Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Fall 2018

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Autumn 2018 67 A new legend at Sweetie's This knight is not exactly of the shining-armor variety. "It looks like rust, but we try to make it look like chocolate," said Darlene Stroud of Sweetie's Candy Shop in historic downtown Wake Forest. "The little kids want to lick it." It is just the latest addition to this destination for all a child's heart — and XEWXIFYHW°HIWMVI8LIVIEVIXVYJ¾IWERH good ole rock candy, and even candy cigars at the ye old price of just 75 cents. The shop, which bills itself as "so much more than candy," is also home to gift baskets, wedding favors, balloon and candy boutiques, and such retro items as Mary Janes and Big League Chew. As for Stroud, she can bring a smile to any child's face. "What do you call a bear with no teeth?" she'll say. "A gummy bear!" Hats that evoke a sly charm You can't help but smile inside Local Charm in Rolesville. Yes, the smile of owner Jennifer Bernat is contagious, but there are other things to elicit a smile as well. The sayings on baseball caps for one: "I'll bring the bail money," reads one. "I'll bring the alcohol," reads another. This home of designer monograms and DIY (do-it-yourself) crafting workshops also has eyebrow-raising tumblers with — prepare to grin — such sayings as "THIS IS PROBABLY A COCKTAIL." There are placemats, too, proclaiming to your next house guest "HEY Y'ALL" and "HOPE YOU BROUGHT WINE." Some are Bernat's personal creations, such as the wall art titled "Raleigh Skyline." Just like grandma makes There's a true down-home quality to this place in Youngsville, a stopover where the saying "just like grandmother use to make" has a special meaning. Inside Mary & Co. Gifts and More, itself home to the authentic "Y'ville" T-shirt and Woodstock chimes, is a shop-within-a-shop [LIVI]SYGER½RHW[IEXIVWLEXWWGEVJW and mittens for the kids and grandkids (and even moms), hand-made by proprietor Mary Allen's mother, Grace Weiss of Wake Forest. "She's 90 years old and still doing it," Allen said. "She made these for us when we were babies, then our children and all of her grandchildren and great- grandchildren," Allen said. Now, the tradition continues, only with the public. The initial arrival of the knits was met with some hesitation. "She said, 'Who would buy them?" Allen said. Then a sale materialized. "She was so excited." There is some background to the mother-daughter story. "She taught me how to sew," Allen said. Today, each has a specialty. "She does the knitting. I do the sewing." At least one handmade knit pouch has even landed overseas. "I just sold one of these to a lady who's sending it to her granddaughter in Germany," Allen said. PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ

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