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Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving and that’s great, but when the turkey’s gone, it’s time to get on your feet and go shopping, Black Friday style!
Gear up for the biggest shopping day of the year, and plan your course with our Cary Magazine cheat sheet of hotspots for Black Friday steals and deals.
You’ll find that bargains abound at many of your favorite places, and at others you have yet to discover. From clothing to food, home products to family fun, here are some of the best buys to be had.
Ready? Set? Shop, till you drop!Read more
Pam Saulsby is singing to her heart’s content these days with the recent release of her CD titled The Full Measure of a Woman.
From singing with the church choir at 5 years old to this musical accomplishment, the Emmy Award-winning anchorwoman has met her lifelong dream of becoming a recording artist, and crosses another item off her bucket list.
To celebrate the debut of her new CD, Saulsby is performing live on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. at The Mint on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, and Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. at Herons at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary.Read more
Holly Springs Parks & Recreation strives to improve the quality of life in Holly Springs on a daily basis. From our parks to our Cultural Center, from our athletics to our nature programs, we make it our goal to have something for everyone. Please take a moment to find out what we have to offer and learn a bit about the exciting changes taking place in our department.Read more
Southpark Village Shopping Center continues to fill up with new businesses, and Phase II construction that will provide an additional 24,000 square feet of retail space is expected to
begin in early 2011.
Phase I is open and operating and includes a Harris Teeter grocery store, which opened for business in September 2009. Open and operating on four out-parcel sites are CVS Pharmacy, Chickfil-A, Burger King and an ABC Store. Under construction on other out-parcels are Fidelity Bank, which is scheduled to open this fall, and SunTrust Bank. AAA Carolinas and BB&T are scheduled to begin construction soon on other out-parcels.Read more
A new four-story, 124-room Hampton Inn and Suites on Ralph Stephens Loop Road will be welcoming guests by November 2010. According to one retail broker, the fact that a flagship company like Hilton is opening a hotel in Holly Springs in these economic times indicates there is confidence in the local economy and market.
Rex Healthcare has partnered with BremnerDuke Healthcare Real Estate, a division of Duke Realty Corp., to develop an outpatient medical office building at the corner of G.B. Alford Highway and Avent Ferry Road. Construction is expected to begin on the site at the end of this year with operations anticipated to begin in December 2011.Read more
Despite the economic downturn, companies are continuing to invest in Holly Springs, and Town Manager Carl Dean thinks there are several reasons why that is true.
“I think it is a combination of the vision of the elected officials and citizens on how to develop the Town and our ability to create a great quality of life for our citizens,” said Dean. “We have been successful in addressing infrastructure needs to allow the Town to manage our growth, and investing money to provide the services our community wants and expects.Read more
On Nov 11, area kids can flex their mental muscles for a Bricks for Kidz LEGO Camp event from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Bear Rock Café at 9575 Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville.
Kids will get to test their engineering instincts and build amazing creations during the camp. A LEGO representative will have projects to challenge the minds of kids ages 5–10.
The restaurant is also offering a special for the camp. Kids eat for 99 cents and get to play for free with the purchase of an adult dinner entrée. Parents must provide the receipt and be present with child to participate.Read more
Swagger Gifts, an upscale Cary boutique owned by Mandy Becker, has earned the Marketing Achievement: Branding and Integrated Marketing award for 2010, presented by Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine during its annual Retailer Excellence Awards gala, held in New York City. The award is based on Swagger Gifts’ advertising and promotion campaigns, including e-mail marketing and social media efforts, and ongoing community-supporting events, including the Swagger Gifts Community Giving Program.Read more
It is prime planting time for such popular spring-flowering bulbs as daffodils, crocuses and tulips, and as any garden expert will tell you, adding essential nutrients to bulb beds now will help bring out the best from these beauties-to-be at bloom time.
Tops on the list for necessary bulb nutrients is phosphorus, which promotes strong root systems. Bone meal has been used by many gardeners as a source for phosphorus, but keep in mind that, because it is essentially crushed bone, spreading it in the garden could call out cats, dogs, raccoons and other critters to come digging around in search of a snack.Read more
Let’s face it: Dating isn’t for the faint of heart. Whether you’ve been in a relationship for three days or 30 years, it takes effort to keep romance alive and well.
This may come as no surprise, but most studies of love and relationships reveal that over time romantic intensity declines. Feelings of being “head over heels” are replaced with the ho-hum of familiarity.
Having a regular date night is a good start, but according to psychologist Arthur Aron, PhD, doing new things together is even better. (Note to all male readers: Dinner and a movie isn’t exactly original!) Consider injecting some creativity into the routine.Read more
This sun-loving ligustrum is easy to grow and decorate with a holiday swag, bows and floral picks. Schonleber suggests keeping it simple with just a few eye-catching bold pieces like a big polka dotted bow. Trim this topiary during its growing months in the summer and spring to help it keep its shape, suggested Schonleber. This ligustrum is five feet and cost around $448. Smaller varieties are available. Rosemary also make great topiaries and requires full sun, Schonleber added.Read more
Creativity is a hallmark of the North Carolina Museum of Art. It should come as no surprise, then, to find innovative cuisine at Iris, the NCMA’s full-service restaurant that’s as worthy of exploration as any exhibit hall.
Formerly known as Blue Ridge in a previous space, the restaurant’s new moniker pays homage to major benefactor Iris Cantor.Read more
Button, buckle or zip up into this season’s hottest boots. Styles this winter range from ankle height to over-the-knee and are loaded with unique embellishments. Check out these offerings from local boutiques.
Trend Alert: Cuffed Boots (Brown Boot in the middle)
Cuffed or spat boots refers to the style where the leather extends down the foot to cover the ankle or instep, giving the shoe a slouchy and comfortable look.
Nearing 50 years old, parents usually start thinking about the end of their careers while they send their children off to college to begin their own. They hope their kids find professions that bring not only success, but fulfillment.
At 48, Nancy Hawk’s three sons are beginning to find themselves. And so is she.
“I’ve had my first career. It was raising my children, and I’m getting ready to start my next career,” Hawk said. After spending the last 20 years as a stay-at-home mom, she’s now in college working toward a business administration degree.Read more
When Beth Donner hears people say they’ve lived in Cary a long time, she can’t help but give a small knowing smile when she asks, “How long?” Sometimes the answer is 20, 30, even 50 years. Beth has them all beat.
Her family roots in Western Wake County run back more than 200 years to just after the Civil War. Her mother’s side has a family cemetery preserved in what is now part of Umstead State Park. So it’s no surprise she takes special pride in calling Cary home.
“To have spent my whole life in Cary, North Carolina ... I mean really,” she laughed. “How much better can it get than that?”Read more
Susan Barefoot has a soft spot in her heart for the elderly members of society. The work she does with Meals on Wheels doesn’t draw a paycheck, but it does pay her in smiles, and that’s what she looks forward to with every meal she delivers.
“I was so scared before my first day delivering meals, but once I saw the smiles on the faces of the people getting them, it was worth it,” Barefoot said. “The need is so great.”
Barefoot initially got involved with Meals on Wheels by helping a friend decorate a reception hall for the organization’s Fat Tuesday fundraiser. While helping, she saw the need and was driven to find out how she could help.Read more
There are many selfless workers among us. Their call of duty doesn’t involve money, glory or fame. Instead, they work for smiles, service and stewardship. Their hearts are heavy with the reality that people in our community are in need, suffering or could use a helping hand.
In the spirit of giving, we’re presenting four volunteers this issue who give of their time, talents and tenacity. Perhaps their stories will motivate you to find ways to get plugged into your community. You’ll find that the payback is worth more than money, glory or fame.
Click on the links below to read more about these women.
Contributed By Linda Kelly, RN, CGRN, WakeMed Cary Hospital Bariatric Surgery
If you have been on the diet rollercoaster, you know what it feels like. There are high points when that new fad diet seems to work. Then, there are the low points when all the weight comes back.
Many Americans can make and stick to the lifestyle changes that help them maintain a healthy weight and a healthy body. Many cannot, and these individuals often suffer life-threatening side effects of prolonged obesity such as diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. For these people, bariatric surgery may be a viable option, particularly because, in many cases, bariatric procedures can reduce and even eliminate health issues.Read more
Contributed By Matt Corson,
Wine manager at Total Wine & More in Cary
With the holidays approaching, calendars quickly fill up with family gatherings and parties with friends and colleagues. Selecting wine for holiday entertaining or as a special gift can pose a challenge. Whether the goal is to find a wine to pair with a festive meal or a special present to celebrate the season, here are a few suggestions to ensure your wine delivers plenty of cheer this season.
The most famous sparkling wines are those produced in the Champagne province in France. Only contributing to about 8 percent of all sparkling wines produced, these wines possess a rich history and range in price from $25 and up. Read more
Contributed By Shawn Schindler, of Your Special Day Weddings and Special Events
Imagine the expressions on the faces of your friends and family as they enter your home and take in the surroundings that you have created especially for them. Your creation may be an elegant holiday dining affair or an eccentric coffeehouse-styled leisurely evening. You may be thinking, “I can’t pull something off like that!” With my tips, you will be able to create a memorable occasion.Read more
Before decking the halls for the holidays, many of us cringe at the thought of venturing to our attics and rummaging through a haphazard collection of decorations. This dilemma inspired us to partner with The Container Store, the original storage and organization store that opened its first N.C. location in the Triangle recently, to offer one lucky Western Wake County household the opportunity to win a holiday decoration makeover valued at up to $500.Read more
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