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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 16 — ISSUE 2 36 CARY BY LINDSEY GREY At La Farm Bakery in Cary, a passion, some might call obsession, for bread has transformed lives and delighted the Triangle city. The fact that a master baker from France would set up shop here says plenty about Cary. The global community attributed to the presence of the Research Triangle Park was a primary ingredient in the decision to put down roots here. Lionel Vatinet began studying bread making at 16, when he joined France's prestigious artisans' guild, Les Compagnons du Devoir. Years later his talent shines forth in the form of rustic, whole breads, tarts, cookies, cakes and other baked delights that are on display at La Farm. The artisan baker is also widely known as a teacher of his craft. He delights all ages and background when he guides bakers-to-be in the art of bread making in the classroom which is also his home. Don't leave without trying a French macaroon made from pure almond flour and filled with Belgian dark chocolate ganache, creamy caramel, toasted coconut and white chocolate. Vatinet and others like Jim Goodnight are the face of Cary —a city that has found success by capitalizing on local talent. Goodnight, CEO and co-founder of SAS Institute, is also known for his love of community and philanthropy. The firm celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016 and is expanding operations in Europe and the Asia Pacific region. SAS software is now used by more than 75,000 companies around the world, and revenue for 2015 was $3.16 billion. SAS is regularly recognized for being a great place to work and for its employee-friendly programs that include sports leagues, fitness center, day care, onsite dry cleaning and other perks. Goodnight has made education the focus of the company's philanthropy. He and wife Sally have also founded the private school, Cary Academy. The Goodnight's also own the renowned Umstead Hotel and Spa, the resort that feels like a retreat with is wooded and secluded landscape. Aside for the usual luxury hotel amenities, the Umstead goes a few steps further with is onsite spa, weekend yoga classes and plenty of outdoor recreation with a three-acre lake and a walking/jogging trail, complimentary bicycles, and trail maps. Guests travel from across the state to dine at Heron's, a Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Signature Restaurant on the property. Deanna and Colin Crossman, owners of the Mayton Inn, are also a part of the fabric of the changing city. Cary The couple has a passion for preservation and specializes in restoring historic properties (more than 34 including King's Daughters Inn in Durham). The Mayton Inn is Cary's first boutique hotel and open since February. Brides have rushed to have weddings on the grounds and the onsite Verandah Restaurant, bar, and hotel has opened to rave reviews. With change comes construction. Residents have adjusted to the presence of construction in the city as improvements and renovations to the downtown continue. The unveiling in fall 2016 will reveal a new and improved streetscape and more pedestrian friendly city. The renovation of Academy Street includes new amenities of wider sidewalks with street lights, benches, pocket parks and dedicated on-street parking spaces. Construction is also underway of a 25,000 square-foot office and retail building as part of Mid-Town Square. Pizzeria Faulisi, a Neapolitan styled wood fired pizza restaurant will be one of its first tenants in the new building. Cary's downtown park is in is the first phase of a total seven-acre park that includes a fountain and a small amphitheater for concerts and special events. New businesses are springing up such as the collaboration between the Cary News and Cary Visual Art: an Art Gallery inside The Cary News, Bond Brothers Beer Company with tap room and beer garden and a new production bakery with retail bakery and café in Downtown Cary by La Farm Bakery. In the midst of the changes, the downtown continues to thrive. The Downtown Cary Farmer's Market continues to expand with approximately 25 vendors setting up each Saturday (8 a.m. to noon) on the lawn of the Historic Ivey Ellington house. The Downtown Food & Flea Market is a "maker" market with focus on locally made products. >> trendy, traditional, high tech

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