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“When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming." — Dory, “Finding Nemo”
LATELY, I’VE BEEN THINKING a lot about resilience, and the special people who manage to thrive during adversity. For this annual Maggy Awards issue, I’ve had the great fortune to speak with a number of these folks, entrepreneurs who have managed the ‘Pivot of 2020.’ Sal Dimino was laid off in March after nearly 20 years in the pest control business. By June, he had set up Dimino Pest Control and as of the end of November, he had nearly 100 clients, and was looking to hire his first employees. Hunter Ekin was also let go in March and immediately turned his side hustle into a full-time gig. As the 26-year-old owner of Ekin Contracting and Design, he specializes in small remodeling projects — capitalizing on the increased demand for home offices and attic up-fits. When Brittany Vann Hogin’s real estate clients couldn’t hold in-person events, she came up with the Sassy & Social Virtual Music Bingo games. Happy players have spread the word coast-to-coast, and she now hosts more than 20 Bingo games a month, enabling participants to connect with friends all over the globe. When obstacles were put in their path, these folks didn’t give up. Like Dory, they just kept moving. They asked themselves, ‘What am I going to do about this situation?’ They considered their strengths: ‘What skills and knowledge do I have?’ As we move into 2021, these are useful lessons to keep in mind. And while it seems rather silly to take life-coaching from a cartoon fish, my resolution this year is to “just keep swimming.” Happy New Year and thanks for reading!
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Jason Adamo Band Best Local Music Artist Jason Adamo has been entertaining audiences since he moved to the area in 2003. The current lineup of the Jason Adamo Band emerged in 2009, with the addition of Doug Casteen. Other local musicians join the duo as they are available In 2013, Jason moved to Nashville to write songs, scoring some success with a song he wrote with country artist Brett Young. “His first record, he put one of our songs on it and it went double platinum, which has been great and opened some doors in the songwriting world for me,” Adamo said. He came back to the Triangle in 2015 and, within a week, met the woman who would become his wife. Their daughter Brooklyn was born two years later. “Around here, it’s always been just a slow and steady build of followers, with social media getting the word out about my shows. The radio stations have been really good to me over the years,” Adamo said. Lately, the Jason Adamo Band has been playing mostly small outdoor gatherings, online performances, and promoting their new album, “Looking Glass,” any way they can. You can also listen to Adamo on WQDR-FM, 94.7, every Sunday at 9 p.m. facebook.com/JasonAdamoBand
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Erica DeLong, G105 Best Radio Personality As the longtime co-host of G105’s “The Showgram,” Erica DeLong has been entertaining listeners for more than a decade. She currently shares the microphone with Danny Meyers, and you can hear them every weekday morning starting at 5 a.m. You've been involved with “The Showgram” since college. ‘ What keeps it fresh and interesting?
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according to what we say on air, through callers and news updates.” What’s your secret to connecting with listeners?
“Because I’m from the Triangle, I care deeply for the people in our community, so connecting to the audience feels natural. We’re family. “I love people so much! I love hearing their stories, from all walks of life. I adore our community and seeing others and businesses thrive. That’s one of the reasons I began the Free Friday giveaways each week. It has helped boost locals and get their name out there during this crazy time.”
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STEVEN POND, PEAK CHARTER ACADEMY Raleigh Bame, Laurel Park Elementary School Dr. Rebecca Draper, Cardinal Charter Academy
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Premier School of Dance founder Monica Derrenbacher, center left, and her daughter, Taylor, take the stage at Koka Booth Amphitheatre with dancers, from left, Sydney Sapp, 17, Ella Grey London, 12, Lily Morgan, 11, Annika Froberg, 11, and Chloe Griffin, 17.
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Shane Barry, Athens Drive swimming Paul Scruggs, Panther Creek track and cross country BEST PLACE FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION
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Premier School of Dance Best Kids’ Program Monica Derrenbacher has trained generations of dancers at Premier School of Dance in Cary, which she founded nearly 30 years ago. One of those dancers is her daughter, Taylor, who joined the staff full-time in 2017 after graduating college with a degree in Dance Performance. “It’s been so nice that I've got a daughter that's so talented, and she could come in and help me with every age group at the studio,” Monica Derrenbacher said. “She’s a really good teacher and choreographer, so she’s been just awesome for the studio.” Arranging classes and performances was challenging in 2020, but instruction continued over Zoom and during classes held in the parking lot. “In June we did a recital at the studio, one class at a time, one parent came in and watched, just so our recreational kids could perform their dances they had worked on all year,” said Taylor Derrenbacher. “Most of them learned either their entire routine or finished their routine through Zoom, so that was pretty impressive.” The mother and daughter have tried to create a safe and positive environment so dancers of all ages can have fun. “We’ve always tried to make it like a second family for all the dancers and all the parents, that have come in and out for these 30 years,” said Monica Derrenbacher. premierschoolofdance.com
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Sassy & Social Virtual Music Bingo Best Virtual Event
Triangle Math and Science Academy Best Public School, Honorable Mention
Mithat Karabulut, Triangle Math and Science Academy Best Middle School Principal The parents, staff and families of Triangle Math and Science Academy showed up in a big way to support their school and Principal Mithat Karabulut. Their votes earned the Cary charter school an Honorable Mention in the Best Public School category, and “Mr. Kara” was voted Best Middle School Principal. Established in 2012, Triangle Math and Science is rated among the top-per22
After Brittany Vann Hogin’s first Virtual Music Bingo game didn’t go well, she soon found her groove. Now she hosts roughly 20 games a month, and fans of her events voted her a Maggy winner. “I was absolutely not expecting the Music Bingo (games) to blow up the way they did,” she said. Vann Hogin launched Sassy & Social 14 years ago, doing real estate marketing, admin assistance and event planning. Most successful agents host quarterly or even monthly events for their clients, she says. But since in-person gatherings were impossible, Holly Springs-based Realtor Hope Tyler, asked Vann Hogin to come up with a virtual event.
“It took me about a week to figure out how to do it. And the first one I did for her was a disaster,” she said. “So I got some of my other friends together, and I did about 15 free ones to practice.” The Bingo cards are emailed to participants, and they log into Zoom at the appointed time. Vann Hogin plays the first 30 seconds or so of each song, and if there’s a match, clients touch that square and a red X appears on the Bingo card. Clients can choose from a range of music, including Disney tunes, Christmas music or ‘80s hits. “They’re all like, ‘This is so much fun. It’s so good to be able to hang out with each other,’” Vann Hogin said. “Everybody’s so Zoom fatigued for meetings, and everybody is virtual everything right now, so it’s nice to get everybody together for just fun.” facebook.com/sassyandsocialevents
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Bob & Lu Show forming charter schools in North Carolina by Niche.com, coming in at 10th place on its 2020 list. With a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, the school serves around 900 students from kindergarten through high school. The school graduated its first high school seniors in 2019 and is already planning to open a stand-alone high school in 2022. tmsacademy.org
Best Local Podcast Bob Dumas helmed the wildly popular morning show, “Bob and The Showgram,” for nearly 30 years at G105, gaining a loyal fan base and a reputation for earthy humor. After he was fired in 2019, he regrouped, and he and his wife, Lu, launched their podcast in December 2019. “We share our lives with people just like we were sitting at a backyard barbecue with them, just hanging out,” said Lu Dumas. “Listeners really do become family. Plus, listeners/followers know we are genuinely appreciative of their support.” Roughly three times a week, episodes drop — about marriage, family, food, shopping and anything else that tickles their funny bones. In addition to the podcast, Bob Dumas continues to raise money for Bob’s Buddies, the nonprofit he founded to help kids with pediatric brain tumors. facebook.com/bobandlushow
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Dimino Pest Control Best New Business (non-restaurant) In March, Sal Dimino was laid off after nearly 20 years in the pest control business. By June, he had set up Dimino Pest Control, and as of the end of November, he had nearly 100 clients. “I just can’t believe how fast it’s taken off, and it’s not slowing down,” he said. “It’s every day, we get a phone call or email, a couple a day, every day, and it hasn’t stopped.” His clients are a mix of individuals, rental property managers and real estate agents looking for someone to do a home inspection. More than 90 percent of those clients come to him because of referrals. “That’s so important for me,” he said, “that people speak highly of me, and would trust me to their friends, families and kids to be in their homes, to take care of their houses.” The Army veteran never thought of pursuing a career in pest control. After he left the military, he went into law enforcement in Florida, doing what he says was his dream job. While he loved the work, the irregular hours often kept him away from his family, in particular his young daughter. Through a connection, he took a job with a pest control company, “and I’ve never looked back,” he said. The gregarious Dimino says working with customers and clients is the most rewarding part of working for himself. “It’s the people who you meet. Everyone is different; everyone has a story.” he said. “The customer service, it sounds corny, but it’s really that.” diminopestcontrol.com
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Preston Flowers and Gifts Best Florist Shop Multiple Maggy-winner Preston Flowers and Gifts has been cheering and comforting western Wake residents with beautiful blooms for more than 16 years. Owner Barbara McKinnon bought the shop in 2017 and has continued to find new ways to brighten people’s days. “The philosophy of customer service remains our number one priority, especially during times that we’re going through now,” she said. Most of Preston’s business comes from walk-in clients, so in 2020, McKinnon had to find other ways to reach customers. One focus was to “up her social media game,” and another was to partner with more local businesses to cross promote. “I’m just constantly looking for more ‘shop local,’ which helps another local individual, especially if it’s female-owned,” she said. “They talk about me; I talk about them, on our social media or out in public. It’s really helped, because word of mouth is a big deal.” While she has always sourced her flowers from as many local farms as possible, McKinnon sought more local vendors for the gifts and housewares she stocked. Mica’s
Holland’s Jewelers Best Jewelry Store Located in downtown Apex, Holland’s is a full-service jewelry store offering everything from watch repair to custom engagement and wedding rings.
Candy Jackness, left, and Barbara McKinnon, right.
Sweets and Treats, based in Raleigh, makes the hot chocolate bombs that McKinnon sells. Other local partners include confections from Chocolate Smiles, bath milk from Lattes & Lavender, candles from Still Well Candles, and charcuterie trays from Board & Brush in Apex. For McKinnon, the best part of owning Preston Flowers is helping people make their special events memorable, but even the everyday flowers are meaningful. “Honestly, during the shutdown and all this COVID, it’s meant a lot to me to be able to send love in a vase.” prestonflowers.com
Established in 1958 by Charlie and Ann Holland, this family-owned business is now in the capable hands of their daughter Ginny and her husband Stacey Sears, a graduate gemologist and goldsmith. hollandsjewelers.com
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The Triangle Wine Company repeats its 2020 Maggy performance by garnering
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Buoy Bowls Best Food Truck Apex-native Derek Sharpe thought he was going surfing in San Diego with a friend, back in 2004. He wasn’t expecting a life-changing moment. After a morning at the beach, the two young men stopped for acai bowls -- frozen pureed acai berries topped with fresh fruit and honey. “It was like love at first bite, is what I say a lot, because it was literally the best thing I've ever eaten in my life,” he said. Fast-forward to October 2016, when he opened the first Buoy Bowls food truck. After 4 years, a few mistakes and a lot of successes, Sharpe owns four Buoy Bowls trucks, has about 30 employees, and is working on franchising his concept. He 28
credits much of that success to social media and being able to engage with customers. “We’re in a digital era, and if you don’t have a social media presence, you’re non-existent,” Sharpe said. It helps that the photogenic acai bowls are supremely Instagrammable. There are also contests and giveaways like “Tag Us Tuesdays,” when a randomly selected customer wins a free bowl in exchange for posting a photo. The other key to his business success is the appeal of his product. Years later, Sharpe still loves acai bowls and eats one every day. “Surf ’s Up is my favorite bowl. It’s our acai blend, but we add peanut butter, and we use almond milk instead of coconut water or apple juice. Then I add goji berries and local bee pollen to it. Surf ’s Up is my favorite for sure, every day.” buoybowls.com
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Buoy Bowls owner Derek Sharpe steers his business, above, fueled by a daily Surfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Up acai bowl, right.
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Even though Skipper’s was voted Best Seafood Restaurant, they’ve recently added some turf options to their surf menu. Skipper’s Seafood recently added “Smokehouse” to their name, and this wasn’t an afterthought. Chief smoke maker James Johnson is the bearded brainchild behind the idea. Proteins like pork, chicken and turkey are all first-rate, but it’s the transcendent beef brisket that’s the star of the show. “A lot of love goes into it,” said Johnson, a Garner native who grew up watching his father cook whole hogs. “We take quality meat and hit it with smoke. It cooks at 225 degrees for about 12 hours.” Skipper’s added 450 square feet in the back of the restaurant to accommodate two Southern Pride wood-burning, gas-fired smokers. Johnson embraces a Central Texasbased approach to cooking barbecue. “There are a lot of Eastern-style titans in the area, but we’re hitting all our proteins with a smoke-forward process.” Try the fall-off-the-bone St. Louis-style pork ribs. Just keep plenty of napkins handy. “We use a simple rub along with salt, pepper, paprika and a little brown sugar for caramelization,” Johnson said. While the current pandemic caused the restaurant to pump the brakes somewhat on the smoked provisions, you can get your fill on Mondays and Thursdays. Go early for the brisket, which sells out quickly. Future plans include adding smoked wings and housemade sausage. skippersfish.com
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The owners of Fount Coffee + Kitchen are, from left, Shawn and Kristen Preissner, and Katie and George Kilgore.
Fount Coffee + Kitchen Best Coffee Shop Fount Coffee + Kitchen opened in December 2018 and quickly gained a reputation for great coffee, wholesome food and a welcoming atmosphere. Katie Kilgore, who grew up in Apex, owns the cafe with her husband, George, and another couple, Shawn and Kristen Preissner. “Our core values are excellence, intentionality and joy, and our team really seeks to serve and care for people,” said Katie Kilgore. “I think when people come in, they feel drawn to the space, because they’re drawn to the people and the experiences and the interactions that they have here. They feel known, and they feel cared for.” The Maggy-winning cafe serves Durham’s Counter Culture Coffee alongside a substantial menu of smoothie bowls, salads, open-faced toast “stacks,” baked goods and
small plates. Fount’s dishes are gluten-free and made with ingredients that are sustainably sourced and nutrient-dense. In the spring, the team launched an online ordering system that works in concert with curbside pickup. Even though the cafe doesn’t have a drive-through, Fount was able to offer contactless service. “(We were) trying to get creative, to come up with different ideas to better serve people with their new pattern of life being at home more, whether that’s batching up different products, take-and-bake things like our cookies,” said Shawn Preissner. “We were also really excited to provide box coffees on behalf of the community who donated them to frontline workers and health care workers. That was a great campaign to be a part of.” fountcoffee.com CARY MAGAZINE 31
MC Modern Asian Cuisine Best New Restaurant The winner of the Best New Restaurant Maggy has been elevating the downtown dining scene all summer. You can thank the culinary wizardry of chef and restaurateur Michael Chuong. MC Modern Asian Cuisine, opened in February at the historic Jones House, which most recently housed the farm-to-table bistro Belle. The 2,200-square-foot Queen Anne-style cottage was originally constructed in 1896. The restaurant’s focused, Asian-inspired menu features seasonal ingredients, fresh seafood and Instagram-worthy, artfully presented dishes. The restaurant’s menu changes weekly, giving Chuong the freedom to present guests with something different each time they come in. “This place has my name on it, so I need to take time to be present and work closely with staff to ensure we provide excellent food and service,” said Chuong, a 36-year veteran chef. mccuisines.com
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Ekin specializes in smaller interior home renovation projects — installing built-in desks and shelving, remodeling bathrooms and finishing attic spaces. “People want to utilize every square inch of their house as possible, so these attic up-fits and stuff like that are super common,” he said. “If you’re working from home right now, you see items that have kind of slipped away over time, and I’m happy to get in there and take care of it.” Eventually Ekin hopes to build houses, like his father, who has been in the construction industry for more than 30 years. For now, he’s pleased with the company he founded. “I love it. My dad’s super happy with it too,” Ekin said. “It’s nice to have somebody to turn to. I call my dad probably 10 times a day with questions.” instagram.com/ekincontractinganddesign
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Repeat winner Erin Bircher, owner of Foundations 4 Change, has given lots of advice over the last year to help her clients get through a difficult time. As we look forward to seeing the end of the pandemic, she offers some mental health tips for all of us: 1. Talk about it. It's important to find a sympathetic ear and talk about what is going on and how it's affecting you. Take time to nurture your healthy, positive relationships with a phone call or video chat. 2. Let it go. When we don't have control over things, it can make people feel powerless and unstable. Identify what you have control over and what you don't. 3. Be realistic. Evaluate your personal expectations and possibly lower them during this time. When we don't meet our expectations, we get disappointed.
Kendra McCormick has been giving homebuyers sound mortgage advice since 2006 and helping them find the best loan for their family. Because of low mortgage rates driving refinances and the hot housing market, she did roughly 250 mortgages in 2020, more than in previous years. “I love the relationships I have built with my clients and Realtors,” McCormick said. “I love helping people make their dream of a home purchase come true.” One look at her reviews and it’s clear that her clients return the affection. "As first time home buyers, we appreciated all the information provided to us in a clear and easy-to-understand format. I felt comfortable asking questions when I didn't understand something,” wrote one recent homebuyer. atlanticbay.com/kendramccormick
4. Reflect and focus on the positive. Take time to think about what you can live without, what you really need and what matters to you most. Focusing on what’s good in life or looking ahead to happier times can make us feel better. 5. Stay active. Research shows that mental health is linked to physical health. Go for walks outside, if possible. foundations4change.com
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MANY FITNESS AFICIONADOS moved their workouts outside last year, and with that new environment, many were also looking to add some fun to their routine. Bounce and Burn, a new fitness studio owned by Dakota Fox, jumped to the rescue with its low-impact, high-energy, outdoor classes using Kangoo Jumps boots. They look like roller blades, except instead of wheels, wearers balance on spring-loaded soles. Kangoo Jumps boots were originally developed by a doctor to help orthopedic patients recover from knee, hip and back injuries.
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According to Fox, the boots reduce the stress on joints and knees while you enjoy an easy, safe and effective cardio rebounding workout that burns more calories than other low-impact routines. The classes obviously gained a following, as Bounce and Burn gained enough votes to win an Honorable Mention for Best New Business in the 2021 Maggy Awards. Kangoo Jumps cost around $250 a pair, or they can be rented for $10 a class or $30 a month through Bounce and Burn. bouncenburnnc.com
Dakota Fox, owner of Bounce and Burn fitness studio, leads an exercise class on the patio outside the downtown Cary library.
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The Refinery Salon WRITTEN BY AMBER KEISTER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
WHEN BEVERLY REDDINGER opened her salon in Southern Pines nearly 15 years ago, she wanted to give her clients more than the perfect hairstyle. The Refinery Salon has always been about “an elevated guest experience,” as she writes on her website. “Every service commences with a neck, shoulder and head massage followed by a luxurious shampoo and aromatic hot towel conditioning treatment,” said Reddinger. In March 2020, she moved her successful business to Cary, little suspecting that the pandemic would force her to close a few weeks after opening her new doors. Her clients clearly enjoy the pampering. Now that the salon is open again, many make the drive from Southern Pines to Cary. Others showed their support by voting for the salon in the 2021 Maggy Awards, winning the business an Honorable Mention. We spoke with Reddinger recently about the business and her challenging year.
What makes Cary a good location for the salon?
Cary was a great fit for The Refinery as we have watched the area grow and still maintain its natural beauty. We saw so many luxury hotels, restaurants and believed a true luxury salon was just what Cary needed. Due to the amazing service The Refinery provides, we still have many guests who travel from the Southern Pines area, where we were previously located. We knew Cary was ready for a salon like The Refinery!
What are the benefits to working with family?
My husband, Andre Freckleton, is a huge part of The Refinery Salon. We met while I was going to school at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, and we spent two years traveling back and forth visiting each other. He was born and raised in London, but he absolutely fell in love with the South, the kindness of strangers and warmth he felt from everyone. After moving here a couple years ago, I was consumed trying to run both sides of a bustling business. His background is in sales and finance, so it seemed only natural for him to help me. I honestly would not be as successful without his help managing the business side of The Refinery Salon.
Refinery Salon owner Beverly Reddinger washes the hair of client Dawn Jordan-Maser.
How have you managed the challenges this year?
The year 2020 has truly been something for the history books for The Refinery Salon. As we rushed to meet opening deadlines in our new location, COVID-19 forced us to shut down two and a half weeks after opening. We had so many hopes and dreams which did not go to plan, and the pandemic required us, like all businesses, to be very creative and keep pushing forward. Why did you want to work for yourself?
Andre Freckleton and Beverly Reddinger
To be honest, I never wanted to work for myself, as my perfectionism can often be an obstacle. I knew I wanted to work in a salon that always provided dynamic training and gave each guest their full attention. I simply could not find that high level of service anywhere, so here I am 15 proud years later. I am happy to say my perfectionism has not diminished over the years, but what it has done, is allow me to create a culture which leaves every guest looking and feeling their absolute best. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the best, or most surprising, aspect of owning a business?
The best thing about owning my own business is knowing I have created and will continue to create an environment that exceeds guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expectations, while watching my team members grow their craft in hair design. This truly makes me proud beyond words. If you had to choose one thing, what is most important to looking your best?
We at the The Refinery Salon believe in effortless looks that fall naturally into place. Gone are the days of over-styling hair. We encourage looks that match your lifestyle, hair type and face shape while also reducing your styling time and maintenance. t The Refinery Salon 1101 Ballena Circle, Cary (984) 465-0301 therefinerysalon.com
Dawn Jordan-Maser has her hair styled at The Refinery Salon in Cary. Owner Beverly Reddinger says the perfect cut should be effortless and fall naturally into place.
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The Devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Details The intricately designed Diavolo at New Hope disc golf course is open for play WRITTEN BY MANDY HOWARD | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
Cary resident Noah Holmes maps out his next throw, which is impeded by an inconvenient tree.
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Cary resident Carter Liechty tees off while brother Silas waits his turn at Diavolo at New Hope disc golf course.
ON THIS BRISK MORNING, sunlight streams through tall pines creating patches of light and shadow. The leaves, which pad the path to the first tee, rustle lightly in the breeze. The only other sound is the soft conversational murmur as friends gather and say hello from an acceptable distance. Over their shoulders are bags filled with flying discs, or Frisbees, specially designed to be used for distance, mid-range and short throws. The vistas are magnificent, the weather is perfect, and no matter what else is going on in the world, these players will enjoy the next few hours of competition and exercise at the brand new Diavolo at New Hope.
Opened in October, the 48-acre disc golf course has 22 holes that can be merged and reimagined to create options for players of every skill level, including a championship caliber 18-hole course to host professional tournaments. The perfect sport for our time
Disc golf is a sport that is coming into its own, making undeniable leaps, both in the skill-level required to be an elite player and in the sheer number of people who play. While disc golf has seen steady growth over the last decade, the increase since the onset of the pandemic has been dramatic, says Mike Sink, operations and programs
supervisor for the Town of Cary’s department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Local courses have seen a 144% increase in players. After a few moments at the course, it’s easy to see why. Like traditional golf, each hole starts at a tee pad. There, you’ll generally find a sign showing the distance, the par classification (how many shots it should take to get to the basket) and the location of the target, an elevated basket with hanging chains to ‘catch’ the disc. Distances at Diavolo range from 300 to over 800 feet. The first throw should get good distance, while simultaneously creating a good continued on page 46
Luke Bowers of Siler City attempts to sink his disc on the eighth "hole," a basket with hanging chains to catch the flying projectile.
Flying discs of different weights and sizes are used when trying for distance or precision.
Gary Bossert of Cary retrieves his disc from a pond.
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Disc golf courses are usually established in wooded areas, with underbrush cleared so errant discs can be recovered. Greg Lee of Raleigh makes par on hole number 22.
“I was lucky to combine passion and profession in this project” — Mike Sink, Town of Cary
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‘lie’ for the next shot. Wherever the disc lands, is where you throw from, and so on, until you’ve hit the target. The sport lends itself to distance from others, and it can also be played alone. Unlike traditional golf, disc golf courses are often designed in concert with a natural wooded setting. Diavolo at New Hope sits adjacent to the American Tobacco Trail and retains that majestic beauty throughout the course. Trees were taken down to create thin winding fairways, and underbrush is cleared so stray discs can be found. At any moment you can pause, breathe and feel the absolute peace of nature. It’s that beauty that keeps Tim Moore coming back. “I love it. I’m 74, and I bring my granddaughter who is 4. We don’t play the whole course, but we play a few holes. It’s a walk in the park, it’s in the shade and it’s free,” he said with a smile.
While the timing of its opening might seem fortuitous, the course is the result of a decade-long dream. A 2012 Community Investment Bond approved the planning of New Hope Disc Golf. The measure was passed, supported and came to fruition in large part because of two enthusiastic players and a little serendipity. Sink has been a disc golf player since 1995. He knew the course could be a real asset for the community and was able to be an advocate within Cary’s parks and recreation department. “I was lucky to combine passion and profession in this project,” he said. The second influencer was Jay Pontier, president of the Capital Area Disc League (originally the Cary Area Disc League).
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• Started playing when he was 4 years old • About Diavolo at New Hope: “Diavolo is going to be the best course in the area. It teaches players how to play smart disc golf. With tight fairways and tough shot shapes, playing aggressive all the time will come back to bite you. It’s truly an amazing place to play for all different skill levels.”
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Carter Liechty throws his disc between trees. Like traditional golf, disc golf has seen an upsurge in players since the beginning of the pandemic. The sport lends itself to distance from others, and it can also be played alone.
“Jay was instrumental. I’m getting paid to do this, and he’s a volunteer. He was the only person who was out here [at Diavolo] as much as I was,” Sink said. Sink and Pontier worked side-byside, scouting locations, designing holes and landscaping to create a welcoming, accessible, pristine, professional level course. Their goal? A course that could be for everyone. The goal was lofty. The result surpassed it. Beginners could come tomorrow, no reservation or payment required. Bring a Frisbee from home, or pick up some discs at Play it Again sports. The holes are clearly marked, the path is easy to follow and the red tees, for recreational players, give you attainable goals and clear shots.
Advanced players who have attempted the course know why it was given the name Diavolo (Italian for Devil). Tricky and tough, the blue tees will challenge even the most seasoned disc golfer, including the top-rated professional in the Triangle, Raven Newsom. For any visitor, the exquisite marriage between forest and fairway creates “Instagram” and “Signature” holes that have visitors reaching for their phones before reaching for their disc. Diavolo at New Hope is the result of years of dreaming, thousands of volunteer hours and countless ideas scrapped and reimagined. It is one of the gifts of 2020 that will remain a part of the community for decades to come. t
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Apex Remembers Beloved Soccer Coach WRITTEN BY JACK FREDERICK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
THOUGH MANY WILL REMEMBER Kevin Todd as an accomplished soccer coach, that’s not why Apex loved him. It was on the soccer field where generations of families got to know Todd, whose name became synonymous with the Apex High School soccer programs. The longtime AP Psychology teacher and head coach roamed the Cougar sidelines for 30 years with a laidback disposition and an ageless thin mustache, as his program blossomed into sustained success.
Under Todd’s tenure, Apex captured a pair of state championships in the early 2000s and sent countless boys and girls soccer players to the college ranks. But it was Todd’s kindness and devotion to making others feel special that has resonated with the community since his sudden death in September. “What he’s accomplished was incredible,” said Scott Ferguson, Apex High athletic director. “The part people will
remember about him is his spirit of having fun, laughing and always going beyond the ordinary to do special things for people all the time.” Todd grew up in Williamsport, Pa., but it wasn’t until he began playing intramurals at Indiana University that he became obsessed with soccer. He moved to North Carolina to attend graduate school at N.C. State, and began his coaching career at North Garner Junior High in the fall of 1984. Even as a self-taught coach, Todd shied away from the credit for his successes. After games, he often snuck out of the stadium to his car while players took interviews with sports writers to avoid taking any attention from the team. “He was proudest about the accomplishments of other people,” said his older sister, Janice Todd. “He would never tell you about himself, ever. There was no spotlight he wanted to shine on him.” continued on page 55
The soccer field at Apex High School was where coach Kevin Todd inspired his players. “He was all about the kids, and that was truly all he cared about," Apex athletic director Scott Ferguson says.
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“We will always remember him as the most lovable man, and there was nothing that you could dislike about him. He demonstrated so much strength for others, and loved everybody so much more than he loved himself.” — Logan Styers, senior girls soccer player, Apex High School Logan Styers and other members of the girls soccer team signed a ball in Kevin Todd's memory. His coaching jacket and photos from past seasons are also displayed in a case at Apex High.
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Instead, Todd thrived behind the scenes. He lived by a rule not to take himself too seriously and sent players encouraging early-morning emails on game days. He physically took part in practice drills and leapt with excitement after every goal his team scored. When COVID cut the last spring season short, Todd cried with his team. He always gushed over his players with pride as if they were his own and they, in turn, loved him back. “We will always remember him as the most lovable man, and there was nothing that you could dislike about him,” said Logan Styers, a senior girls soccer player. “He demonstrated so much strength for others, and loved everybody so much more than he loved himself.”
Scott Ferguson, top, Apex High School athletic director, opens a display case at the school containing trophies from championship soccer teams and other mementos from Kevin Todd's 30 years of coaching. The senior rock at Apex High was painted to honor Todd.
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Elaine Hofmann, principal at Apex High School, models the T-shirt that teachers and staff wear on KT Wellness Wednesdays.
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In his personal life, Todd was famous for surprising his family. Once, he drove home to Pennsylvania in the middle of the week and surprised his sister on a milestone birthday. “When I came home from school, our front yard had a big 4-0 sign about 4 feet high,” Janice Todd recalled. “There were pictures of me and balloons all the way up the sidewalk to my house. When I went in, he was hysterically laughing.” Apex High School has been working hard to honor his legacy. In recognition of the 61-year-old’s love for fitness, the school has started holding KT
Wellness Wednesdays each week encouraging people to stay in shape. On those days, teachers and staff in the school wear T-shirts bearing Todd’s silhouette celebrating after a big overtime playoff win. Though not seen in the drawing, it recalls the ever-present grin that was surely on his face that night, a smile that often brightened his colleagues’ days. “It would never fail to go into his room and he’d have a smile, and you would leave smiling,” said Adam Oltmans, who taught beside Todd for 15 years. “I think that’s what people are feeling is this void of always positive energy.” For his dedication to his players, the Apex Cougar Club is establishing the Coach Todd Legacy Fund, which will be awarded to one male and one female student-athlete pursuing higher education each year who exemplifies Todd’s leadership, integrity and concern for others. The school is also exploring the option of naming the soccer field after him. No matter what, the Apex community hopes to honor the spirit of how Todd lived. The beloved coach often quoted an adage that guided his life and sums up the impact he had on the community who loved him. “Live with passion,” Todd would say. “It’s not how long we live, but how we live.” t Donations to the Coach Todd Legacy Fund are payable by check to the Apex Cougar Club at P.O Box 356 Apex or on GoFundMe at charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/coachtoddlegacy.
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The Carying Place WRITTEN BY LEA HART PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN Partner nonprofit Note in the Pocket provides clothes and shoes for school-age children, whose families are working with The Carying Place.
In 2012, Mary Mosley lost her apartment lease due to a rent increase and could not find another home she could afford. For eight years, she searched for a solution. She stayed with family, moved in with a roommate and tried a rooming house, only to discover it was infested with rats. “My credit was bad, and I couldn’t afford the rent by myself,” Mosley said. “There were so many things on my plate that prevented me from getting an apartment.” Looking to change her trajectory in 2020, she contacted NC 211, a referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina. They connected her to The Carying Place. Today, Mosley, along with her son who was also facing financial hardship, and his young daughter, are living in a two bedroom apartment. She has money in savings and plans to buy a home within the year. “My whole experience with the program has just been a blessing,” Mosley said. Mosley’s story is one of many. The Carying Place is approaching its 28th anniversary, having served upwards of 450 families over the years. As the COVID-19 pandemic causes financial strife for an increasing number of families, Leslie Covington, executive director 60
of The Carying Place, is looking ahead to 2021 when the group will be called upon even more. The Carying Place assists and empowers homeless working families with children. It teaches budgeting and life skills, while at the same time offering families free transitional housing for up to four months. Families must be homeless or in imminent danger of homelessness, be working full-time and have a child or children under age 18 in the household. “We do it that way because we don’t just want to assist adults – they are important and are learning those essential life and budgeting skills – but our whole goal is to change the trajectory of the children as well,” Covington said. “These children are then less likely to become homeless adults.” Over the years, the organization benefitted from the work of more than 300 volunteers, and today has four staff members. That group of staff and volunteers serves around 30 families each year. When COVID-19 hit, things began to look different. The organization barely missed a beat, however. Where each of The Carying Place’s clients normally meets in person every Thursday with a team of volunteers to go over bud-
geting, share success stories and talk through problems, COVID meant re-thinking those meetings, Covington says. The organization moved quickly to ensure everyone had a working computer and could implement Zoom as their new form of communication. Volunteers went one week without their Thursday meeting and were meeting with families online by the next week, Covington says.
Leslie Covington, executive director of The Carying Place, says its vital to empower the whole family, so children are less likely to become homeless adults.
Household products line the wall, ready to be given to families served by The Carying Place.
Families are required to carry a notebook at all times to write down their weekly progress and weekly goals, and that moved online as well, she says. Families still carry a physical notebook but now must input that data online for sharing. The intake process changed as well. Families are normally interviewed in person to assess their fit for the program, and the organization moved to virtual evaluations instead. The number of families served decreased a bit in 2020 as the nonprofit made these changes. Though they continued working with their current families, The Carying Place stopped taking new families for a couple of months. “We had to do a deeper search of where people are that need help, how are they getting to us, and how can we safely get them to us,” Covington said. “Our numbers suffered because of that, but we do expect our numbers to soar.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national eviction moratorium was due to expire on Dec. 31, so Covington and The Carying Place’s board of directors knew they needed to prepare for a rush of applications.
They’ve applied in the past for Community Development Block Grants from the Town of Cary and plan to do so again to purchase more properties to provide temporary housing. They’re also considering raising funds to rent apartments in the event that they cannot afford to buy enough properties, she says. Another idea is potentially expanding their properties outside of Cary to areas including Raleigh and Apex. “We just know the need is just going to overwhelm many of us if we are not prepared for it,” Covington said. Finally, The Carying Place is exploring ways to help families that are not homeless but need the structure that comes with the budgeting and life skills classes in order to stay afloat, she says.
As 2021 begins, the nonprofit seeks both volunteers and financial support, Covington says. She also hopes the greater community will take a moment to think about their own perceptions of homelessness. “Homelessness looks different than many of us understand, and it will look different in the future,” she said. “All it takes is one hiccup to come and knock them off their feet, and they are deemed homeless.” thecaryingplace.org t
ABOVE: In 2019, single mom graduate Kai H. and her two daughters stand in front of one of The Carying Place’s houses, which families can stay in for up to four months. The family simply needed some financial literacy education and help with housing to get back on their feet. LEFT: The Carying Place graduate Mike E., left, speaks with volunteer Todd Crouse, who helped Mike reach his housing, budgeting, and life skills goals. They have continued the relationship as friends. CARY MAGAZINE 61
restaurant profile WRITTEN BY DAVID MCCREARY PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
Thai Kitchen & Sushi SINCE OPENING IN 2019, Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi “Moo ping is representative of authentic street food you has steadily made downtown Holly Springs a destination dining would find in Thailand,” Chotitaveesaksri said. “It’s the type of spot. Apparently, many of its diners are Cary Magazine readers, food that is cooked from our passion.” as the eatery received Maggy Award runner-up nods for Best New When it comes to entrees, you can’t go wrong with any of sevRestaurant last year and the Best Asian category this year. en stir-fry varieties with your choice of protein, including chicken, Situated in a corner parcel in the ever-growing downtown vilpork, beef, shrimp, tofu and duck. House favorite sweet-and-sour lage district, Osha, which means stir fry contains fresh pineapple, “tasty” in Thai, is a modern, fambell peppers, onions, cucumbers, ily-friendly restaurant that draws tomatoes and scallions nestled in people from Fuquay-Varina, a scrumptious red sauce. Apex, Cary, Raleigh and beyond. Noodle and rice dishes “We have a lot of locals who abound. Traditional pad Thai come in often, and we are grateis crowned with an intricately ful,” said co-owner Surasit “Leo” woven fried egg, or try the basilChotitaveesaksri, who hails from tinged green curry fried rice. For Thailand and runs Osha along something really unusual, order with business partners Blake and the hor mok talay, a shrimp, fish Katie Zalcberg. “When we first and mussels custard served in a opened, we were nervous and banana leaf bowl with cabbage scared, but we have been pleased and basil. with how people have continued Many of the items at Osha to support us.” may be prepared gluten-free, Chotitaveesaksri’s wife, vegan or vegetarian. Consider orWiyada “Tuk” Sorkeaw, serves dering family style, which many as the restaurant’s primary chef, people do, so you can enjoy an meticulously making everything array of different dishes. from scratch. Japanese cuisine also is Among the tempting startwell represented. Choose a ers are crispy eggplant with scalseaweed or octopus salad, geso lions, fried fish cake patties and karaage (deep fried squid legs) moo ping, which comprises pork or any of the popular nigiri skewers marinated in coconut and sashimi selections. milk served alongside sticky rice and a spicy dipping sauce. Surasit “Leo” Chotitaveesaksri hails from Thailand and runs Osha along with continued on page 64 business partners Blake and Katie Zalcberg. 62
Sweet-and-sour stir fry, shown with shrimp, contains fresh pineapple, bell peppers, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes and scallions nestled in a scrumptious red sauce.
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“We have a lot of locals who come in often, and we are grateful. When we first opened, we were nervous and scared, but we have been pleased with how people have continued to support us.” — Surasit “Leo” Chotitaveesaksri, co-owner, Osha Thai Kitchen and Sushi
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Among the ambitious signature sushi rolls, the Downtown Dynamic Dragon features tempura-battered shrimp, asparagus, avocado, eel sauce and baked salmon so fresh you’ll swear it was still swimming yesterday. Even more extraordinary is the Shogun, which encompasses king crab, seared wagyu beef, 18 karat gold flakes – yes, you read that right – and a spicy honey sesame sauce. Nearly a dozen specialty rolls appear on the menu. There’s also an abundant assortment of classic rolls like California Eel, Japanese Bagel and Spicy Seafood Tempura. “We only use fresh ingredients in our sushi,” Chotitaveesaksri said. “You will not find buy-one-get-one-free rolls here. We are committed to serving top quality for our guests.” Virtually every plate that emerges from the kitchen appears as a work of art. It’s not uncommon to see plates garnished with flowers or exquisitely carved fresh fruit. Even the dinnerware is purposefully stylish. continued on page 67
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The Downtown Dynamic Dragon features tempura-battered shrimp, asparagus, avocado, eel sauce and baked salmon.
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Moo ping, which comprises pork skewers marinated in coconut milk, is served with sticky rice and a spicy dipping sauce.
Traditional pad Thai comes to the table topped with an intricate fried egg netting.
“We only use fresh ingredients in our sushi. You will not find buy-one-getone-free rolls here. We are committed to serving top quality for our guests.” — Surasit “Leo” Chotitaveesaksri, co-owner, Osha Thai Kitchen and Sushi
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Inventive craft cocktails pair well with the food and highlight Osha’s flair. The whimsical Holly Spring Fling comes with coconut water rum, sake, peach, lychee and passion fruit. For an interesting spin on a familiar classic, try the Old-Fashioned Handshake composed of Japanese whisky, Okinawa Kokuto syrup, Trinity bitters and fire. Additional libations include beer, wine, cold and hot sake and a variety of liquors, including single malt and blended Japanese whiskies. Don’t skip dessert. Best option: the palate-pleasing mango sticky rice with fresh fruit and coconut ice cream. The restaurant’s contemporary interior features bamboocovered light fixtures, high ceilings and white tiled walls. A hanging rope section of the dining room pays homage to the floating markets found in Thailand, while a beautifully landscaped outdoor patio features an eye-catching fountain that’s illuminated at night. Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi is open six days a week for lunch and dinner (closed Mondays). Reservations are strongly recommended, especially since indoor seating is limited to allow for social distancing. Online ordering and curbside pickup are available if you prefer takeout. t 242 South Main St., Suite 100, Holly Springs (984) 538-6742 oshathaikitchennc.com
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roasted butternut squash & quinoa bowl
with a Lemon-Tahini Dressing Makes 4 bowls Ingredients: 1/2 large butternut squash 1/2 large red onion 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1 cup quinoa 2 cups vegetable stock (or substitute water with 1/4 teaspoon salt)
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 bunch Swiss chard, de-stemmed, stems sliced and leaves cut into bite-sized pieces 1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
Lemon-tahini dressing: 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon) 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup tahini 1 clove garlic, minced 3 tablespoons water (as needed to thin) Kosher salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Peel and cube the butternut squash into 3/4-inch pieces. You should have about 4 cups of squash cubes. Peel and cut the onion in half vertically, then slice one of the halves horizontally, into semicircles. Place the squash and onions on a rimmed half sheet pan; drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss to coat the pieces. Spread across the pan in a single layer, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 25-35 minutes or until the cubes are cooked through, and the edges begin to caramelize and turn brown. Remove and keep warm.
3. Once the squash and onion are in the oven, cook the quinoa. Bring the vegetable broth or salted water to a boil, add the quinoa, cover, and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Check after 15 minutes to see if all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Cover to keep warm. 4. While the quinoa and vegetables cook, prepare the spiced chickpeas. In a small bowl, mix the cumin, chili powder, turmeric, salt and pepper. In a sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the drained chickpeas and toss to warm. Sprinkle with the spices, and cook, stirring continuously, until the chickpeas are slightly browned, about 10 minutes.
5. After the chickpeas have browned, remove from the pan. In the same sauté pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté the chard stems for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add the leaves and sauté until just wilted. Salt and pepper to taste. 6. Whisk the dressing ingredients until well combined. 7. To assemble the bowls, divide squash and onion, quinoa, spiced chickpeas and sauteed chard between 4 bowls. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with a side of dressing and a garnish of cilantro leaves.
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perfect pairing WRITTEN BY BILL ALLEN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN Paltrinieri Piria Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC Located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Central Italy, Achille Paltrinieri began making lambrusco in 1926 at Cantina Paltrinieri. Current owners Alberto Paltrinieri and his wife, Barbara, have run the winery since 1989. The wine has a ruby red color, displays fruity aromas (red fruits and violets), and is dry and fruity on the palate. The fine and persistent bubbles cut the bitterness of the swiss chard and pairs well with the earthiness of the squash and quinoa. The frothiness carries through and cleanses the palate for another taste. $18.99
Henri Dubois Brut NV Located in Epernay France, Henri Dubois Brut is made by the largest family-owned producer in Champagne with a history dating to the mid-1800s. This classic Champagne is a blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier grapes. This brut has a pale-yellow color, citrus and redcurrant fruit aromas, and an exuberant froth. On the palate, the wine is fresh and crisp, lingers on the tongue and offers a long finish. The wine brings out, yet tempers, the spiciness of the chickpeas and brings out the lemon in the lemon-tahini dressing. The frothiness of the Champagne also lightens the heavier texture of the lemon-tahini dressing. $37.99
2018 De Stefani Venis Located in Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trevenezie IGT, Valeriano De Stefani began cultivating wine over 150 years ago in 1866. Venis is a blend of sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Venis has a straw yellow color and a citrusy, slightly grapefruit aroma. On the palate, crisp acidity of the sauvignon blanc is refreshing while the chardonnay lends body, structure, and finesse to the wine. The wine smooths the lemon and spice flavors of the salad and leaves a honey-like coating on the palate. It also pairs well with the earthiness of the butternut squash and onions. $24.99
Bill Allen holds a first-level certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Specialist of Wine certification from the Society of Wine Educators. He has worked as a wine educator with the Triangle Wine Company for five years.
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WRITTEN BY DAVE TOLLEFSEN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN
WINTER IS MY FAVORITE BEER TIME of the year! After all the wheat, fruit and pumpkins beers of the other seasons have passed, now is the time for the big, robust beers. Stout — big, thick, and tasting of chocolate and coffee — is the perfect beer when it’s cold outside. Stouts are great all year, but winter begs for the richness of a robust beer.
If you haven’t tried a stout before, they can be somewhat bitter from the roasted malts, tending toward that dark chocolate/coffee flavor. Phat Thor Stout brewed at Norse Brewing in Wake Forest breaks that tradition with its wonderfully smooth but bold flavor. It comes in at a nice 5.9%, a little low for a stout, but that means you can enjoy more of it. T h e r e’s nothing bet-
ter than a beautiful beer and food pairing, and this stout is a great candidate to pair up. There are so many flavor variables that need to come together, but when they do, it’s palate euphoria. That’s the sensation of taking a bite of food and a sip of beer, swirling it around and letting the flavors melt in your mouth. Norse Brewing is a Viking-themed brewpub that offers a full menu to enjoy. They have the Viking Burger — a blended burger of bison, boar, wagyu beef and elk. It’s like an international burger! Pair this burger with Phat Thor; it will be an amazing flavor experience. Stouts are malt forward, and they really complement the umami or savoriness of the meat. The key thing to remember: No one can tell you what you like. The best person to judge what tastes amazing is YOU! I recommend the drive up to Norse Brewing at 203 Brooks Street in Wake Forest, so you can create a beer/food experience for yourself. Skål!
Dave Tollefsen is one of the NCBeerGuys – they have promoting North Carolina craft beer and breweries on their website, ncbeerguys.com, since 2012. He is an avid homebrewer for more than 10 years and is also part of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. CARY MAGAZINE 73
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KALANCHOE IS A WEIRD PLANT. It is a succulent that hails from the subtropics of Madagascar off the east coast of Africa, meaning, on our side of The Big Pond, possibilities point to it being a popular showoff outdoors in the simmer of our southern summer. Instead, it is usually found full of blooms in the winter at garden shops waiting to be taken home as a houseplant to sustain gardeners visually while they wait for the glory of yet another spring. What gives? Like the poinsettia, another subtropical plant at its fanciest during the colder times of the year, kalanchoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flower development is set off by lessening sunlight as the shorter days of fall and early winter approach. The process normally takes about three months, meaning this prettyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blossoms are usually primed to pop during the winter months.
And when a kalanchoe’s blooms pop, they pop big time, literally covering the 12-inch-tall plant with clusters of small, sprite-like, four-petaled flowers in solid colors that vary in shades of white, yellow, orange, red, pink and purple. This sassy bloom show can easily extend into the new spring. There are over one hundred species of kalanchoe, but the beauty typically found for sale is Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. As a subtropical native-turned-houseplant, it does need certain conditions to thrive. Tops on the list is sunlight — the more you can pour on kalanchoe in the winter, the better. This usually means setting it in a south-facing window, but don’t let the leaves touch the glass, because they could be bit by bitter cold coming through the panes on freezing nights. Kalanchoe is susceptible to root rot, but this can be overcome by replanting in a slightly larger container with quality, welldraining potting soil that has been further fluffed up with a good dose of perlite. Also, only water the pots when the soil surface is dry to the touch. A diluted fertilizer solution can be included in your irrigation routine once a month but not when the plant is resting during the fall and winter. A vacation outside in the summer will please this warm weather lover. Set it in a location under high shade away from direct sunlight because strong summer rays can scorch the leaves. Attention should also be given to kalanchoe-loving bad bugs such as scale, mealybugs and aphids trying to besmirch your beautifully weird plant before it is taken inside in early autumn for another cold season bloom session. L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener Magazine. Want to ask L.A. a question about your garden? Contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you enjoy pampering houseplants, keep in mind indoor greenery pleasures such as fiddleleaf fig, philodendron, rubber plant, dracaena and croton that have large, smooth leaves will show off better if they are wiped at least once a month using a soft cloth lightly moistened with warm water. Periodic wipedowns will not only dispatch the occasional six-legged pest, but they will also perk up the foliage coloration of such houseplants. Perhaps more importantly, however, this leaf cleaning will remove surface dust and other particles that can interfere with these potted pretties’ all-important photosynthesis process.
To Do in the GARDEN January
• The beginning of the year is a good time to search online seed catalogs for selections that were dependable for you in the past as well as for enticing new introductions. Now is not when you plant most annual and perennial seeds, of course, but ordering early helps assure any picks you make won’t be tagged at checkout by the dreaded “Out of Stock.”
• Before the spring rush to plant, plant, plant, use this quiet time in the garden to tend to your hardscape features. Reset loose stones or bricks on steps and pathways, level leaning birdbaths and statuaries, straighten sagging bed borders, clear off dead annual vines on fences and trellises, repaint faded birdhouses, oil that creaky gate — basically, find any excuse to get your inner handyman outside and enjoy the crisp air of the fading winter.
• For watering plants, the garden hose won’t get much of a workout this month, but it can still be useful, especially if you are thinking about adding another bed to the landscape. Use its long length and flexibility to create the curves and swerves of a potential outline for the new planting area before any digging is done.
• Dormant bare-root roses, which can be planted in the late winter, will start showing up at local garden centers and online nurseries this month. Ideally, plant such roses as soon as possible, but give the roots a beneficial hydration session in a bucket of water for about half a day before settling them into well-draining, sunny sites. CARY MAGAZINE 75
Scenic North Carolina volunteers planted longleaf pines at the Cary Tree Archive in November. Located at 3351 S.W. Cary Parkway, the Cary Tree Archive is an ecosystem restoration project that will transform seven and a half acres from a field of aggressive grass and weeds into a forest. ScenicNC.org, carytreearchive.org
Town of Cary has
been named the winner of the Public Sector Project category at the 2020 N.C. Tech Awards for its work around Internet of Things (IoT) and regional data sharing efforts. This award recognizes Caryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Smart & Connected Communities Program, which Paws Fur Joy Photography is hosting a 2022 calendar contest fundraiser to benefit
BEST FRIEND PET ADOPTION. The calendar submission
focuses on forward-looking, technologyfocused solutions to the challenges of today
and voting starts Jan. 11, 2021 and runs for eight weeks. Triangle owners may submit
and tomorrow. The NC TECH Awards is
photos of their dog, and dog lovers can vote on their favorite pup. The cost to enter is
North Carolina's only statewide technology
$5, and each vote costs $1. The top 13 vote-getters will be included in the calendar.
awards program, recognizing companies and
All of the proceeds from the entries, voting and calendar sale go to Best Friend Pet
individuals who have demonstrated growth,
innovation and leadership. nctech.org/awards
ANDIA'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM, with two Cary locations, won several honors from the National Ice Cream Retailers Association â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Blue Ribbon for their chocolate ice cream, a White Ribbon for their vanilla ice cream, and a Red Ribbon for their strawberry ice cream. The frozen dessert trade association meets every November and hosts ice cream flavor and quality competitions. andiasicecream.com 76 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021
ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS, located at 1151 In December,
Pine Plaza Dr. in Apex, donated $4,000 worth of sports and outdoors equipment to Blue Lights College, a nonprofit with the mission of training a new generation of police officers to approach conflict with compassion. Also in December, the sports outfitter partnered with St. Augustine’s University to donate $1,000 worth of backpacks, socks, hats and other winter clothing to SoyMilk & Hope. The Raleigh nonprofit helps address the basic needs and insecurities of young mothers and N.C. college students. In November, Academy Sports partnered with Shaw University to donate $1,000 worth of baseball gear to the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Outreach Baseball League. academy.com
Coastal Credit Union
ELITE CORE STUDIOS, a Lagree fitness studio, will open this month
has been recognized as one of the Healthiest
at 3022 Village Market Place in Morrisville. Using the patented Megaformer, the Lagree
Employers of the Triangle for 2020. The
Method is a full-body, high-intensity, low-impact workout for all levels. In each session,
awards program, powered by Springbuk, was created to honor companies for their commitment to workplace wellness and their exceptional health and benefits offerings. This is the tenth time that Coastal has been named a Healthiest Employer of the Triangle, including the past five years in a row. The credit union was also named one of the 2020 Leaders in Diversity by the Triangle Business Journal. The award was presented during a virtual ceremony on Oct. 7. coastal24.com
Elite Core incorporates strength training, cardio, core, flexibility, balance and endurance to sculpt the body. elitecorestudios.com
The First in Flight Chapter of the
Young Men’s Service League,
now in its second year, served over 2000 volunteer hours in its inaugural year, earning the honor of Volunteer of the Year award by the Northwest Cary YMCA. The entire chapter worked together over several weekends to build three seating areas, two benches, a hammock swing and a lending library at the YMCA’s Growing Together Community Garden. ymsl.org CARY MAGAZINE 77
Julie Nettifee, from Apex, was named the 2020 American Humane Veterinary Nurse Hero during the Hero Dog Awards broadcast in October on the Hallmark Channel. Nettifee has worked for the North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine for 22 years.
Lisa Higginbotham of FiveStar Awards & Engraving has earned her Certified Recognition Master designation. The CRM certification marks
The national competition, sponsored by Zoetis Petcare, honors the dedication of veterinary workers and the lives they have changed. The show also presented the heroic veterinarian of the year and several heroic dogs in a variety of categories. The nonprofit American Humane is dedicated to animal welfare and supporting the human-animal bond. cvm.ncsu.edu
one of the highest levels of professional accomplishments in the awards and personalization industry. fivestarawards.net
honored with the Town of Cary’s annual Norberto "Betto" Herrera
NORBERTO (BETTO) HERRERA, a dance performer and instructor from Morrisville, was presented with the 2020 Latino Diamante Award for Art & Culture during a virtual ceremony on Nov. 21. Also during the
MATTY LAZOCHADDERTON, a consultant ceremony
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Hometown Spirit Award in November. The award recognizes citizens who enhance the quality of life in Cary by preserving, promoting, and carrying out positive community values. A member of the Friends of the Page-Walker since
and advocate for the Hispanic Community
2006, Miller has served on
who lives in Cary, received the Lizette Cruz
Cary’s Planning and Zoning Board and on
Watko Award. These statewide awards
the Board of Directors for Cary Emergency
honor individuals and organizations that
Medical Services. While on Cary’s Historic
are making significant contributions to the
Preservation Committee, Miller helped
Latino/Hispanic/Latinx population of North
develop the 2010 Historic Preservation
Master Plan. townofcary.org/spirit
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50 authentic Cuban recipes from her kitchen. Marrero, the first Cuban-American in her family, has been greatly influenced by her grandmother and their large, affectionate, good-foodloving "Familion." justlikemimas.com
FINE FOLK, a short-order kitchen that started as Gov’t Cheeseburger
Congratulations Peak Charter Academy
in Cary, is now serving up good eats from the back of Foundation Bar, at 213 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. Their limited
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Timeless design is reflected in a collection of treasures from a life well lived. southernstudio.com 919.362.5143
2020 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – Triangle raised
more than $342,000 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants walked as individuals and small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across the Triangle area on October 10. alz.org
Duncklee & Dunham, based in Cary, became part of SynTerra Corp. in October. The organizations are operating as one science and engineering consulting firm that serves clients throughout the Southeast and beyond. David Duncklee and Tom Dunham, professional geologists, established their company in 1996. synterracorp.com
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The Templeton of Cary, an independent senior living community in Cary, celebrated National First Responders Day on Oct. 28 with the dedication of their flag plaza. Located immediately in front of the main building, the plaza was dedicated to the first responders of Cary, who have helped keep the community safe during the COVID pandemic. On Nov. 19, the Templeton celebrated its 46 original residents with a Founders Day Celebration. The first residents to move in were Hugh Tucker and Annette Colton on June 2, 2020. TheTempletonofCary.com
10 Triangle nonprofits in recognition of their outstanding contributions to a healthier
AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL has been selected to
Triangle region. The GSK IMPACT Awards, presented in partnership with Triangle
receive a South Arts Resilience Fund grant
Community Foundation, is a highly competitive program recognizing organizations
in the amount of $50,000. The South
that are working hand-in-hand with the community to improve health. The following
Arts Resilience Fund supports arts and
local nonprofits were awarded $40,000 each:
cultural organizations making significant
• Book Harvest
impact statewide, regionally, or nationally.
• Compass Center for Women and Families
• Families Moving Forward
• Families Together
• Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
• Kramden Institute
• LGBT Center of Raleigh
• Orange County Rape Crisis Center
• Rebound, Alternatives for Youth
GSK IMPACT Awards, announced in November, benefited
BRIGHTDOT, a national fundraising consulting firm based in Raleigh, celebrated its fifth anniversary in October by giving back to the local community. Bill Crouch, BrightDot CEO, gave $40 to each employee and encouraged them to find persons in need and share the money with them. Today, BrightDot consultants and fundraisers serve the executive boards and major gift officers of nearly 100 clients. thebrightdot.com CARY MAGAZINE 81
BY JONATHAN FREDIN
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