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.


Harvesting Change

Harvesting Change The impact of female farmers on local communities BY KRISTEN SCHRUM A new kind of farm is flourishing in Wake County under the care of its women farmers.

The Art of Intimate Tabletop Settings

Honoring Moments with Savor + Fete: The Art of Intimate Tabletop Settings BY KRISTEN SCHRUM | PHOTOS COURTESY OF SAVOR + FETE In the heart of every memorable gathering is

Universal Design

Universal Design Where attractiveness meets accessibility—for everyone BY SAMANTHA GRATTON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF PARAGON BUILDING GROUP AND LAUREY GLENN When you arrive at Paragon Building Group’s showcase home in

Personal Sanctuaries

Personal Sanctuaries Crafting identity in a Jamison Park house BY KRISTEN SCHRUM | PHOTOS COURTESY OF ABIGAIL JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY AIn a world where the line between home and life blur

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 2024 gold, silver and bronze Diamond Award Winners.


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Congratulations to @thechefjaime for her winning recipe in this year’s Pimento Cheese Festival in @townofcary! 😍🧀
☀️ A beautiful day 
🌾 The addition of @downtowncarypark 
👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏽 A *TON* of hungry, happy-to-be-outside cheese fans
🐕 Lots of pups
🧀 The perfect recipe for the 2024 Pimento Cheese Festival in @townofcary!

Pic’d here:
🍩 Mr. A’s Beignets @squaredoughnuts 
🍄‍🟫 Portobello sandwich with pimento cheese by @beefybunstruck 
🏆 Last year’s winner for best pimento cheese @onceinabluemoonbakery
🧀 Say CHEESE! 🧀 

We’re counting down the days for one of our favorite events of the year—@townofcary’s Pimento Cheese Festival! We got a little peek + taste of what to expect this year from @che_empanadas_nc, @crosstownpub14 and @ultimateeggrolls. Add in the completion of @downtowncarypark as the perfect backdrop, and we can’t imagine a 𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑑𝑑𝑎𝑟 time! 

When: Saturday, April 13 11:00-4:00
Where: Downtown Cary, Academy Street 
What: Food trucks, beer + wine, live music, cheese sculpting contests & more! 

@townofcary @downtowncary_nc #caryfoodies #ncfoodies #pimentocheese
🌮 NACHO average taco festival! 🌮 

The popular Tacos ‘n Taps Festival is this Saturday at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. 
This beer and tequila festival offers up some of the Triangle’s best tacos and Mexican food, music, margaritas and contests. 

Find more info at @booth_amp. #tacosntaps #caryfoodies #ncfood #ncfoodies #kokaboothamphitheater
Discovered the cutest spot to sit and relax while putting finishing touches on a work week—not to mention enjoy some sweet treats at the same time! @brecotea_cary on Kildaire Farm Road in @townofcary is a dessert-lover’s paradise! This Asian-style bakery is filled with a plethora of cakes, breads, teas and coffees. Stop by and support a local small business! 

#carync #boba #bobatea #caryfoodies #supportsmallbusiness
Universal Design: Where attractiveness meets accessibility—for everyone

“While universal design can be implemented in commercial and transportation venues and in public spaces, it can also provide numerous benefits in the home.”

By Samantha Gratton 
Photos courtesy of  @paragonbuildinggroup and Laurey Glenn

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#universaldesign #nchomes
Thank you @savorandfete for teaching us the art of setting the perfect tabletop. 🍽️ Pick up a copy of 5 West today {or click the link in our bio} to see the full story!
What’s unique about @paintedtreeboutiques? It’s hundreds of shops all under one roof, making it the perfect place to #shoplocal for gifts, a spring wardrobe, homegoods and more! The #triangle now has two locations—one on Creedmoor Road in #raleigh + one at @crossroadsplaza (seen in this reel). It’s truly a treasure trove of goodies, getting your shopping fix while supporting local small businesses. Win-win! 

Tag your business if you see your booth!
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Meet the Doctors 2023

The Triangle offers some of the highest quality health care in the country. Here’s your chance to meet local providers and learn more about their services. Photos by New Depth