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A NOTE

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Happy New Year! Or is it? When I sat down with our writers in October to finalize the articles for this issue, we went around the table, and I was overwhelmed with the underlying theme. Everyone spoke of the gloomy weather, credit card bills, exhaustion and dread – not really uplifting ideas for the New Year – but clearly relevant issues that needed coverage. So this issue was born. Start with “Fighting the Winter Blahs” (p. 20). We look at everything from how to deal with fear to being financially spent. We also share ideas on fighting fatigue; hopefully you’ll find a nugget of information that will help you through the gray days of winter. There are definitely some bright spots; Midtown has some exciting announcements. In these pages you’ll find the winners of the 2nd annual Midtown Magazine Diamond Awards. We asked and you voted! You let us know your favorites, and on p. 26 we share the winners. (Look for the special red diamond in the ads of the winners). We are also excited to announce the addition of two new columnists: Dr. Jeff Roberts and Fiquet Bailey. Dr. Roberts is the senior pastor at Trinity Baptist Church located in the heart of Midtown. Roberts was the youth minister from 1986-1990 and returned to Trinity as the senior pastor in 2000. He will explore spirituality for our readers. Fiquet Bailey will cover beauty in a regular column each issue for 2010. Bailey is the owner of Luxe Apothecary, a boutique featured in Lucky Magazine as one of the nation’s top beauty boutiques. Her philosophy: “Beauty should be fun and easy.” Bailey’s convinced every woman can enhance her own unique beauty with the right products and guidance. As you know, many local, regional and national publications have closed their doors due to last year’s economic slowdown. While it hasn’t been easy, Midtown Magazine’s popularity has continued to grow. Our company has continued to grow as well in addition to Midtown Magazine we own Pinehurst Magazine and Southern Weddings in the Sandhills and Cary Living covering western wake county. And we are excited to announce that we are the new owners of Premier Baby Child. Our goal with each and every publication is to provide interesting stories about the unique people and issues in our community. So keep those comments coming. Don’t be shy about letting us know what topics you enjoy and what you’d like to see more of in 2010.

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contents J ANUARY/FEBRUARY

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features 20 seriously spent

68 boy scouts

22 is fear holding you back?

78 money we spend, money we save

Fighting the winter blahs.

If so, no more excuses. It’s time to develop a healthy relationship with fear and use it to help you make smart decisions.

34 valentine’s day splurges

See what tops our list this year.

40 unique boutique

Join Midtown for the scoop on what’s one-of-a-kind inside local boutiques.

52 who is adam bryce?

If you get a call from Adam Bryce, take it as a compliment. It means you are a leader in your field.

58 cover-ups

The easiest way to change the look of your room? Cover your walls with paint or wallpaper. We’ll help you decide.

64 dapper design

After TLC’s Trading Spaces was canceled, interior designer Edward Walker put down roots in Raleigh.

Still going strong at age 100.

More than ever, consumers are scrutinizing their spending and saving, and local banks are cheering them on.

84 New Growth FOR INTER-FAITH FOOD SHUTTLE Farm and Community Garden

Project Plants Hope For the Hungry

92 enjoying the golden years

New communities put a smile on the face of retirement.

98 north carolina spas

There’s one that’s just right for your New Year renewal!

118 critical care…stat!

Duke Raleigh’s Emergency Department offers top-notch treatment when you need it most.

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MIDTOWN DOWNTOWN 104 THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT 108 HUNGRY FOR SOMETHING NEW? 112 FACES BEHIND THE RACES: WINTER EDITION 122 HEALTHY YOU 133 MIDTOWN MINGLES

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SERIOUSLY SPENT

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January starts strong. In its first few moments, the wintry month gives us fireworks, champagne toasts and midnight kisses. But then January lets us down. And the holiday high can drop just as hard and fast as the 11,875-pound New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square. Once all the confetti is swept up, a month of mundane seems to emerge. I don’t know about you, but the most exciting thing I do in January is put away Christmas decorations, make soup and gather receipts for tax time. What’s even worse than individually wrapping ornaments for storage is the overall feeling of being spent: emotionally, physically and financially. Emotionally, we’re coming off visits with family members and missing those we couldn’t see. And we may wonder why our holidays weren’t exactly what we imagined they would be. Physically, we’re exhausted from socializing, baking and late-night wrapping sessions. And

financially? Purchasing Christmas gifts and spending money on holiday travel can leave anyone feeling spent. Throw in a tough economy and 11% unemployment in North Carolina and that’s spent with a capital S. Raleigh psychotherapist Katherine Broadway says these types of feelings aren’t uncommon. “January is a bleak month,” she says. “The weather is bleak and people have short-day blues…they expect it to be difficult.” That anticipation, she says, can make things worse. “A negative cycle begins,” explains Broadway. “People expect it not to be good and start telling themselves lots of other negative things.” But January doesn’t have to be a month of the blahs. Broadway reminds her patients that winter can be a restful time to re-group, help themselves feel better and shake some of that spent feeling, and she’s sharing some of her tips with Midtown Magazine. If you’re feeling depleted, take a look at these spent-busters!

1. Get outside. It’s counter to what people want to do, but walking is a fantastic way to feel better. “Get out of the dark, internal environment and into the fresh air,” says Broadway. Bundle up; even a short walk during your lunch break will lift your mood.

study shows that the bright light of a computer screen may alter the body’s biological clock and suppress the natural production of melatonin, a hormone in the body that helps regulate a person’s sleeping and waking hours.

2. Get a natural amount of rest. Studies show that seven to eight hours of sleep is best. Anything more than nine or less than six isn’t good for most people, explains Broadway.

6. Tune in what’s inside your mind. For months, people have been focused outwardly on other people, gatherings and socialization. Broadway suggests using January and February to find quiet time, and listen to your own thoughts. Writing down your feelings can be an extremely positive experience, she says.

3. Turn off the television. The commercials are filled with images of fast food, which can make us feel hungry even when we’re not and images of the perfect kitchen, ideal person or flawless car, which can makes us feel inadequate even when we’re not. 4. Entertain yourself in ways that don’t cost money or involve overeating. Join a book club, call a friend, learn a new skill or grab a sudoku puzzle. Boredom is tiring, says Broadway, so energize by staying active. 5. Limit computer time. “Too much searching around (online) is like falling into a dark hole sometimes,” says Broadway. The screen’s bright light isn’t good for us, either. According to WebMD, a new

What if it is more than a case of the winter blahs? If you’re unsure, it may be time to speak with your physician. The most important thing to look for, according to psychotherapist Katherine Broadway, is your ability to make the feelings of depression go away. Everyone has occasional “blue” days, but if you can’t feel better for at least a sustaining period of time, it’s a good idea to seek professional help. “If you can’t get any relief…if the things dearest to you don’t touch you anymore…you need help,” she says.

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7. Exercise. It’s not anything new; exercise seems to make just about every list when it comes to feeling better. According to WebMD, just 40 minutes of regular exercise can have an immediate (positive) effect on mood. 8. Reward yourself for making small strides. “You have to decide what’s important to you to make the bribe worthwhile,” laughs Broadway, who says one lime diet coke is her personal bribe. But if it’s movies you like, reward yourself for time on the treadmill with a Netflix movie.

Now that you’re armed with eight tips to help feel better, it’s time to shake that oppressive spent feeling by staying true to yourself. And look for other helpful spent articles throughout this issue of Midtown. We understand that winter is not a walk on a warm, sunny beach, but it has its place and we can enjoy it. Take care!

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Adios 2009. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. While the promise of a new year should be embraced, many of us are still reeling from the past few months, overcome with a bad case of emotional exhaustion. And although feeling a little spent is normal when recovering from the hustle and bustle that comes with the end of the holiday season, the unusual circumstances surrounding 2009 have taken some of our worries to a whole new level. It was a stressful year, full of job loss, financial strain and general uneasiness. Even for eternal optimists, it wasn’t always easy to see the glass as half full. Instead, many of us ended up scared, even paralyzed, with fear. And when this happens, it’s not uncommon to get stuck in a cycle where instead of moving ahead, we are left repeating nonproductive patterns of behavior. Local writer Lee Ann McClymont wants us to break this cycle. Her soon to be released book, The Friendly Fear Notebook, is intended to help us to create a new mindset that allows fear to exist and integrate more harmoniously into our personalities. “Feeling fear filled from time to time is normal and should be acknowledged as an empowering emotion – an emotion much different than being fearful,” says McClymont. “When we learn how to live with fear, we can make positive changes. We are no longer stuck and we can once again have hope.” Voice of Experience McClymont knows what it’s like to be overcome by fear. About seven years ago, she was living in New York City, where she balanced a fulltime job with being a devoted wife and doting mother. And then, she was thrown a curve ball – a grim diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. McClymont fought hard and journeyed through cancer. Determined to be the same person she was before her diagnosis, she used a matter-of -fact approach to push ahead and resume the status quo. But after about 14 months of life as usual, she had an epiphany. She realized she was not the same person she had been before, yet she was trying to live in the same old world. “It dawned on me that I was fearful. The reality of what I had been through was still being processed and I wasn’t being honest about my emotions,” says McClymont. She was unable to move forward because she didn’t know how to properly process and respond to her fears. midtownmag.com| xx


McClymont jokes that having cancer was easy; dealing with the aftermath of fear was the hard part. And it took her over two years to figure out a strategy that worked. What We’ve Been Taught “What I didn’t know at the time was that when we pay attention to our fear-filled emotions, we may uncover what path we need to travel down to begin moving on,” says McClymont. But that is not what we are taught. When we’re forced to address a fearful situation, whether it’s a traumatic circumstance or a constant, consuming worry, many of us either avoid it or close our eyes and run through it. We search for a quick fix and end up making many decisions in a short time period. McClymont says that our “full speed ahead behavior” is exactly why our fears can get the best of us. “When we do this, we’re not addressing the fear, we’re actually ceding power and control to it,” says McClymont. As a result, we may end up feeling angry, and say things such as “I can’t believe this is happening to me”. With this pattern of behavior, all we end up accomplishing is ensuring that our fear will continue to nag us and will be the one thing keeping us awake at night. And who among us hasn’t had a restless sleep recently? What We Should Do McClymont says that when we experience fear, we should take the time to slow down and make gradual decisions. “We shouldn’t try to conquer or kill fear. Instead, we should recruit it to work for us,” she says. This recruitment process takes time and reflection. For McClymont, realizing that her old life wasn’t working in her new world served as a turning point. “I knew it was time to repackage myself,” she says. Her first step was relocating to North Carolina with her husband Bill and daughter Emma, where after settling in, she began to write, trying to discover why even after her move, she was still struggling to manage her fears. Her examination became the foundation for The Friendly Fear Notebook. But not all of us have the luxury of reinventing ourselves through a completely fresh start. This can make it even more difficult to break old patterns – patterns that are conducive to us feeling both worried and scared. McClymont recognizes this and has purposefully written her book as a workbook that makes it easy for us to probe what’s holding 24 | midtownmag.com


We shouldn’t try to conquer or kill fear. Instead, we should recruit it to work for us” ~ Lee Ann McClymont

us back. “Fear is a voice saying be careful; it has both negative and positive energy,” she says. “It’s important to use the positive to validate that it’s okay to be fear filled. Then, slowly and considerately, come up with a fresh pattern for addressing it.” Let Fear Work For You Fear comes in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve been fired, you may be fearful of the implications that come with not finding another job. If you’ve been diagnosed with an illness, you may worry about statistics and the future. The list goes on as negative, challenging circumstances can consume us, making us stagnant. The first step in breaking an unproductive cycle of behavior is being ready. McClymont compares it to finally getting rid of the clothes in your closet that are just not going to fit anymore. “You hang on and hang on, until one day you’re ready to accept the fact that you’re not getting back into them. It is only then that you finally clean out your closet,” she says. Once ready, it’s time to imagine that instead of being fearful, we could make fear work for us. And while the process takes some time, it begins with an exercise in self-discovery and exploration. Ask yourself: • • • • •

Were there other times in your life when you were afraid? Have there been times you should have been afraid but you weren’t? Are there similarities between those times and now? What were your responses? If you could wave a magic wand and fix the situation so you would no longer be scared, what would you do?

While waving a magic wand may be a bit unrealistic, the answers to these questions will expose what we can change, as well as which fears are necessary as opposed to those that are not. For example, being concerned about paying for college may be necessary. However, by drilling down in these exercises, you may discover what you can do to work toward that goal, gain control and move forward. “One of the psychiatrists I consult with stated that the value in this work is that it encourages detachment and lets us consider if there is something we can do,” says McClymont. “That is very powerful.” Write Your Own Story When exploring our fears, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. “The book gives us permission to write our own story and then make sense of it, keeping in mind that no one has made it through life without experiencing fear,” says McClymont. The key is recognizing that once you change your thinking, you can change your life. So take a fresh approach this year. Instead of dismissing your fears, embrace the fact that life has fear-filled moments. Make them work to your advantage. Don’t let your fears hold you back. For more information on Lee Ann McClymont and The Friendly Fear Notebook, visit www.friendlyfearnotebook.com. midtownmag.com| 25


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For the second year, we are recognizing excellence among us. We are proud to present our 2nd annual Midtown Magazine Diamond Awards. We asked and you answered, letting us know your favorites in food, entertainment, shopping, beauty and much more.

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FooD best place for a romantic dinner second empire restaurant and tavern

If you want to show someone just how special they are, there’s no better place to take them than Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern in downtown Raleigh. Located in the beautifully restored 1879 DoddHinsdale house, a four-course meal pared with wine exudes elegance and class. The Tavern offers lighter fare and a more relaxed atmosphere.

best spot for a power lunch midtown bar 115

The casual dining, eclectic menu and prices that won’t put a Ben Bernanke sized hole in your bank account make Midtown 115 the ideal spot for a working lunch. Chef Scott James offers a menu that includes contemporary metropolitan cuisine with influences from the Caribbean to East Asia.

best posh patio dining vivace

Nothing spells spring in Raleigh as much as lounging under an umbrella on the patio at Vivace, enjoying a warm spell and a glass of Sangria. Located at North Hills, Vivace offers a wide variety of Italian dishes. Executive Chef Ian Sullivan and the friendly wait staff make sure the food is hot and the beverages full.

best place to grab a beer hibernian pub

If you’re looking for a place to have a Guinness, some good conversation and maybe some terrific bar fare, Hibernian on Glenwood Avenue is the place to be. The Irish pub atmosphere, combined with modern sensibility and excellent bar games, make it a great place to stop in after work and let the day’s stress peal off.

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best place to get your caffeine fix starbucks

best take out lilly’s pizza

Whether it’s to grab a quick cup of joe on the way to work or to sit down and relax with a good friend, the service and quality of Starbucks makes it the top spot for Midtowners to partake of the bean.

Lilly’s Pizza at Raleigh’s Five Points offers unbelievable quality and fast service. You can get takeout pizza there with dough made from 100 percent whole wheat, stone-milled flour, tomato sauce prepared only with 100 percent organic vegetables and meat toppings completely free of hormones or preservatives.

best steak ruth’s chris steak house

best wait staff café tiramisu

Ruth’s Chris Steak House has come a long way from its original restaurant on Broad Street in New Orleans. Today, it’s the world’s largest fine dining company. Stop by the Ruth’s Chris at North Hills and you’ll soon find out the secret to its success is an inch-and-a-half thick hunk of USDA Prime meat seared at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and finished off with a sizzling pat of butter.

Café Tiramisu is family owned – Chef Paul DeMartino and his two sons, Richard and Rodolfo, run the North Ridge Shopping Center Italian eatery – and it’s a family with a knack for hiring good people. Tiramisu has the most courteous and attentive wait staff around.

best place to satisfy a sweet tooth the cupcake shoppe

The key to a good wine list is variety. You want to have the perfect wine for any dish possible. You also want to have wines everyone can afford and wines that just by their arrival at the table make the evening special. With well over 300 selections, Vivace’s wine list has you covered.

The Glenwood Avenue confectioner known simply as The Cupcake Shoppe offers freshly baked from scratch pieces of heaven. With icing dolopped on top like an ice cream cone, the cupcakes look almost too good to eat, like tiny little pieces of art. Take a bite and you’ll find out how artistic they truly are.

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best mojito sushi blues

It’s not often that the words “sushi”, “mojito” and “blues” appear in the same sentence but if Sushi Blues Café has anything to say about it, maybe that should change. Who knew that a sushi roll (Japan), a fresh mint mojito (Cuba) and a deejay (only in America) would go so well together? The Glenwood Avenue eatery did.

best place to buy chocolate péché de chocolat

Péché de Chocolat on Glenwood Avenue offers a stunning array of delectable chocolates. Whether you step through the door for a gift box or for a fabulous wine and chocolate tasting, the aroma itself is worth the trip. Want to know how good the chocolates are? In French, “péché” means “sin.”

most kid-friendly dining pharaoh’s restaurant

Kids love Pharaoh’s fast-food style and parents love the great and healthy ingredients. With three Raleigh locations, Pharaoh’s is always at your fingertips. The ice cream sundaes, milkshakes and fresh-squeezed orangeades are sure to please your children and maybe even awaken the kid in you.

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ENTERTAINMENT best place for live music 42nd street oyster bar & seafood grill

When 42nd Oyster Bar first opened in 1931, it sold groceries, oysters, and when prohibition ended it was the first place in the capital to sell draft beer. Today it’s a Jones Street staple. With live music in The Lounge every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights it’s also a great place to check out some of the best local bands.

best spot for wi-fi panera bread

With the aroma of fresh baked bread and fresh brewed coffee in the air and free wireless Internet access, Panera Bread is a great place to get some work done, clean out your inbox or work on that novel.

best place to read midtown magazine everywhere/honorable mention to harrington bank

The locally owned and operated Harrington Bank goes the extra mile to make banking a relaxing experience. With gourmet coffee, Internet access and satellite television in the lobby, you’ll find yourself enjoying banking more than ever before – and if you read Midtown Magazine cover to cover, all the better.

best guys/girls outing durham bulls game

There’s really nothing quite like spending an evening at the ballpark. Get you and your significant other a hot dog, peanuts and beer at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and you’ll quickly understand why baseball was once America’s pastime. The Durham Bulls begin their defense of a national championship on opening day April 15.

best place to watch the big game tobacco road sports cafe

Owners Alex and Rommie Amra want everyone to know, Tobacco Road is not a sports bar. Sports bars have bottles of warm beer and offer all the food that can be prepared with a flat top and two fryers. This Glenwood Avenue restaurant offers cold draft beers, televisions visible from every booth or stool and a menu that includes everything from baby back ribs and fish tacos to a pineapple barbecue shrimp burger. All other sports bars pale in comparison.

best place to wind down after work mura japanese restaurant

Maybe it’s the soft lights, the relaxing earth tones or rich woodwork, but somehow the atmosphere at Mura’s combines to help the cares of the workday melt away. A sake or two doesn’t hurt either. After about half an hour at the bar of the North Hills restaurant, you’ll find yourself staring enviably at the Kobe beef entrees or a variety of sushi roles. Next thing you know, you’ll be recharged and ready to take on another day. midtownmag.com| 29

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best place to sweat gold’s gym

Though Gold’s Gym’s most famous patron is now the governor of California, you don’t have to be Ahnuld to pump some iron there. That’s the beauty of it, a person with any level of fitness can, with the help of the staff, find the right weight resistance, class or cardio workout. With three Raleigh locations, there are no excuses anymore.

best way to entertain the kids on a rainy day marbles kids museum

The philosophy behind Marbles Kids Museum is a simple one: playing the right way makes kids smarter, healthier and brings families closer together. The museum, located on East Hargett Street, is named marbles because children are encouraged to use their marbles and because the outer wall of the museum is filled with over a million of them that light up at night. That’s just plain cool no matter how old you are.

best late night spot poole’s downtown diner

Poole’s Diner has been a Raleigh staple since John Poole opened Poole’s Pie Shop on South

McDowell Street in 1945. Owner and Chef Ashley Christensen restored the original double horseshoe bar and red leather banquettes that give the diner a fantastic retro vibe. The bar is open Wednesday through Saturday until 2am.

best place to impress a date the mint restaurant

If you’re going out on a first date and you want to make sure there’s a second, make reservations at The Mint. The former bank building on Fayetteville Street has a metropolitan feel while still echoing the past with the preserved bank vault and glass etchings. Chef Chris Hylton has created a menu with locally grown ingredients that will prove to your date you know how to appreciate the better things in life.

best place to see a show or flick the north carolina theatre

The North Carolina Theatre has been bringing great art to the heart of Raleigh since its first production of Camelot opened in 1984. The Theatre puts on at least four major productions a year in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This year, the Theatre is putting on The Full Monty, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Annie and Little Shop of Horrors. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

best place for a weekend get away wrightsville beach

When the stresses of modern life grow overwhelming, follow these directions to help ease the mind. Hop on Interstate 40, head east, cross the Cape Fear River, insert feet in sand. Rinse. Repeat.

shopping/beauty friendliest customer service renaissance dental center

The three women who own and operate Renaissance Dental Center – doctors Anna Abernethy, Jill Sonner and Anita Wells – treat each patient with the care they would their own family. At the Computer Drive office every effort is made to help the patient feel comfortable. There’s no way you can leave without a smile on your face.

best place to find unique brands of clothing c.t. weekends

Every week C.T. Weekends gets a new shipment of what’s hot now. So, it’s always up on the top fashions of the moment. It offers hand made and unique clothing, jewelry and accessories from a variety of emerging designers. With a shop at Triangle Town

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Center Mall and on Glenwood Avenue, it’s a great place for today’s woman to discover her own style.

best shoes scout and molly’s

2 years ago, the clothing boutique Scout and Molly’s opened WALK, A Scout and Molly’s Shoetique adjacent to its shop at the Lassiter in North Hills. Women all over the Triangle rejoiced. It offers shoes from designers like Jeffrey Campbell, Sam Edleman, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.

best place to get your bling (real & costume) bailey’s fine jewelry and charlotte’s

Three generations of the Bailey family have run Bailey’s Fine Jewelry offering engagement rings, timepieces and more. The shop in Cameron Village is dedicated to offering some of the most beautiful jewelry around. Meanwhile, if it’s costume jewelry you’re after, Charlotte’s is the place to be. With two locations in Raleigh and one in Wilmington, you’ll be sure to find great jewelry!

best place to buy him/her a gift jolly’s jewelers & silversmiths

Frank Jolly Ragsdale operates Jolly’s at North Hills in much the same way his great-grandfather operated the original Jolly’s, founded in 1881. He serves customers by telling them the truth, even if that means they don’t buy anything. Of course, more often than not, the customer leaves with exactly the right item for their significant other, whether that is a bracelet, gold watch or diamond engagement ring.

best place to buy flowers the english garden

Founders Warren English and Cydney DavisEnglish come from a tradition of florist families. Both of their grandmothers opened floral shops in the 1950s. Today, the two are passing the service and excellence they learned growing up on to you.

best place for a finishing touch to an outfit vermillion

Owner Ashley Vermillion Harris has been helping Southern women dress themselves to kill since 2005. The North Hills shop is the ideal place to find a designer clutch, pair of strappy sandals or vintage inspired jewelry to bring the whole outfit together.

best alterations exclusive alterations by shahla

With a shop located on Six Forks Road, Shahla Changzi brings over 30 years experience in sewing and tailoring to every interaction with a customer. With one placement of a pin, she can give a garmet that perfect fit to make it a staple of your wardrobe. midtownmag.com| 31

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best place to de-age glo de Vie

At Glo de Vie highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses or certified aestheticians oversee the de-aging process. They offer a variety of products to erase worry and frown lines while the relaxing atmosphere rids you of worries and removes your frown.

best overall pampering skin sense, a day spa

You do so much for the other people in your life that sometimes you short yourself. The day spa Skin Sense, with two locations in Midtown at Falls of Neuse Road and in Brier Creek, is the perfect place to relax, shed toxins and get to know your best friend – yourself.

favorite place for a blow out lux salon spa

The four sisters, Deborah Richards, Sharon Pope, Karen Francis and Christina Sopina, who own Luxe Salon on Spring Forest Road aren’t just offering you a great haircut. With a cup of tea at the door, a chat about the latest news AND the best hairstyle you’ve ever had, they go the extra mile to make your experience relaxing and enjoyable.

most unique spa treatment synergy spa

If you’re looking for the most up-to-date and innovative skin treatments, Synergy Spa in the Shoppes at Glenwood Village is seeking to cure what ails you. Owner Anna Porrazzo’s spa offers the most results-oriented treatments in town.

best relaxation/waiting room douglas carroll salon and spa

The atmosphere at Douglas Carroll is so relaxing that just walking through the front door lifts the weight off your shoulders. With some of the most skilled stylists around, the Falls of Neuse Road spa and hair salon offers a wide variety of treatments.

best place to get a new coiffe r.o.i. salon

The stylists at R.O.I. Salon in Cameron Village have managed to keep their prices reasonable while still offering some of the best service in town. That’s one of the many reasons people keep flocking back to Raleigh native Roi Parker’s salon.

best place to lengthen, flatten or weave your ‘do’ modern enhancement salon and spa

If you’re looking to undertake a major operation on your hair, the stylists at Modern Enhancement are the ones to see. Whether it’s flattening, extending, treating damaged hair or even showing off by having beads and feathers woven in, Modern Enhancement has you covered. 32 | midtownmag.com

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best place to splurge elaine miller collection

trails, great for tromping with your best furry friend. Along the way you’ll come across boaters, hikers, joggers and sunbathers, all enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Elaine Miller has showcased her beautiful estate jewelry in Raleigh since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 2002 that she opened up her own shop in the North Hills Shopping Center and expanded to include other designers. With its hanging chandeliers and antique mirrors, her salon exudes the class and style built by 40 years in the business.

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living best address (to live) midtown

Midtown Raleigh is one of the city’s fastest growing and most vibrant areas. If you’re living just north of the Beltline and between Glenwood Avenue and Falls of Neuse Road, you’ve got access to some of the best shops, salons, parks and restaurants not just in the city, the Triangle or the state, but also in the entire world.

With over 600 vendors, the Flea Market at the State Historic Fairgrounds, open 9am. to 6pm. Saturdays and Sundays, boasts the largest selection of antiques, jewelry and furniture in the state, which makes it ideal for whiling away a lazy day off.

favorite people watching spot north hills commons

With its green expanse, comfortable benches and foot traffic, the Commons at North Hills Shopping Center is the best place in town to see and be seen.

There is a myriad of ways to affect the life of a young person, but one of the best is by donating your time to the National Students of AMF, a charity dedicated to helping college students dealing with grief from illness or death of a loved one. David Fajgenbaum, the brother of local boutique owner Gena Fajgenbaum Combs, founded the non-profit following the death of their mother, Anne Marie Fajgenbuam (hence the name AMF), in 2004. With the help of lots of local supporters, AMF has grow to have chapters on 36 campuses in America with 25 more in development.

Thanks to all who voted and congratulations to all our winners!

best place to walk the dog shelley lake

The 53-acre lake is surrounded by two miles of paved walking

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Chocolate Indulgence! Awaken your senses at Lux Salon with a Valentine’s chocolate manicure and pedicure for $55 during the month of february! Lux Salon Spa

unlock her love with the “key to my heart” chain $22 and key $20.99. Carolina Silver

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Pandora is best known for their customizable charm bracelets with more than 600 silver and gold charms starting at $15. Bailey’s Fine Jewelry 34 | midtownmag.com

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Thistle & Bee heart and round shaped lockets. $240/each. Johnson’s Jewelers

A 100-inch strand of white freshwater pearls by designed by Mastoloni Pearl, a classic jewelry staple with a twist! Diamonds Direct Crabtree

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Chocolate Enzyme facial. A zero-calorie treat! This deep pore cleansing facial, using pomegranate enzyme and a decadent dark chocolate rich in antioxidants, will soften and smooth your complexion. only $85! Skin Sense, A Day Spa

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She will adore you when you give her this freshwater pearl bracelet that features a sterling clasp. $89. Charlotte’s

Toast your love with these elegant and zesty champagne flutes. Zest Cafe & Home Art

from the makers of BoToX®, use “Defining Lip Plumper” for volume, fullness and minimizing fine lip lines! It helps stimulate collagen without the tingle. “Daily firming Lotion” helps tone, tighten and smooth skin with glycolic acid and is great to revive dry, winter skin. Lip Plumper $45. Daily firming Lotion $67. Glo De Vie

Treat the “apple of your eye” to this fun, simple floral design featuring vivid red tulips. Designed in a compact style perfect for a desktop or table at your favorite restuarant. $25. The English Garden

Treat your sweet to a salon package that includes a brow wax, four fashion foils, deep conditioner, shine glossing and haircut for only $100. Lather Hair Salon

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the secret to beautiful vaentine’s day flowers Recently Midtown sat down with Cydney English, owner of The English Garden, to get the inside scoop on giving beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers.

MM: What should you expect to pay if readers want to order roses from a local flower shop? EG: $70-$90 depending on how the flowers are presented and what vase and accent flowers are used. MM: There are a lot of options for buying flowers, from the grocery store to online. Why should someone order flowers from a local florist? EG: There are a lot of reasons, but the most important is that you will get a better quality rose or flower that will last longer. It’s called the “chain of life.” With a local florist the flowers are kept cold every step of the way, from just after cutting to shipping to arriving at your local flower shop. This keeps every stem very fresh. This time of year nothing, especially roses, are grown locally, so keeping them cold during the transporting process is important for all flowers to survive for any length of time. Be weary of flowers that are stored and sold in an area near fresh fruit. The fruit actually emits a gas that kills fresh flowers. MM: When should you order your Valentine’s Day flowers? EG: A week in advance is best, or three to four days prior at the latest. Sometimes local florists will have “pre-booking” incentives if you order a few weeks in advance. If you have a special request, i.e. unique flowers, etc., please make sure you give the florist at least a week’s notice.

MM: Are there any ways to make your roses or flowers last longer? EG: There really are some things you can do: 1) The most important thing you can do is keep the water clean and clear. Change the water every few days and use the preservatives that are included with your flowers. 2) Trim the ends of your flowers and remove all foliage below the water line when you first get them. Then re-cut whenever you add or change water. 3) Big fluctuations in temperature will kill your flowers fast! Keep them at a constant temperature. They start out in cold storage around 34-44 degrees at your florist, so keep them in a cool spot out of direct heat. They will also last longer if kept out of direct sunlight. MM: What is the best way to get the most for your money when ordering Valentine’s Day flowers? EG: Red is not the only color associated with love. You can stretch your money by using different colors and different types of flowers. You will also be able to stretch your money farther if you’re open to multi-color flower bouquets rather than just red and white around Valentine’s Day. MM: What are some specific flowers to consider instead of roses? EG: [Consider] lilies, tulips, callas, orchids and hydrangea. Also, consider 12 sunflowers; it’s a fun twist to send an “I Love You” message. It lets the recipient know you put some thought into a unique gift. Recreate a bridal bouquet. This is unusual and has a very significant meaning for the recipient.

To find a local florist, check out online directories, such as this one for Wake County: wcfloristassociation.com.

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Romance by Any Other Name BY DAN BAIN

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on’t blame me. I wanted to write about a guy topic, or maybe tell a story about the class reunion I’d attended the month before. But I was voted down by the flock of women holding the definite majority at our last editorial meeting (I think Matt might have abstained from voting, but I know he had my back). The ladies seemed to think it would be fun to read my take on Valentine’s Day. I tried to warn them, but they insisted. They went on to discuss the merits of other stories related to February 14th. One of them suggested an article on Valentine’s Day gifts for less than $100. I had to stop them to ask if people actually spend more than $100 on Valentine’s Day gifts. All I got in reply was several rolling eyes and the giggling verdict of, “I feel sorry for his wife.” My wife is fine, thank you. She doesn’t suffer on account of my lack of Valentine’s Day enthusiasm; rather, she shares it. We simply prefer to express our love every day of the year, instead of just one. See, I don’t have a problem with love. It’s the romance part that irks me. I believe romance has been overly, umm, romanticized. Let me tell you a story (not about my class reunion) to illustrate my point. During the third century, St. Valentine defied Roman rule by performing secret wedding ceremonies for soldiers who had been forbidden to marry. This so enraged Emperor Claudius II that he

developed a facial tic, which was prone to manifest itself at the mere mention of Valentine’s name. Wishing to hide their marital status, the soldiers pretended to share this disdain for Valentine, often imitating their emperor’s tic to show solidarity. This came to be known as the “Roman tic” and in time, any young man who married against the wishes of authority was called a “romantic.” Sound plausible? It’s not. In fact, it’s a complete fabrication. I apologize and promise not to do that again, but in my defense, I had a reason for lying – I wanted to prove I can be just as romantic as the next guy. I’m serious – romance is all about lies. If you don’t believe me (and I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t, considering the whopper I just told), ask Noah Webster. I did some research via his online dictionary, and this time my claims are verifiable – feel free to go to www.webster.com to check behind me. Enter “romance” in Webster’s search engine and you’ll pull up several possible parts of speech. Click on the noun, whose first definition starts out, “a medieval tale based on legend…” Aha! Even Webster’s Dictionary admits that romance doesn’t exist! But why settle for one definition? The next one calls romance “something (as an extravagant story or account) that lacks basis in fact.” Just as I suspected. Further evidence comes from the first definition of the

intransitive verb form of the word: “to exaggerate or invent detail or incident.” Look up the word “romantic” as an adjective and you’ll find definitions such as “having no basis in fact” and “imaginary.” Therefore, if you brag that you have a romantic boyfriend, your gal pals are quite accurate to say there’s no such thing – if he’s romantic, he’s imaginary. I researched this only to prove romance is a sham, but was delighted to find bonus fun in the form of other equally amusing definitions. For example, Webster also says “romantic” means “impractical in conception or plan.” No surprise there, really. But look at definition 5c – “conducive to or suitable for lovemaking.” Guys, I want you to remember this the next time a woman calls you “romantic.” What she really means is, you’re suitable for lovemaking – bit of a backhanded compliment, isn’t it? When it comes to lovemaking, there’s not a man alive who’d be content with being called “suitable.” In our minds, that translates to: “Eh. You’re sort of okay, I guess. Plus, you don’t sweat much for a fat guy.” No, thanks. Ladies, go back to the noun definitions of “romance” for a disturbing surprise at the number 4 spot – “romance” means “love affair.” In all caps and hyperlinked, just in case you miss the implication. Better think twice before you say you expect more

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romance from your husband – he might interpret that as, you expect more love affairs from him. Carte blanche. I think my favorite definition, though, is for “romance” as a transitive verb: “to try to influence or curry favor with, especially by lavishing personal attention, gifts or flattery.” That’s romance in a nutshell – sycophancy at best, bribery at worst. False all around. To illustrate the level of sycophancy, I did more research, and this one’s true. The Greeting Card Association estimates that we send one billion Valentine’s Day cards every year, raising a couple of questions in my mind. First, why do we have a Greeting Card Association? Second, how much does this alleged holiday cost? Assuming a very conservative $3 a card, that’s at least $3 billion. Now let’s further assume half of the cards – 500 million, by my count – accompany a gift of some sort. Chocolate, diamonds, a chainsaw – that sort of thing, I guess. How much would that cost? Based on our editorial meeting, I’m clearly not the best person to estimate how much one pays for Valentine’s Day gifts. But maybe I’m the only Valentine Grinch, and the aforementioned $100 actually is a decent amount to spend on a gift. Multiply that by 500 million cards and you have another $50 billion being spent in the name of romance. Does this seem wasteful to anyone else? That’s why this year, I’m starting a movement – instead of spending $53 billion on cards and gifts, let’s pay down part of the national debt. Who needs romance when you have the Government? They’re pretty similar, anyway – both based on lies, told for the same ultimate goal. Happy Valentine’s Day! Dan Bain, Suitable for Reading mail@dan-bain.com

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un iq boutique e By Kate turgeon

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The only one. Unusual. Without an equal. The meaning of unique is straightforward. But the feeling of unique? That’s harder to describe. When you find it, it’s euphoria. And when you wear it, you may feel like one in a million. No one knows this better than Midtown-area shop owners. It’s why so many of them strive to carry one-of-a-kind items that cannot be easily found elsewhere. Midtown Magazine recently visited some of Raleigh’s boutiques and asked their owners one question: What do you carry that no one else in Midtown does? Join Midtown for the scoop on what’s one-of-a-kind inside local boutiques and learn about one of Raleigh’s private labels. Coll ared Greens at McKenzie Tribe You may know McKenzie Tribe for its upscale denim, but the men’s casual clothing retailer has recently added Collared Greens ties to its North Hills store. The woven and printed silk ties are hand cut and sewn in New York City. And they come packaged inside individual canisters made from 100% post consumer recycled paper that can be easily repurposed. (Paper clip holder, anyone?) Collared Greens, which uses a green polar bear as its brand symbol, has been well received by Midtown shoppers for its blend of elegance and eco-consciousness, says McKenzie Tribe’s owner, Todd Killian. (Beyond ties, Collared Greens’ polo shirts and T-shirts are American-made from organic cotton.)

My Bl ankee at J. Al ane’s No one does soft and luxurious like a company specializing in baby blankets, right? The My Blankee brand is pampering women, too, with plush robes that will make you hear lullabies. And in Midtown there’s one place to go for a My Blankee robe: J. Alane’s at North Hills. Julie Hendricks, owner of the fine lingerie boutique, has carried the robes for about a year and seen them become popular gifts among her customers. The full-length robes are reversible (satin on one side and velour on the other), and come in prints and solids. “They’re definitely a luxury item…perfect for winter, and great as a Valentine’s Day present,” says Hendricks. midtownmag.com| xx

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Francis at Scout & Molly’s Scout & Molly’s is super excited about Francis. Lisa Disbrow, owner of the North Hills women’s boutique, recently met designer Christian Francis Roth and was immediately impressed by his line of spirited, contemporary clothing for women. The pieces, she says, offer unique materials, stellar fits and gorgeous design. Think silk, one-shoulder dresses and silk tops in black, pretty silver and other metallics. Previously featured in Elle magazine, the Francis collection is playful, charming and eclectic – a perfect look for Midtown’s fashionable, fun-loving women. Kieselstein-Cord at The Spectacle “It’s a product that you may have never heard of…but it’s the War & Peace of the industry,” says Wick Morgan, owner of The Spectacle at North Hills. “It’s heartbreaking to see that some of the most recognizable brands aren’t always the best.” Kieselstein-Cord, he says, is a designer who focuses on art instead of overt branding, hence the trademark motto: “The art goes in before the name goes on.” (Significant collections of Kieselstein-Cord’s work are in the permanent collections of The Louvre in Paris and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.) Also known for handbags, jewelry and timepieces, Kieselstein-Cord is couture eyewear for the customer who appreciates luxury more than trends, says Morgan. “It fits better, it feels better…it wears better.” CJ by Cookie Johnson at Certain Things Women love quality, designer denim. But not every woman can comfortably wear the standard, slim cut of jeans offered in many stores. That’s where CJ denim by Cookie Johnson (wife of NBA legend Magic Johnson) fits in, says Jill Harris, owner of Certain Things at North Hills. “Our customers wanted premium denim, but had a hard time finding a fit that wasn’t too straight and too low,” says Harris. “[With CJ] the waistline is higher in the back, and a tad lower in the front…most women buy one of each style…they love the fit and feel.”

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Balenciaga at Vermillion It’s not easy for a handbag to become an “it” bag. And it’s even more difficult to stay an “it” bag for lengthy periods of time. But Balenciaga bags have been sought-after for 10 years, says Ashley Vermillion Harris, owner of Vermillion at the Lassiter at North Hills. And Midtown shoppers, she adds, remain drawn to Balenciaga, a French company that also designs fashionforward clothing, shoes and accessories. “What I love about these bags is that they’re not as assuming as other designer bags. But, at the same time, you know a Balenciaga bag,” says Harris, who owns three herself. Customers, she says, appreciate the bags’ timeless design, comfort and leather that improves with age. The top-handle city bag is a Vermillion best seller.

Haute Hippie at Gena Chandler When Gena Fajgenbaum Combs and Chandler Woodall opened their boutique, gena chandler at the Alexan at North Hills, they knew their customers would demand exceptional pieces of clothing. It’s why they decided to carry Haute Hippie (HH), a brand known for its sequined mini skirts, cocktail dresses, body adornments and tops such as jeweled jersey tops and fringed halter tops. One visit to the HH blog and shoppers can see celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker clothed in Haute Hippie, a brand that’s beloved in Midtown, too. “It is a personal favorite of the girls here…customers love how special and one-of-a-kind every piece is,” says Combs. “The embellishments are exquisite.” The HH collection has unique pieces that are perfect for engagement parties, weddings and other events, she adds.

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Boe Sportswear at Tyler House For Tyler House owner Jennifer Huggard, finding casual sportswear that fits a North Carolina lifestyle is a top priority. It’s why she carries Boe Sportswear brand at her Lassiter at North Hills boutique. “[Boe] has cotton sweaters… knit tops and cute jackets that still look polished when paired with jeans,” says Huggard. Customers appreciate the fabrics’ weight, colors and easy care, she adds. “They’re perfect for people on the go…from young moms to young grandmothers,” says Huggard. Beyond Words Jewelry at Carolina Silver Company Beyond Words asks its shoppers one question: What delicately chosen words would you want captured in time? For jewelry designer Anne Greer, something well said is the most memorable gift you can give, which is why she created the collection of sterling silver bracelets, charms and necklaces.

And Terri Taylor, owner of Carolina Silver Company, shares Greer’s sentiment that memorable gifts are unique and precious. It’s why she carries the Beyond Words collection at her shops in Raleigh’s Falls Village and Cary’s Saltbox Village. “This is a sophisticated collection…our customers can create a wearable autobiography,” says Taylor. There are quotes for friends, family and that special someone (such as “My Friend, My Love, My Life”). Mod-o-doc at CoolSweats Mod-o-doc is a southern California staple that has made its way to North Carolina’s capital city. The line is recognized for its soft fabrics and timeless styling, says Barbara Bishop, owner of North Hills’ CoolSweats, which carries the popular line in its Wrightsville Beach and Pinehurst stores, too. “It is our top-selling line. People come to Cool Sweats looking for Modo-doc,” says Bishop. “It looks good… you can dress it up or make it more casual, depending on the occasion. People love to travel with it and it’s easy to care for – just machine wash and dry.”

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Paul a Lishman knit furs at Jbat Thirty years ago designer Paula Lishman began creating handmade, knit fur pieces known for their style and functionality. And today the Lishman name is synonymous with knit fur, says Patricia David, owner of Raleigh’s Jbat boutique, which carries the Lishman knit furs. “Everybody just loves them. By just touching them…people either buy one or they want to buy one,” says David. They’re versatile, she adds, and can be worn with jeans or cocktail attire. And recently, says David, Town & Country featured the Paula Lishman poncho in ombre cognac. But, for Midtown shoppers, the biggest draw is that the knit fur pieces aren’t too heavy, which makes them ideal for central North Carolina’s temperate climate. Liles at Liles Clothing Studio In addition to Oxxford, V.K. Nagrani, Alexander Julian and others, Liles Clothing Studio at the Lassiter at North Hills carries its own private label, which is fittingly named – Liles. “The name that is most unique is our own,” says owner Bruce Liles. “We have fashioned a collection of both off-the-peg and made-to-measure [clothing] that is unlike that found in any other shop.” Known primarily as a destination for menswear, Liles focuses on giving its customers an individual style and a custom fit that exceeds expectations, says Liles. Shoppers may find suits, jackets, shirts and trousers in the Liles collection, which also includes ladies’ clothing. Aventures des Toiles at C.T. Weekends Almost 10 years ago, a painting by French artist Isabelle Herve sparked a new approach to women’s clothing: the fusion of textile knowledge and passion for art. The result was Aventures des Toiles, a line of distinctive women’s clothing. Each top, skirt, jacket and dress is predicated upon a piece of art. Here’s how it works: The company’s director, Francois Gadrey, visits galleries all over the world and selects paintings to serve as inspiration. From there, the design team draws and creates styles by mixing color shades and fabrics until they arrive at an exclusive print for the concept. The most important thing, says the company’s sales manager Josephine Bui, is that designers are open to the world because it’s the brand’s source of inspiration. It’s a global concept that’s appealing to Midtownarea shoppers. “Our customer is a woman with a strong personality…likes original things…and especially the arts,” says Bui. “[She] likes to be unique and be involved in social life.” midtownmag.com| xx

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Hard-to-find sizes at The Bra Patch Ruth Dowdy knows how difficult bra shopping can be for some women. “In most department stores, you’re lucky to find a triple D or a small band size with a double D cup,” says Dowdy, owner of the Bra Patch in Raleigh’s North Market Square. But that’s not the case at The Bra Patch. “I think I have every size bra that’s made,” says Dowdy. “We have everything from the smallest 30 As and Bs all the way up to 56 L cups, and everything in between.” And the hard-to-find sizes aren’t only for everyday bras; women searching for nursing bras, sports bras, bridal corsets and mastectomy bras are welcome at The Bra Patch for custom fittings and expert advice. “One of the greatest compliments we receive is when a customer comes in and tells us that a friend raved about her experience and recommended us,” says Dowdy.

Maritza Camareno at Nativa There are some dresses that are made to blend in. Others are fashioned to stand out. Puerto Rican designer Maritza Camareno makes bold dresses that fit into the “stand out” category. And shoppers love it, says Nativa owner Amina Sierra, who has been carrying the collection for a year. “It’s avant-garde…very unique,” explains Sierra. Customers, she says, appreciate the slimming fabrics and designs (many of the dresses are halter-style). The dresses, which come in both long and shorter lengths, feature intricate details, such as beadwork. Maritza Camareno: fun, flirty and feminine. Olivia Rose Tal at Kristen’s Shoe Boutique Beauty, comfort and originality – everything a girl could want in a shoe. Kristen Greczyn, owner of Kristen’s Shoe Boutique at Cary’s Arboretum, understands this comfort-meets-beauty concept well. It’s why she carries Olivia Rose Tal shoes in her store. Shoe designer Dorinne Tal works alongside her sister to run the Brooklyn-based shoe company know for its “imaginative works of art for the feet.” Think rich fabrics from Italy and India, and designs that are fashionable but not so trendy that customers can only wear them for a season. “They are special,” says Greczyn. “Each shoe is handmade individually and the fabrics and embellishments used to make each unique shoe are exquisite.” Various styles, diverse tastes… it’s all here. Looking back, it feels like we’ve spanned the globe more than simply spanning a couple of pages in Midtown. From French companies Aventures des Toiles and Balenciaga to clothing by Collared Greens, an American company founded by an Idaho freelance photographer, variety abounds in the Midtown area. And it’s not just corners of the world that are represented. Styles are, too. Midtown has everything from party-ready, sequined mini-skirts to comfortable sportswear fit for travel, proving that there’s plenty of unique in Raleigh’s boutiques! 46 | midtownmag.com

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Have the winter blahs taken over your life...and your wardrobe? It’s the perfect time to take your old wardrobe from “ek” to “ahhhh”! All it takes is substituting a splash of color for the traditional red power tie, or switch out the traditional tie for a bow tie or add a pocket square for fun and you’ve got a whole new refreshed and bright look for the winter. Try out these looks from Midtown men’s boutiques Liles Clothing Studio and McKenzie Tribe and you’ll be able to brighten any day at work!

1. Maggie’s Tie Blue, $85. 2. Maker’s Tie Green/ Pink, $85. 3. Trout Fish Tie, $85.

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wine review

DEADLY ZINs Zinfandel, California | Approx. $16 Deadly Zins is a knockout bargain. Aged completely in American oak, it is loaded with berry fruit, pepper spice and earthy characteristics.

Four Graces Pinot Gris, Oregon | $14.99 Just thinking about Oregon Pinot Gris makes me feel romantic, and this one is a bargain to boot. It is deliciously bright, fresh and crisp. On the nose, pear, lemon and honeysuckle greet you. Granny Smith apples, key lime and red grapefruit open up on the palate. Characteristic of the vineyard, there’s an interesting mineralty and acidity on the palate balanced by soft floral aromas.

Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee Brut Sparkling, Sonoma | approx. $42 This is Iron Horse’s Blanc de Noirs, made from predominately Pinot Noir. It has a beautiful, pale peach hue. Rich and creamy, like pure strawberries and cream, this is without a doubt the most romantic of sparklers. It was served at the White House dinner honoring the newlyweds Prince Charles and Camilla. How romantic is that?

Paso A Paso Verdejo, Spain | approx. $10 The name is Spanish for Hand to Hand, or Step by Step, the label is a beautiful contemporary montage and the wine is a deliciously dry, crisp bargain. Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas on a picnic.

Rocland “Ass Kisser” Chardonnay, Australia | approx. $11 This is the perfect romantic wine for Jeff Foxworthy or Larry The Cable Guy. Seriously, tongue in cheek name, but vibrant, un-oaked Aussie Chardonnay with vibrant stone fruit and floral flavors. Wild Rock “Cupids Arrow” Pinot Noir, New Zealand | approx. $21 Bright, with a dark cast to the fruit and spice that burrows through a light layer of tannins and expands on the finish. Focused and refined. The ruggedly beautiful Cupids Arrow vineyard is as gorgeous and romantic as the name suggests. It doesn’t get much better than this, mate. The Velvet Devil Merlot, Washington State | $16 This jampot of a Merlot is aptly named, with its seductive plum scents giving way to velvety black cherry flavors. An ideal barbecue wine. Naughty and nice. The Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia | approx. $17 Dense up front, with a strong minty character that runs through the dark, stewed cherry flavors, deftly balancing richness with an open, airy texture on the finish. The label illustrates an old-timey newsletter reporting an attractive snake charmer coming to town.

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VALENTINES DAY By Robyn James, Proprietor, The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room www.thewinecellarandtastingroom.com

A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread – and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness – Oh, Wilderness were Paradise now! Edward FitzGerald 1809 –1883 The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, st. $12

Okay, here are the ten wines that will definitely make “thou” want to sit beside you in the wilderness. They don’t have to be expensive; they just have to have that cachet and quality that lends itself to romance!

Lost Angel Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, California Legend has it; an angel came down through the sky to explore the garden of earthly delights and lost her way home. Tired of searching, she created her own paradise in the region now known as Paso Robles. So happy with her utopia on earth, a tear of joy fell from her eyes and landed in the rich, fertile soil. From that tear a vine grew, reaching for the stars, trying to show the angel her way home. Okay, the legend is sappy enough for romance but the wine has the bright fruit of raspberries and dark cherries similar to the nose rounded out with the subtle floral aromas filling in the edges. The darker characters of blueberry with hints of baker’s chocolate and velvet travel across the mid-palate. A fairy tale with a happy, sappy ending.

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midtown business The easiest way to change the look of your room? Cover your walls with paint or wallpaper. We’ll help you decide.

S I O H W ryce? adam b

You might not even know you want a new job the first time Adam Bryce calls you. You might be working the type of job you’ve wanted your whole life. You’re probably making good money. However, Adam Bryce always calls with opportunity. If you get a call from Adam Bryce, take it as a compliment. It means you are a leader in your field. BY MATTHEW MORIARTY

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“It’s lik e Coke f recruiting ou or Pep t of s i . ” ~ Bill Go odwin,

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The only problem with that is that Adam Bryce has never made a phone call. He doesn’t exist…well, not as a person anyway, Bill Goodwin. 33, laughs when you ask why he and his partner Nadine Rubin named their executive search fi rm, located in North Hills, Adam Bryce. “Goodwin-Rubin didn’t quite have the same ring to it,” he says. The fi rm looks for executives all around the world. One day Goodwin and Rubin might be hopping a plane to Paris, the next they might be seeking out fi rms to partner with in the South Pacifi c, all the time helping their clients fi nd the best of the best. Rubin founded the company over 20 years ago and named it after her two sons. It took a hiatus while she worked at another fi rm, but when she and Goodwin decided to team up to open their own shop in 2008, they found that Adam Bryce was still a powerful brand in the Triangle. Goodwin says it’s a testament to her skill that people still know the name Adam Bryce and recall its sterling reputation. midtownmag.com| xx

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Together, the two of them are usually only working on about eight searches at a time. The positions are generally middle to upper level, though Goodwin says they’ve helped clients fill almost any position, especially if they are in a jam. And companies do tend to get into jams. Most, if they aren’t going to promote from within, know little about job recruiting beyond websites like LinkedIn or Monster. Adam Bryce searches every nook and cranny to find what it calls “passive candidates” – people who are employed and not actively looking to change jobs. “When (clients) have a need, we know all the management and the culture,” Goodwin says. “There’s not a learning curve. We know all the players. We’re really an extension of them.” The Triangle is the perfect place for the firm because of Research Triangle Park and all its technology firm and start-ups as well as the strong university systems. Even during these difficult economic times, business has been booming. “It’s been a down year overall,” Goodwin says, “but not for us. It’s been a great year…It’s been the case with all our clients. They look at areas that aren’t performing well for their cutting, but there are growth markets…I think [the Triangle] is going to continue to grow.” Goodwin works out of the Raleigh office and Rubin out of Westport, Connecticut. Together, they have more than 40 years experience in the search field. They help some of the largest and most successful companies in the world find executives. Their list of clients, most of which are technology firms, includes IBM, Red Hat, SAS Software, Comcast and many more. They conduct searches all over the world. “We just finished a big search in Europe,” he says. “Right now we’re doing a highly confidential search in South America…I really like the international work.” It even recently finished a search in China, which brought some unique challenges. Goodwin says that whether clients are a titan like IBM or a Research Triangle start-up, they get the same hands-on treatment from Adam Bryce. Because he and Nadine usually conduct only about eight searches at a time and finish them within 100 days, they can give each search plenty of personal attention. Goodwin and Rubin make all the calls themselves. They’re experts at the delicate dance these conversations entail. You have to remember, Goodwin says, xx | midtownmag.com

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the people they speak with are usually happily employed, sometimes by a competitor of Adam Bryce’s client. Each conversation is half selling them on the possibilities of the new position and half interviewing them to gauge whether they’d even be right for it. “It’s a two-way street,” Goodwin says. “You’re piquing their interest and you’re also trying to screen them out and continue to narrow the list.” Goodwin and Rubin’s ability to successfully navigate these treacherous waters is one of the reasons firms seek them out. Another is that them being outsiders sometimes helps them get around corporate rivalries. “It’s like recruiting out of Coke for Pepsi,” Goodwin says. “If there’s a third party there, you can talk.” The one problem they’ve had lately, Goodwin says, is that people have been less likely to jump jobs. He blames it on the sluggish economy. Recently, a candidate for a better paying job with a major company balked when the time came to sign the papers. “It was actually quite telling,” he says. “He was too risk-averse.” But really, the hardest part of the job these days is recruiting people from out west. Much of the talent resides in Silicon Valley and many of them have a stilted view of North Carolina. “Recruiting people from the west coast is not easy,” he says, “until you get them here. A lot of people think it’s still Mayberry.” That’s where Adam Bryce comes in, even if he doesn’t exist. midtownmag.com| 55

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February 4-6, 2010 The Triangle Wine Experience is the Southeast’s premier wine event encompassing tastings, dinners and a Grand Gala with Fine Wine Auctions over a three-day period. Winemakers from all over the world participate in this tasty event. Proceeds from the Triangle Wine Experience go the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of children with special needs. The Frankie Lemmon Foundation was established to support the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center. Through fundraising and “friend-raising” events, the foundation provides much-needed assistance ensuring the availability of therapeutic, specialized education for children ages three to six who have developmental delays, language impairments, learning disabilities or mental retardation. The Triangle Wine Experience®, a world-class wine extravaganza, combines an appreciation of wine with a worthwhile cause. It features internationally known vintners hosting dinners and tastings, promising something exciting for every person who has an interest in collecting or consuming wines. This three-day experience is the triangle area’s premier charity event, filled with parties of grand style.

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List of participating restaurants & wineries - 18 Seaboard & Steele Wines - An & Wind Gap Wines - Angus Barn & Burly Wine & Bouchaine Vineyards - Bloomsbury Bistro & Ramey Wines - Bonne Soiree & Langdon Shiverick’s French Portfolio - Fearrington House & Vineyard Brands’ French Portfolio - Fin’s & Miner Family Vineyards - Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Vinoce Vineyards - Four Square & Cakebread Cellars - Heron’s & Morlet Family Vineyards - Margaux’s & Larkin Wines - Maximillian’s & DuMOL - Midtown & Bar 115 & Crocker & Starr Wines - Mo’s Diner & Caymus Vineyards - Nana’s & Kosta Browne Winery

- Nina’s & Enotec Imports’ Italian Portfolio - Poole’s Diner & Reynolds Family Winery - Revolution & Patz & Hall - Ruth’s Chris @ SP & Martinelli Winery - Second Empire & Duckhorn Winery - Solas & D.R. Stephens & HUNNICUTT - Saint-Jacques & Alan Junguenet - Sullivan’s & Switchback Ridge - The Globe & Realm Cellars & Relic Wines - The Mint & Robert Foley Vineyards - Vin Rouge & Merry Edwards Winery - Vivace & Ken Wright Cellars & Soléna Estate - Washington Duke & Pride Mountain Vineyards - Zely & Ritz & Blackbird Vineyard

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cover-ups The easiest way to change the look of your room? Cover your walls with paint or wallpaper. We’ll help you decide. By Christa Gala

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Not too long ago, I did a major overhaul on our master bathroom. I wanted a dark chocolate accent wall. As the painter stood on his ladder, placed precariously in the bathtub, I realized the color I’d picked was less dark chocolate and more a milky coffee color. I hated it. Know this! Try before you buy: I ended up tossing $55 worth of the yucky paint and spent at least that much on the new color I did like. Lesson learned: Don’t pick out your paint color while the painting is in progress. Chick Lamm, owner of Lamm Painting Company, Inc., recommends the “try before you buy” logic to all of his clients. After 32 years in the business, he knows sometimes the color swatch betrays. “I would recommend putting sample paint colors on the walls,” says Lamm. “Instead of spending $35 for a gallon of paint, buy a $4 sample if it’s available or buy a $10 quart of paint. I’ve had some customers spend $200 on samples.” Lamm is one of the painters Terry Shinholer, manager of Wake Paint & Decorating in Raleigh, refers to customers who are looking to freshen-up tired paint or change colors for a whole new look. Shinholer often works with customers to help with color selection, samples and more before a project starts. Don’t let “sheen” throw you for a loop: While the color issue is a little mystifying, what about sheen? You know what I’m talking about. We’ve all had this experience at the big-box paint counter: “Do you want that in gloss, semi-gloss, eggshell or flat?” Uh, what? I’ve had this explained to me so many times, and I can never remember it. Perhaps if I write it down here, the knowledge will finally stick. Gloss: While this is the most durable of all sheens, it’s pretty dang shiny, so be careful. Think of this for doors and baseboards. In other words, a little gloss goes a long way. Semi-gloss: This sheen is durable and easy to clean. It’s recommended most for bathrooms, kitchens and kids’ bedrooms. You might find it a bit shiny for the main areas of your home, however. Eggshell: No, it’s not a color. Seems like it should be, but in this case, “eggshell” has a low-luster (ie: slight sheen). It brings warmth and depth to a room and is easier to clean than flat. Lamm says many decorators favor eggshell. And just so you know, “eggshell” is synonymous with “satin.” Flat: Also referred to as “matte,” this sheen is great for hiding imperfections on the walls, including uneven surfaces. It’s also non-reflective and a little more difficult to clean than the other sheens. Wake Paint & Decorating in Raleigh helps customers with painter referrals and color selections.

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Speaking of cleaning, Lamm says homeowners often expect too much. “A lot of people want a paint they can scrub. They don’t really make a paint you can scrub hard.” Lindsay Overton, owner of Lindsay Overton Inc. Complete Painting and Pressure Washing Services, another painter Shinholer recommends, agrees. “With kitchens and bathrooms, they get more wear and tear; you just have to paint those rooms a little more often.” Biggest mistakes? Hands down, it’s not using enough paint, says Overton. That, and taking little short strokes with a roller. “Really, what you’re supposed to do is load that roller up and go top to bottom and then left to right.” Both Overton and Lamm say prep work is the most important thing about painting anything. And by that, they mean not only taping up baseboards and protecting furniture, but prepping the wall – filling holes, sanding and basically creating a smooth, clean surface. Not to offend do-it-yourselfers, but one of the biggest mistakes I ever made in painting is trying to tackle our two-story foyer by myself when my son was about eight months old. My husband warned me not to do it. I had to hire someone to finish the project. How much? Hiring a professional will definitely cost more than doing it yourself, but what’s your time worth, really? And your sanity? “If you’re just doing the walls in a room and you want to change the color, I’d recommend two coats. If it’s minimal repair and prep, you’re looking at a couple hundred dollars,” says Overton, who also has more than thirty years painting experience. Trim and ceiling work is about $300 to $400 more because it’s more intricate and takes more time. The pros clean up after themselves, too. It’s like they were never there. “Other than the smell,” says Lamm. Ah, the smell of new paint.

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if walls could talk Rebekah Lindsey, co-owner of Essence Design Studio in Raleigh, answered a few questions from Midtown about the latest design trends in wall coverings. Q: Are many people doing faux finishes anymore? What about striping or glazes? A: We’re not seeing too many faux finishes unless they’re applied to an accent piece such as a fireplace mantel or a decorative kitchen hood. Thanks to HGTV and a lot of “do-it-yourself” homeowners, we see that they like to change paint colors and the look of their space more often than ever before; traditional painting is more conducive to this. Q: Wallpaper has come a long way in the past few years. Do you or your clients use it often? Why or why not?  A: Yes, it has! When wallpaper is used, we tend to see it in a formal dining room or powder room – and sometimes in a master bedroom. Probably one of the most noticeable changes in wallpaper is its texture. Grasscloth is becoming more popular and adds a whole new dimension to the space.

Q: What’s your favorite wall treatment and why? A: Personally, I love it when clients are open to going “outside-thebox.” I love grasscloth and other wallpapers that have character, dimension and texture. However, they must be used appropriately; you would not use wallpaper in every room of your home.

Grasscloth wallpaper up close and as a wall application. The covering adds texture and dimension to any space.

Q: Tell me about something you’ve done with the walls in your own home. A: A designer’s prerogative is to change her mind on a whim; therefore, laboring over faux finishes and wall coverings is not feasible. My home is painted mostly in a medium-toned, warm grey with plush accents of red, chocolate, gold, and turquoise.

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A beach scene from MuralWallz spans the entire wall of this game room.

Not your mom’s wallpaper The alternative to paint is wallpaper – yes, the much maligned wall covering of years past. There are actually some very interesting wallpaper choices these days. Midtown found a ramped-up version of wallpaper – we thought it was pretty edgy – right here in Raleigh. Dan Schwab didn’t start out manufacturing wallpaper. He’s actually the founder of a company called Point Concepts in Raleigh. “We’ve built trade show displays, museum environments and corporate interiors for companies all around this area – including John Deere, Car Quest, Red Hat and RTI,” says Schwab, a graduate of NCSU’s School of Design. “We started putting a lot of graphics on the walls, especially in the museum environments.” Once Schwab began upgrading his printing capabilities about a year ago, he decided to diversify a bit and created MuralWallz, which sells and installs digital wallpaper. The interesting thing about digital wallpaper is that you can create your own image or illustration and have it made into wallpaper, or you can choose from about three million available images. Images can be customized in a number of ways. For example, Schwab’s son wanted a huge water-skier image on one wall of his room. Schwab shortened the tow rope and changed the position of the skier to fit the wall. Colors, backgrounds and sizes can also be customized. Anything goes, really. “Traditional wallpaper, there are thousands of choices, but everything has to repeat on a 21- to 26-inch pattern,” says Schwab. “We’re not limited to a pattern repeat. Here, if you want an underwater scene 40 feet wide in a game room, we can do it.” The artist can also use Photoshop to insert a specific person into the underwater scene. With photos, however, there are sometimes limitations on how big it can be enlarged depending on the original size of the photo; 10- to 15-megabyte photos typically work best. The panels are then produced in 48-inch wide strips but can be made smaller for do-it yourselfers. Consumers have a choice of different textures – ranging from completely smooth to a texture that resembles stucco. Schwab recommends going with at least a light texture as it’s more forgiving of wall imperfections and also combats glare.

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“Think about the power of the computer. Anything we can do on the computer, we can turn into wallpaper.” ~ Dan Schwab, founder of Point Concepts and MuralWallz

there’s no scraping away at bits and chunks. MuralWallz also offers a wall covering that’s just like a giant sticky note. “We peel the back off, and we squeegee it down.” When you want to remove it, it pulls right off. Seams are more visible as they must overlap slightly, but it’s an easy idea for a big “wow.”

The cost for these edgy digital wall murals varies. For an 8- by 10foot room, the cost is $10 per square foot, plus about $25 to $30 for the image, totaling about $800. For do-it-yourselfers, it’s $7 per square foot, plus the image. the giant sticKy note Digital wallpaper is a lot easier to take off than the traditional stuff. The material that the image is printed on has a backing that’s made of fabric. This allows it to come off the same way it went on – in panels – so

a touch oF Fun Like paint, you can try digital wallpaper before you buy. The artist customizes the image and shows a preview of what it will look like before it’s printed out. Schwab hopes he’ll have a chance to demonstrate his digital wallpaper on a public scale, possibly in an upcoming Parade of Homes, where “wow” features are commonly showcased. “We don’t really see it as a replacement for living rooms. Wallpaper does a great job for that,” says Schwab. “We see the application for this being kids’ rooms, playrooms and home theaters. This is a unique product; it’s whimsical and fun.”

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dapper

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BY CHRISTA GALA

© Jo sh N o rr is

After TLC’s Trading Spaces was canceled, interior designer Edward Walker put down roots in Raleigh.

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© Day Meets Night PhotograPhy

“I really do stand by my work. If it’s not going to be quality at a fair price, then I don’t want to show it or use it.” ~ Edward Walker

Bedding from edward Walker’s signature line for teens and tweens – available at Cuddlebugs-N-Cocoon.

The cameras are off, but the lights haven’t dimmed for Edward Walker, an interior designer who worked on TLC’s hit series Trading Spaces for five seasons. Trading Spaces had an interesting premise: neighbors swapped houses for two days to “make over” a room in the other’s house with the help of a designer and a $1,000 budget. Fans loved seeing the end result and getting to know the designers themselves. Walker, who grew up in Whiteville, NC, became known as the Southern gentleman with a dapper and elegant style. The show taught him, quickly, how to assess a room and figure out both the problems and challenges and then come up with a design plan. “It really solidified to me how to approach a room,” Walker says. midtownmag.com| xx

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a full pl ate Walker has had a home in Raleigh since 1997 when he moved from New York City to start a custom wedding dress business. He’s been here full-time since 2008. When Midtown caught up with him, he was in the throes of designing costumes for the live nativity program at New Hope Baptist Church, along with a string of other projects. For starters, he’s founder of Edward Walker Designs. He does some private client work, but Walker’s goal is to do more commercial design, including corporate interiors, hotels and restaurants. He also licenses a bedding line for teens and tweens, available locally at Cuddlebugs-N-Cocoons in Apex, and he also hopes to re-launch his pillow collection, Edward Walker Graphics. The line almost launched last summer. “The embroidery was pretty, but the quality of the fabrics they were using was not up to my standards,” he says. “That was tough, but I really do stand by my work. If it’s not going to be quality at a fair price, then I don’t want to show it or use it.” Although Walker’s got a lot on his professional plate, a personal goal of his is to work with middle and high school students who are interested in design but don’t know much about the industry as a profession. He spoke recently to a local 4-H club about the topic. © Day Meets Night Photography

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© Day Meets Night Photography Walker named this bedding set the Sylvia Ann, after his mom.

What’s your design dilemma? When Trading Spaces was cancelled, it was bittersweet for Walker. “I definitely was disappointed because I loved doing the show,” Walker says. “I loved what it stood for and what we were trying to accomplish. But it was time.” Nationwide, there’s still plenty of interest in decorating on a budget, and the Triangle is no exception. Walker agreed to give Midtown readers a few tips about some common design dilemmas. 1. The missing focal point: We all have a room like this one – bland and with no defining features. If there’s no focal point, Walker says, make one. Structural attributes, like a fireplace or bay window, can be focal points, but you can also create your own. Consider hanging a collection on the wall – be it artwork or something else. “Grouping a collection of artwork as opposed to spreading it around the room is a great focal point,” Walker says. If you have a large piece of furniture, that will work too. 2. Making a small room look larger: “Use larger scale furniture.” As surprising as it sounds,Walker says a large-scale piece will make a small room seem larger. Try a large piece of artwork. “It doesn’t take up a lot of depth in the room, but it gives you big impact visually.” Also, design “up” with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, which add height. “People think too horizontally as opposed to vertically,” says Walker. 3. The skinny room: Does your living room look like a bowling alley? “Instead of decorating the entire long, narrow room, arrange it in zones,” Walker says, noting, too, that the furniture shouldn’t be against the walls. “You can establish those zones with an area rug, a grouping of furniture as a conversation area, an entertainment area for playing cards, a reading nook or a TV-watching area.” 4. Giving old items new life: The best fix could be the cheapest. Move stuff around. Just because a piece was originally designed for one room doesn’t mean it has to stay there. GO FOR IT According to Walker, there are no major design rules these days. “The design edicts have disappeared,” he says. While that signals freedom for some, for others it simply makes things harder. Walker’s not buying it. “Get out there and try it,”. “It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to redecorate a room.” And, he points out, if you don’t like what you did, you can always change it back.

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Boy Scouts

Still Going Strong at Age 100

It took a London fog to start an American tradition. Late in 1909, Chicago publisher William Boyce was traveling through London when he encountered a thick fog. He became lost and was trying to feel his way when a boy approached and offered to lead him to his destination. After arriving safely, Boyce offered to pay the boy, who refused on the grounds that he was “a Scout” and therefore shouldn’t accept payment for having done a good turn. Boyce asked about “Scouting” and learned of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, a British soldier who had created a new experience for English boys, developing leadership and survival skills via the activities he’d outlined in a book called “Scouting for Boys.” The movement’s popularity had grown in England, where one of the now 10,000 Boy Scouts had just led Boyce through the fog. Boyce decided to meet Baden-Powell to learn more about Scouting, came home with a suitcase full of literature and on February 8, 1910, incorporated the Boy Scouts of America [BSA].

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The Cub Scouts of Pack 334 had an opportunity to learn about history and patriotism during a weekend spent aboard the USS Yorktown, a decommissioned WWII aircraft carrier anchored near Charleston, South Carolina.

The organization has flourished during the century that’s passed since then, increasing youth membership from 61,500 in 1911 to 2.8 million in 2008. But there’s always room for more, says Ralph Embrey, Assistant Cubmaster with Pack 334 at St. Timothy’s school in Raleigh. “There are approximately 54 million boys aged 6-18, with approximately two percent of them involved in Scouts,” Embrey points out. “One of the goals of the BSA is to recruit at a higher level and get more boys involved.” Fortitude on a Foundation of Fun With more than 13 years’ experience volunteering in the leadership of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and other adult leaders, Embrey is a worthy spokesperson to enhance those recruitment efforts. At the surface of Scouting, he says, “Parents can expect their sons to be exposed to all kinds of great adventures, skills and just having fun.” At the root, however, “The aims of Scouting include growth, strength of character, participative citizenship and the development of physical, mental and emotional fitness. It always comes together from Tiger Cubs [Scouting’s youngest rank] on – the boys start developing as leaders...boys learn leadership skills that will apply their whole lives.” If you don’t believe him, consider some of the alumni stats published by the BSA – these subgroups share the background of having been Scouts: 57.4 percent of US astronauts; 35.5 percent of West Point cadets; 30.5 percent of US Air Force Academy cadets; and 25 percent of US Naval Academy midshipmen. Additionally, more than 40 percent of the members of the 111th Congress participated in Scouting as youths, adult leaders or both. Embrey attributes his own successes to the same background. “All of the jobs I’ve ever had have been leadership-oriented in some way or another. I’ve always been a leader, and Scouting has always helped that – both as a child and an adult,” he says. “The skills I learned in Scouting have had a positive impact on my ability to lead effectively.” Leadership, Levels and the L aw That sense of leadership is instilled through every Scout’s adherence to the Boy Scout Motto (“Be Prepared!”) and Boy Scout Slogan (“Do a Good Turn Daily!”), as well as the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Under the Oath, every Scout promises on his honor to do his best in three arenas: “To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” The Scout Law states that a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

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Assistant Cubmaster Ralph Embrey (left) checks the status of the next cake while Auctioneer Tom Jordan (right) waits for the signal to begin the bidding process during Pack 334’s annual Cake Auction.

Embrey emphasizes that the reverence is non-denominational. “One of the things we teach the boys is, ‘A Scout is reverent,’ but it doesn’t say who or what God is – just recognize that there is God,” he explains. “Each of the twelve points of the Scout Law comes into play almost every day of my life,” Embrey stresses, as well as in all activities at every level of Scouting. The levels are spread across three divisions: Cub Scouting, for boys in first through fifth grades; Boy Scouting, for boys aged 11-17; and Venturing, for young men and women aged 14-20. One can join the BSA at any age, without having completed previous levels. To do so, one registers with a local unit – a Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop or Venture Crew. Each unit follows the guidelines of the BSA but is operated by an independent chartered organization. These typically include churches, schools and civic groups, which offer the Scouting program to all interested youths, whether members of the charter organization or from the surrounding community. Achievements, Awards and Advancement Within each unit, Scouts work to

accomplish achievements set by the BSA. The achievements are intended to be fun and educational while developing character. They can include physical or mental activities to improve the Scouts or service projects to improve the world around them, and are recognized via more than 65 Cub Scout awards and more than 150 Boy Scout awards. While earning their awards, Scouts advance through a level of ranks. Cub Scouts start with their Bobcat Badge, then progress through four age-differentiated ranks: Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Boy Scouts progress through six ranks: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. The rank of Eagle Scout is the true pinnacle, requiring a Scouting career spanning hundreds of achievements, numerous reviews and the planning, leading and execution of a major service project that benefits the greater community. Ever the Eagle Tom Jordan, a Raleigh auctioneer, appraiser and real estate broker, became an Eagle Scout in 1973. His service project was to plant two acres’ worth of pine seedlings near Kerr Lake, at gaps of 6-7 inches. Jordan says becoming an Eagle

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Scouts and parents confer on monetary matters and Jordan (right) takes bids while Embrey (center) looks on.

Scout took commitment and hard work, and was worth it. “It’s a great launching pad and always has been throughout my career,” he exclaims. “People see [his Eagle Scout designation] and think, that’s not easy to do; he’s probably going to stick to it for us. They know I’m gonna get the job done no matter what, and I’m gonna do it right.” In return, Jordan has stayed faithful to the BSA, serving as an advisor to the Eagle Scout Advisory Board and volunteering at several auctions each year to benefit various Troops and Packs. “I try to stay as involved as possible and help out when called upon,” he explains. Jordan says he “highly recommends” Scouting, and that parents should encourage their kids to try it. After 36 years, he still remembers it fondly and takes inspiration from the framed Eagle Scout certificate on his wall. “I look up every once in a while and it reminds me to do what needs to be done to get to where I want to be,” he reflects. “It’s something you’ll always have for life – you can’t take it away.” You could even say it stays with you like a London fog. To learn more or to find a unit near you, please contact the BSA’s Occoneechee Council at 919-872-4884.

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calendar

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010 First Friday Art Walk January 1 | 6-9pm | Enjoy a tour of local downtown art galleries. | 919.832.1231 | www.godowntownraleigh. com/firstfriday New Year’s Day January 1 Farmers Market at North Hills January 2 | 8am-12pm | Come find fresh produce and homemade items from local farmers. | www. northhills.com Brewery Tour at Carolina Brewing Co. January 2,9,16,23,30 | 1pm | Meet the people who make the beer and sample products! | 919.545.2330 | www.carolinabrew.com The Wedding Show January 2-3 | 9am4pm | Over 200 of the area’s top wedding professionals. | 919.873.1700 | www.foreverbridal.net Seminar on Bio-Identical Hormones January 6 | Renaissance Hotel at North Hills | 919.845.0333. Farmers Market at North Hills January 9 | 8am-12pm | Come find fresh produce and homemade items from local farmers. | www. northhills.com

Opening of Hopsice Facility January 9 | 11am | 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh | www.hospiceofwake.org. Montessori School of Raleigh Open House January 10 | 2-4pm | 919.848.1545 | www.msr.org. French Cooking Class January 13 | 4:30-6:30pm | Saint Jacques Restaurant | 919.862.2770 | www.saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com. Farmers Market at North Hills January 16 | 8am-12pm | Come find fresh produce and homemade items from local farmers. | www.northhills.com

An Evening with Vince Gill January 22 | DPAC | 919.680.2787 | www.dpacnc.com Franciscan School Open House January 23 | 2-4pm | 919.847.8205 | www.franciscanschool.org Farmers Market at North Hills January 23 | 8am-12pm | Come find fresh produce and homemade items from local farmers. | www.northhills.com 13th Annual “A Winter’s Tale Gala” January 23 | 6-11pm |Raleigh Convention Center | 919.754.3621 | www.mhfc.org

Martin Luther King, Jr Day January 18

Montessori School of Raleigh Open House January 24 | 2-4pm | 919.848.1545 | www.msr.org

Annual OTBN Wine Dinner January 19 | 6:30pm | Saint Jacques Restaurant | 919.862.2770 | www.saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com

Saint Mary’s School Dance Camp Day January 25 | 9a.m.-2:30pm| Register by January 16 | 919.424.4028| jrbradley@ sms.edu

INFORMATION SESSION January 20 | 6:30-8:00pm | Duke Integrative Medicine | Center for Living Campus | 3475 Erwin Road, Durham | 919.681.2958

Mama Mia! January 21-26 | DPAC | 919.680.2787 | www.dpacnc.com

“Women of Joel Lane’s Family” January 21 | 7pm | 919.833.3431 | www.joellane.org

St. Timothy’s School Admission Information Session January 26 | 9:30-11am | 919.781.0531 | www.sttimothys.org Smedes Parlor Concert Series January 26 | 8pm | Saint Mary’s School| 919. 424.4045| www.sms.edu Lambeth Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Open House January 28 | 3:30-7pm | 919.782.1818 | www.lambethplasticsurgery.com Farmers Market at North Hills January 30 | 8am-12pm | Come find fresh produce and homemade items from local farmers. | www.northhills.com Chinese New Year Festival January 30 | Expo Center, NC State Fairgrounds | 919.625.1207 | www.nctacas.org

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St. Raphael School Open House February 3 | 9am-12pm and 6:30-8pm | 919.865.5750 | www.saintraphaelschool.org

super bowl XLIV February 7 | DPAC | 919.680.2787 | www.dpacnc. com

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Open House February 4 | 8:30-10am and 6:45-8pm | 919.861.4635 | www.olls.org

Stay Awhile for Love and Style February 12 | Gel Salon | 919.297.0111 | www. getsaloninc.com

Triangle Wine Event February 4-6 | Wine Makers Dinner and Grand Gala with fine wine auction. All proceeds go to the Frankie Lemmon Foundation. | 919.845.8880 | www.trianglewineexperience.org

Celtic Woman- Songs from the Soul February 13 | DPAC | 919.680.2787 | www. dpacnc.com

First Friday Art Walk February 5 | 6-9pm | Enjoy a tour of local downtown art galleries. | 919.832.1231 | www.godowntownraleigh.com/firstfriday

Valentine’s Dinner January 14 | Saint Jacques Restaurant | 919.862.2770 | www. saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com

Princess Katie & Racer Steve February 6 | DPAC | 919.680.2787 | www.dpacnc.com Brewery Tour at Carolina Brewing Co. February 6,13,20,27 | 1pm | Meet the people who make the beer and sample products! | 919.545.2330 | www.carolinabrew.com Farmers Market at North Hills February 6,13,20,27 | 8am-12pm | Come find fresh produce and homemade items from local farmers. | www.northhills.com

Valentine’s Day February 14

President’s Day February 15 Saint Mary’s School Visitation Day February 19 | 8:30am-1pm | For perspective students | 877.424.4659 | www.sms.edu Brewery Tour at Carolina Brewing Co. February 20 | 1pm | Meet the people who make the beer and sample products! | 919.545.2330 | www.carolinabrew.com

French Cooking Class February 23 | 4:30-6:30pm | Saint Jacques Restaurant | 919.862.2770 | www.saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com HAIRSPRAY February 24 | DPAC | 919.680.2787 | www.dpacnc.com AN EVENING OF MINDFULNESS February 24 | 6:30-8:00pm | Duke Integrative Medicine | Center for Living Campus | 3475 Erwin Road, Durham | 919.681.2958 Brewery Tour at Carolina Brewing Co. February 27 | 1pm | Meet the people who make the beer and sample products! | 919.545.2330 | www.carolinabrew.com The Full Monty February 27 | North Carolina Theatre | 800.745-3000 | www.nctheatre. com Have an important event? We would love to hear about it. Please send the details of your calendar events to: sarah@midtownmag.com.

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fight winter beauty

BLAHS Winter can be as hard on your skin as it is on your spirit. Here are a few simple tips that will arm you against the elements & have you glowing again in no time!

Give pale skin a sun-kissed glow with bronzer. So many women put their bronzer away just when they need it the most! Don’t over do it – use a fan brush to lightly dust tops of cheekbones, bridge of nose and along the hairline.

Budget: Bare Escentuals Faux Tan. Available at Sephora, $18. Mid: Urban Decay Baked Bronzer. Available at Sephora, $24. Luxury: Laura Mercier Bronzing Powder. Available at Saks, $32.

Amp up the blush. Nothing breathes life into pale skin like blush. I like cool pink tones for winter. Budget: Expert Wear Maybelline Blush. Available at CVS, $5.49. Mid: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends “Fresh”. Available at Target, $10.79. Luxury: Estee Lauder silky powder blush in “tender petal”. Available at Macy’s, $26.

Keep hydrated. Look for moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, which binds moisture to skin. Opt for cream-based foundation or tinted moisturizer and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

Budget: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer for face. Available at Walgreens, $10.99. Mid: Mac Moistureblend Foundation SPF 15. Available at Mac counters, $29.50. Luxury: Paula Dorf Perfect Glo Foundation. Available at Luxe Apothecary, $45. Beauty tips courtesy of Fiquet Bailey, Luxe Apothecary

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Email your beauty questions to beauty@midtownmag.com

I have extreme dark circles & concealer just seems to make it worse. Any solutions? First, treat the problem – don’t just cover it! You can get results with some serums and creams designed to lighten under eye circles. Next, opt for a peach toned concealer to neutralize darkness, then top with a lighter, yellow-based concealer.

Kinerase Under Eye Rescue. Available at Sephora, $78

Fight dull skin. Exfoliating helps slough dead skin away, revealing new radiant skin and allowing your moisturizer to work better. Choose a gentle formula to avoid abrading the skin.

Budget: Alba Facial Scrub Pineapple Enzyme. Available at cvs.com, $12.99. Mid: Kiehl’s Ultra Moisturizing Buffing Cream with Scrub Particles. Available at Luxe Apothecary or kiehls.com, $14.50. Luxury: Orlane Paris Gentle Face Exfoliant. Available at at saks.com, $55.

Keep lips in shape with creamy lipsticks and glosses that hydrate as well as add color. Avoid long wearing formulas that tend to dry lips out.

Budget: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer. Available at www.burtsbees.com, $7. Mid: Neutrogena Moistureshine Lip Sheer. Available at Ulta, $8.99. Luxury: Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothies. Available at Belk, $17.50.

Give skin a luminous finish by using a moisturizer with a little shimmer. Winter skin often lacks radiance. Fake a glow with moisturizers that give a light sheen.

Budget: Boots No. 7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion. Available at Target, $12.99. Mid: Benfit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer. Available at Belk, $24. Luxury: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. Available at Luxe Apothecary, $41.

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beauty secrets every woman should know!

Want to look your best but don’t know where to start? Give yourself (your face) an update with these pro tips.

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Curling lashes gives an instant face lift. I can’t believe how many women don’t even own a lash curler! Curling lashes instantly lifts and opens eyes. Invest in a quality curler and walk the curler out, pulsing as you go. This will gently curl lashes rather than crimping them. Always curl lashes before applying mascara!

Budget: Revlon Lash Curler. Available at Walgreens, $4.99. Mid: Japonesque Power Curler. Available at Luxe Apothecary, $16.50. Luxury: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. Available at Sephora, $19.

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Full brows give the perception of youth. Hair loss often comes with age; add years of over-tweezing and you have a recipe for disaster. Brows frame the entire face, yet so many women ignore theirs. Try filling brows with a brow powder. Use a stiff, angled brush to apply powder and start at the arch. Using short strokes, move towards the outer edge of brow then go back with the remaining powder closer to the bridge of the nose. If you are lucky enough to still have full brows, consult a brow stylist to help find the perfect shape for them.

Budget: Sonia Kashuk Brow Kit Arch Alert Palette. Available at Sephora, $9.99. Mid: Bare Escentuals Essential Brow Color. Available at Sephora & Bare Escentuals Boutiques, $11. Luxury: Becca Brow Powder. Available at Luxe Apothecary, $22.

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Line the inner rim of eyes with a flesh-toned pencil. Applying a flesh-toned liner to the inner rim of eyes extends the whites of the eyes, giving a more open appearance. This is a great trick if you suffer from allergies or haven’t had enough sleep. Nothing makes you look more tired than red eyes!

Budget: Jordana Eyeliner in white. Available at Walgreens, $.99. Mid: Mac Eye Kohl in Fascinating White. Available at Mac counters, $14.50 Luxury: Benefit Eye Bright Pencil. Available at www.benefitcosmetics.com, $20.

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Gloss makes lips look fuller. Most women are under the false assumption that gloss is reserved for teens. Over time, collagen production decreases, causing lips to become thinner. Matte formulas only make lips look smaller. If you already have a lipstick you love, try topping it with a clear gloss. Budget: Wet N Wild Lip Gel Reflection. Available at CVS, $2.99. Mid: Boots no.7 High Shine Lip Gloss in Ice. Available at Target, $6.78. Luxury: Mac Clear Lip Gloss. Available at Mac counters, $14.

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Define your lash line with a cake liner. This is especially important for women with small lids. If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, your liner can end up taking up most of your lid. Instead, work from under the lash line, applying liner to the roots of lashes. By filling gaps between lashes, you add instant definition to eyes without wasting lid space with heavy liner.

Budget: Rimmel SpecialEyes Liner Pencil. Available at Walgreens, $3.79. Mid: Paula Dorf Transformer. Available at Luxe Apothecary, $20. Luxury: Barbarella Eyeliner Compact. Available at Luxe Apothecary, $30.

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Money We Spend, Money We Save Ah, money. These days it seems there’s never enough. More than ever, consumers are scrutinizing their spending and saving, and local banks are cheering them on. By Christa Gala

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A penny saved…might buy your breakfast Mike Carlton, CEO of Crescent State Bank, says his customers have been paying closer attention to what their deposit accounts are paying. As a result, many are putting money into Crescent’s 5.01% Rewards Checking Account because of the high yield. “We have had many customers switch from the CD market to the checking account because the rate is so much higher than anything being paid on CDs this year,” says Carlton. “We had one customer who told us that he loves to eat breakfast at a local fast food restaurant every morning on his way in to work. Now he uses his debit card to make that purchase and at the end of the month the money he earns on interest pays for his next month’s meals. He tells his friends that Crescent pays for his breakfast every day.” Shannon S. Reaves, senior vice president at Harrington Bank in Raleigh, says she’s noticed more piggy bank action – from both kids and their parents.   “More and more Harrington customers have become aware of how crucial a small nest egg is to help them through slow economic times. We have seen an increase in the number of savings accounts opened throughout the year, and our Kids Club Savings has been especially popular,” says Reaves, noting the account pays 4.00% APY. “Parents are spending more time teaching their children the importance of savings, and this high yield savings has been very desirable.”

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Say, can I borrow…? The credit snafus of the past 18 months, with homeowners defaulting left and right on properties they couldn’t afford, has prompted financial institutions to look a little more closely at borrowers as well. Still, Ogburn says many potential borrowers are pulling in the reins themselves. “There has been less borrowing in general during 2009,” he says. “Businesses and consumers alike are spending less due to the uncertainty of the economy and fear regarding their own individual situations. Businesses in particular are not expanding and are taking on less speculative debt than in the past. At CapStone, I would say loan requests have been fewer due to less spending as opposed to tighter credit. We have plenty of funds to lend to qualified borrowers.” For other businesses in need of loans, particularly those in the building industry, the situation is complicated. “Real estate values at the moment are uncertain. We believe that they’re starting to firm up, but lending for the purchase of land or many types of real estate is tricky because it has been difficult to predict future values,” says Reaves. “We continue to lend money, knowing that the Triangle will be early to emerge from the recession.” Harrington Bank has rolled out a variety of loan programs to encourage homeowners and potential homeowners to borrow. “We’re offering a Renovation Program in which our customers can finance up to 96.5% of their home and renovation costs for a primary residence,” says Reaves. “We’re also offering a special loan program for veterans that includes 100% financing with no mortgage insurance on loan amounts up to $417,000. Many of our customers have already taken advantage of 30-year fixed mortgage rates that are below 5.00% APR; we’re pleased to see that this trend is continuing.” With more people scrutinizing and shopping around for loans, banks are getting creative with their loan programs. “I think that people know the economy has not completely turned yet and they are gearing up to continue on frugally until it does,” says Carlton. “They want to see rewards from their bank and are taking more time to research and compare products at different banks. At Crescent State Bank we have a lot of new business that’s coming in as a result of our 5.01% interest Rewards Checking account.” In the past year, Crescent has gained more than $33 million in new relationship accounts.  In addition to offering competitive loan programs, local banks are also looking to

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Pay attention to your finances. Whether it is an interest rate on a CD or credit card or a fee on an overdraft, it is your money.” ~ Mike Carlton, CEO, Crescent State Bank

customize banking services. “All of our business customers are looking for ways to work smarter and more efficiently,” says reaves. “many of these businesses have reduced the size of their staff and are finding it difficult to go to the bank to make a simple deposit. harrington’s remote deposit helps save our customers a trip to the bank and eliminates the time and expense of completing deposit tickets.” Lending A hAnd All three of the community banks Midtown interviewed were especially passionate about the community causes to which they contribute – whether financially or by encouraging staffers to volunteer, often on company time. hands down, all appreciate the community supporting them as local institutions and want to offer support back. “Capstone has financially supported key community-oriented and non-profit organizations at a greater level than at any time in our history,” says ogburn. “Additionally, our employees have been tremendously proactive in giving back to our community through our company-sponsored initiatives, such as donating blood through the American red Cross, delivering meals through our local meals on Wheels organization, participating in workplace giving campaigns and raising funds for the ALs Association’s “Walk to defeat ALs,” just to name a few. We recognize the need in our community is greater than

ever before and have found creative ways to support those needs in addition to our monetary donations.” Carlton agrees: “As a community bank founded and headquartered in the triangle, we believe it is our responsibility to make a difference in our communities. our employees serve on various boards and volunteer for charitable organizations. Crescent contributes locally to the schools, boys and girls clubs, ymCA, sports teams and the arts as well.

A good Lesson Could it be that the hard times we’re seeing now just might be good for our wallets in the long run? Are we learning something in this notso-golden economy? “i think the financial times we’re presented with today provide a great opportunity to make prudent financial decisions,” says Carlton. “it’s encouraging that Americans are saving more and relying less on credit card debt. “the best financial advice i can give is to pay attention to your finances. Whether it is an interest rate on a Cd or credit card or a fee on an overdraft, it is your money,” Carlton continues. “you should know what you are paying and being paid. the banking market is very competitive right now. know your options and don’t be taken advantage of.”

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chef mario

one bowl wonders Cooked in one pot, served in one bowl so they’re loaded with flavor, without loading up your dishwasher! Recipes by Chef Mario Copy by Darcy Brennan-Huante Photos by April Maness

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he beginning of a new year is a time for reflection, and most of us search for ways to simplify and get more out of our lives. One big place to start is in the kitchen! 2010 is bringing a resurgence of home cooks and a desire to cook for our families, but we don’t have the amount of time to spend in the kitchen of generations past as most families rely on two incomes to keep the ball rolling. Let’s take a page from the book of our grandmothers and mothers and keep it simple with all-in-one bowl meals! Cooked in one pot, served in one bowl for all the flavor, all the kudos and much less of the dishes so you have more time to do the things you love and desire doing, like helping your kids with a finger painting project or that jewelry box made of macaroni! Chicken with Sausage and Capers Serves 8 4 tsp olive oil 1 ½ lbs skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1’’ pieces 1/2 lb hot Italian sausage, cut into 1/2’’ slices 4 cups peppers, diced 4 cups red onion, chopped

½ cup chicken broth/stock 1 tsp garlic, minced 1 tsp dried basil leaves 1 tsp dried oregano leaves 1 cup chicken broth/stock 4 Tbsp red wine vinegar 4 Tbsp capers, drained 5 cups canned crushed tomatoes 4 Tbsp grated Parmesan In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the chicken and sausage (let chicken and sausage sear well to caramelize the outside and get all that yummy flavor. Once you get a nice sear on one side, use your spatula to flip the meat and get a nice sear on the other side). Cook until browned and cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Remove from skillet; place in a lasagna pan. Add peppers and onions to your skillet and sauté until tender, 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add ½ cup chicken stock to loosened bits from the bottom of the pan (yes, these are yummy parts and where a lot of your flavor can get left behind! This process is called “deglazing”). Add garlic and herbs and sauté for 2 minutes or so. Add 1 cup chicken stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce

heat and simmer for 8 minutes or so. Skim if necessary (skimming removes the fat that floats to the surface. The more you skim, the less fat ends up in your dish! Fair warning though – fat equals flavor, so don’t go overboard). Pour over chicken and sausage in lasagna pan and dust with Parmesan cheese. Place uncovered in a 350 degree oven and bake for 25 minutes. Spicy Turkey Bean Chili Serves 8 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 lb ground skinless turkey breast 3 colored bell peppers, seeded and diced 2 onions, chopped 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp ground cumin 2 tsp dried oregano 1 Tbsp chili powder 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 3 bay leaves 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes (no salt added) 2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (15oz) fat-free refried beans 1/2 cup green chilies, diced

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In a large pot, heat oil. Add turkey, bell peppers, onions, garlic, cumin, oregano, cayenne and bay leaves; cook, stirring as needed, until turkey is browned and the vegetables are softened, 6-8 minutes.

cream. Place noodles in serving bowls and top with stroganoff. Sprinkle with parsley.

Add the tomatoes, beans and chilies; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring as needed, until the flavors are well blended, about 45 minutes. Discard the bay leaves.

1/2 lb bacon, diced 1 lb chicken breast, largely diced 1 lb pork loin, largely diced 1 lb turkey kielbasa sausage 3 cups onion, medium dice 3 cups celery, medium dice 3 cups carrots, medium dice 1 tsp garlic, minced 6 cups chicken stock 1 qt can diced tomatoes 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tsp fresh thyme 1 Tbsp Dijon Salt and pepper 3 cans of great northern beans

Beef Stroganoff Serves 8 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 2 lbs sirloin steaks, trimmed and cut into 2’’x 1/4’’ strips (for best flavor, use skirt steak or sirloin, but pre-cut stew beef will work) 4 cups mushrooms, sliced 4 cups onions, chopped 2 tsp garlic, minced 2 Tbsp all purpose flour 6 cups chicken broth 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup parsley, minced 1/2 cup sour cream 8 cups cooked egg noodles In a large, deep pot (with sides), heat the oil. Add the beef and cook, turning as needed, until all liquid has extracted and reduced to nothing. Beef should be brown and crisp on all sides (about 20 minutes). Transfer to a bowl. In the same deep pot, add the mushrooms, onions and garlic – sauté until tender (about 4-5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock to loosen bits from bottom of the pot. Let liquid reduce. Sprinkle the flour over vegetable mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the flour is lightly browned, about 1 minute. Return the beef to the pot and add chicken stock and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, skimming as needed. Place in a 350 degree oven uncovered, for about 45 minutes total. (Be sure to check cooking progress every 20 minutes or so as this process “reduces” your mixture, meaning the water will evaporate out, leaving the flavor behind. Add chicken stock if mixture seems too dry. It should still look juicy and delicious!) Remove from the oven and let cool about 20 minutes. Stir in the sour

Great Northern Cassoulet Serves 10-12

Cook bacon in a large pot over medium high heat until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside in a paper towel-lined bowl. Pour off all bacon fat. Brown chicken breast, pork, and kielbasa separately in batches until golden and set aside with bacon. Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic to the pot and cook until softened (5-6 minutes). Return the bacon, chicken, pork and kielbasa to the vegetables. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, brown sugar, thyme and Dijon. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer on low, stirring every 5 minutes or so until meat becomes tender (about 30 minutes). Add beans (don’t add them too early or they’ll turn to mushy paste) and simmer 10 minutes more. Add chicken stock if mixture seems dry. It should have the consistency of Grandmas gravy or a thick stew. Add too much, it will be more “soup-like”, add too little and it’s a thick hearty sop-it-up-with-a-roll meal, but either way, still yummy! Serve in bowls with mashed potatoes, rice or all by itself. Enjoy! (Chef’s overall tip: Cooking times will always vary because ovens and other factors will continually vary. Always keep an eye on what you have on stove top or in the oven and have a thermometer and tasting spoon at the ready!)

(If you’ve ever felt some items are actually BETTER the next day, you’re right! Some items like chilis, soups, stews and most Italian dishes like having the extra day for the flavors to develop).

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As a volunteer for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, I sometimes wonder if what I do makes a difference. I got my answer yesterday when I read the following subject line on an email from Billy Shore, founder of Share Our Strength, a national organization dedicated to fi ghting childhood hunger: “It’s worse than anyone thought.” Shore was referring to the newly released and startling statistics which revealed that in just one year, 4.3 million more children are facing hunger in the United States – that’s nearly 17 million kids struggling with hunger. Experts say the sharp increase mirrors the faltering economy, but no one predicted the numbers would be so bad. For over 20 years, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle has been proactive about creating systems to reduce hunger – through their Food Recovery and Distribution Program, Culinary Job Training, Back Pack Buddies, Children’s Nutrition, Operation Frontline and Catering with a Cause. Now they can add Farms and Community Gardens to that already impressive list. They are currently the only association in the Triangle that is bringing together the local food movement with anti-hunger initiatives.

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INTER-FAITH FOOD SHUTTLE Farm and Community Garden Project Plants Hope For the Hungry By susan Ely

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Farm Manager/Educator Sun Butler showing off the tomato crop at the farm.

The shift to empower community members and put them back in control of their own food was a long time in the making, says Jason Boone, Communications Director for IFFS. “We realized that if we’re about hunger relief, then the missing ingredient is producing our own food. After several years of research into other food rescue organizations that were operating around the country we began to understand that we had to be willing to say, ‘whatever will help relieve hunger, we have to be willing to try it.’” There were two initial challenges: Funding and finding a farmer. The funding came from the John Rex Foundation, through a grant called Hands on Health, a holistic program whose goal is to create sustainable overall wellbeing to low-income community residents, focusing on youth in the areas of health, nutrition and physical wellbeing. The farmer came in the form of Sun Butler, an organic tobacco farmer and former research chemist in the crop science department at NC State. Boone describes Butler as the perfect fit: “His years of experience combined with his passion allowed our Farm and Community Garden Program to hit the ground running.” It’s a team effort; Sun sets the tone and puts things in place, while Nikki Charles, the Hands on Health Program Coordinator, handles the relational side of the program. Her job is to increase community engagement at a grass roots level. Their efforts along with others have generated amazing results: Since the program began in January 2009, two community gardens and a farm have been planted. The farm alone yielded over 6,800 pounds of produce over the course of the growing season – pretty impressive considering that just one pound of fresh fruits and vegetables can supplement four meals.

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A row of Swiss Chard thriving in mid-November.

THE FARM Located in South Raleigh on Dover Farm Road, the farm sits on property owned by heirs of the Wheeler family and consists of a total of six acres, a tool shed, a small barn and a greenhouse built by a group of 50 Methodist ministers. One acre was in production in 2009; a total of three will be in production this year. The farm uses organic practices, so they do a lot of rotation. Butler has done a fantastic job of rounding up equipment on a limited budget. “Fortunately as a Southern Virginia redneck, I’m pretty good at cobbling things together and working with neighbors,” he says, and credits one neighbor in particular, Greg Horn, as being extremely generous about letting them borrow equipment. Another neighbor, Caroline McNair, contributed a four-acre field next to the Wheeler property for the farm’s use and has been very helpful as well. One of the purposes of the farm is to provide seedling transplants for IFFS community gardens, but because of last year’s late start, many of the transplants were donated. Craig LeHoullier, the “Tomato Man” at the Raleigh Farmer’s Market, helped out as did Campbell Road Nursery. Novo Enzymes in Louisburg contributed compost. Even in its infancy, the farm has already been able to contribute produce to the many agencies IFFS serves.

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The long-range goal is to be an educational farm, a place for people in the community to come to learn and take that knowledge back into the community. Saturdays are the major workdays for volunteers at the farm, although people can come out during the week as well. COMMUNITY GARDENS Credibility is an important aspect to establishing community gardens, and the Food Shuttle’s good reputation and relationship with the Housing Authority over the past two decades meant doors opened quickly for them. “People know who we are,” says Boone. “They know our concerns and because relationships were already in place, people were willing to work with us.” The Hands on Health team, headed up by Charles, worked hard to make sure the initial site was a diverse community, that there was enough space, and that it had access to water. The first site that met those specifications was Mayview, a Raleigh Housing Authority Community near Cameron Village. The new garden is located in the backside of a yard. “It was green space,” says Boone. “With urban agriculture, you can’t say ‘where is the perfect field,’ you have to have an eye to look and say ‘this is possible.’” Not only was it possible, it surpassed the expectations of both IFFS and the residents of Mayview. Last summer’s

Committed volunteer Ron Hunter washes greens before taking them to IFFS warehouse for distribution.

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Nutrition Coordinator Amanda Soltes walks the rows at Mayview Community Garden.

harvest included tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, okra, peppers, cantaloupe, beans and a bumper crop of tomatoes. Then came the winter planting of mustard and turnip greens, Asian greens, Swiss chard, cabbage, collards, broccoli and cauliflower. Not only was the garden abundant, so were the volunteers. VOLUNTEERS One of the big challenges early on in the program was getting enough volunteers to help out. Thankfully, that problem was short lived; over the course of the summer more than 360 volunteers gave of their time and energy, including 20 various church and mission groups that came out. NC State got involved as well, partnering with IFFS on a collaborative teaching grant with the horticulture and food science departments. The grant enabled them to develop a curriculum for three classes to be taught in the community gardens program, with the goal of teaching basic gardening skills to young children in terms they can understand. “We want to get people into the garden and teach them what it’s like to grow their own food and in particular, to teach kids that when you give plants the proper environment and nutrients, the plants will grow strong just as they do,” explains Butler. The first set of classes was held at Mayview Community Garden and at Neighbor2Neighbor, a non-profit daytime mentoring program for underprivi-

leged students, located in a facility on South Blount Street. Students from NC State volunteer to work on crops and work with community residents to teach them practical knowledge about soil – how to maintain it and how to make good compost. The students are excited to share their expertise and passionate about connecting with the kids. “It’s a great benefit and help to us to have the student volunteers and man hours,” says Boone. “And it’s good for the community to see how important they believe it is.” In a heartwarming gesture, agencies that are recipients of IFFS food have come out and volunteered on weekends, resulting in a “give back” cycle within the community. Enthusiasm grew as Mayview volunteer L. Joy Yodersmith organized her church community group to do a work day and donate money for tools. Because of the gardening efforts, Operation Front Line has been able to add container gardening to their nutrition and healthy cooking curriculum, providing yet another opportunity to talk to kids about where food comes from and how to plant a garden themselves. The children receive containers, soil and lettuce seeds to take home. Nutrition Coordinator Amanda Soltes explains that they use lettuce because it comes up quickly, so the children get excited and are more apt to take care of it.

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hope tastes great Plant a seed towards eradicating hunger by attending the 16th Annual Taste of Hope event which will be held on January 17, 2010. This year’s hosts are the Chefs of North Hills and the Renaissance Hotel. Participating restaurants include Mura, Midtown & Bar 115, Bonefish Grill, Renaissance Hotel, and Vivace/Coquette Brasserie. The festive evening begins with a cocktail hour, followed by a six-course wine-paired meal, with each course created by a celebrity chef. A live and silent auction and raffle will cap off the night. Proceeds from this elegant and exclusive event benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

OWNERSHIP “A little child shall lead them” is defi nitely true at the Community Gardens. Soltes says that fi rst the kids get interested in what’s going on, and then the parents get excited. “It took a little time,” she says, “but residents have begun to take ownership of the gardens, becoming more involved in the decision-making processes and volunteering to be on committees.” She introduced us to one of the mothers in the community, Georgia Harris; her children became involved before she did. “The kids love it down there,” says Georgia. “Every time my son Michael sees Amanda’s red car pull into the driveway, he fl ies right down to the garden. It has been an EXPERIENCE for them!” Georgia has become just as enthused as her children, and recently volunteered to be on the planning committee. “What I want to see done is for the elderly to have fresh stuff,” she says. “I’m so glad we have the garden and I want to see it expand. It’s gonna’ happen, too!” THE REWARDS Butler says the most satisfying aspect of his job is seeing the expressions on kids’ faces when they get out there and get their hands in the dirt for the fi rst time. “I’ll never forget this one young lady,” he recalls. “A real princess, she had brand new tennis shoes and did not want to get those things dirty. I showed her how to hammer boards for raised beds and she spent the whole afternoon wailing away with that hammer and having a good time! Kids just have a blast.” More community gardens will be planted this spring, but you don’t have to wait until then to get involved; there’s work going on even in January and February. Sun and his volunteers have plans to build a tool shed, and a vermiculture composting operation, plus they’ll be starting transplants for the spring season. Come on out and help – a little dirt never hurt anybody!

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talk of the town

HERE IS WHAT’S HAPPENING

around town

Midtown’s family continues to grow! With our current publications Pinehurst Magazine Magazine, Cary Living and Southern Weddings we are happy to announce a new addition: Premier Baby & Child! The goal with each and every publication is to provide interesting stories about the unique people and issues in our community. We hope to be able to do this as well with Baby & Child! Look for it to hit stands Summer 2010!

Food Shuttle! More than 200 donations were made in four hours! Between 2,000 and 3,000 lbs of food was collected, including a surplus of fresh produce – potatoes, onions, apples, bananas and carrots…not to mention about 50 turkeys! Also, a raffle for a $2,500 spa gift card was held for all the donors. Lori Laccasane and her husband Lil, owners of Saint-Jacques Restaurant, were the winners.

Wedding bells are ringing at Midtown Magazine! We are excited to announce that Sarah Oglesby is engaged to college sweetheart Joe Dolan. The couple will tie the knot in June!

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coming up in the next

Spring Fashion

Get a first look at what Midtown’s best dressed women will be wearing this spring. Midtown Magazine’s spring fashion guide showcases the hottest looks from Midtown boutiques and beyond. Fixtures

You’ve heard it said “It’s all in the details,” and that’s exactly right when it comes to drawer pulls, door knobs, faucets and light fixtures. We’ll show you how to choose the right fixtures for your home. Relaxation & Rejuvenation

There are more spas than ever before – how do you choose the right one for you? We’ll take you inside the area’s best spas and show you their specialities. Across the State: Golf

North Carolina, “The home of golf,” has some of the country’s best courses. We’ll show you some of the area’s top-ranked courses so you can plan your next golf getaway. Wine Review | Chef Mario | Bain’s Beat Calendar of Events | Midtown Mingles Talk of the Town | Healthy You | and much more!

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Enjoying the Golden Years New communities put a smile on the face of retirement. By Dan Bain

It’s ironic, but one of the most important decisions in a lifetime is often delayed, glossed over or even ignored altogether. It can be difficult for a senior and/or their family members to discuss relocation to a retirement community, but it doesn’t have to be – at least not anymore. Today’s retirement communities are nothing like the gloomy nursing facilities that many remember from decades ago. Brad Breeding, president of Triangle-based Carolina Continuing Care Consultants, notes several factors that have changed the face of retirement communities. First, baby boomers are beginning to retire, promising to significantly expand the size of the retirement population during the next two decades. Additionally, he says, medical breakthroughs are increasing life expectancies and pointing to a potential need for more long-term care. Lastly, he adds, today’s typical retirement lifestyle is more active than it was, and is viewed more as a transition to a life of flexibility and independence. “Many of the communities today are developed with these things in mind,” Breeding explains, “so a person has the opportunity to remain totally independent and active, while also having the assurance that as their needs change, the appropriate level of care will be provided.” This idea of changing needs has helped create demand for one type of community in particular, says Breeding – the continuing care retirement community (CCRC), which offers activities for healthy seniors, plus a continuum of care for their eventual declines in health and independence. The CCRC is the primary focus of Carolina Continuing Care Consultants, which helps seniors choose the right one, personally and financially. Breeding says typically, prospective CCCR residents are required to still be independent when they join the community, and may not be considered if they are already in need of assisted living or nursing care. He also warns that many CCRCs have waiting lists, and that seniors should choose their communities ahead of time. “Choosing a CCRC is a very significant lifestyle and financial decision,” Breeding says. “We often talk about a four-part process involving aspects of lifestyle preferences, contract and fee specifications, the financial stability of the community and, ultimately, health care. It is important to take an in-depth look at all four aspects before making a final choice.”

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Brad Breeding & Trent Pierce of Carolina Continuing Care Consultants discuss different retirement communities.

The CCRC, though, is not the only option in retirement communities, and sometimes it’s not the right one. Some seniors might want only a community with meals and services, but not assisted living or health care. In those cases, an independent living community is the best bet. In other cases, residents might require assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating and/or managing medications. They’re looking for assisted living residences. Lastly, a senior who needs around-the-clock nursing and/or medical care should consider a skilled nursing facility, or nursing home. Fortunately, our region abounds in all of the above. The Cardinal At North Hills Scheduled to open in 2011, The Cardinal at North Hills is a CCRC in the new North Hills expansion. Developers feel its location alone will make it a great draw. “The Cardinal will integrate senior living within a vibrant, urban, multi-generational and pedestrian-friendly community that enhances residents’ well-being and active lifestyle,” says Martha Grove Hipskind, director of senior living for Kane Realty Corporation. Unique to The Cardinal is a partnership with Duke University Health System. Not only is Duke Raleigh Hospital a stoplight away, Duke is providing customized health and wellness services within the community. Duke physicians will staff the onsite primary care

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The main building at Magnolia Glen houses 208 apartments and numerous amenities.

clinic in addition to providing personal liaisons to coordinate hospital appointments. The community’s 20,000-square-foot Duke Center for Living will offer a state-of-the-art fitness center, track and indoor pool. Additionally, Duke University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will offer continuing education and healthy living courses, social events, lectures and excursions. The Cardinal will have 202 independent living units and 60 assisted living and skilled nursing beds, including memory care units. Other amenities will include a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse, underground parking, multiple dining venues, concierge services, maintenance and housekeeping services, all utilities, a $400 monthly/accumulating dining allowance and a $100 monthly gift card to North Hills. Another feature of The Cardinal is its shared appreciation entrance fee. Should they move, residents are guaranteed to receive 90 percent of their original entrance fee, regardless of market fluctuations. This builds a shield against a potential decline in property value, but additionally, residents receive 50 percent of any increase that might have taken place in their property value. Hipskind stresses that The Cardinal is like a resort with all the comforts of home, thanks to its location and lifestyle. “The Cardinal is distinctive from other full-service retirement communities because it is located within a vibrant neighborhood that combines the convenience of an urban, walkable lifestyle with a community that includes people from all ages and lifestyles. This is a place where family and friends will like to visit,” she says. “Residents focus on living life to the fullest with family and friends, while Cardinal staff members attend to the day-to-day details.” Magnolia Glen Just north of Glenwood on Creedmoor, Magnolia Glen is an independent living and licensed assisted living community that rents its units rather than selling them. Sarah Suite, sales director, says this arrangement provides their residents with flexibility in the event their situation or health status changes and they need to make a transition. “One of the benefits of a rental model is that it is not a true financial commitment; you’re not bound by more than a 30-day notice,” Suite explains. “You get the relief of a mindset of not having to live a specific time frame to get the value out of your decision.” The 12-acre facility, which backs up to Brookhaven Nature Park, houses 208 apartments and 20 cottages. Services and amenities include housekeeping and laundry, a library, a heated indoor pool, restaurant-style dining, a beauty salon, a computer center, recreation rooms and walking 94 | midtownmag.com

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trails. Suite says the facility’s large common areas allow ample space for multiple programs, many of which are developed by the residents themselves. “We have a very active choral group of 30 members who perform here as well as at other places in the community,” she says. “There are a lot of residentled programs, and it’s just neat to see someone move in and really flourish, take advantage of their own strengths. There are book clubs organized by residents and there’s a program called ‘Music Memories’ held every Monday evening by one of our residents. He has an incredible collection of music and he focuses on one genre each week. I’ve seen 30 people sit there, listen and discuss the significance of the genre.” Suite believes the residents stay engaged partly as a result of Magnolia Glen’s “Art of Living Well” culture, which views wellness as a combination of mind, body and spirit – and aims to nourish that wellness via the programs and relationships available

Residents of The Cardinal at North Hills will enjoy the community’s location in the new North Hills expansion.

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Morningside offers assisted living and a licensed dementia unit for Alzheimer’s care.

in the community. She says seniors often regain a sense of vitality in retirement, thanks to letting someone else take over the chores. “An industry professional once made a comment to me that made so much sense – when you look at all the time you spend maintaining your home and running the necessary errands it takes to keep up your landscaping, home, etc., and instead invest that time into yourself and enjoying life, your mindset on retirement changes,” she relates. “It’s a shift in priorities, allowing you to take back the many things/ hobbies/pastimes you used to enjoy doing and/or want to do, and now letting someone else take over those other necessary functions; it’s time to enjoy this chapter of your life for yourself.” Morningside An assisted living facility with a licensed dementia unit for the care of Alzheimer’s patients, Morningside has 88 apartments on Dixie Trail. The facility offers a library, fun room, television room/snack bar, common fireplaces, dining room, DVD library, in-house physician services, therapy program and a Nintendo Wii. Executive Director Debbie Hart says the latter is popular among residents and a great way to allow wheelchair-bound seniors to participate on the same level as other residents. Hart says Morningside has a strong management team with an RN on staff as director of nursing services and a licensed nurse on duty seven days a week. What really sets the facility apart is its practice of Montessori-based resident care, a program that won a national award in 2008 from the Assisted Living Federation of America. Under Montessori principles, says Hart, “We determine what each resident can do rather than what they can’t do, then develop activities to try to trigger and stimulate positive memories that improve their self-worth, etc. We employ therapeutic specialists to work with our residents and make sure their care programs are individualized to meet their needs at their level of dementia.” As an example, Hart points to a resident who used to be a professor of art, has written several books and has been a prolific painter and collector of art. As a mid-stage Alzheimer’s patient, she can’t remember basic things such as the day of the week or why she’s in a confined space, but she still has her long-term memories. Hart says Alzheimer’s victims tend to lose their most recent memories first, so the patient draws upon her considerable reserve of memories from her past career, and thrives by teaching art classes to other residents. “We try to tap into the former lives of residents and format it for what they want to do now,” Hart explains. “It’s a really terrific, interesting program and I’m always so amazed at the things that residents can do. We used to see only group activities in senior living environments, where everyone would sit in a circle and play balloon volleyball. Now we do things completely differently, and it’s shown positive results. Gone are the days of dark, sad-looking places for people with dementia.” Hart says Morningside has the luxury of developing individualized care plans for all of their assisted living residents, meeting their needs discreetly and presenting a recreational face to the facility as opposed to a clinical one. “It’s true, no one looks forward to growing old and needing senior care, but it’s hard to dislike Morningside,” she gushes.

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Residents of Springmoor pay a refundable entry fee rather than purchasing their homes.

Springmoor With 42 acres, 400 independent living residences, 191 assisted living/ skilled nursing spots and 25 years of history, Springmoor carries numbers that speak for themselves. The CCRC is located on Sawmill Road near Creedmoor, within walking distance of Stonehenge Shopping Center and close to Crabtree Valley Mall, the Beltline and I-540. Marketing Coordinator Kathleen Loescher says residents pay an up-front Residence and Care Fee, but don’t actually purchase their homes. “They are also responsible for a monthly service fee that covers all their utilities, a month’s worth of meals in the dining room, and up to 30 ‘free’ days in our Stewart Health Center for nursing care, should they need it. If not, they may carry a balance of up to 90 ‘free’ days,” Loescher says. “We offer three refund plans with the entry fee, ranging from no refund to 50 percent to 100 percent of the initial amount paid back to the resident – or more than likely, their estate – when their contract is terminated in the future.” Residents receive weekly housekeeping service and have access to two dining areas, a library, a post office, a Wachovia banking branch, hairstyling shops, a convenience store, exercise rooms, a pool, a putting green, a fullrange wellness program with a variety of classes and an onsite outpatient clinic staffed with physicians from Raleigh Medical Group. In the fall, the facility celebrated its 25th anniversary with a party serving more than 100 cakes baked by residents and staff, plus a black tie dinner and other events such as a street fair, the commissioning of a piece of stained glass, a biker fair, a food-packaging event for Stop Hunger Now (resulting in 30,000 meals for the needy) and the grand opening of a new lobby, cafe, lounge and dining room. “We’ve been busy this year!” Loescher exclaims.

If these things sound like fun, Loescher hopes it will inspire potential retirees to plan ahead. “Educate yourself before the time is right for a move,” she urges. “If you decide a CCRC like Springmoor is right for you, move while you are still able to enjoy it. That is the most important thing. We see way too often that people wait too long to start looking into a CCRC. It’s so easy for people to brush it off because they are getting by and doing fine in their own homes, but if you wait too long and health issues do come up, then you’ve missed out on all the great things that a retirement community like Springmoor has to offer.” If there’s one overwhelming message from the communities and coordinators in this area, that’s it – make your plans now. Over the last few decades, retirement communities have embraced the new model of flexibility and recreation. If you let past stereotypes prevent you from even discussing the concept, it’s possible you’ll miss out on it entirely. You’ve worked all your life for this; why not enjoy what you’ve earned?

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north carolina

SPAS There’s one that’s just right for your New Year renewal! BY SUSAN ELY

Have you been listening to that drill sergeant in your head? You know; the one who shows up the first day of the year determined to whip your butt (literally and figuratively) into shape? “Lose that weight! Re-organize those cupboards! Stop procrastinating! Write that book!” Ok, maybe that one’s just me. Sheez! You’d think a little R & R might be in order right about now, but heck no, this guy is merciless. I’d rather crawl back in bed than face him, wouldn’t you? I’ve been doin’ the work, dude – show me some love! What if we were just a tad nicer to ourselves? This got me thinking that a spa getaway is a lot more inspirational way to start off the year! January is the perfect time to indulge in a little self pampering and lucky for us, North Carolina has some of the top-rated spas in the nation. From the mountains to the coast, their offerings are just as diverse as their locations.

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pinehurst resort and spa PINEHURST RESORT AND SPA A quote from Thoreau greets visitors as they enter the warm wood lobby at Pinehurst Resort Spa: “Strange that so few ever come to the woods to see how the pine lives and grows and spires, lifting its evergreen arms to the light, to see its perfect success.” After a luxurious day at this four-star rated facility, I understood the message: be present. The essence of the Pinehurst experience is to be fully immersed in the Deep South, through treatments and services that reflect the essence of the Sandhills. A team of spa experts, landscape architects, botanists, chemists and historians was assembled to help the Spa reflect the essence of Pinehurst. The result recreates the scents of Pinehurst with products inspired by natural materials from the region. Body treatments include the invigorating Pine Salt Scrub and Sculpting Clay Wrap from clay harvested in nearby Seagrove; the Carolina Peach Nourisher is a customized peach and pecan scrub, followed by an application of luxurious peach-scented shea and mango butter that leaves the skin calm, soothed and hydrated. The area’s natural aromas of holly berry, pine and peach are incorporated into both facial and nail treatments to relax, invigorate and soothe. The most popular treatment offered is the Hot Stone Massage followed by the Magnolia Facial. There are over 50 services available in the 31,000square-foot facility, and all of them give you passage rites to all-day use of the “tranquility area” which includes whirlpools, steam room, sauna, quiet areas, lap pool, showers and dressing rooms. Even if a manicure and pedicure are not part of your treatment selections, you’ll be waited on hand and foot by Pinehurst’s caring and attentive staff. The easy 69 mile drive is perfect for a day trip from the Triangle, but trust us, you won’t want to leave, and given the great mid-winter get away packages, you don’t have to. www.pinehurst.com • 800.487.4653 SANDERLING Imagine being totally spoiled in a totally unspoiled setting and you’ll begin to capture the essence of the Spa at The Sanderling Resort. Serenity is the key word at this luxurious destination, located on one of the thinnest ribbons of land on the Outer Banks. It offers guests the best of both worlds. The tranquility of the Currituck Sound and the mesmerizing rolling of waves on the Atlantic side. You won’t have to wait for your treatment to begin relaxing and unwinding; the healing beauty

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of the unique natural environment and secluded ocean beaches begin to work their transforming magic as soon as you turn into the property, located just five miles from the quaint village of Duck. Both the architecture and the signature spa treatments are inspired by the natural resources of this coastal environment and have a local flair – a pairing that lends an immediate sense of place to guests who arrive from all over the world. The Sea of Life Facial pampers and immediately renews the health and beauty of your skin. Incorporating a breathtaking facial massage with seashells and therapeutic ocean sounds, the treatment accelerates your skin toward balance and glow. Eighty minutes of pure bliss. Achieve total relaxation with the Serenity Ritual: two therapists work in tandem in the exclusive hydrotherapy room. This ritual includes a facial cleansing, massage and masque; sea salt glow scrub; glacial clay and seaweed mud wrap; scalp treatment; Scotch hose massage and Vichy rain shower. The spa also carries a signature line of custom blended products made from the highly aromatic and indigenous Russian olive bush. A variety of get away specials are available, but for post-holiday syndrome we like the Best Sellers with Best Cellars offering, which includes a bottle of wine nightly, choice of 50-minute spa treatment and selected book from the New York Times “Best Sellers” list. Now that’s what we call relaxing. www.thesanderling.com • 252.261.7744 OLD EDWARDS INN Some say the mountains in the Highlands area have a healing energy all their own – toss in a Mobil 4-star rating, a listing on the National Registry of Historic Places, Old World charm, views of downtown Highlands, mountain vistas, nearby waterfalls and wooded forests and we’re talking a lot of energy – and that’s before we even mention the spa. We’re referring to The Spa at Old Edwards Inn, dedicated to nourishing body, mind and spirit. The spa is a 25,000-square foot space nestled in the heart of the Inn, and every inch of it is devoted to detail; from the heated limestone floors (both inside and on the outdoor spa terrace) to the sequestered nap room, it’s all designed for maximum relaxation. European style amenities include rainfall showers, a solarium, 12head Swiss showers, a relaxing fireside lounge and the pride of the spa – an outdoor heated mineral pool and cave-enclosed whirlpool. 100 | midtownmag.com

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Two therapies are sure to give you a Highland High: Sweet Mountain Metamorphosis ~ This signature treatment will make you believe you’re in a meadow: First, a sweet-smelling, exfoliating body scrub of crushed lavender, chamomile, rosemary and peppermint is applied to the skin to create a delicate glow. The Metamorphosis massage incorporates ten modalities from around the world, and is guaranteed to lull you into a deep surrender. A soothing application of hydrating body cream precedes the final cocooning of your body. You will emerge from the cocoon transformed! Rainforest Rejuvenation Room ~ In the exotic, ornately-tiled steam chamber you will embark on a journey of aroma and color-light therapy. Cleansing scrubs and detoxifying mud are presented to you in order to perform a ceremony that includes self-application to produce glowing skin. The rainforest room produces intermittent steam and a rain-shower rinse with pulse-point water massage. www.oldedwardsinn.com • 866.526.8008 WESTGLOW RESORT AND SPA When artist and writer Elliott Daingerfield built his Greek Revival mansion near Blowing Rock in 1917, he named it “Westglow” based on his observation that “the sunsets are always glowing, never glaring.” Now a top-rated luxury destination spa offering leisure, recreation and rejuvenation, the name is more appropriate than ever. The holistic approach and three-to-one staff-to-guest ratio of this European-style spa will leave you glowing as well. As an overnight spa retreat, guests have the choice of staying in the elegant, historic mansion, or for a more secluded getaway you can opt for nearby Cedar Lodge – three units, each with its own deep-well Jacuzzi tub, fireplace and private deck.

old edwards inn The Life Enrichment Center houses the latest in luxury health spa facilities, combining the amenities of a luxury spa with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Educational and motivational programs, along with a healthy dose of relaxation, are employed with the goal of helping guests extend the benefits of their spa vacation long after the weekend retreat. Spa offerings are divided into three primary areas – Nutrition and Diet Services, Wellness Services and Wellness Programs. Only the highest quality products are used for body treatments, massages and facials. Expect to see product lines like Decleor, Dr. Hauschka and Jane Iredale, all available for purchase at the spa boutique so you can enjoy them at home as well. The signature Soul of the Rose body treatment uses Dr. Hauschka products to exfoliate, soften and tone before concluding with a full body massage. Raindrop Therapy, a thera-

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westglow resort and spa peutic technique of dropping oils directly onto the spine from a height of six inches above the body, creates the sensation of warm raindrops falling onto the skin. The crisp mountain air, the comfort and elegance of the house and grounds and the expert and attentive staff all help to create an atmosphere where guests can unwind and revive both their bodies and their spirits. www.westglowresortandspa.com • 800.562.0807 BALL ANTYNE RESORT Located in the heart of Charlotte, Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge is known to some as the ideal location for a business meeting; to others, it conjures up memories of a great golf game. To those who are really in the know, it epitomizes the ultimate in spa getaways: Total relaxation and renewal in a setting of true Southern hospitality. The inspiration behind the spa experience at this world-class retreat is rooted in Charlotte’s rich history, with treatments and services that celebrate tradition with innovative methods designed to provide a personal wellness experience. Indulge in the sensual Dance of the Butterfly Facial Massage, a treatment based on a Native American dance, or pamper your skin with a DiVine Facial, manicure or pedicure; Tokay and champagne grapes soften and hydrate skin while giving a nod to North Carolina’s history of winemaking. Currituck County blueberries are represented in the spa menu with a Blueberry Facial that promises to calm and hydrate even the most sensitive skin. This time of year, water babies will enjoy a dip in the heated indoor grotto pool – or perhaps a bubble bath in a tub full of rose petals is more your style. The eucalyptus-infused steam room is the ultimate way to de-stress. The Create Your Own North Carolina Daylong Getaway Experience allows guests to customize their own package. Start with your choice of a 50minute Elemental Aromatherapy, a Signature Dance of the Butterfly Massage, or a Customized Therapeutic Massage. Then choose from a Blueberry Sensitive Skin Facial or Divine Wine Facial. Have lunch, and then finish with a Green Apples and Pear Manicure and Pedicure to complete your day of relaxation. We’re not the only ones who think Ballantyne is a shining star; Mobil Travel Guide lauded them with several four-star awards for lodging, dining and of course, the Spa. www.theballantynehotel.com • 704-248-4141

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The Path to Enlightenment For 40 years, Project Enlightenment’s mission has been simple and straightforward, while its reach has been extensive. By ILLYSE LANE

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hen Raleigh resident Anne Cooper first became a mother, she wanted to do the best job possible. So she and her husband began taking classes at Project Enlightenment soon after the birth of their first daughter. “We found the workshops were taught in a way that was manageable and encouraging,” says Cooper. “There was always one thing that you were going to try this week.” The techniques they were taught gave both her and her husband more confidence as parents. By the time her children were preschool age, Cooper was so sold on Project Enlightenment she enrolled them in the Demonstration Preschool. And now, she sits on the board of the Project Enlightenment Foundation.

Cooper’s experience is just one example of why Project Enlightenment is able to celebrate 40 years. As one of the treasures of Wake County’s Public School System, Project Enlightenment was born in 1969 with a mission to provide early childhood education and intervention programs to teachers and parents of young children across the county. Located in the Boylan Heights section of downtown, Project Enlightenment offers an array of child-centered services for children ages birth through kindergarten that range from books to counseling, education and screening. It makes it easy for parents to work alone through their own motivation or in tandem with their child’s teacher, pediatrician or caregiver to provide a solid foundation, all with the

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goal of ensuring future success in school to the best of the child’s potential. While Project Enlightenment does provide two preschool classrooms and first step screenings to identify potential developmental delays, the majority of services are directed towards parents and teachers. “We believe that parents and teachers hold the keys to success for developing children.” says Dr. Cynthia Chamblee, Director of Project Enlightenment. “We want to reach out to adults who touch the lives of young children.” And judging from the numbers, Project Enligtenment has done a tremendous job. Over 130,000 books have been collected and redistributed to families and schools within the community over a ten-year period through the annual “On the Road to Reading “ book drive, which supports Project Enlightenment’s ongoing efforts to promote early literacy. Last year, an estimated 500 teachers participated in guided observations of the Demonstration Preschool, a classroom intentionally set up with a diverse selection of children – half of whom are recommended, and half of whom are chosen through an application process – to reflect the kind of classroom a teacher and student may have upon entering elementary school. The expansive Parent Teacher Resource Center (PTRC) opened its doors in 1981 through a collaboration between Project Enlightenment and the Junior League of Raleigh offering 9,000 periodicals geared toward both parents and teachers. Regardless of what you’re searching for – whether it’s information on potty training or autism – you’ll find it in the PTRC.

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Mary Copeland Cain, now a teenager, helps collect books at the first “On the Road to Reading” book drive, ten years ago.

As the director for Millbrook United Methodist Preschool, Vivian Brendle appreciates the value that Project Enlightenment brings to her school. “We use the resource center and library for reference materials, creative ideas, and staff development,” says Brendle. They’re also fans of the production area, a section of the resource center that includes materials for making activities and educational games, and have taken advantage of the many workshops available to them as professionals. Project Enlightenment also offers workshops to parents. Like so many teachers in our community, one area that Brendle has found useful is Developmental Screening. This is when early intervention truly comes into play, as screenings can be requested through any number of channels, including a pediatrician, a daycare provider, a preschool teacher or even the parents themselves. “In some cases we help the parent request a screening to determine if a child needs additional educational services such as speech, physical or occupational therapy, ” says Brendle. Teachers can also request a teacher/parent consultant who visits the childcare center to observe, offer suggestions or refer to community resources for more intervention. And this is exactly the type of teamwork that thrills Chamblee. “One goal is to work with Preschool Special Education services to identify three – to five-year olds who may have special needs and get them services early in life.” says Chamblee. “Early intervention during the

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Take a glimpse into the Parent Teacher Resource Center, with books on display, tables ready for you to sit, read & learn and activities set up & ready to go.

first six years is so important. If we can reach them early, they are more likely to be successful later on.” Additionally, Project Enlightenment reaches out to parents who truly need support through social workers and psychologists. And parents welcome the more relaxed, less clinical feel. “Project Enlightenment has a warm and fuzzy atmosphere,” says Copie Cain, a Midtown mother of two, long-time Project Enlightenment volunteer and now board member of the Project Enlightenment Foundation. “The feel encourages parents to come in, see how they can get help, and get to know what other people are doing.” Three years ago, in an effort to ensure that Project Enlightenment is able to stay true to its mission, the Project Enlightenment Foundation was formed. And interestingly enough, many of the board members are parents who have worked with Project Enlightenment when their children were young. “Project Enlightenment is such an incredible resource for our community and a role model for other school systems in our state. It offers support to all the people who help our children prepare for the start of school and the start of success throughout their lifetime,” says Cain. And we can get on our own path to enlightenment by taking advantage of this wonderful resource, right here in our community. The services mentioned here are just a sampling of the many that Project Enlightenment offers. There are many more, such as Parent as Teachers, TALKline, the Supporting School Readiness program, and the On the Reading Annual Children’s Book Drive. Project Enlightenment is open to the public. Please visit the website, http://www.projectenlightenment. wcpss.net/ for more information.

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HUNGRY FOR SOMETHING NEW? Ready Your Belly for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours By susan ely

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Joe Philipose, owner of Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours, Sarig Agasi of Zely and Ritz and Susan Ely.

he Triangle receives lots of accolades for its food scene these days; from taquerias to tapas, diners have so many options that choosing where to eat on a Friday night can be a daunting task. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easier way to sample all that the area has to offer? There is, thanks to Joe Philipose and Lesley Stracks-Mullem, co-owners of Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours. Whether you’re new to the area and want an overview of the food scene, or a native that’s gotten stuck in a favorite restaurant rut, these two “entrepreneurs of everything edible” host tours that will introduce you to the restaurants, shops and chefs that have put the Triangle on the Foodie map. Raleigh offerings include a Downtown Walking Tour, a “Brews Cruise,” Tapas Crawl,

Chocolate Tour and Ladies Night Out, as well as custom tours. Branch out to Durham and Chapel Hill with a BBQ tour, or a market, farm or taqueria tour. From Down Home Southern to Sweet Indulgences, Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours are a unique way to spend an afternoon or evening. Come along with us as we experience a behind-the-scenes look at just how tasty a treat our town really is! THE PREP: First stop: Dos Taquitos Centro. As I sipped on a traditional Mexican beverage of hibiscus infused water, Mullem explained how she and Philipose came up with the vision for their company. The story began in October ’08 when she took her By Christa Galawhirlwind resvisiting family on a self-designed taurant tour, and ended up loving the planning

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The tasty hibiscus beverage at Dos Taquitos Centro may be ordered with or without tequila.

as much as she did the tour itself. She began to wonder if there was a market for food tours and made a visit to Toast in Durham to ask owner Kelli Cotter what she thought of the idea. Cotter told her she wasn’t the first to ask her about it and promptly introduced her to Philipose, an “unapologetic food junkie” with a mild obsession for finding local hangouts and new food trends. The two spent the next several months talking to chefs and restaurant owners, constructing a website and running test tours. The company was officially launched on March 18 of 2009. Their research had led them to believe that the majority of tour goers would be foodies, but Philipose says that is absolutely not the case. “Foodies think they already know everything,” he says, explaining that their customers are a 50-50 mix of people from the surrounding area and locals entertaining out-of-town family and friends. Our tour was typical, made up of two couples celebrating anniversaries, (one with their out-of-town parents) a couple who were newcomers to Raleigh and a gentleman from VA who was scoping out the culinary scene while his wife took an art class. THE ITINERARY: There were a total of eight stops on our afternoon tour; at Dos Taquitos, we learned that the restaurant focuses on local and organic foods for their Oaxaca-based cuisine and that the tasty hibiscus beverage we sampled can be ordered with a generous splash of Tequila. Either way, it’s a great accompaniment to the Steak Taco, spiked with cilantro vinaigrette. A short walk and we reached the Irish pub Tir Na Nog, which means “Land of Eternal Youth.” Chef Brian O’Hara delighted us all with his Curried Shrimp on a Sweet Potato Biscuit, served with flash fried collards. After sampling “The Trinity,” a trio of black, blonde and red ales, I admit I was feeling pretty spry. We took the R-Line to our next stop at 18 Seaboard. Chef Jason Smith wowed us with his Fried Green Tomato Appetizer, and with stories of his stints at Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Café and how he came to cook for 1,300 diners a day in Antarctica.

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Tir Na Nog - the “Land of Eternal Youth”

Cupcakes are the perfect personal dessert at the Cupcake Shoppe (top). Escazu chocolates are as complex as a glass of fine red wine and just as satisfying (bottom).

We were running a little late so rather than linger at the Cupcake Shoppe (trust me, we wanted to) we scarfed down our Pumpkin Cupcakes and ducked into Zely and Ritz, where my old friend, Sarig Agasi, fed us slices of his earthy grilled pizza and told us about his partnership with Richard Holcomb of Coon Rock Farm and about the pride he takes in serving dishes made from ingredients grown at the farm. Down the street at Escazu, coowner Hallot Parson explained how he sources and roasts the beans for the shop’s extraordinary chocolate bars and confections. As we nibbled on samples, he described the various chocolates in terms similar to wine – earthy, fruity, woodsy, etc. All I could think of was how great a glass of red would taste with that chocolate, so I bought a sampling, including a Rosemary Bacon Truffle. It might sound strange, but it was an epiphany. Two more stops – The Mint and Foundation. At The Mint, the site of the old Raleigh Savings and Loan, we were treated to Chef Howard’s Salad with Asian pear, red grapes, sobe noodles, and apricot jalapeno vinaigrette and were surprised to learn that the fine dining establishment offers a $30 threecourse pre-fixe menu. Almost makes you feel like you’re robbing a bank!

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The super-glitzy bar at the Mint.

Finally – Foundation. Opened in March, it’s already “unofficially” known as the Best Bar in Raleigh. Located below the Raleigh Repertory Theater, the cozy bar was literally dug out by hand and built by local craftsman using local materials. What I loved about Foundation? Everything, especially the local emphasis: whenever possible, the products served are selected to represent the best local offerings from nearby sources. Many ingredients are made in-house, like the pecan liqueur in the Praline Shake as well as all the sodas. Tip: order anything made with Foundation’s ginger ale.

This bar may be underground, but the drinks are over the top!

NEW FOOD, NEW FRIENDS Although the tour was over, a few of us lingered at the bar, unwilling for the afternoon to end. As I made my way to my car, stuffed and happy, I thought about something Joe Philipose had said: “I’ve made some dear friends on the tours. It’s a wonderful thing to do something you love, meet people you like and have a good time all at once.” I agree, Joe. Note to editor: I love my job.

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Members of Sadiki Young’s family gather with Alex Krisulewicz at the Run for Young.

Faces Behind the Races: Winter Edition Baby it’s cold outside. At least that’s what the song says. And with that chill in the air, you may find it hard to get out and get moving. But you should. Because the recently expanded Second Empire Grand Prix Race Series kicks off this month. And it’s better than ever. By ILLYSE LANE

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This issue, we talked with the faces behind the first three races in the series. They remind us that our youth can lead, circumstances are never limiting and all athletes benefit from competition. Run For Young Benefiting the Wakefield High School Just Think First Program and the Christ Church Youth Endowment Fund Saturday, January 9th www.sportoften.com Two years ago, one look through a window at Christ Episcopal Church down onto a jammed packed Edenton Street made Alex Krisulewicz Byunderestimated. Christa Gala realize he had Over 600 participants – double what he had anticipated – filled the street, ready to run the inaugural Run For Young. Not a bad accomplishment for a

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The youth in the community were instrumental in organizing and executing the Run for Young.

first-time run. And a pretty awesome accomplishment for the then fifteen-year-old race chairman. Alex had spent the nine previous months working with the rest of the youth at Christ Church creating and planning the Run For Young. The idea for the event was born after Sadiki Young, an acolyte of the church and a senior at Wakefield High School, was tragically killed as a passenger in a drunk driving accident on January 14th, 2007. “I didn’t know Sadiki well; he was one of the older guys on the acolyte team,” said Alex. “ But when we found out he was gone, we felt moved to do something. With the support of Liz Stroff, Director of Youth Ministries, various church members, community leaders and Sadiki’s family, Alex took on the leadership role for the race. It was such a large undertaking it became the focus of his sophomore project at Broughton High School. Proceeds from the third annual race will go towards the Christ Church Youth Endowment Fund, set up in Sadiki’s memory by his family and the Wakefield High School Just Think First Program, a program dedicated to raising awareness among teen drivers while helping them realize, visualize, and understand the importance of their choices when driving or riding in a car. “For the church and the community, this race presented an opportunity to open up dialogue about positive lifestyle choices and about looking ahead.” says Betsy Zarzour, Race Director. “What made it so special is that it was led by our youth. They wanted to make the race an intentional day of remembering Sadiki and remembering each other; remembering that every second counts and every choice you make has an impact.” This spring, Alex will be graduating and will pass his responsibility to someone else. Besides the success of tremendous participation, community support and a good grade on his project, the most special outcome has been the plaque he received from Dr. Rosemarie Newman, Sadiki’s mother. “When Dr. Newman presented the plaque to Alex, she spoke of him passing the light of Sadiki on through this event,” says Alex’s mother, Debbie. And those who were privileged to know Sadiki remember that his memory is the foundation of the race.

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Run for the Roses Benefiting Carolina Canines for Veterans Sunday, February 7th http://ncroadrunners.org It’s been run through extreme weather. Benefited various causes. And this February, the oldest continually run 5K in the area will celebrate 30 years. It will also begin a new relationship, as proceeds from the race will benefit the Carolina Canines for Veterans, a program that provides wounded veterans with quality trained service dogs. The program is unique, for it is the only program in the area that uses military prisoners at Camp Lejeune as handlers to train dogs that will eventually be placed with veterans in need. Through instruction provided by Carolina Canines for Service, the prisoners have responsibility for all needs of the dog, including care, feeding and training. “This program is a triple win. It benefits the shelter and rescue dogs that may be destined for euthanasia; it benefits the wounded veterans by providing them with a right hand or right leg; it benefits the prisoners by allowing them to learn a new skill and teach caring,” says Pat Hairston, Executive Assistant and Grant Writer. Tremendous effort is taken to make sure that a veteran in need is placed with the ideal match. When the perfect dog is found, the veteran will come into town for seven days, where he or she will spend up to ten hours a day working with the handler. By the time the veteran is ready to take the dog home, the animal will be trained to meet his specific needs. These may include opening doors, turning on and off lights, loading washing machines, unloading a dryer, pulling a manual wheelchair and retrieving dropped items – even those as small as an earring backing. And for these men and women who have fought for our country, what a wonderful gift.

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Service dogs from Carolina Canines for Service enable our veterans to meet all of their needs.

2010 Law Enforcement Torch Run 5K Benefiting Special Olympics North Carolina Saturday, February 20th www.ncstate5K.com If you should get hot while running the second annual Torch Run, never fear. You can walk over to the sixth annual Polar Plunge and take a dip in the lake located on Centennial Campus. Both events, hosted by the NC State University Campus Police and marketed together as the Run n’ Plunge, raise funds for the Special Olympics North Carolina. The games are hosted throughout the Triangle every summer, with 1500 athletes and 400 coaches participating. The 5K run was started two years ago as organizers of the Polar Plunge realized that many of the spectators were active and interested in doing something, just not running into freezing cold water. “With the addition of the 5k we have brought the community, especially the NC State community, together,” says Race Director Olivia Laney, who is also Senior Vice President of

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Tracy Baird proudly leads costumed participants during the Polar Plunge portion of the Torch Run.

Finance and Resource Development for the Special Olympics North Carolina. And if taking a dip into icy water is not your thing, never fear. You can grab a hot chocolate while watching Tracy Baird, an accomplished Special Olympic athlete, lead the crowd of mostly costumed individuals as she makes the trek to the lake, holding a gold plunger high to the sky. Tracy has been a Special Olympics athlete for years, competing in swimming. “We first came out to support a family friend who is a police officer,” says Sheri Baird, Tracy’s mother. “But the gift to Tracy has been even greater. These events have taught Tracy how to say thank you.” Laney is not surprised that Tracy enjoys being a part of the day. “Special Olympics athletes enjoy being a part of something, just the same as a person without a disability,” says Laney. “They feel good, and that is what the Special Olympics is all about.” Yes, it’s cold outside. It’s January, what’d you expect? Bundle up, brave the cold wintry air, and plan on coming out to get some exercise while supporting these community races. There’s no better way to kick off the new year. For more info on any of the Second Empire Grand Prix Series races, visit http://www.secondempire.com/race/grandprix.

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a new year, a new day By Dr. Jeff Roberts, TRInity Baptist Church

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New Year is time when we reflect on the past and think about the future. It can be a time of resolution when we are determined to begin a new activity or abstain from another. It can also be a time of dread for many. Some of us face a new year not with optimism but with the anxiety that comes with the unknown. We fear the days ahead instead of embracing them and their potential. For many in our community and nation, 2009 has been a difficult year. Some have experienced the disappointment of job loss or income reduction. Others have spent the past year fearing that which did not occur, yet the stress of the unknown has been overwhelming. Many of us have experienced loss and grief as a part of being a member of a family or community. As we begin a new year, the question we must ask is “Where do we find hope for 2010?” Sometimes we can create hope from a change in attitude. Others discover a deep determinism to create hope in their lives. I have found that true hope must come from something beyond self. We recently celebrated Advent and Christmas. This season is filled with songs of peace, joy and love. However, we forget that the first theme of Advent and Christmas is hope. The Jewish celebration of Chanukah remembers a miracle of God’s faithfulness and ability to deliver the weak against the strong. Each year people of faith are reminded during these celebrations of a God who is unchanging and keeps promises. Our hope for the future begins with reflection on God’s faithfulness in the past.

True hope is also a present hope. Living with hope is a matter of perspective. How will we choose to view the circumstances and events of our lives? We can let those moments define us or we can redefine those moments. I like the story about the two men who once looked down at a set of stones in the grass. One said, “They look like memorial stones. I think someone put them there to remember this place and a certain moment.” The other man said “Maybe they are stepping stones. They may be a set of stones that lead to somewhere else.” What is the difference between a memorial stone and a stepping stone? A memorial stone says “This is where I arrived,” but a stepping stone says “This is where I was before I took my next step.” Living with hope helps us to look at our present situation not as the place where we have arrived, but the place we where we begin. Hope is also our security for the future. The writer of Hebrews writes, “We have this hope, an anchor for our souls, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19). The hope that this writer speaks of is not a concept or idea, but the person of Jesus Christ. The hope for the future is that our security is not found in a promise that we will not face challenges, but that in these challenges God will be present. God’s promised presence and our awareness of God’s presence becomes a secure hope for the future. What will 2010 bring? None of us really know, but this we do know: We can face anything when we have this hope. As we enter a new year, we all have a choice to make. We can look back on 2009 and say “This is where I arrived,” and we can let it define us, whether that be good or bad, or we can By redefine 2009 as Gala we move into Christa 2010. We can make it a stepping stone into the future. The future is a place we must all go…so, if we are going to go, let us go with hope.

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Critical Care…Stat! Duke Raleigh’s Emergency Department offers top-notch treatment when you need it most. Americans love our hospital dramas. From Marcus Welby, M.D. and Dr. Kildare to the soap opera staple, General Hospital, to more current hits like ER and Grey’s Anatomy, we can’t seem to get enough of the life-and-death drama these shows offer. But, there are some people for whom the drama is real. Dr. Mark Louden, assistant medical director of the Emergency Department at Duke Raleigh Hospital, cautions that a real-life emergency room is much different from the kind where Dr. McDreamy operates. Real life vs. reel life “Except in very limited circumstances, we don’t do surgery in the ED, especially for non-emergency conditions,” Dr. Louden

says. “I remember one episode [of ER] where the doctor removed a skin cancer. That would not be done in the ED.” Dr. Louden doesn’t use the term “ER.” He says, “That’s a holdover from an earlier time, when hospitals literally had one room – an emergency room – dedicated to this kind of medicine. Today, we have entire wings devoted to emergency medicine, so ‘emergency department’ is a more accurate description.” Dr. Louden offers another difference between real life EDs and those seen on TV: “Take the case of Grey’s Anatomy. You would think that every doctor working in the ED is a surgeon, when, in fact, emergency physicians are trained specifically in emergency medicine for at least three or four By page leggett

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years after medical school. When a surgeon or other on-call specialist is needed, the emergency physician will call them for assistance.” Emergency…or false al arm? Of course, what constitutes an emergency can be a matter of opinion. Some people come to the ED with cases as benign as the common cold. These and similar ailments aren’t typically appropriate for an emergency department. Dr. Louden clarifies: “Most cases of the flu do not need emergency care. Other things better handled in another setting are colds, chronic pain conditions, toothaches, and – if the patient is having mild or no symptoms of injury – minor traffic accidents.” But, when in doubt, Dr. Louden says it’s important to seek care, even if the “emergency” turns out to be a false alarm. He names a few examples of incidents that should be taken seriously and evaluated immediately: • Chest pain that may be a heart attack • Suspected stroke • Gunshot or stab wounds • Limb injuries with obvious deformity, visible bone or loss of feeling • Seizure in a patient who does not have a known seizure disorder • Fever in children under three months of age • Vomiting blood, or passing blood in the toilet • Loss of consciousness/passing out

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If you suspect you’re having a heart attack, you should get to an ED as soon as possible. “In short, anything…that represents an immediate threat to life, limb or sight” is a condition that’s appropriate to be brought to the ED, says Dr. Louden. But heart attacks are not always evident, even to the person having one. Chest pain is the classic symptom, but women and people over age 70 may experience subtler symptoms. Less common symptoms include tightness in the chest that could go to the arm, shortness of breath, sweating, a racing heart, nausea or a combination of any of those. If you’re having any of those symptoms, Dr. Louden says, “Don’t mess around.” You need to get yourself to an ED. Emergency doctors see patients with minor to severe conditions. “In the case of injuries, things like ankle sprains and muscle strains, minor cuts and broken bones are by far the most common,” he says. “But much more serious injuries are seen at Duke Raleigh every day. Among the most common non-traumatic

symptoms that bring patients to the ED are chest pain, abdominal pain and headache, all of which have many potential causes.” Various state laws, insurance companies and the American College of Emergency Physicians have developed definitions of emergency medical conditions that Dr. Louden summarizes. He says an emergency is “according to a prudent layperson – anyone without training or education in a medical field – any condition that, because of the severity of pain or other symptoms, places the health of the person, or an unborn child, in serious jeopardy or a condition that may, if not treated, result in serious impairment of bodily function or dysfunction of body organs or parts.” Getting a second opinion When in doubt about coming to the ED – or seeking treatment elsewhere – Dr. Louden says people may “ask a more experienced family member…consult the internet, check with [a] pediatrician, family doctor or other primary care provider.”

He further advises: “In the case where recent specialty care was obtained, for example an operation, speaking to the surgeon first may be helpful. Your insurance company may even have an advice line you can call. Most EDs do not provide telephone advice. If in doubt, the best option is to be evaluated in the ED.” The doctor will see you now… Among reasons not to come to the ED with a cold or flu-like symptoms is that you may spend a good deal of time waiting. People with more serious conditions must be seen, and treated, before those with less serious concerns. It’s not a surprise that doctors and administrators at Duke Raleigh are concerned with more than just patient care. They work to ensure a good overall patient experience. “At Duke Raleigh, we strive every day to minimize wait times,” said Dr. Louden. “Waiting time varies by time of day, as well as conditions in the ED at a given moment,” he says. “Part of the initial assessment of a new patient in the ED is triage,

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which is a determination of just how urgent the patient’s need for care may be. This is normally done on a four- or five-point scale. Level 1 means immediate life-saving care is necessary, while level 5 may mean that treatment is not urgent.” “If you present to the ED with a Level 1 condition, there will be no waiting,” he continues. “If you present to the ED with a condition that merits Level 4, but there is room for you now in a treatment area, you will still have minimal or no wait. But if all treatment beds are occupied, some waiting will be necessary. It is also important to know that, even if you have already been waiting, if someone arrives after you whose triage level indicates a more urgent need, they are likely to be seen before you.” The transportation issue Once you’ve made the decision that critical care is needed, how should you get yourself to the ED? Dr. Louden says, “If you believe you have an immediately life-threatening

condition, or you have an emergency … problem and your condition makes you unsafe to drive and you do not have alternative transportation – friend, family, taxi – you should call an ambulance.” Dr. Louden once saw a patient in the ED who had suffered a heart attack and taken the bus to the ED. “We don’t want to see that,” he says. If in doubt, call an ambulance. Open door policy EDs are the medical field’s great equalizer. No geographic or socioeconomic group is immune to accidents or sudden, life-threatening conditions. In the ED, it’s the person with the most serious condition who gets seen first – not the person with the greatest ability to pay for the services. “No patient is ever turned away [from an ED] without an evaluation by a health care provider,” says Dr. Louden. “Usually, [it’s] a physician, but in some cases in other facilities, this may be a physician assistant or nurse practitioner. Every effort is made to stabilize all

emergency conditions, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay for care.” Federal law and policies under EMTALA, the Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act, mandate it. Besides, Dr. Louden says, “It’s just the right thing to do.” “Nearly all patients with non-emergency conditions receive some treatment during the emergency department visit,” he continues. No one wants to have to go to an emergency department. But, when you do need that level of care, Dr. Louden says it’s important to “choose a hospital you trust.” “At Duke Raleigh, we offer comprehensive emergency care provided by board-certified emergency physicians and a staff of dedicated emergency nurses,” he says. “If you are in doubt about whether you need emergency care, just come see us. We are prepared to provide or arrange care for everyone.” When the storyline involves you or someone you love, rather than characters on the screen, where you seek emergency care matters. Dr. Louden and his colleagues are the real-life, life-saving heroes.

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Ginseng Ginseng has been used for years in the East to combat weakness and give extra energy. Panax ginseng is the most widely used, and can enhance athletic performance, rejuvenate, increase longevity and detoxify and normalize the entire system. It is sold as an actual root, a tincture and an extract. Capsules are the most convenient; be sure to get the panax root extract to ensure potency.

Fighting PostHoliday Fatigue by carter & laura dalton, GNC at North Hills

The year 2010...can you believe it? The crazed holiday schedule is gone. No more cooking, shopping, wrapping, cleaning. Hopefully you had some time off with some treasured moments, and now you’re ready to tackle a new year with great gusto. Or not. By the time December has passed, most of us are exhausted, physically and emotionally spent. How can we forge ahead with this underlying fatigue and emotional letdown? Glad I received $100 in Starbucks gift cards... B & D Fight Fatigue Vitamin D and the B vitamins (there are several) all play vital roles in the human body. One of the most apparent benefits of vitamins B and D – at least, the most apparent when they are deficient – is their role in energy and vitality. Vitamin D is related to mood and energy levels and plays a role in winter SAD (seasonal affective disorder) – a seasonal mood disorder that affects people who don’t get enough sunshine during the winter

months. Since it also important for immune system health and the prevention of breast, colon and prostate cancers, most everyone should be supplementing. The B-complex vitamins are essential to mental, physical and emotional well-being. They cannot be stored in our bodies (water-soluble), so we depend entirely on our daily diet to supply them. Yet these vitamins are destroyed by alcohol, refined sugars, nicotine, and caffeine, so it is no surprise that many people may be deficient, especially following the holiday season. B vitamins help maintain the health of your nerves (hallelujah!), skin, eyes, hair, liver and mouth and are a key component in energy production. Many folks are aware of B-12’s benefits with respect to energy (taken by pill, under the tongue or injection), but B-vitamins work as a team, so a 50mg-100mg b-complex is a great choice as well. Note: people often read the RDA in a b-complex and shudder, as it can have 3333% of your daily allowance, but worry not, as your body uses what it needs and flushes out what it doesn’t.

Special Note on Energy Drinks and Pills If you’re in need of some serious energy for a certain period of time, energy drinks and pills (aka “fat burners”) can give you an immediate, albeit timelimited, lift. Most all of them come with their healthy dose of stimulants, namely green tea, guarana, and synephrine. Newer formulas like Cellucor’s D-4 and Revolution’s thermopush are more time-released, which can help you avoid the sudden “crash” that accompanies many of them, leaving you with a headache and low blood sugar. Again, these do not and should not replace your daily vitamin needs. Body Cleansers Now I am of the mind that your body has a wonderful capacity to cleanse, heal and regenerate itself...IF you’ve been taking care of it. That means eating 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies EACH DAY, as well as limiting processed foods, medications and alcohol. Since the holidays are a time for excessively imbibing in many of the aforementioned, a body cleanse can help alleviate any stress your liver, kidneys and colon have been under. (Stress really is all around!) Exercise and eating This is the part most of you might skip, but I’ll drone on about it anyway. Exercise is one of the best ways to fight fatigue and feeling low. Whether it’s a good 90 minute session at the gym, a walk around the lake after work or a couple of sun salutations in the morning, get your blood flowing! Any additional O2 we can get to our brain will benefit us tenfold later in the day. Green foods (foods rich in chlorophyll and spirulina) can help detoxify your body and blood, resulting in higher energy and well being. They are rich in enzymes, proteins and nutrients. Fresh can be difficult to do daily, and powders now have added fruit and veggie extracts that are more pleasing to your taste buds as well as high in antioxidants. Omega 3’s (fish oil, flaxseed), berries and a colorful array of veggies also work wonders on your body from the inside out, so break out the blender and get your body and mind moving toward an energizing new year! Note: We recommend speaking to your physician before beginning any new program.

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Keeping that Weight Loss Resolution by Dr. George T. Bartels, Bartels Medical Associates, PLLC

Recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved them. Does this mean that you are doomed to be included in the 88 % group of people who will not follow through on their goals? Quite simply, yes you are. That is, unless you go about setting and achieving your goals with proper planning, education and accountability. • Visualize success. Create a mental picture of the new, improved you. Focus on this image when you’re tempted to blow off your goal. • Stay positive. If you slip up one month, – let it go and get back on track. • Only make a few resolutions at a time. It’s better to do one thing well than several things poorly (or not at all). • Practice new behaviors that encourage success. People who want to stop smoking don’t hang out in smoke-filled bars or casinos. Likewise, if you want to lose weight, don’t bring desserts, junk food, candy or ice cream into the house. Limit your exposure to people who are likely to encourage resolution-breaking. There’s a reason parolees aren’t allowed to hang out with known criminals – they’re a bad influence. Surround yourself with good, supportive people. • Take any necessary action needed to get started. Make important appointments with your doctor, sign up for a gym membership or buy any equipment you need. • Substitute a good habit for the bad one you want to break. If your goal is to eat less junk food, find a healthy alternative. If the healthy alternative is something like going for a walk instead of a food item, even better! The same research shows that men and women achieve their goals differently, particularly when it comes to losing weight. Men are 22% more successful with reaching their goals if they set small, measurable goals. For instance: A man should set a goal of losing a pound a week instead of saying he is going to lose at least 50 pounds this year. Women, on the other hand, succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends. For instance: A woman should have a “diet partner” or “diet coach” to watch over their shoulder, diet with her and/or offer encouragement along the way. BOTH sexes were more successful losing weight when they were weighed in by someone else and had a significant health risk or a monetary investment. Bartels Medical Associates, PLLC is a Non-Surgical, Medical Weight Loss Program serving the Triangle area. www.DrBartels.com.

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A guide to beautiful, healthy skin in the New Year.

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Vitamin A and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s)

These two skin care ingredients work similarly; both help regulate the cell turnover process (i.e. exfoliate), which slows down drastically as we age. Additionally, they stimulate the production of collagen and elastin (responsible for keeping the skin firm and tight). Retinoic Acid (Vitamin A) and Glycolic Acid (AHA) are FDA approved for the minimization of fine lines and wrinkles. Studies show that when Retinoic Acid and AHA’s are used in conjunction, the results are much greater than when used individually. The most popular form of AHA is Glycolic acid, which is derived from sugar. For a dryer, more sensitive skin type the AHA Lactic Acid works better than Glycolic acid because it is a slightly larger molecule and comes from milk, making it more hydrating. Vitamin A is available in the form of Tretinoin (the prescription strength version) or Retinol. Both Tretinion and Retinol covert to Retinoic Acid once they are in the skin. AHA’s and Vitamin A need to be used on alternating nights. They do cause sun sensitivity, and therefore the use of a daily SPF is required.

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Professional Skin Peels

While there are many great lasers on the market today, all of which perform a plethora of skin rejuvenating treatments, there is no denying that professional strength skin peels are a highly effective way to repair damaged skin as well as maintain healthy skin. The cost for skin peels is far less than that of laser treatments and depending on your desired outcome, level of repair needed and downtime restraints, peels may be the way to go. There are several peel options to choose from; some target the minimization of hyperpigmentation (brown spots), others are designed to treat acne, and there are numerous ones that help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Peels can be performed in high strengths, for a quicker result (which will cause more initial peeling) or lower strengths where you build up to a higher dosing over time. Most peels should be performed two to thress weeks apart and may require as many as six to achieve maximum benefits. Other more aggressive peels may only require three, spaced a month apart. When selecting a facility to perform your peels it is important to note that unless there is a physician on staff, the depth of peel which is allowed to be performed is restricted by state law and therefore may not be as effective.

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Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Remember those really cute Gerber babies that were super chubby and squishy looking? Well, all that “squishiness” comes from Hyaluronic acid, which is capable of holding 1000 times its weight in water. As we age we lose our level of Hyaluronic Acid; however, we can supplement this through the application of a topical version. HA is a naturally occurring substance which is safe for all skin types and is known in the medical world as a GAG. GAGs help with TEWL (transepidermal water loss). TEWL is another one of those unavoidable aging woes. One of the quickest ways to take “years” off the look and feel of your skin is through proper hydration, and nothing hydrates better than Hyaluronic Acid. HAs also help to “plumpen” the skin, which explains why it is now being used in injectable fillers such as Juverderm®. So skip the expensive cosmetic creams and look for a serum containing HA.

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Clarisonic Facial Brush

Oprah has one…so why don’t you? This is one of the best home skin care devices to come along in ages. It works like an ultrasonic toothbrush, but it is for deep cleaning your skin instead of your teeth. The Clarisonic Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth your skin. It removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing alone. It also helps reduce oily areas, the appearance of visible pores, dry skin patches and blemishes as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Professional skin experts love the Clarisonic facial brush because it allows products to penetrate the skin better and because of how well it exfoliates the skin.

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Mineral Makeup

No longer a trend, mineral makeup is here to say and it’s changed the way we look at makeup forever! As a skin expert all I can say is hallelujah, finally a makeup that doesn’t undo all the work we have done. See, the problem with traditional makeup has been that, well, it’s usually just not that good for your skin. Even the oil-free versions contain emulsifiers which can clog the pores (not to mention dry out the skin). Even non oil-free versions can strip the skin of lipids and hydration; we are already dealing with enough of that on our own as we age, so we certainly don’t need any assistance. Mineral makeup is amazing for several reasons, but here are the top three: 1. It is inert, which means it can not hold bacteria. This makes it a great option for anyone who experiences breakouts or for those of us who occasionally fall asleep without washing our face. 2. It contains a high level of Zinc and Titanium, which allows for a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection factor. 3. Ease of use. Mineral makeup is easy to apply and provides excellent coverage. A word of caution, not all mineral makeup lines are created equal, so make sure you do your homework and look for one that is 100% pure minerals. My personal favorite is Jane Iredale.

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Lower Back Pain – Unpackaged by orthopaedic specialists of north carolina

Remember raking up all those leaves a few months ago during the golden days of autumn? Chances are that you had a twinge of low back pain following this chore. If you did, you were not alone. Eighty percent of Americans had back pain severe enough to see a doctor. Not only is lower back pain a pervasive problem, it is an expensive problem. Among injured workers, lower back pain costs over $150 billion per year. That price approaches the sum total financial impact of Hurricane Katrina, the most costly natural disaster in US history. Think about that, we spend more on a fraction of the cost of lower back pain each year than we did on the entirety of relief and restoration efforts of the most catastrophic US calamity. In addition, lower back pain plagues the spectrum of humanity:

From young adults in their 20s to the elderly in their 70s and beyond. The common sources of back pain that is severe enough to require a doctors visit include the muscles and ligaments, intervertebral disc, nerves and bones. Muscle and ligament pain is a very common source of pain that will often be seen in the weekend athlete. Pain coming from the soft tissue structure of the disc between the blocks of bone called the vertebra is typically chronic or episodic. Nerve pain tends to be radiating in nature and will typically extend into the buttocks, thigh and calf. Bone pain tends to happen with sudden onset and commonly occurs in the elderly with softer bones. Your doctor may utilize tests to better understand

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your back pain. X-rays can provide information on overall alignment and identify fractures and arthritis. CT scans give more specific information on the structure of the bones and joints as well as image the spinal canal. MRI scans help your doctor understand the soft tissues of the spine, especially the disc and nerves. The good news is that lower back pain is usually self limiting – with proper diagnosis, education and treatment, most people will experience a rapid resolution of pain and quickly return to their normal routine. Various methods of treatment have been extensively researched to give your doctor effective methods of managing lower back pain. Prolonged bed rest in excess of two days leads to worsening of most back conditions. Proper activity aids in the healing of injured tissues such as muscles, ligaments and discs. Medications such as nonsteroidal antiinflammatory are effective in dealing with the pain and discomfort. Specific types of physical therapy and chiropractic services have been shown to reduce the duration of pain and reduce recurrence of episodes. More invasive treatments such as injections and surgery are reserved for very specific types of lower back pain. These treatments are utilized sparingly. If you are currently suffering from lower back pain, there are ways you can manage your symptoms prior to being seen by a doctor. Mechanical lower back pain is very common. This means that some activities make your back pain worse; other activities improve your back pain. Typically activities involving forward bending, twisting your trunk and lifting, especially off the floor, produce worsening back pain. Walking and changing your position (sitting, standing, or lying) every 30 minutes is usually helpful. Application of an ice pack for 30 minutes or less to the affected region in the back can reduce pain and inflammation. Over-thecounter medicines such as Tylenol and ibuprofen may be helpful. Avoid these medicines if you have had an adverse reaction in the past. There are situations when a visit to the doctor is advisable. If your pain is accompanied with numbness of the buttocks, thigh, calf or foot or if you have weakness of the muscles supporting the knee, ankle or foot, you may have nerve damage. This condition should be evaluated and treated by a doctor. Severe trauma, such as a fall or car accident, can cause injury to tissue and may need more detailed evaluation from a doctor. If your back pain persists beyond one to two weeks without improvement, you should see your doctor. Medical technology gives us excellent imaging tests that precisely diagnose the cause of back pain. Extensive research enables doctors to accurately select effective means of treatment. Technological advances equip doctors with powerful tools to effectively treat lower back pain.

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Healthy Living Throughout Retirement by American institute of healthcare & fitness

Retirement is the time for many to pursue interests and adventures that we didn’t have time for before. It is also an ideal time to revaluate how the changes to your lifestyle will affect your health. Navigating your way along the pathway of health and well-being should not be difficult, but does require personal responsibility here are some tips for healthy aging and living well: Select a Primary Care Provider: A primary care provider is a partner in helping you on your path to wellness. He or she will help keep you on course with preventive measures such as cardiovascular risk, blood pressure management, diabetes, and various cancer screenings. Your primary care provider should work with you to emphasize good nutrition, exercise, healthy sleep habits, positive mental health and attention to areas we too often overlook to ensure overall wellness. Consult a Nutritionist: Your overall nutrition significantly impacts the aging process. One of the most important strategies for both preventing and treating chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high blood lipids is achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Visit a registered dietitian for an individualized medical nutrition consultation. Exercise: Exercise is a key component to main-

taining a healthy weight and preventing many health problems. Find a fitness center where you enjoy the surroundings and which offers a variety of programs and services designed around your activity level. Prioritize Bone and Joint Health: Don’t underestimate the importance of bone and joint health. Flexibility, balance and strength are major components to preventing falls and subsequent orthopedic injuries. A qualified physical therapist can assess and identify deficits in flexibility, strength and balance. Of course, prevention of arthritic changes is ideal, but if necessary there are exciting innovations in joint replacement for both the hip and the knee. Stay Focused on Your Mental Health: We all know that staying motivated to exercise and managing a healthy weight are sometimes related and yet difficult to achieve. Being mindful of your general mental health and understanding how those needs can affect your behavior during your retirement years are just as important as managing your physical health. Consult a Dermatologist: When a person ages, a number of changes take place, affecting how they look and feel. Dermatologic conditions are more likely to affect us as we age, including adult onset acne, thinning hair, rosacea and spider and varicose veins.

Seek Appropriate Diagnostic Testing: Diagnostic imaging is a very useful tool for diagnosing problems with known symptoms and screening for diseases present without symptoms. As you age, you should be aware of the appropriate time and frequency for screenings and other testing, including digital mammography, bone densitometry, calcium cardiac scoring and Heart CT. Get to Know Your Pharmacist: It is best to have all of your prescriptions filled at a single pharmacy location, especially if you see one or more specialists in addition to your primary care physician. Your pharmacist can be a resource for questions you may have and will alert you of potential drug interactions. The journey to healthy living in retirement is long, can be difficult, and will be different for all of us. It can be made much more enjoyable if you have a team of health care professionals guiding you and helping you map your course. Contributors: Carolina Family Practice & Sports Medicine, Healthy Diets, Inc., Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness, Triangle Orthopedic Associates, PA, Sports & More Physical Therapy, Inc., Carolina Performance, The Dermatology Center of Raleigh, Wake Radiology Diagnostic Imaging, Health Park Pharmacy.

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Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden held their annual Holiday Festival on November 8th. The event was a huge success for the Blue Star Mothers of America and for Hospice of Wake County. Guests took advantage of great savings and enjoyed refreshments and live music as they shopped.

On November 3rd, the Red Sword Guild held a reception for the Raleigh Roundup fundraiser with an exclusive view of Greater Raleigh and North Hills from the CAPTRUST Tower’s 15th floor. The Raleigh Roundup is presented annually by the Red Sword Guild in order to raise funds for the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society.

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glo de vie holiday open house

C.T. Weekends for Women held a Fashion Show at Saint-Jacques French Cuisine Restaurant in Raleigh. Guests enjoyed the luncheon as the latest trends in fashion were modeled. Proceeds benefited the NC Ballet.

Glo de Vie Med Spa held their 1st Annual Holiday Mingle & Jingle Open House on December 3rd. Guests enjoyed refreshments, special discounts and giveaways.

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Goldbug Studio held its Holiday Open House and Sale on December 11th. Guests enjoyed refreshments and live music from TONK as they shopped select ornaments and pieces from the 2009 Goldbug Studio Collection. Items such as glass glitter birds, vintage millinery, folk art, ribbon and antiques were also featured.

Jolly elf trail run

The Jolly Elf Trail Run was held on December 12th at Bond Park in Cary. As part of the Second Empire GRAND PRIX series, this event included a 5K, a One Mile Fun Run, and a Kid’s 200 Yard Dash. The event was hosted by the St. Michael School.

Jbat shares latest fashions

Jbat Boutique at Douglas Carroll Salon held a special event featuring Paula Lishman Furs on November 11th. Guests enjoyed refreshments and special discounts as they shopped. Jbat carries the latest fashion trends with a personalized touch.

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Kitchen & Bath Galleries held a Holiday Open House on December 11th. Guests enjoyed refreshments as they browsed the showroom for the latest trends in cabinetry. Kitchen & Bath Galleries offers clients convenient and professional design, installation and remodeling services.

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JINGLE BELL RUN AT SAINT MARY’S SCHOOL RAISES $50K

The Arthritis Foundation hosted their annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis at Saint Mary’s School on December 5th. Despite the rainy morning, over 1000 participants gathered at SMS to kick-off their holidays by helping to raise more than $50,000 for the cause. Saint Mary’s students volunteered with registration, ran and raised funds for the event.

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Kristen’s Shoe Boutique held an event, Girls Night In, on December 17th featuring Hertzberg Furs. Guests enjoyed wine and refreshments as they shopped for the latest trends in shoes and furs.

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Lavender & Lace celebrated their 10th Anniversary Sale in support of SAFEchild on December 3rd. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres as they shopped. Several vendors were on hand offering makeovers, chair massages and eyebrow styling. It was a night for relaxation and pampering.

Renaissance Dental held a Fall Festival on October 30th to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. There were hot air balloon rides, live music, a silent auction, food and refreshments. There were also fantastic savings on orthodontic treatments for Make-A-Wish donors.

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summer classics open house

Skin Sense handed out coupons for fabulous discounts on services, treatments and products. Be sure to check out their website for information on the incredible spa packages and treatments including Faceworks, Bodyworks, Bathworks, Nailworks and Waxworks.

Summer Classics held their Open House on Saturday, November 7th. Guests enjoyed refreshments as they shopped for the latest trends in Christmas dĂŠcor. Summer Classics is a premier manufacturer of fine garden furniture and fireside furnishings that offer a sophistication and quality to outdoor living.

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