Business Briefs – September 2017

— Susan London • • September 2017

Renovating …

The Wake Forest Community Library closed at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 2, for renovations and expansion. The library, which originally opened in 1996, underwent minor renovations in 2013 that included new paint and carpeting. The new renovation will increase the space from 5,000 to 9,000 square feet and will create room for a total book collection of 40,000 to 50,000 books, increased space for youth programs, larger reading and study areas, and space for 16 public computers. Renovations are scheduled to be complete by the fall of 2018. For information, call 919-554-8498 or visit

The Northern Wake Senior Center at 235 E. Holding Avenue in Wake Forest will be closing in the fall for a year of renovations and expansion. Funds were approved in September 2016 for the purchase of 1.7 acres adjacent to the existing facility. The 8,000-square-foot expansion will feature exercise and craft rooms as well as a computer lab and additional parking. The center, which has more than 5,000 members and adds about 50 new members per month, provides routine health care screenings, book clubs, weekly classes – including aerobics, Zumba, yoga, dance and painting – and other resources for seniors. Starting in September, classes will still take place at other locations around Wake Forest, including at the Renaissance Center, the Northern Regional Center, the American Legion and other locations. Founded in 1973, the center provides home- and community-based services to disabled and senior adults. For more information about class locations during the renovation, visit or call 919-554-4111.

Recently Opened …

Cheeseheads, take note! Culver’s, the Wisconsin-based fast-casual restaurant famous for its frozen custard, butterburgers and cheese curds, opened a location at 2819 Rogers Road in Wake Forest on August 21. Owners Erik and Barbara Neudecker hail from Wisconsin but have called Wake Forest home for the past five years. They decided to open a Culver’s franchise two years ago. In keeping with the company’s mission statement that “every guest who chooses Culver’s leaves happy,” Erik Neudecker said his team will do everything they can to make sure guests have a great experience. In addition to burgers, menu items include chicken and fish sandwiches, pot roast dinners, fried shrimp and fresh salads. The restaurant is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Visit online at, and on Facebook @Culver’s of Wake Forest, NC.

There’s a new ice cream store in town! Cold Stone Creamery opened in Wake Forest at 1040 Forestville Road in The Shoppes at Heritage on August 19. Owned by Arash Ardestani, the store features fresh homemade ice cream, and customers choose from a variety of fruit, candy or nuts to be mixed in on a frozen granite stone. Ice cream cakes, frozen yogurt and smoothies are also available. Store hours are noon-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visit online at or call 919-500-3972.

Opening Soon …

Parents will have a new option for kids’ swim lessons in late 2017 when the Goldfish Swim School opens an 8,400-square-foot space at 14460 Falls of Neuse Road in Wakefield Commons in Raleigh. Owned by Shannon and Andrew Stefansky, the facility will offer lessons to kids ages 4 months to 12 years and features 90-degree water, a 4:1 student to teacher ratio, family swim, a separate viewing area, family dressing rooms and a retail shop. Multiple class levels are offered daily during each time slot. “We know how important water safety is to North Carolina families,”  Shannon Stefansky said. “We’re excited to bring the curriculum and programs to our brand-new, state-of-the-art swimming facility.” All staff are AED, CPR and Ellis Lifeguard certified. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 919-435-3753, or visit and on on Facebook @goldfishwakeforest.