In November 2010, AnnMarie DiMaio purchased a small brickyard nestled in the midst of undulating farmlands with a dream to remodel the property in honor of her late mother and father. Drawing inspiration from her Italian heritage, AnnMarie modeled The Villa DiMaio after a Tuscan villa replete with tiled floors, Tiffany-style lighting, and walls covered in authentic Mona Lisas. The culinary-arts graduate specializes in wedding- and corporate-catering services and opens her picturesque villa to the public for a family-style Sunday brunch that marries Italian and southern cuisines. The facility’s covered wraparound veranda and rustic brick-and-stone courtyard pair meals with panoramic views of the landscaped grounds and decorative waterfalls.
Voted a favorite place for party services by Carolina Parent readers from 2010-2013, Bounce U welcomes kids to descend upon an inflatable, climate-controlled playground where they can bounce and ricochet in safety. Along with birthday parties and group outings, Bounce U hosts open-bounce sessions that let sock wearers of all ages imagine they're synchronized leapers in a futuristic moon performance as they carom around the inflatable stadium, expending energy with every leap. Adults are welcome to act like 8-year-olds and join the vivacious youngsters in the playground.
The inflatable arena also opens its buoyant doors to technology-themed bounce camps and programs, where boys and girls spend half their time with brain-bolstering projects such as creating their own stop-motion animation movies or reprogramming the remote to skip all news channels. After stretching the limits of their imaginations, kids then spend the other half of the day stretching the limits of their limbs on the inflatable playground.
Dressing up the traditional sandwich, Daniel's Restaurant and Catering is a go-to lunch spot in Apex's Apex district.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Daniel's Restaurant and Catering, a local favorite.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
Daniel's Restaurant and Catering is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Daniel's Restaurant and Catering.
Come order a flavorful feast at Daniel's Restaurant and Catering, and sit outside if it's nice!
Business casual dress, tasty food and a classic atmosphere makes this a great place for any occasion.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Daniel's Restaurant and Catering prides itself in its delicious catering.
For easy dining, Daniel's Restaurant and Catering provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Daniel's Restaurant and Catering.
BTC Photo Booth NC's booths are nothing if not spacious—their current record for number of guests squeezed into a photo stands at 16. The booths—which require an area of 10'x10'—are outfitted with DSLR cameras and touchscreen displays, printing strips of four photos instantly after each group finishes their shoot. Fun-causing options include boxes of props or a green screen, allowing party guests to pretend they are within feet of a roaring dinosaur or a vicious seal. Though the booths are self-service, one or two technicians accompany the machines to set up, break down, and keep the memories flowing.
In the rural community where photographer Rusty Worden grew up, locals were fond of urging one another to "cowboy up." Ever the sparkplug, Worden coined the phrase "rocker down" as a light-hearted way of expressing his own individuality. He lent the name to his business, RockerDown Studios, where he works to channel that same independent spirit into helping clients express themselves during in-studio and on-location photo shoots.
RockerDown Studios boasts a 1,500-square-foot space, complete with sets, props, and backdrops that add life to family portraits, maternity photos, and graduation pictures. Worden also packs up his kit and travels to wedding ceremonies in order to shoot video footage and snap candid photos of the bride, groom, and guests during the festivities. He also offers design service for businesses and extends some co-op studio time to photographers in need of space and chameleons that like basking on green screens.
In 1989, Danny Thompson and his family moved to Cary, North Carolina after living in Jacksonville, Florida for more than 40 years. Obviously, it was a big adjustment?especially because they couldn't find the hickory-smoked barbecue they were accustomed to eating. So instead of asking friends in Florida stuff pulled pork into envelopes and mail it to them, the Thompsons did what anyone would do: they opened their own barbecue joint.
Today, Danny's Bar-B-Que can be found in Durham, Morrisville, and Cary. At each location, chefs slow-cook chicken, ribs, brisket, and turkey over an open pit, sometimes for as long as 13 hours. Bottles of the family's original sauces line the tables in each dining room, where guests devour the smoky meats alongside homemade cole slaw, texas toast, and baked beans studded with pork.