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November Newsletter with Tax Tips

Well, November is here!  It looks like 2015 is going to slip right on by in the blink of an eye!  Time always seems to go so fast once we get to November.   It has been super gloomy and rainy around here lately, so here is a cheerful picture!  This is how pretty our street looked last week, love all of the fall colors!

Fall Tree

Executive Circle, Cary, NC

Check out our November Newsletter when you get time.  It is full of all kinds of helpful tips, such as Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals and Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses.  Plus What Employers Need to Know about the ACA and Checking Your Withholding.  Great stuff!

Have a fantastic First week of November!

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Can You Get Out?  Tic Toc Escapes in Raleigh

Tic Toc Escapes

Tic Toc Escapes

Earlier this week had a really cool invite to join the other bloggers from ShopLocalRaleigh for a night of adventure!  We went to the NEW Tic Toc Escapes in Raleigh.  Just so happens that one of the owners, Marylu Lawrence, is a friend of mine!  Marylu and her family are the PROUD local owners of this really cool place! (and they have been clients of Smith & Smith, CPA for several years too!)   Escape rooms are a fairly new concept to the Raleigh/Triangle area, but they have been growing on a global basis for a while now.

Owners of Tic Toc

Owners of Tic Toc

So just want is Tic Toc Escapes and what in the world is an escape room (I can hear my mom asking me that question now!)  So as described on their website, an escape room is a real-life, interactive game where players work together to escape themed rooms by discovering clues and solving puzzle challenges before time runs out!   We were a group of 8 and some of us knew each other and some of us didn’t…that played into an interesting part of our escape room experience, but I will get to that later.

ShopLocalRaleigh

ShopLocalRaleigh

We gathered around 6pm at Tic Toc (located near Hayes Barton Diner) and had a very nice and warm greeting by Mary Lou and her family.   They told us about escape rooms, how they work, the ins and outs and the dos and don’ts.  A big part of this is to have fun but to also encourage participants to NOT share the room details or puzzles with other people afterwards.  You want to encourage them to attend and try it on their own.  It’s like telling the end to a great twisted movie to a friend before they can even see it!  DON’T DO THAT! 

Will we escape alive!?!?

Will we escape alive!?!?

I can tell you this part though…our ‘theme’ game was that we were a rock band and were supposed to go on stage in one hour for thousands of our screaming fans…but we realize the door to our room is locked!  We had 1-hour to escape and a giant clock with ticking down the seconds!   I really had a blast and loved the whole escape room experience!   I do think it is best to do the escape room with 2-4 people and with friends/family that you know really well.  I had fun with the other bloggers from ShopLocalRaleigh and I had my good friend, Lisa-Gray, along with me too, but we were at the cap limit of 8 people per room.   There are lots of clues and locks to figure out and if you  have a smaller group, it will be more intense and you can be more involved in the whole process. tic toc So did we get out???? Yes, we did, but we had to ask for several hints along the way and our time ran out, but they gave us extra time because we were on the right track.   I can’t wait to go back and take Blake!  I also want to take my dad to try it out too as he is very good with puzzles!   Thanks to Tic Toc Escapes and Marylu and family for hosting us!   Go try them out!   Tell them you read about them in Beccasblog!  And thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closest in downtown Cary and downtown Apex….she dressed me in the beautiful Kate Spade navy and green stripped top.   They have a fantastic selection of Fall and Winter fashions, shoes and accessories!   Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your total purchase!

Julia Wins the Contest!

Congrats Julia!

Congrats Julia!

I am so very proud of my cousin, Julia Fountain!  We just found out that she won 1st place out of 48 entries for a logo contest in her hometown of Aiken, SC!  Julia’s winning logo will appear on all locally grown and manufacture goods and products.   We are so proud of her and her hard work and achievement!  She was awarded a $250 check and it took her a little less then 3 hours to complete her design.  Julia has always been very talented and does freelance work for companies, so give her a shout if you need logo/graphic design work!  She helped Smith & Smith, CPA with our Tax Season Food Drive logo too!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

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Cary Women’s Giving Network, Time with Wells Fargo and Some Early Halloween Fun!

It has been a busy week and it is only Wednesday!  This last week of October has really gone fast!

Cary Women’s Giving Network

Cary Women's Giving Network

Cary Women’s Giving Network

On Monday I joined the other ladies of the Cary Women’s Giving Network for our monthly gathering.  We had a delicious lunch together at the Matthews House (Bistro Lunch every Monday) and hosted Ellen Fort from the Lucy Daniels Center as our guest speaker.   Ellen is just a few months into her new role with the LDC, so she is still getting her ‘feet wet’ within the organization.  We had about 15 women in attendance for lunch and a few visitors.  The Cary Women’s Giving Network is part of the Cary Community Foundation and as associate with the North Carolina Community Foundation.  It was a nice cool crisp Fall day, so we took a group picture outside in the gardens of the Matthews House.  I love this group and the work we do in our community!   Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the warm tunic sweater.  It had great Fall colors and my necklace was something that I won at the Life Experiences Auction in September.

Lunch with Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Lunch and Learn

Wells Fargo Lunch and Learn

One of the best things about the women’s network that I just mentioned, are the relationships that form within the group.  I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Pam Keene, Vice President of Business Banking with Wells Fargo, through both the GWGN and other groups over the past 11 years.  Pam and her co-worker, Mike Lynch (SBA Lending for Wells Fargo) hosted lunch for our CPA firm this afternoon.  Part of Pam’s job includes meeting with clients and referral partners to make sure there is a strong relationship and that the lines of communication are open and clear.

Pam & Mike of Wells Fargo with Alicia and Blake of Smith & Smith, CPA

Pam & Mike of Wells Fargo with Alicia and Blake of Smith & Smith, CPA

They brought lunch from City Barbeque into Smith & Smith, CPA and we had a very productive lunch meeting learning more about the products and services of Wells Fargo.   We share several mutual clients with Wells Fargo and having Pam and Mike to use as a resource and a reference is a huge asset for us!  We want to make sure clients needs are taken care of and by having a direct contact, it just makes everything run smooth on both sides!   Our entire office was able to sit-in during the “lunch and learn”.  Thank you to Pam and Mike for reaching out to us and for the delicious lunch!

Woodhaven Fall Festival

Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween Bags

Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween Bags

And now a cute little post-weekend photo!  Halloween started early for the Smith crew last weekend.  We attended the Annual Fall Family Festival at Woodhaven Baptist Church, located just a short distance from our house.  I think this is the 7th or 8th year in a row that we have attended.  The kids love it as they get to dress in their costumes, play in the bounce house, enjoy all kinds of games with prizes and have a blast.   We love it because it is outside and free!   They offer a yummy hotdog dinner and it’s a great family-fun atmosphere.

Family Fun at Woodhaven

Family Fun at Woodhaven

 

They do a trunk-or-treat at the end of the evening and have all kinds of cars & trucks decorated.  It is so fun to see each year!  And while you can’t see them very good in this picture, all of the Smith kids (Trent, Connor, Mark and Bailey) are using the Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween bags that we purchased a few years ago.  They were part of a marketing project and I still have a few left over, so the kids carried them to collect candy and goodies at the event.  They are nice durable bags and have our name & logo along with Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips on the side.   And yes, they got lots of good candy!  Thanks to Woodhaven for hosting this event each year!

tic tocTonight I am off to see the new Tic Toc Escape Room in downtown Raleigh!  ShopLocalRaleigh is hosting a bloggers event there tonight….stay tuned to the blog tomorrow to see how it went…and if we escaped!

 

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Winner for Bull Burger Battle in World Food Championships

Congrats to The Corner Tavern!

So HOW exciting is this…one of our clients, The Corner Tavern & Grill of Cary, just won FIRST PLACE in the 2015 Bull Outdoor Regional Best Burger Battle!  This was one of six best burger competitions that is hosted by Bull Outdoor Products around the country and The Corner Tavern won for our region!   They now move to the World Food Championships in November with a chance to win $100,000 grand prize!  The World Food Competition will feature contest in the categories of: Barbecue, Chili, Sandwich, Burger, Dessert, Bacon, Seafood and Recipe.  The theme for this year is FRESH.  Best of luck to The Corner Tavern and stop by to see them and have a burger and tell them CONGRATS and BEST OF LUCK!!

Cary Visual Art Ball 2015

Layout 1The 19th Annual Cary Visual Art Ball is just a month away!  I am proud to volunteer with Cary Visual Art and serve this year as the Co-Chair for the Art Ball.  It’s going to be fantastic and always is a night of glamour, dinner, dancing and of course…ART!  There will be an art sale featuring over 50 artist with prints, paintings, sculpture, jewellery, pottery and more!  If you have never been, then this is YOUR year to attend!   Please let me know if you would like me to mail you the Art Ball invite.  They are gorgeous and it will get you excited to attend!

Lunch Meeting with Glass & Clubreth, PLLC Attorneys at Law

Blake and Sam

Blake and Sam

Blake and I had the pleasure of meeting with the attorneys & staff from Glass & Culbreth, PLLC this afternoon.  I know Steve Glass, Managing Partner, of Glass & Culbreth, through the Rotary Clubs in Cary.  We met them for a delicious lunch over at Sushi Thai in Cary, a client of Smith & Smith, CPADevan Culbreth, Partner in their firm, specializes in Elder Law and Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships.  Ashley Palmer works as a Paralegal in the Estate Tax Planning & Estate Tax Returns.  We also enjoyed meeting Mary Tennant, who is the most recent hire with their firm.   We currently share several clients with Glass & Culbreth and we are developing a professional referral relationship with their firm.  It was great to see Sam, owner of Sushi Thai this afternoon too.

It’s almost the weekend!  Hang in there!

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Ready to Roll & Back in the Saddle

Texas NASA Museum in Houston

Texas NASA Museum in Houston

So my blog has been on a little bit of a break….we were gone to Texas for a 10-day family vacation and it really was an awesome time!   It was our first time to Texas and the first time for our boys to be on an airplane, so lots of fun.  We went to Houston, San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin.   Perfect weather and many memories!   I did keep an eye on my work email while we were gone (I mean, can you ever ‘really’ get away from emails anymore???) but I didn’t do any blogging while we were gone.  And this week back to work has gone SO FAST!   So here it is Friday and I wanted to get a blog posted so that my blog didn’t end up in the ‘blog cemetery’!

Governor’s Award for Rotary

Governor's Award

Governor’s Award

One of my goals this year was to earn the Rotary District Governor’s Award.   This is a new award this year, started by our Rotary District Governor, Newman Aguiar.  In order to earn the Governor’s Award, you have to complete three specific things by the end of December 2015.   The three steps are: 1) Bring in a New Member to Rotary 2) Make a donation to the Rotary Foundation and 3) Perform an act of Service in your Rotary Club.   I am pleased to say that I have completed all three tasks and last night I was presented with my Rotary pin for the Governor’s Award!   Many thanks to District Governor Nominee, Donna Peffley, for attending our meeting last night and presenting the award.  I am thrilled!  Donna has a tradition of giving a pineapple to all of the award winners when she presents their pin, hence the pineapples in the picture.   I do love a pineapple, being that I was a Hospitality Management undergrad at East Carolina University many years ago, the pineapple was our symbol, so the gift of the pineapple was very special to me.

Charlie, Donna & Becca

Charlie, Donna & Becca

I am also happy to have Kelly Gates of the Kraft Family YMCA as my new member!   Kelly is super and is going to bring so much energy and opportunities for us to be involved in the community through her work with the YMCA.   Congrats also to my fellow club member, Charlie Hatch (and fellow ECU Pirate!) for earning his Governor’s Award pin last night too.   Charlie and I are the 3rd and 4th members of our club to earn the pin!  I hope we have many more by the end of December!   And a BIG thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the BEAUTIFUL blue Michael Kors dress!  It was a fantastic color and easy to wear!   Check them out for all of your Fall & Winter wardrobes.  They have been doing buy-outs the past few weeks and have tons of gorgeous merchandise in their stores!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

Business friends for October

Business friends for October

Have a great weekend!  Shout-out to my awesome girlfriends!

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Rotary District 7710 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water

12049676_952833971456908_6598997034390797818_nThis past weekend was the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water.  Another year of a very successful event for Rotary District 7710!  I’m so proud to have been able to help and serve on this committee again this year.  We really had a huge boost in participants and were thrilled with how many people showed up on race day…even in the humid and rainy drizzle!

Smith Families of Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith Families of Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA was a proud sponsor and it was fun to have our family out there, Blake and Trent ran in the 5k.  Cam and his family also came out to support and participate too.    We had over 381 gallons of water carried during our signature 1-Mile Water Carry Challenge too!   The Cary Rotary Club won that competition by carrying 102 gallons!  A big THANK YOU to all of our awesome sponsors, Rotary Clubs, friend and family who came out to help raise awareness and FUNDS for clean water projects all around the world!  I am excited to see the impact our projects from the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water will have this year and the years to come!

1-Mile Water Carry Challenge

1-Mile Water Carry Challenge

Bumper Crop Fill 2 Bags, Deliver 2 Tons

Bumper Crop

Bumper Crop

I love community service, especially when our kids and entire family can be involved.  Our church, Triangle Community Church, is hosting a Fill 2 Bags & Deliver 2 Tons Food Drive for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard.  It’s called a BUMPER CROP Harvest.   Brown paper bags were given out at church last week and next Sunday, you bring them back full and leave them in-front of your car bumper and the church staff goes by to pick them up.  We took the boys shopping this week and worked hard to fill our bags!   I love a food drive as it is very easy to get kids, even the young ones, involved in helping others in our community.

 

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

 

And one last night…a VERY Happy Birthday to my mother-in-law…Sharon Smith.  We are going to be gone on vacation during her birthday this year, so we took her out for an early birthday dinner over the weekend.

 

 

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Life Experiences Annual Auction and Golf Tournament

Friends of Life Experiences

Friends of Life Experiences

Last night was the 28th Annual Harry H. Montgomery Auction and Golf Tournament for Life Experiences.  It was such a fun night and a lot of planning and preparation went into making it such a successful event!  I was happy to help serve on the Auction Committee again this year and we had some really fantastic items up for bidding during both the silent and live auction.   Congrats to Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director, of Life Experiences for a wonderful night, lots of funds raised to support their mission and to Mary on her recent 20th Anniversary with Life Experiences!

Wheelbarrow Basket

Wheelbarrow Basket

Smith & Smith, CPA was happy to support the auction by donating a Wheelbarrow Basket full of Fall weather yard needs, such as a new rake, a new shovel, leaf scoop hands, yard waste bags and of course, a new wheelbarrow!   We also teamed up with one of our Smith & Smith, CPA clients, Leapfrog Landcare to include a $100 gift certificate for shrub, tree or plant treatment.  The Wheelbarrow basket looked really good and had lots of bids!  Thanks to all of our friends who came out last night and joined in on the celebration and fundraising for Life Experiences!  The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary and was sponsored by 8 local Rotary Clubs.  I’m so pleased to say that we had 11 members present at the event last night from our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club!   I am also happy to report that I was the ‘winner’ of several great auction items!  Blake never considers that ‘winning’ though……

Golf Tournament

Cam, Blake, Brooe & Dennis playing for LE Golf

Cam, Blake, Brooe & Dennis playing for LE Golf

Speaking of Blake, he is on the golf course today over at Prestonwood Country Club playing in the Life Experiences Golf Tournament!  We ended up getting to be a last minute team in the tournament, so Blake is over there today, along with Cam, Brooke and Dennis Sargent, giving it a go on the greens.  The weather is kinda ‘iffy’ out there to me…about 81 degrees and overcast, but muggy  I am sure they are having a great time. The Golf Tournament for Life Experiences was a 12:30pm shotgun start playing Captain’s Choice.   There will be refreshments, awards and recognition following the tournament later today at 6pm.  There are over 32 teams in the tournament today and they are playing on both courses at Preston.  Our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club also has 2 teams playing in the tournament today.  Good luck out there!  Thank you to Harold K. Jordan & Co. for being the Grand Patron Sponsor for the 28th Annual Harry H. Montgomery Life Experiences Auction and Golf Tournament!

CCC Biz of Women with Gale, Jessica, Becca and Sally

CCC Biz of Women with Gale, Jessica, Becca and Sally

And one last photo to share…last Thursday was the Cary Chamber of Commerce Business of Women Luncheon.   The Speaker was NC House of Representatives District 41, Gale Adcock.   Gale has been a friend of mine for several years now and her topic was “Diary of a Fresh(wo)man Legislator”.  I really enjoyed hearing her speak, as I always do!  I had a blast at lunch with friend Jessica Garcia and Linda Ward too!   Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriends Closet for dressing me in the stylish red dress!  I had lots of compliments!

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Potato in the Mail and More Fun Things!

Mail me a Potato by PotatoParcel.com!

Mail a friend a potato!

Mail a friend a potato!

So my blog today is going to be a little different and I’m gonna highlight some FUN things to share with you!  First of all…have you heard about this “Send a potato in the mail thing”??? SERIOUSLY!  My college best friend, Lindsey Dishman, told me about it a few weeks ago.  This guy, named Alex Craig in Texas started a company called PotatoParcel.com and he sends potatoes to people in the mail with messages on them.  Sounds crazy and kinda stupid right?  Well, since May 2015, he has averaged $10,000/month and has sent over 3,000 spuds in the mail!  Of course, I HAD TO DO ONE!  So guess who I sent one too?  Yelp, LINDSEY!  She didn’t have any idea I was going to send her one, but here it is!  She got it in the mail and sent me a picture.  SO funny.  If you want to read more of the story about Alex and his potato mail business you can.

My Berry Frozen FroYo

Mark at My Berry

Mark at My Berry

I’ve been loving the froyo (frozen yogurt) for years now!  One of my good friends in our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club, Paul Dube, recently purchased the My Berry Frozen Yogurt store in Apex, NC.   It’s VERY close to my house, so I went last week with our boys and some friends from Rotary.  We had a great time seeing Paul and the froyo was soooooo good!  Check out the big bowl that my 5-year old got!  He loaded up BIG TIME on froyo and TOPPINGS!  There is great indoor and outdoor seating and you can even ride your bike there and park it outside!  Also say HI to Paul if you see him there!

YUMMY!!!!!

YUMMY!!!!!

Hey Paul!

Hey Paul!

 

GO PACK!

GO PACK!

NCSU GAME

And some more random things…Thanks to Rock & Lisa Hood, longtime client of Smith & Smith, CPA and the owner of Young Champions of America for giving us 6 tickets to the NCSU game this past weekend!  I went with my boys, plus Cam and his family (Blake was gone on a guy’s golfing weekend).  The tickets were great, the weather was perfect, the parking pass was a HUGE help and NCSU won!  Perfect night!!!!!  Check out our crazy family picture…amazing how the funny-crazy pictures turnout better then the ones when you try to get everyone to just SMILE!

Broadway Series South

Dirty Time!

Dirty Time!

And Finally, Blake and I went to see Dirty Dancing on Sunday night with friend, Dennis and Dana Sargent.   We purchased Season Tickets again this year for the Broadway Series South at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.  Dirty Dancing was the first show of the season and it was pretty good.   There was a lot of moving parts and quick scene changes, but overall it was good and of course, the music was great!  Thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex for helping me select a really fun and unique top for the play!  Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!  They have a GREAT selection of Fall merchandise out now!

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It was 14-Years Ago but We Still Remember 9-11

14-Years Later

14-Years Later

Hard to believe that 14-years ago we were watching the horrors of 9-11 unfold on our televisions.  I remember being in college at ECU that morning and was heading to RDU Airport to catch a plane to Phoenix, Arizona for a Leadership Conference.  Needless to say, I never left for the airport and that day will be remembered by Americans forever.  Thank you to our men and women in uniform who served and gave their lives that day to help others.  Our thoughts and prayers are always with the families who lost loved ones on 9-11.  I still get emotional each year as we watch and listen to the family members read the names out loud on the TV….

Thanksgiving Basket for Auction

Thanksgiving Basket for Auction

Life Experiences Annual Auction & Golf Tournament

Here we are already on the 2nd Friday in September!  I want to mention a few upcoming events that our Smith & Smith, CPA firm will be involved with in the next few weeks.   On Sunday, September 20th, the 28th Annual Life Experiences Auction and Golf Tournament will be held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.   I’m a proud Board Member for Life Experiences and we look forward to this event every year!  The event starts Sunday at 5:30pm and will feature silent & live auction, plus delicious food, friends and lots of fun!  The golf tournament will be held on Monday, September 21st.  I’ve been helping with the Auction Committee again this year and we have some fabulous gifts and prizes up for auction!   I hope you can join us!  Life Experiences is based in Cary and provides employment for adults with disabilities.  It’s a wonderful place and is loved by many in our community!

 

register & win

 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water

Coming up Sunday, September 27th is the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water.  This event is hosted by Rotary District 7710 and features a certified 5k run/walk and a 1-Mile Water Carry Competition.  The event is held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary and will be begin at 4pm.   The purpose of this event is to raise funds for water & sanitation projects around the world.  In the first 3 years, we have raised over $40,000 and have done projects in Lebanon, Peru, Honduras and several other countries.  We are expecting over 200 walkers & runners and think this will be our biggest race & event to date!   I’ve been visiting other Rotary clubs for the past few weeks and giving presentations to their club members on the GlobalRun4Water.  It’s been fun to see so many other Rotary friends and to know that they are all excited and supportive of the event!   Thank you to all of our awesome sponsors and I hope you can join us on Sunday, September 27th!

Karen and Becca at WBON of Cary

Karen and Becca at WBON of Cary

WBON of Cary & My Girlfriend’s Closet Commercial!

I had the pleasure of attending WBON of Cary earlier this week and enjoyed hearing the speaker, Stephanie McDilda, speak on “Heartfelt Leadership”.  I also got to see and sit with my sweet friend and fellow Rotarian, Karen Henthorn.  Karen and I have been friends for many years and always enjoy seeing each other so we can catch up on our life with each other.   Thank you to Lois Cozart for dressing me in a gorgeous dress from her ladies consignment store in downtown Apex, My Girlfriend’s Closet.   I also want to share this really cool commercial what was done for My Girlfriend’s Closet in honor of their 10-year anniversary!!!!!  Stop by MGC in downtown Apex or downtown Cary and tell them you read Beccasblog to get 10% off your final purchase!

 

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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!

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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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

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Cary, NC 27511

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