Bundle up for art’s sake, and c’mon downtown

by Kathi McCorkle WAKE FOREST — Downtown Wake Forest is dressed in its holiday best for Art After Hours Friday starting at 5 p.m. Most stores and studios will be open and serving refreshments, including the newly renovated Ollie’s at 213 S. White St. Ollie’s Cafe, Coffee Shop and...

Love, letters and baseball

Wake Forest bookseller pens his own memoir. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Drew Bridges has held a lot of author-readings at Storyteller’s Book Store in the past six years, but none are so special, to him, as this week’s event. At, 3 p.m. Sunday, Drew will host a book dedication...

Business Briefs

Edward Jones hosts open house, toy drop Jim Staples, a financial advisor for the financial services firm Edward Jones, invites local business owners to attend a holiday open house today (Thursday), from 3 to 7 p.m. at 126 West Main St., Youngsville office. Refreshments will be...

Sirius XM Radio customers may get money back

RALEIGH — Sirius XM Radio customers in North Carolina who had problems canceling their contracts, got charged unauthorized fees or saw their rates jump unexpectedly will have an opportunity to get their money back, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Dec. 4. The consumer...

VGCC seminar focuses on starting a business

WAKE FOREST — Area residents whose goals for the New Year include starting a new business venture will want to mark their 2015 calendars for an upcoming seminar from the Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center. The SBC will offer a free seminar, titled Ten Steps...

‘Meet’ applications available

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendors, nonprofits and downtown merchants for the 35th annual Meet in the Street festival planned for May 2. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, Meet in the Street offers a...

Something delicious this way comes

Cupcake food truck now a shop. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — One of the first things you notice when pulling up to a new business at the Wake Forest Crossing shopping center is the smell of someone baking something wonderful. Call it the sweet smell of success, perhaps. On Oct....

Wake Weekly welcomes new sportswriter

by Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — Responding to the burgeoning number of prep sports in the area, The Wake Weekly has brought on board Marty Simpkins as a full-time sports writer and photographer. Simpkins is a 2013 graduate of UNC-Wilmington and a native of Willow Spring. He is a...

Business Briefs

Farmer’s Market announces special hours The Wake Forest Farmer’s Market, located in front of the Renaissance Centre on South Brooks Street, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. A holiday market will take place Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and the...

Farm transition workshop planned

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center is partnering with the University of Mount Olive’s Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center to conduct a farm transition conference for area farmers and landowners. The workshop will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 4...

Business Briefs

Trade food for a brew at WSBC White Street Brewing Company is helping support the Tri-Area Ministry food bank in Wake Forest. Bring four non-perishable food items to the taproom, 218 S. White St., on Monday nights during November and get a free pint of beer in return. Agency...

Wanted: Slightly used scarves and shoes

WAKE FOREST — Members of the Women Business Owners Alliance (wBOA) of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce are collecting gently used career clothing to donate to Dress for Success, and invites the community to join in the effort through Nov. 20. Clothing provided to women by...

You decide: How are farming and manufacturing alike?

You Decide by Dr. Mike Walden I have a soft spot in my heart for both farmers and factory workers. One of my grandfathers was a farmer in Ohio during the early 1900s. My father — the eldest son — told me many stories of awakening before sunrise to do numerous chores before he...

Discovery Point opens

WAKE FOREST — Jan and Hong Chen have opened North Carolina’s first Discovery Point Child Development Center at 1212 Heritage Links Drive. The location is Discovery Point’s biggest daycare center: 13,200 square feet capable of handling between 230 and 240 children ranging in age...

Business Briefs

The Cotton Company hosts holiday market Saturday The Cotton Company is set to host its second annual White Street Holiday Market Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shopping event gathers more than 75 vendors under one roof, and is a Trinity Award winner for best public event....

Ball joins Village Pharmacy staff

WAKE FOREST — Village Pharmacy is adding a familiar face behind the counter. Randy Ball, of Wake Forest, will be joining Pharmacist Art Minton, bringing more than 30 years of experience as a practicing pharmacist for CVS. Ball and Minton worked together for six years at the Wake...

You decide: What industries will lead growth?

by Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina’s economy has gone through three major economic periods during the past century. Like most states, farming was the leading industry in both production and employment in the early 1900s. Most workers rose before dawn and went to their fields to...

Applebee’s thanks vets

WAKE FOREST — On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, veterans and active duty military may choose a dish from the free Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s signature and favorite items. The offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with free...

Wake Forest Area Chamber expo today

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Community & Business Expo takes place today (Thursday), 3-7 p.m., at Wake Forest Charter Academy, 1851 Friendship Chapel Road. The expo is free of charge and open to the public and business community, and features...

Business Briefs

Free ACA workshops offered Certified Marketplace Broker Leslie McMillan of LSM Insurance Associates has scheduled three free seminars to discuss 2015 open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. The seminars will take place Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at...

Krispy Kreme offers spooky treat Friday

WAKE FOREST — This Halloween, wear your favorite ghoulish getup and scare up a free sweet treat from Krispy Kreme. Tomorrow, Oct. 31, visit any participating Krispy Kreme location in costume and get a free doughnut of any available variety. Offer is valid while supplies last...

Suretech supports cancer awareness

YOUNGSVILLE — The ladies (and men) of Suretech Assembly in Youngsville donned their pink-adorned T-shirts in support of women they know and love who have battled the disease. They would like to acknowledge Gabby at Youngsville’s Silver Lining Screen Print for coming through with...