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• Sunday Supper – interviews with restaurant chefs and a peek into their own kitchens, including a recipe for what they like to cook at home on their night off As we transition from one year to the next, a loving shoutout and best wishes to our longtime creative director Travis Aptt, who left us for another position after spending most of his third decade with us.

Cary Living and our sister publication in Raleigh, Midtown Magazine, had our best years ever in 2016, and we are rolling up our sleeves to have another stellar year in 2017. As a small, locally owned company based in Wake County, we aim to cover the whole of Western Wake with stories and features about life in Cary and surrounding towns. Started in 2003 by a local family, 2017 marks our 14th anniversary. At our annual editorial planning session in October our small staff hammered out many new initiatives for the coming year’s editorial calendar – sections and features that dramatically increase our coverage of the constantly changing food scene in Cary and Raleigh – in response reader feedback. • Dining Guide – a curated list of locally owned places to eat in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs and Fuquay- Varina, broken down by category • Foodie Focus – a capsule update of newly opened restaurants and who’s in charge of them • Beer & Barrel – continues to examine the local beer and distillery vibe

And welcome to new creative director Lori Lay and graphic designer Jennifer Heinser, both seasoned designers who we have had the fortune to already have on staff. Additionally, in 2017 we want to shine a spotlight on more of the unique paths local folks forge when starting and running their own businesses, so each issue you’ll find a story we’re calling Minding Your Business. Our first feature is on BREW, at The Cary Theater – ostensibly a coffee shop, but also a bottle shop and a concession stand, and above all, a community gathering spot. Later on this year, we’ll add new cover features and special sections and bring back some of our best from last year, including Faces of Cary, The Annual Food Issue, The “Townie” Guide and Meet The Doctors. Hopefully Cary Living will continue to inform and delight you with interesting tidbits about Western Wake and surrounds, whether you were born here or moved here last month.


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features 44 2017: A YEAR In preview A New Year’s tour around what’s new in Western Wake and everything you can expect to see popping up around our cozy spot in the middle of the Triangle.

56 HEALTH & FITNESS: Creating a balanced you Balancing physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and other facets of yourself for a fresh start in 2017.

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One Cary after-school program is teaching kids as young as seven and as old as 17 everything from coding basics to app design. It is a coding school for kids.

beauty by anna churchill, Synergy Spa & Aesthetics

Time to Treat Yourself Feel Pampered Every Day of the Year It’s finally time to recover from the chaos of the holiday season and focus on goals for the exciting new year ahead. Nothing is better to reboot and reset than a day at the spa, but not everyone can squeeze self-care into their hectic schedules. Set yourself up for success with a relaxing, comfortable spa-like environment at home. All you need are a few essentials to de-stress and unwind. Here is my starter kit for a spa-like staycation in your very own home:

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Wash away your stress the minute you step under this showerhead by Hansgrohe. Featuring AirPower technology, this highly effective 5-star fixture delivers water enriched with air, making the water droplets plumper, lighter and softer. Price starts at $400,

Peptide Aqua Gel Mask by Clinical Resolution

Face the new year looking refreshed! My favorite post-treatment mask is the Peptide Aqua Gel Mask by Clinical Resolution, because it instantly shows improvement using polypeptides to deliver deep hydration to the skin. This mask will be your best pick-me-up during the winter to battle the dry, cold air. Price $25 – available to purchase with treatment at Synergy

LAFCO Candles

When all is said and done, you can’t enjoy your home spa experience without the intoxicating smell of a luxury candle. The clean, crisp scents by LAFCO are my favorite go-to (particularly Chamomile Lavender) and they make a fabulous host gift. Price $60,

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Each night before you head into your comfy bed, cut up some fresh fruit, add mint or rosemary, and steep these naturally flavorful ingredients in your water for the following day. Each sip you take will be more pleasant and refreshing!






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Old World Meets New Neomonde’s blend of tradition And adaptation strikes the perfect balance // By STEVEN MAJOR // photography By GINNY WILLIAMS

The Saleh family will soon be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the opening of Neomonde, which at its inception was a bakery delivering old world lebanese bread to New World customers. Fifteen years later they had moved the bakery to the now-iconic building on Beryl Road and opened a deli of the same name. As the business grew they added a Mediterranean grocery and expanded the deli to include a second location in Morrisville, contributing to what is now one of the best places to find international cuisine in the Triangle (there is great Indian, Vietnamese, and Korean food to be found nearby).

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Located off of Chapel Hill Road near Aviation Parkway, Neomonde delivers classic recipes that have origins in the traditional Lebanese cooking the family grew up enjoying. Sam Saleh is quick to point out that there is no radical adherence to tradition, however, joking that he is not ‘the soup nazi’. The focus is on creating food that they enjoy and creating flavors that can be uniquely identified as theirs. In this endeavor they have succeeded beyond measure; Neomonde’s pita is the bar by which all others in the area are now measured.

Like the pita, Neomonde’s falafel is also uniquely their own, with an unexpected green hue, making their falafel pita sandwich a one-of-a-kind Neomonde eating experience. Traditional falafel is a vegetarian fritter made with chickpeas, parsley, onions, garlic and spices. It’s a classic dish in many areas, with variations across countries – in Egypt and other places, fava beans are used instead of chickpeas. At Neomonde, cilantro is added, and together with the parsley the result is the greenish Neomonde falafel. Besides adding color, the extra herbs add a lot in the way of flavor, lending a sharp herbal profile to the fritters. For the falafel pita, the addition of fresh parsley and cilantro further contribute to this flavor. Pickled turnips add a little bite, and tahini (a sesame seed-based sauce) adds a mildly nutty flavor. The dish is vegetarian, but the texture and flavor of the falafel has a meaty quality that makes this seem more like a Lebanese meatball sub than anything resembling a salad. Try one with a side of quinoa tabouleh and stuffed grape leaves and you are certain to leave satisfied. L

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Loosen Your Belts // By SEAN LENNARD, triangle food guy,

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On E. Chatham Street in Cary, a market, cafe and wine bar featuring European cuisine is slated to open next year in the former Dorry’s Downtown space. Pro’s Epicurean Market and Cafe is the creation of chef Richard Procida.

Academy Street Bistro is up and flying under the new ownership of Tom Havrish, who also owns Lugano Ristorante. They have a new logo and are adding new menu items. Congrats to Tom on his newest endeavor.

And next door, in the new building going up, Pizzeria Faulisi, which will serve Neapolitanstyle pizza, expects to open in late January or early February.

Also in Cary, the former San Remo space in Cary’s Millpond Village (where Publix just opened) has become a Thai restaurant called Thai Lotus.

The Triangle’s third b.good fast-casual eatery opened in Morrisville’s Park West Village. b.good already has locations in Raleigh’s North Hills and in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street.

Durham is sharing a little of their love with Wake County – that is, if you consider waffles smothered with chicken, warm syrup and powdered sugar as love! That’s right, Dame’s Chicken & Waffles opened a location in Cary adjacent to the Bass Pro Shop on Harrison Avenue in the former Firewurst.

Down in Holly Springs things are about to get a little sweeter as Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream, a new shop featuring handmade ice cream and treats, opened in early November at 304 N. Main Street.

Blaze Pizza opened in the Holly Springs Towne Center, beside the Carmike Cinemas Ovation Cinema Grill 9.

Woody’s Sports Tavern & Grill in Cary and Woody’s at City Market in downtown Raleigh have opened a new hybrid concept bottleshop/bar/ restaurant called BottleDog Bites & Brews at the Center 54 shopping center in the space behind Maximillian’s on Chapel Hill Road in Cary.

The newest location of Another Broken Egg Cafe opened this past Monday in Parkside Town Commons at 1103 Parkside Main Street in Cary. There are additional locations in Morrisville, Raleigh and in Durham.

Raleigh ice cream shop Fresh plans to open a second location (the original location is at 6033 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh) in downtown Cary at 138 E. Chatham Street. Look for them to open next spring. Michael Markham transformed the former Amedeo’s of Apex into another Brew n Que; at 2045 Creekside Landing Drive, serving craft beer and BBQ. This will be the second location of Brew n Que, the original brick and mortar location is located on Maynard Road in Cary.

A second location of Johnny’s Pizza is now open in Cornerstone Village (intersection of Davis Drive & High House Road) where Z Pizza used to be. Cary’s Diced Gourmet Salads and Wraps (Kildaire Farm Road in Cary) has opened a second location in Raleigh’s Oberlin Court.

Rise Biscuits and Donuts will open their eighth Trianglearea location in Holly Springs in the Holly Springs Towne Center in March 2017.

The Charlotte-based breakfast and lunch restaurant concept called Famous Toastery has plans for several locations in the Triangle in 2017. Their next location will open in March in Morrisville at Weston Corners Shopping Center, followed by two more locations – one at the Holly Springs Town Center and the other in Garner. Toast Cafe is already open in Cary’s Waverly Place. L


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From left to right, General Manager John Martinez, Bar Manager Bobby Covais and bartender Patrick Thomalen.

Cicerones: the Sommeliers of Beer // By JULIE JOHNSON

“Bad beer.” That is Ray Daniels’ two-word explanation for why he founded a beer education program. Daniels, a Chicago-based beer writer and educator, spent years promoting craft beer and ran into too many disappointing pints. “You’ll go into places that have 20 taps, and they don’t know anything about the beer. Sometimes the beer is just horrible because they haven‘t cleaned the draft lines in ages, or it’s stale because it sat on the shelf for too long before it went into the cooler.” Eight years ago, Daniels launched the Cicerone program 20 |

(Si-suh-rone) to train beer professionals. “Anybody who’s been around the hospitality industry has heard of sommeliers for wine. Once you’ve been around beer for a while and realize how much there is to know, you start thinking, wow, we could use a sommelier for beer.” Certified Beer Server is the first of the program’s four levels. To pass the 60-question online exam, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in topics including beer styles and ingredients, correct serving temperatures and glassware.



At The Raleigh Times, every server and bartender has passed the exam. “To prepare, we give them several classes, we have beer packets and a ‘beer bible’ describing every beer we have in house, and we do tastings,” says general manager John Martinez. “We want you to be able to sit down here and not be overwhelmed by a list of beers.” With a few questions, a server should be able to suggest beer choices to suit a guest’s taste: “Maybe a new style, something you haven’t tried.”


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The difference between the first and second tiers is “huge,” according to Sean McKinney, himself a Certified Cicerone. “The second level is a four-hour exam; it travels from city to city based on demand. There’s a tasting section: you’re going through different samples and naming the off-flavor in the beer, or saying whether it is a good example of the beer style or not.” McKinney spent seven years at Busy Bee Café and Trophy Brewing Co in Raleigh, exactly the sort of places Daniels envisioned Certified Cicerones working. But he recently switched from the hospitality side to the production side of the business, taking a job as head of blending at Bond Brothers Brewing Company in Cary.


“The Cicerone program ended up bringing me to Bond Brothers because of their emphasis on education and their policy of rewarding people who pursued more knowledge about the beer industry,” says McKinney.

At Bond Brothers, he joined head brewer and co-founder Whit Baker, who is also a Certified Cicerone. As a brewer, Baker finds the training has helped him to design new beers, using the perspective of the customer. “There’s a focus on describing flavors to non-experts, both positive and negative. Having richer vocabulary helps you to communicate, as well as take feedback.” The brewery requires that new employees pass the first exam (and pays their fees); employees interested in taking the next step get help with study materials, and also have the fees covered. For the public, Bond Brothers hosts a technical tasting class as well as regular cheese pairings to educate about beer and food matching. Baker adds, “I’m actually going to be teaching flavor evaluation at Wake Tech in the spring for the kind of people looking to brew in the community at large.”

Bond brothers head brewer PAUL Wasmund

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Both men recently sat for the Advanced Cicerone exam, a newlyintroduced third tier meant to make the ascent to the highest ranks a little less onerous. Daniels estimates that most candidates need at least five years’ preparation and hands-on experience to pass. As of this time, there are no Advanced Cicerones in this area. The pinnacle of the program is the Master Cicerone, which requires mastery of every technical and aesthetic aspect of beer. But don’t expect to meet a member of this elite group pouring your next pint. There are only 11 – in the world. L Photo BY GINNY WILLIAMS

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Not Bursting Bubbly’s Bubble Why we should continue drinking Champagne AND Sparkling Wine in the new year

// By Michael Gallo, CSW STORE Manager, Total Wine & More


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CHAMPAGNE AND SPARKLING WINE sales spike around the holidays, as you can imagine. However, there is more to this magically delightful beverage than meets the eye – or palate, for that matter. First, a few basics. “All Champagne is sparkling, but not all sparkling is Champagne”. I’m sure you’ve heard or read this saying a thousand times, and it’s true. Only wine from the Champagne region of France, about an hour and a half northeast of Paris, should technically be called “Champagne”. Champagne is the northernmost winemaking region in France, with distinctive soil types and hillside vineyards. Champagne’s terroir is the only one of its kind and is as original as the wine it produces. However, there are many regions – not only within France, but around the globe – that make sparkling wine with many using the same methods as the Methode Champenoise. For example, Italy’s Franciacorta and Spain’s Cava are both delicious sparkling wines produced in the traditional method.

Why go anywhere else? Champagne and sparkling wines pair well with a variety of foods, from complex to very simple fare including fried and salty foods. Sparkling wine is also fantastic with sushi and Asian cuisine, caviar of course, and can easily go from aperitif to dessert. A fun pairing is a glass or two of Champagne or sparkling wine with a bag of gourmet popcorn. Although Champagne prices start around $35-$40 per bottle in most cases, sparkling wine prices vary widely. Spanish Cava, a tremendous value in the sparkling wine category, usually has price points starting below $10 a bottle. Conversely, there are some premium sparkling wines from California, New Mexico and South Africa that start around $20-$25. Champagne and sparkling wines are truly special, with great flexibility in terms of food pairings, cuisine adaptability, and of course celebrating the special moments in our lives. L


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CL: What does your job entail on a daily basis?

// By kurt dusterberg

What I love is that every day is different. I work with developers to find land or places to build new things. I work with landlords and new businesses who are looking to fill space. I work with businesses that have issues and challenges, connecting them with the right town staff folks to help them navigate through the hurdles of opening a business. It’s really a wide range. A lot of it is the ability to think entrepreneurially in some ways, but also to think from the local government standpoint too.

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CL: What makes a good mid-size downtown? TED BOYD CAN’T EXPLAIN HIS CAREER PATH. He studied english at a military college before winding through a variety of experiences that eventually led to his current role as Cary’s downtown Development manager. He came to Cary in 2013 after serving as the Director of the Historic South End neighborhood in Charlotte. At 39, he is completely invested in revitalizing a space he believes has tremendous potential. Each day he deals with issues large and small. One day it’s big-picture issues with developers and town officials, the next day he’s pondering signage and sidEwalks. He views the project through the lens of a typical local family. His wife Julie is from Cary, and they have two young girls, FOURyear-old Anna and TWO-yearold Lauren. Boyd discusses his path, his vision, and the reason he was alphabetically destined to play a role in Cary’s future.

It has to be walkable. It needs to be filled with amenities you want to walk and explore. You stop at a coffee shop. Do we need some ice cream? Do we want to go to a brewery? Do we want to hit a show? Every downtown is unique. A lot of times, it’s the place of our history, it’s the place of the founding. You can’t replace the architecture and the feel. Sometimes it’s taking the old spaces and putting new businesses into them to bring new life and authenticity. Shopping centers may have the components of walkability and shops, but it will always lack the architecture, the history, the roots.

CL: Why do you think people today are so interested in a downtown experience? In some sense it’s a connection to who we are. If you’re a business that is considering moving a headquarters here, it becomes lifestyle amenities for your employees. You don’t have to get in a car at lunchtime; you can walk somewhere. For people who are looking to move into that [residential] environment, it’s similar. From an older person’s perspective, they don’t want to cut the grass anymore, they need a smaller space, they want to walk to places. You’ve got a younger demographic who is looking for similar things with a diversity of housing options, so you can go from an apartment to townhomes to single family homes. Then you have the tourist. When I go places, I want to eat somewhere you can’t eat in your hometown. You’re able to get a sense of the culture, the place and the people.

CL: What helped you prepare for this role? I’m not trained for this. I’m an English major. I didn’t know this existed. My role in Charlotte began in events. I was able to do things like the NASCAR Hall of Fame grand opening and fireworks for the city of Charlotte. In the process, I learned that doing an event played a role in making a place. That made me realize that building a sidewalk with seating outside helps animate the sidewalk and brings life to it. | 27

theinterview CL: What kinds of businesses, generally speaking, will be part of this project? Downtown Cary is unique in that we have to build a lot of stuff. Some places have great bones to them and you’re upfitting the old building. But we don’t have a lot of that. By building, we create places for office workers, but on that ground floor, can we create retail shops? When you have more people working and living downtown, it drives your retail. Chatham Street is our main street, from roundabout to roundabout. That’s a lot of space to build out. My goal is to see that as a walkable mile. Academy is our cross street, more of our signature street, where you’ve got a lot more history with the Cary Arts Center, the library, the Mayton Inn, the downtown park and a whole new streetscape. So there are layers to our downtown.

CL: Have you ever wondered why you developed a professional interest so unrelated to your education? I’ve tried to figure out what led me to this. My greatgreat-grandfather helped establish the town of Conway, South Carolina. He was able to bring the first bank into Conway and work with some of the first churches. I look at downtown as a startup in many ways. You’re trying a lot of new ideas, you’re meeting people, you’re trying to take all the pieces and make it a whole. It’s very meaningful work because it’s weighty. This development will be here much longer than I will.

CL: What were your interests growing up? One of the themes was always leadership. It was leadership for the ability to influence change. That’s a little bit of a thread. I get to take the lead on downtown, but a lot of times I’m trying to not be the guy out front. When you’re building a place, if there’s not buy-in from important folks, it doesn’t matter what one person is trying to do.

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At some point when that place gets going in the right direction, I feel like there’s a different skill set for a person, apart from what I have, that can move things to the next level. We’ll be in this role in downtown Cary for a long time. We will see a lot of improvements happen in a short time.

CL: What do you think your particular skill set is, relative to where this project is right now? Vision is one piece, seeing what it could look like and taking certain actions to fulfill that – how do we get the right people together and solve issues. I think that my personality works well. I love to be around people and talk to people. Sometimes people aren’t happy with me, and thankfully I went to The Citadel; I think I can handle most criticism if I need to. I’ve been welltrained [laughs].

CL: What else should we know about you? I’m not your typical career-follower. After college, I worked for an outdoor company near Myrtle Beach, taking guests out to snorkle with the manatees. I worked for a Christian liberal arts college (Bryan College), I worked in recruiting, I worked for a leadership program for high school and college [students]. I went to seminary, so I studied theology for a couple of years. Then I moved to Charlotte, and everything I was doing sort of fell apart. That’s when I started trying to find out what my skill set was, and then applying that to this place-building and town-building. I hope that’s encouraging to people, because my dad is an accountant and he has been his entire life. Thankfully we live in a world that has evolved in some ways. There’s a lot of different career paths out there, and you can be flexible and try to move to different things.

CL: You’re proof of that, aren’t you? Even though I’ve had a weird, crazy path from a career standpoint, the consistent thing is I’ve always lived in a place that began with the letter C. From Conway to Charleston to Chattanooga to Colorado Springs to Chicago to Charlotte to Cary. It’s really weird how that has happened. L

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BREW coffee. Beer. people.


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Best friends for over 15 years, A.J. Viola and Mike Sholar are very different. A.J. is an outgoing people-person, while Mike, an engineer, is a quiet facts-and-figures guy. But amid their seemingly contrary personalities, the two men share a vision of community connectedness that has manifested in a truly unique way. BREW at The Cary Theater is a coffee shop. And a bottle shop. And a concession stand. But above all, BREW is a place where the Cary community can gather to laugh, cry, discuss, imagine…connect.

find new, interesting coffees to buy and divvy up with the group. Everyone would get a 4-oz bag, enjoy that particular roast, and then come together to share their thoughts. It was through this community-oriented club that A.J. and Mike started connecting with roasters and shop owners. And it grew. The club was becoming too time-consuming for the guys, who both had full-time jobs at the time. According to A.J., “Neither of us had the time for this weird coffee subscription model.”

“Our desire is to engage in relationships and great products,” A.J. explains. “We wanted to create a space – a gallery, if you will – where coffee, beer and people can all thrive.” The Cary coffee bar, whose space is physically shared with The Cary Theater on Chatham Street, opened February 29th, 2016. The partners, however, initially implemented their vision in 2014 with BREW at Seaboard Station in Raleigh…and the story is pretty cool.

So they decided to combine their love of coffee and community engagement by taking the plunge to open BREW in their own neighborhood. Although Mike maintains his career with Citrix, a tech company, and A.J. is full-time with BREW, their partnership is truly synergistic. “We have completely different skill sets,” explains Mike, “so it’s easy to balance and trust each other in this process.” A.J. adds, “Yeah, there aren’t foundational disagreements about anything…every decision has been between what’s good and what’s better.”

“We both love coffee,” says A.J., “so several years ago we started the Raleigh Coffee Club.” Mike adds, “It was a hyper-local subscription service for coffees.” They would

So why Downtown Cary? When asked, Mike and A.J. shoot a sideways glance to each other and Mike answers plainly, “We were chosen.” About six months after their Raleigh

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shop opened, Downtown Development Manager Ted Boyd saw what they were accomplishing in their neighborhood and reached out to the two owners to see if they’d be interested in expanding. But for these guys, considering a Cary shop wasn’t about expansion. According to A.J., “We had to determine if there was an opportunity to connect within the Cary community, and if this potential lined up with our core values.” The decisionmaking process was lengthy – over a year – but they had to be certain it was workable. Thankfully, it all lined up. “This is a unique setting for us,” explains A.J., “and actually, it’s the only coffee shop-theater setting in the whole country.” Mike adds, “We have a real symbiotic relationship with the theater. Because we are a separate shop and also serve as the Theater’s concession, we promote the Theater, and they promote us.” Locally Minded, Community Centered Not only does their affiliation with The Cary Theater make BREW distinctive, so does their genuine focus on staying local and supporting small business. “We are a multi-roaster coffee shop – which is very rare,” says A.J., “but we love sharing great coffee.” Their main roaster is Raleigh Coffee Company, but they also feature quality roasts from around the state and country.

We have the amazing opportunity each day to positively impact the people who walk through our doors. It’s a great honor.” – A.J. Viola

Beyond coffee, BREW offers other local fare. “Downtown Cary is a great community for our beer program,” Mike explains. “We partner with local bottle shops, like Pharmacy up the street, as well as local brewers, with few exceptions.” (But all their partner breweries are located in North Carolina.) An Apex baker creates BREW’s delicious baked goods, and their breakfast and lunch offerings are all handcrafted in-house with care. The bottom line for this special coffee bar in downtown Cary: Community. A.J. passionately summarizes their vision, “We have an amazing opportunity each day to positively impact the people who come in here. Oftentimes, we get to set the tone for someone’s entire day based upon our interaction with them…and that’s a great honor for us.” L


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Special Winter Olympics // By JACKIE BOEHEIM // photos courtesy of special olympics of north carolina

Morrisville, NC is home to the North Carolina headquarters for the Special Olympics, a nonprofit that provides athletic programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The first North Carolina games were held in 1970 with only a few hundred athletes; today, the organization has more than 40,000 registered individuals. The North Carolina nonprofit is one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world, with participants ranging from Pre-K children to adulthood. Individuals with intellectual disabilities are given the chance to participate in year-round sports training and competition. The Special Olympics acknowledge athletes in statewide, nationwide and world competitions. SONC is about community and creating a space for athletes and families to unite with one another. Often times, family members of an athlete will volunteer with the organization in some way. This is a safe place for families to create a support system. The games – along with the training – create a sense of confidence through teamwork, competition and celebration. President/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina, Keith L. Fishburne, recognizes the impact of the organization. “Sports is a common denominator that brings people together. Our coaches and parents see a remarkable change in the athletes’ lives because of what sports brings to them.” There are nearly two dozen sports offered by SONC. Among these sports are sailing, equestrian, powerlifting and figure skating. Each event has a designated coach and training schedule. Athletes may not become competition-ready from the beginning – it’s with routine practice and guidance that skill is born. Each coach is put through proper training and has an understanding that training may be elongated. 32 |

To kickoff 2017, coaches and athletes have been preparing for the SONC 2017 Winter Games, set for January 8th & 9th. More than 100 alpine skiers and snowboarders will travel to Appalachian Ski Mountain outside of Boone to compete against other state-level athletes. Events are created for athletes of each level. “The Glide” is suitable for beginners, where coaches may assist on less difficult terrains with a slight slope. Seasoned competitors can compete in the Advanced Slalom, where the terrain is much steeper with tighter turns, often referred to as the “Black Run.” The Special Olympics World Games are held from March 14thMarch 25th in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau, Austria. SONC is proudly sending two of its athletes to these games. Kristen Milstead of Mooresville has been involved with the Special Olympics for 16 years and will compete in alpine skiing. Maurice Watts of High Point has been involved with Special Olympics for 22 years and will also compete in Alpine skiing. Just as The Olympics does, The Special Olympics World Winter Games will begin and end with ceremonies televised globally by ESPN. Winners will receive gold, silver or bronze medals. SONC has partnered with many health-related organizations to bring the best health initiatives to their athletes. “Unlike in earlier years, we now have the ability to identify health issues and work with the athletes and families on scheduling follow-up appointments with their doctors,” Fishburne explains.

Examinations include, but are not limited to, physicals, hearing, vision and dental. Through the various partnerships, Med Fests are held to offer routine medical checkups. This brings knowledge and awareness to the overall wellbeing of the athletes. Bridging the gap between athletes with intellectual disabilities and those without is important to SONC. Through Unified Champion Schools, students come together in social settings. The UCS is an all-inclusive program that gives students without intellectual disabilities exposure and education to those who have an intellectual disability. Students are able to support one another and share in t heir similarities. “We’re working in close to 350 schools across the state. We encourage students to participate in unified sports, form friendships through social activities, and educate their entire school population through whole-school leadership activities,” Fishburne states. On March 1st, 2017, students in statewide leadership positions will unite in downtown Raleigh to bring awareness to derogatory terms associated with intellectual disabilities, such as “retard” or “retarded”. The goal is to encourage everyone to end the use of the R-word. In its first year in Raleigh, students and educators are taking action to create a better world for everyone. You can support them and this movement by showing up on the lawn area outside the NC Department of Public Instruction during the lunch hour.

SONC is more than athletics. It’s teamwork, health and wellness, and programs that build awareness on the positive impact people with intellectual disabilities can have in our communities. If you’d like to become involved, you can do so by serving as a coach or participating in fundraising. Athletes are never charged a fee to be involved in the Special Olympics, making fundraising important. “All of our programs and services are provided due to donations made to SONC,” said Fishburne. “We want everyone with an intellectual disability to feel welcomed and to be involved in sports if they choose to do so.” L


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An End Goal Carolina Railhawks are now Carolina FC with MLS // By DAVe DROSCHAK

CURT JOHNSON HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT bringing Major League Soccer to the Triangle since 1995 – a more than two decade journey that’s had more twists and turns associated with it than California’s 17-Mile Drive. “The progress is really what gets me up every day and gets me excited. We’ve got more to do, but it’s within reach now,” team president Johnson said after the Carolina Railhawks changed their name to North Carolina Football Club, rebranded with a new logo and announced it would be seeking a stadium site in efforts to land an MLS team. Since taking over the team last season, owner Steve Malik has advocated for a multi-team organization. In addition to the MLS initiative, Malik also announced in December his desire to be awarded a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team in the Triangle within the next six months. The North American Soccer League (the second tier of professional soccer) team has been named the Carolina Railhawks for a decade, with a mascot named Swoops and a tradition of a train horn blaring after each goal. Swoops has now taken flight, and the loud shrill will likely be derailed before the March exhibition season rolls around. “There is going to be a process where we pick our mascot and our nickname, and we’re going to involve our fans in that,” 34 |

Johnson said. “We don’t have a specific timeline, but we’re going to have some fun with it.” “This was not something we did lightly,” Johnson added. “We talked with a lot of folks – obviously our fans, our partners, people that are not fans yet but are soccer fans – and we felt like in conjunction with the aspirations for MLS and NWSL teams and trying to get a stadium built that we needed a name that was more symbolic of the state, and in particular the Triangle region.” The new North Carolina Football Club logo features elements from the state of North Carolina flag. The lower right point of the star represents the Research Triangle, a region that includes Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The initials “FC” are situated between two airplane wings, alluding to North Carolina’s official slogan “First in Flight”. North Carolina FC brass looked at more than 100 different color and crest variations before settling on its new logo, working with the designer who created the crest for the MLS Los Angles Football Club. “If you have ever thought about it, there is no one main city in North Carolina – we’ve got the ocean and mountains, warm weather and cold weather – not one symbol of the state that really captures the entire state except the state flag,” Johnson said.

The professional soccer team was also seeking a new name that would resonate with a region, not just the Triangle. “The University of North Carolina is referred to as ‘North Carolina’ or ‘Carolina’ or ‘UNC’, but from a professional sports team standpoint, no one had really claimed or branded themselves as North Carolina,” he said. North Carolina FC is not alone in seeking an MLS franchise. Charlotte is also in the mix, which could make for some interesting dynamics – and rivalr – over the next 12-18 months between North Carolina’s two largest cities. “At the end of the day, we’re both trying to beat each other to that first MLS franchise in North Carolina, because nobody knows if there will be a second one,” Johnson said. L


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SIMPLY PUT, THE AVEGANT GLYPH IS A WEARABLE movie screen, although “screen” isn’t entirely accurate. Rather than projecting images onto a surface for your eyes to look at, the headband projects images directly onto your retinas. The Glyph is a headband housing two sets of optics, which sit in front of the user’s eyes and use a low-powered LED to create images. The light is passed through the first set of optics, reflected off of a microscopic array of two million mirrors, and focused through a second set for projection onto the retinas, mimicking the way our eyes perceive light in an actual environment. This natural input makes for 36 |

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A New Season interpreting trends and making them your own

// By HELEN WALLACE SANCTION OF STYLE (profile photo by Petite Simon Photography)

Happy New Year! I am super excited to be your new fashion and beauty writer. I couldn’t think of a better issue to kick off sharing my style perspectives with you than with the January/ February 2017 issue: A new year. A fresh perspective. And tons to be excited about in the world of fashion for spring and summer 2017. Here’s a roundup of what to keep and what you’ll want to consider adding to your wardrobe for the warm months ahead. Florals (don’t be afraid to wear them head-to-toe) and pretty, girly, floral dresses always look fresh. Stripes...from conservative banker variety to a more playful wide version. Athleisure and the off-the-shoulder trend are also still having their moment. The 2017 update to this trend? Flashdance shoulder and single shoulder cut-out. Ready-to-Wear that I am most excited to see on the racks and online. Fancy robes for day or night, the “new” trench coat in slouchy, cool fabrics with big belts and expanded/oversized shoulders. Details make this classic new. Corset/waist cinching pieces plus interesting sharp foldover waistbands offer looks that haven’t been seen in decades. Slit sleeves, lingerie-inspired bra tops, baby doll dresses (preferably pink) and bodysuits, yes bodysuits, a la nineties. Punk, grunge, “I’m with the band” is also a personal favorite. If you don’t own a black leather moto jacket add it to your list. It’s an investment piece that you’ll turn to again and again. If you love color get ready for Neon, Shades of Sorbet, Yellow for every skin tone, a sea of beautiful Blues and last but not least [utilitarian] khaki is a wardrobe staple. 40 |


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On the accessories horizon look for Statement Earrings, Mix and Don’t Match Earrings, Statement Glasses, Bold Nylons, boots for warm weather, walkable heels, and sport sandals. Also loving the contradiction of size proportions that bottomless bags and micro minis bring to the spring and summer fashion feast. Go with what you love, feel confident and comfortable wearing. Always have fresh basics each season and work your must-haves or obsessions in from here. Of course, I wouldn’t suggest trying to wear multiple trends all at once; but at the same time don’t be afraid to take a fashion risk or two here or there. Easy wearable pieces to give your wardrobe a boost this season are white shirt dresses and striped button-down shirts. Look for unexpected detailing for both. Lace. Pretty, girly, floral dresses, and pieces that channel a nautical flair. Happy spring shopping! L


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The Murphy’s Law Resolution // By WILL MANN, O2 Fitness, VP

Every January millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. Always at the top of the list are health and fitness resolutions. Even with this focus on health, many people never achieve the results they seek. This is caused by many factors, but I want to focus on one main reason – Murphy’s Law. Let’s look at an example. It’s January 1st, and you have a full exercise and nutrition plan. You’re more motivated than ever, and you’re committed to stick to this plan! You follow every meal and every workout perfectly. It’s going great! You see fantastic results. But then, uh oh, you catch the flu. You’re forced to stay in bed and rest. This means no exercise and no meal prep, so you just eat whatever you can. You fall off track for a week. But after that week, you’re recovered and ready to get back on the program! But there’s more…you missed a week of work, so now you take on extra hours to make up for the time you were out. Life becomes extremely busy. You can’t work out, and you definitely can’t meal prep. You choose convenience 42 |

foods instead. The results you worked so hard for are gone. You become frustrated, and motivation disappears. You start to skip workouts even though you have the time now. You eat strictly for taste because you need the comfort good tasting food brings. You tried so hard, but it didn’t work. And you go on repeating the same vicious cycle. So how do you stop this? Well, you must prepare for Murphy’s Law! Expect everything to go wrong, then ask yourself, how would you remain on track? In the previous example, if you expect you will have periods with little to no available time, find a backup plan with quicker workouts you can do at home. Develop a secondary plan of meals that take little time to prepare and can be made in advance. When you absolutely must eat out, have a list of healthy options in restaurants. Whatever it is, you must expect problems to come up. Some problems won’t be your fault; in fact, most of them won’t be. It doesn’t matter, they are still your problem – so, plan for them. This year, make a resolution to prepare for Murphy’s Law! L


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COM I It’s virtually impossible to drive more than 30 seconds in Western Wake County without encountering bulldozers buzzing, roads rectified, “Now Selling” or “Coming Soon” signs sprinkled at the entrances to countless new communities and dozens of upstart businesses and restaurants engaging in an all-out “Now Hiring” work pool battle for the best of the best. The recession is definitely in the rearview mirror for towns such as Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Morrisville as a second population boom in the last two decades has hit one of the most desirable places to live inthe country.

in this emergent area as officials expect the building momentum to gain additional strength in 2017. Along one stretch of Olive Chapel Road in Apex covering less than two miles a new office complex is selling space briskly, a grocery store is set to open in January and construction has begun on a half-dozen upscale subdivisions.

“It all follows rooftops,” said Apex Town Manager Drew Havens. “That’s the reason you see all the retail, the restaurants, along with service offices like dentists and insurance agents along the I-540 corridor. As people move here these retailers use a formula and say, ‘we need X number of rooftops and we can put a store in here.’”

“We’re seeing a growing trend of developers acquitting property, submitting plans, getting their financing and beginning the phase of more rooftops, which only supports the commercial develop,” added Fuquay-Varina Town Manager Adam Mitchell. “You’re seeing it work its way down the Highway 55 corridor. I can’t tell you how many prospect conversations we’ve had with developers and investors.”

Picturesque horse farms are being replaced by houses; trees being toppled and traded for tiring traffic. It’s just a sign of the times

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“It is land that people in some cases have essentially banked on, they’ve made investments and it’s time to realize the benefit of that investment,” Havens said of the disappearing Western Wake countryside.

Cary Living takes a look at What’s New in 2017 in each of the five Western Wake towns.


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“Basically, as fast as they can build the houses people are buying them … and sometimes they are buying before they can build them,” said Apex Town Manager Drew Havens. “There will be 9,000 more address points in 2017 beyond what we have sitting here right now.” They’ll all need locations to shop, chow down or profess their faith, and there are plenty of new grocery stores, restaurants and churches to choose from.

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What’s not new these days in Apex? The Peak of Good Living will reach new heights this year in the housing market, riding a wave of interest after being named the No. 1 Best Place to Live in the United States by Time/Money Magazine in August 2015. Apex officials no longer measure rooftops by the hundreds, but the thousands.


“The outparcels you see realize that Costco is quite a draw, and they want to capitalize off of it,” Havens said. Ruckus Pizza and Pei Wei Asian Diner will be the newest restaurants to open there. St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church and Summit Church

each have more than 35,000 square foot sanctuaries of worship being erected in opposite ends of Apex. What’s Missing: More employment opportunities. “It’s the ‘live, work, play motto,”’ Havens said. “We’ve got ‘live’ going gangbusters with a good mix of housing. We’ve got ‘play’ with some really good parks and greenways, but we also want to give people an opportunity to work in Apex – something beyond the service industry. We would like to bring in some higher paying jobs, some R&D opportunities.”


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With much of Cary’s land already developed, the city’s newness is focused on downtown, and in particular the re-opening of Academy Street. The Academy Street improvement project started in May 2015 and is now complete in time for spring festivals. The streetscape atmosphere features 12-foot wide brick sidewalks, dogwood flower bike racks, and marble benches in the shape of musical notes. “The purpose was to create a street that would be a gathering place and support the cultural activities and the businesses downtown,” said Town of Cary spokeswoman Marie Maguire. “There are tables and chairs up and down both sides of the street to encourage people to come out and sit, or work or have a cup of coffee. We want this to be a destination; we want you to come, we want you to ride your bike here.”

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The marble seating was inspired by the different types of musical instruments that were developed or used in making music in North Carolina like the Dobro, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and dulcimer. The benches have a poem or script engraved on each one. “The Academy Street seating will inspire conversation, and provide a place to take in the view or to have an impromptu performance,” Maguire said. At the end of Academy Street and nearing completion is a $5.2 million downtown park town square, which includes such features as a large fountain, outdoor performance space and open lawn areas. “It’s a place to relax, but also offers an opportunity to host outdoor events and live music,” Maguire said of the park.



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Downtown is also getting a homemade ice cream shop called Fresh, using ingredients from local farms, while a longtime Cary staple – La Farm Bakery – is opening a new production facility at the corner of Chatham and Harrison. | 49


This town experienced the nation’s No. 1 population growth from 2000-2013 for cities with 5,000 or more residents. Now, the recent needs and wants of incoming residents and local government are starting to take shape. On the front burner in 2017 is the bidding process for a downtown arts center, which will be a state-of-the-art facility to include a new theater that will seat as many as 400. To be located at the intersection of Vance and South

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Fuquay Avenue in the old Hudson Belk department store building, the Arts Center concept has been discussed since the latter part of the 1990s – and will now become a reality. “Trying to find that right location with that perfect size, and design a plan that is manageable and sustainable, and continue to grow with our community is something we spent a lot of time vetting and researching,” said Fuquay-Varina Town Manager Adam Mitchell. “Not having to travel to other communities to enjoy entertainment is important.”

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Owners George and Kelly Burnett actually drive to Pittsburgh to pick up the confections. Two weeks before the Christmas holiday George returned with 1,500 pounds of chocolate. “The chocolate-covered chips are amazing,” Kelly said. “It’s a nice thick chip that is double-dipped twice. They are very different, unique, and something you don’t see everywhere.” Some of Fuquay-Varina’s new initiatives aren’t as highprofile as an arts center or as sexy as chocolate-covered potato chips, but necessary for the thriving community, Mitchell said.

Blessed with actually two downtowns – Fuquay and Varina – the main drags of each continue to see additional boutique and specialty stores setting up shop. Like the Chocolate Fix along Main Street, featuring a wide assortment of chocolate creams and nuts, along with its specialty – chocolate covered potato chips.

For example, Fuquay-Varina re-wrote and modernized its land development ordinance, which took hold December 30th. “What didn’t we change?” Mitchell said. “Some of our regulations dated to the 1960s.” What’s Missing: One-stop shopping. “Our residents want those higher-end retail stores, all in one location so they don’t have to drive 15 minutes,” Mitchell said.



Much like Apex, Holly Springs is seeing record residential development, which has translated into a business boom across the board. “A lot of the things our residents want are coming to fruition now, in terms of not having to leave Holly Springs to go shopping or for medical services or to get your oil changed,” said Assistant Town Manager Daniel Weeks. The town’s first movie theater has opened in the Holly Springs Towne Center shopping center off of NC Highway 55, as the second phase of a three-phase plan for that complex is now a main shopping and restaurant hub. However, Ovation Cinema Grill 9 is not your ordinary theater. It offers luxury premium reclining seats with food and

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beverage available at the press of a button at every seat. The lobby even sports a fireplace and full-service bar. “It is a big deal for us since it wasn’t too long ago that Holly Springs didn’t even have a traffic light,” said town spokesman Mark Andrews. “It’s very kid friendly. On Tuesdays they have $5 movies, all day long, for adults and kids. It’s an impressive place.” In addition, a new Fresh Market is included in the recentlyapproved Holly Lakes Shopping Center at Sunset Commons, a 51,500 square foot center coming to Sunset Lake Road between Holly Springs Road and Optimist Farm Road. A second building, a three-story, 45,000 square foot complex, has been





approved for the Rex Healthcare campus at NC Hwy 55 and Avent Ferry Road. Beyond that, Rex also has state approval for a 50-bed hospital for the campus. “All of these locations allow our residents to stay within our borders, providing jobs, a lot of seasonal jobs, which helps our tax base.” Next summer, the Coastal Plain League will also hold its all-star game at North Main Athletic Complex.


What’s Missing: While the town’s sports complex brings in excess of 250,000 people to the area, Holly Springs still just has one hotel. “We’ve had inquiries, people coming buy kicking the tires and looking, but no definite plans committed at this point,” Wells said. | 53


For starters, the most “industrial” of the five Western Wake communities is rebranding itself with a new logo for 2017. The pine cone has been replaced by the motto “Live Connected Live Well”. “It no secret that Morrisville has been growing fast, with citizens, visitors and business owners coming to our town from all over the world,” said Morrisville spokeswoman Stephanie Smith. “As the town has changed, we have outgrown our brand. But before we updated our identity, we wanted to first understand what qualities make Morrisville unique, particularly in comparison to the many other wonderful municipalities around us.” Morrisville officials talked to over 700 citizens and visitors at 54 |

events, and distributed an online survey and conducted focus groups of what people love about Morrisville. “What we found is our citizens value the connection they feel here,” Smith said. “We feel Morrisville is a warm and welcoming spot – the community of a small town with all the conveniences and amenities of a metropolitan city.”The Town of Morrisville will also be redesigning its website in 2017. Dirt is now being moved on the first phase of the McCrimmon Parkway Extension, which will extended east from NC Hwy 54 to the existing section of McCrimmon Parkway at Perimeter Park Drive as a four-lane roadway with sidewalks and multi-use paths on each side, as well as bicycle accommodations.


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In addition, the Wake Tech RTP Campus has broken ground. The plans for the 94-acre site include up to 10 instructional buildings, with the capacity to serve as many as 7,000 students. Meanwhile, Park West Village continues to expand with additional shops and residential opportunities – both along the Highway 54 corridor. What’s Missing: Additional recreation. L

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Creating a Balanced // By JuliANNE WINKLER SMITH

With each New Year come new resolutions – for many of us, these involve weight-loss or health goals. “I will lose 10 pounds.” Or, “I will go to the gym three times a week.” And these are indeed commendable ambitions. But what if we adopt a more expanded view of our “health” for 2017? This year, let’s redefine those health goals to embrace our whole self, incorporating the multiple facets of who we are. This year, consider a new resolution that will not only address your physical wellbeing, but also reduce stress, sharpen your focus and nourish your joy. For 2017, let your New Year’s resolution be simple: Establish and maintain Self-Balance.

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ccording to psychologist Dr. Kristen Wynns, owner of Wynns Family Psychology in Cary (, “When we go through our daily grind, day after day, without a sense of balance in these areas, our stress level goes through the roof, which is ultimately detrimental to our overall health and happiness.”

Achieving Balance

Life-balance is not a new concept, and it probably rings true to you. The issue is not in its validity, but rather in the application. But you may be thinking, “I can’t stick with my go-to-the-gym resolution past February! How I am I supposed to manage six areas of selfimprovement?!” Achieving self-balance does not have to be overwhelming, because every step you take equals a real accomplishment…the very means to its attainment is its ultimate end.

Here are three ways to successfully engage in self-balance: 1. Expand Your To-Do Timeframe Oftentimes when we create goals for ourselves, we believe that each day is its own marker. That is, if we “succeed” or “fail” on that particular day, we have either succeeded or failed in general. When these daily “failures” start adding up, frustration ensues…and abandoning your goal completely may not be far away. “I think trying to balance these areas on a daily basis is unrealistic for most of us,” explains Dr. Wynns. “A better approach would be to have a weekly or even monthly goal of self-balance. When you can incorporate balance within that bigger picture,” she continues, “the results can be incredibly satisfying.” This tactic allows for a “war vs. battle” mentality – in a kinder, gentler way, of course. The idea is to embrace this expanded timeframe as the mission, not necessarily the daily achievements. To this end, your self-talk moves from, “Shoot, I failed miserably today,” to “Wow, I had a great week of self-balance!” | 57


Dr. Kristen Wynns, owner of Wynns Family Psychology in Cary

2. Be Intentional Most of us live by our favorite calendar app. We schedule meetings, doctor appointments, kid activities, etc. Some of us even schedule our workouts – and that’s a great thing. So incorporating intentionality when it comes to self-balance won’t be a difficult stretch. As you plan your week or month in advance, find and block out self-balance activities that touch on the six areas denoted above. And here’s the important part: Make these activities just as valid and essential as every other item on your schedule. It may take awhile to let this concept settle down into the fiber of your being, but let it! Block out those 20 minutes a day to read that book on WWII (Mental). Nope, you can’t drive carpool on Wednesdays because it’s your time to journal about having a thankful, optimistic outlook (Emotional). Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-6:45am? Powerwalking with the new neighbor (Physical and Relational – Boom!) This is all about saying “No” to the good and “Yes” to the better. 3. Integrate Spontaneous Bite-Sized Pieces Sometimes blocking out big chunks of self-balance activities is just not possible amid the craziness of life. So another approach to self-balance is to seize little opportunities throughout the day. For example, when you’re in a waiting room, turn off your phone and strike up a conversation with a fellow “waiter” (Relational). Or, if you have a daily commute, make that a quiet time to meditate or pray (Spiritual). Perhaps you find yourself with 10 minutes between “to-do” items; go outside for a brisk stroll in the sunshine (Physical). You will be astounded at how these small bites of balance add up to shift your overall sense of wholeness. After all, whether you eat that cupcake in tiny nibbles or stuff the entire thing in your mouth at once, you’ve still eaten a cupcake. The same thing is true of incorporating self-balance activities…and the results are delicious and oh, so satisfying.

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Technology: A Subversive to Self-Balance It’s time to address the technological elephant in the room. You know what I’m talking about…your devices, your iThings. It will come as no surprise that the No. 1 enemy to living a life of selfbalance is the constant intrusion of all things techno. Dr. Wynns concurs. “There’s a 24/7 ambush of technology that sucks up an inordinate amount of our time,” she explains. “It keeps people from being able to spread out their time and energy across the important areas of life, leading to increased stress and decreased contentment.” And just as technology is an obvious culprit, the most effective weapon to thwart this time- and energy-sucker is just as apparent: Unplug. Oftentimes we use time on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram as a means to unwind. And it can be an effective mental vacation…until you glance up to the corner of your screen and realize that 45 minutes has passed. And what’s been accomplished? You’ve watched a couple of cute puppy videos, “liked” photos of somebody’s kids, and maybe even had a visceral upheaval of anger when that political post popped up on your wall. The key is to admit that “unplugging” through social media is not the kind of unplugging that is vital to healthy self-balance. “Unplugging from technology allows us to nurture our relationships with family, friends and our partner,” Dr. Wynns explains. Too much technology, be it social media, gaming, or general internet use, squelches the brain’s creativity. And there is significant research into the effects of too much screen time. “The increased exposure to device screens suppresses melatonin,” Wynns continues, “which is wreaking havoc on our ability to sleep deeply and soundly.” Despite the expectation – of bosses, friends, and, well, everyone – that we will be available 24/7, we must be intentional about

turning off our devices. Start simply by muting or powering off your phone every time you’re in the car. And so you won’t be tempted to pick it up “only at the stop lights” (wink, wink), put it in the glove compartment. Seriously. Turn on the radio and sing along. Or, here’s something novel: have a conversation with your passengers! Maybe, as you drive to your next destination, you can sit back and enjoy that sweet, rare sound of silence. Simultaneous to instituting a “no-device drive”, try it at home (or out) during meals. Through the ages, breaking bread together has always been a time of connection and an opportunity to foster relationships. But in recent years, dinner conversations are accented by constant “dings” and “buzzes”. And don’t think those shifty screen glances go unnoticed. Take your phone off the table. Better yet, turn it off. Use this precious time to connect with your children, your spouse or your friends. Even if you’re eating a meal alone, if you eat devicefree, you’ll actually take your time and taste your food…perhaps digesting not just the food, but also an appreciation for the nourishment it provides. The truth is, it wasn’t that long ago when we didn’t have 24/7 technology. We talked more. We didn’t have a constant bombardment of global catastrophes. We went outside to play. We wondered and wandered more. It’s certainly not about turning back the technological clock, as the benefits of ever-advancing IT are incredible. But it is more vital than ever to take control over technology, so it doesn’t overtake you.

Happy New (Balanced) You! You can do this. Balance. Little spontaneous bites. Big intentional chunks. For your mind, heart, body and soul. For connection – with others and if you are spiritual – with your God. And the cool thing about any balancing act is that it’s never about perfection. You’ll wobble this way and that, and maybe even fall on occasion. Resolve today to create self-balance in your life. It’s a process…and every step – whether forward, back or wobbly – is an integral part of your successful journey. L


The Many Facets of You: First, it’s important to define the concept of “Self-Balance” by establishing the myriad puzzle pieces that make you, well, you. Physical Your body; includes exercise/movement and nutrition. Emotional Your feelings; includes emotional awareness and control. Mental Your mind and thoughts; includes learning new things and self-talk. Spiritual Your relationship with God; is defined differently depending on culture/beliefs, but involves having a higher meaning. Vocational Your occupation OR calling; can be working outside the home, from the home or in the home. Relational Your connections with others; involves your interactions with family, loved ones And Acquaintances and strangers. | 59

THE CODER SCHOOL ACQUIRING SKILLS AND HAVING FUN // By JENNI HART // phtos courtesy of the coder school

Children and teens in the Cary area have a new place to learn technology. The Coder School opened in mid-October and offers students ages seven to 18 a range of classes from block-based programming to more advanced HyperText Markup Language (HTML), Python, Java and C++ coding classes. Co-owner and general manager Ravisha Weerasinghe believes the real value in learning these skills isn’t just the ability to write computer code, but in understanding how to develop computational thinking.

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Approaching a problem logically and learning how to break it down into small components is a skill that translates to many areas of life, and Weerasinghe says the disciplined thinking required to code can benefit students academically as well as in future professional pursuits. “Technology is everywhere, from smartphones to refrigerators,” she says. “Students will need some understanding of computers, even if they’re not writing code or working in the IT field.” If it’s any comfort to non-technical types, Weerasinghe says even a

basic understanding is helpful. “You don’t have to be a great swimmer, but it helps to know how to dog-paddle,” she says. The Coder School offers a variety of programs to suit the interest and needs of students and their families, from afterschool and track-out classes to summer camp sessions. In the basic Code Class, it is customary to have six or seven students paired with one teacher in a traditional curriculum-based class. For kids just starting out, block-based programming using a language such as Scratch or Snap! enables students to build simple games and puzzles. For the uninitiated, these block-based programs are sort of like visual puzzle pieces that contain code that has already been written and packaged into units, or blocks. Here’ another way of looking at it: Imagine a recipe for bread pudding that calls for cubes of bread. A sophisticated chef might begin by baking the bread from scratch using a lot of ingredients, while the average cook is more likely to buy the bread already made. That average cook is like the beginning coder using Scratch or Snap! Scratch, a product of MIT, and Snap!, from UC Berkeley, are free visual programming environments that are accessed by users worldwide, encouraging collaboration and support within their respective communities. Weerasinghe says the relative simplicity of these languages makes them appropriate for middle school students, although occasionally a younger student may be developmentally ready to try them. “There is no pressure to advance quickly,” she says. “It’s more important that they are having fun and learning how to work together.” | 61

In addition to the Code Class, students have the option of Code Coaching, where the ratio of students to teacher is more like two to one. Here, students choose their own project, such as a web design or a big school project, and the coach works to customize the instruction to meet the students’ objectives. “This is where a student learns to think like a coder,” Weerasinghe says. Building their own project from scratch, students are learning how to think creatively and to solve problems. “It’s important to understand that it’s OK if it doesn’t work the first time,” she adds. “Learning from mistakes is a valuable lesson.” One Code Coaching team, a couple of students ages 13 and 14, recently completed what Weerasinghe describes as an evolutionary based interactive game, where a species evolves along a timeline based on characteristics programmed by the students. “Then we have other students who are building their own profiles using HTML,” she adds. Weerasinghe says all the programs the students learn are cloud-based, allowing them to access them and work from home. Parents are also able to see the work their children are doing and track how each project is progressing. “We encourage parents to play the puzzles and games their kids create,” she says. “They have a real sense of accomplishment when everything works the way they want it to.” The most advanced offering at The Coder School is the App Team, where students not only build applications, but they also learn presentation skills and practice speaking in front of a group as they present their data. The culmination of the App Team is a formal presentation each team delivers as part of a coding fair event that takes place approximately once a quarter. “Computer technology is more than a solitary profession,” Weerasinghe says. “It’s very important to learn how to convey your messages verbally and to be a confident speaker in front of a group.” The Coder School provides a learning center for kids with all levels of tech knowledge, but it’s clearly designed to encourage friendly connections as well. Weerasinghe understands that middle school and high school can be challenging for academically high-achieving students, especially if they are introverted or have interests outside the mainstream. She says students come a little early, or stay a few minutes after, just to catch up with each other and hang out. Making friends who share a love of technology keeps the learning fun. L


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According to a 2016 commentary written by Dean Hager for, these statistics underscore the need to provide computer science training to young people: Nine in 10 parents want their child to study computer science, but only one in four schools teach computer programming. There are currently more than 600,000 open computing jobs nationwide, but only 43,000 computer science students graduated into the workforce in 2015. By 2018, 51% of all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs are projected to be in computer sciencerelated fields. The federal government alone needs an additional 10,000 IT and cyber security professionals. According to a White House fact sheet, a growing number of industries, including transportation, healthcare, education and financial services, will need computer science professionals. In fact, more than two-thirds of all tech jobs are found outside the tech sector. | 63

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American CARY academy street bistro 200 S. Academy St (919) 377-0509

Little Hen Restaurant 5160 Sunset Lake Rd (919) 363-0000 | OFF KILTER Pub and Grille 1700 Center St (919) 387-3377 |

Bob Evans 2001 Walnut Street (919) 233-6860 | Brigs at the Village 1040 Tryon Village Drive (919) 859-2151 | dames chicken & waffles 1823 N. Harrison Ave. (919) 234-0824 Herons 100 Woodland Pond Drive (919) 447-4200 Lucky 32 7307 Tryon Rd (919) 233-1632 | O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar 101 Ashville Ave (919) 851-9777 | Tribeca Tavern 500 Ledgestone Way (919) 465-3055 |

APEX Apex Wings Restaurant & Pub 518 E Williams St (919) 387-0082 |

DONOVAN’s DISH 800 W. Williams St. Suite 112 (919) 651-8309 |

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b.good Park West Village 1000 Market Center Dr (919) 916-5410

Peak City Grill & Bar 126 N Salem St (919) 303-8001 |

Blackfinn Ameripub 3201 Village Market Pl (919) 468-3808

Perkins 908 US-64 (919) 462-8805

Texas Steakhouse & Saloon 948 Airport Blvd (919) 468-7194 |

Rookies Sports Bar 800 W Williams St (919) 363-1896 Rudy’s Pub & Grill 780 W Williams St (919) 303-5061 |

Barry’s Cafe 2851 Jones Franklin Rd (919) 859-3555 |


Salem Street Pub 113 N Salem St (919) 387-9992 the provincial 119 Salem St (919) 465-3055 | Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom 1483 Beaver Creek Commons Dr (919) 355-1380 |

FUQUAY-VARINA Aviator Smokehouse 525 E Broad St (919) 557-7675 | Cooleys Restaurant & Pub 711 N Main St | (919) 552-0543 ROck harbor grill 132 S. Fuquay Ave | (984) 225-2256 Tyler’s Tavern 2221 N Grassland Dr (919) 762-0940 |

Two Guys Grille 4149 Davis Dr (919) 462-9336 |

Asian CARY An 2800 Renaissance Park Pl (919) 677-9229 Asian Garden 242 Grande Heights Dr (919) 462-8598 Banana Leaf 1026 Ryan Rd (919) 468-9958 China King 313 Crossroads Blvd (919) 233-8385 | China One 661 Cary Towne Blvd (919) 461-0088 | China Wok 2755 NC-55 (919) 387-9599 | Chinese # 1 3667 SW Cary Pkwy (919) 461-7008


Genki Restaurant & Sushi Bar 3420 Ten-Ten Rd (919) 363-6636

Bass Lake Draft House 124 Bass Lake Rd (919) 567-3251

Ginger Asian Cuisine Restaurant 2048 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 859-8998

My Way Tavern   301 W Center Street (919) 285-2412 |

Goji Bistro 100 Maynard Crossing Ct (919) 466-8888 |

The Mason Jar Tavern 114 Grand Hill Pl (919) 964-5060

Hong Kong Restaurant 3490 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 303-8439 Kabuki Japanese Steak House & Sushi 220 Nottingham Dr (919) 380-8081 |

Kashin Japanese Restaurant 309 Crossroads Blvd (919) 851-7101 | Lucky 7 906 NE Maynard Rd (919) 380-7550 | MARU 6404 Tryon Rd (919) 803-4608 | New China Restaurant 949 N Harrison Ave (919) 380-9328 Orient Garden 1233 NW Maynard Rd (919) 380-1323 Pearl Chinese Restaurant 3215 Avent Ferry Rd (919) 233-8776 Pei Wei 1107 Walnut St (919) 337-0050 | Red Bowl Asian Bistro 2020 Boulderstone Way (919) 388-9977 | Sushi-Thai Cary 106 Kilmayne Dr (919) 467-5747 | Super Wok 1401 SE Maynard Rd (919) 388-8338 Tasu 8919 Brier Creek Pkwy (919) 544-8474 | thai lotus 3450 Kildaire Farm Rd. (919) 229-7333 Thai Spices & Sushi 986 High House Rd (919) 319-1818 Tom Yum Thai 685 Cary Towne Blvd (919) 463-5523 Yba Enterprise Little Tokyo 1401 SE Maynard Rd (919) 467-5011 Yoho Asian Bistro 8204 Tryon Woods Dr (919) 859-8081 Yum Yum Thai Cuisine 1861 N Harrison Ave (919) 677-1166 Yuri Japanese Restaurant 1361 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 481-0068

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Baan Thai 758 W Williams St (919) 629-6399 |

C&T Wok 130 Morrisville Square Way (919) 467-8860 |

Fuji Express 2143 Ten-Ten Rd (919) 367-8686 | Lee’s Garden Chinese Restaurant 5470 Apex Peakway | (919) 387-7709 Wang’s Kitchen 712 Laura Duncan Rd (919) 363-8030 Sushi Iwa 2026 Creekside Landing Dr (919) 387-7022 | Yamato Steak, Seafood & Sushi Bar 700 E Williams St (919) 303-8088 |

FUQUAY-VARINA Golden China 1324 N Main St | (919) 552-9397 Hibachi & Co 708 Judd Pkwy | (919) 552-8899 donovan’s dish

Jumbo China   1518 Broad St | (919) 577-1268

Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ & Sushi 101 Keybridge Dr | (919) 677-1190 Dim Sum House 100 Jerusalem Dr | (919) 380-3087 Hibachi Blue 1500 Village Market Pl (919) 462-9899 Orient Garden 10285 Chapel Hill Rd | (919) 468-6878 Pho 919 3504 Davis Dr (919) 377-0318 | Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant 4051 Davis Dr | (919) 388-1836 Taipei Cafe 9825 G Chapel Hill Rd (919) 380-8568

King Chinese Buffet 1029 E Broad St | (919) 567-8989

Taste Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant 152 Morrisville Square Way (919) 234-6385

Kumo Sushi   2916 N Main St (919) 986-0983 |

Teriyakin’ 10970 Chapel Hill Rd (919) 443-2279

Mei Wei Asian Diner 1424 N Main St (919) 762-7128 | New Rainbow 3427 N Main St | (919) 567-8272

HOLLY SPRINGS Chens Garden 523 N Main St | (919) 557-7363 China Best 632 Holly Springs Rd | (919) 577-0888 China Uno 308 Village Walk Dr (919) 557-9888 | Kobe Hibachi & Sushi 515 N Main St | (919) 557-1437 Thai Thai Cuisine 108 Osterville Dr | (919) 303-5700

French CARY la farm Bakery 4248 NW Cary Pkwy | (919) 657-0657 La Madeleine Country French Cafe 1115 Walnut St (919) 388-7282 | Kader French Pastry 1105 Walnut St | (919) 659-3343 rey’s 1130 Buck Jones Rd | (919) 380-0122

Indian CARY Aroma 160 NE Maynard Rd | (919) 415-1132

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Biryani Maxx Indian Cuisine 590 E Chatham St (919) 377-0346

Sai Krishna Bhavan 10970 Chapel Hill Rd (919) 481-0910

Biryani Xprx (Express) 748 A E Chatham St | (919) 377-1801

Tower Indian Restaurant 144 Morrisville Square Way (919) 465-2326 |

Cilantro Indian Café 107 Edinburgh S Dr | (919) 234-1264


Himalayan Nepali Cuisine 746 E Chatham St | (919) 466-0550


Kabab and Grill 914 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 651-9608

Bellini Fine Italian Cuisine 107 Edinburgh S Dr (919) 552-0303

Kababish Café 201 W Chatham St | (919) 377-8794 Nazara Indian Bistro 1945 High House Rd (919) 694-5353 Sri Meenakshi Bhavan 740 E Chatham St | (919) 463-9130 Udupi Cafe 590 E Chatham St | (919) 465-089

MORRISVILLE hyderabadhouse | biryani place 3735 Davis Dr (919) 924-0503 | Saffron Indian Restaurant | & Lounge 4121 Davis Dr (919) 469-5774 |

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Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 803-5358 Enrigo Italian Bistro 575 New Waverly P (919) 854-7731 Lugano Ristorante 1060 Darrington Dr (919) 468-7229 Paisan’s Italian Ristorante 1275 NW Maynard Rd (919) 388-3033 Roma’s Italian 203 N Harrison Ave (919) 468-1111

Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar 1301 Market Center Dr (919) 467-1718

APEX Daniels Restaurant & Catering 1430 W Williams St (919) 303-1006 Mamma Mia Itali an Bistro 708 Laura Duncan Rd (919) 363-2228

FUQUAY-VARINA Garibaldi Trattoria 900 N Main St (919) 552-8868

Irish APEX Doherty’s Irish Pub & Restaurant 5490 Apex Peakway (919) 387-4100

MORRISVILLE Trali Irish Pub 3107 Grace Park Dr (919) 651-9083

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Bravo’s Mexican Grill 208 Grande Heights Dr (919) 481-3811

Babymoon Cafe 100 Jerusalem Dr (919) 465-9006

Fiesta Mexicana NC Cary 2839 Jones Franklin Rd (919) 859-1303

Lubrano’s Italian 101 Keybridge Dr (919) 678-9030

Fiesta Mexicana NW Cary 990 High House Rd (919) 378-9895

Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits 101 Market Center Dr (919) 388-3500

Guapo’s TacosArepas-Cervezas 3470 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 372-5070


FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY La Carreta 2711 NC-55 (919) 362-9580

Tacos Mexico 209 E Williams St (919) 362-8074

Los Tres Magueyes Mexican 10120 Green Level Church Rd (919) 267-5444


Rancho Grande 1401 SE Maynard Rd (919) 469-4245 Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant 120 Morrisville Square Way (919) 465-7320 Torero’s Mexican Restaurant 1207 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 468-8711 Totopos Street Food And Tequila 1388 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 678-3449

APEX Arandas Mexican Cuisine 5460 Apex Peakway (919) 362-7363 La Rancherita Mexican 102 N Salem St (919) 303-2448 Los Tres Mexican 1301 E Williams St (919) 367-6797

El Dorado III 112 E Vance St (919) 557-0287 El Lobo Mexican Restaurant 1311 E Broad St (919) 557-9540 La Taqueria Mexican Grill 973 E Broad St (919) 552-5532 Los Tres Magueyes 401 Wake Chapel Rd (919) 762-6955 Tacos Mexico Restaurant 1430 N Main St (919) 557-1777

HOLLY SPRINGS Fiesta Mexicana 428 Village Walk Dr (919) 346-1330 Los Tres Magueyes 120 Bass Lake Rd (919) 552-6272 | 69

Greek/ Mediterranean

The Urban Turban 2757 N Carolina 55 (919) 367-0888



Los Tres Magueyes Mexican Restaurants 995 Airport Blvd (919) 465-0217

Argana American & Mediterranean Subs 1246 NW Maynard Rd (919) 468-3073

Fattoush Mediterranean Grill 781 Center St (919) 889-2990

Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant 120 Morrisville Square Way (919) 465-7320

Baba Ghannouj Mediterranean Bistro 2468 Walnut St (919) 233-0907


Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro 1109 Ledsome Ln (919) 469-1112


MORRISVILLE Mi Cancun 1106 Grace Park Dr (919) 650-1718

Viva DF Tequila and Taco Bar 4075 Davis Dr (919) 467-2627

Middle Eastern

La Shish Mediterranean Cuisine 908 NE Maynard Rd (919) 388-8330

Neomonde 10235 Chapel Hill Rd (919) 466-8100 |

Caribbean/ Cuban FUQUAY-VARINA

CARY Bosphorus Restaurant 329 N Harrison Ave (919) 460-1300

Mediterra Grill 108 Grand Hill Pl (919) 762-7851 |

Sassool 1347 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 300-5586 www.sassoo

Edna’s Café and Cocktails 135 S Main St | (919) 346-1247

Cafe & Lounge 108 Factory Shops Rd (919) 467-8080

BBQ CARY Brew N Que 1222 NW Maynard Rd (919) 601-2430 City Barbeque and Catering 1305 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 439-5191 | Danny’s Bar-B-Que 311 Ashville Ave (919) 851-5541 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 200 Crossroads Blvd (919) 233-5801 | Rally Point Sport Grill 1837 N Harrison Ave (919) 678-1088

MORRISVILLE Carmen’s Cuban

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The Blistered Pig Smokehouse 225 N Salem St, Apex (919) 446-3366

LongHorn Steakhouse 1411 Beaver Creek Commons Dr (919) 303-4889



Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q 1440 E Broad St (919) 557-2400

Capital City Chop House 151 Airgate Dr (919) 484-7721

MORRISVILLE Danny’s Bar-B-Que 9561 Chapel Hill Rd (919) 468-3995 Smokey’s BBQ Shack 10800 Chapel Hill Rd (919) 469-1724


Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 3200 Village Market Pl (919) 653-0111

Sandwich/Deli CARY Hot Point 1718 Walnut St (919) 460-6299 |


Jason’s Deli 210 Crossroads Blvd (919) 233-6901 |

Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar 1080 Darrington Dr (919) 459-5875

New York Bagel & Deli 2050 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 851-9050

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar 4214 NW Cary Pkwy (919) 377-2283

Penn Station East Coast Subs 700 Cary Towne Blvd (919) 234-1342

Tony’s Oyster Bar 107 Edinburgh Dr (919) 462-6226 |

Serendipity Gourmet Deli 118 S Academy St (919) 469-1655

APEX Skipper’s Fish Fry 1001 E Williams St (919) 303-2400 |

MORRISVILLE The Full Moon Oyster Bar 1600 Village Market Pl (919) 378-9524

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MORRISVILLE Peppers Market & Sandwich Shop 2107 Grace Park Dr (919) 380-7002 | The Brunch Box 10970 Chapel Hill Rd (919) 380-7276 |


Breakfast Specialty



Jimmy V’s Steak House & Tavern 107 Edinburgh S Dr (919) 380-8210

Brigs at the Crossing 1225 NW Maynard Rd (919) 481-9300 |

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 2010 Renaissance Park Pl (919) 677-0033

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APEX Dallas Famous Chicken n’ Biscuits 1101 E Williams St (919) 362-0051 | 71

the blistered pig

FUQUAY-VARINA Bagels Plus 100 Dickens Rd (919) 285-4980

barry’s cafe

Tangerine Cafe 2422 SW Cary Pkwy (919) 468-8688

Biscuitville 605 Stellata Dr (919) 577-6380 |

Burgers/ Hot Dogs

Eggs Up Grill 1436 N Main St (919) 285-4463 |


Jus Enuff Home Cookin 736 N Main St (919) 567-0587

Eclectic CARY Chef’s Palette 3460 Ten-Ten Rd (919) 267-6011 |


maximillians GRILL & WINE BAR

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar 8314 Chapel Hill Rd (919) 465-2455

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Best Steak & Subs 323 Crossroads Blvd (919) 233-1388 Burger 21 14220 Bradford Green Sq (919) 462-0900 BURGERFI 2052 Renaissance Park Pl (919) 659-8700 | Remington Grill 208 Crossroads Blvd (919) 233-1494

APEX Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries 802 Perry Rd (919) 303-3533 |

Pizzeria CARY johnny’s pizza 96 Cornerstone Dr (919) 659-8700 |

Michelangelo’s Pizza Lake Pine Plaza, 928 US-64 (919) 462-8880 | Namoli’s NY Pizzeria 5444 Apex Peakway (919) 303-4888 | The Pizza Dude 1763 W Williams St (919) 303-6686 |

FUQUAY-VARINA Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza Bar & Bistro 1353 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 388-8001 |

Cozzolino’s New York Style Pizza 2982 Kildaire Farm Rd | Cary (919) 367-9799 |

APEX Anna’s Pizzeria 100 N Salem St (919) 267-6237 | J & S New York Pizza 804 Perry Rd (919) 363-0071 | johnny’s pizza 96 Cornerstone Dr (919) 659-8700 |

Anna’s Pizzeria 138 S Main St (919) 285-2497 | Assaggio’s 941 E Broad St (919) 557-9505 | Camos Brothers Pizza 2916 N Main St (919) 285-3749 | Jason’s Pizza 726 N Main St (919) 552-4796 | J & S New York Pizza 500 Broad St (919) 557-6921 | Milano Pizza 7509 Purfoy Rd | (919) 557-6093

HOLLY SPRINGS ACME Pizza Co 204 Village Walk Dr (919) 552-8800 |

Georgina’s Pizzeria 3536 Davis Dr | (919) 388-3820

Fresca Cafe & Gelato 302 Colonades Way (919) 851-8171 |

Rosati’s Pizza 3605 Davis Dr | (919) 380-7000

Java Jive 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 816-8888 |


La Farm Bakery 4248 NW Cary Pkwy (919) 657-0657 | Once In A Blue Moon 115 W Chatham St (919) 319-6554 |

blaze pizza Holly Springs Towne Center 316 Grand Hill Pl (919) 557-4990 |


Home Grown Pizza 4928 Linksland Dr (919) 577-5575 |

Cafe Carolina and Bakery 137 Weston Pkwy (919) 678-8855 |

Michelangelo’s Pizza 7280 GB Alford Hwy (919) 303-7277 |

Caribou Coffee 109 SW Maynard Rd (919) 319-6265 |


The Original NY Pizza 634 Holly Springs Rd (919) 567-0505 |

Chanticleer Cafe & Bakery 6490 Tryon Rd (919) 781-4810 |

Buttercream’s Bakeshop 101 N Salem St (919) 362-8408 |

Papa’s Subs & Pizza Inc 511 N Main St | (919) 557-1919

Coffee & Crepes 315 Crossroads Blvd (919) 233-0288 |

Sweet Cheeks Bakery 803 East Williams Street (919) 303-9305 |

Crema Coffee 1983 High House Rd (919) 380-1840 |

Sweet Cherry Bakery   Hunter St | (919) 524-9132

MORRISVILLE Blaze Pizza 1024 Market Center Drive (919) 465-9590 |

Annalore’s German Bakery 308 W. Chatham St

Sugar Buzz Bakery & Cafe 1231 Kildaire Farm Rd (919) 238-7224 | Toast Cafe of Cary 316 Colonades Way (919) 655-1971 |

FUQUAY-VARINA CupCakeBite 512 Broad St (919) 557-4300 | Nil’s Bakery Cafe 513 Broad St (919) 567-0887 | Stick Boy Bread Co 127 S Main St (919) 557-2237 |

MORRISVILLE GoodyBox Cupcakes 9573 Chapel Hill Rd (919) 297-2242 | Hot Breads Cafe 1901 NW Cary Pkwy (919) 677-1331 | Manhatten Bakery 100 Jerusalem Dr | (919) 954-0948 Nothing Bundt Cakes 2008 Market Center Drive (919) 694-5300 | Rise Biscuits & Donuts 1100 Market Center Dr (919) 377-0385 | | 73

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New Year, New You: Fitness Kick Off January 3-6 Bond Park Community Center, Cary Herb Young Community Center, Cary Middle Creek Community Center, Apex Suffering from some extra post-holiday pounds? Get back into shape with free fitness opportunities offered this first week of the new year! All workshops and classes are dedicated to helping you achieve a more balanced life in 2017 919.462.3970;

Film: Notes on Blindness The Cary Theater January 8-19, times vary 122 E Chatham St, Cary

Chinese Lantern Festival Through January 15th 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary The Festival will include more than 20 ALL NEW displays, each comprised of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights. In what proved to be a fan favorite last year, the spectacular Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake will return to mesmerize visitors. 919.462.2025;

Film: Reservoir Dogs (Cinema Studies Series) The Cary Theater January 10, 7pm 122 E Chatham St, Cary

gallery reception January 7, 1-4 reception Show runs through January 25th 200 South Academy Street, Cary Exciting oil paintings by Cecilia Guitarte and splendid ceramics by guest artist Susan Luster. Three Kings Day Parade January 7, 1-4pm 316 N Academy St, Cary Three Kings Day celebrates the end of the Christmas season, and is traditionally the day on which children in Spanish-speaking countries receive their gifts from the Los Tres Reyes (the Three Kings or Wise Men). Cary’s Three Kings Day includes dancing, music, food, and a colorful parade featuring members of different Latino cultures. Presented by Diamante, Inc. and Town of Cary. 919.460.4963;

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Film: Rio The Cary Theater January 10, 10am 122 E Chatham St, Cary

Film: The Beatles Eight Days a Week- The Touring Years The Cary Theater January 12-20, times vary 122 E Chatham St, Cary Full Spectrum: The Fine Art of Colored Pencils January 13, 6-8pm 237 N Salem St, Apex Opening reception for this exhibit will take place on Friday January 13th at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Showcasing the fine art of colored pencil and bringing together a versatile medium of colors, this exhibit brings light to art forms that often go unnoticed. Featured works will come from the Colored Pencil Society of America and Nabiha Khan. Exhibit will run from January 13 through February 10. 919.249.1120;

Stand-Up Comedy With Caleb Synan January 13, 8pm 122 E Chatham St, Cay Synan has made appearances on CONAN, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and the Bob and Tom Show. His deceptively smart blend of Southern charm and razor sharp wit has also made him a festival favorite, with appearances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Laugh Your Asheville Off, The Charleston Comedy Festival, and Athfest 2015. Will Call tickets may be picked up at The Cary starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are $7.50 to $15. 919.462.2051; Dreamfest: Tellebration January 14, 9am 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary Tellebration brings together two exceptional African-American storytellers, Willa Brigham and Donna Washington, and talented author Johnny Ray Moore for a morning designed to engage children through the art of storytelling, demonstrating the themes of Conversation and Participation to learn more about Dr. King and his teachings. 919.462.3861; Dreamfest: Diversity Summit January 14, 10am-3pm 101 Dry Ave, Cary A series of panel discussions coordinated by Jireh Management on the Dreamfest theme: Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation. 919.462.3861; Dreamfest: Poetry Fest January 14, 7pm 122 E Chatham St, Cary In the tradition of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s call to writers to bear witness to social injustice, the Poetry Fest at The Cary Theater invites area poets to join in




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Participation through Poetry. The event will be moderated by poet and cultural historian Darrell Stover. FREE tickets available at the door one hour before the show. 919.462.3861; Dreamfest: Maya Angelou – And Still I Rise January 15, 2pm 122 E Chatham St, Cary And Still I Rise is the first feature documentary created about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, and activist Maya Angelou – an outstanding example of the use of Conversation and Participation. 919.462.3861; Dreamfest: Day of Service 2017 – Demonstration Participation January 16, 10am-noon, 2-4pm 123 Middle Creek Park Ave, Apex The MLK, Jr. Day of Service is a great way to give back to your community through Participation. Volunteers will contribute their time doing a variety of hands-on tasks to help maintain and beautify the area around Middle Creek Community Center. Please be prepared to get dirty! Coordinated by the Town of Cary Spruce program. Registration is required. All ages are welcome to participate. Volunteers 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please register at EZ-REG. 919.462.3861; Rough Cuts Review January 17, 7pm 122 E Chatham St, Cary This series is an opportunity for local filmmakers to: show rough cuts of film works-inprogress on the Big Screen, and to engage in conversation with other local filmmakers and the public about the material. The evening’s discussions will be led by Joseph Partin, Film and English Professor at Guilford Technical Community College. Free tickets left at Will Call may be picked up at The Cary Box Office beginning one hour prior to the screenings. 919.462.2051; | 77


PERUVIAN MARKET 502 E Chatham Street | Cary


pINOT’S PALETTE 1553 Beaver Creek Commons Drive | Apex


ROCK HARBOR GRILL 132 S. Fuquay Ave. | Fuquay-Varina


CYCLEBAR 5022 Arco Street | Cary

ANNELORE’S Coming soon to downtown Cary


Film: Moonlight & Dr. doolittle (1967) The Cary Theater January 19-22, times vary 122 E Chatham St, Cary Triangle Restaurant Week January 23-29 A week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the premier area restaurants. Participating restaurants offer special threecourse menu options and fixed pricing, a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to indulge in the area’s finest cuisine! No reservations, tickets, or passes required. 919.673.5784; Film: Certified Copy (Cinema Studies Series) The Cary Theater January 24, 7pm 122 E Chatham St, Cary Cary Art Loop January 27, 6-9pm 101 Dry Ave, Cary Cary Art Loop’s Final Fridays highlights Triangle arts & culture in the Cary area offering extended hours for participating art galleries, restaurants, coffee houses, and other businesses that showcase visual arts, music and more! Look for entertainment hubs between downtown venues. 919.469.4069; Marvelous Music Series: Robin Spielberg January 27, 7:30pm 101 Dry Ave, Cary One of America’s most beloved pianists/composers, Robin Spielberg made her Carnegie Hall debut before a sold-out crowd, appeared on PBS, played for “CBS Saturday Morning” and was a featured speaker on “TEDx.” In addition to her performances and recordings, Robin is an author who speaks about how music affects our well-being, a topic of her book, “Naked on the Bench: Adventures in Pianoland.” Robin’s neo-classical piano stylings coupled with her ability to connect with audiences will inspire and move you. 919.469.4069; Film: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan The Cary Theater January 27, 9:30pm 122 E Chatham St, Cary Marvelous Music Family Series: Triangle Wind Ensemble Presents “Music in Motion” January 28, 3pm 101 Dry Ave, Cary Triangle Wind Ensemble invites families to a “moving experience,” with music that makes you want to sway to its lilt, clap your hands with joy, march to the beat, or do your own thing! Feel the sound. This outstanding band will have you dancing in the aisles. 919.469.4069; Film: For The Love Of Spock The Cary Theater January 27-29, times vary 122 E Chatham St, Cary Gardening for Bluebirds January 28, 11am 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd, Fuquay-Varina Carol Stein’s hosts this Gardeners Forum about how to attract and interact with bluebirds. Event is free, registration is required. 919.552.0590; Film: Star Trek – First Contact The Cary Theater January 28, 9:30pm 122 E Chatham St, Cary

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48 photographs carefully selected and printed by Adams. Adams designated these works late in his life as a succinct representation of the best work of his career. 919.839.6262; Friends of the Page-Walker Historic Preservation Series February 7, 7:30pm 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary Celebrate a quarter of a century of local history! Discover how the historic Page-Walker Hotel was saved and learn about our 25-year history as Cary’s popular arts & history center. 919.460.4963; Pondering Environment and Culture February 17, 5-7:30pm 237 N Salem St, Apex The opening reception at the Halle Cultural Arts Center will celebrate the work of Jenn Hales – who portrays animals and young women while finding humor and strength in both their situations. She tries to evoke the way she saw the world as a child while tackling concepts like habitat loss, global warming, and cultural expectations. The show will run from February 17 until March 17. 919.249.3400;

Film: The Babadook (Cinema Studies Series) The Cary Theater January 31, 7pm 122 E Chatham St, Cary The Triangle Wine Experience February 2-4 The Triangle and Carolina’s premier wine event encompassing tastings, dinners, and a Grand Gala with Fine Wine Auction over a three day period. Winemakers, Wineries and Chefs from all over the world participate in this charity event to raise support for education of special needs children. 919.845.8880; Pole Sport Organization Presents the Triangle Pole Championships February 4, 9am 101 Dry Ave, Cary Be inspired by the athleticism, grace, mobility, and fluidity of dance - on a pole. Join Pole Sport Organization, the world’s largest professional and amateur pole dance competition. Cheer for beginners taking the stage for the first time, to professionals vying to move on to the U.S. National finals. 5 levels of skill, 5 age groups, 5 categories. Please check website for performer names and division times. 919.469.4069;

Pruning With The Pros February 4, 11am 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd, Fuquay-Varina Pruning Demo with horticulturist Nelsa Cox. Get your landscape in shape with the Pros! Event is free, registration is required. 919.552.0590; Triangle Russian Festival February 4, noon-8pm 237 N Salem St, Apex Come and enjoy Russian culture and experience the unique folk and ethnic heritage of this part of the world for the second year at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. The Golden Gates folk dance group and the Moscow Nights Trio are back again with two performances this year and will perform Russian & Georgian music and dances. The all-day festival includes Russian and Georgian folk games, dances and workshops for kids and adults. Traditional Russian food and desserts such as Shashlik, Olivie, Blini will be available all day long and there will plenty of unique vendors to peruse. 919.249.1120; Ansel Adams: Masterworks February 4-May 7, times vary 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh In a career that spanned five decades, Ansel Adams (1902–84) became one of America’s most renowned photographers. This exhibition focuses on his “Museum Set,” a collection of

Marvelous Music Series: Ken Lavigne February 17, 7:30pm 101 Dry Ave, Cary Singer Ken Lavigne has charmed his way into the hearts of concert-goers across North America with his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style. Joined by a four-piece ensemble, Lavigne takes his audience on a riveting and enchanting journey, retelling his personal campaign to sing at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. Told with spectacular songs and entertaining and hilarious stories, Lavigne embodies the spirit of the underdog–audacity, tenacity and ultimately…triumph. 919.469.4069; Marvelous Music Family Series: Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs February 18, 3pm 101 Dry Ave, Cary In this show written by Nicole B. Adkins, a rambunctious group of traveling actors decides to perform the famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. This commedia dell’arte performance recreates the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” complete with audience participation and other surprises. This slapstick comedy will have kids and parents in stitches! 919.469.4069; Applause! Cary Youth Theatre Presents Still Life With Iris February 24-25, 7:30pm & February 26, 3pm 101 Dry Ave, Cary Come “Be Somebody” with Applause! Applause! programs explore and develop theater skills and encourage participants to share ideas, think creatively, and work collaboratively. This Applause performance will chronicle a young girl’s quest to regain her memory and with it her home. With the help of the incredible people she meets along the way, Iris’ crusade recovers more than her past! 919.469.4069;

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carysightings GIRLS ON THE RUN Sweet 16 Dinner Gala and #CarrieOn Awards

PHOTOS by Tia Bohinc

The Sweet 16 Gala couldn’t have been more spectacular and they would like to thank all of their sponsors, volunteers and participants for making the evening truly remarkable. The enthusiastic support raised over $43,000 for their scholarship fund in one evening.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF the town of cary

Plastic army men helped to create an interactive memorial display where family and friends could tag the figurines with the name of their loved veteran.

National chaRity league: Carolina Lily Chapter Holiday Stocking StufF About 100 mother-daughter teams stuffed 1,592 holiday stockings and 353 additional gifts are bringing holiday cheer to six local children, families and pets. Members of the Western Wake-based chapter sewed and decorated them. | 81



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Cary Downtown Farmers’ Market 135 West Chatham Street | Cary Saturdays 8am-12:30pm, year-round

Western Wake Farmers’ Market 260 Town Hall Drive | Morrisville Saturdays 9:30am-12pm, year-round

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