Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2019

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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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2019 49 is also, in fact, the "BIRTHPLACE OF VICKS VAPORUB," a mentholated chest ointment that to this day is used to treat coughs and minor aches. Today, you can hop abroad the Palmetto, which stops here daily on its 829-mile trek from Savannah, Ga., to New York City. But, back in the 1950s, you could also hop aboard a single-engine Piper for a $1 aerial tour, piloted by a petite 5-foot-2 Myr- tle ˜ompson, also known for penning a weekly "Tar Heel Air Currents" column for the old Johnsonian-Sun newspaper in Selma. And though she left town for a while — moving to Georgia in the early 1960s and eventually landing in its Aviation Hall of Fame — the onetime airœeld she operated is not entirely forgotten. "I actually žew out of there one time, just down East Anderson (street)," said Cindy Parrish, a third-generation pharmacist at Creech Drug. Co., whose origins trace to her grandfather in 1939. ˜at downtown landmark — in what locals prefer to call "Uptown Selma" — is spotted via a distinctive blue sign extending out from it corner blue façade, but it's the old-time soda fountain inside that's the lure. Here, the draw is the $1.85 cherry smash and the $3 milkshake. "I sell lots of chocolate milkshakes and orangeades, tons of orangeades," said Lana Radford, the 19-year-old behind the counter who hails from nearby Four Oaks. Here, though, it's as much about the small-town comradery as the thirst-quenchers. "Most of the people who come in here you know on a name-to-name-basis," she said. "˜ey tell you these really cool stories." And, if you step outside to a vintage scale, and deposit a penny, you can see how many pounds you've put on — give or take — and even have your fortune told. One of its "character readings" includes this head- scratching analysis: "Your type are great bluªs but back up quickly." As far as fortunes go, Randall ("Randy") Cahoon-Tingle, Semel's new planning director, has some insights, from the soon- to-open civic center and the less certain re-imagining of the old ˜ompson Garage across from the landmark music venue known as the Rudy ˜eatre. Continued on Page 51 kk BOB KARP A view of what's known as "Uptown Selma," the core of a town with a population approaching 7,000. Easily spotted is the distinctive blue sign and façade of the Creech Drug Co.

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