2018 Maggy Awards: Lifestyle

Founder Vicky Serany, center, attributes Southern Studio’s longevity to hard work and a tight-knit team: clockwise from left, Julie Mayo, Crista Davis, Julia Ross, Kayla Cook and Ellen Wall. “We are such a collaborative group with great teamwork,” says Serany. “It’s the only way we can pull off our projects.”
The Winners

Best Public School

Cary High School

Green Hope High School
Apex Friendship High School

Best Private School

Cary Academy

St. Michael the Archangel
Catholic School
Cardinal Gibbons High School

Best Active Adult Community

Glenaire, Cary

Carolina Preserve

Best Nonprofit

Dorcas Ministries, Cary

The Carying Place
V Foundation for Cancer Research

Best Preschool

Primrose Schools

Kiddie Academy
Preschool for the Arts,
Academy for the Performing Arts

Best Elementary School Principal

Winston Pierce, Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary School, Cary

Michael Regan, Mills Park Elementary School
Raleigh Bame, Laurel Park Elementary School

Best Middle School Principal

H. Trent Evans, Reedy Creek Magnet Middle School, Cary

Rick Williams,
Davis Drive Middle School
Bob Smith, Mills Park Middle School

Best High School Principal

Matt Wight, Apex

Friendship High School
Nolan Bryant, Cary High School
Karen Summers,
Green Hope High School

Best High School Coach

TIE: Adam Sanders, Apex Friendship High School; Brian Miller, Holly Springs High School

Jerry Dotson, Cary High School
TIE: Jerry Winterton, Cary High School; John Hayden, Apex High School

Best Golf Course

Prestonwood Country Club, Cary

MacGregor Downs Country Club
Lochmere Golf Club

Best Interior Design Firm

Southern Studio Interior Design, Cary

Lauren Burns Interiors
Ivy Cottage Collections

Best Music Venue

Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

Red Hat Amphitheater
Coastal Credit Union Music
Park at Walnut Creek

Best Local Event or Festival

Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival

Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Best Place for Outdoor Recreation

Fred G. Bond

Metro Park, Cary
William B. Umstead State Park
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Best Fitness Club


Orangetheory Fitness
Hustle Fitness Studio

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio

Cary Flow Yoga

Republic of Yoga

Best Kids’ Program

Cary Dance Productions

Academy for the Performing Arts
Starpath Dance Academy

Best TV Station



Best TV Personality

Greg Fishel, WRAL

Don Schwenneker, ABC 11
David Crabtree, WRAL

Best Radio Station

G105, 105.1

WUNC, 91.5
WQDR, 94.7

Best Radio Personality

Bob Dumas, G105

Bobby Bones, B93.9
Adam Gold, 99.9 The Fan

Best North Carolina Travel Destination


Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach/Carolina Beach
Outer Banks

Best Hotel or Resort in North Carolina

The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary

Omni Grove Park Inn
Biltmore Estates


Southern Studio Interior Design

Southern Studio has appeared on the Maggy list every year since 2012, and in 2017 the firm moved to a beautiful new home in downtown Cary, pictured at right. Founder Vicky Serany offers her expert advice on sprucing up your space:

1>> Banish clutter! “It’s the best thing you can do for your home.”

2>> Keep what you love. “Home should be a collection of treasures from a life well-lived. Pay attention to what inspires your life.”

3>> Pick your palette. “Keep large investment pieces neutral,
with classic lines. Add trendy accessories and colors in less-expensive pieces that can be easily changed.”

4>> Build visual interest by adding pattern and texture: Wood, metal, stone, glass, leather, fabric.

Yes>> You can be creative! Serany’s formula?

Define what drives you.

Challenge yourself to add one new element to any project.

Step away when you’re stuck, then come back with a fresh perspective.



Cary High School

Go Imps! Cary High can trace its history back to 1896, long before it was home to nearly 2,500 students under the leadership of Principal Nolan Bryant, with a graduation rate higher than the state average.

No student at your house? You can support others by joining the PTSA, or linking Cary High to giveback programs through the likes of Harris Teeter and Shoparoo.



Cary Academy

Is it the international exchange program for sophomores that leads readers to vote for Cary Academy? Or the studies in multimedia production? The multiple sports championships? Whatever it is, the school is two for two, landing the lead in this category since we launched it in the 2017 awards.



The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Proof that escape isn’t measured in miles, Cary’s 5-star favorite is The Umstead Hotel & Spa with its wooded grounds, gardens and lakes, making annual cameos on Maggy lists since 2008.

But locals aren’t the only ones who love The Umstead: Condé Nast Traveler recently named it among the best 50 hotels in the world, for service and style.

Fab four>> The Mayton Inn in downtown Cary was just 19 votes away from landing in the top three for Best Hotel, behind notable HMs the Omni Grove Park Inn and Biltmore, both in Asheville. Stay tuned!




Has there ever been a year that WRAL didn’t win the Maggy Awards?

Yes, in 2014 — but only because we didn’t ask for votes in the Best TV Station category that year.



Primrose School

During a science session at Primrose, children take a closer look at leaves.

Every year since 2010 — that’s the Primrose roll call when it comes to the Maggy Awards. With locally-owned locations across Western Wake, and a STEAM curriculum that combines preschool play with technology, life skills and the arts, kids and parents can love learning.



Cary Flow Yoga

A lifelong athlete, Colin Russell practices yoga daily and teaches 10 classes a week at Cary Flow Yoga.

“If you can bend your knees, you can do yoga.”

So says Colin Russell, owner of first-time Maggy winner Cary Flow Yoga, open since 2013. Russell has always been athletic, playing sports like lacrosse and basketball, but power flow yoga is what got him out of the gym.

Practiced in a warm — not hot — room, power flow yoga builds strength, flexibility, stamina and balance. With yoga classes ranging from introductory to prop-based restorative to yin, taught by Russell and 15 contracted instructors, Maggy voters know each experience on the mat at Cary Flow Yoga is a step toward relaxation and an empowered life.

Cary Flow Yoga also offers massage therapy and chiropractic care, and TRX Suspension Training, which leverages gravity and the user’s body weight for a non-stop workout.

Russell received his certification as a personal trainer in 2002, and holds a master’s degree in sports management. He moved to the Triangle from Boston in 2010, and practices yoga every day.

“It’s not always a physical practice,” he said. “Sometimes it’s just 20 minutes of meditation, a couple of down dogs and forward folds, and I feel better.”


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