April 2012 Archives

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Gigi's Cupcakes

We had a nice tax-time treat brought to us last week by one of our financial planner referral partners, Brad Wilson of Edward Jones.  Brad works with several of our clients and he knows the stress and last-minute jitters that come along with the final few weeks of tax season.  So Brad stopped by with a delicious box of cupcake treats, right from the bakery of Gigi’s Cupcakes!   The Gigi’s Cupcakes of Cary opened a few months ago at the shops of NEW Waverly Place off of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Road.  The box contained 4 gourmet cupcakes of assorted flavors and the icing was sky high!  I’m a BIG fan of icing and the taste & flavor of these cupcakes was to die for!  Each one was different and had unique topping flavors on top of the icing.  I had the white vanilla cupcake that had little pearls of sprinkles on top, sooooo good!  It took me all day to eat it, but it was delicious!  This was my second time in less than a week seeing Gigi’s Cupcakes in action. The Gigi’s in Brier Creek, NC provide a lovely cupcake tower for a wedding that I attend last weekend and it was just as beautiful! 

 Thank you Brad for thinking of us!

 

Canes game with TLPL friends

Blake was also able to take a nice (and much needed) tax-season break with me over the weekend.  We attend the Carolina Hurricanes hockey game with Carrie Peele and friends of Blue Diamond Limo.  I’ve attended the games before with Carrie and the ladies of Triangle Ladies Power Lunch (TLPL), so I was excited to have Blake go along this time too.  I’ve told him that there is nothing in the world as nice as attending a Canes game as a guest of Carrie, and I was excited to introduce him to the friends of TLPL.  Our seats were for section 214 in the Champions Box, so we literally didn’t eat all day because we knew that two huge buffets of food were awaiting us that night!  We arrived right before the teams came out onto the ice and were able to get food and seats (ohhhh…the big leather seats in the Champions Box are so nice and roomy and comfortable) and we were honored to stand and hear the National Anthem sung (I get chills every time!).  After we ate, we joined Carrie and the rest of the friends at the group table where we spent the rest of the game talking, laughing and catching up with friends.  It was a wonderful time!  Blake made friends with some of the TLPL girl’s husbands (all men can connect over a cold beer and sports right!?!?) Stormy and Chubby (the mascots) came by just in time for us to snag a group picture together.  Thank you Carrie for inviting us to go, always a good time with you!!!!!!!

Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to accept new personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

 

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Hurricane Grill & Wings with a 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Hurricane Grill & Wings

FINALLY…Hurricane Grill & Wings has their doors open for business!  The old Applebee’s restaurant that has sat vacant for years on Kildaire Farm Road has been converted and totally transformed into a new cool place in town to eat!  For weeks we’ve been watching the construction and changes take place and the “NOW HIRING” signs have been in the windows beckoning for people to apply.  The new place is called Hurricane Grill & Wings and it is a really neat new concept for our area.  Blake went last week with Cam for their GRAND OPENING NIGHT (when wings were only $.50 and they had $1 draft beer) and they both instantly fell in love with the food & atmosphere. 

Hurricane Grill & Wings on Urbanspoon

Hurricane Grill & Wings red frisbee

I was able to go with Blake and our boys on Sunday night and inside is sooo cool, not at all what I was expecting!  It kinda has a Joe’s Crab Shack feel with a washed-beach/beachy-dock-theme and awesome décor.  Hurricane Grill & Wings has comfortable seating and a really great food & colorful menu!  They have booths & tables and a big private room behind the bar that can hold groups & parties.  I was hoping it might be large enough for my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club to hold our weekly meetings, but the room is just a tad too small for 50+ people.  But great for smaller groups!   Hurricane Grill & Wings is also a BRAND NEW CARY CHAMBER member!  What a great way to get new clients & business partners by joining the Cary Chamber! 

  I also spoke with Hurricane Grill & Wings General Manager, Susan Miller, while there with my family.  They brought some food on a cool red frisbee that is yours to take home, our oldest son thought it was really cool and can’t wait to toss his Hurricane Grill & Wings red disk around the yard this summer.

Life Experiences Easter Egg Hunt 2012

The Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club helped with our 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Life Experiences this week.  We started this event last year by asking our club members to bring in plastic eggs and non-chocolate candies.  Then one night after our regular weekly meeting we all gather round and stuff the eggs with goodies (including money coins!!!).  The folks at Life Experiences are so much fun and so grateful for this event.  Our 2012 egg hunt was held on Thursday, April 4th and the sun was shining and it was a toasty 84 degrees!  We did the egg hunt in two waves (we had over 300 eggs, so plenty for all).  Each group had a lot of fun and they are so adorable to watch find the eggs. 

Click on the video below to see the egg hunt.  Plastic bags were used as baskets.

 

Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to accept new personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

 

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Business Icons for 2012 in Cary Magazine
 

Business Icons 2012

Earlier this year we found out some very exciting news from the staff of Cary MagazineBob Smith, CPA, part owner of Smith & Smith, CPA had been named one of the Western Wake Business Icons for 2012!!!!  Bob was to be featured in the March/April edition of Cary Magazine.  They scheduled an interview time to come by and talk with Bob about his career path and the steps he had taken to create & build a successful family CPA practice.  They also sent a professional photographer to the office to take pictures. 

 
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Bob Smith, CPA Business Icons 2012

This was a huge honor for Bob to be named as one of the Western Wake Business Icons (and for Smith & Smith, CPA as a whole!!!)   We were excited to see the article come out in the magazine (also available online) and we loved how Bob was labeled ‘FAMILY MAN’ because he truly is a FAMILY MAN.  The other Western Wake Business Icons were Dean Ogan of Rocky Top Hospitality and Kelly Shatat of Moon and Lola.  Click HERE to read the article.  I love how the intro to the article starts  Family, fashion and food aren’t distractions from work for the 2012 Business Icons — they are work.  These Triangle business owners started solo, growing their ventures from idea through expansion by doing what they love.” 

Family Man

 
 
 
  A big THANK YOU to Cary Magazine for selecting Bob as one of the Western Wake Business Icons for 2012.  We have received numberous phone calls & emails from our clients and friends who have seen the article.  I also had the article professionally matted and framed to display proudly in our office.  Congrats Bob, you are our FAMILY MAN and will always be one of the best business icons to us! 

 

Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to accept new personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

 

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Free Stuff on Tax Day 2012

Free Stuff on Tax Day 2012

So TAX DAY is tomorrow…April 17th 2012.  The date to file is different this year due to several reasons.  Tax Day is looked at by many as “DOOM DAY” or “Oh-No-Not-That-Day-Again“…  But not to fear, there is a reason to smile about tomorrow!  Several businesses and companies are offering FREE STUFF on Tax Day.  That’s right FREE!  From curly fries to chicken taquitos and cinnabon bites, there is something for everyone this year!  Click the link below for the complete list.   ENJOY!

FREE STUFF on TAX DAY 2012

 

Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to process personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information.    

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Cary, NC 27511
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Miles the poodle

THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL CLIENTS!

Well, I must say, Smith & Smith, CPA does have the BEST clients ever!  Even through all of the crazy-end-of-season tax stress and the rush of meeting deadlines, our clients make us smile and we enjoy seeing them when they stop by.  We also really enjoy seeing new babies that clients have had over the past year and it is really fun when a furry-friend comes by to say hi too.  Check out “Miles” the black poodle of one of our clients.  He was well behaved and stopped in to say “RUFF RUFF” to us.  This tax season has been really nice, as we’ve been treated extra special with lots and lots and lots of gifts and sweet treats!  See the pictures below for those goodies!  THANK You to ALL!!!!!!!

 

Edible Arrangements Fruit Gift Basket from the Mann Family

Edible Arrangements Fruit Basket

 Gift card to The Meat House and Goodberry’s Frozen Custard

Meat House and Goodberry's

 Best Cookies on EARTH from Maria Young & family

Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Young family

 Gigi’s Cupcakes from Autumn LaBarca

Gigi's Cupcakes from Autumn

 
Brugger’s Bagels from Rutledge & Associates Amerprise Financial
 
Hot fresh bagels
 
Vanilla Lattes from Heather Swanner
 
Vanilla Lattes from Heather

 Dunkin Donuts from a sweet tax client

Morning Breakfast Treat

 
Chips & Salsa from Becca Thomas of Moe’s and Amy of PrimePay
 
Chips & Salsa make Tax Day great!

It is almost like the holidays around here with so many goodies!  Thank you also to Tommy Boatright of  Tommy Boatright Salon, he brought these AMAZING oreo-brownies by and I would have taken a picture of them, but the problem was they didn’t last long enough!  We ate them that quickly! 

 

HAPPY TAX DAY 2012!!!!!!!!

 

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Tax Dinner at the Angus Barn

Tax Dinner at the Angus Barn

At the end of every ‘tax season’, our family goes out for a celebration TAX DINNER at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC.  This is a wonderful time for our family to celebrate the four previous months of long days at the office, weekend working hours and stressful deadlines.  It is a time that we look forward to each year and for the past several years we have chosen to have dinner at the Angus Barn.  The atmosphere there is so relaxing and very enjoyable.  We like to arrive early and relax in the Wild Turkey Lounge with a glass of wine and the delicious cheese, crackers and pickle tray goodies.   The décor of the Angus Barn is so charming and it has been a favorite of Bob’s for many years. 

Van and Becca

  I’ve been blessed to have a good close & personal relationship with Van Eure (owner of the Angus Barn) for several years.  She was a mentor to me during my years at East Carolina University in the Hospitality Management Department and we both were close with Dr. Jim Chandler, who sadly passed away last year.   Van stopped by our table during the evening to say hello and I (of course) had to get our annual picture together (I have a nice collage of pictures with her from over the years in my office).   After we were finished with our dinner, we stopped by the gift shop to pick up a few goodies. I bought two of their soy double wick candles (one for me and one for my mom) and also purchased the most adorable baby shower gift ever!  It was a cute teddy bear that plays peek-a-boo when you push his foot.  It was a baby shower gift for a friend (the shower was on Sunday) and it was a favorite of the mom-to-be!
Angus Barn on Urbanspoon

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Triangle Ladies Lunch

Last week at the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch we heard from the very dynamic speaker, Denise Bennett.  Denise is the Vice President of Business Sales and Strategy at Wells Fargo in Raleigh, NC and is also President at DS Bennett Business Strategies.  She is also the author of “A Chosen Seed: from Mustard Seed to Abundance”, her latest book that offers 101 years of wisdom for abundant living (celebrating her grandmother’s insightful teachings).   I thoroughly enjoyed hearing her speak, she started with a story a birthday gift from a husband, a brand new bicycle, and finished up with a dramatic ending that had her modeling a fantastic & extravagant hat! 

Becca with Denise and her book

  Some of her main points during the luncheon included a quote from her grandmother… ‘Each day you can either be pitiful or powerful but not both.  You decide’.  I LOVE THAT!  She also talked about living your life in a way that makes people trust you.  She gave another quote “One day you are a peacock, the next day you could be a feather duster”…meaning to live each day to it’s fullest and take nothing for granted!  Also not to ‘less-in the lessons of life’…think on that for a moment.  Denise had her book for sale and also gave one to the TLPL Breast Cancer ‘she-ro’ during the lunch, it was not only signed by her, but ALSO by her grandmother…such a treasured gift!  (she-ro is code for FEMALE HERO)

 I had a nice group of guests at my table: Susan Pruskin (QuickBooks Pro Advisor), Remi Haskett (Waddell & Reed), Chris Parks & Linday Wood (of Hand & Stone Massage), Pam Higdon (of Express Employment Professionals) and Rhonda Godsey (of Duff’s Design and Landscaping).

Kidd Photography

Jennifer Kidd of Kidd Photography was offering headshots for the attendees during the luncheon.  Jennifer is very friendly and easy to work with, she’s been a client of Smith & Smith, CPA for many years and I participated in the headshot offer.  She took several photos and later uploaded & emailed the images to me.  She does great work and is very creative.  She was telling me about a recent prom photo shoot that she did for local high school students that involved a back yard circus set-up! Find Kidd Photography on facebook to see the circus prom pictures!

Book Signing for Denise Bennett

The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch is known for their ‘shopping-hour’ that takes place before and after the luncheon.  After the meeting, many ladies (and guys) stayed around to network and make business connections.  I had to capture a picture of Denise at her book table.  Women who wanted to speak with her and get her to autograph the book surrounded her table.  Nice job Denise!   The next TLPL will be held on May 16th, hope to see you there!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Wow…this has been a crazy week…hence the name of my blog!  Clients and Corona

Thanks David!!!!!

 

I’ll start with the Corona first…one of our tax clients, David Laxton, was awesome and brought us a case of Corona as a reward/gift for a crazy tax season!  He also included the limes!  Thanks David!  We’ll enjoy those (after office hours of course!)  So after tax season ends my calendar/schedule pretty much EXPLODES with meetings and events and this week has been good, but exhausting!  I’ve been in and out and in and out and out and in of the office so much that I have lost count!   But I’ve taken advantage of the time out and stopped by to say ‘HI’ and chat with several of our clients.  I was at a meeting with my new friend, Ann Close, owner of Close HR Connections (CHRC) and stopped by afterwards to visit with Joule Salon

Joule Salon

Owners Lou and Lisa Rivoli, have been clients of Smith & Smith, CPA for many years and we totally adore them!   I don’t get to see Lisa much, so I poked my head into her salon and snapped a picture of her in action with her adorable staff and clients.  Joule Salon has really cool & hip salon-style and her business cards read ‘hair, beauty, fashion and coaching’.   They are located at 4242 NW Cary Parkway (same shopping center as the Mellow Mushroom).  Go check them out!  They do amazing work for their clients!  Perhaps last week you might have noticed that we did a cool facebook marketing promotion with one of our clients, Vestique.

Carmen & Teddy

  I stopped by their store last week to purchase the gift card we gave away during the facebook promotion.  Vestique is located in downtown Raleigh and happen to be in the same business complex as another client, Carmen Ritz State Farm Agency.  I stopped by to say hello to Carmen and her very friendly staff!  Carmen is always so much fun (and really good at her insurance stuff too) Her adorable dog, Teddy, was there and greeted me with lots of hugs and kisses. 

He is such a cute dog!

 I also had lunch this week with Sharon Moe of North State Bank, went to the Eye Opener Breakfast for the Cary Chamber on Wednesday morning where I sat with my friends Chuck & Anne Cook of Koko Fitness and my newest Cary Chamber member friend, Shelli Dallacqua (Shelten Media).  On Wednesday night, Blake and I attend the Cary Chamber Elected Officials Reception (held at the Matthew’s House in downtown Cary).

Priscilla and Becca

  I was invited by my beautiful friend, Priscilla Bullock of First Citizens Bank to be a guest at her sponsor table for the TCREW Awards on Thursday afternoon. Thank you Priscilla, had a great time with you at lunch and glad we missed the monsoon of rain that afternoon!  This morning was the Career Fair at Green Hope High School…a blog on that event coming next week.  Still have to get up my blog about the East Carolina University Women’s Round Table too…that one will take 2 days of blogging.  

Eric at Verizon

Last but not least, I’ve finally launched myself into the ‘technically world’ with a smart-phone and a tablet, thanks to Verizon!  I spent two days and nearly 5-hours this week working with the great team at the Verizon store in Cary Towne CenterEric Rainey was my main Verizon guy, Veronica was also very helpful too.  Now I have to find time to figure out both pices of technology!  Eric was great help at getting me set-up…but I’ve got some exploring to do!  Want to know something cool?  All three of my technology guys are named Eric….(Eric Green-my blog/social media guy, Erik Johnson with our CPA website company and now Eric Rainey with Verizon)!!!!

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Raleigh Professional Fire Fighters Association Presents

The Temptations Review with special guests The Embers

Smith & Smith, CPA was pleased to be a sponsor this year

Concert inside of Dorton Arena

 

Happy LAST day of April 2012!  Have a great one!

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Director of Marketing

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f

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