CaryCitizen Cary, North Carolina news, food, community and events Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:02:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Beekeeping Workshop This Weekend Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:23:06 +0000 Garden Supply Company in Cary will host a free beekeeping workshop this Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10 am.

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Cary, NC — We already know that Garden Supply Company isn’t your average nursery. In addition to outdoor gardening supplies, the store carries distinctive gifts, home decor, fun classes, a terrarium station, and…bees?

Beekeeping at Garden Supply Co.

That’s right. Garden Supply now sells everything a beginner needs to make his or her own beehive. Keith Ramsey, who co-owns Garden Supply with his wife Deborah, started this project to address the pollination issues that gardeners often face. He told me that:

Beekeeping has a strong tie to gardening. I tried to grow zucchini squash for three years and didn’t get one out of it, and it was because of the lack of pollination. Last year [with beehives in the garden] we had more squash than we could get rid of.


Garden Supply carries everything you need to create a beehive.

Garden Supply can assist customers with beekeeping as as much or as little as they’d like (from just going over the basics to assembling, delivering and maintaining a beehive for their garden).

An Aquarium for Your Garden

A community of bees can help your garden, that’s for sure, but what are the other benefits?

I was surprised to learn that beekeeping is an easy hobby. Keith told me that “you have to commit very little time to it.” He also convinced me that anyone can do it and that, rather than being nerve-wrecking, it’s actually a very relaxing activity. He explained:

When I first started [beekeeping], there was a fear factor, and then, once I got over that, it was very very much like having an aquarium. You get to walk by, check it out and watch the different interactions. Now, when I open up the hive, I go through the steps and I’m comfortable with it. It’s almost the sound of running water. It’s that white noise, the buzzing. The bees are all around you but the fear is completely gone.

Beekeeping Workshop This Weekend

In only ten minutes, Keith convinced me that anyone can start a beehive in their yard. This weekend, he’ll host a workshop that covers the basics for beginners, like how to set up a starter hive, what equiptment you need, the best time to start one, and basic maintenance.

He’ll even teach participants how to open a three pound box of 100,000 bees!

Event Details

Beekeeping for Beginners
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10 am
Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary

The workshop is free, but call 919-460-7747 to sign up.


Story and photos by Jessica Patrick. Lead photo by TJ Gehling.

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2015 Guide to Easter Festivities in Cary Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:58:53 +0000 Easter Sunday (April 5, 2015) is more than a week away, but egg hunts and other festivities start early in Cary. We rounded up a list of events both in town and around the Triangle.

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Cary, NC — Easter Sunday (April 5, 2015) is more than a week away, but egg hunts and other festivities start early in Cary. We rounded up a list of fun events occurring this week and next both in town and around the Triangle.

Egg Hunts & Kids Activities

Breakfast with the Bunny
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:30 am
at the Kiwanis Shelter in Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary

The Cary Teen Council hosts a breakfast with the Easter Bunny before the Town of Cary’s big Easter Egg Hunt. Tickets ($4 for ages 10 and up, $3 for ages 3-9, children 2 and under free) can be purchased at the Herb Young Community Center at 101 Wilkinson Avenue.

Cary’s 24th Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10 am-3 pm
at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary

The hunt is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but participants should bring their own baskets. There will be three different hunt areas for three different age groups. Between hunts, resident dragon KATAL from Kids Together Park and members of the Cary Police and Fire departments will be onsite for entertainment and education.

There will also be moon bounces, face painting and food trucks.

Morning Hunts:

  • 10 a.m.: ages 3 and younger
  • 10:20 a.m.: ages 4-6
  • 10:40 a.m.: ages 7-10

Afternoon Hunts:

  • 1:30 p.m.: ages 3 and younger
  • 1:50 p.m.: ages 4-6
  • 2:10 p.m.: ages 7-10

Easter Eggstravaganza (for kids with disabilities)
Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6-8 pm
at Bond Park Field #4

Children 12 and under with intellectual and/or physical disabilities are invited to an Easter Eggstravaganza at Bond Park’s Field #4. There will be an egg hunt, a bounce house, entertainment and the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny! The hunt for ages seven and under begins at 6:30 pm and at 7 pm for ages 8-12. Pre-registration is recommended.

Cary YMCA Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 3-4 pm
at 101 YMCA Drive, Cary

This egg hunt is free, but get there early to find the hunt locations for different age groups! Hunts for ages 2 and under start at 3 pm, and hunts for older children (up to age 11) continue for three other age groups until 4 pm. There will also be face-painting, tattoos, crafts, snacks, and a visit from a special guest. Register by April 3, 2015 at the front desk.

Easter Brunch

Doherty’s Easter Brunch Buffet
Sunday, April 5, 2015 from 9 am-3 pm
at 1979 High House Road, Cary

Call Doherty’s now to make reservations for their Easter Sunday brunch buffet ($26.95/person). The buffet features carving stations, omelet stations, raw bar stations and more.

Academy Street Bistro
Sunday, April 5, 2015
at 200 S. Academy Street, Downtown Cary

Academy Street Bistro has created a special menu for Easter brunch and supper. The menu includes breakfast favorites like steak and eggs, pancakes, Eggs Benedict and a breakfast BLT. Later in the day, guests can enjoy appetizers like caramelized brussel sprouts, mini crab cakes or fried oysters. Main courses honey-baked ham, roasted sea scallops, leg of lamb and more.

Call for reservations.

Dean’s Seafood Grill
Sunday, April 5, 2015 from 9 am-2:30 pm
at 1080 Darrington Drive, Cary

Dean’s will carry a large, special menu on Easter Sunday, with breakfast favorites, entrees, seafood displays, sides, salads and desserts. Prices per person are $28 for adults and $14 for children (both prices include one non-alcoholic beverage).

Across the Triangle

Raleigh Easter
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10 am
at Moore Square, 200 S. Blount Street in Downtown Raleigh

This free event features more than 60,000 eggs, as well as games, prizes, inflatables, free balloons and more. Seven hunts take place every half hour beginning at 10 am. The egg hunts will also include separate zones for children with special needs.

Cosmic Easter Bounce & Egg Hunt
Friday, April 3, 2015 from 7-9 pm
at BounceU, 3419 Apex Peakway, Apex

Kids of all ages can enjoy bouncing and a cosmic, glow-in-the-dark egg hunt with prizes. Snacks are included. Wear socks. Register online. $15 per child.

Morrisville Egg Hunt
Friday, April 3, 2015 at 9:30 am
at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway

Meet the Easter bunny and hunt for plastic eggs filled with goodies and very special prizes. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Field #1 at Morrisville Community Park, located on Morrisville Parkway. Children will be divided by age and will have the opportunity to find a special egg.

The lucky person to find the special egg wins a prize. There will be food trucks, a bounce house, face painting and more.

Happy Easter from CaryCitizen!

If we missed an Easter event in Cary, please let us know by leaving a comment below.


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Cary’s Memory Cafe: Food, Support & Kind People Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:37:50 +0000 On Thursday, March 17, 2015, I attended The Memory Cafe, a monthly event that supports local families affected by Alzheimer's and Dementia.

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Memory Cafe

Cary, NC — On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, I attended The Memory Cafe, a monthly event that supports local families with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 

Cary Rotary Clubs Join Together

The Memory Cafe of Cary, which was first held in August 2014, is a fairly new project. It’s also an incredibly special one, especially to the five Cary Rotary Clubs, who joined together to create the event in recognition of their 50th anniversary of giving back to the community.

I met with Brian Blum, President of the Cary Page Rotary Club, who was instrumental in getting the Memory Cafe started. He, along with other Cary Rotarian’s, was inspired to create an event that would support families in the community and bring all five Rotary Clubs together.

The Memory Cafe

As I made my way around the Memory Cafe, I met Rotarian’s from each of the five clubs who were all there to support the event and see the families it served. I also met caregivers and their family members, many of who were suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The event is for both caregivers and their family members, but some caregivers come alone. Why? Many have lost loved ones due to Alzheimer’s and dementia, while other individuals needing memory care may be physically unable to make it out to the event. Blum explained that:

People think of a Memory Cafe as an event for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, but, in reality, we’re doing it for the caregivers–the husbands, wives and children of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. We’re allowing them a night out.

Dinner & Fun Times

The Memory Cafe is always free–those who wish to attend just need to make a reservation beforehand. This month’s dinner was provided by Sunrise Senior Living. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, guests enjoyed a meal of salad, Irish sausage stew and rice pudding.

Memory Cafe

Chef Jon Miconi from Sunrise Senior Living made a special St. Patrick’s Day menu for the March Memory Cafe.

I sat at a table with five people who were all at the Memory Cafe for different reasons. Renee, a Cary Rotary Club member, was checking the event out for the first time, and I also met Lois, who attended the very first Memory Cafe and has been coming ever since.

She brought with her Todd and Mary Anne, a kind couple she met at a support group for caregivers. I also enjoyed talking to Lillian, another Cary Rotarian.

Memory Cafe

I enjoyed dinner and conversation with Renee, Lois, Todd, Lillian and Mary Anne.

In addition to dinner, there’s always entertainment at the Memory Cafe. Past events have featured dancing and music, but this month’s program recognized St. Patrick’s Day with trivia and jokes about the holiday. The program was put on by the Executive Director and the Marketing Manager of Claire Bridge, a memory care unit of Brookdale Senior Living.

Memory Cafe

Allison O’Shea and Crystal Wylder from Brookdale entertained us with St. Patrick’s Day trivia and jokes.

Try the Memory Cafe

The Memory Cafe of Cary
3rd Tuesday of each month; 4:30 pm-6 pm
at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, Cary

Upcoming dates in 2015 include April 21, May 19, June 16 and July 21

The Memory Cafe is an inspiring, supportive event filled with kind people. To attend the monthly event, make a reservation online or call Brian Blum at 919-233-0075.


Story and photos by Jessica Patrick.

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Weekend: Beer, Bacon & Easter Egg Hunts Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:43:02 +0000 You won't want to miss this weekend in Cary. The weather is getting warmer, and the calendar is overflowing with spring festivals, activities, and fun for citizens of all ages.

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Cary, NC — You won’t want to miss this weekend in Cary. The weather is getting warmer, and the calendar is overflowing with spring festivals, activities, and fun for citizens of all ages.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The weather should be fair this Friday evening, so unwind from your workweek by taking a stroll through Ashworth Village and the rest of Downtown Cary. It’s Final Friday, which means the Cary Art Loop is back with extended hours in Downtown galleries, shops and restaurants. Festivities start at 6 pm.

The Cary Town Band will put on a very special show Friday evening at the Cary Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Watch the result of weeks of hard work and preparation at this free concert where nominated band students will play alongside adult band members.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kids of all ages can have breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday morning at 8:30 am at Bond Park (right before the big Easter egg hunt!). Pre-sale tickets are required for this event; parents can purchase tickets for their children, or get more information, by calling 919-460-4965.

Then, starting at 10 am and lasting for most of the day, kids can join the Town of Cary for the 24th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bond Park. The event features three hunt areas, each for a different age group. After the hunt, families can join Scott Sheldon for a magic show. This event is free, but kids need to bring their own baskets. Get there early for good parking.

Too old to hunt for Easter eggs? Then check out the Beer & Bacon Festival at Koka Booth from noon-6 pm on Saturday. Tickets, which range from $25-$69, are available at the gate or beforehand. This all-you-can-taste event will feature 75 craft beers, 15 restaurants and bacon from across the United States.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

An African American Literary Tea will be held at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center on Sunday from 2-4 pm. Attendees will hear about the thrilling, mysterious, romantic, and fantastic worlds that various authors have created. Light refreshments and tea will be served; purchase tickets ($10) through etix.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

BrickUniverse 2015 will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday, March 28, 2015-Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 10:30 am-4 pm on both days. This LEGO fan event will feature galleries, markets and LEGO brick building activities for both younger and older children. Tickets can be ordered online or purchased at the door.

Also on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the Museum of Life and Science in Durham will host a Dino Egg Hunt. This event for ages 6 and under will allow kids to unearth colorful eggs, take photos with a dinosaur and dig up real fossils. Tickets can be purchased online.

A Chapel Hill Antiques Fair will take place on both Saturday from 8 am-5 pm and on Sunday from 9 am-4 pm at the American Legion Post #6 at 1714 Legion Road in Chapel Hill. Food vendors will be on-site along with a large variety of antiques–including furniture, toys, pottery, house items, hardware and more.


The calendar of events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by jjMustang_79.

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Cary Invasion Beats Greensboro Cobras Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:24:20 +0000 On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Cary Invasion "tamed" the Greensboro Cobras with a win of 130-98 at the Herbert C. Young Community Center.

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Cary, NC — On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Cary Invasion “tamed” the Greensboro Cobras with a win of 130-98 at the Herbert C. Young Community Center.

Cary Invasion Beats Cobras 130-98

The Greensboro Cobras arrived at the Kay Yow Court on Saturday night looking ready to play. This was the Cobras’ first foray of the Tobacco Road Basketball League season while Cary, with 12 contests under their belt, was intent on protecting their league-leading win-loss record.

The game was pure poetry for Cary. And, although the area’s college teams’ NCAA games drained-off much of the Invasion faithful, Cary still gave one of their best performances of the season, winning 130-98.

Pure Poetry for Cary

From the first score of the game to the final buzzer, it was all Cary’s show.

The Cobras’ rebounding was sluggish and, with the exception of the scoring of Shelton Carter’s 29 points (four three-pointers and seven free throws) and Norman Carter’s and Brian Akingkube’s 17 points each (most from the floor), the Cobras were hurting with less than 50 % shooting efficiency.

Fab Five Show

As for Cary, the game could have easily been dubbed the “Fab Five Show.”

Shooting guard Paul ‘Tay’ Wright led the team with 37 points, and 16 field goals with three of them ‘threes;’ he was followed by mid-season transfer forward Ray McKeithan who, playing his best game yet, scored 20 points from the field, four of them ‘threes.’

Plus, three other Invasion players shot in double digits as well. Point guard Mike Smith cut through the Cobras like a knife through butter, adding 14 points to the score.


Perennial League high-point scorer Corey Evans contributed 18 points, and forward Taylor Hukill rounded the scoring out with 13 points.

Other Players of Note

Other players of note for the Invasion were Anton Currie, who set the pace early on with his outside shooting, while point guard Nigel Munson was able to effortlessly run the floor coast-to-coast on more than one possession.

Next Invasion Game

Next week, the Cary Invasion heads to Durham to take on arch-rival Bull City Legacy at the Walltown Center off of Club Boulevard at 3 pm. This will be their third match-up of the season.

Stay in touch with the Cary Invasion on Facebook for events, game updates and more.


Story contributed by James C. Taylor of the Tobacco Road Basketball League. Photos by Julie Prince Bell, official photographer for the Cary Invasion.

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Canes Lose a Tough One Against Blackhawks Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:47:54 +0000 On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Carolina Hurricanes lost a tough battle, 3-1, against the Chicago Blackhawks at the PNC Arena.

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Raleigh, NC — On Monday, March 23, 2015, the Carolina Hurricanes lost a tough battle, 3-1, against the Chicago Blackhawks at the PNC Arena.

Canes Lose to Blackhawks 3-1

When the game started, it looked like it was going to be a very long night for the Canes. The Hawks scored on their first two shots of the game, shocking the Canes and the Caniacs.

The Canes were clearly outclassed in the first 10-12 minutes of the game, but, whether it was due to personal pride or a few choice words from Coach Bill Peters, the Canes were the better team on the ice for the last 48 minutes of the game.

Dobby in Net

Anton Khudobin was in goal, possibly because of his strong outing against the Rangers two days earlier. With the Blackhawks doing a very good job controlling the neutral zone, they were constantly setting up for a methodical entry into the Canes’ end.

After moving the puck freely with little effective defensive pressure, Patrick Sharp sent a pass to Marcus Kruger behind the net. Kruger saw Andrew Shaw untouched between two defenders and sent a simple pass that Shaw sent past Dobby with a quick one-timer.

Just over a minute later, ageless wonder Marian Hossa had the puck along the far boards just inside the blue line, when he eyed Sharp coming down the middle with no defender within ten feet. Hossa sent a beautiful lead pass, and all Sharp had to do was angle his blade to redirect the puck into the net for a quick 2-0 lead.

After that play, it was a wake up call for the Canes as they pumped eight shots on Corey Crawford in the last nine minutes of the period with none finding the back of the net.

Peters Sends Message, Rask Responds

According to Rod Brind’Amour, Peters had a few select words of encouragement during the first intermission. Whatever was said seemed to work, as the Canes continued to turn on the heat and got off an impressive 19 shots, several of which were quality scoring chances only to be thwarted by Crawford.

Nathan Gerbe continues to earn the respect of Caniacs and visiting fans, as his play and enthusiasm on every shift is full of effective energy. There are some current and former Canes that may play with energy but are far less effective. Gerbe continues to bring his game every night, and whatever line he’s on is pure entertainment.


Just under the four minute mark, John-Michael Liles was deep in the Canes’ end and made a hail Mary pass to Eric Staal at the Blackhawks’ blue line. Staal, barely on side, collected the puck, turned on his jets, maybe closer to a couple of propellers, then went right for the net.

The puck started to slip off his stick, but Staal was able to get off a backhander that Crawford stopped, and Victor Rask was there for sending home the rebound to close the gap 2-1. Rask’s on-ice smarts continue to get better and better.

With that goal, he tied EStaal’s goal total in his rookie year but was well short of Jeff Skinner’s franchise record of 31. Justin Faulk lead all Canes with nine shots, while Elias Lindholm lead all forwards with six shots on net. The big bodies of Jordan Staal, Riley Nash and Andrej Nestrasil were in the dirty area of the crease most of the night paying the price on every shift.

Canes Continue Pressure

While the Hawks got off ten shots in the third, most were one and done, as the Canes were pouncing on every rebound and covering Hawks like a blanket. The Canes sent 15 shots on Crawford for a game total of 44. While every Caniac is having another hard year, this season has to be hard for Blackhawk fans. The Hawks put in an empty netter to close the game 3-1.

Caniacs Should Have Such Woes

The Hawks have a very solid team, but streaky, with long winning and losing streaks with some losses against much weaker teams. Losing their top scorer, Patrick Kane, hasn’t helped, but the team has picked up their play and will only be more of a force when he returns.

Make no mistake, any Caniac would like to be in the position of the frustration a Hawk fan is going through. The only question they have now is how far will they go in the playoffs.

Next Home Game

The Canes home stand continues this Thursday, March 26, 2015, when the Penguins come to town at 7 pm. The last two games have had many, some would say too many, opposing fans in the PNC Arena. The Penguins usually have a strong following, so, if you can make it to the game and have a loud Caniac voice, there are excellent seats still available.


Canes coverage by Bob Fennel. Photos from the Chicago Blackhawks on Facebook. Read more Canes coverage.

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Earth Fare at Park West: An Inside Look Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:32:23 +0000 Earth Fare, a brand new addition to Cary supermarkets, opened today, March 25, 2015 in Park West Village. I met with New Store Marketing Manager Amanda Arnet to take a tour of the market and to see what kinds of products it will offer shoppers.

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Earth Fare

Morrisville, NC — Earth Fare, a brand new addition to Cary supermarkets, opened today, March 25, 2015 in Park West Village. I met with New Store Marketing Manager Amanda Arnet to take a tour of the market and to see what kinds of products it will offer shoppers.

Earth Fare at Park West Village

Construction began on August 4, 2014 to bring Earth Fare, a natural and organic supermarket, to the Morrisville/Cary area. The 13,527 square foot store is now open at 951 Morrisville Parkway in Park West Village (at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Morrisville Parkway).

Earth Fare

The large, 13,527 square foot store can be seen easily from Chapel Hill Road.

Earth Fare

An inside look.

High Standards; Natural Products

Earth Fare sets high standards for each and every product they sell. Arnet told me that, “We read the labels so you don’t have to.” According to the Earth Fare “food philosophy,” all groceries sold contain:

  • no high-fructose corn syrup
  • no artificial fats or trans fats
  • no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners
  • no antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones in their meat and dairy
  • no bleached or bromated flour

Products sold at Earth Fare are picked by their ingredients rather than their brands. Certain Pepsi products, for example, are now sold, because real sugar is used in many of their drinks. “Eating well” doesn’t have to taste bad–the new store has a wide variety of candies, baked goods and other treats that are simply made with high-quality ingredients.

New to shopping organic? Earth Fare team members are trained to help customers find what they need and to provide recommendations.

Easy-to-Find Items

Arnet explained to me that, to accommodate shoppers with dietary restrictions or certain preferences, items are clearly marked with tags like “gluten free” and “local.” The local tag, for example, indicates that an item was sourced from within 100 miles of the Park West store.

The new Earth Fare features a wide variety of gluten free and vegan options, among others, and carries products from dozens of local suppliers, including Chapel Hill Toffee, Maple View Farms Dairy, Chad’s Carolina Corn and Nello’s Pasta Sauce.

Earth Fare

Look for this “Local” tag to find items sourced from within 100 miles of the Morrisville store.

Purchase in Bulk

Earth Fare has a neat section where customers can purchase, if they wish, items in bulk. From cooking ingredients like flour and quinoa to snacks like granola and nuts, the options–and amounts–are endless. I got to try a just-made, delicious, sweetened peanut butter.

Earth Fare

Customers can fill their own containers with bulk nuts, flour, grains and other baking items.

Earth Fare

This self-serve nut butter machine makes fresh peanut or almond butter for customers instantly.


There are many grab-and-go items at Earth Fare to create quick and easy breakfasts, lunches and dinners for shoppers. Pastries, sandwiches and wraps, pizzas, smoothies and sushi are just some items that are ready-to-eat or made-to-order for customers.

I especially plan to check out the juice bar where, for under $5, team members will whip up a cup of freshly-pressed juice chocked full of fruits, veggies and “boosters” like ginger, greens and ginseng. You can either make your own creation or choose a juice from a menu.

If customers wish to dine-in, Earth Fare has a cafe, with free Wi-Fi, that seats 32.

In the Community

Earth Fare has already started giving back to their new neighbors in Cary and Morrisville. The tours that preceded their grand opening will benefit the Cary YMCA, and the store will make regular donations to food banks.

This week, following the grand opening, celebrations will continue in the new store, including events with face-painting, balloon art, music and radio broadcasts.

Stay in Touch with Earth Fare

For more information, special offers and event information, you can follow Earth Fare at Park West on Facebook or sign-up for their email list online.

Earth Fare

Homemade soaps and soothing bath salts are offered, along with other natural health and beauty items, in Earth Fare’s vast wellness section.


Story and photos by Jessica Patrick. Read about more Cary supermarkets.


Community coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Heart of Cary Association.


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Cary Boutiques: 2015 Guide to Spring Fashion Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:43:25 +0000 Now that the weather has finally warmed up, colorful Spring clothing is starting to pop-up right here in our many locally-owned Cary boutiques.

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Stephanie Ashworth of Ashworth's Prim & Proper now carries Lilly Pulitizter

Stephanie Ashworth of Ashworth Prim & Proper now carries Lilly Pulitzer

Cary, NC — A few weeks ago, before spring clothes hit the stores, I was able to the preview some of this year’s spring fashion trends. Now that the weather has finally warmed up, these colorful designs are starting to pop-up right here in our many locally-owned Cary boutiques.

Shop Local

With so many chain stores in the area, many women wonder if we have locally-owned stores. The answer is a resounding “Yes!” In almost every corner of Cary, you can find an interesting, independently-owned clothing boutique with an owner who knows her customer and buys accordingly. One of the added advantages?

Owners only buy a few of each item, close to the time of need, so you won’t see yourself coming and going if you buy from them. And, the independently-owned stores don’t take the high mark-ups that department stores do, so pricing is generally sharp.

Spring 2014 in Cary Boutiques

Ashworth Prim & Proper
1331 Kildaire Farm Rd, Shoppes of Kildaire

Stephanie Ashworth and her husband, Scott, opened this boutique about a year ago. They carry a mix of southern staples including High Cotton, Pandora and Brighton jewelry and Jack Rogers sandals. They’ve carried Jude Connelly dresses since they opened, and in February they added Lilly Pulitzer. Spring trends look like a Palm Beach vacation.

In a few words, their customers like “tailored” and “preppie” styles. There are lots of hot pinks, turquoise, soft blues and pops of white. Jude Connelly’s dresses are perfect for packing, as they’re made of a poly/spandex blend.


Scalloped Lilly Pulitzer shorts come in several colors and prints, and a longer inseam makes then super-flattering.

2425 Kildaire Farm Rd, in Lochmere Pavillion

You’ll find lots of dresses and tunics at Swagger, a boutique perfect for women looking for a great pair of jeans or a top to update their look for going out. Dresses have become a real staple for spring and summer, with lengths ranging from above-the-knee to maxi. Newest looks have a defined waist, but shift dresses are still popular.

Lace is still an important detail, and the store offers an entire rack of pieced lace detailed tunics and tops. Swagger believes in the printed pant and had several versions ranging from rayon challis palazzo pants to closer-to-the-body spandex blends.

You will also find an array of designer jeans from Henry & Belle in dark washes that are skinny with a higher rise this season retailing for about $168.


Swagger tunic

302 Colonades Way, Suite 211, in Waverly Place

Hannah Ellis opened Violets last June and has continued to stock her store with an eclectic “Boho” mix of comfortable tops and dresses along with quality denim. Hannah buys for a customer who wants to be comfortable but still look stylish. The store features jeans from Citizens of Humanity, Raleigh Denim and AG in skinny fits with softened worn-in washes.

You’ll find roll-up and ankle-zip styles and a legging all retailing about $170. To wear over these jeans, she has MuMu and Free People tops in soft prints and peasant styling as well as cute cropped denim jackets. Colors are muted with blues, pinks and soft yellows dominating.


Violets features a selection of comfortable, denim-friendly fashions.

GiGi’s and sister store Finley’s
302 Colonades Way, in Waverly Place

Cheryl Reinert owns both GiGi’s and its sister store, Finley’s. GiGi’s is a Cary staple and has been in business for over seven years. The GiGi’s customer is trendy but stylish. GiGi’s moved across the street last year and opened Finley’s in the adjoining space to cater to women who liked the GiGi’s look but needed a more classic fit.

You will find well-priced PIKO tops (if you don’t know what those are, ask your daughter or any college girl!) at GiGi’s and a close copy in Finley’s with a more flattering fit. GiGi’s has lots of cute dresses from several California vendors that have focused on the pastel color family.

Prints for spring include Aztec updated with pastels for a softer look, paisleys and engineered border prints. Lace is still a popular trim accent.

In Finley’s, many of the themes continue with an emphasis on flattering tunic length tops in watercolor prints with bold colors. A favorite line of tailored pants is Slim-sation by Multiples, which features a half panel in the front to hold you in. These tailored pull-on pants come in a range of colors and subtle prints that would be at ease in the boardroom or a party.


GiGi’s (left) has cute dresses that appeal to a trendy customer in a younger fit. Finley’s (right) has an assortment of printed tunics and tailored pants for stylish women.

117 W Chatham St, in Ashworth Village, Downtown Cary

Paisley opened just before Lazy Daze last year and has grown a following of college girls and women who are looking for the “preppie look” at an affordable price.

Most items retail around $50. Owner Lauren King has carried PIKO tops since she opened, and the long sleeve and 3/4 sleeve bamboo fabric tunics have been best-sellers. Kimono tops are popular “completer” pieces. Rompers have also been a big hit with the college set.

She carries a line called Southern Frock whose cute poly blend dresses in geometric prints retail for $84. Like most independent boutiques, Lauren buys her merchandise close to the season, and she told me she will be receiving the majority of spring in the coming month, a few boxes arriving daily.


Maxi Dresses will continue this Spring and Summer (left). Southern Frock at Paisley’s in Ashworth Village (right).

Purple Polka Dot
114 S Academy St, South Academy Street, Downtown Cary

This boutique, owned by Kristen Gurganis, carries an eclectic mix of hand-painted furniture, monogram jewelry and clothing. Her tops and dresses retail for under $50, and she has developed a large following with students from NC State.

On my visit, I spotted a cute romper with Aztec embroidered bodice, dresses with a defined waist, and several styles of printed palazzo pants. They have a version of the ubiquitous PIKO tops which retail for only $28.


My Girlfriend’s Closet
100 Parkthrough St, Parkside Shoppes in Downtown Cary
(other locations: Downtown Apex and Ooh La La in Ashworth Village)

My Girlfriend’s Closet got its start when owner Lois Cozart rented a funky house in downtown Apex and filled it with unique high-end consignment fashions. She expanded into Downtown Cary three years ago and recently opened a second Downtown Cary location.

Her unique ability to spot great finds and merchandise them in an appealing way has led to many loyal customers who return frequently to replenish their wardrobe with the latest styles. She told me that, right now, she is really stocking current trends, as many consigners seem to be clearing out their closets on a more regular basis.

That’s great news for bargain hunters, because you can find Anne Taylor, Calvin Klein and Trina Turk at a fraction of the original cost. Lois has current styles like jumpsuits in both knit and woven fabrics. She said softer ballerina colors are popular with lace and delicate fabrics making the transition into spring. Aztec prints, polka dots and shiny metallic fabrics, and colors of turquoise, coral and lots of blue.

Soft color mixes and combinations at My Girlfriend's Closet

Soft color mixes and combinations at My Girlfriend’s Closet

Peachy Keen
250 Grande Heights Drive, in Harrison Point Shopping Center

This unique family-ran boutique opened two years ago with a mix of Boho fashion in one half of the store (run by sisters Jenn and Karly Hankin) and fine estate jewelry sold under Joint Venture Jewelry by parents Donna and Lee Hankin in the other half.

I met with Karly as she pointed out the trends she is counting on this season for her customers, who range from high schoolers to college girls and their moms. Peachy Keen has stocked vintage prints and dip-dye tunics and dresses in shades of blues early.

Army sage green is also going to be popular in mixed tunic prints. Ikat prints continue with softer colorations this spring, and black and white combinations are selling early. They have continued stocking items with lace trim and embroidery which carries over from fall and last spring.

The store has a great selection of jeans and they are stocking high rise waists and relaxed boyfriend fits from Paige Jeans, DL 1961, and Genetic. These are great for all fits depending on the tops you pair them with.


2004 Market Center Drive, Morrisville, in Park West Village

This indy retailer got its start when the owners were students at NC State and opened a shop in Cameron Village. They have expanded to seven stores and opened in Morrisville last Summer. Their tried and true customers are high school and college girls who are always looking for affordable style.

The jeans here sport distressed finishes and cropped high-waisted silhouettes from Articles of Society. Cute well-priced dresses and tunic tops are their mainstay along with cute romper styles. Much of spring is yet to come into the store in late March and early April.


Scout & Molly
in Stonecreek Village

Scout & Molly’s store manager, Kelsey Stepp, told me that blues have been an early hit with powder blue mixing with navy. Black and white is one of their year-round staples. Prints include cleaned up ethnic prints and polka dots. The styling here is boho and beachy with a hint of dressy with beading accented tunics.

The store has a nice display of high-end jeans in slim styles and medium and dark washes–these retail for about $180. Flowy dresses and tunics from Kerisma, Escapada and Jou Jou are organized on the racks by color family which makes finding something in flattering colors very easy for customers.

scout turq beaded tunic

Shop for Spring Now

Spring break (or what’s left of it) is upon us. Before heading to the mall, give some of these shops a look. Shopping local can be incredibly satisfying, especially when you find something unique when you work with knowledgable salespeople or the owner of the store itself. Shop local! You’ll be glad you did.


Story and photos by Lindsey Chester.


The 2014 Cary Spring fashion Guide has been sponsored in part by My Girlfriend’s Closet and Ashworth Prim & Proper.


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Movie Review: Insurgent Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:57:36 +0000 Insurgent is the sequel to last year’s Divergent, a movie that I was surprised to like as much as I did.

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Cary, NC – Insurgent is the sequel to last year’s Divergent, a movie that I was surprised to like as much as I did.

A Fan of Similar Movies

Actually, I’m quite a big fan of similar franchises, like The Hunger Games films, which are some of the best and smartest science fiction films in recent memory. I even have a 100% un-ironic love of the Twilight movies. They are pure camp, and I love every second of them.

Divergent fell somewhere in between those two. Not as smart or exciting as The Hunger Games and not as outrageous and silly as Twilight, Divergent still wound up being very entertaining, if overly familiar, thanks in large part to the incredible cast.

Unfortunately, Insurgent squanders what little goodwill its predecessor had by wasting that talented cast and making the over-complicated premise more muddled and confusing.

Woodley Not a Match for Fight Scenes

Front and center for this franchise is star Shailene Woodley, who has been so, so good in films like The Descendants and The Spectacular Now. Woodley has a great screen presence and is able to convey great vulnerability, which she put to great use in Divergent.

That film mainly focused on her character, Tris, discovering where she fit in to this post-apocalyptic setting as well as on a budding romance with a character named Four.

However, in the sequel, there is a much greater focus on action, and Woodley just doesn’t seem comfortable at all dealing with the fight scenes. It also doesn’t help that the script offers nothing new for her character to do, leaving the actress kind of hanging.

Great Cast Wasted on Familiar Story

The rest of the cast doesn’t fare much better either. Miles Teller, who co-starred with Woodley in The Spectacular Now as well as last year’s Oscar nominated Whiplash, probably fares the best.

His character, Peter, is only looking out for himself, and he seems to switch sides every other minute. Teller has a blast with him. He brings much needed levity to the otherwise deadly serious proceedings but, unfortunately, he only pops in the very beginning and the very end of the film.

Winslet, Watts Can’t Save It

Even heavy hitters like Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader) and Naomi Watts (Birdman, St. Vincent) are also stranded by the script. Winslet is such a great actress, and this part is a great chance for her to just go for it, chew some scenery and have some fun.

But there is just so little for her character to do here that she is barely in the movie, and when she does show up she looks bored to tears. If the Oscar winning actress isn’t having fun playing the villain, how is the audience supposed to have a good time watching her?

Skip It

In the end, that is Insurgent’s biggest fault, wasting its impressive and game cast. The rest of the film drowns in its own seriousness and convoluted plot.

It’s a shame too, because I really did have fun with the first film. Skip Insurgent and watch talented stars Woodley and Teller in The Spectacular Now and Whiplash instead.


Jordan Hunt covers movies for CaryCitizen. Photo from Facebook. Read more Movie Reviews.

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Harold’s Blog: Transit, Politics, & Sales Tax Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:23:37 +0000 Other shenanigans included the sales tax redistribution which is aimed at punishing the three big counties, including Wake. Legislatures have actually said they wanted to punish the three richest counties.

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Cary, NC — This week was a week filled mostly with meetings.


Monday began with a short one-on-one meeting with the town manager. There were no new items to discuss. Instead, we talked about items I have mentioned in previous postings.

Wake County Mayors Association Meeting

Monday night I attended a meeting of the Wake County Mayors Association. All twelve mayors were in attendance. Our guest speakers were Wake County manager Jim Hartmann, a staff assistant to the manager, and David King of Triangle Transit.

Public Transit in Wake County

The county manager’s presentation was on transit choices and on the existing advisory committee who are exploring all transit options.

He talked about projected population densities, poverty maps, congestion maps, average bus ridership, and other pertinent information related to transit.

He pointed out that the biggest decision will be whether to have higher ridership or higher coverage and the impact that will have on capital funding. The next advisory committee meets in April with a final recommendation scheduled for September. Find out more about Wake Transit.

Expanded Bus Systems

Our next presentation was from Triangle Transit’s CEO and general manager David King. Triangle Transit is governed by a 13 member Board of Trustees whose vice chair is Cary council member Robinson. Currently, Triangle Transit is adding express bus routes to help with congestion due to the “Fortify” project.

One of those express bus routes is from Cary’s town hall to downtown Raleigh.

In addition, Triangle Transit has added the Bus on the Shoulder program as another transit option. King talked about the triangle region doubling in size within the next 20 years and how the bus systems need to be more coordinated.

As a result, the Go Triangle regional bus system was created, which will coordinate all the bus systems. This will be implemented over the next two years.

Other Discussion Items

Once the presentations were done, the mayors went through their regular agenda. One of the discussion items was about creating a citizen committee to discuss the proposed change in voter registration in Wake County. The rest of the time was spent talking about legislative action and how it does or does not impact various municipalities in Wake County.

While specific statements in a Mayors Association stay within the room, I can tell you that several are concerned that standing up to the legislature could invite retribution. Our meeting concluded after about 3 hours.


Tuesday, I met with developers interested in a large project in downtown. This proposal is in the infancy stage, and they were just wondering what I thought of their ideas.

Of course, there would probably be town funded improvements needed for something this large, so there would be much future discussion if this does actually come forward. But it encouraging that developers continue to show interest in downtown.

Restaurant Tour

Later Tuesday, I had the pleasure of touring PDQ at Davis Drive and High House with the operating director and marketing director. All of their food is fresh and made to order. Their menu consists mainly of chickens and salads and was delicious.

One interesting note is that they don’t advertise on TV or radio. Instead, they would rather help market themselves through fund raising events in the community.

They are looking for opportunities to help with fundraisers. So, if you have a fundraiser coming up, you might want to give them a call.


Wednesday I attended the executive board meeting of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. It was my first meeting as vice-chairman.

There was not a lot on the agenda and very little that impacted Cary. One interesting note from the Fortify presentation was that NCDOT was recycling hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete. That was good news to hear.


Thursday I chaired a meeting of the Western Wake Partners Policy Advisory Committee.

Wastewater Management Facilities

Our meeting was very brief and included approval of the 2015 Western Wake Regional Wastewater Management Facilities Interlocal Agreement.

This is our new $300 million wastewater facility in New Hill. Our only other action was to approve the fiscal year 2015 operating budget for the Western Wake Regional Wastewater Management Facilities and capital budget updates for the facility.

Golf Course Noise Ordinance 

Later Thursday, I met with general managers from Prestonwood and MacGregor Downs to talk about the proposed changes to the town’s noise ordinance as it relates to golf courses.

We had a great conversation, and they pointed out several facts related to golf course noise that most people probably don’t realize. It is my hope that these stakeholders are able to provide information to all council members before we make a decision on this topic.


Friday, I participated in the Metro Mayors weekly legislative update.

Legislative Politics

The ongoing war between urban and rural representatives continued in the legislature this week. Legislative action this week included an attempt in the committee to compromise on a bill to eliminate citizens’ protest petition on developments.

These protest petitions require a super majority to approve, so removing them only makes it easier for developers.

The voiced vote clearly sided with the compromise amendment, but the chair denied the amendment saying the vote failed. So it looks like the developers will soon have free reign without obstacles from citizens. Can you say “Publix in North Raleigh?” This is just another example of the daily partisan politics in the legislature.

Sales Tax Redistribution

Other shenanigans included the sales tax redistribution which is aimed at punishing the three big counties, including Wake. Legislatures have actually said they wanted to punish the three richest counties. It is a shame that we are seeing more elected officials act like children than representatives of the citizens. Hopefully, that will change one day.

A great Abraham Lincoln quote is, “You can’t make the weak stronger by making the strong weaker.” And, part of the state’s official toast is, “…Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great.” Kinda sums up my views and wishes.

Too bad the majority of the legislature thinks otherwise.


Saturday, I joined council member Yerha in celebrating Arbor Day at the Ivey-Ellington House (home of Cary’s farmers market) in downtown. I was presented an award, on behalf of the town, from the NC Forest Service recognizing Cary as a Tree City USA.

This is the 32nd year we have received this award. Only about a dozen communities can boast that. In my remarks, I talked about the Tree City USA award and the town’s beautification and litter reduction program called SPRUCE. The next litter sweep is scheduled for April 11, 2015. I hope everyone will participate.

Find out more about SPRUCE and how to participate through the Town of Cary website.

Emails from Staff

Emails from staff this week included an update on downtown construction and events. The Academy Streetscape and Downtown Park Projects will be kicking off late spring.

Updates on Summer Events

As a result, Lazy Daze and other large street festivals (Wheels on Academy, Ritmo Latino, Eid Festival, etc.) will be relocated to North Academy Street around Town Hall Campus.

Chatham Street ChowDown (Food Truck Rodeo) will return with three event dates (April 19, July 26 and Oct 4). This event will be located on Chatham Street between Academy and Harrison and is held on a Sunday due to the availability of the food trucks.

Given the strong attendance last year, most of the merchants will hold special hours to be open during this event. The April and October date will be noon to 4:30 pm and the July event will be in the evening from 5 pm to 9:30 pm.

The Downtown Performers series and 7 o’clock rock series will be postponed for this year. Information to the general public about all of these changes will begin within the week.

Emails from Citizens

Emails from citizens this week included comments about Fordland Drive connection with the new Pritchett subdivision, questions about the Morrisville Parkway – Carpenter Upchurch intersection, questions about Google Fiber and several requests for meetings and events.

Get in Touch

Next week will be a busy week with a regularly scheduled council meeting and a work session. In addition, there will be a Cary Matters taping and a School of Government kickoff event.

Well, that is all for this week. My next post will be on Sunday, March 29th. Although I have Facebook and Twitter accounts those are not the best means of communications with me. Please send all Town of Cary questions or comments to and email personal comments to


From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht. Photo by Jessica Patrick.

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