others just want to take a look,” said Williams, who volunteers his time to lead separate classes for independent and assisted living residents at Waltonwood. “When they say they can’t, I laugh, because they can but just don’t know it. It’s up to me to bring it out. At the end of the day they look at their work and say, ‘I did that?’ They get into it, then they enjoy it.” Much more than play, hands-on participation in the arts is effective in helping seniors compensate for the changes in their bodies, and keeps their minds active, says Cary art therapist Yael Divon. “It’s two different sides of the brain. There’s the slowdown of the left side as we continued on page 124 122

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Joy Scott works on her latest landscape at a weekly art class for assisted living residents at Waltonwood in Cary. For seniors, “Art helps hand-eye coordination, and keeps the mind going through that thought process of creativity,” says Chester Williams, a retired art professor who recently added this class after teaching independent-living Waltonwood residents for more than four years.

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age, while the right side is still malleable, can still ‘grow,’” said Divon, who holds a master’s degree in art therapy and counseling and is the founder of Cary Art Therapy. “It can be cooking, gardening, woodworking, knitting, quilting — any type of art, anything you put your soul into, to create something from nothing. The capability is there; they just need the tools. “For the elderly, experiencing new things takes away that end-of-the-road mentality. The drive to renew themselves, to get involved, increases the fun aspects of life.” In her private practice, Divon uses many forms of art to help not just seniors but patients of all ages, through a range of conditions. Art can combat depression, help people manage addictions, sharpen motivation, and boost problem-solving skills, all for a better quality of life. “Art is missing from our lives,” said Divon. “People will pop pills or do physical therapy, but they don’t treat the soul. I’m a coach for the soul.”

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From left are art students Jack Scott, Emily Doyle and Jeanette Brooks. Doyle takes the advice of teacher Chester Williams, choosing a smaller paint brush to fill the white space between her colorful florals.


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Divon also works at an area rehab facility with those who have suffered permanent brain injuries, including veterans, and she volunteers her services at local Down syndrome achievement center Gigi’s Playhouse. She’s even been on the other side of art therapy, making pottery while she was undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer. “It helped me deal with the frustration and pain,” Divon said. “Some days I was too weak to knead the clay, but it was still the best thing that happened during that time.” Musical connections

The arts are helping the elderly in a much different way at six local senior living communities, where the Holly Springs and Apex Sunrise Rotary Clubs have teamed up to implement Music & Memory, a nonprofit program used internationally. The program provides a personalized playlist to patients with Alzheimer’s or other memory impairment, through an iPod shuffle and headphones, tapping into their memories and helping them regain their social connections.

“Art is missing from our lives. People will pop pills or do physical therapy, but they don’t treat the soul. I’m a coach for the soul.” — Yael Divon, Art therapist “The patients’ families choose their favorite music for them, religious, country, jazz — music that has made a difference in their lives,” said Natalie Babson, past president of the Holly Springs Rotary Club. “It’s amazing what happens when they listen; they get so excited.” Rotarians and staff were moved to tears by the reactions of patients hearing their playlists for the first time, Babson says, when the Music & Memory program launched at Carillon Assisted Living in Fuquay-Varina. One patient rarely known to speak began singing along to “Amazing Grace” al-

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Accomplished artist Jeanette Brooks share her work with Waltonwood life enrichment director Christina Henderson. “The arts help (seniors) express themselves in ways words do not,” Henderson says,” and build meaningful interactions.”

most immediately, in a video recorded that day. Her impromptu duet of “Jesus Loves Me,” with a fellow patient, followed. Christina Henderson, life enrichment director at Waltonwood, says Music & Memory helps calm Alzheimer’s patients and improves their cooperation with care staff. “Our craft group made pockets for the earbuds and iPods so that residents don’t have to hold them,” she added. “Music & Memory has become a community-wide project here.”

Music is making a big impact in the life of Beverly Norenton, seated, and others with memory impairment, through the Music & Memory program provided by the Holly Springs and Apex Sunrise Rotary Clubs to six local senior communities including Carillon Assisted Living in Fuquay-Varina. Assisting Norenton is Carillon staffer Shawanda Jones.

The costs of the program, including annual site certifications, the iPods and music, are covered through fundraising by the two Rotary clubs, and a Rotary district grant. Kaila Patel, secretary of the Holly Springs club, assists the senior communities in the Music & Memory certification process, and says the clubs hope to see the program expand. “We want to be sure we have a great support model for these six centers,” Patel said. continued on page 126 CARY MAGAZINE 125

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“Our goal is to make sure their programs are well established before adding more.” Other sites that have implemented Music & Memory through the local Rotary clubs are Windsor Pointe in Fuquay-Varina, Spring Arbor in Apex, Sunrise of Cary, and Val’s Place in Raleigh. Find your art

Henderson, of Waltonwood, points out additional arts initiatives there such as an annual art show and resident participation in April’s Wake County Senior Games’ Silver Arts, in painting, crocheting, knitting and poetry. “Through the arts people gain companionship, and a feeling of pride,” she said. “The arts help them express themselves in ways words do not, and build meaningful interactions.” For seniors across Western Wake, opportunities abound to get involved in the arts via town programming. For up-to-date arts activity listings, look for program guides on your town’s website or call your local Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts department. “Play therapy. Poetry, music, art, drama. Animal therapy. All of these are growing fields,” said art therapist Divon. “It’s not just about looking at museum works or listening to music; it’s hands on. “If your vision isn’t good, go 3-D by working with clay or fabric. And art can’t cure hearing loss, but it can change your perspective on it. You can still be creative, and it’s rewarding. It’s empowering. You come out of a session with something you can carry forward. “I ask my patients, ‘How did you feel while you were interacting with art?’ It’s not the results that are important, art-wise, but how you feel, that changes the outcome of your life.” t Art therapist Yael Divon says participation in the arts is effective in helping seniors compensate for the changes in their bodies, and keeps their minds active. “It’s not the results that are important, art-wise, but how you feel, that changes the outcome of your life,” Divon says. 126

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sclerosis. “But I don’t like being restricted, told I can’t. I just love to see different places; it’s worth the obstacles. I try to be an advocate for people who think they can’t travel.” Trial and error

So does Elissa Colón, the mom of a special needs child and a teacher turned travel agent for DWB Vacations, specializing in Disney trips. “We’re really lucky; we’re able to go anywhere. It’s just more cumbersome,” said Colón, whose 5-year-old son C.J. has Hirschsprung’s disease, a congenital condition affecting the colon. Step one in trip planning, she advises, is

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Travel agent Elissa Colón is also the mom of a child with special needs. She’s learned that “accessible” doesn’t mean the same thing everywhere. “You have to be prepared — and stay prepared — for the whole trip,” she advises. Her family, including husband Carlos, daughter Johanna and son C.J., favor family-friendly resorts such as DisneyWorld.

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to talk with your doctors. “They can be good resources. Ours will find one of his colleagues to recommend wherever we’re going, and tell us the correct hospital to use in case we need it,” she said. Colón has learned many of her travel lessons through trial and error. On road trips, cruises and flights, her family has discovered that “accessible” doesn’t mean the same thing everywhere, that it’s important to pack extra medicines and medical supplies, and to allow for flight delays. More than once, they’ve resorted to Amazon Prime to deliver critical items to their vacation hotel. And when Colón learned that her son’s colostomy bag would subject him to a more intrusive TSA search at the airport, she avoided the issue by pursuing the precheck process of having each family member screened in advance. “It’s important to know the guidelines, 130

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“I just love to see different places; it’s worth the obstacles. I try to be an advocate for people who think they can’t travel.” — Holly Woodard, Assisted travel specialist

and get as much information as you can before traveling,” Colón said. “You have to be prepared — and stay prepared — for the whole trip. For special needs parents, our entire life is about being two steps ahead, but that can be overwhelming. Keep your expectations realistic.” In a worst-case scenario, such as when C.J. had emergency surgery on the day before the family’s planned vacation, familyfriendly resorts are most likely to understand,

she says: “We didn’t have insurance on that trip, but Disney rebooked us.” Defining accessible

Based on Woodard’s own experiences, she sought and earned the designation of certified accessible travel advocate through training with the Special Needs Group, a company that provides equipment for travelers with mobility issues and other disabilities. “Flying with a scooter or a specialty chair is not a good thing,” Woodard said, citing the risk of loss or damage. “There are specialized containers you can buy, but those can be damaged too. It’s horrible when you are physically dependent on that equipment and it becomes inoperable.” A tip from Woodard: A CPAP machine, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is considered medically necessary, so is not charged as an airline carry-on. Cost is another travel challenge. To avoid flying, Woodard once paid $1,000 to

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Certified travel specialist Holly Woodard says some families dealing with disabilities are afraid to travel. While she knows first-hand the frustrations that travel can bring, she encourages them to go anyway. “I just love to see different places; it’s worth the obstacles,” she says. “I try to be an advocate for people who think they can’t travel.”

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“In hotel rooms, a grab bar in the bathroom is not enough to make it accessible. You need that five-foot turning clearance for your chair, and a roll-in shower without a tub,” she said. “Room options are not always specified online, and some hotels won’t confirm accessibility in advance. You or your travel agent really need to research. And you should not have to pay extra for modifications.” Another tip from Woodard: Some hotel chains, such as LaQuinta Inns & Suites, offer chair lifts to help the disabled in and out of the spa or pool. Go beyond physical needs

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“In hotel rooms, a grab bar in the bathroom is not enough to make it accessible. You need that five-foot turning clearance for your chair, and a roll-in shower without a tub.” — Holly Woodard, Assisted travel specialist ate and a certified rehabilitation counselor, she also leads public workshops on topics related to disability for the Town of Cary’s Specialized Recreation & Inclusion Services program. “People with disabilities do well with routine, but a vacation is a quality of life item that should be part of that,” Reif said. “And vacations have to work for every member of

the family, or there can be resentment.” She recommends taking familiar foods and favorite items on a trip, to circumvent the discomfort of being off-routine and in an unfamiliar place. Choosing to stay in a vacation home rather than a hotel can help too. Take along the supports you use at home, such as a visual schedule to remind kids that they’re still expected to do things like brush their teeth. “And manage expectations,” Reif said. “People with some disabilities understand the world and language in concrete terms, which makes it tough when plans have to change. It can overwhelm them. “Take advantage of technology: Use YouTube to show them what a place looks like. Present the information visually, talk about ‘hopes’ instead of ‘plans,’ and offer backups. For example, say, ‘We hope to see the monuments today, but it may rain. If it does, we’ll see the museum instead.’”

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“Being a self-advocate or an advocate for a family member is the best thing you can do — and don’t be apologetic about what that person needs. Call ahead to tour groups, hotels and restaurants.” — Rosellen Reif, Reif Psychological Services

Sensory overload can happen on vacation, too. To minimize the effects of new sights, smells and tastes, use a sunshade over the stroller or wheelchair or dark sunglasses and noise-canceling headphones, and bring along a favorite scent. Confirm all aspects of your travel with your physician to make sure that malaria or anti-seasickness medications won’t interact with routine prescriptions. And always put safety at the top of the list. “My number one tip is to think through every step of the trip and the worst case scenarios,” said Reif. “For example, a nonverbal child may run away from you in a crowd. Use a tethered backpack or stroller for a younger child, and a temporary tattoo with your phone number on it for an older child. “But think it through: If your child is strong, he could rip the backpack. He could be allergic to the tattoo or scratch it off. Be

realistic, then plan and pack for each scenario, and test all of this at home, multiple times.” Travel by car offers more control for families dealing with disabilities, allowing them to stop for breaks, or for a child to sleep in the back seat. If flying, be sure to consider the time element; Reif once found her flight delayed at the airport as she led 16 disabled people to a Disney cruise. The company held the ship for them. “Larger resorts like Disney and Great Wolf Lodge are good at recognizing people’s needs now,” she said. “But being a self-advocate or an advocate for a family member is the best thing you can do — and don’t be apologetic about what that person needs. “Call ahead to tour groups, hotels and restaurants, and tell them you’re traveling with someone who has cerebral palsy or celiac disease, for example. Ask how they’ve helped people before, or what gluten-free dishes they’ve offered to others. The phrasing is important; ask for specifics.” Finally, Reif says, remember that travel can bring out the stress in all of us, so do your best to stay calm. “Avoid that ‘trip of a lifetime’ mentality, and allow yourself down time,” she said. “Remember you can do anything, but you can’t do everything. Prioritize just one or two things each day, and if you get to do more, that’s a bonus.” t

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At the new location of Western Wake Crisis Ministry in Apex, commercial grade freezers and refrigerators house milk, eggs, meats and other perishible goods.

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Western Wake Crisis Ministry helps WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? It’s an innocuous question, but for some local families the answer is nothing. Hunger happens in our community, and the needs only increase as schools close for the summer, eliminating at-school breakfast and lunch provisions for the families who rely on them. “There’s no face of hunger,” said Lori Towner, development director for nonprofit Western Wake Crisis Ministry, which has been serving our community since its founding by six local churches in 1983. “Our typical client could be your neighbor, your bus driver, someone who has lost his job, or been


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diagnosed with a serious medical issue and can’t work,” she said. “Based on our numbers, there’s a need.” WWCM executive director Denise Visbal says people come for food or financial assistance, sometimes both. Many clients have never needed help before, and are seeking to regain their self-sufficiency. “Anyone can find themselves in a crisis situation,” she said. “We see people of all levels of education, ethnicity, religion, and work background.” New and improved

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ing assistance, WWCM offers employment counseling and referrals to local resources. Its client count has grown from seven to nearly 250 each month, hailing from Apex, Friendship and New Hill. Holly Springs residents can also receive financial aid through WWCM, but for food needs are directed to the Holly Springs Food Cupboard. To keep up with the demand for services, WWCM cut the ribbon on a cheery new 3,600-square-foot facility in October that tripled its space compared to its former site in downtown Apex, and expanded offerings to clients. The move came with the support of Joe Iannone of JVI Construction, WWCM’s business neighbor and a “generous” landlord at the 540 Flex business park, Towner says, and that of the community. Here the grocery aisles are numbered, shelves are labeled, and produce is in orderly bins. A wall of commercial grade freezers and refrigerator space houses milk, eggs, meats and more. “Now if (donors) Earth Fare or Food Lion call with 1,500 pounds of turkeys, we have a place,” Towner said. “Just having the capacity to accept more food has increased our effectiveness tremendously.” Other WWCM partners include Panera Bread, a new Publix store nearby, and Simple Gifts Community Garden, which donates fresh produce. As a “food choice pantry,” WWCM clients can shop with a volunteer assistant for what they need, rather than being handed a pre-packed bag of groceries. That builds relationships, and helps reduce food waste. Food pantry manager Tammi Greco, one of three part-time staffers at WWCM, last year kept the pantry’s waste rate under 2 percent. The national average is 12 percent. “A good pantry is organized, has good volunteers and good stock,” she said. “The quality (of food donations) has gotten better as donors are more conscientious, and if we send out a need for something, it will show up.”

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Western Wake Crisis Ministry volunteer Reni Robbins stocks dry goods at the Apex pantry. The new 3,600-squarefoot facility, left, enables the nonprofit to store more food and expand its services to clients.

A truckload of donated food awaits volunteers who will stock shelves, refrigerators and freezers.

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WWCM changed its hours of operation as of May 1 based on non-negotiable donor truck delivery times, to keep clients from having to wait for service. The new hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also beginning this month, evening hours are being added on second and fourth Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in an effort to serve the working poor, who can’t come during the day. Clients can shop the pantry once every 30 days, or stop by anytime for day-old breads. You can help

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“Giving food at the holidays is fantastic, but people are hungry in the summer too.” — Tammi Greco WWCM food pantry manager volunteers with whom they’ve developed a relationship. In turn, the volunteers share their own favorite recipes based around the pantry’s available offerings, in what Towner calls “teachable moments.” “You can’t serve as many clients as we do with just three part-time employees,” Towner said. “Our longevity is due first and foremost to that community support.” Getting involved with WWCM is as simple as organizing a food drive among

your neighbors, colleagues, scout troop or swim team. Check the WWCM site to see what the pantry needs most. Alternately, donate money or gift cards for local supermarkets; Greco will put them to good use to keep the pantry supplied. You can also volunteer at WWCM as a pantry assistant, in the office, with a fundraiser, or as a driver to pick up donations. On weekends, sign up to bring a group and sort food, or help maintain the facility. “All of our services benefit people who live in Western Wake,” Towner said. “When you give food, money or time, you know it serves residents in your community.” t Western Wake Crisis Ministry 1600 Olive Chapel Road, Suite 408, Apex (919) 362-0657

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• Besides peppers, continue planting other summer veggies such as pole beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, eggplant, cucumbers, okra, watermelons and lima beans. • Now that spring-blooming annuals and bulbs are past their prime, replant flower beds with colorful annual heat-seekers such as portulaca, celosia, sun coleus, petunias, salvias, marigolds and zinnias. • Have little time to deadhead blossoms to stimulate more flower production? Consider including continuous blooming plants such as alyssum, impatiens, ageratum, cleome, scabiosa, lobelia and vinca that don’t need constant visits from the “flower police.” • Worried about indoor pollutants? Spider plant, aloe vera, philodendron and golden pothos are efficient at helping to clear the air in offices and homes of unhealthy chemical compounds. • Before the summer begins to sizzle, mulch around new plantings to reduce wild fluctuations in soil temperature and moisture content. • A great weed block to combine with organic mulches is a layer of three to four pages of newspaper. Put on the ground first and then covered with mulch, this paper barrier will prevent most weeds for at least one growing season before decomposing. • Since black spot on roses is a soil-borne disease, installing a drip irrigation system or using a soaker hose in the planting bed will help prevent its occurrence and spread. • Don’t forget to clean the birdbath and refill it with fresh water every week.


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Hot for Sweet Peppers HOT PEPPERS have been the darlings of both vegetable and ornamental gardeners in recent years because they can be so colorful, so sizzling, so sexy, especially when compared to sweet peppers, of which the ol’ utilitarian, blocky bell pepper usually comes to mind. Ho-hum. Granted, the common bell pepper can have the eye-catching appeal of brown shoes with a black suit, but, psssst! Ya wanna know a secret? There really are sweet peppers that not only have great taste — and way, way less heat — but also the visual sass that can equally compete with the fanciest hot peppers in the garden. Below are four such floosies to consider not only for your veggie patch but even flower border or container planters this year:

Carmen. An All-America Selections winner, this cultivar shows off 6-inch, elongated peppers that mature from green to a handsome red — creating, for those so inclined to wish, a touch of summertime Christmas in the garden. And not only is ‘Carmen’ a prolific fruit producer, but it is resistant to many common diseases that can plague other peppers. Easy to enjoy raw, this selection is also a pleasant culinary experience waiting to happen when roasted. Shishito. Another contender to create a “Yuletide July” effect in the garden, this old heirloom variety also sports green peppers that eventually color shift to a bright red. And like ‘Carmen’, the 3- to 4-inch fruits are a treat to eat roasted. In addition, showing their Oriental origin, these thin-walled

When unripe, Cubanelle peppers are light yellowishgreen in color, but will turn bright red when ripe. It is a colorful addition to your garden or your stir fry.

peppers are a popular ingredient in stir-fries and tempura. Definitely delicious, this sweet pepper is not a stranger to chefs at fine restaurants. Sweet Banana. As advertised, this is a variety with mild tasting fruit that dangle from branches like miniature, 6-inch-long bananas. Yellow, of course, is the color of a banana, which is the hue of these peppers when they first develop, but then their color changes to warm orange and finally a striking crimson, making for a very pretty plant. In the kitchen, ‘Sweet Banana’ is a tasty addi-

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tion to salads, sandwiches or stir-fries, and is a favorite pick of pepper picklers. Cubanelle. Green, chartreuse, orange, red — similar to the visual pop of ‘Sweet Banana,’ this is the delightful tapestry of colors ‘Cubanelle’ can bring to any garden scheme. Usually harvested when immature green for the mildest taste, the 4- to 6-inchlong, elongated, crinkly fruits have thin skins, which makes them good candidates for frying and roasting, but sandwiches and salads can also be perked up with the addition of raw slices of this pepper. Home cooks in the know often bypass ordinary bell peppers at grocery stores when ‘Cubanelle’ is also offered. Although not as common as bell pepper plants, these four sweet selections really aren’t hard to find — I bought all of them at local big box garden centers last spring. Dedicated nurseries, as well as the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, probably offer some if not all of these peppers. 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

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JAYNE WALTHER has announced her

solo exhibit, “Inter-Depend-Dance,” featuring a collection of abstract paintings created with oil paint/ cold wax, and photo encaustic works, at Village Art Circle

Wells Fargo Bank donated $5,000 to Cary nonprofit

Gallery in Cary. The

Life Experiences, which offers paid work

featured through May

experiences for adults with disabilities through five small

21. Walther uses art

businesses which also provide services and products to the

to bring awareness

community. Pictured with Mary Madenspacher, executive

to the plight of the honeybee, and uses beeswax in her artwork. She has organized a free speaker series in May to connect the community to local gardening and beekeeping experts. Register at jaynewalther. com-events.

Courtesy of Jayne Walther

free exhibit will be

director of Life Experiences, are from left, Mike Cuomo of Wells Fargo; Terri Smith of MDC; Rahul Singh of HCL; Allan Head, former executive director of the N.C. Bar Association; David Booth of Wells Fargo; Jane Doggett of Highwood Properties; Wayne Baker of Fleming Homes; Chuck Booth and Conall Callen of Wells Fargo; and Chuck Norman, principal of Cary Magazine parent company S&A Communications. and

JEFF HIGGINBOTHAM, coowner of 5Star Awards Inc. in Cary, has earned the Certified Recognition Specialist designation and was presented with his CRS certificate and pin at the recent International Awards & Personalization Expo in Las Vegas. CRS designation is an achievement shared by less than 10

Annie Pierce of Cary, a senior at Cardinal

percent of all awards professionals nationwide.

Gibbons High School, won the first No Bull Sports Scholarship from California nonprofit No Bull Sports, which supports athletic excellence and teamwork for women. Pierce was twice

The eighth annual HERBFEST will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Page-

named all-state and ran on four consecutive state championship

Walker Arts & History Center in Cary. The event is hosted

cross country teams in high school, and plans to attend N.C.

by The Friends of the Page-Walker and features craft

State University where she will run on the cross country and

and herb booths, a butterfly release, silent auction, food

track teams. Pictured are No Bull Sports executives presenting

trucks and children’s activities.

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happenings The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association has named


as its new executive director. A former volunteer for FVDA and the facilitator of Leadership Fuquay-Varina, she brings a background in marketing, fundraising and event-planning. Russell replaces longtime FVDA director and 2016 Cary Magazine Woman of Western Wake Naomi Riley, who now works with the North Carolina Main Street Program.

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The Town of Cary has awarded $40,000 in grant funding to 33 nonprofit organizations, from proceeds of the

2016 Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival.

Grant recipients are: American Turkish Association of NC; Asian Focus Corporation; Carolina Youth Ballet; Cary/Apex Piano Teachers Association; Cary Art Loop; Cary Ballet

World of Beer 2036 Renaissance Park Pl. Cary TH pm JU LY 2 0 | 6 - 8

Company; Cary Community Choir; Cary Family YMCA; Cary Music & Arts Festival; Cary Players Inc.; Cary Playwrights’ Forum; Cary Town Band; Cary Visual Art Inc.; Cary Youth Voices; The Carying Place Inc.; The Center for Volunteer Caregiving; The Concert Singers of Cary; CORRAL Riding Academy; Diamante Inc.; Fine Arts League of Cary; Friends of Hemlock Bluffs; Friends of Page-Walker Hotel Inc.; General Assembly Chorus; Heart of Cary Association Inc.; Hum Sub Inc.; International Ballet Company; Lebanese Education Center; Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood; Philharmonic Association Inc.; Sister Cities Association of Cary; Triangle British Brass Band Ltd.; Triangle Wind

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Ensemble; and West Regional Library.

Now open in Cary is GIARDINO


821 Bass Pro Lane, owned by Mario and Tania Diaz. The couple opened the franchise following Mario’s battle with leukemia, as part of their commitment to healthier dining.


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Navy Midshipman

Brian F.

Schmid, a 2013 graduate of Cary

High School, participated in the 2017 spring Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps’ ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare Officer community. More than 280 midshipmen at NROTC units around the country were selected to serve in the Navy as surface warfare officers. Schmid is majoring in business administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, he will receive a commission as a Navy ensign and report aboard USS Donald Cook as a surface warfare officer. The destroyer is homeported in Rota, Spain.

Morrisville Chamber of Commerce held its 26th


annual meeting on Jan. 31, where the following awards were presented: Shiloh Animal Hospital, 2017 James M. Pugh Small Business of the Year; Fidelity Bank, 2017 Jeremiah Morris Community Steward Award; and Lindsey Chester of CaryCitizen, Ambassador of the Year. Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Stephen Scott, president of Wake Technical Community College.


happenings Jazz at Lincoln Center has announced that the

TRIANGLE YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLE, directed by Dr. Gregg Gelb, is among 15 finalist bands that will compete in the 22nd annual “Essentially Ellington” High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 11-13. The finalist bands will spend three days in New York City immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances. On May 13, the competition and festival will conclude with a concert and awards ceremony featuring the three topplacing bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Festival events will be webcast live on

In conjunction with the first #CarrieOn Award, named in memory of longtime coach Carrie Holderman Gilmore and awarding girls in elementary, middle and high school who exemplify its values,

Girls on the Run of the

Triangle announced the three nonprofits receiving donations in each winner’s name. Elementary school winner Elizabeth Boltz donated her $200 prize to Just TRYAN IT, which helps families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer; middle school winner Julia Boltz, pictured, donated her $200 prize to Book Harvest, which provides books to Triangle children in need; and rising college freshman LeeAnn Lucas donated her $500 prize to Juvenile Diabetes Research

White Oak Foundation Inc. held the

Foundation. GOTR of the Triangle is a nonprofit, physical


activity‐based, youth development program for girls in grades

“From a Vision to Reality” groundbreaking ceremony on April

three through eight.

2 for its new community resource center at 1624 White Oak Church Road in Apex. Guests at the ceremony included Rep.

Now open in Morrisville is POTBELLY

SANDWICH SHOP, at 9662 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 120. Operating partners of the shop are Mohit Kishore and Tulshi Bhakar, who have extensive backgrounds in the foodservice industry and strong ties to the neighborhood.


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David E. Price and Cary Mayor Pro Tem Ed Yerha. The White Oak Community Resource Center will allow the nonprofit foundation to broaden its food distribution program; expand summer youth camp enrollment and experiences; expand senior services; offer medical, mental health, and legal services; and add educational programs such as GED and ESL classes.

Main Street Champions, individuals who work and advocate for downtown revitalization across the state, were recognized at an awards ceremony held March 16 in Shelby. Among the 36 individuals named as 2016 N.C. Main Street Champions are Mark Doble of Fuquay-Varina, owner of Aviator Brewing Company, and John Hodges, assistant town manager for development services for the Town of Garner.

Michael Lessig of Cary and Gary Jackson and Dwight Bryant, both of Fuquay-Varina, are among 60 North Carolina drivers inducted into the UPS


UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. Jackson is one of four of our state’s safest drivers, with 43 years of accidentfree driving.


The Town of Cary held its

honoring nine individuals and groups who have provided thousands of hours of service to the town and its citizens. They are: Daniel Ziser, Don Smith Award for service to the town’s athletics programs; Sean Hannon, Distinguished New Coach Award; Barbara Wetmore, Cultural Arts Award; Triangle Tennis Enthusiasts, Partner Organization of the Year; Buket Aydemir, Events Volunteer Award; Namrata Jumani, Outstanding Teen Award; Susan Stanko, Senior Volunteer

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Award; Lois Nixon, Parks & Trails Award; and Barbara Shepard, Herb Young Award for overall outstanding service. A silent auction held in conjunction with the awards banquet raised more than $6,125 for the town’s Relief for Recreation Scholarship Fund.

ANN BATCHELOR 919-414-8820 Now open in Cary is EIGHTY8


at 1077 Darrington Drive. Owners of the restaurant are Dai and Sandy Nguyen,

BETH HOPPMANN 919-302-6111

who formerly owned Wasabi 88 in Greenville.


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Turning Heads and Cameras Brios Media videographer Joe Ortiz steps behind the scene to capture a portrait session during the recording of a corporate video at S&A Communications, Cary Magazine’s sister company. Ironically, I become the subject of my photo, while editors Amber Keister, left, and Nancy Pardue get stuck in the middle.


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