Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

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62 Summer 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine The WF Metro Laughter in store There are plenty of North Carolina originals here, from the "Chapel Hill Toffee" to the campfire drinking mugs with the affectionate saying, "STATE OF MINE." And if those don't conjure up a smile, these might: a makeup bag with the imprint "BETTER LATE THAN UGLY" and the compact with the unbashful come-on, "JUST TELL ME WHERE AND WHEN." Who, after all, needs eHarmony, the dating site? "These are hilarious," proprietor Denise Floyd said of the new arrivals at Ollies Café & Gifts in downtown Wake Forest. Not to be overlooked is the shot glass. Its message: "TOO LIT TO QUIT." PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ The mighty Mini This "Mini" still turns heads There she is, a blue 1970 Morris Mini, a classic of the smallest-of-the-small car set, made by British Leyland in an era when Carnaby Street on London's West End was still very much the epicenter of pop culture's fashion scene. But if you're thinking of driving off in a piece of automotive history, think again. You might have missed the "NOT FOR SALE" sign. "People ask if it's for sale," said Henry Noel, sales manager at Flow Mini of Raleigh. But the classic — smaller than the Mini Coopers on the market today — apparently isn't going anywhere soon. The engine does turn over, even run, however. "I remember driving it in the showroom and out into the parking lot," Noel said of the Mini, which he said originally was perhaps a trade-in and found its way from the dealer's Winston-Salem showroom to Raleigh about 4 years ago. The boxy "Mini" was introduced to the world in 1959 by Alec Issigonis, whose creation — according to his New York Times obituary in 1988 — sparked mocking reviews. But sales, nonetheless, took off. "I've always felt that stylists such as you have in America," he said, "are ashamed of a car and are preoccupied with making it look like something else, like a submarine or an airship. As an engineer, I revolted against this." Even today, the "Mini" holds a special place in the heart of Twiggy, (pictured at left with her Mini — and her mini dress — in a vintage photo) the iconic supermodel who defined the Sixties along with The Beatles and became synonymous with pop culture's heyday. "It must have been about 1968, and I had the first automatic Mini in the country," the now 60-something Brit said in an article in the Birmingham Mail newspaper in 2015. "It was a kind of mod, and they painted it purple. How I loved that car — it even had black, tinted windows." And now at ringside… There are colorful eye-catching banners inside these doors, but visitors seem to be mysteriously drawn to a shiny silver-like device sitting on a desk at Vink Signs & Designs of Wake Forest. The attraction: a bell, the kind used to alert a shopkeeper that a customer is waiting, only bigger, much bigger. The temptation to ring it can prove irresistible, even for grownups. "It's amazing how many adults do," said proprietor Tom Diamond. "I say, 'Go ahead.'" And so they do. But it's not a little ring, ring, more of the thunder of a ringside event. "They're always surprised it sounds like a boxing bell," he said. The larger-than-life bell, Diamond said, was acquired from T.J. Maxx. "It was sitting on a shelf all by itself," he said of the find. He was sold. "We need a bell, a big bell," he said.

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