2023 Cary Magazine Winners

2023 Cary Magazine Winners


Best New Restaurant
TIE: Colletta Italian Food & Wine and A’Verde Cocina + Tequila Library
Best Food Truck
Cousins Maine Lobster
Best Appetizers
Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits
Best Cocktails
Best Bakery
La Farm Bakery
Best Dessert
Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream
Best BBQ
City Barbeque
Best Breakfast
First Watch
Best Burger and Fries
Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar
Best Date-night Restaurant
Best Coffee House
Esteamed Coffee
Best Seafood
Full Moon Oyster Bar
Best Steakhouse
Best Pizzeria
Di Fara Pizza Tavern
Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits
Best Asian Restaurant
Sushi Thai
Best Mediterranean Restaurant
Best Italian Restaurant
Lugano Ristorante
Best Indian Restaurant
Cilantro Indian Cuisine
Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant
A’Verde Cocina + Tequila Library
Best Restaurant for Specialty Diets
Best Healthy Dining Options
Best Neighborhood Bar
Bottle Theory
Best Outdoor Dining
Hank’s Downtown Dive
Best Craft Brewery
Bond Brothers Beer Company


Best Public School
Peak Charter Academy
Best Private School
Grace Christian
Best Active Adult Community
Best Nonprofit
Dorcas Ministries
Best Preschool
Oak Village Academy
Best Interior Design Firm
Lauren Burns Interiors
Best Music Venue
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Best Local Event or Festival
Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
Best Local Music Group or Artist
Stray Volts
Best Co-working Space
Blush Cowork
Best Elementary School Principal
Steve Pond, Peak Charter Academy
Best Middle School Principal
Steve Pond, Peak Charter Academy
Best Highschool Principal
Karen Summers, Green Level High School
Best High School Coach
DeShannon Morris, GRACE Christian School
Best Place for Outdoor Recreation
Fred G. Bond Metro Park
Best Place for a Friends’ Night Out
Bottle Theory
Best Yoga/Pilates Studio
Elite Core Studios
Best Fitness Program
AKtivate Fitness
Best Kids’ Program
Taal Harmony School of Dance
Best Track-out or Summer Camp
Starpath Dance Academy
Best Local Podcast
Beltline to Broadway
Best Local TV Personality
Don Schwenneker
Best Local Radio Personality
Erica DeLong
Best NC Hotel or Resort
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Best Social Media Account
All Kids Are Perfect


Best Auto Mechanic Shop
Atlantic Tire
Best Financial Institution
Coastal Federal Coastal Union
Best Financial Advisor
Jessie Harris, Cardinal Hill Wealth Management
Best Custom Home Builder
Poythress Homes
Best Home Maintenance/Renovation Specialist
Glasgow Design Build
Best Mortgage Officer
Steve Wingerter, 7 Locks Lending
Best Insurance Agent
Teri LaRocca, State Farm
Best Real Estate Agent
Linda Trevor, Linda Trevor & Co.
Best Doctor
Dr. James Bould, CORA Physical Therapy
Best Eye Doctor
Dr. Dwight Barnes, Cary Family Eye Care
Best Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Brian Coan, CARE Plastic Surgery
Best Chiropractor
Dr. Brad (B.J.) Creehan, SpineCare Chiropractic Center
Best Mental Health Professional
Stefan Lewis, Stefan Lewis Counseling
Best Dentist
Dr. Bobbi Stanley, Stanley Dentistry
Best Orthodontist
Dr. Kelly Ritter, Ritter & Brogden Orthodontics
Best Attorney
Jackie Bedard, Carolina Family Estate Planning
Best Hair Salon
Twisted Scizzors
Best Spa
Spa By Jing
Best Med Spa
CARE Plastic Surgery
Best Pet Services
Town and Country Veterinary Hospital
Best Home Services Company
Best Clean Ever


Best New Business (Non-Restaurant)
Cardinal Hill Wealth Management
Best Clothing Boutique
Swagger Boutique
Best Resale Shopping
Dorcas Thrift Shop
Best Florist Shop
Preston Flowers
Best Home Furnishings and Décor
Capital Discount Furniture
Best Garden Center
Garden Supply Company
Best Gift Store
Swagger Boutique
Best Jewelry Store
Johnson’s Jewelers
Best Shopping District
Best Specialty Foods Store
The Butcher’s Market
Best Wine Shop
Bottle Theory
Best Bottle Shop
Bottle Theory