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ANOTHER New Year — wow, that came around
SHORTLY AFTER the New Year, my husband and
Now the question is, what are we going to do with it? Three times this week (I’m not making that up) I’ve encountered people who are preparing to reach outside their comfort zones this year, set down longtime endeavors and try something new. One is following her entrepreneurial calling. Another is leaving a job she loves to stay home with the babies she loves more. A third is rethinking her day-to-day efforts to make a bigger business mark. All three are excited, and nervous. One is “terrified.” Yet they’re doing it. How can we be anything but inspired? In this issue we celebrate our annual Maggy Awards, and honor the winners selected by thousands of your votes. Like my three inspiring friends, these winners do the right thing, don’t panic when the unexpected happens, and keep moving in positive directions. We can too, you and I. All we have to do is choose.
I start planning for “The Annual Home Project.” Usually this involves home maintenance — painting the house, replacing carpet, remodeling a dilapidated bathroom or adding a screened porch. It may sound deliberate, but the actual process is pretty messy and can take a while to morph into a concrete plan. Eventually we hash out the goal, agree on a budget and set the timetable. Our annual projects aren’t really resolutions, but the goal-setting seems appropriate for January. Whether your plans for 2016 trend toward home improvement or self-improvement, we want to help. We’ve gathered life advice from all sorts of experts. Financial professionals discuss saving time and planning for life’s milestones. Maggy-winning entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, health care providers, and fitness buffs talk about staying energetic, creative and positive. We hope these success stories will inspire you as much as they have inspired us.
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The paparazzi are ready to catch our local winners in action. Many thanks to our model photographers: clockwise from top left, Steven Cook, Bob Hennessy, Sonya Hennessy and Maggie Pierce.
Nothing brings out the fans quite like Cary Magazine’s annual readers-choice Maggy
Awards. Each year, thousands (and thousands!) of you name your favorite Western Wake personalities and locales and now, the results of your votes are unveiled. Who are this year’s winners? Well, there are a few surprises. This year more than ever before, the reach of the contest is thrilling: You’ll find new faces and places landing starring roles in the Maggy Awards, and many of them aren’t in Cary. You’ll also find that quite a few categories have been decided by margins in the single digits. Some winners even share the spotlight, in tied votes. Your vote counts! And we applaud you for “thinking local” when casting your ballot. Now, without further ado … Congratulations to the winners of Cary Magazine’s 2016 Maggy Awards!
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THE WINNERS Best New Restaurant
THE MASON JAR TAVERN HM: Toast Café HM: Totopos Street Food & Tequila
THE MASON JAR TAVERN HM: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits HM: Bonefish Grill
THE MASON JAR TAVERN HM: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill HM: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits
LA FARM BAKERY & CAFÉ HM: Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café HM: Stick Boy Bread Co.
DANNY’S BAR-B-QUE HM: Smithfield’s Chicken ‘n Bar-B-Q HM: The Blistered Pig Smokehouse
BRIGS RESTAURANTS HM: Toast Café HM: La Farm Bakery & Café
THE MASON JAR TAVERN HM: Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering HM: Rey’s
Best Burgers and Fries
FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES HM: Tribeca Tavern HM: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
The Mason Jar Tavern’s corn fritter appetizer is served with smoky honey sauce.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT BEST APPETIZERS BEST PLACE TO GET A COCKTAIL BEST DESSERT THE MASON JAR TAVERN
WINNING WAYS The Mason Jar Tavern in Holly Springs nabs the contest-wide spotlight with first-place Maggy wins in FOUR categories: Best New Restaurant, Best Appetizers, Best Place to Get a Cocktail and … Best Dessert. “I’ve never worked at a place where desserts were such a high percentage of sales — 3 to 4 percent when normally it’s 1 to 2 percent,” said owner Jonathan Pierce. Find our exclusive recipe for TMJT’s scrumptious S’more in a Jar on page 56! At TMJT, the Manhattans are served in Mason jars, the house burger is topped with bacon jam, and bourbon-infused maple syrup lands alongside the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. Pierce says while he campaigned slightly for the Best New Restaurant award, “We didn’t even tell the staff or our family to vote for us. That’s what is most gratifying, that we have so much community support. We are pleasantly surprised, for sure. “We feed a thousand people a month, and I’ll go home thinking about the one person who wasn’t completely happy,” he said. “So the awards reinforce that we are doing things the right way.” HOT GOSSIP: Pierce started his restaurant career at another Maggy fave, Ruckus. NEW TOO: Honorable mention honors for Best New Restaurant go to Toast Café, offering gourmet breakfast and lunch fare, and Totopos Street Food & Tequila, a cantina-style hotspot whose name is Spanish for corn chips.
Jonathan Pierce, co-owner of The Mason Jar Tavern, wants his food to take center stage. Or in this case, a Blueberry Mint Moonshine cocktail.
WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE AND AMBER KEISTER
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BEST BARBECUE DANNY’S BAR-B-QUE
SMOKIN’ HOT Angus Barn’s steak and sides
Best For a Special Occasion
ANGUS BARN HM: Rey’s HM: Herons
DEAN’S SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR HM: Bonefish Grill HM: Skipper’s Fish Fry
Living high on the hog is easy at local icon Danny’s Bar-B-Que, winner in the Best Barbecue category for the seventh time in our 11-year Maggy history. Locations in Cary, Morrisville and Durham offer chicken, ribs, pork, beef and turkey, all slow cooked on an open pit of hickory wood and served up with original sauces. GOT KIDS? The Piglet Menu goes beyond most in its menu options, so little ones don’t get left out of the pig-out. DID YOU KNOW? “Danny” Thompson is a transplant from Jacksonville, Fla.
Barbecue buffs voted N.C.-based chain Smithfield’s Chicken ‘n Bar-B-Q as honorable mention, along with newbie The Blistered Pig Smokehouse in Apex, which serves pastureraised meats and a menu that’s homemade right down to the pickles.
NOTEWORTHY! Kudos to the establishment earning the highest
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
number of honorable mentions: Ruckus Pizza,
HM: Angus Barn HM: Rey’s
Pasta & Spirits, with six — count ‘em, six — wins. This restaurant lives up to its feisty name,
giving the competition a tough run in most of
HM: Anna’s Pizzeria HM: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits
these categories: Best Outdoor Dining, Most KidFriendly, Best Neighborhood Bar, Best Appetizers,
Best Vegetarian Menu
Best Place to Get a Cocktail, and Best Pizzeria.
HM: Greek Fiesta HM: Udupi Café
HM: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits HM TIE: Toast Café, Mellow Mushroom and Tribeca Tavern
Best Mediterranean Restaurant
HM: Greek Fiesta HM: Taziki’s Mediterranean Café
CLOSE CALLS Winning the first-place Maggy Award by less than 9 votes are:
BEST BAKERY LAFARM BAKERY & CAFÉ
UPPER CRUST LaFarm Bakery & Café has won the award for Best Bakery every year but one since the start of the Maggys in 2006. Over those years, owner and French master baker Lionel Vatinet has become a ce-
lebrity in his own right as a leading force in artisanal bread-baking, a teacher, and author of the book A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker. Vatinet and his wife and business partner, Missy, offer their risk-taking tips — and news of a LaFarm expansion — on page 61. LaFarm also cooked up an HM for Best Breakfast.
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, Best Indian
Angus Barn, Best for a Special Occasion
Doherty’s Irish Pub, Best Neighborhood Bar
BEST VEGETARIAN MENU BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT NEOMONDE
VEG OUT! Double winner Neomonde first hit the Maggy list in 2008, and has been there ever since! This year, the Saleh familyowned eatery with a Morrisville HQ earns Best Vegetarian Menu and Best Mediterranean Restaurant honors. That’s likely thanks to votes cast by its loyal Neomonde Nuts, many now in their second generation of enjoying authentic Lebanese fare like the triangle-shaped Spinach Fatayer, tabouli salad and mamoul cookies, made from matriarch Cecilia’s recipes. TRANSLATION: Neomonde means “new world.” INCOGNITO: Christopher Saleh, VP of retail, has a gold record for two songs he wrote with Nelly on Universal/Motown Records.
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ST E B BEST IAN INE CTION W T ITAL TAURAN SELE RES
An Cuisines’ marinated Hamachi fish
Best Asian Restaurant
AN CUISINES HM: Sushi-Thai HM: Wasabi
Best Italian Restaurant
DANIEL’S RESTAURANT & CATERING HM: Enrigo Italian Bistro HM: Bocci Italian Trattoria & Pizzeria
Best Indian Restaurant
SAFFRON RESTAURANT & LOUNGE HM: Cilantro Indian Café HM: Dawat
Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant
LOS TRES MAGUEYES
HM: Totopos Street Food & Tequila HM: La Rancherita
Best Neighborhood Bar
DOHERTY’S IRISH PUB
HM: My Way Tavern HM: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits
Best Wine Selection
DANIEL’S RESTAURANT & CATERING HM: Angus Barn HM TIE: Café Caturra and Lucky 32
Best Craft Brewery
AVIATOR BREWING COMPANY HM: Fortnight Brewing Company HM: Bombshell Beer Company
Best Food Truck
TIE: AMERICAN MELTDOWN & CHIRBA CHIRBA HM: The Humble Pig HM: Gussy’s Greek Street Food 26
Daniel Perry smiles for the camera, but he says the real star is the quality food that Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering has been serving for 20 years.
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT BEST WINE SELECTION DANIEL’S RESTAURANT & CATERING
PASTA PERFECT Cary Magazine readers confirm the widespread rumors: Best Italian Restaurant is Maggy legend Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering in Apex, which has landed the leading role in this category every single year since, well, forever. Pasta, handstretched pizza, scratch-made desserts … that’s amore! And an $8 weekday lunch deal offers a new menu item each day. Scandalous! What do 11 Maggy wins in a row mean to you? “This is our 20th year,” said restaurant owner Daniel Perry. “It’s
great to be part of the community and its growth. We’ve seen kids grow up and now bring in kids of their own.” What’s the secret of your success? “Daniel’s offers consistency, value and quality. We are still serving real food, not frozen or out of a box. We make our own sausage; we grind our own meat for the meatballs.” Perry continues to improve the customer experience; to accommodate larger groups, he recently enclosed the restaurant’s outdoor patio.
“It’s great to be part of the community and its growth. We’ve seen kids grow up and now bring in kids of their own.” — Daniel Perry, Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering
Daniel’s also garners cheers for Best Wine Selection, its first-first place since 2007, and honorable mentions for Best Dessert and Best Caterer. What about Best Wine List award? “Realistically Angus Barn has the best wine list in the Triangle, but for us to be thought of in that way is great,” Perry said. “I mean, we do have a great wine list; we have over 1,000 labels on the list right now.” The write-in nature of this year’s Maggy contest helped in this category, he says: “When people don’t have the choices — a, b or c — they actually have to think about their vote.” Placing just one vote apart as HMs for Best Italian Restaurant are Enrigo Italian Bistro and Bocci Italian Trattoria & Pizzeria. Best Selection of Wines mentions go to Angus Barn and, in a tie vote, Café Caturra and Lucky 32. CARY MAGAZINE 27
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BEST PLASTIC SURGEON DR. WILLIAM T. STOECKEL OF WAKE PLASTIC SURGERY
In the You-Look-Fabulous category of Best Plastic Surgeon, in the limelight is Dr. William T. Stoeckel of Wake Plastic Surgery, reprising his winning role from 2013. But the work of this surgeon goes well beyond skin-deep. “Patient satisfaction is a constant reward in the work I do,” Stoeckel said. “One of the richest rewards comes from the opportunity I have each year to help with a children’s burn reconstruction team in Bolivia. Despite the language barrier with both the children and their parents, their gratitude for my efforts is clearly communicated. “One of the children whose hand deformity I helped repair on one of my first missions trips found me several years later and gave me a simple handshake with his now functional hand. Nothing needed to be said. The handshake and smile said it all.” FUN FACTS ➡ Born: Lubbock, Texas, into an Air Force family
➡ Valedictorian: Dayton Christian High, in Ohio
Dr. Don Cloninger of Eye Care Center in Cary has lots of fans including, from left, Josie Daveiro, Allison Newell, Evelyn Dixon and Crystal Conner.
WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE
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BEST R O T C O D EYE
Best Hair Salon
TWISTED SCIZZORS SALON HM: J & F Gemelli HM: Color Salon and Spa
LINDA WARD, WARD FAMILY LAW GROUP
HM: Jackie Bedard, Carolina Family Estate Planning HM TIE: John Adcock, Adcock Law Firm and Thomas A. Earls
DR. BOBBI STANLEY, STANLEY DENTISTRY
HM: Dr. Michael Riccobene, Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry HM: Dr. Allan Acton, Cary Family Dental
Best Eye Doctor
“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It’s a great place to live, and the community has been enormously supportive.” — Dr. Don Cloninger
DR. DON CLONINGER, EYE CARE CENTER
HM: Dr. Ken Rousselo, Preston Optometry Center HM: Dr. Phil Vito, Holly Springs Eye Associates
DR. MELANIE MINTZER, GENERATIONS FAMILY PRACTICE
BEST DENTIST DR. BOBBI STANLEY, STANLEY DENTISTRY
In one of the Maggy Awards’ biggest twists, perennial honorable mention Dr. Bobbi Stanley of Stanley Dentistry has claimed the Best Dentist title! This category typically attracts large numbers of reader votes, and this year was no exception. Stanley and her team, which includes her husband, Dr. Robert Stanley, offer services from routine cleanings to cosmetic and medical dentistry. And if you’re nervous, they’re equipped to provide IV sedation! ➡ Check out life advice from Stanley on page 61.
HM: Dr. Justin Glodowski, Generations Family Practice HM: Dr. Gregory Brannon, Brannon OB/GYN
Best Plastic Surgeon
DR. WILLIAM T. STOECKEL, WAKE PLASTIC SURGERY HM: Dr. Donald Hanna, Cary Plastic Surgery HM: Dr. Cynthia Gregg, Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg MD
Best Home Service
DUST AND MOP HM: 919 Dine HM: J.D. Floor Store
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A P S T S BE Charles L. Harris / Umstead Hotel and Spa
THE UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA HM: La Thérapie Spa HM: Massage Envy
CATERING BY DESIGN HM: Catering Works HM: Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering
Best Mechanic Shop
ATLANTIC TIRE AND SERVICE HM: Frantz Automotive Center HM: Cary Car Care
Best Veterinary Hospital
TOWN & COUNTRY VETERINARY HOSPITAL HM: Preston Animal Hospital HM: Kildaire Animal Medical Center
Best Place for Pet Services
PRESTON ANIMAL HOSPITAL HM: Town & Country Animal Care Center HM: Gentle Care Animal Hospital
BEST SPA THE UMSTEAD HOTEL AND SPA
STAR TREATMENT The Umstead Hotel and Spa will make you feel like the star you are, with its simply divine spa treatments such as the most-often-requested Buttermilk & Honey Wrap, and the Valmont Facial. Spa guests come from near and far, says spa director Carolyn Doe, locals mostly on weekdays, and hotel guests on weekends. SNEAK PEEK: New for 2016, says Doe, is the Piedmont. “This is a deep relaxation treatment which uses warm herbal tai compression
STIFF COMPETITION 1 vote Winning the first-place Maggy Award by less than 5 votes are:
Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, Best Veterinary Hospital
balls to treat areas of concern and start the relaxation process,” she said. “Stretches are included throughout the massage to release tension in the body, and aromas from the herbal balls relax the mind.” And, you get to take the herbal balls home to use in your bath! Also new is the Monarch, an exfoliating, moisturizing “cocoon” treatment using essential oils with aromas and spices. Best Spa honorable mentions are reserved for La Thérapie Spa and Massage Envy.
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BEST VETERINARY HOSPITAL TOWN & COUNTRY VETERINARY HOSPITAL
PET-PALOOZA An old Hollywood adage credited to comedian W.C. Fields says, Never work with animals or children. That doesn’t fly, bark or meow with pet lovers in Western Wake, where one of the Maggy Awards’ biggest vote-getting categories each year is Best Veterinary Hospital! And the winner, year after year? Town & Country Veterinary Hospital. From vaccines and nutritional needs to allergies and behavioral issues, Town & Country is our readers’ choice for keeping Fluffy and Spot happy and well. INSIDE SCOOP: Among the practice’s five veterinarians, here’s the breakdown of their own at-home pets. ➡ 11 dogs, including a border collie, a lab mix and four whippets ➡ 4 cats DID YOU KNOW: “Dog breath” is a sign of an unhealthy pet mouth? Pets can be allergic to pollen, grass and dust, just like their people? At age 7, pets can be considered seniors? Town & Country also nabs an honorable mention as Best Place for Pet Services; winner in that category is Preston Animal Hospital.
DEAN’S SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR is Cary’s home for fresh seafood, oysters and “food without fins.” With seasonal fresh catch options and specialties, you will always find something to tempt your taste buds.
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KIDS EAT FREE EVERY DAY! One free kid’s meal per paying adult dinner entrée purchased. Cannot be combined with other offers.
Reservations accepted and large groups welcome!
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LIFESTYLE THE WINNERS
BEST PLACE TO TAKE CHILDREN KIDS TOGETHER/ MARLA DORREL PARK
CHILD STARS John Rufty of Rufty Homes
Best Home Building Company
HM: Royal Oaks Homes HM: Wardson Construction
DORCAS MINISTRIES HM: The Carying Place HM: Western Wake Crisis Ministry
Best Active Adult Community
HM: Glenaire HM: Carolina Preserve at Amberly
Best Place to Take Children
Back in 1994, Kristin Holcombe and Helen Rittelmeyer, ages 7 and 6, helped round up support to build Kids Together Playground at Cary’s Marla Dorrel Park, which returns to the Maggy list this year as Best Place to Take Children. Built for accessibility, the wheelchairfriendly playground offers swinging, sand scoopers, and the oracle bench, where kids can converse via trumpet-shaped tubes. Its plants and rolling hills are meant for interactive play, as is climb-on sculpture KATAL the dragon, short for Kids Are Together At Last. And coming soon is a misting garden!
KIDS TOGETHER/ MARLA DORREL PARK
HM: Fred G. Bond Metro Park HM: Pullen Park
Dorrel, a former Cary
Best Interior Design Company
birding and has traveled
namesake Marla councilwoman, loves
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the world in pursuit of it, to
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Zealand, Machu Picchu in
places like Tanzania, New Peru, and Antarctica.
For years, families have enjoyed Cary’s Marla Dorrel Park, which has many fun features including KATAL the dragon, above.
BEST ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY
SearStone residents glammed up to help celebrate the communityâ€™s Maggy Award for Best Active Adult Community. Vern and Renny Pike are first coming down the red carpet; behind them are Margaret Moore and Harry Dougherty.
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THE WAKE ZONE ESPRESSO HM: Crema Coffee & Bakery HM: Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts
Best Elementary School Principal
BURT BATTEN, LAUREL PARK ELEMENTARY
HM: Michael Regan, Mills Park Elementary HM: Winston Pierce, Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary
Best Middle School Principal
H. TRENT EVANS, REEDY CREEK MIDDLE
HM: Kenneth Proulx, Holly Grove Middle HM: Aimee Viana, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School
Best High School Principal
MATTHEW WIGHT, APEX FRIENDSHIP HIGH
HM: Karen Summers, Green Hope High HM: Jason Curtis, Cardinal Gibbons High
Best High School Coach
ROY COOPER, APEX HIGH HM: Milton Senter, Fuquay-Varina High HM TIE: John Hayden, Apex High and Nathaniel Blalock, Panther Creek High 36
BEST COFFEEHOUSE THE WAKE ZONE ESPRESSO
GOOD VIBES! The place may have a tropical vibe but if you’re looking for a margarita, you’re barking up the wrong palm tree at this Best Coffeehouse. After 2010 and 2012 Maggy honorable mentions, this year The Wake Zone Espresso in Apex for the first time brews its way to the limelight. “We are very honored to win Best Coffeehouse — we have been trying for seven years!” said owner Mark Hollamon. In addition to pouring only 100 percent organic coffee, here’s what helped earn your votes: WEDNESDAY HAPPY HOURS: “We’ve been doing this since the beginning, to get customers to come in and try our drinks at a price that they’re not scared of,” Hollamon said. “We also want to give the best customers a coffeehouse can have
Success has its perks at The Wake Zone Espresso in Apex. “We are very honored to win Best Coffeehouse — we have been trying for seven years!” says owner Mark Hollamon.
a day a week to show we really appreciate them. The response has been awesome!” MOST POPULAR: The Wake Zone Mocha. “Hot, frozen or iced, it is the one, awesome with white chocolate, caramel sauce and a shot of love. People also love the seasonal drinks like pumpkin lattes, peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes, all served year-round.” BEHIND THE SCENES: “I’m a purist — straight espresso. I have two at 6:10 a.m., and the other two come when I can, before 9 a.m. I like my coffee in the freshest and hottest way!” CLOSE CALLS: Just four votes separate Best Coffeehouse honorable mentions, Crema Coffee & Bakery and Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts.
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his first year at the new Friendship High, Wight holds on to earn top billing as Best High School Principal, after four straight wins in this category while he previously served at Apex High. Separated by just one vote are the principals voted as honorable mentions: Karen Summers of Green Hope High and Jason Curtis of Cardinal Gibbons High.
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AMERICAN TOBACCO TRAIL
HM: Fred G. Bond Metro Park HM: Lake Pine/Apex Community Park
Best Place to Take Visitors
HM: Fred G. Bond Metro Park HM: North Carolina Museum of Art
Best Fitness Club
YMCA OF THE TRIANGLE HM: O2 Fitness HM: Rex Wellness Center
Best Yoga/Pilates Studio
HM: One Heart Yoga HM: Republic of Yoga
Best Kids' Program for the Arts
CARY DANCE PRODUCTIONS HM: Academy for the Performing Arts HM: Cary Arts Center/Town of Cary
Best Kids' Program for Sports
YMCA OF THE TRIANGLE HM: Town of Cary HM: Dreamsports Center
PRIMROSE SCHOOLS HM: Triangle Academy Preschool HM: Resurrection Lutheran Preschool
Best TV Station
HM: ABC 11 HM: UNC-TV
Best TV Personality
GREG FISHEL, WRAL HM: Bill Leslie, WRAL HM: Don Schwenneker, ABC 11
Best Radio Station
G105, 105.1 FM HM: MIX, 101.5 FM HM: WQDR, 94.7 FM
Best Radio Personality
BOB DUMAS, G105
HM: Gene & Julie, MIX 101.5 HM: Bobby Bones, WNCB 93.9
BEST PRESCHOOL PRIMROSE SCHOOLS
No paparazzi, please: Kids are the megastars of smart at Primrose Schools, landing at the head of the class almost every year since the onset of the Best Preschool category in 2010. Independentlyowned, five-star accredited school locations dot Western Wake, going beyond ABCs to teach phonics, creative arts and even foreign language. And because character counts, children learn to help their communities via food drives and other service projects. Rhonda and Elliot Blades, parents to three Primrose alumni, traded high-level careers to become owners of two local schools. Why? “The rapid development that takes
Matching colors at Primrose School of Cary.
place during the first five years of a child’s life is critical to success in life,” Rhonda said, “and early educators play a pivotal role in fostering this growth. In addition to critical thinking skills, we focus on character development and life skills such as friendship, generosity and honesty. Our goal is for every Primrose child to develop into a well-rounded individual with a love of learning and life.”
BEST FITNESS CLUB BEST KIDS’ PROGRAM FOR SPORTS YMCA OF THE TRIANGLE
TWIST & SHOUT
Been to the Y lately? You’re not alone. Readers declare YMCA of the Triangle as Best Fitness Club yet again, and Best Kids’ Program for Sports, proving the Y offers something for everyone. With busy branches in both Cary and Apex, you can run and jump to your heart’s content no matter your age, with the help of group fitness classes, personal trainers and free orientations. Basketball? Water polo? Racquetball? Jump rope? It’s a big YES to all of the above, designed to make you feel fabulous!
YOUR VOTE COUNTS 1 vote Winning the first-place Maggy Award by less than 5 votes are:
Primrose School of Cary
Best Place to Walk, Run or Bike
FUN FOR EVERYONE: Caroline Lin, group fitness instructor, had so much fun as a member that she started teaching — Zumba, Hip-Hop and Zumba Kids. “I work full-time, but I teach here because I love it so much,” she said. “People are so happy here. I smile a lot, but I smile so much because it’s so fun.” GREAT PEOPLE: Michael Warren, youth director, says being named Best Kids’ Program for Sports is “awesome! It really speaks to the quality of our programming and our staff.”
H. Trent Evans of Reedy Creek Middle, Best
of Apex High, Best High
Best Home Building
Middle School Principal
Matt Wall, Wellness Center director Caroline Lin, group fitness instructor
ITâ€™S FUN AT THE
Amanda Dismukes , group fitness instru cto
Michael Warren, youth director
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“Prestonwood affords golfers three courses that offer a variety of challenges for all skill levels.” — Matt Massei, Prestonwood general manager Prestonwood
Best Golf Course
PRESTONWOOD COUNTRY CLUB HM: MacGregor Downs Country Club HM: Knights Play Golf Center
Best Music Venue
KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE HM: Red Hat Amphitheater HM: Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Best Local Event
HM: PeakFest HM: Apex Jazz Music Festival
Best N.C. Travel Destination
HM: Outer Banks HM: Boone/Blowing Rock
Best Hotel/Resort in N.C.
THE UMSTEAD HOTEL & SPA HM: Omni Grove Park Inn HM: Biltmore Estate
BEST GOLF COURSE PRESTONWOOD COUNTRY CLUB
SUITED TO A TEE Voters who enjoy hitting that little white ball chose Prestonwood Country Club as Best Golf Course, the club that’s hit a Maggy hole-in-one every year of the contest but one, when it garnered honorable mention. Matt Massei, general manager at Prestonwood, explains why golf is so hot here: “Prestonwood affords golfers three courses that offer a variety of challenges for all skill levels. With a selection of five tee boxes to play from and consistent quality conditions, it’s an ideal place for all golfers,” he said. For 2016, Massei notes new additions to the club’s ever-expanding offerings. “2016 will see the addition of ju-
nior golf programs ‘We Grow Golf ’ and ‘AimPoint Green Reading,’ to an already extensive list of teaching programs,” he said. “And our team of golf professionals consistently promotes and offers programs to introduce the game of golf to new players of all ages.” CHAMPIONSHIP COURSES: Three, each 18 holes and ranked among the top 100 in N.C. HOME TO: The SAS Championship INDOOR LEARNING CENTER: State-of-the-art, with video monitoring and the latest training aids Honorable mentions for Best Golf Course go to MacGregor Downs Country Club and Knights Play Golf Center. Fore!
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“We are so grateful and humbled by the continued support of our community. We would not be here without their dedicated business.”
The future looks bright for the experienced staff at Hendrick Toyota Scion of Apex: from left, Brandon Boyd, used car manager; Ash Bhattarai, general sales manager; and Brian Flick, service director.
— Karalynn Kline, customer service manager at Hendrick Toyota Scion
BEST CAR DEALERSHIP WRITTEN BY NANCY PARDUE
PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
BEST JEWELRY SHOP JOHNSON’S JEWELERS
GOLDEN TICKET All that glitters IS gold at Johnson’s Jewelers! This year’s winner as Best Jewelry Shop, the oldest jeweler in Cary makes an encore presentation on the Maggy list, after winning in 2006 and 2009, and earning five HMs along the way. Family owned and operated by the Capps crew, Johnson’s offers the most modern bling, with good old-fashioned customer ser-
vice. Where else can you find a pearls specialist? And thanks to a recent makeover, the shop is lighter and brighter than ever, from its signage to its showcases! Also on the red carpet for Best Jewelry Shop are Holland’s Jewelers and Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery. Downtown Apex
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BEST PLACE TO SHOP FOR ANTIQUES THE PERFECT PIECE & DOWNTOWN APEX
WHAT A FIND! FEEL THE LOVE Our readers love Dorcas Ministries, voting the nonprofit into three first-place wins in the Shopping category plus Best Nonprofit under the Lifestyle header! Dorcas scored for Best Bargains, Best Shoes & Accessories, and Best Adult Clothing. It also earned HMs in Best Antiques and Best Children’s Clothing. Read more about this popular do-good organization in this issue’s Charity Spotlight, page 101.
Making its debut on the Maggy stage is The Perfect Piece, claiming a tie for first place as Best Place to Shop for Antiques (with Downtown Apex), and honorable mentions in Best Bargains and Best Home Furnishings & Décor. This family-owned, downtown Cary shop opened in May 2012, expanded to 11,000 square feet of retail heaven in summer 2013, and shows no sign of slowing down! And with 38 vendor booths and more than 900 consignors, the store is ever-changing to making shopping fun. MOST UNUSUAL ITEMS SEEN: Owners Betty Haskell and Rebecca Ennis say those would be a floor lamp in the shape of a deer, with a lampshade for his head, and a log picnic table. SUPPORTING CAST: Fill out a handy Wish List, and staff will help you score that … well … Perfect Piece! HMs in the Best Antiques slot are The Rusty Bucket and the Raleigh Flea Market at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, tied for second, and Dorcas Ministries’ thrift shop.
TIE: THE PERFECT PIECE AND DOWNTOWN APEX HM TIE: The Rusty Bucket and Raleigh Flea Market at N.C. State Fairgrounds HM: Dorcas Shop
DORCAS SHOP HM: The Perfect Piece HM: Goodwill Industries
Best Shoes and Accessories
HM: Adore Designer Resale Boutique HM TIE: Halie’s Boutique, Pink Magnolia Boutique and Swagger
Best Adult Clothing
HM TIE: Pink Magnolia Boutique and Swagger HM: Adore Designer Resale Boutique Best Children's Clothing
ONCE UPON A CHILD HM: Dorcas Shop HM: Pattywhacks Best Car Dealership
HENDRICK TOYOTA SCION HM: AutoPark Honda HM: Crossroads Ford Best Jewelry Shop
JOHNSON’S JEWELERS HM: Holland’s Jewelers HM: Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery
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BEST NEW BUSINESS HALIE’S BOUTIQUE
MAKING A MARK “You have to believe in yourself to sell something,” said owner Corrie Ismaili. SHE ALSO GETS UP EARLY: 6 a.m. “I have three
kids to get out the door before I can get to the store,” she said. “I like to go in early and take care of paperwork.” KNOWS HER PRIORITIES: “I eat a salad for lunch.
That way I can eat a cookie with my afternoon Starbucks!” AND KNOWS HOW TO DE-STRESS:
“I have three active kids and a business; stress
Steve and Corrie Ismaili at the grand opening of Halie’s Boutique, and scenes from the shop, top.
is my middle name. A glass of wine and a movie with my husband works. He grounds me when I need it most.” Read more from Ismaili, page 60.
ADORE ER DESIGN RESALE
Best supporting roles in the Maggy Awards go to Adore Designer Resale Boutique, earning honorable mention honors for Best Shoes & Accessories and Best Adult Clothing, and Pink Magnolia, which opened last fall and already claims HM in Best Shoes & Accessories, Adore Designer Resale Boutique
Best Adult Clothing and Best New Business.
Winning the first-place Maggy Award by just two votes is Waverly Artists Group, Best Art Gallery
first place AND honorable mention!
The Best Antiques category is crazy, with ties for
Three Cary boutiques made their mark on the Maggys this year, each earning a firstplace win and an honorable mention or two. They are: ➡ Ivy Cottage Collections, Best Home Furnishings & Décor winner and HM for Best Place to Find a Gift ➡ Swagger, Best Place to Find a Gift winner and HM for Best Shoes & Accessories and Best Adult Clothing ➡ And newcomer Halie’s Boutique as Best New Business and HM for Best Shoes & Accessories and Best Place to Find a Gift. So just how do you launch a brand-new boutique?
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Best Place to Find a Gift
HM: Ivy Cottage Collections HM: Halie’s Boutique
Best Art Gallery/Studio
WAVERLY ARTISTS GROUP HM: Ashley’s Art Gallery HM TIE: Cary Gallery of Artists and Village Art Circle
Best Shopping Center/Mall
YOU MADE US #1 AGAIN CARY! A special thank you to the eyecarecenter optometrists and staff who have developed lasting relationships and provided a personal touch every step of the way. YEARS OF SERVICE FOR EACH: Dr. Don Cloninger (owner)
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HM: The Streets at Southpoint HM: Crabtree Valley Mall
Best Specialty Foods Store
THE FRESH MARKET HM: Capri Flavors HM: Earth Fare
Best Place to Purchase Wine/Beer
TRIANGLE WINE COMPANY HM: Great Grapes HM: The Beer Dispensary of Apex
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Doherty’s inside space features high-backed booths with stained glass inserts, dark woods, a striking wrought iron Celtic triquetra, or Trinity knot, and quarter barrel signs on the wall.
he front door of Doherty’s Irish Pub & Restaurant displays a Gaelic phrase that
reads, “Céad Mile Fáilte.” This common Irish greeting means “a hundred thousand welcomes.” What a fitting salutation: Doherty’s nabbed the Maggy Award for Best Neighborhood Bar as voted by the readers of Cary Magazine. With locations in Cary and Apex, the establishment is regarded as a welcoming part of the local dining scene. “Our places are known for character, personality and warmth,” said founder Michael Doherty, who runs the restaurants alongside co-owners Duke Elliott, Donavan Favre and Sami Taweel. “We are hands-on owners. I’m behind the bar four nights a week, and when our guests come in we call them by name.” It’s not uncommon to see genuine fondness on display. A server greets an incoming patron with a hug. A bartender asks a customer how her ailing mother is feeling. On a rainy day, Doherty walks an elderly couple to their car with a large umbrella in tow. “We have a true family atmosphere across the board,” explained Doherty, who emigrated from Ireland to the United States 27 years ago. At that time, Doherty was 21 continued on page 51
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At Dohertyâ€™s, batter-fried whitefish is served with hand-cut fries, green beans, tartar sauce and malt vinegar.
At the Apex Doherty’s patrons can hear live Irish music on Thursday evenings.
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years old and dreamed of opening a traditional Irish pub where people could enjoy a kindhearted, comfortable atmosphere. He helped birth Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in downtown Raleigh and then opened Connolly’s Irish Pub in Cary, which ultimately became Doherty’s. Regular patrons and staff members alike find Doherty’s to be a hospitable gathering spot. Kent McIver from Apex comes in most days for lunch. “What’s nice about this place is it’s very homey, and everybody gets to know you,” he said. New York native Kim Gruver frequents the pub about three times a week. “The first time I sat down, the staff introduced themselves and asked me my name. They’ve treated me like family ever since,” she said. Doherty knows running a successful business involves treating people well, starting with his staff.
“I always try to do things like thanking members of the team when they finish their shifts and telling them when they do a good job. If you take care of the staff, they will take care of the customers. We’ve been blessed to have a great staff.” “The owners here really care about people, and I get paid to work with my best friends,” said bartender Andrea McGhee, who has worked with Doherty for 15 years extending back to the days of Connolly’s Irish Pub. “I feel privileged to be a part of this and would never work anywhere else.” On the Menu
In addition to providing a community environment, it’s also essential to deliver first-rate provisions. “We pride ourselves in serving scratchmade food,” said Taweel. “Our menu covers all the classics like bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and gold-standard fish and chips.” continued on page 52
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Salmon is grilled and brushed with a cider and whiskey glaze. It is served with sautéed spinach, a scallion and cheddar potato cake, and finished with a sprinkling of pecans.
“The first time I sat down, the staff introduced themselves and asked me my name. They’ve
treated me like family ever since.”
— Kim Gruver
Irish egg rolls are filled with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese.
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Standout appetizers include Irish egg rolls filled with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, and brisket nachos with beef brisket braised in Guinness beer served over house-made potato chips with cheddar, tomatoes and horseradish sauce. The bill of fare extends beyond the more traditional Irish offerings to nouveauinspired selections such as cider and whiskey glazed salmon; herb-crusted Celtic chicken cordon bleu; and Gaelic steak medallions with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Even dessert is impressive. Simple, yet far from understated, the best-selling chocolate mousse is a light, fluffy concoction crafted with a trace of Bailey’s Irish Cream. It provides the perfect conclusion to the overall dining experience. Of course, a reliable taste of Ireland
does not end with the food, and Doherty’s passes the test when it comes to libations. The pub features over 20 beers on draft, including several local brews and the quintessential Irish dry stout Guinness. “There’s an art to pouring a proper pint of Guinness, and it’s imperative for us to make sure ours is always on point,” said Doherty. What’s more, the bar offers a diverse selection of 29 Irish whiskeys spanning the time-honored standards to the connoisseur’s choice. Frequent bar customers may even receive a special crystal drinking glass with their name emblazoned on it. Daily specials include $3.50 North Carolina pints on Mondays, $2 off Irish whiskey drinks on Wednesdays, slow-cooked prime rib dinner on Thursdays and an ultimate Bloody Mary bar from noon until 4 on Sundays. Live Irish music with no cover charge
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happens on Thursday evenings in Apex, and Friday and Saturday evenings in Cary. Doherty’s inside space features highbacked booths with stained glass inserts, dark woods, a striking wrought iron Celtic triquetra, or Trinity knot, and quarter barrel signs on the wall. Patio seating is accessible when weather permits. Doherty’s is open daily for lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch involves everything from a traditional Irish breakfast and corned beef hash to pancake platters and omelettes. A kid’s menu encompasses Irish and American options. Private dining and meeting spaces are available. Reservations are accepted. Doherty’s Irish Pub & Restaurant 1979 High House Road, Cary (919) 388-9930 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex (919) 387-4100 dohertysirishpubnc.com
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THE MASON JAR TAVERN opened
in January 2015 and quickly amassed a loyal following among Cary Magazine readers. The casual Holly Springs eatery garnered four Maggy Awards: Best New Restaurant, Best Place to Get a Cocktail, Best Appetizers and Best Dessert. One reason for that last accolade is the S’more in a Jar — a nostalgic layering of graham cracker crumbs, luscious melted chocolate and toasted marshmallow. “The dessert has a homey aspect, and the jar goes with the theme,” said Brian Moore, Mason Jar’s pastry chef. “It takes the essence of this place and puts it all in one place.” Mason Jar co-founder Jonathan Pierce thought up the dessert years ago. But without baking experience, he struggled to develop a working recipe. Cue Moore, who has been cooking professionally since 1999. Less than an hour after Pierce explained the concept for what was to be the restaurant’s signature dessert, Moore brought out the first S’more in a Jar. “It’s bits of other components that I’ve used for years,” he said. “I start with the vanilla bean marshmallow fluff that I’ve made for years. The chocolate ganache is semisweet chocolate with heavy cream. It’s like making my own milk chocolate. It has a similar taste to the Hershey’s chocolate, but the ganache gives it that nice layering that you can see. The base is a graham cracker crust, but I went heavy on the butter.” The deceptively simple dish has won fans of all ages. Although Pierce thought the dish would appeal to children, it resonates more with adults. “When I eat this, I think of camping with my dad,” he said. “We hear that from a lot of people. They turn into 5-year-olds.” Without a campfire, a traditional s’more might be difficult to pull off, but you can try Moore’s decadent version in your home kitchen. themasonjartavern.com 56
The Mason Jar Tavern’s
S’more in a Jar
Pastry chef Brian Moore, creator of The Mason Jar Tavern’s S’more in a Jar, says the Maggy Award for Best Dessert means a lot to him. “A lot of times what I do isn’t seen. The quality of the desserts here shows the years of work — my 10 years of making marshmallow fluff.”
S’more in a Jar
From Brian Moore, The Mason Jar Tavern Makes 4 servings Ganache 1¾ cups semisweet chocolate chips 1½ cups heavy cream
Put chocolate into a heatproof mixing bowl. Bring the cream to a boil, and pour over the chocolate. Mix until smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
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Crust 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 6 tablespoons butter
Melt the butter. Mix into the graham cracker crumbs until they are evenly coated. Set aside. Marshmallow Fluff 3 egg whites, at room temperature ½ teaspoon salt 1½ cups light corn syrup 2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted 2 teaspoons vanilla
Put egg whites, salt and corn syrup into the bowl of a mixer with a whisk attachment. Mix for 6 minutes on high speed, or until the mixture is thick and volume has almost doubled. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and slowly add the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla, and mix until smooth. Editor’s note: This recipe yields more fluff than you will need for the s’mores. The recipe won’t come together properly in a standing mixer if the quantities are reduced, Moore says. Stash the extra fluff in the fridge for fluffernutter sandwiches; it will keep for up to a week. To assemble
Into four 8-ounce wide-mouth Mason jars, add ½ cup crust mixture and pat down until even. Add ¼ cup ganache, and spread smooth with a spoon. Top with ¼ cup of marshmallow fluff, and smooth to the edges with a spoon. Bake s’mores at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes or until the marshmallow is browned. Editor’s note: These can be assembled ahead of time (let fluff settle before covering jars) and browned right before serving.
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IN HONOR OF National Mentoring Month, we’ve asked some of our Maggy Award winners for their thoughts on making 2016 your best year yet. As we expected, they delivered — big time. Here’s our Maggy champs’ winning advice … for your life! Corrie Ismaili, owner of Halie’s Boutique, Best New Business
Corrie Ismaili knows a few things about making the leap from idea to action. “Plan, research and just go with it!” she advises. “My husband Steve and I wrote down our ideas, our true message. Then we researched. We didn’t, and still don’t, buy because everyone else is. “Take risks,” she added. “Life is short. You can continue dreaming and taking the backseat, but until you take on the challenge you will never know your true capabilities.”
Patty Geiger, owner of StudioVIBE, Best Yoga/Pilates Studio
Patty Geiger is known for her passion for well-being both in and out of StudioVIBE, where her latest project is creating a mentoring program for aspiring yoga and Pilates teachers. Her first step to wellness? Setting a goal. “Set realistic expectations of yourself and surround yourself with supportive, positive people,” she said. “Set a goal and make it attainable, whether it’s to try a new form of exercise, finish a 5K, hold a handstand or exercise four times a week. “Breathe fully, stretch regularly, drink water (drink it, don’t sip it!), and participate in functional movement.” 60
A healthy breakfast helps Patty Geiger start the day right. “I have an amazing smoothie recipe using greens, chia seeds, avocado and fruit (not an abundance, though),” she says. “I also strive for over 64 ounces of water by 10 a.m.”
Lionel and Missy Vatinet, owners of La Farm Bakery & Café, Best Bakery
Lionel and Missy Vatinet are ever-mindful of serving their beloved community through La Farm: “You’ve got to have perseverance, and an inner passion to provide for someone else,” Missy said. For better nutritional value in their breads, the Vatinets replaced La Farm’s flours with locally grown, cold-stone milled organic flours. Now they’re planning a business expansion, set for 2017. “The people’s excitement fuels us,” Lionel said. “The ideas flow, and we talk about it, to do it or not. We research and when we travel, even for pleasure, we look to see what we can do better, what our community will love.”
Missy and Lionel Vatinet have taken risks throughout their careers. “Fear and excitement are the same thing,” says Lionel. “Everything we do does not succeed. We fail, but we get stronger.”
“Choosing Cary (in 1999). This was not a nationally recognized food town, which was a challenge at Lionel’s stature of the profession. We didn’t know if customers would embrace this style of bread-baking. They delivered.” – Missy Vatinet
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Open wide to build your fitness this New Year, says Dr. Bobbi Stanley: Daily flossing can offer life-saving benefits, reducing bacteria from gum disease that has been found to increase risk of heart attacks, diabetes, fatigue and bad breath. And Stanley’s take on daily exercise: “The great benefit of exercise is that it gives you more energy to be more productive. Exercise can help control weight and with that, many health issues plaguing our society today can be prevented. Lastly, exercise helps improve mood.”
Personal training coordinator Beth Blount says to boost your fitness, sit less, move more … and be consistent. The benefits of regular exercise go far beyond the number on the scale, she adds: “Moving easier. Reducing the adverse effects of stress. Feeling better both physically and psychologically. Along with reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, these are great motivators for sticking with an exercise routine. Find something that you like to do and do it!”
“My love for my family; it makes me a better wife and mother. My oldest son wrote a letter to me this summer, saying, ‘P.S. It’s pretty cool that you’re ripped too!’ As a mother, life just doesn’t get any better than that!” – Dr. Bobbi Stanley CARY MAGAZINE 61
“All the good people do in this world; it inspires me to always pay it forward.” – Amanda Kimball
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Amanda and Leroy Kimball have taken the Cary community by storm, becoming known for their charity cut-a-thons and go-getting spirit. “Creativity is being able to think of new ideas, and implementing them,” Amanda said. “Every human being is built with a creative bone; it’s just waiting to come out! With practice, a person will feel more creative and productive, more often.” To unleash that natural creativity, write down your ideas, she says. “Think outside the box. Do some research. And use your dreams — you can get a lot from a dream!” Vicky Serany, Southern Studio Interior Design, Best Interior Design Company
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Wishing you could be more creative? Heed the advice of Vicky Serany, founder of Southern Studio Interior Design, a Best of Houzz award-winning firm which serves residential and commercial clients from its gorgeous studio in downtown Apex. “Anyone can be creative!” said Serany. “Everyone has unique talents and gifts, which allow us to be creative in our own ways. “Define what drives you and find your passion. It’s much easier to be creative if your heart is in your work. Push the limits.
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At the start of any project, make it a goal to incorporate one new element and always challenge yourself to think outside the box. “And when creativity eludes you and you’ve hit a roadblock, walk away. A fresh perspective always helps.”
Tondalaya Pearson, founder of Cary Dance Productions, finds inspiration in lots of places. “Bike rides, my students and staff (they are brilliantly creative!), traveling, food, fashion. I find inspiration everywhere!”
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Never underestimate your own creativity, says Tondalaya Pearson. “It’s really important for people to find their own source of inspiration — music, art, food, nature, exercise, you name it,” Pearson said. “Find something that moves you! Take your inspiration from one area of life and try to apply it to another area in a new or interesting way. “Whether it’s taking on a specific project or finding a way to be creative in your everyday life, the pursuit of creativity is its own reward. We all have the potential to express ourselves through individual choices.”
“You can’t always wait for inspiration to find you, so planning is essential. At the same time, I always leave myself the freedom to go in a new direction if I see a new opportunity. Sometimes the last-minute changes turn out to make all difference.”
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Phillip Lin relies on Google Calendar to keep himself on track; he even schedules personal time. “I get so busy sometimes that I forget to focus on my personal care and family activities. So it’s common for me to add ‘family dinner’ or ‘attend school event’ to my calendar. Family comes first, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded.”
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This is the year you’re going to get organized. (Yes, really.) And if anyone knows organization it’s Phillip Lin, owner of Catering by Design. One of his professed hobbies? Planning out the next 20 years of his life. “Being prepared is to create a plan that’s flexible and has a backup,” he said. “There are three benefits to this approach: One, if things go wrong, you have a contingency so you don’t make up tasks on the fly. Two, you’re able to direct employees (Or family!) in a calm manner so that a project can be completed without distractions. And three, 64
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Resolve to Be Financially Fit How to save time and money, and plan for life’s milestones
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You’re Getting Married! Keep These Things in Mind CONTRIBUTED BY FIRST BANK APEX
GETTING MARRIED is not a small feat for many reasons; among them, marriage represents a new stage in your financial life. We asked three First Bank team members — Matthew Powers, business development officer; John Quiggle, financial advisor; and Audra Lubawski, certified financial planner — about the financial issues soon-to-be newlyweds need to discuss. How Each of You Views Money
Are you a saver or a spender? What about your fiancé? What goals do you have for your life together? Open communication is essential to any relationship, including a financial one. How You’ll Set Up Your Bank Accounts
Couples with similar spending philosophies may decide to set up a joint account; others may choose to have one joint account for household expenses as well as separate personal accounts. How You’ll Stick to a Budget
Online tools like Mint.com can help you keep track of your finances and make sure that your spending matches your priorities. How You’ll Update Your Wills
Make sure you and your spouse are pass-
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You may want to update your life insurance policy not just to help your new spouse, but also to help any children you may already have. How You’ll Deal with Debt
Credit card and student loan debt can hurt a new couple’s ability to save. Paying down your debts and staying debt-free (aside from a home) will help you lay a firm financial foundation. How Much You Need to Save
It’s a good idea to have access to enough cash to sustain you for at least six months. Some people are more comfortable with a 12-month reserve. As part of your open communication, have a conversation about how you’ll build wealth to enjoy your life together. Just remember that retirement can be a moving target based on your needs, abilities, desires, and the changing world around you.
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Use Mobile Technology to Save Time and Money CONTRIBUTED BY PATSY D. JOHNSON, PARAGON BANK
TIME. It’s a limited resource. And those of us who lead busy
lives with hectic schedules look for ways to “make” more time. Multitasking while on the go is one option. But what more can you do when it comes to managing your finances? An important part of any financial checkup is a look at the mobile banking options available from your financial institution. These technologies allow you to conveniently fit banking activities into your schedule anytime, anywhere. Sure, you may be using technology options like online banking, but are you using all the mobile technologies to recapture time in your day? Here are three to consider. Mobile Banking – Bring transaction functionality and finan-
cial information with you. Whether you are at the game, waiting to pick up your child from school, or at the airport between business flights, you can check balances, transfer funds, and monitor transac-
tions on your mobile device or tablet. It’s a huge time saver. Bill Pay Service – It’s free at most banks and makes pay-
ing bills cheaper and more convenient than writing checks or buying stamps. After you initially set up the bills you typically pay, you can pay any of them quickly and easily while on the go. Once you’ve used bill pay service, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. Mobile Check Deposits – We take videos and selfies with our phones. Why not use them to deposit checks? It’s easy. Just open your financial institution’s mobile app, take photos of the check, and send them to make your deposit. All done without going to the bank. Now is a great time to review all the technology options available from your financial institution. You’ll spend less time on your banking and have more time for your life. Just try it. You’ll like it!
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There are No ‘Do-overs’ in Retirement CONTRIBUTED BY HELEN BALLENTINE, FIRST TENNESSEE BANK
TO GET IT RIGHT, you have to start planning for retirement now. Q: I know I should plan for retirement, but where do I start? A: Most of us dream of the day when
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Kelsey Lambdin, co-owner of Cary Car Care, says it’s a good idea to check the rubber on your wiper blades regularly. They should be replaced once a year, if not more often.
TIPS FOR ANYONE S a ve t i me an d mon ey by ge tting to know your ve hicl e WRITTEN BY AMBER KEISTER PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
KNOWLEDGE IS power, especially when it comes to cars. Getting to know your vehicle can save you time, money and a few headaches, say local car care experts. “If you are not familiar with your car, then everything seems abnormal. But if you have a relationship with your car, then you can head off any major problems.” said B.J. Lambdin, who owns Cary Car Care with his father, Paul, and sister, Kelsey. The folks at Atlantic Tire and Service want to empower drivers as well. Offered at all three area locations, the shop’s popular “ABCs of Car Care” class gives attendees safety tips and money-saving advice while explaining the importance of regular maintenance. “We give them safe, good and fun information,” said Nancy
Seymour, who has led the classes for about four years. “Because we’ve all been there. It’s not like you are born knowing the answers to all these questions.” Our experts take us through some regular checks, and suggest helpful skills for any car owner — new or experienced. The checks should be performed at regular intervals, once a month or every other month. If you have more questions about your car, they are happy to help. “You can always call your mechanic and ask him for advice,” said Kelsey Lambdin. Then B.J. added: “If you are afraid to call, then you need to find another mechanic.” continued on page 80
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The car’s Vehicle Identification Number is often located on the driver’s side doorjamb. Sometimes you can find the manufacturer’s guidelines about tires there too.
Basic Information Although most drivers know their vehicle year, make and model, it’s also important to know where to locate the car’s VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number. Most of the time this information is located on the driver’s side doorjamb. Kelsey says knowing the year, make and model helps your mechanic better estimate how much a repair will cost, even without seeing the car. The VIN helps consumers keep track of recalls or repair history. Owners should also be familiar with the manufacturer’s suggested care schedule, says Seymour. This makes it easier to budget for major maintenance visits. Kelsey and B.J. also suggest keeping a record of all the work done to your vehicles. Some people use a log book; others keep all their receipts in their glove box. This is especially helpful if you change mechanics or sell your car.
Tires The proper tires, properly maintained, will keep you safe, improve your ride and save you gas. In most cases, it’s best if the tire’s size, listed on its side, matches the manufacturer’s specifications, says Kelsey. The recommended tires are listed in the vehicle owner’s manual, on the driver’s side doorjamb or glove box lid. The minimum tire pressure should also be listed there. You can find the maximum tire pressure on the sidewall of the tire. For optimal ride and gas mileage, the Lambdins say tire pressure should be somewhere between these two numbers. Tire pressure should be checked regularly, and always before driving the car, says Seymour. Even a moderate temperature fluctuation can reduce tire pressure. “More of the tire is on the ground when the air is let out. You’ve got more drag on that tire, which affects your gas mileage, and the tire wears out faster,” she said. Don’t forget to check the treads too. All three of our experts stress that tire tread is vital for safety, because the treads disperse water, allowing the tire to grip the road. “In dry weather, even a bald tire will get you where you are going, but in wet weather, you are at risk of hydroplaning,” said Kelsey. Check your tires with the upside-down penny trick. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, replace the tire, and do it as soon as you can. “Tires and tread are the cheapest form of insurance,” said Seymour.
If you can see the top of Abe’s head, your tire needs to be replaced.
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Car Care Class There isn’t a set schedule for Atlantic Tire and Service’s “ABCs of Car Care” classes as yet. But if you’d like to attend an upcoming session, keep an eye on their Facebook page at facebook.com/ atlantictireandservice, or send an email to email@example.com.
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Wipers and Lights
Often drivers don’t pay attention to wiper blades until they are streaking or making noise, but it’s important to check them for tears in the rubber and to replace them regularly. Most wiper blades should be replaced annually, but if you park outside, every six months may be better. “The elements can put a lot of wear and tear on your wipers,” said Kelsey. All vehicle lights should be inspected regularly. A burned out bulb may mean a trip to the mechanic, but it’s better than discovering you have no headlights on a stormy night.
Only check your coolant levels when the engine is cold. Even then, remove the radiator cap slowly, as the contents may be under pressure. “Think soda bottle,” says B.J. Lambdin.
Drivers should know how to monitor their car’s fluids, and know what kind of fluid goes where. This information is in the owner’s manual, but most reservoirs are clearly marked. If any fluids are low, and you don’t know why, the Lambdins say to see your mechanic. • Check oil monthly. Some cars can read up to a quart low, when they are in fact full. To head off problems, it is important to know what is normal for the car. • Check coolant when engine is cold. If levels are low, distilled water can be added in a pinch. Ideally, antifreeze formulated for the North Carolina climate should be used. • Windshield washer solution is made to avoid freezing in winter. Top off as needed. • For power steering, brake and transmission fluids, see mechanic if low. “If you put the wrong fluid in the wrong reservoir, do not drive,” said B.J. “Call your mechanic as soon as you can, because driving can make things a lot worse.”
“If you put the wrong fluid in the wrong reservoir, do not drive. Call your mechanic as soon as you can, because driving can make things a lot worse.”
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Jump Starting Basics Seymour likes the security of having a compact car battery jump starter in her trunk. She asked: “As a woman, do you want to wait for whoever is going to stop? What if it’s at night?” Better yet, know how to jump-start a battery, Kelsey says. Having jumper cables and a diagram showing how to use them in your car can save you from being stranded. B.J. also suggests keeping a pair of safety goggles and gloves with the jumper cables. A good rule of thumb is to “go in a big circle,” said Kelsey.
1. Starting with the dead battery, clamp one end of the red cable to its positive terminal. The saying “Red to Dead” is a good way to remember where to start.
2. Go to the boost battery; attach the other end of the It’s good to know what all your car’s warning lights mean, and especially important to know if it’s safe to continue driving.
When a warning light comes on, it’s important to know if you can keep cruising or if you need to pull over immediately. Your owner’s manual can give you the rundown on each light, but these are ones to watch.
red cable to its positive terminal.
3. Still with the boost battery, clamp one end of the black cable to the negative terminal.
4. Find a piece of unpainted metal on the engine block of the dead car, and attach the remaining end of the black cable. Service Engine Soon: If flashing, do not drive as this could indicate a damaged catalytic converter.
Coolant: Do not drive; vehicle is overheating. Check levels when safe, and if coolant is low, top off and drive.
Clamp on a piece of unpainted metal on the engine block of the dead car.
Battery: Indicates problem with charging system. Turn off accessories to save power, and get to a safe place to pull over.
Oil Pressure: Check oil level and if low, top it off. If light goes out, it is safe to drive the vehicle. If light stays on, have the car towed to your mechanic.
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“Whether you’re brand new or an experienced climber, our staff is set up to guide you and take you on a path that will get you climbing at the appropriate level.” — Joel Graybeal
Climbers scale 55-foot walls in TRC’s new building, which opened in 2014. The Morrisville location is the largest indoor climbing facility in five states, says managing partner Joel Graybeal.
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Whether you are a beginning rock climber or consider yourself one of the best, Triangle Rock Club is a great place to put your physical skills to the test. When you walk through the doors of a TRC location, you will be greeted by a staff whose top priority is to help and encourage you in your journey. “We’re not in the climbing gym
business,” said Joel Graybeal, one of TRC’s managing partners. “We’re in the hospitality and experience business. “Whether you’re brand new or an experienced climber, our staff is set up to guide you and take you on a path that will get you climbing at the appropriate level.” Climbing is also a way to meet and interact with new people. “Meeting other people who share the same passion for climbing happens here all the time,” Graybeal said. Programs such as Intro to Climbing, Youth Climbing and yoga classes are available for people ages 4 and up. “We cater to customers of all ages,” said Graybeal. “Our mission statement is to enhance and transform people’s lives by enthusiastically sharing our passion for climbing.” Triangle Rock Club consists of three locations: Its “classic” site in Morrisville, plus spots in North Raleigh and Fayetteville. The owners of TRC think of their organization as three locations, but one community.
TRC was started by two former Force Recon Marines who wanted to bring their passion for adventure into the community. They opened their first TRC in Morrisville in December 2007. Five years later, Graybeal joined the team. By September 2013 the second TRC location opened in North Raleigh. The Fayetteville location was completed in November 2014, and the team has plans to open three more locations in North Carolina. “We don’t hope to expand,” Graybeal said. “We plan to.” According to Graybeal, the Morrisville location houses the biggest and tallest climbing terrain in five states. Attracting customers from all 50 states and 10 different countries, TRC reaches people from all walks of life. For $19 for adults and $12 for children 11 and younger, you and your family can enjoy a day filled with climbing. trianglerockclub.com continued on page 88 CARY MAGAZINE 87
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City of Raleigh Museum
The City of Raleigh Museum, located in a historic former hardware store in downtown Raleigh, is a great way to add some fun to a cold afternoon. With more than 5,000 artifacts showcased, there is sure to be something here to interest people of all ages. “There is something here for everybody,” said Ernest Dollar, director of COR. “We are the only museum that reflects Raleigh’s local culture.” With the goal of preserving Raleigh’s rich history, this museum allows people to get to know and experience the past, present and future of North Carolina’s capital city. “We adopted a new mantra called ‘Then, Now and Next,’” Dollar said. “The Then is we look at history for history’s sake. The Now is we pull that history up and look at how it has shaped us today. Then we take it one step further and try to have people think about how history shapes the future. We try to be past, present and future. “Raleigh is such a thriving community. Its history museum does not need to be stuck in the past,” he said. With fresh content always coming in, there is constantly something new to experience at the COR museum, and lots of secrets to be discovered. “Almost every month people will be able to find something new here,” Dollar said. 88
As you walk through the doors of the updated contemporary COR museum, you will notice special historical artifacts, such as the original Raleigh flag, dotted around the building. There are walking tours and exhibits plus interactive kiosks and activities for a fun hands-on learning experience. Best of all, museum admission is free. “It’s a great place to bring the kids to come and learn,” Dollar said. Another part of the museum to explore is the Pope House, built in 1901, which may have housed the first black doctor in Raleigh. Dollar calls the house Raleigh’s “diamond in the rough.” The house is open for tours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “If you want to discover an unfound treasure, that’s where it is,” Dollar said. “When people come into the museum, we want them to leave knowing their world a little better, knowing not only the history behind Raleigh and the character of Raleigh but have an idea of where Raleigh is going in the future,” he said. cityofraleighmuseum.org continued on page 90
The City of Raleigh Museum offers gallery tours that walk visitors through the museum’s exhibits highlighting interesting pictures, artifacts, and stories.
“We adopted a new mantra called ‘Then, Now and Next. The Then is we look at history for history’s sake. The Now is we pull that history up and look at how it has shaped us today. Then we take it one step further and try to have people think about how history shapes the future. We try to be past, present and future.” — Ernest Dollar
Visitors to the exhibit called “R3: Raleigh Then, Raleigh Now, Raleigh Next” explore the city’s history through 200 years of artifacts and images. A timeline guides the curious through the city’s cultural landscape.
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The Holly Springs School of Dance performed at the 2014 festival.
The band M ystique ente rtained festival-goers in 2015.
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Festival Offers ‘Imagination’ Holly Springs Celebrates the Arts at Annual Festival WRITTEN BY SUSAN JOHNSTON PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOLLY SPRINGS ARTS COUNCIL
THE FOURTH ANNUAL Holly Springs Arts Festival takes place the first week of February at the town’s cultural center. It’s an opportunity to be inspired by the artistic talent surrounding you, by taking part in the festival’s multiple events. “What is wonderful about a community arts festival is the opportunity to experience an expanded version of your family, friends and neighbors as you see the art that they present in a friendly, accessible event,” said Dona McNeill, a participating artist in the festival’s Display Artist Show. “This kind of satisfying experience can lead to seeking additional arts experiences in the local community and beyond.” The festival was started by Don Briscar,
the cultural center manager, in 2012. He wanted to figure out a way to combine the arts council and the artistic atmosphere of the community. This year’s festival theme, “Imagination,” encourages people from the community to tap into their inner artist. “The theme gives an opportunity for the artists to take it where they need to go,” said Brenda Priest, president of the Holly Springs Arts Council and an artist herself. “They can interpret what imagination means to them.” Artists are encouraged to perform and display their works in the Community Variety Shows. “It is very fulfilling, as an artist, to watch that look of delight, intrigue and curiosity on
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proposed an American dream, of racial equality, justice, freedom and peace. But even as King’s civil rights efforts brought him to national prominence, Caryites were working toward equality too, in education, employment and standards of living. They were people like Principal White at the Berry O’Kelly High School in Method, where black students were bussed after completing eighth grade at the Cary Colored School. White helped develop a desegregation plan for Cary High, and to identify the six young girls who in 1963 would become its first black students: Lucille Evans; Brenda Hill; Gwen Matthews; Esther Mayo; Phyliss McIver and Frances White. Then there’s J. Estes Byers, who in 1967 became the first black principal of the desegregated West Cary Junior High. That was the same year that Umstead Park, which had been divided into two segregated parks since 1950, was integrated. George and Herbert Bailey were residential developers. Clyde Evans Sr., was a farmer with a real estate business and the largest property owner on Evans Road. Working quietly toward civil rights was Jeanette Evans, too, who has been serving her community via Dorcas Ministries since its founding in 1968 as Christian Community in Action, to serve local people in need. “Cary’s my home; I was born here,” Evans offers as the simple reason for her efforts. At age 85, she still volunteers weekly at Dorcas Thrift Shop.
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Since 1999, “Each year we offer a series of free public programs and events held around the community,” said Kris Carmichael of Cary’s Page-Walker Arts & History Center. “We do so to recognize the significance of Dr. King’s work and his impact on civil rights throughout our community, our country and the world.” Evans said it’s “good and right,” to celebrate the life of King, and to recognize the impact of his work, and many others, on Cary. “It’s improved life, yes. Things I couldn’t do I can do now, like go to school and vote,” she said. The leadership of King, the only nonpresident to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor, helped lead to Congressional passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act elimi-
nating legalized racial segregation in the U.S., and 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act. At age 35, King became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1964. “The Town of Cary is blessed with great diversity, which it celebrates through a broad range of programs, festivals and other events throughout the year,” Carmichael noted, such as Cary Diwali, Ritmo Latino, International Children’s Day, the Jewish Cultural Festival, Kwanzaa, and the African-American Festival. “Through these programs, which are produced with community partners, we seek to promote a broader awareness and understanding of other cultures. Our Dreamfest programming, in particular, speaks to the work of Dr. King and celebrates the scope of his influence that extends to us today.”
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the Best Nonprofit in our community: Winner Dorcas Ministries, and honorable mentions Western Wake Crisis Ministry and The Carying Place. These organizations work toward making our community a better place by helping those in need around us. With the help of volunteers, each of these nonprofits is also expanding so that they will be able to reach more people in 2016. Dorcas Ministries
Dorcas Ministries was founded in 1968 and has since been providing outreach programs for the Cary community such as food pantries, adult education assistance, childcare scholarships, and Jobs for Life classes, all funded with the help of its popular thrift store.
Dorcas hopes to show the love of Jesus Christ by serving people in need through crisis relief, and by encouraging self-sufficiency. “If you’re at a point of need, that’s what we’re here for,” said Howard Manning, executive director of Dorcas Ministries. In 2016, Dorcas is working toward diversifying its organization. Through connec-
What’s New at Top Nonprofits? tions with several new community partners, Dorcas will be able to expand its already successful services and programs. “In early 2016 we should be opening a health clinic at Dorcas Plaza,” Manning said. This clinic will be made possible through a partnership with Advance Community Health, and represents a longtime Dorcas goal. Dorcas is also partnering with the North Carolina Baptist Men’s Association to provide a dental bus in the Dorcas plaza, this coming April. This will allow people who cannot afford dental care to be able to get continued on page 102 CARY MAGAZINE 101
Volunteer Becky Vickery works in the food pantry at Western Wake Crisis Ministry. The nonprofit group hopes to move to a larger facility in 2016.
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the help they need. This service has been successful in the past, Manning says. “While we are expanding our services, we are not abandoning our core services,” he noted. Dorcas is also making moves toward systemic change in 2016. “One of the biggest changes we’ve been able to make is expanding our services from just being a crisis relief agency to an agency that can now offer our clients tools to move from dependency to selfA video highlighting r e l i a n c e ,” the work of Dorcas Manning can be viewed at said. dorcas-cary.org/2015 Dorcas /11/10/2015-video/ has hired a full-time case worker who can offer more financial counseling to teach people how to better manage their budgets. Manning says Dorcas is grateful for all of the support it receives from the community, as he works toward recruiting more 102
volunteers for the new projects Dorcas has coming up. “In no way, shape, form or fashion could Dorcas be what it is today if we didn’t have our volunteers,” Manning said. dorcas-cary.org Western Wake Crisis Ministry
Since 1983, Western Wake Crisis Ministry has become a great asset to our community, as it continues to provide crisis relief to more than 200 families each month. “Our mission is to provide assistance and outreach to families in need in Western Wake County,” said development director Lori Towner. “It’s neighbors helping neighbors.” Considering that 98 percent of all donations go to program services, it only makes sense that WWCM is working on expanding its programs in 2016. The Elder Aid Project is a program that will match elderly men and women with volunteers in the community so that they can interact and form friendships. The group’s Jobs for Life program assists members of the community with work readi-
ness skills and provides mentoring for those who need it. “It creates an environment where you’re learning skills on how to interview, how to write a résumé, how to sell yourself in an interview,” Towner said. These programs will open up new opportunities for the community to get involved. In 2015 alone, WWCM assisted more than 2,399 households with their emergency needs. Towner acknowledges that without volunteers, the organization would not be able to provide the way that it does. “When someone comes to you saying, ‘I want to help,’ you want to engage them and make sure it is a fulfilling engagement,” she said. The nonprofit’s core services such as its food pantries, employment connections and seasonal programs, will be available to the community as usual. WWCM is also moving to a new location due to growth, which Towner says should be up and running near Thanksgiving of 2016. wwcm.org
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The Carying Place has helped working homeless families become more financially independent since 1998 through providing affordable housing as well as job and mentor opportunities. “Our main mission is to empower working homeless families with budgeting and money management,” said executive director Leslie Covington. “We want to empower them to not only get out of homelessness but to avoid it in the future.”
“Growth is the biggest thing for us right now.” – Leslie Covington, The Carying Place
The biggest news for The Carying Place in 2016 is that it has acquired new property for client use, proof that the organization is looking to reach more families in need. “Growth is the biggest thing for us right now,” said Covington; The Carying Place served its 350th family in 2015. Improving its programs and services is also a priority for The Carying Place in 2016. “We’re fine-tuning everything so that we can do our jobs better,” Covington said. Staff has been hired recently to put these plans into action as well as to create new positive energy within the office environment. Financial counseling continues to be a major service, which demonstrates one of the Carying Place’s main goals: to break the cycle of poverty. The Carying Place is also hoping to update the way it operates by incorporating more technology into the organization. Fundraisers, such as the annual Benefit Auction in April and the annual Carying Place 10k or 5k Run, Walk & Dash in September, will be held again this year to provide fun events for the community and to help raise money for the organization. thecaryingplace.org
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Sweet Wintersweet By January, dedicated green thumb gardeners begin yearning for something, anything, growing in the landscape that hints of the coming spring, which is still many, many weeks away. One plant that readily comes to the rescue is wintersweet, an unusual shrub that bears its brave flowers during these coldest times of the year. Shaped like small butter-colored bells, wintersweet’s blooms are, indeed, a welcome sight in January’s garden that is comforting to the eyes. But as an unexpected bonus, these blossoms are also a veritable feast for the nose. While the flowers are modest in appearance, they fill the chilled air with a marvelous, sweet scent that surprises many gardeners not expecting such a treat until roses, gardenias, heliotropes and other similarly fragrant flowers start their shows in the warmer months, long after winter has become a memory. Botanically known as — take a deep breath if you are going to try to pronounce it — Chimonanthus praecox, wintersweet is a shrub that can grow 10 to 12 feet high and just about as wide if left unpruned. It has a loose, multi-branched habit with deciduous, glossygreen, lance-shaped leaves, which turn a modest light yellow with the arrival of autumn. In short, not a growing season specimen plant, but this shrub certainly should be placed close to paths, entryways and other frequently-visited areas to take best advantage of its pleasing, surprisingly scented winter flowers. Wintersweet adapts to many soil types but does best in moderately well-drained sites. And for maximum cold season flower power, plant in full sun. A pruning every few years after the blossoms are spent will also encourage more blooms in winters to come. There is also an advantage to lightly pruning wintersweet before this shrub blooms: cut branches can be forced into flower earlier indoors. Snip a few shoots about 12 to 18 inches long, bring inside, and soak them in warm water overnight. Then place the branches in a vase that is away from sunlight, change the water weekly, and when the buds begin to swell, move the plant to a prime spot in the home 104
Wintersweet blooms are a welcome sight in January gardens.
(again, out of direct sun) where the bursting blooms can be a treat for both the eyes and nose. Wintersweet is native to China but was introduced into American gardens in the early 1800s, meaning despite such a distant origin, it is an established plant in the nursery trade and not that hard to find at area or online garden shops. ‘Luteus’ is the most common cultivar offered today and has medium-yellow blooms. Another selection, ‘Grandiflorus,’ lives up to its name with larger flowers that are dipped in a deeper yellow hue. However, while the flowers of the newer cultivars ‘Luteus’ and ‘Grandiflorus’ have slightly more visual appeal when compared to the lighter blooms of the standard, plain ol’ Chimonanthus praecox, if possible go with the original. This straight species’ pale blossoms aren’t as eye-catching, but their pleasing fragrance tends to be stronger, meaning next year’s winter garden will be all the more sweet. 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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January • Wintersweet branches or limbs from other early blooming woodies such as forsythia, pussy willow, crabapple and spirea that are being forced to flower indoors will last longer in a homemade preservative that mixes 2 tablespoons each of sugar and white vinegar with a halfteaspoon of chlorine bleach in a quart of water. • Liven up dull winter landscapes with an artistic twist! Turn your inner Van Gogh loose in the yard, and apply brightly colored spray paint to dried ornamental grass stems and empty seed pods. • Keep the colors of Christmas bright by watering indoor Yuletide plants
such as amaryllis, Christmas cactus, Christmas cherry and poinsettia only when the upper half-inch of soil in the pots is dry. • Shrubs and small trees that were root pruned last fall can be transplanted starting at the end of the month. • Why wait until spring to start your garden? This month into February is a good time to plant asparagus. Two recommended high-yielding varieties for Carolina gardens are ‘Jersey Knight’ and ‘Jersey Giant.’ • Salt-stained clay pots can be spiffed up by wiping them with vinegar.
TIMELY TIP Besides wintersweet, there are other woody ornamentals that save their flowery displays for the coldest times of the year. Hellebores, winter daphne, sweetbox, winter honeysuckle and witch hazel are prime examples, and most will also be showing off at local nurseries this month and into February. So if you pass on visiting your friendly garden center until the spring, you could miss out on picking up some of these winterblooming wonders.
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WOMEN OF WESTERN WAKE LUNCHEON
Enchantment, Discussion and Inspiration WRITTEN BY SUSAN JOHNSTON | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
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2015 Women of Western Wake Luncheon on Oct. 16, women were intended to find an experience that would leave them inspired and driven. The Enchantment
The atmosphere of the luncheon was elegant and warm. The décor sparkled and added hints of autumn to the ballroom of The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. Women of all ages, and a few men, enjoyed conversation and networking over a three-course lunch, connecting with old friends as well as making new ones. Several previous Women of Western Wake were present at this year’s luncheon as well, such as Gale Adcock, a 2010 honoree who has since been elected to the N.C. House of Representatives. 106
Four of the five 2015 Women of Western Wake were in attendance at the luncheon. Jenn Mann, vice president of Human Resources at SAS, could not be present, but did send some wise words of See more om the encouragement in a video clip. photos fr Western f o n e “We as women tend to be Wom heon at c n u Wake L a bit harder on ourselves and z a ine.com carymag operate with quite a bit of selfdoubt and feelings of inadequacy,” Mann said. “The message I wanted to leave with you today is that we are all more than adequate in our own way.” The panel discussion among honorees at WakeMed Cary, explained how she had was mediated for the second year by WRAL many doubts after accepting her new leadmeteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. ership position. She went on to express her Panel questions provoked lively dis- gratitude for the team that surrounds her evcussion. Angela Newman, nursing director ery day in her workplace. for the Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace “You may have self-doubt, but as long
as you have people who are watching your back, it’s OK,” Newman said. “Do some self-analysis,” said Lisa Grimes, president and CEO of PurThread. “What makes you tick? What makes you get up in the morning? What drives you to try and follow your passion and create an opportunity instead of waiting for an opportunity to come to you?” Other questions focused on facing setbacks and challenges, as well as the legacies the honorees hope to leave behind. Dr. Tracy Weeks, chief academic and digital learning officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, discussed overcoming fears in order to grow. “I think the more you’re willing to put aside fear and put yourself out there, which is kind of a vulnerable place to be, you will be open to the fact that things may work out or they may not,” she said. Questions were also taken from the audience. Attendees from the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy proved that they are already working toward becoming leaders, as they asked questions ranging from interacting with male co-workers to seeking advice for their own careers.
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