WALTER Magazine - November 2018

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RALEIGHITES NCSU Airport Design by J. Michael Welton


ARTIST IN STUDIO Caroline Boykin by Addie Ladner photography by S.P. Murray


AT THE TABLE Thanksgiving with Scott Crawford by Iza Wojciechowska photography by Keith Isaacs


STORY OF A HOUSE Inspired Setting by Catherine Currin photography by Catherine Nguyen


WALTER’S PUBLIC ART photography by Tyler Northrup


THROUGH THE LENS In our midst by Laura Petrides Wall



113 GIVERS Code the Dream by Addie Ladner

64 On the cover: Chef Scott Crawford; photograph by Keith Isaacs


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108 QUENCH Junction West by Catherine Currin photography by Justin Kase Conder

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his month, WALTER is full of gratitude. Our pages are filled with a delicious Thanksgiving meal from chef Scott Crawford, inspired by his soon-to-open restaurant Jolie (cover, p. 70). There’s a celebration of Raleighite David Crabtree as he retires from the WRAL news desk (p. 58), as well as a man who has given decades to serving others (p. 56). And with that gratitude, we’re moved to give back. We’re especially inspired and moved by this month’s Through the Lens (p. 96). With a project titled Through our Eyes, 107 of Raleigh’s homeless were given a camera. The result turned out 900 photographs from 47 photographers, in a raw, emotional portfolio. Within our pages, we’ve included ways you can give back this season. Volunteer, donate your time or money, and share the abundance we have with those in need. This month, WALTER and our readers will visit Vivian Howard in Kinston, North Carolina, for a day of cuisine and Southern celebration. Howard is a model of giving back, as she and other local chefs continue to facilitate fundraising for Hurricane Florence. We’re celebrating this month and throughout the holidays, but we’re everconscious of the need in our communities and beyond.

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Originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Ladner has called Raleigh home for the past 8 years. “Growing up in a very small town, I continue to be amazed by the culture and open-mindedness of people in the Triangle. I had such a hard time sticking to my word count for this month’s Givers on Uniting NC’s Code the Dream. So many inspiring people from low income and immigrant backgrounds are now skilled computer programmers with a bright future ahead of them. They work so hard and take nothing for granted. And speaking of hard work, local artist Caroline Boykin is as hardworking and fantastic in real life as her Instagram depicts.”

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Isaacs is an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer specializing in architectural photography, and also really enjoys photographing the culinary world. His work has been published in Architect Magazine, Dwell, Domino, USA Today, and bon appétit. Isaacs spent the day with chef Scott Crawford for this month’s At the Table. “What struck me the most about working with Chef Crawford was how calm and even-keeled he was during the photoshoot. His energy really set the tone and helped us capture him and his work in its best light.”

Welton writes about architecture, art, and design for national and international publications. He is an architecture critic for The News & Observer in Raleigh, and author of Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand (Routledge, 2015). He covered the Venice Architecture Biennale for HuffPost in 2012 and is familiar with the level of excellence that both students and professionals strive for in their work there. “That a group of N.C. State students won an award for their first architecture exhibition at the Biennale speaks volumes, he says, and solidly places the College of Design on the international map.”

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Country Cooking Chef Vivian Howard is stepping out of the kitchen for a good cause. Howard is selling this catchy t-shirt with proceeds benefiting Jones County, an area heavily affected by Hurricane Florence. Show your deep roots and rock a “Country as Cornbread” tee.

Drink in the fall weather with a toddy that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Dram & Draught’s new fall cocktail menu should do the trick. Try a Brother Walfrid: John Barr Blended Scotch, Eda Rhyne Appalachian Fernet, Madeira, Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters, and orange zest. Or, sip a Moss Point: Cathead Pecan Vodka, Amaro Montenegro, vanilla, orange bitters, house-brandied cherry, and orange wedge. 623 Hillsborough St.


Head to Wilson (or Wiltson, if you are a native) for the NC Whirligig Festival at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park November 3-4. Enjoy music, food, arts and crafts vendors, and the Whirligig Warrior American Ninja-style obstacle course. It’s a great way to spin the day.

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lues singer B.B. King debuted the theater at DPAC in 2008. Today, the Durham destination celebrates a decade as it hosts Broadway phenomenon Hamilton November 6—December 2. “No one could’ve envisioned ten years ago that a Broadway musical with hip-hop would be a show that would come to DPAC and sell out 32 performances,” says DPAC general manager Bob Klauss. The community impact from the space has been immense over the past decade, as Durham has become a regional destination in its own right. There’s


been measurable impact, too, says Klauss. “Last year, we conducted an economic report, and DPAC contributed over $100 million to Durham’s economy in just one season.” Not only is there evident economic growth, the performing arts center has been recognized internationally for its facilities, service, and experience. The International Entertainment Buyers Association nominated the space for the Ryman Auditorium Theater of the Year Award, and the space continues to reinvest in its state-of-the-art equipment. The venue isn’t the only thing


“Last year, we conducted an economic report, and DPAC contributed over $100 million to Durham’s economy in just one season.” –Bob Klauss that’s made DPAC a regional destination, though. “I believe people are coming back so often due our guest service. The warm welcomes from the incredible staff set us apart.” While Broadway classics and current hits draw North Carolinians to the Bull City, the theater also showcases comedians, musicians, and even ballets. Klauss says he envisioned around 100 events per year when DPAC first opened. Today, there are 220 annual performances, with 130 sold out this year. And if you missed your tickets to Hamilton, there’s still a chance to see some other Broadway favorites—Dear Evan Hanson, Fiddler on the Roof, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are all on deck —Catherine Currin in Durham.

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SOUTHERN EXPOSURE View the South through the lens of some of the area’s most prolific photographers at Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont, the new exhibit at The Nasher Museum at Duke University. The exhibit brings together works from 39 artists with connections to the Piedmont and spans from the 1970s to the present. From traditional landscapes and portraiture to the abstract, the collection reveals the South from all angles: culture, family, gender, race, religion, music, and tradition. See website for museum hours; free; 2001 Campus Dr., Durham; nasher.


FANMADE MAN Singer-songwriter Corey Smith has built a career on a firm and fervent fan base. The history teacher turned country music artist has opened for Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, and Brantley Gilbert, and routinely sells out venues on his own. Smith is bringing his Great Wide Underground Tour to Lincoln Theatre November 2. Come on out to dance, sing-a-long, and totally fan out. 9 p.m.; $20 general admission, $30 balcony seating; 126 E. Cabarrus St.;

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2-4 Fine craft artists from all over the country will take part in the 49th annual Carolina Artisan Craft Market at the Raleigh Convention Center November 2-4. Artisans are selected by a rigorous jury selection process to ensure the market presents craft at its highest level. The selection of fine arts includes works in glass, fiber, ceramics, wood, metal, basketry, and printmaking. Clothing, jewelry, and handmade furniture are also featured. Join Friends of the Guild, a local nonprofit that supports the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, to be eligible for the VIP reception from 4-7 p.m. November 2. Meet the artists and shop while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, libations, and live music. The market offers special pricing for seniors, military, students, and educators to encourage anyone with an appreciation for fine craftsmanship to come out and support the arts. See website for market hours and special ticket prices; $10 general admission, $13 weekend pass; 500 S. Salisbury St.;

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3-4 4 DO A RUNNER HELLO GOURD-EOUS Carve out some time for the 77th Annual North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival November 3-4 at the Holshouser Building on the NC State Fairgrounds. The celebration is out of this gourd—learn about the squash’s venerable older cousin from growers, delight in the craft of gourd art, and pick up all the art supplies, seeds, and tools needed to become a home gourder. The highlight of the festival is seeing who will win prizes for best in show, from heaviest to longest gourd, to outstanding animal, flower, mask, or bowl. Support the festival and the educational work of the North Carolina Gourd Society and bid on a gourdeous item at the silent auction. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $2, children under 16 free; 1025 Blue Ridge Rd.;

Runner up ... the 12th annual Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina City of Oaks Marathon is on its mark. Take a fleet-footed tour of the town November 4—courses are designed to showcase some of Raleigh’s favorite locales including Fayetteville Street, Glenwood South, Meredith College, and the Capital Area Greenway system. If 26.2 is not your number, the race offers many distance options from half marathon and marathon relay to 10K, 5K, and a Kids’ Mile. Warm up for the race at the City of Oaks Health and Fitness Expo at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center. This free event is open to the public with exhibitors offering information and products related to healthy living. Wind down at the Post-Race Party by the NC State Bell Tower. Enjoy live music, food, beverages, and even a massage. This race is not running on empty—proceeds from the event benefit the REX Healthcare Foundation, YMCA of the Triangle, and Girls on the Run. Fun! For race information and to register visit


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he Merrimon-Wynne House transforms into a boogie wonderland for Catch Me at the Casino, a Studio 54-themed event to benefit Project Catch, a Salvation Army of Wake County program that provides services and advocacy to children experiencing homelessness in our community. The program has not received extensive attention, so when it caught the attention of Merrimon-Wynne House’s owner Jodi Strenkowski last year, she was called to action. Strenkowski and Emily Cutts, co-owner of Parlor Blow Dry Bar, enlisted the help of other vendors in the wedding industry and put on a benefit. Catch Me at the Casino premiered last November and was a huge success, raising an impressive $20,000. This year’s party promises to be even bigger—more glitz, more glamour, and more money. The goal is $100,000. To that end, Strenkowski has reached out to more friends in the wedding industry and all have responded by donating 100 percent of their goods

and services. Participating vendors include: Events by La Fete, Donovan’s Dish, Party Reflections, Island Sound & Video, DJ Shelly, East Coast Entertainment, Petal & Oak, Meristem Floral, and Heba Salama Photography. Guests are encouraged to dress the part, too. “We really just wanted an excuse to dress up,” says Cutts. Hustle and bus stop the night away, bet on hope at a gaming table, or bid on high-end items and experiences at the silent auction. And, for a donation of $250—the cost it takes to support one minor in the program for a year—guests can sponsor an individual child. Catch Me at the Casino has many people dancing on air, including Jennifer Tisdale with Project Catch. When she was told the lofty goals for the event, she was floored. “I almost fell out of my seat. $100,000 is like riding on the moon for us.” Pull on some moon boots and get caught on the dance floor. —Katherine Poole

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HOLD THE LINE Miss the rains down in Africa? Get soaked in the nostalgia of one of America’s best loved rock bands when Toto takes the stage at the Carolina Theatre in Durham on their 40 Trips Around the Sun tour. The tour marks the 40th anniversary of their debut album Toto. Meet them all the way—VIP tickets are available and include photo ops with the band, a signed lyric sheet, early entry, exclusive merch, and a premo seat. We won’t hold you back. 8 p.m.; $51 - $315; 309 W. Morgan St.; toto-40-trips-around-sun


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GARDENING AT NIGHT Experience the nocturnal beauty of the JC Raulston Arboretum at Moonlight in the Garden, presented by the arboretum, Southern Lights of Raleigh, and the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. Stroll the grounds and take in the wonder of the custom designed lighting by John Garner and his team from Southern Lights of Raleigh. Food trucks, live music, and pits for roasting marshmallows add to the festivity. November 6 is a special Preview Night, and you can enjoy live music by the Antique Hearts and fare from Neomonde Mediterranean. Carolina Brewing Company will have a beer specially brewed for the evening. Preview night is the only evening patrons will be allowed to take beer or wine into the garden and advance tickets are required. Light up the night and see how this garden glows. See website for dates and to purchase tickets; $5 - $20; 4415 Beryl Rd.;

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CateringWorks invites you on a gastronomical trip to the California Wine Country, one of their Global Culinary Adventures. Here is the itinerary: Enjoy cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a full course dinner prepared by Chef Rich Carter paired with California wines. Individual ticket prices include dinner and wine pairings, although packages excluding the wine pairings are available. The California Wine Country excursion departs from The Laurelbrook and guests can expect to arrive happy and hungry for a gourmet adventure. 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $70 - $95; 2319 Laurelbrook St.;

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Camille A. Brown is an award-winning choreographer who explores issues of African American identity in her work. She received a B.F.A. from the North Carolina School of the Arts and her credits include television, Broadway, and the TED stage. On November 9 and 10, she will be presenting Camille A. Brown and Dancers ink, her final show as Duke Performances’ artist-inresidence. ink celebrates the spirited way black men express style. It is the third part of a trilogy about being black in America. Style meets substance in this special performance at Reynolds Industries Theater. 8 p.m.; $10 Duke Students, $25 general admission; 125 Science Dr., Durham;

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COLLECTOR’S ITEM It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…NC Comicon: Bull City, the state’s premier comic book convention. Fanboys and girls will want to take notes like a reporter for the Daily Planet. Transmogrify to the Durham Convention Center for a pop culture panorama of exhibits; vendors in comic books, toys, and collectibles; and panel discussions and workshops with industry professionals and local talent. Highlights include a Cosplay Contest; the Comiquest Film Festival; and Guardians of the Gala, a cosplay dance party featuring an Imagine Circus performance and a live DJ. See fantasy come to life as Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization that creates costumes for children in wheelchairs, reveal epic, out-of-thisworld upgrades to some special local kids. Do everything in your super powers not to miss this family, hero, fiend, and foe friendly event. See website for convention information and tickets; 301 W. Morgan St., Durham;

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SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS Singer-songwriter Sam Beam is better known as the frontman (and only man) behind the indie folk act Iron & Wine. Audiences will be able to drink in Iron & Wine’s atmospheric acoustics and evocative lyrics November 10 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m.; $30 - $42; 2 E. South St.;

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Walk (like a man) over to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts for North Carolina Theatre’s production of Jersey Boys, the story of four regular guys from New Jersey that could sing, but not live in perfect harmony. It’s the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and it will take you right back to December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night). Fuggedaboutit. See website for show dates and times; $25 - $89; 2 E. South St.;

Hot Rize, the iconic bluegrass quartet, featuring Pete Wernick (banjo), Tim O’Brien (mandolin, fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar), and Nock Forster (bass) is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a tour that will be rolling into Raleigh November 15. Presented by Pinecone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the concert will pay tribute to the band’s acclaimed catalog. Honky tonkers Red Knuckles & the Trail Blazers will also make an appearance, prompting further speculation that they are in fact Hot Rize in disguise. No matter who is on stage, it will be a night of hot licks sure to have audience members rizing out of their seats. 7:30 p.m.; $25.75 - $41.83; 2 E. South St.;

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aleigh chefs Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard and Scott Crawford of Crawford and Son, along with the force behind the Raleigh based nonprofit Sunday Supper, set the bar high for hurricane relief standards-quite literally as high as the 18th floor of the Dillon building for “Come Together for the Coast.” There, nearly 600 guests were served from 15 celebrated NC chefs including Vivian Howard and Ashley Christensen for the first of two Hurricane Florence community fundraisers. Guests sampled curated dishes like smoked mackerel escabeche from Garland’s Cheetie Kumar and a duck confit tostada from The Player Retreat’s Beth LittleJohn. Lucky live auction winners have experiences like a trip to the Bahamas or a weekend at Red Rocks with the Avett Brothers to look forward to. The event came to fruition in just two weeks, yet it generated long-term recovery funds totaling $400,000 which is slated to help farmers, fishers, and other small business food purveyors in North Carolina’s coastal communities.

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For the team behind Sunday Supper, it isn’t only about the funds raised, but uniting people during difficult times. “The money is important, but it’s not just about fundraising. It’s about bringing people together and creating community,” says McGavock Edwards, Sunday Supper board member. “The supper table is a healing place,” she says. The organization, founded in 2016 following Hurricane Matthew, focuses on both healing and helping communities in need through a beloved Southern pastime—hospitality. North Carolinians who missed the first “Come Together for the Coast” can grab one of 1,000 seats at the second fundraiser for a communal lunch November 11 on Fayetteville Street. Notable chefs and restaurants will be providing the fare for this event too—Matthew Register of Southern Smoke BBQ, Sean Fowler of Mandolin, and city favorites like Buku, La Farm Bakery, and so•ca will all be contributing. Tickets are $25 each and the whole family is welcome. —Addie Ladner

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The art of jazz: The Gregg Museum presents local drummer Thomas Taylor in free and open to the public concert November 15. The arranger and composer is part of sextet that also includes trumpet, saxophone, piano, bass, and MC/rapper. Thomas recently released a new CD, Seekers which is a live recording of a show he performed in his hometown of Elizabeth City where he sought to bring the big city feel of a jazz club to a small town setting. Bang on. 7:30 p.m.; free; 1903 Hillsborough St.;

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The North Carolina Symphony will tell the Tchaikovsky news as it performs Pathétique November 15 at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill November 16 and 17 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Pathétique is Tchaikovsky’s final symphony—he died just days before its premiere in 1893. Pianist Michelle Cann joins the symphony and conductor Joshua Weilerstein for this moving performance that includes Leonore Overture No. 3 by Beethoven and Piano Concerto in One Movement by Florence Price, the first African American woman recognized as a symphonic composer. See website for show times, locations and to purchase tickets;

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JOLLY RALEIGH Kick off the holiday season at the 74th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association and Shop Local Raleigh. Be there bright and early November 17 for the 9:40 a.m. start time. The parade begins on Hillsborough Street at St. Mary’s Street and winds it way downtown to Lenoir Street. Plan out your prime viewing spot by downloading the parade map online. And while you are downtown, knock out a few wish list items from one of the many local merchants along the route. Santa ensures us it will be a rooty-toot-toot and rummy-tum-tum good time. 9:40 a.m.; free; see website for parade route;

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“The whole idea of the program is that it is designed with this educational thread to allow startup founders to tell their story.” —Krissa Johnson-Sotomayor, lead organizer of 1 Million Cups RTP


very Wednesday morning, a group of 75 people meet at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park. Named for the cups of caffeine entrepreneurs indulge in, 1 Million Cups meets in over 180 communities and originated in Kansas City, Missouri, by the Kauffman Foundation. It began as a way “to educate, engage, and inspire entrepreneurs around the country.” Every chapter of the organization meets from 9-10 a.m., and RTP’s chapter leader Krissa Johnson-Sotomayor says this time consistency is intentional. “It provides a sense of unity to local organizers as being a part of a bigger movement,” she says. 1 Million Cups began in the Triangle in 2014 and has witnessed tremendous opportunity and growth among its startups. Most startups say that they have found the volunteer-coordinated, free event to be incredibly beneficial. Presenters apply in advance, and previous market traction plus a scalable business model are required to present. Each founder has six to ten minutes for their pitch, followed by

20 minutes of questions from the audience. The startup founder is expected to present what they are doing as well as provide some of their current challenges, successes, and needs. Past presentations have included startups like GoKart Kids, NC Idea Foundation,, and Barley Labs. The attendees typically include fellow entrepreneurs, investors, college students, corporate executives. Anyone interested in learning about the industry is welcome. Guests are active participants in the process, collectively tapping into their networks to try and contribute. They challenge presenters with tough questions and holes in their business plans. Sometimes it means meeting the needs for an important introduction, or by providing ideas for funding sources. “It’s something new every week,” says Johnson-Sotomayor. She says the organization is for people interested in “staying engaged, building community, and satisfying intellectual curiosity.” —Samantha Gratton

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“I think music helps the art. I think art helps the music. I feel very fortunate to have those two things at the same time.” —George Hage, musician and illustrator


eorge Hage is living his day dream. The graphic designer and musician is creating art full time, and when asked how he achieved the dream, he simply states, “I’m just kind of going where life takes me.” Life for Hage began in Charlotte where the roots of his passions for art and music first intertwined. During his teenage years, he immersed himself in the local music scene while learning guitar. He also loved to draw and was an avid fan of comic books, which drew him to the aesthetics of album covers and poster art for the rock bands he admired. Hage landed in Raleigh in 2000 as a student at N.C. State, where he majored in communications and minored in music and

computer science. In his down time, Hage played in a collection of bands and also created the logos, poster art, and ephemera for each group. Other bands took notice and Hage found himself the de facto artist in his music circles. After graduating, Hage stayed in Raleigh and worked in IT for 12 years as a project manager. He was a computer guy by day and an artist by night, developing his chops as a musician and designer. His band, Jack the Radio, was his main collaboration. Hage created the artwork for the band which brought him recognition as an artist, and it also brought him more design work. Hage was overwhelmed with requests for his design services and in 2016 decided to make it a full time gig. As it turns out, being a project manager was a fortuitous career photography by GUS SAMARCO NOVEMBER 2018 | 49

Clockwise: Poster art for Artsplosure 2018; Hage rehearsing; art for Hopscotch Art Show 2018.

path for the budding freelance artist. He is able to manage schedules, deadlines, and customer expectations, which is something he says, “no one teaches you as a freelancer.” To date, Hage has created logos, posters, and merchandise for a variety of clients including Hopscotch Music Festival, The State Theatre in Greenville, North Carolina, Porch Fly Clothing, Trophy Brewing, the Carolina Hurricanes, and Artsplosure. In June, he self published a book, Daydreaming. The book is part calling card and part portfolio, and Hage says he hopes to share it with potential clients and graphic art enthusiasts he meets at gatherings like Hopscotch and HeroesCon, a comic book convention in Charlotte. Hage has befriended many professional comic

book artists over the years, and was even drawn into an issue of Image Comics’ Tokyo Ghost as a samurai guitarist. The samurai guitarist has also found his music career heating up with his new band, New Reveille. The group recently signed with Loud and Proud Records and just released their debut album, The Keep, this past September. Music critic David Menconi describes their Americana country sound as, “twangy, truckdriving music that runs on classical gas.” Comics artist Paul Friedrich provided a blurb for Hage’s book. “I have seen the future and it is George Hage.” For George Hage the future is about “good vibes, good energy, and everybody being in a good mood.” which he hopes, “stays this way for a long, long time.” —Katherine Poole

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The group breaks from working in the greenhouse at the Wake County Boys and Girls Club in Raleigh. Left to right: Apiopolis board member Uli Gratzl, Quintis Cobb, Kyrie Smith, Jesse Crouch, Zaveon Haywood, Alice Hinman, Trevone Dunn

“As we bring subject matter experts in agriculture, ecology, and environmental science to the table, it will expose the kids coming to the Teen Center to opportunities for growth. I think that is going to be a lifetime transformation.” —George Jones, Senior Conservation Manager, Triangle Land Conservancy


lice Hinman sees the future of urban planning, and she’s already begun recruiting the workforce. “The future of landscaping will be focusing on conservation horticulture—landscapes that actually contribute and provide ecological services rather than just look pretty,” she says. She says she also believes that with the right training and exposure, communities in need of job opportunities could be a part of this future. Hinman should know. As the founder of Apiopolis, an urban bee sanctuary in Raleigh, she is a pioneer in reimagining urban landscapes in Wake County. To that end, Hinman developed the Conservation Horticulture

Training Program. The program is in partnership with the Wake Boys and Girls Club Teen Center, the Triangle Land Conservancy, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and the NC Botanical Garden. The semester-long, certified course launched in September and is for teens aged 13-18. The group meets once a week at the Raleigh Boys and Girls Club Teen Center. It is designed to give students hands-on experience, skills, knowledge, and exposure to a variety of professions in the field of conservation horticulture. Chris Burwell, High School Programs Director at the Teen Center, says he's excited about “the opportunities and doors that it opens up to our teens. Some may be encouraged to start a career in horticulture or photography by EAMON QUEENEY


decide to start growing their own food.” Community experts in the green industry present a new module each week that include topics such as soil health, biodiversity, greenhouse management, vegetative propagation, and landscape design. Hinman says she called in all of her favors and the list of guest speakers shows it: George Jones, Senior Conservation Manager, Triangle Land Conservancy; Jesse Crouch, Alliance Medical Ministry, Garden and Wellness Coordinator; Aaron Scheduler, Grounds Manager, Meredith College; Kofi Boone, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at NC State; and Brian Starkey, Founder OBS Landscape Architects. Highlights of the program include

field trips to horticultural hot spots like JC Raulston Arboretum and Triangle Land Conservancy’s Walnut Hill Preserve, where students will participate in experiential learning activities. Students will also take part in a pop-up installation. They will design, plan, and install a garden in a high profile, public location in Raleigh. Plans are still in the works, but Hinman anticipates it will give the students and program public recognition. The program is still in its fledgling stage, but enthusiasm is high. Burwell says that the teens that participate love it and the upside is that they are “finally starting to pay attention to the Club’s greenhouse.” Hinman thinks of the program as an incubator. If it takes off with the kids, she hopes to take the model and offer the course to others groups in the community. —Katherine Poole


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“I love seeing customers get excited about discovering something new.” —Jessie Williams, owner, Edge of Urge


andwiched between Two Roosters ice cream and Wine Authorities, Edge of Urge is filling Person Street Plaza with handmade clothes, trendy jewelry, and kitschy gifts. Jessie Williams founded the quirky boutique in Wilmington, N.C., in 2002, and expanded to Raleigh’s Oakwood neighborhood five years ago. “I wanted to come to Raleigh to spread my wings. Raleigh seemed like a place that had an open mind.” Williams was raised in Greensboro, and lived in Chicago while attending the Art Institute. She studied performing arts and sound engineering, but she says the idea for her own store was sparked as she hand knitted gifts for her friends, and they suggested she sell the products instead of giving them away. “When I moved back here from Chicago, there wasn’t a handmade goods store that didn’t feel crafty. We

started as a 400-square-foot space with my friends’ products that they trusted me with.” Since opening, the space has expanded to two locations, and houses apparel, gifts, art, and home decor. While much of the merchandise overlaps between locations, Williams says the Raleigh shop is the ‘older sister’ to Wilmington’s space. Both shops push boundaries with provocative sayings stamped onto bags and notebooks, quirky cards, celebrity prayer candles, and inspirational textiles and paper. Thirty percent of the goods are from local makers, with even more from throughout North Carolina. Williams says she buys for the store with customers in mind, and in turn comes up with a tailored assortment full of playful products. Edge of Urge has also recently expanded its men’s line, with the help of her husband Derek Keller and his brand, 440 Supply.

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The Merry Elf! WED, NOV 21 | 3PM

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FRI, DEC 21 | 8PM SAT, DEC 22 | 3PM & 8PM Wesley Schulz, conductor

Williams’ latest projects include being a mom to her new daughter, June. She’s also partnered with DECO Raleigh to create a new concept store at RDU airport. Root & Branch is a new type of airport gift shop. It’s filled with local goods from across the state, allowing local makers to reach an international audience. “The demographic is so wide there. It’s been an interesting experience,” says Williams. “You won’t walk in and think you’re in DECO or Edge of Urge, it’s a unique type of space.” The Edge of Urge team is also giving back. They’ve created a North Carolina t-shirt with sales benefiting their neighbors in Wilmington who were affected by Hurricane Florence. To date, they’ve raised almost $10,000 for the cause. As for what’s next, Williams hopes to continue the momentum. In keeping with community building, the store is open late for Third Thursdays, and you can celebrate Edge of Urge’s fourth anniversary November 4 with Wine Authorities and Two Roosters from 3-6 p.m. Person Street Plaza’s annual Holiday Shop Hop is returning December 7 from 6-9 p.m., and includes special offers, cocktails, free gift wrap, and a holiday toy drive. —Catherine Currin

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“You reach a point in your life where you want to stop being a taker, and want to become a giver.” —Lee Pryor, volunteer and board member, Frankie Lemmon School and Foundation


ee Pryor is more than just a volunteer. He’s been involved with the Frankie Lemmon School and Foundation, a Raleigh nonprofit supporting children with special needs, for over two decades. His interest began when he attended the first Triangle Wine Experience in 1996. TWE is Frankie Lemmon’s main fundraising event each year, complete with wine dinners throughout town and an auction gala. Last year alone, TWE raised $2 million dollars in just one weekend. “I’ve been involved ever since,” says Pryor. “A few neighbors and I decided to start volunteering and our involvement has accelerated

over the years.” From taking over the auction inventory to joining the board of directors in 2016, Pryor has made it his mission for the foundation and the school to succeed. “I can see where my effort and money is going in front of my eyes,” he says. Pryor is an immeasurable asset to the team of dedicated volunteers at Frankie Lemmon. Director of marketing Mary Carey says that Pryor and his team make TWE happen. "Lee and his group are here every day, including weekends, from December 1 until the gala February 2. They have been with us for decades and are passionate, smart, dedicated, and every other positive word you can think photography by EAMON QUEENEY


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of. I know the story of their work will inspire others to become tireless advocates for important causes." As Pryor gears up for the 2019 auction and gala, he says that the families are the driving force behind his devotion to the cause. “Frankie Lemmon is not just about helping the children, but the parents that have been blessed with a child with special needs. I can see my time and effort in the smiles of the children that we’re helping, and the parents.” Pryor also volunteered his time and skills from his contracting background to facilitate the renovation of the new school on New Bern Avenue. Since relocating from Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Five Points, the school has almost tripled its student body. His hard work and evident affection for the organization certainly does not go unnoticed. Frankie Lemmon chief friendship officer Lenora Evans says there’s never a task too daunting for Pryor. “If we didn’t know Lee was a Colonel, we’d guess. So, he’s a big deal to our country and he’s a real big deal to us, especially the staff, children, and families of Frankie Lemmon School. There is NO job he refuses to do, nor any ask he will not make. If the children need it, it will be done. Lee Pryor is our American Hero!” —Catherine Currin

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e grew up in a blue-collar family outside of Nashville, Tennessee. He started playing the drums when he was ten because he couldn’t afford to take up the sax. Hewgley’s, the great music store once located on Commerce Street in Nashville wouldn’t rent band instruments in those days, and shiny new saxophones cost more than $200 in 1957. But drumsticks cost only a dollar a pair, and the lesson book was 85 cents. David Crabtree could swing that. His brother made him a practice pad out of a block of wood with a piece of inner tube stretched thin on top. He played the pad and started cutting grass. He used to mow the lawn of Hank Cochran, a neighbor, and composer of I Fall to Pieces, the tune Patsy Cline made great. The young drummer finally mowed enough grass to buy a set of Ludwigs and he played them hard. Legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once heard Crabtree play the drums and he said, “Son, you might want to tone it down a bit.” Crabtree thought about music non-stop, going to sleep at night and waking up in the morning with a transistor radio playing under his pillow. Like a lot of guys in Nashville in the 1950s and early 60s, he ended up playing professionally in bands and even did session

Crabtree learned early on that the most important thing in life is to be present in the moment. work for radio jingles. When he started to wonder what he wanted to do when he grew up, he prayed to God about it. He says he heard a very clear response. The Lord said, “You’ve got your voice.” Crabtree became a DJ. He took a break from the radio, and served a short stint as press secretary for the Tennessee House of Representatives, before Crabtree returned to the air as a reporter on Nashville’s WNGE. He has been on the TV news ever since, with stops in Washington, North Carolina, and Denver, Colorado, before winding up in Raleigh in 1994. His first Nashville radio producer co-wrote the song Son of a Preacher Man. Which is kind of funny, because while most people know David Crabtree as the anchorman of record in Raleigh, many also know him as a preacher man.

The Reverend David Crabtree is his real name. He felt the call years ago, and was eventually ordained in the Episcopal Church. Every Sunday he is not only reading the news, but proclaiming the Good News as a deacon. He first felt the call to ordained ministry through his work as a news reporter. Interviewing people on death row led to honest heart-to-heart conversations and even friendships with people sentenced to death, which moved and inspired him. Crabtree learned early on that the most important thing in life is to be present in the moment. As a drummer, being present in the moment is the heart and soul of the band. As a newsman, being present to what’s going on is how you tell

the story. Being present in the moment with people is at the heart of being a pastoral friend to those in need. David Crabtree has been present to countless people for a long time, on television, and in prisons, and at church. While he may be retiring from TV, he is only getting warmed up in ministry. And who knows, maybe he’ll hit the drums again.

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N.C. State design students launch careers with an exhibit in Venice and an international award



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n early August, a team of students from a high-level studio at N.C. State’s College of Design won one of the world’s more coveted architecture awards. With guidance from their professor, architect/structural engineer Dr. Wayne Place—and direct input from Curt Fentress, one of the nation’s premiere airport architects—these 11 students won the European Cultural Centre’s “ECC Architecture University Project Award 2018.” It’s the result of their work on proposed airports around the globe, presented at an exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The students prepared for the exhibition during an intense semester of all-night sessions, video production, and long-distance teleconferencing.

That they won the prize is nothing short of astonishing. The Biennale is the most important global architectural event, attracting exhibitors from design’s upper echelons. For a first-time team to exhibit its work—and triumph over others from Europe, Asia, and America— demonstrates the breadth and depth of their understanding of airport design. “It’s a great honor because it’s a worldwide stage,” says David Hill, head of the N.C. State’s school of architecture, who attended the exhibit’s opening with Place, Fentress, and Mark Hoversten, dean of the College of Design. “To be recognized by other institutions and colleges is huge.” “I could only hope we could do a good enough job with the exhibit that it would win,” says Ana-Maria Drughi, an asso-

ciate in Fentress’ office who served as liaison to the students. “It came down to this great finale that’s also a beginning— recognition that the students and N.C. State are going in the right direction.”

History of the studio The studio, exhibit, and award are not one-hit wonders. Rather, they’re the culmination of ongoing efforts that started five years ago. “We had some students interested in airports for their final project, and I was their advisor for that,” Place says. “Curt Fentress saw their work and hired two of them—and that became the nucleus for the studio.” Fentress is a 1972 N.C. State graduate whose thesis addressed airport design. He’s worked in New York with wellknown firms like Pei Cobb Freed & PartNOVEMBER 2018 | 61

ners and KPF. After designing a 36-story tall building in Colorado, he struck out on his own. He designed the Denver Convention Center, and then in 1995, the white, tentlike roofline that protects his Denver International Airport—a distinct reference to the distant, snow-covered Rockies. Other airports followed, including one in South Korea, and Terminal C at RDU. His work is highly sought-after. Still, he makes time for the studio at N.C. State. “He’s really crucial to the students—it’s unbelievably important to meet someone so successful,” says Place. “He’s down-to-earth, very humble and constantly thinking about how many opportunities there are in the world, and how students can position themselves to take advantage of those opportunities.” Fentress kicks off the studio every semester, flying in from Denver to discuss airport design. He returns three times— including final presentations. Drughi and another N.C. State alumnus at his firm teleconference in, guiding students through the development of airports for specific sites. Videos are the medium of choice. “When Curt came in on the first day, he did nothing but present videos—he said you can’t get a major airport job without them,” Place says. “He does three—the first is on the culture of the place, the second is on the general concept of the building, and the third is on design, security, way-finding and expressing space to get a sense of what the experience will be like.” 62 | WALTER

Evolution of Airport Design Airports are one of the fastest-growing building types of the past century—and their design and construction are accelerating. They’re not only transportation hubs, but public buildings too. “People spend a lot more time in airports than they used to—once you get through security, there are opportunities for food, shopping and fine dining,” Fentress says. “There are face-to-face meetings and conferences for training—you can fly into an airport and take a class.” He opens up his experiences to students. “It’s about showing a project we’ve done and giving the back-story of how it happened—how the design came about—and interaction with the client,” he says. “They’re able to ask questions— they’re inquisitive and they’re fascinated with this building type that’s relatively new.” Dean Hoversten sees huge potential for changes in airport design. “It used to be you’d get your ticket and wait, but there’s been a big evolution—it’s a multi-use place today,” he says. “The future is about drive-through loading and unloading, and there will be the reintroduction of supersonic jets, and vertical takeoff, with mini-airports on top of skyscrapers.” During the studio, the students also learn about how future airports can interact with local communities. “We began to think of an airport as a public space that can bring people to it—even on a Friday night for bowling, a movie,

a museum and shopping,” says studio member Cameron Westbrook. For a proposed Madagascar airport, Rosa McDonald’s team proposed an open civic space to take advantage of a climate dominated by trade winds from the Indian Ocean. They suggested a garden at its center, with flora, fauna, and natural ventilation. “It’s designed to be open for visitors, to be part of cultural activities, with security closer to the boarding area,” she says. “We brought the rainforest inside, with columns open to the outside, which draws fresh air in—and there’s rainwater collection.”

A win/win/win With the award, the College of Design earns instant recognition and prestige worldwide. Its students add an elite, permanent achievement to their resumes. And Fentress, the architect who charges State nothing for his time, hired another well-trained designer for his staff— bringing his total number of studio students to seven. As for the rest of us? We can count on excellent airport architecture for decades to come. J. Michael Welton writes about architecture, art, and design for national and international publications, and edits a digital design magazine at www.architectsandartisans. com. He is the author of Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand (Routledge: 2015).


At left: The entire studio with department head of School of Architecture David Hill, Dean Mark E. Hoversten, PhD; Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA; Professor of Architecture Wayne Place, PhD; Ana-Maria Drughi, AIA; and Joshua Stephens, AIA; Opposite page, clockwise from top: Student work from team Toamasina, Madagascar airport, overhead of plane plan by student team members: Rosa McDonald [M.Arch May 2019], Sheyda I. Livingston Izquierdo [M.Arch May 2020], and Arpita Belur [March ‘18]; Exhibition at Palazzo Bembo in Venice, Italy; Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA speaking with a visitor; Inside the exhibition space at Palazzo Bembo

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Caroline Boykin mixes delicate ceramics with painting by ADDIE LADNER photography by S.P. MURRAY NOVEMBER 2018 | 65


here’s now a touch of the Deep South in Bridgehampton, New York. Among the talents of sought-after tastemakers and artists, a 5x5 mixed media oil on canvas painting hangs as a focal point in the lounge of Traditional Home’s Hamptons Designer Showhouse. Tones of muted lavender and dusty blue are flecked with glossy white porcelain flowers and butterflies. The piece offers a feminine, warm, and calming touch to a luxurious room of gold accents and fur throws. It was carefully and delicately created by Raleigh-based artist, Caroline Boykin. “It was a great opportunity to be seen out of the South. It’s such a beautiful room and it was a dream commission for me,” Boykin says of the career highlight. Boykin, her husband, and their two daughters Leavie, 4, and Alice, 1, live in Raleigh, where she works from her home studio that was fittingly once an old garden shed. Boykin says she is most inspired by the natural beauty of both her present-day life and her past, centered and rooted in Southern hospitality and strong, Southern women. While her portfolio is varied, Boykin’s artistic style is consistently feminine. White and cream colored ceramic 66 | WALTER

While her portfolio is varied, Boykin’s artistic style is consistently feminine. White and cream colored ceramic vases adorned with porcelain peonies, gardenias, and roses are used to chill a bottle of champagne for brunch or house a bouquet of hydrangeas. vases adorned with porcelain peonies, gardenias, and roses are used to chill a bottle of champagne for brunch or house a bouquet of hydrangeas. These objects are inspired by the many memories she has of her mother and grandmother entertaining with flawlessly set tables. “I wanted to make vessels that could be a part of those table settings and memories,” Boykin says. Southern women take a huge theme in her work, no matter the age. Her “pout paintings” are inspired by her four-year-old, Leavie. The oil on canvas paintings of abstract faces are topped with ceramic noses and pouty lips. They’re whimsical yet elegant, and explode with charm. “She is just full of sass and has so much personality,” Boykin says. Earth and pastel-toned hares, nude figures, and floral landscapes are inspired by the lushness of North Carolina. Between growing up along the shores of Alabama in the charming, art community of Fairhope, to family trips to the spirited city of New Orleans, it was only natural that Boykin would cultivate an appreciation for art at a young age, then go on to create her own.

She studied painting at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, and while Boykin always knew she wanted to be an artist, she never planned on becoming a potter. Now most known for her ceramics, she initially took a ceramics class as a requirement and remembers having a difficult time learning the ropes of a pottery wheel. “I was so bad at throwing. I’d make these little ceramic flowers to cover up my imperfections,” she recalls. Those flowers have become her trademark and can be seen as a three-dimensional element throughout most of her work. After finishing college she returned to Fairhope, Alabama, to showcase her senior thesis. Her show sold out, which gave her the encouragement to pursue a career as an artist. Boykin used the money from her show to purchase her first kiln. While her art draws from her distinctly Southern upbringing, it now attracts the eyes of individuals all over the country, selling out online, at shows, and receiving commissions weekly. “It’s fun getting to see where all my work ends up, I’m all over the country—East coast, West coast,” says Boykin. She credits her success to honing in on her inner confidence. “My subject matter has always been the same, but as I developed more confidence and found my voice as an artist, I became more successful,” she says.

Opening spread: Caroline Boykin in her at-home studio; this page: Caroline Boykin at work at the potter’s wheel in her home ceramics studio.

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Clockwise from top: Caroline Boykin is a mixed-medium artist who creates with porcelain and incorporates chalk as well as acrylic and oil paints into her art; one of Boykin’s signature Pout Paintings is a perfect example of mixing her creative artistry with acrylic, oil, porcelain, and resin; Boykin’s athome studio takes advantage of natural light

Boykin approaches her work with strict attention to detail and thoughtfulness, wanting to incorporate art into people’s everyday life. “Since I’m working in clay, I don’t want my pieces to be so utilitarian, it’s important to me that people are still able to use them,” she says of her ceramic vessels. And for her abstract floral landscape paintings, she chooses calming yet inviting shades of muted blues, greens, and yellows, wanting viewers to draw on a memory or sentiment. “I intend the viewer to feel emotions through the colors, texture, and shapes,” she says. While her work may be different and emerging, Boykin looks to classic artists for inspiration, such as the color choices of Claude Monet, Ellsworth Kelly’s shapes, and Mark Rothko’s color fields. “Caroline’s work is unique for us is in that we don’t have anything else like it,” says Koren Ayers, gallery director at Charlotte’s Anne Neilson Fine Art, a gallery that hosts over 50 artists from around the world. “Her pieces are fun but fresh and stand out in a room. The sculptural aspect on the paintings with the porcelain tied in together, it doesn’t fit one category,” Ayers says. She hasn’t limited her artistic talents to just her ceramic works and paintings, either. A savvy business woman, Boykin has collaborated on home décor items,

children’s apparel, and recently started taking on interior design clients, who all want to incorporate her work into their home. “There are so many different things I’m interested in, in the art world. It helps keep you sharp and your creativity floating,” Boykin says. This month, she’s gearing up to host her annual “Caroline Christmas” event, a week-long, online art show just in time for gift-giving season. Last year, Boykin hustled to produce well over 200 pieces in one week for the sold-out event, and donated 10% of the proceeds to charity. This year, she’ll donate the proceeds to Raleigh Rescue Mission. Attendees can expect something different each day— holiday-themed ornaments one day, bud vases another, as well as ring dishes, floral abstracts, and pout paintings to name a few. With Southern generosity intertwined in her work and life, Boykin says she will create things she doesn’t normally during the week of Caroline Christmas, and makes sure to offer items at various price points. “It’s Christmas and my heart’s in it.” Boykin’s work can be found locally at Vita Vite in both their downtown and North Hills locations, and in Charlotte at Anne Neilson Fine Art. Her first Caroline Christmas event will be December 2 from 2-5 p.m. at Vita Vite Midtown. NOVEMBER 2018 | 69


Merci beaucoup French-inspired Thanksgiving with Chef Scott Crawford



cott Crawford is a family man. Two years ago, when the five-star chef and fivetime James Beard Award semifinalist opened his own restaurant, Crawford and Son, family was at the forefront of his mind—in the restaurant’s name, his family’s involvement, and the ambience of the neighborhood spot. Now, his family business is expanding with a new French bistro right next door. The bistro, slated for a spring 2019 opening, is named Jolie, after Crawford’s 8-year-old daughter. “Jolie was young when we decided to name Crawford and Son, and that happened because of a tradition in my family of entrepreneurship and the Crawford name being on businesses,” Crawford says. “But it wasn’t long after that that she started to question how she came into this thing. And I told her I had a plan, and I did.” Jolie will be a classic French bistro— bustling, vibrant, friendly, and cozy— and will offer a modern twist on traditional flavors. The main space will seat approximately 30 at tables and six at the bar and have an open kitchen. Big win-

dows will allow lots of light, and marble tabletops, characteristic French paneling, and white-painted brick will make the space feel bright and inviting—a marked contrast from the dark-brick, heavy-wood, masculine feel of Crawford and Son. A pergola-covered, heated rooftop will seat an additional 20 and be open year-round, recreating the setting of French outdoor dining spilling out onto the sidewalks of quaint Parisian streets. The driving forces behind Jolie are happiness and simplicity. “When [diners] walk in and they look at the menu, and they see the design and they feel the vibe, I want them to be instantly happy,” Crawford says. “Nothing about the dining experience will be complicated. You could be on this rooftop, in a little neighborhood, having great steak frites and a duck pie—so you feel like there’s something special about it, but it’s not complicated.” It was always Crawford’s vision to bring a French neighborhood bistro to Raleigh, but the catalyst was a trip he and his family took to Paris last year. They ate at local spots for inspiration, and Jolie fell in love with the city.

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Chef Scott Crawford will open his French bistro, Jolie, in Spring of 2019 adjacent to Crawford and Son in downtown Raleigh.

“I’ve never seen one of my children connect with the people, the culture, the energy, the pastries, the food, everything like that. She cried when she had to leave Paris. She wanted to live there forever,” Crawford says. His daughter’s newfound Francophilia, his family tradition, and the definition of “jolie” (which means “pretty” in French) all coalesced and made perfect sense. There was no question in his mind about what the restaurant’s name would be. And his daughter loves it.

Classic flavors with a modern flair To hear Crawford read the preliminary menu he’s concocted for Jolie is like listening to him read poetry, the French terms rolling off the tongue, the way he relishes each word as he lists the ingredients of an appetizer (“escargot with Robuchon-style potato butter, and 72 | WALTER

pea stew, and crispy garlic”). It’s clear that he can’t wait to bring these old French dishes to life with what he calls “a new-school presentation.” Other classics one can expect to see at Jolie are seafood stews in tomato-ham broth (“with a nice piece of baguette, just slightly buttered and toasted, for dipping in the broth,” Crawford envisions); “the best onion soup ever”; braised leeks with dijon butter, capers, and tarragon; bone marrow gratin; charcuterie plates with French hams, rillette, and chicken liver pate; rabbit cassoulet; pork cheeks with lentils and celery root; steak frites; and a traditional duck pie. Desserts will include seasonal fruit tarts; chocolate bread pudding with Valrhona chocolate and salted pecan caramel; and, of course, cheese. The bistro will also feature a rotating all-French beer and wine list.

It’s clear that he can’t wait to bring these old French dishes to life with what he calls “a new-school presentation.”

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“I hope that we land on that middle ground between old school and new school, classic and modern,” Crawford says. “Right there in the middle is that sweet spot, that little modern edge that makes it exciting, but that classic feel that gives the feeling of nostalgia and feels familiar and comforting.” Crawford was classically trained in the French cooking tradition and worked at a French bistro right after leaving culinary school. In his work throughout the years, classical French cooking has always felt second nature, he says, even when he moved toward more American cuisines. “Every once in a while, you would see in my dishes maybe just a nod to that classic technique—even now, still. But now [at Jolie], we’re revisiting that. It’s so much fun. It’s also fun to introduce people to these dishes, who have never really geeked out on French food or experienced it.”

All in the family Crawford’s devotion to running a family business goes beyond just his restaurants’ names. When he decided to start the Crawford Hospitality Group two years ago, every member of the family was involved in the discussions. “We made the decision as a family. My wife works with me here [at Crawford and Son]. We raise our kids here. We run it together. It’s a true family business,” he says. Crawford’s wife, Jessica, does the restaurants’ accounting, in-house photography, and marketing. Their son, Jiles, 11, washes dishes at Crawford and Son on Saturdays to learn work ethic, and Jolie has already expressed that she wants to work at Jolie. Though he expects both his kids to go to college, Crawford is eager for them to help out at his restaurants as much as possible to learn about the industry, hard work, and customer service, echoing the way he himself learned hospitality as a kid, working at his grandfather’s sawmill with his older brother. For Crawford, continuing this tradition is what it’s all about. 74 | WALTER

“It only makes sense to me to name my businesses directly connected with my family,” he says. “Every other name that we’ve thought of has just felt contrived. And I want my restaurants to be around for a long time. I don’t want them to feel trendy.” Crawford also recently announced he’ll be continuing the family tradition with a third restaurant, the Crawford Brothers steakhouse, which will go into the Fenton development in Cary. But for now, his focus remains on Jolie and on making sure that his two restaurants serve their neighborhood well. “If you’ve been to Paris—or New York or anywhere, really—and enjoyed a real French bistro experience, then you’ll feel right at home when you walk into Jolie,” he says. But even if you haven’t, sliding into this little slice of Paris on the corner, bright and vibrant, ordering a bottle of French red wine and a beautiful cheese plate is all a rather jolie prospect, non?

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Chestnut soup with brown butter, topped with herbs and crispy parsnips.

Jolie’s Thanksgiving Menu Chestnut soup with spiced brown butter Warm salad of brussels sprouts with bacon & apples Maple roasted pheasant Root vegetables with savory granola

Mushroom Bread Pudding 6 cups day old bread, diced large 1 quart heavy cream + 1/2 cup 4 whole eggs 4 egg yolks 3 cups sliced mushrooms (crimini, maitake, wood ear, portobella etc.) 1 tablespoon shallot, peeled and sliced thin

Mushroom bread pudding

1/4 bottle of marsala

Pumpkin tarte tatin with cinnamon-creme fraiche ice cream

2 tablespoon freshly sliced chives 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (can substitute dry thyme)

In a medium saute pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter, add shallot and mushrooms. Season with salt and black pepper, saute until soft. Remove half of the mushrooms and set aside. Leave the other half of the mushrooms in the pan and add the marsala. Reduce marsala by half and add 1/2 cup heavy cream. Reduce heavy cream to a sauce consistency, whisk in remaining tablespoon butter. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Season with salt and black pepper to taste, add 1 tablespoon thyme leaves. Cover and set aside keeping warm. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, egg yolks, and 1 quart heavy cream, beat until smooth. Add bread, remaining thyme leaves and remaining mushrooms. Season liberally with salt and black pepper to taste. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. In a greased 2-quart casserole pan, add bread pudding mixture and place in the oven uncovered. Bake at 300 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until center feels slightly firm to the touch. Check with a cake tester before removing. Spoon bread pudding onto plate and top with mushroom marsala sauce and fresh sliced chives.

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.


Serves eight

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Scott Crawford’s Warm Brussels Sprout salad with Honeycrisp apples and bacon. Recipe below

“If you’ve been to Paris—or New York or anywhere, really— and enjoyed a real French bistro experience, then you’ll feel right at home when you walk into Jolie,” he says.

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad 2 lbs fresh brussels sprouts, leaves separated 1 lb of bacon, medium diced 1/4 cup sherry vinegar 1 teaspoon dijon mustard 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 medium Honeycrisp apples medium dice 1 tablespoon sliced fresh chives 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced salt and fresh black pepper to taste 1 head frisee—white part only


In a small saute pan over medium heat render bacon until brown and semi-crispy. Remove bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Strain rendered bacon fat through a fine sieve. Set aside. In a blender on low speed add sherry vinegar, dijon and maple syrup. Slowly add the bacon fat and vegetable oil until emulsified. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Set dressing aside. Place the sautee pan back over medium heat. Add apples, brussels sprout leaves, shallot and rendered bacon. Saute until warm but still crunchy. Add frisee, chives and enough dressing to coat the salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm. Serves eight

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photography by CATHERINE NGUYEN

Family of four customizes North Raleigh home with elements of travel


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omeowners Karren and Mike Jackson had a clear vision of their dream home. They purchased the land for their Barton Grove home almost two years ago, and began the building process with Homes by Dickerson. The couple wanted French chateau style, with curved windows and details. “It’s not their typical style of home, and we definitely pushed them in the design process,” says Karren Jackson. Jackson worked for a home builder in California before returning to her native North Carolina, and she says she loved every minute of the building and design process. “I went to NC State at the College of Textiles. I’ve always been drawn to all things beautiful and I love going into other homes for inspiration.” The request at the top of the list: outdoor living as much as possible. “We wanted the ability to walk in the front door and see straight out the back. We love being outside especially with our girls.” The couple wanted room to grow with their daughters, Olivia, 8, and Brinkley, 4. They’ve alloted enough space on their 3.2 acres for a pool in the coming years. “It was important to us to have a comfortable flow from indoor to outdoor,” says Jackson. “I spend most of my time on the back porch, and we love to eat out there as a family.” To assist with the decorating details, the Jacksons hired Lauren Burns of Lauren Burns Interiors. “We sold everything from our old house and started with a clean slate,” says Jackson. “Lauren [Burns] really understood what we wanted for the house.” The interiors are filled with clean lines and


CRISP COLOR Opening image: The Jackson’s designer Lauren Burns says she hoped to contrast the feminity of the pale pink walls with the dark wooden table. The painting was comissioned by Karren Jackson’s friend and artist Kathleen Murphy. This page: The family room is functional with simple, clean lines as it leads to the outdoor living space. “Layering the textures in the textiles that I used, including adding a hint of a metallic grasscloth applied to the back of the bookshelves adds depth and interest,” says designer Lauren Burns.

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OFFICE ATTIRE Above: Mike Jackson’s office space is full of functional furniture and rich tones. “We wanted to create a work retreat for Mike that was truly a masculine, but functional place he could work. Layering materials more suited for a man’s office was something that was important to achieve the look we wanted,” says Lauren Burns. At right: The grand foyer includes a mix of neutrals and metals like brass and chrome, to tie in to the rest of the home.


crisp neutrals, with Karren Jackson’s favorite pops of pink throughout. “I love adding girly touches, like the pale pink living room walls.” Jackson says their old home was full of dark woods and lacked natural light. “We wanted clean, open spaces that felt airy and allowed for tons of natural light.” Jackson says the couple was inspired by the travels they’ve taken together. “My work allows me to travel, and one of our first trips as a couple was to France. We just fell in love with that style of architecture. We tried to include influence from all our travels and fit them into one home.”

OUTDOOR APPEAL Above: The Jacksons love their outdoor space, and say it’s where they often retreat. “I spend most of my time on the back porch,” says Karren Jackson. “We love having it screened in, and the fireplace allows us to use it into the fall and winter months.” At right: Homeowners Karren and Mike Jackson

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OPEN AIR LIVING Above: In keeping with the clean lines of the home, the kitchen’s simple cabinets are mixed with metal fixtures, and the stools add a pop of pattern. At right: Lauren Burns says the kitchen dining area was meant to accentuate the backyard views. “What I was trying to accomplish is to keep this space light and airy, but to bring the focus to the expansive and beautiful backyard.” Opposite page: The Jacksons say the unique door was inspired by a trip to London. “We loved all of the front doors when we walked the neighborhoods of London, and wanted to incorporate it.”


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WORD ON THE STREET Local artists transform newspaper boxes photography by TYLER NORTHRUP

You can now find copies of WALTER throughout the Triangle with a new collaborative art installation. Thirteen local artists were given a blank canvas of a refurbished News & Observer rack—the result was a colorful and diverse array of public art that will house complimentary magazines each month in select locations. Each artist drew inspiration from their personal aesthetic, as well as the locations the racks would call home. Our boxes are in the wild from Person Street in Raleigh to Stone Creek Village in Cary, and we’re proud that our pages await your pickup within a piece of history. Participating artist Emily Farrell says she felt the significance of the project right away: “As a Raleigh native and artist, I thought it would be a lot of fun to participate in this project that I felt was connected to a big part of Raleigh history. I mean, if you grew up here, you saw those N&O racks everywhere!” With this distribution project, the WALTER team hopes you can find us in your neighborhood and broaden —Catherine Currin the reach of our stories.

ANNA VAUGHN KINCHELOE Kincheloe was born in Tarboro, North Carolina, and she holds a bachelors in English Studies from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, and a BFA in art from East Carolina University. She worked in magazine publishing and stationery design prior to painting full time, and her work is in homes and businesses across the U.S. She resides in Raleigh with her husband, Hatcher; and when not in her studio, you can most likely find her down by the sea, soaking up inspiration, salt air, and endless horizon lines. location: Glenwood Village

“I haven’t been part of a public art project since I’ve lived in Raleigh, and I thought it was a great way to become more invested in the city.”

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DENISE HUGHES Hughes graduated with a BFA from East Carolina University. Shortly after, she moved to Raleigh to pursue her artistic career. Her murals and paintings can be found throughout North Carolina and in collections across the U.S. and Europe. In her studio on Bickett Boulevard, Hughes creates underwater paintings, portraits, and landscapes. She also creates large pieces of sustainable art made of plastic bottle caps and discarded toys. Her largest to date is Sir Walter Raleigh, made up of some 12,000 caps and hangs in Marbles Kids Museum. location: NOFO @ The Pig

“My inspiration for the design was to show Sir Walter Raleigh in a whimsical way to reflect his original flamboyant attire.”

CINC HAYES Hayes’s artwork is inspired by many years of traveling across the world. A Chapel Hill native, he has journeyed across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Central America, Africa, Scandinavia, to the edges of the North Pole and back again. The energy of the landscape, people, and animals reveal themselves through vibrant layers of color and texture on canvas. The layers of paint, fabric, sequins, sparkles, and found objects form a collective expression that under closer inspection, the viewer can explore, and get lost in. Thus the viewer creates their own story, their own piece of art—and connection to it. location: The Dillon

“My inspiration came from trying to show Raleigh as a fun and lively city, full of whimsical places to visit and a unique and fun skyline.”


ANNA JANE SEWELL Born and raised in Raleigh, Sewell says she developed a love for art as far back as she can remember. “Painting has always been a part of me and has continued to inspire me daily.” Sewell studied under artists at both Saint Mary’s School and East Carolina University. Sewell says that her subject matter is vast and always evolving, but the things that inspire her stay the same. Color, nature, energy, light, yoga, and everyday life are the driving forces behind her paintbrush. location: Quail Ridge Books at North Hills

“I chose bees as the subject of my rack’s design to represent the growing hive that is my hometown.”

EMILY ANNE FARRELL Farrell has been artistic for as long as she can remember. It wasn’t until the end of 2016, after much encouragement from her husband and close friends, that she threw her artwork into the abyss of social media to see what would happen. Farrell’s work is inspired by color relationships that she encounters, odd shapes, lines, and negative space. “I’m looking for balance and harmony, without appearing too planned. At my most basic goal, I just want to add happiness to a space through art!” The Raleigh native is still here with her husband, daughter, and Great Dane. location: Happy & Hale North Hills

“As a Raleigh native, I thought it would be a lot of fun to participate in this project that I felt was connected to a big part of Raleigh history.”


JILLIAN OHL Ohl is an artist and illustrator in Raleigh. She graduated from NC State’s College of Design in 2014. She enjoys teetering between the definitions of illustration and fine art while embracing a child-like whimsy using watercolor, gouache, graphite, and ink. She often takes inspiration from fashion photography and contemporary culture. Ohl teaches at NC State University’s Craft Center and sells prints and stationery at Deco Raleigh. Her favorite things are little fluffy dogs, white wine, roses, and hanging out with the horses. location: Anthropologie North Hills

“I participated in this project because I believe that public art positively benefits the community and I love being a part of that.”

KING GODWIN Godwin was born in Raleigh and diagnosed with autism when he was two and a half years old. He attended the Special Education program of Wake County School Systems and received a certificate from Leesville Road High School in 2012. King attended UNC-Greensboro for one year, for the Beyond Academics Program in 2013. Godwin became a painter in 2013. He is also a proud team member of the Special Olympic Raleigh Racer Swimmers and a performing member of Special Japanese Taiko-Drum ensemble. location: Marbles Kids Museum

“Raleigh is the place I was born and raised. This town gave me life and opportunity as a person in spite of my disability.”


LIDIA CHURAKOVA Churakova was born in Moscow, Russia. She studied environmental science at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia for two years, before moving to U.S. and attending NC State University. She graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of art and design. Since then, she has been active in the Raleigh arts community including the public art scene. Her current studio is in the Carter Building on South Glenwood Avenue. You can also see her work at Read With Me downtown Raleigh. location: Dock 1053

“I see the newspaper boxes all over downtown, and I always think ‘what a great opportunity for public art!’”

LAURA PETRIDES WALL WALTER’s creative director has always lived in the deep South—Georgia, North Carolina and South East England. She graduated from the University of Georgia and has won over 75 national and international design awards. While living in Greensboro, North Carolina, Wall was also named a 40 Under 40 Leader for her professional achievements and service work in the community. Wall says she enjoyed getting her hands dirty for this project by trading in her computer mouse for a paintbrush. location: Tazza Kitchen, Stone Creek Village

“I knew we couldn’t add magazine racks on the streets without making them special. I am happy to be among the other artists who contributed their time and talent.”


ELIZABETH HEALEY Healey grew up mostly in Laguna Beach, California. Elizabeth has lived all over California from San Diego, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, and Sausalito. Healey, her husband, and two children have lived in North Carolina since 2011. Duffy and Elizabeth Healey have published five coffee table books. Two of the books they published are photography based books called Distinctive North Carolina volume 1 & 2, which can be found at over 100 book stores throughout North Carolina, including Quail Ridge Books. location: Zest Cafe & Home Art

“I enjoy watching people looking at my art for the first time and hearing their analysis because their perspectives often differ from mine.”

LYUDMILA TOMOVA Tomova has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. Her watercolors have attracted attention locally, nationally, and internationally with the expressive brushwork, color, line, and a stylized flair that emphasize movement. Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Tomova immigrated to New York City 25 years ago as a full time painter, editorial illustrator, and designer. She was nominated as an Emerging Woman 2016 and was personally recognized at the NC Museum of Art where the first of her Butterfly Women series was unveiled. location: Academy Street Bistro

“I chose the word ‘Namaste’ written on the door as a representation of that place we’re all searching for, where we celebrate our good spirit.”


NATASHA POWELL WALKER Powell Walker aka “Edith Grey” is a self-taught artist and illustrator who has been creating for over 20 years. Grey’s work spans a variety of mediums including acrylic, oil, and marker. The dynamic female figure and the struggles women face throughout society encompasses most of Grey’s work. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Grey relocated to the Triangle in 2014 with her husband. She also serves as the Board Chair for The Durham Art Guild. location: Person Street Pharmacy

“I think it’s important for the art industry, Raleigh included, to be represented accurately by the artists who make up the community.”

ALLISON HARN Harn is graphic designer and illustrator based in Raleigh. She attended the UNC-Greensboro where she earned her BFA, with concentrations in painting, printmaking, and drawing. In her spare time, Harn loves to create gouache and watercolor paintings which usually include food, drinks, animals, and nature. Her art has led her to create works for a wide array of clients and she is often recognized for her versatile style, consisting of colorful and playful imagery. location: Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop

“I love botanicals but I also wanted the box to be cheery and inviting, so I included all sorts of insects that love to visit the flora.”


in our midst Seeing Raleigh’s streets through the eyes of our homeless words by LAURA PETRIDES WALL

“He looked like he might have just gotten homeless. He didn’t have anything with him.” –Angel


From left to right: photographer Angel captured this image of this newly homeless man. He had just divorced his wife and lost his two children. All he had was a hospital sheet. “Homeless people are human beings,” says Angel; Billy works as a cook at Love Wins and took this photo. “This is the first baby from the Love Wins Community who has stayed with its mama. I believe exactly what it says, Love Wins. Love will beat hate anytime.”


aleigh-based professional photographer Tyler Cunningham has always had a servant’s heart. So when she learned about Jason Williamson’s Through Our Eyes homeless photography project in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she knew it was something she wanted to bring home. “I heard him being interviewed in a podcast and immediately connected to photography as a means to serve others, to connect with others and to share stories that needed to be told to affect change,” she says. Through Our Eyes hopes to connect to the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of homeless and its volunteers. With the support of Christ Episcopal Church, Cunningham went to work. She partnered with local nonprofits Love Wins, Oak City Outreach Center, and Pullen Memorial Baptist Church to reach out to our homeless population. In the middle of September, Cunningham with the help of a team of community volunteers distributed Fujifilm cameras and free t-shirts to 107 homeless people. They were given the charge to photograph their daily lives in exchange for hygiene supplies and bus passes. During that week, Hurricane Florence hit Eastern North Carolina with heavy rains and wind in Raleigh. After the NOVEMBER 2018 | 97

storm passed, 47 photographers returned their cameras with over 900 images of their experiences on the streets and their thoughts. “I wish I had another camera because there was so much to document. Another guy from the shelter and I went out and made a documentary of homeless people in tents because they had it way worse than we did—they were out in tents during the storm,” says photographer Kyle. Eight area community leaders helped select the top 20 photos for a showcase at CAM Raleigh on November 4. “I want to express my gratitude to the organizations, donors, and volunteers who made this [project] happen,” Cunningham says. “But mostly to the photographers who took the time to let us into their lives, to share their vulnerability, and to tell their very powerful stories.”


Clockwise from top left: Karen took this image of Mrs. Harris’ shopping cart. Mrs. Harris is well known around town for locking her cart even though its contents are wide open; Joshua photographed his girlfriend and cat. They carry everything they need each day. Joshua titled this photo The Essentials; Karen took this photo of her swollen feet. The feet are often their only mode of transportation—walking miles each day for food, work and shelter; Diane keeps her dignity by keeping her tent camp organized with a toilet, portable grill, and tarp. “Every day when I wake up I say ‘Thank you Lord for helping me make it through the storm.’”; Lisa sheilded herself from the wind and rain of Hurricane Florence. “All the shelters were full. We were walking to Oak City for a meal and to get dry. We wanted to get dry.”


A shopping cart carries Mrs. Harris’ life from point A to point B. –Karen

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“I want to be seen and I want all these people to get homes and jobs. I’m trying to make my life better. I’m trying to fight for what’s right and not what’s wrong.” –Joseph

Clockwise from top left: Veteran Kyle photographed his camp during the hurricane. “I served my country, but I am down on my luck.”; Joseph stands in line for food at The Round Table of Fellowship of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church; Rita took this photo of her boyfriend John’s back. He was bitten by mosquitoes and had an allergic reaction. “This life is not fun. It’s not easy.”; Andre took this photo of a homeless woman on a bench. “People walk right by and don’t say anything. If I could tell people what to say, I’d say ‘introduce yourself first. Ask them if there’s anything you can do to help them. Start with that.’”

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HOW TO HELP Homelessness Awareness Week is November 10-18. All proceeds from the exhibit’s November 4 opening benefit Love Wins, Oak City Outreach, and the Roundtable Fellowship at Pullen Baptist Church. Can’t make the opening event? You can participate in the text-to-give program through Christ Church. Text 73256 and respond to the prompt with CCRAL EYES [insert amount]. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

“I was waiting for Angel to get ready in the morning and saw the light coming through the trees and thought ‘I’m going to get a little lens flare in there!’” –Joshua

At right: this photo was taken at the tent camp where Joshua and Angel slept.

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hris and Toni Wheaton have made a life out of love stories. Their own—one company, ten years, and zero nights apart—is just one of them. For a decade, the two have told the tales of newlyweds through Heart Stone Films, one of the most sought after wedding film companies in the South. Now, they are also the subject of their very own Amazon Prime reality series, Weddings with the Wheatons, which just wrapped its first season. And it all began right here in Raleigh. “This is where we met.” The couple says it in unison; the two feed off one another so effortlessly that this meet cute narrative could be rehearsed. “Our parents were friends. I met him and instantly had a crush, but he wanted nothing to do with me,” Toni Wheaton quipped with a smirk. But time and circumstance were on her side, and the two were married in 2008. Toni Wheaton

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was working for Barton Creek Weddings, a video production company. Chris Wheaton, meanwhile, was in the mortgage industry—right as the subprime mortgage crisis began to wreak havoc. Cue: serendipity. One night, the Wheatons were talking about their future goals. Toni Wheaton wanted to run a production company, but assumed it was at least ten years down the line. Chris Wheaton wanted to be a business owner. Within a week, her boss said he wanted to retire and offered them his company. Toni Wheaton was 23, Chris Wheaton was 22, and they suddenly had everything they had wanted. Today, the company is called Heart Stone Films because, well, they love penguins. “It’s kind of like a little symbol of our relationship. Chris had a dream when we were dating about penguins, and he knew we were going to get married in that dream,” Toni Wheaton said. “Penguins give each other a stone as a courtship gesture, so to us it’s like a piece of their heart.” With a staff of six, Heart Stone Films creates roughly 30 wedding films a year. The duo has filmed around the world, from the misty moors of Scotland to the cactus-studded sands of Aruba. Booking is often up to a year and a half in advance, and they have been behind the lens for more than one or two celebrities. They also run a commercial production company, Portico Pictures, which is home to a 1,500 square foot full-service production studio aptly named The White Space. It’s painted entirely white, from floor to ceiling, and invokes a bit of Willy Wonka-esque vertigo as you enter. Their two-year-old son, Elijah, refuses to step inside. What began as a contest celebrating their ten-year anniversary developed into their reality series, which follows them along their journeys that they single-handedly film and produce. “We got caught up in the first few weeks, and were giving each other acting critiques, like how to be on camera,” Chris Wheaton says.

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And what is a reality show, but a personality? These two have more than enough to go around. It is their dynamic, after all, that has carried them this far.

Eventually they became more comfortable—filming themselves and filming weddings, according to Chris Wheaton. And what is a reality show, but a personality? These two have more than enough to go around. It is their dynamic, after all, that has carried them this far. While relating the tale of a drone lost in Aruba—high winds snatched it out of range—the two poke and prod,

teasing one another and laughing at their own mistakes. “That’s the only major gear malfunction situation that we’ve had,” says Toni Wheaton. Is another season in the cards? Perhaps. “By the end of season one of the show we really figured out an awesome formula that we want to take into season two, so we want to see where that goes,” says Chris Wheaton. They’ve even had ideas about who they might want to

include.“We handpicked all the people who were in season one and that’s what made it so great,” Toni Wheaton says. But what’s definitely next for the Wheatons? Spending more time with Elijah and their dog, Keeko, plus more weekends at home. According to Chris Wheaton, “We’re gonna reach higher and harder for rest and relaxation.”

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photography by JUSTIN KASE CONDER From above: Bar manager Richie Reno; Junction West is located adjacent from The Dillon at 310 S. West St.

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Raleigh husband-and-wife pair are livening up the Warehouse District with an event space and bar along Union Station’s tracks. Raleigh natives Rob and Gabie Frantz say a bar was always a pipe dream, but when they found this vacant space, they took the leap. “Our dream came to life when we found this place,” says Gabie Frantz, who previously worked in marketing. “We weren’t actively looking for something, but when we came here, we knew it was perfect.” The name came as naturally as the space itself. The building’s name with the historic registry, Junction West, stuck with the duo. “It was a railroad junction on West Street. It made sense and we just started to refer to the project as Junction West.”

Rob Frantz was a brewer at Trophy Brewing Co., and he says he hopes to bring that passion and knowledge to the menu. Most recently a nightclub, the historic building has a large room for special events, while the bar and courtyard are the perfect scene to sip one of the many local beers on tap. Before Junction West, Rob Frantz was a brewer at Trophy Brewing Co., and he says he hopes to bring that passion and knowledge to the menu. He’s also a second-level cicerone, a sommelier of beer, ensuring his selections are top notch. “We want to showcase all of the beer Raleigh and the region have to offer. The community of beer in this town is more of a collaboration than a competition,” he says. The beer list is arguably the menu’s focus, and will rotate to accommodate new releases and diversity. There will be Trophy beer on tap

From above: Junction West co-owners Gabie & Rob Frantz; Junction West’s outdoor space includes views of downtown and recently opened Union Station.

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and in cans, of course, as well as brews from spots like Crank Arm and R&D. “Our goal is to see Raleigh thrive, and we can do that through beer which is pretty amazing,” says Rob Frantz. Much like the beer, the details throughout the space are intentional. The Frantzs worked with Nicole Alvarez of Clearscapes to create an environment that’s simple, bright, and welcoming. Seating is abundant inside and out, ready for the next meeting over beers or late night conversation. “We designed this space to be somewhere we would want to go,” says Rob Frantz. Gabie Frantz says conversation was key in this space’s renovation. “We built the bar around conversation. There are acoustic panels built in and natural light, so you can see and hear who you’re with. We want people to hang out and celebrate, no matter what time of day.”


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t’s a Thursday night on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. While many people are drinking and eating their way through downtown, nearly 20 adults and high school students are sitting above the Foundation Bar at the American Underground Campus. These students come from minority, low-income, or immigrant backgrounds. All of them though, share a desire to learn the language of computers in hopes for a career or life change. Their teacher, Ramiro Rodriguez, is leading a conversation that sounds something like: “A equals C and case C is greater than case B.” They’re coding. Code the Dream is their solution, providing an alternative path to success for these students. Unlike careers in education, law, or medicine that require specific degrees, to be a computer programmer, you just need the skills. Originally a pilot project that began in 2015 under local nonprofit Uniting NC, Code the Dream teaches coding to high school students and young adults. Most of the program participants don’t have the means to attend college or are unable to find work. To date, the program has accepted students from more



than 20 countries, including Nepal, India, Pakistan, Argentina, and Venezuela, and the in-depth, hands-on curriculum has produced hundreds of capable web and software developers in the Triangle area. Daisy Magnus-Aryitey, 36, was once one of those students. She moved here from Ghana at age four. After seven years as a stay-at-home mom, Magnus-Aryitey had a hard time navigating the workforce. She joined Code the Dream and remembers not only her own world expanding, but her daughter’s world too. “My daughter always wanted to be a stayat-home mom. I started to learn computer

programming and her play shifted from cooking and baking to pretending she had an office with post-it notes and a computer,” she says. Magnus-Aryitey went on to be a full-time software developer at Duke University and is now the director at Code the Dream. She advocates for women, especially mothers and encourages them to consider a career in coding. When she started Code the Dream, it was the first time she remembers feeling comfortable with vulnerability. “As a minority, I had always been scared to be vulnerable. But we were all the same. I just knew it would change my life. There was no looking

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back,” she says. “The students we get don’t have a lot of resources. They’re willing to work so hard and are totally committed to the program and its mission.” The program at Code the Dream begins with free coding classes in both Durham and Raleigh, starting with Ruby, where students learn the building blocks of computer programming skills. Students advance to more in-depth classes (Ruby on Rails) where they learn app development, JavaScript, HTML, and user interface. The top-performing students move on to Code the Dream Labs, where they’re paid a stipend to build web applications for local nonprofits and businesses. “It’s a win-win—the students get the experience they can use to launch a new career that’s life-changing for them and their families, and the work they’re doing in many cases benefits our community,” says Dan Rearick, executive director and co-founder of Code the Dream. Crystal Williams-Brown now works as a full-time intern for Code the Dream Labs. At her high school in New Jersey, it was a big deal for students to graduate. She graduated, and went on to earn both a bachelors and an associate’s degree. Yet she still found it difficult to find a fulltime job with decent pay. After joining Code the Dream, she’s transitioned from working at Lowe’s Foods to becoming a skilled coder. Williams-Brown is currently working on an app for Families Together, a local nonprofit that connects homeless people with transportation options. She didn’t think she was smart enough to ever be a coder, but her curiosity got the best of her. “If there’s an interest, take the dive,” she says to anyone who is reluctant to get started in coding. With an interest in gaming and schooling in animation, Williams-Brown took naturally to learn-

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“I just knew it would change my life. There was no looking back.” —Daisy Magnus-Aryitey ing computer technology. “I was most surprised when I did my class; I recognized the logic, of computers. It made sense to me,” she says. Manuel Ramos Gonzalez, 24, came to the U.S. from El Salvador when he was six years old. Due to his dedication to Code the Dream, he’s now in the software engineer apprenticeship at IBM. After finishing high school, Gonzalez planned to enroll in a four-year university. His plans changed as he wasn’t eligible for in-state tuition with his temporary protected status as a citizen (he now has his Green Card). He ended up with an associate’s degree and hoped to continue his education, but couldn’t afford to reconsider a four-year university. Thanks to Code the Dream, he had extensive skills, an impressive portfolio, and a fine-tuned resume which earned him the apprenticeship. “It was really a transformative experience for me,” he says. Fernando Ostoro, 23, is originally from Honduras and says Code the Dream was transformative for him as well. He’s now a software developer at Duke. “I enjoy what I do, it’s taught me a lot about

logic. Now I see myself as a more logical person in every aspect of my life.” Ostoro enrolled in Code the Dream courses while getting his associate’s degree at a local community college. Along with another student, he developed an app for Student Action with Farmworkers (SAFW) called Conectate Carolina that helps farmworkers find resources in their area. Rearick says that most tech companies today only employee a tiny fraction of black or Latino software developers and engineers. With Code the Dream’s help, however, that is slowly starting to change. “That’s a motivation for what we do. More technology has the possibility to make life better for us,” he says. During the Code the Dream class on Fayetteville Street, Rodriguez, who is a teacher as well as the organization’s co-founder, says something to his students that could simultaneously apply to their lives, not just their programming skills. “There are many different ways to find a solution, sometimes we stumble upon a more complicated one. Trust your gut, it will come with experience.”

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MARBLES BIG IDEA FORUM 2018 More than 300 community and corporate leaders gathered at Marbles Kids Museum October 3 for its BIG IDEA Forum. The annual lively luncheon features motivating stories and strategies for creativity and innovation; this year’s event welcomed Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play and author of the bestselling title Play. Dr. Brown shared his captivating, research about the value of a playful mindset at every age. In the spirit of playing it forward, proceeds support the design and development of new programs and exhibits at Marbles.

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