Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 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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18 Summer 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ On the approach on downtown Zebulon, next to a Citgo service station, you'll come across Sunset Slush. Above, young Cheyenne Wager tends to customer Bryan Currier, 21, of Raleigh. "How's your piña colada?" Currier asked. "I saw this, and I'm a sucker for anything frozen." local. is is a sustainable product. … Hon- est, authentic North Carolina seafood." "Chef Ricky" earned his stripes in the Army, working in field kitchens and emerg- ing from the service to attend the Culinary Institute of America and then landing gigs at such places as Charlie Trotter's in Chicago. But here, in the saltbox, he said, it's differ- ent. "Some people never see their chef cook," he said. Here, he said, the mind-set is differ- ent: "e guy I'm talking to is cooking my food, too, and he cares. … Sometimes, you go to a restaurant, you feel like a stranger. I don't care how many times you go." e personal connection even extends to, well, a bright lemon-yellow shop-in-the-box called Sunset Slush in Zebulon, where Chey- enne Wager, a 17-year-old in her first job "besides babysitting," doles out best-sellers "Nerd's Candy" in Italian ices and "Banana Pudding" in ice cream. "ey always ask, 'Now do you fit all the ice cream?'" she said. "I love talking to all the people." e flavorful names here run the gamut, from "Beach Bum," "Ballerina," "Lava Bomb," "e Wolfpack" (for all those NC State fans), and one that might very well have a cult following, "Walking Dead." In these tight spaces, there is always the possibility of firing up more troublesome wrinkles in the human condition. "If you have two people with strong per- sonalities," Mohan of the Saltbox Seafood Joint said of the possibility of conflict. But McNair didn't sound worried. "Two peas in a pod," he said.

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