Tuesday, October 26, 2021

“Front Porch Give Back, A Community of Giving Back”

We have spent a lot of hard work on making this dream turn into reality here at Front Porch Realty. Front Porch Give Back, once just an amazing idea in Laura’s mind, once just a bunch of boxes filled with unused household supplies, once just a basement to store supplies for the business…now a place for those in need to come shop free of charge for household items.

What can you donate? Kitchen tables & chairs, coffee tables & end tables, working lamps, dressers & nightstands, small working kitchen appliances (toasters, coffee pots, microwaves, blenders, etc.), dishes, cutlery, pots & pans, glasses, gift cards, light bulbs, cleaning supplies.

Where can you donate? You may drop off at our office anytime during business hours; Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm located at 604 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

I asked Laura Moody a few questions regarding Front Porch Give Back –
1. Where did the idea come from?

“I have always wanted to “give-back” to the youth of my community as I am an adoptee myself.  My twin brother and I (as well as our older adopted brother) could have easily grown up in foster care if we had not been adopted into a loving home.  When young adults age out of our Wake county foster care system they are set up in an apartment and given only a bed and an alarm clock.

We wanted a way to be able to connect the unwanted household items of our sellers with the needs of our community’s young adults and families.  Our recipients are by referral only from our local schools, churches and anyone else wanting to help.”


2. What is a long term goal with FPGB?
“My long term goal is to keep a fully stocked office basement full of furniture and household goods so that anyone that needs help can receive it.  I would also love to have it stocked with basic cleaning supplies and other household needs a lot of us take for granted;  new sheet sets/towels, batteries, lightbulbs, flashlights, etc.”
3. How are you getting the word out?
“We are getting the word out with social media but would also love to be able to put our brochure out at other local Fuquay-Varina businesses.  We do want donors to realize we are not a “thrift shop”, we are only asking for what is listed in our post.  Recipients “shop” our household goods free of charge.”
4. Anything extra we should know about Front Porch Give Back?
“Drop off at our office Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm!”
Monday, October 25, 2021

Located at 121 Raleigh St. in Downtown Fuquay-Varina you will come across a quaint little store that holds not only a Family Optical, but also possibly the cutest gift shop around! Wild Hare Gifts consists of high-end, quality, unique, hand-made gifts and home décor. What’s even better than one cute, unique gift shop? TWO unique gift shops! For All Things Southern is another gift shop located inside the Family Optical that offers high-end, locally and regionally sourced gifts along with some beautiful vintage goodies.

When you arrive at Wild Hare Gifts, you are greeted with full smiles and OUTSTANDING customer service. The store is set up perfectly, just the right amount of space with tons of fun things to look at I will be honest, your eye could wander for days! They have all local and regional products marked with a label that says “Made In NC” for easier findings. They keep us up-to-date with their seasons; fall time equals tons of pumpkins, apple scented candles, and some fun fall-time treats! I cannot wait to visit during Christmas time, I can only imagine how majestic the store will be decorated.

One of the coolest things I ran across while inside the store browsing was coffee roast from 321 Coffee. 321 Coffee was founded by a group of NC State students who had a passion for creating employment for adults with IDD. From pop-ups at the student union serving Starbucks coffee to now running a coffee shop at the NC Farmer’s Market, they employ over 30 adults! This is SUCH an awesome cause and so glad to be able to support 321 Coffee at Wild Hare Gifts.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Nestled right outside of Fuquay-Varina’s city limits heading towards Lillington, you will find Naylor Roadside Market and right next-door is family fun zone Naylor Family Farm & GIANT Corn Maze. The Naylor’s started off with the Farm & Corn Maze back in 2011 and since have added a Farm Market Barn including a concession stand, produce stand, indoor/outdoor picnic area, and restrooms.

The Market consists of goodies throughout all seasons. In the spring/summer you will find a beautiful array of flowers and delicious juicy watermelon. In the fall time, pumpkins for miles and produce to match the season! They sell locally made NC products including jams & jellies, candles, salsas, honey, and so SO much more!

When the sun is shining in the spring and summer months, Naylor Roadside Market offers a variety of food trucks for you to enjoy! Be sure to follow their social media pages to keep up to date with all the family fun to be had at both Naylor Roadside Market and Naylor Family Farm & Corn Maze.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Fuquay-Varina’s very own indoor Biergarten with southern hospitality! The owners, Mike and Anne moved to the area in 2017 and surely enough agree it is the BEST decision they have ever made. They opened TCB with much knowledge in brewing their own beer and running a similar spot prior. Inside you will find plenty of games, beautiful seating areas with low-lighting, coolers full of all types of beers and in case you get a craving for something salty, they offer a gigantic Bavarian pretzel, YUM! The Biergarten will often have local food trucks so be sure to follow their social media pages to see when your favorite will be visiting!

TCB is passionate about being dog-friendly! Bring in your pup and enjoy the surroundings. We support local K-9 rescues and are dedicated to providing a safe and unique experience for our “fur-baby” patrons, inside and outside of our venue. In fact, we even have a selection of “beers” & treats crafted for our four-legged friends.”

They also have a special donation box for any extra doggie supplies! Follow RoarNC for more information, they also have a Facebook page!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Fuquay-Varina is filling up with all sorts of fun activities for date night out, family night out, team building outings, etc. The newest addition to activity based venues that are popping up is family-owned Inner Beast Hatchet House. The newest axe throwing spot is right here in wonderful downtown Fuquay near shopping, food, and breweries.

What all should you expect at Inner Beast Hatchet House? TONS of excitement, that is for sure! They offer projection based games for throwing your axe at such as Zombie Shootout, Tic-Tac-Toe, Cornhole, and so many more! Never thrown an axe before? Not to worry, they have AXEperts that will check you in and demonstrate the safe and proper way to throw your axe. If you need to quench your hunger or thirst during this time, not to worry! Inner Beast Hatchet House offers canned beer, water, and snacks!

When you go to their website to sign up for a time-slot, ensure you properly fill out your waiver before you head over there! You may book either a 60 minute slot or a 90 minute slot, this will be timed for you while you are throwing. They also offer bigger party bookings such as birthdays, work social events, bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc. Be sure to check them out, YOU DO NOT want to miss this new fun edition to Fuquay-Varina.

Monday, September 20, 2021

EXCITING NEWS FOLKS! Cleveland Draft House off of E. Broad Street will be opening September 27th! If you have been following along since they announced Cleveland Draft House some time ago you know it has been a long wait but we are finally in the home stretch! The restaurant chain currently has two other locations located in Clayton and Garner, NC. If you have had the pleasure of stopping by one of their 2 other locations before, you know we are in for a treat here in Fuquay Varina.

Specializing in Burgers, Ribs, and pretty much all American Cuisine you are sure to find a tasty bite to eat to curve your hunger. Cleveland Draft House is a full service restaurant and Bar with 50 beers on draft. The atmosphere offers the best of both worlds. During the daytime you can catch families of all ages enjoying a meal together, companies grabbing lunch together, but head over at nighttime and you can enjoy trivia nights (TBD), play pool, or throw some darts with friends. Starting next Monday September 27, 2021 enjoy the Cleveland Draft House experience we have all been patiently waiting for!

They are still hiring line cooks, please click the link below to fill out an application if interested.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Craving authentic Italian cuisine but can’t find the time to make it to Italy? You are in LUCK! Just around the corner in Fuquay, Assagio’s Pizzeria and Ristorante is a classic Italian restaurant with specialty pizzas, Stromboli’s, gyros, calzones and so much more more.

Tom and Amy McGrath, the owners of the Fuquay-Varina Assagio’s, met here in North Carolina and married in 2000 later having 2 kids. Opening their first owned restaurant in 2004, Tom was eager show off the skills he has been acquiring since working in the restaurant industry in High School. Tom and Amy love what they do, how could you not when working with pizza?! As Tom stated when asked why he decided to open an Italian restaurant? The answer was simple, “I LIKE PIZZA”! Assiago’s takes pride in their family-friendly atmosphere including wonderful food and great service.

Assaggio means ‘taste’ in Italian and this wonderful pizzeria certainly lives up to their name. Have guests coming over? Assagio’s does catering as well! Be sure to take a look at their MENU and stop by for a bite!

Friday, September 10, 2021

One of the best events known to happen in Fuquay-Varina is The Mill Market!

Triangle Pop-Up hosts various markets throughout the triangle and surrounding areas, but this is where it all started! Creative director, Sarah Moody made Triangle Pop-Up in support of local artists and has worked hard to do so over the years. She now has a 4 member team helping her expand.

You can find all sorts of quality handmade goods at The Mill Market from food, candles to jewelry. You are sure to discover a fun treat that will draw you back each time the market is held. Not only can you shop but The Mill features $3 Mimosas so you can sip and shop. To top it all off, a local artist performs which really sets the mood! It is truly an experience for friends, family, and all ages.

If you are wanting to become a vendor or simply know more you can inquire by going to the Triangle Pop-Up website when you click HERE.

Front Porch Realty has been honored to sponsor The Mill Market and would love to see you there! Stop by and say hey to one of your agents! You’ll get a free “swag” bag to carry all of your goodies and talk to some of the best Real Estate Professionals in the area!


Saturday, September 11 (11:00am – 3:00pm) : Pop-Up for Pups at Big Boss Brewery
1249 Wicker Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27604
Click Here to learn more!

Saturday, September 18 (10:00am – 2:00pm) : The Mill Market at The Mill
146 S Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Click Here to learn more!
Friday, June 18, 2021

Did you run out of ideas for Father’s Day? Don’t worry Front Porch Realty has your back! We have two great events going on in the Fuquay-Varina area. You have to love these local small businesses coming up with new things to-do.


This Sunday at the Oaklyn Spring Brewery in Fuquay there will be local artists, live music, slow roasted meats from Wandering Moose food truck & some of the best beer in the Triangle will make for a unique way to hang with the Dad’s in your life. This event is fur baby friendly so bring the whole family to enjoy the day and celebrate dads!

Date: Sunday, June 20th
Address: 2912 N Main St. Suite 100, Fuquay-Varina NC 27526
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm


The Mason Jar Lager company is hosting their very own Dad Party! All are invited: dad’s, soon to be dad’s, and those celebrating dad’s! LITE is returning this summer and having a special father’s day release. Jeffrey Amendola of Amendola Family Cigars will be here rolling and selling his cigars. And La Republica will be serving their delicious food all afternoon!

Date: Sunday, June 20th
Address: 341 E Broad St. Suite 1051, Fuquay-Varina NC 27526
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Operation Fly Our Flag is having their own event located at The Mason Jar Lager Company in Fuquay Varina off of E Broad Street. The annual event is to remember the fallen and honor those who have served. Head out on Sunday, May 30th, from 12pm-4pm for live music, raffles, a food truck, and beer! No cost!

For more information:

Niche Wine Lounge on N Main Street in Holly Springs has the perfect way to end your Memorial Day. With Cousins Maine Lobster food truck @5pm, live music starting @5:30pm and half price glasses and bottles of wine all day Monday, May 31st, you can’t go wrong.

For more information head to their website: or Stay Happening’s blog to keep up with current events:

For a family event and some time outdoors, head out to Lillington this memorial day. Stroller Strong Moms is hosting a walk to remember those who served this country. All are welcome!

For more information and details:

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