Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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76 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine A mug with a mug Ever feel lonely when sipping that warm, smooth cup of joe? Well, you can have some company, albeit perhaps not the most glamourous looking of companions. They're coffee mugs with mugs all their own, the creation of Lumberton artist Patty Speights. And in these parts, they can be found at the North Carolina General Store in Wake Forest. For what they might lack in looks, they make up for in utility. "You can put them in the microwave, the dishwasher," said Tim Forrest, whom you're likely to see behind the counter on a visit to the historic downtown. "She brings them in quite often. So, there are a lot of face mugs out there," Forrest said of the sales. The pottery at the North Carolina General Stores — as the name suggests a treasure trove of Tar Heel State products — also hails from such places as Sanford. Though some might be inclined to name their morning cup of joe, since its facial features are so human-like, Forrest, so far at least, hasn't gotten that personal with his. "I haven't named 'em," he said of his mug buddy. A bit of Jersey right here PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ The roots go back to 1956, Point Pleasant, N.J. when a Jersey guy named Mike begin a journey that spawned today's 1,500 locations of Jersey Mike's — the fabled shore's classic submarine sandwich shop. Today, a giant vintage "Greetings from Point Pleasant" postcard inside those eateries is a testament to that history, albeit the Wakefield (Raleigh) location is some 130-plus miles to the Carolina coast. But just like all those romantic tales born at the Jersey Shore, there's one here too. You see, Christopher Elwood, operating partner at the Wakefield Commons location, might be from Ohio but his "girl" is from the Jersey Shore. You can almost hear Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" in the background. She — spouse Dusty — is from Keansburg, N.J., a stone's throw from Point Pleasant and the home of the famed Keansburg Amusement Park, and they have a gritty get-together tale right out of a storybook, she waitressing at a truck stop and he running a Waffle House across the way when they met, now more than 20 years ago. "We used to go to Sandy Hook all the time, too," she said of her youth. Today, they work side-by-side. Now, that's a Jersey story.

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