Downtown Cary Dining – Fall 2013

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Cary NC- The last stop on the Cary dining tour is downtown. What was once a sleepy scene has grown to more than a dozen eateries. Read more

Academy Street Bistro: 20 Year Dream Realized

Academy Street Bistro

Cary, NC- For 20 years, Mary Lynn Fitzgerald has been urging her brother-in-law, a chef in New York City, to move to Cary and open a restaurant. Now, with the opening of Academy Street Bistro, her dream has come true.

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The Story of Fortnight Brewery


L –> R Mo Mercado and Stuart Arnold of Fortnight Brewing Co in Cary, NC

Cary, NC- Stuart Arnold and his partners are passionate about beer, specifically about making good beer, and they will be opening the first Cary brewery, Fortnight Brewing Company, very soon on SW Maynard Road in Cary if all goes according to plan. Read more

Whisk Opens in Cary


Cary, NC – Whisk, a store focused on gourmet kitchenware and culinary instruction, opened its doors to customers today. If cooking’s your thing, you will like this store. Very much.

Whisk – Gourmet Kitchenware

Whisk, located in Waverly Place, is chock full of splendid and exotic kitchenware.

It’s a treat for the eyes and I spent a happy hour wandering the aisles.

In addition to Le Creuset and other other top brands you may recognize, Whisk had an extensive stock of items you won’t find in Macy’s or Williams Sonoma. Staub had some very sturdy looking cookware. And Emile Henry featured casseroles specifically designed to cook tajines and risotto.

Guys will enjoy Whisk, even if they’re not into cooking. The store has an eclectic collection of barware (like the Black & Tan turtle) plus a gourmet grilinbg section. There’s even a stovetop smoker, fellas!

Owners Dan and Diana Saklad were on hand. They’d been living the corporate life in St. Louis and decided to pursue their dream of entrepreneurship. “How did you find Cary?” I asked.

“We Googled ‘Best Towns to Live in America,'” Dan said.

“So you’ve read CaryCitizen,” I speculated. They both laughed and said they had. Ah, the power of search.


Classes at Whisk

Whisk also offers a full plate of culinary classes. In October, they have 13 classes on offer including Knife Skills, the Art of Jam and A Taste of Spain. See the schedule.

Store Details

Waverly Place
316 Colonades Way
Cary, NC

Open 7 days a week. For more info, visit


Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.


Retail coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Waverly Place in Cary.

CineBistro Luxury Theater Coming to Cary

cinebistroCary, NC – Waverly Place announced today that it has signed a 20 year deal with CineBistro, a luxury movie theater with in-theater dining. CineBistro will occupy approximately 35,000 square feet on two floors at Waverly Place. Read more

Publix: Supermarket Wars Continue in Cary

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Cary, NC — Last week, Publix Supermarkets confirmed the long-running rumor that it will occupy a 49,000 square foot store at Davis and High House in the Bradford development, now under construction. Read more

Meet The Farmers: 3 Cary Stories

farmers-caryCary, NC – Good news for local agriculture: farmers who do business in Cary are on the rise. Here are three of their stories: a cheese maker, a grower of fresh produce and a farmer of lambs and turkeys. Read more

Chatham Hill Winery Opens in Downtown Cary

chatham hill wineryCary, NC – Chatham Hill Winery owner Jill Winkler calls the winery she and her husband operate an urban winery, and recently they made the bold move to relocate their operation into Cary’s Downtown. Read more

Whole Foods Signs Up for 15 More Years at Waverly

Cary, NC — RP Realty Partners, LLC,  has announced the renewal of Whole Foods Market for an additional 15 years at Waverly Place in Cary. Rejoice, foodies!

Whole Foods Cary NC

Whole Foods Renovation

Whole Foods Market has been the anchor at Waverly since 1999 and is set for a multi-million dollar interior renovation. RP Realty, based in California, plans to do a multi-million dollar exterior renovation that includes a new facade and updated parking lot.

“We are so thrilled to extend the Whole Foods Market lease. They are an integral part of Waverly Place and are a strong anchor to making the center successful,” says Jenn Olevitch, Director of Leasing for RP Realty Partners.

2 Boutiques to Open

In addition to the Whole Foods Market renewal, Olevitch has also signed Gigi’s Boutique and Finley’s Boutique as tenants at Waverly.

Relocating from across the street at Crescent Commons, Gigi’s Boutique offers affordable fashions for everyday lifestyles. Finley’s Boutique will offer women’s fashions from more notable brands.

Both stores are family owned by Cheryl Reinert. They are Waverly’s first clothing boutiques since its renovation. Both boutiques are slated to open in late summer. Reinert has been in business since 2008 with Gigi’s Boutique, naming both stores after her oldest granddaughters.

 “In addition to these two new boutiques we are currently in negotiations with several more specialty retailers and restaurants and have a great deal of momentum with getting the unique and diverse mix of restaurants and retailers that is setting Waverly Place apart from other centers in our market” said Olevitch.

Newly opened stores include Green Pea Baby, relocating from Apex and Barberito’s Southwestern Grille & Cantina. In August, bothWhisk~Kitchenware & Cooking Classes and Esteem Me Montessori & Creative Play are set to open.

For the full slate of merchants, visit

Events at Waverly

Waverly Place has kicked off their summer season with their signature events including the Waverly Farmers Market, Wind Down Wednesdays, plein air painting and more.

Waverly Place’s signature events have doubled their attendance this year due in large part to the growing interest in both the location and new tenants.


Community coverage is sponsored in part by Waverly Place in Cary.

Walmart Neighborhood Market Now Open in Morrisville

walmart neighborhood marketMorrisville, NC – After a frantic 4 week push, the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Morrisville opened on Wednesday June 26, 2013 at the corner of Davis Drive and Morrisville-Carpenter Road.

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