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Old bank repurposed

YOUNGSVILLE — The Hair Vault, aptly named as they are occupying a historic building that once housed the Youngsville bank, celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting Jan. 4. “We are so thrilled to be here,” said owner and cosmetologist Jessica Stapleton. “We’ve lived here 13...
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Get to know Rotary at lunch Jan. 23

WAKE FOREST — The Wakefield Rotary club of Wake Forest invites those interested in joining a service organization to a free Get to Know Rotary lunch Thursday, Jan. 23, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the TPC Wakefield Plantation, 2201 Wakefield Plantation Drive, Raleigh. Wakefield Rotary...

Beware of patent trolls

RALEIGH — North Carolina consumers and businesses should beware of patent trolls trying to charge high fees for using everyday office equipment. Patent trolls are businesses that don’t invent or manufacture anything. Instead, they acquire patents and then try to make consumers,...
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Charity brewing

WAKE FOREST — From left, White Street Brewing Company (WSBC) owner Dino Radosta gives Laura Terry, director of the Franklin County Boys & Girls Club, a check for $1,500. The money is profit he made from selling a beer that was the winner of a homebrewers challenge in April....
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Business Briefs

Estate planning workshop •Jim Staples, financial advisor with Edward Jones, and Keith Shackleford of Warren Shackleford Attorneys, in conjunction with The Prudential Insurance Company of America, will host a free comprehensive estate planning workshop Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at...
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Libraries to help new businesses in the new year

RALEIGH — Wake Libraries is collaborating with SCORE (score.org), a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses, to offer a business series during the winter. The programs are free but registration is required. To register, call the library of interest. All...
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BBQ pit opens in Wakefield and Blockbuster closing sale underway

Out and about by David Leone WAKEFIELD — It always starts with the No. 9. I had a craving the other day for a Jersey Mike’s sub called the Club Supreme, loaded with roast beef, turkey and bacon, with mayo, vinegar and all the spices, so I jetted over to the Wakefield Commons...
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Long receives SBA award

RALEIGH — Lenwood V. Long, Sr., was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Leadership Award by the U.S Small Business Administration at the SBA N.C. district awards luncheon Dec. 3 in Charlotte. President/CEO of the Support Center, a Raleigh-based Community Development Financial...
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Learn how to start a business

HENDERSON — Vance-Granville Community College’s Small Business Center will hold a free seminar, Ten Steps to Starting a Business, Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 6-9 p.m. at the main campus. Instructor Jess McLamb will cover information needed prior to starting a new business, including...
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Window winner especially creative

WAKE FOREST — The winner of the Downtown Wake Forest Christmas window decorating contest is Creative Shears at 125 S. White St. Lumpy’s Ice Cream at 306 E. Wait Ave. came in second, with For Old Times Sake, the vintage and antiques store at 223 S. White and B&W Hardware, 232...
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FokusLabs joins WRC

The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRC) announced that FokusLabs has entered the non-profit’s new Commercialization Center.  FokusLabs, which was  announced this week as a winner of the NC IDEA Grant, is building a patent-pending wearable device designed to help...
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The perfect cup for coffee

Uncommon sense by David Leone A friend of mine has created the perfect cup of coffee. Make that the perfect cup for coffee. You might have heard about it by now; he’s been garnering some attention in the past weeks, online and in area press. Wake Forest resident Dean Verhoeven...
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Chris Leith helps raise $1,680 for Wakefield Wolverines football

RALEIGH — Driving rain did not stop Wakefiled High families and fans from participating in the Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser Nov. 1 for the school’s football program.  Ram Truck brand contributed $20 for each test drive of the 2014 truck of the year – Ram Truck. Chris Leith...
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Tacos with panache

New restaurant highlights Latino culture, food. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Wait times to get into Gonza Tacos Y Tequila at The Factory Friday were 20 to 25 minutes. That’s significant, considering the Mexican and Colombian restaurant just opened last week. One of those who went...
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SPCA collecting donations

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of Franklin County is collecting donations to raise $10,000 by Dec. 31. The money raised helps with the low-cost spay and neuter program, the Pet Pantry, and low-cost vaccination clinics. Checks may be...
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Business Briefs

Smith selling Shop Sauce Keith Smith, president of the local Pete Smith Automotive Group, has a new line of business selling his family’s favorite homemade barbeque sauce appropriately titled, “Shop Sauce.” Shop Sauce is featured as a North Carolina barbecue sauce through t...
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Business Briefs

Brookdale donates Thanksgiving meals Carolina House Wake Forest was one of eight Brookdale Senior Living communities that helped provide Thanksgiving meals to seniors living alone or otherwise unable to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Above, Shana McCrimmon and Ashley...
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3Phoenix breaks ground… again

Up to 110 employees with $100,000 average salaries will be hired. By David Leone  WAKE FOREST — In a still sluggish economy, tech company 3Phoenix is doing three things right. They hire skilled workers, seek out defense contracts and build things faster and better than the...
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Companies that screen social media may lose out

RALEIGH — Research from North Carolina State University shows companies that screen the social media accounts of job applicants alienate potential employees — making it harder for them to attract top job candidates. In some cases, social media screening even increases the...
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Spreading free smiles

WAKE FOREST — Dr. Craig Winkelmann and Wake Forest Dental Arts will host Dentistry From The Heart Dec. 7. Registration for the event, which provides free dental services to Wake Forest residents in need, begins at 7:30 a.m. Winkelmann, his staff and a few volunteers will provide...
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Supremia dentistry recommends stocking up on candy

WAKE FOREST — Supremia Dentistry, led by Dr. Edmond Suh, assisted area children and families in donating nearly 1,500 pounds of Halloween candy during Operation Sweet Tooth, an event designed to give children a chance to drop off their excess Halloween candy to send to soldiers...
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Generous fiddler to gift a violin

LOUISBURG — Mike Anderson of Louisburg works with his hands. One of his passions is building stringed instruments. And for the second year in a row, Mike is giving away one of his   handmade violins, just in time for Christmas. If you know a musically-inclined young person...
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Franklin’s Martha Mobley named educator of year

 WAKE FOREST — The N.C. SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Extension Educator of the Year Award was presented to Martha Mobley of Franklin County, at the 2013 Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Nov. 16, 2013. Mobley was...
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Business Briefs

Wake Forest Area Chamber news •Tonight (Thursday), Business After Hours is sponsored by Focus Design Builders and being hosted at the chamber offices, 350 S. White St. •Year End Using Quickbooks, a free class for chamber members, will be Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the chamber...