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The CineBistro Is Open in Cary!  So is Diced in Cary!

CineBistro in Cary

CineBistro in Cary

The past few weeks have really been great in Cary!  So many NEW things are opening and it is causing a buzz around town!  This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the CineBistro VIP Party with Alicia.  Nearly everyone in town has been waiting for the CineBistro in Cary to open!  It seems like we heard about it a few years ago, but the day has finally come!  Last week Alicia asked me to go along with her and we had such a fun time!  CineBistro in Cary is located on the lower level shopping center of Waverly Place.  There is plenty of parking and it is easy to find.

Cozy Leather Recliners of the CineBistro in Cary

Cozy Leather Recliners of the CineBistro in Cary

CineBistro offers “Movies with a Taste”, meaning that you can order a full meal while enjoying the latest movie flick from Hollywood!  The front entrance opens up to a very nice ‘restaurant’ style bar’, with dark floors and exposed brick.  It’s very charming and elegant!  Not what I was really expecting at first.   Off from the bar area is a lounge and gathering area.  During the VIP party on Tuesday night, they had live music playing and a large ice sculpture carved with CineBistro logo.

Food! Not the best quality photo, but it was dark inside

Food! Not the best quality photo, but it was dark inside

Food was constantly being brought out by the servers from the kitchen and at one point, Alicia and I couldn’t keep up with all of the delicious foods!  We had the pleasure of tasting the Popcorn Shrimp, Mahi Soft Tacos, Moroccan Lamb Chops, Beef Filet, Wagyu Beef Sliders, Lump Blue Crab Cakes, plus a huge selection of desserts like their Cineful Chocolate Cake and Caramelized Banana Cheesecake!  SOOOOOOO GOOD!  At one point we were right outside of the kitchen doors and were able to have first choice of the food samples coming out of the kitchen!  We took a tour of the whole facility and they offer 6 different theater rooms, seating from 40 (in the smaller rooms) up to 80 (in the larger rooms).  The chairs are cozy leather recliners and they offer full-service in-theater dining.

Ice Sculpture

Ice Sculpture

There is a full bar available to serve fine wines and signature cocktails (even during the movie!).   Children must be accompanied by an adult and the CineBistro of Cary is ADULT ONLY starting at 6pm.  Movie tickets can be purchased on Fandango.com or in person at the theater.   If you are planning to order dinner, then you need to arrive at least 30 minutes before the movie showing.

walk in the woodsMovie tickets range in price from $12.50 to $14.50 and you select your seat when you purchase, so that is no getting stuck with a sold out theater or the awkward seat in the front row.   Menu prices range from $11.50 to $29.00 and YES, you can order popcorn!  Also nice to note is that you DO NOT have to order a meal to see a movie at the CineBistro in Cary.  The movies are open to anyone who wants a pampering movie-going experience.  During the VIP party, they were offering a complimentary screening of the new movie, A Walk in the Woods.  Alicia stayed for the movie and enjoyed the leather recliners and the whole overall movie experience!   The CineBistro in Cary, NC makes the 9th location for them nationwide!   Thank you for the invite Alicia and I look forward to going back to the CineBistro again soon!

 Diced in Cary

Cary Chamber Ribbon Cutting for DICED in Cary

Cary Chamber Ribbon Cutting for DICED in Cary

Another new restaurant that recently opened in Cary is DICED Gourmet Salads and Wraps.   They are located right down from Trader Joes in Cary at the intersection of Cary Parkway and Kildaire Farm Road.   My Final Friday Friends lunch group met there last week and it was really good!  You stand in line when you arrive and the staff ‘makes’ the salad for you, similar to a Moe’s.   Once you get to the end of the food line, they dump your salad into a bowl, add the dressing, and chop it up very fine.  I love salad that way!  The owner,  Mary-Rose Woodward, was there and chatted with us for a long time.  We enjoyed hearing about their story and are thrilled to have Diced in Cary!  I love how close it is to my office and I am sure this will be one of my favorite places to eat during the work week!  Also happy to see that they joined the Cary Chamber! Click to add a blog post for Diced Gourmet Salads & Wraps on Zomato

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!

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Cary, NC 27511

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September 15th is a Tax Deadline!

tax-deadlineJust a friendly reminder that September 15th is quickly approaching!  You may or may not know but that is a VERY IMPORTANT deadline day!   If you filed an automatic 6-month extension for your Business Corporation (from March 15th 2015), you need to have your tax return filed by this deadline. Our office is very busy in September as we help clients complete and process their extension filing for their corporate business taxes.   And just a heads-up too…October 15th is the deadline if you filed for an automatic 6-month extension for your PERSONAL/INDIVIDUAL tax return filings.   Smith & Smith, CPA would be happy to help you get your tax filings completed!

Just give us a call…but don’t wait till the last minute!

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Cary, NC 27511

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Business of the Week Spotlight by Cary News

I opened the Cary News paper this morning and this is what I found!  Talk about making your day!  Thank you Cary News!!!!!

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Cary News Business Spotlight August 26th 2015

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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Cary, NC 27511

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Charity Golf Tournament and Cleveland School Rotary Club

Hearts & Hooves Golf

Hearts & Hooves Golf

Yesterday, Blake and I had the pleasure of playing in the 2015 Hearts & Hooves Golf Tournament.  The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club and brought together these two amazing non-profit organizations.  If you have read my blog before, then you have heard me talk about Corral Riding Academy (the Hooves part).  Blake and I have been involved with Corral for many years now and just love everything about them.  A few years ago my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club did a District Grant Project with Corral and installed their outdoor arena lights so that their classes and horse-therapy could still take place during the Fall/Winter months when it gets dark outside at 5pm.  I wasn’t familiar with Advancing the Heart (the Heart part of the golf tourney) but they were established in 2012 by Dan Matthys and their mission is to advocate and participate in research for cardiac innovation.

Great day to golf!

Great day to golf!

Blake and I were matched up with two other players and had a fantastic day out on the golf course.  It was a toasty hot day, but there was a nice breeze and eventually the sky had several big clouds pass over and gave us some much needed shade!  Our other teammates decided that playing 18-holes wasn’t going to work with their time frame & other plans for the day, so they left around the 11th hole.

Last Hole!

Last Hole!

That was kind of interesting, but Blake and I played on and enjoyed finishing up the tournament together. We joined the other teams for a late afternoon lunch inside of Preston and while we didn’t win (not even coming close!!) we still had a great time and know that we helped raise funds for two worthy organizations.  Thank you to all of the volunteers from both Corral and Advancing the Heart for all of the handwork and time that went into making this a fun golfing event.

Cleveland School Rotary Club

Cleveland School Rotary Club

The 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water is right around the corner too!  I’ve been part of this great event since the beginning and our 5K date is quickly approaching on Sunday, September 27th.  This morning I had the pleasure of attending the Cleveland School Rotary Club and sharing with them all about the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water.  This was my first time visiting this club, but I already knew several of their club members from making friends at the Rotary District 7710 Conference in New Bern earlier this year.  They gave me such a warm welcome this morning and a big THANK YOU to Club President, Julie Barefoot, for inviting me to speak.  Julie is a CPA at John D. Adams & Co, CPA in Garner, NC.   She has a lot of energy and Rotary is blessed to have her!

Hard to believe that this is the LAST week in August!   Make it a great one!  

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Memory Cafe of Cary through Rotary

Memory Cafe of Cary with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Friends

Memory Cafe of Cary with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Friends

This week the Memory Cafe of Cary celebrated its 1-Year Anniversary.   This is the joint project among the 5 Rotary Clubs in Cary, NC as a way to honor 50 Years of Rotary in Cary (the 50th Celebration was in August 2014).   The Memory Cafe of Cary is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month  at Bond Park Senior Center and offers a free evening of dinner, entertainment and social interaction with those in our community who have a loved one struggling with Alzheimers disease.  Our attendance has steadily grown over the year and we have really gotten to know and love many of the regular attendees.  The Memory Cafe of Cary is staffed each month by volunteers from the 5 Rotary Clubs, we come together to set-up, serve the meal, interact with the guests and clean-up. It has become a favorite event of mine each month!  We have seen many friendships form between the guests and they even have started to request being able to sit together each month and ask if their friends have arrived yet at check-in.   Check out the video below to watch the live entertainment from our 1-Year Anniversary celebration this week!  They love the music and we are always looking for volunteers to provide the entertainment!

Cary Chamber Rewards Trip 2015

Cary Chamber Rewards Trip 2015

Last week was the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Drive Rewards Trip.  This was my 9th year in a row earning a spot on the trip and we had a wonderful time in Cancun, Mexico!  We went to a resort called Secrets Playa Mujeres.  It was beautiful and an all-inclusive resort.  We had 18 traveling in our group and had wonderful weather and a very enjoyable mini-vacation in Mexico!   The trip is awarded each year to those who are the top producers in the Membership Drive.  Many thanks to Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex and MGC Oh-La-La in downtown Cary, for helping me select some beautiful dresses to take along with me to Mexico!  We have a fancy dinner every night while on the trip and Lois had the perfect selection of dresses in her stores for me to choose from!

Upcycle at MGC

Upcycle at MGC

Speaking of MGC, tonight is their Upcycle Your Wardrobe Event!   Stop by their Apex store from 4pm-7pm and bring in your Fall items in return for store credit, PLUS 20% off your ENTIRE purchase!   What a great deal!   They are looking for the following items in the list below.  Stop by to see them and tell them that you read Beccasblog.com!

dark wash jeans

-3/4 and long sleeve trendy tops

-light weight sweaters and jackets

-designer handbags

-boots/fall shoes

-autumn dresses

We ask that the items are in pristine condition, clean, no holes or missing buttons, and current styles. Each person may bring up to 15 items.

Kim & Becca

Kim & Becca

Last week I also had a chance to have lunch with my dear friend from ShopLocalRaleigh, Kim Davis.   Kim and I have been friends for several years and are always bouncing ideas off each other when it comes to marketing and networking.  We have a new idea in place for a marketing round-table and it is something that we could both really benefit from.  The idea is still a work in progress but stay tuned!  We had lunch at the Red Monkey Tavern at Crabtree Valley Mall.  Thanks again to Lois from My Girlfriend Closet for dressing me in the casual blush colored tank from Ann Taylor!

It’s almost Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

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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Cary, NC 27511

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Taking a New Job and Questions about Moving My 401(K)

The US Economy continues to improve and many people are taking new jobs and making major changes in their lives.  Has this happened to you lately?  Have you taken a new job and now have questions about moving your 401(K)?  Figuring out what to do with the money in our 401(K) is a common question and it is one that could cost you thousands of dollars if you make the wrong move!

job change

There are many things to consider when it comes to moving your 401(K), such as:  the amount in your account, your age, your tax bracket, state & local taxes depending on where you live, was there a minimum period of work time required by your previous employer, plus some other issues.   The full article and suggestions to moving your 401(K) can be found in our August 2015 Newsletter.

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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Cary, NC 27511

 

 

 

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Celebrating 20 Years in Business with Smith & Smith, CPA

The Smith & Smith, CPA family

The Smith & Smith, CPA family

Well….we MADE IT!!  Yesterday was the 20th Anniversary for Smith & Smith, CPA!  That means, 20 years ago, Robert G. (Bob) Smith, started a CPA firm here in Cary, NC.  And over the years it has changed locations several times to accommodate growth, changed names to reflect the growth and accomplishments and also added staff (most of whom are family).  We have also grown the business in both areas of our small businesses for monthly accounting work and tax returns for annual filings.

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

Bob started 20 years ago after he left the health care industry and ventured over into private accounting and tax.  He started in a very small, one-room office and had just part-time employees for the first 9 years.  I was his first full-time employee hire in 2004 and we are now in a 2,300 sqft office with 6 full-time employees!  It’s one thing to really like your job, but it’s another thing to really like your job AND like the people you work with, especially when they are family!   Alicia Angell was hired in 2012 as our first non-family hire, but we’ve grown to love her like family and always enjoy seeing her girls when they come by the office.  There are 7 ‘office kids’ here at Smith & Smith, CPA and they range from age 20 with the oldest (Avery) to age 4 with the youngest (Bailey).

Last night we had a big 20th ANNIVERSARY Celebration dinner at our house.  Everyone came and we had a great time looking back on old memories, making crazy office jokes, talking about our favorite work memories and giving Bob a quiz on ALL THINGS Smith & Smith, CPA.  He did really well at the quiz!

Office Kids of Smith & Smith CPA

Office Kids of Smith & Smith CPA

We ended the celebration with a homemade 20th Anniversary Cake and sang ‘HAPPY ANNIVERSARY’ to Bob (set to the tune of Happy Birthday) and let him blow out the 20th Anniversary Candles…well, you have to watch the video to see who ACTUALLY blew out the candles.  Click to watch the video below!

 

Blake, Bob and Cam of Smith & Smith CPA

Blake, Bob and Cam of Smith & Smith CPA

We’d like to say THANK YOU to all of our clients, friends, families and referral partners who have supported us through the years.  Cary is a WONDERFUL place to work and do business and we are so happy to be part of this community.   We are always open to new clients and appreciate your referrals.  Thank you again to Bob Smith for providing Smith & Smith, CPA as a safe and wonderful place to work.  We are providing for 4 families from this office and look forward to 20 more years in business serving our clients and our community!

Cheers to 20 Years in Business for Smith & Smith, CPA!

Silly times with some awesome people!

Silly times with some awesome people!

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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Cary, NC 27511

 

 

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Best of Cary 2015 Winners Announced

Cary MagA BIG congrats to ALL of the winners for the BEST OF CARY 2015 Awards!  These awards are announced & presented each year by The Cary News.  They are broken down into 9 different categories:  Restaurants, Automotive, Education, Retail, Medical, Services, Real Estate, Diversions and Other.   Smith & Smith, CPA is PROUD to see TWO of our clients recognized as the BEST OF Cary 2015 in their category!

 

  Congrats to Sushi Thai Restaurant for being voted BEST SUSHI!

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  Congrats to The Flower Cupboard for being voted BEST FLORIST!

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Also another CONGRATS to Serendipity Gourmet Deli for being 2nd Place in the category of BEST LUNCH.

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We’ve been working with these clients for many years and we love to see their success be recognized.   And congrats to all of the other Best of Cary 2015 winners too.  The winners contain a mix of locally owned as well at corporate owned businesses, and several are franchises.  I’ve been to many of these places and can agree that they all work hard to bring good business & services to the Cary Community.  Congrats again!

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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Cary, NC 27511

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Growing Your Business Referrals

Carrie, Becca & Kim

Carrie, Becca & Kim

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending a presentation for Professional Working Women called “Grow Your Business: Referral Request Seminar”.  The event was hosted by Carrie Peele and featured guest speaker, Mary Cantando, Founder, of The Woman’s Advantage.  Carrie is the newly appointed Chair for the Triangle Chapter of The Woman’s Advantage and hosted her first event at the PNC Boardroom in Raleigh.  So many women business owners & working professionals struggle waiting for referrals to happen by “word of mouth”.  This seminar taught us how to stop waiting for them to happen and how to instead, MAKE the them happen!   Carrie and Mary also presented the opportunity to learn more about the Women’s Advantage Program and how ladies can sign-up to get involved.  I really enjoyed the class and was happy to have my friend & fellow ShopLocalRaleigh member, Kim Davis of The Paystub People along with me.   Kim and I worked as partners during the class and had a chance to share several times when Mary called on volunteers.   I can’t wait to take what I learned from this class and aplly it to my job as Director of Marketing at Smith & Smith, CPA.   WA-logo-PDF

Thanks to Carrie for the invite!  Please feel free to contact her to learn more!  Also a shout-out to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the colorful Joy Joy summer dress!   Who said you can’t wear horizontal stripes!?!?!  Shop My Girlfriends Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary (MGC Oh-la-la) for great summer fashions & savings! Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

Check out my office for the next week!  YEA!!!!  See you July 27th!

GONE TO THE BEACH

GONE TO THE BEACH

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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Cary, NC 27511

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Boutique Blowout, NCER, and Rotary Social

BBOMark your calendars and make sure you are there on Friday for the ShopLocalRaleigh Boutique Blowout Sale!  It will be held on Friday, July 17th at Market Hall-City Market in downtown Raleigh (215 Wolfe Street)bbo1  Doors open to VIP (tickets are $10) at 4:00PM and then do the general public ($5) at 5:00PM.  This event will ONLY last until 9:00PM and the good items will be gone FAST!  Don’t delay!   I’ll be there at 4:00PM to get some great deals!  Last year I was there and I found some wonderful gifts!   This event is hosted by ShopLocalRaleigh and will feature over 20 local boutiques and 10+ vendors onsite, offering you their BEST sales of the summer season!  Hope to see you there!

 

NCER July Luncheon

NCER July Luncheon

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the North Carolina Executive Roundtable luncheon.  This nonprofit professional association that provides a forum for building trusted relationships among senior executive professionals and peer discussion groups.  Their speaker, Joe Stewart, is the Executive Directors for the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.  I found his topic on voter behavior in North Carolina to be very interesting, especially with an election year right around the corner!

New member social July

 

And finally, my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had a New Member Social on Friday night.  We invited all club members who had joined as of January 2014 to have dinner and group discussion on “All Things Rotary” at one of our member’s homes.  It was such a fun time!  We have 15 club members present and covered lot of Rotary topics!   Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the blue & white chevron long-sleeve top!  I paired it with white shorts and it made for a perfect summer social outfit!  Stop by and shop their store in downtown Apex this week to find great summer clearance deals, plus a HUGE sale on shoes!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your final purchase!

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511