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Is this city the new belle of the American South?

They say good things come in threes, and North Carolina’s Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is no exception. Raleigh is the state capital, Durham, with its healthcare, life sciences and biotech industries, is the “city of medicine,” while Chapel Hill is a university town. While they are for sure a powerful trio, there are plenty of reasons to visit just Raleigh. It’s a destination in its own right. Last year 15 million visitors came to Raleigh, despite having not a beach or mountain in sight. Go figure.

For one thing, times have changed. To say that downtown was once sleepy is polite. What was “dead” just a few years ago has morphed into a hip hub, one where folks not only hang out after work, but also on weekends. What happened? Duke Energy sold to Red Hat, Citrix moved from the suburbs to downtown and HQ Raleigh, a startup incubator, sprang up. The Warehouse District, a major piece of downtown, has been revitalized with many old red brick buildings repurposed. Investments in apartments, condos, mixed-use developments followed, as did a slew of restaurants, bars and music venues. Hoteliers haven’t missed out. The Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown Raleigh is a welcome addition, especially with its 10th & Terrace rooftop bar.

There’s no shortage of hot spots. Bon Appetit just ranked Brewery Bhavana one of the top 10 restaurants in the nation. It’s on historic Moore Square park downtown, and you could spend hours there. It’s a brewery, dim sum restaurant, flower shop and bookstore. Pick out a book and relax at the long tables and sip a brew. Whiskey Kitchen is a little bit country and a lot whiskey. Get set for some of the best fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and pea tendrils, boiled peanuts with pickled peppers, lamb burgers, shrimp rolls and more in the site of a former automotive shop. Garland, meanwhile, is a tasty mashup of Indian and Pan-Asian fusion and craft cocktails. Its whimsical setting feels more West Village than You can’t visit North Carolina without some barbecue. The Pit Authentic Barbecue has been featured on the Travel Channel and the Food Network, among others. It’s no surprise. This whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue passes the taste test for the most discerning BBQ fans. Not only do you get pork, but Texas-style brisket, barbecued turkey, fried chicken, skillet cornbread, deviled eggs, collards, mac ‘n’ cheese. Whatever you order must also include the banana pudding.

The Warehouse District is also home to CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum). There is no permanent collection, so there’s always something new.  Boxcar Bar + Arcade is where you can just plain have fun. Remember Skeeball and air hockey? Get your fill of them here, plus more than 100 arcade games, live music, draft craft beers and a full bar. Visit Videri Chocolate, the Morgan Street Food Hall & Market, as well art galleries and unique stories like Raleigh Denim

Workshop, for limited edition jeans made from start to finish in downtown Raleigh. These jeans are designed for men and women, “who love what they do and get shit done.”

Perhaps plan a trip around one of the city’s numerous fests, like the annual Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, featuring a weekend of concerts at the Red Hat Amphitheatre, plus several stages of free concerts around downtown. There’s also the North Carolina Whole Hog BBQ Championship including a conference, exhibits, food, drinks and street vendors. Every month there’s some kind of festival, especially in September and October.
The action doesn’t begin and end in downtown. Do venture to the North Carolina Museum of Art and Art Park, which at 164 acres is the largest museum art park in the U.S. and features larger-than-life outdoor art installations, woodlands and creeks. Drink up at dozens of breweries along the Raleigh Beer Trail. Elsewhere, there are plenty of places to bike and golf. Don’t cheat yourself. Explore neighboring towns like Cary, where you can chill out at the Five-Diamond Umstead Hotel and Spa, where pampering and pleasing is a priority.

Raleigh isn’t trying to be like any other city; it’s cool with who it is and what it’s becoming. Folks in Raleigh live by the state motto, “To be, rather than to seem.”

by: Sheryl Nance-Nash


See if you agree…

Nothing brings out the fans quite like Cary Magazine’s annual readers-choice Maggy Awards. Each year, thousands (and thousands!) of you name your favorite Western Wake personalities and locales and now, the results of your votes are unveiled.

Who are this year’s winners? Well, there are a few surprises.

This year more than ever before, the reach of the contest is thrilling: You’ll find new faces and places landing starring roles in the Maggy Awards, and many of them aren’t in Cary.

You’ll also find that quite a few categories have been decided by margins in the single digits. Some winners even share the spotlight, in tied votes.

And we applaud everyone for “thinking local” when casting your ballot. Now, without further ado …

Congratulations to the winners of Cary Magazine’s 2016 Maggy Awards! 

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Grocery stores and Tex-mex restaurant coming to Cary

Publix has confirmed its fifth Triangle location, which will be located near the 1,100-acre Amberly neighborhood community in west Cary.

The latest confirmed site will be its fourth grocery store location site within the town limits of Cary. It will be located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Green Level Church and Carpenter Fire Station roads, confirms Publix spokeswomanKimberly Reynolds. The property is across the street from the Cary Park Town Center retail center that’s already anchored by a Harris Teeter grocery store.

The news comes on the heels of recent confirmation that New York-based super grocer Wegmans Food Markets wants to open a series of future stores in the Triangle region.

The construction start and opening date for the Amberly store has not been determined, she says.

Publix so far operates only one store in the Triangle – one that opened in 2013 at Bradford in Cary – but it plans to open at least two more stores in the region in 2016. Those will be located on Rogers Road in Wake Forest and another in a former Lowes Foods location at Millpond Village in Cary.

While it’s the company’s fifth confirmed grocery site in the Triangle, the number does not reflect the one that’s still unconfirmed on another property in west Cary that Publix NC LLC acquired in September. That property is about four miles south of the Amberly location on land that’s at the intersection of Green Level West Road and Green Level Church Road.

Publix will occupy a building of about 49,000 square feet and will employ between 125 and 150 full-time and part-time workers when it opens, Reynolds says.


The popular, Austin, Texas-based Tex-Mex restaurant chain Chuy’s has confirmed plans to open its second stand-along restaurant at the Parkside Town Commons retail center in west Cary.

Local owner and operator James Fisher stated in a news release that the new Chuy’s (Nasdaq: CHUY) should be ready to open by March 2016.

It will be the fourth Chuy’s location to open in North Carolina. Its first in the Triangle opened at Raleigh’s North Hills in November 2013. The North Hills location employs about 175 people in both full-time and part-time positions.