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
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.
316 Colonades Way
Open 7 days a week. For more info, visit http://www.whiskcarolina.com.
Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.
Retail coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Waverly Place in Cary.
Cary, 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
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
Cary, 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
Cary, 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 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 WaverlyCary.com.
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.
Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – On Monday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Culinary Farm at SAS Campus. This gem-of-a-garden supplies fresh vegetables and fruit for Herons, An and the SAS cafeterias.
A Visit to the Culinary Farm at SAS
I had heard about the farm at SAS a while back. Two years ago, the effort got a full-time Culinary farmer. Her name is Maggie Lawrence and she gave me the full tour on a bright morning.
“This is a culinary farm,” Maggie told me. “Everything we grow is for the table.” The farm supplies fresh-picked, organically grown vegetables and fruits to The Umstead Hotel, Herons and An Restaurant. The farm also supplies produce to the employee cafeterias at SAS and The Umstead.
“This is a late-spring garden,” Maggie told me. She’s growing broccoli, fennel, lots of lettuce, turnips, beets, peas and a whole lot more.
I saw cilantro blossoms and red vein sorrel; comfy, tarragon and chervil; opal basil and red Russian kale.
Maggie showed me red bok choi, Napa cabbage and rainbow chard. She has blueberry and blackberry shrubs just getting started with hopes to produce fruit in a couple of years. She even has a small stand of asparagus for future production.
The culinary farm also includes plants like Salvia and butterfly bush, grown not for the table but to attract pollinators like wild honey bees and butterflies.
Looking toward summer, Maggie plans to grown different varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes and other hot weather crops. She even grows produce for the Hotel bar, including mint and the aforementioned opal basil. “I’ve been consulting with a mixologist,” she explained.
The plot I saw was one of two on the SAS campus. Maggie and her co-worker Ariel Greenwood plant, pick and cultivate it all themselves.
As a guy who loves gardening, it was heaven. But all too soon, we all had to get back to work. Maybe I’ll get invited to visit again.
Pictures: Culinary Farm at SAS Campus
Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – I stopped by the new Walmart Neighborhood Market last week and had a quick look around. Here’s my take on the new store at the corner of High House and Highway 55. Read more