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Dear friends, It seems like months since we put together this magazine — not a couple of weeks. When we planned and wrote our April stories in February, our biggest worry was snow or rain forcing us to reschedule our photo shoots. So much has changed since then. All of us at Cary Magazine have watched our towns fold in on themselves — businesses shuttering, schools closing and streets emptying. These measures are necessary, but heartbreaking for folks like us who thrive on connection. This magazine has always sought to build community by writing about the people and places in Western Wake County. Whether we’re writing about a new restaurant, an annual event, an entrepreneur or a beloved philanthropist — we have always tried to bring people together. And we don’t intend to stop doing that, even if we must be physically apart. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be adding timely online content to keep you up-to-date on local businesses and ordinary people doing the best they can. Look for more newsletters and social media posts. And we’d like to invite you to this conversation. If you have a story about an act of kindness, a business update, or a way to keep the kids from killing each other — send it our way. We don’t know what will happen as we move through this crisis, but we do know we can’t make it alone. We are grateful that you are with us. Warmest of wishes,

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the Mix Empty-nesters flock to walkable, urban centers

50 Art of Aging Gracefully

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55 Special Section: Premier Practices 68 Remembering Rosenwald

Apex’s African American schools


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UNTIL I MET Larry Harris, I had never heard of the Rosenwald schools. But I soon realized this true story had all the epic elements — uncaring government officials, a compassionate hero and underdogs worth rooting for. Segregated schools in the first quarter of the 20th century were chronically underfunded and in deplorable condition. Wealthy philanthropist Julius Rosenwald stepped in, and his namesake fund helped build roughly 5,300 African Amber Keister relaxes at the Embassy Suites in Cary before the 2020 Maggy Party. American schools throughout the South For more photos of the event, see page 108. from 1913 to 1932. These grants had strings, however. White-controlled school boards had to provide money for the schools, and black communities had to match the Rosenwald donation. For the Apex School, $1,500 was raised from 1931 to 1932 – the equivalent today of $23,000 – at the height of the Great Depression. Pennies, nickels and dimes were collected at churches, rallies, ice cream socials and fish fries. Folks in Apex also benefited from another source of income — moonshine. Beginning in 1908, when North Carolina banned alcohol, bootleggers would run liquor from Virginia — a “wet” state — or manufacture whiskey in illicit stills. One of the Tar Heel State’s most successful bootleggers was an African American named Joe Baldwin, who happened to live in Apex. “In an era in which African Americans were hamstrung by social, economic and legal injustices, the so-called ‘Baldwin Gang’ managed to become Apex’s most prosperous family business,” wrote Warren and Toby Holleman in their history of Apex, “Pluck, Perseverance, and Paint.” The Baldwin family contributed generously to their community, including to the Apex Rosenwald School. Is this a tawdry detail, unimportant to the uplifting main plot? I don’t think so. Too often students of history get only the sanitized versions of the past, which are both uninteresting and incomplete. When we talk about history, we should include the human foibles that help us understand our distant forebearers. We can handle the truth — especially if it makes a good story.

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FTER WORLD WAR II left entire European cities in rubble, officials transformed blasted plots of land into small parks. The green spaces provided a spot for outdoor recreation, and helped restore a sense of normalcy to the war-torn communities. In the 1950s, the idea of these “vest pocket parks” spread to the United States, particularly in large urban areas. As Western Wake has grown, and the towns have become denser, the need for small parks and open spaces has increased. Green oases have sprung up in subdivisions and developments where land is otherwise scarce and expensive. “Admittedly, the town, over the past 20 years, has invested in larger parks,” said Doug McRainey, director of Cary’s parks, recreation and cultural resources department. “We have preferred to have fewer, but larger parks for maintenance purposes. It has only been in the past few years that we have considered investing in smaller parks within Cary’s downtown area.” More than 30 public parks — covering over 2,688 acres — are in Cary, and five of them are considered pocket parks. Morrisville has three of these small parks, and Apex is home to five. continued on page 24

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Two-year-old Matthew Murphy explores all there is to see on the jungle gym at Urban Park.


Alejandra Rios tosses the Frisbee for Mara, her Belgian Malinois, at Seagroves Farm Park.


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Cary resident Diana Agius watched her two sons grow up within walking distance to MacDonald Woods Park, where they played pickup basketball games and met friends after school. Now that her sons are grown, she brings her grandson to the park when he is in town. “It’s a young child’s dream,” she said. “He climbed, swung, rode and slid to his heart’s content. It’s big enough, and there’s a lot for kids to choose from in terms of variety and difficulty of activities.” Greg and Kiersten Duffy moved to the area about three years ago, and a big plus was access to the park and greenways. It reminds them of growing up in the North, where schools and parks are part of the neighborhoods. “Every day after school, all the kids run to the park,” she said. “It’s really cool to see them so excited to come and play outside — it’s how we remember growing up.” The Duffys’ two children are 6 months and 13, and there is something for each of them to enjoy at the park — whether that’s throwing rocks in the stream or swinging on the swings. continued on page 26

Cary Pup Cam enjoys walking at MacDonald Woods Park.

Kay Struffolino Park in downtown Cary is one of the newest parks in the town, named after long-time resident and active volunteer in the Town of Cary.

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Four-year-old Natalie Steinhoff finishes her slide with a smile at Urban Park in Cary. Matthew Murphy takes a peek through part of the playground at Urban Park in Cary.

Kaylee Duffy, 13, swings at MacDonald Woods Park. Kaylee has been coming to the park with her parents and friends since her family moved to the neighborhood three years ago.


North West Park in Morrisville offers multiple playgrounds, a walking track and an open-play field.

A couple takes a stroll in North West Park in Morrisville.

“It really encourages families as a whole to get out and enjoy being outside and being physical.” — Tieska Jumbo, Morrisville resident

Danny Jumbo, 3, plays on the playground at North West Park. Danny and his brother David visit the park on a weekly basis with their parents.

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With an increase of 5,000 residents from 2010 to 2015, Morrisville suburbs and apartment complexes have popped up everywhere. But, with more homes, there is less open space for outdoor recreation. “There’s not much open space where kids and families can go throw a Frisbee or baseball without feeling like you’re throwing it into your neighbor’s yard,” said Jerry Allen, director of Morrisville’s parks, recreation and cultural resources department.

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The town is working to create more green spaces, providing a place for neighbors to socialize and kids to play — especially those who may not have yards or close proximity to larger parks. Tieska Jumbo moved to Morrisville from Jacksonville, Fla., with her husband and sons last year. With two boys, at 3 and 5 years old, going to various parks in Cary and Morrisville is a weekly adventure. “They all have something different,” Jumbo said, as her boys climbed on the play-

ground at North West Park. “Some of them have the traditional slides and swings, and then others have none of that, but they’ve got other things like ropes and things to climb on.” Pocket parks tend to have fewer amenities than large metro parks, but their convenience and smaller size are a perk for some. “While our children are small, we need to keep them contained,” Jumbo said. “They can go the length of the park and I can still see them, so I can let them be freer.”


In Apex, the parks and recreation department is working to make the town more connected by developing small parks and installing more greenways to encourage more walking or biking, says Angela Reincke, Apex parks and greenways planner. Due to their more urban or neighborhood setting and natural lack of parking, pocket parks further the department’s vision. “If somebody wanted to experience different types of playgrounds or play features around town, the small parks are each a little bit different and unique. You can make a small outing out of going and exploring a new one,” Reincke said. “We like to think that we provide a park that meets an interest or a need or activity for everybody of all ages and all abilities.”

Apex resident Denise Garner enjoys walking her dog Gypsy in nearby Seagroves Farm Park, where the walking trail passes by ponds and goes over bridges. “It’s so nice,” she said. “Everyone is so friendly from the town.” Contrary to the typical sidewalk, Garner appreciates the dog waste stations, which provide bags and trash cans. For these smaller parks, it’s the little things that make them worth coming back to. “People are so busy today, and people are so wrapped up. They’re always in a rush; they’re always in traffic,” said John Brown, director of Apex parks, recreation and cultural resources. “It’s a great opportunity to get away from that and to relax in a natural setting.” t

Pocket parks C A RY Heater Park: 400 S West St. Urban Park: 414 E Chatham St. Kay Struffolino Park: 601 Kildaire Farm Road North Cary Park: 1100 Norwell Blvd. MacDonald Woods Park: 1601 Seabrook Ave. MORRISVILLE North West Park: 2114-2180 Louis Stephens Drive Ruritan Park: 212 Page St. Crabtree Creek Nature Park: Keybridge Drive off of NC-54 APEX Clairmont Park: 801 E. Chatham St. Kelly Glen Park: 1701 Kelly Glen Lane, off of West Kelly Glen Drive Seagroves Farm Park: 201 Parkfield Drive Sue Helton Park: 201 Matney Lane, inside the Perry Farms subdivision West Street Park: 108 West St., at West and First streets

The 1.5-acre Seagroves Farm Park in Apex has a shelter and grill available for rent, making it a great spot to host parties and picnics.


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Madelyn Wilson, of Apex, left, and Betsy Bowdish, of Raleigh, warm up before an indoor cycling class at Rush Cycle. The dark room helps participants focus on their own performance, not on others in the room, says owner Sindhu Rajan.

thing, we try to motivate from start to exit — we are like your pit crew,” said Sunil Rajan. “You come in, we take care of you, get you set up on your bike, and then the instructor motivates you. And when you leave, you get the lavender towel.” Recently the couple talked about the business and creating a community – where fellow riders, staff and instructors support each other. What attracted you to the franchise?

We always knew we wanted to start a business at some point in our lives — we just didn’t know what type! As we got older, we became more passionate about health and fitness, and we decided this is really something we should do. A lifestyle with a focus on health and fitness carries over to other aspects of a person's life — improving overall happiness and well-being.

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We knew franchising would be the best route, since we didn’t have a lot of experience. We initially looked at more established boutique fitness franchises, but we really liked the up-and-coming, San Diego-based Rush franchise and their culture, with its focus on building a community. We took a few Rush classes and had an amazing experience. We felt that this was something we should bring to North Carolina. Rush Cycle franchise founders, Tim Suski and Corey Spangler, provided a great deal of support for us as first-time business owners, which made the process very smooth for us.

presenting cold lavender towels, the idea quickly spread to other Rush locations. After a spin class when you are hot and sweaty, who wouldn’t want a cold ANYTHING?! Riders actually look forward to the towels right after class. Sometimes it seems like they just want the towels rather than the workout.

much of an emotional experience this would be. It has been amazing to be able to bring positive change to people’s lives through fitness, to hear and understand everyone’s “Why’s,” and to provide a time and a space for people to connect. This community, bursting with positive energy, is truly something to be experienced. t

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GRAB YOUR WOODEN PADDLE and a ball and head to the courts, because it's time for pickleball. While western Wake isn’t as gung-ho about the sport as Kansas City, Mo., home of the first pickleball-themed restaurant – Chicken N Pickle – our neck of the woods certainly has its dedicated fans. Most local pickleball players are 55 or older, but ages range more than 20 years

in either direction. Cary players head to the indoor court at Fred G. Metro Bond Park or outdoors to White Oak Park or Carpenter Park. Invented as a children’s game, pickleball is played with a Whiffle ball and combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. “The thing about pickleball is people with average athletic abilities can reach

a very good level in a short time. And it’s very social, with a good mix of men and women,” said Cary pickleball ambassador Mike Walsh. Getting started with the sport is easy, costing about $30 for decent equipment from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Amazon. Learn more about pickleball in Cary at

Players compete in pickleball at the Bond Park community center, located within Fred G. Bond Metro Park. CARY MAGAZINE 31


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t began with a light-bulb moment. Really, it began again with a lightbulb moment. As a child, Heather Eck loved art — sketching hands and fingers, noticing colors. In college, however, she majored in human resources, afraid she couldn’t make a career out of her passion. “I dove headfirst into what I felt would give me stability and stepped away from what actually made me feel really happy,” Eck said. A few years ago, the Holly Springs Holly Springs artist Heather Eck consulted a spiritual teacher before leaving a career in artist began painting again with purpose, human resources to paint full time. She is pictured here with “Hallelujah.” looking to reconnect with her creative essence. And about six months ago, she left her job as human In Eck’s studio, she’s surrounded by bottles of paint, resources manager for Epic Games to paint full time. colorful canvases and pieces of inspiration from other art“I was feeling kind of lost. I was at that point in your ist friends. A tarp on the floor is speckled with paint splatlife when you are like, ‘What am I supposed to be doing? ters, creating a beautiful kind of art in itself. Her dog, Rudy, What am I here for?’ I worked with a spiritual teacher. She gnaws a bone at her feet. reminded me that my gift is creative, artistic expression,” Eck’s style is full of movement, bold colors and insaid Eck. “And it was like a light bulb went on.” tense feeling. Many of her painting sessions begin with

Eck’s dog, Rudy, keeps her company while she works in her home studio.


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meditation to tune into the spiritual energy that serves as her inspiration. “There is a spiritual aspect to my work where I can see and sense color around people,” she said. “I tune in to people’s energies and the colors that surround them. Then I’ll create a personalized painting that is essentially their color energy on a canvas.” Eck practices intuitive painting, a method which encourages artists to create using intuition around colors and forms. Her medium is largely acrylic paint on canvas, but she also incorporates plaster, gold flake, mica and resin into what she calls her portraits, “because they are a snapshot of the energy at the time,” she said. “When I first started, I was very much into paint pouring. Then, it evolved into a series of circles, and now it’s evolving into more lines and scraping,” she said. “I honestly don’t know where this will go next. It’s been really fun to watch my work evolve as I’ve stepped more firmly into it.”

Eck has never heard of another artist who senses color the way she does, but color interpretation has always fascinated her. She is particularly drawn to the concept of chakra colors, studying how a person’s emotional, spiritual and physical energies can be represented by color. “My approach to (painting) comes from a place of healing. I want to help others understand where color plays a role in their lives and how color can help them heal,” she said. Amy Way acquired the first of her 10 Eck paintings at a particularly low point in her life. Still recovering from a divorce, Way had moved to Cary to care for her aging parents. Eventually her father passed away, and within five months, she lost both of her two dogs as well. continued on page 36

“When you view a piece of art in a gallery or online or in a picture, there’s a universal meaning that’s attached to that particular piece of art. With Heather’s art, the connection someone feels is that that story is yours, specifically.”

— Amy Way

“My approach to (painting) comes from a place of healing. I want to help others understand where color plays a role in their lives and how color can help them heal,” says Eck, who has started making videos to explain the story behind her paintings.


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The grief-stricken Way was “just going through the motions in life,” she said, when Eck gave her a vivid blue, peach and cream painting called “The Awakening.” “She was telling me about the color association, and the spiritual meaning behind it. Every word that she said resonated with me, and I felt it to my core,” said Way. “That was the very start of my healing journey.” “She said Amy Way says her healing journey it spoke of a rebegan when Heather Eck gave her “The Awakening.” The painting now connection in hangs in Way’s bedroom. faith, rediscovering who I was, and trust that I was not alone.” The painting hangs in Way’s bedroom,

so she can begin and end her day with it. Five years after that first healing step, Way says the painting still has the power to comfort her. “It feels like a friend showed up when I needed it the most, and like a good friend, it never leaves my side,” she said. Eck feels strongly that people will find her art when it is right for them. “There are people who will be connected to my work; there are people who will be connected to other work,” she said. “What I appreciate so much about art now, is how it allows people to experience and perceive what’s meaningful for them.” t Additional reporting was contributed by Amber Keister. Original Art by Heather Eck (919) 230-4371

Eck’s colorful paintings reflect emotions and intuition, and she follows inspiration where it leads her. “When I first started, I was very much into paint pouring. Then, it evolved into a series of circles, and now it’s evolving into more lines and scraping,” she says. “I honestly don’t know where this will go next.”


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Jeanne Reed, a resident of the District Lofts in Morrisville, and her dog, Brandi, walk about two miles every day. “When I walk Brandi, I never get to just walk Brandi. I have to talk to somebody,� she says.


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In the Mix

Empty-nesters flock to walkable, urban centers WRITTEN BY AMBER KEISTER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENTS seem to be tailor-made for young, childless professionals — no yard, close to entertainment, just a quick walk to the coffee shop or farmers market. As it turns out, retirees and empty-nesters want those same things. It’s all about living large in a smaller space. “There are more people who are retirement age who we see in the mixed-use than necessarily your traditional apartment communities,” said Ashley Paulovits, senior community manager for the District Lofts in Morrisville’s Park West Village. “The walkability and the proximity to everywhere are what really draw people.” There is growing demand for this type of housing, she says, and an April 2019 article from supports that observation. “The coming wave of boomers have made it clear they want to live in walkable communities, preferably in 24-7 live/work/play environments,” it reported. Developers are responding by building more mixed-use communities or integrating condominiums and apartments into vibrant urban centers. Going up near Cary Towne Center, Fenton will include a mix of retail,

office space and 900 luxury condos when it opens next year. In Apex, Lennar Corp. recently filed plans for Depot 499, a 200-acre, mixed-use development west of downtown Apex that will include 850 apartments and around 600 townhomes. Boom in boomers

Paulovits, who has worked at the 118unit apartment community since it was built, wasn’t expecting the number of older people leasing at the District Lofts. She calls it the “barbell effect,” with 40% of residents under 30 and 40% older than 50, with other ages making up the remaining 20%. “We thought it would be a lot of people who were working in RTP or close proximity,” she said. “So, we were surprised when we started seeing more people who were downsizing from homes coming to our community.” Paulovits also says older residents don’t have to give up the upscale amenities they might be accustomed to. The apartments are fitted with granite kitchen countertops, spacious bathrooms, open floor plans and balconies.

“There are more people who are retirement age who we see in the mixed-use than necessarily your traditional apartment communities.The walkability and the proximity to everywhere are what really draw people.” — Ashley Paulovits, senior community manager for the District Lofts in Morrisville’s Park West Village

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Jeanne Reed enjoys the hubbub of living close to shops and restaurants, but also likes that the door to her balcony is solid and soundproof. “I sit on my porch in the summer. We don’t go out like we used to; we come to bed early,” she says. “We sit and watch people.”

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“A lot of the people who live here, it’s a choice to live here, because they could easily afford a home,” Paulovits said. “They can be moving from a 4,500-square-foot home, but they’re done taking care of things and ready to have more experiences.” Safe and easy

Jeanne Reed moved to the area from Greenville, S.C., to be closer to her daughter’s family in Apex. The independent 79-year-old needed an elevator because she has heart problems, and the place had to accept her sheep-doodle Brandi. She also wanted something nice. 40

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“It is a neighborhood, rather than just an apartment,” said Reed, who has lived at the District Lofts since November 2017. Although her current place is smaller than the 1,700-square-foot condo she left, there’s plenty of room for her treasured curio cabinet and king-sized bed. It’s easy for her to take care of, and the responsive maintenance staff allows her to live independently. “I don’t have to do anything. If these lights go out, they come and replace the bulb,” said Reed, recalling when her dishwasher was making an unusual noise, she had a replacement installed within an hour. continued on page 43

“You get to see everything still in the world, but you’re safe, and you’re not in a big house and lonely. As soon as you walk out the door, if you want to speak to someone or to be with somebody, there it is.” — Jeanne Reed, resident at the District Lofts

Ashley Paulovits, senior community manager at District Lofts, left, and her team, plan monthly socials which attract residents of all ages. “Being a smaller community, I find that more people come out to the events, because they get to know us a little bit better and want to participate,� she says. CARY MAGAZINE 41

Ted and Serena Buckner look forward to moving into the Chatham Walk condominiums in downtown Cary this summer. “We’re really going to enjoy not having to get in the car a lot. That’s going to be nice,” she says.


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She dismisses the idea of a seniorsonly community, explaining she likes to see and chat with people of all ages. Her younger neighbors carry her groceries, offer to walk her dog and generally look after her. “I think the younger people give you a lift,” Reed said. “Rather than somebody every day in a walker or in a wheelchair complaining about their aches and pains, we don’t complain about our aches and pains, because they don’t understand it.” She compares the community to a little family, where even the Park West store owners greet her by name. “You get to see everything still in the world, but you’re safe, and you’re not in a big house and lonely,” said Reed. “As soon as you walk out the door, if you want to speak to someone or to be with somebody, there it is.” A place to walk

While not technically a mixed-use development, Chatham Walk in downtown Cary also has one-level floor plans, low maintenance and a location in a bustling, walkable urban environment. The prospect of living in downtown Cary is attractive to Ted and Serena Buckner, who are ready to leave their two-story, Raleigh home behind — but not their active lifestyle. Location and walkability are key for the couple, who plan to move into a twobedroom unit at Chatham Walk in June. He works at SAS and frequently bikes to work. She works off of Trinity Road. So, they drew a big circle and landed on downtown Cary.


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Serena Buckner checks out the produce at the downtown Cary farmers market. “There's so much more in downtown Cary now than there was just three or four years ago,” says Ted Buckner. continued from page 43

“We want to be in a walkable place. location, the Buckners are confident their And the park is going up in downtown Cary; new home will hold its resale value. that’s exciting. We love Bond Brothers, the With nearly all 33 units sold, ChaPharmacy and the theater has fun stuff going tham Walk residents are split fairly evenly on,” said Serena Buckner. between empty-nesters and young profesThe couple, both 58, considered staying sionals, says Jackie Caprio, vice president where they were for a while longer. But Ted of marketing at Fonville Morisey BareBuckner struggles with walking and balance, foot. Nearly all — 95% — say location and a frightening incident made it clear that was their top reason for purchasing their they needed to relocate. condo. “I did a backward somersault down the “You step out your door and within stairs,” he said. “I was fine, but she went into less than four minutes, you have this vast emergency mode.” array of new breweries and eateries and en“We had already been looking, and I tertainment options,” Caprio said. “It’s all just called the real estate agent for Cha- at your doorstep.” t tham Walk,” Serena Buckner said. “That pushed me over the edge on selling the house.” Because of the one-level unit and the elevator, the Buckners can safely remain independent and age in place. The balcony gives them some outdoor living space without the hassle of raking leaves. And by trading their 2,600-squarefoot home for a 1,500-squarefoot condo, they won’t have The Chatham Walk development, located on East Chatham Street, will mortgage payments. As an include 33 condominiums when it is complete this summer. added benefit, because of its



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Art of Aging Gracefully Ken Comer’s paintings express his zest for life WRITTEN BY ALEXANDRA BLAZEVICH | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

SOME SENIOR CITIZENS use their later It’s immediately clear that the gregarious Comyears to take life at a slower pace, but for Cary resident er loves talking about his work, recounting invenKen Comer, retirement isn’t even on the horizon. tive anecdotes, making witty comments and telling “I vowed a long time ago that I didn’t want to jokes to entertain guests. retire. I love what I do,” said Comer, 86, a successful From one spot in his living room you can see financial planner. “I don’t watch television. I’d rather over 100 of his paintings canvasing the walls, rangwork than do anything.” ing from impressionist style to his own take on Comer’s life has been a full one, as a veteran “The Last Supper.” He illustrates his love for paintof the military and working ing with a simple analogy. 35-45 hours a week through “When you cut the grass, what would be most seniors’ you see it fall and it gives you retirement years. He found his a sense of accomplishment,” he “I vowed a long newest hobby 11 years ago, said. “But the grass grows back. time ago that I didn’t when he discovered a passion The paintings just stay there. for painting and took a few art So, it’s a feeling.” want to retire. I love classes to refine his skills. Kay Jones, one of Comwhat I do. I don’t watch He’s still at it. er’s three children, believes Comer paints when inspicarrying on with his career television. I’d rather ration strikes, often working and painting have helped him work than do anything.” stay heathy in mind and body. on a canvas for hours at a time. Each new painting finds its Even when Comer was in place on the walls of Comer’s the hospital for a few days, he — Ken Comer home, and a few are sold to adasked his daughter to take phomirers of his work. tos of art around the corridors “I think how you manage for him to paint from his bed. your time and what you do with it is important,” There’s no stopping him. Comer said. “I think you need to do good things. I “He loves a challenge,” Jones said. can’t imagine sitting around and doing nothing – being really retired. I don’t like that.” continued on page 52


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At 75 years old, Ken Comer found his love of painting. Eleven years later, he refuses to retire or stop making his art, preferring a busy life over a sedentary one. “I can’t imagine sitting around and doing nothing – being really retired,” he says. “I don’t like that.” CARY MAGAZINE 51

As a financial planner, Ken Comer often references numbers and symbols connected to money and banking. This two-dollar bill pictures Thomas Jefferson and numbers relating to taxes.

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She commissioned Comer’s first painting in 1994, asking her father to create a piece for her birthday. He enjoyed making that first painting, but it wasn’t until 2009 that his creative juices kicked into high gear. “There’s the camp [of seniors] that wants to work, and the camp that wants to play,” Jones said, with a chuckle. While she plans on retiring when she is older, she knows her dad prefers to keep on working and making his paintings.

Comer’s other hobbies include playing bridge, taking care of the rose bushes in his backyard and attending Toastmasters sessions, where groups grow confidence by learning leadership and public speaking skills. Lisa Austin met Comer through Toastmasters in 2014. They were the two oldest members at the meeting, and Austin found Comer and his late wife, Fran, fascinating, charming and fun. “Someone with a passion is engaging,” Austin said, describing her friend. “It catches on.” While she admires Comer’s talent and work ethic, she chooses the “play camp” version of retirement, which she has enjoyed for eight years. “Life is too exciting to be bored,” Austin said. “There are just so many things. I have never had a better time in my life.” Austin enjoys taking life at her own pace, taking her dogs on walks and running errands. In her free time, Austin and her husband host a meet-up group for seniors that focuses on cooking and baking. The group encourages its members to try new recipes and get creative, all while engaging in conversation and growing relationships. “To me, that’s exciting and that’s challenging – things I’ve never done before,” she said. “If you don’t grow, you die.” Austin and Comer share an eagerness to break out of their comfort zones, but Comer goes beyond that by working through his retirement years. “Ken is different,” she said. “Ken’s got that mind, and that mind has just got to be fed all the time.” “I’m always thinking about business and always thinking of what I can do today, tomorrow and the next day,” Comer said. t

Ken Comer’s art covers many areas of his life, including career, beliefs and personal moments. On the sails of this ship, he spells out many traits that he holds dear, like perseverance, enthusiasm and self-confidence.

Comer paints whenever inspiration strikes, and his subjects are varied. Most of his work hangs on his walls, but a few pieces have been sold to admirers of his art. CARY MAGAZINE 53



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osenwald Markers to commemorate schools that lifted up generations of African Americans WRITTEN BY AMBER KEISTER PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN


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LARRY HARRIS’ FAMILY has lived in Wake County for more than a century — since freedmen, newly emancipated slaves, Native Americans and white farmers agreed to live in peace and to call their community Friendship. Today, most Apex residents associate Friendship only with the high school on Humie Olive Road. But within sight of Apex Friendship High School stands the original 1924 Friendship School, and Harris wants to make sure it — and the community he grew up in — aren’t forgotten. “A lot of people have been lost from the Friendship community,” he said. “That's why it’s so important for us to get the history, and get it quick, because people are dying.” Harris is leading efforts to install historical markers at the sites of three school houses — all built with the help of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald in order to educate African American children in the Jim Crow era. “When the Rosenwald schools opened, it was just a whole other world for us to see,” said Harris. “This was a way for us to lift ourselves out of poverty.”

In January, the Apex Town Council agreed to help pay for a historical marker at the Friendship School and at sites in Apex and New Hill. The town will contribute up to $2,000 in a 50-50 match. Harris hopes to raise around $4,000 to pay for the first marker. The Rosenwald Fund

To understand the importance of the Rosenwald schools, it helps to take a historical view, says Earl Ijames, a curator at the N.C. Museum of History. In 1868, the North Carolina constitution was amended to guarantee a free public education for everyone aged 6 to 21, no matter their race. But 30 years later, after the “separate but equal” Supreme Court decision and the enactment of Jim Crow laws, that lofty goal was no more. “In 1901, we have a society that essentially has broken down any type of expectation of having an integral education with all children,” said Ijames. “If there's any education for people of color at all, it's very marginal.” continued on page 70

Larry Harris is raising money to install a historical marker in front of this building, the original Friendship School where African American students attended class until the 1950s. “The school was more than the school,” he says. “The first movie I ever saw was in that school, and it stays with me today just like it was yesterday.” CARY MAGAZINE 69

Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., became concerned about the inadequate education most African American children were receiving, especially those living in the rural South. After meeting Booker T. Washington, below, Rosenwald established a fund to provide matching grants for communities to build schools. Roughly 5,300 schools were built in the effort, called the most important initiative to advance black education in the early 20th century. Library of Congress, 1929

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In 1912, Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., met Booker T. Washington and was inspired by the black educator’s work at Tuskegee University in Alabama. The Chicago businessman established the Rosenwald Fund, which was to address the chronic underfunding of segregated schools. Operating on a public-private model, the fund required grass-roots investment. Booker T. Washington

Although the specific percentages varied by school, most black communities had to come up with 40% of a school’s cost. The Rosenwald Fund would ante up another 40%, and the local government would be responsible for the remaining 20%, says Ijames. “That worked to help uplift a literal whole generation of people who were being subject to the abject horrors of Jim Crow,” said Ijames. “It allowed and afforded two or three generations of people to get a quality education, even in the midst of separate and unequal.” From 1913-1932, some 5,300 schools were built in 15 southern states, and with more than 800, North Carolina had the most. In Wake County alone, 27 Rosenwald schools were built. The Friendship School

“It was a time of great excitement and community spirit, because the people claimed the school for themselves,” Harris said of the Friendship School. “People took pride in education.” Library of Congress


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The two-teacher school cost $2,790, with the community donating $890 and the Rosenwald Fund adding $700. Besides raising the initial capital, local families also provided labor to build the school. Harris, whose family farm stretched 60 acres from Mount Zion Baptist Church north to Beaver Creek, grew up nearby. Although he never attended as a student, Harris has fond memories of the school. As a boy, he had a playmate who was several months older, and when his friend went off to first grade, Harris was left at home. Despondent, he asked his mother: Why couldn’t he go to school too? “I think she felt bad about it, so she volunteered to go help Miss Spence. She was the one teacher at the Friendship School,” he said. “My mother took me as if to say, ‘Well, okay. You’ll be going to school anyway.’” By the time he was ready for school the next year, he told his mother he didn’t want to go.

“We in the Friendship Community, we “I was so excited build, with the African about the Rosenwald American community recognize progress is coming. We are not school, I didn’t want to contributing $1,500, the opposed to progress, but we'd like to go on leave it. I wanted to go Rosenwald Fund paying to school there, because $2,000 and the county record as wanting to preser ve our histor y.” my mom was a teacher,” picking up the rest. he said. Prominent lo— Larry Harris The Friendship cal minister Rev. James School was closed in Hayes Baldwin and his the 50s, sold and remodeled into a priAs rural schools like Friendship and wife, Mary Margaret Crutchfield Baldwin, vate home. The nondescript structure now New Hill closed, black children were sent donated the land for the school. Their grandstands empty. to Apex, to another school made possible by daughter Helen Stewart Davenport attended Although the building is gone, the New Rosenwald money. the Apex School from first grade through Hill School, at what is now the corner of New high school, graduating in 1959. Hill Holleman and Church roads, should also The Apex School She describes the school, which was be remembered with a marker, says Harris. The Apex School, completed in 1932, called Apex Consolidated High School when The three-teacher Rosenwald school, built was a six-teacher school with a classroom, an she attended, as better than some of the onein 1923, also closed in the 50s and became auditorium, a library and an office. The brick room schools in the community like Frienda dance club where African American teens structure on Tingen Road cost $11,200 to continued on page 72 could listen to music and socialize. The Friendship School, built in 1924, featured a twoclassroom floor plan, likely built from architectural plans provided by the Rosenwald Fund. The schools often had no electricity, so most had tall double-sashed windows to catch the natural light.

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Respecting our History Last year, Wake County Schools launched “Respecting Our History, Building Our Future,” a project to document the history of local segregated schools while alumni and teachers are still able to share their experiences.

ship and New Hill, but it didn’t compare to the white schools. “You have to recall now this is Jim Crow days,” she said. “Supplies were scarce; opportunities were scarcer. You just had one way to go. The opportunities weren’t there. You would either have to preach or teach. If you became a lawyer, you had to work in the black community.” Although opportunities were limited, many graduates went on to attend college at Shaw University, St. Augustine’s or one of the other historically black colleges or uni-

versities. Davenport, herself, graduated from N.C. Central University in Durham. These college-educated men and women returned to the community, and landed jobs that led to middle class lives and impressive new cars, says Harris, who graduated from Apex Consolidated in 1963 and Norfolk State University in 1968. “It was the spark that set the fire for education within our black youth, and by the time we were ready to go off to college and get out of high school, we were inspired,” he said.

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Wake County Public Schools

The Apex School, built in 1932, was one of the few bricked Rosenwald schools. During the mid-forties, the school became Apex Junior High with grades 1 through 9. It became Apex Consolidated High School in the ’50s, when 11th and 12th grades were added. In 1992, the structure was torn down to make way for the current Apex Elementary School.

Lasting impact

In the early `70s, the Wake County schools desegregated, and the Apex School became, first, a middle school and eventually, an elementary school. The old structure was razed in 1992 to make way for the current Apex Elementary School. Although these African American schools are gone, it is important to remember their importance then and now. Ijames draws a direct line from the Ros-

Courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, July 1989

enwald schools, through the flourishing of the HBCUs in North Carolina, to the current high level of post-secondary education in the Triangle. “We have a highly educated class of people that you don't find on par anywhere else in the South,” he said. “And part of the reason why that is, is because of the Friendship Rosenwald School and the other 812 Rosenwald schools that dotted throughout North Carolina.” t

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GONE ARE THE DAYS when vegetables were relegated to side-dish status. More people are embracing vegetarian and vegan diets for a variety of reasons — improved health, a smaller carbon footprint or a love of animals. What was once a fringe trend is now a mainstream mainstay. At three local eateries, vegetable-forward menus are championed and well-executed. Their satisfying main dishes and indulgent desserts might convince you to eat more plantbased meals for the best reason of all — because they taste good.


Awaze Ethiopian Restaurant CONCEPT: Full-service East African eatery showcasing copious vegetarian and vegan options, along with some nonvegetarian entrees. BACKGROUND: Fellow Ethiopian refugees Azeb Mekonnen and Matheos Geblemedhin met in Toronto. They married in 2006, and shortly afterward, the couple moved to Cary. A seasoned cook, Mekonnen would prepare food for friends and neighbors, ultimately starting a catering business. But her longtime vision was to open a restaurant, which she did in 2015. “This was my dream for many, many years, and I am so happy that it became a reality,” Mekonnen said. DISTINCTIVENESS: Staying true to Ethiopian tradition, meals are served on a communal platter so diners can share food with each other. Injera, a sourdough-risen flatbread with a unique spongy texture, functions as a utensil for scooping and soaking up the diverse cuisine. Guests can also enjoy jebena buna, an intricate coffee-making ceremony involving roasting, grinding and brewing dark, robust java.

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MUST-TRY ITEMS: The azifa appetizer, which comprises garlic-inflected lentils seasoned in vinaigrette mustard sauce and green chilies; a vegetarian platter with misir (lentil), gomen (collard greens), tikil gomen (cabbage, carrots and potato), kik alcha (split peas) and fosolia (string beans with carrots); vegan dishes nech shiro (chickpea stew); timatim fitfit (ingera with tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and spices) and key sir (beets); vegan ice cream with vanilla, caramel and cinnamon. “We continue to get requests for more vegan choices,” Mekonnen said.

GOOD TO KNOW: Closed Sundays. Guests have the option to order meals prepared mild, medium or spicy. Plan to linger and enjoy the relaxed Ethiopian dining experience.

Injera, a sourdough flatbread traditionally made with teff, functions as an edible utensil to scoop up hearty stews and vegetables at Awaze.

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Savory options include shingara, pastry filled with cauliflower, potato and peas; kachori, filled with green peas; and a vegetable fritter with beets, carrots, potato and green beans. The vegetarian snacks are served with a variety of chutneys.

CONCEPT: Takeout-friendly haven offering entirely vegetarian Bengali-style sweet and savory selections free of preservatives and artificial flavors.

enhancers or additives.” Mithai also sources hormone-free milk from Homeland Creamery in Julian, N.C. Organic coffee drinks and more than a dozen gluten-free sweets are available.

BACKGROUND: Sudhamoy Dutta, known as “Mr. Mithai” or “Mr. Sweet” in English, came to America in 1979 as an engineer. His family owned multiple sweet shops in Bangladesh, and he grew up eating more than four pounds of confections each day. During his working years, Dutta would make Indian sweets for friends and cater events. After retiring, he started the shop as a labor of love in 2004. A mutual friend introduced him to married couple Craig Wishart and Davina Ray, who bought the café in 2016.

MUST-TRY ITEMS: Any of the assorted artisanal dessert boxes are winning propositions, but individual items include pista burfi (pistachio fudge), kaju katri (cashew marzipan) boondi laddu (a gluten-free chickpea flour ball), raabri (condensed milk pudding) and malai chum chum (a spongy milk sweet topped with condensed milk paste). Mixing and matching is encouraged. As for savory selections, go for a shingara samosa pastry with cauliflower, potato and peas or a bhel puri, a puffed rice dish with Indian spices and chutney.

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Vegan Community Kitchen CONCEPT: Fast-casual Mediterranean café serving 100% vegan cuisine made from locally sourced organic grains, fruit, vegetables and nuts. BACKGROUND: Owner Sadiye Sezenol, a native of Turkey, opened the café in January 2019 with her daughter, Cansu Sarcan. “My husband died of cancer, and I learned from his doctors that processed foods can cause inflammation that leads to disease,” said Sezenol, who spends most of her time at the restaurant preparing and cooking a wide assortment of dishes. “We want to provide people with a truly healthy alternative to improve their lives.”

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DISCTINCTIVENESS: A refrigerated display case showcases myriad salad and side options, spanning from baba ghanoush and Turkish tabbouleh salad to red lentil balls and kale and quinoa salad. An inimitable trio of hummus plate features traditional, avocado-spinach and beet hummus served with pita or gluten-free bread. Hot items are made to order using fresh ingredients. “Cooking is my passion, and I also really love to bake,” Sezenol said.

MUST-TRY ITEMS: Spanakopita (phyllo pastry stuffed with spinach and non-dairy mozzarella); a falafel combo with stuffed grape leaves, hummus and pita or gluten-free bread; and the ample Kitchen Burger, which encompasses sliced seitan doner kebab, “cheddar cheese,” tomatoes, red onions, pickles, lettuce and barbecue sauce. Less adventurous eaters may prefer to try broccoli mac and “cheese” or a loaded sweet potato. Pair your meal with a refreshing cup of house-made hibiscus tea infused with cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Be sure to save room for baklava or apple strudel.

The dessert menu includes house-made baklava.

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Sadiye Sezenol, right, and her daughter, Cansu Sarcan, left, opened the Vegan Community Kitchen last year in Apex.

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Domaine Chantepierre, located in the Tavel AOC, has been farmed by the Paly family since the end of the 17th century and is currently managed by brother and sister Anne Luce Coulomb-Paly and Christian Paly. The full-bodied wine offers good structure, and has spicy, licorice and ripe fruit notes. The grenache and syrah components of the wine perfectly complement the pepper, garlic and thyme in the sauce. $15.95

Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, Le Grand Noir Winery was started by three wine professionals — winemaker Hugh Ryman, Robert Joseph and Kevin Shaw. The wine has intense aromas of green apple and pear, great complexity with soft yeasty hints. The frothiness of the wine provides a buoyancy to the texture of the potatoes. It pairs well with the Parmesan cheese, and the acidity of the wine carries the rich, buttery sauce further on the palate. $15.99

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While technically not an aged rum, there are taste similarities. On the nose, the sweetness of the sorghum is met with the caramelization of the bourbon-soaked wood. Trying this spirit neat is a treat. There are fantastic layers of complexity, first with the initial sweetness that is quickly layered by a bit of funkiness, reminiscent of single malt whiskey. The spirit wins you over with its long, smooth and slightly sweet finish. Fans of aged rums and whiskeys will find a lot to like with this spirit. It’s a fantastic example of using North Carolina culture and agriculture in distillation.


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THIS MONTH WE ARE going to explore an IPA. Why? Well, bunnies are a sign of spring, and what do bunnies do? Hop! Why not check out the beer style that equates to hoppiness? One of the big quandaries with this style is the instant reaction when someone recommends an IPA — “I don’t like hoppy beers!” But what does “hoppy” really mean? Hoppy is a misunderstood and misused term, as many think it refers just to bitterness. The truth is hops provide amazing flavors and aromas like citrus, pineapple, pine and floral notes — along with the bitterness. You may see the term IBU — International Bittering Units scale. For the most part, the higher the number, the more bitter the beer may be. A lot of factors can skew that scale, so take the number as a guideline. A well-

balanced IPA will have a lot of hoppy flavor and aroma, but the bitterness will be soft. All beers contain hops, but it’s the balance, or imbalance, between the hops and the malt that affect the flavor experience. Craftboro Brewing Depot’s flagship beer, Vitruvius IPA, is a brew with an abundance of wonderful aroma and flavor. Brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Columbus hops, the aroma is very citrusy. It offers a nice, light citrus flavor that leans a little towards lemon or grapefruit, and it does have some bitterness, as I would expect from a nice IPA. It’s beautifully golden-colored and exceptionally clear.

A new brewery in the Triangle, Craftboro Brewing Depot is located at 101 Two Hills Drive, Unit 180, in Carrboro. The taproom has 10 beers on draft and also offers cider and wine. If you like beer to go, a bottle shop with an emphasis on local craft beers is also on site.

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Big Dom’s Bagel Shop “Serving bagels, B’donuts and sandwiches” 203 E Chatham St., Cary; (919) 377-1143;

Abbey Road Tavern & Grill “Great food … outstanding live music.” 1195 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 481-4434;

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;

Alex & Teresa’s Italian Pizzeria & Trattoria “Authentic Italian recipes and homemade pasta.” 941 N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 377-0742; Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream “Premium quality ice cream and sorbet.” 10120 Green Level Church Road #208, Cary; (919) 901-8560;

Academy Street Bistro “A fresh take on Italian-American cuisine in the heart of Cary.” 200 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 377-0509; Annelore’s German Bakery “Authentic German pastries, breads and pretzels” 308 W. Chatham St., Cary (919) 267-6846

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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Asali Desserts & Café A gourmet sweet shop crossed with a refined coffeehouse. 107 Edinburgh Dr., Suite 106-A, Cary (919) 362-7882 Bellini Fine Italian Cuisine “Everything is made fresh from scratch in our kitchen.” 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 119, Cary; (919) 552-0303;

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; 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;

Dining Guide 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; Cilantro Indian Café Northeast Indian cuisine with fresh ingredients and halal meats. 107 Edinburgh S. Drive , Suite 107, Cary; (919) 234-1264; CinéBistro “Ultimate dinner-and-a-movie experience.” 525 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 987-3500; 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;

J&S Pizza Authentic Italian cuisine and New York-style pizza since 1995. Locations in Apex, Cary and Fuquay-Varina.

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

Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery “Family-owned and operated.” 1983 High House Road, Cary; (919) 380-1840;

Goodberry’s Frozen Custard 1146 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 467-2386 2325 Davis Drive, Cary; (919) 469-3350;

Danny’s Bar-B-Que “All slow-cooked on an open pit with hickory wood.” 311 Ashville Ave. G, Cary; (919) 851-5541;

Great Harvest Bread Co. “Real food that tastes great.” 1220 NW Maynard Road, Cary (919) 460-8158;

Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” 1979 High House Road, Cary; (919) 388-9930;

Herons “The signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.” 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary; (919) 447-4200;

Crosstown Pub & Grill “A straightforward menu covers all the bases.” 140 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 650-2853;

JuiceVibes “Made-to-order juices from locally sourced produce.” 1369 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 377-8923; 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; Kale Me Crazy “Healthy, quick food options.” 302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, Cary (919) 200-2960 ko•än “Upscale, contemporary Southeast Asian dishes.” 2800 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-9229;


Dining Guide 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

Duck Donuts “Warm, delicious and just the way you like them.” 100 Wrenn Drive #10, Cary; (919) 468-8722; 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;

Drink Specials Monday $3.50 NC Craft Beer Pints (excluding High Gravity)

Tuesday $6 Mellow Craft Cocktails Wednesday $4.00 Sangria glass $15 Sangria pitcher $10 House Wine Thursday $3.00 Pint Night

(excluding High Gravity)

Tribeca Tavern “Local craft beers, gourmet burgers and American grub in a casual setting.” 500 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 465-3055; LemonShark Poke “The finest poke ingredients and local brews on tap.” 2000 Boulderstone Way, Cary; (919) 333-0066;

Lunch Specials

Specials run Monday-Friday 11:00-4:00pm

Monday - Friday $7.99 Pick 2: One-topping Pizza Slice, Side Tossed Salad, Side Caesar Salad, or cup of Magic Mushroom Soup & a drink Tuesday $5 Small One-Topping Pizza Dine-in Only, All Day

Friday $9.99 Two-Topping Calzone

Lucky Chicken “All of our beautiful Peru, with every dish.” 1851 N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 338-4325; Marco Pollo “Peruvian rotisserie chicken.” 1871 Lake Pine Drive, Cary; (919) 694-5524; Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar “Global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.” 8314 Chapel Hill Road, Cary; (919) 465-2455;

Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering

Cooking the BEST New York Italian food in Western Wake since 1993! THE MAGGY AWARDS

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Friday/Saturday Everything is special! Sunday Ask your server

4300 NW Cary Parkway Cary, NC 919-463-7779


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1430 W. Williams Street | Apex, NC 919-303-1006

Dining Guide MOD Pizza “Serving artisan style pizzas, superfast” 316 Colonades Way Suite 206-C, Cary (919) 241-72001;

Pure Juicery Bar “The Triangle’s only all-vegan juice bar.” 716 Slash Pine Drive, Cary; (919) 234-1572;

Noodle Boulevard “Ten variations on the ramen theme, covering a pan-Asian spectrum.” 919 N Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 678-1199;

Rally Point Sport Grill “Lunch and dinner food in a pub atmosphere.” 837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 678-1088;

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café “The fast track to sweet tooth satisfaction.” 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 319-6554; Pizzeria Faulisi “Simple foods from a simple way of cooking: a wood-burning oven.” 215 E. Chatham St., Suite 101, Cary; Pro’s Epicurean Market & Café “Gourmet market, café and wine bar.” 211 East Chatham Street, Cary; (919) 377-1788;

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; Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 8111-208 Tryon Woods Drive, Cary; (919) 851-3999;

Open Daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 919-655-1971

Gonza Tacos y Tequila “Award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine.” 525-105 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 653-7310; Ruth’s Chris Steak House “Cooked to perfection.” 2010 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-0033;

Waverly Place 316 Colonades Way Cary, NC 27518

Italian Restaurant & New York Pizza Since 1995


Full Bar at Cary Location Apex

804 Perry Rd. (919) 363-0071


Award winning breakfast & brunch.

2025 Renaissance Pk. 919-650-3492

Fuquay-Varina 500 Broad St. (919) 557-6921

Ask about our catering options for your next gathering.

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Dining Guide 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;

Mellow Mushroom “Beer, calzones and creative stonebaked pizzas.” 4300 NW Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 463-7779 Serendipity Gourmet Deli “Discovering the unusual, valuable or pleasantly surprising.” 118 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 469-1655;

Famous Toastery “Top-notch service for breakfast, brunch and lunch.” Waverly Place Shopping Center, 316 Colonades Way, Suite 201C, Cary; (919) 655-1971 Sophie’s Grill & Bar “Traditional pub fare along with Old-World cuisine.” 2734 NC-55, Cary; (919) 355-2377;

Sugar Buzz Bakery “Custom cakes … and more.” 1231 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 238-7224; Taipei 101 “Chinese and Taiwanese. Serves lunch and dinner.” 121 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 388-5885; Tangerine Café “From Thai to Vietnamese to Korean to Indonesian.” 2422 SW Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 468-8688;

ASHWORTH DRUGS 105 W. Chatham St, Cary NC


The place for Sushi enthusiasts and beginners of Japanese cuisine. QUALITY IS OUR RECIPE


1361 Kildaire Farm Road | Cary 919.481.0068

(In Shoppes of Kildaire Near Trader Joes) “Ahi Tower” our best seller, selected for the cover of Cary Magazine May/June 2011


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919.467.1877 Mon.- Fri. 8:30 – 6:00 Sat. 8:30 – 3:30

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; 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;

VomFass Vinegar, Oil & Spice Shop “Taste our premium olive oils and specialty vinegars before you buy.” 302 Colonades Way Suite 203, Cary; (919) 977-6745; 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;

Key Lime with Old Rainbow Sprinkles THE MAGGY AWARDS


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We are an Italian dining ristorante with a comfortable and casual atmosphere. We strive to provide each guest with an experience they will remember. 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary (919) 468-7229

Key Lime with Lemon Drizzle

The tart, tangy taste of real Key Limes meets our warm, wonderful donuts.

Key Lime with Graham Cracker Crumbles



Dining Guide V Pizza “True Neapolitan pizza, made with the absolute best ingredients.” 1389 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (919) 650-1821;

Belgian Café “From Brussels to Apex.” 1232 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 372-5128;

Verandah “Southern casual environment in a modern, boutique hotel.” 301 A. Academy St., Cary; (919) 670-5000;

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;

APEX Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering “Pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas and scratch-made desserts.” 1430 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-1006; The Urban Turban “A fusion of flavors.” 2757 N.C. 55, Cary; (919) 367-0888;

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;

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

More than just juice

HOW TO ORDER ONLINE: • View selections under “menu” at facebook/vomfasswaverlyplace • Call the shop to place your order at 919-631-5544 • Choose curbside or delivery option • Place orders Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm

Clean Juice Park West 3035 Village Market Place 919-468-8286

Curbside Pick-Up & Delivery Available Culinary Oils Balsamic Vinegars

Exclusive Spices Gourmet Foods

New Location · 302 Colonades Way Ste. 203 · Cary, NC 27518 94

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Dining Guide Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1075 Pine Plaza Drive, Apex; (919) 616-0011; 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; Salem Street Pub “Friendly faces and extensive menu.” 113 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 387-9992; Scratch Kitchen and Taproom “Asian-influenced American cuisine” 225 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 372-5370;

Sassool “Serving authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine.” 1347 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 300-5586; Skipper’s Fish Fry “Homemade from our own special recipes.” 1001 E. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-2400;

Clean Juice “Organic juices, smoothies and acai bowls.” 3035 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 468-8286; The Provincial “Fresh. Simple.” 119 Salem St., Apex; (919) 372-5921;

• Fresh Salads • Sandwiches • Kabobs

Catering Available For All Events!

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Dining Guide Vegan Community Kitchen “Meatless with a Turkish spin.” 803 E Williams St., Apex; (919) 372-5027

The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 305 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-5555;

FUQUAY-VARINA Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food.” 138 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 285-2497;

Lugano Ristorante “Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.” 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 468-7229; The Wake Zone Espresso “Your special home away from home.” 6108 Old Jenks Road, Apex; (919) 267-4622;

Wingin’ It Bar and Grille “Serves lunch, dinner and drinks.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 109, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-0962; winginitbarandgrille


Aviator SmokeHouse BBQ Restaurant “All of our food is made in-house.” 525 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-7675;

Los Tres Magueyes 325 North Main Street, Holly Springs; (919) 552-6272;

Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 401 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 552-3957;

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;

Stick Boy Bread Co. “Handcrafted baked goods from scratch … all natural ingredients.” 127 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-2237;








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Dining Guide 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;

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;

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

B. Good “Health-conscious versions of fast-food favorites.” 1000 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 234-1937;

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;

Cantina 18 “Southwestern fare with a southern drawl.” 3305 Village Market Place, Morrisville (919) 694-5618

Recognized by Cary Magazine Readers as Best Steak House and Date-Night Restaurant! THE MAGGY AWARDS


Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5-10pm Fri-Sat: 5-11pm





1130 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27606 919.380.0122 \





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5 private rooms seating 6-200 guests! Contact: Christina Reeves at


Dining Guide

Five Guys Burgers and Fries “Fresh ingredients, hand-prepared.” Visit for area locations.

Clean Juice “Organic juices, smoothies and acai bowls.” 3035 Village Market Place, Morrisville; (919) 468-8286;

Desy’s Grill & Bar “Straightforward pub grub at a relaxed sports bar.” 10255 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 200, Morrisville; (919) 380-1617;

Georgina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant “Mouthwatering homemade Italian dishes.” 3536 Davis Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3820;

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;

HiPoke “Fresh Fun Poke.” 9573 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 650-3398;

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

Los Magueyes Fajita House 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;


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Sunday - Wednesday 11:30 am - 12 am Thursday - Saturday 11:30 am - 2 am


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140 East Chatham Street, Cary 919.650.2853

Dining Guide Rise Biscuits & Donuts “Old school, new school, and specialty donuts.” 1100 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 377-0385; Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits 1101 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3500;

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

Peppers Market and Sandwich Shop “Local baked breads, fresh in-house roasted meats.” 2107 Grace Park Drive, Morrisville; (919) 380-7002;

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; Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar “Consistent service and quality food to keep patrons happy.” 301 Market Center Drive, Morrisville (919) 467-1718; Village Deli & Grill “Wholesome homemade foods.” 909 Aviation Parkway #100, Morrisville; (919) 462-6191; ZenFish Poké Bar “Guilt-free, healthy, fast-casual dining.” 9924 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 234-0914;


A great blue heron deftly flips a fish headfirst while fishing for breakfast in the shallows at Apex Lake.


Paradise Dawn is an active time at Apex Lake, especially in the winter and early spring. Many early-risers walk or jog the 2-mile loop around the 50-acre lake within Apex Community Park. But local and migratory birds are stirring even before the golden light of sunrise greets the day. If you stand still and quietly watch and listen, you will see Canada geese, cormorants, hawks, great blue herons, hooded mergansers and even American bald eagles waking and feeding, before flying off into the new day. PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN

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RIGHT: A Canada goose bathes before flying out with the flock. BELOW LEFT: Sunrise lighting its crest, a male hooded merganser leads a flush of females in courting behaviors, including head throws and upward stretches. BELOW RIGHT: A gaggle of Canada geese honk, flap and splash while flying out into the morning.

A cormorant applies its breaks with its tail – as it lands on Apex Lake. The migratory birds flock to the area during the winter.


A hooded merganser or “hoodie” surfaces with a mouthful.

LEFT: Backlit by the rising sun, a great blue heron chomps on a fresh catch. ABOVE: An American bald eagle flies into the blue sky over Apex Lake.

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LEFT: A pair of great blue herons squabble over fishing territory. BELOW LEFT: A double-crested cormorant surfaces with breakfast in its beak. BELOW: A red-shouldered hawk perches on a waterside limb in the warm light of sunrise.

After spending the night at Apex Community Park, Canada geese take flight at the start of a new day.


nonprofit spotlight


NOBODY WANTS TO GO to the emergency room, but what if you had no choice but to spend hours at the hospital waiting for routine care? Alliance Medical Ministry is here to help. The nonprofit works to provide primary health care for employed and uninsured residents of Wake County. Its holistic approach also includes fresh food, counseling, nutrition classes and other services that focus on the whole person. When members of the First Cary United Methodist Church founded the organization in 2003, their goal was to keep people out of the emergency room when their medical needs didn’t require a hospital visit. This would save patients large sums of money, which could be better spent on food and rent. “Emergency rooms are filled with patients that simply need a place to go to take


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care of their chronic medical problems – urgent problems that don’t require an emergency room when they come up – and that’s what we are able to offer here,” said Dr. Sheryl Joyner. Joyner has served medical patients with the ministry since day one. “I have always worked with underserved practices,” she said. “It is just something that I do.” Joyner’s favorite part of her job is her patients. They become part of her life as much as she becomes part of theirs. She also enjoys celebrating patient victories, whether big or small. “It’s just a very gratifying job,” she said. “It’s like, ‘Look, how long has it been since you’ve been to the emergency room? Do you remember those days when you were going once a month?’”

Garden and wellness programs coordinator Nora Miller cares for the vegetable garden, teaches patients how to make healthy and affordable meals and helps them understand where their food comes from. “It makes them appreciate vegetables more if they can go harvest it themselves and cook it themselves,” she says.

Lasting impact

In its 16 years, the nonprofit has helped more than 6,000 patients, taking more than 7,000 appointments last year for a variety of needs. According to a recent survey, 96% of patients say their overall health has improved since coming to Alliance Medical. While some of Joyner’s patients only come in two or three times a year, others need more frequent care on a more personalized basis. “Dr. Joyner is not pushed to see 20 patients a day,” said Pete Tannenbaum, executive director. “Our patients come in with language barriers; they have severe health issues that are complicated. It’s not a quick visit.” Because 63% of the clinic’s patients are diabetic or prediabetic, and 55% have two or more chronic diseases, there’s a huge need for insulin and other maintenance drugs. By working with pharmaceutical companies, the nonprofit is able to provide low-cost or free medication. “A lot of [patients] have diabetes, so a lot of it is about educating on how to manage their diabetes, and part of that is eating the right foods,” said Melanie Rankin, director of development.

The average Alliance patient lives on an annual income of about $19,000, so it’s no surprise that 59% of patients report not having enough food to eat. To address this need, volunteers and patients work in the nonprofit’s garden to grow about 200 pounds of fresh produce each year, ranging from asparagus and spinach to pears and blueberries. “A lot of our patients don’t really know what to do with healthy food, so even if they have it accessible to them, they just don’t know what to do with it,” said Nora Miller, garden and wellness programs coordinator. “So, if we can get them in the garden, we can show them where their food is coming from.” Each day, Miller harvests produce and sets it out for patients to take home after their appointments. And if they don’t know how to prepare the healthy food, the nonprofit offers cooking lessons. There are also fitness, gardening and preventative health classes — all included in the monthly, sliding fee of $20-$25.

help these people, it lacks the providers. “We have the patients that want to be here and need to be here,” Tannenbaum said. The nonprofit’s Health & Hope Now campaign aims to raise $1.3 million over the next three years to serve 750 new patients, hire a bilingual counselor and add more flexible clinic hours. “It will have an immediate impact for us,” he said. “As soon as we can raise those funds, we can go out and hire another physician and start seeing this backlog of patients.” In addition to donating funds, individuals and groups are encouraged to make care packages for patients, help tend the garden or volunteer in the clinic. For more information, visit t

How to Help

Alliance Medical Ministry’s waitlist has over 500 qualified patients who need care. While the nonprofit has the space to

Executive director Pete Tannenbaum says the biggest goal of the nonprofit is keeping those without insurance out of the emergency room. “The greater good for our community is keeping people with diseases that can be managed out of the hospitals,” he says.

Dr. Sheryl Joyner and her team hold about 7,000 patient visits each year. In the next three years, the organization plans to raise funds to increase the number of practitioners available to help more people in need.



Fringe Gardening LIKE ANY GARDEN adventurer, I occasionally grow odd plants from the fringe, but actually, I have constantly gardened with the fringe for years. Let me explain. Many moons ago, on a whim, I bought a small fringe tree at the Farmers Market in Raleigh, and even after, I’ll admit, I haphazardly planted it in the first spot I found in my landscape. It has proven to be not only pretty, but also pretty dependable. The fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) is a native woody that calls the eastern U.S. forests home, so I shouldn’t have been surprised by its toughness. More than just a survivor in the wild, it is also a survivor of the slop — fringe trees find river bottoms, lowlands and savannahs much to their liking. This indigenous pretty is deciduous and usually has a rounded shape formed by semiopen branches that eventually stretch 12 to 20 feet tall and about as wide. Fringe tree is also dioecious, with female plants producing small, olive-shaped, bluish drupes eagerly enjoyed by birds in the early fall. Fringe tree is alternately called “old man’s beard,” and the reason for both names becomes pleasantly apparent in the spring. Just as new, vibrant green leaves begin to appear, large fluffs of white, spritely blooms form, enveloping the tree in a feathery, fragrant cloud. This show for the nose and eyes usually starts in mid to late April and lasts about two weeks. The Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus) is another option that can occasionally be found locally. A similar-sized eastern Asia import, it tends to display smaller bloom clusters. Wait! Smaller bloom clusters? Sorry, that swings my preference needle to the shaggier “Made in America” fringe tree, but you decide for your garden. 106 APRIL 2020

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In the woods, our native fringe tree is typically found in moist environments, but for cultivated landscapes, it will do well in just about any location if it is mulched and watered regularly. While this ornamental can be planted in partially shaded spots, Fringe Tree Bloom its flower power will have more oomph in constant sun. And being rarely bothered by pollution, it makes an ideal addition to any city garden. When its blooms fade away, fringe tree becomes a green glob for the rest of the growing season. Come autumn, however, the leaves brighten to a shimmering yellow, saluting seasonal change. Then, after a leafless winter rest, it will, once again, burst into its springtime bodacious spectacle of blooms, which for me, begins yet another fun year of fringe gardening! 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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6 April is the month when hellebores (Helleborus x hydridus) begin transitioning from flowering to forming seeds for future plants. Allowing the seeds to drop to the ground — or spreading them further from the momma plant — and then covering with a thin layer of compost is an easy way to increase the size of your hellebore bed — that is, as long as you remember Rule Number One: Don’t let freshly seeded areas dry out over the summer. Since these new hellebores come from seeds, the flowers of the offspring might not be exact copies of the parent plant, but I’ve found most of mine to still be pretty. Also, seedlings can take about two years to bloom, so don’t try to speed up the natural process by over-fertilizing them into flowering faster.


• Proper watering is always crucial for a successful garden, but when can it be too much, or even too little? Invest in a simple

• Fancy flower displays from such early season bulbous showoffs as ipheion, hyacinths, daffodils, crocus and species tulips have

rain gauge and an easy-to-use soil moisture meter to help finetune your garden’s irrigation needs.

become a memory now, and about all that is left is uninteresting foliage. The temptation might be great to mow or weed-whack

• Although the middle to end of this month is a good time to start such summer edibles as peppers, cucumbers, green beans, squash and tomatoes in the vegetable patch, don’t rush out to plant on the first balmy day with temperatures in the 70s. Warm soil temperature — not warm air temperature — is the key to faster starts from new plants. Since soil is denser, it heats up slower, so waiting until May to plant the bulk of your veggie garden is not a bad option.

the leaves level with the ground to make way for fresh displays from spring- and summer-blooming plants, but curb this urge. While they are still green, the leaves are absorbing energy from the sun for next year’s floral-fest, so wait until the foliage turns brown, and then, break out the trimmers. • As bulbs go, bulbs come — late this month is a good time to start planting such summer bulbs as caladiums, dahlias, gladioli and cannas. CARY MAGAZINE 107




THE ANNUAL Maggy Awards are an opportunity for Cary Magazine readers to show their support of local restaurants, personalities and small businesses. At the Maggy Party on March 1, Cary Magazine partnered with these same local businesses to say, “Thank you.” More than 400 guests came out to the Embassy Suites in Cary to enjoy music, food and fun. Tasty bites and beverages were provided by some of Western Wake’s favorite establishments — including Rey’s, City Barbeque, Gonza Tacos y Tequila, Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream and many more. Other supporters include presenting sponsor Coastal Credit Union as well as 12 Oaks, Ketel One Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon, Atlantic Tire & Service, drybar, Park West Village, themeworks, Twisted Scizzors, Primrose Schools, Stanley Dentistry, S. Marsh Entertainment, Spark Photo Booths, Tesla, Thrio and Town and Country Veterinary Hospital. For more photos, please visit carymagazine. com/galleries. 108 APRIL 2020



SHARON DELANEY MCCLOUD, vice president of professional development at Walk West, spoke at the TEDxCaryWomen in December 2019, and in January, her talk, “How and Why You Should Talk to Bereaved Parents,� was picked up by In the deeply personal speech, McCloud talks about losing a child to cancer and invites her audience to reach out to those who have experienced this


2020 Taste of Hope Gala, benefiting the Inter-Faith

Food Shuttle, raised more than $126,000 to support hunger programs. Held at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, the January event included a six-course dinner prepared by local chefs, live and silent auctions, a wine pull, and a paddle raise to benefit BackPack Buddies, which addresses childhood hunger.

ASHLEY WHITESIDES of Cary High School was named the 2020 NC ProStart Educator of Excellence at the North Carolina ProStart Invitational held February at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. The Cary High culinary arts team placed second at the annual competition organized by the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation.

unimaginable loss.

Umstead Hotel, Herons and The Umstead Spa were recently The

named winners of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award, the highest ranking achievable by the index. The property is one of 12 winners that received triple Five-Star

Kay Krafft became the new CEO of Relias, On April 1,

a Morrisville-based online education provider for the healthcare sector. Krafft, who replaces Jim Triandiflou, has been instrumental in shaping the company's business development as a member of the Relias Board.

status in 2020. Dr. Nathan Leaf, artistic director of the CONCERT

SINGERS OF CARY, and a choral ensemble of area singers will

perform at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, May 23. The group will perform Mozart's Solemn Vespers (KV339) after a three-day residency. The Concert Singers of Cary will also perform the work in Cary on Saturday, May 16, at St. Francis United Methodist Church.

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Jandy Ammons Foundation, formed by Wake Forest

developer Andy Ammons and his family, recently announced its 2019 grant recipients. The foundation is giving $286,665 to fund capital projects at the following N.C. nonprofits:

• Cape Fear River Watch, Wilmington

• Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, Raleigh

• InterAct, Wake County

• NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

• NC State Engineering Foundation, Raleigh

• Triangle Land Conservancy, Durham

of Cary was recently named to the 20192020 Southern Teen Advisory Board of the nonprofit TechGirlz, which fosters a love for technology in middle-school girls. The board is made up of high school-aged TechGirlz program participants who serve as advisors and mentors for the program.

Jimmy Simpson, The


Certified sports field manager and

TOWN OF CARY ranked 11th overall on SmartAsset’s annual survey

of under-35 homeownership rates. The report analyzed data for 200 of the largest U.S. cities to determine where under-35 homeownership rates are high and have been

facilities management coordinator for the Town of Cary, has been elected president of the Sports Turf Managers Association,

increasing in recent years. In 2018, the homeownership rate for residents under the

– the professional organization for 2,700

age of 35 was 36.74%, higher than the national average of 33.7% for that cohort.

men and women who manage sports fields

Between 2009 and 2018, the under-35 homeownership rate there increased by about

worldwide and are critical to the safety of


athletes and coaches.

Nukkad, a restaurant specializing in Indian street food, recently opened in Cary's Bradford Plaza on High House Road. In January, the restaurant hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Cary Chamber of Commerce.



TJ Cawley, mayor of Morrisville, has been appointed chairman of the National League of Cities 2020 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control and solid and

Ken Hoffman, Les Turner ALS Foundation board chair; Ann and Ed Rapp of Cary; and Andrea Pauls Backman, CEO of the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

The Les Turner ALS Foundation honored

ED RAPP of Cary with the Harvey and Bonny Gaffen Advancements in ALS Award in February. The award recognizes Rapp’s body of work dedicated to furthering ALS research, treatment or care. Rapp, the former group president at Caterpillar Inc., is chairman of the advisory board of Answer ALS, which aims

hazardous waste management. Cawley is

to build a comprehensive clinical, genetic,

also president of the Wake County Mayors

molecular and biochemical assessment of

Association for 2020.

the disease.

Guy Blaise recently published his third book, “Vive la Difference: A Frenchman's perspective on American women, love, respect and relationships.” In a collection of essays and letters, the Cary author makes his case that American women should learn from their French sisters to strengthen their fight for equality.

At the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation’s 2019 Hero Awards in January, longtime COASTAL Bill Smith received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the COASTAL the Partner in Philanthropy Award.

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recently opened for patients at 6715 McCrimmon Parkway, at the corner of N.C. Highway 55. Services available at the new 100,000-square-foot medical facility include:

• An orthopaedic ambulatory surgical center (a partnership with Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic) • A diagnostic imaging center (a partnership with Wake Radiology) with capabilities in X-ray, ultrasound, mammography, CT and mobile MRI

Ed Yasick Jr., choral director and fine arts chairman at Cary High School, was named the 2019 North Carolina High School Choral Teacher

• Family medicine, OB/GYN and midwifery, and pediatric practices

of the Year by the North Carolina Music

• Specialty practices such as internal medicine, cardiology, digestive health,

Educators’ Association High School Choral

pulmonology, neurology, surgical services, orthopaedics and more

• Pharmacy and laboratory services

• UNC Urgent Care

Section. Yasick, 49, has taught at Cary High since 1996.

At the World Gin Awards in January,

Durham Distillery’s

CONNIPTION Navy Strength Gin won the Best in the United States in the Navy Strength Gin category for the second consecutive year, and CONNIPTION American Dry Gin earned a gold medal in the Contemporary Gin category. The London-based World Gin Awards are judged by an international panel of journalists, specialist drinks retailers and industry experts.

PREEYA PERMANENT MAKEUP, in February, held a grand opening ceremony at their new location in downtown Cary, at 502 E Chatham St. The business specializes in permanent makeup and microblading, and also performs breast restoration tattooing for breast cancer survivors.

SCOTT REINTGEN, Cary author of the Nyxia Triad series, recently

L.A. Bikini, a franchise specializing in sugaring hair removal, recently

released “Ashlords,” a young adult fantasy

opened in Cary’s Waverly Place Shopping Center at 302 Colonades Way, Suite D208.

competition reminiscent of “The Hunger


duology featuring phoenix horses and a


write light


Pretty in pink Magnolia blooms add a splash of color to a gray landscape as the first signs of spring begin to paint the town.


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