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“EVERYONE WANTS TO BE SEEN.” That phrase, underlined and circled, was in my notes from a recent panel discussion on neurodiversity, hosted by the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce. Too wrapped up in the essential truth of that statement, I neglected to note who said it. But it could have been any of the guests: Matthew Schwab and Lindsay Wrege of 321 Coffee, Jackie Ferguson of The Diversity Movement, or Christine and Beth from Special Olympics North Carolina. While the overarching theme of the event was job creation and employment inclusion, no one on that panel was asking for special treatment. They wanted people with disabilities to be seen for themselves, to be recognized for their strengths instead of their weaknesses. That was only the latest echo of a phrase that has been bouncing around inside my head for a while now. It began a few weeks ago with the audio book choice for my morning walk: re-listening to Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Among his maxims is this gem: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Covey was urging his audience to listen to others, to see them as they are. Then, during my interview with Chavi Khanna Koneru, one of our 2021 Women of Western Wake, she said something similar. “What our community wants is to be seen. They want their stories as Asian Americans in North Carolina told. We have a history here. I would say my aspirational goal is to make sure that those stories are told,” said Koneru, who leads the nonprofit advocacy group North Carolina Asian Americans Together. My aspirational goal is also to make sure people’s stories are told. As I’ve said many times, talking to people is the best part of my job. But even if I didn’t get paid to do it, I would still find it rewarding. People are fascinating, especially if their stories are different from my own. I always learn something, and I usually come away with a new perspective. Western Wake is home to thousands of people, each with a different story and each deserving to be seen. I encourage you to get to know them, in your neighborhoods and in the pages of this magazine. Thanks for reading,

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From corporate success to selfless service, these dynamic leaders have accomplished great things in their chosen fields. Here, our honorees share their stories about taking risks, finding rewards, following your heart, and working hard to better our world.

Veronica Bent

Rotary Volunteer and Financial Planner at Pinnacle

Chavi Khanna Koneru

Executive Director of N.C. Asian Americans Together

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Chief Operating Officer at FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies


It’s really about just helping people. If you love people, then you’re willing to help them, and that involves giving your time. — Veronica Bent


VERONICA BENT knew she was born to be a leader, but it was her kind heart for service that helped guide her toward putting those leadership qualities into action at nonprofits in western Wake. A self-described ‘servant-leader,’ Bent has built a reputation as a community leader through service. “It’s really about just helping people,” Bent said. “If you love people, then you’re willing to help them, and that involves giving your time.” Bent, a member of the Rotary Club of Morrisville for 13 years, was selected as the group’s 2023-2024 District 7710 Governor earlier this year. Following the organization’s core mission to promote peace, fight disease, support education and clean water, and grow local economies on an international level, she will oversee the efforts of more than 2,000 Rotarians at over 50 clubs in the Triangle area. “She is a woman who stepped up into leadership,” said Rev. Dr. Rose Cornelious, a fellow Rotary Club and Morrisville Chamber of Commerce member. “She wouldn’t have put herself into these positions, but she has been catapulted and she has more than demonstrated her abilities. She takes charge; she does what she needs to do; she organizes; she administers. She’ll get in there, roll up her sleeves, and be right there next to you doing anything.” Among her many volunteer efforts at the Morrisville Chamber, Bent works on the Knowledgeable Network of Women committee, which provides professional development and networking opportunities for women in business. She is also on the board for the Innovation Foundation, which fosters entrepreneurship, community service and economic development in Morrisville. continued on page 34




Chavi Khanna Koneru If we want to change the world, as corny as that sounds, it’s not going to happen if we dwell on the bad stuff. —Chavi Khanna Koneru

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CHAVI KHANNA KONERU grew up in the Triangle, wanting to change the world. After getting a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, she headed to Washington, D.C., sure that her future lay far beyond the South. As the child of Indian immigrants, Koneru says she often felt out of place in North Carolina — but the place wouldn’t let her go. “Part of me moving away was, ‘Oh, I don’t need North Carolina,’” she said. “Then I got (to D.C.) and was like, ‘This is such a huge part of me. I gotta come back.’ This is where I belong.” Koneru, whose specialty is civil and voting rights law, also realized that she could change the world starting at home in North Carolina. The local Asian American community was growing rapidly, but language barriers prevented many citizens from voting. Koneru was sure she could help. In 2016, she and co-founder Ricky Leung launched North Carolina Asian Americans Together, a nonpartisan group with the goal of increasing civic engagement in the state’s pan-Asian community. They soon realized how much their efforts were needed. “We did this research and found out that 70% of the Asian American community had never been contacted by anyone about an election,” Koneru said. While many registered voters get inundated with political calls before an election, in 2016, the majority of Asian Americans in North Carolina had received no calls, not from candidates, not from political parties, no one. And if the numbers were that low before a big general election, what about smaller, municipal contests? “That gap became very, very clear,” she said. One of NCAAT’s first efforts was to send multilingual volunteers door-to-door providing nonpartisan information about the 2016 election. They targeted neighborhoods in Morrisville like Breckenridge, the precinct with the highest percentage of Asian Americans in the state. continued on page 36



I always say education is the best tool. When you have a sound and basic education, you apply that through your whole life. — Matty Lazo-Chadderton



THE WAY MATTY LAZO-CHADDERTON radiates warmth and kindness is clearly key to her success as a powerful voice for North Carolinians for decades. Those who have worked alongside her agree. Sue McLaurin, of Durham, a friend and colleague of Lazo-Chadderton for more than 30 years, perhaps best sums her up. “In a time of incredible political divisiveness, the world needs more people like Matty,” McLaurin said. “She embodies graciousness, an incredible kindness and a willingness to help all people.” Lazo-Chadderton’s commitment to volunteerism and civic engagement began when her now adult children were in preschool. Her son, David, was diagnosed with autism and LazoChadderton became an advocate in both the special education and regular education realms. She attributes her passion for service and caring for others to her parents. The oldest of five siblings, who include Mariella, Lus Maria, Manolo and Juan Lazo, she was born and raised in a small town near Lima, Peru. Her mother was a teacher, and LazoChadderton became a teacher initially as well. Her career took several turns before she came to the United States. She lived and worked in business in Venezuela, then operated an art gallery in the Dominican Republic. She and her family came to the United States in 1987 seeking education opportunities for David after hearing about North Carolina’s programs for children with autism. “When I arrived, I was reminded of the same hospitality I’d felt in other countries I’d lived in,” Lazo-Chadderton said. “They didn’t wait for me to ask for help; they asked me how they could help. “That touched my heart and I fell in love with North Carolina.” She also found what she calls “another great characteristic of the American personality,” the drive to volunteer. “I began to volunteer in my children’s preschool and I realized that, to volunteer is one of the best practices in order to learn your new culture and to become acculturated,” she said. She built a network of friends and fellow advocates, and when her marriage ended, decided to stay in North Carolina with her children. In those early days, she would visit North Carolina legislators to advocate for the needs of young children. continued on page 37


Jackie Locklear OWNER OF LOCKLEAR ROOFING Helping kids that can’t help themselves is something that I’m very passionate about. — Jackie Locklear




AS THE CEO OF LOCKLEAR ROOFING, Jackie Locklear has spent the last 26 years running and expanding one of the few 100% woman and minority-owned roofing companies in the United States. Founded in 1980 by her father, J.H. Locklear, a native of Lumberton, the business has come a long way since its humble beginnings. “My father was a great tradesman, and his contract was a handshake,” said Locklear. “When I started with my dad, his office was the garage, and my office was my third bedroom. Now we’re in a 10,000-plus-square-foot warehouse and office.” Joshua Locklear, vice president of operations, is the third generation to join the family business. He watched his mother overcome countless challenges as both a single mother and a female leader in a predominantly male industry. “She’s very, very determined,” said Joshua Locklear. “She’s always been my mother and father at the same time. I get her Father’s Day gifts and Mother’s Day cards. She doesn’t like people saying she can’t do something, because she’s going to do it.” Locklear’s tenaciousness has led to many professional accolades, but she’s most proud of her involvement with the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center. The nonprofit serves children with and without disabilities between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. When they come to Frankie Lemmon, all children with a disability or who are part of the N.C. pre-K program receive their education and therapy at no cost to their families. “Helping kids that can’t help themselves is something that I’m very passionate about,” said Locklear, who discovered Frankie Lemmon in 2002 at its largest fundraiser, The Triangle Wine & Food Experience. “I’ve seen some kids go in and they couldn’t talk; they couldn’t feed themselves. With these programs, in six months to a year they are chatterboxes and talking and feeding themselves and all those types of things. To me, these are miracles,” she said. continued on page 38


Christine Vannais Be willing to take risks with your career. There might be scary or big steps forward or sideways to get other experiences, take them! Always keep that hunger to learn. I think that’s been a successful recipe for me. — Christine Vannais


CHRISTINE VANNAIS has one document that she keeps on the wall behind her desk. It’s an email she wrote just weeks after becoming the first female Chief Operating Officer at FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB), an international biopharmaceutical organization. In April 2020, while the world shut down, Vannais saw a chance to help. She learned that Novavax was looking for a partner to begin manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine, and she wrote, “I think we can help. We can do that process in North Carolina.” “One email started a chain of events that galvanized the site and started a path for this long-term partnership with this client who has a tremendous vaccine. It was a really big pivotal moment for me,” said Vannais. She admits that even as she hit send, she wondered if they really could manage the undertaking. The facility already performed 24/7 manufacturing, and accepting this job would require scaling up processes and staff while simultaneously ensuring safety measures such as social distancing. But with her strong background in CDC and OSHA regulations, and with a team excited and prepared to give “150%” to be part of such a vital process, Vannais had confidence in the step. In the sleepless months that followed, FDB began work on the Novavax vaccine, President Donald Trump visited the Morrisville facility, bringing national attention to their work, and they continued producing life-saving medical products for existing pharmaceutical partners. “She’s a lighthouse,” said Liza Rivera, who serves as vice president of global marketing communications for FDB. “I don’t think Chris realizes how her leadership has motivated people. I see her style and I see her fearlessness and I think, ‘That’s how I want to lead.” And while Vannais is working to save the world, she also gives her time to speak about female leadership. “I never expected for people to find my career path interesting, but I will share when I’m asked,” Vannais said. continued on page 39




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ABOVE: Rose Cornelious, left, Veronica Bent and Morrisville Council Member Steve Rao attend a Morrisville Rotary Club event in July. LEFT: Veronica Bent, left, volunteers at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina during the Morrisville Chamber’s Day of Service. continued from page 24

Cornelious has seen Bent’s leadership in action and her knack for organizing others to a common goal. At a Chamber membership drive, Bent served as a team captain in a competition that tasked teams with calling community members and asking them to join the Chamber. At the end of the drive, Bent’s team had gained twice as many new members as any other team. “She organized us, and she outshone everybody,” Cornelious said, laughing. “It was almost embarrassing.” Bent’s busy schedule working with nonprofits is also compounded by her job at Pinnacle Financial Partners in Cary, where she works as a banker and small business lender. Bent also serves as the North Carolina Eastern Region Leader for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council at the company. “She has always had a heart to serve,” said Scott Mackey, a coworker at Pinnacle Financial Partners and a fellow Rotary Club member. “Being in the community, making sure all aspects of the community are taken care of and served has always been a strong point of hers.” 34


A Louisiana native, service in the military brought Bent to North Carolina in 1990, where she met her husband, Winston Bent, who also served in the Army with the 82nd Airborne. After four years of active duty and two more in the National Guard, Bent entered civilian life and settled in Raleigh, where she began working in banking. She and her husband raised two sons, Daniel and Benjamin. Bent graduated from Fayetteville State while serving in the military and later earned a Master of Public Administration from N.C. Central. She joined the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority while at Fayetteville State and is still actively involved in the service-oriented group. Over her nearly 30-year banking career, Bent has worked in many roles, including as a branch manager. While she is passionate about the financial aspects of her career, working with the public and helping people reach their goals has proved most rewarding. “I started out as a teller way back in the day after I decided I wanted to change my career, and I love talking to people,” she said. “So that was the best gig. I like the financial

side of stuff and talking to people, so I was like, ‘Let’s put it together.’” Outside of work, Bent continues to search for outlets to reach others. Her involvement in the community matters most to her for how it impacts others’ lives. “My service work has won me numerous awards, but it’s what it has done for people’s lives,” Bent said. “It’s really the most beneficial feeling, how such a small gesture could change a person’s whole world. You find that out when you do service. When you’re helping somebody and they’re at their lowest point, and then you check back on them and they have made it.” Bent has learned that by helping others, she has helped herself, too. The smiles and laughter keep her going. “You have to not lose the focus of having fun,” she said. “Laughing is medicine for the soul, and it’s not just a cliche, it really isn’t. When you’re happiest with helping others, it really does come back to you. It’s such a rewarding feeling you carry on.” t

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Roughly 40 different Asian languages are spoken here, Koneru says. While NCAAT doesn’t have translators in all of those languages, for the 2020 election, volunteers were able to provide support in 13 of them. Speaking the same language goes beyond mere communication, Koneru says. Many Indian Americans learned English in school, but when volunteers would come to the door and greet residents in Hindi or Urdu, they weren’t treated like strangers. 36


“Our canvassing efforts have been positive in a way that I’ve never experienced before in any other kind of voter outreach,” Koneru said. “People don’t slam the door in your face. They invite you in to eat what they’re eating for dinner, because you’re someone from the community, and that makes a huge difference.” These personal connections paid off. According to voter analysis from AAPI Data, the Asian American vote in North Carolina increased by 52%, or by 28,000 votes, from the 2016 election to the 2020 election. “Clearly, she’s a visionary,” said Juliana Cabrales, a former NCAAT board member. When Koneru started doing her initial outreach efforts more than five years ago, it was hard to make a case for recruiting Asian American voters, Cabrales says. Then, the population of eligible voters was relatively small. The 2020 election proved Koneru correct. “She … had the vision as to what longterm engagement could look like, and, along

with her co-founder, built an organization from the ground up that has grown tremendously,” Cabrales said. “Identifying that potential for growth, potential for engagement, and carrying it out, has been really amazing.” Now a nonprofit with 12 full-time employees, NCAAT’s programs include youth leadership training, community education and advocacy, and immigration assistance. “Where we are now, five years later, is majority due to her,” said Leung, the senior director of programs, communications and outreach at NCAAT. Along with her leadership, Leung appreciates his co-founder’s legal expertise. During a conversation with local community leaders, Vimala Rajendran, the owner of Vimala’s Curryblossom Café in Chapel Hill, mentioned that she wasn’t a citizen. Koneru helped the entrepreneur through that process, and Rajendran is now running for a seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council. “That’s a story of exactly why we do

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Ricky Leung, left, and Chavi Khanna Koneru, center, and another volunteer work on census outreach in April 2019.

the work that we do,” Leung said, “to help support our existing community, our existing community leadership, to get to that point where we can get, not just representation in a sense of voting for people, but also people from our communities running for office.” Koneru says it’s amazing how much NCAAT has been able to accomplish in the last five years. Still, tragic events like the March shootings targeting Asian women in Atlanta demonstrate how much still needs to be done.. “If we want to change the world, as corny as that sounds, it’s not going to happen if we dwell on the bad stuff,” Koneru said. One result of highly visible anti-Asian discrimination is that more people are willing to educate themselves about anti-Asian hate. Koneru has received many more invitations to speak on forums and in corporate settings, and she accepts nearly every opportunity. “I have a perspective to share that isn’t being shared otherwise, and it’s so important,” Koneru said. “Because I think, at the base of all hate and discrimination, really is a lack of education and understanding of other people.” Koneru, who lives in Raleigh with her husband, their five-year-old son and oneyear-old daughter, says her children also help her focus on the future. “There is no better motivation than wanting your kids to have a better experience than you did,” she said. “I don’t want them to have that feeling of ‘I don’t belong here.’ That’s what motivates me. I know they belong, and I want to make sure everyone else also knows that.” t

“I always say education is the best tool,” Most recently, Lazo-Chadderton held Lazo-Chadderton said. “When you have a the position of Deputy Director of Public sound and basic education, you apply that Engagement for Gov. Roy Cooper’s office through your whole life.” before retiring earlier this year. The opportunities for her to use her She said the success and smiles of voice grew as she became embedded in the others motivates her. Seeing how not just community and got to know government of- her work, but the collective work of advoficials and civic leaders. cates and volunteers makes a difference for In the time since, she’s continued to speak people has always encouraged her to keep not just for education, but for other government pushing forward. When she reflects, Lazo-Chadderton and civic issues as well. She was a lobbyist and education advocate for the N. C. Justice Center says she’s most proud of having the opportuin the late 1990s and early 2000s. From 2001 nity to serve the Latino community and evto 2011, Lazo-Chadderton served as director for ery community. On a personal level, she says Hispanic and Latino Affairs for North Carolina one of her proudest moments was becoming Senator Marc Basnight. In 2011, she was named a U.S. citizen in 1996. “It was wonderInstitutional Public Afful,” she said. “I already fairs Officer for the felt American, but it Consulate General of “In a time of incredible was beautiful to have Mexico in Raleigh, political divisiveness, the that accomplishment.” and then briefly served world needs more people Though she’s as director for Hispanic technically “retired” and Latino Affairs for like Matty. She embodies at the moment, Lazothe Governor’s office graciousness, an incredible Chadderton says in 2012. kindness and a willingness “sometimes it’s on Joe Stewart, of paper, but not in your Raleigh, first met to help all people.” mind and heart.” L a zo - C h a d d e r t o n She’s had a conmore than 20 years — Sue McLaurin sulting business over ago when the two the years and plans would cross paths at to keep working in the State Legislature. “Matty is an incredibly compassionate that capacity on issues surrounding equity, person,” he said. “She sees, as part of what de- inclusion and access for all. She continues to fines her, a willingness to engage on issues that volunteer her time as well. Lazo-Chadderton lives in Cary, and matter, and she has an appreciation based on her own background for what folks need, and is close with her two sons, David, now an artist, and Andrew. She’s a recent new works toward those goals.” The list of meaningful ways Lazo- grandmother, as Andrew and his wife, Chadderton has touched the people of Daphne, have two children, Miles, 3, with North Carolina and beyond goes on as she’s whom she loves to dance, and Olivia, 1. served on a number of boards and advisory She enjoys the solitude of long walks and councils over the years. Civic participation is a gardener, which comes from her mothis equally important to her, and she’s partic- er, a rose gardener. “Gardening is like medicine or therapy ipated in voter registration drives and civic for me,” she said. t education efforts for more than 20 years.


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Marsha Hargette, executive director of reputation for honesty and hard work has the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, says she is impressed many within her trade. Locklear thrilled and honored to have Locklear as an Roofing has been named Contractor of the active board member. Year by Pulte Homes, Vendor of the Year by “Jackie bleeds Frankie Lemmon, so to Meritage Homes, and was a 2020 recipient speak,” said Hargette. “She’s the real deal.” of the Community Involvement Award and “Jackie not only serves us by partici- People’s Choice Award from the National pating, sponsoring and supporting, she has Roofing Contractors Association. really helped us in the corporate world by Chris Edwards, vice president of opintroducing us to lots of folks.” erations at Meritage Homes in Raleigh, met Locklear’s networking on Frankie Lem- Locklear in 2006 when he was new to the mon’s behalf has paid off. PulteGroup, a nation- Raleigh market. They have had a close busial home builder, recently held its 12th Annual ness relationship ever since. Golf Tournament and made Frankie Lemmon “What’s impressed me the most is its charity of choice. The event raised $50,000 that Jackie’s a businesswoman. She’s really for the nonprofit. not a contractor or In addition to roofer or whatever “When we moved into spreading the word you want to call it,” about Frankie Lemhe said. “And the our building in 2016, she mon and participatfirst thing I learned really showed up. She ing in events, Locklear is not to underestidonated an entire roof to took her support a mate her. She’s restep further when the ally going for the us. When she says that school opened a new long play, not the she’s in, she’s all in. We facility five years ago. short play. She’s an are so lucky that she’s all It’s impossible to expert at relationin for Frankie Lemmon.” talk about Locklear’s ships, at keeping heart for children and them, or getting rid education without of them if it doesn’t — Marsha Hargette, mentioning one of work out. But she’s executive director, the most influential really, really, really Frankie Lemmon Foundation women in her life good at that.” — her grandmother, Close relationBerta Locklear. ships with colleagues “She was one of the first Native Ameri- and employees is what sets Locklear Roofcan teachers in North Carolina, and she was ing apart. A strong family-based culture has a travelling teacher,” said Locklear. “She kept employees feeling valued and cared for was always my cheerleader, telling me that I over decades. could do anything I wanted to do.” “I’ve had guys here who have worked A supportive grandmother, paired with for me for 25 years plus. I’ve known their hard work and a love for the community, can kids when they were born, and now they’re go a long way. in college, and I get to attend college graduOver the years, Locklear Roofing ations,” said Locklear. has supported Operation Coming Home, “We take what we do very seriously. Habitat for Humanity, Flight of Hope, the You cannot buy your reputation, and once American Indian Heritage Foundation, the you lose your reputation, it’s almost imposRonald McDonald House, and many more. sible to regain. In my opinion, Locklear’s In addition to her philanthropy, Locklear’s reputation means more than a dollar.” t

Born and raised in New Jersey, Vannais’ fondest memories involve a family campsite in Maine. She fished with her grandfather, gardened with her aunt and hiked miles of unspoiled wilderness. She developed an undying appreciation for the natural world and thought she wanted to be a park ranger. After three years at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, she interned at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. While there, she spent time with her aunt and uncle, who worked at Colorado State University as molecular biology researchers, and learned about the school’s Environmental Health department. After her internship, Vannais was less enthusiastic about being a park ranger and wondered if she could fulfill her desire to protect the natural world another way. In her senior year, Vannais transferred to CSU to study environmental regulations and safety. “Chris did her research and enrolled at Colorado State because the program was stronger and held better credentials for graduates,” said her aunt, Diane Vannais. Vannais took a job as a safety and compliance consultant, a field that required constant learning and travel. She quickly ad-



Chris Vannais and her aunt Diane Vannais.

Chris Vannais, shown with her aunt Diane, right, and her grandmother, left, graduated from Colorado State University.

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vanced from employee to project manager to taking the lead on large contract jobs. At one of those jobs, at a pharmaceutical site, her path shifted again. She fell in love with the combination of scientific processes and the possibility of providing care and cures the pharmaceutical industry provided. She took a job with Schering-Plough and learned aspects of the business from engineering to regulatory audits. When Merck acquired Schering-Plough, Vannais added biologics to her resume. She moved to the Kansas City area to run a site that researched, created and packaged animal vaccines. When a North Carolina job opened in 2012 that combined her love of biologics, her background in safety and manufactur-

Chris Vannais enjoys spending time with her husband and son, especially if they can be outdoors.

ing, and happened to be near the new home of her retired Aunt Diane, she jumped at it. After nearly a decade of running the manufacturing at FDB, she was promoted to COO on April 1, 2020, the first woman at FDB to rise to that level of management. And while words like fearless, lighthouse and inspiration are often used to describe Vannais, she is the same Chris to family and friends. She gardens and goes boating on Jordan Lake with her husband and 15-year-old son. They fish while she dives off the back to swim. She takes goodnatured ribbing from her son for missing a Pokémon GO event because she “had to host President Trump.”

Rivera says that Vannais’ authenticity and style, in addition to her success, makes her a sought-after speaker. “Chris is an extremely genuine person,” she said. “To be able to see a deserving individual, who happens to be a woman, being in this role and being trusted for her abilities… it brings you hope.” In addition to sharing her story and encouraging young minds, Vannais often gives this advice: Don’t apologize, be confident and find an organization that values you for what you bring. “Be willing to take risks with your career,” she said. “There might be scary or big steps forward or sideways to get other experiences, take them! Always keep that hunger to learn. I think that’s been a successful recipe for me.” t CARY MAGAZINE 39

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Chelsea Jennette Instagram: @afashionablebeliever Followers: 20,700 Owner: CharleyMadelyn boutique in Raleigh (named after her twin daughters) Blog: Signature style: Anything pink, especially dresses and statement pieces Jennette’s fashion advice: Let your outfit do the work for you.

Choose statement pieces with interesting details, such as smocking, ruffles or a beautiful print. Add accessories and you’re done!

Dresses are a mom’s best friend. As a business owner and mom of twin 2-year-olds, Jennette has limited time most mornings. A dress (plus accessories) is a oneand-done outfit that looks polished and feminine.

Be bold.

“We have one walk — go boldly and confidently,” Jennette said. Find something you love that makes you feel your best.



Transition to fall with an easy and breezy babydoll dress. On-trend details include a smocked bodice and gathering at wrists. Dress available at CharleyMadelyn boutique.

“I encourage women to feel confident in who they are, whether that’s with a devotional or a belt.”

This statement blouse brings the spice with metallic animal-print flare sleeves. Blouse available at CharleyMadelyn boutique.


Anna Crollman Instagram: @mycancerchic Followers: 14,700 Blog: Inspiring story: Diagnosed with breast cancer at 27, Crollman felt isolated and unsure of how to dress her now unfamiliar body. She founded her blog, My Cancer Chic, to connect with and inspire all women to thrive through adversity, sharing personal style as a cornerstone of her own self-confidence and joy. Crollman’s Top Tips: Dress for yourself.

“Fashion is not about how you look to other people, it’s about looking polished for you,” she said.

Fashion is an experiment. You don’t have to get it right every time.

Give yourself grace.

As we transition back to “outward fashion,” start small, with attainable looks that make you feel confident.



A sweater and jeans sounds basic, but unique details — balloon sleeves, bright pink and sophisticated accessories — are anything but.

“Fashion can tell your story. What’s on the outside complements what’s on the inside.”

Shimmery fabric makes this dress a showstopper, and the trendy babydoll silhouette is flattering and forgiving.


Ashley Herndon Instagram: @Ashleyb17 Followers: 4,150 Signature Style: Combat boots & distressed denim Fashion connection: Nearly two years ago, Herndon and her husband made a “cold move” to Cary from Indianapolis. They didn’t know anyone, so she began sharing her love of clothes and connecting with North Carolina residents on Instagram. “I have met incredible people, and now I have a community in N.C.” Hints from Herndon: Find your sweet spot.

Chasing trends can be fickle, but dipping a toe into a trend keeps you youthful, Herndon says. Some of her current favorites: oversized graphic T-shirts and crossbody belt bags. Pair these with your favorite jeans and fall boots for a current-meets-classic vibe.

Mental health is whole-body health.

“When I’m feeling my best, I’ve taken a minute to put myself together,” Herndon said. “Dressing helps for self-care.” As a marriage and family therapist, Herndon understands that looking good contributes to feeling good, which has a huge impact on how you present yourself to the outside world.

Embrace what you have, where you are.

“We have all gone through a lot,” Herndon said, and for many that means shifts in our bodies. Use fashion to feel comfortable and look good now, she says. Approach those changes — mental and physical — with compassion.

Return to business attire with a classic shirtdress, a timeless style that dances between casual and professional.

“If there is a color or fabric or style you are really drawn to, maximize that. … Understand the things you reach for and lean into that.”

Herndon’s fall must have: a cozy cardigan — “I live in them.” Choose a chunky knit and long length to update a closet staple.



Instagram: @allisonvrhovac Followers: 13,4000 TikTok: @allisonvrhovac Followers: 67,300 Modeling authenticity: “The internet can be so cruel,” said Vrhovac, “In my corner, I’m just being real.” As a mother of three, including two teenage daughters, Vrhovac strives to be a role model sharing kindness and positivity, knowing her audience includes her daughters and their friends. Vrhovac’s style handbook: The age-limit does not exist

. In the digital world of style blogging, finding representation over the age of 40 is tough. Vrhovac, 41, wants to break down barriers surrounding fashion and age. “Wear what makes you feel good,” she said.

Casual is still cool

. “We’ve all been wearing tie-dye pajamas for a year,” Vrhovac said. “Take parts of that casual style and kick it up with a bag, cute shoe or a jacket. Keep that casual feel, but dress it up.”

Seek something special

A pop of vibrant color, surprising material (like casual joggers in silk) or unique fabric elevates basic to statement. A dash of the unexpected acts like an exclamation point for your outfit, capping off the whole look with a bang. 50


Vrhovac encourages women to stop seeing age as a limitation on their style. Fall’s favorite accessories — boots and a hat — are chic at every age.

“I try to show women that just because you’re 40, nothing is off limits.”

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN Armani Lanier of Raleigh concentrates on walking on his hands for a wheelbarrow race, one of several fun activities at a Six Foot Fit class with a “Let’s Make A Deal” theme.

BRENNA DOYLE had a decent job working as a group fitness coach, but she never felt like she could express her true self. The pandemic — and a resulting layoff — gave Doyle the push she needed to launch her own business. “Being an entrepreneur lets me explore the truth inside of me. I hated being a corporate cog,” she said. “I couldn't be creative or go over the top to help other people live their best lives.” A personal trainer since 2018, Doyle launched Six Foot Fit in March 2020. The outside-only group fitness business specializes in unconventional workouts that appeal to a variety of skill levels. Her classes are different from what you’ll find at conventional gyms, and that’s on purpose, she says. Held at Cary and Morrisville locations, the classes focus on fun and mutual support. Doyle recently described her fitness philosophy and the rewards of working for herself.

Can you explain how Six Foot Fit works?

I looked at what the traditional gyms or fitness studios are doing and said, “I want to do as many things as possible the complete opposite way.” This is where the idea of the Anti-Gym comes from. So many people feel shame, intimidation or guilt when they enter a gym, I wanted to make sure none of that exists. Another big goal of this Anti-Gym mindset is to be creative with our classes. Working out doesn’t have to feel like work. We have so much fun while still providing great results. We get people moving and sweating in so many unique and creative ways by using equipment you wouldn’t normally think of as fitness equipment. We use scooters, Skip-Its; we have water gun fights; we’ve hosted game-show-themed classes — “Let’s Make A Deal” was incredibly fun. What are the challenges of being outside? How about the benefits?



Exactly what you’d expect: hot summers, cold winters and unpredictable weather. But the pros definitely outweigh the cons. It was a transition for people who came from conventional gyms, but now most of our members love the freedom to move around, the fresh air, and the change of scenery. Some people in our classes take pictures of the beautiful sunrises in our morning classes or sunsets in the evening and post to social media with the caption: “What does your gym look like?” It’s awesome! Brenna Doyle

When it got hot, we invested in huge industrial fans, and we do laundry every day to provide our members with ice cold towels. For the colder months, we bought jet-engine style kerosene heaters, and we adjusted our workout to be more fast-paced to keep people moving. When it rains, we use shelter areas. The awesome part about being outside is the flexibility we have and our ability to help people achieve their wellness goals in an open-air environment — no stale gym air smelling like body odor and chemicals here.

Gyms can be incredibly intimidating and judgy. We wanted to create an experience for people that removed all of that and helped people focus on what really matters, being healthy and happy. I am so proud of our beginner class. Proud of what it represents, but more important, proud of the people who have committed to making their health a priority. We have so much fun together, and no one is ever left to feel like they are behind. What’s been the best aspect of owning a business?

The best has been the opportunity to connect with so many different people on a real and authentic level. ...Our members are way more than just members in my mind, so I am constantly thinking about ways to be even better, ways to add even more value to their experience. This might sound cheesy, but to me, they aren’t just members, they are my family. I think we all have that desire to make our family proud. That’s what I feel every minute of every day. t

Why do you offer fitness classes specifically for beginners?

We started offering beginners classes a few months ago for one big reason: The fitness industry ignores those who they see as “unfit.” This means that people who want to start working out for the first time or who want to make a change in their life have nowhere to go that isn’t flooded with people who are already in full swing.

Dave Phillips of Raleigh lifts a dumbbell during an outdoor class with Six Foot Fit.

Outdoor fitness classes, held at different western Wake locations, are intended to be fun and challenging.

A game of Limbo keeps the back muscles flexible and works the core.

Goofy costumes and props add to the fun during a total body high intensity interval training class at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary.





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White Oak Creek Greenway Tunnel White Oak Creek Greenway segment between Macarthur Drive and Davis Drive, Cary In 2020, artist Lisa Gaither began working with the Town of Cary to design a permanent mural for the headwalls of the greenway tunnel near Davis Drive Park. Completed earlier this year, the White Oak Creek Greenway project features realistically represented flowers and wildlife on one side and silhouettes of a biker and runners on the other side.



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WHIMSICAL MURALS seem to be popping up everywhere in Cary and Apex. Approachable and casual, they invite viewers to snap a quick selfie or pose as if they were part of the painting. Muralist Lisa Gaither loves this aspect of her work. A familiar sight at Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, she has created interactive chalk drawings and decorated temporary traffic barriers. Visitors were invited to participate in the creative process, whether helping color in a chalk mandala or taking photos poised over a trompe l’oeil hole in the ground. “I really enjoy getting the public involved,” Gaither said. “Not everybody goes to galleries or museums, so it’s just everyday life, just for people to enjoy art. I really love public art.” The recently finished White Oak Greenway Tunnel is her most recent collaboration with the town, resulting in a piece inspired by and at home in the natural setting. While the project was certainly high profile, most of her work is for businesses like the Wake Zone Coffee House in Apex. Julia Beam, owner and director of Grow Preschool in Apex, says having a mural on your business makes the neighborhood a brighter place. The flowers on her building are popular with students and parents, and they are a favorite spot for senior pictures. “I would suggest and encourage any small business owner to do it,” she said. “It's a little bit of an investment, and not all small business owners own their property, but if you do, it's a way to add pop to your business but give back to your community as well.” Looking for a photo-worthy background? Check out these murals in western Wake. CARY MAGAZINE 65

“Allison Francis & Catherine Page”

Highway 55 & 4010 Convenience Lane, Cary Completed in 2014 by artist Seth Storck, this painting was commissioned by Sheetz, which has a nearby location. It depicts a young Allison Francis Page, the founder of Cary, and his wife, Catherine, surrounded by native wildlife.

“Destination Becomes Home”

105 Upchurch St., Apex “The mural highlights feelings of home with bold, eye-catching colors that are inspired by the special aspects of Apex,” reads the town’s description of Max Dowdle’s mural. “From people, to history, to flora and fauna of nature, and topography itself, Apex has a unique kind of small town allure of its very own. The mural brings home the point that wherever you put down roots becomes a part of you.”



“Cary Then and Now” 220 W. Chatham St., Cary

Finished in June 2003 by local artist Val Fox, the mural has faded over the years, but viewers can still follow the visual history of the Town of Cary. At the time, the building housed Loyd Sorrell’s paint and hardware store. He provided space inside for Fox’s gallery and the exterior wall for her mural. Beginning on the right with the large portrait of Samuel Cary over the train station, the mural depicts the people and places that were important to the founding and growth of the town. Fox also included several portraits important to her. Among those are singer Clay Aiken, Sorrell’s daughter and wife in a horse-drawn carriage, and teacher Ruth Cathey, who was Fox’s stepmother. The artist also painted herself, riding her horse.




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122 W. Chatham St., Cary Raleigh-based artist Sean Kernick tackled this project in downtown Cary, partnering with the nonprofit Cary Visual Art. Juxtaposing the old with the new and celebrating creative communities, this mural was completed in May 2019. The mural was one of three recognized by the Town of Cary’s Public Art Advisory Board earlier this year with a Creative Placemaking Award. “Bond Lake” and “Dreams of Flight” also received the award.


Crosstown Pub Mural

140 E. Chatham St., Cary Finished in June, this vibrant riff on the letter “T” is one of 26 planned “Alphabet Project” paintings by Raleigh artist Morgan Cook. The artist says he envisioned the project as a scavenger hunt throughout the Triangle, and he encourages folks who find his murals to post photos on social media with the hashtag #alphabetprojectnc.

“Dreams of Flight”

Village at Amberly Square Completed in 2019, the mural by Scott Nurkin features a cardinal in flight and pink magnolia blossoms. An avid birdwatcher, the artist says he had wanted to paint a giant cardinal for a long time, but no spot seemed right, until he was hired for the Amberly job. “Cardinals are so brilliant and striking that we take (them) for granted,” Nurkin said. “We are so accustomed to seeing our state bird everywhere that it’s no big deal. But to someone visiting from another country or part of the world, it must be like seeing a macaw or parakeet in the wild. Both male and female cardinals are just flat out gorgeous-looking birds.” 70


Chatham Street Wine Market

114 Academy St., Cary The colorful mural is a collaboration between Chatham Street Wine Market and The Douglas Realty Group. “Special thanks to Cary High art students Ruby Schweitzer, Hailey Baldwin and Jamie Shelor for helping beautify our backyard,” wrote Wine Market co-owner Bonnie Gambardella on social media when the mural was finished in December 2020.

Grow Preschool Flower Mural

115 Commerce St., Apex Business owner Julia Beam partnered with Chapel Hill artist Michael Brown to create the vibrant mural in August 2019. She was involved in the downtown business association and wanted to give Commerce Street “some brightness and pop.” “I really wanted to tie it in with Grow, and so we decided to use the flowers, the bright colors,” Beam said. “He felt it was important for the children and the parents to be able to enjoy it and for the children to understand that it was the flowers, the Grow, the look, the brightness and the cheery (feeling). He felt it would be easily interpreted and also loved by the community.”


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104 W. Chatham St., Apex Painted in 2019 by artist Lauren Kehn, the colorful heart mural at the Rose & Lee Collective in Apex is a popular background for selfies and family photos.




Bond Lake

107 W. Chatham St., Cary "The mural is inspired by Cary's Bond Park Lake and Boat House,” writes Scott Nurkin in his artist statement. The Chapel Hill-based painter launched The Mural Shop in 2004, and since then, he has created hundreds of murals for a broad clientele. “The hope is that the connection between nature, family, lazy days and familiar location will inspire the senses of the passerby, enlightening them of a hometown Cary where art, parks, family and neighbors come together in one balanced community."



Wake Zone Coffee House

1750 Olive Chapel Road, Apex The drive-through window at the Wake Zone Coffee House becomes a bird feeder in artist Lisa Gaither’s mural, finished in August 2019. A few native N.C. birds show the way toward food and refreshment.


nonprofit spotlight Betsy Sisley, a community organizer for Toward Zero Waste, lets water drain from an empty can before she deposits it in the trash bag held by her husband T.J.

and feeling good about that,” she said. “‘Every small change matters’ is what we have on our website, and we really believe that. “If everybody lived this way and tried to live this way, think about the impact we would have.” The grassroots organization spread throughout North Carolina, largely through social media. There are now 18 different TZW groups across the state, some with a few dozen members and others with more than a thousand. Cary, Apex and Morrisville all have community Facebook groups. Lots of folks were joining, changing their lifestyles, but it felt like the group wasn’t accomplishing enough, Williams says. They wanted to expand individual awareness and actions to influence policy changes at schools, businesses and government. With that goal in mind, Toward Zero Waste became a nonprofit in January 2020. “It just made more sense to be a nonprofit, and to be able then to take advantage of grants that would allow us to be able to make bigger impacts,” Williams said. “It has allowed us to get a foot in the door into more places — talking with town governments and engaging with other nonprofits or organizations.”


BEFORE THEY EVER MET, Dargan Gilmore and Leigh Williams had each decided that they had to do something about climate change. The day after watching the environmental documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” Gilmore and her husband traded their car for a hybrid. The Raleigh woman also read Bea Johnson’s guide to sustainable living, “Zero Waste Home,” and joined a Facebook interest group. That’s how she connected with Williams, who was also moved to action by Johnson’s book. “We both made huge shifts in the amount that we’re sending to the landfill and decided to get together and try to raise 76 SEPTEMBER 2021

awareness,” said Williams, who lives in Cary. “We couldn’t be the only people who were concerned about this.” The two women launched Toward Zero Waste in 2016 to promote waste-conscious living, raise awareness of sustainable practices, and encourage lifestyle changes. Including the word “toward” in the group’s name was “very intentional,” says Gilmore, because the climate crisis can seem overwhelming. “People don’t know what to do, and we want people to be comfortable making little steps

Among her duties as the Cary community director, Andrea Rushing organizes volunteers for projects like the litter sweep.

Spearheading those local lobbying efforts are the volunteer community directors, who tackle issues specific to their towns. They organize other volunteers and promote events like litter sweeps, film screenings and educational forums. Cary community director Andrea Rushing’s low-waste journey began when she picked up a compost bin at the Cary bin sale and started composting her kitchen scraps. “I have a daughter, and I was looking at the environment and what is happening and feeling concerned about the world that she's coming into. What’s being left for her and her generation? The idea of sitting by and doing nothing didn’t fit well for me,” Rushing said. “It may only make a small impact — hopefully more than a small impact — but at least I can look at her and say I tried.”

Many of Toward Zero Waste's outreach and educational efforts target teens.

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Volunteers reach for grabbers and bags at Toward Zero Waste’s July 10 litter sweep in Apex Community Park. The nonprofit organizes monthly litter pickups in Apex and Cary.


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Betsy Sisley collects trash with her daughter, 6-year-old Nella, during a litter sweep at Apex Community Park.

“Any environmental step can be like a gateway drug to learning more.” — Leigh Williams, Toward Zero Waste co-founder


Among her many activities with TZW, Rushing enjoys working with children and teens, helping them to become advocates at school and teaching them about careers in environmental fields. She’s encouraged by their passion and commitment, especially the high-schoolers. “Young people … give me hope for the future. You can get into the environmental movement, and there’s a lot of sources of despair,” she said. In another encouraging step, Rushing and other members of the Cary group are working with the town on a pilot food waste drop-off project, expected to launch this fall, says Srijana Guilford, a spokesperson for the town. Food scraps will be collected at the Dixon Avenue convenience center and turned into compost. “We’re excited to collaborate with Toward Zero Waste on the education and outreach efforts of this pilot project,” said Guilford. The town also offers backyard composting education sessions and compost

bins for sale. The folks at Toward Zero Waste want to encourage all these efforts and more. “My aspirational goal is getting curbside compost and getting businesses to compost as well,” said Williams, who admits there is a lot of education to be done before that can happen. “How do we get people to understand what composting is, how it’s done, why it’s so important?” In addition to promoting composting, Williams and Gilmore are currently focused on encouraging folks to find alternatives to single-use items, particularly those made of plastic. Gilmore says it’s easy to pick one thing and decide to bring your own, whether it’s cutlery, a straw or a container for your restaurant leftovers. “You can grab something — a Tupperware — that you can just throw in the back of your car and stop using those Styrofoam clamshells,” she said. “It’s just a little small step. It’s so easy, and it saves so much trash.” For more information on Toward Zero Waste, its in-person and virtual events, and how to support its work, visit t

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TURNING INTO Research Triangle Park, sleek concrete and glass office buildings sprawl along tree-lined roads, until something catches your eye. Ahead on a slight rise is a squat collection of vibrantly hued metal boxes. The new Boxyard RTP development stands out — and not just for its unusual appearance. Instead of conventional building materials, the development was constructed from 38 repurposed shipping containers. Located at Highway 54 near T.W. Alexander Drive, Boxyard RTP is also the first restaurant and retail space inside the Park.

“We wanted to create a center of activity for RTP companies and our neighbors in the surrounding area to come together and enjoy local flavors, sounds and artwork,” said Morgan Weston, director of marketing and communications at the Research Triangle Foundation, which manages the Park. The $7-million Boxyard RTP project was conceived as a way to bring more visitors into the Park and to make the workday brighter for the office workers who were already there. It is key to the foundation’s efforts to revitalize the aging office park and compete with more urban, walkable work environments. continued on page 85



The central, open-air common area serves as dining space for Boxyard restaurants, a spot to work remotely, and seating for musical performances.

Boxyard RTP was sustainably constructed from 38 repurposed shipping containers. Set on 12 acres of the former IBM campus, the complex will eventually house restaurants, retail stores, an amphitheater and a dog park.

A covered patio on the second level is adjacent to Lagoon, a tiki bar concept set to open later this year. CARY MAGAZINE 83

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Pop Box Gallery Rotating exhibitions featuring visual art by local and regional contemporary artists RTP Uncorked A destination for wine enthusiasts to unwind and relax SkyeLight Handmade candles and wax melts

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“The idea of this whole redevelopment, the grand redevelopment of RTP, is to flip the script on the way people view the Park,” said Amanda Ronan, director of programs at the foundation. “It maybe didn’t have the greatest connotation for some people. It seemed a little closed off. So with guidance from our leadership, we really wanted to change that.”

"Rebirth," a vibrant, multi-sided mural, was created by Durham resident Gabriel Eng-Goetz. It is a celebration of the Triangle's multicultural and entrepreneurial community, according to the Boxyard RTP website.

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Boxyard’s soft opening in June coincided with many employers inviting their workers back to the office. And several businesses are using Boxyard as an incentive to come in. “One of our tenants, G1 Therapeutics, is offering perks for employees,” Ronan said. “If they come into the office, they’ll get a voucher to go get a cupcake at Buzzy Bakes. (G1) will have a tab open at Beyu Caffe, so their employees can go over and grab a coffee.” In addition to Buzzy Bakes and Beyu Caffe, other Boxyard tenants now open are Lawrence Barbecue, Medicine Mama Farmacy, Wonderpuff and Trellis Beauty. The development will eventually host 13 permanent businesses, including Fullsteam brewery, Bulkogi Korean cuisine, and Carrburritos. And because the foundation also aims to support retail and dining entrepreneurship, Boxyard RTP will also host a revolving set of

pop-up vendors. The businesses will spend three months in the single-container space, and each will be awarded a $5,000 grant from RTF and NC Idea. The first tenant, clothing retailer Thirteen West, opened in August. But why shipping containers?

“The idea of this campus really is repurposing something old into something new, and this kind of went along with that,” Ronan said, explaining that Boxyard RTP is located on 12 acres of what was once the IBM campus. The RTF team flew to Tulsa, Okla., where developer Casey Stowe had transformed shipping containers into an urban retail district. “We were wowed by the concept,” Weston said. “There is nothing else like it in the Triangle area, and (we) liked the idea of utilizing containers so that small businesses could make a big impression in 320-square-foot spaces – thus our slogan, ‘Think Inside the Box.’” While the original Boxyard concept in Oklahoma is gritty and industrial, the North Carolina version stands out in the pastoral Park environment. “We definitely saw that and kind of liked the juxtaposition,” Ronan said. “When designing this space we really leaned into the fact that we are in the Research Triangle Park. We are surrounded by nature.” Boxyard’s central open-air meeting space was designed with nature in mind and with the idea that it would be a place where office workers would be able to bring their laptops and work outside if the weather permits. The

common area also serves as a dining area for Boxyard restaurants and as a spot to take in a musical performance or other program. One of the more successful recurring programs has been the Thursday lunch concerts, with local singer-songwriters. “The whole branding and idea behind that event is for people to take their lunch hour and not work at their desk, not sit in isolation,” Ronan said. Central place to meet

Along with the programming and events, the uniqueness of the location’s design was seen as an attraction, something that would entice people who don’t work in the park to come take a look. It’s also a convenient place to meet between Durham and Cary, Weston says. “Its central location among our outstanding research universities makes it the ideal spot to connect with colleagues and friends who might live in another corner of the Triangle,” she said. For now, Boxyard RTP is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but once all the vendors are open, Ronan says they will be open seven days a week. She expects that it will be a good spot to hang out on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, where you won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot. “You can meet your friend from Cary or someone who’s coming from Chapel Hill, right in the middle, and get a bite to eat, get a drink, bring your dog or your kids,” Ronan said. t CARY MAGAZINE 85

Fork-tender brisket and other Lawrence Barbecue specialties are slowly smoked over a mix of hard oak and hickory wood.





CHEF JAKE WOOD KNOWS BARBECUE. If you need hard evidence, head over to Boxyard RTP and witness the mass of humanity standing in line for a hearty portion of his Texas-style beef brisket, classic pulled pork, sticky ribs and more. After several years of planning, waiting, pandemic pausing, pop-ups, collaborations and upfitting, Wood finally opened his highly anticipated eatery Lawrence Barbecue this summer. Let’s just say it was worth the wait. Consider Exhibit A: Sliced, fork-tender brisket slow-smoked over a mix of kiln-dried hard oak and hickory wood. The meat melts in your mouth faster than you can chew it. “We’re trying to stick to our version of authentic barbecue, whether it’s from North Carolina or Texas or another region,” Wood said during a recent visit. “We want to be a bit more progressive and have our food stand out, so attention to detail is important.” An Apex native with deep local roots, Wood named his restaurant after his late maternal grandfather Allen Lawrence and his own young son. “Papa taught me a lot about butchering down primal cuts and whole animals,” Wood explained. “He also taught me how to appreciate the culture of North Carolina.” continued on page 88


RTP desk jockeys, construction workers and other barbecue aficionados line up for lunch from Lawrence Barbecue.

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If Wood’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s been on the rise since his days as chef de cuisine at Raleigh’s now-defunct 18 Seaboard. More recently, he served as head chef in the Capital City’s Plates Neighborhood Kitchen. Perhaps you even saw him on television earlier this year when he emerged on Discovery Channel’s new competition show “Moonshiners: Smoke Ring” and took home a victory. Despite his previous stints at more refined restaurants, Wood seems in his element at his current outpost. His ultimate objective involves making food that “keeps people not only fed but fulfilled.” “My background is Southern comfort food, and that’s what I’m passionate about,” he said while smiling and greeting folks as they queued up for lunch. “We’re slinging food and doing what we love each day.” The menu at Lawrence features the essential proteins plus turkey, fried chicken and oysters. If you’re lucky, you’ll arrive on a day when the fast-selling brisket birria tacos are accessible. Among the most popular of the eight various sandos (slang for sandwiches) is The Natural, a juicy piece of boneless fried chicken on a toasted brioche bun. “This is a reincarnation of my granny Helen Lawrence’s fried chicken, because she’s the best chef I know and has inspired me so much,” Wood said. continued on page 91 88


“It’s all about good food, ABOVE: Smoked brisket and lots of sides make for a hearty lunch at Lawrence. If the weather’s hot, add a refreshing watermelon slushie. LEFT: Several smokers are lined up outside the restaurant. Eventually, a smokehouse will be built on site.

cold drinks and warm hospitality.” — Jake Wood, chef, Lawrence Barbecue CARY MAGAZINE 89

Jake Wood, who has worked at several well-known Triangle restaurants, opened his own establishment earlier this year.



The Natural is a juicy piece of boneless fried chicken, accented with pickles, mayo and cilantro, and tucked into a toasted brioche bun.

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“It’s called ‘The Natural’ because it’s simple buttermilk fried with all-purpose seasoning, Duke’s mayo, housemade bread-and-butter pickles and some cilantro to give it extra flavor.” When you visit, consider ordering a shareable platter with brisket, pork, turkey and impeccable dryrubbed party wings. Accompanying signature sauces include Alabama white, OG vinegar and South of the Border, a blend of Texas-inspired barbecue sauce and South Carolina-style mustard. Elevated side items are all legit. Choose from deviled egg potato salad, sweet onion-tinged tangy slaw, ham hock-infused cabbage, and an epic three-cheese mac and cheese with voodoo crumble. “People absolutely love the mac and cheese,” Wood said. “The crumble is made with Zapp’s Voodoo Potato Chips that we found when we went on an R&D trip to New Orleans.” Wood also conveyed a commitment to sourcing ingredients from in-state purveyors like N.SEA. Oyster Co. situated near the Topsail Sound.

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Oysters might be unusual for a barbecue restaurant, but they fit Jake Wood's casual attitude.



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“These oysters are geared to be served in a highvolume setting,” Wood said regarding his transcendent grilled barbecue variety presented on the half shell. “When you try them, it’s like getting hit in the face with a wave at Wrightsville Beach.” So why the pairing of barbecue and oysters? “I have never seen it done before,” Wood answered. “To me, it’s surf and turf in North Carolina.” Interestingly, Wood’s culinary career began at 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh, so you might say he’s come full circle. Try to save room for dessert, because you can’t go wrong with any of the mouthwatering concoctions whipped up by chef de cuisine Mary Tilley. If the gold-standard peach cobbler or mocha cream pie makes an appearance, you’ll be living your best life. Wash everything down with a Mexican-inspired beer called Lawrence’s Leisure Land Lager made exclusively by Trophy Brewing Co. or a refreshing salted watermelon “N’ICEE” slushie. Picnic-style covered outdoor seating provides plenty of space for any size group. “This is a great meet-up spot,” said Wood. “We’re grateful to be here, and I believe Boxyard will become a real focal point between Raleigh and Durham.” In the coming weeks, plans call for Wood to open a leisure bar called Lagoon on the second level of Boxyard RTP. Lagoon will offer boozy frozen drinks and cocktails and creative bar fare such as pork belly corn dogs. “It’s all about good food, cold drinks and warm hospitality,” Wood said. Lawrence Barbecue is currently open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until the food sells out. Online ordering is available on the website. t Lawrence Barbecue 900 Park Offices Drive, Suite 120, Durham (919) 593-6923 CARY MAGAZINE 93




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Connell Green, general manager of Beyú Caffè, and the rest of the friendly staff create an inviting atmosphere at the cafe. CARY MAGAZINE 97

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When it comes to edibles, order the vegetarian-friendly quinoa bowl with diced sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, kale, dried cranberries, edamame and avocado. Or keep it simple with a garden salad or a turkey club wrap. “It’s good to support a business that has been such a staple in the community, and the coffee is great,” said regular customer Matthew Konar as he sipped a hot version of the Mexican latte. Konar’s friend and colleague Jenn Truman enjoyed a cold Dirty Chai, a blend of espresso and Chai tea. Beyú’s At Home Coffee Collection offers bags for sale so you can enjoy the brew anytime. Try the “Say It Loud Dark & Proud!” or the “Heart and Soul” signature

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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

Bonefish Grill “Fresh is our signature.” 2060 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-1347;

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;

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

Bosphorus Restaurant “Traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.” 329-A N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 460-1300;

Burrito Shak “Quality fresh-Mex cuisine, featuring slowroasted pulled pork, house-rubbed chicken breast, carne asada and battered Atlantic cod.” 2982 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (919) 267-6772;



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Cha House “A relaxing place to sip quality tea and enjoy good conversation” 1319 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (984) 465-0498; 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; Chicken Salad Chick Gourmet chicken salad, called “the best in America.” 302 Colonades Way, Suite 202 (Waverly Place), Cary (984) 207-5516; Cilantro Indian Café “Northeast Indian cuisine with fresh ingredients and halal meats.” 107 Edinburgh S. Drive , Suite 107, Cary; (919) 234-1264;

Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar “Good old-fashioned burgers and bottled soda.” 126 Kilmayne Drive, Cary; (919) 466-0055; Craft Public House “Casual family restaurant.” 1040 Tryon Village Drive, Suite 601, Cary; (919) 851-9173; Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery “Family-owned and operated.” 1983 High House Road, Cary; (919) 380-1840; Crosstown Pub & Grill “A straight-forward menu covers all the bases.” 140 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 650-2853; Crumbl Cookies “Cookies baked fresh all day, every day.” 1105 Market Center Drive, Morrisville; (919) 364-1100 Danny’s Bar-B-Que “All slow-cooked on an open pit with hickory wood.” 311 Ashville Ave. G, Cary; (919) 851-5541;

Daybreak “Omelets, pancakes, and authentic Mexico City street tacos” 154 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 439-1181; Di Fara Pizza Tavern “We don’t cut any corners when it comes to ingredients.” 111 East Chatham St., Cary; (919) 678-5300 Doherty’s Irish Pub “Catch the game or listen to live music.” 1979 High House Road, Cary; (919) 388-9930; Duck Donuts “Warm, delicious and just the way you like them.” 100 Wrenn Drive #10, Cary; (919) 468-8722; Enrigo Italian Bistro “Fresh food made from pure ingredients.” 575 New Waverly, Suite 106, Cary; (919) 854-7731;

CinéBistro “Ultimate dinner-and-a-movie experience.” 525 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 987-3500; Cinnaholic “Over-the-top, decadent cinnamon rolls.” 1209 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 650-1407; City Barbeque “Barbeque in its truest form.” 1305 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (919) 439-5191; Jonathan Fredin

Coffee & Crepes “Freshly prepared sweet and savory crepes.” 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary; (919) 233-0288; For lunch, a flight of three tacos is hard to beat. Daybreak's chef Juan Duarte is a Mexico City native, and his food reflects that history. CARY MAGAZINE 105

Dining Guide Famous Toastery “Top-notch service for breakfast, brunch and lunch.” Waverly Place Shopping Center, 316 Colonades Way, Suite 201C, Cary; (919) 655-1971;

Herons “The signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.” 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary; (919) 447-4200; Honey Pig “Count on generous portions and friendly service at this expansive Korean restaurant.” 1065 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 234-0088

Five Guys Burgers and Fries 1121 Parkside Main St., Cary; (919) 380-0450; Goodberry’s Frozen Custard 1146 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 467-2386 2325 Davis Drive, Cary; (919) 469-3350; Great Harvest Bread Co. “Real food that tastes great.” 1220 NW Maynard Road, Cary (919) 460-8158;

La Farm Bakery “Handcrafted daily … only the freshest ingredients.” 4248 N.W. Cary Parkway, Cary; 220 W. Chatham St., Cary; 5055 Arco St., Cary; (919) 657-0657;

JuiceVibes “Made-to-order juices from locally sourced produce.” 1369 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 377-8923;

LemonShark Poke “The finest poke ingredients and local brews on tap.” 2000 Boulderstone Way, Cary; (919) 333-0066;











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Gonza Tacos y Tequila “Award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine.” 525-105 New Waverly Place, Cary; (919) 653-7310;

Kababish Café “A celebration of deliciousness and creativity.” 201 W. Chatham St., Suite 103, Cary; (919) 377-8794;

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Dining Guide Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 110 S.W. Maynard Road, Cary; (919) 460-8757;

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar “Global cuisine using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.” 8314 Chapel Hill Road, Cary; (919) 465-2455;

Noodle Boulevard “Ten variations on the ramen theme, covering a pan-Asian spectrum.” 1718 Walnut St., Cary; (984) 222-3003;

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen “Exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes.” 7307 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 233-1632

Mellow Mushroom “Beer, calzones and creative stone-baked pizzas.” 4300 N.W. Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 463-7779

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café “The fast track to sweet tooth satisfaction.” 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 319-6554;

Lucky Chicken “All of our beautiful Peru, with every dish.” 1851 N. Harrison Ave., Cary; (919) 338-4325;

Mithai Indian Café “Bengali-style sweet and savory selections free of preservatives and artificial flavors.” 744-F E. Chatham St., Cary (919) 469-9651;

The Original N.Y. Pizza “Consistent every visit.” 831 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (919) 677-8484 6458 Tryon Road, Cary; (919) 852-2242

Lugano Ristorante “Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.” 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary; (919) 468-7229;

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

Pizzeria Faulisi “Simple foods from a simple way of cooking: a wood-burning oven.” 215 E. Chatham St., Suite 101, Cary;

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

Mookie’s New York Deli “A bona fide, no-frills sandwich spot” 1010 Tryon Village Drive, Cary (919) 900-7770;

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

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

Ruth’s Chris Steak House “Cooked to perfection.” 2010 Renaissance Park Place, Cary; (919) 677-0033;

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

Sassool “Serving authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine.” 1347 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 300-5586;

Red Bowl Asian Bistro “Each distinctive dish is handcrafted.” 2020 Boulderstone Way, Cary; (919) 388-9977;

Seoul Garden “A wide-ranging menu provides plenty of bona fide Korean options.” 815 W. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 234-6002

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;

Serendipity Gourmet Deli “Discovering the unusual, valuable or pleasantly surprising.” 118 S. Academy St., Cary; (919) 469-1655;

Seol Grille “Scratch-made steamed beef and pork dumplings practically melt in your mouth.” 2310 Walnut St. (Centrum at Crossroads), Cary (984) 241-9112; Sophie’s Grill & Bar “Traditional pub fare along with Old-World cuisine.” 2734 NC-55, Cary; (919) 355-2377; Spirits Pub & Grub “Wide variety of menu items, all prepared in a scratch kitchen.” 701 E. Chatham St., Cary (919) 462-7001; Sugar Buzz Bakery “Custom cakes … and more.” 1231 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 238-7224;

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Dining Guide Szechuan Mansion Hotpot “A cook-it-yourself meal using a cauldron of flavored broth and fresh ingredients.” 1353 Kildaire Farm Road (Shoppes at Kildaire), Cary (919) 800-1802; 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 S.W. Cary Parkway, Cary; (919) 468-8688;

Terra Bonum Salad Cafe & Coffee “Salads, wraps and other healthy lunch options.” 821 Bass Pro Lane, Cary; (984) 664-3030 Thai Spices & Sushi “Freshest, most-authentic Thai cuisine and sushi.” 986 High House Road, Cary; (919) 319-1818; Totopos Street Food & Tequila “A walk through Mexico City.” 1388 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 678-3449;

A Taste of Jamaica “A Jamaican food outpost” 600 E. Chatham St., Suite B, Cary (919) 461-0045

Tribeca Tavern “Handcrafted burgers, homegrown beer.” 500 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 465-3055;

Tazza Kitchen “Wood-fired cooking and craft beverages.” 600 Ledgestone Way, Cary; (919) 651-8281;

Udupi Café “Authentic south Indian vegetarian cuisine.” 590 E. Chatham St., Cary; (919) 465-0898;

V Pizza “True Neapolitan pizza, made with the absolute best ingredients.” 1389 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (919) 650-1821; Verandah “Southern casual environment in a modern, boutique hotel.” 301 A. Academy St., Cary; (919) 670-5000; 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; Yuri Japanese Restaurant “For sushi fans and connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine.” 1361 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; (919) 481-0068;

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Dining Guide APEX Abbey Road Tavern & Grill 1700 Center St., Apex; (919) 372-5383; Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouth watering 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;

Big Mike’s BBQ “Beers on tap to compliment locally sourced, farm-to-table BBQ.” 2045 Creekside Landing Drive, Apex; (919) 338-2591;

Mamma Mia Italian Bistro “A taste of Italy in every bite” 708 Laura Duncan Road, Apex; (919) 363-2228;

Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts “The highest-quality, locally roasted coffee.” 219 N. Salem St., Suite 101, Apex; (919) 387-0873;

The Mission Market “A casual hangout to drink, eat and shop.” 124 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 629-4064; The Peak on Salem “Seasonal contemporary Southern cuisine” 126 N. Salem St., Apex (919) 446-6060;

Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering “Pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas and scratch-made desserts.” 1430 W. Williams St., Apex; (919) 303-1006;

A Taste of Brooklyn “Wholesome, scratch-baked.” 101 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 362-8408;

The Provincial “Fresh. Simple.” 119 Salem St., Apex; (919) 372-5921;

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

Bonafide Bakeshop & Cafe “A blend of Northern classics and Southern comforts.” 1232 W. Williams St., Apex 919-372-5000;

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 1055 Pine Plaza Drive, Apex; (919) 446-6333;

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

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Dining Guide 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;

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

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

Scratch Kitchen and Taproom “Asian-influenced American cuisine” 225 N. Salem St., Apex; (919) 372-5370;

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

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

Cultivate Coffee Roasters “Modern industrial twist on a small town coffee shop.” 128 S. Fuquay Ave., Fuquay Varina (919) 285-4067; cultivate.coffe

The Wake Zone Espresso “Your special home away from home.” 6108 Old Jenks Road, Apex; (919) 267-4622;

Juicehaus “Made-to-order fresh, raw juice.” 509 North Broad St, Fuquay Varina (919) 396-5588; juicehaus.or Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 401 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina; (919) 552-3957; Stick Boy Bread Co. “Handcrafted baked goods from scratch … all natural ingredients.” 127 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 557-2237; The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 305 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina; (919) 762-5555;

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

HOLLY SPRINGS Acme Pizza Co. “Chicago-style deep dish pizza.” 204 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs (919) 552-8800; The Blind Pelican “First-rate fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters and other ocean-centric delights.” 120 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs; (984) 225-2471; Los Tres Magueyes 325 North Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 552-6272; Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream “A unique spin on a timeless dessert.” 304 N. Main St., Holly Springs; (919) 762-7808;

My Way Tavern “Freshly made all-American foods.” 301 W. Center St., Holly Springs; (919) 285-2412; Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi “Serving authentic Thai cuisine, fresh sushi and crafted cocktails.” 242 South Main St., Suite 100, Holly Springs (984) 538-6742; 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 Butcher’s Market “Premium meats and specialty grocery.” 4200 Lassiter Road, Holly Springs; (919) 267-919);

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;


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Dining Guide Babymoon Café “Pizzas, pastas, seafood, veal, steaks, sandwiches and gourmet salads.” 100 Jerusalem Drive, Suite 106, Morrisville; (919) 465 9006;

Crumbl Cookies Super-sized treats with a rotating menu of classic and unusual flavors. 1105 Market Center Drive, Morrisville (919) 364-1100;

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;

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

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;

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;

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

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; Georgina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant “Mouthwatering homemade Italian dishes.” 3536 Davis Drive, Morrisville; (919) 388-3820; HiPoke “Fresh Fun Poke.” 9573 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 650-3398; Mi Cancun Mexican Restaurant 9605 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville (919) 481-9002;



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Dining Guide 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; 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;

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; 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;

RALEIGH Angus Barn “World-renowned for its service.” 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh; (919) 781-2444; Annelore’s German Bakery “Pastries using the finest local ingredients.” 1249 Farmers Market Drive, Raleigh (919) 294-8040; Rey’s “Fine dining with a French Quarter flair.” 1130 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh (919) 380-0122;


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FOR ANY IMPATIENT GARDENER, crocuses are great bulbs to grow. Planted in the fall, their thin leaves start peeping out of the ground at the beginning of February. If the winter is mild and bright, cup-shaped flowers soon follow, serving as extra early beacons that, indeed, another spring is on the way. However, for the really, really impatient gardener who doesn’t want to wait until winter to enjoy cheerful, spring-like blooms from fall-planted bulbs, there are crocuses. No, I didn’t just repeat myself. While most gardeners typically grow the common crocuses that pop up in late winter, backyard growers in the know double their pleasure and also plant a special cousin known as autumn crocus (Crocus sativus). As advertised, planted this month, autumn crocus bulbs won’t dally in the dirt because they will usually be in bloom before Thanksgiving. No kidding — last September, I dug in a handful and had flowers by early November.

While autumn crocus bulbs shouldn’t be too hard to find locally, if you are addicted to online shopping, at least stay regional with such Southeast nurseries as Terra Ceia Farms ( and Brent and Becky’s Bulbs (brentandbeckysbulbs. com). And, these bulbs aren’t expensive — a year ago, I snagged two dozen for about 10 bucks. Happy autumn crocuses will naturalize, meaning their early-bird displays will bed-spread over the years. And how do you keep them happy? Plant in a sunny spot that is amended and (especially) well-draining to help prevent bulb rot. Raised beds are obvious options, but smaller plantings can be shown off in pots. Autumn crocus blooms are a pleasing light purple, but if you look into the center of one of the flowers, you will find three bright red “strings,” which are the blossom’s stigmas — and the source of the popular spice saffron. Suddenly have visions of starting a saffron farm? It takes at least 13,000 hand-picked, tiny stigmas to produce an ounce of saffron, meaning you will probably go cross-eyed before you get rich. I mention this tale of saffron not only as an interesting factoid but to add a caution. There is another similar bulb known as “autumn crocus” that also blooms in the fall. However, all parts of this pretty plant, botanically tagged as Colchicum autumnale, are poisonous. So, plant it now as well, if you would like, but consider it only as a feast for the eyes. 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 Before the garden begins its annual fall fade, grab a camera and unleash your inner Ansel Adams. And shoot like a tourist in Rome — in other words, take a ton of closeup and wide-angle shots to record the many aspects of your personal plant world.

Such captured moments give you a visual record of how the garden did this year, which could be an able aid in planning for future growing seasons. As a bonus, studying these “happy snappies” before next spring’s planting frenzy will also help prevent you from inadvertently digging up any herbaceous perennials that die back to the ground over the winter.


• Continue filling up the cool-season veggie patch with such delectable edibles as cabbage, onions, spinach, cauliflower, radishes, Swiss chard, collard greens, kale, mustard greens and turnips.

• Don’t give up on the ornamental garden. Bring some fall flash to your landscape by adding such pretties as chrysanthemums, dusty miller, ornamental kale, pansies, flowering cabbage, asters, violas and calendula.

• This month is the prime time for planting peony tubers. Since these spring-blooming treats need a good chill in order to properly flower, only set the crowns about an inch below the ground to prevent too much soil insulating the tubers from cold weather.

• Houseplants that have vacationed outside this summer should begin their transition back into the cozy indoors before nighttime temps start to dip into the 50s.



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Dancing With the Big Band Back by popular demand! Join us for an evening of big band music and dancing at the Arts Center. The Gerald Parker Orchestra powers the evening with great music that will start your toes tapping. A dance lesson starts the evening at 6:30pm with live music beginning at 7p. Tickets available online and at the door.


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IN THE JUNE/JULY Cary Magazine, we highlighted 24 young professionals who are making a lasting impact in western Wake County, either through their personal accomplishments or their professional careers. These Movers & Shakers were honored at an awards celebration July 22 at Chatham Station in downtown Cary. Honorees and guests enjoyed an evening of food, drinks, and live music from Thrio. Tasty bites and beverages were provided by some of Western Wake’s favorite establishments — City Barbeque, Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream, Bond Brothers Beer Company and Triangle Wine Company. Other sponsors include presenting sponsor Coastal Credit Union as well as Five Star Awards & Engraving, Park West Village, Stone Creek Village, themeworks and Twisted Scizzors. 122 SEPTEMBER 2021



Sonic Automotive, the Charlotte-based auto retailer, plans to open an EchoPark Automotive used-car store at the former Crossroads Ford location on Walnut Street in Cary. The store is expected to open in the first quarter and will likely employ 100-125 people. EchoPark stores specialize in the sale of 1- to 4-year-old used vehicles. The Crossroads location would be the company’s third EchoPark store in North Carolina. The


Katie Allen, a Triangle milliner, AND SPA’S latest art exhibition was recently invited to create a hat for an

is “The Solace of Art and Nature,” a

online exhibition celebrating “The Great

collection of warm and natural acrylic on

Gatsby.” Sponsored by the Milliners Guild

canvas paintings from artist Juliana Craig.

USA, the exhibition is titled “Wear The

Currently the artist-in-residence at SAS

Gold Hat: American Milliners reflect

Institute, Craig found rhythm, strength,

on The Great Gatsby and a golden age

and beauty during the chaos of 2020

of fashion hedonism” and can be seen at

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Allen’s work can be seen in person

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collection will be on display until Dec. 1.


CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH filled grocery carts with food for Dorcas Ministries during its Feed the Need event in July. Members of the congregation were given $10 and asked to multiply the gift to benefit the hungry and food insecure in our community. After a short worship service, the congregation gathered at the Publix grocery store in Cary to buy food.

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End Alzheimer’s – Triangle (Raleigh-Durham) at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh on Oct. 9. Triangle residents will join others for this nationwide event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. While plans are moving forward to host the Triangle Walk in person, options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods. To sign up as a walker or Team Captain or to learn more, visit

Debbie Antonelli, former NC State basketball standout and Cary native, was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, July 23. One of 11 new members, Antonelli has spent 33 years broadcasting for both women's and men's basketball. She was a three-year starter for the late Kay Yow and the Wolfpack — helping lead N.C. State to an ACC Championship title in 1985. In 2017, she became the first woman in 22 years to be a color analyst during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Ceramica Pottery Supply and Studio, 604 E. Chatham St. in Cary, recently added

RYAN BOWER, of Cary, was recently selected

classes for beginners and experienced potters. The business,

University of North Carolina. WGU North Carolina is an online

launched in April 2019 by Audrey Leigh and Edge Barnes, offers

competency-based university established to expand access to

a variety of pottery tools, clays and glazes.

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higher education for North Carolina residents.


happenings FRIENDS OF THE PAGE-WALKER have The

updated “Cary Through the Years,” a booklet about the history of the town. Just in time for the town’s 150th anniversary, the new edition includes facts through 2020 and is now being sold at the PageWalker Arts and History Center for $5.

Meg Pomerantz recently retired as executive director of the Triangle chapter of Girls on the Run. She

First Tee - Triangle’s 2021 Kid-Am Golf Tournament, held in June, raised more than $51,000 for the local nonprofit. More than 140 players attended the event at Prestonwood Country Club. First Tee - Triangle is a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to kids and teens.

has been a driving force behind GOTRTRI’s growth and service in the Triangle area for the last 13 years. The nonprofit Girls on the Run is a physical activitybased positive youth development program for girls in third through eighth grade.

Carolina Academy of Performing Arts performers won several awards at the 2021 ITheatrics National Junior Theater Festival held in June. Under the artistic direction of Melanie Prince, the CAPA ensemble,

consisting of local youth ages 7-18, performed a 15-minute cut from Into the Woods, Jr. Out of 50 ensembles, the local group received a National Excellence in Acting trophy. Cameron Lewis, 9, brought home a national award for Outstanding Performance by an Individual. Ella Yousik and Ben Manhart were awarded Festival All-Star honors.

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Learning to fly Cary 12-year-old Nolan Eacret discovers the mystery of air travel while riding his scooter on a pop-up ramp set up on Academy Street in Cary. The Town hosts a number of sports installations and activities that are available on a temporary basis. These skate, bike and scooter mini ramps can pop up anywhere in Cary, and these seasonal surprises are a fun way to try something new or different.



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