Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 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 | Spring 2018 67 Ah, look at those architectural faux windows and the freshly painted historic colors on the sprawling 14 buildings of showrooms comprising what today is Whitley Furniture Galleries, founded on Zebulon's West Vance Avenue in 1909. The makeover — with storefronts that once had other purposes before Whitley's expansion gobbled up an entire city block — is all part of a town-sponsored facade improvement program helping pretty up downtown. One "storefront" is blue with white accents, another is a pale yellow. Some doors aren't doors at all. "We wanted to accentuate the fact that the store is made up of multiple buildings, many that have been acquired or built over the years as we grew," said Nelle Carroll, whose great grandfather started Whitley's predecessor, the Zebulon Supply Co. "When the town was established, Vance Street was designed to be the main street. Although it's not the main street now, our hopes were that by using different colors on each building, we would recreate more of an original downtown Main Street feel." The makeover extends to the interior as well. The carpet covering the grand wooden staircase at the front entrance is gone, exposing the original hardwoods underneath. Floors were prettied up. Oh, and that green tile: "We pulled up a pretty hideous green vinyl that covered hardwood floors upstairs," Carroll said. "Instead of refinishing the floors, we left them in their natural rustic state." More than just another pretty facade A visitors' guide to items and places of interest

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