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Travinia, Celebrations, Hockey, Cary Chamber and MORE!

Travinia with Wendy & ice sculpture

Travinia with Wendy

Last week was the One-Year Anniversary Party for Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar in Cary, NC.  Blake and I were invited to the party through Cary Chamber membership by Christine Stine, Assistant GM & Catering Sales for Travinia.  The party was held on the outside patio (it was a PERFECT night) and included wine & appetizers.  Information was available for learning about having a perfect party with catered and private dining from Travinia.  They offered handpicked wines for tasting and we enjoyed them while sitting around the fire pits networking with others.  A beautiful ice sculpture was on display!

Around the fire pits on the patio with Blake

Around the fire pits on the patio with Blake

I had a lovely time meeting Wendy Ruocco, Director of Catering Operations. Wendy was in town from Lexington, SC to help with the anniversary celebration party.  Ira Freedman, General Manager, was also at the party and greeted guests as they arrived.  Travinia has added so much to the Cary/Morrisville area and is a huge part of the Park West Village Shopping CenterTravinia makes it easy to host a party and offers off premise catering, carryout & delivery, family style dining, limited menus and private dining.  They currently have locations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia.

Girl Night dinner at Travinia

Girl Night dinner at Travinia

WBON of Cary has hosted several of our monthly board meetings in their private dining room and my group of girlfriends had our ‘girl night’ dinner party there this past weekend.   We took in a ‘celebration‘ strawberry cheesecake with nine lit candles and took turns blowing out the candles as we passed it around and told what we were celebrating (everything from a birthday last week to earning a CPA license.)   The food is always amazing and the atmosphere makes you feel like you are in another place! I’m all about their patio & fire pits!!!! Thanks Ira, Wendy and Christine for having Travinia so involved with Cary, especially with the Cary Chamber too!

Summit for Cary

Summit for Cary

Speaking of the Cary Chamber, last week was the Eye Opener Breakfast with guest speaker, Jeff Ulma, Planning Director for the Town of Cary.  Jeff discussed the Imagine Cary plan that is in the beginning phases.  The Town of Cary is holding a “SUMMIT ON THE FUTURE” this week on Thursday, May 2nd.  The event is free, but RSVP is required.  This summit is an opportunity for the public to get involved with creating Cary’s new community plan and shaping the future of Cary.  They currently have around 900 people signed up to attend!  It’s gonna be HUGE and great for Cary.  I know several people that will be attending.

BONANZA Membership Drive

BONANZA Membership Drive

Following Jeff’s presentation, the Cary Chamber Membership Drive…BONANZA had a reporting session meeting.  The Membership Drive 2013 is going well and we are brining in new members!  Everyone on the BONANZA drive is working hard to help recruit membership and sponsorships.  It’s a great time to be involved in Cary…make sure you are a Cary Chamber member!  Here is a picture of some of the BONANZA membership drive leaders.  We all had a great time a few weeks ago gathering at Travinia for a reporting session, too.

 

Hockey Game Fun

Hockey Game Fun

 

And last but not least, Alicia went with her mom to the last Carolina Hurricanes Hockey game.  I won a pair of tickets at the Cary Chamber Business of Women and wasn’t able to attend the game that night, so I gave them to Alicia and she took her mom for the first time ever!  The seats were excellent (of course!  Thank you Cary Chamber!) and they had a fun time eating, drinking and watching the game!  Go Canes!  Better luck next season….  I must say THANK YOU to Lois and Bethany at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary & Apex for the lovely navy blue & white striped dress from Ann Taylor that I wore to the Cary Chamber events and for the dark blue beaded emblessished top from Boston Proper.  They have a HUGE selection of summer dresses, tops & pants!  Go check them out and tell them Becca sent you shopping!  And stop by Travinia for a drink & bite to eat too!

 

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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Fire & Ice and Joan Rivers too!!!!

Girls for Fashion Show

 In mid-September I received a really neat email from the girls at Peachy Keen about their upcoming Fall Fashion show called Fire & Ice Fashion Show.  This sounded like a super fun event and one that I wanted to attend with some of my favorite girlies!  So I sent the email out and rounded up the troops (or the girls…whatever you want to call us!)  Tickets were only $5 and that included a goody bag full of cool stuff, food and wine tasting before the show on the outside patio, entrance to the fashion show, cupcakes and bubbly afterwards and a $10 shopping voucher!  Can you say GREAT DEAL!?!?!?!  Peachy Keen is a new contemporary lifestyle boutique that specializes in designer apparel, accessories, footwear and gifts.

Fire & Ice Fashion Show

 

The store is owned by the Hankin sisters and their parents share the space with their store called Joint Venture Jewelry.  It’s such a cool concept and their motto is taking “Vintage to Vogue”!  Our group arrived around 6:30pm for the patio party and rushed inside when the doors opened to get seats!  Gotta have a good view!  The lookbook in the goody bag gave a nice list of their vendors/sponsors on the front and included a brief detail of the 27 different fashion looks that would be on the runway that evening. 

Awesome bag (can you see what it says???)

 Our good friend, Dr. Heather Sefried, was a sponsor for the evening with Nirvelli Day Spa and gave away a door prize to a lucky winner of a “Day at the SpaLUCKY HER!!!!!!  We really enjoyed the fashion show, they were true to their “Fire and Ice” them with the models make-up and hair (provided by ds Parada).  After the show (there is a cool built in runway down the middle of the store!!!!) the boutique opened for shopping, cupcakes and bubbly!  I used my $10 voucher towards the purchase of a fashionABLE scarf (if you know me, you know I LOVE a scarf).  But this is a scarf with a STORY!  The scarf was made buy a business woman in Africa and part of the purchase proceeds go back to helping provide a sustainable business for women in Africa.  I worked in the mission field in South Africa when I was 17 years old, so it holds a dear and close connection to my heart.  There is a note with my scare that says “Because of you, I am able to see my son, Abel, grow in character.  Thank you, Etanesh” 

Karly & Becca (scarf from Africa)

 

Each scarf is unique and has a note from the maker.  How cool!?!?!?  Great idea and I’ll be buying those for gifts for sure!  Here is a picture of me wearing my scarf with Karly Hankin (she’s the Creative Director of Peachy Keen).  Karly is wearing a dress from the store under the designer label Biya.  After the show, we went over to Travinia for some food and drinks out by the fire pits on their side patio.  Looking for a great and unique place in Cary to eat!  Go to Travinia Italian Kitchen!!  We enjoyed their ½ price martinis and I also had some of their asparagus soup!  YUM!  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Close in Apex for the fantastic Steve Madden black chunky strap heels that I wore!  They have the coolest shoes there and great prices too!

Travinia Italian Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Becca & Marsha at Joan Rivers!!!!

 

Earlier this month I attended another fashion event with my mom and the event was for the Queen of Fashion Herself….JOAN RIVERS!  She came to the DPAC and we purchased our tickets earlier this year and have just been counting down the days to her performance!    I’m an avid fan of watching Joan Rivers on Friday night FASHION POLICE, so I was anxious to see her in real life!  She’s a hoot and a total mess!  No one is off limits in her book and she cracks jokes on everyone, even herself!  My mom and I had a great time; we went to dinner beforehand at Tyler’s Taproom on the Tobacco Campus in Durham.  It was a 45minute wait for a table when we arrived, so we opted for the first-come-first-serve seating in the bar area.

Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom on Urbanspoon

Necklace & Sweater from My Girlfriend's Closet!!!!

 We are frequent visitors to the Tyler’s Taproom in Apex, so knew we’d have a good dinner and time together at the Durham location.  Dinner was delicious; the service was fast and friendly.  We then walked across the campus to the DPAC and had fantastic seats to see Joan!  Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex for helping me select this fabulous over-the-top Marc Jacobs navy and gold bedazzled sweater!  I had a ton of compliments on it and it was a great style to wear!  I think event Joan Rivers would have approved it herself!

 

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