Class of 2018

Artpholstery – Jennifer Asberg
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Artpholstery is where art meets upholstering. I’m a local fabric artist that produces unique functional art using furniture as my canvas. My product line consists of coffee table ottomans. The materials I use are unwanted, discarded fabrics from local sources as well as fabrics I find at auctions in my travels to Sweden.

I also teach other creative souls through workshops in my studio and at different location spreading my passion for fabric, sewing, upholstering and minimizing our carbon footprint by utilizing fabrics and materials that would otherwise be discarded.

This is my passion, my love, my dream.
Duffy Mechanical – Chad Duffy
716 Holding Ridge Court
Wake Forest, NC, 27587
I provide Electric and HVAC installation, emergency service and maintenance. I have over 20 years of experience in both trades and have owned and operated a small contracting business for 13 years.
Flint Point Safety, LLC – Brian Fisher
15 Paddle Wheel Court
Franklinton, N.C. 27525
Flint Point Safety, LLC is a small business that produces reflective and high-visibility gear. We specialize in reflective signage for residential owners, reflective and high-visibility apparel and gear for athletes, children, pets, and to those who need to be visible during low light conditions. With a background in public safety, we understand that there are many distractions in this world, and our goal is to make you stand out!
Heart and Soul Gift Baskets by Sweeties Candy Shop – Darlene Dammann-Stroud
143 Wait Ave.
Wake Forest NC. 27587
Come in and be a kid in a candy store, no matter the age. From retro candy to the new got to have candy. We can do Birthday parties, gift baskets, goodie bags, wedding, birthdays as well as corporate candy banquets.
Kenya Rae – TaKenya Hampton
Wake Forest, NC
Kenya Rae is an online magazine and shop that provides digital content and products that are geared toward home life and homemaking. Recipes, DIY tutorials, and other content that helps you change how you think about home, the products and services you use and taking care of yourself and the space you live in.
Lumpy’s Ice Cream – Buck Buchanan
306 E. Wait Ave
Wake Forest N.C. 27587
Founded 2001 by Buck Buchanan an Evil Ice Cream Genius. All natural, homemade, farm fresh ice cream made from grass fed cows not treated with synthetic hormones or antibiotics is what you will get when you visit Lumpy’s in historic downtown Wake Forest! Just a small joint with eclectic and standard flavors that will keep you coming back for more.
MatchLine Interiors – Stephanie Kaeberlein
1428 Mays Crossroads Rd.
Franklinton, NC 27525
Offering creative, tailored solutions that are on schedule and within budget, MatchLine Interiors bridges exceptional design, quality construction, and seamless installation—just as match lines on a set of architectural drawings unite various details and trades, resulting in a set of cohesive plans. Utilizing turnkey, Design-Build solutions, and industry collaborations, MatchLine Interiors creates better workplace environments by helping clients plan, design, build and furnish them.
Nicole Yvette Signature Events, LLC – Nicole Yvette Humphrey
12520 Capital Boulevard, Suite 401-110
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Nicole Yvette Signature Events, LLC, is a full service, woman-owned, event planning, management and consulting company that specializes in producing social and corporate events for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. Nicole Yvette Signature Events provides professional event planning and management services to support each Clients’ special event and meeting needs. We offer strategic event management from initial consultation, development and planning through execution and post evaluation. Our team of professionals bring experience, turnkey, as well as, customizable and scalable event solutions, transparent budget management, unmatched customer service and seamless delivery of services to each and every client for their meeting and special event needs, such as: Annual Meetings, Board Retreats, Grand Openings, Sales Meetings, Reward and Recognition Events, Client Appreciation, Employee Appreciation, Stakeholder Dinners, Cocktail Receptions, Fundraisers, Galas, Weddings, Wedding Anniversaries and Milestone Celebrations. We have a proven track-record of providing professional event planning and management services for our clients that include: Consultation, Planning and Development, Venue and Vendor Recommendations and Management, Onsite Logistics, Hotel Accommodations, Transportation and more.
PhysioFit of North Carolina – Harrison Vaughan
12335 Wake Union Church Road #204
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587
PhysioFit of North Carolina is a privately owned Physical Therapy practice with specialized group fitness classes. We offer one on one care treating all musculoskeletal injuries, pain, dizziness, headaches, and women’s health. We believe in proving medical and professional care to reach all health goals, additionally offering nutritional consults and small fitness classes.
Play4life Comics – Brandon Wright
149 South White Street
Wake Forest NC 27587
Play4Life Comics is a full-service comic book shop carrying current and vintage comic books and action figures. we also host the Wake Forest mini comic-con witch is a family friendly community oriented comic convention.
Posh Soap Co., LLC – Karina Flores
4617 Cardinal Grove Blvd
Raleigh NC 27616
Posh Soap Co offers luxurious bath and body products made with plant-based oils. All products are handmade by me from start to finish in small batches for quality control. Your skin is your largest organ and therefore should be nurtured by earth’s finest ingredients! Throw out that “beauty bar” and see what Posh Soap Co has to offer!
RetroFitU – Richard Hampton
6401 Winter Spring Dr
Wake Forest, NC 27587
RetroFitU is a physical, lifestyle training company that promotes living the healthiest active lifestyle possible.
Rick Silva
413 Hunsford Pl.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
I plan to leverage my experience in software engineering and database development to start a software development business that will have multiple products.

Southern Suds and Gifts – Dolores Riggins
213 South White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587
We are an eclectic shop full of beautiful handcrafted items and original art from local craftsmen and artists. We offer many types of classes. You are sure to find that special gift for a loved one, dear friend or yourself! We look forward to seeing you.

Sugar Magnolia Café & Emporium – Christine Sadel
219 South White St.
Wake Forest NC 27587
Sugar Magnolia Café & Emporium is an eclectic Café located in the store downtown wake forest. They offer fresh homemade sandwiches salads and soups a wide variety of baked goods and desserts while serving Larry’s organic coffee, loose organic tea, local craft beer, and selected wines. They have a variety of spaces on two levels that can be used for your private event, meeting or class and also Ari place or groups, networking events, and people to gather. Sugar Magnolia Café brings live music to downtown wake forest every Friday night and most Saturday nights in their music lounge below the café has local artists teaching a variety of classes, wine tastings, and other nights with activities for people to enjoy.

The space is surrounded with local art and items by artisans, for you to find a special gift or something for yourself. They also carry a with a wide variety of loose tea, local honey, coffee beans, and other gourmet items.
TCS Advanced Technologies – Suzanne Lynch
Wake Forest, NC 27587
TCS Advanced Technologies offers access to the latest in 3D printed technologies. We connect product developers and engineers to the 3D printed solutions they need for prototyping and short-run production. With 15 years of industry experience and a strong focus on quality, you can trust the experts at TCS Advanced Technologies to provide quality parts at an extraordinary value.
Totally Triangle, a Division of The Johnson Meetings Group – Jennifer Johnson
5300 Atlantic Ave, Suite #104
Raleigh, NC 27609

TotallyTriangle, the destination management division of The Johnson Meetings Group, delivers memorable experiences for you and your group during their stay in the Triangle Area.

Situated in a collection of communities offering unique places to gather and visit, the TotallyTriangle team brings a lifetime of local to our clients. We provide area expertise, the best in local vendors and distinctive experiences in our own backyard. Personalized service and attention to detail are our hallmarks. From locally sourced attendee keepsakes to signature events in a historic venue, TotallyTriangle brings your event to life.
Triangle Duplication – Joe and Tara Fitzpatrick
1024 Prairie Aster Ct
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Your memories are priceless. We understand this and want to help you preserve them through media conversion. When you bring in your old VHS, camcorder videotapes, reel film, slides, and photos, you can hand them to us with confidence. We use utmost care as we convert them to high definition digital format. All the work is done by us in our home-based workshop. You won’t risk losing your only copy by shipping out of state or using a big box retailer. Let us help you relive those special moments “like it was yesterday” and use Triangle Duplication to preserve your memories for future generations.
Unwined on White – Amy Burkhardt
153 S. White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Unwined on White, located in beautiful, historic Downtown Wake Forest, offers a state of the art yoga/fitness studio space combined with the service of hand-selected, high-quality wine and beer for a total unwinding experience. We will have highly experienced instructors who will lead all levels and ages of clients in yoga, Pilates, and barre classes. Unwined will also have wines from small, family-owned and sustainably farmed vineyards for on-site enjoyment or for retail purchase. A rotating selection of eclectic micro-brewed beer will also be available. There will also be a selection of yoga/fitness – related merchandise for sale that reflects the values of Unwined on White. What truly separates Unwined on White from any other nearby establishment is Unwined Upstairs, offering casual rooftop wine and beer service, as well as yoga classes and other exciting events!

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  PO BOX 1126
Wake Forest, NC 27588