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.


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Genetic Testing

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Stretch + Go

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2023 Diamond Awards

HEALTH + BEAUTY   Best Hair Salon Gold: Bebe Ellis Salon Silver: Von Kekel Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa Bronze: J&F Gemelli Best

Unique Workouts

As exercise enthusiasts readjust from pandemic-induced gym closures to the reopening—and grand opening—of old and new gyms and exercise facilities, it’s no

Where Legends Were Born

In 2023, North Carolina will be celebrating “The Year of the Trail”—a commemoration of the state’s trails, greenways and blueways. Picture hiking


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Cary Living is now…

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Beginning with our March/April issue, Cary Living magazine will become 𝟓 𝙒𝙚𝙨𝙩, a high-quality, glossy publication celebrating the 𝟓 amazing towns——Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina + Holly Springs—that have made Western Wake County one of the hottest places to live in the country. 

𝟓 𝙒𝙚𝙨𝙩 will continue offering all of the great content you’ve come to love in Cary Living, but with a broader reach and a fresh, new look. 

You’ll find our first issue of 𝟓 𝙒𝙚𝙨𝙩 on newsstands the first week of March.
@collettacary at @fentonnc never disappoints! From the burrata + the wood-fired shrimp, to the roasted pear pizza + the branzino, each bite outdid its predecessor. Don’t skip the tiramisu! It’s simply Italian at its finest! 

Pro tip: Ask for Keandre as your server. He’s a Cary native, and a sweet, fun, aspiring fashion designer. 10/10.
The American Cancer Society Discovery Ball will be held at the Pavilion at the Angus Barn on February 24. 

Join us on a journey of hope as we come together as a united force against all cancers. An extraordinary dinner, live music from Band of Oz + live and silent auctions will make for an elegant evening you’ll not soon forget! 

Get tickets at ncdiscoveryball.org. 

@americancancersociety @angusbarn @angusbarnpavilion #discoveryball @bandofoz #cancerresearch @martinmariettamaterials

Running January 21 through April 1, the Apex Farmers Market offers fresh produce, homemade baked goods, artisan skincare products and more from over 25 local vendors. 

Operating dates for the Apex Farmers Market (all from 9am-noon):

🌽 January 21
🥒 February 4
🍅 February 18
🥕 March 4
🥬 March 18
🍓 April 1

📸: @apex_farmers_market @localfoodalliance
Congratulations to our gold Diamond Award winners in the PROFESSIONAL + EDUCATIONAL SERVICES category:

💎 Best Financial Advisor Chase Breeden @edwardjones 
💎 Best Law Firm @caryestateplanning 
💎 Best Local Travel Agent or Agency MousePros @mouseprostravelagency 
💎 Best Auto Dealership @leithautoparkhondacary 
💎 Best Automotive Repair Company @frantzautomotive 
💎 Best Private School @gracechristian.raleigh 
💎 Best Veterinarian Town and Country Veterinary Hospital 
💎 Best Pet Pampering Peak City Puppy and Dog Walkers @peakcitypuppy 
💎 Best Doggie Day Care @pupsi.inc 

We look forward to celebrating with you tonight! 

Congratulations to our gold Diamond Award winners in the HOME SERVICES category:

💎 Best Real Estate Team @navigate_realty 
💎 Best Real Estate Agent Kristin Zwahr @navigate_realty 
💎 Best Residential Apartment Community @allisonatfenton 
💎 Best 55+ Retirement Living Community @glenaireretire 
💎 Best Builders @ruftyhomes 
💎 Best Interior Designer @cavendishlane 
💎 Best Landscaper @genesislawnandgarden 
💎 Best House Cleaning Service @bestcleanever 

We look forward to celebrating with you this week! 

Congratulations to our gold Diamond Award winners in the SHOPPING category:

💎 Best Florist @prestonflowerscary 
💎 Best Shopping Center @fentonnc 
💎 Best Furniture + Home Decor Store @arhaus 
💎 Best Garden Center @gardensupplyco 
💎 Best Pet Store @phydeauxpets 
💎 Best Jewelry Store @baileysfinejewelry 
💎 Best Women’s Clothing Boutique @shop_swagger 
💎 Best Men’s Store @gentlemenscornercary 
💎 Best Resale + Consignment Clothing @dorcasministries 
💎 Best Designer Shoe Store @dsw 

We look forward to celebrating with you this week! 

Congratulations to our gold Diamond Award winners in the BOOZE + BREWS category:

💎 Best Brewery @bondbrosbeer 
💎 Best Wine Bar @peakofthevine 
💎 Best Cocktail Bar @sidebarnc 
💎 Best Neighborhood Bar @crosstownpub14 
💎 Best Local Coffeehouse @esteamedcoffee 

We look forward to celebrating with you this week! 

Congratulations to our gold Diamond Award winners in the FOOD + FARE category: 

💎 Best Business Lunch @salviospizza 
💎 Best Outdoor Dining @crosstownpub14 
💎 Best Place for a Romantic Dinner @reysrestaurant 
💎 Best Breakfast or Brunch @firstwatch 
💎 Best Barbecue @citybbq 
💎 Best Burger @baddaddysburger 
💎 Best Pizza @difarapizzatavern 
💎 Best Steakhouse @reysrestaurant 
💎 Best Healthy Eats @sassoolcafe 
💎 Best Italian Food @danielsapexnc 
💎 Best Seafood @bonefishgrillcary 
💎 Best Mediterranean Food @sassoolcafe 
💎 Best Indian Food @cilantro_india2014 
💎 Best Mexican Food @micancunhollysprings 
💎 Best Asian Food @mcrestaurant 
💎 Best Chef Tony Ambrosecchia @tony.ambrosecchia 
💎 Best Bakery or Confectioner @lafarmbakery 
💎 Best Ice Cream @freshlocalicecream 
💎 Best Food Truck @tastytastytruck 
💎 Best Catering @donovansdish 
💎 Best Specialty Grocery Store @traderjoes 

We look forward to celebrating with you this week! 

If you are one of our 2023 Diamond Award winners and receive an email from a company asking for "extra details" to add to your plaque, please ignore the email, and consider forwarding it to info@midtownmag.com so we can report them for false advertising. We apologize for the confusion and inconvenience. Also note: We only provide plaques to gold winners, and we are not requesting additional details for those plaques.
Congratulations to our gold Diamond Award winners in the ENTERTAINMENT + RELAXATION category:

💎 Best Local Radio Personality Ross Hayes @1061fmtalk 
💎 Best Local News Anchor @wral David Crabtree 
💎 Best Meteorologist @bigweatherabc11 
💎 Best Local Movie Theater @cmxcinebistrowaverly 
💎 Best Live Music Venue @booth_amp 
💎 Best Live Theater Venue @dpacnc 
💎 Best Special Event Venue @booth_amp 
💎 Best Independent Bookstore @quailridgebooks 
💎 Best Place for Games + Amusement @frankiesofraleigh 
💎 Best Museum @ncartmuseum 
💎 Best Place for Outdoor Recreation Fred G. Bond Metro Park 
💎 Best Boutique Hotel or Bed + Breakfast @themaytoncary 

We look forward to celebrating with you next week! 

Talk of the Triangle

Editor’s Choice Fall 2022

Autumn is magical in the Triangle, and the options to enjoy the season are nearly endless. jump on a hayride, navigate a