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Once Upon a Child is a kid-friendly marketplace where parents can buy and sell gently used children’s apparel, toys, equipment, and furniture. Each store recruits a team of buyers that carefully reviews potential merchandise and ensures that every item that goes on sale meets the store’s high standards for style, safety, and resale condition. To ensure the safety of customers’ little ones, the team stays up to date on the latest merchandise recalls and pores over each item with oversized magnifying glasses. As the beneficiaries of all this hard work, shoppers peruse brand-name merchandise sold at up to 70% off retail. Popular brands include Fisher-Price and Evenflo, and clothes boasting labels from Abercrombie, Levi’s, and Carters range in sizes from babies through girls’ size 16 and boys’ size 20.

253 Grande Heights Dr
Cary,
NC
US

Plato’s Closet curates a collection of gently used name-brand apparel, incentivizing their customers to bring in their own quality used clothing for cash. Each week, the staff pores over piles of clothing and accessories in search of young and on-trend sweaters, dresses, shorts, and hazmat suits from such brands as Hollister, Abercrombie, Steve Madden, J.Crew, Guess, and American Eagle. After picking out the best clothes and accessories, the staff reshelves items, priced at up to 70% off their retail value. The style-savvy staff aims to keep the shop’s stock in line with current trends and classic fashion statements, generally choosing only pieces that are 12–18 months old. Most of the available apparel comes in sizes 0–16 for women and waist size 28–40 for men.

241 Crossroads Blvd
Cary,
NC
US

At Complete Nutrition, certified personal trainers, strength coaches, and other fitness professionals steer customers toward leaner pastures with proper supplements and vitamins such as Rebuild, CTS360, and Complete Woman. Rather than simply handing off bottles of pills, staff members help customers understand what makes a regimen effective as well as what types of meals and supplements pair well with their plan. Complete Nutrition also works with health-care providers, nutritionists, and chemists to develop its own exclusive line of formulas and supplements. The three Triangle branches collaborate with a variety of local North Carolina athletic and wellness organizations, including Carolina Railhawks, D1 Sports Training and Therapy, and Rapid Fitness.

280 Meeting St
Cary,
NC
US

America’s Mattress of the Carolinas' show rooms brim with plush, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses that vary in firmness and coil structure to help any sleeper find a match. The staff invites clients to try out a nap or enchanted slumber upon one of the store's own brand of budget-friendly mattresses. The selection also includes Tempur-Pedic models and Serta models, such as the iComfort with gel-infused memory foam.

To accessorize their purchases, clients can peruse a selection of bedroom furnishings, memory-foam pillows, and mattress protectors that seal in a mattress's naturally smoky flavor. Clients can enlist the store's staff to help haul away old bedding and set up new purchases.

1201 NW Maynard Rd
Cary,
NC
US

The bibliophiles at Mr. Mike's Used Books sort and shelve hundreds of inexpensive reads each day, creating a literary feast of fiction, nonfiction, and reference texts of every stripe. Nearly every paperback in the store retails for half the original publisher's price or less, causing angry literary agents everywhere to storm out of their offices and move into new ones without Olympic–size swimming pools. The staff at Mr. Mike's hunts down and displays all manner of children's books ($0.99+), ranging from colorful, toddler-proof board books to appropriately mature teen fiction. Half-priced audio books allow listeners to interrupt obnoxiously rambling internal monologues or combine two audio books simultaneously to create hip-hop style Dickens mash-ups. One-of-a-kind texts make a thoughtful gift for a hard-core bookie, and heavy hardcover books and large paperbacks ($3–$5) bolster anemic bookshelves and clothe naked coffee tables in alluring cover art.

1341 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary,
NC
US

Cuisine Type: Regional Italian food New York–style
Established: 2012
Reservations: Optional
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Lasagna, Roast Vegetable Lasagna, and Specials
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Come hungry and save room for our homemade desserts. We offer vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly items.

Q&A with Cindy, General Manager

What’s the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
A favorite customer refers to us as "Italian Soul Food." Directly from comment cards: "Best Italian I've ever had. Phenomenal." "Great all around...1st time and will be back." "Love the welcoming atmosphere and great food." "Everything was perfect."

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
A "paisan" is a friend, a family member, a cousin, a lover—sharing a meal with friends and/or loved ones is one of the great joys in life; that is what Paisan's is all about. Come and join the Paisan's family.

Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?
Many of our recipes are either inspired by the owner's family (for example, the Italian meatloaf was a specialty of our owner's father) or have been slightly modified to work in a commercial kitchen (i.e.; the cheesecake was the owners grandmother's recipe—a crustless New York cheesecake with a hint of lemon. The meatballs were inspired by the family recipe as well as our hearty tomato gravy.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We are updating our menu to offer more seasonal, local items—we call ourselves regional Italian, offering traditional hearty red sauces, as well as the cured meats and cheeses of the Northern region of Italy and lighter dishes and seafood features of the Mediterranean. We make our own dressings, sauces, stocks, soups, many of our pastas, as well as fantastic desserts. Our chefs use local farmers markets and NC products to inspire weekly specials and more. We also hold specialty events, on- or off-site catering, and holiday programs.

1275 NW Maynard Rd
Cary,
NC
US