Experience the Best of Western Wake

5 West magazine is devoted to exploring and celebrating life in Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs. This area repeatedly ranks among the top regions in the country to live or work, to find a home or start a business, to raise a family or retire. 5 West is dedicated to covering the topics readers care about – from hometown stories and community spotlights to fashion, food and local trends. Published six times a year, 5 West helps readers enjoy the good life that Western Wake County has to offer.


Exploring The WNC Cheese Trail

BY MARILYN JONES The WNC Cheese Trail offers travelers a beautiful—and delicious—way to explore western North Carolina, where rolling hills and glorious countryside

First Fruits

First FruitsWhy Jason Brown traded football for farm life BY MELISSA WISTEHUFF | PHOTOS BY JOSH MANNING (unless otherwise noted) On paper,


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“The WNC Cheese Trail offers travelers a beautiful—and delicious—way to explore western North Carolina, where rolling hills and glorious countryside reign. Since its inception in 2012, the trail has grown in popularity, with an increasing number of locals and tourists enjoying the artisan cheeses offered at participating creameries.”

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✏️ Marilyn Jones
📷 Kevin Lane @laneinthewoods 

#nccheese #Cheesetrail #westernnc #westernnorthcarolina #cheeselover #cheese
A beautiful day to dine #alfresco at @crosstownpub14! Didn’t try their soup of the day 😉, but maybe next time! 🥃 The fried green tomato sandwich, however, was 💯! 

#alfrescodining #outdoordining @townofcary #downtowncary #caryeats #pub #eatlocal
👗 This month’s episode of @talkofthetrianglepodcast is all about fashion! Mandy Becker of @shop_swagger and Catherine Carter of @thegatorbugboutique share their experiences in the fashion industry, tell us what will be seen this season and share a list of staples that every woman should have in her closet.

Find it through the link in our bio, or anywhere you normally listen to podcasts. 

#fashion #instyle #boutique #boutiqueshopping #infashion @spotify @amazonmusic @audible @iheartradio @ihmraleigh @applepodcasts @podcastcary @podcastaddict @melwistehuff @5westmag @trianglefamilymag @adam.cave
Follow Melissa’s adventures in NC’s @thecrystalcoast on our @trianglefamilymag social media pages this week! 🐠
Our May/June issue has arrived!

Spring fashion, classic southern interiors, discovering the Carolina Bays + Faces of Western Wake. Find all this (and much more!) on newsstands now, or subscribe to have every issue delivered straight to your mailbox. 

Cover by @deboerworks at @cam_raleigh, styled by @sofialujanstyling 

@crosstownpub14 #petrescue #nccheese #nccheesetrail @mschrock94 #carolinabays #springfashion #interiordesign @thecarychamber @townofcary @townofapex @hollyspringschamber @tohollysprings @townoffuquayvarina @townofmorrisvillenc
Our spring fashion issue lands on shelves by the end of the week, with glam photos shot by @deboerworks at @cam_raleigh.

Thank you to our fab partners for helping us make magic:


Stay tuned for the final product in a few days! Video by @impending_boon.
Queen of Wines at Peck & Plume @themaytoncary, @waverlycary Wine & Brew Walk, and Triangle SciTech Expo 2023 at @naturalsciences. Find all this and more in this week’s 𝘛𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘦 newsletter. 

📷 @peckandplume {link in bio}
In honor of the Canes playing in the #nhlplayoffs, here’s a sneak preview of a story from our upcoming May/June issue of @trianglefamilymag about KK Fritsch’s experiences singing at @canes games. 

“Raleigh’s KK Fritsch spent her childhood in the spotlight. At the age of 7, she debuted her sweet and cheerful version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a Carolina Hurricanes game. For the next seven seasons, she served as the hockey team’s game-night national anthem singer, delighting crowds at the RBC Center (now @pncarena) with not only her rendition, but also her signature pink boots, a beaming smile and an endearing post-anthem wave to the crowd.”

Read the full story hereat the link in bio. 
✍🏻 Kurt Dusterberg
📷 Carolina Hurricanes 

#nationalanthem #starspangledbanner @raleighgov @nhl @thecaniacreport #hurricanes #caniacs @hurricanesreport #carolinahurricanes
🍷 Cheers to supporting a worthy cause! 

🍿 Check in at the @kayyowfund welcome table at the Wine & Brew Walk next Thursday, April 27 at @waverlycary and receive two free movie passes for @cine.bistro.
📣 Wanted: Triangle Family Account Executive/Media Sales Representative 

@trianglefamilymag is seeking a qualified sales representative with a strong understanding of the sales process. This person must excel at generating leads, building relationships and closing deals. The ideal candidate will be personable, professional and a quick learner who has strong negotiating skills and an ability to showcase our products in a compelling way. 

Interested? Email careers@trianglefamilymag.com.
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