2024 Maggy Awards: Lifestyle

Best Public School
Apex Friendship High School

Fuquay-Varina High School
Herbert Akins Road Elementary School

Best Nonprofit
Military Missions in Action

Holly Springs Food Cupboard
Fuquay-Varina Duck Duck Jeep

Best Preschool
Oak Village Academy

Primrose Schools
Johnson Pond Learning Center

Best Local Event or Festival

BBQ, Blues, & Brews
Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

Best Place for Outdoor Recreation
Parrish Womble Park

Hilltop Needmore Town Park & Preserve
Bass Lake Park

Best Fitness Program
Level 6 Training Read More

Bradley’s Yoga & Fitness
Original Strength Institute

Best Kids’ Program or Camp
Rock Solid Warrior

Lune Spark Center For Creativity
Fuquay-Varina Arts Center

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio
Bradley’s Yoga & Fitness

Neighborhood Barre

Best Local Music Group or Artist
Stray Volts Read More

Maverick Rose

Best Social Media Account
Today in the Quay Read More

Fuquay-Varina Memes
The Blind Pelican Seafood House

Best Local Podcast
Planning Matters Radio with Peter Richon

The E-spot with Camille Kauer
3 Drinks In with FVM

Best Spot for a Friends’ Night Out
Inner Beast Hatchet House

The Corner Biergarten
Nightingale Rooftop

Level 6 Training

Best Fitness Program

Level 6 trainers: founder Emmitt Terrell, Corey Murtha, and Justin Taylor.

Emmitt Terrell, founder of Fuquay-Varina’s Level 6 Training, found his passion for fitness coaching as a collegiate athlete at Cornell University.

“You spend more time working out for football, in the physical preparation to get the body ready, than in the football season,” Terrell says. During those long gym sessions, Terrell enjoyed the positive, yet challenging environment spent with teammates. He brings that same experience to the members of Level 6.

“It’s an uplifting and supportive atmosphere,” says Terrell, who knows all his clients by name. “Wherever you are starting from, you can do it.”

Group training sessions last 45 minutes and incorporate high-intensity interval training and free weights. Semi-private sessions focus on building strength through heavier weight lifting.

“We want to help you meet and exceed your goals, to pursue the best version of yourself,” Terrell says.

Jason Wunsch, Today in the Quay

Today in the Quay

Best Social Media Account

Jason Wunsch shares positive news stories to an audience of more than 24,000 followers on his Facebook page Today in the Quay, which will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary. Wunsch highlights economic development news, youth sports, local entrepreneurs, and feel-good hometown stories, often taking submissions from readers.

He also publishes a weekly email newsletter to subscribers, serves on the Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners, and works locally as an attorney.

“At the end of the day, I want everyone to know how wonderful we are in the town of Fuquay-Varina — not just the government, but the people. It’s a neat town,” Wunsch says.

Stray Volts

Best Local Music Group

Photographed by Bryan Regan

With Angie on lead vocals and guitar, Jeremy on drums and lighting, John on bass and vocals, and Marcel on lead guitar, Stray Volts delivers a concert-like experience, covering songs from a wide variety of genres and infusing their signature hard rock sound. Rock, pop, country, and blues from the 1980s to the 2020s are all fair game on an ever-changing setlist that includes crowd-pleasing mashups and originals, too.

Catch the band out and about in the Triangle, frequenting Back Then Bar & Grill, Tap Yard Raleigh, and more.

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