Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Fall 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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8 Autumn 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Rewind A look back at notable people and events in history B ack on Jan. 1, 1949, the song sure to be heard playing on the radio of the family Plymouth was the No. 1 hit "Buttons and Bows," a peppy tune sung by a young Diana Shore, once described as a singer with "cheery optimism and southern charm." These days, there's a bit of both here at City Lunch, whose old lunch-counter vibe traces itself to that day when Clyde Waiden Sr. and his wife, Ruth, purchased the downtown eatery from their "Uncle Buck" Edwards and begin a family dynasty that now — 70 years later — stretches well into a third generation. "That'll be me," said Michelle Waiden Ayscue, a Franklinton High Class of '87 alum who four years later emerged from sports administration studies at Atlantic Christian College (today's Barton College in Wilson) only to step up to the plate of the family business. "Just came back here to help them out," she said of her parents, Clyde Waiden Jr. and his wife-partner, Sharon, who took the reins in the 1970s and are now in their 70s themselves. %WXLILYRKV]QEWWIW½PIHMRSRI late weekday morning — the hours here are 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. — there was an obvious sense of familiarly. "Bacon and grits!" she announced to acknowledge an otherwise silent woman sitting down in one of the seven faux wood-grain booths just across from a dozen red-cushioned stools along the counter. "Most of the people who walk in here, I know what they want," she said. "They're regulars." One of those is Rocky Rockwell, CITY LUNCH Here, the down-home feel is 'aged to perfection' PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ The third-generation proprietor of City Lunch, Michelle Waiden Ayscue, above, alongside her work station, the grill at City Lunch. Below, City Lunch on Franklinton's South Main Street is home to the $1.75 hot dog and a Waiden family tradition since 1949.

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