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32 Services 40 Shopping 46 Lifestyle
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Meet Your Match 69 Personal matchmakers give
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84 The Dish: Kababish CafĂŠ
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Nonprofit Spotlight: How to help your Maggy winners
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Garden Adventurer: This Polly Is a Cracker
L.A. Jackson Nancy Pardue Tyrra Turner PHOTOGRAPHY
Jonathan Fredin, Chief Photographer
CORRECTION: In the November/December
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Ashley Royster, Robert Royster
S&A Communications Chuck Norman, APR
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Mor Aframian, Events & Marketing Coordinator Kristin Black, Accounting Alexandra Blazevich, Social Media Manager Cherise Klug, Traffic Manager Anthony Harrison, Events & Marketing Assistant Lisa McGraw, Circulation Coordinator Valerie Renard, Human Resource Manager
restaurant was the star of the 2018 Maggy Awards, garnering six wins and one honorable mention. Check out the rest of the winners on page 21. Photo by Jonathan Fredin
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I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD to the Maggy Awards.
While it’s nice to check in with repeat winners, discovering new favorites is what makes this issue exceptional. We at Cary Magazine try to keep up with all the amazing restaurants, incredible organizations and top-notch businesses in Western Wake, but it’s impossible. There are just too many! That’s where our readers come in. With every vote in the Maggy Awards, you spread the word about what is best in our community. All I have to do is check out the winners (and the honorable mentions). So when photographer Jonathan Fredin and I wanted sushi for lunch, we headed to Sushi-Thai in Cary. Every year that the Maggys have been around, the independently owned restaurant has appeared in the Best Asian Restaurant category. That’s 12 years of Maggy wins and honorable mentions. From the number of votes the best restaurant categories get every year, it’s pretty obvious our readers love food and dining out. And talking about one of Cary’s best restaurants is a perfect way to introduce Cary Magazine’s expanded food coverage for 2018. In every issue we will include a Dining Guide, listing notable restaurants and food purveyors in the area. Along with the restaurant profiles and recipes we have always featured, we will add short conversations with local restaurateurs, chefs and bartenders. To paraphrase Maggy-winner Paul Peterson, owner of Wake Zone Espresso in Apex: We’re going to take what’s good about the magazine and just froth it! Bon appétit, and thanks for reading.
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“The magazine is beautiful, and I really appreciate the opportunity of being a part of it.” Pat Guess, re. “Homemade for the Holidays” “What a sincere pleasure to start my week off by meeting you, popping popcorn and talking about my Grandma Sarah and her amazing popcorn! Barbara Mooty Vinson, re. “Homemade for the Holidays” “Thanks for the wonderful article Cary Magazine! Our new Y is indeed an example of what can happen when people are inspired to come together and collaborate. We’re so proud to see a shared vision become a reality and to serve the NW Cary community!” Leanne Phillips, Northwest Cary YMCA, re. “Greater Good: The Why Project” “Thank you, Cary Magazine! We are grateful for your decision to put the spotlight on us and for the great care you took in sharing about our work.” Jennifer Weiss, Executive Director of The Hope Center at Pullen, re. November/December “Nonprofit Spotlight”
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INSPIRING BEAUTY: 50 YEARS OF EBONY FASHION FAIR covers five decades of beauty, style and empowerment. The exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art features designs by Christian Dior, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and more. Tuesday-Sunday, through Jan. 21. $15. 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. ncartmuseum.org
Carolina Theatre, explores the love shared by childhood friends who remain pen pals for more than 50 years. Jan. 12-21. $29. A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. nctheatre.com 16
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There’s still time to see the NC CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. See more than 20 larger-than-life lanterns, including the spectacular dragon on Symphony Lake. Tuesday-Sunday, through Jan. 14. 6-10 p.m. 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. boothamphitheatre.com
Start the year strong with a run for the whole family — including the family dog — at the DOGGIE DASH 5K! Finishers get a Mutts & Marshmallows mug and all the hot chocolate they can drink. Proceeds support the Wake County SPCA. Jan 13, 9 a.m. $35 until Jan. 12, dogs $10. WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. fitandable.net
Stageworks Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s “AND THEN
THERE WERE NONE”
at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Ten strangers, each with a wicked past and a secret, are summoned to a remote island. Jan. 25-27, 7:30 and 3 p.m. $14. 300 West Ballentine St., Holly Springs. hollyspringsnc.us/323/Cultural-Center
Celebrate the life, work and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Town of Cary’s DREAMFEST 2018. Activities include screening of the award-winning “13th,” by Ava DuVernay, and getting your hands dirty at Good Hope Farm. Jan. 13-15. townofcary.org, search Dreamfest 2018.
Yoga! Baby goats! Both! Try BABY GOAT YOGA during the Open Barns event at Celebrity Dairy. Enjoy an all-levels yoga class, explore the farm, snuggle with baby animals, and take home some cheese. Feb. 10-11, 2 p.m. $20. 144 Celebrity Dairy Way, Siler City. facebook.com/ events/315380742275676/
BRIAN REAGIN , violinist with
the North Carolina Symphony, returns to the Friends of the Page-Walker Concert Series. Attendees will be treated to a classical repertoire on his Lorenzo and Tomasso Carcassi violin made in Florence, Italy in 1763. Feb. 18, 4 p.m. $16. 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. friendsofpagewalker.org
“I’ve always been more intrigued by good questions than easy answers,” says
The singer-songwriter, who has shared a stage with Alison Krauss and author Barbara Kingsolver, performs at The Clayton Center. Feb. 10, 8 p.m. $20. 111 E. Second St., Clayton. theclaytoncenter.com
Applause! Youth Theatre presents
“SCRAPS! THE RAGTIME GIRL OF OZ,” by V. Glasgow
Koste; a play inspired by L. Frank Baum. Feb. 23-25, 7:30 and 3 p.m. $10. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary. townofcary.org, search Cary Arts Center.
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• Friday, February 16, 2018 • Thursday, March 1, 2018 • Friday, March 9, 2018 • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
RESURRECTION LUTHERAN SCHOOL NOW Accepting Applications for 2018! (www.rlscary.org) • Thursday, January 11 - Kindergarten Shadow Day (1-2p.m.) • Monday, January 22 - Middle School Move Up Day (1-3p.m.) Daily tours by appointment and walk-ins welcome Tuesdays & Thursdays!
• Friday, January 5 - First Consideration Deadline for PK/K Applicants • February 1 - First Consideration Grades 1-12
PRIMROSE SCHOOLS Now Enrolling for Summer and Fall 2018!
WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Magnet Elementary School Mini Fair for Rising K Families • Thursday, January 4 • Tuesday, January 9 • Wednesday, January 17 Year Round Open House • Wednesday, January 10 (Elementary) • Thursday, January 11 (Middle School) Magnet/Year Round Application Period • January 10-31, 2018 (For details and locations please see www.wcpss.net)
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Registration begins on February 1, 2018 Open House Dates (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.): • Friday, January 19 • Friday, February 16 • Friday, March 16
ST. MARY MAGDALENE Open House • Thursday, January 4 (9:30-11:00am) PreSchool Open House after all Masses • Thursday, January 6 and Friday, January 7 Group Tours (grades 5-8) with the Principal (9:30-10:30am) • Wednesday, January 10 • Wednesday January 24 Group Tour (K-4) with the Assistant Principal (10-11am) • Tuesday, January 9 Other tours: email Klavon@stmm.net See our website: www.stmm.net 18
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Well, Cary Magazine readers…you’ve really outdone yourselves this time. By casting a record-
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RESTAURANTS WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE AND AMBER KEISTER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
“I don’t think you get up every day and go to work to win awards. You get
up every day and go to work to impress the next guest, because we’re only as good as our last dinner.”
- ROBERT ROYSTER, RUCKUS PIZZA, PASTA & SPIRITS
The Ruckus team Robert Royster, Ashley Royster, Amy Pilz and Sophia Pilz celebrate their six Maggy wins with a little ‘za. “It’s truly incredible for us to be involved in so many people’s lives,” says Robert.
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Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits STAR POWER>> The well-rounded Ruckus shines bright this year with six Maggy best-of wins for Pizzeria, Appetizers, Cocktails, Neighborhood Bar, Outdoor Dining, and Kid-Friendly — plus an HM for Best Date Night Restaurant! Winning words>> “I want people to leave with their expectations exceeded.” – Owner Robert Royster 5>> Ruckus locations — two in Cary and one each in Morrisville, Apex and Raleigh. 19>> Years of serving great pizza; the first Ruckus opened Feb. 21, 1999, in Raleigh’s Mission Valley Shopping Center. 10>> Homemade sauces, from Marsala to Á La Vodka. 18>> Sushi surprises, like the salmon-filled Lemonhead or tempura chicken What the Cluck. Ta, ta tomato>> Your expanded pizza options include the Southwestern with creamy Cholula base and Cajun créme fraiche, and the Sunny Side with eggs, bacon and barbecue ranch. ruckuspizza.com Noteworthy number>> Coming in behind Ruckus as Best Pizzeria are Salvio’s Pizzeria and Mellow Mushroom, at just ONE vote apart!
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BEST NEW RESTAURANT
STELLINO’S ITALIANO, CARY Ricci’s Trattoria Pizzeria Faulisi BEST APPETIZERS
RUCKUS PIZZA, PASTA & SPIRITS TIE: The Mason Jar Tavern, Rudy’s Pub & Grill TIE: Tazza Kitchen, Herons BEST COCKTAILS
RUCKUS PIZZA, PASTA & SPIRITS The Mason Jar Tavern Herons
La Farm produces 15 different styles of bread, and an additional 20 seasonal breads throughout the year.
LA FARM BAKERY, CARY Once in a Blue Moon Stick Boy Bread Company BEST BARBECUE
CITY BARBEQUE, CARY AND RALEIGH Danny’s Bar-B-Que Brew N Que BEST BREAKFAST
FAMOUS TOASTERY/ TOAST CAFÉ, CARY AND MORRISVILLE Brigs Restaurants First Watch
La Farm Bakery French bistro La Farm Bakery is on a roll. With nearly 20 years of whiteaproned success, and named to the Maggy list every year since the awards began in 2006, La Farm continues to shine with two new Cary locations — downtown and at Alston Town Center. La Farm’s diverse line of 35-plus
artisanal breads are baked with cold-stone milled organic flours, thanks to partnerships with North Carolina grain growers and millers, to provide customers with the best in nutritional value. lafarmbakery.com Feast on this>> Only 11 votes separate the HMs in this Best Bakery category, settling in with Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café and Stick Boy Bread Co.!
BEST BURGER & FRIES
BAD DADDY’S BURGER BAR, MORRISVILLE AND RALEIGH Abbey Road Tavern & Grill Five Guys BEST DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT
REY’S, RALEIGH Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits Herons
BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
Sassool Mediterranean Café Moving up from an HM in 2017 to plate the top spot in this popular category is Sassool, with locations in Cary and Raleigh. Still using the fresh-ingredient recipes of family matriarch Cecilia “Sassool” Saleh, the third-generation restaurant and bakery serves up authentic Lebanese dishes from
its gas-fired dome oven, baking whole wheat pita bread and specialty pies, including the triangle-shaped delight spinach fatayer, and Mediterranean sweets. Did you know? Sassool owner Mounir Saleh is among the founders of another family business, Neomonde. sassool.com
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“I’m piggybacking on this award, but next year it will be mine. We want to take what’s
good about the business and just froth it!”
-PAUL PETERSON, THE WAKE ZONE ESPRESSO
THE WINNERS THE MAGGY AWARDS BEST COFFEEHOUSE
THE WAKE ZONE ESPRESSO, APEX
WINNER BEST COFFEEHOUSE
Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery Brew Coffee Bar BEST SEAFOOD
DEAN’S KITCHEN+BAR, CARY Bonefish Grill The Full Moon Oyster Bar
The Wake Zone Espresso 3>> Voted Maggy winner for three straight years. NEW>> Owner Paul Peterson, who bought the biz from its creators, Mark and Linda Hollamon. “We want to take what’s good about the business, and just froth it!” Peterson says. 3>> Minutes from Wake Zone to Peterson’s house. “I was in there all the time, so I know the vibe and it fits my personality,” he says. 7>> Days per week you can get coffees now sourced from local roaster Dilworth Coffee, including Peterson’s personally-developed signature blend, over the counter or in the drive-through lane. Baristas staying put: Longtime staffers Megan Oliver, Heather Nethery and Laura McGrath.
REY’S, RALEIGH Ruth’s Chris Steak House Angus Barn BEST PIZZERIA
RUCKUS PIZZA, PASTA & SPIRITS Salvio’s Pizzeria Mellow Mushroom MOST KID-FRIENDLY
RUCKUS PIZZA, PASTA & SPIRITS Chick-fil-A Mellow Mushroom BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT
SUSHI-THAI, CARY Red Bowl Asian Bistro Eighty8 Asian Bistro BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
SASSOOL, CARY AND RALEIGH
Last drop>> The Wake Zone is here to serve.
Neomonde Taziki’s Mediterranean Café
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Lucky 7>> Just seven votes separate The Wake Zone from HM Crema Bakery & Espresso Bar!
DANIEL’S RESTAURANT & CATERING, APEX Lugano Ristorante Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria
Paul Peterson, center, depends on longtime Wake Zone staffers, from left, Laura McGrath, Heather Nethery and Megan Oliver.
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Jay and Jeremy Bond of Bond Brothers Beer Company.
BEST CRAFT BREWERY
Bond Brothers Beer Company
BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT
KABABISH CAFÉ, CARY Cilantro Indian Café Nazara Indian Bistro BEST MEXICAN/LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT
LOS TRES MAGUEYES Totopos Street Food & Tequila Gonza Tacos y Tequila
more than a dozen unique beers on tap and a robust barrel sour program. Passion is the key to their success, the beer bros say — and the “market research” is pretty great too. bondbrothersbeer.com
BEST DATE NIGHT SPOT & BEST STEAKHOUSE
BEST OUTDOOR DINING
This just-outside-Cary establishment keeps quality at the center of its menu year after year, thanks to the vision of owner Rey Arias. Judging from our readers’ doublewin response, it’s much appreciated! Whether you’re there for the corn-fed filet, or cozying up over cocktails with someone special in Rey’s Voodoo Lounge, the French Quarter vibe is warm and continental. reysrestaurant.com Steak secret>> Rey’s sizzled to its Best Steakhouse win by 19 votes over HM Ruth’s Chris.
RUCKUS PIZZA, PASTA & SPIRITS
BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT
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RUCKUS PIZZA, PASTA & SPIRITS Doherty’s Irish Pub Crosstown Pub & Grill
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen Tazza Kitchen BEST CRAFT BREWERY
BOND BROTHERS BEER COMPANY, CARY Fortnight Brewing Company Aviator Brewing Company
Downtown Cary’s dynamic duo has done it again! Twin brothers Jay and Jeremy Bond, a traveling musician and an actor/artist in previous lives, are stars of the brewing world for a second year as they draw beer lovers from all over, with
Sushi-Thai Regular, medium, hot or Thai hot? It’s your call at Sushi-Thai Cary, winner in this slot for the fifth time in Maggy Awards history, with HM mentions across the years. Offering up the best of both worlds when it comes to Thai and Japanese cuisine, including the “love boat” sushi
meal for four, the restaurant caters to both veteran and novice diners. Don’t know the difference between sashimi, maki and nigiri? No worries. Start with a California roll, full of familiar ingredients. And BTW, wasabi is simply Japanese horseradish. sushithaicary.com
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Dr. Brian Coan, CARE Plastic Surgery First-time Maggy winner Dr. Brian Coan is no stranger to the spotlight. Trained at M.I.T. and Duke University, he’s a surgeon, author, lecturer and clinical adjunct faculty at both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and his expertise is often sought by TV and other media. And now Coan’s in Cary — he and partner Dr. Michael Zenn moved their practice from Durham last summer to Western Wake, where Coan and his wife, Tica, are raising their two daughters. “We love being in Cary,” said Dr. Coen. “The office is right at the hub of Weston, literally the first commercial spot after the Arboretum; it’s spectacular.” Also spectacular is being voted Best Plastic Surgeon by Cary Magazine readers, after years of award-winning work in Durham. “Winning this award is affirmation that you have met or exceeded your patients’ desires,” Coan said. “It’s a representation of their gratitude. “We always aim to shine and rise above, and to be recognized for our services. We do it because we love it; we do it because we’re passionate about it. Every day, I know I’m successful when my patients are happy. That’s what I’m trying to accomplish.” careplasticsurgery.com
“We always aim to shine and rise above, and to be recognized for our services. We do it because we love it; we do it because we’re passionate about it. Every day, I know I’m successful when my patients are happy. That’s what I’m trying to accomplish.”
- DR. BRIAN COAN, CARE PLASTIC SURGERY BEST CHIROPRACTOR
DR. BLAKE LIVINGOOD, TRIANGLE HEALTH CENTER, CARY Dr. Todd Staker, Staker Chiropractic Center Dr. Donna King, Apex Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center BEST PLASTIC SURGEON
DR. BRIAN COAN, CARE PLASTIC SURGERY, CARY Dr. Donald Hanna, Cary Plastic Surgery Dr. Glenn Davis, Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery BEST INSURANCE AGENT
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DR. TODD BOVENIZER, BOVENIZER & BAKER ORTHODONTICS, CARY Dr. Kelly Ritter, Dr. Kelly Ritter Orthodontics Dr. Reid Brogden, Brogden Orthodontics Pictured are Dr. Brian Coan of CARE Plastic Surgery, and nurses Caitlin Allegrezza, left, and April Linch.
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DR. BOBBI STANLEY, STANLEY DENTISTRY, CARY Dr. Allan Acton, Cary Family Dental Dr. Timothy Barlow, Timothy S. Barlow DDS BEST EYE DOCTOR
Dr. Phil Vito, Holly Springs Eye Associates Dr. Kenneth Rousselo, Preston Optometry Center BEST DOCTOR
DR. MELANIE MINTZER, GENERATIONS FAMILY PRACTICE, CARY Dr. Justin Glodowski, Generations Family Practice Dr. Sameh Toma, North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
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Twisted Scizzors Salon & Spa Maggy voters, male and female, know that stylish hair is a must-have. That’s why it’s a big deal that readers have crowned Twisted Scizzors as their No.1 place to tress for success every years since 2013 in this hotly contested category. Owner and 2015 CM Mover & Shaker Amanda Kimball is also in demand outside the salon, as an instructor and mentor to peers and fellow professionals. Best of all, Amanda and her staff of talented styl-
BEST EYE DOCTOR AMIT KUMAR, Carolina Retina Institute
Seeing is believing, and ophthalmologist Dr. Amit Kumar is the one Maggy voters want when it comes to restoring and maintaining their crystal clear vision. A Cary doctor and resident, Kumar is a first-time Maggy winner this year for his work in treating eye concerns, from cataracts and macular degeneration to children’s retinal disorders. carolinaretinainstitute.com
ists go beyond the latest cuts and colors to maintain a pay-it-forward mentality, giving back to our community at every opportunity, from charity cut-a-thons to behind the scenes work at Cary Magazine photo shoots. “I love getting to know people in our community — their joys, struggles and truths,” Kimball says. “I find a beauty within everyone I meet.” twistedscizzorsonline.com
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George and Andia Xouris attribute their success to great ice cream and the friendly atmosphere of their shop. “We’ve met some amazing people, some amazing families, and really connected with them,” says Andia.
THE WINNERS “The community has embraced us. We’ve got so many
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Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream 2016>> Andia’s son, Alex, wrote to Cary Magazine to share the inside scoop on her small-batch, soon-to-befamous ice cream and sorbets. 2017>> Andia and her husband, George, both graduates of the Frozen Dessert Institute, opened their first retail location in Cary.
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The logo>> Based on the scoop inherited from George’s father, known as “Pappou.” Cold calls>> Andia’s caters for weddings, parties and corporate events.
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Yum>> Among the shop’s 21 rotating flavors are standouts like salted caramel, black raspberry and mocha macchiato. The buzz>> Andia’s French vanilla ice cream won second place at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association convention in November. Andia says>> “Ice cream makes everyone happy.” andiasicecream.com
Corrie Ismaili was on track to become an attorney, but Maggy voters are sure glad she changed direction. Cheery, trendy and true are among the goals of her popular shop, where home décor hangs out with unique gifts and fun accessories. Toss in onsite monogramming and ready-made gift baskets, and it’s no wonder readers flock to Ismaili’s latest finds. “I’ve put a lot of thought, effort and research into building the Halie’s Boutique brand and making it unique,” she says. haliesboutique.com CARY MAGAZINE 41
BEST GIFT STORE: Swagger Every Maggy honoree list in the history of the Maggy Awards has included at least one name: Swagger. Owner Mandy Becker has become a style go-to as the voice of Swagger, adding clothing and accessory lines to her popular gift boutique along the way, and expanding into a second location in fall 2017. Becker says she’s “wired” to go above and beyond in everything she does.
Her favorite accomplishments? “Thriving in an industry where more than half of businesses close within the first year, and that I employ wonderful women,” said the 2015 CM Mover & Shaker. “Also, that I’m able to support many charitable organizations and have created a business that continuously receives customer service and best-of awards, voted on by the public.” swaggergifts.com
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Call it a Southern thing, but Texas-born Samantha James believes hospitality is key to Pink Magnolia’s success. With two locations and enough happy customers to land yet another Best New Clothing Maggy, she’s probably right. Voted last year’s best new business, Pink Magnolia is only getting better as it offers grown-woman modern chic to customers who appreciate the somethingfor-everyone vibe. “Our stylists’ goal is to make sure every customer leaves feeling fantastic about her new outfit,” James says. “Our customers are the most amazing women. We build real relationships.” lovepinkmagnolia.com
Garden Supply Company Keith Ramsey grew up in his mom’s florist shop and sold plants from the trunk of her car. And when he planted the seed that would become Garden Supply Company, it was a simple three-man team. Just like its Cary hometown, this green-thumb business has grown. The home and garden powerhouse now boasts more than 40 friendly employees, and locals rely on them when it comes to their own gardening and landscaping needs. Plants — check out the handy online plant finder — landscaping services, home décor, gifts and even interior design: This is the Garden Supply of today. gardensupplyco.com
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Best Wine or Beer honors go to Triangle Wine this year, coming in a mere 20 votes ahead of HM Winestore.
One-vote wonders: Halie’s Boutique came in one vote behind Swagger in this year’s Maggys! And a single vote is all that kept The Perfect Piece from the top three Best Resale Shopping slots. Honor roll there is Dorcas Thrift Shop, followed by HMs Peterson’s Consigning Design and Adore Designer Resale Boutique.
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Southern Studio Interior Design Southern Studio has appeared on the Maggy list every year since 2012, and in 2017 the firm moved to a beautiful new home in downtown Cary, pictured at right. Founder Vicky Serany offers her expert advice on sprucing up your space: 1>> Banish clutter! “It’s the best thing you can do for your home.” 2>> Keep what you love. “Home should be a collection of treasures from a life well-lived. Pay attention to what inspires your life.” 3>> Pick your palette. “Keep large investment pieces neutral, with classic lines. Add trendy accessories and colors in lessexpensive pieces that can be easily changed.” 4>> Build visual interest by adding pattern and texture: Wood, metal, stone, glass, leather, fabric. Yes>> You can be creative! Serany’s formula? Define what drives you. Challenge yourself to add one new element to any project. Step away when you’re stuck, then come back with a fresh perspective. southernstudio.com
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Founder Vicky Serany, center, attributes Southern Studio’s longevity to hard work and a tight-knit team: clockwise from left, Julie Mayo, Crista Davis, Julia Ross, Kayla Cook and Ellen Wall. “We are such a collaborative group with great teamwork,” says Serany. “It’s the only way we can pull off our projects.”
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BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL
CARY HIGH SCHOOL Green Hope High School Apex Friendship High School Contributed photo
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St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School Cardinal Gibbons High School BEST ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY
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BEST PRESCHOOL: Primrose
Every year since 2010 — that’s the Primrose roll call when it comes to the Maggy Awards. With locally-owned locations across Western Wake, and a STEAM curriculum that combines preschool play with technology, life skills and the arts, kids and parents can love learning. primroseschools.com
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The number of votes between Best Public School HMs, Green Hope High and Apex Friendship!
PRIMROSE SCHOOLS Kiddie Academy Preschool for the Arts, Academy for the Performing Arts
Michael Regan, Mills Park Elementary School Raleigh Bame, Laurel Park Elementary School BEST MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
H. TRENT EVANS, REEDY CREEK MAGNET MIDDLE SCHOOL, CARY Rick Williams, Davis Drive Middle School Bob Smith, Mills Park Middle School
That’s the point spread — and the number of winners — in our Best High School Coach lineup! Final score is a tie between Adam Sanders of Apex Friendship and Brian Mil er of Holly Springs. One vote back is HM Jerry Dotson of Cary High, followed by another tied-up team, Jerry Winterton of Cary High and John Hayden of Apex High.
BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
WINSTON PIERCE, FARMINGTON WOODS MAGNET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CARY
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Cary High School Go Imps! Cary High can trace its history back to 1896, long before it was home to nearly 2,500 students under the leadership of Principal Nolan Bryant, with a graduation rate higher than the state average. No student at your house? You can support others by joining the PTSA, or linking Cary High to giveback programs through the likes of Harris Teeter and Shoparoo. wcpss.net/caryhs
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Cary Academy Is it the international exchange program for sophomores that leads readers to vote for Cary Academy? Or the studies in multimedia production? The multiple sports championships? Whatever it is, the school is two for two, landing the lead in this category since we launched it in the 2017 awards. caryacademy.org
that matter most. Here at 12 Oaks, you’ll find that there are a variety of activities from which to choose, many of which you’ll find completely new and different. For example, wine tastings. Zumba and cooking classes. Gardening club. Personal training sessions. And then there are those precious, unscheduled moments, like simply relaxing with friends, or a good book. Our advice to you? Be open to anything… and schedule a lifestyle by your design. These are the moments.
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The Umstead Hotel & Spa BEST HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
MATT WIGHT, APEX FRIENDSHIP HIGH SCHOOL Nolan Bryant, Cary High School Karen Summers, Green Hope High School BEST HIGH SCHOOL COACH
TIE: ADAM SANDERS, APEX FRIENDSHIP HIGH SCHOOL; BRIAN MILLER, HOLLY SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL Jerry Dotson, Cary High School TIE: Jerry Winterton, Cary High School; John Hayden, Apex High School
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Proof that escape isn’t measured in miles, Cary’s 5-star favorite is The Umstead Hotel & Spa with its wooded grounds, gardens and lakes, making annual cameos on Maggy lists since 2008. But locals aren’t the only ones who love The Umstead: Condé Nast Traveler recently named it among the best 50 hotels in the world, for service and style. theumstead.com Fab four>> The Mayton Inn in downtown Cary was just 19 votes away from landing in the top three for Best Hotel, behind notable HMs the Omni Grove Park Inn and Biltmore, both in Asheville. Stay tuned!
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LAZY DAZE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival BEST PLACE FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION
FRED G. BOND METRO PARK, CARY William B. Umstead State Park Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Prestonwood Country Club is the winner as Best Golf Course! After that, the scorecard gets tight between HMs MacGregor Downs Country Club and Lochmere Golf Club, with just seven strokes/votes between them. ON PAR
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WRAL Has there ever been a year that WRAL didn’t win the Maggy Awards? Yes, in 2014 — but only because we didn’t ask for votes in the Best TV Station category that year. wral.com
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YMCA You just can’t beat the Y. Named to the top slot every year since 2013, the Y organization has seen some big changes this year, including the opening of the Northwest Cary YMCA in October, and a name change for the original Cary location, to Taylor Family YMCA. ymcatriangle.org
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Cary Yoga Flow “If you can bend your knees, you can do yoga.” So says Colin Russell, owner of first-time Maggy winner Cary Flow Yoga, open since 2013. Russell has always been athletic, playing sports like lacrosse and basketball, but power flow yoga is what got him out of the gym. Practiced in a warm — not hot — room, power flow yoga builds strength, flexibility, stamina and balance. With yoga classes ranging from introductory to prop-based restorative to yin, taught by Russell and 15 contracted instructors, Maggy voters know each experience on the mat at Cary Flow Yoga is a step toward relaxation and an empowered life. Cary Flow Yoga also offers massage therapy and chiropractic care, and TRX Suspension Training, which leverages gravity and the user’s body weight for a non-stop workout. Russell received his certification as a personal trainer in 2002, and holds a master’s degree in sports management. He moved to the Triangle from Boston in 2010, and practices yoga every day. “It’s not always a physical practice,” he said. “Sometimes it’s just 20 minutes of meditation, a couple of down dogs and forward folds, and I feel better.” caryflowyoga.com
“People say all the time, ‘I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.’ That’s the biggest misconception. I say, if you can bend your knees, you can do yoga.” - COLIN RUSSELL, CARY YOGA FLOW
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A lifelong athlete, Colin Russell practices yoga daily and teaches 10 classes a week at Cary Flow Yoga.
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t an age when most people would be thinking of golf and grandchildren, Sheila Ogle is still going full throttle. Since she was first named a Cary Magazine Woman of Western Wake in 2005, Ogle has sold two businesses, started a third, helped launch a charitable foundation, and mentored many entrepreneurs. As recognition of these accomplishments and her impact on the Cary community, in October she was presented with the inaugural Women of Western Wake Lifetime Achievement Award. “So many people retire and they think, ‘I don’t have to work anymore,’” Ogle said. “Think of all the intellectual property that is in their head and the wonderful experiences that they’ve had. They could take that knowledge and that experience and share it with somebody. “I have little patience with people who don’t want to do anything.” continued on page 62
“When you think about preserving the past, and looking forward to the future, you’re getting it all,” says Sheila Ogle. “It would be awful if Academy Street was just like it was in 1987, when what we’ve got now is this beautiful park, a new library, wide sidewalks, and lights in the trees.”
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“You can’t stand still. It’s just like growing a business. If you have one client, you’re really happy because you’re making money. But how much better would it be if you see the opportunity to get two clients?” — Sheila Ogle
“For once in my life I’m speechless,” said Ogle upon receiving the Women of Western Wake Lifetime Achievement Award in October.
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This commitment to sharing expertise isn’t idle talk, say Ogle’s longtime friends Alisa Wright Colopy and Darelyn “DJ” Mitsch, both former Women of Western Wake themselves. “Many people hold their cards of their success to their chest, not sharing how they reached their goals or even sharing the lessons of their failures,” said Wright Colopy. Founder and president of the nonprofit Fit and Able Productions Inc., she has known Ogle for 20 years. “Sheila does both routinely, as she wants to help other people reach or surpass their goals,” she continued. “Her drive to make a difference in individuals’ lives has had a tremendous ripple effect on families, workplaces and the Cary community.” Mitsch, co-founder of corporate coaching firm Pyramid Resource Group, calls Ogle a “master connector,” meeting newcomers, hearing their ideas and making vital introductions. 62
“Sheila is the 800,000volt spotlight, shining a beacon of warmth and welcoming top-notch business and community leaders to an area ripe for growth and contribution,” she said. “She has been my mentor through my early career in advertising and then as an entrepreneur and CEO. She considers mentoring to be a gift that anyone who is successful has a duty to share,” said Mitsch, who was selling ads for a Winston-Salem radio station when she met Ogle in 1979. A vision for Cary
Ogle holds a 2005 issue of Cary Magazine, above, containing the article, right, describing why she was named a Woman of Western Wake.
Outside her wide circle of friends, Ogle is perhaps best known as the owner of the Queen Anne-style Guess-White-Ogle House on Academy Street, also known as the Pink House. A lifelong proponent of historical preservation, Ogle and her late
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about having an impact on our community, in part because I have followed her lead.” — DJ Mitsch Pyramid Resource Group husband, Carroll, bought the house in 1997 and restored it. “We have to preserve our past,” said Ogle. “Just think if the town had torn this house down. The way that it looked, when you see pictures, the house was awful.” According to Ed Gawf, the town’s first downtown manager, the building became one of the first major assets in Cary’s revived downtown. Another was the Matthews House, which the Ogles bought in 2001. They transformed the 1915 Greek-Revival-style building into a wedding and special event venue, which Ogle sold in December 2016. “Through the ’90s and early 2000s, not much was done downtown — a lot of talk and no action. The Matthews House and the effort in developing it as a reception and events facility was during that time,” said Gawf. “It was the most significant private investment downtown.” The Ogles had a vision that downtown Cary could be something special, he says. And by investing in the area and making it work, they helped attract other business ventures. “The early efforts of Sheila and Carroll in downtown Cary, during some not-sogood investment times laid a solid foundation for what we have now,” said Gawf.
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Kyle Greer, with the Cary Chamber of Commerce, agrees with Gawf ’s assessment, calling Ogle “the true pioneer in developing and redeveloping downtown Cary.” But the historic properties are only part of Ogle’s influence, Greer says. The office building on West Chatham Street, built by Ogle and her husband, was also key. “She located her company, Media Research Planning and Placement, in downtown Cary, and built one of the first new commercial buildings in downtown,” said Greer. “After she sold MRPP, she then worked to open Cary’s first co-working space, the Innovation Center, years before these types of spaces were common.” Ogle still manages the Cary Innovation Center, saying she enjoys seeing fellow entrepreneurs blossom. “The beauty of that business is to get a tenant in and see them leave,” she said. “Most of the time when I lose a tenant it’s because their business has grown exponentially, and they need more space.” Serving the community
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Along with her business interests, Ogle has made time for philanthropic causes in and around Cary. She was one of the founders of the Cary Community Foundation, and also helped start the Cary Women’s Giving Network, which brings women together to promote charitable giving. “We wanted to educate women that you don’t have to be rich to be philanthropic,” Ogle said. “Each of our members gives $600 a year, and it’s a three-year
commitment. In the past four years, we’ve given away more than $73,000 to nonprofits in the Cary community.” Her church, First Methodist Church in Cary, is also near to her heart. She jokes that since selling the Matthews House, she has a new job — working on the church building
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“We met at a local restaurant and were instantly attracted to each other.We shared a bottle of wine, never got around to dinner, and three hours later we were making plans for the next date.” — Thomas Gregory
In addition to living across the street from each other, Thomas Gregory and Alaina Elliott had lots of things in common. Both went back to school to earn a college degree, have adult children from previous marriages and value their Christian faith.
laina Elliott and Thomas Gregory spent a decade living across the street from each other — never meeting until professional matchmaker Kate FreimanFox introduced them. A year later, the couple are planning their wedding. “We met at a local restaurant and were instantly attracted to each other,” said Gregory. “We shared a bottle of wine, never got around to dinner, and three hours later, we were making plans for the next date.” Online dating has become almost conventional, with most of us knowing someone who has found a spouse or partner that way. But many like Elliott and Gregory, find the digital experience unsatisfying and inauthentic. Enter the personal matchmaker. Freiman-Fox, founder of Authentic Connections and a former clinical psychologist, offers services for adult singles at every age. If finding love is important to you, she says, then using a professional shouldn’t be out of the question. “A big myth is that only losers use a matchmaker, and that is not true,” she said. “Even Michael Jordan had a coach.” Freiman-Fox founded her matchmaking service after hearing horror stories from friends about the lies and exaggerations common in online dating.
“I will never tell a person I’ve got somebody for them — never. Nor will I tell a person that I don’t have anybody for them, because next week I’ll meet somebody who’s right for that person.They have to maintain hopefulness or it doesn’t work.” — Kate Freiman-Fox, Authentic Connections
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Building trust with her clients is vital to effective matchmaking, she says. Having compassion for individuals while maintaining hope for the future is one way of nurturing that trust. “I will never tell a person I’ve got somebody for them — never. Nor will I tell a person that I don’t have anybody for them, because next week I’ll meet somebody who’s right for that person,” said Freiman-Fox “They have to maintain hopefulness or it doesn’t work.”
She also advises clients to approach each date as an opportunity for growth. “I can’t think of hardly anybody you can’t spend an hour with,” said Freiman-Fox. “Even if you decide otherwise, you can still practice your social skills through that dinner.” Although friends introduced FreimanFox to the man who is now her husband, her journey to love helps her understand her clients. In the late '90s she was 37, dicontinued on page 72 CARY MAGAZINE 71
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ONLINE & AFTER BE REAL: Online dating is a great tool to meet people, but get out of the virtual world as quickly as possible. TELL YOUR STORY: Create an inviting profile that shows your personality; nix the list of demands. BE OPEN-MINDED: “One woman was so particular, I told her ‘You’ve got to expand your criteria,’ and she did. She’s married now.” HAVE FUN: “Some people go into a first date like a job interview. It’s got to be more light-hearted and fun. The box in which you think your honeybunny is going to fit needs to go out the window.” BE PRESENT: Show interest in your date and be an active listener. “If you don’t ask questions, it implies that you’re not interested.” — Kate Freiman-Fox
Pick a public place for your first date, says Angela Kelley, founder of A+ Introductions. “Not only do you not want anything inappropriate to happen, you don’t want to be accused of doing anything inappropriate.”
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vorced, yet determined to have a family. This was so important she turned her search into a nearly full-time job and joined a Raleigh dating service. “I did meet some awesome guys, but it was a lot of work on my part,” said FreimanFox. “Nowadays you just go online, but no one has met those people. At the dating service, someone had met the people who had become part of the system.” Success isn’t measured in matches alone, she says. Marriages and engagements are obvious goals, but personal breakthroughs, self-discovery and jumpstarts into dating are successes too. “If I work myself out of a job, I feel like I’ve been successful,” she said. Like Freiman-Fox, Angela Kelley founded A+ Introductions as a respectful and dignified alternative to online dating. “We live in a society now where everyone is in that cafeteria mentality, and you can thank online dating for that. People want to be able to say, ‘Oh, I like this. I like that,’ cafeteria-style," said Kelley, an Apexbased clinical researcher. “Unfortunately, doing it that way — all that swiping left and right — they’re only looking at a snapshot of that person. They’re
not given a complete understanding of who that person is, and that’s important.” Getting to know her clients is an enjoyable process for Kelley, who says you have to like people to create successful matches. Meeting with clients face to face and developing a rapport over time helps Kelley convey to her clients why she considers a particular member a good match for them. “I’m not a big corporation; I don’t have a lot of people to answer to, aside from my clients,” said Kelley. She serves a niche clientele — single professionals who are 35 years and older, residing in the Triangle, and are actively seeking a romantic relationship. Her clients submit to background checks and are contractually obligated to update their relationship status when they are no longer single. For effective matchmaking, Kelley assesses three components: an individual’s value system, personality type and personal preferences. She also actively listens to feedback so she understands her client as completely as possible. “There are seven billion people on the planet, and the right person is going to be there,” she says. “You just have to be patient and strategic.” t
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bia, Corbett and Julie Monica see community. Owners of Raleigh’s long-standing Italian trattoria Bella Monica Cucina & Vino, the Monicas opened their second eatery, Stellino’s Italiano, in May at Parkside Town Commons, putting their local footprint down amid big-box stores, boutiques and chain restaurants. “A lot of my peers are opening restaurants downtown, but we’re suburban parents, and I just didn’t see myself in that mix,” said Corbett, head chef at the two establishments. “It made sense to look into shopping centers like this and try to go to the root of being a business of and for the neighborhood.” The community response has been resoundingly positive, capped off with Stellino’s winning Cary Magazine’s Maggy Award for Best New Restaurant less than six months after opening. “It’s an honor to be appreciated and to have the opportunity to feed people — to feed their bellies and to feed their soul,” said Corbett. He grew up eating and working in his Nana’s New Jersey restaurant where she cooked traditional Neapolitan continued on page 79
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This page: Traditional bruschetta gets a modern twist with toppings like cannellini beans, sundried tomatoes and blue crab. Opposite page: Ages 1 to 100 love the thin crust, Neopolitan-style pizzas covered in San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. Stellinoâ€™s bar offers local beer and spirits, plus wine and prosecco on tap. 78
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dishes from her family’s heritage in Italy. This early passion for food continued with a career in restaurants, culminating with the opening of Bella Monica in 2000. “It afforded me a good perspective of both sides of the cooking line — what goes on in the kitchen as well as what goes on in the dining room,” Corbett said. “We want the service to be our differentiator. We focus on being hospitable and treating people like family.” Family pervades all aspects of Stellino’s, starting with the menu of traditional Italian favorites like meat lasagna and baked ziti inspired by Corbett’s Nana’s original recipes. “I don’t have many ingredients. Simple makes more sense,” said Corbett. “But I do like large and in-charge flavors.” Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Bolognese and Mom’s Meatballs & Gravy are hearty and comforting dishes that have been perfected as they’ve passed through generations of family cooking. Thin-crust pizzas stand out with fresh, unique combinations of toppings, such as
clams and pancetta, and anchovies and capers. The pizza dough is made with imported Italian flour and fermented for 48 hours, creating a light and crispy final product. “A lot of ideas come from outside experiences. Lately I’ve been trying to emulate the food that we have experienced in Italy in our travels,” said Corbett, who balances the menu’s classic staples with modern dishes and flavor pairings. Bruschetta is a time-tested appetizer, but don’t expect only fresh tomato and garlic on a crostini. Cannellini beans with pecorino Romano, sundried tomato with walnut, and blue crab with garlic bruschetta showcase unique flavors in familiar ways. Likewise, pesto made with peppery arugula, instead of the usual basil, dresses a shrimp and fusilli pasta entree that highlights current and classic Italian flavors. In the same way the menu combines modern and traditional elements, the restaurant’s interior fuses new and old. “I wanted to make it a bit of yin and yang,” said Corbett.
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make sure that every person who walks in “We’ve done homage to our Italian gets a big hello or a hug. We like to greet roots, but at the same time brought the mod- people from the neighborhood by name.” It wouldn’t be a family business if Corern twist in too.” A full bar features a plethora of local bett and Julie’s 13-year-old daughter, Estella, spirits and beers, enhancing the community didn’t have a role as well. A practiced baker, she is behind the Chocolate feel in the restaurant. Amore flourless choco“So many entre“We’ve done homage late cake that is served at preneurs are putting to our Italian roots, Stellino’s, and she can ofout awesome stuff. but at the same time ten be seen in the dining Everybody’s trying to room doing homework hit home runs, and brought the modern or helping out. they are. It makes twist in too.” The Monicas strive our community awe– Corbett Monica, to create a dining exsome,” he said. chef & owner perience that inspires Wine and procustomers to come back secco are available on tap, an up-and-coming industry shift that time and again to their neighborhood eatery. “Our goal is for somebody to come in, Corbett says makes sense for product quality leave their outside world behind and just enand economics. Julie Monica, Corbett’s wife of 20 years, joy being at the table,” said Corbett. oversees the front of house operations and 1150 Parkside Main St., Cary training of the staff at both locations. Parkside Town Commons “I really want the feeling of Bella Mon(919) 694-5761 ica to be brought here,” she said. “I want to continued from page 79
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Samreen Nawaz and her husband Syed Yousuf opened Kababish Café in 2015 and have built a strong fan base in the community, winning the Maggy Award for Best Indian Restaurant in 2018 and an honorable mention in the same category in 2017. The two are natives of Pakistan, by way of New York and Maryland, and their restaurant menu of “kababs and more” reflects those cosmopolitan tastes.
py for it. When they come through the door and look through the menu, I want them to see that it’s more than Indian — it’s IndianPakistani-Mediterranean cuisine! Winning the Maggy Award, we are honored, humbled and grateful. I appreciate all my customers who walk in through the door. We are grateful they have chosen us.
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Y: Haleem — this is my favorite, I enjoy it every time I can eat it. I never get bored with it. And chicken biryani and chicken bihari kabab. Those three things. N: He took my dish. Haleem has been my favorite dish since I was a kid. It’s a thick, hearty soup with shredded chicken and lentils. It’s my favorite dish, so we’re going to have it on the menu!
N: We went on the Internet, and typed in, “What are the best places to live in the United States?” and it came up — Cary, N.C. — voted by Forbes, Fortune and Money magazines. We came, looked at it, bought the house and here we are after 11 years.
What makes Kababish stand out? N: On our logo it says, “Happy, healthy eating.” We want you to be happy, but also to be healthy … People recognize that if there’s an allergy or dietary restriction, they can come to Kababish. We can take care of you. If you look at our menu, we have a full selection of vegetarian dishes with okra, eggplant, spinach, lentils and chickpeas — all fresh, not frozen.
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Dining Guide A SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS, BAKERIES, BISTROS AND CAFÉS IN CARY, APEX,
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CARY Abbey Road Tavern & Grill “Great food … outstanding live music.” 1195 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 481-4434; abbeyroadnc.com Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream “Premium quality ice cream and sorbet.” 10120 Green Level Church Road #208, Cary; (919) 901-8560; andiasicecream.com Banana Leaf “Modern interpretation of classic dishes.” 1026 Ryan Road, Cary; (919) 468-9958; bananaleafcary.com
Academy Street Bistro “A fresh take on Italian-American cuisine in the heart of Cary.” 200 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 377-0509; academystreetbistro.com Bellini Fine Italian Cuisine “Everything is made fresh from scratch in our kitchen.” 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 119, Cary; (919) 552-0303; bellinifineitaliancuisinecary.com
Ashworth Drugs “Quintessential place for freshsqueezed lemonade, old-fashioned milkshakes and hot dogs.” 105 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 467-1877; ashworthdrugs.com
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Big Mike’s Brew N Que “Beers on tap to compliment locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ.” 1222 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 799-2023; brewnquenc.com Bonefish Grill “Fresh is our signature.” 2060 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-1347; bonefishgrill.com
Crosstown Pub & Grill “A straightforward menu covers all the bases.” 140 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 650-2853; crosstowndowntown.com Bosphorus Restaurant “Traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.” 329-A N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 460-1300; bosphorus-nc.com Bravo’s Mexican Grill “Extensive menu raises the ante considerably above the typical Tex-Mex.” 208 Grande Heights Drive, Cary (919) 481-3811; bravosmexicangrill.net Brewster’s Pub “Open late, serving a full food and drink menu.” 1885 Lake Pine Drive, Cary (919) 650-1270; brewsterspubcary.com
Dining Guide Brig’s “Breakfast creations, cool salads and hot sandwich platters.” 1225 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 481-9300; 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 604, Cary; (919) 859-2151; brigs.com Chanticleer Café & Bakery “Family owned restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and specialty coffees.” 6490 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 781-4810; chanticleercafe.com Chef’s Palette “Creative flair and originality in every aspect of our service.” 3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary; (919) 267-6011; chefspalette.net Chocolate Smiles “We specialize in handmade chocolates, crafted in small batches.” 312 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 469-5282; chocolatesmilesshop.com CinéBistro “Ultimate dinner and a movie experience.” 525 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 987-3500; cinebistro.com/waverly
The Butcher’s Market “Selling quality steaks and meat with unmatched hospitality.” 1225 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 465-3082; thebutchersmarkets.com Coffee & Crepes “Freshly prepared sweet and savory crepes.” 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary; (919) 233-0288; coffeeandcrepes.com
Deans Kitchen + Bar “Creative comfort eats.” 1080 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 459-5875; deanskitchenandbar.com Craft Public House “Casual family restaurant.” 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 601, Cary; (919) 851-9173; craftpublichouse.com
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Dining Guide Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” 1979 High House Road, Cary; (919) 388-9930; dohertysirishpubnc.com Eighty8 Asian Bistro “An exotic twist on Asian cuisine.” 1077 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 377-0152; eighty8bistro.com Enrigo Italian Bistro “Fresh food made from pure ingredients.” 575 New Waverly, Suite 106, Cary; (919) 854-7731; dineenrigo.com
Duck Donuts “Warm, delicious and just the way you like them.” 100 Wrenn Drive #10, Cary; (919) 468-8722; duckdonuts.com/location/cary-nc Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery “Family owned and operated.” 1983 High House Road, Cary; (919) 380-1840; cremacoffeebakery.com
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Famous Toastery (Toast Café) “Where every server is your server.” 316 Colonades Way #201-C, Cary; (919) 655-1971; famoustoastery.com
Danny’s Bar-B-Que “All slow-cooked on an open pit with hickory wood.” 311 Ashville Ave. G, Cary; (919) 851-5541; dannysbarbque.com
Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1121 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 380-0450; fiveguys.com Fresca Café & Gelato “French-styled crepes … gelato made with ingredients directly from Italy.” 302 Colonades Way #109, Cary; (919) 581-8171; frescacafe.com German Grille “Serving Old World German food favorites.” 243 Grande Heights Drive, Cary (919) 377-8113; germangrille.com
Dining Guide Herons “The signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.” 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary; (919) 447-4200; theumstead.com/dining/restaurants-raleigh-nc Hot Point Deli “Highest-quality cuisine at extremely reasonable prices.” 1718 Walnut St., Cary; (919) 460-6299; hotpointcary.com
Five Guys Burgers & Fries “Fresh ingredients, hand-prepared.” Visit fiveguys.com for area locations.
Goodberry’s Frozen Custard 1146 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 467-2386 2325 Davis Drive, Cary; (919) 469-3350; goodberrys.com
Gonza Tacos y Tequila “Award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine.” 525-105 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 653-7310; cary.gonzatacosytequila.com Great Harvest Bread Co. “Real food that tastes great.” 1220 NW Maynard Road, Cary (919) 460-8158; greatharvestcary.com
Jimmy V’s Steakhouse & Tavern “Certified Angus Beef … fresh seafood, Italian specialties, homemade desserts.” 107 Edinburgh South, Suite 131, Cary; (919) 380-8210; jimmyvssteakhouse.com Kababish Café “A celebration of deliciousness and creativity.” 201 W. Chatham St., Suite 103, Cary; (919) 377-8794; kababishcafe.com La Farm Bakery “Handcrafted daily … only the freshest ingredients.” 4248 NW Cary Parkway, Cary; 220 W. Chatham St., Cary; 5055 Arco Street, Cary; (919) 657-0657; lafarmbakery.com
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Dining Guide Lucky Chicken “All of our beautiful Peru, with every dish.” 1851 N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 338-4325; luckychickennc.net Marco Pollo “Peruvian rotisserie chicken.” 1871 Lake Pine Drive, Cary; (919) 694-5524; marcopollocary.com Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar “Global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.” 8314 Chapel Hill Road, Cary; (919) 465-2455; maximilliansgrill.com
La Farm Bakery “Handcrafted daily … only the freshest ingredients.” Visit lafarmbakery.com for area locations.
Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 110 SW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 460-8757; lostresmagueyes.com
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Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Creative comfort eats. A place to wind down and savor life, family and friends. That’s what Dean’s Kitchen+Bar is all about.
Lugano Ristorante “Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.” 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 468-7229; luganocary.com Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen “Exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes.” 7307 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 233-1632; lucky32.com/cary
Oiso Sushi & Korean “Fresh ingredients along with incredible flavors.” 1305 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 655-5133; oisosushi.com Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café “The fast track to sweet tooth satisfaction.” 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 319-6554; bluemoonbakery.com Paisan’s Italian Ristorante “Authentic Italian food with a warm and inviting atmosphere.” 1275 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 388-3033; caryitalian.com
Dining Guide Rally Point Sport Grill “Lunch and dinner food in a pub atmosphere.” 837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 678-1088; rallypointsportgrill.com Red Bowl Asian Bistro “Each distinctive dish is handcrafted.” 2020 Boulderstone Way, Cary; (919) 388-9977; redbowlcary.com
Mellow Mushroom “Beer, calzones and creative stonebaked pizzas.” 4300 NW Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 463-7779 mellowmushroom.com Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro “Life should be delicious.” 1353 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 388-8001; patrick-janes.com
Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” Visit ruckuspizza.com for area locations. Pizzeria Faulisi “Simple foods from a simple way of cooking: a wood-burning oven.” 215 E. Chatham St., Suite 101, Cary; pizzeriafaulisi.com
Ricci’s Trattoria “Keeping true to tradition.” 10110 Green Level Church Road, Cary; (919) 380-8410; riccistrattoria.com Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 8111-208 Tryon Woods Drive, Cary; (919) 851-3999; 2025 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-3999; ruckuspizza.com Ruth’s Chris Steak House “Cooked to perfection.” 2010 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-0033; ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/cary
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Dining Guide Stellino’s Italiano “Traditional Italian favorites with a modern twist.” 1150 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 694-5761; stellinositaliano.com Sugar Buzz Bakery “Custom cakes … and more.” 1231 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 238-7224; sugarbuzzbakery.com Taipei 101 “Chinese and Taiwanese. Serves lunch and dinner.” 121 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 388-5885; facebook.com/carytaipei101
Salvio’s Pizzeria “Family owned and operated since 2005.” 2428 SW Cary Parkway, Cary; 919-467-4600; salviospizza.com Serendipity Gourmet Deli “Discovering the unusual, valuable or pleasantly surprising.” 118 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 469-1655; serendipitygourmetdelinc.com
Sassool “Serving authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine.” 1347 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 300-5586; sassool.com Spirits Pub & Grub “Wide variety of menu items, all prepared in a scratch kitchen.” 701 E. Chatham St., Cary (919) 462-7001; spiritscary.com
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Tangerine Café “From Thai to Vietnamese to Korean to Indonesian.” 2422 SW Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 468-8688; tangerinecafecary.com Tazza Kitchen “Wood-fired cooking and craft beverages.” 600 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 651-8281; tazzakitchen.com/location/stonecreekvillage Thai Spices & Sushi “Freshest, most-authentic Thai cuisine and sushi.” 986 High House Road, Cary; (919) 319-1818; thaispicesandsushi.com
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Dining Guide Totopos Street Food & Tequila “A walk through … Mexico City.” 1388 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 678-3449; totoposfoodandtequila.com/cary Tribeca Tavern “Handcrafted burgers. Homegrown beer.” 500 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 465-3055; facebook.com/TribecaTavern
Sushi-Thai “Fresh sushi and Japanese cuisine alongside Thai favorites.” 106 Kilmayne Drive, Cary; (919) 467-5747; sushithaicary.com
Yuri Japanese Restaurant “For sushi fans and connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine.” 1361 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 481-0068; yurijapaneserestaurant.com
The Big Easy Oven & Tap “Modern, Southern kitchen with New Orleans roots.” 231 Grande Heights Drive, Cary; (919) 468-6007; thebigeasyovenandtap.com
The Original N.Y. Pizza “Consistent every visit.” 831 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 677-8484 2763 N.C. 55, Cary; (919) 363-1007 6458 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 852-2242 theoriginalnypizza.com
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Udupi Café “Authentic south Indian vegetarian cuisine.” 590 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 465-0898; sriudupicafe.com The Urban Turban “A fusion of flavors.” 2757 N.C. 55, Cary; (919) 367-0888; urbanturbanbistro.com Verandah “Southern casual environment in a modern, boutique hotel.” 301 A. Academy St., Cary; (919) 670-5000; verandahcary.com West Park Tavern “Great service, flavorful food.” 2734 N.C. 55, Cary; (919) 303-9300; westparktavern.com
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Dining Guide Belgian Café “From Brussels to Apex.” 1232 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 372-5128; belgian-cafe.com Big Mike’s Brew N Que “Beers on tap to compliment locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ.” 2045 Creekside Landing Drive, Apex; (919) 338-2591; brewnquenc.com Buttercream’s Bake Shop “Wholesome, scratch-baked.” 101 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 362-8408; buttercreamsbakeshop.com
Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering “Pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas and scratch-made desserts.” 1430 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-1006; danielsapex.com
APEX Abbey Road Tavern & Grill 1700 Center St., Apex; (919) 372-5383; abbeyroadnc.com
Donovan’s Dish “Chef-prepared meals to go.” 800 W. Williams St., Suite 112, Apex; (919) 651-8309; donovansdish.com Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food.” 100 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 2676237; annaspizzeria.com
Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts “Sourcing the highest-quality, locally roasted coffee.” 219 N. Salem St., Suite 101, Apex; (919) 387-0873; commongroundsapex.com Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex; (919) 387-4100; dohertysirishpubnc.com Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1075 Pine Plaza Drive, Apex; (919) 616-0011; fiveguys.com
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Dining Guide Peak City Grill & Bar “Chef-crafted food in a … restored turn-of-thecentury hardware store.” 126 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 303-8001; thepeakcitygrill.com
The Blistered Pig Smokehouse “Committed to all natural and sustainable meats.” 225 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 446-3366; blisteredpig.com
Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 1055 Pine Plaza Drive, Apex; (919) 446-6333; ruckuspizza.com
The Provincial “Fresh. Simple.” 119 Salem St., Apex; (919) 372-5921; theprovincialapex.com
Jus’ Enuff Home Cooking “Homemade everything.” 736 N Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 567-0587; facebook.com/JusEnuffHomeCookin
The Wake Zone Espresso “Your special home away from home.” 6108 Old Jenks Road, Apex; (919) 267-4622; thewakezone.com
Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 401 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 552-3957; lostresmagueyes.com
Rudy’s Pub & Grill “Comfortable and familiar, just like home.” 780 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-5061; rudysofapex.com Salem Street Pub “Friendly faces and extensive menu.” 113 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 387-9992; salemstreetpub.com
FUQUAY-VARINA Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food.” 138 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 285-2497; annaspizzeria.com
Skipper’s Fish Fry “Homemade from our own special recipes.” 1001 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-2400; skippersfish.com Sweet Cheeks Bakery “Only the finest and freshest ingredients.” 803 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-9305; sweetcheeksbakerync.com
Aviator SmokeHouse BBQ Restaurant “All of our food is made in house.” 525 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-7675; aviatorbrew.com Cooley’s Restaurant 711 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 552-0543; facebook.com/CooleysRestaurant
CupCakeBite “Delicious sweet treats.” 512 Broad St., FuquayVarina; (919) 557-4300; cupcakebite.com
Rock Harbor Grill “An extensive menu of fresh dishes for lunch and dinner.” 132 S. Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina; (984) 225-2256; rockharborgrillfuquay.com Stick Boy Bread Co. “Handcrafted baked goods from scratch … all natural ingredients.” 127 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-2237; stickboyfuquay.com The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 305 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-5555; themasonjartavern.com
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Dining Guide Wingin’ It Bar and Grille “Serves lunch, dinner and drinks.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 109, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-0962; facebook.com/winginitbarandgrille
HOLLY SPRINGS Happy Holly’s “Ice cream, milkshakes and shaved ice.” 527 N. Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 552-0637; happyhollys.com Los Tres Magueyes 120 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs; (919) 552-6272; lostresmagueyes.com Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream “A unique spin on a timeless dessert.” 304 N. Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 762-7808; mamabirdsicecream.com My Way Tavern “Freshly made all-American foods.” 301 W. Center St., Holly Springs; (919) 285-2412; mywaytavern.com Rise Biscuits & Donuts 169 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs; (919) 586-7343; risebiscuitsdonuts.com
Thai Thai Cuisine “Fresh authentic Thai food.” 108 Osterville Drive, Holly Springs; (919) 303-5700; thaithaicuisinenc.com
The Brunch Box “Comfort foods with a twist.” 10970 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 120, Morrisville; (919) 380-7276; thebrunchbox.net
The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 114 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs; (919) 964-5060; themasonjartavern.com
Capital City Chop House “Perfect place for a business lunch or dinner or a quick bite before catching a flight.” 151 Airgate Drive, Morrisville; (919) 484-7721; chophousesofnc.com
The Original N.Y. Pizza 634 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs (919) 567-0505; theoriginalnypizza.com
The Full Moon Oyster Bar & Seafood Kitchen “Homemade recipes handed down over the years.” 1600 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 378-9524; fullmoonoysterbar.com
MORRISVILLE Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken “Unforgettable rotisserie chicken.” 9575 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 378-9259; alpacachicken.com
Georgina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant “Mouthwatering homemade Italian dishes.” 3536 Davis Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3820; georginaspizzeriaandrestaurant.com
Babymoon Café “Pizzas, pastas, seafood, veal, steaks, sandwiches and gourmet salads.” 100 Jerusalem Drive, Suite 106, Morrisville; (919) 465 9006; babymooncafe.com
Los Tres Magueyes 9605 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 481-9002; lostresmagueyes.com
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Dining Guide Peppers Market and Sandwich Shop “Local baked breads, fresh in-house roasted meats.” 2107 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville (919) 380-7002; peppersmrkt.com Rise Biscuits & Donuts “Old school, new school, and specialty donuts.” 1100 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 377-0385; risebiscuitsdonuts.com Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits 1101 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3500; ruckuspizza.com
Rey’s “Fine dining with a French quarter flair.” 1130 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh (919) 380-0122; reysrestaurant.com
Neomonde “A wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary Mediterranean menu items.” 10235 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 466-8100; neomonde.com
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge “Gourmet Indian dining experience.” 4121 Davis Drive, Morrisville; (919) 469-5774; saffronnc.com Smokey’s BBQ Shack “Meats are dry rubbed with love and slow smoked with hickory wood.” 10800 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 469-1724; smokeysshack.com Taste Vietnamese “Prepared with passion and perfected through generations.” 152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville; (919) 234-6385; tastevietnamese.com
Tra’Ii Irish Pub & Restaurant “An authentic and satisfying taste of Irish country cooking.” 3107 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville; (919) 651-9083; traliirishpub.com Village Deli & Grill “Wholesome homemade foods.” 909 Aviation Parkway #100, Morrisville; (919) 462-6191; villagedeli.net
RALEIGH Angus Barn “World-renowned for its service.” 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; (919) 781-2444; angusbarn.com Barry’s Café “A restaurant that honors firefighters.” 2851 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh; (919) 859-3555; barryscafe.com The Pit “Authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue.” 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh; (919) 890-4500; thepit-raleigh.com
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Cary Magazine readers know good work when they see it, voting three proven organizations as Best Nonprofits this year, each of them impacting those in need. Read on to learn how you can be part of these award-winning efforts! Maggy Award Winner: Dorcas Ministries
Happy birthday to Dorcas Ministries, this year celebrating 50 years of changing lives through programs that provide a justin-time boost for families in need. “Our work is not just about helping clients through their immediate crisis, but moving them in self-sufficiency and stabil-
ity,” said Executive Director Howard Manning. “This not only addresses their needs, but improves the quality of life for our entire community.” The success of Dorcas is evident in the numbers: Now in its seventh Cary location, each one larger than the last, in 2016 Dorcas touched more than 20,000 client lives with its work. You can help: “Shop in the Dorcas Thrift Shop!” Manning said. “Sign up to volunteer. Donate your gently-loved items to the Dorcas Thrift Shop. Donate food to our food pantry, or contribute financially to the work of Dorcas Ministries.” continued on page 100
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Budgeting, parenting, goal-setting and more — The Carying Place empowers homeless, working families with the life skills they need to achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
DORCAS MINISTRIES dorcas-cary.org Founded: 1968; Dorcas Thrift Shop in 1972 Service area: Cary and Morrisville Outreach: Financial and educational assistance; food pantry; childcare; job training
“We work with the entire family, and the goal is to stop the cycle of homelessness,” said Executive Director Leslie Covington. “The goal is that children we house will become adults who avoid homelessness, because of their experience and the skills learned by the entire family while in our program.” The Carying Place needs volunteers to work one-on-one with families as support partners. The nonprofit could also use skilled workers to help maintain its houses. “Volunteer with us,” Covington said. “Invite us to your small groups, religious services, or meetings of businesses and civic organizations, to share our mission and vision to reduce homelessness for working families and their children.” HM: V Foundation for Cancer Research
Dollar by donated dollar, the V Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in cancer research grants nationwide since its inception. Your dollars can help. “We drive the momentum behind extraordinary research and new discoveries being made to save more lives every day,” said Sher-
“We drive the momentum behind extraordinary research and new discoveries being made to save more lives every day.” — Sherrie Mazur, V Foundation rie Mazur, vice president of communications. “We fund cancer research nationwide, across cancer types. And we consistently fund the very best researchers at prominent National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers.” The work focuses on prevention, clinical trials, immunotherapy, pathways and big data, funding the work of young researchers dubbed V Scholars, and lab-toclinic translational research. Be part of it by signing up for May’s Victory Ride to Cure Cancer at thevictoryride.org. “It’s a great opportunity to ride, create teams, volunteer or donate!” Mazur said. t
Generates: 75-80 percent of its own revenue
THE CARYING PLACE thecaryingplace.org Founded: 1993; incorporated as a nonprofit in 1998 Service area: Wake County Outreach: Life-skills training; transitional housing
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Founded: 1993; by basketball coach Jim Valvano Outreach: Raises funds for cancer research
Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation, says the nonprofit relies on friends and supporters in the Triangle to continue the legacy of founder Jim Valvano, former NC State basketball coach.
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This Polly Is a Cracker “Unusual,” “strange,” “Martian,” “plastic” — these are the comments typically made about an eye-catching, striking houseplant that goes by the name of ‘Polly,’ with no reference to a parrot intended. ‘Polly’ is a tropical alocasia that found its attractive way into American homes starting back the 1950s. And just how pretty is ‘Polly?’ Well, she is quite a visual cracker with long, arrowhead-shaped leaves so shiny they look like wax. Running through these indented, deep-emerald leaves are large, bright veins that strike like lime-green lightning bolts. That’s crackin’. Although ‘Polly’ is an alocasia, it refuses to stick to the script. Alocasias, along with colocasias, are often interchangeably called “elephant ears” in reference, of course, to their leaf shape and large size. However, ‘Polly’ rarely reaches above 2 feet tall, making it an ideal, tame houseplant for many indoor settings. A good location for ‘Polly’ is a room brightly washed in natural light. Just be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight — the harsh rays could singe the foliage. Avoid spots close to vents as well because the dry air can also scrunch up the leaves. Being from the tropics, this alocasia likes medium to high humidity. In the controlled environment of a house, such a requirement can be partially met by setting the pot on top of a pebble tray that is watered often. Misting the leaves occasionally will also help, but use either rain or distilled water because some chemicals in treated city water can cause spotting on the leaves. In the winter, ‘Polly’ will sense the shorter days and rest, so hold back on fertilizer and only water when the upper half-inch of pot soil is dry to the touch. This plant might even go dormant, losing its leaves and sending owners into a panic as to why they killed it. Have patience; wait until late winter to put ‘Polly’ back on a regular watering schedule with diluted fertilizer added at least once a month, and watch new leaves emerge to greet the young spring. ‘Polly’ can be given a vacation outdoors starting in the late spring and continuing until the end of summer. Just remember to 104
Dramatic leaf shape and coloration make the compact alocasia ‘Polly’ a striking tropical accent for indoor spaces. When the weather warms, the exotic plant can sojourn outside in a shady spot.
set it in a shady spot away from the scorch of the sun and water it more often than you would indoors. Whether inside or outdoors for the seasons, site this alocasia carefully because it can be poisonous to both people and pets. And as exotic as ‘Polly’ looks, you would think it would be hard to find. Not the case with this cutie — I have spotted it often in the houseplant sections of big box stores all over Cary, and it is a popular pretty with many online retailers. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It is certainly not too early to begin buying annual seeds from garden catalogs and online sites, because new and in-demand selections can sell out quick! Don’t let chilly temperatures prevent the garden from giving your nose a coldweather thrill. Add such special plants as sweetbox, winter hazel, wintersweet, winter honeysuckle and winter daphne that will perfume January and February’s landscape with their hardy, fragrant flowers. Water gardens can freeze over during extended periods of extreme cold. Keeping the pond’s water pump going will help prevent total surface icing, as will adding a few floating rubber balls or small scraps of untreated commercial lumber.
When picking out vegetable and ornamental plants for this year’s garden, consider not only disease- and insect-resistant varieties but also drought-tolerant selections.
Notice how ornamental grasses add vertical, flowing structure and interest to the garden now; plan to plant more in future winter gardens.
Itching to get growing in the veggie patch? February is a good time to start planting the seeds of edible-pod peas, radishes, turnips, carrots and onions. Even in the winter, birds get thirsty, so continue to add fresh water to the bird bath and, on those super cold days, keep it free of ice.
Evergreen winter-flowering camellias are among the garden’s earliest bloomers.
TIMELY TIP Sure it’s cold, but despite New Year’s chill, the garden will slowly begin to awaken, with winter-flowering camellias (Camellia japonica) leading the charge from now until early spring with their cheerful blossoms that become more numerous as the weather warms. But with this pretty sight comes a pretty important chore. Fallen blooms are prime breeding grounds
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FIVE ACCOMPLISHED WOMEN were honored at the 10th annual Cary Magazine Women of Western Wake Luncheon, held Oct. 27 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. The women spoke of individual risk and life choices, and the importance of collective impact on solving problems. “All of this knitting together an incredible tapestry here in our community, that’s what’s going to break the cycle of violence in our community,” said Leigh Duque, executive director of InterAct of Wake County, which provides support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 108
“It’s going to be a collective impact,” said Duque, “all of us working together that will achieve that end result.” Duque and the other honorees — Nicole Dozier, director of Health Advocacy Project-North Carolina Justice Center and Mayor Pro-Tempore of Apex Town Council; Dr. Gayle Greene, executive vice president of Wake Technical Community College; Fara Palumbo, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina; and Missy Vatinet, co-founder and owner of La Farm Bakery — participated in a panel discussion
which allowed each woman to reaffirm her commitment to community and reiterate her level of engagement. Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL-TV meteorologist, moderated the discussion. Building on the idea of collective impact, Palumbo challenged the employers in the room to provide jobs. The next step, she said, is to give individuals who have worked to bring order to their lives a chance to improve their circumstances. “We as employers really need to reach in and say we are willing and able to make a difference for these people; otherwise the
cycle will not break,” she said. Good health care is also vital to helping lift people out of poverty, said Dozier. Treating the mind and the body increases the individual’s ability to contribute to society as a whole person. “We don’t tell people to stop having heart attacks,” she said. “We do tell people to stop being depressed.” Greene told guests that she and her team at Wake Tech have a responsibility to expand the middle class. This is done by “closing the skills gap,” she said. Partnerships with North Carolina schools, universities and businesses help the community college know what skills will be needed in the future so it can provide the right instruction. And classes aren’t just for recent high school graduates. Education for individuals is a lifetime endeavor, she says, and the process is long-term. “We are incredibly fortunate in this region because we are becoming more affluent all the time,” said Greene. “It is my great hope that as we become more affluent, we’ll bring all of our citizens along with us and not leave anybody behind.”
As an example of lifelong learning and growth, philanthropist and entrepreneur Sheila Ogle was awarded the first Women of Western Wake Lifetime Achievement Award. “For once in my life, I’m speechless,” said the astonished Ogle. The honorees left their audience with the idea of perseverance. Making an impact in the community often starts with taking a risk, said Duque. Sometimes it’s better to dive into a problem, even if you See more don’t have all the answers. om the o ph tos fr “We have to be willing to Western f o Women heon at c step into that gray zone,” she Wake Lun e.com in z a g a m cary said. “Things are rarely right or wrong; they’re evolving, and things are rarely black or white. The truth is somewhere in that shade of gray.” t CARY MAGAZINE 109
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Wake County announced $95,800 in local grant awards, bringing their cumulative grantmaking total to more than $1.1 million. This year’s nonprofit recipients are Friends of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for Girls in Science: Future Focus, $14,000; JusticeMatters Inc., for expanding access to legal services to protect women and children in Wake County, $56,800; A 12-MEMBER TEAM FROM WOODLAND TERRACE SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY IN CARY RAN FOR 33 STRAIGHT HOURS TO COMPLETE
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R.K.M. Jayanty of Cary was among six North Carolinians honored for their achievements on Nov. 9 by Governor Roy Cooper, receiving the stateâ€™s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award. Jayanty holds advanced degrees in engineering and chemistry and has served on the N.C. Science Advisory Board, which led to the regulation of 21 toxic air pollutants. He advises NASA on advanced indoor monitoring systems for space exploration. Pictured from left are honoree James Woodward, Gov. Roy Cooper, honorees Philip Freelon, Margaret Bauer, Jane Smith Patterson, Loretta Lynch and Jayanty, and N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi Hamilton. ncdcr.gov/NCAwards The Cary-headquartered V Foundation has announced open registration for the
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UNC REX Healthcare celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Cary campus on Sept. 22, with community leaders and staff taking part in an honorary tree planting ceremony to commemorate the milestone. rexhealth.com
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