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 โ€“ 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.


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2024 Diamond Award Winners

Edit Text Editor Readers throughout the community voted for their favorite businesses, services and venues. Now, we are excited to present the


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๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ backdrop for the soccer players at Middle Creek Community Center @townofcary.
Looking for a lunch refresh? ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿฅ™ Look no further than the pizzette with salad delight at @sassoolcafe. Add hummus and/or tatziki + garden salad to one of their pizzette pies, and youโ€™ll discover your new go-to. Trust us.
The 2nd annual Apex NC Restaurant Week runs February 26โ€“March 3. Choose among 14 restaurants offering fixed-price lunch menu items for $15 and 12 restaurants offering three-course dinners for $30. @townofapex #restaurantweek #apexnc
๐Ÿ• Itโ€™s a ๐“…๐’พ๐“๐“โ„ฏ๐“‰๐“‰โ„ฏ party! ๐Ÿ•

@sassoolcafe will be hosting a pizzette party **tomorrow** from 3-5 pm at both their Cary and Raleigh locations. 

Try a selection of 6 pizzettes for the occasion, including cheese, mushroom/onion, meat, spinach/feta, garden style zaatar + fig/mint.

Vote for your favorite pizzette after sampling, and Sassool will donate the winning pizzettes to Shepherdโ€™s Table Soup Kitchen for a lunch service in March. 

Tickets are $5, and can be purchased online or at Sassool (although it is advised to purchase online as the event may sell out).
Local chef Sera Cuni @cuni_verse of @rootcellarchapelhill takes a bold step with @feed_well_fridges. 

โ€œThe full-size units are stocked with free meals that are available 24 hours a day. Residents are welcome to take what they need. The fridges were Cuniโ€™s idea, but the food is supplied by farmers, grocers, restaurants and caterers, tapping leftovers that would otherwise go to waste.โ€

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โœ๏ธ Kurt Dusterberg 
๐Ÿ“ท The Root Cellar Cafรฉ & Catering 

#feedwellfridges #seracuni #rootcellar #foodpantry
Do you like horses? Yay or neigh? ๐ŸŽ 

Join us as we learn about the increasingly popular world of equine therapy with Amanda Graham of @unbridled_way_forward. 

#equinetherapy #horsetherapy #mentalhealth #occupacionaltherapy @applepodcasts @audible @amazonmusic @iheartradio
Spent an unseasonably warm afternoon at the amazing @downtowncarypark, walking around thinking about how lucky we are to have this gift in the heart of @townofcary. #cary #carync #ncparks
๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฝ ๐š„๐š—๐š๐š’๐š• ๐š๐šž๐š›๐š๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐š—๐š˜๐š๐š’๐šŒ๐šŽ, ๐š ๐šŽโ€™๐š•๐š• ๐š‹๐šŽ ๐šŒ๐šŽ๐š•๐šŽ๐š‹๐š›๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š—๐š! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

@triangletwirl was a highlight of the evening for our #2024diamonds! #diamondawards
๐Ÿ’Ž Oh, what a night! ๐Ÿ’Ž

Our annual #diamondawards celebrating the best of Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina as voted by our readers was held last night at the fabulous @naturalsciences in @downtownraleigh. 

A very special thank you to our sponsors:


And a huge thank you to the vendors who helped make it an incredible evening:


Congratulations to all our gold, silver and bronze winners! Thank you for being a part of making the Triangle the best place to live! 

๐Ÿ“ธ Donโ€™t forget to tag us and @icidworld + @midtownmagazine for a chance to win even more prizes!
Congratulations to our gold Diamond Award winners in the PROFESSIONAL + EDUCATIONAL SERVICES category:

๐Ÿ’Ž Best Financial Advisor Cary Financial Planning 
๐Ÿ’Ž Best Law Firm @caryestateplanning 
๐Ÿ’Ž Best Local Travel Agent or Agency @dwbvacations 
๐Ÿ’Ž Best Automotive Repair Company or Detailing Service Christian Brothers Automotive 
๐Ÿ’Ž Best Private School @gracechristian.raleigh 
๐Ÿ’Ž Best Veterinarian @tcvet2010 
๐Ÿ’Ž Best Pet Pampering @pupsi.inc 

We look forward to celebrating with you tonight!
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Meet the Doctors 2023

The Triangle offers some of the highest quality health care in the country. Hereโ€™s your chance to meet local providers and learn