Business Briefs: October 2016

NEW…

“It may be Rolesville’s best-hidden secret,” said Carol Martin, Controller for Red Eagle Management and Raleigh Ice House. Not as of this printing, it’s not! The company recently installed a free-standing ice machine at 500 S. Main St. in Rolesville, across the street from Food Lion. The machine is an exclusive to the area, Martin said, and $2 buys 20 pounds of ice either in the provided bags with ties or in the customer’s cooler. Another feature is that a gallon container can be filled with filtered water for a mere 25 cents, saving customers’ money and helping the environment. During football season and the holidays when an abundance of ice is needed, filling a cooler or two can save room in the freezer.

Jerry Brooks, owner of Dickey’s BBQ in Knightdale and Wakefield, now has a food truck. In addition to at least 90% of the Dickey’s BBQ menu, the truck also has hot dogs, loaded fries and other items that people like to eat at festivals. Brooks is booking events and taking requests from companies that want the food truck for on-site visits. “I built this one because there was a big demand for events on-site that would require a food truck,” Brooks said. “We’ll be able to handle any kind of catering event that needs to be done.” The truck will be based in Wakefield. Book the truck by calling toll-free 844-GO-DICKEYS (844-463-4253) or the Wakefield store 919-263-1422.

MOVED…

Triangle Health Plans has moved from 1743 S. Main St. #201, Wake Forest, to 853 Durham Road, Suite E2, Wake Forest. Contact Kathryn P. Wood at 919-556-9905. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Wendy’s restaurant in Wakefield Commons has moved to its new store location at 2091 S. Main St., Wake Forest.

OPEN NOW…

Lyfe Media Group opened its studio doors in August at 1002 Durham Road, Suite 1200, Wake Forest. The company provides quality media production, management and marketing services to those looking to develop iconic image, business and lifestyle brands. Partner/Director Tyler Cromartie, who specializes in web design and digital strategy, said the company’s target studio clientele are recording and visual artists and photographers who are looking for controlled environments to either work on their craft or to develop a final product they can release to the public. LMG also offers digital, graphic arts and marketing strategy management plus events hosting and podcasts. The other two partners are COO Robert Christian, who is an audio engineer and handles all of the recordings, and Jephon Scott, a graphic designer and video editor. Work is by appointment only for now. Call 984-212-5933, or go to lyfemediagroup.com.

FunKey Music Studios opened on September 7 at 105 S. Main St. in Rolesville. The studio offers group piano lessons using high-tech 2016 Yamaha keyboards. “I think integrating technology is so important to connect with the students,” owner/teacher Celeste Bryant said. Private piano lessons are also available, as are arts and crafts classes in eight- to 10-week sessions. Musical theatre students will learn the basics of acting and then present a short play. Students are welcome to join a class at any time. Bryant, who teaches sixth grade social studies at Wakefield Middle School, has been playing piano since she was 5 and teaching piano lessons since 2003. Call 919-435-3564, or visit funkeymusicstudio.com.

The Harris Teeter at Harris Crossing in Wake Forest, 13686 Capital Blvd., opened the Triangle’s first Harris Teeter-owned fuel center on September 9. As a promotion for the new fuel center, the company offered a 20-cents-per-gallon discount over the weekend of September 9-11. VIC card holders are eligible for a 3-cents-per-gallon discount per fill-up. Two other sites in the Triangle (in South Durham and in Fuquay-Varina) have been purchased by a subsidiary of Harris Teeter for fuel stations.

RESTAURANTS FIXIN’ TO OPEN IN OCTOBER…

The Mac House will have a soft opening preceding its anticipated late October grand opening at 14460 New Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 167, in the Wakefield Commons shopping plaza. Heidi Kurtz, along with Tara and David Myklebust, her daughter and son-in-law, are the partners behind the mac ‘n’ cheese venue. The restaurant will feature six to eight gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese offerings, a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, soups and some small bites. Products are all natural, locally grown, locally sourced and never frozen (except the small bites prior to frying). The restaurant also will sell family trays as well as catering trays. Added bonus? Delivery within a 10-mile radius of the store. Vegan and gluten-free menu items are in the works. This family-friendly restaurant will be a quick-serve style, alcohol-free environment, eat in or take out, with online ordering. “We’ll also have grilled cheese and mac ‘n’ cheese monthly specials based on the season,” Kurtz said, “so there’s always going to be something different.” Call 919-263-8116, or visit www.themachousenc.com.

It was sad to see the closing of Fitzgerald’s Seafood Restaurant, but in its place will be Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant, 308 Southtown Circle, Rolesville. The new restaurant, owned by the McDonald Family of Louisburg, is scheduled to open mid-October with a grand opening weekend later in the month. “We’re going to have personable staff that cares that you’re happy. We’ll have food for seafood lovers and landlubber’s food. We’ll have crab legs to pork chops, chicken to shrimp. Just all types of different food. We want people to feel at home. We’re going to have a good atmosphere so people can come in and have a good dining experience,” Shelia McDonald said. “We’re excited about helping to draw people into the Rolesville community instead of bypassing it.” Most foods will be cooked to order, and diners can top off meals with homemade desserts like a special banana pudding or peach cobbler. Weekly and monthly specials are being planned. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 919-263-1868.

REAL ESTATE NEWS…

Durham real estate investor Todd Zapolski acquired the 27-year-old, Food Lion-anchored Market of Wake Forest shopping center, 12217 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest in early August.The final price tag for the property was $11.45 million, according to county records. The 117,949-square-foot retail center, which also houses Habitat ReStore, Rite-Aid and other quality tenants, was purchased from Wake Forest Partners LP, a group comprising heirs of the Banks Kerr family, founder of Kerr Drug. The shopping center was 96 percent occupied at the time of the transaction.

Additional affordable housing for families and seniors took a step closer to reality in mid-August when the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency’s (NCHFA) federal tax reform allocation committee released its list of statewide projects that will share more than $205 million in tax breaks and low-interest loans and bonds. Shepard Greene, a 50-unit senior housing project built by The Woda Group Inc. in Zebulon, was awarded $327,796 in federal housing credits. Sterling Mill Lofts, a 96-unit adaptive reuse of a former mill factory in Franklinton by Nusbaum Associates LP, was awarded $461,349 in federal housing credits and a $10 million tax-exempt bond.

COMING TO WAKE FOREST…

Under construction now at the corner of South Main and Rogers Road is a new Rite Aid pharmacy, and down the street at 2900 Rogers Road will be Sam’s Express Car Wash. Panera Bread is going up at 11665 Northpark Drive. Rainbow Child Care has broken ground at Gateway Commons.

According to the Planning Department’s August Development Report, plans are under review for a number of projects, including Bobby Murray Chevrolet (Capital Boulevard at Shearon Farms Road), Bank of America (919 Gateway Commons), Lily’s Garden and Glass House (9505 Ligon Mill Road) and Culver’s Restaurant (2819 Rogers Road).

UPDATES…

The Wake Forest Community Library at 400 E. Holding Ave. is working with a rough timeline regarding its closure for reconstruction and a reopening event. Library Branch Manager Valerie Pierce indicated that construction of the new library will begin in the summer of 2017, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy our local branch. The new building will be a large community library nearly double its current size, and with a year of construction expected, opening should be sometime in the summer of 2018. Money for the project comes from a 2008 bond issue, and this branch reconstruction was put on hold in favor of the new Northeast Regional Library. “With the new Northeast Regional Library, everybody in the area will still have library services just a hop, skip, and jump away,” Pierce said. The Wake Forest Community Library serves between 500 and 600 people each day and is one of the highest-traffic, highest circulating community libraries in the system.

AWARDS…

Kudos to White Street Brewing. According to the Triangle Business Journal on August 25, the company ranked No. 5 in the “Top 10 New Brewers’ Association Craft Vendors Based on Dollar Sales” for 2015. Information Resources, Inc., a market research company that provides consumer analysis, did the study. “Being ranked as the fifth-best-selling new craft beer is something we are very proud of,” said brewery owner Dino Radosta. “We feel we have great packaging that stands out and that our beer is well made – the Kolsch is a World Beer Cup Gold Award winner – and it seems the consumer agrees. The beer market is very competitive and especially so for the off-premise market, so having this sort of empirical data demonstrating how well our brands sell is significant. With the release of our fourth Main Street series beer, Emmalynn, a Belgian-style Blond Ale, we are excited to offer consumers even more well-made, authentic choices.”

On Wednesday, September 14, the Northern Wake Senior Center at 235 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, was awarded the First Annual Ann Johnson Senior Center Award for excellence in the field of aging. The facility’s director, Miranda Strider-Allen, accepted the award. According to her obituary in November 2014, the late Ann Johnson spent 23 years as executive director of the Durham Coordinating Council for Senior Citizens. She also served on the board of the National Council on Aging, chaired the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging and served as president of the NC Coalition on Aging. She won the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2000, and in 2001 the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services named its Institute for Senior Center Management after her. The award bearing her name is presented to senior centers that make a positive impact on older adults.

— Jeanne E. Fredriksen • jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.com