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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54 Winter 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine The WF Metro A Mini for the Mini-Me The Mini Cooper — that hug-the-road British-BMW sports car line that Consumer Reports calls "quirky and fun to drive" — comes in various shapes and sizes, from the station-wagon-like Clubman to the not-so-mini four-door Countryman. Then there's a push-along mini for the mini-me in the family, the toddler who just has to follow in dad or mom's sporty tread marks, hood emblem and all. It's just part of BMW of North America's merchandising empire, examples of which can be found at Flow Mini of Raleigh. Yes, there are free postcards to be had — proclaiming "More windows down. More up for anything. More of what matters" — but there's also Mini T-shirts, Mini aviator sunglasses, iron-on patches, travel mugs, umbrellas, die-cast Mini convertibles, even a chance to get a Mini Visa card with an image of your exact Mini model. But perhaps the most jaw-dropping is the Mini Motoring School at The Thermal (Calif.) Club. There, on your next West Coast trip, you can spend a half day (at $499 per person) on a closed racetrack, warming up with some slaloms and emergency braking, followed up by a timed autocross, and topped off by an "intense" race and a "pro driver hot lap." It's Calabash, only closer Calabash, that little fishing village in North Carolina's Brunswick County, declares itself to be "The Seafood Capital." Trouble is, it's some 183 miles away. No worries. There's Off the Hook Seafood, whose menu — and of course the décor — will set the mood. It's run by the McDonald family — Kristina, Sheila, and David — and promises seafood "lightly breaded and lightly fried to golden brown perfection," just like the fare in Calabash, only in Rolesville. As for the décor, the seafaring ship theme, seagulls and all, adds to the ambiance. Feeling really touristy? Pick up one of the "Off the Hook" souvenir T-shirts! In the gelato hall of fame Psst. It's turns out there's a Top 10 destination to indulge in gelato — that Italian-born dessert minus the guilt of ice cream — right here in our midst. Best Things North Carolina, a web portal that indulges in such rankings, puts Café Buongiorno's in the heart of Raleigh's picturesque Bedford neighborhood smack in the middle of its Top 10 list. "One of the most unique in all Carolina," said proprietor Joe Makar, who runs the place with his wife, Monica. Why unique? It has to do with some 24 flavors. "Anybody else is six, 12, max," he said of the taste offerings. So what flavors are the most popular? Topping that list is mango sorbet, followed by chocolate-chocolate chip ("Of course," he says), and lemon sorbet.

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