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IN EVERY ISSUE
14 SEE & DO Halloween events, town festivals, and live music happening nearby.
16 DIG IN & DRINK UP
Pumpkin Mousse from Asali Desserts & Cafe.
18 MEET & GREET
Artist Vladimir Vitkovsky’s winding route from Russia to Holly Springs.
52 THE PEACH COBBLER FACTORY
Desserts for days at Wake County’s first Peach Cobbler Factory.
56 RISE & DINE
24 FROM EX TO Z
Modern living in downtown Cary.
32 FRESH STATEMENT
A whole-home refresh seamlessly combines anitque furniture and contemporary style.
38 CAFE & CUDDLES
Sip on boba tea and coffee at Right Meow Cat Cafe.
44 WOMAN TO WATCH
Discover your new favorite restaurant in our Dining Guide.
60 FUN & MEMES
FVM’s inside scoop on new businesses coming to town.
64 SEEN & HEARD
Community news and accolades.
66 IN FOCUS
“ To be able to be a part of Holly Springs’ canvas being drawn is pretty freaking
– TonyaPalumbo, Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce PHOTOS BY JONATHAN FREDIN Tonya Palumbo, Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce volunteer turned executive director, helps shape the town.
October/November 2023 • Volume 5, Number 5
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10 October/NOVEMBER 2023
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I’ve always had dogs as pets. If you’ve been reading a while, you’ve probably seen me posing on this very page with my boxer puppy, Pepper. So I didn’t expect much from our visit to Right Meow Cat Cafe a couple of months ago — but it was a delight.
Friendly baristas and delicious beverages greeted our team. The cat lounge, separate from the cafe, is one of the happiest places around — bright and colorful decor, funky furniture, cheeky art, and fluffy kittens in every corner. Our entire team was smitten.
Jonathan, Main & Broad’s photographer and longtime cat lover, truly outdid himself that day. Turn to page 38 to get the inside scoop. And when you visit, because you’ll probably want to, tell owners Karen and Damion that Main & Broad sent you.
Also in this issue, we showcase two amazing — and very different — homes in Wake County. I’d like to extend special thanks to all those involved in telling these stories: homeowners, architects, designers, builders, and more. It is no small effort to ready a home for a photo shoot, and we are so happy you welcomed us in and allowed us to share your inspiring homes.EMILY UHLAND SENIOR EDITOR
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Apartments in one home in Cary’s Z House
Festivals and events to enjoy
Cats living at Right Meow Cat Cafe awaiting adoption
Beverages sold at Right Meow during its first month open
Flavors of cobbler baked fresh daily at The Peach Cobbler Factory
Summer at the Springs Finale
HOLLY SPRINGS CULTURAL CENTER
Fill up the lawn outside the Cultural Center for the final Friday concert of the year, featuring the band Snapback. Relax on a picnic blanket with food truck fare, local beer, and songs under the stars.
Local Events & Experiences to Enjoy
10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
Fuquay’s fall festival takes over Main Street, with live entertainment, local vendors, craft beer, a kids zone, and the Artist Village showcasing original work from local artisans and craftspeople.
SUGG FARM PARK
Along the walking trail, find spooky monsters, bloodthirsty zombies, scary clowns, and more frights. Recommended for ages 14 and older. Younger children are allowed when accompanied by a parent.
5 P.M. FAMILY TRAIL
7 P.M. FULL FRIGHT CARROLL HOWARD JOHNSON PARK
Glowing Disc Golf
APEX NATURE PARK
Ever played disc golf in the dark? Now’s your chance! The Glowing Disc Golf Tournament uses glowing discs, illuminated baskets, and flashlights. Register through Apex Parks and Recreation in one of three divisions: Advanced, Amateur, or Junior.
Pick your own poison at the Fuquay-Varina Haunted Trail: a casual sunlit walk past the costumed characters or a terrifying trek through dark woods with thrills at every turn (not recommended for children under 10). Parking is available at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center with a shuttle running to the Carroll Howard Johnson Park.
SUGG FARM PARK
For more fun with less fright, bring the family out to Holly Springs’ annual Spooktacular, a free event full of candy stations, games, slimemaking (EEK!), s’mores making, and costume contests.
OCT. 20–22 & 27–29
Join Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and Fuquay-Varina Ghosts for the 2023 Ghost Tours and prepare to be regaled with tales of old and new unexplained events and experiences in the downtown area. Experts guide participants on a walking tour through the streets sharing stories of ghostly and paranormal activity gathered from residents.
Fuquay Feast & Frolic
A weeklong celebration of downtown restaurants, breweries, and bars with daily specials, prix fixe menus, and a limited release beer collaboration, called Fuquay Famous, from five of Fuquay's local breweries.
Final Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina Concert
102 N. MAIN ST., FUQUAY-VARINA
The fall session of downtown Fuquay’s popular outdoor concert series wraps up with Jim Quick & Coastline. Eat, drink, dance, and be merry with your sweetie or the whole family at this free event.
Shop Small at Curated Craft Market
11 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
DEPOT STREET, FUQUAY-VARINA
With eight weekends until Christmas, Curated Craft Market kicks off its holiday shopping season with an outdoor market on Depot Street, featuring handmade, original artwork from local artists. Save the date for the next market: Dec. 9 at Cultivate Coffee.
BBQ, Blues, & Brews
NOON TO 4 P.M.
405 BROAD ST., FUQUAY-VARINA
Sample delicious barbecue from competing cook teams, sip a unique selection of locally brewed beer, and enjoy live music performances — all in support of the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association.
Fuquay Film Fest
FUQUAY-VARINA ARTS CENTER
10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
SUGG FARM PARK
A Holly Springs tradition — the annual free family-friendly festival celebrates all the people, places, and services the community has to offer. Featuring local artists, businesses, food vendors, children’s activities, and local entertainment.
A first of its kind event at the FV Arts Center theater, the Fuquay Film Fest will screen short films (40 minutes or less) submitted by novice and seasoned filmmakers vying for best-in-show awards. View unique dramas, comedies, and documentaries produced to make you laugh, cry, and think. In addition to screenings, the weekend will include meet and greets, workshops, and networking opportunities.
Turkey Trot 5K
APEX COMMUNITY PARK
It’s time to chase down that turkey at Apex Community Park, on a course through the park and around a scenic lake. Register early for recreational or competitive divisions; spots are limited. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Awards to top overall male and female and to the top three males and females in each competitive division age group. Visit AT
Drink up pumpkin cheesecake mousse from Asali Desserts & CafeWritten by David McCreary | Photographed by Jonathan Fredin
Asali Desserts & Cafe sets a high bar for scratchmade seasonal desserts, and the pumpkin cheesecake mousse is no exception.
An individually sized delicacy with two layers of goodness — a moist spice cake base crowned with chocolate-covered pumpkin-infused cheesecake mousse.
“The spice cake balances the pumpkin mousse, and the dark chocolate really complements it,” co-proprietor Hanadi Asad says.
Topped with a fondant mini pumpkin and dusted
with crushed graham crackers, the dessert has become a fall favorite with Asali’s regular patrons.
“The fondant pumpkin is made with almond paste,” reveals Asad, who opened the cafe with her husband, Jamaal Ali, in 2019, serving sweet and savory gourmet items like cheese za’atar pie, pistachio baklava, and almond tarts.
Pair the pumpkin cheesecake mousse with a classic latte or a cup of sahlab, a distinctive Middle Eastern milk-based drink.
FUQUAY-VARINA ARTS CENTER
If music is your thing, the Arts Center is the place to be—from the country’s hottest Queen tribute (The Kings of Queen), the Bach to Rock trio Take 3, or the ever popular Embers, you’re sure to be humming and tapping your toes!
Independent ﬁlms take center stage November 10 & 11 when the Fuquay Film Fest opens its doors. Packed with ﬁlms, workshops and lectures, this day and a half event is dedicated to the joys of movie making.
The Arts Center is pleased to present Inclusive Theatre, a class and performance open to all members of our community. No matter your skill, your ability or your dream, you will have your moment in the spotlight on October 18, 2023! Call the Arts Center for more info.
For more info, call the Arts Center at 919-567-3920
Vladimir Vitkovsky ArtistWritten by Emily Uhland
Photographed by Jonathan Fredin
“The road of an artist is the longest and windiest route,” says Marina Vitkovsky, wife to internationally known surrealist artist Vladimir Vitkovsky.
The Vitkovskys’ life certainly illustrates that point, starting in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia), where they met and married, and continuing in Italy, Boston, San Francisco, and now Holly Springs.
During that journey, the couple owned a private gallery in San Francisco, exhibited internationally, and, upon first moving to the US, experienced five years with no sales — winding indeed.
Vladimir was a born artist, painting and drawing all his life. He attended three different art schools in Russia, learning fine art, graphic art, and applied art disciplines.
That depth of experience is evident in his body of work, which includes pieces in ink, charcoal, oil pastel, oil paints, sculpture, and paper.
“He is known for his ink technique,” says Marina. “He received a gold medal in an international show in Sweden for that technique. No one can repeat it.”
Vitkovsky bends, brushes, and scrapes dark black ink into figures and forms, working within a five-minute window before the ink dries to create bold, graphic scenes.
Though Vitkovsky creates with several media, recurring themes surface in all of his works.
“Big arches, people, time, music, and cities are common motifs,” says Marina. “He combines them in different ways.”
“He creates his own surrealist world,
usually with faceless people and angles; you can go into them and hide away.”
Vladimir’s paintings are also largely monochromatic, though bolder colors are making their way into some of the newest works.
“He thinks color stands in your way of seeing other things,” says Marina.
The couple owned a gallery in San Francisco for 10 years, selling Vitkovsky’s original works to designers, investors, tourists, and art enthusiasts all over the world. But growing crime and political polarization in the area spurred them to move cross country to Holly Springs.
“Our daughter, Dasha, did the research and found Holly Springs. It was growing and flourishing and attracted her attention. We hope this is the last move we make,” says Marina.
“Our collectors in the Triangle and Southeast are growing. People here follow their likes; they buy what they like,” says Marina, noting the contrast from California buyers, who are influenced by status and trends.
“Here people want to talk to you, to share their emotions and thoughts about the art,” she says.
Instead of opening a new gallery, the Vitkovskys converted their home into a studio, welcoming visitors by appointment. Original works in all sizes and shapes cover the walls of their three-story residence, with Vladimir’s easel and current work in progress poised in the middle of it all.
“His work never stops, and it never ends,” says Marina. “He never knows when he started or when an idea came to him.”
Vitkovsky’s presence in the Southeast continues to grow. His works are now on display in the Marquee gallery in Asheville. The artist frequently exhibits at local and regional art festivals, including Spring Daze, Lazy Daze, Festival in the Park in Charlotte, and Virginia’s Museum of Contemporary Art Boardwalk Art Show.
They are also opening a booth, called Art O’clock, at Raleigh’s Painted Tree Marketplace.
“We have collected some of the best, most interesting artists from the former Soviet republics who reside in the US and are really excited to share their talents with our community,” says Dasha Vitkovsky.
Editor’s note: Vladimir and Marina communicate in a mix of Russian and English. In this interview, Marina spoke on Vladimir’s behalf.
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When you fill your walls with handmade work, you’re supporting an independent artist and getting something one of a kind.
Buy what speaks to you — that could mean that the colors make you happy, maybe the subject matter inspires you, or that you made a personal connection with the artist.
You can discover original, handcrafted works of art at Curated Craft Marketplace in downtown Fuquay. CCM showcases work from over 45 NC-based artists, several of whom are in Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs. Also, the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center hosts gallery shows and openings, which is a great way to meet local artists in person and connect with other art lovers in your community.– Taylor McGee, artist and owner, Curated Craft Marketplace, Fuquay-Varina
Bring original art into your home for a burst of creativity and personality. Consider these tips from local artists and start collecting.
Original art connects on a deeper level, inspiring contemplation and introspection. It adds depth, authenticity, and a touch of magic to your living space. Artists like to infuse their work with energy, emotion, and connection. These can inspire positive energy and healing intentions, creating a serene and uplifting atmosphere in your home.
When you surround yourself with original art, you invite an ongoing conversation and a personal connection with the artist and what the art means. Each time you look at it, you’re reminded of the experience of finding it, collecting it, and letting it minister to your soul.
Buying art may feel intimidating, but most artists are intimidated to sell their work too. Let the artist know if you’re drawn to a particular piece, style, or energy. They’ll be thrilled to hear it and delighted to tell you all about it.
Art is for everyone! To start your search, consider art galleries, art fairs and exhibitions, online platforms and websites, and social media. Many artists, including myself, share their work on social media platforms like Instagram. Following artists you admire can lead you to new and exciting pieces. Don’t hesitate to contact an artist to discuss your interest in a work or negotiate a price.– Heather Eck, artist, Holly Springs
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Business partners and friends Dani Devinney and Tim Devinney share a unique living situation.
The pair met in the early 2000s, attended real estate school together, fell in love, got married, and together founded a real estate firm, New Native Realty.
“But about five years ago we decided to get divorced, … but we still wanted to be in each other’s lives,” says Tim.
“We continued to live together in a home in east Cary. (Dani) lived upstairs, and I lived downstairs. We still shared a kitchen and a laundry room. But we both really wanted our own place, and we wanted to come to downtown.”Written by Emily Uhland Photography courtesy of Habanero Architecture
From EX Zto
Downtown Cary home breaks tradition
“We’re best friends. And we’re business partners. This is a way for us to continue to support each other. And the kids really like it, because they didn’t like the idea of us not being in their lives,” says Dani.
Tim and Dani called on their colleague and friend Joe Lopez, founder of Habanero Architecture, to dream up a creative solution to their intriguing proposal — two separate apartments, each with a kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, united by a common living space.
“I drew up three different schemes to present, but at the same time, I didn’t feel like those were the solutions. And then, like 45 minutes before our first presentation, I thought of a new scheme, and I just literally just sketched it. … I knew it was a long shot, but that was the one that they wanted. That was a home run,” says Lopez.
The winning idea mimicked the letter Z, with an apartment on each of the tails and the common living space connecting them.
“The property was very challenging. It’s an angular corner lot. The Z House followed the silhouette of the property,” says Lopez.
Dani nurtured a longstanding love of modernist architecture, which was common in her home state of California, and she shared that affinity with Tim throughout their relationship, making it an easy choice for the form and aesthetic of their new residence.
“I like modernist architecture because it usually involves a lot of interaction with the environment and natural light,” says Tim. “It’s different. We kind of always liked different.”
“I take (modern) as a state of mind rather than a style,” says Lopez. “A lot of people, when they think of modern, they think of stark, minimalist clean lines, but that is a practical reflection of that state
of mind … of really getting to the core essence of what is important in your life. Your modern will be very different from my modern.
“As an architect, I just listen, interpret … and help (our) clients the best way I can.”
Z House took about 18 months from demolition to completion, but the end result provides the pair with a comfortable, stylish, and convenient residence that is a conversation starter as well as a sanctuary — in a modest 2,000 square feet.
As ordered, each separate apartment contains a full kitchen with eat-in dining area, spacious bedroom, full bath, and laundry. The private spaces, as well as the shared central lounge, are decorated in bold graphic patterns with lots of original art by local artists, including Bob Rankin, Eric McRay, and Rocky Alexander, among others.
Floor-to-ceiling glass doors let in plentiful light and open to an outdoor fire pit and dining table on one side, and a pool and artificial lawn on the opposite.
“There’s not a place in the house that you wouldn’t want to be,” says Tim.
Dani and Tim love to entertain and have already warmed the house with several parties.
“Now, not everybody is in the kitchen,” Dani says with excitement. With the doors open, guests can flow easily from the front courtyard, to the lounge, to the back patio and pool.
“There’s a whole feel back there — like you’re on vacation,” says Tim.
The connection to the outdoors harmonizes perfectly in the downtown Cary neighborhood where Z House was built.
“One of the things I love about this place is everybody’s out walking. I sit out in the driveway in the evenings and meet all these friends and neighbors,” Tim says.
“There is a sense of community here, and we really cherish that. … We want to be a part of that, and we want to contribute in any way we can.”
READY. SET. REMODEL. Heed this advice from Dani Devinney and Tim Devinney before your next home renovation.
HIRE AN ARCHITECT
They’ll ensure a long-lasting, thoughtful design that adds value to your home.
Surprises happen; expect to exceed your original estimate.
The process is going to take longer than you think.
We’re best friends. And we’re business partners. This is a way for us to continue to support each other.
– Dani Devinney
Z House appeared on the American Institute of Architects Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture in September as one of eight featured homes.
“I feel excited and honored. It’s a huge compliment,” says Lopez, who volunteered on the event’s very first tour back in 2010.
“I have huge respect for all of these architects. There’s so much talent around the area. … I think we’re en route to becoming one of the most notorious places in the United States to create built environments that resonate with people.”
Lopez is quick to point out that unique projects like Z House require collaboration on many fronts: the clients, architect, builder, and even the Town of Cary.
“The credit goes full on with the builder, Jomy Robinson with Remade
Modern. She translated every single line that I drew and every additional request that occurred,” says Lopez.
“It’s all about relationships,” says Tim. “Which is why we built this house — so Dani and I could still have one.”
Central to both Tim and Dani’s desires for Z House was fostering companionship.
“I love being single, but I don’t want to be alone,” says Tim. “We may not have but 10 minutes of interaction a day, but those 10 minutes are important. It gives you a feeling of belonging.”
Dani adds, “I hope that the future of housing looks different than it looks right now. There are more and more people who are single, who don’t necessarily want to be alone, but need their own space. I think that’s a type of housing that we need.”
A lot of people, when they think of modern, they think of stark, minimalist clean lines, but that is a practical reflection of that state of mind … of really getting to the core essence of what is important in your life. ”
– Joe Lopez, Habanero ArchitectureMB THE DESIGN OF Z HOUSE, CREATED BY JOE LOPEZ OF HABANERO ARCHITECTURE, WAS AN INSTANT “HOME RUN” WITH THE HOMEOWNERS.
Adorn Home Furnishings
BACKSTORY: There are tons of antique stores, but not many furniture stores here. I (Samantha) grew up in Angier and remember riding around all over with my mom shopping for furniture, and it was a nightmare.
NOT-SO GRAND OPENING: We opened way before we were ready (in November 2021). We still had renovations going on. We had plastic up (in the windows), but it was non-stop knocking. Why are we not just letting people browse around, as long as they were OK with a half store? Everyone was like, “We don’t care; we just want furniture.”
INSTANT GRATIFICATION: People’s style preferences and budgets are all over the place in this area, but one thing everyone has in common is they want stuff NOW. Our store can be a mess sometimes because we are selling off of our floor every single day.
ON STYLE: We don’t focus on one particular style, wanting to appeal to the variety of customers who live in Southern Wake. This area is becoming such a melting pot of personalities and cultures.
ON QUALITY: We offer furniture that is custom, that you normally would have to wait six months for. We just put very popular items, nice classic styles, on order in neutral fabrics. Much of it is built in North Carolina, eight-way hand-tied, water repellent, in durable fabrics. You can actually sit down on something and try it out, not order from a catalog.
SMALL-TOWN OBSESSED: Going to a smaller town, I (Ben) was skeptical. Now that we are here, I love the people and sense of community. I couldn’t imagine going back to Charlotte.
& Samantha Radmard Owners, Adorn Home Furnishings
A fusion of old and new creates livable luxury in a Cary home renovation.
Homeowners Jennifer and Leo Young love statement-making details, including antique furniture, grand staircases, and Tudor architecture. They also love open living, indoor/outdoor spaces, and quiet luxury, so the couple partnered with Spotted Interior Design to refresh an outdated home in Cary.
“We immediately saw great bones,” says Jennifer. “And it’s an extremely convenient location. We liked the character of (the house) and saw the potential for openness.”
Fresh StatementWritten by Emily Uhland
“The home hadn’t been touched since the 1990s. It had original cabinetry and finishes, and needed TLC,” says Annie Marchetta, founder of Spotted.
“The owners had a lot of antique pieces and great style. We needed to make (the remodel) cohesive with existing furniture.”
Spotted specializes in building client relationships, so the design process is a collaboration.
“We really wanted a partnership,” says Jennifer. “We wouldn’t have been brave enough to pull together paint, fabric, rugs, and update 20-year upholstery. Everything is interconnected with colors and a feeling.”
Leo adds, “When the design is seamless, you don’t notice it. We take that for granted, but to do it isn’t easy.”
The project’s scope included the kitchen and adjoining sunroom, multiple bathrooms, third-floor theater room, new hardwood floors throughout, and countless other design details ranging from wallpaper selection to built-in closet organization.BOLD PATTERNED WALLPAPER DISGUISES DOORS TO A HIDDEN PANTRY. A PAIR OF ISLANDS IN THE KITCHEN ALLOW PLENTY OF ROOM FOR COOKING AND CASUAL DINING.
THE BRIGHT SUNROOM IS NOW OPEN TO THE KITCHEN AND OFFERS BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE BACKYARD POOL.
THE SPOTTED INTERIOR DESIGN TEAM USED ARCHES AS AN ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL THROUGHOUT THE HOME.
“When you walk in, there is a warmth to (the home), but it isn’t overly designed,” says Jennifer.
A fresh and understated color palette that layers shades of taupe, ivory, and warm grays with charcoal gray and black keeps the rooms united and adds warmth, providing a clean canvas to showcase the Youngs’ 18th- and 19th-century antique furniture, which includes three grandfather clocks, newly upholstered chairs, accent tables, and a high-back bench recovered from an English pub.
It’s no surprise that the new kitchen is the hub of the home, with bright cooking areas, a pair of islands for gathering, and, after removing a wall, a connected sunroom that offers beautiful views into the backyard.
One of the most fun design details is the hidden pantry within an arched hallway just off the kitchen. Bold patterned wallpaper highlights the passage, while at the same time disguising the doors to a walkin pantry, giving Jennifer, who loves to cook, convenient extra storage.
Another highlight is the spacious master bathroom, complete with soaking tub, his and hers vanities, rain shower, and walk-in closet. A pitched ceiling, highlighted by wooden beams, keeps the room bright, and the tile “rug” adds a custom detail to the floor.
The Spotted Interior Design team, which included Annie Marchetta, Luisa Lamos, and Karly Gruener, used arches as an architectural detail to tie together elements throughout the home — above the shower enclosure, atop built-in bookshelves, and encasing the entry to the dining room are a few examples.
“It’s overwhelming for people how involved a renovation can really be,” says Marchetta. “We are very thoughtful and intentional with our ideas and level of detail. Our spaces are very clean, but with a style as unique as our clients.”
THE MASTER BATHROOM MAKES A LUXE STATEMENT, WITH WOODEN BEAMS, A BEADED CHANDELIER, CUSTOM MOLDING, AND A DESIGNED TILE “RUG.”A LAYERED GRAY PALETTE IN THE THIRD-FLOOR MEDIA ROOM CONTRASTS WITH THE BRIGHT FLOORS BELOW AND CREATES A COZY HAVEN.
“When the design is seamless, you don’t notice it. We take that for granted, but to do it isn’t easy.”
– Leo Young,homeowner Written by Emily Uhland
Finding the Right
Less than a mile south of historic downtown Fuquay sits a new business that is a paw-sitively purr-fect addition to Southern Wake.
Right Meow Cat Cafe, founded by Karen and Damion Posey of Holly Springs, offers patrons a unique two-pronged experience — a bright and cheerful cafe offering specialty coffee and boba tea beverages, and a relaxation lounge to pet and cuddle rescue cats awaiting their forever homes.
“The experience is therapeutic,” says Damion. “You can’t sit down and pet a cat and not have your attitude change.”
Cat cafes are a growing trend, but still relatively rare, with only about 150 existing in the US, according to Google. In early 2022, the Poseys drove by one in Carthage, NC, and the idea stuck with them.
“We both felt like the world was different post Covid. There was a lot of isolation, anxiety, and depression. We’d been looking for something positive to do,” says Karen.
The prospect of opening their own cat cafe started as a joke — “we should just quit our jobs and open one” — but within the weekend turned into a goal.
“We both really felt called to do this,” Karen says.
The Poseys dove into researching locations, regulations, and how to create a profitable business.
“A lot of cat cafes offer self-serve coffee. We knew we wanted to do something bigger,” says Karen. “There was no boba tea in Fuquay, so we learned really quickly how to make boba and boba tea.”
Add to that a slate of experienced baristas crafting specialty coffee drinks, and customers started pouring in to order Meowcchiatos, Catpuccinos, brown sugar milk teas, or design-yourown teas with tapioca pearls or popping boba.
Right Meow served more than 3,300 drinks in their first month.
“Boba and coffee are always open, whether you have a cat reservation or not. When you buy from us, you are saving a cat’s life,” says Karen.
The lounge area — where the cats live, which is separate from the cafe — accommodates up to eight people at a time, currently by reservation only.
“We think that once summer is over we might be able to accommodate walkins. We want to make sure that people aren’t (showing up) excited, and then getting turned away for lack of space,” says Karen.
One-hour reservations cost $10, a fee that helps Right Meow pay for rent, insurance, staff, and supplies.
“We think it is a very valuable experience. It feels good to do good,” she says.
Three connected rooms make up the
lounge, full of cozy seating, cheerful decor, and pops of colorful orange — “a happy, feel-good space.”
Remakes of historic works of art with added cat cameos adorn the walls. Think the Mona Lisa holding a cat in her lap, or kittens gazing into Van Gogh’s Starry Night sky.
“We want to keep it very zen and calm. We find that the cats all tend to come out because they love the calm vibe and the people,” says Karen.
Cats and kittens arrive at Right Meow through their partner organization, Facilitate Rescue, a Harnett Countybased nonprofit that saves animals from high-kill shelters. Up to 12 cats can live at Right Meow at a time, and remain there until adoption.
“There is so much need,” says Karen. “We get phone calls daily from people with kittens, but we can’t take them.”
We find that the cats all tend to come out because they love the calm vibe and the people. ”
– Karen Posey, owner, Right Meow Cat CafeRIGHT MEOW CAT CAFE OWNERS KAREN AND DAMION POSEY
TIPS FOR CAT THERAPY
PLAN AHEAD. Reservations book up a week in advance.
WEAR SOCKS. Shoes must be removed upon entering the lounge. Socks are required.
ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY. Allow time for parking, which is limited on-site, and placing drink orders.
LET THE ANIMALS COME TO YOU. Cats and kittens enjoy interacting with guests, but picking them up is prohibited.
“We want to greet people; we want to be a true local spot,” says owner Karen Posey.
In the first five weeks of operation, 10 cats were adopted, a huge success for the fledgling business. Adoptions are completed through Facilitate Rescue, accompanied by a $150 fee that covers spay/neutering, microchipping, and vaccinations.
“If you have troubles outside, if you’re male, female, or an alien, the cats don’t care. Inside, you are just hanging out with a cat who will love you no matter what,” says Damion. Karen adds, “You can’t be sad when you have cats on your lap.”
The Poseys have four cats, and three sons, at home. “From the bricks up, this is a family affair,” says Damion. “All of my children have put their hearts into this place.”
10-year-old Jude painted a cat mural in the bathroom and sketched the logo. 19-year-old Caleb works as head Cat Wrangler, making sure cats and patrons are safe and following the establishment’s rules. And 21-year-old Noah digitized and finalized the business logo.
The family has come across plenty of people who don’t share their enthusiasm for felines.
Karen advises, “Give it an hour. Cats have so many different temperaments, so many personalities. People think they don’t like cats, but sometimes they just haven’t met the right cat yet.”
“When you come here, we want you to find your right meow,” Damion says.
RIGHT MEOW CAT CAFE
913 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 888-3884
rightmeowcatcafe.comCATS ARE PLACED AT RIGHT MEOW THROUGH THE NONPROFIT FACILITATE RESCUE. STRAY CATS FROM THE COMMUNITY CANNOT BE ACCEPTED INTO THE FACILITY.
WOMAN to WATCH WOMAN WATCH
Executive Director, Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce Tonya Palumbo
Tonya Palumbo has logged hundreds, possibly even thousands, of hours serving the community of Holly Springs through the Chamber of Commerce.
She likens her story to that of the 1993 cinema classic Rudy, beginning on the Ambassador committee in 2015 and working her way up the ladder as a dedicated volunteer, until finally accepting the role of executive director in late 2022.
Palumbo’s efforts have earned her several awards, including the Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year, Ambassador of the Year (two times!), Volunteer of the Year, and Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business Award, all while running her full-time photography business, T&T Photography. Even now, as executive director, Palumbo continues to offer limited photography sessions.
“I’m a huge small business supporter. I love to shop small,” Palumbo says. “The role of the chamber is to be the voice of the business community. … A strong chamber is a strong community.”
Palumbo served “on every committee” in 2019, took a seat on the board of directors in 2020, and eventually became chair of the board in 2021, during a turbulent time when the Chamber experienced high rates of turnover among its staff and board. (Palumbo’s yearlong — and counting — stint as executive director makes her the longest serving director since 2017.)
“What businesses needed in 2017 isn’t what they needed in 2019, and sure as heck wasn’t what they needed in 2020, 2021, 2022. Those needs are constantly changing. If you are not malleable to the constant evolution of what businesses need, this is probably not a good fit,” she says.
“I’ve been on every committee, every event, every position on the board. I’m telling you that this is a hard job with a revolving door of priorities.”
Working as a photographer conditioned Palumbo to think quickly on her feet — a skill she puts to the test nearly every day as executive director.
“I never know who is going to walk in my door and who demands me right now,” she says. “You have to be able to shift from something not so pleasant, to putting on the first responders event, to helping a member that is struggling.”
“It’s important that the business community has a voice. We can do that when we work together. A boutique on Main Street can’t always advocate for themself, but if they have the advocacy of a hundred businesses behind them, that changes a lot,” she says.
During Palumbo’s first year as executive director, 54 new members joined the Chamber. The inaugural First Responders Luncheon provided a meal for every first responder working in Holly Springs. The town-wide festival, Springs-
To have been able to put the First Responders Luncheon on — I’m so proud of that. To know that every first responder feels valued and seen in our community. ”
– Tonya PalumboWritten by Emily Uhland | Photographed by Jonathan Fredin
Fest, welcomed 10,000 attendees to downtown, up from 2,500 in 2019 — “It was a completely different beast four years ago. Then we didn’t even have a street light.”
Palumbo helped pivot the Women’s Development Conference away from professional development to focus on women’s health and wellness, with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
“It was unbelievably inspiring to be a part of that change that happened right in front of my eye,” she says. “Empowering women to know that there are other options out there when it comes to their health.”
And her rookie year isn’t finished yet. The Grapes, Grains and Giving fundraiser, which benefits the Holly Springs Food Cupboard, increased its financial goal by $5,000 over the previous year’s total.
“I work well under pressure,” Palumbo says with a half smile.
At the heart of the Chamber’s mission is fostering outstanding quality of life, thus enticing large corporations and new residents to the area, which in turn helps small businesses thrive.
Palumbo offers the example of the 2023
Parks Bond Referendum that will appear on the Holly Springs voter ballot Nov. 7, earmarking a $100 million investment to enhance parks facilities — largely to construct a new park on Cass Holt Road.
“We are supporting the Parks Bond,” she says. “We can bring people into the community for tournaments and to watch children play, and that is good for business. Those people are going to shop in our stores, eat in our restaurants, and be on Main Street, and that’s important.”
Through the varied tasks, priorities, and challenges in front of her, perhaps Palumbo’s most important role is as a connector, building a bridge between the town and its businesses, directing Chamber members to available resources, mentoring entrepreneurs, and creating opportunities for the community to engage with business owners.
“Being able to connect businesses and see what can happen through positive collaboration is what keeps me going. … In a community that’s built on connections, that’s where success follows.”
UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
GRAPES, GRAINS & GIVING
The Club at 12 Oaks
Sugg Farm Park
WINTERFEST & TREE TRAIL
Dec. 8 & 9
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Creating a capsule wardrobe
Styled by Refined by TheresaPhotographed by Jonathan Fredin
We love to show our clients how to do more with less, especially as the seasons change. For a fresh take on fall fashion, we focused on three unique pieces (a bright blazer, matching two-piece set, and a faux leather shirt) styled in different ways — an easy way to emphasize versatility and variety in your wardrobe.
Building a wardrobe with a wide variety of mixand-matchability means you don’t need a million things in your closet. Using the same piece over and over can be challenging, but doesn’t have to be boring!
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Clothing was sourced from local and national boutiques, incluing the red-orange blazer and olive green set from Dress Code Style in Raleigh, and the faux leather shirt from Charlotte’s North Hills.
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Luxe accessories, like gold hoops and knee-high boots, deliver extra polish to a classic ensemble.
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“So many of my clients come to me during a very transformative period in their life — a career change, divorce, a recent birth, or during a big move. I get to help make that transition a little more fun and positive, and I love being able to play a part in these major life events,” she says. refinedbytheresa.com
THE PEACH COBBLER FACTORYWritten by David McCreary | Photographed by Jonathan Fredin
It turns out peaches are always in season at a new dessert shop in Fuquay-Varina. We’re talking about The Peach Cobbler Factory, an enticing sweet spot for abundant ooey, gooey goodness.
What started in 2013 as a food truck in Nashville has grown to franchise locations in nearly 20 states offering everything from premium cobblers and banana puddings to shakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and more.
Husband-and-wife franchisees Buddy and Emily Brock opened the eatery’s first Triangle location near the intersection of Highway 401 and Ten-Ten Road. It’s strategically situated close to Fuquay, Apex, and Garner.
“We took a family trip to Carolina Beach last year on Father’s Day weekend, and we fell in love with The Peach Cobbler Factory location there,” Emily says with infectious enthusiasm. “Exactly a year later we opened our shop.”
The Brocks consider the 1,400-square-foot orange-and-white bedecked space a haven for anyone who comes through the doors. Upon entering the shop, you’ll encounter an upbeat hangout vibe with Spotify’s Happy Morning Mood & Feel Good playlists emitting music overhead.
“I wanted a place where I can show my personality through bringing people together,” Ohio native Emily says. “I’ve had various jobs over the years, but until now nothing provided me with the passion to go all in.”
“It’s great to see Emily relate with the guests, and it’s also fun to see people’s reactions when they try the product for the first time,” he says. “We want to help put smiles on people’s faces.”
Guests can always expect to get their fill of cobbler, which is baked daily and served warm with a copious scoop of ice cream. Among the dozen available flavors, peach reigns supreme, followed by blackberry peach and mango peach. Other tempting options include apple walnut raisin, cinnamon peach praline, and sweet potato pecan — remarkably reminiscent of the quintessential side dish served at Thanksgiving.
If you have trouble narrowing down your flavor choice, order a four-serving cobbler flight.
“You can mix and match for the flights, including two cob-
blers and two puddings if you want,” says Emily. “As long as you order at least two cobblers, you still get ice cream.”
Prefer cookies to cobbler? Choose between options ranging from chocolate chocolate chip, vanilla Butterfinger, and snickerdoodle to red velvet sugar and salted caramel. We strongly recommend the peanut butter and jelly, which happens to be Emily’s personal favorite.
“It has a peanut butter cookie base with buttercream icing and peanut butter and jelly drizzled on top,” she explains. “It’s a great spin on a traditional PB&J.”
When it comes to cinnamon rolls, whether you go with classic vanilla or Nutella (yes, please!), orange marmalade or apple butter, you won’t have any regrets.
“We sell traditional and cobbler-stuffed cinnamon rolls,” Buddy says. “For the cobbler-stuffed rolls, we press the warm center down and fill it with the guest’s cobbler of choice. They are amazing!”
Twelve flavors of banana pudding and “pudd-n” shakes vie for consideration. The most popular include straightforward favorites like classic and Oreo and adventurous selections such as coconut cream and bourbon pecan.
Newly added dessert options involve Belgian waffles, “Bigger and Better” brownies, and churro stix.
“The biggest thing that drew me to this business concept is the innovation with products,” says Buddy. “This company is up and coming, and we’re at the ground level. As the menu continues to grow, it’s exciting to see what’s happening.”
Quench your thirst with either the Sweet Peachy Tea or the habit-forming Cold Rush cold brew coffee.
A big part of what makes The Peach Cobbler Factory such a fun and welcoming environment is the Brocks’ dedication to providing a family-friendly ethos.
“I like to talk to the guests and get to know them on a
first-name basis,” says Emily. “We get a lot of repeat customers, so that’s really encouraging.”
What’s more, Buddy and Emily are committed to befriending and nurturing their staff. That includes team members like Danielle Resser, the daytime shift lead manager, who comes in early each day to, as Buddy says, “make all the magic happen.”
“We have worked hard to create an environment where people want to come to work,” Emily says. “What has developed is a tight-knit home away from home.”
The Peach Cobbler Factory is open daily from noon to 10 p.m. (extended hours may happen soon). Download the mobile app to earn “Peachy Points” sweet rewards. Delivery is available through DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats. For small- and large-event needs, call the store to discuss catering possibilities.
THE PEACH COBBLER FACTORY King’s Grant Commons 8105 Fayetteville Road, Suite 109, Fuquay-Varina (919) 307-8137 peachcobblerfactory.com facebook.com/getpeachyFuquayVarina
Unsure where to eat today? Look no further than this selection of local eateries & cafes.
Abbey Road Tavern and Grill
“Signature Beatle burgers and live entertainment.”
711 N. Main St.; Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-7731; abbeyroadnc.com
“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 E. Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-9505; assaggios-fuquay.com
“Quality food, fast.”
100 Dickens Rd, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-4980; bluegrassbagels.com
Brus on Main
“Quaint cafe serving New York coffee, bakery treats and breakfast.”
135 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina (607) 745-2512; @brusonmain
El Cantarito Bar & Grill
“Experience the full spectrum that is Mexican food.”
155 S Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-3781; elcantaritobarandgrill.com
Cellar 55 Tasting Room
“Chef specials Friday and Saturday nights.”
1351 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 446-1156; cellar55.com
Cleveland Draft House
“Great food, great service, at a great price.”
1420 East Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 659-5500; clevelanddrafthouse.com
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
Culver’s of Fuquay-Varina
“ButterBurgers and frozen custard made fresh every day.”
1860 Cinema Dr., Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-2360; culvers.com
Daddy D’s BBQ
“Slow cooked with love.”
1526 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-6464; daddydsbbqnc.com
Dan Sushi & Hibachi
“Mixing chic and contemporary with a traditional Japanese menu.”
1313 N Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 577-8000; dansushihibachi.com
“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
“Enjoy the most delicious Mexican food amongst family.”
112 E. Vance St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-0287; eldoradomexicanrestaurant.com
“Drink it your way soda and snack shop.” 7401 Sunset Lake Road, Fuquay-Varina 919-278-7350; fiizdrinks.com
Garibaldi Trattoria Pizza & Pasta
“Authentic Italian cuisine and quality service.” 900 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-8868; garibalditrattoria.com
The Gyro Spot
“Three friends from Greece who want to share the recipes they grew up loving.”
1005 E. Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-3608; thegyrospotnc.com
The Healthy Spot
“Meal replacement smoothies and energizing teas.”
961 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-5373; @healthyspotfuquay
HWY 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries
“All-American diner experience.”
3419 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 567-3007; hwy55.com
J&S New York Pizza
“Family-owned and operated Italian restaurant.”
500 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-6921; jandsnypizza.com
“An amazing array of different NY-style pizzas.”
722 N. Judd Parkway N, Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-6322; johnnyspizzafuquay.com
Joyce & Family Restaurant
“Home cooked Southern favorites.”
129 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 567-1717; @joyceandfamily
Kumo Sushi Hibachi
“Traditional Japanese menu in a chic setting.”
2916 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 986-0983; kumosushi401hwy.com
Little Portugal NC
“Market and eatery celebrating traditional Portuguese dishes.”
736 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 586-7144; littleportugalnc.com
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
Mei Wei Asian Diner
“A wide array of authentic Chinese and Thai food.”
1424 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-7128; meiweinc.com
“Coffee. Beer. Wine. Community.”
146 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-2123; themillfuquay.com
New Rainbow Chinese
“Classic and popular Chinese favorites.”
3427 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 567-8272; newrainbowchinesefood.com
Nil’s Mediterranean Cuisine
“Mediterranean cuisine and a creative menu.”
513 Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina (984) 223-2928; nilscafefuquayvarina.com
Peach Cobbler Factory
“Delightful desserts that feel like grandma’s kitchen.”
8105 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh (919) 307-8137; peachcobblerfactory.com
“Smooth, fluffy ice combined with bold flavors.”
712 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 662-3979; pelicanssnoballs.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
“Pizza. Empanadas. Wings.”
2916 N Main St, Fuquay-Varina 919-762-0095; tiosnc.com
Triple Barrel Tavern
“Restaurant, sports bar & billiards.”
2221 N Grassland Drive, Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-0940; @triplebarreltavernfuquayvarina
Vicious Fishes Tap & Kitchen
“Eclectic twists on comfortable bar food.”
132 S. Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-7876; viciousfishes.com/fuquay-nc
Wingin’ It Bar and Grille
“Family-friendly neighborhood pub.”
1625 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-0962; winginitbarandgrille.com
Wing It On
“Chicken like a champ.”
1061 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (984) 225-2141; wingiton.com
1341 N Main St, Fuquay Varina (919) 552-3981; zaxbys.com
Zeera Indian Restaurant
“Authentic goodness in traditional Indian food.”
1311 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-6215; zeeranc.com
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 Tacos & Tequila
“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
Bellini Italian Cuisine
“A real taste of Italy through authentic Italian Cuisine.”
7256 GB Alford Hwy, Holly Springs (919) 552-0303; bellinitaliancuisinehollysprings.com
BEP Vietnamese Kitchen
“Traditional Vietnamese cuisine and boba teas.”
300 S. Main St, Holly Springs (919) 285-2477; bepnc.com
Bestow Baked Goods
“Life is too short for grocery store desserts.” 4208 Lassiter Road, Holly Springs (919) 473-9225; bestowbakedgoods.com
“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
The Butcher’s Market
“Premium meats and specialty grocery.”
4200 Lassiter Rd, Holly Springs (919) 267-919); thebutchersmarkets.com
“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
Fera’wyn’s Chocolate Cafe
“Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate.”
652 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs (415) 758-3296; ferawyns.com
“Authentic. Hot. Fresh.”
428 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs (919) 346-1330; fiestamexicananc-hollysprings.com
“Traditional and innovative creations for breakfast, brunch and lunch.”
304 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 808-4603; firstwatch.com
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
“Great food without a long wait.”
221 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 557-3475; freddysusa.com
“Greek food that is fresh, healthy and delicious.” 7272 GB Alford Hwy, Holly Springs ((919) 285-080; greekbasma.com
“Something for every appetite.” 401 Village Walk Drive, Holly Springs (919) 557-2064; thehickorytavern.com
“Pizza, calzones and sandwiches.” 4928 Linksland Drive, Holly Springs (919) 577-5575; homegrownpizza.com
“Hand-crafted ice cream.”
300 S Main Street, Suite 112, Holly Springs (984) 268-6321; jtscreamery.com
Kobe Hibachi and Sushi
515 N.Main Street, Holly Springs (919) 557-1437; kobehollyspringsnc.com
Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream
“A unique spin on a timeless dessert.”
304 N. Main St., Holly Springs (919) 762-7808; mamabirdsicecream.com
Mamma Mia Italian Bistro
“Pasta runs in our family.”
300 S Main Street, Suite 200, Holly Springs (919) 766-8000; mammamianc.com
Mi Cancun Mexican Restaurant
324 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 552-9979; micancunmx.com
“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
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 N. 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
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
“Casual seafood cuisine.”
7244 Alford Hwy, Holly Springs (919) 335-3924; theskrimpshack.com
Smashed Burgers & Cocktails
“Burger day is every day.”
242 South Main Street, Holly Springs (919) 390-2274; smashednc.com
“Beautiful and delicious bowls, wraps and salads.”
150 West Holly Springs Rd, Holly Springs (984) 225-2656
Sweet Southern SnoBalls
“Shaved ice and Hershey’s Ice Cream.”
527 N. Main St., Holly Springs (919) 291-3355; @sweetsouthsnoballs
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
“A fresh celebration of the Mediterranean diet.”
108 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (984) 266-1226; tazikis.com
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
“The newest Italian restaurant from the Cinelli family.”
242 S. Main Street, Holly Springs (984) 225-1134; vieniristobar.com
What’s Coming to Southern Wake (Maybe, Don’t Quote Me on This )
Have y’all ever looked at the “what’s coming to town” pages for Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs? If you say you haven’t, you sit on a throne of lies, because pages like these are what residents in small(ish) towns live for. For years we have watched Cary and Morrisville build fancy grocery stores, five-star restaurants, and outdoor ninja training courses (not even kidding) while we score yet another storage place where we can hide the bodies.
As we’re in a season of growth — so they say — I checked the pages for both Fuquay and Holly Springs to see what excitement is on the horizon. Wouldn’t you know, the Town of Holly Springs never misses — they will forever be the most extra town in Wake County, and their project page disclaimer proves it. Before you can even view proposed developments, the town makes you read a paragraph full of lawyer-y language like “depicted herein” and “makes no warranties, expressed or implied” before bravely clicking “I AGREE TO THIS DISCLAIMER.” Yes, this has the same energy as “click if you’re over 18,” but who am I to kill their vibe?
Fuquay’s page, on the other hand, knows that you’re checking for Trader Joe’s announcements — since you’ve been signing a Facebook petition for it since 2011. Do they care if there’s something listed that may or may not happen, thus starting rumors on community pages that will last for literal years? Nah, not really. Do with it what you will.
Herein ... ahem ... (adjusts monocle), I will succincltly summarize what is coming to Southern Wake — more or less.
ANOTHER CAR WASH.
I’m not even kidding. Fuquay’s brandspankin’-new Take 5 Car Wash has barely had time to unlock their doors, and already Tommy’s Express Carwash is nipping at their heels. Off the top of my head, I can count eight car washes in Fuquay alone — nevermind the ones that exist in Holly Springs. How many deers are we hitting, guys? Are you mudding every weekend? Do hoses in Southern Wake simply not exist? Good luck, Tommy — the demand is high, but the competition is fierce.
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS ONE-LANE ROADS.
Both towns have an insane amount of residential development coming their way, but we all know what that means: one-lane roads manned by construction workers who do not care if you get to work on time. Lake Wheeler Road is now where cars go to die, and James Slaughter Road in Fuquay is about to follow suit. Is Holly Springs Road even passable at this point? Do two-lane roads even exist anymore?
ANOTHER SENIOR LIVING FACILITY.
It’s like the car wash epidemic, but for The Olds. New ones are popping up in both Fuquay and Holly Springs, but Fuquay definitely wins in the senior living department. I can think of eight off the top of my head, complete with stellar views of Food Lion, Judd Parkway, and vape shops. Just what grandma always wanted.
You couldn’t pronounce it when it was just a neighborhood, and you won’t be able to pronounce this one either.
A CIRCLE K.
Strange things are afoot at the corner of Sunset Lake Road and Hilltop Needmore. If you’ve lived in the area for a while, you know of the crumbling house across from the Citgo, circa 1802, but times are changing — that space is
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FANCY MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENTS.
If you thought that Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina were immune to master-planned “live, work, play” communities, you were mistaken. We’ve all seen these stalker-friendly communities in Morrisville and Cary, but they are now trickling down into Southern Wake. So hold onto your mailboxes and get ready to meet your new neighbors, Esme and Jules. They’ve been watching you.
DRIVE, CARY, NC 27513
This one needed a question mark, because no one knows what the butt is happening with the golden promise of a Wegmans in Holly Springs — oscillating between a sure thing, and seconds later, a cruel joke put upon us by the Chads of Cary. BUT THERE IS HOPE. Plans for a Wegmans are still listed on the town’s website — potentially 99,000 square feet of yankee-approved grocery goodness, situated right next to Lowe’s. But don’t count on it — you had to sign a disclaimer for a reason.
IT TAKES ALL KINDS to MAKE LIFE exceptional.
The East Academy ExtensionA poem by Mitch Dare, resident
They started cutting down the trees today There in the woods at the end of the road. I talk with my neighbors and they all say That the traffic will come through by the load. Some trees were tall, some small and bent, but dense Except where children built forts. Through the floor
Of the forest, I cut winding trails since I walk the dogs, getting out to explore. Now wide tire tracks cross the black mud, logs laid
Neat next to broken branches. Next townhomes, Sidewalks and cars will cross blacktop that’s paved.
Old trees will be gone. New people will come. There’ll be all new neighbors, maybe a friend.
We’ll be happy. ‘Til it happens again.
Editor’s Note: Fuquay-Varina Memes isn’t the only one with an opinion about road construction in Southern Wake. Resident Mitch Dare subitted this poem about the opening of East Academy Street in Fuquay-Varina.
hosts a monthly outreach effort called 100 Helpings, in which the restaurant partners with a local charity to donate 100 servings of a dish on the menu. One day a month, representatives from the charity help distribute the meals to to-go customers in exchange for donations to the organization. Additionally, Vieni donates 15% of the proceeds from the day’s sales.
Previous months have supported Meg’s Smile Foundation, Horse & Buddy, 3 Bluebirds Farm, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Bless Your Heart Boutique
will open a second location in Apex’s Sweetwater Town Center in 2024. A downtown Holly Springs favorite, Bless Your Heart sells women’s fashion, jewelry, gifts, and decor.
Fuquay-Varina’s Community Center North
officially broke ground at a celebration in September. The facility, expected to open in early 2025, features three gymnasiums, an elevated indoor walking track, multipurpose classrooms, fitness areas, a teaching kitchen, two racquetball courts, and a dedicated active adult wing.
Global manufacturer CCL
Label began construction on a 110,000-squarefoot plant in Fuquay-Varina, expected to bring 150 jobs and nearly $34 million in investment. In 2021, CCL Label Inc., a subsidiary of CCL Industries Inc., purchased the Town’s 32acre business park. CCL Industries Inc. is the world’s largest converter of pressure sensitive and specialty extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional, functional, and security applications for government institutions and large global customers in consumer packaging, health care and chemicals, consumer electronic devices, and automotive markets.
The Holly Springs Police Department
hosted the annual Torch Ride on Saturday, July 29, benefiting the Special Olympics of North Carolina, raising nearly $10,000 to support more than 40,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches in North Carolina.
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce
held the premiere First Responder Luncheon in August, celebrating the Town’s safety and emergency personnel and honoring outstanding service from many, including:
Rookie Firefighter of the Year: Irina Jackson
Outstanding Leadership Award: Captain Adam Godfrey
Fire Community Impact Award: Joe Harasti and his faithful companion, Cinder
Firefighter of the Year: Mike Castello
Rookie Officer of the Year: Officer Hadjaci Aouas
Community Impact Award: Detective Arthur Clarke
School Resource Officer of the Year:
Master Officer Lorrie Williams
Telecommunicator of the Year:
Senior Telecommunicator Beth Peralta
Officer of the Year: Detective Mitchell Ham
Pigging outBy Jonathan Fredin
Lexington, NC, is known for its signaturestyle barbecue, but one of the town’s bestknown barbecue joints began as an ice cream shop. Bar-B-Q Center’s massive 4-pound banana split continues that heritage, much to the delight of local brothers Maverick and Pierce Clark, 4 and 7, who tackle the treat on Maverick’s birthday.
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