Cary Magazine May 2024

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May 2024 • Volume 21, Number 4

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MAYBE IT WAS THE ECLIPSE — the second I’ve observed alongside coworkers — that brought about the distinct feeling that warmer weather is on its way.

And as the days get brighter, there’s plenty of art to take in. From mixed-media artist JP Jermaine Powell, whose “Welcome Home” mural adorns the intersection of Main and Vance streets Fuquay-Varina, to faces photographed in everyday objects, creatives are having their time in the sun.

The vivid and vibrant pages of this issue are embellished with couture creativity in the form of the NC State fashion students designing their futures at the Wilson College of Textiles and through the exquisite colorways of Sewrella Yarn, whose hand-dyed skeins enliven the crafting world.

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And as we shift into lengthening days, entertainment and enjoyment can be found inside the Cary Arts Center, where Cary Players Community Theatre Company stages its popular productions, or outdoors at Apex’s Pleasant Park — which offers everything from a 1.5-acre enchanted forest play space to fields, multiple courts, a cross country course, and a field house with rentable rooms.

This shift into summer promises lots of beauty, so let’s seek out something inspiring!

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I am an artist and university professor. Thomas Sayre is someone that intrigues me. I’ve seen his monumental sculptures tower over landscapes around the world. When I heard he raised a piece in Kinston, I knew this would be a stop on my artist bucket list.

There are artists who work on a canvas as tiny as a pinhead. There are artists who hide their creations, making the act of finding them part of the statement. But Thomas Sayre does neither of those. His artwork is monumental, towering. It’s meant to be seen and marveled at for generations. Thomas Sayre is a man intent on making history. That made him the perfect artist to commission for a new sculpture in downtown Kinston.

In 2015, Sayre was enlisted to create a sculpture to anchor the Kinston Art Trail. The work would honor the town’s tobacco heritage and demonstrate the city’s shift into a cultural arts center. It would be a piece symbolic of the town’s resilience, an icon to help funnel their movement upward. So, the idea for Flue was born.

constructed of earthcast concrete with cracks, holes, and empty bottles pierced throughout for local insects to come and go at will. Sayre had my attention. Since that moment, I have made a point to experience as many of his works as I can. Neil calls it my Sayre bucket list.

YOU CAN WALK UP TO IT, TOUCH IT,

Located in the coastal plains of North Carolina, Kinston is a city at the center of many historical moments. Be that moment a Civil War battle or surviving hurricanes or building back an entire economy after the collapse of tobacco. The people in Kinston are resilient and creative – taking what they have and figuring out how to move forward.

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I first encountered Sayre’s work on a visit to Phuket, Thailand. My husband, Neil and I were there on our honeymoon when we saw an ominous structure beckoning to us from the shoreline. Phuket Cheddi stands over five stories tall and is more than 16 feet around – a giant cone

Lucky for me, I don’t have to go far to experience Flue. Kinston is just a few hours south of our home in Washington, D.C. So, we decided to make our visit a long weekend.

As we pull into town, we pass a mural of a giant stork that encompasses an entire block. There are galleries popping up here and there featuring work of local artists. Standing amongst all this creativity and growth is Flue. Like Sayre’s other earthcasting work, Flue is stunning. It’s a sculpture in seven parts, with each piece crafted

to look like the facade of a tobacco barn. Standing over three stories tall and weighing in at 280 tons, Flue is designed to make a statement.

To form Flue, Sayre cast reinforced concrete directly into molds cut into the earth here in Lenoir County – earth that once grew cotton, then tobacco. In fact, Flue was erected on the block where the Brooks Tobacco Warehouse once stood. When the town was in its golden leaf heyday, the building was a giant barn where rods upon rods of tobacco leaves hung, dried, and awaited processing. Flue is both the embodiment of this town’s history and its burgeoning path forward.

Like many of Sayre’s other sculptures, Flue invites visitors to interact with it. You can walk up to it, touch it, examine the textures. So I do just that. I enter the first doorway and start to walk in a

straight line. There are seven doors before me and each offers a different view of the town. As I take a step forward, the vision of that town becomes a little bigger, a little clearer. Until I exit the last doorway and the point of Flue becomes obvious.

Since the sculpture was raised, the town has gone through a bit of a renaissance. There’s a motor lodge that has been renovated to look like it’s straight out of the 1960s. There’s a tap room and beer garden that are 100% solar powered. There’s even a community of artists that have come to live and create in Kinston through the smART Kinston program.

All of this is proof that public art, like Flue, brings people together. It gives a town like Kinston a sense of place and attracts visitors like us. Perhaps it’s that, and not mere size, that’s the most monumental thing about Sayre’s work.

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“I look out the window, and I see people practicing and playing on the athletic fields. It’s a tiered park, so there are spots where you can be at the top of the hill and look down and see all six fields. When you see all those sports going on at once, it’s an amazing view,” said Fitzsimons, manager of Pleasant Park and athletic programs for the Town of Apex.

“It’s the first complex in Apex that has multiple fields in the same place. It allows us to program so much more … and also gives the opportunity to bring in other groups that have Apex citizens … such as travel soccer, softball, lacrosse,” he said.

The park’s six full-size turf fields aren’t susceptible to seasonal changes or weather, allowing athletic programs to carry on rain or shine, summer or winter.

In the month following the grand opening on Nov. 4, Pleasant Park hosted three weekend tournaments, including a lacrosse tournament that welcomed 20,000 visitors.

“It’s a game changer; we’ve never been able to do this,” Fitzsimons said.

Yet, for many visitors, the athletic fields aren’t the park’s main draw — the elaborate play

structures that form the Enchanted Forest at the center of the 92-acre site beckon children and adults.

“We focused on how to get all generations to play together, and not limit one family member’s participation. It was really important that there be accessible play for all,” said Angela Reincke, parks planning project manager for the Town of Apex.

“It’s fun to climb a structure, but if you are afraid of heights, you want to feel like you are in the structure, but not too high. There are many ramps and decks, many different levels. … You are included even if you don’t do everything. You have the ability to play alongside,” she said, noting that the layout creates accessibility for everyone from unsteady toddlers to chaperoning grandparents to guests with physical or mental limitations.

“ We focused on how to get all generations to play together. ... It was really important that there be accessible play for all.
” Angela Reincke, parks planning project manager, Town of Apex

Another central focus of the park’s design was how to bring imagination into the play space. The planning team, led by Reincke, developed a storytelling theme that resulted in the collection of structures called the Enchanted Forest. Designers brainstormed stories and imagination play that fit each piece of equipment, taking inspiration from fairy tales, modern movies, and literary classics.

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For example, Reincke describes the Emerald Tritopia, the tallest climbing structure, complete with a 35-foot-tall slide: “It tells seven different stories. It’s the emerald palace in The Wizard of Oz, or it could be the beanstalk from Jack and the Beanstalk. Each piece has a list.”

Reincke hopes the park will be able to add family programs to unite play and imagination, “like a storytime hour where the younger population would read a story, then everybody takes a character and plays out the story that they just read,” she said.

Pleasant Park also boasts tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts, and a nature play area. In the coming months the town’s first splash pad will open, followed by a 5k cross country course and a large open play lawn with shelter available for festivals and private rentals.

“It is really cool to see all the different users come. We anticipated that the playground would be so popular. Then you have this other group of pickleball players that come every day. You have tennis courts, and you have athletic leagues that come. We created something that made sure to include all of these groups, which is really important because the higher the population gets, the more different interests there are,” said Fitzsimons.

“We committed that we were creating a place that residents could stay and play in Apex,” said Reincke. “It wasn’t just come and do your things, but also enjoy these other offerings of programs. Grandparents can watch tournaments in town. Every step of the way we said to ourselves, what else can this be adapted to? What else can be hosted here?” t

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The Making of a Fashion Designer

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TWICE A YEAR, FROM NEW YORK TO PARIS, LONDON, AND MILAN, THE FASHION WORLD COMES ALIVE AS TALENTED DESIGNERS SHOWCASE THEIR MAGNIFICENTLY CRAFTED WORKS OF ART, BORN FROM MONTHS OF DEDICATION AND HARD WORK. WITH THEIR FASHION-FORWARD COLLECTIONS, THEY SERVE AS GUIDES FOR THE HOTTEST TRENDS FOR THE SEASONS AHEAD.

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AS YOU STEP INTO THE STUDIO, YOU’LL FIND YOURSELF AMID A WORLD OF TEXTILE WONDERS.
“I hope that as our society evolves and fashion changes alongside it, I will be part of the movement to make fashion more accessible to all, more sustainable, and created in an ethical environment.”
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Ever wondered about the process through which designers transform their ideas into the stunning collections showcased on runways? To find out, the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State graciously allowed us to peek behind the curtain and explore the making of a designer.

While working through a Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Textile Design with a concentration in Fashion Design, future designers acquire real-life experiences alongside comprehensive courses. The students dive deep into the journey from concept to creation with talented professors like seasoned design expert Dr. Emily Law.

“At the Wilson College of Textiles, we teach our students how to use the programs, machinery, and procedures that are currently being used in the industry so they are well equipped to transition into their careers,” said Dr. Law. “Personally, I try to make the transition easy by showing them what industry-level feedback and work expectations

look like and teach them how to navigate that environment of professionalism while still being highly innovative and artistic in their work.”

Melding science and creativity, the program stays in tune with trends in both fashion and technology. Students learn everything from pattern design to the science of yarn production and work with industryrelevant software like Gerber.

START TO FINISH

The emphasis on understanding all steps of the process, from idea to execution, begins in first-year studio, according to design student Natalia Barnack. The details of the creative journey, however, vary from person to person.

Lilly Barozzini begins by embracing inspiration — whenever it strikes. Ideas often blossom in the silence around 3 a.m., she says.

After an early morning epiphany, Barozzini transfers her imaginative thoughts onto paper, delving into details of what the concept will look like. She starts by considering her target audience’s needs and behaviors and drafting mood boards. She then dives deep into researching current trends from the runway and in retail.

She explores various methods of altering fabric (folding, pleating, gathering, twisting, and additional manipulation techniques) and creates surface designs, incorporating decorative elements such as painting, embroidery, or appliqués. When she’s developed a clear concept, she creates sketches, which she presents to classmates and professors. Then it’s time for the hands-on work: Barozzini creates prototypes, conducts fittings, and cuts, sews, and adjusts fabric as she hones her final product.

“Designing takes passion, drive, and adaptability,” Barozzini said.

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DESIGNERS PRIORITIZE SUSTAINABILITY WHEN CRAFTING THEIR COLLECTIONS BY THRIFTING AND USING ZERO-WASTE METHODS WHEN PATTERNMAKING.

STUDENTS LIKE SENIOR NATALIA BARNACK COME FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS. WHILE A PORTFOLIO IS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO FOCUS SOLELY ON FASHION. THE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE LOOKS FOR CREATIVITY IN MANY FORMS.

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“I would tell aspiring fashion design students to experiment and explore their creativity through any media that inspires them. The fashion industry is so much more than just clothing; versatility in artistic expression can add richness to your designs and help you hone your unique design perspective. You can never be too creative.”

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NATALIA BARNACK, LEFT, GETS SOME POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON HER DESIGNS FROM FASHION AND TEXTILE DESIGN PROFESSOR DR. EMILY LAW.

VARIOUS METHODS OF ALTERING FABRIC IN HER DESIGNS.

STUDENTS EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT FABRICS AND WEAVE AND KNIT THEIR OWN DESIGNS.

DETAILS ARE THE PUNCTUATION MARKS OF STYLE.

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“My favorite part of the designing process is pattern drafting and calculating how the garment will function and work on a body. The most challenging part of the design process for me is being adaptable. You always need to be ready to take a few steps back or retry in order to get the quality and design you want to bring to life.”

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

In their junior year, students are encouraged to study aboard. In renowned fashion capitals like Italy and London, they receive exposure to cutting-edge design and innovation, offering invaluable opportunities to learn and grow.

As students approach graduation, a senior showcase provides an opportunity to build their portfolios and network with others in the industry. The demanding experience prepares students for the pace of the in-

dustry and challenges of ambitious projects like creating their own collections.

Each student typically showcases a collection comprising five to six looks or more during their senior seminar. Every student emerges with a portfolio complete with high-quality photography and runway experience.

In addition to the showcase, the college provides a plethora of resources to help students launch their careers in the fashion industry, including frequent career fairs. The dedicated career services department assists students with résumé preparation, mock interviews, and other essential skills. Faculty members also play a pivotal role in portfolio development, offering guidance and support throughout the process.

Strong connections with industry partners facilitate internship opportunities, further enhancing students’ practical expe-

rience. The faculty’s willingness to help students even after graduation ensures that Wilson College of Textiles at NC State remains a reliable resource for career advancement and ongoing learning opportunities.

“I am currently excited to enter into the fashion industry through an assistant apparel designer position at Abercrombie & Fitch with their Leadership and Development Program,” Barozzini said. “I am excited to continue to learn every day and grow as a designer as I work alongside talented individuals.”

“I have always said that the clothing we put on every day makes a big impact in our day,” Barozzini said.

“I hope that as our society evolves and fashion changes alongside it, I will be part of the movement to make fashion more accessible to all, more sustainable, and created in an ethical environment.” t

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AT HIS CORE, JP Jermaine Powell is a storyteller. His medium isn’t words, however. Instead, the mixed-media artist uses color, texture, and shape to communicate history, purpose, and connection in his paintings.

“A lot of what I do is try to take what I’ve learned and beautify this history. It’s a very unique job, because you have to listen, and you have to filter all the information that you are getting and come up with something that when people look at it, they can say: That’s our story.”

“I try to tell the stories of North Carolina. Maybe it’s not historical all the time; maybe it’s just a bird, but the story of North Carolina is the story of nature, too,” he said.

Powell lives in Fuquay-Varina with his family — a town that “feels like home” after previously residing in New York and Maryland.

Locals may know him best as the artist behind downtown Fuquay-Varina’s “Welcome Home” mural at the intersection of Main Street and Vance Street.

Murals are one of Powell’s specialties. He collects inspiration from nature, from oral histories, and from observing his surroundings to enhance the sense of place in a beautiful way.

“As I’m working, I’m observing the town. For a lot of mural artists, that’s what invigorates them. You might have an idea, but the place you are working on and the environment is going to dictate that umph,” he said.

Powell has completed several larger-than-life murals across North Carolina, including locations in Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill High School, Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street, and along I-295 in Fayetteville.

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FUQUAY-VARINA RESIDENT AND MIXED-MEDIA ARTIST JP JERMAINE POWELL, CURRENT ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT THE NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART

Powell worked on the massive “We Are Fayetteville” mural for two months, all alone, on the side of a highway, uniting the city’s rich history and diverse communities with his practiced hand.

“That was a major project, bringing together all the different parts of the city: military, rural, government, academic. People would stop by on the highway, while I’m on a 60-foot lift, and ask questions.

“When you are done with that experience, it’s not necessarily the end of the project. Of course you want (the work) to be good, but for an artist, our takeaways are the experience with people and the growth of what we were before the project and who we are after,” said Powell.

“If (the walls) are done right, it makes people not feel so alone.”

Murals are just one element of Powell’s varied body of work, which extends to canvases, portraiture, and custom-painted handbags, a product he created to make his art accessible and obtainable for a range of collectors.

“Handbags are very important to people. It contains their life,” said Powell. “To be able to make that beautiful and make it uniquely theirs is very special.”

Powell recently added another talent to his growing résumé: children’s book illustrator. In a collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art, Powell illustrated the picture book The Museum Lives in Me by Victoria Scott-Miller of Liberation Station bookstore. The book describes a group of students exploring the NCMA’s collection on a school field trip.

From that partnership, NCMA named Powell artist in residence.

“We developed the residency so that he would have the opportunity to engage with students in particular about the book and his work on it,” said Katherine White, deputy director for the NCMA.

“What’s unique about JP’s work is that he engages in so many different points of entry. He’s always got the use of money, the use of animals, the use of humans. There’s always color,” said White. “And the way he really thinks about making sure that the individuals that he’s portraying emerge in a powerful way.”

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POWELL CHECKED OFF A LIFELONG BUCKET LIST ITEM WITH THE “WELCOME HOME” MURAL, PAINTED IN HIS OWN TOWN. SHOWN HERE WITH HIS WIFE KATRINA, DAUGHTER AHNA BRIELLE, AND SON KOLE NATHANIEL. NOT PICTURED: SON JAY LOUREN POWELL.

As artist in residence, Powell created a lobby installation for the museum called Imagine Love: Show Me Love that depicts Powell’s mother, wife, and children in a series of three paintings on top of a printed backdrop.

“That changed my life dramatically in the sense that I didn’t have to be dead to be (in the museum). The magnitude of it — it included my family, which was a gift, because they could see themselves in this beautiful, powerful place,” Powell said.

“It’s a beautiful experience to see that living artists matter, that local artists matter.”

“What I heard people say to me directly, including members of our staff, was that they had never felt represented in the objects in the museum in the same way that they did when his installation went up in the lobby,” said White.

Later this fall, the museum will display a new exhibition by Powell called Leadership Reimagined.

“(JP) has identified members of our community who took atypical pathways to leadership. … Together they will tell the story of reimagined leadership,” said White.

“I see them as leaders because they took initiative when they saw a problem or a barrier, and they found a purpose trying to inspire other people,” said Powell.

NCMA has long been a source of inspiration for Powell.

“Every time I got rejected, every time I had a win or an opportunity, I went there and walked around. Those men and women (artists) went through the same struggles creatively, and they left these artifacts for other people to be inspired by,” said Powell.

Powell’s signature style is a “mashup” of different techniques and artistic movements, he said.

“It’s almost like a journey,” he continued. “You take somebody’s hand with realism, then you take them on this cool journey with color, shape, abstraction. I incorporate textures and objects that people deal with in real life.”

Objects like currency, jewels, sentimental items, and fabrics, which beckon the viewer to reach out and touch the art.

“As an artist, it seems like the challenge is breaking down the barriers of the creative world with the real world. … My job is really to communicate the connection of the human experience. That shared humanity — when everybody comes together and sees something beautiful and sees something that brings them together — that is what I do.” t

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TOP: POWELL’S IMAGINE LOVE: SHOW ME LOVE INSTALLATION ON DISPLAY IN THE LOBBY OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART DURING 2023. THE WORK DEPICTS POWELL’S MOTHER, WIFE, AND CHILDREN.

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Cary Players Community Theatre Company

SINCE Our Town, presented at Green Hope High School in 2003, Cary Players Community Theatre Company has staged over 70 productions. With no staff members, an all-volunteer board, and auditions open to everyone, the Players have showcased the talent of more than 1,600 individual volunteers on stage or through the creation of scenery and costumes.

In Cary Arts Center’s 400-seat theater, Cary Players’ commitment to producing high-quality shows resounds. Seats are comfortable, sight lines are good, the stage looks

great, and technical aspects — lighting, sound system, and fly tower — are first-rate.

The Players’ script includes more than 65,000 audience members enjoying shows at a reasonable price — and forthcoming acts promise the same.

So read on as Cary Players President Debra Grannan delivers the lines.

What is community theater and how do the Players contribute to Cary’s creative scene?

Community theater is just that: theater

for the community. It’s an opportunity for people to participate on stage or behind the scenes and for audiences to enjoy local talent. When Cary native Dan Martschenko founded Cary Players over 20 years ago, his focus was to bring joy and high-quality entertainment to the people of Cary and the surrounding area by staging plays and offering acting workshops.

What hurdles have the Players experienced over the years?

For many years, our biggest challenge

MADELINE ORMOND AND BEN GIBSON, CENTER, AND THE CARY PLAYERS COMMUNITY THEATRE COMPANY ENSEMBLE PERFORM A DRESS REHEARSAL OF LERNER & LOEWE’S BRIGADOON

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was securing a performance venue. Before the Cary Arts Center was renovated, we used the stage in the old Cary Elementary media center. Plastic chairs and the scent of mildew in the air made for a less-than-ideal experience for actors and audience members. We’ve performed at Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, a neat space for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Robin Hood, but many of our shows were rained out! The Page Walker Arts and History Center is a lovely space but has limited seating. We even staged a couple plays with simple sets in Cary’s Town Council Chambers!

Finally, the Cary Arts Center opened in 2013 — and we were thrilled! But while the CAC is an incredible facility, it’s in high demand with other cultural groups and with Town of Cary programming, so it can be a challenge to get the ideal dates for a full season. Then, with the popularity of downtown Cary, there’s always the challenge of finding parking nearby.

Please share some popular Players productions.

Our highest-attended show, which also earned very positive reviews, was Fiddler on the Roof. More than 2,400 people enjoyed this delightful musical. Agatha Christie plays are also well attended. Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story has remained a crowdpleaser for years — even after being produced eight times! In addition to drawing large audiences, popular shows often have a big turnout from actors at auditions.

What is the typical process, from planning to performance?

Season planning starts more than a year in advance. The play’s title and director are often chosen at the same time because directors come to us with recommendations about shows they would like to stage. We do contract with professional directors and

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BRIGADOON DIRECTOR BONNIE WEBSTER, RIGHT, WORKS WITH ACTORS ON STAGE. FROM LEFT, PROPS DESIGNER MARIANNA MORIN WITH PROPS HELPERS ROBIN BALL AND JENNY LILLY. THE ENSEMBLE
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designers to help produce our shows, but we never pre-cast a show. That’s not to say a director won’t encourage certain people to audition if they are right for a role, but we want everyone to feel welcome.

Then we secure the rights from the publishing company and pay the royalty fees and reserve space at the CAC for both the shows and the auditions and rehearsals.

Auditions occur about two to three months before the show opens. Then, rehearsals run for five to six weeks for a play and six to eight weeks for a musical.

We rent a warehouse space near downtown Cary where we build the set. Then we disassemble it and reassemble it on the stage at the CAC just a few days before the show opens!

After all that hard work, the run time is only one or two weekends. (Wouldn’t it be great if Cary had another theater venue?)

Then, after the final show, we disassemble the set, load up a moving van, and take the pieces back to our scene shop.

The lineup is eclectic — how are a season’s shows selected?

We reach out to the community via our website and social media for play submissions. A board subcommittee meets with various directors and reads the proposed scripts. We look for plays that are well written and entertaining and which offer opportunities for different ages and backgrounds. We also want directors with solid experience who have a clear vision for a script. Over the years, we’ve had 27 different directors, 15 of them women.

Most recently on stage was Brigadoon . Please tell us about the musical and the performers.

Brigadooon is a lovely romantic musical about a magical village that vanished in the Scottish Highlands mist and only appears every 100 years. In the lead roles, Adam Miller as Tommy and Rebecca Hodge as Fiona delighted the audience with their beautiful singing voices. Bonnie Webster, assisted by Tina Vance, directed the cast of 30 talented singers, actors, and dancers. Katherine Anderson was the music director.

What shows are coming up?

This fall, our ’24–’25 season will open with The Addams Family Musical. In December, we will present A Sherlock Carol. Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery around the holidays? The Trip to Bountiful is planned for February. A powerful drama, Sonia Flew, will wrap up the season in May.

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CARY PLAYERS PRESIDENT DEBRA GRANNAN, LEFT, TALKS PROPS BACKSTAGE WITH KATIE BOLANOS DURING THE APRIL DRESS REHEARSAL OF BRIGADOON AT THE CARY ARTS CENTER.

Do the Players put on any special events?

Last year, Cary Players conducted a series of three free workshops. The first was on accessibility and inclusion — an awarenessbuilding opportunity for producers and directors to learn how people with varying abilities can enjoy being active in theater. Next, we held a workshop called Beyond the Obvious, which offered a chance to learn how people of different ethnic backgrounds, ages, and genders can be considered for various roles. Finally, we produced a staged reading and talk-back session of a new work by a local playwright.

We will offer similar workshops this year, as well as classes on auditioning and stagecraft sponsored in part with a grant from the Cary Daze Festivals Committee.

How can the Cary community support the Players?

We are eager to welcome new participants. Whether you are interested in auditioning, would enjoy helping with carpentry and set building, sewing, painting, or just want to come and watch, we encourage you to get involved.

Please let your community leaders know that the arts are important to you! Thank the town for the support it has provided but encourage even more. Cary Players, along with many other performing arts groups, would benefit from a larger theater space with adequate parking! Funding — always a hurdle for arts organizations — for such a project requires strong community support.

Local businesses may also wish to sponsor a show or use one of our productions for an employee outing.

Anything else to share?

Coming to a show? Get to downtown Cary early and enjoy the new park or the great restaurants and pubs. You want to allow yourself plenty of time to park! t caryplayers.org

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MUSICAL DIRECTOR KATHERINE ANDERSON DIRECTS FROM HER PIANO. RYLEE DAVIS, RIGHT, AND MEGAN BIRDSEY REHEARSE DANCE STEPS BACKSTAGE. ADAM MILLER TAKES THE STAGE IN THE DRESS REHEARSAL OF BRIGADOON
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small business spotlight Sewrella Yarn

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ASHLEIGH KISER knows how to spin a yarn. The hand-dyed collections of Sewrella Yarn tell stories the former English Literature student once only dreamed of crafting. “A creative career,” Kiser explained, “always felt like something reserved for extraordinarily lucky people.” What she’s learned is that fortune favors hard work. So pull up a chair. Here’s Kiser’s story.

Please introduce yourself!

I’m Ashleigh Kiser, the owner and creative director of Sewrella Yarn. I’m also a mom of three brilliant little boys, wife to my partner and co-owner of SY, avid sourdough bread baker, English rose gardener, and lover of every arts-and-craft project imaginable.

Dyeing yarn started as a hobby for you — how did you come to open your own studio?

When I was pregnant with my oldest in 2016, I started a blog and shared the things I was making for my baby. A little hat got rave reviews on Pinterest, which attracted big yarn manufacturers to hire me as a contract knitting and crochet pattern designer. By the time the baby was born, I was making a good side income from the blog. Slowly the blog grew, and I became a contract designer for Michaels and JOANN and other yarn companies. My hobby of knitting and crocheting became my full-time job with deadlines and spreadsheets! I’m a big hobby gal, so I needed a new avenue for my creativity — one that was just for me.

I’d shopped at high-end yarn stores before, but in late 2017 I watched some YouTube videos, read a book or two, and or-

dered supplies to try dyeing my own yarn. Being that I already had a dedicated online audience interested in fiber arts, I shared about my new hobby — and people asked if I was selling my yarn or if I would consider making more for them to buy.

I quickly found that I could dye yarn a lot faster than I could knit it. Soon, I started selling my overstock and keeping a recipe notebook. Every batch garnered more of a

response and new customers, and eventually we started selling out. At this point, dyeing wasn’t a hobby anymore. I reduced my workload and focused on hand-dyed yarn quality production, finding a studio, and hiring employees. In the summer of 2020, Sewrella Yarn was off to the races!

Give us a crash course in yarn. Yarn is primarily used for knitting and

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crochet. Hand-dyed yarn is the crème de la crème of the fiber arts (if I do say so myself!): marrying the highest quality wool and other fibers with the artistry of painting every individual skein by hand. It’s incredibly special, like a little work of art that then gets turned into another form of art in the crafter’s finished projects.

Who are your customers and why do they choose Sewrella?

Our customers are crafters, knitters, and crocheters who love to make sweaters, scarves, hats, and anything else they fancy. They’re extremely patient people with a deep connection to the craft. They create with purpose and thoughtfulness, which is why they love the way we create colorways with story and intention. Our collections always revolve around a central theme from which we draw inspiration. We tell the story of the theme through color, creating a palette that connects the maker to the subject.

Tell us about the SY team.

We have an entirely female studio staff (if you don’t count my husband, who’s always tucked behind the camera) — something I’m proud of. We’ve created a creative, empowering environment where the women who work with us — including Brooke, my sister and SY’s first employee — are always listened to, encouraged, and respected. I believe that if the business is healthy, the margin is there to invest in our staff. Paid time off for all employees, health care, and biweekly team lunches are ways that I can thank them for helping me chase all the big dreams I have for Sewrella Yarn. We are a small family business, and we look after each other like family. We take our work seriously and are dedicated to excellence … but I’d be lying if I said we didn’t have a ton of fun at work, too!

CENTER: ALTHOUGH EVERY SKEIN OF YARN IS DYED INDIVIDUALLY BY HAND, ALL YARN WILL LOOK EXACTLY LIKE THE PICTURE ON THE SY WEBSITE.

LEFT: EVERY SWATCH IS HAND-KNITTED AND CROCHETED TO ENSURE THAT CUSTOMERS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE BUYING.

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Can you describe Sewrella’s current space?

When we first leased our studio, we were moving from our spare garage (a real upgrade from the kitchen!) to 1,300 square feet. It felt like Versailles! After only two months, and still growing at an exponential rate, we realized that we couldn’t fit many employees in the space. Luckily, the unit next to ours was vacant and our landlord really liked us. We tore up the old lease, took a second set of keys, and cut out a big doorway in the separating wall to connect the two units.

To run a creative business at the volume we are, you must be a bit of a MacGyver. There are no turnkey yarn-dyeing studios — or even yarn-dyeing equipment! Most of our supplies come from restaurant supply

companies or soap material distributors. Our studio was built to work as an accountancy office or car detail shop or something else entirely. Since moving in we’ve painted, added sinks, upgraded the electrical output to accommodate the proofing ovens we use to heat set the dye on our yarn, and added and moved furniture dozens of times. It’s a constant evolution, and we’re always trying to rearrange to gain a few more inches of space or adjust our processes to create better efficiency in the studio.

How much yarn moves through your studio? Walk us through the development and production of a collection. Thousands of skeins are handmade every month. We typically create a new collection every 4–6 weeks, so we average about

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TOP: EVERY COLLECTION IS THREADED WITH APPROXIMATE 20 COLORWAYS. BOTTOM: KISER MODELS KNITWEAR DURING PEAK BLOOM AT THE RALEIGH ROSE GARDEN.

10 collections a year! Each one has around 20 colorways, so we’re making approximately 200 new colorway recipes a year.

Our development begins with annual planning: We look at what we loved and what we didn’t from the year before and plan our collection themes for the upcoming year, ensuring we have a good mix of topics and layout to link any seasonal themes in their appropriate timelines. When it comes time to begin active work on a collection, I start with a digital mood board, collecting my thoughts and bringing in any and every piece of inspiration related to that theme that I can. I isolate the pieces that I’m considering for colorway or storytelling inspiration and start fleshing out the colorways that I want to create.

We then spend several weeks testing our ideas, refining recipes, testing them for production, selecting teas and fragrances that

connect to the theme for our market, and organizing sample knit pieces to create kits for projects. We photograph the products — usually with some sort of thematically related flair — promote the collection on social media, complete with intricate storytelling, and overhaul our website for the launch. We open for a weekend and take in enough sales to keep us busy for 4–6 more weeks, several thousand skeins at a time! We produce the preorders in bulk, like an assembly line, each stage of the process being touched every day by different team members, all to be shipped before launching the next collection!

What’s next for Sewrella Yarn?

On top of a year full of collections with a wide range of themes that have recently stretched my creative comfort zone, we’ve been working with an historic North Carolina mill to create our first line of yarn produced

outside our studio! This project has been in the works for about a year now and is very different from how we usually create yarn. This yarn is entirely grown, dyed, and processed in the US by a family-owned business just like ours — with heavy-duty milling equipment!

Our customers’ number-one complaint about our products is the price point. We are priced at a luxury, high-end range for yarn, and we’ve always hoped to create a more accessible option. Keeping with the integrity of what we do, our values, and the quality of our products, we’re so excited about working on this new yarn line. We’ve been creating the perfect color palette, designing labels that tell a story, and making plans to distribute this yarn line nationwide. It’s a huge step for us, and the production potential is nearly limitless! It feels like a new era is on the horizon. t sewrellayarn.com

HOUSE-MADE MARKET ITEMS FOR CRAFTERS — TO INCLUDE HAND CREAM FORMULATED FOR MAKERS, WOOL WASH FOR MAINTAINING HANDMADE PIECES CRAFTED WITH SY YARN, AND SPECIALTY TEAS AND FRAGRANCES THAT SUPPORT COLLECTIONS’ THEMES — ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.

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SPRING INTO SUMMER FASHION

Trendy and timeless pieces to add to your wardrobe

FASHION TRENDS ARE forever changing. As much as we’d love to go on a shopping spree every season, that’s not realistic, so look for trendy items with a timeless appeal. Pick versatile pieces that will carry over from spring to summer and become closet staples for years to come.

WIDE-LEG TROUSERS: They’re flattering and keep you cool during warmer days. Neutral colors like beige, white, and light gray will be popular this season. I have satin trousers that I’ve had for years, and they never go out of style.

ECO-FRIENDLY FABRICS: With a growing focus on sustainability, clothing made from eco-friendly materials like organic cotton and linen is exploding in popularity. These fabrics are great for the planet and super comfortable. You feel like you’re cuddled in clouds! I

picked up a lightweight sweatsuit that’s great for a chilly day or a cool summer night. A must have for flying or road trips.

BOLD PRINTS: Floral, geometric, abstract — bold prints are making a big comeback! OK ... they never went out of style in my world. My husband chuckles at some of my choices because they are loud, but I say fashion should be fun. Life is hard sometimes, so embrace silliness and individuality with your wardrobe.

PASTEL AND EARTH TONES: Soft pastels and warm earth tones are easy to mix and match, making them versatile for any wardrobe and easy to reuse season after season. I will be bouncing back and forth from bold patterns to soft pastels all year.

BUCKET HATS: Both practical and stylish, bucket hats have

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LIGHTWEIGHT BLAZERS: A perfect transitional piece, lightweight blazers can be dressed up or down and pair with just about anything, giving you many ways to be stylish day or night. Try one with jean shorts, a tucked top, and heels! Look for vibrant colors or pastel shades to make a statement. I’m loving neon!

SUSTAINABLE SNEAKERS: Sneakers are also here to stay, no matter the occasion. Dress them up or dress down. I’m always on the hunt for a white sneaker to pair with dresses and a blazer. Eco-friendly options made from recycled materials are on the rise this season!

STRAPPY SANDALS: A summer staple, strappy sandals in bold colors or with unique details will be particularly on trend this season. They’re perfect for dressing up any summer outfit. I like to buy one or two great pairs and basically wear them until the straps fall off. Also, if I love them and they’re affordable, I’ll sometimes grab a duplicate pair for when they wear out.

CUTOUTS AND ASYMMETRY: Asymmetrical designs and creative cutouts will be popular for their uniqueness and flair. You’ll see eye-catching examples everywhere — dresses, tops, and even swimwear. I picked up an inexpensive swimsuit with cutouts this year that covers all the right spots but still looks cute.

BERMUDA SHORTS: Longer than your typical shorts but still casual and cool for the summer, pair them with a blazer or a loose tee for a relaxed look. Microscopic shorts might be “hot” this season too, but they don’t work in an office setting (or ever for me anymore).

STATEMENT ACCESSORIES: Oversized sunglasses, bold earrings, and chunky necklaces will be huge, especially paired with more neutral outfits. I try to do a big earring with a bangle or a chunky necklace with smaller earrings.

SHEER FABRICS: Items featuring sheer fabrics will be popular and great for layering. I’m not a fan of showing my arms, so I love to layer a lightweight sleeve under a sleeveless dress.

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Sophie’s Grill & Bar

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WHEN CONSIDERING Sophie’s Grill & Bar in Cary, a timeworn cliché comes to mind: Don’t judge a book by its cover.

From the outside, you may be tempted to assume it’s just another sports bar. But as you approach the front door, a chalkboard sign clearly indicates this is no ordinary eatery: Wednesday is Latino night, Saturday features belly dancing, and Sunday involves Russian trivia.

“We have a variety of events as Sophie’s appeals to diverse people in our community who seek a place that offers personalization and inclusiveness,” said proprietor Desislava

(Desi) Nikolova, who hails from Bulgaria. “We’re not corporately owned, so we can cater to a wonderful array of unique requests and serve our guests better with our team’s efforts and with very good food.”

Hospitality reigns supreme at Sophie’s, which somehow manages to please the beerand-burger crowd as well as those seeking an authentic Eastern European experience.

It’s not often you see jumbo chicken wings and Hungarian goulash on the same bill of fare. Never mind baked Armenian figs and stuffed Bulgarian peppers.

If you’re in the mood for a burger and fries, order the next-level-good My Big Fat

Lamb burger with feta cheese. Or choose Neli’s burger, named after beloved manager Neli Dimitrova — a beef patty crowned with melted Bulgarian cheese and scratch-made lutenica, a Bulgarian spread containing red peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant.

Among the tempting Old World entrees prepared by chef Galina Nikolova (no relation to the owner), consider trying the Slavonian stew encompassing Croatian-style chicken, potatoes, and vegetables served in a clay pot; the grilled Serbian pork sausage seasoned with traditional spices; and cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef, pork, and rice topped with Hungarian paprika sauce.

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“We are not just a grill and bar, but we are also a finedining restaurant for special occasions. We see a lot of different people from various nationalities, and we are well suited to cater to their needs.”
— Desi Nikolova, owner

For a special treat, call in advance and request the incomparable Kapama stew brimming with pork, chicken, beef, Bulgarian pork sausage, cabbage, tomatoes, and rice.

“I prepare the Kapama stew myself,” Desi said, “and it includes a Bulgarian spice called chubritsa.”

While Desi enjoys accommodating loyal regulars who come in and order from the menu, she also relishes opportunities to host elevated private functions.

“We are not just a grill and bar, but we are also a fine-dining restaurant for special occasions,” she explained. “We see a lot of different people from various nationalities, and we are well suited to cater to their needs. We do weddings, receptions, anniversaries, birthdays — all types of group events and parties.”

To assist her in pulling off memorable special occasions, Desi reached out to Cary resident Paul Rhoades, a wild game chef and field-to-table consultant who makes himself available to Sophie’s for private events. Rhoades brings solid credentials ranging

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TOP: FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: MANAGER NELI DIMITROVA, OWNER DESI NIKOLOVA, AND CHEF GALINA NIKOLOVA CENTER: A PRIVATE ROOM ACCOMMODATES UP TO 16 GUESTS. RIGHT: A VINTAGE PHOTO OF OWNER DESI NIKOLOVA’S GRANDPARENTS.
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DISTINCTIVE KAPAMA STEW (LEFT) AND CLASSIC BORSCHT
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SPECIAL OCCASION CHEF PAUL RHOADES (LEFT) WITH WINE MASTER & DINING ROOM MANAGER SIMEON GANCHEV

from his training at The Culinary Institute of America to his extensive experience cooking in upscale restaurants.

On the day we visited, Rhoades prepared a sampling of impressive offerings including grilled jumbo tiger shrimp marinated in lemon-garlic vinaigrette served atop a couscous cake; fresh red snapper with a tomato-based fish stock; and Mediterranean rack of lamb crusted with oregano, mint, and parsley with Swiss chard and roasted garlic potatoes.

“I like to keep things simple while offering something distinctive,” said Rhoades, whose wife is Bulgarian.

Reserved events take place either in a charming private room with seating for 16 guests or at several community tables in the main dining area that can easily accommodate larger groups. Offsite catering also is available.

“I like to meet with people to discuss what type of event they want and the budget they have to work with,” Desi said. “We provide beautiful food and drinks for a reasonable price, and we do not charge people to rent the space.”

Sophie’s also now serves its exclusive Nikoloff private-label wine imported from the country of Georgia. Presented in dry and semisweet varieties, red and white wine is made from Saperavi and Rkatsiteli grapes harvested in 2020 from the Khashmi village region.

“Georgia is one of the oldest winemaking countries in the world,” said wine master and dining room manager Simeon Ganchev. “The Nikoloff wines we serve pair nicely with the food and are well balanced on the palate.”

Wine dinners are scheduled at least once a month. Call or check the website for dates.

Beginning May 14, the restaurant will offer a weekly Tuesday afternoon high tea service from 2 to 4 p.m.

Sophie’s is open daily at 11 a.m. with continual service for lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended at dinner, especially on weekends. An outdoor patio provides seating for 50.

“We try our best to satisfy every guest,” Desi said with a smile. t

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NESTLED IN THE HEART OF RTP lies a hidden gem for cocktail lovers and beer enthusiasts alike. Since its grand opening in November 2022, Hoppy House Taproom & Hangout Place has become a beacon for those seeking a unique drinking experience. Hoppy House offers a novel concept in beverage enjoyment. With 56 self-serving taps including 45 North Carolinabased beers, five craft cocktails, four wines, and two whiskeys, patrons can explore a wide range of spirits with zero wait time once checked in.

Stop in and sample a popular concoction crafted with tangy orange flavors and premium vodka: the Tangtini. Its refreshing taste and vibrant hue make it a delightful spring and summer sipper. Like the other draft cocktails at Hoppy House, the Tangtini is sourced from Reverie Cocktails based in Southern Pines, NC.

Reverie batches and delivers kegs of carbonated cocktails like strawberrylavender gin and tonic, Kentucky blackberry mule, and seasonal margaritas, and the selection at Hoppy House rotates monthly. The process used to ensure the last pour tastes as great as the first means you quite literally can’t try this at home.

“When making our cocktails in keg format, we work with oils, food-grade acids, and clarified juices (which we achieve using enzymes and centrifuges) to create great-tasting drinks that can be carbonated and have very long shelf lives,” explained Reverie owner Tony Cross.

Pair the Tangtini with savory snacks like spicy cauliflower bites, nachos, or mac & cheese bites. The cocktail’s tangy orange notes harmonize beautifully with the bold flavors of these dishes.

Whether it’s a casual catch-up with friends or a lively trivia night, Hoppy House’s atmosphere is always exciting. Cheers to good times and great drinks! t hoppy-house.com | reveriecocktails.com

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THE VERSATILITY OF Oaklyn Springs Brewery’s Any Victory Will Do NEIPA knows no bounds. Whether you’re enjoying a laid-back afternoon barbecue with friends or a gourmet meal, this brew complements a myriad of flavors. Despite its robust flavor profile, the hazy New England IPA remains approachable.

Pouring from its distinctive green can, Any Victory immediately captivates the senses, and its hazy appearance hints at luscious flavors. As you take your first sip, a burst of citrus, grapefruit, and tropical notes dances on your palate. The 7.1% ABV brew, crafted with a blend of Citra, Simcoe, and Ekuanot hops, offers a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, creating a refreshing and invigorating flavor profile.

Founded by neighbors with a shared passion for brewing, Oaklyn Springs Brewery was born from a simple idea exchanged at a neighborhood block party. Once you step into OSB, you’ll immediately sense the community spirit that permeates the air.

“Originally designed to be a place sung about on the TV show Cheers: ‘You want to go where everybody knows your name,’ and that has rung true from day one,” said brewery manager Emilee Robb. “Our customers are the heartbeat of what we do. We truly pride ourselves on knowing everyone’s name, and we truly consider our customers our family!”

OSB has taproom locations in Downtown Apex and Fuquay-Varina. So raise your glass and toast to the spirit of Oaklyn Springs Brewery where every sip is a victory worth celebrating. Cheers! t oaklynsprings.com

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Dining Guide

A SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS, BAKERIES, BISTROS, AND CAF E S IN CARY, APEX, FUQUAY-VARINA, HOLLY SPRINGS, MORRISVILLE, AND RALEIGH

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Abbey Road Tavern & Grill

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

Academy Street Bistro

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

Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream

Premium quality ice cream and sorbet. 10120 Green Level

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

Annelore’s German Bakery

Authentic German pastries, breads, and pretzels. 308 W. Chatham St.; (919) 267-6846 anneloresbakery.com

Asali Desserts & Café

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

Awaze Ethiopian Cuisine

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

A’Verde Cocina and Tequila Library

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

BB’s Crispy Chicken

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

Big Dom’s Bagel Shop

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

The Big Easy Oven + Tap

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

Big Mikes BBQ

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

Bonefish Grill

Fresh is our signature. 2060 Renaissance Park Place (919) 677-1347 bonefishgrill.com

Bosphorus Restaurant

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

BottleDog Bites & Brews

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

Bravo’s Mexican Grill

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

Brecotea Bakery & Café

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

Brewster’s Pub

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

Brigs

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

Buldaegi BBQ House

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

Bumble Brews

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

Burrito Shak

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

Cha House

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

Chanticleer Café & Bakery

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

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Chef’s Palette

Creative flair and originality in every aspect of our service.

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

Chelsea Café

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

2036 Renaissance Park Place; (919) 474-8698 chelseacafe-rtp.com

Chicken Salad Chick

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

302 Colonades Way, Suite 202 (984) 207-5516 chickensaladchick.com/cary-nc/

Cilantro Indian Café

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

CinéBistro

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

Cinnaholic

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

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

City Barbeque

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

Coffee & Crepes

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

Colletta Italian Food & Wine

Celebrating the best Italian American dishes. 1 Fenton Main St., Suite 170 (919) 766-0062 collettarestaurant.com/cary1/

Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar

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

Craft Public House

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

Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery

Family-owned and operated bakery and espresso bar.

1983 High House Road; (919) 380-1840 cremacoffeeroaster.com

Crosstown Pub & Grill

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

Custom Confections

Custom cheesecakes made locally. 1187 W. Chatham St. customconfections.net

Danny’s Bar-B-Que

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

Di Fara Pizza Tavern

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

Doherty’s Irish Pub

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

Duck Donuts

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

Enrigo Italian Bistro

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

Esteamed Coffee

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

Famous Toastery

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

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries

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

Gamers Geekery & Tavern

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

Geluna Gelato

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

Goodberry’s Frozen Custard

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

Great Harvest Bread Co.

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

Gonza Tacos y Tequila

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

Hank’s Downtown Dive

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

Herons

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

Honey Pig

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

Honeysuckle Gelato

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

JuiceVibes

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

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Kababish Café

A celebration of deliciousness and creativity.

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

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Kabuki Japanese Steak House & Sushi

Contemporary teppanyaki.

220 Nottingham Drive (919)-380-8081 kabuki-japanese.com

La Farm Bakery

Handcrafted daily with only the freshest ingredients.

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

La Grassa Pastificio

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

La Victoria Mexican Food

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

Los Tres Magueyes

We prepare our food fresh daily.

110 SW Maynard Road; (919) 460-8757 lostresmagueyescary.com

10120 Green Level Church Road, Suite 202 lostresmagueyesgreenlevel.com

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes.

7307 Tryon Road; (919) 233-1632 lucky32.com/cary

Lucky Chicken

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

Lugano Ristorante

Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere. 1060 Darrington Drive (919) 468-7229 luganocary.com

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar

Global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. 8314 Chapel Hill Road; (919) 465-2455 maximilliansgrill.com

MC Modern Asian Cuisine

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

Meeple’s Brew

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

Mellow Mushroom

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

Mithai Indian Café

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

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Mixed Desserts

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

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

MOD Pizza

Serving artisan style pizzas, superfast.

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

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

Mon Macaron

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

Mookie’s New York Deli

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

M Sushi

Purposeful seasonal seafood.

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

Noodle Boulevard

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

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café

The fast track to sweet tooth satisfaction.

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

The Original N.Y. Pizza

Consistent every visit.

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

Peck & Plume

Modern American dining in downtown Cary.

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

Pineapple Sol

Offering picnics, charcuterie, high tea, and more.

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

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Pizzeria Faulisi

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

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

Prohibitive

Weekday hideaway cocktail bar.

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

Pro’s Epicurean Market & Café

Gourmet market, café, and wine bar. 211 E. Chatham St. (919) 377-1788 prosepicurean.com

Pure Juicery Bar

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

Q Noodles

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

We are an Italian dining ristorante with a comfortable and casual atmosphere. We strive to provide each guest with an experience they will remember. Voted

1060 Darrington Drive, Cary (919) 468-7229 www.luganocary.com

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Dining Guide

RallyPoint Sport Grill

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

Red Bowl Asian Bistro

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

Ricci’s Trattoria

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

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits

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

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Cooked to perfection.

2010 Renaissance Park Place; (919) 677-0033 ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/cary

SAAP

Laotian street food.

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

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Sassool

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

Seoul Garden

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

Serendipity Gourmet Deli

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

Seol Grille

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

So Hot

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

Sophie’s Grill & Bar

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

Spirits Pub & Grub

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

Sports & Social

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

Superica

Tex-Mex, straight from Texas. 25 Fenton Main St., Suite 110 (919) 443-0746 superica.com/cary/

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Sugar Koi

Koiyaki fish waffle cones with Asian-inspired ice cream. 116 Kilmayne Drive; (919) 757-2399 sugarkoi.com

Szechuan Mansion Hotpot

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

Taco Addicts

West Coast-inspired tacos. 131 Crossroads Boulevard; (919) 896-8043 taco-addicts.com

Taipei 101

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

121 E. Chatham St.; (919) 388-5885 carytaipei101nc.com

Taste of Jamaica

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

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

Tazza Kitchen

Wood-fired cooking and craft beverages. 600 Ledgestone Way; (919) 651-8281 tazzakitchen.com/location/stonecreekvillage

Thai Spices & Sushi

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

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

Tribeca Tavern

Handcrafted burgers, homegrown beer. 500 Ledgestone Way (919) 465-3055 tribecatavernnc.com

Udupi Café

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

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Urban Angeethi

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

V Pizza

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

vomFASS Vinegar, Oil & Spice Shop

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

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

Woody’s Sports Tavern & Grill

Award-winning food in a non-conformist atmosphere.

8322 Chapel Hill Road (919) 380-7737 woodysportstavern.com

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Yuri Japanese Restaurant

For sushi fans and connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine. 1361 Kildaire Farm Road (919) 481-0068; yurijapaneserestaurant.com

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Abbey Road Tavern & Grill

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

Anna’s Pizzeria

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

Apex Wings Restaurant & Pub

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

A Taste of Brooklyn Petite bakery with a cheery vibe. 101 N. Salem St. (919) 362-8408 atasteofbrooklynnc.com

Bonafide Bakeshop & Cafe

Scratch-made Northern classics and Southern comforts. 1232 W. Williams St.; (919) 372-5000 bonafidebakeshop.com

Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts

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

Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering

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

Doherty’s Irish Pub

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

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

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

J&S Pizza

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

Mamma Mia Italian Bistro

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

The Mission Market

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

Osteria G

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

The Peak on Salem

Seasonal contemporary Southern cuisine. 126 N. Salem St. (919) 446-6060 thepeakonsalem.com

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1130 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27606 919.380.0122 \ ReysRestaurant.com 6 private rooms seating 6-200 guests! Contact: Christina Reeves at Christina@ReysRestaurant.com Recognized by Cary Magazine Readers as Best Steakhouse and Best Date-Night Restaurant Since 2006!

The Provincial Fresh. Simple.

119 Salem St. (919) 372-5921 theprovincialapex.com

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits

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

Rudy’s Pub & Grill

Comfortable and familiar, just like home.

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

Salem Street Pub

Burgers, brews, and moonshine. 113 N. Salem St. (919) 387-9992 salemstreetpub.com

Scratch Kitchen and Taproom

It’s better from scratch.

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

Skippers Seafood & Smokehouse

The freshest seafood and BBQ available. 1001 E. Williams St. (919) 303-2400; skippersfish.com

SodaBox

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

Sushi SUYU

Japanese cuisine with Korean-inspired flair. 301 N. Salem St. (919) 367-6419; sushisuyu.com

TapStation

Service station turned brewpub with an elevated menu. 320 S. Salem St. tapstationapex.com

Vegan Community Kitchen

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

Dining Guide

Wake Oasis Coffee

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

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Anna’s Pizzeria

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

Aviator SmokeHouse

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

Cultivate Coffee Roasters

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

El Cantarito Bar & Grill

The full spectrum of Mexican cuisine. 155 S. Main St. (919) 285-3781 elcantaritobarandgrill.com

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Dining Guide

Garibaldi Trattoria Pizza Pasta

French-inspired Italian cuisine.

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

The Gyro Spot

Authentic Greek food. 1005 E. Broad St. (919) 285-3608 thegyrospotnc.com

J&S New York Pizza

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

Little Portugal

Authentic Portuguese cuisine including churrasco char-grilled chicken. 736 N. Main St. (919) 586-7144 littleportugalnc.com

Los Tres Magueyes

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

The Mason Jar Tavern

All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.

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

Nil’s Mediterranean Cuisine

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

Stick Boy Bread Co.

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

Wingin’ It Bar and Grille

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

Zaxby’s

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

Zeera Indian

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

HOLLY SPRINGS

ACME Pizza Co.

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

Bellini Italian Cuisine

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

The Blind Pelican

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

JT’s Creamery

Ice cream handcrafted daily. 300 S. Main St. Suite 112 (984) 268-6321; jtscreamery.com

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Los Tres Magueyes

A little taste of Mexico.

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

Lovegrass Kitchen

Gluten-free whole foods and packaged mixes.

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

Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream

A unique spin on a timeless dessert. 304 N. Main St. (919) 762-7808 mamabirdsicecream.com

Mamma Mia Italian Bistro

A taste of Italy in every bite.

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

The Mason Jar Tavern

All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.

114 Grand Hill Place (919) 964-5060 themasonjartavern.com

My Way Tavern

Freshly made all-American foods.

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

Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi

Authentic Thai cuisine, fresh sushi, and crafted cocktails.

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

Pimiento Tea Room

Eclectic café with a rotating menu of small plates.

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

Rise

Southern biscuits, righteous chicken, and donuts.

169 Grand Hill Place (919) 586-7343 risebiscuitschicken.com

Smashed Burgers & Cocktails

Global flavors.

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

Dining Guide

Spazio Vino & Cucina

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

Thai Thai Cuisine

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

Vieni Ristobar

Laid-back Italian fare.

242 S. Main St. (984) 225-1134 vieniristobar.com

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Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken

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

Another Broken Egg Café

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

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Babymoon Café

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

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

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

Capital City Chop House

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

Clean Juice

Organic juices, smoothies, and more. 3035 Village Market Place (919) 468-8286 cleanjuice.com

Crumbl Cookies

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

Desy’s Grill & Bar

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

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

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

Fount Coffee + Kitchen

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

Full Moon Oyster Bar and Seafood Kitchen

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

G. 58 Modern Chinese Cuisine

A contemporary approach to traditional Chinese cuisine. 10958 Chapel Hill Road; (919) 466-8858 g58cuisine.com

Georgina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

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

HiPoke

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

Meeple’s Brew

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

Mi Cancun Mexican Restaurant

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

Neomonde

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

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Nothing Bundt Cakes

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

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

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

Rise

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

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits

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

Taste Vietnamese Cuisine

Authentic noodles and more.

152 Morrisville Square Way (919) 234-6385 tastevietnamesetogo.com

Village Deli & Grill

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

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

RALEIGH

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

Bida Manda

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

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

Lechon Latin BBQ & Bar Upscale street food with a Latin vibe. 5959 Triangle Town Blvd. (919) 793-9913; lechonlatinbbq.com

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

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

Rey’s

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

Slice Pie Company

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

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Landscaping with Spiders

IN SPITE OF their odd name, spiderworts (Tradescantia sp.) can be pretty additions to almost any landscape. With strap-like leaves that form mounds up to 24 inches tall, these perennials show off clusters of three-petal, 1- to 2-inch-diameter flowers typically dipped in shades of purple.

A spiderwort bloom only lasts a day, but each stem brims with many more blossoms to extend this spring flower show into the early summer. And after their first flush of floral color has finished, pruning the plants back will encourage another round of flowers later in the growing season.

Spiderworts can be pretty dependable, too, being tough North American natives that, as a bonus, are deer resistant. They tolerate shady areas but will produce fewer blooms in such dim spots. A location in partial shade seems to suit these beauties best. Sunny sites that slip into slight shadows in the afternoon will also work, as long as the plants are watered regularly during the summer.

Wild species have variations in height, leaf shape, and bloom color, and plant breeders have created cultivars with even broader deviations, making spiderworts visually versatile for many landscape schemes. Below are a few examples to consider for your growing pleasure that can typically be found at local garden centers and certainly online:

Purple Profusion: This common cultivar flaunts deep purple blooms over mounds of handsome green leaves that top out at a restrained 12 inches tall. ‘Concord Grape’ and ‘J.C. Weguelin’ also offer comparable flower shows on compact plants.

Osprey: One of my favorites because it is a graceful beauty with soft white flower petals offset by center stamens dusted in a deep, dreamy purple. Such elegance is echoed

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To Do in the GARDEN May

• This is a grand month for veteran and newbie veggie gardeners because it is prime time to start such standard summer-season delectables as tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, lima beans, okra, cucumbers, peppers, watermelon, eggplant, and green beans.

• Want to grow just a little bit off the beaten track with edibles? Now is also a good time to try your adventurous green thumb with sweet corn, kohlrabi, field peas, peanuts, Malabar climbing spinach, leeks, and turnips.

• In the ornamental garden, temperatures have reached a high enough comfort level now to start planting heat-loving bulbs such as gladioli, dahlias, caladiums, and cannas.

• Before the summer sizzle sets in, mulch around new and established plantings to help reduce wide fluctuations in soil temperatures and moisture content.

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What’s in a name? For “spiderwort,” there’s plenty to unpack. For starters, spiderwort plants don’t attract creepy-crawly real spiders, which for arachnophobic gardeners should be a big relief. The “spider” part of the name comes from the fact that, when sliced, the stems of this plant ooze a yucky liquid that resembles threads of a spider’s web after hardening.

“Wort” is simply an Old English word for “plant,” especially one that has medicinal uses. This fits spiderwort perfectly because it was often sought out by Native Americans and Colonial settlers for its helpful herbal properties.

in ‘Billberry Ice,’ which has a similar look but with blossoms slightly more shaded in lavender.

Blue and Gold: Also known as ‘Sweet Kate,’ this sassy spiderwort sports bright chartreuse-to-yellow leaves that create a colorful cacophony with its bluish-purple flowers. Like striped shirts and plaid pants combinations, you’ll either like it or hate it, but you won’t forget it.

Purple Heart: Do let the sun shine on this popular spiderwort because, strangely, the more it is exposed to sunlight, the darker its unique purple leaves become. Keep in mind, however, this selection is less cold hardy than other spiderworts, so consider using it as an annual (a common practice) or plant it in a container you can move to a protected place for the winter. t

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 lajackson1@gmail.com.

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Holi Festival

THE SPECTACLE OF HOLI — the Hindu festival of colors — was a sight to behold in Morrisville. Occurring every spring, this celebration brings people together to release resentment and revel in new beginnings. Primarily a welcoming in of the spring season, the revered yet inclusive festival is a popular social occasion with spiritual and cultural roots.

Events commence with a cleansing bonfire that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, but the next day is all about resetting or renewing relationships — forgiving and forgetting and forging new bonds in a fun- and color-filled display. At private gatherings or out in the community, participants throw colors, toss colored water balloons, or spray water at one another while enjoying the changing of seasons and making of new friends.

At the Cedar Fork Community Center, from noon to 3 p.m., Morrisville’s free festival featured dancing, Holi powders, artisan vendors, and food for purchase as people delighted in the positivity of bright colors.

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happenings

The Cary COMPOST BIN & RAIN BARREL SALE runs through May 10, offering supplies for composting and rain collection at below wholesale prices. The sale is not limited to Cary residents, but purchases must be picked up from a Cary facility in the second half of May. Available items include a $55 compost bin and $65 rain barrel, plus accessories like a compost thermometer, turner, and scrap collection container. The sale supports Cary’s waste reduction and water conservation efforts. enviroworld.us/carync

A group of students discussing Morrisville traffic congestion placed third at the 2024 NORTH CAROLINA HBCU SMART CITIES CHALLENGE SHOWCASE EVENT held at Winston-Salem State University in late March. The competition challenges teams to solve pressing community problems using innovative solutions.

Jayden Jones and Abiodun Taiwo from North Carolina A&T and Tanaka Mbavarira from Johnson C. Smith University presented on the use of smart analytics to address traffic. They visited Morrisville in February to tour smart facilities and network with town staff.

“We are thrilled to be part of the HBCU Smart Cities Challenge. This opportunity aligns beautifully with Morrisville’s vision for advancing smart city solutions,” said Morrisville Smart City Program Manager Billy Whitehead. “By collaborating with HBCUs and Pathway Community Foundation, we aim to leverage our smart city expertise to create initiatives that not only enhance the quality of life for our residents but also contribute to the broader Smart Cities movement.”

Randal “Randy” E. Vosburg took over as Apex Town Manager on April 15 after a unanimous vote by Mayor Jacques Gilbert and the Town Council in March. The Town received more than 50 applicants from a nationwide search, selected 12 to screen, and five participated in an assessment with exercises on budget presentation, staff coaching sessions, written plans, and meeting facilitation.

A community survey identified presence, transparency, and community engagement as important traits for a Town Manager among citizens. Town staff wanted integrity, empathetic leadership, and commitment to staff development.

“Throughout the selection process, Mr. Vosburg consistently demonstrated remarkable strength with great energy and enthusiasm, while embodying the values of our community,” said Mayor Gilbert.

“His leadership brings excitement and hope for our community’s future success, while also ensuring that our Town of Apex staff family is valued and supported in providing exceptional service to our community.”

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THE 4TH BE WITH YOU STAR WARS CELEBRATION

in Downtown Cary Park. Dress your pets for a costume contest and ChewBarka runway show, make themed crafts at the art cart, compete in Star Wars trivia, attend a silent disco, watch a choreographed stage battle, and more. Young Padawans can even pick up a free training lightsaber and learn some combat moves from Jedis with APPLAUSE! Cary Youth Theater. downtowncarypark.com

Downtown Cary Park is brimming with musical performances through the spring and summer, including CARYLIVE AND LIVE AT LUNCH SERIES. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy music under the stars through CaryLive concerts select Saturdays from 7:30–9:30 p.m., or take a long lunch break for Live at Lunch select Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Find details at downtowncarypark.com.

Remaining announced dates:

CaryLive

May 18: Flowmingos

June 29: Nicotine Dolls

August 24: Doc Robinson

Live at Lunch

May 2: Jake and Johanna of Soul Psychedelique Orchestra

May 16: Peter Lamb and Mark Wells of Peter Lamb and the Wolves

May 30: Adam Decker Duo

Cary, Apex, and Morrisville fire departments will host CAMP IGNITE — a no-cost summer camp for girls age 14–18 — at Morrisville’s Fire Station 1 June 24–28. Led by local women firefighters, camp attendees will participate in firefighting and first aid exercises and training that encourage self-confidence, knowledge, and leadership skills while learning what a career in public safety is like. Registration ends May 14.

The Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department held a Community Fire Academy on April 6. Participants learned about the department’s operations in classroom sessions, toured facilities, and got “hands-on opportunities to include advancing hose lines, riding in an aerial platform, and executing a forcible open-door entry,” according to Fire Chief Nathan Lozinsky.

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In honor of NC Arbor Day, Leaf & Limb tree service donated approximately 200 SAPLINGS TO THE MORRISVILLE COMMUNITY PARK.

Members of the Town of Morrisville staff, Wake County Government, and citizens helped plant seven varieties of trees at an event in mid-March. They placed the trees along existing wood lines to increase canopy and enhance buffer zones to protect sensitive landscape. Trees for the Triangle provided planting support.

Apex-based nonprofit Western Wake Crisis Ministry (WWCM) received more than $1,600 in donations from a silent auction at the 2024 Quilt Show at the NC State Fairgrounds in March. The Capital Quilters partnered with WWCM for the second time to support their mission of helping people in crisis find stability through financial/housing assistance, education, opportunities, and food.

WWCM is currently holding its Summer Stock-Up Food Drive, which offers summer support for the more than 6,200 area children who depend on free or reduced lunch programs during the school year. The drive aims to collect 75,000 pounds of food and runs through June 9.

Individuals and organizations can donate food, financial support, or volunteer. wwcm.org

Foundry’s CIO named the Town of Morrisville a 2024 CIO 100 Award winner. The awards recognize organizations around the world that exhibit strategic and operational excellence in IT.

“This recognition is a testament to our team and their ability to provide innovative solutions that make a positive impact on our community,” said Town of Morrisville Chief Information Officer Rick Ralph. “I am proud to work alongside such a creative group, whose dedication and creativity have set a new standard for innovation and collaboration in local government.”

Winners will be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards in Colorado in early August.

The Fanatics Sportsbook

North Carolina Cup Pro Pickleball Tournament took place at the Cary Tennis Park April 1–7. Professional players including top-ranked Anna Leigh Waters and Ben Johns faced off on the Championship Court, competing for some of the biggest payouts available in pickleball. The tournament also included amateur matches and a two-day camp. Champions included Ben Johns and Collin Johns in men’s doubles, Catherine Parenteau and Anna Leigh Waters in women’s doubles, Anna Leigh Waters and Ben Johns in mixed doubles, Ben Johns in men’s singles, and Anna Leigh Waters in women’s singles. ppatour.com

The Morrisville Community Park is hosting a series of POP-UP DOG PARKS this spring and summer. Remaining dates include May 5, May 19, and June 2.

Registration is free and requires proof of vaccination. A permanent Morrisville Dog Park at the intersection of Morrisville Carpenter Road and Town Hall Drive is in the planning stages.

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The Morrisville Police Department partnered with Positive Childhood Alliance North Carolina for a CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION CEREMONY April 4 at the Indian Creek Greenway. The event aimed to “support nurturing positive childhoods and build hope for the future” and concluded with a pinwheel planting, with pinwheels representing the great childhood that every child deserves and the role others play in providing a loving and supportive environment. Morrisville Police officers also wore blue badges during April to show support for child abuse awareness and prevention. positivechildhoodalliancenc.org

The NC State Board of Community Colleges, NC Community College System, and the NC Community Colleges Foundation held the North Carolina Community Colleges Awards Dinner and Celebration at The Umstead Hotel & Spa April 17. The awards honored community college system students, faculty, and staff, along with companies demonstrating excellence in workforce development across North Carolina.

Lena Tillett from WRAL served as emcee for the ceremony, which was attended by elected officials, business leaders, and community stakeholders.

The National MPS Society welcomed runners and walkers to Morrisville’s Lake Crabtree County Park on March 23. The RALEIGH RUN FOR RARE

5K AND 1 MILE WALK showed support for those affected by rare diseases, particularly MPS (mucopolysaccharidosis) and ML (mucolipidosis). The National MPS Society offers support services in addition to funding research and advocating for improved treatment options. According to the organization: “With every step taken, we aim to raise awareness, foster community, and provide hope to those navigating the challenges of rare diseases.” mpssociety.org

Participants toured the Wake County Detention Center as part of LEADERSHIP CARY GOVERNMENT DAY in March. Representatives from the Cary police and fire departments and an officer on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force spoke to the group at the Cary Chamber after the tour.

MORRISVILLE GREEN DAY

gave residents an opportunity to recycle and dispose of specialty, hazardous, and sensitive materials. The drive-through event featured stations for batteries; fats, oils, and grease (FOG); e-recycling; medication take-back; paper shredding; and more at Church Street Park April 10. The next Green Day will be Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. morrisvillenc.gov/greenday

THE BRIER CREEK FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

will bring 50-plus food trucks together at the Brier Creek Corporate Center May 19 from 5–8 p.m. Enjoy live music and send the kids to the kid zone while you pick up offerings from Caribbean, Indian, African, Cajun, Puerto Rican, and many other cuisines, plus favorites like barbecue, cheesesteaks, boba, and more. briercreekeats.com

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Otherworldly

Cary sky-watchers flocked to the grassy hillside at Fred G. Bond Metro Park April 8 to witness a rare solar eclipse. Although the Sun was only partially covered by the Moon (around 80 percent) for viewers in Cary, facial expressions suggest the event was memorable. The next solar eclipse visible in North America will be in 20 years.

OTHER VIEWERS RECORDED THE ECLIPSE WITH CAMERAS.

9-YEAR-OLD JAMES KEARNEY CREATED A SPECIAL MASK FOR THE EVENT.

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