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Paris can wait now that Cary has its own romantic nighttime landmark at the new
Flights of Fancy: 14 No packing required
Downtown Park. Cary
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the lighted fountain on
Celebrate Summer! 22 Quirky holidays are good excuses
couple Dan and Eva Ryder end the night with a kiss in front of South Academy Street. For another view of the park, see page 82.
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A YOUNG DAD I know was tucking in his little boy
for an unwanted nap, when the newly-verbal 1-year-old raised his palms and asked an innocent, earnest question: “Why this?” The story was good for a chuckle, and the question a perfect mantra for a frustrating day. But for a daydreamer like me, it’s been food for thought. Of all things, why this? I asked on a summer-fun assignment in Wilson, gazing up at a group of astonishingly intricate whirligigs spinning under a perfect blue sky. What magic led an old farmer to dream and design them? And on a hot Saturday afternoon, climbing the wooden steps of historic Yates Mill behind the man who helped lead its restoration, I wondered gratefully, Why this? What magic enabled these visionaries to see past centuries of decay to the treasure within? Enjoy this summertime issue — I hope it leads you to daydream, too. And try asking yourself that tiny question, Why this? It might just lead you to all that magic. Happy summer!
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ou’ll wonder how you ever lived without whirligigs once you see them, rising into a blue sky, twisting and swirling and clanking in the breeze, as modern marvels of mechanical whimsy. People from all 50 states and from other countries come to admire the wind-powered Wilson whirligigs, but we have the advantage: We live just an hour away. “It’s so rewarding to see them bright and vibrant, spinning freely again,” said Susan Kellum, downtown marketing and communications coordinator for the Wilson Downtown Development Corporation. “It’s amazing that one man dreamed of, designed and made these.” That visionary was the late Vollis Simpson, a farmer and house mover who at age 65 began building the whirligigs from scrap wood and metal, and reflective bits of old road signs to catch light at night. In 2010, the community launched a massive public-private partnership effort to preserve his whirligigs, and to create The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum. The park will open Nov. 4-5 at 301 Goldsboro St. South, during Wilson’s annual Whirligig Festival. It will be home to 31 of Simpson’s works, some standing 50 feet tall. The restoration and park projects have drawn grant support from ArtPlace America, continued on page 16
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Susan Kellum, downtown marketing and communications coordinator for the Wilson Downtown Development Corporation, says a downtown park featuring whirligigs created by late Wilson farmer and folk artist Vollis Simpson are part of “an artsdriven economic development engine.”
The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum featuring dozens of his wind-powered works, some standing 50 feet tall, will officially open in November. Visit now and you can watch the restoration efforts in action, at Conservation HQ.
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Artist and conservation project manager Juan Logan has commuted from Belmont, beyond Charlotte, every day for six years to oversee a team of 22 people who restore Simpson’s weather-worn whirligigs. It took three years, Logan says, to find a wheel in Pennsylvania that matches the one Simpson used in “Bicycle Man,” pictured foreground.
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six-block festival of photos taken by photographers from 30 countries. The late Vollis Simpson on his farm with one of his whirligigs in May 2010.
Fun fact Two of Simpson’s whirligigs are on display in Cary, at Jack Smith Park!
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the Kresge Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Also happening is Wilson’s largest redevelopment project, the $12 million Whirligig Station, converting a historic tobacco warehouse into mixed-use space including apartments, retail, and the Whirligig Museum & Gift Shop. A brewery, 217 Brew Works, has already opened nearby. “This is an arts-driven economic development engine, and Vollis’ art is a big part of it,” said Kellum, whose position at WDDC is one of several jobs created as a result of the partnership. “We started this project in 2008; look at what we’ve done even in the midst of an economic downturn. It speaks to the faith that Kresge and the NEA have in us.” Simpson’s whirligigs were declared North Carolina’s official state folk art in 2013, just weeks after his death at age 94. His works also stand at museums in Balti-
Volunteer Tom Lendra of Raleigh, a retired banker, happily makes the one-hour trek to Wilson to be part of the conservation project. The intricate parts of this piece include turning wagon wheels, a waving driver, and twitching ears and galloping legs on the horses. “It’s amazing, what Vollis came up with — his mechanical skills, his understanding of physics,” Lendra says. “His creativity is unbelievable.”
more and Manhattan, and at the site of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Don’t wait
Now is the time to visit Wilson, while you can still tour the downtown warehouse known as Conservation HQ, and watch the hands-on work to restore the last of Simpson’s whirligigs, before they’re installed in the park. The painstaking efforts are funded by the Kohler Foundation, and have led to the development of pioneering protocols for the conservation of outdoor folk art, utilizing the expertise of national partners such as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Parks Service. Artist and conservation project manager Juan Logan and a team of 22 workers, many of them volunteers, are restoring each intricate piece of the whirligigs, a fascinating inventory of ball bearings, textile mill rollers, HVAC fans and milkshake mixers, to archival standards. “It’s amazing, what Vollis came up with — his mechanical skills, his understanding of physics,” said volunteer Tom Lendra of Raleigh. “He had an incredible mind, and his creativity is unbelievable.” The two-acre finished park, designed by Durham firm Surface678, will feature a covered pavilion and sidewalk grids that mimic rows of tobacco laid out at auction. It will host a farmers’ market, educational programs and outdoor concerts. A water feature is also planned. Kellum says the park is coming together even better than she imagined. “I’ve seen the evolution, and I can’t wait to see it finished. It will be beautiful,” she said. “The most rewarding part is seeing our residents come to understand the vision. We want to honor our past, but move into the future.” Find more information at wilsonwhirligigpark.org and historicdowntownwilson.com.
Stripped to bare metal, whirligig pieces are then coated in primer, epoxy, two coats of industrial paint and lastly, clear protectant. Joe Justice has been part of the project since its start.
Wilson’s largest-ever redevelopment project, the $12 million Whirligig Station, will convert a historic tobacco warehouse near the park into mixed-use space including loft-style apartments, restaurants and retail, and the Whirligig Museum & Gift Shop.
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Free literary tours created by North Carolina Literary Map include tours in Asheville, Charlotte and Greensboro, the home of author O. Henry. This tour features the hotel named for him and noted for its afternoon teas, and audio recordings of Henry speaking about the art of writing.
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The author known as O. Henry may have adopted that pen name in honor of his girlfriend’s cat — or to hide the fact that he wrote some of his short stories from prison. Either way, you know the witty, often ironic tales of William Sydney Porter, aka O. Henry, including his most famous, “The Gift of the Magi.” Take an inside look at the life of O. Henry at his birthplace of Greensboro, just an hour from Cary, in one of several free literary tours created by North Carolina Literary Map. “People in North Carolina are serious about literature and history, and many are fans of certain authors,” said Keith Gorman, assistant dean for Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “The tours can be a pilgrimage, and give them the chance to experience places they’ve read about.” In Greensboro stops include Porter 18
Portrait of author O. Henry, by W.M. Vanderweyde, New York, 1909
Drug Store, where O. Henry worked for his uncle, a grouping of bronze sculptures depicting the author and his works, and the hotel named for him, where you can enjoy the local teatime tradition. “You can access his biography and pho-
tos through the website, and there’s even an audio recording of O. Henry actually talking about writing, that you can listen to while you walk the tour,” said Kathelene McCarty Smith, instruction and outreach archivist at UNCG. “He’s fascinating. He resonated with people in the community then, and is still appreciated here.” Additional literary tours are in place in Asheville and Charlotte, with another coming to Chapel Hill. All tours are self-guided using easy mapping technology on phones or tablets, and the order of tour stops is flexible. “And because people inevitably ask about it, a Nicholas Sparks tour is in progress,” Gorman added. “We’re looking at the coast, and plan to revisit the Triangle. All 100 North Carolina counties have writing communities.” For more information on literary tours, see library.uncg.edu/dp/nclitmap. continued on page 20
While you’re there ACC Hall of Champions, acchallofchampions.net See the 4-foot, 360-degree video globe of ACC highlights, and call a game in the interactive broadcasting booth. The conference was founded here in 1953. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, nps.gov/guco Walk the grounds defended by Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene and his militia in 1781, in the most heated battle of the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, sitinmovement.org Stand at the Woolworth’s lunch counter where the Greensboro Four launched a civil rights protest in 1960 that became part of the nationwide movement.
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A monument, erected in 1915, to Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene stands in the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro. On March 15, 1781, the largest battle of the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign was fought at the site. CARY MAGAZINE 19
With nearly a hundred shops, Seagrove is known as the pottery capital of the U.S. Seagrove also offers the chance to try your hand at the pottery wheel and experience firsthand the lives of its artists.
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Meet the artists in their studios during the second annual Stepping Into the Craft: Saturdays in Seagrove this month.
Try your hand at the pottery wheel, watch the dramatic raku firing technique, and see professional potters demonstrate wheel throwing, carving techniques and more, during July’s Stepping Into the Craft: Saturdays in Seagrove. Known as the Pottery Capital of the U.S., Seagrove is home to more than 100 ceramic artists, and is located about 90 minutes from Cary. A trip to Seagrove offers multiple destinations — while a handful of shops are located downtown, access to other studios requires short country drives. “People are inquisitive about pottery making, and Seagrove is an out of the ordinary experience,” said Bobbie Thomas of Thomas Pottery, volunteer marketing chair for the Seagrove Potters Association. “It’s an excursion to see the workshops and meet the artists, and even their cat,” she said. “Within a 20-mile radius there are
nearly a hundred shops. This is the North Carolina Pottery Trail, and you’ll experience the life of these artists.” Seagrove is also home to the North Carolina Pottery Center and its collections, where you can learn about pottery history and preservation. Get more details at discoverseagrove. com/saturdays-in-seagrove and facebook.com/ SeagrovePotters. t
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NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN DAY
Blueberry ice cream from Fresh Local Ice Cream in Cary is a tasty way to cool off.
Fried chicken is something we take very seriously in the South. We like it made fresh, and we like it made right. And, we sure know how to spend National Fried Chicken Day, July 6! Durham’s popular Dame’s Chicken and Waffles opened in Cary off of Harrison Avenue in November. Owners Damion (Dame) and Randy have kept the Harlem Renaissance tradition of chicken and waffles alive with their own sweet and
National Ice Cream Day
savory twist. Their most popular dish is the Buff Brahmas, below, which includes
Dairy Farm in Dunn to make its ice
four wings or two chicken cutlets, a waffle,
do on a hot summer day is kick back and
cream fresh at each location. Their most
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Apparently former President Ronald Reagan thought the same when he deemed July National Ice Cream Month
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in time for summer. Owner Lesley
In honor of this delicious holiday,
Richmond takes cookies and cream to a
look for some cold comfort at Fresh
new level with her homemade ice cream
Local Ice Cream’s Cary location, which
sandwiches, which are fit for kids and
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those still young at heart.
The store uses hormone-free and grass-fed cow’s milk from Jackson
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Falan Dodson shows off a couple of traditional hot dogs slathered in coleslaw at Ashworth Drugs. The drug store has been open in Cary since 1957.
International Day of Friendship Summer is best spent relaxing with family, catching up with those you haven’t seen in a while and hanging out with friends. In 2011, the United Nations deemed July 30 the International Day of Friendship to bridge the gap between people from different communities. To celebrate this day, why not spend it with friends? Take a stroll with a pal in Cary’s Bond Park, invite folks over for a potluck or meet someone from another place — maybe even volunteer to help someone in need. If you are new to the area, or if you’ve lived here for years and want to get involved with others around town, check out the Cary Newcomers Club, which currently serves 215 families in the Triangle. The club holds events like Themed Cuisine and bowling trips to help connect people in the area. Both are great ways to celebrate friendship! www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/
NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY Hot dogs are an American favorite, just like baseball or apple pie. July is National Hot Dog Month and a great time to celebrate this all-American snack. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year, which averages about 70 franks per person. To help you reach that annual quota, try Charlie Graingers — a new, gourmet hot dog restaurant in Morrisville. The restaurant uses veggies from local vendors, markets and grocery stores, and the brisket and barbecue come from Brookwood Farms in Siler City. Their most popular wiener is Ray’s Way, topped with pimento cheese and chili. Or how about a more traditional dog on July 19, National Hot Dog Day? At Ashworth Drugs in downtown Cary, you can enjoy a Southern classic — a coleslaw-smothered frank at the soda fountain. charliegraingers.com facebook.com/AshworthDrugs, ashworthdrugs.com
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ON SUCCESS: Success very rarely comes easily — and passion is key! You have to be willing to give everything you have. And when something doesn’t go your way, use that experience as an opportunity to learn, grow and to show those around you who you really are. BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Starting over. No
matter where you are in life, or how bad things seem, never forget that tomorrow brings opportunities. Staying positive and always pushing forward, no matter what, will inevitably help bring the right people into your life. HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: We
truly believe that each and every one of our employees has something unique to offer, whether it’s creativity, insight to the industry, or suggestions to enhance the way we run our business. We talk, we listen, and we show our staff that we are all equals. You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. Let them know that! FUN FACT: I was a touring musician for
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BRANDON & KELLY TRIMYER TITLE: Co-owners and operators, Duck
Donuts Cary and Raleigh ON SUCCESS: Success at any cost feels hollow. Could we improve financial performance by paying lower wages, using fewer premium products, and giving fewer donations to schools and community groups? Yes. Could we sleep at night if we did that? No. WORK AND CORE VALUES: As parents to three young kids, we wanted to put our family first, but it was tough when we were constantly on call or on the road. Owning continued on page 28 26
Clockwise from bottom left, 2017 Movers & Shakers honorees Kelly and Brandon Trimyer, Jay Bond and Alli Walton strike a pose at the General Aviation Terminal at RDU International Airport. Special thanks to RDU staff for making the facility available to Cary Magazine as a backdrop to this third annual feature.
HERE’S THE BOOST you’ve been looking for, the impetus to keep going in pursuit of your dreams. Here are the 2017 CM Movers & Shakers. Passionate about what they do, and willing to take risks to move closer to their goals, these 25 people are impacting the “now” of Western Wake even as they shape its future. And just for you, they’re willing to share their hardearned advice on the true
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we can’t be everywhere and control everything all the time. We’ve had to build trust with the team, delegate more, and take a deep breath before looking at YELP reviews.
ALLISON “ALLI” WALTON TITLE: Senior manager, Datacenter Engineering Customer Experience, Cisco Systems; launched Rotary Club of RaleighParkside and its Snacks@Schools program GREATEST STRENGTH OF WESTERN WAKE: Collaboration to solve local prob-
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yourself, and when you stop trying you learn how to do more, because you aren’t alone.
BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Working with a few
peers to start women-specific programs. I had to go to some senior people and ask for time, money and investment of their top people. The best part is that they are as invested as I am, and keep telling me yes!
HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: Get-
ting opinions from everyone matters, and sometimes that’s easier out of a business setting. For volunteer work, the downtime, when we can talk about anything, tends to be productive for building relationships and sparking creative ideas.
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too seriously. My beautiful, hilarious 8-monthold daughter is taking care of this quickly!
ON SUCCESS: It makes its roots at home in
FUN FACT: In October 2015, my wife and I were featured in an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.”
how we approach the ordinary events and circumstances of our daily lives. HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: I spent over a decade in higher education, designing environments and programs that helped millennial students thrive. During this time I lived in the residence halls engaging, learning and collaborating with my students. The opportunity gave me the unique lens through which I see things and solve problems. It helped me become a design thinker, something I leverage every day. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: I tend to take myself
SAMANTHA GODFREY TITLE: President and CEO, United Drug Supply; board member, Morrisville Chamber of Commerce WORK AND CORE VALUES: DIGA — Di-
versity, Innovation, Growth and Awareness — are our core values at UDS. One of the benefits of running your own company is that you can set these values in place to create the environment that you want.
BIGGEST CHALLENGES: Government
ON SUCCESS: Success happens when you
FUN FACTS: I had a bad car accident and
regulations. Forecasting and capital. Talent and hiring. We started with one item on our first government contract two years ago, and are now up to 1,900 representing over 30 manufacturers. Transitioning our business model to compete with larger distributors while keeping up with government regulations has been arduous. We found a law firm specializing in the exact field … and hired someone smarter than myself to take us to the next level in contracting … we signed on with a fractional CFO, a prime example of how the value of relationships can help grow your business. And while I am passionate about my business as a sales-oriented CEO, I’m a terrible HR manager. Hire what you’re not good at, a major lesson I had to learn as I grew.
discover what makes you unique and how to share it with others, and celebrate in others what makes them unique so the cycle can continue.
have a titanium rod in my leg. I learned to walk again but enjoy feeling like an unstoppable bionic woman. Also, I was featured several times on The Huffington Post for a viral blog post I wrote called, “So You’re Feeling Too Fat to be Photographed.”
HOW TO GROW: Invest in talent, listen,
admit mistakes and don’t repeat them. I take time to give back, whether through the nonprofit we run, Operation Eagle Inc., or by helping other entrepreneurs via Triangle Angel Partners.
TERESA PORTER TITLE: Owner and photographer, My
Friend Teresa Studios; Alumni Board, Cary Academy; partner photographer, Heart Gallery of America-NC
BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Moving away from
what every other photographer seemed to be doing, which was taking pictures and putting them on a CD, and instead learning how artwork should be displayed in the home. HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: Creativity
requires breathing room. We set ourselves up for inspiration by meeting with clients, and discover what makes them unique. Then we wait for the creative idea to show up. Sometimes that means I’m asking them to bring clothes that can get wet, or rushing an Amazon order of 25 colorful round balloons.
TITLE: Estate planning attorney, NC Plan-
ning; board president, The Carying Place GREATEST STRENGTH OF WESTERN
WAKE: A dedication to controlled and constructive growth while maintaining a small-town feel. The community is so warm and welcoming, especially to newcomers. ON SUCCESS: The money is not the bottom
line. It’s the desire to make a difference, and the passion for your work, that creates success. BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Leaving Michigan,
“Money is not the bottom line. It’s the desire to make a difference, and the passion for your work, that creates success.” — Paul Yokabitus
my family and professional network, to pursue a career in law in North Carolina. I learned that comfort can be a handcuff to success; sometimes you’ve got to take a leap of faith and put yourself out there, to reach your full potential. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Finding enough
time in the day to be a great lawyer, but also be a great husband to my wife, Alix, and dad to my two boys, Conor and Mason. Time management, planning ahead, and (prioritizing technique) “eating the frog” have all been valuable strategies to maintaining work-life balance. HOW TO GROW: Developing strong men-
tors and knowing when to ask for help. FUN FACTS: I’m a huge true crime fan, and
an IPA enthusiast.
MICHAEL YOUNG, Ph.D. TITLE: Director of performance and research, Athletic Lab; head fitness coach for N.C. Football Club and N.C. Courage professional soccer teams; author and lecturer
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is something we can have direct control over with our actions and outlook. BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: My biggest risk was
moving (from New York) to the Triangle to start Athletic Lab. I slept on the floor and ate every meal using a single bowl and fork. But my family joined me, I found a warehouse lease, and several elite athletes moved to the area to train with me. I haven’t looked back since.
WORK AND CORE VALUES: I introduce chil-
dren to healthy habits and a love of movement that has lifelong benefits. I help adults get into the best shape of their lives. I help athletes pursue their passions and dreams … On a larger scale, the health and fitness of a community has positive implications on workplace and school productivity, safety and more.
but there are never any guarantees. Taking nothing for granted and being willing to make personal sacrifices is key.
harder when things are not. It means taking calculated risks and sticking to them, no matter how challenging they are.
WORK AND CORE VALUES: Growing up as an artist, I’ve always looked at life a little differently. When it comes to beer I think that’s very important. Our slogan, “Old school classics, new school originals” represents how we think as individuals and as a company. We respect tradition, yet we are passionate about innovation and always try to bring something creative to the market.
BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Opening our storefront. Trusting that we’ve got a unique and flavorful product and standing behind our process has been worth the risk.
FUN FACTS: I played “the grandson” in
a commercial promoting Major League Baseball as a kid, and I studied as a sculptor’s apprentice in the crypt of St. John the Divine Cathedral in Manhattan.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: I continue to work
a full-time job, run the ice cream shop and support two active children, so finding time for everything has been a challenge. I’m finding that there’s not enough time in a day to get everything done, so being open to ask for help and trusting others to run the shop or run my kids around has been challenging. FUN FACTS: I’m adopted and grew up in the Pittsburgh area, but I’m an avid Cleveland sports fan.
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BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Success and risk go
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BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Leaving my full-time
job of 10 years to open my own fitness studio. I did not have a location or any equipment; I literally started with nothing. Doing what you love is worth the risk. I have learned that I can do anything I set my mind to — fear and unknowns will not hold me back. And whatever the outcome is, I will be OK.
WORK AND CORE VALUES: My work is
about treating others with kindness and respect, sharing joy and making people laugh, helping people meet their wellness goals and giving them a safe place to disconnect from life and stress. HOW TO GROW: My focus is on my business and growing that; it is my life, seven days a week. I talk to other fitness professionals and learn from them, what works and what doesn’t. I never want to get too comfortable.
SARAH GASKILL TITLE: President, Morrisville Chamber of
ON SUCCESS: Success comes in many forms.
experience other than a few internships and was hired for an executive director position. The most valuable lesson learned was to surround yourself with good people, because they will help you grow. HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: I consis-
tently ask for ideas and suggestions from my team and from our members. For people to feel ownership of their space, it is important to encourage them to try new things, with room to make mistakes. Given the everchanging landscape of business as well as the robust growth here in the Triangle … being creative and innovative in our approach will be most important as we move forward. FUN FACTS: I started my career as a wedding
planner. I also love canning fruits and vegetables; I’ve been told I make a mean pickle.
TETNIKA WILLIAMSON TITLE: Instructional management coordi-
nator and assistant principal intern, Wake County Public Schools; owner, party planner and stylist, Poise Boutique and Cutie Pie Pampering
It’s important to celebrate not only the big wins but the small successes along the way, and with the team that made it happen!
GREATEST STRENGTH OF WESTERN WAKE:
BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: My first job out of
ON SUCCESS: There’s not one set path-
college was for a new event facility. I had no
way or one size fits all in success — there’s
Its sense of community support, and the revitalization of businesses.
“Doing what you love is worth the risk. I have learned that I can do anything I set my mind to — fear and unknowns will not hold me back.” — Amanda Dismukes
enough success for everyone. However, you can only define your own success. BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Leaving my corporate
job in 2007 to pursue a career in education. WORK AND CORE VALUES: Helping others;
providing a service through outreach and education. HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: Staying up to date on the latest market trends. HOW TO GROW: My love for learning — at-
tending continuing education courses, professional development, and trying new things. FUN FACTS: I completed my first half-mar-
athon in November 2016, ran another in June. Also, I am a self-taught artist and love to paint abstract artwork.
ERICA ADAY TITLE: Postpartum doula and baby sleep expert, First Daze & Nightzzz GREATEST STRENGTH OF WESTERN WAKE:
our Shots in the 1990s, which has come in handy for my daughter who sings and performs in theater, and have worked as a sign language interpreter at a school for the deaf.
Our people. Our shared desire for love, health and happiness in our family’s lives are the common threads that connect us.
WORK AND CORE VALUES: Love, compas-
Vibes; director, annual International Festival through nonprofit International Focus
sion, caring, appreciation and belief in others are core values that shape and guide me. Although we may have differences, we need to care for each other. HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: Working
with a team of other skilled and intuitive women really helps. We problem solve and provide support to families as a team, with access to each doula’s special skill sets and experiences. Every family is unique, so our collective methods of support are always evolving. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Squeezing in time
for friends and fun can be challenging. I try to practice what I preach to my clients — to relish small moments and be thankful for each day, instead of getting caught up in the busyness of life. FUN FACTS: I was a makeup artist for Glam-
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ON SUCCESS: All experiences are successes
— failures are just successes in the works. BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: I left my home
country, Lebanon, when I was 19, having only seen the U.S. in movies. My father told us, “Make sure you have good education so that you can always rely on yourself.” My parents died when I was 5, and this message is about the only thing I have from them. WORK AND CORE VALUES: I strive to connect with positive people and projects, and stay away from negativity. I care about cultural integration and know how difficult it is to learn to live in a new environment; making connections makes one stronger through transition. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: These events are a
celebration of accomplishments, traditions
and culture, and are enjoyed by thousands. My biggest challenge is learning not be affected by one negative comment. FUN FACTS: I speak French, Arabic and a
little Spanish. I was given the 2010 Volunteer Award by President Obama, and was a UNICEF and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ambassador.
TITLE: Financial planner, MassMutual; board
member, Military Missions in Action; founder, Veteran Owned Business Festival; co-chair, Fuquay-Varina Young Professionals Network GREATEST STRENGTH OF WESTERN WAKE:
The greatest strength of this area is business opportunity … the people here embrace growth while maintaining the small-town kindness I grew up knowing. BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: I volunteered and
was a part of the first year-long combat deployment in the Air Force in 2006-2007. I learned that training and teamwork are essential to success. This applies not only in a combat situation, but in the business world as well. continued on page 34
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WORK AND CORE VALUES: It follows the
core values I learned in the Air Force: integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do. I follow these when working with clients to help create the best and most relevant financial plan for their specific needs.
HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: I’m always
looking for ways to show how much we care within the communities that we serve. This includes sponsoring a variety of community events and helping military families.
TITLE: Downtown development manager, Town of Cary GREATEST STRENGTH OF WESTERN WAKE:
Geography. Proximity to Raleigh, RTP, Durham, Chapel Hill, RDU and major universities attracts great companies who need great employees, who want to build great communities by being engaged citizens. BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Walking away from
a full scholarship for a master’s in divinity two years into the program. Lesson learned … most of life’s decisions are not between good and bad, but between better and best. WORK AND CORE VALUES: I am vision and mission driven. I’ll do just about any type of job so long as I believe in that vision — picking up trash as I walk down the sidewalk, working with a developer on plans for a new building, or trying to scout the next new business to open in downtown, I’ll give the energy and time to make Downtown Cary happen. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Amazon. They are
changing the way we shop and the way we understand retail, which could have a significant impact on soft goods retail shops, a key component of vibrant downtowns. I’ve got a call into (Amazon founder) Jeff Bezos. FUN FACT: “Ted” is a nickname and
is not derived from my legal name, Wofford Ptolemy Boyd III.
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BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: My study abroad
experience in college. It cultivated my love for travel and my appreciation for different cultures, which makes me more open to the different cultures around us in Cary.
tion. I am also responsible for our volunteer recognition events and, while we can never say “Thank you” enough to the 450-plus volunteers, I try to come up with a new “treat” every year.
WORK AND CORE VALUES: I was initially
FUN FACTS: I’m a North Carolina native,
drawn to work at Dorcas Ministries because the work and mission directly align with my beliefs and core values. As a Christian organization, I am able to live out my faith on a daily basis.
and I don’t eat barbecue. I have also always wanted a teacup pig as a pet, which might explain why I don’t eat barbecue.
HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: Part of my
role at Dorcas Ministries is to help shape how we are viewed within our community, through our marketing. As I work to develop our new marketing plan, I am fostering conversations with my co-workers and collaborating with them on new things we can do to bring awareness to the organiza-
TOM HAVRISH TITLE: Owner and chef, Lugano Ristorante
and Academy Street Bistro GREATEST STRENGTH OF WESTERN WAKE:
The continued growth in the community, as well as the many different tastes that continue to be as diverse as any other city or town. ON SUCCESS: Don’t be content with it. Al-
ways keep pushing and growing, and always
“Success is when you have touched someone’s life for the better.” — Nayma Kose value the opportunities to learn from those around me. FUN FACTS: I am a big foodie and “Top
Chef ” follower and have met numerous chefs from coast to coast. And I once won a contest, where Keith Urban flew me and my husband out to Nashville for his private tour rehearsal.
NAYMA KOSE TITLE: Community program organizer,
youth mentor and volunteer, Zakat Foundation of America ON SUCCESS: Success
is when you have touched someone’s life for the better. BIGGEST RISK Nayma Kose
be careful how you define success.
BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: Buying out my former
TITLE: Vice president Member Services,
partner. There were many sides to owning a business that I was not aware of or good at.
Cary Chamber of Commerce
WORK AND CORE VALUES: A simple rule
ON SUCCESS: Some things take time to
HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: In the
achieve. Have confidence in yourself, your abilities, and for me, confidence in my Lord that he will provide me with wisdom and guidance.
restaurant business, creativity is very important. There also has to be structure. I try to get input from all levels of staff, and nothing is off limits. I find this promotes a sense of ownership in what they do.
BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: I recently took over the Member Services position at the chamber. After 10 years in my previous role, this was a leap that I wanted to take. Risks can reap many rewards!
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Running two restau-
HOW TO GROW: This year I joined my first board of directors, for Note in the Pocket, so I am trying to become more engaged and learn from others. The leadership we have through the Cary Chamber is tremendous, and I also
to follow: You’re never wrong doing the right thing.
rants by myself, and reminding myself I am not Superman and cannot go at it alone. FUN FACT: I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan
my whole life.
TAKEN: Moving to
North Carolina from Delaware two years ago. I didn’t know anyone, but found out that a bigger city has many more opportunities for the whole family. WORK AND CORE VALUES: As a Muslim, I
am taught that God will continue to help a person as long as he is helping others. That has been a driving force in much of my volunteering, as I always need God’s help in everything I do. HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: I look for
a person’s talents when finding a volunteer activity for him to do. For example, I had a group of high school kids start an afterschool basketball camp, and arts and craft camp, at an elementary school. The school had neither and both the high school and elementary school kids loved what they were doing. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Managing my time. continued on page 36
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lems members of our community face, and then try to find others who have the talents and means to help them.
TRACY CALLAHAN TITLE: Founder and CEO, nonprofit Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation; board member, Western Wake Farmer’s Market ON SUCCESS: Success is not an end; it is
a launching point for the next adventure. Success is also a team effort. BIGGEST RISK TAKEN: A friend offered a
decommissioned school bus for the foundation. I worked to get it branded, tuned up and road ready. I worked through the endless bureaucracy of the DMV, insurance companies, and the politics of other states. When I finally picked up the “Shade Shuttle” in New Jersey, it was the first time I even saw the bus. In less than two months, this mobile education unit has allowed us to screen close to 100 people for skin cancer and to raise awareness about melanoma.
HOW TO FOSTER INNOVATION: I am lucky
to work with some incredibly talented and creative people, and think the best approach is not to get in the way or micromanage their work.
group we feed off of each other and formulate fantastic plans! BIGGEST CHALLENGE: The biggest chal-
lenge for every small business in its infancy is establishing its brand. I have put a lot of thought, effort and research into building the Halie’s Boutique brand and making it unique. … Customers either shop online or want the unique boutique feel. We work hard every day at establishing both.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: We are growing so quickly that it is hard to keep up with all the opportunities that present themselves. We are always looking for more community supporters willing to join our group.
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ON SUCCESS: I have learned that success is
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position at the milk bank when the supervisor position opened up; a nursing degree was
required to apply. I got up enough nerve to email the director and explain what I could offer, despite not being a nurse. I learned that you have to be your Montana Wagner-Gillespie own advocate for the things you want. You have to put yourself out there even if selfpromotion makes you uncomfortable. WORK AND CORE VALUES: Making sure
everyone has the opportunity to succeed in life is something I am passionate about. I get to play a tiny role in making sure that fragile infants get the best possible start with the best possible source of nutrition, human milk. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Unpredictability
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Loretta â€œSunshineâ€? Hollowell of Cary serves as an ambassador for the USO of North Carolina at RDU, greeting service members like Marine Steven Ortiz, seated, who are stationed in or traveling through North Carolina. Her late husband, Col. Edward Hollowell, was among those who helped launch the USO of NC center at RDU, which opened in 2004.
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ABOUT 60 YOUNG MARINES step into the bustle of RDU International Airport, lugging camouflage duffels and wiping sleep from their eyes. They’ve traveled overnight from Camp Pendleton, Calif., and are headed to duty stations at Camp Lejeune and elsewhere. Many are new to the mobility of military life, but Cathy Sheppard of Cary is there to help them navigate. She points them toward food and rest at the USO of North Carolina center, located in space donated by the RDU Airport Authority. “When my grandson Ryan (a 2011 graduate of Cary High) joined the Air Force, it was devastating to send him off. I saw the USO and thought, ‘I could go there,’” said Sheppard, now USO of North Carolina’s Triangle area volunteer of the year. “Now for every person I help here, I hope that someone is helping Ryan.” One of 11 USO of North Carolina sites in our state, the RDU center is separate from the national USO organization. It’s an independent nonprofit operated by volunteers and reliant on individual and corporate donations and sponsorships.
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Its number one goal is to serve all troops stationed in or traveling through North Carolina, from Marines to “Coasties,” and their families. “Our center at RDU is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day,” said director Patricia DeZetter, also of Cary. On average its staff of two, including DeZetter, and 350 volunteers assist 5,500 service members each month. “Our tagline is ‘The Force Behind the Forces,’” DeZetter said. “We’re here for them, so they can focus on their mission.” continued on page 42 CARY MAGAZINE 41
USO of NC volunteer Sarah Blazewicz keeps visiting Marine recruits Mitchell Pieniazek, Raul Ferrer Castro and Jacob Griffin fed with pizza and sandwiches donated by area sponsors. Lining the walls of the center are murals made from actual military photos, depicting the history of the USO of NC.
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Marine field artillery cannoneers and Pvts. Christian Herrera, 18, of Florida, and Benjamin Hamilton, 20, of Georgia, met in boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. They were surprised by the pizza and hospitality offered by USO of NC volunteers. “This is my first time in a USO,” Hamilton said, scoping out the buffet of snacks and oversized recliners inside the center. He misses home, where he helped care for his grandfather, a Vietnam veteran. “It feels great to get something to eat, for free,” said Herrera, “and have a place to hang out.” Amenities range from a well-stocked children’s play area for families to the media center donated by Lenovo, where troops can play video games and print military documents. Sgt. 1st Class Danielle Vazquez of Morrisville is a human resources specialist and a full-time, active-duty member of the North 42
USO of NC Triangle volunteer Sherri Bush directs Marine recruits. Bush has been a volunteer since 2004.
Carolina National Guard. She recently returned from a ninemonth deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and often takes part in community events with the USO of NC. Vazquez joined
the Guard about 15 years ago, after graduating from Fuquay-Varina High School. “My parents were both active duty, and I grew up knowing this was something I wanted to do,” she said. “The Guard gives
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Beyond serving up snacks, the USO of NC provides relevant, resiliency-boosting programs such as Warrior Reset, focused on stress management, suicide prevention, health and relationships; Money Matters, on financial literacy; and Service Transition Employment Preparation, including résumé writing and hiring events. Similar programs are offered for the spouses and families of service members, and the USO of NC serves as a facilitator for NC Serves, referring service members to that nonprofit for additional assistance. “Multiple deployments mean service members often need to reconnect with continued on page 44
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USO of NC Triangle area Volunteer of the Year Cathy Sheppard, of Cary, cuts a malfunctioning lock from the knapsack of Marine recruit Steven Ortiz, at the USO of NC center at RDU airport. “When my grandson Ryan joined the Air Force, it was devastating to send him off,” Sheppard says. “Now for every person I help here, I hope that someone is helping Ryan.” At far left is center director Patricia DeZetter.
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their spouses and children, and their jobs,” DeZetter said. “People think USO and they think Bob Hope and dancing girls, but critical needs are being met here.” “The USO of North Carolina has been supporting America’s service members for the past 75 years,” added Margaret Clevenger, director of communications. “We are always working to keep our programs up to date with today’s changing military.” The USO of NC at RDU founded the Honors Support Team in 2006. Volunteer teams across the state ensure fallen service members and veterans are transported with dignity, while a Family Support Team assists Gold Star families in receiving their fallen loved ones. “It’s emotional, to be with people on the worst day of their lives and help them through,” Sheppard said. “It’s an honor, but we wish we didn’t have to do it.” Marine recruits Tyler Summers, right, and Matthew Strauch iron their uniforms in the hallway of the USO of North Carolina center at RDU. 44
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According to trend-watchers, Peruvian-style chicken is appealing because poultry is perceived to be healthier than red meats, and rotisserie is a lighter preparation than frying. At Marco Pollo in Cary, a half chicken is served with corn on the cob and green beans.
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erhaps you’ve heard the news: Peruvian-style food is trending upward. While it may not be as popular as sushi or as prevalent as food trucks, this healthy and delectable Latin American cuisine is gaining attention in and around Cary. Known for its tender rotisserie chicken, savory spices and rich palette of ingredients, Peru’s gastronomy draws from cosmopolitan influences like Spain, Italy, Africa, Japan and China. We visited three locally owned, counter-service restaurants dedicated to dishing up fresh flavors all while winning a loyal following to the “The chicken is prepared using a combination of time dining scene’s latest darling. and temperature,” says Marco Pollo co-owner André Read on to discover what all Chabaneix. the fuss is about.
Marco Pollo Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken The owners of Marco Pollo don’t take themselves too seriously. Consider the lifesize chicken suit you’ll sometimes find an employee wearing to drum up business. Never mind the clever play on words with the restaurant’s moniker (“pollo” means “chicken” in Spanish). When it comes to the food, however, the area’s newest Peruvian eatery serves up earnestly good rotisserie chicken and side items. The menu is simple and straightforward, much like the modest dining area with a smattering of tables and booths. Whether you choose white or dark meat, it arrives juicy and roasted to perfection. “The chicken is prepared using a combination of time and temperature,” said coowner André Chabaneix, a veteran restaurateur and native of Peru. “It’s made with cumin, garlic, salt and achiote, a spice popular in Latin America.” The chicken comes with various dipping sauces, the tastiest of which is a zesty huacatay, a Peruvian herb related to tarragon. Among the standout sides are lightly fried plantains, yucca fries and creamy coleslaw. A variety of sandwiches are worth noting, like barbecue chicken piled high on ciabatta bread and chicken salad stuffed into a croissant. Don’t be surprised if the owners offer you a complimentary espresso after your meal. “We want to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable here,” Chabaneix said. He operates the restaurant along with business partner, Jorge Garcia-Morgan. Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall between a Mexican restaurant and a medical office, Marco Pollo is open six days a week for lunch and dinner. It is closed on Sundays. 1871 Lake Pine Drive, Cary (919) 694-5524 marcopollocary.com continued on page 51 CARY MAGAZINE 49
The weekday lunch rush starts early at Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken in Morrisville. Diners eager for marinated chicken and fresh sides line up before the restaurant opens at 11 a.m.
Charcoal-roasted chicken turns in the rotisserie oven at Alpaca. “The marinade is a special house seasoning that’s a family recipe of the owners,” says director of operations T.J. Cordero.
Lomo saltado is a traditional Peruvian dish with marinated strips of steak, roma tomatoes and onions. It is served over french fries with a side of white rice.
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Lucky Chicken Peruvian Cuisine What began as a humble chicken joint in Clayton has expanded to three locations, including spots in Cary and Durham. “We wanted to create a catchy name that people would understand and remember, so we came up with Lucky Chicken,” explained Lima-born founder and proprietor Betty Ortiz. Ortiz brought in a special rotisserie oven made in Peru, and she even imports charcoal from her home country. “The charcoal does make a big difference in the flavor of the meat, which takes about 90 minutes to cook,” she said. But the gustatory delights at Lucky Chicken extend well beyond poultry. Ponder the papas a la huancaina appetizer involving sliced potatoes immersed in yellow Inca pepper sauce. Tamalitos, banana leaf-
Although the roasted chicken gets top billing at Lucky Chicken, the ceviche is also popular. Several varieties of the marinated seafood dish, including ceviche de pescado, are featured at the restaurant.
With its long coastline, Peru has many traditional seafood dishes. Arroz con camarones, saffron rice with shrimp, is one of many offerings at Lucky Chicken.
wrapped tamales stuffed with pork or chicken, also deserve a place at the table. Ceviches, which primarily encompass raw fish and other seafood marinated in lime juice, make for a satisfying sharable dish. “People rave about the grouper ceviche, but we have half a dozen varieties,” said Ortiz.
Diverse seafood options include arroz con camarones (saffron rice with shrimp); fried red snapper; and sudado chalaco, a fish stew with shrimp, squid, scallops and clams. Popular staple lomo saltado comprises strips of beef sautéed in a wok and served with tomatoes and onions, rice and french fries. Wash it down with a delightful, pineappleesque Inca Kola soda. Don’t leave without trying the Peruvian fruit lucuma ice cream or the cinnamontinged suspiro a lalimena custard. Lucky Chicken’s unpretentious dining room reveals vibrant-hued walls and charming pendant lights hanging from the ceiling. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. 1851 N. Harrison Ave. Harrison Square Shopping Center, Cary (919) 678-3153 luckychickennc.net
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A vintage regency-style desk and Brno chairs stand out against burgundy lacquered walls in this study designed by MA Allen of MA Allen
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All-Time Favorites Interior designers reveal their most cherished spaces, and how to bring the looks home. WRITTEN BY EMILY UHLAND
Steal this style Go bold with unexpected color. “If you love it, I think you’re always going to love it,” Allen says. Mix new and vintage furnishings and accessories. “Every space should have something old and something new, so you don’t look at the room and recognize everything.” Wait for the pieces you truly love. “If you can’t afford something you want right now, plan the whole room and complete it phase by phase, rather than rushing to fill it.”
A master of fearless layering, MA Allen says confidence propels her bold style.
Luxe and Layered Study MA Allen, MA Allen Interiors This bright and bold study perfectly reflects her signature style, says designer MA Allen, and became an instant favorite. Her approach marries fashion and function to create a vibrant, collected look that’s practical for a family. Gone are the days of large desktop computers set on massive desks; most families prefer laptop computers or tablets. “I wanted this to be a study that will actually be used. Combining part seating area and part desk was really designing for a purpose,” Allen said. “The room is very warm and a great place to sit and break away from a bigger crowd.” Allen favors classic styles and doesn’t follow trends. She adds unexpected pops of color and vintage furnishings to make her spaces one-of-a-kind. Here, burgundy lacquered walls provide a bold base to layer with plenty of color and pattern. A vintage desk and newly covered Brno chairs supply the quintessential office furniture, but in a fresh and intimate way. “The study is about 60 percent vintage pieces and 40 percent new,” Allen said. “Having a lot of one-of-a-kind items is very important. “In the past few years I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my first instincts,” she said. “My design style has become more bold because of that confidence level. If you love it, go out on a limb and go for it.” continued on page 60 CARY MAGAZINE 59
Transformed from a dark lodge to a comfortable and bright haven, designer Lisa Allen considers this client’s bedroom one of her favorite spaces.
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Light and Bright Bedroom Transformation Lisa Allen, Ivy Cottage Collections “This home was designed by Bob Timberlake, a famous North Carolina artist known for his Arts and Crafts lodge style,” said designer Lisa Allen, no relation to M.A. The bones were beautiful, but the characteristic dark wood, leather and heavy materials needed lightening up. The transformation from a moody mountain lodge to a fresh and modern sanctuary puts this bedroom atop Allen’s all-time favorites. “A challenge was making sure the style didn’t fight the tone of the home,” Allen said. “But the homeowner wanted a style that was more hip and contemporary. It was great fun to do that.” Easy elegance became the decorating mantra, and colorful artwork, linens and a much lighter color palette paved the way. 60
“We were attracted to pieces with antique or worn finish and wanted everything to be warm and comfortable,” Allen said. “We also made sure everything was kidfriendly, because grandchildren are an integral part of the homeowner’s daily life.” Lisa Allen Developing a close friendship with the homeowner, Allen frequently brought pieces she loved straight into the Morrisville home, knowing the two would work together until the space was just right. “It can be harder for the client, because they have to see everything piece by piece,” Allen said. “I’ve already got the room in my head.” continued on page 62
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the perfect storage solution for the bedroom. “There’s never a reason to settle. We have enough access to
beautiful things.” Work with a friend. Despite this being her first experience with a professional designer, the homeowner says she never felt any hesitation in trusting Allen. Consequently, the two have now worked together on nearly
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Sophisticated layering, natural materials and timeless style make this keeping room a favorite of designers Vicky Serany and Martha Brown.
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Establish a color palette.
Naturally Timeless Keeping Room
The rug and the stone dictated this color palette, Serany says. Showcase the home’s architecture. Wooden planks highlight an open ceiling and the stone wall showcases the fireplace. Custom niches and trim details appear throughout the home. Build interest with layers of texture. Serany highlights subtle details like the iron strapping on the mantel used to echo the metal chandelier. “Repeating those elements always helps unify a space,” she says.
Vicky Serany and Martha Brown, Southern Studio Interior Design “Layer upon layer of texture,” said designer Vicky Serany, describing a Raleigh keeping room that sits atop her favorites list. Wood, metal, stone, glass, leather and fabric all appear in the space and add to its warm, sophisticated atmosphere, she says. “We really worked with this client to layer a lot of texture without a lot of color. Texture gives you the visual interest,” Serany said. The stone feature wall became the room’s centerpiece and beautifully showcases colorful art by Apex artist Susan Hecht. Originally hanging on Serany’s own dining room wall, her clients loved the painting so much they didn’t want to give it back once they saw it over their own mantel. “The way the room opens up into the
kitchen, it’s Martha Brown just such an inviting space for a family to gather,” Serany said. “Which is why we love it.” With that in mind, Serany and Brown added swivel arm chairs — one of their favorite furnishings — that can be angled for conversation or for television. The home’s design was completed in 2013, but the neutral color palette and classic elements are timeless, and still a Southern Studio favorite four years later. “Sometimes when it’s fresh photography we think about what we should have done. The older (our projects) get, the more we see the beauty of them,” said Serany.
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Pay attention to scale.
Donna Davis and Catlin Darner, Design Works Studio
“There wasn’t much room, but doing it in the proper scale doesn’t feel crowded or tight,” says Davis. Add an impactful centerpiece. The onyx is the showstopper, Darner says, meaningful for the homeowners and memorable for guests. Don’t play it safe. Particularly in secondary living spaces or vacation homes, designers and homeowners are more willing to take risks. Generally those spaces turn out the best, Davis says.
A backlit onyx countertop is the focal point of the temperature-controlled wine room.
Designers Donna Davis and Catlin Darner agree that the transformation of an unfinished attic into a temperature-controlled wine room and lounge was a uniquely challenging project. Overcoming those challenges turned the space into one of their favorites. “Working with the shape of the room was a huge challenge,” said Darner, as the Fuquay-Varina home’s roofline dictated the available space. “It was fun for me trying to figure out what we could do, what I could find to put in there — a challenge you don’t get very often. We really had to be creative.” Wine rooms are often dark and intimate cellars, but Davis, Darner and the homeowners wanted a modern twist for the renovated attic. Natural materials like cork flooring, grasscloth wallpaper and granite countertops, and carefully chosen lighting, create a California casual vibe: comfortable and bright with a hint of rustic for balance. “It was all simple and understated,” Davis said. “But they all play off of each other.” The homeowner owns a granite and marble fabrication company and wanted to showcase his specialty within the space. “It was really fun working on the countertops because we could do anything,” Davis said. “We had the idea to turn the granite up the wall and backlight it. It disguised a window and was a good opportunity to show off the pattern of the onyx. ... It was really dramatic.” t
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Families used to gather at Yates Mill to socialize while their corn and wheat were being milled. Thanks to the restoration efforts of volunteer group Yates Mill Associates, new generations of people like Rohan Smith, 6, and his brother Declan, 4, can enjoy it today. The last water-powered gristmill in Wake County, the mill is operational and uses the Oliver Evans automatic mill patented in 1790.
Gristmill built by Samuel Pearson; survey paper-work delayed by start of Revolutionary War. JULY 2017
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Wheel in Motion: Yates Mill Associates Once upon a time is the best way to share a timeless tale and this one, starring a pre-Revolutionary War gristmill at the center of centuries-old drama, definitely qualifies.
Pearsonâ€™s son, Simon, forced to sell land including mill, to settle debts.
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William Robbins led the restoration of Yates Mill and today serves as its head miller, grinding corn with the mill’s original French burh stone and selling the resulting cornmeal to visitors and local restaurants and breweries.
In its early days, Yates Mill served as a gathering place for rural farm families to share news, meals and swimming as they awaited the milling of their corn and wheat into meal and flour. But the water-powered mill shut down in 1953 and was on the verge of collapse by 1989 when a judge and a professor founded a nonprofit, Yates Mill Associates, and marshaled volunteers to save it. Professional woodworker William Robbins jumped at the chance to join the restoration effort. “I come by milling and millworks honestly. My grandfather was a miller,” said Robbins, “and I’ve spent my career in the woodworking business.” He served as a resource for the Ver-
Phares Yates buys mill when Penny accused in murder of Union sympathizer; Penny later acquitted.
mont timber framers who came to stabilize the mill building, work that may have saved the entire structure when Hurricane Fran blew through in 1996, breaching the mill’s 250-year-old stone dam. It was a setback, but fate boosted the work of YMA’s volunteers.
“I take great pride in having been part of the mill’s restoration. I really care about this place.” — William Robbins Woodworker and YMA volunteer
“These are blueprints done in 1958 by two N.C. State School of Design students,” said Robbins, unrolling the yellowed pages found in the trash pile of a retiring professor. “They show cross sections of the mill and label its equipment; these guided our reconstruction of the mill shed after Fran.” Volunteers from New Hampshire rebuilt the mill’s Hurst frame, the heavy timbers be-
John Daniel Lea becomes miller, operates mill until 1953.
neath the mill that hold up the machinery. They fed pieces of the frame through a window then reassembled it inside, around the mill’s original French buhr millstone, while the huge mill waterwheel laid motionless in the yard. The work was slow, with pay-as-yougo fundraising by YMA and volunteer labor subject to sporadic schedules. Robbins grew
N.C. State College professor Robert E. Lee Yates inherits mill from Phares Yates.
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Widow Minnie John Yates sells operational mill to A.E. Finley Associates.
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Children learn about the first step in milling corn during a tour with Yates Mill Associates volunteer Hunter Krauss. The first piece of the mill rebuilt by William Robbins, shown in window at right, was the flume, or forebay, which channels water from Yates Mill Pond to the mill’s waterwheel. continued from page 67
frustrated and put his thriving career on hold to restore or reproduce all of the mill’s original equipment, alongside fellow architectural woodworker Donnie Evans. The first thing he built was the flume, or forebay, which channels water from Yates Mill Pond to the mill’s waterwheel. It took almost five more years to finish the project, but the result is the last water-powered gristmill in Wake County, complete with the Oliver Evans automatic mill, patented in 1790.
Mill closes due to lack of business.
Evans’ system uses elevators, conveyors and belts, automating the milling process so that just two men can produce flour and meal. “It’s unique,” Robbins said. “We had no working example of it, yet we had most of it here, intact.” The work was completed in 2005, and Yates Mill became the centerpiece of Historic Yates Mill County Park, which opened the following year, a 174-acre wildlife refuge and environmental research center also used by N.C. State. Its A.E. Finley Center for Education and Research serves as a visitors’ center, and details the history of the mill through artifacts and photos. In a three-way partnership, N.C. State owns the property, Wake County Parks & Rec-
N.C. State University obtains mill and pond as part of 1,000-acre tract purchase for use by its field labs.
Yates Mill named to National Register of Historic Places.
reation manages the park land, and YMA is in charge of the mill building and equipment. “I take great pride in having been part of the mill’s restoration,” Robbins said. “I really care about this place.” Gift to the future
To help finance ongoing mill maintenance, YMA charges a small fee for its public tours, held each weekend from March through November. On the third weekend of those months, costumed interpreters guide the tours, and volunteers grind cornmeal. Several times each year, YMA offers a special tour of the entire mill and its restored machinery. Group and school tours may also be scheduled for weekdays.
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Nonprofit Yates Mill Associates founded by volunteers; its first president was Dr. John Vandenbergh, NCSU zoology professor emeritus, and first board chair was Robert Rader, chief district court judge; restoration begins.
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Yates Mill Associates volunteers Jonathan and Carena Potter of Cary, a field analyst and a costume designer respectively — she created their costumes — lead period dancing during a public tour of the mill. “The mill yard was the center of the old community,” Jonathan says, “and we assume dancing was part of that. If they had a violin or a harmonica, they would strike up a tune.”
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Historic Yates Mill County
“The mill keeps running, thanks to a hard-core group of supporters,” said YMA President Margaret Lillard, “but membership in Yates Mill Associates is open to all. People can contribute in different ways, on fundraising and outreach, writing for our newsletter, doing graphic design for our brochures, or sharing ideas for events.” Lillard notes that the cornmeal ground at Yates Mill is inspected by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, and sold to visitors and area businesses. Trophy Brewing Company and Big Boss Brewing in Raleigh brew with the meal, and LaFarm Bakery owner Lionel Vatinet features YMA cornmeal in his cookbook, “A Passion for Bread.” “We’re looking to partner with more local businesses,” Lillard said, “and offer corporate sponsorships for our corn grinding weekends.” On YMA’s wish list is a self-sustaining “country store” on park property, to use for
Park is located at 4620 Lake
Hurricane Fran breaches Yates Mill dam and collapses mill shed.
Wheeler Road in Raleigh, three miles south of I-440. For tour dates and more on the work of YMA, visit yatesmill.org. Read the full history of “I come by milling and millworks honestly. My grandfather was a miller, and I’ve spent my career in the woodworking business,” says YMA head miller William Robbins.
merchandise sales and much-needed storage space. “It’s never just about the novelty of the building and how great the cornmeal is,” Lillard said. “It’s about the people. It takes a community to make a place as special as this. We got this gift from the past, and it’s our job to make it a gift to the future, to the next group of people who will love it.” t
Yates Mill and its grinding machinery are fully restored and operational.
Historic Yates Mill County Park opens to public.
Yates Mill at Wake County Parks & Recreation, wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/ Pages/millhistory.aspx.
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July • Are pesky neighborhood squirrels, dogs and cats enjoying your garden too much? Their romps through your plants can be made less fun with liberal sprinklings of sneeze-inducing, finely ground black pepper. Additional applications will be necessary after each rain.
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When it’s too hot to be outside, curling up with a good book is an alternative to gardening.
• Cut your lawn’s grass when it is dry, not wet. This will not only help prevent soil compaction and turf injury, but it will also lessen the spread of grass diseases. • Grass suddenly die? Even with the summer sizzling, it might not be from lack of water. Dig into the dead area to check for signs of underground grub infestation in the lawn’s root zone. • Pick vegetables such as beans, okra, squash, peppers, cucumbers and indeterminate tomatoes every week to encourage the plants to produce even more. • To encourage continued growth and production from both ornamental and vegetable annuals, renew mulch around the plants to keep the roots insulated from the harsh heat. This will also help retain and stabilize ground moisture. • If hot weather is melting holes in the flower border, replant with such heatloving annuals as celosias, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, salvias and zinnias. • Free plants! Now is a good time to propagate such ornamentals as acuba, azalea, buddleia, camellia, clematis, nandina, gardenia, holly, kerria and weigela by taking semi-hard cuttings. • Continue to change water in the birdbath weekly, and set out fresh seed for your feathered friends. 72
Summer Reading As the summer really starts to simmer, gardening outside begins to feel more like work than a pleasant chore, so why not take a break from the heat? Fix an iced tea, settle into the most comfortable chair in your home, and fall into one of the following recently published garden books. Gardening in the South by Mark Weathington (Timber Press, 320 pages, $24.95 paperback). Weathington is director of the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, so it is safe to say he knows more than a little about plants. This book is further proof of the fact. With nearly every page sporting a full-color image, Weathington’s guide takes readers on an enjoyable stroll down the paths of ornamental plant possibilities for Southern gardens. Naturally there is an extensive — and impressive — section on individual plant selections, along with growing tips,
but bonus chapters covering such subjects as Southeast geography, growing seasons, design ideas, plants for problem spots, garden soil basics and pests are included to make this book a complete reference for new as well as experienced gardeners. Homegrown Pantry by Barbara Pleasant (Storey Publishing, 320 pages, $22.95 paperback). Gardeners who like growing their own edibles often run into a problem: bumper crops. As an alternative to overusing and overeating any surplus in a short amount of time, Virginia writer Pleasant’s latest book shows gardeners the many ways to store extra produce. Dehydrating, pickling, canning, fermenting and even root cellaring are all covered as ways to extend the enjoyment of garden-to-table edibles, and these are accentuated with interesting “Harvest Day Recipes” that are dotted throughout the book.
But wait, there’s more. Pleasant additionally shares her expert growing advice for 55 different vegetables, herbs and fruits, which also includes variety recommendations as well as pointers for dealing with pests and diseases.
Good Berry Bad Berry by Helen Yoest (St. Lynn’s Press, 100 pages, $18.95 paperback). The North American woods brim with wild berries that tempt hikers not only to take nibbles but to possibly grow in their backyard gardens. As Yoest (a Raleigh resident) shows, some native berries will play nice in the cultivated landscape and the tummy, but some will definitely not. Presented in a flip chart format, this book covers 40 different plants, providing identification features, habitats, hardiness zones, and why each are “berry” good or not. The Chinese Kitchen Garden by Wendy Kiang-Spray (Timber Press, 240 pages, $19.95 paperback). Here is just the book for backyard growers who want to tinker with vegetables beyond the typical rows of tomatoes, peppers, squash and green beans. Rockville, Md., gardener Kiang-Spray nicely melds the gardening wisdom of her Chinese family with the viable realities of growing Far East veggies in American gardens. The result is a brave, tasty new world for adventurous gardeners. Lotus root, bitter melon, choy sum, Malabar spinach, kabocha — these and many more delectable edibles are highlighted, along with generous helpings of intriguing, tempting recipes. And although the vegetables are unusual, they are not unattainable. Kiang-Spray also includes a helpful seed source list. 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 email@example.com.
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When dividing daylilies, each division should have two to three stems or fans of leaves with all roots attached. Dig up the entire plant and gently pull the fans apart. Cut the foliage back, leaving only five or six inches. Place the plant in the soil so the crown (the portion where the stem and root meets) is one inch below the ground line.
TIMELY TIP When the flowers of daylilies fade away, pick off the spent blossoms. For reblooming daylilies, this will encourage even more flowers, but for all daylilies, it will prevent seed production, which will sap energy that would otherwise be stored and used for next year’s flower show.
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Chesterbrook Academy Preschool Preston in Cary celebrated Earth
Day on April 21 by releasing 3,300 ladybugs back into the environment. Leading up to Earth Day, students learned that ladybugs serve as a natural pesticide by feeding on insects that could otherwise harm
The 2017 Cary Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards ceremony, held May 18, honored Aware Senior
the health of gardens, trees and shrubs. ChesterbrookAcademy.com
Care, Small Business of the Year Award; Rufty-Peedin Commercial Design Builders, Innovation Award; Great Harvest Bread Company, Community Service Award; Smith & Smith CPA, PC, Work Environment Award; and Green Hope High School, Entrepreneurial Award in Education. Presented by the Rotary Clubs of Cary was the Luther Hodges Business Ethics Award, to Mary Madenspacher of Life Experiences. The Charitable Partners Award was given to The Center for Volunteer Caregiving. carychamber.org
Cary’s Crossroads FLEX High School’s Dean of Students
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been named the 2017 North Carolina Virtual Public School e-Learning Advisor of the Year. Sharpe previously worked as a school counselor at Panther Creek High grant by The Biogen Foundation, through its Ignite
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Crossroads FLEX, to add hands-on opportunities to the school’s online science classes
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VFW AUXILIARY 7383 will host the second annual Monte Carlo Night fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m., at the VFW center at 522 Reedy Creek Road in Cary. Proceeds benefit the Auxiliary’s work on behalf of local veterans and their families. Tickets start at $35. caryvfw7383.org/fundraising.php
Store or at ncartmuseum.org/app. The new app joins the museum’s interactive Moede app, which creates a soundtrack to a visitor’s experience in the NCMA’s Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. ncartmuseum.org
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N.C. Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn is pictured with Frances Rollins and George Paddison at the 2017 Friends of Note Luncheon.
N.C. Symphony musicians Karen Galvin, Nathaniel Yaffe and Amy Mason perform at the luncheon.
CAROLINA SYMPHONYâ€™S 2017 Friends of Note luncheon, held May 2, raised record-setting funds of nearly $100,000 to support its music education program, which annually serves more than 55,000 students of all ages across North Carolina in alignment with state curriculum. ncsymphony.org
Members of Rode Hard the Band perform at the luncheon.
Triangle Rowing Club, a competitive rowing team for middle and high school students, took home medals in all 23 events they participated in at the inaugural U.S. Rowing-sanctioned North Carolina Youth Rowing Championships, held April 22 in High Point. The medal count includes eight gold, 14 silver and five bronze. Will White is TRC head coach. trianglerowing.org
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Waltonwood Cary Parkway honored residents who have worked as nurses at a May 10 luncheon to celebrate National Nurses Week. Pictured on front row are Gretchen Staub, Verna Cook, Peggy Fox, Ginny Bensen and Amy Hall. Back row, Betsy Kuehn, Wynette Spencer, Mae Hackling, Janet Wright, Marie Jermain, Sylvia Arthurs and Nadine Whitmore. waltonwood.com
Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, one of 15 national finalists for the 22nd annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, earned the following awards at the competition, held in New York City: Honorable Mention, Rhythm Section; Outstanding Alto Saxophone, Eric Law; Outstanding Tenor Saxophone, Griffin Ross; and Outstanding Trombone, Charlie Sothcott. The ensemble also received a cash prize of $500 to be used for improving jazz education programs. jazz.org/ee 80
Carolina Lily Chapter of The National Charity League Inc. held its annual
Ticktocker Tea and Tribute on May 7. Receiving the Merci Award for most philanthropic service hours during the year was Anna Dalton, a junior at Green Hope High School, who served 187
hours. Earning the Hourglass Award for service exceeding 100 hours were Adelyn Allara; Bella Allara; Emily Allis; Megan Blythe; Paige Blythe; Daniela Caricato; Reilly Carlson; Ashley Cloer; Paige Dâ€™Agostin; Anna Dalton; Isabelle Dalton;
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Better Business Bureau on May 18 announced the recipients of its fall 2016
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recognizing students who personify high ethics as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic history. Scholarship recipients include Jarred Lobo of Cary, $5,000 BBB Torch Scholarship, and Olivia Diamond of Cary, $2,000 National Pawn BBB Torch Scholarship. bbbscholarship.org CARY MAGAZINE 81
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Cool of the Evening THE NEW LIGHTED FOUNTAIN at Downtown Park is one of the
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