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The Heart + Soul of Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina
The Heart + Soul of Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina
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BREAKFAST is Served
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I can’t believe there isn’t a “runni ng store in Holly Springs.
CONTENTS FEATURES 18 BREAKFAST IS OD FO SERVED
12 SEE & DO
Outdoor markets, live music and more return for warm weather fun.
26 PIMIENTO TEA ROOM
Tea time goes big and bold in a historic Holly Springs home.
14 MEET & GREET Pace Yourself Run Company founders craved a gathering place for all.
38 ROCK ON
Holly Springs resident, Swiss Olympian, BMX Champ — A Q&A with Nikita Ducarroz.
52 SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT
Special section: Questions answered by top medical professionals.
54 NEW SEASON FOR STYLE Ideas for a summer fashion refresh.
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A cocktail recipe from Hank’s Downtown Dive in Cary.
34 RISE & DINE
The show goes on for the Digh brothers and their band from Fuquay-Varina.
44 GOLDEN GIRL
16 DIG IN & DRINK UP
Discover your new favorite restaurant in our dining guide.
58 GROW & BLOOM
With garden pro L.A. Jackson.
60 FUN & MEMES
The round up you’ve been waiting for: FVM’s Greatest Hits.
64 SEEN & HEARD
Community news and accolades
66 IN FOCUS
Photos by Jonathan Fredin
Fresh-baked, hand-cracked and build-your-own — delicious morning meals to drool for.
– Ryan Monteleone, Pace Yourself Run Company president
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June/July 2021 • Volume 3, Number 3 EXECUTIVE
Bill Zadeits, Group Publisher Kris Schultz, Publisher
SIR WALTER COFFEE AND KITCHEN FOR BRUNCH. I NEED THOSE TRAIN WRECK TATER TOTS!
Emily Uhland, Senior Editor Conner Altman Amber Keister Sarah Rubenoff CONTRIBUTORS
Fuquay-Varina Memes Jack Frederick L.A. Jackson David McCreary
PIMIENTO TEA ROOM FOR SURE! THAT PLACE IS ALWAYS POPPIN’!
BEP VIETNAMESE KITCHEN COMING TO THE BLOCK IN HOLLY SPRINGS. CAN’T WAIT!
Jonathan Fredin, Chief Photographer PRODUCTION
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HAVING BREAKFAST FOR 10 AT STICK BOY BREAD COMPANY
This issue BY THE
Restaurant recommendations for delicious local breakfast
This time last year, I had planned to publish a round-up of the best breakfasts in southern Wake. Breakfast is crowd-pleasingly delicious, and there are so many great spots in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, I couldn’t wait to write the article. Then the coronavirus pandemic closed restaurants, and we shifted the entire issue. So, it is with great excitement that — this year — we are able to bring you the cover story “Breakfast is Served,” page 18, celebrating that all-important meal and its potential for endless creativity. In this same issue, we get to explore another long-anticipated dining development — the opening of Pimiento Tea Room (PTR) in Holly Springs. Writer David McCreary has been following the journey of PTR owners Matt and Christy Griffith and their modern applications of Southern fare for months, maybe even years, and shares the tale on page 26. If you can’t find a seat on the front porch at lunch, come back at dinnertime, which for the time being, is somewhat less crowded. The 2020 Olympic Games — also postponed due to the pandemic — will be held this July and August, with Holly Springs resident Nikita Ducarroz riding in the inaugural BMX Freestyle event in the Games’ history. Ducarroz trains at the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex and will be one of only nine women competing in BMX Freestyle at the Games. Get to know her on page 44, and be sure to tune in to watch her ride on Saturday, July 31. Thanks for reading,
EMILY UHLAND SENIOR EDITOR
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Eye-catching photos used in our profile on Pimiento Tea Room. Narrowing the selection down was too hard!
Friends and running mates, now co-owners, founded Pace Yourself Run Company
Chart-topping single released by Fuquay-Varina band 2Digh4
Expert medical professionals answer frequently asked questions
of the greatest local memes in the history of Fuquay-Varina Memes
FUQUAY-VARINA ARTS CENTER
Arts Center Classes The Arts Center is alive with visual and performing arts classes for all ages. Adults can try their hands at sculpture, jewelry making, painting, script writing and more--some classes are offered for as little as $10! Kids have options as well--from drama class to dance class to themed week-long camps to single classes, we have something sure to get the creative juices flowing. Class size is limited; all participants and instructors are masked. For more information and to register, please visit FVArts.org, and click on 2021 Spring Classes at the top of the page.
Arts Center Camps Spark your student’s imagination with a safe, creative camp experience at the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center! The Fuquay Varina Arts Center is a spacious, safe venue located in downtown Fuquay-Varina, ideally situated to provide creative opportunities for all members of your family. For the latest information and to register, visit FVArts.org, and click on Classes tab; you’ll find Camps and Track Outs listed on the left hand menu. You are welcome to call the Arts Center as well—919-567-3920.
The Friends of the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center The Friends help the Arts Center provide cultural opportunities to all members of our community by offering scholarships and class subsidies, engaging special events, and a compelling vision. You, too, can make a difference by joining this organization in their good work--annual memberships start as low as $25 and are tax deductible. Art is better with Friends--won’t you join us? artscenterfriendsfv.org
For more info, call the Arts Center at 919-567-3920 fvarts.org
See Do Photos by Jonathan Fredin
7 Things To Do — In Person! — Around Town
Pop-Up Petting Zoo
JUNE 5 9:30-11:30 A.M. HOLLY SPRINGS CULTURAL CENTER
Join the Nurtured Nest NC for a petting zoo at the Holly Springs farmers market. Visit with baby chicks, ducklings, bunnies, a baby goat and a lamb. The Nurtured Nest provides educational seminars and support services to help families feel encouraged and informed in their journey through parenthood.
Apex sculpture walk ONGOING THROUGHOUT 2021 DOWNTOWN APEX
Apex Night Market
JUNE 10, JULY 8 6:00- 9:00 P.M. BEHIND THE HALLE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
A makers’ market will take place on the second Thursday evening each month throughout the summer, with more than 25 artisan vendors sharing jewelry, gourmet food, woodworking, natural health and beauty, art and much more. This free, family-friendly event will be held outdoors with live music and entertainment, in the parking lot behind the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced.
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Nine sculptures are installed in and around downtown Apex for the town’s first year-long public art walk. All are within walking distance of one another, so spend a couple of hours browsing the sculptures, and enjoy shopping and dining along Salem Street while you’re at it. Don’t forget to cast a vote for the People’s Choice award recipient. Download the Otocast app for an audio tour experience, complete with the artists sharing details about their work. A map can be found at: apexnc.org/1558/Public-Art.
Jukebox Saturday Night
Cook with Dad
Live music returns with Jukebox Saturday Night, a musical review of Big Band sounds from America’s Swing Era. The familyfriendly event showcases music from Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney and many more. Tickets start at $15.
Treat Dad to a special Italian banchetto (feast) for Father’s Day, with the help of the instructors at Flour Power. Share special memories while making Italian-inspired favorites like pizza, Caprese Bites and Italian Sprinkle Cookies. Register at flourpowerstudios. com/hollysprings.
THURSDAY, JUNE 10 7:30 P.M. HOLLY SPRINGS CULTURAL CENTER
JUNE 19 4:00-6:00 P.M. FLOUR POWER 244 GRAND HILL PLACE, HOLLY SPRINGS
One-Day Art Classes
ONGOING FUQUAY-VARINA ARTS CENTER
Unleash your creativity, and expand your skills with one-day classes at the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center. Try Chinese Brush Painting ( June 17) or Landscape Collage ( July 29) with instructor Charlene Bowling. Topics vary month to month and provide great artistic exposure without the commitment of an ongoing course. There are also one-day classes for kids, like Pet Portraits ( June 26). Details available at fuquay-varina.org/1255/Summer-Classes.
Fifth of July Festivities JULY 5 5:00 - 9:30 P.M. JEFFERSON L. SUGG FARM AT BASS LAKE PARK
Day after Independence Day festivities return to Holly Springs with fireworks, food vendors, inflatables, face painting and fun in one of the town’s most loved events. As the date approaches, be sure to check the town of Holly Springs website for the most up-to-date information on gathering restrictions and festival details.
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Pace Yourself Run company
Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business of the Year Pace Yourself Run Company was founded by a group of eleven running enthusiasts and friends who would plan their runs to-and-fro Holly Springs’s breweries and bottle shops. Ryan Monteleone, PYRC president, offers insights on the shop’s mission.
GOAL SETTING: We wanted to build something the community would be proud of,
and make it a destination, not just somewhere to buy stuff, a place to hang out and talk to each other.
ACCESSIBLE: Many running stores cater to the elite runner. We wanted to be more
inclusive, not intimidating. All paces are welcome.
SERVICE AND EDUCATION: We make sure the tool you are buying is the right one
for you. The one that will keep you healthy, and injury free. Sam (Brown) and his team will spend up to 45 minutes with a customer to find the right fit. Customers typically try three to five pairs of shoes in a visit. CHALLENGES: The store’s grand opening was September 2019, six months
before the shut down. We had to pivot to offering shopping by appointment only, launching the ecommerce store and offering local deliveries. The majority of the owners have day jobs, too. In between client appointments, I was delivering shoes. SERVING THE COMMUNITY: During the shutdown, we thought, ‘How can we
help everybody else?’ We hosted a virtual beer mile and split the proceeds between Bombshell Beer Company, Carolina Brewing Company and Black Dog Bottle Shop. We organized Frontline Feet, which gave away 120 pairs of shoes to frontline health care workers and about 80 pairs to teachers in the community. We used a percentage of one month’s proceeds to buy gift cards from local businesses in need. We were all trying to help each other. If we focus on the right things, it’ll come back around. TEAMWORK: There are 11 owners. Everybody told us don’t do it, but the attorney
said he could feel unity in this group. We have had our moments, just like all families, but all of us would drop everything to help each other.
AND THERE’S BEER: There are eight craft beer taps in store, with at least half from
N.C. breweries, including Pace Yourself Pilsner, an exclusive collaboration with Carolina Brewing Company. PACE YOURSELF RUN COMPANY 242 S Main St., Suite 102, Holly Springs (919) 346-8182 pyrunco.com 14 JUNE/JULY 2021
MEMBERS OF THE TEAM OF ELEVEN PACE YOURSELF RUN COMPANY OWNERS: COLLEEN GREENE, SAM BROWN, WHO IS ALSO THE STORE MANAGER, RYAN MONTELEONE, NANCY CAWLEY AND DAVE KARLS.
3 day vacay!
from Hank’s Downtown Dive
Recipe by Matthew Bettinger | Photographed by Jonathan Fredin
Margaritas aren’t the only cocktail featuring tequila, even though it seems that way sometimes. The classic paloma also starts with tequila, but finishes with lime juice and grapefruit soda. Matt Bettinger, one of the founders of Hank’s Downtown Dive, presents this twist on that refreshing summer cocktail.
3 DAY VACAY! 3/4 ounces tequila 1 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ounce grapefruit juice 3/4 ounce agave syrup A pinch of salt Float of Aperol, optional Combine all ingredients except for Aperol in a shaker with ice; shake well. Strain the contents of the shaker over fresh ice into a glass rimmed in Tajin, a chili-lime seasoning. Garnish with a float of Aperol, if desired, and a lime wheel.
HANK’S DOWNTOWN DIVE 111 E CHATHAM ST, CARY (984) 464-2524 HANKSDOWNTOWNDIVE.COM
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IT’S A BEAUTIFUL MORNING IN THE PASTRY CASE AT STICK BOY BREAD COMPANY.
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Signature beverage: The Walter Raleigh
the early bird may catch the
worm, breakfast in Southern Wake can’t — dare we say,
shouldn’t — be contained to the a.m. hours. From sweet
to savory, classic to creative,
breakfast is, thankfully, offered around the clock at local HAND-SHAKEN VANILLA WHIPPED CREAM TOPS THE WALTER RALEIGH, SERVED HOT OR ICED.
restaurants and cafes that
can’t wait to serve your most important meal of the day.
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Avocado toast a customer favorite!
Amish baked oatmeal
A Fresh-baked Popover takes the place of bread in the cafe breakfast sandwich Sweet moon potatoes MANY OF THE HEALTHFUL AND UNIQUE CREATIONS AT ASHLEY’S HARVEST MOON BAKERY – CAFE BEGAN AS FAMILY RECIPES FROM CHEF TRAVIS UMPHLETTE. 20 June/JULY 2021
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Eggs Up Grill
Ashley’s Harvest Moon Bakery - Cafe
Owner Ashley Hiester only made a few changes when she purchased Harvest Moon Bakery — Cafe from its original proprietor last summer. She kept the delicious family recipes by chef Travis Umphlette, locally-roasted coffee and warm, welcoming atmosphere. Adding displays of local art on the walls, a handful of new, signature menu items and rotating specials infused a growing sense of community. “I added things people love, like our avocado toast, which is really popular,” says Hiester. “We want to be in tune with the community, which is very healthy. We also added some vegetarian and vegan options. “We take people’s suggestions to heart.” One of the most distinctive offerings is the popover, which is used in the Cafe Breakfast Sandwich and the B.L.T.C. (bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese sandwich) in place of bread or a biscuit. Hiester describes it as “a light fluffy roll made with an egg-based batter.” Try the Sweet Moon Potatoes, another recent menu addition, which are seasoned, roasted sweet potatoes topped with a lemon garlic aioli, one of those special side items with as much flavor as the main course. Hiester, a recent graduate of North Carolina State University, described jumping into a business during a global pandemic as “drinking from a firehose,” but as she’s grown accustomed to the role, the cafe has felt the support of local residents. “A lot of our customers are regulars. I’ve gotten to know many of them by name.” 128 BASS LAKE ROAD HOLLY SPRINGS NC, 27540 (919) 285-3003 HARVESTMOONBAKERYCAFE.COM
The egg counter reads 300,460 behind the serving counter at Eggs Up Grill in Holly Springs. That accounts for the number of hand-cracked eggs since the eatery’s opening. Owner Scott Johnon says the total is updated weekly, and it’s easy to imagine how high the number will climb. With classics like breakfast platters, omelets and benedicts, and unique offerings such as the Good Morning Burger and Founder’s Hash & Eggs, the friendly neighborhood diner dishes up an impressive quantity of eggs. “The founder and his father came up with the recipe,” says Johnson of the hash and eggs. “It’s unique to us. The hash is crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. You don’t find hash and eggs everywhere.” The restaurant’s full menu is available from 6:00 FOUNDER’S HASH & EGGS a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and you’ll often see customers enjoying a burger at 6:00 a.m. or pancakes at noon. It’s no wonder with offerings such as tempting Peaches & Cream Pancakes — caramelized peaches, cream cheese frosting and powdered sugar. “Our Cinnamon Swirl French Toast is amazing, prepared with cinnamon swirl bread made just for us,” says Johnson. Johnson also owns the Fuquay-Varina location of Eggs Up Grill, a franchise he fell in love with because of its cheerful, family atmosphere. PEACHES & CREAM PANCAKES “We’re neighbors serving neighbors. We are all people who live, shop and work here,” he says. 4216 LASSITER ROAD, HOLLY SPRINGS (919) 495-4530 1436 N MAIN ST, FUQUAY VARINA (919) 285-4463 EGGSUPGRILL.COM
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Sweet and savory sweet country blues biscuit
Biscuit beignets are a “no-brainer”
Rise southern Biscuits & righteous Chicken
Self-proclaimed foodies, Anju and Ajay Patel loved Rise from the first time they ate at the original Durham location. When the opportunity came to bring fresh, madefrom-scratch breakfast food to Holly Springs, the Patels jumped at the chance, opening their Rise location in Holly Springs Towne Center four years ago. “The biscuits are made everyday. The chicken is breaded in house. All the ingredients are fresh,” says Anju Patel, who lives in Cary with her husband Ajay and family. The Patels love the culture at Rise, in addition to the southern-style food. “In the kitchen, you can try out different things. (Rise is) very free flowing and receptive to new ideas,” says Anju. Some of the eatery’s most unique menu offerings have been created from experimentation, which is encouraged. A former manager at the Holly Springs location dreamed up the Biscuit Beignets, fried bits of biscuit dough doused in powdered sugar — a delicious “no brainer,” says Anju. The sweet-and-savory biscuit, Sweet Country Blues, arose when a frequent customer at downtown Durham’s Rise regularly ordered a glazed blueberry biscuit with allnatural pork sausage from Cooper River Farms. The owners took notice, and the one-of-a-kind sandwich earned a permanent spot on the menu. Build-your-own sandwiches give every customer the opportunity to create a biscuit sensation of their own. “Pile up anything you want: eggs, sausage, sauces. There’s a great variety of how you can build your biscuit,” says Anju. 169 GRAND HILL PLACE, HOLLY SPRINGS (919) 586-7343 RISEBISCUITSCHICKEN.COM
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Design your own mimosa flight at brunch!
Sir Walter Coffee & Kitchen
TWO-STEP VIETNAMESE ICED COFFEE IS PREPARED TABLESIDE
swck specialty! Nitro Cold Brew:
Concentrated cold coffee with elevated levels of caffeine is served from a nitrogen tap, so it comes out with mild, creamy carbonation and a smooth, full-bodied flavor.
From creative coffee shop to chill cocktail lounge, Sir Walter Coffee & Kitchen combines fresh ingredients, trendy preparations and a love of all things local. Get your weekday caffeine fix from the menu of inventive coffee and tea concoctions, including flagship beverage The Walter Raleigh, their adaptation of a mocha (pictured page 27). “Nitro cold brew on tap, hand shaken vanilla whipped cream, and you can even add peanut butter so it tastes like a Reese’s,” says Carinne Mossa, one of the managers at the Holly Springs Village District hot spot. Addictively delicious Vietnamese Iced Coffee is prepared tableside, with two shots of espresso, stirred with sweetened condensed milk then poured into the nitro cold brew. “It’s served on our own tray. There’s an aspect of ceremony in the ritual and presentation,” says Mossa. “Customers love the control over designing their drink,” she says, especially the margarita and mimosa flights that are offered during weekend brunch. “We use homemade simple syrups and fruit purees. The flavors change depending on the fresh fruits available,” says Mossa. Sir Walter Coffee and Kitchen debuted an updated brunch menu last November. Fruity French Toast (coated in Fruity Pebbles) and Train Wreck (smothered tater tots) will surely get you out of bed on Saturdays and Sundays. 242 S MAIN ST. SUITE 118, HOLLY SPRINGS (919) 390-2274 SIRWALTERCOFFEEKITCHEN.COM continued on page 24
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Stick Boy Bread Company
Despite the grueling schedule of an all-day bakery, Stick Boy Bread Company owner Katie Dies relishes early mornings in downtown Fuquay-Varina. “I absolutely love setting the bakery up for the day: putting fresh pastries in the case, loading the shelves with bread and brewing that first pot of coffee. … I enjoy greeting customers heading to work for the day or folks headed home after an overnight shift — it’s something that brings me a lot of joy,” Dies says. “And, I absolutely love watching Main Street come alive — seeing shop owners unlock their doors and click on their open signs is pretty neat.” Customers know they can count on Stick Boy, a fixture in Fuquay for more than a decade, for handcrafted breads and baked goods, coffee and smoothies. “I believe we have something for everyone. We offer a large variety of breakfast items to choose from, including cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, muffins and scones, and are constantly testing new recipes,” says Dies. “We started offering quiche a few months ago, and I am in love! They’re made from scratch every morning,” says Dies.
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Bacon Cheddar Brioche Man
Served as an adorable, personal-sized tart, the quiches have a homemade crust and smooth, savory filling. Understandably, the Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese icing is an overwhelming customer favorite. Rich, decadent icing tops the fluffy pastry for a indulgent breakfast treat. The generously-sized portion may make you think about sharing, but trust us, you won’t want to. 127 SOUTH MAIN STREET, FUQUAY-VARINA (919) 557-2237 STICKBOYFUQUAY.COM
We started offering quiche a few months ago, and I am in love! They’re made from scratch every morning.
– Katie Dies, owner, Stick Boy Bread Company
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BOLDLY INVENTIVE, THE PIMENTO TEA ROOM BRINGS NEW FLAVOR TO THE VILLAGE DISTRICT IN HOLLY SPRINGS.
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Then there’s the brass-topped bar juxtaposed by heart pine beams, the result of Matt’s painstaking removal of ceilings and walls to reveal the hidden wooden treasure. In the main dining areas, antique furnishings abound, including vintage family cookbooks. “We bought a lot of things from thrift stores, estate sales and auctions,” Matt says. “Even the flatware and the glassware were purposefully selected to help create a memorable experience,” adds Christy. Don’t miss the quirky wall of silhouettes near the front entrance. See if you can find, for instance, Alfred Hitchcock, Homer Simpson, painter Bob Ross, and Daniel-san from the “The Karate Kid” film series. Perhaps what guests have embraced most, though, is the food. The menu changes frequently, so check the PTR website for the latest offerings. “I get bored easily, so that’s why we mix things up so often,” explains Christy, who serves as primary chef. Hailing from Maryland, Christy spent time in Wake Tech’s Culinary Arts program before taking a break to have children. “All three are now teenagers, and they are our A-Team here at the restaurant,” Christy says aptly, especially considering that a framed portrait of 1980s fictional character Mr. T hangs on the dining room wall. When you visit PTR, start your culinary adventure with some snacks like black-eyed pea hummus, assorted pickled vegetables or — fittingly — pimiento cheese and saltine crackers. Then select a bowl of vegan and gluten-free turtle bean soup or next-level Brunswick stew that’s so lip-smacking good you’ll want to take some home for later. A must-try ten-layer salad features pickled red onion, tomato, Monterey jack cheese, egg, green peas, fried black-eyed peas, scallions and — get this — pimiento cheese dressing. A vegan version of the salad is available as well. continued on page 30
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SUPPER PLATES LIKE PULLED PORK WITH CHOW CHOW, POTATO SALAD, DILLY BEANS AND BAKED BEANS WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.
OWNERS MATT AND CHRISTY GRIFFITH
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INGREDIENTS 1 oz light brown sugar 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper 1/4 tsp chili powder 1/2 lb thick sliced bacon PREPARATION 1. Combine sugar, pepper and chili powder in a bowl. 2. Line a baking pan with foil and insert a wire rack coated with cooking spray. 3. Place bacon on rack and bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. 4. Remove and sprinkle with sugar mixture. 5. Bake another 5-10 minutes or until cooked. Sugared bacon will harden as it cools.
INGREDIENTS 1 lb unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1 3/4 oz light brown sugar 1 1/2 oz honey 1 3/4 oz candied bacon, chopped PREPARATION 1. Beat butter in stand mixer with salt and sugar until fluffy. 2. Add in honey and bacon. Mix until well combined. Yields 1 1/4 lb Recipe courtesy of Pimiento Tea Room 30 APRIL/MAY 2021
Inventive tea sandwiches are served on house-made toasted olive oil bread. How about smoked catfish spread with pickled read onion, crushed kettle chops, baby greens and Texas Pete mayo? Possibly roasted sweet potato with sundried tomato goat cheeses, arugula, honey and candied jalapeno? Or even cucumber with carrot, iceberg lettuce and kalamata olive mayo? “We will always offer a vegan option with our sandwiches,” Christy says. Popular scones served with flavored butters will not disappoint. Choose a flight of three butters, which include choices such as honeyscallion, sundried tomato, candied bacon, cinnamon-brown sugar, salted chocolate matcha and vegan-vanilla. “We also have a unicorn butter, which is a vanilla with sprinkles,” says Christy. “Every time I see it show up on a ticket in the kitchen, it makes me calm down and smile.” PTR also serves supper Tuesday through Saturday. If it’s available, order the chicken and veggie pot pie with buttermilk biscuit crumble topping and lemon-roasted green beans. For a vegetarian delight, try the cornmeal-encrusted risotto cakes crowned with curried coconut creamed collards and green chile tomato gravy. “With the vibe we have, we decided to be bold with the menu,” Christy says. “We are excited to have so many regulars, and they seem to appreciate the constant variety.” The drink menu is equally audacious. Intriguingly, all the specialty cocktails are permeated with tea. “We steep tea directly into the spirits,” Matt says. “One of the specialty cocktails is The Widow Nickels, which pays homage to Virginia Nickels, who lived in the house in the 1860s.” Nearly a dozen selections of tea drinks, from Earl Grey No. 69 to the fruity Feng Shui, deserve strong consideration. And so does Dirt, a robust, high-octane mixture of coffee and tea. Save room for dessert. Petit four-style sweets range from a chaispiced poundcake truffle and salted brown butter Rice Krispies treat to an Arnold Palmer white-chocolate lemon cake with sweet-tea icing. “There truly is something for everyone,” says Christy. “We also make Sunday sundaes for brunch.” Once the restaurant hits its stride, Matt and Christy plan to create a give-back component to support a worthy charitable cause. “Our youngest daughter, Eve, was diagnosed with kidney cancer when she was two years old,” Christy says, “so we want to do what we can to support (the nonprofit) CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.” PTR is open Tuesday through Sunday and does not accept reservations. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Arrive early for a prime seat on the front porch. And tell them Main & Broad sent you. PIMIENTO TEA ROOM 200 NORTH MAIN ST., HOLLY SPRINGS (984) 225-4213 PIMIENTOTEAROOM.COM
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Ripe Revival Delivers Fresh Produce to southern Wake Written by Jack Frederick | Photography courtesy of Ripe Revival Market Since it began distributing produce in April 2020, Ripe Revival Market has spread quickly from its base of operations in Rocky Mount to more than 15 N.C. counties — including southern Wake County. Now, as the company’s reach has broadened to more than 100 cities across North Carolina, from Wilmington to Chapel Hill, residents in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina can have locally produced fresh fruit, vegetables and meats delivered right to their door each week. “The market was really born out of the pandemic, out of necessity for survival,” said founder Will Kornegay. “Not only for ourselves, but we just saw the need for so 32 JUNE/JULY 2021
many people to have access to the service that we offer, whether it be consumers who need a safe and convenient way to get food during a time of uncertainty, or be another food producers and food companies who like us, had the rug pulled out from under their feet when the state shut down.” Ripe Revival Market joins a booming industry of produce distribution companies that serve the Triangle, with a convenient contact-free food delivery model that has thrived in the pandemic. To set itself apart from other similar companies, Kornegy says that Ripe Revival delivers to both rural and urban areas, while some of its competitors deliver in only larger cities. Ripe Revival offers a variety of pack-
ages, from one-time deliveries to recurring memberships of grocery boxes, produce boxes and other North Carolina-made food products. The company plans to launch poultry, beef and pork meat boxes as well. The produce box includes 15-20 pounds of fruits and vegetables for $34.99, while the grocery box includes produce and other products, like meat, dairy and snacks for $74.99 per box. As many companies of its kind have grown quickly during the pandemic, Ripe Revival’s history is tied directly to COVID-19 — and the company might not exist if not for the shutdowns. Ripe Revival was supposed to
launch in March 2020 as a fruit and vegetable gummies company, but pivoted when stores were not accepting new vendors. Instead, Kornegay decided the company would address food insecurity concerns and support N.C. farmers whose supply chains were disrupted by shutdowns. “Agriculture is one of North Carolina’s biggest industries, and I think that consumers are much more aware of that now after the last year,” Kornegay said. “We’re proud that we can represent a lot of farmers who lost a lot of business or outlets for their crops. Beyond, I think consumers are really looking for a deeper connection to the source of their food, so we’re excited that Ripe Revival Market can be that resource for them.” In the time since, Ripe Revival has also resumed the sale of fruit and vegetable gummies. But now tied to its mission is the goal to maximize the use of crops that might not otherwise be sold. So far, Kornegay has partnered with dozens of farmers in the state to sell more of their produce and products. The company recently launched a $22.99 Community Supported Produce Box that includes imperfect but otherwise perfectly healthy fruit and vegetables. Each purchase benefits farmers and helps families in need. “We’re trying to find a way to utilize more of, a lot of people
WILL KORNEGAY, OWNER AND FOUDNER OF RIPE REVIVAL MARKET
use the term ugly produce. We don’t specifically love that term, but the unwanted produce,” Kornegay said. “For every box we sell, we’re going to donate that exact same box to a family in need within their communities.” All boxes change weekly depending upon the season and availability of produce. Ripe Revival delivers orders from Wednesday to Friday, but generally fulfills any orders placed in the Triangle on Fridays. For more information, visit riperevivalmarket.com.
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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 Brus on Main “Quaint cafe serving New York coffee, bakery treats and breakfast.” 135 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina (607) 745-2512; @brusonmain
The Corner Biergarten “Bar & bottle shop.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 133, Fuquay-Varina (919) 246-6649; tcbiergarten.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 Daddy D’s BBQ “Slow cooked with love.” 1526 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-6464; daddydsbbqnc.com
FuQuay Brus “Quaint coffee cafe with New York coffee, baked goods, beer, wine and keto.” 400 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (607) 745-2512; @fuquaybrus Garibaldi Trattoria Pizza & Pasta “Authentic Italian cuisine and quality service.” 900 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-8868; garibalditrattoria.com The Healthy Spot “Meal replacement smoothies and energizing teas.” 961 East Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-5373; @healthyspotfuquay
Drive Bru “Drive thru coffee shop with N.Y. coffee & Carolina charm.” 1013 E Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (607) 745-2512; @drivebru
J&S New York Pizza “Family-owned and operated Italian restaurant.” 500 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-6921; jandsnypizza.com
Eggs Up Grill “Breakfast favorites served all day.” 1436 N Main St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-4463; eggsupgrill.com
Johnny’s Pizza “An amazing array of different NY-style pizzas.” 722 N Judd Parkway N, Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-6322; johnnyspizzacary.com
El Dorado “Enjoy the most delicious Mexican food amongst family.” 112 E Vance St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-0287; eldoradomexicanrestaurant.com
Joyce & Family Restaurant “Home cooked Southern favorites.” 129 N Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 567-1717; @joyceandfamily
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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
Los Tres Magueyes “We prepare our food fresh daily.” 401 Wake Chapel Road, Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-3957; lostresmagueyes.com
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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 Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 305 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-5555; themasonjartavern.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
Dine Wingin’ It Bar and Grille “Family-friendly neighborhood pub.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 109, Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-0962; winginitbarandgrille.com Zeera Indian Restaurant “Authentic goodness in traditional Indian food.” 1311 E Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-6215; zeeranc.com Zaxby’s “Indescribably good.” 1341 N Main St, Fuquay Varina (919) 552-3981; zaxbys.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 Aye! Toro “Crafted with love using traditional Mexican recipes passed down through generations.” 303 Mathews Dr, Holly Springs (919) 367-6233; ayetoronc.com Bass Lake Draft House “34 beers on tap.” 124 Bass Lake Rd, Holly Springs (919) 567-3251; basslakedrafthouse.com Bestow Baked Goods “Life is too short for grocery store desserts.” 4208 Lassiter Road, Holly Springs (919) 473-9225; bestowbakedgoods.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
Tsuru Sweets & Coffee “Elegant-yet-sassy gourmet confectionery.” 411 Broad St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-2646; tsurusweets.com Vicious Fishes Tap & Kitchen “Eclectic twists on comfortable bar food.” 132 South Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-7876; viciousfishes.com/fuquay-nc
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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 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 “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
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
Kobe HIbachi and Sushi 515 North Main Street, Holly Springs (919) 557-1437; kobehollyspringsnc.com
My Way Tavern “Freshly made all-American foods.” 301 W. Center St., Holly Springs (919) 285-2412; mywaytavern.com
Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream “A unique spin on a timeless dessert.” 304 N. Main St., Holly Springs (919) 762-7808; mamabirdsicecream.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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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 Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi “Authentic Thai cuisine: well-balanced dishes bursting with flavor.” 242 S Main Street, Holly Springs (984) 538-6742; oshathaikitchennc.com Pimiento Tea Room “Not your mama’s tea room.” 200 North Main Street, Holly Springs (984) 225-4213, pimientotearoom.com Rise Southern Biscuits & Chicken “The best dang biscuits.” 169 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 586-7343; risebiscuitsdonuts.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 Zaxby’s “Indescribably good.” 101 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 762-0432; zaxbys.com
CARY Chanticleer Café & Bakery “Family-owned restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch and specialty coffees.” 6490 Tryon Road, Cary (919) 781-4810; chanticleercafe.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 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
Mellow Mushroom “Beer, calzones and creative stone-baked pizzas.” 4300 NW Cary Parkway, Cary (919) 463-7779; mellowmushroom.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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Chef’s Palette “Creative flair and originality in every aspect of our service.” 3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary (919) 267-6011; chefspalette.net Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar “Good old-fashioned burgers and bottled soda.” 126 Kilmayne Drive, Cary (919) 466-0055; corbettsburgers.com
Lugano Ristorante “Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.” 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary (919) 468-7229; luganocary.com
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k c o ROn n Chart-topping Fuquay-Varina band plays from the heart
2DIGH4 BAND MEMBERS (FROM LEFT): LANDON DIGH ON ACOUSTIC GUITAR, AUBREY DIGH ON ELECTRIC GUITAR, BASS PLAYER MIKE KACHMAN AND MELODY BALLARD, ON DRUMS
It’s a warm night at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre in April. As the sun sets, a four-person band performs an eclectic combination of country twang, rock guitar and thoughtful lyrics. It’s a one-of-a-kind sound created by brothers Landon and Aubrey Digh and their band 2Digh4 (pronounced two-die-four). This hometown group is familiar to many, hailing from Fuquay-Varina and regularly performing across the Triangle (and beyond), but their dreams don’t stop there. continued on page 40
2DIGH4 REALEASED THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN 2019. LANDON, PICTURED HERE, USUALLY SINGS LEAD VOCALS.
Digh brothers, natives of Fuquay-Varina, have known music all their lives. “There was always singing in our house,” says Kay Digh, mom to Landon, 28, and Aubrey, 26. Landon and Aubrey credit their father, also a musician, for their inherited musical talent. But it was Kay who enrolled the brothers in their first piano lessons — with Diana Thomas at Fuquay’s Joyful Sounds Arts and Music Academy. Guitar lessons followed shortly thereafter. “Aubrey could play by ear,” says Kay, who the brothers refer to as their backbone of support. “They both caught on immediately and loved it.” During middle school, both brothers added instruments to their skill set — trumpet for Landon and violin for Aubrey. And at Fuquay-Varina High, they participated in theater productions, singing and acting, as well as performing the national anthem at sporting events, thanks, in part, to encouragement from their high school chorus teacher, Ruth McCoy.
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“She was more than just a chorus teacher; she really tried to speak to everyone individually. She would be there to talk about anything,” said Landon. During those high school years, Landon and Aubrey began to experiment with writing their own music and performing duo shows. “In high school, I had tried writing a song. It will always be that first song I wrote,” says Landon. “I can tell you exactly what it was and how it goes. “We started doing duo gigs, thinking ‘Let’s try this out and see what happens.’ Some of these places want you to play for three hours, and that’s three hours worth of songs you have to learn. When you start out, you have nothing.” Landon and Aubrey both attended East Carolina University earning degrees in social work — studying and playing music along the way. “It helped us realize music is really our passion. It just doesn’t make sense to do anything else,” says Aubrey. Landon wrote a song called “North Carolina,” a tribute to his home state, “sitting on the front porch” during his years at ECU. This song would eventually become the band’s first single, but first, served to springboard 2Digh4 to its first taste of fame. The pair entered “North Carolina” in a 2016 Battle of the Bands competition sponsored by B93.9 New Country radio station, which they went on to win after two headto-head concerts and an online vote. The grand prize for winning — opening for country music superstars Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindel at the Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “It was an awesome experience. We loved it,” says Landon. “It was our first taste of being a VIP.” The band’s unique sound — what
That’s the coolest thing to me when someone says, ‘I listen to your music. I’ve heard it; I love it.’
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the Digh brothers call “country rock” — comes from a variety of influences. “Nineties and early 2000s country is a big influence of ours,” says Aubrey. “We do some pop covers as well, and have some rock aspects. It’s kind of hard to put a finger on it exactly.” He lists John Mayer, Keith Urban and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts as strong musical influences, but also adds Reliant K, a Christian rock and punk band, and classic rock songs. Aubrey describes 2Digh4 as: “A country written song, with Landon’s country twang, vocals and lyrics, along with some heavy crunching guitar.” Their original songs are vocally driven, formed through a unique, collaborative writing process. For example, Landon will sketch out a melody, add lyrics, then pass the tune off to Aubrey to write the lead guitar part. The brothers involve their other band members, drummer Melody Ballard and bass player Mike Kachman to round out the sound. Typically Landon sings lead vocals and plays acoustic guitar, sometimes banjo, while Aubrey jams the lead guitar and harmony vocals. But it’s not uncommon for their roles to switch.
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THE BAND HAS PLAYED TOGETHER SINCE 2017, PERFORMING A MIX OF ORIGINAL SONGS AND POPULAR COVERS.
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“What seems to be our main draw is the brotherly harmonies. It’s something different, hard to explain, but most people can hear it,” says Landon. The first album “4 the years gone 2 soon” was released in 2019, featuring 10 original songs, including their signature hit “North Carolina” and the single “Indefinitely,” which reached #1 on Country Digital Indie Music Charts in January 2021. Throughout last year, 2Digh4 has been able to continue performing outdoors with safety precautions in place. One of their biggest shows took place last May at Scooters in Raleigh, just after the most intense shutdown restrictions were eased. “People realized how much they needed music and arts during that time,” says Samantha Pulley, 2Digh4’s booking agent. “People realized how much they missed it. It was a really cool thing to see everybody come together for that show.” This summer, the group is booked solid on Friday and Saturday nights, playing 42 June/JULY 2021
some weekday shows as well. You might shows,” Kay says, who works as a school find them at Buccaneer Music Hall in psychologist at Fuquay-Varina Middle Greenville, Mike’s Farm in Beulaville, Big School. “I am so proud of them using their Mike’s BBQ in Apex, Belleau Wood Brew- God-given talents.” ing in Lillington or Brixx Pizza in Cary, The brothers credit their faith as a funamong many others. damental influence on their lives. They both Shows are typically half original work as contemporary worship leaders for songs, half covers, offering a good mix of churches in Farmville, N.C., to which they 2Digh4’s unique sound commute every Sunday and familiar hits. from Fuquay. 2Digh4’s song “Their music has “As strong Chris“Indefinitely” reached touched me a lot. I want tians, it has been a goal #1 on the Country other people to feel that, to inspire people not just Digital Indie Music Charts in January. too,” says Pulley. “That’s with our music, but by what my goal with the staying as humble as we booking is, to get them out there so other can be,” says Aubrey. “Showing people you people can feel that.” can make a mark upon the world and still Kay Digh describes Landon as out- be who you are.” going, gregarious, the leader of the pair. Next up for 2Digh4 is a performance Aubrey is the peacemaker, she says, with a at the N.C. State Fair this fall, recording more reserved demeanor and sarcastic wit. their second album and releasing a new “They both have big hearts and would single, called “Dang, Bro.” do anything for anybody.” “It’s got a Louisiana, swampy feel “I attend every single show, except with banjo and some bluesy harmonica,” during quarantine. I love to go to their says Landon.
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NIKITA DUCARROZ WILL COMPETE IN THIS SUMMER’S OLYMPICS FOR SWITZERLAND IN BMX FREESTYLE.
Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex, tucked away down Green Oaks Parkway, may be off the beaten path in Holly Springs, but it is renowned as one of the top BMX training facilities in the nation. The indoor/outdoor facility boasts varied terrain: box jumps, a foam pit, ramps, a jump line and plenty more, which caught the 44 June/JULY 2021
attention of female BMX star Nikita Ducarroz, prompting the 24-year-old to leave California and move to Holly Springs so she could train there daily. Ducarroz is an international athlete, born in France, to Swiss and American parents. Ducarroz grew up spending the school year in California and summers in Geneva, Switzerland. Only five years into her BMX career, she has competed in events in
International BMX star makes Holly Springs her home
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the U.S. and across Europe, and rides this summer for the Swiss Olympic team in Tokyo. Ducarroz’s event is BMX Park, also called BMX Freestyle, where cyclists perform a sequence of acrobatic tricks on different obstacles — obstacles much like those in the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex — and are judged on difficulty, creativity and execution. The 2020 Olympic Games (being
held this summer after postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic) are the first Olympic games to include BMX Freestyle in the lineup of events. There are only nine men and nine women competing in the Olympic Games, making BMX Freestyle one of the smallest events at the games.
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really drew me in and kept me coming back for more day after day. MB: What keeps you excited about the sport? ND: The adventures and the challenge. There’s always something different happening. I have friends from all over the world and get to learn and experience different cultures. I’m constantly kept busy either training or trying new things. I’m not the most competitive person (other than with myself ), but I really love competitions because of the challenge and the experience around them.
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As she prepares to ride on the biggest international stage in sports, Main & Broad caught up with Ducarroz to discuss moving to Holly Springs and making BMX history.
MB: How has your riding changed since moving and training in Holly Springs? ND: It’s hard to see it yourself, but I have had so many people comment on my progression since moving to Holly Springs. Going from riding 3 days a week with no clear plan, to riding every single day with purpose made such a difference. I also worked closely with a fellow rider who became my coach (Daniel Wedemeijer), and was riding with other Olympic-bound athletes who pushed me everyday. Because all 2020 events were cancelled, I had many uninterrupted months to focus solely on becoming a better rider.
It feels incredible — to be making history, and also being a part of this path that is showing the younger generation of girls it is possible to ride BMX.
MB: How do you feel going into the Olympics? ND: I don’t know if it’s become MB:What initially drew you to Freereal yet — probably a combination of style BMX riding? having so many competitions cancelled ND: When I quit soccer around 13 in 2020, and never having such a huge years old because of severe anxiety, my mom event for our sport. When I truly pause told me I had to do a sport. I needed to and think about it, I definitely get re– Nikita Ducarroz, find something that I could do at my house ally nervous. But I am also just really Swiss BMX Olympian and something that didn’t have a team that excited to experience it, and put all my would depend on me. I had seen some Youtraining to the test. I want to do the Tube videos of BMX riding and always loved riding my bike in best run I have ever done, something that makes me super stoked, the woods when we would go camping, so I told my mom I would and hopefully the judges will think it’s worthy of a podium! do BMX and mountain biking. What started a bit as an excuse to get out of playing soccer, ended up becoming my entire life. MB: What does it mean to be a part of the first Olympic I immediately fell in love, and after a year or so when I finally year of the sport? met others in the BMX community, I was hooked. The sense of ND: It feels incredible — to be making history, and also becommunity, feeling of freedom, and creativity were all things that continued on page 48
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2020 First place: Simple Session Estonia 2019 First place: Swiss National Championships Switzerland First Place: FISE European Series France 2018 First place: Vans BMX Pro Cup California Second Place: UCI BMX Freestyle BMX World Cup France 2017: Second Place: UCI BMX Freestyle BMX World Cup Hungary
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ing a part of this path that is showing the younger generation of girls it is possible to ride BMX. It’s not just for the boys. I’m excited to show our sport to a wider audience, and introduce it to more of the world. MB: What has been the most exciting moment of your career thus far? ND: Probably a tie between winning the 2018 Vans US Open and signing with Red Bull. The first was just such an incredible atmosphere, contest on the beach (literally) in California, so many good friends all around, and stomping my 540 at the end of the run. It was also a big deal for the women’s side of BMX to be at that event — just an unreal moment. I think it’s a pretty common dream amongst BMX athletes to become a (Red Bull) athlete. For me it was them, or nothing. The way (Red Bull) supports their athletes, the image of the brand etc, 48 June/JULY 2021
I honestly don’t know if I ever believed it would happen. To put on my silver and blue helmet every morning still feels like the ultimate dream. MB: What do you think of Holly Springs? ND: I really like Holly Springs! Originally coming from a very small town, I enjoy being back in an area that is pretty quiet. I really enjoy Bass Lake, either to go out on the lake in the boats with friends, spend the afternoon fishing, or even take a walk around it on the trails. It’s a nice place to relax and unwind. I like all the nature, and how small of a town it is. It’s the perfect blend of small, while still having everything you need. MB: How does DDASC compare to other facilities where you have trained? ND: Each place I have trained has been different and had it’s different ben-
efits. At the DDASC, we have the benefit of soft practice ramps called “resi,” as well as a foam pit. In addition, Daniel (Dhers) builds features similar to what we compete on, and they are some of the most challenging set ups I, and a lot of other riders, have ever ridden, so it really keeps us on our toes and ready for when we go compete. MB: Do you expect to stay in Holly Springs after the Olympics? ND: I honestly have no idea what the future holds. I did buy a house in Holly Springs, so I plan on staying for a while, but like I mentioned before, BMX brings ever-changing adventures, so only time will tell. For now I really enjoy being here. Watch Nikita Ducarroz’s Olympic runs at the Ariake Urban Sports Park in Tokyo on Sat, July 31 and Sun, Aug 1. Olympic coverage will be available on NBC and nbcolympics.com.
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PRINTED SHORTS With graphic prints and bold colors, patterned shorts bring personality and polish to warm weather wear. A neutral top, such as this ribbed bodysuit, left, keeps the look simple and comfortable. Shorts are quickly dressed up with a coordinating puff-sleeve crop top, below, showcasing another popular seasonal trend: matching sets. Ribbon-tie heels create a head-to-toe statement. LEFT: Havana leaf print shorts, $58 Ribbed bodysuit, $39 Necklace, $29 Gold leaf earrings, $16.50 From Villa 19 Boutique Knotted sandals, $19.99, Target Woven hat, $12.99, TJ Maxx BELOW: Havana leaf print shorts, $58 Havana leaf puff-sleeve crop top, $56 Scrunchie, $5 Gold leaf earrings, $16.50 From Villa 19 Boutique Ribbon-tie heels, $46, Cousin Couture
A New Season
Produced by Emily Uhland Photographed by Jonathan Fredin A yearlong affair with leisure wear has left many of us at a style standstill. Not to worry, local boutiques are ready and waiting to guide us into a new era of fashion. With these summer style ideas, which combine up-and-coming trends and some timeless classics, you can bring creativity and fun back into your wardrobe, and discover easy transitions from daytime casual to — at last — an excuse to dress up. 54 June/JULY 2021
FLORAL BLOUSE Just as the azaleas bloom every year, colorful florals emerge annually for spring’s finest fashion, reinvented this year in bright hues and floaty fabrics. With a pair of jean shorts and slide-on mules, this look gets you out the door in a flash. Below, substitute lush, silky pants with tailored details for sophisticated office attire that transitions easily to dinner out. RIGHT: Floral top, $43 Corduroy top-knot headband, $22 Denim shorts, $56 From Villa 19 Boutique Crossbody basket bag, $19.99, TJ Maxx Striped slides, $24.99, Target BELOW: Floral top, $43 Relaxed-fit pants, $68 CP Creative House double-layer toggle-chain necklace, $64.00 From Villa 19 Boutique Platform slides, $34.99 Top handle clutch, $25 From Target
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TENNIS SKIRT Country club sports, such as tennis and golf, have surged during the last year, ushering in a renaissance of preppy fashion. Pair a rainbow-hued cable-knit sweater vest, left, and crisp white sneakers for a cheerful summer picnic or a day on — or off — the courts. Ruffled sleeves, a smocked bodice and statement shoes, below, transition this look for a date night or cocktail hour. LEFT: White pleated tennis skort, $49 Pastel rainbow sweater vest, $49 Beaded strawberry earrings, $26 Sneakers, $49 From Cousin Couture Grey leather mini-backpack, $99, Rose & Lee Collective BELOW: White pleated tennis skort, $49 Puff-sleeve top, $44 Beaded rainbow earrings, $26 Ribbon-tie heels, $46 From Cousin Couture Crossbody basket bag, $19.99, TJ Maxx
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A consistent color palette looks easy, breezy and effortless during summer’s warm days. Adding a striped blazer and textured slides makes this combo Zoom-, boardor happy hourmeeting ready. RIGHT: Knotted tank, $48 White denim, $72 Buffalo horn earrings, $54 Blue Planet sunglasses, $45 Leather crossbody bag, $84 From Rose & Lee Collective Knotted sandals, $19.99, Target
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BELOW: Striped jacket, $64 Knotted tank, $48 White denim, $72 Teal drop earrings, $28 Blue Planet sunglasses, $45 From Rose & Lee Collective Necklace, $29, Villa 19 Woven slides, $24.99, Target
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A throwback to ’90s fashion, bodysuits create smooth, tucked-in silhouettes without repeated retucking. Ease into the trend by adding a layer, such as this soft, boxy cardigan, below. Or jump right in to the trend with high-waisted jeans that accentuate the natural waist and platform heels, right. BELOW: Blue Planet sunglasses, $60 Striped bodysuit, $30 Button-front cardigan, $40 Skinny jeans with distressed hem, $68 Grey leather backpack, $99 Beaded earrings, $24 From Rose & Lee Collective Sneakers, $49, Cousin Couture RIGHT: Blue Planet sunglasses, $60 Striped bodysuit, $30 Skinny jeans with distressed hem, $68 Teal drop earrings, $28 From Rose & Lee Collective CP Creative House necklace, $64.00, Villa 19 Platform slides, $34.99 Top-handle clutch, $25 From Target
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‘Millenium’ Allium: More Than a Spellcheck Millenium — if I had spelled this word that way on any of my eighth-grade English papers, a grade far south of “A” (a.k.a., 4.0) would have surely followed. But I’m a big boy now, and I can spell it any way I wanna. Actually, ‘Millenium’ is not a spellcheck waiting to happen but rather the name given by plant breeder Mark McDonough to an outstanding ornamental onion he introduced in 2000. Even though it has been around since the beginning of this millennium, ‘Millenium’ recently caught the attention of the general gardening public when it was named the Perennial Plant Association’s 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year. After that honor, this herbaceous charmer became an easier springtime find in many garden shops. Heck, I’ve even seen it in full flowering flaunt at big box home improvement stores with nursery centers. The award was well earned. ‘Millenium’ is a compact cutie that has a foli58 June/JULY 2021
age spread of only about 12 to 18 inches wide and tall. Sturdy, 18-inch-high stems support two-inch-diameter, round umbels bejeweled with masses of pinkish-purple florets starting in June when many flowering annuals and perennials begin to wind down in the building heat. Another advantage of ‘Millenium’ is that it is a clump-forming perennial, spending more energy expanding by way of underground fibrous bulb reproduction than seed production, meaning it will behave better than many other ornamental onions that can sometimes seed about with impunity. While you are admiring ‘Millenium’ in bloom, expect plenty of company from butterflies and bees. Conversely, don’t worry about deer and rabbits taking a culinary interest in this plant. ‘Millenium’ is happiest in full sun and resists drought, but placing it in a bed that has been well-worked with gobs of quality commercial garden soil or compost added
will make for a healthier plant by providing an even supply of ground moisture through the long summer season. Fluffing the soil up with such organic amendments will also help it drain better — another plus because this ornamental onion doesn’t fare well in soggy sites. Come the fall, ‘Millenium’ will pack it in for the growing season with its foliage flopping to a withered brown, which can then be cut back. If this pretty has grown beyond its bounds, or you simply want to spread its beauty around, late autumn is also a good time to dig up and divide the clump.
L.A. Jackson is the former editor of Carolina Gardener Magazine.
Just couldn’t part with your poinsettia last Christmas? Give it a vacation outdoors now in a semi-shady spot. Also, for a fuller, more compact plant, prune each branch back, leaving three to five leaves on each stem. Do something different for the gardening dad in your life this Father’s Day— plant a specimen, unusual or hard-to-find tree, shrub or perennial in his honor.
Better tasting—and least slimy—okra pods are best picked when they are about three inches long. And for little or no slime, when boiling okra, leave the pods whole. Continue filling the bird bath with water at least once a week, and to keep this refreshment stand fresh, also give it a good cleaning every two to three weeks.
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If you have been experiencing diminishing visual returns in an established daffodil bed the last few years, chances are this lessening of blooms is the result of overcrowding. Now is a good time to dig up, divide and separate the bulbs. Since they are dormant, the bulbs can be stored in a cool, dry area until the fall when you typically plant new, store-bought batches of bulbs, but replanting now in well-amended soil after separating them will also work just fine. Extra nutrients are not necessary at this time—wait until autumn to apply a specialized time-release bulb fertilizer around the sleeping beauties.
Is the summer sun to hot for your edible leafy greens? Try these heat-resisting substitutes. OKINAWA SPINACH This able spinach alternative, which hails originally from Southeast Asia, has similar tasting leaves accented by a light nutty flavoring with a hint of pine. A tender perennial, it makes a nice addition to salads and stir-fry dishes. The leaves typically won’t turn bitter in the summer simmer, but ideally provide at least some midafternoon shade and water regularly.
MALABAR SPINACH It is not related to true spinach, but the taste of this leafy veggie is close, along with a slight, peppery twang. For best flavor, eat young leaves raw. Malabar spinach originates from the Asian tropics as a perennial vine. It does love our hot summers, but is not coldhardy here, so grow this exotic edible as an annual.
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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
Greetings, dear reader. Allow me to introduce myself. When I’m not writing for a living, I am the creator and manager of the Fuquay-Varina Memes Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. Fuquay-Varina Memes originated back in January of 2017 to counteract the results of a controversial presidential election (yes, another one). At that point in history, everyone had unfriended everyone else, and people were throwing babies in the streets (don’t fact check me on that). Naturally, I took advantage of empty timelines everywhere and started a meme page, in which I made fun of Fuquay-Varina and surrounding towns. Four years and five Indy awards later, I’m still serving up third-degree burns to the town of Fuquay and beyond. Over the years I’ve hosted giveaways and contests, sold tshirts, made parade appearances, appeared in a couple State of the Town videos and even spoken at the Fuquay-Varina Women’s Conference in a chicken suit. If it sounds random and shockingly undignified, I’ve probably done it. There have been THOUSANDS of memes, but in this article I present 10 of FVM’s “Greatest Hits.” If you’ve followed FVM over the years, you’ll understand that some of my memes aren’t PG enough for Main & Broad (AHEM, #SwingerGate), but I’ve done my best to include some OG memes, super popular memes and memes that just feel right in my soul. Enjoy! 1. WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
This was the first meme ever posted on my Facebook page back in January of 2017. Mattress stores in town were reproducing faster than the Duggars were shooting out babies, and someone 60 June/JULY 2021
had to meme about it. Despite being on every corner, few were actually seen purchasing a mattress. Residents in town had several different theories, the most popular being that Mattress Firm was a front for a large-scale money laundering scheme. I have zero idea if this is true, but if the “Mattress Mafia” does exist, it’s definitely in Fuquay (hide yo kids, hide yo wife). 2. LEFT TURNS ARE GREAT
This was my first REALLY popular meme, so naturally it had to make the list. As one of the first memes ever posted, it was shared within minutes on local community pages, contributing to FVM’s rapid growth. If you have ANY experience driving in Holly Springs, then you know exactly why this one resonated so widely. You’ll have better luck getting your 5-foot-2-inch band kid on a Division 1 basketball team than you will turning left in Holly Springs. Oh, your destination is right across the street? You must be drunk on noob sauce if you think you have a prayer of getting there without making a U-turn. (Time to rethink that squatted F-150 with a zero turn radius, Dylan.) 3. THIS WEEK ON HOUSE HUNTERS
This was a more recent meme, but I think it definitely belongs in the Top Ten because a) it’s a giant serving of TRUTH and b) it was pretty freaking popular. This sums up exactly why the Town of Holly Springs would happily kill my page with fire. Along with essential oils, expensive homes surrounded by luxury dumps and nuclear power plants are all the rage around here. If this meme offends, I’m afraid you might be the target audience. FUN FACT: Despite the smell of ripe cabbage farts in the Target parking lot, the South Wake Landfill is technically located in Apex. 4. LADIES OF HOLLY SPRINGS BINGO
This meme was posted on Oct 23, 2018, as an early birthday present to
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myself. Ladies of Holly Springs is a very popular community page on Facebook that connects women in the community (it’s like the Nextdoor of former sorority sisters). To be fair, there’s also a Ladies of Fuquay-Varina that’s basically the same thing, but with a lot more chicken posts. As you can imagine, both groups provide the community with an endless stream of entertainment. Can you get a BINGO? 5. JUDD PARKWAY FOR LIFE
I don’t always sit in traffic, but when I do, it’s almost always on Judd Parkway. I’m not saying that it isn’t a necessary road in Fuquay, but a life free of Judd Parkway is a life free of headache. If you get on Judd, you’ll eventually make it to a series of intersections that are messier than Daenerys Targaryen at the end of Game of Thrones. During rush hour, you might be sitting at a red light for a good 3-6 years. Don’t be surprised when you get stuck behind Jeep Girl unapologetically blocking the intersection at 401. 6. CHERNOBYL, NC
The 2019 show Chernobyl was a fivepart HBO series based on the 1986 Russian nuclear power plant disaster, and it hit pretty close to home in southern Wake. With its 523-foot cooling tower, the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant looms large (quite literally) in our community, particularly for those who live in and around 12 Oaks (it’s a lifestyle). Every so often, full-volume siren tests are scheduled on Wednesday mornings, so we know everything is in working order. If you hear a siren and it’s NOT on a Wednesday, get ready to evacuate down Judd Parkway and melt in the comfort of your own car while stuck behind Jeep Girl next to Walmart. 7. FUQUAY EXISTS
I don’t get it, which is why this meme exists.The Town of Holly Springs and the Town of Fuquay-Varina are literally separated by five miles, but residents of Holly Springs act like we haven’t been sitting in the same traffic 62 June/JULY 2021
a n d sending our kids to the same middle schools for years. Are they judging us by our XXX town name? Do they hate us because we can’t keep hold of our pigs? I know it’s easy to get on your high horse when you have a Target, but at least we can walk through our Walmart parking lot without getting attacked by dump chickens and seagulls. 8. TO SPELL OR NOT TO SPELL
Have you ever had to spell FuquayVarina to a customer service representative over the phone? It never goes well. Spelling it literally requires you to say “F U” to whoever you’re talking to, and these poor people are just trying to do their job. The solution? “Let me just give you the zip code.” 9. CLASS IN A GLASS
It’s hard to take yourself seriously if you live in Fuquay-Varina, particularly when your only opportunity for wine tasting is sandwiched between a Cato and a Dollar Tree (shout out to Cellar 55)! It’s widely known that Fuquay-Varina is a beer town, but every so often you want a little bit of class in a glass before you hit up the Dollar Tree for some knock-off magic erasers. It’s the little things in life.
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2021 10. ALL TRICKS, NO TREATS
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How could this list be complete without mentioning #HalloweenGate? To make a pretty long and controversial story short, the Town of Holly Springs got in some hot water back in 2017 for posting some trick-or-treat “guidelines” for their residents. The town asked that trick-or-treaters be 12 and under and not wear masks (pre-2020), among other things. Although there was no threat of enforcement, the locals lit their torches and got ready for an old-fashioned community curb stomping. In other words, MIND YA BUSINESS.
11. THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
I wouldn’t be doing my job as FVM if I didn’t make fun of the Town of Cary. From tutus in the trees to children’s etiquette classes, Cary is the antithesis to the town of Fuquay-Varina in almost every way. If Fresh Market was a town, it would be Cary. If Bojangles was a town, it would be Fuquay. Look, I don’t make the rules. If you enjoyed these, there’s more where that came from! Follow me on: Facebook: @fuquaymemes Instagram: @thefvmemes Twitter: @thefvmemes 63
Heard FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
announced plans to build a biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Holly Springs, which will be the largest of its kind in North America. The project, estimated at $2 billion, is the largest life sciences investment ever announced in North Carolina. Construction will begin immediately in Oakview Innovation Business Park, with expected completion in 2025. The cell culture manufacturing facility will develop, produce, package and ship medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory bodies throughout the U.S. and the world, generating 725 jobs by the end of 2028.
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12th grade teacher of American literature at Holly Springs High School, was selected as a national semifinalist in “Live’s Top Teacher Search” on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Eagle, a resident of Fuquay-Varina, is a mother of five and a single parent and was named the 2019-2020 Holly Springs High School Teacher of the Year.
MyComputerCareer, a Raleigh-based IT career training school,
is moving its headquarters to a new mixed-use development in Holly Springs on N. Main St., bringing with it more than 200 new jobs. The development will have office space, apartments, retail space and a 1,000seat performing arts theater.
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Matthew Woo was named 2021 Varsity Tennis Player of the Year in the South Wake Athletic Conference. A senior at FVHS, Woo also qualified for the 4A state tennis championships.
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has been ranked as the sixthbest suburb in the country to move to in 2021, according to Homes.com. The study scored towns based on numerous factors including the housing market, education scores, ability to work from home, crime index and diversity, among others. Fuquay-Varina is the only North Carolina suburb to be represented in the top 10. Apex ranked number 28 on the list.
Crescent Communities, real
estate investor, developer and operator of mixeduse and commercial communities, will develop three buildings focussed on life science and biomanufacturing in Holly Springs at the intersection of Green Oaks Parkway and Holly Springs New Hill Roads. Crescent Communities aims to start construction in late Summer 2021, with the first building’s delivery expected in Summer 2022. “The Town of Holly Springs is excited to add Crescent Communities to our variety of options for life science companies in the 200-acre Oakview Innovation Park” said Irena Krstanovic, the Town of Holly Springs’ economic development director.
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