Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

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68 Spring 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Now, that's hand-made The illuminated "OPEN" sign out front isn't the off-the-shelf variety. It's hand- crafted. "Out of reclaimed wood from a barn," said Amy Peterson, who with Katie Martin runs the Furniture Leaf Company in downtown Wake Forest. The shop is nothing short of a destination for those on the prowl for "restored furniture" and then some: There are, after all, such imports as a Brevard Avenue Coffee Table made of solid mango wood from the tropics. Look around and the eye-catchers are seemingly everywhere. There's a refinished elementary-school desk, with its recessed pencil holder. The stand for the computer tablet at checkout is hand-crafted from wood, too, the handiwork of Peterson's spouse, Ryan. "Something unique instead of the boring plastic everybody has," she said. Oh, the "Open" sign out front, colleague Martin's spouse actually fashioned that, Peterson said. The homemade items don't stop there. Look for the one-of-a-kind wine glass and bottle holders and handcrafted wall clock. Psst. With the benches out front, you can even sit on some of the creations. The 'Lost & Found' department They're the orphans of the lanes. An earring here. A bracelet there. Even a shark tooth. And, in the end, these wayward items wind up on a tugged away "Lost & Found" bulletin board in the back office at Brooks Street Bowl in downtown Wake Forest. "I keep adding to it," said Karen Bennion, the bowling alley's general manager and L&F creator. Angela Brickman, the always close-by manager, understands how it happens. "Granted, my earrings come off, I would never find them," she said. And so many haven't. "It's single earrings mostly," Bennion said. "I would wear them if I had a pair." Yet, they wait for their owners to — perhaps — return. "The "Lost & Found" wall is not entirely made up of MIAs, or items missing in action. "Our first dollar!" Bennion said of the greenback, bottom left in the above photo, tacked on the bulletin board. She even remembers from whence it came, namely the electrician who worked on the retrofit ahead of the opening of the combination bowling alley and sports bar in 2012. "They came in and had a beer," she said. The WF Metro

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