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Speaking of style, did you know Raleigh is home to some notable fash ion movers and shakers? From T-shirts and jeans to high-end bespoke suits, we interviewed three local faces of fashion to learn about their businesses and, more importantly, the people behind them. While Halloween is still several weeks away, it’s always a good time to study up on this area’s haunted history. If you’re a paranormal junkie like me, you’ll really enjoy the map we put together that takes you on a tour of 10 loca tions filled with dark stories, legends, and spirits of the deceased. As always, I hope you enjoy this issue! Be sure to place one on your coffee table and share it with others. We’ll see you again dur ing the holiday months. Until then, have a great fall!

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SUMMER USED TO BE my favorite season. It means trips to the coast, boating, fishing, throwing the crab pot off the dock, and trying to achieve the perfect tan. But dang the heat and humidity! It seems to get worse every year. Don’t get me wrong, I still love summer. But I am officially ready to enter my new favorite season — fall. As the days get shorter and the nights creep in a little earlier, we thought it would be fun to explore the dark, secretive world of speakeasies. We have a few around town, but we chose three in which to take an in-depth look — complete with stylings to put you right in that Prohibition-era state of mind.

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Taking place at Dorothea Dix Park from September 23–25, the Raleigh Balloon Festival gives you the oppor tunity not only to see beautiful hot air balloons glow at dusk, but to take a teth ered ride (weather permitting). Food and retail vendors, along with family activities, round out this nighttime affair. This event sold out last year, so get your tickets early! theballoonglowtour.com

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In its 89th season, the American Dance Festival (ADF) returns to Raleigh from September 8–11 with a series of outdoor performances at the North Carolina Museum of Art. ADF brings the best of modern dance to the Triangle and is welcoming back audiences to its first full season in three years with more than 25 dance companies. americandancefestival.org

Celebrate the oldest house in Raleigh in its original location at the Mordecai Historic Park 50th Anniversary on September 10 from noon–4 p.m. Members of The Ghost Guild will be on hand to share their paranormal research findings of this real-life haunted house, and the family-friendly program will consist of other vendors, stage performances, ceremonies, and various other small programs throughout the park. raleighnc.gov/mordecai-historic-park

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Grab your lawn chair and enjoy music, food, and more while experiencing the undeniable charm of downtown Wake Forest during Friday Night on White. Taking place along South White Street on September 9 from 6–9 p.m., one of the area’s most popular party bands, Crush, will perform while you visit the sponsor expo, choose from a variety of dining establishments and food trucks, or grab a beer or glass of wine. wakeforestnc.gov

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It’s that time of year again! The North Carolina State Fair runs from October 13–23. Celebrate the best of everything this state has to offer, eat crazy foods, play games, enjoy rides, attend concerts, visit with livestock, and shop amongst a variety of vendors for this special week dedicated to all things NC! ncstatefair.org 10Band Together NC is teaming up with the United Way to host two Mighty Giveback concerts this fall at Red Hat Amphitheater. The Black Pumas are slated to take the stage on October 2 with The Record Company and The Heavy Heavy, while Turnpike Troubadours will perform on October 28 with Elizabeth Cook and American Aquarium. The goal is to raise $1 million to ensure Triangle residents and families have a safe place to live and thrive. bandtogethernc.org

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Voted Best Festival by Wake Living readers, the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival takes over downtown Raleigh from September 27 to October 1 for a weekend of one-of-akind urban bluegrass featuring Grammy Award winners, top-notch emerging acts, and traditional bluegrass. Not a big bluegrass fan? Not a problem! This event is for everyone, with a dance tent and vendors selling arts, crafts, and plenty of food. worldofbluegrass.org

Get ready for the largest and most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in central North Carolina! Held at Koka Booth Amphitheatre from October 1–2, Triangle Oktoberfest highlights the very best traditional German food, drink, and entertainment. That means beer and Bavarian foods, including brats, pretzels, and pork schnitzel meatballs. You also don’t want to miss the wiener dog races and live music. triangleoktoberfest.org 8Head to neighboring Johnston County on October 7–9 to partake in the Ava Gardner 100th Centennial Celebration honoring the extraordinary life of the legendary actress, fashion icon, and humanitarian who grew up in rural North Carolina. This year’s festival will include new exhibits, heritage tours, special film and video presentations, and much more. johnstoncountync.org/ ava-gardner

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If you love Greek food, you’ll want to make plans for the 2022 Raleigh Greek Festival Drive-Thru. From September 23–25, enjoy authentic Greek takeout prepared and served by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church family using recipes handed down for generations. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Opa! raleighgreekfestival.com

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20 WAKELIVING AMERICAN FLAMINGOS VICTORIA CROWNED PIGEON MASKED LAPWING GREEN JAYS down the road

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“You get seeds, and we have a flock of friendly parakeets that you get to feed. We also have a flock of friendly flamingos that people really love to feed as well,” said Lubbock.

“We also have nature trails where peo ple can go into the wetlands and see a lot of species that are native to North Carolina.”

“There’s nothing separating the birds and the visitors, so they can get really up close with (the animals),” she said. “We want you to feel like you’re in the jungle with the birds.” The intention of this up-close-andpersonal experience is to cultivate an interest that leads to compassion for conservation.

Make a day of it with local favorite Ital ian restaurant La Cassetta for a post-park meal and a visit to the nearby Rock Muse um, also in Scotland Neck, to explore fossils, minerals, and gems.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 21 WRITTEN BY EMILY UHLAND | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN SYLVAN HEIGHTS BIRD PARK ENTERING THE SYLVAN Heights Bird Park means walking into a world where pink flamingos eat out of your hand, para keets perch on your shoulders, and a scarlet ibis flies by an arm’s distance away. The park, in Scotland Neck, NC, boasts the world’s largest waterfowl collection and the second largest bird collection in the US.

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“We are a facility that focuses on the conservation of birds, particularly waterfowl. And we are an education facility that teaches how important birds are and how important saving their habitats is,” said Katie Lubbock, media and communications coordinator for the avian refuge. “We are home to more than 2,000 birds from around the world. And at any given time we have 15 to 20 endangered species that we’re working with on site as well.”

Expect to spend at least two hours or more touring the park. Picnics are welcome, or try Duck Landing Cafe on site. Sylvan Heights Bird Park welcomes about 60,000 visitors per year, and is open year round, with each season offering unique opportuni ties to witness different stages of avian life, such as breeding or wintering cycles.

“It’s just really fun to watch all of that unfold in front of you. (Park staff loves to) share our enthusiasm for birds with visitors,” said Lubbock, who has worked for the park for 19 years, first as a wildlife biologist before moving into communications. Next door, an Avian Breeding Center op erates in partnership with Sylvan Heights Bird Park, caring for more than 1,000 hatchlings each year and providing a training site for avian biologists. The facility is not open to the pub lic, except for special guided tours, but a live incubator camera offers a peek into the process.

“There’s definitely a lot of interaction. That’s the goal for us — to get people en gaged with the birds,” she said. Visitors can meander the park’s wind ing pathways on self-guided tours, while the birds surround them in the air, on the ground, or perched in vegetation.

“Birds and the habitats that they live in serve as an indicator of overall environmen tal health. If bird populations aren’t healthy, that’s going to have a major impact on hu mans as well,” said Lubbock. Park exhibits are laid out according to continents, with special sections for endan gered species and Birds of Paradise, among others. The Landing Zone, near the park en trance, is especially popular.

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24 WAKELIVING On HOUSEThe WRITTEN BY DENA DAW | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN Top Home Design Trends, According to Builders CREATING A POOLSIDE OASIS, LIKE THIS ONE BUILT BY BOST CUSTOM HOMES, IS ALL THE RAGE RIGHT NOW. NO STEPS DOWN TO THE POOL? NO PROBLEM.

Great design starts with great inspiration, so if a new build or home renovation project is in your future, we’re here to help! Recently, we spoke with three local builders for a better idea of what’s in and what’s out in the design world — from a continued focus on outdoor living spaces to a turn away from uber-compli cated home technology — for a roundup of trends that are sure to inform and inspire.

I think we’re all familiar with that iconic line from the 1989 blockbuster Field of Dreams, right? Don’t worry, no one is ask ing you to put a baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield, but if you’re looking to custom build a home, your friends and family will inevitably want a peek once the process is over — and with home trends constantly evolving, it’s important to avoid dated aesthetics, inefficient building materials, and ob solete design patterns.

“If you build it, they will come.”

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For more than three decades, Bost Cus tom Homes has been building luxury, custom ized homes in the Triangle area. As the director of sales and marketing at Bost Custom Homes, Evan Bost works with clients on the front end, from their first point of contact all the way through the planning and design stage.

Contemporary, clean line aesthetics are one of the biggest trends that Bost has seen recently, with many clients express ing interest in minimalism — less interior trim, recessed baseboards, and no casing around doors.

In the smaller plans that are trending, formal dining rooms are going away for the

Bost has also noticed a sweeping trend toward outdoor living. Almost every custom house now has an outdoor kitchen setup — a full grill, sink, refrigerator, trash pull out, you name it — all just a few steps away from the indoors.“People are still interested in first-floor living, keeping as much essential daily living on the main level and minimizing steps,” said Bost. “We’re seeing more people trending toward smaller footprints, and they’ve got more budget for the pool and the outdoor living and the landscaping. So we see them shrinking the house down, but expanding the living space outside of the house.”

“It’s a dynamic business where every project has a unique set of constraints and opportunities,” said Bost. “We help mold the entire scope of the project to fit the cli ents as best as possible. And that’s just on the plan/design side — we take that fully cus tom approach throughout the entire framing process. There aren’t a ton of builders around that allow that kind of customization all the way through, from start to finish.”

“I would say as far as interior trends, we’re seeing a push more in the direction of geometric patterns and textures and more natural materials,” said Bost. “It’s kind of a blend of millwork and stone and grasscloth wallpaper. It’s all very organic.”

“WITH THE PRODUCTS WE HAVE ON THE MARKET NOW, THE POSSIBILITIES FOR INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING ARE ENDLESS,” SAID EVAN BOST, BOST CUSTOM HOMES.

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 27 most part. The dedicated movie theaters aren’t nearly as popular now as they were 15 years ago, but those spaces are being replaced with a second study or den.

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“A lot of people are working from home, so we’re definitely building at least one study in every house, which is kind of like a secluded office space, but we are do ing some homes that have two offices,” said Bost. “They tend to be separated — one up stairs, one downstairs, so they are completely isolated from each other. A lot of floor plan design now is thinking through those types of living situations.” would say as far as

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With Jon Rufty at the helm, Rufty Homes has been in business for 33 years focusing on upper-end custom homes and remodeling luxury residences in Raleigh, Cary, and the rest of Wake County. Known for their client involvement and one-of-akind projects, Rufty is very familiar with the ever-evolving list of clients’ wants and needs, influenced by everything from the pandemic to the

“Itweather.allcomes down to creating an envi ronment that you want your family to grow up in,” said Rufty. “It really has a lot to do with your personal lifestyle, how you want to live, entertain, and interact with your family as it grows.”When it comes to the biggest design trends he’s seen, Rufty says it’s all trending toward lightness and brightness — more win dows, higher ceilings, 3000K LED lighting (a crisp, brighter color), and seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces.

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“Indoor/outdoor living is tremendously important these days,” said Rufty. “In the past, there have been a lot of homes built with basements, but now people don’t want to walk down 15 steps to get to a swimming pool or an entertainment area. So we’ve seen a big demand for non-basement lots where you can walk out of your living area, step down one or two steps, and be at a large terrace with the pool, fireplace, gathering areas, outdoor cooking, etc. Or they are willing to go to the expense of raising the swimming pool up to the main level, despite having a basement lot.”

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According to Rufty, another notable in terior trend is a big emphasis on the kitchen — with more and more bars for easy en tertaining, multiple dishwashers, waterfall countertops, and built-in wine coolers in lieu of wine rooms.

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As a small, boutique-style builder primarily based in Wake Forest, Deep South Building Company focuses on low-volume, high-quality builds, priding themselves on being ahead of the curve as far as trends “Obviouslygo. there’s trends, but we also like to start our own,” said Madariaga. “Our first farmhouse-style home was actually a pa rade home in 2012, years before that look becameOnepopular.”ofthe biggest trends is blurring the line between indoor and outdoor liv ing, says Madariaga, something they have been doing for years with large expanses of glass. Brighter, more natural-looking homes are definitely on the rise, marked by the continuity of white walls and pale colored“Forwood.theinteriors, I’m noticing what I call a Cali-cool type of vibe, so real light on “ “It all comes down to creating an environment that you want your family to grow up in. It really has a lot to do with your personal lifestyle, how you want to live, entertain, and interact with your family as it grows.”

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“In addition to the screens, you can also have vinyl that comes down, and it’s a clear vinyl so our clients can completely avoid pollen season,” said Rufty. “You can have both of them on the same porch, so the space is usable year round for Christmas par ties or Thanksgiving, regardless of what the weatherWateris.” features are no longer relegated to the outdoors — fountains and ponds have made their way inside, as well. Plant walls — roughly 3 or 4 feet wide and 5 to 6 feet tall — have also become a huge trend in the design world. Bringing the outside in and maintaining a live green wall requires its own type of water feature, says Rufty, who has in stalled indoor automatic watering systems to keep plants looking gorgeously green.

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 31 the woods and more of a more organic feel,” said Madariaga. “It’s almost like a very white interior and the colors come from the fur nishings. So gone are the list of homes where you’ve got like eight different interior colors and it’s just kind of calico cat-like. There’s definitely more quartz than granite, because once again it’s kind of more light and organ ic instead of blotchy and all over the place.”

Although two-story living rooms are a thing of the past, ceilings are getting a little higher and much prettier to look at. Trend ing ceiling treatments include mirrors, timeless moldings, wallpaper, and much more. But the biggest trend by far? Pools, says Madariaga.“Wewentfrom maybe 10% of homes having pools to now it’s solidly over 50%,” said Madariaga. “Just the willingness to spend substantial dollars outside is incred ible. The amount of disposable income to throw at that is maybe a result of being pent up — they just want to create their own ex perience at home. Can you blame them?” t What’s Hot: -Pocket, folding, and accordion-style doors -Phantom screen rollers and clear vinyl -Infinity-Tile pools -Secondary-Quartz suites with private entrance -Slate roofs What’s Not: -Overly movie-Dedicated-Multiplehigh-Outdoor-Granitetechnologyexpensivecomplicated,homesteps/decksinteriorcolorswinerooms/theaters

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34 WAKELIVING small business spotlight ShopSpace WRITTEN BY ERICA HINTON PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRYAN REGAN IF YOU GREW UP WATCHING shows like The Woodwright’s Shop — or if you just liked to explore your granddad’s workshop and tinker with all the differ ent tools — you’ll want to learn about ShopSpace! At this massive downtown Raleigh warehouse space turned work shop, director and co-founder Lucas House helps students channel their cre ativity and learn to forge something of their very own out of metal. SHOPSPACE DIRECTOR AND COFOUNDER LUCAS HOUSE LETS THE SPARKS FLY DURING A BLACKSMITHING CLASS NEAR DOWNTOWN RALEIGH. TOOLS OF THE TRADE

ShopSpace started in 2014 when we started teaching classes in a small corner of my metalworking shop here in Ra leigh. The main thing that led to the cre ation of ShopSpace was making the skills and tools for metalwork more accessible to the public. I started my own business right after graduating from NC State, and looking back, I really would have benefited from a place that had the ad vanced tools and expertise to help a be ginning metalworker. I’ve been lucky to have many teachers pass on their skills, and I want to give that to others.

ShopSpace has been successful due to the community that’s growing here, and it would be a very different place if not for the help of our co-founders Bill Knight, Dave and Mary Catherine Nico lay, and the many hours of volunteer help by our instructors, board members, and the public. HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN METALWORKING, AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN THIS ART FORM? I’ve been doing metalwork for 25 years. My first experience was a high school welding class. I fell in love with metal and found work helping out a local blacksmith as a teenager. After that I went to NC State for an industrial design degree, and after graduating I started a forging and fabrica tion business here in Raleigh. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CLASSES YOU OFFER, AND WHAT DO STUDENTS LEARN?

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We have classes in blacksmithing, welding, and small metals. The classes TWO$80CALLYCLASSESSHOPSPACE.INGBLACKSMITHDURINGFORGEHEATSTUDENTSANDMETALACLASSATTYPICOSTANDLASTHOURS.

36 WAKELIVING SHOPSPACE DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER LUCAS HOUSE

WHAT IS THE ENVIRONMENTLEARNINGLIKE? Classes run from four to eight stu dents, depending on how complicated the class is. We’re in a 15,000-square-foot building with dedicated welding, forging, and jewelry areas, and we have a filtered and ventilated room just for grinding and sanding. The shop definitely gets noisy when things are busy, but I think that’s when we all have the most fun. We es pecially love our open studio hours when there’s a dozen or more people in the shop, everyone is working on something different, and it is fun to walk by and ad mire the work, provide some advice, or just chat with all the people we’ve gotten to know.

focus on projects like hooks, leaves, brace lets, or flowers, with the goal of teaching the students a specific set of skills and let ting them go home with something they can be proud of. The later classes cover more advanced topics, like making your own tools: chisels, tongs, and finally your own personal hammer. We also teach a lot during our open studio time. People come in and work on their own projects, and we continue adding to their skills as they build some really amazing things.

DO YOU NEED ANY EXPERIENCE BEFORE TAKING YOUR FIRST CLASS? No experience is needed. All of our classes are open for anyone 14 and up, and we have a kids blacksmithing class for children 10 and older.

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DO STUDENTS COME AWAY WITH A FINISHED PIECE AT THE END OF MOST CLASSES?

EACH STUDENT HAS THEIR OWN STATION WHERE THEY WILL DISCUSS AND FORPROPERING,FORGING,PRACTICEWELDANDTHESETUPEACH.

Yes! A major goal of any ShopSpace class is to make sure a student can walk away with tangible proof of their new skills. AFTER TAKING A COUPLE OF CLASSES, CAN YOU COME TO AN OPEN WORKSHOP AND WORK ON YOUR OWN PROJECTS?

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DIFFERENT PROJECTS STUDENTS HAVE WORKED ON?

DO YOU PROVIDE ALL THE MATERIALS? Materials, tools, and safety equip ment are included in all our classes. We also work hard to conserve leftover mate rial to keep a stockpile of free metal to be used in open studio time for smaller proj ects. For larger or more elaborate personal projects, folks bring in their own metal or buy from our stock.

There’s been a pretty incredible vari ety of work. Even on a student’s first day of welding, I’ve seen dogs, spiders, spice racks, miniature houses — all done in the first class. We’d need several pages to list all the things we’ve seen during open time, but a short sample is: forged hum mingbirds and elephants, steel flowers, woodworking tables, bookshelves, cop per monsters, and a lot of hooks! Each of those comes with the unique touch of the person who made it. If I asked 10 people to make bottle openers, we’d finish with 20 different designs. I'm always proud that we can encourage people’s skills and creativity, and I’m grateful to everyone who came to learn and stayed to build — they are what ShopSpace is all about. t

You could start after just one. We have three intro classes in the three main sections of the shop covering welding, forging, and small metals. The first classes all teach safety, basic operation of the tools, and techniques needed to make a small project. After that one class, you are free to work in that section during open time. To use the whole shop, you just need to have taken the intro class for each area.

Whalehead in Historic Corolla

A beacon helping guide travelers for well over a century, the Currituck Beach Light towers over the Outer Banks land scape. Still serving to aid navigation, its light can be seen for over 20 miles. For a small fee, visitors can climb the winding staircase for a wide-open view of both the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Currituck Maritime Museum Located across the park from Whalehead, the new Currituck Maritime Museum tells the inte gral story of the history of wooden boats on the northern Outer Banks and their craftsmen through interactive exhibits and artifacts. Open Monday through Friday.

With autumn upon us, many families are planning to find their way here now that the busy season has ended. It is nice to know that remote beaches, the legendary Corolla Wild Horses, and historic sites like the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Whalehead and the new Currituck Maritime Museum await you and yours in Corolla, NC. Find your way with the Corolla OBX Mobile App, available on the App Store and Google Play.

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In the heart of Historic Corolla, you’ll find the Whalehead Museum. This restored 1920s era Art Nouveau architec tural masterpiece is an Outer Banks icon with an intriguing past that is steeped in the roaring ‘20s lifestyle of its original owners. Events are often held on the property, and tours are offered Monday through Friday.

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse

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Conversation Piece: The Ginkgo Tree

A species ginkgo will stretch to more than 60 feet tall with a 35-footplus spread, so give it room. As an alter native, consider a dwarf ginkgo. There are many mini-cultivars available, with examples being ‘Thelma,’ which tops out at around 10 feet, ‘Troll’ (4-5 feet), and the uber-short ‘Mariken’ (2-3 feet). If you fancy more flash, varie gated ginkgo trees are also available. I have enjoyed a ‘White Lightning’ with its leaves scratched by pale yellow for several years. It is another shorty, only stretching to about 12 feet high. Ginkgo trees are dioecious, mean ing there are female and male trees. Many new cultivars are ginkgo guys, and this is on purpose. Female ginkgo trees produce nuts, which, after falling to the ground, begin to smell worse than nasty. So, unless you enjoy stink, skip female ginkgo selections. Ginkgo trees won’t be found at ev ery garden center, but it is still worth asking the staff if they can order a par ticular cultivar. Online shopping is al ways an option, and MrMaple Nursery (mrmaple.com) in East Flat Rock, NC, offers a large ginkgo selection.

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GINKGO WHITE LIGHTNINGAUTUMN GINKGO LEAVES

AUTUMN IS THE PERFECT TIME to plant woody ornamentals, and if you are looking for a real con versation piece, grab a ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba). What’s so special about ginkgo? For starters, it is very old — set your time machine back to 200 million years ago, and you will find ginkgo in full flaunt. Also, with apologies to Charles Darwin, it forgot to evolve and has remained relatively the same over the eons. Call ginkgo a living fossil, if you will. So, the ginkgo is ancient — now add otherworldly. During the spring and summer, a typical ginkgo exhib its the same green-ness of many other shrubs and trees, which, from a dis tance, appears rather ho-hum. But clos er inspection reveals weird, fan-shaped leaves that look like they would fit per fectly in an Avatar sequel. Ginkgo got your attention yet? Ginkgo trees are tough, too. I’ve seen them doing quite well on local mall parking lot berms and traffic islands in full sun, so in a pampered backyard, they will certainly thrive.

Timely Tip SEPTEMBER IS THE MONTH FOR BUY ING AND PLANTING PEONY TUBERS. AT THE STORE, PICK OUT THE CHUB BIEST TUBERS YOU CAN FIND THAT HAVE AT LEAST FOUR TO FIVE PINKISH “EYES” ON EACH. IN THE GARDEN, DON’T PLANT THEM TOO DEEP — NO MORE THAN AN INCH BELOW THE SOIL’S SURFACE. THIS CLOSE ENCOUN TER WILL ALLOW THE TUCKED-AWAY TUBERS TO EXPERIENCE THE BENEFI CIAL CHILL OF WINTER, WHICH THEY NEED TO DEVELOP — AND BLOOM — PROPERLY. ALSO, IF POSSIBLE, SITE YOUR PEONIES-TO-BE IN AN AREA THAT GREETS THE MORNING SUN, BUT IS SOMEWHAT SHADED FROM THE HARSHEST AFTERNOON RAYS DURING THE GROWING SEASON.

Written and photographed by L.A. Jackson

• It’s a busy time in the veggie garden because broccoli, arugula, Chi nese cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, dill, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, turnips, spinach, and radishes can all be planted now.

• Patrol the rose bed — watch for any signs of black spot and snip off infected leaves. Since this is a soilborne disease that can overwinter in the garden, also rake up and dispose of fallen flowers and foliage.

• Resist the urge to prune pe rennials and woodies at this time of year because such shearing now will encourage new growth in the early fall that probably won’t have time to harden off before the first frosts bite.

GINKGO LEAVES PEONY SCARLETT

• Thinking about hanging onto your Halloween pumpkin for Thanksgiving festivities? Carved jack-o’-lanterns won’t last long, of course, but whole pumpkins will store nicely in a dry, cool place out of direct sunlight. If you spot any mold on the rind, it can be wiped off with a cloth lightly dipped in vegetable oil.

Finally, an additional ginkgo plus: In the fall, when colder temperatures ar rive, its foliage will turn a handsome yel low. This show will linger but a few days, and then, almost in unison, all the leaves desert their branches, forming a carpet of chilled gold under a bare tree. Quite a sight — one worth talking about.t L.A. Jackson is the former edi tor of Carolina Gardener Magazine Want to ask L.A. a question about your garden? Contact him by email at lajackson1@gmail.com. O’HARA

• If you are an impatient garden er, pick some of your green tomatoes and enjoy an ol’ kitchen tradition by looking up online any of the many recipes for fried green tomatoes.

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• If you are still mowing your yard when autumn leaves start to drop, think about bagging the re sults. This combination of dry fallen foliage and fresh grass clip pings makes an excellent starter for a compost pile.

• Before cold weather moves in, parsley, thyme, oregano, basil, mint, and chives, six easy-to-grow — as well as transplant — edibles can be dug up from the garden and placed in pots on sunny window sills for a small indoor herb garden.

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• Tomatoes that are still green on the vine can be harvested before the first frosts bite and brought inside to ripen. Wrap each fruit lightly in a piece of tissue paper and place in an area out of direct sunlight. Check on the tomatoes weekly and use them as they turn red.

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42 WAKELIVING Spooktacular Sights and Sounds Exploring Wake County’s haunted history

Did you know that Wake County is filled with dark stories, legends, and spirits of the deceased who are said to walk among us, especially after dark? With the generous help of Nelson Nauss and Al Parker from The Ghost Guild (learn about them in the sidebar), we have put together 10 locations, mostly in the NC State University and downtown Raleigh areas, so you can explore our area’s haunted history on your own (or take a friend because it might get spooky)! Note that some of these locations are on private property, so please be respectful of property owners and keep your ghost-hunting activity confined to the streets and public sidewalks in front of these locations.

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While the building was originally con structed in 1936 as a National Guard Ar mory for the 30th infantry division, it was converted to a theater after the division was inactivated in 1974. The building is located in Pullen Park, on former farmland donated by Richard Stanhope Pullen. The cast and crew, including David Ira Wood III, have reported seeing a little boy. He has allegedly appeared both in the lobby and in front of the stair wells. Strange and unexplained noises are also often heard. On several occasions, The Ghost Guild, the theater’s ex clusive paranormal re search team, has heard what sounded like someone walking up and down the bleach ers; however, no one else was in the building at the time, and the retractable bleachers and stairs were completely pushed in. Mordecai Historic Park 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh

The Guardian Angel of Oakwood, a statue located at the grave of Etta Rebecca White, is visible from Watauga Street after hours when the cemetery is closed. Legend says that the eyes of the statue follow those who visit the cemetery after dark, and that the head of the statue spins around 12 times precisely at the stroke of midnight on Hal loween. Etta died at the age of 38 of a cerebral hemorrhage after being committed to the Dorothea Dix mental hospital for a month. The face of the angel was modeled after Etta. The statue has been broken and repaired due to previous vandalism. Night visitors have reported mysterious scratches on their arms, stings, and welts on their skin.

Guardian Angel at Oakwood Cemetery 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh

The Mordecai House is the oldest home in Raleigh still on its original foundation. The original portion of the house was built for Joel Lane’s son, Henry, but the house acquired the name Mordecai when Moses Mordecai married into the Lane family and took ownership. It’s a more recent occupant that captures local imagination. Although Mary Willis Mordecai Turk died in 1937, she’s routinely been reported playing piano in her prim black dress. Local historic guides talk about tour groups reporting a lady in pe riod costume in the house, while some have seen just a swirl of mist and heard a pleasant tinkling of the piano keys. There are reports of doors opening and closing on their own and pictures that will fall off the wall if you remark nega tively on the prop erty, curse, or other wise act improperly in the house.

44 WAKELIVING Theatre in the Park 107 Pullen Road, Raleigh

Ghost Guild member, Raleigh-based folklorist, and author Al Parker has created the “Raleigh’s Most Terrifying Ghosts, Spirits, and Haunts” tour that can be accessed on the free Built Story app. The tour is $10 and can be accessed throughout a 30-day period after purchase. The app uses cellular GPS functions to guide the user from location to location, where they can experience and learn about local ghost stories and legends. The tour includes 21 stops, along with photographs, recorded narration, text, and music.

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Death and Taxes 105 W. Hargett St., Raleigh

State Capitol Building 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh Legend says that night guards and visi tors report hearing screams in the building. A ghostly cavalryman has been seen patrolling the building and the grounds. The stench of a stale cigar is reported to be the ghost of former Governor Zebulon Vance, who died on April 14, 1894, and may still haunt the building. A night watchman has seen the el evator, which is isopens,whenmove,theoperatedmanuallyfrominside,andthedoornooneinside.The library is the most common spot for paranormal activities.

This building, which is now the location of the perhaps appropriately named Death and Taxes restaurant (owned by Chef Ashley Christensen), was built in 1907 as a coffin shop. A few years later, many victims of the Spanish flu pandemic were served by this shop. Guests have heard footsteps and strange noises, and have seen a young girl converse with others who were not in the room.

The Executive Mansion 200 N. Blount St., Raleigh

Construction began on the North Carolina Executive Mansion in 1883 us ing bricks and convict labor provided by the nearby penitentiary. Work was completed in 1891, and Governor Daniel G. Fowle moved in; however, he died within three months. In 1969, when Gov ernor Robert (Bob) Scott took office, he had Governor Fowle’s bed removed and replaced with a longer bed that would better suit a man of his height. Soon Governor Scott and his wife began hearing knocking sounds coming from the wall behind the headboard of their new bed. Former Governor Pat Mc Crory stated that he used to say “goodnight” to the friendly ghost before going to bed. In October 2017, Governor Roy Cooper had Fowle’s bed returned back to its original spot. Governor and Mrs. Cooper say they have never heard any knocking or spirits while they have occupied the residence.

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As the exclusive paranormal research team for Mordecai Historic Park since 2017 and Theatre in the Park since 2016, The Ghost Guild, Inc. is a registered nonprofit paranormal research organization based in Raleigh.

As part of the commitment to science-based investigations, the group captures data, drafts theories, and attempts to explains things with science as the first goal. If the data is not rooted in good practice and principle, or if it’s contaminated, it’s discarded. While the team has a foundation in science, they want to bring attention to these unique sites’ histories and preservation efforts. During presentations, they educate audiences on the history uncovered, the science utilized, and the data documented and allow audiences to make their own conclusions. They present several times per year, including at the annual Haunted Festival for the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, which takes place on the last Saturday of October. Before that, drop by and meet Ghost Guild members during the 50th anniversary of Mordecai Historic Park on September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be a family-friendly program with vendors, stage performances, ceremonies, and various other small programs throughout the park.

Dorothea Dix Park 1030 Richardson Drive, Raleigh (Follow the site map to the cemetery.)

Among its team members are professionals in fields such as information technology, project management, health services, aviation quality control, learning technology, photojournalism, environmental protection, and archeology. Each individual offers a unique talent to the group and to the organizations they partner with.

Across the street from the public parking lot on Umstead Drive is an old cemetery where patients from the old mental hospital, used from 1856 to 2012, are buried. Many of the headstones have been vandalized or lost to time. You can see a small collection of the broken stones as you enter the graveyard to your right. Visitors have reported hearing wailing cries of the dead at night, especially when the moon is in a new moon phase, when the graveyard is at its darkest.

Winslow Hall at NC State University

While attempting to climb to the top, one of the students lost his grip on the ladder and fell to his death. Since then, witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly appari tion standing on the top of the smokestack. The smokestack retains the former name of the uni versity: State College.

Yarbrough Steam Plant Smokestack 2411 Yarbrough Drive, Raleigh

Winslow Hall, Pullen Road, Raleigh Winslow Hall is one of the oldest and most haunted buildings at NC State Univer sity. The building was opened in 1897 and is one of the oldest on campus. Because the building served as the infirmary for more than 60 years, it’s safe to say the build ing saw its share of death. During the Spanish flu pan demic of 1918, more than 450 students were treated and 13 died from the disease, including nurse Eliza Riddick, who was the daughter of NC State President W.C. Riddick. A female spirit is said to wander the halls of the building. Staff and students who have worked in the building have recounted the feeling of being watched over as the com plete their daily work tasks.

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Pine CreameryState Building 410 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh Employees of the former Xoco Mexican Restaurant, which now houses Pine State Public House, had so many experiences and reports of unexplained incidents inside the building that they actually posted a sign at the entrance which read, “We are not re sponsible for the actions of any ghosts/spir its on the premises.” It is believed that the haunting is tied to the murder of Deborah Elliot, whose body was found abandoned in the building after being beaten to death by John Williams, Jr., a drug-fueled serial kill er. Another of Williams’ suspected victims, Cynthia Brown, was found murdered along the railroad tracks nearby. Pictures and self ies taken in the building have shown myste rious images and shadows. Customers have complained of hearing whispers in their ears, of the restroom light being turned off while they are inside, and of glassware and cutlery moving on their own.

Built in 1925, the smokestack bellowed out thick, black smoke, which was the byproduct of the creation of heat needed to pump steam, the main source of winter heating, to the various buildings on the campus of NC State. Today it is still used, but in a much more environmentally friendly way. In 1989, rumors began to circu late that a student had fallen to his death from the smokestack. In fact, two students found an unlocked door and gained access to the ladder inside of the smokestack in the spring of 1989.

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WHAT IS INFLATION?

We’re all familiar with the indi vidual impact of inflation: Life be comes more expensive, and prices rise faster than businesses and consumers can adapt. Gas and grocery prices shoot up faster than wages. The net effect is, your dollar doesn’t go as far as it did a year ago. On the business side, companies are seeing increases in the cost of supplies, real estate, and labor. So they’re pressured to make cuts and raise prices, and that worsens the consumer impact.

Also consider how you’re paying for items. Look for programs that of fer rewards for your spending. Coast al Credit Union has both checking and credit card rewards programs that allow you to earn cash back from using your card. Plus, consider what rewards retailers might have.

Inflation rates are starting to ap proach levels we haven’t seen since the early 1980s. As inflation has started to dominate the news cycle and will certainly be a hot-button issue as we head into the November elections, it’s worth taking a look at what it is, how it’s affecting business es and consumers, and what, if any, steps we can take to lessen its effects.

Interest rates on loans are start ing to increase, and the Federal Re serve has indicated that additional rate hikes are planned to help coun ter inflationary pressures. Still, rates are below historic averages. Knowing that, if you have a major purchase planned, now might be the ideal time to make it, before prices and interest rates both climb higher. At Coastal, we’re still seeing high demand for mortgages and auto loans.

The combination of merchant sav ings and earning cash back can help dampen the effects of rising prices.

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WHY IS INFLATION A CONCERN?

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Take time to re-evaluate your wants and needs. If the cost of what you absolutely need is on the rise, per haps you can delay buying some of the things you want. For necessities, shop around for the best price. For things you use frequently that don’t expire quickly, consider bulk purchases.

It’s also great to remember that there’s still a labor shortage, low un employment, and a strong demand for talent. At Coastal, we’ve con tinued to grow and frequently have several positions open, offering com petitive wages and great benefits. It doesn’t hurt to look for potential job opportunities and seek out a new position with higher pay to help bal ance your Inflationbudget.ishitting us from all directions. In the end, adapting and keeping your finances on track comes down to taking a good look at where your money goes, making changes to your spending, and planning ahead.

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Inflation affects us collectively, but the individual impact can vary greatly. We all have different wants and needs, and are at different points in our financial journey. That means we each need an individualized ap proach to handling increasing prices. For consumers and businesses alike, a big first step is to revisit your budget, especially if you haven’t in a while. Ask yourself: Where are we seeing unexpectedly high expendi tures? Which are absolutely neces sary, and which can be cut back a bit? Are we still allocating our money to be spent in alignment with our pri orities and budgeting needs?

The first step in dealing with infla tion is understanding what we’re talk ing about. In the simplest terms, it’s the measure of how much prices are in creasing year over year. A commonly ac cepted indicator is the Consumer Price Index, which tracks the price of a wide variety of everyday goods and services. In June, the Consumer Price In dex rose to 9.1% above 2021, higher than expected and the steepest in crease since November 1981. There’s no one clear cause of infla tion, and there are lot of contributing factors this time. We’ve seen record low interest rates on loans, manufacturing shutdowns and supply chain issues due to Covid, government stimulus money, and a “Great Resignation” as employ ees and companies adapt to new ways of working. As a result, there’s higher demand than available supply for just about everything, and suppliers are raising their prices in response.

Inflation Is Pushing Prices.

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 53 Local Faces of Fashion WRITTEN BY ERICA HINTON | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN TOP: BEHIND THE SCENES AT RALEIGH DENIM. BOTTOM LEFT: T-SHIRTS IN PRODUCTION AT HOUSE OF SWANK. BOTTOM RIGHT: A PEEK INTO THE ALTERATIONS ROOM AT GLENWOOD SOUTH TAILORS & MEN’S SHOP.

His most popular shirt shows a simple outline of the state of North Carolina with the left half of the state represented by the word “Tomato” and the right side by “Vin egar,” an homage to how North Carolinians prefer the sauce on their barbecue. And the ideas just keep coming. “I just me keep an eye on things and, basically, we always say we have job security as long as someone says something stupid,” Pugh said. “I'm a total political junkie, so I’m all over that kind of stuff, too. It’s a terrible habit, but it’s worked pretty well.”

John Founder/OwnerPugh, House of Swank

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From T-shirts and jeans to high-end bespoke suits, Raleigh has a blossoming fashion industry. We spent time with these three movers and shakers to learn how — and why — they make custom and ready-to-wear apparel right here in the capital city.

Pugh created a design in the vein of a sports team, the “North Raleigh Spitting Cobras.” It sold well. But like his other de signs, it’s pretty much trial and error. “There’s a ton of stuff you throw out in the world and two people buy it or no one buys it,” he said. “It's not like we're product testing and get ting these focus groups and all that kind of stuff. It’s more like, ‘I really want this shirt for myself, and I might as well make 10 more and see if I can sell them.’”

Customers also flock to the designs that demonstrate place attachment, which Pugh is happy to “dork out” on and discuss. “So the theory is that people are into their own place, and we always wanted to have it so people can represent themselves,” he said. “People like to represent where they're from, be it the state of North Carolina or the cities. It’s super localized pride, even at the neigh borhood level. It’s like the North Carolina shirt. I just wanted to have something with the state of North Carolina that wasn't like UNC or NC State. I just wanted the state on my shirt. I couldn't find it. So I made it.”

He sold those shirts, made more, and it just kept going from there. Eleven years later, it’s his full-time job as the owner of House of Swank on East Hargett Street in Downtown Raleigh.For those who aren’t already familiar with House of Swank, you’ve probably seen their T-shirts on a hip friend of yours or even on social media. Remember the big North Raleigh spitting cobra ordeal last summer? Well, that became a T-shirt. “The cobra was ridiculous,” said Pugh. “At first, I wasn’t go ing to do anything with it, but as the day went on and on, it got more stupid every hour. By the time we were eating dinner, I finally knew what I wanted to do.”

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HOUSE OF T-SHIRTS DESIGNS THAT SPEAK TO NORTH CAROLINIANS.

IT ALL STARTED with a Fritos lunchbox and an old piece of wood found in the basement of a former apartment. John Pugh used these items to fashion a three-string guitar he would use to play gigs around town as Johnny Swank. Eventually, he needed some merchandise. “So, I made five shirts,” said Pugh. “I learned how to screen print poorly in our little kitchen of our little apartment.”

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 55 HOUSE OF SWANK FOUNDER/OWNER JOHN PUGH GETS READY TO PLAY A HOMEMADE GUITAR CRAFTED FROM AN OLD FRITOS LUNCHBOX.

All the designs are mix of Pugh’s own hand-drawn art, along with some purchased images, which he usually manipulates in some fashion. With his business partner/ wife and a handful of employees, he prints all the designs in-house in the back of their retail store. And it’s not just T-shirts. It’s hoodies, hats, dog bandanas, coasters, stick ers, and just about anything you can think of to print a design on. “We are increasingly doing more printing, more shirts at a time,” said Pugh. “It could range from anywhere from 10 shirts to 500 a day.”

John Pugh, Founder/Owner House of Swank

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As Pugh showed us his Fritos lunchbox guitar and even played a few riffs as Johnny Swank, you can tell this is a creative guy who found a niche in local fashion and enjoys ev ery minute of it.

“I like the creativity and the fact that I can do a lot of different things on any given day. Like today. I did some design work for new shirt. I went to deliver some stuff in Durham. I talked to some folks in Durham. We were burning some screens,” he said. “I need to be doing lots of differ ent stuff. I’ve worked in corporate before, and that would just drive me insane. I can’t do that. There’s no way. It's a really wide, diverse skill set that I've developed, and it's been fun to learn.”

“I like the creativity and the fact that I can do a lot of different things on any given day.”

TOP: JUD BURNETTE MAKES T-SHIRTS IN THE BACK OF THE RETAIL STORE IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH. ABOVE: BUTTONS, HOODIES, HATS, DOG BANDANAS, AND STICKERS ARE AMONG SOME OF THE ITEMS MADE AT HOUSE OF SWANK.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 57 Victor Founder/OwnerLytvinenko, Raleigh Denim VICTOR LYTVINENKO, FOUNDER/ OWNER OF RALEIGH DENIM, IN HIS RETAIL STORE AND FACTORY IN RALEIGH'S WAREHOUSE DISTRICT.

You could say Lytvinenko has always been interested in the arts, beginning with the culinary arts. He was a cook at Nobu in New York City in 2001, and also worked in the kitchen at Raleigh’s Second Empire. Before that, he was into wine-making (and still does a little on his small farm north of Durham). But it was when he was in the mountains of North Carolina that he met people who used to work in denim factories, especially Cone Mills in Greens boro, which has been making denim for 130 years.“Ijust took a lot of the philosophies of wine-making and cooking, farm to table, and applied it to denim,” said Lytvinen ko. “We had all these building blocks in North Carolina because it was where the best denim in the world was made for a long time. And we just started making jeans in our apartment. We bought two or three sewing machines off of Craigslist and I just started making a pair of jeans every day and fell in love with it.”

RALEIGH DENIM, JEANS ARE MADE AND DISPLAYED LIKE WORKS OF ART.

“Our pattern-maker, she’s close to 90, and was the pattern-maker at Levi's in the 1950s and ’60s. We worked together for a decade for four or five hours a day, every day,” said Lytvinenko. “I also found pretty talented guys up in the mountains who used to run the last Levi's factory that was in America. It was in Bakers ville, North Carolina. They taught me a lot about sewing machines and how to fix them. I would put my broken machines in the back of our car and drive it up to the mountains and we would fix them in their garage, and it was kind of an infor mal apprenticeship where I really wanted to learn. They were retired and their in dustry had moved overseas, and I think they were just excited to share and excited that somebody younger was interested in their expertise.”

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That was in 2006. He made about 500 pairs before he found one he liked. Then, like most smart businessmen, he sought out mentors.

58 WAKELIVING WALK INTO Raleigh Denim on W. Martin Street in the Warehouse District and you immediately notice hundreds of brown paper airplanes lining the ceiling, carefully suspended above what you are there to really check out: jeans. More to the point, locally made jeans, made right behind the retail store in a workshop that can easily be viewed while“Itshopping.wasSarah's idea,” said Victor Lytvinenko of the paper planes. His wife and business partner Sarah Yarborough sug gested them as a nod to the NC saying “First in Flight.” “It's a warehouse space, and when we moved in, we were pinching pennies pretty tight and needed to transform it. We love how when you walk into an art gallery it changes your perspective, makes you take a deep breath; you feel a little lighter. We wanted this place to feel transformative. And so this was a way to create a lot of volume, make it a very fun and interesting place to visit because the store is an installation. The store is an art piece on its own.”

Founder/OwnerLytvinenko,Victor Raleigh Denim

ABOVE: EACH PAIR OF JEANS IS HAND-SIGNED BY THE PERSON WHO MADE BOTTOMTHEM.LEFT: SPOOLS OF FABRIC EVENTUALLYWILLMAKE THEIR WAY INTO ONE OF THE SEVERAL CLOTHING ITEMS MADE AT RALEIGH DENIM. BOTTOM RIGHT: EACH ARTICLE OF CLOTHING IS CAREFULLY CRAFTED BY HAND.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 59 “It's about where it comes from, how it’s made, how it’s grown, how it’s processed. We’re doing things at a higher quality at every level, from the cotton to the way that we weave it to the way we cut it.” —

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The end result is a pair of jeans you’ll have for years. And just like the wine-mak ing he enjoys, they just get better with age.

The jeans’ price point ranges from about $200-$500, but keep in mind it takes about 10 times longer to make a pair of Raleigh Denim jeans than a pair of Levi’s. Lytvinenko also does all the design work himself. And for a company with only a 23 employees, they do the work of many more. “It's kind of crazy that we’re able to do what we do at the scale that we're doing it with so many levels of expertise that's nec essary to get it through the whole pipeline from design to fabric, sourcing, patternmaking, cutting, sewing, quality control, bagging, tagging, and sales,” he said.

Not to mention jeans are probably the most popular piece of clothing worldwide and can be worn anytime and anyplace. “Jeans have this nonchalance about them,” said Lytvinen ko. “It’s this tightrope of almost extremes where it can be the most ripped up thing in the world and the most fashionable at the same time. It could be super clean and dark and you can wear it with a blazer, or you can wear the same jeans with a T-shirt and flip flops.”

For his dedication to his art, Lytvinenko is getting inducted into Wake County Public School Hall of Fame this October. He attended Enloe High School, where he met his wife more than 20 years ago. And earlier this year, Raleigh Denim added to their executive team to help expand the brand and become a larger business. “We’ve got some ideas on creating lines of products — clothing and other products, too, that could propel us into another stratosphere,” said Lytvinenko.Heandhis wife have already been de signing for Bernhardt Furniture in Lenoir, NC, for a decade, and are always looking for new opportunities. “Every year we learn more; we dig a little deeper; we push a little harder,” said Lytvinenko. “Our interest is in making the best thing that we possibly can. What we’re doing here is very special.”

“I wanted to make something that gets better over time, said Lytvinenko. A lot of my clothes would wear out, and I wanted some thing that would wear in. It's a reflection of your muscles, your bones, the way you live, where you've been, and what you do. And I think, informally, it's like sharing your life sto ry visually through this medium.”

LYTVINENKO POINTS TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE FACTORY FROM THE RETAIL SHOP.

To date, Lytvinenko has rebuilt every ma chine in the factory. And he loves his old fixeruppers, “not because they’re vintage or because it’s cool, but because they do the best job.” And nothing less than the best is what you can expect from Raleigh Demin. “Com pare chicken that is grown on a farm next door to a McDonald’s chicken nugget,” said Lytvinenko. “It's about where it comes from, how it’s made, how it’s grown, how it’s pro cessed. We’re doing things at a higher qual ity at every level, from the cotton to the way that we weave it to the way we cut it.”

BRIAN TAPEMEASURINGALWAYS&SOUTHGLENWOODOWNERFOUNDER/BURNETTE,OFTAILORSMEN'SSHOP,HASANEARBY.

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WHETHER YOU’RE MEETING Brian Burnette for the first time or you’ve known him for years, you’ll probably surmise he’s pretty much always the best-dressed per son in the room. That’s because it’s his job to know what looks good. After working in menswear at Nordstrom for four years, he learned what professionals and executives re ally look for when they're investing in cloth ing. And back in 2015 when he was look ing to get some suits tailored in Glenwood South and realized there were no businesses in a five-mile radius to meet his needs, he had a lightbulb moment.

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USES A PINCUSHION FROM TURKEY WHILE FITTING A CLIENT.

Brian Founder/OwnerBurnette, Glenwood SouthTailors & Men's Shop

“It just hit me,” said Burnette. “I knew that more professionals and executives from the Midwest and the Northeast were coming here, and I know how important tailoring, al terations, and that experience are, and I said, ‘I think we might have something here.’” He signed a lease for an 800-squarefoot space that was upstairs from his current 2,800-square-foot location on W. Johnson Street, and this October will be seven years in business. The expansion allowed him to create a well-appointed space that allows for custom tailoring on one side, ready-to-wear on the other, and an in-house sewing shop in theIt'sback.all about the “bespoke” experience — a word you hear these days referring to everything from a cocktail to a luxury ve hicle. “The word ‘bespoke’ actually comes from Europe and means to be spoken for,” said Burnette. “Gentlemen would go to their local tailors and cutters and would say, ‘I would love to have a suit cut in that cloth.’ And then that cloth would be spoken for. Now, bespoken means when you have something that’s cut from a pattern to your specifications, your dimensions, your likes, your taste, and your interests. And what that has done is actually emboldened our clients to seek us out because they want to go to a subject matter expert who understands their

“Some people's vision of tailored may be much different from your vision of tailored,” said Burnette.Oncethe pieces are commissioned, the client will come back two more times over an 8- to 10-week period for more measure ments and fittings, and to select the details.

Everything from lapels and pockets to but tons, lining, and stitching are hand-selected in the bespoke experience. This investment runs about $2,800 to $3,500, keeping in mind these are suits you can wear for the rest of your“Ourlife.goal to make sure these suits out last you,” Burnette said. “Our goal to make sure these outlastsuitsyou” —

Brian Founder/OwnerBurnette, Glenwood South Tailors & Men's Shop

You’ll also do a basic fitting with a jacket that is partially deconstructed so the clients can see what their fit preference is.

JULIA SHOWS WHAT A JACKET LOOKS LIKE ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH A BESPOKE EXPERIENCE.

About 90% of Burnette’s clients come to him for an entire wardrobe, even asking him to choose the pieces himself. “They'll say ‘you pick’ because they know I've had the four years of styling experience at Nordstrom,” he said. “Sometimes I say, ‘Hey, you've got five sport coats and they’re all navy blue. It’s time to add some color. And that's really cool be cause they trust us and know what I pick out will be business appropriate, but they can also wear it out on date night with their wife, as well. It's really humbling for me.”

Burnette’s core customers are profes sionals, typically in the biopharma indus try, consulting management, or senior VPs.

“People who really care about their image. Our clients are also very time-sensitive. I think one of the best ways I heard someone sum it up is that our clients are the people who are more interested in investing money to save times versus spending time to save money,” said Burnette.

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“The bespoke process really starts when I ask them how they want to be immortal ized on their big day,” said Burnette. “We be gin to understand their personality and what would be a great fit for them. We’ll spend 45 minutes talking about the garment is for before we even get to the measurements.”

pain points when it comes to designing a wardrobe, and someone who understands their business environments.”

The bespoke experience, which about 90% of clients book by appointment only, begins with a consultation. You'll go into the shop and have a conversation about what you’re looking for, whether it’s a something for a wedding, a business meeting, or a graduation.

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66 WAKELIVING pay it forward THE WORKSHOP AT DESIGNED FOR JOY MAKES JEWELRY, HANDBAGS, ACCESSORIES, AND HOME FURNISHINGS.

Artisans range in age from 20 to 70. Most are moth ers, many are single, and 68% are from underrepresented minority groups, said Heise. “They come to us as vic tims of sex trafficking and domestic violence,” she said. “They’re suffering from generational poverty, addictions, and homelessness, and some have criminal records.”

As artisans, the women earn $15 an hour. To date, Designed for Joy has employed 83 women and paid out a total of $200,000 in wages over the life of the organization.Designedfor Joy is a haven for both spiritual and physical sustenance. The faith-based establishment offers a refuge for women who need support. Restaurants donate

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THE NONDESCRIPT gray metal building sitting on a hill in downtown Raleigh blends into the Cabarrus Street landscape, and behind its bright pink doors and plate glass window decorated with a cheery mural is a haven for women seeking a pathway to a better life.

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Designed for Joy Lifts Women in Crisis

The building houses Designed for Joy, a nonprofit organization formed in 2017 dedicated to providing women in crisis with stability and dignity through immediate employment and support. “We hire at-risk women and give them jobs as artisans, making jewelry, handbags, accessories, and home furnishings, which we sell,” said founder and ex ecutive director Cary Heise. “Each woman who works here has a unique story to tell.”

The back studio is where the magic hap pens. And on a hot day just after the Fourth of July, the workroom was a hive of activity, where artisans and volunteers, working side by side, were busy sewing and crafting. Whether it’s a sewing machine or a die cutter, office equip ment or ap pliances, ev erything at Designed for Joy is donat ed, and nothing goes to waste. Reclaimed wood is transformed into elegant charcute rie boards. Scraps of donated leather and fabric find their way into cute purses, jew elry, and Heiseapparel.grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC, and has spent most of her adult life in Wake County. A lifelong entrepreneur, she is mar ried with two children and lives in Apex. Her early mission work at women’s artisan co-ops in Central America and Africa inspired her to launch Designed for Joy.

meals on Mondays and Tuesdays, and a refrig erator is always stocked with breakfast items, HeiseThesaid.retail showroom is a garden of de light for customers — a shopper’s paradise filled with unique merchandise, from tote bags to bracelets, earrings, and colorful scarves, all styled like a high-end boutique and handmade right on the premises.

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“When I was a married stay-at-home mom in Apex, I started creating businesses to build community,” Heise said. She pub lished an online publication for familyfriendly events and developed a T-shirt brand. She also became devoted to helping women succeed.

“I was the founder of Vend Raleigh, an organization for women in the area who own their own businesses,” she said.

“I have one superpower, and that’s gathering people and getting them excited about a cause. It’s just about caring for our community in a holistic way, providing immediate work for women, and encouraging our partners and volunteers to grow personally and professionally. Designed for Joy is a perfect fit for me.”

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Cary Heise, founder & executivedesigneddirector,forjoy “I have been on a lifelong mission to learn how to blend my business skills with my devotion to helping women, and Designed for Joy fills that role.”

The organization’s name reflects Heise’s“Atfaith.theheart of what we do, we are a ministry, and I believe Jesus wants joy for us,” she said. “The items we make bring joy to our customers, and we give women an opportunity to find joy through a sec ond chance at life.”

DESIGNED FOR JOY FOUNDER

AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CARY HEISE ABOVE: HANDMADE EARRINGS BELOW: THE RETAIL SHOP

For Heise, this work is founded on her ability to bring people together, and she bases her personal brand on her desire for women to do well in life and to inspire others to do community service.

t Teri Saylor is a freelance writer in Raleigh. Find her at terisaylor.com.

Referrals come from among the orga nization’s charity and faith-based partners. Prospective employees go through a full application process before being hired as an artisan. Along with work, the women receive help with crafting their resume and polishing their interview skills with a goal of getting on their feet and finding fulltime Volunteersemployment.are key to the program’s success.“We have over 300 volunteers who work in the studio crafting goods for sale, helping women polish their job-seeking skills,” Heise said. “Our volunteers work in our retail shop and help us staff pop-up markets, porch parties, and stock our wholesale partners.”

“I have one super power, and that's gath ering people and get ting them excited about a cause,” she said. “It’s just about caring for our community in a holistic way, providing immedi ate work for women, and encouraging our partners and volunteers to grow personally and pro fessionally. Designed for Joy is a perfect fit for me.”

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FashionInclusive WRITTEN BY DENA DAW DOES THE WORD “boutique” draw you straight in the door, credit card in tow, or have you running for the hills? For many people, it’s the latter — but Scarlet Street, a local clothing boutique based out of Raleigh, is here to change that.

After earning a degree in fashion merchandising and consumer studies at East Carolina University, Murphy, a Raleigh native, opened Scarlet Street online in February 2020. Murphy chose her business name carefully — scarlet, a bold shade of red, flew in the face of the popular, precious pinks that often characterize local bou tiques, as well as being a nod to her own head of “Similarly,hair.many boutiques use ‘Lane’ or ‘Avenue,’ so I chose ‘Street’ for my interpretation of street style clothing which is affordable, tran sitional, and body inclusive,” said Murphy. “The styles I sell are loose cut, and have elastic or string ties which make them adaptive for mul tiple body types. The idea is for the clothes to fit the shopper, not for the shopper to fit the clothes.”

Although the online store has been open for two years, Scarlet Street can be found at Painted Tree Boutiques in Cary and pop-up markets all over the Raleigh area. Visit their website to check out their pop-up schedule!

“I want everyone to feel comfort able shopping at Scarlet Street,” said Murphy. “I carry sizes small through 3X and encourage people to step out side of their comfort zone. When I hear customers saying, ‘I can’t wear that,’ it motivates me even more to show that fashion is for everyone.” t shopscarletstreet.com

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“Working for boutiques in the past, I noticed they were not inclu sive and were focused on bringing in one type of customer,” said Maggie Murphy, owner of Scarlet Street. “I had trouble connecting with people over clothes that I couldn't wear my self. I wanted to create something that was not only inclusive, but comfortable for different body types, ages, races, and genders.”

Let’s run through a checklist of my 13 must-do activities for this fall:

Hi there, I’m Erica DeLong, radio host and TV correspondent, often spotted at many community events. I am a lover of summer, so when fall hits, so does a brief case of the blahs. My mind instantly goes to “summer vacations are over and I have nothing to wear.”

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Of course, that’s nonsense and simply trickery of the mind. I have a full closet of perfectly good clothes, and the North Carolina mountains couldn’t be more perfect during this time of year. Fall really brings so many fun events, great smells, wonderful memories, and more.

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Erica’s Fall Checklist

CAN YOU BELIEVE SUMMER HAS COME AND GONE AND IN WALKS FALL?

First, start with the basics. You must add a few staple pieces to your wardrobe that make you feel good. A chunky sweater, ankle booties, a wide-brim hat, and cute cropped jeans. Leggings! This is what I wear on the regular through spring. Add a nice blazer to dress them up or down. And if any thing, make sure you have a jean jacket! We have some incredible boutiques throughout the Triangle, many women-owned, so get out and supportPumpkinlocal.spice and everything nice. Go ahead, be basic! Get the latte at least once, to say you did it. For the overachievers, make a homemade latte and tag me on social to share how wonderful it is. Don’t forget pumpkin loaves and pumpkin breads to go with the coffee. There’s even dairy-free pumpkin pie cream cheese nowadays. The list is endless.The pumpkin patch is a must! Is it even fall if you don’t visit one? We have so many farms around the Triangle perfect for snapping those family photos and sourcing your porch decor. It fills my cup to pull into my driveway and see those pumpkins and gourds lining the stairs. A nice fall foliage drive. Is there anything better than a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Make it a weekend getaway to one of the faves like Asheville, Boone, Blowing Rock, or Brevard. If a weekend getaway isn’t in the cards, take a nice scenic drive. Highway 64 is a gorgeous drive; go as far as you want! I’m a big fan of waterfalls, so here’s a link to the waterfalls along Highway 64. romanticashe ville.com/highway64.htm Warm up your home with a fuzzy blanket, some fall-colored throw pillows, and an autumn-scented candle. Binge your favorite show! Just those small touches make a difference.

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Scary movie night. There are a plethora of options you can stream. Break out the popcorn and make sure everyone submits a “ticket” before you start the show. You can also rent a jumbo screen for the back yard and invite friends and neighbors. Where are my wine lovers? Explore a North Carolina winery. It’s easy to forget how many we have right here in our own backyard. Visit ncwine.org to plan a trip. ’Tis the season for tailgating. If you’ve never tailgated in North Carolina, it is serious business. The spreads and setups will wow you. And the love for our North Caro lina teams brings so much fun and fellowship. Even if you’re unable to make the game, at least experience a tailgate. Don’t forget to grab your Bojangles. Check out the Raleigh Ghost Walk with To bacco Road Tours. This tour is offered year round and is, of course, very popular during the fall. Experi ence local ghost stories, folklore, and history on a 1 ½-mile walk ing tour. tobaccoroadtours.com

Visit a Raleigh rooftop to take in the skyline. Level7, The Willard, Jolie, Tin Roof … we have several great spots to choose from (and the number keeps growing).

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And last, but certainly not least, the North Carolina State Fair. I smell the fair as I write this. This is an annual tradition. Even when I lived in NYC and other cities, I came home every year for the NC State Fair. If you’re scared off by crowds these days, take the morn ing off from work and enjoy more room to roam in the early hours. Plus, the food lines are much shorter! This year’s dates are from October 13 to 23. ncstatefair.org t If you have any fall traditions, please share! Reach out anytime on social @EricaDeLong.

For those of us who love the beach … day trip! It’s so calming and peaceful. Throw on a sweatshirt and enjoy the salt air. Lodging is so much cheaper,Campingtoo!in your backyard. How fun for the little ones to throw a tent in the backyard and make s’mores by the fire pit, while sip ping hot chocolate. Put the tablets and phones down and just be. Enjoy the calm!

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 77 The SpeakeasiesRaleighWorldHiddenof WRITTEN BY MATTHEW LARDIE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN BEHIND ISWHETHERGUESTSLOUNGETHEENTRANCESTAIRWELL,DOWNDOORNONDESCRIPTAANDADARKTHETOATLANTICLETSKNOWTHEREVACANCY.

Jason Howard, Atlantic Lounge owner

“ I think if you know about [the bar] you feel special, and people just want to feel special. That’s the lure to a speakeasy, just being in the know.”

The 18th Amendment to the Con stitution came into effect on January 17, 1920, and banned the sale, manu facturing, and transport of spirituous liquors across the United States. Until the amendment was repealed in 1933, American drinking culture had to go underground, sometimes literally. The speakeasy was born out of necessity, called so because patrons were advised to “speak easy,” or quietly, about them in public lest they draw the attention of the authorities.Aresurgence in cocktail culture in the mid-2000s brought about a nostal gia for that era — both for the style of spirit-forward cocktails that prevailed at the time and the intimate atmosphere of the bars themselves. A movement be gan in big cities like New York and Chi cago and has since swept all corners of the nation. Craft cocktail bars are back big time, and the speakeasy vibe is cov eted by bar owners and patrons alike, albeit this time without the threat of G-men busting through the doors and carting off customers in a paddy wagon.

“I think if you know about [the bar] you feel special, and people just want to feel special,” said Atlantic Lounge own er Jason Howard. “That’s the lure to a speakeasy, just being in the know.”

THE ATLANTIC LOUNGE, in Raleigh’s Oakwood neighborhood, is home to some of the best craft cocktails in the Triangle. Getting one for yourself is as simple as heading down Person Street, entering the service hallway behind Crawford and Son, making sure the sign above the nondescript door to the bar reads “Vacancy” (as opposed to “No Vacancy''), and heading down the stairs. Oh, and you need your key. You see, The Atlantic Lounge is a speakeasy, and being a bit tricky to ac cess is an intentional part of its vibe. The bar is part of a movement to popu larize and modernize Prohibition-era classic cocktails along with the inti mate, almost-secret ethos that accompa nies the speakeasy genre.

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When Shanahan was designing the space, he wanted each room to feel

“The fun thing about speakeasies is how to find them,” noted Patrick Sha nahan, co-owner of Watts & Ward. Also located down a set of stairs, Watts & Ward is a speakeasy on steroids, a mas sive space that houses multiple rooms while also retaining an air of mystery.

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 79 distinct. Guests enter into what he de scribes as a sort of “1930s mudroom,” continuing on to an industrial-feeling bar in the middle, then moving into another bar with turn-of-the-century library vibes, and finishing the night in a Victorian-inspired garden setting.

“That cocktail craze flowed into the speakeasy vibe,” he added. Guests at The Merchant ascend a flight of stairs and enter through a vintage vending machine that doubles as the bar’s door. That sense of secrecy

GUESTS ENTER THE MERCHANT THROUGH A SECRET DOOR DISGUISED AS A VINTAGE VENDING MACHINE. A DARK, HIDDEN STAIRCASE LEADS YOU TO THIS UPSTAIRS SPEAKEASY.

“I like the idea of transport ing people out of Raleigh into a time where it felt a little exclusive,” Shana han explained.ForJonSeelbinder, owner of The Merchant, speakeasies are a natural re sult of the resurgent interest in cock tails as a true craft. “The cocktail revo lution that started happening in the early to mid-2000s, it was just this re surgence of an art that had been lost,” Seelbinder said.

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Back at The Atlantic Lounge, cus tomers are members, and membership comes with the key needed to enter the bar. Bartenders can whip up a drink based on your preference (liquor, style, mood) or mix a classic like a Negroni or Paper Plane. Each keyholder can bring one guest at a time, limiting the num ber of people at the bar at any one time for a truly intimate experience.

For Shanahan, one of the driving reasons behind creating Watts & Ward was to provide a space for career bar tenders to practice their craft.

“No one believed you could do a speakeasy-style cocktail bar in such a large space,” he recalled. “Everyone thought we were going to fail.”

“These bartenders are taking their craft really seriously,” he said. With house cocktails like the Watts & Ward Old Fashioned (made with Elijah Craig Private Reserve bour bon), the Moore Square (gin and green chartreuse), and the Cactus Garden (white peppercorn tequila), Shanahan’s team has transformed the large space into a true cocktail lover’s paradise.

The cocktails themselves are the true heart and soul of the speakeasy. Without them, there would just be me diocre drinks that are hard to find.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 81 extends to the menu, where the most popular drink is the Smoke & Dag gers. The drink is made with Woodin ville Whisky, maple syrup, lemon, egg white, and a red wine float. It’s served inside a smoke-filled box, the smoke pouring out as guests open the door to retrieve their cocktail. It’s speakeasy performance art — modern experien tial drinking, if you will — and all of it is done with intention.

“The speakeasy thing just creates this feeling of, ‘Wow, I’m in the know. I’m tucked away [behind] this secret door. That’s really cool,’” said Seelbinder.

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At $40 apiece, The Atlantic Lounge has sold around 4,000 keys since open ing in 2019, although non-members can try out the bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each evening. The bar can only hold around 30 people, and Howard encour ages members to bring their own records to help set the musical mood. And perhaps that is the true es sence of the speakeasy — a home away from home; a place to be a regular; a Cheers, where everybody knows your name, but not everyone knows how to WATTS & 900 N.

“The key is to keep the bar spe cial for regulars, members,” Howard explained. “It’s kind of a social experi ment, to be honest with you,” he said, “but it’s worked out for us.”

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Prohibition itself only lasted 13 years before the US threw open the doors to the backdoor saloons and basement speakeasies and brought drinking culture back into the open. But the desire for that little, tucked away watering hole has nev er left our collective consciousness.

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More than a century later, though, it seems that no matter what does come next, the speakeasy is here to stay. t AN

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“When I first did Watts & Ward, people said [the speakeasy] was a trend,” said Shanahan, “and now we have all of these amazing career bartenders. What comes next is up to them.”

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Compass Rose has tradition ally brewed its seltzers on its 1 bbl (31 gallon) pilot brewing system, allowing Schell freedom to be creative with various styles. “We have experimented with selt zer flavorings ranging from ex tracts and foraged ingredients to NC-grown hemp,” he said. The brewery was founded in 2015 in north Raleigh and, since its inception, has been on a mission to brew and serve awardwinning beer, provide top-notch customer service, and host gettogethers, both large and small.

Compass Rose is the brainchild of owners Jose and Martha Mar tinez, who take pride in the brew ery and work closely with Schell and theirLaterstaff.this year, Compass Rose plans to open a small kitch en while expanding the brewery with additional tanks and equip ment and hosting more public and private events.

WRITTEN BY DATHAN KAZSUK PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONATHAN FREDIN YOU TYPICALLY WON'T catch me shying away from a beer, but I decided on a dif ferent approach this time — a hard seltzer. And on blind faith, I stumbled upon one of the best-tasting seltzers I've had in a longThetime.Fraise Juice, courtesy of Raleigh’s Compass Rose Brew ing Company, is a CBD-infused seltzer.

“I started with a ratio much lower than I had in mind out of caution,” said head brewer Ivan Schell. “What I've gathered from dank/distinctiscustomersourthatthe

characterskunky isn’t overwhelming for those who are into that. The seltzer cer tainly isn’t for everyone, but that makes it perfect for a limited run, smallbatchWhatrelease.”you get with Fraise Juice is a distinct smell of hemp, similar to some recent beers ex perimenting with adding hemp oils and extracts to their brews.

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Compass Rose teamed up with FraiseRoots, a local food truck and hemp dispensary that sells an assortment of CBD and Del ta-8 products, like candies, cereal bars, and Whileoils.hemp is legal on the fed eral level, each state has regulations on CBD and Delta-8 products. “I loved watching North Carolina bloom with local businesses offering these products,” Schell said. “I’m excited to see them continue to flourish.”

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he sound of the drill, long procedures, the expectation of pain, past bad experiences, and horror stories told by others — these are all reasons why people avoid go ing to the dentist. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone! Fear is actually one of the top reasons people put off going to the dentist to get the dental care they need. The good news is that this anxi ety doesn’t need to keep you from getting and maintaining that happy and healthy smile you want and de serve. With sedation dentistry, you can experience both major and mi nor dental procedures while you are in a state of relaxation and reduced awareness — and without actually being put to sleep.

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The first thing you should do is talk with your dentist. Let them and their team know about your anxiety. Don’t feel uncomfortable expressing your concerns. Remember, you are not alone! At Supremia Dentistry in Wake Forest, their team uses con scious oral sedation, so you will be given a prescription for a gentle, yet effective, sedative you can pick up at a pharmacy of your choosing. Your dentist will give you instructions as to the exact time the sedative should be taken, as it takes some time for the medicine to take effect. It will also be necessary to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. When you arrive, you will be relaxed and possibly drowsy. De pending on the circumstances, your dentist may provide an additional sedative. Consider bringing in mu sic, movies, or an audiobook you can listen to with earphones. This will help drown out any noises that may cause anxiety. You can also bring in a handheld stress ball to help distract you from the procedure. After your appointment, the effects of sedation will gradually wear off, and you will need to take the rest of the day off of work to rest and recuperate.

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The three-course prix fixe brunch will feature favorites like a hot honey chicken & waffle sandwich, shrimp & grits, eggs Benedict, and stuffed French toast with brie and cinnamon apples.

Altered State Brewing  has relocated to a new spot off Du rant Road. They now have expanded hours, as well as an online store so any new releases they post on social media will be available immediately.

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The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh Brown stone – University (known by Raleigh folks simply as the Brownstone) , on Hillsborough Street near NC State, is set to be torn down and replaced by student housing. The hotel was purchased for $42 million in 2021. Construction could begin as soon as the end of the year.

The Willard, a rooftop lounge at the AC Hotel Raleigh Downtown, is now offering a monthly Rooftop Jazz Brunch.

For the third year in a row, Coastal Credit Union has been named to the Forbes list of Best-in-State Credit Unions 2022. Coastal President and CEO Chuck Purvis said, “We earn several awards every year, but honors like this that are rooted in consumer choice truly have the most meaning. As an organization that strives to do best by our members, consistently being named among the best is a signal that we’re on the right track.”

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The Raleigh City Council approved the FAYETTEVILLE STREET SOCIAL DISTRICT as the city’s first social district. Effective now, you can enjoy your adult beverage of choice throughout the area, inside and out, seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In 2021, NC national parks brought in $1.7 billion from visitors, the second highest visitor spending of any state (California was the first). The majority of spending was from the Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Cape Hatteras.

The Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC) has expanded. Home of the TAC TITANS, the top-ranked yearround swim team in the country, the expansion includes the addition of an outdoor Olympic-sized 50-meter pool, the first outdoor pool of this size built in Eastern North Carolina since 1981. Triangle Aquatic Center is a state-of-the-art nonprofit public aquatic facility founded in 2002, and is the largest aquatic facility and campus in North Carolina.

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Be sure to watch the Emmys on September 12, as the CBS series The Amazing Race was nominated in the Outstanding Reality Competition category. If you recall, Raleigh couple Kim and Penn Holderness won last season, so root them on for another victory.

The Village Tavern, an upscale, casual restaurant featuring a scratch kitchen and offering exceptional food, craft cocktails, and an award-winning wine list, will be opening in the Main District of North Hills in late 2023. This is the first restaurant announcement for the Main District Expansion project currently under construction. Once completed, the redevelopment will include a 12-story high-rise residential building, 346,000 square feet of office space, and 100,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Locals Seafood has left Transfer Food Hall with plans to build a new headquarters in East Raleigh. Their new home will feature a retail market with seafood, value-added items, butchery products, and more.

Beginning September 5, Raleigh zoning laws will allow for people to open certain types of businesses in their homes. After city staff issue a permit, a home can be identified as an accessory commercial unit. There are several business guidelines, but look for businesses to range from offices and dance studios to hair salons and repair shops.

Over the summer NC eliminated private bar membership requirements when Gov. Roy Cooper signed the 2022 ABC Omnibus bill into law.

Goodbye to having to pay $1 or more to enter a bar that doesn’t serve food.

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