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The Garden Hut’s Holiday Open House -November 8th

i Oct 28th Comments Off by

Every November we transform our garden center into a magical winter wonderland. Forests of decorated trees, lights, decorations. We carry a selection of artificial garlands, wreaths and , high-quality trees and thousands of ornaments. Join us for our Christmas Shop grand opening on November 8th. 9am-5pm .

Join us for our most popular event of the year, there will be food, fun and it is free!

Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce Launches New Bi-Monthly Magazine

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The Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that it is launching the production of a bi-monthly magazine that will revolutionize the way Fuquay-Varina organizations communicate with town residents. The new “Suburban Living Fuquay-Varina” magazine will be published for the first time in mid-November, just in time for the holidays. A rich, vibrant publication full of feature articles and timely community information, Suburban Living will also offer a directory of Chamber businesses twice per year, a new “Best Of” listing in each edition, and a community bulletin board.

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Mock cover of new Suburban Living magazine for Fuquay-Varina.

This new magazine will be published by Robert Fox of Fox Publishing, and will be modeled after a similar magazine he pioneered in Holly Springs just a few months ago. After seeing the publication’s first edition, several Fuquay-Varina Chamber members contacted Fox and the Chamber office to inquire about getting a magazine in Fuquay-Varina like the one in Holly Springs. Fox was happy to entertain the idea, and within several short weeks, the Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the concept.

“The entire community has been struggling with ways to get the word out to residents about things going on around town since the Independent closed last year,” Chamber Executive Director Tommy Broadwell explains. “We have several really good online vehicles, but there’s no way to guarantee saturation.”

Suburban Living will range between 48 and 64 pages, and will be mailed to over 18,000 homes using the post office’s EDDM program, which uses mail carrier routes rather than just zip codes to fine tune delivery.  This will be the first time that a magazine of this quality is mailed free of charge to every resident of Fuquay-Varina.

“We are very excited to be able to bring this caliber of communication to our rapidly growing community,” says the Chamber’s Dir. of Member Services Lynanne Fowle. “It will meet the needs of so many organizations, the town, and the Chamber. And it will be a great vehicle for our businesses to reach out to local residents with information they can use rather than just simple advertisements.”

Information about advertising in this publication is being emailed to Chamber businesses this week. Advertisers are able to submit editorial copy as well. Ad sales will begin immediately. Questions can be fielded by Chamber staff at (919) 552-4947 or Robert Fox at (919) 600-4756.

FastMed Issues Alert to NC Clinicians About Enterovirus EV-D68

i Sep 11th Comments Off by

Clayton, NC – September 10, 2014 – FastMed Urgent Care, North Carolina’s largest urgent care network, issued an alert to hundreds of its clinicians throughout the state regarding Enterovirus EV-D68, the virus that has infected and hospitalized an unusually large number of children in ten states so far, including North Carolina.  FastMed is also sharing advice on avoiding the virus and what to do if it is contracted.

“The virus is not unusual and typically peaks in September,” said Jason A. Williams, MPAS, Ph.D, FastMed Urgent Care’s Founder, CEO and President of the Eastern Region.  “What is unusual this year is the large number of critically ill children who require intensive care; it’s really unprecedented.”

EV-D68 is difficult to diagnose because it initially presents itself as common cold symptoms, but develops into cough, difficulty breathing (including wheezing), rash, and fever.

“Asthmatic children are most at risk, so health care professionals and parents of asthmatic children should pay particular attention to these symptoms as severe respiratory illness by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy,” said Melvin G. Lee, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for FastMed in North Carolina.  “As chief medical officer I issued an advisory to our hundreds of clinicians throughout North Carolina to support accurate diagnosis of EV-D68 to ensure that we are all on the same page in our effort to stay ahead of the illness for our patients.”

FastMed is also sharing tips to help families manage the health of their children during this outbreak, including:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Keeping hands away from eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Restricting children from visiting hospitals;
  • Avoiding those who are infected;
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door knobs; toys); and
  • Keeping children at home if they are have symptoms.

Parents who suspect their child might have these symptoms should visit their pediatrician or a FastMed clinic.  In the case of any medical emergency, parents should immediately call 911 or their local emergency number.

About FastMed Urgent Care:
FastMed Urgent Care is an owner and operator of urgent care facilities with locations throughout North Carolina and Arizona.  FastMed focuses on the delivery of non-appointment based medicine to the non-emergency patient market.  The urgent care centers are open 365 days a year and are staffed with experienced and licensed physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. FastMed clinics hold TheJoint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation in compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory health care. For more information, please visit FastMed is managed by an affiliated entity of one of the investment funds of the Comvest Group.


Reuel Heyden
Sr. Dir. of Communications | Marketing
FastMed Urgent Care
Phone: 919.550.0821 x1016

Open Sky Group Nominated as Top 100 Great Supply Chain Partner!

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Open Sky Group (Open Sky –, an independent consulting company specializing in implementation of Warehouse Management Systems, is honored to be named to SupplyChainBrain’s “100 Great Supply Chain Partners” for the third year running. Now in its 12th year, this prestigious list highlights select companies whose solutions and services have been so impressive that customers took the time to write and let SupplyChainBrain magazine know.

open sky group testimonialSupplyChainBrain received nominations for hundreds of solutions providers in every aspect of supply chain management during their six-month on-line poll in which supply chain professionals were asked to nominate vendors and service providers whose solutions have made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.
“Congratulations to Open Sky Group for making SupplyChainBrain’s select list of 2014 Great Supply Chain Partners! Open Sky appeared in the 2014 July/August issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine as a celebrated member of this year’s 100 Great elite crew.” said Brad Berger, Publisher, SupplyChainBrain.

Curt Sardeson, Managing Principal of Open Sky, says, “Thank you to all who nominated us. We’re proud to be named for the third time to this distinguished list. We look forward to continuing to earn the honor through the work we love to do. Congratulations to all of the 2014 Great Supply Chain Partners!”

Adams Vineyards 7th Annual Grape Stomp

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It’s Harvest Festival time at Adams Vineyards! Each fall Adams Vineyards gives you the chance to use your feet to compete and determine who can squeeze out the most juice from a bucket of fresh muscadine grapes. So if you think you’ve got the moves, come and join us for our 7th Annual Grape Stomp! Anyone is welcome to join the competition, just purchase a raffle ticket the day of the event and see if you are a lucky participant. The grape stomp competitions will begin at 1:30 and continue until 3:30, at which time we will have our grand finale stomp off! In addition to the grape stomp we will also have corn hole and horseshoe competitions throughout the afternoon.

Call (919) 567-1010 to book your game time today, entry fee is only $3.00. Prizes will be awarded to all competition winners.

Kids can enjoy an inflatable slide and bouncy house, face painting, old fashioned games, Italian Ice’s, and participate in the grape suit naming competition. There will be door prizes, music by DJ John, local vendors with food, jewelry, handbags, toys, handmade items and more, and you can wander the vineyards to pick your own grapes.

Wine tastings, wine by the glass and beer will also be available for purchase. Don’t miss this exciting and fun filled afternoon at the vineyard, Saturday, September 20th from 1 – 5 pm, where muscadine wine is a family affair!

And visit us online anytime to learn more about our activities and our products.