Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 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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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Winter 2018 53 Family dinners These words can be found on what amounts to a mission statement at Leli's Diner on Wake Forest's Rogers Road: "At Leli's, we care for you like family and in our family, everyone eats well!" And family is always close by, with chef Joe Leli working the kitchen and his spouse, Sarka, working the dining rooms. Yet there's even more family about. It's a framed photograph, shown at right, of Joe Leli's parents — Lucille and Joseph — marking their engagement decades ago. "He got shipped off to Korea the next day, almost," Leli said. The family patriarch passed away about a decade ago, Joe Leli said, but his mom, Lucille, now 82 years old, moved to Wakefield just last year, a relatively new arrival from Babylon, N.Y. "She lived in that same house for 57 years," he said of his mom. Today, she might be spotted sitting close to that black- and-white photograph marking her betrothal long ago. "She can be found here Thursday afternoons," said Joe Leli, pointing to one table in particular, "literally every Thursday, right here." Spinning a good yarn You've heard of indie rock, but indie yarn? Yes, there are indie dyers of yarn supplying the masses of crocheters and knitters in always crafty North Carolina — on display in all their glorious colors at Creative Threads. "Most yarn people are very much aware of them," said owner Barbara Buckman, "and you're supporting 'local.'" The local in question is Casey Thompson of Raleigh, whose Iria Yarn Company creations can be found at the shop's Wake Forest location, tucked behind the Wake Forest Animal Hospital. "I started out like probably a lot of dyers do, just as a hobby, but that wasn't enough for me," Thompson said on her company web portal. "I invested some money into acid dyes in various colors and couldn't believe the amazing yarn that was coming out of my dyeing pot! That is when I knew, this is what I wanted to do!" Taking roots to a new level So, you spend hours researching your family's past on ancestry. com. And you're a regular viewer of public television's "Finding Your Roots," where Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. unearths the family histories of influential people helping shape our national identity. What better conversation piece to have than a table with its own collection of roots, one of several found at Whitley Furniture Galleries in Zebulon. It's a pretty good fit for the naturalist in the family, too, of course. "Bring the wonders of nature indoors with this Pacific deep-root teak console table," said spokeswoman Nelle Carroll, who can typically be found amid Whitley's 14 buildings of showrooms covering an entire city block. The WF Metro A visitors' guide to items and places of interest

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