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THROUGH THE LENS Raleigh rooftops by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Tim Lytvinenko

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WALTER PROFILE William Ivey Long: In search of the heat by Liza Roberts photographs by Nick Pironio

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by Tina Haver Currin photographs by Keith Isaacs

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TAKING A LOOK AT THE WORLD WE KNOW FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE CAN UNVEIL FRESH vistas and unconsidered possibilities. That’s one reason novice North Carolinians often shake things up in interesting ways. Before Casablanca native Samad Hatchby came to Raleigh, the 114-year-old Melrose Knitting Mill at the foot of Capital Boulevard was a moldering relic. Today, as Tina Haver Currin reports, it is an oasis of Mediterranean cuisine and style (p. 70). Greek immigrant Lou Moshakos, for his part, looked at an ’60s-era IBM office building on Hillsborough Boulevard and thought: Greek tavern. Today his vision is realized in Taverna Agora (p.84). Likewise, it takes a fresh mindset to throw a Vietnamese-influenced crawfish boil in a Raleigh parking lot, but for Duc Tran, a Vietnam immigrant by way of Biloxi, it’s an obvious way to show his love for his country and his employees (p.56). A new perspective also brought WALTER creative director Jesma Reynolds and photographer Tim Lytvinenko to Raleigh’s rooftops for a different take on a city we love (p.60). A fresh stab at an old pastime made Suzanne Wood appreciate kayaking anew (p.112); and newly minted enthusiasm was enough to bring a defunct candy factory back to life, as Mimi Montgomery reports (p. 80). Meanwhile, a spirit of fresh hope is energizing the Southeast Raleigh Promise Project, and injecting an entire neighborhood with the prospect of change (p.87). Sometimes, too, people are born with a perspective all their own. Wherever they go, home or away, they see it anew. Whatever they do, they do it from scratch. Broadway costume designer William Ivey Long, a loyal son of Raleigh, is one such creative force (p.94). As in so many things, Raleigh is privileged to have more than its fair share of these people who perceive things with fresh eyes, who make new things happen in old places, and who find beauty where it was hiding.

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August means peaches, and nothing’s better than a fresh North Carolina peach. Grab some of these juicy beauties at the local State Farmers Market. Filled with local farmers, it’s the best way to support N.C. agriculture and get some fresh goodies, too. Pick up a basket of peaches and dig in; or, if you’re feeling punchy, muddle them in a perfect end-of-summer cocktail. Mondays - Saturdays 5 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 1201 Agriculture St.

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American Aquarium front man BJ Barham is bringing it back to his North Carolina roots. The Reidsville native releases his first solo album, Rockingham, August 19, with many of his songs focusing on small town, Southern life. The album was recorded at Overdub Lane in Durham and features the work of fellow North Carolinian musicians Phil Cook and Kyle Keegan. Grab a copy of the CD for yourself, and hear the tunes in person when Barham heads to Lincoln Theatre August 20. August 20, 8 p.m., $15-$25, Lincoln Theatre: 126 E. Cabarrus St.; lincolntheatre.com

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Don’t feel left out when the kids go back to school: Sign up for classes yourself at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. The nonprofit hosts gallery exhibits, performances, and a list of classes for people of all ages from all skill sets. In August, you can sit in on an encaustic open studio, take improv classes, sign up for a photography workshop, and even take a stained glass crash course. You’ll be a pro in no time. 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro; For a list of classes, visit artscenterlive.org

ruminations... Cooling off with a Locopop from NOFO @ the Pig... Celebrating Leo and Virgo birthdays with peridot, the August birthstone...Dropping peanuts into the glass neck of an old-fashioned Coke...A match of tennis at Pullen Park...Helping out with homework as a tutor at the Wake County Boys & Girls Club... A watermelon, feta, and mint salad...Re-reading your favorite piece of required summer reading from high school...Picking up Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, N.C. State’s and Duke University’s required reading for incoming freshman, as well as Being Mortal, UNC’s required book for new students...Heading out to Carousel Farms for their Tuesday night rodeo shows...

THE LUNCH MUNCH They’re called specials for a reason – check out local sandwich shop Linus & Peppers sandwich special the ABCDGLT next time you’re on lunch break. It’s a delicious take on the classic BLT staple, with avocado, bacon, chow-chow, dill goat cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Trust us – you’ll like it. Linus & Peppers: 126 S. Salisbury St.; Mondays Fridays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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munity partners will donate $2,500 to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. If you can’t make it there in person, RailHawks games are now televised throughout the Triangle and the Carolinas. Medfusion founder Steve Malik, who purchased the RailHawks last October, is working hard to instill local support as the team enters its 10th year. This month, there are two home games to choose from. –Mimi Montgomery Saturday, August 13 vs. Puerto Rico FC; 7:30 p.m.; Tickets start at $12 Saturday, August 20 vs. Indy Eleven, 7:30 p.m.; Tickets start at $12 WakeMed Soccer Park: 101 Soccer Park Drive, Cary; carolinarailhawks.com

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5-31 BLESS THEIR HEARTS To shake up the sometimes-quiet dog days of late summer, Gallery C hosts its annual irreverent art show beginning Aug. 5. This year, artists were asked to create works reflecting the theme of Southern Discomfort: the Art of Dixie. The painters, ceramicists, illustrators, and photographers whose representations of the South range from serene beauty to riffs on NASCAR and Duck Dynasty will be there for the opening reception on August 5, when the fine art gallery gets a little boisterous. The show continues through September 13. 6 - 9 p.m. opening reception; $5 for reception, exhibition admission free; 540 N. Blount St.; galleryc.net

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PLAN AHEAD Garden experts say cool-season plants should be considered now. A free class at Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop will give you the rundown of cool-season vegetables, proper planting methods, and care instructions for maintaining your fall organic garden. The chicken salad sandwiches at the Seaboard Cafe inside Logan’s are worth sticking around for. 9 a.m.; free; 707 Semart Drive; logantrd.com

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UNDREDS OF ART AND GARDEN LOVERS CAME from all over the Triangle to Frances Alvarino Norwood’s lush North Raleigh gardens for her 21st and final Larkspur Party June 4 and 5. Garden lovers will still have a chance to see her flowery showplace, she says, on Aug. 7 and Sept. 4, but without the art that has drawn huge crowds to her residential neighborhood. The Larkspur party was created by Alvarino Norwoood to showcase the work of fellow artists to the public. It began as a free, three-artist show in her front yard in 1995; this year featured 38 artists across her expanded three acres of flower and vegetable beds. The blooming sanctuary is itself a work of art, and a reflection of her other profession: gardener. “At some point,” she says, “we had to decide if we wanted more artists or more garden beds, and the garden

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beds won.” Still, she says, it’s been a good run, “an opportunity to share my mother’s love of gardening, and has allowed me to get to know some incredible artists and meet many other enthusiast gardeners.” Longtime fans thronged for one last hurrah. Tucked between Alvarino Norwood’s massive hydrangea, delicate poppies, and airy Queen Anne’s Lace were paintings, pots, wind chimes, and sculptures. Botanical illustrations by Preston Montague and silver jewelry by Dan Dye were standouts. In the larkspur itself stood Alvarino Norwood’s own elegant, elongated figurative ceramic sculptures, which sold out within the first hour. The Alvarino Norwood family will open their garden to the public without charge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7 and Sept. 24. –L.R.

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ODAY, CAMERON VILLAGE IS A MANICURED SHOPPING center near the heart of downtown filled with boutiques and eateries connected by brick sidewalks. Newcomers might not know that it has long played a fond and memorable role in the days – and nights – of the city. In a recently released collection of oral histories and written memories by Raleighites who knew it when, stories of the lively early days of Cameron Village provide a glimpse into its past. J. W. York developed Cameron Village in 1947 to provide post-war housing on the outskirts of town. For convenience, stores like a Sears and Kerr Drug were added to the site plan. As the shopping options expanded, Cameron Village became the first shopping center built between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. “This spot has been here as Raleigh grew from a small town to what it is today, and it’s changed alongside it,” says Pat Boyle, executive director of the Cameron Village Merchants’

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Association. “Not many places have the history that we do.” In the ’70s, an underground level of music venues, nightclubs, and an arcade called the Cameron Village Subway opened and became all the rage. Last year, “the Underground” reopened for a one-night-only black tie charity gala. Boyle says planning that event inadvertedly unearthed a slew of fascinating personal recollections. “So many people have such positive connections to this place that have lasted almost 70 years,” she says. “The whole thing was – and is – just really cool.” Too cool to ignore. The Merchants’ Association decided to collect as many of those memories as it could. Some of the memories are, as Boyle says, just really cool. Among the The Underground’s venues was a spot called the Frog & Nightgown, and another called the Pier, known for booking big-name bands of every genre. It filled a void in the Oak City. “We’d just come off Woodstock; we’d just come off Love Valley. We were looking for music,” says Sandra

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Simpson, who worked there. She remembers the spot’s approachable grooviness. “You would go to the Pier on any night and not know if you’d see Iggy Pop dancing on stage or Doc Watson singing folk music. I remember when I was a waitress, this dentist who came to see Lester Flatt every time told me he’d give me 50 bucks if I introduced him to Lester. It was this easy: You knocked on the door, said, ‘Mr. Flatt, would you mind if I introduce you to one of our customers?’ … We just had so much fun.” Indeed, the Pier’s former manager Butch Smith can still rattle off a laundry list of artists he worked with. “The Allman Brothers Band used to play down there all the time, along with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; The Police, the Ramones, Jimmy Buffet; Martin Mull and Steve Martin both played there. Emmylou Harris was over playing at State and dropped in a little bit. Don McLean. In my house right now I have close to 6,000 albums, and probably half of them are signed by these bands,” Smith says. “It was the only place to be. There weren’t any other clubs around.” But not all of the unearthed memories are carefree; some paint a frank picture of a time and a place. Among them is the story of a woman named Barbara, who recalls a shopping trip with her mother and their family maid, Sarah, around Christmastime in 1962. While her mother shopped, Barbara and Sarah went to a sandwich shop for a Coke. Sarah was refused service for being African-American. “I have never seen my mother so mad in all of my life,” Barbara remembers. “I remember so well her marching all of us right back to the shop, where we went in and she ‘let them have it’ in the nicest way that a Southern lady could do,” she says. “The early ’60s were a time of transition for African-Americans, and my mother was an integral part of that change, standing up for someone who was special to us and part of our family. Love is colorblind, and still is.” Boyle says the hope is to preserve these pieces of history. “Barbara’s story didn’t make the paper then,” she points out. “It was just one person’s experience. But unless we share these, we never realize what an impact one person can have.” A handful of the stories are recorded – including Barbara’s, Sandra Simpson’s, and Butch Smith’s – and they cover a gamut of topics. There are first dates and marriage proposals; annual family traditions and formative adolescent memories; concerts and triumphant marathon finishes. “We never expected to find the depth that we found,” Boyle says. Peruse them on the shopping center’s website, where you can share your own stories, too. “It’s crazy to think that a shopping center is connecting to people’s personal history and family history,” Boyle says. The shops and businesses collectively consider this project their contribution to the development’s legacy, she says. “When Cameron Village was built, its role was to build a community: as in, housing and shopping, the brick-and-mortar pieces. What it’s evolved into is a community of people and their experiences and their lives. It’s turned into a bigger-picture movement. This is now about the place as a conduit for community.” –Jessie Ammons shopcameronvillage.com

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N AUGUST 13, THE RALEIGH ROSE GARDEN IS THE place to get your groove on. “We’re not just trying to go with what we think will be the hottest band, but what we think fits the area and the crowd,” says Craig Reed, CEO of Younger Brother Productions and co-founder, along with Pour House owner Adam Lindstaedt, of Groove in the Garden. The second-annual music festival in the Stephenson Amphitheater at Raleigh Little Theatre will once again feature a daylong, family-oriented celebration with artisan vendors, food trucks, and local beer. “This is in a neighborhood,” Reed says. “It’s for the 8-to-80 crowd. We don’t want to disenfranchise anyone who wants to come.” That means suds and tunes aplenty, but also a shaded area with games for children and thoughtfully chosen vendors. “The focus is not to just put up a show and line it with booths and sell tickets, but to cultivate a community presence.” But the music lineup is no afterthought. What made Groove in the Garden a breakout success in its inaugural year was a diverse set of North Carolina-based musicians, and this

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year is no different. Longtime Raleighites might remember the Fabulous Knobs, a cult favorite rock band from the ’80s – they’ll make their reunion on the Groove in the Garden stage. Then there’s Inflowential, an instrumental beat-box hip-hop group with local ties, and Holy Ghost Tent Revival, a folk troupe heavy on the horns and blues influences. In between main stage sets, a more intimate acoustic stage in the middle of the rose garden will rotate 15-minute singer-songwriter performances. With music starting at 2 p.m. and everything wrapping up by 9 p.m., Groove in the Garden fills the languid latesummer afternoon stretch without keeping anybody up late. Lindstaedt hopes folks walk, bike, and take public transportation to get there. “It’s a very accessible location,” he says. “It’s kind of shocking that the space has never been used this way. It’s just screaming for it.” –Jessie Ammons Tickets to Groove in the Garden are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate; learn more at grooveinthegarden.com.

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LECTURE BY A LEGEND In our June/July issue, we let you know about Burk Uzzle’s trifecta of exhibits at the N.C. Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, and the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill. All three exhibits are still going strong and still worth viewing. Add context by attending a lecture on August 28 by the acclaimed photographer, entitled Photojournalism at Its Best. Held at the N.C. Museum of Art, Uzzle will talk about his work specificially on view there, and discuss his career — which began at The News & Observer before he became Life magazine’s youngest photographer at 23. 2:30 p.m.; free, but advanced registration required; SECU Auditorium at the N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road; ncartmuseum.org

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press runs, and even restaurant menus. The common denominator is “a whole lot of attention to detail,” and an emphasis on local surroundings. Wofford says he hasn’t expanded much past the Triangle because he hasn’t had to, preferring instead to continue plugging into and promoting the creative community here. 20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press (and Friends) at CAM marks a full-circle homecoming for Wofford, who moved to Durham from Raleigh in 2003. “It’s near my old neighborhood, Boylan Heights, and literally across the railroad tracks from my old studio at Antfarm,” he says. It’s there that Wofford established the thoughtful, craft-oriented methods that make his work distinct. “My inspiration comes from my love of reading and books and wanting people to read; but also from my friends who are metalworkers and woodworkers and potters, people who combine designing and making to enhance everyday activities like drinking, eating, and sitting. I view what I do with ink on paper in that same philosophy.” –Jessie Ammons 20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press (and Friends) runs through Aug. 7 at CAM Raleigh, when there will be a closing reception. Learn more at horseandbuggypress.com.

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all month America’s pastime is alive and well throughout the Triangle this summer. Twenty minutes east is Five County Stadium, home of the Carolina Mudcats minor league baseball team. This month, the Mudcats take on the Winston-Salem Dash August 1 - 3, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans August 12 - 14 and then again August 23 - 25, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks August 30 and 31. And did you know baseball cards – or at least the notion of collecting them – originated in Durham? Learn more at the Museum of Durham History’s Durham and the Rise of the Baseball Card exhibit until September 5. While most of the show is at the museum, there’s also an educational display at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park: All the more reason to attend a home game there before the season ends, also on September 5. True enthusiasts can participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the city and the ballpark. Play ball! Carolina Mudcats: Game times vary; $10 - $15; 1501 Hwy. 39, Zebulon; carolinamudcats.com. Durham Bulls exhibit: Museum open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; free admission; 500 W. Main St., Durham; museumofdurhamhistory.org.

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BUDDING TALENT Garner’s community theatre group is the Garner Towne Players, and it features a talented kids and teens troupe. Don’t miss Seussical, Jr. August 11 - 13 in the downtown performing arts center. Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and other classic characters are sure to make it a fun and endearing musical performance. 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday matinee; $15; 742 W. Garner Road, Garner; towneplayers.org

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The Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill is always a fun daytrip, especially its full-dome theater, where live star shows animate the night sky and other programs illuminate astrological geography. Once in a blue moon, there are shows geared for the whole family, meant for children ages 7 - 12 and their guardians. Check out one on Greek myths and legends on August 13. Scientists will interactively connect the dots of stories rooted in constellations that have influenced modern culture (think Hercules). 3:30 p.m.; $6.51 children and $7.68 adults; 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; moreheadplanetarium.org

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Saxapahaw arts incubator Culture Mill developed a novel concept last summer called Trust the Bus. Here’s how it works: You drive to the Saxapahaw General Store, right next-door to music venue Haw River Ballroom. You hop aboard a refurbished school bus, now painted robin’s egg blue. You’re taken to an unknown destination to watch peformance art; the show is guaranteed to be at least 30 minutes and no longer than two hours, including travel time. You do find out who the artist is ahead of time. August’s performances on the 13, 20, and 27 will showcase New York City-based visual artist Simon Lee, who will transform the bus into a giant mobile camera obscura. How’s that for being worth the drive? 8:15 p.m.; free, but donations of $5 - $15 suggested; 1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw; culturemill.org

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S THE WISE WRITER NORA EPHRON ONCE SAID: “EVERYthing is copy.” Dr. Lucy Daniels clearly agrees. A prolific writer and psychoanalytic psychologist, she frequently draws on mental struggles and life’s obstacles as the inspiration for her work. In the confrontation of these issues, Daniels finds freedom in creative expression: She frequently draws parallels between the surrounding physical world and the innermost workings of the subconscious. This discovery is apparent in her latest book, Maritime Magistery, a collection of stories set on the coast of North Carolina and focused on the relationship between the environment and the mind. Like nature, Daniels posits, the mind has a cyclical path often affected by outside elements, but it remains resilient. Daniels knows something about resilience. She wrote her first novel, Caleb My Son, in 1956 while hospitalized for anorexia; it earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship at 22, making her the youngest person to receive the honor. As an adult mother of four, she attended UNC-Chapel Hill and became a psychologist, later founding the Lucy Daniels Foundation and the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, which both focus on mental health education, outreach, and research. And, throughout

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it all, she found the time to write several more books and short stories. With so much insight into and experience with the human psyche, it’s no surprise that Daniels is an excellent storyteller. “Each story in this collection carries the reader to places so vividly described, it’s hard to believe that you have not really been at the beach,” says New York University School of Medicine faculty member Laurie Wilson, of Maritime Magistery. “By drawing vivid characters motivated by their hopes and fears, Daniels invites readers to better understand the dynamics of their own family relations, loves, and losses.” Daniels’ book is available at Quail Ridge Books. –Mimi Montgomery

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Throughout the summer, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke hosts audio garden parties. August’s installation of Audio Under the Stars is on August 26. Curators at the center collect submitted recorded stories along a particular prompt and turn them into an evening-long audio festival under the stars. This month, you’ll spend two hours hearing stories of labor and leisure: dream jobs, odd jobs, jobs best forgotten, and how people unwind from and forget their workaday grind. Think of it as a real-life podcast. 8 - 10 p.m.; free; 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham; audiounderthestars.net

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clockwise from left: Elizabeth Layton, “Censored,” 1989, lithograph with hand-coloring on paper; M.G., “A Lord Mayor’s Day Night Mare,” 1930, lithograph; Garry Winogrand, “New York City, 1971;” © 2016 Guerrilla Girls. opposite page: Arthur Siegel, “The Right of Assembly,” 1939. All images courtesy Ackland Art Museum.

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trip to Chapel Hill. The fun of this small-scale display is that Ackland has turned to its own collection, which is known for its compendium of photography and other works on paper, including drawings and prints, to put it all together. Assistant curator Lauren Turner says she focused on “historic examples of artists engaging with political concerns.”


AUGUST In three 10-piece parts that will run through February, Politics as Usual examines the themes of challenging power, electing power, and maintaining power. From 19th century European book illustrations with civil undertones to boldly emblazoned posters from the Cuban Revolution and photos of protests in 1960s America, government is detested, respected, and challenged.

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ALEIGH’S STATION 1 FIREHOUSE ON DAWSON STREET SEES A lot of action. It’s home to three companies, 12 firefighters, one fire investigator, and the Engine 1, Engine 13, and Ladder 4 trucks. All have to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. “There’s no set-in-stone,” says firefighter Lewis Lovell, 33. “In this kind of job, you don’t really know what’s going to happen. You come in the morning, and you have certain things you have to do, but it could all change in a second.” Each truck has four firefighters assigned to it. Lovell rides on Ladder 4 and is a backup driver for other trucks in the area. The Ladder trucks are responsible for searching for victims and providing ventilation at fire scenes; the Engine trucks carry water and pull hose lines to fight fires. They all provide EMT services, too. Most of Station 1’s action is focused in the downtown and Glenwood South areas, but when multiple trucks are needed at a scene, they can head as far out as Cary. The companies work 24-hour shifts, sleeping at the station when they can. “We get woken up a lot,” says Lovell. “You don’t sleep great at a fire sta-

tion. You’re kind of on edge. You go from dead asleep to fighting a house fire in five minutes.” Originally from Newport, Wales, Lovell moved to the area to marry his wife, who is from Raleigh. He worked in the corporate world for a while, but knew he wanted to do something purposeful and outside of the 9-to-5 routine. He learned the EMT and firefighting skills needed to become a certified North Carolina firefighter at the Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy, and has now been with the station for more than four years. Lovell has worked alongside some of the other firefighters for almost as long. “I always feel like I’m with 12 brothers,” he says of the crew. “You’ve got the older guys that just pick on you all the time, and then you have the younger guys who you’re trying to teach stuff to.” It’s not all joking around. “You’ve got to put a lot of trust in each other, as well. Trust that everyone’s going to do their job properly, that everyone knows their job well. You are together a lot.” –Mimi Montgomery

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“We’re a pretty fun team to play; we don’t take ourselves too seriously.” –Anna Prorock, member of The Volley Lamas beach volleyball team

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F YOU DRIVE PAST LANDLOCKED JAYCEE PARK THIS SUMmer, you may catch a glimpse of the beach through its chain-link fence as Anna Prorock, 29, and her many fellow volleyballers duke it out four-on-four across volleyball nets in the sand. Every Thursday and Sunday, Prorock meets up with beach volleyball teammates Nick Tompkins, 34, Paul Spillers, 32, Ted Ford, 35, and Sarah Velten, 25. Their team – the tonguein-cheekily named The Volley Lamas – has been spiking and volleying together for four years. In a league hosted by Tri Sports, which brings together working professionals for recreational sports leagues, the Lamas play beach volleyball throughout spring, summer, and fall; when winter comes, they move their games indoors. The group has steadily improved with each season. Besides Prorock, who played in high school and for a year at Peace College, and Velten, who also played in high school, none of the other Lamas had previous volleyball experience. What

they do have is staying power. Originally comprised of 10 members, the Lamas have dwindled down over the years to the core group of five that plays now. “We’re like the last survivors,” Prorock says. “We have gotten so good … because we’ve been together for so long,” even winning some championship games during indoor seasons. Victory aside, the main goal is to spend time together and have fun. The Lamas are all longtime friends who work in different industries, so volleyball brings them together afterhours. “We should (practice), but we usually don’t,” Prorock says with a laugh. “We have a lot of fun with it.” They don’t have a summer league championship notch on their belts yet, but they have high hopes. “We’ve gotten to know the other teams, so there’s some friendly competition,” Prorock says. The championship game day is play-until-youlose, so it can be a long day if the Lamas make it that far. But they’re ready. “It’s exhausting, but really fun.” –Mimi Montgomery

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from left: Paul Spillers, Nick Tompkins, Sarah Velten, Anna Prorock

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“This is about relationships. It’s not about how much coffee we can put out there in the world.”– Lem Butler, Counter Culture Coffee employee and national barista champion

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T’S NOT EVERY DAY YOU MEET A NATIONAL CHAMPION, BUT around here, it’s as simple as grabbing a cup of coffee. You may be served by Lem Butler, who by day works in wholesale customer support at Durham-based Counter Culture Coffee, and by night and weekend is a renowned barista. After winning the U.S. Barista Championships in April, he earned fourth place in the World Barista Championships in Dublin in June. Butler, who can sometimes be found behind the coffee counter at Jubala, training the baristas at Joule, or at a latte art throwdown at Bittersweet, didn’t set out to become a competitive barista. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, the Raleigh native “saw an ad for a barista position starting at 6 a.m.,” he says. “I didn’t know what a barista was, but I was a morning person so I thought I’d go for that early shift.” His post-grad stint at an on-campus coffee shop soon “turned into this rabbit hole career in coffee.” He was driven by the people at first: “I kept meeting these coffee geeks who knew so much more than I did. That’s what kept me coming back … You continue to build and re-hash those relationships.” As he traveled to trade shows, he learned about

barista competitions, too – and he was good at it. Competitors make 12 drinks in 15 minutes: four espressos, four cappuccinos, and four signature drinks. They’re judged on the taste and appearance of their drinks, as well as their overall performance. “It’s kind of like fine dining … You treat the judges like the top customers in your cafe, and you create an experience for them.” With competitions satisfying his cafe service fix, Butler entered another side of the industry when he joined the Counter Culture team in 2007. There, he maintains and discovers wholesale customers and farmers. The exclusively wholesale coffee roaster was founded and is still based in Durham, where it supplies a slew of cafes across the country, including local spots Jubala Coffee, Sola Coffee Cafe, The Morning Times, Joule, and Bittersweet. “We want to be sure their philosophy fits our philosophy,” Butler says of the shop-roaster rapport. “We’re looking for relationships we can continue to grow with, and vice-versa.” That means Butler often steps in behind the bar to pull an espresso or pour a latte, working side-by-side with shop employees. “I’m a better coffee professional and I understand coffee more now. But there’s always more to learn.” –Jessie Ammons

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“In August, seasons are changing and new produce is coming in. It’s a refresh and a restart. We’re excited to celebrate the new produce at Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week.” –Baxter Miller, co-founder of Bit & Grain above, from left: Baxter Miller, Ryan Stancil, and Sandra Davidson

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EEPING UP WITH BAXTER MILLER, SANDRA DAVIDSON, and Ryan Stancil isn’t for the faint of heart: The trifecta behind the weekly online multimedia publication Bit & Grain spends most of its time on the road, finding and telling stories across the state. “We are passionate about everyday people and everyday life,” says Davidson. Each week, the Bit & Grain website reflects that passion with a variety of content ranging from longform account to photo essay and video. Follow a day in the life of an herbalist in Weaverville, read a hard-hitting Q&A with an investigative reporter at The News & Observer, or watch a recent performance by a young Chapel Hill-based bluegrass band. There are playlists, city travel guides, and recipes. Regardless of the tale, the common theme is the three founders’ home state. All graduates of UNC-Chapel Hill, they felt creatively frustrated, Davidson says, and “dissatisfied with the stories being told about North Carolina, both within it and by the media outside.” In true millennial fashion, they set out to do it themselves and two years ago began publishing weekly content without any outside funding. To make it work, they tapped into the Raleigh creative community. Davidson says another motivating factor behind the Bit & Grain launch was to unite their friends who “worked in the arts, or had been honing this talent of writ-

ing or documentary work.” Those friends were the site’s first contributors, a list that has only grown. “We want it to be a platform for millennial creatives to publish their work,” Stancil says. Two years in, Bit & Grain has hit its stride and recently concluded a successful crowdfunding campaign. When not on the road, Miller, Davidson, and Stancil are at their headquarters in The Frontier at RTP. It’s a fitting home base because, of all the stories they tell, the capital city’s is one of their favorites. “Raleigh is a beautiful intersection of people and culture,” Stancil says. “It’s really incredible the transformation that’s happening.” To keep up with them here, you’ve got to head to a restaurant.“We’re really excited to be part of a community that’s grown and developed and expanded so much in the past decade,” Stancil says. “We believe, in part, that’s been led by the food and beverage industry … As we’re thinking about foodways and thinking about the changing of seasons, we’re pausing to think about eating intentionally and about where our food comes from. Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week is an opportunity to do that … to see what good is happening.” –Jessie Ammons Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week takes place August 15-21, and this year there is a self-led progressive dinner option; learn more at godowntownraleigh.com/restaurant-week. Read Bit & Grain at bitandgrain.com. photograph by LISSA GOTWALS

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AT HOME IN RALEIGH Duc Tran stands in a back room of his Majestic Nail and Day Spa. He donates use of the space to a temple that uses it to teach kids karate.

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DUC TRAN

CRAWFISH CONNOISSEUR by LIZA ROBERTS

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IF YOUR COOKOUT REQUIRES 240 POUNDS OF LIVE LOUISIANA crawfish, it’s important to plan ahead. Raleighite Duc Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant by way of Biloxi, Miss., knows the drill. Twice a year, he has four 60-pound coolers of crustaceans shippped overnight from a farm in Louisiana to the nail salon he owns on Capital Boulevard. Then he takes them out back and spends all day boiling them up to make a feast for his 27 employees and their families.

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“I love my employees so much,” Tran says as he chops corn and potatoes to add to the pots he’s set up on burners in a makeshift, parking-lot kitchen. “That’s why I do this.” Seven of his workers are members of his family. The others, most of whom have worked for Tran for as much as a decade, may as well be, he says. “My philosophy is that if you’re considerate of other people, if you respect them, they will respect you.” He opens a cooler of crawling crawdads and pokes a running hose inside. “You soak them until the water is clear. You have to do it like this, or it doesn’t taste good.” He picks up an escapee, its claws clattering on the pavement, and tosses it back. Tran knows crawfish from his time fishing in the Mississippi Gulf off of Biloxi, where he landed in 1980 as a 14-yearold refugee from Vietnam. He’d fled his homeland by boat two years earlier. “I had been watching people escape,” he says, looking up from his hands, busy with papery heads of garlic. “One night, I decided to go.” He says he snuck on board and

was surprised to find his older brother among the others. Three days later, they landed in a refugee camp in Thailand, where they lived for 14 months before finding asylum in the United States. After some time in Connecticut and New Jersey, Tran moved to Biloxi. “That’s how I learned about crawfish,” he says, picking up a couple more lobstery creatures from the ground. Corn, potatoes, and sausage are some of the traditional crawfish boil ingredients he’s gathered to cook them with. But he adds his own touch: “I modified it a little bit,” he says. “If you’re sucking the head, you have to have a good broth.” Pineapples, oranges, bacon, handfuls of garlic, several onions, and whole chickens go into every pot. “It’s like pho,” he says. “It’s all in the broth.” It takes Tran all day – one of his rare days off of work – to prepare the feast. In addition to Majestic Nail and Day Spa, he owns a beauty supply business that takes up most of his workweek. He also co-owns a manufacturing company that makes

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FEEL GOOD, DO GOOD Opposite: Family and employees gather for the twice yearly crawfish feast Duc Tran puts on in the parking lot behind his Majestic Nail and Day Spa. Above and right: Tran in the salon; customers fill the seats.

ventilation systems for nail spas. He uses Majestic as “an R&D lab,” he says. Tran says he’s always trying to make his business, his life, and his family’s life better. He moved to Raleigh from Asheville because he knew his business needed a bigger city to grow, and Charlotte “didn’t feel like home.” Raleigh did. “I love to raise a family here,” he says. “It’s big enough, but small enough. It’s calm.” He and his family live in Wakefield. “I’m not going to leave. I’m going to get old here.” Tran’s son Nicholas, 19, studies marketing at High Point University and says he hopes to work full time with his father one day; Tran’s daughter, 17, is a student at Wakefield High School who helps out in the salon on Saturdays. Both children arrive with friends to join the feast. “I love crawfish,” Nicholas Tran says, grabbing a plateful. “I drove an hour-and-a-half to be here.” He gives his sister a hug. His father offers beers and Cokes all around as he spoons

out platefuls of potatoes and corn, and piles a table with crawfish. “You don’t want to be a lady when you eat crawfish,” Tran suggests to a visitor. “You watch: You take the tail, you twist it off. Now suck the head. When you eat this, you gotta get dirty.” He sucks noisily on a carcass. “I really enjoy this,” he says, taking in the growing crowd. “Because it makes them very happy.” It’s the same reason Tran says he likes the nail and spa business: “I’m not only going to make you pretty, I’m going to make you happy. You feel good, relaxed, and you enjoy your day. And if you feel good about yourself, you can do anything in life.” Majestic Nail & Day Spa: 5225 Capital Blvd.; 919-875-0187; majesticnailanddayspa.com Duc Tran orders his crawfish from Louisiana Crawfish Co.: lacrawfish.com

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VIEW IT’S A VERTICAL WORLD WE LIVE IN, AND RALEIGH IS GOING UP. Young professionals and empty nesters are migrating downtown to live, work, and play, fueling demand for stylish residential projects that are reshaping our city skyline. Luxury projects like The Residences at Quorum, West at North, and SkyHouse offer owners the opportunity to live above it all in high-altitude dwellings with access to private rooftop pools and gardens. Other stalwarts like City Club Raleigh and the columnar Holiday Inn offer communal gathering spots for taking in the ever-changing views. Photographer Tim Lytvinenko takes us into this world of rarefied spaces, providing a bird’s-eye perspective of our city. –Jesma Reynolds

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FUN AND GAMES This page, clockwise from top left: Citrix employees enjoy a game of miniature golf on the rooftop course that can also be used for bocce, one of the perks offered by the tech company. Another bonus is the yoga studio, also on the roof, with aerial views of downtown. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Tall glass buildings mean lots of glass to clean. Here, a window washer scales the face of the PNC building, the tallest skyscaper in Raleigh at 538 feet. Through the glass bubble chandelier of City Club Raleigh, a view looking east. The Hudson, converted from the old Belk deparment store on Fayetteville Street, has a roof terrace for its residents. A reflection of the chandelier in the Sky Ballroom of the City Club appears to hover over the city. Previous pages: The pool at SkyHouse sits 23 stories above street level, making it the tallest all-residential building in Raleigh.

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DARK AND STORMY This page, above: Humid summer nights bring evening electric storms to the city. A crowd gathers for happy hour beneath the 11-foot chandelier in the Sky Ballroom at City Club Raleigh. Located on the 30th floor of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center, the former Cardinal Club merged with the Capital City Club in 2014 and underwent a $3 million renovation. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: The Raleigh skyline lights up as evening falls on the city. Spectators, seen reflected in glass, gather on the roof of SkyHouse to view Fourth of July fireworks. At West at North condominiums on Glenwood South, residents take in a sunset by the rooftop pool. A Holiday Inn patron enjoys views from the 19th-floor bar and restaurant at the top of the iconic rotunda.

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CITY ON THE RISE This page, above: Downtown seen from the green-roof terrace at The Residences at Quorum Center. The 15-story building was completed in 2006 as one of the first mixeduse (residential and commercial) projects downtown. A young resident looks for fireworks on Fourth of July from the SkyHouse rooftop. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Reflections create an illusory effect on the cityscape. Downtown appears on the horizon as seen from the top of the CapTrust building at North Hills. Photographer Tim Lytvinenko captures his reflection from a balcony at SkyHouse.

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by TINA HAVER CURRIN

photographs by KEITH ISAACS

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THE ZIGZAG OF CAPITAL BOULEVARD AS IT WENDS ITS WAY INTO DOWNtown is often crowded, sometimes bumpy, and never particularly pleasant. But if you exit to the right just as Capital becomes Dawson Street, you enter a different world. There, behind brick walls and large wooden gates, is a retreat of swaying palm trees, crystal blue reflecting waters, and tufts of sweet jasmine curling their way up toward a terra cotta-tiled roof. It’s completely removed from the hustle and bustle of Raleigh’s main artery, and everyone is invited. But this oasis didn’t appear by magic. It’s the result of the vision, patience, and significant investment of one Raleigh man.

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“The whole design concept is that you are in somebody’s house,” says Samad Hatchby, the owner of the pools and palms. He operates his Moroccan-influenced restaurant, Babylon, in the ground floor of the historic mill that anchors the space. “If you go to a house in Morocco, you have an interior courtyard for maximum light. You have water, you have food, you have booze, and it’s beautiful. But this place was a dump with no parking lot.” Hatchby, 44, left Casablanca for a stint aboard a cruise ship before relocating to North Carolina to attend N.C. State in 1998. He first noticed the 116-year-old brick Melrose Knitting Mill in 2004, before he opened Mosaic, a wine lounge perched on the corner of Jones Street and Glenwood Avenue. The knitting mill’s landlord, Abdul G. Zalal – or, as his friends call him, A.G. – was holding the building for a prospective tenant who wanted to turn it into a gym. “I kept walking by, and nothing was happening,” Hatchby says. “So, one day (in 2009), I walked in and I said, ‘A.G., I am going to do this project.’ He said ‘OK,’ and we shook hands.” The mill had sat empty for years, and Hatchby spent the next two and a half years making it restaurant-ready. That involved significant interior renovations, including replacing ancient wiring and plumbing. Hatchby also made several trips to 72 | WALTER

Casablanca to find the fittings he needed to create the place he envisioned. “I wanted a classic palatial ceiling that you’d find in Europe, southern Spain, or Morocco,” Hatchby says, craning his neck to admire the handiwork. His dark hair and the faint beard are the same color as the espresso he sips to ward off an afternoon slump. “I went to Casablanca to find artisans who do work in Malaysia and Dubai. Forty men worked for two months on the tiles. They sent each piece separately – without instructions, of course.” By the summer of 2011 he was ready to open Babylon’s doors. It has since become a popular and cozy cavern for dining on braised lamb tagine or crispy margherita pizza. For four years, Hatchby himself was at the helm of the kitchen. His goal was to create a menu to reflect the restaurant’s unique atmosphere, with Moroccan classics like hearty harira soup made from lentils and chickpeas, couscous topped with meats and vegetables, and tasting plates overflowing with hummus, eggplant, and marinated olives. Last year, Chef Jean Paul Fontaine stepped in as executive chef. He developed the menu for Babylon’s new outdoor kitchen and a satellite kitchen in a recently renovated upstairs event space.


MELROSE PLACE Opposite: The courtyard has all the elements of a house in Morocco according to owner Samad Hatchby – water, food, and drink – and anchors the historic Melrose Knitting Mill. Above left: Signature dishes reflect Babylon’s unique atmosphere. Right: Owner Samad Hatchby.

With plush, high-backed seating, a well-appointed bar and roughly hewn exposed beams, Babylon’s main room provides a rustic retreat. An adjacent room often used for parties features high ceilings with classic Moorish tiles and chandeliers that sparkle in the midday sunlight, while in a tucked-away library room, beams from the original factory hold cookbooks and magazines. Four hundred square feet of beige travertine marble cover the floors, blending with the brick walls. Hatchby and his team had to lay each piece on the floor, like a jigsaw puzzle, and then mount the tiles on the ceiling one at a time from the center, radiating out. Hatchby points to sections of brick where his crew – or previous crews before him – began construction, only to realize that continuing would compromise the structure or historical integrity of the mill. The building’s walls tell a story of half-starts in holes and patches. One floor above the tiled ceiling, the restoration of a massive events space, which hosted the Raleigh Food and Wine Festival in May, is finally complete. Hatchby installed a second kitchen with direct access to the space, so his staff doesn’t have to clamber up and down the stairs from Babylon with piles of dirty dishes. Gorgeous rounded windows bathe exposed brick and

wood in warm, natural light. Adjacent to the events space, a new tenant in Furbish Studio brings even more style to the historic mill.

Textile roots Though the Melrose is now one of Raleigh’s loveliest treasures, it has been a long time in the making. The groundbreaking for the textile mill occurred in June of 1900, and the building was completed by October. The mill officially began manufacturing men’s wool and cotton underwear on January 28, 1901. Three years later, 85 employees – many of whom lived in small wooden homes around the property – were turning out 1,800 pieces of underwear a day. That same year, the Pullen Park Pool – the city’s first – brought an increased interest in swimming to the community, so bathing suits were added to the Melrose repertoire. The City of Raleigh ordered five dozen suits from the factory, which patrons could rent for five cents per visit. But the operations of the Melrose were short-lived. The knitting mill shut its doors in 1930, one year after the stock market crash that halted nearly all construction and commerce in

“This place was a dump with no parking lot.”

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‘IT’S NOT VANILLA’ Above: The interior of Babylon is exotic and dramatic. A photo taken of the Robert G. Lassiter Paving Company operation on West Lane Street circa 1915. The rear of the Melrose Knitting Mill can be seen in the background to the right. Opposite: Shekshouka, lamb shank tagine, and the wood-fired oven.

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downtown Raleigh. By the 1960s, two roofing companies were based at the property. In 1969, Abdul Zalal, a young recent immigrant from Afghanistan, came looking for a job. “I arrived and I asked, where is the office?” Zalal says today, gesturing to where one of Babylon’s massive wooden gates now hangs. With white hair and a white mustache, he exudes the same kind of rugged stateliness as the historic building he would later purchase. “It was a roofing company with 35 employees, but I went to the wrong one,” he recalls. “They still hired me, and I worked for $3 an hour.” A decade later, on June 8, 1979, he bought the crumbling Melrose Knitting Mill for $60,000. It was a good investment – the building is now worth about $1.7 million. Zalal’s first move was unsurprising: He installed a new roof to save the historic mill from further deterioration, then boarded up the windows. For years, it stood mostly vacant save for a collection of auto parts – you can still see the faint paint outline of the “Motorparts Warehouse” sign on the front of the building – and the parking lot was a pocked landscape. But in 2010, with the help and vision of Hatchby, revitalization of the Melrose began in earnest. Zalal removed the old buildings that obscured the front of the mill, and installed 200 truckloads of dirt to level and pour the parking surface. With tenants


SHEKSHOUKA Samad’s favorite recipe: Shekshouka, a classic egg dish with spicy tomatoes and peppers. This is a one-skillet recipe of eggs baked in a tomato-red pepper sauce and onions spiced with cumin, paprika, and cayenne. Make the sauce first – it comes together fairly quickly on top of the stove – then gently crack each of the eggs into the pan, nestling them into the sauce. The pan is moved into the oven to finish. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon sweet paprika ⅛ teaspoon cayenne, or to taste 2 pints San Marzano tomatoes with juices, coarsely chopped ¾ teaspoon salt (to taste) ¼ teaspoon black pepper (to taste) 6 large organic eggs Chopped cilantro, for serving Harissa for serving Heat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil in a large skillet or tagine over medium-low heat. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook gently until very soft, about 20 minutes. Add garlic and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes; stir in cumin, paprika, and cayenne, and cook 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes and season with the salt and the pepper; simmer until tomatoes have reduced. Gently crack eggs into skillet over tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer skillet or the tagine to oven and bake until eggs are just set, 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with harissa. Serves 4. Total time: 1 hour.

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LAMB SHANK TAGINE 6 small frenched lamb shanks (5 to 6 pounds total) 3 cups chopped yellow onions (2 large onions) 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder 1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground cardamom 1 (4-inch) cinnamon stick 1 large can diced San Marzano tomatoes 2 cups unsalted chicken stock A pinch of saffron Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a very large (12-to-13-inch) pot or tagine.

MOROCCAN MIXOLOGY Bartender Jeff Esguerra pours a cocktail.

Babylon and the housewares store Furbish, plus the second-story events space now complete, the Melrose Knitting Mill now buzzes with shoppers, diners, drinkers, and brides. “For 68 years, this building was vacant except for A.G.’s workshop and a stash for roofing cranes,” Hatchby says, tracing his fingers along one of the mill’s solid wooden beams. “Now, there’s so much going on. It’s not vanilla. The building tells its story.” For Hatchby, imbuing the historic mill with new vitality is a source of pride, and he keeps a collection of photographs from the State Archives close at hand. There are black and white snapshots of downtown Raleigh from the 1960s, the cobble of steel roofers’ buildings obscuring the beautiful brick facade, and even a photo from the early 1900s where the street is covered in mule-drawn carriages, the Melrose towering beyond a paving company that’s little more than a wooden construct with several smoking chimneys. With the renovations complete, Hatchby is now turning his attention to travel and writing a cookbook centered on Moroccan wines. Even so, he’s committed to constantly improving his restaurant and the historic space. “You have to do things beautiful. It costs a lot of money, and a lot of people don’t want to invest in their businesses,” Hatchby says. “But this is what drives the name Babylon. You had this crazy, macabre looking place, with this beautiful building rising up. Like Babel. It’s Babylon.” 76 | WALTER

Preseason the lamb shanks, then add to the pot and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side. Add the onions and cook over medium-low heat until translucent and almost caramelized. Add the garlic, ginger, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, cardamom, and cinnamon so that the spices release their oils and merge with the onions. Add the tomatoes and their liquid. They will deglaze any stock you have in the pot. Put back the lamb shanks in the pot and cover with the stock. Cook for 90 minutes. Remove from the heat and let rest. Serve over couscous, risotto, or seasonal roasted potatoes. Serves 6.



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Angie Tucker, left, and Christin Kubasko, right, in their Southern Sugar bakery.

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BEFORE 2015, ANGIE TUCKER, 36, AND CHRISTIN KUBASKO, 28, SPENT their days as Wake County high school guidance counselors. Evenings, they baked. Using Tucker’s home oven and a standard KitchenAid mixer she’d received as a wedding gift, the duo baked and decorated custom sugar cookies and cookie cakes in Tucker’s home kitchen late into the night. About two years in, Tucker realized their work had doubled her electricity bill, and that the two, calling themselves Southern Sugar Bakery, were doing little besides going to school, baking, and decorating. They were making up to 40 dozen cookies a week.

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So when the school year kicked off again last fall, the pair made what Kubasko calls a “leap of faith” and decided not to return to their counseling jobs. Instead, last August, Southern Sugar Bakery, at that point two-and-a-half years old, moved to a dedicated space and began selling its offerings online. Tucker’s KitchenAid mixer was retired to make way for a floor mixer they nicknamed Betty, and sea salt chocolate chip cookies were added to their offerings, all of which are now made with the help of five full- and part-time workers. In February 2016, the partners appeared on The Today Show, showing host Matt Lauer how to make lemon vanilla roll-out cookies with royal icing in the shapes of New York and North Carolina. It’s been a fast-track to success. On a shelf under a counter at the Southern Sugar Bakery kitchen are a dozen clear plastic boxes filled with more than 1,000 cookie cutters that provide a visual history of the company’s rapid growth. Each is labeled: holiday, wedding, baby, birthday, alphabet, hobby, animals, and shapes. There are oak leaves and acorns for the City of Oaks. There are custom cutters made for clients with something unusual in mind, like Sir Walter Chevrolet’s Corvette. Despite the glut of work and the many changes the company has undergone in the last three years, Kubasko and Tucker say their success is in part due to

their commitment to detail. “I don’t ever want the quality of our cookie to go down,” Kubasko says. A 14-inch Ghiradelli chocolate chip cookie cake always takes five pounds of dough, for instance; a 16-inch needs seven. Each sugar cookie is made to order from all-natural ingredients and decorated by hand – often using a paintbrush. Every order includes a handwritten note from Kubasko and Tucker. “We want our cus-

“We want to focus on what we’re really good at,” Kubasko says. tomers to feel special,” Tucker says. “They get cookies for some of the most important events in people’s lives,” Kubasko adds. “We always want to make sure people are happy.” The company’s finely drawn decorations, which range from monograms to college mascots to hand-painted dog portraits, are its calling card. Kubasko and Tucker share photos of their custom cookies on Instagram and Facebook, earning them hundreds of “likes” – and new customers close to home and far beyond the Triangle. They regularly ship cookies to clients as far away as California, Alaska, Hawaii, and even Australia. The time they spend making all of

those cookies can make them a little punchy. One late night in April of this year, Tucker, Kubasko, and several of their employees found themselves in the kitchen and in need of a break. Their dance routine to Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 had its moment of fame on Instagram and Facebook. “It’s a job and hard work,” Tucker says, “but we still have fun.” Kubasko agrees: “We just take it one day at a time.” The two have long been a part of the Raleigh community. Kubasko, who grew up in Raleigh, and Tucker, who grew up in Kinston before moving to Raleigh to attend Meredith College, met when Tucker led a Bible study that Kubasko, then a high school senior, participated in. Years later, when Kubasko, who also attended Meredith, was earning her master’s degree for school counseling, she interned with Tucker at Leesville High. “Raleigh gave me so much growing up that it’s fun to be a part of it now,” Kubasko says. “The community support we have,” Tucker adds, “is just amazing.” AUNT MOLLY’S SCOTCHEROO BARS Christin Kubasko shared this “treasured family recipe” for Scotcheroos. “My Aunt Molly makes these for family gatherings,” she says, “and since we all live in different parts of the country, the desserts we enjoy are a tradition, and we can’t go without them.” 1 cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup peanut butter 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal 6 ounces milk chocolate chips 6 ounces butterscotch chips Combine the sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat, and add the peanut butter and the rice cereal and mix until combined. Press the cereal mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan or onto a jelly roll pan (depending on desired thickness). Melt together the chocolate and butterscotch chips, and pour over the cereal mixture. Spread until the mixture is evenly distributed over the bars. Let set until firm; then cut into squares and enjoy! To see more of Southern Sugar Bakery’s custom projects: southernsugarbakerync.com Instagram: @southernsugarbakery facebook.com/southernsugarbakery

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The air is sweet at BUTTERFIELDS New Raleigh owner brings Peach Buds back

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WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE BUTTERFIELDS CANDY FACTORY IN NASHVILLE, N.C., THE FIRST thing that hits you is the smell. Sweet and delicious, it’s like you just stepped into a big bag of the peach-and-coconut-flavored Peach Buds the company is best known for. “The sugar is just all in the air, it’s everywhere all the time,” says Butterfields president and Raleigh resident Dena Manning, pictured above with son, Harry.“You (always) smell sugary.” It’s a sweet scent for a newly minted entrepreneur who’s worked hard to bring a beloved North Carolina treat back from the brink of extinction. More than 1,000 pounds of candy a day now come out of a factory that recently sat derelict and in disrepair; every week, Butterfields now sends more than 1,000 boxes to customers all over the world and to retailers like Williams-Sonoma, Southern Season, and Harris Teeter.

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Known best for fruit-flavored hard candies, Butterfields has deep roots in the state: Started in 1924 as Cane Candy Co. near Winston-Salem, the business was eventually sold, renamed Wilson Candy Co., and moved to Wilson and then Rocky Mount in the 1950s. In the late ’80s, the company was sold once again and moved to Nashville, where it was re-branded as Butterfields. Manning purchased Butterfields in 2012 after the previous owner, whom she knew, fell ill and was no longer able to run the business. It was in bankruptcy and had been dormant for a few years. Manning was undaunted: “I’ve always wanted to do something entrepreneurial,” the former courthouse interpreter says. Plus, she knew how great the old-fashioned candy was, and that its longtime fans missed it – she’d even fed her own mother Lemon Buds as she underwent chemotherapy. Buying the facto-

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ry 45 minutes from home seemed like an opportunity to bring something beloved back to life. High hopes aside, ownership came with a steep learning curve. Manning (whose father started an airline company in Honduras) compares it to sitting in the pilot seat of a Boeing 747 without any flight experience. “I knew the basics” of business, she says, “but nothing like doing something like this.” So she got to work. She re-hired former long-time company employees who knew the ins-and-outs of the confectionary process; conducted market research and talked to wholesalers; and spent hours poring over sanitary codes and regulations. Soon she developed a plan to streamline the company and get it back to its roots and back on its feet. One early decision was to scale back from more than 20 flavors to focus on the three most popular: Peach Bud, Lemon Bud, and Key Lime Bud. Then she partnered with Raleigh artist Dale Early to create beautiful artwork depicting each fruit for her newly designed packaging. Rave reviews started flowing in: “Immediately, people were calling on the phone just so happy that it was coming back,” she says. Customers from all over the country reached out to tell Manning their memories of eating the candy back in the day


with their grandparents, and others hopped in the car to drive hours to pick up pounds to take home themselves. The response was so effusive Manning expanded to include cherry, honeybell, and muscadine-flavored hard candies, as well as seasonal Christmas ones.

Tradition alive

Nothing is computerized, and everything is made, packaged, and shipped on-site by Butterfield’s eight employees. Manning is passionate about preserving the history of what she calls “an art,” and creating a new kind of community-based, family-run business that will thrive through the 21st century. Her ex-husband and her son Joseph help with the engineering and mechanical aspects of the business, while her son Harry works in the front office and in the back making candy. All of her employees live in the area. Needless to say, the town of Nashville has heartily embraced the company’s resurrection. But even while it continues to expand throughout the globe, Butterfields is sure to bring its story back home on both a small and large scale. “We want to let people know this is a North Carolina company,” she says. “Made by hand and by people you know.” That, she says, is “so important, and so unusual.” Tasty, too.

Manning is passionate about preserving the history of what she calls “an art,” and creating a new kind of community-based, family-run business that will thrive through the 21st century.

Manning says her company is one of the last candy factories in the country still making hard candy the old-school way. It’s not a marketing ploy: All of her recipes remain the same as they were in 1924, and she’s even using the same machinery to make each piece of hard candy. Dating back to the early 1900s and 1920s, these old-fashioned wrought-iron cooling tables, copper kettles, and boilers ensure that Butterfields is truly a product made by hand. Each batch takes an hour to make. Confectioners lift heavy slabs of molten candy, mix in flavors for nearly 20 minutes, then spin the candy into ropes and cut it into pieces. It then takes even longer to cool before it can be packaged.

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IF YOU’RE WALKING ON HILLSBOROUGH STREET TOWARD DOWNTOWN, Taverna Agora is likely to call your name. The open-air seating on the roof is often packed-to-the-brim, as is the front patio, and live Greek music (and sometimes even a fire-wielding belly dancer) entertains both diners and passersby. It’s not your average restaurant, and its owner, Lou Moshakos, is not your average born-and-bred Raleighite. A native of Lykovrisi, a small village in Greece outside of Sparta, Moshakos credits his Greek heritage as the source of his deep love for food, people, and entertaining.

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making the title a fitting name for a restaurant that embodies the family-centered, cozy feeling of village life Moshakos grew up with. “You feel like you’re home,” he says of coming to Taverna Agora. “It’s the closest you’ll be to home (in Greece) without going there.” When the Glenwood Avenue lease was almost up, Moshakos knew he wanted to move the restaurant downtown, closer to foot traffic. When he found the current location, he knew it was perfect: Originally an IBM office building built in 1960, it’s positioned right between Glenwood South and downtown, making it the “missing link” Hillsborough needed, Moshakos says. Opened last summer, the new space retains the charm of the original, with a new cosmopolitan twist: The upstairs roof has an almost-island vibe, with lots of greenery, views of 200-year-old oak trees, trendy seating, and a bar with an original cocktail menu. It’s made for celebrating, eating, and gathering in traditional Greek style. To capture that festive air without leaving home, Moshakos has shared Taverna Agora’s Greek Mule cocktail recipe. Lemon and lime juice, baklava syrup, and fresh ginger make it a fresh choice for the August heat and perfect for a summer soiree. As Moshakos would say, “That’s the Greek hospitality.”

And he’s good at it, as evidenced by the huge success of his company LM Restaurants, Inc., a hospitality management group he owns and runs with his family. His wife, Joy, and daughter, Amber, are both vice presidents in the company, and his daughters Chantal and Crystal are also involved. The group manages 35 restaurants in the Southeast, including the Carolina Ale House franchise; Hops Supply Co., Bluewater Waterfront Grill, and Oceanic in the Wilmington area; and, of course, Taverna Agora. It all started when Moshakos left Greece for Montreal at 18. On his second day, he entered the restaurant business as a dishwasher. He met Joy there, GREEK MULE and after 14 years, the couple moved to 1 ¼ ounces Tito’s Vodka Boca Raton, Fla., where they opened a seafood restaurant. Joy worked in the kitchen; ½ ounce baklava syrup* Moshakos shucked the clams and oysters. Ginger beer When they got the chance to move to 1 lemon Raleigh in 1992 to run a Miami Subs fran1 lime chise, they jumped at the opportunity, and Fresh ginger have never looked back. “I love it,” Moshakos says. “I love the people here … they’re so Mix vodka, baklava syrup, friendly. They’re so family-oriented.” He says and juice from lime and lemon in a cocktail shaker. Raleigh reminds him of a Greek village. Shake and pour over ice. Top Moshakos found success with his many with ginger beer and freshly restaurant franchises in the Triangle, but grated ginger. Garnish with a lime wheel. still couldn’t track down good local Greek *Baklava syrup: Infuse simfood. He decided to take matters into his ple syrup with cinnamon own hands, and opened the original locaand citrus. tion of Taverna Agora on Glenwood Avenue in 2003. In Greek, a taverna is a small restaurant and an agora is a central gathering place,

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LASTING IMPACT Mariana Chima, 16, receives care from Dr. Radha Guddati at Advance Community Health. Opposite: Fraley Marshall, program manager, and Matt Strickland, executive director, of Band Together work inside a shared office with YMCA of the Triangle. “We want to get our young demographic engaged,” Marshall says. “They have no idea of the long history that the Y has in the community, or that they are trying to accomplish something so comprehensive, so collective.” Opposite below: A wall of encouragement at PAVE Charter School.

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WHEN RALEIGH IS MENTIONED AS ONE OF THE NATION’S FASTESTgrowing cities, the towers of central downtown and midtown come to mind. So do the soon-to-boom warehouse district, developments like Brier Creek, and tracts of new suburban houses. But there’s another segment, home to approximately 89,000 residents, that hasn’t garnered the same kind of attention, even as development there promises to improve the lives of tens of thousands of residents. Local leaders in organizations including the YMCA, Advance Community Health, and PAVE school say they’re turning an area of Southeast Raleigh into a locus for holistic community health, education, and wellness. They’re transforming a stretch of Rock Quarry Road that reaches through suburban and urban neighborhoods into a multifaceted complex including a charter school, affordable housing, a health center, and an expansive YMCA. Together these new projects are expected to touch more than 29,000 residents who live within the corridor, bringing them what they say they want and need, including affordable exercise and health care facilities, child care, and a planned fresh produce market. “It’s exciting to do this really big, magnificent work in my own community,” says Kia Baker, a Southeast Raleigh native who’s leading the Southeast Raleigh Promise Project, an independent organization coordinating the various efforts. “We’re not looking only at this site, but at creating a cradle-to-career pipeline of support and interventions, to ensure that

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every child is successful,” she says. “The ultimate goal is to end intergenerational poverty.” The center of this growth is a parcel of land near the Interstate 440 interchange on Rock Quarry Road. Advance Community Health is already up and running there; across the street stands a 32-acre chunk of land that used to house Watson’s Flea Market, and now stands empty. Soon, planners say, the site will buzz with life as the construction of a massive new YMCA facility begins. The Y, which bought the land last November, is currently in the midst of a $15 million fundraising campaign to construct the home base for a broad range of community-based services, all coordinated by the homegrown Promise Project. It’s a massive undertaking, helped significantly by organizations like Band Together, which has committed to raising $1 million to make it happen. “Band Together wants to make an impact, and the Y came with this vision to change an entire community. Generational transformation,” says Fraley Marshall, program manager for Band Together, which is the Southeast’s largest annual charitable music event. Marshall’s eyes light up when she talks about the project. “They have a partner for low-income housing, and they’re going to have a school. They’re talking about food sources, a grocery,” she says. “All of it will be based on what the community says they want and need.” The Promise Project’s Baker helms this massive effort with a calm demeanor that belies her jam-packed schedule. “I consider myself a systems thinker,” she says. “There are lots of people who

have one issue they’re really passionate about. That’s not the case for me. I’m able to look at an entire system and facilitate better ways for people to gain access to resources in our community.” The YMCA has been at work in Southeast Raleigh for years, but when the Garner Road facility lost its charter seven years ago, the organization had to seek creative partnerships to continue to serve the community. That included working with Walnut Creek Elementary School to host after-school programming, tutoring with a full-time staff, and fitness classes. “What they realized was that people had real barriers to fitAUGUST 2016 | 89


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gle organization has too much ness. It wasn’t that people in this community weren’t interested Advance Community Health is already up and running. Across the on its shoulders. She believes in being healthy,” Baker says. “There were no gyms in Southeast street, Kia Baker, opposite, of the the project has the potential Raleigh, and if there were, where would their children go while Southeast Raleigh Promise Project to radically change the face of they worked out?” stands on the future site of the YMCA on Rock Quarry Road. Southeast Raleigh, her home. When the YMCA, working out of Walnut Creek Elementary, began offering $3 fitness classes that included child care, hundreds of people took advantage of the program – so many, in fact, that Charter school the program quickly outgrew the space. Baker sees the new facilA half-mile away, the new location of PAVE Charter School is ity as the logical, and critical, next ready to welcome 230 students at step. the conclusion of summer break. “None of us can make change in a silo. Band Together agrees. When A replication of a charter school None of us can be successful unless the organization showed interest that opened 8 years ago in Red we’re all successful.” in the Y’s future plans, the Y loadHook, Brooklyn, PAVE’s mission is ed Marshall and her colleagues on simple: To help all elementary stu– Ariana Kanwit, principal at PAVE Charter School to a bus and drove them to the dozdents prepare to thrive in competen areas in Southeast Raleigh conitive high schools and four-year colleges. sidered food deserts. They also visited the Walnut Creek school, “We spoke to community members, and we looked at how where the Y provides PTA services and hosts school carnivals. students of color and students from low-income families were “The school’s principal got on the bus and said, ‘We couldn’t performing in traditional public schools,” says Ariana Kanwit, ask for more. The Y are true partners and what they are doing principal at PAVE. “While, on the whole, Wake County schools matters,’ ” says Marshall. “Then, they pulled us up to the flea mardo very well, when you look at specific data, there’s a huge need.” ket (space), and said, ‘Here is our dream.’” Kanwit has worked in elementary schools for the last 15 The dream included a mixed-use site with affordable housyears, including traditional public schools and a bilingual school ing, a school, health care options, and access to nutritious food. in the Bronx. For three years, she served as a dean at PAVE in “They just went, ‘Wow. What would it look like for that to hapBrooklyn before opening the Southeast Raleigh charter this year. pen in Raleigh?’” Baker recalls. “I have a deep knowledge of how we do things and why we That’s when the Promise Project was born. Baker is now in do them,” she says. “We have an enormously strong, inspired charge of effectively threading together resources, so that no sinteam. Every teacher here is incredibly invested in our kids.” 90 | WALTER


The school opened this year with 120 kindergarten and firstLike a beacon grade students. Because they’ve fulfilled their recruitment tarAcross the street from the Y’s future home, a freshly congets, next year PAVE will nearly double in size. structed 35,000 square-foot facility rises off of Rock Quarry To accommodate the influx of new students, the school will Road like a beacon. It’s the new location of Advance Community relocate over the summer to the former Upper Room Christian Health, another organization that’s working to engage and proAcademy, near Southeast Raleigh High School. In addition to exvide for Southeast Raleigh. tra classroom space, the move also brings a gymnasium and auThe community health center aims to get patients proactiveditorium, soccer fields and science ly involved in their own health labs. “We were the little engine that could, and care. Advance Community Health Kanwit says PAVE’s recruitprovides access to care regardless now we have the opportunity to really ing was exclusively focused on of means, and includes adult medmake an impact on this community.” Southeast Raleigh, which meant icine, pediatrics, dental care, se– Penny Washington, chief executive officer, knocking on doors, speaking in nior care, and a pharmacy under Advance Community Health local churches, and partnering one roof. It’s a massive upgrade with local day cares and orgato the facility the organization nizations like the Boys & Girls Club. Kanwit pitches a rigorous has held on Tarboro Street since 1972, and involves a complete curriculum, warm environment, and a commitment to offer free change in the scope of the work they do as well. transportation and breakfast, lunch, and snack to every student, “We used to treat the people that walked through our door, regardless of income. and we only treated what they brought in our door,” says Penny “We work closely with the Promise Project, and we are Washington, chief executive officer of the organization. “Health honored to be sitting next to so many leaders in the community care has changed, and the community is demanding more. It’s a doing transformational work,” says Kanwit. “Education doesn’t different level of responsibility we’ve taken on.” solve things, health doesn’t solve things, housing doesn’t solve Washington smiles as she talks about her plans for the future things, faith-based organizations don’t solve things. None of us of her organization, and for Southeast Raleigh as a whole. After can make change in a silo. None of us can be successful unless 28 years, she feels she finally has the resources she needs to make we’re all successful.” the kind of impact she’s always dreamed of. “We were the little engine that could, and now we have the AUGUST 2016 | 91


MAGNIFICENT WORK At PAVE Charter School, teacher Rashaida Melvin leads students in their lessons. The curriculum is rigorous, the environment warm, and meals and transportation are free for every student.

opportunity to really make an impact on this community,” WashAs both a patient and a caretaker for her mother, Brown unington says. “We’ve always had the title of community health cenderstands the responsibility that comes with facilitating health ter, but now it really feels like it.” care for yourself and family members, too. Before the new building opened, the team at Advance spent “The simplest thing that this new facility will provide is lomonths soliciting community feedback to learn what residents gistical convenience for our patients,” she says. Brown has three wanted in a health care facility. Those conversations resulted in appointments a week: two for her mother, and one for herself. monthly health clinics, a computer center, and partnerships with But at Advance, the pair gets all of their needs met under one organizations like Interfaith Food Shuttle and the soon-to-be roof, and can even fill their prescriptions and ensure no medicaYMCA across the street. tions are adversely interacting before they leave the building. “There are so many neat Brown praises the ongoing, “It’s exciting to do this really big, things in the Y approach that evolving understanding of the magnificent work in my own community.” we want to be a part of,” says Dr. way healthcare influences comMichelle Bucknor, chief medmunity – and vice-versa. She’s – Kia Baker, project director, Southeast Raleigh Promise Project ical officer at Advance. “Our also happy to see how organiniche is great primary care. We do all the rest in collaboration zations in Southeast Raleigh have joined together to positively with other organizations.” influence the future of the region. Elaine Brown, who led the charge on the construction of the “We concentrate on housing and jobs, too, because if you’re new facility, says it’s a preventative and proactive approach. At on a program that provides medicine, but if you can’t store your 67, the Raleigh native has a youthful radiance. She first came to medicine, or you can’t read the bottle…” she pauses. “We really Advance Community Health as a patient in 2001. can’t deliver good primary health care unless we address all of Back then, Brown shared feelings of boredom and frustrathose issues. We’re trying to empower the whole person. That’s tion with her doctor. Her career had ended prematurely, and she going to reduce crime, that’s going to make a better community.” was looking for something to keep her occupied. Brown’s doctor Kia Baker agrees, and ties the focus on Southeast Raleigh to a encouraged her to consider joining Advance’s board, which she larger trend of a booming downtown, which she says sometimes did the following year. Fourteen years later, Brown became the grows at the detriment of long-term residents. That’s why she’s organization’s board chair. dedicated herself to the collective impact approach offered by or“I do a lot of community outreach work, and since I grew up ganizations like the YMCA and Advance Community Health. here, there are leaders who I have known since I was a little kid,” “Growth is a good thing,” Baker says. “However, if we don’t Brown says. “I really can call up (city councilman) Eugene Weeks have support or affordable housing guaranteed for a healthy and ask if I can speak with him after dinner to tell him what we community – and healthy communities have people of all econeed.” She pauses for a hearty laugh, and then adds: “Of course, nomic ranges – then we’re going to be in trouble. We’ve all got to I’ll email first.” work together, and with our city, to think long-term.” 92 | WALTER


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WILLIAM IVEY LONG, THE PROLIFIC, MULTIPLE-TONY AWARD-WINNING costume designer, has drama – and Raleigh – in his blood, and in every single one of his earliest memories. “I grew up in the stage left dressing room,” Long says as he gestures around a tiny, WPA-built stone structure that still stands at Raleigh Little Theatre’s outdoor amphitheater. He’s not speaking metaphorically: The dressing room is where he lived until age 3 with his father, a technical director, and mother, an actress who wore many play-making hats. “People would change clothes in our house, and put on costumes … You would open the door, and you’d be on the stage.”

Growing up in the South has informed “every one of my sensibilities,” Long says. “How I was raised, telling stories, being in North Carolina, which is, I think, a very diverse culture…

Doors – and stages – have a way of opening up for Long. On Broadway and London’s West End, he has showcased his talent for almost 40 years. He has 15 Tony nominations and six Tony Awards, and has designed costumes for more than 70 Broadway productions. He has received the Art Institute of Chicago’s “Legend of Fashion” award and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. He has the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the City of Raleigh Medal of Arts Award, and the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts. Costumes for the likes of the Metropolitan Opera, Mick Jagger, the New York City Ballet, and Siegfried and Roy round out his resume. But despite his starry spot in the Broadway pantheon, manifested by his current role as head of the American Theatre Wing (the organization that runs the Tony Awards), Long remains resolutely North Carolinian, a natty Southern gentleman with gracious manners, good humor, and

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stories to tell. He’s as likely to digress about his large extended family (and their furniture) as he is to talk about his life of glamour. And he has remained loyal to the theaters here that launched him: This summer will be his 45th working on The Lost Colony play in Manteo. Growing up in the South has informed “every one of my sensibilities,” Long says. “How I was raised, telling stories, being in North Carolina, which is, I think, a very diverse culture … the abundance of educated, cultivated people … Revering the word, growing up in a family where the play is the thing …” Long’s words meander happily as he recalls his early influences: old Western movies; the Raleigh Rose Garden; the Long ancestors who were members of the first class at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1795; the actor Andy Griffith; Long’s great-grandmother’s sister; The Lost Colony costume designer Irene Smart Rains; the playwright Wendy Wasserstein; his parents. “I’ve always been interested in the making of theater, because of being right here.” He takes in the dressing room with a glance. “The business of our family was always play-making.”

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TO TELL A STORY Left: William Ivey Long fits Robin Givens for Roxie Hart; Vanessa Redgrave wears a Long-designed costume as Queen Elizabeth I in The Lost Colony. Opposite: Costumes and sketches for The Frogs; Long’s crimson feather ballgown that morphed into a living Christmas tree in La Cage aux Folles.

Destined, not designed Considered by critics a nimble designer whose work marries storytelling and glamour – together with an unmistakably sexy jolt that “hovers between taste and travesty,” as famed New York magazine theater critic John Simon put it – Long is also considered technically ingenious, with a specialty in “transformations,” costumes that seamlessly turn a scullery maid into a princess, for instance, or a greasy car mechanic into a rock star. “I love transformations,” he says. “I love transforming people.” At the same time, he says, his main goal is always to help tell the story. “I like to think that I’m an honest and true designer who supports the material.” Michael Feingold, theater critic for the Village Voice, agrees. Long deploys “a kind of secret, supplemental playwriting,” he wrote, “done not to


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compete with the script being performed, but to enhance it … William is one of the master dramatists of our day.” Long’s ethereal, transformational costumes for Cinderella, which won him the 2013 Tony; his over-the-top looks for Hairspray, which won in 2003; and his canny creations in last year’s On the Twentieth Century, which nabbed a nomination, showcase a portion of his talent. “His costumes look more than designed – they seem destined,” says critic Simon. Destined, not designed might be an apt description of Long’s career as well. He never set out to design costumes, he says; never gave them much thought at all. His interests were more varied. He took himself to William & Mary for college, for instance, because he loved the campus architecture and wanted to study art history. Then he took himself to Yale School of Drama because he wanted to be a set designer. He moved himself to the Chelsea Hotel in New York because he wanted to work for the couturier Charles James, who lived

there. (It took Long six months to get James’s attention; in the meantime, neighbors like Andy Warhol “superstar” Viva and a punk-rocker called “Neon Leon” kept things interesting.) Long only became a Broadway costume designer, he says, after a friend from Yale was hired as the set designer for The Inspector General in 1978 and recommended Long to do the costumes. One production led to another, and “it slipped up on me,” he says. “It wasn’t conscious. It was so omnipresent that it became a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Long had become a costume designer. That was 38 years ago. “I am much more focused now and fierce – fearsome – in my approach than I was then,” he says. “I was young and naïve.” His first Tony, for Nine, focused his mind and gave him bigger dreams. “It didn’t just overnight change my life, but it did inside.”

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home. It’s not only on his itinerary year-round, it’s also readily in his thoughts, forming his frame of reference. Home and theater were and are of a piece. “The front hall of our big house in Rock Hill was always a scene dock,” he recalls. (His father, William Ivey Long Sr., was founder of the theater department, stage director, and professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.) “And the big dining room table, which I finally restored, my grandfather’s dining room table from Baltimore, it was always the cutting table during shows. I think twice in my life, my father did The Heiress. Well, the entire house was emptied on to that stage. It’s set in 1840, so all of the portraits, all of the furniture … routinely, pieces of furniture would go missing and be on stage.” Trim in the navy Brooks Brothers suit and polished loafers that serve as his uniform, curly hair askew, it’s not hard to picture Long as a younger man; his bearing and energy alone take decades off of his almost-69 years. “If you don’t look in a mirror,” he says, “you don’t know how old you are. I stand in front of mirrors all the day long for the fitting process, and I

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do not look.” He always wears a rep tie, he says, and almost always one with a blue stripe. For someone in his line of work, this conservative lack of ostentation is striking. It suits him to be as polite in his clothes as he is in his manner, even as it adds an extra wink to his conspiratorial smiles. Vanity Fair zeroed in on this ineffably put-together quality last year when it put him on its international best-dressed list. Alongside the likes of Prince Harry in a top hat and Eddie Redmayne in Gucci plaid, Long appeared in his Brooks Brothers suit and shoes, accessorized only with a grin and glinting eyeglasses. But he’s nonplussed by all of that; doesn’t bring it up unless asked, and then changes the subject. Ask him what does excite him most these days, and he might tip over his chair with glee. “I’m charting new courses,” he says, with several projects in the works, including costumes for the new weekly television variety show by Lorne Michaels, Maya & Marty. It’s not Long’s first foray into live TV, for which his background in theater is well-suited. He also designed costumes for Grease: Live, as well as the TV version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the Fox network. “All three things are different. Now I can say I design for stage, screen, and television.”

David Korins (GREASE); courtesy William Ivey Long (YOUNG MAN)

THEATER IN HIS BLOOD Left: Long works on the set of Grease: Live; Above: Long as a young man, preparing a prop; Opposite: The stage left dressing room at Raleigh Little Theatre where Long lived with his parents, Mary Wood Long and William Ivey Long, shown below.


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New things excite him most, he says, and always have. “When I was in the 8th grade,” he recalls, “in Mrs. White’s biology class, she asked: ‘Why does a bug go from one side of the leaf to the other? It’s in search of the heat.’ And I knew then and there in the 8th grade that that was my path in life. I was going to be in search of the heat. That’s how I choose my course. That’s how I choose my friends. That’s how I do everything. I’m a bug on a leaf in search of the heat.”

Early years Just like that 8th grade revelation, much of what fires Long’s imagination got to him early. Summers spent in Manteo, working with his family to help put on The Lost Colony, where his father was technical director, were an important early experience, not only for the time he had on stage beginning at 8 in the role of a child colonist, or for his time soaking up the work of the costume shop (the Elizabethan ruff he made for his dog out of a scrap of pillowcase when he was 4 is hard to forget), but for the late-night movies he’d watch once the family got home from the evening Lost Colony performance at around 11 p.m. “The black-and-white late movies on the Norfolk station were Hollywood musicals, Hollywood Greta Garbo films. That

began my fascination with glamour … and influenced my sense of shape, and style, and proportion.” During the winter, he’d watch Picture for a Sunday Afternoon: “Our family did not watch football.” He credits his great-uncle in Waynesville for taking him to the movies on Sat-

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RALEIGH ROOTS From left: William Ivey Long with his hero, former N.C. Governor Jim Hunt; Long and Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane take a selfie in front of the plaque commemorating his childhood years at Raleigh Little Theatre; at the dedication, guests enjoy a cool refuge inside the diminutive cottage.

urdays, where they saw Gene Autry and Tom Mix Westerns. “It was high style in the Old West. And it’s a next step to Gary Cooper in Morocco. The most glamorous, handsome, stylish American in the history of America. Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich in Morocco: If you want to mess up a child, have them watch that late at night.” And give him a homeplace out of a fairy tale. Long leans almost entirely off of his chair as he describes his first three years living in the dressing room where he sits. The one-room building is almost impossible to imagine as a home – but in Long’s memory, it’s fully that. “There were two mahogany Chippendale chairs and a tilt-top table,” he says, “even in this little manger.” Red draperies: “brocade, or velvet. I remember red. I don’t remember bathing, or going to the bathroom, or cooking, or eating … but I remember playing on that stage.” He also remembers playing in the Raleigh Rose Garden (“I thought everyone had one”); remembers “sitting on a bench in the dark” and watching a “strange man pulling my mother’s hair.” Turns out she was onstage just outside their tiny home, acting in Death of a Salesman. On that same stage on a sultry evening in mid-May, dozens of notable Raleighites gathered to honor Long. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane introduced him as “one of our prominent native sons” and unveiled a plaque on the house to commemorate 100 | WALTER

his childhood years in the place. “My oh my, not everybody gets to see their tombstone!” Long exclaimed. Governor Jim Hunt (“my hero,” Long calls him) and his wife Carolyn came to pay tribute, as did former News & Observer publisher Frank Daniels Jr. and his wife Julia, along with dozens of other art patrons and theater lovers. Long greeted them all with kisses and hugs, taking in their congratulations with humble humor. “The lesson to take home for your children and grandchildren,” he told the crowd, “is be careful where you grow up!”


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WALTER, BANK OF AMERICA, AND THE UMSTEAD HOTEL & SPA will come together September 9 to present “WINnovation: Women Inspiring Innovation,” the second annual celebration of local women and entrepreneurism.

The event’s speakers – a diverse group representing the worlds of pharmaceuticals, design, technology, philanthropy, and academia – include Cindy Whitehead, founder of Sprout Pharmaceuticals and The Pink Ceiling; Tashni-Ann Dubroy, president of Shaw University; Maura Horton, founder of MagnaReady; Isa Watson, founder of Envested; and Jamie Meares, blogger and founder of Furbish Studio. Each will give a 5-minute TED-talk-style “WIN” talk about her own individual entrepreneurial journey. The setting will be an elegant lunch at the Umstead, followed by a Q&A with the audience and break-out discussion sessions. Last year’s event was a sold-out success at the Angus Barn featuring Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, founder of MedPro Rx; Jackie Craig, founder of the Green Chair Project; Molly Paul, founder of Raleigh Aquatic Turtle Adoption; Lauren Whitehurst, founder of SoarTriangle; Guenevere Abernathy, founder of LoMo Market; and Brooks Bell, founder of Brooks Bell. “The response was effusive,” says WALTER editor Liza Roberts. “All of our speakers and countless attendees told us how impactful the talks were, and how meaningful the event was to them.” Some attendees were entrepreneurs, she says, but “others came to be inspired, and because it’s such an interesting coversation.” This year, that conversation will continue over post-lunch break-out sessions led by industry leaders like Gab Smith, executive director of CAM Raleigh; Jenny Hwa, executive director of Innovate Raleigh; and Teresa Monteiro, founder and CEO of Her Leap. These sessions will cover subjects including: Leveraging the Resources Around You; Working Entrepreneurially in Any Setting; How to Turn an Idea into Reality; and Returning to Work Following a Career Break. Tickets for the event, which will take place from 12 noon to 4:15 p.m. at the Umstead Hotel & Spa, are $100 and available at waltermagazine.com.

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WINnovation 2016 An afternoon of inspiration, education, and community Presented by Bank of America, The Umstead Hotel & Spa, and WALTER at The Umstead Hotel & Spa 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary Tickets: $100, available at waltermagazine. com 12-noon Welcome reception begins 12:30 Doors open for lunch Three course luncheon with wine pairings 12:45 Program begins WIN TALK SPEAKERS Tashni-Ann Dubroy, President, Shaw University Maura Horton, Founder and CEO, MagnaReady

Each speaker will give a 5-minute TED-talk-style “WIN” talk about her own individual entrepreneurial journey. Jamie Meares, Founder, Furbish Studio Isa Watson, Founder and CEO, Envested Cindy Whitehead, Founder, Sprout Pharmaceuticals, The Pink Ceiling 2:30 Questions and answers with audience 3:15 Breakout sessions begin led by Gab Smith of CAM Raleigh, Jenny Hwa of Innovate Raleigh, Teresa Monteiro of Her Leap, and others Subjects to include: From Idea to Execution Leveraging the Resources Around You Returning to Work After a Career Break Working Entrepreneurially in Any Setting 4:15 WINnovation adjourns

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ISA WATSON FOUNDER AND CEO, ENVESTED Isa Watson is the founder and CEO of Durham-based Envested, a social network giving platform that fosters connectivity within local communities. Watson started the company when her father passed away and she returned to the area, realizing the potential for a Triangle-centric giving network specifically targeted toward millennials. Her entrepreneurial success, she says, is a result of her family’s commitment to the local community as well as her long history of business expertise. Before founding Envested, Watson was a Vice President of Strategy in the Business Banking division of JPMorgan Chase & Co., as well as part of a management training initiative focused on the group’s business development in New York and Hong Kong. She also worked

at Pfizer as a research chemist and clinical trial strategy analyst, helping to execute statistical analyses for top-selling drug Lyrica, which holds $3 billion in annual sales. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from Hampton University, a M.S. in Pharmacology from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management. Envested has been featured in Fast Company, ExitEvent, and The Triangle Business Journal. Watson was named top 40 under 40 leaders in the Triangle by The Triangle Business Journal in 2016 and top 40 under 40 in finance by the Toigo Foundation in 2015. She is also the youngest-serving member of the MIT Sloan Executive Alumni Board.


CINDY WHITEHEAD CO-FOUNDER, SPROUT PHARMACEUTICALS FOUNDER AND CEO, THE PINK CEILING When Raleigh-based Sprout Pharmaceuticals was sold for $1 billion to Valeant Pharmaceuticals last year, co-founder Cindy Whitehead found herself fielding phone calls from business news reporters around the globe – and from fellow female entrepreneurs, seeking funding and advice. Her new venture, The Pink Ceiling, launched in April, taps into that very need. The all-female company headquarted in North Hills offers strategic consulting, seed investing, and commercial support for startups targeting women’s issues. First up: Undercover Colors, a Raleigh company started by four N.C. State grads to make nail polish that changes colors if it comes in contact with date rape drugs. Whitehead was a speaker at Fortune’s Next Gen Most Powerful Women Summit, was recently featured on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2016 “Women to Watch” issue, and her work

has been covered by The New York Times, the Associated Press, CNBC, CBS, and FOX. Sprout may have brought her into the public eye, but it wasn’t her first success. Whitehead previously co-founded and led operations for Slate Pharmaceuticals, which produced the first FDA-approved long-lasting testosterone in sexual medicine.

MAURA HORTON FOUNDER AND CEO, MAGNAREADY Maura Horton started MagnaReady when her late husband, Don Horton, an N.C. State assistant football coach diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at a young age, began to have trouble with mobility. “One day after a game he was trapped in the locker room unable to button his shirt,” she says. “His hands just were not working. Luckily, a player noticed his struggle and buttoned his shirt for him.” Maura combined her previous experience designing children’s clothes with an entrepreneurial determination to solve the problem: “By magnetically infusing the buttons on his shirts,” she says, “I created a product that could restore freedom to

his daily routine.” Today, the company makes dress shirts for both men and women, and is a champion for Parkinson’s awareness and research. It has been covered by People Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, FOX News Health, and ESPN, among others. MagnaReady has won the Today’s Caregiver Friendly Award twice, and Horton is also the recipient of a Gold Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year. Recently, Horton partnered with PVH, the company that owns Tommy Hilfiger, Izod, and Calvin Klein to sell MagnaReady-equippped clothing for adults and children.

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JAMIE MEARES FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, FURBISH STUDIO Jamie Meares, founder and creative director of Furbish Studio and author of the blog i suwannee, is known for her daring design mixtures. Hepplewhite serpentine sideboards meet Moroccan evil eye pillows on her site and in her flagship Raleigh store, a mecca for the design community that she recently moved to the Melrose Mill (see At the Table, pg. 70, for more about that historic building). Her immense, social-media-driven popularity and unique blend of Southern style and bohemian eclecticism has garnered the attention of The New York Times, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, InStyle, ElleDecor, Real Simple, and House Beautiful. Jamie has also established brand collaborations with organizations like Walgreens, Target, Wedding Wire, Urban Outfitters, Ford, Madewell, and Yahoo!.

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Meares updates her blog several times a week with home decorating, fashion, and travel advice. In the Melrose, her staff of seven offers consultations by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as walk-ins the rest of the week. The studio is chock-full of furniture, decor, and accessories with a colorful, playful flair. “When I opened Furbish, I filled it with all of the things I had blogged about,” she says. “It was like a 3-D representation of the things I loved. You can walk into that environment, and the lifestyle I am writing about suddenly becomes much more accessible.”

TASHNI-ANN DUBROY PRESIDENT, SHAW UNIVERSITY Jamaican native TashniAnn Dubroy is the 17th and second-youngest president of Shaw University. A Shaw graduate with a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from N.C. State and an MBA from Rutgers University, Dubroy has also worked as a research scientist, global technology analyst, and procurement manager at BASF, the world’s leading chemical company. Before becoming Shaw’s newest president, Dubroy worked at the university as an associate professor of chemistry, department chair of natural sciences and mathematics, and as the special assistant to the

president for process optimization. Leadership runs in her blood. So does entrepreneurism. Dubroy co-owns Tea and Honey Blends, a natural hair care company; owns the hair salon Element Beauty Bar; and founded the Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation, a nonprofit that mentors women in science. She has been recognized by N.C. State, the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and UNCF for her accomplishments and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Money magazine, and Bloomberg’s Businessweek.


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STEPPING THROUGH THE DOUBLE DOORS OF DRESS FOR SUCCESS TRIANGLE feels like entering a high-end boutique, not a nonprofit. Dresses and suits, many adorned with new tags and labels like Coach and Ralph Lauren, hang on racks. Italian leather shoes line the walls; modern jewelry fills a glass case. Women strut in and out of dressing rooms to oohs and ahhs of personal styling consultants. Their confidence is clear as they see themselves in the mirror for the first time in a sharp suit or a well-fitting dress. And while the clients at Dress for Success may choose

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STYLED AND READY Some of the clothing and accessories at Dress for Success Triangle. Opposite: Yeshimabet Flanagan, one of the 10,000 clients who has benefited from the organization.

from a variety of beautiful clothes, they are all here looking for the same thing: employment and economic security. Yeshimabet Flanagan is one of the 10,000 clients who has benefited from the powerful work of Dress for Success Triangle. The organization not only dresses women to enter – or re-enter – the workplace, it trains them for it, too. Flanagan turned to the organization about a year ago for help. Like many of the women who walk through its doors, she came eager to re-enter the workplace after years of staying home to raise her children, and was referred to the agency by one of more than 150 nonprofits that refer women who are ready to find employment. When Flanagan moved to New York City from Jamaica in 1998 at 16, leaving seven siblings and nearly all of her family behind, she was quickly able to secure a job as a file clerk at an insurance company. Highly-motivated and personable, she worked her way up to earning a comfortable salary, even by New York City standards. In 2008, Flanagan moved to Raleigh and left the workforce in order to be at home with her sons. For a year now, she has been looking for a job. But despite her years climbing the corporate ladder to become an insurance broker, the large gap on her resume and her lack of

a college degree have made it difficult to secure meaningful employment. Dress for Success Triangle has been the engine of perseverance for Flanagan in the face of numerous rejections and unreturned phone calls. “Transitioning back to the workplace is really hard,” Flanagan says. “Hearing ‘no’ again and again can be frustrating and disempowering. I’ve always been able to secure jobs by word-of-mouth. I have never had to pound the pavement. But Dress for Success is helping me navigate this new, current world of job searching.” And a new world it is. Unlike her first foray into the workplace, resumes are now submitted online. Computer programs search for specific key words in the resumes and reject those without them. Automated systems respond to job inquiries and cover letters. The result: The modern job search can be discouraging, impersonal, and isolating. DFS’s ten-week job acquisition class, Going Places Network, is designed to help clients like Flanagan tackle these obstacles. During its skills assessment class, Flanagan learned her personal and professional strengths. “I am adaptable,” she

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says now. “I am an eager learner. And I like to be a resource of information for other people.” The program taught her how to capitalize on these strengths during job interviews and when crafting cover letters. She says she has also found hope in the friendships she’s made through the program. “We carpool and lean on each other. It is encouraging to see the women in our group find employment.” Beth Briggs, executive director for Dress for Success Triangle, believes that the Going Places Network is one of Dress for Success Triangle’s most effective client services. “About 75 percent of women who go through GPN get jobs within three months,” she says. “That is a high percentage. It is a confidence-builder and a skill-builder. It teaches the women what it takes to get a job in this world and what is expected by corporations.”

Transformative experience When Flanagan first met with an image coach for her suit fitting, she was taken aback by the amount of care and attention she received. Although she has bought and worn business suits in the past, she says the Dress for Success Triangle

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boutique experience is like nothing she’d known before. After more than a year looking for a job to support her two sons, she says she felt power when she saw herself in the mirror with a pair of high heels and a tailored suit. “It is transformative. It is a completely different experience for those of us who are not used to that kind of care. The image coach is more than a personal shopper. She listens to what I like and what I want. It is very empowering.” Briggs nods. She sees the same thing time and time again with the women who come through her organization’s doors. “This is all part of our mission to support unemployed and underemployed women and to help them find economic security. A lot of what we do is about building a woman’s confidence,


dignity, and respect. It is easy to feel powerless when you’ve been out of the job market for some time. It is just so hard. We want to help a woman feel good about herself.” Once a woman finds a job, Dress for Success Triangle continues to support her, providing employment retention training and continued professional development. She also becomes part of the organization’s Professional Women’s Group, a network with mentors and leaders who help women navigate the workplace. They support each other as they tackle new routines and company culture and work-life balance. Briggs says Dress for Success Triangle is also committed to equipping its women to become strong leaders in their workplaces and communities. This results in a strong network between employers and Dress for Success Triangle.“We have a lot of corporate donors,” Briggs says, “and in addition to supporting us financially, we ask them to hire the women who come from Dress for Success. They flag our women. It lifts them out of the enor-

mous crowd of applicants.” And while corporations, foundations, inventory sales, and private donors offer the financial means to support the organization’s $1 million annual budget, it relies on a team of more than 365 dedicated volunteers to run effectively. They donate and sort clothes, provide style and career coaching, job training, networking, and employment retention support. Many of these volunteers are women, some of whom have gone through the programs themselves. Flanagan admits that the road to landing a job has felt long, overwhelming, and frustrating. But she credits Dress for Success Triangle (and a healthy dose of pure grit) with keeping her plowing ahead – now with strong interviewing skills, an impressive resume, and a sharp professional suit. Most importantly, she carries with her a renewed sense of empowerment.

“A lot of what we do is about building a woman’s confidence, dignity, and respect. It is easy to feel powerless when you’ve been out of the job market for some time.”

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KAYAK fishing The author's son, Alex Wood, 14, fishes from a Hobie kayak.

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I’VE ALWAYS ADMIRED FISHING KAYAKS, WITH THEIR CANOE-STYLE CARGO capacity and high seats combined with the lighter-weight and kinder learning curve of a kayak. Their small draft also gives dedicated fishermen access to fish-friendly places other boats can’t reach, opening up the swampy, shallow, and rocky parts of lakes, ponds, rivers – and even sounds and oceans – in a way a jon boat can’t. I’ve kayaked a lot and I’ve fished a lot, but I’d never combined the two, and I couldn’t wait to try. So on a sunny early summer day, I convinced my husband, Scott, and our 14-year-old son, Alex (a.k.a. “The Fish Whisperer”), to join me on a maiden fishing kayak adventure. Our destination: a 25-acre pond in Knightdale known for its fishing. Scott took one look and described the conditions as “optimal.”

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The boat I borrowed from Raleigh’s Great Outdoor Provision Co. (my husband’s employer) was a paddle kayak. We put Alex in a Hobie model that came with foot pedals for hands-free fishing. It took him mere minutes to master the pedaling-and-rudder action. Scott opted to paddle his own trusty old canoe so that he could be free to help the two of us find and land the many fish we planned to catch. Once I got used to the wider width and heavier weight of the fishing kayak – not to mention its lawnchair-like seat, which is mounted half-a-foot off the bottom of the boat for better leverage catching and landing fish – I quickly got the hang of paddling it around the lake. It was fun, but I was too busy keeping my boat straight and maneuvering into coves and against lily pads that I didn’t fully experience all the features that fishing kayaks are prized for, like a fish finder. Since I was familiar with the lake and had my own two human fish

finders for assistance, I didn’t turn it on. I also chose not to take advantage of the built-in and clip-on rod holders, and instead stashed the rod between my feet after each cast. Plenty of people use features like those to their best advantage, which is one of the reasons kayak fishing has become popular enough that North Carolina now boasts several organizations that provide information to and sponsor events for lovers of the sport. I know one father and preteen-aged son who live just west of the Triangle who spend three seasons a year in fishing kayaks – sometimes solo, sometimes paddling tandem – exercising the fish in North Carolina waterways as diverse as the Haw River, Lake Mackintosh in Alamance County, the sound off Sunset Beach, and the New River at West Jefferson. They love the sport’s multi-dimensionality, which is what drew me in, too. But perhaps unsurprisingly, I found that fish-

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ing and kayaking all at once meant there was a lot to do. While kayaking’s meditative quality has always been its main attraction for me, fishing while kayaking is more of an exercise in concentrated multitasking, like learning to drive a car with a manual transmission. But just like a stick shift, kayak fishing becomes second nature once you get the hang of it. I was just about there when I got my first and only bite of the day. The sun was sinking lower, the frogs were chorusing louder. I wasn’t even in a particularly fish-auspicious spot, floating more than 50 yards from the bank in a featureless area of the pond. And I was tired, so my distracted cast was sloppy. But the eruption from the foamy water came almost immediately. A bass flashed silver as it sank its jaws around my lure. “Get him, get him,” Scott called from his canoe. He wasn’t close enough to see it, but he knew it was a big fish from the

splash alone. I was so stunned I didn’t pull my rod to set the hook as hard as I should have, and had just started reeling, shakily, thrilling to the resistance against my line, when I was suddenly jerked back. My first and only fish of the day had broken free. My fish-whisperer son hadn’t fared much better. Leave it to fly-rod-wielding Dad, the only non-kayak-fisher of the group, to land the day’s single catch – a pretty little bass attracted by a copperhead fly typically favored for red drum. Meanwhile, despite using a jointed, crankbait lure made that’s prized for its bass-catching prowess, I remained fishless. It didn’t matter. We’d started something we want to continue. With a little more practice, we might even get hooked.

While kayaking’s meditative quality has always been its main attraction for me, fishing while kayaking is more of an exercise in concentrated multitasking.

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I LOVE ARTISTS, ALWAYS HAVE. IT GOES WAY BACK, LONG BEFORE I HAD THE privilege of directing an art museum. Many of the artists were great characters whose voices resounded beyond the canvas, the Mauds and Claudes, for example: I remember evenings spent on my front porch as Maud Gatewood expounded her radical theories of art historicism through swills of vodka and ubiquitous puffs of smoke from her Marlboro Lights. And the night at a Durham disco that inspired her painting The Dance. I recall with a chuckle Claude Howell theatrically proclaiming as “Philistines” the Raleigh “dowagers” who dismissed his modern paintings of the coast.

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photos courtesy Victor Lytvinenko

LETTER FROM THE art world


All artists are curious and exciting in their own individual ways. Eccentricity, wicked humor, a bold sense of self, unabashed outspokenness – all feed the excitement of knowing artists. Artists can shake you up, propel you beyond the humdrum. So what about our artists, the ones we know and love? To varying degrees our artists are finding success and exposure in the tough, complex art world. This has not always been the case, however. For too long, Southern artists, including Maud and Claude, found access to the national art stage, including New York galleries and museums in the North and West, closed to them. International collectors were largely unaware of our exceptional regional voices. As a result, a lot of great art was isolated and has yet to enter the canon of art history. So how is the art world different now? Of great importance is that an emerging support structure, particularly in the Triangle, is connecting the region to the national and international art scenes. The NCMA, CAM, the Nasher, the Ackland, and now the 21c Hotel, all showcase work by regional artists within a national context. These programs have boosted recognition and reputation. Flanders, the Carrack, Artspace, and Lump, among several other Triangle art galleries, regularly show risk-taking, innovative artists on a par with those shown in New York galleries. And the work can be bought. An enthusiastic corps of collectors has emerged in the Triangle, so critical in raising the profile of artists they collect and care about. As these collectors bring local artists into an international context, they make a powerful statement that extends to the galleries they deal with in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and around the world. It is not unusual now to find artists such as Jeff Whetstone, Peter Oakley, Beverly McIver, Damian Stamer, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Bill Sullivan, Lucas Blalock, David Molesky, Alex Harris, Jason Craighead, Carolyn Janssen, Burk Uzzle, Taj Forer, Michael Itkoff, André Leon Gray, Rob Matthews, Harrison Haynes, Anne Lemanski, Cristina Cordova, Shaun Richards, and Matthew Curran popping up in the world’s notable galleries and at the big art fairs. Each year, for several years running, a North Carolina group of collectors and artists has hosted a party at Raleigh Denim’s flagship store in Manhattan for New York’s Armory Show in March. There is always a North Carolina party at Art Basel Miami in December. Molly McNairy and her husband PJ Deschenes host a party featuring a North Carolina artist at their home during the Frieze Art Fair in New York in May. These soirées bring together collectors, gallerists, and artists from all over. The result is that the art world is taking serious notice of the talent connected to and coming out of North Carolina. It all begins with us – and the artist. It’s a dance, a partnership, abetted by the ubiquitous invitation. I have been so impressed with the entrepreneurial zeal of my artist friends: Tim Lytvinenko hosts supper parties or drinks in a gallery to show off his latest creations to collectors. Damian Stamer welcomes

interested collectors to his studio in Hillsborough, often offering a few glasses of wine. Stacy Lynn Waddell is happy to organize a studio visit in Durham, as is Beverly McIver. Most artists are delighted to involve you in their work. Dinner after is a treat, too, as we get to know these energetic minds in a lively social setting. The artist is a player and a brand. Successful artists are professionals, most with college degrees, and well-trained. Artists are trying to make a living in what may seem to us an unconventional way. Getting the attention of the collector, the gallery, the critic, the museum certainly requires self-assurance, imagination, new ideas, talent, and just plain hard work. What can we give back to the artist in return for all this fun? Buying work is the essential first step, of course. But so is honest criticism and showing your artist’s work to your friends. Attending art exhibition openings featuring your artists is extremely important, whether they are local, in New York, or in neighboring cities. Get a group together – the NCMA and CAM are often happy to organize – and show the love. It means a lot to the artist and to growing the importance of North Carolina’s art scene. The artist’s voice is a force that shapes our minds and our society. It is an extraordinary time to listen to the intriguing, compelling, and relevant ideas of our artists – and to find a few to love.

All artists are curious and exciting in their own individual ways.

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Snap CHAT You made a big splash with Standard Foods, a joint project with developer John Holmes. Now you’re on to a new solo venture – just a block away – with Crawford & Son, set to open in the fall. Why the move? It is time for me to be principle owner of the projects I take on. This allows me to collaborate with others while maintaining a level of control over my brand. I have a lot I want to offer this community that has supported me and my family in a way we have not experienced any other place we’ve lived. How will Crawford & Son be different? It will be a restaurant that reflects me, my family story, and serves the neighborhood. I’m also excited to collaborate in fun ways with my great neighbors, Pelagic Beer & Wine and William & Co. If it were a song, what would it be? Be Yourself by Audioslave If it were a local artist, who would it be? Thomas Sayre

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HEN SCOTT CRAWFORD, THE FOURTIME JAMES Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef-Southeast left Standard Foods (the restaurant he’d opened to great acclaim just months earlier), Raleigh food lovers wrung their hands. Would one of our top culinary stars leave for a bigger city like Atlanta or Charlotte? Crawford wasn’t tempted: “Raleigh is home.” Instead, he decided to start here anew, with a hospitality group all his own and a new neighborhood restaurant to kick it off. Crawford & Son, currently under construction in the space on Person Street that once housed PieBird, is slated to open this fall, serving a menu of fresh, seasonal “modern Southern cuisine” at affordable prices. Also in the pipeline: a Nash Square tavern, a French brasserie, maybe more. –L.R. Crawford & Son is expected to open this fall at 618 N. Person St. To hear WALTER’s podcast interview with Crawford, visit waltermagazine.com/category/podcast.

Who is your ideal diner? Diners who appreciate warm hospitality and love bright, exciting flavors. What are you most excited to cook at Crawford & Son? I love cooking clean, seasonal dishes, but I’m most excited to be cooking with this incredible team we’ve assembled: Bret, Krystle, and Anthony. Bret Edlund and I worked together years ago, and he and Krystle Swenson moved from Blackbird in Chicago to work with me. Anthony Guerra and I have worked together for years, and I’ve admired his understanding of hospitality. There are no limits to what you can do when you have such a strong team. Which dishes will be inspired by local produce or products? The entire menu. To-Do list: 1. Take care of my team 2. Take care of my guests 3. Listen 4. Have fun 5. Do epic sh*t To-Don’t list: 1. Give up 2. Be complacent 3. Be unkind The name is intriguing. It sounds like it will be a family affair. Your son Jiles, 8, loves to cook. Will he be helping out?

Thank you, it’s absolutely a family affair, and it feels so good to be referencing my family in my first restaurant. Family is the most important thing to me; it’s from my grandparents that I learned my work ethic, which has been central to my career. So yes, all of my family will play a role. Jiles is dying to run the dish pit… What about your wife Jessica, and your daughter Jolie, 5? Jolie will learn work ethic and creative work culture there. Jessica will help create warmth within the space because that’s just what she does. Why Person Street? Two main reasons: I love the neighborhood, and there happened to be a beautiful space available that doesn’t require a lengthy or expensive build-out. What can you tell us about your plans for a second restaurant on Nash Square? The only thing I can share at this time is that it will be on Nash Square and it will be a modern tavern concept. Why Nash Square? I have always loved Nash Square and I want to be part of the redevelopment of that area. What about Raleigh excites you most? The people. What’s your biggest challenge? Finding enough time to do all the things I want to do. Best lesson learned? Stay true to who you are and trust your instincts. Favorite quote? “Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box” – Unknown Brainstorming playlist? Soundgarden Favorite sandwich in town: Bret Edlund’s beef tongue sandwich Salad: Grilled romaine at Death & Taxes Taproom: Trophy Bar: Architect Dessert: Entire case at Lucettegrace Secret hideout: Devolve

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