Double Digits: The evolution of Cary Magazine

Ten years is a long time, but in a good way — see if these tidbits tickle your remembrances of the past decade, from the pages of Cary Magazine to the grand openings and local happenings that make life great in Western Wake!


Premiere issue of Cary Magazine!

First CM editor: Danielle Stanfield

First-issue features: New Cary Mayor Ernie McAllister, Spartacus Grille  

Launch of, with subscription capability

CM moves: From Maynard Road to Weston Parkway

CM features Faye Parker, mom of 2003 American Idol finalist Clay Aiken

Population of Cary: 108K

Cary ranks #1 Small Town in America, by Money Magazine

The Matthews House opens its new ballroom

Amphitheatre at Regency Park renamed Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Cary first dog park: Pet Central, on West Chatham Street 



Cary Magazine names its first Women of Western Wake: Ann Goodnight, Pat Bazemore, Sheila Ogle, Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, and Daphne Ashworth

First Maggy Awards ballot, a paper pullout!

CM circulation: 20K

CM launches Cary Business and Triangle East; Kerry Watson Garner is first TE editor  

CM features WQDR’s Heather Green; she later joins CM editorial staff

Restaurant features in CM: Loop Pizza, Serendipity, Sushi-Thai, Daniel’s, Maximillian’s

Wedding of Lionel & Missy Vatinet, owners of LaFarm Bakery, featured in CM  

Prestonwood Country Club unveils new ballroom

USA Baseball breaks ground on National Training Center

Hopewell Academy admits first students



Cary Magazine announces first Maggy Awards winners, including: FIGS Market, Cindy’s House Café, Iatria Spa, and The Toy Chest

Other Maggy winners become perennial reader favorites, such as: Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, Daniel’s Restaurant, Triangle Pilates (now studioVIBE) and Fairview Garden Center

CM makes enhancements to, adds online Maggy Awards voting

Carolina Railhawks choose SAS Soccer Park as base; park is renamed WakeMed Soccer Park in ‘07

Sandy Jordan named Cary’s first economic development director

Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival turns 30

Now open: West Regional Library, mixed-use development Stone Creek Village  

Martha Stewart visits Cary for opening of Twin Lakes neighborhood

No. 2: Cary’s rank on list of America's Top 100 Places to Live

Cary Tennis Park earns U.S. Tennis Association’s Outstanding Tennis Facility of the Year

Cary Teen Council named Most Diverse Council at State Youth Council convention

The Carolina Hurricanes are Stanley Cup champions



Cary Magazine holds first Elegant Weddings Gala!

CM circulation: 24K

First CM e-newsletter, titled Restaurant Row

Now open: The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Harold Weinbrecht becomes mayor of Cary

Grand opening: Triangle Aquatic Center   

Cary hosts PONY National Fastpitch Softball Tournament, drawing teams and visitors from Alaska and West Coast

Population of Cary: Up 5.9 percent, to 122K



Cary Magazine hosts first Women of Western Wake Luncheon! Honorees are Mary Lou Powell, Ann Denlinger, Nellie Shipley, Barbara Mulkey and Lucy Daniels

CM adds chief photographer Jonathan Fredin; Nancy Pardue becomes editor of Triangle East 

Winner of a CM makeover is Ami Claxton Harris of Cary

CM compiles Western Wake 100 list of most influential businesses

Serving as CM fashion models are Cary Police officers Ricky Burch, Josh Bonin, Seth Everett, Keith McKenna and Tony Menendez

Famous names featured in CM: Kristi Yamaguchi, Taylor Swift and Rachael Ray

CM parent company S&A Cherokee named to Inc. 5000 list

NCAA selects Cary as a Championship City

Cary ranks as fastest-growing N.C. town in U.S. Census Bureau data

WakeMed Cary cuts ribbon on new patient tower

Now open: Stick Boy Bread Co. in Fuquay-Varina, mixed-use community Grace Park in Morrisville



Cary Magazine parent company S&A Cherokee earns placement on Publishing Executive’s Best Magazine Publishing Companies to Work For, and Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 Award

CM features the first Cary Smile Makeover winner, Pat Mitchell

Beaver Creek Commons in Apex beats Cary Crossroads Plaza by 19 votes to win the Maggy for Best Non-Mall Shopping Center

5K: Number of CM e-news subscribers

Lazy Daze festival rated tops in nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine



Cary Magazine launches Facebook page

CM relaunches 

Winner of new Maggy category Best Preschool is Primrose School of Cary

S&A Cherokee wins Cary Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award

Susan Kroll of Cary wins CM Holiday Decoration Makeover

Population of Cary: 135K, up 116 percent since 1990

Cary named Best Place to Live in Southeast by Money Magazine

Now open: Cloer Family Vineyards in Apex, The Meat House in Cary

Groundbreaking ceremonies held for Cary Arts Center

Construction underway on new W.E. Hunt Recreation Center in Holly Springs



Cary Magazine hosts first Maggy Awards Party! Held at Tribeca Tavern, winner of Best New Restaurant   

CM e-news has 7,200 subscribers

Winners of CM’s Pet Photo Contest are Andrea Gonzalez & kitten Ollie

Emily Uhland and Tara Croft named CM co-editors

CM features celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s visit to Cary

Pam Schmid, former CM contributor, hosts launch party for her book, 101 Things You Should Know About Breast Cancer 

Scotty McCreery of Garner named American Idol

Cary is ranked Highest Quality of Life in N.C. by American City Business Journals

Ed Gawf becomes Cary’s first director of downtown development

Dedication ceremonies held for both Cary Arts Center and refurbished Cary Depot  



Cary Magazine increases annual issue count, from 6 to 8!

CM e-news has 18K subscribers

CM earns Gold Hermes Creative Award, and Bronze InSpire Award of Excellence from N.C. Chapter of Public Relations Society of America

Nancy Pardue named CM co-editor

Cary hosts U.S. Olympic Trials in table tennis

Cary Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 50th year

Apex hosts inaugural Peak City Pig Fest

Now open: Park West Village in Morrisville



Introduction of Cary Magazine Gives Back program; first partner is Horse & Buddy   

CM features Most Eligible Bachelors Brian Ackley, David Galatas, Austin la Luz, Josh Phillips, Jeff Winkler, and Carolina Hurricanes Justin Faulk and Jiri Tlusty

Live wedding proposal takes place at CM Elegant Weddings Gala; she says yes!

CM pick-up rate: 95 percent per issue!

CM e-news has more than 21K subscribers

Nonprofit The Carying Place celebrates 20 years

Cary ranks No. 8 Small American City of the Future-Economic Potential by fDi Intelligence

Friends of the Page-Walker receive Capital Area Preservation's Anthemion Award

#9: Apex’s rank on Money Magazine Best Place to Live list

Holly Springs ranks Best Place to Raise Kids, by Businessweek

Garner named All-America City by National Civic League



Cary Magazine celebrates 10th anniversary!

CM features food trucks, for the first time

Grand openings: The Cary, Bass Pro Shop

Cary ranks No. 6 Safest Suburb in America by Movoto; Apex is No. 7

Population of Cary: 145K

Construction underway on MetLife

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