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December Fuquay-Varina Lights up the Town with a variety of activities throughout the holiday season! Festive activities include caroling by the Fuquay Varina Chorale, a Gingerbread House Competition sponsored by the Jr. Woman’s Club and the Arts Center, a special North Pole Express mailbox at Mineral Spring Park where youngsters can drop their letter to Santa, a 2020 twist to the Community Nutcracker, holiday movies, and Dasher Downtown, a fun take on “Elf on the Shelf” where you can spot Santa’s reindeer—including “Dasher”--in the Downtown districts throughout the month.
January Art and Dance classes are back in session in January, with a variety of afternoon classes, track out and single-day camp opportunities, and adult classes on weekdays and weekends. Some classes are as low as $10/person, thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Arts Center. Wherever your imagination takes you, check out the Arts Center to find an environment where everyone is welcome to explore and discover the joy of creativity! In-person classes are limited in size, are masked and distanced.
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IN EVERY ISSUE 14 SEE & DO
There’s holiday cheer to be found in seasonal light displays, crafy fun and drive-thru experiences.
16 MEET & GREET
Senior pastor Steve Gordon reflects on 200 years of ministry at Piney Grove Baptist Church.
Artisan truffles and gourmet treats at Holly Springs’ chocolate cafe.
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41 WORDS TO LIVE BY
Local leaders provide inspiration and encouragement for 2021.
48 FITNESS YOUR WAY
Body Shop Fitness provides the tools.
With garden pro L.A. Jackson.
60 FUN & MEMES
For better or worse, FVM reveals lessons learned in 2020.
64 SEEN & HEARD
Community news and accolades
66 IN FOCUS
Photos by Jonathan Fredin
Main & Broad staff and friends share their favorite recipe traditions.
36 INSIDE FERA’WYN’S
54 RISE & DINE
58 GROW & BLOOM
22 HOLIDAY COOKING
Unique ideas for that perfect present — all from local retailers.
Festive picks to sip and savor.
Discover your new favorite restaurant in our dining guide.
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“Begin everything from a place of grace.” This issue BY THE
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We have some lovely holiday content prepared for you in this issue — family recipes, gourmet treats, local gift ideas and festive events to attend — many of the things we all look forward to each holiday season. However, I encourage you to pause at the feature on pg. 41 entitled “2021 Words to Live By.” For this encouraging story, I spoke with five inspiring community members — I bet you’ll recognize some of them — to uncover their mantras, or themes, going into 2021. We discussed the words, phrases and quotes that are serving as guideposts for a positive outlook for the new year. Each of these conversations was wonderfully uplifting, and I hope the messages shared will add to your own motivation for tackling the next chapter. I’ll share my 2021 mantra as well: “Begin everything from a place of grace.” Grace with my children for watching YouTube instead of their Google Meet classroom sessions. Grace with my husband for forgetting trash day. Grace with my neighbor with whom I might not have seen eye to eye last month. Grace with the world, because I expect we are all in the process of healing hidden wounds. After a divisive year, let’s begin again with compassion. And also chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate (pg. 36)!
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Find holiday cheer at these outdoor and limited-capacity events.
DECEMBER 5 HOLLY SPRINGS CULTURAL CENTER 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM AND 4:00 PM
This new event features limited-capacity, festive and crafty fun. Participants will build their own reindeer, play games, dance, dress up and pose for pictures with their new reindeer friend. Each registered attendant is allowed to bring one adult with them. Unstuffed reindeer and fiberfill provided. Masks required.
Find the Brightest Lights Night of Lights Drive-Thru Light Show DECEMBER 16-31 DOROTHEA DIX PARK 5:30–11:00 PM
Self-Guided Art Walk
THROUGH DECEMBER 31 HOLLY SPRINGS CULTURAL CENTER HOURS VARY
Acrylic artist Leslie Kelly, from Holly Springs, takes much of her inspiration from nature and animals. View her pieces in the cultural center lobby and classroom hallway through the end of 2020.
Brighten your holiday with a drive-thru showcase of holiday lights, festooned trees and art installations along a 1.3-mile route through Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park. Timed tickets for each vehicle are required and can be purchased online. Special New Year’s celebrations will be added on December 30 and 31. Nights of Lights Drive-Thru Light Show is a partnership between WRAL/Capitol Broadcasting and the city of Raleigh.
Check the Happy Holly Days Decorations Map DECEMBER 13-25
The Town of Holly Springs is compiling a map with the most festivelydecorated homes and businesses. Decorating enthusiasts should submit an address and photograph to be included in the map. Drivers can use the Happy Holly Days Map, which coordinates with Google Maps and Apple Maps, to navigate to the brightest lights in town. Stay tuned to hollyspringsnc.us for more details.
Lights at Fuquay Mineral Spring Park THROUGH DECEMBER 31 FUQUAY MINERAL SPRING PARK DUSK THROUGH 10:00 PM
Fuquay Mineral Spring Park will be decorated with holiday lights for self-guided tours throughout the holidays. Enjoy the atmosphere of the newly-renovated park illuminated for the season. 14 DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021
Happy Holly Days Tree Trail DECEMBER 10-12 TING STADIUM NOON–9:00 PM
Stroll around the Ting Stadium concourse and beer garden, and enjoy up to 50 trees festively decorated by local organizations and families. The concession area will be open with hot beverages and ballpark favorites. Enjoy live music and dance performances. Stadium capacity will be limited per state social distancing guidelines.
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Steve Gordon Senior pastor, Piney Grove Baptist Church
Piney Grove Baptist Church recently celebrated its 200th anniversary of ministry. HOMETOWN: Fayetteville CHURCH HISTORY: 1820 is the year Piney Grove officially became
a church. It was founded by a small group of believers — 13 women and 16 men — who were gathered under a brush arbor, just a crude shelter made out of sticks and brush to block out the sun. The first building was a log cabin located just across the street from where we are now. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: In 1820, Texas wasn’t even a state
yet. It was still a part of Mexico. It was the year Daniel Boone died. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were still living. GOOD GENES: Since (Piney Grove) was born out of the Second
Great Awakening, I often tell our congregation that revival is in our DNA. I really try to fan the flames, since we come from such a great history. When we walk into glory one day, and we meet all the other members of Piney Grove from the past 200 years, I want them to look at us and say, “Oh, you’re that generation,” and mean it in a positive way.
What an incredible privilege it is to be part of the ongoing history of Piney Grove. It is like this incredible baton that has been passed down to me.
CELEBRATIONS: (September) was a great
month spent celebrating an impactful 200 years of ministry! Celebrations included video “well wishes” from past ministers, members and special friends; an outdoor concert with Christian music artist Calvary’s Hill; a church-wide wiffle-ball tournament and the dedication of our 200th Celebration Prayer Garden. ON 2020’S CHALLENGES: We’re doing the very
best we can to be responsible for our congregation and responsible to our community. … The church can really help meet the needs of our country. We need to recognize the power of faith by giving people hope and emotional, as well as spiritual, strength.
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Recipe by Eric Reyes, food and beverage manager, The Mayton Photographed by Jonathan Fredin Bright red pomegranate juice makes for a colorful and festive cocktail, and what better companion than gin? A great spirit for winter, gin has warming spices, juniper berries and citrus. “This drink is a twist on a Tom Collins cocktail. The addition of the pomegranate syrup and elderflower bring the drink together as they complement the orange peel and lavender flavors found in the Aviation gin,” said Eric Reyes, food and beverage manager at The Mayton. The herbal notes of the gin are rounded out by the sweetness of the pomegranate syrup, tart lemon and floral notes from the St. Germain, he says.
1½ ounces Aviation gin, or other American dry gin 1 ounce pomegranate simple syrup (recipe follows) ¼ ounce (1½ teaspoons) fresh lemon juice ¼ ounce (1½ teaspoons) St. Germain elderflower liqueur Rosemary sprig Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
POMEGRANATE SIMPLE SYRUP 2 cups pomegranate juice 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan, and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and allow to cool before using. THE MAYTON 301 S Academy St. Cary (919) 670-5000 themayton.com
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Have a Conniption this Holiday Season.
Shake up your holiday with a cocktail featuring Conniption gin from Durham Distillery, the #1 craft gin distillery in the U.S. 2018. Made right here in the Triangle, Conniption gins offer a botanical twist on traditional distillation and are delicious for your seasonal cocktail festivities. Make this holiday season special with the Conniption gin of your choice: Conniption Navy Strength, Conniption American Dry or Conniption Barrel Aged Gin Available at our downtown Durham distillery, Corpse Reviver, ABC stores in North Carolina and on cocktail menus throughout the Triangle.
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Biscotti are “twicebaked” cookies. Freshly baked loaves are cut, then the slices are baked a second time. The result is a dry, crunchy biscotto that, in its day centuries ago, was served packed as a non-perishable food that was easily stored for long forays into the wilds. Today, it’s a coffee shop favorite and a worthy companion for virtual voyages into contemplative unknowns.
Cherry-Almond Holiday Biscotti INGREDIENTS:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup dried cherries 1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped 1 cup white chocolate chips, divided
the eggs and the almond and vanilla extracts. Beat until incorporated, another 1-2 minutes.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter
mixture in two parts. Add half of the dry ingredients, beat just to combine, then add the re-
maining dry ingredients, mixing only until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
5. Fold in the dried cherries, almonds and
½ cup of the white chocolate chips into the dough, until evenly distributed.
6. Divide the sticky, lumpy dough in half,
placing each half on the lined baking sheet. With
DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place
the baking rack in the center of the oven. Pre-
pare a large baking sheet (rimmed 11 x 15-inch, or unrimmed 13 x 16-inch) by lining with a sili-
11. Bake the biscotti a second time in a
350 degree F oven. Bake for 7 minutes on one side, flip the biscotti over, and bake another 7-8
minutes, until they begin to golden and the slices are dried out.
12. Remove the biscotti slices from the
cup white chocolate chips in the top of a double
7. Bake the loaves for 20-25 minutes, or
the melted white chocolate across the tops of
this stage, but will puff and spread during baking.
mixer until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add
thick. The loaves will be rather flat in appearance at
mately 3 inches wide, 12 inches long and 1/2 inch
cinnamon in a small bowl until evenly distrib-
3. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric
10. Place the slices, cut side down, on the
baking sheet, still lined with the baking mat or
baking pan, and cool completely on a rack.
until the tops are golden brown. A light finger
uted. Set aside.
lightly floured hands, form two loaves approxi-
cone baking mat or parchment paper.
2. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and
9. Transfer the loaves to a cutting board,
and cut the loaves at a slight diagonal, into
press in the center of the loaf will spring back
8. Cool the loaves on the baking sheet,
resting on a cooling rack, until cool enough to
13. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 1/2
boiler, set over gently simmering water. Paint the biscotti.
16. Add sprinkles, if desired. Allow the
white chocolate to harden, then package the biscotti for storage or gift-giving.
handle, about 20-30 minutes.
Makes about 24-30 biscotti Recipe by
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Drink up 2018 Schloss Muhlenhof Boden Funk Muller-Thurgau
The Schloss Mühlenhof estate, founded in 1846, was bought by Johann Michel. Winemaking continues to this day with young Nicholas Michel. The wine is 100% MullerThurgau, which is the second most frequently planted grape in Germany. This wine is ripe, aromatic and zesty. With apricots and citrus on the nose, it has flavors of lime and green apple, is dry and has a medium finish. The sweetness of the white chocolate chips in the biscotti is enhanced by the wine. The flavors in the biscotti subdue the tartness of the green apple tartness in the wine. $19.99
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2018 Bonsegna Alessandro Baia di Uluzzo Negroamaro Terra d’Otranto Rosso DOC
The Azienda Agricola Vitivinicola Bonsegna was founded in 1964 in Puglia, at the very tip of the Italian peninsula. Negroamaro is the most widely planted red grape in the region. The wine has an intense garnet color with aromas of tobacco, black and red fruits. Flavors of plum, black cherry, blackberry and slight tobacco develop on the palate over time and continue through the finish. The cherry flavors in the wine bring out the cherry flavors in the biscotti, which carry through in a long, lingering finish. In addition, the slight almond-like flavor in the wine also complements the almonds present in the biscotti. $24.99
Written By Bill Allen Photographed By Jonathan Fredin
Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille
Patrick and Catherine Bottex, recently joined by their son, Carl, have been working their five hectares of land since 1991 and produce only a small quantity of this sparkling wine. The wine is comprised of 90% gamay grapes, the varietal from which Beaujolais is made. Patrick Bottex’s La Cueille is deep rose in color with a lovely taste of wild strawberries. It has crisp acidity, is ever-so-slightly sweet, low-alcohol and delightfully refreshing. With a fine, mouth-enveloping mousse, the Bugey-Cerdon brings the cherry flavors in the biscotti to the forefront. The wine also brings out the sweetness of the white chocolate and the almonds match well with the slight sweetness of the wine. As the mousse begins to dissipate, a creamy layer is left on the palate and cherry flavors linger through the finish. $24.99
Bill Allen holds a first-level certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Specialist of Wine certification from the Society of Wine Educators. He has worked as a wine educator with the Triangle Wine Company for five years.
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oliday Cooking with Main & Broad
’all. in 2020, y Dessert first
There’s always comfort to
family recipes, especially
“The Best” Chocolate Pie
that grace the table year
be found in tried-and-true in those holiday dishes
after year. In the following pages, Main & Broad staff members and readers
share their family’s favorite recipe traditions. Using
a combination of store-
bought and from-scratch
ingredients, these delicious crowd-pleasers won’t keep you in the kitchen all day.
Compiled by Emily Uhland Photographed by Jonathan Fredin
1 pre-baked pie crust or graham cracker crust, store bought or homemade 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chips or bar 1/2 cup unsalted butter 3 eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar Splash of vanilla or cold coffee 1/2 cups heavy cream 3 tbsp powdered sugar Chocolate shavings or crushed candy canes, optional
Consider this a richer, smoother cousin of chocolate chess pie. The fudgy filling is the star of this show, so saving time with a storebought crust is OK by me. My family makes this for our church’s annual Advent dinner and pie auction, and the chocoholics rejoice!
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INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Use a double-boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of water to melt chocolate and butter. Stir until melted. Take off the heat, add in a splash of vanilla or coffee. Set aside to cool slightly. 2. Separately, beat together the eggs, salt and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 5 minutes. 3. Slowly pour chocolate into the egg mixture. Beat together on lowest speed until incorporated. Pour the filling mixture into your pre-baked crust. 4. Bake pie at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until the filling is puffy and beginning to crack. Cool for 1 hour, then place in the fridge to chill. 5. For the whipped cream, use an electric mixer to beat 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream with three tablespoons of powdered sugar until fluffy with stiff peaks. Serve pie chilled or at room temperature, topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings or crushed candy canes. 23
Creme Brulee French Toast INGREDIENTS 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 tbsp corn syrup 1 loaf country-style bread, 8-to 9-inch round 5 large eggs 1 1/2 cups half-and-half 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp Grand Marnier 1/4 tsp salt
The Madsen family has been making this overnight french toast recipe to have on Christmas morning for over 15 years! It’s always a hit. The scent of delicious creme brulee french toast brings everyone downstairs for presents! Sides of bacon, sausage, fruit and coffee are served with it. So very yummy! I love traditions like this, because it makes it feel like Christmas. When we were younger, my sisters and I would help make it together on Christmas Eve. Now, we make it with our children! We know it’s always followed by our annual ‘Christmas morning walk’!”
Melissa Bamonte, reader, Cary 24 DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021
1. In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth, and pour into a 13- by 9by 2-inch baking dish. Cut six 1-inch thick slices from the center portion of bread, reserving ends for another use, and trim crusts. Arrange bread slices in one layer in the baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit. 2. In a bowl whisk together eggs, half-andhalf, vanilla, Grand Marnier and salt until combined well, and pour evenly over bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day. 3. Preheat oven to 350° F, and bring bread to room temperature. 4. Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve hot French toast immediately. Original recipe credit: epicurious.com.
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Cheese Ball INGREDIENTS 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened 5 ounces dried beef, chopped 5 green onions 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp salt
I’ve been making this cheese ball for years. I never realized how much my family, particularly my son, loved it until one year I didn’t make it. Everyone was so disappointed, I felt awful. I’ll never not make it again.
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1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until incorporated. Roll into a ball, and wrap in plastic. 2. Chill for 1 hour or overnight. Serve with crackers. Note: Split the cheese mixture into three socially-distant cheese balls to reduce sharing. If desired, chilled cheese balls can be rolled in a variety of coatings, including finely chopped dill, pecans or scallions.
Rye Crostini with Sausage Spread INGREDIENTS 1 1 1 2
lb ground beef lb hot Jimmy Dean sausage lb Velveeta cheese loaves cocktail rye bread
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Fry ground beef and sausage together. Drain excess fat. 2. Melt cheese into meat mixture. 3. Spread on rye, and toast in the oven under the broiler.
This is the appetizer that starts all Christmas day festivities as the family begins to arrive. It warms up the taste buds and prepares you for the delicious buffet to come.
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This comforting dish uses a rotisserie chicken to cut down on prep time and effort. It is a great choice for feeding a crowd when company comes to town. Use up that extra stuffing mix from Thanksgiving, too!
Chicken Casserole INGREDIENTS 4 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded 2 cups frozen, french-cut green beans 1 tablespoon olive oil 8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, divided 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 2 cups prepared chicken stock or broth 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix, such as Pepperidge Farm
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Place cooked chicken in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish that has been greased or coated with cooking spray. Scatter frozen green beans over cooked chicken. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and saute until just beginning to brown, about 5-6 minutes. Add cooked mushrooms to chicken mixture. 3. Add 1/4 cup butter to skillet. When butter has melted, stir in flour. When flour is incorporated, add milk slowly, whisking until smooth. Add chicken broth or stock, and, stirring constantly, cook over medium heat 10-12 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Add salt and pepper, and pour over chicken mixture. 4. Gently stir chicken, green beans and mushrooms to distribute ingredients and gravy evenly. 5. In a microwave, melt remaining 1/4 cup butter. Pour melted butter over the stuffing mix and stir to combine. Sprinkle stuffing over the chicken. 6. Cover casserole with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes, until casserole is brown and bubbly. Serves 8 26 DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021
A bubbly casserole, pulled fresh from the oven, is like a big hug for your mouth.I’ve been making this chicken and green bean casserole for two decades, and it’s one of my family’s favorite meals.
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Lemon-Berry Trifle INGREDIENTS: 2 1/2 cups cold milk 2 packages (3.4 oz) lemon flavored instant pudding 2 cups thawed whipped topping, divided 1 pint of fresh strawberries, sliced 1 lemon pound cake, sliced and cubed Microwave Lemon Curd, recipe below
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Slice and cube pound cake and set aside. Slice strawberries, set aside. 2. Combine the pudding mix and milk in a mixing bowl. Mix until blended, scraping the sides of the bowl several times until thoroughly mixed. Fold in 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping, reserving 1/2 cup. 3. To assemble the trifle, place cubed pound cake on the bottom of a trifle dish or bowl, add a layer of pudding mix, then a layer of strawberries. If desired, place strawberries with the cut side facing the sides of the bowl for beautiful presentation. Repeat the layers one more time and top with remaining whipped topping. 4. Drizzle with Microwave Lemon Curd. Store in the refrigerator.
I used a store-prepared lemon pound cake from Fresh Market. You can use any available fresh fruit! My family loves fruit so this is a great year-round recipe!
Sheila Carver, reader, Raleigh
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Microwave Lemon Curd INGREDIENTS 1 cup sugar Zest from 2 lemons, finely grated ½ cup lemon juice 2 egg yolks, reserve the whites for another use or discard 3 large eggs ½ cup salted butter, cut into cubes
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, egg yolks, lemon juice and, if using unsalted butter, 1/8 teaspoon salt, until smooth. Add butter cubes. Microwave on high power for
45 seconds. Remove and stir vigorously with a whisk. 2. Continue to cook 45-second intervals, stirring after each interval. It will take four to seven minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. Lemon curd is done cooking when it coats the back of a metal spoon and reaches 175˚F on an instant thermometer. 3. Remove from the microwave, and whisk well. Add lemon zest and stir. Allow the curd to cool to room temperature. It will thicken as it cools. Cover and store in the refrigerator. 27
Red velvet gnome cake pop, $4 each Sweets & Stems sweetsandstems.com
Consider these creative and colorful selections sourced from local shops in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina.
Photography by Jonathan Fredin
Whether you're shopping for teachers, neighbors, family or friends, the perfect present is waiting to be discovered right around the corner.
Corkcicle 16oz mug in Fairisle Red, $39.95 Bless Your Heart Boutique blessyourheartnc.com
Salt & Pepper shaker, $14 Gifted Boutique and Wrappery giftedboutiqueandwrappery.com
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Ornaments, $10 each Gifted Boutique and Wrappery giftedboutiqueandwrappery.com
Zuccini Kids smocked bubble onesie, $64 Smocked reversible longall, $69 The Shoppes on Main Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-0592
Braided leather earrings, $57.95 Hammered post acrylic earrings, $57.95 Bird Feather earrings, $62.95 Something You somethingyou.com
The Coravin Model Two The freedom to pour wine, without removing the cork — the last glass will taste just as amazing as the first. Triangle Wine Company, trianglewineco.com
Everything you need for the kitchen, including bread-baking products to create that perfect crusty loaf. Whisk, whiskcarolina.com
From local lagers to imported porters, grab whatever “ales” you this holiday season! The Corner Biergarten Bar & Bottle Shop, tcbiergarten.com
Dear Santa lazy susan, $60 The Sassy Cow, thesassycownc.squarespace.com
One-of-a-kind stoneware, artistically glazed and hand-painted. Sunflower Plate, $28 Stoneware mixing bowl, $40 Porcelain bowl with macrocrystalline glaze, $80 Piedmont Pottery, piedmontpottery.com
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Artfully-designed grazing boards and boxes, $25 and up. Boards & Bites, @KayteFry
Beautiful handmade charcuterie boards and kitchen accessories. Project kits are great for DIYers. Rescued Wood Rehab, rwrnc.com
Holly Springs mug and hot chocolate set, $20 Feraâ€™wyn's Artisan Chocolates, ferawyns.com
Hand-painted truffles, $15 for six pieces Tsuru Sweets & Coffee, tsurusweets.com
Caramel dipped pears, $9.95 each Sweets & Stems, sweetsandstems.com
Reindeer Crunch Poppy Popcorn, $22.50 Salted caramel with dark chocolate, walnuts, cashews and pecans. Made in Asheville, N.C. Bless Your Heart Boutique, blessyourheartnc.com
Lit for Little Hands books, $12.99, Gifted Boutique and Wrappery, giftedboutiqueandwrappery.com
Shop custom apparel, Lilly Pulitzer-inspired vinyl decals and personalized gifts from Fuquay-based etsy shop Crafty Belle Design Company. Crafty Belle Design Company, etsy.com/shop/CraftyBelleDesignCo
Jellycat Amuseables, $15.99 each Thanks a Latte, thanksalattehollysprings.com
Large Angel Block Plaque, $29.99 Thanks a Latte,
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Stickers, $3.75 each Thanks a Latte,
Anchor Beads Antler Points necklace, $69.95 Handmade in North Carolina, 10% of the proceeds from sales of Anchor Beads are given to childhood cancer research. Something You, somethingyou.com
Kendra Scott Gift Set, $150 Every Kendra Scott fan will love the curated trio: classic Elisa necklace, petite Ellie earrings, and new Elle open frame crystal earrings. Shown in gold iridescent. Bless Your Heart Boutique, blessyourheartnc.com
Tassel scarf, $35.95 Something You, somethingyou.com
Star earrings, $26 Snakeskin wing earrings, $26 Velvet headband,$30 Forest green sweater, $46 Cousin Couture, thecousintocouture.com
Refresh and rejuvenate with Serasana's blend of ancient wellness practices, including acupuncture, yoga, massage and healing teas. Serasana Temple Oil, $32.99 Deluxe, extra think yoga mat, $26.95 Tea Infuser & Dish Set, $14.50 Serasana, serasana.com/hollysprings
Large sled, $85 Assemble in store with a a full lineup of paints and stains or make at home with a to-go kit. The Sassy Cow, thesassycownc. squarespace.com
Barbour clothing, bags and travel accessories are rich in history and tradition. Ashworthâ€™s Clothing ashworthsclothing.com
For gin and bourbon lovers alike, try the first in a series of barrel-aged Conniption Gin, aged for 10 months in High West Bourbon barrels. Durham Distillery, durhamdistillery.com
Specializing in old-world, traditional German brews. The Corner Biergarten Bar & Bottle Shop tcbiergarten.com
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Where to Shop ASHWORTH’S CLOTHING 210 S Main St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-5201 | @AshworthsClothing BLESS YOUR HEART BOUTIQUE 242 S. Main Street, Suite 106, Holly Springs (919) 586-7943 | blessyourheartnc.com CRAFTY BELLE DESIGN COMPANY etsy.com/shop/CraftyBelleDesignCo
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THE CORNER BIERGARTEN BAR & BOTTLE SHOP 1625 N. Main St. Suite 133, Fuquay-Varina (919) 246-6649 | tcbiergarten.com COUSIN COUTURE 212 S Main St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-0003 | thecousintocouture.com DURHAM DISTILLERY 711 Washington St., Durham (919) 937-2121 | durhamdistillery.com FERA’WYN’S CHOCOLATE CAFE 652 Holly Springs Road (Holly Springs Crossing), Holly Springs (919) 285-2780 | ferawyns.com GIFTED BOUTIQUE AND WRAPPERY 1112 Kentworth Drive, Holly Springs (919) 7627785 | giftedboutiqueandwrappery.com PIEDMONT POTTERY 332 S. Main St., Fuqay-Varina (919) 285-3015 | piedmontpottery.com RESCUED WOOD REHAB 718 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-2653 | rwrnc.com THE SASSY COW 214 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina thesassycownc.squarespace.com SERASANA 116 Bass Lake Rd, Holly Springs (919) 762-7473 | serasana.com/hollysprings SOMETHING YOU BOUTIQUE 511 Broad St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-9984 | somethingyou.com SWEETS & STEMS 514 Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-6777 | sweetsandstems.com THANKS A LATTE COFFEE & GIFT BOUTIQUE 1118 Kentworth Drive, Holly Springs (919) 577-0070 | thanksalattegiftsnc.com TRIANGLE WINE COMPANY 4204 Lassiter Road, Holly Springs (919) 367-6455 | tringlewineco.com TSURU SWEETS & COFFEE 411 Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-2646 | tsurusweets.com WHISK 316 Colonades Way, Suite 214, Cary (919) 322-2458 | whiskcarolina.com
Come GROW with us where we: • Boast several outdoor learning environments that spark our students’ love of learning • Cultivate students’ curiosity through daily environmental expedition electives • Involve the whole family in environmentally-themed activities To learn more about us, please visit www.wcpss.net/lincolnheightses Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary School 307 Bridge Street Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 (919) 557-2587
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Fera’wyn’s Chocolate CafE Written by David McCreary | Photographed by Jonathan Fredin
DELIGHTFUL CHOCOLATE PENGUINS AND OTHER SPECIALTY HOLIDAY CHOCOLATES FROM FERA’WYN’S ARE TASTY HOSTESS AND TEACHER GIFTS.
Delectable chocolate and other in- from reclaimed wood, polished cement dulgences abound at Fera’wyn’s in Holly flooring and locally produced artwork on Springs, a locally owned shop with a story the walls. Eye-catching glass display cabibehind its peculiar name. nets contain abundant sweet treats. More than a decade ago, David and “We chose Holly Springs because the Joana Whittingham first encountered each people are friendly, and there’s a wonderful other online while participating in role- sense of community here,” David says. “It playing game Neverwinter Nights. One took us about a year to find the right space of the characters in the game was named for the shop, but we’re happy with the locaFera’wyn, who was known for bringing hap- tion and want to share the joy of chocolate piness to everyone she met. with everyone.” At the time they started conversing, David resided in his native Australia while Joana lived in California. The couple eventually met in person and ultimately married. It turns out the Whittinghams shared a mutual affinity for chocolate. David graduated from the esteemed Ecole FERA’WYN’S CHOCOLATE CAFE OFFERS A COFFEE AND TEA BAR AND A VARIETY Chocolat Professional OF BAKED GOODS, IN ADDITION TO THEIR ARTISAN CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES. School of Chocolate Arts in Canada. Joana is a self-taught artisan. The couple started Fera’wyn’s ArtiWhen it comes to chocolate, san Chocolates in 2012 and began selling Fera’wyn’s offers a tantalizing selection of truffles and confections, winning numer- truffles, caramels, cordials and bars availous food industry awards and earning six- able in individual pieces or by the box. The star Grand Master Chocolatier designation limoncello and caramel macchiato truffles from TasteTV. received honors from the 2020 Good The pair moved to Holly Springs Food Awards. and opened their brick-and-mortar store “Truffles are definitely our specialty,” Fera’wyn’s Chocolate Cafe in December Joana said. 2018. The space features tables fashioned continued on page 38
DARK CHOCOLATE MOCHA
ARTISAN TRUFFLES ARE ALMOST TOO PRETTY TO EAT.
JOANA WHITTINGHAM OWNS FERA’WYN’S WITH HER HUSBAND, DAVID.
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Enjoy choosing from distinctive flavors like raspberrylime Chambord, gingerbread, Irish coffee, lavender, masala chai and bourbon. House-made pastries range from cupcakes and muffins to eclairs and zeppoles. Freshly baked classic cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing are available on Wednesdays and weekends. Depending on the day or time you come in, you may also find chocolate mousse, brownies, cookie sandwiches, tarts, macarons and cake pops. Many of the items offered are gluten-free. “We get a lot of people who come in who are gluten-intolerant or have Type 1 diabetes, and we have plenty of options for them to enjoy,” says Joana, who shares that she has lived with Celiac disease for years. “One customer came in and said she had never had a cake pop in her life, and she was so excited that she could have one here.” Vegan, dairy-free and keto-friendly items also are available. “We are not nut-free, but we are careful when using nuts,” Joana adds. 38 DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021
Truffles are definitely our specialty.
Fera’wyn’s also specializes in making imaginative custom cakes. Joana recommends calling several days or even a – Joana Whittingham, week in advance to place Fera’wyn’s Chocolate Cafe a special order. Need individually wrapped items or gift boxes for a special occasion? This is just the right place, and you can even place an order online. But don’t just visit for the edibles. Superb coffee is sourced from Durham’s Counter Culture, and tea is also on the menu. Never mind some of the best hot chocolate you’ll find anywhere. Bonus tip: Try the iced hot chocolate or the dark chocolate mocha latte. Follow Fera’wyn’s on Facebook (@Ferawyns ArtisanChocolates) for the latest special offerings and the most up-to-date hours of operation. FERA’WYN’S CHOCOLATE CAFE 652 Holly Springs Road (Holly Springs Crossing), Holly Springs (919) 285-2780 ferawyns.com
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Words TO Live By
I doubt any tears will be
shed for the passing of 2020. However, despite the yearâ€™s overwhelming challenges, lessons in perseverance,
resilience and innovation have surfaced, providing inspiration for a more hopeful 2021.
On the following pages, local professionals share
their encouraging mantras
for the new year, stemming from tough lessons
learned navigating a Written by Emily Uhland | Photographed by Jonathan Fredin
“Your struggles develop your strengths.” INSPIRED by this concept, which is largely attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, Justin Sellers witnessed first hand “how people can really persevere despite unprecedented weight and stress and unknowns.” As commissioner of the Coastal Plain League, Sellers faced the task of scheduling a summer baseball season with seven teams, across four states, each with different pandemic-related restrictions in place, on a condensed time frame, without any national examples to follow — an undertaking he calls a logistical nightmare. “It would have been easy for us to close up, but that’s not who we are,” he says. Sellers credits the entire CPL organization — the front office staff, team owners and players — with working together to create an opportunity for normalcy that couldn’t be found anywhere else. “We were doing it. We were playing. We had fans. People were able to come out and have a little break from what they had been experiencing,” Sellers says. “It gives me confidence that if we can do this in 2020, then we can do even better things in the future.”
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JUSTIN SELLERS has worked for the Coastal Plain League, headquartered in Holly Springs, for 20 years, serving as commissioner since 2013. During his tenure, the league has added four teams, including the Holly Springs Salamanders. Sellers also serves as the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce board chair where he helps nurture the local business community and steer the organization along a path of growth.
“Choose your reactions. Choose your mood.” KRISTA ABSHURE is a realtor/broker and director of The Abshure Realty Group, and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Early in her real estate career, Abshure was moved by an inspirational quote left on her desk by a coworker, and now keeps a wall of motivating words in her office, pictured right. “When I am having a moment, I can always look at it and find something that applies that helps me.”
IT’S A THEME Krista Abshure has returned to many times, but feels especially important this year. “Many things are out of our control,” Abshure says. “The one thing we do get to control is our attitude, so we need to be compassionate and understanding in everything that we do.” When the pandemic shutdown paused real estate transactions, Abshure, a real estate professional based in Fuquay-Varina, faced real fears that her office doors may not open again for a long time, if ever. With business on hold, Abshure dove deep into supporting her community, helping raise money for the Fuquay-Varina Angel Fund and making silent donations where she could. “You just don’t know that someone might be six months behind on their mortgage, afraid that they might lose their house and have nowhere for their kids,” she says. “We have to choose to react with kindness.” 43
“DON’T BUILD on your differences,” says BJ Davis. “Let’s build on what we have in common.” Throughout her professional career as a leadership coach, Davis has worked with individuals and teams to build communication, creativity and inclusivity within organizations, believing everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard. Acknowledging common ground is a crucial step that can unite individual voices toward a shared goal. Davis’s company, BJD Leadership Training and Team Development, fosters those voices through “High Performance Play,” their signature program, which dismantles communication barriers and brings fun into the boardroom — or Zoom meeting. “We know, and we teach that keeping in a state of joy and playfulness, and reaching for the best feeling you can have at any moment, is where you are going to be able to expand,” Davis says.
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BJ DAVIS, pictured left, is the director of programs of BJD Leadership Training and Team Development, a company she co-owns with Scott Markowitz, pictured right. She is also the author of “Skinny Beni Incidents and Happenings,” a humorfilled book of short stories and anecdotes and founder of Emerging Women NC, a nonprofit that celebrates female leaders.
“Find common ground.”
“There’s a better way through play.” SCOTT MARKOWITZ co-owns BJD Leadership Training and Team Development with BJ Davis (featured opposite), and serves as the company’s director of creative cultivation. During his early career as a television and film editor, Markowitz discovered a passion for helping others feel empowered and confident amid the pressures of an inequitable corporate world, which led him to the field of leadership coaching and BJD Leadership Training.
“WE HAVE BEEN so stressed out in this pandemic world. People have lost connection,” says Scott Markowitz, a life and leadership coach. “We can engage our creativity and connect with people, even virtually, to raise our vibrations and get that social action.” Play makes us joyful, flexible and uninhibited — all key qualities that Scott Markowitz and his business partner, BJ Davis, teach during their High Performance Play leadership training programs. Through play, we can “become much more resilient to the changes that are yet to come,” says Markowitz, a characteristic he refers to as “bendability.” “Bendability means acknowledging: that’s not what we planned, but what does that now make possible? What’s now the opportunity here?” he says. “The analytical mind could create despair, but the creative mind creates a game out of how we turn that around.”
“Courage over comfort.” BUSINESS COACH and mental health therapist Sarah Madras measures her actions through one clear-cut litmus test. “If I make this decision, is that going to provide me with short term comfort, but then then give me long term resentment, because I didn’t push myself out of my comfort zone and be uncomfortable for a little bit in order to meet my goals?” Madras says that accepting a little discomfort right now, by addressing issues in relationships, the workplace or with family, avoids a longer-term conflict, and will often open a dialogue that brings the parties closer together. “If I’m not choosing short-term discomfort, I’m saying yes to longterm resentment. Then, I’m betraying myself,” she says.
SARAH MADRAS worked in private practice as a mental health therapist for 15 years before founding Brave Builders Coaching, through which she works with small business owners and corporate leaders on mindset mastery, personal development and emotional intelligence. Madras also serves as a Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce ambassador and a mentor for LAUNCH Holly Springs.
“You are brilliant. You have talents. You have gifts.” – BJ DAVIS, BJD LEADERSHIP TRAINING 46 DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021
“This is not the end. This is a chapter in the book where things got rough. It’s what’s in the next chapter that defines us. ”
“Remember: The problems I have today are the ones I wished for years ago.”
– JUSTIN SELLERS, COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE
– KRISTA ABSHURE, ABSHURE REALTY GROUP
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BODY SHOP FITNESS OWNER DEREK FOX
THE GYMâ€™S SPACE IS PACKED WITH TOP-OF-THE-LINE EQUIPMENT LIKE PELOTON BIKES AND WOODWAY TREADMILLS.
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Fitness Your Way Like your home gym, but better ... lots better — Body Shop Fitness, in downtown Holly Springs, offers top-of-the-line equipment and around-the-clock access.
Written by Emily Uhland Photographed by Jonathan Fredin
erek Fox describes himself as a fitness “outlier.” He’s one of those serious (perhaps crazy?) runner types who logs 60 to 100 miles per week — a habit he readily admits isn’t for everyone. In fact, Fox’s passion for high-mileage running manifested only a handful of years ago, when he made the choice — the commitment — to train consistently. As a husband, father of three and two-time small business owner, Fox faces many external pressures: time management, stress, work and family commitments. Choosing to prioritize fitness has become an integral part of his lifestyle, and he wants to help others do the same. In September of 2019, Fox opened Body Shop Fitness in Holly Springs’ Town Hall Commons, a 24/7, friendly haven for all fitness levels. “I wanted it to be like a really nice home gym, where you would feel comfortable and have access to the best equipment you can get,” says Fox, who is also the owner of 55 Auto Works automotive repair shop. In other words, privacy, variety and flexibility, without having to pack out your garage with expensive machines. Fox filled Body Shop Fitness with the best equipment on the market, Peloton bikes and a treadmill, Hydrow rowers and Woodway treadmills to name a few. There’s also a TRX Suspension Trainer, free weights and a TV with access to the Peloton app’s digital library of workouts. “It took about 1.5 years from conception to being ready to open the doors,” Fox says. “I like the location in this first new downtown center. It’s fun to be part of something that’s growing.” Under the statewide Safer-at-Home orders last spring, Body Shop Fitness was forced to close, less than seven months after its grand opening. “I was still growing my members,” Fox says. “Trying to figure out how to deal with it, at first, was tough. Honestly, I didn’t know what to do.” About half of his members cancelled, but the rest wanted to continue, even though they couldn’t use the facility. “A lot of my clients said, ‘Keep charging me. We want to support you.’” continued on page 50
A VARIETY OF TRAINING OPTIONS, FROM CARDIO, STRENGTH TO DIGITAL FITNESS CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS.
I wanted it to be like a really nice home gym, where you would feel comfortable and have access to the best equipment you can get.
– Derek Fox, Owner, Body Shop Fitness
Body Shop Fitness, LLC 242 S. Main St. Suite 104, Holly Springs bodyshopfitnessnc.com @bodyshopfitnessnc
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Now that gyms have reopened, Body Shops’ intimate set up is a great advantage — members come and go at all hours, and there’s never a large group at once. The facility is locked at all times, and members enter with a keycode. Fox says his clients like the gym’s independent, flexible system — there’s no staff on site. “You do what you want, how you want, on your own time,” he says. Many members are attracted to the access to Peloton equipment and programs, since individual cost of Peloton ownership is much higher than Body Shop’s membership fees, but the runner in Fox favors the Woodway treadmills. “It’s the best treadmill you can buy,” he says. “It’s pretty forgiving to your body. You can put in a lot of miles on that; get the good workout, but not the beating that you get running outside.” Woodway treadmills utilize shock-absorbing slats instead of the traditional conveyor belt running surface and are the brand favored by top track and field athletes, Fox says. Regardless of which style of workout you prefer, Fox encourages people to find the one they enjoy, not only for physical benefits, but for mental health as well. “Running is my time for thinking, being alone and processing or preparing for the day.” continued on page 52
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Tips to start — and stick to — a fitness routine From Body Shop Fitness owner Derek Fox
MAKE THE CHOICE.
VARIETY IS KEY.
“Turn that switch in your head that changes from noncommitment to considering your future health. We are not meant to be idle people. Getting up and moving. Our bodies are meant to do that.”
“Find creative ways to make exercise part of your routine. Whether it’s riding your bike to work or visiting parks. … Having all sorts of (options) is a good way to not get bored.”
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MAKE MULTITASKING WORK FOR YOU.
“People think there’s no time, but there is. We all have 24 hours. You have to decide what you are going to sacrifice or give up. It takes two to three weeks before something becomes routine. Get through that couple weeks and don’t give up.”
“Media can take your mind off exercise. I love Netflix, Amazon, Hulu — I can get through a few shows with light running on the treadmill. If that’s what you love, make it dual purpose.” Listening to audiobooks and podcasts are other great options.
DO IT YOUR WAY.
“Most importantly, the mental aspect (of exercise) is my personal way of dealing with everything in a healthy way.” Relieve stress, work though tension and get those endorphins flowing for an instant brain boost.
“I like when people want to be healthy. No one should be crazy like me, but I don’t think everyone should sit on the couch either. You’ve got to find your own.” Whether you walk the neighborhood with a friend or run 10 miles a day — something is better than nothing.
HEALTH IS MENTAL, TOO.
REMEMBER THE REWARD. “No one ever works out then regrets it. We all know it’s good; you just have to start.”
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FUQUAY-VARINA Abbey Road Tavern and Grill “Signature Beatle burgers and live entertainment.” 711 N. Main St.; Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-7731; abbeyroadnc.com Anna’s Pizzeria “Piping hot pizzas and mouthwatering Italian food.” 138 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-2497; annaspizzeria.com Aviator Pizzeria & BeerShop “Brick oven pizza & craft beer.” 601 E. Broad St., Fuquay Varina (919) 346-8206; aviatorbrew.com Aviator SmokeHouse BBQ Restaurant “All of our food is made in-house.” 525 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-7675; aviatorbrew.com Assaggio’s Pizzeria Ristorante “Top quality ingredients go into every dish.” 941 East Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-9505; assaggios-fuquay.com
Cultivate Coffee Roasters “Modern industrial twist on a small town coffee shop.” 128 S. Fuquay Ave., Fuquay Varina (919) 285-4067; www.cultivate.coffee
FuQuay Brus “Quaint coffee cafe with New York coffee, baked goods, beer, wine and keto.” 400 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (607) 745-2512; @fuquaybrus
Daddy D’s BBQ “Slow cooked with love.” 1526 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-6464; daddydsbbqnc.com
Garibaldi Trattoria Pizza & Pasta “Authentic Italian cuisine and quality service.” 900 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-8868; garibalditrattoria.com
Drive Bru “Drive thru coffee shop with N.Y. coffee & Carolina charm.” 1013 E Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (607) 745-2512; @drivebru Eggs Up Grill “Breakfast favorites served all day.” 1436 N Main St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-4463; eggsupgrill.com El Dorado “Enjoy the most delicious Mexican food amongst family.” 112 E Vance St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-0287; eldoradomexicanrestaurant.com
The Corner Biergarten “Bar & bottle shop.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 133, Fuquay-Varina (919) 246-6649; tcbiergarten.com
The Healthy Spot “Meal replacement smoothies and energizing teas.” 961 East Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-5373; @healthyspotfuquay J&S New York Pizza “Family-owned and operated Italian restaurant.” 500 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-6921; jandsnypizza.com Joyce & Family Restaurant “Home cooked Southern favorites.” 129 N Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 567-1717; @joyceandfamily Juicehaus “Made-to-order fresh, raw juice.” 509 North Broad St, Fuquay Varina (919) 396-5588; juicehaus.org Laurel Wine Bar at Cellar 55 “Mediterranean-inspired small plates with wine pairings.” 1351 East Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 446-1156; cellar55.com
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Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 401 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-3957; lostresmagueyes.com The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 305 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-5555; themasonjartavern.com 54 DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021
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Little Portugal NC “Market and eatery celebrating traditional Portuguese dishes.” 736 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 586-7144; littleportugalnc.com
The Mill “Coffee. Beer. Wine. Community.” 146 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-2123; themillfuquay.com Nil’s Cafe “Family-oriented Mediterranean cafe.” 513 Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 567-0887; nilscafe-weebly.com Pints Ice Cream & Beer “Homemade ice cream and craft beers.” 512 Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina @pintsicecream Stick Boy Bread Co. “Handcrafted baked goods from scratch … all natural ingredients.” 127 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-2237; stickboyfuquay.com Triple Barrel Tavern “Restaurant, sports bar & billiards.” 2221 N Grassland Drive, Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-0940; @triplebarreltavernfuquayvarina Tsuru Sweets & Coffee “Elegant-yet-sassy gourmet confectionery.” 411 Broad St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-2646; tsurusweets.com
Bestow Baked Goods “Life is too short for grocery store desserts.” 4208 Lassiter Road, Holly Springs (919) 473-9225; bestowbakedgoods.com
Dine Zaxby’s “Indescribably good.” 1341 N Main St, Fuquay Varina (919) 552-3981; zaxbys.com
Blaze Pizza “Fast fire’d, perfectly crisp perfection.” 316 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 261-5950; blazepizza.com The Blind Pelican “Creative seafood and boat drinks.” 120 Bass Lake Road; Holly Springs (984) 225-2471; blindpelicanseafood.com
HOLLY SPRINGS Acme Pizza Co. “Chicago-style deep dish pizza.” 204 Village Walk Dr, Holly Springs (919) 552-8800; acmepizzaco.com Ashley’s Harvest Moon Bakery – Cafe “Breakfast and lunch cafe with scratch-made bakery and locally roasted coffee.” 128 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs (919) 586-7005; harvestmoonbakerycafe.com Bass Lake Draft House “34 beers on tap.” 124 Bass Lake Rd, Holly Springs (919) 567-3251; basslakedrafthouse.com
Vicious Fishes Tap & Kitchen “Eclectic twists on comfortable bar food.” 132 South Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-7876; viciousfishes.com/fuquay-nc
The Butcher’s Market “Premium meats and specialty grocery.” 4200 Lassiter Rd, Holly Springs (919) 267-919); thebutchersmarkets.com Cristo’s Bistro “Hand tossed NY style pizza.” 5217 Sunset Lake Rd, Holly Springs (919) 363-8852, cristosbistro.com Eggs Up Grill “Breakfast favorites served all day.” 4216 Lassiter Road, Holly Springs (919) 495-4530; eggsupgrill.com
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Wingin’ It Bar and Grille “Family-friendly neighborhood pub.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 109, Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-0962; winginitbarandgrille.com
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Zeera Indian Restaurant “Authentic goodness in traditional Indian food.” 1311 E Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-6215; zeeranc.com
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Greek Basma “Greek food that is fresh, healthy and delicious.” 7272 GB Alford Hwy, Holly Springs ((919) 285-080; greekbasma.com Hickory Tavern “Something for every appetite.” 401 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs (919) 557-2064; thehickorytavern.com Fera’wyn’s Chocolate Cafe “Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate.” 652 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs (415) 758-3296; ferawyns.com
Dine Fiesta Mexicana Restaurante Mexicano “Authentic. Hot. Fresh.” 428 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs (919) 346-1330; fiestamexicananc-hollysprings.com Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers “Great food without a long wait.” 221 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 557-3475; freddysusa.com Homegrown Pizza “Pizza, calzones and sandwiches.” 4928 Linksland Drive, Holly Springs (919) 577-5575; homegrownpizza.com Kobe HIbachi and Sushi 515 North Main Street, Holly Springs (919) 557-1437; kobehollyspringsnc.com
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Los Tres Magueyes “A Mexican Treat.” 120 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs (919) 552-6272; lostresmagueyes.com
Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream “A unique spin on a timeless dessert.” 304 N. Main St., Holly Springs (919) 762-7808; mamabirdsicecream.com The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 114 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 964-5060; themasonjartavern.com MediTerra Grill “Delicious ingredients. Old world recipes.” 108 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 762-7851; mediterranc.com Mi Cancun Mexican Restaurant 324 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 552-9979; micancunmx.com Michelangelos Pizza “Pizza buffet for lunch and dinner.” 7280 GB Alford HWY, Holly Springs (919) 557-4992; michelangelospizza.com My Way Tavern “Freshly made all-American foods.” 301 W. Center St., Holly Springs (919) 285-2412; mywaytavern.com Niche Wine Lounge “Tranquility by the glass.” 109 Main St., Holly Springs (919) 552-2300; nichewinelounge.com The Nutrition Fix “Healthy fast food alternatives.” 424 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs (919) 341-5554; @thenutritionfixnc
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Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi “Authentic Thai cuisine: well-balanced dishes bursting with flavor.” 242 S Main Street, Holly Springs (984) 538-6742; oshathaikitchennc.com Rise Southern Biscuits & Chicken “The best dang biscuits.” 169 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 586-7343; risebiscuitsdonuts.com
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The Original N.Y. Pizza “Bringing a taste of New York to North Carolina.” 634 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs (919) 567-0505; theoriginalnypizza.com
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Sir Walter Coffee + Kitchen “Creative cafe by day. Full restaurant at night.” 242 S Main St. Suite 118, Holly Springs (919) 390-2150; sirwaltercoffeekitchen.com
Skrimp Shack “Casual seafood cuisine.” 7244 Alford Hwy, Holly Springs (919) 335-3924; theskrimpshack.com Sweetberry Bowls “Beautiful and delicious bowls, wraps and salads.” 150 West Holly Springs Rd, Holly Springs (984) 225-2656; sweetberrybowls.com Sweet Southern SnoBalls “Shaved ice and Hershey’s Ice Cream.” 527 N. Main St., Holly Springs (919) 291-3355; @sweetsouthsnoballs Thai Thai Cuisine “Home cooked Thai food.” 108 Osterville Drive, Holly Springs (919) 303-5700; thaithaicuisinenc.com Thanks A Latte “Coffee and gift boutique.” 1118 Kentworth Drive, Holly Springs (919) 577-0070; thanksalattegiftsnc.com Town Hall Burger & Beer “Neighborhood beer and burger joint.” 301 Matthews Dr, Holly Springs (919) 335-5388; Townhallburgerandbeer.com Vieni Ristobar “The newest Italian restaurant from the Cinelli family.” 242 South Main Street, Holly Springs (984) 225-1134; vieniristobar.com
Lugano Ristorante “Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.” 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary (919) 468-7229; luganocary.com
Dine Duck Donuts “Warm, delicious and just the way you like them.” 100 Wrenn Drive #10, Cary (919) 468-8722; duckdonuts.com/location/cary-nc
Mellow Mushroom “Beer, calzones and creative stone-baked pizzas.” 4300 NW Cary Parkway, Cary (919) 463-7779; mellowmushroom.com
Gonza Tacos y Tequila “Award-winning Colombian-Mexican cuisine.” 525-105 New Waverly Place, Cary (919) 653-7310; cary.gonzatacosytequila.com La Farm Bakery “Handcrafted daily … only the freshest ingredients.” 4248 NW Cary Parkway, Cary; 220 W. Chatham St., Cary; 5055 Arco Street, Cary (919) 657-0657; lafarmbakery.com Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen “Exceptional renderings of classic Southern dishes.” 7307 Tryon Road, Cary (919) 233-1632; lucky32.com/cary
Zaxby’s “Indescribably good.” 101 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 762-0432; zaxbys.com
Pizzeria Faulisi “Simple foods from a simple way of cooking: a wood-burning oven.” 215 E. Chatham St., Suite 101, Cary pizzeriafaulisi.com Pro’s Epicurean Market & Café “Gourmet market, café and wine bar.” 211 East Chatham Street, Cary; (919) 377-1788; prosepicurean.com Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits “Great food always, with a side of good times.” 8111-208 Tryon Woods Drive, Cary (919) 851-3999; 2025 Renaissance Park Place, Cary (919) 677-3999; ruckuspizza.com
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CARY Chanticleer Café & Bakery “Family-owned restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and specialty coffees.” 6490 Tryon Road, Cary (919) 781-4810; chanticleercafe.com Chef’s Palette “Creative flair and originality in every aspect of our service.” 3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary (919) 267-6011; chefspalette.net
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Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar “Good old-fashioned burgers and bottled soda.” 126 Kilmayne Drive, Cary (919) 466-0055; corbettsburgers.com
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The Curious Case of
the Christmas Cactus When it comes to Yuletide oddities, the Christmas cactus
is a real contender. True, its colorful, conical flowers can be festive additions to any year-end holiday setting, but all is not what it seems with this strange plant. For starters, the Christmas cactus is not a typical cactus. It hails from the rainforests of South America, meaning full sun, desert sand and a Gila monster or two will not make it feel at home. Christmas cactus isn’t hardy enough to stand winters outdoors around here, but it can be a dependable, year-round houseplant. True to its origins, this tropical plant is sensitive to full sunlight, so the best place for it is a room brightly lit with indirect natural light. In the late spring through the summer, it can vacation outdoors in an area of light shade. Christmas cactus prefers a quality, welldraining potting mix. Its container should normally be watered once a week or when the top quarter-inch of soil feels dry to the touch, but, deep in the winter when the plant takes a break from growing, this chore can be extended to once every two to three weeks. Being from the tropics, this succulent will appreciate humidity. The dry air inside a house can be offset by misting daily and placing its pot on a tray of pebbles and water. Nutrients, of course, energize a Christmas cactus, and a weak solution of liquid houseplant fertilizer added once a month will do the trick. However, due to it wanting to rest in the winter, nix fertilizer applications during the coldest months. While it is true that Christmas cacti can be fine-tuned to bloom just in time for Santa’s visit, this involves providing 14 hours of continuous darkness in a cool (around 55 to 60 degrees F) area each night for six weeks, which, quite frankly, is more effort than I care to put into ANY plants! I’m just fine with mine flowering any 58 DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021
THE CHRISTMAS CACTUS HAILS FROM THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST, NOT THE ARID DESERT.
time they want, which is usually somewhere between November and late December. As a bonus, they will often stage an encore bloom show in the spring. To maintain its flower power, a Christmas cactus should be repotted about every three years. Also, its flat, segmented stems can become long and lanky, but a springtime pruning will keep them in bounds and promote branching — and more blossoms. Cuttings can be easily rooted in moist potting soil to produce even more Christmas cacti that might L.A. Jackson is the former or might not be in editor of Carolina bloom at ChristGardener mas, but whenever Magazine. their flowers do pop out, they sure will be pretty!
Like Christmas cacti, poinsettias prefer a humid environment indoors, so water them regularly, mist the leaves daily and keep these holiday beauties away from vents that blow warm, dry air. Remember your feathered friends this winter by regularly cleaning and refilling the birdbath and feeder. Also, on extremely cold days, remove ice from the birdbath, and replace it with fresh water.
The beginning of the year is a good time to search seed e-catalogs online for selections that were dependable for you in the past as well as for enticing new introductions. Now is not when you plant most annual and perennial seeds, of course, but ordering early helps assure any picks you make won’t be tagged at checkout by the dreaded “Out of Stock.” For watering plants, the garden hose won’t get much of a workout this month, but it can still be useful, especially if you are thinking about adding another bed to the landscape. Use its long length and flexibility to create the curves and swerves of a potential outline for the new planting area before any digging is done.
Pssst! Ya wanna know a secret? The “Christmas cactus” often found in bloom at garden shops right around the Thanksgiving season, when retailers are shifting into full holiday selling mode, is more than likely the Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), because November is usually the time it flowers. It has pointed leaf segments, as opposed to the true Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii), which has more rounded segments and blossoms a little later, normally right around … well, I’m sure you have that special day figured out. Even with slightly different looks and bloom times, both have the same growing requirements.
If you enjoy pampering houseplants, keep in mind indoor greenery such as fiddleleaf fig, philodendron, rubber plant, dracaena and croton that have large, smooth leaves will show off better if they are wiped at least once a month using a soft cloth lightly moistened with warm water. This will not only dispatch the occasional six-legged pest, but it will also perk up the foliage coloration of such houseplants. This leaf cleaning will remove surface dust that can interfere with these potted pretties’ allimportant photosynthesis process.
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FUQUAY-VARINA MEMES (also known as FVM) is a freelance writer, meme guru and an anonymous resident of Fuquay-Varina. She is the creator and manager of the FuquayVarina Memes Facebook page and has a talent for making people laugh and always taking the joke too far. Check out her blog at fvmwrites.com. fuquaymemes thefvmemes
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It’s hard to believe that the year 2020 is almost over, but all hot farts have to come to an end sometime. This year’s high lowlight reel includes raging bushfires, worldwide pandemics, racial tensions, countrywide protests, the death of several icons, back-toback hurricanes, presidential impeachment, murder hornets, Saharan dust storms, a N.C. earthquake and an extremely divisive election. Seriously, the only winners of 2020 were the two astronauts who managed to escape planet Earth and go on mid-year spacecation. But do all clouds have a silver lining? Short answer: yes. For every pile of garbage, there’s always a cute trash panda waiting in the wings. As difficult as it’s been, this year has taught me some valuable lessons that I’m not sure I would have learned otherwise. Here are my top ten revelations of 2020.
2021 DAWNS A NEW AGE, AND A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO WASH. YOUR. HANDS.
THOSE MEETINGS COULD HAVE BEEN EMAILS, AFTER ALL. Remember all the times you were asked to be in a conference room at the butt crack of dawn, and after an hour you were 25 munchkins deep into a completely unnecessary face-to-face that could have EASILY been translated into an email? Just as we suspected, 11/10 of those in-person meetings could have been avoided by a tiny little thing called a *pandemic.* If things ever do get back to normal, I’m hoping that most in-office interactions can be kept to a minimum. Video conferencing is our friend now, and Janet JUST figured out how to unmute her mi-
crophone and aim her camera somewhere other than the ceiling fan. Don’t let that knowledge go to waste. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS KIND OF MY JAM. I’m not saying that staying away from friends and family is ideal, but social distancing isn’t always bad. Hear me (an introvert) out. Strangers no longer get all up in my business in the grocery line when I’m trying to pay. I don’t have to sit 2-feet away from a family of six when I go out for date night. Almost all of my work can be done from the privacy of my own home. I always have a good excuse to avoid awkward get-
togethers, and I haven’t been invited to a Pampered Chef or a Thirty-One party since 2019. TEACHERS ARE PRICELESS. I have two kids in the public school system. Because my patience is shorter than the green lights in Holly Springs, this virtual school business has got me seriously contemplating the benefits of kidnapping a teacher for some sweet oneon-one instruction. Just kidding, I would never actually do that. Unless they’re willing. If I could score a certified teacher, I would literally throw money at them and make all of their wildest dreams come true. I’ll throw in a wine subscription for good measure. Think about it. MASKS HAVE SOME SERIOUS BENEFITS. The obvious benefit of wearing a mask in public is not catching the ‘vid, but that’s not the only thing to get excited about. With a face covering, no one needs to know you’ve developed serious maskne, you can use it as a fashion accessory, and it’s a big help when the dump is smelling extra ripe. When paired with sunglasses, you are basically 100% incognito, and you don’t have to worry about ducking down the canned foods aisle to avoid the lacrosse mom from down the street. CLOROX WIPES ARE A FORM OF CURRENCY. After people realized that they weren’t in danger of pooping their pants upwards of 20 times a day due to a pandemic, toilet paper returned to the shelves. Unfortunately, clorox wipes did not. Spotting clorox wipes on the shelves these days is the equivalent to encounter-
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ing a chupacabra in the wild or an empty check out line in Walmart. When you do find them, you’re almost always limited to two per customer, so stick a mustache on your baby, and hand them a credit card. IMPROVISE. ADAPT. OVERCOME. WE’RE ALL THICC NOW. I don’t mean to be dramatic, but I’m back on keto for the 10th time this month, because 2020 was the year I became the lord of the onion rings. Carbs are what got me through 2020, but my winter bod started back in June. Since then it’s just spiraled out of control. With the exception of those people doing push-ups next to Aviator and taking ice baths outside of CrossFit, I think we’ve all picked up a pound or 20. It’s okay, emotional eating is a thing, and this year has been tough on all of us. THIS IS A JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE. Since most of us are working from home, getting dressed is optional, and it’s totally acceptable to work in sweats and pajama pants all day. Oh, you’ve got a video conference call? No biggie, dress to impress from the waist up! Ordering out every night is now considered “supporting local businesses,” drinking starts at whenever you need it, and no one is going to judge you for having one-ply toilet paper. This is Satan’s year, and we’re all doing the best we can. THE IMPORTANCE OF HYGIENE. Remember when we didn’t carry around hand sanitizer 24/7, and stores didn’t bother disinfecting their grocery carts? Or when we washed our hands, but we didn’t bother counting to twenty? Those days are gone, and that’s probably a good thing. 2020 has made us all germa-
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phobes more aware of health and hygiene, which may help prevent a really rough cold and flu season. Saying that, I am looking forward to the time when I no longer have to apologize for choking on my own spit in public. THE HOUSE IS NEVER BIG ENOUGH. Everyone’s house was “big enough” before the kids were homeschooled, and the parents were working from home. Before we were all locked down with a stay-at-home order. Before we started eating everything in sight. I don’t care if your house is 1,500 or 4,500 sq. feet, no space is big enough after you accidentally walk into the background of your family member’s Zoom call looking like a swamp creature. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. You know what they say — misery loves company. If you’ve been struggling with depression or anxiety, you’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, nearly half of Americans have sought some sort of mental health treatment this year. 2020 has been rough, but at least it’s helping to diminish the stigma surrounding mental health care. But hey, we’ve almost made it! Soon waste management will come to collect 2020 and throw it in the dumpster fire where it belongs. I’m not sure what kind of fresh hell 2021 will bring, but after the gutter ball we just had, it’s nothing we can’t handle. I think we can all agree to end this year with the words of Clark W. Griswold— “Hallelujah! Holy ****! Where’s the Tylenol?”
We’re fat, we’re fierce, and we’re soon to be free. Happy freakin’ New Year.
TO ALL THE DEDICATED DOERS,
THANK YOU. In a year unlike any other, when extraordinary steps were needed, an extraordinary group of people have stepped up to make our community feel more like home than ever before. To all of our staff members and caregivers, there are not enough ways to say, “Thank you,” but we’ll try. Thank you for strengthening connections every day. You’ve helped our residents stay connected to their loved ones when they needed them most. Thank you for sharing your opinions and ideas. You’ve made it easy to make the necessary changes to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety. Thank you for maintaining your positivity. Each time our residents and their families see your bright smiles, they know they’re in good hands. When change was thrust upon our small corner of the world, you’ve remained a source of calming comfort. You embody the spirit of Searstone and have reaffirmed the trusted expertise that so many have come to expect from our community.
For that, we can’t thank you enough. FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO LEARN MORE, OUR DOORS ARE OPEN. SEARSTONE.COM
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Heard Congratulations to The Sassy Cow, winner
of the 2020 Fall in Love with Fuquay-Varina Decorating Contest, hosted by Fuquay-Varina Downtown. The Sassy Cow’s “Hey there, Pumpkin!” photo scene in front of their windows delighted passersby and customers. Chunky Pumpkins — made in their workshops — hay bales, corn stalks, sunflowers and mums set the scene with falling leaves hanging from the windows inside. Business partners and owners Lynn Ragan and Lain Valdes love changing their storefront for the seasons to match their offerings of creative home decor classes and products.
Serenity, a 550-acre master-planned residential development
located at the Wake-Harnett County border, broke ground in November. Developed by Greenfield Communities, Serenity will provide singlefamily detached homes and over-55 residences in a rural setting, situated a comfortable distance away from the Triangle’s urban centers. Plans include approximately 1,200 homes, ranging from the mid$200,000s to $500,000s, and recreation amenities, such as a pool, clubhouse, yoga platforms, a dog park and nature trails. Phase 1 home sales will begin next summer. “Our hope is that residents will appreciate the peace and calmness found inside Serenity,” says Matt Brubaker, president of Greenfield.
The N.C. chapter of the American Planning Association recognized Holly Springs with
the Marvin Collins Specialized Award Honorable Mention for the recently completed Land Use & Character Plan. The award recognized the plan’s originality, including innovative concepts, transferability and equitable engagement, which set a new vision and direction for the future of the town’s development. 64 DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021
recently opened its first North Carolina child care center in Holly Springs. The facility, owned by Becky Grovenstein, is state-of-the-art, offering spacious suites for infants, and learning and play spaces for schoolaged children up to the age of 12.
Congratulations to Coastal Credit Union
on their recent recognitions in the Triangle Business Journal. Coastal Credit Union has been named one of the 2020 Leaders in Diversity. Coastal’s recognition is centered around the strides that the credit union has made over the past two years to further its commitment to its Welcome Diversity core value, and fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging in the workplace. Chief financial officer Tami Langton is the recipient of two awards from the Triangle Business Journal, earning a 2020 C-Suite Award and a 2020 Women in TAMI LANGTON Business Award.
marketing manager for residential development firm, Landeavor, has been named the 2020 Marketing Director of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County. Archer joined Landeavor in 2013 as marketing manager, overseeing multiple communities throughout the developer’s southeastern portfolio, including 12 Oaks in Holly Springs.
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Heard Bus service
from Holly Springs to downtown Raleigh is now available via GoTriangle route 305. Holly Springs stops are at Main Street and Center Street and a park-and-ride lot at Ting Stadium. Service is available during peak hours Monday through Friday. GoTriangle moves the park-and-ride lot for its Fuquay-Varina Express service from the Hilltop Food Lion to a new Wake Tech South Park-andRide facility. The FRX route, operated by GoRaleigh, runs between Fuquay-Varina and downtown Raleigh during peak hours on weekdays.
Two southern Wake families used their spooky halloween displays to support meaningful causes.
Photos by Jonathan Fredin
The Rubles in Fuquay-Varina created a life-sized, haunted pirate ship in their front yard. Visitors were able to drop off new, unwrapped toys for Triangle-based Toys for Lil’ Troops in a crate by the home’s mailbox. More than 500 toys were collected.
Rock Solid Warrior
will open a new location in the MCI Business Park on the border of Holly Springs and Apex. Construction has begun on a new building, which will become the second Rock Solid Warrior location in southern Wake. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2021. Rock Solid Warrior is a ninja warrior-style gym that trains children and adults in obstacle course racing and rock climbing. The premiere location opened in Fuquay-Varina in 2019.
The Robertson family in Holly Springs, with a skeleton army invading their home, collected donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. According to the Facebook page dedicated to the fundraiser, the Robertsons raised $8,195.
is the new Executive Director of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce. DeAlto’s background includes marketing, sales and event management. Most recently, she was the sales and marketing director for Oak City Group. She resides in Holly Springs with her family.
Congratulations to Shelby Jones, who became the
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first female motor officer in the Holly Springs Police Department. Jones, a two-and-a-half year veteran of the department, has always wanted to be a motor officer because of the unique benefits a motorcycle provides when responding to emergency situations. 65
Misty Morning By Jonathan Fredin Seven-year-old Owen Grimes explores the grey silence of a thick morning fog on Bass Lake in Holly Springs.
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