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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2021

The Home Issue


BEAUTIFUL HOMES & EXCITING AMENITIES With autumn in full swing, discover why Meadow Bluffs is Fuquay-Varina’s favorite new home community. Our amenities are the perfect way to enjoy fun with family and friends including a sparkling pool with clubhouse, dog park, playground and more. Add in award-winning homes from Massengill Design-Build and it’s clear why Meadow Bluffs is the perfect place to live in “The Quay.”

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October/November 2021

CONTENTS 19

then was like, ‘I need your help.’ I’m thinking, ‘I know that.’

– Chanel Wilkins, Agents of Clean

IN EVERY ISSUE 12 SEE & DO

Football Fridays, fall festivals and farm fun.

14 DIG IN & DRINK UP

Hometown favorite: Fainting Goat Brewing Company's Belgian Tripel.

16 MEET & GREET

Chris Hinnant, inspections director for the town of Fuquay-Varina

52 RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT

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Vieni Ristobar in Holly Springs’ Town Hall Commons

56 RISE & DINE

FEATURES Advice and inspiration for your fall planting from the Fuquay-Varina Garden Tour's gardening gurus.

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30 RENOVATION REALITIES 42 AGENT OF CHANGE A brother/sister team take on a downtown Fuquay rebuild.

38 FALL FOR IT

Home decor, art and accessories to love.

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Work hard, love harder — Holly Springs advocate, Chanel Wilkins, does both for her community.

46 EXPRESS YOURSELF

Local lifestyle influencers coach us through a fall fashion comeback.

60 FUN & MEMES

House hunting in southern Wake? Fuquay-Varina Memes pens a primer.

64 SEEN & HEARD

Community news and accolades

66 IN FOCUS

PHOTOS BY JONATHAN FREDIN

19 GARDEN OF PLENTY

Discover your new favorite restaurant in our dining guide.


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Letters

October/November 2021 • Volume 3, Number 5 EXECUTIVE

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OUR SCREENED PORCH — WITH THE FIREPLACE IT'S USED ALMOST YEAR-ROUND

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OUR SMALL — BUT GROWING — COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS BY LOCAL ARTISTS

Fuquay-Varina Memes L.A. Jackson David McCreary Lane Singletary PHOTOGRAPHY

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Jonathan Fredin

Before now, I have always described myself as having a black thumb. I’m not convinced this year wasn’t a fluke, but a couple things happened recently that have me on the path toward green. First, we completed a home renovation that included an open kitchen with large sliding doors onto an existing deck and new patio. The changes created a sightline from my front door directly into the back yard, so my husband and I wanted the outside areas to look as beautiful as the inside of our newly refreshed home. Our solution: container gardens. I added plants in stages, and — amazingly — remembered to water them. Ninety percent are currently still alive! Around that same time, I toured four homes on the Fuquay-Varina Garden Tour last spring and was floored by the beautiful landscaping and lush, established gardens. Meeting each homeowner and hearing their advice was wonderful inspiration to pursue my own, small, garden enhancements. As fall planting season approaches, I hope the lovely photos and thoughtful tips (starting on page 19) offer inspiration and excitement for creating your own outdoor oasis. In this Home Issue, we’re also sharing locally made home decor items, insight into Fuquay’s building boom and the story of a Holly Springs hometown hero whose love for community starts in the home and explodes outward with unrivaled energy. Thanks for reading,

EMILY UHLAND SENIOR EDITOR

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Local lifestyle influencers offer fashion advice

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new home building permits received by the town of Fuquay-Varina during the first half of 2021


FUQUAY-VARINA ARTS CENTER

Concerts, concerts and concerts!! From Ireland to Spain to North Carolina--If you’re looking for a musical escape, the Arts Center is the place to be. Playing at the Arts Center in October and November: We Banjo 3, The Malpass Brothers, Noche Flamenca, and Christmas with the Embers.

Festivals! The season for festivals is here—find arts and crafts at the annual Celebrate! festival, October 2; experience performances from around the world at the International Festival, October 16th; and help us welcome in the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting on December 2!

Get Your Art On! There’s plenty of camps and classes for the kids, with new opportunities for pre-school students and after school art classes. Track out camps and Teen art can be found on the schedule as well!

For more info, call the Arts Center at 919-567-3920 fvarts.org


See Do Festivals and football and farms, oh my!

Destination Depot

FRIDAYS AT 5 P.M.-SUNDAYS AT 7 P.M. DEPOT STREET IN DOWNTOWN FUQUAY VARINA

Dine outdoors or meet friends for cornhole, Jenga and checkers at downtown Fuquay’s Destination Depot, happening every weekend except during select special events, such as Celebrate Fuquay. The street will be closed to cars. Tables and chairs will be set up for public use in an effort to encourage residents to visit downtown and support local businesses.

e Mason Jar Pick up take out from Th and dine on Depot Street!

Attend a Community Festival Celebrate Fuquay-Varina OCT 2 10 A.M.-4 P.M.

Fuquay’s fall festival is back, with live entertainment, local vendors, craft beer and a free kids zone. Don’t miss the Artist Village showcasing original work from local artisans and craftspeople.

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Revel in a Friday night tradition — football under the stars with an exciting atmosphere, community support and Southern Wake’s best athletes.

Holly Springs Golden Hawks OCT 1, 7 P.M. OCT 15, 7 P.M.

Cheer on the Holly Springs High School varsity football team at home.

Fuuqay-Varina Bengals OCT 8, 7 P.M. OCT 15, 7 P.M.

At the beautiful new campus on Bengal Boulevard.

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A craft beer and music festival hosted in Holly Springs since 2014, Beericana showcases dozens of North Carolina breweries with unlimited samples. Food trucks and merchandise available for purchase. Designated drivers consider the "Music Only" ticket.

International Cultural Arts Festival OCT 15 – VIRTUAL OCT 16 – 11 A.M.-3 P.M. FUQUAY-VARINA ARTS CENTER

Hosted by the Cultural Arts Society of Fuquay-Varina, this two-day festival combines virtual and in-person experiences with a virtual Writer's Tea on Friday and live performances, vendors and food trucks on Saturday.

HollyFest

OCT 30 10 A.M.-4 P.M. SUGG FARM PARK

A Holly Springs favorite featuring local artists, small businesses, food trucks, children’s activities and local entertainment.

Photos by Jonathan Fredin

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NOV 24 7:30 P.M. FUQUAY-VARINA ARTS CENTER

Welcome the Christmas season with the Embers, bringing their Sathveee dat signature sound to all your favorite holiday tunes. A great event for the whole family.

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Drink up

Stiff Leg Belgian Tripel

from Fainting Goat Brewing Company Written by Dave Tollefsen | Photographed by Jonathan Fredin

HISTORY: Certain Belgian beer styles — singel, dubbel, tripel,

quadrupel — are reminiscent of a baseball diamond, but have absolutely nothing to do with the sport, brewed originally by Trappist monks at Christian monasteries throughout Belgium. Of the four Trappist ales, the tripel tends to be the third-highest in alcohol content. One of the theories behind the name stems from markings that were added to the barrels to signify brew strength — a tripel would be marked with three X’s.

Dave Tollefsen is one of the NCBeerGuys — they have been promoting North Carolina craft beer and breweries on their website, ncbeerguys.com, since 2012. He is an avid homebrewer for more than 10 years and is also part of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild.

FLAVOR: It is a strong golden ale that is

considered “yeast forward,” with Belgian Yeast that traditionally produces wonderful aroma and flavor notes of orange citrus, banana and cloves. Stiff Leg Belgian Tripel is a beautifully dangerous beer, at 9% ABV — but you would never know it. The beer is sweet with a strong presence of yeast and little, if any, alcohol flavor. Served in a tulip glass to concentrate the aroma for you to enjoy while you sip.

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Inspections Director, Town of Fuquay-Varina BACKGROUND: Originally from Wendell. Moved to the Holly Springs area in 1989. Started working for the town of FuquayVarina in 1996. The inspections department had only three fulltime employees at that time. DAY TO DAY: We handle all building permits for new

construction, additions or renovations to existing homes, along with commercial projects.

CAN’T STOP. WON’T STOP. We averaged 600 new building permits from 2015 to 2018. 2019 was the largest up to that point with 764 new single family home permits. We had a new record year in 2020 — 1,031 new single family home permits. Then January 1 to June 30 of 2021 had 1,013 single family home permits in six months.

INSURANCE POLICY: Residents often look at (inspections) as a hindrance, because we kinda slow the process down. Everything has to be inspected rather than move on quickly. But I try to tell people that we are the cheapest insurance policy you can buy for one of the largest investments you’re ever going to make. THE DRAW OF THE ’QUAY: The quaintness of the town, the feeling of community. You have growth, but you still have that old town feel that brings people here. There’s the quaint little town of Fuquay, and now it’s a busy little metropolis. 16 October/NOVEMBER 2021

I would encourage folks, if they are going to do a project to call us. We’re here. We’ll walk you through the process.

JONATHAN FREDIN

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How does your garden grow Polish your planting skills with lessons from the gardening gurus of the 2021 Fuquay-Varina Garden Tour.

The Heart + Soul of Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina

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KIM, LEFT, AND LINDA ANDERSON

Earlier this year, the annual Fuquay-Varina Garden Tour, hosted by the Fuquay-Varina Garden Club, showcased eight homes to nearly 400 guests. Main & Broad got an inside look at four of them.

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Since moving into their downtown Fuquay-Varina home more than 15 years ago, sisters Linda and Kim Anderson have worked to eliminate their grassy lawn and replace it with winding pathways through dense vegetation and fun garden art. “Gardening is addicting once you get started,” says Kim. “Plants are surprising,” Linda adds. “They’ll disappear for two years, then come back.”

START WITH SOIL. A horticulturalist by trade, Linda emphasizes the importance of preparing soil with compost and goodquality mulch. Lay out bed lines with a hose or rope to gauge shape and size. 20 October/NOVEMBER 2021


FIND YOUR FORMULA. The majority of plantings should be native, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for experimentation. Linda and Kim’s model is: 50% native species, 25% near-native and 25% exotic plants, including an eye-catching pineapple guava tree with edible petals (pictured on page 6).

SURPRISE AND DELIGHT. Alligator sculptures hide among the underbrush, handcrafted mushrooms and garden globes dot swaths of green, and there’s even a painting hung outdoors accenting a stoneware planter. “All of our garden art is from local artists or we make it,” says Kim, who welds whimsical metal accents and creates mushroom sculptures with concrete.

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The home of Randy and MaryAnn Bryant backs up to Hilltop Needmore Town Park & Preserve in Fuquay-Varina. The lush landscape frequently catches the eye of walkers passing by, as it did last spring when members of the Fuquay-Varina Garden Club stopped to spontaneously recruit the Bryants to participate in the 2021 Garden Tour — it worked. During the nearly 20 years the Bryants have lived in their home, trees have been felled by hurricanes or disease, and replaced by a layered, shady oasis. “What you do inside your home, you can do in your garden,” says Randy, a former art teacher. “The same principles of balance, of design, of symmetry are applicable in the garden.”

Like a home, (the garden) is never finished. RANDY BRYANT

REPETITION IS KEY. Planting the same type of plant throughout the garden creates fullness and connects the landscape with a cohesive design.

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– Randy Bryant


INCLUDE ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS. Sculptural features like giant stone planters, a tiered fountain and a mirror break up the washes of foliage in the Bryant’s yard and create an interesting place for your eye to rest. The mirror, opposite page, was carefully placed to hide the back of the garage, says Randy.

INSPIRATION PROVIDES DIRECTION. Studying French and English gardens helped shape the evolution of Randy’s landscape, as did inspiration from Williamsburg, V.A. “Include well-known gardens in your travel plans,” Randy suggests, to soak in the native plant life and get ideas to bring back home.


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PAM AND KIRK BOOKER

Pam and Kirk Booker are no strangers to the FuquayVarina Garden Tour, making their fourth appearance on the tour in 2021. Their home’s surrounding landscape, lovingly called “Booker Botanical,” includes an array of hardscape features mixed into the verdant setting. A wine bottle installation, collection of working lamp posts, 22 water features, garden bells, custom-built arbors and a unique hanging quartzite slab are all peppered throughout the grass pathways that snake through the Booker’s backyard. “This is our happy place,” says Pam.

CREATE OUTDOOR “ROOMS.” Creative plantings and hardscaping create unique zones within the Booker’s backyard. Unique conifers accent the front of the home. An outdoor fireplace draws an evening crowd. The “perimeter patio,” near the property’s edge, borders a horse farm and provides occasional glimpses of the equine residents. “By 4 p.m. it’s shaded and the temperature drops. It feels like a different ecosystem,” says Pam.

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YOU’RE GONNA NEED PATIENCE. Turning a basic lawn into a botanical oasis happened one tree at a time, Pam says, over the span of several years. “It’s a labor of love,” she says. “You have to enjoy it.”

PLACEMENT MAKES PERFECT. Planting things in the right place can be the difference between success and failure in the garden. Shade versus sun, appropriate drainage, and nutrient-rich soil are key points to keep in mind. Pam volunteers as a master gardener in Harnett County, helping others with just those types of garden issues. “We offer education. People call in, and we help identify problems,” she says.

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H HAYLIE-JO WILTSHIRE

Haylie-Jo Wiltshire’s typical suburban home is located in a typical Fuquay-Varina subdivision on a typical neighborhood street. The drive in reveals little of the whimsical wonderland of flowers that awaits. Wiltshire never had a garden before this one, but admits to liking “junky stuff ” — vintage and repurposed objects — which became the centerpiece of her backyard metamorphosis. Vintage toolboxes house container gardens, painted bicycle wheels form a focal sculpture and other found objects mix with colorful plants to create decorative vignettes throughout the yard. An unexpected surprise looms at the edge of Wiltshire’s grassy lawn — she’s transformed a steeply sloping hill into a near-vertical garden, turning what would be a scraggly natural area into a lively refuge.

BEGIN ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. “I never planted a plant before I came here,” Wiltshire admits. Her home office window looks into her backyard, so she decided to make over the blank-slate new-construction yard with color and whimsy.

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POTS ARE TOPS. Container gardens make easy training wheels for gardening beginners. Then, scatter those containers amongst in-ground beds for a layered look. Get creative when sourcing pots — Wiltshire uses old watering cans, galvanized tubs, tool boxes and rustic urns.

HAVE FUN. I haven’t got a clue what plants are called,” Wiltshire says. “I buy it and stick it in the yard.” To emphasize her casual approach, Wiltshire displayed shovels with lighthearted messages such as, “No idea,” “Did I plant that,” and “Pretty,” in lieu of botanical labels during the garden tour.

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Renovation Written by Emily Uhland Photographed by Cat Wilborne Photography Interiors styled by Melissa Cross

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FROM LEFT: HOMEOWNER DIANA KLAR AND HER BROTHER, BUILDER STEVEN EISENBERG. THE MASTER BATHROOM SHOWCASES CUSTOM VANITIES AND A BOLD TILE FLOOR. A PRIVATE HALLWAY LEADS TO AN INVITING MASTER SUITE.

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If these walls could talk,

they wouldn’t say anything because they are brand new — all except one. When Diana Klar and her husband purchased a fixer-upper in downtown Fuquay, they intended to keep as much of the original structure as possible. Demolition uncovered problem after unexpected problem, including lots of rotted wood and even asbestos. “Around every corner ended up being more money. Every time we’d open a wall, we were like, ‘Man, got to replace that too … and that too,’” says Klar. The home’s foundation and one wall were salvable. That’s it. “Once we figured out it was much more of a teardown, we were able to transform (the home) a little bit more.” The Klars, who lived in Boston at the time, intended to turn the property into vacation rental and a “home base” for when they came to the Triangle to visit family. “It checked off a couple criteria, especially, easy walking distance from downtown (Fuquay),” she says. “That’s what we like when we go somewhere, so we were like, ‘Let’s do this project.’” Klar teamed up with Cary architect Dawn Christine to create the house plan and her brother, builder Steven Eisenberg, of Butler Homes, to bring the vision to life. “I’m interested from a design standpoint, so it was fun to pick out everything I wanted. I started with Pinterest and Houzz and architecture magazines. … I would go to my brother and say, ‘I want it to look like this, how does that work,’ and he would explain it to me.” That open communication was especially important since Klar wasn’t living in Fuquay-Varina during the renovation. Even so, Klar wanted to work with local craftsmen whenever possible. “We used a local company for cabinets, Noles Cabinets, I was really excited to use a Fuquay business. … They were lovely to work with. They were so patient with me and my newness to design a functional kitchen and get all of what I wanted in such a small space. “It feels like a huge kitchen, which I love.”

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The unique metal stair rail was fashioned by a local metalsmith, Chris Gitthens, owner of Iron Rod Welding Services. “He custom built it in place,” said Eisenberg, the builder. “It brings that modern element with a traditional vibe,” says Klar. “I showed Steven a picture and he found someone to replicate that for us. “Because I was so far away, it was hard to be in-


FUQUAY-VARINA COMPANY, NOLES CABINETS, CRAFTED THE CUSTOM CABINETRY IN POWDERY BLUE.

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volved in some of the detail pieces. I had to let go, and trust that (Steven) would do the right thing.” The home’s standout star is the screened porch. Sixteen-foot sliding glass doors connect the dining room to the porch, making it feel like an extension of the main living space. “The whole reason why we wanted

to move here was the weather,” Klar says. “Everyone always ends up on the back porch.” Another favorite is the master bath. “I went outside my normal comfort zone and did the crazy tile on the floor. I wish I would have done that in more places,” Klar says. And even though the home was al-

most totally rebuilt, Klar wanted to stay true to its origins. “We wanted a carport because that’s what fit into our neighborhood, versus a garage. I wanted it to look like it had been here for a while,” she says. “I always wanted a big Southern front porch. It’s my favorite afternoon spot with the kids. We continued on page 34

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EXPANSIVE SLIDING GLASS DOORS OPEN FROM THE MAIN LIVING SPACE ONTO A SCREENED-IN PORCH. A LOCALLY CRAFTED METAL STAIR RAIL ACCENTS THE HOME’S MODERNMEETS-TRADITIONAL STYLE.

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wave at neighbors while the kids play in the driveway.” Just as the project was nearing completion, the coronavirus pandemic hit. “We were in Boston; had no plans of leaving. As COVID-19 progressed, my husband was working from home … We had always toyed with the idea of moving down here, but could never quite do it. During coronavirus, we had this opportunity to at least try it,” says Klar. Now, as N.C. residents — “I am loving the house,” she says. With a full-scale renovation behind her, Klar’s best advice is to “Plan more than you think. Really think about the little details that you live with on a day-to-day basis and the things that you need to function.” Eisenberg’s company, Butler Homes, tackles construction projects of all types and sizes. During his three years as a licensed general contractor, Eisenberg wit34 October/NOVEMBER 2021

nessed the impact a cohesive building and design plan can have, which prompted a partnership with Durham-based designer Melissa Cross, to provide clients a fullservice approach to achieving the aesthetic and function they want. “We now are teaming together to work with clients to give them, not just a contractor to build, but also a designer on the team that’s helping them make their design selections early on, so that when the construction starts we are providing a cohesive plan and strategy,” says Cross. “Design choices are informing the construction, and construction is informing what’s possible design-wise, so homeowners aren’t in the position of falling in love with images on Pinterest then find out they can’t do that.” Eisenberg adds, “It allows us to buy material when it needs to be bought, versus at the last minute, so there isn’t as much downtime. We’re able to do more accurate pricing for the project this way.”

Choosing the right contractor is super important. Trust your gut and investigate any red flags that surface during the interview process. Renovations are not going to be easy. When the hammer starts swinging it won’t all be fun, so choose to work with a team you can trust.

Timing and availability of materials is more important than ever in the current building climate. Materials and labor prices have increased, and shipping and supply inconsistencies often force long lead times, making accurate orders crucial — and mistakes can be very costly to fix. The sliding glass door for the Klar’s screened porch, for example, arrived damaged, and it took three months for the replacement to arrive. “You’re at the mercy of everyone shipcontinued on page 36


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ping (materials). There’s nothing you can do about it, because it’s outside of your control,” Eisenberg says. The partnership between Butler Homes and Melissa Cross Interiors addresses a shift in the mindset and expectations of homeowners, says Cross. “HGTV and Pinterest have certainly elevated what homeowners are expecting in their homes, in terms of both renos and interior decorating,” she says. “Your relationship with your home is reflecting who you are, instead of merely functional.” “Homeowners are really looking for something that makes the space their own. A unique element that makes the existing space fit their lifestyle and who they are as people, versus just cookie cutter builds,” says Eisenberg. “Your home should be a place that brings you joy. That may mean it is your sanctuary and your place for respite, or it is exciting and inspiring. (Our homes) are more of an extension of ourselves than they’ve ever been,” Cross says. “Personally, I think that is such a powerful tool in our life — for us to go out into the world from a place of balance and harmony and joy, when we are able to create that at home.” MB

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Falling For It Fabulous finds for your home Compiled by Emily Uhland | Photographed by Jonathan Fredin

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Plaid pIllow sewn from vintage blanket, by 12 Mockingbird Lane, $20 N.C. pennant pillow, by 12 Mockingbird Lane, $30 At Our Moments in Time

Handmade pine needle tray with red cedar center, by Debra Shea, $125 At Cocoon Gallery

Handmade wine stoppers by Fuquay Woodworking, $29 each At Southern Attic

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Chip and dip ceramic tray, by A Bit Off Center, $42 At Cocoon Gallery

Stone tile shelf art, by Love It Again Furnishings, $22.95 At Our Moments in Time

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WOMAN to WATCH A LOVE FOR PEOPLE FUELS ONE WOMAN'S DESIRE TO IMPACT THE COMMUNITY

HUNDREDS OF AREA RESIDENTS ATTENDED A BLACK LIVES MATTER MARCH AND DEMONSTRATION LAST SUMMER IN DOWNTOWN HOLLY SPRINGS. WILKINS, PICTURED CENTER, HELPED TO ORGANIZE THE EVENT.

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ou’ll be hard pressed to find a stronger advocate for Holly Springs than Chanel Wilkins. You may have already met Wilkins, offering a consultation at your home — she’s the co-owner of Agents of Clean professional cleaning company. Or been encouraged by her at the Black Lives Matter march in Holly Springs last year, which she helped organize. Or read her thoughtful questions in the IMPACT Holly Springs Facebook group, of which she is the creator and administrator. Or sat next to her enjoying a meal at Vieni, one of her favorite local hangouts. Or known her as a proud parent of Holly Springs High School students. 42 October/NOVEMBER 2021

Regardless of where you run into Wilkins, her cheerfulness and positivity is infectious, as is her drive to be an advocate for good in the community. Wilkins has a natural inclination for caretaking, which comes from her great grandmother, who helped raise Wilkins during her childhood in a small town outside of Atlanta. “She felt it was her obligation to take care of the people in her town,” Wilkins says. “Giving was a normal part of life.” Moving to Holly Springs as an adult felt like an extension of her Georgia roots. “I love that everything is new. I love that it was a fresh, clean start. It was familiar to me,” Wilkins says. “I had been in a

city that had done the same thing before.” Wilkins’ affinity for caretaking merged into a career when she and her husband, Princeton, started Agents of Clean auto detailing and professional cleaning company. At the outset, auto detailing was a side business for Princeton, until one of his clients inquired about house cleaning as well. An unwavering “yes” meant the fledgling business spontaneously added residential cleaning to their services. “I’m (cleaning) on a Saturday; not happy about being there.” Wilkins remembers of that first residential client. “And I get done and get ready to pack up, and I’m like, ‘I like this. I really like what just happened.’” “In the corporate world, there’s just

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There are a lot of amazing people in Holly Springs that are crazy enough to believe that if we work hard enough ... we can create a community and an environment where everyone feels free to succeed.

JONATHAN FREDIN

– Chanel Wilkins

CHANEL WILKINS, CO-OWNER OF AGENTS OF CLEAN & FOUNDER OF IMPACT HOLLY SPRINGS

not that tangible effect. … You don’t see the smile on someone’s face. You don’t see the weight off their shoulders. You don’t see that,” she says. The couple grew the business at breakneck speed, managing multiple jobs and their family. “I was doing consultations during my lunch break. (Princeton) would clean from 3:00 p.m. until the evening then I would do inspections in the morning. We got so big that the only way to do more was to quit my job.” Princeton and Chanel both left their previous employment within six months of starting Agents of Clean. During the first year the company served as many as 300 houses a month.

“Being in people’s homes and being in their personal space, making sure they understand you are there because you care, and they trust you — I probably know so much about so many families, because we can talk, and that I find that to be really humbling,” she says. During the coronavirus pandemic, Agents of Clean lost more than half of their customer base and much of their staff. That, coupled with a family illness prompted Wilkins to slow the company’s growth and focus its service area. “Before, we were wherever anybody needed something: Wake Forest, Clayton, New Hill, Apex, Morrisville. I wanted us to shrink back. For just me, my heart is being

local. I just don’t feel right telling the person down the street, ‘Sorry, we can’t help you.’” Now, productivity is higher and their staff is under less pressure. “Doing a neighborhood in a day is much different than driving from Cary to Holly Springs to Wake Forest,” she says. “In hiring, we wanted to find people that may have had a hard time, give them fantastic work environments, where we treated them well and paid them well, and helped change lives.” MAKING AN IMPACT The opporunity to change even more lives came during a difficult period of time continued on page 44

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PHOTOS BY JONATHAN FREDIN

AUTO DETAILING, RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL CLEANINGS ARE ALL HANDLED BY THE AGENTS OF CLEAN TEAM

Recently, the Wilkinses joined the leardership team for LAUNCH Holly Springs. Princeton will serve as a board member and Chanel as the community coordinator.

HOLLY SPRINGS RESIDENTS CHANEL WILKINS WITH HUSBAND PRINCETON, AND CHILDREN ADRIAN AND AVA BRANCO

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last summer, after the murder of George Floyd sparked protests around the country. Wilkins connected with local high school students Kennedy Mitchell, Milan Roomer and Amber Mitchell who wanted to organize a Black Lives Matter march in Holly Springs. Leaning on her connections in the community, Wilkins gathered support for the march from organizations including the police department, town council and the Holly Springs Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. “I started talking to people, and everyone was just on board,” she says. “It was only three weeks from the time that we first met to the time that we had the march. There were about 500 people that showed up” — including Police Chief Mike Patterson and several police officers, Wilkins noted. The event highlighted 44 October/NOVEMBER 2021

speakers, performers and businesses in a peaceful show of support designed to lift up the black community. “There are a lot of amazing people in Holly Springs that are crazy enough to believe that if we work hard enough, if we communicate, if we go all in, that we can create a community and an environment where everyone feels free to succeed,” Wilkins says. “This is a white town. I understand what it was before 1990, currently this is a white town. If we’re gonna do anything, change anything, we have to do it together.” And so, IMPACT Holly Springs Facebook group was born, focused on informing and engaging residents on social and political issues, and as a safe space to encourage dialogue. Wilkins strongly believes that no matter how safe and high ranking a town is — and Holly Springs is among the best

— there are always opportunities to be better. After the march, IMPACT Holly Springs became a virtual gathering space for, “What’s next?” The group has over 1,000 members and encourages discussions about social inequality and local politics, but also celebrates Holly Springs’ successes just as frequently. Wilkins hopes that additional community service projects and charity outreach will be possible once people are gathering in groups again. “I see the heart of the people of Holly Springs. There will always be outliers, but there’s also a huge majority that says, ‘I have faith in our ability as a community to be a beacon of light to other places in N.C. and nationally.’ “Mark my words, in the next 10 years, you’ll hear about the best place to live in the U.S. — it’s going to be Holly Springs, North Carolina.” MB


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CHELSEA JENNETTE @afashionablebeliever

During the year of the sweatshirt, many of us forgot that fashion can be an outlet for self-expression, choosing comfort over creativity in our daily wardrobe. To ignite fall fashion inspiration, we called on Triangle influencers to remind us that personal style is about looking good, feeling great and having fun … and maybe slightly fewer pairs of sweatpants. Browse your closet with new eyes this fall, revisiting old favorites in different combinations. These style bloggers show us how.

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

Hints from Herndon: MENTAL HEALTH IS WHOLE-BODY HEALTH. “When I’m feeling my best, I’ve taken a minute to put myself together,” Herndon said. “Dressing helps for self-care.” As a marriage and family therapist, Herndon understands that looking good contributes to feeling good, which has a huge impact on how you present yourself to the outside world. EMBRACE WHAT YOU HAVE, WHERE YOU ARE. “We have all gone through a lot,” Herndon said, and for many that means shifts in our bodies. Use fashion to feel comfortable and look good now, she says. Approach those changes — mental and physical — with compassion.

HERNDON’S FALL MUST HAVE: A COZY CARDIGAN — “I LIVE IN THEM.” CHOOSE A CHUNKY KNIT AND LONG LENGTH TO UPDATE THIS CLOSET STAPLE. RETURN TO BUSINESS ATTIRE WITH A CLASSIC SHIRTDRESS, DANCING BETWEEN CASUAL AND PROFESSIONAL.

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

Editor’s note: Unless otherwise noted, clothing and accessories are the models’ personal wardrobe.

WEEKENDS ARE EDGY, RELAXED AND READY FOR ANYTHING. EXPLORE FALL’S FESTIVALS, MARKETS AND FAIRS WITH AN EASY, HANDS-FREE CROSSBODY BAG.


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

Crollman’s Top Tips: DRESS FOR YOURSELF. “Fashion is not about how you look to other people, it’s about looking polished for you,” she said. Fashion is an experiment. You don’t have to get it right every time. GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. As we transition back to “outward fashion,” start small, with attainable looks that make you feel confident.

A SWEATER AND JEANS SOUNDS BASIC, BUT UNIQUE DETAILS — BALLOON SLEEVES, BRIGHT PINK AND SOPHISTICATED ACCESSORIES — ARE ANYTHING BUT.

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

BACK IN THE OFFICE? IT’S TIME TO BRING THE HEAT! A LEATHER SKIRT BECOMES VERSATILE IN A NEUTRAL COLOR, AND THIS STATEMENT BLOUSE IS UNAPOLOGETICALLY FEMININE. LEFT: SHIMMERY FABRIC MAKES THIS DRESS A SHOWSTOPPER, AND THE TRENDY BABYDOLL SILHOUETTE IS FLATTERING AND FORGIVING.


Chelsea Jennette Instagram: @afashionablebeliever Followers: 20,700 Owner: CharleyMadelyn boutique in Raleigh (named after her twin daughters) Blog: afashionablebeliever.com Signature style: Anything pink, especially dresses and statement pieces

Jennette’s fashion advice: LET YOUR OUTFIT DO THE WORK FOR YOU. Choose statement pieces with interesting details, such as smocking, ruffles or a beautiful print. Add accessories and you’re done! DRESSES ARE A MOM’S BEST FRIEND. As a business owner and mom of twin 2-yearolds, Jennette has limited time most mornings. A dress (plus accessories) is a one-and-done outfit that looks polished and feminine. BE BOLD. “We have one walk — go boldly and confidently,” Jennette said. Find something you love that makes you feel your best.

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

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Allison Vrhovac Instagram: @allisonvrhovac Followers: 13,400 TikTok: @allisonvrhovac Followers: 67,300 Modeling authenticity: “The internet can be so cruel,” said Vrhovac, “In my corner, I’m just being real.” As a mother of three, including two teenage daughters, Vrhovac strives to be a role model sharing kindness and positivity, knowing her audience includes her daughters and their friends.

Vrhovac’s style handbook: THE AGE-LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST. In the digital world of style blogging, finding representation over the age of 40 is tough. Vrhovac, 41, wants to break down barriers surrounding fashion and age. “Wear what makes you feel good,” she said. CASUAL IS STILL COOL. “We’ve all been wearing tie-dye pajamas for a year,” Vrhovac said. “Take parts of that casual style and kick it up with a bag, cute shoe or a jacket. Keep that casual feel, but dress it up.”

VRHOVAC ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO STOP SEEING AGE AS A LIMITATION ON THEIR STYLE. FALL’S FAVORITE ACCESSORIES — BOOTS AND A HAT — ARE CHIC AT EVERY AGE.

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

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

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Restaurant Spotlight:

Vieni Ristobar

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CHICKEN FRANCAISE WITH GREEN BEANS AND ROASTED POTATOES

usually a good sign that a restaurant is worth visiting when all the tables are filled with patrons. Since opening in mid 2020, business at Vieni Ristobar Italian eatery in downtown Holly Springs has been bustling. So, why is Vieni so popular? For starters, virtually everything is made from scratch daily, including the pasta. What’s more, friendly, efficient service is executed by well-trained staff. But make no mistake when it comes to what sets this restaurant apart from many others: It’s the presence of vivacious proprietor Randi Cinelli, a woman who makes every customer feel welcome and appreciated. “The main reason we are here is to create a memorable experience for each guest,” says Cinelli, whose family is well-regarded in the Triangle’s Italian restaurant scene. “We want you to order something that we have created and know that it was made fresh to order.” Vieni, which means “come eat with me” in Italian, has quickly become a popular spot for locals to frequent time and again. “We want to be the restaurant in town people visit often and consider their go-to place,” Cinelli says. “We love Holly Springs and want to be a big part of the community for years to come.” The moment you step inside the dining room, you can’t help but notice the striking 20-seat bar. “This is an informal restaurant built around a bar,” Cinelli explains. Witty, framed signs like “Feed Me Pizza and Tell Me I’m Pretty” and “Joey Doesn’t Share Food” (a nod to the TV sitcom “Friends”) hang on a long wall, further adding to the eatery’s unpretentious vibe. Whether you go for the pizza, the entrees or even the appetizers, there’s plenty to like about Vieni’s mouthwatering menu. Start your meal with a plate of long-stemmed artichokes involving mascarpone, mozzarella and goat cheese. Or consider the crispy, deep-fried Sicilian rice balls filled with black Angus beef, green peas and provolone. If you have a hankering for pasta, order the spaghetti carbonara, lobster ravioli or the hearty house specialty Pappardelle Bolognese. It’s all generously portioned and meticulously plated. Standout entrees include Salmon Positano with spinach, shallots and garlic cream sauce, a sherrycontinued on page 54

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laden Sorrentino (grilled eggplant) and the delectable pan-seared Chicken Francaise, which Cinelli calls “next-level good.” As for the pizza, nearly a dozen specialty pies vie for consideration. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose the fig jam-topped prosciutto & arugula. Or, for a can’t-go-wrong option, there’s “Cinelli’s Famous” Grandma Margherita featuring Italian plum tomato sauce, fresh basil, garlic, mozzarella, oregano and grated parmesan cheese. Eight of the pizzas are available in gluten-free varieties, including New York style, white and vegetarian. Pizza by the slice is available at lunchtime. Three-cheese calzone and classic Stromboli stuffed with pepperoni, meatballs, sausage, onions, peppers and mozzarella are guaranteed to fill you up and will likely supply leftovers for lunch the next day. First-rate ingredients elevate the cuisine. Even the grated parmesan in the shakers on each table comes from a cheese wheel. “We use vine-ripened Alta Cucina tomatoes, an east coast blend of Grande Mozzarella and herbs like basil, rosemary and sage from our garden out back,” Cinelli says. “When you sit down, you’re getting real food made with attention to detail.” If you manage to save room for dessert, choose from house-made tiramisu, lemon ricotta cheesecake, cannoli or chocolate-shelled tartufo featuring chocolate and vanilla gelato crowned with shaved almonds. Creative craft cocktails like the vodka-tinged mango jalapeno, a Bulleit Old Fashioned and the signature sangria keep things lively. “Our homemade sangria is my personal recipe,” Cinelli reveals. “It starts with a really good red-wine base and includes triple sec and muddled fresh fruit. It’s always made to order and is really refreshing.” A thoughtful selection of beer and white and red wines are also available. Vieni is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more. Al fresco dining is available but be sure to arrive early to snag one of these choice tables. VIENI RISTOBAR 242 South Main St. (Town Hall Commons), Holly Springs (984) 225-1134 vieniristobar.com 54 October/NOVEMBER 2021

SICILIAN RICE BALLS ARE STUFFED WITH ANGUS BEEF, PEAS AND PROVOLONE CHEESE.

We want you to order something that we have created and know that it was made fresh to order. RANDI CINELLI

– Randi Cinelli, proprietor

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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

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

Assaggio’s Pizzeria Ristorante “Top quality ingredients go into every dish.” 941 East Broad Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-9505; assaggios-fuquay.com

Drive Bru “Drive thru coffee shop with N.Y. coffee & Carolina charm.” 1013 E Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (607) 745-2512; @drivebru

Bluegrass Bagels “Quality food, fast.” 100 Dickens Rd, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-4980; bluegrassbagels.com

Eggs Up Grill “Breakfast favorites served all day.” 1436 N Main St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-4463; eggsupgrill.com

El Dorado “Enjoy the most delicious Mexican food amongst family.” 112 E Vance St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-0287; eldoradomexicanrestaurant.com 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 J&S New York Pizza “Family-owned and operated Italian restaurant.” 500 Broad St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-6921; jandsnypizza.com Johnny’s Pizza “An amazing array of different NY-style pizzas.” 722 N Judd Parkway N, Fuquay-Varina (919) 552-6322; johnnyspizzacary.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

Little Portugal NC “Market and eatery celebrating traditional Portuguese dishes.” 736 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina (919) 586-7144; littleportugalnc.com 56 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2021

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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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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

Vicious Fishes Tap & Kitchen “Eclectic twists on comfortable bar food.” 132 South Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-7876; viciousfishes.com/fuquay-nc

The Mill “Coffee. Beer. Wine. Community.” 146 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (919) 557-2123; themillfuquay.com

Wingin’ It Bar and Grille “Family-friendly neighborhood pub.” 1625 N. Main St., Suite 109, Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-0962; winginitbarandgrille.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

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

Triple Barrel Tavern “Restaurant, sports bar & billiards.” 2221 N Grassland Drive, Fuquay-Varina (919) 762-0940; @triplebarreltavernfuquayvarina Tsuru Sweets & Coffee “Elegant-yet-sassy gourmet confectionery.” 411 Broad St, Fuquay-Varina (919) 285-2646; tsurusweets.com

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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 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

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Dine 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 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

Kobe HIbachi and Sushi 515 North 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 The Mason Jar Tavern “All the comforts of Southern hospitality with a modern twist.” 114 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 964-5060; themasonjartavern.com MediTerra Grill “Delicious ingredients. Old world recipes.” 108 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 762-7851; mediterranc.com Mi Cancun Mexican Restaurant 324 Grand Hill Place, Holly Springs (919) 552-9979; micancunmx.com Michelangelos Pizza “Pizza buffet for lunch and dinner.” 7280 GB Alford HWY, Holly Springs (919) 557-4992; michelangelospizza.com My Way Tavern “Freshly made all-American foods.” 301 W. Center St., Holly Springs (919) 285-2412; mywaytavern.com Niche Wine Lounge “Tranquility by the glass.” 109 Main St., Holly Springs (919) 552-2300; nichewinelounge.com

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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 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

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Dine 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 Di Fara Pizza Tavern “We don’t cut any corners when it comes to ingredients.” 111 East Chatham St., Cary; (919) 678-5300; difarapizzatavern.com 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 Lugano Ristorante “Italian dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.” 1060 Darrington Drive, Cary (919) 468-7229; luganocary.com Mellow Mushroom “Beer, calzones and creative stone-baked pizzas.” 4300 NW Cary Parkway, Cary (919) 463-7779; mellowmushroom.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

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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

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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

Are you looking to buy a house in Southern Wake County? If so, you need to know exactly what you’re signing up for. Before I start dropping truth like some kind of South Wake whistleblower, we should probably hear from a professional. I asked Krista Abshure from The Abshure Realty Group (in Fuquay-Varina) to give me ONE reason people would want to move to Southern Wake, and her answer was simple — the sheer amount of lifestyle options. “We have so much to do! Parks, breweries, hiking, golf, playgrounds and restaurants are all available near homes with a wide range of price points for everyone,” said Abshure. Yes, she speaks the truth, but hear me out — we’ve also got beer versus coffee wars, an abundance of traffic cones, disgruntled locals, a reputation for stellar memes and much, much more. I’ve lived in this clown town for more than 15 years, so listen up.

A RIPE SMELL Look, there’s no way around it — there’s a dump in Holly Springs and sometimes it smells like the love child of a Bradford pear and oneweek old roadkill. Many move to the “older part” of Holly Springs in an effort to avoid the stench, but when the wind really gets a hold of it, the smell of a hot fart on a summer’s day can span for miles. To avoid gagging during a cookout, I recommend moving south of the bright orange storage facility on 55 that seems to act as some sort of

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tacky, mystical barrier. All jokes aside, the presence of the landfill is required disclosure for realtors if buyers are looking within the “smell zone.”

U-TURNS AND MEDIANS If you move to Holly Springs, I hope you enjoy turning right. In the event that you need to turn left, I hope your car has a neat little turning radius, because a u-turn is your only option. You might not find as many u-turns in Fuquay, but we’re drowning in a sea of medians down here and it doesn’t even make sense. Yes, the Walgreens is on your left. No, you will not be able to turn in until you’ve gone through the worst traffic light in town and sold your soul to a demon outside of Cookout.

LOTS OF ALL SIZES Like many locations in Wake County (ahem, Cary and Apex), larger, wooded lots are becoming a thing of the past. The good news? Willow Springs and Angier (and certain parts


of Fuquay-Varina) are still rocking that country vibe, and you might actually score a yard that’s worthy of a riding lawnmower. If mowing isn’t your thing, then new construction in both Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina has your back with some sweet .12 acre lots. Just two pushes of the mower and you’re done! Put that toddler to work!

RON JONES A neighbor, someone you know, someone you can trust and respect. Call today and speak with a real person who cares about your family’s protection and security.

HOAs That swanky new neighborhood likely comes at an overbearing, Stepfordesque price — a homeowner’s association, or organization within a planned community that makes and enforces the rules for the properties and its residents. Love them or hate them, HOAs are the norm around here and anyone who purchases a property within an HOA’s jurisdiction will be required to pay dues. (Cash, venmo and first-born children frequently accepted.) Is there a pool to maintain? Is it a golf course community? Are there 16 miles of greenway, a doggie resort, a lot of fussy retirees and a “natural playscape?” If so, you might be looking at more than $50 per month, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. On the plus side, HOAs will prevent your neighbor from creating a tire mountain in their front yard. Though, you’ll likely receive a cryptic warning in the mail if your trashcan is visible from the road.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS Did you know that Wake County is growing by an average of 64 people each day and is projected to reach two million residents by 2054? Subdivisions are popping up faster than traffic cones on 55, and certain areas are now almost completely unrecognizable. Imagine if deer jerky was a road — that’s what Angier Road in Fuquay used to look like. Now it’s nothing but fancy new subdivisions called Geneva, Arlington Meadows, and (my favorite), Hidden Valley Ranch. The

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For a long time, the promise of new schools in Fuquay-Varina felt like a pipe dream. Holly Springs seemed to get the green light for a new school every year while the original FVHS continued to look like a seedy, rundown bowling alley or the back of a Carlie C’s. Despite rumors of students floating down halls of sewage in makeshift canoes, a brand spankin’ new school in Fuquay seemed to be pretty low on the town's list of priorities. Thanks to an onslaught of new residents, that’s no longer the case. After the addition of Willow Springs High and South Lakes Elementary, FVHS got the best glamour shot mall-makeover a school could ask for (and FVMS is next)! Construction is now underway for Herbert Akins Middle School (set to open 202223), and there are already plans for a new elementary school off of Hilltop Needmore Road. It’s not over for Holly Springs, either — Woods Creek Elementary is coming soon and already crowdsourcing for mascot ideas. If you want your kid to learn in a new building, Southern Wake is SO hot right now.

RANDOM ANIMALS WALKING THE STREETS Yes, Southern Wake is transforming from country living to a yuppy paradise, but our animals never got the memo. We have a history of pigs chased all over town by the FVPD, random peacocks shooting the breeze in front of Citgo on Sunset Lake, chickens walking around Holly

On the plus side, HOAS will prevent your neighbor from creating a tire mountain in their front yard.

Springs like they own the place, and horses trotting down the street on the way to Aviator. TOTAL FARM CHAOS.

A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT If you’ve noticed a massive cooling tower rising like a phoenix over 12 Oaks Harris Lake, then let me clue you in — that’s Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. Yes, there’s a test siren schedule available online. No, we don’t bother looking at it. Yes, every three months the entire community forgets that it’s Wednesday (test day) and waits to melt in their car while stuck in traffic à la Chernobyl. It

is what it is. MEMES

Last but not least, Southern Wake has Fuquay-Varina Memes on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok (and Twitter if you think you’re better than everyone). Don’t be fooled by the name — Fuquay Memes is an equal opportunity meme page and we make fun of everyone. We’ve got T-shirts, memes and zero respect for ourselves (I think this shameless plug speaks for itself ). Happy house hunting! If you enjoyed these, there’s more where that came from! Follow me on: Facebook: @fuquaymemes Instagram: @thefvmemes Twitter: @thefvmemes


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Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary School won a NC GreenPower’s solar educational package grant, valued at about $42,000. In addition to a 5-kilowatt solar array, the schools will receive donated SunPower solar modules, a STEM curriculum, teacher training, environmental sensors, solar data monitoring and more.

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The work of Holly Springs writer was selected for publication in the current issue of Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts. Ward’s essay is titled “Lament for an Altered World.” “I think it is more important than ever to highlight disabilities in writing and to share our experiences as part of the human spectrum,” says Ward. Kaleidoscope magazine expresses the experiences of disability from the perspective of individuals, families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

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