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The Health & Wellness Issue 23

Building a Resilient Cary Principles of respect and caring have eye-opening results

30 Yoga for Everyone 41 Special Section: Premier Practices 54 Making Friends after 55 65 Zany business mixes will have you saying, I’ll Have the Combo!


A New Kind of Brew

During a yoga class at Hux Family Farm in Durham, cuddly baby goats hop, climb and snuggle with attendees. The animals add a surprisingly therapeutic element owner Amanda Avery.


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IT’S AMAZING WHAT nearly losing your vision will do for your point of view. Over six months in early 2014, what had started as flares of light around headlights became an encroaching blob that fogged my vision both day and night. Two doctors hadn’t been able to tell me what was wrong, and my symptoms kept getting worse. I couldn’t read street signs, I had to be driven to new places, and I could barely work. It was terrifying. Luckily, a third doctor was able to diagnose early onset cataracts, and two surgeries later, I was as good as new. Along with gratitude for the miracles of modern medicine, this health scare made me appreciate the wonder of my flawed but functional physical self. Even at my slimmest and most fit, I had always felt that I wasn’t working out enough. I was impatient with my dawdling dog and the demands of work and home that kept me from the gym. I would curse my weakness for chocolate which has always sabotaged my weight-loss goals. Now, my focus has shifted to wellness. In addition to the physical, this holistic term includes seven other aspects: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, social and spiritual. I may only be able to make one yoga class a week, but I come to the mat with gratitude and focus. When my dog insists on the stroll, stop and sniff, instead of my preferred brisk walk, I remind myself to enjoy the journey. My diet includes a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, so I don’t stress about the occasional fudge brownie. I’m also lucky to have good friends, a loving family, financial stability, an uplifting faith community and meaningful, challenging work. All these things keep me happy and well. Or as Pantea Dougani, co-owner of Excel Body Fitness, told me recently, “Wellness comes in a lot of shapes and sizes. It’s not just jumping around.” Thanks for reading,

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Midtown Square Music Festival brings music, food and fun together in one convenient location. The folks at Bond Brothers Beer Company will host four bands, more than 30 craft vendors, food trucks, a bounce house, face-painting – and locally crafted beer. April 13, noon10 p.m. 202 East Cedar St., Cary.



With a repertoire rooted in gypsy jazz, the Velvet Caravan has been called the best band in Savannah, Ga., and regularly draws hundreds of loyal fans to its mesmerizing musical tours of the globe. The acoustic-based quintet plays with thunderous virtuosity, a relentless sense of humor and exceptional showmanship. April 12, 7:30 p.m. $25-$27. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary.

Maz Jobrani, currently appearing in CBS’s “Superior Donuts” and one of the founders of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, brings his original world view to Cary. The Iranian-American comedian has also put out solo specials including Netflix’s “Immigrant” and Showtime’s “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV.” April 25-27; Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., and Saturday 7 and 9:30 p.m.; $30-$75. Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main St., Cary. raleigh/comic/maz+jobrani/ Put on your bonnet, grab your basket and get ready for the Egg Hunts! Flashlight Egg Hunt: This nighttime search for candyfilled eggs is especially for folks with disabilities. Free, but registration is required.


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Head to Cary’s Bond Park for the annual Spring Daze arts and crafts festival with more than 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, festival food and an Earth Day celebration. April 27, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 801 High House Road, Cary., search Spring Daze

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Building a Resilient Cary Principles of respect and caring have eye-opening results WRITTEN BY AMBER KEISTER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

FOR THE YOUNG STUDENTS in Renee Wimberley’s beginning theater class, trauma might be the last thing on their minds — if they think about it at all. The eight children, aged 6 to 8, in the Applause! Youth Theatre class are too busy rehearsing the dinner scene from “Beauty and the Beast” and its showcase musical number, “Be Our Guest.” But throughout the hour, these youngsters are benefitting from community efforts to combat the effects of traumatic events and chronic stress. As Wimberley invites the students to breathe deeply to settle their jitters and shake their limbs to

warm up their muscles, she is teaching them how to calm themselves. As she gently reminds them to “let gravity hold your body down,” Wimberly focuses on the desired outcome instead of calling out disruptive behavior. At the end of the hour, as they practice their choreographed simultaneous bow, the students clasp hands, and there comes the inevitable teasing hard squeeze. “Ow” someone exclaims. “No one should be saying ‘ow’!” Wimberley says. “We need to be making sure we’re taking care of each other.” continued on page 24

During the last minutes of the Broadway Basics class at Applause! Youth Theatre, Reed Stallings, Gianna Marsini, Elle Comperatore and Lilly Watrous clasp hands to practice their curtain call, the simultaneous bow that happens at the end of every live performance.


Before rehearsal begins, Renee Wimberley leads the 6to 8-year-olds in a series of warm-up exercises to calm their jitters, warm up their bodies and help them focus on the hour they will spend together.

Revised classroom guidelines promote respect and teamwork among students and instructors. “These are not rules; they’re not even expectations,” says Wimberley. “This is just how it is, and we’re going to do that. It definitely gives you a chance to ask questions and build a culture as our kids get bigger.”

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The ACEs team

Four Town of Cary staffers have taken this idea of caring for each other to heart and were named Employees of the Year in 2018 for their efforts. Sam Trogdon, senior operations and program supervisor at Bond Park Community Center, along with Rachel Baranski, performing arts education specialist, and Cary police detectives Armando Bake and Elizabeth Pearson, came together after seeing the documentary “Resilience” in December 2017. The movie explores the negative lifetime impact of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, and how lives can be transformed by supportive relationships. ACEs are instances of abuse, neglect or family dysfunction such as divorce or mental illness. A CDC-Kaiser Permanente study in the late ‘90s found that roughly 64 percent of more than 17,000 adult participants reported at least one ACE during their child-

hood. The study further found that the more ACEs a person experiences, the higher their lifetime risk of substance abuse, depression, obesity, cancer, stroke and heart disease. These diseases were the physical manifestation of chronic anxiety and stress. “It was eye-opening,” said Bake. The movie “allowed me to see where people were coming from with a different lens. I could see that, potentially, this person is responding this way because they could have these issues — the ACEs — in their life.” In the last year, “Resilience” has been shown to hundreds of town employees, including police officers and firefighters. First responders, according to experts, can be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of chronic stress, because they witness trauma regularly in their work. Among other efforts to bolster their resilience, peer support teams were set up for first responders. It’s helpful for employees to be able to put a name to something they’ve been through, Bake says, and to recognize that they can ask for help.

“It’s not necessarily what’s wrong with you. It’s what’s happened to you, and applying that as we work with kids, work with youth, work with families.”

“All first-responders — whether dispatch, fire, EMS or police — we’re exposed to trauma every day,” Pearson added. “To be able to care for our officers and help them understand that it’s not this taboo thing, and also for them to be able to understand some of the responses they’ll get from people in the community — it’s another tool for them to be able to serve our community.” Reaching kids, youth

Since April 2017, the nonprofit Advocates for Health in Action has partnered with Wake County and YMCA of the Triangle to build awareness of ACEs and their impact. AHA recently closed, but the nonprofit SafeChild and other community groups continue working to build community resilience. As a former member of the AHA board, Trogdon was the first of the Cary team to learn about ACEs, and he realized that the Parks and Recreation staff had an opportunity to build supportive relationships with youth and children. “It’s not necessarily what’s wrong with you. It’s what’s happened to you, and applying that as we work with kids, work with

Four Town of Cary employees have spearheaded efforts to reduce the effects of stress and adversity in the community. They are, from left, Sam Trogdon, senior operations supervisor at Bond Park Community Center; Rachel Baranski, performing arts education specialist; and Cary police detectives Armando Bake and Elizabeth Pearson.

youth, work with families,” he said. In May, Trogdon showed “Resilience” to nearly 70 summer camp counselors and seasonal staff and trained them on resiliencebuilding techniques. At the end of the summer, he asked how the film and the training affected their experience. “It shifted their perspective,” he said. “You’re seeing the kids differently and having more patience for them. That’s ultimately what we want.” Parks and Rec staff also changed how they handled discipline issues at the summer programs. “When a kid does something bad or wrong, people may decide to suspend the kid or remove them from the kids who are behaving and obeying,” he said. “Having that shift of perspective, this could be the best place for them – in a structured environment.”

Everyone benefits

Baranski and her team at Applause! revised their discipline policy as well. This used to include prescribed steps: a verbal warning, a write-up, then some sort of action taken against the student. “We don’t even call it a discipline policy anymore. We call it a behavior management strategy,” said Baranski. “Instead of that write-up stage, it’s reframed into a reconnection stage, where the instructor is getting down on the child’s level to say, ‘What’s going on? Is there a way we can help you be more successful at this?’” Applause! instructor Samantha Matthews says the trauma-informed training has enabled her to find more patience when dealing with negative behavior. continued on page 26


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— Sam Trogdon, Senior Operations and Program Supervisor, Bond Park Community Center

Reed Stallings, who plays the Beast, and Elle Comperatore, who plays Cogsworth, rehearse the dinner scene from “Beauty and the Beast.” Along with lines and choreography, the young actors learn to work together, to be respectful of each other, and to be brave when expressing themselves.

Gianna Marsini takes a deep breath before class begins. This “belly breathing” is a lifelong skill to help the students relax when they are in stressful situations.

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“I’ve often been surprised by the way students will open up once they realize I’m not just punishing a behavior, but that I care enough to find out what’s going on with them,” she said. “This has brought me insight to my students lives, but also has surprised me that the students in which you assume everything is ‘okay,’ and they’re just ‘acting out’ are often the kids who are in the most need for combating ACEs scores.” As a way to quantify the effects of the behavior strategy, Baranski plans to track the number of disciplinary meetings with parents. At a broader level, she says the resilience goals have already helped the entire Applause! team work better together. “I see it in the classroom and among my instructors as well. If somebody’s got some stuff going on at home, the other instructors are quick to step up,” Baranski said. “That’s been amazing to see.”

touching and running, the expectations set the stage for caring interactions. We are respectful. We try bravely. We celebrate others’ successes. We are a team. Wimberley, who teaches classes throughout the Triangle, says following the guidelines enables her and her students to build a culture of respect and inclusion. By encouraging caring behavior and empathy, these principles can have profound and sometimes heartbreaking results. She describes an Applause! musical theater camp she taught last summer that included middle- and high-school actors of all abilities performing improv, acting, singing and dancing. Everyone — even an actor’s

service dog — was part of the show. “It was great to watch the children love, love, love each other so beautifully,” Wimberley said. As the camp ended, she explains, a sixth-grade student stood to say goodbye. He hadn’t wanted to go to the theater camp, he said, but since he was staying with his grandmother, she made him go. As he went on, Wimberley says she fought to hold back tears. “You guys don’t know that I get beat up all the time. I have no friends at my school back home, and nobody has ever loved me in a group like you guys have. You just assumed that I belonged here.” t

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Tom Van Scoyoc relaxes into a butterfly pose during a class at Cary Flow Yoga. The seated posture opens the hips and stretches the inner thighs. Yoga and consistent stretching are said to improve back pain and help posture. 30 APRIL 2019


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ake one look at Instagram or the oh-so-addicting Groupon app, and it’s no question that yoga and yoga-inspired fitness classes have become extremely popular. Whether you take a class at the neighborhood brewery or join a local studio, the Triangle has a wide variety of options to choose from — ranging from slow-paced stretch to yoga with goats. But if farm animals or folding like a pretzel aren’t exactly your things, have no fear — yoga is for everyone. The tall and the small, the strong and the weak, can all do yoga. “Everybody comes into yoga from different paths,” said Jennie Wise, owner of WiseMind Yoga, formerly Firefly Hot and Flow Yoga in Cary. “Some people come into yoga because they’ve had an injury, so for them it’s a physical path that leads them to yoga. For me, it was definitely an emotional and mental and spiritual path.” Wise began yoga after experiencing issues in her corporate career and her personal life. Anxiety, depression and insomnia led her to a counselor who suggested taking yoga classes. Three months into her practice, Wise began taking teacher-training classes which led to where she is today — owning a yoga studio and meeting with clients daily to help them better their lives on and off the mat. Wise, who earned a master’s degree in health science with a specialty in yoga psychology, uses yoga and meditation to help her clients cope with depression, anxiety and other behavioral issues. “There are many scientific studies that have linked yoga and meditation to mental, physical and emotional health,” she said. “With mental health, people have gone off or reduced anxiety or depression medication. People have changed their blood pressure.” continued on page 33


Yoga uses breath control, meditation and physical postures to improve concentration and mindfulness. The ancient practice also helps improve strength, flexibility and balance. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of modern yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time. Flow, or vinyasa, yoga moves from one pose to the next smoothly and fluidly. Students can expect their heart rate to climb for a cardio workout during these energetic classes. Restorative yoga classes use blocks, blankets and other props to support the body, so students can experience the benefits of the pose without effort. A yogi is someone who practices yoga.


Jennie Wise plays a singing bowl as she leads a guided meditation practice at WiseMind Yoga. She uses yoga and meditation to help her clients cope with depression, anxiety and stress.

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Jennie Wise and a student hold triangle pose, a deep stretch for the hamstrings. It also builds strength in the thighs, hips and core.

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Unlike fitness regimens with narrow goals — building muscle by lifting weights or increasing your heart rate by running — yoga allows students to build strength in the entire body. Every practice begins with breathing exercises to quiet the mind and increase concentration. This breath work helps students focus as they move through the physical postures, and it has also been shown to alleviate stress. “We are building life skills for ourselves when we are on the mat,” she said. Aside from the various breathing and meditation techniques taught in traditional yoga classes, WiseMind also offers a spiritual flowto-yin or stretch class on Sundays. The class begins and ends with a prayer, and quotes and bible verses are spoken throughout the class as students move through poses. “I think of yoga as mind, body, spirit; It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice,” Wise said. “When you look at overall wellness, it ties into all of that.” After a friend invited him to take a yoga class, Colin Russell decided he needed to make a change. Spending hours in the gym working out to solely bulk up wasn’t cutting it for his health. When the selfproclaimed “gym rat” took a yoga class, he fell in love with it.

“Everybody comes into yoga from different paths. Some people come into yoga because they’ve had an injury, so for them it’s a physical path that leads them to yoga. For me, it was definitely an emotional and mental and spiritual path.” — Jennie Wise, Owner, WiseMind Yoga

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Colin Russell, leads a class at Cary Flow Yoga. The studio specializes in flow classes, which link poses together to build stamina, flexibility and balance.

Greg Meyers pauses in mountain pose to press his palms together and concentrate on his breath. The basic starting pose brings attention to posture and strengthens ankles, knees and feet.

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Russell is now the owner of Cary Flow Yoga, where he teaches daily classes. The studio offers multiple classes including flow, yin and restorative yoga. “I feel more balanced, focused and relaxed when I have the chance to practice yoga,” Russell said. “We can take in the strength, flexibility and peace-of-mind portions that yoga definitely affords us, but it’s just that all-around feeling.” Hoa Bui, director of Cary Hot Yoga, broke the benefits of yoga down even further. “Yoga is the muscle of the lymphatic system — the body’s plumbing and trash-removal system,” Bui said. “Similar to how the heart muscle circulates blood, yoga increases lymphatic flow with specific breathing and movement practices.” Cary Hot Yoga specializes in Bikram yoga, which is practiced in a significantly heated room, sometimes up to 100 degrees. The heat and humidity help relieve joint pain and allow students to stretch without straining. The studio also offers aerial yoga classes, where students wrap their legs, arms and torsos in cloth to stay airborne. The practice strengthens the upper and lower body and increases flexibility, all while suspending students in the air. At Cary Flow Yoga, athletes can increase their strength and balance with a variety of TRX bodyweight exercises, that benefit yogis and athletes alike. Like aerial yoga, TRX Suspension Training suspends legs or arms in the air using equipment that hangs from the ceiling with two straps on the ends for arms or legs. In addition to the physical benefits of greater balance and strength, these yoga studio owners say yoga also transforms students by encouraging them to take time to breathe, to focus on the present and to be mindful throughout day-to-day activities. “What it affords us is the opportunity to do something for ourselves and take care of ourselves,” Russell said. “Because life is so busy now, we need to take a step back and do something positive for us, whether that’s the gym, whether that’s running on a trail or whether that’s rolling out your yoga mat.” t

“I feel more balanced, focused and relaxed when I have the chance to practice yoga. We can take in the strength, flexibility and peace-ofmind portions that yoga definitely affords us, but it’s just that all-around feeling.” — Colin Russell, Owner, Cary Flow Yoga

Colin Russell uses a block to modify a kneeling pose. By using props like blocks, straps and blankets, people of all abilities and fitness levels can reap the benefits of practicing yoga.


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NEARLY A DECADE AGO, Pantea Dougani just wanted a workout program where she felt comfortable and connected. She bounced from gym to gym, but none felt right. Frustrated, she called fitness trainer Carolee Poythress, whose style and methods Dougani liked but who wasn’t with a gym at the time. “Just train me in your garage,” Dougani recalled saying. Instead, Poythress, who was getting ready to launch her targeted exercise program at Crosspointe Church in Cary, asked Dougani to be her partner. The two women spread the word, and nearly a hundred people showed up for that first class. They knew they were on to something. In 2010 Dougani and Poythress launched Excel Body Fitness. The Cary gym now offers personal training in a group setting, a diverse menu of fitness classes, nutritional and fitness assessments, massage and a variety of other

services. The staff’s commitment to customers earned the club an honorable mention for Best Fitness Club in the 2019 Maggy Awards. “Wellness comes in a lot of shapes and sizes. It’s not just jumping around,” said Dougani, now the managing director in charge of growth and strategic development. She recently talked about the business and the benefits of a lifelong commitment to health. What makes your business unique?

We are a small, woman-owned business with the wellness of our community in mind. We specialize in functional training which will result in overall wellness today, but more importantly, it will help members to stay fit in their later years. Aging gracefully, living life, and staying strong and fit is what our business is all about. continued on page 38

TOP: Anna Sledge holds a side plank during a group exercise class led by Carolee Poythress. BELOW: Owners Pantea Dougani, left, and Carolee Poythress opened Excel Body Fitness in Cary in 2010. Since then, the gym has expanded its services to include corporate wellness programs, massage and nutritional advice. CARY MAGAZINE 37

“Our classes are not easy by any stretch of the imagination. We provide personal training in a group setting, emphasizing balance and muscle strength, which makes us different from our competitors. — Pantea Dougani, Co-Owner continued from page 37

TOP: Janessa Core leans back during an exercise using the TRX Suspension equipment. The nylon bands help build core strength and balance. ABOVE: Alessia Marin lifts weights during a class. Excel specializes in personal training in a group setting, so workout regimens are customized for each client.

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Carolee has 28 years of experience in fitness, teaches more than 24 classes a week, and is truly gifted in what she does. As her business partner, I have taken her classes every day for the past 12 years — even before we started Excel Body Fitness. She has made a huge difference in my life, and she continues to do the same for many of the members we have had over the years. Our classes are not easy by any stretch of the imagination. We provide personal training in a group setting, emphasizing balance and muscle strength, which makes us different from our competitors. There is nothing wrong with looking good, but usually that is a byproduct of your wellness routine and should not be the goal. We also believe that diet and massage must be part of a wellness routine. We have a dietitian and an exceptional massage therapist on staff who work with our members. How has your vision for the business changed since you opened?

About five years ago, we realized that many working people do not have the luxury

Carolee Poythress, right, poses with her Wednesday morning boot camp class at Excel Body Fitness.

of taking the time to go to the gym before or after work because of family obligations. We decided to reach out to corporations and bring the training to them. Now we are in several corporations, providing functional training, mindfulness, chair or table massage, reflexology, yoga and nutrition advice. Participants experience greater mental clarity and creativity, stress reduction and overall wellness. We are fortunate that the corporations

we work with understand the value of our programs. They also recognize that physical and mental wellness are connected. What’s been the best, or most surprising, aspect of owning a business?

We have been fortunate to have so many wonderful members, some of them are working for us as childcare providers, instructors and frontdesk staff. Excel Body Fitness is not only our members’ happy place, but it is our happy place, too! What’s been the biggest challenge as entrepreneurs?

Ross Warren lifts weights at Excel, which offers a tiered membership program. The basic level includes access to the weight and cardio room, the middle level adds some classes and the top level includes access to Poythress’ signature exercise training classes.

As a small, independently owned local business, we never had the backing or advertising power that franchises have. However, we had the freedom to design our business in a way that we truly believed in. Our mission has been: • To have a family-oriented

friendly place that everyone is welcomed to join and able to workout, regardless of the shape they are in. • Our place will be our members’ “Happy Place,” and the hour they are here is their “Happy Hour.” The latest addition to our mission is: • To bring wellness to the community at their place of work — without judgement. Another challenge that we have had is to secure a large enough space to conduct classes, have an open gym, enough space for personal training, massage and nutrition all in a correctly zoned building. We had a lot of help from the community to get started and get to where we are. If you had to pick one thing, what would be most important for lifelong fitness?

The most important thing is to realize that fitness is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. It is just like brushing your teeth every day. t Excel Body Fitness 1001 Sheldon Drive, Suite 100, Cary CARY MAGAZINE 39




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TRANSFORMING LIVES AND SMILES Dr. Kofford was intrigued by dentistry and being able to change people's lives through their smile. Having graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, he became a board-certified prosthodontist in 2011. He also served for three years in the U.S. Airforce as director of prosthodontics and base dental laboratory flight commander. At Cary Prosthodontics, Dr. Kofford offers a wide range of tooth replacement solutions for patients ages 9 to 99. As a board-certified prosthodontist, he is an expert for even the most complex dental problems specializing in the aesthetic rehabilitation and replacement of teeth. For someone struggling with endless dental problems, regaining good oral health and function there is a solution. Dr. Kofford has advanced training in cosmetics, dental implants, dentures, crowns,

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bridges, veneers, full mouth rehabilitation and jaw joint issues. Dr. Kofford creates beautiful, and durable dentures using his own high tech, patent pending digital denture workflow. His meticulous care ensures that every denture he makes adheres to his own high standards. The digital denture is designed to reduce patients chair time while providing custom fit and appearance. Dr. Kofford and staff provide a welcoming and laid back place for patients to receive comprehensive dental care to manage anxiety and fears by creating a fun and relaxing environment. Dr. Kofford finds fulfillment witnessing the impact of restoring a missing part of his patients life through their teeth. As he continues to serve the Triangle area, his goal is to transform lives and educate the public the value of a Prosthodontist. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION


AWARD-WINNING PLASTIC SURGERY— SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING Putting patient safety, satisfaction and beautiful outcomes first has been the herald of CARE Plastic Surgery. Dr. Brian S. Coan, Founder of CARE, is an award-winning, nationally renowned, board certified plastic surgeon. Recently voted Best Plastic Surgeon again in Cary, Dr. Coan and CARE are no strangers to awards for safety and beautiful aesthetic results. After being featured on the Emmy award winning television program “The Doctors,” and winning Best Plastic Surgeon in Durham, N.C., for seven consecutive years, CARE recently moved to a larger facility to meet increasing patient demand. Now located in Cary, the CARE office offers two state-of the-art operating facilities in a contemporary setting. As a destination location for plastic surgery patients, the new location offers the convenience of a five-minute drive to the RDU airport and a variety of international restaurants and hotels for out-of-town guests. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Dr. Coan is an MIT graduate who brings his enthusiasm for technology in aesthetics and plastic surgery to CARE by incorporating virtual imaging to help patients visualize potential post-surgical results. CARE’s popular slogan, “Results so natural we hate calling our surgery plastic,” was coined by a former patient who still raves about her CARE experience. CARE’s most popular treatments include the lunchtime facelift, Botox & filler injectables, laser treatments, body contouring, liposuction, and plastic surgery of the breast, body and face. Dr. Coan is also passionate about supporting local education and is active in nonprofit and philanthropic endeavors. When not consulting with patients or in the operating room, Dr. Coan enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters.






CARY DOCTOR’S OFFICE ADDS FOCUS ON ADULT HEALTH FOR BUSY PROFESSIONALS Generations Family Practice is known in Cary for its quality pediatric care, but the team is now adding improved services to better help the rest of their patient community. While they have long served adults, the team realized busy professionals and parents could be helped by small changes. For example, the team has added walkin sick appointments for all patients to accommodate busy schedules. Also, patients can schedule most appointments online through the patient portal, quickly arranging such things as sick visits and follow-ups for chronic conditions. “When you’re sick, you just want

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to get in so you can start getting better,” said GFP’s Dr. Melanie Mintzer, a “Best Doctor” Maggy Award winner. “We want to continuously adapt to meet the needs of our neighbors.” The team has also added Viveve services for stress incontinence and laxity in women, an area of health the doctors are fielding more questions about in recent months. Generations Family Practice offers health services for the whole family, including chronic conditions, pediatrics and a medical spa. They are accepting new patients at 1021 Darrington Drive, Suite 101, Cary, N.C. 27513.



A FOCUS ON COMMUNITY At Bovenizer and Baker, our entire staff is encouraged to Walk With a Purpose, one of our practice’s core values. Our practice’s purpose is to better our community, elicit happiness and influence moments of joy in day-to-day life, and provide people with confidence by transforming their smiles. Making a positive impact in people’s lives and rooting ourselves in the community are integral parts of our practice. “When I was casting the vision of the practice in 2006, it was to be embedded in the community. My parents have always expressed the biblical verse, ‘to whom much is given, much is expected,’” said Dr. Todd Bovenizer. We often partner with schools by sponsoring and donating treatment baskets to help fund education, athletics, bands, clubs and the PTAs as well as sponsoring many local organizations and teams. We try to give SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

back in whatever way we are able. “We have created several programs to help staff give back to our community. We created the Give Back Campaign where each employee will be given $150 to spend however they want to make our community a better place. We also established a volunteer committee for our staff to plan group volunteer outings. Later this year, we will begin our A Chance to Smile program where patients can make a donation toward covering the cost of orthodontic treatment for a child in need in Wake County. Our goal is treating at least 10 children a year,” said Austyn Case, marketing coordinator. We get to wake up every day to come to work with the goal of making people smile and bettering our community. Not many people can say that, and we are so appreciative that our industry allows us to do so.





A TALENTED AND CARING TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS When it comes to having a beautiful, healthy smile, experience matters. That’s what you’ll get when you trust your dental care to Dr. Patrick Lawrence, DDS, and Dr. Shanup Gundecha, DMD, at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Our talented and caring team of professionals makes you feel at home the moment you walk in the door. We pride ourselves in providing the best dental care in Cary for the entire family. We stress prevention, restoration and overall health while improving the smiles of those we serve. Our practice utilizes all the latest technology and superior materials as

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well as offering numerous amenities for your comfort. Our digital ITero scanner replaces the need for messy impressions and provides accurate results with maximum patient comfort. Our smile services include ZOOM chairside whitening and Invisalign clear braces. We welcome new patients and would love to have you become part of our dental family! Schedule a new patient exam and receive a complimentary take-home toothwhitening kit or an Oral B electric toothbrush kit as our gift to you. To learn more about our practice and read patient reviews please visit our website,



DEDICATED AND EXPERIENCED EYE CARE Preston Optometry Center, founded in 1995, is the private eye care practice of Dr. Ken Rousselo. In the days of large, impersonal corporate eye care practices, Dr. Rousselo strives to make your experience personable and efficient. Preston Optometry provides comprehensive vision and eye health exams for the whole family. Having seen one generation of Cary residents grow up, Dr. Rousselo is excited to be seeing their children as patients. Our optical department boasts 1,000 unique and attractive eyeglass frames from designers like Kate Spade to Nike. We can also help contact lens wearers find what works best for them. In addition, we are pleased to give back


to the community and the world. We have donated more than 2,000 eye exams and pairs of glasses to individuals in need from Cary to Kenya. Dr. Rousselo helped found an eye-care clinic at the Durham Rescue Mission, and for more than 10 years, he has volunteered his time, providing free eye exams to those coming to the mission. Preston Optometry is proud to have the best staff — from front desk, to pretest, to experienced opticians who can help you pick a frame that is perfect for your face and individual sense of style. Our satisfied patients are our best advertisement, and we are grateful for all the five-star reviews we continue to receive from them.






WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE THAT YOU CAN TRUST Walking into the waiting room of Triangle Physicians for Women and Triangle midwifery, you’ll immediately feel the nurturing, welcoming, genuine care that our special team delivers. Our unique practice offers state-of-the-art medical advancements coupled with highly trained certified nurse midwifery methodologies, to bring you the ultimate in holistic women’s health care in the Triangle. As women, you’re tasked with busy home and work lives. We know self-care often falls to the bottom of your to-do list. Triangle Physicians for Women optimizes the time you spend with us by providing a one-stop shop where all annual Ob/Gyn and 3D mammography screenings can take place in one place on the same day.

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Additionally, our innovative health offerings address all gynecological issues, no matter your age or stage in life. We are proud to offer unique services such as MonaLisa Touch (for vaginal dryness) and Geneveve (for vaginal laxity) that can transform and rejuvenate your intimate relationship. CLOSE TO HOME

We are pleased to announce that our services have expanded to Holly Springs. You can now see the same physicians and midwives at our new Holly Springs location or our original Cary location. Call (919) 678-6900 to schedule your appointment today. We look forward to welcoming you into our family of care.



FIND YOUR SMILE® There is never a dull moment for Drs. Robert and Bobbi Stanley. The Cary family dentists are parents of four and owners of Stanley Dentistry, a comprehensive practice near Preston. They are founders and lead instructors at Stanley Institute for Comprehensive Dentistry, a dental continuing education organization. In late 2017, they both added Ironman to their already impressive list of accomplishments. Dr. Bobbi Stanley and husband Robert started Stanley Dentistry in 1995 with a commitment to providing world-class dentistry with high quality materials. Dr. Robert Stanley had always been a partner in the business side of the practice, and Dr. Bobbi was the only dentist. In 2008, Dr. Rob joined the clinical side of the family business as a full-time dentist. “It just made sense personally and professionally for Rob to join me in practicing SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

dentistry,” said Dr. Bobbi. “It is rare to go back to school for an entirely new career when you’re already a successful engineer. But he saw how much I truly enjoyed my work, had been interested in dentistry since spending time in his grandfather’s Chicago dental practice as a child, and we both knew we are a phenomenal team,” she continued.
 The Stanleys complement each other in life, in business and in dentistry. Dr. Robert enjoys more detailed procedures like implants, root canals and oral surgery, while Dr. Bobbi focuses on general and family dentistry, cosmetics, orthodontics and Invisalign. The result is a practice that serves the dental needs of the entire family under one roof. At Stanley Dentistry, Find Your Smile® is not just a catchy slogan, it’s a way of life. Creating smiles is their passion and life’s work.





FRIENDLY AND CARING STAFF Wake Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists is an Otolaryngology practice where every employee believes in the total care of the patient. Many patients have told us that we have the friendliest and most caring staff around, and that makes us very proud! Our clinic is the vision of Dr. Pankaj Gupta. In 2010, he started Wake ENT Specialists to offer patients the opportunity to minimize office visits and be under the care of just one physician for all ENT concerns. We handle all aspects of ENT care, including allergy testing and treatment, sinus CT scanning and surgical intervention. The practice also features a hearing center for our patients with hearing loss and/or tinnitus. Dr. Gupta graduated from the nationally recognized Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) from Northwestern University in Chicago. He then completed his residency in otolaryngology, also at

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Northwestern. Dr. Gupta has been practicing as a board-certified otolaryngologist since 1997. His patients appreciate the time, attention and thoughtful care he provides. Dr. Casey Polcari graduated from the Long Island Au.D. Consortium which is comprised of Adelphi, St. John’s and Hofstra universities. She works closely with her patients and has built trusting relationships since she sees many of them on a regular basis for routine checks. Dr. Polcari works in conjunction with Dr. Gupta to determine whether patients’ hearing issues require medical care, or if it may be resolved with hearing devices or alternate accessories. For our hearing loss and tinnitus patients who require hearing technology, Dr. Polcari offers hearing consultations at no charge to review available options. You can learn more about us at www., or call (919) 851-5636, ext. 1 to make an appointment.




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Mary Witt, in red sweater, socializes at a recent Silver Connections event held at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Cary. After moving to the Triangle, Witt joined the group in order to meet people her own age.

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WHEN A YOUNG COUPLE smiles lovingly at each other and declares, “’Til death do us part,” they are focused on the ‘happily ever after’ hopes they have for their future. That’s how it was for Cary resident Mary Witt when she married her husband Larry. For 34 years, theirs was a marriage filled with laughter, friends and the adventures of raising two children. But it ended suddenly when Larry died of cancer 10 years ago. Mary Witt was 56 years old. “I was so young, it just sort of happened,” she recalled. “We never had a chance to really get a hold of what was happening, and then he was gone. It was like a nightmare.” Once “til death do us part” arrived, Witt felt instantly old. She changed jobs, took a Spanish class, traveled some — but she discovered traveling alone was just no fun. Nothing was making her happy. “I was flunking widowhood,” she said matter-of-factly. Determined to give it one more try, Witt took a job transfer that moved her from Connecticut to Cary. In the Triangle, she discovered what was missing. “Single friends are what was missing from my life,” Witt exclaimed. “That’s why finding Silver Connections was so important to me.”

service that connects folks 55 and older to meet, mingle and enjoy unique events together. When House started the group, she wasn’t a senior herself but had developed a compassion for older people at a young age. With a master’s degree in gerontology, she had also studied the feelings of isolation that can come with aging. “I saw a lack of opportunity out there and a niche that needed to be filled for people 55 and older to meet and enjoy activities together, that wasn’t a dating service,” said House. She plans about 10 Silver Connections events a month, everything from supper clubs, Bunco and wine tastings to theater, museum outings and even overseas travel. Members pay a $250-$300 yearly fee and can attend as many or as few events as they like. The group is capped at 150 members, and House meets with each potential member to make sure the group will be a good fit. Before she joined, Witt wanted to make sure there would be a group of people close to her age and activity level. “The hardest part is making it from the car door to the front door of the activity,” Witt said. After forcing herself over that first hurdle, a new world opened up to her. She attends three to four activities a month and has a close group of single friends — men and women — with whom she frequently travels.

“Socializing is a must for those 55-plus.”

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“Socializing is a must for those 55-plus.” Laura Kay House recites the motto at the heart of the Triangle company she founded in 2007. Silver Connections is a senior member

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Regina Alexander and Bob Clarke chat over beer and appetizers.

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“Life can be very lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.” — Kathi Smith, Silver Connections participant continued from page 55

There are about 10 Silver Connections events a month, everything from Bunco games and museum outings to mixers at local restaurants, like this one held at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Cary.

Kathi Smith says she has developed friendships with a group of people who share interests and histories, none of whom she would have met without Silver Connections.

“Starting friendships later in life is more rewarding than I ever expected. We have so much fun!” Witt said. As a divorcee, 72-year-old Kathi Smith arrived at Silver Connections from a different place but says the decision to “put herself out there” has been life-changing. She has developed friendships she wouldn’t have otherwise with a group of people who share similar interests and similar histories. “The majority of us have suffered some kind of loss — divorce, death of a spouse, retiring from a long-built career,” said Smith. “None of us thought we would be in a senior age group trying to recreate a fulfilling life, but we are, so we understand and encourage each other.” “Life can be very lonely, but it doesn’t have to be,” she said. Witt and Smith report their newfound social life has improved their physical, mental and emotional health. That falls in line with nearly 150 research studies which show people with stronger social relationships are 50 percent more likely to live longer. Commonly cited benefits of friendship include a stronger immune system, lower stress, improved self-confidence and increased happiness. continued on page 59


Barbara Holmes, center, Bonnie Carson, right, and Cheryl Simon, far left, chat before they leave for an outing at the N.C. Symphony.

Cathy Gordon, right, waits with friends Karen and Edward Wasick before the group boards a bus to see a performance at the N.C. Symphony.

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Terry Reichel, left, hugs Pat Connolly at the Cary Senior Center. The center offers more than 150 classes, outings and special activities every season.

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Conversely, those who are lonely with weak social connections are more likely to suffer from depression, cognitive decline and delayed recovery from illnesses. “Sometimes life throws stuff at you that makes you feel like you will never recover,” said Smith. “But Silver Connections has provided me a lifeline to a fulfilling, friend-filled calendar.” Find your village

Smith likes to say it’s not just children who need a village; seniors need a village too. Fortunately, there are several options in Western Wake County for seniors to find their

village. When Smith isn’t socializing with her Silver Connections friends, you might find her at the Cary Senior Center taking an art class. The Town of Cary’s gem continues to shine by offering seniors more than 150 classes, outings and special activities each season. The Cary Newcomer’s Club and Apex Newcomer’s Club are other social organizations that organize more than 20 activities every month. While not exclusively for seniors, the newcomer’s clubs do offer an opportunity to make new friends, share common interests and do charitable work in a social setting.

“It keeps me growing.” — Patricia Smith, Cary Senior Center visitor

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In short, whether you are looking for a packed social calendar, a weekly class or a monthly outing, Western Wake has something to offer for any senior who is ready to embrace the next phase of life. “It keeps me growing,” said 60-year-old Patricia Smith of Morrisville, a daily visitor to the Cary Senior Center. “I love how I have made so many friends from so many different religions and nationalities, people I would never have known. It puts you in a place where the sky is the limit.” t Resources Jenean Todd, top, Cary Senior Center trips and outreach coordinator, laughs with seniors as they board a bus, above, heading to Raleigh for a N.C. Symphony concert and lunch at Tupelo Honey. Other outings organized by senior center staff include a train trip to Selma, N.C., and an Ava Gardner-inspired tour of Smithfield, N.C.

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S BELOW: Claire Kane, left, and Elise Hattingh chat during a pet portrait class. Participants began the class with a photo of their pet printed on canvas — ready for them to fill in with paint. Bottom: Sheila Whittenton enjoys an evening of painting at Wine & Design in Cary. Owner Marianne Burt says customers don’t need artistic training to have a great experience.

ome things were meant to be. Jake and Elwood, Anna and Elsa, pie and ice cream — it’s almost impossible to think of one without the other. Then there are those combinations that seem to make no sense whatsoever. At first, these odd couplings generate head scratches, but acceptance grows as more people investigate, attracted by the novelty. Marianne Burt, owner of Wine & Design in Cary, is one of several area business owners who have capitalized on zany pairings. “This concept appeals to people because it is so outside their box, outside their wheelhouse,” she said. Participants are on a level playing field, organizers say, leaving plenty of room for fun.

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In January 2010, Raleigh entrepreneur Harriet Mills placed a Craigslist ad looking for artists to teach people a two-hour class while they’re drinking wine. “How is this going to work?” Burt recalled thinking when she saw the ad. She and her husband, Craig, had both graduated from the Art

Institute of Chicago, but the recession had cost them their income and their house. They needed jobs. The couple signed on, and once Burt saw delighted customers leave with finished paintings, her misgivings fell away. “I realized, it’s not about me and my education and my fine art skills, as much as it was about them and them having a new experience,” Burt said. “My skills were in that step-by-step, guiding them through it in a way that would make sense, and they could complete something they were happy with. “That’s when I realized, this is a concept that is genius.” In 2011, the couple opened the first Wine & Design franchise in Cary and soon opened a second location in Apex. Between the two studios, there are more than a dozen classes scheduled every weekend. Besides group painting classes, Wine & Design offers track-out camps for kids, off-site art events, team-building corporate events and seasonal craft projects. Whatever the project, the focus is on the customer experience. The staff artists are trained to entertain, to verbally walk patrons through the process and to read the crowd to figure out who might be struggling. “Generally, people come in slightly intimidated, a little nervous,” Burt said. “It’s our job to relax them, and the wine does help. I think that’s where the wine thing came in, but there are plenty of people who don’t drink wine, and that’s okay.” Burt says she finds joy in sparking creativity in other people, especially those who don’t see themselves as artistic. She wants every client to go home saying, “I love this painting. I can’t believe I did this.” “For me there’s a passion in this business,” she said, “and I love seeing customers satisfied and happy.” Wine & Design Cary 483 James Jackson Ave, Cary Wine & Design Apex 5452 Apex Peakway, Apex continued on page 68

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Bethany Minervino leads several painters, including Elise Hattingh, left, and Claire Kane, through steps to create a wall-worthy pet portrait. Wine & Design instructors are trained to verbally walk clients through the process and to help anyone who needs it.


Mary Beth Walker of Boone, left, Jean Toleman of Frederick, Md., center, and Marie Walker of Apex signed up for goat yoga at the Hux Family Farm as part of a weekend celebrating Toleman’s 60th birthday. There are 26 goats on the farm as well as sheep, ducks, a pig and a couple of dogs.

Elliot Worth, 14, of Raleigh, takes a break from yoga to pet a baby goat. Amanda Avery, co-owner of Hux Family Farm, says the goats are “a happy mix between a cat and a dog. They are independent, but they really love attention.”

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Goats + Yoga

Amanda Avery and Matthew Hux host events and grow herbs on their small livestock farm near Falls Lake, but their Nigerian Dwarf goats are the main attraction. “That particular breed of goat is more affectionate than some of the other breeds of goats. Naturally, they are very social animals, they enjoy being around people; they enjoy being around the other goats,” said Avery. “They are very cuddly; they like to climb in people’s laps and snuggle.” The couple bought the four-acre farm nearly five years ago so they could establish a self-sustaining homestead, and the goats were part of that plan. Because their family and friends enjoyed the animals so much, Avery and Hux started holding wellness events that featured time with the animals. “We were offering meditation with goats when one of our attendees pointed out that goat yoga had started getting recog-

nized in Portland and Arizona,” said Avery. “That was really easy to add in along with what we were already doing. We were able to find some yoga instructors who wanted to teach with us.” Two or three goat yoga classes are held every weekend, and while clients typically don’t come every week, Avery says there are plenty of repeat visitors. “We have a lot of people who come, and as soon as they have somebody in town visiting, that’s their excuse to come back and bring their friends,” she said. In addition to goat yoga, the couple hosts birthday celebrations, bachelorette parties and summer camps for human kids. “Our motto is bringing smiles and healing souls, and that’s really important because that’s what all the farm animals do — not just the goats,” said Avery. “You don’t have to be anything other than yourself with them, and that’s so empowering for people. I’ve never seen somebody leave without a smile on their face, and that’s a powerful thing.” The Hux Family Farm 1923 Shaw Road, Durham continued on page 71

Kaitlin Walker of Apex laughs as a Nigerian Dwarf goat works on its baa-lance during a Saturday morning yoga class.


An employee of Morrisvilleheadquartered Lenovo prepares to throw an ax at a wooden target. Anna Clemency, general manager of the Durham Urban Axes, says the sport is suited to corporate team-building because everyone roots for each other. “I see teams come together, and they have a blast — not only about the ax-throwing, but they’re also interacting with each other.”

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Axes + Beer

Anna Clemency, general manager of Urban Axes of Durham, is used to skeptical questions. She admits that a bar offering patrons a chance to throw an ax at a wooden target is out of the ordinary. “It’s not unusual to be wary of mixing the throwing of sharp objects with a bar, but safety is of utmost importance,” she said. “Most people are aware that they’re throwing an ax, and they should not have too many beers.” For safety, each player gets a tutorial from an experienced coach, or “axpert,” before any sharp objects start flying. These coaches are present in the throwing arena at all times. While individuals can come in for a beer and a throw, the activity is most popular with groups of friends or co-workers. Urban Axes arranges competitive tournaments for as few as six people and as many as 150. The average group size is between 13 and 24 players. The competitions consist of matches with three rounds with five throws each. Af-

ter players throw their allotted 15 axes, the scores are tallied, and they are put in a seeded bracket. The winner is decided in a singleelimination playoff. “There’s not a whole lot of things that you can do that are quite like it. It’s just fun, and what makes it so fun is that it’s a completely equal playing field for everybody,” said Clemency. “It’s not necessarily going to be the most athletic person who’s going to win the tournament. Anybody can be good at it.” She knows this from personal experience. When Clemency answered an ad in Philadelphia a little more than two years ago, she had zero ax-throwing experience. She became one of the company’s original coaches, and moved to Durham to open the Triangle location last year. “I didn’t know this was a thing, that this was something I could do for a job. It was crazy,” she said. “It ended up being so much more than I even imagined it would be. It’s been the greatest experience.” t

BELOW: Urban Axes is a bar where patrons can also throw axes. “It’s definitely like darts in that you’re throwing something sharp at a target, but bigger,” says general manager Anna Clemency. BOTTOM: Urban Axes coach Zoey Best teaches Sequoia Watkins, left, proper ax-throwing technique. Coaches, or “axperts,” enforce safety rules and must be present in the arena when anyone is throwing.

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MOVE OVER, CRAFT BEER. Nonalcoholic brews are trending upward, thanks largely to consumers seeking products with less risk of overindulgence. We showcase three savvy local producers that are going all in on this niche beverage segment. Quinnger Ginger Beer

Quinnger Ginger Beer, created by local bartender Quinn McKee, is a zesty alternative to massproduced mixers for Moscow Mules and other cocktails. It’s also refreshing on its own, poured over ice and garnished with citrus.

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Quinn McKee started brewing ginger beer at home almost 10 years ago. Using all-natural ingredients like ginger root, fresh lemon juice and organic cane sugar, he crafted a recipe that ultimately became the cleverly named Quinnger Ginger Beer (a combination of Quinn and ginger), a distinctive product that is available throughout the state. “I started a sole proprietorship, and then introduced the ginger beer in bars and restaurants,” McKee said. “Now we’re in 130 locations and growing.” If you haven’t tried ginger beer, think of it as a crisp, effervescent version of ginger ale sans the high-fructose corn syrup and other artificial flavorings. “I juice all the ginger and citrus myself,” said McKee, who lived in Tennessee and

Georgia prior to setting down in North Carolina. “Freshness and balance are key, and I make it in small batches to ensure quality.” McKee brews and cans Quinnger at Fortnight Brewing Company in Cary, where the ginger beer is available on draft. Among the many other local spots where you can find it are Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar, Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits, Doherty’s Irish Pub, The Butcher’s Market and Triangle Wine Company. McKee plans to roll out a spicy version of Quinnger later this year, and he’s also working on an alcohol-infused iteration. He and his wife, Beth, have invested their money, time and energy into the business. Even the couple’s 7-year-old daughter, Grace, likes to help spread the word. “This has turned into a full-time gig for us, and thankfully we don’t have any business debt,” he said. “Our footprint is spreading to the west. We’re in Hickory, Asheville, Boone and Banner Elk. We’re really pleased how it keeps growing in popularity.” In addition to brewing and peddling his namesake beverage, McKee also tends bar at downtown Cary’s Academy Street Bistro on weekends. He uses Quinnger as a mixer during his shifts behind the bar. “Ginger beer is really versatile and enhances spirits well,” he said.

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I juice all the ginger and citrus myself. Freshness and balance are key, and I make it in small batches to ensure quality. — Quinn McKee, Quinnger Ginger Beer


Larry’s Coffee, long a household name for the caffeinated in Raleigh, created nitro cold brew for those seeking smooth-tasting java with the convenience of a can of soda. The brew is coldsteeped for 24 hours using organic, fair-trade shade-grown coffee beans, and each 12-ounce serving has only five calories.

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This coffee is so smooth that you can drink it straight. — Jared Burton, Vice President of Sales & Operations, Larry’s Coffee continued from page 72

Larry’s Coffee Nitro Cold Brew

When it comes to what’s hot in the coffee sector these days, nitro cold-brew java gets top billing. For the uninitiated, nitro cold brew is made by infusing nitrogen in coffee that is brewed using cold water. The result? Smooth liquid refreshment with robust flavor that’s considerably less bitter than its conventionally brewed counterpart. Among the local producers of nitro cold brew include Fuquay-Varina’s Cultivate Coffee Roasters and two Raleigh makers — Larry’s Coffee and Slingshot Coffee Company. At Larry’s Coffee, the nitro brew is coldsteeped for 24 hours using organic, fair-trade, shade-grown coffee beans. Each 12-ounce serving contains less than five calories. “Nitro cold brew continues to be a really popular seller for us,” said Jared Burton, vice president of sales and operations at Larry’s Coffee, who added that founder and CEO Larry Larson has been in the cold brew game since 2011. “We anticipate increasing our cold brew sales fourfold, so it’s definitely the main area of growth.” Burton says one Larry’s Coffee client, a video game development company, has the nitro cold brew on draft at its offices in Cary. “This coffee is so smooth that you can drink it straight,” said Burton, who confessed that he drinks upward of five servings a day.

Tribucha Kombucha co-founder Adrian Larrea, left, talks with team members as they can a batch of Tribucha Controlled Burn Kombucha at Fortnight Brewing Company in Cary.

Larry’s Nitro Cold Brew is available at Whole Foods, Fresh Market, convenience stores and at downtown Raleigh’s 42 & Lawrence, an espresso bar and coffee lab owned by Larson. “We’re working to get placement on more grocery store shelves, and we’re really close to having statewide distribution,” Burton said. While cold brew’s popularity rises in warmer months, Burton contends that many people are choosing it as a go-to yearround beverage. “The biggest challenge is getting typical coffee drinkers to try something new,” he said. “But once they sample it, they typically love it.”

Tribucha Kombucha

“We take a mind, body and spirit approach to life and business,” said Adrian Larrea, co-founder and chief visionary officer of Tribucha Kombucha. No doubt Tribucha’s holistic philosophy is effective. Since Larrea and co-creator and lead brewmaster Jonathan York began brewing their increasingly popular fermented tea beverage, people have taken a liking what Larrea calls “the most approachable, drinkable kombucha on the market.” Investors have also noticed. Tribucha has raised approximately $1.5 million in funding over the last few years, and Larrea says the company is anticipating another influx of venture capital. continued on page 77


Controlled Burn kombucha contains ginger, cayenne pepper and turmeric. Other flavors include Flowers of Life, with hibiscus, rose and honeysuckle; Brainiac, with rosemary and sage; and Café con Bucha, with coffee, cinnamon and cacao.

Our kombucha is about timing and precision and craft, and we’re very conscious about helping people to live better and more positive lives. — Adrian Larrea, co-founder, Tribucha Kombucha 76 APRIL 2019

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“We just brought in new CEO Paul Pritchard,” he said. “He’s been a kombucha drinker for years. He loves our product, and he wants to help take us to the next level.” Already available in more than 500 locations between Maine and Florida, there’s no sign of Tribucha slowing down anytime soon. Also brewed at Fortnight in Cary, you can find it in cans or on draft at Whole Foods, Lowes Foods, Sassool, Diced Salads & Wraps, State of Beer and other Triangle spots. “Now we’re working toward the middle of the country,” Larrea said. “We’re planning to go national, and our goal is to disrupt the big beverage industry.” Tribucha’s four core flavors – Brainiac, Controlled Burn, Flowers of Life and Café Con Bucha – have differentiated the company from other brewing concerns. Next in the

pipeline is the fruit-centric Lemon Ginger Berry with whole dehydrated goji berries. Kombucha resonates with many consumers due to its low-sugar content and all-natural ingredients and probiotics. Larrea also believes people enjoy drinking it because of its history. “People in China and Russia have been drinking kombucha for thousands of years, and for good reason,” he said. “Our kombucha is about timing and precision and craft, and we’re very conscious about helping people to live better and more positive lives.” t

Kombucha is a fermented, lightly effervescent, sweetened black or green tea drink that is said to offer health benefits such as improved digestion and immune function.

Tribucha Kombucha is locally available at Fortnight, Whole Foods, Lowes Foods, Butchers Market and restaurants including Sassool and Diced Salads & Wraps.


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FLAVORED VODKAS have gotten a bad rap. It’s not tough to understand why: the ABC store shelves are lined up wide and tall with everything from whipped cream to mango and coconut flavors. These artificially flavored vodkas have become the norm. That’s why we should take a second look at hand-crafted flavored vodka. Opposite to above, these are made by using only natural ingredients and often local agriculture, too. Fair Game Beverage Company, located a mile east of the courthouse in downtown Pittsboro and tucked back in the woods off Highway 64, has been making fantastic flavored vodka for a few years now. Flying Pepper Tobago Infused Vodka is flavored with Tobago peppers. They capture the “mysteriously smoky, sweet with just a hint of heat” notes by infusing the peppers into organic wheat vodka. What’s even better than it being all-natural? Fair Game Beverage only uses local peppers, working with North Carolina farmers to specifically grow the amount they need. So, let’s get to tasting. On the nose, there’s a lot of unexpected complexity here for a two-ingredient vodka. The spice of the pepper hints at heat while the sweetness of the wheat counterbalances it perfectly. At first sip, it’s a bit reminiscent of biting into a fresh hot pepper from the garden, but then, there is that smokiness. It’s not too spicy or lingering hot, and it has a long and full finish. This is such a lovely vodka. I highly recommend a perfectly served bloody mary cocktail!

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g Pepper Flyin M Bloody ary This straightforward cocktail will let the vodka shine through. No premade mix needed. 1 1/2 ounces Flying Pepper Tobago Infused Vodka 3 ounces tomato juice 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 -1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice 2-3 drops Tabasco sauce 1/4 teaspoon celery salt Optional: Jazz it up with a tiny bit of horseradish or wasabi if you are craving more spice and heat. Shake all ingredients with ice. Pour directly into glass of choice, and garnish as desired. Fair Game Beverage Company 193 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro


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THIS MONTH WE REVIEWED Seven Saturdays, an American IPA from R&D Brewing in Raleigh. The brewery is the brainchild of brewer Ian VanGundy, who opened Lonerider in Raleigh as well as White Street in Wake Forest. His beers have won more than a dozen international and national medals, and he was among All About Beer magazine’s 30 under 30 in 2013.

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I say we reviewed the beer, because I enjoyed Seven Saturdays with my wife, Katie Baker, who is also a cicerone. This month, we both weigh in to show the intricacies of individual palates and to highlight how descriptors about beer can be paired with the science of the beer.

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When I first smelled and tasted this beer, I was reminded of experiencing my first Jade IPA from Foothills. Jade was my first N.C. craft beer, so I have a distinct aroma connection to it. From there, I picked up on the brightness and bitterness of the beer. I’m a Double IPA fanatic, but this beer satisfied that need for the full body of a DIPA without an overwhelmingly high alcohol by volume (ABV) ratio. It comes in at 6.2 percent, and its flavor profile is the perfect complement to spring weather. He said

Katie’s first smell and taste reminiscent of a past beer experience was most likely from the Citra hops. Citra adds the mango and lime to the aroma and offers the same fruit flavors with a hint of grassiness to the taste. The brightness she describes is the citrus and tropical fruit of the hops, and the bitterness results from the total amount of hops in the beer, which is a combination of Citra and Mosaic. Seven Saturdays can be described as a spring beer because of these approachable fruit flavors. There aren’t any piney or dank tastes, which are seen more in the summer through winter brews.



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Serves 4 Bowl ingredients Jerk chicken, sliced (see directions below) Coconut rce, (see directions below) 1/4 head red cabbage, sliced finely 1 bunch romaine, sliced finely 4 tablespoon cilantro, minced 1 avocado, sliced Citrus vinaigrette (see directions below) Jerk chicken 1 tablespoon soy sauce 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime) 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, diced 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced 4 scallions, sliced thinly 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 half small onion, diced finely Citrus Vinaigrette: Juice of 1 orange Juice of 1 lime 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon cumin Directions: 1. Make the jerk chicken: Puree the marinade ingredients (soy sauce through scallions) in a food processor until smooth. Pour the marinade over chicken breasts, cover and refrigerate for 1-4 hours. Over medium high heat, on a grill or grill pan, cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Slice the grilled chicken crosswise and set aside. 2. Meanwhile, prepare the coconut rice: Rinse and drain rice several times until the water is clear. Add rice, coconut milk, water, butter, salt and onion to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn to low, and cover tightly with a lid. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving. 3. Slice the cabbage, romaine, cilantro and avocado.

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4. Whisk all dressing ingredients together to combine. 5. Arrange the chicken, rice and vegetables in large shallow bowls. Top with the dressing, and enjoy!

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Masi Tupungato Passo Doble Malbec-Corvina Another outstanding Italian production are the wines from the Veneto estate of Masi Agricola. Exploring the world for opportunities to create wine in the mold of its expressive reds, Masi invested in Argentina’s Tupungato region and its renowned Malbec grape. Using a double fermentation method with dried Corvina grapes, Masi created “Passo Doble Rosso,” cited by James Suckling as one of the “Great wines of the Andes.” This elegant wine is a supple berrylaced stunner, with aromas of violet and vanilla, and a lingering finish. The spice blend, cilantro and coconut notes in the recipe will marry perfectly with this masterful red. $14.99

Diemersfontein Chenin Blanc Wellington Few food cultures in the world have not influenced the cuisine of the Caribbean islands, with the culinary traditions of Africa, Asia and Europe blending with a rich indigenous heritage. This dynamic cuisine is all about flavor and heat, and while a cold Red Stripe beer might seem the default go-to beverage, a nicely chilled Chenin Blanc is a much better choice. While this grape’s origins are rooted in France’s storied Loire Valley, its spiritual homeland is in the vineyards of South Africa’s Stellenbosch region. Diemersfontein’s effort is a dancing repertoire of juicy pear, passion fruit and ginger with a honeyed finish of the slightest sweetness. Exceptional Chenin Blanc such as this is the perfect culinary counterpoint to any Caribbean dish. $17.99

Garuti Malandrino Lambrusco di Modena DOP The native Arawak and Taino peoples are credited as the original barbecue masters. They slowly smoked meat and fish prepared with spices and chile peppers, ultimately influencing the method of jerk preparation we enjoy today. Sparkling wine enjoys a well-deserved reputation for its ability to pair with a wide variety of cooking styles. Italy’s gastronomical epicenter of Emilia-Romagna is home to the production of Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, and its most underappreciated export, Lambrusco. Named for both grape and wine, Lambrusco is relied upon for its deep berryscented, herb-infused aromas, gorgeous ruby color and exceptional palate-slaking acidity. While delicious with a slice of Parma ham, this wine will tame the heat and accentuate the savory flavors in a Caribbean Power Bowl. $15.99

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CARY Abbey Road Tavern & Grill “Great food … outstanding live music.” 1195 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 481-4434; Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream “Premium quality ice cream and sorbet.” 10120 Green Level Church Road #208, Cary; (919) 901-8560; Annelore’s German Bakery “Pastries using the finest local ingredients.” 308 W. Chatham Street, Cary (919) 294-8040

Academy Street Bistro “A fresh take on Italian-American cuisine in the heart of Cary.” 200 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 377-0509; Bellini Fine Italian Cuisine “Everything is made fresh from scratch in our kitchen.” 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 119, Cary; (919) 552-0303;

Ashworth Drugs “Quintessential place for freshsqueezed lemonade, old-fashioned milkshakes and hot dogs.” 105 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 467-1877;


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Big Dom’s Bagel Shop “Serving bagels, B’donuts and sandwiches” 203 E Chatham St., Cary; (919) 377-1143; Big Mike’s Brew N Que “Beers on tap to compliment locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ.” 1222 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 799-2023;

Crosstown Pub & Grill “A straightforward menu covers all the bases.” 140 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 650-2853; Bonefish Grill “Fresh is our signature.” 2060 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-1347; Bosphorus Restaurant “Traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.” 329-A N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 460-1300; Bravo’s Mexican Grill “Extensive menu raises the ante considerably above the typical Tex-Mex.” 208 Grande Heights Drive, Cary (919) 481-3811;

Dining Guide Brewster’s Pub “Open late, serving a full food and drink menu.” ​ 1885 Lake Pine Drive, Cary (919) 650-1270; Brig’s “Breakfast creations, cool salads and hot sandwich platters.” 1225 NW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 481-9300; 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 604, Cary; (919) 859-2151; Chanticleer Café & Bakery “Family-owned restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and specialty coffees.” 6490 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 781-4810; Chef’s Palette “Creative flair and originality in every aspect of our service.” 3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary; (919) 267-6011; CinéBistro “Ultimate dinner-and-a-movie experience.” 525 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 987-3500;

Der Biergarten “American fare with Germaninspired dishes and beer.” 1080 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 459-5874; Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” 1979 High House Road, Cary; (919) 388-9930; Eighty8 Asian Bistro “An exotic twist on Asian cuisine.” 1077 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 377-0152; Enrigo Italian Bistro “Fresh food made from pure ingredients.” 575 New Waverly, Suite 106, Cary; (919) 854-7731; Five Guys Burgers and Fries 1121 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 380-0450;

Der Biergarten “American fare with German-inspired dishes and beer.”

1080 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 459-5875;

Fresca Café & Gelato “French-styled crepes … gelato made with ingredients directly from Italy.” 302 Colonades Way #109, Cary; (919) 581-8171;

City Barbeque “Barbeque in its truest form.” 1305 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (919) 439-5191; Coffee & Crepes “Freshly prepared sweet and savory crepes.” 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary; (919) 233-0288; Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar “Good old-fashioned burgers and bottled soda.” 126 Kilmayne Drive, Cary; (919) 466-0055; Craft Public House “Casual family restaurant.” 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 601, Cary; (919) 851-9173; Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery “Family-owned and operated.” 1983 High House Road, Cary; (919) 380-1840; Danny’s Bar-B-Que “All slow-cooked on an open pit with hickory wood.” 311 Ashville Ave. G, Cary; (919) 851-5541;


Dining Guide Herons “The signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.” 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary; (919) 447-4200; Hot Point Deli “Highest-quality cuisine at extremely reasonable prices.” 1718 Walnut St., Cary; (919) 460-6299;

Duck Donuts “Warm, delicious and just the way you like them.” 100 Wrenn Drive #10, Cary; (919) 468-8722; Goodberry’s Frozen Custard 1146 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 467-2386 2325 Davis Drive, Cary; (919) 469-3350;

Tribeca Tavern “Local craft beers, gourmet burgers and American grub in a casual setting.” 500 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 465-3055; Great Harvest Bread Co. “Real food that tastes great.” 1220 NW Maynard Road, Cary (919) 460-8158;

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Jimmy V’s Steakhouse & Tavern “Certified Angus Beef … fresh seafood, Italian specialties, homemade desserts.” 107 Edinburgh South, Suite 131, Cary; (919) 380-8210; Kababish Café “A celebration of deliciousness and creativity.” 201 W. Chatham St., Suite 103, Cary; (919) 377-8794; La Farm Bakery “Handcrafted daily … only the freshest ingredients.” 4248 NW Cary Parkway, Cary; 220 W. Chatham St., Cary; 5055 Arco Street, Cary; (919) 657-0657; LemonShark Poke “The finest poke ingredients and local brews on tap.” 2000 Boulderstone Way, Cary; (919) 333-0066; Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 110 SW Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 460-8757; Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen “Exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes.” 7307 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 233-1632 Lucky Chicken “All of our beautiful Peru, with every dish.” 1851 N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 338-4325;

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Marco Pollo “Peruvian rotisserie chicken.” 1871 Lake Pine Drive, Cary; (919) 694-5524;

Dining Guide Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar “Global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.” 8314 Chapel Hill Road, Cary; (919) 465-2455; MOD Pizza “Serving artisan style pizzas, superfast” 316 Colonades Way Suite 206-C, Cary (919) 241-72001; Noodle Boulevard “Ten variations on the ramen theme, covering a pan-Asian spectrum.” 919 N Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 678-1199; Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café “The fast track to sweet tooth satisfaction.” 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 319-6554; Pizza La Stella “Authentic Neapolitan pizzas, unique cocktails and more.” 1389 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 333-0773; Pizzeria Faulisi “Simple foods from a simple way of cooking: a wood-burning oven.” 215 E. Chatham St., Suite 101, Cary;

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 8111-208 Tryon Woods Drive, Cary; (919) 851-3999; 2025 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-3999; Ruth’s Chris Steak House “Cooked to perfection.” 2010 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-0033; Serendipity Gourmet Deli “Discovering the unusual, valuable or pleasantly surprising.” 118 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 469-1655; Spirits Pub & Grub “Wide variety of menu items, all prepared in a scratch kitchen.” 701 E. Chatham St., Cary (919) 462-7001; Stellino’s Italiano “Traditional Italian favorites with a modern twist.” 1150 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 694-5761;

Gonza Tacos y Tequila “Award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine.” 525-105 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 653-7310; Sugar Buzz Bakery “Custom cakes … and more.” 1231 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 238-7224;


Pro’s Epicurean Market & Café “Gourmet market, café and wine bar.” 211 East Chatham Street, Cary; (919) 377-1788; Rally Point Sport Grill “Lunch and dinner food in a pub atmosphere.” 837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 678-1088; Red Bowl Asian Bistro “Each distinctive dish is handcrafted.” 2020 Boulderstone Way, Cary; (919) 388-9977; Ricci’s Trattoria “Keeping true to tradition.” 10110 Green Level Church Road, Cary; (919) 380-8410;

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Dining Guide Tazza Kitchen “Wood-fired cooking and craft beverages.” 600 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 651-8281; Thai Spices & Sushi “Freshest, most-authentic Thai cuisine and sushi.” 986 High House Road, Cary; (919) 319-1818;

La Farm Bakery “Handcrafted daily … only the freshest ingredients.” Visit for area locations.

Taipei 101 “Chinese and Taiwanese. Serves lunch and dinner.” 121 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 388-5885;

Lugano Ristorante “Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.” 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 468-7229; Tangerine Café “From Thai to Vietnamese to Korean to Indonesian.” 2422 SW Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 468-8688;

The Big Easy Oven & Tap “Modern, Southern kitchen with New Orleans roots.” 231 Grande Heights Drive, Cary; (919) 468-6007; The Original N.Y. Pizza “Consistent every visit.” 831 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 677-8484 2763 N.C. 55, Cary; (919) 363-1007 6458 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 852-2242 Totopos Street Food & Tequila “A walk through … Mexico City.” 1388 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 678-3449;

Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering

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Dining Guide The Urban Turban “A fusion of flavors.” 2757 N.C. 55, Cary; (919) 367-0888; Verandah “Southern casual environment in a modern, boutique hotel.” 301 A. Academy St., Cary; (919) 670-5000;

APEX Mellow Mushroom “Beer, calzones and creative stonebaked pizzas.” 4300 NW Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 463-7779 Tribeca Tavern “Handcrafted burgers, homegrown beer.” 500 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 465-3055;

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” Visit for area locations. Udupi Café “Authentic south Indian vegetarian cuisine.” 590 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 465-0898;

Abbey Road Tavern & Grill 1700 Center St., Apex; (919) 372-5383; Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food.” 100 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 267-6237; Apex Wings Restaurant & Pub “Time-tested eatery serving up chicken wings and craft beers.” 518 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 387-0082;




















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Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering “Pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas and scratch-made desserts.” 1430 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-1006; Belgian Café “From Brussels to Apex.” 1232 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 372-5128;

Pro’s Epicurean Market & Café “Gourmet market, café and wine bar.” 211 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 377-1788;

Tasu “Asian fusion cuisine, artfully mixing Chinese, Japanese and Thai Dishes” 525 New Waverly Place, Suite 103, Cary; (919) 544-8474; Big Mike’s Brew N Que “Beers on tap to compliment locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ.” 2045 Creekside Landing Drive, Apex; (919) 338-2591;

Buttercream’s Bake Shop “Wholesome, scratch-baked.” 101 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 362-8408;

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Sassool “Serving authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine.” 1347 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 300-5586; Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts “The highest-quality, locally roasted coffee.” 219 N. Salem St., Suite 101, Apex; (919) 387-0873;

Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” ​​5490 Apex Peakway, Apex; ​(919) 387-4100;

Salem Street Pub “Friendly faces and extensive menu.” 113 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 387-9992;

Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1075 Pine Plaza Drive, Apex; (919) 616-0011;

Skipper’s Fish Fry “Homemade from our own special recipes.” 1001 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-2400;

Peak City Grill & Bar “Chef-crafted food in a … restored turn-of-the-century hardware store.” 126 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 303-8001; Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 1055 Pine Plaza Drive, Apex; (919) 446-6333; Rudy’s Pub & Grill “Comfortable and familiar, just like home.” 780 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-5061;

Sweet Cheeks Bakery “Only the finest and freshest ingredients.” 803 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-9305; The Provincial “Fresh. Simple.” 119 Salem St., Apex; (919) 372-5921; The Wake Zone Espresso “Your special home away from home.” 6108 Old Jenks Road, Apex; (919) 267-4622;

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Dining Guide FUQUAY-VARINA Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food.” 138 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 285-2497; Aviator SmokeHouse BBQ Restaurant “All of our food is made in-house.” 525 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-7675; Jus’ Enuff Home Cooking “Homemade everything.” 736 N Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 567-0587; Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 401 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 552-3957; Stick Boy Bread Co. “Handcrafted baked goods from scratch … all natural ingredients.” 127 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-2237;

The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 305 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-5555; Wingin’ It Bar and Grille “Serves lunch, dinner and drinks.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 109, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-0962;

HOLLY SPRINGS Happy Holly’s “Ice cream, milkshakes and shaved ice.” 527 N. Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 552-0637; Los Tres Magueyes 325 North Main Street, Holly Springs; (919) 552-6272;

Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream “A unique spin on a timeless dessert.” 304 N. Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 762-7808; My Way Tavern “Freshly made all-American foods.” 301 W. Center St., Holly Springs; (919) 285-2412; Rise Biscuits & Donuts 169 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs; (919) 586-7343; Thai Thai Cuisine “Fresh authentic Thai food.” 108 Osterville Drive, Holly Springs; (919) 303-5700; The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 114 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs; (919) 964-5060; The Original N.Y. Pizza 634 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs (919) 567-0505;

Welcome to our take on a traditionalBiergarten! We offer American fare that pays homage to the German culture by offering various German menu items and a selection of German beers on tap and in the bottle.

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Dining Guide MORRISVILLE Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken “Unforgettable rotisserie chicken.” 9575 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 378-9259; Another Broken Egg Café “A totally egg-ceptional experience.” 1121 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 465-1079; Babymoon Café “Pizzas, pastas, seafood, veal, steaks, sandwiches and gourmet salads.” 100 Jerusalem Drive, Suite 106, Morrisville; (919) 465 9006; Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar “The quality of the beef and the toppings make our burgers stand apart.” 3300 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 297-0953;

B. Good “Health-conscious versions of fast-food favorites.” 1000 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 234-1937; Cantina 18 “Southwestern fare with a southern drawl.” 3305 Village Market Place, Morrisville (919) 694-5618 Capital City Chop House “Perfect place for a business lunch or dinner or a quick bite before catching a flight.” 151 Airgate Drive, Morrisville; (919) 484-7721; Clean Juice “Organic juices, smoothies and acai bowls.” 3035 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 468-8286; Firebirds Wood Fired Grill “Steaks, seafood, chicken and ribs, all seared over local hickory, oak and pecan wood.” 3200 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 653-0111;

Yuri Japanese Restaurant “For sushi fans and connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine.” 1361 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 481-0068;

Fount Coffee + Kitchen “Coffee and a menu that is 100 percent gluten-free.” 10954 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (984) 888-5454;

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Dining Guide The Full Moon Oyster Bar & Seafood Kitchen “Homemade recipes handed down over the years.” 1600 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 378-9524; G. 58 Modern Chinese Cuisine “Master chefs from China create an unforgettable fine dining experience.” 10958 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 466-8858; Georgina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant “Mouthwatering homemade Italian dishes.” 3536 Davis Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3820; HiPoke “Fresh Fun Poke.” 9573 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 650-3398; Los Tres Magueyes 9605 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 481-9002;

Neomonde “A wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary Mediterranean menu items.” 10235 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 466-8100; Nothing Bundt Cakes “Cakes are baked fresh daily, in a variety of flavors and sizes.” 2008 Market Center Drive, Unit 17130, Morrisville; (919) 694-5300; Peppers Market and Sandwich Shop “Local baked breads, fresh in-house roasted meats.” 2107 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville; (919) 380-7002; Rise Biscuits & Donuts “Old school, new school, and specialty donuts.” 1100 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 377-0385;

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Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits 1101 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3500; Saffron Restaurant & Lounge “Gourmet Indian dining experience.” 4121 Davis Drive, Morrisville; (919) 469-5774; Smokey’s BBQ Shack “Meats are dry rubbed with love and slow smoked with hickory wood.” 10800 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville; (919) 469-1724; Taste Vietnamese “Prepared with passion and perfected through generations.” 152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville; (919) 234-6385; Tra’Ii Irish Pub & Restaurant “An authentic and satisfying taste of Irish country cooking.” 3107 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville; (919) 651-9083;

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Dining Guide Village Deli & Grill “Wholesome homemade foods.” 909 Aviation Parkway #100, Morrisville; (919) 462-6191;

Barry’s Café “A restaurant that honors firefighters.” 2851 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh; (919) 859-3555;

ZenFish Poké Bar “Guilt-free, healthy, fast-casual dining.” 9924 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville (919) 234-0914

The Big Easy Oven & Tap “Modern, Southern kitchen with New Orleans roots.” 222 Fayetteville St., Raleigh (919) 832-6082; Flying Biscuit Café “Southern-inspired menu of comfort food made with fresh ingredients.” 2016 Clark Ave., Raleigh (919) 833-6924,


Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar “Consistent service and quality food to keep patrons happy.” 301 Market Center Drive, Morrisville (919) 467-1718;

Angus Barn “World-renowned for its service.” 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; (919) 781-2444; Annelore’s German Bakery “Pastries using the finest local ingredients.” 1249 Farmers Market Drive, Raleigh (919) 294-8040 Anvil’s Cheesesteaks “Authentic Philadelphia experience.” 2893 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh (919) 854-0558


Rey’s “Fine dining with a French Quarter flair.” 1130 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh (919) 380-0122;

Mandolin “World class food, wine and spirits in a soulful, comforting atmosphere.” 2519 Fairview Rd, Raleigh (919) 322-0365; The Pit “Authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue.” 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh; (919) 890-4500;



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False Solomon’s Seal Berries

Sing a Song of Solomon’s Seals I HAVE THREE Solomon’s seals in my yard. No, not three plants, but rather three different types of Solomon’s seal. All of them are dependable performers in shadier parts of my growing grounds, and none are particularly hard to find this time of year at local garden centers. Allow me to introduce them to you: Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum). This cutie is native to the woodlands of North Carolina as well as other areas of the eastern United States. An herbaceous perennial, it makes a flowing statement in shady cultivated gardens with green ovate leaves riding on curved branches up to 3 feet tall and wide. In the spring, rows of bell-shaped, light green to white flowers delightfully dangle in pairs underneath the 100 APRIL 2019

arching limbs, and these blossoms develop into small, blue, fleshy berries by summertime. Come autumn, the foliage salutes the growing season’s end by turning a pleasing butter yellow. As is typical with most commonly available Solomon’s seals, they will slowly colonize and spread in the right conditions, which include rich, acidic soil with a strong organic base to help retain an even supply of moisture, and a planting site located in part to full shade. Variegated Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’). An import from the Orient, this graceful plant is just what the landscape doctor ordered for a good dose of “Yipes! Stripes!” to a shady nook. Of similar stature and performance as our native Solomon’s seal, it brings more eye candy to a garden party with

cream-colored streaks along the lengths of its leaves, which help to break up the ho-hum sea of green common in many Southern shade gardens. This snappy dresser was named the Perennial Plant Association’s 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year. False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum). Although not in the same genus as true Solomon’s seals, this close cousin is a North American native with the look and grace of Polygonatum biflorum. The two are sometimes found paired in the wild, meaning it also thrives in similar growing conditions. So, what’s the difference? Instead of bell-like flowers hanging from under the stems, false Solomon’s seal shows off feathery bloom clusters on the tips of its limbs. These blossoms give way to red berries Variegated Solomon’s Seal that can ripen to a bright red, but, personally, I usually don’t see them in such a hot hue — the birds in my garden eagerly gobble up the maturing fruits! L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener Magazine. Want to ask L.A. a question about your garden? Contact him by email at

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Early-blossoming beauties looking scruffy? Standard springtime pretties such as azaleas, spring-flowering climbing roses, camellias (Camellia japonica), forsythias, deutzias, ornamental cherries, mock oranges, spireas, dogwoods, kerrias, witch hazels, flowering quinces and weigelas can be pruned after they have finished their bloom time. For a look that will preserve the more natural flow and shape of a tree, bush or vine, use hand pruners or loppers to individually cut any overreaching branch back to a bud or limb junction. Just got a new electric hedge trimmer and prefer a landscape full of plants shaped like poodles, pyramids and platypuses? That’s what boxwoods are for.


• For fancier flower displays from backyard pond pretties such as water lily and lotus plants that require a steady diet of nutrients from spring into the summer, adding time-release fertilizer tablets specially formulated for potted aquatic plants to their containers should do the trick. • Cool-season vegetables that were seeded in the garden last month should now be thinned to their proper spacing requirements. • Early-bird veggie gardeners can begin planting summer vegetables such as corn, cucumbers, cantaloupes, tomatoes, pumpkins, snap beans, squash and watermelons by the middle to end of this month.

• Remember to set aside an area for the little gardeners in your family. Show them how to prepare the soil, and then help the tykes grow easy annuals like sunflowers, zinnias, pole beans or pumpkins. • If you haven’t given your dog or cat a flea and tick treatment in the last month, put any of their brushings around the bird feeder, and see how fast the fuzz gets snatched up for building nests. And while it might be tempting to also add dryer lint, don’t. It could contain residual cleaning chemicals that can be unsafe for birds.


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IMAGINE LIVING WITHOUT a car and not having the means to buy one. For Katrina Leggins of Raleigh, it meant both personal and professional hardship. She had a job in 2016, using her car to transport people with disabilities. It put a lot of wear and tear on the car, and not long after, the car died, and she lost her job at the same time. “I went two years without a car — riding a bus or taking a cab,” she said. “It was challenging to find a job doing what I do without a car.” Enter Wheels 4 Hope, a nonprofit that pairs donated cars with people who cannot afford to buy a vehicle. After receiving a car from Wheels 4 Hope, Leggins was able to return to work, assisting people with disabilities with their transportation needs. What’s more, she enjoys the simple things many people with cars take for granted — meeting her 7-year-old daughter for lunch at school or getting groceries without a walk home from the bus stop. It’s a story that Elaine Pleasants, executive director for Wheels 4 Hope, hears often. “It’s a really interesting thing to think about what your life would be like without a car — that’s what I get reminded of often,” Pleasants said. “You meet that family that, in addition to work every day, has to figure out how to get the kids to daycare, go to the grocery store and all the things we take for granted.” Wheels 4 Hope began in 2000 at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church. Two men, John Weistart and Chris Simes, saw struggling families in need of reliable transportation. For five years, a handful of volunteers repaired do-

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Wheels4Hope repairs donated cars and matches them with low-income recipients. Executive Director Elaine Pleasants, left, and Raleigh Hub Manager Lisa Brusca hold a large ribbon that will be placed on a car going to a client. “We only do one thing — we’re not case managers or social workers,” says Pleasants. “We fix and sell cars.”

nated cars and worked with local agencies to find families in need, Pleasants said. Their outreach spread as they partnered with more congregations and local agencies until in 2010, they moved into a large space outside downtown Raleigh. At the same time, the organization hired two full-time staff members, which allowed about 100 families to receive cars that year. The nonprofit has continued to grow, expanding into the Triad in 2012 and giving away 176 cars last year, and their staff has grown to eight. To date, Wheels 4 Hope has placed more than 1,500 cars with families, Pleasants says. The goal for 2019 is 250 cars, fueled in part by an upcoming move to a larger space in Cary,

where the organization is renovating the old Austin Foods warehouse off East Durham Road. “We’ll have the opportunity to expand the number of people we can help pretty quickly,” Pleasants said. People donate their vehicle, and Wheels 4 Hope determines if it will help someone who is struggling with self-sufficiency, Pleasants says. The vehicle must be repairable within the organization’s budget — which usually excludes engine or transmission replacement — and must be affordable for the family to maintain. That means good gas efficiency and no oversized SUVs or exotic cars that will cost more over time.

“It’s a really interesting thing to think about what your life would be like without a car – that’s what I get reminded of often. You meet that family that, in addition to work every day, has to figure out how to get the kids to daycare, go to the grocery store and all the things we take for granted.” — Elaine Pleasants, executive director, Wheels 4 Hope

“We only do one thing — we’re not case managers or social workers — we fix and sell cars,” she said. The organization accepts any car, but only 25 percent are placed with families. The other 75 percent of cars still help the cause — they’re either repaired and sold to the public, or taken to auction and sold. “Every car helps us, because the proceeds from cars in those other two groups pay for the program cars,” Pleasants said. People are referred to Wheels 4 Hope from one of more than 70 partner organizations in the Triangle. Clients can’t call Wheels 4 Hope directly and ask for a car, but instead, must have a case history with one of the partner organizations. “Getting a car and having it help you are two different things,” Pleasants points out. “If you can’t afford to maintain it, put gas in it, and insure it, then it doesn’t really help.” To be eligible for a car, people must meet certain criteria, including having a job and having no other vehicles already in their household, she says. Once the person or family is referred to

Volunteers Lane Gallow, left, and Tom Hilliard work on donated cars at Wheels4Hope in downtown Raleigh. The nonprofit provides low-cost cars to economically vulnerable families and individuals.

Wheels 4 Hope, the organization picks the car for them based on the size and features they may need. They are required to pay $500 for the car, plus tax, tags and processing fees. Once they take ownership, they are also responsible for insurance and property taxes on the car, Pleasants says. Cars help people regain their independence and their free time. Pleasants tells of a re-

covering drug addict who found a great thirdshift job, but the buses don’t run overnight. His only option was to ride the bus to work two hours before his shift started and then wait. “By getting a car, he got so much of his day back,” she said. “We’ve enhanced their lives so much that now they can move forward and do great things.” t

The resale of donated vehicles covers about 80 percent of Wheels 4 Hope’s annual budget, leaving 20 percent to be covered through other means. Those interested in contributing to the mission of Wheels 4 Hope can help in the following ways: • Donate a car or make a financial donation. Visit to fill out a form providing information about your vehicle, and someone will contact you. Or call the office at (919) 832-1941 to discuss the donation by phone. Financial donations can also be made online or by mail. • Volunteer. Mechanics – those with professional training or tinkerers who know their way around an oil change – are needed. Car runners, who pick up donated vehicles, get them washed, inspected or taken to a garage, are also needed. Volunteer hours are flexible. • Become a community partner. Congregations are important partners for the organization, according to Elaine Pleasants. “We spend a lot of time talking to them about our needs,” she said. “They advertise for us in their bulletins and online.” Partner garages can help by donating the labor to fix as few as one car per quarter.






It’s no secret that the annual Maggy Awards are eagerly anticipated. The 2019 readers’ choice awards garnered more than 9,000 votes and many of those supporters came out to the Meet the Maggys Party, held Feb. 28 at NOAH’s Event Venue in Morrisville. Nearly 400 guests enjoyed nibbles from area restaurants and beverages from Bond Brothers Beer Company, Triangle Wine Company, Ketel One Vodka and Bulleit Bourbon. There were also puppies from Best Friends Pet Adoption, DJ Joe Bunn, a Spark photo booth, and shopping from Swagger Boutique. Other sponsors include presenting sponsor Coastal Credit Union as well as Ketel One, Bulleit, Twisted Scizzors, 12 Oaks, Primrose Schools, Stanley Dentistry, Atlantic Tire, Park West Village, themeworks, Town and Country Veterinary Hospital, Home Sweet Heidi Realty, and Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits.

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happenings DORCAS MINISTRIES’ annual Thanksgiving Breakfast, held Nov. 1, 2018, was the nonprofit’s most successful breakfast ever, raising more than $265,000 in sponsorships, donations and pledges.

Jimmy Simpson, facilities management coordinator for the Town of Cary, was named president-elect to the Sports Turf Managers Association National Board of Directors. Simpson oversees buildings and grounds maintenance at the

Emilia Migliaccio and Jennifer Chang of Cary will compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, hosted by the Augusta National Golf Club. The tournament will be held over four days, April 3-6, in Augusta, Ga. Migliaccio qualified for this past summer’s

USA Baseball National Training Complex, WakeMed Soccer Park, Middle Creek Community Park and Mills Park Middle School.,

DER BIERGARTEN is now open at 1080 Darrington Drive in Cary. The restaurant offers German menu items and a selection of German beers.

U.S. Women’s Open and was a member of the 2018 U.S. Arnold Palmer Cup and 2017 U.S. Junior Solheim Cup teams. Chang was also a member of the 2017 U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team. Her numerous junior honors include playing in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur and shooting the lowest round by any player in North Carolina prep history.


Intentionaliteas, an online gift shop selling herbal teas, candles and themed gift boxes, was recently launched by Molly McKinley. Her goal is to support women-powered, environmentally-friendly and socially conscious businesses.


this year’s Peace Prize at an award ceremony in February at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh. This year’s winner is Witness for Peace Southeast, a politically independent grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience.



Durham Distillery’s Conniption Navy Strength Gin was named the best in the United States in the Navy Strength category at the World Gin Awards in

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Chiesi USA Inc. was named a Top Employer in the United States for the fourth year in a row in January. The recognition is certified by the Top Employers Institute, a leading


authority on identifying and measuring employment best-

the 2018 Spirit of North Carolina Award by the United Way of

practices worldwide. The Cary-headquartered Chiesi USA Inc., is

the Greater Triangle in February. This annual award recognizes

a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercialization

organizations dedicated to building stronger communities and

of products for the hospital, rare disease and target office-based

that have succeeded in raising funds to support community



SETH HARDISON, visual design in career and technical education teacher at Green Hope High School, was one of the first recipients of the Governor’s Educator Discovery Award. Hardison will use the $1,000 prize to attend Adobe MAX — The Creativity Conference in Los Angeles, where he will learn Savannah Kurak

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Coastal Credit Union has announced several staffing additions to its mortgage team. Paige Donnald, Seema ParmarSturkie and Ruth Williams have all joined Coastal as mortgage business development officers, and will work directly with buyers to help guide them through the home buying process.

Carol Dobyns, executive director at Chesterbrook Academy Preschools, recently received the Lighthouse Award from Chesterbrook’s parent organization, Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. Dobyns, who oversees all school locations in North and South Carolina, was recognized for her knowledge, insights and the steadfast encouragement she gives her team.

LONERIDER SPIRITS, based in Raleigh, won a bronze medal in February in the whiskey category from the American Craft Spirits Association for its bourbon whiskey finished in sherry casks.

CRYSTAL FELDMAN is the new vice president of communications, government and community affairs for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. Feldman’s team includes media relations, internal and external communications, community affairs and airline services.


T.J. CAWLEY of Morrisville has been appointed vice chair of the National League of Cities 2019 Energy,

Environment and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee. This committee develops the NLC’s federal policy positions on issues related to air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control, and solid and hazardous waste management. As a vice chair, Cawley will help shape NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and in North Carolina.

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